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30-unit housing development proposed for Grass Valley

May 22, 2018 — A Nevada City architect is proposing a 30-unit housing development just outside historic downtown Grass Valley, on a 8.4-acre property that currently is the site of tomato farm Greg's Organics. Tobin Daugherty brought the conceptual residential project, tentatively called Gilded Springs, to Grass Valley's Development

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Nevada County Grand Jury again recommends county to close juvenile hall

May 21, 2018 — The Nevada County Grand Jury has again recommended the closure of Carl F. Bryant Juvenile Hall, citing the excessive cost of maintaining a seriously under-used facility. The recommendation — which was previously made by the grand jury in 2016 — was part of its periodic

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Voting record becomes issue in Nevada County clerk-recorder race

May 17, 2018 — While campaigning for the top job in the elections office, the three candidates — challengers Mary Anne Davis and Elise Strickler and incumbent Greg Diaz — naturally stressed the importance of voting and of safeguarding the integrity of the voting process. But local blogger and

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Choices for council: Four candidates vie for two seats in Nevada City

May 17, 2018 — It has been more than a decade since Nevada City voters had the opportunity to choose a candidate for city council. All of the current council members won their seats in uncontested elections. But this June, incumbents Duane Strawser and Evans Phelps are facing a

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Nevada County resurrects, revamps volunteer program

May 16, 2018 — The demise last year of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program left many in Nevada County wondering who would step up to fill the gap. No one wanted to see the county's many nonprofits lose the volunteers that helped keep them running — according to Nevada

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Grass Valley Planning Commission OKs Memorial Park mural

May 16, 2018 — Grass Valley's planning commission gave a unanimous thumbs-up to a patriotic mural proposed by a Nevada Union High School student for her senior project. The public work of art to be painted by Autumn Gallagher would cover one wall of an 1960s-era cement-block pump house

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Three candidates seek seat of Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

May 15, 2018 — Perhaps the toughest questions the three candidates for Nevada County Clerk-Recorder face in the June election are simply: What, exactly, does a clerk-recorder do? And why should voters care who gets elected to the position? All three candidates — incumbent Greg Diaz and challengers Mary

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Search warrant served in case of missing Vietnam vet

May 15, 2018 — It's been a month since Vietnam veteran Stan Norman disappeared without a trace after spending time with friends in Nevada City and Grass Valley. On May 4, his distinctive silver Hummer was spotted in the Chalk Bluff/Red Dog area. A preliminary search was conducted that

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Trial postponed again in murder of Reno woman

May 13, 2018 — The murder trial for Maurice Di Aundra Rogers, already postponed from last fall, now has been rescheduled for October. Rogers has been charged with homicide in the death of Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno. Spruell-Jones' body was found in the road under the Interstate

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Second suspect arrested in 2016 murder of Donald Ormsby

May 13, 2018 — Nevada County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives have arrested a second suspect in the 2016 murder of Donald Mark Ormsby. Schennal Christina Gomez, 39, had remained out of custody since the crime, while continued information and evidence was obtained, a release from the Sheriff's Office stated.

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High-speed chase from Nevada City to Penn Valley ends with driver in jail

May 11, 2018 — A Grass Valley woman ended up in jail early Friday morning after a high-speed chase from Nevada City to Penn Valley. The woman, identified as Sarah Ann Winger, 27, was booked into county jail on suspicion of recklessly evading an officer, resisting arrest, and driving

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Charges pending against Grass Valley man in 2016 homicide

May 11, 2018 — A Grass Valley man who has been serving a state prison sentence for robbery was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Friday on a murder charge. Christopher Lee Bancroft, 28, has been a "person of interest" all along in the 2016 homicide of Donald Mark

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Everything’s a dollar at Grass Valley thrift store benefiting animals

May 11, 2018 — "When we started this in 2014, we were handing out pet food from the back of a truck," said a beaming Patti Galle. "Now look at us," she said, gesturing to walls of shelves lining the food giveaway space for Nevada County Pets in Need.

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Grass Valley native will represent U.S. in armored combat world championships

May 10, 2018 — Imagine a WWE-style melee with three, five, 10 or even 16 fighters on each side, recreating the mass battles of medieval times. Now imagine each fighter has strapped on a full suit of authentically medieval armor, probably 60 to 90 pounds worth, and is wielding

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Nevada City OK’s busking guidelines

May 10, 2018 — Nevada City's city council has approved a set of guidelines for street performers, after earlier deciding against an ordinance regulating busking. City staff had brought the proposed busking ordinance to the city council in April, proposing a permit that would cost $10 a quarter. The

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Nevada City council discusses closing National Alley

May 10, 2018 — A proposed "vacation" of National Alley as a public right of way needs to overcome a few hurdles before receiving approval from Nevada City officials. Most notably, a study needs to be done to determine the potential traffic impacts from closing off the alley between

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Center for the Arts to lease office space in Grass Valley City Hall

May 9, 2018 — The Center for the Arts is about to start an expansion and remodel project that will keep the organization out of its West Main Street facility for at least eight months and force the non-profit's performances into off-site locations. Now, the city of Grass Valley

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Hummer found, but no sign of missing Vietnam vet Stan Norman

May 8, 2018 — Two extensive multi-agency searches were conducted Saturday and Tuesday for a missing Vietnam veteran after his vehicle was located in the Chalk Bluff area. But searchers found no sign of Stan Norman, or his toy apricot poodle KoKo. Authorities now are calling his disappearance "suspicious."

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Patriotic mural proposed for Grass Valley’s Memorial Park

May 8, 2018 — Grass Valley soon could get a new mural. This public work of art — proposed by Nevada Union student Autumn Gallagher as her senior project — would cover one wall of an 1960s-era cement-block pump house in Memorial Park and will feature a patriotic theme.

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Animal advocates mourn death of Blossom Animal Rescue founder in Smartsville

May 7, 2018 — Nevada County's animal lovers are a passionate, committed bunch. So it comes as no surprise that they sprang into action when one of their own, Blossom Animal Rescue founder Novalee Truesdell, was killed in a vehicle collision. Truesdell's nonprofit organization was based in Smartsville and

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