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We are concerned students of North Tahoe High School. As the construction on our new school has progressed, we have heard that the project is under budget by nearly $2 million. This is good news because this money can be used for something we feel is important ” saving the auto shop. The current plan is for the auto shop to be torn down.

This would affect kids that may want a career in the automotive field. It is important for a high school to provide more vocational classes for students who may not be going to college, not less classes. Taking a class in auto mechanics can help students take care of their own cars, get a job repairing cars, which could lead to a career and possibly get the chance to open their own business in this area.

Related careers, such as becoming a diesel mechanic could lead to an income of $50,000 or more. These skills are in demand.

Please make our community aware of what is happening. Any concerns and comments should be directed to the school board or Dennis Williams, superintendent.

North Tahoe High School students

Regarding the front-page article “Stopping off road offenders” (Sierra Sun May 23), I was surprised you failed to mention the fact that 99.9 percent of off-highway vehicle users are responsible stewards of our National Forest lands. OHV users assist the Forest Service in trail building and maintenance. OHV users in California contribute millions of dollars for trail maintenance and repair through the OHV green sticker program. This money is used to maintain and improve ALL trails even those that are primarily mountain bike trails, i.e…the Downieville trail system.

I have spoken with Ms. Jensen on occasion concerning OHV issues in our area and have found her to be knowledgeable and receptive to my suggestions. I believe showing a street legal vehicle stuck in the mud on the front page of your paper greatly misrepresents the OHV community in our area.

Dirk Hooser


I would like to attest to the character of Ray Shine, a candidate for Nevada County Superior Court judge. For the past five years, our daughters were enrolled in the same co-op preschool in Grass Valley. I first got to know Ray while he worked in the classroom. Ray is one of the very few fathers that works in the classroom and he is quite happy to do it too. He values his time he spends with his daughters and is very involved in all aspects of their lives. Ray and his wife, Amy, are a very wonderful pair and the love and respect between them is quite evident. Ray and Amy are true “community” members. I have seen first hand the generosity of giving to those in need, from holding an adoption fundraiser at their home to providing free childcare to a single mom so she could return to college. Ray Shine is pure and simple a Grass Valley original. He has been a resident since he was a boy. In fact, he still lives in his childhood home and has many wonderful stories of how Grass Valley was. I am proud to say Ray Shine is a good friend of mine and my families. And, I know he would make a fantastic Nevada County Superior Court Judge.

Laura Patrick

Grass Valley

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