Saturday, January 31, 2015

Honda and pickup with horse trailer collide

   January 31, 2015 at 11 AM:  A Honda and a pickup pulling a horse trailer collided in Lockeford on Main and Cotton, in front of Lockeford Sausage.

   No injuries have been reported. CHP is on scene and they are attempting to clear the roadway at this time.

Lecture and Book Signing at Angels Museum

  On Sunday, February 22, 2015 the Angels Camp Museum will hold a lecture and book signing by author of "Never a Burnt Bridge", Sylvia Sun Minnick.

   It begins at 1:30 with light refreshments. They cost is $10 to non-members, and is free to museum members. For $35 you can become a member and receive unlimited admission to the museum and lectures for a year.


Angels Camp Police DUI Patrol

    This is Super Bowl weekend and the Angels Camp Police Department wants to remind everyone not to drink and then drive home.

   To enforce the DUI laws, Angels PD will be deploying a DUI Enforcement Team both today, January 31, 2015 through Sunday, February 1, 2015. No warnings, no excuses; strict enforcement.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Preston, Oliveira and Strohmeyer and Candyrock!! OP-ED time!!!

   No one needs to prove the link between these three names any more. Just look at the photos, the Sheriff's reports, the investigative reports. This is all wrapped up in the Oliveira campaign committee

Angels Creek land for sale--government grants for trails?

Trails are an excellent place to dump
trash and for crime. Who is going
to be responsible for this trail?
Each individual Councilperson?
   At the January 20, 2015 Angels Camp City Council meeting, Mr. Dave Hanham of Planning,  stated that the City is in negotiations with a landowner to buy land from them along Angels Creek for their trails project.  Are you willing to sell your backyard for the trails?

   After being questioned by a Councilperson, he admitted that the grant they are applying for, a $5 million grant from the US government, would be used in part, for attempting to purchase Angels Creek properties. And if the property owner says NO, then what Mr. Hanham??

Trash dumped on Hwy 49

  January 30, 2015 at 1 PM:  A caller reported to CHP that trash has been dumped all over Hwy 49 at Meacham Ranch Road, outside Angels Camp.

   Use extra caution in that area until cleaned up or moved out of the roadway.

Traffic collision in Linden

   January 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 26 at Fine Road in Linden. A pole and wires are down across the roadway.

   It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Use extra caution if headed in that direction.

City of Angels Camp still in lawsuit--Mark Twain clinic

   On February 3, 2015 the City of Angels Camp is having yet another closed session at 5 PM regarding the lawsuit of Difu, Croletto, Rosato and Turco v. City

Mitt Romney is out??

   After months of consideration and collecting donor money, Mitt Romney's Iowa campaign chairman left to work for Jeb Bush, a hint of what Romney would decide.

   Romney just announced, according to several sources, that he will NOT run for President in 2016, that instead he would leave it to the younger hopefuls in the Republican Party.

Big rig vs Toyota in Merced--Fog in the valley

   January 30, 2015 at 7:25 AM:  An ambulance is responding to a report of a big rig and a Toyota colliding at Orchard Drive and Childs Avenue in Merced.

   Use extra caution if headed in that direction until CHP can clear the roadway. There is fog in the valley areas again this morning.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"KIndness" doesn't last long at Calaveras Supervisors

All this phony kindness
makes me so sick!!
   The Calaveras Supervisors began their meeting on January 27, 2015 with "Kindness" and quickly dissolved into the usual nasty comments and insults.

   It was also announced that the sign about "Kindness zone" that was put up last year, was STOLENl!!  Yep! This is Calaveras County!

   Then one guy started yelling at another person in the audience cause he didn't like what he said, and the kindness was all OVER!!

Red Fox spotted at Yosemite

   This beautiful Red Fox was spotted in Yosemite National Park earlier this week.  A motion detection camera took this photo.

   It is the first time in over 100 years that a Red Fox has been seen and verified at Yosemite.

Joel Grey says he's gay

      Yesterday Oscar winner Joel Grey made a public announcement that he is a gay man.

    His daughter is Jennifer Grey of "Dirty Dancing" fame. He was previously married for 23 years to Jennifer's mother.

Hwy 59 crash in Merced

   January 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM:  Three CHP units are en route to a reported traffic collision on Hwy 59 and Cardella Road in Merced.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area until roadway is cleared.

Cement truck and pickup collide in Crows Landing

   January 29, 2015 at 8:45 AM:  A cement truck has collided with a pickup at River Road and Crows Landing Road in Crows Landing.

