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CCWD may suspend rate hike

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors on Wednesday will vote on whether or not to suspend rate increases scheduled for September.

The possibility of suspending the increases was prompted by a new budget for upcoming projects, which also will be voted on. 

Twain Harte Lake fix advances

Twain Harte Lake was drained last summer after a crack was discovered in the dam’s abutment. The Twain Harte Lake Association plans to shore up the cracked granite in time for a Memorial Day opening this year. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
The Twain Harte Lake Association is waiting to move forward with work that could ensure the popular swimming spot opens by Memorial Day. 

Twain Harte Lake board members on Thursday were securing a contractor for their share of the work, which will begin as soon as approvals from the Department of Safety of Dams are received, said Lin Crook, association president.

Deal may save Tulloch Reservoir this summer

The Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts announced Monday afternoon they’ve reached a deal with federal government officials that could allow more water to be held back in Tulloch Reservoir this year.

Under the agreement, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and National Marine Fisheries Service would grant the districts a partial exemption for springtime fish “pulse flows” intended to push salmon smolts to sea. The flows are required by federal laws intended to bolster salmon populations on the river that were killed off by decades of dam building and operation.

Woman arrested on assault charges twice in same week

A Sonora woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the second time in a week, police said.

Christine Kay Bright, 48, of the first block of South Arbona Circle, posted $40,000 bail and was released Saturday from the Tuolumne County Jail. She was booked about 6:30 p.m. Friday on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and committing a felony while out of jail on bail or on her own recognizance. She was arrested at her home.

Belleview principal leaving after two years

Earlier this month, people decorated their vehicles to show support for Belleview Elementary School Principal Kathy Condren, who announced her resignation at a March 5 school board meeting. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
The Belleview Elementary School District Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to discuss the resignation of elementary school principal Kathy Condren.

Condren, in her second year as principal at the school, announced her resignation at a March 5 board meeting.

New Melones sites open April 1

Most now-closed campsites and day-use areas at New Melones will be open for regular daytime use come April 1, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday.

Some areas of the lake and waterfront will remain closed. For example, launching at the Tuttletown Recreation Area is forbidden through the summer due to low lake levels.

Record temps forecast this week

Temperatures are forecast to break heat records by the end of the week in the Mother Lode, despite Sunday’s overnight rain and cooler temperatures. 

Nearly a quarter-inch of rain fell in Twain Harte between Sunday evening and Monday morning, according to Union Democrat weather watchers. 

Yosemite hiker found

Read more...A college student missing in Yosemite National Park since Saturday has been found alive.

Man missing in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park officials are looking for a man reported missing over the weekend.


Michael Dahl, 20, was last seen about 10 a.m. Saturday on the Lower Yosemite Fall trail, a short loop trail that leads to a bridge at the base of Yosemite Falls.


Dahl is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, skinny, with light-brown/reddish hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a light-blue hoodie sweatshirt and jeans and carrying a camera.


If you saw or have seen Dahl, call Yosemite National Park at (209) 372-0259.

State OKs cutting water diversions

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday re-adopted an emergency regulation to authorize cutting water diversions in three Sacramento River watersheds if minimum flows for threatened fish are not met.

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