Monday, March 31, 2014

Republican Civil War needs MONEY

   The local (well, he doesn't live here) Congressman for Calaveras County says he in a Republican Civil War in his latest email. And we know the Tea Party likes WAR!!!

  He seems to thank those who sold their homes and vehicles for him, but he needs more! You must have something else you can sell for your sweet Tea Party buddy??  Are we still fighting over slavery, Mr. Congressman? Appears that way!!

Johnny Depp engaged?

   Apparently Johnny Depp appeared in China today wearing a "chick's ring" he called an engagement ring.

   He is supposedly now engaged to actress Amber Heard.

Calaveras County Fair May 15-18, 2014

   Fun For the Whole Herd is the theme of the Calaveras County Fair this year. On Friday, Mary 16, 2014, advance tickets are $8 for each adult and $5 for each child.

   Call the Fair office at 736-2561 or go to for more info.

Winter Advisory for Calaveras County

    March 31, 2014:  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Calaveras County to be in effect from 8 PM today until 11 AM on Tuesday morning.

   I guess that mean that March is going out like a lion.

Calaveras County Republicans meet

   On April 9, 2014 at 6 PM the Calaveras County Republicans meet for a general meeting. It will be held at the Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp in the Fireside Room.

Valley Springs Woman Arrested for Attempted Burglary

   Samantha Jean Davis (28) of Valley Springs was arrested on Paloma Rd for alleged Attempted Burglary, a felony on March 28, 2014.

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

Arnold Woman Arrested

     Juli Lisa Corpening (54) of Arnold was arrested on March 28, 2014 at her home on Pine Drive for alleged Willful Cruelty to a Child, Inflicting Corporal injury to a Spouse, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon other than a Firearm, all felonies and Willful cruelty to a child, a misdemeanor by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies.

   Corpening was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Save your cat--go to jail!!

   In Alaska over the weekend, a couple traversed 50 miles and then walked the rest of the way over an avalanche

Major League Baseball Season Opens

   Today is Opening Day of Major League Baseball. The Giants play their first official game at the Arizona Diamondbacks today.

Traffic Hazard at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd

  UPDATE at 6:41AM:  CHP has cleared the area for traffic.

 March 31, 2014:  A traffic hazard has been reported at Hwy 4 and Poole Station Rd around 5:30 AM. It isn't yet clear what the hazard is, but use extra caution in that area until CHP clears.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

General Motors Recall Grows

    General Motors recall of vehicles with ignition problems has now grown. 4.8 million cars and trucks are now on the list. You should check their website to see if yours is on call back.

Letter to the Editor: About the Truth

   Dear Editor:

     As usual, we have heard that the Sierra Sentinel is taking a lot of nasty heat from the racists

Elton John to marry

  It has been reported that Elton John will marry his longtime partner David Furnish in May.

Flight 370 Still missing

   After 3 weeks and millions of dollars in searching, Flight 370 is still missing. This morning it was reported that 4 orange objects were identified in the Indian Ocean.

   Ships are en route to the location to see if they can be identified. So far nothing but general ocean trash has been recovered.  How can a giant 777 simply disappear?

Chains Required on Hwy 4 and 88

  March 30, 2014:  Chains are required from one mile east of Arnold to Bear Valley per the CHP as of 6:41 AM.

    Chains are required on Hwy 88 at Picketts Junction this morning.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Manslaughter charge in traffic death

   According to CHP on March 28, 2014 around 3:20 PM Virginia Armas (70) of Groveland was traveling eastbound on Hwy 120

Two escapees from Pine Grove Camp

   On March 27, 2014 two wards of the Pine Grove Correctional Camp walked away and were immediately reported to authorities.

   Yesterday, they were both captured in the Stockton area.

Friday, March 28, 2014

OP-ED-One Candidate NOT Honorable??????

   When you look at the list of candidates running for office in District 3, the first thing voters check off is "Are they honorable people, good citizens, honest and hard-working?" or "Are they lazy,

Sold your House for McClintock yet?

Poor Tommy Boy
   In yet another email slur of his fellow Republican and VETERAN Art Moore, who's running against

MyValleySprings bunch welcomes New Planning Director

   Colleen Platt, Secretary of the MyValleySprings board, welcomed Mr. Maurer, our most recent I mean new hire

Valley Springs woman injured in Accident and arrested

   According to CHP on Mary 26, 2014 around 5 PM Jennifer Colbert (40) of Valley Springs was driving her 2004 Ford Focus eastbound

Yearling Black Bear released

  A one-year-old Black bear cub was released in the Los Padres National Forest by California Fish and Wildlife officers after months in captivity.