   No injuries have been reported in this collision. Use extra caution if headed for that area until CHP can clear the roadway.

Drive Carefully--Valley fog

   There is heavy fog again this morning in valley areas. Drive carefully and allow space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Be safe!

The Ebbetts Pass "TROLL" makes an appearance

   Be checking later for our story on the appearance of Supervisor Oliveira's apparent "water boy" and Ebbetts Pass' well-known "TROLL" and racist who threatens our President in public.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fake Furniture store actually marijuana grow

 A furniture store in Gilroy that never seemed to be open, was suspicious to Santa Clara County detectives, who served a warrant a discovered over 1000 marijuana plants, along with 50 lbs of processed marijuana.

   The value of the crop was over $2 million. Furniture had been placed in the windows up front to make it look like a furniture store.

Calaveras General Plan Update Community dates--tonite!!

It's no wonder people join the Tea Party!
Supervisors are trying to eliminate
your right to use your land as you
see fit, but allow SPI to do whatever
the heck they want--to clear-cut!!
   The Calaveras Planning Department is holding community "open houses" at various locations in the county, to make it look like they are informing everyone of what is going on.

   The first one is in San Andreas tonight, January 28, 2015 from 5 PM to 8 PM.   Supposedly NO community plans are allowed, but many are suspicious. Let us know if they are attempting to lead you, the taxpayer, around by the nose.

Over $2 million Calaveras Taxpayer money WASTED--What about ARNOLD??

   How many idiots????  The so-called Calaveras County General Plan Update, which has taken something like 12 years, and just about as many Planning Directors, costing

Lawsuit Threats close Jamestown gun range

   Local residents have threatened to sue both the owners of Weapons Training Facility located on part of the Diestel ranch, and the county of Tuolumne.

Grand Theft in Copperopolis

   On January 27, 2015 a grand theft was reported on Rock Creek Road at Main in Copperopolis.

   Apparently agricultural equipment was stolen. The Calaveras Sheriff took a report.

Calaveras Enterprise loses Editor

  Steven Crane, current Editor of the Calaveras Enterprise is leaving for the Rocky Mountains next week.

  His last day at the paper is this Friday, January 30, 2015. Another editor has not yet been hired.

Traffic Collision in Escalon

UPDATE:  Injuries are reportedly minor in this collision.

Fire reported in Soulsbyville

   January 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM:  A fire has been reported at Hwy 108 and Sunshine Road in Soulsbyville.

   CalFire has been dispatched to the area. Use extra caution if traveling in that part of the county.

Artists-Art Show Benefit

   The 2nd Annual Black Range and Plein Air Fine Art Show is open to all fine artists and Plein Air artists:  Jewelers, painters, potters, fiber and glass.

Bear Valley Polar Express Cam

   This is the photo from the Bear Valley Polar Express Camera from yesterday, January 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

   It appears that they got at least an inch of new snow.

Time to sign up for Calaveras Fair volunteer

   It is now time to sign up to be a volunteer at the Calaveras County Fair 2015 per Laurie Giannini.

   Call 736-2561 or go to for more information.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Did Candidate Michael Oliveira Speak the truth???

    UPDATE:  Not one word from the Oliveira camp on whether he will eliminate the Community Plans instituted by his predecessor, Merita Callaway. He states that he is not like her, but we hear that he is doing everything like she did, and could care less about jobs or business in District 3.

White House Student Film Festival

   The deadline for submitting a film for consideration in the Student Film Festival has been extended to February 2, 2015.

   Any student any K-12 can enter and all 3 minute films will be reviewed by the American Film Institute and White House staff. Search White House Film Festival for rules and entry form.

Major Injury Collision in Denair

   January 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM:  A major injury traffic collision has been reported on Gratton Road in Denair.

   One severely injured person is being flown to Memorial Hospital.

FOX fired employee commits suicide

This photo of the Austin Police Chief
after his officers arrested the girl on the
left for jaywalking, began his troubles.
  UPDATE:  As we were almost to the end of the utube series, someone removed the entire collection.

 A 41 year-old former employee of a FOX network station in Austin, Texas, committed suicide on the steps if FOX Corporate Headquarters in New York this morning by shooting himself.

   Philip Perea (41) had been suffering from ADD and OCD during his time of work at FOX. His tapes, posted on utube, of his sessions with management prior to his firing, are very sad.

E-cigarettes tobacco product??

   A new bill introduced in Sacramento would classify e-cigarettes as the same as any other tobacco product, due to the fact that they include addictive nicotine, which is derived from tobacco.

