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Legal challenge to Rim Fire logging shot down

A Sierra Resource Management tree de-limber removes tree limbs and stacks logs in the Rim Fire burn area off Forest Route 3NO1 in September 2014. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The Forest Service can continue to allow logging of trees burned during the 2013 Rim Fire despite a legal challenge led by out-of-county environmentalists, who argue that cutting down fire-damaged trees threatens spotted owls living in and near the burn area.

TUD board IDs interim general manager candidate

Water spills Tuesday over the dam at Lyons Reservoir near Sierra Village. James Haire / Courtesy photo.
 Even though Lyons Reservoir began spilling earlier this week and Pinecrest Reservoir began spilling two weeks ago, contradicting earlier forecasts, Tuolumne Utilities District customers remain under Stage III mandatory 30 percent water-use restrictions compared to 2013 usage.

Teacher: Robotics students break carbdboard car record

Summerville High School sophomore Sam Hince, 16, drives the cardboard car he and his teammates modeled after Lewis Hamilton’s 2012 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 formula one car. Hince designed and built the car with members of the Orange Pi RoBEARics team. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Summerville High School science students raced cardboard cars through the school parking lot Tuesday in front of a crowd of peers, teachers and parents.

Calaveras County Housing Element approved

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted the Housing Element of the General Plan after hearing comments from people both in favor and against the document.

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