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King Fire smokes settles over foothills


An air quality health alert has been issued through Saturday for Tuolumne and Calaveras counties due to smoke from the King Fire in El Dorado County.

There are no fires in the immediate area, however air quality levels in the area are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to Dr. Todd Stolp, Tuolumne County health officer. Children, elderly, and people with health conditions are more susceptible to the smoke.

The smoke may worsen and is expected to last “at least” through Saturday, Stolp said.

 


Common Core rollout: Mother Lode schools embrace new standards

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Columbia Elementary School students (from left) Trenton Gray, 5, Brodie Rodriguez, 5, and Natalie Okelsrud, 4, use iPads to learn math Thursday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Copyright 2014.
California this fall finalized the roll out of its new “Common Core” content standards for public school instruction and, despite some bumps and lingering criticisms, Mother Lode school officials say the initiative has thus far gone well. 

The goal of the new language arts and math standards are college and career readiness, and were implemented nationwide with pressure from the federal government —  a sore point with some groups.


Claims against church pile up

The Diocese of Stockton received 34 new claims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy members in advance of last month’s deadline for filing such claims in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. 

In a statement Tuesday, the diocese said that all information about the claims is confidential by court order. Diocese spokeswoman Sister Terry Davis said, “The court has required confidentiality about the claims, so we really are not allowed to speak about anything.”



Amador asks CCWD for Moke River $

Amador Water Agency officials are asking Calaveras County Water District leaders to consider contributing to the costs AWA incurred to “defend regional water interests from the potential impacts of the Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic designation legislation,” CCWD staff said. 

Although no formal cost-sharing agreement was in place, AWA is asking agencies that it partnered with to help cover its costs of more than $130,000. Using a suggested amount of 28 percent, CCWD’s portion is estimated at $36,686. 


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