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December 31, 2023 at 11:23 PM Reader report: Lost German Shepherd running on 174 after You Bet before Laws Ranch.The dog had a minor limp, collar with tags (rubbed off address) but luckily doggo was successfully captured by a sweet couple. The girlfriend works at Sammie’s so if someone is missing a large German Shepherd off Hwy 174, the dog is safe.

December 31, 2023 at 10:06 PM Reader report: Found this dog at the corner of North Bloomfield and Lake Vera/Purdon Rd. Very large black and white husky, seems very tired. No ID tags, just a rabies tag. Call 530-557-0012 if this is your pup.

Purdon Road husky

December 31, 2023 at 10:04 PM A big tan dog is running in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Hwy 20. Please, make sure your pups are safely at home.

December 31, 2023 at 9:43 PM Solo vehicle accident on Loma Rica Drive near Evening Star Drive, roadway is partially blocked.

December 31, 2023 at 3:41 PM Accident on Shady Creek Drive on the San Juan Ridge, emergency services at scene.

December 31, 2023 at 11:17 AM Units at scene on Indian Springs Road report overturned vehicle with a utility trailer now in the ditch, minor injury only. The load of trash from the utility trailer is in the roadway.

December 31, 2023 at 10:55 AM Vehicle accident with extrication required on Indian Springs Road just east of Spenceville. Units dispatched.

December 31, 2023 at 8:28 AM It'll be a quiet start to 2024, weatherwise. Quick-moving system will bring widespread rain, and light mountain snow Tuesday PM - Wednesday. Potentially colder, wetter system late Friday-Saturday with travel impacts and potential for low elevation snow. Stay tuned for the latest forecast.

6-10 day temperature outlook promises below average temperatures.

December 30, 2023 at 9:02 PM Tree on top of a car on northbound Hwy 49 at the Sacramento Street off ramp. Emergency services at scene for extrication, one lane is blocked.

December 30, 2023 at 5:24 PM Now extinguished car on fire after an accident on Norlene Way at Tippy Way. Units at scene.

December 30, 2023 at 1:40 PM There's an oil spill on You Bet Road near Mulberry Lane. use caution, don't spin out on it. Keep the moves for the dance floor.

December 30, 2023 at 10:24 AM A semi truck driver followed their GPS to the Dog Bar bridge - now the road is blocked.

December 30, 2023 at 9:29 AM Car over the embankment after hitting a pole on Lime Kiln Road at Maggie Lane. Emergency services at scene.

December 29, 2023 at 3:42 PM The last outstanding suspect has been detained.

December 29, 2023 at 3:21 PM Law enforcement operation on Railroad Ave. has mostly concluded. Still several roadblocks in effect, avoid the area if possible.

December 29, 2023 at 3:04 PM Law enforcement operation underway on Railroad Ave/Idaho-Maryland and surrounding areas in Grass Valley, no additional details will be posted at this time.

December 29, 2023 at 2:55 PM Moderate rain and mountain snow with travel impacts. Moderate rain, isolated thunderstorms, and gusty southerly winds through Saturday with localized urban flooding this evening and overnight. Moderate to heavy snow will bring mountain travel impacts (above 6000 feet) tonight - Saturday afternoon; heaviest snow expected after midnight. Additional low-impactful storms likely Jan 3 - 4 and 6 - 7 with mostly beneficial rain and mountain snow.

December 29, 2023 at 10:12 AM In case you're wondering, it's really calm out there.

December 29, 2023 at 6:39 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 28, 2023 at 5:18 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at Pleasant Valley Road, the eastbound lanes are blocked.

December 28, 2023 at 12:10 PM Reader report of a black male Pit Bull in middle of road on Whispering Pines Lane near old Crystal Dairy. Rather aggressive, wearing a blue collar and no tags. Animal Control has been notified.

Whispering pines pup

December 28, 2023 at 10:48 AM An important update: On January 1, 2024, Partnership HealthPlan of California will become the Managed Care Plan for Medi-Cal recipients in Nevada County, and nine other neighboring counties. In the event that a provider is not in contract for Medi-Cal services as of January 1, Partnership is committed and obligated to provide continuity of care, with the goal that recipients of treatment, including mental health treatment, can continue seeing their current provider if that provider is willing. Full details in this story.

December 28, 2023 at 9:47 AM Westbound lanes on Hwy 20 at the South Ponderosa overcrossing are blocked after a two-car accident. Emergency services at scene.

