From the Chamber:
Hi All – Ballots have been counted and the newly elected Board members are as follows:
Tom Coleman (Incumbent) – National Hotel
Barbara Tanner – Associate Member
Dave Francis – Las Katarina’s
Corey Bristow – Café Mekka
Valerie Moberg – Broad Street Inn
Melinda Solis- Day – Nevada City Self Storage
Robert Smith – 5-Mile House
Directors who will continue for one more year are:
Barbi Jackson – Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness
Mike Byrne, The Willo
Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down
Bob Buhlis – Nevada City Postal Co.
Dave Iorns – Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Gary Tintle – Tintle Inc.
Non Voting City Liaison – David Brennan – City Manager
Thank you to everyone who participated in the election. The Installation Dinner is Scheduled for January 28, 2012 at the Miners Foundry. Please Mark your calendars.
“Locally produced foods could pull in $7 billion this year, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report,” according to the L.A. Times.
“Whether sold directly to consumers through farmers markets, roadside stands or middlemen such as supermarkets or restaurants, the market for food grown nearby is growing fast. The industry hit $4.8 billion in sales in 2008, according to the report.
“Sales made straight from farms to buyers doubled in two decades to $1.2 billion from $650 million in the 1990s, according to the report. Local food sold through intermediary retail channels pulled in $2.7 billion.
“The surge may coincide with increasing interest in healthful eating and artisan cooking, trends that have encouraged major companies such as Burger King and Domino’s Pizza to focus on fresh ingredients.”
The rest of the article is here.
From our “hometown” newsletter:
The Nevada City Fire Department will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on
Sunday, Nov. 20th. The menu will include: pancakes, french toast, bacon,
sausage, scrambled eggs, juice & coffee.
7:00 to 11 a.m.
$8.00 for adults
$5.00 for children under 12
Fire Station 54
201 Providence Mine Rd.
Proceeds from the breakfast support Nevada City Fire Fighters by purchasing
additional and upgraded fire rescue equipment.
It’s great food, served by great people! Bring your neighbors!
I received this email:
“Dear Valued Guest,
As we prepare to welcome more snow, cold temperatures, the completion of many of the $50 million Squaw Valley Renaissance projects and the excitement of a new season, I’m proud and genuinely thrilled to inform you that the transaction announced on September 27, 2011 uniting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows has been completed.
The completion of this transaction perfects our goal to afford skiers and riders access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ 6,000 acres, 44 lifts and over 270 trails on one lift ticket or season pass. The two resorts will be connected by complimentary shuttles that will provide convenient transportation between the two resorts. So far the feedback we have received about the joining of forces has been overwhelmingly positive – and we hope you are as excited as we are about this opportunity to experience these two incredible mountains, each with their own unique spirit and character.
It is important to note that our team remains committed to supporting the unique brands and spirits of both resorts. We intend to offer an unmatched resort experience to the guests at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley in every way – and a large part of this will, in fact, be maintaining the distinct character of both resorts.
With the joining of Squaw and Alpine, we also recognize the increased importance of being an active and supportive member of our community. In that light, we are pledging $25,000 to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Community House project. The money will help to secure long term space for non-profits providing critical core services for families in Kings Beach, enabling them to live with dignity and opportunity in our community.
On behalf of the proud members of the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley teams, thank you for your support and interest in our mountains. We look forward to welcoming you this season.
Warm but snow-filled regards,
Andrew D Wirth | President and Chief Executive Officer
Alpine Meadows & Squaw Valley”
News from SierraCulture.com:
It is our article on Page 1 of the current issue titled “Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Treat,” running ahead of the 18th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn this weekend. The article promotes the dozens of Mandarin farmers in the region, some of them here for generations, and their marquee crop. It also discloses the newly discovered health benefits of Mandarins.
The article is published on the front page of the Bee’s “Food & Wine Section” (page D1), providing additional exposure for our magazine and our advertisers and helping to draw more visitors to the foothills. This tourism promotion comes at no cost to taxpayers — unlike media familiarization or FAM tours, for example, — merely building on the ongoing collaboration of the two publications. The relationship will continue with each issue.
The article by editor/publisher Jeff Pelline, a long-time award-winning journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere, is here. An interactive map of the Mandarin Orchards is published online as well. The award-winning photography from Sierra FoodWineArt is being republished in the Bee too, providing added exposure for local photographers.
While Editor at CNET in San Francisco, Jeff’s newsroom won a prestigious National Magazine Award in New York City, joining the ranks of national publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic and The New York Times magazine, among others. It was among the first National Magazine Awards for an Internet media outlet.
The Bee is the largest circulation newspaper and website in Northern California, apart from the San Francisco Chronicle. It is California’s fifth largest newspaper and the nation’s 25th largest.
This marks the continued growth of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine under the ownership of Shannon Pelline, Jeff’s spouse, whose background includes helping to manage growing businesses in the Bay Area.
Sierra FoodWineArt just agreed to a new three-year deal to publish the official Placer County Welcome Guide, and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected us to maintain the county’s flagship tourism website GoNevadaCounty.com for the coming fiscal year. We received our signed contract late last week.
We collaborate with a wide range of organizations including the Sacramento Bee. Others include the Placer County Visitor’s Bureau, Placer Valley Tourism, PlacerGROWN, Sierra Vintners, Nevada County Arts and the Joint Chambers of Nevada County, among others.
Our free quarterly magazine now circulates 14,000-20,000 copies each quarter to the foothills (Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City), as well as Reno, Truckee/Tahoe, Folsom/Rocklin/Roseville/Granite Bay, Sacramento, Marysville, Yuba City, Chico and Paradise. We also have some targeted distribution in the Bay Area and are planning to increase circulation in the Bay Area and add Monterey/Carmel next year. We are locally owned and operated.
Thanks to all our readers and advertisers for their support, helping to make us a “go to” publication for drawing visitors to our region and promoting food, wine, art, fall foliage and tourism events such as the Mandarin Festival, Cornish Christmas and Victorian Christmas. All our content is updated quarterly, packaged with relevant photos and editorial. It is posted online and archived on our companion website SierraCulture.com, also promoted by The Bee.
(photo credit: Wayde Carroll)