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


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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Complainant identified in Bigelsen case

A North San Juan dentist filed the initial complaint that led to the arrest of holistic physician Harvey Bigelsen and the closure of his Nevada City clinic March 20, court records indicate. Robert Dickter filed the complaint on Jan. 20, 2012, according to an investigation report prepared by the Medical Board of California and submitted to Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson.
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Medical marijuana advocate arrested by Nevada County narcotics task force

A vocal medical marijuana advocate and strong proponent of Measure S, the upcoming ballot measure proposing revisions to the Nevada County medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of criminal charges by Nevada County Narcotics Task Force agents. Peceimer, whose bail was set at $10,000 for the felony and $750 for the misdemeanor, is expected to be released Thursday, said his attorney Stephen Munkelt.
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Nevada County's North Star House to be restored as events center

No one was more happy Tuesday that Nevada County gave its blessing to restoring fabled North Star House to its former grandeur than Catherine Conway Gerstung, the great-granddaughter of famed house occupants A.D. and Mary Hallock Foote. “Marian Foote Conway, my mother, would be overjoyed, since she spent quite a few hours up here trying to get somebody interested in the North Star House in 1966, when my grandmother died,” she said.
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5-acre blaze contained

A massive, immediate response by more than 75 firefighters on land and in the air was able to contain a five-acre brush fire Sunday evening in the hills east of Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Although one structure was threatened early on, firefighters using a variety of tools rapidly erased that threat and no structure damage was reported, said Cal Fire Capt.
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Breaking ground on Bridgeport bridge restoration

Kurt and Nancy Lorenz were ecstatic to get a quick tour Tuesday inside the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge before contractors descend on it this week with engineers, architects, machinery, I-beams and cables. “It’s great to get back in it and smell it,” said Kurt Lorenz, adding that he and his wife are longtime Nevada County residents, Bridgeport Bridge-lovers and members of the San Juan Ridge Citizens League and the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association.
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Taking ‘The Long Walk’ in homeless shoes

Nevada County’s first walk-a-thon for the homeless invites the community to join the party and, at the same time, invoke the experience of being “on the move,” without a home. “It’s not actually a long walk,” said organizer Joanna Robinson of “The Long Walk,” a 1.8-mile trek around the Brunswick Basin area of Grass Valley set for Sept. 6.
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Strong arguments floated pro, con on Nevada County’s Measure S

Nevada County voters will decide Nov. 4 between two radically opposing viewpoints of Measure S, a proposed revision to the county’s existing medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. Which is right? The arguments are so diametrically opposite that thoughtful voters likely will want to take a careful review and comparison of provisions in each.
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Nevada County resident Michael Stone featured at ‘River of Bliss’ over Labor Day weekend

One of the most well-known thought leaders and conscious movement teachers in Nevada County will be a guest presenter over Labor Day weekend at a four-day retreat, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 on the Stanislaus River. Michael Stone of Grass Valley, facilitator for “Sweat Your Prayers,” a movement group at the South Yuba Club in Nevada City for the last 15 years, and a weekly interview-show host on KVMR radio, is a key part of the event, called “River of Bliss.”.
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Nevada County auto mechanic goes seaworthy with an antique spin

When the U.S. Navy scrapped its first battleship with the name U.S.S. San Francisco in 1939, no one ever thought that 75 years later, one of its lifeboats would be restored to a stunning new grandeur by a 65-year-old auto mechanic named Ray in Nevada County. “It was just something different than cars,” said Ray Hugenberger, proprietor since 1985 of antique-styled Ray’s Auto in unincorporated Grass Valley.
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LOP homeowners association slams vet’s furniture donation hobby

It’s been more than 50 years since Dennis Kocher fought with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, but now he’s facing a battle at home. Kocher, 72, a disabled veteran who served from 1961 to 1965, is appealing a July 11 order from the Lake of the Pines homeowners association to shut down his garage hobby woodshop, where he makes furniture to donate to military families in need at Beale Air Force Base.
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Geragos to represent Nevada County holistic physician

“To me, this is bigger than me, and that’s why I wanted a celebrity lawyer,” Bigelsen said Monday at his arraignment on the charges in Nevada County Superior Court. “There’s a persecution going on of alternative medicine.”. He said he didn’t know Geragos before contacting him, but the attorney, principal of Los Angeles-based Geragos & Geragos, told Bigelsen he was “fascinated” by the case.
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