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Sonora antique in spotlight

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Bob Brennan (left), the Smithsonian Institution’s Paul Gardullo (center) and Gerald Howard discuss the stitching pony that will be featured in a Smithsonian exhibit. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A Sonora artifact is going to be the center display piece in one of the founding exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum. 

A Smithsonian museum curator, Paul Gardullo, has been gathering the history of African Americans in the Mother Lode this week for the National Museum of African American History and Culture — under construction right now in Washington, D.C. 


Yosemite visitors generate millions for businesses

A new National Park Service report estimates nearly 3.7 million people visited Yosemite National Park last year and spent more than $373 million in communities surrounding the park. 

Visitation was actually down from about 4 million in 2012 due to a variety of factors. Those include everything from last year’s massive Rim Fire and federal government shutdown to rising gas prices and the state’s lingering drought, said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.

 


THCSD eases drought cutback

About 1,600 Twain Harte residents will no longer be required to cut their water usage in half, a ripple effect from the Tuolumne Utilities District board’s decision this week to lower TUD’s water-use reduction goal from 50 to 25 percent.

The Twain Harte Community Services District Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday morning to match TUD and lower its reduction goal to 25 percent as well. THCSD General Manager Tom Trott praised the community for conservation efforts that he said helped to improve the district’s water supply outlook, at least for the rest of the summer.

 


LA man dies at Rainbow Pool

A 30-year-old Southern California man drowned Tuesday at a popular Groveland-area swimming hole.

Enkhchuluun Demberel, of Torrance, Los Angeles County, was swimming about noon at Rainbow Pool, a day-use area on the Stanislaus National Forest’s Groveland Ranger District.

“Basically, he had limited swimming ability,” said Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson. “He went in water over his head and started to struggle.”


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