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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.


Q&A: What does the future hold at TUD?

Tuolumne Utilities District General Manager Tom Scesa and spokeswoman Lisa Westbrook sat down with opinion page editor Craig Cassidy this week to discuss a range of topics, including the district’s water supply, TUD’s financial situation, infrastructure needs, possible rate increases, and long-range planning.

For background: Part of the conversation focused on water stored behind Pinecrest and Lyons reservoirs, which usually fill to the brim (referred to here as “fill and spill”).

The two reservoirs, while storing water for 44,000 Tuolumne County residents, are owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric and used for hydroelectric power generation.

The first part of this hour-long interview ran Friday.


Opinion: Another reason to get vaccinated

County and state public health officials say we’re in the second year of a whooping cough epidemic.


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