Gold Panning in Bridgeport 5/10/17

Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center. Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River. After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting.

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining. Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 through Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.

Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. 17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546. Photos by John Field

Nevada Co 4-H Fundraiser 4/5/17

(GRASS VALLEY, CA – April 5, 2017) Looking for a fresh, beautiful and delicious sweet treat for Easter? Plan to pick up some handmade See’s Candy and help Nevada County 4-H! The classic gift for Easter is chocolate eggs and See’s Candy comes beautifully packaged for the holiday – ready to present to your loved one. A great selection of special holiday gifts are on hand and available for your pleasure.

The 4-H See’s Candy Easter’s sales will run daily from April 8th through April 15th, from 9:30am to 5:30pm, while supplies last at the portable trailer facility parked at 757 Sutton Way in Grass Valley in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot across from Rite Aid Pharmacy. Be sure to stop by early for the best selection.

All proceeds directly benefit the local 4-H youth development program which helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities. 4-H is not only about animal husbandry. 4-H projects include website design, sports shooting, summer camp, and fashion design. There are a wide variety of projects to interest any youth.

If you would like to order quantities of candy, please contact the 4-H Volunteer Coordinators, Andrea Hanson (530) 913-6153 or Jessica King (530) 444-0184. For more information on the 4-H Youth Development Program or to join a 4-H club near you visit or call the 4-H office at (530) 273-4563.

Parks Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation 3/1/17

There will be Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation for three Sierra Gold Sector State Parks. The three parks include South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and Empire Mine State Historic Park. The location for sign-ups will be at Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am – 3:30pm OR Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 – 3:30pm. For your convenience, only one Saturday session is required.

The session will cover what a “Volunteer Means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Even if you were not able to visit one of our open houses, please join us on one of the two dates, March 4 or March 11, to begin a fulfilling experience as a volunteer for our beautiful state parks. As a volunteer, you will become a vital entity in helping keep our state parks alive and well. This session is very informative, interesting, enlightening and fun!! For any additional questions or concerns please contact: John or Kathy Field

Gold Country Free Fare 12/7/16


County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Gold Country Stage will provide “FREE FARES” on ALL ROUTES and will be operating their normal schedules and times on Friday 12/16/16 and Wednesday 12/21/16 from 5:50 am – 8:00 pm with free fares for all.

Gold Country Stage is available for folks traveling to the 2016 Cornish Christmas on Friday 12/16 and Victorian Christmas on Wednesday 12/21. It is suggested that folks check Route time schedules up to 8:00 pm on these days.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at Gold Country Stage or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

Banner Mountain Artisans 11/9/16

The 13th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale ushers in the holiday shopping season on November 12th and 13th at the Nevada City Elks Lodge in Nevada City, California. Show hours are 10 to 5 Saturday, and 10 to 4 Sunday. Parking and admission are free and all are welcome. Everyone gets a free entry to win a free gift basket full of donations from some of the artisans.

Banner Mountain Artisans (BMA) is a juried group of 31 very talented artists who reside in Nevada County. Many are award winning artists. Working together in a supportive, co-operative manner, they offer quality hand-created products at reasonable prices at the annual Holiday Show and Sale. You will find a variety of handcrafted items in all price ranges, and find something wonderful for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Some of the unique works of art you will find at the Banner Mountain Artisans Holiday Show and Sale include mosaics, jewelry, gourd art, weaving, functional ceramics, painted furniture & decor, photography, wood turned items, oil paintings, metal sculpture, watercolor, copper art, handmade teddy bears, silk painting, tiles, fiber art, handmade soaps, repurposed art and more. To see samples of what the artisans create, visit



Nevada County Fairgrounds 11/2/16

Begins Winter Hours, Effective November 1
Inner-grounds and gates to be locked at 4:30 pm and closed on weekends

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be locked at 
4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. The inner-grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm.
The winter hours only affect the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 
8 am to 5 pm. Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner-grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds during the winter months.
The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

