Friday, May 31, 2013

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd

   5-31-13:  A traffic accident was reported at 6:19 PM on Hwy 4 at Poole Station Rd. No injuries have been indicated at this time.

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

Fire Reported in Burson

   5-31-13:  A fire was reported at 6:12 PM on Hwy 12 and  Burson Rd in Burson. It isn't yet clear what is burning, but fire officials are now enroute to that location.

   Use extra caution in that area until fire officials handle the fire.

Plastic bags to stay

    A bill to ban plastic grocery bags in California went the way of so many plastic bags- into the trash.  It failed to garner enough votes in the Senate to move it ahead

Hero gets Free McDonalds for a year and....

    Charles Ramsey, the well-spoken hero of the Cleveland rescue of Amanda Berry, not only was given free McDonald's for a year, but he has signed a deal to become a celebrity speaker.

    Ramsey said he didn't want any reward, that he had a a dishwasher.  At least he will get some reward this way. He deserves it.

Sheriff dies in heroic rescue attempt

   The Sheriff of Scott County, Arkansas, who valiantly tried to save another person, was swept away and drowned yesterday, when a flash flood overcame him.

    Many others have been injured in floods in the midwest.

Charges by Attorney in Hadley case for City of Angels Camp

   We just received information that as of April 30, 2013 the City of Angels has racked up $5000 in lawyer fees in the Craig Hadley case.

   Hadley was the Museum Director who was fired abruptly by Michael McHatton, City Adinistration for Angels Camp a few months ago.

Yet another fire in Stockton reported

  5-31-13:   CalTrans has now reported that there is another fire, this time on Hwy 99 at the end of the Hammer Lane offramp.

   There are so many suspicious fire in the Stockton area, especially around the freeways, that someone must be investigating the cause.

Traffic Hazard Reported near Mercer Caverns

   5-31-13:  CHP is responding to a report of a traffic hazard near Mercer Caverns on Sheep Ranch Rd in Murphys.

   The Sheriff's Office is also assisting. The reason for the hazard is not clear at this point.

Word of the Day....Hegemony

   Hint of the meaning of hegemony; the Democrats rule by this now.

Overturned vehicle at Pardee

  May 31, 2013:   An overturned vehicle accident was reported to CHP at 12:30 PM at Pardee Dam Road and Campo Seco Rd near Pardee Dam. 

    Two CHP units have been dispatched to the scene. A tow truck has been dispatched as the vehicle in in the middle of the roadway. No injuries have been reported.

Assembly Passes Minimum Wage Bill

   5-31-13:  The California state Assembly today passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2014 and to $9.25 by 2016, and from then on decided by inflation.

   If passed by Senate it would take effect Jan 1, 2014.

Bicyclists blocking road

   5-31-13:  A traffic hazard was reported to CHP at 12:15 PM at the intersection of Mountain Ranch Rd and Sheep Ranch Rd in Mountain Ranch.

   A group of bicyclists are blocking the roadway at that location.  CHP is enroute to the area. Use caution if driving on Mountain Ranch Rd.

Rant about Dry Ice prank

   We read a really good rant about the dry ice prank that a Disneyland employee pulled off last week.

Kentucky junior Senator in California for?

   Why is Rand Paul in California?  He says he is touring Silicon Valley and meeting all the big shots.

Elderly Person Walking on Hwy 49

  5-31-13:  A traffic hazard was reported to CHP at 11:46 AM at Hwy 49 and Carol Kennedy Drive. An elderly person is walking and straying into the lane of traffic. One vehicle almost hit the person.

   Use extra caution until CHP can get out there and find out what is wrong.

New Fire at I-5 and March Lane

  Another fire was just reported that started on I-5 at March Lane in Stockton at 11:15 AM, on the offramp there. It might be better if people stay away from that area of I-5 today. If you must take it, be cautious.

Smoke from Fire hampers traffic on Hammer Lane in Stockton

   5-31-13:  A fire that was reported on both sides of Hammer Lane at 10:50 AM near I-5 in Stockton is causing traffic problems due to smoke. Fire crews are at the scene.

  Vehicles are stopping in the lanes and trying to get through fire area. Trees near the roadway are burning. CalTrans says they are shorthanded today, but are trying to get someone out there.

Who is that hiding?

Looks like Bobby the Copper Bobcat to us!

Several Seahawks Suspended?

   Amid rumors of Performance Enhancing Drug use, several members of the Seattly Seahawks have been suspended.

Powerhouse Wildfire in Angeles National Forest

   May 31, 2013:  As of 9:55 AM the Angeles National Forest wildfire, which has been named the Powerhouse Fire is

Angels Camp City Council meets June 4, 2013--Sidwalk Obstructions!!

    The Angels Camp City Council will meet on Tuesday June 4, 2013 at the Firehouse in old

Southern Tuolumne County Planning Commission Cancels

  The Southern Tuolumne County Planning Commission has cancelled it's June 12, 2013 meeting. No new date was issued for the next meeting.

CalFire Issues Red Flag Warning

   May 31, 2013: CalFire has just issued a Red Flag Warning for Fire Danger in Northern California,

Horses on Hwy 26 at Paloma Rd.

     May 31, 2013:  A woman called CHP to report that horses are in the roadway at Hwy 26 and Paloma Rd in Valley Springs and she was trying to shoo them out of the road.

   A CHP unit is enroute to that location. Watch carefully if driving in that area.

Traffic Accident in Copperopolis

   May 31, 2013:   CHP is still at the scene of an accident that occurred at Cheyenne Rd and Copper Cove Drive in Copperopolis at 7:10 AM.

    No injuries were reported, but two children were in one of the vehicles.  Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Spelling Bee Winner spells ....

   The word "K N A I D E L" was the winner at the national spelling bee yesterday. It's a Yiddish word for dumpling with fruit.

Reality Check on Morning Joe

   Today on the Morning Joe TV show on MSNBC the discussion was about the fact that economists

MLB's "mmaculate" Inning

  Although the Yankees lost to the Mets on May 29, 2013, Ivan Nova, a right-handed pitcher for the Yanks, became one of only 50 perfect inning pitchers in history.

   In the top of the 8th inning, he struck out all three batters he faced -- in only 9 pitches!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Double Springs residents warm about snakes

   During Public  Comment at the May 28, 2013 Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting two women from Double Springs warned the public about snakes.

   One said she killed a rattler with 8 buttons on her front porch.  The other said a King snake got into her house and it's still there. She said it was ok though, because King snakes kill rattlers.

Have you seen the baby moose in the sprinklers?   Just type in baby moose in sprinklers in search.

Looking to buy a new home?

This cozy little place
 has a secret room!
   If you've done very well in this recession, like many of the already rich have, you may be looking

Want a bottle of French Presidential Palace wine?

   French wine worth around $325,000 is being auctioned off by the Presidential Palace. There are 1990 Petrus that will probably go for around $3000 a bottle. There are also cheaper ones like Yellow Tail that will most likely bring around $20 a bottle.

   But you could say you own a bottle of wine from the French Presidential Palace. They will have plenty of bidder.

US Forest Service releases Bio-Regional Assessment

   The Pacidic Soutwest Region of the US Forest Service has released a draft Bio-Regional Assessment of the Sierra Cascade region.

Warning! CCWD Water rates are going WAY up!

   We received a press release from Calaveras County Water District that they are holding a series

Shelton Fire in Linden area

   5:30-13:  Calaveras/Tuolumne units of CalFire responded to a fire on North Shelton Rd in the Linden area around 11:30 AM.

   As of 12:45 PM the fire had burned 60 acres. We don't have any containment numbers yet.

Big Rig blocking Hwy 12 at Toyon

   May 30, 2013:  A traffic hazard on Hwy 12 and Hwy 26 was reported at 12 Noon at Toyon. A big rig stalled and is blocking the roadway.

