Thursday, February 28, 2013

Phyllis J. Brownell-Kahl

    Phyllis J. Brownell-Kahl of Valley Springs, passed away after complications from a subdural hematoma on February 15, 2013.  She was 88.

Foster Care Youth Speaks out

   A teen Foster youth had the courage to come before the Calaveras Board of Supervisors and speak out for an organization he is part of that was created to help other foster care children.

    We commend Janson Lowe his action.

Poor Agenda Construction by Calaveras Supervisors or Staff?

   Yet another 2+ hours spent on the Calaveras County Consent Agenda at the

Car hits Shell Station

   A vehicle was reported at 2:12 PM as having hit the Shell Station building in San Andreas.
 No injuries have been reported at this time.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.

Tire in Roadway in San Andreas

  UPDATE:  Roadway is now clear as of 2:30 PM.

Illegal Gunfire in Murphys

   A caller reported to the Calaveras Sheriff hearing firearms discharge on Roaring Camp Road in Murphys on February 27, 2013.

    Reportedly sounds like automatic gun fire from across the canyon.

You'll love this lizard report

   A resident reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on February 27, 2013 that there was a suspicious person on Spyglass in Valley Springs.

   Apparently this subject was on foot with a stick and a bottle, hunting, and just now found a lizard, according to the log. No arrest or citation was issued.

Burglary reported on Rawhide in Arnold

   A burglary that had occured on Rawhide Drive in Arnold was reported to Calaveras Sheriff's officers on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

   It is not indicated if the Sheriff's office has a suspect or not.

Woman Reports Grenade

   An Angels Camp woman apparently reported that her deceased brother had a storage locker at Grub Stake Mini Storage, where he had a grenade.

   She reported that she did not know if it was real or not.

Capuchin monkeys crack nuts and use tools

      The capuchin monkeys studied in Brazil, not only know how to smash nuts, but how to keep nuts from rolling off the table, etc.

    Does this mean that all men are trainable, or only if  having  the IQ of a capuchin?

Chiefs still want to draft QB

   Although they have agreed to take Alex Smith for the two remaining years of his NFL contract from the 49ers, the Chiefs still plan to try and draft a QB this offseason.

Tennessee Woman Charged $5 for using bathroom

   There is no question that non-patrons do pose a problem for restaurant or cafe owners who just come in to use the bathrooms.

   A woman in Tennessee apparently had a photo taken of her license plate and got a bill in the mail for $5 after using a local restaurant.

   The owner said that there was a sign posted in the mirror about the charge, and she had refused to pay when she left.

Do 49ers want Revis?

   There is some talk that the 49ers are very interested in trying to make a trade for Darrelle Revis, the Jets cornerback.

Rats now collaborate telepathically

   Two rats, thousands of miles apart have apparently been zapped with brain implants to work together.

   Gee, we can think of a lot of rats who could benefit from this technology. Shall we send these scientists their names?

Gun Story of the Day....out of Texas

   It has been just a month since a Texas school district voted to allow school employees to carry

Does Everyone Hate the Patriots?

  Is it true that players and fans of other teams hate the Patriots? It seems that Ravens' Terrell Suggs thinks they do. He certainly seems to hate them, that's for sure.

Honey Boo Boo goes International

   TLC's popular TV series, "Here comes Honey Boo Boo" is going to become available in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Latin America.

   How proud America should be!!

Oil Recycling Pays in Arnold

  It was announced by Public Works that your recycled oil pays at SEI in Arnold. If you turn in your old oil, you will get 16 cents a quart for the oil in cash, according to a spokeman on Tuesday.

Actress Mary-Louise Parker says....

   A New York antique dealer  said that "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker threatened to have him killed and called him a f*g.

    Parker denies the accusations, who says the argument was between the owner and a friend she had accompanied to the store.

Bryce Randall Right about PG & E

   During the Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting, Bryce Randall of District 2 made the comment that his PG&E bill

Ricky Shroder :Sorry, but

    Former "Silver Spoons" star Ricky Shroder was accused of assaulting an LAX worker this week.  He says that he is only guilty of hurting her feelings.

  He says the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that he was sorry; that that he was in a hurry.

OP-ED...On Short Term Rentals at Lake Tulloch

by Betsy Duncan

    I want to comment on the Transient Rental Ordinance that the Board of Supervisors is considering and that

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Calaveras Council of Government meets

   The Calaveras Council of Government (CCOG) meets on Wednesday, March 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

   COG agendas are nearly always very vague and this one is no different. There is one item asking for another $5100 to complete the Transit (bus) audit.

"...know where the bodies are buried"

    If you are in public office, don't ever make this statement on video, or you could be the brunt of a U-tube

Stockton Bankruptcy in court in late March

    Since Stockton was the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, its not surprising

Rand Paul backpedals on Hagel Nomination!

   When FOX interviewed Rand Paul after Senator Hagel was approved to be our next Secretary of Defense, Paul said things like "Well, the Republicans didn't stick together."

Feinstein Wants Records...the Durkee case!

   Never trust your Campaign Treasurer....completely! 

Want a trip to Hawaii?

   If you are a members of the gigantic pension board for the Calfifornia State Public Retirement systems, (PERS) you will get a free trip and stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.

   It only has 5 pools, but don't worry, plans are for any business meetings to end early in the afternoon so there will be plenty of time to splash around.

To Karl Rove....Get a cashiers check!

   Apparently Karl Rove has been receiving Faxes and e-mails warning him

Latest Gun News in the US...

   Have you heard the latest gun news in the US?  In Florida  a man was shot and wounded by his dog when the dog knocked a gun over in his truck.

   So far, the dog has not been charged with a crime.

   Of course, Florida is the same state where a woman was shot by an oven just over a week ago, so we shouldn't be surprised.

Tuolumne Planning meeting cancelled

   A notice of cancellation was just sent out for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Southern Tuolumne County Planning Commission for Wednesday March 13, 2013.

   The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7 PM.

Alex Smith traded??

   The rumor of the day is that QB Alex Smith who has earned around $55 million in the eight years he spent with the 49ers, has been traded to Kansas City.

Billboard that creates drinking water?

  An engineering school in Lima, Peru devised a billboard which takes desert air and turns it into 25 gallons of drinkable water a day.

   Peru gets less than an inch of rain a year.

Haley's Sawmill gets Denied

   The newest development by Castle and Cooke, Sawmill Lake, was denied

The Goat Versions are better...

   If you have a little time, you might want to go to Utube and view some of the pop songs with a Goat "meme" version.

   We think the goat versions are actually better than the originals. You decide!!

Camera view from the ball

   Robotics researchers have apparently found a way to imbed a camera into a ball so that they can see from the perspective of the ball as it flies through the air, especially in football.

Wanted: Married couple to go into space...

   It's been rumored that Dennis Tito, millionaire space tourist is looking for a married couple to go up in a space-ship for 500 days.

   Any volunteers out there?

