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By Eric Johnson
Published Apr 21, 2024

Earth Day: Resilience vs. Disaster

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the efforts our fellow humans (including some powerful Californians) have made and are making to help heal our planet and connect us, while we simultaneously consider what we must do to protect our communities as the climate crisis worsens. We begin with a tribute to a man who is given credit for lighting the spark that led to this holiday.

Below, as always, find a carefully curated selection of local news; a short tribute to a local nonprofit, and a tasty recipe.


Seeing the World Anew

Just a few months before Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders took the "Earthrise" photo above, Stewart Brand convinced NASA to release the first color photo of the earth that had ever been seen. He believed people would be deeply affected by that image and he was right: The founders of Earth Day cite that photo as their inspiration. Here are several other ways this former Merry Prankster changed the world.


Stewart Brand’s ‘Whole Earth’ and its Place in the Universe


Meet the hippie intellectual who changed the world with the first published photograph of our entire planet.

Organizing Against Disaster

Worsening winter storms and the lengthining wildfire season are forcing us to confront unprecedented challenges. Here's how communities are coping and some ways you can help.


Budgeting for Resilience

West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California, following a storm in January 2023. Throughout the state, communities are being forced to budget for disaster.
California communities are focusing resources in response to the effects of climate change and other challenges.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.


These scones won’t curb your enthusiasm

These strawberry and cream scones are perfect for a spring brunch or tea.
NEW Strawberries and cream scones with orange zest


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SWEP’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning projects.

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Sierra Sun logo Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner

Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Kristyn McDougall, MSN, FNP-C, has joined their Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine team at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics in Truckee.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo ‘Plastics Are Not the Tahoe Way’

The City of South Lake Tahoe's single-use water bottle ban goes into effect for commercial vendors on Earth Day, April 22.

Sierra Sun logo Community Kicks Off Truckee Little League Season in Style

Trucks decorated in balloons, banners, and flags, filled with little league teams made their way down Donner Pass Road Saturday morning, April 13.

Sierra Sun logo Collaborative Workshop Paves the Way for 2024 Truckee Transit Development Plan

The Nevada County Transportation Commission and the Town of Truckee teamed up to address the future of transportation in the Truckee TART transit system.

Sierra Sun logo Northstar Wood Energy Facility Receives $250K Boost for Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation

In a significant step toward enhancing forest health and addressing wildfire risks, the Northstar Community Services District Wood Energy Facility has received a $250,000 boost from the Tahoe Fund and Vail Resorts EpicPromise program.

Sierra Sun logo Long Overdue; Truckee’s Chinatowns Landmark

In April 2023, Truckee-Donner Historical Society submitted an application to the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission for Truckee's Chinatowns seeking landmark status.

Sierra Sun logo Truckee’s Public Art Commission to Embark on Roundabout Project

Truckee's Public Art Commission has set its sights on enhancing the visual appeal of the Church Street & Truckee Way Roundabout with a new public art installation.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Chief’s Corner: Join Our Community Emergency Response Team

In times of crisis, each and every member of our community can play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our neighbors.

Sierra Sun logo Tahoe Conservancy Awards Two North Shore Grants to Improve Community Sustainability, Climate Resilience

At its Tuesday April 16 meeting, the California Tahoe Conservancy Board approved two north shore grants.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Call for Nominations for 2022-2023 Best in Basin Awards

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is calling for nominations for projects completed in 2022 or 2023 that display outstanding environmental design to be recognized in the 31st annual Best in Basin awards program.

Sierra Sun logo Visit Truckee-Tahoe Hires Director of Tourism Marketing & Management

Visit Truckee-Tahoe announces executive team expansion with the hiring of Jackie Calvert as the Director of Tourism Marketing & Management. 

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Bread & Broth Thanks Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Bread & Broth is extremely fortunate to have Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsors that have hosted the organization's Monday Meal on a regular basis.

Sierra Sun logo Excellence in Education Foundation Concludes Skiing for Schools

The Excellence in Education Foundation Skiing for Schools program ended with $138K in new funding.

Sierra Sun logo Truckee Invites Community Input for River Revitalization Project

The Truckee River is more than just a waterway; it's a cornerstone of the community, offering ecological richness and recreational value.

Sierra Sun logo Nevada County, Truckee, Friends of the Truckee Library Select Architect for New Truckee Library

Nevada County, the Town of Truckee, and Friends of the Truckee Library took another step forward toward building a new 20-000-square-foot Truckee Library facility at Truckee Regional Park.

Sierra Sun logo Town of Truckee Launches Dark Skies Photo Contest

The Town of Truckee is launching the first "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" photo contest as part of an initiative to encourage residents to limit light pollution and enjoy the natural beauty of the night sky.

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Recent Local News

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• Photo Contest Launches to Promote Dark Skies

A photo contest promoting dark sky lighting has been launched by the Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County, the City of Nevada City and the City of Grass Valley.

(04/22/2024) → YubaNet

• Youth Commission Applications Open

Applications are open for Nevada County youth ages 14-19 for seats on the Youth Commission which acts as an advisory body for the Board of Supervisors.

(04/20/2024) → YubaNet

• Fire Evacuation Routes to be Presented

A study of possible evacuation routes for several fire-vulnerable areas has been compiled with recommendations for improvement is to be presented to the Board of Supervisors.

(04/19/2024) → The Union

• Fire Department Proposes Staff Increase

The City of Grass Valley Fire Department proposed use of Measure B funds to add one additional firefighter.

(04/19/2024) → The Union

• Skateboarders Give Input on Skatepark Design

In an April 17 community meeting in Grass Valley, dozens of area skateboarders gathered for a presentation on design options for the Condon Park Skatepark Project.

