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Welcome to Mother Lode Views. This is a weekly, 30 minute program created by the KVML news room discussing 'hot topics' in the Mother Lode. We've got the people that are "in the know" discussing topics that affect all our lives here in the Mother Lode. So listen in and hear it from the horse's mouth! We've also created an archive for you so if you've missed the last couple of editions, just click on the links below.

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  • 08/17/18 New Warden At Sierra Conservation Center

    Mother Lode Views featured the newly appointed Warden of the Sierra Conservation Center.the state prison. Hunter Anglea spoke about his background, goals and challenges facing the state prison outside of Jamestown.  more

  • 08/11/18 Focus On Wildfire Activity In Mother Lode

    Mother Lode Views focused on the local response to wildfires burning in the region. While heavy containment has been gained on the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite, only limited containment has been reached on the Donnell Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. Hear about what is going on behind the scenes, and the challenges on the horizon. Guests include Donnell Fire spokesperson Maria Benech, Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Tracie Riggs and Yosemite National Park spokesperson Scott Gediman.  more

  • 08/03/18 Focus On Behavioral Health

    Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne County’s newly appointed Behavioral Health Director, Michael Wilson. He talked about his background and goals for the department. He also spoke about services available locally regarding mental health, suicide and substance abuse. more

  • 07/27/18 Changing Of The Guard On Sonora City Council

    Mother Lode Views featured the newest elected member of the Sonora City Council, Colette Such, and the newly selected Mayor, Jim Garaventa. Topics included Vision Sonora, homelessness and economic development.  more

  • 07/20/18 New Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel

    Mother Lode Views featured the newly appointed Police Chief for the City of Sonora, Turu VanderWiel. He spoke about his background, vision for the department and recent crime trends.  more

  • 07/13/18 Focus On General Plan Update

    Mother Lode Views focused on the Tuolumne County General Plan update that county leaders hope to have completed by the end of the year. It serves as a constitution, and roadmap, for growth and development in the county. Guests include Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency Director David Gonzalves and Assistant Community Resources Agency Director of Development Quincy Yaley. more

  • 07/09/18 New Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley

    Mother Lode Views featured the newly sworn in Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley. He spoke about his goals and vision for the department.  more

  • 07/02/18 Focus On Water Projects TUD GM Search

    Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne Utilities District Interim General Manager Dave Andres and District Engineer Erik Johnson. Topics included the search for a permanent GM, projects underway and water supply.  more

  • 06/25/18 Master Stewardship Agreement

    Mother Lode Views focused on a Master Stewardship Agreement recently put in place between the Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne County. Guests include Tuolumne County Supervisor Randy Hanvelt, Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken, Tuolumne County Administrative Analyst Liz Peterson … more

  • 06/18/18 CAO Craig Pedro Details New Tuolumne County Budget

    Mother Lode Views focused on the preliminary  Tuolumne County budget that will take effect on July 1st. CAO Craig Pedro was the guest. Pedro – MLV Segment One Pedro – MLV Segment Two Pedro – MLV Segment Three

  • 06/11/18 Challenges Facing The City Of Sonora

    Mother Lode Views featured Sonora City Administrator Tim Miller. He talked about the next budget that will take effect July 1st, implementing new marijuana rules and regulations, the state of the economy, and Vision Sonora.  more

  • 06/04/18 Focus On Student Life

    Mother Lode Views focused on challenges facing graduating students in Tuolumne County. The panel of guests included Morgan St. Pierre and Weston Goularte from Sonora High School, and Claire Caldera and Caleb Britt from Summerville High School. Topics were job opportunities, technology, bullying, drug use, school shootings, recreational activities, and much more. more

  • 05/29/18 Sheriff Mele Looks Back On Law Enforcement Career

    Mother Lode Views featured retiring Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele. He spoke about preparing his final budget, reflected on his 30 year career with the sheriff’s office, and spoke about the challenges facing the next sheriff.  more

  • 05/18/18 2018 Summer Fire Season

    Mother Lode Views focused on planning underway, and fire prevention tips, ahead of the 2018 summer fire season. Guests included Stanislaus National Forest Fire Chief Dave Updike, CAL Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief Josh White and Tuolumne County Office of Emergency … more

  • 05/12/18 New Adventist Health Sonora President Michelle Fuentes

    Mother Lode Views featured Adventist Health Sonora President Michelle Fuentes. She spoke about her transition into the new role, challenges facing rural healthcare, and the new Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute. Fuentes MLV Segment One Fuentes MLV … more

  • 05/07/18 Black Oak Casino’s New Concert Series

    Mother Lode Views focused on the economic impact of Black Oak Casino’s new concert series at the West Side property. The resort’s director of operations, BJ Nelson, was the guest. BJ Nelson MLV Segment One BJ Nelson MLV Segment Two … more

  • 05/01/18 Mother Lode Roundup Preview

    Mother Lode Views featured a preview of the 2018 Mother Lode Roundup. Guests included Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse General Chairman Al O’Brien, Captain Steve Oliveira, Rodeo General Chair Dan Durnal and Rodeo Mentor Ty Wivell. Mother Lode Roundup Segment One … more

  • 04/23/18 Clarke Broadcasting’s 2018 Candidates’ Night Forum

    The candidates for Tuolumne County Supervisor, Sonora City Council and Tuolumne County Tax Collector took questions at Clarke Broadcasting’s Candidates’ Night Forum held the evening of Monday, April 23 in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in downtown Sonora. The … more

  • 04/20/18 Gonzalves Talks About Roads, General Plan, Development And Marijuana

    Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne County’s Community Resources Agency Director David Gonzalves. He spoke about efforts to repair roads damaged by storms over the past two years, the latest efforts on the General Plan Update, the state of business and … more

  • 04/13/18 Chabot Speaks About Properties, Pool and Budget

    Mother Lode Views featured Sonora Union High School District Superintendent Patrick Chabot. He gave an update on efforts to potentially sell or lease the historic dome and Wildcat Ranch properties. He also spoke about the district’s plans to make the … more

  • 04/07/18 Cope Talks About Economic Development

    Mother Lode Views focused on the state of business activity in Tuolumne County. Economic Development Authority Director Larry Cope spoke about the latest efforts to attract and retain businesses. Cope MLV Segment One Cope MLV Segment Two Cope MLV Segment … more

  • 04/02/18 Riggs Talks About Tree Mortality And OES

    Mother Lode Views featured Tuolumne County’s Assistant County Administrator Tracie Riggs. She spoke about the county’s efforts to lead the response against rapid tree mortality. She also spoke about her role as Office of Emergency Services Coordinator, and efforts to … more

  • 03/26/18 Calaveras Sheriff Rick DiBasilio Talks Marijuana Enforcement And Crime Trends

    Mother Lode Views featured Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio. He spoke about observations regarding marijuana enforcement over the past couple of years, as well as school safety, and general crime trends. Sheriff DiBasilio MLV Segment One Sheriff DiBasilio MLV Segment … more

  • 03/19/18 Tuolumne County Government: Big Issues Of 2018

    Mother Lode Views featured new Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chair John Gray and CAO Craig Pedro talking about the current state of local government. Topics included the economy, marijuana regulations, updating the General Plan, road improvements, etc. TC Government … more

  • 03/09/18 Safety and Traffic Improvements Proposed For Sonora

    Mother Lode Views focused on a Highway 49 corridor safety improvement project being planned for downtown Sonora. Guests included Sonora Mayor Connie Williams and Tuolumne County Transportation Council Executive Director Darin Grossi. MLV Segment One MLV Segment Two MLV Segment … more

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