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Today's headlines (May 22, 2014)


Mokelumne River: Wild and Scenic bill advances

A bill to designate the Mokelumne River a California Wild and Scenic River is expected to go before the state Senate by the end of the month.

Senate Bill 1199 — which calls for protecting 37 miles of the river between Salt Springs Dam, northeast of West Point, and Pardee Reservoir — passed the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 29 with a 7-2 vote.


Ramsey Fire area to reopen

About 1,200 acres of Stanislaus National Forest land burned by the Ramsey Fire in August 2012 are expected to reopen sometime in June, according the U.S. Forest Service.

Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski closed the area on Sept. 7, 2012, because burned trees were deemed a threat to public safety. The Ramsey Fire burned at such high intensity that seemingly healthy trees had in fact suffered root damage, according to the closure order.


Memorial Day feast or famine?

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Houseboats at the Glory Hole recreation marina can be rented for the Memorial Day weekend. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
This Memorial Day weekend will look a little different for travelers in search of an outdoor experience.

A handful of campgrounds and hundreds of thousand of acres of public land remain closed as a result of last year’s Rim Fire, and many lakes and rivers are looking anemic as the Central Sierra works through a third straight drought year.


Water leak impacts Arnold

Water will be turned off until later this afternoon in the Blagen Road area of Arnold.

A leak in a water transmission line under the road was reported about 7 a.m. Wednesday, and water will be turned off in the area until Calaveras County Water District crews repair the pipe.


Today's headlines (May 20, 2014)


Medical center planned in Angels

PUBLIC MEETING: Angels Camp Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, Angels Fire House, 1404 Vallecito Road. 

The Angels Camp Planning Commission next week will consider Mark Twain Medical Center’s plans to build a new, two-story medical clinic.

The 15,416 square-foot clinic, which would replace Mark Twain’s family medical center at 222 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, would be built on Dogtown Road near the intersection of Highways 4 and 49. 

 


Twain Harte school merger eyed

PUBLIC MEETING: The Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District Board of Trustees, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, district board room, 18995 Twain Harte Drive. 

 

The Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal to merge Black Oak Elementary School and Twain Harte Middle School.

The Black Oak Campus was closed in 2007 because of declining enrollment.


Downtown Sonora roadwork commences

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Caltrans crews will perform grinding and paving work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. along Washington Street though May 30. The work is one of the final stages of a storm-drain improvement project started in the fall. Chris Caskey / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Noisy nights and traffic delays can be expected in downtown Sonora through the end of next week as Caltrans crews finish road work on Washington Street.

The grinding and repaving work is one of the final stages of a storm-drain improvement project started in the fall. The work, started Sunday, stretches from Stockton Road to Elkin Street.


Chance of rain early this week

A late spring storm is expected to blow through Central California today and tomorrow, bringing a chance of rain and lightning to the Mother Lode.

Tonight, the chance of precipitation stands at 20 percent in the Central Sierra foothills. A northwest wind of 5 to 11 mph is expected.


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