Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Rogers: We miss you

    Gool old Mr. Rogers, a calming, peaceful influence our society could use right now. 

Fire in Madera County

    UPDATE at 3:30 PM.  A strike team, made up of hand crews and a dozer are responding to the Gold Fire.

What is No 1 item CalTrans Cleans Up on Hwys?

   Last week CalTrans did a major cleanp-up of all the freeways in the

Memorial information for Leila Fowler

   The Calaveras County Sheriff has released information about the memorial of Leila Fowler.

Senator Berryhill explains why Calaveras is an "orphan" county

  Redistricting Brings Representation Change to Foothills
    by Senator Tom Berrhill

   Citizens in the foothills region of California may be surprised to find out

Cows out on Lime Creek at Hwy 12

    4-30-13:  At 12:57 PM CHP received a call that cows are out on Hwy 12 and Lime Creek Rd in Valley Springs.

   They also reported that they are trying to get them to go back inside. CHP is enroute to that location.  Use caution if driving in that area.

Complaints of Smokey air

   Recently, we've received a lot of questions and comments about how bad the smokey air

One Way Traffic on Mountain Ranch Rd.

  UPDATE:  As of 10:50 AM the roadway is clear per CHP

Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford debate

  Last night on CSPAN, the Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) and Mark Sanford (R) went head

Sports History Made with NBA announcement

   NBA player Jason Collins made sports history Monday, and drew widespread praise from fans, ex-teammates and President Bill Clinton. "I'm gay".

   Collins is the first player in professional sports to make such an announcement publicly. Collins has been a close friend of Chelsea Clinton since their days together at Stanford.

Tebow released from Jets! Ooooh, that hurts!

   The New York Jets drafted Geno Smith over the weekend and as of Monday, April 29, 2013, which left them with 6 QB's.

   Tebow was the first released. He had played little in his first and only season with the Jets.

Help Wanted! In Italy...

   Due to a crisis in Italy, they are short 6000 pizzaiuoli, or pizza workers.  The Italian business group FIPE say that despite the worst unemployent rate in two decades, these crucial roles in the land that invented the tomato and cheese pies are going unfilled, according to a report.

   So, high-tail it to Italy if you are out of work and like pizza.

Michael Jackson trial begins

 On Monday, April 29, 2013 the trial began against tour promoter AEG for the alleged Michael Jackson wrongul death civil case.

       The trial will likely be drawn out and will be dipping into the dark side of fame and celebrity.

Queen Beatrix passes crown to son Willem-Alexander

   For the first time is over 120 years, the Netherlands will have a king, as Queen Beatrix passes the crown over to him today, April 30, 2013.

   Today is actually Queen's Day and their color, orange, is hanging everywhere, and is appearing in cakes, sweets, clothes and flowers.  

Small Boat washes ashore

    A small boat, or skiff, washed ashore near Crescent City recently. But this was no

CalTrans Construction in Mokelumne Hill

  4-30-14:   CHP is assisting CalTrans at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Hwy 49 during construction today.

   Use extra caution if traveling in that area!

Monday, April 29, 2013

As usual, 24 hours later, CalFire reports

    CalFire just now reported a grass fire in the 21000 block of Jack Page Rd in Sonora that occurred Sunday, April 28, 2013.

   CDF units at Sierra Training, Jamestown and Standard responded, in addition to local fire engines from Columbia College and  Sonora.

   The cause was an escaped debris burn. About an acre of grass and trees burned, estimated at around $200.

Valley Springs Woman Arrested for Firearms

    On April 28, 2013, Jennifer Ann Lisowski (29) of Valley Springs, was arrested

Squatters reported in Arnold

   On April 27, 2013 the Calaveras Sheriff was called to a residence on Camanche Drive in Arnold for a report of people squatting, animals breaking in and there are drugs inside.

     The log says "no report taken" by the deputy.  Hmmmm...perhaps the animals at least had a right to be there.

San Andreas resident arrested for elder abuse!

    Gail Malilani Ryan, (44) of San Andreas, was arrested on Calaveritas Rd in San Andreas for

Girls Hanging out in front of Black Bart Inn?

    The Calaveras Sheriff got a report that some girls were hanging out in front of the Black Bart Inn on W. St. Charles in San Andreas.

   The disposition was "no report taken" so we assume the girls were "nice".

Milton man arrested in Angels Camp

   David Bruce Orvis (25), of Milton, was arrested by Angels Camp Police on April 27, 2013

Clint Eastwood has Marriage troubles?

      Yes, its apparently true.  Clint Eastwood was seen on the streets of New York City yesterday,

"...sleep with a Gun next to their bed."

   Senator Tom Berryhill says he services the needs of Calaveras County, not that he

Homicide Investigation: Sheriff's Release # 5

      4-29-13 at 12:19 PM 
The Sheriff's Office has advised us that they have

Cows out in Clements

   4-29-13: CHP is responding to Hwy 12 and N. Clements Rd in Clements after receiving a call at 8:44 AM that cows are out in the road at that location.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Jenny Lind School on high watch...

   There will be heavy police presence around Jenny Lind School today,

CalTrans Construction in Mokelumne Hill

  4-29-13:  CHP will be assisting CalTrans for safety reasons while the do some construction work at Hwy 49 and Lombardi in Mokelumne Hill.

   Slow For the Cone Zone!

Traffic Accident being cleared at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd.

   4-29-13:  CHP is now clearing an accident that occurred at Poole Station Rd and Hwy 4 just south of Angels Camp at around 4:30 AM.

   It isn't known if injuries were reported. Two tow trucks were required.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Search for murder suspect continues

   4-28-13  The search for the murder suspect  of a  nine-year-old girl in Rancho Calaveras

CHP at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Hwy 4

   UPDATE:  As of 6:25 PM Hwy 4 and Obyrnes Ferry Rd are 

Four siblings rewarded for saving nickel

   In Virginia four siblings held onto a rare 5 cent piece, even though someone had declared it a fake.

   They were rewarded Thursday, when it was autioned off for for more than $3.2 million.

Pope Francis very popular

   The vatican reports that the crowds who come to see Pope Francis are very large.  Many are saying that he is having a honeymoon period for a short time at least.

Sunday night traffic accidents...

    4-28-13:   A traffic accident between at motorcycle and a car was reported to CHP at 4:31 PM at Hwy 88 and Jackson Valley Road in Jackson.

   An ambulance has been dispatched for injuries received.


Traffic accident in Valley Springs

  4-28-13:  At 4:03 PM CHP received a report that a traffic collision had occurred at Warren Rd and Chenin Blanc Ave. in Valley Springs.

   Minor injuries were reported.

Calaveras County makes national news...

   NBC News sent us a flash report about the stabbing in Valley Springs an hour ago.  We always make the big news for the bad thngs that happen here.

Want a new Corvette? Dig deep!!

  If you have dreamed of owning a Chevy Corvette Stingray, and this is your year, get ready for sticker shock.

   The price starts at $51,995, including $995 for delivery. The Stingray convertible starts at $56,995.

CalFire Says They Have no MONEY to Twitter, Tweet, Twit!!