   The cub had been found in distress and captured by Wildlife officers last fall. The Lake Tahoe Wildlife center rehabilitated the cub so it could be released back into the forest.

1 in 68 children has Autism?

   The National Center for Disease Control has released their data that now 1 in 68 children have Autism, much higher than previously believed.

   There is hope that Autism may be detectable while the baby is still in the womb, but there are no known cures. Males are more likely to have Autism than females.

Narcotics arrests in Sonora and Tuolumne

    According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, on March 25, 2014 an ongoing investigation by the Tuolumne Narcotics Team (TNT) culminated in a search warrant being served

Golden Gate Bridge is a mecca for........

   An icon in California, the Golden Gate Bridge is photographed again and again and heralded as a focus point for tourism in San Francisco.

   The bridge, however, is also a mecca for people trying to commit suicide.  Over 1600 people have jumped to their deaths off the bridge. Now they may finally be placing nets  under the bridge, although many oppose it as an eyesore.

Gavin Newsome and "Shrimp Boy" Chow

   It seems that many elected officials were caught in photos with "Shrimp Boy" Chow, who had
made public promises of turning his life around.

   Senator Leland Yee is alleged to have sent an FBI man posing as a gun buyer to Chow. Will this affect elections in November?

Vietnam veteran dies in mudslide

   William Welsh, a Vietnam War veteran, was a 66 year old electrician on his way to install a new hot water tank in the Stillaguarmish Valley in Washington state when the mudlide hit.

   His body was recovered along with many others. No one has been found alive there since last Saturday.

McDonalds offers free coffee

    You can tell the "breakfast wars" are heating up when McDonalds starts offering a FREE small cup of McCafe with your breakfast.

   From March 31 to April 13, 2014 from 7 to 10:30 AM the offer is good.

Charles Daniel Hoskins, Retired PG&E manager

    Charles Daniel Hoskins, of Ione passed away at his home on March 26, 2014. He was 72.

Smoking Big rig on Hwy 99 at Eight Mile Road

   March 28, 2014:  A traffic hazard, a big rig with a smoking trailer has been reported weaving on Hwy 99 at Eight Mile Road in Lodi.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Man's Best Friend

A true best friend is one who stays with you no
matter how bad things may get.

Burglaries in Calaveras County

  On March 26, 2014 the following burglaries or thefts were reported in Calaveras County:

    A residential burglary was reported on N. Algiers in Murphys.. A report was taken.

   A vehicle burglary was reported at the Victorian Inn in Murphys. No report was taken.

   Another residential burglary was reported on N. Algiers in Murphys later in the day. A report was taken.

Enter Baked goods, get into Fair free

     If you like to bake, but don't choose to participate in the regular entries, try bringing a baked
goodie to the Main Office at Frogtown: Cookies on Thursday May 15, 2014, Cakes on Friday May 16, 2014, Pies on Saturday May 17, 2014 or Brownies on Sunday, Mary 18, 2014.

   You will get free entry into the fair and your baked goods will be judged after 10 AM in the Home Arts Building on the Day of the Contest.  Goodies must be prepared at home and have a recipe attached.

Three Vehicle Collision in Sonora area

   On March 26, 2014 at 8 AM Tina Gomes (44) or Sonora was driving a 1990 Jeep Cherokee southbound on Hwy 49

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Calaveras Council of Governments meets

   The COG (Council of Governments) meets on April 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

  There will be a verbal update on the Wagon Trail Project at this meeting.

Fresno Woman running against Tom Berryhill

   One person has filed to run against Tom Berryhill in the June 2014 election. Paulina Miranda of Fresno, a Democrat, has filed to run against Berryhill for State Senator, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

   Berryhill, who has been charged with money laundering in the last election, is more vulnerable in this election, but most we've spoken with don't believe a Democrat can win.

Sacramento shocked by indictment

  California's State Capitol of Sacramento was shocked this morning when Leland Yee, State Senator of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, was indicted this morning for alleged public corruption and bribery.

  Yee is currently running for Secretary of State. Apparently there were FBI raids on several San Francisco locations yesterday with a series of search warrants, some involving gang members.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wanted: In Calaveras County

     The Calaveras Sheriff's department has released a Wanted poster for Shawn Jonathan Melcher (37) last known to have lived on Hogan Dam Road in Valley Springs.

Calaveras School Bus vs Tanker Truck Update

   The CHP has issued a statement on the Calaveras School Bus vs tanker truck accident that occurred last week. The truck driver has yet to turn over his videos of the accident to CHP as requested.

   The surveillance video from the school bus clearly shows that the bus was on the correct side of the double yellow lines. The driver of the truck, Timothy Lupkes was found to be in alleged violation of Driving to the left of Solid Double Yellow lines when it hit the school bus.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Every McClintock email sounds MORE desperate!

