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Ready Nevada County Emergency Alert Test

Countywide Emergency Alert Test, August 15th at 10:00 a.m.

The Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the CodeRED emergency alert system August 15th at 10:00 a.m. PST.

All Nevada County residents are advised to prepare by registering for CodeRED emergency alerts online at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts, text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411, or Call 211 at 1-833-DIAL211.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alert system which serves Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. The Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Truckee residents via Nixle.


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First Heat Wave of the Summer to Hit Nevada County This Weekend

Our relatively mild summer is heating up this weekend, with temperatures projected to hit 100 degrees in parts of western Nevada County.

During this heat wave, the Nevada County Public Health Department would like to remind everyone that higher temperatures can be dangerous for all persons, especially the very young, senior citizens, and those with chronic medical conditions. Don't forget to drink plenty of water, avoid outside work during the heat of the day, and check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

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Gold Country Community Services firewood and wood removal program

Partnership Aids Seniors in Need of Firewood and Homeowners Clearing Trees for Defensible Space

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors approves the Office of Emergency Services and Gold Country Community Services (GCCS) collaboration to support seniors in need of firewood and assist homeowners with tree removal.  

GCCS’ Senior Wood Program has been providing seniors with firewood for over 40 years and currently supplies 160 qualified residents, many of whom are homebound and have access and functional needs in Nevada County. The program is run by volunteers who pick up downed trees from homes then cut, split and deliver wood throughout the year.

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Public Health Accreditation in Action!

The Nevada County Public Health Department is working towards obtaining National Accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  The Mission of PHAB is to "Improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of governmental public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad." 

This is voluntary endeavor which will measure the department's performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards, resulting in better service for Nevada County residents. Once accredited, Nevada County Public Health will join the 7% of other accredited counties nationwide. 

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State Certifies County Housing Element Update to be Eligible for Grants

On July 22nd, the County received notification from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that the 2019-2027 Housing Element Update, adopted by the Board of Supervisors with Board Resolution 19-362, was certified as being in full compliance with State housing element law, Article 10.6 of the Government Code. 
 
Having a state certified Housing Element allows Nevada County to be eligible for additional federal, state and regional funding programs that consider housing element compliance as an eligibility or ranking criteria. For example, CalTrans Senate Bill 1 Sustainable Communities grants; the Strategic Growth Council and HCD’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities programs; the upcoming Senate Bill 2 Planning grant, as well as ongoing Senate Bill 2 funding all require a certified housing element.
 
View Nevada County's Housing Element Update


Casey Ayer with Outstanding Prosecutor Award

Casey Ayer Awarded as Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year

On Friday, June 22nd, the Nevada City Elks held their Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, where they awarded Casey Ayer as Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year for 2019.  This was given in special recognition of her outstanding service to the Nevada County District Attorney's Office and the residents of Nevada County. 
 
Casey Ayer is a Bear River High School graduate with strong ties to our community.  In 2018, she was on the misdemeanor team and was consistently one of the best trial attorneys on that unit; regularly going out to jury trial and getting good results.  When she was moved to felonies she didn't miss a beat.  Earlier this year Casey prosecuted the case of the People v. Michael Diaz, a 1st Degree Burglary and Robbery case in which the defendant was convicted at jury trial and sentenced to 17 years in prison. "The thing about Casey is that she is a fighter; she isn't afraid to stick up for victims" said Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh. 

More Information on Nevada City Elks


Camping

Library Hosts Camping Showcase

The Madelyn Helling Library is holding a Camping Showcase on Saturday, July 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Camping lovers are invited to come and share their expertise!

Members of the public with a camping trip approaching who want to learn some tips and tricks are encouraged to attend. There will be a discussion of campfire safety with a representative from the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District followed by some camping cooking tips. The community can bring equipment to show off or find out what they need to bring on their next excursion!

Library Events Calendar


Nevada County Probation seal

County Celebrates Probation, Parole and Pretrial Supervision Week

On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Board of Supervisors officially proclaimed the week of July 21st through the 27th as Probation, Parole and Pretrial Supervision Week to recognize the efforts and dedication of the employees of the Nevada County Probation Department.

Comprised of an incredible group of hardworking people with integrity, character, and dedication to the mission, Nevada County Probation, serving as a crucial member of the criminal justice system, strives to protect our community every day. This week Probation staff are coming together to honor Probation, Parole and Pretrial Supervision Week with a handful of events celebrating their hard work and service to the community.

Watch Probation’s Presentation to the Board


IHSS Electric Time Sheet Informational Sessions

In the near future, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients and providers will have to submit and approve time sheets electronically or telephonically; providers will no longer receive paper time sheets.  In addition to entering the hours worked, providers will also have to enter the start and end time and where the services were provided on electronic time sheets.

Come learn more about this upcoming mandate and get assistance signing up! IHSS Informational Sessions are scheduled for August 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Empire Room in the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City. Attendance at only one of the above sessions is needed.

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First 5 Nevada County

First 5 Nevada County Recruiting for Executive Director

First 5 Nevada County is a public agency that works to support families through programs and systems like home visiting, professional development, child care teachers, and family resource centers. First 5 Nevada County is governed by a 5-member Commission appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. County Commission members include Public Health Director Jill Blake, District I Supervisor Heidi Hall, and the Health and the Human Services Agency Director.

Congratulations to First 5 Nevada County's previous Executive Director Lindsay Dunkel who will now be the First 5 California Executive Director! As such, First 5 Nevada County is looking for their new Executive Director. The Executive Director will need to operate the Commission in accordance with the California Children and Families Act and other relevant laws and ordinances.

First 5 Nevada County Executive Director Job Description


We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer

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 Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer plays a key role in achieving HHSA's mission to protect lives, promote health and wellness, and provide support and services to help Nevada County residents meet their basic needs. This position has overall fiscal and administrative responsibility for HHSA, the umbrella agency that includes the departments of Public Health, Social Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Collections, Housing, Probation and Public Defender.
 
HHSA is the largest agency in the county, with a total budget of $115 million and around 300 staff. This individual provides supervision of budget managers for each of the departments, oversight of the agency contracts unit, coordination of day to day fiscal activities for the agency, personnel management and more. The position reports directly the Agency Director, and is a critical partner and advisor in addressing complex administrative issues, negotiating and managing contracts, making funding decisions, and formulating policy direction.

Apply today! Applications are due August 16th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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