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Troubled trees: Drought threatens pines but heartier oaks survive

Martin MacKenzie, a tree pathologist with the Stanislaus National Forest, explains how a gray pine is shedding needles grown in 2012 to conserve water. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The drought has rendered thousands of trees in the Mother Lode vulnerable to infestation and death. 

Pet adoption event a success

Calaveras Animal Services last week held a successful adoption event in San Andreas. 

Tuolumne County heritage gardens alive with history

Since the days of the Gold Rush, when families joined the men who mined the hills of the Mother Lode for gold, gardens were planted and, as last week’s article related, some of them are still dotted around the foothills. 

Roadwork for June 27, 2015

Man spills trailer-load of gravel on Highway 4

A man from Citrus Heights spilled a trailer full of fine gravel along Highway 4 Thursday morning. 

Forest Service seeks input on over-snow vehicle plan

The Stanislaus National Forest wants to know what people think about an Over-Snow Vehicle Designation Project.

Calendar for June 27, 2015

News Notes for June 27, 2015

Calaveras County General Plan study session set Tuesday

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and Calaveras County Planning Commission will hold a public study session Tuesday on the county’s overall growth plan.

Calaveras Grand Jury Report offers critiques and praise

The Calaveras County Grand Jury has recommended that the county’s Animal Services return to being run by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Storyteller Riddle at helm of paper

Lyn Riddle has been named editor of the of The Union Democrat.

Chatom auction yields two high bidders

Chatom Winery and its adjoining ranch/vineyards were put up for auction on Friday. There were two high bidders who must wait to see if their proposals will be accepted by the owner. The vineyard has been in Douglas Flat since the early 1980s, and its wine has won numerous awards. About 40 people attended the auction Friday. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Chatom Winery and Vineyards in Douglas Flat were put up for auction Friday, and the two high bidders must wait to see if the owner will accept their proposals.

Court packed for Morse hearing

Spencer Morse and his support group exit Tuolumne County Superior Court after his Friday arraignment. He is charged with felony animal cruelty. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Tuolumne County Superior Court had an unusual buzz on Friday morning. In fact, the bailiff had to ask the audience to remain silent on three different occasions.

Same-sex marriage legalized by High Court; local couple celebrates landmark decision

Heidi Russell (left) and wife, Glenda Dortch, stand in front of the Tuolumne County Administration Center Friday, where in 2008 the couple became the first in the county to receive a same-sex marriage license. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Heidi Russell awoke in her Lake Don Pedro home Friday morning to see her Facebook page filled with the news that the U.S. Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.

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