Monday, September 30, 2013

Traffic Accident on Hwy 26

   September 30, 2013 at 6:15 PM:  CHP is just now clearing an accident on Hwy 26 and Ponderosa. A gold Toyota Prius ran off the road into a ditch. An ambulance was dispatched for injuries.

   A tow truck was enroute. The party in the vehicle appears to have been able to get out on their own.

Gloria Lopez-Chavoya of Valley Springs

    Gloria Lopez-Chavoya of Valley Springs passed away of an aneurism in

Congratulations to Congresswoman Pelosi

   We hear that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend.  Congratulations to you both!

Two arrested in Valley Springs

   On September 27, 2013 at 10 AM Shelley L. Browne, (30) of Valley Springs was arrested in Valley Springs

Commendation for Roseville Police...about bears!!!

   As is common these days, due to the deforestation taking place in the Sierras to release water to Los Angeles,

Domestic Violence in Angels Camp

   On September 27, 2013, according to Angels Camp Police, at about 1:20 PM officers were dispatched

Vehicle Fire in West Point

   CalFire responded to a wildland and vehicle fire on Winton Rd in West Point on Saturday,

Letter to the Editor....About Calaveras Board of Supervisors

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

    I've missed you since you went online. I just recently got a computer, so I've been enjoying

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dog Running on Hwy 26

   September 27, 2013:  At 10:43 AM CHP received a call that a dog is running on Hwy 26 near Shelton Road in Linden. An officer is responding.

Calaveras County Fair seeks Frog Jump Committee

   The Calaveras County Fair is holding a Frog Jump Committee meeting on October 1, 2013 at 6
PM in the Board Room (at the main office) at Frogtown.

   If you are interested in being part of this historic event, come and join the committee as they plan for next years Frog Jump.

Cops shoot at each other at Campground

Courtesy of Bob O'Connor of
 CalFire News 
    Turns out that two neighboring campers at a Chino campground who argued about loud music and
then ended up shooting at each other after becoming inebriated, were both cops, but didn't know they were colleagues.

  In fact, it was discovered that they are both Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, who were off-duty and drinking heavily at the campground.  No one was hurt, fortunately, but they both have a lot of explaining to do.

   They were both arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Just as Americans suspected, the NSA....

   The National Security Agency has released a letter admitting that employees improperly eavesdrop on phone calls of girlfriends and spouses, and engaged in other "intentional" abuses of their authority and have admitted to these on at least 12 occasions since 2003, according to the Inspector General.

Cruz-a-Palooza humiliated

      Senator Ted Cruz, who totally humiliated himself and the Republican Party, made himself the jokes of nearly every television announcer and late night comedian.

   Even Senator Bob Corker-R Tennessee, joined with Democrats to criticize the joke-of the week-Cruz-a-Palooza, who has most likely ended his fantasies of running for President for anyone but his extremist Tealiban friends.

How did your garden grow?

  Most people claim their tomatoes did well this year. Did you hear that you can now grow tomatoes above the ground and potatoes under the ground on the same plant? And the flavor is not affected, according to growers.

   Introducing the TomTato, which will be available next April, has cherry tomatoes on it vines and then you dig up the potatoes after the tomato season ends.  If you try one, let us know.

$100 bills found hidden in groceries

   After many people reported finding $100 bills hidden in egg cartons and boxes of cookies they had just purchased at local stores in Washington and Oregon, a radio station came clean.

   A country radio station in Oregon admitted they sent out people to hide them as a promotion for the station. There were some happy shoppers, as even one WalMart had hidden money.

Pilot has Heart Attack

  September 27, 2013:  The United Airlines pilot who had a heart attack while midair on a flight to Seattle, died later at a Boise, Idaho hospital.

   The plane landed there in an emergency landing to get help for the pilot.

United Nations Issues new Assessment on Climate

   In Stockholm, the United Nations issued the newest scientific study about global warming. In 2007

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Disaster Assistance Available to Small businesses

   September 26, 2013:  Larry Cope of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority,

Have you heard about the Tea-liban? Here in Calaveras?

   UPDATE:  A discovery was made that there are Tealiban present in Calaveras County.

Sobriety Checkpoint in Angels Camp--Secret

   CHP has announced that they will be holding a sobriety/driver license checkpoint in Angels Camp

Calaveras Supervisors Fight, Vote against $7.1 million budget deficit

    September 24, 2013:  After a public display of anger, started by Chair Callaway, the 2013-14 Calaveras County budget was not approved.

Angels Camp City Council meets--three litigations

   On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 the Angels Camp City Council meets for a Budget Workshop at 4

Activists Protest at McClintocks Office

    September 25, 2013:  In Granite Bay, where Representative Tom McClintocks California office is
located, activists from grassroots organizations

Traffic Collision in Double Springs

   On September 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM, according to CHP, Marisa Rose Dix (17) of Mokelumne Hill

Motorcycle Accident details from CHP

   According to CHP Alyssa Gunderson, (23) of Carmichael was driving her 2010 Kawasaki Ninja

Happy Birthday T.S. Eliot

  Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S., was the author of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and other well-known poems and books.

   The Broadway Play "Cats" was based on his book. He was born on September 26, 1888 and died January 4, 1965.

Geese Heading south

You may have noticed that the Canada Geese
are beginning to head south. There aren't as many
as there used to be. 

Arnold man arrested

   On September 25, 2013 Robert William Pearsall (23) of Arnold was arrested on Summit Level Road in Camp Connell for alleged Possession of a Controlled substance, a felony and Moving a shrub without a permit, a misdemeanor.

   Pearsall was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's deputies.

Fire in West Point

   CalFire responded to a fire on Winton Road, 1 mile past the Cat Shop in West Point on September 25, 2013 at 12:41PM.

     The fire was extinguished with only 1/4 acre burned.


Senator Patty Murray on the Tea Party fantasies

  Have you ever watched C-Span. You know, your government at work. Senator Patty Murray just addressed the House of Representatives as John Boehners Tea Party House.

   She said that the Tea Party Temper-tantrums and Tea Party fantasies have caused nationwide problems for our citizens. It was hilarious.  Four days 11 hours and 22 minutes to go before the shut down of our government.

Serious traffic accident on Hwy 120

   UPDATE at 10:45 AM:  Hwy has been cleared.

OP-ED......Post Offices back in front of Congress Again

  Yes, due to the fact that the US Postal Service continues to cave into the unions, refuses to run the

Traffic Accident on Double Springs Rd

   September 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM:  A traffic accident occurred on Double Springs Rd near Toyon Middle School.

   A vehicle ran off the road and 100 feet through a fence into a field.  Two CHP are at the scene. Minor injuries were reported.

Two 17-year old girls disappeared in 1971

South Dakota attorney general photo
   An overturned car was found in a creek in South Dakota, 42 years after two girls who were driving

Free Shotguns!

   A suburb in Florida has been having a crime wave and member of the pro-gun Armed Citizen Project of Florida says they have the answer.

   They are handing out leaflets that they will provide FREE shotguns and ammo to homeowners in the Sunshine Gardens community near Orlando.

Inmates Escape in Prison Van

  According to authorities, 8 inmates, who were left in a prison van in

Traffic Accident on at Fourth's Crossing

   September 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM:  CHP is still at the scene of a traffic accident that occurred on Hwy 49 at Fricot City Road near Fourth's Crossing.

