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2019 Nevada County Health Rankings

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in the United States. The rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national data sources - these measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

For 2019, Nevada County demonstrated strength in Quality of Life at 6th and Clinical Care at 7th out of California’s 58 counties. The County
faces challenges in Length of Life at 23rd and Social & Economic Factors at 22nd of California counties. It should be noted that high school graduation rates includes large schools that are chartered in Nevada County, but not physically located within the area and serve high-risk students. Graduation rates from local schools are significantly higher and typically above the state average.

Nevada County Health Rankings

Truckee Wildfire Town Hall

Truckee Wildfire Town Hall, April 24th

Nevada County and Placer County public safety agencies will host a wildfire prevention and preparedness town hall Wednesday, April 24th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee.

The town hall will begin with a brief introduction from CAL FIRE’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes and will be followed by a question-and-answer panel with local fire, law enforcement and emergency response representatives.

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Lake of the Pines WUI Drill

CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is hosting a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) drill in Lake of the Pines on Sunday April 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the drill is to train firefighters on structure defense tactics including home preparation, hose deployment, structure size up, defense tactics and crew life safety measures. Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Higgins Fire Protection District and other fire agencies will also train during the drill. Residents are encouraged to participate by coming out to watch the drill or by evacuating when you receive your CodeRed alert.

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YubaNet's 25 Weeks to Prepare for Fire Season: Home Hardening

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 15 is about home hardening.  Ninety percent of homes and buildings are ignited by embers, and how well your house will fare once an ember lands depends on building materials and landscaping. YubaNet provides details on what 100 feet of defensible space should look like, and recommends upgrading to wildfire-resistant roofing, vents, and windows.

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Cannabis Conversation: Planning Commission Public Hearing on Cannabis EIR

On Thursday, April 11th, the Nevada County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and proposed Ordinance for the Nevada County Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance Project.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center. This meeting is the next step in the multi-year process of developing the County's long-term cannabis regulations.

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Ask Nevada County App Highlighted by CSAC

Nevada County's Ask Nevada County app combines transparency, technology and timeliness, allowing residents to quickly and easily communicate with County staff about hazards, needed road work or other issues of concern.

Nevada County's Ask Nevada County app won the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award for 2018. CSAC's Challenge Awards spotlights the most innovative programs in county government. CSAC has highlighted the app on their website and with a video describing the innovative service Ask Nevada County provides to residents.

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April 9th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, at the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items that don't appear on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's April 9th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Following adoption of the consent calendar, the Board will consider resolutions proclaiming April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Nevada County and accepting Mr. Chris Olander as the Nevada County Poet Laureate.

The Board will then consider an Urgency Interim Ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. The Ordinance would restrict the cultivation of Industrial Hemp for 45 days to allow the County to develop regulations, fee structures, and enforcement procedures for Industrial Hemp cultivation.

At 11:00 a.m. there will be a public hearing to consider adopting the Retherford Road area into the Darkhorse Permanent Road Division and establishing an annual special tax for ongoing road maintenance within the annexed area. The Board will consider objections and will tabulate a vote on the proposed special tax.

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

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KVMR Town Hall Forum: Suicide Awareness, April 9th

KVMR Town Hall Forum: Suicide Awareness

On Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. KVMR will broadcast a live town hall forum on suicide awareness, with panelists Mike Bratton from the MEBII Foundation, Barbara Coffman, Clinical Director at A New Day, Maureen Gerecke from the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Jennifer Winders & Shellee Sepk from What’s Up Wellness, and Curtis McMullan, MFT Clinical Supervisor at Nevada County Behavioral Health. 

Listeners will be able to participate in the forum live on the air.

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Nevada County Reads & Writes: Community Stories by StoryCorps

Nevada County Reads & Writes will hold the final public event of 2019, "Ties That Bind Nevada County," on Monday, April 8, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 PM in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. Five community members who recorded their stories with StoryCorps at the end of March will discuss their recording experience and summarize the stories that they shared.

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National Library Week at the Truckee Library

The Truckee Library is gearing up to participate in National Library Week with lots of fun activities for Truckee residents to enjoy. National Library Week runs from April 7th through April 13th.

The week is observed by the American Library Association as a way to celebrate and promote the work of libraries throughout the country. Libraries across the U.S. will be finding ways to commemorate this occasion and the Truckee Library will be joining in on the fun. 

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NU Debate Team Debates Community Homeless Issues

On April 3rd the Nevada Union High School Debate Team hosted their annual Miner Disputes fundraiser. The debates at the fundraiser included national issues, as well as the hot local issue of homelessness and anti-camping ordinances. The students met with Brendan Phillips, the County’s Housing Resource Manager, beforehand to learn more about the issue and prepare for the debate.

Two debate students each took opposing sides of the issue; one student debated that anti-camping ordinances are unconstitutional and the other that they are constitutional. 
Jackson Witt debated that without enough housing or beds, an anti-camping ordinance would be unconstitutional because sleeping is a biological need, and would criminalize being homeless. To represent the opposing argument, Brendan Ulmos debated that boundaries and standards are needed to protect the community as a whole, using the example that homeless camping can heighten the risk of wildfire during high fire season.

This year's NU Debate Team boasts the partnership of Devin Anderson and Hagan Noyes who just earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, where only 75 teams are chosen nationally from tens of thousands of teams.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Truckee Behavioral Health Therapist

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 Nevada County Behavioral Health Department is looking for a therapist to work as part of a clinical team that includes a psychiatrist, nurse, case manager and another therapist. This person provides assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation to our clients in Truckee, as well as coordination of services with other agencies in our community. The work is always interesting and provides opportunities for collaborative, creative problem solving.

The ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish in addition to English would be an asset in this position, but is not required.

If you are interested in joining a fast-paced work environment filled with caring professionals dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable community members, apply today! Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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