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Happening Now - The April Edition

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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RSVP Volunteer Opportunities

Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County non-profits, public agencies, and schools. Over 75 local agencies need your help. View more volunteer opportunities at www.volunteernevadacounty.org. Here is a sampling of what is available:

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Raptor Rehabilitation and Training in Northern California

A group of dedicated volunteers have been quietly working over the years to rescue, rehabilitate and release a variety of injured raptors or abandoned young ones. As a non-profit organization, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WRR) has been caring for and releasing birds of prey for 27 years. "Our goal is to help injured or abandoned birds so that they can be released back into the wild," stated Kim Franza, a raptor specialist with the WRR.

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BriarPatch takes bold step to reduce impacts from single-use bags with 10¢ bag charge to begin on Earth Day

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market is set to become the first grocery store in western Nevada County to adopt a policy of charging 10 cents each for large, single-use paper grocery bag. The charge will go into effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, bringing the community-owned grocery store in step with the most forward-thinking food co-ops and stores in the state.

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Nevada County Sheriff's Management Association announces endorsements

The Nevada County Sheriff's Management Association is proud to endorse the following candidates in their upcoming election bids

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Homicide on Forest View Dr

Yesterday, at approximately 2313 hours the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a fight in progress at the 11000 block of Forest View Drive in Nevada City. Nevada County Sheriff's deputies responded and found an unresponsive subject. Fire/medical personnel also responded to the scene and pronounced the male victim, in his 40's, deceased.

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San Juan Ridge Community Library Ready to Open

The San Juan Community Library is ready. Finally. After a two-year hiatus, the library that a community built is set to open this month. A smiling Roo Cantada unlocks the door to a transformed space at the Oak Tree Lane Community Park. The unmistakable smell of cedar shelves and books lets anyone know: this is a library.

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New SPLC report: Agenda 21 conspiracy theories spread by extremists, politicians pose real dangers

Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations global sustainability plan signed by the United States more than 20 years ago, is being used by extremists and mainstream politicians to stoke fears and stifle rational policymaking across the country, according to an SPLC report released today.

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Dry and warm today, breezy north winds tonight and tomorrow

Dry weather with well above normal high temperatures continuing through Thursday with a slight chance of showers over the northern mountains on Friday into the weekend. Breezy northerly winds possible Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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Elevated Levels of Metals found at the Mill City Stamp Mill

Elevated levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic have been detected during preliminary sampling of soils and historic mill tailings at the Mill City Stamp Mill.

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Nevada County Groundwater - Workshop with Steve Baker

It's working!!! Mountain community learns that their water use behavior is critical to enduring this year's extreme drought in California. Near real time groundwater monitoring and time adjustments in lifestyle (water use) are making the difference. Operation Unite® has crafted a process that provides water well users in California's rural communities with an ability to adapt to what groundwater is available on any given year.

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Large Emergency Drill to be Held Saturday, April 26 at Colfax High

Residents need not be alarmed if they spot scores of emergency vehicles at Colfax High School on Saturday, April 26.

Emergency agencies from throughout the area will be participating in a drill, not a real-life emergency.

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Federal Agencies Capitulate to Armed Militia, Allow Rancher to Run Trespass Cattle on Public Land for Free

The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies today capitulated to threats of violence from armed militia members and ceased their legally and morally required duty to remove trespass cattle from public lands. Even worse, they returned 400 head of cattle rounded up over the past week so they can be illegally turned out on public land again without permit, payment or management oversight.

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Hydration Station at Clear Creek Elementary School Makes Water "Cool"

The Nevada County Public Health Department worked with CA4Health to get a hydration station donated to Clear Creek Elementary School. The Nevada County Public Health Department worked with CA4Health to get a hydration station donated to Clear Creek Elementary School.

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Legislation Improving Benefits for Veterans Gets Placer County Supervisors' Support

Placer County is exemplary when it comes to honoring the men and women who have served their nation as members of the armed forces. One of the activities that the county tenaciously addresses is guiding veterans through the complex Veterans Administration benefits process. Through the diligent work of the County's Veterans Service Office (VSO), more veterans are receiving more benefits than ever before.

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National Forest Homeowners award local ranger

The National Forest Homeowners (NFH) presented Plumas National Forest's Mike Donald their "Recreation Advocate of the Year" award at their annual conference held recently in Reno, Nevada. Donald is district ranger for the Mt. Hough Ranger District, headquartered in Quincy, CA.

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Dry weather with well above normal high temperatures

Dry weather with well above normal high temperatures continuing through Thursday with a slight chance of showers over the northern mountains on Friday. Breezy northerly winds possible Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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Op-Ed: E. Christina Dabis | With Fran Cole WE All benefit

For decades I have wished to have a lawyer as a county supervisors. That day has come with Ms. Fran Cole in District 4!!

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Caltrans Sierra Roadwork Schedule April 13 – April 19, 2014

(Nevada and Placer Counties) from the South Yuba River to Eagle Lakes: Motorists can expect various east westbound lane closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A contractor is scheduled to do miscellaneous construction work.

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Fracking hits home in Nevada
Full story: Reno Gazette Journal


Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night

A total lunar eclipse will occur Monday night into early Tuesday morning when the full moon passes through the shadow of the earth. For CA, the eclipse timeframe will be 11 pm Monday through 2:30 am Tuesday. This timeframe includes partial lunar eclipses during the first and last hour while the total eclipse occurs between midnight to 1:30 am. The viewing forecast is favorable with just a few high clouds streaming across the sky. Do you plan to stay up and watch it?

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Well above normal temperatures continue into Monday

High pressure and well above normal temperatures will continue into Monday, followed by a series of weak troughs that move through northern California throughout the week.

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Injured hiker on Humbug Trail rescued by North San Juan firefighters

Right after North San Juan firefighters finished the annual 3 mile, 45-lb pack test we got called out for a trail rescue. Firefighters hiked two miles before they located the injured hiker down on Humbug trail.

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Fire at the old HEW building quickly contained

Engines from Nevada County Consolidated, Nevada City, Cal-Fire and a Truck Company from Grass Valley responded for a reported commercial structure fire in the 10000 block of Willow Valley Road this Saturday at 12:30 pm.

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Update on Bridgeport Bridge Funding

On Wednesday, April 23, District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston will lead a small Nevada County delegation of stakeholders to testify before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation in support of funding for the Bridgeport Bridge Restoration project, taking the next step to protect the bridge from catastrophic failure.

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Nevada County Performing Wildfire Fuels Reduction on County-owned Properties

Every year the County performs various vegetation / fuel load reduction mitigation projects on our properties. In the past we have employed various techniques including goats around the Rood Center property.

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High pressure and well above normal temperatures dominate into early next week

A weak system will bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms over the Southern Sierra this afternoon. High pressure and well above normal temperatures dominate into early next week, followed by a series of weak troughs that move through northern California by the middle of next week.

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Drowning near 49er bridge on the South Yuba

North San Juan Fire Department and Rescue 84 from Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department got called down to the South Yuba River by the 49er bridge for a river rescue.

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BLM to Temporarily Close Red Corral Road during Suppression of Mine Fire

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that part of Red Corral Road near the community of Pioneer in Amador County will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday, April 12, as crews work to extinguish a fire inside a mine. The road will be reopened when firefighting operations are completed.

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No body found in the Cascade Lake Area of S. Lake Tahoe

On April 9, 2014 at about 1451 hours the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a floating body in Cascade Lake.

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