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Seventh shooting victim steps forward

A week after a series of random drive-by shootings in the greater Valley Springs area shattered motorists’ windows and the community’s nerves, the attacks appear to have ceased.

The calm comes despite a lack of arrests or suspects in the Dec. 22 shootings, in which bullets narrowly missed several motorists, but left no injuries.

Property in tax default to be sold

 Calaveras County Treasurer and Tax Collector Lynette Norfolk is urging people to pay their property taxes.

Not that tax collections are a problem this year, but the county is in the midst of finalizing its delinquent property tax list and, so far, there are 18 properties that could be set for auction.

Habitat seeking donations for massive subdivision

 The Tuolumne County Habitat for Humanity chapter’s New Year’s resolution is to pay back a zero-interest $399,000 loan to Habitat International.

The money was used to purchase the foreclosed 4.5-acre Parrotts Ferry Village subdivision at Parrotts Ferry and Damin roads.

Radanovich won’t run in 2010 election

Congressman George Radanovich, whose district includes Tuolumne County, will not seek re-election in 2010.

Radanovich, 54, said Tuesday he wants to spend more time with his family. His wife, Ethie, has been battling ovarian cancer for three years.

Bergstrom departs; SAF chief search on

In the wake of Mark Bergstrom’s Christmas week departure, the Sonora Area Foundation board is planning a search for a new executive director.

Bergstrom, a 57-year-old Sonora native, took the charitable organization’s top job on May 1, following the retirement of predecessor Mick Grimes.

Groveland mom honors son on Rose Parade float

Paulette Carrier, of Groveland, placed a flower on a Tournament of Roses parade float Tuesday night in Southern California.

Joining 2,000 other roses, the single flower she planted on the California Transplant Donor Network float honors her son, who died of a massive stroke 20 years ago.

Gun sales rise as wary enthusiasts wait for new laws

Bill Adams (left), of Mountain Ranch, and Rusty McGhee look over two shotguns McGhee is working on in his San Andreas shop. Maggie Beck/Union Democrat, copyright 2009
If no one else is happy about the economy this year, gun shop owners are having a fine time.

According to owners in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties, gun and ammunition sales soared in late 2008 and have continued to varying degrees throughout 2009.

Calaveras unaffected by recall of flu vaccine

A nationwide recall of an H1N1 nasal spray vaccine whose potency has waned will not affect Calaveras County, as all doses have already been used, according to officials.

Nor will those who were treated with the nasal spray need to be revaccinated, as the vaccine’s strength was above the required minimum level at the time it was administered, according to the Public Health Department. There are no safety concerns.

Lode’s ambulance regulatory agency in flux

Ambulance service in the Mother Lode may be reworked, after Stanislaus County leaders voted last week to leave the five-county partnership that oversees the region’s emergency medical services within 18 months.

Stanislaus County, which has more than half a million residents — compared with a combined population of 159,000 in the other partner counties — accounts for the bulk of the Mountain Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency’s budget.

Meteorologists say rain to ring in New Year

A winter storm system is expected to bring rain and snow to the Mother Lode this week.   

The storms will add to precipitation totals that are higher than those logged this time last year.

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