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Wright will not seek reelection

Calaveras County Vice Chair and Supervisor Chris Wright announced he will not run for reelection when his term ends next year. 

Sierra Views: All-ages venue a labor of love

Tina Shackley and Kris Olson, both of Jamestown, stand behind the bar Shackley’s father, Rick Shackley, made for the Gypsy Shack, a music establishment they run together. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat. Copyright 2015.
 A dragon kite from Bali, retro Pac-Man machine and ornate painted skulls adorn the walls of a bar on the edge of downtown Jamestown.

Murder trial jury selection underway

Jury selection is underway in the case of a Twain Harte woman accused of killing popular Sonora Police Department volunteer Rick Roberts in February 2014.

Sonora Regional Medical Center to launch Center for Spine Health

Sonora Regional Medical Center plans to launch a new center for spinal health this month. 


“Back pain is one of the most commonly diagnosed health issues, contributing to a significant decrease in quality of life and affecting people’s ability to work, sleep, and enjoy their favorite activities,” a hospital press release said. 


Healthy eating, exercise encouraged at work

 Everyone knows that eating well and exercising is good for you, and a healthy office potluck is a fun and easy way to try new, healthy foods you might not be exposed to otherwise. 


Additionally, desk or workstation exercise 10 minutes a day (or lunch-time walks) can help keep your metabolism going and the body systems moving.  


Lakeside dash

Runners take off to start the Pinecrest Run. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Steven Grolle, a 2014 Sonora High School graduate, beat his former cross country and track teammate, Clancy McConnell, Sunday at the 39th annual Pinecrest Run. Grolle raced to victory in 26 minutes, 59.41.

Calendar for Aug. 12, 2015

Woman injured in solo wreck

A Valley Springs woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Monday morning when she lost control and crashed into an embankment on Highway 49 near Mokelumne Hill. 

Two hurt in motorcycle crash

Two people were injured Saturday in a motorcycle crash when the driver lost control on Highway 4, west of Pool Station Road in the Angels Camp area. 

Innovation Faire planned

The first ever InnovationFaire will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug 22 at 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, on the third floor at the InnovationLab.

Dickey’s Barbecue coming soon

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open in Sonora in November. Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurant will soon open in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Sonora.

PG&E donates $5K to foundation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently gave a $5,000 donation to the Calaveras Community Foundation to benefit its Career and Technical Training scholarship fund. 

Artisan homes slated for development on Myers Hill in Sonora

A Tuscan-Mediterranean home is the first of several new artisan homes set to be built in downtown Sonora, designed by new business High Point Design Group of Sonora. Courtesy rendering / High Point Design Group.
 Construction has begun on the first of several new artisan homes slated for development on Myers Hill in Sonora.

Authorities: Burglary suspect allegedly caught in the act

An alleged burglar was found inside a man’s home wearing the man’s clothing and collecting items, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s report stated. 

Roadwork for Aug. 12, 2015

CCWD moving forward with Tulloch intake project

An aerial photo shows Lake Tulloch from April 2015. Joel Metzger, Calaveras County Water District / Courtesy photo.
 In light of Friday’s announcement regarding water releases scheduled to begin later this month from Tulloch Reservoir, Calaveras County Water District is reassuring Copperopolis-area customers that it’s moving forward with a plan to continue providing reliable drinking water and fire flows.

New fire discovered near Upper Yosemite Fall, trail closed

A photo taken about 5 p.m. Monday shows smoke from the Upper Fire viewed from Sentinel Dome. Courtesy photo / National Park Service.
 A fire believed to have been sparked by someone in Yosemite National Park is burning near the top of Upper Yosemite Fall, and fire crews are monitoring numerous lightning-strike fires and a hot spot left over from the 2013 Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Calaveras supervisors deny two asphalt plant appeals

When Janice Bassett walks into her backyard in Valley Springs, she sees a wide open vista — the quarry at Lake Hogan located to her right and the dam on her left.

Maddox is new Summerville High School board member

Spring Maddox stands with her husband, Matt, and four children (from left): Grant, 5, George, 9, Hannabella, 7, and Gwendolyn, 10. The Summerville Union High School District Board of Trustees selected Maddox from a pool of five candidates Monday at a public meeting. Courtesy photo.
 The newest Summerville Union High School District Board of Trustees member is a former Summerville Bear who vied for the position against four other candidates Monday at a public meeting.

Carriage stone nearly home

Brian Sells, with Sierra Memorials, pushes the 600-pound Bromley carriage stone along Washington Street as he moves it into the Yosemite Title Company building. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Bromley carriage stone was moved Tuesday from the Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive behind the Tuolumne County Library to the  Yosemite Title Company on Washington Street in Sonora. 

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