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

Angels Camp Museum

Mom the Breadwinner!

   According to a Pew Research poll, the mom's in the family are more and more becoming the major breadwinners of the family.

   40% of households now say the woman either makes more money than the man, or that the man doesn't work.

Quintuplets born in Utah

   Five healthy quintuplets, three girls and two boys were born on Sunday. The mother had taken fertility drugs and had been in the hospital for months.

Steal a California cow and you will Pay!

   In a bill just passed by the Assembly, people convicted of stealing cattle in California will be fined up to $5000. The bill now goes to the Senate.

   Many were not aware of how common cattle rustling is these days.

Fire in Avery

  May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM:   A fire at Avery Sheep Ranch Rd and Fullen in Avery is now under control. Traffic control was required while firefighters fought this blaze near the roadway.

   The fire is under investigation. As of now the cause is not known.

NASDAQ pays $ 10 million penalty for Facebook...

   In a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission, NASDAQ has agreed to pay a penalty of $10 million for alleged securities laws violations during Facebook's intial public offering.

Columbia Area Planning Commission Cancels Meeting

  The Columbia Area Planning Commission has canceled its scheduled June 13, 2013 meeting. No other meeting was scheduled.

Down, but not ever OUT!

   With high-powered appointees or elected officials, we see that they can be scandalized, put their private parts

China company buys Smithfield Foods

  Smithfield Foods, the largest US pork producer, is being bought by Chinese company

California State Legislature passing more gun laws!

   The legislature at the state level is considering quite a few new laws surrounding gun use, purchasing and ammunition control.

   This, in spite of the hateful, vicious gun lobby and gun lunatics.  We are proud of our state legislators who have the courage to stand up to these pressures.  Thank you!!

   We welcome even more gun controls!!!  Anyone who votes against them should be ashamed of themselves and should not be re-elected.

CHP assisting CalTrans

   CHP will be assisting CalTrans with contstruction at Hwy 88 and Jackson Valley Rd and on Hwy 88 at Twin Bridges today in Amador County.  Slow for the cone zone!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Some want to strip Boy Scouts of Tax-Exempt Status

  Although the Boy Scouts of American did vote to allow openly gay youths as scouts last week,, some California lawmakers are still pressing for a vote on whether to strip them of their tax-exempt status.

   They still will not allow openly gay leaders in their midst.

Congratulations California State Senate

  We learned that Senate Bill 53 passed today. It requires anyone buying ammuntion to give their fingerprint first. Law abiding legal gun owners should not mind this small preventive measure.

   We congratulate the Senators who care about our children and want to try and prevent senseless killings with guns.

Tom Berryhill now lives in Twain Harte

   We received a press release from state Senator Tom Berryhill today and we learned something important. Berryhill now lists his residence as Twain Harte.

Elizabeth Taylor's Wedding Dress at Auction

      Elizabeth Tayor first married at age 18, a beautiful and already famous actress. Her first husband was Conrad Hilton in 1950.

    The wedding gown she wore that day will sell at Christie's in London on June 26, 2013. Count your pennies if you want it. It is expected to sell for more than $75,000.

UPDATE: Explosion at Ione Biomas Plant Equipment Failure

   According to the Amador County Sheriff's Office, the explosion at the BioMass plant in Ione was caused by equipment failure, per one employee.

   The Buena Vista Biomass Power Plant is older and had been remodeled to some degree, in order to burn wood, instead of coal.

Calaveras Council of Governments meeting

   On June 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM the Calaveras Council of Governments meets  in San Andreas in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

   On the agenda is the Operating budget for 2013/14 Public hearing.

White Fire in Santa Barbara report

 According to the USFS, as of May 29, 2013, the White Fire, which has burned a total of 1858 acres near Santa Barbara so far is now 85% contained.

CalFire Reports on Fire in Burson

  On May 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM CalFire responded to a structure fire in the 13000 block

OP-ED....Destroying the planet for Record Profits

   by Tom Engelhardt

   Terracide and the Terrarists

   We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group: genocide. And one for the

"Redskins is like "N" word to Native Americans".....

   In a letter written to Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, several members of Congress said that the term "Resdkins" is very offensive.

Vehicle hits gas station in Moke Hill

  UPDATE:  At 8:04 AM a CHP unit was sent to the accident.

Explosion at Buena Vista Bio-Mass plant in Ione

  May 29, 2013:   So far we know that one person was injured in an explosion at the Buena Vista Bio-Mass plant in Ione this morning.

   We will give more information as it becomes available.

Tea Party Michelle Bachman

   Early this morning, Michelle Bachman, Congressional Representative from Minnesota and Tea Party favorite announced that she will not seek re-election next year.

   Some have speculated that an investigation into her Presidential campaign last year and some polls that are showing she cannot win another term influenced her decision.

12 year old back in Calaveras Court

   12-year-old Isaiah Fowler will be back in a Calaveras County courtoom today to enter a plea. It is expected that he will plead not guilty.

   Fowler is being held in Placer County at a juvenile facility.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Paul McCartney visits Graceland

   One musical icon reached out to another on Sunday, May 26, 2013, when Paul McCartney visited Graceland and left one of his guitar picks on the grave of the late Elvis Presley.

   McCartney was in Memphis to play a concert. McCartney said that the pick was "so Elvis can play guitar in heaven," the AP reported.

White Fire Update

  May 28, 2013 at 2 PM: The USFS just gave us an update on the White Fire in the Santa Barbara area.

Trayvon Martin texts, photos, etc, not admitted

   The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial has denied requests by the defense to admit photos, texts, etc. from Trayvon Martin's phone during next months trial.

Jose Canseco passes polygraph test?

    May 28, 2013:  Jose Canseco took a polygraph today, that he says shows he is innocent of the rape charges filed against him. He had been accused by a woman in Las Vegas.

You remember Kris Humphries?

  Of course, the ex-Kardashian spouse, who is now in a fight with an ex-assistant, who filed a lawsuit against him.

   Humphries says the claims made by the ex-assistant are just about as real as his marriage to Kim Kardshian...i.e. bogus!

Summer Steak BBQ in Angels Camp

   The Italian Catholic Federation of St. Patrick's Church is holding their annual Summer Steak BBQ on Saturday, June 25, 2013 at 820 S. Main Street in Angels Camp.

Big Rig Blocking Hwy 49 in Moke Hill

    May 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM:   We just received a report that a big rig is blocking the roadway at Hwy 49 just south of Sport Hill Rd. in Mokelumne Hill.

   CHP is enroute to that location to assist and clear the road. Use extra caution if driving in that area until clear.

Colorado man kidnaps son

   A Denver, Colorado man stands accused of breaking into his estranged wife's home before blasting

Amador County seeks VHF Voting Comparator RFP

      Amador County is requesting proposals to replace the existing 7-channel Doug Hall VHF

White House sets up donation site for Oklahoma

   The White House has issued a press release about the tornado damage in Oklahoma and giving a website where people can safely donate to help.

Texas abandons "No Child Left Behind"

    Texas is the state that inaugurated the expansion of standardized testing in America's schools

Amador County Waste seeks RFP applications

     The Amador County Waste Management Department requests proposals from qualified applicants

OP-ED....Why is radical the new normal?

   As our lives seem to become more stressed and our broken-down society fights to

White Fire grows overnight

   May 28, 2013:   According to CalFire the White Fire in the Santa Barbara area grew to 1200 acres overnight. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    It is 10% contained at this time.

Wet Mother Lode this morning

  May 28, 2013:    Use extra caution driving to work this morning, as we got a significant amount of rain overnight in most of Calaveras, Tuolumne and Amador counties.

   It was finally enough rain to put off the fire danger for a few more days in our area.

Minor Accident at Hwy 26 and Jack Tone Rd.

