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TUD looking for land to dump wastewater

Tuolumne Utilities District directors will be asked Tuesday to approve an agreement to develop a 4.2-acre sprayfield for recycled wastewater on the Rachel M. Vuyovich property off Algerine Road.

The project is part of an ongoing effort to increase the district’s capacity for land disposal of treated wastewater effluent, according to district officials.

Columbia debater takes second in national contest

Columbia College student Danielle Carmack, of Sonora, recently returned from New Orleans as one of the nation’s elite impromptu speakers.

Carmack, 23, won a silver medal at a national speech and debate tournament hosted by Phi Rho Pi, an honor society for community colleges speech competitors across the United States.

County looks to shrink offices

 Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro wants to turn the county Behavioral Health and Environmental Health departments into divisions to save county funds.

Divisions are a lesser tier of the county’s hierarchical structure and are overseen by departments or agencies.

Cops from six counties test vests

SGT. JIM OLIVER, of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, holds up the armor plating used in the department’s vehicles. The impact of gun shots on the plating was tested on Friday at a gun range in Columbia. Ashley Archibald/Union Democrat, copyright 2010
Law enforcement officers from six counties and one member of the State Parole Office arrived at a shooting range just outside of Columbia Friday laden with guns and ammunition.

And they came to shoot.

Old Wards Ferry realignment begins today

The City of Sonora last week granted a construction permit needed to begin the Old Wards Ferry Road realignment project, one of the final hurdles before the Lowe’s construction project can begin.

The project will realign and reconstruct approximately 1,100 feet of Old Wards Ferry Road so it can accommodate the additional traffic city planners estimated would come through the road after the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store goes in. According to a release from the City of Sonora, realignment construction will begin today.

Coyote Sam charges into Sonora

The Mother Lode Roundup left town yesterday in a hail of gunfire, squirt-gun spray and Silly String.

“An’ it ain’t comin’ back,” growled Coyote Sam, just seconds after relieving Sheriff Jim Mele of a security contract “absolutely and positively essential” to the May 8 and 9 Roundup.

Entrepreneurs may spur Columbia revival

042310 columbia new businesses.jpgFancy Dry Goods is the first of several businesses getting ready to reopen in Columbia State Historic Park, which has been in an economic funk since last summer.

The national economic downturn hit the park hard, especially in June 2009, when one concessionaire that managed seven separate venues pulled out of town.

Angels Camp names interim

An Angels Camp Police Department sergeant will take over as interim chief until the City Council appoints a replacement for dismissed Chief Dale Mendenhall.

Sgt. Todd Fordahl was selected in a 5 p.m. meeting Wednesday as the interim replacement for Mendenhall, whose contract was abruptly terminated Tuesday by the City Council after an evening closed session.

Discrepancies lead to lab

The District Attorney’s offices in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are participating in an investigation of misconduct at a Ripon crime lab that has handled many drug-related cases involving the two counties.

The California State Department of Justice launched the investigation after it was revealed that the weight of drugs sent to the lab for testing were different than had been originally reported by law enforcement agencies.

Angels Camp fires police chief

Angels Camp Police Chief Dale Mendenhall was fired Wednesday by the City Council.

The decision was made during a closed session Tuesday and announced without explanation in a two-sentence press release Wednesday morning.

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