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Happening Now - September 2015

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

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Video: Northern CA Weather in a Flash: El Nino 2015-2016

Here is a brief description of the El Nino phenomenon and its history with Northern CA.

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Op-Ed | Deborah Kerr-Jones: Measure V lost, and so will everyone in the district

We are now going to be forced to lay off 6 firefighters (they will lose their jobs) and close a fire house. This is for 90 square miles of curvy country roads out here plus our section of high accidents on Hwy 49 which can tie up many personnel, as I know from experience, as one of the victims of a head-on. I was never so happy when our firefighters came immediately and helped me as I could not move. AND, they were from Higgins!

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Forest thinning resumes on South Shore of Lake Tahoe

Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health is underway on approximately 50 acres of National Forest System lands adjacent to Gardner Street near Panther and Tata lanes in South Lake Tahoe, and on approximately 30 acres on the southwest end of the Spring Creek Tract off Highway 89. The Forest Service has closed these areas from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees. Units 17 and 155 near Gardner Street are closed through October 14, 2015, and unit 1141 southwest of the Spring Creek Tract is closed through November 14, 2015.

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Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park Found Deceased

Yosemite National Park Rangers found the body of James Michael Millett Jr. yesterday, September 1, 2015. His body was found above Yosemite Valley. James Michael Millett Jr. was missing since August 11, 2015.

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Accident in construction zone leaves two severely injured

At 1:25 am last night, Nevada County Consolidated Fire units responded to a report of a vehicle accident on Hwy 49, a quarter mile south of Alta Sierra Dr. The accident occurred in the construction zone south of Alta Sierra Dr. on Hwy 49.

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Fall-like temperatures into Saturday, warming up Sunday and Labor Day

Temperatures will cool to below average the remainder of the week as a weather system moves into the region. Most showers associated with the system are expected to remain across the far northern portion of the state Friday into early Saturday. Milder conditions return for the latter portion of the Labor Day weekend.

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Third week of September marked as Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week

The region that provides more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply received special attention in Sacramento today. Assembly Member Brian Dahle (R - Bieber) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22 which establishes the third week of September as “Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week.” The measure passed both houses of the legislature without a dissenting vote.

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Be Fire Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is traditionally the last big camping weekend of the summer. The Eldorado National Forest would like to remind visitors of the continuing hot and dry conditions in the forest. Nationally, we are at Preparedness Level 5 which is the highest level. The raised preparedness level reflects a high degree of wildfire activity, a major commitment of fire resources, and the probability that severe conditions will continue in the near future. Since January, wildfires have consumed over 8.2 million acres. The 10 year average is 5.57 million acres. Currently, there are 65 fires still burning in the United States mostly in the Northwest and California.

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Pacific Southwest Region Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass

The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama's commitment to protect our nation's unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.

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Local Non-Profit receives $10,000 grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Action Coalition for Equestrians (ACE) announced today that their non-profit organization is the recipient of a $10,000.00 grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The money was given to the non-profit organization “in recognition of the organization’s continuing and well-directed charitable activities”.

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1st Annual Farm Day on September 24th at the Fairgrounds

Nevada County’s newly formed organization, Ag in the Classroom (AITC) is proud to present its 1st Annual Farm Day on September 24th, 2015. The event will held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds where we will be reaching out to 1st through 3rd graders in Nevada County.

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Well below normal temps for mid-week, warming up for holiday weekend

Temperatures will cool to well below normal by mid-week as another weather system moves into the region. Most of the showers are expected to remain across the far northern portion of the state. Milder conditions will return for the Labor Day weekend.

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Sierra College: Sierra Science Series Opens New Season with "Discovering Sierra Birds" By Author, Ted Beedy

Sierra Science Series presents Ted Beedy, who will take you on a virtual transect of the range from the oak savanna in the west, through serene conifer forests of the west side, up into the majestic alpine regions, and down the steep eastern escarpment to the pinyon/juniper woodlands and open steppes of the Great Basin. Along the way we'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn about which birds are in decline and which are expanding and increasing. We'll address some mysteries surrounding some of those species and discuss how birders can help to solve them.

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Miners Foundry Cultural Center Awarded California Arts Council Grant

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $9,240 grant by the California Arts Council (CAC), which will be used to support the production of the first-ever festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County. With the CAC Local Impact grant funds, and the support of the community, the Miners Foundry will bring two professional dance companies; the exciting contemporary San Francisco ballet company, Dawson Dance SF, and the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban dancer, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, for a week-long residency in Nevada City, November 14 - 19, 2015.

