Thursday, October 31, 2013

Truck loses load on Hwy 26

   A truck lost its load on Hwy 26 at Baldwin in Valley Springs about 2:35 PM.  CHP is en route to the scene.

   Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

CalFire says burning still suspended

   October 31, 2013:  As the fall weather brings cooler temperatures some tend to think its okay to burn again. Wrong!

   CalFire says all burning is still suspended. DO NOT BURN LEAVES, PINE NEEDLES or other yard debris until further notice.

Congressman McClintock said he would never take pension? Why lie?

   While doing some research on Congressman McClintock, the fact that he collects an extra

Call Social Security and report Fraud

  If you happen to know someone who is collecting Social Security Disability and you believe they are not disabled,

Castle and Cooke Calaveras makes changes?

   It seems that there has been a change of guard at the Copperopolis Town Square. Dave Haley, who used to be the manager in charge of the shopping center, apparently has been relieved of duty.

  We have sent email verification requests and asked for the reasons to the upper level management of Castle and Cooke and have not received a return answer.

   We want to know if this is just taking a portion of his duties at the Saddle Creek facility or if he is being moved to another location. We'll let you know if we get an answer.

Christmas tree comes from....

     It was announced this morning, and we knew you were dying to know, that the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for 2013 comes from Connecticut.

   What do you mean you aren't ready for Christmas!

Former Indiana State Trooper acquitted....for 3rd time

  A former Indiana State Trooper who has been tried three times for the alleged grisly murder of his wife and two children, has walked free again.

   The Floyd County taxpayers, however, are shackled by the millions it cost to try and convict the man.

Secretary of Defense for Boy Scouts

   Former US Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates has been chosen as the next President of the Boy Scouts of America.

   Gates will be charges with the task of repairing the divisions within the organization over accepting gay scouts.

Putin beats President Obama for #1 in power

   The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is now the #1 most powerful person in the world, unseating President Obama in the Forbes' list of the worlds most powerful people.

   President Obama was #1 last year.

67 year old Florida man wins lottery.....AGAIN!

   The same man who won a multi-million dollar jackpot last year playing the lottery in Florida has won another $3 million.

   James Bozeman, Jr. has claimed his newest prize there in Florida.

New Cigarette Law in New York City

   It seems that last night the New York City Council passed and the Mayor has signed a new law that forbids buying cigarettes if you are under 21 years of age.

Happy Halloween

Animal Services Celebrates Halloween

   Today. October 31, 2013 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (except for lunch 1-2PM) Calaveras County Animal Services will be holding its first Halloween pet costume contest.

  Bring your pet to enter. There will also be treats for your pets and the children. See you there!

Porter Ridge boys win World Series......

   Er....we mean the Boston baked boys, won the World Series last night in a disappointing and very one-sided game.

   It was hard to tell if we were watching baseball or a story about the Porter Ridge boys. The Cardinals all looked great, though!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NSA even eavesdropped on the future POPE

   Whether you consider Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor depends on your feelings about the right to privacy, but now we know why the US government wanted him back so badly.

  No only has this snooping angered public officials around the world, but even the future Pope Francis was apparently one of those eavesdropped on.

FBI year-long sting of Calderon--Fake Movie Executives?

    A little corruption in California?  Word has come out today through Al Jazeera America that the FBI sting of Senator Calderon allegedly involved phony movie executives offering money, etc.

   More is to be released later tonight.

Donald D.K. Lawson of Mokelumne Hill

   On October 28, 2013, Donald Kay (D.K.) Lawson, of Mokelumne Hill,
passed away at his home. He was 76.

CHP Arrest Alleged VS burglars in Stockton after vehicle pursuit

   According to the Calaveras Sheriff's Office on October 30, 2013 at approximately 2 AM deputies

McClintock takes "Snowbird" vacations in Florida

  Congressman Tom McClintock spends his private time in Florida when he's in Washington DC, and stays at $459 a night hotels there. Life is hard! Being a Florida "snowbird" is easy.

    He could at least spend that money in California and especially in his own district, where the last 6 years have hit the tourism economy hard. We don't think he cares.

Congressman McClintock doesn't like his district

  We just found out that Congressman Tom McClintock doesn't even like the District he represents. He lives in Elk Grove and no wonder he doesn't know that we are more than a logging area.

  When you don't even live in the District you represent, you cannot possibly represent the people correctly or honorably.

Congressman McClintock Conservative or Big LA Spender?

   Congressman Tom McClintock, career politician who claims to be in the Tea Party politically,

Traffic Accident near Camanche

   UPDATE at 5:44 AM:  No injuries occurred in this accident per CHP.

   UPDATE:  According to CHP at 5:44 AM no injuries occurred in this accident.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

World Series Game 6 tomorrow October 30, 2013

   The Red Sox now lead the Cardinals 3 games to 2 in the World Series. Game 6 gets underway at 5 tomorrow night at Fenway Park.

Letter to Calaveras Board of Supervisors...about transparency

   October 28, 2013

    Dear Calaveras Board of Supervisors:

   We are concerned that the County Clerk will no longer be preparing and sending out preliminary Board of Supervisors meeting agendas

Jonas Brothers calling it quits?

   About three weeks ago, the Jonas Brothers canceled their planned tour do to what was described as "a deep rift in the band,".

   Now it seems that Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas have decided the band should call it quits, at least "for now."

Chain Control on Hwy 4 and Hwy 88

   October 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM:  Chain control continues this morning on Hwy 4 from Cottage Springs on Hwy 4. Ebbetts Pass is closed.

   On Hwy 88 chains are required at Peddlar Vista.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Traffic Accident in Mokelumne Hill

    October 28, 2013:   A traffic accident was reported on Main Street in Mokelumne Hill at 2:07 PM. A white Buick and a white GMC collided.

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

OPED: One Brother asks is one woman "true Neighbor from Hell?"

 As you know, we hear about lots of "Neighbors from Hell". What if the brother of a person really believes the worst "Neighbor from Hell" ever is the wife, and not the husband, could that be true?

  Yesterday it was reported that everyone thinks they got his message. She is truly crazier than her husband. His brother says she tells him what to do and he's so low in IQ, that he does it. WHOA!! Thank you, brother.

Blue Tarp Death Threat truth--Chapter 1

  Less than a month after the became an online publication, an hilarious story, was

Miley Cyrus says MTV VMA would be boring

   We aren't sure if Miley Cyrus is correct in her thinking that her performance with Robin Thicke (the latex-clad tweaking teddy bear) kept the MTV VMA show from being boring.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" wins at box office

  October 28, 2013:  Apparently the public likes "Bad Grandpas" more that astronauts, because the Jackass Presents movie beat out "Gravity" with $32 million in box office take over the weekend.

Overturned vehicle on Hwy 49

   On October 27, 2013 at around 2:30 AM Eric Seccombe (34) of Pioneer was driving a 2004 Ford

Jake Chatfield of San Andreas

   Jake Chatfield of San Andreas passed away peacefully of Friday, October 25, 2013. He was 41.

    Born in Jackson on October 3, 1972, he attended Calaveras High

Traffic blocked on Hwy 88

  October 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM:  Traffic is blocked on Hwy 88 near Silver Lake Dam Rd due to a traffic hazard. We aren't sure if it is snow or what yet.