 A  motorcycle rider was reportedly laying in the middle of the roadway. Minor injuries have been reported.  A tow truck was called for the motorcycle.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Conversation with Calaveras Auditor Rebecca Callen

   September 25, 2013 After we saw the comment that Rebecca Callen had made on the article about the Calaveras Board of

Now This is the way Calaveras County skies should look!!

Looking towards Tuolumne Country from Vallecito without
smoke!! September 25, 2013

William Darrel Goddard Arrested

  On September 24, 2013 William Darrel Goddard (39) of Arnold, was arrested on Main Street in Douglas Flat for allegedly being a Fugitive from Justice, a felony on an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

   Goddard was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff deputies.

Battery on Emergency Personnel

   On September 23, 2013 at 9 AM Michael Anthony Rawlins (49) of Valley Springs was arrested for alleged Battery on Emergency Personnel , a felony, on St Charles Street in San Andreas.

   Rawlins was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's deputies.

Arrest for Vandalism in Murphys

   On September 23, 2013 at around 2:30 PM Bradley Ray Shaw (31) of Douglas Flat was arrested on Tom Bell Drive in Murphys for alleged Vandalism over $400, a felony.

  Shaw was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's deputies.

Burglary suspect caught at Black Bart Inn

   Richard Aurthur Hilgardner (33) of Valley Springs was arrested on September 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM at the Black Bart Inn by Calaveras Deputy Sheriffs for alleged Burglary, 2nd degree, a felony.

   Hilgardner was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Two Arrested in Angels Camp

   On September 20, 2013 Donald Dale Dutton (50) of Livermore was arrested by the Angels Camp

Kenneth Lee Sweet of Railroad Flat

  Kenneth Lee Sweet of Railroad Flat passed away in Jackson on September 13, 2013 of

Calaveras Council of Governments meets

  On October 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM the CCOG (Calaveras Council of Governments), the highway transportation organization
 meets in the Calaveras Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

  The Hwy 4 Wagon Trail Project (road from Copperopolis to Angels Camp) will be discussed and some direction may be given for 2014.

Calaveras Arts Council Road Trip

   On September 28 and 29, 2013 from 10 AM to 5 PM, the Calaveras County Arts Council is holding a "Road Trip for the Arts".

   You may purchase a passport at Gallery Calaveras in San Andreas or the Calaveras Visitors Bureau in Angels Camp and then visit each participating artists studio.

Bulls on road in Sutter Creek

   September 25, 2013:   CHP is enroute to String Bean Alley and Turner in Sutter Creek where it has been reported that bulls are walking on the roadway.

   Animal control has been notified.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

U.S. Army bans some tattoos

  Many are saying it's about time, but the U.S. Army has now put a partial ban on tattoos; nothing below their elbows or knees or above the necklines will be allowed.

   It was reported in the military publication Stars and Stripes.

Sharon Lee Price of West Point

   Sharon Lee Price of West Point, passed away suddenly of natural causes

Three Frogtown, USA's?

   According to Laurie at the Calaveras County Fair there are at least 3 locations that claim the title

Kidnap Suspect Sketch released

September 24, 2013:  According to the Calaveras Sheriff, this sketch is of a Veteran's Field Attempted Abduction Suspect from September 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM in Valley Springs.

   On this date deputies responded

Traffic Accident in Sutter Creek

   September 24, 2013 at 12:36:  A traffic accident occurred at Hwy 49 just south of Ridge Road in Sutter Creek.

   No injuries have been reported. CHP is enroute to the scene.


The Shaq.... is Sac.

   Have you heard that Shaquille Oneal is now an investor in the new Sacramento Kings. It was announced by the Kings yesterday.

   He now makes fun of the fact that he used to refer to them as the Queens when he played for the Lakers. Now he is one of the owners.

Bale of Hay on Hwy 49 in Sutter Creek

   September 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM:  A traffic hazard has been reported on Hwy 49 at Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. A bale of hay is in the roadway.

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

What is Tea Party Congressman Tom McClintock up to now?

   Recently, we have seen McClintock attack poor little frogs and sign away the burned forest

Injured deer in Valley Springs

   CHP is sending an officer to DESPATCH the injured deer on Hwy 26 at La Contenta in Valley Springs.

  We are often told, including this time, that an officer is sent to DISPATCH the deer, but they really mean DESPATCH, to kill the deer.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gun-related deaths in the US

   A study just released shows that the United States has more guns and gun deaths than any other developed country in the world.

   We have 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people every year, according to researchers. The NRA has blocked funding for such studies by the government.

Only a few days left-- Adopt a "Parlor Panther"

   The Calaveras County Animal Services is having a black cat-a-thon through the end of September, 2013. 

   All black kitties, black and white tuxedos and tortoiseshells are only $20 each. This includes vaccinations and spay/neutering. What a deal! You can get two so they can keep each other company.

Tweet against NRA

   An associate professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas was put on administrative leave (that means he's being paid) after it was discovered that he, like many others around America, blames the NRA.

   He tweeted before really thinking it out, "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters."

Blackberry may be sold

   The smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed, at least in principal, to be acquired by a group of buyers for $9 a share, or about $4.7 billion.

79-year-old woman found dead in Colorado flooding

  Yet another body was discovered today in Colorado's flooded Boulder area. A 79-year old woman was found, according to police.

   That brings the total dead to 8 in the devastating floods.

More severe thunderstorms and tornadoes

  According to a recent study, as the Earth continues to warm during this century, atmospheric conditions will be ripe for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes will increase in the U.S.

Lottery Winner only tells his dog!

   A $399 million lottery winner in South Carolina last week says he danced around his kitchen and told only his dog about the win.

Five vehicles involved in Hwy 99 and Farmington Road crash

   September 23, 2013:  At 3:27 PM CHP received a report of a crash with 5 vehicles involved, one a black sedan, in the # 1 lane.

   This is on Hwy 99 at the Farmington Rd (Hwy 4) exit in Stockton. No injuries have been reported.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 88 in Jackson

   September 23, 2013:  At 3:20 PM CHP is responding to a traffic accident on Hwy 88 at Bonnefoy in Jackson.

   An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries. One of the vehicles was a PG&E truck.

Letter to the Editor...About Pope Francis

   Dear Editor:

   As a lifelong, but disheartened and non-practicing Catholic, I feel that a semblance of hope was at

Lloyd Eileen (Jones, Jester) Toland

  Lloyd Eileen (Jones, Jester) Toland of Rancho Cordova, passed away at her daughters home in

Hit and Run in Sonora

   September 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM:  A hit and run has been reported to CHP that occurred at Hwy 49

Rim Fire Update September 23, 2013

   For those who are still keeping track, the morning update on September 23, 2013 of the Rim Fire is 257,126 or 402 square miles. The total cost is now up to $122 million.

   Containment is still 84%.

It's Monday morning......

We better stick together!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Colts beat 49ers

   September 22, 2013:  Another bad game for the 49ers as the Colts soundly beat them 27 to 7. Kaepernick did not have a good day. No one is sure what is wrong...not yet anyway.

   They have a short rest as the Niners are also in this weeks Thursday night game.

President attends memorial

   September 22, 2013:  At 5 PM eastern time the President and First Lady attended a memorial service with families of the victims of last Monday's deadly Naval Yard shooting.

