Published on Mar 3, 2014 - 6:25:37 AM
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March 8, 2014 at 5:15 PM A rock and mud slide is blocking the northbound lanes on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba, approximately 1/4 mile from the bridge.
The candidate list for the June Primary election is now available: here
March 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM Dai Meagher not to run for Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector. I wish to thank my supporters for their trust and encouragement as I contemplated serving my community as Treasurer-Tax Collector. After careful deliberation I determined I could not fulfill commitments to my clients, to the several community organizations I serve, or to my wife and son, were I to pursue this office at this time.
March 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM Timely story: Resetting Our Clocks: New Details About How the Body Tells Time. Springing clocks forward by an hour this Sunday, traveling across time zones, staring at a computer screen late at night or working the third shift are just a few examples of activities that can disrupt our daily, or circadian, rhythms. These roughly 24-hour cycles influence our physiology and behavior, and they're driven by our body's network of tiny timekeepers. If our daily routines fall out of sync with our body clocks, sleep, metabolic and other disorders can result.
March 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM A boulder in the middle of the road at Moonshine Rd / Kelly Rd. County road crews en route, please use caution when driving in the area.
March 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM Take a look at the picture spotted by Real Reader Linda Chaplin in a museum in Rome!
March 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM Dry and mild weekend, chance of precip Sunday eve and Monday. A ridge of high will build over the region the next couple to days to bring dry and mild conditions to the interior. Temperatures will mainly warm into the lower 70s the next couple of days for the valley to the 50s for the mountains. Light northerly winds on Friday for the valley will shift upvalley for Saturday ahead of the next weather system.
March 7, 2014 at 7:28 AM Below average flood potential expected for California this spring. The spring flood potential outlook is below average for all basins in California and the upper Klamath Lake basin in Oregon. Low soil moisture conditions due to prolonged drought and/or below normal snowpacks are minimizing the potential for flooding this spring. Watersheds in the region are forecast to endure a third consecutive year of below average spring runoff.
March 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM The Blotter Files: Second hand info RP reporting grandson chopped off finger while cutting wood. Finger is in the garage.
March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM Traffic hazard on Pleasant Valley Rd / Wildflower Dr. Truck blocking the road.
March 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM Two large tan horses loose in the roadway on Bitney Springs Rd.
March 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM Tree located, county road crew on scene, tree is dispatched, all units are returning to their stations.
March 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM NSJ firefighters in the area of Tyler Foote, looking for the downed tree. So far, roadway is clear.
March 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM Tree across the road, 1 mile before Old Mill Road on Tyler Foote. North San Juan Fire is on the way to deal with the obstruction.
March 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM While we're going about our business here on Earth, in less than an hour an asteroid will fly by our planet. The minimum distance from our planet will be of 80.000 km (73.000 km from Earth surface), that is 0.21 times the mean distance of our Moon. Watch it live, starting now. Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 DX110 very close encounter: live view
March 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM Emergency at the Holbrooke Hotel. Units on scene.
March 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM A mudslide is blocking the eastbound lane on Sr49 at the South Yuba River.
March 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM Lingering showers today, chance of thunderstorms. Scattered showers are expected over NorCal this afternoon, mostly over the mountains and north of I-80. There is a slight chance for a few thunderstorms as well, mainly north of Sacramento. Sierra passes may see minor snow accumulations. Looking ahead, dry and warm weather is expected Friday and Saturday, followed by another chance of precipitation by late Sunday.
March 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM NWS Sacramento: Excepting storms to continue for Nevada County through around midnight.
March 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM NWS update: Line of showers and t-storms continues to spread across NorCal. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions.
Lightning map at 9:55 pm.
March 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM Reports of lightning strikes hitting the ground in western Nevada County. Areas affected are just north of Nevada City, North San Juan and also the Camptonville area. According to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, a line of storms is moving eastwards, whereas individual storm cells within the line are moving northeastward.
March 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM All units released from structure fire in Grass Valley.
March 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM Report of a residential structure fire, Kendall Street, across of Orchard Way and Park Street in Grass Valley. Engines en route.
March 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM An injured lab mix is in the roadway at Banner Lava Cap Rd / Red Gate Rd. Please slow down, rain and darkness are NOT regular driving conditions!
March 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM Some very troubling statistics: Nevada County ranks higher than state in sale of e-cigarettes. Not looking so good in other categories as well.
March 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM Power is restored in the Red Dog and Hwy 20 area.
March 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM A new power outage, affecting 2,015 customers just occurred in the Nevada City area. Again, Hwy 20, Red Dog Road, Scotts Flat and North Bloomfield are affected.
