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Man fined for illegal water diversions

A man with rights to tap spring waters in the Tuolumne River watershed and the Stanislaus National Forest faces a $224,875 penalty for alleged illegal diversions of more than 21 acre-feet to sell to bottlers during the ongoing declared drought emergency, State Water Resources Control Board staff said Wednesday.


Sierra Views: Robersons sell fixed up finds, helps orphans

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Shirley and Gary Roberson, of Tuolumne, sell fixed up furniture to benefit orphans in Ecuador. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Retired couple Gary and Shirley Roberson have found a fulfilling and creative way to help children in need and pass their time — selling fixed up furniture to benefit orphans in Ecuador. 


Lucero trial: Jury hears closing arguments

Rejected by her lover, Cheryl Lucero created a fantasy world that ended in her shooting him to death, Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg said during her closing argument Wednesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court.


Permit problems cancel Chief Fuller Day

Chief Fuller Day in Mi-Wuk Village was cancelled this year due to Caltrans changing its permit requirements for the event at the eleventh hour, according to organizers.


Chamber appoints new board members

The Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.


ACBA aiming to save Christmas

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Kerry Keeney, administrative assistant with the Angels Camp Business Association (left) and Candy Myers, president of the association, hold a donation can that will be used to generate funds to save Christmastime festivities this November. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Last year’s annual Christmas festivities at Angels Camp were the biggest the community had ever staged.


Weekender: Strawberry Music Festival moves to Tuolumne

After a two-year absence, prompted by the massive Rim Fire of 2013, the Strawberry Music Festival returns to Tuolumne County this Labor Day weekend. 


Small changes in bedtime routine can make a big difference for some tots

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ATCAA Head Start lead center teacher and supervisor Yanet Casillas sits with Alex Hernandez- Morales, 4, of Sonora, as he tries to fall asleep Wednesday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A good night’s sleep is priceless and for families, a child’s sleep habits can affect not just the child but the whole household if slumber patterns are off or high maintenance. 


Bears try for second straight win

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Summerville junior Devin Conklin (black top), jumps to pull down a pass at practice Tuesday Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 With the first game of the 2015 season in the books, the Summerville Bears got their first win and can start getting into their weekly routine.


Body of missing man found in Yosemite

A 39-year-old Burlingame man who planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Fall on Aug. 11 was found dead Tuesday, park service staff and coroner’s personnel said Wednesday.


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