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August 2018

Certified Farmers Market on the Ridge…Hooray!

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:36 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“You can resist an invading army. You cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”

                                                                                       Victor Hugo

The time has finally come for a FARMERS MARKET on the RIDGE and it is irresistible! For those who grow food and those who consume it, a local Farmers Market is very happy news. On Tuesday, July 24th, the North San Juan Certified Farmers Market was inaugurated with a grand opening dinner and music, as well as a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grass fed meats for sale at the North San Juan Community Center.

“I’m really excited about people having access to fresh food that they don’t have to drive a half hour into town for,” said NSJ Community Center Board President Avani Leitz. “Being able to develop a relationship with local farms is really exciting for us!” Fog Dog Farm, Dhillon Farm, and Legacy Ranching were on hand to vend their products to grateful shoppers at the first market. It is hoped that more farmers, as well as other vendors, will join the Farmers Market as the weekly event evolves. “We’re looking for craft vendors and more farmers,” explained Farmers Market Manager Shari Brookler. Then surveying the event she added, “This is a sweet scene.”


When.....TUESDAYS  4:00-7:00 pm

Where….NSJ COMMUNITY CENTER-29190 State Hwy 49 in NSJ 



Ridgestock 2018

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:34 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 4:37 PM ]

Ridgestock 2018

Music & sustainability fest


North Columbia Schoolhouse





Kids Talk About Sports Camp 2018

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:32 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 4:44 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Now in its 9th year, FRC’s SPORTS CAMP gives kids the opportunity to have fun while running, jumping, kicking, and throwing on the beautiful Oak Tree School Campus. Year after year kids return to rekindle old friendships and forge new ones as they laugh and play on the field, in the Lodge, or in the games room. We are grateful to Coach Ivy Pera, Counselor Jack Greenwood, camp supporters and donors, parents, and especially the relentlessly cheerful Sports Campers who warmed our hearts and brightened our days. 

“I like to play Capture the Flag, Dodge Ball, Sharks & Minnows & Gaga Ball. I taught the whole camp how to play Gaga Ball. Everybody liked it. Jack is fun and really good at playing lots of games. Ivy is a really good coach. She always lets us play new games and teaches us new stuff.”

Sullivan Umphress

Kindergarten-Yuba River Charter School


“I like Gaga Ball best. There’s all these cones. If you hit the ball out of the cones with your hand you’re out. I won three out of four rounds just by staying near the cones. I like Capture the Flag too. You have to try to capture the other team’s flag. I was on the yellow team and the green team. It’s fun to play whether you win or lose!”

                                                                            Jem Gross

                                              1st Grade-Grizzly Hill School


“This is my third year at Sports Camp. I really like the games, especially Dodge Ball, Gaga Ball, and the water balloon tosses. Ivy and Jack teach all the kids what they need to know about sports. I like making new friends and I’m coming back next year.”

Namirah Faris

2nd Grade-Haiku School - Maui, HI


“My favorite sports are basketball and soccer. We play Dodge Ball every day. The last time we played it I was the last person out on my team. My favorite sport to play is Gaga Ball. It’s fun and I’m very good at it. I actually won Gaga Ball once.”

                                                                       Theo Renner

                         2nd Grade- Ananda Living Wisdom School


“I like that we get to play a lot of games. I like mostly everything about Sports Camp. I get to see all my friends that I made last year. I really do love it here.”

Leaja Rose

3rd Grade- Forest Charter School


“I like everything about Sports Camp! I really like hanging out with my friends, Leaja, Namirah, Sophia, Izzy & Luc. All the games are fun. My favorite games are Capture the Flag, Gaga Ball, Dodge Ball and Soccer. Ivy and Jack are good coaches. They’re very kind and fun. I’m coming back next year.”

                                                                 Gayatri Debecker

                           5th Grade-Nevada City School of the Arts


“I like that we do so many fun activities. I love Dodge Ball, Capture the Flag, and Gaga Ball. And I like that we switch different partners so that we don’t make just one friend. This is my first year at Sports Camp and I want to come back next year.”

Izzy Wells

5th Grade- Ananda Living Wisdom School



“I like what we do. I especially like the happy counselors. Every day I come to find everyone with a smile on their faces, being happy. I definitely recommend Sports Camp for other kids!”

