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Gold medalist Evan Strong of Nevada City on an iconic Wheaties box: a first for a para-athlete

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Snowboard cross champion Evan Strong (@strong_evan) made history after an inspiring performance in Sochi this week, taking home gold and becoming the first elite para-athlete to appear on the iconic Wheaties box.

With his determination, perseverance and superlative athletic performance, Evan joins fellow American Champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Sage Kotsenburg with a limited-edition Wheaties box scheduled to hit store shelves this spring.

“We are extremely proud to have Evan as a member of Team Wheaties,” said Jeff Tang, marketing for Wheaties. “His remarkable attitude toward overcoming adversity is truly inspiring. We are honored to celebrate his athletic accomplishments, as well as the strength, courage and generosity that define him as a role model to other athletes.”

Strong, a native of Hawaii, who currently resides in Nevada City, Calif., excelled at extreme sports at a young age, even securing his first skateboarding sponsorship at 13.

However, his life was forever changed at 17, when he lost his left leg as a result of a tragic car accident. Inspired by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and with the support of his family, Strong began training again and soon added snowboarding to his list of athletic achievements reaching the pinnacle with a historic gold-medal performance in Sochi.

“Joining some of the most elite athletes in the world to be on the Wheaties box is a dream come true,” said Strong. “Despite my injury, I never stopped challenging myself to grow and reach new milestones. I hope my story serves as inspiration for others that anything can be accomplished with hard work and dedication.”

ABOUT WHEATIES
Wheaties has been committed to providing athletes with the nutrition they need to help them perform at their best for more than 85 years. The team behind “The Breakfast of Champions” has worked for decades to learn from food scientists, health professionals and athletes about what active people need to help fuel their active lifestyles.

Some of the greatest athletes in American history have been honored by this first-ever whole grain breakfast cereal. Wheaties 100 percent whole grain flakes can be enjoyed a variety of ways including with low-fat chocolate milk for long-lasting energy as part of a complete breakfast.

—Wheaties

Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong wins gold medal in Sochi Winter Paralympics

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Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong won the inaugural Winter Paralympics men’s snowboard cross gold medal Friday in Sochi, Russia.

The 27-year-old Strong had a total time of 1 minute, 43.61 seconds. Each snowboarder took three runs on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center course, with the two fastest times used for a total. Strong had a 51.62 in his second run — best of all competitors in any of the three heats — and a 51.99 in his third, after opening with a 52.55.

“Today is a dream — our team. We are all best friends!” Evan tweeted.“Today is a dream, I’m ecstatic, I’m over the moon, I don’t even feel like my feet are on the ground right now,” Strong elaborated after he won. “To be able to pull this off, it’s just a testimony to the United States training, our coaches, to what we’ve been working on all year long.

“This sport gave us life back after our accidents, so what we are doing is celebrating life through snowboarding, and to be able to share it with the world through the Paralympics, that is just the icing on top.”

Strong, who had his left leg amputated in 2004 after a traffic crash, led an American sweep of the podium. Michael Shea won the silver with a 1:44.18 total, and Keith Gabel (1:47.10) claimed the bronze.

“I am the happiest mother in the whole entire world,” his mother Lisa Strong wrote on Evan’s Facebook page. “Thank you all for your constant love and prayers. God bless the USA team. A perfect clean sweep. Evan Strong, gold; Mike, Shea silver; and “Grizzly Gable,” bronze. Amy Purdy took bronze. Congratulations to you all!”

“Congratulations, boys!” Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn also wrote on Evan’s Facebook page.

The Strong family owns the The Fix for Foodies in downtown Nevada City, and Evan attributes his nearly unbelievable recovery to the combination of a live food diet and athletic drive.

“Evan’s personal experience of the healing qualities of this lifestyle occurred during the past seven years in his recovery from a devastating accident in which he was hit by a car head on while riding a motorcycle,” according to the Fix’s website. “This resulted in severe damage to his arm and leg and consequently the amputation of his left leg below the knee.”

THE “STRONGWICH”

Evan, along with his wife, Mariah, and sisters Arianna and Stephanie opened The Fix in summer 2009, with a vision of creating a whole-food vegetarian dining experience in Nevada City.

One menu item: “The Strongwich – Two slices of sprouted bread supporting layers of Brazil nut pesto, olive-mushroom tapenade, raw sharp cheddar, avocado, home-made sauerkraut, nutritional yeast, & dulse flakes. A local classic. Served with a side-salad.”

