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Rim Fire reforestation workshop set

Rim Fire recovery staff with the Stanislaus National Forest plan to host a workshop July 8 to review potential alternatives for reforestation in parts of the federally managed forest that were scorched, burned or denuded by the gigantic blaze between August and October 2013.

Calendar for June 17, 2015

Reservoir water, emergency wells, conservation measures on Lake Don Pedro CSD agenda

Lake Don Pedro Community Services District officials have scheduled a Water Conservation Update meeting tonight in La Grange.

Habitat House Party tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the seventh annual Habitat House Party, to benefit Habitat for Humanity Tuolumne County.

Three vie for Lumber Jubilee crown

The 2015 Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee Queen candidates (from left) are: Sarah Caldera, 14, of Sonora, Anna Morgan, 16, of Jupiter, and Mikayla Wyhlidko, 17, of Twain Harte. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Picture this: A queen-crowning contest where contestants are judged on their ability to leap over logs, set a choker, identify wood and start a chain saw.

Angels Camp City Council discusses golf course budget

The Angels Camp City Council Tuesday approved a motion to continue assessments for landscaping and lighting of the Angels Camp golf resort, Greenhorn Creek, for the 2015-16 year.

Tuolumne County Board passes 2015-16 budget

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors passed a preliminary budget Tuesday for the 2015-16 fiscal year, with an eye on reducing reserve spending and the use of one-time funds for ongoing expenses.

Flames destroy Angels Camp home

Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Flames destroyed a house on Main Street in Angels Camp this afternoon.


The house, between Stanislaus Avenue and Mark Twain streets, was a total loss, according to Cal Fire Capt. Chris Morse.

Coffee company fire quickly contained

Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Cal Fire personnel were called to a small fire at 10:48 a.m. at the Mother Lode Coffee Roasting Company on Tuesday.


The fire was fully contained at 11:11 a.m.


Food by Jude: Rich recipes special for Father's Day

105 years ago, a smart lady named Sonora Dodd (nee Smart), decided that men, such as her dad, deserved to be honored.


William Smart, a Civil War veteran, had become a widower when his wife died during the birth of their sixth child. He raised all the kids by himself, and also ran their family farm in Washington state.

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