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Race Communications Town Hall on Bright Fiber Broadband Project, January 30th

Earlier this month the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the transfer of Bright Fiber Network to Race Communications.

Race is hosting a Town Hall meeting to provide the public with more information on the project and their plans on Wednesday, January 30th, in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center at 7:30 p.m. The Town Hall meeting will also be aired live on cable Channel 17 and on Nevada County's Facebook page.

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Supervisors Take Next Steps Towards Brunswick Commons Project

Hospitality House, Nevada County, and the Regional Housing Authority are working together to expand affordable housing and supportive wrap-around services in a day services center with the Brunswick Commons Resource Center project. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors took another step towards achieving this vision at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting by passing two resolutions approving Nevada County to pursue state and federal grant funding through the No Place Like Home (NLPH) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The vision includes providing services such as mental health care, substance use services, linkage to physical health care, housing retention skills, educational services, employment services, and more. Many community partners who currently work together to provide homeless services, including Hospitality House and Nevada County Behavioral Health, will be able to provide these services in one coordinated and easily accessible location.

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Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance 

The Nevada County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is offering free income tax preparation assistance and e-filing simple returns.  This is the seventh year of providing this free service, which starts Monday February 4th.  DCSS will continue to collaborate with 211 Connecting Point to assist individuals and families to determine if they may be eligible for a refundable tax credit called the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.  Even if you do not have a tax filing for income taxes you may be eligible for this credit so long as you have earned income.

Free tax preparations and e-file appointment dates are available through April 17th on most Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Evening and weekend assistance is by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1, DCSS at (530) 265–7097 or stop by the DCSS office at the Eric Rood Administrative Center.

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2018 Employee Service Awards

Each year Nevada County honors employees for their five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five or thirty years of service to the County. At Tuesday's January 22nd Board of Supervisors meeting, Human Resources Director Steve Rose presented ninety two employee service awards.

Of the ninety two County Employee's honored on Tuesday, three were recognized for their thirty years of service to Nevada County: Linda Sager from the Auditor-Controller's Office, Grant Eisen from Environmental Health, and Kathleen Anderson from the Sheriff's Office – Truckee Station.

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Impacts of Federal Government Shutdown

President Donald Trump announced today that an agreement has been reached to temporarily end the government shutdown for three weeks, through February 15th. For the past month during the shutdown, nine out of fifteen federal departments have been closed or reduced operations. While it appears a temporary agreement has been reached, County staff continue to monitor the effects of the shutdown. The impacts described were written prior to today’s agreement. Given the agreement and the evolving situation, these impacts will likely change in the short-term, but it’s uncertain which government services will immediately be restored and how that will reduce impacts to County departments.

In the last few weeks, Nevada County has seen further affects to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reduction in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) capacity, an increase in furloughed federal workers seeking benefits due to lost wages, and a delay in grant projects funded by the federal government.

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Quick Response to Fallen Trees through Ask Nevada County

Through winter storms, Public Works crews are on-call 24/7 to respond to fallen trees and road issues that need to be immediately addressed. Last weekend, our Public Works roads crew received kudos from a resident for their quick response to a large fallen tree in Alta Sierra.

As we continue into the winter months, quickly report road issues through the Ask Nevada County app, in the App Store and Google Play, or on our website.

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Probation Newsletter: Effecting Changes

The winter issue of the Probation Department newsletter, Effecting Changes, is available now.  Read about updates with Probation's Juvenile Unit, Adult Unit, community partnerships, and more.

Subscribe to the Probation Department's biannual newsletter from our website.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Burn Piles

It's not too early to start preparing for the 2019 fire season. Follow along with YubaNet’s weekly articles aimed at helping residents take “bite sized” steps to prepare for the next high fire season. Over 25 weeks the articles will 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.”

Week 7 is on burn piles. Burn piles are a popular way to get rid of brush from creating defensible space. However, before you burn, it's important to check the burn day status and know how to safely conduct a burn pile. Remember, burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is always required in Truckee. Check with your Home Owners Association if burn piles are permitted in your neighborhood.

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AgTech Micro Conference, February 7th

Join the Nevada County Tech Connection (NCTC) for a provocative and inspirational conversation about agriculture and technology in the community, where small, medium, and boutique farmers will find practical ways to improve efficiency and profits.

Learn from experts in the field about the latest trends and tools in Agtech:

  • Keynote speaker Martha Montoya, founder and CEO of, will present “Market variables influence bottom line of a farmer—how much can you control it?”
  • Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO/CSO of Pheronym, entrepreneur and accomplished scientist, will present “A new kind of pheromone to control agricultural pests.”
  • Angelo Campus, CEO and Founder BoxPower Inc., will discuss how to make renewable energy available to those who historically have not received its benefits.
  • Jenna Rodriguez, Ph.D., of Ceres Imaging, will speak about using agricultural remote sensing to help growers.

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SAEL Students Learn about Wastewater

On January 18th, a group of aspiring young minds from the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) visited the Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant in Penn Valley.  The Nevada County Sanitation District hosted the students for a free interactive tour to find out what happens to wastewater once it goes down the drain, after you flush the toilet, take a shower or wash your dishes or clothes. 

Plant tours are available to anyone interested in learning more about wastewater treatment and Nevada County Sanitation District's role in the community. To request a plant tour, please contact Nevada County Sanitation District staff at (530) 265-1411 to schedule a date and time to tour the Lake Wildwood facility.

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School Bus Safety is No Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are approximately 70 times more likely to get to school safely by bus than by car.  In California, approximately 32,000 school bus drivers transport more than one million students annually; traveling an estimated 253 million miles. 

The Grass Valley Area CHP School Bus Officer works weekly to ensure proper testing and oversight of school bus operations in western Nevada County, Sierra County, and parts of Placer County.  The officer inspects and reviews certain school bus stops, responds to complaints, conducts enforcement, and investigates school bus collisions.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Deputy Sheriff Trainee

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.

If you are interested in becoming a Deputy Sheriff with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, but you have not attended the mandatory POST Academy, the Sheriff’s Office is offering a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position.  This position is unique because the selected candidate is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office to attend the POST Academy while being paid as a Trainee.  Selected candidate will spend an estimated 924 hours in the academy and will graduate as a Deputy Sheriff I. 

Apply today! Applications are due by February 5th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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