In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that men’s and women’s snowboard cross for athletes with lower-limb impairments would debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as a part of the alpine skiing program.

“We have some of the best snowboarders in the world, and this group of 10 athletes is going to make history in Sochi,” Kevin Jardine, high-performance director for U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding, said at the time. “The common thread that runs throughout this team is just how dedicated and passionate they are. It is going to be an honor to work with this team in Sochi.”

The U.S. entered the Games with three of the top-ranked men in the world, with Evan (Nevada City) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.) sharing the current No. 1 spot on the IPC world rankings, and Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) is tied for third with Carl Murphy of New Zealand.

Evan also has been featured on the NBC Nightly News.

A photo gallery of Strong and others practicing earlier in the week in Sochi is here. (Click for larger images).

Evan is interviewed in Sochi after winning Gold:

Evan and Mariah at The Fix restaurant:

Mariah and Evan’s sister, Arianna, in a “selfie” at Sochi during the competition:

Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong: one to watch at Paralympics in Sochi

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We’d written before about Nevada City athlete Evan Strong’s invitation to the Paralympics in Sochi. The Games are March 7-16. Even will compete in the Snowboard Cross event.

The Strong family owns the The Fix for Foodies in downtown Nevada City, and Evan attributes his nearly unbelievable recovery to the combination of a live food diet and athletic drive.

He also has been featured on the NBC Nightly News.

Here’s a new report that Evan is one to watch this coming week.

“3. Snowboarding’s Paralympic debut
“The U.S. could benefit greatly from the addition of a snowboarding event in Sochi, just as it did in the Olympics. Americans are medal threats in men’s and women’s snowboard cross.

“Amy Purdy and Heidi Jo Duce lead the charge on the women’s side. They’re tied for No. 2 in the world rankings.

“Purdy, 34, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20. She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting snowboarding into the Paralympic program. A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video and on “The Amazing Race” in 2012. She’s going on “Dancing with the Stars” this season, beginning one day after the Closing Ceremony.

“Duce, 23, has only been snowboarding competitively for 14 months. She entered her first snowboard cross event in early 2013 and was the national champion by the end of the year.

The U.S. men could sweep the podium with the world’s top two riders, Evan Strong and Mike Shea, and Keith Gabel.”

The article is here.

“Save Our Bridge” group launches letter campaign for historic Bridgeport Bridge

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“SAVE OUR BRIDGE”


Important Facts

Bridgeport is the longest single-span covered wood bridge in the world

Built in 1862 by sawmill owner David Wood, considered an engineering feat of its day

Important historic toll bridge on Virginia Turnpike for people, wagons and supplies traveling between Marysville and Nevada during Gold and Silver Rush days

California Registered Landmark & National Historic Landmark

In 2011 Department of Parks and Recreation closed bridge after engineering survey found severe and unsafe structural problems

Engineers estimate it will cost $1.1 million to restore the bridge

Current Status

State agencies and volunteers have secured about half of the funding needed to restore the bridge.

In January, Governor Jerry Brown included $1.26 million in funding for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge Restoration Project in his 2014-15 budget proposal. The budget will go before State Legislators in June.

The State estimates it will cost $220,000 to temporarily stabilize the bridge. Funding has been secured and work is expected to be completed this year.

Nevada County Supervisors and the City Councils of Nevada City, Truckee and Grass Valley unanimously support bridge restoration!

How to Help

Contact your elected officials and tell them to support Governor Brown’s 2014/ 2015 budget proposal to fully fund and restore Bridgeport

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841 
Fax: (916) 558-3160

http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

California State Senator Jim Nielsen
State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4004
Fax: (916) 651-4904

http://district4.cssrc.us/

California State Senator Ted Gaines
State Capitol Rm 3070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4001
Fax: (916) 324-2680

http://district1.cssrc.us/

California State Assembly Member Brian Dahle
State Capitol Rm 2174
Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: (916) 319- 2001
Fax: (916) 319-2101

http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD1/

Spread the word and help save this irreplaceable icon.

For more information visit: www.southyubariverstatepark.org

‘Like Us’ on Facebook for updates about the ‘Save Our Bridge’ Campaign!

“Save Our Bridge”

Bay Area media: Truckee gets a boost from the Olympics

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“The athletes are home now, some bearing medals from Sochi and some not, but all contributing to global recognition of Lake Tahoe — and the town of Truckee, in particular — as a world-class center of winter sports,” the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.

