Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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CalFire Air Tankers Prepare for Fire Season

The Nevada County Airport and Grass Valley Air Attack Base are supporting training operations for CALFIRE Air Tankers and Air Attack aircraft for the next five to six weeks in preparation for fire season.  Up to six fire-fighting aircraft per day will be training in the area for three days each week, depending upon the weather, as the aircrews hone their skills to help keep our communities safe from wildfire. 

Please contact the Nevada County Airport at (530) 273-3374 with any questions or concerns about this training.

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Reminder: Property Taxes Due April 10th

Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, would like to remind property owners that the due date for the second installment of the 2017-2018 secured tax bill was February 1st, however the delinquent date for the second installment is not until April 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. 

Payments must be received in the Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector office or show a postmark of April 10, 2018.  If mailing close to this date, please get a hand stamped postmark to ensure timely payment. If received after the April 10th date without a timely postmark, a 10% penalty plus a $10 cost will be added for late payment.  For more information on how to avoid penalties, view the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Top 10 Ways to Avoid Penalties document.

If you own property in Nevada County and have not received a tax bill, a copy may be printed from the Tax Collector's website.

Payment transactions may also be made online on the Tax Collector's website or by phone at (888) 243-1366 up until 11:59 p.m. on April 10th. You must have your bill number, parcel number, and amount due.  Please note there is a 2.4% fee associated with credit card transactions and a $0.50 charge for electronic check. 

The Tax Collector's office is located on the 2nd floor at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.  The mailing address is P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 and the phone number is (530) 265-1285.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

An outside drive-up Drop Box is available in the parking lot of the Eric Rood Administrative Center until 5:00 p.m. on April 10th.   Follow the signs for the location.  

Payments may also be made in Truckee from April 2nd through the 4th at the Truckee Sheriff Substation, Supervisor Richard Anderson's office located at 10879 Donner Pass Road, Suite A between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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District Attorney Candlelight Vigil for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

The Nevada County District Attorney's Office and the Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Program invite the community to join for a candlelight vigil in Calanan Park in Nevada City. The event will be held during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Friday, April 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to honor and remember all victims of crime in Nevada County. Victim Witness will be presenting a Memorial Award to the family of Nancy Anderson, for her years of dedicated service to victims of crime.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual event held in April to promote victims’ rights and honor victims of crime. April 8th through April 15th is the week chosen for this year's events. Communities throughout the nation come together during events in their area to remember and support local victims of crime. Each year a theme is chosen for the national event which represents an aspect of victim recovery. This year's theme is "Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims." In addition, we would also like to recognize and honor all our law enforcement officers for their dedication to serving victims of crime.

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CERT Training at Nevada Union High School

A new group of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members is ready to assist the staff and students at Nevada Union High School (NU) should an emergency event happen. The recent training was co-sponsored by the Nevada County Public Health Department, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, Nevada Joint Union High School District, and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. This 22-hour training provided seventeen students with training in Disaster Medical Operations, the Incident Command System, Disaster Psychology, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, and an exercise using simulated victims. In addition, the NU Drama Department provided eleven students for the exercise, who took on the roles of victims. The students were terrific actors and added great value to the training.

Over the past few years, CERT training has been focused on schools, with both staff and students participating in the training. The class is co-taught by staff from Public Health and the Superintendent of Schools Office. In addition, this most recent class had Chief Don Wagner from Penn Valley Fire Protection District teach the fire section.

CERT programs were started as a way for neighbors to assist the first responders after a major event by helping each other, until the first responders arrive. It is a "Neighbor helping Neighbor" program.

For more information about CERT training, please contact Patti Carter at (530) 265-7174 or

Healthiest Nation 2030: National Public Health Week April 2-8 logo

It's Nearly National Public Health Week!

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 2nd through 8th, and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to declare Public Health Week in Nevada County as well.

What is NPHW? Each year, during the first full week of April, communities across the country come together to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.

According to the American Public Health Association, the U.S. not only spends more on healthcare than other comparable countries, but Americans live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes and heart disease. That's why this year's theme is "Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together" and the goal is to encourage individuals and communities to help make the U.S. the "Healthiest Nation in One Generation."

To achieve better health in one generation we need everyone, adults and children, to join the movement and to make eating healthy and being active every day a way of life. For more information on what you can do, please visit and join in the effort where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy!

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Tahoe National Forest Announces Lon Henderson as Yuba River District Ranger

Tahoe National Forest announced Lon Henderson as the new District Ranger for the Yuba River District of the Tahoe National Forest. 

Mr. Henderson served as career Army Officer in Europe, Africa, and the United States. During this time, Mr. Henderson finished degrees at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and Tufts University in Boston and took early-out as a Major.  Afterwards, he and his wife, Nancy, bought and ran their own resort in northern New Hampshire where they raised their two daughters and adopted two siblings from China.  With the sale of that enterprise, Mr. Henderson began work in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine, and then transferred to California to be the Recreation Officer for the National Recreation Area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  While there, Mr. Henderson detailed as District Ranger on Eagle Lake on the Lassen National Forest prior to being selected District Ranger for Yuba River of the Tahoe National Forest.

Mr. Henderson starts as the District Ranger for the Yuba River District of the Tahoe National Forest in the beginning of May. 

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