Friday, February 28, 2014

Angels City Council going to Sacramento on tour

  UPDATE:  Michael McHatten, the City of Angels Administrator just sent us a reply, vague as it is.  He says that the meeting will be called to order in SACRAMENTO

Calaveras Republicans meet in Angels

   The Calaveras Republican Party (CCRP) meets March 12, 2014 for a General meeting from 6-8 PM in the Fireside room at Greenhorn Creek Resort.

   This is locate at 711 McCauley Ranch Road in Angels Camp. For more information go to

City of Angels Council looking for new member

   If you are a person who lives in the old section of Angels Camp and would like to represent the people there, apply at the City Offices on Main Street.

   Due to the resignation of Stuart Raggio, there will be one vacancy. Hopefully it will be someone away from Greenhorn.

County of Amador seeks bids for Two-Way Radios

   The County of Amador is seeking sealed bids for twenty-four (24) Bendix King Commander Two Way Portable Radios, with 9.5" antenna and 2200 mAH Lion battery, or equivalent for use by the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services (OES), in accordance with certain specifications.

   These specs and other details are available on the Amador County website. The due date for bids is 3/6/14.

Several new IPO's getting ready

   All of a sudden there is appearing a deluge of tech IPO's that have been waiting in the wings for the market to break open.

Vehicle over bank near Melones Bridge

   UPDATE:  It was just reported that injuries in this accident are minor.

Thefts and burglaries on February 27, 2014 in Calaveras County

     On February 27, 2014 these thefts and burglaries were reported in Calaveras County:

    A burglary at Mountain Retreat in Arnold,

City of Angels Police Arrest Jackson man

  On February 27, 2014 City of Angels Police arrested David George Cloward, Sr.(42) of Jackson at the Gold Country Inn in Angels for alleged Obstruction or resisting an Executive Officer, a felony and Obstruction or Resisting an Officer, a misdemeanor.

    Cloward was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Amador County Administrative Meeting

   Amador County is holding an Administrative Committee Meeting on March 3, 2014 at 10 AM at the Amador County Admin Center at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

  On the agenda is an abandoned well, consideration of hiring two positions, Veterans Affairs and Storm Water permits. Supervisors Novelli and Oneto are representing the Board.

Possible hazardous spill closes San Andreas Schools

    According to CHP, Larry Noble (58) of Livermore was driving at 2008 Peterbilt on private

Vehicles overturned on Hwy 99

  February 28, 2014:  At approximately 6:23 AM two vehicles were reported to have overturned in a traffic accident at Hwy 99 at Hwy 120 in Manteca.

   CHP and an ambulance are en route to the scene.

Tree down on Hwy 26

   February 28, 2014:  A tree is reportedly down on Hwy 26 at Montgomery Drive in Mokelumne Hill this morning.  Use extra caution in the area until crews arrive.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stuat Raggio Resigns from Angels City Council

    The City of Angels announced the resignation of Councilman Stuart Raggio from the Angels Camp City Council. Mr. Raggio was elected to the Council in 2010. His resignation will be effective immediately.

   As of February 28, 2014, Mr. Raggio will no longer reside in the City of Angels and therefore does not meet residency requirements for the City Council position per Michael McHatten, City Administrator.


District 5 Supervisorial Candidate Kearney Qualifies

February 27, 2014:   Steve Kearney, candidate for Calaveras County Supervisor District 5 of Rancho Calaveras, qualified today for the June ballot, according to the county election office.

    A former Calaveras County Planning Commissioner, Kearney worked for Longs Drugs, Inc., for 30 years including 13 at the Valley Springs location.

Afterschool Activites Cancelled at San Andreas Schools--

   Ammonium chloride truck overturns

   CHP  has issued an advisory message from Calaveras Unified School District

Marijuana Overdoses in Colorado--in Dogs?

   Apparently now that marijuana is legal in Colorado users are not hiding it away. Now veterinarians are seeing more and more dogs who ate their owners marijuana and had to be brought in for treatment.

Paula Deen compares herself to Michael Sam?

   Rumors are swirling around an apparent comparison Paula Deen made of herself with Michael Sam, the football player who came out as gay a week ago.

  She seems to have said she doesn't want to be known for what he is known or something like that. Not good. Who tells her what to say to the press anyway?

Elmer "Sonny" Arlando Smith, Jr.

  Elmer "Sonny" Arlando Smith, Jr., 78, passed away February 25, 2014 in Modesto. Born February

CHP reports several accidents in Calaveras in 30 minutes

   February 27, 2014:  There was a vehicle reported in a ditch as of 8:20 AM at Hwy 4 and Six Mile

Wildlife Photo of the Year

Sadly, this is the photo chosen as the wildlife photo of
the year. Appears to be a coyote in an area where "slash
and burn" is occurring. He has no cover and is running
for his life. The story of California's CalFire program in a nutshell.

Chains required on Hwy 4

  February 27, 2014:  Per CHP chains are required on all vehicles on Hwy 4 this morning at Camp Connell. Drive extra carefully.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rumors swirling about Calaveras Sheriff

   Today was an extraordinary day for rumors about the election for Calaveras County Sheriff. While we have not yet officially received a press release, rumors are flying around that the deputies may not have endorsed their own Sheriff for re-election.

   With that at the issues of his weight problem, his health and also accusations of name calling allowed towards women employees at the Sheriff's Office, what is next?

CalFire begins third year of FEES

   As the Sierra Sentinel expected, nothing came of the lawsuit to stop the parcel fee tax on us property owners by CalFire.

