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Happening Now - July 2016

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

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Heating up to near record highs through the week

Dry with a gradual warming trend through the week. Triple digit heat expected in the Central Valley with high temperatures well above normal.

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Potential solution for disposing of butane canisters in the works

After a success story for ASA's Green team was published on YubaNet, it took less than a week for Brad Peceimer-Glasse to receive a cease and desist letter for his efforts.

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Post W - facts and figures

Before Tuesday's highly anticipated Board of Supervisors meeting and the possible repealing of the current version of the urgency ordinance, here's a look back at the milestones of Measure W.

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Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a much anticipated twist on an old favorite – an end-of-Summer Gala celebrating land conservation to be held under the oaks at one of BYLT’s most important agricultural easements.

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Transition to above normal temperatures over the weekend

Near normal temperatures today then transition to above normal temperatures over the weekend and through next week. Highs 5 to 10 degrees above normal during this time. No precipitation expected through the next 7 days.

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Proposed after-W ordinance text released

The proposed ordinance to replace the current outdoor marijuana growing ban in Nevada County has been released. After the defeat of Measure W in the June election, the Board of Supervisors met three times with stakeholders to exchange proposals to regulate cannabis cultivation. The last meeting was tense at times and ended with patient and growers representatives declining to endorse the county's proposed numbers. Now, the county's draft ordinance is available for public viewing before Tuesday's 1:30 meeting.

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Fire Restrictions in Effect and New Fire Information Phone Line for the Eldorado National Forest

Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning Thursday, July 21, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2016 California Campfire permit. The forest has also established a new fire information phone line for questions about fire activity during fire season: (530) 957-0488.

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Op-Ed | Scott V. Young: Supervisors, please honor your promise

I am a voter in your district, a public high school teacher, a rural land owner interested in rural land quality and preservation, a father of 5 kids between the ages of 14 and 23, and a 17 year resident of this county. I voted no on Measure W, and DO NOT SUPPORT a ban on cannabis cultivation, outdoors or indoors.

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One last cool day

Today’s high temperatures will come in below normal nearly all areas. This is the last day below normal temperatures are expected before a warming trend brings a quick warm up starting Friday. High temperatures Friday are expected to come in near normal with highs several degrees above normal over the weekend and then on through next week.

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Op-Ed | Local attorney Heather Burke requests Nevada County Sheriff to hold off on sweeps until BOS meeting

Today, the Law Offices of Heather L. Burke served a Public Records request on the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, asking for full disclosure of cannabis cultivation inspections that were logged today in what appears to be another day of sweeps by the Sheriff’s Office.

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Community Involvement Day on August 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO, Story Club, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) and BloodSource are teaming up on August 1 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, August 1, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

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Foothill House of Hospitality Names Scott Thurmond Interim Executive Director

Scott Thurmond has been named interim executive director by the board of directors of Foothill House of Hospitality. Thurmond was selected at the board's July meeting. He will serve in the temporary leadership role until the board chooses a new executive director.

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Washington homicide victim identified

Detectives are currently back at the location in the 30000 block of Relief Hill concluding their investigation into the death of the subject located on July 18th. An autopsy is currently underway on the victim in Placer County.

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Earthcare Day Camp goal: $350 for water pump

Children at Earthcare Day Camp in Grass Valley this week have a goal: raise $350 to buy a hand-operated water pump.

Children in developing countries often must walk long distances to fetch water for their families. They often make that trek instead of going to school, teacher Mary Liebke told youngsters attending camp Monday. Campers received blue boxes to collect spare change; their contribution will help purchase a hand pump through the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

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“Right to Die” law explained at seminar on July 30

People facing terminal illness have a new choice – the possibility to end their own lives legally and humanely – under California’s End of Life Option Law that went into effect in June.

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Summer heat returns this weekend

We still have a couple of days left to enjoy the cooler than normal temperatures we have had over the last several days. Summer heat returns over the weekend with daytime highs expected to cross back into above normal territory.

