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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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SYRCL proposes to restore off-highway routes near Sierra Buttes

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest (TNF), has submitted a preliminary application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program for funding to close and restore eroding roads and routes in the Gold Valley area of the TNF, northeast of Downieville, near the Sierra Buttes.

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Nevada County Sheriff requesting help to ID a burglary suspect

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a Burglary suspect in the Lake Wildwood area. The burglary occurred during the late part of February 2015.

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Wheyward Girl Creamery coming to Nevada City - Kickstarter campaign to launch on Monday

Downtown Nevada City continues its popular transition into a foodie destination due to its burgeoning number of artisan bakers, brewers, and local organic restaurants and farms.

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El Dorado County Animal Services Looking for Homes for 30 Remaining Horses

El Dorado County Animal Services is diligently looking for homes for the remaining 30 horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far,” said Alexis Shaw, Operations Manager of Animal Services. “We are now down to only 30 horses out of the original 90. These are beautiful animals, deserving of a home.”

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For the Love of Pets: Heartworm, a real danger for dogs and cats

Heartworm infection is common in Nevada County and is a real danger for dogs and cats in this area. Infection occurs following a mosquito bite. The bite transfers the larval heartworm which then migrates through the dog’s body, eventually ending in the heart after about 6 months. Once in the heart the larva finishes its growth and develops into a mature worm that then begins to reproduce. The microfilaria offspring of the worms are then transferred to feeding mosquitoes continuing the lifecycle. One reason heartworms are so common in our area is the very high incidence of infection in our resident coyote population.

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RCRC Officers Advocate in Washington, D.C. on Behalf of Rural California Counties

Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Officers and staff met with key federal policymakers in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss issues impacting California’s rural counties. The main issues included reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS), long-term reauthorization of the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILT), reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Funding Program (MAP-21), the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking change.

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Slim Cascade and Sierra snowpack declines in February

The National Water and Climate Center produces this weekly report in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center and other Federal agencies. The report focuses on snowpack, precipitation, and temperature conditions in the western U.S., and features a national drought summary.

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Sierra Nevada Film Festival Opens March 14 in Murphys

The Sierra Nevada Film Festival is going strong as it enters its second decade in the Sierra Nevada!

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Showers today, then dry and mild for the rest of the week

Another wave drops down from the north today bringing scattered showers, mainly for the northern Sierra Nevada, and a slight chance of thunderstorms. The mountains may see some light snowfall accumulation. Drier and milder weather returns Tuesday and continues through the remainder of the week.

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Dry and breezy today, possible thunderstorms and light rain tomorrow

Lingering light showers/snow flurries along Sierra Crest today. Dry elsewhere today with local breezy northerly winds over the Northern Sacramento Valley. A second wave of wet weather arrives Monday with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon and light mountain snow. Drier and warmer Tuesday onward.

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Mountain Bounty Farm celebrates National CSA sign-up day February 28

Mountain Bounty Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

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Puppy killed, mother dog survived when thrown from car

A $6,000 reward offered for a tip leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for throwing a small dog and her puppy from a vehicle near the dump in unincorporated Watsonville. The dogs were sealed in sand bags. Pet Food Express is offering a $5,000 reward and a private citizen is also offering an additional $1,000 reward. Additionally, The Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

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Colder and rainy today with a chance of thunderstorms

A weather system is impacting California today with cooler and wetter weather. Snow will impact travel in the mountains above 3500 feet, and more so above 5000 feet. Showers dissipate on Sunday then a second wave of wet weather arrives Monday.

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CVS Health Presents $25,000 Donation to Community Recovery Resources for New Smoking Cessation Program

Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is the lucky recipient of a $25,000 check from CVS Health for to support CoRR's new smoking cessation program.

