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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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CAL FIRE Local Burn Bans to be Lifted Starting November 3

CAL FIRE’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer and Amador-El Dorado Units have lifted the suspension of residential burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) effective 8 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014.

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Election 2014 | Peter Minett: What's at Stake? Who should be Superintendent of Public Instruction?

The future course of education in CA (and to an extent nationally); either toward one that invests in all students, in local public schools, and which relies on teachers for meaningful input (Torlakson); Or one that invests in a semi-privatized system that undermines the teaching profession and adds further weight to high-stakes, standardized tests (Tuck).

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Cold front brings rain and snow to the area today

A cold front will impact interior NorCal today and tonight bringing rain and mountain snow with isolated thunderstorms. Much cooler temperatures are also expected. Showers are expected behind the front on Saturday then end Sunday. Drier and milder weather early next week and continuing through the end of the week.

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Terry Lamphier: I have not proactively and knowingly “clicked on, visited, or downloaded” any inappropriate material

The highly controversial and alarming situation I now find myself in began about a week ago, as follows. Our Nevada County assistant CEO, Ms. Alison Lehman, handed me an anonymous letter that had been dropped off to our County receptionist, stating no one had a description of the delivery person. The correspondence made no specific allegations, but implied improper use of a county computer.

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Dignity Health agrees to pay $37 million to settle false claims act allegations

Dignity Health has agreed to pay the United States $37 million to settle allegations that 13 of its hospitals in California, Nevada, and Arizona knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly, outpatient basis, announced today United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Ivan Negroni. Dignity, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is based in San Francisco and is one of the five largest hospital systems in the nation with 39 hospitals in three states.

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Fire Officials Urge Caution with Fall Burning Projects

With the arrival of cool fall weather, many northeast California residents will be turning their attention to burning piles of leaves, pine needles, brush and limbs, and fire officials urge everyone to be careful.

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Second screening of NCTV’s Foothill Films set

Nevada County Television (NCTV) will present Foothill Films: Encore Presentation at 7 pm, Wednesday, November 12. The second screening follows NCTV’s sold out premiere in early October. The Encore Presentation will be held at the Don Baggett Theater.

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Truckee Residents Victimized by MoneyPak Green Dot Scams

A growing tool for scammers and con artists around the nation is the use of pre-paid debit cards (specifically “MoneyPak” or “GreenDot” Cards). Typically, the scammer informs the unsuspecting victim that they owe a debt to a particular company the scammer is representing and demands immediate payment. The scammer will tell the victim that they only accept payment through GreenDot MoneyPak cards. Often times, the scammer will attempt to intimidate the victim by telling them if the balance is not paid immediately they are subject to increased fines, criminal prosecution or seizure of their bank accounts or property.

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Navy Petty Officer Cara Nunnink, a Grass Valley Native, serves with Electronic Attack Squadron 132

A 2009 Nevada Union High School graduate and Grass Valley, Calif., native is serving with the U.S. Navy’s aviation Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132), also known as the “Scorpions”.

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Sunny today, rain for Trick or Treaters and snow in the higher elevations tomorrow

Mild weather for Today under upper level high pressure. A cold front will impact interior northern California beginning tonight then moving through norcal on Friday. The front will bring rain and mountain snow along with cooler temperatures, and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Showers are expected behind the front on Saturday. Snow levels will lower to around 4500 ft Saturday morning. Showers ending early Sunday with drier and milder weather early next week.

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Funeral services to be held for Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael D. Davis, Jr.

Funeral services for Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael D. Davis, Jr., are being held Tuesday, November 4, at 10 a.m. at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville. The service is open to the public.

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ASA Nevada County files FPPC complaint against Nevada County supes, elections and staff

Supporters of Measure S filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission against several elected County officials and a public employee for their handling of Measure S, a voter driven initiative to replace the current County Ordinance on marijuana cultivation. The complaint alleges that County officials used public resources to state their opposition to the Measure in violation of CA State law.

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Lamphier's alleged browsing habits: 6,750 "visits" in one week - How is that even possible?

An explainer is in order to clarify the alleged 6,750 visits logged by Nevada County's internet activity monitoring system in one week on the desktop computer used by Supervisor Terry Lamphier. The log files were provided after a joint PRA request by YubaNet and The Union to shed some light on the sealed search warrants served on Lamphier's residence and car last Friday.

