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Splashes of color: Public art advocate hopes to curate two new murals in Grass Valley

May 6, 2018 — After a months-long hustle to get a mural approved by Grass Valley officials, local business owner Haven Caravelli successfully facilitated the creation of a brighter brick wall on the corner of Mill and East Main Streets last year, where Justin Lovato's flowery tribute to the

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Grass Valley looks ahead with groundwater recharge projects

February 27, 2018 — A new program in Grass Valley could help store water that would otherwise be whisked away into storm drains. The first phase of the city's groundwater recharge efforts was implemented this summer on North School Street. A portion of the road was resurfaced with pervious

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Habitat for Humanity helps combat housing crisis in Nevada County

February 27, 2018 — Habitat for Humanity is finishing up construction on the last four units in its new 16-home neighborhood in Grass Valley, which gives low-income Nevada County residents a chance to own a home they've helped build. The village is made up of simple, affordable homes built

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Working out the kinks: Grass Valley responds to concerns raised by massage businesses

February 25, 2018 — A Grass Valley rule that forces massage businesses to close by 7 p.m. has had a significant negative impact on some of those businesses, according to their owners. The City Council in April 2016 adopted regulations for massage businesses, which, among other requirements, established a

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Anti-dam activists rally in Sacramento to show opposition to NID’s Centennial reservoir

February 21, 2018 — The California Water Commission, which is evaluating the Nevada Irrigation District's application in pursuit of state funding for the proposed Centennial dam, was greeted by a surprise group of visitors Wednesday. Dressed in lifejackets and wielding kayak paddles, about 60 demonstrators stood outside the Commission's

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Nevada City in favor of ‘We the People Amendment’ regarding campaign financing

February 21, 2018 — Taking a stand against corporate personhood and big money in politics, Nevada City last week showed its support for a proposed 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The City Council adopted a resolution in favor of the "We the People Amendment," which has been entered

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GOP governor candidates discuss visions for California in Nevada County

February 20, 2018 — Three Republican candidates in the running for California governor have much in common. Travis Allen, John Cox and Douglas Ose — who presented their visions for California's future Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Nevada County Republican Women, Federated — all fear the state

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(VIDEO) Crews battle structure fire in Rough and Ready

February 20, 2018 — A fire broke out Tuesday in Rough and Ready that partially destroyed a home and detached garage before spreading to nearby vegetation, officials said. Capt. Clayton Thomas with the Penn Valley Fire Protection District estimates the size of the fire, which began burning around 12:45

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Grass Valley no longer requires sidewalks on both sides of some streets

February 19, 2018 — Grass Valley now allows housing developers to forego building sidewalks on one side of the street, a change they hope will incentivize more housing in the city. "I kind of revert back to my childhood, where I played football, baseball and basketball in the street,"

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Dog dies in Nevada City from fight wounds

February 19, 2018 — A Nevada City woman's dog died Monday from injuries it sustained when two larger dogs attacked it Saturday morning, the woman said. Jeannie Wood was walking near her home on Red Dog Road when two dogs she described as Pit Bulls ran from a neighbor's

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Dog days are just beginning in Grass Valley

February 15, 2018 — The newest addition to the Grass Valley Police Department is likely to be fuzzier and furrier than the other members on the force. The department is set to get a new police dog this year in an effort to increase officer safety and provide a

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Nevada City once again decides one medical pot dispensary is enough — for now

February 15, 2018 — The contentious debate surrounding how many medical marijuana dispensaries should operate in Nevada City has been settled — for now. The two candidates that applied but weren't approved for the city's first dispensary license will have to wait. Elevation 2477', selected by the City Council

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Niel Locke announces run for Nevada City treasurer

February 15, 2018 — Niel Locke, former owner of the Posh Nosh restaurant on Broad Street and current Nevada City clerk, announced this week he plans to run for the city treasurer position in June. Locke's second term as city clerk is set to expire in 2020. If elected

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Nevada County Army pilot dies in helicopter crash

February 14, 2018 — Family and friends this month will celebrate the life of Kevin Burke, a 28-year-old Grass Valley man and U.S. Army pilot who died Jan. 20 when the helicopter he was driving crashed at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin. Burke, a chief warrant officer

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NID fears pot grows could make water conservation more challenging

February 13, 2018 — The Nevada Irrigation District on Tuesday said it may have to re-work its master plan, which projects NID's water needs until 2023, to account for water usage associated with legal marijuana grows. Because California's new cannabis regulations allow for the cultivation of up to six

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Nevada City to discuss volume of cannabis businesses

February 12, 2018 — Medical marijuana businesses are on the table this week for the Nevada City Council and Planning Commission, which are set to meet Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, respectively. Council members Wednesday will discuss how the city should handle the volume of medical cannabis business applications

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Bicyclists in Nevada City raise awareness about dangers of distracted driving

February 11, 2018 — Bicyclists and runners gathered Sunday morning for the ninth annual Jim Rogers Memorial Ride in Nevada City to honor a fallen friend and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. "I promise to never use my cell phone while driving," participants chanted, with their

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More parking in the pipeline for Grass Valley

February 11, 2018 — Grass Valley is making use of a property it purchased last year on East Main Street, converting the former site of the Old California Restaurant into a public parking lot. Crews this month removed overgrown vegetation at the 341 East Main Street lot, which Grass

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Grass Valley City Council to consider police canine, property purchase

February 11, 2018 — The Grass Valley City Council will meet Tuesday to consider implementing a police K-9 program and purchasing a property on Mill Street. City Council members in August met Rudiger, Nevada City's police dog, and heard from Grass Valley Police Chief Alex Gammelgard, who said having

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Sierra Harvest’s Food and Farm Conference continues through the weekend

February 9, 2018 — Alana Fowler's goats are hard workers. The herd is hired by private farmers and public agencies, including the Nevada Irrigation District, for their vegetation management and fire fuel reduction services. Participants at the Sustainable Food and Farm Conference on Friday crowded around Fowler at her

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