County Supes approve $1.5 million for “economic resiliency” grants

I received this email from the Rood Center to pass along:

Today, the County of Nevada Board of Supervisors approved $1.5 Million to support a new “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants program designed to offset COVID-19 related economic hardships and disruptions to local businesses and nonprofits. The grant will be funded with State of California Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF).

The County seeks grant applications from eligible entities that are critical to maintaining the county’s economic and cultural infrastructure. Sometimes referred to as “anchor institutions,” these entities are characterized as playing a vital and enduring role in the local economy. County staff consulted with members of the Nevada County Relief Fund and the Sierra Business Council to draft the application criteria, guidelines, and the award process.

“These grants provide a rare opportunity in this crisis to sustain impactful entities and encourage collaborative and innovative business solutions,” said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council.

As noted in the “Request for Applications,” proposals must adhere to CARES Act requirements and should demonstrate:

  1. The fiscal impacts of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  2. A history of, and the potential for, a large and ongoing economic impact and/or measurable multiplier effects such as tax revenue (sales tax, Transient Occupancy Tax), jobs created or retained, etc.;
  3. A track record of leveraging additional partnerships and resources and/or will leverage additional funding that in part will contribute to COVID-19 recovery;
  4. The capacity to manage, oversee, implement and report on the use of the funds;
  5. Significant community benefit in the past or in response to COVID-19; and
  6. Include how applicants will measure and report outcomes.

“The input from the Nevada County Relief Fund has been invaluable to this process. For the past four months, they have worked closely with some of the hardest hit small businesses and nonprofits and have developed a keen understanding of what is most needed as a result,” said County CEO Alison Lehman, noting the Relief Fund has raised $462,000 and disbursed over $410,000 to date.

The “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000, with at least 2-4 grants allocated in the $300,000 to $500,000 range. Applications are due by 5:00PM on August 20, 2020 from eligible applicants, including businesses, nonprofits, and local jurisdictions. A review panel comprised of County staff and community leaders will review and score the applications. The panel’s recommendations will be brought before the Board of Supervisors on September 22, 2020 for approval.

The “Request for Application” (RFA) may be found at:

A pre-application conference will be held on August 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM via virtual meeting on TEAMS at the link or phone number provided.

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+1 530-414-9282

Conference ID: 602 571 408#

Any inquiries regarding this RFA can be directed to Desiree Belding of the Purchasing Division, at

Dr. Fauci throws a perfect “social distance” pitch in MLB’s season opener

On baseball’s opening day, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci throws the first pitch for the Washington Nationals. His pitch was more than just a hair outside. Call it a “social distance” pitch (definitely more than six feet from the target). No fans were in the stands; just cardboard cutouts.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival goes “virtual” amid COVID-19

“Every January for the past 18 years, the streets of Western Nevada County have been filled with activists, environmentalists, authors, artists, audiences and filmmakers alike, all celebrating at SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival,” said festival organizers. “At Wild & Scenic, we believe in the power of the communal festival and theatrical experience. However, due to the impacts of COVID-19 on large public gatherings, we must now rethink what the festival experience looks like.  

“With the forecast of uncertainty around how COVID will continue to impact these larger public gatherings, we have made the decision to move the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival to a completely virtual platform. The health and wellbeing of our attendees and community is our priority and we feel this will be the best way to ensure everyone’s safety. Wild & Scenic depends on the support of so many in our community from volunteers, speakers, and attendees to local businesses like hotels and restaurants. We look forward to continuing to make this an event that serves and uplifts our community.”

The rest of the statement is here.

Rose Parade canceled for first time since 1945

“With reluctance and tremendous disappointment, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announces that, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Phase IV re-opening schedule, and after thoughtful consideration of the restrictions and guidelines in place as a result of COVID-19, we are unable to host the 2021 Rose Parade.

“The health and well-being of our parade participants and guests, as well as that of our volunteer members, professional staff and partners, is our number one priority,’ said Bob Miller, 2021 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. ‘Obviously this is not what any of us wanted, and we held off on announcing until we were absolutely sure that safety restrictions would prevent us from continuing with planning for 132nd Rose Parade.’

“Enjoyed by millions around the world, the Rose Parade is held each January 1 in celebration of the New Year. Since its inception in 1891, the Parade has not occurred only three times – the wartime years of 1942, 1943 and 1945.

“The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association also hosts the Rose Bowl Game each January 1. The planning for this year’s Rose Bowl Game, which will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is still ongoing. ‘We remain hopeful that the Granddaddy of Them All will take place on New Year’s Day,” continued David Eads, Executive Director/CEO.

“Although the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association will not be hosting its 132nd Rose Parade, they will celebrate the New Year on January 1, 2021. Working in conjunction with our broadcast partners and sponsors, the Tournament of Roses has plans underway for a new kind of New Year celebration for those across the country and around the world.

