Thursday, August 28, 2014

Calaveras Arts Council Artist tours

"Splash" a watercolor by
Martha Wallace
   The Calaveras Arts Council is holding their annual artist studios tours on September 27 and 28, 2014 at various studios around Calaveras County.

   You can pick up a map at the Arts Council office in San Andreas.

Motorcycle accident in Jackson

   August 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM:  A motorcycle accident was reported at Hwy 88 and Ridge Road in Jackson.

   Several people stopped to try and help the rider, who was down on the road. An ambulance was dispatched. Two CHP units are on scene.

Plastic bag ban brought back

   After yesterday's failure of the plastic bag ban in the Assembly, backers were allowed to bring it back to the Assembly floor today. And it passed and is headed for the Governors desk.

   Does this mean that they used "gut and amend" to add something to this bill so that it would pass with only 3 days left in the session? Sure sounds like it.

Sierra MacIntosh Users Group meets

      On September 9, 2014 the Sierra MacIntosh Users Group meets at the Ebbetts Pass Fire District on Blagen Road in Arnold. The public is invited.

   Guest speaker is Darrel Slocum, Marketing Director for the Central Sierra connect consortium, explaining what steps they are taking to bring high speed internet to the area.

Traffic Accident in Pine Grove

   August 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM:  A traffic accident has been reported at Hwy 88 and Homestead Road  in Pine Grove.

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

Traffic Accident at Hwy 4 and Milton Rd.

   August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM:   CHP is at the scene of a traffic accident at Hwy 4 and Milton Rd. below Copperopolis.

   A vehicle hit both banks and there is debris in both lanes.  It is unknown if there are injuries. A tow truck has been dispatched.

McClintock sticks with most important--Impeachment!!

I'm not a rat!
I'm not a rat!
I may be a carpetbagger,
but I'm not a rat squeeeek-oops!
   Although Congressman McClintock, who really lives in the LA area, and has NO residence in the District he is supposed to represent talks anti-immigration a lot to his Tea Party supporters, his main message is IMPEACHMENT of the President.

   The only people showing up at his campaign functions are the dwindling number of Tea Partiers, so he has a peanut gallery all to himself.

"Gut and Amend?"

   The California state legislature is in the last few days of its session. Now the policy they adopted to get bills through in a hurry is applied.

   For example, the Silver Lake Reservoir bill just had "guns" added to it. Without any legislative oversight it will be brought to the floor.

    It says that all guns turned in to authorities must be completely tested for having been used in crimes before they can be melted down.  Amazing! "Gut and Amend"

   Senator Lois Wolk of Davis is trying to end this policy, making it necessary for all bills to be in print for at least 3 days before action can be taken on the floor.

California Plastic Bag Ban loses

   By three votes, the ban on plastic bags failed to pass in the Assembly on Monday. A manufacturer had distributed a letter supposedly stating Latinos would suffer.

   Some Assemblymen apparently thought it might be true and it failed.

California's Film Industry gets boost

   Due to intense lobbying on the part of Hollywood, it looks as if the film tax credit will increase from $100 million to at least $330 million.

   The producers are actually hoping it will go to $400 million.  The governor does not want them to start moving out of the state.

Does Calaveras have Military vehicle?

   The City Council in Davis has given the Police Department 60 days to get rid of the mine-resistant military armored vehicle.

   We heard a rumor that Calaveras Sheriff Kuntz said "I want it, Mommy. I want it!!!"

Beer bottle broke cars' windshield

Apparently this does happen. We found
this on online. Happened in Russia
   August 28, 2014 at Noon:  CHP received a call that a tow truck that dropped a beer bottle hit and broke their vehicle's windshield in front of McDonalds in Martell on Hwy 49.

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

Traffic Accident at 99 and Hwy 4

   August 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM:  Three CHP are at the scene of a traffic collision at 99 and Hwy 4 in Stockton, where a Toyota hit a tree.

   An ambulance is en route due to major injuries. Use extra caution if headed to that area.

Jenny Lind Fire Department employee arrested

   The secretary of the Jenny Lind Fire Department was arrested by Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies on August 28, 2014 for allegedly Embezzling funds from a Public Agency, a felony.

   Elizabeth Donna Hughes (49) of Valley Springs  was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on a local warrant.


The Pitts are officially a couple?

   It is apparently official. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in a French vineyard on Saturday after 9 years and not sure how many adopted children later.

   We knew you all were dying to hear about this wedding.

Part 2: The Saga of Dusty Costa

    by Dustin Costa from federal prison in Colorado

    ....This would be a paradise compared to where I'd been.  But it was still prison,

100,000 DEAD Elephants!

This baby elephant tries to rouse it's dead mother,
tortured and killed for her ivory alone.
   We just learned of a report from Kenya that between 2010 and 2012 over 100,000 elephants were killed for the ivory the carry.

   Apparently China is one of the countries still using ivory for many items and they are paying a fortune for it, causing the death rate to climb significantly.

Charlie Crist will face Florida Governor Scott in November

    Now a Democrat, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was chosen by the voters yesterday in their primary, to face the current Republican Governor Scott in November.

   Could be an interesting election.