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Happening Now - October 2014


By: YubaNet

Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.

You are invited to participate. See a road closure? A business opening? A smoke plume? Email us at news@yubanet.com or call 530-478-9600. You can also text us at 530-409-9888, but please don't text or call while driving.

October 31, 2014 at 10:31 PM As of Friday afternoon, the Nevada County Elections Office had received 14,615 vote by mail ballots. In other words, some 30,000 vote by mail ballots issued have not yet been returned. Please, Vote and return your ballot to the Elections Office or at the latest, drop it off on Tuesday at a polling place. Ballots must be received by 8:00 pm on Tuesday to be counted.

October 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM Vehicle on its side between the river and Reader Ranch Road on Hwy 49. CHP and fire on scene.

October 31, 2014 at 10:20 PM Thanks to reader Sunshine for this update: "Telephone line down right before Lost Lake Road on Greenhorn. Closed until 11 they are saying. "

October 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM Yosemite: Due to precipitation in the upcoming forecast, the Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road will preemptively close at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, October 31. Four to eight inches of snow is expected between 6,000 feet and 8,000 feet in elevation, with six to 15 inches of snow expected above 8,000 feet in elevation. Snowfall is expected to accumulate through late Saturday morning. Yosemite National Park Road crews will reassess both roads Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to determine if/when reopening is possible. For 24-hour updated road information, please call 209-372-0200.

The Haunted Pathway. Photo by Erin Thiem
October 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM From Erin Thiem and the Outside Inn: Happy Halloween! The Outside Inn’s haunted pathway is ready for Nevada City, stop by tonight and play a visit with our resident ghosts, Dracula, witches, ghost pirates and more.

If you’ve never checked out our Halloween decorations before, be warned, they’re family friendly, but maybe not suitable for the youngest trick or treaters. Lots of fun for Nevada City tonight – check out the Nevada City Halloween parade at 5pm on Broad Street, Miners Foundry Fright Night, trick or treating in the neighborhoods or if you’re really up for a fright, the haunted house in town.

October 31, 2014 at 10:17 AM A Flu Shot Clinic will be held by the Nevada County Public Health Dept. on Thursday, November 6th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 500 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley, off of Whispering Pines. Seasonal flu vaccinations are offered to anyone 3 years of age and older. Cost: $15/Shot

October 31, 2014 at 8:23 AM Cold front brings rain and snow to the area today. A cold front will impact interior NorCal today and tonight bringing rain and mountain snow with isolated thunderstorms. Much cooler temperatures are also expected. Showers are expected behind the front on Saturday then end Sunday. Drier and milder weather early next week and continuing through the end of the week.

October 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM Pro Tip: Cover your burn piles before tomorrow's storm.

October 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM The Truckee Ranger District is planning a 35-70 acre prescribed fire near the Prosser Hill area today, Thursday, October 30th at around 11:00 a.m. The prescribed fire will only take place if weather, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersal remains favorable. Smoke may be visible in the areas of Klondike Flats, Tahoe Donner, Prosser Lakeview/Heights and along portions of Hwy 89 North. A portion of Prosser Hill OHV may be closed due to prescribed fire operations. Smoke will normally sink into lower elevations at night and rise out of the area when daytime temperatures increase. The Truckee Ranger District strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities and we will be monitoring smoke and weather daily.

Thanks to reader Michael Fox for sharing!
October 30, 2014 at 8:06 AM Glorious sunrise this morning, described by some as a Giants Sunrise in orange and black. Thanks to reader Michael Fox from Nevada City for sharing his photo.

October 30, 2014 at 6:56 AM Sunny today, rain for Trick or Treaters and snow in the higher elevations tomorrow. Mild weather for Today under upper level high pressure. A cold front will impact interior northern California beginning tonight then moving through NorCal on Friday. The front will bring rain and mountain snow along with cooler temperatures, and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Showers are expected behind the front on Saturday. Snow levels will lower to around 4500 ft Saturday morning. Showers ending early Sunday with drier and milder weather early next week.

