Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Want a piece of Babe Ruth history??

 In Massachussetts, there's a little place for sale called Sudbury Farm. Babe Ruth fell in love with it and bought it in 1922.

   Ruth owned it and lived there for several years, calling it "Home Plate Farm" and raised chickens, a horse, a cow, several turkeys and pigs.

   After his divorce from wife Helen in 1926, he sold the farm.  You can own it now for only $1.35 million.

Simon Cowell is not denying....

   Apparently Simon Cowell is admitting that he got his friends wife pregnant. Lauren Silverman, a New York socialite, is reportedly 3 months along.

   Cowell doesn't seem to be challenging the story.

Car Ran off road in San Andreas

   July 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM:  A car is reportedly off the road and down an embankment at Mountain Ranch Rd and Rocky Road in San Andreas.

    CHP just arrived at the scene. A tow truck has been called. it is unclear if there are injuries at this time.


Calaveras Council of Governments meets

   The CCOG (Calaveras Council of Governments), who oversee all Caltrans money that comes into Calaveras County, is holding their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

   The meeting will be held in the Calaveras Supervisor Chambers in San Andreas.

Wes Andahl of San Andreas

  Wesley Brandt Andahl was born on June 9, 1924 in Bismark, North Dakota to Julius Mathias Andahl and Esther Myrtle Coddington.

   He died at age 89

Big Rig knocks down tree limb / hits Jeep

     July 31, 2013:  At around 1:07 PM CHP received a call that a big rig had knocked a tree down and hit a parked maroon Jeep at Algiers and Main Street in Murphys.

   No injuries were reported. CHP is enroute to the scene. We believe the road is clear, but use caution if in that area.

Why the Black Bears are now around people....Browns water tunnels!!

These majestic and beautiful black bears
are starving and thirsty due to the water
tunnel needs of the Brown  administration!!
    California Black Bears have been reported at much lower elevations in the past few years. In Placerville, a family from South Carolina

Brown Administration owes Feds $10 billion

   When times were really tough, Governor Browns administration borrowed $10 billion to pay all the Californians who were unemployed.

   Now he has to figure out a way to pay for it.  More taxes on businesses so they can't hire? Reforms to the system?

Assemblyman dating Lobbyist....oh my!!!

   Freshman Assemblyman Brian Mainschein, R-San Diego is now officially dating a lobbyist for the Medical Association. Since he sits on two committees that affect the medical malpractice issue, he is now under fire.

   Nothing like a little conflict of interest, lack of transparency, etc. What is going on in San Diego, anyway? Is it the water?

San Diego City Council sues Mayor

   When Mayor Filner told the press that the City would have to pay his legal fees for the alleged harassment

Music in the Parks in Arnold

   The Calaveras Arts Council announces that their Music in the Parks series is coming to Arnold's Cedar Center on August 14, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

   The Rupert Duncan County Band plays  traditional, big country music from the heart with a cookin' fiddle.  The best part is that it's free!!

Fire in Copperopolis

  On July 30, 2013 around 1:12 PM a fire was reported in the 2800 block of Salmon Rd in Copperopolis.  

Watch for Goats on Pool Station Road

   July 31, 2013 at 8:21 AM:  Goats are reportedly on Pool Station Rd about half way between Hwy 49 and Hwy 4. Use caution until CHP arrives and clears them out of the way.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

13 year old dies at Camp Sacramento

   A young teen girl grabbed a camp treat in the dark, a rice krispy treat with peanut butter on top, and although they used three epi-pens, she suffered cardiac arrest and died.

   Natalie Giorgi;s allergy to peanuts was apparently the cause.

The Aspen Fire in the Sierra National Forest

USFS  photo shows the steep terrain of the
Aspen Fire

Vehicle overturned in Pioneer

     July 30, 2013:  CHP is at the scene of an overturned vehicle on Hwy 88 at Columbia Drive in Pioneer.  An ambulance and tow truck are enroute to the scene.

Air Pollution Control District Manager says...

   We just spoke with Brian Moss, Air Pollution Control District Manager for Calaveras County. He

Calaveras County gets Smoke caused by Aspen Fire near Oakhurst

    UPDATE:  Warning!!! The smoke is much worse. If you have any sensitivity,

Republicans supporting Gay Marriage--Imagine that!!

   Marin County's Republican Central Committee is the first GOP central committee in the nation to
vote to support gay marriage.

   As you can imagine, some are not so happy about it.  What do you think Calaveras County's Republican Central Committee would do?

Governor Scranton dies

   William Warren Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died at age 96.

Republicans punish their do Democrats

  Last year we heard about a nearby Republican Assemblywoman being forcibly moved to a small

Big Rig Reported blocking Mountain Ranch Rd.

  July 29, 2013 at 12 noon:   CHP is at the scene of a big rig blocking Mountain Ranch Rd and 3 mile lane just east of New Long Valley Road in Mountain Ranch.

Serious accident at Hwy 12 and Hwy 88 in Clements

  July 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM:  CHP is enroute to an accident with injuries at Hwy 12 and Hwy 88 in Clements.

   An ambulance has been dispatched to the scene. Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

Deer on Hwy 49 in Jackson

  July 30, 2013:  Deer are reported on Hwy 49 at Bell in Jackson causing a traffic hazard. Use caution if driving in that area.  CHP is enroute to the scene.

In Calaveras County? Action Summary--no more minutes???? Corruption run rampant!!

   Reminder:  The Meeting is TONIGHT at 5 PM. To give the Board Clerk

Monday, July 29, 2013

Vote for Giant Sequoia 8th wonder of world

  If you go to, you can vote for the 8th Wonder of the World. The Giant Sequoia is one of the choices and you can vote once a day.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Jack Tone Rd.

   July 29, 2013:  CHP is responding to the report of a traffic accident on Hwy 4 at Jack Tone Road below Farmington that occurred at around 6:30 PM.

   A blue Toyota Camry and a black pickup were involved. No injuries were reported.  Use extra caution in that area.

Traffic Accident in Valley Springs

   July 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM:  A traffic accident was reported to CHP that occurred at Campbell Ct. and Eberhard Drive in Valley Springs.

   A white Honda Civic and a White SUV collided at that location. No injuries have been reported. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Mr. Weiner falls to 4th

  In the most recent poll, Anthony Weiner had fallen to 4th place among Democrats in. the New York City mayoral race. I wonder why/

Swiss train in head-on collision

 Thirty-five people were injured in a head-on train collision in Switzerland last night, according to police.

Stay three feet from bicyclers

   A bill that is up for the third time in California proposes that cars must maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing a bicycle.

   The previous two bills were vetoed by Governor Brown.

BLM Advisory Council Meeting

   Renewable energy issues for Central California will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management's

Fire on Ponderosa Way in Murphys

   On July 27, 2013 around 5 PM a fire was reported on the 4400 block of Ponderosa Way in Murphys.

   CDF units from Columbia Air, Arnold, Murphys, Altaville, Esperanza, San Andreas and Vallecito responded and extinguished the fire it had burned about 1 acre of brush. The cause is undetermined.


Target Shooting Causes Fire in Mountain Ranch

   Everyone knows how dangerous shooting is with the fire danger this time of the year. A fire in the 9000 block of Sheep Ranch Rd. started on July 28, 2013 around 5:30 PM by target shooters in the area.

   Fortunately CDF units from Esperanza responded quickly and got it extinguished after about 20' x 30 ' of grass burned.

Aspen Fire in Sierra National Forest

   July 29, 2013:  The Aspen Fire in the Sierra National Forest in the Big Creek area of Fresno County is currently at 11,019 acres with 1479 firefighters assigned.

