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LOCAL NEWS

• Snowpack up, but  not drought-buster • Candidates file in Calaveras County • Summerville High planner finds fix to stadium shortfall • Calaveras records first baby of 2014 • Rocky Armitage: A pro among pros shares craft • Calaveras High cancels programs after rollover • Teacher wins state VFW award • Project helps grandparents raising grandchildren • 

SPORTS

Frogs fall to Colfax • Grapplers battle for State berths • Sportsmen expo this weekend at fairgrounds 

COMMUNITY

• Butler celebrates 105th birthday • Historian pens memories of family’s Dardanelle summers • Calaveras Youth Mentoring names Kilbride top mentor • Episcopal bishop will visit Sonora’s Red Church on Sunday • Snapshots 

 

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Bleach truck overturns


Calaveras High School canceled afternoon programs today after a truck carrying bleach overturned nearby.

The truck, carrying sodium hypochlorite, used as a disinfectant, overturned at 8:30 a.m. at the Calaveras Sanitary District, adjacent to the high school.

The scene was to be cleared at 3:50 p.m.

As a result, local and state fire officials urged the Calaveras Unified School District to cancel all afternoon practices, performances and competitions scheduled at the Calaveras High.

Calaveras High, Gold Strike High and San Andreas Elementary schools will be cleared of all students and personnel after 3:50 p.m.

No students or staff were considered to be in danger.

Local fire and county hazmat personnel were assisting with the clean up, said Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Hewitt.

Traffic was not affected.



Cal Fire plans to move HQ to Sonora

Plans are under way for Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit to eventually relocate its headquarters from San Andreas to Sonora.

Unit Chief Josh White informed the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors of the plans this week, which caused concern among supervisors that the move would hurt the local economy.


Mono widening still too costly

The cost of the multi-million-dollar Mono Way widening project in Sonora remains higher than originally expected despite a second round of bids by the city.

Three contractors submitted proposals this month for the project, which calls for widening the stretch of Mono Way from Greenley Road to Fir Drive to ease traffic, as well as building a retaining wall, replacing a 36-inch culvert and earthwork. 


Rain not drought-buster

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Rain falling in Phoenix Lake won’t put a dent in drought conditions faced by Tuolumne County residents. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A pair of storms hitting the Central Sierra over the next few days will bring some needed precipitation to the region, but water experts say it would take much more to reverse the historically dry conditions at this point.

Tonight’s forecast for Sonora shows a 50 percent chance of rain, before jumping to 90 percent Friday. The prediction drops to 50 percent Saturday, followed by a slight chance of rain through Tuesday.


 


Mokelumne River ‘Wild and Scenic’ designation backed

Cheers broke out in a crowded boardroom Tuesday after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors unanimously voiced support for state Wild and Scenic designation of the Mokelumne River.

The resolution requests the county’s representatives in the state Legislature introduce and support legislation to bring about state Wild and Scenic designation.


Twain Harte declares drought emergency

The Twain Harte Community Services District on Tuesday declared a water shortage emergency, advanced to mandatory conservation measures and updated the public on the water shortage. 

In a special meeting, the board of directors set a water conservation goal of 50 percent of last year’s usage and a mandatory reduction rate for each customer — demanding they only use 75 percent of what they used in the same month last year, punishable by fines and penalties.


TUD board OKs 2.78 percent rate increase

The Tuolumne Utilities District board voted Tuesday night to raise water rates 2.78 percent, effective starting in March.

Board members voted 5-0 to approve the rate increase that was originally scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013, before the board’s March decision to defer the hike. 


Sonora’s Russell won’t run

Sonora Mayor Hank Russell will wrap up his tenure on the City Council at the end of the year.

Russell confirmed on Monday that he will not seek a fourth term on the council, leaving at least one of two seats open in the June primary without an incumbent.


Sonora lounge details offered

The City of Sonora has released some new information about why the city’s Fire Museum and Senior Lounge remain closed to the public, adding there is no sure timeline for reopening.

In a prepared statement Monday, City Administrator Tim Miller said the city opted to temporarily lock up the 125 N. Washington St. building because of a civil dispute between family members that led to on-site incidents and involved the police.


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