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Drought, beetle taking toll on Mother Lode trees

Suzie Gerlitz, 29, of Leisure Pines, talks about how bark beetles have impacted drought-stressed pines in her neighborhood. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Suzie Gerlitz didn’t know what a bark beetle was when she and her husband, Brandon, moved into their dream home in Leisure Pines this past February.

Brown signs AB 30, Redskin mascot banned

Calaveras High School is one of four schools in California that will have to change its team name and mascot as a result of a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that bans the term redskins at all public schools.

Schools, officers to work closer

Tuolumne County school administrators and law enforcement want to see more of each other. 

Helpers fear isolated Butte Fire victims will slip through the cracks

Laura Fultz, of Calaveritas (right), brings supplies to people she believes are isolated and unable to reach resource centers in Mountain Ranch and San Andreas, including Susan Closs (left), who is camping on property off Wendell Road in the Butte Fire burn area. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 From Jesus Maria to Mountain Ranch, many people burned out weeks ago by the devastating Butte Fire are camping out next to their destroyed homes. Their basic concerns include reliable, safe drinking water, electricity and phone service.

Flu shots encouraged; offered by health departments

Flu season can begin as early as October. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination unless they have a medical condition or allergy that precludes them from doing so. File photo / Union Democrat.
 It’s flu shot time, and Tuolumne County Public Health Officer Dr. Liza Ortiz urges everyone to get one. 

Undead haunt Sonora

Katie Morgan, 5, dressed as the bunny girl from AMC’s “The Walking Dead" for this year's zombie walk. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The fifth annual Walking Dead Sonora, Zombie Walk and Food Drive was held Saturday in downtown Sonora. The event attracts hundreds of undead enthusiasts each year and benefits the ATCAA Food Bank and Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

Fire above Bridalveil Fall one of several smoldering in Yosemite

Smoke from the Bridalveil Fire is seen Monday from near Sentinel Bridge in Yosemite Valley. National Park Service / Courtesy photo.
 Fire crews in Yosemite National Park were monitoring several smoldering fires and burn areas Monday, including one that broke out Oct. 5 above one of the park’s iconic waterfalls.

Wildcats top Buffaloes; stay in hunt for postseason

Sonora goal keeper Anthony Prophet makes a leaping save Monday in the Wildcats’ 2-1 victory over Amador at Dunlavy Field. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 It’s homecoming week at Sonora High School, and homecoming is typically all about football. However, the Sonora boys’ soccer team didn’t get the memo. In a game that the ‘Cats needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes within reach, they went out and defeated Amador 2-1 Monday night at Dunlavy Field.

Preps roundup: McIlroy, Land lead ’Cat runners

The Sonora cross country team competed Saturday at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Homemade fast food as good as originals

Thinkstock In-n-Out’s Double Double can be made at home. Thinkstock.
 In a small apartment in East Hollywood, the sound of rush-hour traffic filters through the warm evening air. A group of tired, hungry friends voices a serious craving — not for some seasonal restaurant cuisine or even tacos, but for fast food. Crunchy, melty, salty, addictive fast food.

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