   4-27-13:   Yesterday, we received an advisory from the Calaveras Sheriff's Office about a fire

CHP respond to vehicle fire

   4-28-13:  A vehicle fire on Hwy 49 at Sutter Ione Rd was reported to CHP at 1:57 PM.  Reportedly the fire is now out. A tow truck and CHP are enroute to the scene.

    Use extra caution if traveling in that area. Minor injuries were reported.

New Dinosaur species found

   A brand new species of dinosaur has been found on the island of Madagascar. Called Dahalokely tokana fy its discoveres, the dinosaur was a member of a group called abelisauroids, carnivorous dinosaurs.

   This is the oldest abelisauroid found to date, They estimate it is 90 million years old. WOW! The name translates to "lonely little cattle rustler".

Body of Texas cheerleader identified

   The remains of a 13 year old middle school cheerleader were positively identified in the west Texas town of Snyder.

   The body was found near a lake more than two years after her mother reported her missing. The cause of death is under investigation.

Non-Injury Accident in Jackson

   4-28-13:  CHP is still onscene at a traffic accident at Hwy 49 and Hwy 88 in Jackson. No injuries were reported.

   A tow truck has been dispatched to the scene. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Motorhome fire reported on Hwy 4 at Stallion Way

  UPDATE:  At 12:15 PM the area  of Hwy 4 and Stallion is reported clear.

Traffic Hazard on Infamous Poole Station Rd at Hwy 49

    UPDATE:  At 11:45 AM hazard is cleared at Poole Station Rd and Hwy 49

New Twinkies owner vows to use non-union workers

   04-28-13:   It was five months ago that Hostess shut down over a standoff with union workers,

Possible grave of ancient queen discovered

   Just outside London, in an old quarry, the skeleton of a woman, possibly 4000 years old, wearing gold was discovered. She also had a large drinking cup placed at her hip.

   Archaeologists are investigating whether she is an ancient queen, due to the fact that she was ornamented with beads of gold strung around her neck.

Car Crash on Hwy 4 in Dorrington

    UPDATE:   CHP quickly cleared this accident from the Hwy. The road is open and clear.

Calaveras County Sheriff Advisory #3 of Homicide Investigation

   4-28-13:  At 10:50 AM we receved a new Advisory message from the Calaveras County Sheriff regarding the Rancho Calaveras Homicide Investigation:

   Investigators are still processing the crime scene on Rippon Rd in Valley Springs while multiple surrounding agencies assist the Sheriff's Office continuing an area search of the neighborhood and following up on tips from the public.

   The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office will hold an official press briefing at 3 PM today at the Sheriff's sub-station in Valley Springs located at 200 Hwy 12 to update information relating to the homicide investigation.

   No further information is available at this time, according to the Sheriff.



NFL Draft Complete with....

   The San Diego Chargers picked Manti Teo' in round two of the NFL draft and the New York Jets picked QB Geno Smith, after Smith decided to show up for day two.

No sign of murder suspect in Rancho

   Captain Macedo of the Calaveras Sheriff's deptartment was interviewed by Channel 3,

No further information from Sheriff

    The announced 8 oclock information release did not appear tonight from the Sheriff.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Homicide Investigation and search in Valley Springs area

    4-27-13:  At 4:30 PM the Calaveras County Sheriff and District Attorney's Office are currently investigating the homicide of a nine

Wanted: Dangerous male in Rancho Calaveras...

   4-27-13:  At 2:30 PM the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office issued a wanted alert for a 6' white or hispanic male

The Azaleas are Beautiful this year...Thank you C of Forest Meadows

Traffic collision on Murphys Grade Rd

 UPDATE:  Per CHP this accident has been cleared.

Op-Ed: Ranchers get Disaster Welfare Payments for nothing?

   If you complain about the poor getting welfare payments, you need to read this.

People walking both sides on 6 Mile Road

   4-27-13:  At 9:27 AM CHP was notified that several people are walking on both sides of 6 Mile Road near Old Murphys Rd in Murphys, creating a traffic hazard.

   Use extra caution if traveling in that area until CHP can get to the area.

Friday, April 26, 2013

What is a bureaucrat?

   "The defintion of a bureaucrat is someone who always has a lot of time to kill"

   by Anonymous

CalFire reminds us Burn Permits Required May 1, 2013

       CalFire sent a reminder to us that as of May 1, 2013 that fire permits are required

Traffic Accident in Carson HIll

   A traffic accident was reported at 4:42 PM at Hwy 49 in Carson Hill. An ambulance is responding due to injuries.

   CHP is enroute to the scene of the accident. Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

Fire in Burson

   UPDATE:  At 3:12 PM there are two CHP units helping with safety. Road closure signs

Legendary country singer George Jones dies

   George Jones has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to his representative today.

CHP unable to locate reported accident on Hwy 88

   4-26-13: A traffic accident that was first reported on Hwy 88 at Omo Ranch Road in Amador County at around 12:57 PM, has yet to be located.

   An ambulance has also been sent to the area due to injuries reported. CDF is also searching for the accident for over an hour.

Geno Smith may not come to draft tonite

  Discouraged that he didn't get picked in the first round of the NFL draft last night,

Two US citizens swim 14 hours after shipwreck

   On a day-long fishing trip a brother and sister, were told to jump into the water

Martha Stewart Tries online dating?

  In an interview, Martha Stewart, 71 year old domestic diva and media mogul said she once considered online dating, but while filling out the form of Match.com, she started laughing and decided against the idea.

NFL Draftee arrested yesterday

   Likely NFL draft objective Tharoald Simon, an LSU grad, was arrested yesterday for arguing with an officer.

  Today is "Tharold Simon" Day in Eunice, who is very proud of Simon, a local boy. Could the arrest affect his getting drafted?

Niners take safety Eric Reid in first round of draft

   As their first pick, the 49ers chose Safety Eric Reid in the first round of the NFL draft last night. Reid seemed pretty happy with the team he got.

   The Niners have 11 more picks to choose.

NBA Commissioner: No decision yet

   David Stern, NBA Commissioner, announced that the decision regarding the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle won't be announced until around May 13, 2013.

New Push for Redevelopment...under a different name?

   When Governor Brown ended the Redevelopment Agency in 2012, many areas have had to sell off assets to pay back the state.

   The city of Salinas is one of those.  Assemblyman Alejo who represents that area, has introduced a new bill AB1080, which essentially recreates the redevelopment fund.

   Apparently on May 1, 2013 it is scheduled in the Committee on Local Governments, and seems to have support.

Utility worker killed in explosion yesterday

   On April 25, 2013 a Southern California Edison worker was killed when an underground utility vault (manhole) exploded in Riverside. Three other workers were injured.

   An investigation into the death is ongoing. Officials indicate they are not yet sure what caused the explosion.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 88 at Bear River Rd.

   UPDATE:  This accident is just across the Ed Dorado County line, off the road at the Cat Creek Bridge

Rod Stewart takes family out to dinner, with...

   Rod Stewart and his wife, along with daughters, went to a nice dinner out last night.

Howie Long's son drafted in first round last night

  Kyle Long, son of famous Raider Howie Long was drafted by the Chicago Bears last night in the first round.

