Rita Stevens

Rita Stevens

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Rita Stevens joined KNCO as morning news anchor in 1999. She comes to KNCO following a 20 year career in journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a news reporter for KRON TV Channel 4 and KPIX, and earlier worked in the newsrooms at KNEW/KSAN radio. Rita is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Rita says she came to Nevada County to enjoy the rural pace and finds working in a community radio station like KNCO refreshing. Her hobbies include bicycle riding, and quilting.

Recent Blog Posts

Batwa Challenge is coming up!

If you got scared away from the Batwa Challenge run walk in Nevada City because of some tough hills  its is time to come back to the race! They have changed the course to make it a little easier and … Read more >

Stop the Bullying

Child Advocates of Nevada County is recruiting adult volunteers to teach the anti bullying program”Steps to Respect” to 4th and 5th graders in 11 Nevada County.  You do not have to be teacher to volunteer for the program, but fingerprint … Read more >

Foreign Car Show and BBQ Battle

BBQ Teams are still needed to fill out the roster for the United Way of Nevada County BBQ Battle Saturday August 16th at Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley.  This is a new location as they outgrew the parking lot at … Read more >

Benefit Concert for Charis Youth Center

Singer Lacy J Dalton is known for her gritty, powerful vocals, which People Magazine likened to a country equivalent to Bonnie Raitt. Dalton came to Nevada County last year for a benefit concert for Rotary, and this Saturday July 26, … Read more >

Gold Grit and Glory Writing Challenge

What’s so special about Empire Mine?  The volunteers of the Empire Mine Park Association are hosting a writing contest for 3rd through 8th graders to answer that question. It could be the historic characters, what it was like to work … Read more >

Saved by Second Base-Take 3

The Saved by Second Base softball tournament is returning to Memorial Park the weekend of July19-20. The event, now in it’s third year, raises money to provide mammograms for women who have no insurance or otherwise could not afford them.  … Read more >

Bike Fuel

People often ask me how do you ride a bike 100K or 65 miles in a day?   It’s simple…I pace myself, but it’s mostly about the food. This is a picture of my latest Wine Country Bike Ride, put on … Read more >

Last Weekend to See Sierra Stages “Company”

I went to see Company last weekend at the Nevada Theatre and really enjoyed it. The music and performances were great.  The era is the 70’s and the same birthday party is played out multiple times, but with different outcomes.   … Read more >

Swedish Coffee Bread

Now that we have devoured all of Paul’s 5 (Daze)days of donuts….the staff here at KNCO has moved on to Swedish Coffee Bread, home made by our very own Deana Martinez. Thank-you Deana….

When One Spouse is Under the Weather

It came on Sunday afternoon just as we were getting ready to enjoy the Sierra Master Chorale Christmas program. My husband, Michael, was seized by an excruciating pain in his lower back that turned his face ashen white and took … Read more >

Toys for Tots is right around the corner

I’m already starting to book interviews for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots campaign.  The collection barrels will be placed around town before Thanksgiving, and our local chapter of the Marine Corps League, headed by Dave Voors will no … Read more >

Magic Ingredient in Pizza

Halloween was a fun day at the KNCO studios as Papa Murphy’s delivered freshly baked pizzas to the staff in the morning and the afternoon. (Yes I am one of the many that feels there is nothing wrong with eating … Read more >

Check Out this video of American Fire

The American Fire started on August 10th and as of this morning’s report is almost 15,000 acres in size. The American fire is only 54% contained and has a tentative containment date of September 1. This video was forwarded to … Read more >

Do you remember Dial Popcorn?

My husband Michael and I were sitting in the back yard last evening, enjoying the mild weather. We took a portable phone outside in case a call came in.    I asked him what  the time was,   by reflex, he … Read more >

Memorial Set for John Kane August 3rd.

