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Happening Now - January 2015

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

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Public invited to inaugural meeting of the Northern Sierra chapter of the ACLU on Jan. 31 in Grass Valley

The public is cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of the Northern Sierra chapter of the ACLU on Saturday, January 31, from 2:00 - 4:00pm for a festive afternoon at the NC Horseman's Association, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley. The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to the newest chapter of the ACLU where a survey will be conducted to determine the matters of most concern in our community.

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CoRR Foundation Presents Race for Recovery Gala February 7, 2015 at the Morgan Creek Golf Club

The newly launched Community Recovery Resources Foundation is presenting its Race for Recovery Gala, the region’s only event focused on raising awareness and resources to address teen substance abuse. This annual winter gala event is a fundraiser for CoRR’s adolescent services throughout Placer and Nevada counties.

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Updated: Early morning apartment complex fire in Nevada City quickly contained

An early morning structure fire at the apartment complex on Spring Street and Bennett Street has temporarily displaced six families but was quickly contained by firefighters. Nevada City Fire, Grass Valley Fire, CAL FIRE, NCCFD and Ophir Hill responded to the fire with Nevada City Police assisting for traffic control.

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Dry and patchy fog in the lower elevations

Dry weather with areas of night and morning valley low clouds and fog today. Temperatures expected to remain well above normal today in fog-free areas. Light precipitation is possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26

An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.

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Way warmer than normal over the weekend

Dry weather forecast with areas of night and morning valley low clouds and fog through Monday. Temperatures expected to remain well above normal through early next week in fog free areas. Light precipitation is possible Tue and Wed next week.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Announces Retirement

After serving for 20 years at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Chief Executive Officer Sandy Woods announced this week that she will be retiring as CEO. Woods’ retirement will be effective upon the hiring of a new CEO. She will continue in her role as CEO until that time, and will assist the Fairgrounds’ Board of Directors in a transition plan for a new CEO.

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Homeless Connect Event in Nevada County on Jan. 27

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires all Homeless Continuum of Care Collaborative Councils to conduct a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations during one 24-hour period during the last ten days in January.

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Placer County Confirms Flu-Related Death

Placer County health officials confirmed today that influenza is believed to be a contributing factor in the death of a Placer County man who died earlier this week. Placer County health officials did not release the name of the deceased or identifying information, but did indicate that he was under age 65 and suffered from at least one chronic health condition.

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Plumas National Forest to conduct understory burn in the Slapjack area starting Jan. 26

The Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest will be conducting an understory burn on the Slapjack project. Planned ignition will begin on January 26, 2015 and last two to three days contingent on favorable weather conditions.

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Rural Counties Present Assemblymember Susan Eggman with Legislator of the Year Award

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) awarded Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) with the distinguished Patti Mattingly Legislator of the Year Award at its Annual Installation and Reception in Sacramento this week. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker who has demonstrated leadership on rural issues, and exhibited an understanding of the unique challenges that rural communities face.

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Op-Ed: Wayne Pacelle: Top Guns at National Sheriffs' Association and FBI Say No to Animal Cruelty

Yesterday, it was my great privilege to attend the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Washington, D.C. and to present an HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Award to Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in front of sheriffs throughout the nation. It was Director Comey who in 2014 gave final approval to the government’s new policy of including animal cruelty offenses in the Uniform Crime Report, and for that critically important action, he gets our annual award for leadership among law enforcement officials.

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Alabama Hills Deserve Lasting Protection

The following statement is from Sally Miller, senior regional conservation representative with The Wilderness Society, regarding Representative Paul Cook’s introduction of legislation to create the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area and include it in the Bureau of Land Management’s system of National Conservation Lands:

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Cowspiracy,' 'Jim Morris: Lifetime Fitness,' 'Goat Trilogy' Lead Lineup at Grass Valley Animal Film Festival Feb. 28

Final selections for the second annual Animal Film Festival were announced today, notably “Cowspiracy,” the groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary; “Jim Morris: Lifetime Fitness” about the famed octogenarian professional bodybuilder and animal activist; and “The Goat Trilogy,” award-winning shorts from Wales about a man who learns to share his life with an unusual companion animal.