December 28, 2023 at 9:18 AM Chances for widespread rain and mountain snow return tomorrow. Next system Friday-Saturday with widespread rain and mountain snow. Snow amounts have increased for Friday-Saturday, bringing potential mountain travel impacts; heaviest overnight. Another quick-hitting system possible in the middle of next week, confidence is low on exact details at this time.

6-10 day precipitation chances

December 28, 2023 at 8:40 AM Possible mobile home fire on Dixon Road off Squirrel Creek Road, units dispatched. Report of smoke coming from the trailer.

December 28, 2023 at 8:05 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 27, 2023 at 9:55 PM Mud, rock and debris in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Rices Crossing Road.

December 27, 2023 at 3:19 PM Yesterday's pup found on Old Downieville has been reunited with her humans. All is well.

December 27, 2023 at 11:26 AM 52 homes along Casa Loma Drive off Rattlesnake Road are out of power due to a broken pole. Estimated time of restoration is 3:00 pm.

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December 27, 2023 at 11:23 AM Perimeter Road wins the Triple Crown of stroll alerts: Pigs, goats and a llama walking in the roadway. Nevada County Animal Control has been notified and will herd the wayward livestock back home.

December 27, 2023 at 9:41 AM Active weather pattern through the end of the week. Quick-moving system will bring widespread rain, breezy southerly winds, and light mountain snow Today-Thursday. Isolated thunderstorms possible today in the Delta, Valley and foothills; no debris flow concerns expected for burn scars. Wetter system Friday-Saturday with another round of widespread rain and light to moderate mountain snow.

December 27, 2023 at 6:57 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 26, 2023 at 9:21 PM The pup found on Rough and Ready Hwy has been reunited with his humans. All is well.

December 26, 2023 at 6:21 PM Another caring reader reports: This beautiful dog just followed the truck home along Champion Rd, from the Old Downieville intersection at about 6:00pm tonight. She is young and very friendly. Someone is probably worried sick. Text 530 414-5722 if she's your pup.

Old Downieville pup

December 26, 2023 at 5:26 PM Reader reports they found a puppy, white with brown spots on ears, next to Rough and Ready Hwy and Rex Reservoir Road. He is safe, call if he is yours: 530-559-4392.

R&R pup

December 26, 2023 at 9:04 AM A pickup truck is partially blocking the Idaho-Maryland on ramp on Hwy 49. Use caution, slow down, you know the drill.

December 26, 2023 at 7:52 AM Short weather update: Quick-moving system will bring widespread rain, breezy southerly winds, and light mountain snow Wednesday-Thursday. Wetter system Friday-Saturday with another round of widespread rain and light to moderate snow.

Wind Gusts Wednesday

December 26, 2023 at 6:59 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 25, 2023 at 2:47 PM Active Weather Pattern Starting Mid-Week. Increasing chances for more widespread precipitation arrive with a midweek pattern change, persisting into the weekend. Lower snow levels (5000 - 6500 feet) and less precipitation expected compared to last week's storm.

December 25, 2023 at 1:02 PM The German Shepherd is safely back home. All is well.

December 25, 2023 at 12:19 PM The pup running on McCourtney was picked up. Call 310-283-5033 for the address of the caring rescuers.

December 25, 2023 at 10:46 AM A German Shepherd is running in the roadway on McCourtney Road near Lucky Nugget Lane. Please, make sure your pup is safe.

December 25, 2023 at 7:46 AM Today is a No Burn day in all areas.

December 24, 2023 at 8:01 AM Want to know where Santa is? NORAD tracks Santa - check it out.

December 24, 2023 at 8:00 AM Two storm systems bring widespread precipitation chances Wednesday through Saturday, with a brief reprieve on Thursday.

December 23, 2023 at 11:38 AM These two pups were found wandering on Hwy 49 by the Middle Fork Yuba river bridge. They have collars but no tags. If they are your pups, the number to call is 415-740-8579. The pups are at Sammie's Friends.

Middle Fork pups

December 23, 2023 at 2:19 AM The NWS Sacramento has issued a Dense Fog Advisory until 10:00 am. Visibility one quarter mile or less in areas of dense fog. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Dense fog advisory

December 23, 2023 at 1:47 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 22, 2023 at 10:51 PM Non-injury accident on Alta Sierra Drive at Ball Road. Car vs telephone pole, guidewire is damaged.