“Each year, the country turns its eyes to Pasadena for America’s New Year celebration and we plan to deliver on that important promise,’ said Eads. ‘We may not be able to host our traditional five-mile march down Colorado Boulevard, but we are exploring new and safe ways we can collectively share in the celebration, and we look forward to announcing further details about our exciting new plans in the coming weeks.”

Nevada County Relief Fund: “It takes a village”

Our Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and the Pelline’s (Jeff, Shannon and Mitchell) were glad to make a generous donation to the Nevada County Relief Fund for this program, stemming from COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent round of awardees include Child Advocates of Nevada CountyDel Oro TheatreCalifornia Heritage: Indigenous Research ProjectFull Circle PressIke’s Quarter CafeJ.J. Jackson’sMiners Foundry Cultural CenterSouth Pine Cafe – Nevada City, and KVMR 89.5FM & 105.1FM, among others.
Thanks to Caleb Dardick for helping to administer this program. “It takes a village”!

$100,000 to nonprofits:

Child Advocates of Nevada County, $2,500
Community Beyond Violence, $7,500
The Food Bank of Nevada County, $13,500
FREED Center for Independent Living, $8,000
Interfaith Food Ministry, $10,000
tkMomentum, Inc., $8,000
Neighborhood Center for the Arts, $7,000
Nevada County of Schools PARTNERS Family Resource Center, $18,000
Special Olympics Northern California, $2,500
SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, $5,000
United Way of Nevada County, $18,000

$100,000 to Small Businesses:
49’er Fun Park Inc., Grass Valley, $5,000  
Arts For The Schools, Truckee, $5,000
Beauty With Kellie, Penn Valley, $1,500
Betts Fit LLC, Truckee, $5,000
Broad Street Inn, Nevada City, $5,000
California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, Nevada City, $2,500
Carrie Ann Smith, L.AC., Grass Valley, $2,000
Casey Bridges, Nevada City, $2,500
Del Oro Theatre (Sierra Theaters), Grass Valley, $5,000
Dreams in Motion/Shari Brookler Enterprises, Nevada City, $2,500
Flop House Creations, Grass Valley, $2,500
Full Circle Press, Grass Valley, $5,000
Gallery 5830′, Truckee, $5,000
Ike’s Quarter Café, Nevada City, $4,000
J. J. Jackson’s, Nevada City, $5,000
Marjorie McDougal, CMT, LMT, Nevada City, $2,500
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City, $5,000
Mountain Stream Meditation, Nevada City, $5,000
Namaste Holistic Healing & Yoga Center, Truckee, $4,000
Nevada City Community Broadcast Group dba KVMR, Nevada City, $4,000
South Pine Café, Grass Valley, $5,000
SRC Party Rentals & Supplies, Grass Valley, $5,000
Tahoe Truckee School of Music, Truckee, $5,000
The Curious Forge LLC, Nevada City, $5,000
VitalLiving Ayurveda Massage & Wellness Spa, Nevada City, $2,000

Chatham wins auction to buy McClatchy, will seek final approval from bankruptcy court

“Chatham Asset Management, the New Jersey hedge fund that is McClatchy Co.’s largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company,” The Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Under the proposed deal that will be submitted to the bankruptcy court for approval, Chatham would buy the entire company, McClatchy said Sunday. 

“‘As long-standing supportive investors in McClatchy, we are pleased with the outcome of the auction,’ Chatham said in a statement. “Chatham is committed to preserving newsroom jobs and independent journalism that serve and inform local communities during this important time.”

The rest of the article is here.

Mayor of Coeur d’Alene says he would not vote for a mask mandate

Editor’s note: “Ruh-roh! Mayor Widmyer!” as Scooby Doo would exclaim, repeating his famous line. “Watch out for an out-of-town posse!”

Mayor Steve Widmyer told KHQ in a statement on Friday, July 10, that mask use is a matter of personal responsibility and he would not vote to mandate them. 

Widmyer’s full statement is as follows:

“I strongly encourage the wearing of a mask when social distancing is not possible. I believe it’s the right thing to do to keep yourself and others safe. Personally I wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Controlling this virus is a partnership between government and the citizens. The government helps provide testing , health care , and all the health care guidelines. The citizens need to take those guidelines and act accordingly. It’s being personally responsible. It’s caring for your fellow citizens. I will continue to strongly encourage personal responsibility. That being said , I would not vote to mandate masks.”

What does life look like in 2022?

“It’s 2022, and the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, life can finally begin returning to normal,” as David Leonhardt writes in The New York Times.

“But it will not be the old normal. It will be a new world, with a reshaped economy, much as war and depression reordered life for previous generations.

“Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. Dozens of colleges are shutting down, in the first wave of closures in the history of American higher education. People have also changed long-held patterns of behavior: Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.

“And American politics — while still divided in many of the same ways it was before the virus — has entered a new era.”

The rest of the article is here.