Nevada County CA’s booming arts and culture scene

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder reading his poetry at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this spring.

From the summer issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

California is world renowned for its arts and culture — from Hollywood, the Getty Museum and Walt Disney Concert Hall in the south to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, the Mondavi Center and Crocker Art Museum in the north.

Our region, though smaller than a big city on the coast, is gaining more visibility as well. We are drawing world-class musicians — Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Joshua Bell and Randy Newman, to name a few — thanks to The Center for the Arts, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountain and others.

Our community theater groups, including Sierra Stages and Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, are winning prestigious Sacramento Regional Theater Alliance awards for their productions. Nevada County Arts also is making its mark on the local arts and culture scene, sponsoring arts festivals and open studio tours in Grass Valley and Truckee.

In addition, famous local artists — from poet Gary Snyder in Nevada County to sculptor Douglas Van Howd in Placer County — are winning more acclaim. Van Howd just unveiled a new 8-foot-tall bronze statue of Ronald Reagan at the State Capitol. Snyder, whose home on the San Juan Ridge is Kitkitdizze, has a new collection of poems, This Present Moment: New Poems, and he has been reading them at gatherings throughout the state.

Our local arts groups also are collaborating with others to secure more arts funding. This spring, arts leaders convened in Sacramento to honor legislative “arts champions,” who have been advocates for increasing funding to the California Arts Council. Julie Baker, executive director of The Center for the Arts, presented one of the awards to state Senator Jim Nielsen. In May, Governor Jerry Brown’s budget provided the California Arts Council with $8.3 million, the biggest permanent increase in over a decade.

“A Mountain Figure”

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder and Governor Jerry Brown have a long-time friendship. In the ‘70s and ’80s, Brown, then the governor of California the first time, came to Kitkitdizze to meditate. (“He’s a mountain figure,” Snyder told The New Yorker. “A kind of tattered, workingman’s Buddha. He’s always been one of my allies.”)

In 1975, Brown appointed Snyder the first chairman of a new artist-run state arts commission known as the California Arts Council.

(Photo: Brian Cahn/ZUMA Wire)

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GV Council to discuss whether to regulate medical marijuana cultivation

This is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council:

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Nevada County Tea Party wants to “adopt a school” but can’t spell “constitution”

The Nevada County Tea Party Patriots are seeking volunteers for an “Adopt a School” program for the 2015-16 school year, according to its website. It involves being a “co-ordinator for the Pocket Constition [sic] and the Constituional [sic] Quest to get them to schools at the same time.”

It also calls for putting “NCTP stickers on the back of the Pocket Constituions [sic] and to “update and/or create an Excel spreadsheet of every school in the county, including a spreadsheet on the teachers in each school.” Here’s a screen grab of the post:

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Sierra Nevada Energy Watch customer testimonials

“Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is implemented by the Sierra Business Council. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission.”

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Selective hearing of gun violence

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Auburn Journal gets it wrong on Lowell Fire on Page 1

The Auburn Journal erroneously reported “Lowell Fire chars 4,000 acres near Alta” on its front page. I guess it didn’t get the memo that the fire had been downgraded in size in time for its print deadline.

There’s an art to writing headlines in “real-time” news, and this isn’t an example of that.

“The internet is changing how we communicate” and reshaping our local media landscape. The best real-time reporting is not coming from the local “legacy” print media: it’s coming from internet-only YubaNet and social media.

YubaNet also benefits from having a skilled journalist at the helm. By contrast, our legacy media suffers from a lot of turnover. Our small communities often underestimate the value of experience and know-how. In the real world, it’s “what you know, not who you know.” Our newspaper management needs to spend more time training their staffs than hobnobbing. In the end, it would help their “bottom line.”


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Lowell Fire has burned 1,700 acres; could be contained by August 1

The Lowell Fire has burned 1,700 acres and is 20 percent contained, CalFire is reporting this morning. CalFire estimates it could contain the wildfire by August 1.

The fire threatens 1,800 structures in Nevada and Placer counties. Some 1,424 firefighters are on the scene.

“The fire continued to increase activity as the day progressed with terrain driven runs in the afternoon to evening,” CalFire is reporting. “The fire has the potential to continue to move upslope until the downslope/canyon winds develop later tonight. The wind pattern combined with the lower temperatures and slight humidity recovery will keep the fire spread limited. Access to fire is very challenging, but hundreds of firefighters are actively battling the fire in the air and on the ground.”

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Red Dog Rd. east of Greenhorn Creek, You Bet Road East of Greenhorn Creek, Chalk Bluff and Lowell Hill Roads.

An evacuation advisory is in place for the Cascade Shores community.

An evacuation center has been opened at the Nevada Union High School, located at 11671 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.

Road Closures: Soft road closures are in place at:

SR-20 at Lowell Hill, I-80 at Dutch Flat Exit 139
I-80 at Secret Town Exit 149
Chicago Park at Powerhouse Road, Diggins at Alta and Mando Rd. between Pasquale and Banner

Investigators are no longer looking for the vehicle of interest and appreciate all of the tips from the public.

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