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Fiber-optic cable damage causes phone shut-downs

A disrupted fiber-optic line shut down phone service at 5 p.m. deadening phone lines and internet connections, plus some ATM machines, to the frustration of many area residents.

The fiber-optic line was located about eight miles outside of Sonora and  belonged to AT&T, according to Scott Johnson, spokesman for the Tuolumne County Sheriff.

Jamestown El sets sights on finding old school bell

The search is on for the Jamestown School District school bell, which disappeared in the first half of the 1900s.

Superintendent Brenda Chapman was tasked with the effort earlier this year by the school board in a goal-setting meeting, at the suggestion of board President Gary Wilson.


Eleven vie for critical seats on water board

Continuing drought, water storage, aging infrastructure and a major management turnover are among the issues that will face the winners of three seats up for election this year on the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors.

A total of 11 candidates are running for three positions on the five-member board, meaning a new majority could be voted in Nov. 4.


Assessor race hot ticket Nov. 4

A general lack of prominent local positions up for grabs in the upcoming Nov. 4 election has turned the frequently overlooked Tuolumne County assessor-recorder’s race into one of the hottest contests on the ballot.

Kaenan Whitman and Mike Dambacher are vying to replace longtime Assessor-Recorder Ken Caetano, who is retiring at the end of the year. They both earned enough votes in the June primary to advance over contender Cindy Deutsch.


Calaveras leaders eye Saddle Creek

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. 

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on whether to extend Saddle Creek’s development agreement for another five years.

The original 15-year agreement was approved in 1994 to last until 2009. In November 2008, the Board of Supervisors extended the agreement until June 2014, with the ability for an additional five-year extension.

Dark horse Hogan goes up against Bigelow

A Republican lawmaker who ran unopposed in June must now defend his seat in State Assembly District 5 against a write-in candidate, a result of the state’s relatively new top-two primary system.

Libertarian candidate Patrick Hogan, 21, of Coarsegold, took advantage of the state’s new primary rules for a chance to face incumbent Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals.

Miranda, Berryhill face off Nov. 4

After squaring off with a Democratic challenger in the June primary, a Republican incumbent representing State Senate District 8 says he’s ready for round two.

State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, soundly defeated Paulina Miranda, D-Fresno, when the two first met in the June 3 primary. He finished with 97,056 votes (65.4 percent) to Miranda’s 51,415 votes (34.6 percent).


McClintock, Moore show Republican party divide

Mother Lode voters this November will be asked to decide which type of Republican they want to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years — a Tea Party favorite who has spent his career in politics, or a political newcomer casting himself as a moderate alternative.

Incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, will defend his seat in California’s Fourth District against military veteran Art Moore, R-Roseville. The contest has garnered widespread media attention mainly because it’s one of only two House races in the state this November that will pit two Republicans against each other.

Deputies investigate bones

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office deputies closed Tuolumne township’s Main Street Friday when bones were discovered near an abandoned house across from the Tuolumne Fire Department station.

Ryan named interim Calaveras CAO

Shirley Ryan has been appointed interim Calaveras County administrative officer following last week’s resignation of Lori Norton. 

Ryan, who has been the assistant county administrative officer for more than six years, was promoted to interim CAO at a special closed-session meeting of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. 

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