A new report released today by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that many Sierra Nevada forests are in critical condition and that natural benefits that these forests provide, such as clean air and water, are at risk from large, intense fire. Sierra watersheds are the origin of over 60% of the state's developed water supply, and store significant amounts of carbon. According to the report, the current drought and a changing climate are rapidly intensifying the situation in the Sierra.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors will receive an update Tuesday September 23 on the King Fire, and be asked to proclaim a local emergency. The fire, burning in forestlands in Placer and El Dorado counties, has consumed more than 87,000 acres. Smoke from the fire is causing air quality to reach unhealthy levels throughout the region.
Jim Firth invites his opponents to a party on October 1st
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:36:13 PST
Jim Firth, a candidate for Grass Valley City Council, today announced that he is inviting his three opponents to an informal get together on Wednesday evening, October 1. The event will be held from 5:30 - 7:30P.M. at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 988 Plaza Drive, off Brunswick Road, and Firth encourages the public to attend.
Important Information From the Office of the Nevada County Clerk Recorder re: Wildfires
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:08:25 PST
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin the first structure lift of the "Raise80" project this Tuesday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 24 from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The overpass structure at Magra Road in west Placer County is the first structure to be lifted. During the overnight lift process, all I-80 traffic in both directions will be detoured around the project to the Highway 20/49 corridor, which is a 56-mile route. Motorists are advised to plan their route and time accordingly.
Op-Ed | Nevada County public safety leaders: Opposition of California Proposition 47
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:49:34 PST
As your Nevada County public safety leaders, we emphatically express our opposition of Proposition 47, which has qualified for the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election. The law enforcement community and crime victim advocates strongly oppose Proposition 47, misleadingly titled "The Safe Neighborhoods and School Act." The proponents of Proposition 47 claim the act simply alters sentencing of low-level nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors with direct financial savings going to other state services including the K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services. These claims are false.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Assistance for Schools Closed Due to Wildfires
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:47:09 PST
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition members braved the smoke on Sunday, September 21, to hold a march and rally in solidarity with the Peoples' Climate March in New York, and to call for strong action on climate change.
Fire Weather Watch for Sierra, Nevada County on Wednesday
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:49:34 PST
Placer County public health officials said Monday that a smoke-related Air Quality Advisory remains in effect, emphasizing that they are working closely with school officials on whether to close schools in communities most affected by smoke from the King Fire.
Eldorado National Forest Updated King Fire Closure
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:03:41 PST
The King Fire area closure was effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning September 17. This updated Forest Order amends the boundary beginning September 20, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. The following acts are prohibited within the Eldorado National Forest King Fire area, as shown on the fire closure map, until the closure is lifted.
Dense Smoke Advisory in effect until 5 pm Monday
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:47:32 PST
Are the numerous TV ads or Candidate mailers your major source of information about Candidates running for Nevada County Offices? If the answer is "yes", plan to attend the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum to meet, listen to and have written questions from the audience and the Media Panel answered by the six candidates running for 2 vacant seats on the Nevada County Board of Education. The Forum will be held at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
IRONMAN Lake Tahoe and IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe Cancelled
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:59:52 PST
Due to unsafe air quality conditions in the Lake Tahoe basin, IRONMAN® Lake Tahoe and IRONMAN® 70.3® Lake Tahoe will not take place today, Sunday, September 21, 2014. The safety of athletes, volunteers, and spectators is our highest priority. The decision to cancel the event involved recommendations from the State of California and Placer County health officials. Officials advised IRONMAN that the high levels of PM2.5 (particulate matter) being recorded early Sunday morning in Lake Tahoe were at unsafe and unhealthy levels for both the athletes and the public.
55 tons of trash removed during the 6th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:19:52 PST
An eager and willing 4,460 volunteers showed up to participate in the sixth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup today. Preliminary results reveal that an impressive 55 tons of bottles, cans, appliances, car parts and other debris were pulled from California's drought-stricken waterways during the event. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) in partnership with nearly 60 community organizations at over 100 sites throughout the Sierra Nevada.
Colorful Lunar Eclipse on Wed. Morning, Oct. 8
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:16:51 PST
On Wednesday morning, Oct. 8th, not long before sunrise, the bright full Moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of celestial red. It's a lunar eclipse--visible from all parts of the USA.
Wrap-up: Nevada County Responds to the Dog Bar Fire
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:37:16 PST
Nevada County responded to support the Dog Bar Fire on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The Nevada County Sheriff's Department activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at approximately 2:30 PM. The Public Health Department was a part of the County EOC team, providing support by fielding phone calls from partner agencies and the public, and assisting the American Red Cross by providing medical oversight to the Evacuation Center. Multiple County staff assisted by answering phone calls from residents, setting up a shelter at Bear River High School, setting up an animal shelter at the fairgrounds, securing Public Works equipment, processing missing person inquiries, and responding to numerous requests from the Incident Command Post. Fortunately, the evacuation orders were lifted early in the evening and both shelters were closed by 11:00 PM.
Placer County: Air Quality Advisory due to smoke from the King Fire
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:54:49 PST
The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing this joint Air Quality Advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from the King Fire, burning in the El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests northeast of Foresthill.
Nevada County Man Who Shot Federal, State Officers Charged With Federal Crimes
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:04:56 PST
The Sacramento Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that a three count federal criminal complaint was filed today against Brent Douglas Cole, age 61, resident of Nevada County. The charges relate to Cole's shooting of a Bureau of Land Management Ranger and a California Highway Patrol Officer on June 14, 2014, in Nevada County. The criminal complaint charges him with assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a)(1) and (b), and 1114; assault on a person assisting a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a)(1) and (b), and 1114; and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(A) and 924(c)(1)(A)(iii).
Air Quality Warning for Carson City and Gardnerville
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:11:10 PST
On Wednesday, October 8, at 7pm, The Sierra College Friends of the Library will welcome Sierra College historian and Grass Valley native son Gary Noy, who will present an illustrated lecture on unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history, with a special focus on Yosemite. The presentation is based upon material from his book Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues (Heyday and Sierra College Press, 2014), which will be available for sale and signing.
King Fire Puts UC Research Forest to the Test
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:38:13 PST
A key University of California, Berkeley, research station is threatened by the King Fire in El Dorado County. Blodgett Research Forest, 4,270 acres located 10 miles east of Georgetown, is home to scores of UC Berkeley investigations on trees and other plants, fish and wildlife populations, insects, diseases, soils, atmospheric chemistry and wildfire management techniques.