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Cal Unified looks at cutting teachers

The Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees on Saturday voted to authorize some layoffs but to take music and sports off the list of cuts to be made to reach a county-assigned deadline of reining in about $2 million in overspending by Sept. 8. 

The district has been overspending for a number of years, has seen continued enrollment drops and made recent errors in calculating state funding. 

 


Public school enrollments continue to decline

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Students make their way to classes on the Curtis Creek Elementary School campus on Friday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Early numbers show school enrollment continues to tick down in the Mother Lode, while a small population bubble of graduating eighth-graders bolstered high school enrollment slightly. 

Most public elementary school districts in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties saw about 15 fewer students enroll as of the first day of school this year compared to last year. That totals nearly 250 fewer students in Mother Lode public schools.

 


Lime Kiln fire nearly contained

A vehicle and vegetation fire on Lime Kiln Road south of Sonora prompted the evacuation of one home and closed a road, but firefighters are nearing full containment. 

Fire burning on Lime Kiln Rd.

Air and ground resources are on the scene of a vehicle and vegetation fire on Lime Kiln Road south of Sonora.

Sonora teens booked on rape charges

Two Sonora High School students were arrested on rape charges Thursday, following a weeks-long investigation by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The students — ages 16 and 18 — were arrested about 11:45 a.m. after being escorted from the school by Calaveras County Sheriff’s detectives.


Survey: Red Hills roach fish not extinct

A tiny fish known to exist only in the Red Hills area of Tuolumne County could be on the brink of extinction due to the current drought, according to scientists from the University of California, Davis.

The findings come from a project by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences surveying about 70 streams and rivers across Northern and Central California to evaluate habitat conditions this summer and document the drought’s effect on fish populations.

 


SF Tuolumne diversions irk farmers, environmentalists

A Fresno nonprofit group is suing the National Park Service in federal court over the city and county of San Francisco’s diversions from the Hetch Hetchy water project.

The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability, or CESAR, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., alleging NPS-approved freshwater diversions from the Tuolumne River are harmful to endangered and threatened salmon, smelt and sturgeon in the San Joaquin River and Sacramento Delta, where the water would naturally flow if it wasn’t being stored behind O’Shaughnessy Dam in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.


More drought in 2015?

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Houseboats float on New Melones Reservoir, which is far below the normal water level. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Several long-range forecasts suggest Californians should brace for another dry fall and winter, following three consecutive years of drought that have already taken a heavy toll on the state’s water supplies and amplified wildfire conditions.

Any rainfall from an anticipated weak El Niño weather pattern likely will not be enough to break the current drought’s grip on the state, according to AccuWeather, a Pennsylvania-based weather prediction company. 


Canadian firm to buy Bear Valley

A Canadian ski resort developer has entered into an agreement to buy Bear Valley Mountain Resort.

The agreement, announced Wednesday, comes after several weeks of discussions between Toronto-based developer Skyline International Development Inc., Bear Valley’s current owners and representatives with the Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative — a group of homeowners and others interested in purchasing the resort.


Angels man’s photo in Smithsonian

Dave Bunnell, an Angels Camp man who specializes in cave photography, will have one of his photographs featured in an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit.

His photograph of Fossil Cave, in a remote area of Northern California’s Lava Beds Wilderness, will be displayed as part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. 


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