December 22, 2023 at 8:53 AM Units dispatched for a big rig on southbound Hwy 49 near Combie. Smoke coming from the trailer.

December 22, 2023 at 7:49 AM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 20 at Melody Road, units dispatched.

December 22, 2023 at 7:30 AM Metal pieces have been moved to the shoulder, the roadway is clear again.

December 22, 2023 at 7:27 AM Some large pieces of metal in the slow lane on southbound Hwy 49 at the Brunswick off ramp. Really too early for an obstacle course on the road.

December 22, 2023 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 21, 2023 at 12:33 PM Important news for soon-to-be-former customers of PostNet in Grass Valley. USPS to the rescue, your mail is waiting for you at the post office!

December 21, 2023 at 11:41 AM For 140 years, the Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society has organized a children’s holiday parade. In 1883, each child donated a stick of wood for the stove and a potato to share with families facing hardships. As time passed, it evolved into bringing a can of food to add to baskets for local families.

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December 21, 2023 at 9:50 AM Happy Winter Solstice! Solstice officially is at 7:27 pm, the start of winter and days will get longer.

December 21, 2023 at 7:11 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 20, 2023 at 6:25 PM Both lanes are blocked after an accident on Hwy 49 near Independence West/East Trailhead, units dispatched.

December 20, 2023 at 5:12 PM Many thanks to Ophir Hill Fire Chief Rothenberger for sharing these photos of their very festive fire engine.

December 20, 2023 at 9:11 AM Forest Springs Mobile Home Park is out of power, trouble crew assigned. Estimated restoration time is 11:15 am.

December 20, 2023 at 9:10 AM The power outage on Cypress Hill has been reduced to 95 customers.

December 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM From Nevada County Transit Services: The 9:00 AM Rt 5 trip to Auburn and the 11:00 AM Rt 5 return trip to Grass Valley are canceled due to staffing issues.

December 20, 2023 at 8:52 AM Tree down in the southbound lane of Hwy 174 at Bertino Road. Caltrans has been notified.

December 20, 2023 at 8:19 AM Power outage affecting 146 customers in the Cypress Hill area in Grass Valley. Trouble crew has been assigned, estimated time of restoration is 12:15 pm.

Cypress Hill outage 122023

December 20, 2023 at 12:20 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 19, 2023 at 7:36 PM Mulberry IC will be releasing resources back to their stations, some firefighters still committed with overhauling the structure. No injuries reported.

December 19, 2023 at 7:16 PM Fire on Mulberry is contained, crews are starting overhaul.

December 19, 2023 at 7:06 PM Mulberry IC confirms they have an all clear on the structure, knockdown on the fire preventing exposure to other structures.

December 19, 2023 at 7:05 PM Firefighters are establishing water supply, going direct on the structure fire, making good progress with knockdown.

December 19, 2023 at 7:02 PM Units are at scene on Mulberry, taking action now.

December 19, 2023 at 6:57 PM The home on Mulberry has been evacuated, now reported as a fully involved structure.

December 19, 2023 at 6:54 PM Report of a mobile home fire on Mulberry Drive in Grass Valley, units dispatched.

December 19, 2023 at 6:28 PM Flood Advisory for Placer County until 9:15 pm. At 606 PM PST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. CHP has reported flooding along some on and off ramps in the Sacramento area.

placer flood advisory 121923

Flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area.

  • Some locations that will experience flooding include: Sacramento, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Rocklin, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Lincoln, Rio Linda, Elverta, Arco Arena, North Highlands, Foothill Farms, Antelope, Pleasant Grove, Parkway-South Sacramento, Florin, Freeport, Laguna West- Lakeside, Sheridan and Paintersville.

December 19, 2023 at 1:41 PM Vehicle off the roadway on Hwy 20 just east of Rough and Ready Hwy, units dispatched.

December 19, 2023 at 10:52 AM Roadway flooding on northbound Hwy 49 from the Golden Chain Motel to the junction of Hwy 20 in Grass Valley. Caltrans has been notified.

December 19, 2023 at 10:45 AM Car vs wall on southbound Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland, no injuries reported.

December 19, 2023 at 10:11 AM Roadways are flooding in the Brunswick and Nevada City areas. Allow for extra time to get to your destination.

Newtown Road mail

December 19, 2023 at 10:07 AM Reader report of mailboxes vandalized/mail taken on Newtown Road and Beckville Road. The mail that was strewn about is being taken to the Nevada City post office.

