Friday, June 29, 2012

Have a Safe and Sane 4th of July

CalFire reminds us to have a safe and sane
4th of July weekend. NO fireworks of any
kind are allowed in the Stanislaus National
Forest or in Tuolumne County. Why?

Update on Railroad Flat Road Arrest

        More details have become available on the three arrests made after a vehicle stop on Railroad Flat Road near West Point. 
    A deputy, according the the Sheriff's Department, attempted to catch up with a vehicle travelling

Traffic Collision at Hwy 49 and Mountain Ranch Rd.

  On Friday, June 29, 2012, at approximately 12:30 PM there was a traffic collision on Hwy 49 and Mountain Ranch Rd. Tow tow trucks were dispatched  but no injuries were reported. No other details are available at this time.

Meet Molly and Give Her a Forever Home

Molly is a young female Lilac/Lynx point Siamese mix who is about 1 1/2 years old. Molly loves to snuggle and will talk back if you want to have a conversation.
     Molly is not a big cat and would have to be spayed before going to her new forever home. If you are interested in meeting her please call Calaveras County Animal Services at 754-6817.  Her reference # is A030478.

One Family Receives Visit From Councilman Jack Lynch About Angels Creek Trail Path

     According to Angels Camp City Councilman Jack Lynch, who both phoned and e-mailed us this morning, the family who lives and owns property along the Angels Creek is

iPhone Marks 5th Anniversary

   Believe it or not, it's been five years since the debut of the first iPhone.  The device helped transform Apple's image.  
   It's hard to believe, but five years ago, no one knew what to make of Steve Jobs' announcement.  "Today, Apple is going to re-invent the phone."

Yes on Prop 29 Group Concedes Loss

     Although the American Cancer Society and the Yes on Prop 29 group held out hope, they finally conceded that the big tobacco companies won yet another round in the battle over tobacco in California.
    The totals, with only a few absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted was

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Estimates At 2,000 For Bump V Party

 With estimates of around 2000 youth at the "Bump V" party at Lake Tulloch last weekend, who knows what to expect on the 7th, which is being called the Red White and Booze party at Lake Tulloch.
    We certainly hope authorities are on top of this one. They were only lucky last time that there were no serious injuries.

What Supreme Court's Ruling Means For Health Care

The White House
   Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling: They upheld the Affordable Care Act and ensured that millions of American families will have access to health care and protection from the worst abuses of the insurance industry.
    Lots of people have questions about the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court's decision, and their health care coverage.
Because the law has an impact on so many Americans, it's important to understand its basic parts. We've also put together a list of facts about the Affordable Care Act. Will you give it a read, and then pass it on?

Traffic Collision South of Valley Springs

     CHP reports that at  approximately 12:45 PM there was a traffic collision on Southworth Rd. at Ospital Rd, south of Valley Springs.  One of the vehicles being towed is a Honda Accord.

    No injuries were reported.  When we receive more information, we will update.

Smoke Over Ebbetts Pass

Residents of Ebbetts Pass are nervous
especially after seeing what is
 happening in Colorado.
    We've had a lot of calls wanting to know what the smoke it rising above Ebbetts Pass. When we found nothing from CalFire, we checked the National Forest Service. It turns out, believe it or not, that they are

Letter to the Editor About Drunks

    Dear Editor:
     I understand that CHP has arrested one person that I have known drinks and drives for years. Now if they will just get the one in the red vehicle who drives up and down. These people are a hazard to us and our children.
   We need to get them all off the road. I commend the CHP for arresting the drunks who live in Calaveras County.
                                  Mom against Drunks who Drive

Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

We commend Chief Justice
Roberts for his courage and
honor to do what was right.
   After months of anticipation, the highest court in the land this morning, June 28, 2012, announced the Supreme Courts' decision that President Obama's Health Care Plan is NOT unconstitutional.
   In a surprise to many Republicans, Chief Justice Roberts was said to be the swing vote on the panel.
   This decision paves the way for historic health care reform to continue over the next few years.
     Ami Bera, candidate running for Congress against Lungren put it best;
"Today, Chief Justice John Roberts set aside politics to do what he thought was right. That is something that Dan Lungren would never do."

Murphys Senior Center 3rd Anniversary July 4th @ noon

July 4 from 12-1:30 @ MSC
65 Mitchler Ave.

San Andreas Julenile Arrested for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property

Breaking store-front windows to
burglarize would be noticed in
a busy town because of the noise.
     According to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department, a 16 year old male from San Andreas has  been  arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property taken from a business known as Hemptation.
     After a passerby noticed the front window was broken out, employees found items missing

Supervisors Callaway and Wilensky: No More Cops! Because They'll Make More Arrests......

