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Welcome to Mother Lode Views. This is a weekly , 30 minute program created by the KVML news room discussing 'hot topics' in the Mother Lode. We've got the people that are "in the know" discussing topics that affect all our lives here in the Mother Lode. So listen in and hear it from the horse's mouth! We've also created an archive for you so if you've missed the last couple of editions, just click on the links below.
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Concerns Over Pinecrest Lake
Mother Lode Views focused on a debate between the State Water Resources Board and T.U.D. regarding water levels at Pinecrest Lake. Guests included T.U.D. General Manager Pete Kampa, Board President Mike Sarno, and District Engineer Tom Scesa.
Fowler 911 Call
Calaveras County Sheriff's Office has released the 911 call from Crystal Walters around the time of the stabbing of Leila Fowler was murdered.
New Warden Talks Prison Issues
Mother Lode Views featured the new Warden at the Sierra Conservation Center. Heidi Lackner was appointed in early April by Governor Jerry Brown to lead the state prison located near Jamestown. She spoke about efforts to fill the state's fire camps, and how AB-109 has impacted the prison.
Dry Winter, High Fire Threat
This weekend Mother Lode Views will focus on Fire Prevention. The program will discuss how the dry winter has increased the wildfire threat especially after the dry Mother Lode winter. The discussion will focus on what you can do to protect your home and help Cal Fire at same time. Other topics will include defensible space, burn permits and the rising cost to fight fires. Featured guests will be Cal Fire Battalion Chiefs Barry Rudolph and Jeff Sanders as well as Cal Fire Fire Prevention Specialist Nancy Longmore.
New Tuolumne County Counsel
Mother Lode View featured new Tuoumne County Counsel Sarah Carillo. The Sonora native talked about the duties of the position, and changes the office will see over the coming months.
Unify Tuolumne County Schools?
Mother Lode Views focused on a renewed effort to investigate whether it would be benefical to unify the Tuolumne County school system. Guests from the the Tuolumne County Committee for the Unification of Resources for Education included Lane Willey, Dave Munson and Jim Garaventa. The group is approaching the various districts, and looking into a ballot measure calling for the county to have a single school district, superintendent and school board.
Mother Lode Round-Up
Mother Lode Views focused on the 2013 Mother Lode Round-Up. Members of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse talked about this year's event that is coming up May 11th and 12th. The panel of guests included Jim Earll, Ty Wivell, Al O'Brien, and Dan Durnall. The group talked about the Round-Up events, history, community involvement, economics and planning.
Changes To Education
Mother Lode Views focused on changes coming to the state education system. New common core standards will impact local schools starting next year. Guests included Tuolumne County Supt. of Schools Joe Silva, Deputy Supt. of Schools Margie Bulkin, and local Common Core coordindator Cathy Parker.
Growing The Local Economy
Mother Lode Views focused on innovative ideas to help grow the local economy. Tuolumne County Economic Develoment Authority Director Larry Cope was the guest.
Berryhill Previews State Debates
Mother Lode Views focused on issues like CEQA reform, water storage, AB 109 and the state budget. District 14 Republican Tom Berryhill spoke about many debates that will soon be playing out at the state capitol in Sacramento.
Local Sheriffs Talk Crime
Mother Lode Views focused on an increasing amount of crime in the Mother Lode. Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele and Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz talked about the impacts of AB 109.
New Lt. Commander
Mother Lode Views focused on traffic issues in the region. The guests included new Lt. Commander of the San Andreas area CHP office Dewayne Lewis, and CHP Public Information Officer Rebecca Myers.
Water Concerns In The Forest
Mother Lode Views focused on water issues related to forest land. The guests included T.U.D. General Manager Pete Kampa, Sierra Pacific Indudstries Community Relations Manager Mark Luster, and Tuolumne County Business Council Executive Director Ron Kopf.
Callaway Talks Calaveras County
Mother Lode Views focused on issues that will go before the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors over the next year. Board Chair Merita Callaway spoke about the General Plan update, implementing AB 109, and how grant funding will help the county.
Miller Talks Sonora Issues
Mother Lode Views featured City of Sonora Administrator Tim Miller. He talked about the city's mid-year budget review, Walmart litigation, Mono Way expansion and Opera Hall repairs.
