Bravos

To those who worked, planned and donated to the extension of Dragoon Gulch Trail, a wonderful addition to an equally wonderful nature walk. Or run. More than 150 people got up on a Sunday morning in below-freezing temperatures to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project, and then they ran through the new path’s dense manzanita and oak forest. An accomplishment for all.

To the Tuolumne County deputies who finally got their man on the fourth try. It took 11 months, three foot chases and a quick-witted driver who disabled his car before Kasey Questo was arrested. His bail was set at $640,000.

To the large field of candidates offering to represent Tuolumne County District 3 who are willing to put themselves in the public eye. It’s not always a comfortable place to be.

To the hiker who was found alive in Yosemite despite extremely cold temperatures and snow. He did everything right after losing the trail at Wapama Falls. Instead of wandering around, he pitched his tent and stayed in place with plenty of provisions. And perhaps most importantly he had told people where he was going and when he was coming back.

Tuolumne County may have a health officer soon, a job that’s been vacant since July. If supervisors approve, Dr. Robert Bernstein of Decatur, Georgia, will assume the position in April at a salary of $204,796 a year.

Barbs

Tuolumne County’s extreme weather plan for opening temporary shelters for the homeless is much too restrictive. Not only that but the county has budgeted no money to pay for opening a shelter if the temperature ever dropped below 15 degrees and no more than 32 degrees during the daytime for at least three consecutive days, as the policy requires. In a time when the attention on homelessness has been heightened here and elsewhere, the county should revisit this unnecessarily harsh policy and budget some money to help people stay out of the frigid and snowy weather. The county has many needs, to be sure, but mustn’t turn its back on people who are suffering.

Social media struck again in our schools recently when someone apparently in Ohio threatened to shoot people at SHS. For us, that could refer to two of the high schools in our region. The Sheriff’s Office and Sonora Police quickly parsed out the threat and determined it did not apply here. But it is a sign of our times that both Summerville and Sonora high schools had twice as many students absent that day than normal.

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