   If it passes, the same bans would be in place for e-cigarettes as for all other tobacco products. It's the nicotine that keeps people addicted.

Dog hit by delivery truck?

   January 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM:  A resident on Marble Quarry Road in Columbia, near Parrotts Ferry Road reported that his dog was hit by a UPS delivery truck.

   A CHP unit is en route to the scene. It is logged as a hit and run with no injuries.

Sgt. Beau Bergdahl to be charged with desertion

   According to reports, Sgt. Beau Bergdahl, who claimed to have been held as a captive in Iraq for five years, will be charged with alleged desertion.

   In addition to the charges, Bergdahl will apparently not be paid the nearly $300,000 he is claiming in back pay during those years.  He will be busted back to Pfc. and put out of the military with a less than honorable discharge.

Rain possible in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties

   UPDATE at 6:55 AM: A light rain is now falling in many areas of both Calaveras and Tuolumne County. About an inch or so of snow is expected above 6000'.  Drive carefully, as roadways will be slick!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Calaveras County Community plans DUMPED!!

  After 10 years and at least $1.5 million, the Calaveras County General Plan has been released for comment and review; and this isn't the first time.

   Although there were warnings, it is now official that the YEARS

Another bicycle collision

   January 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM:  A semi truck has struck a bicyclist; this time at Montpelier Road and Keyes Road in Denair.

    An ambulance is en route. It is reported that the cyclist is still alive but seriously injured. Three CHP units are also at the scene.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

   The Animal Legal Defense Fund helps protect animals from cruelty of all types in the US. Their website has details of what they are doing in court and where.

   They have pro-bono attorneys who work for them for little or no money just to help the animals. Check them out.


Dog burned alive inside carrier

   UPDATE on February 20, 2015:  Authorities now have a suspect in the torture and killing of this young dog.  A 20 year old Oakland resident  is the alleged killer.

Ladder on Hwy 99

  January 26,  2015 at 1:30 PM:  A ladder has just been reported on Hwy 99 just south of Hammer Lane in Stockton.

   Be extra cautious if headed that way until CHP can clear this hazard.

Bobcats trapped and killed for fur

Doesn't everyone realize that
no bobcats or any other
wild creatures will survive
the clear-cutting of our'watershed.
   Many of you will remember that last year, California Fish and Wildlife spent months watching a Sacramento area man trap and kill dozens of Bobcats for their skins.

   All he received was a big fine, which he paid with his profits from skinning the poor creatures. We need to tell our state representatives that we want to protect them by enforcing the
Bobcat Protection Act.

Anthony "Tony" Trozzi of Murphys

   Anthony "Tony" Trozzi, of  Murphys, passed away on January 18, 2015 in Modesto. He was 59 years old.

     Wife Jodell Trozzi, daughter Sheri Trozzi Resnik,

Over a dozen boats destroyed

Dennis Fay pulled his boat out away from
the fire, and then took this photo.
   A fire in the early morning hours in a covered boathouse, storage area a Walnut Grove Marina, destroyed over a dozen boats, including several valuable yachts.

   The cause of the fire is not known at this time, but an investigation has begun.

Sheriff volunteers help with Copper run

  Two Calaveras volunteer deputies assisted the Copperopolis Fire department in the run they held last Saturday. 

   Ed Anderson and Ed Evans both offered their help. If you are interested in becoming part of this volunteer group, call 754-2889 or visit  Seniors are welcome and no law enforcement experience is necessary.

Calaveras Supervisors and CCWD want Climate Change

   Now that Supervisor Pastor Cliff Edsel has been able to convince the Board of Supervisors and CCWD that his elimination of the Sierra Watershed is wonderful, it makes it very clear that they are looking forward to more warming

Monty Python on FOX News

  When you get time, you need to go to utube and watch "Monty Python on FOX News"! John Cleese is the best!!

   I remember him most hilariously as the owner of "Fawlty Towers", a hotel. Laugh just thinking about it.

Pickup vs bicycle in Modesto

   January 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM:  A white Toyota pickup that was reportedly chasing a male on a bicycle has collided with the cyclist on San Michelle Drive in Modesto.

   An ambulance and law enforcement emergency personnel are at the scene.

CCWD Workshop

     UPDATE: Per Joel Metzger, (all CCWD Directors currently serving are told NOT to respond to questions.  Certainly shames them

School bus collision in Oakdale

  January 26, 2015 at 7:20 AM:  A school bus reportedly hit a curb and damaged the door at W. J Street and South Bryan in Oakdale, just behind the high school.

