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New life for old relic; Romaggi Adobe

A construction crew lays asphalt Thursday near the Romaggi Adobe off Highway 49 in Angels Camp. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 Just south of Angels Camp along Highway 49 sits a 162-year-old building with crumbling stone walls known as the Romaggi Adobe.

The building was constructed by an Italian stonemason named James Romaggi, who came to the foothills in search of gold. He struck it rich and returned to Italy to bring back his future bride.


Today's headlines (April 18, 2014)

Here's what you can find in today's newspaper.


• New life for old relic; Romaggi Adobe • More rain predicted; marina to open • Accord reached on "5150" patients • Jamestown mine site goes back on market • City Council to consider mobilehome regulations • Columbia father issues "Challenge" • Fake bank cards land three men in county jail • Greenberg booked at school library • Renovation planned for historic Ansel Adams gallery • Yosemite will celebrate Earth Day with free entry


• Ackerman: Trout fish a success; shore fishing slow at Melones • Calaveras tops Bret Harte • Sonora tennis defeats rival Oakdale 7-2


• Egg hunts abound • Churches plan services for Holy Week, Easter Sunday • Sierra Rep actors to perform at Red Church

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Tuolumne County pans state mining bill

Tuolumne County leaders are concerned about a proposal in the state Legislature to take some power over regulating mines out of the hands of local government.

Senate Bill 1270 seeks to give the California State Divisions of Mines the responsibility for mine inspections, financial plans and other regulatory oversight that are currently handled by counties and cities.

Rim Fire forest areas reopen

Three Stanislaus National Forest day-use areas and several campgrounds damaged in last year’s Rim Fire have reopened, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday.

The Carlon, Middle Fork and Rainbow Pool day use areas, in addition to the Dimond O, Lost Claim, Lumsden, Lumsden Bridge and Sweetwater Campgrounds, are open.

Feds up Melones releases; lake level drops

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has ordered the release of 3,000 acre feet of water per day from New Melones Reservoir through Lake Tulloch. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
There’s a serious lack of water moving through the drought-stricken Central Sierra foothills this year, except downstream of New Melones Reservoir and Tulloch Dam, where massive torrents of water are being unleashed.

The abnormally high releases are stepped-up “pulse flows” intended to aid ocean-bound salmon fry moving through the lower San Joaquin River, west of Modesto.

Grave conditions: Volunteers sought to adopt, fix plots

A gravesite is being restored at Odd Fellows Cemetery on West Lytton Street in Sonora. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A small Sonora fraternal club is seeking the community’s help to clean up one of Tuolumne County’s oldest cemeteries, which has fallen into disrepair due to repeated acts of vandalism and a lack of resources for ongoing maintenance.

The Sonora lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows will host a “clean-up day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 at the historic Odd Fellow Cemetery at 115 W. Lytton St. in downtown Sonora.

Summer recreation in Dodge’s future?

The U.S. Forest Service finalized new policy guidelines Tuesday that will allow ski areas operating on national forest land, such as Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area and Bear Valley Ski Resort, to offer recreational activities in the summer.

The changes will take effect this week immediately after they are published in the Federal Register, according to a Forest Service statement announcing the new directives.


Bret Harte students upset with school VP

An assistant principal who was the target of a recent protest staged by dozens of Bret Harte High School students is expected to return to school with everyone else after this week’s spring vacation.

No action has been taken against Assistant Principal Dalila Hernandez, whose administrative style spurred up to 100 students to protest on April 4. 

DA: Jealousy motive in killing

A Burson woman accused of killing her husband in October said she “shot him until the bullets ran out” before she went inside their house and smoked a cigarette, a detective testified Monday in Calaveras County Superior Court.

Charity Ford will stand trial for the murder of 52-year-old Randolph Ford, Calaveras County Superior Court Judge John Martin ruled at her Monday afternoon preliminary hearing. 

‘Coach’ bid farewell

Sonora Elementary School seventh-graders (from left) Taylor Anderson, 12, Kya Garma, 12, and Sonia Stevens, 13, make Coach Karen Sinclair laugh as they recall fun times. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A longtime Sonora Elementary School coach and educator is retiring at the end of the year, and her students presented a personalized retirement gift Monday. 

Karen Sinclair — known to students, alumni and staff as just “Coach” — is throwing in the towel after 31 years at the district.

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