“Former alpine racer Daron Rahlves, a 12-time World Cup champion and four-time Olympian who lives in Truckee, was among those cheering on the 16 ski and snowboard athletes with Tahoe ties.

“‘Watching the Olympics on TV, you heard ‘Tahoe’ and ‘Truckee’ every time a ski event came on,’ he said. ‘It makes me proud to see so many others out there representing our town and putting it on the map.’

“The action in Russia also served to energize Truckee businesses that otherwise would have suffered more than they have from the severe drought engulfing Northern California. Hotels sold out, ski shops ran out of rentals and parking places in the downtown shopping/dining/entertainment district were as scarce as USA medals in the Nordic combined.

“And it wasn’t just the resorts and restaurants that stayed busy. Young skaters with stars in their eyes whirled until after dark on Truckee’s municipal ice rink, while down the road at Woodward Tahoe, the action-sports training facility at Boreal Mountain Resort, future Olympians inspired by TV coverage lined up to slide down indoor ramps and throw aerial tricks into foam pits.

“The people not skiing are shopping,” he added. “We fell off a cliff during the recession, but this year, business is back up above pre-recession levels.”

The rest of the article is here.

View Nevada City Mardi Gras photos

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A spirited Mardi Gras parade returned to Nevada City this past weekend, entertaining joyful crowds decked out in beads, masks and costumes.

Watch a slideshow of photos from the celebration.

Click HERE.

(Photo credit: Chip Wilder)

Welcome to GoNevadaCounty.com

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Nate Beason, Supervisor and Board Chair

Welcome to “The Official Online Guide to Nevada County.”

Four years ago, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors launched a comprehensive and dynamic website devoted to tourism. The collaborative effort between the County’s leisure, cultural and recreation tourism sectors have created and sustained GoNevadaCounty.com as one of the primary portals for helping visitors discover and enjoy the best our County has to offer.

Established during the Gold Rush, Nevada County has always been proud of its gold mining heritage. Place names such as You Bet, Last Chance Mine, Donner Summit, Emigrant Gap, Empire Mine, French Corral and Rough and Ready whet the appetite for exploration and discovery.

Our diverse network of trails, historic downtowns and mining museums further refine the adventure. Thousands of acres of National Forest lands verdant meadows, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the magnificent Yuba River Watershed provide a breathtaking backdrop and setting for all manners of recreation.

On the west side, visit Spenceville Wildlife Area and Bridgeport in Penn Valley, home of the world’s longest covered bridge. From there, it’s less than two hours east to Donner Summit and Truckee.

Donner Memorial State Park and Donner Lake offer the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water‐skiing and hiking. In winter, visitors can downhill ski at Boreal Mountain Resort or cross-country ski and snowshoe on beautiful quiet mountain trails in and around the Park.

Truckee, which was recently ranked by National Geographic Adventure among the top 25 best ski towns in the world, also boasts excellent restaurants, fine arts galleries and unique craft stores in its walkable downtown historic district.

Nevada County, with its bucolic farms and ranches, has deep roots in agriculture. The original townsite of Chicago Park, home to the Donner Fruit Trail, is known for its rich soil and bountiful produce, including renowned pears, apples, peaches and Italian wine grapes.

Community-supported agriculture, our many talented small farmers and a number of local restaurants offer a “farm to table” experience, and wonderful farmers markets and food tasting events take place throughout the year.

FOUR SEASONS

Nevada County’s four distinct seasons, and its range of elevations and landscapes, make it a fertile home for more than 40 varieties of wine grapes, ranging from Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon to Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.

Nevada County offers the visitor an opportunity to experience more than 16 wineries, such as Lucchesi, Solune, Nevada City, Truckee River Winery, Naggiar and Pilot Peak, whose premiere winemaking techniques and styles produce some of California’s most surprising award-winning wines.

Craft beers are also gaining recognition here, such as ol’ Republic in Nevada City and Fifty-Fifty Brewing and Tahoe Mountain Brewing in Truckee.

Today, Nevada County’s gold lies in its creative culture. A dizzying array of artists, poets, actors, photographers and musicians live and work in our beautiful community.

More than 130 arts organizations present everything from the internationally-renowned annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to our weekly calendar of star-studded musical, dance and theater performances.

The vibrant mountain lifestyle has inspired many nationally and regionally acclaimed artists to call the Sierra Foothills home. Nevada County, with cultural hubs in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, is quickly emerging as the newest in West Coast art destinations.