December 19, 2023 at 9:01 AM Storm system continues through Wednesday. Moderate to Heavy rain may lead to roadway ponding and minor nuisance flooding of poor drainage areas, creating difficult commute conditions. Foothills/Mountains Probability of > 2.00″: 55-85% Today - Wednesday. Scattered showers today, then more widespread precipitation tonight into Wednesday morning.

December 19, 2023 at 8:43 AM A car is being pushed out of the lanes at the Hwy 20/49 connector at West Empire Street. Slow down and use caution - and don't drench the helpers by zooming by.

December 19, 2023 at 6:43 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 18, 2023 at 4:21 PM The UPS truck is not on fire, all the deliveries are safe - the truck just overheated.

December 18, 2023 at 4:16 PM UPS truck on Hwy 20 at South Ponderosa, smoke coming from the delivery truck. Units dispatched.

December 18, 2023 at 1:26 PM A report of pigs in the roadway on McCourtney Road at Perimeter Road.

December 18, 2023 at 1:00 PM One lane traffic break on northbound Hwy 49 between McKnight and Empire.

December 18, 2023 at 12:50 PM A brief break in the rain today brought the songbirds to the water dishes. Looks like we need to provide more saucers as birdbaths!

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December 18, 2023 at 11:04 AM Last night, this fairly large mountain lion was spotted near the top of Banner Mountain and two cubs were heard nearby.

mountain lion on Banner

December 18, 2023 at 10:18 AM Here is the NOAA outlook for the next 6-10 days. Mostly dry conditions return for the end of the week and over the weekend, however there is potential for another storm after Christmas (26th-28th) with renewed chances for widespread rain and mountain snow.

6-10 day precipitation outlook

December 18, 2023 at 9:27 AM This pup went missing from Pike on Saturday, his name is Remmy. He is not shy and can easily be approached. Please call 530-288-3529, or cell # 530-701-5027 if you have seen this very friendly pup or are sheltering him.

Remmy in Pike

December 18, 2023 at 9:05 AM Eight homes remain without power along Jones Bar Road and Woolman Lane, estimated time of restoration is 11:00 am.

December 18, 2023 at 8:41 AM Rain, gusty winds, isolated thunderstorms, and high elevation snow. Moderate to heavy precipitation, including some high elevation snow through mid-week. Gusty southerly winds today into Tuesday, strongest tonight. Isolated thunderstorms possible today-Wednesday, but no debris flow concerns expected for burn scar areas. Potential for another storm after Christmas (26th - 28th) with renewed chances for widespread rain and mountain snow. Stay tuned for details!

December 18, 2023 at 7:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 17, 2023 at 9:47 PM Car vs power pole, power is out to three homes, on the 15000 block of Lime Kiln Road at McCourtney.

December 17, 2023 at 2:05 PM Reader Jeff shared these photos of a stray vehicle on the Cascade Canal trail. Aren't you supposed to keep your dogs on a leash and your car on a road?

December 17, 2023 at 7:58 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 16, 2023 at 7:59 PM PG&E crews are patrolling the outage affecting 33 customers on Banner Lava Cap and Success Cross Road. Restoration time is estimated to be 10:45 pm.

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December 16, 2023 at 4:56 PM These three uncollared pups are running in the roadway at the end of Greenhorn Road. Are your pups safe?

greenhorn pups

December 16, 2023 at 1:28 PM Oat IC reports the forward progress of the fire has been stopped at 3 or 3.5 acres.

December 16, 2023 at 1:09 PM Oat IC reports about 2 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread. Requesting an additional hand crew to respond. No threat to structures.

December 16, 2023 at 12:59 PM Reported vegetation fire on Oat Hills Road near Township Road in the Loma Rica area. Another escaped burn pile on Cascade Way in the Dobbins area.

December 16, 2023 at 9:16 AM Rain and high elevation snow start late Sunday. The incoming system has slowed, meaning it will pick up more moisture before arriving very late on Sunday. Foothills/Mountains Probability of > 3.00″ rain: 50-95% Monday - Wednesday. Monday night, 20-60% probability of wind gusts >40 mph in the northern Sacramento Valley, adjacent foothills and in the Sierra Nevada.

prep for incoming rain

December 16, 2023 at 8:22 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 15, 2023 at 2:35 PM A litterbug has been busy on Hwy 49 at East Main Street (in Downieville,) debris now in the roadway.

