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


Facing a ‘new reality’ on water

If there were any doubt that Nevada County is feeling impacts from the drought, check out the wider-than-normal grainy beachfront at the campgrounds along Scotts Flat Lake reservoir. “The selling feature of these campsites is that you’re right on the water,” said Chip Close, operations manager for Nevada Irrigation District.
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Caring for horses in need

When the fast-moving vegetation fire broke out Monday off Hutto Road in Big Oak Valley, there was a brand new team on standby, ready to rescue endangered horses if necessary. As it turned out, the team — Dave Fields and Lisa Smith of Lone Wolves Horse Rescue — was called off after a slew of fire agencies swept in to knock the blaze down quickly, containing it to one structure, an RV and 49 acres of brush.
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Gaining traction on bike-friendly retrofits for Nevada County

When Steve Castleberry arrived in town more than six years ago, he looked at the 2007 Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan – then the most recent update available – and gulped. “There were a gazillion projects; it was really unfocused,” said Castleberry, the county’s public works director. “We didn’t have a ton of money to spend on bike path upgrades; it wasn’t clear which were top priority.”.
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Supporters, critics react to Bigelsen prosecution

Supporters and critics of a Nevada City holistic physician are reacting to news that he is being charged with various medical business-related criminal offenses in a complaint filed Friday by the Nevada County District Attorney’s office. “I find this persecution reprehensible!”. said Marilyn Nyborg of Grass Valley in a letter to the editor of The Union.
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Seeking ‘middle ground’ in Nevada County outside events ordinance

Instead of saying “I do,” Nevada County leaders agreed Tuesday with local wedding industry objections and approved a “do-over” on a proposed outside events ordinance. “It seemed evident that they didn’t understand our industry,” said Donna Hoekstra, a wedding coordinator and founder of Joy of Life Events in Nevada County and the website
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Nevada County tourism at risk from ordinance, innkeepers say

Nevada County innkeepers and other members of the hospitality community say they are upset about the potentially devastating economic impact of a proposed new county ordinance regulating commercial outdoor events at private properties. The ordinance, approved 5-0 at first reading on Tuesday by Nevada County Board of Supervisors, would require private property owners who rent out their land for wedding venues and other profit-making gatherings to get a temporary permit.
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Health insurance hassle in Nevada County

With its many modern amenities, Nevada City’s 95959 ZIP code doesn’t seem like it would be challenging for health insurance.
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Supporters rally to save Grass Valley’s Empire Mine state park (VIDEO)

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After marathon hearing, decision postponed on Blue Lead Mine

After six hours of testimony and debate Tuesday, Nevada County supervisors sent the Blue Lead Gold Mine use permit back to county planning staff for revisions and a groundwater study. The compromise decision didn’t fully appease neighbors in the Red Dog and You Bet neighborhoods who had filed the appeal and who wanted the county to require a full environmental impact report.
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Nevada County ranks high in healthy living (VIDEO)

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Nevada County abuzz in unfolding election season

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Finding, reigniting love in Nevada County

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