District One Supervisor Brennan
Mother Lode Views featured District One Supervisor Sherri Brennan. She was sworn into office last month. She talked about natural resource issues, the economy and law enforcement.
District Three Supervisor Royce
Mother Lode Views featured District Three Tuolumne County Supervisor Evan Royce. He spoke about plans to reduce the number of planning commissions in the county, economic development, and the jail project.
District Five Supervisor Rodefer
Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne County District Three Supervisor Karl Rodefer. He gave his input on issues facing county government, such as the aging jail, decline in population, and whether there should be less regulations placed on developers.
District Four Supervisor John Gray
Mother Lode Views continued a series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. District Four Supervisor John Gray talked about his role with the Economic Development Autority, the Merced River Plan and development projects in south Tuolumne County.
District Two Supervisor Randy Hanvelt
Mother Lode Views is beginning a five part series featuring the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. This week's show showcased the new board chair Randy Hanvelt. He talked about priorities for 2013, and why the county should take a pro-active approach to help grow the local economy.
What Is Vision Sonora?
Mother Lode Views focused on the Vision Sonora project. The City of Sonora and Tuolumne County Transportation Council are looking at ways to improve and beautify the downtown district. Guests included Sonora City Councilman Bill Canning, City Administrator Tim Miller and TCTC Executive Director Darin Grossi.
The Fiscal Cliff
Mother Lode Views focused on the debate over the fiscal cliff in Washington, DC. District Four Congressman Tom McClintock spoke about why it is important to pass legislation before the New Year's deadline, and what he would like to see included.
New Era For Legislature
Mother Lode Views focused on the new session of the State Legislature. District 14 Senator Tom Berryhill talked about how new revenues from Proposition 30 will be spent, concerns about new gun laws, and the implementation of AB 32.
Winter Weather Preparedness
Mother Lode Views focused on keeping you and your family safe during the winter weather season. The panel of guests included Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Tracie Riggs, PGE Spokesperson Dylan George, CAL Fire's Scott Fremd and City of Sonora Fire Chief Mike Barrows.
Tuolumne County Government Issues
Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro. He spoke about the Board of Supervisors recently approved legislative platform, the local impact of the voters passing statewide Proposition 30, and the possible trickle down effect of the federal fiscal cliff negotiations.
Cope Talks Business
Mother Lode Views focused on business happenings in Tuolumne County. EDA Director Larry Cope talked about retail, changes in downtown Sonora and the possibility of having a technology campus at the former Black Oak Elementary campus.
Yosemite National Park
Mother Lode Views focused on issues facing Yosemite National Park. Park Ranger Scott Gediman spoke about an increasing number of accidental deaths in the park, as well as new construction projects.
Community Transformation Initiative
Mother Lode Views focused on an effort to improve the health of Tuolumne County Residents. Speaking about the Community Transformation Initiative were Tuolumne County Heath Officer Dr. Todd Stolp, CTG Grant Coordinator Carlene Maggio and City of Sonora Community Development Director Rachelle Kellogg.
Tuolumne County Business Council
Mother Lode Views focused on the Tuolumne County Business Council. Executive Director Ron Kopf and Chairman Darrell Slocum spoke about accomplishments over the past year.
Focus On Crime
Mother Lode Views focused on a recent spike in burglaries and crime activity. Guests included Angels Camp Police Chief Todd Fordahl and Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson.
Olsen Talks About New Laws
Mother Lode Views focused on new laws that will go into effect in January. 25th District Republican Assembly member Kristin Olsen also weighed in on CEQA reform and the state's high speed rail project.
Congressional Issues Discussed
Mother Lode Views focused on natural resource issues and the federal debt ceiling. Congressman Tom McClintock was the guest.
Changing Health Care Industry
Mother Lode Views focused on Sonora Regional Medical Center's efforts to implement the Federal Affordable Care Act. The guest was SRMC President and CEO Jeff Eller.
Focus On Agriculture
Mother Lode Views focused on changes in the agriculture industry. Guests included Tuolumne County Agriculture Commissioner Vicki Helmar, Tuolumne County Farm Bureau President Sasha Farkas and 4H representative Jolynn Miller.