Man Lost Dog during Divorce 10 years ago

   Good news for the day:

Cows on Hwy 4 in Farmington

   Be cautious if driving Hwy 4 this morning. 10 cows have been reported out on the highway at Hwy 4 and Waverly in Farmington.

   CHP was distatched to that location for the 2nd time at 9:04 AM.

Phyllis Gladys Dahlberg

    Phyllis Gladys Dahlberg,   of San Andreas, passed away at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital on February 26, 2013. She was 69.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is Summer

Summer is a sweet spoiled girl who gives great hugs!
She does not care for other cats and would love some
people of her own that she doesn't have to share.
Curious and bright, she is love at first sight! Please
visit Summer at 891 Mountain Ranch Rd. in San
Andreas or call 754-6509. Her reference # is A032705.

Traffic Hazard in Double Springs

UPDATE:   The hazard was moved off the highway for CalTrans to pick up as of 3:30 PM.

   A traffic hazard was reported at 3:07 PM at Hwy 26 and Double Springs Road. A CHP officer is enroute to clear the road.

It figures that Christie is Snubbed...

   Of course CPac is holding its right wing convention with the likes of Sarah Palin and without

Nearly 2200 bills introduced

   It seems like a lot of proposed laws were introduced in the two houses of the California Legislature before the deadline but actually it's the smallest number in years.

One of the Republican Civil Wars...

   The Civil Wars among Republicans are many, but the one we heard about today is surrounding the gay marriage ban in California.

   Meg Whitman, we have learned, has turned completely around and has signed on to an amicus brief which argues the the US Supreme court should overturn Prop 8.

   When she ran for governor, she was in favor of it.

Tom Brady gets 3 year extension

   The NE Patriots readily extended Tom Brady's contract three years at a mere $27 million.

Manti Te'o Slow for Why???

   Whatever Manti Te'o says is the reason he was slow on the 40 yard dash during the NFL scouting combine, there are still many who wonder if the stress or his sexuality or whatever is the real cause. Will he ever overcome this embarrassment?

Well, Excuse us, Charlie Brown...

       Peter Robbins was in court accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend and her plastic surgeon,

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow Opposes Affordable Care Act

        The Assembly Committee on Appropriations voted yesterday along party lines to support

OP-ED ... Secret Cash for Climate Denial

       There's broad scientific consensus that climate disruption is human-induced,

Mountain Ranch Lutheran Donates

    Thanks to an Economic Outreach Bridge Grant applied for by Pastor Doug Merritt of the Mountain Ranch Lutheran Church, the sum of $5000

Body Double for Tom Cruise's daughter?

    There are a lot of rumors floating around out there that Tom Cruise's daughter, Suri, has a body double to trick the media with when the family wants privacy.

   Some say they have proof if you look at the photos of her lately. We aren't sure, but we wouldn't blame them.

We all remember C. Everett Koop

   Yes, C. Everett Koop was a "star" surgeon general under Reagan, the first who fought smoking and aids.

   Koop passed away at the age of 96 at his home in New Hampshire.

Janet Jackson marries

   Putting to rest all the rumors, Janet Jackson announced yesterday that she and her mega-millionair boyfriend got married secretly LAST YEAR. Her new hubby Wissam Al Mana is a Qatari businessman.

Traffic Hazard in Rancho Calaveras

   Hazard has been cleared.

   At 8:03 AM a traffic hazard was reported to CHP at Heinemann Dr and Dunn Rd in Rancho Calaveras.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. Use caution in that area.   

Bumper in lane on Hwy 88

   Use caution if driving on Hwy 88 near Dalton Rd in Jackson this morning. A bumper was reported in the westbound lane at 7:58 AM.

   CHP is enroute to clear the road.

Sawmill Lake Development Public Hearing Today

   A public hearing will be held today, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Another $444,000 + for the Jail

   On the Consent Agenda at tomorrow's Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting is another change order for Flintco

Monday, February 25, 2013

Maybe its the QB's- not the Scout

    Brocos Executive John Elway this the rising tide of young quarterbacks in the NFL is a function of the improved play they get, rather than improved scouting.

USFS Seeks Comments of State OHV Grant Applications

    The USFS today announced that the Stanislaus National Forest is seeking public comment on preliminary 2014 off highway vehicle

Multi-Vehicle Accident in Lodi Area

   UPDATE:  At 2:20 investigation continues. Amazingly injuries reported are minor per CHP.

Teams interested in Te'o, but....

   Rumors about Mante Te'o being gay are making teams scouts question whether they are ready to bring an openly gay player into their locker room.

Rollover Accident on Hwy 88

   UPDATE:  At 10:25 AM the road is clear.

One BIG surprise in NFL Combine

    A little heard of lineman who attended the NFL Scouting Combine  last week was TaVon Austin, who weighs in at 306 lbs.

   The interesting thing that caught attention was that he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds, which could get him a second look from several teams.

Op-Ed...One Earth, One Voice....

      One Earth, One Voice:  Song, Symbol, Imagination and Life as Metaphor at a Time of Planetary Crisis

Lawyer Locked up

   In San Diego, a lawyer who had gone to the jail to visit a client, was shown to a visitors room and left there.

   Neither his client nor a deputy came back to check on him for four hours. You could say he was a little  upset.

Larry Ellison buying Airline?

    Rumors are floating around that Larry Ellison, who owns Oracle and just last year bought the island of Lanai in Hawaii, is now offering to buy a commuter airline there.

Lawyers for the Animals

  In Connecticut a bill has been introduced that would provide an  advocate attorney for the animals when they are part of a civil or criminal case.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Snack-Shack Sleeper

    It was reported to Calaveras Sheriff's deputies on February 22, 2013 that someone is staying in the

Burglaries, Vandalism in Arnold

   Calaveras Sheriff's deptuies responded to a call about a burglary on Hwy 4 in Dorrington, a vandalism to a residence in Dorrington also on Hwy 4 and a burglary on Meadowview Road in Arnold on February 23, 2013.

Attention Ebbetts Pass Residents!!

   Through a very reliable anonymous source we have been told

Keeping Alex Smith?

    Rumor has it that 49er Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has no intention of releasing QB Alex Smith. He certainly has the best QB situation anyone could ask for now.

   If another team wants Smith, certainly the Niners will make them pay for him.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Traffic Accident in Jackson

   UPDATE:  As of 5:07 PM CHP says the roadway is open

    Traffic will be tied up for awhile at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 16 in Jackson where there was a multi-vehicle collision at 4 PM.

  An ambulance is enroute and traffic is being directed around the accident.

Kanaka Valley Management Plan

   The Mother Lode Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management for the

Congratulations Debbie Ponte

    One of the main problems that the new District 4 Supervisor Debbie Ponte has on her plate is the Wagon Trail project;

Where is Little Bo-Peep?

    CHP received a report of 3 black lambs in the road at Comanche Parkway North and Comanche Road on the Amador County side at 12:41 PM.

   If you see Little Bo-Peep, please send her to pick up her lambs.

Kristin Olsen Thrown out of Office,,,

    Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen got received a notice to immediately move

CalFire Chief Director Pimlott Burning...

