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Funding Expected for Nevada County’s Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project

In December 2018, Nevada County submitted six separate grant applications to CAL FIRE's Fire Prevention Program. One of these six proposed projects, the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project, was included in CAL FIRE's recent report to Governor Newsom in accordance with Executive Order N-05-19.

The proposed project area includes the only animal shelter in Nevada County, Sammie’s Friends, as well as the McCourtney Road Transfer Station. Within a mile of the project boundary are 7 churches, 12 bridges, 6 schools, 3 fire stations, 2 government buildings, and 4 shelters including the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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Staff Presents at National Public Administration Conference

Nevada County Board of Supervisors' Analyst Jeffrey Thorsby recently presented in Washington D.C. on the work of the Yuba River Public Safety Cohort initiative led by District I Supervisor Heidi Hall, former District IV Supervisor Hank Weston and current District IV Supervisor Sue Hoek at the Annual 2019 American Society for Public Administration. Specifically, Jeff presented on a proposed paper titled A case study on the role of local governance in complex multi-jurisdictional networks in wildfire mitigation public policy, which examined how the Cohort employed a coalition advocacy framework to address public safety policy gaps across federal, state and local public agencies.

While in D.C., Jeff also met with Congressman Doug LaMalfa and congressional staff from Congressman Tom McClintock, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Dianne Feinstein's offices to discuss major issues facing the County, as well as the County's top-priority objectives for the year. Issues discussed with Congressman LaMalfa and congressional staff included wildfire, affordable housing, homelessness, mental health, broadband, challenges for economic development in rural areas, and the need for sustained funding.

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Wildfire Speaker Series: Fire Resistant Homes and Defensible Space

On Monday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services presents Fire Resistant Homes and Defensible Space, the second in a four-part, speaker series, designed to educate and inspire the community to prepare for fire season
These cooler days are the perfect time to tackle cleanup projects outside that could be more difficult or hazardous in the warmer months. Smart planning and collaboration are key parts of a fire safe strategy. Highlighting the latest science and best practices for our area, attendees will learn how to harden their homes and maintain their property from Dr. Kate Wilkin, Forest and Fire Adviser with UC Cooperative Extension, and Matt Furtado, CAL FIRE and Nevada County Fire Prevention Planner.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: What Wood Stoves Want and Campfire Safety

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 14 is about wood stove and campfire safety. In addition to learning how to burn in your wood stove or campfire safely, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed a South Yuba River Fire Ban that bans all open fires on private property within a quarter mile of the South Yuba River starting the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend through the end of CAL FIRE's declared fire season.

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Seed Swap at the Madelyn Helling Library

The Madelyn Helling Library has announced their brand-new Seed Library! The Seed Library is free to use and does not require a library card. There are no limits on how many seeds you can take out of the Library, but please only take what you can use.

During the beginning stages of the Seed Library, the Library wants to get seeds into your hands. As plants fade and seeds show up in the garden, the Library plans to have several discussions on seed-saving, including which ones are the easiest to save and how to collect seeds from plants that haven't cross-pollinated. Seeds will then also be collected from the public and placed in a separate box to ensure seed varieties aren't mixed before going back out to the public.

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Eric Rood Administrative Center Room Rental Policy

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted to enact the use of fees for public room reservations at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in the Board Chambers, Empire Room, and Providence Mine A and B rooms.

Fees range from $75 to $250 depending on if the meetings take place after-hours on weekdays or weekends, and if they require IT support. The new policy is intended to help the County recover some of the costs associated with after-hours meetings at the Eric Rood Administrative Center. After-hour meetings require varying levels of staff support, and additional heating or air to keep the building open outside of normal business hours.

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Walk-in Alcohol and Drug Screening Clinic Begins March 18th

Nevada County Behavioral Health is changing how they authorize residential treatment for substance use disorders. Individuals no longer need an appointment for an assessment. Starting Monday, March 18th, Behavioral Health will be conducting assessments on a walk-in basis for residents who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries or who might be eligible for Medi-Cal and are seeking residential treatment or withdrawal management for drug and alcohol disorders.

The walk-in clinic will be "first come, first serve" and take place every Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Behavioral Health, 500 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.

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VA Disability Compensation for Gulf War Veterans

Nevada County Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War and suffer from chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses may receive disability compensation from the VA. Benefits may include free, comprehensive medical examinations, including laboratory testing and other diagnostic tests to determine the chronic illness and associated care to treat symptoms.

All Nevada County Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War are encouraged to visit Nevada County's Veterans Services Office to see if they may qualify for medical and compensation benefits related to their service.

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Gold Country Stage at Tinloy Station in Grass Valley

Free Fare Days: Saturday, March 16th

Ride for free on Gold Country Stage on all routes on Saturday, March 16th, from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing your green!

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

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Census 2020 is Hiring

The Census Bureau has begun recruiting and hiring people to work on important preliminary operations for the 2020 Census that begins in August.

Applicants can qualify for both field and office positions. Between January and March 2019, 39 area census offices for the Address Canvassing operation will open. By September 2019, another 209 such offices will open as the 2020 Census gears up for peak operations, which includes census enumerators going door to door to follow up with households that don’t initially respond.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Truckee Librarian

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 Truckee Branch of the Nevada County Library is looking to hire a Librarian. The ideal candidate should be an innovative librarian who is customer service oriented, flexible, outgoing, creative and has a passion for working with parents and youth from ages zero to eighteen. Work includes youth services program planning and implementation, collection development, social media outreach, youth services outreach including cultivation and maintenance of community contacts, public presentations and committee work. The ability to speak Spanish is a plus! 

Apply today! Applications are due by April 10th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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