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• Feds up Melones releases; lake level drops • Rim Fire forest areas reopen • Tuolumne County pans state mining bill • Delbert Rotelli: A man about town • Sonora El fire suspect trial date set • Group wants Middle Fork land conserved • Calaveras Dist. 3 candidates debate issues • Motorcyclist collides with bus • Spring break at Utica Park


• 2013-14 Union Democrat All-Area Girls’ Basketball: Cat star began hot year on fire; Bullfrog guard Evans anchors First Team; Switzer led BH to playoffs, MLL title • Bret Harte swimmers sweep MLL meet with Amador, Argonaut • Cat golfers grow VOL lead; Bears soccer wins 


• Easter eggs to dye for: Try using fruits and vegetables for a natural dye • Wildflowers blooming throughout Sierra Nevada • Paneling adds interest to a bare-bones home • Organizers declutter homes, lives


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Feds up Melones releases; lake level drops

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has ordered the release of 3,000 acre feet of water per day from New Melones Reservoir through Lake Tulloch. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
There’s a serious lack of water moving through the drought-stricken Central Sierra foothills this year, except downstream of New Melones Reservoir and Tulloch Dam, where massive torrents of water are being unleashed.

The abnormally high releases are stepped-up “pulse flows” intended to aid ocean-bound salmon fry moving through the lower San Joaquin River, west of Modesto.

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