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Water tops board agenda

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Board of Supervisors Chambers, fourth floor, County Administration Center, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

 

Securing future water supplies in Tuolumne County will likely be an expensive, long-term effort with a lot of difficult choices, a special water attorney is expected to tell county leaders on Tuesday.

According to the agenda for the regular meeting of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, a representative with Sacramento-based law firm Somach, Simmons and Dunn will suggest a course of action for the county to improve its water situation. 


One killed, two injured in Groveland car crash

One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday in an auto accident on Highway 120 east of Old Highway 120 in Groveland.

The wreck, involving a 2014 Toyota Camry and a 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 3:20 p.m.

The westbound Camry, driven by Alex Hsu, 22, of Sunnyvale, entered the eastbound lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle when the two cars collided, CHP said.

 


Fatal accident in Groveland

Emergency crews are responding to a fatal car crash on Highway 120 near Ferretti Road in Groveland.

 

California Highway Patrol officer Nick Norton confirmed that at least one person was killed in the wreck, which was reported at  3:21 p.m.

 

The wreck involved a black vehicle and a white pickup truck.

 

Traffic is being diverted onto Old Highway 120.

 

No other details are available.

Calaveras will pay $45K in settlement

Calaveras County will pay an Arnold man $45,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claims a county road maintenance crew “virtually clear-cut” an entire corner of landscaping on his property.

The lawsuit stems from an incident in May 2013, in which road crews arrived in the area of Thomas Cahill’s residence on East Thunderbolt Trail.


State, federal hopefuls finalized

Congressional and state legislative races for the June 3 primary election are set following the release of a certified candidate list by the California Secretary of State’s Office late Thursday.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, and State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, are both facing challenges for their respective political seats, while Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, is without a challenger. 


New Melones gets bureau’s first electric vehicle charging stations

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Ron Quintana, civil maintenance team leader at New Melones Reservoir uses the new electric vehicle charging station at the Ironhorse Campground in the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Courtesy photo.
Campgrounds and recreation areas at New Melones Reservoir are set to reopen Tuesday and will feature the first electric-vehicle charging stations at any of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s more than 600 facilities across 17 Western states.

Two separate plug-in stations for electric vehicles were installed in June at the Glory Hole Recreation Area’s Ironhorse Campground and Tuttletown Recreation Area’s Lupine Day Use Area. Although available to the public at that time, they were not publicized by the bureau and received little use.


Berryhill’s arson bill advances in Senate

The California Senate Public Safety Committee approved legislation this week authored by Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, that would preserve an “important tool” used to determine penalties for arsonists.

The bill, SB 930, introduced Feb. 3, would renew a 2009 statute that allows law enforcement authorities to incorporate the cost of firefighting activities when calculating the total amount of property damage for an arson fire. 


Election finance reporting begins

With only three contested local races, campaign money is already starting to trickle into Tuolumne County elections for seats up in the June primary.

Three candidates have submitted campaign finance reports so far to the Tuolumne County Elections Office. Election laws require detailed disclosure reports for campaigns that raise more-than $1,000.


Forecast calls for rain into next week

The U.S. Forest Service will be monitoring the large area burned by last year’s Rim Fire as rain and high-elevation snow are expected to continue falling over the Central Sierra and Northern California into early next week.

Sonora received about an inch of rain since Tuesday night, bringing the total since July 1 to just over 13 inches. The average rainfall through March since 1906 is 27 inches.


Soldier statue on way to Murphys

A seven-foot-tall bronze statue of a soldier is en route from Missouri to Murphys.

The sculpture, commissioned by the Kautz family, will be the latest addition to a veterans memorial adjacent to Murphys Community Park. 

 


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