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Rim Fire suspect named and charged

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 The U.S. Attorney's Office in Fresno charged Tuolumne County resident Keith Matthew Emerald with a four-count indictment for starting the 2013 Rim Fire. 

County discusses homeless problem

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed homeless issues, with supervisors and others pointing out that camps, veterans and services for the homeless all need the attention of local leaders.

The meeting came just weeks after the City of Sonora passed an ordinance that made it a misdemeanor to establish homeless camps on private property. Proponents of that law said such camps in the city have led to increased fire risks, environmental hazards and criminal activity. Opponents criticized it as a move to criminalize homelessness.

 


Mono Way closure ends early

The roadwork-related closure of a short stretch of Mono Way between Roselyn Lane and Rogers Road will end today, according to the City of Sonora.

The closure, initially scheduled to last through the week, is scheduled to be lifted at 8 a.m., City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo announced Tuesday. The closure has been in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 28.


Some well levels dropping

With the Mother Lode deep in a three-year drought and surface water supplies on the decline, well users are being asked to conserve as wells in the area begin to dry up.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday continued a local state of emergency due to the extreme drought felt throughout the state. And during a discussion on water supply, board members and county staff said the lack of water has been showing up underground as well.

 


Twain Harte Lake future uncertain

The future of Twain Harte Lake remained uncertain Tuesday as county leaders discussed what it will take to fix a leak in the dam that prompted the private swimming spot to be drained Sunday.

At Tuesday’s Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Craig Pedro said it may be difficult for the county to secure outside funding for repairs because the lake is privately owned.

 


El Portal campgrounds begin opening

Bridalveil Campground and part of Crane Flat Campground have been reopened while crews mop up the fully-contained El Portal Fire.

Midpines homes threatened by fire

A fire in Mariposa County prompted evacuations of some Midpines homes Tuesday afternoon.

Lloyds’ one-year sentence miffs observers

A husband and wife were each sentenced Monday to one year in jail on several charges of molestation during an emotionally charged hearing in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Judge Donald Segerstrom sentenced Lynn Leroy Lloyd and Elisa Marie Lloyd, both 34, who pleaded guilty to the charges on July 8. They were listed as transients during the time the crimes were committed.  

 


Forest areas closed by fire

The El Portal Fire was fully contained as of this morning at 4,689 acres, but a forest closure will keep the public out of much of the area until the fire is completely done burning.

The fire was only burning within the containment lines as of this morning. Crews today will continue to patrol and repair those lines. The fire had about 200 personnel as of this morning, according to Gary Wuchner, fire information officer for Yosemite National Park.

 


Sonoran, 10, to appear in Down syndrome video

Danner Poe will not only get to take his first trip to New York at the end of September, he’ll get to see himself on Times Square’s jumbo screen.

The Sonora 10-year-old’s picture will be featured in a film for the National Down Syndrome Society’s kickoff to this fall’s “Buddy Walks,” a national series of walks tied to Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.

 


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