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Dry, warm weekend ahead - chances for significant precipitation diminishing for next week

Dry weather forecast through Monday. Areas of night and morning valley low clouds and fog through Monday with locally Dense fog this morning. Temperatures expected to remain well above normal through the early next week. Potential for some wet weather exists Tuesday into Wednesday of next week but chances for significant precipitation diminishing.

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Video Of Climber On Yosemite's Dawn Wall Will Leave You On The Edge Of Your Seat
Full story: Huffington Post


Park Service says controversial Yosemite contract bidding is now closed
Full story: Fresno Bee


Nevada County Grand Jury seeks applicants to provide needed oversight

Over the years, a panel of 19 Nevada County residents has investigated the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District two times, peered into the challenges facing the Nevada County Elections Office and helped uncover excessive retirement benefits to a school administrator and potentially hazardous conditions in schools in the Grass Valley School District.

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Placer County Board to Consider Temporary Permit for Emergency Homeless Shelter

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday during a special meeting to further the conversation about allowing a temporary emergency homeless shelter to be opened on county-owned property in North Auburn.

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CalTrans worker assaulted on highway project; CHP arrests suspect

At approximately 12:10 this afternoon, a CHP officer was working as part of a highway maintenance project along the side of SR-20 near Scotts Flat Rd, outside of Nevada City. As the CalTrans vehicles proceeded toward the intersection of Scotts Flat Rd, a male subject who was standing on the roadway edge confronted the CalTrans personnel by screaming at them and then jumping onto the hood of their vehicle. The male, later identified as Tommy A. Warren, age 59, then got off of the vehicle hood and began striking a male CalTrans employee in the head/upper-body.

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Jefferson Starship at the Center for the Arts on Feb. 27

Celebrating four decades, Jefferson Starship, with founders from Jefferson Airplane - one of the biggest American rock groups of the 1960s - will perform in Grass Valley during a performance presented by The Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 27.

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Auburn Ski Club’s Ryan Stassel is FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Champion

Olympian Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, AK), a long-time athlete in the Auburn Ski Club snowboard team, dominated the slopestyle snowboarding field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title in Kreischerg , Austria on January 21.

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Children's Vaccine Clinic today at Grass Valley Veterans building

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Immunization and Emergency Preparedness Programs are pleased to offer the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination today at NO COST at the children’s vaccination clinic with the Mobile Services Van. The van will be at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building from 1pm-4pm. While the van clinic will offer all childhood immunizations, the MMR is the only one being offered at no cost. This is due to the large measles outbreak currently happening in Southern California.

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Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins

As nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video today. Set to the international hit song ‘Pompeii’ by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organizations around the world to take action on climate change.

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North Lake Tahoe's Shop Local Holiday Contest Generates over $400,000 for Local Economy

Holiday shoppers in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee that participated in the Shop Local Holiday Contest generated $407,476 in revenue for local businesses. This revenue increased by more than 100 percent from the 2012 campaign that generated $192,225 in revenue.

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Karing Closet of Nevada County: Free Children’s Clothing Giveaway on Saturday - volunteers and donations wanted

The Karing Closet of Nevada County has teamed up with Emmanuel Episcopal Church to host a FREE Children’s Clothing Giveaway Event open to the public on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9 am-noon.

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Patchy fog in the morning, then temperatures well above normal

Dry weather with areas of late night/morning valley fog expected this week. Temperatures expected to remain above to well above normal through the extended period, peaking over the weekend. Potential wet weather Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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Lassen National Forest community liaison retires

The new year is marking a fresh chapter in the life of longtime Forest Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of the year after nearly 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service.

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BYLT acquires 35 acres in Alta Sierra known as Clover Valley Preserve

Last week, staff members from Bear Yuba Land Trust’s stewardship and trails team visited Clover Valley, BYLT’s newest Preserve, to conduct a baseline survey and explore the public access possibilities.

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