Happening Now - October 2015
Published Oct 1, 2015 - 6:40:40 AM
Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.
Only 493 lightning strikes touched down last night in California
Published Oct 4, 2015 - 3:17:22 PM
Last night an upper level low from Washington made its way down to California. Thunderstorms along the path of the low made for a great show, with the majority of lightning confined to cloud-to-cloud hits.
Last night's storm moves out in a hurry
Published Oct 4, 2015 - 9:16:58 AM
Last night's storm is moving into Southern CA today. Our region will have cooler weather today, lighter winds, with showers and thunderstorms limited to areas south of Highway 50.
Heads up! Strong winds likely to create dangerous conditions
Published Oct 3, 2015 - 11:21:14 AM
Strong low pressure system will impact CA this weekend. Primary concern will be strong and gusty north to northeast winds. Many trees have been weakened by drought and wildfires so people should be cautious of large branches and trees falling down. Cooler temperatures, showers, and isolated thunderstorms are also expected. Some snow showers are possible above 9,000 feet over the Sierra Nevada.
Caltrans Sets Open House for Proposed Highway 20 Project in Smartsville Area
Published Oct 3, 2015 - 8:52:54 AM
The State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct a community open house on Wednesday, October 7 for a proposed project to reduce traffic collisions on State Highway 20 in the Smartsville area.
Very windy weekend - with a Red Flag Warning
Published Oct 3, 2015 - 7:54:31 AM
A vigorous low pressure system will bring cooler weather, windy conditions, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms this weekend. Showers will linger into Monday over the Sierra Nevada south of Highway 50.
DUI Collision at Cottage Hill School
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 3:32:49 PM
At approximately 2:20 PM yesterday afternoon, 39-year old Auburn resident Joshua Hightower-Malta was driving alone an Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan eastbound on Magnolia Rd when he made an unsafe turning movement, causing the vehicle to go across the oncoming lane and off the north road edge. The vehicle went over the embankment where it struck an asphalt running path. The vehicle then continued northward down the embankment where it collided through the perimeter fence of the Cottage Hill School, landing on the ground close to approximately 6 students who were playing nearby.
Nevada County Employees Deployed to Assist with Valley Fire in Lake County
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 2:26:57 PM
When Lake County sent a request to all 58 counties in California requesting emergency management assistance in response to the Valley Fire, Nevada County responded by deploying two employees, Alex Friant a GIS Analyst in the Information and General Services Department and Patti Carter the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
BriarPatch to remain at Sierra College Drive
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 1:29:55 PM
Sometimes a long journey makes you glad to get back to where you started. After two years of research into options for the store’s future, the leadership of BriarPatch Co-op Community Market has concluded that the market will remain at its current location at 290 Sierra College Drive for the foreseeable future.
CDFW Holds First Inland Oil Spill Response Equipment Training in the Alta Area
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 1:03:49 PM
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), oversaw oil spill equipment training for members of the Alta Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) earlier today. Alta was the first inland agency awarded the spill equipment grant since OSPR went statewide in 2014.
Free download: Bountiful Harvest Container Garden Guide Available on UCCE Website
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 12:39:22 PM
University of California Cooperative Extension Nutrition BEST program, with the support of First 5 Placer County, has created a container gardening guide. The Bountiful Harvest Container Garden Guide was developed to help families start their own gardens at home. Gardening is much more than growing your own produce; it provides many additional benefits for you and your family. The garden is a hands-on classroom for the entire family. Gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle by helping the family become more active through watering, digging, and harvesting. It's a great way to encourage kids to try a variety of vegetables; kids often get very excited to try something they grew.
Hospitality House Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Offset Federal Funding Downturn
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 10:55:08 AM
In an online crowdsourcing Indiegogo campaign launched today, Joanna Robinson, development director and co-founder of Hospitality House Community Shelter, is asking all those who care about homeless people to step up and help Hospitality House raise $56,000 for start-up costs to open a new thrift store.
5th annual Youth Vocal Competition set for Oct. 11
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:54:39 AM
Join the Sierra Master Chorale for its fifth annual Youth Vocal Competition Oct. 11, where 10 contestants ages 12 to 21 will perform before a panel of judges and the community.
Yosemite National Park Commemorates its 125th Anniversary
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:46:20 AM
Approximately 1500 people attended a ceremony in Yosemite Valley today to commemorate the park's 125th Anniversary. The ceremony included remarks from Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, a living history portrayal of John Muir, a Native American blessing and songs, and 400 students from the Yosemite area and Central Valley. The special guest for the day was Ranger Gabriel, who served as the Honorary Chairman of the 125th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park. Gabriel Lavan-Ying, 10, from Gainesville, Florida, became an Honorary National Park Ranger through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in June, 2014. This was his third visit to the park.
Fire Restrictions to be Lifted Monday in the Eldorado National Forest
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:39:40 AM
Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced that fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest will be lifted on Monday, October 5, 2015. This means that forest visitors in possession of a valid California campfire permit may, once again, have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds. The permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) office.
