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Grant to expand Internet in Lode

The governing board for the Tuolumne Economic Development Authority met in Sonora on Friday.

The board discussed a grant for broadband Internet improvements from the Amador Tuolumne Action Committee and the California Public Utilities Commission.

It is hoped that the grant will encourage local Internet providers to make infrastructure improvements by seeking grants and loans, according to TCEDA director Larry Cope. He has met with representatives from AT&T, Mother Lode Internet and Comcast to encourage them to expand access to more areas in the county

“We’re trying to make sure they go get loans to expand their networks so more people can get high-speed Internet,” Cope said.


Business notes for April 18, 2012

Wine sales mixed

More bottles of wine were sent around the country from California last year than ever before, according to a state wine industry organization.

But whether those numbers will translate to more business for Mother Lode wine companies is not so clear yet. Some in the local wine industry say last year was as successful for them as it was for the state as a whole, while others say that more wine flowing from California doesn’t necessarily mean more business locally.

According to a report released last month by the California-based Wine Institute, state wineries shipped 256.6 million cases of wine in 2011, 211.9 million cases in the U.S. alone. That business amounted to almost $20 billion for California wineries last year and a 5.6 increase in volume compared to the previous year.


Business notes for April 11, 2012

Camacho’s opens ‘express’ in Sonora to cater to high school tastes

Time-strapped commuters and hungry high schoolers have a new spot in downtown Sonora to get some grub. 

Camacho’s opened an “express” location at 230 N. Washington St. this week that is more compact than its sister restaurant at the Crossroads Shopping Center on Sanguinetti Road. 


New brew goes local

An old business is brewing under new ownership in Tuolumne County.

Andrew and Laurie Riehl are the new owners of Mother Lode Coffee Roasting Co. off Tuolumne Road. They bought the business from Steve and Linda Ritz, who established the business in 1993.

The company specializes in roasting fresh batches of coffee beans for retail markets and grocery stores in the Sierra foothills, Modesto and the Bay Area.


Business notes for April 4, 2012

Planners see growing interest in residential development


Some local planners are “cautiously optimistic” about a recent spike of inquiries and proposals related to residential development.

Two major Tuolumne County apartment complex projects were proposed in late 2011, which have some planners hopeful, but none would go so far as to label it as a sign construction has finally turned the corner.

“I think it would be a little too early to say that, but we were very pleased to see interest in constructing rental units in the county,” said Bev Shane, the county’s community development director.

Past 10 years see stagnant population

Slow population growth has been a major focus for Tuolumne County business and government leaders over the past year.

In response, Dick Pland, chairman of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, George Segarini, president of the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, and Larry Cope, director of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, shared their observations and recommendations to the problem of stagnant population growth during an informal discussion with The Union Democrat recently.

Business notes for March 28, 2012

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