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November 2018

Thanks, Hank!

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Hank Weston’s tenure as Nevada County’s District IV Supervisor is rapidly coming to an end. Throughout three terms of office he has been a friend to the San Juan Ridge Community and will be missed by those of us who have had the privilege and pleasure to work with him.

Hank has been involved in public service since he was fifteen years old when he first became a volunteer with the fire service. Starting as a seasonal firefighter with California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CAL FIRE), he eventually became Unit Chief of Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Sutter Counties. During that time he served as Nevada County Fire Warden for seven years. After serving for thirty-six years with CDF, Hank served as Grass Valley’s Fire Chief from 1997-2006.

Upon leaving his long career in fire service, Hank Weston assumed the myriad duties of a Nevada County Supervisor. Pat Leach, 14 year North San Juan Fire Protection District Board member, has worked alongside Hank since the beginning of his past twelve years in office. She recalled that one of his first undertakings was to complete the formation of the San Juan Ridge Community Park District, a project that had first been undertaken by Supervisor Sam Dardick many years before. “In 2010, Hank concurrently supported a committee of over fifty San Juan Ridge Community members to establish Nevada County’s North San Juan Area Plan, and continues to seek funding for water storage and fire hydrants for the town of North San Juan. The document helps to keep the town’s historic character, while allowing for viable growth. For the past seven years, Hank has worked to restore and preserve the covered bridge over the South Yuba River at Bridgeport. Hank has served tirelessly on 23 committees that affect all of us,” Pat continued. “As a member of the LAFCO Board, he supported the North San Juan Fire Protection District’s recent annexation of an additional 17 square miles.”

In addition to supporting the North San Juan Fire Department, Hank Weston has faithfully championed our North San Juan Community Center, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and San Juan Ridge Community Library. He has staunchly endorsed and supported projects and institutions that help build our community, improve the lives of our people, and work to keep them safe. One of a rare breed that makes working hard look easy, he has done so with great aplomb. Hank has the ability to listen and to treat those he encounters with dignity and respect. Fulfilling the duties of his office with grace and dignity, Mr. Weston will be well remembered not only for what he’s done, but for who he is. As Pat thoughtfully affirmed, “Hank’s the epitome of service with integrity and I found him to be an ‘old-fashioned’ gentleman to all.”

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Toys 4 Tots

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:11 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Every holiday season the Salvation Army teams up with Nevada County Sheriffs to help families provide a brighter holiday for their children. The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is delighted to play Santa’s Helper  by interviewing moms and dads to gather ideas for their children’s wish lists. Although the goal of Toys 4 Tots is to provide playthings for children, in some cases clothing and footwear may also be requested. San Juan Ridge parents who wish to participate in this wonderful program will be able to drop by the FRC to sign up for holiday gifts from November 5th through December 6th any time during business hours. Prior to coming, parents are advised to talk with their kids to get gift ideas based on their interests, needs and desires. We also advise parents to make note of current sizes if they plan to request clothing or footwear.

The Salvation Army will inform parents by mail when gifts can be picked up at the Family Resource Center. Usually occurring around the third week of December, Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies and Posse merrily emerge from trucks and vans laden with holiday surprises for eagerly awaiting families. Over and over again we are deeply moved by the generosity of those who work tirelessly and give freely so that all children may have a Happy Holiday. We at the Family Resource Center look forward to sharing in our families’ holiday preparations by helping to make their children’s dreams come true.

Yuba Watershed Institute’s ‘Inimim Forest Project Receives $415 from CalFire

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:10 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

by the Yuba Watershed Institute

A collaboration between the Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office and the Yuba Watershed Institute was recently awarded $414,678 from CAL FIRE’s Climate Change Investments grant program. The funds will be used for 320 acres of fuels reduction treatments on BLM-managed public lands on the San Juan Ridge.

