Saturday, November 30, 2013

Calaveras Unified School District totally political? Edson and Wright get involved!

   Over the past few month, especially since Greg Gustafson was elected as a trustee on the Calaveras Unified School Board, there has been tension--political tension!

Seattle man not poor after all

   A man who lived frugally, had holes in his clothing, took buses everywhere and coupon shopped regularly died this week.

  It turns out the man had invested everything he had in stocks and was worth $187 million. He left it all to Seattle charities.

Traffic Accident in Avery

   November 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM:  A traffic accident was reported on Moran Rd. near Love Creek not far from Pinebrook Lake.

   CHP is now at the scene. a two truck has been dispatched. No injuries have been reported.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Supervisors Spellman and Callaway are the same--want animal torture!!

   Before you cast your vote in 2013, may we NEVER forget that both Supervisors Callaway and Spellman wanted to allow the continued torture and killing of our

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

   Yes, its true!  The divorce of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher is final. Does that now mean he will marry his supposedly pregnant girlfriend?

Calaveras Council of Governments meets

   CCOG (Calaveras Council of Governments) meets Wednesday, December 4, 2013, beginning at 5:30 PM with Closed Session, then the regular agenda at 6:30 PM.

   COG meets in the Calaveras Supervisors Chambers/

Turkey frying for Thanksgiving?

  Are you frying your Thanksgiving turkey this year?

  Cal Fire is warning everyone to use extra caution and never leave your frying turkey unattended.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Something about Rancho's Steve Kearney

    We recently requested a little information about Steve Kearney, candidate for District 5 Supervisor for Rancho Calaveras.

   While everyone knows he's a good guy,

Traffic blocked on Hwy 12 near Toyon School

  November 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM:  Traffic control is being provided by CHP due to Caltrans attempted to remove a dead deer from a ditch on Hwy 12 near Toyon MIddle School.


Terrence John Shannon of Copperopolis

   Terrence John Shannon of Copperopolis, passed away on November 24, 2013 in San Andreas. He was 70.

  A native of San Francisco, he was born March 6, 1943

Scary--Pastor of Halloween Church Running for office AGAIN?

   We learned a scary thing this morning. A 70+ year old pastor of the Halloween Church in Ebbetts Pass says she is running for office AGAIN.

Calaveras Board of Supervisors learn Brown Act before long vacation

   On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 1 PM the Calaveras Supervisors are holding a Special Meeting  in the Cheseborough Room at the Main Library in San Andreas.

   On the agenda is reviewing the Brown Act, Setting Priorities and changes to Board Practices and Policies.  The public is invited to attend. Then the Supervisors have a LOOOONNNG vacation until 2014.


What are Calaveras turkey Supervisors up to now?

   A neighborhood in Staten Island has a flock of around 50 wild turkeys living in the area. Some have names, like Zelda.
   It made us wonder what our Calaveras turkey Supervisors are up to now. They do seem to be a flock who sticks together on everything. Click to see their comments....

Ashton Kutcher protecting pregnant girlfriend?

   Paparazzi were all over Ashton Kutcher as he left a Melrose Ave restaurant last night we hear.

   He seemed to make a big stir about it, but some believe he was trying to divert attention from Mila Kunis, his girlfriend, who some say is pregnant.

Rent a 2 bedroom in San Francisco?

  The New York Times reported that the median rent in San Francisco is now $3250 a month for a 2 bedroom, the highest in the nation.

   Of course, the longtime locals, who often work part time and can't

Car hits tree at Lockeford School

  November 27, 2013:  At approximately 9 AM a Chevy Malibu hit a tree in front of the Lockeford School on N. Tully and E. Hammond in Lockeford.

   An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries.

Ebbetts Pass Open

   November 27, 2013:  Just in time for the holiday weekend, CHP says Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass is reopen for traffic into Nevada. Be cautious as it is icy in places.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OP-ED..."Are you the guy who hates Thanksgiving?"

     by Robert Jensen

    "Are you the man who hates Thanksgiving?"

Wal-Mart gets new CEO

   Mike Duke, we learned, is stepping down as president and CEO of Wal-Mart on Feb. 1, 2014.

  He will be replaced with Doug McMillon, and no, we don't believe either of these guys rose up through the ranks from the bottom.

Francesca Eastwood already getting an annulment?

  Have you heard that Clint Eastwood's daughter Francesca, who just rushed into a marriage a week ago, now is getting an annulment?

Madonna in Haiti

   We just heard that Sean Penn's ex wife Madonna is visiting his charity aid projects in Haiti. His organization has been working there for quite some time and Penn spends a lot of his time there.

Op--Ed The Sierra Sentinel doesn't fall for Calaveras' Tea Party Supervisor Spellman's tactics

   We recently experienced emails from District 5's Tea Party Supervisor Spellman claiming how wonderful he was as a Supervisor over the past term.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Casting Call for "Psych" the movie

   Tonight and tomorrow, November 25 and 26, 2013, open casting calls will be held from 6 PM - 9 PM at Pet Extreme in Turlock  for about 200 speaking, walk-on and extra roles.

Frank Giuffra of Valley Springs

   Frank A. Giuffra, resident of Valley Springs since 1979, passed away on November 20, 2013 at St. Josephs Hospital in Stockton. He was 79.

   Born April 7, 1934 in French Camp, his parents were Frank Giuffra, Sr and Darlene Thorpe. He graduated from Calaveras High School,

Fire in West Point

   According to Cal Fire, they responded to a grass fire in the 23000 block of Hwy 26 in West Point on November 23, 2013 around 3:45 PM.

  Discarded ashes were the cause of the fire. Several Cal Fire units responded and the fire was limited to a 10' x 30 ' spot of vegetation.

Calaveras Supervisors increase and add fees for extensions--Lake Toilet forgotten?

  At the November 26, 2013 Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting, one agenda item calls for increasing fines and adding fees for extensions granted by the Planning or Building Department.

Ringo reunites with teens in photo

  Over the weekend, Ringo Starr and the 5 who were teenagers in the famous photo he took back in the 60's, met and even took a recreation photo for his new book.

   The teens talked about how most people didn't believe all these years that they had seen the Beatles in a car next to them and had their photo taken by Ringo.

World's record for Christmas lights

   A family in Australia now holds the World Record for the number of Christmas lights on one house.

  There are 502,000 lights and it took 2 months to complete. It costs around $200 a month extra for all the lights.

Lady Gaga makes an entrance

  At the AMA Awards last night, Lady Gaga arrived on a big white horse, a fake one. It did move however, if you missed it.

Cell phone causes head-on traffic accident

   According to CHP on November 24, 2013 at around 2:50 PM Sarah Jessop (27) of Pine Grove was driving a 2001 Chevy S-10 eastbound on Hwy 26, west of the Robinson Ranch in Mokelumne Hill at approximately 40 MPH.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Erich Leidenthal of Mountain Ranch

   Erich Leidenthal of Mountain Ranch passed away at his home of cancer on November 20, 2013. He
was 61.

   A native of Palo Alto, he attended Cubberley High School there and most recently worked at Senders Market.

Holiday kittens for adoption

Calaveras Animal Services, your local shelter, is full of cuddly kittens like Jude, Joey, Lulu and Josie!

   Whether you want a tiny two pounder or an older kitty, they've got 'em!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Copper Town Square Coffee Shop closed

   We just heard that yet another business in the Copperopolis Town Square has been forced to close their doors.

Daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

  If you didn't know they had a daughter you weren't alone. Sosie Bacon, who is the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick won an award this week.

   Sosie was named Miss Golden Globe 2014 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Last years winner was Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood. Guess they keep it in the family.

Congressman McClintock begs for help

  Obviously in trouble, Congressman Tom McClintock, we hear, is sending out emails begging for help.

