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Happening Now - December 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? Winter 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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Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts

The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition. Land managers are using fire as a tool to mimic past fire conditions, restore fire-dependent forests, and reduce fuels in an effort to lessen the potential for large, high-intensity fires, like the Rim Fire. A study led by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management examined how the Rim Fire burned through forests with restored fire regimes in Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were as resistant to high-severity fire as many scientists and land managers expected.

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Squaw Mountain Run Proceeds Donated to Truckee Cancer Center

The ASC Training Center, based on Donner Summit, puts on the event, which is a fundraiser for their ski programs and also for fighting cancer in the Tahoe/Truckee community. The event gives 20% of the funds it raises to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This year the very successful event raised over $3,000 for the Cancer Center. Auburn Ski Club took over organizing the SMR eight years ago and since has donated over $15,000 to the Cancer Center. This week, representatives from Auburn Ski Club and the Tahoe Forest Hospital met to transfer the SMR donation. In addition, ASC Training Center employees got a great tour of the state of the art Cancer Center and all of its resources. The Auburn Ski Club is glad that it can contribute to such an amazing resource for people battling cancer.

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Showers today, dry on Thursday - next wave of precip on Friday

Showers today with a brief break in precipitation some areas on Thursday. Next frontal passage on Friday with light to moderate rain and higher elevation snow. Mountain showers possible over the weekend but mainly dry in the valley. Dry all areas Monday through mid week under west coast high pressure ridge.

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NU Principal announces plans for tomorrow after bomb threat

As scheduled, we will have an increased level of support from law enforcement, as well as our contraband dogs on campus. Additionally, our administration and security staff will have a heightened vigilance throughout the remainder of the week.

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Student brings .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun to Truckee school to "show it off"

Today at 7:15 hours, TPD was notified by TTUSD officials regarding information from a parent that a student was bringing a handgun to the ACMS campus today. TPD officers determined the student was currently on a school bus enroute to the campus. Officers met him at the bus and took him into custody.

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NJUHSD Continues Community Relations and Fund Development Work

Dr. Louise Johnson and the NJUHSD would like to thank Community Relations and Fund Development consultants Aimee Retzler and Erika Kosina for their contributions over the past 18 months. Aimee and Erika developed valuable and effective marketing and fundraising strategies as they learned about the district’s wonderful and varied programs for students, dedicated educators, and the challenges the district faces as they rely on less funding year after year.

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Help Available for Wildfire-Impacted Ranches and Private Forestland

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funds available through its Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative to address the immediate impacts of fire on natural resources on land that has suffered impacts from recent California wildfires. This assistance is available to agricultural operators or private non-industrial forest owners and applications will be accepted and considered for possible funding on a continuing basis.

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Sierra Stages Announces its 7th Season of Award Winning Plays And Musicals

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s outrageous musical “The Producers”, and William Finn and James Lapine’s extraordinary musical “Falsettos” make up the three award winning plays and musicals in Sierra Stages’ 7th Season beginning in March 2015. Each of the shows represents the best in contemporary live theatre and each is a Nevada County premiere.

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Justin Ancheta Band Returns to Nevada City on December 19th

The Justin Ancheta Band will be back at the Crazy Horse on Friday the 19th to bring in the holidays with friends and family. The band brings an eclectic blend of funk and jazz-flavored reggae seasoned with the sounds of klezmer and flamenco. “We pull from every genre out there, but we just love to get people up and dancing,” says Ancheta, “and we’ll have some special guests joining us this time around.”

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Showers continuing today and Wednesday

Periods of valley rain and mountain snow through mid-week as several weather systems move through the area. Brief drying expected Thursday, then another system is forecast to bring a return of showers on Friday.

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Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions. A series of storm systems have passed through the Yosemite region over the last several weeks, resulting in snow accumulations of up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. The roads generally close each fall and remain so throughout the winter until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring.

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Love Local Trails? Say No to Mud This Rainy Season

Bear Yuba Land Trust asks the community to be responsible trail users and stay off the trails when the ground is water logged and muddy to avoid further damage to the soil, trail widening, unnecessary erosion and higher maintenance costs. Bikes and horses can cause the most damage, but foot traffic is also destructive when the ground is wet.

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Truckee PD to Host Presentation on December 18th for new California Driver's License implementation

On December 18th, 2014 from 4:30pm to 6:00PM, Truckee PD will be hosting a presentation on the new Driver's License available from the California DMV as of January 1st, 2015. This driver's license will be available to any California resident regardless of immigration status.

