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Most passes open for holiday weekend

Sonora Pass on Highway 108 in Tuolumne County opened at 7:45 a.m. today, said Rick Estrada of Caltrans District 10 in Stockton.


Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 and Carson Pass on Highway 88 remained open as of this morning.


Highway 120 east of Crane Flat and Tioga Pass were closed Thursday due to snow accumulation, according to Yosemite and Caltrans officials. As of this morning, all other park roads were open with no restrictions.

Lyons Reservoir to get more water

Lyons Reservoir near Sierra Village will get an additional 839 acre-feet of water this summer, providing up to two more weeks of supply for nearly 44,000 Tuolumne County residents.

Memorial day weekend activities abound

Manteca residents Matthew Schneider (left) and David Schneider camp at the Glory Hole campground at New Melones Reservoir this weekend. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Brace yourselves Mother Lode people. Tourists are coming.

Usually busiest time of year at Yosemite National Park

North Dome, Tenaya Canyon and Half Dome are prominent features in Yosemite National Park. The park will get many visitors this holiday weekend. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 This weekend could be one of the busiest of the year in the Mother Lode, and the same is true at one of the region’s top tourist attractions.

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