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House passes forest legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that aims to improve forest health by eliminating certain restrictions on timber harvesting, making it more difficult to file lawsuits delaying forest-thinning projects and expediting environmental reviews on logging projects after natural disasters.

Recycling programs on Calaveras board agenda

Calaveras County’s integrated waste management division is seeking to expand county recycling programs and incorporate organics-composting within the county.

Former chamber leader Gritz dies

Read more... Donald Lamar Gritz, a long-time Tuolumne County resident and community volunteer, died July 5 at the age of 90.

Drought exposes long-submerged relics, structures

Lisa Laughton, 54, and Peter Laughton, 49, both of Sonora, put weight on a rusted cable Tuesday on old Parrotts Ferry Bridge, exposed due to drought. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Old river crossings and remnants of mining settlements are emerging for the first time in a quarter-century from some of the Mother Lode’s emptiest drought-stricken reservoirs.

Mother Lode Fair: Homespun fun

Crowds line the midway Friday afternoon at the 2015 Mother Lode Fair. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
This should be an ideal weekend, weatherwise at least, to visit the Mother Lode Fair. 

Card Games for July 10, 2015

Duck races coming

The 66th annual Murphys Homecoming will be held Saturday, July 18, in Murphys historic park. 

Religion: Events for July 10, 2015

Religion: Outreach for July 10, 2015

Korean era veterans honored

The Sons in Retirement Twain Harte Branch 172 celebrated and honored its 20 Korean War veterans on July 2 at the Elks Lodge in Sonora. The guest speaker was Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Roseville. He presented each Korean War era veteran with a U.S. Congressional Certificate that recognized their service to the Republic of South Korea and the United States during the Korean War.

Vets' Corner: WWII, Korea MIAs identified

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced June 17 that the remains of servicemen, missing from World War II had been identified, including:

Tour historic Big Oak Flat sites

For the first time in decades, the public will be able to tour the 1850s-era Wells Fargo (Gamble) building in Big Oak Flat from 4 to 7 p.m. July 25. 

Former Jamestown family gets surprise in ‘Flashback’ pic

Imagine Doug and Ruth Eaton’s surprise when the Bay Area residents opened the June 26 edition of The Union Democrat and saw a picture of their son, Dana Eaton, from way back in 1982. 

News Notes for July 10, 2015

Calendar for July 10, 2015

San Andreas cleanup event set Saturday

The second annual Historic San Andreas Community Cleanup Day is set Saturday.

Marijuana collective use permit denied

The Calaveras County Planning Commission Thursday unanimously rejected a proposal that would have legitimized Calaveras Medical Collective, a marijuana dispensary.

School board accused of Brown Act violations

The Sonora Union High School District Board of Trustees has been accused of violating the state’s law on public meetings. 

Mother Lode Fair opens today

Final preparations for the 2015 Mother Lode Fair midway were underway Thursday at the fairgrounds in Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Mother Lode Fair will open its gates at noon today,  just as the temperature cools down. 

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