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Three vie for Lumber Jubilee crown

The 2015 Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee Queen candidates (from left) are: Sarah Caldera, 14, of Sonora, Anna Morgan, 16, of Jupiter, and Mikayla Wyhlidko, 17, of Twain Harte. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Picture this: A queen-crowning contest where contestants are judged on their ability to leap over logs, set a choker, identify wood and start a chain saw.

Angels Camp City Council discusses golf course budget

The Angels Camp City Council Tuesday approved a motion to continue assessments for landscaping and lighting of the Angels Camp golf resort, Greenhorn Creek, for the 2015-16 year.

Tuolumne County Board passes 2015-16 budget

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors passed a preliminary budget Tuesday for the 2015-16 fiscal year, with an eye on reducing reserve spending and the use of one-time funds for ongoing expenses.

Flames destroy Angels Camp home

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Flames destroyed a house on Main Street in Angels Camp this afternoon.


The house, between Stanislaus Avenue and Mark Twain streets, was a total loss, according to Cal Fire Capt. Chris Morse.

Coffee company fire quickly contained

Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Cal Fire personnel were called to a small fire at 10:48 a.m. at the Mother Lode Coffee Roasting Company on Tuesday.


The fire was fully contained at 11:11 a.m.


Food by Jude: Rich recipes special for Father's Day

105 years ago, a smart lady named Sonora Dodd (nee Smart), decided that men, such as her dad, deserved to be honored.


William Smart, a Civil War veteran, had become a widower when his wife died during the birth of their sixth child. He raised all the kids by himself, and also ran their family farm in Washington state.

Man sets himself on fire in San Andreas

A 34-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday after setting himself on fire at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.


Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. Saturday to the hospital in San Andreas on a report a man deliberately set himself on fire, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. The man’s identity was withheld.

Two hurt, one sought in road incidents

Two injury accidents were reported over the weekend in Calaveras County, and one motorcyclist is being sought by authorities.


The first accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Friday. 


Calaveras highways to get $1.3 million in improvements

About $1.3 million in state funding has been earmarked for safety improvements on Highways 12 and 26 in Calaveras County, Caltrans recently announced.


The work — installing rumble strips along the shoulders and centerlines of the highways —  will be paid for with funds from Proposition 1B, the 2006 Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act.

County seeks input on disaster projects

Tuolumne County officials have scheduled two meetings for Wednesday to get input from the public on post-Rim Fire projects to include in an application for as much as $500 million in federal funding.


Tuolumne County was the only area in the state that the Governor’s Office selected to submit an application in the National Disaster Resilience Competition, a federal program announced by President Barack Obama last June. 

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