Monday, December 31, 2012

Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Agreement

   At 11 PM PST you don't often see the Senate in action on CSPAN. However, tonight the Senate passed the Fiscal Cliff Agreement 89-8, with the $400,000 and above incomes being taxed at 39%.

   We did actually go over the "fiscal cliff" at 12 Midnight EST, and then they passed the bill.

Old Sacramento New Years Eve Cancelled

   We just received information that the big New Years Eve Party and Fireworks, where some 40,000 people had been expected before midnight, was cancelled by authorities.

   Police are clearing the entire area due to several people having been shot. There will be no fireworks show.

Fire and Injuries in Accident at I-5 and Hwy 12

  Please be careful if you are out driving tonite.  An accident that may have fatalities occurred at 9:15 PM ont Hwy 12 and I-5 in Lodi.

Road Hazard on Calaveritas

  4 PM:  Two calves are reportedly out on the roadway on Calaveritas in San Andreas. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Ronald D. Perry of Valley Springs

   Ronald D. Perry, of Valley Springs, passed away on December 21, 2012 at UCSF Medical Center. He was 61.

     Born on July 19, 1951 in Modesto,  hea had lived in Valley Springs

Deer on Poole Station Road and Hwy 4

  10:10 AM:  Be cautious if driving on Hwy 4 near Poole Station Road just below Angels Camp this morning. CHP has received a report of deer at that location.

   A CHP unit is enroute to the area.

Cow out on Campo Seco and Paloma Road.

   CHP was just advised that a fence is down and a cow is out on Campo Seco Road and Paloma Road in Valley Springs.

   Keep it quiet. We don't want Big Game Hunter Spellwoman and his bunch to find out.


Last Copper Sunrise of 2012....

Wow! Copper 2012 goes out with a glow
photo by B of Copperopolis

Calaveras Board of Supervisors Meets on January 8, 2013

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors has yet another week off! They meet next on January 8, 2013, when Supervisors Callaway and Spellman will greet the three new members of the Board.

Traffic Hazard in West Point

   At 8:50 AM a traffic hazard was reported to CHP at Hwy 26 and Winton Road in West Point. It isn't clear exactly what the hazard is yet.

   An officer is enroute to the scene.

Black Monday?

   Many are calling today Black Monday, the day when several NFL head coaches, dozens of assistant coaches and quite a few team executives will find out they're fired.

NFL's Most Valuable Player for 2012?

   Who do you think was the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 2012?  Was it Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, or.......?

Will Jaguars take Tim Tebow?

  There isn't much question that the Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL this season.  But is Tem Tebow really the answer, or will the Jags not take the bait on the high-profile quarterback?

Wildcard Saturday

   The start of the playoffs in the NFL will be Wildcard Saturday, January 5, 2013 when The Texans host the Bengals and the Packers host the Vikings.

   The 49ers have a bye this weekend after cinching their playoff status on Sunday, beating Arizona.

Vikings Make Playoffs, Peterson comes up short

   Rookie Blair Walksh kicked a game-ending field goal to lift the Vikings over the Packers and clinch a plyoof spot, despite Adrian Peterson coming up nine yards short of the single-season rushing record.

Chuck and Luck! Colts knock Texans from #!

    The Colts mad Chuck Pagano a winner in his return to the sideline.  Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, giving the Colts a 28-16 victory over Houston.

  It was Pagano's first game back as coach since starting treatment for leukemia on September 26.

Murphys Senior Center Volunteer of the Year

   The Murphys Senior Center Board recognized Carol Jones as their 2012 Volunteer of the Year for 2012!

Puppies at Hwy 99 and Hwy 4

  CHP is enroute to the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 99 in Stockton after receiving a report of three puppies on the right hand side of the road.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

InFocus Photography Exhibition


Twenty-Sixth Annual
Photography Competition and Exhibition

Traffic Accident in Arnold

   A traffic accident that occurred in Arnold on Hwy 4 at Sierra Parkway at 5 PM has resulted in CHP requesting sand on the Hwy from CalTrans.

   No injuries were reported and a tow truck has been dispatched to the scene.

