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County makes progress on $20M juvenile hall

Tuolumne County leaders are hoping to make significant progress next year on the long-proposed Law and Justice Center off Wards Ferry Road in Sonora.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving a letter to Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, requesting they introduce legislation next year to secure the additional $20 million needed for a new county jail.

 


Group renews push for school mergers

The group trying to consolidate Tuolumne County school districts into one will be back out on the streets this fall, trying to keep momentum for what is expected to be a long battle.

The group has had to push back its target date to get the issue on the ballot from November 2014 to November 2016. 

 


Angels Camp council hopefuls share positions

Two candidates running for Angels Camp City Council introduced themselves to voters during a forum held Tuesday night at Greenhorn Creek. 

Amanda Folendorf said she is running to bring a younger voice to the council, while Scott Behiel said his business experience makes him an ideal candidate. 


Forum draws assessor, TUD candidates

Many of the candidates in Tuolumne County’s most-hotly contested races this November got some face time with the public Tuesday night in Sonora.

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce hosted a “candidates night” in the county administrative building at 2 S. Green St. that featured the candidates vying for the Tuolumne County assessor-recorder position and three open seats on the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election.


Railtown gets early jump on Christmas

It may only be the first week of fall, but a small crew of volunteers has been busy creating the “North Pole” at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.

Santa’s home base will be featured in Railtown’s upcoming “Polar Express” holiday train rides, which are based on the popular children’s book and 2004 movie starring Tom Hanks. 


Showtime for new Calaveras theater

The Calaveras Unified School District will move forward with plans to build a multi-million-dollar performing arts center at Calaveras High School, despite facing cutbacks as serious as school closures and teacher layoffs.

The center was among projects to be paid for with funds from Measure A, a $13.5 million bond measure approved by voters in 2006.

 


Bands are back: Influx of students creates instrument shortage

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Summerville Elementary School students practice “Jingle Bells,” during music class at the school on Friday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Band enrollment has shot up at Sonora and Summerville elementary schools under a new band teacher, but the schools’ supply of instruments can’t keep up.

Both school bands number about 90 students this year. That’s 10 times more than last year’s ending enrollment at Summerville and three times the number last enrolled in band at Sonora.


Arnold hiking, bike trail unveiled

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the completion of a new bicycle and pedestrian path in Arnold.

Known as the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection, the project connects county-owned property at Oak Circle with Pine Drive. The paved path, which was built this summer, travels across Stanislaus National Forest property. 


TuCARE water summit draws dozens

Politicians, scientists and activists converged on the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora last week for the 14th annual TuCARE Natural Resources Summit.

Water was the focus of this year’s event, but guest speakers touched on issues ranging from forest management practices to private property rights. A small crowd of about 50 people attended in the John Muir Building.


Angels Camp couple greets Italian leader

An Angels Camp couple who handle press for the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco were on hand for the Italian prime minister’s first visit to the U.S. last week.

Judy Laws and Bob Rogers worked with various media outlets during Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s whirlwind visit to the Bay Area, which started Sept. 21 with a dinner at Stanford University attended by Silicon Valley leaders and former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz.

 


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