Chain Control on passes- Wet weather in Sierras

   UPDATE at 8:30 AM:  Chains now required at Cottage Springs on Hwy 4.

Calaveras Board of Supervisors night meeting

   On October 29, 2013 the Calaveras Supervisors will hold a special night meeting. This meeting

Car down the hill off Hwy 49 in Carson Hill

   October 28, 2013 at 8 AM:  A vehicle that is at least 100' down a hill off Hwy 49 in Carson Hill, was reported to CHP. No injuries were reported.

   A tow truck has been dispatched to the scene.

Live Wires Down on Hwy 120

  Around 11:30 PM on October 27, 2013 a big rig crash through a fence and knocked down live power lines.

   PG&E crews were called out to restore power to the  area. The big rig had to uprighted, as it was on its side. No injuries were reported.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Why people watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert!

  It was made public on the national network news stations yesterday that the man who was

Calaveras Supervisors Board Clerk moved to CAO's department

   October 25, 2013:  We just received the agenda for the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting

49ers vs Jaguars in Britain

   October 27, 2013:  The 49ers are pretty much having their way with the 0-7 Jaguars in Britain today.

  It's 20-3 right now and it will probably get worse.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

CHP rescues injured dog hit on Hwy 99--Kudos!!

   October 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM:  We just heard that a CHP officer has put an injured dog

Roseville parolee shoots four policemen

   On October 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM, parolee Sammy Duran, was taken into custody after a nine-hour standoff with police. The officers are all expected to survive.

Cops shoot 13-year old 3 times....

   On October 22, 2013, in Sonoma County, police shot and killed a 13 year old boy because they thought his pellet gun was an AK 47. The FBI are investigating.

Bart's crabby teacher on "The Simpsons" dies

   The woman who played the redheaded receptionist on "The Bob Newhart Show" and the went on to voice Bart's crabby teacher, Edna Crabappel on "The Simpsons", Marcia Wallace, died October 25, 2013. She was 70.

Two large Shepherd dogs found in Valley Springs

  October 25, 2013:  A resident on Ross Drive in Valley Springs called the Sheriff's office to report that they found 2 large shepherd dogs on their property with choke chains and tags.

   They agreed to keep them until the owners are notified. If you lost your dogs, call Animal Services or the Sheriff's department.

Momma Duck and ducklings....

Giant George dies

Photo from Giant George's Facebook page
   Giant George, the tallest dog in the world, according to Guiness, died just before his 8th birthday, according to his owners.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Is Congressman McClintock a bit slow in the brain?

   Today Congressman McClintock sent out emails stating that the shutdown was all the Democrats and especially our black President

Bad Traffic Accident in Escalon

   UPDATE:  At 5:30 PM the Hwy is still blocked. A tow truck has been dispatched to take the big rig to the evidence yard.

Madison Square Garden got $1 billion makeover

   Madison Square Garden in New York is opening Friday night after  2.6 million man hours and a billion dollars in renovations.

Cardinals win game 2 of World Series

   The St. Louis Cardinals recovered in game 2 and thanks to a couple of Red Sox errors, won the game 4-2. Now the series is tied at 1 and 1.

   Although James Taylor began singing "Oh Beautiful...", he quickly recovered and sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the game.

Valley Springs man arrested

  On October 22, 2013 at around 10 AM Benjamin Samuel Harmon (22) of Valley Springs, was arrested at his residence for allegedly Evading a Police Officer in a Vehicle with disregard for public safety, a felony and for Reckless Driving on the Highway, a misdemeanor.

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

Arrest for Battery at Probation Office

   On October 22, 2013 at around noon, a Calaveras Sheriff's deputy arrested Gregory Dean High (23) of Copperopolis for alleged Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, a felony.

   High was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and released for time served after 1 day.

Drug Arrest in Arnold

  On October 19, 2013 at around 10:30 PM Mark Norman Dantsche (44) of Avery was arrested at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony, and Controlled Substance Paraphernalia and Providing False ID to officers.

   Dantsche was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's deputies and was released on bond.

Mountain Ranch man arrested

  On October 19, 2013 at around 3:30 PM Anthony Paul Coffaney (32) of Mountain Ranch was arrested by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies at Turner Park in San Andreas for allegedly Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse or Cohabitant and for Violation of Parole, both felonies.

   Coffaney was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Bret Favre turns down offer of NFL return

   It was well publicized this week that Bret Favre was offered an opportunity to return to the NFL by a team who's quarterback was injured. He is 44.

  Bret Favre has now come out to say that he will not return and that he feels concussions which occurred during his playing years have affected his memory and that he believes many others have had the same experience.

Overturned vehicle on Hwy 26

  October 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM:  An earlier accident on Hwy 26 near Lower Doray Road in Glencoe is being cleared by CHP. One vehicle ended up on its roof.

  An ambulance was dispatched for injuries. A tow truck is en route.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Calaveras Supervisor Spellman Slurring Women! As usual!

   At the Tuesday, October 23, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting, Calaveras District 5 Supervisor Darren Spellman went on several rants,

Traffic Accident in Mokelumne Hill

  October 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM:  CHP is in the clearing stage of an accident that occurred at Hwy 26 and Jesus Maria Road in Mokelumne Hill.

   Ambulances were dispatched for three who were injured in the head on collision. Both lanes were blocked for a while. A tow truck is now hauling at least one of the vehicles away.

Vehicle hit ladder on Hwy 99

   October 24, 2013 at 3PM:  CHP are still at the scene of an accident involving a ladder on Hwy 99 near Hammer Lane in Stockton. No one has been reported injured.

   The vehicles involved are now on the side of the freeway.

Clint Eastwood and wife Dina getting divorce

  At first Dina Eastwood filed for a legal separation last month. Then she withdrew that petition.

  Now she says she is moving forward with getting a divorce from her Oscar winning husband Clint Eastwood. They have one child together.

Firefighting Plane crash caused another fire in Australia

   A plane that was helping to douse some of the 55 wildfires across Australia, crashed into a national park today, killing the pilot and starting another fire in the state of New South Wales.

Former policeman wins workmans comp suit after pepper spray

   One of the former policeman at the University of California who pepper sprayed peaceful students who were protesting was awarding $38,000 in a worker's comp settlement for psychiatric damage.

   He claims he suffered from the 2011 incident, according to the University.

63 AR-15 rifles stolen, four arrested

    63 AR-15 rifles en route from  Connecticut to a shipping facility in Shreveport, Louisiana earlier this month were stolen.

   Now Caddo Parish Sheriff's office says they've arrested 4 men in connection with the theft.

Benefits to being a Kennedy...

  After serving 10 years in prison for the 1975 murder of teenager Martha Moxley, Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, was granted a new trial by a judge today.

  He could be released on bail as early as Thursday.

Gunfire at Tennessee Naval Base

   Three National Guardsmen got into an argument and it led to two of the men being shot in Tennessee. The Naval Base has been shut down.

   The two wounded men are expected to survive.

Theme for 2014 Calaveras County Fair

Herd of "frogs"?
   The Board of Directors of the Calaveras County Fair has selected the theme for the 2014 County Fair out of over 3 dozen submissions.

   "Fun for the Whole Herd" was the clever theme chosen. The person who submitted the idea was bit named.

