Monday, August 31, 2015

Fire truck overturned in Farmington

   August 31, 2015 at 7:50 PM:  A fire truck overturned at Hwy 4 and Dunton Lane in Farmington around 5 PM.

   A heavy duty tow truck was required to upright the engine.  Minor injuries were reported.

Major injuries in West Point

  August 31, 2015:  Around 5:10 PM CHP was called about a traffic collision on Skull Flat Road in West Point, a dirt road.

   One person suffered major injuries in the collision and was taken to the hospital.  CHP is investigating.

Fire death investigation continues?

     After 70-year-old Clyde Cooley was found dead inside his burning trailer on Pool Station Road in late July, many had questions about how he got trapped inside.

   Also in question was the possible link to the marijuana crop robbery earlier at that location. We have heard nothing more about the case from the Calaveras Sheriff.

Fire in Oakdale

     According to CalFire they responded to a report of a fire in the 13000 block of Orange Blossom Road in Oakdale around 9 PM on August 28, 2015.

   Caused by arcing power lines, two large spots of grass and vegetation burned resulting from a traffic collision before it was contained.

Traffic Hazard in San Andreas

   August 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM:  A grey PT Cruiser was reportedly blocking the roadway at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 in San Andreas.

   Cal Fire apparently was able to move the car out of the roadway.

School bus collision on Hwy 26

   August 31, 2015 at 3:50 PM:  A school bus on Hwy 26 near Alpine Road collided with some type of sign in Stockton, east of Hwy 99.

   There were children on board, but no one was injured.

Fire in Groveland

   On August 30, 2015 around 11:20 PM Cal Fire responded to a report of a structure fire in the 18000 block of Hwy 120 in Groveland. 

   Several units were on scene and the fire was contained to the attic in the commercial building. The cause has not been determined.  PG&E was notified.

Master of horror, Wes Craven dies

    Over the weekend, the "Nightmare on Elm Street" creator and director passed away. Wes Craven died in his home in Los Angeles.  He was 76.

   "Scream" was another of his horror films.

One survivor in Hwy 50 crash

   Late on Sunday August 30, 2015  four people were riding in an SUV on Hwy 50 in El Dorado County that left the road, went down an embankment and hit a tree.

   The top was ripped off the SUV and three were ejected from the vehicle and killed.  The only person who was wearing a seatbelt survived, climbed back up onto the highway and flagged down some help.

Mt. McKinley is gone!!

   The President is in Alaska for a special occasion.  That is, to rename Mt. McKinley Mt. Denali, the way the natives said should always have been.

   There are some McKinley fans who were not happy with the changes, however.

Body found in West Point

   On August 29, 2015 around 4:10 PM the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office responded to a rural area off Winton Road in West Point.

Overturned vehicle on Hwy 4

   August 31, 2015 at 1:40 PM:  An overturned vehicle has been reported on Hwy 4 at Hewitt Road, below Farmington.

   An ambulance is en route, along with CHP. Be extra cautious in the area.

5 vehicle crash on Hwy 99

   August 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM:  A 5 vehicle collision has been reported on Hwy 99 north at Kansas Ave in Modesto.  CHP is staying busy. An ambulance is en route.

   One lane apparently has a slick substance in it, and traffic is backed up due to several collisions in the area.  Slow down and avoid this area if possible.

Multi-vehicle collision in Modesto

   August 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM:  A multi-vehicle collision has been reported on Hwy 99 northbound at Pelandale in Modesto.

    Fortunately only minor injuries have been indicated.  Traffic is backed up on Hwy 99 heading north for some time now.

Motorcycle vs semi-Hit and Run

   August 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM:  A motorcycle was reportedly struck by a semi that apparently kept on driving at northbound Hwy 99 at Applegate Road in Atwater.

   Caltrans has been requested to put a sign truck out for slow traffic. An ambulance is responding due to injuries.


Car into levee off Hwy 99

   August 31, 2015 at 12:10 PM:  A vehicle ran off Hwy 99 at Foppiano Lane in Stockton and into the levee.

   The water is about 4' deep. The driver is out of the vehicle. No injuries are indicated. A tow truck has been dispatched.

Multi-vehicle crash on I-5

   August 31, 2015 at 9:10 AM:  A multi-vehicle crash has been reported on I-5 at Hwy 4 in Stockton. CHP is at the scene.

   An ambulance and another CHP are en route. Avoid the area if possible.

Calaveras Community Band plays on Labor Day

   On Labor Day, which is September 7, 2015 the Calaveras Community Band, led by Mic Harper, will perform in the gazebo at Murphys Community Park.

