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Water woes prompt health alarm

Read more...Water supply concerns for about 3,200 people in the Coulterville-La Grange area are coming to the attention of health officers in Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.


Board OKs fire insurance rate probe

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an eight-point work plan that aims to take a deeper look into some of the problems people in the county have reported in trying to find affordable insurance for their home.

Snowpack survey: State at 13 percent of average

Read more...State water officials said the winter’s third manual snowpack survey of the season on Tuesday showed disappointing results.

Tree removal pricetag growing

A controversial county project that involves removing seven of the 18 trees at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora is expected to run about $23,000 over budget, according to a revised estimate released by the county Tuesday.

Water emergency plan on board docket

McClure Reservoir, managed by the Merced Irrigation District, is one of the emptiest reservoirs in the state.
An emergency response plan for people who rely on water from McClure Reservoir will be discussed at a special meeting Wednesday of the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District Board of Directors.


Sonora to raise cost of building permits

Unable to recoup the cost of reviewing construction plans and issuing building permits under the current fee structure, the Sonora City Council on Monday unanimously adopted some new and slightly higher rates.

Drought: Weekend storms did little

Wet spells from Friday to Monday brought less than a half-inch of rain to Sonora and a few inches of snow to the mountains — totals that did little to alter the region’s drought outlook.

Calaveras board meeting canceled

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors special meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. today was canceled.

Hospital co-founder Ben Boice dies at 93

Dr. Ben Boice, a founder of Sonora Community Hospital, died Tuesday at his home in Idaho. He was 93.

Boice was a well-known doctor in Tuolumne County and often rode his horse to the high country to attend emergencies. He was an instrumental figure in the creation of the Adventist complex on Forest Road in Sonora that housed the church, school and hospital. 

Home fire insurance tops board agenda

Compensation for county employees and rising fire insurance costs are two issues the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss at Tuesday’s meeting.

The board will consider entering an agreement with an independent firm to conduct a comprehensive study of the wages and benefits for 341 county positions.

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