Cows on Lime Creek Road

   CHP is now at the scene of reported cows that got out of their pasture at Lime Creek Rd and Petersburg Road in Valley Springs.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

49ers play Colts today

  September 22, 2013:  The 49ers play the Colts in San Francisco at 1:25 PM this afternoon. Go Niners!

Rim Fire Update September 22, 2013

   .6 inch of rain fell on the Rim Fire yesterday and Hwy 120 had to be closed due to snow for part of the day.
USFS photo, clearing logs
   In spite of the rain the containment remains the same at 84% and the total acreage increased to

Chain Control-First time this year

   UPDATE:  As of 10 AM Ebbetts Pass on Hwy 4 is reopen.

First Day of Fall

Finally, Fall arrives. Are you ready to rake?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Is "black dog and cat syndrome" true? Please adopt....

   Animal welfare workers say that black pets are often the last left at the shelter and first to be euthanized, a sad horrid truth.

   Calaveras Animal Services is having a special adopt a black kitty for the remainder of September. Only $20 including spaying and neutering and vaccinations.  Please adopt a lovable black or black and white kitty.

Controversy surrounding Emmy Awards

   September 21, 2013:    Some wanted to honor Cory Monteith of Glee at the Emmy Awards tomorrow night. However, others felt that Larry Hagman had much larger body of work on TV.

   So tomorrow night we will find out who gets the special  in memoriam.

Car Overturned at Mosquito Lake

   September 21, 2013 at 5 PM:  A traffic accident was reported on Hwy 4 at Mosquito Lake, east of Lake Alpine where a car has overturned.

   CalFire from Arnold  responded, along with CHP and an ambulance.

San Andreas Man Arrested

   On September 19, 2013 Robert Gaylen Martin (42) of San Andreas was arrested at his home

Two Traffic Accidents on Hwy 99

   September 21, 2013:  CHP is at the scene of an accident that occurred around 3:09 PM

Letter to the Editor....About Sheriff Cuntz

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   I am writing to you because I think I have a similar problem with the Sheriff

Injury Accident in West Point

   UPDATE:  At 3:30 PM CHP reports that injuries in this accident were minor.

OP-ED: Three families wanted to move to Calaveras County

   In 2008, three nice families put their money together and bought 108 acres on Pool Station Rd in

Calaveras Planning and Board of Supervisors Anti-Economy!! Anti-JOB!!

   Remember the man who was the jealous neighbor who now brags that he nearly single handedly

Traffic Accident in Mokelune Hill

    UPDATE at 12 Noon:  According to CHP there are no injuries in this accident.

Letter from Planning Department-What Pot Store?

  Last week we sent the Planning Department a request for copies of the permit, ficticious name

Traffic Accident in Copperopolis

   UPDATE:  at 10:10 AM the male is apparently trying to direct traffic around

Rain good news for Rim Fire

   September 21, 2013:  The USFS daily report on the Rim Fire lists 256,895 acres or 401 square miles. 

    The rain is welcome on the fire lines and crews hope to be able to hold the 84% containment lines today.  The cost is $119 million as of today.

Traffic Accident involving Horse Trailer

   UPDATE:  Injuries in this accident appear to be minor. Three CHP are currently at the scene.

Rain....glorius rain!!

  September 21, 2013:   It began around 8 AM and the world around Calaveras County started to get that fresh rain smell after a long dry spell.

   Will it rain enough to end the fire danger?  We all hope so, but we'll have to wait and see.

Rite of Passage Vehicle found on Hwy 88

  UPDATE at 8:48 AM:  Apparently it has now been reported that the two women

Friday, September 20, 2013

Woman walking on Hwy 26 without shirt

      September 20, 2013:  At  3:22 PM  CHP received a report of a woman with gray hair walking on Hwy 26 just east of St. Andrews in Valley Springs.

   A CHP unit has been dispatched to the area.



California Unemployment up in August

   According to the Employment Development Department the number of Californians holding jobs

Silver Alert in Railroad Flat area for Frank Souza

 UPDATE:  Before 1 AM last night, the Sheriff's Office reported that Mr. Souza was

Billionaire Archie Aldi "Red" Emmerson owns Sierra Pacific Industries

  Mr. Archie Aldis "Red" Emmerson, who Forbes lists as having a net worth of at least two and a half

McClintock gives burned forest wood to SPI?

Lest we ever forget!!!
  As if people didn't wonder about why our forest in Tuolumne County was allowed to burn, nearly

More splits in Republicans

     September 20, 2013:  Representative Peter King, R-N.Y., said yesterday that he hopes today's vote in the House of Representatives on a Tea Party bill presented by Ted Cruz, R- TX to keep the government running while de-funding Obamacare will expose the Texas Republican as a "fraud" and that "he'll no longer have any influence in the Republican Party."

   Funny because we thought the Republicans liked their "Tea-libans" best.

Lord Disick wants to be a rapper

   You know Scott Disick, the husband of one of the Kardashian sisters; Lord Disick he calls himself.

   Well, now we hear rumors that he wants to be a rapper.  He's tried all kinds of things in the past. This should be interesting.

2013 Primetime Emmys this Sunday

   Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2013 Primetime Emmy award show this Sunday, September 22, for the 2nd time.

   This is TV's biggest night!  There will be changes to the show's In Memoriam segment this year.

Rim Fire Update September 20, 2013 - Not since the 1300's

   UPDATE:  September 20, 2013:  The USFs has announced that their expected complete

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What is "Level Of Service" of Calaveras County Roads?

   There is a lot of question about how the "level of service" or LOS on Calaveras County roads

Traffic Accident at Rock Creek Landfill

   UPDATE:  CHP says this was not a traffic collision. Someone must have accidentally backed off of the dump area.

CCWD meets September 25, 2013

   Calaveras County Water District meets on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 9 AM in their new building at 120 Toma Ct. in San Andreas.

Traffic Accident with Major injuries on Hwy 120

   UPDATE:  Now a smoking semi is stalled near the Yosemite onramp.

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

   The Amador County Board of Supervisors meets on September 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM on Court Street in Jackson.

Brown goat on Hwy 4

    September 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM:   The Calaveras County Sheriff's office has been dispatched to remove a brown goat from Hwy 4 at Parrots Ferry Road in Vallecito.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area. They should send the Sheriff himself. That would be a job he can handle.

Roll-over Accident on Hwy 88

   September 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM:  An accident was reported on Hwy 88 at Martin Lane in Ione. Two vehicles were involved and one rolled over after traveling into the oncoming lane.

    An ambulance is enroute to the scene. Three CHP units have arrived. Tow trucks have been dispatched.

BLM Volunteer Trail Project

     The Bureau of Land Management is inviting members of the public to help celebrate their public

Black Bear reported eating pears! OMG!!

   September 17, 2013: Another starving Black Bear was reported to Fish and Wildlife to be killed

Tom Infusino says this Calaveras Board of Supervisors is honorable

   Tom Infusino is an attorney who is paid by an environmental group. He stated at the last Calaveras

New Pot Store Owner Says Everything is legal

   After getting several complaints about someone selling pot at a store on a 2nd floor in Arnold,

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 4 in Vallecito

   September 19, 2013:  At 10:19 AM a traffic hazard was reported at Hwy 4 near the Vallecito bypass road.

    There has been some construction going on in that area. Perhaps that is the problem, but it is not stated.  CHP is enroute.

Calaveras County Staff can lie and get away with it!

   Calaveras County Counsel Janis Elliot stated at the Crazy Horse Appeal Hearing on September 12, 2013, that you cannot

Twitter goes public?

