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Salvage logging approved for Rim Fire area

A logging project on a portion of the Stanislaus National Forest burned by last year’s Rim Fire could begin in less than two weeks barring any legal challenges from environmental groups unhappy with the U.S. Forest Service plan’s potential impacts to California spotted owls.

About 15,300 acres of dead and heavily damaged trees would be removed under the plan approved Thursday by retiring Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski. 


Body of missing woman found

A missing Southern California woman was found dead Thursday morning near Columbia, four days after she was reported missing.

The body of Kathy Njirich Fiore, 63, was found in a remote canyon area near the 22000 block of Sawmill Flat Road home from which she disappeared, according to a statement released by Lisa Verbeck Wooldridge, Fiore’s daughter. 


Disc golf growing as sport in foothills

“Calaveras” might translate to “land of the skulls” in Spanish, but there’s a movement to make it the land of disc golf. 

With several established courses and a few more in the works, the county is becoming known as a disc golf destination. 


New Melones gets lower

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Parts of a structure from old Melones can be found near old Highway 49. The Bureau of Reclamation is encouraging visitors to not remove items found at New Melones during the drought. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
With historic sites around New Melones Reservoir being exposed by receding water levels, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is reminding visitors that it’s against federal law to alter, disturb or remove any artifacts.

The bureau issued a statement Thursday asking visitors to help protect the historic and cultural resources by not handling, removing, relocating or destroying any artifacts or ruins found on or along the lake bed.


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