Luke Sheehy - a "genuine" guy
Published Jun 18, 2013 - 9:38:51 AM
Luke Sheehy could never get enough action. He was active from the start. Whether it was hunting, fishing, dirt biking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, mountain biking, road bikes, logging or general overall fitness, he enjoyed it all. His biggest passion was smokejumping which he started in 2009 for the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers based out of Redding, Calif.
GMO Labeling: Do you know what is in your food?
Published Jun 18, 2013 - 8:08:00 AM
Chris Maher, current general manager of BriarPatch, a trained chef with an English degree, has been working in the food cooperative world for twelve years and most recently has also been an active supporter of Yes on Prop 37, requiring GMO labeling on foods, which failed to pass in our 2012 General Election by a slim margin. Californians need to be better informed about GMOs and Mr. Maher graced our First Tuesday meeting June 4th to help local Democrats better understand the phenomenon.
Op-Ed | Chuck Fike: Proud father of Tim Fike
Published Jun 18, 2013 - 7:33:25 AM
Let me tell you some things about Tim Fike: He is a man of the highest degree of honesty, integrity, and character. He grew up on U.S. Forest Service Ranger Stations where he was always around U.S.F.S. professional wild land fire fighters. He was mentored by some of the most accomplished fire professionals in the world. Tim comes from a legacy of three generations of wild land fire fighters, numbering about twenty men and women. Their expertise ranges from Hot Shots, helitack, engines, dispatcher, and all the way to Incident Commander.
Remains recovered in Sequoia National Park - Might be hiker missing since October
Published Jun 18, 2013 - 7:01:59 AM
Search efforts have continued for 53 year old, Lawrence Conn from Pacific Palisades who went missing last October during one of winter's first snow storms. Conn failed to return from his solo hiking/camping trip into Sequoia National Park. After friends reported him overdue, Conn's vehicle was located at Taboose Pass trailhead in Inyo County. A joint search effort was conducted between Inyo County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Sequoia National Park.· Due to the accumulation of snow and no signs of Conn, search efforts were suspended.
Nevada Governor Signs Historic Bill to Allow Non-Profits to Humanely Manage Wild Horses Under State's Jurisdiction
Published Jun 18, 2013 - 5:13:05 AM
Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval held a signing ceremony for Assembly Bill 264 (AB264), which allows the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) to resume cooperative agreements between the state and non-profit organizations to humanely oversee the wild horses in the Virginia Range outside Reno. In March, Return to Freedom, the founding organization for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), executed Phase 1 of a plan to protect the Virginia Range mustangs by entering into a cooperative agreement with the NDA that prevents any horses captured by the state from being sent to a slaughter auction.
Cameras capture dramatic rescue of teens stranded atop Sierra Buttes peak
Full story: News 10
Orphaned bear cub after driver flees the scene of collision near Old Camptonville Rd
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 7:50:59 PM
On Sunday afternoon CHP responded to what is clinically termed an "animal in the roadway" hazard on Highway 49 near Old Camptonville Rd. A bear and her cub were crossing the road when the bear was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.
You're Invited: Society of American Foresters Educational Field Tour at Sagehen Creek Field Station on June 22
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 4:13:02 PM
The Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will host an educational forestry field tour on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Sagehen Creek Field Station located near Truckee, California. The public is invited to attend to learn more about current research on forest management, wildfire mitigation and wildlife habitat conservation.
EPA Report Details How Development Can Impact Public Health, Environment
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 12:19:52 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. The report was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a national Twitter Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC with Maurice Jones, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing, and Development (HUD), and John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Buy it Where You Burn It
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 9:55:04 AM
Our forests are threatened by non-native insects and diseases that can kill trees. Goldspotted oak borer, sudden oak death, pitch canker, emerald ash borer, and others can be transported long distances on firewood. One transported, they can become established and kill trees that have not built natural resistance to these insects and diseases.
Nevada County BOS Agenda for June 18
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 7:18:21 AM
Agenda for a Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board Chambers, First Floor, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, California.
Placer County RCD Hosts First Workshop on Sierra Nevada Population of CA Red-Legged Frog
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 7:13:20 AM
More than 25 natural resources professionals participated in a workshop yesterday on the biology and management of the California red-legged frog hosted by the Placer County Resource Conservation District (RCD).
Op-Ed | Debra Fike: To Consolidated Firefighters
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 7:04:37 AM
To Consolidated firefighters: So, you had your way with Chief Fike and you feel pretty good about it! In fact, you are bubbling over with immense joy and contentment because Chief Fike has gotten what you think he deserved.
Forest Service releases proposal to address Incline Lake Dam
Published Jun 17, 2013 - 6:08:37 AM
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking public input on a proposal to remove the Incline Lake dam and restore the area impacted by it. The Forest Service purchased the 777-acre Incline Lake parcel, located off State Route 431 in Washoe County, Nev., on July 29, 2008, for its recreational, scenic and natural resource values. During the acquisition process, a site investigation and assessment determined that the Incline Lake dam and spillway do not meet federal, state or local standards for a high-hazard dam (designated as such due to downstream development). Incline Lake has been drained and has not been allowed to refill.