Car on its side on Hwy 49

   October 24, 3013:  An 8:55 AM traffic accident on Hwy 49 at Union Mine Road has left one vehicle on its side. At 9:25 AM CHP is still enroute to the scene.

  No injuries were reported. A tow truck was dispatched.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Letter to the Editor....About Population

   Dear Editor:

   I saw an ad for that TV show about people who already have 19 kids and are trying to have more.

MIchael Jordon selling home....

   Former NBA star Michael Jordan's custom home in Chicago is being auctioned off next month.  All you need is $250,000 down, and finance the other $21 million or so.

   This gate is about as close as most people will get to the home.

5 year old shoots himself

   While a teenage babysitter in Texas was napping, the 5 year old she was supposed to be taking care of, found her gun on the coffee table and shot himself with it.

   The babysitter was arrested. After discovering the body of the 5 year old, she carried the 5 month old who she was also watching to the grandparents home to call for help.

Blake Shelton knows how to get winners

   During the Voice blind auditions, Blake Shelton really wanted one country singer to pick him, so he brought out three reasons and set them on his podium.

   They were the three trophies he has won by coaching the winner of the Voice for three years. It worked. The singer picked him.

Holiday Art Boutique

  From November 9, 2013 to January 4, 2014 the Gallery at the Calaveras County Arts Council will offer holiday gifts of artwork from local artists.

   Available will be everything from visual arts to jewelry and ceramics. The location is 22 North Main Street in San Andreas.

All Burning is suspended, per CalFIre

   CalFire was called to the 1400 block of Railroad Flat Road in Railroad Flat on October 18, 2013 for a debris burn that escaped.

  About 1 1/2 acres of woodlands was burned before being extinguished.  CalFire reminds everyone that all burning is prohibited until further notice.

Generator causes fire in Mountain Ranch

     On October 22, 2013 about 5 PM CalFire responded to a fire in the 8900 block of Avenue A in Mountain Ranch.

   About a 10' x 10' spot of grass was burned before being extinguished. A portable generator had caught fire, causing the grass fire.

Jerky treats for dogs can poison

   Apparently many pets have now died as a result of eating a jerky treat made in China. An investigation is ongoing.

  If your pet becomes ill after eating a jerky type treat, you need to notify your vet and make sure the vet notifies the government.

Traffic Crash on Hwy 4 in Murphys/CHP report

   On October 22, 2013 at approximately noon, Erika Kaiser (78) of Murphys

World Series Game 1 tonight

   The 2013 World Series begins tonight without any representation from the West. The Boston Red Sox play the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Who are you rooting for?

Traffic Accident in Lodi kills 5

   October 23, 2013:  According to authorities, a white SUV was seen driving nearly 100 miles an hour before a multi-vehicle crash at Ham and Vine in Lodi last night.

   A young child and a pregnant woman were among those killed. 14 others are hospitalized. CHP and Lodi Police spent most of the night investigating this crash.

CalFire Chief arrested in drug sting

   Roseville Police conducted a drug sting and one of the people caught in it was Ray Wright, a CalFire Chief, who is over two stations in the Roseville area.

   Wright is alleged to have been transporting methamphetamine, according to authorities. Daniel Berlant, spokesman for CalFire said that Wright is off work on paid time earned since his arrest.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Simon Cowell's son will have a nickname....

   Now that Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman know they are having a boy, Simon came up with his nickname already.

   The X Factor judge told several people that he is calling his child Tad.  Is that like in Pole?

Unemployment down to 7.2% nationwide

   148,000  jobs were added in September, and unemployment is down to 7.2% nationwide. You must be willing to leave Calaveras County to get a job. For some young people, it takes a lot of courage.

Traffic Accident in Murphys blocking Hwy4

   UPDATE at 1 PM:  This accident is a major injury accident per CHP. Two vehicles were over the side of the embankment after the collision. Tow trucks are now enroute.

Who should run against Tom McClintock?

   We're asking our readers who they would pick to replace Tom McClintock. It doesn't matter which political party, just suggestions of good people who care about jobs and our county, but who can get elected District-wide.

   Send them is as comments and we will post them. Should be interesting!

Car vs Embankment in Fiddletown

    At 8:33 AM on October 22, 2013 a green car reportedly hit the bank after running off the road at Shenandoah and Ostrom in Fiddletown.

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

What, Dick Cheney Worry?

   Dick Cheney says now that he was afraid while he was in office as Vice-President that he could be assassinated by hackers through his artificial heart device.

  Now who would ever want to assassinate a wonderful man like Dick Cheney?

Kanye West reserves AT&T Park in San Francisco

   An entire baseball stadium in San Francisco, a 50 piece orchestra and Kanye West. What could that be all about? Can't be anything small, can it?

   Well, we hear that Kim Kardashian is wearing a rather large diamond ring this morning, so we assume that he proposed and she said yes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Kris Jenner says she's sorry,,,,,,

   Kris Jenner now says she's sorry she ever divorced Robert Kardashian, although then she wouldn't have Kendall and Kylie.

   We imagine that Bruce Jenner, whom she just left, is just thrilled to hear that news.

What was stenographer ranting in House

   The mother of two who is a stenographer in the House of Representatives chamber, took to the

Tony Quinn says "GOP must rid itself of the Tea Party" McClintock worst!

   In Fox and Hounds today, Tony Quinn wrote that "It is time for California Republicans to confront their REAL enemies

Hwy 4 blocked at Pool Station Road

   October 21, 2013 at 1:15PM:  We just received a report that a truck with 2 trailers hauling large rocks is partially blocking Hwy 4 near Pool Station Road.

   Use extra caution in that area. CHP is enroute.

Did you know who owns Hard Rock Cafe's?

   We were pleasantly surprised to learn this morning that as of 2007 (we must be a little slow), the Hard Rock CafĂ© chain is owned by the Seminole Indian Tribe in Florida.

  There are 175 Hard Rock locations in 53 countries.

Letter from Representative Ami Bera

  October 21, 2013:  As you know, last week the government shutdown ended after partisan bickering

Two killed on BART tracks

   Two men were hit and killed by a BART train over the weekend.  One was an employee who had crossed the picket lines.

   The other was apparently a contract engineer for BART. The trains are being operated by management and this one, it has been said, was set to run by computer at the time of the incident.

6 Million young people not working

   According to a report by the Associated Press, almost 6 million young people between the ages of 16 to 24 are neither working nor attending school.

   That is nearly 15% who have no job, nor do they sit at any school desk.

Cheney admits Doctors letter phony--says Tea Party is a good thing!

    In a lengthy interview, a letter written by Dick Cheney's doctor saying he was in great health at the time of his being picked as

Another School shooting--this time in Sparks, Nevada

  October 21, 2013:  At 7:15 AM according to authorities, 2 were killed and 2 injured after a student at Sparks Middle School allegedly opened fire.

   Apparently a teacher who told the boy to put the gun down, was one of those shot. It isn't yet known details of the others shot.

Big Rid Caused accident at Hwy 99 at Farmington Rd exit

   October 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM:  A traffic accident reportedly caused by a big rig cutting off a blck Honda and then continuing on, occurred at Hwy 99 and the Farmington Road (Hwy 4) exit in Stockton.

   An ambulance is enroute to the scene due to injuries.

