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Ryan Gruver Announced as County's Health and Human Services Director

After a strong candidate recruitment, Nevada County Executive Officer, Alison Lehman, has appointed Ryan Gruver as Health and Human Services Agency Director, effective July 22nd.

Ryan Gruver has over 13 years of experience in Nevada County Government, starting in 2006 as a Child Support Caseworker to, most recently, serving as Health and Human Services Agency's (HHSA) Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer helping to manage the Agency's $115 million annual budget and over 300 staff. Additionally, Ryan has been a part of a team leading the County's efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing.

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Nevada County Defensible Space Inspectors

Contact OES for Neighborhood Fire Inspections

It is a top Board priority to reduce the risk and effects of wildfire by pursuing hazardous vegetation mitigation resources. This year, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) funded and hired three fire inspectors who will work throughout the summer. With increased fire risk, OES retained a fire inspector through the winter months as well.

Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around homes and can advise residents on the best way to create defensible space and harden a home against fire. Fire inspections can be requested for a property or neighborhood by filing out Nevada County's Fire Inspection Request form online at

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2018 Citizen's Academy Graduates

Apply for the County’s 2019 Citizen's Academy!

Nevada County is now accepting applications for it's 6th year of Citizen's Academy! Citizen's Academy offers a behind the scenes look at County government where participants tour six 6 County facilities, and learn from over twenty department presentations that cover a wide range of services from A (Agriculture) to Z (Zoning).

Citizen's Academy takes place on ten consecutive Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting in late August through early November. Applications are due July 19th.

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Cannabis Permit Issued

Nevada County Issues First Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Permit

On June 26th, the Nevada County Cannabis Compliance Division permitted the first Commercial Medical Cannabis Cultivation site in Nevada County.  This is a historical moment for the County and the cultivation community. 

Nevada County's first permitted cultivator was quick to apply during the pre-application process, and was well prepared with a complete application and site plan.  There are currently 61 other applicants making their way through the process and working with various Community Development Agency departments to finalize their plans. The Community Development Agency has currently issued 8 permits, with 2 of those sites having completed final inspections. 

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Celebrate Safely: All Fireworks Banned Throughout Nevada County

With the 4th of July holiday around the corner, we ask that all Nevada County visitors and residents remember that all fireworks are illegal throughout Nevada County due to the high fire hazard.

Celebrate the 4th of July holiday safely with parades and firework shows in Grass Valley and Truckee. In Grass Valley, the downtown parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Following the parade, there will be live music, entertainment, craft fair, bounce houses, face-painters, balloons, food and refreshments at the Nevada County Fairgrounds before the fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m. In Truckee, the downtown parade is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is themed the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee. A fireworks show starts at 9:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Donner Lake, with games and music throughout the day at West End Beach on Donner Lake.

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Sheep grazing on County solar property

County Clears Hazardous Vegetation on County Property Using Sheep

Nevada County Facilities has partnered with local business, Origin Grazing, to maintain vegetation on the County's solar field located at 16782 Hwy 49. The lot, which is approximately 10.45 acres, has had sheep from Origin Grazing since the beginning of June and is expected to continue into July depending on how quickly the livestock manage the vegetation through grazing and browsing.

This effort is in addition to the County's recent vegetation management on over 30 acres of the Eric Rood Center Campus, with the help of crews from the CAL FIRE Washington Ridge Camp.

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Discover and Go

Library Card Holders Can Now “Discover and Go” To Museums, Zoos Theaters and More

Library card holders who are Nevada County residents can now get access to free or low-cost passes to more than 40 museums, science centers, zoos, theaters, and other cultural venues throughout Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The online program, called Discover and Go, launches July 1st.

This partnership between cultural venues and libraries was launched in 2011 to provide California library card-holders with discounted admission to cultural institutions in their own backyard. Attractions include the Sacramento Zoo, Railroad Museum, the Exploratorium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Legion of Honor, and DeYoung Museum.

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County Library Receives NEA Big Read Grant

The Nevada County Community Library has been selected to host the NEA Big Read in Nevada County. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

The Nevada County Community Library is one of 78 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA Big Read in Nevada County will take place in April and May of 2020 and will focus on Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel.

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Truckee Athletes Committed

Nevada County Students Participate in the Athlete Committed Summit

On June 5th, 64 students from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District participated in a Leadership Summit specifically for athletes who had been identified by coaches and faculty as emerging leaders from the district's Athlete Committed program. Athlete Committed (AC) is nationally recognized for promoting youth leadership while decreasing teen alcohol and drug use. In 2015 the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, in partnership with the Tahoe Truckee-Future Without Drug Dependence Coalition and Public Health's substance use prevention program, implemented the AC program district-wide. 

The summit was supported in part by the Nevada County Public Health Department's work to reduce youth alcohol use and abuse and the department's investment in Athlete Committed programs across the county. The summit was designed to physically and mentally challenge students, place a high value on character development, build connections and teamwork, and promote communication within groups by exploring and utilizing restorative justice practices and mindfulness-based activities.

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New Community Program to Help Homeless Youth Receive Education, Social and Emotional Support

Community partner and organization, The Friendship Club, has received a $100,000 state grant connected to the increased focus on addressing homelessness in California, allowing the nonprofit organization to greatly expand its efforts and provide much-needed services to youth experiencing homelessness in the region, a fast-growing but often-overlooked segment of the population.

The grant provides partial funding for the Friendship Club’s Homeless Youth Career Technical Education Pilot Program, entitled, “SAFE,” which stands for key components of the program – Stability, Access, Foundation and Empowerment.  The new SAFE program provides academic, social and emotional support along with life-skills to homeless high school juniors and seniors as they transition into adulthood.

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County Offices Closed July 4th in Observance of Independence Day

All administrative County offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of the 4th of July holiday.  Public safety and Sheriff's patrol services will continue. Normal business hours for other offices will resume on Friday, July 5th.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Supervising Deputy Probation Officer 

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 Probation Department is hiring for Supervising Deputy Probation Officer (SDPO). This leadership role provides an exciting opportunity to work with one of the top probation departments in the State. The SDPO is the first-level supervisor in the Deputy Probation Officer series and is involved in supervising, counseling, and investigating adult and juvenile probation­ers to ensure adherence to court-ordered conditions of probation; recommending sentencing to the Courts; providing for the rehabilitation of probationers; and supervising assigned staff in the operation of these functions.  The ideal SDPO candidate will be enthusiastic about the Probation Department's mission, a collaborative participant in department projects, and a motivating force to help the team achieve its' mission through evidence based practices.

Apply today! Applications are due July 12th. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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