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One number will connect four local organizations

The Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority approved an agreement with three other agencies to create a one-stop phone number for clients seeking advice for their businesses.   

The TCEDA was the last of four organizations — including the Service Corps of Retired Executives, Small Business Development Council and Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce — to sign the memorandum of understanding that created the Business Alliance.
  


‘Woof Hoof’ helps dogs ruff it

A Sonora man turned adversity into innovation by creating a specialized boot to protect dogs from the elements.

Jim Leal thought his dog, Baxter, an Australian shepherd and boxer mix, was indestructible.
   


Tractor Co. opens Saturday

A new, long-awaited Tractor Supply Company store is set to open at 8 a.m. Saturday.
 
The store, part of a national chain based in Brentwood, Tenn., caters largely to rural landowners and is the anchor tenant in a new shopping center in Standard. The address is 14879 Mono Way.
 
It will be the first store to open in the 40,000-square-foot multi-building shopping center.

EDA leader thinks back on first year

Tuolumne County’s Economic Development Authority director landed in Sonora last year in the thick of the nation’s most spectacular economic collapse since the Great Depression.
 
Locally, Mervyns and Gottschalks had closed. Sierra Pacific Industries was in the process of shuttering its saw mill in Standard.


Race on for high speed Internet

By WALT COOK
The Union Democrat

Local Internet service providers are scrambling to secure state and federal funds that will enable them to improve connection speeds in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, and beyond.
 
If the plans — possibly involving tower upgrades and new fiber-optic cables — come to fruition, the days of slow dial-up service, all that’s available in some parts of the Mother Lode, could soon be over.

Man's work not a typical desk job

Angels Camp’s Roy Mayben is turning the tables on a learning barrier faced by many special-education students, and building a business in the process.
 
A special education teacher for the Tuolumne County Independent Living Skills Program housed at Sonora High School, Mayben started developing the Desktop Desk several years ago for one particular student.
 


Economy fails to stop mill's growth

A unique Tuolumne County wood-shavings plant is hoping to carve out a larger share of the market for animal bedding, adding new technology.
 
California Wood Shavings, on La Grange Road, which is already the state’s only free-standing shavings plant, is adding a two-story-tall baling machine to bag its product.


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