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TUD: Avoid clogged drains during holidays

In advance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Tuolumne Utilities District is reminding customers to avoid possible plumbing and sewer problems by properly disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease.


PAWS rescue elephant Annie dies at age 55

Annie, an Asian elephant housed at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, died this week. Courtesy photo.
Annie, one of the country’s oldest Asian elephants, died this week at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s sanctuary in San Andreas. She was 55.

After enduring many years of severe arthritis and foot disease, Annie was “humanely euthanized” Tuesday after medications and treatments were no longer providing relief, PAWS said in a statement.

Hospital runs Ebola drill

Health and public safety officials practiced a assessing, transporting and providing safe care for a mock patient showing possible signs of Ebola infection Thursday during a drill at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Dore Bietz, emergency manager for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, played the mock patient. Courtesy photo.
It was only a test Thursday morning when health workers dressed in hazmat suits wheeled a “patient” into Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment of Ebola Virus Disease.

The “mock patient,” played by Dore Bietz, emergency manager for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, was not actually infected but part of a statewide exercise to practice community plans for responding to an outbreak of the deadly disease that has killed thousands in West Africa over the past eight months.

Fire damages Tuolumne home

A fire partially destroyed a Tuolumne home Thursday morning. 

Homeowner Janice Edens, 58, said she “lost everything important” to her in the blaze. 

One killed in Highway 4 crash

One person was killed Thursday afternoon in a head-on crash on Highway 4 near Copperopolis.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 4:18 p.m. on Highway 4, east of Stallion Way. The victim was transported to Mark Twain Hospital and was pronounced dead. A dog was also injured in the wreck and taken to a veterinarian. It is unknown if anyone else sustained injuries in the two-vehicle wreck, according to CHP officials in Stockton.

Both lanes of Highway 4 were closed for about an hour while the damaged vehicles were cleared from the road.

The victim’s identity was withheld pending notification of relatives. The wreck is still under investigation by the CHP.

Chicken ordinance approved

Chicken-keeping would remain illegal for about 95 percent of county residents living in single-family residential areas under a recommendation approved by the Tuolumne County Planning Commission Wednesday night.

The commission voted 4-2 in favor of the county Board of Supervisors passing an ordinance that would make it legal for some people to raise chickens in residential areas that are zoned for single-family residences, where the practice currently isn’t permitted.

Sonora parking rules still in works

A panel of Sonora leaders and public safety officials is recommending changes to proposed parking and traffic ordinances after hearing concerns from city residents and business owners Wednesday afternoon.

About 20 people attended a Sonora Parking and Traffic Commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the ordinances and offer suggestions on ways to revise certain provisions that some felt were too restrictive.

'Walking Man of Murphys' honored at NYC parade

Ric Ryan, 68, of Murphys, walks along Highway 4 Wednesday morning. Ryan walks from Murphys to Parrotts Ferry Road several times a week to raise money for veterans. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
When Ric Ryan walks his daily route along Highway 4 between Murphys and Vallecito, he’s surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. 

A week ago, his route was down Fifth Avenue in New York City as part of America’s Parade — the largest Veterans Day event in the country.

Teens arrested in homeless beatings

Sonora police have arrested two teens suspected in a string of severe beatings of homeless people since October. 

The 17-year-old boys, whose names were not released, were arrested Tuesday night in Sonora.

Tuolumne house fire contained

Cal Fire, Tuolumne Fire and Columbia College firefighters extinguish flames Thursday at a Birch Street home in Tuolumne. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A fire partially destroyed a Tuolumne home this morning. 

Homeowner Janice Edens, 58, said she “lost everything important” to her in the blaze. 

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