                                                              Gabriel Johnson

 6th Grade-Monterrey Bay Charter School-Pacific Grove, CA


“Sports Camp is fun! I get to hang out with people. I enjoy playing sports and I just like being here. It’s a good summer activity.”

Sienna Goodman

7th Grade- Grizzly Hill School


“I like Sports Camp because it’s active. It’s fun to hang out with friends and it’s fun to play sports. Dodge Ball is my favorite because you get to hit other people, but you don’t hurt them. I’ve been coming to Sports Camp for seven years and I’ll be coming back next year.”

                                                                     Gopal Wilson

                             8th Grade- Yuba River Charter School


“I’ve been going to Sports Camp for 9 years and this is my second year as a counselor. I make sure the kids are having fun. The kids get to meet new people and make new friends. They’re able to be outside and play a lot of games they like. All the kids are really nice and Ivy is a really good coach. The kids have a lot of fun and everybody gets along. I even get to play sometimes. It’s really fun.”

Jack Greenway

10th Grade-Nevada Union High School


Tip of the Month

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:18 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Asset #40  Youth is optimistic about his or her personal future.

How do your children feel about their futures? Ask them often what and how they think of the future. Watch and listen to help them identify their interests.  Encourage them to think of and make lists of what they like to do and what they are good at.  Ask neighbors, friends, and co-workers to talk about their jobs with your kids. Link older youth with people in jobs using those skills and interests so they may learn more about the jobs and how one would get there. And always remember that your view toward the future will have a great effect on their views.

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?), call 271.5617 or send email to  or


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:18 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, Librarian

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4   Sporadic Pre-School Storytime Mondays, 11:00am-11-30am Call for details

Phone: 292-3008 Location: Next to Head Start, Behind the Ball Field on Oak Tree in North San Juan

I have worked in book type libraries since I was 15, that was mumble mumble years ago. It has been difficult to adjust to the new responsibilities expected of us as the years went by.

School libraries added “Audio Visuals”, and maintenance of the projectors, etc. was our job. Did you know that every machine needs its own type of light bulb, and they only burn out when the poor substitute teacher is trying to get through the day? Our bulb ordering catalog was always missing. The accompanying “media” came in so many sizes and shapes it was really tricky to process, track and shelve. Many of the teachers became rather territorial about their favorites.

We all cheered when talking books became available. For many years we had shelved braille talking books, which could only be played on their special players by their clients.  Now the rest of us could enjoy being read to also. Currently, our library has these little ‘all-in-one’ players, which have the book loaded on an individual listening device! Go figure!

Then came videos…. on big vinyl looking records with new machines to learn. The expensive change over to VHS, brought the complication of teachers recording off of Television. While Lawyers are officers of the court, Librarians try to be upholders of copyright. With recorders and copy machines, we were, and are in a dilemma of balancing good service

to the public while staying within the laws. “Sorry, we can’t take donations of illegal copies.”  “No, it really isn’t OK to copy the whole book.”

Add computers with internet into the mix and we are really struggling to help the public figure out how to access accurate information. “Wouldn’t you rather have a well-researched book than questionable Wikipedia article by who knows whom?”  “Will the blankety-blankety printer work?” Or, “No, I don’t remember your E-Mail password.”

Oh, by the way, we do still have BOOKS!

Note:  This article was supposed to be about some of the wonderful DVD documentaries we have been receiving.  Maybe I can stay on topic next month.


After School Learning & Fun at Grizzly Hill

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:16 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Beginning on August 15, the first day of school, and continuing every afternoon throughout the year, there will be activities from the end of the school day until 6pm for all K-8 Grizzly Hill students. Funded by an After School Education & Safety (ASES) grant from the California Department of Education, the program will be coordinated by Sunshine Bender and Jessica Navarrete.

ASES coordinator Sunshine Bender outlined the program. “We want to give the kids a structured environment to be in. First the kids will have a healthy snack donated by Briar Patch. Then the kids will have an hour to do homework or read. Next will be an hour of physical activity. That could be play ground time, running or walking the track, or playing sports and games.  Next will be one hour of recreation time with plenty of activities, including arts, science experiments, or gardening. I believe this is going to keep kids entertained after school so that they’re not just going home and playing on their devices or hanging around town.” Coordinator Jessica Navarrete added, “I want to give these kids a nice safe place to socialize in a structured environment. I’m honored to be working with the kids of this community.”

For more information on the ASES After School Program, call Grizzly Hill School at 265.9052.