    If CalFire's Director Ken Pimlott is trying to put out one fire, he simply lights another one. An "invaluable tool" indeed! If you hide

What happens when 49ers GM comes to dinner..?

    Well, for this particular dinner, a lot of talk,

Biological Resouce and Review Guide committee meets

    In Tuolumne County, they have an ad-hoc committee, (meaning unofficial,

Tim Tebow cancels church....

    After an overwhelming rush from the press team, Tim Tebow took a sack

Don't store your bullets in.....

     Where do you store your extra bullets?  A woman in Florida learned where they should NOT

Why we love poli-tics!!

   In San Diego the City Attorney called a news conference and began complaining

Do Stress Balls really relieve stress?

    A temporary factory worker became slightly unglued when his boss laid him off recently, brandishing a knife, etc. He had been making stress balls.

   Perhaps they don't work as well as people would think?

Gone Fishin'....

   A fisherman at Lake Tahoe has caught a giant Goldfish, and authorities believe it is a mutant caused by people who "dump their aquariums" in the Lake.

   It is possible that there are many more in the lake, according to fish and game.

Cheating on Spouse "Illegal"

      It's true! There are 23 states where it is still illegal to cheat on your spouse, including Colorado. However, there is currently no penalty attached to the law.

    I don't know about that!  Cheating can lead to a very "expensive" divorce.

Funeral Double-Header

   A 94 year old man died of a heart attack on the way to his wife's funeral. 

NFL vs NFLPA on testing

   During the off-season the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association have more time to fight.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

John McCain in Schizophrenic Party

   During a town hall meeting John McCain held in his home state of Arizona,

Vegas Strip Closed Down

   In what is now reported to be a disagreement that began in a hotel,

Chamber Mixer at Murphys Hotel

    The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce will host the February 28th Chamber After-Hours Mixer

Do you eat Roadkill?

   We learned yesterday that the State of Montana is actually considering a bill making it LEGAL to eat roadkill.

   We are certain they would see a LOT more roadkill if this passes.

Cheaters Beware!!

  A woman who was lookin at a map site zoomed in on a Google-type street view and discovered her boyfriend was with another woman.

   Cheater Beware!!  He is now her ex-boyfriend.

The special Starbucks cup...

  You probably heard about the man who took a 52 ounce coffee mug into a Washington state Starbucks because he said he wanted to make history.

   Well, he did make history. The "Quadriginoctuple Frap" cost him $47.30.


Only in Texas??

   It seems that a woman in Texas was arrested after calling 911.  She said that she needed cigarettes and would the deputies please make a delivery.  Now she says she regrets the call.

How many can fit in a hatchback??

  In New Zealand police pulled over a small hatchback and made a surprising discovery.  Inside were four men and 10 sheep. It's not clear exactly where they were going.

A Valentine Day romance....

   A Vallejo couple drove to San Francisco for Valentine's Day. They found a camera case with $11,000 in it.

Watch out for baby goats

   At 9:28 AM on Hwy 12 and Burson Road baby goats were reported in the roadway. Use caution until CHP clears them off the road.

   We won't tell Big Game Hunter if you don't . SHHH!

You don't want to hear...., we are sure you don't want to hear about how people staying in the hotel where a body was found in the rooftop tank  thought the water was tasting funny, or was discolored.

   Okay, we won't bother you with any of the  horrible details then.

Sierras Under Blanket of Snow

This is Sherman Peak in Tulare County
Photo courtesy USFS 

Traffic Hazard in Double Springs

   UPDATE:  A CHP unit is onscene as of 8:08 AM to clear the lane.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Traffic Hazard in San Andreas

   UPDATE @ 1:57 PM:  Vehicle broken down moved out of lanes.

CalPers divests itself of gun stocks

   The Board of the California public employees retirement system voted yesterday to sell all $5 millions worth of Smith and Wesson stock it had invested in.

   They stated the reason is that they manufacture weapons that are banned in the state of California.

Missing tourist found in LA

    A Canadian tourist who was reported missing three weeks ago was finally found yesterday. Her body was located in the water tank on top of the hotel where she was staying in Los Angeles.

   Apparently only employees had a key to the door to the roof, and the only other access was the fire escape.

New Brewery on SF Waterfront

   Looks like Anchor Brewery is opening a new brewery, and where? Why right next to the new AT&T Giants ballpark in San Francisco, of course.

No CCWD moratorium in Douglas Flat

   CCWD has just notified us that the moratorium they had placed on the Douglas Flat area sewage treatment facility is cancelled.
   Does this mean that development is back on in that area?  We have asked Dennis Dooley, President of CCWD and will let you know what his response is.

Vehicle Spin-outs on Hwy 88

   At 11:45 AM several vehicle spin-outs were reported to CHP at Hwy 88 and Ridge Rd in Amador County.

   Roads are icy at higher elevations. Do not travel without chains or four-wheel drive.

If you live......

just about anywhere in Calaveras County, your greenhouse
has a blanket of snow melting off of it this morning.

Warning: Scam Alert!!

   Just letting everyone know, especially local businesses that there is an unusual SCAM going on in the County.

Kellogg's recalling...

  In case you hadn't heard, the Kellogg Company is recalling some packages of Special K Red Berries cereal because of a risk that they might contain fragments of glass.

    The voluntary recall covers some 11.2 ounce and 37 ounce packages as well as 22.4 ounce twin packs, according to a statement posted on the company's website.

If you live in......

...Ebbetts Pass, you got a lot of snow on your porch railing.

CalTrans vs tree on Hwy 88

   At 8:33 AM CHP received a report that a CalTrans vehicle hit a tree on Hwy 88. No injuries were reported, but apparently it will be an hour before CHP can reach the location.

Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets February 26, 2013

   We aren't sure if the Board of Supervisors or Board Clerk can handle the pressure? It will have only been TWO WEEKS

If you live in .....

Angels Camp, you got a little snow on your pelican!

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Hwy 49

   AT 5:23 AM CHP received a report that there was a collision at Hwy 4 and Hwy 49 in Angels Camp. It is not known if there are any injuries.

   The roads are still icy today. Chains are required most everywhere in Calaveras County.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Op-Ed ...for Gun control and controlling the USFS

   Dear Readers:

    Are you in agreement with President Obama that we need to end gun violence,

Big Rig Blocking Hwy 4

   At 5:48 PM the CHP received a call that a big rig is partially blocking Hwy 4 at Forest Meadows Drive, causing a traffic hazard.

   The CalTrans plows have just started running again after nearly 2 hours.

UH, DUH, Mr. Sheriff

  We just now received a notice from the Sheriff that low snow levels are affecting Calaveras County. 

UH, DUH, Mr. Sheriff. Where have you been for the last 3 hours? IN other words, in case you hadn't noticed, STAY OFF THE ROADS!!

Bus Stuck on Mountain Ranch Rd

   At 4:51 PM a vehicle was reported stuck in the snow at Hwy 4 and Ottawas in Arnold.

