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Calaveras will see expanded classes

The San Joaquin Delta Community College District has pledged to expand higher education in Calaveras County and will hire a local liaison to help coordinate and make recommendations on its first steps.

Sherri Reusche — a Calaveras Unified School District board member and head of the Mother Lode regional California School Board Association — has been selected by Delta Superintendent-President Kathy Hart to work part time for the next few semesters, assessing the needs and logistics of bringing more classes to the county. 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars exchanged at fair auction

stock Auction. The Junior Livestock Auction was full of potential buyers on Saturday evening. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Hundreds of thousands of dollars and almost 200 livestock animals changed hands over the weekend during the Mother Lode Fair’s junior livestock, small livestock and benefit auctions.

The annual auctions featured livestock from local students, most of whom raised the animals through FFA and 4-H clubs. 

According to fair organizers, more than $252,900 in cattle, hog and sheep sales took place Saturday evening during the junior livestock event, while participants sold $18,920 worth of goats, chickens, turkeys and rabbits Sunday for the small-animal auction.

The regular benefit auction raised more than $7,000, with the proceeds of that event going to the Tuolumne County Small Livestock Exhibitors’ Association.

For the complete story and a list of champions, see the July 14, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

State OKs PG&E request for water

The State Water Resources Control Board has approved a request by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that will allow Tuolumne Utilities District to draw about 600 acre-feet of water out of Pinecrest Reservoir earlier than normal this year, a board member confirmed Friday after a meeting of the Governor’s Drought Task Force in Sonora.

State Water Resources Control Board Member Steven Moore, who is also a member of the Drought Task Force, attended Friday’s closed-door meeting at the Tuolumne County Operations Center on Striker Court, where they discussed drought impacts with government leaders and water managers from Tuolumne County and several other foothill counties.

Moore said the State Water Board granted PG&E’s written request Thursday afternoon.


Brown pays Sonora a visit

Gov. Jerry Brown and Milt Allen, of Sonora, sit in the Sportsman. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown made a stop in Sonora on Thursday, accompanied by an entourage of security agents, his wife and his dog.

Sporting a yellow baseball cap, slacks, a button-up shirt and tennis shoes, Brown bobbed down Washington Street about 5 p.m. unnoticed by many, while men in dark suits staked out the intersections.


Major roads in line for repairs

Three stretches of popular Tuolumne County roads will be resurfaced next summer thanks to some state funds.

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council voted on Wednesday to direct more than $674,700 at repaving Parrotts Ferry Road, Yankee Hill Road and Dodge Ridge Road.


Bear Valley buyers group gains ground

Representatives with Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative say they’re closing in on their membership goal to run the mountain as a community-owned resort.

The group says members must register by July 15 and pay by July 25 to have their membership count in a potential vote to purchase the ski area.


Sonora teen recovering from dive injury

A Sonora High School teenager is recovering from a broken neck he suffered after diving from the shore into New Melones Reservoir. 

Nicholas “Nick” Harris, 17, of Sonora, is being treated at Northern California Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.


CCWD hires firm to recruit new manager

The Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors hired a Tracy-based firm Wednesday to recruit a new general manager.

Brent Ives, owner of BHI Management Consulting, said the recruitment process typically takes four or five months. 


Changes set for Tuolumne County Transit routes

Tuolumne County’s main public transportation system will make some changes to its schedule in September.

All six bus lines that run daily connecting Sonora with the county’s unincorporated communities like Jamestown, Columbia and Twain Harte, will see at least some changes, according to Tuolumne County Transit.


Firefighers battle pair of blazes in Sonora area

Logs caught fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Standard Wednesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Fire crews extinguished a large fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill in Standard at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

The fire burned one log deck, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Keven Patton.

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