   Have you heard that Twitter has filed the paperwork for an IPO to become a publicly traded company.

   The actual Initial Public Offering date will most likely be sometime in 2014.

Stephen Hawking reverses opinion on Assisted suicide

   Stephen Hawking, a brilliant physicist, who has been living on life-support for 23 years

Two old cars and 6 bodies found

   While testing a new sonar device in a lake in Oklahoma, officials found 2 old cars; one from the 50's and one from the 70's and 6 bodies inside them.

   They believe this new technology will help solve other missing person cold cases that are decades old like these.

Google invests in age-reversing company

   It was reported yesterday, September 18, 2013 that Google has invested in a company called

Volunteer at The Calaveras County Fair? Next years Slogan?

   If you were a volunteer or on staff at the Calaveras County Fair in May, you are invited to

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Speeding driver injures another deer

    September 18, 2013:   At 4:35 PM another deer was reportedly injured by a speeding vehicle on the Murphys Grade

Calaveras County Supervisors fooled by a few welfare collecting cowpunchers

   On September 12, 2013, the County of Calaveras proved, once and for all that it is totally against anyone

Calaveras Supervisor Callaway wants more Pot Dispensaries--Not Donut Shops!!

   After being told by the owner that his pot dispensary was totally legal, we decided to back it up by checking county records.

Head-on Traffic Accident on Eight Mile Rd

   September 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM:  A traffic accident was reported on Eight Mile Rd at Lower Sacramento Rd in Stockton.

    It is unknown if there are any injuries at this time. This head-on  accident is blocking lanes. Tow trucks have been dispatched.

Semi hits Angels Theater Marquee

   Around 12:20 AM on September 17, 2013 a semi-truck reportedly ran into the marquee at the Angels Theater. No report was taken by the Calaveras Sheriff's Department.

Supervisor Callaway Adimits she runs Planning Department

   At Thursday September 12, 2013's Special Calaveras Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Chair

Woman with baby suspicious

   On September 16, 2013 at 9 PM the Calaveras Sheriff received a complaint of a woman walking on Old Gulch Rd at Calaveritas Rd in San Andreas, possible carrying a baby and wearing dark clothes.

   No report was taken by the Sheriff.

Burglaries reported in Calaveras County September 17, 2013

  Calaveras County burglaries reported to Calaveras Sheriff on September 17, 2013 were:

Woman Arrested in Arnold

    On September 16, 2013 Danielle Belle Williams (25) of Murphys was arrested by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies on Hwy 4 at Arnold Byway for alleged Possession of Marijuana for Sale and for Selling Marijuana, both felonies.

   Williams was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and released pre-trial for lack of space.

Supervisor Callaway: "Clerk of the Board doesn't take minutes anymore."

     Before the Special Board meeting for an Appeal Hearing at the Calaveras Board of Supervisors

Murphys Man Arrested

   On September 16, 2013 Kenneth James Peterson, Jr. (23) was arrested in the County Jail lobby for allegedly Bringing a Controlled Substance into the Jail and for Possession of Concentrate of Cannabis, both felonies and for an outstanding warrant for Driving with a suspended license.

    Peterson was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Calaveras Sheriff deputies, and released Pre-trial for lack of space.

Angels Camp PD arrests alleged auto thief

      On September 17, 2013 Angels Camp Police Department arrested Saul Santiago Ochoa (36) of Merced was arrested on Main Street for alleged felony vehicle theft.

   Ochoa was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Please (meow) get me out of this Jail!!

      Beckett and many other wonderful kitties are available for adoption at the County Animal Services!

   Please adopt one if you have room: rescue a new friend.

   Please don't wait; come and see them at 891 Mountain Ranch Rd (closed for lunch 1-2 PM)

Britney Spears' first kiss?

   We know you all wanted to know this:  Britney Spears says her fist kiss was with Justin Timberlake, who was a fellow former Mouseketeer.

If you think the White House has problems....

   Lately the President and his team at the White House have taken some hits, but what they have gone through is nothing compared to the disarray in the Republican led House of Representatives.

   Speaker John Boehner has absolutely no control over the roughly 40 extreme conservatives, who now are revolting because he wanted to pass the continued funding of the government past September 30, 2013.

   This is a regular tactic that the Tea Party has attempted several times before, with absolutely no benefit to them.  They want to continue to try and defund Obamacare.  The White House doesn't even seem to be blinking this time. 

Two dead animals on Hwy 4 in Murphys

    September 18, 2013:   We got a report that a small black dog and a black cat were both killed  during the night and were still lying on Hwy 4 in Murphys this morning. 

   Hopefully their owners located them before Caltrans hauls them away.

Brent Harrington to take over as Planning Director

   On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Brent Harrington is on the agenda to be approved as the new Planning Director.

   Well known by County employees and Supervisors, he will take over the position as of October 7, 2013.

KCRA: Rim Fire area will likely flood

  Yesterday on KCRA 3 they presented a map of the area where the Rim Fire destroyed the watershed.

   They also explained the science of why it is likely Tuolumne County will have flooding similar to, but hopefully not as bad as those in Colorado after their fire.

Aaron Alexis rented AR-15

   The Naval yard shooter is reported to have rented an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and use it for target practice at a Northern Virginia gun range and store less than two days before his shooting spree.

Butterball looking for a few good men

   Nearly everyone has called the Butterball turkey help line at one time or another. Now we hear that they are looking to hire a few good men to answer their phone lines.


Starbucks un-invites shooters

   After apparently a group of gun-toting individuals showed up at a Starbucks Coffee Shop, the management has requested that people not bring guns into the stores.

    They most likely scared away the Starbucks regulars.  Leave your guns at home, boys, leave your guns at home.

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49

  September 18, 2013 at 6:13 AM:  A bedliner for a pickup is reportedly lying on Hwy 49 near Carol Kennedy Drive by the airport.

   CHP and the Calaveras Sheriff's Office was notified and will respond. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hit and Run in San Andreas

    September 17, 2013 at 4:29PM:   CHP is enroute to a hit and run traffic collision that was reported  on St. Charles in San Andreas in front of the Golden rose Flower Shop.

    The vehicle hit was a silver Honda Insight. No injuries were reported.




Traffic Accident in Burson

   September 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM:  A traffic accident was reported to CHP that occurred on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd near the Post Office in Burson.

    It isn't yet known if there are any injuries. CHP is at the scene.


Hit and Run on Hwy 99 at Farmington Rd exit

    September 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM:  CHP are responding to a reported hit and run at Hwy 99 and the Farmington Rd exit (Hwy 4) in Stockton.

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

Cows on Pool Station Road in San Andreas

  Important UPDATE:  Animal Control is on a vicious dog call. Isn't that what CHP are for,

Charles Roy Lacey Sims

   Charles Roy Lacey Sims of Valley Springs, passed away on September 11, 2013

Calaveras Planning Department Staff States the Board of Supervisors has already reviewed this project

    The Planning Department representative Andrew Mongrelsen stated that the Calaveras Board

Warren Buffett most valuable CEO

   Warren Buffett holds an estimated $56 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock, the most valuable stock holdings of any active CEO.

   The next two on the list ate Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and CEO Jeff Bezos. As many as 27 CEO's hold at least $1 billion worth of their companies' stock, according to the Wall Street Journal.

If your German Shepherd didn't come home last night....

