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Happening Now - The April Edition

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NID Keeps Tight Rein on Construction Contracts

The Nevada Irrigation District Engineering Department is keeping tight controls on district construction contracts and is showing a change order rate that is half of the industry average.

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Assembly Budget Subcommittee supports full funding to Restore Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Re-opening of the Bridgeport covered bridge is one step closer to reality after this morning's Assembly Budget Subcommittee vote of 4-0 in favor of fully funding restoration of the bridge in the coming fiscal year. Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston, Nevada City City Councilmember Robert Bergman, South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) Board President Dave Anderson and Secretary Ginny Brown and Executive Director Caleb Dardick of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) testified, urging the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Resources and Transportation to approve $1 million to fully fund restoration of the bridge in 2014-2015.

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Campaign 2014 | CATTPAC Endorses Cliff Newell for Nevada County DA

After interviewing both candidates vying for the seat of Nevada County District Attorney, CATTPAC, the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee, is endorsing incumbent Cliff Newell for another four year term.

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Seasonal temperatures today and tomorrow - rain and snow to follow on Friday

Milder temperatures are forecast today and Thursday, then another weather system will bring a chance of precipitation along with cooler temperatures later Thursday into Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible on Friday.

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Campaign 2014: Dan Miller Receives 3 Important Endorsements

Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller, a candidate for Nevada County Supervisor District 3, has received three important endorsements from local law enforcement officials and associations.

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Campaign 2014: Nevada County Bar Association members rank District Attorney Candidate David Alkire "Best Qualified"

Over 70% of local attorneys who voted in the Nevada County Bar Association plebiscite found David Alkire to be "Best Qualified" of the two candidates running for District Attorney.

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Property records cast doubt on Cliven Bundy's ancestral claims to disputed federal land
Full story: Raw Story

Nevada-Yuba-Placer: Burn Permits Required on May 1st

"It is imperative that landowners follow all requirements listed on the burn permit," said CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brad Harris. "If a fire escapes their control, they can be issued a citation and be held liable for suppression costs and damages." Residential burn permits will be required beginning Wednesday May 1st. These permits are issued to the public FREE of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allows for the burning of dry vegetation (NOT household trash) that originates on the landowners property. You can pick up your FREE residential burn permit at most of the local staffed fire stations.

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Nevada County BOS votes to place ASA-NC ordinance on the November ballot

The afternoon session of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors took place in front of a large audience and ended up with a unanimous vote by the board to place the proposed ordinance on the November election.

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Oroville Economic Alliance courts Sriracha with the cheapest water in the nation

As the controversy continues to heat up over the possible relocation of the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California, Oroville Economic Alliance today announces its ambition to have the Sriracha plant relocated to what is described as California's Business Oasis.

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Two IRONMAN events race same day in Lake Tahoe

For the first time nationally, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® race on the same day in North Lake Tahoe. Today IRONMAN announces that IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will pilot this dual program in North America. This format is well received by athletes in Asia-Pacific.

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Solo vehicle collision last night on McCourtney

At approximately 6:30 PM Monday evening, an 80 year-old female was driving a Toyota Matrix southbound on McCourtney Rd in the area of Wells Drive (Thoroughbred Loop). There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

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Nevada City Offers Public Meeting to Address Proposed Ordinance Banning Single Use Carryout Plastic Bags on May 1

The City of Nevada City is holding an open meeting on Thursday, May 1st, to discuss a proposed ordinance banning the distribution of single use carryout plastic bags. Both retailers and the public are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about how the ordinance would affect the local businesses and consumers.

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Truckee Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 26

On April 26th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Truckee Police Department and the TT-FWDD (Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Truckee Safeway in Gateway Center, 11290 Donner Pass Rd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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2014 Gold Country Lions Club 9th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run Saturday, May 10

The Gold Country Lions Club, together with Grocery Outlet of Grass Valley and its major sponsors Auburn Extreme Powersports, Greenhorn Campground at Rollins Lake, Telestream and The Union newspaper, will be hosting the ninth annual Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Last year's ride attracted well over 200 riders. After direct expenses, funds were donated to Sierra Services for the Blind of Grass Valley, Gold Country Lions Camp and other local charities. Sierra Services for the Blind, New Events and Opportunities (NEO) Youth Group and other local charities will be the recipients of this year's proceeds.