Calaveras Supervisors meet Tuesday, November 26, 2013

   At the November 26, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting there is an Resolution agenda item to change the name of San Andreas Park to Alex "JR" Quinones Ball Park.

Want a Rocky Mountain High?

   There is a medical marijuana dispensary in Central City, Colorado, which is a small gambling town nestled in the mountains near Denver.

   Apparently it has just become the first business in the United States licensed to sell marijuana to patrons without a note from their doctors.  Here come the Rocky Mountain highs!

Clint Eastwood's daughter Francesca marries

   Most recently seen on her step-mother Dina Eastwood's reality TV show Mrs. Eastwood and Company with a photographer boyfriend, Francesca Eastwood is the daughter of Clint Eastwood and his former wife Frances Fisher.

   Apparently she just married Jordan Feldstein,  manager for Maroon 5.

Wind Turbines deadly for Eagles and other birds

   The federal government has fined Duke Energy over $1 million for constructing wind turbines that they knew would kill bald and golden eagles in Wyoming.

   Hundred of eagles and other birds are regularly found killed by these giant turbine blades at supposedly environmental energy facilities.

Vince Vaughn is the "Delivery Man"

   The comedy movie called "Delivery Man" stars Vince Vaughn as the father of hundreds of children due to his walk in off the street donation to a sperm bank.

  According to one head of a lab who handles sperm donations, that is not possible and that these banks are very particular, not taking just anyone off the street who want to donate sperm. 

Cement truck rolls

   According to CHP on November 21, 2013 around 4 PM they responded to a traffic collision involving an overturned cement truck

Friday, November 22, 2013

Jackie Kennedy refused to change her clothes

  Since color TV was not common in 1963, most of us were not aware at the time that Jackie Kennedy still wore the clothes with her husbands blood on them during the flight back to DC.

  It has been reported that when she refused to change, she said "I want them all to know what they have done to my husband."

Tea Party Supervisor Spellman responds

   November 22, 2013:  We received a reply to our question about whether Supervisor Darren Spellman is running against Steve Kearney in 2014 for Supervisor of District 5, Rancho Calaveras.

And the Kardashian Saga never ends...

   Robert Kardashians wife and stepmother to his children, sue Khloe Kardashian earlier this year for smearing her name and now Khloe is firing back.

Last three pardoned....Who wants to return to Founding Fathers beliefs?

   Today is was announced that the last three boys of nine who were wrongly convicted of raping and killing a white woman in 1931. received pardons...posthumously.

Filibuster rules curbed, not eliminated!

  Yesterday the US Senate voted to curb the use of the filibuster to prevent appointments of judges by the President of the United States. 

   Since President Obama was elected, Republicans have blocked 81 appointments simply by using the filibuster.

Car plunges into icy Minnesota pond

   Emergency workers pulled out five children from a car that plunged into an icy pond in Minnesota yesterday.

   Two of the children were already dead and the other three are in critical condition. Their mother made it out alive.  An investigation is being conducted by authorities.

Silverado Fire 300 acres

   In Napa County CalFire is still battling a fire just off the Silverado Trail that has reached 300 acres. It is now 50% contained.

Death toll in Philippines passes 5000

  The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan is now over 5200 in the Philippine Islands, according to authorities there.  Most are being buried in mass graves.

Is it True? Is Calaveras Tea Party Supervisor Spellman quitting? Head TURKEY?

   We just heard a rumor that Tea Party Supervisor Darren Spellman of District 5 in Rancho Calaveras may have decided to throw in the towel, rather than face what is sure to be a formidable and popular Steve Kearney as opponent. We have asked Spellman and have not yet received a response.

   This would not surprise most, since very few people actually believe Spellman could ever win another term in Calaveras County. Will the current Board of Supervisors make him HEAD TURKEY for 2014? He is vice-chair now! 

Calaveras Sheriff requests $280,000 BPO for food and kitchen supplies

   At the November 26, 2013 Calaveras Supervisors meeting, the Sheriff has requested a Blanket Purchase Order approval to purchase food, kitchen and household supplies to house the California State  AB 109 releases at the County Jail.

  Anything under $50,000 does not need to be approved with the BPO plan approved.

50 Years Ago today America changed

   November 22, 2013:  It was 50 years ago this morning that America changed from the naïve 50's to the violent 60's officially, as we saw President John Fitzgerald Kennedy killed on television.

  Like many of you, I remember exactly where I was when the announcement came. Gone was the Camelot type Presidency and with it a lot of people lost the hope they had for the future of our country.

Trees on Hwy 88

   November 22, 2013:  Calaveras County did not suffer so much from the wind last night as did Amador and El Dorado Counties.

   This morning trees are reportedly blocking lanes on Hwy 88 near Silver Lake and at Plasse Rd. Caltrans is responding to the area.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Big Rig drags motorcycle on Hwy 99 in Stockton

    UPDATE:  CHP has changed this to a major injury traffic accident.

Bay Area and Silicon Valley Powerful Force

   A big swing has taken place in California; that of the power of money, and thus politics. The most recent is that it may be the current Mayor

Madera County will vote on new Casino

   Madera County will now vote on whether they will get a new Casino near Hwy 99. The number of signatures required was apparently met and it will be on the 2014 ballot.

Hawaii and Illinois join other gay rights states

   In the past week both Hawaii and Illinois governors signed bills giving gays the right to marry in their states.

Speed racer goes 200 MPH and then....

       A man in a land speed racing car was going around 200 MPH on a desert track, when the car suddenly began going out of control and flipped over around 20 times.

   Amazingly, the man survived with minor injuries, considering the horrendous crash.

Letter to the Editor...About "The Fir Tree"

We found this sketch of the hare
jumping over the little fire tree.
Thank you, S.T. for your letter.
  Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   Recently someone told me about a story that had been read to them every Christmas when they were a small child.

Three women rescued after 30 years locked in London house

   Authorities have now said that they have never before seen such "barbaric" examples of forced servitude as the three women rescued  in London.

   One was just 30 years old, meaning that she had never seen the outside of the house at any time and was apparently in deep trauma. A couple in their 60's is now under arrest.

Giant Boeing 747 lands and wrong airport

   After the pilot of a Boeing 747 made his landing at a small airport about 10 miles from the one where he was supposed to land, the pilot can be heard on the radio asking the tower to repeat the name of the airport several times.

   Now the problem is what to do, since the giant cannot take off in the short landing strip at that airport. Embarrassing? Yes!

Wind Advisory for Calaveras County

   November 21, 2013:  Beginning at around 7 PM the Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Calaveras County, and it is supposed to last until Saturday.

   This morning we have fog Angels Camp and below,  but clear and sunny in Murphys.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Breaking News: Steve Kearney will run for District 5 Supervisor

    Good News this morning!  Steve Kearney, of Rancho Calaveras, has announced his intentions to run for Supervisor of District 5 to represent the residents of Rancho Calaveras.

Pickup rolls at I-5 and Hwy120 South.

  November 20. 2013 at 1:57 PM:  Just where I-5 and Hwy 120 merge together a black pickup has lost control and rolled several times. It appears to be a solo crash.

   CHP and an ambulances are enroute to the scene.

Dogs in Roadway at Hwy 49 and Hwy 12

  November 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM:  A caller told CHP that there are large dogs in the roadway at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 in San Andreas.

   Use extra caution until CHP can arrive and handle the situation.

Calaveras School District Board member Gustafson asked to resign

   November 20, 2013: We hear that at least 6 different people spoke, asking Calaveras Unified District School board member Greg Gustafson to resign at last night's meeting.

   It seems they feel he does nothing to help the district, only to try and tear it down. No word on if he has resigned yet or not. We sent him an email asking if he is resigning, and have not heard back.

Ebbetts Pass is closed but Hwy 88 still open

  November 20, 2013:  In case you didn't know, Ebbetts Pass is now closed at Mt. Reba Rd. No chain requirements are yet listed on Hwy 4 in the lower elevations.

