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Forest smokejumpers attend film’s opening day

Marcus Edwards, 5, of Sonora (right) tries on smokejumper Franki Betancourt’s helmet. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The Stanislaus National Forest is using the release of “Planes 2: Fire and Rescue” — a movie with a striking resemblance to the Rim Fire — to get out the word about its “One Less Spark” fire prevention campaign. 

The agency got a few of the U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers to explain their jobs, show off their gear and answer questions from children and adults on opening day Friday at Regal Cinema 10 in Sonora.

State water expert visits

The future of water management in California will involve a greater emphasis on conservation and higher costs for the increasingly  scarce resource, according to an advocate for more than 450 water agencies throughout the state.

Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, spoke about the state’s current and future water issues during a public meeting Monday at the Tuolumne Utilities District office in Sonora. 


Homeless must go, council decides

The city of Sonora has a new law making it a misdemeanor for homeless people to camp on public or private property.

However, the new law is set to expire at the end of the year in hopes that community leaders can come up with a more well-rounded plan to deal with the problem.


Groveland: Conserve water or pay more

Groveland property owners with public water and sewer connections will see their bills go up beginning next month unless they cut back usage about 20 percent.

The Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors on Monday approved emergency rates for both services in response to the region’s three-year drought. 


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