Woody Smeck: Happy 75th Birthday, Kings Canyon National Park!
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:46:31 PST

On March 4, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation creating Kings Canyon National Park. The new park encompassed 454,000 acres of pristine Sierra Nevada wilderness. Kings Canyon National Park absorbed lands once part of General Grant National Park (established in 1890; abolished upon designation of Kings Canyon National Park) and was quickly expanded by Presidential Proclamation to include Redwood Canyon and its magnificent giant sequoia groves.

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions continue through Monday
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:57:56 PST

Dry weather with a slow warming trend through early next week. Daytime temperatures climbing to 10 to 15 degrees above normal over the weekend. Cooling to near normal with a chance for precipitation over NORCAL by the middle of next week.

Patti Mahaffey - 50 years of service to the public and the Tahoe National Forest
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:00:33 PST

On March 4, 1965 a young woman started a temp job as a typist for the Tahoe National Forest. The assignment was to last for three weeks. Fifty years later, Lead Information Assistant Patti Mahaffey is celebrating half a century with the Forest Service.

Third Manual Survey Confirms Shrinking Water Content
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:07:56 PST

Today's manual survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at the Phillips snow course in the mountains 90 miles east of Sacramento found 0.9 inches of water content in the snow, just 5 percent of the March 3 historical average for that site. Electronic readings by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today indicate the water content of the northern Sierra snowpack is 4.4 inches, 16 percent of average for the date. The central and southern Sierra readings were 5.5 inches (20 percent of average) and 5 inches (22 percent) respectively.

Fire Safe Council Hosts Walking Masticator Technology Demonstration at the Miners Foundry on March 10
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:47:55 PST

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will host a demonstration of specialized equipment for fuels reductions on steep slopes with a walking masticator on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Nevada City. Dyer All-Terrain Excavation is providing the demonstration at no cost to help educate the public about the latest technology and equipment to address ladder fuels on steep slopes.

Empire Toastmasters hosts international speech contest
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:15:36 PST

On March 6, 2015 Empire Toastmasters will hold their annual International Speech Contest. The contest will see seven contestants compete for the club win and the right to move on to the Area 64 Contest in April. The contest will be chaired by Empire Member, Sarah McTighe.

Drier and milder weather returns today on the wings of a northerly breeze
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:12:50 PST

Drier and milder weather returns Tuesday and continues through the remainder of the week. Some breeziness today across interior northern California with breezy conditions continuing overnight in the Sierra. Winds weakening Wednesday followed by warm, mild weather through the weekend.

SYRCL proposes to restore off-highway routes near Sierra Buttes
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:39:02 PST

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest (TNF), has submitted a preliminary application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program for funding to close and restore eroding roads and routes in the Gold Valley area of the TNF, northeast of Downieville, near the Sierra Buttes.

Nevada County Sheriff requesting help to ID a burglary suspect
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:30:39 PST

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding a Burglary suspect in the Lake Wildwood area. The burglary occurred during the late part of February 2015.

Wheyward Girl Creamery coming to Nevada City - Kickstarter campaign to launch on Monday
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:25:09 PST

Downtown Nevada City continues its popular transition into a foodie destination due to its burgeoning number of artisan bakers, brewers, and local organic restaurants and farms.

El Dorado County Animal Services Looking for Homes for 30 Remaining Horses
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:21:12 PST

El Dorado County Animal Services is diligently looking for homes for the remaining 30 horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. "We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far," said Alexis Shaw, Operations Manager of Animal Services. "We are now down to only 30 horses out of the original 90. These are beautiful animals, deserving of a home."

For the Love of Pets: Heartworm, a real danger for dogs and cats
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:33:40 PST

Heartworm infection is common in Nevada County and is a real danger for dogs and cats in this area. Infection occurs following a mosquito bite. The bite transfers the larval heartworm which then migrates through the dog's body, eventually ending in the heart after about 6 months. Once in the heart the larva finishes its growth and develops into a mature worm that then begins to reproduce. The microfilaria offspring of the worms are then transferred to feeding mosquitoes continuing the lifecycle. One reason heartworms are so common in our area is the very high incidence of infection in our resident coyote population.

RCRC Officers Advocate in Washington, D.C. on Behalf of Rural California Counties
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:23:08 PST

Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Officers and staff met with key federal policymakers in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss issues impacting California's rural counties. The main issues included reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS), long-term reauthorization of the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILT), reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Funding Program (MAP-21), the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking change.

Slim Cascade and Sierra snowpack declines in February
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:50:42 PST

The National Water and Climate Center produces this weekly report in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center and other Federal agencies. The report focuses on snowpack, precipitation, and temperature conditions in the western U.S., and features a national drought summary.

Sierra Nevada Film Festival Opens March 14 in Murphys
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:09:47 PST

The Sierra Nevada Film Festival is going strong as it enters its second decade in the Sierra Nevada!

Showers today, then dry and mild for the rest of the week
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:54:48 PST

Another wave drops down from the north today bringing scattered showers, mainly for the northern Sierra Nevada, and a slight chance of thunderstorms. The mountains may see some light snowfall accumulation. Drier and milder weather returns Tuesday and continues through the remainder of the week.

Happening Now - March 2015
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:20:29 PST

Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.

Dry and breezy today, possible thunderstorms and light rain tomorrow
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:15:33 PST

Lingering light showers/snow flurries along Sierra Crest today. Dry elsewhere today with local breezy northerly winds over the Northern Sacramento Valley. A second wave of wet weather arrives Monday with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon and light mountain snow. Drier and warmer Tuesday onward.

Mountain Bounty Farm celebrates National CSA sign-up day February 28
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:25:52 PST

Mountain Bounty Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm's harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

Puppy killed, mother dog survived when thrown from car
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:47:25 PST

A $6,000 reward offered for a tip leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for throwing a small dog and her puppy from a vehicle near the dump in unincorporated Watsonville. The dogs were sealed in sand bags. Pet Food Express is offering a $5,000 reward and a private citizen is also offering an additional $1,000 reward. Additionally, The Santa Cruz County Sherriff's Office and District Attorney's Office are assisting in the investigation.

Colder and rainy today with a chance of thunderstorms
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:38:16 PST

A weather system is impacting California today with cooler and wetter weather. Snow will impact travel in the mountains above 3500 feet, and more so above 5000 feet. Showers dissipate on Sunday then a second wave of wet weather arrives Monday.

CVS Health Presents $25,000 Donation to Community Recovery Resources for New Smoking Cessation Program
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:33:02 PST

Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is the lucky recipient of a $25,000 check from CVS Health for to support CoRR's new smoking cessation program.

Additional charges filed in Arnoldi case - bail set at $1 million
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:48:29 PST

On Thursday February 26, 2015, at approximately 4:00 P.M. Gregory Arnoldi, owner of Grass Valley Gold and Silver, was again arrested by District Attorney Investigators for ongoing criminal activity related to counterfeit gold and silver transactions. Additional charges will be filed by the District Attorney's Office. Bail in the second case was set at one million dollars by the Honorable Judge Heidelberger.

Get to Know Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release - Orientation and Volunteer Recruitment Meeting on March 14
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:27:10 PST

Join Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) on Saturday, March 14 for their annual orientation and welcome meeting for new volunteers. "Do you have an interest in assisting injured or abandoned wildlife? Have you ever rescued a bird after it flew into your window and wondered how to help it? Has your child ever brought you an injured critter and wanted your help in saving it? This meeting will help you learn who to go to for assistance and how you can help," stated Joan Pancharian, WR&R Board Member.