Sunday, March 31, 2013

Op-Ed....What's Wrong with the Chambers of Commerce?

   In Calaveras County, a lot of time is spent talking up and seeming to promote the Chambers

Injured deer on Hwy 4 in Ebbetts Pass

   At 7:58 PM an injured deer was reported to CHP at Hwy 4 and Avery Hotel Road in Avery. Use extra caution in that area until CHP arrives.

Car Crash at Hwy 16 and Hwy 49

   Three CHP units have been dispatched to the scene of a possible head-on traffic accident reported at 12:24 PM at Hwy 16 and Hwy 49 in Jackson.

   An ambulance is enroute due to major injuries. Use extras caution if driving in the area.  A fray Volvo and a black vehicle are involved. One way traffic due to emergency vehicles at that location.

Mudslide near Stevenot Bridge/Vehicle off the road

  A mudslide was reported at 12:34 PM just north of the Stevenot Bridge on Hwy 49. CHP is enroute to the location.

   At least one vehicle has slid off the road at that location. An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries.

Win the Powerball...Pay back Child Support?

   "When I win the lottery, I'll pay my back child support!"  is something many men say.  One of them was apparently Pedro quezada, who was the $338 million Powerball winner.

   His payout is being held due to a warrant for back child support due in Passaic county, according to lottery officials.

Happy Easter!!

A few clouds remain and we could get occasional
showers this afternoon.

Crabtree Says Niners were Divided

   Forty-Niner receiver Michael Crabtree is reported to have stated that the locker room on the 49ers was divided about replacing Alex Smith with colin Kaepernick.

   Fortunately, Crabtree says he was on the winning side, according to the Niners reports.

Texas District Attorney and Wife Shot

   Two weeks after the assistand district attorney in Kaufman County was shot and killed, the District Attorney and his wife were found shot and killed in their home.

  It isn't clear if they have a suspect.  Of course, this has nothing to do with "guns" per the NRA and friends.

Parolee Wanted in Abduction of girl

   A 30-year old parolee, Tobias Dustin Summers, who has a distinct tattoo on his right arm, is wanted in connection with a 10 year old LA girls' abduction, who was found wounded in Woodland Hills.


Pope Frances' First Easter Service/and basket

   Pope Frances celebrated his first Easter as the pontiff in the traditional way; in the open square

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cherry Blossoms in the Spring

Letter to the Editor: About Economic Study Session

   Dear Editor:

   I have to give credit to Cliff Edson, the new Supervisor for District 1 for bringing an economic study session to the Board.

   What I actually saw, however,  was the same old, same old;

Weather for Easter Weekend

   Scattered clouds this morning will lead to a possibility of scattered showers later this afternoon. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday calls for rain with snow at higher elevations.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Divide $106 million by 6 years

   Yes, Tony Romo has signed a new 6 year $106 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Is that more than $15 million per year?

Troy Ellen Keeney of Mountain Ranch

   Troy Ellen Keeney of Mountain Ranch, passed away on March 19, 2013. She was 53.

   Her parents are Troy and Mary Keeney.

   Her celebration of life service will be held at 11AM on Thursday May 16, 2013 at San Andreas Community Covenant Church at 261 Treat Ave in San Andreas.

   A reception will follow at 520 Terrace View Ct. in San Andreas.

Calaveras County Fair Entry Deadline

   The Calaveras County Fair is reminding all Calaveras County artists, bakers, canners, crafters, wine makers, welders, woodmakers and floral enthusiasts

Did LIndsay Lohan Steal from Anger Management?

   Apparently some things were missing from the set of Anger Management after Lindsay Lohan had visited.

   Producers believe she wore the jewelry and clothes to go clubbing.

Republicans vs Tea Party

   Since Karl Rove delared war against the Tea Party in February,

Amador County Indian Casino battle in Court

  While most living in Calaveras County wish we had an Indian Casino, a lawsuit filed by Nicolas Villa Jr. is challenging

Five Car collision at Hwy 99 and Hwy 4

         CHP are still attempting to clear a five-car collision on Hwy 99 at the Hwy 4/Farmington

Jim Brulte in the wrong Party?

   The new California Republican Chairman suggested that Republicans must leave their "comfort

Old Hollywood vs skycrapers

   We hear that a New York-based company is proposing a $664 million, two-skyscraper complex with possibly 492 apartments or condos, near the intersection of Hollywood Blvd

What is California's Net Worth?

   According to State Auditor Elaine Howle, the state has a negative net worth of $127.2 billion due to continued spending during the fiscal crisis.

California Removes 285,000 voters from rolls

   The California Secretary of State has been forced to remove a total of 285,000

Large Tree Branch on Hwy 4 in Douglas Flat

   12:35 PM CHP is enroute to report of a traffic hazard on Hwy 4 near 6 Mile Road in Douglas Flat. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Man drops effort to evict cat...

photo courtesy swansea public library
   After an uproar from the public, Pat Higgins has dropped his effort to have Penny evicted from the Swansea public library.

CalFire Reports New Agreement

   As of Monday, April 1, 2013, at 8 AM the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Departent of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire)

Dead deer in Carson Hill

   9:45 AM  Beware of a dead deer on Hwy 49 in Carson Hill. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Four Valley Springs Teens in Crash in Double Springs

  CHP has reported that Austin Greenough (19) of Valley Springs was driving a 65 Chevrolet


   Why shouldn't you tell an Easter egg a joke?  

   Because it might crack up!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Angels Camp City Council Meeting

   The Angels Camp City Council meets on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Firehouse and begins at 6 PM after Closed session regarding litigation and hiring a new Finance Officer.

   On the regular agenda is the Angels Creek Trail construction and a workshop to amend the Oak Tree and Heritage trees guidelines.

Gossiping Government Workers - On our Dime!!

   I don't think there is anything more that can angry a taxpayer then gossiping government employees!

Sandra Jo Park of West Point

   Sandra Jo Park of West Point passed away on March 23, 2013 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas.   She was 71.

Columbia Area Planning Commission Meets

   On April 11, 2013 the Columbia Area Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at Eagle Cottage in the State Park. The meeting begins at 7 PM.

Charles "Chuck" Foster Dabler

    Chuck, age 79, passed away at home in San Andreas on March 24, 2013.

Hazard at Hwy 49 and Campo Seco Turnpike

   A dead deer is being removed from Hwy 49 at Campo Seco Turnpike in Mokelumne Hill. Please use extra caution if driving in that area.

Grass fire in Mountain Ranch

     March 27, 2013 at around 2:30 PM a grass fire was reported in the 5000 block of

Traffic Collision in Ebbetts Pass

   A traffic collision was reported at 8:53 AM on Hwy 4 at Big Trees Parkway, the entrance to Big Trees State Park.  An ambulance has been requested.

