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Sonora Elementary set to replace Building F

The Sonora School District Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a bid to begin construction of a new classroom building after the original was destroyed in a 2013 arson fire.

SW Allen Construction, Inc., of Sacramento, will be paid about a bid of $2,528,692 to rebuild Building F.


Planned Calaveras snowplay area OK’d

The Calaveras County Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Thursday to reopen the former Cottage Springs Ski Area along upper Highway 4 as a sledding and tubing resort.

The Planning Commission is recommending the county Board of Supervisors adopt an ordinance to rezone the 67-acre property from “unclassified highway service” to “recreation” in addition to approving a conditional-use permit to operate Cottage Springs Resort.


Rain, snow in weekend forecast

Rain and snow are forecast in the Central Sierra this weekend, potentially putting a damper on some pre-Halloween activities.

The National Weather Service reported this morning that a Pacific weather system is expected to move into Northern and Central California by Saturday morning. Subsequent rain showers are expected to stick around through Sunday and clear out by Sunday night.


Fugitive arrested in Jamestown

A fugitive shot by a Jamestown man whose house he had broken into was being treated Friday morning at Sonora Regional Medical Center for injuries from a gunshot wound and dog bite to his leg, according to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office report. 

When released from the hospital, Kristopher James Randi, 23, a transient in the Tuolumne County area, will be booked into Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of felony burglary, resisting arrest, and warrants, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson. 


Fugitive found

A  fugitive wanted by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday night after evading authorities for about two months.

Kristopher James Randi, 23, a transient in the Tuolumne County area was arrested about 8 p.m and taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional medical center after he was found hiding in a Jamestown home.



CCWD water use down 22 percent

Calaveras County Water District directors received an update Wednesday on water conservation efforts and a drought-related scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

Joel Metzger, the district’s community relations manager, told the board the district reduced water use overall by 22.5 percent last month compared with September 2013. As for specific service areas, Copperopolis reduced usage by 21 percent, while the Ebbetts Pass area conserved more than 26 percent. 


High school students get lesson in stopping girl-against-girl ‘crime’

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Sonora High School students sign a “Kind Wall” at the end of the Kind Campaign event Wednesday morning. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Sonora High School girls took a closer look at their interactions on Wednesday after being introduced to the Kind Campaign, which seeks to minimize the cruelty women and girls can inflict on one another.

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, both of Los Angeles and founders of the nonprofit Kind Campaign, have traveled the nation first to understand, then to stop or limit what they call girl-against-girl “crime.”


Cal Unified board OKs staff layoffs

The Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the layoff of more than 20 employees as part of $2 million in cuts they must make over the next two years. 

The district this year was ordered by the Calaveras County Office of Education to begin making cuts to its deficit-spending budget to avoid state takeover. The district had been overspending for a number of years. 


Sonora home destroyed in fire


A Sonora home on the 500 block of East Bald Mountain Road was destroyed by fire early today.

Firefighters arrived about 12:30 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed in flames, according to Sonora City Fire Chief Noonan.

The cause is under investigation.

The homeowner was out of state and no injuries were reported. However, firefighters did call for medical aid when they first arrived because they could not locate the owner, Noonan said


Residents without water to get help

Tuolumne County is working to provide assistance for residents who are currently without access to running water due to the drought.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county staff to sign a landmark agreement that will enable the county to obtain state or federal financial relief for providing temporary water to households that have run dry.


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