Republican Art Moore
  Art Moore is easily gaining ground against the incumbent Tea Party Congressman. McClintock sends out emails nearly every single day to the same people demanding money

Calaveras Stolen Vehicles located in Tuolumne County

   On March 23, 2014 just after midnight Tuolumne County Sheriff's Deputies had just finished
assisting the CHP with recovering a stolen vehicle

Traffic Accident at Hwy 26 and Duncan Rd

   CHP is en route to a three vehicle collision that occurred at Hwy 26 and Duncan Road just below Valley Springs.

   A pickup is reportedly blocking one lane. An ambulance has been dispatched due to injuries.

Horses in roadway in Valley Springs

  March 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM: It has been  reported that there are horses in the roadway at Bersgsma and Treosti in Valley Springs.

   Use caution in that area until CHP arrives.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aretha Franklin celebrates birthday

   The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin celebrated her 72nd birthday with friends, including Denzel Washington.

Bear Valley may vanish?

   After reading SFGate article online on March 18, 2014 about the Bear Valley Ski Resort, which does not appear to be able to pull out of the hard times of the Ebbetts Pass area, no one is surprised.

Over 168,000 gallons of oil in Galveston Bay

   After two tankers collided in Galveston Bay, off the coast of Texas, one tanker was breached allowing 168,000 gallons of oil to spill into the Bay.

   Crews are trying desperately to contain the oil, but cleaning it up will be a long arduous task.

Mike Borean "Meet and Greet"

Mike Borean and family
   Candidate for Supervisor of District 3, Mike Borean is hosting a Meet and Greet at the Hub in Arnold on Monday, April 7, 2014.

   Sheriff candidate Pat Garrahan will be co-hosting the event. Get to know all the candidates before you vote.


Burglaries in Calaveras County

   Burglaries reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on March 22, 2014:

   Common Grounds Senior Center on Main Street in Angels Camp reported a burglary, ransacking of the inside of the building. They requested Angels Police.

   A burglary was reported on Rainy Drive in Arnold. A report was taken by Calaveras Sheriff's deputy.

White pickup vs trees in Lockeford

   UPDATE at 8:30 AM> This accident has been cleared.

Mother Lode Storytelling Guild holding retreat in Murphys

   In a press release, we have been told that there will be a retreat called "Sierra Story Winds" later this year in Murphys.

   This is a gathering of storytellers and storytelling fans of the Sierras to gather and discuss stories. It is limited to 35 participants with fees ranging between $85 to $150. For more information, call 532-7697.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Angels Camp Racists

   UPDATE:  We have invited the Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Angels City Manager to comment on this letter. We will let you know if they respond.

Andy Ballantyne of Valley Springs

   Andrew "Andy) Paul Ballantyne of Valley Springs passed away on March 20, 2014 at Doctors Hospital of heart failure. He was 83.

Results of Calaveras voter poll at Noon

   We have completed a sample poll of voters for Calaveras County Sheriff and for Supervisor races in District 3 (Ebbetts Pass)  and District 5 (Rancho Calaveras).

   At Noon we will post our results. This is a sampling, not an official or scientific poll. We will also post a few comments we received.

Calaveras County still unemployed

   The February 2014 statistics for unemployment show that Calaveras county is still at 10.2% unemployed.   Amador and Tuolumne counties are both at 9.8%, while the US unemployment is 6.7%.

    Calaveras County numbers could actually be much higher, depending on how many have dropped out of looking for work and are living on welfare.

Veteran gets $4.5 million from City of Oakland

   Apparently Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran, will receive a $4.5 million settlement from the City of Oakland due to the fractured skull he received during an "Occupy" protest.

   The claim said that Olsen was hit by a beanbag fired into the crowd of protesters in 2011 by Police.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Traffic Accident in front of Kelly's Drugs

   March 21, 2014:  At approximately 12:05 PM a traffic accident occurred in front of Kelly's Drugs on Hwy 49 in San Andreas.

   No injuries have been reported.  CHP is at the scene.

Fires Affect Mule Deer and Pronghorn Antelope

Those who survived the Rim Fire find
more destruction through clear-cutting
and nothing to eat!
   The most difficult thing to see after a fire is what happens to the animals who depend on the woodlands for survival.

   In doing some research we discovered that the Pronghorn Antelope was once 500,000 strong in California. Now their numbers are few.

Bill Maher tells it like it is! Way too many PEOPLE!!

   Be an environmentalist, they say, go green, is encouraged, or being sustainable is forced on us. But what is the REAL problem?

