2022 Destination Nevada County

Page 1





Sowell Family Owned & Operated Since 1935 www.movesowell.com

6-Time World-Class Commitment Award Winner 12-Time Superior Packing & Claims Prevention Award Winner

Nevada County

Placer County

185 Spring Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7836

4323 Anthony Court, Unit 1 Rocklin, CA 95677 (916) 652-9700

CAL T-189906

US DOT No. 125550





destination CONTENTS 7


Art & Culture

Truckee Your Big Life Starts Here





Dine Like a Local

Welcome Home





Grass Valley A Place to Live and Thrive

Healthy Living

Nevada City Best Preserved Gold Rush Town

Penn Valley Peaceful Natural Beauty

Home & Design

From the Ground Up


Small Businesses Doing Big Things 2




PUBLISHER Robin Galvan-Davies Sierra Nevada Destination Publishing 128 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4667 rdavies@grassvalleychamber.com

ADVERTISING Publisher I Head of Marketing & Sales Joy Porter (530) 913-6045 joy@windingroadimagery.com PHOTOGRAPHY Joy Porter Winding Road Imagery (530) 913-6045 joy@windingroadimagery.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN Sherry Sanchez Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce sherry@grassvalleychamber.com



s r o t u b i r t n o C CONTRIBUTORS

Diane Helms

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty Page 147

Arty Mangan Bioneers, Inc. Page 66

Robert Wallis

Hilary Hodge

Wallis Design Studio Architects Page 170

James Everhart

Standing Impressions Page 125

Music in the Mountains Page 15

Doug Moon Chair-Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee

Lock Richards

Sperry CGA-Highland Commercial Page 140

Amelia Barrett

Nevada County Association of Realtors® Page 134

Janeth Marroletti

Gold Country Senior Services Page 76

Brian O’Brien

Beam “Easy Living” Center Page 165

Page 122

Shelly Covert

California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project Page 16

Aimee Retzler

Executive Director, Sierra Harvest Page 64

Tim O’Brian


Golden Empire Flying Association Page 110 DESTINATION Nevada County

Gage McKinney

Suzanne Voter

Dave Krussow

Lorraine Jewett

Regional Historian Page 44

Grass Valley Attack Air Base Page 112

Keoni Allen

Sierra Foothills Construction Co. Page 162

Home Heroes Lending, Inc. Page 136

Eli Bacon

The Center for the Arts Page 12

Mark Lyon

Kevin Edwards

Nevada County Airport Manager Page 108

Jon Katis

Freelance Writer Page 22

Actor/Writer to: Author of Haunted Nevada City and Grass Valley Pages 42, 84

Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Page 178

Valerie Costa

Trevor Cornwell

Juliana Demarest

The Union Newspaper Page 50

Co-founder of Guesthouse Page 98

Moon Shine Ink Page 102

Lynn Saunders

Truckee Chamber of Commerce Page 100

Stuart Baker

Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Page 80

Steve Cottrell

Nevada County Historian Pages 92, 104


Art Works Gallery.......................................................9 Baird/Meyers Investment Group............................169 Beam “Easy Living” Center............................. 158-159 Booktown Books.......................................................57 BriarPatch Food Co-op.............................................61 Budget Blinds..........................................................157 Century 21 Cornerstone.................................. 138-139 Cheryl & Allison Rellstab-RE/MAX Gold..............144 City of Grass Valley............................................. 18-19 Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty.............. 148-149 Diane Helms-Century 21 Cornerstone Realty........147 Dorsey Marketplace................................................175 Ernie’s Van & Storage.................... Inside Front Cover Eskaton Village..........................................................73 Evans Furniture Galleries.......................................155 Foothill Flowers.........................................................39 Foothill Mercantile....................................................30 Freschi Construction...............................................164 GeoSolve, Inc...........................................................172 Gold Country Gymnastics........................................57 Gold Country Senior Services............................ 74-75 Golden Poppy Marketing..........................................30 Grass Valley Courtyard Suites..................................38 Grass Valley Downtown Association........................30 Harding Custom Builders.......................................169 Home Heroes Lending............................................136 Homes by Towne............................................. 166-167 IndiVisual Designs..................................................168 Jayna Deltessandoro-Century 21 Cornerstone.......169 Kathy Papola-Network Real Estate.............. Inside BC Kial James Photography..............................................9 Ladybird Aesthetics...................................................71 Lake Wildwood Association........................... 120-121 Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery...................................57 Maragaretich Team-Sereno Real Estate..................135 Maria’s Mexican Restaurant......................................48

MEC Cleaning.........................................................137 MEC Roofing...........................................................173 Mertens Insurance Agency/Farmers.......................169 Mimi Simmons-Century 21 Cornerstone Realty.....78 Music in the Mountains.............................................14 Network Real Estate........................................ 142-143 Nevada City Engineering, Inc.................................164 Nevada County Association of Realtors.................132 Nevada County Cannabis Alliance...........................71 One 11 Kitchen & Bar................................................51 Patterson’s Tax Practice...........................................179 Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service.............................174 Placer Title Company..............................................146 Precision Electric.....................................................164 PRMI, The Verger Group........................................179 Rebecca Franks-RE/MAX Gold..............................157 Sierra Foothills Construction Company................160 Sierra Gold Parks Foundation..................................28 Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates......................140 Stanford Mortgage..................................................175 State Farm-Mike Bratton........................................141 Stucki Jewelers...........................................................29 Teresa Dietrich-Gold Country Ranches.................118 Tess’ Kitchen..............................................................31 The Center for the Arts.............................................13 The UPS Store..........................................................181 Tofanelli’s...................................................................56 Top Notch Construction.........................................172 Tres Jolie Lavender Farm..........................................71 Tripps Auto Body......................................................57 Twin Cities Church.................................................180 Wallis Design Studio...............................................171 Winding Road Imagery...........................................176 Young’s Carpet One/Sierra Timberline..................156 Yuba Blue...................................................................30

Photo Credits and Image Acknowledgements Special Thanks to Photographers: Architectural Digest Broken Banjo Photography Captain Hubert C. Provand Elias Funez Erik T. Burke Grass Valley Elks Lodge James Everhardt John Field John Pugh John Rebenstorff John Taber José R. Ralat Julie Brown / SFGATE Kat Alves Kial James Laura Domela Liz Keller Paul Hamill Photography

Regional Housing Authority Scotts Shots Photography Shirley Moon Sierra Harvest Tim O’Brian Winding Road Imagery Special Thanks to Image Contributors: Alchetron.com Baked-theblog.com BKF Engineers BlackMart on DeviantArt Charles Schultz Cdn.historicalemporium.com Ebayimg.com Fabricut.com Freshop.com Gannett-cdn.com Getty Images Gillnursery.com

Joset Medina Live.staticflickr.com Luis Monteiro for Vogue Media-amazon.com Mogaveroarchitects.com myftpupload.com Nevada City Chamber Nikila Badua Outsidepride.com Rincondelrio.com Squarespace-cdn.com Sue Tallon Tahoequarterly.com Thedayintech.wordpress.com The Union Newspaper Townoftruckee.com Trendesignbook.com Truckee.com www.thetimes.co.uk





Grass Valley • Nevada City Cultural District Truckee Cultural District




“The District experienced a ‘cultural revolution’ from the mid20th Century that has reshaped the local economy, and which continues to influence the statewide arts scene.” By Eliza Tudor, Executive Director, Nevada County Arts Council In 2017, with the announcement from the California Arts Council that Truckee Cultural District and the twin-city Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District had been selected from among only 14 finalists to serve as inaugural state designated cultural districts, it was a confirmation that our rich history and cultural assets set us apart. These cultural districts highlight thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California. And here we are from the rolling green hills of California is Gold Country in the west, to the rugged slopes of the High Sierra in the east a mountain home of rare beauty. And between them are small cities and towns where artists, artisans and makers thrive. What is it that draws them here and what sustains and fulfills them? We know that the physical face of the visual art world is changing internationally, whether through the advance of digital technology and mega galleries, or through skyrocketing rent, and the relentless pace of year-round art fairs and festivals. Many of America’s more successful galleries, battling an upswell of closures worldwide, are now turning to more innovative approaches as ways to survive. So, what does this look like in Nevada County? In Grass Valley, the Center For the Arts is on the move. After writing a successful capital campaign, 8


CFA has opened its newly renovated facility, and is creatively presenting our visual arts in their gloriously refurbished space. Its Fall Colors Open Studios Tour remain steadfast as an annual must-see at one of the most spectacular times of the year. Artist Studio in the Foothills remains home for close to 30 visual professionals, while Artworks Gallery shows the work of no less than 30 artists. In downtown Truckee, close to 10 diverse gallery spaces exist side-by-side, flanking the Truckee River in what will become an iconic living and work space for artists: the Truckee Railyard Project. The Carmel Gallery, Atelier, Riverside Studios and Gallery 5830’ are just a few who reside here. In Nevada County you will find spaces, places, and people to explore year-round visual arts, crafts and maker-events and information on the two California cultural districts. Significantly, you will find the sort of innovation at play that is common among visual arts communities across the globe who are not only surviving but thriving. Galleries and cooperatives operate as social amalgams of like-minded creatives, cultivating community in recognition of what true cultural districts are made. We invite you to come and find us.

An Award Winning Artists Cooperative Doing Business on Mill Street since 2010


Featuring work by over 30 local artists ceramics • glass • jewelry • painting wood • stone • fiber • gourds metal • mosaics • photography • sculpture

Monthly Second Saturday Artists in Action Events 530.913.9982 KIALJAMESPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Real. Life. Portraits.



Voted Best Art Gallery for the past 6 years

113 Mill St. • Grass Valley, CA 95945 530 477-1600 • www.artworksgalleryco-op.com Follow us on social media @artworksgallerygrassvalley DESTINATION Nevada County









By Eli Bacon, Marketing Manager, and Jennifer Nobles, Copywriter/Public Relations Coordinator, Center For the Arts The Center for the Arts, located in the charming gold-mining town of Grass Valley, has recently reopened its doors after a massive renovation and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center is ready to shine and carry out its goal of making the arts accessible to all and operates as a nonprofit organization, relying on the community’s support to help achieve its mission. In 2020 The Center completed a massive renovation; everything was updated, from the lighting to the lobby bar. No detail was overlooked. Shortly after the remodel’s completion, the pandemic hit. The Center—along with many other venues—was forced to greatly augment its calendar, which included canceling or postponing many if not all events. However, the venue is now open for business, practicing protocols to help patrons feel safe to enjoy the arts. 12


Among its many features, the new Center boasts a state-ofthe-art Meyer sound system, updated house, stage lights, a new seating map that can hold up to 492 people and is ADA compliant, ensuring that all who wish to enter can do so safely. The Granucci Gallery, housed next to the main lobby, showcases a rotating selection of fine art from multiple artists and collections. The Center is exactly that: a place where all can gather to appreciate the vast world of the arts while supporting a local nonprofit organization. In addition to the renovation, The Center for the Arts is celebrating the launch of its CREATE (Center Resource for Education, Art & Theater Exploration) program, initiated by The Center to increase educational opportunities for children and adults in all mediums of art. “It is so important to provide access to arts education for

both children and adults,” said Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director of The Center for the Arts. “As schools are cutting these programs, parents and adult learners increasingly have to find alternatives, including private education, which can be expensive. “During the pandemic, it became critical to provide opportunities for children so that parents could continue to work.” In addition to its many programs, The Center for the Arts hosts many private events and an extensive array of educational classes for all ages. Members of the Gold Country community are offered various courses ranging from aerial dancing to photography, all taught by instructors who are experts in their respective fields. The Center has welcomed artists from all walks of life, including Chris Isaak, Merle Haggard, Paula Poundstone, Taj Mahal, Graham Nash, and a myriad of others. As the Center closed out the year, they welcomed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,

Pink Martini, and Tower of Power, to name a few. Many say that artists seek out this unique venue with a glowing reputation in a beautiful pocket of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. President of The Center’s Board of Directors Betsy Swann Brown said, “I am beyond excited for the Center’s future. The Center will continue to grow and hone its skills and do everything it can to provide the highest quality, most diverse art and live entertainment for our community. I am so excited to experience our budding educational programs and look forward to watching our resident dance programs, children’s theater, and art programs for all ages.” She continued, “Years from now as memories of the troubles and challenges fade, our community will never forget what we accomplished as they sit in awe and joyously experience the amazing diversity of programs in our strikingly beautiful, chic performing arts venue, The Northern California Center for the Arts.”





By Hilary Hodge, Marketing & Donor Services Manager, Music in the Mountains Nevada County’s thriving arts community boasts a wide range of premium art and cultural contributions for any lover of the arts. From premier classical music to award-winning theater, from fine art studios to professional classes, Nevada County has a long history with, and a deep commitment to the arts. Whether you are looking for an artisan craft faire, a strolling gallery tour, a writing class, or a superb live music concert at one of Nevada County’s unique and wonderful music venues, Western Nevada County offers a wide-range of offerings that are available almost every day of the year.

month of December, bringing locals and visitors to a place of Christmas nostalgia often thought to be lost. Unique art and gifts can be found in our downtown districts on any day of the year. For artists and art-lovers alike, Nevada County is a place to soak in the vast wealth of talent, the wide-ranging variety, and to enjoy something for everyone.

Local music organizations like Music in the Mountains (MIM) offer festival concerts and provide music education to residents and visitors. A unique organization that marries world-class performances with a deep commitment to education, MIM has been thriving in Nevada County for over 40 years. Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, MIM’s indoor and outdoor concerts bring a special ambience to the live music experience. Additionally, venues like Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts and Nevada City’s Miners Foundry, produce fabulous shows that may inspire you to laugh or dance or do both. These wonderful event venues offer an intimate setting for premium performances like Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Vienna Boys Choir, David Sedaris, the Nutcracker Ballet and so much more. The historical districts of both downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley offer several unique opportunities throughout the year to connect with fine artists and artisans. Nevada City hosts regular art walks in the summer. Grass Valley’s newly renovated Mill Street includes a regular vintage fair affectionately known as “Sweet Pickins Vintage Market”. Both the cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley host unique Christmas Fairs in the DESTINATION Nevada County


Nis By Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Spokesperson Executive Director of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project

Beneath our lovely local towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City lay a nearly forgotten history and a nearly forgotten people, the Nisenan Indians. The Nisenan (pronounced nee-see-nan or nee-she-nan) are the original people of this place and their story and history is ripe for the telling. Because the Gold Rush seems to be the “beginning” of all current history books, we find it a perfect intersectoral moment to tell the story of the people and culture who were here thousands of years before they met the Gold Rush head on.

This is a brief introductory story of the Nisenan people .

At a time when the local landscape was rich with Nisenan place names; at a time when the Nisenan people themselves were thriving and plentiful upon the land; before the coming of the California Gold Rush, before California even became a state, the Nisenan people had lived lives that were full of unique, cultural richness and great wealth here in their ancient homelands. They lived in ancient towns named Ostomah’, Woloyu, Wakadok, Panpakan and hundreds more. This landscape was laden with clean water, delicious food, strong medicine, pure spirit, ancient burial grounds, numerous animal species that are now gone, and was abundant with Nisenan families. Today, these ancient Nisenan towns lay beneath our modern towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. It was unfortunate for the Nisenan that their territory would become ground zero for human greed and catastrophic changes that would soon befall them at the hands of the California Gold Rush. Tens of thousands of immigrants from every corner of the planet descended upon Nisenan lands to make their fortunes in the gold fields. Every tree was cut down to build the new towns and hundreds of miles of flumes.



senan The large game herds were hunted to extinction, the natural food sources were destroyed by over population and later by cattle, and the salmon and the great rivers themselves were destroyed by hydraulic mining. Everything that the Nisenan relied on for survival was gone within the first two years of the Gold Rush. In addition to the environmental destruction of the land, the newly formed state of California’s own governor called for the extermination of the red race. Bounties were placed on American Indian heads. Indians were violently removed from their homes and died from murder, disease and starvation. Pockets of people survived here and there, sometimes because they had found a non-native citizen to be their champion; a champion who would be their voice and help navigate the new world for them. In the case of the Nisenan who lived within the Yuba and Bear River Watersheds, Belle Douglas was one such champion. Belle Douglas was a founding member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW). The NDGW are the sister organization to the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Belle saw the abuses that were put upon the Indians and stood up to be their voice. The Nisenan could not

read or write. Documents penned by Belle’s caring hand are contained within the local Nevada County Historical Society that show decades of activism on her part. It was directly because of Belle’s tenacity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that the Nevada City Rancheria became a federally recognized reservation in 1913 via an executive order from then President Woodrow Wilson. The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe held itself as a domestic foreign nation up until it was illegally terminated in 1964 and its reservation lands were sold at auction.

Today, the surviving Nisenan families are ghosts in their own homelands. Being landless is extremely detrimental for the Tribal membership and the continuance of their culture. The Nisenan are trying very hard to raise their visibility with the non-native local community. To tell the story of this place prior to the Gold Rush is to give the Nisenan a spotlight on their past and a new focus on their future. Not only do the Nisenan survive today, but through all the devastation of the past, many of their old landmarks remain intact. Many of their sacred sites were destroyed during the mining devastations of the Gold Rush. Most of their sacred burial grounds are held by private property owners. But a few, are accessible within the parameters of both cultural districts of Nevada City and Grass Valley. DESTINATION Nevada County







By Robin Galvan-Davies, CEO, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

I love Grass Valley; it is a remarkable and resilient town. Its history runs deep, and when you turn the pages between its mining and commercial history, you’ll find stories of the men and women who came to Grass Valley from across the globe. These stories, woven into the tapestry of our community, will make you laugh, cry, wonder, and confirm your faith in human kindness. First known as Boston Ravine, then renamed Centerville, the town initially situated at the top of West Main Street was built close to the first gold-bearing quartz discovery in 1850. As Centerville continued to grow, the area east of town also began to develop. It was flatter and more conducive to a townsite; streets were carved out, and a post office was established. And since the bottom of the hill was already being called Grass Valley by men working for the Grass Valley Gold Mining Company, that quickly became the town’s name. 20

Today, that area is affectionately called “The T.” This DESTINATION Nevada County

intersection of Mill Street and West Main Street is the heart of Grass Valley and reflects much of its historic Gold Rush flavor. Those early settlers and successive generations helped make Grass Valley the commercial center of Western Nevada County. They formed the backbone of our community, and their indomitable spirit, dedication, determination, humor, heritage, and vision are the legacy of our community. Past generations have experienced extreme hardships and survived. The Spanish flu wreaked havoc in 1918, and the recent pandemic tested us mightily in 2020. But, the crisis strengthened our resolve, and the adversity challenged us to reinvent how to survive and thrive despite the obstacles we faced. Resolve. Reinvent. Reimagine. Reconceive. Words that speak to hope, the ability to begin again, start anew; rebirth and grow anew—Renaissance. Downtown Grass Valley is experiencing a style of Renaissance. On West Main Street, the Center for the Arts has just completed a magnificent renovation. Their immense success and packed SRO houses prompted a reevaluation of their venue and a reimagination of the space and sound system. With the renovation complete, they are poised to

offer enhanced entertainment replete with heavenly sound, expanded event programs, and increased seating capacity. The historic Holbrooke Hotel has been burned to the ground, rebuilt, renamed, and gussied up for innumerable guests. It’s seen gambling, gunfights, good times, and bad. Fortunes were made, and pure gold lost. Haunted by rough cowboys and Victorian Madams, their secrets forever safe within the storied walls. Legend tells us even Prohibition didn’t stop the whiskey from being served in the Saloon. Deemed a California Historic Landmark in 1974, it was purchased in 2018 by Eastern Real Estate and meticulously renovated by Acme Hospitality Group, maintaining a timeless aesthetic and retaining its one-of-a-kind personality. Mill Street. Faced with the challenge of retaining economic vitality due to the pandemic’s affect on downtown Grass Valley, the City put an ordinance in place to allow restaurants to continue operating out of doors in a safe environment. One-half of Mill Street was closed to traffic, with parklets

created in front of each restaurant. After merchant input and evaluation, Mill was closed between West Main and Neal streets, allowing all businesses the use areas in front of their establishments and a temporary pedestrian zone created. Today, after much consideration and community feedback, the Mill Street promenade has been reimagined. Redevelopment plans are in the process to create a beautifully landscaped permanent cultural zone that supports business and community activities while welcoming visitors to experience the Heart of Grass Valley in a unique and historical setting. As the previous name of Centerville implies, we sit stage front center, well-positioned to access all of Nevada County’s magnificent assets. Grass Valley is like no other city. The bustling mining camp of 1848 continues to transform itself into a premier, authentic, culturally rich destination. Come, explore Grass Valley. Your experience will be memorable!



and the guy who makes it happen Meet Tim Kiser, Grass Valley City Manager By Lorraine Jewett, Freelance Writer

“Tim’s passion for Grass Valley, his knowledge of the community and the city make him the perfect choice for this position, we are excited for the future of Grass Valley.” Howard Levine Mayor of Grass Valley 2017

As it faced daunting obstacles posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Grass Valley assumed the attitude of the small train made famous in a children’s storybook. Grass Valley rhetorically repeated the mantra “I think I can” and became the little town that could—and did. When the pandemic forced restaurants and other businesses to shutter their indoor services, Grass Valley responded by closing downtown Mill Street to vehicular traffic and creating a pedestrian mall. The city worked closely with the Grass Valley Downtown Association and continues to do so as plans take shape to improve and make permanent an inviting, customer-friendly downtown promenade. “Some cities just blocked off parking spaces so restaurants could expand service into the street,” says Grass Valley City Manager Tim Kiser. “We went a step further and closed two blocks of Mill Street. We believed it was more appealing if diners did not have to contend with cars driving by. Plus, it resulted in a much larger open-air space. 22


“The street closure creates an opportunity to bring back the town square concept, a place for the community to meet,” Kiser says. “Having streets open only to pedestrians makes it more enjoyable to walk between businesses and conducive to special events such as sidewalk sales, Thursday Night Market, and Cornish Christmas. The final incarnation will showcase our historical character, perhaps with a brick walkway. Construction will occur at night, so there is no further burden on our businesses as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.” Two-thirds of the $3.5 million project will be funded by $2.4 million in grants. The scope of work will include infrastructure upgrades such as replacing water lines and adding irrigation systems for planters, plus installing new fiber optic and electrical outlets for additional lighting, décor, and police cameras. The placement of street lights will be adjusted inward rather than lining sidewalks. Music will be pumped throughout the corridor, either background recorded music or from live bands playing downtown. Landscaping of nearby Main Street will be updated to match that of the Mill Street plaza and establish continuity. Kiser is in an advantageous position to gauge Grass Valley’s plans and progress compared to other cities. He is a member of a working group of city managers within the League of California Cities organization. He also gleans information and ideas from his American Public Works Association and International City/County Management Association memberships. “We are unique in that Grass Valley has a population of 13,000, but we serve a population of 30,000 because

shopping, high schools, the community college, hospital, medical offices, and major employers are within the city limits,” explains Kiser. “The city provides a broad range of services to thousands of people who live outside our jurisdiction.” After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento, Kiser began his career with Grass Valley in June 2005 as City Engineer. He was promoted to Public Works Director in 2007, appointed interim City Manager in February 2017, and that position became final seven months later. He lists a number of strategies that have positioned Grass Valley to weather Covid-related financial storms and others that may follow. Grass Valley’s move to eliminate unfunded employee pension liabilities was a textbook Butterfly Effect. The city issued municipal bonds and raised 18.3 million dollars. That money was used to partially pay down 21.2-million dollars owed to the California Public Employees Retirement Service (CalPERS). “By issuing the bonds, the city reduced its exposure to future CalPERS investment shortfalls,” says Kiser. “The city now pays a low, fixed-rate on the municipal bonds, saving the city approximately $6-million over the 20-year bond period.”

“Downtown Grass Valley will become even more of a destination than it was in the past.” Tim Kiser Another move, says Kiser, has made Grass Valley government lean and agile. “We eliminated traditional administrative assistant positions,” Kiser explains. “We reorganized government processes and hired highly-educated people who can accomplish a more diverse range of responsibilities, such as processing and managing projects and troubleshooting. Their workload now includes work that used to be the purview of administrative assistants. “That saves the city more than $80,000 in personnel costs annually,” Kiser continues. “We’ve automated a lot of previously labor-intensive jobs. For example, building permits are now applied for, reviewed, and issued online. We had started to implement that process before Covid. But closing City Hall due to the pandemic, while still needing to provide services to businesses and residents, accelerated the transition to online formats.” Measure E, approved by voters in June 2018, also changed the financial landscape of Grass Valley.

Taylor Day, Deputy City Clerk and Tim Kiser, City Manager DESTINATION Nevada County


“It changed our entire city, adding 11 police officers and 11 firefighter positions,” says Kiser. “It provides $3 million annually to update streets and improve parks. Not many towns our size have an all-weather, state-ofthe-art cork-filled soccer/lacrosse field, but we do thanks to Measure E.” The cork turf field, located between Lyman Gilmore and Scotten Schools, is used by students when classes are in session. The field is open to the public outside of school hours, including during the summer months. The project is a collaboration between the city and the Grass Valley School District. “I call it the ‘small town advantage,’” smiles Kiser. “In a small town like ours, everyone knows each other and is willing to work together to make our community better. We can create public-private partnerships relatively quickly that larger cities aren’t able to do.” Another tactic that benefits the city’s bottom line: Grass Valley is aggressive in its pursuit of grants. “We applied for and received grants to update our water and wastewater treatment plants,” Kiser explains. “We modernized our wastewater treatment plant, and now everything is controlled through computer programming, which processes sewage more efficiently. We use less manpower, power, and chemicals. Our plant is on par with cities the size of Sacramento or Roseville, and because we are always reviewing ways to become more efficient, we haven’t raised sewer rates since 2015.” Among the city’s quality-of-life projects are those that encourage walking and bicycling, such as the creation of Wolf Creek Trail. In the downtown corridor, Grass Valley continues to implement projects that make crosswalks safer, including installing high-visibility signage and upgrading intersections, so they are ADA accessible. “We are always looking at how can we do things better,” Kiser says. “We are a customer service organization, and we are constantly evaluating how we can provide the best service. New ideas are considered and implemented if they make sense from a financial, customer service or efficiency standpoint.” Sometimes it is that simple “can do” attitude that propels projects forward. Multi-million dollar renovations of the Holbrooke Hotel and Center for the Arts are examples of ventures that make immeasurable contributions to Grass Valley. City staff worked closely with contractors and subcontractors to streamline permit processing, inspections, and approvals with each. 24


“With projects like those, time is money,” states Kiser. “There are laws that must be followed, but within those rules, we helped each project through the process as expeditiously as possible. We now have a Holbrooke Hotel that is the jewel in the crown of our historic downtown area. And the Center for the Arts is a contemporary performing arts venue that cities much larger than ours do not have.” Grass Valley is also working with developers of seven unique projects to bring much-needed housing to the city. (See sidebar.) Grass Valley now looks to build on its bright future with its financial and residential housing challenges addressed. The focus is on the downtown corridor, the hub of the city’s commercial, cultural, and civic activities. “The permanent closure of Mill Street downtown has been backed by two public opinion polls, both with more than 75% support,” reports Kiser. Those who opposed the permanent street closure cited the elimination of 38 parking spaces as their reason. The city responded. “We added 11 spaces by restriping and closing one egress of the city parking lot behind the pedestrian promenade,” says Kiser. “We also added two additional ADA parking spaces, so now there are four.” Kiser says the city will work with local businesses with their own parking areas and enter into agreements to use those spaces when they are closed. The city purchased property at 309 Mill Street south of downtown and is in negotiations with neighbors to create a 28-space lot for employee parking. “It’s two short blocks from downtown,” says Kiser. The city plans to develop additional 70-plus parking spots when it completes a deal with CalTrans to take ownership of Tinloy Street and Hansen Way. “Downtown Grass Valley will become even more of a destination than it was in the past,” says Kiser. “Studies show that traditional shopping patterns are changing, and the pandemic prompted many people to become comfortable with shopping online. People are now looking for experiences when they shop, and stores need to provide an experience as well as products.

COMING SOON: There are seven housing projects planned or under construction in the City of Grass Valley: **Loma Rica Ranch, currently in the first phase called the Creeks Neighborhood, will boast 249 homes with paved walking trails that will ultimately connect with the Wolf Creek Trail and extend to the Glenbrook Basin. The network of public trails will include a tunnel under Brunswick Road. **Berriman Ranch’s first phase is complete with 30 homes behind the Kmart shopping center. Twelve duplexes will be constructed in the second phase. **Gilded Springs, just blocks from downtown on Linden Avenue, features 26 customizable homes offering a walk-to-town living experience. **Ridge Village/McKenna is a subdivision near Ridge and Slate Creek Roads that offers 39 lots with paved roads, curbs, gutters, and infrastructure. **The Pines is an eco-friendly, upscale apartment complex with 108 one- and twobedroom units, plus on-site market/deli, business center, EV chargers, and smart home features on Bennett Street. **Timberwood Estates is a 45-lot development off Brunswick Road. **Town Talk Village has 11 two-story detached single-family homes with an option of four secondary residential units over garages.

