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Yosemite seeks entry fee hike

Entrance fees at Yosemite National Park could increase from $20 to $30 in early 2015. File photo / Union Democrat. Copyright 2014.
Yosemite National Park is proposing a 50 percent entrance fee increase, park officials announced Monday. 

The single-vehicle entrance fee, currently $20 for a seven-day pass, is proposed to jump to $30. Meanwhile, the park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60. 

Calaveras snowplay resort could get new life

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Planning Commission, 9 a.m. Thursday, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.


A proposal to reopen the former Cottage Springs Ski Area as a sledding and tubing resort will go before the Calaveras County Planning Commission on Thursday.

Dick and Jeanette Guthrie, the applicants and landowners at 8609 Highway 4 in Camp Connell, are requesting a zoning amendment and conditional-use permit for Cottage Springs Resort. 

‘Vision’ project advances

A “vision” for Sonora’s future took a step closer to becoming a reality at Monday’s City Council meeting, though not everyone was on board.

The council voted 4-1 to authorize City Administrator Tim Miller to begin soliciting bids from consultants for completing the pre-construction design and engineering work on a nearly $2 million project that’s intended to improve the aesthetics and traffic flow along Washington Street from Stockton Road to Church Street.

State honors youth fitness program

Fit for the Future coordinator Brie Ferguson (left) shows Curtis Creek Elementary School seventh-grader Alvaro Velasquez proper hand placement for curl-ups. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Tuolumne County’s Fit for the Future program was chosen for a prestigious state honor in student wellness.

The fitness program, run by the Tuolumne County Office of Education, will receive a Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association. 

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