Big Rig in ditch at Gun Club Rd and Hwy 49

   At around 4 PM a big rig apparently slid off the hwy into a ditch at Hwy 49 and Gun Club Rd in Angels Camp. Another vehicle is stuck in the snow  at Hwy 4 and Parrots Ferry Rd in Vallecito.

Hwy 4 Shut Down at Poole Station Rd.

   CHP has just announced that Hwy 4 is shut down after a multi vehicle collision near Poole Station Road in Copperopolis.

Traffic collision at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49

    There was a traffic accident reported at 3:25 PM at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 in San Andreas. Most of the CHP are already on other accidents, so they may have to borrow CHP from Stockton.

Hwy 4 and Stallion Way, vehicles stuck in the snow

   Multiple vehicles are reportedly stuck in the snow at Hwy 4  and Stallion between Angels and Copperopolis, according to CHP.

Traffic Collision in San Andreas

   A traffic collision has occurred at 3:11 PM at Mountain Ranch Rd. and Rocky Road in San Andreas, blocking the lanes.

    A bus is stuck in the snow at Hwy 49 and Deer Creek Road in Angels Camp.  20 other vehicles are stuck in the snow in that area.

30 Car Pile up at Forest Meadows

   CHP reports a 30 car pile up at Forest Meadows behind an armoured vehicle

Chain control in Vallecito

  In case you hadn't noticed, it is snowing in Angels Camp. We watched them

Tree vs truck on Hwy 4

    UPDATE:   At 12:12 PM the pickup was put back on the road only to spin off the road

Union Public Utility District meets...

   The Union Public Utility District (UPUD) for Murphys will meet tomorrow, February 20, 2013

LAFCo needs a Tag Line?

   On the February agenda for LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) they are going to discuss adopting a tag line for the organization.

   We had to ask what they mean by a "tag line".

Calaveras LAFCo meets

    The Calaveras Local Area Foundation Commission is meeting on Februay 25, 2013

Frogs in Costa Rica

From Woody Edwards. The caption read. "in Angels Camp
you have Frog Jumps. Down here we have Frog Zips!!
Thanks, Woody!!

Mom gives birth to 2 sets of identical twins

    A couple in Texas who were trying to give their son a sibling,  instead presented him with 4 brothers.

   Actually, they are two sets of identical twin boys. What are the odds? We aren't sure!

Two year old struck by tree branch...

    A two year old in Georgia was struck by a falling tree branch in superstorm Sandy.

What's Britney Spears up to?

    Seems that Britney Spears is seeing a regular guy lately. His name is David and he works for a law firm, though he is not a lawyer.

    He took her golfing and out for Valentine's Day dinner. We knew you wanted to know.

Storm over the Sierras

Stay out of the Sierras if you don't have chains today! Now required
on Hwy 88 at Lumber Yard and on Hwy 4 at Big Meadows.

NFL eyes on Manti Te'o

   And the annual cattle-call begins this week in the NFL. More than Irish eyes will be on Manti Te'o,

Monday, February 18, 2013

Traffic Accident in Copperopolis Driveway

   CHP reports that on February 18, 2013 at approximately 4 PM Robert Clark, (63) was attempting to push his Ford

Traffic Accident at Hwy 88 and Liberty Rd.

    No injuries were reported in the 2:47 PM traffic accident that occurred on Hwy 88 at Liberty Rd.

    The vehicles involved, a gold Kia and and black sedan, are not movable. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Fatality on Hwy 4

   According to a report by CHP David Garrett (75) of Camp Connell was traveling eastbound in his Toyota Prius on Hwy 4

And now for a good sports story....

    It was pleasant to hear that Colin Kaepernick, who was offered chances to go to the Oscars, the Grammys, to appear of Jay Leno or write books, turn them all down.

    In fact, Kaepernick instead, chose to work out with the offensive linemen in Atlanta, to prepare for the 2013 season.


OP-ED...Why I Came to DC to Protest Keystone Pipeline

    by Rick Bass

    It's not exactly as if hell has frozen over, for me, an oil and gas geologist to be protesting -

New Jersey man survives car crash... but

   A 21 year old man in New Jersey was involved in a collision

Felici Trio comes to Angels Camp

    The Calaveras Arts Council is announcil that the Felici Piano Trio will be appearing

Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 49

   UPDATE:  As of 11 AM the highway is clear.

Easter Comes Early to Denver Airport

    Whether they like it or not, the Denver International Airport has a convention going on. No, its not yet time for Easter, but that didn't stop the bunnies from taking over.

   Authorities there report they are trying everything from barking dogs  to predator urine to discourage them, but so far no luck.

Who is Seattle Seahawk's million dollar man?

   The Seattle Seahawks have a decision to make. Matt Flynn, their QB has a three year $19.5 million deal. Should they keep him,  trade him or release him?

Alec Baldwin has another altercation?

   Apparently Alec Baldwin has threatened and hurled racist slurs at another photographer.

The weather is changing...

   In case you haven't been paying any attention, our weather is about to change. This long period of sun and moderate temperatures ends with a storm tomorrow.

    By tomorrow morning, the weather service expects us to get rain in the foothills and snow at the higher elevations.

   Plan your day appropriately. The rain could continue off and on for the remainder of the week.

Cow on Hwy 4 at Parrots Ferry Rd.

   At 9:40 AM a black cow was reportedly on the road at Hwy 4 and Parrotts Ferry Rd in Vallecito.  CHP is enroute to that location.

    Shhhh! Don't anyone tell the Big Game Hunter!

Venezuelan President back home...

   We knew you would all be glad to hear the Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, is back home after spending months in Cuba for cancer surgery and treatment.

   He will still receive treatments, but now in his own country.

First woman to get Pole Position....

    Danica Patrick has set another record at NASCAR, winning the pole position at the upcoming Daytona 500.

    She says she wants to be know as the fastest racer, not just the fastest woman racer.

Gas prices up again....

   AAA reports that gas prices are up 13% in the last month. Could be a sign of what will happen this summer.

Army Dog Training has Fraud, etc....

    After a report came out that the Army's Dog Training program is wrought with fraud, timesheet abuse, racism and sexual harrassment problems, the program is being totally revamped.

    An oversight committee will be established to handle investigations and provide supervision.

No water in our Maker's Mark please...

   After an uproar from customers who drink Makers Mark after they added water and lowered alcohol content to the bourbon, Makers Mark is backing up, going back to the original recipe.

Country singer dies....

   Mindy McCready, the country singer who's boyfriend committed suicide only about a month ago, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head on her porch, according to authorities.

     This is considered a suicide also. She leaves 2 young sons.

Four shots through the bathroom door?

     It came out that apparently the girlfriend of Pistorius, Olympic racer, was shot four times, through the bathroom door, and then carried downstairs.

   He was charged with premeditated murder in South Africa.

The President played golf this weekend...

   Some of the press made a big deal of the fact that President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods this weekend in Florida.

    They were apparently upset that they weren't invited to take photos.

How much would you pay...

