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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Last Post, I've enjoyed the blog experience immensely, and I hope I increased your knowledge of life in the SHORES

 Thanks for your readership. I've enjoyed your comments and emails.  I'm still at if I can help you with your Cascade Shores questions. I love my community, and would not live anywhere else at this time in my life.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Full blown Fall days and nights

It's just so nice to have beautiful warmish fall days, and those crisp cool nights.  The full(ish?) moon tonight was breathtaking high in the sky above the tippy tops of the pines.  How can you not love Nevada County particularly at this time of year.

  The drive out Pasquale Rd from the Shores to Red Dog is breathtaking.  I feel sorry for those that just speed up and down Banner Quaker Hill every day and night, never taking the alternative route to town.  The dark black asphalt, decorated with gold, orange and green leaves is true street art.  The Madrona forest 1 mile out is simply magical in it's starkness this time of year, and after a good rain, the red, red of the iron rich dirt is gorgeous. The smells of earth, moss, wet bark and  babbling streams make it look and sound like a hobbit forest.  Scott's Flat Lake is ridiculously low, but has a new stark beauty, with all the old tree stumps now showing, looking like they are sprinting across the sandy and muddy terrain that seldom get's to see the sun.

There is a different peace when I take the pack (6 strong right now) down the path by Pasquale and Cascade Loop, where the stone pillars stand. It's always interesting when you pass the coyote and bear scat (a nice word for poop) on the asphalt road and in the woods, wondering where they are at that particular time of day, and if they are watching us   . . . . . so quiet in the woods by the lake without boaters on the water.

A while back Phil and I got home to find 2 young coyote's lurking by our fence.  We chased them away, hoping they were not casing our yard for a little Chihuahua treat.  Lots of missing kitty signs around the shores. So sad,  Keep those kitties in people. Many many bears this time of year, trying to fatten themselves before their winter rest.  If no winter comes, no rest, and they will continue to prowl the shores looking for the lazy person who put their garbage out the night before pick up.

I hope you are enjoying this most beautiful time of year.  Wishing you peace and lots of fun gatherings as the social season looms ahead.

Can't believe that the powers that be don't want the beautiful white lights of Nevada City to shine 10 months of the year.  How freaking short sighted in my view.  Everyone I have asked is pro lights, but the spoil sports of the planning commission get the last word.  Buchca Ebinizer Scrooges in my humble opinion.  What do they have against beauty????  Story made it to channel 13 tonight.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Facebook pages about Cascade Shores, Nevada County, CA

Just 3 Facebook sites I located on our adorable community.  Be sure to visit and LIKE if you are a
facebooker so you can automatically see posts from your neighbors!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It is with the utmost sadness we say goodbye to HEATHER GALVIN of Cascade Shrores, daughter of Sharon Hogan, (CSHA loyal board member)

Heather Galvin, 44

          of Nevada City (Cascade Shores) passed away on Monday, Sept. 29th, after an intense battle with  breast cancer, with her family at her side.
           Heather was born to William and Sharon Hogan in 1970, graduated from Amador Valley High in 1988, earned a Science Degree in Vet Technology 1991, and received a BS degree in Zoology from Cal State University (Pomona) in 1995.  She married Sean Jordan 1992-2004, and had two beautiful daughters.  She was then married to Tom Glavin from 2006-2011, and had another beautiful little girl.
             Heather's love and dedication to animals followed both her personal and professional life.  She was a passionate horse lover and accomplished equestrian.  She shared this love with daughter Kaitlyn, and taught riding lessons at Oaktree Farms (Grass Valley). She was active in all her children's activities.
              Recently she enjoyed a Hawaiian vacation with her daughters and mother, where they shared the incredible experience of snorkeling with sea turtles.
              Heather lost her father William to cancer a few years ago.  She is survived by mother Sharon, brothers Scot Hogan and Kevin Hogan, and her beautiful young daughers, Kelly, Kaitlyn and Kiera (Cascade Shores) and many friends and admirers of her courage in this final challenge.
                A celebration of life will be held from 1pm-4pm this Saturday, 10/4/14 at the Cascade Shores Firehouse, 16552 Pasquale Rd.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a cancer foundation of your choice.

Prayers and love to the Hogan/Galvin family.

Monday, September 29, 2014

I seem to be running behind . .