Cowboys-Redskins — fitting finale to 2012


   After 255 games, the NFL regular season will come down to one of the league's most historically intense rivalries — Cowboys at Redskins — on Sunday Night Football.

Food fight! Eggs, flour fly in Spain for charity


     Citizens of Ibi, Spain annually celebrate the Els Enfarinats festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers.

Is it time to jettison Rex?

   Should the Jets  keep Rex Ryan or clean house?

.Wacky celebrity fads of 2012: Dried placenta pills, oxygen shots


     Pop guru Simon Cowell carries pocket-sized inhalable oxygen shots, America's "Mad Men" actress January Jones favors dried placenta pills, and British soap star Patsy Palmer rubs coffee granules into her skin.

Year in Review: Meningitis Outbreak Still a Challenge


    The fungal meningitis outbreak that made headlines in the fall was "unprecedented," in the words of the of the clinicians at the eye of the storm.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Editorial Opinion: What Does Angels Camp City Do When....

....they realize they have another BAD City Administrator?

This is better than Whale Watching

Like whales? Google  Great Whale Conservancy/Saving Valentina when you get time. Wonderful video.

Law school students accused of beheading bird


     Two students from the Berkeley law school stole a helmeted guineafowl from a Las Vegas casino and decapitated it, police allege.

In 2012, we turned to Wikipedia to learn about ... Facebook?



     Unlike most major Internet brands, Wikipedia had no year-end top-10 list to share. But that's not to say there isn't a list of most viewed Wikipedia articles of 2012.


You can literally throw your negative thoughts away


    Take the trash out: According to new research in Psychological Science, writing down your negative thoughts and tossing them in the garbage can erase your bad mood. Let us know if it works for you.

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Hit and Run on Hwy 49 and Fricot City Rd.

  6:25PM:   CHP is enroute to Hwy 49 and Fricot City Road responding to a report of a hit and run.

Did Shakira give birth to a baby boy?


     Soccer star Gerard Pique tweeted that he and the new "Voice" mentor had become parents, but now it seems he was pranking fans.

'Twilight' named worst movie of all time


   The "Mystery Science Theater 3000" gang -- who now run Rifftrax -- know bad movies, and they say the saga of Bella and Edward tops the list as the worst.

Car Partly Blocking Hwy 4 at Big Trees

   UPDATE:  3 PM:  Hazard has been cleared.

Traffic Hazard in Copperopolis

  2:30 PM:  CHP is at the scene of the hazard

A chilly morning at Yosemite Falls

NFC playoff picture


       Will playoff seeding be affected by the 'Fail Mary' call from Week 3? Who has the edge in Sunday's matchup between the Cowboys and Redskins?

Coughlin, Giants are likely out of it

      In each of Tom Coughlin's nine seasons in New York, the Giants started 5-2. While some of those seasons have concluded in Super Bowl victories, many more, including 2012, have been disappointments. Is the year the Giants let Coughlin walk?

Power line down at Hwy 49 and Hwy 16

   Avoid the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 16 as a power pole has been reported down with lines in the road at 9:40 AM in Amador County.

   CHP is at that location and will  notify PG&E.

Traffic Hazard at Tamarack

   9:40 AM:  CHP has reported a traffic hazard, an abandoned vehicle on Hwy 4 at Tamarack.  CHP is at the location. Use caution if in that area. A tow truck has been dispatched.

Calaveras Chamber of Commerce


The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the date and time for the Annual Installation Dinner;

Does Rex Ryan want to be fired?



     If significant changes aren't made in New York this off-season, it's being reported Rex Ryan would rather be fired.  The latest drama coming out of Jets camp says the first guy to go might be offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

Supervisors on Another Extended Vacation

  The two remaining Supervisors, Callaway and Spellman, who will most likely end up as Chair and Vice-Chair (omg) for 2013, are on yet another extended vacation, at FULL PAY.

Chains Required on Hwy 4

   CHP reports that chains are now required on Hwy 4 from Tamarack to Mt. Reba Road. Hwy 4 is closed at Lake Alpine.