Updated: From Beale to Colfax via Donner Summit: Multiple vegetation fires keep firefighters busy
Published Jun 15, 2013 - 4:30:47 PM
Another busy day for firefighters, with several vegetation fires breaking out in the area.
Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Outreach Campaign Wins National Award
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 5:20:58 PM
National recognition has been given to the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft inspection program once again, this time for the excellence of the public outreach campaign used to educate boaters about the program. The campaign, directed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD), received a Silver Anvil award Thursday from the Public Relations Society of America—the nation's most prestigious public relations award.
One accident, Two DUIs, Three agencies respond on Hwy 174
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 5:14:57 PM
At approximately 10:15 PM on Thursday night, Colfax resident Christian Baker was driving alone on SR-174 in a curving area of the roadway south of Meyer Rd, heading southbound toward the Colfax area. For an undetermined reason, Baker lost control of the sedan and it went off the roadway and then overturned. Baker received minor injuries during the collision but extricated himself from the vehicle and was contacted by fire department and CHP personnel at the scene.
Decision Today on 42 Routes Closed by Court Order in 2012 on the Eldorado National Forest
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 11:59:09 AM
Today, Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy announced her decision to designate 24 popular high-country off-highway-vehicle routes for public motorized vehicle use and another 18 that will be designated after repairs have been made. The popular routes were closed to public motorized vehicle use in 2012 by court order until their impacts on water flow in meadows were analyzed (a requirement found in the Eldorado National Land and Resource Management Plan).
Arduous night time river rescue between Purdon and Edwards Crossing
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 11:01:24 AM
At 7:30 pm the call came for unconscious female down at the river upstream from Purdon Bridge. Rescue 6134 and Engine 6162 responded from the North San Juan side. The Purdon Crossing bridge is now closed for repairs, so firefighters had to load their gear in a wheeled stokes and walk across the catwalk under the bridge to get across.
Red Flag Warning
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 8:35:51 AM
A Red Flag Warning has been posted from 5 am to 5 pm today for critical fire conditions due to gusty north winds and low humidity levels.
Enter an Exhibit in the 2013 Fair - Competition Handbook Available
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 7:22:21 AM
The Nevada County Fair's Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year's Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!
Nevada City Soapbox Derby rolls into town on June 22
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 7:18:22 AM
There's gold in them thar hills! In 1849, that's what sent folks to the Sierra Nevada foothills in droves. On Saturday, June 22nd, it's not gold…it's the Nevada City Soapbox Derby that will attract several thousand people to the rolling hills of this otherwise quaint, foothills community, located only 30 minutes north of Auburn on scenic Highway 49.
ASA Nevada County to file Request for Special Election on Monday
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 7:11:21 AM
On Monday, June 17, Americans for Safe Access - NC will be filing a Request for a Special Election to replace Ordinance 2349 with the Safe Cultivation Act of Nevada County.
North San Juan Fire Protection District Meeting Agenda for June 18
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 6:55:21 AM
North San Juan Fire Protection District Board of Directors – Regular Meeting Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Agenda.
Department of Fish and Wildlife Issues Emergency Rule on Suction Dredge Mining
Published Jun 14, 2013 - 5:11:37 AM
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced June 7 that it proposed to issue an emergency rule closing a loophole in the present moratorium on suction dredge mining.
Record $11M fine for illegal California gold mine near Placerville
Full story: Sacramento Bee
Interior Announces $41.5 Million in PILT Payments to Rural California Communities for Police, Fire and Schools - $277,934 for Nevada County
Published Jun 13, 2013 - 6:21:59 PM
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that 58 local governments in California are receiving a total of $41,445,228 under the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. This is a $1.2 million increase over the state's 2012 PILT payments. Across the country, about 1,900 local governments are receiving a total of $399.8 million under the program.
An Important Message from Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill - A Call to Action: Stop Youth Alcohol Consumption
Published Jun 13, 2013 - 6:14:41 PM
On behalf of the Town of Truckee Police Department, I extend my condolences to the families, Truckee High School students and staff affected by the recent traffic fatality of one of our students. Although this fatality did not involve alcohol and was an accident, like most, it was preventable and did not have to happen.
Grand Jury Report: NCCFD Board is dysfunctional and is wracked by discord, acrimony, back-biting, and mistrust
Published Jun 13, 2013 - 11:08:30 AM
The Nevada County Grand Jury found the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors is dysfunctional and is wracked by discord, acrimony, back-biting, and mistrust among Board Members. As such, the meetings of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors are acrimonious and lack professionalism, civility, and respect between Board Members. Additionally, the Board has exhibited a lack of civility, decorum, and respect toward some employees of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.
Reminder: Purdon Road Bridge Project: Bridge Closure Starts June 13
Published Jun 13, 2013 - 7:57:47 AM
The County Public Works Department recently began work to rehabilitate the Purdon Road Bridge, located on the South Yuba River. The project includes repair and replacement of some of the structural supports as well as cleaning and painting of the bridge. Due to this construction activity, the bridge is initially scheduled for closure on Thursday, June 13th.