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Committee looks at impacts of Rim Fire recovery

A Sierra Resource Management de-limber cuts off tree limbs and stacks the logs off Forest Route 3NO1 north of Cottonwood Road as part of the Rim Fire logging effort. File photo / Union Democrat.
Members of the Tuolumne County natural resource committee met Tuesday morning to discuss Rim Fire impacts and recovery efforts.

Included in the discussion were hazard-tree removal, a timber sale update, methods to clear slash — burning on-site vs. using a biomass plant — and reforestation in the Rim Fire burn scar.

Summerville High to move up next bond sale round

The Summerville Union High School District Board of Education on Tuesday reviewed its to-date expenses from its bond fund since 2012’s $8 million Measure H and prepped to open up another round of bond sales.

The district has thus far spent about $5.6 million on bond projects, according to Chief Business Official Tonya Midget.

Cottage Springs OK’d by Board of Supervisors

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and several county residents on Tuesday praised plans to reopen Cottage Springs as a sledding and tubing resort.

Arnold resident Jon Dashner said he supports the “well planned” project, and looks forward to taking his grandchildren sledding there.

Can TUD support proposed resort?

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors voted 5-0 Tuesday to enter into agreements with a developer and a consultant to determine if the district can provide water for a $100 million golf, hotel and condo resort at Yosemite Junction southwest of Jamestown.

Before the developer for Yosemite National Golf & Wetland Preserve spoke and the board voted, district General Manager Tom Scesa emphasized the agreements do not represent final approval of the project or its environmental impact report.

News of Record for Jan. 13, 2015

Sheriff Mele honors staff members

Susan Fraguero (left) receives an award from Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele Monday for her 40 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele honored many of his staff Monday in front of a packed room at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Sonora. 

More than 30 Sheriff’s Office employees were honored for exemplary performance, many years of service, recently joining the force and more.


Transportation strategy topic of public meeting

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County  Transportation Council and  Tuolumne County Transit Agency, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Fireside Conference Room, Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center, 19551 Hess Ave., East Sonora.


A public meeting this week in East Sonora will cover a proposed update of a three-year strategic plan for the agencies involved with overseeing transportation projects in Tuolumne County.

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council and Tuolumne County Transit Agency have planned a special joint meeting for 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Fireside Conference Room of the Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center, for a workshop over the proposed update.

Drought killing area’s trees

Scott Nye of Twain Harte Tree Service removes fallen trees Wednesday from a Sonora property. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
Getting dead trees cut down and removed from a piece of property can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, and it’s an expense more residents may find themselves paying this year.

Drought, overgrowth, competition for scarce water, disease, and bark beetles appear to be killing more and more trees in the Mother Lode — evergreens and deciduous — and concern is rising among local foresters, arborists and researchers.

Jamestown shooting range to close

The owners of a firearms training facility near Jamestown are no longer seeking a permit to continue operating a shooting range at the site.

John and Tami Popke, owners of Weapons Training School on the 10000 block of La Grange Road, sent a letter last month to the Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency formally withdrawing their application for a conditional-use permit, under the threat of a lawsuit by neighboring property owners against them, their landlords and the county Board of Supervisors.

Committee discusses Rim Fire recovery efforts

Members of the Tuolumne County natural resource committee met Tuesday morning to discuss Rim Fire impacts and recovery efforts, including hazard tree removal, a timber sale update, methods to clear slash: burning on-site vs. using a biomass plant, and reforestation in the Rim Fire burn scar.


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