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Patrol cars released after examination

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A Sonora Police car was damaged by bullets after a shootout last month in downtown Sonora. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Two of three patrol cars involved in a deadly downtown Sonora shootout were released for repairs Thursday after investigators finished examining them for evidence.  

The gun battle occurred about 10 p.m. on Nov. 22 on South Washington Street. Bruce Snyder, 29, of Jamestown, was shot and killed after he opened fire on a Sonora police officer and two Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies. 


Sierra Views: Folendorf follows her ambitions

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Amanda Folendorf, of Angels Camp, is an advocate for the deaf community and will start serving on the Angels Camp City Council next month. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
When Amanda Folendorf was born, doctors couldn’t find a heartbeat. 

“They couldn’t figure out why I was alive,” she said.


More rain forecast in Mother Lode

Rainfall is expected to continue across the Mother Lode today, Friday and perhaps into Saturday, with snow at higher elevations as this week’s warm storm system moves slowly across the central Sierra Nevada.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, Sonora had received 1.43 inches in the previous 24 hours, and 1.92 in the previous 48 hours, according to local readings. Bear Valley Ski Resort reported 5 inches of snow overnight in addition to 4 inches on Wednesday, and Dodge Ridge Ski Resort reported 2 inches of snow in the previous 24 hours.


All aboard the Polar Express

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Santa Claus leads Sarah and Angela Stovall, both of Jamestown, past the Polar Express train Wednesday at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A group of 90 lucky children from Tuolumne County boarded the “Polar Express” at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown Wednesday night for a test ride sponsored by the Sonora Area Foundation.

The “Polar Express” holiday train rides at Railtown, which run for the next three weekends, are based on the popular children’s book and 2004 movie starring Tom Hanks. It serves as a fundraiser for the California State Railroad Museum, the Jamestown park’s nonprofit partner.

 


Democrats oppose water bill

Rep. Tom McClintock said an end-of-the-year push led by Republicans is underway on a House bill for drought relief that would provide “limited flexibility within current law to maximize storage and human use.”

McClintock, R-Elk Grove, who represents Tuolumne and Calaveras counties in the 4th District, said the draft legislation would allow water managers to exercise some discretion when it comes to releasing water from dams.


One man killed in Highway 4 accident

A Murphys man was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The accident happened about 4:15 p.m. on Highway 4 at a right-hand curve just east of Pool Station Road, according to CHP Officer Toby Butzler.


Rainfall totals climb in parched Lode; storms to continue

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Rain falls on plowed banks of snow and idle lifts Tuesday at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort near Pinecrest. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat. Copyright 2014.
Snow coated mountain ridges Tuesday above Pinecrest Lake while rain fell on the surface of the reservoir and more rain fell on melting snow at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, while forecasters said this week’s storm system could last through Friday.

Flash flood warnings remained in effect for burn areas including the Rim Fire scar through late today, and a winter storm warning was in place through 10 a.m. today, National Weather Service forecasters said.

 


Let them have chickens: Board of Supervisors OKs residential poultry ordinance

About 17,000 parcels in the unincorporated area of Tuolumne County are now free to have a limited number of chickens after the county Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance allowing people in smaller residential areas to raise the birds in their backyards.

“What I want to say is free the chickens. Let us have our chickens,” said B.Z. Smith, of Sonora, while addressing the board at Tuesday’s meeting. “I moved here from the city to live close to the land, and I’m not alone.”

 


Calaveras under flood advisory

An advisory for minor flooding in poor drainage areas has been issued for northern Calaveras County through 7:15 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 3.



NorCal champs!

Bill Rozak / Union Democrat. Copyright 2014.
The Sonora Wildcats volleyball team charged the court (above) on Tuesday night after defeating the Notre Dame Tigers, of Belmont, 3-1, in their gym for the Northern California Division IV crown. It was the second consecutive year the Wildcats played in the NorCal final, and their first title. About 200 fans and family, and another 45 or so members from the Golden Regiment made the almost 130-mile, 3-hour trip to watch a Sonora first. The Wildcats will go for California dominance on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Alto Loma at Santiago Canyon College in Orange in the final of the CIF State Championships. For a complete story, see Page C1 of the Sports section. For a championship preview, see Friday's Union Democrat. 


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