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Happening Now - November 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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Final election results for Nevada County released - 39,629 voters cast their ballot

The Nevada County Elections Office has released official results for the November 4th election. Voter turnout stands at 64.22% with 39,629 out of 61,706 registered voters casting their ballot.

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Hospice of the Foothills Opens Third Gift &Thrift Store

ospice of the Foothills’ third Gift & Thrift store is now open! After a very busy opening day on Thursday, November 20th, Hospice of the Foothills hosted a Chamber Mixer and Ribbon Cutting at its new Grass Valley location, 762 Freeman Lane, in the Pine Creek shopping center. The mixer was very well attended by members of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, and local dignitaries. Jack Pascoe, a new member of Hospice of the Foothills’ board of directors did the Ribbon Cutting honors. Jack spoke of the specialized kind of care hospice provides for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. " Hospice of the Foothills concentrates on making patients as free of pain and as comfortable as they want to be so they can make the most of the time that remains. Hospice believes the quality of life to be as important as length of life. It’s a pleasure to be associated with Hospice of the Foothills and the service they provide our community’ said Jack.

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Comments sought on proposed Truckee River restoration

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is accepting comments on a proposal to restore up to nine sections of the Truckee River near Tahoe City. The Forest Service, the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) and Placer County are working together to address and repair erosion and degraded water quality caused by users accessing the river and the adjacent paved trail from roadside pull-outs on Highway 89.

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Fundraising Dinner Night for Local Teen Suicide Prevention Program on Dec. 1 at Matteo's Public

Matteo’s Public will be hosting a dinner fundraising night on Monday, December 1st from 5-9pm, with 15% of all dine in and take out proceeds going to the local program What’s Up? Wellness Checkups.

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Community Meeting to Discuss Final Report on Local Biomass Energy Facility Feasibility Assessment – Dec. 2nd

An open house community meeting will be held on December 2 to share information about the recently completed Biomass Feasibility Assessment for Nevada County. The Assessment, completed by TSS Consultants, a Sacramento company with extensive experience in biomass technology, planning and implementation, includes detailed information about sustainable woody biomass supply, feasible sites for a biomass energy facility, recommended biomass energy technology, and economics for operating a local energy facility. The Assessment was initiated by the Nevada County Biomass Task Force, a local group interested in finding a way to utilized biomass that is produced from fire safe clearing and forest management projects.

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Public Suggests U.S. Hwy. 50 Requires "Complete Streets"

Opinions from residents and businesspersons who weighed-in on the US Highway 50/South Shore Community Revitalization project (Loop Road), indicated 82 percent believe the most important goal is to beautify the corridor and create gathering spaces for locals and visitors.

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Rebates Available for Lake Tahoe Homeowners for Replacement of Old Wood Stoves

With the onset of cooler temperatures, Lake Tahoe homeowners are encouraged to take advantage of rebates the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and partner jurisdictions are offering to help people replace older, heavily polluting wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

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Wet System to Impact Thanksgiving Weekend

Dry and mild weather is expected through Thanksgiving as high pressure covers the region. Rain is expected to return to the region by the weekend and continue into early next week. Snow across the mountains is likely to cause travel difficulties for the holiday weekend.

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Updated: Food Bank suspends distribution in North San Juan after ongoing harassment, threats of violence

The Food Bank of Nevada County is suspending their delivery to North San Juan after ongoing harassment by a small subset of recipients and threats of violence.

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Sugar Bowl Delays Opening Day

Sugar Bowl Resort has pushed back its opening day and will not open by Nov. 26. A new opening day for the resort’s 75th season will be announced soon.

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Felony DUI collision on Saturday on Brewer Road

On Saturday, November 22nd around 11:50 am, Grass Valley resident Jane Hanna, 57, was driving a Nissan Altima sedan and was stopped on Brewer Rd at SR-49. Auburn resident Jose Rodriguez and his passenger were traveling N/B on SR-49 in a Nissan pickup truck at approximately 45 MPH.

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Caltrans, Fish and Wildlife to Drivers: Watch out for Wildlife

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are cautioning motorists of an unusually high number of collisions between drivers and wildlife on mountain highways this autumn. The increase has been particularly notable on Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 in Placer and El Dorado counties.

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Winter Wonderland Festival at the Banner Grange on Dec. 13

Get your festive on at the Banner Grange’s Winter Wonderland Festival on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 8:00am - 4:00pm. The Banner Grange is located at 12629 McCourtney Road, just 1 mile down from the Fairgrounds. Kids of all ages are welcome to shop for goodies at the Swap Meet & Craft Fair that will host over fifty vendors offering unique one-of-a-kind wares to delight everyone on your Christmas shopping list.

