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State bill designates Moke ‘wild and scenic’

State legislation has been introduced to designate the Mokelumne River a California Wild and Scenic River.

Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, introduced Senate Bill 1199, which calls for protecting 37 miles of the river between Salt Springs Dam and Pardee Reservoir. 


Sonora El arson suspect charged

A Sonora teen accused of starting November’s Sonora Elementary School fire, which destroyed one building and damaged several other classrooms, will stand trial as an adult, the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Shahaun Lemont Davis, 17, a former Sonora Elementary student, is charged with burglary and arson of a structure, with a special enhancement for damage in excess of $1 million. 


TUD’s main canal springs leak; repairs underway

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. construction crews worked over the weekend on a leak in the main water canal that supplies water to Tuolumne Utilities District, the county’s largest water purveyor.

The problem was discovered Wednesday, according to PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers. Crews had to shut off flows in the canal while investigating the “small leak.”


Fatal crash

A woman was killed when the car she was traveling in collided with a tree stump this afternoon north of Sonora.

The accident, reported at 2:37 p.m., happened on Highway 49, at Flume Road.

 The driver of the car, a black Mustang, went off the road on a curve while driving north.

CHP Officer Elliott Lopez said the driver, a man whose identity hasn't been released yet, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.

  

 

 


Alleged Sonora Elementary arsonist ID'd

The 17-year-old former student arrested under suspicion of starting the Sonora Elementary School fire that destroyed a building and damaged 15 classrooms has been charged as an adult.

Sonora High stadium delayed

Sonora Union High School District’s bond projects will not begin on time and the delay could hinder the football season.

School officials say the project is stalled as the Division of the State Architect reviews the project plans. The division must approve all school projects.


Mather to reopen; Strawberry future unclear

Camp Mather will reopen this summer to celebrate its 90th anniversary, despite damage from last year’s Rim Fire and water supply concerns from this year’s drought.

The family camp, near Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, has been a summer retreat run by San Francisco since 1924. 


Distracted drivers beware

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California Highway Patrol Officer Nick Norton watches for people using their cell phones while driving. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copryight 2014.
The California Highway Patrol along with other local law enforcement are cracking down this month on distracted drivers as part of National Distracted Driver Month.

Officer Nick Norton, of the Jamestown CHP office, said Tuolumne County officers as of Wednesday had already ticketed 11 drivers in the crack-down’s first two days.

 


Getting water rights a long haul, lawyer says

Many options exist in the world of water for Tuolumne County, but the county is really “at the beginning” of any years-long effort to secure future water supply or water rights, according to a special water attorney.

Nicholas Jacobs of the Sacramento environmental firm Somach, Simmons and Dunn told county staff members and the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that a first step should involve bringing water providers and private water users together to develop future figures for water demand.


Grammy winners to take stage at Ironstone

Only two outdoor concerts are scheduled this year at the Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheater in Murphys, but they will include two Grammy Award winners and two members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The country band Lady Antebellum, winner of six Grammy Awards, will open the season on Friday, June 13, with a support act to be announced.


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