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Cal Fire station gets new tree

A young redwood tree recently planted at Cal Fire’s Altaville station will be dedicated next week — four years after a nearly 60-year-old redwood was felled to make way for the station’s parking lot.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Monday morning at the station, along Highway 49 at the northern end of Angels Camp.

 


Bones found in reservoir tested in Santa Cruz

Human skeletal remains found late last month by a fisherman at Camanche Reservoir are under investigation at a Santa Cruz laboratory, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The remains are being analyzed and dated by scientists in Santa Cruz, as they may be historic in nature.


Water aplenty at local mine

The site where the Harvard Mine once operated in Jamestown has a problem that’s unique to the Mother Lode right now — too much water.

The 500-foot-deep lake created by the mine’s open pit off Highway 108 continues to rise, and property managers are trying stop it. 


State forces water curbs

Some local water districts are restricting customers’ usage to comply with new state regulations, even though they have enough water in storage to make it through the year.

The State Water Resources Control Board approved measures last week that streamlined the agency’s enforcement of recent curtailment orders imposed on thousands of “junior” water rights holders.

 


Sonora High track, field construction schedule irks parents

Dozens of parents and community members last week voiced concerns over Sonora Union High School District’s handling of the track and football project so far, with many calling on the district to change the construction schedule and keep the home football season intact.

The discussion took place at an informational meeting, organized by Superintendent Mike McCoy. About 50 people came with questions and concerns regarding the district’s first of its upcoming projects from 2012’s $23 million Measure J.


Sonora City Council gets new members

PUBLIC MEETING: Sonora City Council, 5 p.m. today, Sonora City Hall, 94 N. Washington St.

 

Two new Sonora City Council members and a new mayor will take their seats today.

As the first regular meeting of the city’s fiscal year, today’s business will include the swearing in of councilmen-elect Jim Garaventa and George Segarini. The two will replace 12-year councilman and recent Mayor Hank Russell and four-year councilman Matt Hawkins.

 


TUD: Water sale, raises weighed

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 2 p.m. Tuesday, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

Tuolumne Utilities District directors will consider an agreement Tuesday that could provide an emergency supply of water for hundreds of Del Oro Water Co. customers in the Strawberry area.

The TUD board could approve the sale of up to 30 acre-feet of water from the South Fork of the Stanislaus River near Pinecrest Reservoir. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which owns the water in question, would sell the water to TUD and then the district would bill Del Oro for the water it uses.


Marmot leaves city for Yosemite National Park

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A yellow-bellied marmot was taken back to Yosemite National Park on Sunday, after it was caught last week about 200 miles west in San Francisco. Courtesy photo.
A yellow-bellied marmot was taken home to Yosemite National Park on Sunday, after it was caught last week about 200 miles west in San Francisco.

The wayward critter was captured Tuesday in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, according to Wildlife Emergency Services, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. Going off tips received after the story made headlines, the group believes the marmot hailed from the May Lake area of Yosemite National Park.


Cal Unified faces $2.4M shortfall

Calaveras Unified School District must cut $2.4 million from its budget over the next two years to stay afloat.

Calaveras County’s largest school district has struggled with shrinking enrollment for several years, decreasing its state funding. 

 


Calaveras County Grand Jury says $400K squandered on tech

The 2013-2014 Calaveras County Grand Jury released its annual report this week, examining issues ranging from money squandered by the county on a computerized record keeping system, to violations of the alcohol-and-drug use policies at the Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District.

The annually convened citizens’ panel, which investigates government operations and citizen complaints, reviewed at least eight agencies, including school districts, county and city government agencies and several “special” districts, like fire districts.

 


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