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Get Out and Vote!

Tuesday, June 5th, is the Statewide Primary Election Day, so it is time to exercise your right to vote! This year, Nevada County elections are changing. Nevada County is one of five California counties piloting the Voter's Choice Act, making voting more convenient and accessible for eligible voters.

An additional Vote Center will be open for one day at the North San Juan Community Center located at 29190 State Highway 49 in North San Juan. The newest Vote Center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5th, for Election Day.

The seven other Vote Center sites in Grass Valley, South County, Penn Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee will be open starting tomorrow, June 2nd, through Tuesday, June 5th. Hours for these Vote Centers will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5th.  Ballots can also be returned to any drop-box location or by mail as long as they are postmarked by June 5th.

For more information on the Voters Choice Act and voting locations please visit Nevada County Elections website.

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Cannabis Conversation: Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permits

On May 22nd, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved Urgency Ordinance 2450 allowing the issuance of Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permits. The requirements for temporary cannabis permits and the permit application materials are now available online.  Permits will be allowed for AG, AE, and FR zoned parcels.

Permit applications can be submitted by appointment only. Appointments may start to be scheduled starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6th, by calling (530) 265-1222, or in person at the Community Development Agency (CDA) office. Application appointments will be scheduled to start two weeks later, on Wednesday, June 20th. All temporary permits applications will go through a review and issuance process, as well as a compliance inspection within 30 days of permit issuance. All temporary permits issued will expire next year on June 30, 2019.  

For questions or more information regarding Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permits please contact Nevada County CDA at (530) 265-1222, email at, or visit the CDA office at 950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170, in Nevada City.

National Safety Month 2018

Safety Talks for National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month and the theme is "No 1 Gets Hurt".  Join the Nevada County Safety Committee for presentations on Wildfire Preparedness, Wellness and Tobacco Prevention, Fall Prevention, and Summer Water Safety scheduled each Monday in June from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Each presentation will take place in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Center and will focus on how you can keep yourself and your family safe.

On Monday, June 4th, Matt Furtado, Deputy Fire Marshal for Nevada County and Fire Captain for CAL FIRE, will be sharing what you need to do to prepare for a wildfire for week one's Emergency Preparedness theme. Matt has been involved with local fire departments since 1988 and has focused on Fire Prevention since 2006. His presentation includes information that might save you or your neighbor’s life and make the difference between your home being spared, or not, in a wildfire event. Informational handouts on the Fire Season Guide and registering for CodeRed emergency alerts will be available.

The theme for the second week in June is Wellness.  On Monday, June 11th, Shannon Glaz, Health Education Coordinator for Nevada County, and Jamie Sweet, PHN,MSN/Health Educator, will provide an overview of the Nevada County Tobacco Prevention Program. Their presentation will include updates on tobacco resources in the community, public policy on tobacco use, new forms of tobacco products, and coalition work.

The week of June 18th through the 29th is about falls, because “one fall can change it all.” On Monday, June 18th, Diane Miessler, Senior Outreach Nurse for Nevada County Adult Services, and Karen Marinovich, Coordinator of the Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County, will be sharing ways to create a safe environment and to prevent falls. Nevada County Senior Outreach Program services include free home safety checks and personalized falls prevention teaching.

On Monday, June 25th, Tim Highsmith, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office primary boating officer from 2014 to 2017, will be presenting information about boating and Yuba River safety. Stop by to find out what to do to keep yourself, friends, and family safe on the water this summer.

Information on each week's topic will be available in the lobby at the Rood Center for the entire week.  More information can also be accessed on the National Safety Council's website.

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Alta Sierra Community Meeting on Emergency Evacuation and Response

While the community continues to recover and learn from last year's devastating fires and as we head into this year's fire season, Nevada County will be holding a community meeting at the Alta Sierra Country Club on Friday, June 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to discuss crisis response and emergency evacuation preparedness for Alta Sierra and the surrounding community.

The event will include a panel discussion, followed by questions and answers with participants from CAL FIRE, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, and Nevada County District II Supervisor Ed Scofield.