   Most campgrounds are closed in the entire area. Smoke in the area is affecting nearby towns. The fire was caused by lightning and is in steep terrain, difficult to access. It is only 20% contained.

Traffic Collision in Rancho Calaveras

   July 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a traffic collision at Hwy 26 and Driver Road in Rancho Calaveras.

    A black Chevy Colorado, and a brown GMC Yukon were involved. No injuries were reported. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Motorcycle Accident in Carson Hill

   On July 26, 2013 at around 4 PM CHP responded to a single vehicle traffic collision involving a motorcycle on Hwy 49

Giants at White House

   The San Francisco Giants are being honored at the White House today as World Series Champions.

  This is the 2nd time in 3 years that the Giants have been honored by the President after winning the World Series.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hadley case costing Angels Camp taxpayers plenty!

      As of June 30, 2013 Derek Cole, the attorney handling the Craig Hadley case for the City of

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

     July 28, 2013:  At 6:05 PM CHP received a call that a chair is creating a traffic hazard on Hwy 4 at Obyrnes Ferry Rd in Copperopolis.

   CHP is enroute to the area. Use extra caution until road is cleared.

Thief takes $53 milion in diamonds

   Those who are the rich and famous visiting Cannes may clutch their diamonds a little tighter tonight after a thief made off with $53 million  in jewels from the Carlton International Hotel, according to police there.

Runaway greenhouse?

   According to some new calculations by scientists, the Earth could get so hot and steamy that the oceans could entirely evaporate and render the planet inhospitable to life.

   This is called the "runaway greenhouse" calculation.

"The Wolverine" tops box office

   Hugh Jackman's "The Wolverine" took top box office in the US and Canada for the weekend with $55 million.

Traffic Accident at Camanche

  July 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM:  CHP is now clearing the scene of an accident involving a motorcycle at Camanche Parkway South and Pattison Way that occurred around 2:45 PM.

   An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries.  All vehicles are off the road at this time.

Wondering what the Sheriff is doing? Getting Comfortable?

   We hear that the Calaveras County Sheriff is busy planning and moving into his fancy new

Robbery at Nates Pub in San Andreas

   On July 20, 2013 around 9 PM  a robbery was reported at Nates Pub Restaurant on E. St. Charles in San Andreas.

   Caller said that employee is taking money out of the register.  An arrest was made by the Sheriff.

Neighborhood dogs trash house

   On July 20, 2013 the Sheriff was called to report from a resident on Murphys Grade Rd that a

Thefts and Burglaries Reported in Calaveras County

   On July 19, 2013 a burglary was reported to the Sheriff on Little John Rd in Copperopolis. Items were stolen from a truck in the driveway. The Sheriff took a report.

   The same day a burglary was reported on Demin Ct. in Valley Springs. Tools had been stolen from the garage.  No report was taken.



The Story of the Three Horses

   July 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM:  There were once three horses who escaped their pastures in Copperopolis. Someone Called CHP because they were seen on Cheyenne and Chowtaw Rds.

   A brown one, a white one and a black one, the three horses may have been looking for Goldilocks, but CHP will catch them first. Don't tell the Big Game Hunter!!

Want Something to do today?

July 28, 2013:  If you are wondering if there is anything to do  today, you might consider going to the Amador County Fair.

   Today is the last day of that fair, located on Sherwood Drive in Plymouth.

Letter to the Editor....About Racism

  Dear Editor:

      First of all, I am a devoted reader of the Sierra Sentinel and I know you will post my letter

Car hits pole on Hwy 120 in Escalon

   July 28, 2013 at 6 AM:  CHP is in the clearing stages of a solo vehicle traffic accident when a car hit a telephone pole at Hwy 120 and Brennan Rd. in Escalon around 4:30 AM.

   PG&E was notified. An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries. CHP indicated they suspected a drunk driver was the cause of the accident.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Former Tiffany Executive Pleads Guilty

   In New York yesterday a former executive at Tiffany & Co. pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2 million worth of jewelry from her one-time employer.

Forbes Magazine Chooses Stanford University

   Every year Forbes Magazine picks the top universities in the US.  This year it is not an east coast ivy league university. It's our own Stanford University!!

Former US Representative dies

   Lindy Boggs, a US Representative to Louisiana for 18 years, had been born on a plantation there. She used her soft spoken voice to fight for civil rights after succeeding her husband in the House.

   Lindy Boggs died today, July 27, 2013 at age 97.

Diane Lane to play Hillary Clinton

   Diane Lane, who starred in "The Tuscan 'Sun" and many other movies, is being chosen to star in the new NBC mini-series based on the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State,  Hillary Clinton.


West Point Man Arrested/Logging truck stolen

    On July 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM Caaveras Sheriff's deputies responded to the 3800 block of Lily Gap Road in West Point

Traffic Hazard near Old Airport in San Andreas

   July 27, 2013 at 12 N:  A traffic hazard has been reported near the Old Airport in San Andreas. A man in a pickup pulling a boat is pulled over with a dog that appears to have been hit.

   There are car parts on the roadway. CHP is on their way. Use caution if in that area.

Hit and Run in San Andreas

   CHP received a report of a hit and run traffic accident on Main Street in San Andreas at 11:22 AM on July 27, 2013.

   This is apparently near the candle shop. An officer is enroute to the location.


CHP enroute to Hwy 88 accident

   UPDATE at 6:35 AM:   One-way traffic now in effect at the scene of this accident on Hwy 88.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Angels Camp Police pursuit of BMW

   According to a press release on July 25, 2013 at approximately 1:20 AM an officer from the Angels

We all lost Gary Goodman....

   Sadly, we just want to let everyone who remembers and loves Gary Goodman, who was respected and cared about by many at the Sierra Sentinel, readers and fellow employees alike, that he has passed away.

   He had been recovering from lung surgery. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Is Overcharging Utilities a Statewide problem?

   While we see the Central Basin Water Company and certain elected officials and their families

U.S. Army Sgt.Matthew William Maddox

   U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew William Maddox of Wallace, died July 5, 2013. Born July 25, 1990, Matt lived in Wallace until he left for Army Basic Training in 2008.

A Case of Divide and Conquer....

   We all know. California is a Democratic state overall, despite the loud gun lunatics running amuck and the noisy few religious kooks

Speaking of Slimy Politics

   Yes, it seems that everyone is saying that Immigration reform is pretty much dead due to a dysfunctional and obstructionist Republican Party.

    Isn't that nice? The party of slimy politics on the hill?

   Of course Democrats have their share, online in da Big Apple, and in da land of Sandy Eggo.

Michael David Thein of San Andreas

     Michael David Thein (26) of San Andreas passed away on July 24, 2013 on Pool Station Road in San Andreas in a motorcycle accident.

It only hurt the Republicans

   After the Republicans in the Senate and in the House made pacts to try and block President Obama from any positive legislation and to prevent his re-election, they failed miserably.

   In fact, it is well-known that they have only hurt themselves and are continuing their  dysfunctional obstructionism to levels not seen before. How many seats will they lose this next election? Hmmmm. Could it be that it is totally due to the racism in the Republican party

Mick Jagger turns 70!!

   The Rolling Stones still performs with their lead singer Mick Jagger, who celebrated his 70th birthday today.

Reckless train engineer?

   The engineer of the Spanish train that derailed July 25, 2013 causing 78 people's deaths, is being investigated for "recklessness," according to police.

   One passenger who died was a mother from Virginia.

