Sonora, CA -- Attendance was down but a lot of trash was picked up at the Fourth Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. Cleanups were held in Sonora and along the Clavey River.
Some of the more interesting items removed during this year's cleanup include; a rubber chicken, a four-piece wooden toilet with a duct-taped seat, a concrete statue of a rabbit, and an old-fashioned lamp post.
Over the past four years they have collected 571 tons of paper trash, aluminum cans, plastic bags, cigarette butts, cardboard, glass bottles and other items.
The event is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) in partnership with 47 community organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. SNC Executive Officer, Jim Branham says 2,800 volunteered this year, down from last year's 3,600.
Tuolumne County, CA -- CHP Officer Brad Schultz provides an update on several accidents that happened this morning.
A single vehicle accident at 10:30am on HWY 120, West of Green Springs Road here, resulted in major injuries. According to the preliminary report April Boland allowed her vehicle to veer left as she traveled eastbound and her 2001 Toyota Sienna. She went down the embankment and the car rolled over several times. She was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.
There were two accidents on HWY 108 the two vehicle accident at noon near Jamestown resulted in minor injuries. According to CHP Officer Brad Schultz one person was transported to a hospital but no names have been released yet.
The three car accident this morning on HWY 108 was caused by a vehicle slowing to stop for a deer crossing the road. Two other cars behind the stopped vehicle were traveling 45-50mph and were unable to stop. Juliette Simerley was in the first car and sustained minor injuries. She was driving a Suzuki Grand Vitara and was hit by J Scott Smith in a Jeep Wrangler. Anatoly Bryun in a Toyota Corolla then rear-ended the Jeep. Smith and Bryun were not injured. All three cars were towed from the scene.
The Tuolumne County Supervisors will hear an update on the projects proposed at the Law and Justice Center site.
It is one of the items on Tuesday's Supervisors agenda. It was announced last week that tough budget times have resulted in a state judicial agency recommending that seven of the 31 state courthouse projects in the works be delayed "indefinitely." The Sonora Courthouse is not on the list, and it is expected to move forward when funding becomes available. The law and justice center site, off Wards Ferry, also calls for a juvenile detention facility, and a new jail complex. The infrastructure at the property is already in place.
The Board will also vote whether to award a $191 thousand contract to Jax Baldwin Construction for the Jamestown Fašade project, and discuss some one-time funding requests related to the current budget.
Tuesday's meeting begins at 9am in the Supervisors meeting room. It will be streamed live in the multimedia section of myMotherLode.com.
Angels Camp, CA -- There is an accident on Highway 49 near Frogtown in Angels Camp.
Two vehicles have reportedly collided, and it is disrupting traffic in the area. There are injuries reported, so an ambulance is responding. Travel with caution near Angels Camp and be prepared for a delay.
To view a map of the area, click here.
Officials have been cleaning up two accidents on Highway 108.
Two vehicles collided on Highway 108 near Jamestown Road. The vehicles are off the highway and an ambulance is on scene. To view a map of the area, click here.
Crews are also on scene from an earlier accident on Highway 108 between Tulloch Road and Green Springs. A vehicle rolled over and ended up in the center divider. Major injuries have been reported. To view a map of the area, click here.
San Andreas, CA -- The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reports that a missing woman has been found safe.
20-year-old Nickolette Geraldine Brabbin of San Andreas had last been seen leaving Rosalinda's Gentlemen's Club, a week ago Sunday, with an unknown man on a motorcycle. Brabbin has since got in contact with family members to let them know that she is okay.
Sgt. Chris Hewitt of the Calaveras Sheriff's Office says it appears there was no foul play involved. It was likely just a miscommunication between friends and family members.
Brabbin had reportedly been spending time in Oakdale when the missing person report was filed.
Jamestown, CA -- CHP officials were staged near downtown Jamestown looking for drunk drivers.
A sobriety/drivers license checkpoint was setup along Highway 108/49 on Friday night and early Saturday morning. 826 drivers were screened from 7pm-1:30am. There were no arrests made, but four people were cited for driving without a driver's license. The checkpoints are held several times throughout the year, and are used as a deterrent to drunk drivers.