I know so many people in the community are feeling the sadness of John Kane’s passing.  A public memorial service for the popular owner of Kane’s Restaurant will be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 11am to 2pm at the … Read more >

Art Quilters Have a Good Heart

I am a member of MAQ, the  Mountain Art Quilters group and it was a sad e-mail that passed among us when our group leader, Ardy Tobin, suffered a heart attack while on a road trip with her husband.  Ardy … Read more >

Another Bay Area Cohort steps down

  I thought some of you Bay Area transplants might have spent some time listening to  Melanie Morgan, as I did.  As she leaves KSFO, San Francisco AM Show, Morgan Tweeted to followers: “Breaking – Melanie Morgan leaves KSFO morning … Read more >

Where in Nevada County is this? Solved.

BD…you are correct.  It was taken at the Empire Mine. The waterfall is in the area where the horses hang out, about a quarter mile in from the parking area. The trail goes right above the water fall, and  you … Read more >

Do you know where this is?

UPDATE:  Matt you are correct! I believe more crawling creatures have been added since this picture was taken.   Are you stumped by where this stump is? or have you seen it before. It is located somewhere in Nevada County … Read more >

Cool Valentines Day video

The United States Interior Department may not be one of the  most romantic things you think of on Valentines Day, but they do oversee some very cool and beautiful parks and a lot of people get engaged and married there.   … Read more >

New Supervisor’s Sworn in Today

I will be at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chamber today as newly elected and re-elected supervisors are sworn in.  District I Supervisor Nate Beason returns to the Board for his third term. District II Supervisor Ed Scofield begins … Read more >

Too Close to Home

People in the news business  usually  have terrible eating habits.   We are under tight deadlines to gather information, write stories, answer phones and at the ready to step up when breaking news happens.  All of us in the KNCO newsroom … Read more >

See You at Party In Pink

I hope you will make it if you can to the Party in Pink Zumbathon on Saturday at Club Sierra.  I know my friend and Zumba Instructor extraordinaire, Geri Campbell is working hard to make this a fun event and … Read more >

Struggling with MS

I have a family member with Multiple Sclerosis. She just learned an article she wrote will be published in Multiple Sclerosis Magazine Winter Publication.  I think it is insightful on many levels and wanted to share it. Rita   MY MS COGNITIVE … Read more >

As Good as An Italian Wedding

The Italian Festival this year was all about entertainment, wine and bocci ball.  It was a fun day to just sit, sip and enjoy entertainment that could take you back a few years. This young lady in my picture is … Read more >

Reno Hot Air Balloon Races

One more shot of the Reno hot air balloon races.  This one from a friend in Reno Rotary. They had the parking concession as a fundraiser this year.

Let the Games Begin

I don’t know why Tom Fitzsimmons started laughing out loud when I decided to join in the football pool this year.   What? He thinks girls  can’t guess the scores as well as the guys?  Lets see who’s laughing when the … Read more >

Nevada County Wins Battle of the Badges

Congratulations to both teams in the Battle of the Badges Football Game at Del Oro High School Saturday.   It was a hot day for a game and Nevada County finally won 28-19!

I love to Sing-Just not in Public

Did you hear the report yesterday on ABC news that singing along with the radio can cause you to be a distracted driver.  I don’t know about you but I have been singing along to the radio for as long … Read more >

Cell Phone Audio Doesn’t Play Right?

I like to catch up on the local news on the KNCO.com website when I’m out and about and I was puzzled why sound bites that are imbedded into local news stories weren’t playing on my Android model cell phone.    … Read more >

Last Chance to see the Music Man

Sierra Stages has another hit on their hands and I  plan to go see it this weekend. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for this production of The Music Man.  KUDO’s once again to Sierra Stages for bring quality … Read more >

I’m just not a blogger

I was just reminded by Dave Bear that it’s been nearly a month since I posted anything on my blog. OK..OK… I know, Dave really enjoys his daily post, but for me, I just have a hard time getting to … Read more >

