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John Muir Trail: Family’s trek begins

Mike Noonan, former chief of the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, with his daughter Laney, and sons Justin and Jake, approaches Sonora Peak above Sonora Pass Friday. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A potential electric thunderstorm began forming above Sonora Peak before 10 a.m. Friday, forcing four members of the Noonan family from the town of Tuolumne to turn back at about 11,200 feet elevation before reaching the summit.

Utility requirements mandate smart water use

We are now entering our fourth year of a severe drought. ​The time is right to talk about saving water (and money). 

Water, fire focus of garden program

Fire safety and water conservation will be discussed at an Open Garden Day July 11 hosted by the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners. 

Shades of savings: Window treatments can help cut energy costs

Perhaps thought about more during the cooler months due to heat loss, the efficiency (or inefficiency) of our home’s windows can also be a source of unwanted heat and solar gain in the warmer months. 

Roadwork for July 4, 2015

News Notes for July 4, 2015

Sonora City Council looks at expediting solar-system permits

Anyone wishing to install solar-panels on their homes in the City of Sonora might soon find the process a bit easier.

Calendar for July 4, 2015

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors take deeper look at homelessness

More than 200 people in Tuolumne County are living on the streets or in transitional housing or emergency shelters, according to the latest homeless census.

‘Fish rescue’ contentious for McClure water users

A photo from June 17 shows Old Exchequer Dam, built in 1926, exposed by low water levels at Lake McClure, one of the emptiest reservoirs in the state. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 About 3,200 people who get their water from Lake Don Pedro Community Services District could be competing with fish for the limited water that remains in Lake McClure, one of the emptiest reservoirs in the state.

July 4th kicks off holiday publishing

It has been nearly three months since I last wrote a column. In that column on April 7, the newspaper was celebrating a tremendous milestone marking the beginning of our new morning circulation and Tuesday through Saturday publication days. 

Parents: Sonora High bullying response lacking

The parents of a Sonora High School student say the administration has not done enough to find out who assaulted their daughter on campus in May.

Reality TV take two: Businesses revisit 15 minutes of fame

Co-owner of the Murphys Historic Hotel Brian Goss stands in the hotel’s bar. The business was featured on “Hotel Hell.” Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Brian Goss, general manager of the Murphys Historic Hotel, is not as big a Gordon Ramsay fan as he used to be.

Card Games for July 3, 2015

Religion: Events for July 3, 2015

Religion: Outreach for July 3, 2015

Young volunteers spruce up state park

A group of more than 130 young men and women from around the Western U.S. spent Thursday sprucing up Columbia State Historic Park. 

Vets' Corner: Seven more MIAs identified

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains and burial updates for six airmen and one soldier who had been missing in action since World War II and the Korean War, respectively. 

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