Calaveras Sheriff's Office worse than we believed

   UPDATE:  We just emailed the Sheriff's Office asking for a comment on the record about the problem relayed to us about women in his office.  This is very concerning to the Sierra Sentinel, and we will publish his response when we receive it.

CHP arrest two at Mark Twain Hospital

   On February 25, 2014 CHP arrested Katherine Elizabeth Sherman (35) of Rialto at Mark Twain Hospital for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Roger Arbour of Sheep Ranch

   Roger Michael Arbour of Sheep Ranch died Thursday, February 20, 2014. He was 71.

   A native of

Goldman Sachs elevator tattle-tale exposed

   No talking in the GS elevators??

   For months the multi-national wealth management group Goldman Sachs had been on edge

Calaveras Supervisor Chair Ponte unfair--no equal time for dissenters

   Calaveras Supervisor Chair Debbie Ponte was showing her liberal bias yesterday for Chris Wright's friends who came in a were allowed to go on and on for at least three minutes each in favor of

$670,000 a year to maintain the Calaveras County Jail?

  UPDATE:  These Supervisors can't stop spending money. They yesterday approved hiring Kitchell to maintain the new jail and Sheriff's Office for $670,000 a year.

CHP releases details of truck-pole accident-Arrest made

   Per CHP on February 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM a 2011 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Joseph Boehm (40) of Gilroy was traveling southbound on Hwy 49 south of Gun Club Road

Rain in Calaveras

   It is going to rain off and on in Calaveras County and most of Northern California today and is likely to continue through Saturday. Snow levels are fairly high at 7000' today.

   Drive extra carefully this morning as the roads will be slick with the first rain. You should probably
put off your hunt for cans of gold coins until the storm is over. (tee hee)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Protest Planned for Callaway's Pot Store in Arnold?

   We've been hearing more and more anger about the way Supervisor Callaway has allowed Calaveras Naturals, the name made up for selling pot in Arnold, to continue in business illegally.

   Apparently many are planning a protest at the Calaveras Planning Commission meeting on Thursday February 27, 2014 in San Andreas at 9 AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.  Does Callaway crack down on normal business people, but allow pot sellers to do whatever they want????

Amador County Tax Collector sale

   On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 the Amador County Tax Collector is holding a public auction sale of tax-defaulted property.

     There are lots at Camanche and other subdivisions with opening bid prices as low as $500.  See Amador County Tax Collector Sale for details.


Calaveras Arts Council presents Lily Cai Chinese Dance

  On March 9, 2014 at 3 PM the Ovations 2014 Performing Arts Series presented by Calaveras Arts will present Lily Cai Chinese Dance at the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp.

    Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Call 754-1774 or go to

Northern California Couple finds millions in Gold Coins

Photo by Kagins rare coins
   A couple who is asking to remain anonymous has found a can of gold coins on their rural Northern California gold country property.

   The gold itself it worth around $27,000, but the coins are so rare that some could fetch a million dollars apiece at auction.. I think I would remain anonymous too.

NASA gets shots of Solarflare on Sun

These are the photos NASA got on February 24, 2014 of the Solarflare on the Sun.
Courtesy of NASA


Massive Honeybee Die-Off

   US scientists are working to try and help the honeybees survive and of course, the farmers and orchardists around the country.

Garbage truck on fire

    UPDATE:  At 3:25 PM CHP announced that all lanes of 99 are back open and the fire extinguished.

Senator Tom Berryhill avoids apology

  We have tried making contact with California State Senator Tome Berryhill about the guilty verdict by a judge regarding money laundering charges from the FPPC.   Instead of apologizing to the voters, he sends emails trying to distract from the case entirely.

   Today we received one referring voters to a drought website, like he's trying to help us. He could have helped us by not doing anything corrupt like money laundering to try and help his brother win an election.  Berryhill must think we are dumb hicks or something.

Pickup hits telephone pole

  UPDATE:  The road was reopened at 11:45 AM.

    February 25, 2014:  At 10.45 AM CHP is still at the scene of a traffic

New home plate collision rule in Major League Baseball

   After so many home plate collisions causing injuries, Major League Baseball and the Players Union have voted to change the rule.

   The catcher is now not allowed to block the plate unless he already has the ball in his glove. If he does, the runner will be called safe by the umpire.  They are hoping this will prevent many injuries at home plate.

Deer killed in collision

   On February 24, 2014 Colleen Brodie (54) of Mokelumne Hill was driving her 1994 Saturn with Jenny McGinnis (28) of Mokelumne Hill as a passenger.

Jim Cramer credits Mark Haines for his caution

    CNBC's Mark Haines, the first host of the popular business and stock market TV shot Squawk Box, died over a year ago. Haines was famous for saying it like he believed and not making any pretenses for stocks or CEO's.

     This morning Jim Cramer, who is one of the hosts of CNBC's Squawk on the Street, gave credit to Haines for his caution on buying certain stocks too quickly, carefully evaluating each investment. It was a nice tribute.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wife reports husband in Motorcycle crash

   CHP got a call around 5:30 PM from the wife of a man who says he called her and said he had been involved in a crash on his motorcycle.

    CHP is en route to Hwy 26 to try and locate the accident.

66 rounds in Spelling Bee

   In Kansas City, Missouri the Spelling Bee came to an impasse after organizers say they ran out of words for the evenly matched contestants.

   They went through 66 rounds before they simply ran out of words.

25 miles of Mississippi closed

   Due to a collision of two vessels which caused an oil spill, a 25 mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed.

   The US Coast guard said the Lindsay Ann Erickson crashed with the Hannah C.

