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Cuteness! – Nevada County Fairgrounds – Grass Valley, CA

Got this yesterday from Wendy at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This little guy was rescued after he fell from a roof at the Fairgrounds. Happy to report that he’s been reunited with his brothers and sisters and is doing just … Read more >

Help Rita raise Funds for the Center for the Arts

I am excited to write that I am one of 11 Celebrity Dancers selected to compete in the 4th Annual Dancing with Our Stars event slated for August 20, 2016 at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, California. Myself, … Read more >

The 12 days of Christmas

There are those who keep track of Christmas gift-giving costs by pricing the gifts described in the carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.”   The financial services firm, PNC Wealth Management, has been doing it for 32 years.  This year the … Read more >

Goofin Around On the Boat Ramp

That’s me (on the left) and my sister Betty (on the right) goofing around on the Scotts Flat Lake  boat ramp during her recent visit to California (She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.  No boats have been able to launch … Read more >

Enjoying the Fall Colors on Vacation

I spent my recent vacation time with family members I have not seen in ages. (Thanks to Geoff Flynn for filling in for me.)  We did a lot of driving in California and Nevada and got to see some splendid … Read more >

Understanding California Fire Behavior

This newsletter is forwarded from our friends at the Resource Conservation District. Good reading if you want to understand how California Wildfires are changing and why, and what people can do about it.   Forestland Steward publication Summer 2015 regarding … Read more >

Bennett Fire Erupts in Grass Valley

A fire first reported right around noontime in the Area of East Bennett Rd is burning in brush and timber and has reached about 6 acres in size.  Cal Fire reports 9 fire engines, 2 air tankers, hand crews, and dozers … Read more >

You can’t beat a good play

The first Sierra Stages production I got to see was “INTO THE WOODS. I was able to take my two young grandsons and we all loved it.   My  second favorite Sierra Stages production came out  a few years later … Read more >

Picture worth a Thousand Words

This trio of images depicts satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASAS’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. Colors progressing from green to orange to red represent greater accumulated water loss between April 2002 … Read more >

High School Students Win Big in Fresno

Agriculture students from both Bear River and Nevada Union High School traveled to Fresno this past week to compete in the state finals speaking contest and attend the annual State FFA Convention. Bear River High School’s Emma Rose Jones brought … Read more >

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

I got this from Jan Blake at the Nevada County Resource Conservation District. It’s an Insect Hotel to attract the “good” insects to your garden. You can get lots more information here. Insect Hotels

Rice’s Crossing Trail Dedicated

The Bear Yuba Land Trust recognized a dream come true Friday with the dedication of the new Yuba Rim Trail, which is the first trail to be cleared in a 2,706 acre recreation area on the Yuba River called the … Read more >

Hey Buddy, Would you like some soup?

In 2014 Hospitality House sheltered 413 individuals, provided over 17,000 bed-nights, served over 51,000 meals, hosted over 550 on-site medical exams, and helped 312 homeless people who didn’t stay at the shelter. So far their Pathways to Housing program has assisted … Read more >

Whooooo….I’m on the Juice!

I just started on the Juice… no- not performance enhancing steroids or Human Growth Hormone… I’m talking fruits and veggies. Circumstances are such that my family has come to possess a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer…. I now have the power … Read more >

Observe the Moon, Planets and Stars This Saturday

This from our local astronomer Don Machholz-On Saturday evening, January 31, 2015, local astronomers will be setting up their telescopes to provide free views of the moon, the planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter, and the stars.  We will be setting … Read more >

Three Things I Learned at Wild and Scenic

Another successful Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley over the weekend. I am fortunate to be able to attend as  a member of the press. Therefore, beyond covering the event for news items,  I feel … Read more >

Psssssst…..Wanna buy a bag?

“Wanna buy a bag?” That phrase takes on new meaning now that the plastic bag ordinances for Nevada City and Grass Valley went into effect New Year’s Day. Picture a man in a trench coat lurking in the shadows near … Read more >

The Train

A friend shared this with me….I would like to share it with all of you KNCO listeners.  Happy New Year! The Train       At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will … Read more >

Wacky New Year

I can’t say that I was sorry to see 2014 end. Though every year is a good year… 2014 was full of challenges both personally and professionally. I was looking forward to the new year. I have to laugh, because … Read more >

A Tune to Ring in the Christmas Spirit

This took a little coordination and a lot of practicing At a German super market Dec 3, 2014.  I can’t ready the German words, but the tune is universal.

Season of Giving…. but Give Responsibly

Yesterday I wrote about my struggle with the Interfaith Food Ministry Food Challenge which resulted in my decision to donate money to the ministry. At the end I implied that if a person had the means and inclination to help … Read more >

How Well Can Waterfowl See?