   Two students were on board, but no injuries have been reported. Emergency personnel are en route to the scene.

Entering Jams in Calaveras County Fair?

   If you plan to enter your canned jams or jellies in the 2015 Calaveras County Fair, they want to remind you that you must enter by April 11, 2015.

   For more information and entry packets, go to or go to the Calaveras Fairgrounds office.

Collision on Hwy 99 in Modesto

   January 26, 2015 at 6:50 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 99 northbound at Jack Tone Road in Modesto.

    A white Toyota and a gray vehicle were apparently involved. It isn't yet known if there are injuries.

Car fire on Hwy 99

   January 26, 2015 at 6:45 AM:  A car is reportedly on fire on Hwy 99 just south of the Hwy 4 crosstown freeway in Stockton.

   Emergency personnel are en route. Use extra caution if in that area.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Burglary arrest in Valley Springs

  According to Calaveras Sheriff records,  Lucas Johnathan Garrett (20) of Valley Springs was arrested on Baldwin in Valley Springs on January 23, 2015 for alleged 1st Degree Burglary, a felony and for Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Violation of a Court Order, both misdemeanors.

   Garrett was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Rand Paul says it all?? Disability FAKERS?

  2016 Republican Presidential hopeful Rand Paul told a group of Republicans that a majority of people who receive Social Security disability benefits are "gaming the system."  If you know one, turn them in anonymously. It's your tax money they are stealing.

   In fact, many have told us that they know and have turned in people who they believe are capable of working, but are too lazy to go back into the workforce.  Even 9/11 firemen (dozens of them) were caught faking their continued disability.  It may take time to catch them, but they will get theirs!!


Car over embankment in Mokelumne Hill

  January 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM: A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 49 and Del Orto Road in Mpkelumne Hill.

   An older red vehicle is over the embankment. An ambulance is en route. Use extra caution if headed to that area. Two CHP units have been dispatched to the scene.

Father and son arrested in Lake Tahoe

Richard Martin, 55 and son Joshua
Martin, 23
   Authorities obtained a search warrant and served it at a South Lake Tahoe home of a father and son. Guns and drugs were located inside the home and both men were arrested.

   Besides alleged illegal guns and drugs, it isn't clear yet just what the duo will be charged with.

Good day to prune the roses

   The weather is beautiful; way too beautiful, since we need rain and snow. Take advantage of the warm weather to prune your roses. It's time.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ernie Banks dies

Chicago Cubs photo
  Chicago Cubs icon Ernie Banks passed away on Friday. He was 83.

   He was known as Mr. Cub at Wrigley Field.

Minor Injury Collision in Martell

   January 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM:  A brown pickup and another vehicle were involved in a traffic collision at Hwy 88 and Martell Road in Martell, near the Panda House.

   Injuries are minor in this collision. Use caution as the pickup is currently blocking one lane.

Shirley Ryan new County Administrative Officer

   As of today, January 24, 2015 Shirley Ryan, longtime county employee, will officially become the Calaveras County Administrative Officer.

   Calaveras County is well-known for not being able to keep a CAO for very long. Good luck, Ms. Ryan.

Tea Party McManus tells Oliveira what to do? Permits for deck???

So, what will McManus
tell him to do this meeting??
   A little birdie told us that the new "blowhard" Supervisor (who really loves women) has placed Tea Party McManus in the audience to bring up things he wants to blow about. Then he tries to act like he knows

Valuable French Wines Stolen

  UPDATE:  Now we learn that the stolen French wines were worth over $300,000. Most of the world-class wine that was stolen from the French Laundry was found in a private cellar in North Carolina.

   One bottle of La Tache can sell for over $10,000. This is not California wine.

Stockton couple wins lottery

Photo by Lottery officials
   Emaley and Alex Escalera won this nice check from the lottery after dreaming the numbers they chose.

   Over half a million dollars that they waited 2 months to claim. They plan to pay off all their debts so they can live in peace, they were quoted as saying. Alex is a garbage collector.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Chair Pastor Edsel will lead prayers at Calaveras Supervisors

   On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9 AM Calaveras Supervisor Chair Pastor Edsel will lead the prayers, helped by Pontiff Ponte, to begin the Board of Supervisors meeting.

    On the agenda, if prayers for those sinners who believe women should have rights should ever end, is a code violation in District 3 against Michael Cuomo on Gray Mare in Avery. (One person mentioned he doesn't have enough guns to make Oliveira happy). We will cover other agenda items later.  

These are real orchids

Little Monkey faced orchids! Cute!

Davos expensive--even hot dogs!

