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Community Thanksgiving meals planned in Mother Lode

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Courtney Divine, of Sonora, carries a tray of pies Tuesday at Christian Heights Church that will be served at a Thanksgiving dinner today. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Several community Thanksgiving dinners are planned this week throughout the Mother Lode. They include:

• Christian Heights Church and the Heart Rock Cafe will host the annual Thanksgiving With Friends, a free community dinner, at 5:30 p.m. today at the Heart Rock Cafe, 1 S. Washington St., Sonora. Christian Heights Church has sponsored the meal for the public since 2000. • Mother Lode Christian School in Tuolumne and Chapel in the Pines Church in Twain Harte will host a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Home delivery is available in the Tuolumne area. For more information or to help with donations, call Kerry Semsen at 352-1537 or the school thrift store at 928-4337.


Area school administrators’ pay keeps growing

Pay for Tuolumne County’s top-level school administration grew by more than $80,000 this year to just under $1.3 million, nearly double Calaveras County.

Tuolumne County paid its superintendents $1,273,602 this year, while Calaveras County paid $669,655, an increase of only $2,000 from last year. Adding benefits, those numbers climb at least an additional $100,000 in Tuolumne County and $60,000 in Calaveras County.


Date set in Fowler murder trial

A date has finally been set for the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his younger sister in Valley Springs in spring 2013. 

The boy is charged with second degree murder for allegedly stabbing his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, to death when he was 12 in April 2013 at the family’s Rippon Road home. 


TUD plans pipeline flushing

Tuolumne Utilities District facilities staff plan to flush the district’s sanitary sewer collection pipeline beneath Lyons Street in Sonora between 7 a.m. and noon Wednesday.

Motorists in the area can expect intermittent traffic delays on Lyons Street between Hope Lane and Greenley Road.

Sanitary sewer flushing is a common maintenance activity used to improve pipe flow, in this case to prepare for anticipated heavy use over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a district announcement.

Holiday parades set

The cities of Sonora and Angels Camp will follow Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday with evening Christmas parades. 

Sonora will host its 31st annual Historic Downtown Sonora Christmas Parade starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. A variety of floats, musicians and animals will proceed down Washington Street, starting from the Red Church and spanning south to Restano Way. 


Weather pattern among driest

Last week’s rains gave the Mother Lode a good soaking, but the series of storms were a drop in the bucket relative to what’s needed to get California out of the current drought.

Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center released a report stating the past 36 months, November 2011 to October 2014, comprise the driest and warmest 36-month period on record.


Ski resorts ready for season

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Snow covers the ground at Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area near Pinecrest after last week’s storms. Courtesy photo.
Bear Valley Mountain Resort has been in snowmaking mode and plans to have ski lifts running Saturday.

The resort, off upper Highway 4 just east of Calaveras County, has been snowmaking since Thursday in anticipation of the 2014-15 ski season. 


Shooting witnesses sought

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Glaziers Tyson Miller (left) and Ken Blackmore survey bullet-damaged windows Monday at Pine Tree Peddlers at 107 S. Washington St. Austen Thibault / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Law enforcement officials on Monday requested information from the public about a shootout in Sonora on Saturday that left one person dead and two injured. 

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson said the office has requested any witnesses, particularly those with audio or video recordings of the incident, contact the office at 694-2900.


Motorcyclist killed in Valley Springs wreck

A motorcycle rider was killed in a wreck early Sunday morning in Valley Springs.

 

 


Green waste site opposed

Read more...Residents of a retirement community off Wards Ferry Road in Sonora are up in arms over a proposed green-waste composting facility and propane distribution center that would be located less than 1,000 feet east of their neighborhood, but the project’s developers are reaching out in hopes of quelling their fears.

County planners say they have received more than 60 letters since late October from residents of Cascade Mobile Home Park who are opposed to a recent application submitted by local businessmen Justin Dambacher and Mike Holland, who are seeking permits to build a 15,000-square-foot propane center and 5,000-square-foot composting facility on land they own off Eagle Ridge Road.


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