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AT&T clarifies cause of outage

AT&T is blaming miscommunication between field crews and the company’s Bay Area press office for an inaccurate statement that identified a fallen tree as the cause of Tuesday night’s mass telephone and Internet outage, which affected thousands in the Mother Lode.

Alex Carey, a spokesman for AT&T based in San Francisco, said the misinformation stems from initial reports that field crews had to trim part of a tree in order to repair a damaged fiber-optic line near Sonora.

Four vie for two seats on Calaveras County bench

The race for a pair of seats on the Calaveras County Superior Court is becoming one of the most hotly contested elections in town as accusations of deception fly in the final days.

Seeking one seat on the bench in Department 1 are Calaveras County Deputy District Attorney Dana Pfeil and Calaveras County Court Commissioner Grant Barrett.

Bears’ remodeled stadium open

People gathered at Summerville High School Thursday for the opening ceremony of the newly renovated Thorsted Field. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Summerville High School held a grand opening for its new stadium on Thursday.

The $4.2 million stadium project — new track, field and bleachers and renovation of the snack shack — was the first to be completed with money from 2012’s $8 million Measure H bond. 

AC council race features Behiel, Folendorf, Kelly

Three candidates are running for two seats on the Angels Camp City Council in the Nov. 4 election. 

Key issues facing Calaveras County’s only incorporated city include providing for economic growth while tackling transportation problems.  

District 5 board race pits Kearney against Crane

Rancho Calaveras residents Marti Crane and Steve Kearney are running to represent District 5 on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. 

The winner will replace one-term incumbent Darren Spellman, who was not re-elected in the June primary. 

Callaway defends seat against Oliveira

Five-term Calaveras County Board of Supervisors incumbent Merita Callaway is being challenged for her District 3 seat by Arnold resident Michael Oliveira.

District 3 spans the Highway 4 corridor from the Murphys area northeast to the Alpine County line. Economic growth — generating tourism and jobs — is key to the district. 

Calaveras County Water District race a full house

Eight candidates are running for four seats on the Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election.

CCWD is the largest water agency in the county, providing 12,695 water connections and 4,729 sewer connections. 


Sheriff: Vandals caused phone outage

A widespread telephone and Internet outage that affected thousands in the area Tuesday night is now believed to be the result of a “deliberate criminal act” to an AT&T fiber-optic line near Sonora, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele.

Contrary to AT&T’s earlier reports blaming a fallen tree for taking out the line, Sheriff’s investigators who visited the scene on Wednesday determined the damage that led to the massive communications blackout was intentionally caused.

Sheriff: Damage to AT&T line was 'deliberate'

Contrary to AT&T's reports that Tuesday night's widespread telephone and Internet outage was caused by a tree falling into a fiber-optic line, Tuolumne County Sheriff's investigators at the scene Wednesday determined that the damage was the result of a "deliberate criminal act."

Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele said his office is looking for leads on a suspect, or suspects, who may have intentionally damaged the fiber-optic line belonging to AT&T.

Many AT&T customers in Sonora — as well as some customers of Verizon — were without service to both their land-line and cell phones from about 5 to 11:30 p.m. due to the disruption.

Other areas said to have been affected included Groveland, Murphys, Forest Meadows, Yosemite National Park and portions of Arnold.

The incident reportedly occurred about eight miles outside of Sonora, though Mele declined to elaborate on the exact location due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with possible leads on a suspect can contact the Sheriff's Office at 533-5815.

Thirteen vie for Calaveras school seats

Thirteen candidates are running for seven school board seats in Calaveras County this November.

Two or more four-year seats are up for election in the Calaveras Unified School District, Mark Twain Union Elementary School District and Vallecito Unified School District.

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