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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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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Expresses Condolences over the Deaths of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective

Attorney General Harris today issued the following statement on the death of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Davis Jr.:

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Governor Brown Issues Statement on Deaths of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy and Placer County Sheriff's Detective

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the deaths of Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Deputy Daniel Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael David Davis Jr., who were killed in the line of duty today in the Sacramento region:

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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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Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed in the line of duty

It is with great sadness that we announce the murder of a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty while investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle within a business parking lot in the 2000 block of Arden Way this morning, October 24, 2014.

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Tahoe Snow Creek Restoration Project Earns Award

Placer County’s restoration of a once-contaminated and environmentally damaged site in Tahoe Vista on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore was recently awarded the Envision Platinum award. The Snow Creek Stream Environment Zone Restoration Project was a cooperative effort led by the Department of Public Works’ Tahoe Engineering Division office.

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Wood Stove Replacement Program Now Open for Lake Tahoe Residents

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) today launched their Burn Bright Burn Right Wood Stove Replacement Program. The replacement program provides financial incentives to encourage Lake Tahoe property owners to replace older non-certified wood burning appliances, such as fireplaces and wood stoves, with newer cleaner-burning units.

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Sunny today then windy, rainy and a chance of snow at pass level on Saturday

High pressure will bring fair conditions today. A low pressure system approaching the coast will bring increasing clouds tonight and a threat of rain and mountain snow on Saturday as the main frontal band moves through. Strong winds are likely with this system as well as light to moderate rainfall. Snow levels will drop by late Saturday and some Sierra passes may be impacted by 1 or 2 inches of snowfall accumulation.

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Strong winds in the valley and over the higher Sierra on Saturday with light snowfall at pass levels

An early season pacific frontal system will be moving into northern California late tonight and Saturday. Although this system is not expected to produce significant amounts of precipitation, it will produce a period of fairly strong winds from mid day Saturday through early Saturday evening.

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Bristlecone Pines of the Eastern Sierra: Photos Reveal Some of Earth's Oldest Organisms
Full story: LiveScience

Find some great deals at the Nevada County Book Sale - Now through Nov. 7th

Nevada County is holding its 19th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. This annual Book Sale is happening now and runs through November 7th. The prices range from $.50 to $2 for books and $3 for DVDs.

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USDA Releases New “Made in Rural America” Report for California

On behalf of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, USDA Rural Development State Director for California Glenda Humiston announced new data highlighting USDA investments in rural California. This data summarizes specific USDA investments in rural California's businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. It also outlines how USDA is helping rural California attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband. This information is part of USDA’s national "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural America.

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NID Limits Sale of Irrigation Water

The Nevada Irrigation District has suspended sale of fall season irrigation water in order to preserve more water in storage as a cushion against continued drought.

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Sawmill Peak Lookout Restoration Completed Through Cooperative Effort

Over the past several months, a cooperative effort between Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Butte County Fire Safe Council and CAL FIRE has enabled significant restoration work to be completed on the Sawmill Peak lookout. The lookout had suffered vandalism in the past, including damage to the interior and exterior of the lookout and grounds.

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Six Months After Standoff with Armed Militia in Nevada, the Federal Government Has Not Yet Responded

It has been six months since the federal government called off its attempt to round up cattle belonging to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy amid a tense standoff with heavily armed militiamen who trained their weapons on federal agents.

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New bridge opening on Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City

Resources Secretary John Laird will attend the opening ceremony of Nevada City’s newest pedestrian bridge and trail. The trail and bridge are part of a larger trail network called the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, which pays homage to different cultural communities from the region. “This newest section pays tribute to the Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, who will be honored at an opening celebration on October 28th,” says Izzy Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, a Nevada City based non-profit which applied for the funding and managed the whole project. The Bridge is named Angkula Seo to reflect the traditional name for Deer Creek used by the local Nisenan People, and the surrounding area is called the Nisenan Tribute Site, which includes native plans and rock art that pay tribute to the Nisenan people.

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Wildland Fire Discovered Near Solo Peak

Fire officials discovered a wildland fire burning northwest of Solo Peak on the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The fire is burning in the top of a giant sequoia tree, around the base of the tree and has grown to approximately three acres.

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Nevada City Lions selling hot dogs to raise funds for a new slide at the Pioneer Park Playground

Once upon a time there was a large green slide at Pioneer Park that was loved by many children (and their parents). Because the slide was so well loved it became worn out and unsafe, so unfortunately, it had to come down. Now the Nevada City Lions Club is raising funds for a new slide.

