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There is nothing like this race anywhere. It’s one of the reasons it has had the longevity, endurance.

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Unemployment rates rise in county, 18 states

— Duane Strawser Read more on Page C1

NEWS BRIEFS BY CHRISTOPHER ROSACKER Staff Writer AND CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer

■ Oregon company recalls

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The company says people with a soy allergy or severe sensitivity run the risk of a serious reaction if they consume such a product. No illnesses have been reported. The beans were distributed in Oregon, Washington and Northern California through retail stores between Dec. 1, 2011, and June 15, 2012. The cans carry a “best by” date of 7/18/14. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (503) 362-3674, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.PST, Monday through Friday.

■ Chowchilla ‘busnapper’

wins release from prison SAN FRANCISCO — One of three men who kidnapped and hid a busload of California schoolchildren in a 1970s ransom attempt has gained his freedom after 34 years in prison. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Friday that it would release Richard Schoenfeld later this month after the state Supreme Court refused to review his parole case. An appeals court earlier this year ordered his release after ruling the Board of Parole Hearings unfairly set his release date for 2021 even though it concluded he wasn’t a threat to society. Schoenfeld and two other men each pleaded guilty in 1977 to burying 26 children and driver in a truck underground. The hostages escaped without serious injuries. — Associated Press

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SALEM, Ore. — Truitt Bros. of Salem, Ore., is voluntary recalling 15-ounce cans of Premium Navy Beans because they may contain undeclared soy.

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CLASSIC INSIDE

BY CHRISTOPHER ROSACKER Staff Writer

or scores of the country’s top cyclists, the 52nd annual Nevada City Classic represents the second-oldest race in the United States — a grueling competition with a winding route up and down the historic downtown’s hilly roads. For the businesses of Nevada City, the event is all about exposure and name recognition for the small Gold Rush town, said coordinator and soonto-be town mayor Duane Strawser.

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For more on the Nevada City Classic, see today’s Sports section, page B4. “The Nevada City bike race has gained more national publicity than any event we’ve ever had,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey. “We’re known throughout the U.S. for this race.” With other events this Father’s Day weekend, including the 37th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival

and the Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby, hotels and other amenities in the area are booked for the weekend. Both Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western had no rooms available as of Friday. While restaurants and shops see some influx over the weekend, Whittlesey said the real benefit of the race trickles into Nevada City throughout the year. “It’s sometimes hard for people to see the big picture of what it does for See CLASSIC A10

The unemployment rate in Nevada County rose in May, along with 18 U.S. states, the most in nine months. Increasing unemployment in more than a third of U.S. states is the latest evidence of a weaker job market. Between April and May, Nevada County employment fell by 210 positions in May or 0.7 percent, ending the month-over period with 27,950 jobs, which put the county’s unemployment rate at 9.7 percent – up from 9.5 percent in April, according to the Employment Development Department. Two industries contributed to May’s local decline, together cutting back 460 jobs. Leisure and hospitality Read more on the Web at reported a higher-than-average seasonal decline — down 450 jobs compared to an average 100-job decline — and accounted for most of the month’s loss. “On average, the leisure and hospitality does drop this time of year,” said Diane Patterson, a labor market analyst who attributed the annual sector decline to the ski industry’s transition into warmer weather. The private education and health sectors also cut 10 Nevada County jobs. Nationwide, the Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in only 14 states. That’s fewer than the previous month, when rates fell in 37 states. Rates were unchanged in 18 states. Nationally, the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in almost a year. Employers added only 69,000 jobs, the fewest in 12 months. Still, 27 states added jobs in May. California See UNEMPLOYMENT A8

HEART OF GOLD COUNTRY

Samaritan ‘caring and kind’ BY BRIAN HAMILTON Staff Writer

Judy Rath admits she wasn’t the most pleasant person answering the door just after 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning, which was certainly noticeable to the young woman at the stoop. But any angst suddenly subsided when Savannah Bandy started to speak. “This isn’t going to make me look good, but I think I said

THE HEART OF GOLD COUNTRY The Union’s “The Heart of Gold Country” series seeks to spotlight members of western Nevada County who make this community such a great place to live, work and play. If you know someone who you feel deserves to be featured, contact City Editor Brian Hamilton via email at bhamilton@ theunion.com or by phone at (530) 477-4249.

‘What!?’ when I answered the door,” Judy said. “And she said there is a 91-year-old woman wandering around out here in her pajamas.” As she was delivering The Union to doorsteps throughout the Forest Springs Mobile Home Community, Savannah drove past a woman walking down a street. She figured it might just be See BANDY A10

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Savannah Bandy, who delivers The Union, stopped while on her route to help a disoriented elderly woman.

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VOLUME 147 ISSUE 201

BY LIZ KELLAR Staff Writer

A South County man has taken a plea agreement in two cases where he fought with law enforcement, sending several officers to the hospital in one of the incidents. In Nevada County Superior Court Thursday, Montel Telbert James pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer and to disobeying a restraining order in the first case. Those charges stemmed from an April 16 arrest. He had

knocked on a woman's door in violation of a restraining order, then resisted arrest and started running, fightMontel James ing with a Nevada County Sheriff ’s deputy before taking off again. He was eventually arrested after being threatened with a Taser. James, 20, pleaded no contest to battery on a custodial See JAMES A8

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