This from  the California Department of Fish and Wildlife  monthly newsletter. Thought it was kind of interesting-Rita Question: How well can ducks actually see? Can they see color? I know deer see different shades of gray, but what about ducks and geese? … Read more >

My Food Challenge 2014 Failure

After writing about a number of ways to enjoy leftovers… I flashed back on the Interfaith Food Ministry Food Challenge. The challenge was to see if I could eat on $4.50 per day… which is the amount I would be … Read more >

Birthday Surprise

I got a very nice surprise from my co-workers for my Birthday Monday.  It was a  beautiful bouquet  from Foothill Flowers.  But there’s a story behind the story.  I took Monday off work for my birthday, but outside of the newsroom, no … Read more >

The Many Meals of Leftovers

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving Dinner is leftovers. i laughed out loud during dinner, when I realized I was already thinking about how I was going to approach extras in the kitchen… So I came up with the … Read more >

ASK Emil

I have a question for my friend Emil Baldoni, (or any of you master gardeners out there.) Why are all these fungi among us?  Some are very big, like 6-8 inches,  others are very small.   I’m seeing them everywhere … Read more >

Help Stop Sex Trafficking- Vote for Jenny as a Woman of Worth

Interview With Courage Worldwide Founder Jenny Williamson KNCO’s Paul Haas had the opportunity to speak with Jenny Williamson, the founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide which oversees Courage House, which builds homes that take in and care for children going … Read more >

Improvements to the Deer Creek Trail

Check it out! This is the new suspention bridge over Deer Creek that is part of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail,  which pays homage to difference cultural communities from the region around different sections of the trail. This new segment … Read more >

Check out these Air Quality Numbers

This is the 8:00a.m. update from the Nevada County Health Department on our air quality. It’s still very unhealthy to be  outside.  That’s tough on dogs who look forward to their daily exercise.  Yesterday I ran my dog up and … Read more >

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 >

My Name is Paul… and I Grocery Shop

We recently ran a story about the the number of men that do the household grocery shopping is on the rise. According to the UC Cooperative Extension, the number of men in a household regularly shopping more than the women … 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 >

I Miss the Olympics

I have to say that the 2014 Winter Olympics were a delight to watch. Much of this has to do with the improved production of the events including camera placements and special effects during replay and of course our personal … Read more >

Paralyzed Without The Remote

Last night my family and I became paralyzed when the Satellite Receiver/DVR remote suddenly vanished. Hours were spent rummaging through the house, retracing steps, opening cabinets, the refrigerator, the oven, dresser drawers. Bathrooms, bedrooms, the trash and the garage were … Read more >

My Favorite Night Of The Year

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year (maybe with the exception of Fair Week). The excitement of Christmas builds a as hopes and wishes reach a peak…before the grand unveiling Christmas Day Christmas Eve is a special time … 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….

The Five Daze of Donuts

The Five “Daze” of Donuts- A Holiday Tradition On the First Day of Donuts the newsroom gave to me- A deep-fried chocolate-covered curly thing. On the Second Day of Donuts the newsroom gave to me- Two Custard Filled and a … Read more >

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 >

“Philanthrocise”- The Combination of Philanthropy and Excercise

This weekend is the 10th of 11 community run/walks as part of the Gold Country Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix is a mix of 5k and 10k “races” put on by the Sierra Trailblazers Running Club; each event  supporting … Read more >

Food Challenge 31 Days- Feeling of Guilt

As I mentioned in my Food Challenge 3rd Week Summary, I do not feel like was was a good candidate for the $4.50 per day food allowance based on the SNAP (Food Stamp) formula salary, rent, and basic utilities. I … Read more >

Food Challenge Week 3- Reflection

Twenty-three days into the Food Challenge and I come to an interesting but not surprising understanding that I am not a good candidate to test the $4.50 per day food allowance. My reasoning behind this statement is that I have … Read more >

Food Challenge Week 2 (Days 8-15)

Week 2 Reflection… week two was a challenge as I had a couple of situations that either limited my eating or I was able to take advantage of a “community contribution”. I ate most of the food I purchased, but … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 7

Day 6 Reflection… four opportunities to eat occurred over the week as a result of professional or social situations- “community contributions”- of which I took advantage. Shopped today…. Here is what remains…. Day 7-  This is what remains after Day … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 6

Day 5 Reflection… Had an opportunity to talk about the week with Tom Fitzsimmons on Fitzsimmons and Flores…  we discussed psychological and physical effects….. psychological from the perspective that I am doing this by choice and have an “out” if … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 5

Day 4 Reflection… Tempted by street food at Thursday Night Market but didn’t want to spend any more money. Finding myself hungry out of habit in the evenings now. So here is what remains…. Day 5-  This is what remains … Read more >

Food Challege Day 4

Day 3 Reflection… Hardest day so far… because I spent a lot of time on the road and I am used to stopping at various fast-food and other food establishments between here and San Francisco and back.  (slight menu update … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 3

Day 2 Reflection… No surprises today. Altered the menu slightly by adding two eggs to dinner. Lacking vegetables… So here is what remains…. Day 3-  This is what remains after Day 2… 1 apples (started with three) Rice cereal minus … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 2

Day 1 Reflection… Meals for Day 1 went pretty much as expected… with two exceptions that were a benefit to me. It was a birthday celebration at work and cold cuts and cupcakes were available to all employees. Also- as … Read more >

Food Challenge Day 1

Four dollar and fifty cents a day. That is what the average single  person with 1000 per month income and 500 dollar a month rent with no other assets would get in food assistance. The amount would increase to a … 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 >

I Miss The Fair

I think I am almost done with physical withdrawls from the 2013 Nevada County Fair… for five days it was ” All Fair, All the Time” in my world… and I loved every minute of it. However, Monday morning was … Read more >

One of My Favorite Times of The Year!