December 15, 2023 at 12:53 PM The roadway will reopen shortly on Hwy 49 and Lime Kiln Road.

December 15, 2023 at 12:45 PM Head on collision on northbound Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road, emergency services at scene, the intersection is blocked.

December 15, 2023 at 10:23 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County experienced a disruption in donation processing due to a closed mailing address. Donors are kindly asked to consider resending their donations or giving online at www.foodbankofNC.org. More here.

December 15, 2023 at 6:21 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 14, 2023 at 5:29 PM A mattress and some 8 ft long boxes in the roadway on westbound Hwy 20 near the Mill Street off ramp. Somebody won't be resting on their laurels.

December 14, 2023 at 4:37 PM Ball IC reports they have knockdown on the fire, continuing with mop-up operations.

December 14, 2023 at 4:01 PM Firefighters have completed the primary search in the structure on Ball Road, making good progress on knockdown of the fire.

Ball Road structure fire
Photo by Molly via reader Kim

December 14, 2023 at 3:33 PM Structure fire on Ball Road in Alta Sierra, units at scene.

December 14, 2023 at 11:56 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County distribution today on Osborn Hill - over 800 households served by 40+ volunteers.

December 14, 2023 at 10:49 AM The Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to deny the vested rights petition by Rise Gold.

December 14, 2023 at 9:33 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County's Grass Valley food distribution for those in need, located at 12889 Osborne Hill Rd off of 174, starts at 10am. Since 9am this morning the line of cars for households needing food support has reached all the way down to Empire Mine. We are expecting to serve about 800 households.

December 14, 2023 at 9:21 AM Moderate to Heavy precipitation, including high elevation snow, returns later this weekend. Periods of heaviest precipitation anticipated late Sunday through Tuesday. Foothills/Mountains Probability of > 3.00″: 50-75% Sunday - Wednesday.

December 14, 2023 at 8:57 AM The BOS hearing on Rise Gold's vested rights petition is resuming. Watch live:

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December 14, 2023 at 8:02 AM No fire in the Hwy 174/Empire Mine Cross area, per law enforcement.

December 14, 2023 at 7:56 AM Firefighters are still attempting to locate the reported fire, still nothing showing.

December 14, 2023 at 7:46 AM Units in the Empire Mine Cross Road area are attempting to locate the reported fire, so far nothing showing. Incoming units to reduce their response to Code 2.

December 14, 2023 at 7:41 AM Report of a 5 by 5 ft spot in a culvert on Hwy 174 at Empire Mine Cross Road, units dispatched.

December 14, 2023 at 6:22 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 13, 2023 at 11:07 PM The fire on Pioneer Ridge Road has been contained, all units are available.

December 13, 2023 at 10:44 PM Units at scene report it's a fire in deep duff. One additional water tender requested.

December 13, 2023 at 10:36 PM Units have arrived at scene of the reported fire on Pioneer Ridge Road.

December 13, 2023 at 10:07 PM Possible structure fire or burn pile reported in the area of Jones Ridge Road and Pioneer Ridge Road in the Red Dog area. Units dispatched.

December 13, 2023 at 9:45 PM Candidate filings for local office on the March 5, 2024 ballot are now complete. The full list and resources for voters can be found here.

December 13, 2023 at 4:55 PM Accident at the intersection of Hwy 49 and 20 in Nevada City, emergency services are at scene.

December 13, 2023 at 4:36 PM Thomas Oates, in charge of the Toys for Tots Program, and many volunteers are at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall right now sorting toys for the giveaway. There's still time to participate - especially toys for teenagers are needed. If you want to drop off toys, stop at the Vets Hall and join Kindergarten students, first responders and your neighbors in brightening the holidays for kids.

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December 13, 2023 at 3:47 PM The Board of Supervisors has continued the hearing the vested rights for the Rise Gold reopening of the Idaho-Maryland mine to tomorrow 9:00 am. The BOS will have their deliberation and take a vote on the matter. There will be no additional public comment, everyone who wanted to voice their opinion was heard today.

December 13, 2023 at 3:35 PM Heads up, reader-reported Guinea Hens in the roadway on McCourtney at Wolf Road.

December 13, 2023 at 2:24 PM The Frenchtown incident is fully contained at 1/2 acre, some resources are being released, all others will be committed another 30 minutes.

December 13, 2023 at 1:53 PM First unit at scene on Frenchtown Dobbins Road reports about 1/2 acre, and forward progress stopped. One water tender to cancel, all others can continue in.

