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Happening Now - February 2016

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

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Nevada County Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, BY GREGORY J. DIAZ, THE NEVADA COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER/REGISTRAR OF VOTERS, OF A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION. NOTICE OF CENTRAL COUNTING LOCATION. NOTICE OF LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE. NOTICE OF VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS ISSUED. NOTICE OF RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING. NOTICE OF THE SELECTION OF PRECINCTS FOR THE MANUAL TALLY OF BALLOTS TO BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW. NOTICE OF OFFICES FOR WHICH CANDIDATES ARE TO BE ELECTED AND DATES WITHIN WHICH DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY MAY BE FILED. NOTICE OF MEASURES TO BE VOTED ON AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION AND DATES WITHIN WHICH ARGUMENTS AND REBUTTAL ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE PROPOSED MEASURES MUST BE FILED WITH THE NEVADA COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER/REGISTRAR OF VOTERS.

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Nevada County Camera Club presents Jerry Berry: Emergence of a Recalcitrant Artist on Feb. 22

At the Nevada County Camera Club Meeting on Monday evening, February 22, award wining photographer, Jerry Berry will depart from past speakers by highlighting how photography can capture illusion, hidden stories, and an impressionistic style.

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Film Review: Michael Moore’s New Film “Where to Invade Next”

”Where to Invade Next” premiered in California in Grass Valley on February 9th and was followed by a live telecast phone question and answer session with Michael Moore. Moore, recovering from a serious bout of pneumonia, was a personable as ever in a plaid bathrobe. In his view, men have had the baton in government and policy for about 10,000 years. He thinks its time to pass this over to women and see if perhaps something more compassionate might come forward. This being said, when quizzed about his support for Bernie Sanders, he responded that things are different today. In his view, after Obama became President, it is easy to conceive of a woman president—this barrier is no longer the stigma it once was.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation to host 2016 Cioppino Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its sixth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed on Saturday, March 5 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

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Penn Valley Community Rodeo Membership Drive

Besides putting on a popular local CCPRA rodeo, the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association (PVCRA) is a local non-profit organization that benefits many local charities and provides scholarships for high school members.

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Temperatures on the rise for the weekend

Dry and mild weather through early next week except for a slight chance of light showers across the northern mountains over the weekend. The next chance of precipitation across the whole north state expected around the middle of next week. Daytime highs above normal through early next week dropping to closer to normal by mid week.

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New Forest Supervisor Announced for the Tahoe National Forest

Eli Ilano has been selected as the new Forest Supervisor on the Tahoe National Forest. He has been the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Tahoe since 2010.

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AAUW Panel Discussion to Explore STEM Education and Attracting Girls/Women into the Field

At the February 20th American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch meeting, a panel discussion will explore “STEM Education and Attracting Girls/Women into the Field.” Projections show that by 2018, the U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce will be 8.65 million strong. Among high school seniors, the overall interest in STEM majors and careers is increasing, but the gender gap is also increasing.

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Springtime high temperatures today

A few light showers possible over the northern mountains Friday through Sunday. Otherwise dry and mild through early next week. The next chance of rain for most of northern California comes the middle of next week.

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Live! The Nevada County BOS hearing on the proposed ballot measure

The BOS will be discussing a resolution of clarification, clearly delineating what will happen in either case.

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Rüdiger Tuesday at Golden Era Cocktail Lounge

Rüdiger is turning 2 (Happy Birthday, Rüe!) and it’s Fat Tuesday. Join Nevada City Police Department K9 Officer Rüdiger for a celebration of both. Golden Era Cocktail Lounge, normally open Wednesday through Sunday, opens monthly on the second Tuesday to host the fundraising event Rüdiger Tuesday. Proceeds from special Rüdiger inspired cocktails help support the Nevada City K9 Program. Fat Rüdiger Tuesday will take place from 5:00-9:00pm.

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No rain, just rays on the horizon

Strong high pressure will remain over the region this week and temperatures will remain well above normal for this time of year. The North Valley is not expected to be quite as warm today as northerly surface pressure gradients weaken, but the remainder of the Central Valley will see highs close to Monday's readings again today with offshore (easterly) pressure gradients remaining quite strong. A few records may fall again today.

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Op-Ed: Heather Burke | What the County Isn’t Telling Us About Their Cannabis Initiative

How can the Board ask growers to respect a law the Supervisors don’t respect, particularly after they've flaunted the ease of violating it in the faces of those to whom such regulation truly matters? When lawmakers irreverently advise the breaking of the very rules they enact, they breed disrespect for the entire rule of law.

