Above normal potential for large fires in Northern California - Are you Ready?
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:05:14 PST

A Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory has been issued for Northern California. While this type of information is designed for firefighters and their agencies, information contained in the bulletin is useful to all residents of the Sierra Nevada.

Arrests in Nevada City and Auburn for alleged Pimping, Pandering, Human Trafficking and Conspiracy
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:04:07 PST

In January 2014, The Placer Special Investigation Unit, Auburn Police Department, and the Nevada City Police Department received information that suspicious activities were occurring at the Asian Massage Therapy & Foot in Auburn and the Oriental Health Therapy in Nevada City. As a result of the information, an investigation into the owner of the businesses for possible human trafficking, pimping/pandering, and prostitution was initiated.

NID Seeks $2.6 Million in State Drought Funding
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:58:29 PST

The Nevada Irrigation District is taking the lead in a regional effort to obtain state drought funding for water supply reliability improvements in the Sierra foothills.

DamNation Film Screening at the Nevada Theatre on July 20
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:23:13 PST

The South Yuba River Citizens League's Wild & Scenic Film Festival and American Rivers bring you a screening of the film DamNation followed by a discussion on Yuba salmon as part of the Nevada Theater film series on July 20, 2014. Funds raised benefit American Rivers & SYRCL's Yuba Salmon Now Campaign.

Non-native fish found at Lake Tahoe
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:17:48 PST

Lucas McNamara, 7, was hiking around Griff Creek near Kings Beach Fire Station last week with his family when he saw a black, spiny fish, about 1-foot-long, lying dead in the creek. He ran up the creek bed, yelling, "Dad, you need to look at the big crazy fish!"

Sheriff's RAVEN helicopter and HASTY Team volunteer rescue downed paraglider from mountains above Marlette Lake (VIDEO)
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:39:15 PST

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office RAVEN helicopter successfully rescued an injured paraglider who had gone down in the steep mountainous terrain above Marlette Lake late Saturday evening.

Sierra Storytelling Festival Returns for its 29th Year July 18-20
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:12:15 PST

Set among the towering pines and sloping lawns of the North Columbia Schoolhouse, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 29th year - a much-loved annual tradition for both locals and visitors from across the country. And the storyteller line-up for this year is better than ever.

Cooling down - to just a little above normal
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:58:00 PST

A few showers or thunderstorms will be possible over some mountain areas over the next few days. Otherwise mainly fair skies are expected through the middle of next week with near or a little above normal temperatures.

BLM Starts Additional Fire Restrictions in Mariposa County
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:40:36 PST

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implemented additional fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Mariposa County July 1.

Tahoe Conservancy Offers Free Firewood
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:20:43 PST

The California Tahoe Conservancy is offering free permits for up to two cords of wood as part of their Community Firewood Program. More than 170 people have already picked up a 90-day permit, typically available from May through October. Now in its 11th year, the program distributes almost 400 permits annually.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms over the mountains - sprinkles in the lower elevations possible
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:18:03 PST

Clouds will continue to spread across the interior of northern California today. A chance of showers and thunderstorms over the mountains into Wednesday with some sprinkles possible over the valley. Temperatures will gradually cool off the remainder of the week.

Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Reaches 350 Participants and Announces "Where's McLeod" Giveaway
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:20:55 PST

The 2nd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and 5 large Reno-Tahoe base corporations engage their employees in the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The program, now in its second year, has inspired both novice and seasoned trail users from the Reno-Tahoe and Sacramento-Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the Tahoe Rim Trails through six day hikes along the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants socialize by sharing their on-the-trail experiences, trail stories, pictures and blogging on the interactive, Tahoe Rim Trail Community; an online social media platform which is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association's (TRTA) website.

Volunteers remove 2,260 pounds of trash from Tahoe beaches
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:49:00 PST

Over 120 volunteers for the League to Save Lake Tahoe removed 2,260 pounds of trash from six of Tahoe's most popular beaches on July 5, the day after tens of thousands of people flocked to the lake to enjoy the July 4th festivities. The debris represented almost 10 cubic yards, or a dump truck full, of trash. It included over 3,000 cigarette butts, 1,200 cans, 800 glass and plastic bottles, and 320 plastic bags.

