Twain Harte, CA - Events are being held across the Mother Lode to honor Veterans and recognize fallen service members.
The eighth annual Memorial Day Flag Ceremony was held at 11:30am at the Twain Harte arch. There was also a short parade consisting of local veterans and the Color Guard. The event drew a strong crowd of all ages.
Earlier in the day there were Memorial Day Observations at both the Columbia Public Cemetery and at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne. Tonight the Calaveras Community Band will present a concert of patriotic music at Murphys Park. The event is free and begins at 6:30pm.
Columbia, CA -- Utility work is planned for Highway 49 south of Parrotts Ferry Road.
The Tuolumne Utilities District will be replacing a sewer main near Columbia Way. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be no access to the northerly intersection of Columbia Way while crews work along the shoulder of Highway 49. Access to Columbia Way will still be available from the southerly intersection.
The following week, Monday through Wednesday (June 6-8), the northbound lane of Highway 49 will be closed between Parrotts Ferry Road and Columbia Way. Flaggers will be directing traffic. Delays should be expected.
Sonora, CA -- They were open, closed, and now back open.
Both Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass and Highway 108 Sonora Pass were opened for the season on Friday afternoon, but the passes were closed down for much of Saturday and Sunday because of mountain snow.
Caltrans is now reporting that both Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass are back open for this Memorial Day. Ebbetts Pass reopened yesterday and Sonora Pass this morning.
Tuolumne, CA - Former Tuolumne County Supervisor Teri Murrison will lead the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
Murrison will step into the new role effective June 1st and will work out of an office in Boise. SWC Chairman Bill Flory states, "The Soil and Water Conservation Commission believes that Ms. Murrison's background will serve her well in supporting our mission and commitment to natural resource conservation. Teri has experience and perspective from the local and state levels to lead the Commission and continue the relationships with all of our conservation partners."
The SWC provides support and services to Idaho's 50 Soil Conservation Districts. Murrison will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for Commission staff, budgets and programs.
Murrison did not seek reelection to her District 3 Supervisorial seat last year, and instead made a run at the 25th District Assembly seat.
Murrison wrote about the move on her website, saying that that Idaho has incredible natural resources, wonderful people and a strong agricultural industry. "While we're torn about leaving, it's an irresistible combination," stated Murrison. She also added that she will miss Tuolumne County.
Sonora, CA -- Three Sonora men were arrested following a fight at the Office Bar on South Washington Street.
The Police Department reports that 32-year-old Jeremiah Schatz, 34-year-old John Brennan and 34-year-old Richard Cox allegedly attacked another man for an unknown reason. At one point Brennan picked up a bar stool and struck the victim several times in the head and body. The victim was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries. It is unknown what exactly started the fight. The altercation was Saturday at 2:05am.
Sonora, CA -- There are a number of events today in honor of Memorial Day.
A Memorial Day Celebration honoring the Korean War Vets will begin at 11:30 this morning at the Twain Harte arch. It will include a short parade, flag raising ceremony and hot dog picnic.
A Memorial Day salute starts at 10:45am at the Columbia Public Cemetary in the Veterans section. It will honor soldiers from the Mexican War, Spanish American War and Civil War.
At 6:30 tonight there will be a Memorial Day Concert put on by the Calaveras Community Band at Murphys Park. To learn more information click on the community section here.
US Vice President Joe Biden was Monday's "Newsmaker of the Day". Here are his words:
"Hello, everyone. I hope you're having a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. I've got some good news for us today. Not only is our economy overall growing, but one of the important sectors of our economy is on the rise again: the American automobile industry.
Just a few days ago, on Tuesday, Chrysler Corporation announced that they were repaying the taxpayers for the loans we gave them when we came into office.
And this announcement came six years ahead of schedule - and just two years after Chrysler Corporation emerged from bankruptcy. You know, and it's a sign of what's happening throughout the American automobile industry.
It's not just Chrysler. Also this week, GM announced that its Detroit Hamtramck factory will run three shifts for the first time its 26-year history. You know, that's 2,500 more good, paying jobs.
In the words of Don LaForest, of the UAW - and I want to quote him - he said, "It's mind-boggling that we can go from near-extinction to full employment in two years."
What you didn't get to hear in my rendition of his quote is the tone of his voice: It was full of pride. Genuine pride. Because I can tell you he knows - as my dad used to say - that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about dignity. It's about respect.
And I heard the same pride, and the same feeling of dignity, when I called the Jefferson North Chrysler plant in Detroit the day Chrysler paid back its debt. I talked to a UAW worker - her name was Frances - a line worker, who said her dad had worked on that line before, and that she had been out of work for two-and-a-half years before she was hired a year ago back to the plant.
I got the same sense when I went to Bonneville and Son, a Chrysler dealership in Manchester, New Hampshire a couple days ago. 85 employees came out, stood out there in the lot with me. 85 people. All of whom knew and said, had Chrysler liquidated, had we not helped them, they wouldn't have a job.
When President Obama and I came into office, we faced an auto industry on the brink of extinction. Total collapse.
At the time, many people thought the President should just let GM and Chrysler go under. They didn't think the automobile industry was essential to America's future.
The President disagreed - and, in addition, he wasn't willing to walk away from the thousands of hardworking UAW members who worked at GM and Chrysler - and in many cases, not only all their lives, but as second and third generation employees. And he certainly wasn't going to abandon an industry that had meant so much to our economy, and so much to so many for so long.
So, he said if GM and Chrysler, and their management, and all their shareholders were willing to do the difficult work of making themselves more competitive, we would support giving them another chance.
And because of what we did, the auto industry is rising again. Manufacturing is coming back. And our economy is recovering and it's gaining traction.
But the thing is this: even for a lot of people with jobs, their wages aren't keeping pace with prices of everything from gas to groceries to health care and college tuition.
That's why the President and I remain focused on, not just recovering from this recession. We're focused on making sure that if you work hard, play by the rules, you'll be able to get ahead, put your kids through college, retire with dignity and security.
Before I sign off, I just want to mention once again Memorial Day and remember what this holiday's all about. You know - we still have thousands of troops deployed in harm's way. In days past, on Memorial Day, we remembered heroes from former wars - but I think it's absolutely essential that we all remember today that thousands of names have been added to those memorials in the wars that are still continuing.
Folks, all I ask you to do is, what my wife Jill and Michelle Obama ask, to reach out to those families who have someone deployed, in your community. Let them know you know. Let them know you know the sacrifice they're making. Engage in - as my wife would say - a single act of kindness.
Maybe invite them to your barbecue this weekend. Mow their lawn. Offer to mow their lawn next week. Make it known that you appreciate their sacrifice and you're willing to lend a hand.
As I said, that's what Jill and Michelle Obama are doing through their Joining Forces initiative. And that's what I hope all of us will do every day as long as we have a man or woman deployed in harm's way. Thank you for listening and enjoy the holiday."
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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