(04/18/2024) → The Union

• Gold Country Senior Services Soliciting Input

Input is sought from local seniors for what programs and services are desired at the new Senior Service Center located at 231 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley.

(04/17/2024) → YubaNet

• Interfaith Food Ministry March Matching Campaign Raises $160,000

Interfaith Food Ministry announced it had exceeded its March Matching Campaign goal and raised $160,000 to address food insecurity in Nevada County.

(04/17/2024) → The Union

• Accountability Problems Continue at Fire Safe Counsil

The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury issued a report on April 16 noting continuing problems with the Fire Safe Council accounting of Nevada County funding.

(04/16/2024) → YubaNet

• Prescribed Burn Courses Offered

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District is offering courses in prescribed burns for county landowners.

(04/16/2024) → YubaNet
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Recent Statewide News

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• Newsom Calls Out Republican Abortion Policies in New Ad Running in Alabama

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new ad blasts GOP efforts to make it harder for people to leave states with abortion bans and seek treatment elsewhere.

(04/21/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• As Salmon Are Released Into the Klamath River, Tribal Leaders See a 'Symbol of Hope'

California has released 500,000 salmon into the Klamath River. As dams are removed, the fish will be some of the first to return to a free-flowing river.

(04/20/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• A Private Calif. Ranch Holds Important State History — And It Might Be in Danger

Some residents fear development could destroy parts of the historic land.

(04/19/2024) → SF Gate

• After Previously Being Cleared, Three Alameda Police Officers Now Face Manslaughter Charges

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged three East Bay police officers with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez.

(04/19/2024) → SF Gate

• A Plan to Change Your Utility Rates Is Dividing California Environmentalists. Here’s Why

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider on May 9 a new proposal that would change how Californians pay for electricity.

(04/18/2024) → CalMatters

• California Sets Nation’s First Water Standard for Cancer-Causing Contaminant

Water suppliers say the costs will be massive, with rates increasing for many consumers. Known as the “Erin Brockovich” chemical, hexavalent chromium is found statewide.

(04/17/2024) → CalMatters

• Senate Impeachment Trial Begins for Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in California, is the first U.S. Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years.

(04/17/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Paris Hilton Speaks Up for California’s ‘Troubled’ Teens

Heiress Paris Hilton is on a mission to shine a light on the "troubled teen industry," a largely unregulated multibillion-dollar industry that is gaining public scrutiny for alleged abuse of vulnerable youths.

(04/17/2024) → California Healthline

• In San Francisco’s Chinatown, a CEO Works With the Community to Bolster Hospital

Chinese Hospital, located in the heart of this city's legendary Chinatown, struggles with many of the same financial and demographic challenges that plague small independent hospitals in underserved areas across the country.

(04/16/2024) → California Healthline
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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ground beef products that may be contaminated...
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/19/2024)

Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Update from the Capitol, Scholarship Opportunities, and More

Greetings, Im writing to share the latest updates from Team Dahles work at the Capitol this past week. It was a busy and productive time, filled with engaging discussions and advocacy efforts for critical issues affecting our communities. Meeting Highlights: Association of Regional Center Agencies: My team had the opportunity to meet with constituents representing the [...] The post Update …
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Primal Kitchen Issues Voluntary Recall of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL Glass) Due to Packaging Issue

Primal Kitchen is announcing a voluntary recall of approximately 2,060 cases of three code dates of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL) because the glass may be prone to breakage, causing the product to spill.
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Infinite Herbs, LLC Expands Recall of Fresh Organic Basil to Include Melissa's Brand Organic Basil Received by Illinois and Missouri Retailer

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, is expanding its April 18th recall to include Melissa's brand fresh organic basil in 2.0 oz ( 96 packages, UPC 0 45255 14142 9) and 4.0 oz packages (24 packages, UPC 0 45255 14439 0) available for sale at Dierberg's stores in Illinois and Missouri between Febru
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/18/2024)

Sammy's Milk Providing a Warning Against the Use of Goat Milk Toddler Formula as Infant Formula

Newport Beach, California - Sammy's Milk, a local company, has been asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a warning against the use of its Goat Milk Toddler Formula as an infant formula because the FDA is concerned that the formula may not meet all FDA requirements for infant fo
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Infinite Herbs, LLC Voluntarily Recalls 2.5-Ounce Fresh Organic Basil Sold From February 1 Through April 6 Because of Possible Health Risk

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, is voluntarily recalling 2.5-ounce packages of Infinite Herbs fresh organic basil sold between February 1 and April 6, 2024, and bearing the UPC 8 18042 02147 7 (see photos below) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/17/2024)

Brian Dahle CA Senate 01:
VIDEO: Sen. Dahle: ‘It’s crazy you can’t get fire insurance at a fire station in California’

VIDEO: Sen. Dahle: Its crazy you cant get fire insurance at a fire station in California SREPweb Wed, 04/17/2024 - 10:27
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/16/2024)

Brian Dahle CA Senate 01:
California Hospital Association applauds Senator Dahle’s bill to save rural hospitals

California Hospital Association applauds Senator Dahles bill to save rural hospitals SREPweb Tue, 04/16/2024 - 13:46
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/15/2024)

Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Tax Season Resources

Greetings Tax season is upon us and the final due date to file is April 15th. I am reaching out to you today with some tips resources and credits that could help you get the most money back in your pocket. The IRS has a free federal tax filing service called Direct File which is [...] The post Tax Season …
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/12/2024)

Roly Poly Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg Ingredient in Multigrain Bread

Roly Poly Bakery of New Britain, CT is recalling its 20 ounce loafs of Roly Poly multigrain bread because the product contains undeclared egg product. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.