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Prescribed Burn Gets Underway At Calaveras Big Trees

Arnold, CA — There is a plume of smoke visible near Highway 4 at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It is due to a prescribed burn that is starting today. It was actually scheduled to start last week, but there was some new high country snow that prevented it from being ignited. The 250 acre burn started this morning and it is anticipated to continue over the next several days in the North Grove area.
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Bear Valley Police investigating crash

At about 11:40 a.m. May 3, Bear Valley Police officers responded to the area of Bear Valley Road and Oakflat Drive regarding a single-car crash that's part of a DUI investigation, according to a BVPD news release. An initial investigation showed the vehicle was heading east on Bear Valley Road...

Students explore wildfire crisis solutions in Forestry Challenge

Seven students from Golden Sierra High School participated recently in the 2021-22 Forestry Challenge Championship. They joined a total of 61 high school students from 10 schools throughout the state. The event was held April 21-23 at Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest. Golden Sierra’s two teams placed third and fourth out of 17 teams.

Convoy brings home NorCal firefighter killed by tree

ARNOLD, Calif. — A contract wildland firefighter who was killed by a falling tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park last week has been brought home by a convoy of fellow firefighters. The convoy escorted the body of Darin Banks, 26, on a long journey Thursday from Modesto to...

Firefighter killed by falling tree at California's Calaveras Big Trees State Park

ARNOLD, Calif. — A 26-year-old contract firefighter was killed when a dead tree fell on him at a California state park, theUnion Democrat reported. The outlet says that according to a park superintendent, firefighter Darin Banks was preparing a patch of land at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains for a prescribed burning – a method of reducing wildfire hazards and clearing debris by burning specific areas of land.

Supervisor Kirk Provides Update On County Issues

Sonora, CA — District Three Tuolumne County Board of Supervisor Anaiah Kirk has authored a new blog providing his opinions on various county government-related topics. Issues he discusses include the potential TUD acquisition of water rights, the degrading roads, a new audible alert system, federal fire policies, cannabis...

Igniting Fire To Protect Giant Sequoias

Arnold, CA — Snow postponed a prescribed burn slated for this week in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, but crews will try again next week. Although the burn was called off, the wet weather did allow for some pile burning to take place this week. Around 250 acres sectioned off in units have been prepared for treatment starting Sunday, May 15th in the North Grove area and along Highway 4, conditions permitting.

Firefighter Dies In Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Arnold, CA — A firefighter who lived up near Red Bluff was tragically killed while assigned to a prescribed burn at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Darin Banks was a member of the company contracted to do the work, Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc. The President of the company,...

Twain Harte Woman Pepper Sprays Elderly Neighbor

Twain Harte, CA – Some crass words over a dog resulted in the arrest of a Twain Harte woman for spraying her elderly neighbor with pepper spray. On Saturday (5/7) evening, Tuolumne Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Towhee Lane in Twain Harte for a dispute between neighbors. Sheriff’s officials relayed that 27-year-old Andrea Cooper of Twain Harte and her 71-year-old neighbor had argued over Cooper’s dog. It is unclear exactly what the dog did to cause the neighbors to quarrel.

The May 10, 2022, R-C Morning Report

Genoa, Nev. — East Fork fire officials met with the U.S. Forest Service in preparation for fire season and the prospect for this summer is similar to last year’s megafires. Chief Tod Carlini said “campaign fires” are becoming more frequent. Kirkwood, Calif., has been recognized as...
Tahoe Daily Tribune

Kirkwood receives recognition as a Firewise community

KIRKWOOD, Calif. — The community of Kirkwood has been recognized as an official Firewise Community by the National Fire Protection Association. A press release on Monday from the Kirkwood Firewise group said the NFPA acknowledged the community has a valid plan in place — through education and fire fuel reduction efforts — to improve fire safety and preparedness in the event of another wildfire.

Markleeville Death Ride Finally Returns Post-COVID and Wildfires

Markleeville’s Iconic Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps is slated for July 16th. MARKLEEVILLE, California (April 5, 2022) — The 41st annual Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps in Markleeville, California returns to the roads this July. The 103-mile road cycling tour includes more than 14,000 feet of climbing on Sierra Nevada roads, traversing both sides of Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and the Pacific Grade. Nearly 90% of the course is closed to vehicles, and the ride is fully supported with aid stations, a lunch stop, SAG vehicles, medical support, and cycling expo. Cyclists have one day to complete the entire course.

Month Long Prescribed Burn In Forest

Sonora, CA – Travelers and communities along the Highway 108 corridor may see smoke in the skies above the Stanislaus National Forest. Up to 51 personnel have been assigned to conduct the burn, with the ignitions taking place in the month of May in the Dry Meadows Area of the Summit and Mi-Wok Ranger District. Predesignated units are being burned about six miles northeast of Pinecrest, along Forest Road 5N02, near the Dry Meadow Fire Station. Ignition is contingent on weather, fuel moisture, and air quality.
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‘Daring and Dangerous Donner Summit’ topic of Wylder history series

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Eastern Sierra history series presented by Wylder Hotel Hope Valley continues Saturday featuring “Daring and Dangerous Donner Summit.”. Using rare and seldom seen photographs, local historian and author David Woodruff will recount the interesting and often amusing tales that have helped shape one of America’s most favorite and well used mountain traffic corridors.

Bumgarner, Ronald

Ronald L. Bumgarner, 74, of Twain Harte passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Adventist Health Sonora. Arrangements entrusted to Sierra Cremation & Burial Service. Date of Death: 05/04/2022. Age: 74. Residence: Twain Harte, CA.

Kit Carson teacher recorded using racial slurs in classroom resigns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento middle school teacher who was being investigated for using racist language in the classroom has resigned, the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) announced Monday. The resignation was effective April 30. In June 2021, a teacher at Kit Carson International Academy was recorded using...

Kit Carson Teacher Who Was Recorded Using N-Word In Class Resigns

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento City Unified School District on Monday announced that the teacher who was recorded using racist language, including the n-word, in the classroom has resigned from her position at Kit Carson International Academy. The district said the teacher, who was previously identified as Spanish teacher Katherine Sanders, chose to resign rather than move forward with termination proceedings. Additionally, the district said it discovered that Sanders continued to use the racist language during the investigative process. “By taking swift and aggressive action in this case, Sac City Unified sent a clear message that racist language by district employees will be...