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Hospital Road house fire

Firefighters battle a blaze on Hospital Road early Saturday. (Photo/Maggie Beck)
An abandoned house on Hospital Road in Sonora was gutted in a fire early this morning.

Opinion: Pendley retirement the end of an error

John Pendley, superintendent of the Columbia and Belleview elementary school districts, this week announced in a letter to parents that he plans to retire this summer.

We can’t say we’re saddened. In fact, it didn’t come soon enough.

McClintock sends more Stan River letters to feds

Lake Tulloch could drop substantially this spring. (Photo/Maggie Beck)
Congressman Tom McClintock sent letters this week to federal regulators and President Barack Obama pleading for relief from mandated Stanislaus River water releases,  which are intended to benefit fish but could result in prematurely draining upstream reservoirs in a drought year.

Spring bubbles over

Columbia Elementary School kindergarten students participated in a series of learning activities Thursday.

During a break in the rotation, kids went outside to enjoy the warm weather and make bubbles.

Here, Kindergartner Jude Cullens, 7, balances a big bubble he made on the end of a wand Thursday morning.


State water restrictions nearing

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to vote Tuesday to amend and re-adopt emergency regulations for water conservation, and Tuolumne Utilities District officials plan to update their own water restrictions and policies.


Scesa: There’s water enough for connections

Tuolumne County has several housing and commercial developments in the pipeline, and many residents question whether the county’s largest water purveyor can meet these added demands.

CCWD backs Moke River bill AB 142

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors on Wednesday voted to support a new bill to require studies on the effects “Wild and Scenic” designation would have on the Mokelumne River. 

Gunner who saw D-Day from the air now happily retired in Calaveras County

Read more...Drex Oliver wore head-to-toe leather, electrically heated undergarments, gloves, helmet, ear phones, heavy boots and a parachute when he climbed into a B-17 Flying Fortress about 2 p.m. June 6, 1944.

Hope is honorary town marshal

Ed Hope is the 2015 Mother Lode Roundup Honorary Town Marshall (Photo/Maggie Beck)
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Edgar “Ed” Hope, 86, was voted as the Honorary Town Marshal for the 58th Mother Lode Roundup.

TUD: Tougher state water restrictions coming

Read more...The State Water Resources Control Board is considering placing new drought-related  restrictions on water usage, which could affect Mother Lode residents and business owners.

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