Come be our guest for a day visit, a mid-week adventure or a weekend getaway. Nevada County promises you will want to return again and again.

Nevada City will be honored in BudgetTravel.com

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Here are the top 10 towns in Budget Travel’s 2014 America’s Coolest Small Town contest. (Online voting among 15 finalists began in mid-January and ended at 12 a.m. Tuesday February 25. Total votes cast were 137,819, with the winner receiving 39,285 votes.) Each of these 10 towns will be honored in an upcoming feature on BudgetTravel.com and an upcoming story in Budget Travel’s tablet edition:

1. Berlin, MD

2. Cazenovia, NY

3. Buckhannon, WV

4. Travelers Rest, SC

5. Mathews, VA

6. Nevada City, CA

7. Rockport, TX

8. Estes Park, CO

9. Galena, IL

10. Elkin, NC

Nevada City Paralympian Evan Strong is featured on NBC Nightly News (video)

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Snowboarder Evan Strong of Nevada City has been invited to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16, as we wrote recently on our blog.

The Strong family owns the The Fix for Foodies in downtown Nevada City, and Evan attributes his nearly unbelievable recovery to the combination of a live food diet and athletic drive.

Now Evan has been featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

“As the Olympics begin to wind down in Sochi, Paralympian Evan Strong is preparing for his big moment,” NBC News with Brian Williams reported on Thursday Night. You can watch the news segment here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/sochi-olympics/amputee-snowboarders-grit-inspires-others-compete-n35096

“For Evan Strong, nothing is going to slow him down. Kevin Tibbles, NBC News, Nevada City.”

Diet and lifestyle help Nevada City athlete compete in Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in March

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Snowboarder Evan Strong of Nevada City has been invited to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16.

The Strong family owns the The Fix for Foodies in downtown Nevada City, and Evan attributes his nearly unbelievable recovery to the combination of a live food diet and athletic drive.

“Evan’s personal experience of the healing qualities of this lifestyle occurred during the past seven years in his recovery from a devastating accident in which he was hit by a car head on while riding a motorcycle,” according to the Fix’s website. “This resulted in severe damage to his arm and leg and consequently the amputation of his left leg below the knee.”

Evan competes in the summer and winter X Games for skateboarding and snowboarding, bringing home the Gold at the Winter X Games Seventeen in Aspen Colorado.

He is well on his way to the Olympics after taking Gold at five World Cups in Orcières, France; Banff, Canada, and New Zealand in winter 2011. Evan took first at the World Championships in Orcieres, France, in winter 2012 and is now ranked #1 in the world, holding the title for World Champion in Para Boarder Cross Snowboarding.

STRONG SNOWBOARDER

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced Evan was one of 10 athlete nominated to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team to compete in the inaugural snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in March.

In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that men’s and women’s snowboard cross for athletes with lower-limb impairments would debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as a part of the alpine skiing program.

“We have some of the best snowboarders in the world, and this group of 10 athletes is going to make history in Sochi,” said Kevin Jardine, high-performance director for U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding. “The common thread that runs throughout this team is just how dedicated and passionate they are. It is going to be an honor to work with this team in Sochi.”

The U.S. enters the Games with three of the top-ranked men in the world, with Evan (Nevada City) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.) sharing the current No. 1 spot on the IPC world rankings, and Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) is tied for third with Carl Murphy of New Zealand.

The men’s and women’s snowboard events will be held on March 14. Paralympic snowboarders compete in snowboard cross, an event where athletes race one-at-a-time down a course with features including turns, drops and berms.

Each athlete completes three runs of the course with the combined time of their best two runs determining the final winner based on time.

The USOC and NBC Olympics have partnered to provide an unprecedented level of coverage for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to air 50 hours of television, starting on March 7 with the Opening Ceremony.

Evan, along with his wife, Mariah, and sisters Arianna and Stephanie opened The Fix in summer 2009, with a vision of creating a whole-food vegetarian dining experience in Nevada City.

We are regulars at the Fix. The menu is here. One example: “The Strongwich – Two slices of sprouted bread supporting layers of Brazil nut pesto, olive-mushroom tapenade, raw sharp cheddar, avocado, home-made sauerkraut, nutritional yeast, & dulse flakes. A local classic. Served with a side-salad.”

—The Fix and International Paralympic Committee, and SierraCulture.com