Traffic Hazard Reported on Hwy 49 at Mountain Ranch Road

  4-26-13:  A traffic hazard has been reported to CHP at 11:15 AM on Hwy 49 at Mountain Ranch Rd. in San Andreas.

   The details of the hazard have not yet been reported. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Assemblyman Bigelow to Chair Rural Caucus

      On April 26, 2013, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O'Neals, was unanimously

NFL Draft stressful for players

   If you watched any part of the NFL first day of draft last night, you saw the stress in the faces

Illinois 5 year old in Mensa

    Gus Dorman is 5 years old, in kindergarted, and lives in Illinois.  While most children believe

Theft reported at Tower Mart in San Andreas

   4-23-13:  Calaveras Sheriff's deputies were called out for a report of theft from the Tower Mart in San Andreas.

   After deputy arrived, apparently the subject agreed to pay for the items, so no charges were filed. .

Sheriff's Deputies called to residence in Vallecito

   4-23-13:  Calaveras Sheriff's deputies were called out due to a verbal disturbance or altercation at the Sutton residence on Parrotts Ferry Rd. in Vallecito, according to the Sheriff's log.

  Parties agreed to separate for the evening and no charges were filed.

Someone locked in Workshop in Murphys

   4-24-13: A report was made from the Nugget in Murphys that someone had locked them in their workshop on Nicherson in Murphys.

    This was apparently a landlord/tenant dispute. Calaveras Sheriff's deputies took a report.

Burglaries reported in Calaveras County

  On April 23, 2013 burglaries were reported at a residence on Diltz Ln in Murphys and at the Valley Springs Chevron on Nove Way in Valley Springs.

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

Calaveras County Water District meeting about Raising our Water Rates

   On Thursday, May 2, 2013 Calaveras County Water District (CCWD), is holding a Special meeting at 9 AM.

   On the agenda is a Discussion or Action regarding Increasing our water rates. HERE IT COMES!!!

  This meeting is being held at the CCWD board meeting room. Our guess is they are hoping no one notices and therefore no one comes.

Put up Video surveillance

   We want everyone out there who is having any type of criminal problems with neighbors

Woman in Wheelchair on Freeway onramp

    4-26-13:  CHP received at call at 8:48 AM that a woman is trying to go up the onramp to the 99 freeway at Waterloo (Hwy 88) in Stockton.

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

Traffic Accident in Arnold

   At 8:27 AM CHP received a report of a traffic accident at Hwy 4 and Blagen Rd. in Arnold. This apparently occurred behind Timberline Lodge.

   An ambulance is enroute to the scene where a vehicle crashed into parked vehicles at that location. Two tow trucks were dispatched.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Frog Jump at State Capitol

   Assemblyman Bigelow's office and the Frog Jump office just notified us that they will be participating in the Capitol frog jum on April 30, 2013. 

    Senator Tom berryhill, who represents Calaveras county in the Senate, is hosting the event, which begins at 11 AM on the East Lawn of the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Glitter, Gatsby and Gangsters: A Garden Party

   Come for the party with simplicity of heart for a summer evening to remember. The date is

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee

Did you miss the entry deadline? Are you a great baker and want to try your hand at a Fair Competition? Enter the daily baking contest. Entry forms are due on May 10, 2013. There are 4 categories; cookies, cakes, pies and brownies.  Entry forms are available at frogtown.org.

Spellman didn't know Laurie Giannini or much about the Fair

  It was so embarrassing when Supervisor Darren Spellman was called upon to declare the weekend of May 15, 2013, the County Fair and to present a plaque to Laurie Gianini.

   He made stupid comments and giggled, like he always does when nervous. I don't thing he even looked at her. Callaway should call her in and do it over properly. 

Board of Supervisors Special Meeting May 7, 2013

   A special Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting has been called for May 7, 2013. Under Closed Session is one possible litigation case.

   On the Consent Agenda is approval of the new Administrative Officer of the County, who will be paid $168,000 a year.

   On the regular agenda is a Study session for the 2013/14 recommended budget.

   At 12 noon they plan to recess and go jump frogs and have a BBQ

Give our Grandchildren a chance...

   Turn in a drunk today.  We all know them. Call CHP and tell them what they are driving. We need to get them off the road.  The scums are trying to kill our grandchildren.

   If you are afraid, just let us know. We'll gladly do it. We have already got the CHP watching three known drunks on Hwy 4.

Orange County Supervisors Offer Settlement to Marine's Family

  The family of a Marine Sgt., who was killed by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy

HUD offices closing in Sacramento and Fresno

  As part of Federal budget cuts, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is closing both their Sacramento and Fresno offices in California.

Looks like GLAAD won't be busing Newsome to Nevada

   Gavin Newsome, who made some "interesting" decisions last week while the governor

That's a lot of Squab....

    Mike Tyson, who is famous for his boxing, is also an avid lover and collector of pigeons.

    He admitted today on an east coast talk show that he broke up with his girlfriend because she cooked and ate one of his pigeons.

Those who live in glass houses.....

   We were reminded this morning, as we discussed the patient dumping that Nevada

Just ask the Redevelopment Agencies about Brown

   Governor Brown is digging his heels in and insisting more money be redistributed to minoritry low-income schools this year.  And he means business.

  Just ask the state Redevelopment Agencies about what happens when Governor Brown digs in his heels.

Pew Research Poll shows Rich grow richer, poor grow poorer

   A new Pew Research poll indicates that the old adage is true. At least for now. During the first 2 years of the nation's economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7 % of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%.

   It dropped by 4% for the other 93% of households. The basic reason; the wealty invest in the stock market and other financials, most regular folks have their main wealth tied up in their homes.

Brand new $100 bills coming soon

  We know you can hardly wait. Those $100 bills are crowding your wallet

Hillary begins new carreer today....

   Hillary Clinton is in Texas today. And not just for the GB2 party. She begins her new career of giving speeches at events for groups who are willing to pay.

   She will collect $200,000 per speech. Not bad!!

Rand Paul says his flip-flop on drones is not flip-flop

    Rand Paul? Oh, yes, the Tea Party man who would be President. The only who filibustered

Days of Tax-free online Shopping Numbered?

   A bill to impose sales tax on internet purchases took one step closer to being passed Wednesday, when the Senate voted 75-22 in favor on considering The Marketplace Fairness Act.

 A vote could coe this week and is supported by the White House and Amazon.com. It is also embraced by brick-and-mortar retailers across the country.

New Jersey Principal in Trouble

   After a principal in New Jersey banned girls from wearing strapless dresses to their prom,

Calling all Secret Servicemen!! Report to Dallas immediately for GB2 reunion!!

   Many are calling it a high school reunion in Dallas today, as the George Bush

Lake Tulloch Vacation Rentals yet Again on agenda

   We noticed that buried deep toward the end of the day on the 4-23-14 Calaveras

Op-Ed....Rumors of the Spellman Rise to Fame.....

   There have been rumors all around about District 5 Supervisor Darren Spellman's loss of support

Californians are not most stressed...

   A new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released today show that if you live in West Virginia, you are much more frazzled, or stressed out than if you live anywhere else in the nation.

  Worth mentioning is that this poll was of 350,000 people, by phone, and that the telephone is a leading cause of stress.

