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Happening Now - May 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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Nevada County Contractors’ Association PAC endorses Duane Strawser for District 1 Supervisor

Nevada County Contractors’ Association Political Action Committee announces their endorsement of Duane Stawser for Nevada County Supervisor, District One.

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Bail increased to $125,000 in alleged DUI accident resulting in injury to a CHP officer

The Nevada County District Attorney's Office have reviewed and filed a single charge of Vehicle Code section 23153(e), driving under the influence of a drug or drugs causing injury with an allegation of great bodily injury, per Penal Code section 12022.7.

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Investigation of Possible Bomb Threat Being Conducted at El Dorado County Courthouse For South Lake Tahoe

At approximately 6:35am this morning, an El Dorado County Groundskeeper working at the El Dorado County Courthouse located at 1354 Johnson Blvd. noticed a suspicious device in front of the courthouse.

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SYRCL to Host First Youth for the Yuba Celebration May 7

Join SYRCL, Saturday, May 7th from 1-4pm for an afternoon of live music performed by local youth and activities for kids of all ages. You won’t want to miss the first ever Youth for the Yuba Celebration. This event will showcase the skill of young people in our community, while displaying their passion for the Yuba River.

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Unsettled weather through Saturday

Period of unsettled weather setting in through this weekend. Scattered thunderstorms in this pattern will produce a few areas of heavy rain and small hail, most numerous in the foothills and mountains. Best chance of precipitation is on Thursday, especially in the foothills/mountains.

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Candidate Forum on Thursday: US Congress, District 1

This forum, to be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 5th in the Board of Supervisors' Chamber at the Rood Center, will feature three of the seven candidates vying to represent District 1 in US Congress. Jeffrey Gerlach (No Party Preference), Joe Montes (Republican), Gary Allen Oxley (Republican) and Jim Reed (Democrat) will present their respective positions. Incumbent Doug LaMalfa and challengers Gregory Cheadle and David Peterson declined the invitation to speak.

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Tahoe Keys Fire

South Lake Tahoe Police Department dispatch received a call at 1:48pm today with reports of smoke from a multifamily dwelling on Ala Wai in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood. South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue arrived on scene at 1:56pm.

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Seasonal Climbing Closure in effect on Donner Summit

To protect nesting peregrine falcons, certain climbing routes on Donner Summit’s Black Wall are closed until mid-summer. Each year, volunteers with the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Access Fund monitor Donner Summit climbing areas for nesting raptors. A peregrine falcon nest with chicks has been located at the recently conserved Black Wall climbing area.

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Spring time is baby bird time, WR&R’s Intake Center now open

Spring is here and so is baby bird season. Janice Barbary, Songbird Team Leader for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R), suggests the following actions people can take to increase the survival rate of orphaned or injured birds they find. And when a baby or injured bird is found, the Intake Center is now open, located in the Brunswick Basin in Grass Valley, behind Walker’s Office Supply, across the street from Taco Bell.

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Thunderstorms throughout the week, best chance of rain on Thursday

Threat of showers and thunderstorms increases through the remainder of the week. Temperatures cooling to near average.

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Op-Ed | Patricia Smith: Saving One of Our Own

A well-attended forum, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” was recently held to raise awareness about using CBD’s to treat a laundry list of conditions, including intractable childhood epilepsy. (CBD is short for cannabidiol, a component found in certain cannabis strains.)

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Reduce ozone pollution in Yuba and Sutter counties by participating in May Is Bike Month

“Ozone Season” occurs May 1st though October 31st, and signifies the time of year when ozone levels can exceed the health based standards. Air pollution can harm everyone, and ozone is especially harmful to those with respiratory and heart illness, older adults, young children and people who are active outdoors. Residents can check current air quality levels and sign up to receive daily air quality forecasts at www.airnow.gov. The AIRNow service is directly linked to the monitor in Yuba City and current conditions.

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Campaign Sign Restrictions Outlined for State Highways

The State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reminds all political candidates and campaign workers for either an office or a ballot measure about a state law governing the placement of “Temporary Political Signs” within view of a state highway.