Thunder in the sky this weekend in Auburn

Thank you to the EAA’s Young Eagles program for offering free flights to interested children ages 8 to 17 last Saturday.  My son Canyon had a great time flying with pilot Paul Bevelhymer for a half hour flight over the … Read more >

History made at the Sheriff’s Department today

I was honored to attend the swearing in of new and promoted officers to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department today. I have to admire their spirit and the Camaraderie that makes a good department.  You could just feel it in … Read more >

A New Business is Good News

Making my usual rounds through Grass Valley the other day, I noticed some activity on E. Main Street near the round-about. A building, empty for months, had a new fence and gate, and not just a gate, but a work … Read more >

Another Great Day with Fire and Law Enforcement

They call it qualifying or ongoing training. I call it fun. On Thursday local law enforcement and fire as well as public works gathered at the training facility next to fire station 2 on Sierra college Ave. The location provides … Read more >

What is Old is New Again

Welcome back to the KNCO News family, Ryan McCarthy. Veteran news reporter Ryan McCarthy began covering the foothills and surrounding region  for the Sacramento Bee zoned editions in 1990. Most recently he was a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat covering courts, … Read more >

Pleast adopt a pet this weekend

Cheryl Wicks the Director of Sammies Friends and now Director of the Nevada County Animal Shelter on McCourtney Rd. is hosting her 10th annual pet adopt-a-thon event this Saturday at the shelter from noon to 4pm.   You should go just … Read more >

We Did It! 38 Additional Seniors will get a Hot Meal

A message from Executive Director Sandy Jacobson from Meals on Wheels: Mary, you and all of the KNCO staff are amazing. As of 5:40 pm on June 19th, we have raised $3,965 since you and our other media friends have … Read more >

The Generosity of the Community Continues

The generosity of the community continues. The Gold Country Community Center put out the call last week that due to a funding shortfall 38 seniors in our community were not getting a hot meal through the Meals on Wheels Program. … Read more >

Thanks Lions and Weis Bros. Prospector Nurserys

A big thank you to Gold Country Lions Club for the generous donation (through the generosity of Weiss Brothers Nursery and Prospector Nursery) of 13 trees to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Your donation will provide shade and beauty to the … Read more >

Nevada City in 2nd Place in Outside Magazine Contest

Nevada City is currently running 2nd behind Richmond Virginia as Outlook Magazines “Best Town Ever”. Nevada City is one of 10 towns chosen as finalists in the competition. Outlook Magazines looked for great places to live that have the usual … Read more >

Don’t Feed The Bears

I had the pleasure of speaking with Star of TV’s Wild Justice, one of the few California Game Wardens left in the State and all-around good guy Jerry Karnow this morning. He was exhausted but took my call and we … Read more >

Grass Valley Firefighter’s Blood Drive

Grass Valley Fire Department Station 2 on Sierra College off E. Main Street is hosting a blood drive this Friday. Firefighter Chris Gregory says it’s another way to reach out to the community. Firefighter blood drive The blood drive will … Read more >

To Find Election Results

The polls will close at 8 tonight, results wont begin coming in until closer to 9 pm. the Registrar of Voters web site will update results as they become available. The link follows: http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections/Pages/Home.aspx There is an interactive page where … Read more >

Yikes! Lightning Strikes!

I don’t know about you but  I was impressed with the Thunder and Lightning in the storm last evening.  It sure rattled the house!  Ann Westling at the Tahoe National Forest office provided these maps of where the lightning struck … Read more >

How to Access Nevada County Grand Jury Reports

As the finding of the Nevada County Grand Jury are making the news this week, I thought it would be nice to let you know how you can access those reports and read them for yourself. You can start here: … Read more >

Grass Valley Firefighters Blood Drive

Grass Valley Fire Department Station 2 on Sierra College off E. Main Street is hosting a blood drive this Friday. Firefighter Chris Gregory says it’s another way to reach out to the community. Firefighter blood drive The blood drive will … Read more >