   The concert begins at 6:30 PM and will include Latin, jazz, swing and patriotic music to try and please everyone.

Toyota and motorcyle collide

  August 31, 2015 at 6:50 AM:  A Suzuki motorcycle and a Toyota have collided at Santa Fe Avenue and Berkeley Road outside Ceres.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene, along with CHP. Be extra cautious if in that area.

Car vs bicycle in Modesto

  UPDATE:  The bicyclist did not survive the multiple collisions. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Taz is such a beauty! UPDATE: Taz has been adopted!!

You can meet Taz at the Calaveras Animal
Shelter in San Andreas

Fire in West Point

UPDATE at 5:25 PM:  The fire on Centennial Mine Road is around 1/4 acre in size at this time. It is being contained at this time.

You have a "Neighbor from Hell" if... # 9

     ......  you and your husband are looking out your back window and you see first the crazy woman neighbor trespass onto your property, going under your clothesline

Motorcycle crash on I-5

   August 30, 2015 at 4:55PM:  A solo motorcycle has crashed on northbound I-5 near the Westley Rest Area in Modesto.

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

Traffic collision in Morada

   August 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Cole Drive and Ashley Lane in Morada involving a black truck and a silver SUV.

    Emergency personnel, including an ambulance are en route to the scene. The roadway is currently blocked.

Motorcycle collision on Lower Saramento Road

   August 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM:  A motorcycle collision has been reported on Lower Sacramento Road and Eight Mile Road in the Lodi area.

   Minor injuries have been indicated. The motorcycle will need to be towed.

Yellow Warbler....

At Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

Car vs bicycle in Stockton

   August 30, 2015 at 2 PM:  A vehicle and a bicycle have collided at Alpine Ave and Wilson Way in Stockton.

   Emergency personnel, including an ambulance are en route to the scene.

Football fans run from stands

    The Friday night football game between Stagg High and Lincoln High was called off at half time due to rumors of a possible shooting, as fans ran from the stands on both sides.

   A fight had broken out and suddenly people began running out of the stands as the fear of a possible shooting spread.  Police did not find any evidence of a shooting, but they stopped the game just in case,

Head-on Crash on Hwy 4

   UPDATE:  CHP now indicates injuries are minor in this collision because it was more of a sideswipe than a direct head-on. Avoid the area while CHP clears the roadway, if possible.

Missing Folsom hiker found alive

   The Intel employee from Folsom, who went hiking with friends in the Sierra National Forest and then got lost, was missing for 9 days.

   Yesterday, she was found, after searchers heard her blowing a whistle she carried with her. She had broken bones, but did survive her ordeal.

German Shepherd on Hwy 99

   August 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM:  A German Shepherd with a collar is running in the center divide of southbound Hwy 99 at Crows Landing Road.

   Be extra cautious until CHP can get on scene and remove the dog.

Smoke check in Ebbetts Pass

   August 30, 2015 at 9 AM:  Hard to believe that anyone would dare be burning debris in Ebbetts Pass, but someone has reported smoke on Meko Drive in Arnold.

   Ebbetts Pass Fire has been dispatched to the area. If no other dispatches have been made, so the fire must be out or there was no fire.

Vehicle rollover on Hwy 49

   UPDATE:  One way traffic control is in effect while they bring the vehicle back onto the roadway.

Letter to the Editor: About Ebbetts Pass Fire board

   Dear Editor:

    My wife and I have been following articles about Ebbetts Pass Fire Board members and female clerks they hire.

Vehicle Collision in Delhi

   UPDATE:  Injuries in this collision were minor, per CHP.

Cardinals play Giants today

   The San Franisco Giants (69-60) are at home hosting the St. Louis Cardinals (83-46)  today, August 30, 2015.

   The game starts at 1 PM.

Car over the embankment

   August 30, 2015 at 6:15 AM:  A small car has reportedly gone off the road and down an embankment at Oakdale Road and Turlock Road outside of Turlock.

   An air ambulance is en route for one person who sustained major injuries in this solo vehicle collision.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Car in ditch--beer bottles inside

   August 29, 2015 at 5:20 PM:  A Toyota that ran off Hwy 99 at Liberty Road and into the ditch in the Galt area, was found to have beer bottles inside and no occupants.

   Two injured apparently just appeared at Lodi Memorial Hospital. CHP is investigating.

Cow out on Hwy 12

   August 29, 2015 at 5:14 PM:  a cow has been reported out on Hwy 12 at Lime Creek Road in Valley Springs.

