Electronic Poll Books in Nevada County: Report on June 2014 Pilot
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:49:19 PST

During the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election, under my direction, the Nevada County Elections Office launched an exploratory pilot to experience the potential benefits of electronic poll books in polling locations across Nevada County. These electronic poll books, or e-poll books, replaces our paper roster system with efficient touch-screen tablets uploaded with a comprehensive electronic roster of the County's registered voters. This electronic roster system makes the paper process for check-in obsolete and instead transforms it into an automatic process, increasing speed and accuracy.

Air Quality Advisory For Sensitive Groups Monday through Thursday in Western Nevada County
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:23:39 PST

Ozone levels over the weekend jumped up into the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range. It is expected that conditions for ozone formation will probably worsen today and ozone levels may remain high for the next few days. The Air District forecasts that western Nevada County will see ozone values in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range at some point on each day for the next four days, that is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Most likely we will see our highest ozone values in the late evening hours. However, there could be enough carryover of ozone from the previous night that even during the early afternoon we might see elevated levels of ozone. Please take that into account if you plan on doing any outdoor exercise the next few days.

2014 - 2015 Nevada County Civil Grand Jury sworn in - List of members now public
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:03:41 PST

At a swearing-in ceremony at the Nevada County Superior Court, the Honorable Thomas M. Anderson, Judge of the Nevada County Superior Court and the Presiding Judge of the Grand Jury, impaneled the 2014 - 2015 Nevada County Civil Grand Jury on June 13, 2014. This year's Grand Jury took office, effective July 1, 2014, and will serve until June 30, 2015.

Bill Schultz, Rose Thompson, William Wetherall to be inducted in Nevada County Fair's Hall of Fame
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:36:02 PST

Bill Schultz, Rose Thompson, and William Wetherall, have been named to the Nevada County Fair's Hall of Fame. The Fair's Board of Directors recognized the individuals for their long-time support and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

Grass Valley City Attorney Elected Treasurer of State Bar
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:36:02 PST

The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California elected Grass Valley City Attorney Michael G. Colantuono Treasurer of the Bar for the 2014-2015 year on July 18th. Colantuono is entering his third year as an appointee of the Speaker of the California Assembly to the Trustees of the State Bar of California, the state agency which regulates the practice of law in California. Colantuono will be sworn in as Treasurer at the Bar's Annual Conference in San Diego in September.

Nevada County chief probation officer appointed to California Board of State and Community Corrections by Gov. Brown
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:17:19 PST

Michael Ertola, 52, of Auburn, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. Ertola has been chief probation officer since 2012 and probation program manager since 2001 at the Nevada County Probation Department.

Wildfire Smoke Warning: Sand Incident Air Quality Advisory
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:57:27 PST

Some areas of Amador and El Dorado counties are experiencing heavy smoke due to the Sand Incident fire. Amador County Public Health advises community members that air quality may be unsafe for those with sensitive medical conditions. Residents with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should especially be aware and take protective measures.

Above normal temperatures and smoke this weekend
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:38:03 PST

Above normal temperatures this weekend into next week. Daytime highs topping 100 this weekend most valley locations. The Sierra crest will see a threat of thunderstorms Sunday through much of next week and possibly as far north as the Shasta County mountains on Wednesday.

Sierra College STEM Collaborative Releases Literature Review - Should Art Be Added to STEM?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:39:54 PST

To gain insight on how educators can better prepare students for advanced manufacturing and STEM careers, the Sierra College Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative engaged Elizabeth Dayton, Ph.D. to conduct a literature review on the value of adding the arts to STEM, making it STEAM. The resulting white paper, "Exploring STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics" is now available online at the Sierra School Works website.

Triple digits coming to a shadow near you
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:35:18 PST

Daytime temperatures will remain near to several degrees above normal through the coming week. The Sierra crest will see a threat of thunderstorms Sunday through much of next week and possibly as far north as the Shasta County mountains on Wednesday.

Plumas National Forest - Still wild at 50!
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:03:52 PST

A variety of events has been assembled by the Plumas National Forest (PNF) and many community partners to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Bucks Lake Wilderness, designated in 1984, will serve as a focal point for many local festivities.

Nicolls Fire Investigation Leads to Charges for Marijuana Cultivator
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:31:01 PST

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Edgardo Fournier, aka Edgardo Fournier-Nigaglioni, 45, of Perris, charging him with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, damaging public land and natural resources, and setting timber afire, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Forest Service Special Agent in Charge of the Pacific Southwest Region Scott Harris.

NID Prepares for New State Drought Rules
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:20 PST

The Nevada Irrigation District is considering stronger water conservation measures that could take effect in August, it was announced at Wednesday's (July 23) meeting of the NID Board of Directors.

Innovative Business and Community Strategy Serves Families in Need in North Tahoe
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:33:01 PST

Responding to expanding community needs, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation launched a visionary project this month that will result in serving thousands in the North Tahoe/Truckee region.

Additional lightning caused fires in Yosemite
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:41:33 PST

Since last Friday, July 17, there have been numerous new fire starts due to continued thunderstorms. Sunday July 20, thunderstorm activity was active park-wide including the front country and El Portal area. All storms were accompanied with rain. Other fires may be found as the weather warms and fuels dry out.

Here comes the heat again
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:11 PST

High pressure building over the west coast will bring warm temperatures to the region over the weekend. Near normal temperatures today will increase to above normal by Friday and the weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday will range from about 2 to 10 degrees above normal.

Today: NID Water Summit - Local Water Issues Explored at Public Forum
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:51:04 PST

Water issues facing the Sierra foothills will be explored during a special community meeting hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District.

Water Summit 2014 will be held on Thursday, July 24, from 6-8 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, in Grass Valley.

Busy night for firefighters - 3 wildfires and 2 structure fires
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:29:33 PST

Firefighters had an extremely busy night with both vegetation and structure fires. While all fires were kept to under 1 acre in size, the potential risk prompted a heavy commitment of resources from Foresthill to South Lake Tahoe via Dobbins.

Placer County Supes Tour Squaw Valley
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:15:24 PST

The Placer County Board of Supervisors toured Squaw Valley Monday, getting a closer look at the famous Tahoe destination that KSL Capital Partners hopes to develop with a series of high-rise condos and an indoor water park.

R. L. Crabb Book Release Party on Sunday at McGee's Annex in Nevada City
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:28 PST

Local cartoonist R.L. Crabb will hold a book release party for his graphic autobiography Scablands at McGee's Annex on Sunday, July 27, from 3 to 6pm.

Railroad Museum Annual Yard Sale in Nevada City on Aug. 2 & 3
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:41 PST

On Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, the Railroad Museum will hold its annual yard sale featuring items in the tool and mechanical categories along with traditional yard sale items. Saturday's sale will be from 8 am to 3 pm and Sunday's hours will be 9 am to 3 pm.

Warming on the way - again
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:18:20 PST

After another below normal temperature day today expect a warming trend Thursday into the weekend. The Sierra crest will see a slight threat of thunderstorms early next week.