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Happening Now - April 2015

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? Storm-related mishaps like downed trees, power lines, road or other flooding? 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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2015 Nevada County Homeless Count

Although the 2015 Nevada County Homeless Count is still preliminary, all indications point to a declining homeless population since data was first collected in 2009. The 2009 count was 345 individuals, compared to the most recent 2015 count of 241. These numbers include the City of Truckee and Eastern Nevada County.

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Busy as a Beaver

No creature, other than humans, can so alter the landscape to suit their needs. You are more likely to see the signs of their work than the beavers themselves. Look for trees stumps, often in aspen groves and willows, chewed to the typical inverted V. The trees can range in size from a few inches to 12 inches in diameter and speak to the rodent’s persistence. Look for nearby pooled bodies of water and the dam can usually be found downstream.

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Seeking community showcase acts for the 2015 Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration or a cheerleading demonstration or show off your baton twirling skills? If so, the Fairgrounds wants your application. This is a great way to share your talents with the community!

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2,305 lightning strikes hit California on Thursday

A major lightning event happened on Thursday in California. 2,305 lightning strikes pummeled the state, with a high concentration on the Plumas, Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests.

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Higgins Fire District hosts Open House this Saturday

On Saturday April 25 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Higgins Fire District will host an Open House at the Higgins Fire District Station 21, located at 10106 Combie Rd Auburn, CA 95602 (Highway 49 @ Combie Rd).

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Lake Tahoe Roadside Boat Inspection Stations Open for Season

Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially opening for the 2015 boating season.

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Co-op Cooking Classes go to Asia

May is a celebration of healthy Asian cuisine at the BriarPatch Co-op Community Cooking School.

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 11 pm this evening to 5 pm Saturday above 5500 feet

A cold low pressure system is forecast to drop out of the Gulf of Alaska and move through Northern California tonight and early Saturday. This late season weather system will bring precipitation to much of Northern California with snow over higher mountain areas. This cold system will bring snow levels down to around 5500 feet by Saturday morning and low enough to impact the Sierra passes. Several inches of snowfall will be possible above this elevation from tonight through Saturday. Those traveling into the Sierra tonight or Saturday should be prepared for winter like conditions. Carry tire chains and expect travel delays.

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Fast-moving storm hits tonight and Saturday - significant warming starts on Sunday

Lingering scattered showers over the Sierra today and mainly dry elsewhere. A fast moving wet system pushes across the area tonight and Saturday morning bringing at least light precipitation most areas. High pressure brings dry conditions Sunday through next week. Warmest temperatures Monday with slight cooling trend through the end of the week.

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Yuba County Board set to appoint new Health Officer

Yuba County will have a permanent Health Officer for the first time in two years, with the Board of Supervisors appointment of Dr. Nichole Quick expected at Tuesday’s meeting. She is anticipated to move into the region and begin working on county health concerns in July.

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Nevada County BOS Agenda for April 28

Agenda for a regular meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

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Tahoe National Forest Campgrounds Opening for 2015 Season

Today, the Tahoe National Forest kicked off the opening of its campgrounds for the 2015 season with a ribbon-cutting at the White Cloud Campground near Nevada City. The event was an opportunity to encourage campground use and showcase some of the Forest’s scenic campgrounds that have a fresh look this year.

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Appellate Court rules Nevada County Jail must allow contact visits

The Third Appellate District of California upheld a ruling of the Nevada County Superior Court against Nevada County in a dispute pitting defense attorneys against Nevada County, specifically the jail. At issue were so-called "contact visits," allowing attorneys to meet face-to-face with their clients. Nevada County prohibited these meetings since 2013, forcing attorneys to meet with their clients in glass-partitioned rooms.

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The Center for the Arts presents: A Very Special SOLO Evening with Joan Armatrading

The Center for the Arts presents Joan Armatrading in a rare solo concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on Friday, May 8.

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Wednesday through Thursday morning: 976 lightning strikes recorded in California

Lightning activity continued on Wednesday and throughout the night with 976 strikes recorded in California.