White Supremacist buying town in North Dakota

   Over the weekend some people were talking about how many Nazi-like racists there are in Calaveras County.

"Lego Movie" number 1 for third week in a row

   The number one box office for last weekend was again the "Lego Movie" with $31.5 million.

   "3 Days to Kill" came in second with $12.5 million.

$1 Trillion in dividends?

   For the first time in history, the world's largest listed companies paid out more than $1 Trillion in dividends to their stockholders.

   Did you get some of that action?

Oscar presenters announced

   Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and 45 others have been selected to be presenters at the Oscars next week.

   Apparently Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford are not among those chosen.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Trouble in "Ebbetts Pass Calaveras District 3" Paradise?

   The Sheriff logs from February 22, 2014 show there is trouble in Ebbetts Pass:

    Two calls were made over altercations involving possible vandalism on El Dorado in Arnold.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4

     February 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM: CHP is en route to a traffic accident with injuries that occurred at Hwy 4 and Mud Springs in Ebbetts Pass.

       This is a person with head injuries near Spicer Reservoir.  An ambulance is en route.

Letter to the Editor....About "no work" and the Calaveras Sheriff

   Dear Editor:

    I was reading your article about crime in Ebbetts Pass. As a resident of Arnold, I have been concerned for some time, due to closed businesses and no work.

Last of "Sound of Music" Von Trapp family dies

   Maria Von Trapp, the 2nd eldest of the Von Trapp family on which the "Sound of Music" was based, has died.

   The was the last surviving member of the family.

What will happen to Sochi Dogs?

   After an outcry by animal lovers who watched the authorities in Sochi euthanizing stray dogs, a kennel was built by authorities.

   Approximately 160 stray dogs are currently in the kennels. Some Olympians have adopted and plan to bring home a dog or a puppy.   What will happen to the rest when everyone is gone is hard to imagine.

Elected Officials Everywhere

   We've received several comments from readers that at every event there are suddenly appearing elected officials.

Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony tonite

    February 23, 2014:   The 2014 Sochi Olympics comes to a close tonite with the Closing Ceremony.

Tribute to Mandela

   Oprah Winfrey has been chosen to give the tribute to Nelson Mandela at the NAACP Award Show.

   It will be held in Pasadena and Stevie Wonder is slated to perform.

Is CCWD or Calaveras County Not liable for "Lake Toilet"?

Lake Tulloch or
Lake "Toilet"?
   The more we delve into the fact that Lake Tulloch has sewage that leaks into the lake due to sewage lines that were allowed to run under the lake to the other side, the more we seem to get stonewalled.

  Supervisor Ponte and CCWD Director Dennis Dooley were supposedly holding joint meetings to try and clean up the lake.

Calaveras Sheriff's Office in total disarray?

   We listen to the public and they have weighed in on the apparent incompetence and what appears to be encouragement of bad behavior by deputies

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Traffic Accident in Jenny Lind

     UPDATE:  A second traffic collision occurred at the scene around 1 PM. All three vehicles need to be towed.

CCWD balks at Calaveras Supervisors offer

   After listening to Calaveras Supervisor Callaway bash CCWD for years on every occasion and publicly, who could be surprised that their Board rejects a "joint committee" now.

   The Calaveras Supervisors don't even have a Water Element in their (what) General Plan Update, and their constituents wonder what these 5 are thinking.  They need to be able to get along with CCWD; especially since water is the new "gold".

Tea Party Congressman McClintock loves SoCal

   It's really clear to the Calaveras County voters, who feels they are not being fairly represented in congress, that Tom McClintock would rather be in Southern California. He's probably after money, since he has done NOTHING to help the devastated Calaveras County economy.

   He is speaking at a luncheon of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers, a tea party represented organization like the one in our local area. He can travel to SoCal, but can't even stand to live in his own district here in Northern California; choosing instead  to LIVE in Ami Bera's district, where he treats his constituents well.

Who are those people? CCWD in action? Thank you!!

   For the first time ever, to our knowledge, a CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) meeting was shown on Comcast channel 9.

Calderon brothers indicted for alleged corruption

   Ron and John Calderon, part of a 30 year family political dynasty, were indicted by a Federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday after months of investigation.

   Calderon's state capitol office was searched suddenly months ago, beginning the road to 24 alleged charges of political corruption.

Train kills film crewmember

   A biopic being made in Savannah, Georgia turned deadly on Thursday when a train didn't realize the film crew was set up on the tracks.

   One crewmember of the Gregg Allman biopic was killed and several others injured when they didn't realize the train wouldn't stop.

New member of the family

   The New York City Zoo has a new member of its animal family. This anteater mother and baby just joined the other zoo animals.  Friendly, but watch out for its 15 inch tongue. (the better to get those ants with)

Fannie Mae made money

   Surprising many this week, Fannie Mae announced it made $6.5 billion in the 4th quarter.

   They used the money to completely pay back their US government bailout.

Friday, February 21, 2014

New logo for 2014 Frog Jump

The logo for this years Frog Jump was
just released. Cute!

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors meets

   On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets at 9 AM in San Andreas.

   On the Consent Agenda is hiring Jones and Mayer to represent the Sheriff's Office in the lawsuit it has against the Superior Courts.   More to come....

What happened to Joseph Kelly?

   After seeing that Joseph Kelly was appointed by the Calaveras Board of Supervisors to be the representative of District 1 for the Agricultural Advisory Committee, we heard there was a problem.

Questions about Freedom Industries possible payoffs?

