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Lawsuit spurs OHV trail closures

The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed 18 miles of trails for off-highway vehicles in the Stanislaus National Forest as part of a settlement in a 2010 lawsuit filed by three environmental groups.

A written statement from the Forest Service said the trail segments were closed Friday until an analysis could be completed on the potential environmental damage caused by off-highway vehicles. 


Services honor the fallen

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Bret Harte High School senior Brice Gilpan sings the national anthem Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Murphys. Chris Caskey / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Crowds gathered across the Mother Lode over the weekend to honor military service members who paid the ultimate price.

Veterans groups and community members organized myriad events in Columbia, Groveland, Twain Harte, Sonora, Murphys and elsewhere on Sunday and Monday. They hosted prayers, speakers and other opportunities to take a moment out of the holiday revelry to remember the fallen.


Today's headlines (May 27, 2014)


Rim Fire log salvage plan opposed by Ariz. group

An Arizona-based environmental advocacy group is objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s recent Rim Fire “salvage logging” proposal that would allow loggers to remove up to 660 million board-feet-worth of fire damaged trees from the Stanislaus National Forest.

The Center for Biological Diversity, based in Tucson, Ariz., in a written statement earlier this week slammed the “preferred” action in the Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement for the proposed multi-year Rim Fire Recovery project, which is intended to address a portion of the 402-square-miles that burned in last year’s blaze.


Sunny weekend weather forecast

Clear skies and warmer temperatures are forecast for this Memorial Day weekend, bringing open mountain passes and dry campsites, as well as higher fire dangers.

The National Weather Service expects high temperatures of 87 today and Saturday,  91 on Sunday and 88 on Monday in the foothill communities of Sonora and Angels Camp.


Weekend Memorial Day remembrances planned

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A banner hangs over Angels Camp’s Main Street ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Mike Morris / Union Democrat, Copyright, 2014.
Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer revelry to many.

But veterans groups and local leaders in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties will work over the next few days to keep reverence in the weekend.


Ownership change to speed Bear sale?

Bear Valley Mountain Resort announced Wednesday a change among the partners that own and operate the resort, which could help streamline the sale of the ski area. 

Following a “restructuring,” San Jose-based developer Toeniskoetter, Breeding & Halgrimson is no longer a partner, said resort spokeswoman Rosie Sundell. 

 


Boat restrictions urged at Tulloch

Tuolumne County leaders showed interest this week in a proposal to banish boats from a portion of Tulloch Reservoir’s Green Springs arm, a narrow inlet which is popular with boaters in the summer.

The Board of Supervisors expressed interest via a letter to the Tri-Dam Project, which operates Tulloch on behalf of Manteca- and Oakdale-area farmers and residents, but held off a decision for a future meeting.

 


New Arnold bike trail to move ahead

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Plans are underway to construct a paved trail this summer that would connect to the Arnold Rim Trail. Courtesy photo.
Plans are underway to construct a new paved trail this summer in Arnold.

Known as the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection, the project will connect county-owned property at Pine Drive and Oak Circle while traveling across Stanislaus National Forest land. 


Today's headlines (May 22, 2014)


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