We should post this sign at the
Calaveras County line!
     During the agendized budget approval Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday June 26, 2012, many members of the public requested they fund the Sheriff's Department fully,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Forest Fire at George Bush Giant Sequoia

   A forest fire that  started near the George Bush Giant Sequoia, (shown on the right) in the Sequoia National Park is still under investigation. The fire, now extinguished, was first believed to have been caused by lightning, but the National Forest Service is now

Bad Planning Again by County Board of Supervisors

Photo from Bump 3 at Lake Tulloch.
Another is planned for August.
      The talk around the County this week has been about the big "Bump V" party held at Lake Tulloch Resort this last weekend.
     When we first

Finally: Official Sheriff's Office Response to "Bump V"

    We just received, Wednesday, June 27, 2012,  an official press release from the Sheriff's Office concerning the many calls they had received from press outlets, including the Sierra Sentinel.
     They now state that from Friday June 22nd through Sunday June 24th there were


    Wanted you to know how much we are enjoying the Sierra Sentinel online. You cover such a wide variety of topics that I am interested in.
     I read your article about the Census Bureau

Horses, Burros Available for Adoption

Horses, Burros Available for Adoption

   Residents of the  area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families, when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Sacramento Horseman's Association, 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento, on Saturday, July 14.

Letter to the Editor: What's Going on at Murphys Sanitary District?

 Dear Editor:
     After reading the articles in the Sierra Sentinel about what's been going on at Murphys Sanitary District, I have to say that I'm appalled that
it has taken this long to be made public.

Small Town Tradition Holds True To "Honoring Our Past" in Moke Hill on July 4th

Photo of the 1933 parade courtesy of
The Mokelumne Hill History Society.
Small town tradition and charm march down Main Street in Mokelumne Hill for their annual 4th of July parade and celebration. One of the oldest continuous 4th of July parades in the Mother Lode, viewers will be entertained with horse riders, antique cars and trucks, floats and wild diversions, marchers, cowboys and wondrous moments of fabulous fancy.  A spectacular display of fire engines and trucks is the perfect finale.

Three Arrested on Railraod Flat Rd.

The Slammer
    On June 26, 2012, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop on Railraod Flat Road at June Ave, and ended up arresting three people from the Sacramento area.

Joseph "Joe" Brown of Valley Springs

     Joseph "Joe" Brown was born February 21, 1924 and passed away on June 19, 2012 at the age of 88.
      Joe was one of four children born to George Laurence and Bertha "Allison" Brown in Port Allegany, Pennsylania. He grew up in Potter County, Pennsylvania, living with his family until 1943.

Strong Calaveras Enterprise Needed In Unfriendly County

Calaveras Enterprise News
   Why is strong Calaveras enterprise needed?  To answer this question lets define the word enterprise.  According to  Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia the word is defined as follows: "an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers.  Predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase the wealth of their owners." 

Angels Camp Police Department Warns of Phone and Mail Scams

      Within the last two weeks the police department has been informed of several mail and telephone scams that are occurring in the Angels Camp area.

Stockton Files for Bankruptcy

Calaveras County Could Be Next?
At least one member of the public reminded the Board of Supervisors at yesterday's meeting, June 26, 2012, that they could be next,
and one showed the headlines of a newspaper announcing that Stockton is filing for bankruptcy.
   We actually found an excellent quote from Ricky Gill, who is running for the Congressional seat in that District. He said, "Stockton's impending  bankruptcy is a local issue, but it carries lessons that should resonate clearly in Washington.

Sierra Sentinel Agrees With MVSdotcommer

   In what may seem like a shock to some, the Sierra Sentinel finds it has to agree with Colleen Platt of the mvsdotcommers,  who spoke against the Board of Supervisors limiting Public Comment time. If it goes past 9:30 AM they have to wait til the end of the meeting, late in the afternoon or evening.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Pine Tree in Calaveras News

   Standard, patch, strip, with reserves, slash and burn.  No matter what you call it its clear-cutting.  Remove every trunk so no canopy remains.  Clearcutting is deforestation, the desecration of natural habitats and it contributes to climate change.  Many call clear cutting a controversial forestry/logging practice but in Ebbett's Pass it flat out means the removal of the cedar and the pine tree in Calaveras County.   

Calaveras Sheriff Arrest in Arnold for Possession

   Denise Diane Almer (22, of Arnold), was arrested and cited for Possession of a controlled substance, a Felony,  possession of controlled substances with intent to sell, being under the Influence of a controlled substance, and DUI for Alcohol or Drugs (misdemeanors).

Murphys Sanitary District June Meeting Chaotic & Uncontrolled

   A Continuing Investigation into the Murphys Sanitary District

 If you listen to the tape from the June 11, 2012 Murphys Sanitary District Board meeting, you will hear long and loud discussions, comments and questions not directed to the Chair of the Board, as should be required by the Chair  and with no one stating their names before they speak.