Guests Visiting Mother Lode
Mother Lode Views focused on the impact of the tourism industry on the Mother Lode. Guests included new Calaveras County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lisa Boulton and Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nanci Sikes. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Traveling Around Calaveras County
Mother Lode Views focused on Calaveras County's new Regional Transportation Plan. The document looks out 25 years at the transportation needs of the county. Guests included Calaveras Council of Governments Executive Director Melissa Eads, Calaveras Public Works Director Tom Garcia and Angels Camp Planning Director David Hanham.
Challenges Facing Community Colleges
Mother Lode Views focused on challenges facing community colleges. Columbia College President Dr. Dennis Gervin spoke about how state cuts are impacting student life and course offerings.
Changes In The Classroom
Mother Lode Views focused on local high schools. The guests were Sonora High Principal Todd Dearden and Summerville High Principal David Johnstone. Topics included technology in the classroom, teacher layoffs and facility improvements this school year.
Calaveras County's Budget
Mother Lode Views focused on budget decisions made by Calaveras County leaders. County Administrator Jeanne Boyce spoke about how recent cuts will impact county services. She also gave an update on the construction of the new jail complex.
T.U.D. Water Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on water supply, new state mandates, and the degradation of Phoenix Lake. The panel from the Tuolumne Utilities District included General Manager Pete Kampa, District Engineer Tom Scesa and Customer Services Supervisor Lisa Westbrook.
Shane Talks About Development Projects
Projects, like the proposed Yosemite Gardens, were talked about on Mother Lode Views. Community Resources Agency Director Bev Shane was the guest. She also highlighted the county's efforts to become "more business friendly."
Aging School Infrastructure
Mother Lode Views focused on improvements proposed for the facilities at Sonora High School and Summerville High School. Both school districts will have bond measures on the November ballot. Guests included Sonora High Superintendent Dr. Mike McCoy and Summerville High Superintendent Dr. John Keiter.
Kuntz And Mele Concerned About Cuts
Mother Lode Views focused on law enforcement services in the Mother Lode. Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele and Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz have been advocating for additional deputies at recent county supervisors meetings. The two spoke about the impacts of cutting public safety.
Olsen Talks State Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on the state budget, high speed rail and proposed "trigger cuts" to education. District 25 Assembly member Kristin Olsen was the guest.
Pedro Talks Budget
Mother Lode Views focused on Tuolumne County's budget for fiscal year 2012-13. County Administrator Craig Pedro talked about how budget cuts will impact county services.
Cope Discusses Economy
Mother Lode Views focused on the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority. Highlighted was the EDA's new role overseeing the multi-county Central Sierra Economic Development District. EDA Director Larry Cope was the guest.
DA Talks About Victim Witness
Mother Lode Views focused on challenges facing the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office. DA Michael Knowles and Victim Witness Supervisor Ginger Martin talked about potential cuts to the Victim Witness Program and implementing AB 109.
Miller Talks Budget And Amgen
Mother Lode Views focused on the City of Sonora. Tim Miller, Sonora City Administrator, spoke about the fiscal year 2013 budget, and whether the city is hoping to attract the Amgen Tour of California to Sonora once again next year. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Busy Time For Habitat For Humanity
Mother Lode Views focuses on Habitat For Humanity of Tuolumne County. Executive Director Betsy Harden talks about the 36-home Parrotts Ferry Village that is currently under construction. The group is also preparing for the annual Habitat House Party later this month.
Debating Measure C
Mother Lode Views focused on a Tuolumne County ballot measure to expand the Transient Occupancy Tax. The panel of guests included Columbia businessman Gary Neubert, Friends of the Mother Lode Fair representative Ty Wivell, and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Nanci Sikes. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Focus On CHP
Mother Lode Views focused on traffic safety issues. The new Lt. Commander of the Sonora area office, Scott Clamp, was the guest. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Tuolumne County’s Future
Mother Lode Views focused on the future of Tuolumne County with youth representing Sonora and Summerville High Schools. A panel of graduating seniors weighed in on issues facing teens, and gave their opinions about what could be done to make the community more inviting for young adults. The panel of guests included Summerville High Seniors Ian Britton and Rebekah O'Kelley, along with Sonora High Seniors Luke Haughton and Justine Abbott. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Berryhill Breaks Down Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on what is happening at the State Capitol in Sacramento. District 14 Senator Tom Berryhill talked about pension reform efforts, water and why he opposes AB-109. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Big Events Coming Soon
Mother Lode Views focused on the upcoming Amgen Tour, Mother Lode Roundup and Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. Guests included Al O'Brien of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse, Darrell Slocum of the Amgen Tour and Laurie Giannini of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. It was hosted by B.J. Hansen.
