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Tuolumne County needs to clarify jail costs

Last spring, Calaveras County unveiled its brand new $58 million jail in San Andreas, admitting the first inmates and replacing a smaller and aging facility nearby.

A Roundup to remember

The Mother Lode Roundup parade and rodeo over the weekend was big hit, though smaller in many ways.

Why justice won't be served in Rim Fire case

“I appreciate the hard work done by the US Forest Service in investigating this case, and I understand that the government’s motion to dismiss will be frustrating to some. However, when circumstances change after indictment, and our judgment is that a case is no longer likely to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, it is our obligation to the defendant and to the Court to dismiss that case.”

— U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner


Many people were understandably upset by the U.S. Attorney’s Office announcement last week that it would drop charges against the man accused of starting 2013’s devastating Rim Fire.

Mills: New way of thinking about water needed

Opinion Page Editor Craig Cassidy recently discussed the drought and regional water issues with John Mills, of Columbia, a consultant to several water districts, including Calaveras County Water District and, formerly, Tuolumne Utilities District.

He is widely regarded as an expert on state water issues.

Mills cautioned his opinions don’t reflect those of his clients.

The interview has been edited down for brevity.

Check out this weekend's Roundup

Walkup Mother Lode Roundup events have been going for more than a week solid now, but it’s far from too late to get in the Stetson-and-boot spirit of the Mother’s Day weekend Western fest.

Should TUD fill Twain Harte Lake?

The Tuolumne Utilities District board earlier this week voted to implement mandatory water conservation measures for all its 14,000 customers.

Check out Jamestown's rising star

Jamestown, once a boomtown, and then the wallflower of Tuolumne County, is getting its mojo back.

Time ripe to bring back Strawberry

Perhaps the most celebration-worthy story of the week was the announcement the Strawberry Music Festival could return to Tuolumne County this fall.

Solution for downtown flies?

New buzz on the fly front...

The City of Sonora has made headway toward solving downtown’s pest problem in time for tourism season.

According to City Councilwoman Connie Williams, the city recently hired an entomologist to study the flies and determined the nasty, pesky critters are common house flies.

They apparently enjoy shade as much as people and thus are congregating under the downtown area’s awnings, she said.

The best way to get rid of the flies, Williams said, is for businesses to run house fans outside their entrances, as this will shoo them away.

For all our sanity, we encourage all businesses to follow this advice.

Water wars in the Sierra foothills

Thousands of Tuolumne and Calaveras County residents have a front row seat to history unfolding, and decisions that could seriously affect the state’s future.

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