March 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM Report of a power outage on Red Dog Road in Nevada City. The outage affects 2,041 customers in the Hwy20, Scott's Flat and North Bloomfield area. No cause yet, but crews are en route.
March 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM Hwy 20 at Penn Valley closed 9-11 today for accident investigation. Use Penn Valley Rd & Pleasant Valley Rd as detour.
March 5, 2014 at 7:15 AM Wet through Thursday, Dry on Friday and Saturday. A system is beginning to spread rain into northern California, with the bulk of precipitation coming later today and early Thursday. Breezy to windy conditions expected late this afternoon and through the evening, especially for the northern Sacramento Valley. Lingering showers during the day Thursday, with dry and mild conditions for Friday and Saturday. A wet system is likely on Sunday.
March 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM CHP: Due to a major traffic collision State Route 20 is closed between Penn Valley and Pleasant Valley Road, motorists are advised to avoid this area.
March 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM Hard closure at Hwy 20 and Pleasant Valley Road for approximately 90 minutes. Head-on collision with one confirmed fatality.
March 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM Accident on Pleasant Valley Road, one possible fatality. No further details. NCSO, CHP and numerous emergency personnel on scene. Vehicles involved are a blue Jeep vs a white Dodge Sedan.
March 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 20/Pleasant Valley Road. Extrication required, firefighters en route. Numerous resources assigned, including ambulances. Possible three injured parties. The accident is reported as a head-on collision.
March 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM Two people got more than they expected when driving in the Chalk Bluff area. Below is the CHP log of the incident:
4:41 PM 22  [Notification] [CHP]-ENTERPRISE GV 530-274-7400 / THEY WILL BE OPEN TILL 1730
4:39 PM 21  PLS CALL ENTERPRISE IN GV SEE HOW LATE THEY STAY OPEN / PRTYS NEED TO RENT A CAR / SEE IF THEY CAN WAIT UNTIL 1730 UNIT IS TAKN THEM THERE
4:38 PM 20  VEH OUT
4:38 PM 19  VEH
4:14 PM 18  GETTING VEH OUT BEFORE IT GETS DARK/ WILL 1148 PASSGRS
3:52 PM 17  CONTACT ADVANCE TOW TO 98 AT FISHERS 1020 / 3 MILES IN / ADVANCE TOW NEEDS 4 X 4
3:12 PM 16  SOME PUDDLES 6-12 IN DEEP / MESSY / 1039 FISHERS
3:11 PM 15  1039 H20 WILL DO SOME WEATHER EVAL
3:10 PM 14  2 OCC'S OO VEH / 4 MILES FRM HWY 20
3:04 PM 13  REQ AIR / 2 1/2 MILES IN / STILL CANNOT FIND VEH
3:02 PM 12  HAVE TOW 1023 20 X CHALK BLUFF UNTIL UNIT ADVISES
3:01 PM 11  FISHERS WILL TRY TO GET VEH / ADVANCE ROLLING AS BACK UP
2:30 PM 10  1039 CDF GVLY FIRE FOR ETA - FIRE ADV APPROX ETA 20 MINS
2:29 PM 9  [Notification] [CHP]-FISHERS CB and REQ ETA
2:10 PM 8  [Notification] [CHP]-UPDATED 1020 PER FIRE - JSO HEADWATERS RD BY 1/2 MILE
2:07 PM 7  VEH IS BLK 13 JAGUAR XJ SDN
2:06 PM 6  THIS WAS AN XFER FRM 3A - 3A DIDNT HAVE 1185 STARTED YET - THEY WILL CB WITH CALL # and TOW INFO
2:02 PM 5  XFER GVLY FIRE
2:02 PM 4  OCCS UNABLE TO GET OO VEH BECAUSE WATER RUSHES IN WHEN HE OPENS THE DOOR
2:02 PM 3  VEH IS OCC BY RP and 1 OTHER PERSON
2:00 PM 2  WATER HAS FLOODED THE INSIDE OF THE VEH UP TO HIS LAP
1:59 PM 1  RPS VEH IS STUCK IN A LG PUDDLE OF WATER
March 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM An overturned Toyota pickup is blocking one lane at Lake Vera Purdon Rd / North Bloomfield.
March 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM Two promotions at NCCFD - Chief hiring postponed. This change in the organization results from the imminent departure of Interim Fire Chief, Jerald Johnson. As a Cal PERS annuitant Interim Fire Chief Johnson's tenure is soon coming to an end.