    Traffic control has been requested and a tow truck has been dispatched. Use extra caution in that area.

CHP assisting CalTrans in Mokelumne Hill

   While CalTrans is working on Hwy 26 near Mokelumne Hill today, CHP will be on hand to enforce safety. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Angels Camp Museum Lecture Series

   The Angels Cap Museum is announcing that on Thursday April 11 at 6:30 PM there lecture series

Possibility of Showers

   Showers are expected off and on during the day today, as a weak storm pushes through Northern California.

   Another stronger storm is seen affecting our Easter Sunday. No complaints. We need the rain and snow.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Traffic Accident in San Andreas

   A traffic accident was reported at 2:35 PM at Hwy 49 and Toyanza in San Andreas. An ambulance is enroute to the scene. Three CHP units were dispatched

   One vehicle is apparently blocking the roadway, so use caution if driving in that area until cleared.

CHP Clearing Accident in Burson

    At 2:20 PM:  The accident at Hwy 12 and Burson Road in Burson is now being cleared by CHP.  There were no injures in the accident. A tow truck is at the scene.

Rep McClintock Responds to Public Outcry

McClintock Pledges to Close Corporate Loopholes--Protest Calls for Revenue to be used to Avert Education Cuts

City of Pacific Grove Fighting CalPers

   In a small city like Pacific Grove the liability to CalPers has risen from 1% in 2001

Viagra and Guns --The Connection

   It was reported recently that since Viagra came on the prescription market 15 years ago, that it took the world by storm and is now one of the best-selling prescription drugs of all time.

   Just behind that is the gun, which many claim gives the same physical affect on little men.

Postal Union Runs more TV ads

   All the while that the postal workers are complaining they can't pay for their retirement

Calaveras School Board Gives in to Spellman

   The Calaveras Unified School District Superintendent Campbell and Board member Sherry Reusche

Supervisor Wright Plays the Game

   A bit disappointing, but we understand how the dirty game of politics

Sacramento Council Approves 18,000 seat arena

   The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 last night to approve building an 18,000 seat arena

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Traffic Accident in Burson

   A traffic collision was reported to CHP at 5:28 PM on Southworth Rd at Hwy 12 in Burson. A lime green Subaru collided with another small vehicle.

   No injuries were reported. One vehicle is still in the eastbound lane.  CHP is enroute.

Council of Government Meeting

   Calaveras Council of Governments (the group that handles all CalTrans projects and monies), will meet on Wednesday April 3, 2013 at the Board of Supervisors Chamber in San Andreas.

   The meeting begins at 6:30 PM and has a number of items on the agenda. They are always intentionally list items very vaguely and make it difficult to say exactly what is going to be discussed.

Injured Pheasant at Comanche

   A member of a bird team at Comanche Hills Hunting Preserve is trying to find a wildlife  rescue.

   CHP referred her to 200 China Graveyard Road in Jackson, cross street is New York Ranch of Jackson gate.

   That's a good thing to remember and we will list it on our records.

Lake Tulloch--The real neighbor wars begin!

   Now that the "nice" neighbors at Tulloch (the ones who threaten others) have

Are you a shopping addict?

   GQ ran a story about an author who spend a half million dollars in less than three years

What happens when you misjudge the length of rope...

     A popular stunt in Utah came to a screeching halt and killed a 20 year old, who jumped from a cliff and planned to swing through an arch.

   What happens when you misjudge the length the rope should be?  They will bury him tomorrow.

Dead-ringer for Duchess Kate

   Heidi Agan is a 32 year old who recently quit her waitressing job, is a dead-ringer for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

   In fact, she is now officially an impersonator of the Duchess, and is now trying to figure out how to look pregnant without actually becoming pregnant.

Traffic Hazard in Mokelumne Hill

     At 3:14 PM CHP was notified that there are boards in the Hwy at Hwy 26 and Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill.

   Use extra caution in that area until it is cleared.

Rivers and Streams Contaminated, No ground cover

    The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that high levels of contamination by fertilizers and shrinking ground

Question...About California's Prop 8

  Here's the question? How on earth did a Proposition like 8 (anti-gay marriage),

To King or not to King

   The Sacramento City Council votes tonight on whether to fund a new basketball arena in the downtown area through parking revenue.

   Then the NBA on the 19th will decide whether the Kings are allowed to move to Seattle where they already have signed a contract, or to keep them in Sacramento.

Percentage of No Party Preference Voters Grows

   A report released by the California Secretary of State's office revealed that currently nearly 21% of the electorate is No Party Preference.

   People tell us that now they can change it online and never have to go to a polling place, so its a lot less hassle than it used to be.

Quad vehicle Collision in Copperopolis

   CHP is responding to a report of a quad vehicle collision at 11:55 AM of four cars on Black Creek Drive in Copperopolis. An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries.

Drought could be worse this year

   The historic drought that laid waste to Aerica's grain and corn best is unlikely to ease before the

100 Million Dream of LIfe in US

   According to a recent Gallup Poll, over 100 million people all over the world would like to live here in the US.

Mom doesn't know baby is dead...

  The Mom who is in the hospital with serious injuries in Montgomery, Ala., still is not aware that the large sign than fell off the wall at the airport, killed her baby.

Have you heard the latest buzz...About Panetta

   Is there a single high-ranking job that Leon Panetta hasn't held and succeeded in during his long career?

   Now there is talk that he should run for Governor of California.

Calf on Hwy 49 near airport

  UPDATE:  10 AM Road is now clear.

Shorter Shifts Don't help doctors

   According to two recent studies, reducing the number of hours a resident physician works does not improve patient care, nor does it reduce the numbers of sleepy house staff.

   This is not a good sign for patients.

Make Motley part of your Crew

Motley is a 11 month old liver and white colored
Pointer/Lab mix.  He keeps a tidy room, has gorgeous
 teeth and a winning smile and loves to play ball.  Visit
Motley at Calaveras County Animal Services 891 Mountain
Ranch Road ID# 033097

CHP Assisting CalTrans in Moke Hill

    A CHP unit is onscene for CalTrans work on Hwy 26 and the Campo Seco Turnpike today. Use extra caution in that area.

Arrest in Hathaway Pines

   Russ Allan Bond, Sr. (58) of Hathaway Pines, was arrested on March 2, 2013 at his residence

Illegal Shooting Reported in Arnold

   A resident on Saint Moritz Drive in Arnold reported on March 23, 2013 that they heard about 10 shots or cherry bombs in a row.

   The Calaveras Sheriff log indicates "No Report Taken".

Burglary Reported in Camp Connell

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office responded to a call on Chumash in Camp Connell on March 23, 2013,  that a burglary had occurred.

   A deputy took the report but it is not indicated if there is a suspect.

