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Fire at mobile home park

Fire crews respond to a fire at Tamarron Mobile Home Park in East Sonora on Wednesday morning. Joey Holland / Courtesy photo.

Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire that appears to have destroyed a mobile home in East Sonora.

Though the flames are out, crews were still cleaning up the scene at the Tamarron Mobile Home Park on Mono Way. The fire was reported at 9:47 a.m. and was under control by 10:30 a.m., according to witnesses on the scene.

No injuries were reported, though the interior of the mobile home was completely destroyed and engulfed in flames during the incident.


Trapped dog free from pipe

Sonora City workers rescued a dog on Monday after it was stuck overnight in a storm drain.

The year-old pitbull mix named Katie went missing from her home on the first block of Summit Avenue about 2 p.m. Sunday.


This year region’s fourth driest

The 2013-14 weather year ended Monday and, as expected, the figures show it was a dry one. 

Sonora’s rainfall total for the weather year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, was the fourth lowest since daily weather records started being kept in 1906. 

 


Hundreds fete Yosemite’s 150th anniversary

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and other dignitaries break ground at Monday’s ceremony at Mariposa Grove. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Politicians, National Park Service employees and members of the public gathered on Monday inside the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to celebrate Yosemite National Park’s past and future.

The event commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864, to protect Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for future generations.


Border collie shot with arrow dies

A Sonora man is trying to find the person responsible for the malicious killing of his dog with a crossbow. 

Mark Endicott, 68, of Sonora, said he found his 8-year-old border collie, named Poppy, about 8 a.m. Friday with the end of an arrow protruding from her left side.

 


Sparks caused three fires

Cal Fire has released the cause of a trio of recent grass fires, and arae warning area residents about the use of fireworks this week.

The Reed Fire in San Andreas, which burned 109 acres and destroyed two structures, was caused by a “grinding operation,” defined by Cal Fire staff as the cutting or grinding of metal.

 


Whooping cough spread slowing

The number of whooping cough cases has increased in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties since the Tuolumne County Public Health Department issued a warning to all public schools in April. 

The number of cases is still increasing in Calaveras County, but the rate of spread seems to have slowed in the last month in Tuolumne County.

 


Moffitt out as Tenaya principal

Today is the last day former Tenaya Elementary School Principal Susan Moffitt will collect district pay, after being put on administrative leave for apparently not reporting to police allegations of sexual abuse at her former school. 

Darrel Golden, a former second- and fourth-grade teacher at Traina Elementary School in Tracy, was sentenced last month to 14 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of several students. 

 


Man dies in Jeep rollover accident

A Hughson man was killed and his passenger injured in a Jeep rollover accident on Sunday night near Eagle Meadows, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. on Forest Road 5N01C, near Eagle Meadows.

The name of the 18-year-old man killed has not been released. His passenger, Dallas P. Casqueira, 17, of Hughson, was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for complaint of neck pain.

The two were in a 1994 Jeep Wrangler. They were traveling back to their campsite at Relief Reservoir, according to the report.

For an unknown reason, the Jeep veered to the right, collided with a rock and overturned. Both men were thrown from the Jeep. It rolled over the driver who died on scene, the report said.

Casqueira suffered minor injures and was able to walk to a cabin in the area to find help. 


Property tax bills will be heading up

Property owners in the Mother Lode are learning that a rebounding market can be a double-edged sword.

Assessor offices in both Calaveras and Tuolumne counties are notifying thousands of property owners that the assessed value of their properties — the amount on which they pay property taxes — are increasing for the first time since the housing market crashed after 2005.

 


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