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Tuolumne County eligible for federal disaster relief funds

California will be eligible for up to $500 million in federal funding later this year for post-Rim Fire projects that would benefit the Tuolumne County area.

Calendar for June 24, 2015

News Notes for June 24, 2015

From the Past: July 4, 1898 — Sonora burns as thousands celebrate

Initially observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, there once was a time when Independence Day was America’s most celebrated holiday. John Adams, our second president, considered the occasion “a momentous time for rejoicing.” We quote: 

“I am apt to believe that Independence Day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from time forward for evermore.”

Calaveras supervisors approve 2015-16 budget

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Tuesday passed a $41.8 million budget for 2015-16.

Construction delays could cost Sonora High

Architects told the Sonora Union High School Board of Trustees Tuesday that delays to renovations at Sonora High could raise project costs unless the district speeds up construction.

TUD adopts policy for new connections

The water provider for about 44,000 people in Tuolumne County has a new policy making it clear that it can work with developers to allow new water connections in spite of ongoing drought, easing concerns for some builders, realtors and others in the business community.

Input sought on Greenley Road widening

The City of Sonora is accepting written comments through July 17 on a proposed project that would widen Greenley Road at Mono Way. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The City of Sonora is accepting comments on a long-proposed project to widen Greenley Road at Mono Way.

‘Lumberjacks,’ ‘Loggers’ to face off in Jubilee's annual Tug-of-War

The Tuolumne County Loggers team practices Tuesday afternoon for the upcoming Tug-of-War, one of many activities set at this weekend’s Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Three feet; that is the difference between victory and defeat. 

Timber Drive fire under investigation

Smoke from a Tuesday fire on Timber Lane in Soulsbyville could be seen from Highway 108 near Wal-Mart in Sonora. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A special investigative team is looking into the cause of a fire Tuesday that burned a trailer in Soulsbyville before spreading to neighboring land, threatening other structures.

Fire reported in Soulsbyville

Fire crews are fighting a structure fire near Monte Vista that has closed Soulsbyvile Road.


The fire on the 17000 block of Timber Drive was reported about 2:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.


The structure is a trailer and the fire has spready to vegetation.

Ground and air forces are battling the blaze.

Traffic is being routed to Draper Mine Road.

Nine involved in three-vehicle wreck

Nine people were involved in a three-vehicle wreck in Groveland on Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Vine to Wine: End of an era for Chatom

When the gavel goes down this Friday at Chatom Winery in Calaveras County, it will signal a change at one of the most respected properties in the foothill wine community. 

Calendar for June 23, 2015

Administrative pay raises, music program on Sonora Elementary School board agenda

The Sonora Elementary School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Wednesday on pay raises for the principal and assistant principal positions in the 2015-16 school year. 

Tuolumne man faces attempted murder charge

A Tuolumne man accused of attacking another man with a bat during a fight Friday in the parking lot of the Tuolumne County Social Services office is now facing at attempted murder charge. 

Sonora High School board to review Measure J projects

Architects and contractors behind Measure J construction projects on the Sonora High School campus will present a progress report to the school board today.


Calaveras County Water District board to discuss budget, IRWMA membership

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors is scheduled to discuss its 2015-16 budget on Wednesday. 

Policy for new TUD connections on agenda

Tuolumne Utilities District board members tonight are scheduled to discuss and possibly act on a policy addressing water supply for new connections.

High temps in forecast

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows potential heat impacts Friday. Red means dangerous heat that occurs only a few times a year. Impacts are likely, even for the general population, if precautions are not taken. Orange means heat that occurs many times a year. It will be relatively easy to take simple precautions to keep safe. White means potential heat impacts are unlikely. The Mother Lode is primarily orange with spots of red, particularly in the Sonora and Groveland areas. National Weather Service / Courtesy graphic.
 Dry, triple-digit temperatures with increased fire danger are forecast later this week for the Mother Lode foothills.

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