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Search & Rescue at the Camp Fire in Butte County

Thank You to County Staff and Volunteers who Provided Assistance to Butte County

Over the past month, almost 50 County employees served as Disaster Service Workers and over 60 volunteers from our Sheriff's Search & Rescue assisted in Butte County on the Camp Fire. County staff and volunteers witnessed the complete devastation from the Camp Fire and worked to help the community start the recovery process, from serving as crisis counselors for fire victims to helping locate and treat animals who survived the fire.

Nevada County is extremely grateful to the caring and dedicated staff who jumped in to help our neighboring County. Their experiences while assisting are nearly unimaginable, yet very real as a fire like the Camp Fire could happen in our community too. Read on to hear about what staff experienced when working on the Camp Fire.

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Supervisor Hank Weston recognition award

Supervisor Hank Weston and Sheriff Keith Royal Recognized for Years in Public Service

At Tuesday's December 11th Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board recognized District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston and Sheriff Keith Royal for their many years of public service before their retirement in January.

District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston was recognized for his total 57 years of public service; 12 years as Nevada County District 4 Supervisor and 45 years in fire service before that. Supervisor Weston provided prudent leadership, fiscal oversight and strategic guidance on a myriad of issues throughout his tenure, including serving as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and serving on the Nevada County Budget Subcommittee on seven separate occasions.

Sheriff Keith Royal was recognized for his 20 years of service as Nevada County’s 33rd Sheriff and a total of 45 years of public service in law enforcement. His services as Sheriff is the second longest tenure in Nevada County. In addition to a family history of public service in law enforcement and strong educational background in criminal justice, Sheriff Royal has brought the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office into the 21st Century with technological advances including implementing multi-data terminals in patrol vehicles. Sheriff Royal has served as the President of California State Sheriff’s Association and built relationships with Sheriffs of surrounding counties who know and trust each other and are ready to help at a moment’s notice.

Congratulations and thank you to District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston and Sheriff Royal for their many years of dedicated service to Nevada County.

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Attendees and CAL FIRE presenter at Community Wildfire Stakeholder meeting

County Gathers Community Leaders for Wildfire Stakeholder Meeting

Last Friday, December 7th, the County hosted a Wildfire Prevention Stakeholder Meeting, gathering nearly 50 community leaders from 30 different organizations and agencies at the Grass Valley Veterans' Hall for two hours to discuss how allied agencies can work together to increase opportunities to make our community resilient to wildfire.

The initial objective of the meeting was to bring together community organizations with a shared wildfire prevention mission to establish an ongoing coordinated approach to wildfire prevention priorities, plans and projects. Each organization or agency shared their mission and their current projects, learning from each other about funding opportunities, hazardous vegetation enforcement efforts, local hazardous vegetation programs, and more.

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Gold Country Stage with Happy Holidays! display

Gold Country Stage Free Fare Days: Ride Free December 17th - 31st

Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas as Gold Country Stage offers free fares on all routes from December 17th until the end of the year!

County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

As a special holiday gift to all our riders, Gold Country Stage will provide free fares on all routes starting December 17th and running until December 31st. Gold Country Stage will be operating normal schedules and times on all routes with free fares for all. As a reminder, there will be no bus service on Tuesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Day.

Gold Country Stage is available for people traveling to the 2018 Victorian Christmas on Wednesday, December 19th, and Cornish Christmas on Friday, December 21st. If planning to travel with Gold Country Stage on these days, please check route times with schedules up to 8:00 p.m.

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Veterans may qualify for Total Disability Individual Unemployability Benefits

Many injuries sustained during combat can qualify veterans for disability benefits under the law, especially when it comes to employment. In some cases, however, a veteran's disability is not severe enough to qualify for a 100 percent rating under the Veteran Administration's (VA) rating schedule. This is especially tragic when the veteran cannot obtain or hold a job because of their disability.

Fortunately there is a VA benefit to address the situation of Individual Unemployability. The benefit known as Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) grants veterans the equivalent of a 100 percent disability rating under the VA rating schedule. This allows the veterans to receive payment for 100 percent disability status even though their "true rating" is something less than 100 percent.

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Project Warmth clothing drive box in ERAC lobby

Donate Winter Clothing to Project Warmth with United Way

United Way of Nevada County is holding their annual Project Warmth clothing collection drive, collecting warm hats, gloves and socks for those who need them the most.

Drop off new items in boxes located in the Rood Center lobby, B&C Ace Home Center, Walker’s Office Supply, Hospice of the Foothills, Nevada City Chamber, Family Resource Center, The Union, and AAA. Donations in the Rood Center lobby will be collected Wednesday, December 19th.

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Snowy I-80 over Donner Summit

CalTrans Advises that Weekend Storms will Impact Highway Travel in Mountains

Caltrans District 3 is alerting motorists to incoming weather systems in Northern California, which will bring rain and snow Friday through Monday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Storm Warning for two weather systems expected to arrive Friday and continue through Monday morning. Those traveling along Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 Sunday through Monday should account for travel delays due to snow. Chain controls on I-80 over Donner Summit, on Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on other Sierra mountain roadways should be anticipated Friday evening through Monday morning.

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Get Ready for Fire Season: YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare

Although CAL FIRE has officially announced the end of the fire season, it's not too early to start preparing for 2019. YubaNet has begun publishing the first of 25 weekly articles to help residents take “bit sized” steps to prepare for the next high fire season. They’ll address, “vegetation management on private properties, how to harden your home, what you need to do now to be ready if/when evacuations are being called for your area, how-to guides for communication plans, evacuation plans, how Nevada County Schools prepare for wildfire and more. Each story will have resources to help you keep your family safe.”

Where to start? Week 1 is all about taking an inventory of your home. Find tips and tricks of taking an inventory inside and out, and information about how to create the recommended defensible space around your home.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: 

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.

The Wastewater Division of the Public Works Department administers and maintains sewage collection systems and treatment facilities for Nevada County Sanitation District Number 1.  There are 10 zones within the Sanitation District.  The Sanitation District provides sewer service in western Nevada County with a population of 14,000.

The County is hiring for a Wastewater Electrical/Mechanical worker I or II. The ideal candidate for both levels will have a track record of excellent customer service and hard work combined with significant experience as an electrical/mechanical worker in the maintenance and repair of generators, motors, pumps, controls, instrumentation, and general plant maintenance. In addition to this experience, a qualified candidate must have had a formal apprenticeship or equivalent as an electrical/mechanical worker.  See our job postings to see the minimum requirements for each level.

To join our team, apply today!  Applications are due by December 28th at 5:00 p.m.

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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