Two dire animal calls to Sheriff

   On March 23, 2013 Calaveras Sheriff's Office received two very sad animal calls

Monday, March 25, 2013

Amador County Board of Supervisor meeting

  Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8:30 AM the Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

Lenore A Hemminger of San Andreas

   Lenore A Hemminger passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 3, 2013, in Angels Camp,

JFK and Hubris can make you think

  The movie JFK has been running on cable for the past week or so, and then MSNBC ran the special "Hubris -  the inside spin, scandal

Frauds and scams are Exposed

   Over the past 10 years, some 4000 men have been EXPOSED while posing as combat warriors to fool women, SCAM federal benefits and reap undeserved praise.

  We know a few around here!!

Biggest Winner in Powerball HIstory

   The New Jersey resident who won the Powerball Lottery over the weekend was the largest single winner ever at $338 million.

   They have yet to come forward.

Two historic Gay rights cases being heard

  Both the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 are being heard at the Supreme Court today

   People lined up in the freezing weather to try and get a seat inside the court chambers.

Jim Carrey Says it All...about men who need guns

   It has a few choice words in it, so we can't run it here, but you need to go to the video of Lonesome Earl

Grass Fire in Copperopolis

   A grass fire was reported at 12:44 PM on Buckboard Drive at Fogey in Copperopolis. CalFire has been dispatched.

Online Voter Registration is Easy

   Have you moved, or have you never registered to vote? Or would you like to change your registration to No Party Preference,

FOX News does special on Stockton

   FOX News did a special this morning on the bankruptcy hearings being held today

Angels Camp Museum Holds Gold Rush Days

    The Angels Camp Museum is announcing Gold Rush Days scheduled for June 8, 2013. They invite you to watch living historians re-create life during the goldrush.

Amber Alert/Child Abduction

   CHP has released information about an Amber Alert of a child abduction

Tiger Woods Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Classic

   Due to thunderstorms yesterday, the final round of the Arnold Palmer Golf Classic

Some Needy too proud to take help

   During this horrible recession, even here in Calaveras County, many older people are too proud to take handouts.

   Raised in a different generation, they believe in taking care of themselves and not looking to the government or others for help.

Traffic Accident in San Andreas

  A traffic accident was reported to CHP at 8:17 AM on Mountain Ranch Rd at Coachman Way in San Andreas.

   It is not known if there are injuries at this point due to the collision of a 2004 Envoy vs a white  door sedan..

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This looks just like my Neighbor from Hell!

If you put him in a box with no lid, he
couldn't find his way out!!

Mayor Bloomberg puts Money Where his Mouth is

   Mayor Bloomberg, of NYC has backed a $12 million television ad campaign paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, pushing for gun control.

   Some don't have the guts to go against the NRA. Good for Bloomberg!!

Car Lands on Roof

   A man in Glendale lost control of his car and it went down an embankment, landing on the roof of a neighbors home.  No reports of injuries.

La Pierre Wants a Raise?

   The message today is "buy more guns", "buy more guns". The rumor is that La Pierre wants another raise. The million plus he makes now is just not enough?

Dow Could Break Record

   Now that the woes of Cyprus have been satisfied, the Dow could break into record breaking territory this week, say some financial advisors.

"Croods" top Box Office

   The top slot in box office receipts this weekend at $44.6 million, was "Croods", about a bumbling prehistoric family.

    "Olympus Has Fallen", reportedly very violent, came in second with $30.5 million.

Ravens Change Everything

   The Superbowl winning Baltimore Ravens won't look like the same team come this fall. General Manager Ozzie Newsome planned it this way.

69-year-old Man kills adult children

   A 69 year old man called police in Washington to tell them he had shot his 2 adult children in the head.  But it had nothing to do with guns, right?

Dead Whie Supremacist Linked to Colorado murders?

   An ex-convict and white supremacist, who was shot right between the eyes

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vacation Rental Tax A Fiasco?

   For months we have watched as the Planning Department has spent time writing and rewriting

France's former President Sarkozy under investigation

   Apparently former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is accused of taking money from France's riches woman as political donations, even though he knew she had Alzheier's disease.

   A formal investigation has been initiated there, according to authorities.

Potholes to Reinvention for GOP

   The heirarchy of the Republican Party is tired of losing elections. The talk is about the need to recruit better candidates, the kind who will avoid cringe-worthy campaign moments that did in several GOP candidates last fall.

   But will the Tea Party right-wingers allow that? We've been told they like those kind of candidates, and don't care if they lose. Well, ok then.

Man cooks his wife for 4 days

    A San Diego chef, who bound and duct taped his wife so she couldn't go out drinking, came home to find her dead the next morning.

   He then admittedly, cooked her body for 4 days to dispose of her remains.  He has been sentences to 15 years to life in prison.

A place for "Every Sperm is Sacred" believers

   North Dakota is the place for you, if you are a follower of the "Every Sperm is Sacred" religion. They just passed a LAW that says human life begins at conception.

   And who would know better about those things than a MAN in elected office?  The ESS religion has been around for awhile; the one where women are good for nothing but breeding and cleaning.

The HEAT is on!

   The NBA's Miami Heat is now at 25 straight wins. How long can they continue the streak?

Wagon Trail Realignment Open House

    The Calaveras County Department of Public Works is conducting a public meeting in an open house format for the State Route 4 - Wagon Trail.

WWI Hero, Stubby the Dog

Officially Sgt Stubby. he was most decorated war dog
of WWI, after being smuggled aboard ship by
his owner. (sent to us by our friend Ed)

Joan Rivers says "Time for Leno to go!"

   With all the scuttlebutt going around that the Tonight show is moving back to New York

OP-ED...40 Acres and a Mule Back in Play

   It has been nearly 6 1/2 years since the Board of Supervisors, led by Tom Tryon, passed Resolution 07-242, the beginning of the end of the entire economy in Calaveras County.

Look! Bobby's back!

Gorgeous photo by B

Friday, March 22, 2013

Major Injuries in Murphys/Car vs tree

    On March 21, 2013, Jonelle Whitehouse (31) of Murphys was the driver of a 2003 Land Rover

Calaveras County Water District meets March 27, 2013

   The Calaveras County Water District (you know, the ones who get property tax money from all of us, but refuse to film their meetings for the public), meets on March 27, 2013 at 9 AM at their district office board room in San Andreas.

Logging Museum Engine Ready to Haul Logs? Or train to NOWHERE?

   Completion of the $110,000 restoration of the Shay engine that sits on a short piece of track at the Logging Museum is complete.

    The money came from California State Transportation Department funds (OUR TAXES) and we can hardly wait to see the engine start

Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, March 26, 2013

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8 Am with a closed session of

Artist in the Woods Program/Deadline April 1, 2013

    The Stanislaus National Forest, in partnership with 3 Forests Interpretive Association, would like to announce the opening of the application process for the 2013 Artist in the Woods program.