Ariel Castro Pleads Guilty

   This morning in Cleveland, Ariel Castro, the man who was accused of nearly 1000 crimes including kidnapping over a decade, plead guilty to spare himself the death sentence and the women from going through the long ordeal of a trial.

   He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Fire on Hwy 99 at Armstrong Road in Lodi

   July 26, 2013:  A fire was reported at 11:06 AM on Hwy 99 at Armstrong Road in Lodi. The trees and other vegetation are burning, according to a caller who reported it.

   Emergency Fire is responding. Use extra caution in that area due to smoke.

Car overturned on Mono Way in Sonora

   July 26, 2013 at 9:45AM:  CHP just received a report of a traffic accident on Mono Way near Indian Rock Center at Hess in Sonora.

  A grey SUB is on its side after being broadsided by another vehilcle. A two truck has been dispatched to the scene. I is not known if there are injuries at this time.

Robert Fuller, Jr. of Wallace

   Robert Fuller, Jr. of Wallace passed away at his home on July 20, 2013. He was 69.

Traffic Hazard: Cows on Moran and Avery Hotel Rd

  July 26, 2013 at around 7:10 AM:  Two or three cows were seen out on Moran Road at Avery Hotel Rd in Avery and got reported to CHP.

   This is the 2nd morning in a row that cows are out on the road in this area. Maybe we better call the Big Game Hunter. (teehee)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Music in the Parks goes to Railroad Flat?

   Dyemusica is a Reggae-Roots-Rock band from Arnold. The Calaveras Arts Council is sending them to Railroad Flat for Music in the Parks on August 7, 2013.

   They will be performing from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Railroad Flat Elementary School.

Traffic Accident at Cedar Center in Arnold

  July 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM:   A traffic accident was reported at Cedar Center in Arnold. No injuries have been reported.

   CHP is enroute to the scene, possibly from Valley Springs?

Traffic Hazard in Valley Springs

   July  25, 2013 at Hwy 12 and Hwy 26 intersection a traffic hazard was reported to CHP. They are on their way to check it out.

    No indication of what the hazard is as yet, so use extra caution.

Women's group cancels Mayor Filner's speech

      The President of the National Women Veterans Association has UN-invited May Bob Filner to be keynote speaker at their gala, after more women came forward to accuse him of harrassment.

   We can't understand why!

Walt Gray laid off?

   We just heard that one of the favorite KCRA 3 anchors, Walt Gray, who left KCRA a few months ago to join The Eagle 96.9 in Sacramento   was  laid off at 10 AM this morning.

   Management states that they were cutting costs, and that layoffs occurred in all departments. Gray hinted that he might like to return to television.  Channel 3 has not been the same without him.

Three producers fired for insulting names on air

   Three producers from KTVU in San Francisco were apparently fired for using false and insulting names for the Korean pilots that crash landed the airliner at SFO.

   The morning talk shows, especially Bob and Tom have had a field day repeating and repeating the insulting names on air every day.

Movement to add $2 tax to cigarettes

   Jerry Brown has been holding back, but there is a movement at the state Capitol to add $2 a pack to the tax on cigarettes.

   Sounds good to us!!!   They say the money is needed to treat the poor in tobacco-related illnesses.

Mayor of San Diego and Weiner of New York still have favor

   Mayor Filner, who now has 3 women alleging sexual harassment, still has some favor among the San Diego voters....but it is only 28%. 

    64% disapprove of his behavior, but if a Weiner can come back in New York,  anyone can!!

Major injuries in Jenny LInd motorcycle crash

   According to the CHP Gary Chimerofsky (34) of Waterford was driving his 2012 Harley Davidson

Calaveras Democrats to host Senator Alex Padilla

   July 25, 2013:  Calaveras Democrats are honored to host State Senator Alex Padilla, candidate

Well, what do YOU do when it's hot?

This is adorable!  Thanks for the photo!

Calaveras Chamber Mixer in Angels Camp

   The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mixer today July 25, 2013 at the new

Calaveras County Youth Attending Youth Leadership Forum

  Megan Korbelik, of Angels Camp is attending the 22nd Annual Youth Leadership Forum

Cows on Moran Road

   July 25, 2013 at 8 AM:  Two white cows have been reported running on Moran Road near the school in Avery towards Hwy 4.

   Use extra caution until CHP can clear the road of the hazard.

Special NIGHT Calaveras Board of Supervisors Meeting

   On July 30, 2013 at 6 PM there will be a Special Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting in the

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Water Fire in Kern County

   July 24, 2013 @ 6 PM:  The Water Fire in Kern County, on the west side of I-5 at the Tejon Ranch is now 612 acres and is 75% contained.

Cause of Chuckwagon Fire announced

   July 24, 2013:  The Chuckwagon Fire in Copperopolis, which burned 31 acres before being contained, was caused by a tree falling into power lines, according to a CalFire update today.

Traffic collision on Parrotts Ferry Rd

   July 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM:   A traffic collision was reported to CHP that occurred at Camp 9 Bypass Rd at Parrots Ferry Rd near Melones.

   CHP is enroute. No injuries have been reported. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

New Press Release from Angels Police Department,,,Apology!!

   Now this is more like it!! Why didn't it read like this in the first place?

   " Following this mornings press release (which we refuse to publish) regarding

Can Anthony Weiner survive politically?

   The voters do seem to love a sinner, but will Anthony Weiner still come through after the newest revelation hit the press.

  Hard to tell. We'll have to wait and see.

Cost-saving plan by Postal Service

    One of the ideas to save money put forward by the USPS is to do away with delivery in newly developed neighborhood.

   Now they plan to have curb drops or cluster boxes for "clustered" homes.

The Royal baby's name is.....

   July 24, 2013:  The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have confirmed that they have named their first-born George Alexander Louis two days after his birth.

  He will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Michael Thein dies in Traffic accident

    July 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM:  According to CHP, Michael McPhee (32) of San Andreas,

Two State employees arrested for alleged Bribery, Fraud

   Attorney General Kamala Harris announced yesterday that two state employees

City of Angels proves again-- they're no Angels!!

This frog should be the logo
for the City of Angels
About a half hour ago the City of Angels Camp Police Department sent out a press release with a certain business's

Speeding and Possible DUI Lead to Major Injuries

   On July 23, 2013 at around 7 PM Annadine Matheny (41) of Jamestown, was driving a 1994 Mazda southbound on Jamestown Road,

Junior Livestock meeting

  If you or your children are interested in Junior Livestock, the next meeting is August 20, 2013 at 7 PM in the Frogeteria at the Fairgrounds.

   If there is somethimg you would like to see on the agenda email or call 736-2561 by July 26, 2013.

Ford stock price moves higher

 July 24, 2013: Ford Motor Company (F) reached $17 a share this morning on good sales numbers. This is good news after the stock had plunged to around $6 a share  during the recession.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nothing makes the voters more sick to their stomachs than....

   We saw Supervisor Callaway secretly wink at Supervisor Wright while Supervisor Edson

Supervisors--Champions of the Employees or the voters?

   During today's Calaveras Supervisor meeting, Supervisor Callaway, who spends a lot of time

Chuckwagon Fire in Copperopolis

 July 23, 2013 at 3 PM:   The Chuckwagon Fire in Copperopolis is now 100 % contained at 31 acres, per CalFire.

CHP: Our Questions about Hwy 4 collision? It's often the cover-up!!

  UPDATE:  We are not allowing comments on this article, but will incorporate your questions into our report when we get someone to answer fully regarding this accident.

Are you wealthy?

   People have a different meaning about the word "wealthy".   For many years, people who had

Finally, August recess, after a long, hard work load! HUH???