   September 17, 2013:  If your beautiful German Shepherd was turned loose last night and didn't come home this morning, you will find him lying dead alongside Hwy 4 not far from that ugly green Murphys sign.

Rim Fire now 84% contained--Update September 17, 2013

   The Rim Fire is now 84% contained, at a cost of $114.7 million and 401 square miles of the decimated Stanislaus National Forest.

12 dead in Naval Shipyard shooting

  A former Navy reservist shot and killed 11 and was then shot and killed by police in Washington D.C. yesterday.

   It is believed that he may have been angry that he was laid off from his job there.  Those killed were reportedly all civilians.

Costa Concordia raised overnight

   It took around l8 hours from start to finish but the Costa Concordia is once again upright, at a cost of $800 million.

   It will now be stabilized while the bodies of two missing people believed to be somewhere aboard the ship are searched for.  Then it will be hauled away and taken apart for scrap.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vehicle blocking Hwy 26

   September 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM:  CHP is enroute to Hwy 26 and the top of the Robinson Grade in Mokelumne Hill where a vehicle is reportedly blocking the lanes.

  Use extra caution if traveling in that area until cleared.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 in San Andreas

   September 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM:  CHP is responding to a traffic accident that occurred at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 in San Andreas. One vehicle is company owned.

    A KIA Sedona van vs an unknown vehicle were involved.  No injuries have been reported. Use extra caution in that area.

Juveniles throwing rocks in Angels Camp

   September 16, 2013 at 11 AM:  CHP is responding to a call of juveniles throwing rocks near the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 49 in Angels Camp.

   Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

New Rules for Calaveras Fair Junior Livestock?

   The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee is reminding any of you who are involved in the Junior

White Pit Bull on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

   September 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM:  CHP is responding to a report of a white pit bull running in and out of the roadway at Hwy 4 and Telegraph in Copperopolis.

  Use extra caution if driving in that area.

CHP vehicle hit on Hwy 88

   UPDATE:  Apparently a complaint is being filed in the earlier collision between a CHP

Colorado Officials: "Leave now..."

   Flood weary Coloradans did not like what they heard from officials who are trying to deal with the ravaged areas around Boulder.

   The residents were told to leave or be willing to go weeks without power or running water, was the directive from overwhelmed authorities. Over 17,000 homes have been declared unlivable so far.

Costa Concordia to be uprighted?

   This morning the company hired to attempt to upright the Costa Concordia, which has been laying on its side where it went aground two years ago, will begin the process of attempting to get it upright.

   It is costing millions and nothing is guaranteed, but if it works, they will then tow to to a place where it can be disassembled.

Wall Street Relieved--Market goes up

  September 16, 2013:  After Larry Summers removed himself from the list of possible Fed Chair appointees, Wall Street smiled and has moved up.

   Both the DOW and the NASDAQ are higher this morning.

49ers get walloped!

   As you most likely already know, our 49ers got totally walloped by the Seattle Seahawks

Shooting at D.C Naval Yard

   September 16, 2013:  A shooting, involving several injuries and possible fatalities has been reported at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C.

   All levels of authority, including the FBI have converged on the 4 story building where it was reported.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rim Fire Update September 15, 2013

Spot Fires still flare up
  We just received an update from the USFS on the Rim Fire. The total acreage burned is now 256,169 acres and the containment is 84%.  The total cost so far to the taxpayer is $113 million.

Weather Delay in the NFL?

    September 15, 2013 at 7 PM:   Hard to believe, but the 49er vs Seahawk game was delayed in the first quarter for weather in Seattle. We thought football players kept going through anything.

   They are back on the field warming back up. The announcers had some fill time to come up with. The score is still 0-0.


Multi-car collision on Hwy 99 at Farmington exit

   CHP are in the clean-up stage of a multi car accident that occurred on Hwy 99 at the Farmington (Hwy 4 exit).

    A white Toyota and a red Honda among others were involved. They are all on the side of the road at this time.


Horse stuck in fence in Copperopolis

   The Sheriff received a report of a horse stuck in a fence at Hwy 4 and Main in Copperopolis on September 14, 2013 around 7 AM.  No report was taken by the Sheriff

The World's oldest man dies in New York

      According to the Guinness Book of World's Records, Sal Sanchez-Blazquez was 112 years old when he died.

    He was a self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from New York.

Fires cause flooding and death in Colorado

   The death toll is now officially 4 in the recent Boulder Colorado area floods. Officials fear that there could be more out further where they haven't yet reached.

Traffic Hazard: Dog on Hwy 12 at River

   September 15, 2013 at 11:07AM:  Use extra caution when driving on Hwy 12 near the Mokelimne River, as it was just reported that a big black and white dog in on the roadway.

   CHP has been notified and they are en route.

Master Cabinetmaker wanted in Calaveras County

  A local company is looking for a master cabinetmaker, hopefully someone who has experience with

Bigfoot heads for San Andreas?

    We just got a newly reported sighting of Bigfoot Albino in San Andreas near the government center.

   The report is that he was running around in the trees near Mountain Ranch Road.

   No, that wasn't Supervisor Spellman!! This one has no tail!! 

49ers vs Seahawks at 5:30 Sunday September 15, 2013

   Don't forget the 49ers play the Seahawks in the Sunday night game tonight at 5:30PM. They play at the Seahawks stadium in Seattle.

Letter to the Editor....About Ranchers

   Dear Editor:

   This letter is not aimed at Calaveras County ranchers specifically, but to all of California. I have read a lot about how much these ranchers get in "welfare"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fire in Lockeford

   September 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM:  A fire has been reported at Hwy 12 and Brandt Rd in Lockeford

  Emergency crews are en route to the scene. Avoid that area if possible.

USFS reopens Hwy 120 (Tioga)

   At noon today, September 14, 2013 Hwy 120 (Tioga Road) was reopened within Yosemite

Calaveras County Disturbances on Friday the 13th

   September 13, 2013:  A disturbance was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff's office from White Pines Bar

Motorcycle collision on Hwy 88

   September 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM:  A group of motorcycles got into a collision at Hwy ii and Mormon Emigrant Trail near Silver Lake.

   CHP and an ambulance have been dispatched to the scene.

Review your surveillance videos

   To those of you who have put up video surveillance cameras, we want to remind you to

Car vs Deer in San Andreas

  September 14, 2013:  At 7:37 AM CHP got a report that a car had collided with a deer on Calaveritas near Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

   CHP is at the scene.


Will flooding happen in aftermath of Rim Fire?

  Naturally, some people are concerned that what is happening in the Boulder Colorado area this week due to heavy rains, can happen in Tuolunmne County.

   The Boulder area had a devastating fire last year the destroyed the natural watershed, and now the water washes away, down the mountain in torrents. Hopefully, that won't happen here.

Seaside New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Suspicious

   September 14, 2013:  Investigators in New Jersey are asking the public for any photos or videos they may have taken around the time the devastating fire there began yesterday.

   They believe it started in a frozen yogurt shop that had closed for the season. The fire took 50 businesses that had just rebuilt after the Hurricane Sandy wiped them out last year.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Calaveras Board of Supervisors Wants to Raise Taxes and Fees on us...again

   In one of the most ignorant budget discussions we have heard amongst the members

Clover Fire near Redding

   September 13, 2013:  The Clover Fire near Redding is now 80 % contained, but only after burning 8,073 acres, 68 homes, and 128 outbuildings and damaging 5 residences and 10 outbuildings.