Home Design Event 10/5/16


image003GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, October 5, 2016 — The Union Newspaper presents “100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show” October 21st and 22nd at the Foothills Event Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. “This brand new event was born from a focus group study of what was wanted and needed in this area,” says Mary Anne Davis, Event Manager for The Union. “We listened to our prospective vendors and guests when they asked for an expo focusing on the design elements of the home, both inside and out, showing the latest trends.”
At 100% Design you can browse the new products and services of interior designers, home furnishings, lighting fixtures, window coverings, flooring, bathroom and kitchen products, backyard designers and so much more – all in one place! Come and meet Lisa Quinn, Emmy Award-winning television host, set-stylist, and best-selling author as she gives special presentations titled “Simple & Sophisticated for the Season – Unique Holiday Décor and Gift Ideas from Lisa Quinn and IKEA” Friday at 5:30 p.m., and twice on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lisa Quinn is the owner and designer at Lisa Quinn Home, in Nevada City.
Admission to 100% Design is $10, and includes a free beverage from the bar operated by the Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, as well as an entry into a drawing for door prizes including a $500 shopping sprees at Sierra Timberline and at Young’s Carpet One, a $500 gift card at IKEA, a $250 gift certificate to Budget Blinds, over $1,200 in lighting and bath fixtures from Ferguson Enterprises, and more.
100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, California. For more information visit or call 530-477-4241.

Nevada City Celebrates 8/17/16

Founding Fathers, 6x9, 300Highlights of the Nevada City Sept 10 & 11 weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

The 50th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 10 & 11, 2016 in this historic California Gold Rush town.

Delaware-Revolutionary-War-Days-nevada-city-2016-flyer-letter-size-e1471449939431Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

BLM Advance Warning 6/22/16

No Parking Advanced Warning Signage – Purdon Bridge and Edwards Crossing

WHAT: State Parks is working with BLM to have signage changed
WHEN: Before Fourth of July Weekend
WHERE: Purdon Bridge and Edwards Crossing
“In an effort to address issues such as; illegal overnight camping on State Park property, reduce the threat of illegal fires and after hour illegal activities, while still providing access to BLM camping at China Bar on the South Yuba River, State Parks will posting a new order, Title 14 CCR 4326a. The new Posted Order will limit parking hours at the Purdon Crossing Parking Lot on State Park property to 7am to Sunset. State Parks is working with BLM to have signage changed before fourth of July Weekend. The new regulation will allow two parking sites identified for 72 hour parking for vehicles associated with persons accessing BLM China Bar camping. My thanks to the County and our Partners for supporting State Parks in our efforts . We’ll be issuing warnings for two weeks for vehicles parking in violation of park hours. My thanks to the County and our partners for supporting our efforts to make State Parks and the community safer for all of our visitors and residents.”

Matthew Green Chief Ranger  Sierra District
Office 530-273-3212




“National Dump the Pump Day” encourages folks to use local public transportation (instead of driving) to commute to and from work, school, shopping errands, social activities and all regular travel pursuits. Riding public transit helps to save money on gas, lessens wear and tear on cars, helps in reducing traffic congestion and provides the opportunity to hop on the bus and travel hands free!

► All Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times from 5:50am-8:00pm with free fares for all.

► Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

Humbug Living History 6/1/16

FNBMD LOGO-4 LINEOn Saturday, June 11, between the hours of 11am and 4pm, Humbug Living History Day will commemorate Malakoff Diggins’ Golden Olden Days as park staff and volunteers in period costume interpret our historic heritage at North Bloomfield, formerly Humbug, California. Enjoy music, games, crafts, food and fun including a wild west gun-fight and a water canon (monitor) demonstration. You can also tour the furnished General Store, King’s Saloon, Drug Store, Skidmore residence or poke around amid transportation relics of by-gone horse & buggy days in the fascinating Ostrom Stable.

Hwy 49 So. Yuba Crossing 5/25/16

Nevada City, CA – The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) invites community members to kick-off the river season with its annual “Opening Day at the River” celebration. Memorial Day weekend is typically when people start flocking to the river in droves. River lovers will be greeted by SYRCL’s enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer River Ambassadors who encourage visitors to keep the river clean.