   How much would you be willing to pay for a personal item once belonging to JFK? His bomber jacket, the one he wore on Air Force I, was autioned off this weekend.

     The winning bidder paid $629,000 for the memorabilia.

Traffic Accident after vehicle hit dog in Burson

   CHP has now cleared the road at the scene of an accident that occurred on Burson Rd. in Burson at 8:37 AM where a vehicle hit a dog.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Letter to the Editor....About John McCain

   Dear Editor:

   This is just a short letter because I am so tired of listening to jealous and angry old man

Best Laugh at Board of Supervisors meeting

  At February 12, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting, while District 5 Rancho Calaveras Supervisor  Darren Spellman was ranting on and on about something, Supervisor Chris Wright offered Spellman a banana. So appropriate!

Large rock on Hwy 26

   At 8:55 AM CHP received a report that there is a large rock in the road on Hwy 26 at Red Corral Rd in Pioneer.

   A CHP unit is enroute to that location. Use caution until cleared.

Are you a Monster Energy drinker?

    Monster Energy is beginning to add caffeine to its list of ingredients on the label as it moves from a currently classified dietary supplement to a food.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

How much did the NFL Commissioner Make?

    Tax returns that were filed show that Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner does not have any salary cap.

   Reportedly, he made $29.49 million in 20112, incliding a $22.3 million bonus. Are we all in the wrong business?

Traffic Accident in Mokelumne Hill

  UPDATE:  At 11:48 CHP arrived at the scene.

Op-ED Congressman McClintock gets Giant Valentine Card

    Yesterday students delivered a giant valentine card to Representative McClintock in Granite Bay,

Dog Hazard in Copperopolis

  UPDATE:  As of 9:30 AM the road is clear.

Friday, February 15, 2013

What is Supervisor Spellman saying?

   UPDATE:  1:15 PM  Calaveras County Counsel says that she had ..."no conversations with Supervisor Spellman or anyone else about that statement."

Tuolumne County Planning Committee meets

   The Tuolumne County Planning Committee meets on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM.

   The meeting will be held in the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chambers. One thing on the agenda is to do away with committees that are appointed and instead appoint adhoc committees (which means they do not have to notify the public or abide by the Brown Act).

Horsemeat in the US?

   The minute most of us heard of the scandal in the UK about horsemeat being found in the ground beef, we began wondering if it was possible here in the US.

   To reassure us, the USDA stated that since the US no longer slaughters horses or imports horse meat from other countries, it is very unlikely to happen here.

Injury Accident in Linden

  UPDATE:  3 PM  Injuries resulting from the accident were minor it is now reported.

Woman Who didn't know she was pregnant...

    A 44 year old Michigan woman arrived at the hospital thinking she had a hernia. Hours later she delivered a 10 lb baby girl.

    The woman had been told  she could never have children.

San Diego ex-mayor blows $1 billion gambling

    The ex-mayor of San Diego, Maureen O'Connor blames her $1 billion gambling binge on an addiciton linked to depression and a brain tumor.

   Once married to the founder of Jack in the Box, she says she started gambling after losing her husband and other family members.

    She may go to jail for many years as a result of stealing from her husbands trust and other family members.

Same-sex marriage bill passes in Illionois Senate

    In Illinois today, legislators said that this vote to pass the same-sex marriage bill was more a part of the broader shift in public opinion than a hard-fought victory for gay-rights advocates.

New $24 million Mental Health Center..for inmates

    A brand new mental health treatment center for mentally ill inmates opened today, and state corrections officials used the occasion to push for ending federal oversight of that aspect of prison operations.

   The new facility cost $24 million to build.

Op-Ed...About Tea Party Organizations

   A recent study at the University of San Francisco has shown that the Tea Party organizations did not just begin in 2009..

  read fascinating article here:

Probe Into State Parks Finances

   A new probe into the financial scandals at the California Department of Parks and Recreation found that somehow officials there maintained a hidden cash surplus for as long as 20 years, which is far longer than we had previously know.

UC Berkeley Math Club President Undocumented

   Recently it was made public that Terrence Park, the UC Berkeley Math Club President, was a Korean, undocumented and could be deported. It was quite a shock!

    What did Park do? He used his mathematical genius to make a video explaining how much money it would cost to deport him, and how much the US had to gain by letting him stay.


Uncounted Ballots Discovered

   The Sacramento County Elections Department reported that one of its employees has discovered a bag of 407

OP-ED...Human Fertility crowds out Earth's other inhabitants

   Chicago's National Public Radio station seems to be playing Cupid.  WBEZ just launched a cute ad campaign urging listeners to go make babies

John Cleese in trouble for Twittering....

   John Cleese, one of the greatest Monty Python greats, typed a tweet on Valentine's Day in which he referenced the Oscar Pistorius shooting (bad idea):

    "Oscar's defence will be that he was absolutely legless at the time."

   In England, "legless" means drunk.  Uh Oh!!

Tim Tebow Rumored to speak at anti-gay church

   Are the rumors true that Tim Tebow is planning to be a speaker at an anti-gay, anti-Semetic Dallas megachurch on April 28?

   We thought the NFL had a program for NFL players to be non-discriminatory.

Check the Size of your "Chubby"?

   Chubby Checker, best known for his hit ricording in 1960 "The Twist" is apparently suing HP over a novelty app for Palm OS of the same name that claims to check the size of your "chubby".

   The sum sought is a mind-boggling half billion dollars. Go get 'em, Chubby. 

Bi-Partisan Bill to Reduce Wildfire Threat

        A bill by Assemblymembers Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) would reduce the fuel

Calf on Paloma Rd in Valley Springs

   CHP received a report of a black calf of the roadway at Paloma Rd and Gillam Rd in Valley Springs at 9 AM.

   CHP is trying to locate the possible owner. Use caution in that area.

Traffic Hazard in San Andreas

    UPDATE:  The intersection is now clear as of 9:15 AM

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why did Marco Rubio make a fool of himself?

    Everyone now knows that Marco Rubio made a bit of a fool of himself

Tax on sugary sodas?

    There is a lot of talk about California putting tax on sugary sodas. However, at this point the legislators do not beliive there is enough support yet.

Cow at Hwy 4 and Telegraph Rd

    At 6:05 PM a black and white cow was reported to CHP in Copperopolis at Hwy 4 and Telegraph Rd. A local rancher was called and is enroute to the scene.

   An officer is enroute to that location. Use caution if driving in that area.

Motorcycle Accident in Lockeford

   UPDATE: 6 PM  CHP is clearing the road now

Catholic Shift in demographics

   The Pew Research Council reports that the Catholic Church in 1910

Law Banning Selling or giving away animals

   At new law has been introduced which would ban the selling or giving away of live animals

Republicans could be $800,000 in debt

   Jim Brulte is not appearing to be very encouraged by the hoped for his tenure as Republican Party

Coca cola causes death?

   The coronor in a death of a New Zealand woman reported that she died, at least in part, due to excessive Coca Cola.