   The World Economic Forum, as usual, is taking place in Davos, Switzerland this week. Billionaires from all over the world have collected there.

   And some say you need to be a billionaire, just to eat in Davos. One person said that a hot dog with onions is around $45.

And the Race for 2016 begins...In Iowa!

     And so, the first of many campaign stops for Republican hopefuls always begins in Iowa, as the Freedom Summit there begins on Saturday, organized by Citizens United.

    So, let's see; neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, business exec Carly Fiorina, former Governors Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry, former Senator Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are all scheduled to speak.

   Of course, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump will also be entertaining the crowd. Bush, Romney, Jindal, Paul and Rubio are not attending.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah buried

   After the announcement yesterday that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had died, the family has apparently already buried him in an unmarked grave, as is the practice of the royal family.

   His half-brother will immediately take over the throne.

Traffic Collision in Sutter Creek

    January 23, 2015 at 11 AM:  A traffic collision between a red Ford and a white pickup has been reported at Hwy 88 and Ridge Road in Sutter Creek.

  Both vehicles require a tow truck, but injuries are apparently minor.

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 4

   January 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM:  A traffic hazard has been reported at Hwy 4 and Stallion below Angels Camp.

    In that area it is usually an animal hazard, so be extra cautious until it is cleared.

Letter to the Editor....About City of Angels

   Dear Editor:

   I've been following your articles about the City of Angels Camp. What makes you think you or any other citizen has Constitutional Rights here?

Bear Valley--0 feet snow at the base

  Bear Valley Snow Cam states the there is 0 feet of snow at the base as of 8:30 AM on January 23, 2015. Sad, but true.

Traffic Collision on Hwy 49

   January 23, 2015 at 10 AM:  CHP are at the scene of a traffic collision at Hwy 49 and Dapple Grey Lane in Ahwahnee.

   A Toyota, a Mercury and a Subaru were involved and one vehicle was on fire. Minor injuries were reported. A tow truck is en route.


Dogtown Road needs development

   After much studying on the subject, we now feel that perhaps development is just what Dogtown Road and the area around it needs in Angels Camp.

   The City wants to clean up that area, get rid of the poor people and raise tax rates and perhaps they are right to want to do that. What do you think?? Have the residents in that area decided they want it developed??

City of Angels Camp only allows compliments???

   You know, any person who runs and is elected to office needs to know that not everyone agrees with their decisions, their opinions or their performance.  No one is allowed 1st Amendment rights in the  City of Angels Camp unless you agree with them??

   In addition, they need to know that all citizens, taxpayers, property owners, etc.  have a 1st Amendment Right to express those opinions.  Apparently that is not the case with the City of Angels Camp. Wait till you hear what they do!!

The old Nugget Bar property for sale?

   Looks like the old Nugget Bar property is now For Sale. It is still closed and there is a huge for sale sign on it.

   What a deal! .95 acres and they are apparently asking $1.299 million for the place.

Hit and Run Collision on Hwy 99

   January 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM:  CHP are at the scene of a reported Hit and Run collision that apparently took place at Hammer Lane and Hwy 99 and then the party responsible was chased to the Waterloo exit of Hwy 99.

   No injuries were reported. Use caution if in that area.

Three pups found in knotted plastic bag

    UPDATE:  The three puppies are so young, that they will not be available for adoption for at least three weeks, according to animal services in Pleasant Hill.

King Fire Restoration on Amador Supervisors Agenda

   On January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM the Amador County Supervisors will meet for a regular meeting.

  In addition to many Closed Session items, the King Fire Restoration Project is agendised for 11 AM.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Murphys Irish Day 2015 Parade entry forms available

    Plans for the 2015 Murphys Irish day, the popular community celebration to Murphys, are well under way for the third Saturday in March.

   To enter your float, etc, into the parade, go to the Murphys Business Association website, and download an application.

Whoa! GOP drops anti-abortion bill suddenly!

   After GOP Representatives objected, and refused to vote in favor of it, the House has dropped even debating an anti-abortion bill scheduled to be voted on soon.

   Without the women in the House, they do not have enough votes to pass it. Kudos to GOP women!!

Live webcam at Bear Valley

   After seeing horrifying photos at a Lake Tahoe Ski resort forced to close, we wanted to see what's happening at Bear Valley.

   This photo was taken at 12:45 PM.  It's pretty scary.

Letter to the Editor: Candyrock gun range

   Dear Editor:

    My wife and I have friends who live in Canyon View subdivision. I feel fortunate

Tragic School bus and cattle truck collision

   UPDATE:  The person who was pronounced dead at the scene was the driver of the cattle truck. He was 33 years old and lived in Chowchilla.