Amador County needs Protective Equipment sets for Fire

   The County of Amador is seeking sealed bids for the furnishing of all labor, tax, bonds, insurance,

G E: "No loans to gun shops!!"

   Yesterday, General Electric, who's loan division, GE Capital, admitted it had been financing a small

Leona "Lee" Kathleen Aguilera

    Leona "Lee" Kathleen Aguilera of San Andreas, passed away on April 4, 2013

Amador County Looking for Auditor RFP's

   Amador county is seeking RFP's (request for proposals) for its annual auditing services.

OP-ED....Since The Lark's will NEVER APOLOGIZE...

   Since the Democratic Party Lark's, who run Public Access television in Calaveras County, will

Day 1 of the NFL Draft

   Here it is!  April 25, 2013, the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft. The 49ers  have one pick late in the first round and another early in the second round. We'll try to update anything exciting.

   This is NFL theater. In fact, the draft is taking place at Radio City Music Hall over three days.

Letter from Dianne Feinstein

   Thank you to all of those who support common sense measures to prevent gun violence. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oil money used to buy land for Yosemite expansion

   It was revealed this morning that money from off-shore oil leases is being used to purchase a large additional parcel of land to add to  Yosemite National Park.

Calaveras Council of Governments meeting

   The COG (Calaveras Council of Governments) will meet next on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vehicle blocking Hwy 26 in West Point

  4-24-13:  CHP received a call at 1:46 PM that a Chevy Suburban is blocking the road at Hwy 26 and Woodhouse Mine Rd in West Point.

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

Gwyneth Paltrow "Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine

   Gwyneth Paltrow said she was shocked and flattered by being named "The most beautiful woman for 2013" and gracing the cover of People magazine this week.

Worst NFL Draft in history?

   There are some retired NFL followers who say that 2013 is the worst draft in NFL history. What do you think?

"Emporer" Spellman argues with public

   One of our comments yesterday referred to Supervisor Spellman an an Emporer

Flock of Sheep and goats on Hwy 26

   4-24-13:  At 1:18PM CHP received a call that there was a traffic hazard on Hwy 26 at Alpine in the Stockton area.

   Approximately 20 sheep and goats were reportedly blocking the road, standing in the Hwy.  CHP is enroute to the scene. Animal control was also notified.

Ford tops Wall Streets estimates

   Ford Motor Company (F) earned 16% more in the first quarter, according to analysts.  This is despite problems in Europe where demand was down.

City Worker cements over bloodstains

   A Boston City employee was seen yesterday, cementing over the bloodstained bomb scene.  The City wants no remnants of the area's violence of last week.

Town of 500 sees shootout leaving 5 dead

   The mayor of a tiny town in Illinois, lost 5 of their 500 citizens yesterday, after a shootout with a

Brand new News Anchor Fired for F-bomb and S-bomb

   Sitting up at the news desk at NBC with Matt Lahr, A.J. Clemente looked like he was giving an interview or stage screen test on the Today Show.

   Clemente had been fired from his North Dakota anchor job on the first day for spouting out the F-bomg and the S-bomb withing a couple of sentences and while introducing himself.

   So where will he end up, sitting next to Matt Lahr or where? Seems like he got rewarded for the flubs, being interviewed on Today.

Delta Airlines Finds Beloved Shirt for 7 year old

   A 7-year- old boy left a t-shirt laying on a seat on a Delta Airlines flight. The special t-shirt had been his fathers', who had died in 2010. He even slept with the shirt, according to his Mom.

   Delta was able to find and retrieve the shirt for the 7-year old.  The family was grateful and praised Delta for their kindness.

Jerry Brown sympathizes with Crime Victims

   The Governor made his first public appearance since his return from China, Governor Brown met with a group of crime

Strange things about state Homeless Rights Bill

     Homeless people would be allowed to sit, sleep and panhandle in public under a bill

Amanda Knox memoir: "Waiting to be Heard"

   The 20 something American who was accused, convicted, and then had the charges overturned,

Getting older? Pricey choices...

    A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for the pricey reality of aging.  It seems that Americans as a whole are in denial.

   Few are taking steps to get ready for long-term care according to the poll.  2/3 say they've done little to plan for old age, and 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all.

CalFire Warns of Fire Danger This Year

   CalFire says that fire activity is already up over 45 % this springs due to lack of rain.

CalTrans Construction at Hwy 88 in Twin Bridges

   CHP is assisting with safety at a CalTrans construction site on Hwy 88 at Twin Bridges. Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

8 Story block factory and shopping center collapse in Bangladesh

   At least 70 people were apparently killed and hundreds injured when an 8 story factory and shopping center collapsed in Bangladesh earlier today.

Apple Computer at a crossroads?

   If you own Apple Computer (AAPL) stock, you know that it is down a couple of hundred per share

Hospitals Share tragedy and food..

   After the Texas explosion, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston sent the hospital staff pizza to thank them for all their hard work.

   The Hillcrest emergency staff responded by sending Massachussetts General emergency staff a BBQ lunch.  They have become friends across the country.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Readiness Drills for Baseline and Vallecito CalFire

    Monday, May 6 and Tuesday May 7, 2013, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California

Talking about bad neighbors.....

   Yes, we allow people to vent their frustrations about bad neighbors here. But

Tractor vs car on Hwy 4 at Jack Tone Rd.

   4-23-13: At 2:21 PM Stockton CHP were dispatched to the scene of a dark colored Dodge vs tractor below Farmington at Hwy 4 and Jack Tone Rd.

   Both vehicles are out of the road and no injuries were reported.

CalFire Tax (fee) Tele-Townhall

   Have you received the notice about the tele-townhall that Board of Equalization member George Runner, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Senator Ted Gaines and his wife Beth Gaines are holding about the CalFire tax?

   If you didn't receive the notice, go to www.boe.ca.gov/townhall and register. You can also call 916-445-3032.

Gavin Newsome busy making appointments while Brown in China

   It has become quite the joke around the Capitol. Gavin Newsome was acting Governor

Ted Gaines considers run against Ami Bera

   Congressional District 07, where Ami Bera beat Dan Lungren just a year ago,

No more Foie Gras for you...

   After PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) threatened to sue the owner of  a little

Traffic Accident in Mountain Ranch

UPDATE:  CalFire arrived at the scene at 1:28 PM. A tow truck has been called. CalFire says at least 50' of cable will be needed.

Traffic Collision on Hwy 49 near Fricot City Rd.

   UPDATE:  Collision off the roadway.

Please note.....

   Please remember, that statements and opinions expressed on the SierraSentinel.com

Will Immigration Reform Stand a Chance in Congress?

   If you had a chance to watch at least some of the CSPAN video of the Immigration Reform Bill, you already know that there will be emotional clashes along the way.

   Do you believe that Immigration Reform will pass during President Obama's 2nd term?  Congress couldn't even pass a bill for gun reform.

Report of Boston Marathon bombing victims

   Boston hospitals are now reporting that nearly 20 people out

42-year-old man caught stealing 100 botttles of nail polish.

   A suspected shoplifter, a man, was arrested after trying to steal more than 100 bottles of nail polish from a CVS.

