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Sonora leaders support affordable housing

Sonora leaders expressed support Monday for proposed incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing in the city.

Donor registry needs more participants

There are 35 people in Tuolumne County and 23 people in Calaveras County waiting for lifesaving organ donations. 

Hetch Hetchy lawsuit to be heard in Tuolumne County court

Water level at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park exposes bands of rock scrubbed of lichen. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A group that wants Hetch Hetchy Valley restored to what it looked like before O’Shaughnessy Dam was built between 1919 and 1923 is touting a Superior Court ruling that legal proceedings will take place in Tuolumne County.

Despite drought, businesses optimistic after first snowfall of year

Shylo Wilson and her son, Ethan Medina, 3, both of Sonora, build a snowman Monday afternoon at the base of Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 After weathering four years of drought, optimism is high among businesses in the Sierra Nevada foothills that rely on snow.

Hetch Hetchy lawsuit to be heard in Tuolumne County

A group that wants Hetch Hetchy Valley restored to what it looked like before O’Shaughnessy Dam was built between 1919 and 1923 is touting a Superior Court ruling that legal proceedings will take place in Tuolumne County.

Roadwork for Oct. 31, 2015

Sonora Pass reopens; new system could bring low snow

Sonora Pass on Highway 108 and Tioga Pass on Highway 120 are open following a temporary closure, Caltrans announced Friday.

Calendar for Oct. 31, 2015

Man, juvenile injured in wreck

Two people were injured Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 108 west of Jamestown.

Herpes virus affects more than 140 million people, report says

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 New estimates say nearly half of people in the Americas have Herpes simplex virus.

Leaders to mull regulations, ban on medical pot grows

With recent changes to California’s medical marijuana laws, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will be asked Tuesday to provide direction on whether to ban or regulate the cultivation and distribution of medicinal cannabis in the unincorporated area.

In the Garden: Plants used to ward off evil

All Hallow’s Eve is upon us. As we face the dark, scary night ahead, our thoughts turn to  vampires, ghosts and goblins rising up from graveyards to snatch our souls. 

Columbia creator: Artist uses recycled materials to express himself

David Shimer, of Columbia, created a mining ore cart out of reclaimed particle board and foam. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Every day, David H. Shimer Jr. wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and creates art pieces all day and into the night, only taking breaks to eat. 

Calaveras sprints past Linden

Calaveras running back Noah Preuss (20) runs away from Linden defender Brandon Carr (5) Friday night at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas. Nicole Wren / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 On a night where the Calaveras Redskins entered Frank Meyer Field two-by-two, it is only fitting that a player named Noah led the way to victory.

Sonora clinches 2nd straight MLL title

Sonora sophomore Kane Rogers (2) tries to juke Bret Harte’s Bailey Huse (23) Friday night at Dunlavy Field. Tracy Barbutes / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Sonora head coach Bryan Craig just started his postgame talk with his team huddled around in the north end zone of Dunlavy Field when he got a shockingly cold surprise.

Input sought for plan to rebuild camp destroyed by Rim Fire

An undated photo shows part of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp after the 2013 Rim Fire passed through, about five miles west of Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park. USFS, City of Berkeley / Courtesy photo.
 The Forest Service is seeking public comment from now until Nov. 27 on a plan to rebuild and expand Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, which operated on land leased from the Stanislaus National Forest from 1922 until most of it was destroyed by the devastating Rim Fire in August 2013.

City of Sonora looks to expand affordable housing

The Sonora City Council on Monday will consider policy changes aimed at expanding the availability of affordable housing.

Gov. Brown declares dying trees emergency

Many yards in the Leisure Pines subdivision near Twain Harte are littered with piles of fallen trees, killed by a widespread bark beetle infestation. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Tuolumne County leaders are applauding Gov. Jerry Brown for declaring a state of emergency Friday in response to “unprecedented” tree mortality across California.

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz dies at 63

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz died Thursday at his Valley Springs home. File photo / Union Democrat. Copyright 2015.
 The flags leading to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office in San Andreas were at half staff Friday. 

Long-running Halloween parade hallmark of small town

Whalen Burkling and his grandmother, Paula Graham, of Minnesota, participate Friday in the long-running Twain Harte student Halloween parade. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The quiet main drag through downtown Twain Harte was empty Friday morning, but as noon approached, sidewalks filled with eager residents setting up tripods and readying cameras. 

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