   No restrictions have been placed on Hwy 88 and the roadway is open at this time. Hwy 120 is closed over Tioga Pass due to snow.

Quote of the Day...About Life

  "Life is a journey, not a destination."

  by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is Bitcoin the future of money?

   While the Bitcoin Corporation testified in front of the US Senate, so-called "purists" are trying to stop any future movement of the internet money from catching hold any more than it already has in the US.

   Called the "virtual" currency, bitcoins are used by many on the internet already. The Senate just wants to make sure all US laws are followed and taxes paid.

Calaveras Arts announces "Ovations 2014"

   The Calaveras Arts Council is announcing that it has a series of  5 concerts lined up for 2013 at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp.

   Pictured are Lily Cai Chinese Dancer, the  Mandelring Quartet, Dave Stamey, Michela Macfarlane, and The Family Crest.

Male walking, yelling at traffic reported

   November 20, 2013:  At 10:17 AM, CHP received a report of a male acting crazy walking on Hwy 49 near Electra Road. Apparently the man is yelling at vehicles, causing a traffic hazard.

   A CHP unit has been dispatched to the scene, near the Amador/Calaveras County line at the bridge.

Vehicle off Hwy 4, down the bank

  November 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM:  CHP reports that they are in the clearing stages of a vehicle that ran off the road and down the embankment on Hwy 4 near Stallion Way just outside Angels Camp.

  A tow truck was dispatched to recover the vehicle. No injuries were reported. The roads are slick. Be careful out there!

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4

   November 20, 2013 at 10 AM:  CHP reports that a traffic accident was reported on Hwy 4 when a silver Ford Fusion collided with a deer near Chatom Winery in Douglas Flat.

   No human injuries were reported. Put deer whistles on the front bumper of your vehicle and be careful as the deer are coming down from the mountains as the snow begins.

If you get money from JP Morgan, let us know!

   A $9 billion deal to pay back the government for its mortgage security "irregularies" is being pushed as a repayment to mortgage holders

Bobby Kennedy never believed......

   For the rest of his life, which, like his brother, ended with an assassins bullet, Robert F. Kennedy never believed that his brothers killing on November 22, 1963 could have been pulled off

Why do some humans torture helpless animals

   Recently CNN aired a shocking program, which showed the abuse of the animals we humans mass produce to eat. There is also widespread abuse of animals that live in the wild.

Driver falls asleep in San Andreas collision

   According to CHP on November 19, 2013 at around 2:50 PM Jonathan Nuno (19) of Turlock was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 northbound on Hwy 49 at 56 MPH when he claims he fell asleep.

CalFire lifts Burn Suspension

    November 20, 2013 at 8 AM:  Now that rain has once again fallen on the Sierra Mountains and foothills, Cal Fire feels it is again safe to burn on "Permissive Burn Days" as established by the Air Pollution Control District.

   All other rules for hours, pile size, etc. continue. Call 754-6600 in Calaveras County and 533-5598 in Tuolumne County. The number in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties is 877-429-2876.

Calaveras County Animal Services has new hours

   Calaveras Animal Services is announcing that beginning December 3, 2013. the adoption center at Animal Services will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays.   The hours will be 9 to 1 and 2 to 4 each day. 
   Also, they tell us, they have converted one of the offices in the Animal Services Administration building into a "kitten palace" so that they can stretch their legs and play.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Traffic collision on Hwy 12

   According to CHP,  November 19, 2013 around 8:30 AM they responded to a minor injury traffic collision that occurred on Hwy 12 east of Evans Road in Valley Springs.

Fire in West Point

   On November 11, 2013, CalFire responded to a vegetation fire in the 1000 block of Hidden Valley Road in West Point.

   Several units responded and the fire was extinguished after only a spot of brush vegetation was burned. It had been caused by ashes from the fireplace.


San Andreas man arrested

   On November 17, 2013 Noah Joseph Flores, (33) of San Andreas was arrested on Market Street for allegedly Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis, all felonies, and for Carrying a Switchblade knife on his person, a misdemeanor.

   There were also apparently three local warrants for Flores when Calaveras Sheriff's deputies booked him into the Calaveras County Jail.

Shooting at Illegal Candyrock gun range will continue

   We received a letter from the USFS Susan Skalski, detailing reasons why the decision making about the illegal Candy Rock Shooting Range is being postponed.

Sammy Hagar's namesake bar closed

  With a lot of fanfare in 2012 Sammy Hagar and partner, Stephen Pease, opened Sammy's Rocking

Boeing thrives at Dubai Air Show

   Three Middle East carriers, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and FlyDubai ordered ,pre than 300 Boeing Aircraft during the Dubai Airshow.

   The price tags total over $100 billion for Boeing.

Tornadoes leave 6 known dead

   All across the Midwest people are trying to salvage what they can from their flattened homes after tornadoes came through on Sunday.

   At least 6 are known to be dead from the storms.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Young Elk killed by foresters for liking humans

   A one and a half year old Elk was shot and killed by forest rangers after a video of the Elk rubbing antlers with a human appeared on Utube. The video was then shown on NBC's Today Show.

    If you have any encounters with wildlife, do NOT make it public. The forest rangers will use any excuse to kill the wild creatures who live there.

Rumors that Zimmerman arrested again

   We have received several unofficial reports that George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin and was exhonerated by a jury, has been arrested again after a disturbance in Apopka, Florida, northwest of Orlando.

1 million Playstation 4 sold

   According to Sony, their newest gaming console, Playstation 4, sold 1 million units in the first 24 hours.

   It became available in the US and Canada over the weekend.

DOW breaks 16,000

   The DOW failed to stay there after it passed the 16,000 mark during the session. It settled back below the record level as if in shock.

Child handcuffed with dead chicken

   The North Carolina couple who allegedly handcuffed a child to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck appeared in court today.

   The woman is supposedly a supervisor with Social Services.

Oh, no! Not Mayor Ford again!

   Poor scandal-scarred Toronto May Rob Ford was stripped of many of his powers officially today, but not until he had delivered yet another apology.

  Ford apologized this time for "accidentally" knocking over a City Council member and giving her a fat lip. "It was a complete accident," Ford said. "I sincerely apologize.

Mr. McClintock is out of touch, needs to retire

   Our Congressional Representative, the worst one it seems, this area has ever had, is still sending out press releases, this time saying that they need to start logging the Rim Fire.

Angels Camp Museum Announcement

   November 18, 2013:  We just received a press release that the Angels Camp Museum and gift shop are now going to be open year-round.

  The hours are Thursday through Mondays, 10 AM to 4 PM

Murphys Sanitary District meets

   Murphys Sanitary District (MSD)  meets on November 19, 2013 at 10 AM at the office on Big Trees Road in Murphys.

Robert Brent Calvin of San Andreas

   Robert Brent Calvin of San Andreas died on November 11, 2013. He was 54.

   Bob was born on June 9, 1959 in Ceres, to parents Bob and Rita Calvin.

Calaveras Board Clerk cut off after error in long speech

   At the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting on November 12, 2013 the Board Clerk began making a long speech, saying things like " my experience..." (as if she had been with the County

Are you prepared? Rain is coming!!

  November 18, 2013:  The storm that is due in tonight and which could last through Thursday, will be colder and bring rain to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Thor: The Dark World" wins box office

  Over this weekend, "Thor: The Dark World" came in 1st, taking in $38.5 million with "The Best Man Holiday" coming in 2nd.

Drone hits ship instead of target

  The USS Chancellorsville erupted in fire after being struck by a drone which malfunctioned during a training exercise.

   It left a 2' x 3' hole in the side of the ship, according to authorities and is headed back to San Diego. Two sailors were reportedly injuried in the mishap.

Art discovered was hidden by recluse

   The recently discovered art that was discovered was hidden by a German recluse, and had been stolen by the Nazi's.