Medicare Cuts Loom Large as 'Cliff' Nears


     It's looking less and less likely that Congress and the White House will strike a deal to keep the country from falling over the "fiscal cliff" next week, so physicians are preparing for a 28.5 percent cut in Medicare payments that will take effect on Jan. 1.

2 Cruise Ships Bugged by Virus

     Passengers on two luxury cruise ships, including the prestigious Queen Mary 2, have some down with what is suspected to be Norovirus.

Debate Over 'Frankenfish' Heats Up


     Genetically-engineered salmon, or 'Frankenfish,' debate ignited in final 60 days before FDA approval.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Shanahan: No one has ever played at RG3's level



     Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Thursday that Griffin's array of talents is unprecedented in NFL history.

Accident at Hwy 12 and Hwy 88

   UPDATE:   At 4:40 PM two CHP units are at the location. They are still waiting on a tow truck.

Can the oyster industry survive ocean acidification?



     For four frustrating months in 2007, Mark Wiegardt and his wife, Sue Cudd, witnessed something unsettling at their Oregon oyster hatchery: tank bottoms littered with dead baby oysters.

Climate Change Causes Forest Die-Off Globally


     Already facing an onslaught of threats from logging and conversion for agriculture, forests worldwide are increasingly impacted by the effects of climate

Will Colleges Kick Coal out of Their Stockings?


-By Kate Sheppard and Tim McDonnell

     Can college students reshape energy politics in the US by reforming their colleges' endowments? That's the hope of idealistic students at 189 different campuses across the country who have launched campaigns to encourage their school administrators and trustees to dump all their investments in fossil fuels.

     The campaign, the students say, gives them a direct check on the power of the oil, coal and gas industries, which they hope will have broader effects nationwide.

     "We were feeling, like the rest of the climate movement, pretty frustrated with the political situation in the US," said Alli Welton, a sophomore at Harvard and the co-coordinator of the school's divestment campaign.

      "We felt that fossil fuel corporations just had too much control over Congress, and it was really hard to see how we could overcome that barrier."

     "Divestment was really exciting," continued Welton, a native of Washington state studying the history of science. "It was striking directly at the fossil fuel companies themselves, instead of going at their proxies in Congress. "
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The mother behind kids’ long-shot legal crusade



     EUGENE, Ore. — For Julia Olson, it all started with "An Inconvenient Truth."
The then-thirtysomething environmental lawyer watched Al Gore's climate change documentary while eight months pregnant with her second child.

United Nations bans female genital mutilation


     The United Nations General Assembly today passed unanimously a resolution banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Sherman tweets he won his appeal


    It looks like the Seahawks will have cornerback Richard Sherman for the playoffs after all.

Substitute Cancer Drugs Less Effective, Study Finds


     A shortage of the cancer treatment drug mechlorethamine led to a substitute drug that whose results are not as good.

Fans will still watch Pro Bowl


  There are many ongoing issues surrounding the Pro Bowl. Regardless of the quality of play, the game still features the best players in the world, and for that reason fans will watch.

Kenya Hospital Imprisons New Moms Who Can't Pay


For new mothers who can't pay their bill, detention is the norm at one hospital.

Most surprising team of the year?

  The Colts' had unexpected success this season and their incentive to beat the Texans in the season finale could surprise everyone.

'Bubble Boy' Bill Passes Congress


    'Bubble Boy' bill to create home treatment pilot program passes Congress, awaits the President's   signature.

Pickup and Boat Hazard in Carson Hill

   12:45 PM:  CHP has received a report that a pickup and boat are blocking Hwy 49 in Carson Hill. a unit has been dispatched to that location.

Yelling and Flipping off Cars

   12:30 PM: CHP received a complaint that there is a person near the corner of Hwy 88 and Martell Rd. in Martell, yelling and flipping off passing cars.

   Two CHP units are enroute to the scene. Maybe he didn't get what he wanted for Christmas.


Weirdest record of 2012: The juggling triathlon


     You completed a triathlon? We're not impressed. Try doing it while juggling the whole way.