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Cold weather shelter to open Wednesday, Thursday nights in Grass Valley

February 19, 2019 — Back in November, shortly after local nonprofit Sierra Roots signed contracts with Nevada County and Nevada City to operate an extreme weather shelter, there were concerns over potentially exceeding the 20 nights provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding. On Tuesday, the fear proved to

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More snow possible down to 1,000 feet for Nevada County

February 19, 2019 — The weather cleared up late Sunday, but below-freezing temperatures have been causing plenty of headaches out on the county's roads. And there's more snow on the horizon, albeit just a dusting at lower elevations. Overnight lows dipped into the mid to upper 20s in Nevada

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Renovation coming along at Grass Valley’s The Center for the Arts

February 18, 2019 — It might seem to the casual observer that not much is going on right now inside the empty shell of The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. But appearances are deceptive, says those associated with the multi-million-dollar renovation of the former auto dealership

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Altercation ends in man fatally stabbing himself

February 17, 2019 — A man with a reported history of mental health issues died early Sunday morning after an altercation that ended with him fatally stabbing himself in the neck. Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 10000 block of Bitney Springs Road at

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Roommate dispute leads to shooting in Nevada City

February 17, 2019 — A Nevada City man reportedly shot his roommate, then called the non-emergency number at the police department to turn himself in Saturday night. The suspect, identified as 60-year-old Timothy Lowell Meisenheimer, called police just after 9:30 p.m. and reported his roommate had tried to attack

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Free speech concerns scuttle Nevada City’s panhandling ordinance

February 15, 2019 — A proposed ordinance that would ban "aggressive" panhandling in Nevada City was scuttled after concerns were raised about potential legal challenges to its constitutionality. Nevada City's city council was set to OK the ordinance on a second reading Wednesday after tabling it in late January.

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Grass Valley Police Department gets OK to hire tech analyst

February 15, 2019 — Grass Valley's city council on Tuesday approved an information technology analyst position for the police department, as part of its Measure E funding. Measure E, which was approved by voters in June 2018, expanded a sales tax initially passed through Measure N, with revenues to

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Nevada City gives wireless ordinance final OK

February 14, 2019 — Nevada City's city council has approved an ordinance that will regulate wireless telecommunication facilities in town after a multi-year battle with Verizon. The ordinance proposal has been in the works since last fall, with city staff working with city-contracted attorney Scott Porter and Rusty Monroe

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Pump skimmers found at Nevada City gas station

February 14, 2019 — At least two incidents of debit card fraud have been linked to pump skimmers found at a Nevada City gas station. And there potentially are dozens of victims, police said. Two reports were made late last week but until Wednesday, it was not clear where

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Nevada County water district leaves rate hikes up in air

February 13, 2019 — Water rates still may be going up. Hours of wrangling ended in a stalemate Wednesday after the Nevada Irrigation District's board of directors voted to move forward with the process to institute a rate hike. The actual increase, if any, would be determined at a

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Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives arrest four suspects in string of burglaries

February 13, 2019 — Nevada County Sheriff's detectives from a newly formed Special Investigations Unit arrested four suspects Tuesday in connection with a string of burglaries at the same residence. A fifth suspect in the burglaries has been identified, but not arrested, according to Lt. Rob Bringolf. An arrest

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Series of storms raises flood concerns for Nevada County

February 12, 2019 — Plenty of snow at higher elevations, coupled with a series of warmer, wetter storms that could bring up to 7 1/2 inches of rain to Grass Valley over the next few days, has raised flood concerns. A strong storm along the coast was slated to

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More clarity sought for Nevada County’s Raw Water Master Plan process

February 12, 2019 — The Nevada Irrigation District's board of directors put the brakes on the Raw Water Master Plan update at its last board meeting, terminating a contract with the consultant group hired to facilitate that two-year process. On Tuesday, the committee charged with taking the next step

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Nevada City ponders partial closure of Commercial Street

February 7, 2019 — An ambitious plan to revamp Nevada City's Commercial Street into a more pedestrian-friendly option got some pushback from merchants when it was presented to the city council, but will move forward with a traffic study. The "community gathering space" proposal has been in the works

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Nevada County to see more rain, snow

February 7, 2019 — The last round of storms skirted western Nevada County, dropping a lot of rain but just a little snow at lower elevations through Tuesday. There's more on the way. Wet weather returns Friday with the first of a pair of cold systems, the National Weather

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Search on for man missing off Banner Lava Cap since Monday

February 7, 2019 — A search is underway for a man missing since Monday morning off Banner Lava Cap Road. Joshua Nordyke, 37, was last seen when he left his mother's residence off Butterfly Drive in Nevada City after an argument around 11 a.m. Monday, friend Ryan Durham said.

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New management takes over renovations of Nevada County’s iconic Holbrooke, National hotels

February 5, 2019 — The two iconic hotels of Nevada County — Grass Valley's Holbrooke and the National Exchange Hotel in Nevada City — will undergo one more metamorphosis, as a new management company has stepped in to oversee the massive renovation project. As part of the changeover, the

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Brunt of predicted snowstorm skirts western Nevada County

February 5, 2019 — It was a snow day for most of the schools in western Nevada County Tuesday, even though what was conspicuously missing for the lower elevations was any actual snow. While the higher elevations, including Banner Quaker Hill and Cascade Shores, reported a total of 6

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Snow causes road closures, accidents throughout Nevada County

February 4, 2019 — Much of Nevada County got at least some snow Monday, and remains under a winter storm warning through late this afternoon. The worst weather was seen in the eastern end of the county, with white-out conditions closing Interstate 80 at Applegate. Highway 20 was open

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Two suspects linked to vehicle break-ins, stolen checks in Grass Valley, Nevada City

February 4, 2019 — An alert bank teller was able to help local police nab the suspects in two vehicle break-ins, and multiple attempts to cash stolen checks from one of the burglaries, late last week. On Jan. 31, a teller at Bank of the West in the 400

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