Category Archives: Local


Arthur Mommi was a legend in the Nevada County music scene of the nineteen sixties and seventies. I first met him when we were seated next to each other in the baritone section of the high school band. He was … Continue reading

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This was the cover art (front and back) for the 16 to 1 Mine’s 1998 stockholder report. One of the last operating mines in the Gold Country, the 16to1 has weathered many a regulatory storm and is always on the … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back

As you may have heard, the state is considering dumping the Empire Mine State Park, due to the high cost of toxic clean-up related to its mining history. Many of us old timers are outraged by this slight to our … Continue reading

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Okay, so there is no Nobel prize for cartooning, but I did win an award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. I just don’t know whether it’s first or second place. Maybe they’re just fooling.

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And The Winner Is…The Status Quo!!!

Well, it looked like Nevada City was going to have an election this year, but only two days after the filing deadline, the third candidate (John Valdeman) dropped out, citing “no differences” with candidate councilperson-in-waiting Evans Phelps or incumbent Duane … Continue reading

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Spring Has Sprung!

Winter, if you could call it that, has departed for another year. With any luck we’ll get some more rain and limp through the growing season. Looking forward to the return of the Farmer’s Markets. Enjoy the green fields while … Continue reading

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A Letter Returns To Sender

A few days ago I was looking for a reference to the band Mistress when I discovered that a song I wrote eons ago that was recorded by the group had found its way onto YouTube. The song, Letter To … Continue reading

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We’re All Cornish On St. Piran’s Day

Last week I received a phonecall from Eleanor Kinitzer, asking if I planned to attend this year’s St. Piran’s Day celebration at city hall in Grass Valley. I assured her that I always attend, being a descendent of Cornish immigrants … Continue reading

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What’s That Sound? (Updated 3/2/14)

Do you hear something? It sounds like music! It’s getting closer…Hey! It must be a parade! Here are some photos from the parade.  (Top)Channel 10′s Walt Gray meets the Merry Widows. (Bottom Left) Occifer Bob and Jonathan Meredith. (Bottom Right) … Continue reading

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We Have An Election!

Whoopie! Looks like we may actually have an election in Nevada City this year -if all three potential candidates follow through. It’s a good thing, because for the NC to skip two elections in a row would have been somewhat … Continue reading

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