Columbia, CA

Victim Identified In Tuesday’s HWY 108 Crash

Sonora, CA — The CHP has released the name of a Tuolumne woman who tragically died in a motorcycle versus car crash on Highway 108. The deceased is 57-year-old Betty Marie Cardoza. The collision happened on Tuesday morning in the westbound lane of the highway at the Mono Way onramp. The CHP reports that Cardoza, on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, tried to pass a semi on the left side while merging onto the highway and collided with an oncoming sedan in the westbound lane, as earlier reported here. She was ejected from the bike, which came to rest about 200 feet down an embankment. Cardoza, suffering major injuries, was flown to a Modesto where she later succumbed to those injuries.
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1 Hospitalized after Motorcycle Crash on Rawhide Road [Jamestown, CA]

Motorcycle Collision on Highway 49 Left One Injured. According to reports, the accident involved an SUV and a motorcycle that crashed along Highway 49 for reasons currently unknown. Eventually, officers arrived at the scene and located one rider lying in the roadway. Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to a nearby Modesto...
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Mother Lode Fair Opens Today

The Mother Lode Fair in Sonora is ready for four days of fun, taking place from Thursday June 30th through Sunday July 3rd. Ron Hamilton, Mother Lode Fair Board President and Livestock Supervisor Kim Helmbold, were Thursday’s KVML “Newsmakers of the Day.”. Hamilton is excited for this year’s...

Update: Power Outage In Soulsbyville Area

Update at 8:53am: PG&E reports that customers in the Soulsbyville area have been restored. It is not immediately clear what caused the outage. Original story posted at 8am: Soulsbyville, CA — PG&E says it is investigating the cause of a power outage impacting 502 PG&E customers in the greater Soulsbyville area.

4th Of July And First Weekend July Events

As detailed here today is the first day of the Mother Lode Fair. The Fair’s hours each day are from 3 PM to 11 PM. The theme of the Fair this year is “Sew it, Grow it, Show it” There will be carnival rides, food, crafts and animals. The annual Livestock Auction takes place Saturday afternoon. A free shuttle service (including the trolley) will provide runs to the fair from The Junction Shopping Center Friday through Sunday. Shuttles are highly recommended due to limited parking and additional congestion near the fairgrounds. Everyone who rides the trolley will receive a dollar off admission at the gate. Ticket, music, and details about the arena events are in the event listing here. From 1 to 4 pm on Friday Young Guns and Lawless, some of the pro modified trucks that will be featured pulling in the Arena Saturday night at the Fair, will be parked at Calaveras Lumber for display.

Woman killed in Sonora motorcycle accident

SONORA, Calif. — A woman died Tuesday morning after rear-ending another vehicle with her motorcycle on a highway in Sonora. According to California Highway Patrol, a 57-year-old motorcyclist was riding her Harley Davidson westbound on the SR-108 on-ramp around 7:20 a.m. when she tried to pass a big rig.

Update: Crash Closed Highway 108 Near Sonora, One Fatality

Update at 6:10 p.m.: The CHP reports this morning’s collision between a sedan and a motorcycle on Highway 108 in Sonora has turned deadly. The victim is a 57-year-old female from Tuolumne. Her name is not being released pending notification of her family. She was riding a 2020 Harley Davidson Street Glide westbound on the highway’s Mono Way onramp at around 7:30 a.m. Also heading in the same direction on the highway was 70-year-old Carlene Valdez of Jamestown in a 2019 Chevrolet Cruse.
Calaveras Enterprise

Alan Couchman becomes the new club champ

The June 20 competition featured battles for various flight championships and culminated in crowning our new club champion. Alan Couchman was the best by par, as he became our newest club champ. Carlos Lourenco rented his crown for a short time (he charges by the minute), so pictures could be taken of Alan.

Update: Western Calaveras Impacted By Power Outage

Update at 10am: All by 22 of the 2,014 PG&E customers who lost power earlier this morning have been restored. The company hopes to have the remaining customers restored by late morning. Original story posted at 8:11am: Burson, CA — A power pole, and small patch of vegetation, caught on...

HWY 120/108 Crash Turns Deadly

Tuolumne County, CA – The CHP has identified an Oakdale man as the victim of Wednesday’s Highway 120/108 wreck, and they want to talk to any witnesses. The solo vehicle collision happened just after 2 p.m. yesterday n the Keystone area. The deceased is 78-year-old Robert Dean Bagley I. The CHP reported that he was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle eastbound on the highway approaching Rushing Hills Lookout Road when, for unknown reasons, his car drifted onto the dirt and gravel right shoulder. They added that he then overcorrected back onto the highway, hitting a raised dirt and rock embankment on the opposite shoulder. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its roof. First responders had to free him from the wreckage.

Calaveras Fires Destroy Duplex And Home

Valley Springs, CA — There were significant notable fires late yesterday that destroyed residences in Valley Springs and Burson. There was a fire in downtown Valley Springs last night that destroyed a duplex on Daphne Street and spread to some nearby vegetation. It destroyed both units and also spread to the attic. It ignited shortly before 6:10pm. Two firefighters were injured in battling the blaze. The Red Cross provided shelter for a family of three that was displaced.

Sonora PD Seeks Help Finding Missing Teen

Sonora, CA — The Sonora Police Department is asking the public for help in locating missing teen Mia Alcocer-Murillo. The PD reports that the 17-year-old left her family’s residence on Sanguinetti Road in a 2005 burgundy Chevy Impala and may have been traveling to the San Jose area. The license plate on the vehicle is 5ZYR073.

$1,800 in stolen merchandise recovered from thief

Originally published as a Sonora Police Department Facebook post – “29-year-old Rafe D. Ramsey of Merced was booked on felony burglary charges after pushing out over $1,800 in merchandise from a local home improvement store. Ramsey fled the area in a 2010 Chrysler 300 before our officers could arrive at...

Gunfire Erupts After Argument

Sonora, CA – A Sonora man was handcuffed for firing a handgun at a man he argued with over a car. Calls reporting a firearm being discharged at a residence in the Longeway Road area last week had Tuolumne Sheriff’s Deputies rushing to the scene. Upon their arrival, the victim told them that he was trying to leave when a shot rang out. He added that 57-year-old Benjamin Anderson had grabbed a semi-automatic handgun from his truck, walked down the driveway towards him, and fired the gun in his direction.

MLJT Partners With Resiliency Village On ‘Project Reboot’

Sonora, CA — A new initiative will help local people experiencing homelessness receive the information, skills and certificates needed to gain employment. $250,000 in government funding to Mother Lode Job Training will go to a new program, entitled “Project Reboot,” in partnership with the local non-profit Resiliency Village.