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District 5 board race pits Kearney against Crane

Rancho Calaveras residents Marti Crane and Steve Kearney are running to represent District 5 on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. 

The winner will replace one-term incumbent Darren Spellman, who was not re-elected in the June primary. 

Callaway defends seat against Oliveira

Five-term Calaveras County Board of Supervisors incumbent Merita Callaway is being challenged for her District 3 seat by Arnold resident Michael Oliveira.

District 3 spans the Highway 4 corridor from the Murphys area northeast to the Alpine County line. Economic growth — generating tourism and jobs — is key to the district. 

Calaveras County Water District race a full house

Eight candidates are running for four seats on the Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election.

CCWD is the largest water agency in the county, providing 12,695 water connections and 4,729 sewer connections. 


Sheriff: Vandals caused phone outage

A widespread telephone and Internet outage that affected thousands in the area Tuesday night is now believed to be the result of a “deliberate criminal act” to an AT&T fiber-optic line near Sonora, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele.

Contrary to AT&T’s earlier reports blaming a fallen tree for taking out the line, Sheriff’s investigators who visited the scene on Wednesday determined the damage that led to the massive communications blackout was intentionally caused.

Sheriff: Damage to AT&T line was 'deliberate'

Contrary to AT&T's reports that Tuesday night's widespread telephone and Internet outage was caused by a tree falling into a fiber-optic line, Tuolumne County Sheriff's investigators at the scene Wednesday determined that the damage was the result of a "deliberate criminal act."

Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele said his office is looking for leads on a suspect, or suspects, who may have intentionally damaged the fiber-optic line belonging to AT&T.

Many AT&T customers in Sonora — as well as some customers of Verizon — were without service to both their land-line and cell phones from about 5 to 11:30 p.m. due to the disruption.

Other areas said to have been affected included Groveland, Murphys, Forest Meadows, Yosemite National Park and portions of Arnold.

The incident reportedly occurred about eight miles outside of Sonora, though Mele declined to elaborate on the exact location due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with possible leads on a suspect can contact the Sheriff's Office at 533-5815.

Thirteen vie for Calaveras school seats

Thirteen candidates are running for seven school board seats in Calaveras County this November.

Two or more four-year seats are up for election in the Calaveras Unified School District, Mark Twain Union Elementary School District and Vallecito Unified School District.

Tuolumne schools: 18 vie for 13 seats

Eighteen candidates are running for 13 seats in school board elections this November in Tuolumne County.

Two or more four-year seats are up for grabs in Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District, Sonora School District, Sonora Union High School District, Summerville Union High School District and Twain Harte School District. 

Voter reg. deadlines approach

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 20. Voters can request a vote-by-mail — or absentee — ballot through Oct. 28. 

County elections offices are already beginning to receive completed vote-by-mail ballots that were sent out to registered voters last week.

Nearly 700 vote-by-mail ballots have been received by the Tuolumne County Elections Office thus far. The Calaveras County Elections Office had gotten back about 360 as of Friday. Neither office received mail Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday.

Tree knocks out Net, phones

A fallen tree is being blamed for a widespread telephone and Internet outage Tuesday evening that deadened phone lines, Internet connections and some ATM machines throughout Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

AT&T crews worked through the night to fix the issue. Phone service was restored in most areas early this morning.

CHP on lookout for Nevada fugitive

A fugitive out of Nevada described as armed and dangerous is believed to be driving through the Tuolumne County area and headed to Stockton.

Robert Schwerer, 23, of Minden, Nevada, is wanted for battery on a peace officer.


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