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Happening Now - October 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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Placer County Confirms West Nile in Deceased Ophir Woman

Placer County health officials are able to confirm that an Ophir woman, who passed away earlier this month, did indeed have West Nile Virus (WNV). They previously were only able to indicate it was a probable case, but upon completion of the communicable disease investigation, they are now considering this a confirmed case of WNV.

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Basin agencies working together for wildfire protection

September brought the reality of wildfires to the forefront in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The King Fire came within eight air miles of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit boundary, and as we all anxiously awaited its containment, the Cascade Fire broke out in the Desolation Wilderness.

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Two arrests on Quail Creek Road - Sheriff's Office requesting the public's help

On 10-21-2014, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 911 “open line” in the 10,000 block of Quail Creek Road. Upon arrival, a deputy saw one of the residents, Eric Roland Meyer, age 45, standing near the front door. The deputy knew Meyer to have an outstanding felony arrest warrant in Nevada County. When Meyer saw the deputy, he fled into the home, locking the door behind him. The deputy forced entry into the home, engaged Meyer in the living room, and a short physical altercation led to Meyer being arrested. As a result of the incident, the deputy noticed marijuana all over the home. The marijuana was in various stages of processing.

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The Nest Celebrates First Birthday with a Gala Fundraiser

The Nest, a progressive, local nonprofit offering childbirth/parenting education and resources for Nevada County, is celebrating a very successful first year on November 7, 2014, 6-8 PM, at the Nevada City Winery. Tickets are now on sale for this gala fundraiser featuring champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music and door prizes, including one donated by Michael Franti who is performing that evening in Grass Valley. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple and $35 for annual members. Please join us and help support the children and parents of your community.

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Forest Service seeks input on snowcat operations at Homewood

The Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposal submitted by Homewood Mountain Resort to offer guided snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours in the Ellis Peak are during winter 2014-2015.

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Election 2014 | Tamara Zuromskis: Yes on Prop 47

Opponents of Prop 47 are using scare tactics to discourage voters from voting “yes” on this sensible criminal law reform. They say Prop 47 will open the doors to early release of violent felons. This argument is incredibly misleading. The only people who would be released are those serving sentences for personal use drug possession or for thefts of less than $950. No one serving time for any other crime will be released under Prop 47. An inmate seeking early release would also need to apply for it, and a judge could block release if it would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety. Prop 47 would not apply to anyone with a record of certain violent crimes or sex crimes or who is required to register as a sex offender.

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Election 2014 | Firefighter’s Union #3800 Come Out In Support of Glover

The Grass Valley Firefighters along with Local 3800 Nevada County Professional Firefighters Union have come out in support of Ms. Jerri Glover, candidate for Grass Valley City Council. Glover did not solicit the endorsement, but members feel it is important for voters to know that she has their support during this election.

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Dry today, then cooler and breezier ahead of rain

A couple of Pacific weather systems are forecast to move through northern California over the next few days bringing light to occasionally moderate rain and high elevation snow. The first system is forecast to move through NORCAL late tonight through Thursday. The second system is forecast to move through the north state around Saturday. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds will accompany these systems.

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Nevada County Ballots and Sample Booklets - What really happened?

A news release, sent late this afternoon by Nevada County's Clerk-Recorder appears to contain several inaccuracies and statements contradicting earlier explanations, possibly even omissions in declarations made to the court.

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Greg Diaz: Status of Sample Ballot Booklets and Official Ballots for the November 4, 2014 Consolidated General Election

All sample ballots and sample ballot booklets will be in the hands of Nevada County voters in ample time for voter preparation for the November 4 election, although legal challenges nearly derailed the process.

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BriarPatch Co-op backs healthy cooking classes, meals, and local farms with Cooperative Community Fund donations

It’s also the month that BriarPatch Co-op Market awards its Cooperative Community Fund grants. Six local groups recently received grant checks for varying amounts totaling $2500. The groups awarded the funds in were: Interfaith Food Ministry, The Friendship Club, North Gold Senior Mountaineers, Sierra Roots, Nevada County Association for Developmentally Disabled, and Nevada County Grown.

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Found! Pallets with Sample ballot booklets located, distribution begins today

Nevada County voters are finally receiving their vote by mail ballots (VBM), but the sample ballot booklets have not yet shown up. They're in the mail, according to the VP of ProVote Solutions, Brian Leirman.

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Vehicle vs. Motorcycle, DUI Collision in Truckee

On Monday night, October 20th, 2014, at 7:02 pm, a Truckee Police Officer drove up on a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision that had just occurred in the intersection of Brockway and Highway 267. The motorcyclist, a 32 year old Truckee resident, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital by Truckee Fire Department paramedics. The motorcyclist is expected to recover from his injuries.

