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Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley announced on Tuesday that his office will be releasing up to 40 pre-trial inmates by April 13 after the judicial body overseeing California’s state courts voted on Monday to temporarily eliminate bail for people charged with low-level offenses.

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BAXTER — Dallas Mark "Junior" Baxter, 83, died Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his residence in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Approximately two inches of rain fell on the Sonora area over a 48 hour period this weekend, and as of Monday morning more than 3,000 customers in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties are without power.

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A nurse at a Stockton hospital who recently visited New York City has died of COVID-19 complications, and his wife, a registered nurse case manager at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial in Lodi, has tested positive for Covid-19 and she is isolated.

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The Sonora Union High School District approved the appointment of a temporary business consultant to fill the place of former Chief Business Official Dana Vaccarezza, who resigned last month to take a position with the Manteca Unified School District. 

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The City of Sonora has cancelled the second annual Old West Fest on May 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but hasn’t made a decision on what to do about the weekly Sonora Certified Farmers Market that begins on May 16.

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Five Tuolumne County residents were rescued from the outskirts of the Stanislaus National Forest after the pickup truck they were using to offroad was caught in the snow and mud and slid toward a steep embankment. 

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The Sonora Police Department is seeking a Jamestown man accused of hitting another man with a crowbar at a Stockton Road hotel Monday night.

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Calaveras County school officials announced today school buildings will remain closed and distance learning will continue through the end of the school year.

MARTIN — Linda Lee Martin, 72, of Jamestown, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at Adventist Health Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Calaveras County Sheriff Rick Di Basilio warned out-of-county residents Wednesday to stay home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, characterizing it as a public safety threat for law enforcement and the elderly.

Property taxes are still due on April 10 in Tuolumne County despite recent extensions of the deadlines for filing state and federal income tax returns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Justin Birtwhistle, the county’s elected treasurer and tax collector.

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Sonora Area Foundation has created a community recovery fund and matching grant program for nonprofit organizations, public entities and others that provide charitable services.

Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg issued a warning about price gouging in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, asking residents to report to her office any products that are 10 percent higher than the normal price.

The Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Service and the City of Sonora issued a joint press release Friday evening urging potential visitors to delay travel plans until after California lifts its “stay-at-home” order imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Friday afternoon, there was still one known positive case of COVID-19 and no known coronavirus-related deaths in Tuolumne County, public health department staff based in Sonora said in a daily update.

The congressman for the Mother Lode, Rep. Tom McClintock, R- Elk Grove, released a statement Friday criticizing the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed earlier in the day by the House of Representatives and signed by President Trump..

The regular shuffle of inmates between county jails and state prisons was put on hold this week by an executive order from the California governor, resulting in 10 early inmate releases from the Tuolumne County Jail and a hold on intakes into the California Department of Corrections of Rehab…

The U.S. House approved $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday, and President Trump has signed it.

Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita issued a news release Thursday announcing restrictions placed on short-term lodging facilities under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 “stay-at-home” executive order aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Maggie Beck did a story in the print paper last week about people sewing masks. Here is a photo gallery to go with it.