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Happening Now - May 2016

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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Stephen Greenberg: Why Y?

To read and hear many of the comments in favor of Nevada City's Measure Y, you'd think a No vote will usher in an era of Airbnb gone rogue – a soulless Wild West of no-holds-barred, neighbors-be-damned, landlords-on-steroids capitalism. Which, yeah, I don't think any of us want. And by "any of us," I'm including the Nevada City Hosts who came up with the ordinance targeted by Measure Y, and the City Council majority who enacted it into local law.

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Molly Debrock and Cody Curtis: Home-sharing is not a win-win

In front of Nevada City homes and shops, contending signs on measure Y display a community discussion focused on the interests of home and business owners. As the Neighbors and Hosts vie for different frameworks to legalize online short-term rentals, Nevada City’s workforce, who underpin the economy and celebrated character of the town, will bear the cost of rising rents without an increase in pay.

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Warming up and drying out, with breezy north winds

Showers and isolated thunderstorms over Sierra Nevada and the higher elevations of the Coastal Range today and into the weekend. Northerly offshore winds increase Friday into Saturday with warming expected into early next week with Valley temperatures increasing into the 90s.

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SYRCL Announces Opening Day at the River

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) invites community members to kick-off the river season with its annual “Opening Day at the River” celebration. Memorial Day weekend is typically when people start flocking to the river in droves. River lovers will be greeted by SYRCL’s enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer River Ambassadors who encourage visitors to keep the river clean.

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Paul Sieving: Re Measure Y - Short Term Rentals and Real Estate Values

There has been a fair share of hand-wringing, finger-pointing and personal agendas exposed in our community this election season, especially in Nevada City over Measure Y, an initiative crafted to restrict the beneficial use of private property for short term rentals (STR) in our predominantly tourist economy.

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PG&E and Division of Boating and Waterways Warn of Higher, Colder Flows

With more snow melt this year than in recent years, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are warning water enthusiasts to be aware of colder and higher river and stream flows, and to take precautions when in or near water.

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Paul Matson: Let’s Keep the “Neighbor” in the Hood!

We’re getting down to the wire for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election. Yeah!

One topic that appears on Nevada City voters’ ballots is Measure Y. It has to do with the extent to which the city will allow AirBnB’s within its boundaries. Thanks to YubaNet for allowing several of us to weigh in.

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Pamela Meek: Why vote YES on Y...

YES to welcoming visitors to rent rooms in the homes of ‘in residence’ hosts only or a small sleeping unit on their property, but no to whole house vacation rentals;

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Showers and thunderstorms today, dry and warmer this weekend

Showers and isolated thunderstorms again today, mainly over the higher elevations. Dry and warmer by the weekend. A weather system continues to bring unsettled weather conditions across interior northern California. Showers and thunderstorms are possible today, mainly over higher elevations.

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Nevada County Grand Jury: The advantages of Body Worn Cameras outweigh the concerns and even the associated costs

The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury researched the expanding topic of audiovisual technology and inquired into the efforts of local law enforcement agencies to provide more transparency and public safety by recording their field activities using Body Worn Cameras.

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Agencies ask the public to practice proper food storage and trash disposal in bear country

With the busy summer season quickly approaching, agencies are asking residents and visitors to practice proper food storage and trash disposal when living in or visiting bear country.

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FEMA issues new draft flood maps throughout Placer County

Some Placer residents can look forward to lower flood insurance premiums now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new draft flood maps for the region. But in a number of areas, including some mapped for the first time ever, flood risk has increased and may change flood insurance requirements and costs for some property owners.

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Trees Moving to Higher, Cooler Elevations Study Shows

Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests - including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine - are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according to new research by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This study foreshadows how climate warming may significantly alter entire habitats for multiple species.

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NID hosts drought briefing in Nevada City on June 2

The Nevada Irrigation District will host a Community Outreach 2016 Drought Briefing on Thursday, June 2, in Nevada City.