   There is also 1 death attributed to the fire. A man was found dead inside his motorhome yesterday after refusing to leave when evacuated. The cause is still under investigation.

Dog on Hwy 49 in Carson Hill

   September 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM:  Be careful driving Hwy 49 around Carson Hill. A large tan dog has been reportedly running on the roadway.

   CHP is en route.

Work for State Legislators is Over!!

   The legislative session for the California State Senate and Assembly is now over for the year. Life is hard,

Robin Williams is back working because....

  When we heard that Robin Williams had taken a job on a TV sitcom, we wondered, "Why?" Well, it seems the reason is his divorce, the one that is "tearing his heart out through his wallet."

   It has been reported that he was forced to sell his lavish estate simply because he could no longer afford it.  Yes, divorce brought him back to work after all, but we'll enjoy it.

How does Supervisor Ponte rank?

   After more than 6 months in office, we thought it was time to do a critique on Supervisor Debbie

Robert John Maghy

   Robert John Maghy passed away in Valley Springs on September 5, 2013. He was 92.

A new store in Arnold!! Callaway's Pot Sales!!

    Supervisor Callaway votes against anyone building more than one home in this county, and tries to

Traffic Accident in San Andreas

   September 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM:  A vehicle crashed through a fence on Costa Road in San Andreas.

   CHP is en route.  No injuries were reported.

Rim Fire Update September 13, 2013

   September 13, 2013 at  8:45 AM:  We just received the daily update of the Rim Fire. The acreage is still listed at 255,000 and containment is still at 80%.

   The cost of the fire is now nearly $108 million.

Supervisor Edson Does NOT want jobs!!

   We have heard many times from Supervisor Edson, how he will do anything to bring some jobs to

Car Crash at Hwy 99 and Hwy 4

   September 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM:  CHP just received a report of a traffic collision at Hwy 99 and the Hwy 4 exit in Stockton.

   No injuries were reported. CHP is en route to the scene.

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 12

  UPDATE:  At 6:30 AM the hazard was cleared.

Happy Friday....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

One in 5 still struggling

  A new poll released today shows that although the recession officially ended 4 years ago, 1 in 5 Americans is still having trouble just putting food on the table.

Drive a Porsche?

   The Porsche turns 50 years old this week.  To celebrate the company has created a limited run of the 1963 version to honor the year it made its debut.

Be kind to the Wild Animals

   The hunters are all over in the high country, and this causes the deer and other wild forest creatures to come down lower from fear.

   Drive a little more carefully. Please be kind to the animals. This is their world too!!

Shooters Cause Mt. Diablo Fire

   It was just announced that the Morgan Fire on Mt. Diablo was caused by shooters. The total acreage burned is now 3133, but containment is now 90%.

Angels Camp City Council meets

   The Angels Camp City Council meets on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM for three Closed

J K Rowling announcement

   "Harry Potters" J K Rowling says she in not done with that world. In fact, she plans to write a "potter" inspired film of fantastic beasts and where to find them.

Amador County Fire Protection meets

    On September 17, 2013 the Amador Fire Protection District Board of Directors meets at 810 Court Street in Jackson at 11 AM.

Madonado lost his Chief Strategist

   The GOP gubernatorial  hopeful Abel Maldonado hired John McCain's Chief Strategist,

OP-ED....Where did Calaveras Planning get the Bull***?

    Earlier, we watched the Planning Commission meeting again, where the Planning Department's

Injured Deer on Hwy 4

   September 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM:   Two CHP are en route to Hwy 4 in Hathaway Pines where an injured deer in on the roadway near the helipad driveway.

  Please slow down. The deer do not understand cars and are just looking for food and water.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 49

   CHP have been called to the scene of a traffic accident that occurred around 10:13 AM on Hwy 49 at Glory Hole outside of Angels Camp.

   No injuries were reported, but one party says the other party refuses to give information for insurance.   


Head-on Traffic Collision in Murphys

   CHP reports that Julia Lei (63) of Murphys was traveling eastbound on Hwy 4, east of Mitchler

Man dies in Clover Fire

  September 12, 2013 at 9 AM:   A 56 year old man who refused to leave his home

Rim Fire Update September 12, 2013

   As of their 8 AM daily report, the USFS says the acreage burned in the Rim Fire is about the same a yesterday, at 255,000 acres, and the containment is still at 80%.

   The cost of fighting the Rim Fire is now $105 million.

Collision at Hwy 12 and Lime Creek in Valley Springs

   September 12, 2013:  CHP has just cleared a traffic accident that occurred at Hwy 12 and Lime Creek Road in Valley Springs.

   No injuries were reported, but a tow truck was required to clear the road.

Possible attempted kidnapping in Valley Springs

    The Calaveras Sheriff's Office has issues an advisory that on September 11, 2013 at around

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Leila Fowlers brother Pleads not guilty

    September 11, 2013:  The 12-year old who has been accursed of fatally stabbing his 8 year old sister in Valley Springs earlier this year, pleaded not guilty during a closed court proceeding today.

   The boys' family is supporting him, hoping all the facts will become known. He has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

More Gun Laws on Table

   All of the proposed laws to try and prevent gun violence are on the table for passage in this last week of California's legislature.

   We're all hoping that all of them pass, and that California becomes the strictest state in the nation.

Did Brad Pitt really cut his hair?

   The long scruffy blonde look that Brad Pitt has shown for so long may be gone, according to some rumors circulating that he has to cut it off for his next movie, "Fury".

Horse and Burro Adoption in Placerville

The Bureau of Land Management is announcing they will be holding an Adoption Program

Vandalism Report in Mountain Ranch

   A report of vandalism was received by the Calaveras Sheriff from a resident on Michel Rd in Mountain Ranch on September 10, 2013.

   Apparently the house and trees were vandalized.  The Sheriff took no report.

Arrest behind Treats in San Andreas

   The Calaveras Sheriff received a report that there was a suspicious person behind Treats General Store in San Andreas.

   The deputy arrived and arrested the male.  Well, if it isn't a crime, it ought to be!

Suspicious woman reported in Murphys

   No, it wasn't Supervisor Callaway!!  A couple of reports were called into the Calaveras Sheriff on September 10, 2013 that a suspicious female was walking down the road, yelling obscenities.

  The Sheriff took no report. But perhaps Supervisor Callaway offered her a home in Forest Meadows.

Burglary at Burson Donuts

  A burglary was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff September 10, 2013 by Burson Donuts on Hwy 12 in Burson.

    The air conditioners and wiring were taken after breaking in. The Sheriff took a report.


Altercation over "poop"

   There was a disturbance call to the Sheriff from Bear Mountain Senior Apartments on California Street in San Andreas on September 10, 2013.

   The verbal altercation was over a dog defecating on the neighbors front porch. No report was taken.

Petty Theft at Mountain Retreat

   A Petty theft was reported on September 10, 2013 at Mountain Retreat Co. on Cypress Point Drive in Arnold.

   A deputy took the report. There is no indication if they knew who the thief was or what was stolen.

Who reported the Napper??

   The Calaveras Sheriff's office was notified of suspicious person, a man who was lying by the side of the road at Hwy 49 and Lombardi Drive in Mokelumne Hill on September 10, 2013 around 1:10 PM.

   A deputy responded and was told he was just taking a nap. No report was taken.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 49 and Hwy 120

    September 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM:  A traffic accident occurred half way up the Moccasin Grade at Hwy 49 and Hwy 120.

