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Inmate found dead in Calaveras County jail

A 59-year-old man died in his jail cell Monday, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Construction begins on controversial school arts center

Construction on a $3.8 million performing arts center at Calaveras High School began last week. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Construction has begun on the controversial Calaveras High School performing arts center in San Andreas.

The estimated $3.8 million building will be paid for with funds from Measure A, a $13.5 million bond measure approved by voters in 2006 — but it comes at a time of district budget crisis calling for the layoff of more than two dozen employees. 

Flash flood watch in effect for burn areas

The weather system approaching Sonora has prompted authorities to issue a flash flood watch for today and Wednesday in and below the Rim Fire burn area and a winter storm warning for the crest of the Sierra Nevada range.

A flash flood watch for a burn area means conditions may develop that lead to flash floods, rockslides, and/or debris flows, the National Weather Service advised.

Old firehouse finds new life

Craig Hahn converted the lower-level of the former Ebbetts Pass Fire Station into a garage where he stores classic cars. Mike Morris / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Craig and Darla Hahn’s bedroom is a former conference room. 

The couple’s living room, now with an electric fireplace and comfy sofa, used to house desks and office supplies. And fire engines were once parked in their large garage now filled with classic cars.

Chief claims shortage of officers

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson told the Sonora City Council on Monday night that the recent officer-involved shooting downtown has exacerbated a lack of officers in his department.

Stinson said his minimum staffing of six patrol officers on the streets as of the night of the shooting has been reduced now to four. 

Home damaged in Tuolumne fire

A fire on Tuesday damaged a home in the Tuolumne area.
The fire was reported about 11 a.m. on the 16400 block of Yosemite Road.
Crews were on scene about 12:30 p.m. doing mop-up work, according to Keven Patton, Cal Fire battalion chief.

Sonora, Angels celebrate

Read more... Sonora and Angels Camp kicked off the Christmas season with parades on Friday and Saturday, respectively. 

Damaged window doesn’t stop quilt raffle

A quilt made by Rose McHone will be auctioned to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
 A Christmas gingerbread themed quilt will be raffled off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by downtown Sonora business Pine Tree Peddlers.

Pine Tree Peddlers at 107 S. Washington St. had its front display window riddled with bullet holes in the downtown shootout Nov. 22, and has to get a new window, explained store manager and quilt maker Rose McHone, of Twain Harte.


Supervisors to hear from public on chickens

Tuolumne County residents who want to raise chickens in their backyard may finally get their wish Tuesday.

The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing in the afternoon to consider a proposal that would allow chicken-keeping in certain residential areas of the county where the practice is currently illegal.

Stronger, wetter storm on way

Sonora and Columbia received an estimated 0.84 inch of rain and New Melones Reservoir got 0.76 over the holiday weekend, and a stronger, wetter storm system is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rainfall estimates for Sonora, Columbia and New Melones Dam were for Friday afternoon through Monday morning, said Tom Dang, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.


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