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Power out after fire at Sierra Conservation Center

A vegetation fire near Sierra Conservation Center west of Jamestown has been contained, but more than 2,300 Copperopolis and Jamestown residents are still without power.

The fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. It was caused by two blown transformers and a downed power line on prison grounds, prison spokesman Lt. Robert Kelsey said.

 


Sonora logger killed in Rim Fire area

A Sonora logger was killed by a falling tree limb while working in the Rim Fire burn area on Thursday.

Today's headlines (May 30, 2014)

 


Tolhurst search winding down

Lacking new clues, law enforcement officials have scaled back their search for a Sonora woman who disappeared six weeks ago, her car found at an overlook off Highway 108.

Patty Tolhurst, 46, of Sonora, was last seen leaving a park by a friend on April 18 in Tuolumne township, but wasn’t reported as missing until April 22, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and Sonora police.

 


Farmers, ranchers feel burn of drought

This drought’s severity may have taken many Tuolumne County residents by surprise, but it’s nothing new for farmers and cattle ranchers.

Agriculture, the county’s No. 2 industry behind tourism, has been burdened by  drought since the winter of 2012. This year looks to have the worst impact yet, with forage production on rangeland down about 75 percent and farmers looking at severe cutbacks in irrigation water from Tuolumne Utilities District.

 


TUD water woes: Nature, man create dicey outlook

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Jesse Cover, of Cover’s Apple Ranch, discusses his drought concerns. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
This is the first in a three part series examining north and central Tuolumne County’s drought crisis, how we got here and where we’re headed. Parts 2 and 3 will run the following Fridays.


 The irony of this year’s drought situation is abundantly clear at Lyons Reservoir near Sierra Village, one of two main water sources relied upon by 44,000 Tuolumne County residents.

Thousands of gallons of pristine High Sierra water each day thunder over the dam unused. Meanwhile, downstream in Twain Harte, Sonora and Jamestown, lawns brown, flower beds wilt, restaurants withhold water unless requested and toilets go unflushed.

 


Today's headlines (May 29, 2014)


Tulloch may get flood map reprieve

Hundreds of property owners along Lake Tulloch could avoid having to pay costly flood insurance following a plan to remove their parcels from inaccurate flood zone maps.

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday meeting gave Planning Director Peter Maurer permission to apply for a Tulloch-area map revision with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal agency responsible for flood response.


Clock ticks for Hatler tenants

The deadline has passed for a Jamestown landlord to pay tens of thousands of dollars in past-due sewer bills, so 15 low-income properties will likely be boarded up and tenants required to leave by early next week.

According to the Jamestown Sanitary District, Stewart Hatler has $38,000 in unpaid sewer bills for his properties around Seventh Street, Ninth Avenue and Maple Alley. Jamestown sewer officials in February set a May 28 deadline for him to pay up, threatening to shut off service on the units if he doesn’t.


TUD finally OKs water purchase

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors approved a contract with the Chicken Ranch Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians on Tuesday that will allow the district to pump water out of New Melones Reservoir this summer.

A previous contract for the tribe to purchase up to 2,400 acre-feet of water stored in New Melones Reservoir from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, a senior water rights holder on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, was approved by the TUD board on March 11.

 


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