I love the Nevada County Fair… I mean I really love it.  I could go everyday and spend time… and this year I get to do it as part of my job. I will be out there everyday…sometimes working the … Read more >

Objects in Motion….Objects at Rest

Newtons Laws of Motion have been proven once again…. Law 1- An object in motion tends to stay in motion… or an object at rest tends to stay at rest…this also goes with my philosophy of making exercise a habit. … 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 >

Like a Well-Oiled NASCAR Team

The 3rd Annual Soap Box Derby to benefit Pioneer Park in Nevada City was a success. The top speed cars, reaching speeds greater than 40 miles per hour, thrilled the crowd as they raced for bragging rights. The Art Car … Read more >

Act of Kindness… or Torture….

Last Saturday morning, after returning from being out of town for a week, I woke up early to attempt another 5k-athon. First of all, I almost missed the start… thinking it was supposed to be at 8:30. However, I did … Read more >

Where is the Remote? A Bizarre and True Story

Ok… so I reached an all new level of misplacing the remote for the TV/DVR… Friday night after dinner I went to turn on the TV and couldn’t find the remote… of course blame was immediately put on the dogs… … Read more >

Best Mother’s Day Ever

I haven’t been a very good son lately. My 87 year old mom lives in San Francisco, and I haven’t been to see her as much as I used to see her. So I made sure that I made it … Read more >

Have I Learned Nothing About Running?

Ok… So I “ran” another 5K-athon at the 13th Annual Daffodil Run last Sunday. It was a beautiful day and a great group of people participated in either the 10 K run, 5 K run or 5 k Walk all … 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 >

Little Girl with a Big Heart and Strong Will

In early December, KNCO ran a story about a little girl that had just been diagnosed with lymphoma.  Within a week of being diagnosed, four year old Olivia Williams began treatment. At the time, if all went well, Olivia would … Read more >

Shattered Hopes The Day After Snow Storm

It was just before 6:00 AM on Wednesday, and students and teachers were lying in bed….radios tuned to KNCO… fingers crossed…hoping….waiting… for the phone to ring….That magical phone call that comes with an automated message saying that school is cancelled- … 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 >

3 Days; 3 Weeks; 3 Months- Its a Habit

Well… How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Today is the 21st- so technically the third week in January just came to an end. I mention this because  it is the toughest time to continue with resolutions  A coach once … Read more >

Donut, The Wonder Dog, Finds Missing Wallet!

Several months ago I wrote about the trials and tribulations of naming our new dog, Donut.  She is beautiful basset hound that is loving to both people and other dogs. She was a replacement for our two older bassets, Hub … 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 >

Thank You for Your Compassion and Generosity

I am constantly impressed with the amount of compassion and generosity that Nevada County residents display in times of need. Recently KNCO has run several stories about county residents that are experiencing hardships- specifically young children fighting cancer- and the … 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 >

What Was I Thinking?

Thanksgiving morning began with hot cup of coffee as I headed out to the 7th Annual Mike Bratton II Turkey Trot. The sun was shining, the air was cool, and as I talked to people at the Turkey Trot the … Read more >

Personal Thanksgiving Reminder

It was five years ago to the day on Monday- the Monday before Thanksgiving.  I woke up November 19, 2007  feeling fine. However, by 2:00 PM my life changed dramatically. A doctor said the three words that will forever ring … Read more >

It’s Time for Holiday Fun- I Can’t Wait!

I love the holiday season in Nevada County! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years- the holiday trifecta- each bring new adventures and activities for local residents and visiting friends and family. With Thanksgiving, comes the kickoff for Cornish Christmas in Grass … 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 >

A Simpler Look at School Funding (Nothing is Simple)

With all the talk about the Governor’s Tax Package being so important to education, it may help if you have little background. For now, we won’t go into specific taxes or propositions- just speak about funding in generalities. The simple … 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 >

Trials and Tribulations of Naming A Pet

My family recently acquired a a beautiful “new” basset hound. She is two years old and came to us already named. However the name did not seem to fit. There are so many things to consider such as gender, appearance … Read more >

How Schools Are Measured

For the first time in over 25 years I was not directly involved with the start of the school year. So I can now provide perspective from the outside. With start of the new school year there is always talk … Read more >

Fresh Perspectives from a Familiar Face

Though I am new to the KNCO family, I am not new to Nevada County. My family and I have  lived here for over 20 years and my roots in Grass Valley date back to the turn of the 20th … 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 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: 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

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 🙂

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 >