Published Mar 3, 2014 - 6:25:37 AM
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Voter Suppression Topic of League of Women Voters Meeting on March 8
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 8:00:20 PM
Is it voter ID? Or voter suppression? The issue is not going away. To the contrary, it appears to be spreading. So the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County decided to make it the topic of their very next panel presentation on Saturday morning, March 8. The meeting will not be at its usual location. It will be at the Community Room of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City. The meeting starts at 9:30 with refreshments, and the program commences at 10:00.
Candidates for the Nevada County June Primary election
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 5:00:35 PM
Below is the list of candidates who completed their filing with the Nevada County Elections Office. The deadline to file for the June 3 Primary election was today at 5:00 pm for all local offices.
Nevada County Tax Collector to be in Truckee April 7-9, 2014
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 2:55:38 PM
Nevada County Treasurer & Tax Collector, Tina M. Vernon will be setting up office in the Truckee area to serve Eastern County residents during peak property tax season. This is the first time a seasonal office for the Treasurer & Tax Collector has been available on the Eastern side of the county in hopes to reach out to more county residents particularly during peak tax season. Second installments are due no later than April 10, 2014.
Forest Service seeks comments on Tallac Historic Site Project
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 10:29:01 AM
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is asking for input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the Historic Facilities Best Management Practices (BMPs) Retrofit project. The proposed project would improve water quality and enhance sustainable recreation opportunities at the Tallac Historic Site on Lake Tahoe's South Shore.
Dai Meagher not to run for Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 9:42:44 AM
I wish to thank my supporters for their trust and encouragement as I contemplated serving my community as Treasurer-Tax Collector. After careful deliberation I determined I could not fulfill commitments to my clients, to the several community organizations I serve, or to my wife and son, were I to pursue this office at this time.
Scotch Broom Challenge Kicks Off This Weekend - Volunteers Wanted
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 9:34:51 AM
The Scotch Broom Challenge was created in 2007 to address the spread of this highly flammable and invasive plant in our community. The Scotch Broom Challenge started with just a few sites in Nevada County. In the spring of 2013 over 300 volunteers took the Scotch Broom Challenge and pulled broom at 24 sites throughout Nevada County and Placer County.
Sierra College to host Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Days March 19-22 on Rocklin Campus
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 8:21:48 AM
Sierra College's Native American Club, the New Legacy Committee, the Sierra College Press and Heyday Books will cosponsor a four-day event: Indigenous Peoples Days during its Yomen Weda or Spring Equinox Festival at Sierra College on the Rocklin Campus. The event is designed to explore and celebrate California's indigenous peoples and to connect the campus and regional community with the richness and depth of Indian culture in the Sierra Nevada and region.
Spotted in a museum in Rome: Historic photo of a Truckee Saloon
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 8:07:35 AM
A historic photo of the Firenze Saloon and Boarding House, owned by Luisa and Leone Cristofani in Truckee was recently spotted by our reader Linda Chaplin.
Dry and mild weekend, chance of precip Sunday eve and Monday
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 7:31:31 AM
Dry and mild conditions through Saturday. A disturbance Sunday into Monday will bring another chance of precipitation to the area. Dry and mild conditions return for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Join friends and neighbors at Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House on March 8
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 7:03:56 AM
Hospitality House homeless shelter will host its 8th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser March 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
The Empty Bowl benefit is a simple community meal of nutritious soups, delicious breads and desserts, and family-friendly beverages. There will be two seatings – noon to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rain Means No Need to Water Outdoors for Weeks
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 6:26:31 AM
Recent rains across California are not enough to end the drought, but they are enough to eliminate the need to water landscaping for several weeks. Experts with the California Department of Water Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension and University of California, Davis, together urge all residents, business owners, and government agencies to shut off sprinkler and irrigation systems until soils dry again.
Truckee Police partner with High Fives Foundation for ski/snowboard helmet give-a-way
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 2:14:43 PM
Over this last Ski & Skate Holiday week, Truckee Police Department Officers along with a Placer County Sheriff's Deputy were seen taking to the slopes of Squaw Valley. Why the police presence you might ask? Are there unknown dangers at our local ski resorts? "Hardly" explains Captain Rob Leftwich with the Truckee Police Department. Truckee Police were participating in a unique new partnership with the well-known Truckee nonprofit organization, High Fives Foundation. Specifically, Truckee Police were promoting and supporting the Helmets Are Cool Campaign.
Nevada County BOS Agenda for March 11
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 10:44:39 AM
Agenda for a Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board Chambers, First Floor, Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, California.
Books: Birds of the Sierra Nevada
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 10:38:58 AM
This beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.
Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 DX110 very close encounter: live view
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 9:59:16 AM
The Minor Planet Center announced the discovery of a 4-14 meters large asteroid, 2014 EC. It is going to have an amazingly close encounter with the Earth today at 22:05 UT.