   No injuries were reported, but it is reportedly  blocking the roadway. CHP is en route.

Rancho Calaveras Wants More Taxes??? Spellman Brays Again!!

   Calaveras Supervisor for District 5 (Rancho Calaveras) Darren Spellman agendized and attempted

Mt. Diablo Fire Update

    September 11, 2013:  As of 8:15 AM the Morgan Fire at Mt Diablo is 3133 acres and 70% contained. All evacuations have been lifted and demobilization of resources has begun.

    The cause has not yet been determined.

Clover Fire in Shasta/ Update

CalFire photo by Garret Frey
   As of 8 AM September 11, 2013 the Clover Fire is 7,012 acres and 40% contained.  80 structures have already been destroyed and 30 damaged. 300 more are threatened.

   Evacuations are still in place. The cause has not yet been determined.

Big Rig Rolls on Hwy 49 near County line

     September 11, 2013:  According to the CHP report, Michael Kidd, Sr (57)

Rim Fire Update September 11, 2013

    September 11, 2013 at 8 AM:  The total number of acres burned in the Rim Fire is 255,146 or nearly 400 square miles.

   80% containment is still listed because they say spotting continues along the uncontained lines of the fire.

Hwy 4 and Hwy 49 Intersection nightmare

     September 11, 2013 at 8 AM:  Without any police support, construction workers are trying to direct traffic at the intersection

Head-on Crash at Hwy 120 in Escalon

    September 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM:  CHP are still at the scene of a head-on traffic collision that occurred at around 5:19 AM on Hwy 120 and Victory Ave in Escalon.

   Apparently a black Toyota and a grey Honda were involved in the collision and both victims were transported to local hospitals via ambulance.  Tow trucks are now en route to clear the Hwy.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Morgan Fire on Mt Diablo Update

    As of September 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM the total acres burned in the Morgan Fire on Mt Diablo is 3,243 acres, but is now 60% contained.

   All evacuation and road closures have been lifted.     The cause is still under investigation.

Rim Fire Update September 10, 2013

    As of September 10, 2013 the Rim Fire is 255,146 acres and 80% is contained.

Tuolumne County Planning Commission meets/Brown Act violation

   On September 18, 2013 the Tuolumne County Planning Commission meets September 18, 2013 at 6 PM. On the agenda is the Dollar General Store with minor changes.

   Also of interest is a letter about the Brown Act violation of the previous meeting; a cease and decist letter and response from the Planning Commission.

NOT required per Brown Act

   In Tuolumne County, as it has here in Calaveras County many times, attendees at a meeting were told they were required

Cher joins The Voice!

   We just heard that Cher is joining The Voice this year as a coach.

OP-ED....You are either with the Tea Party or NOT!

   Everyone has a choice who they spend their time with, hang out with, email with, whatever.

Board of Supervisors Videos online

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors Videos are now posted on the County website

Arrest for Prohibited Firearms

   On September 9, 2013 at 5 PM Ernie Lee Marier, (63) of Valley Springs, was arrested at his home

Two Arrested at San Andreas Tower Mart

   On September 9, 2013 at 6 AM Katie Elijah Herrington (28) of Stockton was arrested at the San

Rim Fire passes $100 million mark

   September 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM:  Overnight the Rim Fire passed the $100 million mark and has now burned  254,685 acres, or 398 square miles.

 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial buildings and 11 residences have been destroyed in this fire so far. It is still 80% contained.

Overturned pickup at Hwy 99 and Liberty Rd

   September 10, 2013 at 9 AM:  CHP is currently at the scene of a reddish brown pickup that lost a wheel and overturned at Hwy 99 and Liberty Rd.

   An ambulance and tow truck were dispatched. The victim was trapped inside the truck. One witness stated the truck seemed to be speeding when it overturned.

Clover Fire in Shasta Update

   September 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM:  As of this morning the Clover Fire has burned 7400 acres and is 40% contained. Four injuries have been reported.

   So far 80 structures have been destroyed and 30 others damaged by this fire, along with many vehicles and other equipment. Evacuations are in place for the entire area. Six air tankers are working on this fire.

Little Shake-up at DOW Industrials

   It has now been announced that Alco, Hewlett-Packard and Bank of America will be removed

Hwy 49 Repaving continues

   Caltrans continued working during the night in the repaving of Hwy 49 in Angels Camp. The highway should be clear by daylight.

Mt Diablo Fire Update

    September 10, 2013:  The Mt. Diablo State Park had to be closed down due to the Morgan Fire's growth overnight.

  The total acres burned there is 3714 acres and it is 20% contained. All evacuations still in effect.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Morgan Fire Update Septembe 9, 2013

   As of 7 PM September 9, 2013 the Morgan Fire on Mt Diablo has grown to 3718 acres and is 20% contained.

   At 6 PM the CalFire Incident Management Team  # 4 took over command.

Clover Fire in Shasta County Update

   September 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM:  The Clover Fire in Shasta County is now 2500 acres near

Bus plummets off cliff, killing dozens

   At least 41 people are dead, including children after a bus plummeted off a cliff in rural Guatemala, according to authorities there.

   Apparently the bus plunged around 650 feet into a river at the bottom of a ravine.

Republican Jim Brulte has done his job...

  Yes, the California Republican Party Chair has completed mission in the party---he has laid out his plan for the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

   Now he can go home and rest assured that Republicans will do as expected--GET THEIR ASSES BEAT BY JERRY BROWN!

   They will never learn!!

Morgan Fire Update-Mt Diablo

   September 9, 2013 at 3 PM:  We just received updated information on the Morgan Fire at Mt. Diablo. It has grown to 3718 acres and is now 20% contained.

   The cause of this fire is under investigation by CalFire.

Lafco meets September 16, 2013--Rancho Calaveras Grows

   Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) meets on September 16, 2013 at 6 PM in the Calaveras Board of Supervisors Chambers.

   On the Agenda is the Rancho Calaveras or CSA1 road committee, requesting an expansion of 400 more acres to the CSA 1 Road organizaton.

What is behind Grizzly Station?

   Some type of animal has been reported behind Grizzly Station on Hwy 4 in Arnold. The Sheriff's Office has been notified.

   They haven't yet said exactly what it is, but hmmm....

Fire in Shasta County

   A fire that was reported to CalFire at 12:30 PM is reportedly 500 acres now, an hour and a half later.

   It is called the Clover Fire and is located off Cloverdale Road in Happy Valley.

Arnold Residents Arrested at Melones

   On September 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM William Darrel Goddard (39) of Arnold was arrested at Melones

Angels Camp Woman Arrested

  On September 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM Christina Diane Cooper (45) of Angels Camp was arrested on Mark Twain Road for alleged Child Cruelty with the Possibility of injury or death, a felony and  Immoral Acts Before a Child, a misdemeanor.

   Cooper was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Angels Camp Police Department and released Pre-Trial for lack of space.


Do Strokes cause mental changes?

   It has long been believed that people who have even minor strokes often behave much differently afterward,

George Zimmerman in trouble again?

   Rumors have surfaced that George Zimmerman and his wife Shellie (who is apparently seeking a divorce) along with his father-in-law got involved in a domestic altercation, possibly involving a gun found at the scene.

   Zimmerman is being questioned and has not yet been charged in the incident.

