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Foothill voters head to polls

Today is Election Day, and, if you’re heading out late, here is some information you may need:

Polls in both counties are open until 8 p.m. There are 24 places in Tuolumne County to cast ballots and 15 in Calaveras County.


Fire at Quail Hollow contained

Firefighters spray water on a smoldering building at Quail Hollow Apartments in Sonora Tuesday morning. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A residential fire this morning burned one building at Quail Hollow Apartments on Chukar Circle in Sonora.


The fire was reported at 9:46 a.m. and burned all four units in the building.


Tenants in nearby apartments were allowed to return to their homes about 12:30 p.m.


Tuttletown fire burns five acres

At about 4:30 p.m. the forward spread of a five acre vegetation fire off of Highway 49 and Fraguero Road has been stopped, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Lisa Williams.


The fire was reported at 3:52 p.m. this afternoon.


Cal Fire has two hand crews on scene, one from Baseline Conservation Center in Jamestown and two from Vallecito, Williams said.


There are also tankers, a helicopter and five Cal Fire engines working to squelch the fire.

Jimtown renters facing eviction

Residents of more than a dozen low-income rental units in Jamestown will be forced to move this week after their landlord failed to pay a large sewer bill in time.

Jamestown Sanitary District officials said property owner Stewart Hatler still hadn’t paid $38,000 in outstanding bills as of the end of business Friday. District and Tuolumne County code enforcement representatives planned to begin disconnecting the units’ sewer service this morning.

Election Day is Tuesday

Tuesday is election day, so here are a few things you may need to know: 

Polls in both counties will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are 24 places in Tuolumne County to cast ballots, and 15 in Calaveras.

Tuolumne polling places are listed on the Internet at www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov. You also can call the Elections Office at 533-5570 for information.

Calaveras polling places can be found online at www.clerk.calaverasgov.us or by calling 754-6376.

Graduations commence

The Summerville Union High School graduating class gives a standing ovation after guest speaker Jeff Johnson finishes his speech during the graduation ceremony held Friday at Summerville Union High. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
About 900 seniors will graduate from high school in the Mother Lode this year, about 100 less than last year. 

Tuolumne and Calaveras counties have graduation rates slightly above state averages and the declining number of graduates follows the declining school enrollment in the Mother Lode counties, which have trended downward for over a decade. 

Power out after fire at Sierra Conservation Center

A vegetation fire near Sierra Conservation Center west of Jamestown has been contained, but more than 2,300 Copperopolis and Jamestown residents are still without power.

The fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. It was caused by two blown transformers and a downed power line on prison grounds, prison spokesman Lt. Robert Kelsey said.


Sonora logger killed in Rim Fire area

A Sonora logger was killed by a falling tree limb while working in the Rim Fire burn area on Thursday.

Today's headlines (May 30, 2014)


Tolhurst search winding down

Lacking new clues, law enforcement officials have scaled back their search for a Sonora woman who disappeared six weeks ago, her car found at an overlook off Highway 108.

Patty Tolhurst, 46, of Sonora, was last seen leaving a park by a friend on April 18 in Tuolumne township, but wasn’t reported as missing until April 22, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and Sonora police.


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