Last weekend was our annual community flea market/yard sale.  Unfortunately, the weather (rain) put a damper on it.  The weekend before, the smokey conditions caused the cancellation of the Womens Triathalon.  The good news is that the rain helped put out the King Fire, which is just smoldering, 90% contained, after burning nearly 100,000 acres. The other good news is that there is a suspect in custody.  What do you do to a guy who causes an entire forest to burn, loss of 80 buildings, thousands of people and animals displaced, $50 Million in firefighting costs, 5,000 firefighters risking their lives for over a week.  I'm not sure there is a punishment that fits that one  . . . .
It is mighty nice to have the rain here though.  The dust is settled, the lake, though seriously low actually rose a bit.  I heard there have been some wells in the Nevada City area go dry, so am hoping a wet winter will replenish some of the ground water soon.  CONSERVATION.  Give it a whirl.
Looks like the new ordinance forcing people with vacant lots here to clean them up is working.  I'm seeing a few lots clean for the first time since I moved here in 1999.  Check it out if you have a lot within 100 ft of your lot that needs cleaning.  ************************

Had the MOST PERFECT Nevada City Tour day Friday with friends from out of town.  Perused all the beautiful retail shops on Broad St.  Scarfed street taco's at Nevada City Eats bottom of Commercial.  Tasty Ice Cream (Violet flavor) at Treats in the alley by Ikes.  Wine tasting at Nevada City Winery on Spring.  Over to Three forks bakery for those amazing Fennel Meringue and seriously good Americano. Wrapped it up with people watching at Calanan Park, and as if it was not a full enough day, over to Lefty's to sit on the edge of Deer Creek and have a great beer and their "not to be beat" sweet potato fries with apricot/chipolte dip.  Oh yeah.
Both friends vowed to move to Nevada City. I vowed to fast for 3 days.  Calories!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Latest on the King Fire. The smoke has arrived in Grass Valley and Nevada City (Cascade Shores) today. Not a good condition for tomorrow Triathalon. Over 80,000 acres involved

Image Wes Schultz

King, Eldorado National Forest. Unified command between IMT 1 (Giachino) and Cal Fire IMT 1 (Smith). Eleven miles east of Placerville, CA. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs. Numerous residences and energy infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

The first week of King Fire information has been archived and can be found here.

September 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM 

Camino Public Meeting: 7:00 PM. Seventh-day Adventist Church - 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.

Garden Valley Public Meeting: Time TBD. Location: Golden Sierra High School - 5101 Garden Valley Road, Garden Valley, CA 95633.

September 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM 

Two firefighters have been injured after a 20 ft. fall. Helicopter medevac for one patient requested to the vicinity of Bridalvail campground.

September 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM 

Due to deteriorating visibility, all helicopters are leaving the French Meadows area. Visibility has been reduced to approx. 2 miles. The air tankers have already departed.

September 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM 

Air operations near French Meadows are hampered by smoke.

September 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM 

Total Fire Personnel: 4,901

Total Fire Engines: 379
Total Fire crews: 137
Total Helicopters: 21
Total Dozers: 77
Total Water Tenders: 78
Incident Management Team: 5

September 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM 

As of 11:00 am, no changes in evacuations. The evacuation center in Camino at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino remains open. 2,819 people remain evacuated.

September 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Air quality in the Auburn area is in the Very Unhealthy range. Placerville, Grass Valley and Nevada City are in the Unhealthy range.

September 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM 

Fire activity today may be higher than yesterday, especially where the canyons and east winds come into alignment. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the evening that could cause erratic winds and extreme fire behavior.

Relative humidity recovery was poor across the northeast flank of the fire with readings of 30-40%. The best recovery was at the elevations in the southern portion of the fire. A thermal belt kept the humidity low above 3,000 feet. Today ESE winds of 10-15 mph with gust of 25-30 in the morning. The winds are predicted to transition to the SW late in the day with a slight chance of rain and possible thunderstorms in the evening.

September 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM 
The fire has crossed into Placer County and is approaching the Tahoe National Forest boundary. The fire burned actively throughout the night and a spot fire on the north end of the fire by French Meadows Reservoir has grown to about 500 acres.

Incident map for September 20, 2014.
September 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM 

Monday, September 15, 2014


By: Joanne Drummond, Executive Director, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
Cascade Shores Firewise Community committee members (left to right) Carol Carter, Terry Athanasopulos, Kent Rees, Joan Hardy and Jan Guevel at the site of a wildfire hazardous fuels reduction project implemented this spring.
NEVADA CITY, Calif September 5, 2014 - The community of Cascade Shores outside of Nevada City has achieved the Firewise Communities/USA® award from the National Fire Protection Association for their efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscape to wildfire.

The Firewise Communities/USA® program honors those who pro-actively address the wildfire hazard across the landscape. The process begins by forming a committee, completing a community wildfire hazard assessment, developing an action plan to implement recommendations, investing in fire prevention activities and hosting a community education event. Firewise Communities retain their certification by filing a report of ongoing activities on an annual basis.

"Going beyond the minimum requirements of defensible space as required by law will help our residents change fire behavior as it approaches their community. Working together, we are helping to protect the forest environment we treasure from catastrophic wildfire." said Firewise Committee Member, Joan Hardy. The Fire Safe Council aids communities in Nevada County in attaining the national Firewise Communities/USA® certification.

To learn more about Firewise Communities/USA® visit, or the Cascade Shores Association visit or contact the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at (530) 272-1122 or online at

geez, they did not mention Josie the dog.  And she played a big part!