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Suspicious death on Relief Hill Rd in the Town of Washington

On July 18th, 2016, at approximately 10:11 pm, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was requested by CalFire to respond to the area of Relief Hill Road and Gaston Grade for a possible Search and Rescue of a missing white male adult in the 30000 block of Relief Hill Road. Family members had contacted the local fire department after the subject had not been heard from for several days.

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Growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy

As voters go to the polls this November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalization. Pending proposals in Nevada, Maine and California would authorize recreational marijuana use, while Floridians will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana use.

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Unseasonably mild until Friday

Below average temperatures continue into mid-week as a low pressure system moves across the Pacific Northwest. Warming will return by the end of the week.

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Warmuth family to be recognized as Family of the Year at the Nevada County Fair

Michelle and Brandon Warmuth have been named the 2016 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Warmuth Family for their volunteer efforts and their ongoing participation in the livestock and exhibit programs at the Fair.

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Butane Clean Up by Americans for Safe Access with assistance from NCSO

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Americans for Safe Access - NC have teamed together in their efforts to clean up hazardous waste left behind by illegal growers or butane honey oil manufacturers.

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CAL FIRE Unit Chief: Campfires on private property create responsibility and liability

Property owners in the South Yuba canyon recently received a letter from Chief George Morris III, the Chief for CAL FIRE's Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. In his letter, Morris spelled out the legal responsibilities of property owners and campers alike.

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The California Healthy Youth Act

This fall, students returning to school in California will be presented with an updated comprehensive sex education program. The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) a state-mandated local program, requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7-12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. This bill updates and strengthens existing requirements ensuring that all students receive consistent, unbiased, factual information about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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Mild, but very breezy midsummer weather - increasing fire danger

Below average temperatures continue into mid-week as a low pressure system moves across the Pacific Northwest. Gradual warming will return by the end of the week. For the high country and Lake Tahoe: Wind gusts as high as 40 mph and low humidity with little to no rainfall during the last two months will lead to high fire danger on Monday across much of western Nevada, the Lake Tahoe Basin and northeast California. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph will kick up around 10 am Monday morning and continue well into Monday evening. Under these dry conditions even a small spark can quickly grow into a large and dangerous wildfire before first responders can contain them. Here are a few tips to remember. Always follow local burn restrictions, stow your trailer chains so they don’t drag on the ground, postpone target shooting, and avoid any activity that may create a spark near dry vegetation.

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Cool weekend, but heat will be back by midweek

Near to below normal temperatures are expected this weekend through Tuesday as a disturbance moves north of NorCal. Temperatures will gradually warm up starting Wednesday. Dry weather will continue over the next 7 days.

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CAL FIRE arrests hobby drone operator for interfering with firefight on the Trailhead Fire

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested a Placer County man Friday who allegedly interfered with firefighting operations recently on the Trailhead Fire by flying a drone over the fire, forcing CAL FIRE to ground aircraft rather than risk a collision.

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Nevada County had the highest voter turnout among polling place counties

Today Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified California’s June statewide primary results. 47.72% of registered voters cast a ballot in California’s June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, this is the third highest turnout of registered voters for a statewide primary election in the past 25 years.

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Road Improvements Scheduled on Newtown Road

On July 18th, 2016 construction work will begin on Newtown Road as part of a comprehensive bike lane and shoulder improvement project from Highway 49 west to Champion Mine Road. The work will include shoulder widening to meet bike lane standards along with new asphalt overlay pavement surface and other road and drainage improvements. The work is scheduled through September 2016.

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The Mountain Messenger | Where There’s Smoke...

“The smoke isn’t so bad today,” goes the typical greeting down here. But the word “smoke” is just code for what everyone fears: Fire.

The trees are dying and nature is cleaning out the rubbish, which unfortunately includes a lot of homes. In June the US Forest Service told us aerial surveys found 66 million California trees dead, mostly from drought and bark beetles. That number is more than double the 29 million dead trees reported in 2015.

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