   It's nearly time for Congress to recess for August, a month off after all the wonderful legislation

Can Whitey Bulger trial get any more bizarre?

     July 23, 2013:   We hear that the Whitey Bulger trial testimony continues to bring out bizarre factoids or accusations.

   Today a witness testified that he had taken a 16 year old lover to Mexico.

FED-EX truck handing out packages on Hwy 4

   CHP received at call at 12:53 PM on July 23, 2013 that a FED-EX trucks back door was open

Comic-Con does not hide Lawsuits

   Good ol' Sandy-eggo!  Where the weather is perfect and July is usually a slow month

Help!!! Save me please!!

Poor Jaden is locked in a cage and is innocent of any crime. He is starved for attention and wants someone to take him home.

   Please visit Animal Services to save him! 891 Mountain Ranch Rd in San Andreas. Or call 754-6509.

Fire in Kern County/Water Fire

  July 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM:  The Water Fire in Kern county is now 350 acres and only 5% contained.

   The fire, which was reported at 9:15 AM today, is located on the west side of I-5 at the Tehon Ranch. 330 firefighters are presently battling the fire.

Toyota and motorcycle crash on Hwy 12

   On July 22, 2013, Mang Saeteum, (52) of Stockton, was driving his 2002 Toyota Rav4 on Hwy 12

Head-on Accident in Hathaway Pines/CHP report

   CHP reports that on July 22, 2013 at around 4:40 PM that Richard Soracco (67) of  Angels Camp

Swisscom CEO found dead at home

  July 23, 2013:   The top telecommunications company in Switzerland has reported that their CEO, Carsten Schloter was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home this morning. There will be an investigation.

Traffic Hazard in Railroad Flat

 July 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM:  A calf in the road is creating a traffic hazard at Railroad Flat Rd and Ridge Rd in Railroad Flat.

   Use extra caution until CHP clears the road.

Outbuilding damged in Chuckwagon Fire

   The Chuckwagon Fire in Copperopolis, per a CalFire press release we received at 9:23 AM July 23, 2013 caused damage to one outbuilding and burned 18 acres.

   The Press Release says  75% is now contained and that they expect full containment by 6 PM. They are now in mop-up.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Multiple vehicle accident in Hathaway Pines

   UPDATE:  Both ambulances leave, then tow trucks load vehicles, Hwy 4 clear by 5:35 PM. One CHP unit still looking at scene. The highway is now clear.

Traffic Hazard in Burson

   July 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM:  A traffic hazard was just reported at Hwy 26 and Warren Rd in Burson.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. It isn't yet clear what the hazard is. Use caution in that area.

Heavy Rain Helps with Mountain Fire

   July 22, 2013:  The heavy rainfall helped fire crews contain the massive Mountain Fire in Southern California, officials announced this morning.

    Residents are joyfully retuning to their homes after the 42 square mile fire nearly enveloped the entire area.

Boy 6 recovers after 4 hours buried in sand

   The 6 year old boy who was buried beneath 11 feet of sand and took nearly 4 hours to dig out is recovering remarkably well, his parent have announced.

   They publicly thanked the rescuers who dug frantically in order to save the boy's life.

Chuckwagon Fire Update

  July 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM:  CalFire has notified us that the Chuckwagon Fire, located at Chuckwagen and Conestoga in Copperopolis is now 18+ acres and is 40-50% contained.

   9 fire engines, 4 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 3 fire crews and 1 bulldozer, with a total personnel at this time of 89, are battling this fire.  CHP is assisting with traffic control in the area.

More Fireworks in Whitey Bulger trial

  After three days of testimony, where Whitey Bulger's old pal Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, the

Law and Order cop dies

   July 22, 2013:   The actor who played Detective Joe Fontana on TV's Law and Order, Dennis Farina died today of a blood clot in his lung.

   Farina was a Chicago cop tuned actor who also starred in numerous movies. He was 69.

Grass fire in Copperoplis?

   First reported as a car fire on Conestoga Trail at Chuckwagon in Copperopolis has been changed by CHP to a vegetation fire, which CalFire is now battling.

     Property owner notifications a being conducted at this time. No evacuations have been ordered.
   The fire as of 12:34 PM is 10 acres in size and is moving in an easterly direction.

Calaveras Vehicles disposed of

   There are 6 Calaveras County vehicles which are being either auctioned off or otherwise disposed of per the agenda for July 23, 2013.

   Two of the six were totaled by Calaveras County employees in accidents. Two others have blown engines or transmissions with less than 100,000 miles on them.

Letter to the Editor...again about Post Offices

   Dear Sentinel:

   Funny that someone from Copperopolis should be commenting about the post office. 

Car Fire in Copperopolis!

   July 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM:  A car fire was reported on Conestoga Trail in Copperopolis. CHP and fire personnel are responding.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

It's a Royal Baby Boy!

   Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed an 8 lb 6 oz baby boy this morning.  He will be third in line for the crown, after Prince Charles and daddy Prince William.

Whoopie Goldberg campaigning against Virginia's Ken Cuccinelli

   Whoopie Goldberg made a special point of saying that she will campaign against Ken Cuccinelli, who has been promising his right wing friends that he will re-instate a Crimes Against Nature laws.

Low Wire on Hwy 26

   July 22, 2013:  A traffic hazard on Hwy 26 at Jack Tone Road was reported to CHP at 12:47 PM. A big rig almost hit it.

   CHP and PG&E are responding to the area.

San Francisco Firefighter hits motorcycle

   It appears that the San Francisco firefighter, who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist

Gavin Newsome gets some action...

   With Governor Brown vacationing in Europe, Gavin Newsome got to sign his name over the weekend.

   He signed a declaration of a state of emergency for Riverside County due to the Idyllwild fire. Don't be gone too long, Jerry.

GOP not challenging Governor Brown?

   We heard the question asked about how the GOP race for Governor against Jerry Brown in going. What we heard in response was "What GOP race?"

New Indian Casino in Madera County

  We hear that Assemblyman Frank Bigelow is ecstatic after hearing  that the Wiyott Tibe is going to build an off-reservation casino

Watch for garbage in road in Copperopolis

   July 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM:  CHP received a report that a whole bunch of garbage was spilled on the roadway at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Rock Creek Rd in Copperopolis.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

    On July 30, 2013 at 9 AM the Amador County Board of Supervisors meets in the Board Chambers on Court Street in Jackson.

  On the agenda is an Appeal Hearing of the Planning Commission's decision regarding the Jackson Valley Quarry Expansion Project.

Fires in Calaveras County

  CalFire issued an official report of the grass fire in the 3400 block of Hwy 12 in Valley Springs on July 17, 2013. 

   The cause was undetermined. It was extinguished at just 1/4 acre by several CalFire units who responded to the scene.

   Another fire in the 1700 block of Hwy 49 in San Andreas at around 6 PM on July 17, 2013 was caused by a riding lawnmower.

   Columbia air attack and several CalFire engines responded to extinguish this fire after 2 1/2 acres burned.

B's adorable baby Bobcat

Photo taken on her rear porch in Copperopolis

Traffic Accident on Murphys Grade Road

   On July 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM Danielle Reber (20) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was driving a 2003 Chevy Cobalt westbound on Murphys Grade Road,

Mororcycle Accident at Ironstone Vineyards

   On July 20, 2013 at around 10:05 PM Bruce Thomas (46) of Stockton was driving a 2005 Harley

Mokelumne Hill traffic hazard

  July 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM:   Four calves have been reported to CHP as in the road at Jesus Maria Rd and Howard Lane in Mokelumne Hill.