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Solar Eclipse on Thursday

The partial eclipse of Oct. 23rd will be visible from all of the United States except Hawaii and New England. Coverage ranges from 12% in Florida to nearly 70% in Alaska. Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the crescent.

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Sunny until the weekend, then a chance of real rain

An active weather pattern is setting up later this week. Dry and beautiful fall weather will return Today and continue through Wednesday. More rain will end the week, mainly north of I-80 for Thursday and Friday. A more significant system will bring windy conditions and a better chance of rain Friday night and Saturday for all areas. Significant rainfall accumulations will be possible across the far northern sections of California.

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Spiral Internet Hosts the Spiral Gigabit Launch on Thursday October 30

With grant funding about to be approved, Spiral Internet’s ultra-fast, Gigabit-per-second fiber optic Internet network for Nevada County is nearing reality. On Thursday, October 30 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Spiral is hosting an informational and celebratory event at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

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Grass Valley PG&E Team Wins Championship Honors in 2014 International Lineman’s Rodeo

In an elite competition that tests safety training and technical skills, the team of Anthony Albright, Adam Beene and J.P. Richard —electric linemen who serve the Grass Valley area—took home three first place world championship awards after competing against more than 600 competitors from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom at the 31st Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo, in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The team was one of several representing PG&E and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 that were honored in the competition.

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Nevada City a host city for Amgen Tour of California 2015

The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary of America's largest cycling race. The eight day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California's most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The Amgen Tour of California is also proud to announce a first of its kind, three-day professional women's cycling race on May 8-10, 2015, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

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Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass. The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60. The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle. Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle. According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014. This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation.

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Last day to register to vote is today - Check your registration status

Nevada County has 76,728 eligible voters, according to the Secretary of State's report on county registrations. Yet, only 60,377 voters (78.69%) are registered to vote according to the September 5, 2014 report. The number is now slightly higher because voters are registering or re-registering but leaves almost 22% of people eligible to vote out of the process. Their vote will not be counted in the November 4, 2014 General Election.

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California Choices cuts through noise, provides nonpartisan ballot initiative information and third-party endorsements

California voter registration is slightly up when compared to the previous gubernatorial election year—72.69 percent today versus 72.24 percent in 2010—but the question remains: Will voters turn out? Just 25.2 percent of eligible voters turned out in the June primary, a historic low for the state. Registration comes to a close today but the tough choices remain.

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EPA is Announcing New Request for Proposals: Funding Available for 2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants

These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum).

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Cooler and a chance of rain today

Frontal system will provide cooler temperatures and precipitation chances from this morning through tonight. Another storm system will cause shower chances from Wednesday into the weekend.

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The 2014 Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on Tuesday

Waking up before sunrise is a good way to get a head start on the day. On Oct. 21st, waking up before sunrise could stop you in your tracks.

Blame Halley’s Comet. Every year in mid-to-late October, Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from Comet Halley, and the pre-dawn sky can light up with a pretty display of shooting stars.

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Warm and dry weekend followed by cooler Monday with a chance of rain

High pressure will provide dry weather and seasonable temperatures for the rest of the weekend. Weak weather systems will provide precipitation chances Monday and Tuesday.

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Multi-agency prescribed fire operations begin tomorrow in the Lake Tahoe Basin

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) and the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will conduct prescribed fire operations in numerous locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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New Local Education Cable TV Channel 18 Launching October 23

An exciting new local cable TV channel dedicated to educational content is launching on October 23rd through a partnership between the County, Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD), and Nevada County Digital Media Center (NCTV). The primary driver for the new channel was NJUHSD’s desire to have an outlet for the video content developed by students in their Digital Academy (school within a school program), as well as to share with the community broadcasts of the many school related events, activities, and daily news updates. NJUHSD has a great desire to increase local outreach, building stronger community connections.

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View the Solar Eclipse at the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday

The Nevada County Astronomers will hold a free viewing of the partial solar eclipse in front of the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday, October 23rd. The eclipse will begin at 1:52 p.m. and the sun will reach maximum coverage (40% obscured) at 3:16 p.m.

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Election 2014 | Bob Altieri endorsed by Patti Ingram, Wyn & Steve Spiller and Daniel Swartzendruber

Nevada City resident and local business consultant Bob Altieri has declared his candidacy for re-election to another four-year term on the Nevada County Board of Education, Area 1. Altieri is running as part of a three-person slate, including Dr. Larry Meek (Area 1), and Shelly Sexton (Area 2). There are 2 seats open in Area 1 and 1 seat in Area 2.

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