October 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, possibly in the North San Juan/North Bloomfield area.

October 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM Winter storm still on track for late Friday and Saturday. Plan for rain on Friday and snow above 4,00 ft on Friday night and Saturday.

October 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM the Truckee Ranger District is planning a 35-70 acre prescribed fire near the Prosser Hill area today, Tuesday, October 28th. The prescribed fire will only take place if weather, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersal remains favorable. Smoke may be visible in the areas of Klondike Flats, Tahoe Donner, Prosser Lakeview/Heights and along portions of Hwy 89 North. A portion of Prosser Hill OHV may be closed due to prescribed fire operations. Smoke will normally sink into lower elevations at night and rise out of the area when daytime temperatures increase. The Truckee Ranger District strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities and we will be monitoring smoke and weather daily.

October 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM Mild today, but bleak outlook for Halloween. Continued mild weather through Thursday. A frontal system will impact interior northern California Friday (Halloween) and Saturday with valley rain and Sierra snow.

October 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey confirmed to YubaNet that a search warrant was executed at the residence of District 3 Supervisor Terry Lamphier on Friday. No arrest has been made and no charges have been filed. The search warrant was sealed and is not available at this time.

October 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM The reported smoke could be a 5-acre control burn by the Forest Service in the Buckeye Ridge area. One unit is en route to confirm.

October 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM Smoke check on Red Dog Road and Live Oak Drive. White column of smoke reported visible from Cascade Shores, possible in the Greenhorn drainage.

October 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM National Weather Service in Sacramento confirms significant impacts on travel and Trick or Treaters alike by the predicted winter storm: A fairly strong frontal system impacts interior northern California late Thursday night through Saturday with light to moderate rain with snow accumulation down to 4500 feet by Saturday morning.

Trick or treat activities may be wet throughout the region. Hopefully the main frontal band with the broad area of steadier precipitation will be through the area prior to the presence of evening Trick or Treaters.

Precipitation behind the front will be more isolated to scattered in coverage, but could also be heavier. 50% or greater chance exists Friday for the area to receive at least 0.1 inch of rain, with the largest percentages farther north.

Photo by Spike Newby
October 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM CHP reports that Foresthill Road is now open.

October 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM Per CHP: Foresthill Road at I-80 is closed in Placer County due to an accident on Foresthill Road and Drivers Flat. It is unknown when the road will open.

October 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM A logging truck accident on Foresthill Road has traffic blocked. This will be an extended closure. Foresthill Road is closed at Drivers Flat until a crane can be brought in and the logs removed. The accident involved two trucks, one driver has minor injuries only the other has moderate injuries. No further info.

October 27, 2014 at 7:44 AM Effective October 27, 2014, office hours for the American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest will be 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday. The office will be closed on weekends. On Tuesday, November 11, the office will be closed to observe Veteran’s Day. For information on recreation, woodcutting, or other general information for the American River Ranger District contact the district office at (530) 367-2224. Tahoe National Forest information is available via the Internet at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.

October 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM Continued mild weather through Thursday. Then a frontal system impacts northern interior California Friday (Halloween) and Saturday with a good probability of rain.

October 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM Helicopter is en route to the hospital, the roadway is clear at Rough&Ready Highway.

October 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM Calstar 3 is on the ground at the landing zone near Prospector Road.

October 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM CalStar 3 will be over the landing zone in a few minutes.

October 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM First unit on scene reports no extrication required, paramedics are still requesting the air ambulance. At this time, Rough&Ready Road is blocked to traffic.

October 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM Vehicle accident, with extrication required on Rough&Ready Road across from Rough&Ready Highway. Multiple units en route, air ambulance on order as a precautionary measure.

October 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM Vehicle accident north of Lime Kiln Road on Hwy 49. Two vehicles involved. Units en route.