Morgan Fire Update--Mt. Diablo

  September 9, 2013 at 12N:  The Morgan Fire on Mt Diablo is now officially 1500 acres

Elton John to perform Live at Emmy's

  We just heard that Elton John will honor Liberace when he performs live at the Emmys.

Sandra Bullock's new movie

   Sandra Bullock just finished making a movie that will be released in October with George Clooney as her costar called "Gravity"

   It's about two astronauts who get stuck in space.

Tuolumne County Planning Committee Meeting cancelled

   We just received notice that the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Planning Committee meeting scheduled for September 19, 2013 has been cancelled.

   The next meeting will be on October 17, 2013.

Black Dog on Hwy 4 in Arnold

   September 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM:  A black dog is reportedly running in and out of lanes on Hwy 4 at Skyline Drive in Arnold.

   CHP is en route. Use caution if in that area.

Oily Substance on Farmington Rd Exit off Hwy 99

   UPDATE at 12:26 PM:  Farmington Road is now reopen off Hwy 99 and Sig Alert is cancelled.

Letter to the Editor....Minority Rules!

    Dear Editor:

    One of the best things about living in a democracy is that everyone legally allowed to cast a vote

Calaveras Final Budget Hearing September 10, 2013

   At 1 PM on September 10, 2013 the Calaveras Supervisors will hold Final Budget Hearings. How

Calaveras Supervisors Vehicle Fleet?

       The Calaveras Board of Supervisors has never been what you would call financially wise,

Grand Jury responses still Questionable

   At September 10, 2013 Calaveras Supervisors meeting, the responses to the Grand Jury are again up for a vote.

   We find that they are badly written, in poor English, even with incomplete sentences and do absolutely nothing to show that this Board of Supervisors is transparent or that they want to fix the problems at the County, especially with the CIO department.

   If Chair Callaway wrote or approved of these responses then she should be removed as Chair immediately and replace with a Board member who is not afraid to allow the voters to see what is actually happening at County offices. Instead of transparency, there is currently secrecy, avoidance and obvious incompetence. 

Rim Fire Update September 9, 2013

   September 9, 2013:  According to the USFS the spot fire from the Rim Fire that occurred at Long Barn was contained at 4 acres and will be monitored.

Trash on Hwy 49

  September 9, 2013 at 8 AM:  CHP received a report that there is debris on Hwy 49 between Cosgrove and Meacham Ranch Rd in Angels Camp.

   CHP is en route. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Early Morning Fire on Hwy 12

   September 9, 2013:  CHP just cleared the scene of a fire reported at 6:24 AM apparently caused by a big rig near Double Springs Rd on Hwy 12.

    Traffic had to be diverted on to Double Springs Rd around the big rig and fire and a tow truck for a big rig called in.

Rim Fire Update September 9, 2013

   September 9, 2013:  Residents of Twain Harte attended a meeting at Twain Harte Park last night and were able to ask questions about the status of the Rim Fire.

   Spotting continues to be a problem outside the existing fire area and one new fire that started on Sunday was at Long Barn. The fire is still at 80% containment.

Mt Diablo Fire Update--Morgan Fire

   September 9, 2013:  The fire on Mt Diablo is now 800 acres and homes are being evacuated in the town of Clayton this morning. Containment is only 10%.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Three Fires on Hwy 12 at Mokelumne Rive

  Fire emergency crews have been busy since around 3:15 PM for three different grass fires about a half mile apart, that were reported at Hwy 12 and the Mokelumne River Bridge.

   Hwy 12 was blocked at times due to fires being close to the Hwy. CHP is remaining at the scene.

49ers Win 34-28

   September 8, 2013:  49ers Colin Kaepernick had over 400 yards and three touchdown passes in a terrific season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

   His favorite receiver was Amquar Dolten, and Green Bay tried everything to stop the two. Kaepernick got hit by a Green Bay Packer while out of bounds, but nothing could stop the Niners.

Yellowstone Camper dies of Gunshot Wound

   Although no hunting or even fishing is allowed in Yellowstone National Park, legal gun carrying

Op-Ed....True Sustainability--Human Population Control

     True sustainability of Earth is only possible with true human population control. It is humans

Bruno Mars entertainment at SuperBowl

   It was announced that Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars will provide the half-time entertainment at the 2014 SuperBowl.

Toyota with Camper hits fence

      CHP is still at the scene of a hit and run that occurred at around 9:28 AM on Ridge Rd between Glencoe and Railroad Flat.

   A Toyota with a camper shell apparently his a fence and left the scene.  CHP located the vehicle and are now investigating.

Rim Fire Update September 8, 2013

    At 8:45 AM September 8, 2013 the Rim Fire was updated to 253,332 acres with 80% containment and the cost of $93.5 million.

   Backfiring continued last night near Hardin Lake in dry, windy conditions with low  moisture levels.  The meeting with Twain Harte residents at Twain Harte Park begins at 6 PM tonight.

Fire in Copperopolis

   CalFire reports that they responded to a grass fire on the 2700 block of Quail Hill Rd in Copperopolis at around 3:30 PM on September 6, 2013.

   Caused by a lawnmower, 1 1/2 acres were burned and one civilian was treated for dehydration.


Glencoe Fire

   CalFire reports that they responded to a structure fire on September 6, 2013 in the 300 block of Pinto Road in Glencoe around8:50 AM.

   A wood shed suffered fire damage and also a 10 x 10 pile of fire wood near the shed was burned.

   There was no extension of fire into the nearby vegetation. Damage was reported as $500. The cause was undetermined.



Should we attack Syria?

   A big debate is going on in Washington DC and around the country after President Obama decided to leave it up to Congress whether to attack Syria because of chemical weapons.

   What do you think we should do? Would you vote in favor of attacking or against it?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rim Fire Update September 7, 2013

no words can describe it
      September 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM:   The newest total acres burned in the Rim Fire is 252,521 acres or 395 square miles at a cost of $93,5 million.  It is still 80% contained.

Traffic Accident in Arnold

    UPDATE at 6:10 PM :  A tow truck has been dispatched to the scene.

Firefighter found dead

   The US Forest Service firefighter who vanished in New Mexico last week while scouting a wildfire was found dead yesterday on top of a mesa, where he had apparently crashed his ATV, according to officials there.

   A massive search had taken place during the week for the missing man.

Some "Christians" leave Boy Scouts of America

    The largest church charter of the Boy Scouts of America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day

Traffic Accident in Jackson

   September 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM:  A traffic accident was reported to CHP at Hwy 49 and French Bar Road in Jackson.

   It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Jackson PD was notified. CHP is at the scene.

Traffic Hazard in Cottage Springs

  September 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM:  A traffic hazard was reported to CHP on Hwy 4 just south of  Cottage Springs.

    CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't yet clear what the hazard is, but be careful in that area.

Rim Fire Update September 7, 2013 - Meeting in Twain Harte

  September 7, 2013:   As of the 9 AM report the Rim Fire has consumed

Al Segalla and Anita Paque on Assessment Appeals Board ?

   On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 agenda, the Calaveras Board of Supervisors have two applicants

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hunter Causes Rim Fire-Not Yet Arrested-$88 million bill?

  As most wildfires are, the Rim Fire was HUMAN CAUSED! It was made official, the cause

CCWD Meets September 11, 2013

   Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) holds their regular meeting on September 11, 2013 at 9 AM at their new headquarters building in San Andreas at 120 Toma Court.