“One thing that will remain the same, pre-and postpandemic, is visitors and shoppers will find something new and unique in downtown Grass Valley.” DESTINATION Nevada County








































Grass Valley Visitor’s Center

ST .







































HWY 20/49 EAST


Public Parking Public Bathroom DESTINATION Nevada County


Sierra Gold Parks Foundation invites you to

“Mine, Wine & Dine” 2022 Friday, July 29th • 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Empire Mine State Historic Park

Summer-evening magic with: Fine Wines • Sumptuous Dining • History • Live Music & Dancing outside the famous 1905 Clubhouse. Tickets $125 each available at the Greater Grass Valley Chamber (530) 273-4667 For sponsorship options, phone Steve Sanchez (510) 673-3741 or email stevenrsanchez044@gmail.com

2022 Events in Western Nevada County JANUARY 2022 Sweet Pickins Vintage Market

Every first Sunday, beginning January 2 Mill Street, Downtown Grass Valley

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


JUNE 2022 Nevada City First Friday Art Walk


Every first Friday, June-August nevadacitychamber.com


Nevada City Village Market Day

Sustainable Food and Farm Conference


Sierra Brewfest

Western Gateway Park musicinthemountains.org

Constitution Day Celebration & Parade nevadacitychamber.com

Draft Horse Classic nevadacountyfair.com

KVMR Celtic Festival kvmrcelticfestival.org

February 3, March 3 and 31 foodandfarmconference.com

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival californiabluegrass.org


Chinese New Year Celebration

Grass Valley Thursday Night Markets

Cruisin’ the Pines Roamin’ Angels Car Show


Mardi Gras Parade

June-July downtowngrassvalley.com


JULY 2022

MARCH 2022

July 4th Celebration and Parade

Foothills Celebration


Annual St. Piran’s Day Festival downtowngrassvalley.com

Grass Valley Second Saturday Art Walks Every second Saturday, March-December downtowngrassvalley.com

Summer Nights in Nevada City



California Worldfest worldfest.net

Deer Creek Music Festival

Springtime at Ananda Tulip Season



Sierra Poetry Festival

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Nevada City

MAY 2022 Penn Valley Rodeo and Parade pvrodeo.com


Grass Valley Brewfest


United Way Grills and Grilles

APRIL 2022

Annual Spring Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show


July 3 & 4 nevadacitychamber.com

Pioneer Park nevadacitychamber.com



Strawberry Music Festival


Downtown Grass Valley Holiday Market downtowngrassvalley.com

Cornish Christmas

November-December downtowngrassvalley.com

Country Christmas Fair nevadacountyfair.com

Jerry Bash at Pioneer Park


Nevada County Fair


Annual Nevada City Film Festival

Miners Foundry Cultural Center nevadacitychamber.com



nevadacitychamber.com nevadacountyfair.com

August-September nevadacityfilmfestival.com

Gold Country Cycling Challenge rotarygoldcountrychallenge.com

Victorian Christmas

Nevada City Craft Fair

Donation Day Parade



visit historic downtown

Grass Valley @historicgrassvalley



sip shop & stroll

• Graphic Design • Print • Social Media • Email Marketing • Web Design • PR & Events 30


Jo Cantisano

jo@goldenpoppymarketing.com ph. (530) 955 5967 P.O. Box 3291 Grass Valley, CA 95945 www.goldenpoppymarketing.com

Grass Valley Merchant since 1932

Make Life Delicious!

We have what you need to achieve Culinary Success!


K i tc h e n & C ul i n a r y

We know that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. So, whether you’re a beginner, professional, foodie or just love to cook or bake, we carry a wide selection of kitchen tools, cutlery, cookware, bakeware, electrics, tableware, and super cool gadgets. We also offer cooking classes. Stop by, we’re here to help!

Baking Supplies

From mixers to wisks to pastry brushes and beyond!

Fine Cutlery

Slice, dice, julienne, chiffonadé, baton & CHOP!

Gadgets Galore

We have a large selection of super cool tools!

Cookware that Performs From everyday cookware to professional, it’s all here!



Tess’ Kitchen Store 115 Mill St., Grass Valley, CA (530) 273-6997 Hours: 10-6 Daily

Tess’ Kitchen & Culinary 2066 Nevada City Hwy., Grass Valley, CA (530) 271-1400 Hours: 9-5 Monday-Saturday, 10-5 Sunday

tesskitchen.com • tesskitchenstore@gmail.com








a r u

By: an Interview with Haven Caravelli, Mural Advocate

According to Wendy Altschuler, in her article for Forbes magazine, “Street art is no longer rejected as merely deleterious graffiti or vandalism. Instead, it can be the source of civic pride, public artistry, and outdoor engagement in cities across America. Strategically placed art—on the side of a business, under a bridge, on the exterior walls of a community center—helps with the beautification of a neighborhood and can be a return of investment for commerce.

Further, a traveler who seeks out street murals will be rewarded with insights into a city’s social, cultural, or political dynamics as well as the artistic aesthetics of a particular neighborhood. What was once counterculture, displayed on the societal margins, has, through the decades, evolved many times over to include a viable form of public art that can contribute to the success of communities and businesses in an ever-changing urban environment.



Mural magic is here to stay and here to lighten up urban ecosystems across the U.S.”

And that brings us to Nevada County. Mural Advocate Haven Caravelli shared her experiences with creating mural art on private buildings in Grass Valley.

“I’ve ALWAYS LOVED ART; I’ve always appreciated art. I’ve been to Burning Man more than a handful of times, and going into different communities; I found myself drawn to seeking out their public art.” And while traveling, exploring public art is part of my travel experience. One time I met with a friend who is an art curator; he’s done murals all over, and he said, “Let’s do this!” and I said, “SURE!”

In the beginning, the crazy person that I am, I didn’t know anything about doing murals. I didn’t realize that it would

be such an interesting process, a different process. There weren’t guidelines in place for doing a mural-it was very gray. Stepping into anything “art” with engineers and city staff who look at things very black and white, there’s a code for everything; that’s not the case with art. So, I stepped into this big open field of potential and many regulations that didn’t make any sense to me, but I did it. The protocol was very narrow, but working with the city, we developed the protocol together. They streamlined the process and now trust the process from being with me. So, it’s much easier now because there’s a platform in place; anyone wanting to create mural art is (she laughs) referred to me- I’m the city’s liaison to the world of mural art.

s la

And, starting with the first one, it was so rewarding to go from start to finish and then get it painted, done, and completed. Heck, yeah, I was going to keep doing this! Artists started coming to me to present their ideas, and property owners who wanted to do more than paint their building wanted to add public art, which has evolved.” Beth Everhart Miller, the owner of the Everhart Hotel in downtown Grass Valley, had a passion for expressing her deep feelings for highlighting mental health awareness and suicide. In 2019 she took her ideas to the city and embarked on the approval process protocol established by Haven and City of Grass Valley officials. Miller commissioned Miles Toland, trompe l’oeil artist, American Muralist, and optical illusion painter Miles Toland to create the four-story tall “New Dawn” mural. Liz Keller reported in The Union on May 2, 2019, “The mural that now graces an entire wall of the downtown hotel has been a passion project for Miller, who worked handin-hand with Toland and Haven Caravelli of the Grass Valley Downtown Association to shepherd it through a process that included getting approvals from the historical commission, the development review committee, the planning commission, and the city council.” But murals are not a new phenomenon to Grass Valley or Truckee. In Grass Valley, a simple, brown-and-tan drawing of two gold miners working inside an enormous heart, painted on the side of the Del Oro Theater—could be seen easily from the Golden Center Freeway, and it marked travelers’ arrival in Grass Valley for 27 years. Commissioned by the Grass Valley Redevelopment Agency, John Pugh unveiled his mural Mine Shift on the Del Oro Theater in 2009. Pugh was hired to create a replacement for the “Grass Valley Heart” mural and went through several design revisions and a vetting process that included public comment before the City of Grass Valley approved his final design. DESTINATION Nevada County


Twelve years later, John Pugh’s mural continues to grace the Neal Street side of the Del Oro Theater.

Cultural Context:

LOLA. “A long time in coming!” says Caravelli. Famous or Infamous, depending on your perspective, she was a woman of international intrigue. Born in Ireland, she traveled throughout Europe, billing herself as an actress and dancer. Her notoriety derailed her career in London, but she found acceptance by the literary Bohemians in Paris. Even there, her unconventional behavior caused mayhem, and she fled Paris, leaving a scandal in her wake. In Munich, she caught the eye of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and became his mistress. He granted her the title of Countess of Landsfeld, and for a short time, she held tremendous power in court. But being Lola, she left Europe in the shroud of scandal and appeared again in New York in 1842 and San Francisco in 1853. She became the darling of goldfield entertainment, much renown for her “Spider Dance.” Lola settled in Grass Valley, kept pet bears, and lived an eccentric life at 248 Mill Street.

Baskets are alive. The plant material

the people, and the people care for a

gave them water, and kept them clea

After a life of service they were put t Memorializing Lola was a great passion of artist Ursula Young. “It was all Ursula. She was passionate about painting a mural of Lola,” said Haven. “We got a bit of pushback on that, as everybody has an interpretation on who Lola was or what she was to them. And that’s what art does, right? There were lots of conversations, and it made us “up” our game. It was an honor to sponsor Ursula’s vision of the Lola mural and for her to be the first female artist with whom I had the opportunity to work.”

a single family or to an entire Nisenan

skill to successfully create a design th Our Indigenous People. How will we—the broader community—experience Nisenan culture as a critical, valued part of our everyday story? 36


Though mostly seen adorned by men

The Nisenan Tribe made their homes in the foothills of Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter, and Placer Counties in northern California for more than ten thousand years. Before the Gold Rush, the Nisenan lived in villages of extended family groups of different sizes and led by a Headman or Headwoman in densely populated areas. We now know those areas as Nevada City and Grass Valley. They have been identified with many inaccurate names over the years, including “Maidu” or “Southern Maidu.” Still, they are a separate Tribe with their own cultural lifeways, different territory, and their own distinct language.

l and the weaver agree to this partnership. The bask

and respect the basket. Nisenan people sang to their In Celebration of the Nisenan and their Culture, the “Solim Ni -1 Sing” mural in Grass Valley features local Nisenan Tribal member Jennifer Plunkett as she sings out to the baskets beneath the sacred Black Oaktree. Her song takes on the ghostly shape of a basket pattern used by the Nisenan Ancestors, while the flicker feather regalia comes from the Earth and entwines itself around her. Culture is embedded in the Nisenan people in this way. Now is the time to sing.

an. Baskets were usually burned with their maker or "

to rest just like humans. Basket patterns usually belo Our stories: Compelling. Intriguing. Inspiring. Thoughtprovoking. Whimsical: painted on the walls of our city.

n district. Many of the complex patterns require an a Art Walk Grass Valley Temporary and permanent art can be found everywhere you look, from murals on downtown walls, roundabouts to the parklets, empty storefronts, tastings rooms, cafes, and more! Take a look!

hat moves across a conical surface.

n today, traditionally, flicker feather regalia was used DESTINATION Nevada County


The ultimate art hotel experience. Thoughtfully designed high-end accommodations. Immaculate rooms and friendly staff. Featuring local art. Perfectly located in the heart of Grass Valley.

art infused hotel in the sierra nevada foothills gvcourtyardsuites.com



Perfect pairings are rare. Here are two.

Flowers & Wine

Foothill Flowers & Dave the Wine Merchant. Helping you celebrate life events for 55 years!


Downtown Grass Valley 530.273.2296




ld is New Again

By Lunden Desmond, Manager, Holbrooke Hotel I remember exploring through my nana’s antique trunks, finding late 1800’s letters, diary entries, recipes and family portraits. One after another I would wipe the dust off and read them. The letters and photo albums told a story, like going back in time, I could imagine these people moving through their daily lives. How many eggs their chicken laid that day, how long their trip across town took and what they would have for supper. The most exciting part of diving into a bit of my family’s history was that this had all taken place in Nevada City, a place I’ve always known and loved. From a young age growing up in the foothills, I’ve been intrigued both by my own family’s roots in Nevada County and the cities’ endlessly fascinating histories. Visiting every fall and winter was a must for as long as I can remember. Whenever my family wanted to celebrate a birthday, a wedding or an accomplishment it was always a trip up to Nevada County. There was something magical and charming about this town, a type of magic I hope to bestow upon many more gatherings. College brought me to San Francisco, where I started working in restaurants throughout my bachelor degree 40


and later paid my way through grad school. After about 7 years, through the ever connected and tight knit family web of hospitality, I discovered The Lark. I met owner Sherry Villanuava and vice president Treg Finney to interview in a coffee shop. It wasn’t long then before I was planning a move to Santa Barbara to become a part of a growing management team for Acme’s flagship restaurant. It was immediately clear to me that this small company was deeply rooted in its community of farmers, ranchers, fishers, local purveyors and its guests. Furthermore, this was an opportunity to be a part of something with integrity, a company who invests in its people and is committed to excellence. I was on fire with excitement and overjoyed to step into the role of floor manager for this highly popular and very busy restaurant. This experience cemented my love and appreciation for the hospitality industry, and fed my passion for creating community through food and sustainability. Through my time in Santa Barbara, I rose to General Manager of The Lark, while learning from passionate and incredibly dedicated teammates like Skyler Gamble and Executive Chef Jason Paluska. I am forever grateful to call these people friends and mentors. When I learned that Acme would be renovating two

historic hotels in Nevada City and Grass Valley, I was thrilled and wanted to be a part of it. What were the chances my Santa Barbara based company, and group of people that had become my second family, would be coming up to my little hometown area to take on two massive renovations of highly coveted historic hotels I had spent so much time in as a child? It felt like fate. Three years later, I had the privilege of becoming Assistant General Manager at the National Exchange Hotel. Opening a hotel was a first for me, and a huge task! We hit the ground running and found our stride quickly; all of us grateful to have been surrounded by awesome professionals and a welcoming local community. I was understanding more and more how important this hotel had been to its people. Witnessing our design and hospitality teams breathe life back into these walls was nothing short of incredible, an honor! Now, I am settled into my role as General Manager of the Holbrooke Hotel and it feels like I’ve come home. Bringing my wife and pups to Nevada County while continuing to grow personally and professionally with Acme is something I couldn’t have imagined as a kid digging through my nana’s old family trunk.



voices and the sounds of long-gone equipment in the area of the mine shaft while a man in old-fashioned clothing was once seen in the mine yard office at a time when no living person was present inside the building. Docents working in the Cottage have spoken of creaking floorboards and cold drafts which defy any logical explanation and of feeling a ghostly presence in the house. Perhaps it is William Bourn Jr., himself; his wife, Agnes Moody Bourn; or, to my mind, more likely, Katie Moriarty, the Irish housekeeper and caretaker who, from the year 1900 until her retirement in 1943, ran the house with such supreme efficiency that she still found the time to bake cookies for children in the Sisters of Mercy’s Grass Valley orphanage. The building which once housed the orphanage now serves as the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center and a visit to the Grass Valley Museum there might well offer the opportunity to encounter a ghost face to face for it is haunted by a least one former nun and a five or sixyear-old girl with long flowing hair dressed in a white nightgown. For the possibility of dining with a ghost, you might consider reserving “The Haunted Booth” at the Watershed at the Owl. There the spirit of “George the Ghost” is said to have been shot dead for cheating at cards and is known to slide silverware into diner’s laps.

By Mark Lyon, Haunted Tours Grass Valley, with its rough and tumble Gold Rush era ambiance, offers an equally intriguing assortment of ghosts. The Empire Mine, in operation from 1869 to 1956, is said to have been one of the oldest, deepest and richest gold mines in the United States, producing 5.8 million troy ounces of gold. Now a California historic state park, many visitors claim that both the mine yard and the “Cottage” which mine owner, William Bowers Bourn Jr., had built from mine rock as a summer home are haunted. Visitors to the mine have reported hearing miners’ 42


Should you desire haunted lodgings, you could not do better than to book a room at the historic and elegantly appointed Holbrooke Hotel, which, if considered in terms of ghosts per square feet, may be the most haunted hotel in the entire world. Established in the year 1855 as the Exchange Hotel and renamed the Holbrooke Hotel after it was bought in 1870 by Ellen and Daniel Holbrooke, the Holbrooke has played host to four presidents of the United States: Grover Cleveland, James Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Harrison. Other guests include colorful personalities such as the writers Mark Twain and Bret Harte, the heavyweight championship boxer Gentleman Jim Corbett, the dancer and “adventuress” Lola Montez, and the dapper and elusive stagecoach bandit known as Black Bart. Its Golden Gate Saloon, believed to be the oldest continuously operated saloon west of the Mississippi,

has often been the scene of inexplicable events. Late at night, when the saloon is closed, and hotel guests are asleep in their rooms, the voices of a crowd from another era can sometimes be heard issuing from within the saloon. In the North Star Hall, which once served as the restaurant’s dining room, a ghostly couple would often be seen but, when a member of the wait staff would return to take their order, the couple would have vanished. The gentleman who sometimes would initially be sighted sitting alone reading a newspaper wearing a Victorian morning suit and top hat has been known to mingle with guests at weddings and parties while the lady, who would later join him at the table, wears a Victorian gown complete with bustle. Numerous stories have been told of spooky phenomena occurring in the lady’s room downstairs in the hotel’s basement, and it is there that the ghost of a cowboy has been seen lingering near its entrance. Meanwhile, a ghostly woman in a wine-colored skirt and a white Gibson Girl style blouse has often appeared upstairs. Ghostly children have been heard playing in the hallways, beds have been known to shake violently, and a phantom maid has been observed making the beds while guests are still in them or carefully hanging up clothing left out and otherwise tidying up the rooms in the middle of the night! There are many more tales of spirits and hauntings in and around Grass Valley. At 128 East Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce reports strange happenings, hearing items moved and footsteps on the stairs when one person is alone in the Chamber. Other businesses that inhabit older or historic buildings have shared similar experiences. If you’re interested in the paranormal and would like to learn more about haunted Grass Valley, sign up for the Haunted Tour of Grass Valley each fall. haunted isles walking tours



Memorial Park in the Beginning. . . By Gage McKinney, Regional Historian

Eleven decades ago, Grass Valley families began enjoying public parks thanks entirely to The Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and its women’s auxiliary. Grass Valley Mayor Charles E. Clinch had suggested a park in 1907, and The Union newspaper took up the cause. But nothing got done until women got involved. In 1910, more than 100 women organized the Grass Valley Women’s Improvement Club as the Chamber’s auxiliary. They loosely affiliated with similar women’s groups across the country. As one of the women told the club: “In the evolution of the women’s club, the greatest movement, aside from suffrage and temperance, has been along the line of civic improvement.”


The women tirelessly raised funds for the park, hosting card parties, raffles, and a variety show with an all-women orchestra. In 1911 the women’s efforts resulted in the creation of City Square, Grass Valley’s first public park. Set between the rail depot and the shopping district, it became the gateway to the town. City Square was only a start. From the founding of the Grass Valley Chamber in 1910, the organization breathed the same progressive spirit which animated its women’s auxiliary. The Chamber’s long-time secretary, James C. “Jim” Tyrrell, traveled throughout the state, promoting the town’s interests and seeking ideas for the town’s improvement.

These women were the wives of merchants, mining engineers, or other professionals, and a few were professionals themselves, including teachers and a nurse. Initially, they worked to clean up unsightly lots and plant trees and flowers, using funds raised at card parties. Soon they focused on the need for a public park.

A decade after the dedication of City Square Park and following World War I, Jim Tyrrell saw other communities planning memorials for those who died in the war. The best of these memorials, he thought, served the living. He saw Oakland developing a magnificent park and San Francisco laying the foundation for an opera house.

A driving force in the club was Sara Kidder, a widow who became president of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad, which she managed with distinction. She offered the club a half-acre lot at Bennett and Bank streets. She eventually piped water from a spring on her adjacent property and donated a six-foot iron fountain with water spewing from lions’ mouths.

Tyrrell returned home thinking his town could also accomplish something grand. He conceived of a large park that could provide recreation for children and adults as it also memorialized the spirit of sacrifice which citizens had shown during the war.


Tyrrell remembered that Sara Kidder and the Women’s

Club had approached William Bourn, the Empire gold mine owner, a decade earlier. The women had asked Bourn to donate land for the first park, and Bourn had offered a roughly seven-acre site the mine owned on Colfax Avenue. But the women, fearing they couldn’t raise the funds to develop seven acres, turned their attention to the smaller City Square site. Jim Tyrrell was a Grass Valley native who never wanted to leave. He had been a newspaper reporter, dabbled in real estate, and became postmaster. He had a long memory and knew everyone in town. Tyrrell thought the seven acres on Colfax Avenue would make a splendid park, and he knew it still belonged to the Empire mine. He approached his friend and Elk Lodge brother George Starr, managing director of the mine. Perhaps on the back of a napkin in the club lounge, Tyrrell and Starr drew preliminary plans for a park. William Bourn embraced their ideas and gave the land. Tyrrell and Starr had worked tirelessly together to raise money for the Red Cross and sell war bonds during the war. Now they mounted a similar campaign for a new park with the help of Edmund Kinyon, editor of The Union. Though Grass Valley families had contributed much

during the war, they showed no sign of fatigue and reached again into their purses and pockets. The Chamber asked for contributions with the slogan, “Give a Shift for the Park.” Through the early months of 1921, hundreds of local families contributed as much as $5 each (about a day’s wages) to the campaign. The Chamber of Commerce raised and spent $8,156 to build the park. Citizens contributed an even greater value of donated materials and volunteer labor. Mining engineer Ben Penhall donated a stone bridge. The Idaho Maryland Mine built a community building. Libby Starr, the wife of George, donated the swimming pool and the Empire mine built the pool house. The Farm Bureau provided landscaping and raised a flagpole. GV women planted the gardens. Tyrrell, Starr, and the community built a park that became a model for other towns and cities without using taxpayers’ money. Jim Tyrrell presided as master of ceremonies when Grass Valley dedicated its Memorial Park—with its tennis courts, ball field, pool, and memorial grove—on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921. Near the podium hung a scroll listing 457 sailors and soldiers from the Grass Valley district who served in the Great War. Tyrrell dedicated the cornerstone for a monument to 16 men and one woman who didn’t return. DESTINATION Nevada County


The dividends were great because Memorial Park was an immediate hit, wellused, and treasured from the start. Editor Kinyon reported “kids playing from morning until night” in the park. He called it “Grass Valley’s greatest asset.” A veteran proclaimed: “Grass Valley is one of the few cities . . . to let veterans know they are not forgotten.” A well-illustrated feature article in a San Francisco newspaper said the park represented what a remarkable town could accomplish. “Loving work means lasting work,” Tyrrell told a luncheon of the Women’s Improvement Club. He gave Chartres Cathedral in France as an example of what he meant. “No man knows its architect, and no one knows its builders,” he said. It was erected by artisans “who cared nothing for their own glory . . . who gave their services without price and even without record, as a matter of worship.” Tyrrell felt he and Grass Valley had done the same at Memorial Park. Now adults and children alike have enjoyed the park for a century. When he died in 1960, The Union wrote: “A community builder, not by materials and machines, but by thoughts and deeds, the impress of Jim Tyrrell on this community will last as long as Grass Valley endures.” Renovations underway at the park in 2021 showed the spirit of volunteerism that had originally built it. The American Legion, Marine Corps League, Nevada County Historical Society, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and sports clubs and teams contributed to the City of Grass Valley’s renewal project. Citizens marked the 100th anniversary of Memorial Park with events on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021. General Orlo K. Steele (USMC-retired) chairs the centennial celebration committee on behalf of Grass Valley and the Chamber. 46


Memorial Park 2021 By Linda Jack, Grass Valley Historical Commission On November 11, 1921, Grass Valley’s citizens gathered to celebrate a miracle. Their miracle. In eleven months, with no new City funding or taxes, they had built a park on an abandoned pear orchard in the downtown. Led by the Chamber of Commerce, the park was a community-wide project to which people from all walks of life engaged in an act of public remembrance and renewal. Memorial Park was dedicated to the memory of Grass Valley’s Word War I dead but also signified a better future for the town. The Chamber’s motto summed it up: In Memory of the Past, We Build for the Future. Fast forward one hundred years…..2021. Memorial Park improvements are always on the city’s todo list. According to Linda Jack, Member of the City of Grass Valley Historical Commission, “The Park has been re-configured a number of times during the last century. The current changes to the park are happening in the recreation area, which is on the other side of the creek from the Memorial Grove, and the Memorial Grove and Veterans Area remain intact. I think we understand parks are places meant to be used by the public, and they made known what their preference was as to what changes would go into the park. A park is a living organism and can’t be preserved like a museum.” Throughout its history Memorial Park has been loved by and cared for by its citizenry. In recent times, the heart of the community continues to beat strong. In 2015 “The Park” was adopted by a neighborhood group for beautification purposes and in 2018, members of the community formed a committee to advocate for a tax called Measure E specifically

directed toward local street and sidewalk rehabilitation, public safety, parks, and recreation. It’s been an enormous success with those tax dollars dedicated to improving the quality of life for all. The City of Grass Valley recently secured a development block grant which will be paired with Measure E funds and directed to extensive renovations of the pool, expansions to create more parking; replacement of the existing clubhouse; rehabilitations to re-grade the softball field and add basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts, and landscaping improvements. Grass Valley Council approved the plan that will make the clock tower the focal point of the park. Two new benches sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce will adjoin existing benches on the front of the clock tower, with kiosk signage on both sides of the courtyard. “We’re very pleased the City Council wanted to preserve the history of the park and tell its story for future generations,” said Jack. During the renovation, important relics were uncovered, but one piece of history remained a mystery: the location of the time capsule, buried during the dedication ceremony in 1921. According to retired Marine Corps General Orlo K. Steele, who headed up the 2021 Memorial Park Centennial Celebration ceremonies, “We now believe that the 1921-time capsule is located within the right pillar the World War One monument. It took an entire year of searching and we needed advanced technology to find the darn thing!” The time capsule will be unearthed in 2022 as improvements continue. DESTINATION Nevada County





226 E. Main St. • Grass Valley, CA 95945 • (530) 274-2040 • mariasgrassvalley.com

Nevada County • Dine Like a Local The Restaurant Collection




By Valerie Costa, The Union Newspaper

Western Nevada County truly has something for everyone, and that includes incredible dining options that can tantalize your taste buds with local flair. Here are but a few options when planning your Nevada County dining experience: Lola This elegant restaurant is located in the newly-remodeled National Exchange Hotel in downtown Nevada City. Named after and inspired by the famous performer of the Gold Rush era, Lola Montez, the cuisine at Lola is high-spirited and modern, sparked by the great wild west and a shine of European finesse; a dedication to beautiful ingredients, locally sourced, sustainable, and seasonally inspired. The menu changes regularly, but you will always find uniquely delicious offerings that highlight whatever is fresh and in season. The full bar adjacent to the restaurant serves both traditional and craft cocktails that pair perfectly with any meal at Lola, as well as an extensive beer and wine selection. Great place to kick off a night out in Nevada City. Ristorante Alloro Cucina Italiana In a Victorian house that sits off the beaten path next to the Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley, you can find 50


incredible Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. With handmade pastas, sauces, and traditional dishes, you can get a taste of old-school Italy or opt for a slightly altered version that fits with the Grass Valley vibe. One of the most popular dishes is the Crespelle, a handmade crepe filled with ricotta cheese, spinach, and mushrooms, topped with aurora tomato sauce. Another big winner on the menu is the Stinco Di Agnello, similar to a traditional Osso Bucco but made with lamb shank instead of veal. You can get gluten-free pasta, bread, and pizza, and of course, polenta is always gluten-free. The chicken used is organic, and the salmon, farmed in the ocean off the coast of Iceland, is fed naturally and is GMO-free. Wonderful for date night. Mezé Eatery Situated right in the heart of downtown Grass Valley is a small Middle Eastern eatery offering conscious, healthy, organic, and simple food. Intent on providing healthy options and using recipes from their native Israel, owners Alon and Tal Greenstein focus on serving “high vibe” food. This means that everything on the menu is locally sourced, organic, non-GMO, nutrient-rich food that is flavorful and authentic. You can find some of the best falafel you have ever had, along with shawarma, sabich sandwiches, Mezetims such as baba ganoush and taboule that rotate seasonally, and more. Mezé is a great place to stop for lunch while perusing the shops downtown. Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Right in downtown Grass Valley is a fantastic Mexican

dining option with a wide variety of unique margarita flavors and delicious food that you can enjoy in the fabulous indoor atmosphere or the beautiful, spacious patio. A great place to go as a family, for a date, or meet some friends for a great happy hour with an extensive bar bites menu. You’ll be tempted to fill up on their fantastic chips and salsa, but make sure to save room for your delicious lunch or dinner! One 11 Kitchen Tucked away in downtown Nevada City, One 11 Kitchen boasts fresh, organic, sustainable dishes with unique flavors created with Ayurvedic principles from chef Lior Rahmanian, who studied at the California College of Ayurveda right down the road. Enjoy California cuisine at this great date night destination, where there is often live music on the patio and laughter in the air—serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro Voted Best Patio Dining by the readers of The Union every year for over 20 years, Tofanelli’s in downtown Grass Valley has a great atmosphere, food, and cocktails. Open for breakfast and lunch; you can choose from an extensive menu that includes 101 omelet selections (or build your own), delicious burgers and sandwiches, and much more. There is also often live music on the beautiful patio, adding to the wonderful ambiance of this local staple. Golden Gate Saloon Located in the newly remodeled historic Holbrooke Hotel, Golden Gate Saloon boasts an upscale yet approachable atmosphere and has some of the best craft cocktails in downtown Grass Valley. Enjoy a brunch with friends or a date night out dining on elevated Tex-Mex creations with a gourmet California spin. No matter where you choose to dine while visiting western Nevada County, you are in for a delightful culinary experience.

Sunday Brunch • Live Music Organic, Sustainable & Fresh Dine-in • Takeout • Delivery 300 Commercial St.• St.• Nevada City, CA 95959 DESTINATION Nevada County


(530) 470-6099 • 111Kitchen.com

Dine like a Local


Alexander’s Station Steakhouse • (530) 265-4492 alexanders-station.com

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Bar • (530) 265-9093 www.friartucks.com

Alloro Cucina Italiana • (530) 273-3555 www.allororistorantegrassvalley.com

Holbrooke Hotel-Golden Gate Saloon • (530) 460-4078 holbrooke.com/dining/golden-gate-saloon

Cirino’s at Main Street • (530) 477-6000 www.cirinosatmainstreet.com

Holbrooke Hotel-The-Iron-Door • (530) 460-4078 holbrooke.com/dining/the-iron-door

Diegos Restaurant • (530) 477-1460 www.diegosrestaurant.com

Lefty’s Taco House • (530) 265-5855 leftystacohouse.com

El Milagro Mexican Restaurant • (530) 802-5229 www.elmilagrograssvalley.com

Lola-The National Exchange Hotel • (530) 362-7605 thenationalexchangehotel.com/dining/lola


Enjoy this collection of restaurants that represents unique dining opportunities offering locally sourced ingredients, unique locations and are some of our favorite places to Dine in Nevada County.

