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Ski resorts ready for season

Snow covers the ground at Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area near Pinecrest after last week’s storms. Courtesy photo.
Bear Valley Mountain Resort has been in snowmaking mode and plans to have ski lifts running Saturday.

The resort, off upper Highway 4 just east of Calaveras County, has been snowmaking since Thursday in anticipation of the 2014-15 ski season. 

Shooting witnesses sought

Glaziers Tyson Miller (left) and Ken Blackmore survey bullet-damaged windows Monday at Pine Tree Peddlers at 107 S. Washington St. Austen Thibault / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Law enforcement officials on Monday requested information from the public about a shootout in Sonora on Saturday that left one person dead and two injured. 

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson said the office has requested any witnesses, particularly those with audio or video recordings of the incident, contact the office at 694-2900.

Motorcyclist killed in Valley Springs wreck

A motorcycle rider was killed in a wreck early Sunday morning in Valley Springs.



Green waste site opposed

Read more...Residents of a retirement community off Wards Ferry Road in Sonora are up in arms over a proposed green-waste composting facility and propane distribution center that would be located less than 1,000 feet east of their neighborhood, but the project’s developers are reaching out in hopes of quelling their fears.

County planners say they have received more than 60 letters since late October from residents of Cascade Mobile Home Park who are opposed to a recent application submitted by local businessmen Justin Dambacher and Mike Holland, who are seeking permits to build a 15,000-square-foot propane center and 5,000-square-foot composting facility on land they own off Eagle Ridge Road.

Water negotiations reach impasse

Rep. Tom McClintock said Friday he is among House Republicans who until last week were involved in closed-door negotiations with Sen. Dianne Feinstein that sought to create a controversial drought-relief bill for the state of California.

The months-long talks broke down Thursday, and Feinstein announced in Washington, D.C., there would be no draft proposal completed before Congress adjourns for the year in December.

One dead in Sonora shootout

Sonora Police officers close traffic on South Washington Street after an officer-involved shooting Saturday night. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Sheriff’s and police investigators are saying it will likely take weeks before a final report is released on the investigation into Saturday night’s deadly shootout in downtown Sonora.

At a press conference held Sunday afternoon in the County Administrative Building at 2 S. Green St. in Sonora, Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele released the identity of the deceased suspect, Bruce Thomas Snyder, 29, of Jamestown.

Authorities ID shooting suspect at press conference


Sheriff Jim Mele speaks to media at a press conference Sunday afternoon. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat.

Sheriff’s and police investigators are saying it will likely take weeks before a final report is released on the investigation of Saturday night’s deadly shootout in downtown Sonora.

Info released on shooting

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office released more information about a shootout in downtown Sonora on Saturday night that left one dead and two injured.

1 dead, at least 2 injured in downtown shootout

Maggie Beck/Union Democrat


A shootout in downtown Sonora at about 10 p.m. Saturday left one person dead and others wounded.

TUD: Avoid clogged drains during holidays

In advance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Tuolumne Utilities District is reminding customers to avoid possible plumbing and sewer problems by properly disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease.


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