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Service flag theft 'un-American'

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A picture shows the service flag hung at a previous gathering at Mary Morrissey’s Sonora home. Courtesy photo.
An American flag that once covered the casket of a fallen World War II veteran was stolen from a Phoenix Lake Estates home in the early morning hours on July 4.

Vine to Wine: Uncorking secrets of Sutter wine

Amador County, and especially its Shenandoah Valley, can be credited with rejuvenating the foothill wine industry back in the mid 1970s. The county now boosts over 40 wineries to visit for a tasting experience.  And closer to home, about 10 years ago, Murphys in Calaveras County changed the way wine enthusiasts learn about local wines by simply parking their car and walking to their choice of over 20 tasting venues. Shops, restaurants, and unique lodging options abound in Murphys making it a prime destination.


Possible drownings at Lake Don Pedro, Rainbow Pool cast shadow on holiday

Two possible drownings were reported in Tuolumne County over the holiday weekend. 


Multiple accidents reported; fatal wreck under investigation

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a crash discovered last week that killed a 51-year-old woman and her dog near Cottage Springs.


Lightning fires under control, more thunderstorms in forecast

Lightning started a vegetation fire off of Forest Road in Calaveras County, one of several fires the Sierra Foothills after a storm cell passed through late last week. 


Calendar for July 7, 2015


CCWD board considers cutting own pay

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors Wednesday is scheduled to review a pay cut that will go into effect next month.

For themselves.


Chabot swearing-in on Sonora High School board agenda

Pat Chabot once engineered packaging for airplane parts and missiles. 


Citizen accuses Sonora City Council of Brown Act violations

The Sonora City Council is being accused of violating the state’s public meetings law three times in recent months.


John Muir Trail: Family’s trek begins

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Mike Noonan, former chief of the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, with his daughter Laney, and sons Justin and Jake, approaches Sonora Peak above Sonora Pass Friday. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A potential electric thunderstorm began forming above Sonora Peak before 10 a.m. Friday, forcing four members of the Noonan family from the town of Tuolumne to turn back at about 11,200 feet elevation before reaching the summit.


Utility requirements mandate smart water use

We are now entering our fourth year of a severe drought. ​The time is right to talk about saving water (and money). 


Water, fire focus of garden program

Fire safety and water conservation will be discussed at an Open Garden Day July 11 hosted by the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners. 


Shades of savings: Window treatments can help cut energy costs

Perhaps thought about more during the cooler months due to heat loss, the efficiency (or inefficiency) of our home’s windows can also be a source of unwanted heat and solar gain in the warmer months. 


Roadwork for July 4, 2015


News Notes for July 4, 2015


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