  Now the recluse says he "loved" the works and won't hand them over to authorities willingly.

Volcano discovered beneath Antarctica

   A newly discovered volcano apparently rumbling beneath nearly a mile of ice in Antarctica is almost certain to erupt at some point, according to a new scientific study.

   When this happen, the flow of ice into the see will accelerate and push up the already rising global see levels.

Toilet Day (or Lake Toilet Day) What is Calaveras Supervisor Ponte doing?

   We just learned that today is Toilet Day (or to us, Lake Toilet Day) celebrating our largest toilet in Calaveras County, Lake Tulloch.

  What is Calaveras Supervisor Debbie Ponte doing about it? Nothing, absolutely nothing!!!

49ers vs Saints in Superdome

   UPDATE:  And the Niners lose another one; this time in a last second field goal, to the Saints 23-20..

   UPDATE:  Raiders beat the Texans 28-23.

Democratic Congressmen vote against President Obama

   Surprisingly, Congressmen Ami Bera, John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney all voted for the Republican bill against President Obama's health care bill.

   They were three of 39 who sided with Republicans in chastising the President over some people's inability to retain the health insurance and doctor they now have.

Senate frees Chimps from experimentation

  Finally, the US Senate has passed a bill the releases all Chimpanzees from government experimentation laboratories.

   They will all be moved to approved Chimp sanctuaries.

Rock group Journey donates $350,000

   The lead singer of Journey is a native of the Philippines and he announced that the group is donating $350,000 to the relief effort there, for food and water.

Cavewomen unearth ancient skull

   Have you heard about the all woman team of spelunking (cave hunters) scientists who has retrieved hundreds of fossils from a 100-foot-deep cave?

  In the cave in South Africa their finds include a cranium from what appears to be a prehistoric humanlike creature.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

You can get anything on Craig's List!

   A woman offered her diamond wedding rings as a trade for football tickets on Craig's List and one man rushed to meet her and happily traded his tickets to Broncos game for the rings for his future fiancé.

  It turned out the rings were from the woman's previous marriage, not the one she is in now. Both sides were very happy with the trade. You can get just about anything on Craigs List.

OP-ED...George Washington--Our Country's First "No Party Preference" president

    I hear from a lot of people who believe the direction of today's Federal and State policies is not what the founding fathers envisioned.

   None of us can know what any of those giants really had in mind for our young country, but their unwavering bipartisan efforts created the most powerful and thoughtful document in human history.

   That document, the Constitution of the United States, has guided our nation to unparalleled heights of respect that much of the world looks up to and tries to emulate.

   Led by George Washington, 39 of the 55 embers of the continental Congress signed the Constitution.  Only three refused to sign it and strongly opposed its adoption.

   Those who did not sign initially either posed no opposition or later supported its adoption.  That is an acceptance rate of over 90 percent.

   Washington's tremendous popularity and his ability to stay neutral on the most extreme issues of the day made it possible for our founding fathers to put aside their ideological differences for the wellbeing of their young nation.

   Imagine if we had that bipartisan cooperation in today's US Congress.

   Our first president was not affiliated with any political party.  In Washington's farewell address he urged fellow countrymen not to accept such partisanship knowing it would not serve the nations greater good.

   As arguably our greatest president, Washington was also the first No Party Preference official.

   During Washington's presidency, political parties became a mainstay of American's political landscape and even included some of his good friends.

   These parties soon became divisive, bitter and focused mainly on serving short term purposes for candidates seeking elected office.

    Political party ideology in the past and to the present day serves only a part of the total population.

    Governing a country or state should not be about promoting political ideology. To succeed it is imperative to reach agreement between opposing sides, and yes, compromise.

   Our elected representatives can learn a lot from our first President.  As regular, garden Americans, we can also learn to appreciate Washington's style of governing.

   He was not only our first and greatest political leader, George Washington was a true visionary.

   Authors note:

   Upon his death, Washington had ordered all 123 slaves he owned to be freed.  He was the only founding father to do so.

   Later in life he had questioned the morality of slavery.  This was over a half century before the Emancipation Proclamation. 

   I wonder if President Washington, the visionary that he was, foresaw the enviable abolishment of slavery.

   by Mark Belden





What a handsome bunch! Anybody know where?

Does anyone know in front of what school in Calaveras County
'this photo was taken?

Calaveras Ranchers destroy Pool Station Road, yet pay little and get welfare?

   At the November 12, 2013 Calaveras Board of Supervisor meeting, a member of the public was commenting on the Supervisors agenda item about increasing the RIM Fees.

Unon Public Utility District meets

   On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 the Union Public Utility District (UPUD) meets for the regular meeting at 7 PM at 339 Main Street in Murphys.

Traffic Hazard: Trailer comes off Suburban

   UPDATE at 10 AM :  Two CHP are now at the scene. A tow truck has been dispatched to move the trailer. The westbound lane is the one blocked.

Big Business to Tea Party:

   Get out of our way. Most Republican business people are fed up with the right wing of the party, and tensions are high.

   Gee, wonder why?  See the whole story on NBCNews headlines.

A Fall Blanket in the Forest in Ebbetts Pass

Friday, November 15, 2013

San Andreas woman arrested

   On November 12, 2013 Jessica Renee Reyes of San Andreas was arrested on Gold Strike Road for allegedly being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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

Valley Springs arrest for Illegal Ammo

     On November 12, 2013 Jacob Ryan Butler of Valley Springs, was arrested at his residence on Milton Rd for allegedly possessing Prohibited Ammunition and Commission of a Felony while out on Bail, both felonies.

    Butler was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Sheriff's deputies around 9:30 AM.

Jonathan Martin sees NFL lawyer

  This morning, we hear that Jonathan Martin, who reportedly left the Miami Dolphins due to bullying, reported to a Manhattan NFL attorneys office.

   Apparently Martin was accompanies by his own attorney, and a woman.

Still following Toronto's Mayor?

  It seems that this morning the Toronto City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip some powers from Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted smoking crack in a drunken stuper, buying illegal drugs and driving drunk.

   The Mayor has repeatedly refuse to resign and the Council does not have the power to remove him from office.

US Postal Service loses again

   In spite of what postal authorities have said are stringent cutbacks and improving worktimes, the US Postal Service reports that it still lost money.

   In fact it seems they lost around $5 billion over the past 12 months. This is the 7th straight year of net losses.

Girl Made Mistake of her life

   On November 2, 2013 at 19 year old girl, Renisha McBride, had a traffic accident and went to a nearby residence to try and get help.

Move Over....

City of Angels Camp has 4 litigations on agenda

   On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 the Angels Camp City Council has a regular meeting scheduled. At 4:30 PM at the Fire Station. They begin with 4 closed sessions on litigations.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Calderon rumor machine

    UPDATE:  We just realized Calderon is using Mark Geragos as his attorney.

    With the FBI investigating Calderon and now Calderon accusing the FBI of trying to revenge

LA Dodgers pitcher wins Cy Young Award

   Clayton Kershaw, the left handed pitcher and 16 game winner in 2013, took the CY Young Award for the National League today.

  In the American League Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers, the only 20 game winner in the league won the prize.

Veteran donates time to old veterans

   In a cause to "make sure no older veteran dies alone" an army veteran Don Ottomeyer volunteers to spend time with old veterans, who might otherwise die alone.

   He encourages other veterans to do the same, instead of thinking of themselves all the time. Many older veterans have lost their spouses and have no close family to spend time with and die all alone.

Young people not "movers and shakers"

   Due to the weak job market, 20 somethings are less mobile than at any time in the past 50 years.

   Cash-strapped and jobless, youth are refraining from making any major moves, something they really need to do to get ahead.

New Secret Service Embarrassment

   After the prostitution scandal last year rocked the Secret Service, now the agency is dealing with a new embarrassment.

