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Grass Valley volunteers build microhouses for homeless

GRASS VALLEY, CA  - Volunteers spend the day building 40 microhouses for the homeless.

$7500 was raised to pay for the materials and 80 volunteers built the homes in one day.

The microhouses have a bed, a shelf and a sliding window.

The project is the brainchild of Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senum.

Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of grilling season and the California Department of Public Health wants everyone to have a delicious and safe BBQ experience. This video features Food Safety Chief Pat Kennelly providing grilling safety tips to keep you and your family healthy all season long! Ensuring that the food you serve is safe is as simple as following these practical approaches:

  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling food.
  • Make sure your utensils and food contact surfaces are clean.  Never put fresh vegetables or ready to eat foods on cutting boards or platters used for raw meat or poultry unless the surfaces have been thoroughly washed with soap and water.
  • Thaw your frozen meat and poultry in a refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.  Make sure that juices from thawing meats cannot drip onto other food in the refrigerator.

Keep your family safe this Memorial Day weekend

Keep your family safe this Memorial Day weekend

This spring’s above average rainfall has led to an abundance of grass, brush and water throughout the state. While the weather is ideal for Californians and tourists to enjoy recreating in the outdoors, CAL FIRE officials are reminding everyone of the importance of safety this holiday weekend.

Despite rain as recent as this week, the grass and brush in many areas has begun to dry out and is becoming increasingly flammable. CAL FIRE crews have already seen an increase in the number of wildfires, even with the late rain.

"Many people don’t realize that most of the low lying grass only takes an hour to dry out," said Chief Ken Pimlott, acting director of CAL FIRE.

Distractions and regressions

Distractions and regressions

LOFT cardigan - 2010 - gift (similar) / A'gaci top - 2011 - $20 (similar) / BR Factory pants - 2009 - $20 (similar) / Enzo Angiolini peep-toes via Nordstrom - 2007 - $70 (similar) / Nordstrom pyramid stud earrings - 2010 - gift card ( Read More

Jargon: Just (don't) do it

Jargon: Just (don't) do it

A page from my illustrated copy of The Elements of Style
If there is one thing that transcends all industries, it's jargon.  You've all heard it. You've maybe even written it. By the way, how jargon-y sounding is the word "jargon" anyway?

Merriam-Webster has several definitions for jargon.

American Public Works Association Honors Placer County’s Ken Grehm as Manager of the Year

American Public Works Association Honors Placer County’s Ken Grehm as Manager of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Sacramento Chapter recognized Ken Grehm as one of three outstanding individuals who represented the best management professionals in public works for 2011 at an annual awards dinner on Thursday, May 19. 

With over 20 years of experience in public works, Grehm has transformed Placer County into a project delivery machine. Among his achievements, Grehm served as the APWA Sacramento Chapter President in 2004 and is now considered a transportation expert. 

His recent accomplishments include three pivotal improvements on the Forest Hill Bridge, on Auburn Folsom Road and on Kings Beach/SR 28.

“Ken inspires excellence and dedication in the public sector,” said APWA Sacramento Chapter President Matt Brogan.

Panning for gold

Panning for gold

How's the recession treating you? Not so great? Worried about your finances? I have a thought - have you ever considered panning for gold? It's an idea more and more people are embracing!