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Simple spaghetti recipe packed full of flavor

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Turkey replaces ground beef in this Spaghetti with Turkey Bolognese recipe. Tribune Content Agency.
 A chance dinner with friends has brought this meal firmly into my weeknight rotation. We had just finished moving all our earthly belongings to a new house, and our friends (now our neighbors!) took pity on us: “It’s just turkey spaghetti, but you should come over for dinner.”


Football preview: Calaveras Redskins want MLL title, return to postseason

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Calaveras quarterback Dylan Byrd looks for a receiver in practice last week at Frank Meyer Field. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 For the past two decades, the Calaveras Redskins have been the most dominating team in the Mother Lode League. The ‘Skins took a step back in 2014, but are poised and ready to reaffirm to the rest of the MLL, and themselves, that they are a force to be reckoned with.


Three men booked on drug charges

A raid on a suspected drug house in Jamestown ended with the arrest of three men on Thursday.


Experts discuss back pain at Center for Spine Health

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Dr. Joseph Grant speaks to an audience Thursday night about the sources of back pain and treatments available during the launch of Sonora Regional Medical Centerís new Center for Spine Health. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Back pain and its causes and treatments were discussed Thursday night during the launch of Sonora Regional Medical Center’s new Center for Spine Health.


Crews work to contain fires in Central Sierra

Firefighters continued working Monday to contain and monitor several mountain fires burning in the Central Sierra Nevada.


Man hurt in Sonora grassfire

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Fire crews battle a blaze Monday that destroyed a barn, burned a half-acre and threatened a home off Fraguero Road in Sonora. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A man sustained burns to his arm in a fire Monday that destroyed a barn and burned grassland off Fraguero Road in Sonora.


More than $25M in TUD projects proposed

More than $25 million in proposed water and wastewater projects for a draft capital improvement plan will be discussed at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today of the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors.


Luceroís former boyfriend testifies

Four months after Sonora Police Department volunteer Rick Roberts’ body was discovered in an auto shop he rented on Mono Way in Sonora, Cheryl Lucero gave an interview with authorities in which she gave conflicting stories of what happened that day.


Tulloch Reservoir water supply optimistic for Labor Day recreation

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Jacob Lucchesi, of Sonora, wakeboards Monday on Lake Tulloch, which was 95 percent full. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Copperopolis-area businesses are hoping for a busy Labor Day weekend with the recent news that Tulloch Reservoir could remain nearly full through Sept. 7.


Unemployment rates on rise in the Mother Lode


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Although unemployment rates are up in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Tuolumne County saw an increase in jobs in the logging and mining industries from June to July. File photo/Union Democrat
 The unemployment rate for Tuolumne and Calaveras counties increased from June to July, according to data released by the California Employment Development Department.

 

The unemployment rate went up 0.5 percent in Tuolumne County and up 0.5 percent in Calaveras County. 



Motion to suppress delays Vilmur hearing


A preliminary hearing in Tuolumne County Superior Court for a woman accused of starting the Big Creek Fire last month near Groveland was delayed until Sept. 16.

 

Lisa Ann Vilmur, 43, of the Groveland area, was led into the court about 9:20 a.m. Friday wearing handcuffs and a black-and-white striped jumpsuit. She’s been held in custody on $100,000 bond at Tuolumne County Jail since her arrest July 30 on suspicion of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest land, a felony.

 


Fire burns one acre off Mono Way

A fire was reported about midnight Friday off Mono Way near the Burger King in East Sonora.

 

One acre was burned, and the fire was contained about 1 a.m. Investigators said the cause of the fire was not immediately apparent.

 


Native plant symposium will offer tips, tricks, education


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Bob Dean, of Mountain Ranch, president of the Sierra Foothill Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, looks at the California fuchsia plant at the Community Garden in Sonora. Maggie Beck/Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 One way to maintain an attractive landscape while using less water during California’s four-year drought is by replacing lawns with native plants.

 

Many of the area’s native plants have adapted to survive prolonged dry periods, so they typically require less water, fertilizer, pruning and pesticides to maintain. They also blend in better with the natural environment and benefit local ecosystems.


Monarch waystations offer respite to travelers from afar

Hundreds of millions of travelers migrate annually from Canada and the Northern U.S. to warmer over-winter sites in Mexico and Southern California.  

 

They arrive by fall, covering buildings and trees like a beautiful orange, black, and white cloud.

 


Union Democrat publisher Piech to retire after 31 years


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Retiring Publisher Gary Piech stands in front of the building where he has worked for more than three decades. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 When Gary Piech arrived at The Union Democrat in March 1984, he was hired to sell ads, his first job in the newspaper business.

 

When he walks out on Sept. 4, he will be ending a 31-year career, during which he filled about every job in the advertising department before being named publisher three years ago.

 


No plea entered at Serpa hearing


A man accused of ramming his car into a pregnant Sonora woman and her 10-year-old daughter and then fleeing the scene earlier this month did not enter a plea at an arraignment that was continued Friday morning in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

 

Shortly before 10 a.m., a large group of people followed by David Joseph Serpa Jr. and his defense attorney, Clint Parish, entered the small first-floor courtroom at the historic Tuolumne County Courthouse on Yaney Avenue.

 


Reporterís Notebook: The Lucero Murder Trial


As more than 20 witnesses testified for the prosecution and a four-hour videotape of police interrogation of Cheryl Lucero began to roll, there was plenty of activity in the courtroom of Judge James Boscoe in the Historic Tuolumne County Courthouse this week. 

 

Lucero is charged with murder in the death of Sonora Police volunteer Rick Roberts.

 


Rim Fire recovery, progress two years later


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Rancher Stuart Crook on Wednesday stands next to the excavation site for a foundation to replace an historic cabin that burned in the 2013 Rim Fire on his familyís Meyers Ranch property. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 In the two years since the Rim Fire broke out deep in a canyon in Tuolumne County, new flowers, shrubs and trees have sprouted in 400 square miles of mountain watersheds burned by what became the largest blaze in the recorded history of the Sierra Nevada range.

 

Woodpeckers, squirrels, deer and other wildlife have returned to some parts of the massive burn, which stretches from the narrow creek bottoms of the Clavey River, and the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork Tuolumne River, to ridge after ridge, from Jawbone to Buck Meadows to Yosemite National Park.

 


Religion: Events for Aug. 21, 2015


Religion: Outreach for Aug. 21, 2015


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