This event on Saturday, May 28th, from 10am-2pm at the Highway 49 crossing will include kid-friendly activities, responsible recreation information, and an appearance from Flo—SYRCL’s beloved fish mascot.

“The River Ambassador program is about welcoming visitors to the river and reminding them to do their part to keep the river clean and safe by packing out what they pack in for starters,” said Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director.

With State Parks experiencing severe budget cuts in recent years, and with an estimated 700,000+ people visiting the South Yuba River State Park annually, the River Ambassador program was developed to prevent the river from being “loved to death.” River Ambassadors team up to educate the public about the impacts of trash, dog waste, broken glass, and wildfire on the South Yuba River from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the four main crossings: Edwards, Purdon, Highway 49, and Bridgeport.

In the past four seasons, the River Ambassador team has had face-to-face contact with over 18,000 visitors to the South Yuba River State Park, collected 21,647 pieces of trash, and removed 3,485 piles of dog waste. The River Ambassador program concludes with SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Since 1998, the Yuba River Cleanup has picked up 194,080 pounds of trash and recycling from the river. The River Ambassador program was created as an extension to the Cleanup—with the goal of promoting yearlong stewardship so less litter would be left behind in the first place.

For more information, please contact Courtney Hudson, Stewardship Coordinator at or
530-265-5961, ext. 212. About River Ambassadors:

Fishing @ Pioneer Park 5/11/15

fishing for fun event flyerFishing for Fun: A Family Affair!
Know and Go:
WHAT: Fun family event to celebrate fishing and learn about eating fish safely
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 1-4pm
WHERE: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City
COST: Free
FOOD & DRINK: Ice Cream Social (free)

Family fishing season is almost here! Bring the whole family to Pioneer Park on Saturday, May 21st for the first ever Fishing for Fun: A Family Affair, offering games, activities, an ice cream social, and important health information for families about eating fish.

South Yuba River Citizens League, The Sierra Fund and Wolf Creek Community Alliance are hosting this exciting and educational event to celebrate the fun of fishing with kids of all ages, while raising awareness around which fish are safe to eat and which might be better caught and then released.

On May 21st, kids can join in on several fish-themed activities and games, while teens and parents will have an opportunity to talk with experts about fishing locations, the history of mercury in our watershed, health impacts of eating mercury contaminated fish, and how families can safeguard their children by choosing fish that are safe to eat.

Mercury and Fish -Understanding how to prevent mercury exposure through fish consumption is important because of the legacy of mining in the Sierra Nevada. Mercury was first introduced to this area during the Gold Rush for use in gold processing. Of the 26 million pounds of mercury brought here, between 10-30% was lost to the environment, where it still remains, affecting our ecosystems and getting into our fish.

Eating mercury contaminated fish is the primary human exposure pathway to mercury. This is particularly relevant in the Sierra, where elevated levels of mercury have been found in mining-impacted waterways, like the Bear and Yuba watersheds.

An Annual Volunteer Effort -In order to protect anglers and their families from eating mercury contaminated fish, South Yuba River Citizens League, The Sierra Fund and Wolf Creek Community Alliance organized a community volunteer event last July to post state-issued fish consumption advisories in the Bear and Yuba watersheds.

The advisories, issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, cover mercury in fish and offer “safe eating guidelines” for consuming fish from California’s lakes and reservoirs. On July 11, 2015, volunteers posted nearly 100 advisories at 28 water bodies and recreational facilities from the Gold Lakes Basin to Camp Far West.

The event was a huge success, and the organizers are excited to continue and expand the effort this year, including posting fish consumption advisories in the American, Feather, and Truckee River watersheds. If you would like to volunteer May 21 to help post these advisories, please contact SYRCL’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Jenn Tamo at or 530-265-5961 ext. 201.

While volunteers are out posting fish consumption advisories, the public is invited to Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City, for a day of educational fun for the whole family. There will be games, trivia, art, and a broad breadth of information about the best choices for eating locally caught fish. Free ice cream sundaes will be provided from 2-3:30pm, while supplies last! Project funding provided by The Sierra Fund.

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