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Body of Luke Matson recovered in the American River

On 08/24/15 at about 7:20 PM, deputies responded to assist a California State Parks Ranger regarding a missing person. In the area of the Marshall gold discovery site, the deputy learned that 33 year-old Luke Matson of Vale Colorado went swimming about 3 hours prior and had not returned. Matson was last seen by friends floating downstream from Sutter’s Mill. He did not appear to be in distress.

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FREED: 30th Anniversary celebration on September 18th - You're invited!

“Celebrating Our Roots-Redefining Ability for 30 Years,” a fundraiser to benefit FREED Center for Independent Living in Grass Valley, will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Nevada County Fairgrounds Ponderosa Hall, located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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WR&R: Extra Garden Produce Needed for Small Mammals

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release needs extra garden produce for the small mammals that were injured or orphaned and are currently in care. Right now, according to Jan Crowell, small mammal rehabber for WR&R, they have raccoons, opossums, and rabbits that are eating lots of fresh veggies. "If anyone has excess produce from their home gardens, the critters would welcome it. They definitely love zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, greens and sweet peppers. Tomatoes, however, don’t seem to be their favorites” stated Crowell.

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Dry, with mostly below normal temperatures this week

Clear skies across the interior of NorCal early this morning. Temperatures are running pretty similar to those of 24 hours ago.

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Missing hiker found alive in Sierra NF after 9 days

On Saturday morning, members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team located 62-year-old Miyuki Harwood alive in an area east of Courtright Reservoir.

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Cooler weekend ahead after morning showers

Pacific system moving across region Saturday bringing chance of precipitation north of I-80. Cooler and drier conditions with below normal temperatures next week.

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Nevada County Man Sentenced to Nearly 30 Years in Prison for Wounding Two Law Enforcement Officers in Gun Battle

United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced Brent Douglas Cole, 61, to 29 years and seven months in prison today for an assault on law enforcement officers, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

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Red Flag Warning for Lake Tahoe, very breezy, dry and cooler in the lower elevations

Red Flag Warning in effect from 2 am to noon Saturday for strong winds and low fuel moistures for the Lake Tahoe area. The National Weather Service in Reno has upgraded the fire weather watch to a Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low fuel moistures, which is in effect from 2 am to noon Saturday.

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Forest Service K9 Officer Jackie Wounded in Action

Jackie, a law enforcement working dog with the Law Enforcement & Investigations division of Lassen National Forest, was wounded in action today during a marijuana eradication operation on a neighboring forest in Butte County. While attempting to apprehend the suspects, Jackie sustained a head injury along with damage to her mouth.

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Northern California burned areas begin recovery journey

Many forests depend on periodic fires to maintain healthy ecosystems. In these fire adapted areas, fire promotes plant diversity and burns away accumulations of live and dead plant material such as pine needles, leaves, branches, and smaller understory trees.

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Heidi Hall to Speak September 1 at First Tuesday Forum

On Tuesday, September 1, Union columnist and former congressional candidate Heidi Hall will be the featured speaker at the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats. She will share her recent experience in re-creating the 1965 the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Temperatures near to a little above normal today and Friday, then a rapid cooldown

Dry weather with daytime temperatures near to a little above normal today and Friday. Cooler temperatures beginning over the weekend with a chance of showers over the northern portion of the state Saturday. Dry with a little below normal daytime high temperatures continuing through most of next week.

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Affordable Mortgages from USDA Available Now

USDA Rural Development announced today affordable mortgages are available for low-income homebuyers in rural California. Mortgage loans are made directly from USDA Rural Development through the agency's Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan Program.

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“Dismantling Racism” workshops start Sept. 2 in Grass Valley

Fifty years after civil rights activists marched in Selma, Ala., people of color still face racism and violence – even during swimming pool parties and Bible study sessions.

Anyone interested in what we can do in Nevada County to end racism is invited to a series of workshops starting at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

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Inyo National Forest Advisory: Increase in Plague Activity in the Sierra Nevada

Based upon recent incidents of rodents with plague and a handful of cases where plague was contracted by people visiting nearby federal lands, the Inyo National Forest would like to advise recreationalists and residents to take the following steps as a matter of caution while visiting the Inyo National Forest.

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