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant • (530) 274-2040 www.mariasgrassvalley.com

Port of Subs • (530) 477-2660 portofsubs.com

Marshall’s Pasties • (530) 272-2844 www.facebook.com/Marshalls-Pasties

Roost Restaurant • (530) 575-8742 www.roostgv.com

MeZe Eatery • (530) 205-9679 mezeeatery.com

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro • (530) 272-1468 www.tofanellis.com

Old Town Cafe • (530) 273-4303 www.facebook.com/oldtowncafegrassvalley

Twelve 28 Kitchen • (530) 446-6534 www.twelve28kitchen.com

One 11 Kitchen & Bar • (530) 470-6099 www.111kitchen.com

Willo Steakhouse • (530) 265-9902 thewillo.comDESTINATION Nevada County 53

INGREDIENTS BLACKBERRY COFFEE CAKE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup almond meal or almond flour plus extra for dusting the pan 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 1 cup unsalted butter softened 1/3 cup olive oil melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil 4 eggs room temperature 1 1/3 cups sour cream 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 heaping tablespoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 ounces blackberries cut in half Baking spray I recommend Baker’s Joy for Bundt pans in particular


3 ounces blackberries 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon water 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons milk

BLACKBERRY COFFEE CAKE • BLACKBERRY GLAZE By Eva Kosmas-Flores, Adventures in Cooking If you’ve never made coffee cake before (or blackberry coffee cake, for that matter), it involves adding the cake batter to the pan in layers, with a sprinkling of spices and brown sugar between each layer. That’s how you get the signature cinnamon swirls and lines in a classic coffee cake. I personally have always loved the flavor combination of blackberries and cinnamon, so that’s why I paired the two together here. And I was very, very happy about it. The color of the glaze is completely natural, and it just comes from cooking down some blackberries into a wet jam, then straining it to get a syrup, and then mixing the syrup with powdered sugar and milk. It’s super easy and has such a delicious bright flavor to it, and really helps make the coffee cake shine! I think this is going to be a blackberry season classic at the Kosmas-Flores household, and I hope it becomes one at yours, too! 54







1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom and set aside. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, almond meal, salt, and baking soda and set aside. 3. Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at medium speed until smooth. Add the olive oil and continue mixing until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 4. Add the sour cream and mix at low speed until incorporated. Then add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and mix at low speed until combined (it’s okay if the batter looks a little separated at this point). Add the flour mixture at low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, until a smooth thick batter forms. 5. Spray a 12-cup capacity bundt pan with baking spray and sprinkle with almond meal. Use a spoon to scoop the batter into the bundt pan just enough to make a 1-inch thick layer on the bottom of the pan. Fold the blackberries into the rest of the batter, then fill the bundt pan with 1/3 of the batter. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture over the batter in the pan, then spoon another 1/3 of the batter over the top. Then sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar mixture, and top with the remaining 1/3 of the batter.



6. Bake in the oven until the top of the cake is golden, the edges pull away from the sides of the pan slightly, and a toothpick inserted into the deepest part of the bundt comes out clean, about 1 hour. If the top is browning too quickly, cover it with foil and return it to the oven. 7. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for 10 minutes before unmolding the bundt cake onto a wire rack. Allow the cake to cool completely, then drizzle with the blackberry glaze and serve.

BLACKBERRY GLAZE 1. Bring the blackberries, sugar, and water to a boil over medium heat in a very small saucepan. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, crushing the blackberries with the end of a wooden spoon to help release the juices. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. If you want to speed up the cooling process, you can use an ice bath to help cool the blackberry mixture to room temperature. Strain the mixture through a wire mesh sieve over a bowl. Reserve the liquid and discard the pulp. Makes about 1/4 cup of liquid blackberry concentrate. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and the liquid blackberry concentrate. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired thickness of the glaze is reached, whisking constantly. If you want it thicker, you can omit a tablespoon. If you want it thinner, you can add a tablespoon.






A co-op of independent book sellers

107 Bank Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Where the vines meet the pines! We are a family owned and operated Vineyard and Winery since 2002.

4,000 sq. ft. of Books, CDs, DVDs, LP Records

530 272-4655

booktownbooks.com Used & Rare Books Art & Ephemera RARE BOOK ROOM We specialize in traditionally crafted wines produced in small lots to capture their varietal character and regional qualities.

Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm Sun: 11am – 5pm

600 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC Free Estimates • Manufacturer Certified

128 Mill Street, Grass Valley • (530) 615-4222 lucchesivineyards.com

We provide a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for every child to learn discipline, coordination, self-confidence, and valuable life lessons through safe, professional, high quality instruction.

trippsbodyshop@sbcglobal.net www.trippsautobody.com

(530) 273-8515 (530) 273-8515 fax

(530) 273-3680 • www.GoldCountryGymnastics.com DESTINATION Nevada County




A Tribute to the Farmers—Poem By Chitrangada Sharan

From the dawn, till the dusk, In the summers, and the winters, In the spring, and the autumn, Unaware, of the heat of the Sun, Or, the rain, or wind, or storm, They work hard, relentlessly, The sky, and the seasons, The soil, and the seeds, The irrigation, and the cattle, The markets, and the accounts, They study, and master it all, To grow food for everyone, With the hair disheveled, And the hands and clothes, Covered, with sweat and soil dust, They work hard, tireless, and selfless, To grow food, and improve the yields, God’s own men—We call them Farmers.




S W hop

here the

L S ocals


BriarPatch Food Co-op Supports a Resilient Community

BriarPatch Food Co-op is a natural foods grocer in Grass Valley (and soon Auburn!) cooperatively owned by the community it serves. Supporting sustainable and organic food systems are at the heart of everything we do. Dollars spent at “The Patch” support farms, independent businesses and causes committed to a kinder and healthier world for people, animals and the environment.

to be an owner to shop here and enjoy all that the Co-op has to offer.

Started in 1976 as a natural food buying club, BriarPatch Food Co-op remains committed to our early vision—to providing the highest quality food and products for healthy and diverse lifestyles.

WE’RE SUSTAINABLE! We’re committed to environmental stewardship—from solar energy to electric vehicle charging stations—we’ve outlined a plan to address Climate Change and we’re on track to be carbon neutral through our 2025 Sustainability Goals.

True to our roots, the Co-op is a vibrant hub serving the people who live, work and play in the watersheds of the Yuba, Bear and American Rivers. Everyone is welcome! Collectively owned by the people, we promote a resilient community and sustainable local economy by supporting farms, area businesses, organizations and brands that are committed to creating an equitable world. But you don’t have

Supporting farmers! The Co-op’s Produce Department works closely with farmers to plan crop production and ensure viability, securing a strong local and regional food system and the freshest, tastiest organic fruits and veggies around.

We regularly give back to important causes through programs like: ROUND UP AT THE REGISTER Every month BriarPatch gives shoppers the opportunity to donate easily at checkout to a nonprofit organization doing good things. APPLES FOR GARDENS BriarPatch donates 10 cents for every pound of apples sold each month to a local school or community garden to help cover the costs of garden infrastructure and education. PATCHWORKS We collaborate with Co-op Owners and Nonprofit Neighbors to strengthen our community through this nationally recognized volunteer program. As a cooperative, we take things like food, social and environmental justice seriously. But we also know how to have fun! By modeling community-mindedness and cooperative principles, we hope to inspire others to do the same. When you’re in town, we hope you’ll make BriarPatch a destination. Stop by and shop where the locals shop! Follow us on social @briarpatchcoop and learn more about us: https://www.briarpatch.coop/



Make BriarPatch Food Co-op your destination. Shop where the locals shop!

Certified Organic | Artisan & Heirloom | Fresh & Locally Grown Fruits & Veggies Nuts & Dried Fruit | In-House Deli | Baked Goods Made with Love Lots of Grab ‘N’ Go, Ready-to-Eat Items | Gourmet Cheese, Olives & Smoked Meats Craft Beer, Hard Kombucha & Wine | Salads, Sides & Picnic Foods Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto & Gluten-Free Options | Fair Trade Chocolate & Coffee Baskets, Totes & Water Bottles

A NEIGHBORLY KIND OF GROCERY STORE. Supporting an organic, sustainable & local food system in the Sierra Foothills since 1976. Open 7am-10pm daily. Everyone welcome! Find us at: 290 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 530.272.5333

Follow us at: Briarpatch.coop DESTINATION Nevada County 61 @briarpatchcoop on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Growing a healthy COMMUNITY





Foothills Fresh…

Farm Fresh School Meals for All By Aimee Retzler, Executive Director Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest knows that all kids deserve the best food possible, and we get even “picky” kids to eat fruits and veggies through our farm to school program including visits to our Food Love educational farm, and making fresh, local organic food available in school meals. 64


The last time I found myself sitting in the principal’s office was 43 years ago. This time I wasn’t in trouble. I just had one question: “Why are we serving kids a school lunch that is unappealing, loaded with preservatives and gets thrown away?” When I posed this question to the principal, after watching a bunch of kindergartners head back to their classrooms with empty stomachs, the response was, “You can’t change it. It’s the way we’ve done it for years.” I left feeling defeated, and imagined the principal felt the same way. I was just one in probably 100 parents who had informally filed a complaint about the National School Lunch Program and offered no solution. Fourteen years later, our rural Sierra Nevada foothills community is changing what is on the lunch tray, offering scratch-cooked school meals featuring fresh, local ingredients. Foothills Fresh, farm fresh school meals for all, will improve learning outcomes, reduce hunger, eliminate the free lunch stigma, reduce behavior problems, and

procure more fresh, regional and culturally appropriate foods from small scale farmers. Foothills Fresh will engage the community in a paradigm shift for school food. With salad bars in every school overflowing with fresh veggies and fruits, this cornucopia of abundance will fuel kids’ bodies and developing minds, and their tummies too. We know kids will gobble it up because Foothills Fresh is complemented by Sierra Harvest’s award-winning farmto-school program that teaches kids where their food comes from during farm field trips, visits to their school gardens, monthly classroom tastings, and cooking classes from guest chefs. TRANSFORMING THE LUNCH TRAY It started many years ago when foothill farmers Leo Chapman and Tim Van Wagner decided to partner in a new farming endeavor called Living Lands Agrarian Network. They devoted long hours to growing food and began the earnest effort of educating the next generation of farmers. Malaika Bishop joined forces with me and these farmers in 2013 to create Sierra Harvest, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform lives and strengthen community through fresh, local, seasonal food. Malaika brought nonprofit start up experience to the team from her time at People’s Grocery in West Oakland where neighbors learned to improve their health by modifying the way they eat. Our Sierra Harvest team knew changing a national food

system that serves 30 million children each day would be challenging. But our area’s gold rush history of innovation and Nevada County’s rural sensibilities told us we could do better. PRODUCED AND SERVED WITH PRIDE Chicago Park Elementary is a tiny rural school with 160 students. Marie Bertie, a 19-year veteran school employee makes sure kids don’t leave the cafeteria on an empty stomach. She shared that some days when she serves the National School Lunch, she finds herself saying, “I’m sorry.” In 2020, the Nevada County Office of Education and nine rural school districts joined forces with Sierra Harvest and the Chef Ann Foundation to explore an innovative new school meal model. Foothills Fresh is a three-year project to improve the experience and quality of school meals, providing more children with the nutrition they need to support academic performance and physical, mental and social wellbeing. Looking back on my trip to the principal’s office in September of 2007, I think of the late John Robert Lewis, American statesman, civil rights activist and congressmen, whose words have served as my guiding star: “My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, say something! Do something! Get in trouble! Good trouble! Necessary trouble!” And making sure kids get the best food possible each and every day on their school lunch tray is exactly the kind of trouble we all should be in. DESTINATION Nevada County


Organic Farming Pioneer By Arty Mangan, Bioneers.org

The last time I saw Amigo Bob Cantisano was January 2019 at the Eco Farm Conference. His once imposing physical presence had grown frail from a 7-year battle with cancer, but his spirit remained big and bright. He talked about a drought resistant strawberry variety and how Kate Wolf, the iconic folk singer of the 1970’s and 80s, showed him the inspiration for her song the Lilac and the Apple Tree.





The old abandoned apple tree of the song led Bob to discover the lost botanical treasure of the Sierra foothills. One hundred fifty-one years ago, Felix Gillet emigrated from France to Nevada City, CA, and imported agricultural and ornamental plants from 40 countries. He operated a nursery and bred and propagated hundreds of varieties of plants, and became known as the Godfather of West Coast perennial agriculture. Most of the nuts, fruits, grapes, and berries that are commonly grown in the US today can be traced back to Gillet’s efforts. But the remains of his work were almost lost. Over the years, Bob and his cohort discovered unknown varieties of hundred-year-old fruit and nut trees in wooded areas and abandoned orchards–some 200 sites–took cuttings and have made them available through the Felix Gillet Institute founded by Amigo Bob and his wife, Jennifer Bliss. As I was leaving Bob, I kissed his hand, and he said, “I hope to see you again.” Not a casual comment from someone who knew his days were running short. He died on December 26, 2020. Amigo’s life was a series of firsts that were not only personal breakthroughs but also widened the field of learning and opportunity for anyone interested in organic agriculture.

Amigo’s life was a series of firsts that were not only personal breakthroughs but also widened the field of learning and opportunity for anyone interested in organic agriculture. In 1970, as a 19-year neophyte organic gardener attending the First Earth Day Celebration, Amigo heard a talk about the hazards of pesticides, which sparked a deep interest in food. He started a food buying club with his friends in Truckee, CA, that evolved into the first natural foods coop in the area. Seeking out and buying from the small number of organic growers in his region and beyond made him realize that he wanted to be a farmer. The coop eventually developed into a distribution company which, after Bob left, was the forerunner to United Natural Foods, today a $20 billion distribution company. At one point, Amigo rented a 15-acre walnut orchard and went to the local ag extension agent for advice. The agent “brainwashed” Amigo into believing that it was impossible to grow walnuts commercially without using harsh chemical sprays. The advice went against Amigo’s organic instincts, but he wasn’t sure what to do. One day, unannounced–in what Bob described as a “miracle”–Bill Barnett from the University of California 68



showed up at the orchard. Bill was in the process of writing an Integrated Pest Management Manual and needed an orchard that wasn’t sprayed. They found a number of beneficial insects in Amigo’s orchard and began a trial. The trial was a success resulting in an abundant walnut harvest without using any chemical sprays. Amigo’s orchard became a university biological pest control test site where they introduced a wasp from Iran that preyed on aphids, a serious pest problem for walnut growers. Introduction of the wasp effectively controlled the aphid problem without chemical sprays, and as a result, UC researchers spread the wasp in other areas, and in four years, it eliminated the walnut aphid problem. Amigo Bob was a founding member of CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) in 1973. Prior to national organic standards, when each state had a different standard (and some states had no standard), CCOF was the gold standard for organic certification. Frustrated with the lack of availability of organic inputs, he ordered a boxcar of rock phosphate with borrowed money. 1600 50-pound bags had to be unloaded by hand. With the hundreds of extra bags of rock phosphate that he didn’t need for his farm, he started Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. More and more, his time was taken up answering questions from desperate new organic farmers about problems they were having in the field. He ultimately

sold the supply business and went into consulting. Initially, he was the only organic farming consultant in California, perhaps in the country. His influence grew; his clients farmed 90,000 acres of organic and transitioned to organic crops. Perhaps his biggest legacy is as the founder of the EcoFarm Conference. Started in 1980 as a meeting of 60 organic farmer comrades, it has grown to a gathering of celebration and education of over 1800 farmers, gardeners, food producers, consumers, and aspiring farmers–the largest organic farming conference in the western states. Bob continued farming on his 11-acre farm, Heaven and Earth on the San Juan Ridge of the Sierra Nevada, growing a diverse mix of fruits and vegetables and teaching apprentices how to farm organically. As an example of how farming organically changes a farmer’s perspective, Amigo once told me about a time when he was standing in a field of a farmer who was transitioning to organic. The farmer, who once thought only of what lifedestroying chemical he would spray next, had awakened to life, excited about the eagle circling above his land. Aldo Leopold wrote in A Sand County Almanac, “Land, then, is not merely soil; it is the fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. Food chains are the living channels which conduct energy upward; death and decay return it to the soil.” Amigo Bob Cantisano understood those truths and worked towards an agrarian system that embodied them in the consciousness and the footprints of farmers. Even in his death, Amigo continues to be a pioneer. His body was composted in one of the world’s first human composting facilities, reminding us that, ultimately, we all will become compost. As Amigo Bob Cantisano returns back to the earth, his DNA will carry the fertile stories of hundreds of farms whose land was better cared for, more respected, and more alive thanks to his tireless dedication to and his depth of empirical knowledge of organic farming. To the almost lost fruit trees of the Sierra foothills and their descendants scattered around the country, he is a heroic ancestor who rescued their noble lineage from oblivion. To the tens of thousands of organic farmers who once worked in lonely fields, he was the leader who gathered kindred spirits from all directions and started a movement that made them smarter, more enriched, and more skilled. His leadership filled the gaps in a fledgling organic movement, and he remained committed and vital to that movement for 50 years. He touched many lives and healed the land. DESTINATION Nevada County


happy, as long as you don’t do anything illegal or violate the rights of others. Ok, we get that. So, I Googled “happy” and found 4,990,000,000 results. And honestly, if you ask twenty people what happy means, you’ll get twenty different answers. YOUR happiness may not be the same as mine, your best friends, or the person’s next door. The reality is that we view happiness through the lens of our own experience, and living “happy” is subjective. When pairing happy with healthy, achieving the goals stated by Healthline.com can take many different paths. As they noted, scientific evidence is abundant that proves that simple and uncomplicated things can contribute to happiness and health.

Happy and Healthy? A big ask….? By Robin Davies, Happiness Advocate

Healthline.com states that scientific evidence suggests that being happy may have significant benefits for your health. “For starters, being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle. It may also help combat stress, boost your immune system, protect your heart, and reduce pain. What’s more, it may even increase your life expectancy. While further research is required to understand how these effects work, there’s no reason you can’t start prioritizing your happiness now. Focusing on the things that make you happy will not only improve your life — it may help extend it too.” So, the question is: If Being Happy has these tremendous benefits, how does one pursue and find the happiness that does that? The pursuit of happiness is defined as a fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you 70


Scientists aside, what do you do that makes you happy? Schedule a massage or facial, meditate, take a good run, eat a delicious dessert, have a good laugh with a friend, or go shopping? Relaxation, meditation, shopping, eating chocolate (Really!), and smiling release the endorphins of joy and happiness. And yes, there’s scientific evidence to substantiate that simply smiling can extend your life. According to Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., Psychology Today, “Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. Looking at the bigger picture, each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. You are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel-good chemicals in your brain, activate reward centers, make you both more attractive, and increase the chances of you both living longer healthier lives.” “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh I like that. Extending your life by lifting the corners of your mouth…which also makes you more attractive! Who doesn’t want that? A toast to your health and happiness: May every day be happier than the last. The best of happiness, honor, and fortunes keep with you. May we look forward with happiness and backward without regret. Cheers!

A Trade Association Representing Nevada County’s Renowned Craft Cannabis Industry. Showcasing Industry Excellence and Environmental Stewardship.

(530) 264-7376 www.nccannabisalliance.org info@nccannabisalliance.org

Très Jolie Lavender Farm and Pilates and Wellness Studio

Locally grown Lavender and Lavender Products

Open by Appointment in the Bloom Season June/July/August for U-Cut, Farm Visits and Photography, Special Events and Classes!

Also now open for Private Pilates Sessions in our Wellness Studio! Christine and Dave Eschen, Owners 13956 Sierra View Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949

Call Christine (209) 969-9815 www.tresjolielavenderfarm.com christine@tresjolielavenderfarm.com or cdeschen@gmail.com DESTINATION Nevada County


Experience Senior L iving Courtesy of The Team at Eskaton Village - Grass Valley

Surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada foothills, Eskaton Village Grass Valley offers everything one could expect from a premier senior living experience. Situated on a striking 42acre campus, sheltered by towering pines, this multi-level community is conveniently located near the famous Litton Trail, a golf course and tennis club, and several historical points of interest. Residents are able to explore culture, history and recreation right outside their beautiful apartment or patio home, engage in social activities or explore the many features of their beautiful senior living community, which include a state-of-the-art fitness center and heated, indoor swimming pool and spa. In addition to providing older adults with a host of amenities to support them in leading an independent, vibrant lifestyle, Eskaton Village Grass Valley offers residents and their families the assurance of having three personalized levels of service on one campus should care needs ever change, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Their Dawn of a New Day memory care neighborhood offers an environment that focuses on personal dignity, social engagement and family involvement for those older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and respite stays are available for those families in need of short-term care for their loved one. Eskaton believes in empowering residents by developing living environments that provide the highest levels of control and adaptability. To achieve this goal, Eskaton partnered with K4Connect and Amazon Alexa to integrate voice-



activated and smart sensor technology into residential living apartments using everyday devices like lights and thermostats. The integration of voice-control is transforming the way residents, regardless of age or physical ability, interact with and personalize their homes. Nearly 80% of residents use Alexa every day, whether asking to hear a favorite song, setting reminders or turning on the lights when entering a room. For residents with mobility or vision issues, these features are exceptionally useful and easy to use. Maintaining residents’ social connection with family and friends continues to be a primary focus for Eskaton, and the corresponding K4Connect app provides older adults with easy access to community information and their peers, linking them to family, friends and community life. The K4Connect family app also makes it simple for family members to contact loved ones living at Eskaton, check the menu and view the community announcements for themselves. Beyond the integration of smart home technology, the memory care neighborhood at Eskaton Village Grass Valley now features SafelyYou, an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) system designed to detect and reduce fall risk for older adults. During the pilot program, this technology reduced the number of unnecessary ER visits for Eskaton residents by 93% and continues to assist care partners in identifying risk factors that contribute to falls. Eskaton has been a trusted advisor and provider of senior living and services throughout Northern California since 1968. As a regional nonprofit, they are committed to meeting the needs of older adults and their families with compassion, honesty and collaborative solutions that support their health and well-being. The Eskaton Difference lies in their lifeenriching signature programs and comprehensive spectrum of services. With a national reputation for innovation, Eskaton remains focused on expanding and improving communities and services for older adults. If you or a loved one have been considering a move to a senior living community or believe you are in need of senior services, give them a call or visit their website to Experience the Eskaton Difference.

Experience the Difference at Eskaton Village Grass Valley

Experience Eskaton Village Grass Valley, a multi-level senior living community located near shops, restaurants and medical services. With a wide range of services and amenities available, our dedicated staff will help you create a lifestyle tailored to your needs and preferences.


Resident Satisfaction Score

• Voted Best Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care Center in Nevada County • Fully-equipped fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool and spa • Eskaton Connect app to keep residents and families connected and informed • Voice-capable smart home lighting and thermostats controlled by Alexa • Access to SafelyYou, a fall-risk reduction technology integrated into our memory care neighborhood

Experience our community and meet our care staff today! 530-802-0141 • eskaton.org/evgv Eskaton Village Grass Valley A Multi-Level Community: Patio-Home Ownership with HOA Services, Independent Living with Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945 License #297001933


Equal Housing Opportunity



Grass Valley, CA • 530-615-4541

Senior Firewood Program Application 2020-2021 Senior Nutrition Program

ior Firewood Program was established in 1979 assist low incom Providing meals to oldertoadults in Western Nevada since 1987. ds living in Western Nevada County stay warm in the wintertime. T Café Meals a congregate setting that provides provided is split to 16” length and is ain mix of pine, fir, & cedar. older adults an opportunity to socialize. LAST: DOB : Meals on Wheels provides homebound seniors Vete with meals delivered by friendly volunteers. LAST: DOB: Vete Senior Firewood Program


Since 1979, the Senior Firewood Program has provided extra warmth to low-income seniors by delivering firewood for winter. The group of dedicated volunteers cut, split and deliver the firewood to seniors in need in our community.



Gross Household Income per Month:

CELL#: Type of Home:

Community Referrals

S M M

d do you need this winter? _____________________________ (up to 1.5


Assisting older adults remain independent in their home by providing community referrals and $50.00 Suggested application assistance. Voluntary Donation

if e

ly as a DELIVERY* CLIENT $75.00CalFresh Suggested Voluntary Donation if e • Veteran Services • Caregiving Mental Health • Education mited to a case by case basis ly available to households living within 10 miles of the GCCS wood y 74


GOLD COUNTRY SENIOR SERVICES ensures older adults have nutritional meals, warm homes, social interaction, and a greater sense of security. ___________ www.goldcountryservices.org

Pet Food Pantry Program

me senior Providing free pet food for seniors who need help for their pets. The program runs by volunteers The wood and generous donors.

eran: YES/NO

eran: YES/NO Senior Center (Coming Soon!)

Gold Country Senior Services purchased a building to establish the long awaited Senior Center in Grass Valley. 231 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley will be the new location for the Senior Center.


5 cords).

Activities & Classes

Staying active and connected are two important ways to stay health. Our goal is to give you ways enrolled.to do both by offering affordable activities and chasses to help keep your health and wellbeing.


yard. DESTINATION Nevada County


By Janeth Marroletti, Executive Director Gold Country Senior Services

The plan was to get-away from L.A. for a long holiday weekend and take a break from the disruptive kitchen renovation going on in our home. Our destination was decided after we searched Google for “places to go for a weekend outside the city,” and Grass Valley topped the list.

for an Executive Director of a nonprofit agency that served seniors. I was intrigued.

After an eight-hour drive, we arrived in downtown Grass Valley, and instantly felt at home. We were enchanted by its charm, as well as its trees, scenic drives and, of course, the people. We felt a strong connection. On some level, we knew that Grass Valley was destined to be our future home. When we returned from our weekend away, my husband and I sat in the backyard drinking coffee and talking about how amazing the town was. We agreed to see what the job market was like there.

Without any expectations, I applied on the spot. Two hours later I was being interviewed over the phone. Three months later, my husband, two dogs and I were driving to our new home here in South County.

I searched for aging services, and the first job listed was 76


Having spent over 10 years working with an urban nonprofit developing programs for older adults, this seemed a good potential fit.

Our Los Angeles home sold the very same day the contractor completed the kitchen renovation—the same project that influenced us to leave for that lifechanging weekend. My husband’s company transferred him to Rocklin, where they had planned to open a new office. (Another perfect fit!)

Thinking back, it all seems surreal the way the pieces of this puzzle came together and brought us to Nevada County. When I consider my life’s trajectory, I believe that “chance” is no accident at all; it’s simply the universe guiding us. Growing up in Mexico, I lived with my grandparents. From an early age, I understood the positive impact older adults can have on a child. I recall how their life stories were always a source of fascination. My grandmother had 11 children at a time when education for girls was not an option in Mexico. Since money was tight, schoolbooks were not affordable, and my mother had to stop school after the third grade. Fast forward through many life challenges, including getting married at 18, divorcing at 19, with a newborn baby, no income, no college, and desperately looking for any job. I was hired as a receptionist for a research organization that explored issues associated with aging.

“I believe that “chance” is no accident at all; it’s simply the universe guiding us.” For the first time in my life, I was involved with helping elderly people. My co-workers encouraged me to sign up for college. I didn’t know how I could handle a fulltime job and a baby, but I took the first step and enrolled at the local community college. My co-workers’ dedication to older adults instilled a passion in me. I continued my education for 10 long years, and completed my master’s degree in public health, with the emphasis on Gerontological Health. My grandmother remains my inspiration. All I have to do is close my eyes and I can see her face and feel her warmth—even after 25 years of her passing. Her life continues to influence mine, and I am reminded that being an advocate for the elderly is an honor. I know she would be proud to know that my work includes establishing a Senior Center here in Grass Valley, as well as developing intergenerational programs to connect older adults with youth. Achievement requires both passion and patience. It is often a journey of small steps and questions. When we allow the universe to guide us, however, we can end up exactly where we are meant to be, doing what is most meaningful to us while helping others. DESTINATION Nevada County


NEVADA COUNTY'S FOREMOST REAL ESTATE TEAM 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 530|265-7940 office 530|362-0010 cell www.mimisimmons.com DRE #00871435 #1 since 2011 78


Best Preserved Gold Rush Town “There is Still A ‘There’ Here”




By Stuart Baker, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

For many of us, the pandemic has been an opportunity to reflect on time. We reflect on the differences in our lives now versus before they started. We ruminate on what has permanently changed, and we wax nostalgic on the good old days.

of these venues across the US struggle to remain in business, the ONYX in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City is setting off on an ambitious expansion. Even with its growth, it will retain its unique Nevada City warm and welcoming vibe.

Nevada City has long held a special connection to its past. In its unique way, the city has weathered changes by carefully curating the past and choosing what to take into the future. Before the pandemic, movie theaters held memories beyond just the films. Possibly a date-night destination, a chance to play hooky at a matinee, or wait in line for the latest summer blockbuster. Over the past 100 years, movie theaters have weathered the introduction of television, VCRs, DVDs, and Netflix. While many 80



Of course, Nevada City has had a long and continuing tradition of supporting film. In January, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Nevada City Film Festival in late August are wonderful examples of movies focusing on the communal

Neighboring Seven Hills is the downtown Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. It occupies an area of 160 acres and contains 70 contributing buildings. One of the most prominent

is the National Exchange Hotel, which recently reopened its doors after an intensive and lengthy renovation. Most efforts of this magnitude would have resulted in a complete gutting of the building to make everything brand new. Honoring our town’s tradition, the National chose to curate what it had carefully and reimagine items from the past to make a contemporary statement—from the light fixtures in the lobby to the tin ceiling in the bar. Change also comes in unexpected terms. On January 20, 2021, a fire destroyed two buildings on Broad Street, the main artery of the downtown. During the renovation, the discovery of a photograph taken in 1906 led to reestablishing their historical character and honoring the buildings’ origins by removing the bay window and adding a front porch. These are but a few examples of attention to detail in melding the past to the present. Looking forward to the future, a lively discussion on incorporating art into the public realm is taking place. There is no shortage of strong opinions. Do we preserve how this unique town looked a hundred years ago—or do we introduce new artistic expressions, demonstrating that we are not defined solely by

our past? Both sides of this debate have compelling arguments. As you explore the streets, you might get a sense of which vision is prevailing. The only guarantee in the discussion is that the decision-making process will be passionate. Ours is a community that deeply cares about its physical space, and many are involved civically and wish to have their voices heard. This passion for our local environment is one reason why Nevada City has been listed among “The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2021” by Smithsonian magazine. This accolade adds to past honors, including Sunset Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2017”; and “The 50 Most Amazing Small Towns 2015” from Outside magazine. And don’t forget our nationally renowned Victorian Christmas, which Conde Nast named one of the “Most Festive Holiday Markets 2020”, which we successfully produce- once again. And suppose your opportunity to visit falls during other times of the year. In that case, there are art walks, farmers markets, summer festivals, museums, magnificent parks, film festivals, and outdoor dining opportunities to entice you as well. We embrace the best of old and new as Nevada City continues its journey as an amazing town. We welcome your visit.



