Fair skies and near to a little below normal temperatures through the weekend
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:01:40 PST

High pressure will bring fair skies this weekend through the coming week. Daytime temperatures near to slightly below normal over the weekend with a little cooling Monday. A little above normal daytime highs Tuesday through the end of the week.

Earles of Newtown - CD Release Party at The Center for the Arts on Sept. 20
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:57:01 PST

Favorite local dance band, The Earles of Newtown will bring their blend of Dixieland jazz, classic ragtime, country swing, wailing blues and genre-defying originals to the Grass Valley stage during a CD Release Party presented by The Center for the Arts on Sept. 20.

Opinion | Terry Lamphier: Property Rights 2014?
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:52:33 PST

A continuing source of community contentiousness is the issue of property rights - what is allowed and what should or shouldn't be allowed for one's use of one's property.

Water thefts in North San Juan - Public's help still needed
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:15 PST

It has been a little over two weeks since water was illegally siphoned from both tanks at Fire Station 1 in North San Juan. Concerned community members are hoping the incident was the last in a string of water thefts that began this summer, during the height of a statewide drought.

NID Begins Planning for a New Reservoir - Parker Dam
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:11:32 PST

The board authorized staff to file an application for the annual appropriation of 221,400 acre-feet of water from the Bear River. The district's application was filed later that day with the State Water Resources Control Board along with the payment of $488,459 in filing fees.

Lahontan Water Board Issues Enforcement Order Against South Lake Tahoe Gas Station
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:41:35 PST

Recent sampling of a drinking water well at a motel near the Nevada state line in South Lake Tahoe revealed the presence of the contaminant MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) at concentrations above the drinking water standard for taste and odor.

Spaghetti Feed to Commemorate 49'er Fire
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:09:50 PST

The second annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser for the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will be held on September 11th, 2014 from 4-7pm at Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley. The event will commemorate the 26th anniversary of the local catastrophic 49'er Fire which destroyed 312 structures and scorched over 33,000 acres in western Nevada County.

Schedule a Free "Great Water Mystery" Water Conservation Assembly for Your School Today
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:37:36 PST

The South Yuba River Citizens League's (SYRCL) River Education Program is searching for Nevada and Placer County schools to host the free "The Great Water Mystery" interactive in-school assembly program that uses an engaging mystery story to teach children about water conservation. The goal of "The Great Water Mystery" assemblies is to encourage kids to incorporate simple water conservation techniques into their daily lives.

Public Invited To Celebrate Bridgeport Covered Bridge Groundbreaking
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:56:47 PST

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the entrance to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. The celebration will mark the start of construction to stabilize the longest single span wood covered bridge left in the world located in the South Yuba River State Park.

PCSO: Employee investigations and federal subpoena are not related
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:23:57 PST

The Placer County Sheriff's Office has received several inquiries about employee internal investigations and a federal subpoena. Due to legal constraints, we are unable to discuss the nature of these allegations. There is no intent to withhold information from the public, but it's our legal obligation to keep this information confidential.

Nevada City Planning Commission Special Session on Aug. 28
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:45:39 PST

Please join the Nevada City Planning Commission for a special meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in the Council Chambers, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will introduce the first phase of the City's Energy Action Planning Project, which ultimately will help the city and community to reduce energy usage and the resulting Greenhouse Gas emissions. This first phase involves a baseline inventory of energy consumed and a forecast of how much energy would be consumed in the future in the absence of any energy efficiency planning.

Sheriff's Detectives make arrest in Incline Village murder investigation
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:52:47 PST

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested Joseph John Personeni, age 20, of Santa Rosa, California on one charge of Open Murder related to the December 22, 2013 death of Christopher Elliott in Incline Village.

300 Miles for Mentoring bicycle ride celebrates 5 years of giving, 1,500 miles of cycling, all for one great cause
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:06:32 PST

Five years ago, three cyclists had a plan: Ride 300 miles, get their friends to contribute money to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe, and help kids who need it.

2014 Draft Horse Classic tickets on sale now
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:02:29 PST

Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse "up-close" are all part of the festivities at the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 18 - 21, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Mild weekend ahead, heating up again by midweek
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:36:11 PST

A weak trough over the west coast with northwest flow aloft will bring dry conditions and daytime temperatures a few degrees below normal through early next week. High pressure moving inland over the west coast will bring warming to near or a little above normal Tuesday through Friday.A weak trough over the west coast with northwest flow aloft will bring dry conditions and daytime temperatures a few degrees below normal through early next week. High pressure moving inland over the west coast will bring warming to near or a little above normal Tuesday through Friday.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife is Recruiting New Wildlife Officers
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:18:20 PST

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting those interested in a career as a wildlife officer. CDFW will accept applications for wildlife officer cadet from Aug. 22 through Oct. 17, 2014. The department is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a passion for conservation of California's fish and wildlife resources.

Jerri Glover Declines Endorsements
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:39:59 PST

With 76 days until the November 4th election, Jerri Glover, candidate for Grass Valley City Council, is making a public commitment to the voters to forgo donations from Political Action Committees or political parties. donations from Political Action Committees or political parties.

Suspects arrested in baby formula burglary - $6,000 worth of formula, other items taken from Reno to Bay Area
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:04:35 PST

Placer County sheriff's deputies arrested three Bay Area burglary suspects and are seeking a fourth after the group stole a large amount of baby formula from the north Auburn Bel Air store Wednesday evening. It appears the suspects were stealing formula and other expensive items, totaling $6,000, from Reno to the Bay Area.

Satellite Photos of Beaver Complex and July Complex Wildfires in California
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:35:19 PST

The Beaver Complex is comprised of the Salt Creek Fire (20 miles northwest of Medford) and the Oregon Gulch Fire (15 miles east of Ashland), lightning-started fires that started on July 30-31, 2014.

Foreign national indicted for growing 3,724 marijuana plants in the Plumas National Forest
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:31:10 PST

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Mexican national Alejandro Soto-Silva, 21, charging him with conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, and depredation of public lands and resources, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Stargazing at Spooner Lake State Park on Friday, August 29
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:01 PST

Enjoy a laser-guided tour of starry wonders with professional stargazer and astronomy instructor, Gigi Giles.

Delight in a unique and educational experience as you peer through the provided high powered telescopes and astronomical binoculars in the tranquil mountain air at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Learn various aspects of astronomy and space science.

Daytime high temperatures a little below normal through the weekend
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:41:08 PST

A weak trough over the Western U.S and an onshore flow pattern will keep daytime high temperatures a little below normal through the weekend. Overnight lows will be near to a little below normal for the season. High pressure moving inland over the west coast will bring warming to near or a little above normal during the first half of next week.

Missing Hiker's Body Found in Kings Canyon National Park
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:57:55 PST

A body found by searchers in the area northwest of Mount Gardiner in Kings Canyon National Park on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20, 2014, has been identified as missing hiker Gregory Muck. Muck appears to have fallen in rocky and steep terrain. The cause of the accident is under investigation. The body was transferred to the Fresno County Coroner's Office. A ground search team located the body in their assigned search area.