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US Forest Service and conservation groups reach agreement

The U.S. Forest Service and environmental plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement on Oct. 9, ending a decade-long legal battle over the 2004 Sierra Nevada Framework Forest Plan Amendment, which affects management of the Sierra Nevada national forests in California. A coalition of conservation organizations led by Sierra Forest Legacy and including the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society, filed suit in early 2005 claiming that the 2004 Framework plan failed to adequately protect old growth forests and associated wildlife species and was not consistent with national environmental laws. They were represented by legal teams from Earthjustice and the Sierra Club.

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FREED: Celebrating Our Roots - A Fundraiser and Celebration on Nov. 8

“Celebrating Our Roots,” a fundraiser to benefit FREED Center for Independent Living in Grass Valley, will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli located at 231 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley. We cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate FREED’s history in creating change, empowerment, and transformation for people with disabilities in our community.

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17th Annual ALTAR SHOW: Renewal & Remembrance, November 8-16

The 17th Annual ALTAR SHOW: Renewal & Remembrance will open on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The show features art constructions in the form of altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be held November 8 thru November 16, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. The exhibit is held at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. The event is considered “a gift to the community from artists and altaristas of the Sierra Nevada Foothills”.

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Prescribed Burns on the Tahoe National Forest in Yuba, Sierra and Nevada Counties

Approximately 1,200 acres of pile burning and 300 acres of underburning are scheduled this fall, winter and spring on the Yuba River Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest.

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Slow-moving system brings clouds and a liitle precip today

A weak Pacific cold front will drag slowly across NORCAL bringing light precipitation north of about I-80 today and tonight. A brief break Friday will be followed by another frontal passage on Saturday with thunderstorms possible north of the Sacramento area. Drying and warming most areas early next week then another frontal system moving in around Tuesday. Weather model confidence decreases by mid week but more light precip possible next Wednesday and Thursday mainly north of Sacramento.

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Here we go again. Huge, honkin' gold nugget hits the market in S.F.
Full story: SF Chronicle


Placer County Confirms West Nile in Deceased Ophir Woman

Placer County health officials are able to confirm that an Ophir woman, who passed away earlier this month, did indeed have West Nile Virus (WNV). They previously were only able to indicate it was a probable case, but upon completion of the communicable disease investigation, they are now considering this a confirmed case of WNV.

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Basin agencies working together for wildfire protection

September brought the reality of wildfires to the forefront in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The King Fire came within eight air miles of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit boundary, and as we all anxiously awaited its containment, the Cascade Fire broke out in the Desolation Wilderness.

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Two arrests on Quail Creek Road - Sheriff's Office requesting the public's help

On 10-21-2014, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 911 “open line” in the 10,000 block of Quail Creek Road. Upon arrival, a deputy saw one of the residents, Eric Roland Meyer, age 45, standing near the front door. The deputy knew Meyer to have an outstanding felony arrest warrant in Nevada County. When Meyer saw the deputy, he fled into the home, locking the door behind him. The deputy forced entry into the home, engaged Meyer in the living room, and a short physical altercation led to Meyer being arrested. As a result of the incident, the deputy noticed marijuana all over the home. The marijuana was in various stages of processing.

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The Nest Celebrates First Birthday with a Gala Fundraiser

The Nest, a progressive, local nonprofit offering childbirth/parenting education and resources for Nevada County, is celebrating a very successful first year on November 7, 2014, 6-8 PM, at the Nevada City Winery. Tickets are now on sale for this gala fundraiser featuring champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music and door prizes, including one donated by Michael Franti who is performing that evening in Grass Valley. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple and $35 for annual members. Please join us and help support the children and parents of your community.

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Forest Service seeks input on snowcat operations at Homewood

The Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposal submitted by Homewood Mountain Resort to offer guided snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours in the Ellis Peak are during winter 2014-2015.

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Election 2014 | Tamara Zuromskis: Yes on Prop 47

Opponents of Prop 47 are using scare tactics to discourage voters from voting “yes” on this sensible criminal law reform. They say Prop 47 will open the doors to early release of violent felons. This argument is incredibly misleading. The only people who would be released are those serving sentences for personal use drug possession or for thefts of less than $950. No one serving time for any other crime will be released under Prop 47. An inmate seeking early release would also need to apply for it, and a judge could block release if it would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety. Prop 47 would not apply to anyone with a record of certain violent crimes or sex crimes or who is required to register as a sex offender.

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