Photo by Dan Thiem
October 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM And the winner of this year's Heroes of October game between Nevada City and Grass Valley is: Nevada City with a 15-12 score. The Heroes of October is a coed softball game/event where fun and friendly competition are combined to allow representatives from Nevada City and Grass Valley to establish bragging rights and proudly display a perpetual trophy. Proceeds will benefit Gold Country Community Services.

October 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM Dry and breezy today and Monday - then more rain. Drier weather expected today. The brief break into Monday will be followed by potentially more wet weather mid next week and again late week, to include Halloween trick or treating.

October 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM Vehicle fire in the driveway of Nevada County Juvenile Hall, no extension to the vegetation. Units en route.

October 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM Selfies with bears. Seriously?! Visitor behavior creating unsafe situations at Taylor Creek. Human interaction with bears at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center during the Kokanee salmon spawn has reached an unsafe level. The Forest Service is asking visitors to keep their distance when encountering bears. Visitor center staff routinely encounter unsafe situations as guests ignore their instructions and get too close to bears to take photos and videos.

Caltrans traffic cam I80 WB at Kingvale
October 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM Chain Control on I80 at I80 W / I80 W Kingvale Off ramp.

October 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM Vehicle accident on Sutton Way in Grass Valley, two vehicles involved.

October 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM CAL FIRE, Inyo USFS and local government are fighting a vegetation fire reported to be a few acres outside Lone Pine near Tuttle Creek Campground.

October 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM Pro Tip: Make sure your cell phones, tablets and other devices are fully charged. Power outages are likely with the high winds today.

October 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM Placer Sheriff will be escorting Detective Mike Davis from Sacramento to Chapel of the Valley on Vernon Street in Roseville with a large law enforcement and fire dept procession today. Estimated arrival time between noon and 12:30.

October 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM Thunderstorms, strong winds, rain and maybe even isolated weak tornadoes. Frontal system moving inland today. Thunderstorms probable over most of NorCal with the strongest in the Sacramento Valley. Motorists & residents should stay alert for changing weather conditions. Strong southerly winds also accompany this storm. Impacts from storm include downed power lines/localized power outages, lightning, hail, isolated tornadoes, moderate to heavy rain, minor flooding, and local slides over burn scars. The effects of the strong wind on trees is enhanced due to the leaves still being on the trees.

October 24, 2014 at 10:23PM Nevada City Fire Department and CAL FIRE responded, located a 10 by 10 spot on the 500 block of Railroad Avenue. Fire is extinguished, firefighters working on a line around the spot. The cause is under investigation.

October 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM Report of a vegetation fire near the Chevron Station on Sacramento Street in Nevada City. Units en route to the incident.

October 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Alison Ranch Road, burning brush on the roadside reported.

October 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM Placer County Sheriff's Office confirms the death of one of their deputies in today's shootout. A second deputy is also being treated for a gun shot wound.

October 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM The Placer Sheriff announces suspect in deputy shooting in custody. Auburn residents can breathe easier.

October 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM AuburnPoliceCA: Alta Vista students may be released to their parents. Students from Skyridge, EV Cain and Alta Vista are being released to parents only. Walkers will be held for pick up.

October 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM Per CHP: Auburn Folsom Road is closed at Indian Hill Rd due to police activity - there is no estimated time of reopening, motorists are advised to use alternate routes and avoid the area.

October 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM Placer High School students are being evacuated to the Boys and Girls Club at 679 Lincoln Way. Skyridge School students are currently being evacuated to EV Cain Middle School at 150 Palm Ave.

October 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM Auburn Police: The search area has extended to the Robie Point area behind Placer High. Stay in your homes and lock your doors.

October 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM Auburn Police: We are, along with multiple agencies involved in an active shooter situation in the south Auburn area. Stay clear of the area if possible

October 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM The Sacramento Sheriff's Department has set up a tip line for any one with information re deputy shooting: 916-874-9022.

October 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM Per Placer Unified: All Auburn school are on lockdown due to police


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