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Happening Now - July 2015

Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.

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Hide Trash Here, Please! Community rallies behind new campaign to “Take Care” of the Tahoe Region

This time last year, Tahoe made headlines around the world for an embarrassing amount of trash left on the beaches after the Fourth of July festivities. To prevent that from happening again, the community is rolling out a secret weapon: a humorous new campaign that aims to remind folks to take care of the Region.

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Yosemite National Park Expects Busy 2015 Fourth of July Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Visitors should plan on arriving at the park entrances by 9:00 a.m. each day. Parking in Yosemite Valley is expected to be especially challenging and visitors should plan accordingly. Based on past holiday weekends, visitors arriving during peak hours have been delayed for up to two hours in east Yosemite Valley. The park has added approximately 300 new parking spaces west of Yosemite Lodge. However, delays are still expected during the peak times.

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Excessive Heat Warning until Friday

Very hot weather continues across the region this week. Sierra thunderstorms spreading to the northern mountains Thursday and Friday and over the weekend with sprinkles possible in the valley Thursday night. Sierra showers decreasing next week. Cooler temperatures over the weekend and next week but remaining above normal.

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July Forecast: Above Normal Large Fire Potential for Northern California

Driven by mainly harsh drought effects, in combination with likelihood of several mixed wet/dry lightning days during the first half of July, will forecast a generally ABOVE NORMAL month for large Fire Potential across northern CA.

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2015 Fire Restrictions for the Sierra National Forest

Forest Order 15.15.06 states that fire restrictions are now in place for the areas in the Sierra National Forest that can be considered unsafe for campfires. Higher temperatures, dry fuel conditions partnered with a large number of dead trees due to a beetle infestation and an increase in fire activity seen in the region has led to this decision.

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2015 Fire restrictions begin in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin begin tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season.

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Truckee Wins $8 million Grant to Kick Start Railyard Project

The Truckee Railyard Project is ready to whistle, “full steam ahead”. Following twenty years of planning, fine-tuning, and economic stalls, a community vision is finally coming to fruition.

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El Dorado County: Pet Owners Will Be Cited If Pets Are Left Inside Vehicles During Hot Weather

El Dorado County Animal Services is advising pet owners to not leave dogs, cats or other pets unattended in vehicles during hot weather. "Each year, pets die in hot cars," said Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services. "California law allows Animal Services officers to take swift action to help an animal that may be in danger, including those left inside vehicles on a hot day." According to Brzezinski, the animal will be removed and pet owners will be cited. The owner could face fines up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail, including possible felony charges if the pet is severely harmed or dies.

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Fire Restrictions In Effect for Fourth of July Weekend In the Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest is preparing for one of the biggest recreation weekends of the year. All recreation facilities in the forest will be open except for Stumpy Meadows, Black Oak, and Big Meadows campgrounds which were damaged in the King Fire last summer. Campfire restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 due to severe drought conditions, and will remain in effect for the duration of the 2015 fire season.

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Reno man allegedly causes two accidents, one while naked, near the South Yuba

A 23-year old man from Reno is possibly looking at two drug-related DUI charges after a bizarre episode yesterday. The man allegedly caused two vehicle accidents, one while naked, and damages to several vehicles.

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Sierra Storytelling Festival 30th Anniversary Coming Soon

Set among the towering pines and sloping lawns of the North Columbia Schoolhouse, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is a time to slow down, turn off the phone and soak in the power and simplicity of well-told stories by world-class tellers.

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Excessive Heat Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning

Very hot weather across much of the region for the remainder of the week. Some Sierra thunderstorms throughout the week, though some may move into portions of the Valley late in the week.

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NASA Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or “leap” second, will be added.

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United Way of Nevada County’s 7th Annual “Day of Action” was a huge success

On June 18th, United Way of Nevada County held its 7th Annual “Day of Action”. The many volunteers along with beautiful weather helped make the event a huge success. Walls were painted, supplies organized and food sorted and prepared for delivery. A diverse group of volunteers joined in on this wonderful day of volunteering. Along with the many adults that participated, Nevada Union High School football players also helped make the day a success. Company employees from businesses such as Texas Instruments, Telestream and groups such as the League of Women Voters, showed up to help non-profits in the community with their special projects. Executive Director Megan Timpany said, “Day of Action is one of my favorite annual events. It is a day that really brings community members together to help those in need”.

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First Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in El Dorado County

El Dorado County health officials received confirmation this week that a bird found in the El Dorado Hills area of El Dorado County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first for 2015. The bird, a Western Scrub Jay, was found on June 16. So far this year, West Nile virus activity has been reported in 26 California counties, including neighboring Sacramento and Placer counties. No human cases of the virus have been reported in California thus far in 2015.

