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


Last dance for ‘Mom’ of Nevada County Nutcracker

This weekend’s 11th annual Nevada County Nutcracker ballet is more than just another magical holiday show. With co-producer Santia Enos Kroes and her extended family of cast members and devoted fans leaving after this season, it’s like a swan song farewell to “Mom” and the warmth of a family circle.
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Judge sets case of Nevada County holistic physician for trial

A Nevada County judge on Tuesday denied a defense motion to suppress evidence in the case of holistic physician Harvey Bigelsen, setting the matter up for a three-day trial starting Jan. 27. She was referring to a March 20 raid on Bigelsen’s Biological Health Institute in Nevada City, shutting the clinic down and confiscating two high-powered microscopes that Bigelsen had used to examine live blood cells.
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Nevada County man shows the world why “I Love Me More Than Sugar”

Pass the truffles, ice cream and cookies, please. It’s (fill in the holiday), after all. No problem, says Barry Friedman of Grass Valley, author of the upcoming book, “I Love Me More Than Sugar.”. Friedman, 52, a four-time world juggling champion, Dancing With Our Stars 2014 award winner, entertainment business coach, long-distance swimmer and proud father and husband, is not trying to push people to go to the church of sugar-free.
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Nevada County judge delays ruling in Bigelsen case

A Nevada County judge delayed ruling Thursday on a motion to suppress evidence in the case of holistic physician Harvey Bigelsen. Superior Court Judge Candice Heidelberger, citing a need for more time to analyze the multiple briefs filed in the case in recent days, said she would rule at a 9 a.m. hearing on Nov. 25, or earlier in written form if possible.
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Nevada County seeks to create homeless village

Nevada County residents, leaders, volunteers and other stakeholders in the issue of housing the homeless came out in force this week to hear a proposal for a microhousing village in Nevada City. “Half the damn town is here,” said Nevada City Councilman Robert Bergman, surveying the crowd of almost 300 people that filled the Nevada City Elks Lodge Monday night.
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Sheriff’s office: Lamphier under investigation for alleged possession of child porn

Nevada County District 3 Supervisor Terry Lamphier is the subject of a criminal investigation pertaining to the alleged possession of child pornography on county-owned computers, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. In response to a joint public records request filed by The Union and, sheriff’s office officials Tuesday night released an Internet search history and webpage view history that was allegedly discovered on Lamphier’s computer.
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Camera system from Nevada County startup to fly over NFL game

An up-and-coming Nevada County tech startup will be on national TV Thursday night from Denver — but it’s their product you will see, not their faces. No matter what the airplane does or how it moves, GSS’s five-axis gyro-stabilized camera lens will remain steady to a thousandth of a degree — meaning that no movement is detectable to the human eye.
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Water for gold

On San Juan Ridge’s Jackass Flats, a gravel road that starts across the intersection from where James Berardi now sits, a moon-like expanse of jagged, exposed rock shrouds the view on one side, lasting for more than a mile. As far as Berardi, superintendent of Twin Ridges Elementary School District and principal of Grizzly Hill School, is concerned, the rocky acreage might as well be the second door of doom.
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Dowling denies halting elections to reprint ballots

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Sean Dowling denied a petition late Friday from Measure S backers to stop distribution of ballots for the Nov. 4 elections, saying it was too late to have them reprinted without significantly disrupting the election process. “Ballots have already gone out and some have been voted and returned,” Dowling said, referring to 330 overseas and military ballots sent out before Sept. 20.
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Spiral Internet gearing up for fiberoptic network in Nevada County

Who: Speakers from Washington D.C. and from Kansas City, first site of Google Fiber. Nevada City-based Spiral Internet is poised to secure a $15.2 million grant from the California Public Utilities Commission to build an underground fiberoptic network offering high-speed Internet access in South Nevada County.
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League of Women Voters to host Measure S debate Oct. 16

With accusations flying faster than drones over Syria after this week’s side-by-side forums, Measure S proponents and opponents have now agreed to a real, actual face-to-face debate next month. The debate on Measure S, the proposed revised medical marijuana cultivation ordinance on the Nov. 4 ballot, will be organized by the local chapter of League of Women Voters.
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Big birthday bash first for new events center (VIDEO)

Robert and Carol Hamilton are frequent donors to area nonprofits and often host fundraisers at their home on Lake Wildwood. So it’s no surprise that singers from Music in the Mountains and InConcert Sierra were the pop-up impromptu entertainers at last week’s 87th birthday party for Robert Hamilton and celebration for the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary.
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