Traffic Accident in Valley Springs

   October 21, 2013 at 5:15 AM:  An early morning traffic collision on Hwy 26 has the roadway blocked near Beall Ranch Rd. in Valley Springs.

   CHP is at the scene and a tow truck has been dispatched. One vehicle has run off the roadway.
 No injuries have been reported.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Congressman McClintock not fiscal conservative -- He DOUBLE DIPS!!

Wait! This is not McClintock!
Isn't this his brother?
    Not surprisingly, Tea Party right-wingers are not really fiscally conservative. Their agendas are more along the line of hatred

Traffic Accident in Copperopolis

   October 20, 2013:  A traffic accident was reported on Deer Field Circle in Copperopolis around 4:15 PM.  No injuries were reported.

  CHP is still at the scene. Two vehicles were involved.

"Gravity" comes in #1 at Box Office again

   Earning $31 million, the space adventure movie "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock, came in on top for the third weekend in a row.

   Tom Hanks' film "Captain Phillips" came in #2.

White Pickup Spins out at Hwy 99 and Farmington Rd exit

   October 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM:  A traffic accident involving a white pickup spinning out on Hwy 99 at Farmington Rd exit in Stockton.

  There is also an accident involving a red Focus at Main and the Hwy 99 Frontage Rd. An ambulance is enroute.

The price tag is $13 billion! What a deal!

   It appears that JP Morgan Chase may escape criminal charges and the investigation may be dropped, since Jamie Dimon met with the US Attorney General.

   Apparently the get off the hook if they pay $13 billion in settlement fees involving the mortgage securities litigation.

Virginians came to see HIllary

   The concert hall was billed as a Terry McAuliffe campaign event, but the northern Virginia town of Falls Church had a large crowd for another reason.

   They had heard that Hillary Clinton would be present at the event.

Clown kills drug trafficker

   Apparently a gunman who dressed up in a clown costume was able to get close enough to and shot and killed the oldest brother of one of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking families.

   This happened in the resort town of Los Cabos, according to authorities October 19, 2013.

Taco Truck and Silverado Crash

   October 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM:  Parties were just transported to the emergency room for lacerations after a Taco truck and a red Chevy Silverado crashed on Hwy 4 at Jack Tone Road below Farmington.

   Three CHP at the scene are now clearing the area and investigating.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Representative Bill Young dies

      Bill Young, an 82 year old Republican Congressman, who is one of the longest serving Representatives, died at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

   Young represented an area of Florida and was still officially in office.

Another UPDATE on Burson death

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office has released yet another press release on the shooting in Burson.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Injured deer on Hwy 49

   October 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM:  An injured deer has been reported on Hwy 49 near Donlen's Nursery just outside in Angels Camp.

   CHP is enroute as cars are swerving to miss the injured animal.

Traffic Accident in San Andreas

   October 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM:  CHP are still at the scene of an accident on Hwy 12  near the Pioneer Cemetery, just west of Hwy 49 in San Andreas. No injuries have been reported.

   A truck and a small sedan were involved. One vehicle is blocking the roadway.


Calaveras County Water District meeting

   On October 23, 2013 at 9 AM the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) meets at their new building in San Andreas.

   On this agenda is reviewing the rules and policies of providing water services and terminating water services to their customers.

BART on Strike --What about Calaveras Transit?

   Employees for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System went on strike late last night,

Man hi-jacks school bus

   A man was able to get on board and hi-jack a school bus in

Letter to the Editor....Sheriff Kuntz and guns

   Dear Editor:

   After hearing Sheriff Kuntz propose that we need more guns and his encouragement of women

Kendall and kylie Jenner at over 21 club alone?

   There are a lot of rumors that Kendall and Kylie Jenner, 16 and 17 year old daughters of Bruce Jenner and members of the Kardashian clan, flashed false ID's to get into a fancy over 21 club Tuesday night.

   The family is denying it, but apparently the girls were there partying.

Burson Grandmother held in Calaveras County Jail

   Charity Ford, the Burson grandmother who is alleged to have shot and killed her husband and to have wounded her granddaughter is being held on $1.75 million bail.

   Sheriff Kuntz has used this sad event to campaign for his re-election for Sheriff next year. He appeared on a local television news program.  Will this investigation be botched by him, too, as many feel the last family murder case was?

Vehicle hits tree near Hogan Dam

   October 18, 2013 at 8 AM:  An abandoned vehicle was reported to CHP this morning that had hit a tree about 20 feet from the roadway at Campbell Ct and Eberhardt Drive in Valley Springs.

  There were apparently no injuries and the car was locked up. This was near Hogan Dam.


Comet Ison still intact

If you are a skywatcher, you know that Ison
is a brilliantly bright comet headed around the
 sun, getting the closest on November 28, 2013.
 (NASA photo)
   The comet Ison is still holding together per this photo taken from the Hubble Space Telescope yesterday.

   As it gets closer to the sun, some scientists believe it will break up, as it is mostly ice, but others hold out hope that it will hold together longer.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Traffic Accident in Mokelumne Hill

   October 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM:  A traffic accident has been reported at Hwy 26 and the Campo Seco Turnpike in Mokelumne Hill.

   CHP is enroute. It isn't yet known if there are injuries.

Fire on Stallion Way in Angels Camp

   UPDATE:  According to Cal Fire, at 12:07 PM October 17, 2013 they responded to a report of a grass  fire in the 3300 block of Stallion Way, between Angels Camp and Copperopolis, off Hwy 4.

   Caused by a worker grinding supports for a radio tower, a 1/2 acre fire in brush and grass was burned before 7 units, including an air tanker brought the fire under control.

  October 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM:  A fire was just reported on Stallion Way, up on the hill, in Angels Camp. Emergency personnel have been dispatched to the area.


Burson Homicide Update

  The Calaveras Sheriff's Office has issued another press release regarding the Burson homicide.

Robert Redford calls it what it is.....

   While being interviewed for his new movie on CNN this morning, Robert Redford was asked about the faction of the Republican Party

OP-ED......We feel sorry for FOX News

   So many humiliating events and statements took place in and around FOX News last night,

Hitting Barrier proves fatal for one

   October 17, 2013 at  2:10 PM:   A white Jeep that hit a barricade at 11:40 AM on I-5 near the 8th street offramp in Stockton has proved fatal for one in the Jeep, after being ejected.  The Jeep ended up on its side, blocking lane three.

   CHP is still in the clearing stages after having to close the Downing onramp for 2 hours. A tow truck now has the vehicle and the road is being cleared.

Playing Chicken in traffic in Copperopolis

UPDATE:  At 2 PM another complaint was received by CHP of a subject not leaving

Bent A Winther of San Andreas

   June 3, 1928 - October 5, 2013

   Bent passed away unexpectedly on October 5, 2013 in

Overturned car in Ione

   October 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM:   An overturned car now on its side at Buena Vista Road and Stoney Creek Road in Ione has CHP and other emergency personnel busy in that area.

  No injuries were reported. A tow truck has been dispatched as the car is in the middle of the roadway.

Olympian Greg Louganis marries in Malibu

   Greg Louganis married his boyfriend, who he met in an online dating service, at Louganis' home in Malibu last week. They have been a couple for over a year.

Calaveras Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) cancels meeting

   The October 21, 2013 meeting scheduled for LAFCo in Calaveras County has been cancelled. The next meeting is November 18, 2013.