Community members are encouraged to submit questions by email ahead of time at Questions may also be submitted in person during the meeting. 

Behavioral Health Peer Support Counseling Program

Congratulations to the most recent class of six new Peer Supporters!  Since 2008, Nevada County Behavioral Health has graduated 80 individuals as mental health peer supporters. The main function of the program is to train mental health consumers in the development of supportive counseling skills. These skills include active listening, an accepting attitude, and sharing information. They strive to empower clients to make their own decisions, rather than giving advice.

Turning Point and other agencies have hired 13 of these graduates to provide peer support in their facilities. Sue Haddon, who has been training these individuals in nine month increments since the inception of the program, stated "It warms my heart every time we graduate a class."

Some of the graduates don't take on paid counseling positions, but they still find the skills to be very helpful in other areas of their lives. One of the recent graduates commented to Ms. Haddon that, "my son's going through a really hard time and I've learned to be a good listener and that is what he needs." He further added that the class "has evolved me into something I never thought I could be. I never thought I had the strength to be the person I am now."

Another client reported, "the training helped me become more open-minded and less judgmental. It made things more about the other person than me."

Sue Haddon will be starting a new nine-month course later this summer. Anyone interested in this training can contact her at (530) 265-1437.

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New Airport Manager, Kevin Edwards, Appointed

Kevin Edwards has been appointed as the new County Airport Manager.  Over the past three years, Kevin has been performing an exceptional job as the County's Veteran Services Officer (VSO).  

Prior to becoming Nevada County's VSO, Kevin spent a year working at our Airport as an Airport Service Worker II.  Before becoming part of the County family, Kevin worked for a private sector aviation company and spent 6 years in the US Navy with aviation related responsibilities. Kevin stated that while he loves his current VSO position and working with our local veteran community, his true passion is and has been aviation and he is excited to return to the aviation community. 

Currently Kevin is pursuing an aeronautical degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located on Beale AFB.  He holds current FAA Airframe & Power Mechanic and Flight Engineer Certificates.  While at the County, Kevin obtained his CSAC County Executive Credential.  Kevin has a true passion for the Airport and our community, and Nevada County is excited to have him as our next Airport Manager.

Current Airport Manager Lee Ocker officially retires today, June 1st, and is relocating back to Florida with his family.  Lee has done a terrific job over his tenue at Nevada County, and we thank him for his service and the forward progress he brought to the Nevada County Airport.

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National Electrical Safety Month

May was National Electrical Safety Month. Properly functioning electrical components that are present around bodies of water are critical to electrical safety.

Everybody knows that electricity and water are a bad combination. Many movies have shown the hero that thwarts the evil plans of a world-wide crime syndicate by electrocuting the bad guy as they stand in a puddle of water. Or maybe you can relate to getting a cell phone wet, only to find the circuits short out and sensitive electronics burn up inside the phone, rendering it useless.  

Two major hazards that are related to electricity and water are Shock/Electrocution and Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). Electrocution is death by electric shock. This usually means that electricity travels through the body on a path with sufficient current across the heart causing it to stop pumping blood. This can happen when an individual comes in contact with something energized (i.e. metal ladder, electrical equipment, water) and completes the circuit allowing that current to return to the source. Electric Shock Drowning can happen when electricity from a dock, boat, pool, hot tub, or marina seeps into the water and electrifies it. As swimmers enter the water the electricity paralyzes their muscles, causing them to drown and making any rescue attempts dangerous.

One successful measure in protecting against shock is ground-fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs. These devices monitor what goes out, what comes back, and when there is a difference (meaning, the current goes somewhere else). Since that "somewhere else" could be a human body, it opens the circuit. This is great for protection against the type of shock that causes electrocution.

For additional information regarding electrical safeguarding around water you can visit the National Fire Protection Agency's webpage on ESD, or visit the Nevada County Building Department's website. For questions regarding electrical safeguarding around water, please contact the Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or

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