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USFS permit completes Bear Valley resort sale

The sale of Bear Valley Mountain Resort to a Canadian company is now complete following the approval of a U.S. Forest Service permit. 

Toronto-based Skyline International Development Inc., announced in August plans to purchase the 1,700-acre ski area, which includes nine chair lifts, a 2,000-space parking lot and a 40,000 square-foot lodge. 

Sierra Views: Columbia couple back for more Santa and Mrs. Claus work

Santa and Mrs. Claus (portrayed by Robert and Paula Linssen) visited the Out of Hand store Saturday in Sonora. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
No doubt Robert and Paula Linssen of Columbia are resting their feet today — the pair were busy playing Santa and Mrs. Claus for the City of Sonora in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

From Dec. 12 through Christmas Eve, the retired couple spent hours each day meeting, greeting and finding out what Tuolumne County boys and girls wanted for Christmas. 

Recycling opportunities for Xmas trash

The Cal Sierra Transfer Station in Sonora made room Wednesday for after-Christmas garbage. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Now that Christmas is over, landfills and trash pickup operations will be busy cleaning up the mess.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans typically generate an extra 1 million tons of trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The 2.6 billion holiday cards sold each year in the United States alone is enough to fill a football field 10 stories high, and the 38,000 miles of ribbon that gets thrown away is enough to tie a bow around the earth.

Man arrested after high-speed chase

Two men were arrested Christmas Eve after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit from Tuolumne to Calaveras county. 

Leslie Hay, 24, of Sonora, was in custody this morning at the Tuolumne County Jail. He was booked about 5 p.m. Wednesday night on felony charges of possession of stolen property, evading police, vehicle theft and misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence of drugs, vandalism and resisting arrest after an arrest at the Angels Camp Veterans Memorial Hall on Raspberry Street.

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