Published Dec 2, 2013 - 6:18:22 AM
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NCCFD Citizens' Oversight Committee meeting postponed
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 3:36:09 PM
Due to the expected inclement weather, the Citizens' Oversight Committee Special Board Meeting scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at Station 84 has been POSTPONED.
2013 Santa Lucia Celebration in Downtown Grass Valley
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 1:32:44 PM
On December 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm the 27th Annual Santa Lucia celebration will be held at Foothill Flowers, 102 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.
North San Juan Fire Protection District Regular Board Meeting Agenda Dec. 10
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 12:56:32 PM
December 5, 2013 - Agenda for a regular board meeting of the North San Juan Fire Protection District on Dec. 10 at 7:00 pm. The meeting is being held at 13200 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd., Nevada City.
Jim Hurley: Strategies to Keep Pipes From Freezing
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 9:51:09 AM
In coping with the possibility of freezing pipes the most important thing is to get past the anthropomorphic attitude we have about our water pipes! We tend to think that if we bundle our pipes for winter freeze as we do our children when we send them off to school, they will all be all warm and snugly and protected from the cold. Not so!
Op-Ed: Friends of the River: Capitol Rally on Dec. 13 to Save the Delta and Northern CA Rivers
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 9:49:58 AM
Please join Friends of the River and our partners for a rally at the State Capitol to fight the proposed Delta Water Tunnels. Bring friends, family, and your neighbors to help show our united opposition to the Governor's Water Tunnels. We expect this disastrous plan will be unveiled by state agencies on the morning of Friday, December 13. This unprecedented water and land grab, given the misleading title of "The Bay Delta Conservation Plan," should be called the Bay Delta & Rivers Destruction Plan.
Physicist Brian Greene brings “Why Science Matters” lecture to University of Nevada, Reno today
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 6:40:38 AM
Brian Greene, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, will be speaking and signing books at the University of Nevada, Reno in a free public lecture Thursday, Dec. 5. The 7 p.m. lecture is part of the College of Science's annual Discover Science Lecture Series.
Sugar Bowl Resort to Open the 2013/14 Season of Skiing & Riding this Saturday
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 6:39:35 AM
Sugar Bowl Resort will open for its 74th season with top-to-bottom skiing & riding on Saturday, December 7 at 9:00 a.m. A recent storm dropping 10” new snow, colder snowmaking temperatures and a favorable forecast calling for more snow later this week allowed resort management to announce that the iconic resort atop Donner Summit will open the season with 11 trails and 1,500 vertical feet of skiing & riding off the Nob Hill, Christmas Tree and Mt. Lincoln Express chairlifts.
Major Low Snow Late Friday/Saturday
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 6:27:53 AM
Another cold weather system will bring widespread precipitation Friday and Saturday with heavy accumulating snow in the mountains, significant snow in the foothills, and potentially some accumulating snow down to the valley floor above 500ft (including N. Sac Valley). A wet snow/rain mix is possible for the rest of the Sac Valley Friday night into Saturday. Avoid foothill and mountain travel Friday evening through early Saturday. Record-breaking cold temperatures possible again over Saturday night.
Fatal traffic collision this morning on Indian Springs Road
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 5:58:45 PM
At approximately 9:53 AM Grass Valley resident William Hawkyard (age 18) was driving a 1990 Mazda Miata soft-top sedan westbound on Indian Springs Rd approaching Michelle Ct in the Penn Valley area. He had 1 passenger with him (Grass Valley resident Dakota Smith), seated in the right front seat.
Christmas tree permits sold out in the Lake Tahoe Basin
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 4:36:20 PM
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Christmas tree permits are sold out. Both the North and South Shore offices ran out of permits today, December 4, 2013. In mid-November, 2,500 permits were issued on a first-come, first- served basis. No additional permits will be authorized for this season.
June 3, 2014 Primary Election Candidate Handbook Now Available
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 4:16:38 PM
Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, Gregory J. Diaz, is pleased to announce that the Candidate Handbook for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election is now available.
Just in time for Friday's winter storm: Chain Up event (photos)
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 2:56:16 PM
Just in time for Friday's predicted low elevation snow, Sierra College's Nevada County Campus hosted a free "Chain-up" event today.
Free mini-concerts offer respite from Christmas crush
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 2:08:53 PM
Free midweek mini-concerts start Wednesday, Dec. 4, near downtown Grass Valley, offering a respite from the holiday rush.
Music in the Mountains founder Paul Perry also is a master organist, and he will play great seasonal classics of the early church in the first concert in the series at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St.
Jeff Gold Resigns, Debbie Plass Joins BriarPatch Board of Directors
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 10:53:20 AM
Subsequently, the Board voted to appoint Debbie Plass to fill the vacated seat on an interim basis, until the annual election in May. Plass previously served on the BriarPatch Board, from 2006 to 2010, part of the time as its President. She is employed at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.
