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Happening Now - July 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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Plumas National Forest - Still wild at 50!

A variety of events has been assembled by the Plumas National Forest (PNF) and many community partners to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Bucks Lake Wilderness, designated in 1984, will serve as a focal point for many local festivities.

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Nicolls Fire Investigation Leads to Charges for Marijuana Cultivator

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Edgardo Fournier, aka Edgardo Fournier-Nigaglioni, 45, of Perris, charging him with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, damaging public land and natural resources, and setting timber afire, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Forest Service Special Agent in Charge of the Pacific Southwest Region Scott Harris.

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NID Prepares for New State Drought Rules

The Nevada Irrigation District is considering stronger water conservation measures that could take effect in August, it was announced at Wednesday's (July 23) meeting of the NID Board of Directors.

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Innovative Business and Community Strategy Serves Families in Need in North Tahoe

Responding to expanding community needs, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation launched a visionary project this month that will result in serving thousands in the North Tahoe/Truckee region.

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Additional lightning caused fires in Yosemite

Since last Friday, July 17, there have been numerous new fire starts due to continued thunderstorms. Sunday July 20, thunderstorm activity was active park-wide including the front country and El Portal area. All storms were accompanied with rain. Other fires may be found as the weather warms and fuels dry out.

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Here comes the heat again

High pressure building over the west coast will bring warm temperatures to the region over the weekend. Near normal temperatures today will increase to above normal by Friday and the weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday will range from about 2 to 10 degrees above normal.

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Today: NID Water Summit - Local Water Issues Explored at Public Forum

Water issues facing the Sierra foothills will be explored during a special community meeting hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District.

Water Summit 2014 will be held on Thursday, July 24, from 6-8 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, in Grass Valley.

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Busy night for firefighters - 3 wildfires and 2 structure fires

Firefighters had an extremely busy night with both vegetation and structure fires. While all fires were kept to under 1 acre in size, the potential risk prompted a heavy commitment of resources from Foresthill to Truckee via Dobbins.

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Placer County Supes Tour Squaw Valley

The Placer County Board of Supervisors toured Squaw Valley Monday, getting a closer look at the famous Tahoe destination that KSL Capital Partners hopes to develop with a series of high-rise condos and an indoor water park.

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R. L. Crabb Book Release Party on Sunday at McGee's Annex in Nevada City

Local cartoonist R.L. Crabb will hold a book release party for his graphic autobiography Scablands at McGee's Annex on Sunday, July 27, from 3 to 6pm.

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Railroad Museum Annual Yard Sale in Nevada City on Aug. 2 & 3

On Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, the Railroad Museum will hold its annual yard sale featuring items in the tool and mechanical categories along with traditional yard sale items. Saturday's sale will be from 8 am to 3 pm and Sunday's hours will be 9 am to 3 pm.

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Warming on the way - again

After another below normal temperature day today expect a warming trend Thursday into the weekend. The Sierra crest will see a slight threat of thunderstorms early next week.

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Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $373 million in Economic Benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,033 jobs in the local area.

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Ceal Klinger: Reflecting on groundwater from the Owens Valley Watershed
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Family Feud Contest at the 2014 Nevada County Fair

Let's get ready to play the Family Feud! New at this year's Nevada County Fair, we've got the Family Feud. This event will feature eight families, playing four games, and competing for cash and prizes. Would you and your family like to compete?

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PCSO looking for man who attacked woman at her Auburn home early this morning

Placer County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man who attacked a woman at her north Auburn home early this morning.

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Storms Washout Roads in the White and Inyo Mountains

The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains.

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1,125 lightning strikes hit California on Monday

Lightning activity moderated somewhat on Monday with 1,125 lightning downstrikes recorded, as opposed to the almost 9,000 on Sunday. 410 lightning bolts touched down on National Forests lands, mostly in the Modoc National Forest.

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Volunteer for the Tahoe Rim Trail Survey and Count

Ever wonder how many people really use the Tahoe Rim Trail each year? The TRTA has received an "On Our Way" grant from the TRPA to help to determine the numbers and types of users on the Tahoe Rim Trail. We need volunteers at all of our trailheads around the Basin to interact with the hikers, bikers, and equestrians and ask them questions to help us discover more information about the users of this amazing trail.

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Nevada County Exhibit Wins Silver at the California State Fair

Nevada County's Exhibit at the 2014 California State Fair has received a silver ribbon. Results of the judging were announced Friday, July 11.

This year's County Exhibit's theme is "From Our Land to Your Table." Our exhibit features six panels, 3 ½ feet wide by 6 feet tall, each a collage of photos and descriptive text highlighting one of Nevada County's unique agricultural assets. These are: Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food Sources, Ranching, Beekeeping, and Microbreweries and Wineries.

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Pavement Maintenance to Preserve County Roads Scheduled

Chip seal work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 4th. Once the initial chip seal work is completed, County crews will sweep affected roads of remaining loose chips and apply a protective fog seal topcoat. The entire process will be completed by early September.

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San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project announces fund raising campaign

The San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project - a series of embroidered tapestries expressing the recent cultural landscape of the San Juan Ridge - is launching a crowd-sourced campaign to raise funds for this community-based project.

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Last hurrah for thunderstorms, heat returns tomorrow

Thunderstorms threaten once again today, not just in the mountains. The wave will move to north tonight and bring in drier and more stable air Wednesday. Expect above average temperatures for Thursday, Friday, and into the weekend after a mild start to the week.

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Over 1,000 lightning strikes recorded on the Plumas National Forest

The Plumas National Forest has received over 1,000 lightning strikes in the latest spate of thunderstorms passing through the area since last week. To date, 36 fires have been located, totaling about 50 acres.

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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Effective July 28 for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Due to very high fire danger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting additional fire restrictions inside the parks.

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Local horse group receives $20,000 Getty Foundation grant

The Board of Action Coalition for Equestrians (ACE) announced on July 14th that they are the recipients of a $20,000.00 grant from the Getty Foundation Fund. The money was given to the non-profit organization in recognition of their work on public trail safety and environmental protection, particularly as a result of their web-enabled interactive database and website, www.ParkWatchReport.org

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11,956 lightning strikes hit California this weekend

The weekend brought 11,956 lightning downstrikes to California. Activity by Sunday morning was moderate with 3,935 strikes registered throughout the state. 1,926 strikes were detected within the National Forests. The Northern and Central Sierra Nevada were the target of the storms, mostly accompanied by heavy precipitation.

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Back-to-school immunization clinics in Grass Valley and Truckee

The Nevada County Public Health Department's Immunization Program is offering a special Vaccination Clinic at the Grass Valley Veteran's Hall on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 1pm-4pm. The clinic will be located on the lower level of the hall.

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A high-flying weekend for kids

After the movie "Planes: Fire and Rescue" landed Friday at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley, a celebration of all things aircraft was held Saturday morning at the Nevada County Airport and Grass Valley Interagency Air Attack base.

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