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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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US Forest Service and Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Managmenent Lift Fire Restrictions

Recent seasonal changes in fuel moisture, combined with increased humidity, shorter days, and cooler night time temperatures have prompted the land management agencies to lift the fire restrictions put into place earlier this summer. Mike Beasley, Interagency Fire Management Officer for the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest, urges the public to keep fire safety in mind to avoid resource and property damage. "While we are comfortable lifting the fire restrictions at this time, we urge the public to use common sense and exercise caution when recreating outdoors in order to decrease the chance of human-caused fires," said Beasley.

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Portions of the King Fire Re-Opens to the Public

Some popular recreation areas will be re-opened to the public on September 30, 2014, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Recreation areas such as the Rubicon Jeep Trail, Wrights Lake, Desolation Wilderness and the east side of Ice House Road are open to the public. Some recreation areas have been closed since September 17, 2014. Forest Order 03-14-111 replaces Forest Order 03-14-110 effective September 30, 2014 until the King Fire is declared out.

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King Fire Fund Grants Nearly $30,000 to Local Nonprofits

Nearly $30,000 was granted to local organizations from the newly created King Fire Fund, which was established by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to provide support and future recovery efforts to those affected by the King Fire in El Dorado and Placer Counties.

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Tahoe National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

Editor's Note: While most of the Tahoe National Forest is in the high country, lifting the restrictions sends the wrong message to the surrounding, lower areas. So please take heed and remember this: CAL FIRE continues to have a statewide burn ban.

Nevada City, Calif. September 30, 2014 - Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn announced that fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest have been lifted today, September 30, 2014.

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Rising temperatures today, breezy north winds tomorrow

Dry and warmer weather returns with locally breezy north winds during the middle of the week as high pressure rebuilds across the region. Temperatures will reach well above normal Thursday through Saturday, making it feel like summer again.

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Proponents file legal challenge to ballot language for Measure S and motion to delay mailing ballots

Proponents of Nevada County's Measure S filed a challenge to the ballot language concerning measure S. Their petition seeks to change the ballot statement written by Nevada County for Measure S on the November 4th election ballot. They also request the court halt the mailing of the ballots until the challenge is resolved.

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National 2014 4-H Week Window Displays

In celebration of National 4-H Week, community 4-H clubs in Nevada County decorate merchant windows in downtown Grass Valley. There are six displays depicting the theme of this years' event, "I am 4-H." Displays are created by individual community clubs which promote the 4-H program including individual projects, community service and youth leadership development.

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Ballot measures to be discussed by study group on Wednesday

The seven issues slated for the Nov. 4 General Election in Nevada County are the focus for this fall's Contemporary Issues Study Group.

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Caltrans: Sierra Roadwork Schedule for the week

Caltrans: Sierra Roadwork Schedule for the week.

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San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Benefit on October 4th with Achilles Wheel

Local favorite bands Achilles Wheel and the Belfry Brothers and DJ Jim Tonic will appear on Saturday, October 4 at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, in a benefit for the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association.

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Truckee Police arrests burglary suspect

On Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, the Truckee Police Department responded to a residence located on Estates Drive after a 911 call regarding a burglary that had just occurred moments earlier. The female homeowner and her infant child were home at the time the intruder entered her residence. The female heard an unknown subject attempting to open an exterior window to gain access inside. Moments later, a male subject entered the house and was confronted by the homeowner. Soon after, the male suspect fled the house on foot in an unknown direction.

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Dry and warmer weather this coming week with locally breezy north winds

Strong high pressure will rebuild across the region this week leading to a return of summer-like weather later in the week.

Dry and warmer weather this coming week with locally breezy north winds during the middle of the week as high pressure rebuilds across the region.

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Recreation use to be surveyed on the Plumas National Forest

Starting in October, the Plumas National Forest will be surveying forest visitors for the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) program. Through an agreement with Plumas National Forest, staff from the Sierra Institute will conduct the surveys in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. "These interviewers are gathering important information on visits to the Plumas National Forest, so please pull over for an interview if you get the chance," said Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest Supervisor. "The survey is voluntary and all the information you give is confidential." Surveyors will be wearing bright orange vests and may be near a sign that reads "Traffic Survey Ahead." They may be out in all kinds of adverse weather conditions.

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Map: 1,954 lightning strikes recorded in California on Friday

For the 24-hour period ending at midnight on Friday, the Automatic Lightning Mapping System (ALMS) detected 1,954 strikes within the state. 113 strikes within National Forests, of those, 3 strikes hit within the Tahoe National Forest - all on the American River Ranger District. The Eldorado National Forest received lightning strikes as well.

