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Sonora teen makes first solo flight over the weekend

Tanner Diehl, 16, of Sonora, gives a thumbs up before taking off on a flight Saturday at Columbia Airport.
Tanner Diehl spent his 16th birthday Saturday making his first solo airplane flight at Columbia Airport, the next step in following his dream to become a pilot.

The Sonora teen’s birthday was the first day he could qualify for his solo pilots license, and came a week before he’ll get his drivers license. 


Funding for dry rentals disputed

Dozens of Tuolumne County homeowners have been provided water through a state-funded program meant to assist people whose private wells have gone dry during the current drought.

However, county leaders are at odds with the California Office of Emergency Services over whether rental properties should qualify to receive full financial assistance.

Mobile home lost in Jamestown fire

A Jamestown mobile home was destroyed in a fire early Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire officials.

The fire was reported about 12:35 a.m. on Maple Alley and was contained about 4:15 a.m., officials reported. 

Woman, 30, killed in Highway 49 wreck

A Calaveras County woman died in an early Sunday morning accident north of San Andreas, the California Highway Patrol reported.

San Andreas resident Reanna Silveira, 30, died at the scene of the accident, CHP said.


Sheriff: Man with three children in car led deputy on chase

Three children were taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon following the arrest of a San Andreas man who allegedly led law enforcement on a chase. 

Robert Melvin Young III, 37, of the 1900 block of Gold Strike Road, was in Calaveras County Jail this morning on $80,000 bail, according to jail officials. 

Judge denies boy's release in Fowler case

Calaveras County Superior Court Judge Thomas Smith on Friday denied the release of a 14-year-old Valley Springs boy accused of stabbing his sister to death in 2013. 

The hearing was held at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. 3 of the Calaveras County Superior Court. 


Rim Fire recovery volunteers sought

People eager to volunteer to help restore the Rim Fire burn area have opportunities with the Forest Service and the nonprofit Tuolumne River Trust this spring and summer.

The Forest Service projects will include hands-on work restoring habitat and recreational facilities. This includes erosion control, seeding, tree planting, installing interpretive signs, photo documentation and trail restoration.

Feds want to drain Tulloch for fish

Lake Tulloch Reservoir near Copperopolis could be drained by Oakdale Irrigation District later this summer if the dry weather continues. File photo / Union Democrat.
Lake Tulloch-area residents in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are concerned a fourth year of drought and federally mandated water releases for fish will dry up what is a key reservoir and tourist attraction later this summer.

Police look for a rape suspect

Sonora police continue to investigate a Monday night sexual assault in Sonora that has unnerved city residents.

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson said investigators still have many unanswered questions about the incident, involving a 19-year-old woman.

Opinion: PAWS elephant Wanda dies with dignity

We’re very sad to hear about the passing of Wanda.

Wanda was an elephant housed at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas. She was the sanctuary’s oldest pachyderm and one of the oldest Asian elephants in North America.

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