Sonora woman arrested for vehicle theft and assault

    According to the Calaveras Sheriff, on August 28, 2015 they arrested Jamie Rene Njirich (38) of Sonora on Hwy 49 at the Stevenot Bridge.

   Njirich was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for all alleged Theft of a Vehicle and Assault with a Deadly Weapon, not a firearm, both felonies and for Battery of a Spouse, a misdemeanor.

Car vs pole in Stockton

   UPDATE:  The pole is loose and the Mustang has major damage.

Cow out in Vallecito

   August 29, 2015 at 6:45 AM:  A cow is out walking at Vallecito Bypass Road and Hwy 4, so be extra cautious if in the area.

   Please don't tell the troll about it. You know what he would do with all his GUNS! He would get drunk and go after her!  Of course, the troll gets drunk before he ever climbs out from under his rock!!

Pickup on fire in Turlock

   August 29, 2015 at 6:30 AM:  A pickup pulling a trailer was reported on fire near an orchard on Commons Road and Clayton Road in Turlock.

   Fire personnel are responding to the scene. Be cautious if in the area.

Car overturns into canal off Hwy 4

   August 29, 2015 at 6:10 AM:  A car overturned at Hwy 4 and Tracy Boulevard in Stockton and ended up in the canal.

  A passerby threw the driver a rope to pull him out of the canal and called CHP. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. A tow truck has been dispatched to the scene.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Calaveras Council of Governments meets

   On Wednesday, September 2, 2015 the Calaveras Council of Governments (CCOG) will meet at 6:30 PM in the Calaveras Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

   On the agenda is discussing strategy for the Hwy 4 Wagon Trail Project between Copperopolis and Angels Camp.

Pickup and Freightliner collide in Hickman

   August 28, 2015 at 2:40 PM:  A pickup and a Freightliner collided on Montpelier and Dallas, on the bridge in Hickman.

   CHP is en route to the scene. No injuries have been indicated, but be extra cautious in the area.

Car vs tractor in Lathrop

   August 28, 2015 at 1:05 PM:  A car has reportedly struck a tractor at Howard Road and Undine Road in the Lathrop area.

   CHP is at the scene. No injuries were indicated.

Traffic collision in Pine Grove

   August 28, 2015 at 1 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Ridge Road and Sandar Road in Pine Grove.

   No injuries have been indicated. Use extra caution if in that area.

Karly Kane running Dogtown Road digup??

    We just received a notice that you are required to attend a Calaveras COG (Council of Government) meeting where Karlee Kane is making the decisions, along with Dave Hanham of the Angels Camp City Council, of where to move and what to do with obstinate property owners

Warning to drinkers!!

   The Angels Camp Police Department, in coordination with the Sonora Police Department, will be conducting a joint Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

   The location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed. If you witness any impaired driver, call 911 to report them. You may get a reward.

House fire in Modesto

     UPDATE at 11:45 AM:  Apparently this fire was caused by some burnt food in the kitchen, back of the house.  Fire is extinguished.

David Duke endorses TRUMP

   David Duke, the one-time leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has now endorsed Donald Trump for President.

   That pretty much says everything about he and his followers, doesn't it?

Letter to the Editor: Destruction of Altaville

   Dear City of Angels Camp officials, Councilmembers, Planning Commissioners:

   Your continuation of the destructive element to harm business along Hwy 49, along with the poor

Fire in Mountain Ranch

     Residents in Mountain Ranch got quite a scare late yesterday, August 27, 2015 when around 4:35 PM Cal Fire responded to a report of a fire in the 6000 block of Swiss Ranch Road.

   Many engine crews, along with a copter

Traffic Collision in Copperopolis

   August 28, 2015 at 9:35 AM:  A traffic collision was reported at Black Creek Drive and Copper Cove Drive in Copperopolis.

   There were no occupants in or around the vehicle reported. It isn't known if there are injuries.

MIrror, Mirror on the Wall....Who's the most devastating predator of all?

How brave to kill an innocent
animal like this young buck.
A sport, or cowardly and weak??
    This is a question that was asked in the journal "Science"  in a recent study that was just released.

   Of course, the answer to that question was one most of us already knew.  HUMANS are the devastating super-predators, per the study, and are altering the very existence of earth.

Look out, Jim Cramer!!

   The rights of journalists, reporters and publications in the US to print what we think, our opinion of elected officials, the economy or public policy isn't going over well in China.

   A journalist who

Major injuries in Lodi crash

   August 28, 2015 at 8:15 AM:  A car that hit a tree resulted in major injuries for at least one victim at Peltier Road and Davis Road in Lodi.

   The ambulance has taken the injured person to a hospital. A tow truck is now clearing the wreckage.