Donner Pass Road Corridor Improvement Project Moving Forward
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:33:01 AM
The Town of Truckee is still seeking community input on a project that would make a number of improvements to Donner Pass Road between Coldstream Road and the McIver Roundabout.
Tahoe National Forest Announces Seasonal Prescribed Burning Plan
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:31:39 AM
With the onset of cooler, wetter weather, the Tahoe National Forest is beginning preparations for prescribed burns that will occur throughout the fall, winter and spring, as conditions allow. Prescribed fires are an important way to maintain forest health and reduce fuels that could feed future wildfires.
Nevada County: Notice of current property taxes due
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 7:16:50 AM
Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, hereby announces that regular secured tax bills will be mailed on or before October 9, 2015 to all property owners, at the addresses shown on the tax roll. If you own property in Nevada County and do not receive a tax bill by November 1, contact the tax collector’s office at 950 Maidu Avenue or call 530 265-1285. Bills may also be viewed or printed from the website at www.MyNevadaCounty.com/nc/ttc. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to make timely payments.
Dry, sunny and warm today before weekend storm
Published Oct 2, 2015 - 6:55:12 AM
Dry weather and warmer temperatures are expected today. A vigorous low pressure system will bring cooler weather, windy conditions, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Saturday into Monday.
Dramatic photos show California's water-starved Folsom Lake Reservoir
Full story: SF Chronicle
Gates denied parole for another five years
Published Oct 1, 2015 - 11:45:00 AM
Cliff Newell, Nevada County District Attorney, announced today: That on September 30, 2015, convicted murderer David Gates was denied parole for another five years.
NASA: Background Ozone a Major Issue in Northern California and Nevada
Published Oct 1, 2015 - 9:51:38 AM
Levels of "background ozone" -- ozone pollution present in a region but not originating from local, human-produced sources -- are high enough in Northern California and Nevada that they leave little room for local ozone production under proposed stricter U.S. ground-level ozone standards, finds a new NASA-led study.
Showers and a few thunderstorms possible today
Published Oct 1, 2015 - 6:42:43 AM
Showers and a few thunderstorms will cover much of the interior of northern California today as a weather system moves through the region. A break in the weather is expected Friday and Saturday, then another system will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.
Woman jumps off off Yosemite's El Capitan to stop crimes committed in the name of conservation
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 10:52:19 AM
Ahead of Yosemite National Park’s 125th anniversary on Thursday, Survival’s Tesia Bobrycki launched herself off the iconic El Capitan monolith to stop crimes committed in the name of conservation – dangling 3000ft in the air supported only by a rope.
Countdown for Nevada City’s 1-Day Fall Cleaning this Saturday, October 3rd
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 8:09:19 AM
We’re in the countdown for the upcoming 1-day fall cleaning that has been scheduled for Nevada City on Saturday, October 3rd, 8am to 1pm. At the same time, RAKE (http://therakeevent.com ) will be having their community-wide cleaning and both groups will be coordinating their efforts throughout Nevada City.
“Blessing of the Animals” set for Oct. 3
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 8:02:37 AM
Dogs, cats, horses, rats and other creatures great and small will be welcomed at a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.
Sprinkles, maybe even showers possible tonight and tomorrow
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 7:51:59 AM
Rain will develop across much of the region tonight and Thursday. Most rain will be in the foothills and northern Sierra. Another system becoming more likely late in the weekend. Details are not clear with weekend storm, but will be unsettled, breezy, cooler with snow possible higher elevations.
Fall Prescribed Burning Program to Begin for Eldorado National Forest When Weather Favorable
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 5:46:03 AM
The Forest Service will begin its fall prescribed burn program in the Eldorado National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Approximately 4,660 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring.
Updated: Search and rescue looking for runaway - safely located
Published Sep 29, 2015 - 2:42:37 PM
Nevada County Search&Rescue, the Sheriff's Department and search teams from other areas are looking for a 15-year old runaway, Joseph Brown.
Traffic signal on Brunswick Road and Loma Rica Road goes live Oct. 1
Published Sep 29, 2015 - 10:41:13 AM
The Nevada County Department of Public Works – in coordination with Koch and Koch, Inc. – has scheduled the activation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Brunswick Road and Loma Rica Drive for Thursday, October 1st. The signal will initially be placed in a ‘flashing red’ state during the morning so the contractor can perform final equipment testing prior to signal turn-on. During the flashing red period, all vehicles will need to treat the intersection as an all-way stop and come to a full stop before proceeding. Staff anticipates final signal turn-on and testing to take place at 1:30pm and last about an hour. County crews will deploy temporary "TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE AHEAD" signage to inform motorists of the signal, and advanced "SIGNAL AHEAD" flashing beacons will provide 24-hour feedback to motorist of the approaching traffic signal. Please exercise caution through this intersection in the coming weeks as traffic acclimates itself to the new signal