   She died of a heart attack. Apparently the 20 some year old mother drank at least 2 gallons of Coke a day.

Dark Chocolate Valentine favorite

   This is the first year where it has been indicated that more people are buying dark chocolates for Valentine's Day gifts, rather than milk chocolate.

   This is most likely due to the publicity that dark chocolate has more health benefits.

9 year old wasn't 9 after all

  A couple of weeks ago a story of a 9 year old Mexican girl giving birth

Alec Baldwin becoming father again

   Alec Baldwin is getting a 2nd chance at fatherhood. His 17 year old daughter of Kim Basinger and he had some problems during their divorce.

   The 54 year old actor's wife Hilaria  is 28. They are expecting the baby this summer.

Who Hacked Public Warning System?

   Most people thought it was pretty amusing that someone hacked the nation's public warning system to broadcast a zombie apocalypse, but not officials.

  They are determined to find the hackers and bring them to "zombie" justice. 

Cream, anyone?

    A big rig overturned on I-10 North of Phoenix yesterday, spilling his load of creamer all over the interstate.

   The freeway had to be closed for many hours as the slippery, sweet-smelling Vanilla Creme flavor was cleaned up.

NFL Holds Scouting Combine

   The NFL holds what they call a Scouting Combine each February, where they invite the top college

Faithful wife comes to bail husband out, but....

   A woman in Connecticut came to the police station to bail her husband out of jail after he was arrested for a DUI.

   Instead, the problem was, she was also inebriated and police arrested her and put her in jail for a DUI.

Will RG3 Play next season?

      Even though Robert Griffin III is spending the off-season rehabilitating, the Redskins are hopeful that he will be ready to start in the first game of the regular season this fall. We'll see!

People begging to go to jail these days?

    Times are hard out there!  Just ask the criminals.

Happy Valentines Day

Warren Buffet Buys Heinz

   It was announced this morning that Warren Buffet's company, Berkshire Hathaway, is buying Heinz for a total of $28 billion in cash.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fatality on Jack Tone Road

      The Jack Tone offramp is re-open after two hours of closure due to a fatality at Hwy 99 in Modesto.

   The deceased victim was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the collision. The area is now clear and open for traffic as of 2:30 PM.

"Tri-Dam says only 2 boats per dock?" per Spellman

     During the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 12, 2013, the Lake Tulloch vacation rental permit was on the agenda.

Post Office Tries to Blame UPS, FEDEX, Pitney Bowes

   While the American Postal Workers Union president still continues to blame everyone except the Postal Service and union

OP-ED: How Sad..Angels Camp City Coucilmember KULM Needs Babysitter??

   We recently wished to ask Angels Camp City Council member Kulm about how many local employees were hired

Will Rams Come Back To L A?

      There is a lot of talk and some concern that if the St. Louis Rams don't get a new dome stadium by 2014, that they could move back to L A.

Lava needs a good home

Lava is a shy but brilliant girl. She loves
to play with toys and go for walks. She
would be a great dog for someone with a big
yard and an active lifestyle. If you would
like to take a look at Lava contact Calaveras
Animal Services at 754-6509 or come to
891 Mountain Ranch Road. Her pet ID # is

OP-ED.....Wright may be RIGHT After All!

   What became clear at February 12, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting was that Chris Wright,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lake Tulloch Homeowners: Attention/Kudos to Supervisor Wright

   It turns out that only 50 of the nearly 4000 homeowners at Lake Tulloch wer actually notified about this extreme new vacation rental law.

   Fortunately, it came out in public at today's meeting. This is a serious new ordinance that will affect all homeowners and they don't want you to know about it.

   We have to commend Chris Wright, the new Supervisor for District 2, who was the only one who wanted to notify everyone honestly.

Is Supervisor of District 5 Spellman a complete incompetent?

   A member of the public, who apparently did not know that all property owners pay 1% property tax to CCWD whether they are CCWD customers or not. Therefore they vote!

Callaway Nixes Lake Tulloch Rentals Rules

   Supervisor Callaway was correct in her questioning the entire  Lake Tulloch rental policy

Supervisor Spellman Acts of KIndness?

   Supervisor of District 5 Rancho Calaveras Darren Spellman spoke of acts of kindness during today's Board of Supervisors meeting.

   When the public reads the horrid emails he writes, they will know just how KIND or UNKIND this man tryly is year round.

Central Sierra Arts Council presents...

   the InFocus Photography judge, Larry Angier in a power-point presentation concerning digital composition, cropping, etc. with an eye to judging and entering competitions.

   The date is February 22, 2013 from 5 to 9 PM at 251 Baretta Street in Sonora. the cost is $20 per person and to RSVP call 209-532-7151.


Christopher Dorner saga ends with more violence

    6 PM:  After a shoot-out that killed one deputy and wounded another, Christopher Dorner's body was removed from a burned out cabin in the Big Bear area of San Bernardino County.

Dead Cow in Burson

   A caller advised CHP at 7:34 PM that there is a dead cow on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd. Apparently a vehicle hit a cow. CHP is at the scene trying to locate the owner.

Accident in San Andreas

    UPDATE:  Roadway is now clear

Murphys Sanitary District Special Meeting

   On February 13, 2013, Murphys Sanitary District is holding a special meeting, with closed session for employee discipline/dismissal/release Government code #54957.

   The meeting will be held at 90 Big Trees Rd Ste B in Murphys at 4 PM

    Will there be an announcement after this closed session. We'll have to wait and see.

Heart Attack Grill spokeman dies of "heart attack"

      A Las Vegas man who was the unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a medically thmed restaurant that embraces monstrous hamburgers, died Monday after suffering a massive heart attack.

  What more can we say??

Condoleeza Rice Joins Immigration Debate

   Former Bush administration cabinet official and Stanford political science professor Condoleeza Rice is co-chairing the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center's Immigration Task Force, a new group that says it will "consider all pillars of immigration reform, including enforcement, legalization and worker visas," and present its conclusions in several months.

"Out of Texas, at last?"

   There is a lot of talk that Texas Governor Rick Perry simply wanted any excuse to get out of Texas for a week as the reason he actually is now in California. Will he ever go back?

  We can't blame him!!

Happy Fat Tuesday and SOTU Day!

   Today is Fat Tuesday for you Mardi Gras lovers and State of the Union Day for you politicos. No matter which one you celebrate, if you drink Makers Mark,

Traffic Hazard in San Andreas

   Hazard cleared at 10:50 AM

   At 10:31 AM CHP received a report of a traffic hazard on Mountain Ranch Rd at Rocky Rd in San Andreas.  CHP is enroute. No other details have been provided.

Blackberry, not Research in Motion

  In case you didn't notice, last week Research in Motion, the creators of the Blackberry, changed their company name to Blackberry (Nasdaq: BBRY).

Skateboarding Accident in San Andreas

  9:15 AM:   CHP is at the scene on Hwy 49 in San Andreas, where a skateboarder ran into a vehicle, it was reported.

   The report indicates the accident occurred on Hwy 49 between Pope and Treat Ave.