     May 28, 2013 at 6:16 AM:  CHP just now issued a road clear report after an accident at Hwy 26 and Jack Tone Rd. below Farmington.

   There were minor injuries in the accident, which involved a black Honda Civic and another unidentified vehicle.

Monday, May 27, 2013

White Fire in Los Padres National Forest

  May 27, 2013:   The White Fire, southeast of Lake Cachuma and 12 miles southeast of Santa Ynez started around 2:45 PM today, and has grown to 700 acres.

Fire reported on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd

  At around 10 PM on May 27, 2013 a grass fire was reported on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd in Burson. CHP and fire are enroute to the scene.

Wood on Hwy 49--Jackson area

   At 8:18 PM on May 27, 2013 a caller reported that there is wood spilled on Hwy 49 in the Jackson area.

   Use caution in that area until it is cleaned up. CHP is enroute to the scene.

General Fire in San Diego County now 900 acres

  May 27, 2013:  At 6:30 PM CalFire reported that the General Fire in San Diego County has grown to 900 acres, but is now 42% contained.

   There are 1217 firefighters, 52 engines, 8 helicopters, 4 dozers and 24 watertenders fighting this fire.


Traffic accident in Farmington

   Two vehicles were involved in a traffic accident on Hwy 4 at Buckman in Farmington at around 4:25 PM on May 27, 2013.

   CHP is at the scene. No injuries were reported and the vehicles are not blocking the road.

Marine goes on shooting spree

  A Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina went on a shoorting rampage

Alleged DUI caused accident on Hwy 49

   According to CHP, on May 25, 2013 Mark Menchaca (48) of Altaville,

General Electric investing in oil and gas drilling

   General Electric is one of America's corporate giants and they must be betting that investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking, is worth the risk.

   They appear to believe that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects. Clearly they see big money in the investment.

Shockiing interview of Bob Dole

   Bob Dole is a Republican who goes back a long way in the US, as a Senator and Presidential candidate.

Congressman sends Memorial Day message

   The only elected official to send out a Memorial Day message today was Congressman

Hit and Run in Valley Springs

   May 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM a hit and run was reported on Gold Creek Drive in Valley Springs. CHP is enroute to the scene.

   No injuries were reported.

Fire in San Diego area 750 acres

  May 27, 2013 at 7 AM:   The General Fire, the second one in a week near Julian in San Diego County, was reported at noon on May 26, 2013.

   It has now grown to 750 acres. No structures are immediately threatened.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Car backs into fire engine at Camanche

   May 26, 2013 at 7 PM, CHP is responding to a collision where a vehicle backed into a fire engine at 2000 Camanche Rd North Shore.

  No injuries were reported. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Missing 75-year-old found wandering on rural road

   May 26, 2013 at 3 PM.  The Calaveras Sherif's Office has issued a cancel on the missing

Dog or Goat in roadway?

   6 PM on May 26, 2013:  CHP received a call that at Hwy 99 and Hwy 4 Farmington Rd. exit there is a  dog or a small goat in the roadway.

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

Pickup hits gate at Poker Flat

   May 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM:    CHP is enroute to the scene of a accident between a green Ford pickup and the gate #2 at Poler Flat Property Owners Association at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Copper Cove Ct.

   No injuries were reported.

Injury accident in Burson

   5-26-13 at 4 PM:  CHP is at the scene of an accident resulting in injuries at Hwy 12 and Burson Rd in Burson.

   A red vehicle is on its side off the road and into the trees.. An Ambulance has been dispatched to the location.One injured party was taken to Modesto Memorial Hospital.and the other to Kaiser South in Sacramento.

Certain businesses get dispensation from licenses

   We have questioned the owners of Denio's Farmer's Market in Roseville to see if their vendors

Angels City Council to bestow more money and special favors on ACBA

   Most of the agenda at the May 21, 2013 City Council meeting was made up of Anne Forrest

Op-Ed....Angels Camp City Council piles the **** on voters!!

   The City of Angels Camp really doesn't seem to get it! We, the taxpayers, residents, businesses

Motorcycle vs pickup and trailer off Hwy 49

   Mry 26, 2013:  At 11 AM CHP received a call of a head on collision between a motorcycle and a pickup pulling a 16' trailer on Drunken Gulch Road off Hwy 49 in the Mariposa area.

   An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries received. This is a 10 MPH curve. A tow truck capable of hauling a large trailer has been sent to the scene.

"The only thing to do" Alaskan Army base?

   A battalion commander at the Space and Missile Defense Command at Fort Greely, Alaska, is now under investigation for allegedly "condoning" adultery and creating what is being called "open season" when it comes to sexual activity among the troops.

   One military official stated "It's as if that was the only thing to do" at the remote base.

Trains collide, cause overpass collapsd in Missourii

   After two freight trains collided early Saturday morning in Missouri, the collapse of a highway overpass was triggered.

   Several rail cars hit a support pillar, causing the collapse. Seven people, at least, were injured in the accident about 120 miles south of St. Louis.

Word of the Day...Redshirting

   Actually, "redshirting" is more of a term that an actual word. It is used to describe what many parents are doing with their kindergarten age children.

    Some are calling it a phenomenon, that is holding their child back one year so that their child will be a little older than the other children and possbly have an advantage. Would you "redshirt" your child?

Fire near Atascadero contained

photo courtesy of CalFire
A fire named the Homestead Fire, which started on May 25, 2013, was 100% contained at 50 acres.

   Located at Homestead Rd and Hwy 41, just east of Atascadero, the cause is under investigation,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Beautiful Rhododendrun

Look at that beautiful Rhododendrun...from
just above Murphys

Car hits safety barrels at Hwy 99 and Farmington Rd exit

      At 4:24 PM on May 25, 2013 a single car hit the safety barrels along the side of Hwy 99 at the Farmington Rd exit.

     CHP is enroute to the scene. No injuries were reported but the vehicle is blocking the slow lane.

Fire reported at Hwy 99 and Hwy 26

   5-25-13 at 4:20 PM:  A fire has been reported at Hwy 99 and Hwy 26 in Stockton.  The fire  department is enroute to the scene.

Solo Vehicle runs off the road in Sonora

  May 25. 2013 at 4:15 P: Two CHP are still at the scene of a single car accident at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 120 in Sonora.

   The vehicle ran off the road at that location. No injuries were reported. Use caution as the tow truck brings the vehicle back onto the roadway.

Trespassers Camping on Private Property

   As often happens on holiday weekends, on May 23, 2013 trespassing was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff's Office on Wagner Road in Railroad Flat.

   The landowner says the motorhome moved about 100' and then came back today with 5 tents along with the motorhome. There is no indication of a citation or arrest in this case.

Burglary reported in Murphys

    On May 23, 2013, a burglary was reported on Possum Trail in Murphys at a residence. A deputy responded to the break in and theft.

   There is no indication of a suspect at this time.

Arrest at Mark Twain Hospital

  On May 24, 2013 Kyle James Connor, (33) of Arnold, was arrested at Mark Twain Hospital for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Narcotic Substance, both felonies, and for being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Hypodermic needle, misdemeanors.

   Connor was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and was released on bond the next day.

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 4 at Pine Drive

  May 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM:   CHP is enroute to Hwy 4 and Pine Drive in Arnold where a part of some kind in in the roadway.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Silver Alert for Arnold resident

        The Calaveras Sheriff's Office and CHP are requesting assistance in locating a missing 75 year old

Calaveras BOS Chair Callaway Left "out in the cold" twice at May 14, 2013 meeting

   At the May 14, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting two things became clear. The main piece

Have you seen Pride and Glory" ?? Scary!!

    We realize that the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office is nothing even close to the NYPD, but while watching "Pride and Glory" on AMC, we came to scary realizations we don't like.

   It wasn't just that we have seen corruption in our own county Sheriff department, but we've watched how they will cover for each others mistakes, no matter how serious.

