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Governor needs to end early paroles

We should all be thankful fate rarely puts people as evil as Albert Sidney Ward Jr. on the earth, and that a system of law developed over centuries creates mechanisms to keep people like him off the streets. Or at least it’s supposed to.

Survey finds homelessness up

Read more...Preliminary results from this year’s Mother Lode homeless survey show a slight increase in the number of homeless people, including a rise in homeless families with children in Tuolumne County.

Norlin St. roadwork in Sonora

Norlin Street will be closed today between Yaney Avenue and Jackson Street in downtown Sonora for a water pipeline repair, Tuolumne Utilities District officials said.

The closure on Norlin is scheduled to last until 3 p.m. and a detour will be in place, TUD spokesperson Lisa Westbrook said.

Westbrook urged pedestrians and motorists to proceed with caution in the neighborhood during the closure on Norlin.

For more information call Westbrook at 532-5536, ext. 501.

Waste, propane facilities approved

A proposed green-waste composting facility and propane distribution center in East Sonora was given the greenlight to move forward by the Tuolumne County Planning Commission at a Wednesday night meeting, but not without protest from neighboring property owners.

Calaveras Board supports AB 142

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors narrowly passed a resolution Wednesday in support of Assembly Bill 142 — a controversial bill to establish a study into the effects of designating the Mokelumne River as “Wild and Scenic.”

Longtime teacher impacts lives of many students

Summerville High football coach Ben Watson (photo/Jesse Jones).
A man widely known for his dedication to students at Summerville High School has also remained a devoted husband and father.

Ben Watson, 56, has taught and coached at the high school in Tuolumne for 26 years. 

Two arrested after downtown Sonora scuffle

Two people were arrested after allegedly fighting off police Wednesday in a Sonora hotel room. 

Cristin Ruth Teter, 33, and Christopher Matthew Teter, 39, both of the 20200 block of Sparrow Lane, Sonora, were both in custody Thursday at the Tuolumne County jail.

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. 

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