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Celebrate Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley

GRASS VALLEY… it is all about Cornish Christmas over a few select nights. There are still some to go for 2017, which is a good year to make your first visit to the festival, given that it is the historic happening’s big 50th anniversary. You can visit on Friday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 15, or Friday, Dec. 22, knowing that there will a host of places to buy food during the 6 to 9 p.m. affair and a host of places to shop. Chestnuts roasting? That’s a thing in the northern Gold Country town’s most merry of large-scale parties. Choirs revisiting the carols we know every last lyric to? Yep, they’ll be there.

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Grass Valley rolls out red carpet for Beale Air Force Base workers and their families

During opening remarks, Nevada County Third District Supervisor Dan Miller thanked the Airmen for their service and sacrifice.

“To Beale career military, what you do is a calling,” said Miller. “We respect and admire you. You have to understand your calling to do what you do, and for that our community is extremely grateful.”

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Cyber Security Forum in Grass Valley on Oct. 25th

More than one in three Americans were hacked in the past year and a quarter of these incidents cost victims over $1,000, according to data from Zogby Analytics. Incidents included viruses, unwanted software, and cyber extortion, with many victims having to pay to unlock fraudulently encrypted data.

That’s why the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, joined by Grass Valley Mayor Howard Levine and District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller will host a Cyber Security Forum on Wednesday, October 25th. The informative meeting will take place from 7 :00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Grass Valley City Council Chambers and will equip citizens to protect themselves from being a victim.

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Community gathers to support Dan Miller’s re-election

Dan and Roxanne wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone who came out to attend the recent fundraiser. There was a power outage the night of the gathering, but in true Grass Valley style, the fundraiser went on with illumination provided by candle light. The evening was fun and elegant providing a good time and a good cause for all who were able to join.

Dan Miller: Nevada County does support Hospitality House

In a recent response by Brad Peceimer (Other Voices) to my opinion piece regarding the local cannabis industry pitching in, he stated “Nevada County provides zero income to Hospitality House operational programs.”

I’m not sure what he means by operational programs, but I do know what funds the county has designated specifically for Hospitality House.

For the record, the county has designated this year exactly $244,811 for operational costs and programs for Hospitality House. This includes a direct contract with Hospitality House, a staff therapist provided by the county, funding for Turning Point and the CalFresh program. Not to mention that county staff works very hard on maintaining a positive working relationship with the Hospitality House leadership team.

It is regrettable that the public is being provided with false information. The true facts are available in the counties recently passed budget and can be accessed on the county website.

Again, let me state, we should be in this together. We need to work as a community to solve and resolve issues and problems facing us.

Dan Miller, supervisor, District 3

Nevada County

Dan Miller: An idea for cannabis growers

Our community has a legacy unlike many in our state.

For decades, our people and our businesses have actively promoted and supported those that are less fortunate or need help. When gold mining was king, the mine owners always provided assistance to the unemployed, the elderly and the poor. Organizations like the Ladies Relief Society initiated the Donation Day Parade that to this day still carries the message of help for those in need.

This has become not only a tradition for Nevada County but also our culture. We have a big heart and we show it in so many ways.

Our community is very active and involved in a number of social and economic issues. My job as a supervisor includes knowing where to go for help and advice and to steer people to the professionals.

I was recently at Empire Mine volunteering for Starry Starry Nights, which is Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s largest fundraiser. I was acutely aware the guests and volunteers consisted of the same 450 community-involved citizens who appear to consistently carry the load of supporting our multitude of nonprofits.

One can name most of these generous businesses and citizens because they are the ones who are asked on a daily basis by nonprofits and other groups for needed support. I am often approached by business owners who inquire, “Why don’t the cannabis growers participate in fundraising efforts?”

Frankly, I have no answer for them.

Realistically, the cannabis industry is here to stay, and they have expressed their desire to be recognized as part of our community. To begin with, their sincerity could be demonstrated by financially supporting one of our most pressing needs, which is the homeless.

We have community members and groups who currently support the homeless and are in dire need of financial resources. If the cannabis industry wants to participate in helping to alleviate the plight of the homeless, I ask them to consider some of the following: Contribute to Hospitality House or the Salvation Army. I know Habitat for Humanity needs help, and also the Interfaith Food Ministry.

Maybe small houses are your interest. If so, you could contact Chuck Durrett or Greg Zaller. Pauli Halstead is passionate about helping the homeless and she could direct you to groups that need financial help. Janice O’Brien of Sierra Roots needs help. Whatever the focus, this is a great opportunity to begin doing what most local tax-paying businesses have been doing for years: donating their money and time to the many local nonprofits.

It is not enough to shop in local stores, eat in local restaurants and buy your supplies from local businesses. We all do this. This is about sharing the burden of providing a hand-up to those less fortunate. Even though the county currently allocates more than $12 million of taxpayer funds toward homeless and low-income programs, it is clearly not adequate.

It is often mentioned the cannabis industry brings in boatloads of money to our county. Where is it? The Cannabis Alliance reports that they have several hundred members. When you add the nonmember growers to that number, you have a sizable economic engine that ultimately could be used to put cash flow back into the homeless needs. Since the growers do not pay taxes yet, this challenge provides an opportunity for them to participate in a jumpstart of goodwill.

If the cannabis-growing community is truly committed to the welfare of Nevada County, then this idea should resonate with their leadership. Now, we invite them to join us in becoming part of the tradition.

Dan Miller is the Nevada County supervisor who represents District 3.

Overcoming the Wall Fire: Grass Valley firefighters assist in the fight

The large plumes of smoke have cleared above Butte County’s Wall Fire, some evacuation orders have been lifted, and the 5,800 acre fire is 60 percent contained.

But many evacuation orders remain in effect at some of the harder hit areas, and Cal Fire officials want to be clear that we’re not out of the woods yet.

“Just because it’s not burning actively doesn’t mean the fire is in a contained phase,” Cal Fire Public Information Officer Roy Skinner said Tuesday afternoon from the fire lines.

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Mary Owens: The way forward for Nevada County, continued

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) recently held its annual summit. One of the guest speakers, Dr. Christopher Thornberg, a well-known national economist, stated the obvious about what is needed to create growth once again in rural American towns.

“You need to build houses. Build houses and your economy will grow.”

But what he also acknowledged later in his presentation is the real core of the current housing problem here and elsewhere in rural America. It’s the issue I mentioned in last month’s article and indicated I would be further detailing in the next several months. The biggest constraint directly related to the moderate priced housing shortage is the lack of available developer financing caused by a federal regulatory bill that has gone way too far: Dodd Frank.

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