   Use extra caution in that area this morning.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Traffic Accident in Arnold

  July 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM:  A two-vehicle traffic accident occurred at around 6:40PM at Hwy 4 and Meadowview Road in Arnold.

   A white pickup and a sedan collided. An ambulance, Sheriff and fire are enroute, in addition to CHP. Two tow trucks have been requested.

Honda Shears Pole on Hwy 120

    July 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM:  A black Honda Civic ran off the road and hit a telephone pole at Hwy 120 and Sutliff Rd in Escalon.

   AT & T was just dispatched to the scene. The pole is leaning/just arrived on scene at 5 PM. The injured were transported to the hospital by ambulance earlier.

Traffic Accident at Camanche

    July 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a traffic accident at 11700 Wade Lane on the Camanche Reservoir South Shore.

   An ambulance was dispatched to the scene due to injuries. A pickup may have hit a bicyclist according to CHP.

Did John Boehner really say that???

  After much criticism by Americans on the House of Representatives inability to pass a bill or do anything positive Speaker Boehner

Thousands still evacuated in Mountain Fire

     July 21, 2013:   Although thousands of people are still evacuated in southern California in the Mountain Fire, CalFire reports that they are making some progress.

   Several homes have been lost, however.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fire at Mokelumne River

  July 20, 2013:  A fire was reported at 7:31 PM on Hwy 12 at the Mokelumne River on the San Joaquin County side.

   Emergency fire crews are responding to the area.

50 Fire in El Dorado County update

  July 20, 2013:  The 50 fire located south of Hwy 50 at the El Dorado and Sacramento County line, reached 163 acres, but is now 100% contained.

Rancho Fire Grows overnight

   In Kern County, the Rancho Fire grew to 730 acres overnight, but is now 56% contained. This fire is located on the west side of I-5 in Lebec.

Katherine Jackson testifies...

   Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael sat quietly in the courtroom and listened to testimoney about her sons last weeks alive and his sudden death.

    Then she was called on to testify and she completely broke down in court, telling the jury, "my son was not a freak!"

Is the Mafia still alive and well?

   One witness suddenly dead, another testifies on the stand that he was Whitey Bulger's partner in crime, saying that he was a rat and a lady-killer.

   Do you see a good book coming? You bet!

Pioneer White House Journalist dies

   The famous White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at the age of 92. The Gridiron Club and Foundation, a journalistic organization in Washington D.C. confirmed her death this morning.

Letter to the Editor...About Postal Workers

   Dear Editor:

   After reading the Op-Ed about all the problems with the Post Office, I contacted a couple

President Obama says "I could have been Trayvon..."

   July 20, 2013:  In an impromptu and impassioned tribute to Trayvon Martin. President Obama made an unplanned

Friday, July 19, 2013

Animal in Danger at Henley Ranch

   July 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM:  A caller called to report that a dog was in danger near Hwy 4 at the Henley Ranch near Copperopolis.

   Animal control was called.

   The dog had apparently been dumped on the highway and the man who lives there says he's going to shoot it. .

Mountain Fire continues to grow

  July 19, 2013 at 5 PM: The Mountain Fire  in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown to 24,818 acres and is still only 15% contained.

MSNBC/Fox--no love lost there!

   The two cable news channels who are usually considered to be red vs. blue, are not clearly

Grass Fire in Copperopolis

  UPDATE:   By 1:30 PM CalFire had this fire contained

Fire in Oakdale

   July 19, 2013:  CalFire is responding to a report of a fire on 26 Mile Road and Woodward Reservoir Rd in Oakdale which was reported just before 1 PM.

No wonder she left Obama's cabinet

   Janet Napolitano, it was learned today, will make roughly $570,000 a year as UC President.  That's definitely a raise for her.

Sacramento County Hotbed for venereal disease?

   Apparently, whether is has anything to do with all the elected officials who hang out there or not, Sacramento County is one of the area with the most venereal diseases.

Can the Giants beat the Diamondbacks?

  We'll soon know what the Giants are really doing, as they begin a three game home stand against the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Will the orange and black flag wave for the second half of the season? We'll soon know.

If you follow South California politics (you know, the other state)

    In San Diego, you may have heard, the Democratic mayor Bob Filner has been "caught with his

Tea Party wants money to oust Lindsay Graham?

   The oddest things happened right on the heels of our phone conversation with Assemblyman

Did you receive a survey from Assemblyman Frank Bigelow/Now take our survey!

    A survey was received recently from Assemblyman Bigelow's office by  

Mother missing 52 years

   The daughter of an Alaskan native who was 8 years old when her mother disappeared

Vehicle Overturned in Paloma

  July 19, 2013 at 7:23 AM:  A solo vehicle overturned in Paloma at Paloma and Watertown Roads . Two CHP units are at the scene.

   An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Largest City to file for Bankruptcy

   Although employees were offered the opportunity to help make their city viable again

Mountain Fire Human Caused

   It has been determined that the Mountain Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest was human caused. There are over 3000 firefighters on the fire lines and several helicopters working on this fire.

Hitchhiker on Hwy 12

   July 19, 2013 at 5 AM:  A hitchhiker was reported walking on Hwy 12 near Central Hill Rd between Valley Springs and San Andreas at 4:30 AM. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Op-Ed....Why Post Office is so Anti-Business?

   The US Postal Service can put out as many ads as it wants to try and attract business owners

Head-on Traffic Accident on Murphys Grade Road

   UPDATE:   Two CHP units are at the scene.

   July 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM:   CHP and an ambulance are enroute to a head-on traffic

Traffic Accident in Mountain Ranch

   CHP are still clearing a traffic accident that occurred on Railroad Flat Rd and Old Emigrant Trail in Mountain Ranch around 5 PM.

   An ambulance was required due to injuries.

Mountain Fire Still out of control

photo courtesy of usfs
July 18, 2013:  In the San Bernardino National Forest the Mountain fire is ravaging the mountains of Riverside county.

   The fire is still only 15% contained tonite.

Fire at Hwy 108 and Kennedy Road

  July 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM:   A grass fire has been reported at Hwy 108 and Kennedy Rd in Tuolumne County. Emergency crews are responding to the scene.

Three small fires in Tuolumne County

   On July 16, 2013 a fire caused by a vehicle dragging its muffler was extinguished on Hwy 108

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49/Angels Camp

   July 18, 2013:  A traffic hazard was reported to CHP at 2:18 PM on Hwy 49 near Cosgrove just outside Angels Camp.

   Someone is wandering in and out of the roadway at that location.  CHP is enroute.

Amador County Board of Supervisors meet

   On July 22, 2013 the Amador County Board of Supervisors holds their regular meeting at 810 Court Street in Jackson.  The meeting begins at 8:30 AM.

   They have a long list of Property negotiations, Labor negotiations and Litigations to get through in Closed Session before the Regular Agenda begins.

West Point Homocide Victim ID'd

   The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office has identified the second victim in the West Point

North Korean ship hauling missile system?

   When a North Korean cargo ship was stopped near the Panama Canal and searched, drugs were suspected.

   Instead they found the parts for a surface-to-air missile system, hidden inside containers of brown sugar.

Florida man awakens in California with no memory

   A man who awoke in a California hotel room, has no recollection of his past. His sister says he is from Florida and she hasn't seent him for 10 years and didn't know if he was alive or dead.

   It turns out that he had been a Navy pilot and had then worked in Sweden for years He may have what is being called global transient amnesia.

Thnings are better for some people...

