Buttermilk Bend Trail

IN THE FOOTHILLS, LOCALS AND VISITORS have long welcomed spring’s arrival with a walk among the wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park in Nevada County. Docents provide guided wildflower walks on weekends through May 14. The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is highly regarded for the […]

Sierra Theaters in Grass Valley: local entrepreneurs since 1979

VINTAGE MOVIE THEATERS HAVE helped define the charm of Gold Country towns for decades, including ones in Angels Camp, Colfax, Auburn and Grass Valley. But in an era of Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV, movie theater owners face challenging times. Few have done a better job of upgrading their theaters to attract the iGeneration and […]

Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

LIKE NATURALIST JOHN MUIR, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder’s words about the Sierra point to its extraordinary beauty, ecological importance and rich cultural history. In The High Sierra of California, Snyder’s prose, Tom Killion’s woodcut artistry, as well as Muir’s writings, capture the multiple facets of the region. The two famous artists—who share an appreciation […]

Nevada County Arts presents Truckee Open Art Studios Tour on July 15-17, 22-24

THE ARTS AND CULTURE SCENE IS BOOMING in Truckee, adding a new dimension to its stature as a world-class destination for outdoor recreation. Besides music festivals and wine and food tastings, the Sierra mountain town is host to first-rate art galleries such as Art Obsessions, Carmel Gallery and Riverside Studios, among others. Truckee and the […]

Acclaimed poet Gary Snyder and artist Tom Killion will headline Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2017

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival announced Friday that Gary Snyder and Tom Killion will be among the headliners at the 15th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, happening January 12-16, 2017. Gary Snyder, a Pulitzer prize-winning poet, essayist, lecturer and environmental activist, has made huge contributions to the environmental movement through his […]

SYRCL’s 2016 “State of the Yuba” address: our wild and scenic river

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) delivered its 3rd annual State of the Yuba address  in April to celebrate Earth Day and the Yuba River. Hear from SYRCL’s team about our current projects, challenges, recent successes and opportunities to get involved. Our magazine featured the Yuba River in our fall 2015 issue in a special […]

Arts & Culture: An economic engine in Nevada County, CA

A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene. Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary […]

Winter storms get South Yuba River roaring back to life (video)

This weekend’s winter storms got the South Yuba River roaring back to life. A warm, wet storm, which forecasters described as an “atmospheric river,” drenched the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra. Snow fell at higher elevations — near 8,000 feet. The rushing South Yuba River, visible in both Nevada County, CA, and Placer County, was […]

Yuba Blue: Tales & Trails

“Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us a people.” – Charles Kuralt from “On The Road” OUR REGION IS LINKED BY MAGNIFICENT RIVERS such as the American, Truckee and South Yuba. Each has its own identity and history. The South Yuba is inextricably linked to Nevada County, just as Lake Tahoe is […]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is January 14-18

Now in its 14th year, SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 14-18 informs, inspires and ignites solutions to “change our course.” Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley. This […]

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