By Mark Lyons, Haunted Tours As darkness falls and shadows lengthen, flickering gas streetlights illuminate the streets of Nevada City, making it the perfect setting for a ghost story. This Victorian-era souvenir harbors more than its share of lingering spirits where numerous homes and storefronts conceal dark secrets behind their artfully restored and attractive exteriors. Let’s step inside the stately Mulloy House on Upper Broad Street, where the ghost of Charles E. Mulloy is said to have committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the front yard. Legend has it that he is known to turn lights on and off, raise and lower window shades when the house is unoccupied, turn on water faucets, cause smoke to rise from the house’s chimney on hot summer days, and, on occasion, throw open a casement window. Equally creepy is the Martin Luther Marsh House on Boulder Street, where a mother and her four children are said to haunt the upstairs. Sometimes spotted in the early morning hours is a man carrying an oldfashioned whiskey bottle with a cork stopper crossing the Marsh House lawn on his way to the Marsh brother’s lumberyard, which, in the 1800s, stood directly across the street. You might encounter a ghost or two at the historic Nevada Theatre, the oldest existing theater in California, along with the live entertainment. Ghostly 82


voices sometimes drift up from the stage, and while down in the dressing rooms, you can, at times, hear footsteps on the stage above you, even though you are alone in the building. Over the years, reported sightings of an elderly couple dressed in Victorian attire standing near the front of the theater’s balcony have not been uncommon, nor is seeing a man in his thirties with short dark hair and beard, wearing a black frock coat. And we mustn’t forget the nineteenth-century cowboy—are these the ghostly sightings of lingering spirits? More spine-tingling stories reside between the walls of the now lavishly restored National Exchange Hotel established in 1856. A lady in Victorian attire has been seen both in the National’s bar and is known to float across the hotel’s dining room. Ghostly footsteps echo throughout this venerable hotel. Perhaps, that is only to be expected as the specter of an elderly gentleman in Victorian clothing has been spotted in the secondfloor lounge. A ghostly little girl has been observed in the dining room and playfully bouncing a ball, jumping rope, and riding a tricycle in the hotel hallways. The “White Lady” is a specter who floats across the third-floor hallway, passing through the closed door of a room that looks out onto Broad Street. This feminine specter has a “washed out” appearance, wearing a long dress, her

hair worn up in an old-fashioned style, and smelling of the cheap perfume favored by Victorian “Ladies of the Night.” However, if you’re seeking a paranormal experience, consider visiting the Nevada County Historical Society’s museum located in Firehouse #1 at 214 Main Street for your best chance of seeing a ghost. It is said that a lady in Victorian clothing has been seen searching through the cabinet, her hands effortlessly passing through the locked cabinet door. Many museum visitors have reported being pushed, shoved, or tripped when standing near the Chinese altar on the museum’s first floor, saved from the Hou Wang temple, which once stood in the Chinatown section of Grass Valley. Upstairs in the museum, things can become even more unnerving. A tall man with a menacing countenance, a young man, smelling of bay rum and talcum powder, as if he had just come from an old-fashioned barber, and a kindly looking little old lady have all appeared at various times. It is also up there that an antique rocking chair sometimes begins to rock all by itself, and a woman described as a red-haired Victorian “floozie” has been seen playing an organ. Nevada City attracts visitors for its Victorian-era charm, abundant and diverse art events, fabulous restaurants, and shops. And now, if you have nerves of steel, you might be attracted to Nevada City because it is the perfect setting for a ghost sighting. Who knows? You may experience a new ghost story to add to this collection.



Haunted Nevada City Ghost Tour with Mark Lyon



Map of Nevada City



HWY 49












HWY 20





































































































. ST















RAVE REVIEWS PROCLAIMED THE NEW HOTEL AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS. “This house…by far the best establishment that has ever been opened in our city…(and) continues to do business commensurate with its superior accommodations…elegantly and newly furnished throughout.” “Messrs. Pearson and Healy are deservedly as popular as they are polite and obliging to all. The bar is under the charge of Tom Henry, as well known for his brilliant attainments in the line of his profession as for the excellence of his beverages…”

As well as providing upscale accommodation and sustenance, the National Exchange served as a major travel, transportation, and communication hub through the years.

Originally known as the Bicknell Block, a few of these sturdy brick buildings were constructed in stages between 1854-57: three common-walled buildings of a simple construction and embellished with Classical Revival ornamentation. In 1856, Dr. Bicknell leased his “commodious and strictly fireproof bricks” to hotelmen Pearson and Haley who,


IN THE LATE 1800S, THE HOTEL HOUSED THE FIRST TOWN TELEGRAPH OFFICE. A major stagecoach stop was steps away from the barroom doors. Even the United States Post Office had its home here until 1942. As an ever-changing social center, the hotel adapted to the needs of the town: buildings and balconies were added and taken away, rooms were moved or even walled off (Room 209, one of our beautiful rooms off the veranda, was rediscovered behind walls in the renovations), a coffee shop replaced the more formal restaurant, a swimming pool came and went…all with generations of visitors adding their own stories, legends and lore to the rich history that is now a cherished landmark. DESTINATION Nevada County


A NEW CHAPTER ACME HOSPITALITY The National Exchange Hotel, the crown jewel of downtown Nevada City since 1856, opened to the public on May 6 following a meticulous renovation that ushered in a new era for one of California’s oldest hotels. Originally built during the Gold Rush, the National Exchange has long been a beloved local institution and welcomes back locals and visitors alike in high style that reflects its Victorian-era roots. The reopening follows on the heels of the restoration of the nearby Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. This 1862 icon has also been given new life under the stewardship of Santa

Barbara-based Acme Hospitality. Together, this dynamic duo of historic hotels will attract visitors seeking an easily accessible escape in the scenic Sierra Nevada Foothills, complete with small-town charm, innovative culinary concepts, and refined hospitality. While the Holbrooke’s new design evokes the personality of a rugged frontiersman, the National Exchange takes a more feminine approach. The overall theme is floral, gilded, and glamorous but with a sense of mystery and irreverence. Built-in 1856 in what was to become the most sophisticated of the gold rush mining towns, the National Exchange Hotel is now a treasured piece of Nevada City history. To restore the hotel to its former glory, a team of local contractors, designers, architects, and craftsmen have worked diligently to maintain the National’s historic integrity while upgrading nearly every element of the aging structure. The design team, which consists of Anne L’Esperance, Doug Washington, and Grass Valley local Bri Ingram, has brought the hotel into the current century while ensuring that the design immerses guests in the romance and intrigue of its original era. Their intention was to create a timeless environment that honored the Victorian period’s elegance, opulence, and sophistication while delivering a modern guest experience. The hotel reopened with 38 upscale guest rooms that offer all of the modern conveniences and amenities that today’s traveler expects, including private bathrooms in every room– something the original hotel lacked. Guests will be charmed by the playful elegance of the National Exchange’s redesign. Upon entry, they’ll be greeted by a new check-in area on the first-floor lobby with intricate cabinetry, vintage stained-glass windows, and custom woodwork. The refined aesthetic extends to every detail in the building— from the restored vintage chandeliers on the main floor, the warm brass fixtures in the guest rooms, the lush wool carpet lining the halls, and the ornate furnishings scattered throughout the property. The hotel will feature more than 400 original pieces of artwork, vintage photography, and



collectibles. Modern and efficient appliances merge with touches of old-school elegance in kitchen and bar areas: a black marble bar, a collection of vintage cocktail shakers, and custom banquettes upholstered in rich velvet. Meanwhile, a brand-new lawn with polished landscaping is ready to welcome events like weddings and receptions. “It is truly an honor to reintroduce this beloved institution to the local community and to invite a new generation of guests to discover its many charms,” said Sherry Villanueva, Managing Partner, Acme Hospitality. “Restoring the National Exchange has felt like uncovering generations of history and local lore as we carefully peeled away 165 years’ worth of paint and wallpaper to reveal the heart of the hotel. We have gone to great lengths to restore the integrity of the building and ensure that it is able to endure for generations.” The National Exchange’s new General Manager, Ted Robinson, spent his formative years in Grass Valley. Now, his return to oversee the hotel can be considered a kind of homecoming. He gained extensive hotel management expertise in roles with global hotel brands such as Marriott and Sheraton. With his diverse skillset and passion for hospitality, Robinson brings a wealth of useful knowledge to every aspect of the National Exchange. Lunden Desmond initially served as Assistant General Manager. A longtime alumnus of Acme Hospitality, now she brings a seasoned perspective to farm-to-table dining, sustainability, and leadership culture to the Holbrooke Hotel as General Manager. Previously, she was the General Manager of Acme’s wildly popular flagship restaurant, The Lark, in Santa Barbara. The National Exchange will serve as an ideal setting for social gatherings, weddings, and events. The hotel’s event spaces, including the National Hotel Courtyard & Garden, the Grand Lounge, the Empire Room, and the intimate Fireplace Room, can accommodate groups of up to 200 indoors and out. DESTINATION Nevada County





Named after and inspired by Lola Montez, cuisine at Lola is high-spirited and modern, sparked by the great wild west and a shine of European finesse, a dedication to beautiful ingredients, locally sourced, sustainable, and seasonally inspired.

Creating Unique French Sensibility Lola, located within The National Exchange Hotel, celebrates the legend of Lola Montez, a famed stage star of the era, and offers a seasonally driven, locally sourced menu with a unique French sensibility. Executive Chef Tom Bevitori, a Nevada City native, leads the charge at Lola. Born and raised in the area, Bevitori works closely with local farmers, artisans, and purveyors, using their ingredients in his menus when and wherever possible. Bevitori’s dishes are thoughtfully created from the highest quality ingredients, and his menu reflects a stylish modern

“I am thrilled to be involved in the reimagination of this iconic property in Nevada City,” said Bevitori. “I’ve always dreamed of being part of a restaurant that is representative of the region and its spirited Gold-Rush era history. Acme Hospitality has allowed us to do exactly this with the creation of Lola—a playful, delicious and modern take on this 165-year-old property.”

elegance. His love for classical cooking and fondness for the bounty of this perfect California location shine through in all of his thoughtfully prepared dishes. Signature dishes at Lola include: West Coast Chowder with wild salmon, lingcod, mussels, cream, celery root and sour dough; Radishes with Sierra Nevada organic vat-cultured butter; Duck au Poivre with potato apple gratin, bacon, black pepper, and endive; Buttermilk Fried Chicken with heirloom grits, dino kale, kumquat, and garlic honey; and many more. The wine program at Lola draws from the finest producers throughout California, France and beyond. Adjacent to the restaurant, The National Bar serves classic craft cocktails with modern twists prepared from original old-school recipes featuring artisan spirits and seasonal produce. A few of the most popular signature cocktails include the City of Gold with Ford’s London Dry Gin, Aperol, and lemon; Tarantula Dance with house-infused jalapeno tequila, El Silencio Mezcal, bell pepper and lime; and The Salty Rose with South Fork Vodka, Italicus Roslio di Bergamotto, Campari, grapefruit, and salt. DESTINATION Nevada County


at Sidle in and soak up the ambiance of this historic tavern, serving an abundance of beers, wine, classic and craft cocktails—with a small menu of shareable snacks, small bites and sweet treats. Our legendary haunt feels both timeless and refreshingly new all at once— perfect for a Nevada City state of mind.

By Steve Cottrell, Former Nevada City Mayor


On a summer day in 1976, driving from Reno to San Francisco, I decided to take the scenic route—looping through Sierra County, then to Auburn to connect with Interstate 80. I was born and raised in Northern California but had never been in this area, so I relied on a road map as I drove along Highway 49. All I could tell from the map was that I needed to go through Nevada City to get to Auburn, so when I spotted a directional sign, I turned right…and found myself on potholeridden Coyote Street.

cold beer? I stopped for a cold beer. At the National Hotel. Then I walked around town, and my life changed forever.

Looking to my left, I saw the freeway and realized I had turned too soon. So, when I got to Broad Street, it was decision time: Get on the highway or stop for a

Dick and Nan Ness owned the hotel then, and Dick had a peculiar way of pricing drinks. A basic mixed drink cost .50¢ for a local, .55¢ for a tourist, and .60¢ if it was


A year later, determined to live and work in Nevada City, I was hired for the Wednesday-Sunday night bartending shifts at the hotel. And that’s when the bar was the community’s social hub, with Don Hamilton playing and crooning at the grand piano four nights a week. It was hard work, but the tips were great.

delivered to the dining room. So if I served a gin-andtonic and gave a local .45¢ in change from a dollar, they would smile, hold up the quarter and two dimes, and ask if the prices had gone up? Needless to say, it didn’t take long to know the locals. I’ve often been asked about the celebrities I met at the hotel bar and later as a desk clerk. There were far too many to mention here, but I especially recall a Sunday afternoon serving drinks and watching the Super Bowl when a couple sat at the bar and ordered brunch. The man looked so familiar I thought I knew him from town, but when the game ended and he handed me his credit card to pay the tab, I realized it was Stuart Margolin. (“Angel” Martin on The Rockford Files, a regular on Love, American Style, plus dozens of movies and television programs). No wonder he looked familiar. Others were more recognizable: Martha Raye, Don Meredith, and Forrest Tucker come to mind. And when Vincente Minnelli walked in the bar one evening in 1981, resplendent in a canary-yellow blazer, there was no way to miss him. In 1978, the National Hotel’s exterior was the backdrop for a television commercial promoting the AMC Spirit automobile. During the lengthy shoot, there were several occasions when the director announced “Break!” and dozens of local extras and a couple of featured actors availed themselves of the hotel bar. Unfortunately, by the fifth or sixth break, one of the key actors was very drunk and taken to his room, leaving

the director to improvise for his absence. During the twenty or so years I worked at the National Hotel —both as a bartender and desk clerk—I had the pleasure of meeting many prominent actors, musicians, politicians, and sports figures. Still, it was local residents who made the job so special. I still smile when thinking of some of those characters— Dick Hackett, an impish artist who always quietly ordered, “whiskey and water; no fighting whiskey, please.” Or, folksinger Utah Phillips, who loved to talk about baseball. Retired journalists Pete Ingram and Vin Agar used the hotel bar as their PR firm’s branch office; raconteur Bob Paine, who insisted on being called a storyteller, not historian, because storytellers didn’t have to stick to the truth, and other colorful characters who made the hotel bar an extension of their respective living rooms. For sure, if I hadn’t prematurely turned onto Coyote Street that summer day in 1976, I would not have found myself at the National Hotel thirty years later, drinking beer with Ed Asner and discussing President Kennedy’s assassination. Nor would I have sat in the lobby with former U. S. Senator Alan Cranston, talking about the time Adolf Hitler sued him for copyright infringement—and won. Ah, the memories. As former National Hotel guest Mark Twain once said, “Memories are little threads that hold life’s patches together.” Amen to that.



Left to Right:

Julie & Bob Medlyn, Beam “Easy Living” Center, Partner Jeanine Callinan, Bank of the West Julia Stidham, The Union Kathy Papola, Network Real Estate Mike Bratton, State Farm, Partner Shavati Pearl, Waste Management, Champion Lynette Lee, Eskaton KathE Frazer, Gold Miners Inn 94


Yvonne Harlabakis, Eskaton Jeff Waters, Crystal Ridge Care Center Mary Gill, Nevada County Habitat for Humanity Restore Robin Galvan-Davies, Sierra Nevada Destination Services Schan Delle Nettles, Stanford Mortgage Melissa Collins, River Valley Community Bank Donna Cirino, Cirino’s at Main Street Shannon Buehler, Stanford Mortgage

Champions of the Chamber

Partners of the Chamber

CHAMPIONS, PARTNERS, and FRIENDS of the CHAMBER are community members who have chosen to support the CHAMBER through their investment and participation.

Friends who missed the party:

Joe & Edwina Grande, Grande Wood Designs Rebecca & Cale Hoddy, Nevada County Gold, Champion Natasha Georges, Atria Senior Living, Partner Kristie Lane, Brunswick Senior Living John & Edie Miller, Intero Ed & Wanda Mertens, Mertens Insurance Agency Eliza Tudor, Nevada County Arts Council Michael & Azriel LaMarca, Sierra Theaters

Mark Heauser, Plaza Tire & Auto Service Jerry Cirino, Cirino’s at Main Street

The National Hotel, Nevada City DESTINATION Nevada County




Your BIG LIFE Starts Here

We Are More Adventurous Than Most!




more attractive. It maintains its sense of place,” says Vangela Wightman, current chair of the five-member Historic Commission.

By Trevor Cornwell in Around Town, Tahoe Quarterly

Walking Truckee’s downtown is a stroll through a century and a half of history. Rail tracks that pioneered transcontinental travel hem in the south side of the street; former Prohibition-era watering holes line the northern corridor; and a stagecoach stop punctuates the storied Commercial Row. Each building is simultaneously a precious relic of the town’s past and a part of its vibrant present and future. But that delicate balance between preservation and progress did not happen by accident. It is an ongoing effort that falls in part to the citizens of Truckee’s Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, a group tasked with retaining the character of the mountain town and its “Truckee Funk,” as they like to say. “When you protect the town’s genuine soul, it becomes

The appointed committee views the town in a mosaic of styles and eras—“character areas” that each maintain a set of historic attributes. These components of the historical district bear the names of early community leaders who spearheaded business, like lumber company owners William Henry Kruger and E.J. Brickell, whose families built numerous homes in what is known as Brickelltown on the western flank of downtown. Areas like these each tell a story of time. “At the root, why do we have the overlay districts? It is from the sense that our town’s character is largely rooted in that tiny historic district—the character areas, the commercial district, the river,” says Brendan Riley of Ryan Group Architects, who serves on the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. “We take great pride in the historical character. Investment should not be to the detriment of that.” Truckee’s historical character is linked to a cast of influential citizens from its past. Chief among them is Charles McGlashan, namesake of the hillside neighborhood between downtown and Interstate 80. A lawyer, entrepreneur, visionary and author—writing a book about the Donner Party tragedy, launching Truckee’s famous Winter Carnival in 1894 and even marketing frogs’ legs as one business endeavor—McGlashan undoubtedly contributed to the grit and quirkiness that prevail in Truckee to this day. In fact, McGlashan’s “Crystal Palace” mansion perhaps best illustrates this notion of Truckee Funk. The attentiongrabbing home, which was destroyed by a fire in 1935, connected via a suspended walkway to Truckee’s famous Rocking Stone. Atop the mysteriously flat surface of the 17-ton boulder, McGlashan built a two-story museum to house an extensive butterfly collection and Donner Party artifacts.



project with subtle nods to the arts. The plan includes a movie theatre with room for a lecture hall and space for musical performances, as well as 90 affordable housing units set aside for artists. Dahn is not surprised by what is happening. She notes that the entire Tahoe region is “creative and entrepreneurial,” while Truckee itself boasts a particularly strong artist community.

This sense of “funk” dating back to the nineteenth century is still alive and well in Truckee, built upon by “the person who starts the cool coffee shop or the indie bookstore,” says Wightman. “There are visible layers of time in Truckee’s historic buildings and every new layer adds to the story, amplifying the authenticity of the place,” she adds. Truckee’s mindful evolution with respect to its past is notable—particularly when compared with the many towns that lose their identity to growth or become soulless. “Truckee is Truckee because of its history,” says Jim Hemig, a former real estate agent and longtime town resident. Hemig notes that as Truckee has grown—from about 3,500 year-round residents in 1990 to over 16,000 today— there has always been a fight to stop development to protect downtown, which thrives, nonetheless. That is about to be tested, as Truckee is in store for some big changes. With the anticipated Railyard Project, which broke ground in August 2017 after more than a decade of hurdles, the town has approved a potential 145,000 square feet of office and retail, a hotel and 570 residential units spread across 38 acres adjacent to downtown.

Although the project doesn’t fall under the downtown’s historical mandates, Riley says the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission provided input on the Railyard Master Plan during its development. “The goal at that time was to ensure that the Railyard would be a good neighbor to the historic district itself, complementing what we already have,” Riley says. After dusting off the history books to learn about innovators like Charles McGlashan, who helped make the town what it is today, it is clear that this addition seeks to bring in a new generation of eclectic and visionary pioneers to Truckee. Just like stagecoach stops have become restaurants and Prohibition-era bars have become clothing stores, this former railyard will soon become another layer in the rich tapestry of downtown Truckee as it marches into the future. “The Railyard is Truckee’s future,” says Denyelle Nishimori, community development director for the Town of Truckee. “Not many communities have the chance to double the size of their downtown—and the Railyard Project will set the stage for quality development that embraces Truckee’s unique small-town mountain character with a modern twist.”

This all is coming to a town based on “utilitarian architecture,” says Yumie Dahn, associate planner for the Town of Truckee. A downtown that grew organically over the last century and a half will now be matched with a large, transformative project set to spring up in several building seasons. A project of this size could easily mark the end of a town’s so-called “funk.” But Truckee has managed to make the hallmark of this undertaking a sort of Truckee Funk 2.0. The new downtown extension is not some faux-artisanal DESTINATION Nevada County


Why Public Art Matters in Truckee By Lynn Saunders, President, Truckee Chamber of Commerce

The Town of Truckee has a unique sense of place and history, situated in a high alpine valley containing the Truckee River and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada. This natural setting, rugged terrain, and colorful history stimulate an outdoor adventure culture and provides compelling opportunities to interpret, capture, and inspire artistic and cultural creations.



Public art should reflect the community in which it resides, bring people together, revitalize neighborhoods, drive the local economy, honor local heritage and history, and enhance the quality of life. Because of its location in the public realm, viewable and accessed by visitors and residents alike, public art conveys an impression to the onlooker of the identity of a place. Art and artistic

expression have a very broad definition and apply to different audiences. “If you close your eyes and think about all of the visually stunning parts of Truckee most would include mountains, trees, rivers, and wildlife in their description. But what if you were asked to describe the art that makes Truckee the beautiful and unique place that it is? This summer challenge yourself to take a closer look at Truckee’s thriving public art scene—it’s all around you. Simply put, public art is art on display in public spaces for everyone to enjoy, leaving the interpretation of the art up to each individual’s point of view. Art and artistic expression typically have very broad definitions—and why Truckee has chosen to display public art throughout the town embraces the same reason—to enhance the uniqueness and diversity of our history, culture, and people. By enriching our buildings, plazas, and streetscapes, our public art is not only an investment in the town’s vibrant identity but also serves as a supportive learning environment. Community members of all ages, professions, ethnicities, and tenures can live amongst these cultural representations providing public awareness about important community issues, such as environmental stewardship and respect for diversity. Open your mind, grab your camera and explore the public art in Truckee!”



Excerpt from

Spooked-Out Storytellers Tales of Tahoe’s Restless Spirits By Juliana Demarest, Moon Shine Ink

With a past rooted in the Wild West and rich in Native American history, it doesn’t have to be Halloween in Truckee/Tahoe for spirits of yore to make their presence known. You may think it’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus, but for these folks, what they’ve witnessed is the stuff of ghostly tales. Every spring, third graders from Truckee and Glenshire elementary schools head to the historic downtown area to listen to teachers tell stories of the town’s early days. With a bit of a checkered past including saloons and duels and vigilantes, the town keeps a few of her secrets from the kids, who get a G-rated walking history tour of Truckee. They check out the rocking stone at Veterans Hall, the Truckee Jail, and stop by various stores that once housed some of Truckee’s most infamous establishments. The most awaited stop on the tour, however, is the Truckee Hotel and Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats. The kids crowd into the bar area, filled with excitement and maybe even a little fear. They’re going to hear a real live ghost story. They stand in dead silence as owner JJ Morgan takes center stage, standing before a grand mural on the wall. “In general, my feeling about this building and ghosts is: I’m a nice guy, so what’s a ghost gotta have a beef with me about?” he posed to a group of students from Glenshire elementary in 2018. “I’ve been here when I’m the only person in the building and I’ll go up to the fourth floor and it just feels weird. Like the hair on my arms will stand up. It’s not like I see a sheet going down the hallway. But…it just…something feels off and I’ll just go downstairs.” 102


Morgan and his partner bought the place in 2002. They were working in the bar area one day, digging up the floor, when they experienced a strange phenomenon. “We were digging and an old man came through the front door, which was locked or bolted up or something and said, ‘there’s a mural in the wall,’” he told the students. “We took off our masks and looked up and nobody was there. A week later, we got call at 7 in the morning on Sunday from a contractor…who had opened the wall and found the mural.” It had been hidden by layers of sheetrock for about 80 years and was perfectly preserved.

“We took off our masks and looked up and nobody was there….” “That’s my ghost story and that’s the truth from me,” he said. “There’s a bunch of different stories from the hotel. I don’t know if they’re true or not true, but I know that this one is true.” Truckee native Chelsea Walterscheid has more ghost stories than there is space in Moonshine Ink to share. She, too, has haunted tales of the Truckee Hotel, but also of the White home and Richardson House, downtown basements, better-to-remain-anonymous local establishments, and even her own childhood home in Armstrong Tract. There are innumerable stories and ghost sighting in and around Truckee. To experience Truckee’s paranormal, don’t miss Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour.

Church Street




• Truckee 4th of July Parade & Fireworks


• Truckee Certified Farmers’ Market — Tuesday Mornings (at Truckee River Regional Park) • Truckee Community Farmers’ Market — Sunday Mornings (at Tri Counties Bank Plaza)


TDMA_WalkingTourMap_Brochure_0117_2.indd 2

For complete calendar visit truckee.com

• Festive Fridays


• Turkey Trot • Downtown Holiday Festival and Bud Fish Tree Lighting


• Truckee Downtown Wine, Walk & Shop • Historical Haunted Tour • Donner Party Hike • Downtown Halloween Parade • High Sierra Cruise


• Truckee Thursdays (eleven week street festival; 5–8:30 p.m.)


• Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk • Truckee Marathon



• Truckee Optimist Brew Fest • Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show

• Truckee Pro Rodeo


• Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival • Truckee Antique Show • Donner Lake Triathlon

• Truckee Follies (every-other-year; next event 2018)


• Cocktail Bingo • The Great Ski Race



Commercial Row

Post Office



8 RICHARDSON HOUSE — Warren Richardson built this Victorian home in 1887. The home stayed in the family until 1940. The house was used for many years as a boarding house, once known as “The Flop House.”

7 LOADING DOCK — Once a loading dock and freight station for the Southern Pacific Railroad, this building served as a warehouse for years. Much of Truckee’s lumber and ice were shipped from here.

6 ROCKING STONE — Although the 17-ton stone no longer rocks, it is one of 25 known rocking stones in the world. The local Native Americans used this rock for drying their food and holding ceremonies as far back as 15,000 years ago. One of the early tribes painstakingly chipped away the rock to flatten the top and curve the bottom so animals couldn’t climb up to eat their food.

5 VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING — Sitting on the site of the palace-like McGlashan mansion which burned down in 1935. In 1939, members of the Truckee American Legion Post 439 constructed the present building which became a meeting place for most of the town’s community activities. Today you can take a short memorial pathway from the Old Jail Museum up to this historic site.

4 KRUGER C.B. WHITE HOUSE — W.H. Kruger, an original owner of the Truckee Lumber Company, built this home in 1873. In 1904, C.B. White, a banker and prominent citizen, bought the house. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

3 EATON HOMES — Originally built by Edward Brickell circa 1880 and then served as the Truckee Lumber Company store. Harry Eaton, Brickell’s son-in-law was a longtime railroad engineer. His son, Harry, grew up in this home and in the 1930s would ski to Tahoe City to deliver the mail when trains were snowbound in Truckee.

2 TITUS HOME — This home was constructed circa 1912 on a spot previously occupied by a Chinese boarding house. Designed by Will Bliss, it was the only architecturally designed home in Brickelltown. Frank Titus, Sr. built the home while working as an engineer on the narrow gauge railroad, which hauled lumber from Lake Tahoe to Truckee.

1 SASSARINI HOME — Built circa 1895 by the Sassarini family, this home was purchased by the McGwinn family in 1918 for ten dollars in gold coin. Doyle McGwinn grew up to be the town butcher for many years.

River Street

Jibboom Street

Union Pacific/Amtrak/Greyhound





Fire Station

California Welcome Center/Restrooms/Info

1 2









West River Street


19 20 21


16 DEPOT AND THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD — While construction on the Sierra tunnels was delayed, advance teams began building 40 miles of track east and west of Truckee, moving supplies by wagon and sled. The line reached Truckee on April 3, 1868. Construction advanced eastward toward the meeting with Union Pacific at the rate of one mile daily. On May 10, 1869, the rails met at

15 CABONA’S — Founded in 1918, Cabona’s is the oldest retail establishment on Commercial Row. Its founder, Dave Cabona, originally sold fishing tackle, appliances and general merchandise. The eastern part of the store was a coffee shop. An embedded coffee cup is still in the sidewalk.

14 ALTA HOTEL — Built as the Tahoe Saloon in the 1920s, a period of recreational excitement when Truckee’s winter months were alive with winter carnival activities. Previously, the Sassarini family operated the Flor D’Italia on this site, which burned in a fire in 1921.

13 RAILROAD MUSEUM — The first transcontinental railroad, logging railroads and tourism by rail all played an important part in Truckee’s history. The museum, located next to the depot, is housed in a Southern Pacific Railroad caboose.

12 SIERRA TAVERN — Originally built as a three-story building in 1928; a fourth floor was added in 1938. This was once the location of the law offices of Truckee’s famous citizen, Charles McGlashan, who wrote the History of the Donner Party.

11 FLYING “A” — Built in 1936, this gas station was revitalized in 2007 to appear as a 1949 gas station.

23 SCHAFFER HOUSE — Built in 1895 by George Schaffer, who, together with Joseph Gray, built the first lumber mill in 1867. The partnership was dissolved in

22 SQUEEZE IN — Frank Burckhalter operated the town’s first bank at this location. In 1869, a daring bank robbery was thwarted by the heroic action of bank employees and town citizens.

21 REX HOTEL — Built over 100 years ago, it was converted to a hotel with steamheated rooms in 1913. During prohibition, the lower floor was a speakeasy called the “Silver Mirror.”

20 I.O.O.F. HALL — Built in 1871, it is the second oldest building on the block. Rebekah officials from New York had been in San Francisco to organize a lodge there. On their way back to New York, they became snowbound in Truckee. Local women decided they would like to have a lodge in town and the second Rebekah Lodge in California was born.

19 THE CAPITOL — Built in 1871 by William Hurd, this building was the first brick structure in Truckee. Originally “Hurd’s Saloon and Hall” and later the “Capitol Saloon”, it was used by the Piper Opera Company and then for the County Court.

18 IL TROVATORE CLUB — Built in 1931, it was also known as the Sassarini Pool Hall. This was one hopping place in its hay-day when the Winter Carnivals were a big deal in this Hilltop area.

17 CHINESE LAUNDRY — When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, about 1,400 out-of-work Chinese laborers traveled to Truckee, seeking new jobs building railroads through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Within a few months, one-third of Truckee’s population was Chinese.


Donner Pass Road


Commercial 15 Row

Jibboom Street

10 OLD JAIL MUSEUM — Built in 1875 out of native stone, the brick was added around 1904. The jail ran continuously until 1964, housing many infamous criminals. Showcasing early Truckee industries, the museum is open on summer weekends.



Promontory (Utah) to complete the first transcontinental railroad. The current depot was built in 1900.


Spring Stre et

9 FIRST AND LAST CHANCE SALOON — It was the first saloon heading east and the last saloon heading west. It also housed Truckee’s original telephone office.

High Street




East River Street


Church Street

28 29


2/14/17 7:31 AM

29 COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER — Truckee’s original elementary school building was on this site. The aging building was replaced by a new schoolhouse in 1936 and operated as the elementary school until a new school was built in town.

28 GRAY’S CABIN — Built in 1863 by Joseph Gray, this is Truckee’s oldest building. In 1909, the house was given to the Native Sons of the Golden West, Donner Parlor No. 162, and moved to its present location.

