Friday, November 30, 2012


If you know anything about fly fishing you will find Hank Patterson to be the funniest guide who has ever peed in waders. 

This "special edition" Hank Patterson episode was created specifically for The Greenbacks - Colorado Trout Unlimited ( If you love Colorado, Tim Tebow, Fly Fishing, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Greenback Cutthroat Trout, History and the always enlightening teachings of the world's premiere fly fishing guide - Hank Patterson, you'll dig this episode! Snap It!


Today's Deal of the Day is priced at $990,000, while the asking price will eliminate many potential buyers on this converted covered bridge that is located at 10355 N. Bloomfield in Nevada City. The home is 2,400 sq. ft that sits on 5 beautiful acres.

The home is not for everyone but it you are looking for one of the most unique properties in the foothills, this is it. If you have a desire to view the property please give me a call at 530-477-2277.

The owners of the property have the home listed here as a Bed and Breakfast and have described it in the following manner....

An opportunity to stay in Nevada City’s historic “Covered Bridge House.” A New York Loft style home in the heart of the gold country. Surrounded by world class skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. Walking distance to downtown Nevada City, where you can enjoy wonderful food, wine tasting, shopping, live music, art and events. See Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for events throughout the year. (website hidden)
Enjoy the amenities of this one-of-a-kind home in Nevada City where you can explore the charm of the gold country. Indulge all of your senses with the features of this award-winning home. Your stay includes a separate entrance to bedroom, bath, and private patio. Relax and enjoy your morning coffee on the patio surrounded by hummingbirds, Japanese maples and nature. Your host s will surprise you with scrumptious attention to details. Coffee, fruit and muffins for breakfast. Dinner available on request for an extra fee. Private parking, free internet and amazing ambiance are just a hint of the treats that you have in store for you at this sought after retreat in the Sierra Foothills.
The Listing agent describes the property as...
The Nevada City Covered Bridge House is the most unique residential architecture in Nevada County. The conversion to an upscale New York style loft was featured on HGTV's Rezoned show, and the interior was used in a Sony global ad campaign. The interior design and furnishings are by renowned designer Giudita Soldavini. The house is perfect for an artistic individual or couple, and can can easily be adapted for an in-house professional office or studio. It is not suitable for children. The guest bedroom has a separate entrance and a full bath. The five acre property backs up to a 33 acre open preserve, Sugarloaf Mountain, which is designated permanent open space. An organic garden occupies the back edge of the property.

Scott Hopper - Realtor, 530-477-2277

"If you enjoy reading my blog, please keep me in mind when you or a friend needs a real estate professional"

Thursday, November 29, 2012


The Bruins' freshman girls basketball found themselves matched against what could be the tournament's eventual winner in its first round contest. The host team fell to Oak Ridge by a final score of 45-5.

Oak Ridge used its full court press to pull out to a 21-2 first quarter lead and kept in on until the score was 33-3 at the half. In the second half the visiting team ran there offense and did not fast break.

Roseville vs Golden Sierra

The game was well matched as both teams looked to be about the same skill level but Roseville pulled it out in the end winning by 4.

Roseville will take on Oak Ridge and the Lady Bruins will play Golden Sierra at 3:30 on Friday.

NU vs Colfax

I left at the end of the first quarter with the score of 11-5 in favor of the Lady Miners. 

Placer vs Ponderosa

I'm not sure of the outcome.

The winner of the NU vs Colfax game will play the winner of the Placer vs Ponderosa while the two losers will play.

Come out and support the girls!


While I was looking for a new video game for my son this Christmas, I began to reflect on my own childhood. While I do recall being one of the first kids on my block with the game Pong in the 1970's. I don't remember playing it that much.

We played outside until my mother rang a bell which was mounted on the side of the garage which was always well into the evening. We came home to eat and that was about it.

I even recall eating apples off the neighbors tree, raw corn from a random field and berries that grew on the side of the road. We fished in ponds and lakes. It was very simple then, as Pong is to the video games are today.

Now as parents we are straddled with video games which are time eaters as well as provide no long term benefits for our children. While I don't really understand playing a video game for hours on end, I too will follow in my parents footsteps and get him the game he wants, just as my parents did for me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


The midnight show for Hobbit is on sale now at the Del Oro box office and online at Tickets for the rest of the week's showings will be on sale soon.

Click here if you are ready to go to the show!


