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Tips to Stay Fire Safe this Weekend

On the one-year anniversary of Nevada County’s Lobo and McCourtney Fires, Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services urges residents to be fire safe this weekend. Although we’ve received some rain throughout the County earlier this week, National Weather Service is predicting gusty and windy weather that will dry out the ground quickly and contribute to possible high fire danger this weekend.

The Office of Emergency Services encourages residents to plan ahead by using online resources to prepare for an emergency event; be fire safe by avoiding outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation such as yard work with lawnmowers or power equipment that creates sparks, target shooting, or campfires; and to sign up for Nevada County’s local CodeRED Emergency Alerts online or by dialing 2-1-1 to connect with 211 Connecting Point.

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October 9th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's October 9th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chamber at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. The Board will meet the new United States Forest Service District Ranger and Deputy Forest Supervisor, Alonzo “Lon” Henderson and Liz Berger; proclaim October 2018 as United Way of Nevada County Campaign Kick-Off Month; and proclaim October 14th as the 23rd Annual Truckee River Day.

Following approval of the consent calendar, the Chair of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Jeff Jenkins, will provide a presentation regarding the Commission's accomplishments, as well as their ongoing concerns.

Finally, at 1:30 p.m. the Planning Department will bring forward an Ordinance and Resolution, pertaining to the County's Housing Element Rezone Program.

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Community Partner Awards winners

HHSA Community Partner Awards

Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) held its annual Community Partner Awards Ceremony at the Gold Miners Inn on September 27th. The ceremony provided the opportunity to thank and honor community partners that make a difference in providing critical services to vulnerable and needy County residents. Four different categories were acknowledged as providing an outstanding partnership with the Health and Human Services agency. These categories include: Outstanding Community Organization, Outstanding Business/Government Organization, Outstanding Youth, and Outstanding Individual Community Members.

This year's winners include: Sierra Mental Wellness Group (Outstanding Community Organization), Twin Cities Church (Outstanding Community Organization), Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (Outstanding Business / Government), Francis Bailey-Rundle (Outstanding Youth), and Sarah Eastberg (Outstanding Individual).

Nominees for Outstanding Individuals included Katie Bell, Gina Dwyer, Janella Kirkman, and the Munroe-Rosenkild Family.  Other Nominees for Outstanding Youth were Glory Niesen, Dominic and Ethan Garrity. Connecting Point was also nominated as an Outstanding Community Organization.

The Awards Selection Committee included Ana Action (FREED), Nancy Baglietto (Hospitality House), Lovie Bucknell (Crisis Stabilization Unit), Laura Harter (Child Advocates of Nevada County), Mike Livak (Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation), and Mike Sypnicki (Probation).

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Buy a Pink Sheriff Patch

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Pink Patch Project, a collaborative Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, in partnership with the Nevada City Police Department, the Grass Valley Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

The goals of this project are to increase education about the importance of early detection and prevention, and to raise funds for further research, treatment and care of those who are currently battling breast cancer.  Pink patches of the local participating agencies can be purchased and the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Fund.

Thank you to Riebe’s Auto Parts who generously provided the funding to have the pink patches made for local law enforcement agencies.

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Building Inspection Scheduling During the Busy Fall Season

It's crunch time for the busy building season with projects working towards finalization or getting the project weather tight prior to winter weather. During this time the Nevada County Building Department becomes inundated with building inspection requests.

The Building Department has online resources and building inspection tips to help make sure your project stays on track before the winter weather hits. If in doubt, contact the Building Department early and often with your questions!

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Starts Soon

Congress gave Americans the Affordable Care Act in 2013, enabling American consumers the possibility of obtaining affordable, effective health care through government sponsored insurance programs or through the Health Insurance Market Place.  The three government sponsored programs are Medicare, Medi-Cal and Covered California. 

Residents who are over 65 years of age, as well as individuals who have received Social Security Disability benefits for at least 2 years, are eligible for Medicare.  Those qualified for Medicare may also be eligible for a state sponsored program, Medi-Cal, which does have income restrictions.  This program is mainly for low income individuals or families, or those individuals with few assets.  Low and middle income individuals and families may purchase health insurance from a central Market Place which, in California, is called Covered California and they may qualify for financial assistance to pay the health insurance premiums though Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits and Cost Savings Assistance. 

