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How will well regs affect Sierra?

Most counties in the Mother Lode are not targeted by the state’s new rules to manage groundwater, but some area leaders say they’re concerned that may change after the laws take effect next year.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed three landmark bills Tuesday targeting certain areas for regulation, mostly in the Central Valley, where overdrafting will deplete groundwater basins by 2040. The legislation requires local agencies in the affected areas to form groundwater management plans over the next five years, and authorizes the Department of Water Resources to intervene if necessary.

Rim Fire logging to begin Friday

Logging in a major portion of the area burned by last year’s Rim Fire is set to begin Friday after a federal judge this week denied a request to halt work on the project.

Senior U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order filing made by the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute, who together are suing the U.S. Forest Service over its plan to allow logging on about 30,000 acres in the 257,000-acre Rim Fire burn area.


A hole lot of trouble

City of Sonora Public Works crews on Wednesday dig to uncover the cause of a sinkhole on Stewart Street between Lyons and Theall streets. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
City of Sonora Public Works crews Wednesday were trying to get to the bottom of a downtown sinkhole — in more than one way.

The hole, which opened up last week on Stewart Street near Lyons Street is being excavated by city employees who were, as of Wednesday, still uncertain what caused it.

Man stabbed in Jamestown

A Sonora man was stabbed on Wednesday in Jamestown.

The 19-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was flown out to a Modesto trauma center.


Sonora High pool plan going swimmingly

The Sonora Union High School District will begin advertising bids for the first phase of its multi-million-dollar bond projects after a vote by the Board of Trustees Tuesday night.

Yosemite bears: Not-so-bad news

So far this year, bear-related incidents in Yosemite National Park are up 44 percent compared to the same time last year. However, bear incidents — when a bear causes property damage or obtains food — have dropped a dramatic 89 percent since the park began keeping statistics in 1998.


Tuolumne board renews drought dec

Tuolumne County leaders warned Tuesday that the local drought emergency is far from over, despite some area water providers rescinding their mandatory conservation measures last week.

Angels: $2.5 million road seen as solution

The Angels Camp Planning Commission has recommended an estimated $2.5 million road project as a long-term traffic fix for the area surrounding Dogtown Road.

The catalyst for the recommendation, approved last week, is a proposed medical clinic near the intersection of highways 4 and 49. 

Eva Schicke memorial: Gone but not forgotten

Joyce Schicke, of Coarsegold, wipes tears away as she speaks on Friday at the memorial held for her daughter, Eva Schicke, at the Rim of the World on Highway 120. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A memorial service was held Friday afternoon for a fallen firefighter at the Rim of the World vista point near Buck Meadows.

Eva Marie Schicke was the first female Cal Fire firefighter killed in the line of duty on Sept. 12, 2004, when her helitack crew was overrun by fire in the Tuolumne River Canyon on the Stanislaus National Forest. 

County backs Forest Service in logging suit

Tuolumne County has joined a coalition of forces formed to combat a recent lawsuit related to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to allow logging on about 30,000 acres of land that burned in last year’s Rim Fire.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted at a closed-door meeting Sept. 9 to intervene in the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit against the Forest Service filed Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. 

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