The Nevada Union Miners open up the 2012 season at home in the CIF Foundation Game against the El Dorado Cougars. Paul Brown, Scott Spencer and Steve Sitter bring you all the action. Recorded LIVE at the Ali gymnasium, Monday November 26, 2012 by TouchDown Productions.


A Short sale is when a seller and the note holder (bank or investor) agree to sell a home for less than the loans value. I have posted a letter which I received today in regards to the expiration of the  Debt Forgiveness Act which is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012.

Click here for the I.R.S.'s explanation of the Act itself. 

Attorney Robert Enos of our office was on the phone today with  the Office of Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) concerning the status of the extension of the Debt Forgiveness Act.  Rangel is Chairman of the U.S. House Banking and Finance Committee and is directly involved in the legislation to extend the Act as well as  in the ongoing negotiations concerning the so-called "Fiscal Cliff " (read more about this in my E-News tomorrow morning).

According to Rangle, there is a 98% chance of approval of extension of the Actat least through 2013.  There are many Bills currently in play and there is widespread support for extension.  So what is now being decided is what Bill to attach the extension to as a compromise is worked out between the House and Senate versions.  He expects that a vote will be taken before Christmas.   If not, we would expect a vote somewhere in early 2013 which would be retroactive to January 1st.  

Steve Beede

If you are considering a short sale on your home, please contact me as I can help you through the muddied waters. 

Throughout 2012 short sales have driven the local market but as the Debit Forgiveness Act's expiration looms Nevada County's for sale inventory has been reduced considerably. Currently there are 325 single family homes on the market while in 1994 there were over 1,400.

There are 29 short sales and 31 REO properties currently being offered in Nevada County. While 12 months ago there were almost 700 homes on the market and a majority of them were short sales and REO properties.

Prices are firming as the desperate sellers are moved out of the market. The bottom line is, we still have no idea what will happen with the Act but one thing is for sure, the market is getting a whole lot stronger as buyers have snatched up many of the lower priced homes in Nevada County!

Scott Hopper - Realtor, 530-477-2277

"If you enjoy reading my blog, please keep me in mind when you or a friend needs a real estate professional"


What causes the moon to have a colored ring around it?

These photos were taken on November 27, 2012 in Grass Valley California.

When I searched the ever powerful google, I found this website which  stated Another interesting effect caused by moon light is the corona. Just like lunar halos, coronas are produced by high thin clouds. But unlike halos coronas are very small in size.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Did you hear John McDaniel has a basketball team? You had better get ready NorCal, they are fast, long, tenacious and can knock down the three ball! The Lady Miners not only used their Foundation game to get ready for the upcoming season they used it to punish the Cougars on way to their 80-22 victory. This team is for real so come out and support the team.

Below is the replay of the game which was called by Jim Adams, myself as well as Steve Sitter for Touchdown Productions who brings the best entertainment in Nevada county.

Click here  for the full game replay.

Monday, November 26, 2012


The Bear River basketball boys and girls teams hosted Dixon for its Foundation games Monday night at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium.

The Bruin's boys team deployed solid defense which resulted in 20 turnovers as well as holding the visiting team to 15 for 53 from the field along with a strong scoring effort to win 60-42.

The Lady Bruins also won 46-41. The BR girls will take on McClatchy later in the week who dropped PVL foe Foothill 62-43.


Patrick Scott a Bear River High School graduate dropped in a game-high 22 points but the Sonoma State men's basketball team, despite trailing by just six points midway through the second half, dropped a 73-55 decision to NCAA Division I St. John's in exhibition action at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.  

The Seawolves kept the Red Storm in check for most of the contest, but a combination of 27 Sonoma turnovers and 12 blocks by St. John's defenders would prove to be too much in SSU's first-ever trip to the East Coast.

Also Scott was named the Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 12th through 18th.  Scott helped lead the Seawolves to a 1-1 record at the 12th Annual Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic, earning All-Tournament honors in the process.

Scott's week started with a 28-point performance against Minnesota State on Saturday.  The Grass Valley native shot 11-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point line in 38 minutes of action.  The next night, Scott scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Seawolves handed Dominican University its first loss of the season, 91-87 in overtime. 

Scott's weekend totals included 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.  He shot 14-of-20 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point territory.

The Seawolves return to action on Nov. 30th when they host Cal State Monterey Bay in the CCAA opener for both teams.