Indiana native arrested in Nicaragua for Child Pornography

   Eric Justin Toth, a native of Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University, was arrested

Pilots told to say "Sequester is causing delays"?

   On CNBC's Squawk on the Street this morning, Jim Cramer told of his plane being delayed

G. Virginia Van De Venter

    G. Virginia Van De Venter, of San Andreas, passed away on April 21, 2013 at her home. She was 92.

One down, how many to go?

   Confirmation has been received by the Democratic party that Senator Max Baucus

Second child dies with NO medical care

   A Philadelphia couple who are on 10 years of probation after their 2 year old son died,

France becomes 14th country to...

   It was announced that on Tuesday France  became the 14 th country in the world to allow same-sex

Calaveras Chamber of Commerce Mixer in Moke Hill

      Mokelumne Hill hosts the Mixer this Thursday!

   The businesses of Mokelumne Hill will host the monthly Chamber mixer this Thursday, April 25
, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the Hotel Leger.


Angels Camp Museum "Gold is Where You Find It" by John Kramer

The image is of the Angels Quartz Mine
1890-1918 courtesy of Judith Marvin
   The Angels Camp Museum Foundation is announcing the next topic in our continuing Lecture Series:

   "Gold is Where You Find It:

Letter to the Editor: About the critters

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

    I haven't noticed any good critter stories in the Sentinel this year, so

Bloomberg going after Smoking Now

   We believe this is a better project for Bloomberg than worrying about oversize drinks.  Now he's going after smokers.  Go get em, New York Mayor B.

CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) Hwy 4 Corridor Meeting

   Did you know that CCWD has a Hwy 4 Corridor Committee? Apparently many

Reminder: Wagon Trail Hwy 4 on Calaveras Supervisors agenda!

   On the Calaveras Board of Supervisors agenda is a 1:30 PM Study Session; an update on the Hwy 4 or Wagon Trail Improvement Project.

   Could be a lively session for the Supervisors.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tractor accident brings injury

    CHP reports that on April 22, 2013 at around 7:30 AM, Gordon Eugene Sadler (75) of Murphys

Angels Camp City Council ....HUH?

   Trying to watch the City Council meetings at home on channel 9?  Well, good luck. The sound is so bad, you can't even tell what is being said. 

   We heard that Mayor Morris was injured and was watching the meeting on tv. Well, she could see it, but she couldn't understand what was being said!!

Husband and Wife Arrested for Assault with a Firearm

     According to the Sheriff's Office, on April 20, 2013 at approxiately 12:23 AM, Calaveras Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on the 10 block of Rufe Lane in Vallecito

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49 at Middle Bar

   1:55 PM;  CHP is enroute to the scene of a reported traffic hazard on Hwy 49, just south of Middle Bar on the Amador County side of the river.

   The exact cause of the hazard is unclear at this time. Use caution in that area.

Wallace Post Office break in

    A burglary was reported at the Post Office on Cmanche Parkway South in Wallace over the weekend.

   Apparently a number of boxes had been broken into. A deputy arrived and took a report.


Happy Earth Day

The first Earth Day was established in....1970

20 people may have been in rollover SUV

    After a Chevy Tahoe rolled, authorities discovered that possibly 18-20 people had been riding that vehicle when it rolled on April 20, 2013.

   One of the fatalities was a young boy.  The vehicle had tried to run when a police car tried to pull it over.

Five Dead in Washington Shooting

    Late last night, five people were killed in a shooting at an apartent complex near Seattle.  One of the dead was a suspect, shot by police.

  Eight police officers were placed on administrative leave as a result of the shooting.

Residents return to cratered town

   The residents have been allowed to return to West, Texas after it was cratered by a massive

Don't Do it....say Doctors

    There is a prank going around among the youth as a challenge, the cinnamon challenge. 

Too Poor to have Bank Account?

   According to the FDIC, 8 % of American families do not have any bank accounts. mostly due to poverty.

   In minority families the percentage is 20% who cannot afford to get a bank account.

Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets April 23, 2013

   The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow April 23, 2013 at 8 AM in the Board Chambers at 891 Mountain Ranch Rd in San Andreas.

   Before the regular meeting starts they have closed session regarding possible litigation filed August 23, 2012 by Calaveras Public Utility District. The Appointent of a County Administrative Officer is also on the Closed Session Agenda.

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets April 23, 2013

   The Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow, April 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM in the Board Chambers at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

James Frank "Jim" Lay

   James Frank "jim" Lay passed away peacefully on april 16, 2013 in his son's home

Hit and Run in Copperopolis

4-22-13:  A hit and run auto accident was reported to CHP at 9:56 AM at the Copper Shell Station on Copper Cove Drive.

   No other details are available at this time.

Senator Diane Feinstein writes editorial... about Gun Manufacturer lobby

   California's Senator Diane Feinstein wrote an Op-Ed to the New York Daily News in which she says "The very fact that we're debating gun

Traffic Hazard Warning: Dog hit by car on Hwy 4 in Vallecito

     At 8:06 AM CHP received a call that a dog had been hit by a car at Hwy 4 and Main Street in Vallecito and is injured.

    Animal Control in Calaveras County was notified through the Sheriff's Office.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Al Michaels released from jail

   Legendary sportscaster Al Michaels, who was arrested and charged with alleged DUI on Friday, was reportedly released from custody.

    Michaels had been detected in a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica.

Jim Thorpe's Remains will be moved

   When Jim Thorpe, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who is rememberd as "perhaps the greatest natural athlete the world has ever seen", was buried in Pennsylvania in 1953 at the order of his 3rd wife.

   After decades of legal wrangling, his two sons have won the right over Thorpes remains, and he will  most likely be moved to Oklahoma.

Avalanche buries 5 snowboarders

  4-21-13:  An avalanche that was about 600 ft. wide and eight feet deep, buried 5 snowboarders alive in the Loveland Pass area of Colorado yesterday. One other boarder escaped.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cow out on Mountain Ranch Rd.

  4-20-13:  CHP is enroute to a 4:07 PM report of a cow out on Mountain Ranch Rd at Rocky Rd in San Andreas.

      Use caution in that area until clear.

Summer needs a home...

   Summer the cat is a sweet spoiled girl who gives great hugs!  She does not care for other cats

Michael Jackson rumors....

   It has been suggested that Michael Jackson's Mom has hire attorneys due to the fear that Debbie Rowe, the children's mother could cause trouble in a paternity issue now that Michael is gone.

Watch for bicycles on Hwy 4

   Use extra caution on Hwy 4 and all around Murphys today.  There is a bicycle riding event and there could be quite a few cyclists on or near the Hwy.

Boston tries to get back to regular life

   After a week of heavy police presence in Boston and its suburbs, residents are hoping to get

Man shoots ex-wife in parking lot

    On Thursday night an ex-husband in Pennsylvania waited until his ex-wife came out of a dress shop with a 16 year

Unsure of cause of PG&E outage last night

   Both Murphys and Hathaway Pines had a power outage during Friday evening, April 19, 2013. So far, we are unsure of the cause. Power was out for 2 hours in some areas.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fire Reported in Double Springs

   4-19-13:  A caller reported a fire to CHP, on the shoulder of Hwy 12 and Double Springs Rd. CHP is now at the scene. Fire has been notified.

