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TUD repeats drought severity

The Tuolumne Utilities District board is sending a message to skeptics in the county and around the state — the current drought and water shortage are real.

All five TUD board members passed a resolution urging water agencies throughout the state to step up their water conservation efforts. This does not place any further limits on Tuolumne County residents, who already face some of the toughest restrictions in the state.


Pertussis outbreak grows

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Tuolumne County Public Health Department Clinic LVN Dawn Foster (right) administers a Tdap vaccine to Steve Calden, of Columbia, as his wife, Maryfaith Alarcon-Calden, watches. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak in Tuolumne County continues to grow. 

Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp said Tuesday there are now eight confirmed cases and eight probable cases of the disease in the county — mostly school children.


Today's headlines (May 14, 2014)


Warmer weather forecast

Near-record warm weather is expected to arrive in the Central California and the Mother Lode this week.

The change in conditions is the result of high pressure building over the Central Coast.


Cops: No news on Roberts slaying

Sonora police are saying little about the progress of the investigation into the murder of Rick Roberts, found shot to death in February at his shop on Mono Way.

Meanwhile, Roberts’ widow, Teddi Roberts, in an interview last week said the unanswered questions about her husband’s murder make it difficult for her and her son to have much needed closure.

 


Search on for missing swimmer

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and other agencies so far have been unable to locate a man who dove into an inlet above Pinecrest Lake over the weekend and never resurfaced. 

A 26-year-old man, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, dove into the water at Cleo’s Bath about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 


Water saving could boost mosquito numbers

Many Tuolumne County residents are collecting and storing excess gray water in buckets and barrels around their homes to conserve for landscaping use during the current drought.

However, they may also be unknowingly attracting mosquitoes that can pose a threat to humans and pets.

 


Calaveras County Fair opens Thursday

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The Calaveras County Fair’s midway was taking shape on Monday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee kicks off its four-day run this Thursday.

This year, fair organizers are bringing back the rodeo for the first time in more than 10 years. There also will be daily drawings for $1,000 in cash — and $10,000 on Sunday.


Sonora first-graders celebrate mom

Sonora Elementary School first-graders honored their moms Friday at the school’s 25th annual Mother’s Day Brunch.

The event was organized by the first-grade students and teachers Leslie Bloom, Jennifer Buteau, Shelly Helm, Lacey Kitchen and Michelle Alberto. 

 


New well on tap for Twain Harte

Twain Harte Community Services District is moving forward with a project to drill a new municipal well that officials hope will supplement the town’s reduced water supply due to the drought.

The THCSD board met Thursday and authorized District General Manager Tom Trott to use $60,000 in emergency water reserves to start the drilling process with Sonora-based well drillers Tanko Brothers Inc. The district is also seeking state and federal grants to complete the rest of the project, which is estimated to cost nearly $500,000.

 


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