Head-on Crash in Angels Camp

   UPDATE:  At 2:10 PM CHP reponed Hwy 49 to regular traffic. One victim was transported to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. Another was transported to Mark Twain Hospital.

Gun Violence and More Gun Violence...but "has nothing to do with guns," right?

   A Marine in Virginia shot and killed two colleagues and then killed himself on a military base in Virginia yesterday.

    Detroit Police released the video to Utube of a shooting in a store, as they continue to look for the suspect.

Are Californians Spend Crazy?

   The new statewide bond to send more water to LA has been postponed until 2014, but the Governor thinks it will pass then.

The Never Ending Story of Campaigning

    This is nothing new!  What is the cost of winning a Congressional seat?

What a difference a State makes..

   While the Republican Party continues to battle their debt problems in California and the Democrats continue to rake in the money, its a different story nationally.

All for One and one for all in Lottery win

    Did you hear about the three long-time buddies who had only a verbal agreement

Chamber Mixer and Golf

   The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce is holding a Mixer for businesspeople on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

    It will be held at the CaddyShack at Greenhorn Creek and starts at 5:30 PM. Mixer attendees also get golf starting at 3 PM, 9 holes for a special $20.

3900 buildable lots in Arnold?

   Among some of the absolutely ridiculous statements made during the Calaveras County General Plan Update was one made

Thursday, March 21, 2013

California Hall of Fame Inducts Joe Montana

   QB Joe Montana was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in Sacramento. Also inducted the native American,. Ishi

Car Hits tree-Major Injuries....

   UPDATE:  At 8:35 PM a tow truck was dispatched.

Big Day for First Amendment Rights

   While government agencies may not be happy about it, The First Amendment Coalition, which is dedicated to rights of the press, announced that a Santa Clara County judge ruled

Legislators Get Spring Break

   All kinds of  amendments to bills were filed today, because this is the last day before Spring (or Easter) vacation for the lawmakers.

    Not a bad gig if you don't mind running for election.

Oakland Raiders surprises?

   Even though the Oakland Raiders have a lack of draft choices and little salary room to move around, head coach Dennis Allen says he believes they will surprise people in 2013.

Old Men Cause Autism?

   According to researchers at Sweden' Karolinska Intitute found that men who have children after they turn 50 not only increase their children's risk for developing autis, but may increase their grandchildrens risk for developing it, too.

   One thing in favor of throwing away the Viagra and in favor of vasectomies.

Tuolumne County Planning Comission Cancels

     The Tuolumne County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013, has been cancelled.

    The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6 PM

Winners of Arts Spirit Awards

   134 high school students from 3 schools entered a total of 198 works in 11 categories to Calaveras County Arts Council's 16th Annual

Traffic Hazard Reported in Angels Camp

   At approximately 11:30 AM a traffic hazard was reported to CHP on Hwy 49 at Copello Drive in Angels Camp.  CHP is enroute to the scene.

   Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Drone found in Florida Keys

   An orange, 20-foot military drone was found in Florida's Upper Keys over the weekend.  It had been shot down in January during a training mission.

   It was found about a mile from the Port Largo Canal.

Do not inhale keyboard cleaner

   A 14 year old from LA died after inhaling a computer keyboard cleaner. The girl had been home alone for about 2 hours when she inhaled the cleaner, a new trend among middle school-aged children.

Video of Adopted boy to Chief Justice Roberts

   The wonderful video an 11 year old boy made and sent to Chief Justice John Roberts

Ryan Gosling Taking Break

   32 year Ryan Gosling, who many women fans can't get enough of has announced that he needs to take a break from acting.

   He says he wants to reassess why he's acting and how he's acting. How long a break he needs is unclear.

Housing gets small gains

   Maybe not in Calaveras County, but nationwide, US home sales increased .8 % to an annual rate of 4.98 million units last month, the highest level since Noveber 2009.

Sarah Palin revived

   If you couldn't stay up for Inside the Actors Studio, you missed Tina Fey's reviving her famous Sarah Palin

Mark Duper Arrested for Child Abuse

   Former Miami Dolphins receiver Mark Duper was arrested for alleged child abuse, according to Jacksonville authorities.

    Duper, who is one of the thousands of retired players suing the NFL for concussion related injuries, is accused of punching and threatening to kill a youngster.

March Madness...Did you pick your brackets?

   March Madness has begun. If you haven't picked your brackets, it's too late now. Enjoy the games anyway.

   The odds of picking a perfect bracket, we learned, is one in 9.2 quintillion, according to a mathematics professor. You might as well buy lottery tickets.

What will happen if Israel attacks Iran?

   If Israel attacks Iran, as it has often threatened, it is widely believed that the Islamic Republic could very well destroy the Israieli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa.

    Israel needs to be very careful about not making any careless mistakes.

Like yelling "Fire" in a theater...

   If you yell "fire" in a crowded theater, it better be a real fire.  If you yell "bingo" in a crowded bingo hall, as an 18 year old did recently the group of mostly elderly women, may erupt in chaos.

    And then if they find out it was a phony "bingo" look out. The police had to be called out to calm things down and protect the yeller.

Who is Khloe Kardsashian hugging?

    Kardashians can't go anywhere and be considered private.  Khloe was recently spotted at a park in LA hugging another man, not her Odom. UhOh!

Traffic Accident in Arnold

  At 7:53 AM a traffic accident was reported to CHP at Hwy 4 and Rancho Paradiso in Arnold. An ambulance is enroute due to injuries.

   CHP and a tow truck have also been dispatched. CalFire is onscene.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Salary Negotiations Kept Secret in Calaveras?

   We learned something from a knowledgeable friend in Sacramento today; that salary negotiations of county management hires must be done in open session, if more than two Supervisors are present.

   Do our Supervisors, or the City of Angels Council follow this law?  We don't think so.

Double Springs resident Bonnie Newman should be happy

   Bonnie Newman, who gets up to speak at the Calaveras Board of Supervisors every week in behalf of the disabled and their In-Home Supportive Services caretakers should be happy.
   Apparently Governor Brown has made a deal to end the court battle with unions who care for the disabled in their homes.

    It was reported yesterday that the cut in IHSS will be only 8%, instead of the 22% that had been previously suggested.

   These services allow people to stay in their own homes longer instead of being placed in a long-term care facility or nursing home.  

Muprhys Sanitary Distrct Special Meeting

   The Murphys Sanitary District will hold a special board meeting on March 21, 2013 t 90 Big Trees Rd in Murphys at 6 PM.

    On the agenda is under Closed Session, Personnel Matters, appointment or employent, General Manager with discussion and possible action.

General Plan Land Use Map Draft #2 Comments?

