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Border collie shot with arrow dies

A Sonora man is trying to find the person responsible for the malicious killing of his dog with a crossbow. 

Mark Endicott, 68, of Sonora, said he found his 8-year-old border collie, named Poppy, about 8 a.m. Friday with the end of an arrow protruding from her left side.

 


Sparks caused three fires

Cal Fire has released the cause of a trio of recent grass fires, and arae warning area residents about the use of fireworks this week.

The Reed Fire in San Andreas, which burned 109 acres and destroyed two structures, was caused by a “grinding operation,” defined by Cal Fire staff as the cutting or grinding of metal.

 


Whooping cough spread slowing

The number of whooping cough cases has increased in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties since the Tuolumne County Public Health Department issued a warning to all public schools in April. 

The number of cases is still increasing in Calaveras County, but the rate of spread seems to have slowed in the last month in Tuolumne County.

 


Moffitt out as Tenaya principal

Today is the last day former Tenaya Elementary School Principal Susan Moffitt will collect district pay, after being put on administrative leave for apparently not reporting to police allegations of sexual abuse at her former school. 

Darrel Golden, a former second- and fourth-grade teacher at Traina Elementary School in Tracy, was sentenced last month to 14 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of several students. 

 


Man dies in Jeep rollover accident

A Hughson man was killed and his passenger injured in a Jeep rollover accident on Sunday night near Eagle Meadows, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. on Forest Road 5N01C, near Eagle Meadows.

The name of the 18-year-old man killed has not been released. His passenger, Dallas P. Casqueira, 17, of Hughson, was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for complaint of neck pain.

The two were in a 1994 Jeep Wrangler. They were traveling back to their campsite at Relief Reservoir, according to the report.

For an unknown reason, the Jeep veered to the right, collided with a rock and overturned. Both men were thrown from the Jeep. It rolled over the driver who died on scene, the report said.

Casqueira suffered minor injures and was able to walk to a cabin in the area to find help. 


Property tax bills will be heading up

Property owners in the Mother Lode are learning that a rebounding market can be a double-edged sword.

Assessor offices in both Calaveras and Tuolumne counties are notifying thousands of property owners that the assessed value of their properties — the amount on which they pay property taxes — are increasing for the first time since the housing market crashed after 2005.

 


Valley Springs woman is vet of year

State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, has chosen a Valley Springs woman as his 2014 Veteran of the Year.

Gail Belmont, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant, was given a Senate resolution honoring her service at the seventh annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon this week at the Sacramento Convention Center. 


GCSD drought: State aid is sought

 SPECIAL MEETING: Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors, today, 1 p.m., District Office, 18966 Ferretti Road.

 

The Groveland Community Services District board was scheduled to hold a special meeting today to declare a drought-related “state of emergency.” 

To continue providing water to 3,300 Groveland residents, GCSD needs nearly $1.7 million for a project that must be completed in November. District General Manager Jon Sterling said the declaration is intended to reaffirm the current emergency situation. 


Prison inmates’ religious freedoms not confined

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Inmates Daniel Alcortea (left) and Michael Coe cleanse themselves with sage smoke before entering sacred grounds at Sierra Conservation Center. Abby Divine / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
When a person goes to prison, they lose many rights — but not the right to practice their religion.

That’s abundantly clear at Sierra Conservation Center northwest of Jamestown — easily the most religiously diverse place between Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.


Will S’ville stadium be ready?

Summerville High School is facing a very tight timeline on getting its $3.9 million football stadium project complete in time for the football season, including homecoming. 

To finish it in time will hinge in large part on state approval of the redesigned concrete bleachers, and also on a tight bidding and construction schedule.


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