Thursday, August 21, 2014


This weekend, the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association (ASPOA) will be promoting its second yard sale weekend, so you can sell your treasures, or discover new treasures at someone else’s sale. Based on its members feedback, they have added Friday to the sale. The sales are scheduled Friday through Sunday (8/22-8/24) from 8am – 3pm.

The event was a big success in the spring. My family purchased two great kayaks as well as sold a bunch of stuff that was just lying around.

 The event has been advertised in the ASPOA monthly e-newsletter, the Union, on KNCO, Yubanet, Craigslist, Facebook, community signs, and flyers.

LIST/MAP of the registered yard sales will be available the morning of August 22 at, which you can download and print to help you navigate the winding (and often confusing) roads in our community. Yard sales will take place Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. We’ll include that information in our list, as well.

Happy hunting.


Are you a local high school football fan? Have you wondered why Bear River and Nevada Union don't play each other? Well this Saturday night (8/23) they will match up in a scrimmage at Bear River High School along with Mesa Verde.

This sets up an interesting conversation for the future. NU is currently playing the in ultra loaded Sierra Foothill league which could be the toughest league in the state. The SFL schools have student populations near 2,000. While Bear River plays in the Pioneer Valley League which has teams that have from 650 students to 1,700. The Bruins are one of the smaller teams in the league with about 800 students. The two largest schools in the PVL are Lincoln and Placer high schools which are in the 1,700 range. Both of which the Miners have on their 2014 schedule. While this is only a scrimmage Nevada County bragging rights may be on the line.

The Freshman and JV teams will be on the field for about 40 min. commencing at 6pm. The Frosh teams will be on one end of the field while the JV teams will be at the other end.

The three varsity teams will go at it at 7pm utilizing the entire field. 


On Wednesday I went to the garage and noticed my bike tire was flat. Ugh I said to myself as I had planned to take my morning ride. So I loaded the bike into my car and planned to drive to Nevada City to get a new tube. On my way I recalled a new bike shop in Alta Sierra which is very close to my home. The location of the new shop is perfect for South county residents as it is at the corner of Alta Sierra drive and Highway 49, next to Alta Sierra Pizza and Grill.

The business model seemed a bit odd to me as it is a coffee shop as well as bike sales, repair and accessories shop. As I entered I was greeted by the owner Kyle Thompson who can be reached at 530-263-5245. He is a very knowledgeable man. We talked coffee and bike trails as I sipped the Chronic blend while he put a new tube in my tire. The Chronic is a very full flavored strong brew which comes from a Colombian bean that is roasted in Idaho.

The bikes in his inventory span a wide range of prices and styles including custom one of a kind models. Kyle also carries clothing and accessories for beginners to the advanced rider. The shop is clean. I would recommend the coffee as well as anything cycling related. While I did not understand the combination of coffee and bikes at first, it now makes perfect sense. I enjoyed my time with the new shop keep.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


As the local Little League scene moves towards declaring its champions there is one thing that is becoming clear. We have some great baseball teams in our area.

Tonight in Nevada City at Pioneer Park Area I champion Lincoln will take on the Area II champion Sierra Foothill at 6:30. The clear favorite is Lincoln who defeated the defending champion 17-8. But Lincoln comes into the contest having played two games yesterday while Sierra Foothill played a 5 inning game on Tuesday. Sierra Foothill should have the advantage on the mound while Lincoln has a lot of fire power at the plate. This is a must see game.

In the Junior division tonight in Rocklin at Tri-City Little League, Bear River will look to avenge Mercy rule loss which came earlier in the tournament to Grass Valley. First pitch is scheduled for 5. The night cap game (7:30) will pit the unbeaten teams (Lincoln vs Tri-City) with the winner having a clear route to the District 11 championship.

In the 9/10 Division it is Bear River who stands above all others in Area I as they are the only team that has not lost a game. They will play the winner of Rocklin vs Lincoln on Saturday night. I Area II it is Nevada City who will wait to play the winner of Sierra Foothill vs Grass Valley on Saturday.

Leagues still playing
Lincoln (3 teams) Junior, Major and 9/10.
Bear River (2 teams) Junior and 9/10.
Grass Valley (2 teams) Junior and 9/10
Sierra Foothill (2 teams) Major and 9/10.
Tri-City (1 team) Junior.
Rocklin (1 team) 9/10.

