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Cal Fire Year End: Over 6,000 Fires Fought in 2015

Cal Fire Year End:  Over 6,000 Fires Fought in 2015

While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, CAL FIRE continues to have extra firefighter staffing statewide and remains at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Last week alone CAL FIRE crews responded to nearly 50 new wildfires.…

Kaiser & Healthcare Workers Union Reach Deal

Kaiser & Healthcare Workers Union Reach Deal

It’s been five years of rancor and contentious negotiations, but Kaiser Permanente and the union representing mental health therapists in Northern California have tentatively agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal between the National Union of Healthcare Workers and Kaiser covers 1,400 therapists, psychologists, and social workers. It averts an open-ended…

Cousins Picks Up Funeral Costs Of Slain High School Football Player

Cousins Picks Up Funeral Costs Of Slain High School Football Player

After the Kings 107-101 win over the Toronto Raptors, DeMarcus Cousins stepped up his winning game with a class act. Cousins has offered to pay for the funeral of Jaulon “J.J.” Clavo, a 16-year-old Grant High student shot and killed in his car Friday night while driving with teammates to…

114 Bears “Handled” Near Tahoe This Year

114 Bears “Handled” Near Tahoe This Year

Bear advocates are voicing opposition to a state wildlife bear management strategy, according to the AP, The Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Sierra Sun. According to sources, bears are captured, tagged and released for a variety of reasons. Data for 2015 shows two out of a dozen bears taken by…

Terror Strikes Paris in Multiple Attacks

Terror Strikes Paris in Multiple Attacks

Here is the latest from the BBC:  France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after more than 120 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks in Paris. At least 100 people are reported to have died at the Bataclan concert hall in central…

Football Player Tragically Shot

Football Player Tragically Shot

UPDATE: Sadly, one of the Grant players shot earlier today has died, per the Sacramento Bee. Reports are coming in that Grant vs Beyer (Modesto) Sac Joaquin Section playoff game is cancelled tonight after 2 Pacers players were shot near campus this afternoon. Initial reports one shot in hand the…

Friday Night in the Foothills: Round 1 for Placer Hillmen

Friday Night in the Foothills:  Round 1 for Placer Hillmen

Casey Freelove and Dave Rosenthal are gearing up for the start of the playoffs for the Placer Hillmen tonight, as they host the River Valley Falcons in round 1 of the Sac Joaquin Sectional tonight. It’s an early start for the broadcast, with the pregame at 6:45pm, and the kick-off at 7:00pm.…

DUI Offenders To Be Monitored Closely

DUI Offenders To Be Monitored Closely

Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over-represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol and other drugs, often with tragic results. An $85,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Placer County Probation Department, awarded in October, will help make sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with…

Nevada City & Sacramento Readying Winter Homeless Shelters

Nevada City & Sacramento Readying Winter Homeless Shelters

Last week the Nevada City Council unanimously approved a motion to extend the working agreement of the Cold Weather Shelter to May 1, 2017. The agreement, which was first established in March 2014, will authorize the city manager to open an emergency shelter in Nevada City to accommodate the local…

NID Previews Centennial Reservoir Amid Concern

NID Previews Centennial Reservoir Amid Concern

In a presentation to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Nevada Irrigation District General Manager Rem Scherzinger outlined the benefits the Centennial Reservoir and Power Supply Project will bring to Nevada, Placer and Yuba county residents.  The topic is covered in today’s Grass Valley Union, and in the Auburn…