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CCWD to discuss GM goals, water transfer

The Calaveras County Water District board will hold a workshop Wednesday afternoon to set goals for new General Manager Dave Eggerton, followed by a closed-session meeting to discuss possibly selling Stanislaus River water. 

Other than proposing to change next month’s board meeting from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, the only item listed on Wednesday’s regular agenda is “development of goals and objectives for general manager’s performance.”

Don Pedro boat launch reopens

A low-water boat-launch ramp has reopened at Moccasin Point Recreation Area on Don Pedro Reservoir, the Don Pedro Recreation Agency announced Monday.

Sufficient water levels have allowed the agency to reopen the alternative boat launch at the site, according to the agency’s news release. 

The ramp is usable for launching shallow draft boats, but the ramp’s grade is too shallow for launching deep-hulled boats.

Low water levels over the summer caused by the three-year drought led to the closure of the ramps at Moccasin Point in July.

The alternative ramp can be accessed by taking the road to the left of the regular boat-launch ramp at Moccasin Point Recreation Area.

A boat-launch ramp at Fleming Meadows Recreation Area has remained open throughout the drought for all types of boat launching, the agency said.

Homecare workers to get raise

Hundreds of homecare workers in Tuolumne County will see a boost in their paychecks this year.

Last week, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an updated labor agreement between the county and California United Homecare Workers Local 4034, which represents the county’s approximately 300 In-Home Supportive Services caregivers.

School arts program inspires

Wade Curry (left) and Noah Faddis hold up art work they completed as part of a Tuolumne County Arts Alliance program at Dario Cassina High School in Sonora.
A pilot arts program is coming to an end, but will continue to be seen around Tuolumne County schools and in art shows in the coming months.

In a first-ever agreement this year, the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance hired an artist to help teach art at Dario Cassina High School, Sonora High’s alternative education school.

County vies for Rim Fire recovery funding

Tuolumne County could receive up to $500 million in federal funding to help with Rim Fire recovery.

The county has been chosen as California’s sole candidate in a nationwide disaster resilience competition. Tuolumne County’s final application, with backing from Gov. Jerry Brown, could win a badly needed cash infusion to improve forest management, promote healthier watersheds and prevent more giant forest fires in the Mother Lode.

Hwy 49 could get national status

State Highway 49 could be added to the National Highway System as part of the next federal transportation funding bill due out later this year, according to Tuolumne County’s transportation chief.

Tuolumne County Transportation Council Director Darin Grossi said Caltrans has actively pursued the reclassification of Highway 49 as a “principal arterial” in the nation’s highway system, with support from both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

Calaveras garden program gets $22.9K grant

Read more...An up-and-coming agriculture education group in Calaveras County received a grant to bring high school agriculture students to local farms, then teach younger students what they’ve learned.

Mono Way paving work delayed

Paving on Mono Way scheduled for between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., tonight through Tuesday morning, has been called off due to anticipated rain after midnight, according to Sonora City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo.

Man, 20, jailed on sex charges

Trevon Leemont Davis was booked into Tuolumne County Jail Friday. Courtesy photo.
 A 20-year-old Columbia man was arrested and booked into jail Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a minor and told police he believed it was “all right” because she was his girlfriend, according to the Sonora Police Department. 


Final stages of Mono Way construction in progress

Read more...Watch out for flaggers who will be directing traffic today and next week in Sonora for construction along Mono Way. 

Traffic controls at Mono Way and Greenley Road have been in effect since 7 a.m. Thursday morning and are scheduled to remain in place through today, according to city officials. 

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