   Now a senior supervisor was removed from the job for trying to retrieve a "bullet" he said he left in a woman's hotel room in Washington DC.  HUH?

Prince Harry takng 200 mile walk to South Pole

   As a charity event, Prince Harry is joining with other soldiers in a 200 mile walk to the South Pole.

   The walk apparently begins this weekend in order to raise awareness and money for wounded warriors.

Elephant Ivory to be crushed in Denver

   A massive stockpile of elephant ivory which is stacked in a warehouse north of Denver is set to be crushed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service today.

  This is part of an escalating effort to stamp out illegal wildlife trafficking around the world.

Florida in the news a lot lately

   The home where Casey Anthony and her daughter Caylee, whose body was found nearby, lived wth their grandparents is in foreclosure, according to authorities in Orlando, Florida.

   The grandmother Cindy Anthony is on record as the mortgage holder.

New Sinkhole taking homes in Florida

  A sinkhole around 70' wide by 53' deep has claimed two homes in the town of Dunedin, Florida, after first swallowing a boat and a swimming pool.

   Apparently the owners were trying to get help from their insurance company for cracks when things started sinking.

Last "I Love Lucy" cast member dies

   Shirley Mitchell, who played Marion in the "I Love Lucy" TV show has died at 94. She was one of the friends who came and played bridge with Lucy and Ethyl.

   Mitchell was the last living member of the "I Love Lucy" cast.

Twin brothers die together in Valley Springs

   UPDATE on November 14, 2013:  Apparently a power outage lasting an hour may have contributed to the boys' deaths. The Sheriff is still investigating.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beverly Laidet of Mokelumne Hill

   Beverly J. Laidet of Mokelumne Hill, passed away on November 7, 2013 in Jackson. She was 85.

  A native of Standard, she was born on October 22, 1928 to Albert and Anna McCardle Henley, #11 of 13 children.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 in Douglas Flat

   November 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM:  A traffic accident was reported on Hwy 4 in Douglas Flat, according to CHP.

   A small maroon sedan has rear-ended a white Hyundai. It is not known if there are injuries. Emergency crews are en route to the scene.

Calaveras Supervisors move to delete more records

Such an embarrassment
to Calaveras County
residents that our
Supervisors hide the
facts from voters!
   UPDATE:  At the November 12, 2013 Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting, it was made clear

New tallest building in US

   The original Sears Tower in Chicago (now called the Willis Tower) is now the 2nd tallest building in the US.

   One World Trade Center, with its spire high atop the building, is now officially the tallest building, according to experts who decide these things.

I am NOT like my mother!

   How many times during a womans' life does she say this. Now a new study seems to show that no matter what you do, as you age, you become more and more like your mother, like it or not.

   How about you?

Who owns Andy Warhol's silkscreen?

   It seems that a silkscreen of Farrah Fawcett done by artist Andy Warhol may be worth

Still not much to cheer about in Detroit

   If we think things are bad in California, we have only to look at the City of Detroit, Michigan, where 40% of the streetlights are broken.

   Also 78,000 buildings have been burned or abandoned. And those who are working have to wonder if any bus in the bankrupt city will come along to pick them up.

8 crushed in Phillipines

   As desperation for food and water creates panic, sadly, 8 more people died when they were crushed to death during a raid on a warehouse in one town.

   The death toll is nearing 2500 at this time.

Another hard line drawn on Immigration reform

   The House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has now announced that he will not allow any House-passed immigration legislation to be blended with the Senate's sweeping reform bill.

   This totally quashes any chance of comprehensive immigration reform legislation being signed into law anytime soon. Well, no immigrants will likely vote for Republicans anyway.

Lots of Opium in Afghanistan

   According to the United Nations, Afghanistan produces more opium than the rest of the world combined.

British Spy found padlocked in bathtub

   Early today, British authorities announced that a British spy, whose naked, decomposing body was found padlocked inside a bag in his bathtub, most likely died accidentally on his own.

   There had been conspiracy theories that his bizarre death was the work of foreign agents, but police have now rejected that idea.

Smothers Brothers still funny after all these years

  40 years after the Smothers Brothers were on TV, they appeared on the Craig Fergusen Show last night. They were great!

   It's easy to forget how amazingly funny they were then, and are still. It's on utube if you want to see it.

Mae Catherine "Cat" Watkins of Valley Springs

  October 27, 1937 to November 7, 2013

    Mae Catherine Watkins died peacefully at her home in Valley Springs on November 7, 2013. She had been a Calaveras County resident for 29 years.

Two Valley Springs Residents Arrested

     On November 8, 2013 Rebecca Lee Boriolo (42) was arrested at her Valley Springs residence

Calaveras Supervisors Spellman and Callaway want higher RIM Fees

   At the November 12, 2013 Calaveras Supervisors meeting, after a lengthy discussion, with not one

Traffic Accident on hwy 26

   November 13, 2013: CHP have just left the scene of a traffic accident that was reported at Hwy 26 and Iris Road in West Point just after 7 AM.

   A caller had told CHP that an elderly man had run off the road at that location. No injuries were reported and the road is clear.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Two Valley Springs men arrested

   On November 5, 2013, according to the Sheriff's Office, while patrolling the area of Hogan Dam

Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney

   The movie "Saving Mr. Banks" stars Tom Hanks, who will play Walt Disney in the movie.

   Hanks says that making himself into Walt Disney was difficult, but growing a mustache like Disney's was the most difficult.

Veterans Dinner a success

  More than 200 veterans showed up, filling the Native Sons Hall in Murphys last night. We heard from several veterans who told us how much they enjoyed and appreciated the free dinner (even wine and dessert).

   We spoke to one of the organizers from Native Daughters, Pearl Arhontes, who said it was such a success they might have to take reservations next year to make sure they have enough food.

Merger of two airlines approved

   November 12, 2013:  After reaching a settlement with the Justice Department in an anti-trust suit, it looks like American Airlines and US Airlines merger is cleared for approval.

Traffic Accident in Copperopolis

   According to CHP, on November 10, 2013 at around 3:30 PM Mike Donahue (48)

Fire in Mokelumne Hill

  According to CalFire, a fire in the 8000 block of Hwy 49 on Sunday November 10, 2013 was responded to with several units from CalFire.

   Around 2:50 PM a grass fire was reported. It was limited to only a spot of grass. No cause was determined.

Car Fire in Copperopolis

   November 12, 2013:  At 8:25 AM a car fire was reported on Hwy 4 at Horseshoe in Copperopolis. Emergency crews have been dispatched to the scene.

Calaveras Supervisors raising RIM Fees Again

   As if the Calaveras Supervisors haven't done enough to kill jobs, end growth and kill businesses in

Monday, November 11, 2013

Letter to the Editor....About Jobs

   Dear Editor:

   I was reading about Calaveras County not having good jobs and I just want you

And the violence and shooting continue in the US

   Early this morning, a Brooklyn man who had been apparently kicked out of a band, shot and killed his fellow bandmates and then shot and killed himself.

   And the gun violence continues in the US.

Police Officer at Sandy Hook may get fired

   There were 16 Sandy Hook Police Officers who responded to Sandy Hook School on the day the children were killed.

   All but one have returned to work. Thomas Bean, the last officer who says he just can't work yet, says that he has been threatened with being fired if he doesn't return.

1715 veterans lost limbs in Iraq

   In addition to the deaths in the war in Iraq, 1715 veterans lost limbs while serving there. This was announced on FOX News while they were showing the new Trac wheelchairs that are being donated by different groups around the county.

   The trac chairs are like mini-tanks and mean that veterans who can't walk can get to places they can't with ordinary wheelchairs.

It's been 7 years since Anna Nicole Smith died

   The daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead, has lived a paparazzi free life for the past 7 years.

   Now, Birkhead has written a book about the tumultuous life he lead with the actress.