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Still unsettled and cool throughout the week

An upper level disturbance will continue to bring unsettled weather and cool conditions across NorCal this week. Warmer and mainly dry conditions by this weekend.

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Car Seat Safety Checks May 25th at the Truckee Family Resource Center from 2-6PM

On May 25th the Family Resource Center will be hosting a Car Seat Safety Check event from 2PM-6PM in their parking lot at 11695 Donner Pass Road next to Kid Zone. A limited number of car seats will be available to replace broken or expired seats. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be at the event to ensure the proper installation of car seats in vehicles.

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Tahoe National Forest Announces Summer Photo Contest

Heading to the Tahoe National Forest this summer? Don’t forget your camera! The Tahoe National Forest is hosting a photo contest during the summer months, starting May 28 and ending September 30.

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Kickstarter for People Power: at Take2, backers pledge time not money

Take2 is a Change.org and Kickstarter mash­up where people pledge minutes rather than money to campaigns. Backers choose from a menu of actions that fit their skills, desire and available time.

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Wild for the Yuba – Auction, Beer & Wine Tasting and Dance Party to Benefit SYRCL

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), who has been protecting and restoring the Yuba River for the past 33 years, invites the community to get Wild for the Yuba at its annual auction and wine and beer tasting experience on Saturday June 4, 2016, from 5:00-9:00pm at the historic North Star House.

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Sierra Harvest Spreads the Word about CalFresh

The Nevada County Department of Social Service (DSS) has partnered with Sierra Harvest to promote the CalFresh program to low income families that participate in various Sierra Harvest programs. This is an effort to improve CalFresh program participation in Nevada County and to spread awareness to provide county citizens with additional food benefits.

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Wildfires in West have gotten bigger, more frequent and longer since the 1980s

Dramatic images of out-of-control wildfires in western North American forests have appeared on our television and computer screens with increasing regularity in recent decades, while costs of fire suppression have soared. In 2015, federal spending on suppression exceeded US$2 billion, just 15 years after first exceeding $1 billion. Something has been changing our fire seasons.

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59th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo Rescheduled to May 27th & 28th!

Rodeo’s usually don’t get cancelled over a little rain……however with a fast moving spring storm dumping over an inch of hail, Snow closures on Highway 80 and a downpour of rain, the Arena at Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds became unsafe for contestants and livestock athletes to compete in. Vendors scrambled to secure their booths, pop ups caved in and the parking lot became a muddy mire. Contestants and volunteers arrived, ready to brace the weather for the love of community and the sport of Rodeo.

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Another round of thunderstorms possible today

An upper level disturbance will continue to bring unsettled weather and cool conditions across NorCal this week.

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Richard Thomas: Yes on Y

If an owner/neighbor wants to host visitors in their shared space (the sharing economy) I am fine with that. The adopted ‘Hosts’ initiative allows far too much more.

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More May showers

An upper level disturbance will continue to bring unsettled weather and cool conditions today across NorCal. Chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected for locations north of I-80. Unsettled weather will continue for the beginning of the work week with warming temperatures expected by mid-week.

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North San Juan: ‘Be Water Safe’ Life Jacket Giveaway Program Today

As part of the Be Water Safe program and National Water Safety Month, North San Juan Fire will provide free, properly fitted, life jackets for children in our community. The life jacket giveaway will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at North San Juan Fire Station #3 located at 13200 Tyler Foote Rd. in Nevada City.

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Unsettled weather this weekend

An upper level disturbance will bring unsettled weather and cool conditions this weekend across NorCal. There will be chances for showers, thunderstorms, and mountain snow today and Sunday. Temperatures will become warmer by mid week.

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Open letter from candidate Richard Harris alleges 'whisper campaign'

Late this afternoon, "an open letter to Nevada County" alleged a whisper campaign against Nevada County District 2 candidate Richard Harris.

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Nevada City receives $200,000 grant to clean up Providence Mine site

In California, the city of Nevada City is one of only five recipients. The Brownfields program helps environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities address local priorities. Nevada City received the maximum amount available per site, $200,000.

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