Calaveras County Water District Meeting

   On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Calaveras County Water District, (who ALL property owners pay

Mudslide on Hwy 88

   4-19-13: CHP got a report of a mudslide at 2:47 PM; dirt, rocks and debris partially in the lanes of Hwy 88 at Carson Spur.

   CHP is enroute. CalTrans has been notified for cleanup. Use caution in that area.

Bay Area Home Prices Soar!!

   If you ever read the San Jose Mercury News you are aware that Calaveras County is in a world

Amazing!! Online Voter turnout

   If you remember when Claifornia rolled out online voter registration in September of 2012, many political experts doubted that new registrats would vote in significant numbers.

     But they voted like crazy. In face, 83% of the 817,000 who registered online, voted, far better than the overall turnout of 73%.

   Have you registered online yet. Its easy!! You can change your affiliation to No Party Preference or change your address this way.

Burglary Reported in Burson

   4-19-13:  A resident on Hillvale Drive in Burson called the Sheriff to report that a burglary had occurred, that power equipment had been taken from the residence.

   No indication was made if there is a suspect in this case.

Red Pickup Stuck in Snow at Spicer

   4-19-13: A red Chevy Pickup was reported stuck in the snow at 12:49 PM on the Spicer Reservoir Road, which is off Hwy 4 in Ebbetts Pass, causing a traffic hazard.

     CHP is enroute to the scene.

Disturbances reported

   Disturbances were reported on April 18, 2013, loud enough to be called into the Sheriff, on Tuolumne in Angels Camp, at the Arnold Medical Clinic, on Thompson Way in Jenny Lind and on Russell Rd in San Andreas.

   No one was arrested and no citations were issued.

Arrest for Attempted Burglary in San Andreas

   Brett Michael Whitney, (34) of an unknown address in San Andreas, was arrested on

Arrest at Mountain Ranch Post Office

   John Allen Logg, (41), of San Andreas, was arrested at the Mountain Ranch Post Office

Burglary Arrest Made at Probation

   Stacy Fonta Quashnick (33) of Murphys, was arrested on April 18, 2013 at the Probation Department for alleged Burglary: 1st degree, a felony.

   Quashnick was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by a Sheriff's deputy.

Great News! Central Valley Farmers Agree to High Speed Rail

      There was great news waiting for Governor Brown as he returned fro China. The lawsuit

Hit and Run Traffic Accident Reported in Rancho Calaveras

    4-19-13:   CHP received a report at 10:52 AM that a John Deere repair truck had been hit and the other vehicle had taken off.

    This apparently occurred in Rancho Calaveras at Hwy 26 and White Rd.

Fire on 1300 Black Kenny Drive in Murphys

   CalFire reports that on April 18, 2013, CalFire responded to a vegetation fire at the 1300 block of Kenny Drive

Another animal: A Black Dog with Large 15 inch Box Wrench?

 4-19-13:  Now CHP reports that a black dog with a large 15 inch box wrench

Now a dog loose in Valley Springs

   4-19-13:   Let's see, we've had a Clydesday, 2 bulls, 2 cows and now a dog on Hwy 26 at Silver Rapids in Valley Springs.

   Somebody call Spellwoman, cause they need help with animals this morning. Be careful driving wherever you are this morning.

Two Cows on Poole Station Rd.

   4-19-13:  Good thing CHP isn't busy with accidents this morning. At 9:35 AM another CHP unit had to be dispatched to Poole Station Rd in San Andreas to round up 2 cows who were out on the road.

   Use caution if driving in that area.

Two bulls and a cow on the road

   4-19-13:  At 9:35 AM two bulls and a cow were reported out on the road at Lime Creek Rd and St. Petersburg in Valley Springs.

   She's outnumbered, so help better arrive quickly.  Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Cops Close Down Boston ....except

   As most everyone knows the drama has been playing out all night in the Boston suburbs, after

Wow!! Clydesdale on Hwy 12 in Burson!!

   4-19-13:   CHP received a call at 7:54 AM that a Clydesdale is out on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd in Burson. Now, don't everyone run over there to try and claim a Clydesdale.  They eat a lot.

   Be extra cautious in that area until CHP locates the owner.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How many Piggies will be at the Calaveras County Fair?

    We have been told that 171 pigs, 80 head of sheep, 83 goats, 52 pens of chickens,

Big Rig Blocking Hwy 49 at Jackass Hill Rd

   CHP is directing traffic in both directions on Hwy 49 near Jackass Hill Rd. after a big rig broke down and is blocking a lane.

   A big rig tow has been called. The broken down truck has a load of 50,000 pounds. Traffic is backed up for at least a mile each way.

Mobile Home Fire in Railroad Flat

   CalFire reports that they are at the scene of a mobile home fire on Railroad Flat Road in Railroad Flat. The fire was well advanced by the time crews arrived at the location.

Angels Camp hires new Museum Director

   Although the entanglement and possible lawsuits continue due to the firing of Craig Hadley,

Jackson Woman Arrested in San Andreas with local man

   Shelly Marie Strickland (29) of Jackson, was arrested on April 15, 2013 on E. St. Charles Street in San Andreas

Prescribed Fire in Stanislaus National Forest

   There are two planned prescribed burn locations in the Stanislaus. 

Cow on Hwy 12 in Double Springs

   UPDATE:   A sheriff's deputy got the cow behind the fence. Road clear.

Disaster Drill Saturday in Mountain Ranch--THIS IS ONLY A DRILL!!!

   This Saturday, April 20, 2013, first responders and community volunteers will be training

Shocking testimony at US Postal Service Senate Hearing

   If you got to watch any of the testimony of US Postmaster Donahue and National Association of Letter Carriers President Fred Rolando

CalTrans Work in Mokelumne Hill

   CalTrans will be doing maintenance work at Hwy 26 and Campo Seco Turnpike in Mokelumne Hill today.  CHP will be on scene for saftey reason.  Slow for the Cone Zone.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

US builders see 7% increase

  Since the financial gurus all say that when building comes back, the economy comes back, there were some cheers over the 7% increase, the largest in 5 years.

   The bad sign is that these are all apartments or what is now called "cluster" housing. This is the housing that is planned for the poor people in the future in Calaveras County, too.

Tea Parties a "bust" this year

   Four years ago on the 15th, the Tea Party movement had its big splash, but Monday, on the 15th, there was hardly a pebble of a splash and events were sparsely attended.

   Was Karl Rove there?

Post Office continues to LOSE money

  The US Post Office lost $16 billion last year, despite being a monopoly and having all sorts of other advantages that most private businesses don't have.

   How long will the American public condone this, and act fearfully if the postal system as we know it, became privatized?

   When will we wake up and smell the stench of being used to feed a "monster" of easy wages and a generous retirement?

Mark Sanford facing trespassing charge from wife

   Actually, let's call her the ex-wife of former Governor Sanford in South Carolina, who apparently went into his exes house and watched half of a footfall game with his son.

   His ex Jenny, says he did not have permission and she filed charges against him for trespassing.

Dogs don't judge you if you cry...