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Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area Open

Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass Ski Area opened on Sunday, December 14 after the recent California storm produced more than 20 inches of snow at Badger Pass Ski Area. The free shuttle to and from Badger Pass Ski Area from Yosemite Valley lodging will begin service on opening day. Badger Pass Ski Area’s snowtubing hill will open at a later date as more snow is needed.

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Give the Gift of Co-op Cooking Classes this Holiday Season

BriarPatch’s cooking school has plenty of options for people who are interested in giving food as gifts, bringing something new to holiday feasts, or are trying to give presents a more personal touch.

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Rain and snow through Wednesday

Periods of valley rain and mountain snow through mid-week as several weather systems move through the area. Brief drying expected Thursday, then another system is forecast to bring a return of showers on Friday.

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Dry Sunday, then more precip through midweek

Dry weather is expected for most of Sunday with areas of fog in the morning. The next weather system moves in tonight into Monday with the chance for precipitation continuing into mid-week.

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23rd Annual Nevada County Food & Toy Run this Saturday

The 23rd Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run takes to the streets, rain or shine, on Saturday, Dec.13th, 2014. Bikes and riders assemble at the Eric Rood Center, Nevada County’s Government Center, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for free coffee and donuts.

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Placer County Red Cross Shelters Closed, Public Urged to Keep Sandbags for Future Use

Now that this week’s storm is winding down, the American Red Cross has closed its overnight shelters in Roseville and Auburn and Public Works officials are urging residents to keep the sandbags they filled this week, rather than discard them.

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The 2014 Geminid Shower peaks this weekend

December has arrived, and for backyard sky watchers that means one thing: It is time for the annual Geminid meteor shower. Every year in early December, Earth passes through a stream of gravelly, dusty debris from "rock comet" 3200 Phaethon. This causes a meteor shower that sometimes lasts more than two weeks.

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George Morris III Appointed Chief of CAL FIRE's Nevada Yuba Placer Unit

I am pleased to announce the appointment of George Morris III to Unit Chief of the Nevada Yuba Placer Unit, effective December 12, 2014.

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Sierra Avalanche Center: Avalanche Danger Advisory for Dec. 12 - Considerable

Human-triggered avalanches are likely (CONSIDERABLE danger) on NW-N-NE aspects steeper than 32 degrees due to wind slabs (all elevations) and deep persistent slabs (above 9000 ft). In other wind loaded areas on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects human triggered avalanches will be possible (MODERATE danger) on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Strong winds may mean wind slabs formed at lower elevations and in atypical areas. In areas east of Lake Tahoe where less snow fell, less avalanche danger will exist.

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What was it Really Like at Ground Zero on the Rim Fire?

What does it feel like to watch a fire like the Rim Fire crest over a ridge while you stand your ground, within a tiny circle of green, to protect someone’s home?

Damon Carson-Hull and Molly Day are two Stanislaus National Forest firefighters that battled the Rim Fire and they are sharing their story about what ground zero was really like. Their story highlights how you balance a gut-wrenching fire fight, save homes, and still bring your crew home safely.

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Op-Ed: Pat Snelling | House fights to give water rights to the Feds

Once again El Dorado County’s own Congressional Representative, Tom McClintock, went straight to the House floor and argued for Central Valley counties to get access to Northern California’s water, and all of our water agencies stand in fear of saying anything.

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Mainly dry weekend expected

Pacific storm moving into the Sierra today with showers and possible thunderstorms over most of NORCAL today. Several inches of new snow accumulation over the Sierra today. A mainly dry weekend is expected with some valley fog. The next chance of precipitation is early next week as a weaker frontal system moves inland with showers continuing through mid week.

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Update on Placer County Shelter Locations

For the general public: Shelters will remain open today night at:

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NorCalStorm Forecast Update at 3:25

Strong Pacific storm continuing to impact NorCal at this time with heavy precipitation resulting in flooding. Storm total precip so far has locally exceeded 7 inches in portions of the Shasta basin with over 3 inches for most areas in the northern half of the Sacramento Valley.

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Medical Crisis In Western Sierra County

Western Sierra Medical Clinic (“WSMC”) opens its new Center in Grass Valley on December 15th. While the Grass Valley Clinic (formerly “Miners Clinic”) celebrates its expansion, another part of WSMC is not celebrating. On January 1st, 2015, the residents of and visitors to western Sierra County will lose the services provided to them during the past 40 years in Downieville.

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Mendocino National Forest: Chico and Red Bluff Sites Storm Closure

Due to the incoming storm and flood predictions, the Mendocino National Forest facilities at Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area and Chico Resource Conservation Center are closed to the public.

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