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Marmot leaves city for Yosemite National Park

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A yellow-bellied marmot was taken back to Yosemite National Park on Sunday, after it was caught last week about 200 miles west in San Francisco. Courtesy photo.
A yellow-bellied marmot was taken home to Yosemite National Park on Sunday, after it was caught last week about 200 miles west in San Francisco.

The wayward critter was captured Tuesday in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, according to Wildlife Emergency Services, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. Going off tips received after the story made headlines, the group believes the marmot hailed from the May Lake area of Yosemite National Park.


Cal Unified faces $2.4M shortfall

Calaveras Unified School District must cut $2.4 million from its budget over the next two years to stay afloat.

Calaveras County’s largest school district has struggled with shrinking enrollment for several years, decreasing its state funding. 

 


Calaveras County Grand Jury says $400K squandered on tech

The 2013-2014 Calaveras County Grand Jury released its annual report this week, examining issues ranging from money squandered by the county on a computerized record keeping system, to violations of the alcohol-and-drug use policies at the Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District.

The annually convened citizens’ panel, which investigates government operations and citizen complaints, reviewed at least eight agencies, including school districts, county and city government agencies and several “special” districts, like fire districts.

 


Covered CA snags irk Anthem customers

Sonora Regional Medical Center this week inked an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross for people who enrolled in the Covered California Exchange that, effective Tuesday, will retroactively cover disputed claims filed since Jan. 1.

The agreement clarifies a contract between Sonora Regional, its doctors and Anthem that runs through 2016. It should put an end to confusion among some Anthem customers who have gotten mixed messages about whether Anthem would or wouldn’t cover care by various doctors, explained SRMC CEO Andrew Jahn.


Fun-filled Fourth set for Mother Lode communities

Tourism officials are anticipating a boost in the number of visitors to the Mother Lode this weekend, largely thanks to the holiday falling on a Friday.

The local predictions are in line with the American Automobile Association’s latest travel forecast that estimates roughly 41 million people will journey more than 50 miles from home this weekend, up from about 40 million people from last year when Independence Day fell on a Thursday.

 


Tuolumne drought still ‘emergency’

With most of Tuolumne County on stored water and the bulk of summer still to come, local government leaders are asking residents to continue to conserve.

The county Board of Supervisor on Tuesday unanimously voted to continue a local “state of emergency” declaration in response to California’s ongoing drought.

 


A packed Fourth of July set for weekend

Fireworks, parades, barbecues and more will help celebrate the nation’s birthday this weekend.

Independence Day festivities will be held throughout the Sierra foothills, although the long running “Fireworks on the Water” at Lake Don Pedro will not be held this year because of the low water level.


Fowler murder trial delayed

A 13-year-old Valley Spring boy accused of murdering his sister will have to keep waiting for his trial.

 The case has been delayed by further evidence gathering and challenges to the admissibility of evidence by the boy’s attorneys.


Civil Rights Act: 50 years ago today

Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, widely considered the most important civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

The 1964 act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

 


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.


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