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Bocce ball courts planned for Murphys

Two bocce ball courts are the latest addition planned for the Murphys Community Park complex.

The plans were approved last week by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. 


‘Bean kettle’ building leveled?

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Board of Supervisors Chambers, fourth floor, County Administration Center, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

 

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider on Tuesday a proposal to demolish a small portion of the Historic Big Oak Flat Gamble building known as the “miners’ bean kettle.”

The bean kettle building is a small, rundown structure connected to the west wall of the recognizable stone Wells Fargo building on Highway 120.


Mother Lode Roundup: Coyote Sam strikes

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Mother Lode Roundup queen contestants stop a member of the Coyote Sam gang from going any further into Jamestown Saturday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Another Roundup season is upon us, complete with a head-turning mock shootout in Jamestown Saturday.

Bandit “Coyote Sam” and his outlaw toadies attempted to disrupt a visit to town by 2013 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Lorna Job and 2014 queen hopefuls Evon Meckler, Rachelle Snitchler, Sylvana Talamantes, Paige Ryan and Courtney Blackmore.


Popular day use areas to reopen

The U.S. Forest Service continues to work toward reopening popular campsites and picnic areas within the Stanislaus National Forest’s Rim Fire closure area before the busy summer season arrives.

Service officials hope to have three day-use areas — Rainbow Pool, Middle Fork and Carlon — and three campgrounds — Diamond O, Sweetwater and Lost Claim — open by next month, said acting Groveland Ranger Mitchel White.


Vendors at fairgrounds for weekend

This weekend is the 33rd annual Home and Garden Show — one of the biggest and most popular free events at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. 

The annual springtime event has more than 100 booths this year, including 30 new exhibitors, which cover all things home and garden, from deck products to kitchen appliances to planter boxes. The majority of vendors are from the Mother Lode.


Junior engineers compete in tech challenge

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Sixth-graders with the Tuolumne Tech Club (from left) Evan Hatler, 12, Justin Jones, 11, and Jonathan Sponsler, 12, of the Noble Team, test the Archimedes’ screw machine they made for the Tech Challenge held this weekend at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A group of Mother Lode home-school students will compete in a Bay Area engineering challenge this weekend.

Tuolumne Tech, a club comprised of the students and their parents, will enter four groups into “The Tech Challenge” in San Jose.


Four CCWD seats on fall ballot

Four of the five seats on the Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors will be voted on in the Nov. 4 general election.

The board adopted a resolution at its Wednesday meeting formally approving the seats be placed on the ballot.


Mi-Wuk Village to get new cell tower

The Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District expects to get a 90-foot cell phone tower at its Highway 108 property within two years. 

At its Tuesday meeting, the district board signed a contract with Sunkay Associates, a cell tower company. 


Tuolumne fire

Fire officials are investigating a Wednesday afternoon blaze that destroyed a trailer and damaged a garage in Tuolumne.

The was reported about 5 p.m. on the 18700 block of Pine Street.

 An unoccupied trailer was demolished and the fire spread to a garage, said Capt. Nick Ohler of the Tuolumne Fire Protection District.

 Neighbor James Abbott said he saw three youths running from the area at the time the fire occurred.

 Fire officials are reviewing footage from a neighbor's surveillance camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Water supply still critical in Twain Harte

PUBLIC MEETING: Twain Harte Community Services District Board of Directors, 9 a.m. Thursday, THCSD Conference Room, 22933 Twain Harte Drive. 

 

The Twain Harte Community Services District Board of Directors will update residents on their water supply and accept the resignation of a director. 

No increased water restrictions are planned, but General Manager Tom Trott will update the public Thursday on the water shortage, which remains critical, he said. 


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