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Rolling low and slow across the real America

Rolling low and slow across the real America

By Chris Bateman Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is on the outskirts of San Marcos, getting gas. It isn’t a scheduled stop. “But our locomotive is low on diesel and now we’re waiting for a tanker truck,” the conductor tells us over

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Eye on Town Hall

Eye on Town Hall

By Suzy Hopkins Donald Trump’s indictment of the news media as “the enemy of the American people” got me thinking. In essence, the press is supposed to be a representative of the American people — people who for reasons of

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Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

In early 2015 Dr. Todd Stolp retired after 12 years as Tuolumne County’s public health officer. Two weeks later, this husband and father of three boarded a plane for West Africa to treat Ebola patients. His assignment: help pregnant women in a country with the world’s highest maternal death rate, amid the largest global outbreak of a disease that kills half its victims. In this first-person account, he shares why he went, what he found and what he learned.

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Tuolumne County’s Road to Nowhere: Hang ‘Em High Way?

Tuolumne County’s Road to Nowhere: Hang ‘Em High Way?

“It doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue.” So said one critic when the Tuolumne County staff in November suggested naming a short road leading to the new Law and Justice Center site “Justice Center Drive.” County supervisors delayed their decision

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Mission to Save the Llamas

Mission to Save the Llamas

It’s not unusual for folks to follow their passion when they reach retirement age, when they have more free time to pursue the activities and adventures they love. What is unusual is the road 63-year-old George Caldwell of Sonora has chosen: trekking

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