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Medical pot decisions on board agenda

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to consider allowing mobile deliveries of medical marijuana.

School safety training set in Angels Camp

A recent surge in school violence brought the issue front and center for many Mother Lode residents, but Angels Camp Chief of Police Todd Fordahl has eyed the problem for years. 

Sheriff’s lieutenant talks FBI statistics

The most recent FBI report shows overall, Tuolumne County experienced an increase in crime in 2014 compared to the previous year  — and it is on the rise, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Lt. Eric Erhardt said.

Report: Tuolumne County has good health

The country’s largest philanthropic health foundation this week released its 2015 county health report that found Tuolumne County residents are healthier than the average Californian. Tuolumne County also ranked second to Marin County on highest quality of life in the state. 

Homeowners burdened by tree removal costs

Ken Motoh, 70, of Twain Harte, recently paid $8,000 to fell five dead pines on his property, which he believed posed a threat to nearby power lines. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Private landowners struggling with the high cost of dead trees apparently won’t be eligible for help under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent executive order on tree mortality, according to Tuolumne County officials.

Columbia College dorms allegedly burgled by guest

A man who registered as a guest Saturday night at Columbia College befriended residents and stole items from dorm units with unlocked doors, Samantha Huebner, director of student housing, said Wednesday.

Hueber said it was an isolated incident.

“He was an opportunist,” she said. “He went and checked every single door. Every room that was unlocked and not secure got broken into.”

Medical marijuana industry leaders seek continued cooperation after death of sheriff

The medical marijuana industry in Calaveras County has not always been as cutting edge as it is today.

As recently as 2009, when Dennis Downum was county sheriff, medical marijuana patients were being discouraged from their practices, said Tom Liberty, the former director of Collective Patient Resources.

Use of technology as teaching tool grows

Working to program a Dash and Dot Robot Monday are fifth-graders (from left) Nick Walker, Zachary Radzikowski and Brandon Gunter. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Brightly lit orbs wheeled about the floor of Laura DeMars’ fourth- and fifth-grade class Monday, while students controlled the devices with school-owned iPads.

The little robots, on loan from the Tuolumne County Schools Office, are one of several ways innovation in learning and educational tools is taking hold across the county.

Dispute over discount store escalates

A sign promoting a proposed Dollar General store in Columbia was vandalized with graffiti earlier this week. Alex MacLean / Unoin Democrat, copyright 2015
A dispute over a proposed Dollar General store in Columbia got ugly this week when a sign offering support for the project was vandalized with graffiti.

Opponents of the store’s proposed location at the corner of Howser Lane and Parrotts Ferry Road were quick to denounce the vandalism Wednesday through a post on the “Stop Dollar General-Columbia State Historic Park” Facebook page.

Copperopolis, Columbia events celebrate veterans

The Columbia Foot Dragoons give a rifle salute to those who have served in the military during a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday at Columbia Cemetery. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
The Veterans Day Parade in Copperopolis was heard before it was seen for the dozens in attendance Wednesday.

But as the celebration, led by Bret Harte’s marching band, began — on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — a quarter of a mile away from the end-point along Main Street, excitement built up with every note and each step toward those concentrated outside the Old Corner Saloon.

Calendar for Nov. 11, 2015

Student essays address freedom, visions for America

VFW Tuolumne Post 4748 and VFW Sonora Post 3154 reviewed student essays as part of the Patriot’s Pen 2015-16 competition, whose theme was “What Freedom Means to Me,”  and the Voice of Democracy competition, whose theme was “My Vision for America.” These are the essays the posts submitted for publication.

Escalon ends year for ’Frogs

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs volleyball team (above) line up before the start of its first round playoff game Tuesday at Escalon. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 ESCALON — Bret Harte head coach Jacey Porovich and her Bret Harte Bullfrogs volleyball team sat in the corner of the Escalon gym Tuesday night after losing in four sets to the Cougars in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Championships.

’Skins sweep, play Hilmar Thursday

The Calaveras Redskins volleyball team huddles Tuesday during their first round playoff victory over Union Mine at Mike Flock Gym. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 They say it is tougher to defeat an opponent the second time in a season.

Sonora rips Los Banos in 1st round

Sonora senior Kelsie Evans (10) leads the cheer Tuesday during the Wildcats thrashing of the Los Banos Tigers in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships at Bud Castle Gym. Robert Winters / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The party started early Tuesday inside Sonora High’s Bud Castle Gym. 

Pinnell’s honored by FDNY for supporting veterans housing program

Pinnell’s Carpet One owner Dan Pinnell (left) accepts a shadow box containing a piece of the World Trade Center from FDNY Battalion Commander John Martorana Tuesday afternoon in Angels Camp. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Tuolumne County’s Pinnell’s Carpet One Floor & Home was honored by the Fire Department of New York Tuesday for supporting the Building for America’s Bravest program, which builds smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans.

Community rallies to give woman dream wedding reception

Last month, Julia Jones was chatting with Torie Thomas — formerly Torie Escamilla — as she was being fitted for a wedding dress that was donated after the one she owned was lost in the Butte Fire.

From the Past: Brothel wars a part of Jamestown’s colorful past

Native Daughters of the Golden West hosted a Red Light District celebration in Jamestown in 2002. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Today’s most venerable readers, 65 years of age and older shall we say, are not likely to forget Tuolumne County’s ever-popular houses of prostitution, otherwise known as “red curtain houses,” “sporting houses,” “banana ranches,” etc., that once operated with complete impunity as law enforcement and public officials pretended not to notice.

Gun video triggers lockdown at Calaveras High

A video about a large gun set off a lockdown Tuesday morning at Calaveras High School. 

TUD: Water saving no longer mandatory

Tuolumne Utilities District customers can now use as much water as they want without the threat of fines or other penalties.

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