Busy Fire Season Ahead?
Mother Lode Views focused on the upcoming summer fire season. Guests included CAL Fire Battalion Chiefs Barry Rudolph of Jeff Sanders. The gave fire prevention tips, and talked about how CAL Fire staffing levels change from winter to summer.
Pland Talks About District Five
Mother Lode Views focused on Jamestown and Columbia. It was the final segment in a five part series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. Dick Pland spoke about economic development projects and plans to repair the Rawhide Road Bridge.
Hanvelt Talks About District Two
Mother Lode Views continued its five part series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. Supervisor Randy Hanvelt talked about issues impacting District Two. Topics included needed infrastructure improvements, forestry issues and the economy.
Gray Talks About The South County
Mother Lode Views continued its five part series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. District Four Supervisor John Gray talked about issues impacting the Groveland, Big Oak Flat and Lake Don Pedro areas.
Royce Talks About District Three
Mother Lode Views continued its five part series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. District Three Supervisor Evan Royce spoke about issues impacting the Twain Harte and Tuolumne areas. Topics included crime, economic development and plans to create a Tuolumne Community Services District.
District One Supervisor Liz Bass
Mother Lode Views began a five part series talking with the individual Tuolumne County Supervisors. District One Supervisor Liz Bass spoke about issues facing the greater Sonora area, including economic development, public safety and longterm planning.
Rope, Ride and Ribbitt
Mother Lode Views focused on Rope, Ride and Ribbit. May will be a busy month with the Mother Lode Roundup, Amgen Tour and Calaveras County Fair. Guests included Al O'Brien, Darrell Slocum and Laurie Giannini.
Mele Talks Crime
Mother Lode Views focused on crime in Tulumne County. Sheriff Jim Mele spoke about AB 109, a recent rash of burglaries, and the fires that destroyed several patrol vehicles.
Economic Development Progress
Mother Lode Views focused on economic development in Tuolumne County. The panel of guests included Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director Larry Cope, EDA Board Chair Hank Russell, County Administrator Craig Pedro, California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) representative Bill Davis, Sonora City Administrator Tim Miller, and Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dick Pland. The group also talked about what they feel needs to be done to continue forward momentum created by the Economic Development Authority.
Mother Lode Transportation Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on the Tuolumne County Transportation Council. Executive Director Darin Grossi talked about mass transit, extending the Highway 108 bypass, and the Mono Way expansion.
Focus On Water Supply
How is water supply holding up during this dry winter? A panel from the Tuolumne Utilities District addressed this and other issues. Guests included General Manager Pete Kampa, District Engineer Tom Scesa and Customer Services Supervisor Lisa Westbrook. Earlier this month the Department of Water Resources announced that the Central Sierra Nevada snowpack is only 32 percent of average for this time of year.
Health Prevention Programs
Mother Lode Views focused on the implementation of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Tuolumne County is receiving a $250K grant to implement prevention programs. Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp was the guest.
Issues Facing Sonora
Mother Lode Views focused on issues facing the City of Sonora. City Administrator Tim Miller talked about the impacts of dissolving the city's redevelopment agency, whether he expects the city will have to make mid-year budget cuts, and how the city is preparing for the upcoming Amgen Tour.
Focus On Railtown
Mother Lode Views focused on efforts to keep Railtown 1897 state park in Jamestown open past the June 30 closure date. Railtown is one of 70 parks on the state closure list. Guests included Park Superintendent Kim Baker, Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro, District Five Tuolumne County Supervisor Dick Pland, Jamestown Promotion Club member Jim O'Neil, Film Commissioner Jerry Day, Sierra Railway Foundation member John Zach and Kathy Daigle of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.
Changes To The Election System
Mother Lode Views focused on changes taking effect this year regarding the election system and how Californians will choose candidates for office. In state elections (Governor, Assembly, Senate, etc.), rather than always having a Democrat and Republican on the General Election ballot, it will simply be the top two vote getters from the primary election. The guest was Tuolumne County Auditor Debi Russell.
