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Sonora council race dangles

With the Sonora City Council election still undecided, the Tuolumne County Elections Office is expected to release a final count sometime today.

Registrar of voters Deborah Bautista said Thursday evening that her office was verifying the last of about 200 uncounted provisional ballots. Bautista said her employees  expect a final count by the end of today.


Drought exacerbates water rights debate

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Sprinklers water land off of Springfield Road in the Columbia area on Thursday. Jesse Jones/The Union Democrat
 The California Water Resources Control Board is investigating several complaints by Columbia-area residents concerned that a ranch owner is overdrawing Mormon Creek.

The residents allege Gerald Engler is thumbing his nose at downstream neighbors and ignoring state drought conditions while heavily irrigating his Springfield Road fields.

 


Troubled Waters Part III: Challenges and solutions

In the past decade, California’s population exploded by 10 percent, and yet Tuolumne County’s has been mostly flat.

Tuolumne grew just 1.6 percent between the U.S. censuses in 2000 and 2010, making it among the five slowest growing counties in the state. And by many estimates, the county has actually shrunk 3 percent since then, to the most recent estimate of 54,000 people.

 


J59 opens fully

UPDATE: La Grange Road, or J59, is fully open again, as of about 9 a.m.

J59 under one-way traffic control

La Grange Road, or J59, is under one-way traffic control just south of Bonds Flat Road after a traffic accident this morning. 

Four compete for Lumber Jubilee crown

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The 2014 Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee queen candidates are (from left): Niki Roberts, 15, Anna Morgan, 15, Brittaney Barton, 14, and Aubrey Rust, 14. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The 2014 Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee Queen contest has begun, and four local girls are vying for the title.

The winner will be crowned  at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, during the 65th annual Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee.


CCWD adopts tougher water rules

The Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors on Wednesday adopted mandatory water conservation measures, including limiting irrigation and lawn watering. 

The move comes in response to the State Water Resources Control Board decision to curtail post-1914 water rights. CCWD needs to show the state that “adequate” water conservation measures are put in place, said recently-appointed interim general manager Larry Diamond.

 


Forest campfire rules tighten

The U.S. Forest Service on Friday will implement fire and smoking restrictions in several parts of the Stanislaus National Forest, the result of extremely high fire dangers.

The restrictions apply to so-called “High Hazard” areas in the Groveland, Mi-Wok, Summit and Calaveras ranger districts. Check with ranger district offices for details and maps of such areas.

 


Today's headlines (June 12, 2014)


Today's headlines June 11, 2014


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