Each week we will review the sublime, trivial and profound issues, decisions and events that strike us as successes or failures. you can also enter by emailing your Hits & Misses to [email protected]

HIT (from reader Ray Bryars): At the Grass Valley Thursday Market. Wonderful selection of seasonal fruit and veg, interesting selection of stalls, great music, lovely people and wow, what amazing weather. Grass Valley Rocks!

MISS (from Bryars): Too many stop signs hidden by tree branches. Shouldn’t this be reported by law enforcement and resolved by Public Works?



MISS (from reader Elsie Durgin): In “Quest for housing”, Nevada County Housing Director Mike Dent says they “need more money” to get out of the housing crisis. What about the necessary infrastructure? Another hospital, more doctors (especially those who accept Medi-Cal), general medical staff, water, electricity, public transportation, roads… the list goes on. Stop building housing until you can provide the necessary infrastructure to care for the people housed!

HIT (from reader Terry Lamphier): To Robin Davies of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber for the big downtown July 4th street party, featuring all races, genders, ages, dogs, cowboys, Elvis, local shops with “No Mine” and “Black Lives Matter”. Our little town at its best!



HIT (from reader Shanti Emerson): To the great summer programs at the library. Free dinner for children 18 and under. Excellent live concerts on Musical Mondays at 11:00. Ukulele lessons, many art lessons, felting, storytelling, etc. are offered.

HIT (from Emerson): To Music in the Mountains Summer Fest. The outdoor concerts were a success, thanks to their wonderful musicians and generous sponsors.

HIT (from Emerson): To World Fest, a magical moment of music and unity and brotherhood. Plus the food is to die for!

HIT (from Emerson): No recount for the decisive election of Natalie Adona, the only qualified candidate. Another case of a bad loser.

HIT (from reader Claudia Taylor): To the organizers of the first annual Unity in the Community event on July 2 at Western Gateway Park. Event attendees enjoyed great music from start to finish from five local musical groups, and a wide variety of great food and information from an eclectic mix of nonprofit exhibitors. The veterans presentation was particularly appropriate and patriotic and their burgers at their booth were scrumptious. Thanks, vets. The children especially enjoyed the event in the extreme water zone and the bouncy house. Those who didn’t want to get wet had a plethora of games to choose from (archery, giant janga, ax throwing, cornhole, etc.). What a great family event. Congratulations to the variety of organizers, sponsors and booth attendees whose banners were displayed on the fence at the park entrance. Cheers, caring members of the Nevada County community!

HIT (from editorial board member Paul Matson): To The Miners Foundry receiving the final government approvals needed to create a café in the tallest part of the building. With comfortable and attractive seating indoors and out, you’ll find espressos, ground coffees, cocktails from the bar and freshly made baked goods. Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of Miners Foundry, said: “There are many benefits to repurposing this space with its direct frontage on Spring Street. We will provide a comfortable place where people can meet, converse, rest and refuel. On weekends there will be live music. When the smelter is booked, we will have a greater opportunity to share what the smelter Miners and Nevada City have to offer.

HIT (from Editorial Board Member Jo Ann Rebane): At the Nevada County Fairgrounds, all revamped and beautiful, ready for the fair in just a month.

MISS (from Rebane): To the commentators who gleefully scorn Mr. Economy and Mr. Tedder for considering a recount of the ballots, which they are entitled to do under state election law. Double checking of election results does not undermine democracy or interfere with free and fair elections. A recount would inform voters and hopefully reassure us all that the results were correct.

HIT (from Editorial Board Member Thea Hood): To ex-California trans teen Chloe Cole transitioning and warning parents, “Don’t transition your kids. And she warns kids to “wait until you’re a fully grown adult.” This is in direct opposition to an article published in The Union on June 16, “Treatment of trans children can start younger”. Rocklin endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw lists the unhealthy and irreversible side effects of hormone treatments on children.

MISS (by Tom Durkin): To Jason Tedder and Randy Economy’s misguided attempt to call a recount when Tedder lost in his race for Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of the Voters by over 15,000 votes. Claiming that there could be electoral fraud without any proof is a fraud in itself. Tedder’s embarrassing letter to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors only proved how unqualified he was for the job. Complaining about being “denied due process” and “transparency” when that was exactly what he was getting shows a profound lack of understanding of both government processes and the English language.

HIT (from Durkin): To the House of Representatives Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol for conducting such a thorough and relentless study of the January 6, 2021 insurrection. It’s been a long time coming soon, but definitely worth the wait. Of course, we want to hear Mr. Trump’s side if/when he is charged with various high crimes and misdemeanors in state and federal courts. His Supreme Court may ultimately acquit him, but the evidence the committee is accumulating is clear, compelling and overwhelming.

HIT (from editor Don Rogers): Bringing the best of ourselves to our private and professional lives, perhaps an impossible aspiration given the blessing/curse of being imperfect humans. But it is a worthwhile goal in life nonetheless.

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