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New Sonora parking regs debated

PUBLIC MEETING: Sonora City Council, 5 p.m., Monday, City Hall, 94 N. Washington St.


The Sonora City Council on Monday is set to consider proposed parking and traffic rules that have rankled several people because of restrictions on long-term street parking and the posting of “for sale” signs on cars.

Council members and city staff have received a number of emails and letters from citizens protesting the ordinances that were formally introduced at the council’s Sept. 22 meeting.

Angels clinic road controversy returns Tuesday

PUBLIC MEETING: Angels Camp City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Angels Fire House, 1404 Vallecito Road, Angels Camp.

Mark Twain Health Care District’s plans to build a medical clinic near the intersection of highways 4 and 49 will return Tuesday before the Angels Camp City Council.

A public hearing will be held on whether to change the city’s land-use designation at the site from “medium-density residential” to “community commercial.”

Columbia College crime low, report says

Columbia College had no serious crimes to report for the first time last year, according to an annual college report.

The report is mostly for serious felony crimes, but smaller crimes are down, too, according to Greg Elam, security supervisor.

Public helps planners settle on ‘vision’ for Sonora

Tuolumne County residents (from left) Joanne Edwards, of Sonora, Chuck Edwards, of Sonora, and Brian Kermeen, of Columbia, talk with Sonora City Administrator Tim Miller about proposed projects under the “Vision Sonora” plan during a meeting Thursday at Sonora City Hall. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
More than 30 people attended a meeting Thursday afternoon to provide input on the projects and programs that will be part of the city’s “Vision Sonora” community beautification plan.

Displays featuring 16 proposed projects and eight programs were set up in the City Council Chambers. Attendees, using stickers, ranked which they thought should be considered a short-term, mid-term or long-term priority. 

New Melones water releases blasted

The water level at New Melones Marina has dropped significantly because of the three-year drought. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Area leaders are outraged over the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s plans to move forward sometime later this month with required “pulse flows” for fish, which will drain about 35,000 acre-feet of water out of New Melones Reservoir by November as the three-year drought persists.

More than 23,000 acre-feet of water are planned to be released from the reservoir into the Stanislaus River to benefit fall-run Chinook salmon between October and November. An additional 12,000 acre-feet will be released over the same period to maintain minimum flow requirements in the river.


Two-car accident on Highway 108

A person suffered minor injuries in an auto accident this morning on Highway 108.

The two-car collision was reported about 9:15 a.m. in the Sierra Village area, according to a California Highway Patrol.

The injured person was taken to a hospital by ambulance, according to the CHP

Calaveras chief admin resigns

Calaveras County Administrative Officer Lori Norton has resigned from the post, effective Dec. 31. 

Norton submitted her resignation during a Tuesday night closed-session meeting with the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. The board accepted her resignation on a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Darren Spellman absent. 

Three arrested after alleged rape, abuse of girl in Sonora

Three people — including a registered sex offender — were arrested Tuesday in Sonora following a six-day investigation into the alleged rape and abuse of a 14-year-old girl, according to Sonora police.

Stephanie Marie Palmertree, 34, of the 300 block of Barretta Street, and Rebecca Janelle Forbes, 23, of an unspecified Soulsbyville address, were booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment, according to Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson. They were arrested at Palmertree’s home, where the alleged crime occurred.

Bear Valley Resort gets new manager

A new general manager has been hired at Bear Valley Mountain Resort, just weeks before the sale of the resort to a Canadian company is expected to close. 

Benno Nager, a ski industry veteran, has spent the past six years in Switzerland as chief operating officer of Andermatt Swiss Alps and founder of Alpine Resort Consulting, where he led the master planning and approval process of Switzerland’s largest single ski area development project. 

County makes progress on $20M juvenile hall

Tuolumne County leaders are hoping to make significant progress next year on the long-proposed Law and Justice Center off Wards Ferry Road in Sonora.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving a letter to Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, requesting they introduce legislation next year to secure the additional $20 million needed for a new county jail.


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