March 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM The latest forecasts: More rain later today and Thursday
March 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM An explainer for a corporation, written by a rural. Jim Hurley | Somebody needs to tell WM the obvious: Rurals are different
March 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM
March 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM Update from the Truckee Police Department: Northwoods Bl is open with single lane restrictions. Northwoods Bl is projected to be fully open without restrictions by noon today.
March 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM The National Weather Service in Sacramento provides this update: "Satellite imagery shows an impressive plume of moisture originating from Hawaii now moving over California, and aided aloft by a 190 kt jet stream. Diffluence out ahead of the jet stream along with low level warm air advection has brought rain showers along the Mendocino range and Shasta drainage area since yesterday. As of this writing, moisture has begun to sag southward along the Sierra to Interstate 80." We have the latest real-time weather maps here: http://yubanet.com/regional/Weather-Maps.php
March 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM If you decided not to attend the Mardi Gras parade because of the rain, here's what you missed. Erin Thiem posted a photo gallery on the Outside Inn's blog. Go look!
March 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM Power has been fully restored in Grass Valley at 7:50 am.
March 3, 2014 at 7:58 AM The Blotter Files: 911 call received from small child, child agreed to give the phone to her mother who was sleeping. Mother advised child thought she was calling her grandmother. #TheBlotterFiles
March 3, 2014 at 7:03 AM Power outage in Grass Valley since 6:45 am, 81 customers affected in the North Auburn and Doris Drive area. No cause or time of restoration yet.
March 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM Power has been restored to most of the outage area. Enjoy the rest of your evening!
March 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM 1,515 customers are currently without power in the Nevada City area, according to a PG&E spokesman. The cause of the outage has not yet been established, but crews are en route to the area. No estimated time of restoration yer.
March 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM Outage affecting over 1,400 customers in the Lake/Vera, Purdon, North Bloomfield and Hwy 20 area. No cause yet.
Latest outage map by PG&E
March 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM Power outage again, this time affecting YubaNet HQ.
March 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM Heads up, a large tree in the roadway on Scotts Flat Road.
March 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM The last remaining 104 customer in the East Broad Street area have their power restored now. Outage lasted since 4:45 am this morning, due to a tree falling on the power lines.
March 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM An excellent reminder from reader Tracy about headlights:
How about a headlight reminder for our drivers.
State law requires that you turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are in operation. On a recent trip to town, in fog and a heavy downpour, easily 50% of cars and trucks did not have their headlights turned on.
For those who forget, or want to extend the life of their headlights, try this experiment. Which cars, heading in your direction, are the easiest to see in the rain? This is especially important for those who drive a white or silver colored vehicle - they literally disappear in the mist, rain and fog.
Be safe, people. Let common sense prevail.
March 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM Updated! Tree vs power line on East Broad Street - PG&E on scene . Yes, there's progress being made. Good job.
March 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM Thanks to Real Reader Greg Archbald for this image of the offending tree. As you can see, the branches became quite entangled with the wires. Safety is the first priority, if you come across downed power lines, always treat them as live.
Image Greg Archbald
Crews are now removing the tree and will re-energize the lines after checking for additional damage.
March 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM 104 PG&E customers still affected by the power outage on Broad Street. According to Erin, a tree truck is now on scene to remove the tree that fell on the power line.
March 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM An update from PG&E, the approximate restoration time is now pushed back to 3:30 pm.
Updated outage map by PG&E
March 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM An update on the power outage on East Broad Street. A small section immediately adjacent to the downed power line is still without power. PG&E crews are working to fully restore all customers. Estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am, plenty of time to get ready for the Mardi Gras parade. :)
Photo by Erin Thiem
March 2, 2014 at 7:41 AM Power has been restored in Nevada City and surrounding areas.
Thanks to the Outside Inn's Erin Thiem, we even have a picture of the PG&E crews who fixed the downed power line on East Broad Street.
Nevada City Police Department was also on scene to provide traffic control. The incident occurred around 4:47 am, with power just having been fully restored to most areas.
March 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM A cloudburst and the setting sun created this amazing light in the Yuba Canyon just now.
March 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM NID Restoring Water Service in Lake Wildwood. Nevada Irrigation District crews were working in Lake Wildwood Saturday morning (Mar. 1) after a Friday night (Feb. 28) culvert collapse damaged a nearby water main line, causing outages in parts of the Lake Wildwood water delivery system.
March 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM Showers today - then a few dry days before the next system. Upper low moving into central California will bring showers across the area today with possible thunderstorms over the Sierra. Flat high pressure will allow multiple systems to drag across the north state bringing a continued threat of showers early next week especially north of the interstate 80 corridor. A stronger system will bring a threat of precipitation to most of Northern California around Thursday.
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