   As many struggle here in the Mother Lode with a lack of jobs and elected officials who really don't care, there are some in the US who are profiting big time.

    There are currently a dozen homes in the US listed at over $100 million for the first time ever. And the divide between the ultra-rich and the poor gets deeper and wider.

Fire in Riverside Count

   July 18, 2013 at 7:50 AM:  Called the Mountain Fire, which started on July 15, 2013, this fire is

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Traffic Accidents in Copperopolis and Valley Springs

   July 17, 2013:  CHP are still clearing two accidents reported this afternoon. One at Hwy 4 and Pool Station road in Copperopolis and the other at Hwy 26 and Hwy 12 in Valley Springs.

   No injuries were reported in either accident.

Fire on Hwy 12 at Central Hill Rd

    We just now received a brief statement that the fire at Hwy 12 and Central Hill Road this morning around 9:30 AM was 1/4 acre in size. No other information was given, as usual with CalFire San Andreas.

Music in the Parks comes to Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn

   The Calaveras Arts Council is presenting  Music in the Parks on July 31, 2013 at Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek.

    Michela Macfarlane will be singing, accompanied by Cantanos from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. There is no charge

Norman Gresham III of West Point

Norman Curtis Gresham III of West Point, passed away on July 9, 2013 at his home. He was 45.

OP-ED .......We Have to Embrace Apocalype.....

     by Robert Jensen

    Here's my experience in speaking apocalyptically about the serious challenges humans face:

Calaveras Community Foundation Donates $5000 to Murphys Senior Center

    The Murphys Senior Center received an award of $5000 to purchase a shed for their Thrift Store in

   In the photo in front of their new shed are Carol Jones, MSC Board Member; Bob Wagner, MSC Site Manager; and Chyrl Hillis, CCF Board Member.

Thefts and Burglaries in Calaveras County

   July 15, 2013:  The Calaveras Sheriff was called for a burglary on Baldwin Street

Valley Springs man arrested for Spousal abuse

   On July 16, 2013 Michael Anthony Rawlins was arrested on Dunn Rd in Valley Springs for alleged Infliction of Injury on a spouse or co-habitant, a felony.

   Rawlins was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Construction continues on Hwy 12 in Wallace

   July 17, 2013:  CHP will be on hand for safety as Caltrans continues to work on Hwy 12 in Wallace. Use extra caution in that area.

Fire at Hwy 12 and Central Hill Rd

   July 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM:  A fire was just reported in a field off Hwy 12 at Central Hill Rd between San Andreas and Valley Springs.

   Fire emergency crews are enroute to the scene as well as CHP.  Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Calaveras Surpervisors meet July 23, 2013

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 8 AM for closed sessions about litigation and the regular meeting begins at 9 AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on Mountain Ranch Rd. in San Andreas.

   We'll have more on agenda items later.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gene Roberts of Angels Camp

Gene (Geno) Leslie Roberts of Angels Camp, passed away of natural causes on

SB 131 Extends time to file against abusive priests

      California Catholic dioceses paid $1.2 billion in settlements and have been forced

Op-Ed.....Why do politicians turn bad?

   All over the nation we see politicians who at the beginning say they only want to make the world a better place, only to be sucked into the web of power-loving and lowered to "what can I get for myself now" modes.

   This is no different locally, and those politicians who are in office more than 8 years always fall from grace.

   I don't think District 4 even gave Tryon a goodbye donut after 28 years of self-service.

   Some politicians become victims of alcohol and sexual desire and exert their power to celebrate both addictions.

  And then some simply are there to promote their own agenda, like Steve Wilensky. It matters not what political leaning you have, corruption is corruption. 

   The only answer is short term-limits. And these elected officials will not vote them in themselves, although they could. 

   Callaway will have nearly what Tryon had before she is through, and what has her agenda been. Destroy all growth, business, jobs and put everyone in her district on welfare.

   She has almost succeeded. Ask anyone. 

   And it's the same in the City of Angels (oh, what a name they chose for themselves). Whether total incompetence or desire to  end all building, the City of Angels is being destroyed by elected officials who rubber stamp every rotten regulation their staff sits and imagines creating.  Very sad.

   So, with that in mind, several people have approached us to start a campaign to "clean house" at the City of Angels (what a laugh) council. We've had offers of donations and of other needs during a campaign.

   If you are interested, send an email to and we'll talk. Someone out there has to care!

Student Sentenced for rigging election

   A former CalState San Marcos student was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday 

Suspicious persons in Calaveras County

   There are always suspicious persons in the County. Here are a few that were reported

A few Disturbances reported in Calaveras County in one day

   On July 9, 2013 a verbal dispute on the Murphys Grade Road  in Murphys was reported

Arrest for Evading Peace Officer

   On July 16, 2013 at around 1 AM James Allan Pruit (45) of Arnold, was arrested on Black Oak Drive in Arnold, for allegedly Evading a Peace Officer, Reckless driving on a highway, and Driving with a suspended license, all misdemeanors.

   Pruit was booked into the Calaveras County Jail, cited and released after 1 day.

Caltrans construction in Wallace

   July 16, 2013:  CHP will be assisting Caltrans for safety while they work on a construction project in Wallace today. Slow for the Cone Zone!

Traffic Hazard in Dorrington

   July 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM a traffic hazard was reported at Boards Crossing in Dorrington. It isn't clear what the hazard is, but be extra careful on Hwy 4 in that area.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Traffic collision in Jenny Lind

  July 15, 2013:   A traffic collision has been reported at Milton Rd and Jenny Lind Rd in Jenny Lind. No injuries were reported.

   Use extra caution in that area.

Again Reid threatens to end "filibusters"

   In what most expect is posturing, Senator Harry Reid has again stated that he is

Saturday voting in California?

   There is a new bill being presented that would require polls be opened on Saturday. This is intended to try and boost voter turnout.

Senate Immigration bill full of 'Pork'

   The new Senate Immigration Bill has special things for ski instructors, cruise line repairmen and Irish workers.

  You'll also see the word "committee" mentioned 152 times, and "task forces" cited 39 times.

80 arrested in Hollywood

   The CNN building in Hollywood was the center of a protest about the Trayvon Martin killing. Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, 80 protestors were arrested on Sunset Boulevard for unlawful assembly.

   The protestors were shouting "No Justice, No Peace".

No Latinos...really?

   Is it true that there are none now and have never been, any Latinos in the Obama administration.? Why?

I-5 closed... indefinitely?

  As if LA isn't always fun to drive at rush hour (or any time), after a gasoline tanker tipped over and
spilled 8500 gallons of gasoline, I-5 may be closed indefinitely.

   Of course, it wasn't enough that the tanker spilled gasoline, it had to ignite and become an inferno under an overpass and just before the Dodger Stadium exit on Saturday.

   Caltrans is advising drivers to avoid the area and take public transportation..(uh-huh) All northbound lanes and 2 southbound lanes are closed until repair work is completed.


Oakland a sports city???

   It seems that the City of Oakland has spent $4.5 million in studies in the past year to try and figure out a way to make Oakland a "sports city", the dream of Oakland officials

   We hear that most residents and voters would rather dream of less crime in the city.


LIeutenant Governor Gavin Newsome Large and in-charge?

   With Governor Jerry Brown on a two-week vacation in Ireland and Germany, is the Lieutenant Governor Newsome in charge of California.  Ooops!

Russell Robert Willard of San Andreas

  Russell Robert Willard was born January 14, 1924 to Robert and Flossie Willard. Russ peacefully passed away on July 4, 2013.