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Nevada County Democratic Central Committee re: Endorsement of Terry Lamphier

The NCDCC Executive Committee will review the current allegations directed at Terry Lamphier as we move forward in our recommendation in the upcoming November 4th election.

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Truckee PD arrest suspect after two attempted carjackings

On Tuesday afternoon, October, 28th at approximately 3:40 pm, a Truckee Police Officer was flagged down by a citizen, reporting a subject jumping on cars and breaking windows in the area of Bridge St. and Donner Pass Rd. The officer drove to the area and interrupted an attempted carjacking in progress, at the Beacon gas station. The officer observed an adult male suspect trying to pull a female victim out of her car by her neck. The officer engaged the suspect and physically removed him off of the victim and placed him into custody. The suspect was later identified as Nathan Daniel Jones, 29, of Las Vegas. Jones appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and continued to act out violently after he was taken into custody.

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CAL FIRE Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Costumes, jack-'o-lanterns, haunted house and scary ghost stories mark this time of year as all kids of all ages enjoy the spirit of Halloween. But if precautions aren’t taken, scary things can happen. Decorations that ignited are the reported cause in 900 home fires nationwide each year. Two of every five of those were started by a candle.

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Winter storm still on track for late Friday and Saturday

Mild weather through early Thursday. A frontal system will impact northern interior California late Thursday into Saturday with rain and mountain snow along with cooler daytime temperatures. Snow levels will lower to around 4000 ft Saturday morning. Drier and milder weather early next week.

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Early Voting Opportunity at FREED Center for Independent Living

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, Gregory J. Diaz, is pleased to announce an opportunity for early voting at FREED Center for Independent Living in Grass Valley on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 12:30-3:30.

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25 bears hit by cars in Yosemite, 10,000 deer killed in state; how to avoid them
Full story: SF Chronicle


NCSO: Supervisor Terry Lamphier under investigation for alleged possession/accessing of child pornography on county computer

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office responded to a joint public records act request by YubaNet and The Union today by handing over log files allegedly detailing the internet activity of Supervisor Terry Lamphier on his desktop computer at the Rood Center. Lamphier allegedly used search terms like "young lollitas," [sic] "girls home," "sneaky," "ilovetweens" and other explicit terms.

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Forest Service asks for input on Taylor-Tallac restoration activities

The Forest Service is asking for public input on plans to restore the Taylor and Tallac creek ecosystems, while maintaining or improving visitor services in this popular recreation area. Located on Highway 89 on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, the Taylor-Tallac project area includes some of the most heavily visited recreation sites in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Baldwin Beach alone serves an estimated 2.5 million visitors each summer. The area also provides habitat for numerous protected wildlife species and an important hydrological connection to Lake Tahoe.

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Inyo National Forest Prepares for Potential Winter Road Closures

The Inyo National Forest is preparing for the week-end storm in the forecast. The forest may implement winter closures for roads that access the Reds Meadow Valley and Mammoth Lakes Basin areas of the Inyo National Forest.

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BLM Plans Prescribed Burns North of Eagle Lake

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management plan to burn brush and limb piles on public lands east of Eagle Lake beginning the week of Oct. 27 and continuing through the fall and winter. Piles will be burned only on days when weather allows for safe and successful burning and smoke management.

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Lottery Now Open for Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite¹s Backcountry

Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting online reservation lottery forms for the 2014-2015 season at historic Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by experienced cross-country skiers who make the strenuous 10-mile journey from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

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New historic plaque unveiled at Bridgeport

Dan Youngren, Supervising State Park Peace Officer (Ranger), gathered the attendees at the Bridgeport Fall Festival on October 26, 2014 for an unveiling of a new historical plaque.

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Statement from Supervisor Jack Duran, Chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors

The tragic events that took place Friday have ripped a giant wound in our region. Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael David Davis, Jr., and Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver were killed in the line of duty. Not only is the law enforcement family grieving from a loss of two of their own, but the community as a whole is shocked and saddened by these senseless acts of violence.

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Mild today, but bleak outlook for Halloween

Continued mild weather through Thursday. A frontal system will impact interior northern California Friday (Halloween) and Saturday with valley rain and Sierra snow.

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Election 2014 | Lisa LaBarbera: Who Is Linda Chaplin And Why You Should Vote For Her

Linda Chaplin, a long time Nevada County resident (1984), is running for a seat on the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board.

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Memorial service info for PCSO Det. Mike Davis

The memorial service for Detective Michael Davis has been set for Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville, CA.

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