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Sierra College Foundation Receives an Additional $100,000 Gift to Help Local Nursing Students

Just last month, the Sierra College Foundation received a $100,000 donation to establish an endowment fund to help students who’ve received their associate’s degree in nursing go on and earn a bachelor’s degree. Today, they announced the receipt of another $100,000 gift from an incredible, and anonymous, local donor. The donor has issued the following challenge, “I want others in our community to get involved today! Strengthening the education of our nurses will go a long way to improve the health of our families and our communities.”

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Tree Mortality Public Meeting in Foresthill on Feb. 17

The U.S. Forest Service and Placer Firewise Communities, including the Foresthill and Iowa Hill Firesafe Council, will host a community meeting in Foresthill to discuss project proposals that will address tree mortality from bark beetle attacks. The meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Foresthill Fire administrative office located at 24320 Main Street in Foresthill.

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Updated: Early morning accident on Hwy 49, Nevada City K9 Rüdiger and Officer Scott Goin are OK

This morning at approximately 6:15 AM Officer Michael (Scott) Goin was conducting a routine traffic stop on the Sacramento Street off ramp in Nevada City. A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck Officer Goin’s squad car from the rear. The vehicle then overturned, requiring the occupants be extracted. One of the occupants was transported via helicopter for medical attention.

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Editorial: This is about process, not pot

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors will clarify their intent on the proposed ballot measure prohibiting outdoor marijuana growing this Tuesday. Why is a "clarification" needed? Because the ballot measure, in its current form, is meaningless. Vote Yes and further restrictions and changes are implemented, vote No and the current ordinance remains in place.

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Dry, sunny and above normal temperatures

Strong high pressure along with offshore flow will result in very mild temperatures across the region the next several days. Increasing north and east surface pressure gradients will result in some locally breezy northerly winds in the Sacramento Valley, and east winds in the northern Sierra, today and tonight.

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PCWA: Despite Recovering Water Supplies, Continued Conservation on the Horizon

Following weeks of rain and snowfall, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors met on February 4 to receive the latest snowpack and water supply update. Since the 2016 water year began, cumulative precipitation is at 113 percent of average, with December and January precipitation being 150 percent of average, and forecasted to continue into the spring.

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Spring-like weather this weekend and next week

Warm and dry pattern for interior NorCal into next week as a strong ridge builds along the West Coast. Morning soundings indicate some warming across the region today, then warming increases Sunday and early next week with strong subsidence and strengthening offshore flow.

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PCSO arrests three remaining suspects near Foresthill

A Placer County Sheriff's deputy just arrested the three men who've eluded capture since Wednesday afternoon. They were unarmed, uninjured, cooperative, and appeared to be very tired. The man who escaped wearing handcuffs was no longer wearing them.

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Michael Moore Ill, But Still May Participate in KVMR Benefit Film Premiere Tuesday

Michael Moore may still be able to appear via Skype at the Northern California premiere of his new film, despite an illness this week.

The Oscar-winning director was hospitalized in New York City earlier this week with pneumonia, while he was busy promoting his first film in nearly six years, “Where To Invade Next.”

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Champion Mine Rd & Old Downieville Hwy closures next week

Portions of Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway will be closed February 8 - 9 to all thru traffic including vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic due to tree falling on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) properties in that area.

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City of Grass Valley releases Dorsey Marketplace project timeline

The City is now beginning the processing of the Dorsey Marketplace Project. Listed below are preliminary dates and key state-required steps that must be followed. Also included are steps the City will take as part of its processing of the project.

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The Mountain Messenger | Local web site makes good

Nobody who writes for Nevada County’s satirical web site uses their real name and it has become a world-wide Internet must-see destination with headlines like “Supervisors to Recommend Marijuana Cultivators Switch to Tobacco.”

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Daytime highs well above normal early next week

A little light rain across the northwest corner of the state this evening, otherwise dry and warm conditions expected through at least the middle of next week. Daytime highs well above normal early next week.

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Analysis: Getting in the weeds of Nevada County’s Outdoor Growing Ban

Next Tuesday, February 9th, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors will consider replacing the question on the ballot measure they voted to put before voters in the June election. Supervisors will also debate a clarifying resolution, destined to clear up "significant community confusion" and will determine who will sign the argument in favor of the ballot measure after writing it.

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Nevada County BOS' "Clarifying Language" for the outdoor ban ballot measure

The agenda for the February 9th meeting has been published, complete with the clarifying language for the proposed ballot measure regarding the outdoor cultivation ban of medical marijuana.

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Updated: PCSO arrests one of four Mexican nationals, search for others is ongoing in the Foresthill area

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pedro Madrigal Ortiz, 25, a Mexican national, early this morning. He was in a suspicious car that was stopped by deputies on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Ortiz will be charged with resisting arrest, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

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