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Happening Now - March 2015

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

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Warm and dry - maybe a chance of rain next weekend

Warm and fairly dry weather will continue early this week. Weak systems may bring a few intermittent showers to the mountains today into Wednesday. Another chance of precipitation possible next weekend.

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Zoning Adminstrator hearing on proposed Dollar General store in Alta Sierra postponed

This afternoon, the Nevada County Zoning Administrator sent the notice below to residents who expressed interest or opposition to the proposed Dollar General store in Alta Sierra. The email stated, in part, "There is currently not a set date for the next hearing of the Dollar General project." The scheduled town hall meeting on Monday is still set to take place.

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CDFW Reminds the Public to Leave Young Wildlife Alone

Spring is a busy time of year for wildlife. Bears, deer, birds and bobcats as well as dozens of other species emerge from winter ready to fill their bellies and raise their young. 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. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring.

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Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational. The Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks.

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American River Ranger District to Discontinue Implementation of Prescribed Burning Projects

The American River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest will discontinue implementation of most planned prescribed burning projects effective immediately.

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North San Juan Fire holds massive spaghetti feed and Dutch auction this Saturday

The North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department is holding their annual spaghetti feed this Saturday at Station 1 in the Community Hall starting at 6:00 pm.

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Warm, warmer, even hot today - more of the same to follow

Mainly warm and dry weather will continue into next week for the majority of the area. Weak systems may bring a few showers to the mountains this weekend into early next week.

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PG&E Crews Working to Identify Cause of Power Outages in Northern Grass Valley and Nevada City

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews are working to identify the cause of several electric power outages over the last two weeks in northern Grass Valley [Editor's note: and Nevada City area.] The outages have affected customers in the area of Ridge Road, Cement Hill and Newtown Road.

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Eldorado National Forest Lifts Seasonal Road Closure - Other Closures Still in Effect

The Eldorado National Forest will end the wet weather seasonal closure for dirt roads and trails on April 1. "We recently reviewed the road and trail conditions and found that they met our criteria for ending the seasonal closure," said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "With California in the fourth year of a severe drought we are expecting forest conditions to be extremely dry this summer and reservoir levels to be low. Visitors should exercise caution when out in the forest. It's also important that visitors obtain a motor vehicle use map to make sure that the dirt road or trail they intend to access is designated for public motorized travel," said Crabtree.

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Burn Permits Required April 1st in Butte County

Residents of the unincorporated areas of Butte County and served by CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department will be required to have a burn permit beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015 if they wish to burn dooryard debris. Burn permits are available at no charge from all CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire stations.

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Placer County Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program

Placer County and The Martis Fund are teaming up on a new program that provides down payment assistance to help qualified working families buy homes in the Martis Valley area.

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Sierra Commons to Host Mixer for 8th Ignitor Graduation this Friday

On Friday, March 27th, Sierra Commons will host a free mixer and party to introduce their latest Business Ignitor graduates to the community. The Sierra Commons Business Ignitor program is Nevada County's premier business incubation program. The program is a six-week course that helps start-ups and businesses learn about running and managing a business successfully. The event is open to the public and will be held at Sierra Commons, 792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. It starts at 5:30pm and runs until 7:30pm. The graduation mixer and party is a way to introduce new businesses to the greater business community of Nevada County.

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Massive spring cleaning set for Nevada City Tuesday, March 31st – Thursday, April 2nd

Nevada City will be undertaking a massive 3-day spring-cleaning called Spring Madness Hits Nevada City, beginning Tuesday, March 31st and continuing through Thursday, April 2nd, 8am-noon.

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Happy Wanderer | Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area - Nesting Great Blue Herons

A visit to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area was an enjoyable winter outing, enhanced by views of Great Blue Herons starting to nest. Even though most of the migratory waterfowl had left, the trip yielded sightings and photos of resident waterfowl and a muskrat.

