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Happening Now - September 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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Grass Valley firefighters headed to the King Fire

Four Grass Valley firefighters staffing an Office of Emergency Services Fire Engine operated by Grass Valley Fire Department deployed as part of an OES Strike Team to the King Fire at 4:00 am on September 16th.

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REMINDER: Forest Service to Host Open House on Heavenly Proposal on Sept. 18

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

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Sierra Pacific Industries Urges Caution to Forest Users due to High Fire Danger

Sierra Pacific Industries issued the following statement today to caution forest users about the high fire danger in California's forests:

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Tahoe-Truckee Bar Association Announces Results of Plebiscite

On November 4, 2014, Nevada County voters will be asked to vote for either candidate Anna Ferguson or candidate Robert Tice-Raskin for the office of the California Superior Court Judge, County of Nevada. The Tahoe-Truckee Bar Association ("TTBA") conducted a plebiscite, requesting its members to assess the relative qualifications of the two candidates. Please see the attached for the results.

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"Three Feet for Safety Act" Goes Into Effect Today

Today, California Vehicle Code 21760 requiring three feet clearance between bicyclists and passing vehicles goes into effect. The legislation, enacted as the "Three Feet for Safety Act", is intended to increase safety and awareness for bicyclists and motorists alike on public roadways.

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Cooler, with a chance of showers on Thursday

Temperatures cooling to below normal later this week with a chance of showers and thunderstorms returning to the region later Wednesday into Thursday.

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Feather River Air Quality Management District Advisory to residents of Yuba and Sutter Counties for smoke

The Feather River Air Quality Management District Air Pollution Control Officer is issuing this Air Quality Advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions in Yuba and Sutter Counties due to wildfire smoke. The King Fire near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County is producing large amounts of smoke. The smoke caused Unhealthy levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the Yuba County foothills. Air quality is forecast to be moderate in areas without smoke impacts, however local conditions may rapidly deteriorate and residents are advised to take precautions if they see or smell smoke.

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Community Thank You from the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee

During the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 local leaders, state representatives and the community came together to celebrate the first step in construction to stabilize our beloved wooden covered bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park.

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Illegal, abandoned campfire near Grouse Ridge

An illegal, abandoned campfire near Grouse Ridge was discovered on Sunday evening by the Tahoe National Forest. Reported at 7:00 pm, the fire prompted a dispatch for one helicopter, one engine and a water tender.

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Hike Tuolumne Meadows - without breaking a sweat

To enjoy the full sweep of Yosemite's lush and lovely Tuolumne Meadows, you need to head for the high country on the national park's north side and hike a 3-mile trail that climbs 900 feet to the top of the granitic Lembert Dome. There, at elevation 9,500 feet, you can take in the majesty of this broad, glacially sculpted valley and the wildly serpentine Tuolumne River.

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Air quality health advisory for smoke and ozone for Nevada, Plumas and Sierra Counties

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality health advisory for people in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County due to smoke mainly from the King Fire east of Placerville in El Dorado County. The Dog Bar Fire near Alta Sierra also continues to add to the smoke burden in parts of western Nevada County.

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Jeffrey Ellins Wins $5000 in 49er Rotary Duck Race

Jeffrey Ellins of Grass Valley is the $5000 grand prize winner of the 23rd Annual Gold Country Duck Race, held Sunday afternoon (Sept. 14) on Deer Creek in Nevada City.

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One more hot day - then some relief and even sprinkles of rain possible

Hot temperatures continue today, with cooler temperatures for much of this work week. Valley sprinkles and mountain showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible for parts of the area Monday, and again Wednesday through Thursday.

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Soaring Mylar balloons carry high risk

The holidays are fast approaching in Nevada County and with the change of the seasons and back to school activities comes potential danger.

Decorative, metallic Mylar balloons filled with helium are often found at parties and celebratory events such as dances and pep rallies. While fun to look at, local agencies warn against letting them lose into the air.