Sierra College Presents Author Alfredo Corchado: A Conversation and Book Signing March 27
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 8:43:06 AM
As part of La Semana Latina week at the Rocklin Campus, Sierra College welcomes Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News and Author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness. A Conversation and Book Signing Session will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, in Walker Hall, Rm. D-12.
Yosemite HD II: The Stunning Sequel to a Viral Time-Lapse Video
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 7:29:49 AM
A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park: Burn Scheduled for Hetch Hetchy Area
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 7:24:40 AM
Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O'Shaughnessy Dam. The fire is planned for mid to late March and will include a total of 57 acres. Ignition and active burning will take approximately one to two days and a few additional days to patrol and monitor until the end of the burn.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9 - Spring Forward-Check Your Smoke Alarms
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 7:14:14 AM
"Smoke Alarms Saves Lives. It is your first line of defense in a structure fire especially since most home fires start in the middle of the night when you are sleeping" says CAL FIRE's Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin. "In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can save your life by alerting you and your family and giving you time to escape. Since everyone will be setting their clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before going to bed, take the time to check your smoke alarms and practice your exit drill adds Chief Kaslin.
After February rains: How full is the "water year bucket"
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 7:04:27 AM
The 5 gallon bucket represents the Northern Sierra 8 station precipitation index normal precipitation for 2014 (50.0 inches) plus the deficits from 2011-2012 (8.4 below) and 2012-2013 (5.7 below) for a total of 64.1 inches.
Lingering showers today, chance of thunderstorms
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 6:31:12 AM
Lingering showers are possible today along with a few thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. Dry and mild conditions expected for Friday and Saturday. A disturbance late Sunday into Monday will bring another chance of precipitation to the area.
Tahoe's Calpine Lookout is worth the trip
Full story: Merced Sun Star
CHP patrol car and passenger vehicle collision last night on Hwy 20 near Smartsville
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 5:25:11 PM
At approximately 7:29 PM Tuesday evening, an on-duty CHP Officer was driving his patrol vehicle eastbound on SR-20 approaching Hammonton-Smartville Rd at approximately 50 MPH. A Subaru sedan was stopped on Hammonton-Smartville Rd at the intersection. It was dark and both vehicles had their headlights activated. As the officer was approaching, the driver of the Subaru suddenly pulled out into traffic in attempt to make a left turn across SR-20, directly in the path of the oncoming patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle struck the Subaru broadside and both vehicles rotated counterclockwise into the highway. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were disabled blocking the roadway.
Meet and Greet the Nevada City Chief of Police, Tim Foley on March 13
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 4:19:14 PM
Nevada City's New Police Chief, Tim Foley, is inviting you to attend an informal "Meet and Greet".
Nevada County ranks higher than state in sale of e-cigarettes
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 3:19:07 PM
90% of the 73 random stores surveyed sold candy, mint and liquor flavored non-cigarette tobacco products. New data reveals that Nevada County has more stores that sell electronic cigarettes (49.3%) compared to the overall state average (45.7%). These findings are part of new data released today on the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy and healthy food products in stores that sell tobacco and the first time all three categories of products have been analyzed together.
Sierra Streams Institute Continues the Fight Against Scotch Broom
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 2:42:20 PM
Spring will be upon us before we know it and so will the invasion of Scotch Broom! This year, Sierra Streams Institute will once again join the fight against this aggressive invasive weed that is threatening the biological integrity of our watershed. As a local organization focused on using scientific methods to understand the issues facing our watershed, we know that invasive weeds like Scotch Broom pose a serious threat to our local habitats. We are excited to be joining the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County's annual Scotch Broom Challenge, and are calling on anyone who wants to help restore our native habitats to join us in the fight!
Clergy Arrested at Beale Ash Wednesday
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 1:24:48 PM
On Wednesday morning, March 5th, several clergy from Northern California led an Ash Wednesday service of repentance at the main gate of Beale Air Force Base, home of the Global Hawk Drone. The service was followed by a nonviolent "witness for peace" in which five people, including three clergy, were arrested for trespassing onto base property.
Fatal traffic collision last night on Hwy 20, three vehicles involved
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 1:06:32 PM
On March 04, 2014, at approximately 8:18 P.M. the driver of the 1970 Chevelle was traveling westbound on State Highway 20 at approximately 50 M.P.H. just west of the intersection at Rough and Ready Highway. The driver of a 1999 Dodge 2500 pickup truck was traveling behind the Chevelle, also at approximately 50 M.P.H. As both vehicles continued westbound, a 1995 Jeep Wrangler was traveling eastbound on State Highway 20 at what was stated to be about 50 M.P.H.
Higgins Fire District SAFER Grant Open House this Friday
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 9:55:28 AM
This Friday, March 7, 2014, from 9:00a.m. until noon, the public is invited to join the Higgins Fire District as they host an open house at Station 23, 20604 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, for the re-opening of the once “browned out” station.