New Pew Research Poll Numbers-- Anti-Incumbents

   According to the most recent Pew Research polls, nearly three quarters (75%) of registered voters would like to see most members of Congress defeated in the next midterm election.

   In another question, of whether they would like for their own representative not to be reelected the percentage stayed at 38%, the same as it has been for decades.  This poll was taken before the government shutdown.

McClintock continues to badmouth the President

   Congressman Tom McClintock, who is supposed to be representing all of his constituents in

Homocide Arrest in Burson

     According to the Calaveras Sheriff's Department, on October 16, 2013 at around 10:15 PM,

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4

   October 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM:  Two CHP are enroute to a traffic accident on Hwy 4 below Farmington at Jack Tone Rd.

   An ambulance is also enroute to the scene. The accident involved a black pickup and a silver Acura.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

140,000 Petition signatures delivered to Tea Party McClintock

   You may have heard of Michelle Langbehn, who suffers from a rare cancer and was hoping to get

Traffic Accident in Mokelumne Hill

   October 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM a traffic accident was reported at Hwy 26 and Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill.

   A maroon KIA Sedona and a gray Toyota van were involved. No injuries have been reported.

David Tunno Speaks to Republicans

   On November 5, 2013 at 6 PM David Tunno will be the guest speaker at the Calaveras County Republican Party meeting, to be held at Camps at Greenhorn Creek.

   Mr. Tunno will be speaking on "The FEMA Scheme", about thousands of parcels of land being added to the flood map in Calaveras County. The public is welcome to attend.


Who is highest paid TV star?

   We were surprised at this one. It's 35 year old Ashton Kutcher of Two and a Half Men, who banked $24 million between July of 2012 and June of 2013.

Calaveras Supervisors meet

   On October 22, 2013 the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets in the Board Chambers at 9 AM. As usual, they will have a lengthy campaign

Turkeys Strutting their stuff

  These Calaveras County turkeys are strutting their stuff on this beautiful fall morning, October 16, 2013!

Three Women Arrested in Angels Camp

   Angels Camp Police report that on October 15, 2013 at approximately 3:25 PM an officer from the Angels Camp Police Department was dispatched to the 1200 block of South Main Street

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Hunt Road

   October 16, 2013 at 7 AM: CHP is in the clearing stage of an accident that occurred at Hwy 4 and Hunt Road in Copperopolis earlier.

   A solo vehicle was involved. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daylight Saving Time Ends....

Clocks get turned back 1 hour
   Daylight Saving Time doesn't end until Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 AM since President Bush extended it while he was in office.


Fire reported on Hwy 12 in Lockeford

  October 15, 2013 at 2:38 PM:   A fire has been reported on Hwy 12 in Lockeford. Emergency vehicles are enroute to the scene.

   The grass fire is actually on the east side of Hwy 88, according to witnesses.

Angels Camp man arrested

   On October 11, 2013 at around 5 PM Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies arrested Deameatri Alwin Johns (34)  of Angels Camp, in San Andreas on St. Charles Street.

   Johns was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Infliction of Corporal injury on a Spouse, Threatening a Crime with the Intent to Terrorize, Kidnapping and Attemped Kidnapping, all felonies.

Appreciation Mixer at Fairgrounds

   The Calaveras County Fair is announcing that on October 18, 2013 they are holding a Volunteer - Staff Appreciation Mixer at the Ranch House. Beverages will be provided, please bring an appetizer to share from 5 to 7 PM.

   If you volunteered for the Fair in any capacity, for one of the fair partners, if you served on a committee, were an entertainer or a vendor, or if you were on staff, the Calaveras County Fair Board of Directors hopes to see you there.


Golden Globes Hires sure thing....

   The Golden Globes has put a lock on the success of their next two years shows. They have hired Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host both of them, they announced yesterday.

Assemblyman Bigelow: "Go get a logging job! " Recalls planned?

   Everyone knows our Stanislaus National Forest was devastated by a hunter on the Tuolumne County side. 

Traffic Accident on Obyrnes Ferry Rd.

   UPDATE:  At 9:45 AM CHP has still not arrived at the scene.

Clever pumpkin carving....

You can get really clever with a pumpkin. Look
at all of these.

Ivanka Trump has baby boy

   Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump just had a baby boy, their second child. They have a 2 year old daughter.

   Trump works at her fathers company and has often been seen assisting him on his TV show, "The Apprentice."

Calaveras Supervisors plan LOOONNNGGG Holiday season! No Re-elections??

  At the last Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting, our Supervisors had a hard decision to make;

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ice Skating rink good for one season

   The Rockefeller Center opened its Ice Rink today for the holiday season.  It was created to last just one season.

   That was in 1936 when it was supposed to be a temporary attraction. Today is its 77th season debut and tourists from all over the world are attracted to the Rink.

Car runs off Hwy 4 near Pool Station

   UPDATE:  A black Chevy pickup is on its roof. The westbound lane is blocked. Injuries are reportedly minor.

Owl found trapped in tree

   A Calaveras Sheriff's deputy attempted to come to the assistance of a resident on Siegel Street in Valley Springs on Saturday October 12, 2013 around 10 AM.

   A large owl appeared to be trapped and tangled in a chain in the oak tree. A raptor rescue organization was called for assistance. We aren't sure of the outcome, but will try and find out.

Republicans Host Heather Gass

   In a press release the Calaveras County Republican Party has announced that a presentation will be

Today, October 14, 2013 we celebrate Columbus Day

The Nina, the Pinta and the
Santa Maria!
   While many question whether or not we should even be celebrating the day that Columbus

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Forty-Niners beat Cardinals

    October 13, 2013:   After a long game, with a serious injury near the end, the Forty-Niners came out on top with a score of  32 to 20 against the Arizona Cardinals.

   The Niners are now 4-2, one game behind the Seattle Seahawks.

Vehicle on Fire on Hwy 49

   UPDATE at 5:14 PM:  CHP is now at the scene. This accident is just north of the bridge on Hwy 49.

Raiders go doowwnn!

  October 13, 2013:  The Oakland Raiders have been defeated by their one time rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs.

   The Raiders were able to keep it close in the first half, but it didn't last. The details are not important, they lost big time.

All right, one more ahhhh....

Traffic Hazard in Railroad Flat

  October 13, 2013 at 10:47 A:  CHP is enroute to the scene of a reported traffic hazard on Railroad Flat Road at Ridge Road in Railroad Flat.

   It is not yet clear what the hazard is, so use extra caution in the area.

Your Sunday morning ahhhhh!

49ers vs Cardinals at 1 PM

  October 13, 2013:   The San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals today at 1 PM at Candlestick Park. Both teams are 3 and 2.

Michael Douglas reveals truth about cancer..

   Michael Douglas, who had announced he had survived throat cancer, has now made public that he actually had tongue cancer, not throat cancer.

  He states that he has successfully battled the disease and is now apparently free of it.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 in Vallecito

 UPDATE at 7:22 AM:  CHP arrived on the scene and found no occupant. Vehicle had been abandoned.   A tow truck was dispatched

Saturday, October 12, 2013

John McCain: "A little straight talk: to FOX?

   After listening to the hosts on FOX News blame the President of the United States for everything,

Mark Zuckerberg bought his neighbors homes for $30 million

   When you're worth around $19 billion and own Facebook, you can probably buy just about anything you want.