December 13, 2023 at 1:47 PM Reported vegetation fire on Frenchtown Dobbins Road in the Oregon House area, units dispatched.

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December 13, 2023 at 9:51 AM A pattern change will bring rain and high elevation snow Sunday through next week (and beyond.)

December 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM Watch the hearing live here.

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December 13, 2023 at 9:16 AM The vested rights hearing for the Idaho-Maryland mine reopening is underway. Standing room only in the BOS Chambers, and parking is quasi full.

Vested rights hearing on December 13, 2023. Photo: WebhamRadio
Vested rights hearing on December 13, 2023. Photo: WebhamRadio

December 13, 2023 at 6:36 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 12, 2023 at 10:04 PM The power outage along McCourtney has been reduced to 63 homes off Auburn Road.

December 12, 2023 at 9:44 PM Reader-reported power outage along McCourtney Road. 852 customers affected, estimated time of restoration is 12:30 am.

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December 12, 2023 at 7:34 PM Pro tip: If you stay up late tonight, go outside and look up. While the Geminid meteor shower peaks tomorrow, clouds may interfere with viewing the spectacle. Starting at 10:00 pm tonight, you will see the beginning of the shower. Enjoy!

December 12, 2023 at 4:47 PM The traffic lights on Dorsey Drive and East Main in Grass Valley are malfunctioning. Use caution in the area.

December 12, 2023 at 4:41 PM A car up against the guardrail on Hwy 49 between the South Yuba bridge and Reader Ranch is being removed. Traffic control is in place.

December 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM The power outage along Bitney Springs has been fixed, with the exception of 32 homes along Pleasant Valley Road.

December 12, 2023 at 9:45 AM Power outage affecting 891 customers mainly along Bitney Springs Road. A trouble crew has been assigned. Estimated time of restoration is 2:00 pm.

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December 12, 2023 at 9:05 AM Solo vehicle accident on Nevada City Hwy at Ridge Road. Minor injuries reported and emergency services at scene.

December 12, 2023 at 8:23 AM Vehicle into the embankment on Hwy 49 near Downieville. Black ice blamed as the culprit.

December 12, 2023 at 6:22 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 11, 2023 at 11:24 AM As of December 8, 2023 the Del Oro Theatre and Sutton Cinemas will be under new ownership. Sierra Theaters, which has been operating both movie theaters, has sold to Prime Cinemas and the new owner, Brian Young, will take over operations immediately.

December 11, 2023 at 8:18 AM South Lake Tahoe: US 50 Closure by Lake Tahoe Airport Due to Incident Involving a Semi-Truck Fire. The Fire Department has responded to an incident involving a semi-truck fire in front of the airport. The fire is out but cleanup will likely take a while. US 50 is closed in both directions at this time. The airport is accessible from Meyers only. The timing of a full opening is unknown at this time.

December 11, 2023 at 8:07 AM Today is the final day to pay the 1st installment of 23/24 property taxes without penalty.

December 11, 2023 at 5:40 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 10, 2023 at 11:03 AM A reminder, the regular shuttle will continue to operate from the Rood Center (950 Maidu Ave.) to Victorian Christmas on both Sundays from 1-7pm and Wednesdays from 4:30-10pm. The shuttle costs $5 (cash preferred).

December 10, 2023 at 8:37 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 9, 2023 at 7:35 PM Solo overturned vehicle off the embankment on Rattlesnake Road near Lower Colfax, driver bailed on foot. Emergency services at scene.

December 9, 2023 at 6:33 PM Firefighters report the burn pile is attended and has a good control line around it. Legal burn pile, no assistance needed.

December 9, 2023 at 6:28 PM Engine at scene of the large pile on Indian Springs, they are making access now.

December 9, 2023 at 6:20 PM Report of a large, possibly unattended, burn pile on the 15000 block of Indian Springs Road. Engine dispatched.

December 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM The Food and Toy Run is leaving the Rood Center.

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December 9, 2023 at 10:25 AM A reminder, the Nevada County Food and Toy Run is taking place today. Riders will depart the Rood Center at noon and make their way through Nevada City and Grass Valley to the Fairgrounds.

December 9, 2023 at 7:56 AM Car vs deer on northbound Hwy 49 at Alta Serra Drive.

