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State may grant $8 million for drought

A regional collaborative planning group has been recommended by the California Department of Water Resources to receive an $8 million grant for drought-related projects in the Tuolumne and Stanislaus watersheds.

The Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Authority is one of 23 groups from around the state that are recommended to receive funding after submitting applications earlier this summer, the DWR announced.


Calaveras board gets tech upgrade

Calaveras County’s elected leaders have officially entered the digital age.

At the start of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairwoman Debbie Ponte said the county is “embarking on an electronic system” and that all five supervisors and a few county staffers were issued iPads.


TUD braces for $6 million deficit

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors on Tuesday heard about new state laws expected to impact the district’s balance sheet this time next year.

Ingrid Sheipline, of the Sacramento-based auditing firm Richardson and Co., presented the results from the district’s mandatory annual audit, which found nothing wrong with the TUD’s accounting for the 2013-14 fiscal year that ended June 30. 


Scientists to converge for TH dam study

A team of geologists and engineers is studying the cracked Twain Harte Lake Dam in hopes of re-opening the lake by next Memorial Day. 

The group is awaiting test results to find a cause and solution for the cracking of the granite footing portion of the dam known as “The Rock.”


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. 

 


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