The Official Ousting of Tea Party McClintock

Voters are fed up with
McClintock, who does
nothing to help
our area!
   Everyone's talking about it! It's the OUSTING of Tea Party McClintock, who doesn't care one bit about Republicans or Democrats in the District he is allowed to represent; indeed. the district in which he is way too good to live.

Letter to the Editor....About the Candy Rock Shooting Range

   Dear Editor:

   I don't live next door to the Candy Rock Shooting Range that the US Forest Service runs. I do, however have acquaintances who do.

Calaveras Supervisors meet

   On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets beginning at 8:30 AM with a Closed Session for a public employee appointment.

  The regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 AM.

Warning: Phone Scam over $1 million

   The IRS is warning the public that a scam is being run by phone all over the country, saying the IRS is demanding money via wire or prepaid card.

  So far over $1 million has been scammed from unsuspecting Americans. If someone from the IRS calls you, hang up and notify the IRS.  If the IRS needs to notify you of anything, it will be by mail.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Amador County Board of Supervisors meets

   On March 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM the Amador County Board of Supervisors meets in the Board Chambers at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

   They have several litigations in Closed Session before the regular meeting begins.

Warning to businesses of SCAM

   The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office has issued a press release warning business owners, especially restaurants that someone is posing as a PG&E employee and demanding payment immediately for bills owed.

  Apparently one business owner paid the man $500. The call back number goes to a PG&E answering machine.  Call the Sheriff's Office if anything suspicious like this occurs. It is a SCAM!!

California State Parks taking over Columbia Hotels

   Effective immediately, the California State Parks department is taking over the operation of the two
hotels in Columbia. They had been contracted out, but the owners are giving up their contracts.

   Both the City Hotel and the Fallon House Hotel will now be completely operated by California State Parks employees.

First Day of Spring March 20, 2014...Remember....

Three things MAKE a person who they are:
& Hard Work

Fire near Salinas

  March 20, 2014:  A fire just outside of Salinas, the Encinal Fire, has burned 400 acres and is only 30% contained. It is burning in a remote, hard-to-reach area of Monterey County.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

GOP now Inclusive....of Sex Offenders!

   Four candidates were invited to speak on Sunday at the GOP California State Convention. Donnelly, Kashkari, Blount and Champ.

   Proof that the GOP is now totally inclusive was the invitation to Glenn Champ, who is a registered sex offender, who spent years in prison.

   It's all right though, because he now says he's a born again Christian and you know how the GOP loves their devout sinners.

Major Injuries in Motorcycle Collision

  According to CHP Randy Monighetti (56) of Sonora was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound around 5:20 AM on March 19, 2014 in the

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shocking Statement by Calaveras Deputies--Now Read This!!

   Holy deputy sheriffs!!!

   We just received a new press release from the Calaveras County Deputy Sheriff's Association titled:

    "Deputy Sheriff's Association Responds to Misleading Claims!!" 

Traffic Hazard on Moran Road

  March 18, 2014:  A traffic hazard was reported on Moran Road at Love Creek Road in Ebbetts Pass around 2 PM. It isn't clear what the hazard is, so use caution in that area.

No letters accepted on Oliviera for a week

   The Sierra Sentinel will not be accepted any more of your letters or comments on the Oliviera candidacy for Supervisor for at least a week.

    He has never even answered any of the comments, so apparently doesn't care what people think of him.  We understand your passion, but enough is enough!! Sorry!

CHP reports on Calaveras Bus Crash

  March l8, 2014:  According to the CHP report Timothy Lupkes (55) of Rancho Cordova was traveling westbound on Hwy 12 from Toyon Hill in a 2014 Peterbilt Tanker truck,

Letter to the Editor....about Clear Cutting the Watershed

   Dear Editor,

    Stop Clearcutting the Watershed

    Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is planning a new timber harvest plan (THP) that will add another

Discrimination Claim by employee of Tom Berryhill's office

   In January, an unnamed apparent employee filed a discrimination lawsuit against the office of state Senator Tom Berryhill.

Calaveras School bus crash in Double Springs

  UPDATE at 10:50 AM:  CHP has alerted their ENTAC division to assist with this emergency.

CCWD says spending your money wisely

CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) says they are spending your increased water and sewer rates wisely in a press release issued late March 17, 2014.

Vehicle found in ravine off Hwy 88

  March 18, 2014:  CHP reports that a vehicle found down at the bottom of a steep ravine off Hwy 88 near Pine Grove around 1 AM cannot be retrieved until daylight.

   Apparently no one was found in the vehicle when it was reported.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dave Stamey--Cowboy Entertainer

   On Sunday March 30, 2014 at 3 PM at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp, Dave
Stamey will be featured. He is a Cowboy Entertainer.

   For tickets online go to or call 754-1774.

