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Railtown gets early jump on Christmas

It may only be the first week of fall, but a small crew of volunteers has been busy creating the “North Pole” at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.

Santa’s home base will be featured in Railtown’s upcoming “Polar Express” holiday train rides, which are based on the popular children’s book and 2004 movie starring Tom Hanks. 


Showtime for new Calaveras theater

The Calaveras Unified School District will move forward with plans to build a multi-million-dollar performing arts center at Calaveras High School, despite facing cutbacks as serious as school closures and teacher layoffs.

The center was among projects to be paid for with funds from Measure A, a $13.5 million bond measure approved by voters in 2006.

 


Bands are back: Influx of students creates instrument shortage

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Summerville Elementary School students practice “Jingle Bells,” during music class at the school on Friday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Band enrollment has shot up at Sonora and Summerville elementary schools under a new band teacher, but the schools’ supply of instruments can’t keep up.

Both school bands number about 90 students this year. That’s 10 times more than last year’s ending enrollment at Summerville and three times the number last enrolled in band at Sonora.


Arnold hiking, bike trail unveiled

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the completion of a new bicycle and pedestrian path in Arnold.

Known as the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection, the project connects county-owned property at Oak Circle with Pine Drive. The paved path, which was built this summer, travels across Stanislaus National Forest property. 


TuCARE water summit draws dozens

Politicians, scientists and activists converged on the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora last week for the 14th annual TuCARE Natural Resources Summit.

Water was the focus of this year’s event, but guest speakers touched on issues ranging from forest management practices to private property rights. A small crowd of about 50 people attended in the John Muir Building.


Angels Camp couple greets Italian leader

An Angels Camp couple who handle press for the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco were on hand for the Italian prime minister’s first visit to the U.S. last week.

Judy Laws and Bob Rogers worked with various media outlets during Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s whirlwind visit to the Bay Area, which started Sept. 21 with a dinner at Stanford University attended by Silicon Valley leaders and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz.

 


Drought expo planned for October 18-19

A free, two-day conference next month in Sonora aims to help Tuolumne County residents understand the drought and how to be more efficient with water.

The “Building a Water Use Efficient Community” conference and expo will be held Oct. 18 and 19 in the Creekside Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. 


Public input sought for Sonora ‘vision’

PUBLIC MEETING: Vision Sonora Planning Committee, 2 p.m. Thursday, City Hall, 94 N. Washington St., Sonora. 


Sonora city planners are encouraging members of the public to attend a meeting Thursday where they can provide input to help establish a priority list of projects and programs proposed as part of the “Vision Sonora” downtown revitalization plan.

The Vision Sonora Committee will make a recommendation on a prioritized list of 19 projects and eight programs for the council to consider at a future meeting.

 


Weather advisory

The National Weather Service this morning issued an advisory warning drivers of possible highway chain controls and mountain pass closures due to snow.

Until 11 pm, a possibility of snow is forecast at elevations above 8000 feet. This would include Sonora Pass and Ebbets Pass.

Drivers are urged to carry chains in case of chain restrictions, and to check road conditions before heading out.

Road conditions can be found online at dot.ca.gov. 

 


Assessor, TUD voter forum set

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce will host a “candidates night” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on the fourth floor of the county administrative building at 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

Candidates expected to attend include Mike Dambacher and Kaenan Whitman, who are running for Tuolumne County assessor-recorder, as well as the 11 candidates vying for three seats on the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors.


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