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SYRCL presents “State of the Yuba”

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The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information visit their website or, contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201.

Watch a new commercial for 2014 Nevada County Fair

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“Simply Fun!” is the theme for the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Fair already is busy planning for five days of excitement and fun for Fair-goers of all ages.

The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits — in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”

The Nevada County Fairgrounds are located near highways 80, 49 and 20, about a one hour drive from Sacramento. Fairs have been held at this location since 1938. The Gentle Giant Monument marks the entrance to the Fairgrounds and symbolizes the spirit of California’s pioneers. The working horse played a large role during the California gold rush.

—Nevada County Fair

Spingtime Tulip Display at Ananda Village

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View the spectacular display of over 13,000 tulips at the Ananda Village gardens beginning this weekend at the annual Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village.

Learn about the plants and land stewardship from their master gardener and designer. Enjoy maple scones, a vegetarian lunch (by reservation), or picnic at Master’s Market.

Open to the public for three weekends: April 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free.

O’Neill stand-up paddleboard race starts at Donner Lake on May 24 (video)

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O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series

The 2014 O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series will host 500+ participants and more than 4,000 spectators from all over the world to the Truckee-Tahoe-Reno area. In addition to the SUP Open and Prone Paddleboard Divisions, the 2014 Race Series will introduce an OC1 Outrigger division and offer an Elite board Class Option.

2014 Race Series Schedule

DONNER LAKE – May 24, 2014, kicks off the series. The 5-mile race course circumnavigates Donner Lake. The start/finish of the race is the west-end beach, Donner Lake.

JAM FROM THE DAM – July 12, 2014, is the second race in the series. This is a 6-mile point-to-point race that starts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City and finishes at the Watermans Landing (next to Sierra Boat Company) in Carnelian Bay.

TAHOE FALL CLASSIC – September 14, 2014, is the final race of the series. This is a 22-mile point-to-point race from *El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. The Fall Classic Race is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world.
NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS: New Start Location-El Dorado Beach, SLT
Race Series Divisions


Stock 12.6, Fourteen, Unlimited (over 14.0)
-Awards will be presented to first, second and third place men’s and women’s in each class at each race in the series.


Donner Race and the Jam From The Dam Race:
-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s overall.

Tahoe Fall Classic:
-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s stock, fourteen, and unlimited class.

NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS: A $300 cash purse will be presented to the first prone
paddleboarder to cross the finish line, $200 cash purse to the second prone
paddler, and $100 to third prone paddler to cross the finish line.


-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s overall.


Men’s Elite Class: 14.0 or Unlimited (over 14.0)
Women’s Elite Class: 12.6 or 14.0

-The board class chosen remains the same for all 3 races.
-Awards will be presented at each race to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s in each class. The $20K men’s and women’s combined cash purse will be awarded following the Tahoe Fall Classic Race.

Elite Class/Cash Purse Breakdown:

Men’s Elite 14.0
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Men’s Elite Unlimited
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Women’s Elite 12.6
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Women’s Elite 14.0
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500


Nevada City Paralympic gold medalist being honored in parade on April 1

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Nevada County became known as the heart of Gold Country due to the large quantities exported during the Gold Rush. But on April 1, Nevada City will honor one of its own for bringing the gold back home, as Paralympian gold medalist snowboarder Evan Strong will be celebrated with a hero’s homecoming parade.

Strong, along with his family and supporters, will be welcomed home with a parade down Broad Street at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Pre-event festivities will start at 5:30 p.m.

Following the parade, the party will head to the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., where the celebration will continue with live music, food and drink, along with autograph and photo opportunities with Strong and his gold medal.

Donated items, including snowboards and other athletic gear, will be raffled to benefit Nevada County’s FREED Center for Independent Living ( and Adaptive Action Sports ( based in Summit County, Colo.

Strong, who resides in Nevada City, grew up in Maui, where he excelled at skateboarding. At 17, he lost his left leg as a result of a car accident.

Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. and Adaptive Action Sports in Summit County, Colo., Strong was introduced to and inspired by hundreds of challenged athletes.

With the support of his family, he began training again and added snowboarding to his list of athletic endeavors — highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Visit for more information about Evan Strong.
For more information on the parade and the homecoming celebration, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (

What: Parade to celebrate Paralympian gold-medalist Evan Strong
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 (Pre-event festivities start at 5:30 p.m.), followed by celebration at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA 95959
Where: Broad Street, Downtown Nevada City

-Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
(Photo: Joe Kusumoto of U.S. Olympic Committee)

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.”

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.


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.”


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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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

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

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

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

Spread the word and help save this irreplaceable icon.

For more information visit:

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“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.