Date (I mean day) with a Deputy in Placer County

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department put on an incredible show with helicopters, K-9s, flash bang explosions, C-4 explosions, the SAT Team and so much more. Thank you to the Placer County Sheriff’s Council for bringing the Department to the people … Read more >

Day with a Deputy this Saturday in Auburn

This Saturday, June 2, is the “Day with a Deputy” event at Regional Park in north Auburn, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live demo’s from many PCSO units, plus a classic car show. Come out and … Read more >

Proud of our Community

It was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I was happy to spend part of my Saturday in the parking lot of KNCO News Talk 830 as we hosted a yard sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity. We raised over $500 … Read more >

Carnivorous Plants

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The Bonsai Club of Nevada County is holding their show Saturday June 2nd at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall 11am. to 5pm. Eric Trygg is one of the members and when he came in for an interview, he also brought … Read more >

Celebrating Memorial Day

This Memorial Day the annual tribute to veterans will be held at Memorial Park off the Colfax Highway in Grass Valley. The program should run about an hour. Coast Guard Veteran and speaker Claude Hessel says the even starts promptly … Read more >

The Holiday Weekend Approaches

It will be a long week. Not because I am looking forward so much to the holiday weekend but because my youngest is off to 6th grade science camp this week. It is the longest we have ever been apart. … Read more >

Nevada City Firefighters Association Hosting Spaghetti Feed

The Nevada City Fire Firefighters Association is hosting a spaghetti Feed this Sunday. The Firefighters of Nevada City fire Department invite you to their station on Providence Mine road for their 5th Annual all you can eat spaghetti dinner this … Read more >

Distractions of a New Car

I got a new car recently that came with a Satellite radio trial.  There’s a wheel dial on the dashboard and up and down buttons  to scroll through the hundreds of stations and a big screen display that tells you … Read more >

Higgins Fire Department Open House

It was a beautiful day at the Cal-Fire/Higgins Fire Department in the south county on Saturday. I took my boys to see the demonstrations, the helicopter and jaws of life were their favorites. A presentation on the facts of Measure … Read more >

A Weekened with Firefighters and LE, what more could I ask for?

Saturday from 9 to 3 the public is invited to the Higgins Fire Department’s Open House in the South County on HWY 49 and Combie Road, near Lake of the Pines. There will be lots of equipment on display, demonstrations,  … Read more >

My Plants Wilted!

I have learned a lesson to buy plants local. I was at a big box hardware store on my recent travels in the  valley and bought some tomato plants for the garden. Got them home and set the pots out … Read more >

I Passed the Handgun Safety Test

I have been shopping for my own semi-automatic handgun for a while now. I have shot a variety of guns and would like to exercise my right as an American citizen in good standing to own my own. I have … Read more >

Check out the Bike and Hike at Seven Hill’s School

BIKE AND HIKE MAY 12, 2012 -Register Now! or Volunteer to Help! Email Print Friday, March 09, 2012 Support Nevada City Schools! Nevada City Schools Foundation is proud to sponsor this years BIKE and HIKE event to be held on … Read more >

Another Beautiful Weekend in Northern California

I spent the evening of the Super Moon with Firefighters at the Higgins Fire station near Lake of the Pines. It was a quiet evening for Engineer Pete Cinco De Mayo. Sunday I took my guys for a ride to … Read more >

Learning How to I.D. Counterfeit Money

The citizen’s Academy at the Auburn police Department is almost over. Last night we learned how to identify counterfeit bills. It was amazing how good some of the fake bills are, others were pretty bad. Bad guys can be sophisticated. … Read more >

Odyssey of the Mind Team Presentation Tonight

The California State Champions Odyssey of the Mind team from Magnolia Intermediate School and Bear River High School invite the public to the performance of their award-winning solutions before they leave for the World Finals later this month in Iowa. … Read more >

