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Sonora council passes budget

The Sonora City Council approved a multi-million dollar budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 by a 4-1 vote Monday night.


Mayor Ron Stearn voted against the budget due to $5,000 earmarked for marketing the city’s “Vision Sonora” plan, which is aimed at improving aesthetics and traffic flow in the downtown area.


Judge to continue review of pool

Citizens Against the CASBA Lawsuit paid to have a banner hung at the site of the proposed Sonora High School aquatics center. CASABA opposes the use of Measure J bond money — which was approved by voters in 2012 — in building the new center. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge James Boscoe on Monday heard arguments in a lawsuit over Sonora Union High School’s right to use bond funds to construct a new aquatic center, and said he’d continue to review it given new information.


In October, a local citizen’s group, Citizens Against School Bond Abuse (CASBA), sued the district, arguing that the new aquatic facility was not specified as a project in Measure J, a $23 million dollar bond measure passed by voters in 2012.


Man sets self afire, is hospitalized

A man who set himself afire at Mark Twain Medical Center was hospitalized over the weekend, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported.

Some plants thrive when grown from seed

There was a joke at our house that if you couldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t be planting it, or so the gardener husband would proclaim. Consequently, the emphasis was always learning more about germinating vegetables and making a shopping trip to fill in with annuals. 

In the Garden: Traps, poison best for gophers

If you live between the wilderness and a rural community, you have to expect some rural visitors. 

Habitat ReStore expands, looking for volunteers

Calling all local residents who have free time during the week and like to clean and organize — Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Sonora needs volunteers. 

Roadwork for June 13, 2015

Missing man’s cell last used in Murphys area

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has released new information on a Murphys man reported missing on June 2.

Lightning fires burn in, near Yosemite

Firefighters in Yosemite National Park are monitoring several fires sparked by lightning during thunderstorm activity this week and last.

Tioga High School students given more than $180K in scholarships

More than $183,000 in scholarships were awarded to class of 2015 Tioga High School students.

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