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TUD candidates night draws full house

All 11 candidates vying for three seats on the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors this November talked about their visions for TUD’s future and fielded questions from the public Tuesday night at an event hosted by the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau.

More than 50 people gathered inside the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers in the county administrative building to hear from candidates on a wide variety of issues that ranged from securing future water supplies to the district’s financial matters.

Fees waived on Public Lands Day

People looking for something to do outdoors while contributing to a good cause will have a couple different opportunities to choose from this weekend.

The National Park Service and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will waive entrance fees at Yosemite National Park and New Melones Reservoir this Saturday in celebration of the 21st annual National Public Lands Day.

Cleanup nets 5K pounds of rubbish

A group of 95 volunteers picked up more than 5,000 pounds of trash and about 90 pounds of recyclables littered around the shores of New Melones Reservoir on Saturday.

The effort was part of Saturday’s sixth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, an event sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. A total of nearly 4,500 volunteers participated in the event at 100 different sites throughout the Sierra Nevada.

More kids pass state exit exam

Mother Lode high schoolers continue to top state averages in passing the high school exit exam on their first try, according to the latest California Department of Education figures.

Test results for 2014 sophomores  — the earliest grade-level tested — showed 85 percent statewide passed the math exam on their first try. English language arts scores were slightly lower at 83 percent passing. 

Autumn arrives, rain on way?

Central California’s first fall storm could bring the Mother Lode up to a half-inch of rain this week, but the approaching system could be a mixed blessing for firefighters.

A mild and moist Pacific storm is forecast by the National Weather Service to move into interior Northern California on Wednesday, bringing cooler temperatures and widespread light precipitation. 

Money trickles to judge candidates

Although updated campaign finance reports are not due until next month, a few candidates have made recent filings with the Calaveras County Elections Office. 

Contributions must be reported within 24 hours if $1,000 or more is received from a single source, said Elections Coordinator Rebecca Turner. 


TUD to answer grand jury

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 2 p.m., Tuesday, TUD Board Room, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors at Tuesday’s meeting will review responses to criticism made in the 2013-14 Tuolumne County Grand Jury report.

District General Manager Tom Scesa has prepared responses to the 31 recommendations made by the grand jury in its latest annual report. A number of the suggestions focused on the district’s policies governing the TUD Board of Directors.


Calaveras Sheriff asks county for new cars

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Board Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.


The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the county Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday meeting authorize the purchase of three new fully equipped patrol vehicles.

The cost for three 2015 Ford Expeditions outfitted with emergency and radio equipment totals $187,631. 

Race for assessor’s office is heating up

The Tuolumne County assessor-recorder’s race remains the closest local contest in a relatively slow election year for the county.

Mike Dambacher held a slight lead in fundraising over Kaenan Whitman, according to campaign finance reports for the period covering May 18 to June 30. Updated reports from all candidates running for office in the Nov. 4 general election are not due until Oct. 6, according to the Tuolumne County Elections Office.

No injuries reported in Hyde Street fire

A Phoenix Lake-area home was damaged and a family saved in a house fire Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 4:18 p.m. on the 21000 block of Hyde Street.

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