27 CHINESE HERB SHOP — Built in 1878, this was the cornerstone of Truckee’s Chinatown—the second largest Chinese community on the west coast. The building later housed the Truckee Soda Works.

26 TRUCKEE HOTEL — Built as the American Hotel in 1873, it has been through several name changes since. A major fire destroyed most of the building in 1909. The building was renamed to the Alpine Riverside for the 1960 Winter Olympics and was renamed the Truckee Hotel in 1977 after a major renovation.

25 STONE GARAGE — This building is on the location of Truckee’s first building: Gray’s Station. The current stone building was constructed around 1911 and served as a carriage house and blacksmith shop.

24 STAR HOTEL — Built by George Schaffer in 1885 after the first building on this site burned in May of 1885. There’s still debate in town as to whether George Schaffer built the Star Hotel for his large family’s residence or for workers in his mill. The house located directly west is believed to have been Schaffer’s private residence.

1871, when Schaffer moved his mill site out towards Martis Valley. By this time, Schaffer had made Truckee his home and had built at least three buildings that can still be found in town.



Pocket Park

l Stree t





The National Aviation Hall of Fame includes names familiar to all of us: Armstrong, Boeing, Curtiss, Earhart, Lear, Lindbergh, Rickenbacker — the list goes on. Also enshrined at the NAHF in Dayton, Ohio, are two men who once lived in Nevada County: Eugene Ely, before his aviation accomplishments, and Chuck Yeager, who settled here in retirement. But others left their celebrated mark on local aviation history:





Errol MacBoyle (1880-1949): In 1933, when Errol MacBoyle needed a way to transport gold quickly and safely from his IdahoMaryland Mine to the San Francisco Mint, he bought a used plane from American Airlines, hired a pilot, and built a dirt runway on land he owned above Loma Rica Ranch. Using aviation to convey the mine’s gold was a giant leap in transportation and security. In the 19th century, gold was hauled to the mint by horseback, wagon, and stage—all vulnerable to highwaymen in wait. Three years later, MacBoyle acquired a sleek Lockheed Electra for flights to Mills Field, now the San Francisco International Airport. He continued shipping gold to the mint until 1942, when the War Production Board issued an order requiring nonessential gold mines to cease operating and banned private airplane flights within 150 miles of the coastline.

Lyman Wiswell Gilmore Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr. (1874-1951): Lyman Gilmore, who may or may not have taken a biplane aloft eighteen months before powered flight was achieved at Kitty Hawk, designed, built, and briefly flew an enclosed four-passenger monoplane in Grass Valley in 1910. As for beating the Wright brothers to powered flight, there’s no documentation, only Gilmore’s account, but he was undoubtedly a significant aviation pioneer. He was reportedly the first to use gyroscopes for selfbalancing, the first to devise enclosed cockpits. He established the first commercial airport west of the Mississippi on the western edge of Grass Valley. The site is now the home of the Lyman Gilmore Middle School.

Without gold to ship, MacBoyle’s landing strip stood essentially unused until the 1950s. Today, MacBoyle’s landing strip is known as the Nevada County Air Park, serving local aviation needs and is the California Division of Forestry (CDF) Grass Valley Air Attack Base.

As for the former Nevada County residents enshrined in Dayton, their record-setting achievements influenced aviation history and advanced aerial warfare: Eugene Burton Ely (1886-1911): When teenage Eugene Ely left home in Iowa for an uncertain future in California, he brought with him the ability to operate an automobile at breakneck speed (at least breakneck speed for those days). He had success racing cars in the Bay Area and sold them for an early San Francisco dealership, but in early 1909 moved to Nevada City to work for the Grissel Stage Line. The company operated three schedules, including a treacherous Nevada City-Downieville route. So, when George Grissel decided to switch from a 19th-century stagecoach to a 20th-century auto stage for thrice-weekly trips to Sierra County, Ely was hired. He carried passengers, mail, and whatever else he could pack into his open vehicle, then drove to Downieville—returning to Nevada City the next day on a rock-strewn road better suited for a pack mule. But in 1910, in Oregon, Ely’s life changed forever when he had his first ride in a biplane.



Errol MacBoyle

Eugene Burton Ely

Once he had a taste of flying, his days as an auto stage driver ended, and he became a barnstorming, daredevil pilot, drawing gasps from crowds when he swooped above them at county fairs and airshows or pulled out of dangerous dives at the last moment. In the fall of 1910, the Navy asked Ely to try something not previously attempted: Take off from the deck of a ship—which he did November 14 when he lifted off from the temporary wooden platform erected on the forecastle of the USS Birmingham and landed safely at nearby Norfolk (VA.) Navy Yard. Two months later, he performed an even more daring feat. On January 18, 1911, Ely ascended from Tanforan Race Track, south of San Francisco, and landed on the deck of USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Francisco Bay. An hour later, he flew back to Tanforan, becoming the first person to land then launch an airplane from a ship—eleven years before the Navy commissioned the first aircraft carrier (USS Langley). Following the Navy test flights, Ely barnstormed until October 19, 1911, when he crashed and died during an exhibition in Macon, Georgia. Eugene Ely was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1933, inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1965, and remembered locally as a daring auto stage driver who became the Father of Naval Aviation. Charles Elwood Yeager (1923-2020): Tens of thousands of onlookers watched when Eugene Ely took aerial warfare to a new level, but on October 14, 1947, when Chuck Yeager broke the

Charles Elwood Yeager

sound barrier over the Mojave Desert in a Bell X-1 rocket plane, it was a Top Secret military flight not acknowledged publicly until the following June. (Coincidently, Yeager was 24 at the time, the same age as Ely when he twice made aviation history). Six years later, Yeager flew a Bell X-1A rocket plane past Mach 2, becoming the first person to exceed both the speed of sound and twice the speed of sound. Born and raised in West Virginia, Yeager, at 18, enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force and was assigned to George AFB, north of Los Angeles. After earning his pilot wings in 1943, he flew 61 combat missions during World War II and was credited with nearly a dozen downed German planes—five on a single mission. In 1962, then-Col. Yeager became commandant of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, where future astronauts were trained, but four years later returned to aerial combat duty and flew 127 missions during the Vietnam War. When he retired as a brigadier general in 1975, Yeager and his wife, Glennis, retired to Nevada County, where she had grown up. He became a familiar face around town and in 1986 completed Yeager: An Autobiography. Sadly, on December 7, 2020—Pearl Harbor Day—Chuck Yeager, 97, died. He is buried in his native West Virginia. General Yeager was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1949 and enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973, honors extended earlier to Eugene Ely—two aviation pioneers for whom Nevada County was once home.

Suggested Reading: America’s First Commercial Airport by R. A. Land; MacBoyle’s Gold by Gage McKinney; Eugene Ely: Daredevil Aviator by William M. Miller; and Yeager: An Autobiography. DESTINATION Nevada County


By Kevin Edwards, Manager, Nevada County Airport Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Nevada County Airport offers both residents and guests of Grass Valley, California, intimate access to the world of aviation. It’s really beautiful! A mountain airport with trees and views of the Buttes and coastal range, people come out here to watch airplanes land and take off and because of the scenery. Trees towering over 100 feet tall just on the other side of the airport property make for a beautiful backdrop when watching or photographing aircraft. A lot of people genuinely love being up here for the scenery. The small, general aviation airport is home to the United States Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Grass Valley Air Attack Base. Nevada County Airport is the permanent location for two Grumman S-2 Air Tankers that drop fire retardant and two air attack aircraft that coordinate the efforts of the tankers and other firefighting assets and personnel. 108


In the summer of 2020, those aircraft and crew members were put to the test when the Jones Fire burned more than 700 acres. The fire kicked off just north of Nevada City, which is just seven miles from the airport, by a lightning strike overnight, and they were flying on it for two days. The tankers dropped 94,826 gallons of retardant, and we provided them over 9,200 gallons of jet fuel in support of that fire alone. The Grass Valley Air Attack Base services seven counties and has a long history at the Nevada County Airport. Established in 1958, the base was one of the first in the U.S. to begin carrying fire retardants. So, this airport has earned a historical place in the aspect of public safety and aerial firefighting. The Air Attack Base response time to fire is very, very quick. Ninety-eight percent of the time, CALFIRE can keep the fire contained under 10 acres. There have been discussions about expanding the airport property to accommodate firefighting helicopters. The owner of some land on the north side of the airport has expressed an openness to selling. If we could acquire some of that property, it would add another layer of protection for the city of Grass Valley and the surrounding communities.

Having helicopters up here at the base would be extremely valuable due to the mountainous terrain and the number of reservoirs in the local area. We are trying to highlight the importance of public safety and what this airport can do, and potentially getting that piece and expanding the airport for those operations would be immense. Other upcoming improvement projects include a taxiway rehabilitation next year. While that’s happening, the airport will upgrade its lighting system from incandescent to more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Ramp rehabilitation will come after that, and in two years, the restoration of Runways 25 & 7 is scheduled. The upgrades will help Nevada County Airport remain a vital asset for the community. In addition to its transportation and fire suppression, the airport plays a role in aviation education. Alpine Aviation Inc., founded in 1990, offers aircraft charter, maintenance, management, rental, and pilot flight training. Recently, a flight simulator was donated to the airport, providing new pilots with a cost-efficient way to accumulate instrument time.

talk to the kids about the aircraft and how it flies, the different parts and how the parts work, and all that fun stuff. Young people interested in learning to fly can apply for scholarships offered through the Golden Empire Flying Association and the local Experimental Aircraft Association. Money for those scholarships comes, in part, from the bi-annual air show. Every two years, the airport hosts one of Nevada County’s most significant events: The Grass Valley Air Show and Brewfest. More than 2,500 people come out to see everything from World War II fighters to drone racings competitions. You can ride in a B-25 bomber or take a scenic helicopter ride. It is such a prime event for everybody in the community. People call me up asking when it’s going to be and saying, ‘please make that happen because it’s the best event that goes on in the county.’ We’ve reached out to the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce to help us put it on because it gets overwhelming with all the different aspects of the event and the number of people. But it is gratifying, and we’re doing everything that we can to try and keep it going!

The Nevada County Airport is also a part of the national air transportation system. Pilots going through flight training at other airports will use the Nevada County Airport for mountain airport training. Aviation education outreach extends to the students at Lyman Gilmore Middle School. With the school’s namesake being an aviation pioneer, it’s only fitting that the local airport takes a role in introducing students to the industry with flyovers and visits. While it will take some time for those potential new pilots to become regular fixtures at the Nevada County Airport, there is already a demand for expansion. Both Alpine Aviation and Sierra Mountain Aviation, fullservice maintenance facilities, are looking for some room to expand. The aviation companies are limited on space because of a lack of hangar space and tie-down space. So, if we were able to provide them more hangar space, they can bring more airplanes in, hire more mechanics, and train more flight instructors to build their businesses. One option is to repurpose a small piece of property the county public works department recently vacated, building larger hangars and potentially a restaurant. We are working to make that happen because the benefits of a vibrant, growing airport impact the local economy and the surrounding communities. When people from all over fly in here, they can drive down and visit multiple businesses in both cities just a few miles from here, and everybody wins. We sponsor and encourage field trips up here where we get the local pilots to bring their airplanes out and

The Golden Empire Flying Association and the local Experimental Aircraft Association #1175 organize and run the event that provides money for scholarships and airport improvements. It’s a way for the community to have fun and support an entity that plays a vital role in economic development and safety. DESTINATION Nevada County


By Tim O’Brian


During its 86 years, the Nevada County Airport was created and sustained by visionaries to become one of Western Nevada County’s most valuable but lesserknown economic resources.

the west coast, and the airstrip fell into disuse. In 1946, attempts to bring the airport into the county system to secure funding for improvements were unsuccessful and the field remained abandoned until 1955.

Local entrepreneur Errol MacBoyle initiated the construction of the original airport in 1933 after consolidating his Idaho-Maryland Mines Corporation into California’s third-richest gold producer. Local youths were hired to prepare the 1800-foot airstrip while carpenters from the mine completed the first airplane hangar. MacBoyle utilized the strip to fly much of the $27 million worth of gold directly to Mills Field (later SFO) and the San Francisco Mint. His chosen aircraft for the task was a highly polished Lockheed Electra, the 1930’s equivalent of today’s business jet. During 1939 and 1940, the California Air National Guard also conducted training maneuvers at the airstrip.

Vacuum tube pioneer Charles Litton, the founder of Litton Industries, purchased 153 acres, including the airport, from the MacBoyle Estate in 1955. He moved his engineering labs to Grass Valley in 1953 and was the first to bring “high tech” to Nevada County. Litton offered the field for public use and immediately began repairing the landing strip. After spending $10,000 of his own money, Litton garnered assistance from the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and local citizens to solicit funding. At the same time, Grass Valley and Nevada City Department of Public Works, California Department of Forestry, and others donated heavy equipment and much labor. The field opened the following year as the Loma Rica Airport.

The onset of World War II and the government order that followed meant the closure of the mines and related properties for the duration. The airport was closed due to a wartime ban on civilian flying within 150 miles of

The gold mines that struggled back into operation after the war did so at a limited pace. The low inflexible price of gold made any large-scale mining unprofitable, resulting in their final closure in 1956.


These included the TBM Avenger, F7F Tigercat, PBY Flying Boat, B-17 Flying Fortress, and a rare Northrop Black Widow. Pioneer tanker pilot Bob Stevenson, who moved to Grass Valley in 1958, was enthusiastic about Nevada County and the developing airport. Stevenson founded Cal-Nat Airways and would spend the next ten years as the base operator and airport manager. While waging aerial warfare on wildfires was an integral part of Cal-Nat’s financial growth, the firm’s activities extended to include aircraft rental, air charter, flight instruction, and aircraft engineering and modification. By the mid-1960s, the company owned 17 planes and employed nearly 100 persons, becoming one of Nevada County’s largest employers. Modernization of the Air Attack Base led to the next major airport renovation in 1965; the runway was lengthened to 4,000 feet, a parallel taxiway was built, new runway lights installed, and a beacon was added. In 1968, the first pilot’s lounge was constructed. Formal flight training along with more tie-down spaces, new fueling facilities led to the air park’s name being changed to Nevada County Airport. In the decades that followed, representatives of lumber, real estate, engineering firms, air charter, and air freight began utilizing the airport. Realizing the devastating impact on the economy, Litton co-founded the Loma Rica Industrial Park, Inc. in hopes of bringing light industry and tourism to the area. Boasting a 3,900-foot lighted runway, fulltime mechanics, and radio facilities, the corporation gifted the airport to Nevada County on the condition that it meets specific criteria regarding public use and future development. The company then laid plans for an ambitious industrial park offering 18 prepared construction sites complete with airplane access. Today some 100 businesses occupy the development. Another reason for rebuilding the airport was to provide the State and Federal government a suitable base for firefighting airplanes and a retardant mixing plant. The USDA Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry erected the forerunner of today’s Air Attack Base at the east end of the airport. The first air tankers to arrive were converted crop dusters. But these soon gave way to large war-surplus military bombers with larger retardant capacity.

In 1994, a new 3,000 square foot terminal building was erected, followed by a massive $5 million Airport Improvement Project (AIP) in 1995. The runway was lengthened to 4,350 feet (plus 300 feet of taxiway at each end) and widened from 50 to 75 feet. A new apron was added at the east end of the airport, and the old aprons resurfaced; a new runway and taxiway lights, lighted signs, and a helicopter pad added to the functionality of the airport. In 1997 a new 9.600 square foot maintenance hangar replaced one lost by fire in 1994, and a growing number of private hangar complexes were constructed over the last twenty years. As the utility of the airport increased, so has the traffic. Arrivals and departures in 1965 averaged 4 to 5 per day. Today, the airport accommodates corporate, pleasure, and experimental sport aircraft construction and flying with over 100 resident aircraft. The Grass Valley Air Attack Base remains vital, providing valuable protection of life and property against wildfires. DESTINATION Nevada County


The Fires that Nobody Hears About! By Robin Davies and Dave Krussow, Air Attack Officer, Grass Valley Attack Air Base It’s a beautiful August day. The sky is cloudless and crystalline blue, but in the distance, a smoke plume is rising. The drone of planes in the air begins, and it’s a seemingly endless series of takeoffs and landings. To those new to the areas, those whispers in the sky might be annoying, but that’s a most reassuring sound to longtime residents. It’s wildfire season, there’s a fire somewhere, and within minutes, the Grass Valley Air Attack Base at the Nevada County Airport is on it!

fires never make it to 10 acres. Why? Because of the air tankers, the bulldozers, and the massive amount of equipment brought in to fight a fire. And the airbase is an integral part of that. The fact that you went for so many years not knowing we were here, that’s a testament to our success in fire management. We kept the River Fire from advancing into Alta Sierra and the Bennett Fire spreading into Grass Valley. And that’s the value we bring to the community.

Who are these folks who fight our fires from the air? Most of the community isn’t aware that the Grass Valley Air Attack Base exists and what they do. With wildfire prevention at the front of our minds and our curiosity aroused, we reached out to Dave Krussow, Air Attack Officer, Air Tactical Group Supervisor Battalion Chief, for the Department of Forestry Fire Protection to understand the mission of the base.

Q: What entities comprise the western Nevada County fire fighting team?

Q: Dave, we’ve heard that you and Calfire have a tagline: The Fires that Nobody’s heard about, and that we never know about 95% of the fires in our area. How does that happen?

Q: What attracted you to serve at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base?

A: CalFire has an objective to keep 95% of their fires to 10 acres or less. That’s been a part of their operational management for many, many years. Despite these huge fires that make the news, we’re very successful; most 112


A: The Grass Valley Air Attack Base has a very integrated team: CalFire, The Forest Service, local government – Nevada County Consolidated Fire, Grass Valley, and Nevada City; it’s a patchless, integrated system that doesn’t exist in other states the way it does here.

A: To me, the Grass Valley Air Attack Base is the coolest base in the system. It’s a beautiful spot, our group is tight-knit like a family, and the base has a history. It was one of the six first “tanker bases” in history, and it’s still in operation today. We’ve been here since 1958, and to be part of that amazing tradition is phenomenal. There

have been some of the most famous airplanes in history based here in Grass Valley—F-7s and B-17s aircraft I grew up idolizing. Q: What is your passion? When did you know that this was what you wanted to do and how you wanted to spend your career? Firefighter or Air Attack Officer? A: When I was four! My dad was in the fire service his whole career, and literally, my first memory was going to a fire with my dad at four years old. He was in the volunteer department at the time and had me for the day—babysitting duties. There was a small fire at the edge of town, and he had to drive the big water-tender to the fire, and he took me with him! I remember racing through town in the big water truck, and my mom was there waiting. I had to get in my mom’s car, and it was one of the most disappointing moments of my life! I grew up in a fire service family, and that’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I’ve had an amazing career where I got to do other things as well. I worked for 15 years as a critical care flight nurse on helicopters but then ended up back in the fire service. As far as being the Air Attack Officer, I love flying, and I love firefighting, and this combines both of those elements. Q: Dave, we understand that you control the fire from

your plane through your visual assessments and then communicate with your pilots. A: Yes. I like to say that I no longer put out fires; I talk them out. You asked about my plane. At the Grass Valley Air Attack Base CalFire and Forest Service Interagency CalFire and Forest Service, we have two attack planes and two Calfire planes. We operate as a shared managedbased program. My attack aircraft is a retired warplane. Since I was a kid, I’ve been in love with the OV10 Bronco (its Military name). To be in it and to fly it is a childhood dream. My plane was built and used heavily during the Vietnam war as a forward air controller. It’s the same mission profile we use for firefighting air attacks— retrofitted here on the base for fire protection use. This plane can do up to 9 Gs—the same as the fighter jet. It is aerobatic rated and has got high visibility. The windows, positioned like those of a fighter jet, are a considerable attribute so that as you’re following a fire line, you can look out one side or either side, to try and figure out what’s happening on the ground. And we sit above all the other airplanes—we call it flying “Top of the Stack.” I can see all my air tanker checking in, talk them through their route, tell them where they’re dropping, keep an eye on them all at the same time. So, you have incredible visibility out of this plane. The first



few times you fly in this plane, you feel like you’re flying on a magic carpet; you can see everything! The pilot sits in the front; I sit in the back. I have nine radios that I monitor at any given time on a fire, which, as you can imagine, is intellectually overwhelming! Imagine running nine different conference calls on nine different phones, all at the same time. It’s not unusual to have 2 or 3 conversations at the same time while monitoring the other lines. I might have an air tanker check-in while talking to a supervisor on the ground, making sure that the section we’re working on is clear of personnel so that I don’t drop a tanker (load) on a person. Then, someone else may be asking for help because they need a helicopter at a different part of the fire, and I’m still listening to what’s happening with ground command and guide resources into the area. All those conversations are happening simultaneously so that an air attack officer can feel, literally, like a radio DJ! There’s a dial that dials between all your radios, so I might be looking out, working from the new board, flipping the radios back and forth. It’s very much a learned thing. Q: What is it like when you have to leave fires—like on the River Fire—when you’re done, it’s nighttime, and you can’t do anymore? A: That is a great question, by the way. The first couple of times I did it, I’ve been doing it now for two years; it was here in our unit. The guys on the ground were guys I knew really, really well. When we’re done, we have to come back and land; they’re still out there. We’re only allowed to work 3 ½ hour shifts on these fires because that’s how much fuel we have. When I come back after a shift, I just sit in my chair, with no lights on, and “unload,” relax for a little bit. It’s intense and a very “mixed bag.” I’m leaving those guys out there for the rest of the night, and I get to go home, take a shower and go to bed—how is that right? They’re stuck on the line for a 24, sometimes a 48-hour shift if it’s a rapidly expanding fire, but there are the physical limitations to consider. There’s no safe way for us to do it (fly) at night. I’m not saying that it will always be that way; new technology is evolving very quickly. One of the exciting things about the Caldor Fire is that this was the first time that helicopters could execute aerially throughout the night here in Northern California. Pilots had night vision goggles and specially equipped helicopters, large, effective ones. Having night vision goggle capability and these large helicopters is huge for the evolution of aerial firefighting. Q: When you come back, does someone else take your place? 114


A: Yes, there will always be an air attack (officer) over the fire that assumes all the command and control. Actually, taking a step back, when you look at the management of a fire, you can break it into two components: there’s the ground attack part of it and the air attack part of it. The air attack is responsible for coordinating everything in the air—air tankers, helicopters, drones, news media, and law enforcement. Anything that’s flying within a 12mile bubble of that fire is the responsibility of the air attack officer. We communicate with air traffic control. For instance, if there’s a fire near Beale Airforce Base, we check in with them, and the base relinquishes or delegates control of the air space around the fire to the air attack officer. So, any plane that comes in or out of that air space must check in with the air attack officer. The air attack officer ultimately has responsibility for everything in the 12-mile bubble. If the incident gets more extensive or more complex, as with the Caldor Fire, we’ll bring in other entities to help delegate out. On the Caldor Fire, there was an air attack over that fire all day long, Starting from when they have the visibility (from the smoke) that they could get in there and control it, until dark. As the air attack, you figure out how much fuel you have left and order a replacement about 20 minutes before you have to return to base. They come in over station, and we give a whole report- a briefing to the new incoming air attack and handoff that air space to the fresh air attack (officer). A single pilot aircraft, like mine, are only allowed by policy to fly two shifts totaling 7 hours a day. A two-pilot aircraft can fly 8-hours a day. Q: Why don’t we see the air tankers out in the morning? A: There are two reasons: The first is visibility. Our planes are instrument rated, but it does us no good if we can’t see what’s going on down there on the ground. We need the ability to see each other—we’re flying in a very visual dynamic environment and very compressed space. An airport typically has an 8-mile zone around it where the pilots will coordinate their landings. On a fire, you’re sometimes working in an area of one to two miles, putting as many as 7 or 8 aircraft at a time coming in and going out—all at different altitudes. The air tankers will come in at one altitude, but they’re dropping on the ground, so they have to go from the altitude they’re at, which is about 1500 feet above the ground, where they check-in. We describe the drop to them, and they drop down to 150 feet off the ground, and then they’re out. The other reason we start a little later in the day is due to fire behavior. Because most of the fire activity happens in the afternoon and evening, we don’t want our pilots timing out during the day and not being available during DESTINATION Nevada County


the critical times when the ground resources need them—when the fire behavior shifts in the afternoon. Q: Your Airtanker Pilots— A: Our pilots are phenomenal. They are genuinely some of the best pilots in the world. They all have extensive flight time before they ever apply to be an air tanker pilot. Most of them have flown military or various types of commercial aircraft, and that experience has to be in larger airplanes-multi engine airplanes. I don’t have an exact number of how many pilots apply each year to go through the training program, but of those, I’d say (rough numbers) probably 30% of them don’t qualify to fly in the air tankers. It’s incredibly challenging flying. You come to the job understanding aircraft and how they fly in very dynamic environments because you’re taking an aircraft and loading it up to its maximum capacity. You’re flying on sweltering days when aircraft perform the least, and putting them close to the ground, pointing the up and down, retaining speeds, and understanding the dynamic of flying. Many pilots don’t have the background or the experience to maneuver an aircraft safely in that environment. And then you’re putting them in an environment with 6 to 8 other aircraft flying tight circles around- not just flat ground, but mountains and canyons and all the heat coming up off of that fire, which has a dramatic impact on aircraft performance. It’s an extremely challenging program and takes tremendous expertise to make it through to qualify as an air tanker pilot. As I said, they’re some of the best pilots in the world.

The Bennett Fire was a small one, but it was moving FAST. The first two fire engines got there within minutes, and as I said, the fire was moving fast. And it kept spotting ahead, spotting ahead, and they couldn’t keep up with it. At first, we didn’t know if we’d need to “drop” or not. If firefighters can get around the fire, that’s the best option. We’re there to support the ground forces. But with the Bennett Fire, when it started spotting and moving faster than the firefighters could get into it, we went into action with the sudden shift of the wind. The flame lengths began at about three feet tall and suddenly rose to flame lengths of 30 feet tall, sheeting across the area, which no human can tolerate. At that point, we’d already described our plan to the air tanker pilot, and he came in and dropped his retardant across it. The retardant dramatically changes fire behavior. Q: Did you know about the beehives that were near the fire zone?

A: It looks easy on camera. The plane flies along, and the pilot punches a button, right? No. They have no bombsite, no computer control; you have to totally gauge the wind (and you can’t hold your finger out-you’re flying at 150 miles an hour!) based on what the smoke is doing, what they know to do, it’s from the pilot’s perspective. And to know when to hit the button, they have to understand a lot of things: how the eye works and how the view of the ground changes as you’re circling around and coming in on targets. When they’re scouting a target, they’re coming from 1,000 feet above the drop. They’re coming down and dropping it at 150 feet when they actually do the drop, so their perspective changes completely from where they scouted the drop to when they perform the drop.

A: Oh, yes! We were very aware that beehives were near the fire, and we did not want to injure or destroy those hives. Our plan was very intentional. The dropline was calculated to miss the beehives, and it was close— missed by mere feet, but the precision of the drop calculation was correct. When the pilot makes a drop, it’s all this mist in the air-mist and water. The retardant mist is very, very receptive to wind currents. So, if they drop a little too high, it can float up and catch in the fire thermal and can land a couple of hundred feet where you wanted it to penetrate. If it’s dropped too low, it’s like a cup of water, poured too close to the ground, with the retardant, you’re talking about 8,000 gallons coming out, it can flatten a house, a car, it has so much force, it can uproot trees. It can kill firefighters or anyone on the ground—destroy bulldozers or firetrucks. A razor-thin margin is all the pilot has to ensure that their drop is precisely at the right altitude and speed, doesn’t destroy anything on the ground, and doesn’t get carried away by the wind. That speaks to the superior judgment and flying expertise of our air attack pilots.

Q: Tell us what happened during the recent Bennett Fire. It was right below the airstrip—how did that affect the air tanker’s ability to perform?

Q: You and your team are passionate about what you do. We understand that here locally, you have two women on your air attack team.

Q: How challenging is it for pilots to drop the retardant where it’s needed?


A: From the Air Attack Officer’s perspective, it was challenging because the fire was right off the end of our runway where it drops off; there’s a bluff. The pilot had to calculate his approach to get below the rim of that drop, to get down low enough in the valley so that he couldn’t line up straight on that drop. He came all the way around in a turn, and at the last second, made the drop and continued the turn around to avoid all the ground features here.


A: Yes. One of our lead pilots for our Federal Air Attack Platform is female, and one of the lead pilots for the Tanker division is female. Both are awesome pilots! They worked their way up through the exact process as anyone else has, and it’s incredible on a small base like this that one out of the four pilots on the stateside and one out of two in the forestry Division are female. Two out of six of our pilot staff are female. In a male-dominated industry, it’s nice to have some diversity! Aerial firefighting is incredibly challenging, and it takes passion and commitment to get into this field. The performance level it demands is enormous. It’s a 100% team-oriented “sport” up there. Q: In terms of wildfires and wildfire prevention, what, as a firefighter, do you want to share with the community?


WILDFIRE SAFETY STARTS WITH YOU Get involved at ReadyNevadaCounty.org

A: For communities like Grass Valley and Nevada City, for Auburn, Colfax, all of the communities in the foothills are at huge risk right now. Watching what’s happening on the Dixie Fire should be alarming to everyone. We’ve thrown everything we have at that fire, and it keeps growing bigger. It’s a real issue right now, between the drought, fuel dryness, and what’s happening with the climate—it’s pretty alarming. The big thing that I would share is the critical importance of homeowners taking responsibility for their homes. The days of a fire engine being parked at every house are far behind us. Every summer, during fire season, our resources are stretched thin. Homes must be hardened and cleared of trees and foliage around the house. Our fire retardant is very effective at protecting your home IF it can get to your home. And the other big message is to have an evacuation plan. I can tell you from personal experience when we had a fire burn through our backyard a few years ago that even having a lifetime of firefighting experience and emergency services, I was amazed at how challenged I was to think logically. We had created a list of things to take in the order of priority, and I said, “Oh right, check the list.” Number one: the dogs, number two, wedding pictures, number three, the computer! Knowing what to take if you only have five minutes to evacuate is essential, as is having phone numbers in case you get separated and an agreed-upon meeting spot chosen. Having an emergency evacuation plan, knowing what you’re going to take, and where you will go will change your evacuation experience. Everyone in the foothills needs to be fire-wise and be prepared because there’s nobody who’s not at risk right now. We’re always on standby, ever ready to fight fires, but we can’t do it without your help. You’re an essential part of the team. Stay safe, and stay fire-wise, and to be prepared, Know Your Zone and get Ready-Set-Go! DESTINATION Nevada County


Teresa Dietrich, Realtor® Your Realtor® for Life!

