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City of Sonora homeless ordinance on ice

A proposed extension of Sonora’s citywide ban on unauthorized camping failed to gain enough votes for approval Tuesday.

The Sonora City Council voted 2-1 to approve extending the ordinance that criminalizes unauthorized camping on public or private property within the city. However, an ordinance needs at least three votes of support from the five-member council to pass.

Boy, 7, battling cancer supported by friends, family

Elijah Mainville, 7, has stage-4 cancer.
A second-grade student battling stage-4 cancer was declared Summerville Elementary School’s “superhero” Friday, his last day of school for the year.

Elijah Mainville, 7, was dressed in a cape and carried a superhero hammer at his special day. Students and staff alike wore a superhero logo with an “E” insignia to show their support for Elijah. 

UC engineering students train in county

University of California Merced’s engineering program will team up with Tuolumne County businesses to offer students hands-on training through the university’s Capstone Design Program.

Big Trees warming hut a hot commodity

Calaveras Big Trees State Park visitors (from left) Analiza Muñoz, 8, of Salida, Autumn Inigo, 15, of Tracy, and Alexa Muñoz, 11, of Salida, sip warm drinks around the fire Monday afternoon at the Warming Hut.
With a roaring fire and free drinks, the Warming Hut at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a hot place to be. 

Breaking: Board votes to remove 7 trees in courthouse square

Seven trees in downtown Sonora’s Courthouse Square will come down this winter as part of an extensive maintenance project approved by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting.


Board appoints two planning commissioners

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday filled two vacant seats on the Tuolumne County Planning Commission.


Cellphone leads to arrest of burglary suspect


A cellphone at the scene of a Sonora burglary led police to a Monday night arrest of the alleged suspect.


Big Hill house fire

Fire crews are on scene at a house fire on Big Hill.

4-H fundraiser: Kids dish dinner, dessert

Hannah Castenada, 11 (left), and Kaitlyn Bloom, 11, hold their cake. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 Hundreds of people converged Saturday on the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora for the 42nd annual Tuolumne County 4-H Community Dinner and Decorated Cake Auction.

Copper Chili Cookoff

Sean Boatright, of Concord, dishes a cup of chili at the Copperopolis Chili Cookoff, held Saturday at the Copperopolis Town Square. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2015

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