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Brown pays Sonora a visit

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Gov. Jerry Brown and Milt Allen, of Sonora, sit in the Sportsman. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown made a stop in Sonora on Thursday, accompanied by an entourage of security agents, his wife and his dog.

Sporting a yellow baseball cap, slacks, a button-up shirt and tennis shoes, Brown bobbed down Washington Street about 5 p.m. unnoticed by many, while men in dark suits staked out the intersections.

 


Major roads in line for repairs

Three stretches of popular Tuolumne County roads will be resurfaced next summer thanks to some state funds.

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council voted on Wednesday to direct more than $674,700 at repaving Parrotts Ferry Road, Yankee Hill Road and Dodge Ridge Road.

 


Bear Valley buyers group gains ground

Representatives with Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative say they’re closing in on their membership goal to run the mountain as a community-owned resort.

The group says members must register by July 15 and pay by July 25 to have their membership count in a potential vote to purchase the ski area.

 


Sonora teen recovering from dive injury

A Sonora High School teenager is recovering from a broken neck he suffered after diving from the shore into New Melones Reservoir. 

Nicholas “Nick” Harris, 17, of Sonora, is being treated at Northern California Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.

 


CCWD hires firm to recruit new manager

The Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors hired a Tracy-based firm Wednesday to recruit a new general manager.

Brent Ives, owner of BHI Management Consulting, said the recruitment process typically takes four or five months. 

 


Changes set for Tuolumne County Transit routes

Tuolumne County’s main public transportation system will make some changes to its schedule in September.

All six bus lines that run daily connecting Sonora with the county’s unincorporated communities like Jamestown, Columbia and Twain Harte, will see at least some changes, according to Tuolumne County Transit.

 


Firefighers battle pair of blazes in Sonora area

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Logs caught fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Standard Wednesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Fire crews extinguished a large fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill in Standard at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

The fire burned one log deck, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Keven Patton.


Murder suspect Lucero appears in court

A Twain Harte woman accused of murdering Sonora’s Ricky Roberts made a second court appearance Wednesday.

Cheryl Lynn Lucero, 45, was set to be arraigned in Tuolumne County Superior Court at 2:45 p.m. However, the hearing was continued and she didn’t enter a plea.


Standard Mill fire under control

Air resources were called off and structures were no longer threatened at today's log stack fire at Sierra Pacific Industries' Standard Mill. Mop up is expected to be completed Thursday morning.

Pair pleads guilty to child molestation

A pair of former youth-baseball coaches pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court to several charges of child molestation.

Lynn Leroy Lloyd and his wife, Elisa Marie Lloyd, both 34 and listed as transients, will face up to a year in county jail plus probation after each pleaded guilty to five molestation counts and a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime.


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