OP-ED...Mining the world to death

   by Robert Jensen

   Progressive analyses of inequality and injustice focus on the illegitimate hierarchies in patriarchy,

Celebrity Birthdays

  July 15, 2013:   Today is Linda Rondstat's birthday. KRVR radio at 105.5 is playing a lot of her records.

Fire in Copperopolis

   On July 14, 2013 at approximately 6:30 PM a fire was reported in the 4400 block of LittleJohn Rd

Motorcycle Accident in Murphys

    According to CHP, on July 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM multiple motorcycles were traveling

Passenger Hospitalized after collision

   Maria Hinsey (53) of Valley Springs was the right front passenger in a 1998 Jeep travelling on what CHP described

Sunday, July 14, 2013

No foul play in "Glee" co-star death

   Authorities have stated that they do not suspect foul play after finding Cory Monteith, 31-year-old co-star of "Glee", dead in his Vancouver hotel room.

President Obama speaks about Trayvon Martin

  President Obama called on the nation to honor Trayvon Martin after George Zimmerman

Fire outside Clements

  July 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM:  A fire has been reported at Hwy 88 and Liberty Road, outside Clements. Engines have been dispatched to the area.

Zimmerman off Scott-Free? Like OJ Simpson?

   Poor George Zimmerman. His attorney says his life will be threatened

Calaveras Animal Services "Pet of the Week"

Petra is a 45 lb, spayed, heartworm negative, 3-year-
old. She needs some fine tuning on the leash, but loves to
ride in the car, chase the ball, and is housebroken.
Come to 891 Mountain Ranch Rd and meet Petra in San Andreas Wed-
Fri from 10AM to 4 PM (closed for lunch 1-2) or Saturday from
9 AM to 1 PM

Letter to the Editor...Stand your Ground

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   I want you to know that I really appreciated your up to the minute coverage

Saturday, July 13, 2013

And the verdict is.....

  July 13, 2013 Zimmerman trial:  The jury is entering the courtroom. The judge reminded

Is there a verdict! Excitement in Sanford!

   July 13, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  The courtroom is now filling back up and there is word that a verdict is imminent..

To Reporters in court--"Don't gasp! Don't run!

  July 13, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  It was just announced to the reporters who will be sitting in the courtroom, that if a verdict is announced they are NOT to gasp or RUN out of the courtroom.

   We just heard a group outside chanting "Black Power"!

5th Floor of courthouse all lit up

  July 13, 2013 Zimmerman Trial:  While most of the large courthouse in Sanford is dark, the 5th floor where the jurors are deliberating and the courtroom is located is all lit up.

  Protestors are still out front with their signs.

More residents appear at courthouse and memorial

   More Sanford residents are appearing at the courthouse and at the Trayvon memorial. Some are chanting "We don't want no manslaughter. We want justice!"

How long can they go?

   July 13, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  Some have asked how long the jury can go on deliberating. One person said that this judge once allowed a jury to go until 3 AM.

   Still no activity inside courtroom.

Security beefed up outside courthouse

  July 13, 2013  Zimmerman:  Although the crowd outside the courthouse has dwindled and it is quiet, about a dozen deputies are now standing in the area near the courthouse.

   A helicopter continues to fly overhead around the courthouse.

Jury Requests more information on Manslaughter

  July 13, 2013 at 7 PM EST: The Court is back in session and the judge read a note that said the jury wants more information as to the manslaughter charge.

Long Day for Zimmerman Jurors

   July 13, 2013:  Beginning at 9 AM EST, the jurors in the Zimmerman case in Florida have been deliberating continuously, not even breaking for lunch.

   Do they believe they can come to a verdict in a day?  Everyone is still waiting and there is a small crowd still outside the courthouse, where it is now 6:25 PM.

Penn State pays out for sexual abuse

   The trustees at Penn State University have approved the school's beginning to make settlement payments offers to some of the child sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

2000 year old settlement discovered

   While doing construction work in eastern Mexico an ancient settlement was discovered, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of a pyramid, believed to be up to 2000 years old, archaeologists have announced.

Fire near Morgan Hill

  July 13, 2013:   The Uvas Fire on Uvas Road near Calero County Park in Santa Clara County was contained after burning 50 acres.

Traffic Hazard near Hathaway PInes

   CHP received a report of several cars pulled to the side of the road on Hwy 4 due to a large animal lying in the ditch nearby. It is unclear if the animal was hit by a car.

  An officer is enroute to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

The Seal is up on the coutroom camera

   July 13, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  The great seal is now showing on the courtroom camera of the George Zimmerman trial. That usually means they are going back into session.

  People have been waiting outside the courthouse all day, hoping for a verdict.

Twinkie Monday?

   July 15, 2013 may become known as Twinkie Monday, as the Hostess Twinkie again becomes available nationwide.

  The new company says that they are good for 45 days now, which is longer than previously.

Protestors outside Sanford courthouse

   The number of people with signs and chanting outside the Sanford courthouse is growing, nearly all for justice for Trayvon.

   There is press from everywhere and helicopters overhead. A very emotional scene there in Florida.

Mark O'Mara Interview on CNN--"Crazies" after Zimmerman?

  Mark O'Mara, the defense attorney in the George Zimmerman trial, likes giving interviews and last

Zimmerman Jury returns to continue deliberations

   July 13, 2013  Zimmeran trial:  Court is back in session and the jury is back in the courtroom. Zimmerman is checking out the jury and seems to be in a very relaxed mood.

   After 5 minutes the judge announced that court is in recess to await a question or a verdict from the jury.


Friday, July 12, 2013

CCWD holds regular meeting

  On July 17, 2013 at 9 AM CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) will hold its regular meeting in the Boardroom in San Andreas.

Mercedes Benz Formula One sells at auction

   A 1954 Mercedes Benz Formula One race car just became the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

       Bonhams, the auctioneer, brought the hammer down at $29 million.

Jury requests recess for night

   July 12, 2013  Zimmerman case:  The court came back into session to read a note from the jury that they would like to recess for the night and return at 9 AM.

First Lady posts Instagram photo

  First Lady Michelle Obama posted a photo of herself and the President on Instagram today. Its an
old one, and really cute.

Fire Truck Struck Airline Crash Victim

  It was reported today that after an investigation, evidence shows that at least one of the victims of the airline crash at SFO was also hit by one of the fire trucks rushing to the scene.

   It isn't yet clear if that is what killed her.

Pakistani teen addresses UN

   Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to education for girls, addressed the United Nations today. 

Train crash in Paris kills 6

   July 12, 2013:  At least 6 people are known dead and dozens injured after a train crashed in a Paris suburb.

Zimmerman's parents silent

  George Zimmerman's parents are being shown by the camera sitting silently, scowling as usual, but never are seen to be talking to each other, that we can see.

   Georgie's wife got a new hairdo and blond stripes now are in her brown hair. Keep donating money so she can continue to afford these things, Zimmies!

   Zimmerman just left the courtroom with one of his witnesses.

Request from the Jury

   July 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM   Zimmerman trial:  Court is back in session. The jury has requested all of the evidence and list by number of the judge. The judge ordered the clerk to make it up and the attorneys (5 of them) are all gathered at the bench to check it out.

Jury Watch in Zimmerman Case

   july 12, 2013 Zimmerman case:  Now all the public can do is wait and see what the jury does in the George Zimmerman murder case. They have a choice of 2nd degree murder, Manslaughter or Not Guilty.

Traffic collision in Paloma

   July 12, 2013:  A traffic collision was reported at 12:39 PM at Watertown Rd and Paloma Road in Paloma. It is unknown at this time if there are injuries.

   CHP is responding. Be careful in that area.

