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Fire in Sonora

7:30 PM UPDATE: The fire was contained at 7:15 p.m. at 2 acres. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Cabazut is now open to one-way traffic.

 

Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire burning on Cabazut Road.

The fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. and is burning near Covey Circle. 

Two airplanes and a helicopter are working to extinguish the fire, in addition to several engines.

The fire has burned 2 to 3 acres and is threatening three structures, including Foothill Pediatrics.

Cabazut is closed.

 

 

 


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


Bear Valley suitor shares resort plans

The Canadian company buying Bear Valley Mountain Resort aims to improve various facets of the ski area — everything from snowmaking operations to the quality of food served. 

Toronto-based Skyline International Development Inc., is purchasing the 1,700-acre ski area, which includes nine chair lifts, a 2,000-space parking lot and a 40,000 square-foot lodge. 


Sierra Views: Nanci Sikes, Gold Country ambassador

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Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nanci Sikes, of Sonora, talks about her 26-year career. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
On her desk, Nanci Sikes has a coffee mug with a saying written across either side: Success is doing what you love. Success is loving what you do.

Sikes has been lucky enough to live that out over the past 26 years at the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau.


Murder case moves forward

A Twain Harte woman accused of killing Sonora man Rick Roberts in February  waived her right on Wednesday to a preliminary hearing in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Cheryl Lynn Lucero, 45, appeared with her public defender, Clay Bedford, and decided to forgo the hearing that requires prosecutors to establish probable cause to proceed with their charges.

 


Body found in Columbia search area

The search for a missing woman has been called off after searchers found a dead woman in the Columbia search area.

At 8:25 a.m., Tuolumne County Search and Rescue reported finding a body inside the search area for missing Kathy Njirich Fiore, 63, of Southern California.


Rim Fire logging plan released


The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan allowing logging in much of the area burned in last year's Rim Fire.


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