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Grass Valley’s Christopher’s Old World Deli, catering company close

February 19, 2018 — After 24 years and close to 1,000 weddings, Melissa Lane and Christopher Lockhart have called it quits — not just for their catering business but also their downtown Grass Valley restaurant, Christopher's Old World Deli. "We've retired," said Lane, by turns reflective and emotional. "Boom.

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Nevada City Police chief Tim Foley resigns

February 18, 2018 — Nevada City's top cop resigned late Friday afternoon, citing personal reasons. Police Chief Tim Foley was hired in late 2013 and started as the full-time chief in February 2014. Reached by phone Sunday, Foley said he did not feel his resignation was abrupt, adding that

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Foothill flakes, hard freeze predicted for Nevada County

February 18, 2018 — Cold air dropping down from western Canada will bring widespread freezing temperatures to Nevada County early this week, potentially setting record lows, the National Weather Service said. Mountain and foothill showers were being predicted into Monday, along with breezy winds. Snow could cause slick roads

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Treats in Nevada City to launch afternoon tea

February 16, 2018 — When Treats relocated from York Street to 214 Main last summer, ice cream shop owner Peggy Wright knew she wanted to use the upstairs portion of the Shaw Building as an event space. Enter Deborah Wandro, who started brainstorming some out-of-the-box ideas with Wright for

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Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning set to lease Nevada City Elementary building

February 15, 2018 — Erica Crane paced outside the closed-door meeting of the Nevada City School District board of trustees as the clock ticked past 5:45 p.m. Crane, the principal of Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, was anxiously waiting for a decision on whether her charter high school would

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District defers lease of Nevada City Elementary School after receiving low bid

February 14, 2018 — Nevada City School District trustees on Tuesday deferred making a decision on leasing out Nevada City Elementary School after receiving only one bid, which was for less than its stated minimum monthly lease. They opted to continue negotiations with the sole bidder, Sierra Academy of

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Nevada City’s iconic National Hotel sold

February 12, 2018 — Nevada City's most visible landmark, the National Hotel, has been sold. Escrow is set to close today. New owner Jordan Fife is already well into the plans for a proposed multi-million dollar restoration of what is believed to be the longest continually operating hotel —

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Convicted murderer Sam Strange granted parole suitability

February 8, 2018 — Convicted murderer Sam Strange was granted parole suitability by Board of Parole Hearings commissioners at Valley State Prison Thursday, his third attempt since his 1996 conviction for the brutal deaths of Crissy Campbell and Dawn Donaldson. The news was met with sharply divided reactions from

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Sierra Doctors office in Grass Valley closes down

February 7, 2018 — Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that St. Moritz Medical Center was not sold to Sierra Doctors Medical Group. Nevada County has lost a long-standing medical practice. The office of physicians Lezley Brown and Linda Foshagen, which has gone through several changes

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Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference focuses on local fare

February 6, 2018 — If you care about what you put in your body, you know that a locavore diet — eating locally grown or produced food — is something to strive for. But translating the concept into reality can be daunting. After all, not everyone can take the

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Nevada City Chamber honors Dave Iorns

February 5, 2018 — Before longtime Nevada City booster Dave Iorns died late last month, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Iorns by good friend Homer Nottingham, said chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey. Nottingham honored Iorns again

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Lather in Lake of the Pines features photo booth, pop-up space

February 5, 2018 — Krystal Keller found her calling pretty early on. "I got my first round brush in someone's hair when I was 5," she laughed. Keller took a few detours along the way, having three children by the time she was 20 and working at a bank

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Spiral Internet’s high-speed fiber optic network still in limbo

February 4, 2018 — As long ago as 2009, Spiral Internet CEO John Paul was touting broadband Internet service across Nevada County in the hopes of receiving federal funding. Almost 10 years later, despite millions in state and private funding, the project remains more of a concept than reality,

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Two arrested in connection with multiple thefts, Cascade Shores burglary

February 2, 2018 — Some multi-agency cooperation resulted in the arrest of two men in connection with a large amount of stolen property, including a truck and SUV and a mini-crane. A little after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a Nevada County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a construction

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Two injured in rollover in Grass Valley

February 2, 2018 — The passenger in a truck, who reportedly was not wearing his seatbelt, sustained major injuries after he was ejected during a rollover Friday. A little before noon, Hamar Ashley, 65, of Nevada City, was driving a 2005 Ford pickup westbound on Golden Center Freeway just

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Suspected vehicle thief quickly arrested in Grass Valley

February 2, 2018 — Just a few days after Grass Valley Police officers and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies teamed up to uncover a large stash of stolen property in Cascade Shores (see story, page A7), they collaborated again in the arrest of a suspected vehicle thief Thursday. A Grass

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Park board, school district end negotiations for Penn Valley school site

February 1, 2018 — Months of acrimonious negotiations between Western Gateway Recreation and Park District and Penn Valley Union Elementary School District have ended in a stalemate, with the district rejecting the park board's bid to buy the former Pleasant Valley Elementary School. The school district had appraised the

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KVMR forum helps students navigate Nevada County’s high school options

January 31, 2018 — Starting high school can be a time of fear and trepidation, both for students and their parents. Long gone are the days when a student would leave middle school and head straight to the one high school in town. These days, Nevada County teens are

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Grass Valley school officials OK bond measure for June ballot

January 31, 2018 — Trustees for the Grass Valley School District voted Tuesday to pull the trigger on a facilities bond measure and will place it on the June ballot. The proposed school bond has been in the works for more than a year as the district refined its

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Warmth offers bikram yoga, inferno Pilates in new space in Grass Valley

January 31, 2018 — It took a little longer than expected, but Warmth yoga studio is up and running in a new space — just the latest in a series of changes and updates for the hot yoga and Pilates studio formerly known as Bikram Yoga Grass Valley Nevada

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