There were no students on the school bus at the time of the crash.

Seahawks Marchon Lynch fined $20,000

   After scoring a touchdown, the Seahawks' Marchon Lynch grabbed his crotch as a gesture toward the other team. He was fined $20,000.

   This is not the first time he has been fined for the same gesture this year.

US and Cuban officials working toward "normalcy"

   After a US plane touched down yesterday in Cuba, talks began to normalize relations between the two countries, after 50 years of wasted trade embargos and bans of travel by US citizens.

   Despite the Republicans, and even the Cuban Marco Rubio, who refused to stand when the President remarked about it during the State of the Union speech, ignorance should not be allowed to stop these changes from occurring. Like the President said, "it's past time!"

Patriots Coach: "I'm innocent!"

   In an early morning press conference forced on him by the NFL's Goodell, Bill Belichick, Patriots coach denied knowing anything about the 11 deflated footballs found in the Playoff game against the Colts.

  It was discovered after an interception made by the Colts and reported to the refs.  Belichick actually appeared to throw his QB under the bus, stating ask Tom Brady. Not many believe the ball inflation could have made any difference in the outcome of the game.

Animal Abusers must be punished

If you are aware of animal
abuse by a neighbor or anyone
you need to report it to authorities.
   We were just notified of another animal abuse. This dog had a chain wrapped so tightly around its neck that you can see the injuries and pain it suffered for a lengthy period of time.

   Shelter authorities are trying to trace who did this to this poor dog.

Burglary in Wallace

     On January 21, 2015 a burglary was reported by a resident on Camanche Parkway South in Wallace.

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Department took a report of the incident. No other details are available at this time.

More control burns in Stanislaus

   We received another press release from the U.S. Forest Service in Sonora that the Summit Ranger District will conduct a low-intensity prescribed (control) burn on 1,186 acres of forested land,

Caution driving: Fog envelops Angels Camp

Bear Mountain peeks out over
the fog in Angels Camp
  People can see why Murphys is a popular place to live year round. lts not as hot in the summer and this time of year, the fog comes into Angels Camp like a blanket.

     In Murphys, the sun is shining and its beautiful. This photo, taken this morning around 8:15 AM tells it all. You pay a little more to live there, but there are good reasons why.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Head-on traffic collision on Hwy 4

   January 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM:  A major injury traffic collision resulted when two vehicles hit head-on on Hwy 4 at South Inland Drive in the Stockton area. One vehicle overturned in a ditch and trapped two persons.

   Traffic is being directed on alternate routes as Hwy 4 is still blocked due to emergency vehicles at the scene. They are working to re-open the roadway as soon as possible.

McHatten refuses to accept criticism!! BOW before him!!

   We just learned that if you criticize Mr. McHatten, who really runs the City of Angels Camp, that he will not allow you to contact the City Council, as he wants to keep his high paying job.

   Does he tell the City Council in annual reports

Prescribed burn in Stanislaus National Forest

   We just received notice that the Stanislaus National Forest will conduct a prescribed burn in the Mi-Wuk Ranger District today, January 21, 2015.

Traffic collision on Phoenix Lake Road

   January 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported between a Dodge and a Honda at Fallview Drive and Phoenix Lake Road in Sonora.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution in the area.

Cancer causing Benzene found in water after oil spill

   After the pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River last week, Benzene has been found in the local water supplies.

   Water is being hauled into the area for residents, as Republicans push for yet another pipeline to be installed.

Dodge Ridge and Badger Pass close down

Dodge Ridge photo
   After a wonderful start to the ski season, it was announced that Dodge Ridge and Badger Pass Ski Resorts have been forced to close down due to lack of snow.

  We haven't heard how Skyline Bear Valley is doing, although we understand they are attempting to make snow.

4 year degrees at Community Colleges?

   Modesto Community College is the closest to Calaveras County to begin offering 4 year degrees to students at a significant savings over regular 4 year institutions, where students must transfer now.

   At first only a few majors will be offered, but if successful, the list can grow. 15 Community Colleges throughout the state were chosen to begin offering these classes.

OP-ED: Dear Angels City Council controlled by McHatten

   Dear Angels Camp City Council:

   Does it bother you, the elected officials that Michael McHatten controls what email messages you receive from property owners in town? Does he really believe you are that stupid?

Tiger Woods loses tooth in Italy

   Although there seems to be a lot of questions about how it happened, but there are photos showing Tiger Woods missing one front tooth.

