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Nevada City is Buying the Home My Parents Build

I picked up the Union at the SPD yesterday and discovered that Nevada City was buying the house, my parents, Burt and Margaret Steele built in 1939, the year after I was born.

In June, the city agreed to purchase a property at 425 Nimrod St., which Parks and Recreation Supervisor Dawn Zydonis called an “island” of land within Pioneer Park that the city previously didn’t own.

It was the city’s long-term goal to acquire the property, according to a staff report, but no plans are set in place yet for how the property will be used.

“It’s a future conversation we’ll have to have, as far as use,” said Interim City Manager Catrina Olson

Reading the story brought back many memories of growing up in Pioneer Park with my brother Robert and Ronald. We lived in the house until I was in the 5th grade when we moved to a house on the Thomas Ranch for a short while before moving to Idaho.

If the City decides to tear down the house they will find little cone-shaped piles of rust scatted randomly under the main floor of the house. I was just a crawler during the early construction, and the subfloor was pine boards with knot holes. According to my mother, I entertained my self by dropping nails down the knot holes.

I first discover the cones of rust in the summer of 1946 when our dog Lady Jill, a Llewelyn Setter, had her puppies under the house and I had to crawl under the house to bring out her puppies.

My dad was a mucker at the Murchie Mine. One time he violated company rules and brought home some high-grade quartz. He hid the gold in the wall, under a light switch in the dining room, tied to a string. When we moved in 1948, the string was there but the high graded gold was gone, and it may still be in the wall.

In the summer my brothers and I swam in the Pioneer Park pool from opening to closing all summer long. We were often the first in and the last out. Before she was married to my Uncle Bud Thomas, aunt Dode was the lifeguard at the pool.

There are hundreds of other stories to tell about living in Pioneer Park during WWII while my Dad was in the Army Air Force, the town team baseball games, fishing in Little Deer Creek, and collecting bottles to exchange for candy at the little store at the top of Nimrod Street and much more.

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The NOAA 2017 U.S. Winter Outlook (December through February):


Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across most of the northern United States, extending from the northern Rockies to the eastern Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, in Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska.

Drier-than-normal conditions are most likely across the entire southern U.S.



Warmer-than-normal conditions are most likely across the southern two-thirds of the continental U.S., along the East Coast, across Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska.

Below-average temperatures are favored along the Northern Tier of the country from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest and in southeastern Alaska.

The rest of the country falls into the “equal chance” category, which means they have an equal chance for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures and/or precipitation because there is not a strong enough climate signal in these areas to shift the odds.


It looks likes in Northern California we are in the undecided zones of an equal chance of whatever comes our way,

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More on La Niña Coming


Note that the forecast is for another dry winter, with the possibility of one in 2019, and La Niña can exist for 2-3 years, some have lasted much longer.  CA reservoirs are full, however, they may not be next year and the following year. Save water whenever possible.

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Rural Economy Technology Blog

Hello my six loyal Readers,

I have launched a new blog Rural Economy Technology to cover rural broadband issues and their relationship to rural economic development. Many families and business in the rural areas struggle to gain the same broadband access that their peers have in urban cities. This digital divide creates significant economic, education, and healthcare issues for rural families.

My blog will address these critical infrastructure issues, those that currently exist and some that are on the horizon, including the Trump Infrastructure Initiative which is reported to include funding for expanding rural broadband.

The RET blog will track all the issues, and I invite readers to comment on current and future broadband issues.  Please share the URL with friends, family and businesses owners who have broadband issues.  Thank You!

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La Niña Winter On the Way

Note: Headline corrected.

According to Joe Bastardi at Westherbell we are going to have an El Niño Winter Here is his snow forecast:

El Ninio Winter

Note that the southern half of California will be relatively dry, with the upper part near normal. Nevada County is in the dividing line, we could be normal or dry.

Here is the bigger picture of El Niño Winters from the West Without Water.The drought will return, save our water.

West With Out Water page 54

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