   The Sierra Sentinel is aware of protecting personal friends from getting into trouble, and failing to investigate or even file proper reports on things like death threats made by personal friends of the Sheriff.

     We believe this will only stop if we change Sheriff's. We don't see this department cleaning itself up.  So if you watch the movie "Pride and Glory" don't think its too far fetched from Calaveras County.

OP-ED...Clearing out our Watershed for LA water?

   Due to a press release today, May 16, 2013, issued by the Calaveras County Water District, we

CHP returns to site of Hit and Run in West Point

    May 25, 2013:   A hit and run that was reported last night at 10:15 PM, has an officer returning to the scene as of  8:57 AM today for investigation.

   The damaged vehicle was towed away around midnight last night from Winton Rd and Bummerville Road near Bald Mountain Rd. in West Point.

Affordable Care Act prices low in California

   Yesterday, the state of California released the prices that will be available to lower income residents under the Affordable Care Act.

   Unlike what the Republicans have stated, the prices are very low. Registration will begin in October and will go into effect January 1, 2014.

    Many of the best-known insurers have signed on to be part of the health care initiative.

Google Map updates quickly

   A bridge in Washington State, on I-5, collapsed Thursday nigh. By Friday, Google Maps already reflected the incident.

   Google credits a team of volunteers for keeping their maps updated so quickly.

Sheriff Arpaio racially profiles

   May 25, 2013:  A federal judge in Phoenix ruled yesterday tha the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols.

   This marks the first finding by a court that his agency racially profiles people.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Traffic Collision in Pioneer

   A traffic accident requiring an ambulance was reported at 10:05 PM on May 24, 2013 in Pioneer.

   An ambulance has been dispatched to 24000 Red Corral Rd at Pine Ridge. CHP is also enroute to the scene.

West Point hit and run

   At 10:15 PM on May 24, 2013 CHP received a call that a hit and run had occurred at Winton Rd and Bummerville Rd in West Point. No injuries were reported.

   The caller said he though a vehicle went over the embankment and he heard running down the driveway.  CHP is enroute to the location.

Chicago Bears Retire Ditka's number 89

   This December, the Chicago Bears will officially reitre Mike Ditka's number 89 at Soldier Field.

Semi Truck downs lines in Valley Springs

   UPDATE:  The Calaveras Sheriff's Office has cleared the roadway.

   At 2:43 PM on May 24, 2013 CHP received a call that a semi-truck

Fire Behind Copperopolis Elementary School

   UPDATE:  At 3:15 PM CHP indicates the fire department has the fire under control.

BLM announces fire restrictions

   Effective May 28, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management is implementing fire restrictions

Tuolumne County Planning Commission meets

   On June 5, 2013, the Tuolumne County Planning Commission meets in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 2 South Green Street at 6 PM.

Spellman and Gustafson, sittin on a wall, ....

   We just had a call from a reader in Valley Springs who says that Supervisor Spellman and Calaveras Unified Shool board member Greg Gustafson have spent the morning together.

   Is Spellman going to have Gustafson come to the Board of Supervisors meeting to commend him for some real or imagined act of his?

   Or do they just like spending their time together? Most people think it will take an awful lot of glue to try and put "Humpty Dumpty" back together again.

Calaveras County Water District meets

   CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) will hold a regular meeting on May 29, 2013 at 9 AM at their District Office in San Andreas.

   On the agenda is discussion of payments of PERS benefits to employees hired before and after August 1, 2013.

Immigration reform leads to citizenship?

   The main objection now to the comprehensive immigration bill in the Senate is most Republican lawmakers opposing any route to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants already in the US.

   It makes total sense for them to object, because it is unlikely that any of them will ever vote for the Republicans that showed such discrimination against them. Likely they will be "born again" Democrats.

Today is Suspense Day at the State Capitol

   The Assembly Appropriations Committee will decide the fate of 399 bills at a legislative ritual today, called "Suspense Day.

Traffic Accident in Lockeford

   At 11:52 AM on May 24, 2013 CHP received a call about a traffic accident on Hwy 12 at Bush Street in Lockeford. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is at the scene. One vehicle is stuck in the roadway. One of the vehicles is a small white car. One caller said it was actually Hwy 88 in Lockeford.  A tow truck has been dispatched.

Music in the Parks comes to Copperopolis

  On June 12, 2013 Mokelumne Crossing performs in Copperopolis at Copperopolis Town Square from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.   The show is free to the public.

   It is presented by the Calaveras Arts Council.

OP-ED....Has Spellman threatened to sue yet?

   Let's see now! Supervisor Spellman has threatened to sue every paper in the area at least once,

Possible Rain on Monday and Tuesday

      5-24-13:  The National Weather Bureau forecasts nice weather for most of the Memorial Day Weekend, but a storm is moving in on Monday.

   It is possible we could have some rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Loose Chihuahua on Hwy 99

   UPDATE:  At 12:02 PM another call came in about the Chihuahua on Hwy 99

Fire in San Diego County 1500 acres

   5-24-13:  CalFire reports that a fire named the San Felipe, which is located near Julian is now 1500 acres. It is now 60% contained after one minor injury to a firefighter.

   No structures have been threatened.

She called Jay-Z a what?

   Is it true that Jay-Z is suing a singer named Foxy Brown for calling him bad names?

   We aren't sure what it means or if she said it but TMZ reports that Jay-Z says Foxy called him a gonorrhea-infected "tranny chaser"!! Just thought it was funny and that you would want to know!

Michael Jacksons father says big money behind allegations

   Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson 5, says that Wade Robson is being paid big money to destroy Michael Jackson's reputation with child abuse allegations.

Military Suicide still a crisis

   Although the Pentagon has set up initiatives to slow its suicide crisis, a new Army report released May 23, 2013 shows the pace of self-inflicted deaths among soldiers -and all service members - has barely budged so far this year.

   The record rate was set during 2012, and through April of 2013 the number is 161 potential suicides among active-duty troops, reservists and National Guard.

Bull and Cow eloping in Ione?

   A bull and a cow were seen running together on Tonzi Rd and Paine Rd in Ione this morning. They must be attempting to elope.

    Will CHP be able to prevent the runaway lovers?  We'll see. Be cautious if driving in that area.

Jodi Arias Penalty Trial declared mistrial

   When the jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial couldn't come to an agreement on the penalty portion of the case, it was declared a mistrial by the judge.

   Their choices were either life in prison or death. Now a new jury will be called to rehear the penalty phase of the trial. Arias had been found guilty of 1st degree murder over a week ago.

Boy Scouts end ban on gay boys....

   While the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to end its controversial policy of

Remodeling can be rewarding!

   A man who was remodeling a home in Minnesota came across walls that were insulated the old fashioned way, with newspapers and magazines.

   Among the old stuffings, was a June 1938 Action Comics book # 1. It is worth a small mint!

Great Potato Famine of Ireland

   Due to scientists studying the strains of potato viruses, it is now known which strain caused the potatoes in Ireland to turn to black mush, causing widespread famine in the mid-19th century.

   If you are interested in the story, you can find it published in e-life.

Bridge collapse on I-5 in Washinton

   Amazingly, no one died when a bridge in Washington State collapsed last night, sending vehicles into the Skagit River below.

   There were some who said a large truck had struck the bridge just before it collapsed, but it has not been confirmed.

OP-ED.....How does a rapidly changing city avoid losing it's soul?

     by Robert Jensen

      The question presumes that Austin has a soul. I'm skeptical, for several reasons.

5.7 Earthquake at Lake Almanor

   Centered between Greenville and Chester in Plumas County, a 5.7 earthquake shook residents all the way to Sacramento last night.  No reports of serious damage or injury have been reported.