   According to the Calaveras County Planning Department, there will be a 30-day comment period

OP-ED...1 in 3 Counties in US are Dying?

          Is it true that the new 2012 census estimates released recently show population shifts

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in manual

   The psychiatric "bible" for diagnosing disorders gets a new reference, that of diagnosing post-trauatic stress disorder in children under the age of 6.

   The dead 6 year olds at Sandy Hook won't have to worry about getting PTSD, however.

Help for Gunshot Fingers

   Have you heard about the guy who blew off part of his middle finger in a gun accident. Good news!

   He has created himself a prosthetic finger from bicycle parts and is so pleased with it that he is selling them to other gunshot finger amputees.

Warning to Lindsey Vonn

   A former mistress of Tiger Woods has apparently warned skier Lindsey Vonn, that once a cheater, always a cheater, and that she should watch herself.

Did you see the Donald Trump video?

   Donald Trump was doing a interview, when someone asked him about Anthony Weiner's chances of getting back into politics.

    Trump said that Weiner is a "pervert" and a "whack job", but of course that doesn't always mean they can't get elected.

First day of Spring....comes in wet!

   We welcome both Spring and the rains today, as it has been over a month since we had any measurable amounts.

   Drive carefully today as the roads will be slippery. The snow is supposed to stay over 6000'.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

He's Baaaack!

   Guess who was sitting between Greg Mayer (C-21) and Dave Haley (Castle and Cooke)

Rain tonite and tomorrow

  Rain is expected tonite and tomorrow, but snow will stay at over 6000' the weather bureau says. Careful driving to work in the morning as the roads will be slippery.

Letter to the Editor....About CPAC

   Dear Sentinel:

   As a regular reader, I have been following the changes noted in your articles about the right wing

Gun Advocates try to strip President's budget

     We just heard that the NRA and other pro-gun groups are apparently trying one of the oldest tricks in the congressional playbook,

Remember the Bell?

   We just learned that the corruption case against the City of Bell six is still with the jury. (17 days so far).

   They are attempting to decide if the pay the six men took was excessive enough to be a isappropriation of funds.

California highest-North Dakota lowest...

    In an abysmal state of affairs, California for the 2nd month in a row has retained its

Recreation Construction Scheduled for Beardsley Reservoir

photo courtesy of USFS
   According to the US Forest Service, the Stanislaus National Forest and the Tri-Dam Project (A Joint venture

Traffic Accident in West Point

   At 12:05 PM CHP got a report of a traffic accident at Bummerville and Winton Rds in West Point. An ambulance is enroute. A tow truck has been requested.

   One vehicle is off the road at that location. CHP is on their way to the site.

Senator Tom Berryhill stops for lunch

   Calaveras County's State Senator Tom Berryhill stopped for lunch in San Andreas recently. He had attended the CHP open house there.

   Did you know that Senator Berryhill is a grape-grower?

Do you have Unclaimed Money coming?

   Every year, the California State Controller acquires unclaimed property through California's

Assemblyman Bigelow Speaks at Ag Day

    Calaveras County's Asssemblyman Frank Bigelow is addressing the importance of agriculture and rural California at the California Cattlemen's Annual Steak and Eggs Breakfast and on the West Steps of the Capitol in Sacramento regarding his bill AB 924, The Livestock Theft Prevention Act of 2013 and a bill on 4-H today

NFL Agrees to Pay for Retired Players' images

    After lengthy meetings with the Retired NFL Players, a settlement was reached for NFL's use of retired players' images.

    The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million into a fund for the "commom good" of retired players who are struggling.  The trust can be used for medical expenses, housing and career transitions.

Donated Organs Cause Rabies

   Four different people got organs from a military man who died. Little did they know;

CalFire Reports Structure Fire

    A structure fire at 14900 Camage Avenue in Sonora was responded to at 1:57 PM

Michael Jordan...You are NOT the father?

   The Georgia woman who filed a suit against Michael Jordan, claiming he fathered her 16 year old son, has dismissed the suit requesting a DNA test.

   Why? Some feel that they must have reached an out of court settlement.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Attorneys Demand Public Vote on Arena

   The Sacramento City Council has been working on a plan to subsidize a new sports arena

OP-ED... Important Truths behind an Anti-War Slogan

    by Robert Jensen

    I have never been big on chanting, which means I have spent lots of time at anti-war protests

Think your Tilamook is Expensive Now?

   Yes, the good cheese is very expensive. But hold onto your hats!. If the Western United Dairymen (that's the Union for the Dairy owners)

Arrest For Vehicle Theft in San Andreas

    A Hathaway Pines man was arrested on Gold Cliff San Andreas

Arrest for Burglary in Copperopolis

   Jacog Roger Schulte (19), of Copperopolis was arrested at Steeplechase Drive and Bridlewood on March 16, 2013 for allegedly threatening to commit a crime and burglary in the first degree, both felonies.

    He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Reminder: LafCo meeting Scheduled today, March 18, 2013

   The Calaveras Local Agency Formation Commission (LafCo) will hold a regular meeting today, Monday March 18, 2013 at 5 PM in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers.

   They are continuing to look for ideas for a "tagline" for LafCo in Calaveras County.

Calaveras Board of Supervisors hold Special Meeting Tomorrow

   UPDATE:  Supervisor Callaway got the corrections to the Closed Session agenda and to the Public Comments phrase, and we thank her. We got NO WHERE with the Board Clerk. (NOT MY FAULT!)

TV on road in Copperopolis

   CHP received a report at 11:44 AM that a TV is in the middle of the road at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Copper Cove Drive in Copperopolis, creating a traffic hazard.

   They are enroute to the area. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Hwy 49 work in Sutter Creek

  UPDATE: CHP has cleared the road.

Lorie Christine Muma

   Lorie Christine Muma, age 47, of Sacramento died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Traffic Accident in Ione with injuries

   CHP is on scene at an accident at Buena Vista Rd and Stoney Creek Rd in Ione that was reported at 9:21 AM.

     An ambulance is enroute due to injuries. Use extra caution if in that area.

49ers May want Woodson and Asomugha

     Rumors are swirling tha the 49ers may be trying to get Woodson and Asomugha for their secondary this season.

You're not in Kansas, anymore...but who would want to be!

    There are anti-womens rights legislators in the state of Kansas who continually try

Hit and Run Collision in Arnold

   At 8:51 AM CHP received a report of a hit and run collision on Heather Drive in Arnold. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Rams won bidding war

   Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long is going to the Rams after a bidding was with the Dolphins. He got a 4 year deals worth up to $36 million.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Letter from the USFS Stanislaus....Candy Rock Complaints

    The Sierra Sentinel, along with many others,  have received yet another  letter

Letter to the Editor....About Stanislaus National Forest

    Dear Editor:

   As a resident of Ebbetts Pass, I have followed with interest your articles and letters on the Candy Rock Shooting Range

A sure sign of Spring

CHP is having to provide traffic control at
Daffodil Hill this afternoon due to the
large crowds who came to see the blooms.

