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Sierra water deemed safe

A recent study of groundwater quality in the Sierra Nevada and foothills found manganese and iron in some wells tested in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, but not at levels high enough to be a health concern, a U.S. Geological Survey researcher said Friday.

The study, “Groundwater Quality in the Sierra Nevada, California,” was published in December by the U.S. Geological Survey and the California State Water Resources Control Board.


Barrett, Healy sworn in as Calaveras County judges

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San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge William Johnson Monday swore in Tim Healy, as Healey’s wife, Rachel, and their two children stood by his side (top). Calaveras County Superior Court Judge John Martin, who is now retired, swore in Grant Barrett as judge. Barrett was joined by his wife, Janice (bottom). Mike Morris / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Following their victories in the Nov. 4 election, Grant Barrett and Tim Healy were sworn in Monday as new Calaveras County Superior Court judges. 

Longtime Judge John Martin, who is now officially retired, swore in Barrett, while San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge William Johnson swore in Healy. 


About 100 watch as Tuolumne County officials sworn in

About 100 people piled into the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers Monday to watch the swearing in of new and returning government officials elected last year. 

Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Donald Segerstrom administered the oath of office for a group that included a new district attorney, assessor-recorder and superintendent of schools, plus several re-elected officials.


Courthouse trees in question: Public safety risks may bring changes to historic square

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Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro leads the Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission Monday through Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora to show trees proposed for cutting. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
An advisory commission to the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors recommended Monday that up to four nearly 80-year-old trees be removed from Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora because they pose risks to public safety.

The Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission met at 4 p.m. Monday in the County Administration Center, across the street from Courthouse Square, to provide input for the county Board of Supervisors on an estimated $40,000 park maintenance project proposed to occur this winter. 


Suspected thief at large

A suspect who escaped authorities after allegedly stealing a truck and a motorcycle is still at large. 

The incident happened about midnight on Monday. A man was seen stealing a motorcycle and loading it into the back of a green pick-up truck in Jamestown. The suspect was described as a tall, thin man wearing black clothing and a black baseball cap, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson. 


Fire destroys Groveland home

A Groveland home was destroyed by a fire Saturday night.

The blaze was reported about 9 p.m. and firefighters found the abandoned on the 1900 block of 2nd Garrote Road fully engulfed in flames, Cal Fire officials reported.

There were no injuries. On Monday, the cause was still under investigation, according to Cal Fire.

Engines from Cal Fire, Groveland Fire, and Tuolumne County Fire departments all responded.



What does 2015 hold for schools?

Several new laws and policies regarding education will take effect in California this year. 

New laws range from reducing expulsions to requiring epinephrine pens in schools, while comprehensive policies like Common Core State Standards and Local Control Funding Formula will step forward.


County bemoans plan for small fish

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, fourth floor, County Administration Center, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

Tuolumne County leaders are blasting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over its recent decision to release smaller trout in the state’s streams and lakes this year.

The county Board of Supervisors calls the decision both “alarming” and “disappointing” in a strongly worded letter to state Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. The letter, which will be up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting, further states that the department showed “callous disregard for the public interest” by not being more transparent.


Feds eye monarch butterfly protection

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Monarch butterflies flock to milkweed stands for food and to lay their eggs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Courtesy photo.
Federal officials are considering creating new policies to protect monarch butterflies, a ubiquitous summer sight throughout the Sierra Nevada.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans Dec. 29 to conduct an Endangered Species Act “status review” of monarchs.


Leaders sworn in

 

 About 100 people attended a swearing-in ceremony Monday morning for newly elected and reelected government officials.

Those taking oaths, administered by Superior Court Presiding Judge Donald Segerstrom at the County Government Center, included Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors members Randy Hanvelt and Evan Royce, District Attorney Laura Krieg, Treasurer-Tax Collector Shelley Piech, Assessor Recorder Kaenan Whitman, and Superintendent of Schools Margie Bulkin.

 


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