The planned fire prevention treatments include establishment of a 200-foot-wide shaded fuel break along portions of major access routes such as Tyler Foote, Sages, Old Mill and Jackass Flats Roads. Other activities will include burning about 140 acres of debris piles that were created during a BLM-funded fuel reduction project conducted earlier this year along Lake City Road and Farrell Ravine Way.

Twelve separate BLM-managed parcels on the San Juan Ridge, collectively known as the ‘Inimim Forest, have been managed collaboratively by the Mother Lode Field Office and the Yuba Watershed Institute since the early 1990s. ‘Inimim means ponderosa pine in the Nisenan language.

“We believe community partnerships like the ‘Inimim Forest collaboration are vital to managing sustainable, working public lands,” says William Haigh, Field Manager for the BLM Mother Lode Field Office. “Groups like the Yuba Watershed Institute can add staffing and capacity to our land management efforts. Together, we are committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive.”

CAL FIRE’s Climate Change Investments grant program aims to reduce the risk of wildland fires to habitable structures and communities, while helping to sequester carbon and minimize the uncontrolled release of emissions by wildfires. The program is funded by California’s cap-and-trade program, which took effect in 2012.

The CAL FIRE funding is the latest in a series of grants the Yuba Watershed Institute has obtained for the ‘Inimim Forest project. In 2017, the Bella Vista Foundation funded the revision of a management plan for the forest, and earlier this year the Sierra Nevada Conservancy awarded the project a planning grant through its Proposition 1 Watershed Improvement Program.

“This summer’s wildfires are showing us how a history of fire suppression, coupled with rising temperatures, is leading to a dangerous situation for residents of California’s wildland-urban interface,” says Chris Friedel, Executive Director of the Yuba Watershed Institute. “The ‘Inimim Forest project will help to reduce the risk of high-severity fire on San Juan Ridge, while making the forest more resilient to future droughts and climate change.”

Fire on the Ridge: How do we make our community more fire safe?

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:09 PM by Kristin Snell

by the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

Thursday, November 8th at 7 pm // North Columbia Schoolhouse

Fire scientist Jo Ann Fites and speakers from Cal Fire, North San Juan Fire Dept, Nevada County Fire Safe Council and Yuba Watershed Institute describe our fire prone environment, projects underway, what YOU can do, and resources available. Free public event hosted by San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association. Light refreshments (donations of baked goods welcome!)

For more info email, or call 478.1941.


Stay Warm This Winter

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Even though temperatures are still warm and balmy, Winter is on his way. If you need assistance heating your home with firewood, propane, oil, or electricity, you are urged to call the Low Income Heating & Energy Assistance Program at 1-800-524-5705. LIHEAP is a program that has helped many of our friends and neighbors over the years. The application process is a simple one that is initiated by calling the toll-free number. It is important to begin the process as soon as possible so that you’ll be warm and cozy when those chilly winds start rattling your windowpanes.


Womb Wisdom Belly Dance Offered at the Yo’Garage

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:18 PM ]

by Adelaide Marcus, Instructor

From San Diego to the woods, Adelaide Marcus is bringing her gift of Belly Dance, passed down from her mother. She is a world-renowned Belly Dance performer and experienced teacher who has fallen in love with the trees and is here to share the potency of this ritualistic dance medicine! Belly Dance conjures the soul into the body, nourishes the muscles and joints, releases feel-good chemicals, connects the spine to the mind, empowers sexuality and harnesses the strength of sisterhood. Want to learn? Join in on her upcoming 4-week series! Here is the info: 

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45pm @ Willow Spring’s Yo’Garage

Nov 7th & 14th (Break week of Thanksgiving)//Resume Nov 28th & Dec 5th
$60 Pre-pay donation for Full series (Need a minimum of 9 ladies!)

Text or email Adelaide to confirm your spot! or text 915.630.3716 

All women at all levels welcome!!! 