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March towards high temperatures continues

Mainly warm and dry weather will continue the next week. Weak systems may bring a few showers to the mountains this weekend into early next week.

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NID Adopts Drought Plan, Calls for 20% Conservation

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (Mar. 25) adopted a series of drought measures that include limits on outdoor watering and a call for continued 20 percent reductions in water use by all district customers.

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Shingle Springs Tribal Court and Superior Court of El Dorado County will team up to hear juvenile and family law cases involving youth up to 24 years old

The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians met last week to establish goals for a first-of-its-kind, joint-jurisdictional project that will create a collaborative court for juvenile and family cases.

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Celebrating Families - Flash Mob 2015 on April 11

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. PARTNERS Family Resource Centers and the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) choose to focus on celebrating families by supporting positive relationships. For the month of April, folks in Grass Valley and Nevada City will see our "CAPC Kids" in various businesses around town. CAPC Kids are life-size cardboard photograph cut-outs of children holding signs that remind us of positive, fun things to do with children (i.e., "Go on a family hike"; "Dance with your child"). Be sure to thank those merchants and businesses for supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month!

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Lorraine Gervais: A tribute to Linda Ronstadt at the Center for the Arts on April 17/18

Lorraine Gervais will present a dance concert tribute; “Linda Ronstadt – The Early Years”, on April 17th & 18th, as she continues with her long running concert series co-produced with the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. “Linda Ronstadt was influential to me when I was a young singer because she was the first woman who sang whatever she wanted. As she evolved with her voice and her talents she was really eclectic, like I was then and continue to be now. I’ve wanted to produce a loving tribute to her and the timing of it now seems right,” says Gervais. It was recently announced that Linda Ronstadt is unable to sing due to the effect that Parkinson’s disease has had on her vocal chords.

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Ceremony to Mark Completion of Butte Creek Bridge on April 3

Community residents from rural areas of Butte County will join officials from the Bureau of Land Management Friday, April 3, to celebrate opening of a new bridge over Butte Creek and completion of other road and bridge improvement projects.

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Changes to Western Placer County Riolo Vineyards Project Approved by Supervisors

Changes to plans for the Riolo Vineyard, an approved development in western Placer County, moved forward Tuesday when the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved amendments to the development’s plans and finance plan. The original specific plan area was originally approved in 2009 with 933 residential units.

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Sunshine and a warming airmass return to NorCal today

Dry and warm weather through the end of the week. Several very weak systems will move though the far northern part of the state starting this weekend into next week, otherwise expect dry and warm conditions to continue.

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Sheriff's Office searching for suspect from armed robbery of Incline Village pharmacy

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred earlier today at a pharmacy in Incline Village.

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Attention Nevada County Property Owners - Property Tax Deadline is April 10, 2015

Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the delinquent date for the 2nd installment of the 2014-2015 secured tax bill is April 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Payments must be received in this office or show a postmark of April 10, 2015. Thereafter a 10% penalty will be added for late payment. If April 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, no penalty will be charged if payment is made (or postmarked) by 5:00 PM on the next business day. Read the “Top Ten Ways to Avoid Property Tax Penalties” attached to this notice.

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Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings by the University of Colorado Boulder that fly in the face of both public perception and policy.

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Forest Service to hold open house on off-highway vehicle use April 2

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on designated routes within the Lake Tahoe Basin on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

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Mechanical Thinning Project at Old Shady Rest Campground to Provide Defensible Space for Homes in Mammoth Lakes

The Inyo National Forest announces that a mechanical thinning project will begin this week in the Old Shady Rest Campground and surrounding area.

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Warming trend starting, possible record temperatures by Friday

A weak system will bring another chance for showers today mainly across far northern portions of the state. Dry weather will then return tonight into the end of the work week with very warm temperatures.

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Moose no longer on the loose

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media with their assistance in locating the stolen moose head from Sunnyside Resort in North Lake Tahoe.

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