   Apparently there are minor injuries.

Next Year's SuperBowl

   What with the blizzard that hit the New York area over the past weekend, the NFL is concerned that planning next year's SuperBowl in an outdoor arena will need contingencies.

   One of those contingencies is delaying the game several days. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey, where the Giants play, was buried in snow in this storm, not to mention the roads leading to the stadium.

Howard Stern Enjoys Snowstorm

   We haven't yet seen them, but rumor has it that Howard Stern and his wife Beth enjoyed the snow so much, he took photos.

   Apparently Beth is shown making snow angels in a bikini and in a sleeveless gown.

Warriors New Jerseys

photo courtesy of Adidas and
Golden State Warriors
  Adidas and the Golden State Warriors unveiled their new and different jersey to the press yesterday, to mixed reviews.

   The shirts have sleeves, which haven't been seen in recent years in the NBA. They say it is lighter than the tank tops.

Grand Theft in Arnold

   On Cypress Point Drive in Arnold officer initiated activity on February 11, 2013, exposed the theft of a vending machine at Mountain Retreat, grand theft.

   There is no indication id there is a suspect in the case.

Illegal Gunfire Reported in County

   The Calaveras Sheriff received a report of firearms being discharged illegally fired while partying on February 9, 2012 on Kitty Hawk in Burson.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Traffic Accident in Burson

  At 4:55 PM a traffic accident was reported to CHP that occurred at Olive Orchard Rd and South Burson Rd in Burson.

   Apparently a Dodge Pidupt and a 4-door Toyota collided at that location.  They are not currently blocking the road.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.

Big Rig Overturned in Linden

 UPDATE:  3:35 PM Traffic control is in place. CalTrans requested for cleanup.

    A big rig has overturned a trailer loaded with gravel across all lanes on Hwy 26 and Escalon Bellota Road in Linden, according to a report to CHP at 3:18 PM.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.


Secure rural Schools Program

   Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) announced

Some are Not Afraid of Threats by NRA members

   The President of the United States, we are told, will promote his gun safety agenda in his annual State of the Union Address tomorrow night.

Coyote Hunt Contest Criticized

   In a little town called Adin in Modoc County, a contest was held last weekend to see who could kill the most coyotes in the county.

   The organizers of the event, Adin Supply Co., - described as the only store in the tiny town and the River Rod and Gun Club were tight-lipped when asked how many hunters were participating.

   Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, said "We feel the killing of coyotes or any other wild animal as part of a contest is unethical, ehtically indefensible and contrary to sound science."

    The group promotes what it terms "educated coexistence" between people and coyotes.

   It is not known at this time how many coyotes were killed in the contest.

Karl Rove Speaker at California Republican Convention

   What a genius!  The California Republican Party convention is this March and Jim Brulte--who doesn't take over until the day after, has snagged Carl Rove as Featured Speaker.

    What better audience could you find for Rove's newfound anti-extremist message (if you watch FAX News), than the most entrenched ideological Republican activists--delegates to the state GOP convention--in the largest state in the nation? 

No Bill-Jamming Allowed, per Minority Republicans

  Democratic Senator Lois Wolk of Davis and Republican Assemblywooman Kristin Olsen of

Willie Brown writes ode to Governor Perry...

   Willie Brown wrote a short ode to Texas Governor Rick Perry in his column "Willie's World" in the San Francisco Chronicle:

   "Welcome to California, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Hope you have a wonderful stay as you pitch the glories of my home state, to which I intend never to return...Perry comes offering low sales taxes, no state income taxes, some grants.  The only hitch is, you HAVE TO LIVE IN TEXAS."

Calfornia Democratic Party Hauls in the bucks

   The California Democratic Party held a big SuperBowl fundraiser and hauled in some big bucks, reportedly over $465,000.

California State Senator Tom Berryhill of Senate District 8

   As politicians line up for the 2014 elections, it appears possible that Senator Tom Berryhill, who  just took over the Calaveras County Senate District 8, will run again in 2014.

   Considered a pretty safe Republican seat, one other possible challenger rumored to be ex-Congressman George Randanovich.

Campaigns to be Pope XVII have begun

   After the announcement that Pope Benedict is abdicating his position as Pope

Three Arrested at cockfighting ring

     ON February 8, 2013 at approximately 8:30 PM Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies received a report of a possible cock fight at a residence

Birth rate in US lowest ever

  The birth rate in the US was the lowest ever in 2011, according to the CDC in Atlanta. There were 3,953,593 babies born in 2011, 1% fewer than in 2010 and 4% fewer than in 2009.

   That number, combined with population data, yielded a crude birth rate of 1.7 per 1000 people, the lowest rate ever reported for the nation.


How many James Bond actors have there been?

   Apparently, altogether there have been 6 actors who have played James Bond. They were all invited to appear on stage together at this spring's OSCARS.

   However, it seems that Pierce Brosnan is holding out. Is it because he's a little short?

CHP still chasing animals on Comanche Pkwy

   Since the first call to CHP at around 8 AM this morning, CHP has rounded up horses and tried to contain cows

Public Access Television Land on Agenda

   The land where the Public Access Television Studio sits is on tomorrow's Board of Supervisors agenda.

Lake Tulloch Vacation Rentals Back on Agenda

  Lake Tulloch's vacation rental ordinance is back on the agenda for tomorrow's Board of Supervisors meeting.

   It is listed as the Re-introduction of the ordinance, with a waiver of reading.

New Furniture and additional services for Jail

   In the Calaveras Board of Supervisors consent agenda tomorrow, along with 20 other items

Special District Elections Changing

   The approval of making the Special District Elections coincide with the state

Human Resources Council changes name?

   The Human Resources Council has apparently changed its name to The Resource Connection, Inc.

OP-ED...Battle for Birth Control Coverage Continues

  According to Sharmila Devi, it seems that a revision to the US health-care act's requrement that employees be provided with contraception

Niners TE Delanie Walker May seek new home

   Delanie Walker, who in spite of a few dropped balls last season, is a favorite target of QB Kaepernick, becomes a free agent this spring.

   Rumors are that he may be seeking a new home, for a higher paycheck that the $500,000 average per year he has been receiving.

Who Will Spellman Accuse of Coup Tomorrow?

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors returns after three more weeks off, and the question going around the county is:

   "Who will Spellman accuse of a coup or a political hack job tomorrow?"  We'll have to wait and see.

Horses Returned to Pasture

   8:41 AM CHP has returned some loose horses to the pasture at Commanche Pkwy North at Curran on the Amador side of the lake.

Central Sierra Economic Development District meets

   The Central Sierra Economic Development District holds its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2012 at 2 PM.

   The meeting will be held at the office at 99 N. Washington Street in Sonora.

FOX attack!!

   Unbelievably, a four week old baby in London is now recovering in a hospital after a fox dragged him from his cradle and bit his finger off.

Washington Redskins Name Change?

   The Washington Redskings currently play their home games in Landover, Maryland

Sunday, February 10, 2013

OP-ED...Are California gun lunatics like East Coast Wackos?

