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Emerald indicted for Rim Fire

A Columbia man was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly starting last year’s Rim Fire, which scorched 400 square-miles and went down as the Sierra’s largest wildfire in recorded history.

Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, faces felony charges of setting timber afire and lying to federal investigators, and misdemeanor charges of leaving a fire unattended and violating a fire restriction put in place because of high-fire dangers.

 


Emerald indicted for Rim Fire

A Columbia man was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly starting last year’s Rim Fire, which scorched 400 square-miles and went down as the Sierra’s largest wildfire in recorded history.

Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, faces felony charges of setting timber afire and lying to federal investigators, and misdemeanor charges of leaving a fire unattended and violating a fire restriction put in place because of high-fire dangers.

 


Election filing deadline Friday

With the deadline for filing as a candidate a day away, there are more seats up for election on Nov. 4 than potential candidates in Tuolumne County.

As of Wednesday, four of the county’s special district boards with open seats remained without a single potential candidate. And even the highest-profile special district, Tuolumne Utilities District, only has seen three potential candidates initiate paperwork for the three seats up for election in November.

 


Experts push for more to get shots

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department, Office of Education and Sonora Regional Medical Center are launching a campaign to inform residents about the benefits of immunization.

Public Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp and Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva kicked off National Immunization Awareness Month with a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, voicing their concern that county residents choose not to vaccinate at alarming rates. 


Sierra Views: Artist paints, sings her way through life’s highs and lows

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Diana Eppler, of Jamestown, shows off a painting she is working on at her home studio Wednesday. Jesse Jones Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Jamestown resident Diana Eppler adapts to life’s ups and downs the same way she adapts her artistic style to fit the varied subjects in her paintings.

Eppler, 68, went from a career in banking and accounting to working as a professional artist after moving to the foothills in the early 1990s. Following the death of her husband in 2011, she began taking singing lessons and performing in local choruses to help fill the void in her life.


Rim Fire suspect named and charged

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 The U.S. Attorney's Office in Fresno charged Tuolumne County resident Keith Matthew Emerald with a four-count indictment for starting the 2013 Rim Fire. 

County discusses homeless problem

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed homeless issues, with supervisors and others pointing out that camps, veterans and services for the homeless all need the attention of local leaders.

The meeting came just weeks after the City of Sonora passed an ordinance that made it a misdemeanor to establish homeless camps on private property. Proponents of that law said such camps in the city have led to increased fire risks, environmental hazards and criminal activity. Opponents criticized it as a move to criminalize homelessness.

 


Mono Way closure ends early

The roadwork-related closure of a short stretch of Mono Way between Roselyn Lane and Rogers Road will end today, according to the City of Sonora.

The closure, initially scheduled to last through the week, is scheduled to be lifted at 8 a.m., City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo announced Tuesday. The closure has been in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 28.


Some well levels dropping

With the Mother Lode deep in a three-year drought and surface water supplies on the decline, well users are being asked to conserve as wells in the area begin to dry up.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday continued a local state of emergency due to the extreme drought felt throughout the state. And during a discussion on water supply, board members and county staff said the lack of water has been showing up underground as well.

 


Twain Harte Lake future uncertain

The future of Twain Harte Lake remained uncertain Tuesday as county leaders discussed what it will take to fix a leak in the dam that prompted the private swimming spot to be drained Sunday.

At Tuesday’s Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Craig Pedro said it may be difficult for the county to secure outside funding for repairs because the lake is privately owned.

 


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