   Now in bankruptcy court, the chemical company responsible for the spill into the West Virginia drinking water has other questions to answer.

   Apparently someone is suspecting that an insider payoff of some type may have taken place.

President Obama meets Dalai Lama today

   The White House is greeting the Dalai Lama today, much to the anger of the Chinese.

    China has warned that the US should not interfere with Tibet or it could affect relations with the us.

Climate Control of the Earth?

   Since the Earth does not have a thermostat, scientists have been testing different ways of combating global climate change.

  One idea is to inject liquid oxygen into the rocks and the sea. No one is certain it would work, but the big question seems to be, who would control the thermostat if it could be done.

Tuolumne Planning Commission meets

   The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Planning Committee meets February 27, 2014 at 9 AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on Green Street.

   On their agenda are several elements of their General Plan Update.

Peter Frank Val - Angels Camp native

   Peter Frank Val, an Angels Camp native,  passed away unexpectedly on Thursday February 13, 2014.

   Born on October 5th, 1926 in Angels Camp,

Prosecution Evidence leak in Pistorius trial

   Apparently Olympic "Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius initially told his security guards that nothing was wrong after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

   The trial in South Africa has caused worldwide attention, but this evidence was not supposed to be reported before the trial begins, according to authorities there.

Two Accidents on Hwy 12

   February 21, 2014:  At 8:14 AM a traffic accident was reported on Hwy 12 near Central Hill in the Toyon area where a small pickup hit a deer. There is glass in the roadway. No injuries were indicated. A tow truck has been dispatched.

    At 8:24 AM a traffic accident was reported on Hwy 12 at Hwy 26 near Toyon. A black Jeep Cherokee was involved. No injuries in this one either.  There was initially some confusion and this incident was accidentally closed by CHP and then reopened at 9:30 AM.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Complaints Reported

   On February 20, 2014 a Grand Theft was reported on Pine Drive in Arnold, golf clubs stolen from vehicle; a burglary was reported on Sunnyhills Lane in Murphys; Vandalism to a holding cell at the New Court House in San Andreas; a burglary at a residence on Laurent Lane in Valley Springs; and a  residential burglary was reported on Happy Jack Court in Valley Springs;


Arrest for Forgery in Valley Springs

   On February 19, 2014 Clifford Cecil Clark (45) of Linden was arrested on Berkesy in Valley Springs for alleged Forgery, altering a Vehicle Registration and 2nd degree Burglary, both felonies and for Displaying a false Registration, a misdemeanor.

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

Complaints to Calaveras Sheriff from Ebbetts Pass

  On February 19, 2014 complaints were made to the Calaveras Sheriff:

   A burglary was reported on Hunter Dam Road in Avery to a mechanics yard,

Calaveras Sheriff Complaints in Ebbetts Pass

   On February 17, 2014 the Calaveras Sheriff's Department was called for:

   Twice for verbal altercations on Segale Rd

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Family of Mike Borean

We just received this great photo of Mike Borean, who is running for District 3 Supervisor, and his family. Is this great or what?

Murphys man arrested in Copperopolis

   On February 17, 2014 Alfred Munoz Bustos (49) of Murphys was arrested at Littlejohn Road and Reeds Turnpike in Copperopolis for allegedly Threatening a crime with the Intention to Terrorize, a felony along with DUI Alcohol or drugs, DUI Alcohol over .08 %, and Obstructing or Resisting a Peace Officer, misdemeanors.

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

Ovations presents the Manderling Quartet

The Manderling Quartet will perform at Bret Harte High Schools Theater on February 22, 2014. The Box Office opens at 1:30 PM. The show begins at 2 PM.

   Tickets are $ 25 each for adults.

Angels Camp resident arrested for Manufacturing drugs

     On February 14, 2014, Cory Scott Monteer, (26) of Angels Camp was arrested at the Tanwood Mobile Home Park in Avery for allegedly Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, a felony.

   Monteer was booked into the Calaveras County Jail where he was released early due to lack of space.

CHP--Be on the Lookout!! In Calaveras County!

   We want the CHP to be on the lookout for the two main drunk drivers in Calaveras County's Ebbetts Pass. The one known as the RRRREDDD JEEEEP  DDDRRRUNK and the other one know as the grey pickup  "lunatic" drunk.

   Clean them off the streets so our children and grandchildren will be safe once again, please.

Forest Meadows Resident arrested

   On February 15, 2014  Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Charlie Waylon Amstutz (35) of Forest Meadows. 

Have you seen "Jumanji"? The "Postal" part?

  Last weekend the Robin Williams movie "Jumanji" was on. Its the one about a board game that becomes real life. The "postal" gun store scene

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

   The Amador County Board of Supervisors meets on February 25, 2014 at 8:15AM in the Board Chambers on Court Street in Jackson.

   They have 5 closed session items before the regular meeting.

Will California become 6 states?

   Steve Draper's ballot initiative to break California up into 6 states will need over 500,000 signatures to make the ballot.

  Calaveras County, according to Drapers map would be in the state of Central California which includes the Sierra Nevada up to but no including Lake Tahoe.

Mike Borean Official Announcement for District 3

    Mike Borean has officially announced his candidacy for Calaveras County District 3 Supervisor which includes, Murphys, and Ebbetts Pass.

Powerball Winner in Milpitas area

   The $425 million Powerball ticket was purchased at a Chevron Station in Milpitas, according to Powerball execs.

    The person who purchased the winning ticket picked 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and the Powerball of 34 to take the entire amount. The winner has not yet come forward.

