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Happening Now - November 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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PCWA Moves Forward on Watershed Remediation after King Fire

In the aftermath of the massive King Fire, the Placer County Water Agency is taking emergency steps to prevent and manage the runoff of fire debris and erosion into the Rubicon River and PCWA’s Ralston Afterbay.

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#GivingTuesday on Dec. 2 to benefit local nonprofits in Nevada County

We have a holiday for giving thanks, and two huge shopping days that follow for getting deals.

Another special day is grabbing some attention and focuses on giving to others -- #GivingTuesday.

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NCCFD Looking for Citizens' Oversight Committee Members

The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is currently accepting applications for appointment to the following volunteer advisory board: Citizens' Oversight Committee.

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New study: Aggressive conifer removal benefits Sierra aspen

A study just published by Point Blue Conservation Science shows the benefits of an aggressive approach to restoring Sierra Nevada aspen stands (Populus tremuloides).

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Sierra Nevada Conservancy releases Fiscal Year 2013-14 Annual Report

This Sierra Nevada Conservancy FY 2013-14 Annual Report highlights some of the many activities the SNC has undertaken to preserve, protect and improve California’s principal watershed.

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The Mountain Messenger | "We don't have to show you an effin' warrant!"

Brad Peceimer-Glasse grows marijuana. In conservative south county Alta Sierra. For medicine.

On the morning of September 10, sheriff's officers showed up at Peceimer-Glasse's home. This is his story, told exclusively to The Messenger. He was upstairs working in his home office. "I heard banging on the door." Looking out the downstairs window he saw, "...two officers in riot gear. They're yelling, 'Open up, sheriff's department!' " Peceimer-Glasse woke his wife and then went outside to speak to the officers. "I was in my boxer shorts."

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Patchy fog this morning, rain and snow later this afternoon

The next weather system moves through NorCal late today into Saturday bringing widespread precipitation. High pressure builds over the area next week for generally dry weather and milder daytime temperatures along with areas of morning valley fog.

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Nevada County Public Health Department Community Health Assessment

Nevada County Public Health Department is leading a collaborative process to develop a comprehensive health assessment of the community, its health challenges and its resources. The intent is to have a deeper understanding of what issues residents feel are important, how quality of life is perceived in our communities, and what community assets we have that can be used to improve community health.

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Overnight Burglary of Soulhouse Project Ski and Snowboard Shop

On Thursday morning (11/20/2014) at about 3:00 am Soulhouse Project Ski and Snowboard Shop was broken into and several skis and snowboards were stolen. The shop is located on Donner Pass Rd. in the downtown area and recently opened as a business. The thieves entered the business taking approximately 40 ski and snowboards worth in excess of $25,000.00. The alarm was activated upon entry, however the thieves appeared to quickly flee the area after the activation. Truckee PD is analyzing evidence found at the scene to further develop suspect information.

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Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Inducted to WFA Hall of Fame

Western Fairs Association (WFA) announced this week that they will induct Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, into the Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame at its upcoming convention in Reno.


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Overturn collision on You Bet Road last night causes major injuries

At approximately 10:45 PM last night, Grass Valley resident Patrick Kluge, 18, was driving a 2000 Toyota 4Runner westbound on You Bet Rd east of Pearson Rd, approximately 1/2 mile from SR-174. He had a 17 year-old male passenger in the right front of the vehicle, and an 18 year-old female in the right rear. The roadways were wet and it was lightly raining. They were all wearing their seatbelts.

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Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20.

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Seven arrests for marijuana-related charges on Kentucky Flat Rd

On 11/19/2014, members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force attempted to locate a subject with an active Nevada County felony arrest warrant involving marijuana cultivation at the last known residence on Kentucky Flat Road. Detectives arrived at the address at about 11:00 am and located 20 individuals on the property, marijuana stalks in a large burn pile, along with a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the two buildings on the property.

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Yosemite National Park Youth Programs Inspire Next Generation of Park Stewards

A group of high school students from across California, who dubbed themselves “The Triumphant Turtles” for their slow and steady approach to achieving goals, credit the Adventure Risk Challenge program in Yosemite National Park for fueling a passion for conservation, improved leadership and literacy skills, and forging trails of opportunity to higher education.

