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Happening Now - June 2016

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

You are invited to participate. See a road closure? A business opening? A smoke plume? Storm-related mishaps like downed trees, power lines, road or other flooding? Email us at news@yubanet.com or call 530-478-9600. You can also text us at 530-409-9888, but please don't text or call while driving. Thanks!

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Slight cooling trend this weekend - with a side of smoke

Hot and mainly dry weather today and Friday. A slight cooling trend starting this weekend and continuing through the week. Isolated late day thunderstorms possible over the Sierra Friday and Saturday.

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Nevada County Probation Department implementing Transitional Age Youth Program in Juvenile Hall

California State Assembly Passed Public Safety SB 1004 yesterday to allow five California counties to implement a pilot program to house Transitional Age Youth (18-21 years old) in their Juvenile Halls. The five counties include Nevada, Napa, Butte, Santa Clara and Alameda.

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Malakoff Diggins Solar Electric Project is a Go in Governor’s Signed Budget

The Governor has signed the 2016-17 State Budget with no line item vetoes, meaning the $700,000 requested by Nevada County and supported by the Legislature for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Park will be funded.

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Updated: Human remains found on Countrywood Lane identified

On Monday June 27th, 2016 Deputies from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office were called to a residence in the 16000 block of Countrywood Lane in Nevada City for a report of a deceased individual found in the front yard of the home.

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Heat continues, smoke spreads from the Trailhead Fire

Hot and mainly dry weather this week. Isolated late-day thunderstorms possible over the mountains. Hot weather will continue with low daytime humidity and areas of poor overnight recovery, especially across foothills and mountain slopes.

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Higgins Fire District Announces Station Closure Effective June 30, 2016

As of June 30th, 2016 please be advised of the reduced staffing affecting the Higgins Area Fire Protection District which provides fire protection and emergency service response to an estimated 12,000 permanent residents in southern Nevada County encompassing 90-square miles.

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Nevada City resident Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight named a Wikipedian of the Year at Wikimania 2016

Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight of Nevada City CA and Las Vegas NV, and Emily Temple-Wood of Chicago, IL were named Wikipedians of the year Friday by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales at the international Wikimania 2016 conference held in Esino Lario, Italy, "thanks to their work with harassment on Wikipedia, along with their collective efforts to expand coverage of notable women on the site."

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Forest Service: Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin

The Fourth of July holiday period is the busiest time of year in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For those visiting during the holiday and attending one of the firework displays over the lake, expect extremely crowded conditions and excess traffic. Because of the Basin’s high elevation, expect intense sunlight during the day and much lower temperatures at night. Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and carry a flashlight. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. If planning to camp overnight at a designated campground, make reservations ahead of time at http://www.recreation.gov. In addition, keep the following information in mind to help everyone enjoy a safe and fun holiday.

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NASA Maps California Drought Effects on Sierra Trees

A new map created with measurements from an airborne instrument developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, reveals the devastating effect of California's ongoing drought on Sierra Nevada conifer forests.

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Triple digit temperatures again today - Hydrate!

Hot and mainly dry weather this week. A few late day thunderstorms possible mid-week over the mountains. Triple digit temperatures have arrived and are expected to last through Thursday. Remember, never leave anyone or any pet in the car, not even for a minute!

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Mono Lake: Drought threatens 'genius' regs that stopped L.A. water grab
Full story: E-ENews


Nevada County's proposed interim outdoor growing ordinance begins to take shape

Stakeholders and county officials met for the second time to discuss an interim ordinance replacing the current outdoor growing ban on marijuana. Measure W, the county's attempt to have the ban ratified by voters, failed - supervisors now are working with patient advocates and growers to craft a simple temporary ordinance to be presented at the July 26th meeting.

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FREED’s Fix It Program

The vast majority of people with disabilities and older adults want to continue to live in their own homes or communities. Having access to affordable, accessible housing can prevent people from having to go into a nursing home or other institution. One of the ways that FREED is helping to address this issue is through the Fix-It Program which provides minor home modifications and repairs for older adults and people with disabilities in Nevada County. In partnership with Agency on Aging Area 4 and Nevada County, FREED is able to assist individuals with disabilities and older adults to remain living in their home safely and independently.

