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County vies for Rim Fire recovery funding

Tuolumne County could receive up to $500 million in federal funding to help with Rim Fire recovery.

The county has been chosen as California’s sole candidate in a nationwide disaster resilience competition. Tuolumne County’s final application, with backing from Gov. Jerry Brown, could win a badly needed cash infusion to improve forest management, promote healthier watersheds and prevent more giant forest fires in the Mother Lode.

Hwy 49 could get national status

State Highway 49 could be added to the National Highway System as part of the next federal transportation funding bill due out later this year, according to Tuolumne County’s transportation chief.

Tuolumne County Transportation Council Director Darin Grossi said Caltrans has actively pursued the reclassification of Highway 49 as a “principal arterial” in the nation’s highway system, with support from both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

Calaveras garden program gets $22.9K grant

Read more...An up-and-coming agriculture education group in Calaveras County received a grant to bring high school agriculture students to local farms, then teach younger students what they’ve learned.

Mono Way paving work delayed

Paving on Mono Way scheduled for between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., tonight through Tuesday morning, has been called off due to anticipated rain after midnight, according to Sonora City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo.

Man, 20, jailed on sex charges

Trevon Leemont Davis was booked into Tuolumne County Jail Friday. Courtesy photo.
 A 20-year-old Columbia man was arrested and booked into jail Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a minor and told police he believed it was “all right” because she was his girlfriend, according to the Sonora Police Department. 


Final stages of Mono Way construction in progress

Read more...Watch out for flaggers who will be directing traffic today and next week in Sonora for construction along Mono Way. 

Traffic controls at Mono Way and Greenley Road have been in effect since 7 a.m. Thursday morning and are scheduled to remain in place through today, according to city officials. 

Calaveras General Plan workshops set

A series of community workshops scheduled throughout the next month aim to inform the public about Calaveras County’s General Plan.

County staffers and the county’s Sonora-based consultant will be available to answer questions on the draft land-use plan and review a draft map. They also anticipate helping residents find the use designations for their properties. 

Area reservoirs have more water than 2014

Despite January being bone-dry, high-country reservoirs actually have more water now than at this time last year.

“Both Lyons and Pinecrest are much fuller than they were last year,” said Tom Trott of the Twain Harte Community Services District. “It’s a good place to start this year, even though there’s been no rain for a month, or snow.”

Cow rescued from mineshaft

Veterinarian Wes Wittman (left) oversees the rescue of Molly, a Brahma cow who fell down a mineshaft on Monday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
After nearly four days in a Tuttletown mineshaft, a Brahma cow named Molly was rescued Thursday afternoon by a team of veterinarians, animal control officers and tow truck operators.

The 9-year-old white cow, owned by Tuttletown residents Antoinette and Bill Nichols, was saved from the 35-foot deep mine shaft on the Nichols’ property by the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Emergency Response Team. 

Vision Sonora plan to go before council

Three projects proposed under the city’s “Vision Sonora” community beautification plan will go to the Sonora City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.

A public restroom on Stewart Street, permanent closure of Linoberg Street and a makeover of the Stockton Road corridor between Green Street and the fairgrounds are three proposals the council will be asked to greenlight in the near future, most likely at meetings in February or early March.

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