Copperopolis Gun Range Not legal?

   The owner of a gun range that has been under some controversy recently, showed up at the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

How Much is Hadley Lawsuit Costing Taxpayers in City of Angels Camp?

   UPDATE:  At 4:21 PM we received an email from Derek Cole of Roseville, who says he is handling the Hadley case for the City of Angels Camp.  More after we speak with him.

Blue-Eyed Bentley Needs a New Home

Entley is a beautiful long-haired lilac point with an easy disposition.
He is an older gentleman and is already neutered.  An easy
life of lounging around the house is just what he is looking for.  If
you would like to meet Bentley please visit Animal Services at
891 Mountain Ranch Rd in San Andreas Wed-Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
(Closed for lunch 1-2), or Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM. Please
refer to his id # A032930.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Injured Deer on Ridge Road

   An injured deer that had been reported around 2:40 AM was agains reported at 7:30 to CHP as still alive on the side of Ridge Road in West Point.   

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

Hot Air Balloon Injures NFL player

   When NFL free agent Dante Stallworth agreed to take his girlfirend on a hot air balloon ride, he believed it was safer than playing football.

   Surprise, surprise. This morning he is in a hospital in stabe condition after his balloon hit power lines.  It seems the gridiron may be safer for Stallworth.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Traffic Accident in San Andreas/Alcohol Involved

    A traffic collision was reported at 7:14 PM that had occurred on Mountain Ranch Rd in San Andreas, not far from the CHP office and government center.

   According to CHP the driver had been drinking and was taken to the Mark Twain Hospital emergency room because of injuries.

Fatal Accident at Hwy 108 and Obyrnes Ferry

   CHP have been on the scene of a fatal traffic accident that occurred

Tree vs Car in Dorrington

    CHP is at the scene of a tree vs car accident reported at 3:08 PM on Hwy 4 at Boards Crossing in Dorrington.

   The car hit the tree and apparently bounced back onto the roadway. A tow truck has been dispatched. Minor injuries occured.

   Traffic is being directed around it. Use extra caution if in the area.

Op-Ed....At the UN, Twenty years of backlash Against Women

   by Barbara Crossette

    Socially conservative American Catholics and like-minded evangelical Protestants who have led

Union Public Utility District Meeting

   The Union Public Utility District in Murphys is meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 339 Main Street at 7 PM.  Murphys water customers are invited to attend.

   The sphere of influence in on the agenda to be discussed.

Car blocking lane at Hartvickson and Dunn Rd in Valley Springs

   At 9 AM CHP dispatched at tow truck to remove a vehicle that is blocking the road at Hartvickson and Dunn Rd. in Valley Spring. Use extra caution in that area.

Be Cautious around Murphys today

   Drivers who need to go through Murphys today will need to use extra caution because of the one-day event being held on the Main Street today.

  People will be parking everywhere and crossing Hwy 4.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Traffic Hazard in Avery

    UPDATE:  By 7:55 P M CHP  cleared the problem off the road.

   A person was reported at 7:25Pm, apparently jumping out in front of vehicles on Hwy 4 at Avery Hotel Road. CHP is enroute.

   Use extra caution if headed in that direction.

Rabbi feels akin to new pope

   Not only Catholics are feeling close to the new Pope Francis.  We heard a story that a Rabbi in Mississippi is among the legion of new admirers.

   The reason he is feeling a bond is because he also has only one lung.


Cowboys great calls proposed helmet rule "kooky"

   Famous Cowboy Emmit Smith heard about the proposed new helmet rule where players are not allowed to lower their heads when they hit an opponent and called it "kooky".

Teen Dies after Eating cookie

  A college freshman who suffered from a severe nut allergy, died after eating a cookie that contained peanut oil.

    Apparently his epi-pen was not found in time and when he was taken to the hospital, he died.


George Clooney - Never too old for rumors

    Geprge Clooney's love life is always aswirl with rumors. This time its abou his ladyfriend Stacy Kiebler and he possibly breaking up.

    But then fans saw her land in Germany to spend some time at his estate there. So much for that rumor.

Amador County Adinistrative Committee

   Supervisors Forster and Novelli will meet in the Amador County Administration Center Conference Room C

Amador Fire Prevention District Board meets

   The Amador Fire Protection District Board meets on March 19, 2013 at 11 AM

Angels Camp City Council Meeting

   Kato the dog will be given the Oath of Office by City Clerk Mary Kelly to become an official Angels Camp Police K-9 at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6 PM.

    They also will approv a resolution for grants through CalTrans at this meeting.

Amador County Board of Equalization Meeting

  On March 19, 2013 the Amador County Board of Equalization meets at 9 AM in the

Letter from the White House...About Oil

    America's auto industry is in the midst of a change for the better.  Right now,

Hay Spill on Hwy 88

   CHP and Amador County workers are clearing Hwy 88 at Peddler Vista of a hay spill that was reported at 1:15 PM.

Lake Tulloch Rentals: Another Threatening comment from Angry Neighbors

   We received yet another threatening comment about the Lake Tulloch vacation rentals. We have now forwarded both to the Calaveras Sheriff.

   These comments tell us that the angry, complaining neighbors may be more dangerous and in violation of the law than any vacation renter at Lake Tulloch.


Threat turned over to Calaveras Sheriff

   Earlier this morning, the Sentinel received a threatening comment

Calaveras Supervisor Spellman Interrupts Speaker

   District 5 Supervisor of Rancho Calaveras Darren Spellman could not stop interrupting the

Traffic Accident in Mountain Ranch

   UPDATE:  At 8:26 AM CHP arrived and a tow truck was called. Injuries are reported as minor.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Traffic Accident on Hwy 88 in Jackson

   UPDATE:  As of 2 PM the area is clear.  

Vince Young in Preliminary talks with Raiders?

   Vince Young, formery the Titans, the Bills and the Eagles quarterback, is apparently in preliminary talks with the Raiders.

   Young has been eager to try and talk anyone into believing he should get another chance in the NFL.

Illegal to ask NFL players sexual orientation?

   As we all heard, the NFL prospects were grilled about their sexual orientations during the scouting combine two weeks ago.

  Now the New York Attorney General has urged the NFL to investigate whether possible draft picks were improperly asked about their sexual orientation, which he said would be illegal in New York. Uh-Oh!!

Chiefs release Matt Casell in Favor of Smith

   Not surprisingly, the Kansas City Chiefs released their QB Matt Casell ahead of Alex Smith arriving for the coming season.

Clark Robert Burton, DDS

     Clark Robert Burton, DDS died Saturday, March 2, 2013.
    He was 90. 

