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CCWD board cuts own pay, talks revenue

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors approved a pay cut Wednesday that will cut their meeting compensation, beginning next month.

Sierra Views: Francis finds artistic expression in everyday life

Sonora artist Kimberly Ann Francis has self-published two children’s books – “Payten and Nannie Ann, Painting Our Way Home” and “Sneezy Wheezy Rez.” Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Kimberly Ann Francis rises before the sun most mornings in her Sonora apartment doubling as an art studio, but leaves the paint brushes be to prepare for an administration position at Columbia College. 

Transit board rejects Dial-a-Ride cutback

Tuolumne County Transit’s Dial-a-Ride service will remain available to all military veterans and seniors without confirmed disabilities. 

Mountain lion sightings continue

A Redbud Drive resident took a photo of a mountain lion through a window of their Sonora home. Courtesy photo.
 After dinner Tuesday, Connie Cassinetto sat on her Gibbs Drive porch quietly sipping tea and enjoying the evening when she noticed her 9-year-old Boston terrier miniature schnauzer, Gracie, perk up and look at the pond in the yard.

Pedro drowning victim ID'd

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body found 140 feet below Don Pedro Lake’s surface on Sunday matches the missing man from Fullerton last seen struggling to swim in the lake.

Land Transfers for July 8, 2015

Bourbon Barrel sets sights on downtown revitalization

Downtown Sonora will soon have a purveyor of fine spirits — the Bourbon Barrel will open in late summer next to Stage 3 Theatre on Green Street. 

Don Pedro drowning victim identified

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body found 140 feet below Don Pedro Lake’s surface on Sunday matches the missing man from Fullerton last seen struggling to swim in the lake.

Calendar for July 8, 2015

Medical marijuana collective zoning appeal on agenda

The Calaveras County Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday on whether a Calaveras County medical marijuana collective, Calaveras Medical Collective, should be legitimized.

Tons of rock peel off iconic Half Dome route

Climbers have discovered a sheet of rock 200 feet long and 3 feet to 9 feet thick fell off the historic Regular Route on Half Dome’s Northwest Face in Yosemite National Park, changing one of the most popular classic roped climbs on the iconic 2,000-foot face.

More Measure J construction on horizon for Sonora High School

Two more Sonora High School renovation projects have moved into focus, as a modernization of the school Humanities building nears completion. 

Housing for homeless population lacking

Tuolumne County is making progress on homelessness but it still lacks enough emergency shelters and rental housing to fully address the problem.

Tuolumne County to review disaster grant projects

An emergency shelter in Tuolumne is one of many projects the county is looking at if funds are received through the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Students ready for livestock auction

Foothill 4-H members Haley Gragg, 15 (left), and Peter Tidball, 18, prep pig pens Tuesday for the upcoming Mother Lode Fair. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Peter Tidball spends a lot of time with Willie Nelson — his pig.

Family doctor arrested on prescription med charges

Sonora physician Lori Sostock, 46, is escorted out of her office by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Kerzich Tuesday morning. She was charged with 48 counts of prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate purpose. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Sonora family doctor was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges relating to prescription medicine. 

San Andreas fire contained

Firefighters have completely contained a grassfire burning near the Government Center in San Andreas.

Service flag theft 'un-American'

A picture shows the service flag hung at a previous gathering at Mary Morrissey’s Sonora home. Courtesy photo.
An American flag that once covered the casket of a fallen World War II veteran was stolen from a Phoenix Lake Estates home in the early morning hours on July 4.

Vine to Wine: Uncorking secrets of Sutter wine

Amador County, and especially its Shenandoah Valley, can be credited with rejuvenating the foothill wine industry back in the mid 1970s. The county now boosts over 40 wineries to visit for a tasting experience.  And closer to home, about 10 years ago, Murphys in Calaveras County changed the way wine enthusiasts learn about local wines by simply parking their car and walking to their choice of over 20 tasting venues. Shops, restaurants, and unique lodging options abound in Murphys making it a prime destination.

Possible drownings at Lake Don Pedro, Rainbow Pool cast shadow on holiday

Two possible drownings were reported in Tuolumne County over the holiday weekend. 

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