Nevada County Realty, Placer County Realty & Community Realty Services

530-432-3333 • Cell 530-362-6806

Teresa@GoldCountryRanches.com • GoldCountryRanches.com

Shining a Guiding Light Along the Path to Property Dreams for Over Two Decades.



SFR, HAFA, CDPE Certified Broker/Realtor/Consultant DRE# 01222347

Peaceful Natural Beauty • Tranquil Lifestyle A Year Round Playground




The Fountaine family: Donna and Jason with kids Ryder and Nyla

“After Seeing the World, We Fell in Love with Lake Wildwood.” “Jason and I met in 1995, two young Air Force recruits drawn together by our interest in electronics. After a year of technical training, I was transferred to Florida and Jason to Italy. When I visited him there, we realized we wanted to be together. Within the year, we got married and lived in the heart of Europe. Our love for travel began and we spent the next five years seeing the world. In 2002, we were reassigned to Beale AFB and ready to start our next chapter. But we had no idea where. One of Jason’s commanders suggested Lake Wildwood. While exploring this hidden gem, we just knew it was the perfect fit for us—a quiet community set in the woods with a lake of its own, a safe place to raise a family, and a perfect home-base for world travelers. After settling in, we knew we had more adventure travels in us. So we loaded up our backpacks and off we went, touring Europe, Africa, India and Asia. It made returning home even more special. Today, we have two amazing kids, Nyla and Ryder. Their imaginations and energies are sparked by all the activities here: golf and tennis, fishing, biking and wakeboarding, swim meets, cross-country racing and skiing. As for Jason and me, it’s the friendships and festivities, dinner and drinks at The Oaks, and time spent outdoors on the lake and the beautiful golf course that fulfill us. Yes, it’s true when people say there’s no place like home. Especially if it’s Lake Wildwood.” 120

Donna Fountaine, Lake Wildwood homeowner since 2003 DESTINATION Nevada County

Come See for Yourself How Beautiful Life Can Be.

Penn Valley, CA See more at lwwa.org/freshstart Email us at living@lwwa.org DESTINATION Nevada County



By Doug Moon, Save Our Bridge Committee 122


The Bridgeport Covered Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park, the longest single span covered wood bridge in the world, right here in Nevada County, reopened in November 2021 after being closed to the public due to unsafe conditions in 2011. This national historic treasure built by David Wood in 1862 was part of a toll road that lead from the river docks in Marysville up into the Sierra Foothills, across the south fork of the Yuba River and over the Henness Pass to the Comstock Lode in Nevada. This was the primary road for miners, teamster-driven covered wagons loaded with supplies, and settlers who needed a safe crossing of the wild Yuba River to access gold mines in California and silver mines in Nevada. The Bridge also allowed early pioneers and merchants a route to be able to settle and establish Nevada County. This Bridge continued to function as a primary route over the Yuba River for vehicular traffic until 1971. In 1851, David Wood, along with a group of investors, formed the Virginia Turnpike Company establishing a toll road and two bridges across the Yuba River. In 1861, the Yuba River flooded and washed away both bridges. Wood traveled back east and studied the many covered bridges there for the best design to rebuild. He incorporated two designs, an arch and a truss system, to build a bridge that

he felt could withstand future high water events. Many of the original timbers, which were milled at Wood’s saw mill near Sierra City, have been retained and reused in the reconstruction. In addition, eight of the original wrought iron tension rods have been reused. You are able to see the original foundry stamps on these rods from the 1860s that are visible from inside the Bridge. The Bridge, now fully restored, again looks very much as it did when first completed by Wood almost 160 years ago. To walk across this iconic structure, suspended over the river, is quite magical. You can almost hear the “clomp, clomp, clomp” of the teams of oxen as they pulled the freight wagons across. The perspective looking out of the original open window frames offer a spectacular view of the river rushing by far below. Now, everyone is able to have this very unique experience! When the Bridge was closed in 2011 due to structural issues, a coalition came together to Save Our Bridge. Made up of local associations, organizations, political leaders, Chambers of Commerce, businesses, park advocates and citizens, the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee had one goal in mind: to restore and reopen this historic Bridge to the public. The Committee worked in close partnership with California State Parks throughout the restoration project. A wonderful Bridge Grand Reopening Celebration was held on November 4, 2021.





By James “Big Ed” Everhart Sunrise over a beautiful lake, crisp mountain air, a fishing rod and tackle box in a young boy’s hands. That’s how I spent the summer days of my youth. My formative years were spent chasing Bass, Catfish and Trout that swam in local lakes, ponds and streams. To this day I still love the feel of a rod and reel in my hand. Whether in a boat or standing on the banks of those same waters, fishing is a part of me. Nevada County has a vast and varying amount of waterways in which to not only fish, but swim, hike, boat and just sit by and enjoy. I love them especially for the fishing opportunities, but fault no-one for just admiring them. After all, we do live in a beautiful county. Our Nevada County lakes have a couple things in common. First, they are all DESTINATION Nevada County


beautiful and secondly they have very clear waters. These waters are home to some amazing fish including Trout, Bass, Mackinaw, Kokanee, Catfish, Bluegill, and Crappie. Nevada County lakes such as Scott’s Flat, Rollins Lake, Jackson Meadows, Donner, Bowman and so many more, all hold fond memories for me. Growing up Scott’s Flat Lake was a frequent destination. It was close to town and full of Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill which made it one of my favorites. It’s an easy walk to the dam from Pasquale Road in Nevada City and has lots of shore fishing opportunities. I spent many a day on the banks walking and casting Kastmaster lures and rubber worms. Now, I spend quite a few days on my Bass Boat chasing the beautiful and acrobatic smallmouth that swim in these waters. I also catch Trout on a regular basis for table fair. My grandparents were avid campers and outdoor lovers so every summer my cousins and I would spend weeks in the mountains with them. In those mountains you will find a lake that I highly recommend seeing in your lifetime. Jackson Meadows is a high mountain reservoir that will steal your breath away. Not only is it picturesque, but it is loaded with some beautiful Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout. There are miles of shoreline for easy fishing opportunities along with some really well- maintained launch ramps and campgrounds. If mountains call to you the way they always have to me, let me assure you this is the right place to be. Nevada County has some of the most beautiful mountain areas and nestled in them are lakes a plenty. I love to hike and be out in nature. Fishing the lakes in our mountains with fly fishing gear in tow is another adventure I recommend you try. Head out to the Grouse Ridge Trailhead and travel down managed trails into the Lakes Basin area for some Wild Golden, Brooke, Rainbow and Brown trout fishing that is just amazing. Milk, Culbertson, Island and Shotgun Lake are all great fisheries that you can hike to and find good fishing. One of the other great features about Nevada County fishing is if just want to have a day of fishing there are a ton of opportunities for that as well. Donner, Rollins, Fuller and Spaulding Lakes are just a few minutes off the Interstate 80 corridor. All of these lakes are regularly stocked with trout from the Department of Fish and Game. You can check the web site to see when the lakes are being planted before you head out. They also have a good supply of hold over fish and natives that live in them. Nevada County lakes are not just for people with big boats either. I never had a large boat growing up; it was a canoe or shoreline fishing for me. Today, the popularity of kayaks is impressive and anglers are turning to them to get away from the big boats. That being said it’s not easy to find waters that you can feel comfortable on and safe from the big boats. Nevada County has you covered. Great fishing and easy launching on small or larger lakes is not hard to find here. Lakes like Fuller, Bowman, 126


Sawmill, Lower Scott’s Flat, Carr and Feely all are easy to get to with a vehicle and none are over run by big ski boats or large fishing boats. That doesn’t mean you can’t catch a ton of good fish because you can. Most are either stocked with trout or have a very good native population. I would hate to leave out one of my favorite summer fishing opportunities in Nevada County, the rivers and streams. My dad and I would hunt the mountains every year. Dad would always have a jar of salmon eggs and a fishing rod in the truck. If he saw a small creek, we would stop and I would watch as he cast a salmon egg into water that could not possibly have fish. More times than not, we had a fresh trout lunch. As I got older, I learned to love the small creeks and rivers throughout our county. I now use a fly rod or spinner but the results are often the same. The stream and river fishing here is just amazing. The Yuba River is probably our most prominent and rightly so for beauty and fishing. Just don’t let some of our lesser known creeks slip by. Deer Creek in the heart of Nevada City holds some amazing fish that are fun to catch with easy access. The Bear River, Wolf Creek, Truckee River and so many mountain streams are all right here in our county. Each of them contain fish and are surrounded by beautiful forests. You may never want to leave these peaceful waterways. The waters of Nevada County made my youth wondrous. Today, as a seasoned angler, I still cherish all of my favorite fishing spots.



Courtesy of AmericanRivers.org



What’s in a Name? The river’s name comes from the local tribe, the Nisenan, word for “waterway,” ‘uba seo. It is spelled in early records as Yubu and applied to the river by 1844.[6] Some claim the name is a variant of Spanish uba or uva, referring to grapes found growing along the banks of the river. The Yuba River valley was initially one of the most densely populated Native American areas in California. Historians divide indigenous peoples living in the Yuba River area into the Konkow, Maidu, Nisenan, and Miwok. The Yuba River is a California classic. In the best sense, that includes the giant, polished granite boulders and emerald green water that creates cascades perfect for whitewater paddlers during high spring flows, transforming to idyllic swimming holes in the warm summer months. Rising on the eastern border of the Tahoe National Forest, the Yuba’s headwaters split into three major forks. The North, Middle, and South Forks all have distinct characteristics, but each shares the beauty of the Sierra Nevada surroundings—and the legacy of mining and hydropower that comes with it. The region’s historic gold rush once made it one of California’s most productive placer mining rivers. Operations quickly turned into large-scale industrial hydraulic mining. In 1884, the practice was banned due to the impacts of the debris flows on farming. And the steep, narrow canyons proved just a little too tempting to aquatic engineers, who left their mark with more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses, and 500 miles of canals sprawling across the watershed.



“The river has great wisdom and whispers its secrets to the hearts of men.” Mark Twain

Between reservoirs and hydropower, installations lie miles of top-tier whitewater runs that draw paddlers from around the West to the various forks of the river with a captivating wilderness feel despite often being within proximity to roads. The undammed North Fork drains the beautiful Sierra Buttes that provide a lookout to Mt. Shasta to the north and West to Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area. And the snowmelt runoff provides excellent cold-water habitat for trout and reintroduced historic species like Chinook salmon and steelhead. A state Wild and Scenic River, the South Fork Yuba is the centerpiece of the South Yuba River State Park that stretches 20 miles to Englebright Reservoir, formed by a dam across the Yuba River’s main stem. The Pacific Crest Trail is among several passing through the watershed, making the area popular with backpackers, and a network of mountain bike trails pulls in fat tire fans. In keeping with California culture, members of a local colony of artists, poets, and musicians affectionately known as the “Yuba Nation” frequent the river for inspiration in summer months and to protest dams and other potential impacts to the river as they arise.



The Backstory

The Future

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the goldrush era. These dams block access for anadromous fish along the 1,339-square-mile watershed that is considered one of the last remaining strongholds for Chinook salmon and steelhead runs.

Dams on the Yuba—including Englebright Reservoir, Bullards Bar hydroelectric dam, and Daguerre Point Dam—are currently going through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process. This process offers the American Rivers an opportunity to push for improved stream flows, river habitat, and recreation access. Most significantly, it provides a recourse to reintroduce salmon and steelhead into their historic habitat in the upper Yuba basin.

Dams owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Yuba County Water Agency, Nevada Irrigation District, and Pacific Gas & Electric affect more than 250 miles of rivers by reducing streamflow levels, altering habitat, and affecting native amphibians and resident fish. The threat of hydropower dams placed the Yuba River on the 2011 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report. Meanwhile, remains from hydraulic mining operations are prevalent along the Yuba River, although restoration efforts along the altered Lower Yuba River are in progress. In keeping with California culture, members of a local colony of artists, poets, and musicians affectionately known as the “Yuba Nation” frequent the river for inspiration in summer months.

For the foreseeable future, that reintroduction will come in the form of a “trap and transport” program circumventing the 260-foot Englebright Dam to reach the abundance of quality fish habitat found on the Yuba’s North Fork. As California continues to experience climate change and considers how to adapt to future climate conditions, fishery managers have come to recognize the importance of reintroducing salmon and steelhead to historic habitat at higher, and thus cooler, elevations to promote their recovery. The transport method and restoration work on the lower Yuba River offers additional opportunities to establish a robust downstream fishery.




• Licensed, trusted experience, integrity • Insight into the real estate industry

• Professional networks and skilled negotiation • • Intimate knowledge of the local market • Valuable property price evaluation

336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945 132


(530) 272-2627

• Nevada County •

Home is Where Our Story Begins




By Amelia Barrett, 2022 President, Nevada County Association of Realtors® Location, location, location is the ultimate driver in real estate buying, selling, renting, and leasing. Imagine a location between the State Capital of California, Sacramento, and one of the most iconic worldwide destinations, Lake Tahoe! Nevada County, California, is the bullseye between these two gem locations and is being discovered more and more every year by people from all walks of life. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, western Nevada County has a wide range of geographic regions for an abundance of lifestyles, technological advancements keeping with modern requirements, a vibrant arts community, recreational sports opportunities galore, top-rated schools, and most importantly a sense of community inclusion that is prominent in all sectors of life here. Our real estate portfolios as REALTORS® include vintage Victorians, custom moderns, horse ranches, lakefront estates, bungalows, apartments, duplexes, yurts, and even some houseboats on our coveted lakes. Households that can afford to purchase a medianpriced, single-family home in Nevada County have slowly declined over the past few years and are projected to continue doing so. Housing supply continues to be the biggest driver of our economic stability. Being aware of this, our community organizations continue to rally together to explore, discover, and implement programs, ideas, and action plans to stabilize housing eventually.



Throughout 2022, the REALTORS® in our community will be working with creative synergy to reach three goals: building relationships where people feel connected, motivating one another to go beyond their comfort levels, and delivering to our community a group of people who are engaged in infinite growth and achievements. Through active engagement in achieving these goals, we will all profit in sharing an experience of “Every day can be this good!” All of this starts with collaboration with our members, local organizations, local and state government, and our charitable partners. Through fundraising, volunteering, member’s meetings, and professional development, we can then, together, better serve you! We stand behind our vision, “To be the voice and resource for the local real estate community” and truly believe that as a REALTOR®, we can make a difference not only in our community but also in the daily lives of individuals as they navigate the selling, buying, renting and leasing process. Our real estate professionals are educated through rigorous courses and continuing education which teach the forefront of ethical concerns, the dynamically changing profession, inclusion for all, and standards for our industry. We are solution-oriented, grateful, and proud to be REALTORS® in Nevada County, California and look forward to helping you in your real estate journey. If you are a long-time resident of our community or in the beginning stages of exploring a move to our town, know that we WELCOME you to our heart of gold!



What Are You Doing Wrong!

Here’s proven ways to get your offer accepted in a HOT real estate market By Suzanne Voter, Mortgage advisor NMLS 230270 Did you know that less than 20% of home buyers in California pay cash?

to know where your cash is coming from. Large new deposits in a bank account will come under scrutiny, have answers.

If you or someone you know is considering buying a house, here is what I know to be true to get your offer accepted:

#3: Snooze you loose, NO hesitation: 63% of buyers make an offer before they have stepped foot into the home and with today’s technology, 54% of buyers find their home on the internet without the assistance of a realtor. I’m not saying working with a realtor to purchase a home isn’t in your best interest, IT IS. Know that you have time to make your decision of whether or not you are buying this home and get your deposit back if you decide not to buy. In this case, you are taking the home off the market and away from other buyers while you make up your mind. You may have to spend money on an inspection and this is considered money well spent. Just do it!

#1: Relationships matter: In this crazy market you need to have a real estate agent representing you that has a strong connection to the community and the other realtors in the area. We are seeing local relationships beating out-of-town agents and buyer offers and getting that house! That goes for a lender relationship. Perfect example, just recently. 1st time home buyers with 5% down payment and cash-tight, got the house because of the relationship the lender had with the listing. Trust was already there and everyone was super happy in the end. #2 Are you really ready: When it comes to using a loan to purchase a home, make it simple. Make sure you have all of your documents submitted and reviewed by your lender. Even if you think they are asking for more than what should be needed—there is a reason for asking for more. It is important



When I am asked “How is the market?” my answer is always UNBELIEVABLE! And it is true! People are getting the homes they want when they do it right. Home Heroes Lending Inc. 2126292 facebook.com/homeheroeslending






Cornerstone Cornerstone buyers Advantage Advantage Get Protection Get Earnest Earnest Money Money Deposit Protection We of up up to to $6,000* $6,000* Westand standbehind behindyour your preapproval preapproval -- with with a a guarantee guarantee of How HowItItWorks Works

When certificate includes includes aa Loan LoanApproval ApprovalWarranty: Warranty: Whenwe wepreapprove preapproveyou youfor foraahome home loan, loan, your your preapproval preapproval certificate • •IfIfwe’re unable to close the transaction, we’ll pay up to $1,000 for inspection and appraisal costs. we’re unable to close the transaction, we’ll pay up to $1,000 for inspection and appraisal costs. • •We’ll up to to $5,000. $5,000. We’llalso alsoreimburse reimburseyou youany any lost lost earnest earnest money money deposit deposit up • •That’s That’sup upto to$6,000 $6,000in intotal total guarantees. guarantees. With know you you can can safely safely buy buyyour yourdream dreamhome. home. Withour ourproprietary proprietaryearnest earnestmoney money protection protection program, program, you you know Our submit your your offer offer without withoutaa“Loan “LoanContingency.” Contingency.” OurStanford StanfordMortgage MortgageBuyer BuyerProtection Protection Guarantee Guarantee allows you to submit This will improve your offer in a very competitive market, increasing the likelihood your offer will be acceptedininaa This will improve your offer in a very competitive the likelihood your offer will be accepted multiple offer situation. multiple offer situation. Your your loan loan does does not notclose,* close,*Stanford StanfordMortgage Mortgagewill will Yourdeposit depositisisprotected protectedup upto tothe the $5,000 $5,000 guaranteed guaranteed number. If your reimburse reimburseyou youany anylost lostdeposit depositup up to to $5,000. $5,000.

WhyStanford StanfordMortgage? Mortgage? Why

WithStanford StanfordMortgage, Mortgage,you’ll you’llfind find aa wide wide array array of loan products, along With along with with the the dedication dedicationand andexpertise expertiseto toclose close ontime. time.We’ve We’vehelped helpedthousands thousands of of people people achieve achieve their homeownership homeownership goals. on goals. Today, Today, we’re we’reaaleading leadingmortgage mortgage lenderwith withsome someof ofthe theindustry’s industry’s highest highest customer customer service ratings. lender *Subjecttotorequirements requirementslisted listedininthe theprogram programterms termsand and conditions. conditions. *Subject

WhyCornerstone? Cornerstone? Why

Century2121Cornerstone, Cornerstone,means means that that you’ll you’ll be be working working with award-winning Century award-winning REALTOR® REALTOR® that thathave havebeen beenserving servingGrass Grass Valleyfor forover over44decades. decades.Locally Locally owned owned and and one one of of the the top top 100 Valley 100 Real Real Estate Estate companies companiesnationally. nationally.

www.c21Cornerstone.com www.c21Cornerstone.com

www.Stanfordloans.com www.Stanfordloans.com

©2021 Stanford Mortgage is a division of Finance of America Mortgage LLC | Equal Housing Opportunity | NMLS ID #1071 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org) | 300 Welsh Road, Building 5, Horsham, PA 19044 | (800) 355-5626. For licensing information, go to: ©2021 Stanford Mortgage is a division of by Finance of Americaof Business MortgageOversight LLC | Equal Opportunity | NMLS ID #1071 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org) Welsh Road, Building Horsham, PA 19044 are | (800) 355-5626. licensing go to: www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org. | Licensed the Department underHousing the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. | This is not a commitment| to300 lend. Prices, guidelines and5,minimum requirements subject to changeFor without notice.information, Some products www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org. | Licensed Department of Business Oversight the California Mortgage LendingtoAct. | This not a commitment to lend. Prices, andproduct; minimum requirements are subject to change Somedecision. products may not be available in all states. Subject by to the review of credit and/or collateral; not allunder applicants will qualifyResidential for financing. It is important make an isinformed decision when selecting andguidelines using a loan make sure to compare loan types whenwithout makingnotice. a financing may 138 not be available in all states. Subject to review of credit and/or collateral; not all applicants will qualify for financing. It is important to make an informed decision when selecting and using a loan product; make sure to compare loan types when making a financing decision. DESTINATION Nevada County © 2021 CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office © is2021 CENTURY 21 Select Estate CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office independently Owned andReal Operated. is independently Owned and Operated.


#1 in Nevada County Real Estate Home Sales


Office locations to better serve you! Contact any one of our locations today. 901 La Barr Meadows Rd, Ste A Grass Valley, CA 95949

101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959

10063 Combie Road Auburn, CA 95602

11360-A Pleasant Valley Rd. Penn Valley, CA 95946

133 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945













CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty is a proud member of The Select Group, which is consistently ranked in the elite group of Top 100 Real Estate Firms nationally. DESTINATION Nevada County


©2020 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty. All rights reserved. CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered trademarks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

Exclusively Commercial & Investment Properties LOCK RICHARDS

530.470.1740 HighlandCRE.com

• Innovative technologies and cutting edge marketing materials designed to get your property sold or leased fast. • Proactive broker cooperation to maximize competition for your listing and achieve maximum value. • Targeted property acquisition services and informed analyses for advantageous decision making. • Collaborative network of Affiliates working together on millions of dollars of new properties each week.

What We Offer

What It Means To You

20+ Years Local Experience

Leverage our relationships to attain your goals

“Insider” Market Knowledge

Access to off-market deals and timely opportunities

Encyclopedic Research

Confident informed decision-making

Attentive Strategic Guidance

A trusting prosperous relationship

NNN • 1031 • Office • Industrial • Retail • Apartments • Land • Leasing • Sales

Urban Flight to the Foothills

By Lock Richards, President/Broker, Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates – Highland Commercial Driven by the pandemic, urban flight to rural areas was facilitated by technology related to video conferencing. Another form of technology—medical—will help to slow out-migration from cities as new vaccine and antiviral treatments gain increasing acceptance, but I believe the widespread adoption of Zoom and similar high-tech platforms has fundamentally changed the relationship between the home and workplace, thereby portending continued migration of residents from urban areas to regions such as Nevada County which offer such an appealing quality of life. With the massive recent run-up in housing prices, many people wishing to relocate are now considering waiting for the “bubble” to burst before implementing their intended moves. I believe this strategy could lead to a rather long wait because the present “bubble” is based on actual demand (albeit related to the massive expansion of the money supply) and not artificially driven as in 2008 by unrealistic credit markets. Assuming interest rates increase as expected, sales volume will likely plateau, but values may not “correct” due to limited and costly new supply and continued demand. 140


Business owners planning to immigrate to Nevada County must also take into account the state of the commercial real estate market since they will need to find a new home for their office, store or warehouse. The Grass Valley/Nevada City area represents a relatively tight market in comparison to the nation as a whole. National vacancy (i.e. available supply) currently sits at approximately 16.1% for office, 5.3% for retail and 4.4% for industrial—much higher than our local rates listed below. Vacancy Rates Office Retail Industrial All Sectors

EOY 2017 13.86% 2.63% 2.08% 6.43%

Median Asking Rents/SF (Gross) Office $1.40 Retail $1.46 Industrial $0.71

EOY 2018 12.79% 3.22% 2.32% 6.38%

With tight existing supply and extremely high barriers for new construction due to spiking material/labor costs and limited land area with suitable entitlements, I believe rents, building prices, and land values will continue their upward march. When the next recession does come, I foresee a plateauing commercial property market rather than a bubble-bursting correction. For those considering urban flight, I’d say the moral of this story is, “There’s no time like the present!” EOY 2019 8.67% 2.72% 1.19% 4.44%

EOY 2020 10.39% 3.16% 2.76% 5.61%

Q3 2021 10.71% 3.14% 1.63% 5.38%

$1.33 $1.41 $1.39 $1.49 $1.41 $1.54 $1.42 $1.30 $0.78 $0.87 $0.71 $0.60

Median Sale Prices/SF 2015-17 2016-18 2017-19 2018-20 (3-year moving average) Office $129 $115 $129 $147 Retail $157 $148 $173 $175 Industrial $85 $99 $115 $126

2019-21 $182 $204 $130



Your Local Premier Serving Nevada & Placer Counties and the entire Sierra Foothills for over 40 years www.Network-RealEstate.com

GRASS VALLEY 167 S. Auburn Street 530-272-8885

NEVADA CITY 436 Broad Street 530-265-2551 INE





DRE #00843903

Independent Company






Discover Your Best Life

With miles of pristine Sierra Foothills mountain terrain and an easygoing energy, the tight-knit community of Grass Valley in Nevada County is a respite from fastpaced life. An escape from neighboring metropolitan cities, this is an area known for community. Woven together by locals and out-of-towners, it’s known for it’s laid back, welcoming spirit and year-round activities where nature, sports and art-lovers unite. At Homes by Towne, the locations we build in are just as important as the homes we build. Berriman Ranch in Grass Valley is our third new home community in Nevada County. The county’s unique combination of fresh mountain air, relaxed pace of life and cultural flair offers a perfect backdrop for those looking for a new home in a place that truly values community. Ours is a story of passion and pride. We made a promise to build homes that people are proud to live in and communities where they want to put down roots. Nevada County, like Berriman Ranch, is a combination of modern and historic, lively and relaxed and the perfect spot to call home. ABOUT BERRIMAN RANCH If you’re looking for that magical place where the grass is greener, Berriman Ranch may be beckoning you

home. Ranging in size from 1,579 to 2,491 square feet, our home plans offer many different lifestyle options. Single or two-story, home office and loft options, and open concepts that bring in an abundance of natural light and allow homeowners to take in the gorgeous tree top surroundings. For those who would like to move sooner rather than later, we have numerous move-in-ready homes at or nearing completion that we would love to show off. Stop by and visit our sales office and allow us to share a piece of the amazing richness and quality of life at Berriman Ranch. ABOUT HOMES BY TOWNE When choosing a home builder, knowing their history, longevity and reputation in an area, especially when it comes to quality of construction and style of home are important factors to consider. At Homes by Towne, we have been building homes since 1949 and are celebrating over 70 years of providing home owners with a place to build memories, raise a family, entertain friends and celebrate life. Visit us online at www.HomesByTowne. com and discover your best life.



Placer Title Company, Founded on a Dream “To bring together a group of people who really care about each other and about their customers.” Founder Leo


• Experts you need. Partners you can trust.•


380 Sierra College Drive, Ste.100, Grass Valley


11357 Donner Pass Road, Ste. A, Truckee




What do Conflict Resolution Skills and Real Estate Have in Common? By Diane Helms, Realtor and Trained Mediator

I would say just about everything. Having an experienced REALTOR and the ability to help people negotiate their different needs to arrive at an agreeable solution goes hand in hand with Mediation techniques.

integrity, and the ability to negotiate a transaction to understand the other person’s needs…Well, that is the recipe for a win-win situation for all.

How about when you inherit a home, and your siblings fight over what they feel is their fair share? Or, for example, how about the divorcing couple? We all want what we want, and at that point, the need for someone with experience in these types of negotiations is crucial.

I know this to be true; having had over 40 years of experience as a REALTOR, and 20 years of experience as a Mediator, I am grateful that I saw the need to combine these two skills early on. When I first got my license, I recall that I saw Real Estate Agents being adversarial a lot of the time, and I wanted to prove that this did not need to be the way to negotiate. Collaborative efforts with other Realtors, ensuring that each acknowledges that their client needs a sale too, have paved the way to great success in my business.

Real Estate is a relationship business. Those wishing to buy and or sell need someone with skills that will work toward a common goal for both parties so that each of them receives something that is of value. Combine that with a REALTOR who has High ethical standards,

If you are interested in learning more about how to negotiate a win-win in Real Estate transactions, please call me at 530-913-8598 or email me at di4land@ sierragoldre.com, Century 21 Cornerstone Realty DRE 0071342.

And it is not always between buyer and seller that these differences of opinion become a stalemate during negotiations.



Working with a Local REALTOR ®




Nevada County calls for a REALTOR® who can guide you through its own local and often critical considerations during the course of buying or selling a home. Call a REALTOR® at the only company awarded “Best Real Estate Company in Nevada County” for 14 of the last 17 years!

GRASS ROOTS REALTY License #00873741

GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY 530-273-7293 • 855 Sutton Way

PENN VALLEY & LAKE WILDWOOD 530-432-1131 • 11364 Pleasant Valley Road

AUBURN & LAKE OF THE PINES 530-268-1575 • 10193 Combie Road

www.NevadaCounty4Sale.com www.PlacerCounty4Sale.com

Global Luxury Properties


Property Management*

Commercial Division

License # 01997372


License # 00873741




License # 00873741



Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty and Grass Roots Property Management are separate entities/businesses, with different management. Grass Roots Property Management is a licensee of the service mark “Grass Roots.” Any transactions *Disclaimer: with either company are separate and unrelated. Review and evaluate the contract and services of each company separately as they are unrelated, and neither company is a party to the other’s contract(s) or responsible for its services provided to you.





Chic • Evolving • Timeless • Textured • Clean Conversational • Reimagined • Whimsical Make It Your Own!