High School Artists at Art Show

    ArtSpirit, the 17th annual High School Juried Exhibition will open in Calaveras Arts Council's Gallery Calaveras on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

   It is located at 22 Main Street in San Andreas.

Japan's Nuclear Plant problems continue

    The Fukushima nuclear plant has reported that about 3175 gallons of highly contaminated water spilled into the ground  there earlier this week.

   They seem to have unending problems there ever since the earthquake struck the country and damaged the plant. 

Legos introducing Star Wars series

   Legos is developing a new series of Star Wars characters for its long-lived brand. They should soon be available to the general public.

Letter to the Editor....About Anarchists in Tea Party

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

     After nearly 5 years of watching and listening to extremist Tea Party rhetoric and hatred for our President, I believe that their entire

Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese settles cases

    A deposition in Los Angeles has revealed that a Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese has settled what they believe are the last of their sex abuse cases for $13 million.

   Also revealed was the fact that the Archbishop kept information from the Police in these cases.

Accident in Jackson

  February 20, 2014: CHP is at the scene of an accident that occurred at Hwy 49 and Industry Avenue in Jackson around 6 AM.

  No injuries were reported. A red Honda and a teal Chevy Tahoe are involved. Accident has been moved to the side of the road. Use caution in that area.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ballot Initiative to divide California into 6 states

   Today the ballot initiative started by millionaire Steve Draper of the Bay Area, is officially seeking signatures to put it on the ballot next year.

   We'll be giving you more information, like which state Calaveras County would be in, tomorrow. Are you in favor of this initiative?

CHP changes date of Start Smart presentation

   Due to scheduling conflicts, the Start Smart presentation date has been changed. the new date is February 27, 2014, a Thursday at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

   This is the teenage driver program aimed at helping newly licensed and future licensed drivers to understand the critical responsibilities involved in driving. Call 754-3541 for more information or to make reservations.

Mildred Anne Zyski of Valley Springs

   Mildred Anne Zyski of Valley Springs passed away on February 17, 2014 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton.

Joseph Kelly Appointed to Agricultural Advisory Committee?

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors appointed by a vote of 5-0 to appoint Joseph Kelly to the Agricultural Committee on January 28, 2014.

   So when does his term begin?  Why does it appear the clerk of the board made a serious error? What will happen to District 1 representative John Tiscornia? Ask the Board Clerk?

Angels Camp Museum needs volunteers

   On Friday, March 28, 2014 the Angels Camp Museum is holding a Volunteer Orientation from
10:30 AM to 12 PM.

   You will gain the satisfaction of participating in the crucial task of preserving and interpreting the museum's extensive collection of historical artifacts. Become a volunteer. Call 736-2603 for information or drop by the museum.

California drought threatens wildlife

   Due to the worst drought in possibly 100 years in California, animals are having to travel further to find food and water. We are told that many are putting out containers of water for the raccoons and other small forest critters.

   The California Fish and Wildlife Department says we could lose many animals due to the lack of water in the wild. Keeping your birdbaths full and fresh for the birds will help them survive.

Hot Pockets recall!

   If you are a Hot Pockets lover, you might check to see if yours were recalled due to "diseased and unsound" beef products.

   Nestle recalled 238,000 cases of their Hot Pockets.

Oh, excuse the explosion--Have a PIzza!

   An fracking explosion near a neighborhood south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania terrified many in the local neighborhood. One employee was killed and another injured in the blast.

   The apology that Chevron offered the residents was a free pizza and soda. Needless to say, it was not appreciated.

Traffic Accident at Linden High

   February 19, 2014:  At around 8 AM a traffic accident was reported in front of the Linden High School at Hwy 26 and Front Street.

   A white GMC vs another white vehicle collided resulting in minor injuries. CHP is at the scene. An ambulance is en route.

Caltrans Construction delays in Arnold

   February 19, 2014:  CHP will be on  hand while Caltrans does some maintenance on Hwy 4 in Arnold today.

    Traffic will be down to one lane of travel. Use extra caution in that area.

Republicans Divided

   As everyone could see after the State of the Union speech this year, Republicans are so divided,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Deer Poachers punished???

Mighty hunters are poachers, using
a poaching light and often torturing
and killing does. PRISON!!!
   The California Fish and Wildlife issued a press release bragging about catching and getting poachers punished in Lake County.

   What do they consider punishment for killing does

Motorcycle accident in Groveland

   On February 15, 2014 around 4:30 PM a Yamaha motorcycle driven by John Winkler (52) of Groveland headed northbound on Feretti Road,

Gary Brintz Sword of Dorrington

Murphys Sanitary District Holds Special Meeting

   On February 19, 2014 at 4 PM the Murphys Sanitary District is holding a Special Meeting at their office at 90 Big Trees Rd.

   The main thing on the agenda is a Closed Session for employee evaluations.

Three car collision in Murphys

   On February 14, 2014 around 8:45 AM Anita Beck (64) of Murphys was stopped in a 2003 Subaru Legacy, waiting to turn left from westbound Hwy 4

Dirt biker injured in Valley Springs

   According to CHP Sonny Lohr (36) of Valley Springs was riding a dirt bike in a field near the dead end of Shadow Ln in Valley Springs on July 16, 2014 around 5:45 PM when for an unknown reason he failed to maintain control of the dirt bike.

   The dirt bike overturned, coming to rest on Mr. Lohr. Mr. Lohr was able to move the dirt bike off of him and he remained at the scene with major injuries until CHP and Fire Department personnel arrived. He was transported to Mark Twain Medical Center.


