Nevada County News | August 17, 2023

A rainbow of summer produce at the Grass Valley Farmers' Market. Photo by Allyssa Borich, Administrative Analyst in the County Executive Office.

Highway Fire Updates

Go to our Current Incidents page for information and updates on the Highway Fire near

the Little Town of Washington.

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Wildfire Planning Efforts Ramp Up in Truckee

Long recognized as a tourist destination, Truckee faces unique challenges in wildfire prevention and mitigation efforts, including those posed by seasonal population fluctuations and heavy recreational use. On the heels of Measure T, Truckee Fire Protection District’s successful tax measure to dedicate local funding for wildfire prevention, several efforts are currently underway to ensure that projects and programs align with community priorities and needs. 

Last July, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) hired a County Wildfire Coordinator, a brand-new position charged with getting on the ground in communities across Nevada County to better understand what is working, what isn’t, and what is needed for our communities to be wildfire resilient.

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Supervisors Support Consolidation of Three Fire Districts

Last week, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted to support the consolidation of three fire districts--Rough & Ready Fire Protection District, Penn Valley Fire Protection District, and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District--into one combined district.

The Board also approved the fire district chiefs’ request for up to $1 Million in temporary gap funding to operate Rough & Ready Fire Station #59 while the reorganization effort is underway. The Board vote assures continued fire protection for the Rough & Ready community as their fire station was slated to close permanently on June 30. 

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"Through Our Eyes": Nevada County Camera Club Photos on Display at Eric Rood Center

Nevada County Arts Council and the County of Nevada are proud to announce the opening of “Through Our Eyes,” an exhibition of photographs by members of the Nevada County Camera Club. The exhibit is on display at the Eric Rood Administrative Center through September 18th. 

“Through Our Eyes” features images taken at locations throughout the GVNC Cultural District by Camera Club members who were invited to see the community in new ways as part of the club’s “photo challenge.” 

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Staff from multiple agencies responding to the Highway Fire near the Little Town of Washington gather for an early morning briefing at the White Cloud campground on August 17th. Photo by Tahoe National Forest Public Information Officer Lauren Faulkenberry.

More Nevada County News

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Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center Celebrates One Year in New Facility

Yesterday, August 16th, the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center (RDC) celebrated its one year anniversary in its new home. Dispatchers at RDC handle all non-emergency and 911 calls for the entire County of Nevada. 

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Nevada County Supervisors Proclaim August as Child Support Awareness Month

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors declared August as Child Support Awareness Month in Nevada County. “At the heart of our mission in Child Support lies a deep commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs of every family we serve. Just as each child is a one-of-a-kind individual, so too are the circumstances and challenges faced by their families.” Mike Dent, Director of Housing and Child Support Services.

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Still Time to File for FEMA Assistance for February Storm Damage

Residents and businesses that sustained economic loss from the February storms have just two weeks left to file for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline for filing a claim with FEMA is September 1st.

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August 22nd Board of Supervisors Meeting Preview


In Person

Town Council Chamber

Truckee Town Hall

10183 Truckee Airport Road

Truckee, California 96161

By Email

Email the Board of Supervisors

By Phone

Call 530-270-3474


Submit comments online

View the Agenda

The Tuesday, August 22nd Board of Supervisors meeting starts at 9:00 am in the Town Council Chamber at Truckee Town Hall.

Meeting at a Glance

Public Comment

Members of the public will be allowed to address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda that are of interest to the public and are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board.


Consent Calendar

These items are expected to be routine and noncontroversial. The Board of Supervisors will act upon them at one time without discussion.

Certificate of Recognition for Judy Price for twenty-one years of public service as the Town Clerk for the Town of Truckee, and for many contributions to the greater Truckee community.

Certificate of Recognition for Alison Schwedner for her efforts, leadership, guidance, and dedication towards improving the lives of families and youth in the Truckee Tahoe Region.

Approve award of Nevada County Youth Leadership Award to Julian Hall.

10:45: Public hearing and resolution to amend the Consolidated User Fee Schedule for County Departments.

Informational presentation on improvements to Hirschdale Road at its approach to the Tahoe Pyramid Trail.

Resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the North Tahoe Truckee Biomass Task Force.

Acceptance of the 2023 Board Objectives Mid-Year Report.

Lunch Recess

1:30: Presentation on Climate Resilience Objective Update.

Resolution approving a contract between the County of Nevada and Clean Tahoe for litter abatement services in parts of unincorporated East County.

Resolution supporting and proclaiming October 4, 2023 as "California Clean Air Day" in Nevada County.

Presentation on the Donner Summit Region, highlighting County investments and activities within the Region, and Donner Summit Association for their work to protect, promote, and strengthen Donner Summit.


Staff Highlights

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Meet our New Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

The Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters is pleased to add Corey O'Hayre to the team.

O'Hayre is the new Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Nevada County. He has spent the last five years working in the Clerk-Recorder and Elections office in Douglas County, Colorado and was serving as Lead Elections Specialist before coming to Nevada County. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Seattle Pacific University. He looks forward to working with everyone at the County. 

Please make sure to give Corey a warm welcome to Nevada County! 

Jeff Thorsby and Heidi Hall pose outside in front of high rise buildings

Staff Member Appointed to Rural Action Caucus

Jeff Thorsby, a senior management analyst in Nevada County's Clerk of the Board office, has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Rural Action Caucus.

The caucus is the “voice of rural counties before Congress and the White House,” according to the association's website. Members of the caucus are dedicated to “solving the unique issues impacting local communities and rural economic development, including making daily decisions impacting roughly 60 million Americans,” the website said.

“I am honored to help support the terrific work of the Board to advocate for the issues of critical importance for rural counties and Nevada County specifically," Thorsby said of his appointment.

Come Work with Us!

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Administrative Analyst

The County Executive Office (CEO) is seeking an Administrative Analyst to join our communications and outreach team. We are looking for an experienced multi-media communications professional skilled at:

  • Maintaining websites and providing support and training to web content creators to ensure content is accessible, engaging, and meets best practices
  • Implementing internal communications programs and developing content for multiple platforms, including web, social media, e-newsletters, and print
  • Event planning and production (community events, town halls, trainings, workshops, etc.)
  • Photography, videography, and graphic design
  • Public speaking 
  • Contract management 
  • Intern supervision 

The ideal candidate will have strong project management skills, be self-directed, able to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and be available to work full-time in the office (40 hours per week with occasional nights and weekends). We are seeking a “people person” with a high degree of technical proficiency, creativity, initiative, and collaborative skills.

Learn more about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.


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