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Thefts in The Twain Harte Area

On November 09, 2008, Deputies Lowry and Hobbs were dispatched to several reports of Auto burglaries and thefts from vehicles in the area of Twain Harte in the Tanager Drive area.

There were approximately 8-10 vehicles that had been tampered with. Approximately 4 of vehicles had items taken from within. The three juveniles, two, sixteen year olds and one, fifteen year old were transported and booked at Tuolumne County Probation.

Yosemite's New View

Yosemite's Tunnel View is a favorite for visitors-especially those who plan to just tool around on asphalt and not actually get into all that wilderness/hiking business.

But honchos at Yosemite saw room for improvement: They removed six view-blocking trees, built a viewing spot, and added other amenities to a scenic vista made famous by Ansel Adams and countless other photographers.

Yosemite overlook gets tourist-friendly makeover

Tourists seeking to capture one of the most photographed scenes on earth - the long look past Yosemite Valley's granite icons to Half Dome seven miles distant - no longer have to dodge cars to do it.

A $3 million redesign of the viewing area where tourists emerge from the Wawona Tunnel to the vista that provided Ansel Adams one of his trademark photographs has created a destination worthy of its surroundings.

Judge dismisses juvenile case prompting homeschool ban

A judge in California has ended juvenile court jurisdiction over two children in a family case that prompted an appeals court at one point to declare that parents had no right to homeschool their children in the state.

The court's effectual ban on homeschooling in California later was dropped when the same panel agreed to rehear the case, and oral arguments on those issues were held last month, with parties ranging from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state's fire marshals and superintendent of public instruction supporting homeschooling parents.

Columbia: The any-day getaway

COLUMBIA -- In fast-paced California, one town remains dedicated to preserving its past: Columbia, Tuolumne County's meticulously maintained "time in a bottle" vestige of the Gold Rush era.

Like all Gold Rush towns, fire was a tremendous threat to the shantylike construction that used whatever materials were at hand. Early canvas and wooden buildings succumbed to two major fires in 1854 and '57 before residents rallied to buy Tuolumne County's first fire engine to guard against future conflagrations.

Stanislaus National Forest Faces More Lightning Caused Fires

Air quality is expected to worsen today in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, and the region will have areas of patchy smoke this week.

It's considered unhealthy for seniors, children and people with chronic health conditions. People who live in Tuolumne County and the Sierra foothills are wrestling with heat as well as smoke being driven into the area from fires elsewhere in the state.

Rising from the Ashes: Kennedy Meadows is Back in Business!

After last year's devastating fire destroyed most of Kennedy Meadows Resort, owner and manager Matt Bloom said he planned to have the resort up and running by this summer.

True to his word, after months of continuous construction and support, Kennedy Meadows has managed to rise from the ashes and is once again open to the public. "Everything is open now and will be the rest of the summer," assured Matt. "The full-on restaurant, bar, horses, cabins...everything is up and running."

Drought declared in California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a statewide drought after two years of below-average rainfall, low snow-melt runoff and a court-ordered restriction in water transfers.

Schwarzenegger warned that residents and water managers must immediately cut their water use or face the possibility of rationing next year if there is another dry winter. "Worst-hit so far is the San Joaquin Valley, which could soon merit an emergency declaration because of drop damage," said Water Resources Director Lester Snow.

Sierra roads open after surprise snowstorm

Traffic is flowing again over most Northern California mountain roads after a surprise spring snow storm shut down some high altitude arteries just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, was reopened at 10 a.m. today after being closed since Saturday. Other roads, like Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass on Highway 108 also were open for traffic.

Surprise snowfall closes roads in Sierra

Sierra-bound travelers this Memorial Day weekend got more than they bargained for: enough snow to close several major roads through the mountainous region.

Sierra-bound travelers this Memorial Day weekend got more than they bargained for: enough snow to close several major roads through the mountainous region.

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