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TUD pay raises approved; Sarno objects

About 40 percent of Tuolumne Utilities District’s 74 employees have a new contract with provisions that re-instate annual raises while requiring them to pay into their benefit packages.

The TUD Board of Directors on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a new contract with  the Construction, Production and Maintenance Laborers’ Local Union No. 1130. The three-year contract will last through June 2017.


Church, state dispute still alive in Calaveras County

A controversial resolution the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors passed three months ago recognizing the work of an Angels Camp pregnancy resource center was rescinded Tuesday, then re-adopted with the deletion of the word “unborn.”

The vote on the resolution recognizing Calaveras Door of Hope came after three hours of discussion and dozens of comments from those inside the packed board room. 

 


Annual Mother Lode Fair is coming to town

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Marge Kiriluk, president of the Mother Lode Fair Board, prepares a fair booth Tuesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
This weekend’s 77th annual Mother Lode Fair will offer traditional fair favorites along with a couple new experiences. 

The fair’s theme is “Red, White and You: A Salute to Our Veterans,” and kicks off with free entrance on Thursday to any veterans with military identification. A discount price is also offered to other adults Thursday, with the request that fair-goers also bring a can of food for charity. 


Highway 108 lanes open after fire

UPDATE: Two of the three westbound lanes of the Highway 108 bypass behind the Crossroads shopping center are back open after being shut down due to at a fire at a transient camp off Highway 108, according to California Highway Patrol officer Nick Norton.

The fire was reported about noon. It is not related to a fire burning at SPI.

Sonora Police Investigator Jerry McCaig and Officer Chris Rogers were at the scene investigating the origin of the fire. 

McCaig declined to comment citing Sonora police policy.  

 


Log fire at Standard Mill

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A bomber drops retardant on burning logs at Sierra Pacific Industries in Standard. Courtesy photo / Connie Taylor.
Air and ground crews are responding to Sierra Pacific Industry's Standard Mill for a stack of logs on fire. 


Cal Fire station gets new tree

A young redwood tree recently planted at Cal Fire’s Altaville station will be dedicated next week — four years after a nearly 60-year-old redwood was felled to make way for the station’s parking lot.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Monday morning at the station, along Highway 49 at the northern end of Angels Camp.

 


Bones found in reservoir tested in Santa Cruz

Human skeletal remains found late last month by a fisherman at Camanche Reservoir are under investigation at a Santa Cruz laboratory, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The remains are being analyzed and dated by scientists in Santa Cruz, as they may be historic in nature.


Water aplenty at local mine

The site where the Harvard Mine once operated in Jamestown has a problem that’s unique to the Mother Lode right now — too much water.

The 500-foot-deep lake created by the mine’s open pit off Highway 108 continues to rise, and property managers are trying stop it. 


State forces water curbs

Some local water districts are restricting customers’ usage to comply with new state regulations, even though they have enough water in storage to make it through the year.

The State Water Resources Control Board approved measures last week that streamlined the agency’s enforcement of recent curtailment orders imposed on thousands of “junior” water rights holders.

 


Sonora High track, field construction schedule irks parents

Dozens of parents and community members last week voiced concerns over Sonora Union High School District’s handling of the track and football project so far, with many calling on the district to change the construction schedule and keep the home football season intact.

The discussion took place at an informational meeting, organized by Superintendent Mike McCoy. About 50 people came with questions and concerns regarding the district’s first of its upcoming projects from 2012’s $23 million Measure J.


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