   One story says a photographer hit him with his camera, but that has been denied.

Miss Calaveras Applications

Past Miss Calaveras contestants
   The Calaveras County Fair has announced that it is time to apply to run for Miss Calaveras 2015 Scholarship Program.

   Applications are available online at along with the rules. Applications must be turned in by Thursday, March 31, 2015.

Pope Francis: Catholics ..."breed like rabbits?"

  Pope Francis, on his return plane trip to the Vatican told reporters..."Sorry, some people think that in order to be good Catholics we have to breed like rabbits, right?"

   This is somewhat of a shocking statement to admit, the church wanted overbreeding to build up the size of the church for so long. Now, of course, he says no, but THEY have to figure out how to stop the overbreeding without contraceptives of any type. It figures!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Angels Creek Trail approval on Agenda--Eminent Domain???

Unfortunately, it looks
like our evil frog is back!
   UPDATE:  City Council meeting tonight,  January 20, 2015. Only verbal statement that they  do not intend to eminent domain the land.

Two traffic collisions on Hwy 99

   Two separate traffic collisions have been reported at Hwy 99 and Hwy 50. An ambulance is en routed.  One vehicle cannot be moved and is blocking a lane.

   One person was injured by an air bag and the windshield of another is broken out. Use extra caution if headed in that direction.


Bribery, Charges and Suicide at CalPers

   After years and paying out another $11 million to investigate within CalPers, charges of bribery (including cash, homes and jets), dismissals and now an apparent suicide of one who was to go on trial next month, are the result of  wrongdoing at the California State Pension organization.


DUI alleged in Valley Springs Collision

   According to CHP on January 19, 2015 at 10:50 PM Christian Gabriel Baker (20) of San Andreas was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Garner Place from eastbound Baldwin Street in Valley Springs

California Audubon says...

50,000 gallons of oil in Yellowstone River

   A pipeline broke, spilling 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Water for the residents is being trucked in to the area.

   The river is mostly frozen over this time of the year, but oil seeped into the city's intake valve anyway, according to officials. And Montana wants more pipelines???

Claim filed by family of woman killed by Police

   After the bank robbery in Stockton, officers apparently fired 600 times into the disabled vehicle they were chasing, killing the hostage, Misty Holt-Singh.

   The Singh family has now filed a claim against the City of Stockton, due, they say to violations of police protocol during the incident.

Indecent Exposure charge in Angels Camp

   According to Angels Camp Police, on January 19, 2015 at 6:15 PM, they arrested David Andrew Weber, (49) of Angels Camp at his residence on Gardner Lane for alleged Indecent Exposure and Annoying a Child under 18 years of age, both misdemeanors.

   Weber was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and released on bond.

Multi-million dollar mansion destroyed

utube photo by neighbors
   The family who lived in the Annapolis, Maryland mansion has still not been located and are feared to have been inside the multi-million dollar home at the time of a devastating fire.

   Suspicious in nature, authorities say it appeared to burn way to hot and too fast to have been an accident and are investigating.

Possible Mountain Lion attack in Valley Springs

    A small Chihuahua was attacked by what the owner believes was a mountain lion in the Valley Springs area.

   The dog was treated by a local vet and is going to survive. Be cautious and don't let your dogs run loose, as they don't understand NOT to chase mountain lions and could be seriously hurt or killed.

Traffic Collision in Copperopolis

   CHP is en route to a traffic collision in Copperopolis which occurred at Obyrnes Ferry Road and Copper Cove Road.

   An ambulance is also en route due to injuries sustained in the collision.

Falling Asleep causes San Andreas Crash

   According to CHP on January 17, 2015 around 11:10 PM Patrick Martin (52) of Morgan Hill was driving a 2011 Suburban on Hwy 49 near Gold Strike Road in San Andreas at approximately 55 MPH when he fell asleep

Car on its roof on Hwy 49

   January 20, 2015 at 8:45 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a traffic collision that ended up with one car on its roof and Hwy 49 and Hwy 16 near Plymouth.

 No injuries were reported in this collision.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Changes at Castle & Cooke

   We just received an announcement from senior management over California's Castle and Cooke regarding Saddle Creek in Copperopolis:

  "Castle and Cooke has decided to make a change in the Copperopolis division,with Dave Haley moving into a consultant role to focus his efforts on Calaveras County project entitlements for Castle & Cooke.

   Our Saddle Creek Real Estate and Golf Club as well as the Copperopolis Town Square projects will continue to be the responsibility of onsite management and overseen by senior management I Bakersfield."