Stewardship Council Announces Donation of Kennedy Meadows Lands to Tuolumne County
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 9:27:25 AM
The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) announces that a major milestone in its land conservation program has been achieved with the donation of PG&E-owned watershed lands at Kennedy Meadows to the County of Tuolumne. The lands' conservation values will be permanently protected by a conservation easement held by the Mother Lode Land Trust.
Prescribed fire operations continue on South Shore
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 7:12:10 AM
U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will begin prescribed fire operations on Kingsbury Grade and at Emerald Bay on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Weather and conditions permitting, crews will burn approximately 10 acres per day on lower Kingsbury Grade near Meadow Lane. Operations are expected to continue through the weekend. In the Emerald Bay area near Inspiration Point, crews will burn approximately three acres over one or two days.
Cold Snap followed by Low Snow
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 6:22:20 AM
A week of winter-like weather ahead! A very cold airmass from Canada has moved over NorCal causing freezing temperatures. Early Thursday morning will be colder with widespread valley temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Residents should protect vegetation, animals, and ensure that pipes are well insulated. Another cold storm system will move over NorCal on Friday with the brunt of the storm occurring overnight into Saturday. This storm will have moisture with the cold airmass so we expect very low snow levels down to 1000 ft. Travel in the mountains Friday and Friday night should be avoided as this storm will impact a large area of terrain.
Septic tanks contaminating groundwater in Nevada's Carson Valley
Published Dec 4, 2013 - 5:28:55 AM
A recent study in Nevada's Carson Valley by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that septic tanks are contaminating groundwater in the region with concentrations of nitrates, posing human health risks from contaminated drinking water. Conducted on a larger scale than previous investigations, the study showed that the amount of nitrate contamination is two times greater in suburban areas dominated by single-family homes with septic tanks, compared to areas that are more rural, with fewer homes on the land.
Winter storm watch in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon above 1000 ft
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 3:30:33 PM
A very cold storm from Canada will move into the region during the day Friday. This system along with cold air already over the area will bring the potential for snow accumulating down into the Foothills Friday into Saturday. Snow amounts up to a foot possible at mountain passes.
Supreme Court upholds death penalty verdict won by Nevada County attorney David Alkire
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 2:53:47 PM
The California Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed a death verdict in a case prosecuted by Nevada County attorney David Alkire, who served as a Deputy District Attorney in Monterey County at the time of the trial, in 2000.
Cold weather safety tips
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 2:34:21 PM
As the winter heating season approaches, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to be mindful of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide.
The Last Rodeo Flu Roundup on Dec. 6
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 10:15:46 AM
Come on down for your seasonal flu shot - Before The Flu GETS YOU!
Presentation Tonight: Toxic Trade Agreements, Corporate Globalization, and the Movement for Global Justice
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 9:25:05 AM
December 3 is the Global Day of Action against Toxic Trade Agreements. There will be actions in countries around the world, including a Sacramento Action planned by organizers from Nevada County. Tonight at 6:30, Sharon Delgado and Emanuel Sferios will speak at Tomes Bookstore on "Toxic Trade Agreements, Corporate Globalization, and the Movement for Global Justice." Tomes is at 671 Maltmann, in Grass Valley.
Sierra College Nevada County Campus Invites the Community to a "Chain-up" Event this Wednesday
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 6:52:06 AM
Community members are welcome and encouraged to come participate in this valuable event, just in time for the coming winter storms. Demonstrations and instructions on proper installation of tire chains and cables will be offered, along with winter safety preparedness check lists, winter driving tips, and awareness of local agencies involved in winter weather response and collaboration.
Preparing for Cold Weather
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 6:50:22 AM
The National Weather Service predicts a cold weather system with freezing overnight temperatures moving into the area this week (Tuesday – Saturday). Sheriff John D’Agostini along with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is asking residents to take steps now to prepare. Those especially at risk during extreme cold weather include seniors, infants, and animals.
Holiday Craft Faire returns to the North Columbia Schoolhouse this weekend
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 6:45:07 AM
The San Juan Ridge is known for its rich collection of artists and craftspeople. On Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, locals will have a chance to experience the works of talented craftspeople, shop for some gifts, and savor soups and hot drinks at the annual Holiday Craft Faire hosted by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.
Cold front drops south - Winter weather advisories
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 6:38:48 AM
A cold front will sweep southward across the region today. Showers will continue across the northern Sierra Nevada through the afternoon with significant snowfall accumulations possible at the higher elevations, but scattered showers in the valley are expected to end by mid-day. Breezy to locally windy conditions will develop in the valley today behind the cold front. A much colder airmass will bring freeze conditions across the region tonight into early Friday. Another weather system will bring a chance of showers by the weekend.
Forest Service to hold webinars on Land Management Plan for Lake Tahoe Basin
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 5:55:45 AM
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will hold two webinars to explain the final plan that will guide the management of National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin over the next 15 years. The first webinar will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the second webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Both webinars will explain the plan, highlight changes from the draft, and outline the remainder of the plan revision process and include a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The webinar will be archived on the LTBMU website for later viewing.
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 5:30:29 AM
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