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Prepare Tools for Winter Break

It's the time of year to check, clean, refurbish, sharpen and store those tools that helped you get through the garden season.

Wooden handles can be washed with a wood soap. Treat them with penetrating oil such as boiled linseed oil. Wipe handle with oil, let set and wipe off excess with a clean rag. Consider painting the handles with a color that makes them easier to spot in the yard.

Forest fire was caused by humans

TWAINE HARTE -- Humans caused the fire that charred 6,138 acres in late July and early August in the Stanislaus River Canyon north of Twain Harte, Stanislaus National Forest officials announced this week.

Stanislaus representatives issued a news release saying that a two-month investigation determined that people near the intersection of forest Roads 4N017 and 4N01 started the fire. Officials declined to give details, because of a possible criminal investigation.

297 H1N1 Deaths Reported In California

Sacramento, CA -- A new state report shows that H1N1 deaths in California are on the rise.

The California Health Department says there have been 297 fatalities from swine flu in the state so far, up from 266 reported on Oct. 31.

Twain Harte's Rock Restaurant Severely Damaged By Fire

Twain Harte, CA -- A midnight fire severely damaged the Rock Restaurant at 23068 Fuller Rd. last night.

CAL Fire Fire Prevention Bureau Chief Dennis Townsend states the fire started outside the building severely damaging the kitchen and dining area. Damage to the structure and contents has been estimated at $480,000.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Sierra Nevada

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra Nevada from 7pm Wednesday to 1pm Thursday.

Snow accumulations of an inch or two is possible at 4500 feet. Two to five inches of snow will be likely above 6500 feet.

Snow Expected In The Sierra Nevada

Snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada from Wednesday evening into Thursday.

All of the local mountain passes are currently open but if you are heading into the high country, be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Initiative seeks part-time Legislature

As disgust with the California Legislature continues to grow to record levels, a ballot initiative entered circulation this week to revert state legislators back to part-time status.

Holt's initiative proposes to reduce the Legislature's regular session by more than half, whittling it down to no more than 95 days a year. It would also slash lawmakers' pay by "at least 50 percent." Currently, legislators receive a $116,208 annual salary, which is intended to allow them to maintain two homes. Lawmakers also currently receive $162 per diem on days when the Legislature is in session.

Blue Bag Recycling Will Come To An End

Sonora, CA -- Tuolumne County will be doing away with the blue bag recycling program in mid-2010.

An expanded list of recyclable material will be accepted in the new program, including catalogs, cereal boxes, egg cartons, junk mail, magazines and all plastic jugs and bottles labeled #1 and #2.

J-59 Reconstruction Will Soon Begin

Sonora, CA - Work is set to begin Monday on a $2.1 million reconstruction of J-59.

It will involve milling and resurfacing 12.6 miles from the Tuolumne-Stanislaus County line to the railroad tracks near Green Springs Rd. One lane of traffic will be closed and motorists can expect delays of around 20 minutes.

State launches boycott of 'unconstitutional' federal laws

Tennessee is urging 49 other states to come together and create a "joint working group between the states" to combat unconstitutional federal legislation and assert state rights.

"The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government, and also that which is absolutely necessary to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States," she wrote. "The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or locally, by the people themselves."

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