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Sheriff Captain Jeff Pettitt

Captain Jeff Pettitt Announced as Lead of Nevada County Emergency Services

Nevada County Sheriff's Captain Jeff Pettitt will be overseeing Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) starting March 24th, due to the upcoming retirement of Nevada County's OES Manager, John Gulserian.

Recognizing wildfire prevention and preparedness as a top community and Board of Supervisors priority, the County's OES Program has risen to a new level of criticality and importance. There is now a greater need for OES to partner and coordinate closely and continuously with Fire, Police, Sheriff, State OES, FEMA, and other first responder agencies year round.

As a Sheriff's Captain, Pettitt is trained in peace officer leadership and has a strong foundation in OES based incident command practices. These skillsets will contribute to OES' ability to continue building strong relationships with other first responders in our community, and increase the operational safety of defensible space inspectors as the County ramps up outreach efforts to residents.

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Ponderosa Defense Zone map

CAL FIRE Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project Fast Tracked by Governor Newsom

The 1,802-acre Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project has been fast tracked by Governor Newsom. The project protects approximately 3,000 residences in the wildland urban interface communities of Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready and the City of Grass Valley, as well as the critical infrastructure for state commerce such as State Highway 20, Pacific Gas and Electric power and water infrastructure, and Nevada County facilities.

Within 1 mile of the project there are 7 churches, 12 bridges, 6 schools, 3 fire stations, 2 government buildings and 4 emergency shelter sites including the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The project lies between Rough and Ready Highway and McCourtney Road. The primary fuel type is brush and timber; secondary fuels are oak woodland with minimal grass and moderate brush component. Over 100 years of fuel buildup predominates the landscape.

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Wildfire panel discussion

Wilder Than Wild Film Screening and Panel Discussion a Success!

On Wednesday more than 300 community members joined Nevada County Resource Conservation District and the Office of Emergency Services to view two films related to living with wildfire in California, Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest and Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future. Following the films, audience members heard from a panel of experts who are working in the community to elevate awareness around how to prepare for and prevent wildfires.
This event was a display of a new era of collaboration under, a readiness campaign which encourages personal responsibility and community engagement. Participants on the panel included CAL FIRE, University of California Cooperative Extension, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Pacific Gas and Electric, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District, Nevada City
Fire Protection District and Grass Valley Fire Protection District. The event’s moderator was YubaNet Editor Pascale Fusshoeller.

For the first time ever, this event was broadcast live by YubaNet, The Union, Nevada County Digital Media, KNCO and KVMR. This opportunity was made possible by the generosity of filmmakers Joe Flannery, Kevin White and Stephen Most.

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Neighborhood Awareness

YubaNet’s 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Neighborhood Awareness

It's not too early to start preparing for 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 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 13 is on neighborhood awareness, a main theme at Wednesday's Wilder Than Wild Panel Discussion. Working with your neighbors to make sure you are all aware and are able to evacuate when an emergency takes place, knowing your possible exit routes, and working with your neighbors to create defensible space are some of the most important things you can do to keep yourself, your family and your neighborhood safe during an emergency event.

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Bear River Wildfire Safety Summit, March 12th

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSOS) is hosting another Safety Summit for Parents at Bear River High School. Learn about wildfires, lock-downs, and sheltering-in-place as a parent or guardian of a student. Local law, fire and school representatives will speak about the collaborative efforts to support the safety of our students.

Join NCSOS next week, March 12th, at the Community Theater at Bear River High School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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March 12th 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 March 12th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At 10:30 a.m., the Board will consider the approval of a Fee Schedule for use of the Board Chambers and Conference Rooms at the Eric Rood Administrative Center.

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

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Sale of CBD Items in Grocery Stores and Restaurants

According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the sale of CBD items in retail food operations, such as grocery stores or restaurants, are in violation of current federal and state laws unless they are considered as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS).

There are currently only three parts of the hemp plant that are recognized as GRAS in the United States. All other hemp derivatives, such as CBD, CBD oil and other parts of the industrial hemp plant (e.g. leaves), are not considered GRAS and are not approved as a food, food additive, or dietary supplement.

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Nevada County Reads & Writes

Nevada County Reads & Writes: The Power of Storytelling with Jeff McHugh

Cultural historian and author Joe McHugh will explore the power of storytelling in a multi-media presentation, "Slaying the Gorgon: Message, Medium, Magic," in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Rood Center in Nevada City on Wednesday, March 13th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Using a combination of common sense language, intriguing imagery, historical examples, and humor, McHugh will examine how stories are told in the modern age and how they influence our beliefs and behaviors.

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Young at Art Exhibit at the Rood Center

Young at Art Exhibit

Nevada County is partnering with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and the Nevada County Arts Council to celebrate March as Young at Art Month. Young at Art Month is an annual celebration of the visual arts by promoting art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities to celebrate visual art education for grades K-12.

Stop by the Eric Rood Administrative Center through May 22nd to view the student artwork in the Young at Art exhibit.

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Components of an age-friendly community

Senior Age-Friendly Survey

Do you live in an age friendly community?  We know the great majority of Americans want to continue living in their own homes as they age.  It's important to stay active and engaged in every way.  All ages want to live safely and affordably, buy healthy food, socialize and find services they need while aging in place.

AARP and the Agency on Aging \ Area 4 are encouraging everyone, especially those 45 and older, to take the Age-Friendly Survey.  This needs assessment survey will determine priorities that will help develop future Area Plans. Please take the survey and forward it to everyone that might benefit from services, including adults with senior parents.  Your input is important in creating the type of community that is livable for all residents.

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Change your clocks, test your smoke alarms

Spring Forward this Sunday

Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward one hour this Sunday at 2:00 a.m.

As you change your clocks, take a moment to check your smoke alarms too. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, batteries should be replaced once a year and it is suggested to test your smoke alarm once every month.

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We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Temporary Bus Driver

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 enjoy driving, working around a supportive team and serving your community with a valuable service? The Transit Services Division, also known as Gold Country Stage, is currently recruiting for Temporary Bus Drivers in the Grass Valley and Nevada City region. We are seeking motivated, customer service inclined folks who enjoy being a part of a close-knit team that provides services to the public. Our goal is to provide safe, efficient and friendly transit services to the residents of Western Nevada County. The Temporary Bus Driver position is an integral part of accomplishing that goal. The position is part-time, up to 20 hours per week with flexibility in scheduling.

Apply today! Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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