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City to close Stewart Street for sinkhole repair

City of Sonora Public Works crews will conduct maintenance work on Stewart Street Wednesday and Thursday and the road will be closed from Lyons to Theall streets.

The work will begin at 7 a.m. and end by 3 p.m. both days. The road will be closed to through traffic, but cars can still park in the Farmers Market parking lot, said Bill Seldon, manager of Public Works.


County backs Forest Service in logging suit

Tuolumne County has joined a coalition of forces formed to combat a recent lawsuit related to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to allow logging on about 30,000 acres of land that burned in last year’s Rim Fire.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted at a closed-door meeting Sept. 9 to intervene in the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit against the Forest Service filed Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. 

Eva Schicke memorial: Gone but not forgotten

Joyce Schicke, of Coarsegold, wipes tears away as she speaks on Friday at the memorial held for her daughter, Eva Schicke, at the Rim of the World on Highway 120. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A memorial service was held Friday afternoon for a fallen firefighter at the Rim of the World vista point near Buck Meadows.

Eva Marie Schicke was the first female Cal Fire firefighter killed in the line of duty on Sept. 12, 2004, when her helitack crew was overrun by fire in the Tuolumne River Canyon on the Stanislaus National Forest. 

City’s fire rating among top 7%

The Sonora City Council learned Monday that the city’s improved firefighting rating could help homeowners within city limits save up to 5 percent on their fire insurance premiums.

ISO, a national company that evaluates risks, recently upgraded the city’s rating to a 3. The last time the city was evaluated by ISO was in 2003, when the city received a 4 rating.


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