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Groundbreaking held for pavilion


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Shoveling dirt at the Sonora Regional Center Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning are (from left) Ron Stearns, Evan Royce, Brenda Forrest, Paul Quiring, George White, Andrew Jahn, Ron Woodall, Michelle Fuentes, Wayne Ferch and Chee Keong Lin. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Tuesday for Sonora Regional Medical Center’s new $20 million Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center, to be built at the corner of Greenley Road and Mono Way.

 

The property, where the future Diana J. White Cancer Institute will be built, was purchased by the hospital in 2013 after Andy’s Home Center closed.

 


SHS progress report: Completed, in-progress and stalled bond projects highlighted by tour


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Superintendent Pat Chabot stands in the existing cafeteria kitchen at Sonora High School. The district plans to expand the kitchen and adjoining dining area over the next year with funding from a bond approved by voters. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 Under a hot morning sun, a youth soccer camp bounds over the Sonora High School field. 

 

Below their cleats, the turf — once green and soft — lays crumbling and torn.  

 


TUD Main Canal system called Achilles Heel


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A section of the Pacific Gas & Electric Tuolumne Main Canal upstream from a flow control point called Main Canal Spill 3. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 The Pacific Gas & Electric Tuolumne Main Canal, which delivers about 90 percent of north Tuolumne County’s water, is one of the region’s greatest vulnerabilities to disaster, according to Tuolumne Utilities District and county officials.

 

Fires, landslides and earthquakes are among the threats to the Main Canal, which carries water from Lyons Reservoir on the South Fork Stanislaus River to a network of ditches that serve Columbia, Jamestown, Sonora, Tuolumne and Twain Harte.

 


Calaveras supervisors mull waste and transit


Calaveras County’s integrated waste management division is seeking to expand county recycling programs and incorporate organics-composting.

 

This comes partly after the division found many residents are not recycling.

 


Fire damages SPI mill


A weekend fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Chinese Camp caused about $50,000 in damage to equipment and buildings.

 

The fire, on the 1400 block of Perricone Road, was reported about 4 p.m. Saturday.


Food by Jude: Hot days can require cool meals

There are times when even the most excessive chefs can’t wait to get out of the kitchen, especially when the thermometer hits 100!

 

Sure, you can always go to a restaurant — but that’s not always convenient. So, what’s the answer when preparing dinner?

 



Two injured in engine rollover still hospitalized


Two Stanislaus National Forest firefighters remained hospitalized Monday following a weekend collision in Clovis that injured five firefighters and a Fresno woman.

 

The accident, involving a Forest Service fire engine and a Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle, occurred about 7:30 a.m. Sunday on Highway 168, according to the California Highway Patrol.

 


Killer pain: Addicts urged to seek help


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The staff at Maynards, from left, group facilitator Chris Lytle, operations manager Marty Miles, director Shana Wren, cook Shannon Robinson, groundskeeper Frank Dean, certified addictions specialist Kathleen Brennan, certified addictions specialist Maria Chavez, lead housekeeper Alexis Blue, lead cook Lizzee Carlin, and receptionist Nichole Wren. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 The arrest of a Tuolumne County doctor last week, and the delicensing of another, has refocused attention locally on the national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

 

Last Tuesday, Dr. Lori Sostock was arrested and charged with 48 counts connected to prescriptions written at her Sonora office. On July 3, former Greenley Primary Care doctor Richard Behymer surrendered his license after being accused by the Medical Board of California of gross negligence.

 

 


High country postmaster sees triple the traffic


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Tuolumne Meadows Postmaster Michael Kochakji (above left) and Junior Postmaster Jeffrey Ballard check information on an incoming package Monday in the crowded post office inside Tuolumne Meadows Store. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 Tucked into limited space in the Tuolumne Meadows Store high in Yosemite National Park is a one-room post office that is overflowing with packages this summer.

 

Michael Kochakji, the Tuolumne Meadows postmaster for 15 years, says there are three times as many backpackers seeking resupply this year at his outpost, and he’s heard the same from others in the Postal Service and people who support backpackers on the Pacific Crest Trail.

 



Fire damages SPI Chinese Camp mill

A weekend fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Chinese Camp destroyed caused about $50,000 in damage to equipment and buildings.




Five Firefighters injured in Clovis wreck Crash

Five Stanislaus National Forest firefighters and a civilian motorist were injured Sunday in the Clovis area when a Forest Service fire engine and a Kia Sorrento sport utility vehicle crashed on Highway 168, according to the California Highway Patrol.


In the Garden: Water use in drought takes care, conservation

Although many reservoirs in California store water for future use, our biggest drinking water storage area is the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which has been dwindling in capacity in recent warm years. Thus, our total storage capacity for domestic and agricultural use is decreasing.  Published research is indicating that about 50 percent of our new future water needs must come from conservation of existing water resources since other sources will not be able to meet the future demand.


Your Home, Your Haven: Plan your dream space out back

You’ve thumbed through countless home and garden magazines, surfed endless home and garden websites, and roamed the aisles of home and garden improvement stores. You’ve done these things because you’ve been aching to give your home’s backyard a makeover and you wanted to get some ideas. There’s just one thing stopping you. You’ve accumulated so many ideas – all ideas that you like – that you don’t know where to start. You find yourself in information overload!


Biologists boost endangered frog population

Biologists are restoring endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs to alpine lakes in Yosemite National Park.


Calendar for July 11, 2015


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