December 9, 2023 at 7:51 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

December 8, 2023 at 3:21 PM This pup is missing near Grizzly Hill on the San Juan Ridge. If any one sees him please call 530-265-3659. If no answer cause his humans are still out looking, please try 530-446-5683. He is very friendly and very clean (just had a bath.)

Grizzly Hill pup

December 8, 2023 at 2:21 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 174 at Brunswick Drive.

December 8, 2023 at 6:57 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 7, 2023 at 6:05 PM The power outage along Streeter Road has been reduced to 63 homes. Due to an equipment issue, the estimated restoration time has been pushed to 3:00 am.

December 7, 2023 at 5:25 PM The pole that caught fire on Hummingbird Drive in Lake Wildwood has caused a power outage for 166 homes in the area. Estimated time of restoration is 8:45 pm.

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December 7, 2023 at 5:24 PM Restoration time for the outage along Streeter Road is now 7:00 pm.

December 7, 2023 at 5:23 PM Vehicle spinout on Brunswick Road near Greenhorn.

December 7, 2023 at 3:58 PM Power outage affecting 103 homes in south county along Streeter Road, estimated time of restoration is 5:30 pm. Trouble crew is at scene.

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December 7, 2023 at 3:57 PM First unit at scene on Hummingbird Drive can handle, all others can cancel.

December 7, 2023 at 3:50 PM Utility pole on fire on Hummingbird Drive in Lake Wildwood, units dispatched.

December 7, 2023 at 2:36 PM Effective Friday, December 8, 2023, at 8:00 AM the burn suspension in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises residents that they may resume burning on permissible burn days (Open Burning).

December 7, 2023 at 2:13 PM The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 10PM tonight for the higher elevations.

December 7, 2023 at 7:31 AM The two cars involved in the accident on Magnolia have been moved out of the intersection, the roadway is clear.

December 7, 2023 at 7:28 AM Accident on Magnolia Road and Dog Bar, intersection is blocked. Units dispatched.

December 7, 2023 at 7:03 AM Car vs tree on You Bet Road near Pearson Road, one lane is partially blocked.

December 6, 2023 at 6:49 PM Victorian Christmas in Nevada City, rain is letting up, people are having a great time. Many thanks to reader Robin for these photos.

December 6, 2023 at 4:03 PM The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir is singing carols in the lobby of the Rood Center. Come listen to them, grab some cookies and hot chocolate before taking the shuttle to Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.

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December 6, 2023 at 1:17 PM Tree in the roadway on Birchville Road near Cliff Road, Public Works is being notified.

December 6, 2023 at 1:08 PM Car vs motorcycle on East Bennett Road and Brunswick, the roadway is partially blocked.

December 6, 2023 at 12:09 PM Reported structure fire, on the 16000 block of New York House Road in the Brownsville area, units dispatched.

December 6, 2023 at 9:56 AM Rain and Moderate Mountain Snow Return Today and Thursday. System moving a little slower with slightly higher precipitation amounts. Increased mountain snow impacts to moderate today and Thursday

December 5, 2023 at 2:20 PM Congratulations to Julie Patterson-Hunter for 19 years of service to the Board of Supervisors and the Clerk of the Board Office. Enjoy retirement Julie!

December 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM Congratulations to Undersheriff Alicia Burget for 25 years of service and a well-deserved retirement.

December 5, 2023 at 10:17 AM Accident on East Empire Street at Empire Mine State Park, no injuries reported.

December 5, 2023 at 9:45 AM Rain showers and mountain snow shower chances return Wednesday and Thursday with isolated thunderstorms and locally breezy southerly winds.

December 5, 2023 at 8:19 AM Mark your calendars. The Geminid Meteor shower peaks overnight on December 13 and the morning of the 14th. Viewers in the Northern Hemisphere can look for meteors as early as 9 or 10 p.m. on the 13th. The hourly number of meteors should increase after that, with the greatest number flashing through the sky between midnight and morning twilight.

December 5, 2023 at 6:56 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 4, 2023 at 8:50 PM Power outage is now reduced to 25 homes along Banner Mountain Trail.

December 4, 2023 at 8:28 PM The power outage has been reduced to 629 homes. Cascade Shores and the Red Dog area have been restored. Trouble crew is patrolling.

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December 4, 2023 at 7:31 PM Power outage is affecting 1,885 homes in the greater Nevada City area and along Hwy 20. Estimated time of restoration is 10:15 pm.

NC outage 120423

December 4, 2023 at 7:30 PM Reader report of a power outage in Cascade Shores.

