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Mark Twain Health Care District Study Session

Press Release Contact: MTHCD Nov. 29, 2017 (209) 754-4468 Mark Twain Health Care District Study Session On Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 7:30AM, at the Calaveras County Library, the Mark Twain Health Care District Board will conduct a study session. The study session will include a proposed new lease with Dignity Health or another affiliate or choosing to operate the hospital independently. Dignity Health representative(s) will be available at the... Read More

Rural Communities United, filed legal action against El Dorado County

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Weekly ReCAP of Calaveras Planning News

Weekly ReCAP for November 24  Read More

Come hell or low water, what’s underground must be preserved

After our recent drought, the importance of providing sustainable water supplies for California’s cities and farms – both now and over the long term – is clearer than ever. And long-term water planning has to include a commitment to manage groundwater aquifers carefully, recharging them whenever possible and pumping from them only when necessary. Modesto must protect its groundwater supplies. It’s the only way for farmers and city dwellers... Read More

California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk After Wine Country Tragedy

Despite how unusual the devastation appears, we need to recognize that these structure-to-structure “urban conflagrations” have happened in the past and will happen again. Yet these fires revealed that we have key gaps in our policy and planning related to assessing risk in fire-prone environments. Read Here   Read More

Farm vs. City: California Landmark Water-Sharing Deal May Be Crumbling

The state’s biggest urban supplier hopes to divert water from farms in the Palo Verde Valley by encouraging conservation. But the move may endanger an existing water-sharing deal that has become a model of cooperation. Read Here  Read More

Congress, Trump Exploit Fire Tragedy to Promote Logging Agenda

On Nov. 1, the House voted 232-188 to allow for more “salvage logging” and other forms of tree-cutting on federal properties. According to the Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill was needed to protect the nation’s federal forests “from the kind of devastation that California experienced.”iE Read EcoWatch article here  Read More

County reserves can’t fund cannabis ban

CAO refines supervisor’s claims Most of the money in the county’s reserve and treasury accounts are unavailable for use in the event of a cannabis ban, according to Calaveras County Administrative Officer Tim Lutz.  Read Calaveras Enterprise article here  Read More

Measure E falls short of mark

As of 9 p.m., 424 voted in favor of the the tax, while 277 voters opted not to move forward with the tax. Just 703 of the 2,093 registered voters showed up for the election, a 34 percent turnout.  Read Calaveras Enterprise article here  Read More

New policy sets rules for marijuana growers to protect California water:

On October 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted new environmental policies to regulate how marijuana growing operations will impact California’s already limited water resources. The new regulations are in response to voters’ approval of Proposition 64 in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana.  Cannabis cultivation can impact local water by reducing flows in streams and creeks or polluting waterways with pesticides... Read More

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