Twin Ridges Welcomes New Teachers

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:16 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mindi Morton, TRESD Board Member

The TRESD Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce the inauguration of our new after school program at Grizzly Hill, and we are planning on introducing a similar program at the Washington School.

Already enjoying Washington’s community activities, Esther B. Pearey is Washington School’s new K-8 teacher. We are also welcoming two new teachers to Grizzly Hill School.  Julia Koloser will be the new K-1st teacher and Gretchen Eisenhut, the new 3-4th grade teacher. Sarah Johnson will be returning to teach 1st-2nd grades; and Yvette Mosby and Ryan Johnson will be returning to teach 5th-6th and 7th-8th grades. We are looking forward to a GREAT YEAR at Grizzly Hill and Washington Schools!

SJR FRC Note: Twin Ridges Elementary School District’s Board of Trustees usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm. Community suggestions and participation are welcome at board meetings. For more information call the TRESD office at 265.9052.

Text Box: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”   -NELSON MANDELA





posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, District IV Supervisor—Nevada County Board of Supervisors

The heat is here and the worst of fire season is approaching fast. So first things first – get prepared! If you have not already received your Nevada County Fire Season Guide 2018-2019, do yourself a favor and get one at The Guide is a great resource to help you and your family prepare to prevent and respond to a wildfire emergency. The Guide also includes a 2018 Emergency Preparedness Guide and Evacuation Plan that includes checklists on evacuation planning with suggested items to take during an evacuation, home survival kits and information on how to stay informed with definitions and procedures. The Guide also includes a map of Nevada County so you can easily identify what fire district you are in, including their contact information. Also, folks should be sure to sign up to the County’s emergency notification system called CodeRED at which allows emergency notifications to be sent to directly to your phone (mobile or landline).

In other news, on June 10, 2018 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to place a local Cannabis Business License Tax Measure applied to the cannabis industry on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voter consideration. The Board received a presentation from the Nevada County Treasurer & Tax Collector, Tina Vernon on the proposed general tax. Ms. Vernon explained that a tax measure may be used to pay for associated costs related to code compliance, law enforcement, environmental regulations and mitigation, health and education impacts and other costs to the County that are not directly attributed to services provided to a cannabis business. Permit fees are used to cover the direct associated costs of issuing permits, conducting inspections, providing compliance monitoring, etc. It was noted that if the County chooses not to place a tax measure on the ballot now, the next opportunity would not be until 2020. Therefore, by placing the measure on the ballot, and if the voters choose to pass it, a tax structure will be in place when the permanent ordinance is eventually adopted by the Board.

The proposed tax will be based on gross receipts with an initial tax rate of 2.5% that will be set for the first 2.5 years. The proposal also provides flexibility for the Board to alter the tax method and rate to adjust to changes in the industry and market. After the initial 2.5 years the 2.5% rate would be automatically adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or by the Board of Supervisors in intervals of up to 2%, not to exceed a maximum of 10%.

The Board also received a presentation from Godbe Research who conducted a community survey on the viability of a tax measure passing in Nevada County. Godbe Research found that a locally-controlled cannabis business tax measure is potentially viable with up to 61% potentially supporting the measure. And while this is a general tax, I believe it will ensure the County’s ability to provide direct funding to increased demands on code compliance and law enforcement, environmental regulation and enforcement, impacts on Health and Human Services Agency and public health education paid for by the cannabis industry and not taken from the General Fund tax collections.

Last but not least, Nevada County has contracted Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to update the County's Park Facility Impact Fees, and to conduct a Western Nevada County Parks District Consolidation Feasibility Study. The County collects 2 types of fees for parks and recreation (AB1600 fees & Quimby fees) on new development to mitigate its impact on the need for new park facilities - the more people, the higher the need for parks. The fees are then provided to 5 Recreation Benefit Zones across Western Nevada County. EPS will be conducting a Nexus Study, meaning a study that establishes the relationship between new development and the need for increased Park and Recreation amenities, to update the fees that were last updated in 1997. In an effort to do this, the County and EPS are seeking input form the community. Therefore, EPS will be holding a community meeting, with support from County staff, on Thursday August 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. The focus of the meeting will be an interactive presentation on the AB1600 Nexus Study to gain community input and answer questions. They will also be providing an overview on the Western Nevada County Parks District Consolidation Feasibility Study and next steps. I encourage you to attend the meeting. For more information, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at 530-265-1222.


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