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Why are mountain lion, bear sightings up?

Reports of mountain lion and bear sightings in the foothills seem to be up this year, but not for the reasons many think, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.

Marc Kenyon, a senior environmental scientist with the agency, said the apparent spike is likely the result of the increased use of cell phone cameras and social media, Kenyon said. What used to be a relatively isolated report becomes widely shared and discussed, he said.

Search on for new TUD chief

The Tuolumne Utilities District board Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire a consulting firm to begin searching for a new district general manager.

West Sacramento-based Neher & Associates will be paid up to $15,000 to find candidates to replace General Manager Tom Scesa, who will retire in May 2015.


Calaveras school district eyes tax

Cash-strapped Calaveras Unified School District may consider establishing a special district in the west county to charge landowners an extra property tax in order to keep three small schools from closing. 

The proposal was discussed at a Tuesday night district board meeting.

Tulloch body identified

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office detectives stand along the shore of Lake Tulloch near where a body was found Tuesday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A body pulled from the waters of Lake Tulloch on Tuesday has been identified as Riverbank resident William Ray Jaspar.


Jaspar, 58, was found dead in the water about 4 p.m. Tuesday about 10 feet from the shoreline on the Tuolumne County side of the reservoir, said Sgt. Scott Johnson, spokesman for the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.


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