Tip of the Month

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:03 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Asset #23  - Homework: Child makes best effort to do homework

Make the best, consistent workplace for homework that your home allows: comfortable to read and write, good lighting, and no distractions. Do some of your own work at the same time, e.g. pay bills, organize your schedule, plan meals and shopping. If you can’t do your desk chores at the same time, let your child know you're doing your "homework" when you get to them. Provide help when needed, but not answers – questions work well. If you have trouble yourself with a subject, recruit an older child or neighbor to help; sit with them and show your child what a good student are.

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




posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:03 PM by Kristin Snell

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

It has now been over a year since the Lobo and McCourtney fires, also referred to as the Wind Complex, ripped through Nevada County and District IV in October 2017. All in all, nearly 30 homes were destroyed which included approximately 60 structures with almost 900 acres scorched. With the Nevada County of Office of Emergency Services’ assistance, residents have been able to make an almost full recovery. However, the devastation and the impact from the fires is still a vivid memory for many and especially for those directly impacted. CALFIRE ultimately determined that there was evidence that the cause of the fires resulted from PG&E’s failure to maintain the proper clearance distance of vegetation around electrical lines. Subsequently, PG&E has double downed on its vegetation management under its Community Wildfire Safety Program that includes tagging, cutting, and removing trees and other hazardous vegetation within 12 feet of every power line with full clearance to the sky above in extreme high-fire danger areas. 

Since the fires, the County has also taken swift action to get more people signed up on Code RED, increased hazardous vegetation inspections, sought additional funding for fire mitigation efforts and has restricted fire in the Yuba River corridor. However, it remains extremely important for residents and homeowners to take every precautionary effort on their part to help prevent fires on their property and to be prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation. So 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.

In other news, on September 25, 2018 the Board of Supervisors discussed the issue of nuisances caused in residential zoned neighborhoods and communities from the discharge of firearms. Over the course of my tenure as District IV Supervisor, I have received various noise and safety complaints throughout the years regarding continuous shooting for long hours, sometimes reported as all-day events that cause loud disruptive bursts, concerns over the discharging of firearms that are too close to neighboring residences with projectiles penetrating neighboring parcel boundary lines, and impacts of increased traffic to neighboring communities. Subsequently, I proposed to the Board that a reasonable balance could be struck for shooting on residential zoned parcels that include RA, R1, R2 and R3 to mitigate the negative impacts that shooting can create as a nuisance to the neighboring community, while at the same time preserving shooting and hunting as a major leisure activity and valued right within our County. As such, the Board directed staff to research and provide recommendations for amendments to the County Code that include: a) increasing the minimum distance that a firearm can be fired between any dwelling, house, residence and other building on RA, R1, R2, and R3 parcels; b) increasing the time that a firearm is prohibited from being discharged on RA, R1, R2, and R3 parcels; c) developing restrictions to limit continuous shooting on RA, R1, R2, and R3 parcels; and d) to prohibit the discharge of any firearm in an area that has a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch issued by The National Weather Service. Staff will be bringing back a set of recommendations for the Board’s consideration next month in November – so stayed tuned. 



San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:02 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, Librarian

OPEN TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4 // Pre-School Storytimes-Mondays Nov. 19 & 26 at 11 am // Phone: 292.3008 // Location: Next to Head Start on Oak Tree in North San Juan.

With our new budget, we are beginning to order books that respond to immediate concerns like Woodward’s Fear. We hope the community will help with suggests for other current and classic titles.

WINTER IS COMING!  I hope…  Winters are for planning gardens (which we talked about awhile back), and daydreaming about building/remodeling the house. [Please don’t tell my husband about this article, it would make him so nervous.]

640’s & 690’s These practical books contain the how-to for “green” houses: solar; cobb, adobe, straw bale; building underground, and traditional construction.

720’s These are the inspirational architecture books: Frank Lloyd Wright and California Bungalows, designing solar and log homes; floor plans for Chinese and Japanese homes.  On my “to read” list is the Pulitzer Prize winner by Blair Kamin, Terror & Wonder-Architecture in a Tumultuous Age.  We are ordering my personal favorite by Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn.

So, stop by the library and start dreaming and planning.


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