PCWA: No Major Erosion from King Fire
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:09:10 PST

Recent storms have caused minor erosion and debris in the King Fire area but no major impacts to water systems have occurred, it was reported at Thursday's (Dec. 18) meeting of the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors.

Op-Ed | Glenda Humiston: Affordable Care Act is Good for Rural Californians
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:49:51 PST

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

Rain and mountain snow today
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:11:53 PST

Rain and mountain snow today as a Pacific cold front moves through the region. Drying south on Saturday with a few showers north especially over the mountains. Precipitation threat pushing northward on Sunday as high pressure begins pushing northward over the west coast. Dry all areas Monday/Tuesday under high pressure ridge. Slight chance of mainly mountain showers on Wednesday. Forecast looks mainly dry on Christmas day except showers over Sierra.

Update: Teen Struck By Falling Tree in South Lake Tahoe
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:17:48 PST

On Saturday December 13th, the body of 14 year old Dejon Smith was discovered under a large fallen pine tree in the fenced back yard of a vacant residence on Rancho Circle in South Lake Tahoe. He had been reported missing by his parents on the night of December 11th. A forensic autopsy conducted in Sacramento on Wednesday revealed that the death was caused by blunt force impact, and that death was instantaneous.

CAL FIRE Provides Tips for Safe Christmas Tree & Holiday Decorations
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:40:41 PST

Twinkling lights, shiny ornaments and the fresh smell of pine are signs of the approaching festivities. While decorations can be a beautiful addition to your home and celebrations, CAL FIRE and firefighters across California are asking everyone to be fire smart as you deck the halls this holiday season.

Tahoe National Forest Announces Seasonal Road and Trail Closures
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:30:06 PST

December 31 is the last day many roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest will be open for the season. Wet and snowy weather necessitates closure of some routes to prevent resource damage.

Bi-State Compact to Preserve Lake Tahoe Turns 45 Years Old
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:57:16 PST

The partnership between California and Nevada that created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency turns 45 years old today, marking nearly a half-century of progress in the protection and restoration of Lake Tahoe and its treasured environment.

PCSO investigating remains found in Colfax storage unit
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:49:20 PST

On Nov. 25, at around noon, a woman called the Placer County Sheriff's Office to report a foul odor coming from an abandoned storage unit that she had just purchased through an auction. The storage unit is located in the 100 block of Sherwood Court in Colfax. Deputies responded and, while investigating the contents of a container, discovered the decomposing remains of a fetus or small infant. A deputy coroner confirmed the discovery and called for detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit.

Community Invited to Ninth Annual Night of Giving: A Benefit for Hospitality House
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:34:57 PST

For the ninth consecutive year, Mikail Graham will present an evening of top talent to help spread the good news about what our local homeless shelter Hospitality House is doing for our community. Envisioned as a hometown holiday party for the entire community, the Night of Giving is a benefit for Hospitality House that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street in Nevada City.

Corps extends comment period for Martis Creek Lake master plan update
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:38:47 PST

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has extended the public comment period for the draft Martis Creek master plan update and accompanying environmental assessment by two weeks, meaning comments can now be submitted for consideration until Jan. 3, 2015.

Dry today, more rain tomorrow and a mostly dry weekend
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:33 PST

A few light showers over the mountains today...otherwise dry. Next frontal system moves through NORCAL Friday bringing relatively light rain and mountain snow. Drying south on Saturday with a few showers north especially over the mountains. All areas dry on Sunday except far northern Shasta county mountains. Dry Monday/Tuesday under high pressure ridge. Slight chance of mainly mountain showers on Wednesday.

BYLT and SYRCL: Poop Project Deadline Approaching
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:16:53 PST

Time is running out for young artists to create a winning design to help educate the public about the problem of dog poop on local trails.

King Fire: El Dorado County DA Announces Grand Jury Indictment Against Wayne Allan Huntsman
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:27:47 PST

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced today that an El Dorado County Grand Jury indicted Wayne Allen Huntsman on charges of felony arson related to the King Fire.

Update on NU security measures
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:03:55 PST

We will continue tomorrow with the same precautions that were taken today. Students should leave all backpacks, duffelbags and large purses at home. Items that are brought to school will again be stored in the west gym for the duration of the school day, and we will continue to maintain all other security measures that were taken today.

