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Tattoos taboo? Acceptance of employee body art growing over time

Carly Wandersee, an office technician for the Tuolumne County Fire Department who has visible tattoos, works at her desk Monday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Whenever Danny Wandersee, 38, extends a hand to greet a client at Black Oak Casino, a small bit of tattooed scripture peaks out from his right cuff. 

Sonora plays Saturday in Lodi for 3rd consecutive section championship

Sonora senior Kiana Pisula (9, right) sets for fellow senior Kelsie Evans Tuesday night during the Wildcats victory over the Ripon Indians in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Bud Castle Gym. Robert Winters / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 With pinpoint execution, very few unforced errors and Riley Patterson hammering spike after spike into the Bud Castle Gymnasium floor Tuesday night, the Sonora Wildcats volleyball team crushed the Ripon Indians and will play this weekend for its third consecutive section crown.

Dodge Ridge set for Nov. 25 opening

Dodge Ridge Ski Area has received 32 inches of snow so far this season. The resort is slated to open Nov. 25. Dodge Ridge Marketing / Courtesy photo.
 Recent storms that dumped more than 30 inches of snow at Dodge Ridge have prompted the owners to open the ski resort a week from today on Wednesday, Nov. 25, promoters for the business announced Tuesday.

Humane Society helping after fire

Cindi Kelly’s pitbull, Vega, was bit by another dog while the family was displaced due to the Butte Fire. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 In September, with the Butte Fire closing in on her doorstep, Cindi Kelly fled.

Board approves TUD rate increase

People who get water and sewer services from Tuolumne Utilities District can expect to pay more each month over the next five years beginning Jan. 1, because the TUD board of directors voted unanimously in the face of vocal opposition to adopt rate increases Tuesday night.

Lawmen talk terrorism

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s SWAT Team exits a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter during a multi-agency disaster training scenario held in April in Mocassin. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The terrorist attacks in Paris last week may seem like events that could never happen in a rural California county like Tuolumne.

Supervisors to revise medical pot ordinance

About 50 people attended a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a proposed ban on medical marijuana cultivation in Tuolumne County. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Being able to grow medical marijuana is a health issue for Christopher Martin, 34, of Twain Harte.

Calendar for Nov. 17, 2015

Roadwork for Nov. 17, 2015

Kidnap attempt reported

Desiree Boulanger, Courtesy photo
 A woman who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 5-month-old child last week is being sought by the Sonora Police Department. 

College student, 26, dies rock climbing in Yosemite

A student at the University of Oregon died Nov. 7 while rock climbing on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.  

Vine to Wine: Day set aside to celebrate Zinfandel

There is not a day that goes by that there is not some declared national honor being bestowed or marketed in some form. 

Food by Jude: Unusual sides complement the turkey

Have you got turkey on your mind? Most of us do this time of the year. 

Sonora polo falls to Ripon in D3 final

Sonora head coach Matt Personius talks with his team before the section championship match. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 ROSEVILLE—All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Sonora Wildcats boys’ water polo team, the end resulted in a loss in the final of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships. The No. 6 Wildcats lost Saturday to the No. 1 Ripon Indians 15-3 at the City of Roseville Aquatics Complex. 

Jumpers dumped in home opener

Columbia’s Lewayne Grant drives to the hoop Saturday night at the Oak Pavilion. Robert Winters / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 With 11-seconds remaining in the game Saturday night, West Valley College called a timeout and Columbia head coach Rob Hoyt huddled together on the bench with his Claim Jumpers. Down 62-61, with one shot to win the game, Hoyt tried to draw up the perfect play to score that final basket to give Columbia the win.

Adventist church recognizes veterans

A group of children were singing choral tunes in harmony to commemorate those who served in the military in any capacity.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A Copperopolis man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

Police search for bank robbery suspect

Security camera footage shows the suspect in the Monday robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank in Sonora. Courtesy photo.
 Sonora police were searching Monday night for the suspect in an alleged robbery that occurred earlier that afternoon at the Wells Fargo Bank in Sonora.

Summerville High parents informed on shooter training

The Summerville Union High School District and law enforcement Monday explained to parents details of a new active shooter training given to teachers and students in the wake of a possible shooting plot discovered at the school in October. 

Authorities: Casino bomb threat a false alarm

A reported bomb threat Monday afternoon at Black Oak Casino Resort resulted in a full evacuation of the casino, but turned out to be a false alarm, said Deputy Robert Lyons of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

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