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Fire Season Declared effective May 20th

CAL FIRE Declares Start of Fire Season

Starting Monday, May 20th, CAL FIRE has declared the beginning of fire season within their State responsibility area. Residential burns will no longer be allowed in CAL FIRE's responsibility area starting on this date.

Before you burn, it is important to check the burn day status for Nevada County first with the Northern Sierra Air Quality District. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. As an alternative to burning, Nevada County is partnering with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Waste Management to provide free residential green waste drop sites every weekend in May.

Green Waste Drop Sites

Nevada County Cannabis Conversation

Supervisors Approve Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance

On Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved Nevada County's Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance with a 4/5 vote. This comes after a multi-year community process starting in 2016 when 59% of Nevada County voters rejected Measure W, which proposed an ordinance banning outdoor cannabis cultivation. The cultivation ordinance allows cannabis farmers to cultivate up to 10,000 square feet with minimum parcel sizes of medicinal cannabis in specified zones including agricultural and forest zones, but not residential zones, in Nevada County. The ordinance does not allow manufacturing, dispensaries or other "supply chain" cannabis businesses.

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Supervisors Pass Beekeeping Ordinance

On Tuesday, May 14th, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance regarding beekeeping in Nevada County. The passage of this ordinance will allow both recreational and commercial beekeepers the ability to enjoy the many benefits that beekeeping provides.

The new ordinance will now require a 2-mile buffer between new commercial apiary locations as well as limit the number of hives per location to 48 hives during the nectar flow season (May 15th through October 15th). In addition, beekeepers will now be required to provide water for their hives either naturally or artificially.

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Mosquito Control: Drain, Dress, Defend, Dawn and Dusk

Fight the bite! Nevada County Environmental Health recommends remembering the D's of mosquito control: Drain, Dress, Defend, Dawn and Dusk.

To help control your mosquito population, Environmental Health has Mosquito Fish Giveaways planned for May 30th and June 27th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley and June 13th at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

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Keeping Victims of Abuse Housed

Sometimes victims of elder or dependent adult abuse find themselves at risk of homelessness or homeless.  This may be a result of domestic violence, financial abuse or other circumstances. 

For the first time ever, Nevada County Adult Protective Services (APS) has dedicated funding to try and prevent homelessness and provide stabilization. APS received grant funding to implement a 3 year pilot program to work with community partners and a housing specialist to provide support to this population.

For more information, call Tamaran Cook, Adult Services Program Manager, if you have any questions at (530) 265-7160.

Adult Services Website

Gold Country Stage at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City

Transit Free Fare Days, May 23rd - 25th

Ride for free on Gold Country Stage on all routes on Thursday, May 23rd, through Saturday, May 25th. Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times from 5:50 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Additionally, for folks attending the Strawberry Musical Festival, the Route 3 fairgrounds bus stop on Brighton Street in provides access for travel to and from the event on an hourly basis.

Nevada County 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.
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Empire Mine State Park

Free Access to State Parks for Veterans

The State of California offers special benefits for its military service members and Veterans, including the Distinguished Veteran Pass, a no-fee lifetime pass that entitles users to the use of all basic facilities, including day use, boating and camping, in California state parks at no charge. Honorably discharged war Veterans who are residents of California with an overall combined rating at 50 percent or greater service-connected disability or were held as prisoners of war by forces hostile to the United States are eligible to receive the Distinguished Veteran Pass to California State Parks.

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Nevada County Community Library: Create. Connect. Inspire.

Library Hosts 2nd Series of American Creed Community Conversations

On Tuesday, May 21st, at 11:00 a.m., the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City will host the second of three American Creed Community Conversations about connection, relationships, and the community. The public is invited to listen to a brief story or poem and then participate in a moderated discussion concerning the themes from the reading, moderated by Lori Burkhart-Frank.

In American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. At the heart of this film, Rice and Kennedy lead a moving discussion with first generation college students about the question: what does it mean to be American today?

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International Code Council Building Safety

May is Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month.  Building Safety Month was founded by the International Code Council (ICC) to promote worldwide building safety and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures in our communities.  Every week of the month has a theme associated to building safety: preparing for disasters - build strong, build smart; ensuring a safer future through training and education; securing clean, abundant water for all communities; construction professionals and homeowners - partners in safety; and innovations in building safety.

If you have any questions about building safety, please contact the Nevada County Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or at

Building Safety Month on ICC Website

We're Hiring

Job Openings at Nevada County: Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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 Public Works Fleet Services Division is hiring a Heavy Equipment Mechanic II to maintain, inspect, service, and repair heavy vehicles, equipment, and power tools belonging to Nevada County.  Each day is comprised of new challenges that can range from routine inspections to complex repairs on heavy equipment, transit buses, light duty trucks and passenger vehicles, and more, both in the Fleet Services shop and in the field.  The ideal candidate will possess ASE master certifications in Transit Bus or Medium-Heavy Truck repair, and must be comfortable and well versed in the use of technology to repair vehicles and equipment, as the Fleet Services Division is a paperless office and virtually all of the repair manuals and maintenance documentation are computer based. 

Apply today! Applications are due by May 28th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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