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News Notes for June 24, 2015

From the Past: July 4, 1898 — Sonora burns as thousands celebrate

Initially observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, there once was a time when Independence Day was America’s most celebrated holiday. John Adams, our second president, considered the occasion “a momentous time for rejoicing.” We quote: 

“I am apt to believe that Independence Day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from time forward for evermore.”

Calaveras supervisors approve 2015-16 budget

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Tuesday passed a $41.8 million budget for 2015-16.

Construction delays could cost Sonora High

Architects told the Sonora Union High School Board of Trustees Tuesday that delays to renovations at Sonora High could raise project costs unless the district speeds up construction.

TUD adopts policy for new connections

The water provider for about 44,000 people in Tuolumne County has a new policy making it clear that it can work with developers to allow new water connections in spite of ongoing drought, easing concerns for some builders, realtors and others in the business community.

Input sought on Greenley Road widening

The City of Sonora is accepting written comments through July 17 on a proposed project that would widen Greenley Road at Mono Way. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The City of Sonora is accepting comments on a long-proposed project to widen Greenley Road at Mono Way.

‘Lumberjacks,’ ‘Loggers’ to face off in Jubilee's annual Tug-of-War

The Tuolumne County Loggers team practices Tuesday afternoon for the upcoming Tug-of-War, one of many activities set at this weekend’s Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Three feet; that is the difference between victory and defeat. 

Timber Drive fire under investigation

Smoke from a Tuesday fire on Timber Lane in Soulsbyville could be seen from Highway 108 near Wal-Mart in Sonora. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A special investigative team is looking into the cause of a fire Tuesday that burned a trailer in Soulsbyville before spreading to neighboring land, threatening other structures.

Fire reported in Soulsbyville

Fire crews are fighting a structure fire near Monte Vista that has closed Soulsbyvile Road.


The fire on the 17000 block of Timber Drive was reported about 2:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.


The structure is a trailer and the fire has spready to vegetation.

Ground and air forces are battling the blaze.

Traffic is being routed to Draper Mine Road.

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