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Snowy I80 near Truckee

Weekend Winter Storms: Sandbags, Reporting Road Issues and Travel Tips

National Weather Service Sacramento is predicting a winter storm starting Friday, February 1st, through Monday, February 4th. Western Nevada County is predicted to get 3 to 4 inches of rain and possibly snow, while Donner Pass in eastern Nevada County is predicted to get 4 to 5 feet of snow. The storm will include high winds and hazardous travel throughout the weekend. Travel over Donner Pass and the Sierras is highly discouraged. CalTrans Distict 3 warns travelers that chain controls over Donner Summit, on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on other Sierra mountain roadways should be anticipated Friday through Monday. Caltrans permitted and trained chain installers on I-80 can be identified by a reflective sign with their bib number.
 
Nevada County Office of Emergency Services would like to remind residents that free sand and sandbags are available at four locations in Nevada City, Penn Valley, North San Juan and Grass Valley. Residents can also report issues or fallen trees in County roads online with the Ask Nevada County web page or download the app in the App Store or Google Play, or by phone during business hours at (530) 265-1411.

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Sierra Roots Extreme Weather Shelter at Seamans Lodge

Extreme Weather Shelter through Monday and Tuesday

There is a severe storm predicted for this weekend.  The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain and snow in the foothills starting Friday through Monday with cold temperatures early next week. 

In an effort to collaborate over one of our most vulnerable populations, Nevada City, Sierra Roots, Salvation Army, and Nevada County have activated their Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for Saturday, February 2nd, through Wednesday morning, February 6th. Sierra Roots and Salvation Army will open Extreme Weather Shelters starting Saturday night.  Due to limited facility availability, Sierra Roots will only open for three nights, February 2nd through 4th, but Salvation Army will stay open a forth night, through February 5th, for families and adults.
 
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League of Women Voters Program: The Future of Medical Cannabis in Nevada County

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County is hosting their next Second Saturday Program on The Future of Medical Cannabis in Nevada County on Saturday, February 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.
 
Learn about recent regulatory and economic developments, and the latest information on medical cannabis in Nevada County from panelists Forrest Hurd, patient advocate with the Caladrius Network, Daniel Bachelor, founder of Nevada City dispensary Elevation 2477, Stephen Munkelt, local attorney in cannabis law, and County staff Sean Powers, Community Development Agency Director, and Craig Greisbach, Building Director.
 
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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf in Nevada County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed a gray wolf, known as OR-54 (collar number), has again visited Nevada County, this time near the former mining community of Gaston. OR-54 is the same wolf that visited Nevada County back in June of 2018.

Gray Wolves pose very little safety risk to humans. If one should encounter a Gray Wolf do not run. Maintain eye contact and make noise while retreating slowly. The public is reminded that Gray Wolves are covered under the Endangered Species Act in California. It is unlawful to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, or capture Gray Wolves.

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Nevada County Community Library: Create, Connect, Inspire

Nevada County Reads & Writes Announces 2019 Selection: “Ties That Bind”

The steering committee of Nevada County Reads & Writes has selected "Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps" by Dave Isay as the 2019 community read. Nevada County Reads & Writes, now in its fifteenth year, is a collaboration between the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and the Nevada County Community Library.
 
Free movie screenings, community kick-off events, and recordings of local community connections and stories will take place from February through April to celebrate Nevada County Reads & Writes and the “Ties That Bind” selection for 2019.
 
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Harden Your Home from Wildfire: WUI Building Codes

The risk of wildfire is a great concern. After the devastation of the Camp Fire you may be wondering what you can do to protect your home and family. You know about defensible space, right? In addition to having defensible space, you can harden your home to be resistant to wildfire. In July 2008, California adopted the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) as part of the building code, which requires fire resistive construction standards for new construction.

Although existing structures are not currently required to be retrofitted to meet these requirements, some of these basic construction standards along with defensible space can be your best chance against protecting life and property.
 
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Sure Horne, Nevada County Assessor

Assessor Sue Horne serving as President of NCAA

Assessor Sue Horne was elected in November by her colleagues to serve as their 2019 President of the Northern California Assessors' Association (NCCA).

The NCAA's membership is comprised of 25 northern California assessors and is one of three regional associations, along with the Bay Area and Central/South regions.  The three sub-regional associations make up the state-wide California Assessors' Association (CAA).

This year Assessor Horne is honored to be serving on the Standards and Executive Committees of the CAA. In March, Assessor Horne is excited to be showing off our county to her fellow assessors by hosting the NCAA's two-day Spring Business/Roundtable meeting at the Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley.
 
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Impacts of Federal Shutdown

On January 25th federal policymakers reached a temporary 3-week agreement to end the government through February 15th. For the past month during the shutdown, nine out of fifteen federal departments have been closed or reduced operations. While it appears a temporary agreement has been reached, County staff continues to monitor the effects of the shutdown. Given the temporary agreement, continued federal impacts will likely change in the short-term.

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Nevada County Public Health: Prevent, Promote, Protect

Measles is Just a Plane Ride Away

Planning to travel this year? Don't forget to protect yourself from infectious diseases, such as measles. There are currently measles outbreaks in Israel, Moldova, Madagascar, New Zealand, Kenya, DRC, Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Greece, France, Lebanon, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Thailand, Philippines, Venezuela, Brazil and more. With increasing international travel, visiting a measles affected region, or even an international airport, could result in exposure and subsequent contraction of this dangerous disease.

Vaccination is the key to preventing future measles outbreaks in Nevada County. For more information on vaccination clinics, contact your primary care provider or the Nevada County Public Health Department at (530) 265-7049.
 
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Prepared

YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Family Emergency Plan

It's not too early to start preparing for the 2019 fire season. Follow along with YubaNet’s weekly articles aimed at helping residents take “bite sized” steps to prepare for the next high fire season. Over 25 weeks the articles will address, “vegetation management on private properties, how to harden your home, what you need to do now to be ready if/when evacuations are being called for your area, how-to guides for communication plans, evacuation plans, how Nevada County Schools prepare for wildfire and more. Each story will have resources to help you keep your family safe.”
 
Week 8 is on creating your family emergency plan. Coordinating and planning with your family before an emergency happens will answer the “what if’s” and “how do we” when an emergency happens. Read more for steps on how to create a family emergency plan, from collecting the information to practicing your plan at home and on the road.
 
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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Nevada County Community Library is looking for a high performing team member to serve as the Librarian III, Branch Manager, at the Madelyn Helling Library.  The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of operations at the main library, collection development, and digital resources. Nevada County Library began in 1902 as a reading room in Nevada City with one appointed librarian.  Today the Library includes six branches, a collaborative technology center that boasts state-of-the art equipment, adult and children’s programs on many days of the week, and creative initiatives such as Nevada County Reads and Writes, Book buddy and Homebound Services, and Career Online High School. The Nevada County Library is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive employee workforce that is innovative, knowledgeable and supports community initiatives. 

To join our team, apply today!  Applications are due by February 7th at 5:00 p.m.

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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