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New trail planned near Hirschman’s Trail in Nevada City

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With an agreement now in hand, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and volunteers will move forward this spring to expand an existing trail on county property that will connect North Bloomfield road, the county library and government offices to the popular Hirschman Trail.

On March 11, Nevada County Supervisors unanimously adopted a Resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bear Yuba Land Trust to provide project coordination, repair and expansion of an existing non-motorized trail

The new expanded trail will start at the sidewalk on Maidu Avenue, run parallel along Highway 49, past the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility to the driveway at Cement Hill Road adjacent to the trail to Hirschman’s Pond.

“I think it’s a very easy low cost win-win kind of project,” said Bear Yuba Land Trust Board Member Brent Fraser.

A Nevada City resident, Fraser is an avid runner and bicyclist who regularly uses the Hirschman Trail. From his house, Fraser uses a number of small trail segments to access the Hirschman Trail. An existing trail in front of the county jail was overgrown and incomplete on either end.

“That’s kind of the missing link right there,” he said. Fraser and fellow Land Trust board member Terry Hundemer approached the county about six months ago with the trail proposal. Hundemer is an active bicyclist, too, and sits on the board of Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), a group that has shown interest in the Cement Hill Trail expansion.

Currently, a county trail that starts at North Bloomfield, ends abruptly at Maidu Avenue forcing pedestrians and cyclists to walk through a sea of county parking lot to get to the Hirschman Trail.

“That’s not the most appealing way to travel if you’re walking or cycling or jogging,” said BYLT’s Trails Coordinator Bill Haire. Nevada County employs hundreds of people who will benefit from the new connectivity.

“It’s recreation right outside their door at work,” Fraser said. Bear Yuba Land Trust will begin work on the trail this spring using volunteer labor. No Funding is required and there is no impact on the General Fund. The trail will be maintained by the County and is expected to take two weeks to two months to build. “We’re somewhat at the mercy of the weather and how many people show up,” Haire said.

For more information stay tuned to www.bylt.org or like Bear Yuba Land Trust on Facebook.

—By Laura Brown, Bear Yuba Land Trust; photo from BYLT

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.

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.

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

Huffington Post: Nevada City is one of America’s 15 coolest small towns

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Huff Post Travel — a widely read online publication — publicized Budget Travel’s contest for America’s coolest towns, including Nevada City.

“Nevada City, CA (Population: 3,046) Nevada City may be a little off the beaten path (60 miles northeast of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains), but residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food, and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes, and the Sierra.”

The rest of the article is here.

What’s up in Nevada County, CA, this spring

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Spring is around the corner and nothing is more stunning than the wildflowers blooming at the South Yuba River State Park or sitting outside and enjoying a glass of wine at one of our countryside wineries or attending one of our annual fairs or festivals packed full of family fun.

As you plan your springtime adventures, schedule a stop in Nevada County, CA, located along Highway 49 in the Gold Country region — we welcome your visit.

South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley
 
Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County, South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork park boundaries form a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation’s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail.

The river’s beauty and solitude has long inspired the dedication and stewardship of those who know it best. Come experience your state park, and let the river work its magic on you.
 
Birding at Bridgeport with Local Expert Bill Cortright
February 22; March 15; April 19 and May 10.  Bird Walks lead by local expert Bill Cortright. Over the two hour bird walk you might spot the Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle, Phainopepla and more. Bring snacks, water, binoculars, a field guide and wear good shoes. Meet at the North Parking Lot (across the new Pleasant Valley Rd. bridge). Walks begin at 8 a.m. FREE Admission to Park; $5 Parking Fee.  
 
Wildflower Walks along Buttermilk Bend Trail
Saturday and Sundays from Mid March through May.

The Buttermilk Bend trail is well known among locals for its spectacular explosion of wildflowers most springs. The display changes every week, so come more than once! Docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses. Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. Please no dogs.
Nevada City Mardi Gras 2014
Historic Downtown Nevada City
March 1 and 2, 2014

Celebrate Mardi Gras the Nevada City way with a full weekend of fun.  Weekend activities begin Saturday night, March 1 with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8 pm to midnight, featuring a live band, in historic Miners Foundry. 
 
On Sunday, March 2 the Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.  
 
A festive Carnevale for the whole family will take place after the parade.  Carnevale will be held at the Miners Foundry from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Enjoy New Orleans style food and a full bar offering Hurricanes and Bloody Marys will be available for adults.  Delight in Cajun music, entertainment, and more.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door for adults.  Kids are free.  For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Snow is Still Falling in Nevada County, CA!
 
Boreal Mountain Resort –  mix 480 acres with 500 vertical-feet; add snow (lots of it) and you have a mountain ready to be ridden. 
 
Soda Springs Ski Resort - is a winter destination for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. 
 
Donner Ski Ranch - is one of California’s last family-owned and operated ski resorts and has offered an unassuming skiing experience for many years.  
 
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort - is North America’s largest cross country skiing resort.  
 
Snowshoeing, tubing hills and more await you in Nevada County.  Click here for a full listing of all our winter recreational activities. 

Foothills Celebration
Saturday, March 1
1-4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon strolling the shops and sites of Historic Downtown Grass Valley. Enjoy fine Northern California wines, gourmet cuisine and confectioners delights. Tickets are only $35.00 per person/ $45 after February 23 and includes unlimited wine tasting and 5 food selections from over 20 local restaurants. Contact the Grass Valley Downtown Association or the Sierra Vintners to reserve your ticket or more information.

Bear Yuba Land Trust
Treks on Tuesday

Once a month the Land Trust will lead a trek on one of the trails mapped on the Trust’s website Trails Portal and in their Trail Cards.  This is a FREE outing and will introduce you to some of Nevada County’s local trails. Bring water and wear good hiking shoes. Click here for more information.