   Laura Whitaker, President, Castle & Cooke Mainland Communities Division

AMA Youth Sports crab feed

   The Boosters of Angels Camp is sponsoring the AMA Youth Sports Crab Feed at Frogtown on February 14, 2015. Tri-tip will also be offered.

   Dinner is at 7 PM in Mark Twain Hall. All you can eat for $35 per person with a no host bar, door raffle and 50/50 prizes.  Also there will be live music by "Copper Holdings".  Call 736-0334 for tickets and information.

Hazard: Horse on Appaloosa

   January 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  A brown horse has been reported out on Appaloosa near Hunter just below Angels Camp.

    Use extra caution in that area until CHP can clear the roadway.

Traffic Collision on Hwy 26

  January 19, 2015 at 9:15 AM:  CHP has just cleared a traffic collision on Hwy 26 at North Shelly Road near Linden.

   One person was taken by ambulance to a hospital for injuries.


OPED: Bullets, Hoods and Badges?

  Yes, on this Martin Luther King Day, it feels like the country is more divided than ever and has slipped back into the 1960's era.
The believes that exposing the truth is the best form of protest against corruption of all types, including racism.

   We will continue to expose those who hold bullets more dear than their children, those who behave as KKK, with or without hoods, and the Dirty Cops who believe their badges can cover for anything they do,  whenever we are made aware of it.

Traffic collision in Valley Springs

 UPDATE:  Roadway is now clear.

  January 19, 2015 at 6:50 AM:  Another traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 26 at Silver Rapids in Valley Springs.

    Emergency vehicles are responding, including an ambulance. Drive carefully as there is fog in many areas of the county.

Woman hit by vehicle in Copperopolis

   UPDATE:  This accident has been cleared by CHP.

  January 19, 2015 at 6:45 AM:  Heavy fog in the area is possibly responsible for a traffic collision involving  a woman being struck at Obyrnes Ferry Road and Copper Cove Drive in Copperopolis.

  CHP and an ambulance are responding to the  scene. Slow down in the fog!

Martin Luther King Day

   If you get an extra day off today because of Martin Luther King Day, enjoy it.

Patriots vs Seahawks in Superbowl 2015

   The Seahawks overcame a 16-0 halftime deficit to win the Playoff fame against the Packers in overtime.
Then the Patriots easily beat the Colts, so the 2015 Superbowl will be Seahawks vs Patriots. Can the Seahawks make it back to back Superbowl titles?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NFL Playoffs today

   The Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks today at 12:05 PM.  At 3:40 PM the Colts play the Patriots.

    Good luck to the Packers, especially in Seattle.

Charlie Hebdo editor says...

   After the Pope criticized the press for making fun of religion, the new editor of the Charlie Hebdo paper was quoted as saying...

   "We do not attack religion; but we do when it gets involved in Politics," said Gerard Biard.  We agree completely!

    Religion does not belong in politics or in government in any way. Calaveras Supervisor Pontiff Ponte and Pastor Edsel are the two remaining extremist religious officials who have done that to our county.

   Calaveras has the shame of being forced being into an extremist right-wing Christian only county! And everyone wonders why they call us hicks!  Here's another example!!

   Je Suis Charlie!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Odd Notes from Calaveras Clown board!!

   The regular Calaveras clowns attended the Calaveras Supervisor meeting on January 27, 2015, including Marti Crane and George Fry, Double Springs, Al Segalla, Peter Racz and on and on.

Angels Camp sobriety checkpoint

  On January 17, 2015 the City of Angels Camp Police in conjunction with the Sonora Police, will conduct a joint Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at an undisclosed location within the City of Angels Camp.

   Held between the hours of 6 PM until 2 AM, the checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways.  If you observe an impaired driver, call 911.

Vehicle vs deer in Murphys

   January 17, 2015 at 9 AM:  A deer has reportedly been hit and is laying on the embankment at Hwy 4 and Williams Street in Murphys.

   A CHP unit has been dispatched to the scene. Use extra caution in that area. SLOW DOWN! The deer cross the highway there to get water out of the creek.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kathy Gail Doyle of Railroad Flat

   Kathy Gail Doyle was born on December 9, 1950 in Oakland and she passed away at her home in Railroad Flat on January 14, 2015. She was 64 years old.

   Kathy was a longtime caregiver to the elderly and also worked 18 years at Calaveras Unified School District

Six sets of Twins??

   A hospital in Lee's Summit, Missouri became famous this week, after the 6th set of twins was born there in one week.