   Specially trained therapy dogs are being used to help treat the dozens of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

   They say the relaxing comfort without any judgment that a dog brings cannot be replaced by any other type of therapy.

Colorado River #1 Most Endangered in US

   Every year the group American Rivers names the top 10 American endangered rivers. 

BLM Advisory Council meets

   Land management issues for Central California will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land

This is my baby!

Adorable. Sent by a friend named Ed

NFL Player and Announcer Dies

   Pat Summerall, an NFL player in the 1950's and 60's, went on to become one of footballs most respected broadcasters for decades, died yesterday. He was 82.

Nationwide computer glitch grounds American Airlines

   Officials at American Airlines say that it was their reservation system that caused a major glitch and grounded nearly all flights yesterday.

    They are hopeful that the problem is repaired and they are rescheduling the grounded flights.

BLM postpones Weed Control work

   The BLM has rescheduled the weed control project at Cronan Ranch and Greenwood Creek to next week due to the windy weather.

Carroll "Augie" Grapentine

    Carroll "Augie" Grapentine, of Valley Springs, passed away of metastic lung cancer at home on April 6, 2013.  He was 66.

More cameras at finish line than any other place

  Due to the fact that people were clustered around the finish line with their cameras and smart phones taking pictures the FBI believes that somewhere in all that film will be a clue.

   The FBI states that there were probably more cameras at that location than anywhere else on earth, and they have asked everyone to turn them over to help them find the perpertrator of the bombing.

Leave it to Beaver's "Lumpy" dies

   Jerry Mathers (the Beav) is mourning the loss of his friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on the 50's TV series Leave it to Beaver. Bank turned 71 yesterday.

NFL Worried about Security for Next weeks' draft?

   The NFL Draft is scheduled next week in New York City and due to the Boston Marathon bomber, the NFL is reviewing and enhancing the existing security plan.

Senator Manchin thinks background check bill failing

   While California is planning on adding more regulation to guns and their sales in here at home (they are being called "heroic"), you have to wonder

Governor Brown says More prisoners releasing

   Governor Brown said today that if they don't win the lawsuit, that they are prepared to release (dump) another 10,000 prisoners out on an unwary public.

   How much further can this releasing and capturing and releasing and capturing go on?

CalPers Again Raises Costs

   Due to bad investments and debt that CalPers owes, their board approved raising the rates that taxpayers must pay to CalPers for the benefits government employees get.

   Ordinarily we would say their employers have to pay, but since the Board of Supervisors are also in CalPers and therefore have a conflict of interest, they won't care. The TAXPAYER pays!! And pays!!

Calaveras Supervisors Won't Consider meeting Weekly

   The Calaveras Supervisors discussed different aspects of their Board meetings, including

Op--ED....Our encounter with Greg Gustafson

   Over the past few weeks, many parents and the Sierra Sentinel began wondering about newly

Four new vehicles for Calaveras Sheriff?

  UPDATE:  Supervisor Callaway verified that these vehicles and their expense were approved

How Does Sheriff Kuntz feel about Candy Rock Gun Range?

   We had an opportunity to discuss the problems at the US Forest Service's Candy Rock Gun Range

Supervisor Ponte Holds Town Hall in Copperopolis

10 years of Commercial Office Space

   We hear nationally that the economy is getting better all the time. However, in Sacramento this morning it was announced that there is 10

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

36th Annual Spring Peddler's Faire in Arnold

   The 35th Annual spring Peddler's Faire will be held over Memorial Day weekend,

John Elward Bacon of Stockton

   John Elward Bacon, a 3 year resident of Stockton passed away on April 4, 2013 at home. He was 86.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd

   One person has a head laceration after a traffic accident at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd in Copperopolis just before 5 PM.

   An ambulance is enroute to the area. CHP is onscene. Use extra caution if driving in the area.

Large Tree Fell in Copperopolis

   Around 5:06 PM CHP received a call that a large tree had fallen into the road at Stagecoach Rd and Surrey Lane in Copperopolis.

   Use caution if driving in that area.


Accident near Airport in Jackson

   A silver Hyundai and a red Ford Bronco crashed near the airport in Jackson on Hwy 49at around 1 PM. CHP is at the scene.

   No injuries have been reported. Use caution in that area.

Gang of 8 "bury" immigration reform story?

   The details of the Senate 8, lead by Marco Rubio, the Republican star (who sweats

Great News for West Coast! Harvard is now # 2 University!

   It seems that every year the Princeton Review asks high school students and parents across

Amador County holding Budget Workshop---Today!!

   Amador County Board of Supervisors just notified us that they are holding their 2013-14 Budget Workship today, April 16, 2013 at 1 PM in the Board Chambers in Jackson at 810 Court Street.

   A little late, per the Brown Act, but what do you do?

Fire on Phillip Lane in Sonora

CalFire has just notified us that they responded to a structure fire in the 14,500 block of Phillip Lane

Letter to the Editor: 137 miles of off-road vehicle trails in Stanislaus?

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   The unbelievable damage that has been done to the Stanislaus National Forest by the 137 miles of

Want to improve your Mood?

   If you are not in a very good mood and don't feel like working, check out iheart radio Real Oldies, Rock and Roll's greatest hits.

  Makes you feel like dancing!  Don't you love iheart radio?

Op-Ed....Who believes all emails are private?

  Are there actually people out there who still believe that their email address is private,

CalTrans Working in Mokelumne Hill

      CHP is assisting CalTrans today while they perform maintenance on Hwy 26 in Mokelumne Hill.

    Use extra caution if driving in that area.  Slow for the Cone Zone.

Chain Restrictions on Hwy 88 and Hwy 4

      Chain restrictions continue this morning on Hwy 88 from Silver Lake to Painesville and on Hwy 4 from Poison Springs to to Reba.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Chains Controls in Ebbetts Pass

Chain controls were issued on Hwy 4 on Hwy 4 from Poison Springs to Mt Reba around 6:30 PM.

North Pond Hermit Gets Marriage Proposal

   Authorities raised the bail of the North Pond hermit after a strange marriage proposal was delivered to the man.

   They are afraid he may be exploited after 27 years in the woods.

FAA inspects Boeing 737's

   The FAA has ordered the inspection of 1000 Boeing 737's for possible faulty parts in the tails.

MIssing Children found in Long Island pool

   Two siblings who had been reported missing, were found dead in the cold black waters of a neighbors  pool. They were 5 and 7 years old.

Jenna Bush Hageer has baby girl

   The Bush's are proud grandparents since their daughter Jenna gave birth to a daughter Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager, named for both grandmothers.

3 dead after 2 bombs in Boston

   So far 3 are known to have died and nearly 100 injured in the 2 explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

   Today is April 15, tax day.  Today is also Patriots Day. What kind of people or group would have done something like this today?

Chain control on Mountain Ranch Rd.

   CHP put chain controls in effect on Mountain Ranch Rd around 5:30 PM. CHP is still at the scene for safety.

  Use caution as hail has been falling in different areas of the county.

