Sonora, CA -- Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority (TCEDA) will discuss a one year agreement with Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (A-TCAA) at its governing board meeting Friday morning.
The proposed one year agreement with TCEDA will provide assistance to A-TCAA through February 28, 2013. The agreement offers $12,000 for services to business community on behalf of A-TCAA as part of a new broadband grant.
A-TCAA Executive Director Shelly Hance says that further details about the grant will be released later this week. Hance said the agreement with TCEDA will help work toward widespread broadband internet access and use, including e-commerce for businesses. The overall goal of the grant is to promote a high level of digital literacy in the Sierra Foothills communities.
In March 2008 A-TCAA secured a $250,000 grant from the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) to help five rural Sierra counties improve high speed Internet access for all households and businesses. A program, called Central Sierra Connect, was part of a statewide effort to help rural counties gain 100 percent coverage for high speed internet and encourage wider use of technology by all residents. Part of that grant funded a map of the broadband footprint in the regions of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. The map is located here.
Sonora, CA -- The Sonora Police Department is looking for Kathleen Elizabeth Farrer.
This week's "Most Wanted" suspect, 28, has a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance. If you see Farrer, or have information on her whereabouts, contact the SPD at 532-8141. She is 5'4" and 118 lbs. Your call can remain anonymous.
A recent myMotherLode.com poll shows overwhelming support for ending Saturday mail delivery to help save federal dollars.
543 people voted. Nearly 79 percent were in favor and 21 percent were opposed. The poll comes as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote in the coming weeks on a Senate bill that would, among other things, eliminate Saturday service. Senate Bill 1789 is being hailed by supporters as a bi-partisan plan to save the deficit ridden U.S. Postal Service.
Besides ending Saturday delivery, the bill would eliminate door-to-door delivery for an estimated 35 million customers. Those that do not have a curbside mail box or a P.O. Box would start receiving mail at a cluster box located at street corners. It would also eliminate around 80,000 U.S. Postal Service jobs.
Over recent years the Post Office has been facing annual deficits of around $8 billion.
Sonora, CA - Samuel Henry Shockley has pled not guilty to setting fire to several Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles. Shockley is charged with arson and was in court yesterday for the incident that happened in December. Shockley was appointed a public defender and the arraignment will continue on April 20th.
An investigation into the crime was carried out by the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, and FBI. DNA evidence from the crime scene was processed and submitted to a Department of Justice Lab for analysis.
According to Sgt. Jeff Wilson of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office the Combined DNA Index System returned a ‘hit' on Shockley, 32 of Sonora. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and detectives located Shockley at a home in the Manteca area, and took him into custody.
Sgt. Wilson noted that an immediate family member of Shockley was arrested by the Sheriff's Office shortly before the arson incident, which could have played a factor.
Angels Camp, CA - Every year the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee is dedicated to a local family that has contributed to agriculture and the fair.
This year organizers have decided to change things up, and have dedicated the May event to the entire City of Angels Camp. The annual Frog Jump competition started in Angels Camp in 1928, and joined forces with the Fair in the 1930's. Today the City continues to support the Fair by hanging banners, hosting the Kiddie Parade, and is the location of the famous Frog "Hop Of Fame." Mayor Elaine Morris and other City Council members will be on hand for the Fair dedication on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30pm on the Main Stage. It is noted that the City of Angels Camp is celebrating its centennial this year.
In other Fair related news, the five candidates that will vie for the title of Miss Saddle Queen have been announced. They are Cassidy Davis, Natalie Harp, Krista Maisch, Rachelle Snitchler and Kimber Truelock.
The seven Miss Calaveras competitors will be Alexis Anderson, Christina Bernal, Brittany Cox, McKenzie Garcia, Allyson Guthrie, Taylor Mossa and Amanda French.
The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee runs May 17-20. It is part of a trio of events being referred to as "Rope, Ride and Ribbit. Other regional events in May include the Amgen Tour of California and the Mother Lode Roundup.
San Andreas, CA -- The Calaveras County Supervisors will vote on issues today related to the state's AB-109 prisoner realignment program.
The county is being asked to take on new law enforcement responsibilities because of state budget cuts. This includes creating a Day-Use Reporting Center for Calaveras County residents that are on parole.
The Board will also hold a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to the Highway 12/26 intersection. To read an earlier article regarding this issue, click here. Today's meeting begins at 9am at the Government Center in San Andreas.
(Associated Press) Governor Jerry Brown collected an endorsement for his tax initiative proposal from the California State Sheriffs' Association.
Brown was Tuesday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".
The law enforcement group voted "overwhelmingly" to support the proposal at its annual meeting in San Diego, said its president and Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin.
"We believe that the governor's initiative strikes the proper balance for schools and public safety," Pazin said at a news conference to announce the endorsement.
Brown is trying to rally support for his initiative after merging his tax proposal with a rival plan that sought to raise income taxes on millionaires. Brown's initiative would raise the state's sales tax by a quarter cent for five years and raise income taxes on a sliding scale for seven years on incomes over $250,000 a year. The measure could bring in between $6.8 billion and $9 billion to help plug the state budget deficit in fiscal year 2012-2013.
The Democratic governor previously shifted corrections, law enforcement and other services to cities and counties, and he has promised law enforcement officials that he would provide a constitutional funding guarantee to pay for it. Pazin said that guarantee stood out for sheriffs.
Brown's tax plan would dedicate money each year to local municipalities to pay for the realignment, especially his plan to send lower-level offenders to county jail instead of prisons. It also would direct more money to public schools and has support from California's largest teachers' unions.
"To make realignment work-which is the most far-reaching change in our criminal justice system in decades-we need the money," Brown said.
Brown's plan still faces competition from a rival tax initiative by wealthy Los Angeles attorney Molly Munger. Her initiative would raise income taxes on nearly all Californians on a sliding scale and give as much as $10 billion a year directly to schools.
Both measures are still collecting the more than 1 million signatures they will need.
The sheriff's association endorsed Brown's previous tax proposal in February.
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra Nevada from Tuesday 11 PM through Thursday 10 AM.
The snow levels will range from 4500 through 6000 feet.
Five to twelve inches of snow accumulation is expected above 5000 feet.
Winds of five to fifteen mph are likely with gusts ranging up to thirty mph.
There is a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.
A larger storm system is anticipated from Thursday through Friday, with the snow levels starting around 4000 feet.
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