   If you remember, this is the area where that devastating fire destroyed the Plumas National Forest last year, and where one baby bobcat was rescued.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

   The next  Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting is May 28, 2013 at 9 AM at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

   There are many closed session items before the regular meeting, including litigation involving the Buena Vista Rancheria.


Nancy Moritz of Burson

Nancy Moritz of Burson passed away May 11, 2013 at the age of 80. She was born and raised in Menlo Park, and lived

Do big developers make good landlords?

   We have some unanswered questions. Since Mr. Haley and Castle and Cooke

Stanislaus Forest Open for Campers

   The Stanislaus National Forest announces that they will have 28 campgrounds and picnic grounds will be open to accommodate visitors for the Memorial Day weekend.

Lasso that asteroid?

   Some members of Congress are questioning the idea of capturing and redirecting an asteroid in deep space as part of NASA's explorations in the near future.

    Congress  debated whether the Moon is a good pit stop on the way to Mars, among other expensive moves at a hearing yesterday, May 22, 2013.

Pooches full of bacteria

   Research from North Carolina State University published May 22, 2013, indicates that not only do hoes with dogs have a greater number of bacteria, but they also have more types of bacteria than homes without dogs.

Traffic Control at Hwy 4 and Hwy 49

  5-22-13 at noon:   CHP is providing traffic control at the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 49 in Angels Camp. The reason is not clear.

   Use caution in that area.

Suspicious persons in Arnold

   Two reports of suspicious persons were received by the Calaveras Sherif'fs Office

Littering of cement in Avery

   A report was received by the Calaveras Sheriff's office that someone had dumped cement at Calaveras Timber Trails on Avery Sheep Ranch Rd in Avery on May 22, 2013.

    There is no indication of a suspect at this time.

Disturbance at Calaveras High

   An arrest was made after a report was received by the Calaveras Sheriff's Office of a disturbance at Calaveras High School on May 22, 2013.

    No other details have been made available at this time.

Assault Arrest in Valley Springs

   On May 22, 2013 David Joseph Cirone (53) of Valley Springs was arrested by Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies for alleged Assault with a Deadly Weapon, not a Firearm, a felony.

    Cirone was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Memorial Day Weekend Fire Danger

   CalFire is warning Californians to be cautious about fire over the Memorial Day Weekend due to elevated fire danger.

Teen Births down 30%

   The Center for Disease Control researchers found that from 2007 to 2011, the overall rate of teen births plummeted a full 30%.

CalTrans Working on Hwy 88

    May 23, 2013:  CHP is providing extra safety at two locations on Hwy 88 where CalTrans is working today, at Twin Bridges and at Barnert Rd.

   Use extra caution if traveling on Hwy 88 today. SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE!

80 year old conquers Mt. Everest

   An 80 year old Japanese mountain climber reached the peak of Mt. Everest, making him the oldest climber to reach the peak.

Traffic Accident at Calaveras High School

   CHP reports a traffic accident occurred at around 7:52 AM on May 23, 2013 at Hwy 49 and High School Street in San Andreas.

   No injuries reported and the vehiclies are not blocking the roadway.

Boy Scouts vote today

   The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to vote today on whether to allow openly gay scouts to be members.

Oklahoma woman finds treasure

   While hunting for missing belongings, a woman in Oklahoma, whose home was devastated by a tornado, found a treasure.

    Part of a wall that had marks on it where she measured her children's height as they grew brought tears to her eyes as it it was gold.

Children buried in gravel

   Children on a fossil hunting trip yesterday in Minnesota were swept into a deep pit when a hillside of gravel gave way.

   One child died and another is still missing. The hillside was wet with recent rain.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nails in road on Hwy 4 at Parrotts Ferry Rd.

   May 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM:  Calaveras County roads was called out to clear the road of nails that had been spilled at Hwy 4 at Parrotts Ferry Rd in Vallecito.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. Use caution if driving through that area.

Air Ambulance for Traffic Accident Victim

   4:56 PM on May 22, 2013:  An air ambulance had to be called for a traffic accident victim at Hwy 99 and Lathrop Road on the overpass, due to serious injuries.

       Two vehicles are blocking the roadway and an air ambulance has been dispatched to Hwy 99 at Lathrop where an accident occurred.

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

Woodson Gets big Payday

   Charles Woodson is returning to play for the Raiders.  At least for one year. He got a $700,000 signing bonus, plus could make up to $4.3 million in the year. After that, who knows.

   The Broncos and 49ers had the opportunity but apparently didn't come up with the right figures.

Two more grass fires near Hwys

   A small grass fire at Hwy 4 and Wilhoit Rd in Stockton and another at Hwy 12 and Thornton are keeping fire department personnel busy this afternoon.

   Actually, there were other small grass fires reported this morning off Hwy 99 and Hwy 88 in that same general area.  We are not aware of any investigation into the rash of roadside fires today.

What does Jim Harbaugh do in the Off Season?

   He drives a pace car for the Indianapolis 500, that's what he does in the off season.

   The 49ers head coach has long been involved with NASCAR and now he gets a chance to be on the track with the racers.

Ashes of Baby Stolen in Georgia

   A Georgia couple is pleading for the thief who stole the Memory Box, with the ashes of their baby son in it, to please return it.

   It was stolen out of their bedroom, probably believed to have valuables inside.

Joe Namath says.....

   Are you listening?  Joe Namath says that the Jets didn't need Geno Smith at QB. He thinks they should stay with Mark Sanchez.

Yoga and Apple Pie

   A recent study shows that Yoga is now practiced daily by 20 million Americans. Does that make it as American as Apple Pie and Chevrolet?

Person jumping into traffic on Hwy 26

    The Calaveras Sheriff's Office received a call on May 21, 2013 that someone was jumping into traffic at Hwy 26 and Ospital Rd. 

     Now who could that be in that area, hmmm. No one was cited or arrested.

Three Calls for Disturbance in Dorrington

   On May 21, 2013 three calls came in within a 1/2 hour of each other about a verbal dispute on Ute Place in Dorrington.

     A deputy took a report on the first call for violation of a court order. On the next two calls, it shows that nothing was reported by the deputy.

Suspicious person reported at Nugget

     On May 20, 2013 a suspicous person was report at the Nugget Bar on big Trees Rd in Murphys.

      Imagine that! No one was cited or arrested.

CalFire Report

   CalFire reported this morning that all of the recent fires in California are now 100% contained.

   They are warning everyone to be cautious with fire over the coming Memorial Day weekend.

Transformer blows, starts fire in Copperopolis

   A transformer apparently blew and caused a fire to start at Surrey Lane and Stagecoach Road in Copperopolis at 12:17 PM on May 22, 2013.

   CalFire was notified. CHP is enroute to that location.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 26 at Jack Tone Rd.

   May 22, 2013:  CHP reports an accident occurred on Hwy 26 at Jack Tone Rd near Stockton at 11:30 AM.

   No injuries were reported. A black Chevy Silverado pickup and a grey Chevy Suburban were involved.

Solo vehicle rollover in Valley Springs

   At 10:40 AM on May 22, 2013 CHP received a call that a single vehicle has rolled over at DaLee Rd at DaLee Ct in Valley Springs. This was on a blind curve, apparently.

   CHP is at the scene, near Hwy 26 and Jenny Lind Rd.

   No injuries have been reported. A citizen is out helping with flares and directing traffic.

Injured deer on Hwy 49 at Calaveras County line

   May 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM:  An injured deer has been reported on Hwy 49 at Electra, in Amador County, just the other side of the County line.

    CHP is enroute to the scene. Use extra caution when driving; slow down and give the animals a break.

Another fire at Hwy 88 and 99 Freeway

   At 10:53 AM on May 22, 2013 another fire was reported, this time at the 99 Freeway and Hwy 88 offramp.  Are these cigarettes? Is someone starting fires?

Study Session on Dumping Sewage

   On May 28, 2013, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors is once again holding a Study Session on what and how much sewage can be dumped and how much they will charge.

