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Nevada County water board votes to rescind controversial dam resolution

November 14, 2018 — A contentious — and confusing — vote by the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors to cap Centennial Dam spending at $2 million a year was rescinded Wednesday. That "compromise" motion was voted on during a public hearing on Oct. 9, called after the South

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Nevada County jury finds child molest suspect guilty

November 14, 2018 — A jury has found a 71-year-old Nevada County man guilty of continual sexual abuse of a girl in a case that stems from incidents that took place between 1997 and 2001. Kenneth Byrnes is facing a potential sentence of between six and 16 years, Deputy

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Nevada County supervisors restrict ‘nuisance’ shooting on private property

November 13, 2018 — Spurred by complaints from homeowners in Supervisor Hank Weston's district, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to amend a county ordinance to restrict "nuisance" shooting on private property. Weston proposed the changes back in September, saying that over the years he has

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Grass Valley T-Mobile robbery suspects forgo hearing into evidence

November 13, 2018 — The two adult suspects in the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store last month waived their right to a preliminary hearing into the evidence against them Tuesday. Darren Henderson and Damiya Jones, both 18 and from Sacramento, and a 16-year-old were arrested after a brief

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As wildfires rage throughout California, predictions are for continued dry weather

November 12, 2018 — Dry, windy, warm weather has continued to fuel the wildfires that so far this week have caused the death of at least 44 people, the loss of thousands of homes and the evacuation of more than 250,000 people from the Paradise area to the north

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Alleged serial groper arrested in Grass Valley

November 12, 2018 — A 20-year-old Nevada City man, Riley Mispley, who reportedly has been terrorizing women on the streets of Grass Valley for the past year was arrested Friday. During the past year, Grass Valley Police officers and detectives have been investigating multiple reports of a man grabbing

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Little Black Dress sale to benefit Nevada County’s Cinderella Project

November 11, 2018 — If you're a woman who firmly believes there is no such thing as owning too many little black dresses, you're in luck. Nevada County's Cinderella Project is hosting a "Holiday Little Black Dress Sale" fundraiser on Thursday as a "pop-up" at Mill St. Clothing in

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More wrangling delays sentencings in Nevada County pot caretaker murder case

November 9, 2018 — Re-sentencing for two codefendants in a contentious homicide case that ended in a mistrial was delayed Friday after the prosecutor filed a motion to disqualify the presiding judge. Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh had previously filed a similar motion against Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson

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County rallies for Paradise fire victims

November 9, 2018 — Nevada County's residents know they can count on their community to rally around those in need. Today has been no exception, as many locals rallied to offer whatever assistance they could to the victims of the Camp Fire. Several efforts have already been organized. Kari

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Thanks to Give founder hands over reins after 19 years

November 8, 2018 — For 19 years, Thanksgiving morning for Nancy Zeno-Hamilton and her husband, Francis Hamilton, has meant rising at the crack of dawn to oversee the preparation and delivery of hundreds of meals to shut-ins and others in need in Nevada County. This year will be slightly

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Fleeing suspect in Nevada City stun gunned twice, faces drug and resisting arrest charges

November 7, 2018 — Nevada City Police officers responding to a report of a person hitting vehicles were confronted by a naked man in a back yard Tuesday afternoon, triggering a chase and the eventual stun gunning of the suspect. Two officers were dispatched to the corner of Pittsburg

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Hodge, Aguilar take lead in Grass Valley city council race

November 7, 2018 — In Grass Valley, incumbent Ben Aguilar, who was appointed in 2016, and Hilary Hodge took an early lead with Bob Branstrom trailing in the race for two open seats on the city council. Only ballots turned in by Saturday had been counted at of 8:30

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Fate of Centennial Dam could be decided at polls

November 7, 2018 — While it is not actually a measure on the ballot, the future of Nevada Irrigation District's Centennial Reservoir project could very well be decided at the polls. That's because the four candidates for two of the three open seats on the board have made their

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Weather conditions spark red flag warning for Nevada County

November 6, 2018 — It's been a beautiful fall so far, with warm, dry, sunny days for weeks on end. But that means that the fire danger that bedevils all of California has not gone away, with no rain on the immediate horizon. And, in fact, the National Weather

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Two Grass Valley residents arrested in Auburn on drug, weapons charges

November 5, 2018 — Two Grass Valley residents were arrested last week in Auburn after being found with drugs and weapons in their car, along with possibly stolen checks. A Placer County Sheriff's deputy patrolling in North Auburn early on the morning of Oct. 29 spotted a white Honda

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Nevada City cannabis business permit seekers cause concerns

November 1, 2018 — It's somewhat of a Catch-22 for cannabis cultivators, distributors and manufacturing businesses trying to get legit. Adult-use marijuana is now legal in California, but licensing is lagging far behind. In Nevada County, a cultivation ordinance is still being hashed out and might not be ready

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Grass Valley Fire Department to add paramedics to its lifesaving arsenal

October 31, 2018 — In June, Grass Valley's voters approved Measure E, an ongoing 1 percent sales tax expected to raise approximately $5.4 million annually. Thanks to that funding, Grass Valley Fire Chief Mark Buttron told the city council earlier this month, his department is going to be able

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Evidentiary hearing postponed in Nevada County Superior Court for kidnap suspect

October 30, 2018 — A preliminary hearing into the evidence against a man charged in a 2017 kidnap and robbery was postponed Tuesday due to the unavailability of a witness. John Ronald Shear, 23, is facing charges of kidnapping, second-degree robbery, criminal threats and assault on a person by

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Nevada City looks to OK adult-use cannabis businesses

October 25, 2018 — Nevada City took a first, tentative step toward allowing businesses to manufacture and sell adult-use cannabis. City Council members asked staff to put together a checklist of considerations to forward to the Planning Commission, in order to potentially amend the city ordinance that currently allows

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Nevada Irrigation District directors hear groundwater plan update

October 25, 2018 — The Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors received an update about the Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development and authorized a contract for work at Scotts Flat Campground, during its Wednesday meeting. Directors got an update on the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from the West Placer

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