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Supervisors uphold Moke River stance

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to reaffirm its February support of state “Wild and Scenic” protection for the Mokelumne River.

Nearly 50 people, including numerous elected leaders from neighboring Amador County, spoke before the board during Tuesday’s standing-room-only meeting. The emotional back-and-forth public testimony included passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.

 


Monsoon booms through Mother Lode

A brief summer storm brought lightning and light rain to the foothills Tuesday night.

The storm was the result of monsoonal moisture creeping into the Sierra, which is expected to weaken by this afternoon.

 


El Portal Fire Day 5: Containment at 34 percent

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Tourists stop at a turnout off Highway 41 just past Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park to catch a view of the El Portal Fire Tuesday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
Firefighters are getting a handle on the El Portal Fire burning in Yosemite National Park and evacuations for the cabin community of Old El Portal have been lifted.

The fire grew another 500 acres on Tuesday, putting the total acreage burned now at 3,545, according to a National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service update this morning. 


Sonora Regional confirms Anthem pact

Sonora Regional Medical Center on Monday sent out a reminder to the community and patients that it has an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross for people who enrolled in the Covered California Exchange.

The agreement was effective July 1 and will retroactively cover disputed claims filed since Jan. 1.

 


Dollar store has big plans in Tuolumne

A new Dollar General store is set to open in the coming months in Jamestown, and the Tennessee-based retailer is already eyeing two more locations in Tuolumne County.

Work is nearing completion on an approximately 7,200-square-foot store on Highway 108 in Jamestown and, according to Dollar General corporate headquarters, the company is targeting late September for its grand opening.


Samaritan helps man saddled with massive bill

A 67-year-old retiree saddled with a massive water bill last month is receiving some help from a mystery samaritan.

Bud Regelin, of Twain Harte, received a $6,000 bill from Tuolumne Utilities District in June after discovering an underground water leak at his Middle Camp Road home. The TUD board voted on June 24 to reduce the amount he owed to $2,905, which Regelin plans to pay in installments of $100, on top of his normal bimonthly water bill from the district.

 


El Portal containment to 19 percent

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The El Portal Fire has burned about 2,700 acres, split between the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. Abby Divine / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Firefighters are getting a handle on the El Portal Fire — now at 19 percent containment — and the evacuations for Old El Portal have been lifted.


TUD sewer work planned downtown today

Tuolumne Utilities District will make sewer line repairs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on South Washington Street in front of the Inns of California between William and Church streets. Motorists should drive with caution. For more information, call 532-5536.  


Fire resources to New Hogan Reservoir

Firefighters are battling a vegetation fire on Hogan Dam Road in Valley Springs.

El Portal Fire moving north into Yosemite

The El Portal Fire is burning north and northeast into Yosemite National Park, but away from settlements, according to the incident management team midday Monday.

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