   Most waste is now dumped out-of-county due to the high cost of dumping here.

Grass Fire at Hwy 26 and 99 Freeway

  5-22-13 at 9:40 AM: A large   grass fire is burning at Hwy 26 and the 99 Freeway in Stockton.  CalFire has been dispatched. Use caution if driving in that area.

18 foot pythons in Florida?

   A man in Florida pulled an 18 foot Burmese python out of the brush alongside a road and finally killed the 128 lb. snake.

   This beats the last recorded size by over a foot, according to wildlife officials.

Spellman gets Publicity...not good, though!

    May 22, 2013:   Supervisor Darren Spellman, most likely a short-timer in the District 5 seat, has been complaining about not getting enought press.  We found that the Valley Springs News

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors meets

  On May 28, 2013, the Board of Supervisors meets for their regular meeting. Closed session begins

Accident at Hwy 49 and Murphys Grade Rd in Angels Camp

     May 22, 2013:  There has been a traffic accident on Murphys Grade Rd., just east of Hwy 49, which occurred around 7:55 AM. CHP, Angels PD and an ambulance have been sent to the scene.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ray Rice home burglarized

  Running back for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice, was the victim of a burglary this past weekend. His home in Maryland was broken into and several things were taken. The home was also ransacked.

Rock Medicine in a tent

    A nurse in Sacramento, who has volunteered for Rock Medicine since 1977, has amazing stories she can tell.

   The group provides medical help to anyone at a concert without judgment and have saved a few lives.

   Like the time a Rolling Stone fan fell three stories at the Oakland Coliseum or how about the Billboard Awards last weekend, where a Miguel fan got the singers foot in the face when he had attempted to jump over the fans.

49ers Win.....

   The San Francisco 49ers have a brand new stadium, due to open next season in Santa Clara.

     Now they have won the hosting of the SuperBowl 2016 contest, it was announced today by the NFL.

50% over 65 years old

  It was reported that the LA Mayor race may be decided by older voters today. That doesn't surprise us, since a study showed that in two years, 50% of Americans will be over 65 years old.

    And they vote!!

CalTrans' Bay Bridge-gate

   Governor Brown says he refuses to open the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge until all the questions he has have been answered and the bridge is totally deemed safe.

    A Labor Day opening was planned but a bolt problem has CalTrans scurrying to see how serious it is and what they have to do to fix the problems.

Does Apple Computer pay taxes?

   There has been a lot of talk and criticism about Apple Computer's offshore accounts. The President Tim Cook was even called before a committee to be royally chewed out.

      The fact is, however, that Apple pays around $1 million per hour in state and federal income taxes. You didn't know that, did you?

Animal Reported on Hwy 49

  May 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM:  CHP received a report of an animal on Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill. No other information was given.  A unit has been dispatched to that area.

   Use caution if driving through that location.

Pedestrian hit at Jackson Rancheria

   12:30 PM on May 21, 2013:  CHP is at the scene of a pedestrian who was hit by a shuttle bus at Jackson Rancheria on New York Ranch Rd in Jackson.

   Minor injuries were reported.

Well, we know about Representative McClintock

   After a long speech on the House floor this morning, May 21, 2013, we know exactly who Tom McClintock represents.

Golf Cart hits pedestrian at Sequoia Woods

  12 Noon May 21, 2013: CHP has been called out to Sequoia Woods Golf and Country Club in Arnold where a golf cart ran into a pedestrian on Cypress Point Drive.

   An ambulance has also been dispatched to the scene.

CHP reports Hwy 49 accident possibly alcohol caused

   On May 18, 2013, CHP reports that A. Charlesworth (72) of Wilton, was driving his 2003 Ford pickup northbound

"Clouds" writer dies

   The Minnesota teenager who wrote the viral hit song "Clouds" during his fight with bone cancer, died at age 18 yesterday, May 20, 2013.

   Zach Sobiech had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer when he was 14.


Chamber of Commerce Mixer in Mountain Ranch

   The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join them on Thursday, May 23, 2013 starting

Milton Stewart

   Milton Royal Stewart was born on January 22, 1922 to Zella and LeRoy Stewart in Santa Ana. He
was the youngest of eight children and highly honored as the only son of LeRoy Stewart in their blended family.

President Obama invites Chinese President to California

   A two-day summit will be held on June 7-8, 2013 at Rancho Mirage. This will be their first meeting since Xi Jinping took over as China's President.

   They plan to discuss a wide range of issues focused on security and the economy.

Founding member of The Doors dies

    The legendary keyboardist who founded The Doors in 1965 with fellow UCLA film school alum Jim Morrison, died of cancer Monday at age 74.

   Robby Krieger, Doors guitarist, said "I'm just glad to have been able to have played with him."

Monday, May 20, 2013

Traffic Hazard in Carson Hill

  UPDATE:   Just found out this is the same cow police have chased daily for ten days.

Who is Ellen Pearson?

   Well, as it turns out, she was actually the woman married to Robert Kardshian when he

Lilly 2 Fire in Madera County

   5-19-13:  CalFire reports that the Lilly 2 Fire, which is off Road 400 and Sandy Beach Drive in Yosemite Lakes is now 91 acres, but is 80% contained.

Patriots Tom Brady turns 36

   In his 14th season, QB Tom Brady, who is under contract with the Patriots until 2017, will turn 36 this week and he says he's better than ever. We'll see soon enough!

We agree with the original Senator McConnell

   In 1987 Senator Mitch McConnell criticized the IRS and stated loudly and publicly on video,

First Woman or First Jewish leader?

  The final hours have finally come in LA, where Garcetti and Greuel have been fighting it out for 2 years to become LA's next mayor.

   Whichever way it goes tomorrow, LA will have a 1st. Greuel would be the first woman and Garcetti would be the fist Jewish leader to become its mayor.

Will Maldonado make the cut?

  With missteps already causing concern over his political stamina and expertise, Abel Maldonado may have to learn the hard way how to handle a political campaign for governor.

LAX names new Great Hall at Bradley terminal

   The new terminal at LAX, called the Bradley, has a Great Hall inside. That great hall is to be named for who else, Antonio Villaraigosa, outgoing mayor of LA.

Children's bus rolls over in Indiana

   A bus carrying disabled students rolled over on a highway near Indianapolis after taking on a trip to the zoo. 

   Apparently caused when a truck changed lanes in front of the bus, a dozen were injured, but no one has died from the crash.

Jets Player charged on guns and drugs

      Mike Goodson, Running Back for the NY Jets, was apparently arrested and charged with 5 gun and drug counts on Friday, after New Jersey State Police found the car he was riding in parked in the middle of Route 80 in Denville, NJ.

Grass Fire reported in Valley Springs

   A grass fire was reported at 12:13 PM at Hwy 26 and Savage Way in Valley Springs. CHP got the first call on 911 and transferred it to CalFire.

Two arrested in Angels Camp

   On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Angela Renee Bevill (43)  along with Matthew John Bruns (33), both of

Anteater "Virgin Birth"

  This photo is of Archie the Anteater, who is clinging to his mom at the

Waitress gets $400 tip

    A waitress at a Steak 'n Shake in Indianapolis, got a surprise when one of her regular customers left her a tip of over $400 on a $5.95 bill.

Sheriffs not happy with new Colorado Gun Laws!!!

   Colorado legislators passed new state gun laws that broaden background checks

Janet Kelley of Sutter Creek

    Janet K. Kelley, a 6 year resident of Sutter Creek, passed away

CHP Chasing Brown Cows?

   At around 10:21 AM, CHP received a call that brown cows are out at Six Mile Road and Scott Street in Murphys.

   A unit is enroute to the scene to round them up.

If you are an American Idol fan?

   Randy Jackson has been on American Idol from the beginning, 12 years in all, and he has now retired. Last week was his final show.