• Can Maximalism Tap the Millennial Market? •

Let’s Ask

By Allyson Rees, WSGN Insider Excerpt from Can maximalism tap the Millennial market? These new launches hope so. Google the phrase “millennial minimalism” and you’ll find hundreds of think pieces on why millennials have so embraced minimalism. It’s because their Baby Boomer parents were so acquisitive. It’s because of Marie Kondo. It’s because they care about the environment. It’s because renting has caused them to move so frequently, they’ve done away with every worldly possession outside of a few plants. It’s because they hate serifs. 152


All of those things may be true, but one thing is for sure: the narrative of minimalist-loving millennials has proliferated the market, so much so that mass retailers are pandering to this aesthetic. E-commerce giants like Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair all include “Scandi” and “minimalist” as key merchandising stories, in which plain grey furniture, metallic lighting and succulents and be mixed and matched to create the ultimate Millennial-friendly wellness space. But

in this era of millennial minimalism and social media conformity, where the aesthetic gets watered down to the lowest common denominator, is there a place for maximalism? We started tracking a return of maximalism in interiors after Milan Design Week 2017, and have also watched it take over fashion, thanks namely to Gucci and Alessandro Michele, but it’s been a slower burn for interiors. This is due to the nature of interiors products—they’re larger scale, more expensive purchases in which consumers often want to stick with a classic piece that will stand the test of time, rather than a “trend-piece.” Whereas minimalism is for everyone—it’s simple, straightforward and can’t be messed up—maximalism requires some risk, in addition to modicum of taste and knowledge of colour, scale and material—all things the average consumer isn’t necessarily confident they possess. It’s refreshing, then, to see a handful of new brands and launches aim to reframe maximalism for the millennial market, not as the trend of crazy-aunt-junkhoarders, but as the mark of self-expression, taste, and an editor’s eye. While the e-commerce market is filled places to shop minimalist décor, the same can’t be said for maximalist products. The Millennial generation’s favorite maximalist grandma, Iris Apfel, is getting into the interiors game with a collaboration with Nude Glass. The otherwise minimalist brand tapped Apfel to curate a collection of glassware and vases, no doubt to generate buzz and get the attention that Apfel’s brand affiliation always garners. In January, Apfel continued her relevancy with the younger generation when she was signed to IMG models, at the age of 97. We anticipated maximalism moving into the mass

Iris Apfel & Maximalism at its Most Magnificent

market the end of 2019, and don’t want you to miss out. MICHAEL MURPHY HOME FURNISHING The outstanding fashion icon that is Iris Apfel celebrated her 97th birthday this week, so we had to dedicate a post to both her personal style and her interior tastes—both of which run along the extremes of refined maximalism. Revered for her quirky dress sense, often adorned with more jewelry than seems possible for one person and sporting her signature thick-frames black glasses, Iris is a statement in herself. However, this love of colour, texture and ornament carries through to the styling found in her New York City apartment. Though it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this woman’s home is interior goals, for she – along with her beloved husband Carl—worked as an interior designer for much of her career, travelling the world for textiles and design. When it comes to inspiration for any home considering a ‘more is more’ outlook, then this woman should be DESTINATION Nevada County


the all-important muse. Has anyone ever looked so at home in such a busy space? And despite the heavily dressed surroundings, everything remains refined and beautiful, full of expression and a love for adventure and fun. “Everybody wants instant everything, nobody wants to wait for anything, so they go and buy ready-made sofas and just throw an apartment together.” Iris Apfel A sweeping generalization? Maybe. But at 97 years young, icon of fashion and design Iris Apfel is number one on the list of people you should be taking style advice from. While she doesn’t have an e-mail address (can you even imagine the bliss?), entrepreneur and tastemaker Apfel is more than happy to share her thoughts on interior design over the phone. As she celebrates the elegance of simplicity in a new creative partnership with global design brand Nude, we asked the outspoken queen of personal style to share her five golden rules for designing a home. 1. Go your own way “First of all, do not follow trends.” 2. Embrace originality “Express yourself, not what your neighbor has. There’s very little creativity left. Everybody copies everybody else. I don’t know whether everybody wants the same or the designers give it to them—I have no idea; I’ve been out of it for too long—but it’s very sad. It used to be that people wanted some individuality, so when you



walk into an apartment you know whose apartment it is.” 3. Buy quality “Buy the best possible quality you can get because furniture is made to last. When you get upholstery, it should be well made so it doesn’t cave in and buy fabrics that are of lasting quality. Quality has deteriorated dreadfully because no new people are coming into the trades and no good people want to apprentice.” 4. And if you can’t afford to, wait “If you can’t afford something it’s better to leave empty space than to have a shoddy piece. When I was designing, I would never buy a piece of furniture for a client that wasn’t perfect for the space. They wouldn’t like it because I made them wait, but they’d be very happy and grateful when we were done.” 5. Become a collector “Your apartment should mirror your personality and it’s better to have a few things that are against the decorating rules (which I don’t think there should be any of anyway) than to have everything so perfect. When people come into my home, they know that I live there. Everything I have is a favorite, everything in my house I love. I’m a collector and I’ve been collecting for years. I never had a coffee table and my grandmother, every time she visited, drove me crazy. Finally, I bought a coffee table I didn’t really like just to take up space and I hated it, and it really cost me more money in the end because I had to get rid of it and buy another one.”



161 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 273-8400

www.evans-furniture.net Hours: Sunday Noon-5 pm Monday - Saturday 10 am-6 pm

*See store for details




Flooring, Tile And And Much MuchMore! More! Flooring, Fireplaces, Fireplaces, Furniture, Tile

CCL L##662222880099

( 53300) ) 227733--55556688 (5 m wwwwww . y. yoouunnggssccaarrppeettoonnee..ccoom 156 DESTINATION Nevada County

((553300)) 227733- -44882222 w ww www..ssi ieerrrraatti m i mbbeer rl ilni nee. c. coomm


1000s of looks. 100s of colors. 25 brands. 1 stylish you. Your Local Style Consultant is just a call or click away.

Schedule your FREE In-Home Consultation today!


BudgetBlinds.com/GrassValley 310 Colfax Avenue • Grass Valley, CA 95945

window fashions

30% off* select Signature Series window coverings *Applies to selected Signature Series® window treatments by Budget Blinds.® Some restrictions may apply. Ask for details. At participating franchises only. Not valid with any other offers, discounts or coupons. Valid for a limited time only. Offer good at initial time of estimate only. ©2015 Budget Blinds, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Budget Blinds is a trademark of Budget Blinds, Inc. and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand. Each franchise independently owned and operated. Contractor’s License SCL#1022794.



Where Tomorrow’s Dreams Become Today’s Solutions



Products Designed to Make Your Living Easier

Vacuums • Security Home Theater & Television Structured Wiring Sound & Speakers Whole House Fans Outdoor Living “Easy Living Solutions” Contact Us DESTINATION Nevada County




Nevada County • Building Today for a Better Tomorrow




By Keoni Allen, Sierra Foothills Construction Company

There are so many great things happening locally it is a bit challenging to keep up with everything. People are discovering what we have known for some time. Western Nevada County, in general, and Grass Valley in particular, is a great place to live and work, raise a family, start a business, help a local non-profit, hike, bike, and like our great high energy, low-stress lifestyle. Possibly the best opportunity of all is to retire and engage in our wide variety of great lifestyle options.

locally, mainly in the economic hub of our community, Grass Valley.

An economist spoke at the ERC’s Economic Development Summit and so accurately stated, “Our future economic health is dependent on our ensuring that we create and grow adequate housing of all types and costs to satisfy the needs of families, young people, and retirees.”

Thirty years and several developers later, Loma Rica Ranch has a final plan with broad public input and support. It’s designed and managed by a first-class, highly experienced developer committed to creating a beautiful addition to Grass Valley with a wide variety of housing types and sizes, built by local craftsmen who will keep the vast majority of the significant investment local.

Any failure to provide housing for any of these groups of citizens will be to our collective detriment. The great news is that we are on the path to providing housing, job opportunities, and art and entertainment options for everyone looking for these things. Here is a glimpse into what is currently happening 162


Possibly the best news and the most significant investment in our community in decades is the start of the site work, grading, utilities, roads, and house pads for the long-awaited Loma Rica Ranch (LRR) development. The public hearings for LRR first started in the early 1990s.

One of the notable features of LRR is a great trail system that will be accessible to everyone to connect our new homes to our existing downtown via walking or biking the beautiful new trails. Providing even more options and a diversity of housing

“Another great coming soon project is the very long-delayed consisting of a mixed-use design of 172 apartment units and commercial and retail space.” choices are the smaller and intimate neighborhoods of Gilded Springs, Berriman Ranch, Timber Wood Estates, and the nearing completion neighborhood of Ridge Village. These projects will help meet our needs for housing for several years to come. Another tremendous “coming soon” project is the longdelayed Dorsey Marketplace, consisting of a mixed-use design of 172 apartment units and commercial/retail space. A recent study identified more than 1000 local teachers, healthcare workers, and first responders needing Dorsey’s local housing project. Two of our great local startup businesses are in the process of expanding their operations again. Zap Manufacturing and Jada Windows have grown into more significant buildings and have become major employers of our local workforce. These businesses deserve our thanks and full support.

The recent completion of the new Center of the Arts performing arts venue is the most prominent. Their venue is world-class and is an excellent example of our extremely healthy local economy and one of our impressive local arts centerpieces. InConcert Sierra has been actively searching for a new home for their performances and music education program for several years. Their successful expansion is another significant advancement in our vibrant performing arts nonprofits, along with Music in the Mountains, The Magic Theater, and numerous other thriving organizations. At least two of our local community support nonprofits are expanding. Gold Country Senior Center and Interfaith Food Ministry plan expansions to their food service operations and support our local neighbors in need. All in all, this is a fantastic period in the evolution of Grass Valley and Western Nevada County. Our local governments, both city and county, are doing a tremendous job of guiding our community forward with an all-important eye on preserving our precious small-town quality of life. It is a delicate balancing act, supported by caring, involved citizens and caring competent leadership from our local elected officials. It is this well-executed balance that makes Western Nevada County such a special place to live.

Another sector of our local economy that is healthy and deserving of our continued support is our amazing nonprofit organizations. We are blessed to have many wellmanaged and successful local non-profits that provided everything from support to some of our neighbors in need to the backbone of our arts and entertainment locally. Several of our non-profits are either planning expansions or have recently completed the process. DESTINATION Nevada County


Thank You for Voting Us BEST Electrician ….AGAIN!

adaveN Since 1986, our full-service construction ytiC company has gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional work in all .CNaspects i ,ofgtheNbuilding ireeprocess. NigNe

(530) 272-2051

Local, friendly, and well established RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL ELECTRICIANS

Contractor License #847688


freschiconstruction.com Grass Valley, CA 95945

gninnalP • gniyevruS• gnireenignE

Nevada City onAssAC werdnA Engineering rennalP dnaL / roy,eI vrnc uS d.naL w w w. n e v a d a c i t ye n g i n e e r i n g. c o m

Engineering • Surveying • Planning

Baker neerGJohn mA illiw Survey Coordinator reenignE liviC Andrew Cassano

Land Surveyor/Land Planner

De an Hoagland r kAB nhoJ Land Surveyor rotanidrooC yevruS Generac Home Standby Generator

(530) 274-3438 • pegv.net

Robert Rourke

Civil Engineer

m o c .g n i r e e n i g n e y t i c a d a v e n .w w w


(530) 265-6911

1196-562 )035( 505 Coyote Street, Suite B Nevada City, CA 95959



B etiuS ,teertS etoyoC 505

our products. According to the Roughs, “They are buying you, your service and support before, during and after the sale.” That couldn’t happen from a person not local, doing business locally. As time went on, many changes happened, such as large box stores coming into nearby communities, and soon there was another call to Shop Locally. I always believed it was arrogant for a business to purposely keep its prices high, but shame people into Shopping Locally. I felt our duty was to keep our prices as competitive as possible and provide a level of service that nobody else could. That would make up any deficit that may exist and couple it with a commitment to the community through the hundreds of ways we have given back to the community that has supported us over all these years.

Shop Local

Means More Now Than Ever Before By Brian O’Brian, Beam Easy Living Center As a business with over 40 years of experience serving Nevada County and surrounding areas, we have seen Shop Local often used and “to shop local” take on many meanings. But as a young salesman on the road in early 1990, I couldn’t have imagined the evolving context I would experience. Let’s turn back the clock; in 1990, I knew where every pay phone was in the three-county area surrounding us. When the company eventually installed a two-way radio in my 1985 Datsun Pickup, I felt I was really special. I can still hear myself saying, “Beam unit 8 to Beam Base.” One day a rep came into our store, and the next thing I knew, I had a cell phone in a bag the size of a lunch box and couldn’t wait to show everyone what I could do. Of course, back then, navigation was still accomplished by a Thomas Bros. Map book velcroed to my thigh (a trick I learned from my pilot buddies), and quite a few years would pass before we used telephones for anything other than a phone call. The call to shop local had nothing to do with this little thing we hadn’t heard of called the internet, and in fact, you had to try pretty hard not to shop local. Shop Local did have significant meaning; however, Mike and June Rough taught me that people didn’t simply buy

That message became the foundation for the many salespeople I trained and remained in concert with Mike and June’s principles from the beginning. The same commitment transcended the expansion of the internet, and now in these Covid times, it has stood the test of time. The call to Shop Local by itself became a dog whistle, a red flag that your prices were high. For this reason, I expanded our marketing line to say, “Shop Local and Save” since it was possible to do both. Fast forward to Spring of 2020, the call to Shop Local was not so much a message to the shopper, but much more of a call for businesses to create an environment where a shopper could truly Shop Local. Companies wanting to survive, preserve jobs, maintain a tax base for the community, and simply keep their doors open needed to make wide-ranging adjustments to their business models. E-Cart product delivery to vehicle and home and take-out options were added by restaurants to ensure existence. Constraints on businesses restricted how they could do business, and we all had to decide how to weather the storm. I consider the businesses that made critical adjustments, especially the employees who sacrificed during the hard times and still came to work to provide essential services, to be the real heroes. Hopefully, as we move towards normalcy, the community will reward these local businesses and remember these heroes. The world has changed a lot from my naive beginnings, but I will never forget the foundational lessons I learned that got us to where we are today: if we want to claim the adage of Shopping Local, we must earn it. Those words mean more than ever with regard to preserving jobs and our community. I hope all consumers will help support our local workforce which will provide a robust community for all of us to enjoy. DESTINATION Nevada County


Nature isn’t a place to visit.


It is

Surround yourself with fresh mountain breezes, natural surroundings and that magical place where the grass is greener. Berriman Ranch in Grass Valley is nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills and features four single- and two-story homes ranging from 1,579 to 2,491 square feet in a quaint 30 homesite community. This charming community is an artful blend of modern lifestyle and nature. Welcome to Berriman Ranch.

HomesByTowne.com | 915-262-8800, Ext. 5



New Construction Homes | Easy Access to Hwy 49

From the $500’s COMMUNITY ADDRESS: 103 Berriman Loop | Grass Valley, CA 95949 Christopher Rockey, CA DRE Broker Lic 01499442






We offer a wide range of construction services, including the construction of new homes from the ground up, additions or remodels to existing homes, commercial buildings, and professional project management for all clients.

Discover the Power of Peace of Mind Whether you are new to the area or just looking for a new perspective, we are here to help. As a trusted financial partner to businesses and families, we’d like to offer you the peace of mind that comes from an objective second opinion. Meyers Investment Group 530-271-3000 meyersinvestmentgroup.com


530.615.4879 CSLB #912169


©2021 Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Member SIPC. MC-634750.

Mertens Insurance Agency

Nothing is Impossible! 715 Zion Street • Nevada City • 95959

(530) 265-0621

https://agents.farmers.com/ca/nevada-city/george-mertens DESTINATION Nevada County


By Mystery Wallis One might wonder what’s happening with The Pioneer Village, which was purchased in 2018 by Wallis Design Studio, hoping to renovate it into a forever home for the Design Studio. According to Robert Wallis, founder of Wallis Design Studio, “We saw lots of potential with Pioneer Village, now named Tin Miner’s Alley, due to its prominent location, high visibility, and great pedestrian access. Tin Miner’s Alley fulfills our desire to have a downtown location that serves the needs of our business as well as providing much-needed housing for our community.” In the fall of 2020, construction was set to start, and it looked like their vision would get closer to being a reality, but then the pandemic struck. According to Wallis, multiple factors have contributed to the slow start, but primarily, the construction budget was much higher than expected. In the fall of 2020, Wallis began revising the plans to increase rental revenue while decreasing construction costs as much as possible. Originally set to be five apartments, Tin Miner’s Alley was redesigned to include a total of 7 apartments, three 2-bedroom, and four 1-bedroom units. Each apartment was reconfigured to be as efficient as possible while maintaining the desired design aspects of natural light, open living space, and a high standard of finish. Wallis rebid the project and found a lot of uncertainty in the construction market because of COVID-19 impacts. These have included labor shortage, unavailability of products, and an escalation in the cost of both. Now, over a year later, Tin Miner’s Village is anticipated to break ground on February 1, 2022, with construction estimated to take nine months. In addition to apartments, the Tin Miner’s Village will include two large commercial spaces that share common restrooms and a breakroom. These spaces are joined by a gallery in which Wallis hopes to invite local artists to display their artwork. 170


When asked about the main aspects of the design, Wallis told a story of flexibility and adaptability, “We have seen the office environment changing with COVID-19, and I wanted to create an environment that can adapt to these changes.” Wallis says he did this with an open office concept that would provide a variety of flexible work areas as well as office amenities that can support those who spend different amounts of time in and out of the office. “Our new office will become a destination for our clients and a collaboration hub with quality resources for our employees and team members alike,” he said. On the topic of the apartments, Wallis spoke of accessibility and refined elegance. The apartment on the first floor is fully accessible, and four of the apartments on the second floor are fully adaptable for different needs with a lift to move between the floors. “While we stayed with a contemporary feel, we designed the apartments to be accessible for everyone, something that historical buildings downtown often are not.” The upper floor also uses shed dormers to bring in natural light and increase the volume of the living space. Wallis says they used stone countertops, tiled restrooms, luxury vinyl floor, and wood cabinetry to make the apartments feel refined. Wallis states there will also be more modern amenities, like a solar power system and car charging stations for residence. Along with this, Wallis says they would like to keep the landscaping architecture consistent with the work the City of Grass Valley has been doing across the street in the Safeway and City parking lot and will incorporate similar drought-resistant plants. Wallis says they are all very excited about the project and cannot wait to see it finished. Throughout the process, Wallis has worked closely with the City of Grass Valley and the Sierra Foothill Construction Team and hopes as part of the entryway into the city, Tin Miner’s Alley makes the Grass Valley and the Nevada County community proud.






geosolve-inc.com Grass Valley, CA


(925) 963-1198

Geoscience Solutions Rather Than 172 Status Quo DESTINATION Nevada County







Trust Experience Grass Valley 530-273-8136 Auburn 530-888-7311 Lincoln 916-645-9692 Yuba County 530-751-9009 Colfax 530-346-6210

www.petersdrilling.com P. O. Box 1546 Grass Valley, CA

“Your One Stop Shop for Water Needs!”





Find Your Perfect Home with the Mortgage to Match

Schan Delle Nettles

Mortgage Advisor NMLS-279239

1721 East Main Street, Suite 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 271-3748 Direct (530) 277-3346 Cell (844) 328-1345 vFax

SchanDelle.Nettles@StanfordLoans.com www.StanfordLoans.com/loan-officer/Schan-Nettles-279239/











By Jon Katis, Chair of the Board, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Doing business in a rural county presents challenges. By definition, an off-the-beaten-path destination, rural counties are often subject to ordinances applied to the large metropolises and cities with dense populations without the facility to achieve a good result. So how do small cities in a rural county function at their highest capacity? Strong leadership partnered by an engaged business sector and the community-at-large. I am proud to Chair the Chamber’s Community Affairs Committee. Years ago, the Chamber formed the Business and Government Committee in response to requests from members to bridge the gap between the County Government and member Businesses. Over the years, this Committee has evolved into what it is today, a group of members who come together each month to examine issues that impact our community at large. For the past few years, the predominant issues addressed by the Board of Directors have been our committee’s focus: Jobs, Housing, Water, and Broadband. The Chamber’s Community Affairs Committee is part of the Business Alliance—a committee comprised of executives from colleague membership organizations that work hand-in-glove to support city and county issues. At our meetings, representatives from our County, State, and Federal offices give updates and timelines on achieving successful outcomes. There have been several significant milestones achieved. In 2014 Nevada County was a thriving Wedding Destination. Due to some issues that arose with two venues, the Board of Supervisors chose to limit the number of Outdoor Events a venue could hold, which negatively impacted this Industry. In 2019 our committee contacted the current Board and the County CEO to ask if they would allow an amendment to the ordinance. Weddings have an enormous economic impact on the community. 178


After working closely for months with County Staff, our committee crafted changes to the Nevada County Outdoor Event Ordinance with careful consideration given to mitigating those issues that spurred the change in 2014. In 2020, we achieved a 5-0 approval from the Supervisorial Board. This change will undoubtedly create job opportunities as we emerge from this Pandemic. In 2013 the Dorsey Marketplace team consulted with the Chamber for input to fine-tune their project. After submitting the project to the City of Grass Valley, some issues arose that made it seem unlikely that the project would happen. Re-presenting two versions of the Dorsey Marketplace project to the city in 2019, the revisions of Plan B were well-considered and addressed the community’s significant housing needs. Chamber and Community Affairs Committee members met with the developer, reviewed Plan B’s elements, and spoke in favor of that version before the Planning Commission and City Council. The project was overwhelmingly approved, and 172 energy-efficient Market Rate apartments will be built. Our most recent success was the approval of the Rincon del Rio Project in the South County. Initially approved in 2004, this upscale Senior Age-in-Place Community set on 225 acres along the Bear River is a unique Continual Care Community. Our committee was impressed with the amendments to the application and saw the Rincon project as a way to free up single-family homes throughout our County as Seniors decide to downsize. Before the Nevada County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, our support and testimony helped get this project across the county finish line. Our efforts continue into 2022. If you are interested in participating in community affairs, I encourage you to join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM. To join us, send your interest to info@grassvalleychamber.com



Worship Centers in Western Nevada County ASSEMBLY OF GOD BETHEL CHURCH 530-273-8475 13010 Hwy. 49, Grass Valley, CA

FOURSQUARE FOOTHILL COMM. CHURCH FOURSQUARE 530-272-8511 16874 Allison Ranch Rd., Grass Valley, CA

LUTHERAN GRACE LUTHERAN 530-273-7043 Ridge Road by NUHS, Grass Valley, CA

BAPTIST BIBLE BELIEVERS BAPTIST 530-272-6210 13005 Rough and Ready Hwy., Rough and Ready, CA

SOLID ROCK FOURSQUARE CHURCH 530-432-1964 11665 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA

PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 530-273-9631 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH OF CEDAR RIDGE 530-273-7857 Colfax Hwy. & Brunswick Dr., Cedar Ridge, CA


METHODIST GRASS VALLEY UNITED METHODIST 530-272-1946 236 S Church St., Grass Valley, CA

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GRASS VALLEY 530-273-7301 1866 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CALVARY BIBLE CHURCH 530-273-1343 11481 CA-174, Grass Valley, CA

NEVADA CITY UNITED METHODIST 530-265-2797 433 Broad St., Nevada City, CA

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH NEVADA CITY 530-265-4711 300 Main St., Nevada City, CA

COMBIE BIBLE CHURCH 530-268-0309 22924 W. Hacienda Dr., Grass Valley, CA

SIERRA PINES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 530-268-6907 22558 W. Hacienda Dr., Grass Valley, CA

NEW COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH 530-274-8516 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CROSSROADS CHURCH 530-268-2539 10050 Wolf Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CATHOLIC ST. CANICE 530-265-2049 317 Washington St., Nevada City, CA

BETHE'L CHURCH 530-273-8475 13010 CA-49, Grass Valley, CA

NAZARENE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 530-273-9218 10220 Hughes Rd., Grass Valley, CA

ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH 530-273-2347 Church & Chapel Streets, Grass Valley, CA CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 530-273-9452 375 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA CHURCH OF CHRIST GRASS VALLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST 530-273-0401 670 Whiting St., Grass Valley, CA EPISCOPAL EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH 530-273-7876 235 S Church St., Grass Valley, CA TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 530-265-8836 Nevada St. & High St., Nevada City, CA



PENN VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH 530-432-1161 11739 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA TWIN CITIES CHURCH 530-273-6425 11726 Rough & Ready Hwy., Grass Valley, CA WHISPERING PINES CHURCH OF GOD 530-273-1722 680 Brighton St., Grass Valley, CA WORD-A-LIVE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 530-432-9155 10528 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA JUDAISM NEVADA COUNTY JEWISH COMM. CENTER 530-477-0922 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley, CA LATTER DAY SAINTS CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS 530-265-4554 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA

PENTECOSTAL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 530-272-6455 1784 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA PRESBYTERIAN SIERRA PRESBYTERIAN 530-265-3291 175 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA QUAKER RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 530-265-3164 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA SALVATION ARMY GRASS VALLEY CORPS 530-274-3500 10725 Alta St., Grass Valley, CA SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST GRASS VALLEY 530-477-5017 12889 Osborn Hill Rd., Grass Valley, CA PENN VALLEY 530-432-2479 17645 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley, CA

Locally Owned Locally Locally Owned Owned and Operated and and Operated Operated

TheUPS UPSStore Store The The UPS Store 111Bank BankStreet Street 111 111 Bank Street Grass Valley,CA CA 95945 Grass Grass Valley, Valley, CA 95945 95945

Phone: (530) (530) 272-6000 272-6000 Phone: Phone: (530) 272-6000 Fax: (530) (530) 272-6999 272-6999 Fax: DESTINATION Nevada County 181 Fax: (530) 272-6999 Email: store5417@theupsstore.com Email: Email:store5417@theupsstore.com store5417@theupsstore.com

Resource D irectory 2022 ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICES H & R Block 135-B W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-4884

Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778

Shinto’s Pet Food Kitchen 120 Joerschke Drive, Ste. 2 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 557-0034

The Chambers Project 627 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 470-3297

Sierra Gold Parks Foundation 10787 E. Empire Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (510) 673-3741



The Louvre Gallery 124 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3733


McSweeney & Associates, APC 350 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5555

Animal Place 17314 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 477-1757

Robertson, Woodford & Summers, LLP 1103 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6468

AnimalSave 520 E. Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7071

Steven Roth, CPA 12282 N. Bloomfield Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-5600 The Scinto Group 404 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3200 ADOPTION AGENCY Stanford Sierra Youth & Families 8912 Volunteer Lane Sacramento, CA 95826 (916) 344-0199 AGRICULTURE Tres Jolie Lavender Farm & Wellness & Pilates Studio 13956 Sierra View Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 (209) 969-9815

CAPE P. O. Box 3032 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (831) 359-1357 Classy Clipper Mobile Dog Grooming 13715 Gold Country Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 786-3753 Dogs Run Free/Off-Leash Dog Park P. O. Box 1688 Condon Park; 660 Minnie Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9268 Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital 11509 La Barr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6651

Nevada County Pets in Need 122 Race Street AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Grass Valley, CA 95945 All Phase Heating & Air (530) 802-3666 Conditioning 731 S. Auburn Street PAWS’itive Pals Dog Training Grass Valley, CA 95945 11099 Rough and Ready Hwy. (530) 274-9955 Grass Valley, CA 95945 ALZHEIMERS-MEMORY CARE Cascades of Grass Valley 415 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8002 182

(530) 615-7297

Sammie’s Friends 14647 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 471-5041


Wallis Design Studio 152 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 264-7010 ART & CULTURE InConcert Sierra P. O. Box 205 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530 ) 273-3990 Miners Foundry Cultural Center 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5040 Music In The Mountains 131 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-6173 Nevada City Film Festival P. O. Box 2001 Nevada City, CA 95959 (916) 548-7716


Ingram•Brady 110 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-1996

Brunswick Village/Pacific Senior Housing 316 Olympia Park Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1992

Law Office of Chuck Farrar 101 W. McKnight Way, Ste. B, #266 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-4862

Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778

Law Office of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste 140 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-7357

Sierra View Manor-Assisted Living Law Office of Joseph J. Bell 120 Dorsey Drive 350 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 250 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4849 (530) 272-7477 ASSOCIATIONS Law Office of Valerie Logsdon Grass Valley Downtown 470 S. Auburn Street, Ste. B Association Grass Valley, CA 95945 125 Neal Street (530) 272-7207 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8315

Nevada County Arts Council P. O. Box 1833 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 278-5155

Lake Wildwood Association 11255 Cottontail Way Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-1152

The Center for the Arts 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8384

Nevada County Association of Realtors 336 Crown Point Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2627

Winton Strauss Law Group 336 Crown Point Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (415) 265-5555 AUTO-GAS STATIONS E. Main St. 76 Gas Station 451 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8738

The Curious Forge 13024 Bitney Springs Road, Bldg. 9 Nevada County Contractors’ Association Nevada City, CA 95959 149 Crown Point Court, Ste. A (530) 277-3319 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1919 ART GALLERY

McKnight Chevron 107 E. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-8815

Art Works Gallery 113 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1600

Riebe’s Auto Parts 126 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4000

Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association P. O. Box 1103 Penn Valley, CA 95946


AUTO-SERVICE & REPAIRS Douglas Automotive 420 Gold Flat Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 802-5278 Douglas Automotive 340 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 802-5278 Foothill Car Care 716 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5712 Les Schwab Tire Center 570 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-2132 Plaza Tire & Auto Service 1571 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1414 AUTO-SERVICE, REPAIRS, BODY WORK Caliber Collision Repair 470 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2271 Tripp’s Auto Body 600 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-8515 AVIATION SERVICES Alpine Aviation 13310 Nevada City Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7701 Nevada County Airport 13083 John Bauer Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3374 AWNINGS Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 BAKERY & CAFÉ Brew Bakers Coffee & Pastry House 209 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7168

BUILDING SUPPLIES & MATERIALS B&C Ace Home & Garden Center 2032 Nevada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6105

Caroline’s Coffee Roasters 128 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6424

Image by Design 452 S. Auburn Street, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-1333

Flour Garden Bakery 999 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2043

Ladybird Aesthetics Day Spa 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. D Byers’ Leafguard Gutter Systems Grass Valley, CA 95949 11773 Slow Poke Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 Lori Jacobi Consulting (530) 272-8272 12561 Nottingham Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 Nevada County Habitat for (650) 576-6589 Humanity ReStore 12359 Loma Rica Drive Reflections Skin Oasis Grass Valley, CA 95945 138 Colfax Avenue, Ste. 2 (530) 274-3761 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9053 BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEMSFIRE AND CCTV Rose Esthetics Beam “Easy Living” Center 116 W. Main Street, Ste. 5A 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (707) 888-8203 (530) 273-5166

BANKS & BANKING ASSOCIATIONS Bank of the West 460 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6777 Banner Bank 115 W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-4286 El Dorado Savings Bank 1751 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6671 River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 530 798-2690 Sierra Central Credit Union 1000 Plaza Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5843 Tri Counties Bank 305 Neal Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-4940 Wells Fargo Bank 214 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4462 Wells Fargo Bank 757 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8195 WestAmerica Bank 375 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-4040 BEAUTY & AESTHETIC SERVICES Blondies 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 112 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8288

BOOK STORE Booktown Books 107 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4655 Christian Science Reading Room 147 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0790 BOOKKEEPING SERVICES Business Matters Partners, Inc. 900 E. Main Street, Ste. 115 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-1666 Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching, Inc. 10126 Alta Sierra Drive, Ste. 103 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 718-9553 BREWERIES 1849 Brewing Co. 468 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 559-9532 Gold Vibe Kombuchary 12615 Charles Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (916) 865-6981 Grass Valley Brewing Co. 141 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2739

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Janice Knight, Knight Line Consulting/YrCoach 101 W. McKnight Way, Ste. B, #266 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 559-5947

CARPET CLEANER Carpet Pro P. O. Box 142 Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5700 CATERING Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering 408 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 401-8462 BackPorch Market 135 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7111 Bill’s Chuckwagon 14881 S. Ponderosa Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-4519 Savor the Flavor BBQ 11505 Bernadine Court Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 748-9285 CEMETERIES Nevada Cemetery District P. O. Box 2400 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-3461