Olsen Talks About The Budget
25th District Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen spoke about the Governor's new budget for fiscal year 2012-13. She also gave an update about the efforts to keep Railtown 1897 open in Jamestown.
Reducing The Prison Population
Mother Lode Views focused on AB109, the shifting of many prisoners from state to county control. Guests included Tuolumne County District Attorney Donald Segerstrom, Tuolumne County Undersheriff Keith Lunney and Tuolumne County Chief Probation Officer Adele Arnold.
Berryhill Talks Pension Reforms
Mother Lode Views focused proposed reforms to the California public employee pension system. District 14 Senator Tom Berryhill also talked about whether he supports tax increases to help balance the state budget.
Preparing For Winter Weather
Mother Lode Views focused on the role of emergency management agencies during winter storms. The panel of guests included Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Traci Riggs, Sonora City Fire Chief Mike Barrows, PG&E Spokesperson Nicole Liebelt and Tuolumne County Roads Superintendent Barry Bynum.
Tuolumne County Economic Development
Mother Lode Views focused on economic development. Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority Director Larry Cope talked about recent business happenings and his involvement in Junior Achievement of Tuolumne County.Also discussed was the new committee created to keep Railtown 1897 open in Jamestown.
T.U.D. Water Rates
Mother Lode Views focused on water rate increases proposed by the Tuolumne Utilities District. General Manager Pete Kampa talked about why he feels rates should be increased and what will happen if the proposal is voted down by the T.U.D. Board of Directors. B.J. Hansen was the host.
Mother Lode Law Enforcement
Mother Lode Views focused on law enforcement. Guests included Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson and Angels Camp Police Chief Todd Fordahl. Both discussed the latest crime trends in the Mother Lode, their views on the state's Public Safety Realignment Act and how California's budget crisis has affected their departments.
Tuolumne County’s Five Year Plan
Mother Lode Views focused on Tuolumne County's Five Year Plan. It includes categories like public safety, health, quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity. Guests included County Administrator Craig Pedro and Supervisors Liz Bass and John Gray.
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Mother Lode Views focused on the U.S. Capitol Christmas project. This year's tree, which will be on display in Washington, DC, is coming from the Stanislaus National Forest. A community celebration is scheduled for November 5th at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Guests included Project Coordinator Maria Benech, Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski and project supporter Mike Albrecht.
Newsom On Mother Lode Views
Mother Lode Views focused on a variety of state issues. California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom talked about jobs, education and natural resources. While Sacramento is facing a revenue problem, Newsom feels the more pressing issue is a lack of new ideas.
Gavin Newsom Speaks At The Sonora Opera Hall
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom spoke Wednesday, October 12 at the Sonora Opera Hall. He was a guest of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club. Here is his 32 minute speech. During the speech he makes reference to Spyder Cantley and Sharon Marovich who introduced him.
Denham Speaks On Congressional Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on key issues being debated in Congress. District 19 Republican Congressman Denham talked about President Obama's jobs plan, the federal deficit, social security, timber production on federal lands, renewable energy and tax policy.
Boyce Talks About Cuts
Mother Lode Views focused on how Calaveras County's 2011-12 budget will impact government services. Calaveras County Administrator Jeanne Boyce talked about how the General Fund budget is around $50 million, which is 12 percent less than last year.
Community Resources Agency
Mother Lode Views focused on the creation of the new Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency. $300,000 was saved by combining the former Public Works Department and Community Development Department. Director Bev Shane talked about whether the community can expect a dropoff in services.
Lungren Speaks About Jobs Plan
Mother Lode Views focused on President Obama's $447 billion Jobs Plan. District Three Congressman Dan Lungren gave his opinions about cutting taxes and approving new stimulus spending.
Issues Facing Prisons
Mother Lode Views focused on issues facing the California prison system. Sierra Conservation Center Warden Frank Chavez and Prison Spokesperson Lt. David Fish spoke about how the state plans to reduce the prison by population by 34,000 over the next two years. The two also spoke about the S.C.C. inmate fire program.