Monday, June 30, 2014


A few of Nevada County's Little League baseball teams are battling a few have been sent to the exit while others begin today. Nevada City's major All-stars and Penn Valley's major All-stars were sent to the exit after just two games. Local fans are in shock as Nevada City was District 11's odds on favorite. The Nevada City Angles did not drop a game in the regular season and their All-star team fell 13-5 to Sierra Foothill and then to Foresthill 7-3. Grass Valley is still alive and they play Foresthill at 6:30 in Nevada City. Sierra Foothill is the clear favorite in Area II as they have posted 46 runs and have given up 11 in three games including a 20-4 victory over Grass Valley. In that game SF hit three home runs in the first inning.

In the junior division where Area I and Area II teams play in the same bracket Penn Valley is the only unbeaten while Grass Valley, Bear River and Nevada City stand at 1-1. Tonight at Tri-City GV plays NC which will send one team home. The favorite to in this bracket is Lincoln. While their pitching may not be as strong as defending champion Auburn they have hitters and defenders all through their order. On a side not Lincoln won the District 11 Tournament of Champions this past week.

The 9/10 All-stars get underway today. Best of luck!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Penn Valley used strategic hitting and pitching to drop the host team Rocklin by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night. With the win they will play in the championship game tomorrow at 6pm versus Lincoln.

Rocklin took the lead in the first inning with a lead off single to start the game and scored on a ball that hit the field umpire.

Penn Valley scored two in the top of the second on a double by starting pitcher Owen Day which one hopped the right center fence.

PV extended their lead in the third on a lead off single, a few past balls moved the runner around to third and eventually made it home on a fielders choice moving the score to 3-1.

PV hung two more on the board in the top of the 6th. Day was relieved by Matt Hayward with the score 5-2. Lead off single by Rocklin scored when PV turned a double play moving the score to 5-3. Hayward struck out the final batter of the inning.

Rocklin went to their bull pen which fanned his first batter, followed by a single to right, fielders choice (6-4), past ball and scored on a throwing error by the Rocklin short stop which extending the PV lead to 6-3. Nick Sims singled, a walk loaded the bases but the final batter in the 7th struck out looking.

Hayward returned to the bump for the final 3 outs. The first out came by a ground out 6-3 but that is where PV manager Jim Nolan pulled him at 20 pitches. He then called on his 12 year old son James Nolan who was asked to get the game's final two outs. The second out of the inning was a fly out to Hayward at third. Then the Rocklin lead off hitter was hit by a pitch. Nolan then fanned the final batter of the contest.


On Wednesday at 5pm the Bear River Red Sox took on the Rocklin Rangers who won the Top of the Rock. By all accounts the Rangers should make it to the championship on Friday at 6. In early going the Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, a lead they would never give up as they went on to a 5-0 victory. BR used Peyton McGovern, Jake Leonard and Jacob Anderson on the bump in the loss. The Sox pitching staff did a good job of keeping the hitters off balance. BR committed 3 fielding errors while the Rangers committed just one. In the first two innings BR had three runners on but had two thrown out at second. Sox catcher Jake Roger threw out a runner in the first inning and Rocklin did not attempt to run again on the strong armed catcher.

BR tried to make it interesting in the bottom half of the final inning as they had the bases loaded with one out and their lead off hitter Leonard at the plate. Leonard hit a line driver to Rocklin's first baseman's out stretched glove which doubled up the runner at first to end the game.

McGovern led the Red Sox at the plate going 2-for-3. BR had 4 hits in the game while Rocklin had 9.

Rocklin plays the Penn Valley White Sox at 6pm. Winner plays in the championship against Lincoln who dropped the Auburn Cardinals by a score of 11-6.


The Rocklin Yankees smashed the Grass Valley Giants by a score of 10-0 in a mercy rule contest. Auburn A also dominated the Penn Valley B team in a 11-1 shortened contest.

Tonight in Colfax the Bear River B will take on the Tri-City A team at 5pm followed by the Grass Valley Dodgers versus Tri-City B.


In Newcastle on Wednesday it was Lincoln dropped who dropped Rocklin 15-7. Tonight at 5 it will be Nevada City taking on Tri-City at 5pm.