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Recent Stories by Ivan Natividad

Weekly Buzz: First homicide of the year; Sierra Doctors office closes; Sam Strange paroled by board

February 10, 2018 — From local sinkhole updates, to news of the county’s first homicide of the year, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Glenn Jennings, a

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Ivan Natividad: A welcomed addition

February 9, 2018 — The first time she broke the news to me I nearly pooped my pants. It was over Skype, a then popular video chat website. I moved away and we were two months into a long-distance relationship. A couple weeks had passed since she took the

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UPDATE: 1-way traffic on Highway 49 near Marysville Road in Sierra City

February 7, 2018 — UPDATE: 9 a.m. Thursday — Traffic due to fire subsided yesterday afternoon, though there are additional traffic delays in the area. Hwy 49 1-way Traffic Operation from Marysville Rd to Nevada Drive due to miscellaneous work. Expected to end at 3 p.m. #theunionnow — TheUnion

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Weekly Buzz: Honey oil lab; 1849 Brewing Co. to open; Traffic collisions

February 5, 2018 — From the opening of a new brewery and restaurant in Grass Valley, to tragic traffic fatalities, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Nevada

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Breaking News Roundup: Fire fatality; Tragic vehicle wreck fatalities

February 4, 2018 — From the death of a man in a trailer fire, to several fatal car accidents, western Nevada County saw some very sobering and unfortunate breaking news this past week. The Union’s Alan Riquelmy reported that Nevada County authorities identified the man found deceased last week in

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Government Roundup: Nevada County supes to approve $258K for June election; Halstead to run for Nevada City Council

February 2, 2018 — With both Grass Valley and Nevada City taking a break from council meetings this week, local government news has been sparse as of late. But our reporters continue to dig into the issues that matter to you. Here is a recap of this week’s local

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Weekly Buzz: Dave Iorns passes away; Potential pot businesses; ‘Coco’ nominated for Academy Award

January 29, 2018 — From the passing of a community icon, to the continuing discussion around pot businesses, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Jan. 22-28, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Bear River High School graduate

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Ivan Natividad: Social media — A love-hate relationship

January 26, 2018 — The Candy Crush invitations get to me the most. Oh, and the "selfies." Selfies at the gym. Selfies in the bathroom. Selfies in front of a mirror. Selfies at the gym in the bathroom in front of a mirror. The chain letters. Posting song lyrics

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Ivan Natividad: Bringing it back to humanity

January 12, 2018 — "Hello this is Ivan." "Oh hey, I'm calling to let you know about a great opportunity," the voice on the other end of the phone says. Somewhat annoyed I respond "I'm sorry I'm at work, please don't …" "What's that? I couldn't hear you because

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Ivan Natividad: Santa is not dead

December 15, 2017 — My 5-year-old son doesn't believe Santa Claus is real. It's a little sad, but he came to the conclusion last year when he couldn't figure out how a fat, old man could fit in our 8-inch wide chimney flue. It likely also had to do

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Ivan Natividad: The monopoly on political parties is the problem

December 1, 2017 — Are we going to be OK? It's hard to say yes when observing the "My party is better than your party" back and forth that some people go through online when talking about politics. Just a marathon of violent verbiage trickling from bloodlusted fingertips seeking

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Ivan Natividad: Downfall of the prodding parent

November 17, 2017 — The first time my son mentioned that he had played with a girl in his kindergarten class I have to admit I felt kind of giddy about it. It was a couple of weeks ago, and I asked him what her name was. He told

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Ivan Natividad: Thank your local firefighters (VIDEO)

November 3, 2017 — A couple of weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of people at a restaurant down the hill, and overheard a conversation about the recent fires that burned thousands of acres locally and across our state. "Those firefighters weren't trained to handle that,"

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Ivan Natividad: For men, ‘Me too’ movement should be more than a hashtag

October 20, 2017 — The Internet, amazing as it is, can sometimes seem like a revolving door for social issues and charities competing for our philanthropic affection. On social media particularly there is a Kickstarter or Go Fund me campaign for anything and everything you would like to dole

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Ivan Natividad: Choose empathy over politics

October 6, 2017 — The worst part about it is that you can't say goodbye. There is no time to say all of the things you would have wanted to say. You can't tell them how much they meant to you. How much you wish it were you and

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“Love walk” in response to racist incident to be held Friday

September 28, 2017 — Local residents are holding a "love walk" at 5 p.m. Friday, starting in front of the Del Oro Theater, in response to a racist incident that occurred in Downtown Grass Valley earlier this week. According to Jamal Walker, General Manager at Summer Thyme's Bakery and

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Ivan Natividad: When the teacher becomes the student

September 22, 2017 — When my son asked me why black people are so cool, I didn't know how to respond. We were getting into my car Friday morning to head over to his school and, as he buckled himself up, he said "They're so cool," and he began

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Ivan Natividad: What if you were a Dreamer?

September 8, 2017 — The picture of my father meeting former President Ronald Reagan was a staple in my household growing up. As a young boy I remember walking by it everyday wondering why it was important enough to frame and place on a shelf with the rest of

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Ivan Natividad: People who hate can change

August 25, 2017 — When I was in the third grade, there was a boy named "Joey" who was the bane of my existence. Any chance he could, Joey would berate and bully me in front of our classmates. It really sucked. I had never done anything to Joey.

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Ivan Natividad: Cherish them while they’re young, and old

August 11, 2017 — The most terrifying thing in the world is baby poo … wet baby poo. When it seeps out of the diaper and soaks onto that onesie, without knowing, you go to pick up the little person and it gets all over your forearm. And then,

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