Op-Ed.....Does God have a gender?

   by Robert Jensen

   With all the headlines about new abortion laws in various states and the Supreme Court's deliberations on gay marriage, there's no escaping the politics of sex

Two Arrested for alleged Narcotics for Sale, etc. in Angels Camp

   The Angels Camp Police report that on April 11, 2013, around 9 PM they made a traffic

Vallecito resident Arrested on Hwy 49

   On April 14, 2013 Michelle Arlene Mitchell, (25) of Vallecito was arrested for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony, and for DUI ALcohol or Drugs, a misdemeanor, by CHP on Hwy 49 near the Amador County line.

   Mitchell was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

W.A.T.C.H Closes Angels Camp location

  Two more empty storefronts in Angels Camp were the W.A.T.C.H thrift store and day care

Amador County Requests Bids for Aviation Fuel Services

   Amador County has just announced that they are requesting proposals for the provision of fully licensed and insured

Suspicious people reported everywhere in Calaveras County

   Over the weekend of April 13 and 14, 2013 reports of suspicious people and vehicles

"Neighbors Cat had kittens under my deck"

   Do people really call to get animal control to come out when the neighbors cat has kittens under your deck? A resident on Baldwin in Valley Springs did just that.

  Did you advise the neighbor? The Calaveras Sheriff's office told them to call back on weekdays.

Suspicious, staggering person arrested in San Andreas

   After someone reported a suspicious person on April 13, 2013, around the Wells Fargo Bank in San Andreas, a Calaveras Sheriff's deputy arrested  the reportely staggering person.

   No other information is known at this time.

Burglary Reported in Valley Springs

   A burglary on North Branch Ct. in Valley Springs was reported on April 13, 2013. Reportedly, a hammer was used to break a window, and items inside were stolen.

   A Calaveras Sheriff's deputy took the report. There is no indication of whether there is a suspect in the case at this time.

Traffic Hazard in San Andreas

   UPDATE:  At 8:50 AM.  The bus is now out of the lanes.

Bear Valley Ski Resort FOR SALE!!

   Apparently the Bear Valley Ski Resort is officially FOR SALE

Pickup crashes in Railroad Flat

   A solo pickup crash was reported to CHP at 8:10 AM at Railroad Flat Rd and Swiss Ranch Rd in Railroad Flat.

   No injuries were reported. CHP is enroute to the scene.

W.A.T.C.H. bus on fire in Copperopolis

   One of the buses from W.A.T.C. H. caught fire on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis. It was reported around 7:21 AM and CalFire immediately responded to the scene.

   No injuries were reported. A tow truck is on its way to that location.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dog on Hwy 99 at Hwy 4 in Stockton chased

   6:09 PM:  Both CHP and drivers who have stopped, have tried to catch a dog that is loose on Hwy 99 at Hwy 4 in Stockton, without success.

Boulder in road on Hwy 88 at Kirkwood

   A boulder has rolled into the roadway on Hwy 88 at Kirkwood Meadows Drive. CHP is enroute to the area..

   CalTrans says no one is on duty, they will have to do a call out to remove boulder.

CHP handling two accidents on Hwy 88

   Two accidents which occured closely in time on Hwy 88 are being handled at this time by CHP. One is at Hwy 88 and Peddler Vista where it is unknown if there are injuries.

   The other was reported at 5:38 PM at Hwy 88 and Hams Station, where a vehicle hit a tree. An ambulance is enroute to the scene of this accident due to injuries.

Traffic Accident in Carson Hill

   At 5:01 PM a traffic accident was reported on Hwy 49 in Carson Hill. At least one vehicle is reportedly run off the roadway.

   It is unknown if there are injuries at this time. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Peyton Manning Says he's even better this year

   The Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, has been telling everyone that he is even better than he was last year.

   Manning insists that his health has improved, and he is ready for another year leading the Broncos.


Bus crash near Yosemite

    After a tour bus crashed off an embankment near Yosemite, 16 people were reported with minor injuries.

   CHP reports that the bus was about 40 miles south of the park when the accident occured around 6 PM Saturday.

Avalanches in Washington state

   One woman has been found dead and a 60 year old man is still missing after 2 avalanches ripped through the mountains Saturday near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state.

Gun-rights group endorses background checks

   Splitting from the National Rifle Association, the Citizens Committee for the right to Keep and Bear Arms has now endorsed the Manchin-Toomey bill for tighter background checks.

Possible rain tonite and tomorrow

   The weather service is telling us to expect clouds with possibility of rain after midnight Sunday night and Monday.

OP-ED Good News! Calaveras County MAY get new Animal Facility

   While the entire Board of Supervisors spoke favorably of the proposal by Animal Services to designate a site to build a new facility on the campus

49ers Magic number 13

   It is exciting that the San Francisco 49ers have an astounding 13 picks in this years NFL draft. Who do you think they should pick up?

Joshua Tree National Park Closed

   Due to a rash of graffiti defacing the park, and with it being posted on Facefook as if they are pround of it, the Joshua Tree National Park has announced that it will close access to the parks' Becker Dam area.

   The announcement stated that it was due to "recent and increasing acts of vandalism".

Accused Teen surprisingly Pleads "Not Guilty"

   Denver area residents were terrified last fall after the dismembered body of a kidnapped 10 year old girl was discovered.

   Denver Police said that the 18 year old confessed to the crime, but a stunned courtroom heard the accused man state that he is "Not Guilty".

Another US base in Okinawa protested

   Japan is celebrating its 61st year as a nation after the end of the US occupation

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Planning Commission Still One Short?

   Many around the county have been asking if the problem with Greg Gustafson

Background check law "Boon to Retail Gun Dealers?"

   After the anger of the Newtown shooting,  the best the Congress has come up with is a watered down Background Check law.

   Deemed to be better than nothing, retail gun dealers say it could be a boon to their business, and could hurt gun show sales.

Mike Ditka puts in his two cents

   It seems that Mike Ditka, Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning coach, thinks its ridiculous to encourage fans to try to influence the outcoe of the game by screaming at the tops of their lungs.

   We all know that it is true, especially in some stadiums that noise can affect the QB's calling plays for the game.

Prisoners protest ended by violence

   'After prisoners at Guantanamo Bay covered cameras and windows, US military guards raided the camp and moved detainees into solitary cells to suppress a widening protest.

   Several "non-lethal" shots were fired during the raid by guards.

Halle Berry's Baby bump showing

   We hear that Halle Berry, who is due to have a baby this summer is suddenly not trying to hide her baby bump.

   One of the men on E entertainment called it the "jiffy pop" pregnancy.

Traffic Accident in Murphys

   2 PM:  CHP just arrived at the scene of a traffic accident  at Hwy 4 and Jones St. in Murphys. No injuries were reported.

   Use caution if driving in that area.

Letter to the Editor.....About Voting

   Dear Editor:

    I'm another one of the voices who recommends voters change their status

April is National Poetry Month

   The month of April is designated National Poetry month. We know we have Haiku and other poets out there. If you send them, we will post them here for the remained of April.

Ex-Felon in middle of the night crash on Foppiano Lane

   This traffic accident caught our eye, although it happened just off Hwy 99 in Stockton.

School Board Trustee Speaks Against Board

   Greg Gustafson, newly elected to the Calaveras High School Board of Trustees, came before the Board of Supervisors against