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TUD water cutbacks remain at 30 percent

A slide from a Surface Water Supply presentation given at Tuesday’s Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors meeting shows Sonora precipitation records. Tuolumne Utilities District / Courtesy graphic.
 Tuolumne Utilities District customers remain on 30 percent mandatory water-use reductions compared to 2013, because Tuesday afternoon the TUD Board of Directors shelved a proposal to lower the district’s conservation rate to 24 percent.

Airport seeks volunteers for Father’s Day event

Dayton Calavan, of Oakdale, sits in the cockpit of an airplane at a past Father’s Day Fly-In at Columbia Airport. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Columbia Airport is struggling to find enough volunteers for its 49th annual Father’s Day Fly-in later this month. 

Farm and Ranch Tour this weekend

The eighth annual Farms of Tuolumne County Farm and Ranch Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbia.

Tech Notes: Loyalty can’t compete with camera quality

People who are motivated by brand loyalty and don’t look too deeply into the business reasons behind their purchase often don’t even know what the competition is offering. 

‘Mini’ labs planned at Tioga, Merced

Tuolumne County’s InnovationLab has expanded to offer two new mini sites — one at Tioga High School and one in downtown Merced. 

West Point man charged with attempted murder


A West Point man was arrested Friday on charges including suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly attempting to shoot a man with a bow and arrow.


Michael Rae Mendibles, 49, of West Point, was booked into the Calaveras County Jail at 7:24 p.m. on felony charges of suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and misdemeanor battery after an arrest at his home on the 400 block of Main Street.

Search for missing man continues

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of a Murphys man reported missing early last week, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Anthony Eberhardt.

Hit-and-run suspect held at Calaveras jail on $132K bail

A Murphys man sought by the California Highway Patrol for allegedly fleeing the scene of a Saturday accident was arrested Sunday, Calaveras County Jail records show. 

Down power line cause 10-acre burn

A vegetation fire on Monday scorched about 10 acres in Valley Springs.

Registration open for summer preschool program

Tuolumne County Recreation Department will present HeadWinds Lil’ Sidekicks preschool learning adventure sessions on Saturdays from June 13 through July 18. 

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