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Sawmill Flat speeding sparks concerns

Eloise Bollinger has lived on the corner of Marcus Lane and Sawmill Flat Road for the past 10 years and has seen her share of car crashes.

Poverty affects health, safety

Garbage is a health problem because after seven days the life cycle of the fly is complete and they start to transmit diseases. It also attracts rodents and raccoons which transmit hantavirus, rabies and other diseases. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Some years ago, a frightened, desperate 6-year-old girl tried to hang herself when she learned her family had to leave the warmth of the local homeless shelter and return to the uncertainty of transient living. 

FireSafe Council president: Big Hill fuel break helped slow Oak Fire

Inmate firefighters from Baseline Conservation Camp near New Melones work on a fuel break project Thursday near Northridge Road and the Oak Fire footprint on Big Hill. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The president of the Highway 108 FireSafe Council says a two-mile long, 300-foot wide fuel break helped slow the Sept. 8 Oak Fire that destroyed one home and two other structures and prompted evacuations at Old Oak Ranch Conference Center and the Sierra Outdoor School.

Calendar for Nov. 19, 2015

Police urge public to come forward

Sonora police released images of a white Isuzu Trooper used by a suspect who allegedly stopped at least one motorist in Sonora in recent days. Sonora Police Department, Courtesy photo.
 The Sonora Police Department has identified a person of interest in the recent reports of a man in a white Isuzu Trooper with a revolving light on its roof pulling over vehicles in the Sonora area, Chief Mark Stinson said Wednesday. 

Thieves target recyclables, cut camera at Tioga High

The theft of recyclables and a cut security camera at Tioga High School earlier this month were reported to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office this week.

Columbia College dormitories up to code as study highlights fire safety

Just as state law will require all new smoke detectors for dorm rooms at Columbia College, a new study by the U.S. Fire Administration found missing or tampered with detectors a factor in over half of fatal college housing fires in the U.S. since 2000.

Deadline nears for Butte Fire victims to get FEMA aid

Officials with federal, state and local agencies are advising Butte Fire victims they have until Monday to sign up with FEMA and the Small Business Administration for disaster assistance and low-interest loans.

Jump start needed

Lonzel Lewis participates in a light workout Wednesday during a shoot around at the Oak Pavilion. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Columbia Claim Jumpers return to action tonight against William Jessup JV at Oak Pavilion.

Sonora prosthodontist brings new technology to practice

Sonora prosthodontist Dr. Michael Scherer is one of a handful of dentists in California to use 3-D printer technology in his practice. 

Physician’s farewell

Dr. Terril Spitze will retire Wednesday from Sierra Internal Medicine after having worked with patients for 37 years. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Longtime Sonora internist Dr. Terril Spitze will retire from Sierra Internal Medicine next week.

CCF gets donation from Amador community group

In October, the Calaveras Community Foundation reported that it raised more than $200,000 toward a fund for Butte Fire victims

Forecasts unclear for Thanksgiving holiday

There might be rain and snow on the menu this Thanksgiving if a Gulf of Alaska weather system tracks far enough south.

Crews continue removal of fire debris, hazardous waste

Officials monitoring Butte Fire recovery efforts said Wednesday that 93 properties have been cleared of burn debris, and 733 properties have been cleared of hazardous waste materials in Calaveras County.

Community helpers: More fire assistance is always needed

Sara Watson delivers chickens who were displaced from the Butte Fire to a home. Watson worked at Laughton Ranch in Jackson after power returned to her home in Plymouth. Courtesy photo.
 Sara Watson wanted to help.

But she could not leave her home in Plymouth, just miles north of the Amador-Calaveras border, during the onset of the Butte Fire.


Salmon struggle in local rivers

Female and male salmon face upstream Nov. 7, 2014, in Knights Ferry shallows on the Stanislaus River. Salmon populations are struggling in Mother Lode waterways. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Two hundred years ago, before there were any dams in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced watersheds, hundreds of thousands of salmon and other migrating fish teemed in the open, unrestrained rivers.

Joey the camel dies

Joey, the camel of Knights Ferry, died Nov. 8 at age 10. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Joey, the Knights Ferry camel that hundreds of people visit every year, has died. 

Calendar for Nov. 18, 2015

Police seek suspect who stopped motorist

Sonora police have released images of a white Isuzu Trooper used by a suspect who allegedly stopped at least one motorist on Sanguinetti Road in recent days. Sonora Police Department / Courtesy photo.
 A man in a white Isuzu Trooper with a revolving yellow-orange light on its roof stopped at least one motorist on Sanguinetti Road in recent days, Sonora police said Tuesday.

Summerville board likely to name new grade level coordinator

The academic and social counseling services at Summerville High School may change after a board of trustees meeting tonight.

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