Calaveras County LAFCo meets

  On February 24, 2014 the Calaveras County Local Agency Formation Commission meets at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

   The meeting begins at 6 PM. Angels Camp City Councilperson Jack Lynch is the 2014 Chair of LAFCO.  On the agenda is discussion of the Spheres of Influence for various Fire Departments in Calaveras County.

Bear Valley Snowmobile accident takes one life

     According to CHP reports, on February 15, 2014 around 1 PM, Robert Roseberry (64) of Campbell, was driving a Ski Doo with his

San Francisco Giants Opening Day

   Baseball is coming. The Giants opening day for the 2014 MLB season is March 31, 2014.

   Their first game is in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

Traffic Hazard in Angels Camp

   February 18, 2014 at 8 AM:  A traffic hazard was reported to CHP located at Hwy 49 and Dogtown Road in Angels Camp.

   It isn't yet clear what the hazard is, but CHP is en route to the area. Use extra caution until cleared.

Monday, February 17, 2014

OP-ED....Declaration of Marilynn Meyer w/Response by Grant West

   (From the Sentinel -- names have been deleted for privacy  reasons)

   Mrs  Meyers: "  On April 8, 2011 I purchased a property in Copperopolis that required me

Traffic Hazard on Pool Station Rd

   February 17, 2014:  At around 3 PM a traffic hazard has been reported to CHP at Pool Station Rd and Demarest Rd. near San Andreas. It isn't clear what the hazard is at this point, but use caution in that area.

El Dorado County Fish and Wildlife Warden shot

   A California Fish and Wildlife Officer was shot twice by a hunter while on patrol in a rural area of
El Dorado County on Friday night.

   An investigation is ongoing. The officer was released from the hospital today.

Two Fresno CHP killed in crash

   Two Fresno-based CHP officers, who were on their way to an accident in Kingsburg on Hwy 99 apparently swerved to avoid a pedestrian and overturned their cruiser.

   Both officers died at the scene. Witnesses said they approached the scene before they realized it and hit the guard rail avoiding the initial accident.


Its no wonder the Tea Party calls Boehner a Judas

   We aren't a bit surprised that the Tea Party wackos are comparing Speaker John Boehner to Judas
since he pushed through the passage of raising the debt ceiling. Boehner has been worried.

   We've wondered, ever since the State of the Union speech, when this would happen. The problem we heard was that it was obvious that night that Speaker Boehner's skin was actually darker than that of President Obama. OOOOOMMMMMGGGG! So that's it!!

Go Ahead and celebrate UN-Washington's Birthday....

  Or President's Day or whatever day off, but actually George Washington was born on February 22, so it is actually meaningless holiday.

   The government did this, move holidays to a Monday so the unions could give their members three day weekends. 

Burglaries reported in Calaveras County

   On February 16, 2014 a commercial burglary was reported at Murray Creek Kitchen on St. Charles in San Andreas, and a residential burglary on Nola Drive in Arnold.

Daffodils are blooming in Calaveras

And they are a beautiful sign of early Spring

Traffic Accident at Hwy 99 and Eight Mile Rd

   February 17, 2014:  CHP is still at the scene of a traffic accident that occurred a little after 4 AM this morning at Hwy 99 and Eight Mile Rd. in the Stockton area.

   An ambulance was sent to the scene after a Toyota Tundra crashed and ended up on the frontage road.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Letter to the Editor....from Marilynn Meyer

  To the Sierra Sentinel:

   Please print this complete letter immediately. We have freedom of speech in the United States. However,. we have laws against

What really goes on in Angels Camp on Kirby Way?

  After receiving many comments, and emails stating facts that the Angels Camp Police Department says are not substantiated, the Sentinel has decided to more fully investigate this case.

Chains required on local highways

   February 16, 2014:  After a mild overnight rain and snow in Ebbetts Pass, chains are required this morning at Cottage Springs on Hwy 4. On Hwy 88 just above Hams Station.

   The sun is out and the chain requirement will most likely be lifted later in the day. Rainsdrops still glisten in the trees.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Major traffic accident on Hwy 99

  February 15, 2014:  At around 4 PM a traffic accident occurred at Hwy 99 and Clark Drive in Stockton.

   An ambulance was dispatched along with four CHP. Major injuries occurred in this accident. One vehicle is in the orchard.

Michael Dunn verdict mixed

   February 15, 2014 at 4 PM PST:   The jury came in with a mixed verdict in the 47 year old Michael Dunns (loud music) murder trial in Florida. He allegedly shot a 17 year old black teen because he stated he was afraid of him and his loud music.

   As many were fearing, there was a hung jury on count 1, the first or 2nd degree murder charge. He was then found guilty on the other 4 charges of attempted murder, shooting at a vehicle. He will be spending a long time in prison, but it is likely the prosecution will retry the murder charge.

Box truck runs of Hwy 88

  February 15, 2014:  At around 1:30 PM a report was given to CHP that a box truck ran off the Hwy at 88 and Sugar Pine Drive in Pioneer and hit a tree.

   CHP is en route and an ambulance has been dispatched.  The driver is still inside the truck, per witnesses.

Snowmobile Accident at Bear Valley

   UPDATE:  CHP official report released February 18, 2014. See Bear Valley Snowmobile Accident takes one life...

Mammoth Tusk found in Seattle

  Around 30' below the surface, a construction crew unearthed an 8' mammoth tusk in downtown Seattle.

   The Burke Museum has excavated and is protecting the tusk since its discovery.

Russian skier breaks spine in Olympics practice run

  Maria Komissarova, one of Russia's premier women skiers, broke and dislocated her spine yesterday during a practice run skiing.