Corruption on the Calaveras Grand Jury?

   Have you ever filed a complaint with the Calaveras Grand Jury concerning a criminal complaint mishandled intentionally by the Sheriff?

Tea Party Candidate says he knows what its like to .....

   We got another strange email from one of the tea party candidates. This time the email from the candidate says he knows what its life to SUFFER under "FREE AND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE"

   Well, okay then.......the poor baby!!

James Allen Pipes of Valley Springs

   After an extended illness, Jim Pipes passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday March 9, 2014 during the early morning hours.

No Mayors at St. Patrick's Day parade

   It turned out that neither the Boston or NYC mayors would walk in this year's St. Patricks Day parade in Boston.

   They joined  brewers Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams in the boycott due to the LGBT communities being banned.

Richard C. Hungerford of Murphys

   Richard C. Hungerford of Murphys passed away at his home in Murphys on March 14, 2014
following a brief illness. He was 92 years of age.

Alibaba going public

   Chinas largest retailer is Alibaba and they plan to file for stock listing in the US which could be worth $15 billion.

   That would make it the largest public offering since Facebook.

Bonnie Gray of Murphys

  On March 12, 2014 Bonnie M. Gray of Murphys, passed away at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. 

Mick Jagger's girlfriend found hanged to death

   The 49 year old girlfriend of Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger was found hanged to death in her apartment this morning. Jagger is 70.

   L'Wren Scott was a fashion designer and had been with Jagger since 2001. Jagger is on tour in Australia and was reportedly devastated when told that it appeared to be a suicide. 

Letter to the Editor.....About Olivera

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   I've read and heard enough!! Anyone but Olivera for Supervisor in D 3. I don't care if its Callaway or Borean, but the abuses of Olivera and inaccuracies from him are too much.

   ANYONE BUT OLIVERA!!! Please don't give any of my info out. I'm afraid of him and what his campaign might do to my family.

   A very concerned resident!!

Burn Pile escapes in West Point

   On March 14, 2014 around 5:45 PM CalFire responded to a fire on Robinville Drive in West Point.

    Debris pile embers had been blown into nearby vegetation. The fire was quickly extinguished and limited to just a spot.  Estimated dollar value was $200.

CalFire responds to vehicle fire

   CalFire reports that they were called to a vehicle fire on Calaveritas Road in San Andreas on March 14, 2014 around 3 PM for a vehicle fire that had spread to the nearby grass.

Jerry Seinfelds nemisis 'Newman' not dead

   Anything can happen to you online. Proof is Wayne Knight, the guy who played 'Newman' on Seinfeld.

   Knight had a traffic accident last weekend and someone told everyone online that he was dead. Although Seinfeld often said he wished he was, 'Newman' is fine. In fact, Knight said "Do you have to die to trend online?"

Dump Truck speed causes accident

   According to CHP Paul C. Holt, Jr. (59) of Groveland was driving his 1978 Peterbilt dump truck,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Letter to the Editor.....About Calaveras Thugs and the Election

   Dear Editor:

   I have never written to you before, but since I moved to Calaveras County, I have become extremely concerned about what is happening

City of Angels Camp Lawsuit total runs up

   The City of Angels Camp has been involved in a lawsuit with four residents of Greenhorn Creek over the LLD (lighting district) for several months.

   As of February 28, 2014 the cost has been $13,000 in additional legal fees.

Thefts and Burglaries in Calaveras County

   The thefts and burglaries reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on March 15, 2014 were:

Calaveras Planning Commissioner Plotnik demands name and signature

  A few months ago over in Tuolumne County, an elected official tried to force a member of the public to sign in

Comedian David Brenner dies

   The comedian who recently guest starred in Modern Family, where he made fun of the age difference between Gloria and her hubby, has died.

   David Brenner was 78 years old and reportedly had cancer. He made many appearances on the Tonight Show over the years..

St. Patrick's Day Corn Beef and Cabbage

Tomorrow, March 17, 2014 is St. Patrick's Day and most people just love corned beef and cabbage.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Poppies on Hwy 49

Spellman gets his chance at Republicans meeting

Poor Spellman
Open mouth
Insert foot!!
   Supervisorial candidate Darren Spellman of District 5 in Rancho, got his opportunity to speak

McClintock stops insulting veterans, but.....

  The new email sent out to all his tea party supporters this morning has NO apology to the veterans he has insulted,

More trouble in Sheriff's race

   We heard through the grapevine that our current Sheriff, who is NOT a veteran, was trying to speak about our military battles

Burglaries in Ebbetts Pass, District 3

    On March 14, 2014 a break in and robbery was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on Marilyn Way in Arnold. A report was taken by the Deputy.

