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Prescribed fire near Wawona continues

A prescribed fire to burn excess fuel is scheduled to continue today in Yosemite National Park near Wawona, Highway 41 and the park’s south entrance.

The burn is described as a second phase of the prescribed fire in the Wawona area and it is part of a 533-acre project. The first 60 acres were burned in late February. Up to 111 acres may be burned today, according to Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb.


Sonora High pool lawsuit delayed

A lawsuit against some of Sonora High School’s proposed athletic projects was delayed again in court Tuesday.

A local group called Citizens Against School Bond Abuse filed suit in Tuolumne County Superior Court in October complaining of vagueness in the wording of a $23-million bond measure — Measure J — passed in November 2012 to fund the projects.


War hero ‘Punny’ Dambacher dies at age 91

A living link to Tuolumne County's Wild West heritage was severed this weekend with the death of Milton "Punny" Dambacher.

Dambacher, 91, a lifelong resident of Sonora, was born in the old Tuolumne County jail, now the county museum, before becoming a war hero, rancher and community figure. 


Tuolumne County Supervisors work toward securing reliable water supply

The public’s input in the coming months could finally set Tuolumne County on a path toward securing a more robust and reliable water supply.

On Tuesday, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors had a lengthy conversation with local water managers regarding possible strategies the county could take to secure more water for the future. The board agreed at the conclusion of the meeting to make a final plan after hearing from the public at community forums being planned for this
summer.


State renews and expands mandatory water restrictions

While the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors was discussing future issues facing the community’s water supply, the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday voted to renew and expand existing mandatory water conservations on all California residents.

According to a news release, all Californians will be prohibited from: “Washing down sidewalks and driveways; watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle; operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system; and irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.” 


Student wins big at state poetry recital

Read more...A Sonora High School student became a state champion poetry reciter Monday after winning the Poetry Out Loud competition in the Capitol Building in Sacramento.


Don Pedro board OKs extra funding for projects

The Lake Don Pedro Community Services District board Monday authorized the general manager to spend an additional $1.8 million on emergency water-supply projects this year, with some of that total contingent on whether state and federal grant funding is secured to cover costs.


State could free up water in Pinecrest

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Pinecrest Lake dam.
State regulators took a big step this week toward allowing Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Tuolumne Utilities District to take more water out of Pinecrest Reservoir during the summer months to meet the needs of roughly 44,000 residents in Tuolumne County.


Victim in fatal Twain Harte crash identified

An 84-year-old Twain Harte woman died after a car accident Friday on Highway 108 near Twain Harte. 

Celia Joy Janka died Saturday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. She suffered severe bodily injuries from a car accident about 4:25 p.m. Friday near the upper Twain Harte entrance, according to a California Highway Patrol report.


Unmet transportation needs on Angels Camp council agenda

The Angels Camp City Council will open a public hearing Tuesday for transit needs and vote to authorize a study into the best use of city properties for efficient operation.

An annual public hearing for unmet transit needs will be held at the meeting by Amber Collins, transportation planner for the Calaveras Council of Governments.


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