Yosemite National Park
Mother Lode Views focused on Yosemite National Park. Park Ranger Scott Gediman talked about improvements in the park, main attractions and the record number of visitors this year. Park wildlife, special events and visitor safety was also discussed.
Berryhill Talks Budget Negotiations
Mother Lode Views focused on California budget negotiations. District 14 Senator Tom Berryhill talks about how the revenue gap will be closed given declining state funds.
Tuolumne County's' Habitat For Humanity
Mother Lode Views focused on Tuolumne County's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Guests included Executive Director Betsy Harden and Executive Advisory Committee member Roger Haughton. They spoke about the organization's mission, its accomplishments, and gave information on how the local community can get involved.
Olsen Talks About Parks And Fairs
Mother Lode Views focused on how a decline in state funding will affect county fairs and local state parks. 25th District Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen also spoke about proposed education reforms, and her desire to reduce regulations placed on businesses in the state.
Gervin Speaks About Columbia
Mother Lode Views focused on Columbia College. College President Dr. Dennis Gervin spoke about enrollment, increasing tuition fees and the new Science and Natural Resources facility.
How To Stay Healthy
Mother Lode Views focused on staying healthy. Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp spoke about a new law requiring students to receive a Whooping Cough booster shot, whether vaccinations are safe, preventative health care, studies on smoking, and the new federal health care reform legislation.
Law Enforcement Issues
Mother Lode Views focused on how law enforcement services will be reduced given state and county budget cuts. Guests included Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele and Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz.
Tuolumne County's Economy
Mother Lode Views focused on Tuolumne County's economy. Economic Development Authority Director Larry Cope spoke about the expanding retail sector, new jobs created in the timber industry, and loans available for small businesses.
Tuolumne County Government Restructuring
Mother Lode Views focused on how the new Tuolumne County budget will affect government services. The county eliminated around 70 positions from government this year. Guests included County Administrator Craig Pedro and Board of Supervisors Chairman John Gray.
Gaines Talks About State Budget
Mother Lode Views focused on the new California State Budget. District One Senator Ted Gaines spoke about new fees Californians will be forced to pay, school funding and the elimination of redevelopment agencies.
Water Issues Facing Region
Mother Lode Views focused on water supply. Tuolumne Utilities District General Manager Pete Kampa and District Engineer Tom Scesa talked about a study of the district's ditch system. They also discussed whether water customers should expect rate increases in the near future.
Community Of Twain Harte
Mother Lode Views focused on the community of Twain Harte. District 3 Tuolumne County Supervisor Evan Royce talked about the recent rash of burglaries reported at vacation cabins in his district. Also discussed was the local business community and upcoming summer events and activities. Other guests included Brad Menary, President of the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Secretary Christine Ravely. Twain Harte Home Owners Association President Jon Kinsfather also joined the panel.
Scholarships For College Students
Mother Lode Views focused on the Columbia College Foundation. Columbia College Director of Development Beccie Michael and Foundation board member Keturah Wilk discussed the foundation's goal of supporting Columbia College students through various scholarships and educational services.
Changes In Education
Mother Lode Views focused on changes in education. A panel of area Superintendents spoke about teacher layoffs, technology improvements, and districts sharing services. Guests included Sonora Union High School Superintendent Mike McCoy, Summerville Union High School District John Keiter and Calaveras County Superintendent Kathy Northington.
City of Sonora Budget
Mother Lode Views focused on the City of Sonora budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The City must trim over $200K in costs over the coming weeks. City Administrator Tim Miller was the guest.
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This week's Mother Lode Views will focus on the state mandated "early release" of 6,500 "non-violent" offenders from California prisons. Guests include Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele, Calaveras County Sheriff Dennis Downum and Calaveras County District Attorney Jeff Tuttle. Bill Johnson serves has host.
01 - 31 - 2010
This weekend's Mother Lode Views will focus on Tuolumne County Supervisorial Chair Liz Bass and Calaveras County Supervisorial Chair Merita Callaway. They will discuss the impact on their respective counties of the state's budget deficit, what's wrong with state government and how the two counties can join forces to gain a greater degree of prosperity. Bill Johnson is the host.
01 - 24 - 2010
This Sunday's Mother Lode Views will deal with fire prevention measures for private residences and mobile homes. Guests include Steve Gregory from the Tuolumne County Fire Department, CAL Fire Investigator Rommie Jones and CAL Fire Prevention Officer Nancy Longmore.