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Op-Ed: Patricia Smith | What Measure S Really Is

There is a glaring omission in our opponents' complaints against Measure S - I never hear them mention patients. County Ordinance #2349 unfairly penalizes patients and it has opened the door to warrantless home searches and confiscation of personal property without any charges being made. Selling out of state or to minors is already illegal under state law and would remain so under Measure S.

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Fire at the Penn Valley Community Church

Firefighters were dispatched just before 4:00 am this morning to a commercial structure fire on 11739 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The fire is at the Penn Valley Community Church, with the first unit on scene reporting flames visible and the historic woodframe on fire.

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DWR Announces Temporary Road Closure near Oroville

A public safety project to improve water access in the Lake Oroville Recreation Area is under way, resulting in a temporary closure on Burma Road. The Department of Water Resources is aiming to reduce hazards associated with launching kayaks, canoes, and other car-top vessels from the steep, eroded bank.

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Black Butte and Englebright lakes celebrate National Public Lands Day a week early

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District's Black Butte and Englebright lakes will celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 20 - a week ahead of the Sept. 27 nationwide event.

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Bear Yuba Land Trust participates in the 2014 Great River Clean-Up

Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with SYRCL and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for the 2014 Great River Clean-up at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 20.

During this volunteer supported event, the Land Trust will oversee cleanup at two important and beautiful locations – Independence Trail and Black Swan.

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Public's help sought in identifying Granite Bay bank robber

Placer County sheriff's detectives are asking the public's help in identifying the suspect who robbed a Granite Bay bank at 10:23 this morning.

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Placer County Supervisors Discuss Options for County Fairgrounds

After a detailed presentation and lively discussion among the Supervisors, staff and the public, the Placer County Board of Supervisors this week directed Facility Services staff to return to the Board in October with a plan to address operation of the Placer County Fairgrounds.

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Lessons from the Rim Fire for Saving our Forests

In late July, UC Berkeley fire ecologist Scott Stephens was working in Stanislaus National Forest, gathering data on how a century had altered its character. What he saw were the signs of a clear and present danger.

"The thing that was startling was that there was more change than I ever would have imagined," recalls Stephens, a professor of fire science who devotes much of his time to field research. "I remember thinking, ‘Boy, this place is really susceptible to high-severity fire.'"

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Forest Service funds interagency forest health project

The Forest Service announced today a $26,000 grant to Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) to reduce wildfire risk in Meyers. LVFPD will clear brush and hazard trees on a 6.5 acre California Tahoe Conservancy parcel across from the Tahoe Pines Campground in Meyers, California.

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Nevada Joint Union High School District looking to fill School Board vacancy

The Nevada Joint Union High School District currently has a School Board vacancy. The District is soliciting applications from interested candidates to apply for the vacancy to the high school district's Board of Trustees.

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Sierra Business Council Announces 2014 Vision Award Winners

Sierra Business Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Sierra Vision Awards.

Vision Awards recognize and honor leadership in restoring and invigorating our local economies, communities, and environment. This year's winners include representatives from across the region, from Sierra County to Kern County, and characterize the variety of ways in which an individual can have a positive impact on their community.

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Tice-Raskin for Judge BBQ & Blues Campaign Kickoff Party

Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band will provide the Blues, Jardin del Rio is providing the farm-to-table food and libations, and numerous local businesses and supporters are offering auction items at the BBQ & Blues Campaign Kickoff Party this Saturday, supporting the Robert Tice-Raskin for Judge 2014 Campaign. The event begins at 4:00pm and the music will continue until 7:00pm.

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"BBQ Cook-Off" and "Bounty of the County" part of the festivities at the Draft Horse Classic Weekend

In between Draft Horse performances at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, September 18 – 21, take time to visit two tasty events happening on the grounds during the weekend – "Backyard BBQ Cook-Off" and "Bounty of the County."

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High temperatures 6 to 12 degrees above normal through the weekend - some cooling next week

Dry with high temperatures 6 to 12 degrees above normal through the weekend, cooling to near normal for next week.

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Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 snarls traffic

Received call for a vehicle accident with fire on Highway 49 @ Alta Sierra Drive. An augmented response was sent to the incident due to the report of one of the vehicles being on fire.

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