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Happening Now - August 2014

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? 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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Agencies Halt Spread of Kingsbury Fire

Fire crews and aircraft have halted the forward advancement of a fire off Kingsbury Grade in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and local fire districts, including East Fork, Tahoe Douglas, Lake Valley, and South Lake Tahoe responded to the Kingsbury Fire.

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Tioga Lake to be Drained Early for Necessary Maintenance

Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Inyo National Forest announce that Tioga Lake, located in upper Lee Vining Canyon, will be drained one month earlier this year to allow placement of a geomembrane liner on both the main and auxiliary dams. This liner helps prevent current and future leaks on the dams.

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Caltrans to Host Detour Informational Open House for Raise 80 Project at the Rood Center TODAY

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will host an informational open house in advance of the lift of the first structure of the Raise 80 Project. The Magra structure is scheduled to be lifted on September 23 & 24 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the lift process, all Interstate 80 traffic will be detoured onto the Highway 20/49 corridor which is a 56 mile route.

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Yosemite: Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot to be Temporarily Closed

The Tuolumne Grove parking lot in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closed beginning September 8, 2014 while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. During the month of September, the parking lot will close at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no weekend work during the month of September. Beginning October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 the parking lot will be closed seven days a week. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts.

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Forest Service Holds Open House on Proposal to Expand Heavenly Recreation

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

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Candidates for State and National Office to Speak At Election Forum In Grass Valley next Tuesday

On September 2, the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee will feature a discussion and review of all state and national races and propositions on the November ballot. Betty Yee, Candidate for State Controller and Heidi Hall, candidate for US Congress in California's First Congressional District will both appear in person.

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Celebrate Bridgeport Covered Bridge Groundbreaking on September 2nd

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the stabilization project for the Brigeport Covered Bridge, located in the South Yuba River State Park on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the entrance of the bridge. The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has been an important part of California's history for over 150 years, and is the longest single span wood covered bridge left in the world.

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The Union newspaper celebrates 150 Years in Nevada County

The Union newspaper, located in Grass Valley, Calif., will celebrate its 150th anniversary of service to the western Nevada County with a community open house celebration 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at The Union office, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA.

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Pairings Announced for the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra

Sixteen booths will showcase unique collaborations of flavors and styles distinct to the Sierra Nevada region at the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe's only farm-to-fork festival. This food and wine festival brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create delectable samples expertly paired with wine, beer or spirits. The collaborations truly showcase the diverse talent present in this inimitable region. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste all sixteen collaborations during Sample the Sierra on August 31 at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe and even choose the collaboration they deem the tastiest. The collaboration that receives the most votes will be awarded the "Best Tasting Experience."

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Warm, dry and not much change

Warm and dry conditions are expected for much of the next 5 days. A bit of moisture from a weakening Hurricane Marie may move over NorCal this Friday and Saturday, but should amount to little except some cloud cover and perhaps a few mountain sprinkles. Enjoy and be safe this holiday weekend!

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Truckee Police Department: Duane Colin - Missing Person Located

In March of 2014 the Truckee Police Department took a missing persons report for Duane Colin, who was reported missing by his family. Duane was last seen in the Gateway Rite Aid store and was believed to have gone missing from his home on Donner Lake. Despite an exhaustive search and extensive investigative follow-up, no significant leads developed.

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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 two weekends, the company announced today.

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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds.

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Three Forks earns five stars from community

Nevada City locals Shana Maziarz and Dave Cowie decided to open the town's latest eatery and business success-story after combining their passion for baking and home-brewing.

Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co. officially opened on Aug. 13th and, according to several community members, has had a line at the cash register ever since. The restaurant specializes in a variety of beer, pizzas, salads and sandwiches, all made using home recipes and locally sourced ingredients.

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Nevada County 4H Open House – Come Join The Fun

The Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program will hold its annual 4-H Open House on Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Nevada County 4-H clubs and projects will provide demonstrations, activities, and information about joining 4-H. Come learn what Nevada County 4-H has to offer as the new 4-H year begins!

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Heat won't last over Labor Day weekend

High pressure rebuilds with a warming trend through the remainder of the week, followed by a weak trough later this week bringing increasing high clouds and cooler temperatures.

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Truckee's History Alive program on September 18

Join Caleb Greenwood, the human metaphor for the opening of the West and trailblazing wagon guide through the Truckee River Route and over Donner Pass, at the Veteran's Hall in Truckee on Thursday, September 18. The Truckee Library, the Friends of the Truckee Library, and the Truckee Donner Historical Society welcome all to hear the tales Old Greenwood tells about our area in the 19th century.

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Social Security Administration Disability Workshop

Social Security Administration Workshop on Disability Benefits, Working, and establishing My Social Security Account.

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Warming trend starting tomorrow

A weather system dropping southward into the Great Basin from the Pacific Northwest may bring a few showers and thunderstorms to the northern Sierra and Mt Lassen area today, and it will help to moderate temperatures across the region. High pressure begins to rebuild Tuesday leading to a warming trend through the remainder of the week.

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Busy BOS Agenda: Cellphone soul suckers, suspension of public access to Emmigrant Trail, Outdoor Events Ordinance

It promises to be a very busy day at the Nevada County BOS on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 am. Several hot-button issues will be dealt with, presumably under the watchful eyes of the public.

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Population of orphaned bear cubs booming at Lake Tahoe center
Full story: Sacramento Bee


Nevada County Democrats endorse two candidates for Grass Valley City Council

Both Jim Firth and Terry Lamphier have been endorsed by the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee. Jim Firth brings a wealth of experience in dealing with various organizations throughout the state; plus many contacts with various legislative bodies. He is committed to enhancing economic development in Grass Valley, hoping to bring new ideas that would support businesses in our area and bring good paying jobs to our area. You may follow him on his Facebook page at Jim Firth Grass Valley.

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North San Juan Fire Department Free Life Jackets Give Away and River Awareness Open House on August 30

The North San Juan Fire Department and Firefighters Association will be giving away lifejackets for children of all ages, Saturday, August 30, 12:00 - 4:00 at the NSJ Fire Station 3 (13200 Tyler Foote Road). Light refreshments will be provided and firefighters will offer station tours and engine demonstrations.

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Updated: M 6.1 Earthquake near Napa

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred on Sunday morning, August 24 at 3:20 am near Napa, CA.

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Sierra Commons Celebrates Five Years

Sierra Commons, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization centered on educational programs and tools to turn ideas into new businesses, celebrated five years in the community with a party on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at their co-working facility at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. The party was attended by about 50 people and celebrated Sierra Commons' contribution to the community with music, food and fun.

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Fair skies and near to a little below normal temperatures through the weekend

High pressure will bring fair skies this weekend through the coming week. Daytime temperatures near to slightly below normal over the weekend with a little cooling Monday. A little above normal daytime highs Tuesday through the end of the week.

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Earles of Newtown – CD Release Party at The Center for the Arts on Sept. 20

Favorite local dance band, The Earles of Newtown will bring their blend of Dixieland jazz, classic ragtime, country swing, wailing blues and genre-defying originals to the Grass Valley stage during a CD Release Party presented by The Center for the Arts on Sept. 20.

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Opinion | Terry Lamphier: Property Rights 2014?

A continuing source of community contentiousness is the issue of property rights - what is allowed and what should or shouldn't be allowed for one's use of one's property.

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Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance
Full story: New York Times

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