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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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Happening Now - August 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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Opinion | Jim Firth: Voting Really Does Matter

One of my favorite local activities is attending the Nevada County Fair. This year the weather was great and last year's controversy surrounding elephant rides was gone. Locals mingled with visitors, families and extended families alike experienced great music, exhibits, farm animals, Treat Street food, and carnival rides for all ages, while the fair staff was, as always, courteous and helpful.

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Supporters of new reservoirs are trying to start a new dam-building era
Full story: Mercury News


Warm and dry, a little above normal temperatures

Dry and warm weather to continue through at least mid-week. Near to below normal daytime highs expected Wednesday through Saturday.

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ATV accident in North San Juan - patient airlifted

During North San Juan Fire Department's Open House and first annual life jacket give away, we got called out for a ATV accident in the far eastern part of our district.

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Truckee Offers an Array of Colorful Events and Activities this September

Located near the Sierra Nevada crest at almost six-thousand feet, the historic town of Truckee is amazingly picturesque during autumn, when the air is crisp, the sun bright and the tree-covered mountains become a patchwork of warm and vibrant colors. Perfect weather for hiking, cycling, fishing or almost any outdoor activity as well as a whole heap of spectacular events!

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NID Board Okays Banner Water Project

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (Aug. 27) approved studies and plans for an extension of treated water service to 14 parcels on Banner Mountain near Nevada City.

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Emergency Regulations to Close Merced River Angling Now In Effect

On Aug. 6, 2014 the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a proposal to implement early restrictions on angling in the Merced River, pending a legal review. Monday, Aug. 25, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the proposal, effective immediately. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was notified on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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The Mountain Messenger | Don't take your guns to town

For at least a couple of wars now America has been talking about guns in many different voices, singing incompatible songs, One is a song of bravery in foreign lands, another is a song of deep sorrow at home, coming from schools and the mean streets of cities like Chicago. A third lyric says we need a pistol in the night stand for the midnight robber. That's the cover story. Really we believe we need guns to protect us from our government. But have you seen what they're packing? Look at the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Armor plated mine resistant Humvees, flack jackets, machine guns, gas masks. (It's rumored that Nevada City has one of these government gift metal monsters hiding under a tarp, ready to roar down on Halloween celebrants having too much fun!)

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Dry spell continues, temperatures near normal

Dry weather will continue across the region through the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Temperatures will cool to slightly above normal levels.

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Board of Supervisors Approves Implementing Laura's Law in Placer County

Placer County became the sixth county in California Tuesday to implement Laura’s Law – a state statute that authorizes court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment of residents with severe mental illness in some cases.

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Reinette Senum is 2014 Lambert Award Recipient

Former mayor and longtime Nevada City community leader Reinette Senum has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the 25th Annual Col. William H. "Bill" Lambert Award.

The prestigious Lambert Award award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life. The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City's annual Constitution

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Landscaper Workshop Scheduled in Truckee - 'Get Ahead or Get Parched: 6 Ways To Survive the Drought'

A workshop for professional landscapers has been scheduled in Truckee, CA to help them efficiently manage water during the ongoing drought. Landscape watering is a prime conservation opportunity, since improperly managed outdoor watering can be exceptionally wasteful.

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How might El Niño affect wildfires in California?

Scientists and natural resource managers are closely watching the potential development of El Niño as it might increase rainfall in California and bring relief to the severe drought there (see footnote 1). In the western United States, drought often brings a double punch: water shortfall plus wildfires. The West as a whole has experienced a relatively quiet fire season thus far, with fewer than 3 million acres burned between January 1-August 25 compared to the 10-year average of 5.4 million acres (see National Interagency Fire Center for more information). But California is well ahead of its 5-year average.

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NU Athletics presents: The Community Tailgate on Sept. 5

To help kickoff the 2014 prep football season the Nevada Union Athletic Department is hosting a community tailgate event before the Miners first home football game Sept. 5.

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Dry weather continues, a little cooler next week

Dry weather to continue for the next week. Warm temperatures to continue today, with a gradual cooling trend expected into the middle of next week.

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Pop-Up Dinner on Friday to Benefit Local School's Efforts to Build Geodome

Do you have dinner plans for Friday night? Your next dinner out could help raise funds to build a four-season geodesic dome in South Lake Tahoe, as members of the community are invited to the Sample the Sierra Pop-Up Dinner at Lake Tahoe Community College on Friday, August 29 at 6pm. This Pop-Up Dinner will not only kick off Labor Day weekend festivities for the Sample the Sierra food and wine festival, but it will also raise money for the Sierra House Mountain Academy's "Let It Grow!" project.

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Updated: Fatal Accident Occurs at Burning Man Event

A woman died at Burning Man early Thursday morning after reportedly falling under a bus carrying participants, according to law enforcement officials. The woman has not been identified pending notification of her next of kin.

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Natasha Minskey: Police Drones? Get a Warrant.

Get a warrant -- that's what I would say if the police showed up at my door asking to look around. Why? Because it's my right. It's one of the core principles that this country was founded on: the government, including local police, can't come into my home unless they prove to a judge that they have a real reason to invade my privacy.

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Godless Road Sign Vandalized in Chico

A vandal has pasted words over part of an Atheists of Butte County Adopt-a-Highway road sign. The sign is located on the south side of Highway 99, near Nelson Road. The words in black block letters add "God loves" above "Atheists of Butte County."

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Placer County supervisors implement Laura's Law
Full story: Sacramento Bee


Agencies Halt Spread of Kingsbury Fire

Fire crews and aircraft have halted the forward advancement of a fire off Kingsbury Grade in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and local fire districts, including East Fork, Tahoe Douglas, Lake Valley, and South Lake Tahoe responded to the Kingsbury Fire.

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Tioga Lake to be Drained Early for Necessary Maintenance

Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Inyo National Forest announce that Tioga Lake, located in upper Lee Vining Canyon, will be drained one month earlier this year to allow placement of a geomembrane liner on both the main and auxiliary dams. This liner helps prevent current and future leaks on the dams.

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Caltrans to Host Detour Informational Open House for Raise 80 Project at the Rood Center TODAY

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will host an informational open house in advance of the lift of the first structure of the Raise 80 Project. The Magra structure is scheduled to be lifted on September 23 & 24 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the lift process, all Interstate 80 traffic will be detoured onto the Highway 20/49 corridor which is a 56 mile route.

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Yosemite: Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot to be Temporarily Closed

The Tuolumne Grove parking lot in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closed beginning September 8, 2014 while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. During the month of September, the parking lot will close at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no weekend work during the month of September. Beginning October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 the parking lot will be closed seven days a week. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts.

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Forest Service Holds Open House on Proposal to Expand Heavenly Recreation

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

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Candidates for State and National Office to Speak At Election Forum In Grass Valley next Tuesday

On September 2, the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee will feature a discussion and review of all state and national races and propositions on the November ballot. Betty Yee, Candidate for State Controller and Heidi Hall, candidate for US Congress in California's First Congressional District will both appear in person.

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Celebrate Bridgeport Covered Bridge Groundbreaking on September 2nd

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the stabilization project for the Brigeport Covered Bridge, located in the South Yuba River State Park on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the entrance of the bridge. The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has been an important part of California's history for over 150 years, and is the longest single span wood covered bridge left in the world.

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The Union newspaper celebrates 150 Years in Nevada County

The Union newspaper, located in Grass Valley, Calif., will celebrate its 150th anniversary of service to the western Nevada County with a community open house celebration 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at The Union office, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA.

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