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


‘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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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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