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CAL FIRE Offers Easy Steps to Prevent Thanksgiving Fires

With Thanksgiving just days away, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

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Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks team up for a canned for drive at this week's Country Christmas Faire

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks are teaming up for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.

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Author Shawn Thomas Odyssey to sign books at The Book Seller on Saturday

Shawn Thomas Odyssey will be signing copies of The Wizard Of Dark Street and The Magician’s Tower at The Book Seller--107 Mill St, Grass Valley—from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday November 29th, the day after Black Friday for Local Business Saturday. There will be character trading cards for all the kids while supplies last, and a chance to get an advanced copy of The Magician’s Dream. Call (530) 272-2131 for more information.

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Innovate North State's NorCal Academy of Leadership - Recruiting of Candidates for Year 2 Now Underway

Innovate North Sate's Northern California Academy of Leadership (NorCAL) is a ten-month leadership development program designed to grow business leaders in the ‘530’ region of Northern California (which encompasses I-80 in the south to the Oregon border as its northern boundary).

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Mild weather through Thanksgiving with above normal temperatures

High pressure strengthens as it moves into the West Coast today and brings mild weather through Thanksgiving with above normal temperatures. Rain will likely return to the region by Friday/Saturday.

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Citizens Looking At Impacts of Mining Grass Valley (CLAIM-GV) Invites Public to Annual General Meeting, Jan. 13

CLAIM-GV will have its annual general meeting at 6:00PM on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public. Members will have an opportunity to vote to fill several seats on the Board of Directors. Join or Renew your membership now at http://www.claim-gv.org/join1.html.

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HRC: Homophobic, Racist, & Sexist Assemblyman Ira Hansen Should Never Have Even Been Considered as Speaker of Nevada Assembly

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responded to the news that radical extremist Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen would withdraw as Speaker-Elect of the Nevada Assembly.

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Small Placer dam is a big barrier to salmon
Full story: Sacramento Bee


Coloma's Historic Holiday Houses

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will host a weekend holiday celebration focused on the Historic Houses located in Coloma. The event will take place on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is open to all visitors.

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Wet and windy today, dry weather ahead

Latest weather systems brings widespread rain and stronger winds through interior northern California this morning with minimal snowfall. High pressure will build back in Sunday and much of next week.

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Arrest Made in stabbing that occurred at The Center for the Arts on Nov. 15

On November 15th, at 11:27pm, Grass Valley Police Officers were dispatched to The Center for the Arts on Main Street in downtown Grass Valley regarding a stabbing that had just occurred during a concert. Officers arriving at the scene encountered a crowd of more than 200 people who were leaving the venue. Officers detained a suspect and facilitated medical help for the victims. One victim had significant stabbing injuries and he was flown via air ambulance to a trauma center for treatment.

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Nevada County Housing & Community Services Awarded $1,000,000 Grant

The Nevada County Housing & Community Services was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development to help provide permanent housing opportunities within the community. This program will assist over 250 low income families and individuals in Nevada County. These funds will provide families and individuals with down payment assistance for first time homebuyers and rental deposit assistance.

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Earthquake swarm rumbles this week with 50 small quakes, largest magnitude 4.3

Despite its location away from major population centers, a swarm of earthquakes in the far northwest corner of Nevada is attracting attention as it continues to rumble residents this week with several magnitude 3.0 earthquakes, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 21 and a magnitude 4.3 on Nov. 17.

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Aerial Mulching Operations to Begin in King Fire Burned Area

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) are about to begin a joint project that will drop straw mulch from helicopters over approximately 1,200 acres of Eldorado National Forest land that burned with moderate to high intensity during the recent King Fire. The purpose of the project is to protect critical infrastructure from potentially severe post-fire erosion that may occur with winter storms. The infrastructure at risk includes Eleven Pines Road, which serves as the primary route from Highway 50 to the northern end of the Eldorado National Forest, and the Brush Creek and Slab Creek reservoirs, which are integral to SMUD’s hydroelectric facilities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The project is targeted to begin the week of November 24 and is expected to take two weeks to complete, but the actual timeframe will be weather dependent. “This is a great example of the outstanding collaboration we’ve had during all phases of the King Fire,” said Eldorado Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.

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Agencies continue prescribed fire operations in the Van Sickle Park, McKinney Rubicon and Heavenly urban lot areas

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations in the Van Sickle Park, McKinney Rubicon and Heavenly urban lot areas. Operations will last through the next several weeks as conditions allow.

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Placer People of Faith Celebrates President’s Announcement on Executive Action

On Friday at 7PM, local immigration advocates, faith leaders, and impacted residents are holding a large gathering where they will react to this news and share their thoughts on what this means going forward. Local parishioners will gather to receive updates about driver licenses and healthcare as well. The President's announcement will be the main focus and will be addressed by the Immigration Specialist of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.

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