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Happening Now - May 2015

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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Yosemite Announces 2015 Fire Season

The 2015 fire season officially began Sunday May 24, 2015. Fire crews have completed all training, fire refreshers and fitness tests and all stations are staffed. The park is currently transitioning to fire season preparedness and fire resources will be available seven days per week for suppression efforts. Park fire resources for the season include: fire management officials, four Type 3 wildland engines, one helicopter, and one hand crew.

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Higgins Fire District: "What level of investment in local fire and emergency medical response services does the community want?"

Higgins Fire Protection District’s responds to over 1,000 emergency calls each year, but this essential public safety service in semi-rural, southwestern Nevada County may soon disappear. Essential FEMA funding, that supports Firefighters/EMT-EMRs in this widespread fire district, expires in March 2016. In 2014, the Higgins Fire Protection District successfully obtained a SAFER grant from FEMA, which allowed the reopening of a fire station closed due to budget constraints, and enabled the rehiring of local experienced and trained firefighters to staff it. The SAFER grant expires in March 2016, and the Fire District will soon ask the local community to decide the level of emergency response service it wants in the future.

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Cascade Shores Homeowners host wildfire prevention education day on June 20

The Cascade Shores Firewise Community is in its 2nd year of being a recognized Firewise Community by the National Fire Protection Association. As part of the commitment to being a Firewise Community, they will host their 2nd Annual Wildfire Prevention Education Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10am -1pm at the Firehouse on Pasquale Road in Cascade Shores.

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Nevada County CEO announces the appointment of Julie Patterson-Hunter as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Patterson- Hunter as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Julie began her career with Nevada County as a Board Clerk in the Board of Supervisors’ office in October 2004, and in March 2012, was promoted to the position of Deputy Clerk to the Board. She has served in all aspects of the Clerk of the Board’s office, including serving as Clerk to the Assessment Appeals Board, and most recently as the Interim Clerk of the Board. She is also a member of the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association.

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Nevada County: Veterans Identification Card Available

Because many veterans do not have a convenient way of showing proof they are veterans, the Nevada County Veterans Services Office has been authorized by the California Department of Veterans Affairs to begin issuing Veteran Photo Identification cards for those who are U.S. military veterans.

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Twin Ridges Elementary awarded $121,657 DROPS grant for Grizzly Hill stormwater management project

Good news for the Twin Ridges Elementary School District and especially Grizzly Hill School. The State Water Board just awarded Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) grants and the district will receive $121,657 for their stormwater management project.

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Nevada LAFCo to hold free Small District Best Practices Workshop on July 1

Nevada LAFCo announces a training session to help small districts improve management and governance practices. District board members and staff are encouraged to attend this workshop. The session will cover agendas and meeting practices, bylaws, finance, budgets, purchasing, infrastructure planning and other topics.

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Window restoration, repair, under way at Auburn's Historic Courthouse

Work is under way on a construction project that will restore and repair aging windows at Placer County’s Historic Courthouse in Auburn.

The project is being managed for Placer County by the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the state’s courts.

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TRPA Governing Board Approves New "Fanny Bridge" Project in Tahoe City

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board today unanimously approved the Tahoe Transportation District’s State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project to construct a new bridge and realign SR 89 in Tahoe City. The project will support community revitalization efforts and resolve long-term structural and safety issues for the 87-year-old bridge at the Northwest corner of Lake Tahoe.

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Well above normal daytime temperatures today and Saturday

Well above normal daytime temperatures today and Saturday as high pressure slides across the west coast. Cooler early next week with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms over the northern Sacramento valley and surrounding mountains as the tail end of a Pacific trough brushes through. Warmer by mid week.

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Don't panic on June 3rd: This is just a drill - Disaster Exercise in Nevada County

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program, in conjunction with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Behavioral Health Department, Sheriff’s Office, local hospitals, healthcare clinics and long-term care facilities will be conducting a large scale disaster exercise in both Eastern and Western County on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 8am-12pm.

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NID Adopts Water Conservation Regulation

NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close said the regulation calls upon NID’s residential water users to reduce usage by 36 percent from 2013 baseline levels. He said the district is seeking to reduce water use among all water users and will make every effort to help customers achieve the goal.