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Toll Takers Sign Installed in Barn at the South Yuba River State Park

A new sign to commemorate Bridge toll takers Perkins Hutchinson (1856-64) and Gideon Graves (1876-99) was installed in the Barn June 25, 2015.

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Free Workshop July 1: Best Management Practices for Small District Board Members

Small, community-run water districts, fire districts and other special purpose districts provide the vital services that are essential for small, remote rural communities to function. These districts are governed by dedicated volunteer board members who may not have the legal or municipal background to be fully aware of the myriad of regulations that govern their district operations.

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Brunswick Road / Loma Rica Drive Intersection Improvement Project starts on July 8

The Brunswick Road / Loma Rica Drive Intersection Improvement Project will construct a number of improvements designed to significantly enhance intersection and corridor safety and operations.

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Temperatures heat up again - scorching week ahead

Warming returns today, then very hot weather across much of the region for the remainder of the week. Some Sierra thunderstorms throughout the week.

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Forest Service working to suppress nine small lightning fires in Lake Tahoe Basin

U.S. Forest Service crews are working to extinguish nine small fires resulting from last night’s lightning strikes in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Most of the fires are single-tree fires with some ground fire, and the largest is only a half-acre in size. Winds are calm, and the Lake Tahoe Basin received substantial rainfall in the area of the fire starts, so the rate of spread is low. The Forest Service is staffing all nine fires with the assistance of Tahoe-Douglas and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection Districts. The fires are scattered between Kings Beach and Cave Rock in hike-in only terrain. A helicopter is assisting with reconnaissance and water drops as needed.

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USA Cycling Criterium in downtown Truckee today, Sunday, until 8:00 pm

USA Cycling is racing today in Downtown Truckee. Come see some exciting road bike racing on the downtown streets. All businesses, shops and restaurants are open for business and many have race side seating. There are course marshals to cross people to get to the businesses.

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Slightly cooler today, heat returns with a vengeance starting tomorrow

Continued mild today, then heat returns during the week. Some Sierra thunderstorms throughout the week. The chance of afternoon Sierra thunderstorm activity mainly southward of I-80 lingers Monday through Wednesday as the Great Basin high builds back into the area. Temperatures are forecast to begin warming up again on Monday. By Tuesday and Wednesday, very hot weather is forecast to return to Norcal with readings through much of the Central Valley expected to return to the 100 to 110 degree range.

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Two victims dead, PCSO asking public's help in solving heinous crime

The two men found shot and burning in Roseville Thursday night have died and the Placer County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in solving this heinous crime.

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Multi-agency river rescue at Edwards Crossing

On Saturday afternoon a 911 caller reported a hiker had fallen down a tall cliff, somewhere around Edwards Crossing on the South Yuba river. The caller also stated the fall victim had sustained a severe head injury. A massive multi-agency rescue effort was put into action with North San Juan Fire, Nevada County Consolidated Fire, CAL FIRE, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital ambulance, a CHP helicopter and an Air ambulance from Cal Star.

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Mower sparks grass fire on Morning Star Lane in Nevada City - on a Red Flad Warning day

All units responded to Morning Star Ln. off of Champion Rd. in Nevada City for a report of a vegetation fire at 12:55 am. Upon the arrival of Battalion 2, the fire was reported to be 1 to 1 1/2 acres in light flashy fuels and burning a slow rate of spread.

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NIFC: Drone use disrupts air tanker drops in CA

After members of the public flying drones disrupted wildfire operations in southern California twice this week, federal, state, and local wildfire managers are again urging the public not to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” within or near wildfires to ensure firefighter safety and the effectiveness of suppression operations.

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Red Flag Warning until Sunday evening for critical fire conditions

Not as hot this weekend, then heat returns for next week. Mountain thunderstorm activity this weekend through next week. Thunderstorms will initially have limited rainfall creating an increased fire threat.

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Dry Lightning Raises Northern California Fire Danger

CAL FIRE has increased staffing due to forecasted dry lightning and strong winds throughout much of northern California. Monsoonal moisture will reach into the north state, bringing a chance of mountain thunderstorms through next week. The lightning created by this event will initially occur without precipitation, greatly increasing the chances of new wildfires. Gusty thunderstorm winds have the potential to rapidly spread any new lightning fires.

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BLM Bishop Field Office & Inyo National Forest Announce Fire Restrictions

Effective midnight on Sunday, June 28th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.

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