   A burglary also occurred on Shannon Way in Arnold which was reported on March 14, 2014. They even took their phone we've been told. A deputy took a report.

Samuel Adams Beer not sponsoring St. Patricks Day parade

   Samuel Adams, one of the sponsors of the annual St. Patricks Day Parade in Boston has withdrawn their support after learning that gay right groups are not allowed to participate.

No Winner

   There was no winner in the Mega Millions Lottery Friday. The jackpot now soars to $400 million for the next drawing.

   The numbers drawn Friday were 7-20-40-54-69 and Mega Ball 12.

Friday, March 14, 2014

UPUD meeting

  The Union Public Utility District (UPUD--water in Murphys) will meet on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 7 PM on Main Street in Murphys.

   On the agenda is review of the agreement with the Milton B Smith Family regading development on Ponderosa Way in Murphys presented by Lawrence Smith.


Traffic Accident in Valley Springs

   March 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM:  Two CHP are en route to a solo vehicle accident at Hwy 26 and Silver Rapids in Valley Springs.

      An ambulance has also been dispatched to the scene due to injuries.

Come and meet Mike Borean

   We just learned that District 3 Supervisorial Candidate Mike Borean will be holding a "Meet and Greet and Wine Tasting" on Friday, March 14, 2014.

   From 6 PM to 8 PM  at the Frog's Tooth Tasting  at 380 Main Street in Murphys Mike invites everyone to join him for wine and appetizers.

     He will be sharing his goals and ideas and wants to hear from residents the issues that are important to them.

Poll of voters for Sheriff and Supervisor

   For the next few days the Sierra Sentinel will be conducting an informal poll of voters on how they feel about the two people running for Calaveras County Sheriff and those running for Supervisor in District 3 Ebbetts Pass) and District 5 (Rancho).

   We will post the results on the website on Saturday March 22, 2014.

Car Fire on Calaveritas Road

  UPDATE at 3:45 PM:  A tow truck has now been dispatched for the vehicle.

Pole at Hwy 4 and Milton hazard

   March 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM:  PG&E is en route to the scene of a telephone pole that is leaning way out over Hwy 4 at Milton Rd below Copperopolis.

   Use extra caution in that area until cleared.


Don't pick the Poppies!

California Poppies are appearing all over the state. It is
illegal to pick or kill them. Protect our state flower.

CHP warns of DUI's over St. Patrick's Day Holiday

   According to the CHP, they are stepping up the DUI watch in Calaveras County over the St. Patricks Day Holiday.

Gas going up another 12 cents a gallon in 2015

There is seemingly no end to gasoline
rate increases
   AB32, signed into law by Governor Schwartzenegger in 2006, puts fuel distributors into the sam
e cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities starting in 2015.

   It is likely that gasoline will be at least 12 cent a gallon higher at the pump immediately. Better hope for a raise this year.

Rebecca Turner to be new Calaveras County Clerk/Recorder

    Rebecca Turner, currently the extremely efficient Elections Coordinator for Calaveras County, is running unopposed for County Clerk/Recorder.

   Madaline Krska, the current County Clerk is retiring at the end of the year.

California State Lawmakers deserve a raise?

   At the Capitol in Sacramento, California lawmakers are pretending to discuss whether they should give themselves a raise this year. A lot of posturing is going on.

   As we all know, that means they are giving themselves a raise, the only question is how much. I have never seen them vote down a raise for themselves. Whether or not they deserve it is another question.

Many Calaveras County Office-Holders unopposed in 2014 for re-election

   Along with Kathy Northington, Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools, several others have not been challenged

McClintock begs for help! CRA refuses to endorse him!

   District 4 Congressman Tom McClintock sent out emails to all Tea Party members begging for help, saying "I need your help like never before."

Fatigue causes traffic accident near Angels Camp

   According to CHP Lori Talbert (54) of Arnold was traveling westbound on Hwy 4 near Appaloosa

Letter to the Editor: About Tea Party Reality and voting

   Dear Sentinel Editor:

   I think its time we got realistic about how and why the Tea Party actually came into being and grew big enough to destroy

McClintock in real trouble

Tom McClintock
doesn't even like us
enough to live here!!'
   In Tony Quinns article in Fox and Hounds yesterday, it is laid out why McClintock is running scared from Art Moore and why he is behaving so desperately, trying to dishonor the veteran Art Moore.

   It seems there is no level so low that McClintock won't stoop to try and keep his seat in Congress so he can go back another term and DO NOTHING. He doesn't even like this district. He has never lived
here, not EVER!!

Will McClintock Apologize to veterans?

   We understand there is a movement afoot by veterans to petition Congressman McClintock demanding an apology for his insulting a veteran with a Bronze star. Will any honorable veteran support McClintock after his bizarre behavior.