European Satellite falls in ocean

   The 1/2 ton European satellite GOCE, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean after breaking up while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere on Sunday November 10, 2013.

   There had been worries of where it might crash.

Veterans Day 2013

Raiders and 49ers disappoint

   Both the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers lost yesterday, disappointing their fans. Will either team end up in the playoffs. The Raiders seem to be totally out of the picture.

     The Raiders had to work hard to lose to the New York Giants, but Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers, who lost 10-9 to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panters, was the hardest to take.

Free Veterans Dinner

   The Ruby Parlor No.46 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West is holding their annual Veterans
Day Dinner

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Shooting at party in Texas

   Late Saturday night a party in Houston, Texas turned into a shooting gallery, and 2 are known dead, 22 injured according to police.

   There are two suspects who were reported, and police are searching for them.

Sochi Olympic Games have high price tag

   The Winter Olympics in 2014 will take the record for the most expensive games in history.

    It is now expected that the total bill will be around $50 billion. The closest was the Athens games in 2004, which cost $15 billion.

A farm in Florida for Veterans

   A half-way point for returning veterans who are not ready to fold into regular society is a farm in Florida, where they take care of blueberry and chili plants.

   I's also a place of quiet where they can think or not think as they wish.  There should be more places like this one near Jacksonville.

Hwy 99 Freeway re-opens after fatal accident

    November 10, 2013:   The 99 Freeway in Madera was re-opened around 8:35 AM after a fatal

Calaveras LAFCo meets in November, 2013

   The Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) meets on November 18, 2013

Donald Zyski of Jenny Lind

   Donald Leonard Zyski of Jenny Lind passed away at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas

Saturday, November 9, 2013

CCWD working on Hwy 4 leak Saturday

  Saturday, November 9, 2013:  We have had many questions about all the CCWD trucks and

FEMA denies Tuolumne County aid for Rim Fire

  Giving reasons such as there wasn't that much damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has cut off aid to Tuolumne County for Rim Fire damage.

   Whether California will appeal is yet to be decided, according to Governor Browns office.

Oakland Raiders "making their move?"

   Not long after Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said "We need to make some type of move', they did.

   The Raiders gave up a record tying 7 passing touchdowns to a guy named Nick Foles.  Therefore, we don't believe they have a chance for a playoff spot this season.

Murphys Sanitary District meets--New Board member?

   The Murphys Sanitary District Board of Directors meets on November 12, 2013 at 9 AM for their regular meeting.

   Meetings are held at their office at 90 Big Trees Rd in Murphys.  Phil Stock, a retired Bret Harte High School teacher has applied for a Board position and is likely to be elected.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fire in San Luis Obispo County

   November 8, 2013 at 2 PM:  A fire that was reported around 10:30 AM is now 60 acres and 15% contained. It is located at at Hwy 41 West in the Morro Bay area.

   CalFire is handling the attack from the air and on the ground. 12 homes have been evacuated.

Traffic Accident in Burson

   November 8, 2013:  At 1PM CHP received a report of a traffic accident on Hwy 12 at Burson Rd in Burson. No injuries were reported but a red Subaru has major front end damage.

   The other vehicle was a pickup with a utility trailer. A tow truck has been dispatched and CHP is at the scene.


Census Bureau says 23.8% of Californians live in poverty

   If you add in the cost of living over 23.8% of Californians actually live in poverty. Questioned about this by NPR's All Things Considered. the Governor gave an explanation.

   Brown says that the fact that California is a magnate for people moving her to look for work are "really the flip side of California's incredible attractiveness and prosperity."

City of Bell Councilperson admits didn't even read packet

  In a seemingly never ending saga of charges, and continuing investigations into the City of Bell financial scandal,

Is it true--Teachers pension deficit grows $22 million a day?

   Channel 10 ran a story on the 800,000 teachers pension fund that is underfunded, and at this time has a deficit of $70 billion.

   At the rate of $22 million a day in debts, how can they keep it goins, CALSTRS, that is?

College Basketball star Kevin Ware back on court

   It's been just about 7 months since Kevin Ware broke his leg in a gruesome accident on the court in Louisville.

   Last night was his first night back and he hit a 3 on his first shot attempt. Some had thought he would never be able to play again.

Letter to the Editor: About cry-babies & cowards & bears

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

    I haven't written for awhile, but I have to tell you about my conversation in a bar

Senator McConnell has some backbone after all?

   During a Wall Street Journal interview with historian Peggy Noonan, Kentucky Republican Senator

Senate passes anti-gay bias workplace bill

   Although the Senate easily passed the new workplace anti-gay bias bill, now it goes to the House, where who knows what may happen.

Clemency denied to convicted Ohio murderer

   Scheduled to be executed on November 14, 2013, a convicted murderer of a 3 year old girl, had his clemency petition denied.

   He is expected to take a newly concocted and untested cocktail in Ohio, for his choice of death.

Mental Health coverage expanded

   The Affordable Care Act has expanded behavioral health coverage for Americans, and it is being called the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation, according the HHS Secretary Sebelius.

    We all know someone who needs mental health treatment. Now perhaps they will be able to afford it and get the help they need.

Star Wars Episode VII

    Disney Studios has announced that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will open in theaters on December 18, 2015, in case you've been waiting.

   The original appeared in theaters in 1977.

TV Evangelist turns 95

   The US television evangelist Billy Graham, who has been a friend to Presidents, turned 95 today. He has been on the pulpit for 7 decades.

Bristol Palins' ex is seeking equal custody

   The father of Bristol Palins' son, Levi Johnson, is now seeking at least to have equal custody of their son.

New Video of Toronto Mayor

   First a video of Mayor Ford smoking crack cocaine, then denials, then admissions to alcoholic stupors, then the video of Ford ranting and threatening to kill someone.

   It doesn't seem that this is going to end well for the Mayor. Many have already called for his resignation.

Indianapolis Colts passed on Incognito in 2005

   It seems that head coach Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts had the chance to draft Richie Incognito in 2005, but pass, questioning the offensive lineman's character.

   Irrational racism is certainly an indication of bad character in anyone, along with the inability to keep from intentionally bullying others.

204,000 new jobs in October

   In spite of the shutdown, the creation of new jobs was way over expectations. In fact, and net of 204,000 new jobs were created in October, 2013.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Smoky skies caused by USFS burning

   UPDATE:  We received information that indeed, the USFS is burning more in the Rim Fire area.

Lamar and Khloe selling their mansion?

   There are a lot of rumors floating around that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are calling it quits, and now we hear that their mansion is secretly listed for sale.

   Lamar just celebrated his 34th birthday, minus Khloe.

Who gets "farm subsidies" welfare in Calaveras County?

   What landowners, ranchers, farmers, etc, in Calaveras County, get welfare from the government

Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer dollars on what?

   Whether its the Federal governments healthcare website or California's unemployment development program or Calaveras County's wasted and trashed computer programs, waste is waste is waste.

   Do we ever see the governments get back the money they threw away on these programs? No! Not at any level. Why? Because it's not their money. It's OURS!

What is Calderon's Diversity PAC?

   Cited in the FBI report of State Senator Ron Calderon is a shadowy Diversity PAC that is alleged to have been used for luxury items such as private jets, luxury hotels, etc.

   Referred to as a "slush fund", it just brings more questions into the goings on of this Democratic Senator.

Protesters outside Twitter Headquarters (oppose Gentrification!)

   Announcing that they were protesting the "gentrification" of San Francisco, protesters were outside of the Twitter

Transformer caused fire in Wilseyville

   CalFire was called to a fire in the 5600 block of Blue Mountain Road in Wilseyville on November 6, 2013 around 9 AM.

   A transformer had started a vegetation fire.  Several units responded and the fire was limited to a 50' x 50' area.