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Inyo National Forest Campgrounds Opening

A light winter snowpack and warm spring weather means that many campgrounds in the eastern Sierra will be open before the 2014 fishing opener weekend and many more Forest Service campgrounds are expected to be open before Memorial Day.

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Medical Marijuana Activists Rally for their Rights

Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County is staging a "Rally at the Rood" at 12:30pm before the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 22 that will determine the outcome of the groups successful petition drive to replace Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance #2349 that was passed in May 2012.

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Mercury expert to speak on human health impacts, May 2 in State Capitol

Jane Hightower, MD, author of the exposé Diagnosis: Mercury, will be the keynote speaker at an event highlighting the ongoing human health impacts of mercury in California's environment. The event "Mercury and Human Health: An informational summit on the impacts of mercury exposure through fish consumption" will be held in the California State Capitol hearing room 2040 on May 2, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. It will feature a presentation by Dr. Hightower, other guest speakers, and a question session.

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Swale West Prescribed Fire Planned

Fire crews plan to ignite the Swale West prescribed fire unit in Kings Canyon National Parks on April 23/24/25, weather and air-quality conditions permitting. The Swale West unit is 191 acres and ignitions will likely occur over two to three days.

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Fast-moving weather system will move through NorCal today

A quick moving weather system will bring some showers to mainly the northern Sierra today, otherwise cooler temperatures along with breezy conditions are expected. Milder temperatures are forecast through mid-week, then another weather system will bring a chance of precipitation along with cooler temperatures later in the week.

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CDFW Eastern Sierra Wardens to Conduct Wildlife Checkpoint

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation in late April to promote safety, education and compliance with law and regulations.

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Burning Man organizer plans anything-goes 'Bundyfest' to mock scofflaw rancher
Full story: Raw Story

Amador County supes oppose Wild & Scenic for stretch of Mokelumne River, again
Full story: Ledger-Dispatch

After the standoff, what's next for Bundy and BLM?
Full story: High Country News

How Medical Marijuana Went From Political Poison To Popular Policy
Full story: Think Progress

Two Storms Bringing Cooler and Wetter Weather Starting Tonight, and Again Later This Week

The first storm system is expected tonight through Tuesday bringing rain and snow showers...and isolated valley/foothill thunderstorms. Some showers may linger over the far northern portion of California Wednesday and Thursday. The second storm system is forecast to move into the area by Friday, potentially bringing several inches of snow and thunderstorms Friday into Saturday.

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Plebiscite conducted by Nevada County Bar Association: Results

The Nevada County Bar Association ("NCBA") recently conducted a plebiscite on the declared candidates for the following offices in the County of Nevada: District Attorney and Superior Court Judge. The NCBA asked each candidate to provide a brief candidate statement, which was forwarded to all NCBA members as part of the plebiscite ballot package. The NCBA also held a "Meet the Candidates" forum at the Madelyn Helling Library on March 31, 2014, with all candidates present, to give members (as well as the general public) a chance to hear the candidates speak and to ask questions in a town hall-type setting.

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Treat Street Booth Available - Interested local non-profit groups are encouraged to apply for vacancy

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is seeking a non-profit group to operate a food booth located on "South Treat Street" at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10. Applicants must be a Nevada County-based non-profit group. Group must provide all equipment and staffing during operating hours of the Fair, 10 am to 11 pm, each day.

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Cooler today, rain and snow possible tomorrow

A weather system will approach NorCal today bringing increasing clouds, cooler temperatures and a chance of showers and higher elevation snow by tonight and Tuesday. Another weather system will bring unsettled conditions later in the week.

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