Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Letter to the Editor: About Hounds Hunting Bear

   Dear Editor:

   In a rather shameful display, and pretending as if they struggled with the decision, Supervisors Callaway and Wilensky, who pretend they care about animals, voted to support Tryons letter against SB 1221, the ban on hunting bear with hounds.

120 Lightning Strikes in Plumas National Forest-

   The US Forest Service has reported that they had 120 lightning strikes on the west escarpment of the Plumas National Forest during the thunder storms today.

   At this time only 1 sign of smoke can be seen and a crew was sent to extinguish any fire started.

Traffic Accident in Angels Camp

  CHP got report of a traffic accident at Angels Oaks Dr. and Hwy 4 in Angels Camp this afternoon, August 15, 2012.

   According to the CHP report, three cars ended up on the side of the road after one car swerved to avoid a white car driving recklessly in the other direction. That car ended up on the westbound side of the roadway.

   No injuries were reported. A tow truck was dispatched to the scene.

Valley Springs Man Arrested for Contracting w/o a License

   On August 14, 2012, Bobby Lee Busolo of Valley Springs was arrested by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department for allegedly Contracting without a License, a misdemeanor.

   Busolo was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and released.

Traffic Control on Hwy 4

   CHP is providing one-way traffic control throught the fire area on Hwy 4 today, August 15, 2012. From above Dorrington to the CalTrans yard, traffic will be allowed on a one-lane control basis.

Traffic Hazard at Big Trees State Park

  A traffic hazard at Big Trees State Park on Hwy 4 that was initially reported at 9:08 AM this morning, August 15, 2012, is still a problem.

   A big rig is blocking the road and a special tow truck had to be dispatched. Be cautious in that area, and avoid Hwy 4 altogether if you can, due to the fire.

Rummage Sale in Angels Camp Saturday

   On Saturday, August 18, 2012, the Calaveras Arts Council is holding the Gallery Group's Third Annual Rummage Sale.

    It will be held in downtown Angels Camp at Utica Park from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Man Arrested for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

   Scotty Joe McAninch was arrested in Calaveras County on August 14, 2012.
   Scotty Joe McAninch, 47,  of Manteca was first arrested for operating a construction company without a license offense, a misdemeanor, but then was discovered to be a registered sex offender who had a warrant out from Washington state for failure to register as a sex offender, a felony.
     He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail

Fire Near Clearlake- Wye Fire (Includes the Walker Fire)

  UPDATE:  August 15, 2012 at 10 AM  The Wye fire near Clearlake is 70% contained at nearly 8000 acres.

 UPDATE: August 14, 5:00 AM  The Wye Fire is now at 6000 acres.

Monday August 13, 2012 at 2 PM.  CalFire reports that a fire which started on Sunday August 12, 2012 around 3:50 PM is near Hwy 20 and 53.   5000 acres have burned so far and evacuations are mandatory for the Long Valley and Spring Valley areas.
   There is some concern that these two fires may have been arson and related.
   The evacuation center is at the Clearlake Senior Center. 480 homes are currently threatened, and the fire is only 25% contained at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Copperopolis Man Arrested

    Gregory Elvis Hyde, of Copperopolis was arrested at Feather and Iroquois in Copperopolis  by Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputies  on August 14, 2012 for alleged Possession of Narcotic for Sale and Transportation of Narcotics, both felonies.

  Hyde was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and was released on a bond.

Attention District 4 Voters!

    We found out that Supervisor Tryon is the person who signed the request to put a letter on the agenda for August 14, 2012 to oppose SB1221, the ban on hunting bear with hounds.

Wheats Fire Smoking Heavily

  It was reported Wednesday August 15, 2012 at around 8:30 AM, that the Wheats Fire, which is considered to be 100% contained, was smoking heavily. This is in the Summit Ranger District, and is west of the Dardenelles and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

   This fire, which consumed 260 acres, is also in the Stanislaus National Forest is in the mop-up stage, and many of the men were transfered to the Ramsey fire off Hwy 4.

Timothy Daniel Stuart, Jr. Arrested in San Andreas

   Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Timothy Daniel Stuart, Jr. at the San Andreas Apartments on August 14, 2012  for alleged Violation of Parole, a felony.

   He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Avery Man Arrested

       Robert Gary Irby, 56 of Avery, was arrested on outstanding warrants by the Angels Camp Police Department on August 14, 2012.

    Irby was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on 6 alleged misdemeanors after  his arrest on So. Main St. in Angels Camp.



No LafCo Meeting in August

   John Benoit, the Executive Director of LafCo, has issued a notice that LafCo will not meet in August, 2012 in Calaveras County.

   LafCo's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on September 17, 2012 at 6 PM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.