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.

Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $373 million in Economic Benefit
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:27:45 PST

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,033 jobs in the local area.

Family Feud Contest at the 2014 Nevada County Fair
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:07:40 PST

Let's get ready to play the Family Feud! New at this year's Nevada County Fair, we've got the Family Feud. This event will feature eight families, playing four games, and competing for cash and prizes. Would you and your family like to compete?

PCSO looking for man who attacked woman at her Auburn home early this morning
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:22 PST

Placer County sheriff's detectives are looking for a man who attacked a woman at her north Auburn home early this morning.

Storms Washout Roads in the White and Inyo Mountains
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:27:03 PST

The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains.

1,125 lightning strikes hit California on Monday
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:52:04 PST

Lightning activity moderated somewhat on Monday with 1,125 lightning downstrikes recorded, as opposed to the almost 9,000 on Sunday. 410 lightning bolts touched down on National Forests lands, mostly in the Modoc National Forest.

Volunteer for the Tahoe Rim Trail Survey and Count
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:16:42 PST

Ever wonder how many people really use the Tahoe Rim Trail each year? The TRTA has received an "On Our Way" grant from the TRPA to help to determine the numbers and types of users on the Tahoe Rim Trail. We need volunteers at all of our trailheads around the Basin to interact with the hikers, bikers, and equestrians and ask them questions to help us discover more information about the users of this amazing trail.

Nevada County Exhibit Wins Silver at the California State Fair
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:12:37 PST

Nevada County's Exhibit at the 2014 California State Fair has received a silver ribbon. Results of the judging were announced Friday, July 11.

This year's County Exhibit's theme is "From Our Land to Your Table." Our exhibit features six panels, 3 ½ feet wide by 6 feet tall, each a collage of photos and descriptive text highlighting one of Nevada County's unique agricultural assets. These are: Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food Sources, Ranching, Beekeeping, and Microbreweries and Wineries.

Pavement Maintenance to Preserve County Roads Scheduled
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:09:56 PST

Chip seal work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 4th. Once the initial chip seal work is completed, County crews will sweep affected roads of remaining loose chips and apply a protective fog seal topcoat. The entire process will be completed by early September.

San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project announces fund raising campaign
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:06:49 PST

The San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project - a series of embroidered tapestries expressing the recent cultural landscape of the San Juan Ridge - is launching a crowd-sourced campaign to raise funds for this community-based project.