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Yosemite not your ordinary walk in the park

Yosemite National Park last month permanently closed 233 Curry Village cabins in the wake of October rock slides that hit the popular lodging and camping spot. The two slides damaged eight cabins, injured three park visitors and sent dozens scrambling for safety.

Vision for Jamestown mine site could ‘blossom’

Now comes a Modesto developer with the latest plan for Tuolumne County’s 450-acre Jamestown Mine property: Gold Rush Gardens, a botanical wonderland that would be the centerpiece of a major tourist attraction including a convention center, campground, hotel, shops and athletic fields.

So is developer Vincent Estell’s plan just as fanciful as a half dozen ill-fated projects proposed over the years for the played-out terrain? Or, this time, is it for real?

During hard times we need to stay positive

On Nov. 21, 1931, when The Union Democrat ran the pre-Thanksgiving editorial below, debate over whether the stock market crash of 1929 had spurred a slump, a recession or a depression had long since been resolved. The Great Depression was grinding on the nation in earnest, and the Mother Lode was hardly immune.

Among “Notes and Comments” on the paper’s editorial page:

• If you want to know whether there is a depression or not, try borrowing $100.

• Famous last words: The depression is only psychological.

Curbing illegal dumping is worth the effort

Foothills economy has bright outlook

Offering time is a gift to our nonprofits

Recall no solution, realities are harsh

Lessons learned from Mt. Springs

Vandals leaving mark on campaign

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