Why is Dennis Rodman in Rome?

   A lot of talk surrounded the appearance of basketball great Dennis Rodman in Rome just hours before the new Pope was elected.

   Will Rodman get an audience with the Pope? They loved him in North Korea.

Who Does More Work at your house?

   The Pew Research results on a survey about men's and women's roles in day to day life show they are merging more and more.

  As women spend more time working outside the home, men are stepping up to help with the children and the home.

Lance Armstrong Movie?

   Rumors are swirling that Lance Armstrong has arrived in Hollywood due to a movie being made about his life.

CHP Assisting CalTrans in Mokelumne Hill

   CalTrans is performing maintenance at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Hwy 49 today in Mokelumne Hill. CHP will be assisting for safety purposes.

    Use extra caution in that area today.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The SF Giants are ready for 2013 season

   The Giants, the World Series team, is ready for the first game of the season on April 1, 2013.

Is Calaveras Sheriff Corrupt?

   For quite some time the Sierra Sentinel has been very concerned about what is or is not going on at the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.

White Smoke.....And the new Pope is....

...Pope Francis, and he is two years younger than Pope Benedict XVI was when he was elected in 2005.

   However, the 76 year old from Argentina still has at least one health issue; he has only one lung.

   Pope Frances, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, had one removed as a child.

Mark Twain Medical Center Grand Opening

   The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce is announcing the Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting Ceremony at the new Cancer Center on the Mark Twain Medical Center Campus.

   The Grand Opening will take place next Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Cancer Center, 700 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

    You will have an opportunity to tour the facility and meet Dr. Rob D'Aquisto and the staff.

   Light refreshments and local wines will be served.  This event is open to the public

Counterfeit bill received at Arnold thrift store

    The Humane Society Thrift Store on Hwy 4 in Arnold reported having received a counterfeit bill

Burglary Reported in Wallace

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office responded to a residential burglary that had occurred on Oliveira Cout in Wallace on March 12, 2013.

    It is not known if there is a suspect at this time.

Modesto woman arrested in San Andreas

    Misty Nichole Jones, (28) of Modesto, was arrested on Pope Street west of Murray Creek on

Traffic Accident at 99 and Wilson Way

  UPDATE:  At 11:45 AM CHP reports 99 freeway is clear of accident vehicles.

Another accident at Hwy 26 and 99 Freeway

   Another accident has been reported at Hwy 26 and 99 Freeway in Stockton. This one reported no injuries.  CHP is onscene.

   Heads up if you're headed that way. Traffic is slowed to a crawl, creating a hazard between Stockton and Manteca.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 26 and 99 Freeway

   UPDATE:  Injuries reported are minor.

Board of Supervisors just might die....

   Next Tuesday, March 19, 2013 a Special Meeting of the Calaveras Board of Supervisors

Call Between NFL General Managers taped

   It was reported that a pair of 20 year olds soehow managed to record a phone conversation

CalTrans Working on Hwy 49

   CalTrans is doing maintenance work on Hwy 49 between Jackson and the Calaveras County line with assistance from CHP this morning.

   Use caution if traveling in that area.

CHP Assisting CalTrans in West Point

   CHP will again today be standing by to assist CalTrans in West Point with maintenance for safety reasons.

     Today work is being done at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Bald Mountain Rd.

Junk Food News--Drinks and Twinkies

   The giant drink law was shot down by a judge in New York and Mississippi passed an anti- Bloomberg Law

Another $10 million settlement and Black Smoke

   As the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles reveals a $10 million settlement with 4 more priest sex abuse cases, black smoke arose this morning after the 2nd vote for a new Pope.

   After lunch and a nap, the Archbishops could vote yet again later today.

  A priest from St. Annes' Catholic Church in Lodi (Stockton Diocese) was arrested for alleged sexual assault and child molestation yesterday.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

General Plan Update Announcement:

   The Calaveras County Planning Department is announcing that the General Plan Land Use map

Murphys Sanitary District Special Board Meeting

    On Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6 PM Murphys Sanitary District will hold a Special Board meeting in Murphys at 90 Big Trees Rd.

   In Closed Session is an employment discussion and possible action regarding the General Manager job there. No other business is agendized.

Population control works in China

   Did you know that China's fiertility rate is only 1.5. This, after 30 years of a forced

Aspirin may prevent melanoma

   A recent study suggests that people who take aspirin are less likely to get melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Capricious and Arbitrary Drink Law

   A judge in New York has overturned Mayor Bloomberg's 16 oz drink law in New York City. The judge called it a capricious and arbitrary law that may be unconstitutional.

   The Mayor is determined to fight on. We could think of more important things he could waste his time with, but....

Loose Cow on Hwy 26

      UPDATE:  2:25 PM Now the cow is across from Jenny Lind School. Animal control notified.

Water Wars Only Beginning

  Governor Brown wants tunnels from Sacramento River to the Clifton Forebay

First Vote at Vatican brings black smoke

   The 114 Cardinals took their first vote of the Conclave for the next Pope.

New Planned 12 Story Condo in San Francisco has Sewer problems

   The City of San Francisco has a developers 12 story condominium project on hold. 

LA Mayor Race Makes National News for...

....Well, not for voter turnout.  Actually is is partially due to LOW voter turnout

State Back in the Money?

   According to State Controller John Chiang, the state of California is $4 billion ahead of estimates made last summer.

How many different cities have been California Capital?

   Do you have a guess?  Well;

   San Jose was first 1849

250 Motorcycles stop on Interstate 10

   A wild stunt by 250 motorcyclists on Interstate 10 in West Covina went viral on Utube. Good old Utube, the cops

California gets a D, Calaveras County gets an F

    The Sunlight Foundation, who studies the openness and transparency of government bodies has given the State of California a D grade.

     And, of course, Calaveras County is simply an extension of that lack of transparency. In fact, if the Sierra Sentinel were doing the grading, Calaveras County would get an F.

   Happy sunshine week!!

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49 at Cosgrave

   UPDATE:  As of 12:15 PM the road is clear.

CCWD Holds Legislative Committee Meeting

   On Monday, March 18, 2013 Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) will hold a Legislative Committee meeting

This is Sunshine Week for Transparency and Access to Government

Don't get blinded by the glare!
   The California Public Records Act, made it somewhat easier and faster to access government documents (right!) in 1968, unless

Lake Tulloch back on Calaveras Supervisors Agenda

   The Lake Tulloch vacation rentals ordinance is back on the agenda already,

Bobby Jindal a hit with gridiron bunch?

      Louisiana Republican Governor is widely known for his unfortunate response

The Madden Curse?

   Brett Favre is rumored to have been under the Madden Curse for years, after countless broken bones, horrible seasons, and bodily parts

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cattle Rustlers Beware

   Assemblyamember Frank Bigelow Introduced Livestock Theft Legislation, Assembly Bill 924.

