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S’ville opts for cement bleachers

The Summerville Union High School District Board of Education decided to pursue cement bleachers instead of more expensive aluminum ones for the district’s new stadium at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The project includes replacing the track, field and bleachers, and will be funded by 2012’s Measure H bond money.


Ditch shut off to save water

Tuolumne Utilities District shut off a three-mile portion of Shaws Flat Ditch late last month as part of continued efforts to conserve water during an extremely dry year.

District General Manager Tom Scesa said the move to cut off the ditch from the south end of Chaparral Road to the district’s Sonora Water Treatment Plant will save as much as 400 acre-feet of water for the rest of the year. That’s enough to supply roughly 800 households.


Roundup planning underway

Today is the first day of spring, and preparations are well underway for the season’s biggest local event — the 57th annual Mother Lode Roundup. 
“We are moving forward,” said Al O’Brien, general chairman of this year’s Roundup. “We’ve even started to get entries for the parade.” 


Vision Sonora plans in focus

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council this week agreed to spend almost $2.7 million to create a safer and prettier intersection on North Washington Street at the Red Church and a transit stop near Stockton Road and Washington Street.

The city-county transportation planning agency agreed 4-1 to allocate the money March 12. Work is expected to take place between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years .


CCWD rate hikes funding projects

The Calaveras County Water District is moving forward with construction projects funded by last year’s controversial sewer and water rate hikes.

A couple key projects are finished or nearly complete, including upgrading two lift stations in Copperopolis that pump sewage from homes to a wastewater treatment plant. In addition, design work is almost done on the first phase of replacing a water transmission line in the Arnold area.

 


Cal Unified faces financial shortfall

The Calaveras Unified School District has declared itself on a warning budgetary status, but no big cuts are planned. 

The Board of Trustees on Tuesday accepted the second interim budget report for the school year, which outlines a reserve balance falling below the state-mandated minimum in 2016.

 


Board blasts enviro groups

Tuolumne County and Blue Mountain Minerals representatives are calling for reforms to state environmental laws, saying environmental groups use them to slow and stop development.

The example used on Tuesday by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors was a recent lawsuit from the Twain Harte-based Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center over a Blue Mountain Minerals quarry in the county.

 


Columbia hotels to reopen

The California Department of Parks and Recreation next month plans to reopen and operate a pair of historic hotels in Columbia closed since early January.

The City and Fallon hotels — which date to the 1850s and have a combined 28 rooms — were shuttered when the previous concessionaire, Briggs Hospitality, abruptly gave notice it wasn’t going to renew its month-to-month lease.


Sonora El pot kids to remain in school

The three Sonora Elementary School third-graders caught smoking marijuana in a school restroom two weeks ago will return to school today on “probationary status.”

The Sonora Elementary board and Superintendent Leigh Shampain held three closed-door expulsion hearings Monday, later announcing the outcome.


Many county races a lock

Tuolumne County voters will have three contested local races on their ballots for the June 3 primary election.

Of 11 local races, only county Board of Supervisors District 2, county assessor-recorder and Sonora City Council have more than one candidate.


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