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Year of the Kestrel - WR&R released 12 young falcons back into the wild

It has been a unique year according to longterm raptor rehabbers from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R). To date, twelve orphaned kestrels chicks, the smallest falcon in North America were turned in to WR&R for care and have been successfully released back to the wild. “This is highly unusual, to have so many of these birds abandoned by their parents and in our care,” stated Laurel Gunderson, Raptor Team Leader for WR&R. “We may get one or two in a season, but to have a dozen, is a surprise,” she said. Gunderson thinks the increased number of chicks may have been a result of greater precipitation this past winter which enhanced their food sources. Overall, Kestrel populations have dramatically declined in both western and eastern North American, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticide use.

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Nevada County Offers Free and Confidential HIV Testing

The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) received a $7,500 award this past year from the NorCal AIDS Cycle. The NorCal AIDS Cycle is a bicycle ride fundraiser in which cyclists ride hundreds of miles through Northern California to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond. This generous award has allowed NCPHD to offer free and confidential HIV Testing.

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Continuing heat and climbing temperatures

Hot and mainly dry weather this week. A few late day thunderstorms possible mid-week near the Sierra crest south of Tahoe.

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Fire destroys house on Banner Lava Cap, firefighters save adjacent homes

Nevada County Consolidated Fire units responded for a reported residential structure fire with extension into vegetation in the 14000 block of Banner Lava Cap Road in Nevada City on Saturday, June 25 at 2:35 pm.

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Hot and dry, then even hotter and drier through Wednesday

Hot and dry weather for the next week. Locally breezy north wind will increase fire weather danger across Sacramento Valley today. Breezy northerly winds and low relative humidity will lead to significant drying, mainly over the western Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills into Saturday. Easier fire starts and faster spread possible.


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Grass Valley's OES 334 en route to the #ErskineFire

The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Fire Engine 334, operated by Grass Valley Fire Department, is en route as part of an OES Engine Strike Team to the Erskine Fire in Kern County.

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The Mountain Messenger | Terrified? Not So Much Any More.

Isn’t it about time television’s talking heads stopped calling it all “terror”?

A local fire chief now feels compelled to tell TV reporters that a residential house fire was not terrorism related. A madman starts randomly shooting motorists on an Arizona freeway and the first thing we learn is that authorities don’t suspect terrorism.

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ASA Clean Green Team cleans up illegal grow dumps

Brad Peceimer-Glasse, Vice-President of Americans for Safe Access - NC, has had enough. He's tired of bad actors defining medical marijuana patients by grabbing headlines with their illegal activities and he has decided to take action.

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Breezy north winds to increase fire danger today and Saturday

Locally breezy north winds today and Saturday for increased fire danger mainly Sacramento valley. Near normal temperatures today then well above normal temperatures and dry conditions Saturday through the middle of next week.

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2015-2016 Placer County Grand Jury Releases Final Report

This year’s Placer County Grand Jury Final Report contains some individual reports which are critical of local government operations. In reference to the temporary homeless shelter “the Grand Jury believes that the discussion has gone on far too long” and that “it is time for the Placer community and Board of Supervisors to adopt and implement a comprehensive long-term strategy to meet the shelter and service needs of Placer County’s homeless citizens.” The Grand Jury was also critical of the county’s decision to close the Meadow Vista and Loomis libraries and they titled their report on county code enforcement complaint feedback and tracking efforts “Inconsistency and Confusion.”

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Every Hiking Trail in California on One Map

Butte County resident Jason Mandly had a goal of showing every decent hiking trail in the entire state of California on one map. The idea for The California Hiking Map started when Jason looked for such a map to pin on his wall so that he could mark all the trails that he had traveled with his wife Alison. A map like this did not exist yet so he decided to start working on it as an after work endeavor.

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Multi-agency effort seeks to reduce boating and swimming deaths at Lake Tahoe

“Swim Smart, Swim Safe: know the dangers of cold water” is the message coming from agencies responsible for boating and water safety on Lake Tahoe.

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Ninth Annual John Kane Penny Pitch this Saturday

Please join Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Foundation in raising funds for the nearly 3,000 western Nevada County residents struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia at this year’s Ninth Annual John Kane Penny Pitch, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kane’s Family Restaurant in Downtown Grass Valley.

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State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County

New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials to believe the animal is likely a wolf. The animal is not wearing a radio-collar, so its movements will be detectable only by trail camera, tracks, scat and sightings.

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Staff Transitions at The Sierra Fund

After nine years of hard work to help restore resiliency to the Sierra Nevada headwaters region on behalf of The Sierra Fund, long-time staff member Kerry Morse has announced that she is ready to return to her home state of Montana.

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PG&E to increase flows for whitewater recreation on portion of North Fork Feather River

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will increase water flows for whitewater recreation in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork Feather River in Plumas County over four weekends this summer.

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