Truckee Police Ride Along

It was a beautiful day in Truckee Saturday. I took the tops off the Jeep and drove up Hwy 20 to I-80 and up to Truckee to the Police Department for a ride along. The picturesque scenery must deter crime, … Read more >

Pictures from the Training Burn

Everyone agreed that the training was invaluable to local firefighters from interns to chiefs who took part in the training burn of a home in Nevada City last Friday. The opportunities to train are few for such a real life … Read more >

No Motor day on Scotts Flat Lake

It was a beautiful day on Scotts Flat lake for No Motor Day. Thank you to all the Captains who took guests on their vessels for a ride around the lake. Jerry Lewis was very generous with our time on … Read more >

Spring is a Great Time to Ride A Bike

Do you have a bike in the garage you haven’t been on for a while? this nice spring weather is the perfect time to dust it of and take a spin. Newcomers can test their balance and bike riding skills … Read more >

A Night of Hope

I spoke with Katie Davidson yesterday. She is a friend of the Ellsworth family of Penn Valley. Sherri and David Ellsworth’s eldest daughter Kayla is 12 years old and she has advanced lime disease. Kayla used to run with Katie … Read more >

Candidates Forum Tonight

I will be at the Candidates Forum put on by the Nevada County Tea Party patriots tonight. 19-candidates from local Board of Supervisor to the United States congress will be taking questions. I hope to see you there from 6 … Read more >

Medical Marijuana Packs the House at Supes Meeting

I almost didn’t get in to the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon to cover the Medical Marijuana growing ordinance proposed by the Nevada County Sheriff. It was a shove but the crowd was very polite in opening a path … Read more >

Another fun ride along

This past weekend I went on a ride along with Rocklin Police. It is interesting how different the challenges are from department to department as I have enjoyed ride alongs in Placer and Nevada County, the cities and special units … Read more >

Kids Safe Event

What a beautiful day we had Saturday for the Keeping Kids safe event. Got to meet Wild Justice Star Jerry Karnow  

So Much to do, so little weekend

The Trout Derby, the CoRR Fashion Show, the Keeping Kids Safe Event are just a few of the events going on in our area this weekend. KNCO has a booth out at the Beam Easy Living Center Parking lot. I … Read more >

A Sure Sign of Spring

I couldn’t resist taking the top off the Jeep today, just half, next week…Topless !

Signs of Spring

I came across this waterfall while out on a bike ride yesterday.  Last week it was covered in snow.  Come on spring!

Local Odyssey of the Mind Team Goes to Nationals

The California State Champions from Magnolia Intermediate School and Bear River High School wish to extend an invitation to a performance of their award-winning solutions before they leave for the World Finals. These students truly think “Outside the Box”! When: … Read more >

On the right side of the law

Having fun with the Auburn Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy. Last weekend we spent the day at their range learning about gun safety.

Where do news stories come from?

I’m sometimes asked where do news stories come from?   A lot of times from people in the community. Like yesterday I was at Scott Jackson’s Real Life fitness on Argall Way in Nevada City and Scott asks “Why was there … Read more >

Reggae at the Center for Arts Rocks

Did you catch the Jimmy Cliff concert at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Sat. night? A friend sent me this photo and said it was a Great show with a real cross mix in the audience. The … Read more >

I was surprised by the Snow this morning

Were you surprised like I was that it was snowing this morning? Guess I missed the updated weather report. I had to take the long way out which for me is Pasquale Road and it was not plowed. (What’s up … Read more >

Rain Rain Go Away

Looking forward to spending Saturday morning out at the Auburn PD shooting range. I will post pics ASAP. You can learn more about the Auburn PD Citizen’s Academy on my face book page at face book mary@knco.com

Happy Birthday to Me

Thank you for the Happy Birthday Wishes. I will be out of the office Friday to celebrate. I look forward to sharing the news of the day with you on Monday April 9th. In the meantime you can find me … Read more >