Traffic Accident -2 cars overturned on Hwy 26 in Linden

   At 3:32 PM a traffic accident was reported to CHP on Hwy 26 at Duncan Rd in Linden.  At least one person is pinned in one vehicle.

   An ambulance is enroute to the scene.   Two cars are overturned. Three CHP are enroute.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

   UPDATE:  CHP indicates at 3:15 PM that the Hwy is not blocked and that injuries are minor.

Accessory Dwellings on Calaveras Supervisors Agenda

   More restrictions for accessory dwellings is on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 agenda for approval. With no building going on, this waste has been occupying the time of the Planning Department. What a waste!

Pickup on road on bad curve in Jenny LInd

   At 2:15 PM CHP has just arrive at Jenny Lind Rd and Da Lee Rd in Jenny Lind aftero a report of a pickup parked in the middle of the road at 1:45 PM causing a hazard.

Californians will have highest gas tax...

   When the new state gas tax increase goes into effect on July 1, California will have the highest gas tax in the nation, 70.6 cents a gallon, including federal taxes.

   The State Board of Equalization recently voted to increase our gas tax another 3.5 cents per gallon.

No more Fish and Game department

   As of January 1, 2013 California's Fish and Game Department is no more.  Jerry Brown signed the bill the officially changed the name to California Fish and Wildlife.

    Does this mean that killing the animals will be less important to them? Let's hope so, but we doubt it!


Highest Minimum Wage in Nation?

  Yes, it is in California, actually San Francisco, whose minimum wage is $10.55 an hour.

   San Jose raised its minimum wage, which goes into effect Monday, to $10 an hour.

   There is a national effort to raise the National Minimum Wage to $10 an hour by 2015.

Bill in congress to charge 10% tax on handguns..

   In the states and around the country, bills are being introduced to raise taxes

Court Computer System Finally Buried? No wonder we're broke!!

   Touted as one of the, if not the biggest waste of money in California history, the end has finally come to an effort to build a $2 billion

Traffic Accident at Pardee Dam

   CHP are still at the scene of an accident that occured at Pardee Dam at 12:46 PM, on the Amador side.

   An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries.

States with Most government employees...

   According to a recent gallup poll, the 10 states with the highest government employment per population (listed from low to high) are:

Parcel Taxes Keep Popping up

   Yet another parcel tax, this one in Los Angeles, to pay for storm water runoff fixes in Los Angeles County has brought many protests from homeowners.

   These parcel taxes, or fees, such as the CalFire tax will continue because the voters are not allowed to vote for them.  We see no end to this problem.


OP-ED Part 2...Crosshairs on Yellowstone

      by Brian L. Horejsi

    2.  Monster at Mammoth

    Mammoth Hot Springs, on a good driving day just 20 minutes south of Gardiner, is of course home to the geothermal extravaganza

End of Baseballs into the stands?

   We recently heard that an Idaho Supreme Court ruling stated that a fan can sue

Letter to the Editor....About State Senate Bill 787

   Dear Editor:

   State Senate Bill 787, in order to reduce unreasonable lawsuits,

Do Elected Officials Always Lie about Deficits?

    Suddenly, after the election, Los Angeles Mayor Villaigaroisa suddenly says that over half

OP-ED...Scarily close to the Permafrost Tipping Point

   by Julia Whitty

      Permafrost-the ground that stays frozen for two or more consecutive years-is a ticking time bomb

Tiger Woods Winning Streak?

    As you may have heard, Tiger Woods won the WGC-Cadillac golf tournament over the weekend and grabbed a nifty $1.5 mil.

   Some believe his friendly reunion with ex-wife Elin Nordegren is helping his golf game. What do you think?

OP-ED...The end of growth is improbable

     World population:  The end of growth is improbable

CalFire Reports Structure Fire in Tuolumne County

   CalFire indicates that on March 9, 2013 at approximately 12:30 PM a structure fire was reported

Lots of Gun Regulation Bills on their way- 5 cent tax on each bullet

   At least in California we have some sensible legislators who do not want a Sandy Hook

Trouble Getting Moving this Morning?

   It is expected that this will be a week of beautiful weather in Calaveras County,

Stalled car on Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill

   A stalled car was been reported to CHP at 6:13 AM on Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill. A tow truck has been dispatched to the area.

    Use caution if driving in that area until cleared.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thorough Investigation of Marshall Murders?

   Over the past month, many people have asked questions about the apparent murder-suicide

Traffic Accident in San Andreas

   UPDATE:  At 12:40 PM location may be incorrect. Possibly on Railroad Flat Road near Swiss Ranch in Mountain Ranch. A tow truck has been dispatched to the area.

Former NFL Player owes $4.6 million to IRS

   Bill Romanowski retired after 16 years with the NFL, playing for the Niners and the Raiders

Cow on Road at Ospital in Valley Springs

   UPDATE:  At 10:15 AM CHP reports the road is now clear.

Traffic Collision blocking Hwy 4 at Cottage Springs

   At 9:39 AM a tow truck was been dispatched for a late model gray truck that is blocking Hwy 4 at Cottage Springs after a collision.

   CHP is enroute. No injuries have been reported.

Letter to the Editor....About Postal Clerks

   Dear Editor:

   A lot of problems have been brought to light about postal clerks' mental health

Rebuild Rolleri Bridge???

    One of the more pressing matters for the Board of Supervisors at their last meeting was to approve over $100,000 for studying the repair of the one-way

Bill O'Reilly of FOX and ....Independent?

   We were just watching the news and changed the channel to FOX, where Bill O'Reilly was ranting as he usually is.

   All of a sudden, he mentioned to the guy he was talking to that he...Bill O' an independent.

     To say that everyone in our living room and probably across the nation busted out laughing.  (I thought my husband woul choke)

    Isn't that a FIRE-Able offense on FOX News.  Regardless, it was our best joke of the day.

What Companies Benefit most from WAR?

   Like President Eisenhower said, "beware the giant military industrial complex"!

Trouble on another cruise

   Another Caribbean cruise ship has returned to port with more than 100 passengers who were apparently sickened witha stomach illness they believe could be norovirus.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Amador County Air District Meeting

   On April 16, 2013 the Amador County air District Board will hold a meeting at 11 AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

Chain controls on Hwy 4

  7:45 PM CHP has chain controls  in effect on Hwy 4 from Big Meadows to Mt Reba Road. It did snow in the higher elevations during the day.

CalFire Fire Control Class--Flames may be visible

   CalFire reports that on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the CalFire Standard Station

President Clinton wants bill he signed overturned

   In 1996 Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, out of fear of a much worse law against gays being considered.

   Now he is asking the Supreme Court to, in effect, throw that law out, and to allow gay marriage to be recognized nationwide.