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CHP Officer injured in collision on Hwy 49, other driver charged with felony DUI

At approx. 2:30pm today, one of our on-duty patrol vehicles was struck from behind on SR-49 at La Barr Meadows Rd. Our ‪#‎CHP‬ officer is injured and has been flown by helicopter to the regional trauma center in Roseville, CA. He is expected to survive. The other driver is also injured and is currently being evaluated for possible DUI at the local hospital.

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U.S. Forest Service joining CAL FIRE and partners for 2016 Wildfire Awareness Week

The U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies will be joining CAL FIRE for a series of events across the state to celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week (May 1-7). Despite near-normal rain and snowpack in some areas, long term drought conditions continue to affect large parts of the state, including many of California’s 18 national forests.

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The Center for the Arts presents: The BIG Day of Giving on May 3

On May third during the "BIG Day of Giving" 570 non-profits will come together to raise $6 million in 24 hours. Only three Nevada County non-profits are participating. This year The Center for the Arts aims to engage 150 donors and raise $20,000 to expand programs and make arts accessible to all.

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Forest Service approves habitat destruction in Sierra Nevada Roadless Area

The U.S. Forest Service this week issued a decision approving more than 1,000 acres of post-fire logging in a roadless area in the Sierra National Forest that U.S. Forest Service surveys, conducted post-fire, show to be occupied by rare West Coast fishers (Pekania pennanti).

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Thunderstorms possible today and tomorrow

Threat of afternoon showers and thunderstorms continues over the mountains into Tuesday, then a more widespread chance Wednesday into Friday. Cooling to near average by mid-week.

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Mine waste dam failure could release 15-foot-deep toxic mudflow into Jackson
Full story: Sacramento Bee


Campaign finance reports reveal connections in local politics

The April 28th filing deadline for candidates and committees gives a first glimpse at finances and connections between groups and causes. Some of the local political action committees (PAC) have entered the fray, collecting and dispensing contributions. As always, a close reading of the reports reveals interesting details.

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Graffiti tagging supect arrested in Grass Valley

The Grass Valley Police Department is happy to announce that the person responsible for many graffiti taggings in Grass Valley was taken into custody last night.

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Sierraville Ranger District Preparing for the Spring Prescribed Burn Season

The Sierraville Ranger District is preparing for the spring prescribed burn season which may begin in the next several weeks as conditions become favorable. Prescribed fire is only implemented when conditions are favorable for meeting objectives and minimizing negative impacts. We are currently monitoring temperature, humidity, winds, and fuel moisture conditions to evaluate when our prescribed burns will be conducted. Smoke management plans developed in accordance with California Air Resources Board regulations are in place, and we will be working with the local air quality districts to minimize impacts to local communities.

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Big Day of Giving this Tuesday - KVMR

KVMR, whose mission is to entertain, inform and challenge its listeners with a diverse mix of music, news, opinion and information is excited to be participating in Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 3rd. Big Day of Giving is part of a National giving day called Give Local Now, which has raised over $68 million for thousands of non-profit organizations.

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Placer Land Trust Protects American River Recreation Land

Placer Land Trust is very pleased to announce that in early April it acquired 40 acres of gorgeous land along the North Fork American River at the bottom of the Green Valley Trail, south of Interstate 80 at Alta.

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Green Screen Institute Announces Call for Applications for Virtual and Augmented Reality Startup Accelerator

The Green Screen Institute, a collaborative initiative focused on innovations in the emerging virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) markets, today opened applications for the first class of the Green Screen Institute accelerator. The Green Screen Institute accelerator is a ten-week program held during the summer in the foothills of Nevada County for startups focusing on content creation and other tools and technologies for VR and AR platforms. Applications for the accelerator will be accepted from April 29 through June 1, 2016.

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Gusty north winds today

Strong Northerly wind over Interior NorCal today with a slight chance of showers over higher terrain of the Sierra Nevada. Warming over the weekend with above normal temperatures continuing into early next week. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible over the mountains Sunday and Monday. Mostly dry Tuesday, then more widespread showers and thunderstorms possible Wednesday into Friday.

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Do not disturb young wildlife: If you Care, Leave them There

It's springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring.

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The Mountain Messenger | Residents Relieved of Voting Duty

There are some things one can no longer find in this town; a store that sells screwdrivers, a Friday night parking space on Broad Street, and a city council election.

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