For calendar year 2019, the Open Enrollment period will run from October 15, 2018 through January 15, 2019.  Under certain circumstances, consumers will also qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, which runs for 60 days from the date of the qualifying event.  Consumers may claim a Special Enrollment Period if they lose other coverage (Medi-Cal, employer sponsored coverage, COBRA, student health care or coverage from a parent), move to California or get released from jail or prison, get married or have a baby. 

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Sign Up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts at Higgins Fire District Open House, October 13th

Next Saturday, on October 13th, the Higgins Fire District will be holding an Open House. The event will take place at the Higgins Fire and Cal FIRE Station 21 located at 10106 Combie Road in Auburn from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nevada County Office of Emergency Services will be there to help sign residents up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts and answer any questions.

In addition to CodeRED sign ups, the Open House will have a meet and greet with local firefighters, demonstrations of equipment, fire safety trainings, appearances from Smokey the Bear, and a free barbeque lunch!

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Public Defender Partners with Local Non-Profit, Pets In Need, to Provide Court Attire to Clients

A local non-profit, Nevada County Pets In Need, recently donated a variety of sports coats to the Nevada County Public Defender’s Office. These jackets will be used for the Public Defender’s trail clothes closet so their clients have access to court room attire regardless of what they can afford. Thank you to Patti Galle and Nevada County Pets In Need for the generous and thoughtful donation!

The Nevada County Public Defender’s Office represents indigent clients, both adults and juveniles who have been charged with a criminal offense, and provides legal representation for people involved in civil conservatorships and Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura's Law/AOT). The Public Defender’s Office cares about our community and partner with others, like local non-profits, who are working to combat those conditions which foster an environment for crime.

Nevada County Pets in Need has consistently been an organization that has provided support to the clients of the Public Defender's Office as well as their pets.  If you have any questions about the Public Defender's Office, please contact Nevada County Public Defender Keri Klein at (530) 265-1400 or

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Public Health Hosts a Healthy Communities Summit

On Friday, September 28th, Nevada County Public Health hosted a one-day event, the Nevada County Healthy Communities Summit. The Summit brought together local experts, innovators, and thought-leaders to explore what it means to build, invest in, and support a healthy community.

With nearly one hundred people in attendance from throughout Nevada County, the Summit encouraged lively and challenging conversations around the connections between healthy people, healthy places, and a healthy economy. This Summit was the start of a series of conversations Public Health plans to convene around these ideas, as the department works to broaden our community’s understanding of and engagement with what health means.

To continue this conversation, Public Health will be organizing a series of community mixers in 2019, both in Western Nevada County and Truckee, to build upon these ideas and build connections across diverse sectors.

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Public Hearing for Discussion of State CDBG Application

Nevada County will conduct a public hearing on October 11th in order to discuss possible applications for funding under 2018 funding cycle of the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and to get citizen input on possible activities to be included in the application for funding. The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City.

The County will be applying for funding for one eligible activity such as homeownership assistance and housing rehabilitation programs; public facility and public improvements projects (including public improvements in support of new housing construction); and public service programs, planning studies, economic development business assistance and microenterprise activities. Activities must meet one or more of the three national CDBG objectives: fit to low income households or persons; elimination of slums and blight; or meeting an urgent community development need.

Your participation is encouraged! The purpose of this public hearing is to give Nevada County citizens an opportunity to make comments regarding what types of eligible activities the County should apply for under the State CDBG program. 

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County Offices Closed October 8th 

All administrative County offices will be closed Monday, October 8th, in observance of Columbus Day. Public safety and Sheriff's patrol services will resume as normal.

Normal business hours for other offices will resume on Tuesday, October 9th.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor

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.

Interested in joining a fast-paced work environment filled with caring professionals dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable community members? The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department is looking for an experienced Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor capable of supporting and directing a team of five case managers.

Behavioral Health has a friendly, nurturing work environment and enjoys the privilege of serving individuals with serious mental illness. The work is always interesting and provides opportunities for collaborative, creative problem solving. Behavioral Health hires individuals who are not only caring, but also bring a sense of humor and fun at the right time.  Duties include supervising and monitoring the day-to-day coordination and operation of the Adult Services multi-disciplinarian team consisting of psychiatrists, case managers, and others. The position is also responsible for the oversight of key housing programs. 

Apply today!  Applications are due by October 24th.

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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