The Miners and Lady Miners' varsity basketball teams tipped off their 2012-2013 season on Monday at Ali Gymnasium in their Foundation game while hosting the Cougars of El Dorado High School. If tonight's Lady Miner game was any indication of how their season will be played you had better look out. As for the boys team we hope their foundation will hold up under the pressure of the storm.

Nevada Union a Division I school hosted El Dorado a Division III school and the Lady Miners drilled them to a 80-22 final. NU coach John McDaniel had his team start the game defending in the full court which delivered many turnovers resulting in many NU layups. The Lady Miners were far to athletic for the visiting team. The only negative was the NU girls committed 17 team fouls in the first half as they played a very aggressive on ball and half court man to man trap. If they find themselves against a better opponent in the future and they foul like that, the outcome could be very different.

This is a team to watch so mark your calendars!

The boys team was without its leading scorer for the night as Ian Davis sat on the bench in street cloths which gave additional opportunities to other Miner players. The team's guard play is a strength but they will need to find away to score from inside the paint or they will have a tough go during the regular season as they play in the Sierra Foothill League which historically is one of the best in the state.

The Miners did win the match-up 43-33 but they did have an 18 point lead late in the game which was given away due to not taking care of the basketball.

There were two dunks in the game one by NU's junior center Vojack and the other by the Cougars but the highlight of the game came in the final seconds of the first half as Cole Hannum shot the ball from half court and all it hit was net. Video of the shot is below.

Cole Hannum's half court shot

The first quarter score was 10-9 and going in to the half it was 23-18. The Miners played with a lot of energy when they went with a small lineup in the third quarter which resulted in a 42-23 lead to end the third. 

At the start of the fourth quarter it looked as if Nevada Union thought the game was over as they began to unravel. They turned the ball over many times against the Cougars full court press which allowed El Dorado to cut the lead to 43-33 as time ran out. 

Overall there were some very impressive minutes for the Miners in their first game of the season especially with Davis sidelined for the contest.

Please check back for Touchdown Production's replay of both the girls and boys games.


Bear River Bruins girls basketball team's coach Jeff Bickmore has announced his team of 10 who attempted to build on to the schools very solid basketball program.

1  Maddi Dunn G Jr. 5-8
5  Cindy Solomon G Sr. 5-5
10 Lauren Runte G Jr. 5-5
12 Sarah Haggar G Sr. 5-6
14 Jennifer Alberts G Jr. 5-8
15 Michelle Whiting F So. 5-9
21 Michelle Taylor G Jr. 5-6
23 Savannah Welz G Sr. 5-8
32 Teryn Rath F Jr. 5-9
43 Kaitlyn Reina F Jr. 5-9

The Bruins will look to shoot the three ball and play a team game with production coming from many different player. The team will look to Welz and Haggar to lead the team in points as they are the team's returning leading scorers with 8 and 7 points per game respectively.

The 2011 team fell in the third round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament to Calaveras but did win a game in the State tournament the following week. This past season the team was led by now graduated Jenn Meylor who averaged over 17 points per game. Her shoes will be tough to fill but as in years past Bickmore finds away to stay near the top of the Pioneer Valley League standings.


NU's varsity basketball coach John McDaniel has announced the Nevada Union Lady Miner's basketball team for the 2012-13 basketball season.

     Alysson Gonzalez G Jr. 5-4 115
2   Erin Selleck PG Jr. 5-8 130
3   Sammy DeHart G, PF, P So. 5-11 135
10 Emily Smith F Sr. 5-9 135
11 Sydney Porter G, SG Jr. 5-6 120
15 Olivia Gulsvig PF, F Sr. 5-11 135
20 Katie Johnson P Jr. 5-9 140
21 Melanie O'Brien P, PF Jr. 5-11 140
22 Nicole Lierly SG, G Sr. 5-9 135
23 Emma Peterson G Jr. 5-5 120
24 Kaylin Martin PG, SG Sr. 5-8 130
33 Sarina Orellana P Sr. 5-9 135

The Lady Miners will rely on returners Lierly and Porter both of which were the teams leading scorers in 2011 while averaging 10 and 13 points per game respectively. They have good size and leadership as well as a few good younger players which will give the Lady Miners a shot at the making it into the post season. The team did make it to the playoff last season and finished at 15-14 while going 8-2 in the Sierra Foothill League.


Basketball season begins tonight in Nevada County when both Nevada Union and Bear River's boys and girls varsity teams tip-off in their 2012 foundation games.