Caltrans Crews Recognized for Efforts during King Fire
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:30:41 PST

Several maintenance crews from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) were recognized today for their efforts in managing traffic and helping to keep the public safe along the U.S. Highway 50 corridor during the King Fire in El Dorado County earlier this year.

Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:17:20 PST

The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition. Land managers are using fire as a tool to mimic past fire conditions, restore fire-dependent forests, and reduce fuels in an effort to lessen the potential for large, high-intensity fires, like the Rim Fire. A study led by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management examined how the Rim Fire burned through forests with restored fire regimes in Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were as resistant to high-severity fire as many scientists and land managers expected.

Squaw Mountain Run Proceeds Donated to Truckee Cancer Center
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:35:42 PST

The ASC Training Center, based on Donner Summit, puts on the event, which is a fundraiser for their ski programs and also for fighting cancer in the Tahoe/Truckee community. The event gives 20% of the funds it raises to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This year the very successful event raised over $3,000 for the Cancer Center. Auburn Ski Club took over organizing the SMR eight years ago and since has donated over $15,000 to the Cancer Center. This week, representatives from Auburn Ski Club and the Tahoe Forest Hospital met to transfer the SMR donation. In addition, ASC Training Center employees got a great tour of the state of the art Cancer Center and all of its resources. The Auburn Ski Club is glad that it can contribute to such an amazing resource for people battling cancer.

Showers today, dry on Thursday - next wave of precip on Friday
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:30:24 PST

Showers today with a brief break in precipitation some areas on Thursday. Next frontal passage on Friday with light to moderate rain and higher elevation snow. Mountain showers possible over the weekend but mainly dry in the valley. Dry all areas Monday through mid week under west coast high pressure ridge.

NU Principal announces plans for tomorrow after bomb threat
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:29:51 PST

As scheduled, we will have an increased level of support from law enforcement, as well as our contraband dogs on campus. Additionally, our administration and security staff will have a heightened vigilance throughout the remainder of the week.

Student brings .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun to Truckee school to "show it off"
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:56:34 PST

Today at 7:15 hours, TPD was notified by TTUSD officials regarding information from a parent that a student was bringing a handgun to the ACMS campus today. TPD officers determined the student was currently on a school bus enroute to the campus. Officers met him at the bus and took him into custody.

NJUHSD Continues Community Relations and Fund Development Work
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:14:44 PST

Dr. Louise Johnson and the NJUHSD would like to thank Community Relations and Fund Development consultants Aimee Retzler and Erika Kosina for their contributions over the past 18 months. Aimee and Erika developed valuable and effective marketing and fundraising strategies as they learned about the district's wonderful and varied programs for students, dedicated educators, and the challenges the district faces as they rely on less funding year after year.

Help Available for Wildfire-Impacted Ranches and Private Forestland
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:54:15 PST

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funds available through its Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative to address the immediate impacts of fire on natural resources on land that has suffered impacts from recent California wildfires. This assistance is available to agricultural operators or private non-industrial forest owners and applications will be accepted and considered for possible funding on a continuing basis.

Sierra Stages Announces its 7th Season of Award Winning Plays And Musicals
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:47:54 PST

Christopher Durang's irresistible comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike", Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's outrageous musical "The Producers", and William Finn and James Lapine's extraordinary musical "Falsettos" make up the three award winning plays and musicals in Sierra Stages' 7th Season beginning in March 2015. Each of the shows represents the best in contemporary live theatre and each is a Nevada County premiere.

Justin Ancheta Band Returns to Nevada City on December 19th
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:12:37 PST

The Justin Ancheta Band will be back at the Crazy Horse on Friday the 19th to bring in the holidays with friends and family. The band brings an eclectic blend of funk and jazz-flavored reggae seasoned with the sounds of klezmer and flamenco. "We pull from every genre out there, but we just love to get people up and dancing," says Ancheta, "and we'll have some special guests joining us this time around."

Showers continuing today and Wednesday
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:39:59 PST

Periods of valley rain and mountain snow through mid-week as several weather systems move through the area. Brief drying expected Thursday, then another system is forecast to bring a return of showers on Friday.