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Tracking of bears goes high tech

National Park Service wildlife managers will soon be able to map and monitor the movement of black bears in Yosemite National Park thanks to a $70,000 grant from the Yosemite Conservancy.

The money will purchase GPS collars that for the first time will help wildlife managers track the park’s black bears beyond Yosemite Valley.

Calaveras water use down by 22 percent

Calaveras County Water District officials announced this week that customers have reduced water usage by 22 percent.

That percentage compares last month’s districtwide water usage to August 2013. 

Sinkhole explained, and it’s not gold

Sonora Public Works crews on Wednesday discovered the cause of a mysterious downtown sinkhole, and it wasn’t buried treasure. 

The hole in the middle of South Stewart Street wasn’t a collapsed Gold Rush-era tunnel either. It was a 9 1/2-feet- deep hole that was caused by a rotted cap to a storm drain, said Bill Seldon, Public Works supervisor.

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.

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