   She will undergo surgery at a nearby hospital today.

Traffic Accident in Jamestown

   February 15, 2014:  CHP is at the scene of an accident that occurred on Hwy 108 near Main Street in Jamestown at around 11:15 AM.

   A black Toyota Camry and a green Jeep were involved. No injuries were reported.

Donald Temple of Arnold

Donald H. Temple, 76 of Arnold, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014. He was born on

Two Bobtails at Animal Shelter

The Calaveras Animal Services department has taken in two tuxedo marked Bobtail brothers, both neutered and one with extra toes (polydactyl). Named Splash and Spot, they are waiting for a home at the shelter at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.

   Stop by and visit.

Baseball's Jim Fregosi dies

After 53 years in baseball, Jim Fregosi has died at the age of 71. He played for the Angels and was manager of the Phillies, leading them to the World Series in 1993.

  He was on an MLB alumni cruise when he suffered multiple strokes.

LAFCO Amador County meets

   Amador County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) meets on February 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM at 381 Court Street in Jackson.

   No other details of the meeting were currently available. We will post when updated.

Calaveras Sheriff making Arnold residents angry

   Over the past couple of months, we have heard from many angry residents in Arnold, who tell us they have been pulled over by the Calaveras Sheriff's deputies for things like a trailer hitch blocking one number of a license plate, or a resident

Murphys water company (UPUD) Annual meeting

   The water company in Murphys (Union Public Utility District) meets on February 19, 2014 at 7 PM for the Annual Meeting and to elect 2014 officers for the Board.

   No other business is listed on the agenda.

Calaveras Junior Fair Board applications due March 3, 2014

   If you would like to be a member of the Calaveras County Junior Fair Board, get your application
in by March 3, 2014 to be a member of the leadership team during the 2014 Fair.

   You must be a Junior or Senior at a Calaveras County high school, have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average and have an appreciation for the community and passion for the Fair. Call 736-2561 for more information.


Burglaries in Calaveras County February 14, 2014

   Apparently Valentines Day seemed like a good day to burglarize residents and businesses to some criminals.

    A break-in and theft of food occurred at Good Friends Chinese Food on California Street in Valley Springs.

   A burglary in progress was reported on Victor Court in Mokelumne Hill. No one was caught. Also a burglary was reported on Flamingo Court in Arnold.

Animal hit and injured in Lockeford

  February 15, 2014:  At approximately 9:25 AM CHP received a report that a Canadian Goose had been hit by a car at the Calaveras Rive and Elliott Rd in Lockeford.

  Use caution if driving in that area until CHP arrives.

Pat Garrahan for Sheriff Kickoff Event

Tomorrow, Sunday February 16, 2014 is the Official Campaign Kickoff Event for Pat Garrahan for Sheriff of Calaveras County.

   The public is invited to come and meet Pat at the Veterans Memorial Hall at 189 Pine Street in Valley Springs between 2 and 4 PM.

    He says he is looking forward to meeting and getting to know more Calaveras County residents and listening to their problems with the current administration.

Traffic Accident in Moke Hill

   February 15, 2014:  At 7 AM two CHP are still at the scene of an accident that was reported around 5:45 AM at Railroad Flat Rd and Jesus Maria Rd. near Mokelumne Hill.

   One vehicle is over the bank and another is facing the wrong way. A tow truck has been dispatched to the scene.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Burglaries reported in Calaveras County

   On February 13, 2014 burglaries were reported at the Victoria Inn in Murphys, and at Newsom Harlow Wines in Murphys. Reports were taken by a Calaveras Sheriff's deputy.

   A burglary was also reported on February 13, 2014 on Rainy Drive in Arnold. A report was taken.

Rio Linda woman arrested in Angels Camp

   On February 13, 2014 Angels Camp Police arrested Kathryn L. Yadon (58) of Rio Linda, at Hwy 49 and Whittle Rd. for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, both felonies.

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

Uh oh!! Bible oops!!

Someone finally noticed that in Genesis it mentions riding camels here and there, which was not the case at that time. Camels were not domesticated until long after that.

   The fact that the Bible was either written or edited wildly around the 5th century becomes obvious. This may be why a camel went wild and attacked people in Palmdale, not long after was made public. He was eventually captured, however.

Republican Candidate Donnelly on "gun" probation

Here Donnelly is shown near the tea
party bus he rides each day.
   While we were not aware of it, apparently someone was. Tim Donnelly who has announced a run
for California Governor against Jerry Brown, is on probation for a weapons violation.

   Caught trying to take a handgun aboard an airplane, he had taken a plea agreement, which meant he is not allowed, in addition to other conditions, to fire any gun that is not registered to him.

   He was seen and photographed at a Santa Cruz gun range firing guns that were evidently borrowed and he was reported by a dear friend.  What will happen now is anyone's guess.

Largest Solar plant in World opens

   On the Nevada/California border, a solar plant, the largest in the world,  has opened in the Mojave Desert.

   The plant can power 140,000 homes.

President Obama in California today

  Yes, it is true! The President is visiting the Fresno area of California today and meeting with Governor Brown to discuss the continuing drought problems in the State.

Teen Driver in the House? CHP class available!

Look familiar? A common sight
on the roads today!
   CHP is announcing they are holding a teen driving class, specifically for age 15 to 20 year olds, for
whom the leading cause of death is motor vehicle collisions.

Michael McHatten going for more raises?

   The City Administrator of Angels is the Labor Negotiator for employees, and we hear is pushing for another big raise for himself and the City employees.

