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By LYN RIDDLE The Union Democrat

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years ago, Lisa Pearce was a single mom scraping by on welfare and a little luck. She escaped that world after she graduated from the cosmetology program at Sonora High School. Now, she?s one of three teachers in that program, a part of what is known as Career Technical Education, which focuses on job skills such as culinary arts, automotive technology, construction and first-responder training, among others. The spotlight on Career Tech at Sonora High has grown since the state-funded Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team said a number of the courses outspend their revenue and should be reviewed as a way for the district to dig itself out of financial trouble. Pearce said cosmetology holds its By ALEX MacLEAN The Union Democrat More public involvement at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds is sorely needed as the organization tries to bounce back financially from years of losses, according to state officials. About 30 people attended a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss the process for updating the fairgrounds? 2014 Strategic Plan. Brian May, a 25-year veteran of the California Exposition and State Fair,

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See CTE / Back Page said the exercise was also intended to help foster community support. ?The nine board members aren?t going to do this by themselves,? May said. ?This isn?t just about picking people?s brains, it?s also about getting people involved again with the fair.? The fair board, a nine-member body appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, has faced public scrutiny over the past year due to internal disputes between some members and former office staff, which ultimately led to former Fair Manager and CEO Stacey Dodge?s resignation in July. Former Office Manager Michelle Keefe is also no longer with the organization, according to May. Keefe and Dodge had each filed separate harassment complaints to the state Human Resources Department against board members Peggy Lee and Jan Costa. Leaving both positions vacant has helped cut the projected loss to about Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Julie Weist (top photo, front) wraps a perm alongside other students at Sonora High School?s CET Cosmetology program Tuesday afternoon. Automotive students (above, from left) Layne Reed, Sean Berry-Kelly, Isaac Zuckswert and Kyle Everman, check the oil, replace the battery and bleed the brakes on a truck.

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Officials confirm rabies in family pet

By JASON COWAN The Union Democrat A confirmed case of rabies in Copperopolis set a catastrophic chain of events into motion recently after a dog likely came in contact with a wild animal that had the disease. Henning Schreiber, manager of Calaveras County Animal Services, said the exposure was significant after the animal that was not vaccinated for rabies contracted it a short while ago. In all Schreiber said nine dogs, three horses, a man, a woman and three children were in close enough proximity to the rabid dog while the disease was considered contagious. The nine dogs had to be euthanized, because quarantine would have been too difficult. The horses are in isolation to monitor for any symptoms. They will remain quarantined for about six months. Schreiber said signs of rabies take longer to develop in horses. ?We also had to catch three feral cats,? Schreiber said. ?We could not prove if they had contact with the dog.? The five people, all members of a family he declined to identify, have not tested positive for rabies. They are receiving post-rabies exposure treatment that consists of one dose of immune globulin and three separate vaccinations over a 21-day period said Linda WInn, Calaveras County Public Health Services manager. Schreiber said the confirmed case of rabies is not uncommon in the county, as three skunks have tested positive for the disease since the year began. He said it was uncommon for a domesticated animal to contract the disease. ?This is the first I?ve seen in my (three and a half) years here,? Schreiber said. Schreiber said the family reported the animal was behaving strangely in recent weeks. The family took it to a specialist in Tuolumne County about two weeks ago who could not confirm the animal had rabies. After, the animal returned home, where it died some time later. The county requested the animal from the family and sent it in for a brain-matter test in Stockton for confirmation. Schreiber said the test took See Rabies / Back Page

Officials: Fair needs more community support to recover

See FAIR / Back Page Jeff Cesca, director of the California Department of Agriculture?s Division of Marketing Services, gets animated while speaking Tuesday night in Sonora about the Mother Lode Fair?s path to recovery. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat Business......................................B1 Obituaries....................................A3 Reach us online at Calendar......................................A2 www.uniondemocrat.com

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