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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.

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