December 4, 2023 at 5:46 PM Rough and Ready Hwy will be closed to traffic on the 12000 block until PG&E and AT&T respond.

December 4, 2023 at 5:42 PM Car vs power pole on Rough and Ready Hwy, units at scene. Lines are down.

December 4, 2023 at 2:42 PM On southbound Hwy 49 at Cherry Creek, a dump truck with an uncovered load of gravel is spraying rocks into the roadway and onto cars behind the trucks. Use caution and keep your distance.

December 4, 2023 at 2:33 PM Mud and rockslide in the roadway on Hwy 49 at Depot Hill near Indian Valley Road in Sierra County. Slide is about 12 ft wide.

December 4, 2023 at 6:59 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 3, 2023 at 8:18 PM Water pipe burst on Ball Road near Alta Sierra Drive, roadway is flooded.

December 3, 2023 at 8:04 PM Burn pile on Marysville Road near Leanne Way, homeowner called for assistance extinguishing it. Units dispatched.

December 3, 2023 at 5:29 PM Units have made access to the burn pile on Rapp Road. It's an attended, legal burn pile, all units are canceling.

December 3, 2023 at 5:12 PM Firefighters are attempting to make access to the reported burnpile.

December 3, 2023 at 4:59 PM Report of a possibly unattended, oversized burn pile on Rapp Road off Bitney Springs Road. Units dispatched.

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December 3, 2023 at 10:55 AM Approximately ten pigs (sans blankets) are blocking the roadway eastbound on McCourtney Road at Perimeter Road.

December 3, 2023 at 9:07 AM Traffic control on Rough and Ready Hwy near Hwy 20, last night's cr vs embankment is being retrieved by a tow truck.

December 2, 2023 at 9:04 PM Car vs tree on Octagon Lane at Meadow Drive in Peardale, no injuries to humans reported.

December 2, 2023 at 6:51 PM Car vs embankment on Rough and Ready Hwy near Hwy 20, units at scene, no injuries reported.

December 2, 2023 at 2:14 PM Overturned car on Hwy 174 at Noel Lane. Ophir Hill and CHP at scene.

Ophir Hill accident
Photo courtesy Ophir Hill Fire

December 2, 2023 at 1:29 PM Units at scene on Pleasant Valley Road report single vehicle accident, medic and one engine to continue in. All others can cancel.

December 2, 2023 at 1:21 PM Two-car accident on westbound Hwy 20 at Pleasant Valley Road, units dispatched.

December 2, 2023 at 7:45 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM – 3 PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

December 1, 2023 at 8:09 PM Bovine stroll alert: Two cows reported on Tranquil Lane off Rattlesnake Road. The bovines are black with white faces reportedly and difficult to see in the dark.

December 1, 2023 at 7:32 PM Power has been restored to the Little Town.

December 1, 2023 at 5:54 PM Power outage affecting 142 customers in the Town of Washington, estimated time of restoration is 11:30 pm. outage was caused by an emergency issue, according to PG&E.

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December 1, 2023 at 5:24 PM Traffic hazard on westbound Hwy 20 near the McCourtney off ramp, tie straps over all lanes.

December 1, 2023 at 3:44 PM Two-car collision, no injuries reported, on northbound Hwy 49 at the Colfax off ramp.

December 1, 2023 at 9:13 AM Unit at scene on PLeasant Valley Road reports a very small spot only, no additional resources needed.

December 1, 2023 at 9:03 AM Small roadside spot of smoldering debris on Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville Road on the San Juan Ridge, units dispatched.

December 1, 2023 at 8:55 AM Winter weather: watches, warnings explained. Winter weather can bring unpredictable storms and floods. It is crucial to stay safe and informed during the winter season. In a recent video by NWS Sacramento warning meteorologist Courtney Carpenter, she explained the different types of warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Understand the difference between a winter storm watch and warning, as well as what triggers flood or flash flood warnings.

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December 1, 2023 at 6:30 AM On Hwy 20 at Bear Valley to the junction of I-80: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

Hwy 80 at Kingvale eastbound
Hwy 80 at Kingvale eastbound

On I-80 at Cisco Grove to Truckee: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

December 1, 2023 at 12:02 AM A quick look at the traffic cams on the Summit - snow and chain controls!

Hwy 80 at Kingvale - Caltrans camera

December 1, 2023 at 12:00 AM You can find last month's log here.