Clear cutting to begin in Stanislaus Rim Fire area

The Rim Fire--a gift for the
logging companies?
  Making a big profit out of the dead trees left standing from the Rim Fire desecration is

Central Sierra Economic Development District meets

   The Central Sierra Economic Development District (CSEDD) meets on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM at the Economic Development office at 99 N. Washington Street in Sonora.

   On the agenda is approval of grant applications submitted by staff and a report from Executive Director Larry Cope.

Illinois now allows Same-sex marriage

   Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill that will make same sex marriage legal in Illinois. President Obama expressed his pleasure with the heartland state he calls his home.

California Runner in NYC Marathon dies next day

   Joy Johnson, an 86 year old retired gym teacher from San Jose, has run in 25 NYC Marathons.

Abandoned cats everywhere in the US

   Many organizations in every part of the US face the overwhelming numbers of abandoned cats

OP-ED: Shootings prove need for $2 MILLION for Gun Liability Insurance

    UPDATE:  Another shooting in a Detroit barber shop leaves 10 wounded and 3 dead.

Alabama House of Representatives runoff

   The runoff election between the Tea Party candidate Dean Young and the Republican candidate Bradley Byrne ended up with the Tea Party losing by a narrow margin.

   It seems that the Chamber of Commerce turned against the Tea Party candidate and gave their money to Byrne.

Judge denies name change request...

  In Pennsylvania an unemployed computer technician who dresses up as a dog regularly, chases cars and digs holes, appeared before a judge recently.

   He had applied to change his name to "Boomer" the dog.  The judge refused the request, saying it might confuse emergency dispatchers if called.

Twitter IPO explodes at NYSE

   The new Twitter IPO (TWTR) was expected to open for trading around $23 to $26 a share.

Amber Alert 1 month old found unharmed

   November 7, 2013:  CHP reports that the baby who was reportedly taken from a Sunnyvale home, was found unharmed near the Mexican border last night.

Possible motorcycle accident reported

   November 7, 2013 at 7:46 AM:  CHP received information that parts of a motorcycle seemed to be in the roadway at Deardorff and Independence roads in Mokelumne Hill.

   It appears that a motorcycle ran off the roadway. CHP is en route to the area.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Last 300 Blockbuster stores closing

   Dish Network, who owns Blockbuster Video Stores announced today that the last 300 stores will close by January 2014.

   The video rental business has pretty much moved to online stores.

Silk Road 2.0 now operating

  It's only been 5 weeks since the government arrested the man who allegedly ran the Silk Road website selling drugs and contraband.

   Now authorities say it is back up and running even better as Silk Road 2.0.

Twitter IPO could go higher

   According to CNBC this morning the Twitter IPO on the NYSE was supposed to be around $23 to $25 per share.

    With the day of demand up, it is now possible that it could open at more like $27 to $29 per share. We'll know for sure when it opens for sale.

Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health seeks

  Established in 1999, the Bates Institute is seeking applications or nominations for the position of Institute Director.  You must apply by December 5, 2013.

   They are seeking a Director for the Population and Reproductive Health Institute. For more information go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute website.


Tom Cruise files $50 million lawsuit

   For saying that he had abandoned his daughter Suri after divorcing her mother last year, Tom Cruise has filed a $50 million lawsuit against "InTouch" magazine.

  He says he and Suri are very close and that he supports her financially and emotionally.

49ers selling Candlestick seats

  As their final season in Candlestick Park ends, the 49ers will offer season ticket holders first chance to buy their own seats in the stadium to take home with them.

   They are $649 a pair. Once the season ticketholders get their picks, perhaps others may get the opportunity to purchase part of Candlestick Park. Next season the Niners will be in their brand new stadium in Santa Clara.

San Francisco voters negate 8 Washington project

   Not wanting high-rises on the waterfront in San Francisco, the voters have negated the City Council's approval of the large high-rise project on the waterfront in the City.

   The trade unions, former Mayor Gavin Newsome and others were in favor of allowing the structure for the wealthy along the shore, called 8 Washington, but the residents apparently were not.

Strong Mayor Measure goes on Sacramento ballot

   While many feel that Mayor Kevin Johnson has done wonders in keeping the Sacramento Kings in the area, there are also those who think he oversteps his bounds.

   The Sacramento City Council has voted to allow the strong mayor issue to be on next years ballot so that the people can decide if Johnson should have more power.

Tea Party puts up Tim Donnelly for Governor

   Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has announced that he is running against Jerry Brown for Governor

Stockton raises sales tax to 9%

   The ballot measure in Stockton to raise the sales tax to 9% passed with only about 21% on registered voters showing up at the polls.

   This is part of their bankruptcy and will help them return to solvency in a few years, according to the City Council.

Breaking News: Calderon removed from ALL committees

   November 6, 2013:  It seems that Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has just issued a release, calling for the Rules Committee to remove Ron Calderon from ALL committee assignments.

   This includes the chairmanship of Senate Insurance, until the sting investigation is resolved. He has also asked for the Senate Select Committee on California's Film and Television Industry, which Calderon Chairs, to be eliminated.

Congressman looking for Intern

   If you love politics, have ever wanted a chance to serve in a Congressional office, or just like public

Fire in Pioneer

   UPDATE at 11:05 AM:  CalFire has requested the closure of the road to continue for at least another hour.

CHP issures Amber Alert for baby

   An amber alert has been issued for California for Henry Guler-Romero, a one-month old baby, who is suspected of being with a 22 year-old male, Mesut Guler.

    He is possibly driving a 2004 tan GMC Envoy 6HIL892 with a large American Eagle on the back window.  The baby was taken on November 5, 2013 from the Sunnyvale, Santa Clara area. If you see him call 408-730-7110 or your local CHP office.

Mother Lode Storytelling presents....

   On Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 4 PM to 6 PM there will be a "Tellabration!" featuring storyteller Linda Ramey Kennedy.

  This will be held by the Mother Lode Storytelling organization at Angels Camp Mercantile, 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp.  This is free of charge!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Calaveras Sheriff calls for K9 to catch druggie

   The Calaveras Sheriff tried to catch a suspect they thought was on drugs riding a bicycle in Arnold and ended up having to call the Angels Camp Police Department who brought their K9 and found him hiding.

  Angels Camp PD has an excellent reputation for "getting their man" (or woman) and are apparently trying to train the Sheriff on the proper way to catch a suspect. Thank you Angels Camp PD.


Colorado could tax marijuana 25%

   Now that pot has been approved for recreational use in Colorado, the voters have to decide whether to tax the profitable business.

   If it passed, a 25% tax will be slapped on all sales beginning in January 2014.

Clutches of dinosaur eggs found

   At least 17 clutches of dinosaur eggs have been discovered in a giant bizarre-looking nursery of Therizinsaurs (with large claws) in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

Racism within Miami Dolphins NOT surprising

   While ESPN spouts their shock and dismay at the treatment received by Jonathan Martin from

Republican Party and Tea Party Square off in Alabama today

   Both the GOP candidate and the Tea Partyer (as he's called) candidate are polling the same in Alabama for a House seat to be decided by today's voters there.

   The GOP Republican says he will want to retain John Boehner as Speaker of the House, while the Tea Partyer says there is NO CHANCE he will vote to keep Boehner.  What a joke the Tea Party makes of Republicans everywhere!!

Ponte and Edson demand "Secrets, NO TRANSPARENCY" at Calaveras County

   We just heard that it was Debbie Ponte and Cliff Edson, newly elected Supervisors, who do not

Why Chris Christie will win in a Landslide today

  November 5, 2013:  Election day for Governor of New Jersey, where it seems pretty clear that Chris

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nazi seized art found in German apartment

   It seems that hundreds of works of art by Picasso, Matisse and other asters of the 20th century, which were seized by the Nazis in WWII, were thought to be lost forever.

   Apparently found among piles of rotting groceries in a German apartment, they are believed to be worth at least $ 1 billion.