01 - 17 - 2010
This weekend's Mother Lode Views focuses on Yosemite National Park. Yosemite
Ranger Scott Gediman will talk about improvement projects recently
completed, how federal legislation affects the park and discuss why he feels
attendance numbers are shooting upwards. B.J. Hansen will host.
01 - 10 - 2010
This weekend's MLV will look back at 2009 and forward to 2010 through the comments of Tuolumne County Administrative Officer Craig Pedro and Calaveras County Administrative Officer Jeanne Boyce. Both will comment on the economic downturn and the state's inability to balance its budget and the effect of the two on local municipalities.
01 - 03 - 2010
Tuolumne County Supervisor Teri Murrison will discuss the greatest issues that faced county goverment in 2009 on this weekend's Mother Lode Views. Murrison is the outgoing Board Chair, and she will also look ahead to what the county can expect in 2010. B.J. Hansen will host.
12 - 27 - 2009
This weekend's Mother Lode Views will focus on the Tuolumne Utilities District. General Manager Pete Kampa will comment on the water legislation recently passed by the Legislature and how it will affect T.U.D. rate payers. Other guests will include District Engineer Tom Scesa and Customer Support Services Director Lisa Westbrook.
12 - 20 - 2009
This weekend's Mother Lode Views will focus on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project. Discussing what it all entails will be Project Leader Nicole Dejong (Da-young), Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Director Nanci Sikes and
Tuolumne County Economic Development Director Larry Cope. B.J. Hansen will host.
12 - 13 - 2009
Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chair Russ Thomas and Tuolumne County District Five Supervisor Dick Pland discussed the major topics on the agenda of the recently held C.S.A.C. (California State Association of Counties) annual conference in Monterey. The major topic of discussion was the state?s continuing financial crisis and its effect on municipalities throughout the state.
12 - 6 - 2009
Guest; District Attorney Donald Segerstrom will focus on the increasing number of individuals that are being arrested and prosecuted for "driving under the influence" in Tuolumne County.
11 - 29 - 2009
Tuolumne County Economic Development Director Larry Cope will talk about the
state of the economy on this weekend's Mother Lode Views. Cope will discuss
his agency's long term goals and efforts to spur the economy. B.J. Hansen
11 - 22 - 2009
Frank Chavez, the new Warden at Sierra Conservation Center will be the guest
on Mother Lode Views this weekend. Chavez will discuss what goes into
running a California correctional institution, how the state's fiscal
problems are affecting operations and highlight various onsite programs.
B.J. Hansen will host.
11 - 15 - 2009
Report on the Law and Justice Center. CAO Craig Pedro, Sheriff Jim Mele, Chief Probation Officer Adele Arnold. All three will comment on the need for a centralized Law and Justice Center that will house the Superior Court, Jail, Probation Department, D.A.'s Office and the CHP. Bill Johnson is the host.
11 - 08 - 2009
State Senator Dave Cogdill discusses the current water issue in California and legislation that may be passed this week in the Senate and the Assembly. Cogdill also addressed the continuing state budget crisis while also discussing the power of special interest groups in the state. Bill Johnson served as host.
11 - 01 - 2009
Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski, Supervisor Dick Pland and TuCare President Mike Albrecht will comment on the latest legislation that may help the timber industry rebound. Other subjects to be covered; the possibility of reopening the Standard S.P.I. mill and the efforts by the Forest Service to give rebirth to the industry. B.J. Hansen will host.
10 - 25 - 2009
Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp and his Calaveras County counterpart, Dr. Dean Kelaita, join forces to dispel continued misinformation regarding the H1N1 vaccine now available in both counties. Doctors Stolp and Kelaita will identify the correct target groups, the safety factor and the value of vaccinations. Bill Johnson serves as host.
10 - 18 - 2009
Mother Lode Views will focus on fire safety. CAL Fire Captain Gordon Winningham will discuss the continuing fire season in the Mother Lode, the importance of changing batteries in smoke detectors when Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 1), and ways in which families should prepare themselves for residential fires through coordinated escape plans. Winningham will also comment on home safety measures to prevent residential fires. Bill Johnson is the host.
10 - 11 - 2009
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