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Pedro: Brown's budget to benefit Tuolumne County

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget released last week doesn’t appear to have any provisions that would negatively impact Tuolumne County programs and services, according to Tuolumne County’s chief administrator.

County Administrator Craig Pedro said the 2015-16 proposed state budget appears to have some potential benefits for the area, including reimbursements for unfunded state mandates, funding for county fairs and money earmarked for design work on a new county courthouse.


Sierra Views: Meet the Ethiers

Railtown volunteers Karen and David Ethier stand in the control cab of historic engine No. 3. Austen Thibault/The Union Democrat
 David and Karen Ethier started their adult lives together with a time of action and have channeled that energy into volunteering in retirement.

The longtime Tuolumne County couple volunteer together at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, mostly due to David’s interest in locomotives and lifelong work with boilers.

CCWD talks drought impacts

Calaveras County Water District customers are complying with statewide efforts to conserve water, but less water usage means less revenue for the district.

Last year, CCWD customers reduced their water usage by about 18.7 percent over 2013, according to district officials. 

Men make history in El Cap climb

Spectators in El Capitan Meadow watch closely as climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell work toward the end of their 19-day free climb up El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
Gaelena Jorgeson clasped her hands together, closed her eyes for a moment, opened them again, clenched her fingers, and finally let out a shout for joy, standing shoulder to shoulder with beaming Terry Caldwell in El Capitan Meadow.

The two moms and their exuberant release spoke for their sons — Kevin Jorgeson, of Santa Rosa, and Tommy Caldwell, of Estes Park, Colorado — and the goal they’d just attained 3,000 feet above, on El Capitan.

Woman robbed at downtown restaurant

A Sonora woman was robbed Friday night at a downtown restaurant, Sonora Police reported.  

2 men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two Americans have become the first to free-climb Yosemite National Park's Dawn Wall, which has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

Committee looks at impacts of Rim Fire recovery

A Sierra Resource Management de-limber cuts off tree limbs and stacks the logs off Forest Route 3NO1 north of Cottonwood Road as part of the Rim Fire logging effort. File photo / Union Democrat.
Members of the Tuolumne County natural resource committee met Tuesday morning to discuss Rim Fire impacts and recovery efforts.

Included in the discussion were hazard-tree removal, a timber sale update, methods to clear slash — burning on-site vs. using a biomass plant — and reforestation in the Rim Fire burn scar.

Summerville High to move up next bond sale round

The Summerville Union High School District Board of Education on Tuesday reviewed its to-date expenses from its bond fund since 2012’s $8 million Measure H and prepped to open up another round of bond sales.

The district has thus far spent about $5.6 million on bond projects, according to Chief Business Official Tonya Midget.

Cottage Springs OK’d by Board of Supervisors

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and several county residents on Tuesday praised plans to reopen Cottage Springs as a sledding and tubing resort.

Arnold resident Jon Dashner said he supports the “well planned” project, and looks forward to taking his grandchildren sledding there.

Can TUD support proposed resort?

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into agreements with a developer and a consultant to determine if the district can provide water for a $100 million golf, hotel and condo resort at Yosemite Junction southwest of Jamestown.

Before the developer for Yosemite National Golf & Wetland Preserve spoke and the board voted, district General Manager Tom Scesa emphasized the agreements do not represent final approval of the project or its environmental impact report.

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