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Weather Alert: Early season snow for parts of the Sierra Nevada

Low pressure over Central California will be moving slowly east into western Nevada today bringing early season snowfall to the higher elevations of the Sierra. Several inches of snow are forecast to accumulate on the higher passes mainly south of Highway 50 which may result in road closures or chain controls.

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Cooler than normal, showers, thunderstorms and high-elevation snow showers

A cool upper level low pressure system over central California will bring in Daytime highs today about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal for late September. As this low shifts eastward today a threat of showers will continue over the Sierra Cascade range and eastward. Thunderstorms will be possible over the higher elevations with some snow possible at the highest elevations above about 8500 feet.

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Weather Maps

Today's weather maps.

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Bunker Hill Mine Rescue a Multiagency Success

North San Juan Fire Department got a lot of help today in a multiagency effort to rescue a quad rider that rolled his quad and fell down into a 30ft deep mine shaft.

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Tahoe National Forest Issues King Fire Route Closures

Today, Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order for selected National Forest System roads and trails within and adjacent to the King Fire area on the Tahoe National Forest. Effective September 27, 2014, until the fire is declared out, this order provides for fire suppression and support personnel safety, as well as public safety and resource protection.

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Updated: Rescue efforts underway for man trapped in a mineshaft

Emergency services are on scene in North San Juan where a man reportedly fell into an old mineshaft.

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Hunters: King Fire Affects Access on the Tahoe National Forest

Due to the King Fire and related fire suppression and rehabilitation activities, some routes will be closed on the Tahoe National Forest during rifle season

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Sierra Business Council Announces Launch of Development Center

Opportunity, innovation, prosperity and sustainability; these core elements of Sierra Business Council's mission provide the foundation for a new Northeastern Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) host site. Sierra Business Council recently received a Notification of Award to serve as the region's SBDC and is excited to begin operations October 1, 2014 and celebrate the launch during SBC's twentieth anniversary conference, "Peak Innovation: The Next 20 Years," happening Oct. 8-10 at Granlibakken in Tahoe City.

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The Mountain Messenger | The business climate in paradise

So, how was business in this charming little town this past summer? Some, like Tom Coleman, owner of the National Hotel, say "Better than last summer." On the other hand, the owner of Novak's clothing store on Broad Street says business was "down a little" compared to last summer.

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Yuba County: Do You Need Help Protecting Your Home From Wildfire?

You may be eligible for no-cost assistance through the Yuba County Special Needs Assistance Program for Defensible Space Clearance (to achieve compliance under Public Resource Code 4291). The Yuba Watershed Protection & Fire Safe Council will provide defensible space clearing around the homes of Yuba County foothill residents who are both physically and financially unable to maintain their own defensible space.

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Glover invites Grass Valley community to help fix bleachers this Sunday

Sunday, September 28th beginning at 10AM, community members will come together at Les Eva Field in Memorial Park to restore the bleachers used by softball players, their family, friends and fans. The bleachers have fallen in disrepair since the City of Grass Valley has had to cut back its funding of parks and recreation projects.

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Unsettled weather will continue today through the weekend

Unsettled weather will continue today through the weekend, with best chances of precipitation over the mountains. Isolated thunderstorms may develop, mainly over the Sierra, though some stray showers may reach lower elevations. High Sierra elevations could see a little bit of snow tonight into Saturday with snow levels lowering to around 8000-9000 ft. Warmer and drier weather expected next week.

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Two arrests for meth, child endangerment, pot in North San Juan

On September 24, 2014, Nevada County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in the 10000 block of School Street in North San Juan. The warrant was based off of information relating to methamphetamine and marijuana sales.

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Interim Hospice of the Foothills Executive Director Focuses on Sustainability and Employee Engagement

Carolynn Peterson, RN, MSN, AOCN, CHPCA, former Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Community Hospice, Modesto, CA, was named interim Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills. She will be focusing attention on the organization's fiscal sustainability and employee engagement.

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Eat Your Words: A Food and Poetry Pairing at Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co, recently opened in downtown Nevada City, has teamed up with celebrated poet, Molly Fisk, to create a special evening of food and poetry. The event, named Eat Your Words, will feature a multi-course organic seasonal menu designed by restaurant owner Shana Maziarz, based on poems selected by Molly Fisk. Each course will also be paired with a local wine, Three Forks beer, or non-alcoholic drinks, depending on the diner's preference.

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