   Mark Zuckerberg has paid $30 million buying 4 homes around his in Palo Alto, to insure that he will have privacy. Apparently even though they were not for sale, Zuckerberg made offers they could not refuse.

Fire Department runs "Fifty Shades of Red" campaign

   In London, and now possibly in LA, fire department managements are running what they call the "Fifty Shades of Red"

Calaveras County Most Wanted

   October 8, 2013:  Daniel Cosco Guida

The kooks vote for their fellow kooks?

   October 12, 2013:   As shown in today's "Values Voter" straw poll, the kooky end of the spectrum

McClintock goes from "Defund Obamacare" to complete surrender... and "People want it and website doesn't work"

   What a turnaround for the Tea Party Congressman Tom McClintock.

Burglary reported in Arnold

   A break-in was reported to a storage unit on Snow Flake Drive in Arnold on October 11, 2013 at around 3:30 PM.

   A Calaveras Sheriff's deputy took a report. It was not clear if there were any suspects.

Hwy 88 traffic accident with fatality

  October 12, 2013:  At around 10:30 AM a solo vehicle crashed on Hwy 88 near Cooks Station in El Dorado County. An ambulance and serveral CHP units were sent to the scene, but the injured party did not survive the crash.

  Also investigators came to take photos of details involving accident, and a Caltrans supervisor was requested.

Look Out, Angels Camp residents; Council wants to raise your rates again!

   While everyone in Angels Camp knows that the cost of water and sewer in the City of Angels Camp is astronomical, Mr. McHatten, who runs

Complaint about noise from shooting

   October 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM:  A resident on Warren Road in Jenny Lind complained that there is shooting going on nearby and they shouldn't have to listen to the excessive noise.

   No report was taken because the Sheriff decides what is right and what is wrong in Calaveras County, not the law.

Arrest made over belongings following a towed vehicle

   October 11, 2013:  At around 3:35 PM a disturbance that began on Hogan Dam Road in Valley Springs after a vehicle was towed, when a woman allegedly tried to ram Sam Berri vehicles in an effort to gain access to her belongings.

   Apparently the arrest took place at the Sam Berry yard.

Hooray! Governor Brown just signed AB 711, the NON-LEAD Ammunition bill

   We are proud to say here at the Sentinel that we supported Governor Brown's signing of AB711,

Arrest at cemetery in San Andreas

   On October 11, 2013 at around 2:10 PM two people were reportedly yelling at each other and walking towards the cemetery in San Andreas.

   An arrest was made after the argument became a physical fight. Other details are not available at this time.

Explosion Reported in Valley Springs

  October 11, 2013:  At around 2 PM a small explosion was reported by a resident at Blair Drive at Ross Drive in Valley Springs, with smoke rising behind their home.


Altercation over Dogs and Chickens

   A disturbance was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on Arrowhead Street in Copperopolis at around 11:55 AM on October 11, 2013.

   An altercation was occurring over dogs and chickens. The deputy apparently counseled the parties and took no report.

Angels City Council meets October 15, 2013

   Angels Camp City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday October 15, 2013 beginning at 5 PM with Closed Sessions

Two women in vacant house in Jenny Lind

   October 11, 2013:  A Calaveras Sheriff's deputy responded to a vacant house on Indian Creek Drive in Jenny Lind to find two women occupying the house.

   Apparently, the deputy asked the women to leave and they did, so no report was taken.

" Who's that sleeping in my bed?"

   October 12, 2013:  The Calaveras Sheriff's Office received a call from a resident at  the Black Bart Inn on St. Charles Street in San Andreas, that he returned to find an unknown female (not Goldilocks) had broken into his room and was still sleeping in his bed.

   Trespassing was reported. The Sheriff took no report on the incident.

OP-Ed....who's the Biggest Local Whiner in the NRA?

You know this guy? (this is only a
 couple of years ago) He's real
brave when threatening women too!
   Can you guess? Is this a person who makes money off of your sucker membership? Is this a person who whines and carries on when he doesn't get his way? What do you mean... there are two?

   It's a person who can't get a real job and who can't get a woman to stay with them. Do you all know who it is? Of course, you do!  WHIIINNNE!!!  WHINNNE! Sounds a lot like Boehner (sob, sob).

Union Public Utility District meets

   On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7 PM the Union Public Utility District (UPUD) will meet at 339 Main Street in Murphys for the regular board meeting.

   Also on the agenda is residential development request by the Milton B. Smith family on Ponderosa Way via Lawrence Smith. They are also reviewing the OroY Plata Park Gift Deed Agreement with Milton and Mary Smith in the same agenda item.

Former Kardashian nanny says she not surprised

   The former nanny in the Kardashian-Jenner household has said that she is not surprised that the couple separated.

   She says that they have always led very separate lives, even while living together.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tea Party holds "Surrender" celebration

   Washington DC is having such a lovely October. What with violent deaths, government shutdowns, fanatic truck drivers convergence and the Tea Party types conference this week,

Toyota Found NOT LIABLE

  On Thursday, October 10, 2013 a jury found that Toyota was not liable for the first wrongful death lawsuit to go on trial in the US.

   This was over alleged defects that did cause some vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate.

Are we still paying for Museum Direct Hadley?

   It seems that although the Angels Museum Director Craig Hadley, whom everyone seemed to like, is costing City Taxpayers even though he's been gone over a year.

   Due to litigation, the City of Angels Camp has been billed $24,753.04 by lawyer Derek Cole.   Cole is also now the City's attorney, and has been for several months.

Senator Cruz gets heckled...

   Senator Ted Cruz had his moment, er, 24 hours in the spotlight when he spoke uninterrupted on the

Vehicle hits Parked Car in Murphys

   October 11, 2013 at 10 AM:  A vehicle hit a parked car on Main Street in Murphys. CHP and a tow truck are responding.

   No injuries were reported.

We support AB 711 on the Governors desk now...Supervisor Ponte wants more lead poisoning!!

   While our illustrious Calaveras Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly voted to write a letter
opposing AB 711, and to encourage Governor Brown to veto it, the Audubon

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Murphys Sanitary District meets October....

   On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6 PM the Murphys Sanitary District Board meets for their regular board meeting.   It will be held at 90 Big Trees Rd in Murphys, Ste B.

   There is an agenda item to approve requesting $2 million from a grant, and a Closed Session item involving employee discipline. No other details are known at this time. There is one other item on the agenda involving a sewer hookup without a permit.

South Dakota loses thousands of head of cattle

   Due to the unexpected blizzard which hit the Black Hills of South Dakota yesterday, more than 20,000 head of cattle may have been killed.

   Some even thought the number could reach 75,000 head of cattle by final count.

Joe Scarborough gets divorce?

  "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, 50-year-ol former conservative congressman from Florida, quietly divorced his wife of 12 years back in January, according to records filed in Connecticut.

   No wonder he's been taking a more moderate approach to politics the last few months.

Ariel Castro died with pants down....

   According to a new report that detailed the falsification of prison logs, Ariel Castro really died with his pants down and a Bible open, suggesting that he may have been engaged in auto-erotic asphyxiation.

   That could mean that suicide is ruled out in his death. We knew you would love this story.