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Construction Concludes on $22 Million Donner Summit PUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

Construction on improvements to the Donner Summit Public Utility District Wastewater Treatment Plant have concluded. The 30-month, $19.5 million dollar upgrade and expansion project, designed by Stantec Engineers and constructed by Syblon Reid Contractors, resulted in a technologically-advanced facility that produces a “crystal-clear” effluent. This effluent has low effluent ammonia and nitrate concentrations and meets the highest State of California water quality requirements for recycled water, all of which will protect the beneficial uses of the South Yuba River.

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Mini heat spell followed by a breezy cool down

Daytime temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal over the next few days as high pressure slides across the west coast. Cooler early next week with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms over the northern Sacramento valley and surrounding mountains as the tail end of a Pacific trough brushes through.

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Temporary Homeless Shelter to Open June 1 in Auburn, Community Meetings Scheduled

A temporary homeless shelter operated by Volunteers of America and funded by Right Hand Auburn is scheduled to open at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn on Monday, June 1.

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Gold Country Celtic Society hosts Wildlife Rehabilitation&Release group tonight - You're invited

Please join our gathering Wednesday, May 27th. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee, and tea are available.

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BriarPatch Co-op Market returns dividends to owners

Dividend vouchers totaling $199,000 were mailed to owners of BriarPatch Co-op Community Market of Grass Valley in mid-May.

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Driver charged with DUI in car on car accident on Broad Street

The allegedly intoxicated driver who veered to the right and ended up on top of a car on Broad Street in Nevada City yesterday has been charged with driving under the influence, Nevada City Police confirmed today.

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Eat Local Placer and Nevada Tasting at Rood Center Growers’ Market on June 2nd

Eat Local Placer and Nevada, an effort managed by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), will hold a tasting at the Rood Center Growers’ Market on Tuesday, June 2nd. Customers can try a sample of one of our most popular recipes, Massaged Kale Salad. The Eat Local project, which is funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program, is designed to connect local consumers with local specialty crop growers.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Announces New CEO: Rea Callender

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015. The Board of Directors retained Ralph Andersen and Associates to conduct the extensive search, which produced interest from talented candidates from across the nation.

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Nevada County Celebration of Trails May 2015

Kick off the celebration! Meet your friends for a drink and bite to eat at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company in downtown Nevada City while showing support for local trails. A portion of proceeds go back to building and maintaining the local trails you love.

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“Nevada County Community Health Assessment: What Matters to You?” is Topic of June 3rd Community Support Network Meeting

Having a healthy community extends far beyond any single organization or individual. This meeting is your opportunity to provide input about what matters to you, and consider where efforts should be focused in order to improve the community’s health in the future.

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Today: Warm. Tomorrow: Warmer. Friday: Hot.

Gradually warmer temperatures through the end of the week. Daytime highs 10 to 15 degrees above normal by Friday. A slight threat of afternoon showers or thunderstorms over the Sierra today. Cooler early next week with a slight chance of showers over the northern forecast area as a Pacific trough moves into the Pacific Northwest.

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Music In The Mountains announces director search

Music in the Mountains is excited to announce its search for the next music director.

Since 2014, when Pete Nowlen was hired as Artistic Advisor at the end of Artistic Director Gregory Vadja’s tenure in 2013, the orchestra has been playing with an array of guest conductors. Many of these conductors have also worked with critically acclaimed orchestras around the world.

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Man Sentenced for Marijuana Operation and Sparking the Nicolls Fire in Sequoia National Forest

Edgardo Fournier, aka Edgardo Fournier-Nigaglioni, 46, of Perris, was sentenced today to six years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a large‑scale marijuana cultivation operation on federal land in Kern County and for his role in starting the Nicolls Fire, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

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Lightning map: 1,304 strikes on Memorial Day in California

For the 24-hour period ending at 9:00am on Tuesday, The Automatic Lightning Monitoring System (ALMS) detected 1,304 strikes within the state, 743 within the National Forests. Lightning was concentrated on the east side of the state, all up and down the Sierra Nevada.

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“Wildfire in the Foothills” Students Get Ready

In Paradise and Magalia the “Wildfire in the Foothills” education program was recently instructed to over 300 students. Evacuation, wildfire behavior and emergency preparedness are just a few of the topics students learn about in the five one-hour life lessons.

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Taylor Creek Visitor Center to host Native Species Festival May 30

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will host the sixth annual Native Species Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. This free family event is a great way to spend the day outdoors and learn about native species of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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Three outdated NCCFD fire stations on the chopping block this Thursday

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District directors will consider the closure of three "outdated" fire stations during a special board meeting on Thursday.

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