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Winemaker Hovey battling back after stroke

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Wimemaker Chuck Hovey suffered a severe stroke in June. File photo / Union Democrat.
 In May, Chuck Hovey was riding his bicycle nearly 100 miles a day to get in shape for the AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS and HIV.


Wildfire recovery debate goes on

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Ecologist Chad Hanson looks over fresh pine and fir seedlings earlier this year in a “high-intensity” Rim Fire burn area. Courtesy photo.
 Management of federal forest lands in the Mother Lode, especially fire suppression and recovery efforts in the wake of giant blazes like the 2013 Rim Fire, could change if two recently proposed laws pass through Congress.


Calendar for July 23, 2015


Roadwork for July 23, 2015


Tuesday wrecks lead to one arrest, minor injuries

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A 2008 GMC pickup truck overturned Tuesday on Stockton Road in Sonora. Courtesy photo / Sonora Police Department.
 A man was arrested and a woman injured in a pair of Mother Lode accidents Tuesday.


Nugget team wins in final match of season

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The Nugget intermediate advanced team (from left) Darius O’Neal, 13, David Cazeres, 13, Jack Morey, 12, Colby Ponder, 14, and Craig Amos, 14, prepare to shoot last weekend in Las Vegas. Courtesy photo.
 The final shoot of the California Youth Shooting Sports Association took place last weekend in Las Vegas. Teams from California, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho made the trip to compete in the desert and, fortunately for those participating, the area had uncharacteristic temperatures in the mid-70’s. 


Twain Harte Arts and Wine Festival returns

The 38th annual Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival returns this weekend with craft and artist vendors, a variety of food, live entertainment and a custom hot rod car show.  


Elementary school art education boosted by state grant

Three local artists will lead elementary school classes next school year with the help of a state grant that supports community arts education.


Opinion: Our 2 cents on the dollar store-nado

A lot’s been written and said lately about the proliferation of “dollar stores” in Tuolumne County.


Time to immunize: Experts say vaccines are too important to skip

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Most kindergarten and seventh-grade students must meet vaccination guidelines before entering school next month. A new law will nullify personal-belief exemptions beginning July 1, 2016. Thinkstock.
 Most Mother Lode Schools will begin on or after Aug. 19, and for kindergartners and seventh-graders, that means being up to date with immunizations. 


CCWD customers reduce water use by more than expected

In May, the Calaveras County Water District reported a 37 percent reduction on water use throughout the county.


Probation department picnic promotes family unity

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People gather at Wednesday afternooon at Woods Creek Rotary Park in Sonora for a family picnic put together by a county-sponsored probation program. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Family picnics are a common sight at Woods Creek Rotary Park in Sonora, but one held Wednesday afternoon had a unique twist.


Twain Harte bank robbery investigation continues

No arrests have been made in connection with a robbery at Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte Tuesday morning, and authorities said they have not been able to identify the men seen in surveillance video. 


Sierra Views: Eagle Scout honors veterans

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Hunter Reusche, 16, of Valley Springs, erected two granite benches, an eternal flame centerpiece and a layout of memorial bricks at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial District in Valley Springs for his Eagle Scout project. Courtesy photo.
 With family history in the military, a Calaveras County Eagle Scout is the architect of a new veteran’s war memorial at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial District building in Valley Springs.


Monsoon season continues, cooler temperatures on the way

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Recent storms at high elevations on the Sierra Nevada crest are keeping headwaters running and meadows green. This is Unicorn Creek, which feeds Tuolumne Meadows and the Tuolumne River. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Monsoon thunderstorms are a fact of life this summer in and near the Mother Lode, and people living in populated areas including Angels Camp, Murphys, Columbia, Sonora and Jamestown can see potential thunderheads building almost every afternoon in recent weeks.


Experts say vaccines are too important to skip


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Most kindergarten and seventh-grade students must meet vaccination guidelines before entering school next month. A new law will nullify personal-belief exemptions beginning July 1, 2016. Thinkstock photo
 Most Mother Lode Schools will begin on or after Aug. 19, and for kindergartners and seventh-graders, that means being up to date with immunizations. 

 

State law also requires that each child’s family provide, within 90 days of entry into first grade, proof the child has received a health checkup within the past 18 months. 

 


Business turns green waste into organic garden soil


Read more...  Tuolumne County has a new green-waste compost facility — Green Works, LLC opened for business Friday near Standard.

  

Green Works is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week on Eagle Ridge Road, off Tuolumne Road, across from PG&E. 

 


Vital Stats for July 22, 2015


Columbia College course to focus on water industry jobs

In the midst of a four-year drought, Columbia College will offer a new course aimed at bringing a younger generation into the Mother Lode water industry.


Tuolumne County couple sentenced for elder abuse

A Tuolumne County couple who pleaded guilty to elder abuse will serve prison time for stealing money from the mother of one of the people convicted, according to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.


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