Union Public Utility District meets

   On Wednesday July 17, 2013 the Union Public Utility District meets at 339 Main Street in Murphys for their regular meeting at 7 PM.

California is back?

   While Calaveras County continues in a downward spiral of unemployment and welfare, most of the state has rebounded economically.

   In fact, according to Jerry Brown, by the end of this year, California will regain its place as the 8th largest economy in the world, surpassing Italy and Russia.

Homeland Security Chief moving to UC

   Janet Napolitano, we hear, is leaving her post as Secretary of Homeland Security to take over as President of the University of California.

Jury Instruction...Zimmerman trial

   July 12, 2013 Zimmerman trial:  The court is back in session after the lunch break and the judge is giving the jury instructions.

   After reading the lengthy instructions, the jury was escorted out to begin deliberations. Now we just wait.




Powerful State attorney rebuttal

   The rebuttal of the State is amazing. He stated that Trayvon Martin was not a piece of cardboard. I cannot call him up here and put my hand on his shoulder. (The defense attorney had done that to Zimmerman as if he was an innocent poor baby).

    Very powerful. Who chose the time, the weather, the lighting? Who chose to do what he did? The defendant (and he pointed to him).

Fire in Burson

    CalFire, Columbia air attack, Valley Springs engine and the Vallecito hand crew responded to a fire

Sheriff Cancels Wanted alert

   The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office has concelled its person of interest alert for Gary F. McMahan.

State gives Rebuttal to Jury

   The other State attorney is giving the rebuttal to the defense. He reminds the jury that Trayvon

Defense calls Trayvon Martin the one wth "ill will" and "hatred"

   This is hard to believe. As he is winding up his closing statement, the defense made a statement that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor and that he would have been charged if he had lived.

   Unbelievable. The State will get to respond as soon as he finished.

Angels Camp City Council meets

   The Angels Camp City Council meets on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6 PM. And again they are meeting

Defense Closing Arguments

   July 12, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  While we weren't happy that the prosecutor did quite a bit of yelling during their closing

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kyburz Fire in El Dorado County

As of 5:30 PM the Kyburz Fire is 100% contained although it burned 572 acres.

Washington, Redskins called "racist, derogatory term"

   A member of the House of Representatives from Samoa made a speech on the House of Representatives today, slamming the Washington Redskins owners for not changing the name of the team, calling the Redskins name "racist " and "derogatory"!

Baby Gorilla found dead

   A baby Gorilla in a North Carolina Zoo who was found dead, just days after being born, may have been smothered accidentally when his mother rolled over him in her sleep.

Public dispute over Sandy Hook monies

   A hearing will be held tonight in Sandy Hook, Conn. over the distribution of the $7 million that was donated to the Sandy Hook victims.

   Apparently, the town wants 30% of the money, leaving the other 70% to be split between the families.

Stanford not in top 20

   Although many consider Stanford to be a pricey private University, it isn't even in the top 20 for cost.

   In fact, New York University takes the top honors for cost, according to the Business Insider.

Paula Deen fires everyone

   Cooking show favorite and now unemployed Paula Deen has fire all of her current attorneys and hired a "powerhouse" team to correct her problems and hopefully lay the foundation for a comeback.

Zimmerman trial....court recessed until morning

   July 11, 2013 Zimmerman trial:   The court is recessed until tomorrow morning. The prosecutor reserved part of his time until after the defense give their closing statement.

"Music in the Parks" comes to Murphys

     The Calaveras County Arts Council presents Music in the Parks in Murphys Community Park on July 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

    Performing will be Bill Welles and Company, a local musician.

Zimmerman trial..."more lies!!" and "It's all God's plan!"

   July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  The prosecutor in the Zimmerman trial is now showing

Zimmerman Trial...Closing Arguments

   July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  Closing arguments in the Trayvon Martin shooting continue after a break.

     The mother and father of George Zimmerman seem to be trying to hide their disdain for the prosecutor.

   Their faces are  scowls. His father often looks over at the other side of the aisle at the Martin side with definite dislike.

   The prosecution continues his closing remarks.  Two people. "One shot to death and the other lies.  Why?"

   Now he's going into the various interviews he gave after the killing.

Prosecutor calls Zimmerman "Liar!"

     The prosecutor is now telling the jury why George Zimmerman "lied" to police, both on the phone and after the shooting.

Power lines cause fire in Copperopolis

    CalFire responded to a reported fire on July 10, 2013 around 11:15 PM in the 200 block of Black Creek Drive in Copperopolis.

   A large bull pine tree had fallen over power lines, causing the fire. It took around 4 hours to extinguish the fire caused.  CalFire does not list the number of acres burned.

Children with matches cause Valley Springs Fire

   A fire was reported on July 10, 2013 in the 500 block of blue Heron Court

Fire in Valley Springs

   CalFire reports that on July 9, 2013 at around 8:40 PM CalFire responded to a grass fire reported in the 4000 block of Toyon Circle in Valley Springs.

   The quick response led to the suppression of the fire at less than 1/2 acre of grass.  The fire was caused by welding.


Zimmerman trial....Closing arguments

   July 11, 2013   Zimmerman trial:  "A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own.

Zimmerman trial....No Third Degree Murder of minor

   July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  Closing arguments are scheduled to begin following

Third Degree Murder....Child Abuse

   July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial:  Don West, on of the attorneys for George Zimmerman has objected

Murphys Sanitary District Special Meeting

   On Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8 AM Murphys Sanitary District will hold a special meeting in order for the Board to tour the plant facilities proposed office space.

   The meeting will be called to order at 8 AM at the office at 90 Big Trees Rd. The tour will leave from there, in the order of which it appears on the agenda

Closing Arguments to begin after lunch recess

   July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial: Closing arguments are to begin with the State after the lunch recess, which was just called by the judge.

   They have spent the morning arguing about instructions to be given to the jury. The defense won some and the State won some. 

Copper Sunset

WOW!!!   Thanks, B

Defense keeps arguing/ Judge gets angry

    July 11, 2013  Zimmerman trial:   The defense has requested for the judge to state in the instructions that it is "not illegal

George Zimmerman compared to PeeWee Herman

  July 10, 2013 Zimmerman trial:  The ex-cop who testified yesterday in the George Zimmerman trial said that Zimmerman is like PeeWee Herman when he talked about his inability to fight.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wanted: Gary F. McMahan

    The Calaveras Sheriff's Office is looking for a person of interest in the West Point homicide

Murphys Senior Center Anniversry

The Murphys Senior Center celebrated their 4th anniversary with a BBQ Pot Luck hosted

Is Elisabeth Hasselback going to like it on FOX?

     Elisabeth Hasselback, still reeling from her loss with Mitt Romney, is apparently moving to Fox and Friends, the couch with less than intelligent chatter (if you have a brain, that is).

54 chefs at White House

Official White House photo
   The White House invited 54 young chefs who submitted winning recipes for

Defense requests another day delay

   The defense has requested one more day to prepare closing arguments, but the Judge said she has the schedule as agreed to and walked out of the courtroom.

    The jury won't be back in the courtroom until 1 PM EST.

George Zimmerman's brother rushes out of courtroom

   After the Judge ruled that the Zimmerman friend who had sat and watched the trial before coming forward and testifying that George Zimmerman was the one screaming would not be deleted from the jury, Zimmerman's brother rushed out of the courtroom.

   Why? To tell the family friend that his testimony would stay in? Hmmmm.

Homocide in West Point

   On July 9, 2013 Calaveras Sheriff's Office investigators responded to a residence on

Meredith Vierra returns to TV