   HIs reasons for the insults and other demeaning comments are based on the fact that veteran Art
Moore is running against the congressman for his seat.  Yes, McClintock needs to offer a public apology for his behavior. Will he? Not likely!

What States have highest smoking rates?

According to a gallup poll in 2013 only 15% of the population now smokes. The highest percentage was in Kentucky and West Virginia, each having around 30% smokers.

   We don't know if this includes pot smoking or not.  According to government statistics one out of 5 Americans die from tobacco related illnesses.

Burglaries and Thefts in Calaveras County

   March 13, 2014:  Grand Theft was reported at Tanwood Mobile Home Park in Avery, that tools were taken,

Angels Camp City Council meets....

   On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 the Angels Camp City Council meets at the Firehouse. The  regular
meeting begins at 6 PM.

   On the Closed Session agenda at 5 PM is the lawsuit

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Serious traffic accident in Camp Seco

   March 13, 2014:  An Amador County Sheriff's deputy was a witness to the accident at Campo Seco Rd and Camanche Pkwy South around 6:15 PM.

   Major injuries have been reported and an ambulance is en route to the scene.

McClintocks Tea Party continues to insult veteran Moore

Everyone knows
who the real
carpetbagger is,
Mr. McClintock!!!
  Today, a Tea Party McClintock supporter named Mecksler or something complained that Auburn native Art Moore, who has been in the military, at West Point, and earned a Bronze Star, is the Carpetbagger in this election. That's a big LOL!!

  McClintock continues to insult veterans as an attempt to smear Art Moore. All he is really doing is helping the veteran and the native to this district WIN a Congressional seat. Thank you, Mecksler and McClintock. Time to retire and go back to LA, Tommy, old man!!

Calaveras Arts announces teen winners

  On Saturday, March 15, 2014 the Calaveras County Arts Council will be showing all the winners art at their gallery in San Andreas.

    The show continues through April 19, 2014.

McClintock has not worked for 30 years?

District 4 native and veteran Art Moore
  We went back and checked and it turns out that Tom McClintock has not held down a REAL job for over 30 years. Maybe he should retire now. Veteran Art Moore may force that retirement!!

   McClintock has continually run or served in elective office for all that time. That's a cushy lifestyle that is hard to give up. And so he keeps running and running and running.  If he is forced to retire, no one will care where he lives.

Tea Party Donnelly loses his "secret sauce"

   The Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly hired Jennifer Kerns to be his campaign manager a week ago. 

   Yesterday, she apparently quit without even telling him. There were rumors that there had been a falling out after he referred to her as his "secret sauce". 

Larry Matthew Barnes (March 14, 1945 - March 4, 2014)

   Larry Matthew Barnes of Copperopolis passed away at the UC Medical Center (Davis) on March 4,

Children's storytime at Angels Museum

   From 10 to 11 AM, beginning on April 24, 2014 the Angels Camp Museum is presenting storytelling for preschoolers.

    This program will be free to preschoolers and their parents. For more information call 736-2963.

James Hilger of Jackson

  On March 9, 2014 James Arthur Hilger, 11 year resident of Jackson, passed away at Kit Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson.  He was 77.

Stars of Little People, Big World separate

   The Roloffs, stars of the popular Little People Big World series on TV have announced that they have separated and are living apart.

   They were married for 26 years and have 4 children. They indicate they will still be working together.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

25th Anniversary of WWW

  Yes, 25 years ago British Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW (World Wide

   Today, he marked the occasion by commenting that it seems to have been taken over by cats; big cats, small cats, grumpy cats, lol cats, etc. Those who love all cats are happy of the fact.

Pat Garrahan to speak at Republican meeting

  We just learned that Pat Garrahan, candidate for Calaveras County Sheriff, will speak at the Calaveras County Republicans Central Committee meeting tonight at Camps.

Kenneth Moody of Valley Springs

   Kenneth L. Moody of Valley Springs passed away at Dameron Hospital on March 2, 2014. He was

California Republicans County Central Committees meet

   Yes, the County Republican Party Central Committees are gathering for their annual get-together

McClintocks staffer gets an endorsement--from UTAH?

   We received an email press release from Igor Birman's /Tom McClintocks campaign that a Senator Mike Lee (R) of Utah (fresh from CPAC) is endorsing

March 2014 LAFCo meeting cancelled

  We just received a notice that the March 2014 LAFCo meeting for Calaveras County has been cancelled.

   The next scheduled meeting is April 21, 2014 at 6 PM in the Board of Supervisors chambers in San Andreas.