529 strikes were detected within the National Forests, with 166 strikes landing in the Tahoe National Forest: 43 for American River Ranger District, 47 for Truckee Ranger District, 7 for Sierraville Ranger District, and 69 for Yuba River Ranger District.

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Sighting of American White Pelicans in the Yuba canyon

It pays to take a break outside. Here at YubaNet HQ we've seen Great Blue Herons, all sorts of hawks, including Diva our resident Red Shoulder Hawk, and a bevy of smaller birds. Today, a line of big white birds prompted a mad dash for the camera.

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Fire set in Golden Sierra High School bathroom in El Dorado County

A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom on the lower campus of Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley, at approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning – all students and staff are safe.

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Butte County Volunteer Firefighter, Retired Department of Water Resources Electrician, Receives Medal of Valor, State’s Highest Honor

Mefford was recognized for his heroic service in fighting a fire at the Ronald B. Robie Thermalito Pumping-Generating Plant near Oroville on Thanksgiving Day 2012. A volunteer firefighter at the Butte County Fire Department, Mefford was one of the first responders dispatched to the fire in the five-story plant.

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NID: State’s Proposed 36% Water Use Reduction Doesn’t Consider Local Needs, Conditions

The Nevada Irrigation District is working with other water suppliers in the region in an effort to convince the State Water Board that local needs and conditions must be considered in any mandatory water use reductions.

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Increasingly unstable weather today, thunderstorms and maybe rain later this afternoon and evening

The threat of afternoon mountain showers and/or thunderstorms will continue today and Friday with activity continuing overnight into the Valley tonight and Friday night as two separate upper disturbances move through NorCal. Dry weather returns Sunday and the first part of next week.

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NID moves forward on mercury project

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (Apr. 22) approved purchase of specialized equipment that is designed to remove Gold Rush-era mercury that has been buried for decades in the Bear River.

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Plumas County Hosts Train Derailment Exercise

Plumas County Office of Emergency Services hosted the first in a series of exercises today, focusing on train derailments and hazardous materials spills. Held in the town of Quincy at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, there was representation by over 23 local, state, federal agencies, private sector and public utility stakeholders.

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Grass Valley Police reports arrests of Cory Goodrich, Sean Taylor, and Alex Fischer

On 04/21/2015 at approximately 3:00PM Grass Valley Police, with the assistance of the Nevada County Narcotics Taskforce, conducted a probation search at a residence in the 200 block of N. Church Street.

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Grass Valley Police reports arrest of Michael Heller

On 04-21-2015 at 7:30PM, Grass Valley Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a known apartment unit related to the where-a-bouts of wanted fugitive Michael Heller, age 24, a native of Grass Valley.

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930 lightning strikes touched down in California

Sustained lightning activity throughout California with 930 recorded lightning strikes in the past 24 hours.

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Your Earth Day pictures

Send us your favorite landscape picture to news@yubanet.com and you can win a pair of tickets (a $50 value) to the 22nd Spring Garden Tour on May 16&17 presented by the Soroptimist International of the Foothills.

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Nevada County Lifts Advisory for Rock Creek

Test results provided to Nevada County Environmental Health Department indicate Rock Creek is no longer under a public advisory. The U.S. Forest Service has just informed the County that the test results for two of the primary toxins associated with Blue Green Algae (Microcystin and Anatoxin-a) were both below 10 ppb (parts per billion) or 0.010 ug/L.

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Sierra College Invites the Public to the Nevada County Campus Health Fair Thursday, April 30

Come one, come all to the FREE Health Fair at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus! The NCC Health Fair will be held on Thursday April 30. This event will focus on ALL aspects of health: Environmental, Intellectual, Social, Physical, Spiritual, Occupational, and Emotional. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Nevada City First Friday Art Walk Begins a New Season May 1

The First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and creative community, kicks off May 1 at 5:00. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5pm to 9pm and many will host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, special one night only sales and performances. Maps will be available at any one of the participating locations, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, or the Artwalk booth on Commercial St.

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