Johnson and Johnson pays $2.2 billion settlement

   If this doesn't show you how much money these drug companies make off of us, nothing will. J &J has agreed to pay $2.2 billion to end civil and criminal investigations into kickbacks to pharmacists.

   This includes the marketing of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses, according to the US Attorney General Eric Holder this morning.

Car hits bicycle on Farmington Rd near Hwy 99

    November 4, 2013:    A green or blue mid 90's Honda reportedly hit a bicyclist on Farmington Rd near Hwy 99 in Stockton at approximately 1:22 PM.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene.

Jerry Brown gets big money

   Jerry Brown has accepted a $1.5 million check from the State Democratic Central committee for his run for re-election as governor.

India attempts to reach Mars

   Tomorrow India will attempt to reach Mars in their newest spacecraft. If they make it, they will be the fourth to be successful.

   The Societ Union, the US and Europe have all landed craft on Mars to study the planet.

Justin Bieber ends concert

   Apparently a fan threw a bottle at Justin Bieber during a concert in Brazil over the weekend. It has been reported that he walked off the stage and did not return.

  It has also been said that fans were upset that his concert was 80 minutes late getting started.

Ready for Christmas?

   Halloween over, and the holidays are nearly upon us.  Retail stores, especially in the malls, are already decorating and having sales for Christmas shoppers.

   Ready or not, here comes the Holidays!

Hi! My name is Maverick...

   Looking for a tall, handsome dude? I'm a short-hair tabby and white neutered adult male.

Battery on a Police Officer in Mountain Ranch

  On November 1, 2013 Bryan Gavin Montgomery (56) of Mountain Ranch was arrested at his residence for alleged Battery on a Police Officer with Injury, a felony.

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

Fire on McCauley Rd in Rancho Calaveras

   On Novermber 2, 2013 CalFire was dispatched to a fire in the 6400 block of McCauley Rd in Rancho Calaveras around 1 PM.

   The fire, caused by a mylar balloon hitting power lines was limited to 1/2 acre after several local units plus a helicopter and tanker, responded to the fire.

Mary Jane Teresa (LeBlanc) Knudson of Copperopolis

    Mary Jane Teresa (LeBlanc) Knudson, of Copperopolis passed away on November 1, 2013 at Mark Twain

Controlled Substance alleged in Angels Camp Arrest

    On November 1, 2013, Angels Camp Police arrested Misty Cherree Lee (35) of Angels Camp on Main Street in Angels Camp for alleged Transportation of an Illegal Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance, both felonies, and Loitering in Public for a Drug Action, a Misdemeanor.

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


Fire in Mountain Ranch

   CalFire reports that on November 1, 2013 at around 3:30 PM units were dispatched to the 8700 block of Oak Ridge Drive in Mountain Ranch after a report of a grass fire.

   Several units responded, including from Murphys and Valley Springs. Fire was caused by an unattended ash pile in the back yard.  Approximately 7 acres of vegetation was burned.

Blackberry says sale is off

   Blackberry, one of the competitors of the iPhone, is apparently in more trouble than a week ago. This morning, they announced that their CEO is leaving and that the planned sale of the company is off.

   The stock has been selling for under $2 a share.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Enders Game" # 1 at box office

   "Bad Grandpa" dropped to 2nd place this weekend, as "Enders Game" brought in $28 million its opening weekend.

Felony Arrest for Prohibited Ammunition Possession

   Jacob Ryan Butler (27) of Valley Springs was arrested on Mlton Road by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies on October 30, 2013 for allegedly Possessing ammunition forbidden, a felony and Possession of Marijuarna under 28.5 grams, a misdemeanor.

   Butler was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and was released after posting bond.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Arrest at Angels Food Market

    On October 28, 2013 James Anthony Giuffra (30)  of San Andreas, was arrested at approximately 6 PM at the Angels Food Market in Angels Camp for alleged Burglary in 2nd degree and Receiving Stolen Property over $400, both felonies, and for Disorderly Conduct due to Alcohol, a misdemeanor.

   Giuffra was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Angels Camp Police Officers.

Tax and Spend Calaveras Supervisors cannot STOP!

   If you read any of the political websites you know that Calaveras County is in financial trouble.

Clocks go back 1 Hour tonite

Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour
tonite before you go to bed.

Jollywood's latest rumors

     Taylor Swift is performing in a movie to be released in 2014 called "The Giver."

   The movie will star Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Jeff Bridges. Swift has said she was blown away to be included in such a seasoned group.

Friday, November 1, 2013

BREAKING NEWS! Tea Party McClintock to be "Primaried"

   We just received word that Representative Tom McClintock, harshly criticized after his vote against

What happened at Calaveras Unified School Board meeting?

 I'm lost! Where are you? Wait! Me first!
     After the ranting that Calaveras Supervisor Darren Spellman did at the Board of

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions

   A press release issued on November 1, 2013 indicates that the BLM has lifted fire restrictions

Guvernator Schwartzenegger becomes Forest Ranger

  Yes, our former guvernator was invited to stand up in Washington DC with Tidwell, the head of the US Forest Service.

   He was made an unofficial forest ranger and was presented with a badge and stuffed Smokey.

Hot News Alert!! Tom Berryhill getting "Primaried" in 2014

Berryhill may go down in FLAMES!!
   Someone in California is working behind the scenes to try and rid our state of these "tea party"

From the Editor's Desk!

   We feel we need to remind out readers that like most publications, we don't post comments

McClintock is a Carpetbagger?

   Congressman McClintock, a career politician who comes from LA where he couldn't win,  now lives in Elk Grove.

What are those Google barges?

   The four-story barge parked in San Francisco bay has created quite a stir, not only in San Francisco, but nationwide.

  Some say it's a giant party boat, while others say its a secret server station that will be cooled by ocean water. What do you think?

German Catholic Bishop sent to less lavish accomodations

   A German Catholic Bishop, after meeting with Pope Francis last week, has been sent to a very modest monastery for recuperation after being exposed as spending $42 million to remodel his home.

15 year old dies after football concussion and collapse

   A 15 year old Virginia boy who had received a concussion while playing football, but was released by doctors to resume play, collapsed and died on the football field yesterday.

Former NYPD commissioner is out of jail

   After three years behind bars, Bernard Kerik, who fell from prominence as the NYPD commissioner is now out of prison.

   He says that the three years he spent behind bars has changed his mind about federal mandatory sentencing guidelines, and believes the system is broken and intentionally sets inmates up for failure.

Belgium considered allowing children euthenasia

   In Belgium anyone over the age of 18 has the right to euthanasia if they so choose.

   Now they are considering allowing children to also be eligible for euthanasia. No other country has allowed this yet.

Tactical Alert at LAX

   UPDATE:  One TSA agent killed. Portions of LAX still shut down.

Kraft changing Mac and Cheese

   After years of complaints, Kraft has agreed to remove the Yellow Dye from its Mac and Cheese product.

   The new color will come from spices like paprika. The product will also contain more whole grains and less sodium and saturated fat.

Google furious that US government hacked data links

   The NSA spy agency apparently has secretly intercepted user data from the Google internet links around the world.

   The law doesn't require a search warrant in many other countries for spying on internet searches. Google is furious with the government.

Janet Napolitano welcomes undocumented students to UC

   $5million dollars has been pledged to help undocumented students in the UC system, according to Janet Napolitano, the new UC President.

   Napolitano says that they will welcome all qualified student at UC, documented or undocumented.

Power Plants in US cut emissions 10%

   According to a recent study, the global rate of carbon emissions has waned 10% due to shale gas and increased use of hydropower at the power plants.

Los Angeles Jails not Resort like in Calaveras

   While an investigation into reported abuse goes on at the Los Angeles County Jail, past inmates at the Calaveras County Jail state that they are treated well, and that in many cases its like a resort.

   We have heard many comments that say the Calaveras County Sheriff treats the criminals more like customers and friends, than like criminals.