ProBrilliance Leadership Institute 12114 Polaris Drive CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-8000 Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Sierra Commons 128 E. Main Street 792 A Searls Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 273-4667 (530) 265-8443 Nevada City Chamber of Sierra Nevada Destination Services Commerce 128 E. Main Street 132 Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-2399 (530) 265-2692 BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-2690

Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce 17422 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-1802

BUSINESS SERVICES River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-2690

Rough & Ready Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 801 Rough & Ready, CA 95975 (530) 797-6729


South County Chamber of Commerce 10063 Combie Road, Ste. C Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-7622

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217



Truckee Chamber of Commerce 10065 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 587-8808

Twin Cities Church 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6425



Nevada County Gold 14520 Lynshar Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3239

Sierra College 250 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-5302

Waste Management of Nevada County 13083 Grass Valley Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3090



Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. – Business and Career Network 988 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 265-7088

Child Advocates of Nevada County 200 Providence Mine Road, Ste. Beale Military Liason Council 208 P. O. Box 1808 Nevada City, CA 95959 Yuba City, CA 95903 (530) 265-9550 x223 (530) 713-8843 Environmental Alternatives 525 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7120

Big Brothers & Big Sisters 236 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-2059

Sierra Friends Center 13075 Woolman Lane Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 273-3183

Bright Futures for Youth (The Friendship Club & NEO) 200 Litton Drive, Ste. 300 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-4311

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8866 CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES Back to Health Chiropractic 652 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4102 Chiropractic Solutions 120 N. Auburn Street, Ste. #100 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 575-9932 CHURCHES, SPIRITUAL CENTERS

Butterflies and Roses Cancer Support 452 S. Auburn St., Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 368-2920 Charis Youth Center 714 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-9800 Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County 308 Main Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 477-6517

Congregation B’nai Harim at the NCJCC 506 Walsh Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0922

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Inc. 143 B Springhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1122

Peace Lutheran Church 828 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9631

Food Bank of Nevada County 310 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3796



FREED Center for Independent Living 435 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-3333 Interfaith Food Ministry 440 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8132

Quietech Associates, Inc. 541 Sutton Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6680 R&B Computer Services 520 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-1137

Southwest Computers Nevada County Citizens for Choice P. O. Box 1657 Grass Valley, CA 95945 P. O. Box 3525 (530)-435-5161 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 891-1911


Nevada County Coordinating Council of Sierra College Foundation 250 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-0942

Bear Yuba Land Trust P. O. Box 1004 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-5994

Clientworks, Inc. 721 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-0104

Tru-Line Builders 403 Neal Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8282

CONTRACTOR-ELECTRICAL Estey Electric 13706 Banner Lava Cap Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 375-0160 Precision Electric 140 E. McKnight Way, Ste. 2 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 274-3438 CONTRACTOR-SITE DEVELOPMENT Hansen Bros. Enterprises 11727 LaBarr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-3381

Seghezzi Enterprises P. O. Box 1892 Nevada City, CA 95959 South Yuba River Citizens League (530) 913-8189 Nevada County Law Enforcement 313 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 101 Nevada City, CA 95959 CRISIS SERVICES & Fire Protection Council (530) 265 5961 P. O. Box 3265 Anew Day Grass Valley, CA 95945 117 New Mohawk Road, Ste. A CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY (530) 477-0947 Nevada City, CA 95959 Geoship (530) 470-9111 12394 Bitney Springs Road One Source - Empowering Nevada City, CA 95959 Caregivers Community Beyond Violence (206) 963-9649 563 Brunswick Road, Ste. 11 960 McCourtney Road, Ste. E Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 CONTRACTOR-CONSTRUCTION (530) 205-9514 (530) 272-2046 Freschi Construction, Inc. Sierra Harvest 12461 La Barr Meadows Road KARE Crisis Nursery 313 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 201 Grass Valley, CA 95949 15649 Ridge Estates Road Nevada City, CA 95959 530-272-2051 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-2343 (530) 265-0693 Gold Country Roofing Sierra Roots 731 S. Auburn Street Women of Worth Grass Valley, CA 95945 P. O. Box 2086 P. O. Box 213 (530) 477-2760 Nevada City, CA 95959 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 (530) 488-8228 (530) 272-6851 Harding Custom Builders 10282 N. Ponderosa Way Sierra Services for the Blind CUSTOM CABINETRY Rough and Ready, CA 95975 546 Searls Avenue (530) 615-4879 Grande Wood Designs Nevada City, CA 95959 110 Spring Hill Drive, Ste. 19 (530) 265-2121 Sierra Foothills Construction Co. Grass Valley, CA 95945 130 E. Main Street (530) 274-3301 The Center For Non Profit Grass Valley, CA 95945 Leadership (530) 477-5300 DENTAL SERVICES P. O. Box 1227 Nevada City, CA 95959 Cater Galante Orthodontics Top Notch Construction (530) 265-5600 1364 Whispering Pines Lane, Ste. 1 P. O. Box 74 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Rough & Ready, CA 95975 COMPUTERS-CONSULTING, (530) 274-4411 (530) 477-7523 SUPPORT & REPAIRS Grass Valley Dentistry 122 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4814

Grass Valley Periodontics 565 Brunswick Road, Ste. 7 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3312 The Dental Wellness Center 280 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 240 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5060

ENGINEERING-CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES All About Wells 20405 Farrell Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 210-9508


Cranmer Engineering Inc. 1188 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7284

Peter’s Drilling & Pump Service, Inc. P. O. Box 1546 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8136

GeoSolve, Inc. 111 Bank St., Ste. 392 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (925) 963-1198

DRY CLEANER Mercury Cleaners 986 Plaza Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1845 Mercury Cleaners 147 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1845 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Nevada County Economic Resource Council 336 Crown Point Circle, Ste. D Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8455 EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION Nevada County Superintendent of Schools 380 Crown Point Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-6400 Nevada Joint Union High School District 11645 Ridge Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3351 EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 477-7126 Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824 Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center 410 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4725

Willow Springs Lodge 29085 State Hwy. 49 Holdrege & Kull Consulting/NV5 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 615-9055 792 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-1305 FAIRGROUNDS Millennium Planning and Engineering 471 Sutton Way, Ste. 210 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 446-6765 Nevada City Engineering, Inc. 505 Coyote Street, Ste. B Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-6911

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217 FANS-WHOLE HOUSE- SALES AND SERVICE Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166

SCO Planning & Engineering, Inc. 140 Litton Drive, Ste. 240 FENCING-INSTALLATION & Grass Valley, CA 95945 MATERIALS (530) 272-5841 Nevada County Fence, Inc. ENTERTAINMENT 698 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Rewind (530) 272-3489 11713 Mathis Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-9141 FINANCIAL SERVICES & ADVISORS ESTATE PLANNING Apple & Associates New York Life Insurance Company Dean Barda 21837 Junebug Road 565 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672 (530) 272-1345 EVENT VENUE

Adecco 452 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7633

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217

Edward Jones Heather Thorpe 960 McCourtney Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-8570

Express Employment Professionals 870 W. Onstott Frontage Road, Ste. E Yuba City, CA 95991 (530) 671-9202

Nevada County Grass Valley Veterans Building 255 South Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95959 (530) 470-2635

Edward Jones Ryan Meacher 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-9092

Edward Jones Tessa DeVere 908 Taylorville Road, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 477-7702 ESOP Advisors of California John Givens 565 Brunswick Road, Ste. 11 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-8393 Full Circle Financial 260 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-9308

FRATERNAL LODGE ORG. Grass Valley Elks #538 109 S. School Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 575-0373 Grass Valley Odd Fellows Lodge #12 113 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9564 Madison Masonic Lodge #23 126 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8148

Meyers Investment Group of Baird 360 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 200 Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 518 California Hwy. 49 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-3000 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-4920 New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road FRIEND OF THE CHAMBER Grass Valley, CA 95945 Bank of the West (530) 268-3672 460 Brunswick Road Olympia Mortgage & Invest. Co. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6777 1740 E. Main Street, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3030

Brunswick Village Senior Living 316 Olympia Park Circle Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc. Grass Valley, CA 95945 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 200 (530) 274-1992 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Cirino’s at Main Street (530) 273-4425 215 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Owens Estate and Wealth (530) 477-6000 Strategies 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 110 Crystal Ridge Care Center Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7500 396 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 Pioneer Community Energy (530) 272-2273 2510 Warren Dr., Ste. B Rocklin, CA 95677 Eskaton Village (916) 758-8944 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 Wealth Strategies (530) 273-1778 134 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Gold Miners Inn (800) 603-1393 121 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 FLOOR MATS-SALES, CLEANING (530) 477-1700 Standing Impressions 10246 Kenwood Drive Grande Wood Designs Grass Valley, CA 95949 12802 Loma Rica Drive (530) 559-8250 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301 FLORISTS Intero Real Estate Services Foothill Flowers 170 East Main Street 102 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-0111 (530) 273-2296 DESTINATION Nevada County


Mertens Insurance Agency 715 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0621

Freschi Construction, Inc. 12461 La Barr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-2051

South Yuba Club 130 W. Berryhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7676

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital 155 Glasson Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-6000

Network Real Estate 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8885

GOLF COUNTRY CLUB Alta Sierra Country Club 11897 Tammy Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-2041

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Hospice of the Foothills 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5739

The Key Hypnotism Learning Center 15297 Colfax Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 802-3536

Nevada County Country Club 1040 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6436

Hospitality House 1262 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7144


Neighborhood Center of the Arts 200 Litton Drive, Ste. 212 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7287

Nevada County Arts Council P. O. Box 1833 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 278-5155 Nevada County Habitat for Humanity ReStore 12359 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3761 Plaza Tire & Auto Service 1571 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1414 Sierra Nevada Destination Services 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-2399 Sierra Theaters 840-C E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1100 Stanford Mortgage 1721 East Main Street, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7000 The Union 464 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9561 FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Angels Mortuary & Crematory 250 Race Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-2446 Hooper & Weaver Mortuary 459 Hollow Way Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2429

Megan Dahle, Assemblywoman 1315 Tenth Street, Ste. 4208 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 319-2001 Nevada County Board of Supervisors 950 Maidu Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-1480 GRAPHIC DESIGN IndiVisual Designs 101 Spree Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-3683 Tara Winkler Graphics 167 Lucas Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (319) 321-6701 GROCERY STORE-SPECIALTY BackPorch Market 135 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7111 BriarPatch Food Co-op 290 Sierra College Drive, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5333 SPD Market & Delicatessen 129 W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5000



Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166

Gold Country Gymnastics 900 Golden Gate Terrace Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3680



Western Sierra Medical Clinic 844 Old Tunnel Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9762

Young’s Carpet One 330 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5568 HOME HEALTH CARE Comfort Keepers 908 Taylorville Road, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 274-8600 Pawnie’s Home Care 10042 Wolf Road, Ste. C Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 368-7475

HISTORIC PRESERVATION California Heritage Indigenous Research Project P. O. Box 2624 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 570-0846

Rondha’s After Care 113 Presley Way, Ste. 9 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-1353

Nevada County Historical Society 161 Nevada City Hwy. Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 477-8056

Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822

Sierra Services for the Blind 546 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2121

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-8793


United Way of Nevada County P. O. Box 2733 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8111

HOME DÉCOR Evans Furniture Galleries 161 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8400

Pride Industries 12451 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1832

Vitalant, formerly BloodSource 759 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (916) 588-6051 HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS

Budget Blinds of Grass Valley 310 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1122

Chapa-De Indian Health 1350 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8545

Floortex Design/Abbey Floors of Auburn 1775 Grass Valley Hwy. Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 888-8889

Healing Light Hypnotherapy P. O. Box 274 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-8048

Flop House Creations 12640 Greenfields Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 906-3668

Living Waters 1097 E. Main Street, Ste. F Grass Valley CA 95949 (530) 274-9738

Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822

Sierra Family Medical Clinic, Inc. 345 Crowne Point Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 292-3478

The Sleep Shop-Auburn-Grass Valley 410 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7099


Culture Shock Yogurt 851 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3444 INDIVIDUAL Cathy Whittlesey Grass Valley, CA 95945 Dan Miller, Supervisor District 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 David Jones Grass Valley, CA 95945 Georgann Russell Nevada City, CA 95959 Gil Mathew Grass Valley, CA 95945 Jon Katis Grass Valley, CA 95945 Kathleen Shaffer Grass Valley, CA 95945 Laura Quaintance Grass Valley, CA 95945 Marty & Kathleen Lombardi Grass Valley, CA 95945 Maudie Walker Grass Valley, CA 95945

Susan A. Rice Grass Valley, CA 95949 Wendy and Andy Scheck Grass Valley, CA 95945 INSURANCE SERVICES AAA / California State Auto Association 113 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2614 Brian Hollister-State Farm Insurance 675 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3802



Eric Breuer Designs 18354 Raccoon Trail Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2547

Yuba Lock & Safe, Inc. 1251 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6000 www.yubalock.com

Stephanie’s Custom Interiors P. O. Box 3154 Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-205-9509 INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER Smarter Broadband 15533 Johnson Place Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 268-8289 JEWELERS

Chuck Hemmert-State Farm Insurance 375 Brunswick Road, Ste. 204 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2224

Stucki Jewelers, Inc. 148 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1266

Mertens Insurance Agency 715 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0621

Grande Wood Designs 12802 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301


Mike Bratton-State Farm Insurance KITCHENWARE 768 Taylorville Road, Ste. A Tess’ Kitchen Store Grass Valley, CA 95945 115 Mill Street (530) 273-0521 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6997 New York Life Insurance Company Tom L. Cox LANDSCAPE DESIGN 21837 Junebug Road Living Outdoors Grass Valley, CA 95945 P. O. Box 1921 (530) 268-3672 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9607 Noble Guardian Insurance Solutions LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Lacey Elliott P. O. Box 3220 Hansen Bros Enterprises Colfax Grass Valley, CA 95945 44 Central Street (530) 272-9000 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 346-8174

Pickern Insurance Agency-Allstate 426 Sutton Way, Ste.116 LEGAL SERVICES Grass Valley, CA 95945 LegalShield (530) 273-2292 P. O. Box 775 Englewood, FL 34275 Sierra Gold Insurance Services 101 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 205 (941) 662-9513 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-1250

The Halby Group 105 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 102 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2400

LIFE INSURANCE AND ANNUITIES New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672

LODGING-B&BS Elam Biggs Bed & Breakfast 220 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0906 LODGING-HOTELS & INNS Best Western Gold Country Inn 972 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1393 Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1700 Grass Valley Courtyard Suites 210 N. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7696 Harmony Ridge Lodge 18883 State Hwy. 20 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-0615 Holbrooke Hotel 212 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-4078 Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824 Sierra Mountain Inn 816 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8133 The Buttes Resort 230 Main Street Sierra City, CA 96125 (530) 862-1170

Willow Springs Lodge 29085 State Hwy. 49 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 615-9055 LODGING-VACATION RENTALS A Victorian Rose 120 Winchester Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (925) 825-6462 Stevenson Vacation Rental 17239 Brewer Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 613-7350 MANUFACTURING Applied Science, Inc. 983 Golden Gate Terrace Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8299 Surface Systems & Instruments 1845 Industrial Drive Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 885-1482 MANUFACTURINGMETEOROLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Grass Valley Outpatient Surgery Center 408 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2282 MEDICAL TRANSPORT AirMedCare Network CALSTAR Reach P. O. Box 162 Colfax, CA 95713 (530) 648-6455 MINING ENGINEERING Rise Gold Corp. 333 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 215 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (916) 573-1526 MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT Castle Companies, Inc. 12885 Alcosta Blvd., Ste. A San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 876-1656 Dorsey Marketplace 3005 Douglas Boulevard, Ste. 200 Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 774-0308

Novalynx Corporation P. O. Box 240 431 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 120 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 823-7185


Costa Creative Services 320 Rhode Island Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (760) 782-7345


Forest Springs Mobile Home Community 10084 Forest Springs Drive Grass Valley, CA 5949 MARKETING & MEDIA SERVICES (530) 273-5954

Good As Gold Media Service 2036 Nevada City Hwy., Ste. 160 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3100 Golden Poppy Marketing P. O. Box 3291 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 955-5967

The National Exchange Hotel 211 Broad Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 362-7605

MEDICAL SERVICES Dignity Health Medical Group 280 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 120 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-4480

The Pines Motel 10845 Rough & Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4232

Garrett M. Eckerling, MD 130 West Berryhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9538

Evergreen Home Loans 10142 Commercial Avenue Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 271-1850 Finance of America Mortgage 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 104 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 745-6360 Home Heroes Lending Inc. 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-8383 or 613-8423 Hometown Lenders, Inc. 970 E. Main Street, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4108 J and J Mortgage 908 Taylorville Road, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 264-6638 DESTINATION Nevada County


Nevada County Mortgage 140 Litton Drive, Ste. 208 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-0916

NEW HOME BUILDER Towne Realty 11060 White Rock Road, Ste. 150 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 782-2424

Northern California Mortgage Co. 113 Presley Way, Ste. 6 NONPROFIT-FOUNDATION Grass Valley, CA 95945 Nevada County Fairgrounds (530) 271-5500 Foundation 11228 McCourtney Road Northern California MortgageGrass Valley, CA 95949 Glendora Andrews (530) 273-6217 113 Presley Way, Ste. 6 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (530) 575-9937 Foundation P. O. Box 1810 PRMI-The Verger Group Grass Valley, CA 95945 231 E. Main Street, Ste. A (530) 477-9700 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 713-2296 NURSERIES Stanford Mortgage Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden 1721 E. Main Street, Ste. 1 Supply Grass Valley, CA 95945 125 Clydesdale Court (530) 477-7000 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4769 MOVERS Weiss Bros. Nursery Ernie’s Van and Storage 615 Maltman Drive 185 Spring Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3875 (530) 273-7836 Auburn Moving Company 8845 Washington Blvd., Ste. 160 Roseville, CA 95678 (530) 273-8684 MUSEUM Grass Valley Museum 410 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5509 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 5 Kidder Court Nevada City, CA 95959 ​(530) 470-0902 North Star Mining Museum 933 Allison Ranch Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4255 The Historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum​ 214 Main Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-3937 Underground Gold Miners Museum 356 Main Street Alleghany, CA 95910 (530) 287-3330 188

OFFICE SUPPLY Staples #1097 646 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6700 Williams Stationery 112 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7365 OPTICAL-OPTOMETRISTS, OPTICIANS Chan Family Optometry 360 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3190 Eye to Eye Optometric Practice 154 Hughes Road, Ste. 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2238

The UPS Store 111 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6000 PAINT & GLASS Moule Paint & Glass 700 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4643 PARTNER OF THE CHAMBER Atria Senior Living 150 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1055 Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 State Farm - Mike Bratton 768 Taylorville Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-0521 PARTY RENTAL & SUPPLIES

Nevada County Republican Women Federated Gold Country Compounding 11990 Heritage Oak Place, Ste. 2C P. O. Box 3572 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 798-3230 (530) 368-2103 PHOTOGRAPHY Kial James Photography + Design 11450 Marjon Drive Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-9982 Kim Sayre Photography 131 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 269-9490 Wild Places Photography (530) 263-8068 Winding Road Imagery P. O. Box 957 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 (530) 913-6045 PHYSICAL THERAPY

SRC Party Rentals & Supplies 691 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2266

Body Logic Physical Therapy 155 Spring Hill Drive, Ste. 206 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7306



Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822

ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Air 699 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-9120

PERSONAL SAFETY CONSULTING Damsel in Defense 25397 Pineview Drive Colfax, CA 95713 (916) 747-4559 PEST CONTROL Economy Pest Control, Inc. P. O. Box 900 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1766

Foothill Pest Control Grass Valley Eyecare Optometric Inc. 111 Bank Street, #411 998 Plaza Drive, W. Olympia Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-4806 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6000 PETROLEUM, LOGGING, TRUCKING PACKING SERVICES-MAIL Robinson Enterprises, Inc. TC Mailbox Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Road 10126 Alta Sierra Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 265-5844 (530) 322-5888



Comfort Plumbing Systems 146 Scandling Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 470-8761 Craig Johnson Plumbing 10841 Rough & Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-7275 POLITICAL COMMITTEE League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County P. O. Box 1306 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-0956 Nevada County Republican Central Committee P. O. Box 403 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-1467

PRINTERS Country Copy Print Shop 1200 E. Main Street, Ste. B Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4657 House of Print and Copy, LLC 1501 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1000 Real Graphic Source 749 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8835 PRINTING EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Smile Business Products 4525 Auburn Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95841 (916) 481-7695 PROPANE Northern Sierra Propane 13121 John Bauer Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7854 Suburban Propane 12575 Charles Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6113 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Barrett Property Management P. O. Box 85 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 362-7072 Collins Property Management 116 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-0625 Paul Law Realty/ Management 1721 E. Main Street, Ste. 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-7653 Mountain Valley Property Management 404 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1631

Select Property Management 22937 W. Hacienda Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-4409 PROSTHETICS-ORTHOTICS Sierra Prosthetics-Orthotics 138 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1004 PUBLISHER-MAGAZINE API-Marketing Merrill Kagan-Weston 13020 Earhart Avenue Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 885-9674 Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Destination Nevada County 128 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4667 Maxwell Publishing 101 W. McKnight Way, Ste. B-118 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 446-3116 Nevada County Gold 14520 Lynshar Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3239 PUBLISHER-NEWSPAPER The Union 464 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9561 RADIO STATIONS KNCO AM & FM Nevada County Broadcasters 1255 E. Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3424 KVMR FM Community Radio 120 Bridge Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9073 REAL ESTATE-ASSOCIATE

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty Cheryl Berg 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-7992

RE/Max Gold Lindsay Weills 773-B Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 575-0663

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty James Myers 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-1336

Sperry CGA-Highland Commercial 11300 Willow Valley Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-1740

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Diane Helms 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 271-1669

RE/Max Gold Pam Auld 773-B Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 906-7733

Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty Chad Lyon 855 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7293

RECREATION Tributary Whitewater Tours P. O. Box 1160 Lotus, CA 95651 (800) 672-3846

RE/Max Gold Rebecca Franks 773-B Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 913-5323

Intero Real Estate Services John & Edie Miller 170 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-0111


Sam Fish Sells Samantha Fish 21602 Cascade Crossing Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 906-1871

Margaretich Team-Sereno Real Estate Mary Margaretich 2428 Nevada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-4466

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Jayna Deltessandoro 10063 Combie Road Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 320-0504 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty John & Neva Walasek 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-8763 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Sabrina Robinson 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-1336 Network Real Estate Erin Sorani 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 277-8373 Network Real Estate Greg Ward 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-3850 Network Real Estate Julie Sedillo 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 557-5461 Network Real Estate Robin Webster 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 457-5007

Ballou Company Suzanne Bartow Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-3338

Nevada County Realty Teresa Dietrich 470 S. Auburn Street, Ste. E Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 362-6806

Barrett & Associates John Boyer P. O. Box 85 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 798-9248

RE/Max Gold Debbie DeJesus 114 East Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-7295

Team Simmons Mimi Simmons 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-7940

HBE Rentals 11727 LaBarr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-3100 Rental Guys 302 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0064 RESPITE CARE

Network Real Estate Kathy Papola 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8885

Helping Hands Caregiver Respite Center-ADULT Daycare Program 17645 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432 2540

Appreciated Real Estate Jonathan Walker 684 Morgan Ranch Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-1880

Nevada County Realty Dave & Debra Schafer 470 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3838

One Source - Empowering Caregivers 563 Brunswick Road, Ste. 11 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9514

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty James Myers 133 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5330

Paul Law Realty Dick Law 1721 E. Main Street, Ste. 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-7653


CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty James Myers 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 652-2884

RE/Max Gold Cheryl Rellstab 101 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2727


CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Select James Myers 11360 Pleasant Valley Road Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5444 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Select James Myers 10063 Combie Road Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-2250

RE/Max Gold Teresia & John Renwick 776 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 682-2000 REAL ESTATE-COMMERCIAL SALES & LEASING Pacific Land Enterprises, Inc. 130 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9262

Alloro Cucina Italiana Ristorante 124 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3555 Cirino’s at Main Street 215 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6000 Diegos Restaurant 217 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1460 El Milagro Mexican Restaurant 760 S. Auburn Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 802-5229 Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Bar 111 N. Pine Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9093 DESTINATION Nevada County


Golden Gate Saloon 212 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-4078

Bret Harte Retirement Inn 305 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7137

The Iron Door 212 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-4078

Brunswick Village/Pacific Senior Housing 316 Olympia Park Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1992

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant 226 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2040 Marshall’s Pasties 203 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2844 MeZe Eatery 106 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 383-2382 Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824 Old Town Cafe 110 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4303 One 11 Kitchen & Bar 300 Commercial Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-6099 Port of Subs 873 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2660 Roost 141 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 575-8742 The Willo 16898 State Highway 49 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9902 Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro 302 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1468 RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITY Atria Senior Living 150 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1055 190

Crystal Ridge Care Center 396 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2273 Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778 Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab Center 121 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1316



Gold Country Senior Services, Inc. P. O. Box 968 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4541

6040 Group 12723 Madrone Forest Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-6045


Gold Country Welcome Club P. O. Box 3057 Grass Valley, CA 95945

Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778 SEPTIC SERVICES Merrill & Sons 12619 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4605 SERVICE CLUBS Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country P. O. Box 721 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7515

Nevada County BNI Business Builders Meeting at Holbrooke Hotel Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-4466

Grande Wood Designs 12802 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301 Grass Valley Provisions 110 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-1996 Heart and Home 129 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0506

Jingletown Christmas Trees Nevada County Horsemen, Inc. 292 Olympia Park Circle 2036 Nevada City Hwy., PMB #286 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 680-3532 (530) 887-8870 Roamin’ Angels Car Club P. O. Box 1616 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-8449

Hilltop Commons Senior Community 131 Eureka Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5274

M3 Mall 435½ S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-8462


Yuba River Charter School 10085 Adam Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6060

ZAP Manufacturing, Inc. 12086 Charles Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8855

Foothill Mercantile 121 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8304

La Te Da 138 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1930

Satellite Spirits 13344 Grass Valley Avenue California Solar Electric Company Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 559-1480 149 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Sears Hometown Store Sierra View Manor-Assisted Living Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary (530) 274-3671 101 W. McKnight Way 129 Idaho Maryland Road 120 Dorsey Drive DC Solar Electric Grass Valley, CA 95949 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 12888 Spenceville Road (530) 346-9612 (530) 273-9511 (530) 273-4849 Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-8114 Newcomers of Nevada County Wolf Creek Care Center V’TAE Parfum & Body Care 10716 Arianna Court 107 Catherine Lane 12150 Lower Circle Road Sustainable Energy Group Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 Grass Valley, CA 95945 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 320 (530) 273-4447 No phone listed (800) 643-3011 Grass Valley, CA 95945 RETIREMENT PLANNING Rotary Club of Grass Valley 1558 (530) 273-4422 Yuba Blue, Inc. New York Life Insurance Company P. O. Box 1213 116 Mill Street SPECIALTY RETAIL 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 All Season Awards (530) 362-6909 530) 273-9620 (530) 268-3672 102 A Argall Way Nevada City, CA 95959 Soroptimist International of STORAGE ROOFING (530) 274-8808 Grass Valley MEC Builds, Inc. P. O. Box 663 Alta Sierra Self Storage Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames 316 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 15918 Little Valley Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 598 Sutton Way (530) 272-3895 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 210-8206 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2071 (530) 273-1348 SIGN MANUFACTURING SCHOOLS Grass Valley Self Storage Grass Valley Sign Dave the Wine Merchant Bear River High School 946 Golden Gate Terrace 13321 Grass Valley Avenue 102 W. Main Street 11130 Magnolia Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-6464 (530) 477-7446 (866) 746-7293 (530) 268-3700


Spring Hill Storage 150 Spring Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7867

STOVES-WOOD, GAS, COAL AND PELLET Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 TAX PREPARATION/ RESOLUTION Patterson’s Tax Practice 312 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4872 TELECOMMUNICATIONSSALES & SERVICE Absolute Communication Solutions 175 Joerschke Drive, Ste. S Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-0332

THEATER-CINEMAS Sierra Theaters 840-C E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1100

Yuba Forest Restoration 11597 Bourbon Hill Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 615-8637

THEATER-LIVE Community Asian Theater P. O. Box 1266 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6362

Pacific Gas & Electric 3301 Industrial Avenue Rocklin, CA 95765 (916) 531-0230

Sierra Stages P. O. Box 709 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 346-3210 TITLE COMPANIES Placer Title Company 380 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1382 TOURIST ATTRACTION

Comcast Business Telecommunications Dylan Boyer 1242 National Drive Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 817-9284

Crystal Hermitage at Ananda Village 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-7503

Telcom Data, LLC 598 Garden Highway, Ste. 18 Yuba City, CA 95991 (530)674-2590

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217

TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES Valley Yellow Pages 1850 N. Gateway Blvd. Fresno, CA 93727 (800) 350-8887 TELEVISION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT- SALES AND SERVICE Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166

Sierra Rose Alpacas 15895 Greenhorn Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1218 TOWING Advanced Towing and Transport 319 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5400

VACUUM CLEANERS-PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE-SERVICE AND SUPPLIES Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 VETERANS ASSOCIATION American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130 P. O. Box 918 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1716 Frank Gallino American Legion Post #130 P. O. Box 1113 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 575-7002

Mountain Event Productions 12626 Dobbins Drive Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 272-6293

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-8793

Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICES Nevada City, CA 95959 Waste Management of Nevada Co. (530) 265-5824 13083 Grass Valley Avenue Schrammsberg Estate Grass Valley, CA 95945 242 Gold Flat Road (530) 274-3090 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-5569 WASTE REMOVAL Ben’s ZapHaul P. O. Box 567 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 428-5530 WATER DISTRIBUTION

WINERY & TASTING ROOM Cork 49 142 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 277-8524

River Rats E.R.S 880 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-3879

Fawnridge Wine 10024 Linnet Lane Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 906-7239


Lucchesi Vineyards 128 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4222

Amy Halter Designs 15341 Birch Meadows Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (267)221-9839

Nevada County All Veterans Stand Down P. O. Box 564 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1716


Mountain Ranch Winery 14364 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (209) 747-7733

Ananda Church 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-7503

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9463

Welcome Home Vets 225 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3300

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-6217

Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery 124 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8282

Fischer’s Towing 647 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3180

TELEVISION SERVICES Don Adams Antenna Satellite Services 155 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3709

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Paratransit Services/Gold Country Lift 900 Whispering Pines Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1225


TREE SERVICE S & S Tree Service P. O. Box 552 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 263-8569

Nevada County Media Center 104 New Mohawk Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 272-8862







Cell (530) 913-9879 • (530) 271-3815 • KathyPapola@gmail.com • DRE #00498457 www.papola.com • www.network-realestate.com • 167 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, CA 95945

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.