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Today's headlines (May 16, 2014)


School district strapped but still gives raises

Calaveras Unified School District — the biggest district in Calaveras County — will give all of its teachers, and likely its other employees, pay raises despite a rocky two-year budget outlook.

The district in March and again on Tuesday had to declare that its reserve account may dip below the state requirement of 3 percent of spending in the 2015-2016 school year.


Sierra Views: Frank Smart — Veteran with a cause

Even after he left Vietnam, Frank Smart had to continue writing about the experiences of people who fought there. 

The Sonora resident and Vietnam veteran has been writing about the times of combat soldiers and war veterans since he was in foxholes from 1968 to 1969.

 


Authorities ID missing swimmer; search wanes

The identity of an Air Force serviceman who drowned Sunday at Pinecrest has been identified.

Jessica Clark, chief of media relations at Travis Air Force Base, identified the victim as Airman 1st Class Ronnie James Hayden, 27, of Kentucky. Hayden was stationed at Travis.


Foster father convicted of molesting boy in his care

A Sonora foster parent was convicted after a six-day Tuolumne County Superior Court trial this week of molesting his foster child.

Teddy Ray Beach, 48, was free to return home on electronic monitoring after a jury declared him guilty on one count of felony molestation Monday. After reviewing the case and Beach, the Tuolumne County Probation Department will make a report and recommendation for prison time at his sentencing hearing on June 6. 


Two arrested in raid on Tuolumne home

Union Democrat staff

Tuolumne County law enforcement officials surrounded a home in Tuolumne township Wednesday night and arrested a fugitive wanted on weapons charges.

Dean Ray Bennett, 49, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on two warrant holds and new felony charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and weapons, and also drug possession. His bail is set at $215,000.


CCWD eyes TUD water sale

Calaveras County Water District plans to study its water rights on the Stanislaus River to see if it has water available to eventually sell to neighboring agencies, such as water-strapped Tuolumne Utilities District. 

CCWD’s Board of Directors voted Wednesday to fund the new study regarding water usage in the Stanislaus River watershed. It will provide an analysis of how much water CCWD is using under its rights on the North Fork of the Stanislaus and also look at other agencies that have rights to the water and how the water is being used.


Music festival moving away

The 2014 Strawberry Fall Music Festival will take place after all, but not at Camp Mather and not over Labor Day weekend.

Festival founder Charlie Cran announced Wednesday that the festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11 to 15, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.


Renovated historic Jamestown Hotel reopens

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The historic Jamestown Hotel has reopened after renovations. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
After multiple yearslong renovation work from top to bottom, the historic Jamestown Hotel has reopened.

New owner Charlie Morgan said on Monday that the bar and restaurant have been operating now for more than a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. And with reservations already in for some of the hotel’s eight rooms, this weekend will be the first for hotel operations. 


Today's headlines (May 15, 2014)


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