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Coroner conflict up for debate

Calaveras County is one of two counties in the state where the coroner also runs a mortuary.

In practice, that means that Coroner Kevin Raggio is also the owner of both San Andreas Memorial Chapel and Angels Camp Memorial Chapel.
 


Injured man flown to Modesto

 A Mi-Wuk Village resident was flown to a Modesto hospital Monday morning after his pickup truck crashed into trees along Highway 108.

The accident occurred at 7:35 a.m. on Highway 108, east of Cold Springs.
 


Sonora High students to host Earth Day activities

Sonora High’s Students for the Future club will host an Earth Day celebration for the community on April 22 at the school.

The event, with activities for all ages, will last from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.
 


Developers want to scrap ordinance

Developers are urging Tuolumne County officials to suspend an affordable-housing law due to the ailing economy, which has seen median-income home prices fall drastically in the past year.

The down economy has made the affordable housing — or inclusionary — ordinance not only superfluous but also a burden to developers, said California Gold Development Corporation’s Jim Todd, who is among those spearheading the effort to suspend the ordinance.
 


Spring storms will soak the Lode

Another series of storms started moving into the foothills today.

The series, bringing rain, snow and some hail, is projected to last until next week, according to Drew Peterson, a National Weather Service spokesman in Sacramento.
 


Charter school opens in Sonora

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Aliana Works, 13, of Sonora, works on a computer at Mountain Oaks Charter School. Amy Alonzo Rozak/Union Democrat, copyright 2010
  The Sonora satellite campus of the Mountain Oaks Charter School recently moved to downtown Sonora’s Mundorf House. 

An open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13 at 518 S. Washington St., the school’s new home.
  


Recruiting firm pulls out of school chief search

The Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District is out $6,000 and possibly a highly qualified pool of applicants for its chief position.

The recruitment firm hired by the district — already paid half its $12,000 fee — “withdrew” from doing business with the district, said interim Superintendent Mike King.
 


Avery Middle School drug incident probed

 A pair of teenage girls were sent to the hospital Wednesday — one by helicopter — after taking prescription pills.

Both face charges of sales or distribution of a controlled substance and being under the influence of the controlled substance, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department report.
 


Man hurt in Cold Springs crash

 A man suffered major injuries in an auto accident this morning on Highway 108 near Cold Springs, California Highway Patrol reported.


The accident was reported at 7:19 a.m. east of Crabtree Road, said CHP Officer Mike Buller.

 A single pickup, a Ford Ranger, drove off the highway and into a ditch. The victim was pinned inside the car.  No further information was available this morning.


La Grange man killed in crash

The man who died in a head-on collision with a big-rig at Montezuma Junction Friday afternoon has been identified as Victor Thole, 88, of La Grange.

The crash occurred at 1:48 p.m. when Thole’s eastbound 1996 Ford Escort crossed the double yellow lines on Highway 108 just east of the intersection with Highway 49, colliding head-on with a westbound Peterbilt big rig.


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