Arrest For Infliction Of Corporal Injury On A Spouse and ....

     Kimberly Ann Smith (48, of Arnold) was arrested for Inflicting injury (a felony 273.5  A of the PC) to a spouse or cohabitant and for paraphernalia of a controlled substance (a misdemeanor).

Cal Fire on Campfire Safety

Don't let this happen to our forests.
Be careful with fire.
   CalFire is warning all those who plan to camp this 4th of July weekend that they will need a campfire permit, and to make sure they have a five-foot clearance around their campfires.

Mountain Ranch Woman arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing a Public Officer

     Catherine Mary Worthington (56, of Mountain Ranch), was arrested for Disorderly Conduct due to alcohol, Obstructing a Public Officer and making annoying calls to 911, all misdemeanors.
     No further details were currently available.

Chamber of Commerce Open House

    The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce is inviting all local business people to an open house at Angels Sheet Metal and Distinctive Metals.
   It will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM and the location is on Gun Club Road south of Angels Camp. Local wines and appetizers will be served.

Pitbulls reported running loose...

     Monday evening, June 25, 2012, the Sheriff's Department got a report of 3 Pitbulls running loose on Horseshoe Dr. in Hathaway Pines.
    Many residents in the Hathaway Pines area are concerned that as soon as evening comes certain people allow their dogs to run free.

Study Says California Sea Level to Rise 5 Feet

     In a study released by the National Research Council, it is reported that sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise up to 1 foot in 20 years, 2 feet by 2050 and as much as 5 1/2 feet by the end of the century.

Lightning Stikes Golf Course

    At a golf course near Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut yesterday, several employees were taken to the hospital with
reported burns after lightning struck near where they were working.

Venus Williams Loses at Wimbledon

  Coming as a shock to many U.S. tennis fans, Venus Williams lost in the very first round at Wimbledon. The Williams sisters have many wins in the English tennis championships in their past.

Alex Trebek Wins Emmy, Suffers Heart Attack

   Alex Trebek, host of televisions popular game show Jeopardy, is reportedly up and around after suffering a heart attack. Trebek recently won an Emmy for TV's best Host of a game show.

Murdoch Rushes Sale of Hawaii's Lanai Island

    In an attempt to learn more about Castle and Cooke's reasons for the sale of the island of Lanai, we discovered that the Honolulu Star Advertiser had previously reported that Castle and Cooke had been losing anywhere from$10 to $20 million a year in Lanai alone. Now we have learned that David  Murdoch, owner of Castle and Cooke has put the RUSH on the sale of 98% of  he island to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Here are the Facts: Letter to the Editor

Cut more trees. I want closer to the creek!
   Dear Sierra Sentinel;
    To those who want to use others property for picnics, and for those who think it's a wonderful idea, here are a few pictures of what Angels Camp really has to look forward to.
                             T in Angels
Leave it. Jack will clean it up!
I'm so happy the City made a poop
place for my 5 dogs!

Dear Editor: I Like The Angels Creek

       Letter to the editor:   I like the Angels Creek and don't feel its right  that just cause I had to get married young and have 5 childrun that I dont get to enjoy the creek where rich people live.

Home on Angels Creek

   This is an example of the back yard of a home on Angels Creek, where the Angels City Council apparently wants to put a public trail.

Alba "Ada" Marie Price

   Alba "Ada" Marie Price, born September 17, 1917 in Bingham Canyon, Utah, passed away June 16, 2012 in San Andreas.
    Known to many as "Nonie" she loved her animals, walking, music, singing, the Italian Club dinners and taking care of her flower garden.

Harold Dillashaw of Angels Camp

     Harold Dillashaw was born in Jayton, Texas on April 25, 1933. His family moved to Angels Camp in 1945. He served his country from 1953 to 1955, spending 19 months in Germany.     He married his sweetheart, Shirley Zanardi that same year.

Pat Davies Needs to Resign from Murphys Sanitary District: Letter to Editor

    Dear Sierra Sentinel:
     I've been watching and listening to the goings on at Murphys Sanitary District for quite some time, and its my opinion that the real problem is one Board member.
    I believe that if Pat Davies, the owner of the building MSD rents, would resign that things would improve at the district.

Valley Springs Man Arrested for Threats to Terrorize, DUI, Vandalism and Exhibiting a Deadly Weapon

     Larry Andre Pitts, (52, of Valley Springs) was arrested by a Calaveras County Sheriff's deputy on Hwy 26 near Silver Rapids in Valley Springs for DUI, threatening a crime; intent to terrorize, exhibiting a deadly weapon, not a firearm and vandalism/defacing property.