Keri Brenner


San Francisco Bay Area

Keri Brenner

Keri Brenner is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Oregonian, The Olympian, Marin Independent Journal, Patch and other publications. She can be reached at


In Nevada County, tobacco money talks — or does it?

Amount paid in 2014 to Nevada County from 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement: $866,885. Total paid to Nevada County 1999-2014 from Tobacco Master Settlement: $15.25 million. Total 25-year payout to California for 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement: $25 billion through 2025. Nevada County youth (grades 9 through 12) smoking rate: 2011-12, 10 percent.
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Coexistence crisis: Living with mountain lions in the Sierra

California Department of Fish & Wildlife, regional office, Rancho Cordova: 916-358-2900. Nevada County Department of Agriculture, Grass Valley office, 530-273-2648. When last seen alive, llama couple Jasper and Pokey were grazing peacefully in their usual pasture at the Slauson family’s South Nevada County home.
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Plea deal cancels trial in Bigelsen case

Nevada County holistic physician Harvey Bigelsen pleaded no contest Friday to using the titles “Dr.” or “M.D.” in his business letterhead, cards or ads as part of a deal negotiated with Nevada County District Attorney’s office, canceling a trial previously set for Feb. 17. “I’m glad it’s over,” said Bigelsen, 74, whose former Biological Health Institute in Nevada City was raided March 20, 2014, by investigators from the California State Medical Board.
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France gives Nevada County man, 9 others, its greatest ‘merci’

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New dining destination on track at Nevada County Airport

In the Nevada County pilot subculture, there is nothing better when you’re hungry than hopping in your single-engine, home-built RV plane and flying eight minutes south to chow down at Wings Grill at Auburn Municipal Airport. “Wings is a pretty good restaurant,” said Lee Brant of Grass Valley. “And it’s right on the runway, so you can eat and see the taxiway, see the planes coming and going.”.
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‘Love What Arises’ teacher comes to Nevada County

Jerry Farrell woke up at Matt Kahn’s retreat last fall in Portland with a sinking feeling. The night before, Kahn, a Pacific Northwest-based empath and healer who is garnering international attention for his YouTube videos, had announced that he just signed a book and DVD deal with Colorado-based holistic publishing company Sounds True.
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Nevada County intimacy coach touts loving your body, empowering your life

If there were an inside track to getting to know and love your own body, Nevada City intimacy coach Anna-Thea would be the station-mistress. “I”m all about getting connected to your body, and everything else will fall in place,” said Anna-Thea, who is speaking this week in Nevada County. “Your relationship with food, sex, intimacy — everything.
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Friends, family rally to help NU grad, son of Nevada County business owners, after brutal stabbing

The 31-year-old son of one of Nevada County’s most prominent business families is drawing support from all sectors in recovering from stab wounds to his neck, arm and torso he suffered Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. “I’m very thankful that the physical healing is going so quickly,” said Linda DeMartini, mother of John DeMartini.
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Three misdemeanor counts of child porn filed against Lamphier

Two months after news broke of a child porn investigation involving then-county Supervisor Terry Lamphier, Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell has filed a three-count misdemeanor complaint in Superior Court. Lamphier won a seat on the Grass Valley City Council in November and is set to be sworn in Jan. 5.
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Nevada County Nisei WWII vet to receive French Legion of Honor medal

When Nevada County staff member Grant Eisen saw the “Go for Broke” license plate frame on a car parked at the county’s Rood Center 19 years ago, he had to leave a note on the windshield. A history buff, Eisen knew that “Go for Broke” was the motto of the original 442nd U.S. Army regiment of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in World War II.
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Tough timing, busy transition over the holidays for Nevada County art gallery

The last thing Franceska Alexander ever imagined when best friend, business partner and long-term companion John Mowen died on Jan. 12 was that she’d be spending the Christmas holidays 11 months later not only grieving his loss, but also rebirthing his Nevada County art gallery legacy. “I’ve spent every Christmas with John for the last 11 years,” said Alexander of Mowen, a stone sculptor and former proprietor of the Mowen Solinsky Gallery at 225 Broad St. in Nevada City.
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‘Maker’ movement expands in Nevada County at The Curious Forge

The Curious Forge, Nevada County’s version of a ‘makerspace, ” is not only thriving, but looking to double in size.
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