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Board OKs fire insurance rate probe
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:55:58 -0800

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.

Funding for dry rentals disputed
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:14:42 -0800

Dozens of Tuolumne County homeowners have been provided water through a state-funded program meant to assist people whose private wells have gone dry during the current drought. However, county leaders are at odds with the California Office of Emergency Services over whether rental properties should qualify to receive full financial assistance.

Hospital co-founder Ben Boice dies at 93
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:41:42 -0800

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.

Tuolumne County has new top health official
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:37:40 -0800

Tuolumne County has a new advocate for public health to replace longtime County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp, who retires later this month and will soon be heading to West Africa to fight Ebola. Dr. Liza Ortiz was appointed by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting to serve as the county’s new health officer starting in early April. She currently lives in Chicago, where ...

Health department rules out measles
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:55:08 -0800

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department on Monday ended its investigation of a possible measles case, saying tests at a lab in San Joaquin County ruled the virus out. The investigation and an announcement by the department earlier in the day about the suspected adult case indicated county health officials are on high alert.

Letters to the editor for March 3, 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:56:21 -0800

I greatly enjoyed the article on Mr. Rouff. What a wonderful life he has lived, and I was so glad to read that he is involved with the Tuolumne County Historical Society. His knowledge and stories are true treasures.

Sonora man paroled after 25 years
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:15:20 -0800

A Sonora man on Thursday was approved for parole after serving 25 years in prison for the 1989 attempted murder of a woman at an East Sonora restaurant. Chalen Selvian, 42, was declared suitable to re-enter society despite “vehement” opposition from Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg.

Ranchers oppose moves to regulate grazing
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:14:51 -0800

Local ranchers and ranching advocates in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are at odds with California water board officials and their efforts to develop statewide regulations of erosion and waste caused by livestock grazing. The bad feelings stem in part from perceived lack of transparency that began with a series of invite-only meetings in late 2014, followed by three January “listening sessions ...

Students honored for beating the odds
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:14:29 -0800

Tuolumne County educators Tuesday honored students who overcame obstacles to succeed in school. The “Every Student Succeeds” program, organized by the Tuolumne Charter of the Association of California School Administrators, was held Tuesday morning at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Former deputy DA reprimanded
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:31:41 -0800

A former Tuolumne County deputy district attorney was formally disciplined Thursday by the California State Bar Association.