Rav 4 with small children hit deer

   October 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM:   CHP and an ambulance are responding to a silver Rav 4 with two small children inside that reportedly has hit a deer on Shenandoah near Hwy 16 in Amador County.

   This is apparently just past the Silva Winery area.


Dog Running on Pool Station Road

   October 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM:  Use extra caution if driving Pool Station Road this morning as a dog is reportedly running in the roadway near Riata.

  CHP is enroute to that location.

Fatal Accident at Hwy 12 and Mokelumne River

   UPDATE at 8:45 AM:  Traffic is backed up including television news cameras with no way around the accident.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"... not a fuzzy, cuddly grandma that cooked or anything like that."

  Maria Shriver introduced a new book about her grandmother, the Kennedy matriarch, Rose Kennedy, including some never seen before family photos.

   In "Rose Kennedy's Family Album" Shriver says Rose was always in the middle of the political battles of her children, and was always dressed to the nines. "She was not a fuzzy, cuddly grandma that cooked or anything like that." according to Shriver.

Controversial cleanup: Arlington graves stripped of momentos

   In Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery, a new policy is now being enforced, forbidding the placing of personal mementos on graves on fallen soldiers.

   This section is where 800 Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers happen to lie. There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the new rule and the personal mementos are nowhere to be found.


Undercover Cop Arrested with Bikers

   As a video appeared which showed an undercover cop partaking in the attack on the young couple in New York last week, he tried to tell his boss he was afraid he'd blow his cover.

   That the department alleges is that the cop crossed the line between an undercover cop and a bad biker in that incident.  Everything seems to be on video these days, and it's a good thing.

OP-ED...Gun Lunatics, Racists, Bad Cops, Halloween Church.....Huh?

   So what, you ask, do "gun lunatics",  "bad cops",  "racists",  "postals" and the "Halloween Church"

Cooler today....possible rain,,,.. snow at Bear

  Wednesday, October 9, 2013:   Use extra caution today as cooler temperatures and a possibility of rain could cause slick roadways in the area.  Snow is expected over 6000', but only a couple of inches.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Foster Farms Chickens Center of Salmonella outbreak

   October 8, 2013:  Although authorities have confirmed that the outbreak of salmonella has been located at Foster Farms Chicken  locations in California, they say you don't have to return the chicken you bought.

   Now officials say that if you cook it thoroughly, you will escape any ill effects from the salmonella as thorough cooking kills the bacteria.

Prince George gets his own Royal Coin

   10-week old Prince George of Cambridge will be receiving a royal coin in his honor for his christening on October 23, 2013.

   The cost of the coin is between $20 and $80 thousand and is the first official commemorative coin for the child.

God and Queen removed from British Scout Oath

   After 106 years, in Britain, the National Scouting association has rewritten the Scout promise to say "...I will do my best to uphold the Scout values," instead of to "God and Queen."

   Families will still have the choice of using the old oath if they so choose. We haven't heard anything about changes to the Scouts promise here in the States.

Valerie Harper kicked off DWTS

   We're sure it wasn't easy, but actress Valerie Harper, who has been battling brain cancer, was kicked off Dancing with the Stars last night, in case you weren't watching.

   She has apparently heard worse news.

Joe H. Miller of San Andreas

    Joe H. Miller of San Andreas, passed away on September 24, 2013 at his home.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 99 at Farmington Exit

    October 8, 2013:   A milk tanker truck and a grey Ford Escape reportedly collided about 9:15 AM on Hwy 99 just north of Farmington Rd (Hwy 4) offramp. CHP is responding.

  No injuries were reported.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 99 at Farmington Rd Exit

   October 8, 2013:  At 6:42 AM CHP received a report of a traffic accident on Hwy 99 at the Farmington Rd exit (Hwy 4) in Stockton.

   It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Two CHP are enroute to the scene. One vehicle, a tan Honda reportedly hit an embankment. A big rig could be involved, as it is parked nearby.

Monday, October 7, 2013

All-Terrain Vehicle accident: CHP report

   According to CHP on October 6, 2013 Matt Shanks (30) of Elk Grove was driving a Yamaha 2003

"Gravity" big weekend winner

   The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney space movie "Gravity" was way at the top of the box office for record earnings this weekend.

  The movie earned $55.5 million in North American, the biggest for the stars and for October openings, according to the industry trackers.

Four bikers now in custody

   After a high-speed chase which apparently and allegedly ended in an assault on a New York family's  SUV, now four bikers are in custody after reviewing the videos and asking for help from the public.

Camp Pendleton Fire at 2500 acres

    October 7, 2013:   The weather cooled a bit as fire crews fight the wildfire at Camp Pendleton in San Diego this weekend.

   So far the fire has burned 2500 acres.

Olympic Torch goes out!

   While passing through the Kremlin gates, the Olympic torch, carried by a Russian swimmer, flickered and went out.

    After frantic gesturing for help, a bystander came up and re-lit it with a cigarette lighter, saving the day and an embarrassing moment.

Speaker of the House (of Tealiban) says he's counted votes

    John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, says there are not enough votes in the

Want to know what's in your chicken nugget?

   While many comedians joke that it is better that we don't know what is in the chicken nuggets we eat at some fast food places, it is known what they contain.

   Apparently, fatty tissue, veins and other leftover parts are combined to make up chicken nuggets by some manufacturers.

Wagon Trail Project Open House

    The Calaveras County Department of Public Works is holding an Open House on the Wagon Trail Realignment project at Bret Harte High School on October 24, 2013 from 6 PM to 8 PM.

   The Public Works department will be looking for input and answering questions about the environmentas review process.

Calaveras County Fair Board meets

    The Calaveras County Fair Board meets at 5:30 PM in the Fair Office at Frogtown on October 9, 2013. Board meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend.

Paticia Noll Falls Asleep on Hwy 26?

   According to CHP, Patricia Jo Noll (66) of Glencoe, was driving a 2007 Toyota Prius on Hwy 26

Calaveras County Water District meets

  On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) holds a regular meeting at 9 AM at their new building in San Andreas on Toma Ct.

Airport closed after airtanker incident

      According to CalFire, around 5:40 PM on October 4, 2013 a CalFire Airtaker was damaged during a landing at the Hemet Ryan Air Attack Base in Riverside County.

   The aircraft, a Gruman S-2T sustained damage, but the pilot was not injured. NTSB is investigating the incident.

City of Angels Camp Budget Workshop?

   Prior to the Angels Camp City Council meeting on October 1, 2013, they held a

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jack Lynch Makes 55% benefits public

   During the Angels Camp City budget workshop on October 1, 2013, Councilman Jack Lynch made

Traffic Accident at Camp Connell

   UPDATE:  Two victims were flown to Doctor's Hospital in Modesto.

    October 6, 2013:  At 12:54 PM CHP received a call and is now enroute to a traffic accident on Hwy 4 at the Camp Connell Store in Camp Connell.

   An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries. An All Terrain Vehicle is involved in the accident.

City of Angels Moves quckly over campaign donations

   When it came time for the "community donations" portion of the budget discussions on October 1, 2013, we never saw anyone move so fast.

   These are well-known as campaign donations made by the city to people who support various city councilpersons.  Very interesting, if you look closely.

