The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada from Monday 11 PM through Wednesday 5 AM.
The snow levels will range from 4000 through 7000 feet.
Four inches to three feet of snow accumulation is expected above 5000 feet through Friday.
Winds of twenty to forty mph are likely, with gusts up to seventy-five mph over the ridgetops.
A colder storm system is expected from Saturday through Monday. Snow levels will lower to 3000 feet.
A couple of feet of snow is expected in the higher elevations.
There is also a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.
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Sonora, CA - Over 300 people were hand for the sold-out annual TuCare Dinner and Auction held Saturday evening at the Sonora Elks Lodge.
Keynote Speaker Jasmine Nachtigall, with California Common Sense, brought a message about making state government as transparent as possible.
Nachtigall said that the start-up group researched and uncovered 3,800 seperate entities of government, just within the Executive Branch alone.
"We know how the system works," stated Nachtigall, "and it's completely and totally broken".
For more on the research conducted by California Common Sense, click on http://www.cacs.org
The evening was emceed by Mike Albrecht, who brought a groan from the crowd when he stated, "..the USA is now the largest importer of lumber in the world". Albrecht's point being, that the USA should be wisely harvesting and utilizing its' own natural resources.
Numerous dignitaries were on hand at the event including Tuolumne County Supervisors Randy Hanvelt, Evan Royce, John Gray, Dick Pland, School Superintendent Joe Silva, Sheriff Jim Mele, Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski and Sonora City Councilman Dave Sheppard.
Supervisor Pland received TuCare's "Excellence in Government Award". Pland has received this award before and became the first person to ever receive the same TuCare award twice.
Sonora, CA -- The Calaveras County Supervisors will vote on a number of items this week.
At Tuesday's meeting the Board will decide whether to allow Habitat For Humanity to relocate an older manufactured home to 54 Toloma Court in West Point. The Supervisors will also decide whether to apply for a Caltrans Community Based Transportation Grant. Funding from the grant would be used to develop a land-use and mobility plan for the Copperopolis community.
Tuesday's meeting begins at 9am in the Government Center in San Andreas.
Sonora, CA -- UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will host a booth with the theme "Low-Maintenance Gardening" at the Home and Garden Show at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 17 and 18. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, rain or shine.
In keeping with the theme of low-maintenance gardening, wildflower seeds will be available to everyone while supplies last. Low-maintenance gardening also means having to water less, so we'll discuss mulch choices that discourage weeds and encourage soil moisture.
In addition, we'll have lots of information about pests in the garden and what to do about them. The University of California Integrated Pest Management program (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu) offers suggestions to reduce pesticide use and help protect our water sources from chemical contamination. Pick up a "quick tip" easy-to-use pest card or a longer, more in-depth "pest note" to help discourage your least-favorite bug or critter. And be sure to catch the demonstration at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning about making gopher baskets to protect your new plants from those voracious herbivores!
Each day there will be gardening demonstrations presented by Master Gardener volunteers. Demonstrations include composting and vermicomposting (the practice of creating a rich garden amendment by feeding "red wigglers" all your kitchen scraps). We'll demonstrate planting wildflower seeds using "mud balls" and planting a strawberry pot. There will also be a drawing for a garden gift basket.
Master Gardeners look forward to meeting you, so be sure to stop by!