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Calaveras leaders eye Saddle Creek

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. 

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on whether to extend Saddle Creek’s development agreement for another five years.

The original 15-year agreement was approved in 1994 to last until 2009. In November 2008, the Board of Supervisors extended the agreement until June 2014, with the ability for an additional five-year extension.

Dark horse Hogan goes up against Bigelow

A Republican lawmaker who ran unopposed in June must now defend his seat in State Assembly District 5 against a write-in candidate, a result of the state’s relatively new top-two primary system.

Libertarian candidate Patrick Hogan, 21, of Coarsegold, took advantage of the state’s new primary rules for a chance to face incumbent Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals.

Miranda, Berryhill face off Nov. 4

After squaring off with a Democratic challenger in the June primary, a Republican incumbent representing State Senate District 8 says he’s ready for round two.

State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, soundly defeated Paulina Miranda, D-Fresno, when the two first met in the June 3 primary. He finished with 97,056 votes (65.4 percent) to Miranda’s 51,415 votes (34.6 percent).


McClintock, Moore show Republican party divide

Mother Lode voters this November will be asked to decide which type of Republican they want to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years — a Tea Party favorite who has spent his career in politics, or a political newcomer casting himself as a moderate alternative.

Incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, will defend his seat in California’s Fourth District against military veteran Art Moore, R-Roseville. The contest has garnered widespread media attention mainly because it’s one of only two House races in the state this November that will pit two Republicans against each other.

Deputies investigate bones

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office deputies closed Tuolumne township’s Main Street Friday when bones were discovered near an abandoned house across from the Tuolumne Fire Department station.

Ryan named interim Calaveras CAO

Shirley Ryan has been appointed interim Calaveras County administrative officer following last week’s resignation of Lori Norton. 

Ryan, who has been the assistant county administrative officer for more than six years, was promoted to interim CAO at a special closed-session meeting of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. 

Cooler temps, chance of rain in sight

Cooler temperatures and possibly more rain could be on the way next week for the Central Sierra.

The National Weather Service says unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend — hovering in the mid-80s — should give way to cooler temperatures starting Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure over the Pacific Ocean weakens.

School gardens recognized

Michelson Elementary School garden coordinator Tim Smith shows a miniature yellow pumpkin to first-graders (from left) Nataly Nava, 6, Angel Nava, 6, and second-grader Johanna Nava, 7, while on a garden tour Thursday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democratm Copyright 2014.
Calaveras County’s school gardens got some national attention this month when they were used as one of the training grounds for the national organization FoodCorps, which will expand further into the area.

FoodCorps is a team under the nonprofit AmeriCorps that aims to provide healthy food to kids and teach them about it. 

Fire cause determined: Sparks from car blamed for fatal 311-acre blaze in park

The Dog Rock Fire is burning near the Highway 140 entrance to Yosemite National Park. Austen Thibault / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Investigators said Thursday that sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire in Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot.

Yosemite officials said the sparks were caused by metal parts — such as trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, or rubbing vehicle brake parts — sending off sparks. 

TUD meeting cancelled

A special Friday meeting of the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors has been canceled.

The board was scheduled to discuss a threatened lawsuit over it’s planned winter ditch maintenance.

Legacy Waterways Protection League claims the board violated environmental laws when it voted in September to bypass studies to determine if lining sections of the ditch system with concrete would harm plants and animals.

District spokeswoman Lisa Westbrook said the board is now scheduled to discuss the matter at its 2 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

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