   Some complained that he didn't receive a proper good-bye tribute, but instead talked about the future without him.

Third Arrest Sunday for Firearms

 MIchael Allery Weist, Jr. (32) of Murphys was arrested on Williams Street Sunday, May 19, 2013, for allegedly being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Short Barrel Shotgun or Rifle, and for Altering a Firearm ID Mark, all felonies.
    Weist was booked into Calaveras County Jail by deputies.  This is the third firearm offense of the day for the Calaveras Sheriff's office.

Lodi man arrested at Hogan Observation Point

   Andrew Scott Wathen, (29) of Lodi, was arrested on Sunday May 19, 2013 at Hogan Observation Point for allegedly having a Concealed Firearm on him, a felony.

   Wathen was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's Deputies.

Copperopolis man arrested with illegal firearm

   According to the Calaveras County Sheriff, Jerry Leon Harman,  (55) of Copperopolis was arrested at his residence on Surrey Lane for alleged Battery, a misdemeanor and for being a Felon in possession of a Firearm, a felony.

   Harman was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on Sunday May 19, 2013.

O J Simpson seeks new trial

   After serving 5 years for his conviction of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2007 in Nevada, OJ Simpson is seeking a new trial, based mostly on his claim that his attorney did not do a proper job of defending him.

   Simpson had been attemping to retrieve his own belongings, memoriabilia which had been stolen from him years earlier. Simpson is now 65.

Two dozen WWII vets at Pearl Harbor

   Two dozen of the surviving WWI vets from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, gathered on Friday for most likely the last time, to honor and remember the late winter morning of 1945.

   The USS Franklin  )knicknamed Big Ben), was only one year old when it was hit be two 500 lb bombs that day.

Fed Chair Ben Bernanke gives graduates hope...

   While speaking at a college graduation on Saturday, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said that pessimists who are forecasting that the economy will not reap sizable benefits from the computer revolution are likely to be proven wrong.

    He told a group of graduates that the long-range practical consequences of innovations such as faster computers and the Internet are hard to predict, but that inventors have only scratched the surface.  He says the trick is be studying in the correct field for your future.

KItchell's Create Frog Jump Dynasty!

   According to the Calaveras County Fair office, the 2013 Calaveras International Frog Jump big

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Powerball winner from Florida

  Apparently one Powerball ticket was the $590 million Saturday. It was sold at a grocery store in Zepherhills, Florida.

Saturday Night Live...38 years?

   Saturday Night Live ended their 38th season last night with Ben Affleck serving as host for the 5th time. 

Seizure of Phone Records Unconsitiutional?

   The president and CEO of the Associated Press said today that the government's seizure of AP journalists' phone records was unconsitutuional.

Yahoo buying Tumblr?

   We just heard that Yahoo has agreed to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the blogging site Tumblr. More details are supposed to be released this week.

Letter to the Editor....About Tofanelli and Contracts

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

    It's all too clear that without Gary Tofanelli, there is no one who understands the workings of this big jail

"Star Trek Into Darkness" boldly goes where....

   Well, the new Star Trek movie, Into Darkness had a great opening weekend. They took in $84 million in North America box offices, a solid four-day debut.

Calaveras roadways safer today

   Except for some sheep on the road at Hwy 12 and the Mokelumne River, CHP is having an easier day today, at least in Calaveras County and nearby areas.

   There will be more traffic tonite, as the Destruction Derby is very popular on the last day of the County fair, so drive carefully.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

CHP still at accident scene in San Andreas

    5-18-13:  An accident that occured around 5:16 PM in San Andreas at Hwy 49 and Union Mine Rd. is still being investigated by CHP at this time.

   An ambulance responded to take an injured party to the hospital. A red Ford 250 ran off the road and through a fence. A two truck was dispatched to pull the truck up which is around 60' over the side.

4 x 4 Rollover on Hwy 4

   A Nissan Frontier hit the embankment and rolled over on Hwy 4 near Vista Point below Copperopolis around 1:20 PM.

   No injuries have been reported, A tow truck and CHP have responded.

France becomes # 14

   France became the 14th country to approve same-sex marriage. President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law.

Manti Te'o parties

   Manti Te'o was seen partying at the Maxim party celebrating their Hot 100. Te'os fake girlfriend was on the list.

Grand Fire 70% contained

   CalFire reports that as of 5-18-13 the Grand Fire south of Frazier Park in Kern and Ventura counties is now 4,358 acres, but is 70% contained.

Lake Fire 75% contained

   The Lake Fire in Los Angeles county is no2 712 acres and 75% contained as of May 18, 2013..

CHP busy in Calaveras County today

   Whether it's man throwing up on Hwy 49 in San Andreas around 12:55 PM, or a

Drunk at 0.05?

   Across the nation, authorities are pushing to make the drunk driving laws tougher and to change the blood-alcohol content level for a DUI to above 0.05.

   Restaurant owners are nervous that it could affect having a drink with dinner and hurt business.

Traffic Accident in Campo Seco

  5-18-13@ 10:50 AM:  CHP are still at the scene of a traffic accident at Chile Camp Rd and Campo Seco Rd in Campo Seco.

   An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries. This is near the Post Office.




Calaveras County Fair--Only Two More Days


Friday, May 17, 2013

Vehicle hits fence and then runs

   A vehicle hit a fence at Hwy 26 and Quail Oaks in Valley Springs and then left. CHP was notified and is responding. No injuries were reported.

Fire Reported on Hwy 12 at Mokelumne River

   At 3 PM a fire was reported at the bridge location on Hwy 12 at the Mokelumne River.  CalFire was notified and is enroute.

Maloof's are out...don't let the door hit you

    The NBA's Sacramento Kings have new owners today, and Mayor Kevin Johnson is not unhappy that the Maloof brothers are now out.

   The major new owner paid $10 million more than the Maloofs originally asked for, but isn't complaining.

Unemployment drops slightly

   California's unemployment rate dropped to 9.0% from 9.4% as of April 2013, as 10,000 jobs were added. Calaveras County's rate of unemployment show to be 10.5%.

   Many say it's only that low because so many have completely dropped out of the workforce and are either on welfare or have moved away to get work.

Miss Calaveras 2013

   Chelsea Ruthrauff, a senior at Calaveras High School is Miss Calaveras for 2013.

Another car crash on Hwy 4.....

   UPDATE at 1:21 PM:  We received a report that this may be near Oak Valley Rd

We hear rumors about poor Sup Spellman....

   There are rumors floating around in emails that Supervisor Spellman is very unhappy...

If you follow the tweets....

   So many are scoffing at both the Republicans and the press saying, like @GottaLaff, Where

Car Crash in Copperopolis

   May 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM:  A silver Ford Escape hit an embankment at Hwy 4 and Hunt Rd. in Copperopolis, after running off the road and blowing out a tire. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is enroute to that location.  Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Fatal Accident at Jack Tone Rd and Louise Ave

   Another tragic accident that occurred at Jack Tone Rd and Louise Ave at approximately 11:18 AM resulted in a fatality.

   Three CHP are at the scene investigating. Both vehicles ended up in the orchard.

For the 37th time the House of Representatives..

   If only the Republicans would do something good for the country, perhaps voters

Head-on Crash in Ione

  UPDATE:  The road was finally reopened at around 2:20 PM for traffic

Were Tea Parties really over-scrutinized?

   While Republicans are making a big show of acting like the IRS picks on Tea Party types

Cannes Film Festival Safe Stolen

   Containing jewelry that was to be used at the Cannes Film Festival, a thief stole the entire safe out of a wall at a hotel there.

   Appearing to be an inside job, over $1 million worth of jewels had been kept in the safe for the stars who wanted to borrow them for the event.

