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CHP: Head-on collision reported on Highway 4

At least one person was transported by helicopter for treatment of injuries sustained in a head-on crash Friday afternoon on Highway 4 between Copperopolis and Angels Camp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Calendar for June 20, 2015

News Notes for June 20, 2015

Mother Lode Fair adds queen contest

The Mother Lode Fair this year is holding its first queen contest, and applications are due Friday.

Budget vote on Calaveras County Board of Supervisors' agenda

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to vote to adopt the county’s proposed 2015-16 budget. 

Overall, the proposed county general fund budget totals about $41.8 million and includes the creation of multiple jobs that were eliminated during the recession.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board will discuss the State of Public Works/Engineering/Capital Improvement Program group study.

As of now, there is a total of 23 projects, including 17 bridge and six roadway projects, according to the board agenda. 

Of these projects, improvements at the Highway 12/26 Intersection and the replacement of the Rail Road Flat Road Bridge are top priorities.

The group is funded primarily through grant funds, however, some of the funds have local match requirements, the agenda packet says.


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

Lightning fires smolder in Yosemite

Firefighters in Yosemite National Park are monitoring several fires sparked by lightning during thunderstorm activity in recent weeks, including one near the Tuolumne County line, a popular campground and Tioga Road.

Twain Harte Lake reopens

Gathering for the Twain Harte Lake ribbon cutting are (from left) Twain Harte Lake Association board president Lynn Crook, Twain Harte Lake general manager Dennis Wyckoff, Mark Steichen with Oak Valley Community Bank, Spencer Freberickon with Syblon Reid, Scott Lewis with Condor, Roger Olsen with Olsen Excavation. Board director Bill Salsig cuts the ribbon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Members of the Twain Harte Lake Association weren’t the only ones celebrating the private, recreational reservoir’s reopening Friday.

Mother Lode fire conditions ‘rapidly escalating’

As dry heat continues bearing down on federally managed lands blanketed with parched vegetation, Stanislaus National Forest fire officials are scheduling fire restrictions to go into effect as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Work never done for father of seven

Members of the Personius family are (from left): Back row — Christian, Josie, Matthew and Julian; front row — Nathan, Brianna, JulieAnn, Ruby and Bennett. Courtesy photo.
 Dr. Matthew Personius just might be the busiest man in town.

Suspect in custody after Tuolumne standoff

A Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy steps over crime scene tape Friday in Tuolumne, where a suspect wanted in connection with an alleged assault with a deadly weapon incident was later taken into custody. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A man who was wanted in connection with an alleged assault with a deadly weapon incident was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Tuolumne.


Five acres burned in Vallecito

Fire crews battled a wildland in Vallecito Friday afternoon.

The fire, off Ponderosa Way on the north side of Highway 4, was reported about 1:48 p.m. Fire crews contained the flames to five acres by 3 p.m.


Calendar for June 19, 2015

News Notes for June 19, 2015


Rail Road Flat to host summer camp

Rail Road Flat Elementary School will offer a summer day-camp this month open to all kindergarten through sixth-grade students in the Calaveras Unified School District.

Calaveras Unified School District considers school-closure ban

A possible ban on the closure of small schools in the Calaveras Unified School District ignited public concern at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. 

Calaveras Kids Day planned in Murphys

The first ever Calaveras Kids Day is set for Saturday at Murphys Community Park.

Former SCC employee pleads to workers’ compensation fraud

A former state corrections officer faces up to 150 days in jail after pleading no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud stemming from a claim he made while working for Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.

Law and Justice Center electrical work $104K over PG&E estimate

County leaders are concerned about recent cost overruns on projects related to the future Law and Justice Center off Old Wards Ferry Road in Sonora.



Sonora ranked a top city for lawyers

A new report ranks Sonora among the top small cities in the United States for lawyers and recent law school graduates to launch their careers.

Father's Day Fly-in gears up to take off

A crowd of people watch as a 1999 Aircam flown by owner Dan Rietz, of Cameron Park (rear seat) comes in for a landing at a past Father’s Day Fly-in. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Mother Lode fathers and their families will again have the chance to celebrate Father’s Day weekend under the buzz of soaring aircraft at the 49th annual Father’s Day Fly-in.

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