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2019 Homeless PIT Count Indicates Improved Count over Previous Years

The number of individuals identified as being homeless in Nevada County increased from previous years, according to survey results from the annual point-in-time (PIT) count.

404 individuals experiencing homelessness were counted across the county, from Grass Valley to the Town of Truckee. Unlike the 2018 count, this year’s 2019 count was an official biennial, HUD-mandated count of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in the county. The count, conducted by volunteers and County staff on January 24, 2019, showed a slight increase from the last HUD count in 2017 that found 371 individuals experiencing homelessness.


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Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future

Free Film Screening and Wildfire Panel Discussion, March 6th

On Wednesday, March 6th, Nevada County Resource Conservation District and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services are partnering to provide a free public screening of Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest alongside the timely Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forest and the Future at the Nevada Theatre. After the films, the community is invited to join in an ongoing conversation around the new reality of living with fire in the wildland urban interface. Panelists represent a diverse cross-section of the wildfire prevention community including CAL FIRE, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Tahoe National Forest and University of California Cooperative Extension. The panel discussion will be moderated by YubaNet co-founder, Pascale Fusshoeller. 

A full house is anticipated; reserve your ticket early at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.Eventbrite.com or watch the film live on Nevada County Media Channel 18. Live, community-wide panel coverage will be available on KNCO, KVMR, YubaNet and The Union. Additionally, moderator Pascale Fusshoeller will be taking questions live from the audience and online via townhall@yubanet .com. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. and the films will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m.


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Get Firewise: Organize!

Get Firewise: Organize! Venue Change to Board Chambers

Monday’s February 25th Get Firewise: Organize! venue has been changed to the Board Chambers in the Eric Rood Administration Center in Nevada City to have more space for attendees.

Tackling a problem seems daunting when you face it alone, but many hands make light work, perhaps even fun work when done alongside friends, family, and neighbors. Join experts, Dr. JoAnn Fites-Kaufman and Pat Leach for Get Firewise: Organize!, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administration Center; an intimate presentation on how to inspire, mobilize and organize your neighborhood. Meet people already engaged in this important work and create a plan for you, your family, and your community. Find out how to support established Firewise Communities or even start your own.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Pet and Animal Evacuation Preparedness

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 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.”

Having an evacuation plan for your pets and a pet emergency kit in place can save you valuable time when you need to evacuate. This week find tips on how to protect your pets from wildfire smoke, what should go into your pet emergency kit, and information on the local evacuation shelter for animals run by the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team.


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Voter Information Guides Mailed for State Senate District 1 Special Election

Voter Information Guides for the State Senate District 1 Special Election went out in the mail this week, and vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to every registered Nevada County voter next week, the week of February 25th.

Once you've received your vote-by-mail ballot, mark your choice and put your ballot in the postage-paid return envelope. Remember to sign the back of the return envelope too. You can drop off your ballot at any of the designated drop-off locations, or stick it back in the mail. Residents can also register to vote and vote at designated Vote Centers. Vote early to count early!


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Funding Available for Non-Profits Supporting Low-Income Residents

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission announces a Request for Funding (RFF) for the Nevada County Community Initiative Funding (CIF). These funds must be targeted towards very low-income residents and will allow local non-profit agencies an opportunity to provide services in food/nutrition, transportation, safe and stable affordable housing, and access to mainstream benefits.

Non-profit organizations must submit an application for CIF funds before the March 22nd 3:00 p.m. deadline. 

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February 26th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's February 26th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Board will pass a resolution proclaiming March 2019 as Youth Art Month in Nevada County, and hear a presentation from First 5, Nevada County Children and Families First Commission, on their 20th Anniversary.

Following the consent calendar, the Board will consider sending a Letter of Support to Governor Newsom requesting funding support for State Parks Sierra District’s fuels reduction treatments at Empire Mine State Historic Park, Donner Summit Memorial State Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Park, and immediate vegetation removal and widening along Caltrans maintained State Highways 20, 49, 89, 174, and 167.

Then, the Board will consider adopting the 2019 Nevada County Local Road Safety Plan, and hear from the CHP Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors Campaign Task Force.

Lastly, at 11:00 a.m., PG&E will provide a presentation regarding their Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Sheriff Administrative Analyst

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.

The Sheriff's Office has a challenging opportunity for a candidate who has strong experience in the public sector and who enjoys analyzing, reporting and communicating a wide variety of complex data and information.  The Administrative Analyst position will report directly to the Sheriff, will analyze and interpret a wide variety of complex data and information, included but not limited to Sheriff's calls for service, crime information, booking details, incarceration data (length of stay, pre-trial vs. sentenced, AB109 population) coroner statistics, cannabis enforcement, wildfire response for communities, and animal control data; will conduct a wide variety of research projects and staff studies, using diverse methodologies and technologies in order to collect, analyze and disseminate data and other pertinent information; will research and analyze current and proposed legislation that directly impact public safety; will prepare comprehensive reports and advise on the impact or potential impacts, and prepare and present these findings before the Board of Supervisors, Town Hall gatherings and other groups.  This position will be the guardian of highly confidential reports and information, and will handle the Sheriff's daily schedule and will be entrusted to represent the Sheriff's Office at various events and locales.

Apply today! Applications are due by March 1st. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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