Ex-Charger RB Chuck Muncie dies

    A former San Diego Charger, three-time All-pro running back, Chuck Muncie, who was known for his imposing size and powerful style, has died. He also had played for the Saints.  He was 60.

   Reportedly, the cause o death was a heart attack.

Couple Arrested in Angels Camp

   According to Angels Camp Police, on May 14, 2013 at approximately 8:50 AM, officers were
advised by a Save Mart

10,000 mile trek ends in tragedy

   A Seattle man who was trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died on Tuesday, May 15, 2013, after being hit by a pickup on the Oregon Coast, according to police.

   Apparently 42 year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 AM while walking south along US Hwy 101 near the Lincoln City, Oregon city limits. The driver has not been charged.

*Grand Fire Update

  According to CalFire at at 8:15 AM, the Grand Fire in Ventura county is now 4100 acres and is 35% contained.

   This fire is located in both Kern and Ventura counties south of Frazier Mountain Park Rd. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Angels Camp City Council meets

   The Angels Camp City Council meets next on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Firehouse. The time is

Factory collapses in Cambodia

   The report of a shoe factory in Cambodia collapsing on May 16, 2013 is again bringing attention to the cheap products manufactured in sub-standard buildings with low wages.

   At least 6 died when this building in Phnom Penh collapsed and many others were injured..

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ewww! That's old water!

   A geologist discovered a puddle of water in a 2 mile deep mine in Canada. After testing the water, it was found to be around 2.6 billion years old. It was trapped between rocks.


Associated Press put Americans "at risk"?

   Attorney General Eric Holder says that the secret subpoenas of Associated Press phone records was justified because they felt that the AP was putting the American people "at risk".

   It seems absulutely ludicrous to many, who say they overreached their authority and that the press has a right to investigate.

Warning: SLOW DOWN!!

Traffic Accident near Government Center

   UPDATE:  At 2:08 PM two CHP units arrived onscene.

OP-ED....The Missing Middle in California Politics

    by Mark Belden

    The political arena in California and elsewhere is packed with who can shout the loudest

Two vehicles collide in Jackson

  At around 12:20 PM on May 16, 2013, CHP was notified of a two car collision at Hwy 49 and Hwy 16 in Jackson.

   No injuries were reported and both vehicles are reportedly off the highway at this time.

KFC smugglers?

   With at least a four hour delivery time, the potatoes arrive soggy and the chicken has lost its crunch, but people in the Gaza strip pay at least twice the ususal price to get Kentucky Fried Chicken.
(illegally smuggled, of course)

10 year old sentenced to 5 1/2 years

   In Seattle a 10-year-old boy was sentenced on May 15, 2013 to up to 5 1/2 years in a jurvenile detention facility for his role in a foiled plot to rape and kill a girl at his school.

   He was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, firearm possession and witness tampering. A 10-year-old?

    What's going on in this country? We have a 12 -year-old in jail due to a murder in Calaveras County. Is there no end to violence in our society, at all ages?

In the need-to-know Powerball news

   No one won the Powerball agains Wednesday May 15, 2013, making the next drawing worth $475 million. That will be Saturday May 18, 2013.  Good Luck!!

Traffic hazard on Hwy 4 at HIghland Lake

   At 11:50 AM on May 16, 2013, a traffic hazard was reported to CHP on Hwy 4 at Highland Lake Rd in Ebbetts Pass above Arnold.

   CHP is enroute to that location. We are unsure of what type of hazard at this time. Use caution in that area.

Road Maintenance on Stanislaus National Forest Roads

  The SNF office announced that Maintenance to cottonword road (Forest Road 1N04), on the Mi-

Woman arrested with Short Barreled Shotgun

   An arrest was made at Mark Twain Hospital on June 16, 2013 for Possession and possible manufacturing and selling of a Short Barreled Shotgun.

     Tina Marie Lindow (30) of Valley Springs was arrested for the alleged Felony. Lindow was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and released on bond.

Protesting Bad Air in China

   About 1000 chanting demonstrators took to the streets of Kunming,  a southern city in China yesterday, to protest the governemtns plans for a state oil refinery.

   Some carried signs with "PX--get out of Kunming" referring to a chemical called paraxylene, used for making plastic products.  It is dangerous if inhaled or absorbed.

Huge Diamond sold at auction

   A pear-shaped colorless diamond that is the largest ever offered at auction sold for a record of nearly $27 million in a Geneva auction.

    Records were also set for the prices of pearls and sapphires according the Christies. The diamond is 101.73 carats called the "Winston Legacy" diamond, was bought by Harry Winston's.

Black Bull on Poole Station Rd

  May 16, 2013 at 10:10A:  CHP is responding for the 2nd time to report of a black bull out on Poole Station Rd in San Andreas, near the cement plant.

   Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 12 and Central Hill Rd

  10:10 AM on May 16, 2013:   CHP is still at the scene of a traffic accident that occurred around 9:25 AM at Hwy 12 and Central Hill Rd in San Andreas.

   An ambulance was dispatched, but apparently the patient took off and then hit a bridge. The drivers keys were taken from him at that time.  A tow truck has been sent to the location.

Dogs on Hwy 12

5-15-13 at 7:52 AM:  CHP is at the scene where two dogs were reported on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd in Burson.

   Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

Rain Showers today

  May 16, 2013:  The weather service tells us that the foothills and Sierras should expect off and on showers during the day today.

   They don't expect any great amount and it should not affect the Calaveras County Fair attendance, although there could be some sprinkles during the Miss Calaveras pageant tonite.

Goldrush, Mother Lode Internet emails down

   If you have Goldrush or Mother Lode Internet email service, you may have your email interrupted today and tomorrow, May 16 and 17, 2013,  due to upgrades in their internal technical programs.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

President Truman's Sea-Going Whitehouse rusting away

   The Williamsburg, now rusting in a port in Italy after an Italian company failed to raise

Car misses on U-turn attempt

   5-14-13:  At 6:20 PM a Ford F-15 that apparently attempted to make a U-turn on Hwy 49 at Cosgrave, ran off the road and down the into the ditch. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is at the scene and a tow truck has been dispatched to that location. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.


OP-ED..Full Planet, Empty Plates...............

      by Lester R. Brown

     Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow

Amador County Fire Protection District meets

  On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11 AM the Amador Fire Protection District Board meets at the County Administration Center at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

   On the agenda is a discussion and possible action of an amended agreement with Pine Grove Community Services District for building use, and the Benefit Assessment for 2013-14.

Fowler 911 tape raises questions

   Yesterday, May 14, 2013 authorities released the 911 tape that Leila Fowler's step-mother

The money walks...the money talks!

Photo by Whitaker
   As usual, where the money goes, so goes the government..

Which Grand Juror talked to LAFCO rep?

   After going over the letter that Mokelumne Hill Fire District wrote, and reviewing the draft MSR for that district, we did see a couple of problems. For one, why are there different MSR's?

Isn't Betty a pretty girl?

   Betty has been at the shelter since March.  She is an all black young adult with loads of

Organs this is scary

  A young British girl died in India during a vacation, when a doctor injected her with

Why Do you Shop at Copper Town Square?

     We all know that the economy in Calaveras County is lousy. And that goes for every corner

Traffic Hazard reported in San Andreas

  UPDATE at 12 N: Hazard is cleared per CHP.

DUI Arrests Dramatically Increase

  The Angels Camp Police Department tells us that they have seen a dramatic increase

Itching all over

   A woman who went to her doctor with itching all over her body, was surprised to find out what was causing the allergic reaction.

   It seems she had recently had a hip replaced and she was allergic to the implant.

Beyonce pregnant?

   Beyonce cancelled another concert in Belgium reportedly for exhaustion and dehydration. Rumors are circulating that she may be pregnant.

Possibility of Rain Thursday and Friday keeping Fair cooler

   The local weather forecast is for showers on Thursday and Friday. We were told that at Big Trees