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Bear Valley suitor shares resort plans

The Canadian company buying Bear Valley Mountain Resort aims to improve various facets of the ski area — everything from snowmaking operations to the quality of food served. 

Toronto-based Skyline International Development Inc., is purchasing the 1,700-acre ski area, which includes nine chair lifts, a 2,000-space parking lot and a 40,000 square-foot lodge. 


Sierra Views: Nanci Sikes, Gold Country ambassador

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Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nanci Sikes, of Sonora, talks about her 26-year career. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
On her desk, Nanci Sikes has a coffee mug with a saying written across either side: Success is doing what you love. Success is loving what you do.

Sikes has been lucky enough to live that out over the past 26 years at the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau.


Murder case moves forward

A Twain Harte woman accused of killing Sonora man Rick Roberts in February  waived her right on Wednesday to a preliminary hearing in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Cheryl Lynn Lucero, 45, appeared with her public defender, Clay Bedford, and decided to forgo the hearing that requires prosecutors to establish probable cause to proceed with their charges.

 


Body found in Columbia search area

The search for a missing woman has been called off after searchers found a dead woman in the Columbia search area.

At 8:25 a.m., Tuolumne County Search and Rescue reported finding a body inside the search area for missing Kathy Njirich Fiore, 63, of Southern California.


Rim Fire logging plan released


The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan allowing logging in much of the area burned in last year's Rim Fire.


Calaveras board aims to improve veteran services

The need for improved services to Calaveras County military veterans was discussed Tuesday at the county Board of Supervisors meeting.

During a two-hour study session, county staffers went over what services are now offered, how they’re funded and what areas are lacking. 


Woman still missing from Columbia area

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office this morning continued to search for a missing 63-year-old woman last seen leaving a Columbia-area home.

Kathy Fiore left her family’s home on the 22000 block of Sawmill Flat Road at 11:15 a.m. Monday. She was last seen by a resident of the house, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson.

 


Campus under construction

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The Manzanita Building at Columbia College is under renovation. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Columbia College students returned to school this week to the continuing construction of the central Manzanita building. 

The largest of the college’s original buildings houses most administration and student services, which have been scattered across campus since spring, when construction began. 


TUD moves ahead with reservoir plan

Reeling from an historic drought, Tuolumne Utilities District is taking steps to create the county’s first water-storage reservoir in decades.

The TUD board voted 5-0 Tuesday to move forward with plans to acquire 25 acres of land in Twain Harte from the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. where the district hopes to build the 350 acre-foot lake to ensure supplies for up to 40,000 county residents.


Napa quake’s impact felt by some in Calaveras County

A Vallecito winery that makes and stores its wine in Napa Valley lost the equivalent of about 900 bottles of wine in Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake. 

Even so, Helen Webster, co-owner of Four Winds Cellars, is grateful more damage wasn’t incurred.

 


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