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Sonora’s Barktoberfest: Kennel club’s AKC-sanctioned dog show today and Sunday

Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club members include (from left): Back row – Ree Anderson, of Sonora, with her border collies Koda and Peanut, Karen Pursley, of Columbia, with her Australian shepherds Ellie and Cooper, Mark Krempetz, of Sonora, with her boxer, X Tucker, JoAnn Gritz, of Sonora, with her Australian shepherd, Bennington, Cherie Gessford, of Soulsbyville, and her Australian shepherd, Reva; front row — Mary Barrett, of Sonora, with her English cocker spaniel, Dodger, and rat terrier, Luna, and Florence Boyd, of Twain Harte, with her Welsh corgi, Ziggy and border collie mix, Toby. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club will host an all-breed American Kennel Club dog show this weekend at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Visitor ’Frogs trump Lions

Bret Harte’s Michael Ziehlke (2) tries to evade a tackle by Linden’s Scott Hushaw (80) Friday night in Linden. Derek Rosen / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The entrance to Linden High School’s football field had two large displays Friday night.

Redskins defeat Argonaut in quiet game

Calaveras Redskins’ JJ Gonzalez (34) carries the ball for positive yards Friday at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas. Nichole Wren / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Calaveras Redskins emerged from their locker room for warmups at Frank Meyer Field on Friday prior to the game versus Argonaut, the way they always do — unified, two-by-two, hands locked.

Wildcats win: County rivals put on offensive show for a sold-out crowd

Sonora Wildcat Wyatt Faughnan (6) runs for a touchdown (which was later reversed) with 6:59 minutes left in the second quarter Friday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Despite the reversal, the Wildcats won the game 48-26. Tracy Barbutes / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When the Thorsted Field gates opened at 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the fans started rolling in. Fifteen minutes later, half the bleachers were full. By the time the junior varsity game started, they were packed.

Fire restrictions lifted for Stanislaus National Forest

Prescribed burning is planned in Yosemite West in November. Courtesy photo.
 With cooler, wetter weather expected as autumn arrives, fire restrictions were lifted Friday in the Stanislaus National Forest, and fire managers in Yosemite National Park announced plans to begin prescribed burns later this month with a 111-acre project across the valley from El Capitan.

Men diagnosed with breast cancer, too

Mark Nouillan, 48, of Twain Harte, is a leukemia and breast cancer survivor. He penned his new book from his sickbed on his iPhone, and it is available on Amazon. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When Mark Nouillan went into the hospital to get a mastectomy, another man laughed at him and said, “Men don’t get breast cancer.”

State, county seek $100M for fire projects

California qualified for the National Disaster Resilience Competition because of the 2013 Rim Fire. The massive blaze that burned 257,000 acres remains the third largest wildfire in state history. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Tuolumne County and state officials are finalizing an application for about $100 million in post-Rim Fire projects through the National Disaster Resilience Competition, a $1 billion federal funding program for areas affected by major natural disasters between 2011 and 2013.

The Grandparent project: Family first

Karen Van Eaton, of Arnold, raises her grandchildren, Haleigh Ferrari, 7 (left), and Jordan Ferrari, 8. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When her grandchildren came to live with her more than a year ago, Karen Van Eaton felt like she was starting all over.

Deputies investigate Soulsbyville Elementary student death threat

Death threats made by a student at Soulsbyville Elementary School were reported to law enforcement by administration Thursday, a standard practice at the school, according to Superintendent Jeff Winfield. 

Chabot: Security cameras still in works at Sonora High

Attempts to identify the source of ongoing threats levied against a student at Sonora High School have yielded no suspects for close to a year.

Student threats at Soulsbyville Elementary under review

Death threats made by a young student at Soulsbyville Elementary School were reported to law enforcement Thursday.

Calendar for Oct. 9, 2015

Man convicted of 2012 manslaughter violates probation

An Angels Camp man who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter after an argument inside a bar led to the death of another man in July 2012, is set to appear in court Oct. 26 after being accused of violating his probation.

Arrest made in Mono Vista shooting

What started as an argument Wednesday night in Mono Vista ended with one man shot and another with other injuries.

Park Service inks 15-year deal with new concessionaire

The National Park Service has officially signed a 15-year contract valued at $2 billion for operating lodging and food operations in Yosemite National Park to the Philadelphia-based hospitality giant Aramark.

Sonora Police Explorer program to mark 20 years

Teens and young adults in the Sonora Police Explorer program will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary in November. Some of its members include (from left) Jacob Cherry, 14, of Sonora, Nick Craigholm, 16, of Sonora, Victor Battle, 17, of Crystal Falls, Travis Finney, 20, of Twain Harte, Tim Hollis, 17, of Jamestown, T.J. Walker, 14, of Jamestown, and Kai Ayres, 15, of La Grange. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 They are everywhere.

Sonora High School home football games, hanging flags on holidays along Washington Street, directing traffic during the Mother Lode Roundup and Christmas parades in Sonora.

They help other community events like the Mother Lode Fair, the Home and Garden Show, homecomings, graduations, Trick or Treat Street, private events, fireworks at Lake Don Pedro, the Bike Rodeo at Wal-Mart, and at preschools and schools when McGruff the Crime Dog visits. They’ve cleaned up cemeteries and adopted families at Christmas. They visit nursing homes during the holidays. 

They are members of the Sonora Police Explorer program, which will mark 20 years next month.

Nonprofit offers loans for drilling new wells

Tuolumne County announced on its website Wednesday that the Rural Community Assistance Corporation is offering low-interest loans for eligible homeowners to drill a new well on their property.

Zombies to walk Sonora streets Saturday

Devin Cody, of San Andreas tries, to get people to join him in walking in Courthouse Square during last year’s Walking Dead Sonora. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The dead will rise again this Saturday for the fifth annual Walking Dead Sonora, Zombie Walk and Food Drive.

Tuolumne County’s oldest residents inducted into Centenarian Society

People inducted Wednesday into Tuolumne County’s Centenarian Society included Betty Joy, of Sonora (center), friends Gary Walter and Shirley Combs, both of Columbia, attended the ceremony with her. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Tuolumne County centenarians and those nearing 100 years old were honored Wednesday at a lunch at the Tuolumne County Senior Center. 

Religion: Outreach for Oct. 9, 2015


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