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Ironstone makes water conservation top priority

Ironstone Vineyard gardener Larry Ringland, stands near one of four water storage ponds as he talks of the many ways Ironstone conserves and recycles water. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 One of Calaveras County’s biggest wineries and event spaces is going big on water conservation this year.

Calendar for April 29, 2015

Half Dome cables going up early

People who want to try to walk and pull themselves to the top of Half Dome now have increased odds of getting a permit to do it, because rangers are putting up the cables three weeks early this year due to lack of snow.

Motorcyclist in critical condition

A Tuolumne man on Tuesday remained in critical condition after a motorcycle accident Monday in Sonora. 

Roundup parade closures and detours set; free shuttle planned

Details about road closures and detours for the 2015 Mother Lode Roundup Parade on Mother’s Day weekend were confirmed Tuesday at a meeting at the Sonora City Hall.

Calaveras leaders support broad transit coverage

Providing “lifeline” transit service to needy, often remote county residents and collaborating with other transportation agencies were priorities established Tuesday by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and Angels Camp City Council on the future of Calaveras Transit.

Scholarly success: Summerville junior to attend international school

Summerville High School junior Maya Roe, 17, of Sonora, has been accepted into United World College. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Summerville High School junior will skip her last year of high school to pursue an international education.

Homeless veterans struggle to find affordable housing

Since moving to Tuolumne County in February, veterans Samantha (left) and William Jones, have struggled to find housing for their family, which includes sons A.J. Lacuesta, 5, and Dominic Lacuesta, 7 (not pictured). Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 More than two dozen military veterans in Tuolumne County are homeless and struggling to find a permanent place to live, according to local homeless advocates, who say a lack of available affordable housing is largely to blame.

TUD orders 30 percent mandatory cutbacks

People who get their water from the Tuolumne Utilities District now face mandatory water-use reductions of 30 percent compared to their water usage in 2013. 

Fire crews responding to Sonora house fire


Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
 Fire crews are responding to a house fire on the 2100 block of Lyons-Bald Mountain Road in Sonora.


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