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Fire at Leadership Academy

Read more...Firefighters are responding to a report of a fire at the Foothill Leadership Academy.



Scholarship fund planned in memory of coach

Read more... A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of Jim Baldrige, a long-time Sonora youth sports coach who died of cancer Dec. 6.

The scholarships will be awarded annually to students from both Summerville and Sonora high schools. The award amount has not been determined but fundraisers are scheduled for next year, said Baldrige’s son, Nick Baldrige. 

 


Scholarship fund planned in memory of coach

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of Jim Baldrige, a long-time Sonora youth sports coach who died of cancer Dec. 6.

The scholarships will be awarded annually to students from both Summerville and Sonora high schools. The award amount has not been determined but fundraisers are scheduled for next year, said Baldrige’s son, Nick Baldrige. 

 


Supervisors to consider two new subdivisions

A pair of developers are hoping to finally break ground next year on two long proposed housing subdivisions in Sonora and Columbia.

Mike and Eric Lemke of Miramont Homes are trying to develop a 19-home subdivision on their 5-acre parcel at the northeastern corner of Racetrack and Jamestown roads.

 


Winter much wetter so far

The Mother Lode is experiencing a much wetter winter than last year, with more than 5 inches of rain since Dec. 1, but Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are still in a state of exceptional drought, according to scientists.

A “U.S. Drought Monitor” map updated this week shows most of Northern California, from north of Interstate 80 to the coast, “improved” one increment to a stage of extreme drought. The change is due to rainfall received during the storm of Dec. 11-12, said National Weather Service meteorologist Michelle Mead.

 


Trial set for Walmart expansion lawsuit

A lawsuit holding up the expansion of the Sonora Walmart is expected to head back to Tuolumne County Superior Court for a trial scheduled to begin in February.

Walmart wants to start selling more produce and grocery items at the Sanguinetti Road location by adding 30,000 square-feet to the store, but a lawsuit filed by a mostly anonymous opposition group has kept expansion plans in limbo for more than four years.


Sierra Views: Moore feels at home in Stanislaus Forest

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Mary C. Moore, hydrologist with the Stanislaus National Forest, stands in front of a map showing part of the Rim Fire burn scar at Forest Service headquarters in Sonora. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The full-time Forest Service hydrologist who studies water and its impacts in the fire-damaged, drought-challenged Stanislaus National Forest recently said she had reservations when she drove across the U.S. and encountered the arid Great Basin for the first time.

Mary C. Moore, a University of Virginia graduate, was heading west from her first internship at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina.


Council passes oak tree ordinance

After years of research and revisions, Angels Camp now has rules in place to protect trees within the city limits. 

An ordinance passed unanimously Tuesday night by the Angels Camp City Council requires people obtain a permit before any oak tree or “heritage” tree can be removed from an undeveloped property. 


Lake McClure still struggling

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A photo taken Dec. 11 shows low water levels near Barret Cove at Lake McClure in northern Mariposa County. Randy Gilgo / Courtesy photo.
At least one water district in the area is still struggling to keep the taps flowing despite recent rains that have bolstered reservoir storage elsewhere in the state.

The Lake Don Pedro Community Services District on Dec. 3 enacted mandatory conservation measures requiring customers to slash their usage by 30 percent each month over last year, District General Manager Pete Kampa told the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting.


Angels Camp girl reported missing

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Crystal Houle was reported missing Wednesday night in Angels Camp.
Police are looking for a 16-year-old Angels Camp girl.


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