66 Million Trees are Dead in the Sierra Nevada Forest

I’ve noticed with great alarm the number of trees dying from the drought and beetle infestation here in Nevada County  It seems like every day, while driving around the county, I see another group of pine trees dying or dead. There is a small about 1,000 foot long cul-de-sac near my house. I counted 27 […]

Fire Safe Council Offers 2014 Firewise Calendar

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in cooperation with the Allstate Foundation, County of Nevada and the National Firewise Communities Association are offering residents in Nevada County free defensible space advisory visits to educate citizens about Defensible Space. Complete your visit in October or November and get a 2014 Firewise Calendar. California Public Resources […]

Sacramento Home Winemakers Club Are International Winners, 2013

  Yes, the Sacramento Home Winemakers Club was the top amateur international winemaking club winner again this year! Judy and I went to the 2013 WineMaker Magazine’s International Home Winemaking Conference  held in Monterey, California, May 17th and 18th to hear the results of the wine  judging. Judy is twice past president and has been on […]

The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams For 2013

    Although the 2012 tax season is officially over, tax scams unfortunately are not, which is why the IRS issues an annual “Dirty Dozen” list that includes common tax scams affecting taxpayers. Taxpayers should be aware of these tax scams so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true, […]

California Wildfires 2012

httpv://youtu.be/asA_MGOQK24 No Time To Burn This video shows breathtaking images of several of this year’s wildfires, including point-of-view aerial footage from specially-equipped California National Guard Blackhawk helicopters dropping hundreds of gallons of water on flames. It also takes viewers along with Cal EMA Secretary Mark Ghilarducci, California National Guard General David Baldwin and CAL FIRE […]

Vacation to Angels Camp, June 10-13, 2012, Part 1

By Judy J. Pinegar We were staying in a WorldMark Vacations Complex just west to town. On Monday morning the group (John, myself, my sister and brother-in-law, and my daughter and granddaughter) decided to visit California Caverns. In 1849 or 1850, Captain Joseph Taylor was target practicing on a rocky outcropping and noticed that his […]

A Tour of Granite Quarries – Griffith Quarry, Penryn, CA and Rocklin, CA

By Judy Pinegar John and I wanted some exercise so we went to Griffith Quarry Park and Museum in Penryn, CA.  This site is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California Landmark Program. The surrounding 23-acre park contains ruins of the first polishing mill built in California and some of […]

California’s Budget Shortfall Causes Increase in Class Sizes

By Judy Pinegar Judy Pinegar is the Manager of the California Department of Education Waiver Office. The function of the Waiver Office is to manage the process of school districts, charter schools and county offices of education requesting waivers of state statute (Education Code) or regulation (Title 5 California Code of Regulation) which are then […]

Swimming: For Fitness, or Just For Fun?

by Lisa J. Lehr It’s been a long, cool spring, but it’s bound to get hot one of these days. And when it does, human bodies will be heading for water bodies in droves. There’s no question that swimming cools you off, provided the water temperature is lower than your body temperature—which it is, unless […]

Be Careful With Your Holiday Decorating

The holiday season is here…and with the holidays comes decorating! The following tips and suggestions will help ensure safety as you get in the holiday spirit. Decorate only with lights that have a NOEL or U/L testing agency label. Check wires, plugs and sockets for signs of wear or defects. Remember: If in doubt – […]