The Bruin boys and girls team will host Dixon High School with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. with the boys scheduled to take the floor at 7:30.

The Lady Bruins will most-likely start the season a little slow as a few of their starters have had little to no practice time due to their involvement on the school's Section championship volleyball team. The Bear River volleyball team completed their season on Saturday as they fell 3-1 to Sacred Heart in the State semi-final Division IV Tournament.


Nevada Union will take to the hardwood at Ali Gymnasium tonight with the girls game being scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30. The Miners take on El Dorado which will begin their winter sports season.

There has been some buzz swirling around the Lady Miner's team as they played and won a few summer league tournaments this past summer. The team lists three girls who are 5'11" so they should be able to battle in the paint which has not been a strong suit for the team over the past couple of years.

The NU boys team fell to the school's star-laden Alumni team this past week but their guard play should keep them in most contests.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


 After 16 years Rainbow Ridge Tree Farm will be closing after the 2012 Holiday season.

Our Christmas tree from 2011 sitting near the wood pile awaiting its call of duty. Burn baby burn!
The remains of our Christmas tree from 2010, half of which has been used as a fire starter.


Bear River High School has released its 2012 varsity basketball roster. 

1   Michael Raigoza G Sr. 5-9
3   Jake Sypnicki G Jr. 5-9
5   Andrew Harris F Sr. 6-0
11 Justin Beskeen F Sr. 6-6
12 Charlie Espinoza G Jr. 6-1
13 Travis Anderson PF Sr. 6-2
14 Tyler Hajewski F Sr. 6-2
20 Abram Bennett C Sr. 6-4
22 Tevyn Kimble G Sr. 5-9
23 Braden Duncan F Jr. 6-2
24 Zach Quirarte F Jr. 5-11
25 Sean Albee F Jr. 6-1
34 Nick Bachus C Sr. 6-8

The clear standout on the team is 6-foot-6 CSUN volleyball recruit senior Beskeen who led the 2011 team in scoring with 18 points per game as well as 8 rebounds. He is long, athletic and enters his third varsity season. The season's success rides on his shoulders. 

The Bruins who will looked to Raigoza and Espinoza to handle the ball in the open court have some tough shoes to fill as the team graduated its top to guards. Look for opposing teams to pressure the guards in the back-court until Bear River can prove they have the handle.

Bachus has improved each season and at 6-foot-8 he should be a strong rebounder and shot blocker. Look for Bear River to play a lot of zone with the 6-8 senior making his presents known protecting the paint.

Bear River hosts Dixon on Monday Nov. 26. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Bear River volleyball fell on Saturday in the semi-final of the State tournament by a score of 3-1 to Sacred Heart. It was a great run and season for the Lady Bruins.

Nice job!


When I heard of Jack Taylor of Grinnell scoring 138 points to break the NCAA record for-points in a game I was in awe. But when I started to really think about it I was not so impressed.

While I find it amazing that one player can score 138 points in a single college basketball game, I do wonder what his teammates were feeling. Basketball is a team game. The kid shot the ball 107 times while dishing out ZERO assists. He did have a teammate who did shoot the ball 6 times though.

Score By Periods12TotalRECORDS
Faith Baptist Bible46581040-5
Grinnell College85941793-0

This was a game where one player on a team was held above the game and the team itself which I find fault in. Where was the coach? I do not find fault with the player as it is obvious he was just to much for the other team to guard and heck taking that many shots would be fun. But he should have never been able to chuck the ball that many times. I would also call the team poor sports, blowing a team out is one thing but winning by 75 is down right disrespectful.

What about teaching defense coach? Your team gave up 104 points in a single contest.

Great Job Taylor in rewriting the record books.


There is so much you need or may want to know whether you are baseball parent, player or coach that you can never know it all, so if you need a little help in picking out a glove or how to help your practice, there is a new site which can help.

Click here for the tips and advise.

The Founder of the interactive web/message board site has coached/managed from Little League to High school and he has seen and or heard just about everything so he is attempting to help not only the kids and parents on his particular team but the world with the knowledge he has obtained. But again if he can not help then the rest of the world wide audience we also be there for support.

If you have a particular need or question feel free to post it and someone who has been in the same situation very well can help you through the pitfalls and keep you out of trouble.

The site is in its infancy so please check back often for new question which you may be able to answer. The site's intent to to help those in need.