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Winter storm in store

Central Sierra residents and travelers should be prepared this weekend for a sustained blast of wintry weather.

The National Weather Service is still forecasting the arrival of a largish storm system this evening, which, by Saturday, could drop snow levels to 3,500 feet. That’s about the elevation of Twain Harte on Highway 108 or Hathaway Pines on Highway 4.

Half Dome permit lottery opens Sunday

Sunday marks the start of the pre-season lottery for Half Dome hiking permits.

Yosemite National Park issues a maximum of 225 permits per day. Permits are required while the Half Dome cables are in place, usually between Memorial Day in May and Columbus Day in October.

Severe water regs looming

People who are served by the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District are likely facing mandatory 50 percent water conservation restrictions come April 1, and a ban on outside watering could extend beyond that date, the district general manager said this week.

Ruoff: Sonora’s movie maven

Read more...Leonard Ruoff has seen much in Tuolumne County, from the rise and fall of mining and railroad towns to working with big-time filmmakers and actors in the heyday of filming in the area.

A third-generation Sonora resident, Ruoff, 93, the son of a drugstore owner, was born at Tuolumne General Hospital in 1921.

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