Fatal shooting on Goodenought Ct. in Penn Valley
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:25:59 PST

Today, at approximately 1:00 AM, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office received a report of gunshots being heard in the 10000 block of Goodenough Court, in Penn Valley. Deputies responded to the area but did not locate anyone shooting.

Forest Service announces certification of Tallac Hotshots
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:19:32 PST

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is proud to announce the Lake Tahoe Basin is now home to a select force of wildland firefighters, the Tallac Hotshots. On June 19, 2014, a group of 20 determined firefighters from the LTBMU completed a demanding and extensive certification process to become the first Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) from Lake Tahoe. Formerly the Tallac Hand Crew, the Tallac Hotshots join an exclusive group of roughly 2,000 firefighters across the country.

Fairgrounds Closed to Pedestrians and Bicyclists During 2014 WorldFest
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:09:38 PST

In preparation for the annual California WorldFest, July 10 - 13, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to walkers and bicyclists beginning July 10. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Monday, July 14. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Forest Service Releases New Proposed Snowmobile Management Rule; Submit Comments by August 4, 2014
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:05:21 PST

In 2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance successfully sued the Forest Service regarding its failure to manage snowmobiles. In response to this suit, the Forest Service recently released a new proposed snowmobile management rule. This is an opportunity to bring balance to the backcountry, address user conflict and minimize resource damage on our National Forests. But, the Forest Service mostly missed the point with their proposed rule.

Artists invited to submit original art for use as official artwork for the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:12:06 PST

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival invites all artists to submit their artwork in a contest to become the official 2015 artwork used on all festival collateral at the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening Jan. 15-18, 2015.

Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters: Why You Should Run for Local Office
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:44:26 PST

Celebrated as the best example of democracy and cursed as the worst form of fragmented government, special districts, school districts and city councils are California's most abundant form of local government.

Hot and a possibility of thunderstorms
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:08:35 PST

Clouds will spread across the interior of NorCal today and tonight as moisture moves into the area. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible over the mountains today and Tuesday while the valley may see some sprinkles. Temperatures will remain hot today, especially across the northern Sacramento Valley, before gradually cooling off the remainder of the week.

Hot, dry, smoky - must be summer
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:17:31 PST

Hot temperatures through Monday under strong high pressure, with a gradual cooling trend through the rest of the week. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms over the mountains Monday through Friday with the greatest chances Tuesday afternoon and evening.Here is the latest on the fires burning near Lake Berryessa. Firefighters have made good progress battling the fires, especially the Butts Fire. The Monticello Fire continues to produce a fair amount of smoke, and will likely pump some of this smoke into the Valley later today (especially into communities like Winters, Woodland, and Yuba City). Look for hot temperatures today and especially Monday across the region. Most Valley locations will reach triple digits today and tomorrow. The city of Redding may be topping out above 110F on Monday!

Happy ending for dog locked in car at Purdon
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:22:21 PST

Down at Purdon [Crossing] yesterday on the 4th of July, my family and I were heading down to the river and noticed this little dog locked in the car with the windows only cracked a few inches, parked in partial shade, with the sun shifting more and more on the car. There was a gallon of water outside of the car but we saw no water in the car.

"Eat Local Placer and Nevada" Brings Cooking Demo and Tasting to Rood Center Grower's Market - July 8
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:44:13 PST

"‚ÄčEat Local Placer and Nevada", a project managed by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), will hold a cooking demonstration and tasting at the Rood Center Growers' Market, open from 2-5:30 p.m., in Nevada City on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The cooking demo of massaged kale salad will begin at 2:30 p.m., with tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition, Eat Local staff and volunteers will be conducting a customer survey and providing $5 produce vouchers to the first 100 customers.

Hot and very dry: low humidity will create high probability of ignition
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:08:48 PST

Little change in daytime temperatures today with warming temperatures Sunday and Monday. Monday will be the warmest day with highs 10 to 15 degrees above normal. A gradual cooling trend is forecast the rest of the week. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms over the mountains Monday through Thursday with the greatest chances Tuesday afternoon and evening.