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Volunteers sought for wildfire emergency drill

The emergency preparedness coordinator for West Point Fire Protection District is seeking 25 volunteers to play the role of evacuees for a practice wildfire exercise on the North Fork Mokelumne River between Calaveras and Amador counties.

Sonora CDBG money topic of Tuesday council meeting

The Sonora City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing at Tuesday’s meeting to consider adding projects and programs to the city’s 2013 Community Development Block Grant, due to recent changes in federal laws.

Funded by the federal government and administered by the state, the Community Development Block Grant program provides money for projects and programs that aid low-income communities throughout the country.

Yosemite National Park free and wide open this weekend

A sunny three-day weekend and clear hiking trails are on tap across the Central Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park, where entry fees are waived through Monday.

Anyone planning to take advantage of the weather and free admission at Yosemite should be prepared for spring-like warmth in direct sunlight, wintery chill in shaded areas, and overnight lows in the mid-30s.

Sonora couple plans special Valentine's Day engagement

Piper Roberson, 27, and Kevin Feinstein, 32, plan to marry in September after nearly six years together. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
This Valentine’s Day will be extra special for a young Sonora couple who plan to get engaged Saturday after nearly six years together.

Kevin Feinstein, 32, and Piper Roberson, 27, met about six years ago in the WATCH Resources Inc. program for people with mental disabilities. Both say it was love at first sight. 


Woman arrested after Jamestown chase

Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mi-Wuk Village woman following a brief chase Thursday, and a Sonora man wanted on felony drug warrants remains at large.

The incident began about 3:50 p.m. when deputies saw a car driven by a Stephanie Foster, 27, on Circle Drive in Jamestown. They recognized her passenger, Buzinskis, 26. He was wanted for two active felony narcotics-related arrest warrants and was suspected to be armed with a handgun.

Opinion: Flies in downtown Sonora bug us

Downtown Sonora is abuzz with activity, and we’re not talking about the “Vision Sonora” revitalization plan.

Jerry Morrow: Public servant for life

Jerry Morrow, of Mi-Wuk Village, holds an award he received from the California County Planning Commissioners Association.
Jerry Morrow, 79, of Mi-Wuk Village, is from a time when people were more serious about getting involved in the political process.

The Internet and social media have created a digital soapbox where virtually anyone can share their political views and feel like a part of the conversation — all without ever attending a public meeting, volunteering on an election campaign or even casting a ballot.

Rick Roberts slaying: Vigil marks one-year anniversary

A vigil in remembrance of Sonora’s Rick Roberts will be held Monday — the one-year anniversary of his murder.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at 286 Mono Way, the site of Roberts’ former auto shop. 

No major damage in S’ville lightning strike

Lightning struck the Connections Visual and Performing Arts Center campus on Friday, damaging a fire alarm system and nearly ruining the stage. 

Warren Van Bolt, head of maintenance and operations, said employees couldn’t determine exactly where the campus was struck. 

Man held on more than $1 million bail after fatal Calaveras accident

William T. Bolin, 20, of Valley Springs. Courtesy photo.
A 20-year-old Calaveras County man is facing drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges after a single-vehicle crash Wednesday that killed 25-year-old Anna Carter, of Mountain Ranch.

William Tyler Bolin, of Valley Springs, was treated at Mark Twain Medical Center then booked into the Calaveras County Jail, where he remained in custody this morning in lieu of more than $1 million bail.

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