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Nevada County Awarded CCISDA Innovation Award for Vote Center Initiative

The California County Information Systems Directors Association (CCISDA) awarded Nevada County with the 2018 Innovation Award for work on the Vote Center Initiative for the under 700,000 population category. The project team consisted of staff from Information Systems and from the Elections Office.  

Nevada County was one of five counties in California to serve as a pilot for the Voter's Choice Act, a new law passed in 2016 that will modernize elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.

The requirements of the Voter's Choice Act necessitated a multi-disciplinary team to develop a solution that included new applications, new networking requirements and mobile technology; all while maintaining strict security protocols. 

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RCRC Releases 2018 Nevada County Economic and Demographic Profile

The 2018 Nevada County Economic and Demographic Profile was produced by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at California State University, Chico, with funding provided by Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). The profile is organized to reflect five core sets of community characteristics: population, environment, economy, society, and industry. 

District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller, who represents Nevada County on RCRC's Board of Directors, says, "This report provides Nevada County with valuable data that can be used to see where our strengths and areas for improvement are in Nevada County, as well as have the data to make better informed decisions when it comes to the economic development of our community."

The data in this document may be used for grant writing, market analysis, promotional purposes, business planning, or community planning. The indicators contained in this document provide insights into various aspects of economic, environmental, and social well-being.

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Flu Fact: Even healthy people can get the flu. Protect yourself. Get a flu shot. #FightFlu

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic, October 9th 

Come one, come all! The Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley on Tuesday, October 9th, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or while supplies last) in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway.

The drive-thru clinic is for adults and children 3 years of age and older. If however, you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the next month, please see your primary care or prenatal care provider to get your annual flu vaccination.

The intent of this drive-thru event is to practice and evaluate response levels and preparedness of Public Health staff and community partners in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency. If a significantly large communicable disease outbreak occurs, such as a pandemic, Public Health will not want individuals to congregate in large spaces to receive prophylactic medicines. The drive-thru mechanism allows for county residents to receive medicine without ever leaving their cars thus protecting not only themselves, but friends, family and the community as a whole. 

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Nevada County Partners to Host Tire Amnesty Week, October 1st - 5th

In an effort to reduce illegal dumping, Nevada County, Waste Management, the Bureau of Land Management's California State Office and Mother Lode Field Office, and the Tahoe National Forest are hosting a tire amnesty event daily on October 1st through 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at different locations throughout Nevada County.

October 1st -2nd: Waste Management-McCourtney Road Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 14741 Wolf Mountain Road, Grass Valley, CA  95949

October 3rd: Penn Valley Rodeo (behind the fire station), 10153 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA  95946

October 4th: Waste Management-North San Juan Transfer Station, 10125 Flume Street, North San Juan, CA  95960

October 5th: Waste Management-Washington Transfer Station, 15886 Gaston Road, Washington, CA  95986

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Sheriff's Office Awarded Body-Worn Camera Grant

The Sheriff’s Office received notification of approval for a Body-Worn Camera Grant. The grant will cover startup costs associated with a body-worn camera program.

The funding comes at a time when State-wide policy regarding the use of body worn cameras and development of recent technology have provided increased benefits to local law enforcement. Funding from this grant will support the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office to develop a planned and phased approach that will engage a variety of stakeholders, local leadership, and the community to address policy, training and deployment.

The Sheriff’s Office has utilized in-car cameras 
for many years as a tool in their daily jobs, and recently our Sheriff Office Animal Control Officers began a pilot program using body worn cameras. This new technology will help the Sheriff’s Office expand its transparency within the community.

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Nevada County Receives Rural Health Opioid Grant 

The Nevada County Behavioral Health and Public Health Departments are working together on a prevention and treatment program to reduce the impact of the opioid crisis in Nevada County.  This joint effort was recently recognized with the award of a Rural Health Opioid grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

According to the California Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, both opioid overdose Emergency Department visit rates and hospitalization rates related to opioid overdoses in Nevada County are more than twice the state average. This additional funding will be used towards a three-year program, which will collaborate with the Nevada County Public Health Department and other community providers to reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid use through:

  • Identification of individuals with the highest risk of opioid-related overdose
  • Enhanced recovery services and case management
  • Prevention and education with an emphasis on Nevada County's perinatal population
  • Transportation and shelter assistance for program participants

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Combie Corridor – Rule 20A Underground Project 

On Monday, September 24th, Public Works construction crews started working on the roadway shoulder of Combie Road from its intersection with Highway 49 to the east, just past the Lake Combie Mobile Home Village.  

The work is part of the Combie Corridor – Rule 20A Underground Project, Phase 3a, which involves relocating the above ground utilities in order to allow the Combie Road Widening Project to begin next spring.   Work is expected to continue through November. Two lanes of traffic will be open for the majority of the project and there will only be minor delays to traffic with trucks entering and exiting Combie Road.   

For more information, please contact the Nevada County Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411 or

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West Nile Virus: Reduce Your Risk

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease that is transmitted by bites from infected mosquitoes.  WNV first appeared in California in 2003 and infections occur most often in the summer and early fall when mosquitoes are active.

As of September 14th, the California Department of Public Health had received reports of 79 human cases this season which is lower than the 143 cases reported at this time last year. However, WNV activity is fairly widespread in California and the state has seen a recent rise in human cases. Even as we move into fall, residents should continue to take precautions against mosquito bites.

For most people, the risk of serious illness is low; however, some people (less than one percent) can develop a serious neurologic illness such as meningitis or encephalitis (brain inflammation). People 50 years of age or older have the greatest risk of complications.
Nevada County Environmental Health has a Mosquito and Vector Control program to help provide resources to residents, such as ways to protect yourself from West Nile Virus, and monitor and respond to vector-borne diseases.

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First 5 Nevada County Seeking Proposals for Family Cafes in Truckee

First 5 Nevada County, a local organization dedicated to supporting children's growth and development in their early years, is seeking proposals for a short-term project to run Family Cafes in Truckee.

Family Cafes are a unique parent support strategy that aim to bolster the five protective factors in families with children 0 to 8 years old by allowing for guided conversations among small groups of parents. Training in the Family Cafe model is available for free to the selected grantee and will be open to other agencies as well.

Applications to administer the Family Cafe program in Truckee are due by October 12th at 5:00 p.m. Funding for this program is provided by Public Health to carry out the SAMHSA-funded Project LAUNCH.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Behavioral Health Accountant

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.

Do you love to make sure every column and row of numbers add up? Find number puzzles exciting? The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Fiscal Unit is seeking an accountant to support the Behavioral Health department.

HHSA is looking for a person who sees the big picture in the small details, and who sees the value underlying the numbers. The work that the accountant performs helps ensure that customers continue to receive the programs and services that often represent the difference between discouragement and hope. Nevada County is in the early stages of implementing a new program of expanded Medi-Cal services to treat substance abuse. This position will be a critical player in implementing this cutting-edge program that will make a huge impact in our community.

Applications are due October 17th.  Apply for the Behavioral Health Accountant position today!

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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