   The City Council meets on Tuesday evening February 18, 2014  at 6 PM at the Firehouse.

   On the regular agenda is an update on the sprayfield pasture rental, supposedly informational only. No action required.

X Republican speaks the truth

A former Congresswoman in Florida, yesterday announced that she is registering as a Democrat, saying that  " The Republican Party I was a member of has been radicalized and  taken over by a bunch of extremists and is being held hostage, and I cannot be a member of a party like that." 

    Many X Republicans have followed suit, agreeing with her telling the "truth" about the situation.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

One thing we can be grateful for....

   February 14, 2014:  Even though we dread the drought in California continuing, we can be grateful that we aren't in the situation the east coast is in with slick roads and heavy snow.

   In Pennsylvania this morning there was a 100 car estimated pile up on the freeway.

Berryhill brothers money-laundering case goes back to FPPC

  Now that the judge in the Berryhill brothers, (Tom and Bill) money-laundering scheme has found them guilty and recommended a $40,000 fine, the case goes back to the FPPC.

  The judge says the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Republican Central Committees were also complicit in the scheme and should have to pay a portion of the fine.

Dead Animal on Hwy 88

   A dead animal, possibly a deer has been reported on Hwy 88 at Buckthorn Ridge Road, near the Veterans Hall in Pioneer.

   Use extra caution until someone arrives to clear the roadway.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Television Pioneer Sid Caesar dies

   Sid Caesar and Imogine Coca, the comedy pair of the 1950's in TV's infancy, were classics; and they performed live (no redos).

   Imogene Coca died in 2001. Yesterday, Sid Caesar died at the age of 91. Sadly, most believe there will never be another like him.

Yankees Derek Jeter announces retirement

   Famous Yankees star Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire after this season. Jeter is a very popular baseball player, staying likeable by the fans his entire career.

Ditsy Water Bird on her way....."Squawwwwk!!!"

"Squawwwk!! I'm on my way to MarVal to squawwwk!!
I'll get elected to something if it kills me!!  I'm NOT a bit
Ditsy!!   SQUAWWWK!!!"

Letter to the Editor: About elections

  Dear Editor:

   I know it seems early, but my husband and I have been trying to meet some of the new candidates running for office this year.

Disturbances reported in Calaveras County

  On February 12, 2014 disturbances were reported in Arnold at the Kwik Serv, at the Bank of America, at Big Trees Market on Hwy 4, all in Arnold.

  No arrests were made.

How many running for Martin's judgeship

   Elections 2014:  It seems that every day a new person pops up who wants to replace retiring judge Martin. Now Grant Barrett, the court commissioner is running, along with the Assistant District Attorney Dana Pfiel.

   Also joining the fray is Tim Healy who is a prosecutor in San Joaquin County but lives here. Should be interesting, with a runoff most likely in June.

Calaveras County's "first hog"

"Oops! It was supposed to be a "dog?"
  California's first dog, "Sutter" gets a lot of publicity and one Republican in Ventura has decided to take advantage of that plus, naming his dog 'first dog of Ventura".

  Then we heard that Calaveras Supervisor Darren Spellman of Rancho Calaveras, District 5 is so hard up and desperate that he is naming one of his "Flying Hogs" first hog of his campaign. Think that will work?

$235,000 cash in unused sick time?

   It seems that when the San Mateo City Manager retired last November, she took a nice sized piggy

bank with her.

   In addition to her base salary of $196,000 in 2013, she took $80,000 in vacation pay and $235,000 cash in unused sick time, a total of around 500 G's. Not bad!! Does out county or city have these kind of perks?

12,000 year old baby boy body discovered

   The body of a baby boy found buried in Montana with artifacts from the Clovis Native American culture, prove that Native Americans go back at least 12,000 years here.

Another Giraffe may be killed

   Another Danish zoo is considering killing one of its male giraffes. The giraffes name is Marius and
the zoo officials say they cannot have two males.

   Why they don't donate it to another zoo is completely unclear. A worldwide criticism was voiced after they shot and feed to the lions an 18 month old male last week.

A White Grey Squirrel?

Albino Squirrels are rare, but do exist
   Just off Hwy 4 this morning, we saw a white flash in a tree near the road. On second look, it was a
pure white grey squirrel. Have any of you seen it?

Cows on road in Mokelumne Hill

   Use extra caution if driving on Independence Rd in Mokelumne Hill this morning. Brown and white cows are reportedly in the roadway.

  Since the Big Game Hunter is probably sleeping in, the CHP was notified.

Comcast buying Time-Warner Cable

   David Faber broke the story last night on CNBC that Comcast is yet again expanding its empire. The last time was to buy NBC.

    Now they have a deal to buy Time-Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion. Time-Warner is the largest cable TV company in New York and Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lynne Lowery of Murphys

  Lynne Ray Lowery was a California native, born on December 4, 1946. She passed away at her residence in Murphys on February 10, 2014.

Dawn Hartwig of Angels Camp

Dawn Hartwig of Angels Camp passed away due to a traffic accident on February 6, 2014 at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora.

Zoos coming under scrutiny

   It seems that this week zoos all over the world are coming under more scrutiny, after one zoo shot
and fed an unwanted 2 year old giraffe to its lions.

   Apparently yesterday a polar bear in Germany died after eating a purse and coat that had fallen into its enclosure. A common problem, many animals have died of obstructions after eating items that fell from visitors hands or feet.

Valentine's Day is Friday

  Just a little reminder that Valentine's Day is Friday. Don't get caught empty hearted!