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A fire broke out Thursday afternoon in a home on Dragoon Circle above Snell Street, one occupant and at least one pet dog escaped, and firefighters battled the blaze in heat wave temperatures.

Runoff from the South Fork Stanislaus watershed stopped spilling at Lyons Reservoir on Monday — the earliest end-of-spill date on record — and while a Tuolumne Utilities District engineer said the annual water supply for more than 40,000 Tuolumne County residents is secure, he warned earlier…

Measure V’s fate was sealed Tuesday night the moment that the initial batch of results was released, with more than two-thirds of Tuolumne County voters who cast a ballot saying “no” to the proposed parcel tax for funding fire services.

A dangerous early fire season, increasing fire dangers, dry fuels, and memories of the devastating 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County prompted the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting on Tuesday in San Andreas to ban fireworks countywide until Nov. 30 as an urgency ordinance.

SHENEFELT — James Robert Shenefelt, 90, of Sonora, died Tuesday, June 8, at Adventist Health Sonora. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling cremation arrangements.

BAUER — Ronald Roy Bauer Jr., 59, of Twain Harte, died Monday, June 7, at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Calaveras County had three new cases of COVID-19 to report on Wednesday, while Tuolumne County had none, and the California Department of Public Health released new rules for mask-wearing that will take effect on Tuesday when the state lifts most coronavirus-related restrictions.

Sonora resident Travis Flower, a potential recruit to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, raced 40 yards and bounded over a 6-foot-wall at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Friday morning while Sheriff Bill Pooley, Sgt. Robert Nikiforuk and nine other prospective deputy applicants looked on. 

An effort to provide additional funding for fire protection services in Tuolumne County was rejected by voters in an all-mail special election on Tuesday, according to preliminary results released shortly after the deadline to cast ballots at 8 p.m.

The all-mail Measure V special election that ends at 8 p.m. tonight is turning out to be one of the lowest turnout affairs that Debi Bautista, Tuolumne County’s registrar of voters, has seen in at least 25 years.

Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Donald Segerstrom scheduled a trial date in March next year for a Sonora man accused of second-degree murder in the 2019 death of 23-month-old Waterford toddler Koltyn Joshua Sparks.

ALTOM — Shery Altom, 60, of Twain Harte, died Friday, June 4, at Adventist Health Sonora. Sierra Cremation and Burial Service is handling arrangements.

A woman from Des Moines, Iowa, died Saturday after a vehicle driven by a man from Monrow, Georgia, veered into her lane and crashed into her head-on, an incident news release from the California Highway Patrol’s San Andreas-area office stated on Monday. 

Dead fuels like tinder-dry grasses combined with increasingly hotter and drier weather conditions have prompted Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit personnel to move to peak engine crew staffing, while National Park Service fire personnel in Yosemite have declared the official start of fire sea…

ANDERSON — Richard “Dick” Neal Anderson, 87, of Twain Harte, died Wednesday, June 2, at Adventist Health Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

A boulder or boulders fell Sunday at The Grotto, injuring three people at the popular climbing spot on a side of Table Mountain outside Jamestown, and personnel from Cal Fire, the county fire department, the sheriff's office, county ambulance, and at least one medevac helicopter crew respond…