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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. 

 


Filings added in Walmart lawsuit

An ongoing lawsuit over the expansion of Walmart in Sonora has caught the attention of some legal and policy groups outside of the area.

The California Supreme Court agreed last year to review the case involving Walmart, the City of Sonora and an opposition citizens group but has not yet set a date for arguments. 


TUD reactivates wells in East Sonora area

Tuolumne Utilities District is reverting communities in East Sonora back to formerly used well systems and customers in that area may notice a difference in the smell and taste of the water from their tap.

Three wells were reactivated in the past couple weeks, and more will be soon in order to ensure supply for customers in East Sonora and the surrounding communities, including Apple Valley, Phoenix Lake, Scenic View, Mono Village, Lambert Lakes and Mono Village. 


Cameras may decide court case

Sonora police are arming themselves with technology to document their actions using body worn cameras.  

These “on-officer recording systems” are small, pager-sized cameras that clip onto the officer’s uniform. 


Cal Fair: Plan now for May entries

This year’s Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will be “Fun for the Whole Herd.”

As this year’s theme implies, the Calaveras County Fairgrounds — also known as Frogtown — will be hopping Thursday through Sunday, May 15 to 18.


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