Angels Councilman Lynch asks hard questions of McHatten

  It became clear during the budget workshop at the City of Angels Camp on Tuesday, October 1, 2013,

Oldest Medal of Honor recipient Dies

   Nicholas Oresko, a former US Army Master Sergeant, who served during WWII, died at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, officials announced Saturday, October 5, 2013.

   Oresko was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient in the nation.

49ers play Sunday Night

    October 6, 2013:   The 49ers play the Texans at Candlestick on Sunday Night Football at 5:30 PM. It's about time they win one. Go Niners!

Traffic Fatality in Tuolumne County

      October 6, 2013 at 8 AM:  CHP are still at the scene of a fatal accident that occurred around 7 AM on Hwy 108

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy Pumpkin carving

McClintock in the Tealiban's bag?

  What with Mariposa County being hard hit due to the shutdown of Yosemite yesterday, how will the

Democrat Ami Bera challenged by Republicans (deep pockets) Doug Ose and (Tea Party) Igor Birman

   It seems that voters are happy with Ami Bera in the Congressional seat of District 7, next door to

How do you feel about the shutdown of government?

    We'd really like to hear local voters opinions on the US Government shutdown, or have you even been paying attention, not interested?

Car hits fruit stand

   October 5, 2013:  At 1:38 PM CHP was notified that a vehicle had run into the fruit stand at Hwy 4 and Jack Tone Road.

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

Rim Fire now 95% contained

   October 5, 2013:   The Tuolumne County Rim Fire, which destroyed 257,135 acres or 402 square miles and has cost $127 million so far, is now 95% contained.

  11 residences, 3 commercial buildings and 98 outbuildings were also destroyed. According to USFS there is still a 1000 acre pocket where fire continues to burn.

Murphys Woman arrested

   Rebecca Lynn Smith (44) of Murphys, was arrested at Avery Middle School on October 2, 2013 for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Cruelty with the possibility of injury or death, both felonies and for being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Driving under the Influence, both misdemeanors.

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

David Letterman longest late night host

  David Letterman, now 66, is the longest late night television host, with 31 years behind him. He just signed a new contract to stay through part of 2015.

   Since his quintuple by-pass 13 years ago, Letterman has remained relatively healthy. No details of the contract extension have been released.

Sonora Man arrested in Copperopolis

    On October 3, 2013 David Richard Paul (55) of Sonora was arrested by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies on Spangler in Copperopolis for alleged 2nd Degree Burglary and Obtaining Controlled Substance through Fraud, both felonies.

   Paul was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and then released pre-trial because of lack of space.


Washington DC has series of violent acts

   In the past week and a half, there was a mass shooting at the Naval yard, the shooting and killing of a mother near the White House, and a man setting himself on fire and now in critical condition near a DC museum.

   Does the government shutdown have anything to do with any of the increased violence in the area. Some say yes, others say it's just a coincidence.

Roseanne Barr gets mad....

    After she heard another one of her jokes on "Two and a Half Men", Roseanne Barr got angry and wrote things on twitter about how Chuck Lorre and Ashton Kutcher stole one of her old jokes.

    It was nearly word for word except that she wrote it about old women and Lorre wrote in into a script about old men. We haven't heard if she's getting a lawyer.

Lockheed Martin laying off workers

  October 5, 2013:   Due to the government shutdown, Lockheed Martin said yesterday that it will furlough 3000 workers on Monday, joining other large companies with defense contracts.

House approves back pay to furloughed federal workers

  October 5, 2013:   This morning the House of Representatives, all 407 of them, voted to provide retro-active pay to furloughed federal workers after the government shutdown ends.

  This means that those 800,000 workers who were sent home without pay when the Republicans shut down the government are actually on an extra paid vacation. Now there's fiscal responsibility for you!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Park worker blamed for government shutdown?

   As shocking as it was to see a man chewing out a park service employee at the US Capitol,

California's GOP announces new Campaign staff for Governor run

   The GOP announced today that a new team has been assembled to beat Jerry Brown in the race for Governor.

   We think we heard the new team was "The Chipmunks"?  Now that might work!

Betty Jane (Vett) Diermier

  Betty was born in Anaheim June 6, 1926 to Albert and Mary Vett. She passed away

Calaveras Supervisor Chris Wright promotes Clear-cutting!

  At the last Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting Supervisor Chris Wright asked for volunteers to help with the Clear-cutting

Dog and Goat dragging chains on Murphys Grade Road

   October 4, 2013:  Around noon CHP and a couple of motorists were out trying to catch them. Animal control was notified.

   They were last seen at Murphys Grade Road and Main Street in Murphys. Use extra caution in that area.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Contact with Assemblyman Bigelow's Chief of Staff! Kudos to Bigelow!

   We don't usually mention contacts we have with our elected officials, since it is common for

Hay truck crashes on Hwy 49

  October 3, 2013 :  At approximately 6:25 AM, according to CHP, Carey Pehl, Jr (19) of Acampo,

Tealiban tries Cherry-Picking Shutdown, dug their own hole!

   The Tealiban led House of Representatives today tried to cherry-pick certain unpopular items to re-fund,

Traffic Stopped in Murphys

  October 3, 2013:   As most of you know who travel through Murphys on Hwy 4 regularly, UPUD is installing new fire hydrants, and today they are trenching across Hwy 4, causing traffic delays.

   Earlier, we spent 15-20 minutes waiting to pass through, so plan your trip appropriately.


Mia Farrow has son by Frank Sinatra?

   In a stunning surprise, Mia Farrow has apparently admitted that it is possible her son (who looks just like Sinatra) could be Frank Sinatra's instead of Woody Allen's. WOW!

Boehner warns House Republicans

   Boehner seems to have done all he can to warn the extremists in the Tealiban House that there is

Amazon Distribution Center in Patterson

  Hundreds of workers are thrilled that they got hired to work at the new Amazon Distribution Center in Patterson this week.

   Several small businesses in the area say it will help them as their employees will now shop in that area.

More radioactive leaks at Fukushima

    In Japan, the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has suffered yet another leak, this time spilling out 430 liters of contaminated water.

   This is thousands of times more radioactive than any legal limits, according the its operator.

A E G Not Guilty in Michael Jackson death

    While the jury, who heard testimony for months in the wrongful death suit of Michael Jackson's family, found that AEG was responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, they found that AEG was not liable for Jackson's death.

  Will the family appeal? We'll find out soon. They have asked for nearly a billion dollars.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CalFire warns of continued Fire Danger

   October 2, 2013 at 3 PM:  According to CalFire's press release, while the calendar may say October, 2013, CalFire firefighters

Painted to the Nines at Gallery Calaveras

  An artist and show reception for Painted to the Nines will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 1 to 3 PM at the Calaveras Arts Gallery at 22 N. Main Street in San Andreas.

   The show for Painted to the Nines is from September 14, 2013 through November 2, 2013.

Yosemite Shut Down by "Tealiban", But NRA is open!

   Yosemite National Park, which is celebrating its 123rd Anniversary, is shut down today due to Congressman McClintock and his "Dysfunctional Tealiban House".

Op-Ed....".House of Dysfunctional Tealiban" Where is McClintock?

    Republican Senator McCain last night stated that the Republicans cannot win  this battle they

Victoria Schryver of San Andreas

     Victoria Dominguez Schryver of San Andreas, passed away at her home, surrounded by family