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Truckee Wildfire Town Hall, April 24th

Nevada County and Placer County public safety agencies will host a wildfire prevention and preparedness town hall Wednesday, April 24th, from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee. The town hall will begin with a brief introduction from CAL FIRE’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes and will be followed by a question-and-answer panel with local fire, law enforcement and emergency response representatives.

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Public Review Draft of Nevada County Housing Element Is Now Available

The County has completed a Public Review Draft of the 2019-2027 Nevada County Housing Element update. The Housing Element is one of seven mandatory elements of the General Plan and the only General Plan element that must be updated every eight years as mandated by the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

The updated Housing Element will examine Nevada County's housing needs as they exist today, and project future housing needs. The updated Housing Element will also set forth community Goals, Objectives, and Policies concerning those needs and include a housing program that responds to current and future needs within the limitations of available resources. The planning department is accepting comments on the draft until Friday, April 26th.

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Volunteer on the Grand Jury

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada is seeking applications from Nevada County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2019-2020 Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury is an investigative body created for the protection of society and enforcement of its laws. Applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older, and must reside in Nevada County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror.

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Creative Writing Workshop at the Truckee Library

National Poetry Month is here, along with the Sierra Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 27th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. It's the perfect excuse for a free creative writing workshop for all ages and experience levels at the Truckee Library. Local author, poet, and writing coach Karen Terrey of Tangled Roots Writing will be leading this workshop. All ages are welcome to learn and write in this interactive program.

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Madelyn Helling Library

Upcoming Madelyn Helling Library Events

The Madelyn Helling Library will be hosting a Poetry Teatime with local poets on Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room. Poetry Teatime pairs tea and treats with poetry reading – the Nevada County community is invited to come enjoy tea and cookies while listening to poetry.

Then on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Madelyn Helling Library is hosting an Open Mic Night in the Gene Albaugh Community Room. The library invites the public to drop by to share a story, play a song, recite a poem, or otherwise demonstrate the creativity of the community. Sign-ups for time slots will begin when the doors open at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 27th is the kick-off event for the new Drama Lovers club at the Madelyn Helling Library. Come by and watch one of the most successful movies of 2018, “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding. This event is to determine interest in a new monthly club focused on Asian dramas, telenovelas, and all things dramatic!

For more information, visit the Events Calendar or call (530) 265-7050.

Donner Pass Road Construction Delayed


The Donner Pass Road Improvement Project, which will provide comprehensive road rehabilitation, road widening to provide bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders where feasible, and improved parking for recreational access, will not go out for bidding this spring as planned. The delay is due to several issues, including permitting, federal funding, and heavy snowfall - construction is now scheduled to begin in 2020. In light of this development, the County will now accept encroachment permit applications for activities within the right-of-way in 2019.

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Nevada County Celebrates Screen-Free Week 2019

Nevada County Public Health invites you to join our schools, neighbors and community in celebrating National Screen-Free Week, April 29th through May 5th.

We know that kids (and their adults!) are spending too much time on screens. Preschool children spend between 2-5 hours a day using electronics.  Including watching TV and looking at social media, older kids average seven hours a day.  The average time adults spend on screens is eleven plus hours a day. 

So take the week of April 29th through May 5th to unplug.  Spend the week reading, daydreaming, playing, hiking and creating. You can find a pledge card and a list of local Screen-Free activities at

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Medication Take-Back Day Will Have Locations across the County on April 27th

Local agencies are collaborating to bring a free Medication Take-Back Day to Truckee on Saturday, April 27th. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously at this event. Help protect our water supply by not flushing medications and help protect our community from drug abuse with the safe disposal of prescription medication.

There will be a special drop off location on April 27th at Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In Western Nevada County, locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Neal and South Auburn in Grass Valley, at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, and at the Penn Valley Shopping Center.

For more information on the Western Nevada County Locations click here

For more information on the Truckee Locations click here

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Nevada County Transit Services to Provide System-Wide “Free Fare Days”

County of Nevada Transit Services will provide system wide "free fare days" on all routes on Friday, April 26th from 5:50 a.m. to 8:00p.m. and on Saturday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free fares for all.

The "free fare days" will celebrate Earth Day Weekend by providing public transit Gold Country Stage service that supports clean air, a clean Nevada County and a clean earth!

Funding for this service is through a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, at or call the office 530-477-0103 x0 for travel planning information.

Students sign pledge at Kick Butts day

Lyman Gilmore Held Week of Educational Activities for National “Kick Butts Day”

Lyman Gilmore Club Live members kicked off their "Kick Butts" celebration on March 18th, 2019.  Kick Butts Day is a nationally celebrated day of activism - one that engages and empowers youth to speak out and stand up to Big Tobacco.

The Club Live group scheduled events for each day of the week, including an anti-tobacco meme-walk, flash mob, and other activities. The Nevada County Public Health Department's Tobacco Prevention Program supported the club's events by educating students on how to enlist peer and faculty support and the importance of peer engagement during their activities.

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Thank You

Dispatch Appreciation Week

This week the Nevada County Sheriff's Department had the opportunity to recognize all of our 9-1-1 Dispatchers during the National Telecommunications Appreciation Week! The department has a small but mighty group of very dedicated and talented dispatchers. They work long days, dozens of hours of overtime and miss important family events, yet they always stand ready to answer the call and assist the citizens and field responders of Nevada County.

Each year the 9-1-1 center answers over 30,000 emergency calls and an additional 150,000 non-emergency calls. The dispatcher is the first line of communication for not only the Sheriff’s Office, but Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department and Truckee Police Department as well. They have talked countless citizens through crisis events and have heard things they will never “unhear," but they come back each day with a smile on their face.

The Sherriff's Department is so grateful for the amazing staff we have and appreciate the hard job they make look so easy! Happy National Telecommunicator’s Week to some of the best in the business!

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April 23rd Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, at the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items that don't appear on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's April 23rd 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 starting of their meeting, the Board will proclaim April 29th, 2019 as ‘Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission Day’ in recognition of the Commission’s 50th anniversary.
Following adoption of the consent calendar, the Public Health Director will provide an informational presentation concerning the measles outbreak that is currently happening throughout the State of California.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Board will then consider extending the Urgency Interim Ordinance providing for a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. The Ordinance would restrict the cultivation of Industrial Hemp for an additional ten months and fifteen days within the unincorporated areas of the County.
At 10:30 a.m. there will be a public hearing to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision regarding a Conditional Use Permit to allow up to twenty special events per year at a 15.05-acre parcel located in Rough and Ready.
Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Correctional Officer I/II

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.

Did you know on average, the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility houses 210 inmates per month? Correctional Officers oversee the inmates; they have been trained through the Board of State and Community Corrections to supervise, manage and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and everyone who enters the facility.   

If you are looking to begin a career in law enforcement, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is currently hiring both female and male correctional officers. Opportunities to work on special teams or advance into other positions are available to those who are interested in growing within their career. The hiring process includes a written exam, physical agility testing, psychological review and a background check.

We offer a great compensation package which includes a competitive salary, retirement and benefits. Apply now!

Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and select option 2.

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