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Federal grants will go toward security

Tuolumne County and Sonora city public safety and health programs will get a funding boost this year thanks to a pair of federal grants.

According to the Tuolumne County Administrator’s Office, the county has been allocated a total of $267,238 this year between annual grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and federal Emergency Management Grant Program. 


Cal Fire station gets new redwoods

A ceremony held Monday at Cal Fire’s Altaville station dedicated a young redwood tree and also showcased two tables made from the felled redwood that once stood at the station. 

Roughly four years after the nearly 60-year-old redwood tree was cut to make way for the station’s parking lot, the ceremony was intended to document the new tree as well as two other tiny redwoods planted in early spring. 


Home football games in jeopardy

Tuolumne County’s high school football teams will be forced to play home games at other schools this season. 

Both Sonora and Summerville high schools are spending bond money from 2012 bond measures on athletics projects, which will leave both school’s playing fields out of commission for much, if not all, of the football season.


Stolen vans found in Copper

Three Volkswagen buses owned by the Tillamook Cheese Co. were stolen Saturday in Manteca. Courtesy photo
 The search for three vintage Volkswagen buses stolen early Saturday in Manteca ended Monday night in Copperopolis.

The vans belong to the Tillamook Cheese Co. of Oregon, which offered a $10,000 reward for their safe recovery. The trailer that carried them was found burned near Jamestown early Sunday.


Calaveras will see expanded classes

The San Joaquin Delta Community College District has pledged to expand higher education in Calaveras County and will hire a local liaison to help coordinate and make recommendations on its first steps.

Sherri Reusche — a Calaveras Unified School District board member and head of the Mother Lode regional California School Board Association — has been selected by Delta Superintendent-President Kathy Hart to work part time for the next few semesters, assessing the needs and logistics of bringing more classes to the county. 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars exchanged at fair auction

stock Auction. The Junior Livestock Auction was full of potential buyers on Saturday evening. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Hundreds of thousands of dollars and almost 200 livestock animals changed hands over the weekend during the Mother Lode Fair’s junior livestock, small livestock and benefit auctions.

The annual auctions featured livestock from local students, most of whom raised the animals through FFA and 4-H clubs. 

According to fair organizers, more than $252,900 in cattle, hog and sheep sales took place Saturday evening during the junior livestock event, while participants sold $18,920 worth of goats, chickens, turkeys and rabbits Sunday for the small-animal auction.

The regular benefit auction raised more than $7,000, with the proceeds of that event going to the Tuolumne County Small Livestock Exhibitors’ Association.

For the complete story and a list of champions, see the July 14, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

State OKs PG&E request for water

The State Water Resources Control Board has approved a request by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that will allow Tuolumne Utilities District to draw about 600 acre-feet of water out of Pinecrest Reservoir earlier than normal this year, a board member confirmed Friday after a meeting of the Governor’s Drought Task Force in Sonora.

State Water Resources Control Board Member Steven Moore, who is also a member of the Drought Task Force, attended Friday’s closed-door meeting at the Tuolumne County Operations Center on Striker Court, where they discussed drought impacts with government leaders and water managers from Tuolumne County and several other foothill counties.

Moore said the State Water Board granted PG&E’s written request Thursday afternoon.


Brown pays Sonora a visit

Gov. Jerry Brown and Milt Allen, of Sonora, sit in the Sportsman. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown made a stop in Sonora on Thursday, accompanied by an entourage of security agents, his wife and his dog.

Sporting a yellow baseball cap, slacks, a button-up shirt and tennis shoes, Brown bobbed down Washington Street about 5 p.m. unnoticed by many, while men in dark suits staked out the intersections.


Major roads in line for repairs

Three stretches of popular Tuolumne County roads will be resurfaced next summer thanks to some state funds.

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council voted on Wednesday to direct more than $674,700 at repaving Parrotts Ferry Road, Yankee Hill Road and Dodge Ridge Road.


Bear Valley buyers group gains ground

Representatives with Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative say they’re closing in on their membership goal to run the mountain as a community-owned resort.

The group says members must register by July 15 and pay by July 25 to have their membership count in a potential vote to purchase the ski area.


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