Tree down on Hwy 88 in Jackson

   March 12, 2014:  A tree has been reported down on Hwy 88 near Dalton Road in Jackson. CHP and public works crews are en route to clear the area.

   The winds overnight and this morning have caused some trees, weakened by the drought, to fall.

Car runs off Hwy 4 near Appaloosa

    March 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM:  Two CHP are on scene at a vehicle that ran off the road at Hwy 4 and Appaloosa near Angels Camp.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene.

Power lines down in Mountain Ranch

    March 12, 2014:   PG&E crews had to be called out in the middle of the night when power lines were reportedly down on Railroad Flat Rd and Murray Creek Rd in Mountain Ranch.

   The hazard has now been cleared.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Eleanor (Ellie) A. Thomas of Arnold

Ellie Thomas was born on August 29, 1927 in Boise, Idaho, where she grew up and married C.R. Bob Thomas in 1948.

Letter to the Editor: About Olivera and Guns

   UPDATE:  This was a popular place today. Just so you know, we have had at least one person we believe is making comments from a campaign committee.

Amador County Administrative Committee meets

    On March 17, 2014 at 10 AM the Amador County Administrative Committee meets at the Administration Center on Court Street in Jackson.

Murphys Sanitary District meeting

      On Thursday March 13, 2014 the Murphys Sanitary District board meets at 90 Big Trees Rd in Murphys for a Special Meeting.

   The meeting begins at 9 AM and on the agenda is discussion of the new two part management system they enacted a couple of months ago.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Garrahan for Sheriff official

We were just notified that Pat Garrahan has officially filed the paperwork necessary to run for Calaveras County Sheriff.

Joran van der Sloot exradition to US

  Yesterday, Peruvian authorities agreed to extradite Joran van der Sloot, suspect in the Natalie Holloway murder in Aruba in 2005, to the US.

   Of course, that won't happen for 26 more years, when his sentence is complete for the murder he committed in Peru.

French Roadster sells for over top estimate

   At the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance last weekend this rare 1937 French Roadster sold for $6.6 million, well above the high end estimate.

   The owner of the car died last summer and his widow sold it. The amount was a record for the event. It shows that the wealthy are willing to pay for what they want. regardless of price.

Do you support Callaway's Pot Store in Arnold?

   There may be a rebuke from retired folks in Arnold after they learned that Supervisor of District 3 Merita Callaway personally endorsed the Pot Store in Arnold.

   It has been open and operating for months without any license or proper permits.  Pot-heads support Callaway! Do seniors?

Tim Donnelly for governor double-take

    Are you or are you NOT a politician: Make up your mind now.

So, You think our Calaveras employees take home a lot?

   In San Franscisco, mostly because of overtime in the Fire Department, it has been reported that 700 workers took home over $200,000 last year. Whew!

   Now we know why they are throwing the low income people out to bring in high-tech renters. The extra sales tax they spend will really help pay their bills.


Angels Police release Information on Officer and K9

      According to a press release on March 10, 2014 Angels Camp Police Department Sergeant Steve Poortinga was the officer involved in the vehicle accident on arch 9, 2014 on Hwy 4 near Vallecito

Meet & Greet Mike Borean of District 3

Motorcycle Accident on Murphys Grade Road

  On March 7, 2014 Nicholas Lujan (21) of Angels Camp was driving a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle on Murphys Grade Rd westbound

CHP report of Angels Camp officer accident

   According to a CHP report on March 9, 2014 at approximately 3:14 AM, Angels Camp Police Officer Steven Poortinga (36) of Angels Camp was

Car hits tree in West Point

   March 10, 2014:  At little after 10 AM CHP was called to Hwy 26 and Higdon Road in West Point where a vehicle had hit a tree.

   An ambulance was dispatched for injuries. Both lanes were blocked as emergency personnel arrived.  It should be clear by 11:15 AM.

Rancho Calaveras (District 5) in a Quagmire? Divided?

   The 2014 District 5 (Rancho Calaveras) Supervisorial race could become a divided world, just like the Republican Party is nationwide.

Steve Kearney attending St. Patricks Day Dinner

   District 5 (Rancho Calaveras) Supervisorial candidate will be attending the St. Patricks Day Dinner sponsored by the West Calaveras Rotary Club on Friday.

   That is March 14, 2014 and will be held at the Jenny Lind Firehouse. It starts at 6 PM and goes until 10 PM and costs $20 a ticket.

How much would you pay to see the Rolling Stones?

   The Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac commanded the highest ticket prices for their concerts in 2013.     Fans paid anywhere from $241 to $624 per ticket to their concerts. 

   The highest young entertainers were Justin Timberlake and One Direction who brought in from $241 to $461 per seat.

"Whooo loves you baby?"

"Oh, bother!"