Nevada County Fairgrounds wins prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno on Wednesday at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and Fair-related professionals from throughout the WesternUnited States attend to [...]

January snowfall tops 45-year historic record at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

More than 15 feet of snow has fallen at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows since the beginning of the New Year, topping the resort’s 45-year historic record for January snowfall of 175 inches during the 1981-82 season.
The resort has already reached two thirds of its average annual snowfall of 450 inches with months left to go in [...]

Sinkhole in Grass Valley now seven-stories deep

Extreme weather in January has led to flooding and several sinkholes in the Sierra Foothills. One in Grass Valley is now seven-stories deep, according to city officials. On Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors ratified “a Proclamation of a Local Emergency in Nevada County due to Extreme Weather from an Atmospheric River Event and [...]

Tasting notes: Andretti, Andis, Bent Metal, Smith and Sierra Starr

INDY 500 WINNING TEAM INTO CALIFORNIA WINE
Nevada City native Alexander Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport this summer. He was the first Californian to win the race since 1955. As it turns out, the winning Indy 500 team is into California wine, not just race cars. Andretti Winery in Napa was founded [...]

Amador Vintners

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICRO-CLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak- studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year ‘round playground—for “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, skiing and other activities—the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The majority of Amador’s 3,700 [...]

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era.
Sacramento has rebranded itself as a farm-to-fork [...]

Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

LIKE NATURALIST JOHN MUIR, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder’s words about the Sierra point to its extraordinary beauty, ecological importance and rich cultural history. In The High Sierra of California, Snyder’s prose, Tom Killion’s woodcut artistry, as well as Muir’s writings, capture the multiple facets of the region.
The two famous artists—who share an appreciation for [...]

The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

“Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic magazine in 1899. “Its marvelous beauty, displayed in striking and alluring forms, woes the admiring visitor.”
Writings by Muir and Mark Twain, and photos by Ansel Adams have introduced multiple generations to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, [...]

Bar Art: Gold Rush-era Craftsmanship

MANY OF THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS in the foothills are steeped in history. They are located in handsome Gold Rush-era buildings. Inside are carved wooden back bars—“elaborate and ornate made of rich woods, flawless mirrors and stained glass,” as the most famous producer Brunswick explains. The bars continue to be a focal point of these [...]

The Owl Grill & Saloon for steaks, chops and seafood

STEAKHOUSES ARE A PASSION OF OURS. Over the years we’ve eaten at Peter Lugar in New York, a temple for beefeaters; Gorat’s in Omaha, Nebraska, where Warren Buffet regularly holds court; and the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.
In the foothills, one of our favorites is The Owl Grill & Saloon in downtown Grass [...]

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