The CHP reports that, even though no arrests were made, it was considered a success because of the "Don't Drink and Drive" educational message the motorists received while passing through the checkpoint.
The Sonora City Council will discuss a variety of issues this evening. One is to waive the second reading of an ordinance change allowing more buildings over 35 ft. tall in the city.
The Council already passed the first reading of the measure at a meeting earlier this month. Currently the city allows buildings taller than 35 ft. in various areas of the city, with a Conditional Use Permit. This includes the downtown historic district on S. Washington Street, the Downtown Plaza, and the Sonora Plaza Shopping Center (by Orchard Supply). Those areas are either designated as "Commercial", "Tourist and Administrative Zone", or "Multi-family Residential."
However, a building of this height is not allowed in parcels designated as simply "General Commercial." Those areas include the Timberhills Shopping Center, Crossroads, and the former Andy's site which is now owned by SRMC.
In addition, the Council will vote to award a contract for a water proofing project at the Police Station. The contract proposal is for $131 thousand. Tonight's meeting begins at 5pm at Sonora City Hall. It is open to the public.
(It is noted that the 35 ft. ordinance was the topic of a recent myMotherLode.com poll, and there was opposition to the change. 519 people voted. 41 percent were in favor and 59 percent were opposed.)
There were only minor injuries from a weekend accident involving two motorcycles.
The CHP reports that it happened on Saturday along Highway 4 near Pool Station Road. Officers believe that 33-year-old Harry Carnes of Lincoln, California misjudged a curve in the highway and allowed his 2007 Harley Davidson to fishtail and slide into the opposing traffic lane. The motorcycle hit an oncoming Honda Pilot driven by Gregory Dusyang of Sacramento.
46-year-old Cristiana Stomme of Elk Grove was riding a 2009 Harley Davidson behind Carnes, and she crashed the bike while trying to avoid the accident. Stomme and Carnes reported minor injuries, but did not require the service of an ambulance. Dusyang was not injured.
To view a map of the area, click here.
An ambulance is responding to a multi vehicle accident on Highway 108/49 near the turnoff to downtown Sonora.
CHP Officer Brad Schultz reports that it is just east of Stockton Road. The CHP is reporting that three vehicles are involved in the crash. Travel with caution in the area. No further information is immediately available. To view a map of the area, click here.
President Obama was Monday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day". Here are his words:
"This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.
These four Americans represented the very best of our country.
Glen and Tyrone had each served America as Navy SEALs for many years, before continuing their service providing security for our diplomats in Libya. They died as they lived their lives - defending their fellow Americans, and advancing the values that all of us hold dear.
Sean also started his service in uniform, in the Air Force. He then spent years at the State Department, on several continents, always answering his country's call. And Ambassador Chris Stevens died a hero in two countries - here in the United States, where he inspired those of us who knew him; and in Libya, a country that he helped to save, where he ultimately laid down his life.
On Friday, I was able to tell their families how much the American people appreciated their service. Without people like them, America could not sustain the freedoms we enjoy, the security we demand, and the leadership that the entire world counts on.
As we mourn their loss, we must also send a clear and resolute message to the world: those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. We will not waver in their pursuit. And we will never allow anyone to shake the resolve of the United States of America.
This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion - including Islam.
Yet there is never any justification for violence. There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women. There is no excuse for attacks on our Embassies and Consulates. And so long as I am Commander-in-Chief, the United States will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans.
Right now, we are doing whatever we can to protect Americans who are serving abroad. We are in contact with governments around the globe, to strengthen our cooperation, and underscore that every nation has a responsibility to help us protect our people. We have moved forward with an effort to see that justice is done for those we lost, and we will not rest until that work is done.
Most of all, we must reaffirm that we will carry on the work of our fallen heroes.
I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents. That is the cause of America - the ideals that took root in our founding; the opportunity that drew so many to our shores; and the awesome progress that we have promoted all across the globe.
We are Americans. We know that our spirit cannot be broken, and the foundation of our leadership cannot be shaken. That is the legacy of the four Americans we lost - men who will live on in the hearts of those they loved, and the strength of the country they served.
So with their memory to guide us, we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place. Thank you."
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.