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Crews battle 100-acre fire near Angels Camp

A Cal Fire helicopter pilot Thursday works above a fire outside Angels Camp. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
A fire broke out Thursday afternoon in hills southwest of Angels Camp, prompting pilots and ground crews to scramble in heat greater than 90 degrees to battle the fast-moving blaze.

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Sonora senior slotback Wyatt Faughnan on Wednesday night runs through a gauntlet of Wildcats trying to knock him off balance and jar the ball loose. Bill Rozak / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 After two days of Sac-Joaquin Section mandated conditioning, the Sonora Wildcats football team on Wednesday night was in full pads at Dunlavy Field. The Wildcats play a scrimmage vs. Ripon Aug. 22 and open the season Aug. 28 at Oakdale.

Highway 108 crash victims identified

Two people killed in a Friday single-vehicle crash near Little Sweden have been identified by the California Highway Patrol.

Family Day at Calaveras Big Trees includes art show, carriage rides

Children’s activities at Family Day include live animals, presentations and a craft area. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The 27th annual “Family Day” will be held Saturday at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, off upper Highway 4 near Arnold.

New manager for Melones lake selected

New Melones Lake, the federally owned, nearly empty reservoir on the Stanislaus River in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, has a new park manager, Bureau of Reclamation officials announced Wednesday.

State offers turf, toilet rebates

People who want to increase water efficiency by replacing their lawns or toilets can get money back from the state for doing so, water officials announced Wednesday.

Dying trees cause for concern

Tree mortality photographed Wednesday in the Sugar Pine area, off Highway 108. Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit / Courtesy photo.
 A fourth year of drought is taking its toll on Mother Lode forests, especially in the Groveland area, where a Cal Fire forester estimates 30 percent of the trees are now dead or dying.

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.

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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.

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