   Although not published, nor decent enough to be published, many of you are aware that we

Angels Camp Facade Project

  A grant that paid for free facade improvement for downtown Angels Camp businesses

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 at Arnold Byway

   A traffic accident was reported to CHP at 12:07 PM on Hwy 4 at Arnold Byway. CHP, a tow truck and an ambulance are enroute to the scene.

Letter to the Editor...About Candy Rock


   In 2012 ago I sent an e-mail to Stanislaus Forest personnel Susan Skalski, Teresa McClung and Sara Fribert, requesting information on the attempted noise evaluation

Cows in Road in Copperopolis

  At 9:03 AM CHP received a report of cows in the road at Basket Lane and Basket Court in Copperopolis.

    A unit has been dispatched to the scene.

OP-ED Ex LA Cop Firing Case Re-Opened

     Christopher Dorner, the 33-year old Navy undersea war specialist,

Horse in the Road in Wilseyville

   UPDATE: 8 AM:  Sheriff's Office unable to locate horse owner in livestock book.

   lA horse was reported in the middle of the road on Hwy 26 and Sandy Gulch in Wilseyville at 7:35 AM. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Sunrise in the Sierras

Happy Sunday!
Photo courtesy of USFS

Who is This Star?

Hint: 1964 grad of Calaveras High

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Big Trees Road

   UPDATE:  At 12:01 PM CHP arrived and called a tow truck.

Brown Calf on Calaveritas

   Apparently a brown calf got across the fence at Calaveritas road and Old Gulch Rd in Calaveritas, creating a traffic hazard. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Kevin Maurer, Eagle Scout Honored

   At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Eagle Scout Kevin Maurer will be honored with a Resolution by the Calaveras Board of Supervisors.

   Congratulations, Kevin, on your outstanding achievement.

CalTrans Grant Available Through COG

   The Calaveras Council of Governments is letting the community organizations know that a grant

Betty Snyder of Valley Springs

   Betty Snyder of Valley Springs, passed away in Lodi. She was 87.

   She and her husband John, who passed away several years ago, lived on and ran the Snyder Ranch in Valley Springs. Together, they founded the Valley Springs Pow Wow.

   Well-known and beloved member of the community, Betty will be remembered as a generous and loving woman.

   Betty is survived by daughters Susan, Janet, Joanne and Maryann and their families.

   Memorial services will be held at the Valley Springs United Methodist Church on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11 AM.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 in Arnold

   CHP received a report of a traffic accident on Hwy 4 at Forest Rd 7N23 in Arnold at 10:04 AM. No injuries were reported.

   A grey Toyota pickup slid off the road at that location. CHP is enroute. A tow truck has been dispatched.

Traffic Hazard Reported in Copperopolis

   A traffic hazard was reported to CHP at 10:02 AM on Copper Cove Drive. An officer is enroute, but it is not clear what the hazard is at this time.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Jack Tone Rd

   A traffic collision was reported at 9:46 at Hwy 4 and Jack Tone Rd.  CHP has been dispatched to the scene.

   No injuries have been reported.

OMG Tiger, Not again...

   Lindsay Vonn, the skier who was injured in Austria this week, was seen boarding

If you didn't get a flu shot...

... it may not matter, because health officials are now saying the worst of the flu season shows signs of being over, due to an earlier-than-ususal start this winter.

   Good luck with that.

OP-ED...Hell Hath No Fury Like the Bishops Scorned....

   ....but Filiponos are not listening.

    The recently signed Reporductive Health Bill (RH Bill), promising to greatly expand contraceptive access in the Philippines, was a victory almost 15 years in the making.

Van blocking Hwy 26 at Hogan Dam Rd

    UPDATE:  At 8:44 AM CHP  dispatched a tow truck to clear the road.

OP-ED.....How does the Gun Lobby get its way....?

   I was heartened to see so many thousands of people all over the country this past

Friday, February 8, 2013

That MRI took my gun!

  While Police were investigating a burglary at an Illinois doctors office, the powerful magnets in an MRI machine grabbed and held onto an officer's gun.

    Powerful, indeed! We need those magnets everywhere in America.

Cow on Hwy 26 at Hogan Dam Road

    CHP received a call at 3:08 PM that a cow is out in the road at Hogan Dam Rd and Hwy 26 in Valley Springs.

   Big Game Hunter Spellwoman is on another vacation so CHP will have to handle it.

Calaveras County Water District meets

  The Calaveras County Water District board of directors meets on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at 9 AM.

   The meeting will be held at 423 E. St. Charles Street in San Andreas. The public is invited.

OP-ED...Rationally Speaking

   by Robert Jensen

    Author of We Are All Apocalyptic Now.  On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking out.

Tuolumne County Planning Commission Cancelled

   The Tuolumne County Community Resources Agency has just issued a notice that the February 20, 2013 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.

   The next regular meeting will be on March 6, 2013 at 6 PM in the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers, 4th floor on Green Street.

Murphys Sanitary District meeting

  Murphys Sanitary District regular board meeting is Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9 AM.

   It will be held at the office at 90 Big Trees Rd, Suite B in Murphys.

To tie the knot or NOT?

   Ashley Judd ended her marriage this week, and Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years in Seattle.

Eat your way to a stroke?

   At the International Stroke Conference this week, a study was revealed that people who ate certain

Ebbetts Pass Snow

Slightly blurry, but you can see that Hwy 4 near the
Red Apple is clear, with a dusting of snow on the trees.

Beagle at Hwy 49 and Toyanza

   UPDATE: 8 AM The Hwy is now clear of beagle

CHP received a call at 7:40 AM that there is a beagle in the road at Hwy 49 and Toyanza in San Andreas. Be cautious if headed to work in that area.

Chains required on Hwy 4

   CHP has issued a chains required notice this morning on Hwy 4 from Blue Lake Springs in Arnold to Mt Reba Road.

   There has been a light snow as low as just below 3500'.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Have you heard...Grammy guests must wear clothes

   Shocking, just shocking.  The Grammy Awards are Sunday. Today a memo was issues requesting that all talent appearing on camera take steps to be

Poor Kitty is clean, but......

   An Oakland man accidentally washed his cat in the washing machine. The poor thing survived the 35 minute cycle.

Hit and Run Collision in West Point

  At 4:56 PM CHP received a report of a hit and run collision with injuries at Hwy 26 and Hart Ct in West Point.

    The party who reported it stated they were at a stop sign when hit. CHP is enroute to the scene.


Car becomes a bridge

   A 70 year old man hit the gas instead of the brakes and his car shot 20' over a walkway and impaled a building, hanging in mid-air.


Vehicle Spin-out in Glencoe

    At 3:05 PM a report was called in to CHP about a single vehicle that has spun out at Hwy 26 and Ridge Road in Glencoe.

   A white Dodge Neon is now off the road.

Now he's posing....

What a pose! thanks, B

Traffic Accident in Mountain Ranch

  UPDATE:  At 2:05 PM CHP arrived at the scene