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Placer County Honors Two Outstanding Citizens With Commemorative Coins

The Placer County Board of Supervisors honored Dr. Bryce Jessup of William Jessup University and volunteer extraordinaire Fuzzy Jarnagin of Loomis Tuesday, presenting them with commemorative coins created for a county citizen-recognition program.

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PG&E Crews are Replacing Multiple Power Poles in Lake Wildwood

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is upgrading electric equipment to improve reliability for customers in Nevada County. The upgrades are underway throughout the Lake Wildwood community and will benefit about 3,400 customers in the area.

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Second weather system arrives today - more on Satuday

Two more weather systems continue to move through NorCal into Saturday bringing periods of precipitation. The second system is expected to be the wettest Friday night into Saturday. High pressure builds over the area next week for generally dry weather and milder daytime temperatures along with areas of morning valley fog.

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Op-Ed: Carol Kuczora | The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as I saw it

The day after my delegation of InterFaith Peace Builders toured the Dome of the Rock, all hell broke loose. We heard shots every evening, as we peered over our hotel balcony half a block from the walled Old City. Mostly I think we were hearing Israeli tear-gas canisters being launched against Muslim demonstrators. They want nothing so much as to earn a living and practice their religion in peace.

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Weather Maps

Today's weather maps.

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BriarPatch celebrates 100,000 bags reused

Shoppers at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market have re-used 100,000 bags since Earth Day, April 22, 2014, when the grocer’s new bag policy went into effect.

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Busy day for Grass Valley firefighters

Shortly after being released from the previous incident, a vegetation fire, Grass Valley Engine 2 along with Nevada County Consolidated Engine 88, Captain 13 and SNA Medics, responded to a vehicle accident reported to be over the side.

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RSVP: Over 75 local agencies need your help - Volunteer!

Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County non-profits, public agencies, and schools. Over 75 local agencies need your help. View more volunteer opportunities at www.volunteernevadacounty.org or call (530) 271-0255.

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Two small fires near transient camps in Grass Valley quickly contained

On November 18th, at 1250 hours, Grass Valley Engine 2, Nevada City E-5482, Cal Fire Engine 2378 and NCCFD Captain 13 responded to reported vegetation fire in the area behind CVS on Sutton Way. Firefighters arrived to find a 20 x 30 spot on the hillside. Firefighters made access to the area and quickly contained the fire. Fire appears to be human caused in a known transient encampment area.

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Lock Down at Ponderosa High School Lifted

On 11/19/14 at 0945 the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call regarding a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of Ponderosa High School’s Football Field.

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Epic Beer and Geeks Event in Nevada City on Nov. 20

Sierra Commons along with the City of Nevada City is teaming up with SARTA, the Sacramento Regional Technical Alliance, to bring the Epic Beer and Geeks event to Nevada County on Thursday November 20th 6pm-8pm to be held at ol' Republic Brewery in Nevada City. Thursday's event in Nevada City is being held in conjunction with four other locations in Northern California including Sacramento, Folsom, Davis and Roseville and will connect local entrepreneurs, hackers, techies, computer nerds and small business owners throughout the Northern California region. The event is a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the public is invited to participate.

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PG&E Funds Fire Prevention Efforts by Yuba Fire Safe Council, County

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has provided more than $400,000 in funding for projects that will reduce wildfire risk in the Yuba County foothills, the company announced today.

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Nevada County 4-H D.C. Delegates Help Homeless Veterans

Each year, the Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program sends a delegation of Nevada County 4-H teens to the annual 4-H Washington Focus Conference, an educational conference that takes youth to Washington, D.C. to explore the federal government and national issues. As part of their commitment to civic engagement, the delegates prepare and implement a service-learning plan of action to address a current need in their community.

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First of three weather systems arrives today

A series of weather systems will move through NorCal into Saturday bringing periods of precipitation. The last system is expected to be the wettest Friday night into Saturday. High pressure builds over the area next week for generally dry weather and milder daytime temperatures along with areas of morning valley fog.

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Sustainability Conference to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park on December 8 through December 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices.

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