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Additional charges filed in Arnoldi case - bail set at $1 million

On Thursday February 26, 2015, at approximately 4:00 P.M. Gregory Arnoldi, owner of Grass Valley Gold and Silver, was again arrested by District Attorney Investigators for ongoing criminal activity related to counterfeit gold and silver transactions. Additional charges will be filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Bail in the second case was set at one million dollars by the Honorable Judge Heidelberger.

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Get to Know Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release - Orientation and Volunteer Recruitment Meeting on March 14

Join Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) on Saturday, March 14 for their annual orientation and welcome meeting for new volunteers. “Do you have an interest in assisting injured or abandoned wildlife? Have you ever rescued a bird after it flew into your window and wondered how to help it? Has your child ever brought you an injured critter and wanted your help in saving it? This meeting will help you learn who to go to for assistance and how you can help,” stated Joan Pancharian, WR&R Board Member.

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NID Snow Survey: Water Content at 16% of Average

In snow surveys taken Tuesday (Feb. 24), the Nevada Irrigation District measured 16 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies the NID water system.

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Fire and Water: A Warming World, California’s Weather and a bipartisan solution - presentation on March 17

California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

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Squaw Valley Institute and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science present “The Big Year” at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema on March 5

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences (TINS) are pleased to present “The Big Year." This feature film presentation is part of the SVI Monthly Movie Night Series at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema and part of the Tahoe Big Year, hosted by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences.

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Lake Tahoe Research Provides New Insights on Global Change

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography-led study on how natural and man-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake.

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Community Involvement Opportunity Available Serving on the Weimar-Applegate-Colfax Advisory Council

The Weimar-Applegate-Colfax Municipal Advisory Council (WAC MAC) currently has one open position. Council members must reside, own property, or own or manage a business within Weimar, Applegate or the unincorporated areas around Colfax.

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Weather system arrives today - rain, thunderstorms and higher elevation snow possible

A weather system will move into the area today, leading to cooler and wetter weather into the weekend. The potential exists for snow impacting some travel in the mountains above 3500 feet, and more so above 6000 feet.

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Rim Fire Reforestation Scoping Period Opens on the Stanislaus

The Stanislaus National Forest is now requesting public comment on the Rim Fire Reforestation proposal which includes reforestation, plantation thinning, wildlife habitat enhancement and noxious weed treatments on National Forest System lands within the footprint of the Rim Fire.

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Reps. LaMalfa, Garamendi Introduce Sites Reservoir Bill to Store Water for Millions of Californians

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-03) today announced the introduction of HR 1060, which will accelerate the completion of a feasibility study of Sites Reservoir and authorize the project should it be found feasible. Located in Colusa and Glenn counties, Sites Reservoir is a proposed off-stream reservoir that would store as much as 1.8 million acre feet of water for cities, agriculture and the environment.

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Weather Maps

Today's weather maps.

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Lassen National Forest officials assess wind damage, stress safety

Natural resources staff from the Lassen National Forest continue to evaluate the extent of damage caused throughout the Forest by a major wind event earlier this month.

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Grass Valley EPA “Brownfields” Program Presented

An interested crowd attended a meeting on Wednesday evening at City Hall in Grass Valley to learn more about two Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded to the City by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting, attended by more than 20 local residents, included a presentation about the opportunities created by these EPA grants to assess and plan the safe cleanup of non-residential properties that might be contaminated by hazardous substances and/or petroleum products.

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Placer Land Trust Honors Three Exceptional Volunteers from Auburn & Granite Bay

On Thursday, February 19, with more than 50 people in attendance, Placer Land Trust presented special awards to two Auburn residents and a student from Granite Bay for their exceptional volunteer efforts. Each year, Placer Land Trust presents awards to two volunteers who have made exceptional service contributions to the organization. Auburn resident Andy Herum was named the 2014 Land Steward of the Year, and Tricia Caspers-Ross, also of Auburn, was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. This year, the Trust added a new award to honor an outstanding youth, which was presented to Olivia Brophy, a senior at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy who lives in Granite Bay.

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