San Andreas, CA -- It took PG & E several hours to fix a gas leak that caused San Andreas Elementary School to be evacuated around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. PG & E reports the leak was from a three inch plastic distribution main.
PG & E Spokesperson Brandi Ehlers says "A service representative found the leak and called a crew to repair it. We notified local law enforcement and emergency responders to let them know what's going on. It is then up to them to decide whether or not to evacuate an area and in this case they did."
Students were evacuated to Calaveras High School and buses were re-routed to get them home. Gold Strike Road outside the school was closed off for about 2 hours.
Calaveras Sheriff's Officials say no one was injured in the incident
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Sonora, CA -- The Sonora City Council will meet Monday to discuss expansion of Dragoon Gulch Trail and approve the hiring of a consulting firm. Six firms have submitted plans for the trail.
The city has received a $50,000 grant from the Tuolumne County Health Department from money it got thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act.
City Development Director Rachelle Kellogg says "The grant money is part of a federal program that encourages communities to get healthier. We have a new program called "Get Up, Get Going and Get Healthy" that we are working on in Sonora. The first part of that is to looking at doing a master trails plan so that we can look at expanding the trail from 32 to 102 acres."
Kellogg says the grant won't pay for construction of the trail, but it also include money for the preliminary engineering and design concept. She says that will help the city when it does look for money to fund the building of the trail.
The 2.5 mile Dragoon Gulch Trail is just off of North Forest Road.
The City Council special meeting is on Monday, September 24th, at the City Hall Council Chambers at 94 North Washington Street.
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Twain Harte, CA -- Construction is nearly complete on a 600,000 gallon storage water tank located in the Twain Harte-Sugar Pine area. The new tank will replace two tanks essential for water storage during the District's annual ditch outage that will start Monday, October 8th.
The new larger water storage tank is 24 feet tall with a small turbine to power monitoring sensors. It replaces a 125,000 gallon tank that was damaged last winter by a large tree and referred to as the "Zone 2" tank. This tank will also replace the Meadowbrook Tank #1 in Lakewood. It held 125,000 gallons and is also in poor condition.
Through a competitive bidding process, Superior Tank from Rancho Cucamonga was selected to construct the new tank. Erik Johnson, TUD Associate Engineer overseeing the project says, "We are very pleased with the rate at which the tank is being assembled. We should have this ready and in place in time for the ditch outage, when we will need it the most." Construction began on September 4th. A local company, Condor, did site analysis. The tank was constructed with modern building techniques expected to last many decades with basic maintenance.
The new larger 600,000 gallon tank is part of a consolidation plan which will replace four water storage tanks, saving district customers over $150,000 over the next ten years and provide an additional 131,000 gallon in storage. The estimated total cost for the project is just over $390,000.
There is a gas leak at the San Andreas Elementary School and students have been evacuated.
Calaveras County Sheriff's Spokesperson Debby Parsons has the latest information "We received a call at about a gas leak. It was a report of a leak from a three inch gas main and that we may need to evacuate the San Andreas Elementary school. The students have been evacuated and moved to Calaveras High School and the buses have been re-routed to there."
Parsons says PG & E is en route to the School. She says fire fighters are on scene keeping everyone away from the school. There are no injuries to report. Parsons says buses have been re-routed to the high school to take students home. If parents need to pick up their kids they can also go to the high school. However, Gold Strike Road is closed at this time.
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Update 3pm: Calaveras County Sheriff's Officials report PG & E is on the scene trying to fix the leak. They say that could take several hours. CAL Fire remains on the scene. They say crews are there just as a safety precaution.
Update 4:15pm: Calaveras County Sheriff's Officials report all buses and students are clear of the area. They say their deputies have also left the scene. PG & E says crews are still on the scene, but hope to have the leak fixed in the next couple of hours.
Angels Camp, CA - The Angles Camp Physical Therapy Clinic is now open. The Sonora Regional Medical Center is expanding its rehabilitation services to Calaveras County residents.
Physical Therapist Alan Grant says "For some people it was prohibitive. The time and expense of driving outside the area just meant that they either did without or perhaps did less than what was optimal for them, so this is going to be a really good change for them." Grant adds "Now anybody will be able to get services in the Angles Camp area including those with Medical, Medicare and private insurances." Grant says they have a wide range of equipment including stair climbers and stationary bikes as well as devices to aid in therapy treatment plans.
Medical Center Officials say Grant brings nearly 30 years of professional experience to the new rehabilitation clinic. They say he will provide one-on-one physical therapy sessions, allowing him to assess each patient's progress and continually adjust their treatment plans to help them meet their goals.
Medical Center Officials say Grant received his degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University and has participated in hundreds of hours of continuing education. They say he has provided physical therapy treatment for patients in home health, outpatient clinics, and transitional care. They say he also worked in private practice in Angels Camp for several years and has worked for Sonora Regional Medical Center since 1997.
Angels Camp Physical Therapy at 467 South Main Street is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information call Angels Camp Physical Therapy at 736-9266.
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Sonora, CA -- Vote-by-mail ballots will start going out on October 8th for the November election.
Tuolumne County's Elections Official Debi Russell is encouraging everyone to make sure that registration information is up to date. "If you have moved, or gotten married and changed your name, you need to re-register to vote," says Russell. "If someone is going to turn 18 by November 6th, and want to vote for the President for the first time, they also need to register."
70 percent of the Tuolumne County electorate chooses to vote-by-mail. There will be several issues up for vote in November, including county supervisor, school board and water district races. There will also be local and state ballot measures.
It is noted that early voting will also begin on October 8th at the Elections Office in downtown Sonora.
Sonora, CA -- Tuolumne County leaders are waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to make a decision about Assembly Bill 890.
The bill was introduced by Assembly member Kristin Olsen at the request of the county. It would provide a statutory exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act for many minor road safety projects. The Governor has begun the process of signing and vetoing legislation for this past session, but has not taken up AB 890.
The Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to send a letter encouraging his signature. The Governor has until the end of the month to make a decision.
Sonora, CA-- It's been a busy Summer for the Sonora Police Department, according to Police Chief Mark Stinson.
Stinson was Wednesday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".
"Crime continues to rise in Sonora including store robberies and break-ins," said Stinson.
Stinson continued, "We are continuing to investigate the recent armed robbery at Walmart. I'm not sure if I can pinpoint specifically why crime is up in Sonora. But we seem to see more and more crime simillar to the central valley and the bay area.
Local residents can help by calling us at (209) 532-8141 whenever you have a gut feeling about a suspicous character around your home or place of business. We would rather be on offense to prevent crimes rather than respond to a crime scene that could have been prevented."
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.