Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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County Crews Work to Keep Roads Clear this Winter

Throughout the winter, the Nevada County Department of Public Works continues to work diligently to maintain safety on County maintained public roadways, including clearing roadside ditches and, in a proactive effort to minimize the formation of ice during freezing conditions, utilizing a liquid brine solution on pavement.  The brine can give roads a wet appearance that leaves behind a white residue, but significantly reduces ice on public roads.  The brine solution may last anywhere from 7 to 10 days and reduces the need to apply salt or sand.

When snow accumulates creating hazardous situations on Western County roadways, main arterial and collector roads, primary emergency response routes, and school bus routes are prioritized and plowed first.  This can cause delays in clearing smaller residential streets. To improve response times to residential areas during winter weather, snow removal equipment is stored full time along higher elevation routes, including Washington Road, Scotts Flat Road, North Bloomfield Road, Columbia Hill (North San Juan), Cascade Shores, and Banner Quaker Hill.  

Throughout Eastern Nevada County, snow removal contractors plow snow on busy County roadways including Donner Pass Road, parts of Glenshire Drive and Hirschdale Road, Floriston Road, and the Hobart Mills area. 

Nevada County Public Works encourages residents to be prepared for winter driving conditions.  Contact the Nevada County Department of Public Works for more information on County road maintenance activity at or call (530) 265-1411, and find winter driving tips on Caltrans’ website.

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Annual Silent Auction for the County’s Hungry

For the past several years, the Nevada County Public Health Department has organized a silent auction at the County’s Crown Point Circle campus during December to support the Food Bank of Nevada County.  This year’s auction totaled 758 bids, exceeding last year’s 569 bids!

Staff from Nevada County Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Adult Protective Services donate items for the auction which are numbered, tagged, and set out for auction in the employee break room. Staff bid on auction items with cans of food, where one can is the equivalent to $1.00. Once the auction is over the Food Bank of Nevada County picks up the food or cash donations from the auction, which support their mission of providing food distribution and nutrition education to hungry individuals and families in Nevada County.

Thank you to all who have supported this effort with toil or donations, and to Michele Chasin from Nevada County Public Health who organizes the event each year.  For more information on the auction fundraiser for the Food Bank of Nevada County, contact Michele at (530) 265-7264.

In Home Supportive Services Quality Assurance State Audit

During a recent visit from the California Department of Social Services, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Quality Assurance and Improvement Branch, Nevada County was awarded a certificate for maintaining over a 99.5% timely reassessment compliance rate for fiscal year 2016/2017! The State department reviewed County IHSS cases, policies, and procedures, and accompanied our Quality Assurance Officer on a home visit.  Thanks to Nevada County’s highly skilled and dedicated IHSS team, the results of the visit were outstanding.

The State IHSS program has a long history of service and has been in operation for over 40 years in California. It is the largest program of its kind in the United States, and helps individuals who are over 65, disabled, or blind to remain safely in their own home. The program currently services about 730 Nevada County residents. 

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Madelyn Helling Library Hosts: Rural Gateways Pushing the Limits Book Discussion

The Madelyn Helling Library will begin hosting the Rural Gateways: Pushing the Limits Book Discussion Series on January 19, 2018. Pushing the Limits is a science café and book club hybrid for adults funded by a National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Group.

The series consists of four events co-hosted by a science advocate. Each event is organized around a different theme: nature, survival, connection, and knowledge.

The program kicks off on Friday, January 19th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. The book featured is The Big Year by Mark Obmascik. Participants will enjoy a book discussion with coffee and donuts, door prizes, and a talk from guest speaker, Rudy Darling, President of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.

The Big Year is a “tale of man, nature and fowl obsession.” Obmascik unravels the story of a grueling competition between three men battling for a new North American birding record. Even readers who are not birders will delight in the adventure and nature narratives.

The four month series will include the following titles:

  • January: The Big Year by Mark Obmascik
  • February: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • March: Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  • April: The Comic Book Story of Beer by Johnathan Hennessey and Mike Smith

Space is limited. Sign up online through the Library Events Calendar at or call (530) 265-7050. Limited copies of all Rural Gateways Pushing the Limits books for this series are available at the Madelyn Helling Library.

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