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Finding funding for our side of the county

Ted Owens

To steal a line from Pat Davison, of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, “Showing up does pay dividends.” The state Department of Health Services came through for Nevada County with funding for both the west and east county to assist in fighting West Nile virus.Nevada County Environmental Health Director and Truckee resident Larry Sage and I raised West Nile virus concerns with Sen. Dave Cox early on and testified during hearings at the state capital. Nevada County applied for funding, and I am convinced that participation made the difference. Thank you to Larry Sage and Paul Boch.Senior funding reducedArea 4 funding, which means a good deal to senior citizens through out Nevada County, will take a big hit this year to the tune of 28 percent. Federal funding reductions get passed right on down the line.Coupled with the fact that Placer County, also a part of Area 4, has a senior population that has grown faster than that of Nevada County, funds will be redirected to our neighbors to the south.Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council board member Dave Dunlap has raised service concerns with me regarding Truckee seniors receiving their fair share of the pot for some time now, so the hit is double-trouble here. Certain services, like transportation and the Helpline, have been insufficient in the eastern county, yet our seniors are part of the head count that determines how much dough the county gets.Former Truckee Mayor Ron Florian volunteered to represent Truckee seniors on the ad hoc committee formed to make recommendations to the Area 4 board.Florian made clear that in addition to the financial difficulties, Truckee seniors should expect nothing less than their fair share of Nevada County funding.Placer County District 5 Supervisor Bruce Krantz and I have had a preliminary discussion about exploring eastern Placer and Nevada counties joining efforts with respect to some Area 4 services.Seniors over at the lake are short-changed as well, yet many of their needs are identical to ours.Lance Cpl. Adam StrainA few weeks ago I attended a funeral service for fallen Marine, Lance Cpl. Adam Strain. He was killed in Iraq on Aug. 3, just three weeks shy of his 21st birthday. Strain was a graduate of Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley where he was an athlete, valedictorian, actor and patriotic American. I have never attended a military service for a fallen soldier and was deeply moved by it. Although the 21-gun salute and the “fly over” of World War II aircraft was extremely honorable, the everyday citizens both young and old who lined the streets leading to Nevada Union High School – each about 10 feet apart, holding full sized American flags, standing in complete silence – was an indescribable showing of respect. Letter to the president re: methThe Nevada County Board of Supervisors authorized the contents of a letter to President Bush proposed by Nate Beason, District 1.Beason felt that reconsideration be given to the administration’s National Drug Control Strategy to specifically address methamphetamine and the impacts on rural counties across the nation. The current funding primarily focuses on marijuana as a gateway drug and is missing the mark with methamphetamine’s meteoric rise in use to epidemic proportions.The board agreed unanimously to support encouraging the administration to reallocate some funding for anti-methamphetamine initiatives in rural counties.Current meth use in Nevada County financially impacts the sheriff’s department, the district attorney, the public defender, mental health, behavioral health, child protective services, the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, the courts, etc. It may be cheap to make, but it is going to be expensive to fix.Until next time.Ted Owens, former Truckee Town Council member and mayor, is the District 5 supervisor for eastern Nevada County. He can be reached at ted.owens@co.nevada.ca.us.