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Cake bakery set to open in Grass Valley’s Nevada County Bank building

August 21, 2018 — Inside the newly refurbished Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley, there is one still-vacant space. What little can be seen through the papered-over windows is designed to pique the curiosity of passers-by, with gorgeous vintage-look pendant lights hanging from the ceiling and a

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Phased renovation in the works for Grass Valley’s historic Holbrooke Hotel

August 20, 2018 — California Klondike. That's the aesthetic mash-up new owner Jordan Fife is shooting for with his planned renovation of Grass Valley's historic Holbrooke Hotel, with decor ranging from pure kitsch to more authentic pieces and even modern interpretations of a Western theme. That renovation will roll

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Liz Kellar: Sargent statue debate highlights complexity of history

August 20, 2018 — Nevada City's city council recently opted not to move forward with a donated statue that would have depicted Sen. Aaron Sargent and his wife, Ellen Singer Sargent. The statue, which was proposed by local nonprofit group The Famous Marching Presidents, was intended to honor the

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Grocery delivery service set to launch in Nevada County

August 19, 2018 — Just about anyone who makes sure there's food on the table every day has faced this dilemma. Shopping for those groceries takes time. And energy. And sometimes there's just not enough time in the day to make it to the store. Or maybe you're down

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NID roundtable at Nevada County fairgrounds will highlight community-owned power

August 17, 2018 — Nevada County residents will be able to explore the possibility of controlling their power supply during a roundtable on Community Choice Aggregation on Thursday. The discussion, hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District, will highlight how Community Choice Aggregation programs are administered by local governments to

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Grass Valley moves ahead with upgrades to wastewater treatment, building security

August 16, 2018 — Grass Valley's city council members voted to reject a bid protest involving a $3.6 million contract to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The city had received three bids for the improvement project and opted to go with Idaho-based Record Steel and Construction Inc., City Manager

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Hospitality House set to increase shelter beds, community outreach in Grass Valley

August 13, 2018 — Hospitality House, which operates emergency homeless shelter Utah's Place in Grass Valley, is expanding and diversifying its services. Executive Director Nancy Baglietto announced a new three-pronged approach that will be facilitated by a nearly half-million-dollar commitment by Nevada County over the next two years. The

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Nevada County’s first medical cannabis dispensary set to open

August 13, 2018 — Nevada County's first medical cannabis dispensary is set to have its soft opening Thursday. Elevation 2477' received its license to throw open its doors in Nevada City last week, after a lengthy permit and build-out process that began a year ago. "I'm so honored to

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Nevada City gives Sargent statue thumbs-down

August 9, 2018 — A proposal by a nonprofit group to install a statue of U.S. Senator Aaron Augustus Sargent and his wife, Ellen, at the top of Broad Street was shot down by Nevada City's city council Wednesday night. The Famous Marching Presidents had already commissioned a sculptor

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New delay in Nevada County Sheriff’s Office lawsuit

August 9, 2018 — A civil suit alleging wrongdoing within the Nevada County Sheriff's Office dating back to 2011 is on hold for now. The lawsuit went to trial earlier this year, with a verdict finding no wrongdoing and tossed out in June due to alleged juror misconduct. Superior

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Trial date set for Penn Valley child molest suspect

August 7, 2018 — The trial of a Penn Valley man accused of child molestation and rape has been set for November, and is expected to take two to three weeks. Matthew Thomas Bell, 34, was arrested in May and has been charged with two counts of lewd and

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CHP: Mechanical failure possible cause of fatal crash on Highway 20

August 7, 2018 — A 32-year-old Idaho man was killed when the converted bus he was driving suffered a mechanical failure and crashed on Highway 20 Monday evening, officials said. Lukas Ross was driving a 1981 Bluebird-style bus, that had been modified into an RV, westbound and had just

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Kidnap, robbery trial postponed again, plea agreement possible for two Nevada County suspects

August 6, 2018 — The trial for a pair of defendants in a robbery, kidnap and false imprisonment case has been postponed yet again. Layla Callahan, 23, and David Munoz, 26, were arrested in February 2017 after they allegedly held a former boyfriend of Callahan's at a home over

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Suspect in Penn Valley butane honey oil lab case sentenced to 90 days

August 6, 2018 — A Penn Valley man arrested in January 2016 after law enforcement found a reported butane honey oil lab on his property was sentenced Monday to 90 days on alternative sentencing. Nevada County Sheriff's deputies had served a search warrant at the Flying T Road residence

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Nevada County community steps up to help family displaced by fire

August 5, 2018 — Becky and Eric Brewer already had a lot on their plate, with two kids set to show goats and turkeys at the Nevada County Fair — which kicks off Wednesday. Saturday morning, they suddenly had way more to handle, after a fast-moving fire consumed their

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Driver arrested in Highway 20 crash that killed passenger

August 5, 2018 — A Grass Valley man has been charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter in the death of his passenger Saturday night. Joshua James Robinson, 33, was driving his Toyota pickup on Highway 20 westbound near White Cloud Campground at 6 p.m. when he reportedly made

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Metal artist’s Nevada City home reflects her creative spirit, inside and out

July 31, 2018 — Ginny Davis' Nevada City house literally stops traffic. "We often get a honk, which is fun," Davis said with a smile. "I've heard people say, 'Oh my gosh, look at that house!' It's the funniest thing." The sedate Victorian on Boulder Street has been transformed

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Nevada County steps in to help residents during heat wave power outage

July 27, 2018 — A fire and resulting power surge knocked out power to most of Grass Valley Mobile Home Village early Thursday morning. With no electricity throughout the day and temperatures peaking in the triple digits, the situation could have become serious for the residents in the park

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Nevada City looks to regulate telecom facilities

July 26, 2018 — After fending off a proposal by Verizon Wireless to install rooftop wireless, Nevada City's City Council is looking to create a broad-based telecommunications ordinance to address future issues. Verizon recently withdrew its use permit application for a screened rooftop wireless facility at 109 North Pine

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Nevada City tightens up illegal camping ban

July 26, 2018 — Nevada City council members agreed to a change in its illegal camping ordinance that they say will make it easier to prosecute offenders. The ordinance currently reads that is unlawful for any person to camp overnight on public property in Nevada City without advance notice

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