RIVER FLOWS UP: It's a dry year, but reservoir managers nonetheless have to release extra water into rivers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley during midspring. The releases are aimed at helping young salmon get from their river spawning grounds to the Pacific Ocean, where they will spend up to four years. The Tuolumne River, for example, ran at about 1,300 cubic feet per second past Modesto on Tuesday, compared with about 850 two weeks ago. The flows will drop back down next week, said Melissa Williams, a spokeswoman for the Modesto Irrigation District. The MID and several other agencies are in the middle of a 12-year effort to see if extra spring flows could help restore the region's salmon population.
DISCUSSING MOUNTAIN SPRINGS: Voters Choice has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora. The first part of the meeting will be presentations made by various candidates for county supervisor, and the second part will be an information session and discussion on the Mountain Springs project. Mountain Springs is scheduled to come before the Tuolumne County Planning Commission on May 19 with a variety of requests, followed by hearings to allow public input. For more information, call Gil Farkas at 533-8525.