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News Notes for Aug. 6, 2015

Special Olympics: Delgado brings home two medals

Joseph Delgado pauses for a photo while preparing for the Special Olympics World Games. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Sonora resident Joe Delgado recently competed in the Special Olympics World Games and walked away with two medals, including a gold.

Calaveras County author releases fantasy book trilogy

Read more... Calaveras County may seem an unlikely setting for a fairytale, but a burgeoning independent writing scene and a rural landscape have provided ample enchantment, and helped jumpstart the career of one young author.

Hospital lab passes inspection with flying colors

The Sonora Regional Medical Center laboratory earned high marks during a recent surprise inspection by its accreditation organization. The lab employs 50 people, including (from left): Back row — Phyllis Wilson, Heather Bayless, Jackie Gerow, Seth Myhre and Cassy Buckingham; front row —Barbara Boyd, Maggie Kwan and April Corum. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The laboratory at Sonora Regional Medical Center recently passed a surprise accreditation inspection and its accreditation will be renewed. 

Water waste can be reported online

People who waste water in the midst of the California’s fourth drought year are already risking fines.

Study finds children who are picky eaters are more likely to be anxious or depressed as adults

Kerry Rice, of Sonora, prepares a healthy snack of bread with almond butter, organic cheese and watermelon slices for the children in her day care. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A healthy, well-balanced diet is important to child development — not only for physical but emotional well-being, too. 

Sonora woman denies stabbing coworker

A Sonora woman accused of stabbing her coworker in May is set to appear in Tuolumne County Superior Court Aug. 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Law enforcement seizes $24 million in pot plants in Calaveras County

State and local law enforcement officials seized 12,000 marijuana plants in Calaveras County Tuesday.

Out-of-area personnel bolster local fire resources

In the midst of a statewide emergency due to drought-fueled fires with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 23 active blazes up and down California, additional personnel are helping bolster Stanislaus National Forest fire squads who are down one engine crew since a July 12 crash outside Fresno.

Sierra Views: Mickey Wallace, a helitack trailblazer

Mickey Wallace and his wife of 50 years, Mattie, live in Tuolumne. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Back in the summer of 1959, a fire truck rolled into a campground near Pinecrest where a 17-year-old Mickey Wallace was staying with some friends. 

Habitat for Humanity meeting location changed

The Habitat for Humanity Community Information Meeting set for tonight has changed locations. Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Habitat offices at 14216 Tuolumne Road (behind the Red Church Thrift Shop) at 5:30 p.m. 

Another meeting set for 10 a.m. Saturday will still be at the Tuolumne County Ambulance Training room at 18440 Striker Court, Sonora.

For the opportunity to apply for a Habitat home in Tuolumne County, people must attend one of these meetings to pick up their own application packet.


For more information, visit www.habitattuolumne.org/ or call 536-0970.

Calendar for Aug. 5, 2015

News Notes for Aug. 5, 2015

Stuff the Bus

Nancy Bailey, a certified nurse assistant (left), and her mother, Virginia Bailey, an after school program assistant leader, both of Sonora, separate donated school supplies. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat 2015.
 The ninth annual Stuff the Bus event was held Saturday at Walmart in Sonora. The program to designed improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged youth in Tuolumne County. The event gathered school supply donations from interested shoppers. The supplies will, in turn, be distributed to those in need throughout the county. 

Andy’s Home Center demolition ahead

Demolition will begin later this month at the former Andy’s Home Center in Sonora to make way for Sonora Regional Medical Center’s new $20 million cancer center and outpatient pavilion. 

Dillashaw eyeing his next opponent

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is only two-weeks removed from his successful title defense over Renan Barao, and he’s already looking for his next fight. 

Rapid runners

Clancy McConnell removes his registration information after crossing the finish line. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat.
 2012 Sonora High graduate Clancy McConnell won the 4th annual Glenn Bass Run Saturday at Columbia College’s Carkeet Park. McConnell finished the 5K course in 17:25:30. Christine Dibble was the fastest female, finishing in 22:26:30.

Tech Notes: Windows upgrade offered for free

So, by now many who have Windows 7 or — especially — Windows 8 have been presented the option to upgrade, for free, to the new Windows 10 operating system. 

‘Chip cards’ designed to fight fraud

Credit and debit cards will soon make the switch to have micro-chips on the front designed to reduce fraud.

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