"Wizard of LIes" casts DeNiro

   HBO is filming the movie "Wizard of Lies" about Bernie Madoff and is casting some of the best.

   Robert DeNiro will play Bernie and Michelle Pfeiffer will play his wife, Ruth Madoff. That's pretty good casting, don't you think?

KIngs Canyon National Park Closed to Camping and Hunting

   As of this morning, August 28, 2015 the Rough Fire, located in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Forests has burned over 60,000 acres.

   Containment is

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Motorcycle crash in Lodi

   August 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM:  A motorcycle has reportedly crashed with a car on Hwy 99 at the Armstrong Road onramp in Lodi.  The rider is down in the roadway.

   Minor injuries resulted from the collision. A tow truck has been dispatched for the motorcycle.

Calaveras KKK Project in full swing

   Today we heard that the Calaveras KKK Project is now in full swing, headed by leadership in Ebbetts Pass.

Jeep Cherokee off Hwy 88 and teetering

   August 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM:  A Jeep Cherokee is teetering on the edge of a cliff after being in a collision at Hwy 88 and Silver Drive in Pioneer.

    No injuries have been reported, but use extra caution as emergency vehicles connect the Jeep and pull it back onto the roadway.

Traffic collision in Copperopolis

   August 27, 2015 at 1 PM:  A two vehicle traffic accident has been reported at Hwy 4 and Main Street (Obyrnes Ferry Road) in Copperopolis.

   CHP and other emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Corn Field on fire in Turlock

   August 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM:  A corn field has been reported on fire at Fulkerth Road and Mitchell Road in Turlock.

   Fire personnel has been dispatched to the area.

Fire on Hwy 4

     UPDATE:  The first crew has not been able to locate this fire. They are calling it a false alarm. Everyone is being sent back home.  This may have been a control burn down Hwy 4 in San Joaquin County.

Zoning only excuse for Supervisors against POT?

   At the Tuesday August 25, 2015 Calaveras Supervisor meeting, for the second time in a month, they were voting on whether to allow a zoning change for a medical marijuana store in Valley

If you think cops are honest; think again!!

   In Seattle, two cops were reportedly asked by a 20 year veteran bus driver, to remove sleeping homeless from his bus, as county code demands.

Bonnie Newman says property rights over water are SELFISH!

   At the Calaveras Supervisors meeting Bonnie Newman of Double Springs, criticized property owners who were against having their properties clear-cut, as SELFISH.

Edson trying to get money for political supporters through SOLAR loans

    Although he did not want to admit it at first, Calaveras Supervisor Edson of District 1 finally stated that it was his idea to try and get the county to guarantee loans to unqualified homeowners

Burson area resident brings Calaveras Supervisor boardroom to tears!

     A shocking Public Comment session was held at the Calaveras Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

    The one that brought many in the room to tears, was a gentleman from the Burson area,

Asphalt plant in Clements exploded

   An explosion in April of this year, 2015 ripped through a not yet completed asphalt plant in Clements.

   An older facilit

Traffic Hazard: Dead deer on Mountain Ranch Road

   August 27, 2015 at 6:20 AM:  A dead deer has been reported on Mountain Ranch Road and Windmill Circle in San Andreas.

   Be extra cautious in that area until CHP can clear the roadway.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Traffic collision on Ridge Road in Martell

   August 26, 2015 at 1:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Ridge Road near the Ampine plant in Martell.   CHP and an ambulance are en route to the scene.

   Several fire engines have been dispatched to this collision. Use caution if in the area.

500,000 gallons of sewage at Waikiki Beach

   Hawaii's Waikiki Beach had to be closed due to a sewage spill, as 500,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from manholes in town onto the beach.

   Authorities are saying it was a heavy rain that caused the spill.

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Poor little orange kitty

  If you live anywhere near the Hwy 4 and Six Mile Road area, and have a gorgeous young orange tiger cat, you can find it on Hwy 4, 

Mailboxes destroyed on Hwy 108

 August 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM:  Several mailboxes were reportedly destroyed on Hwy 108 in Twain Harte by a Hit and Run driver.

    CHP is investigating the incident.

Suspect in live TV news killings is dead

   It turns out that apparently the man who killed two TV news people in Virginia live was actually a former colleague.

   A reported and camera man were both killed.  The former employee is said to have committed suicide just hours later.

Car vs Motorcycle in Modesto

   August 26, 2015 at 11:15 AM:  A motorcycle and car have reportedly collided on McHenry at Standiford in Modesto.

   Emergency personnel, including an ambulance are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area. 

Motorcycle collision in Lockeford

   UPDATE:  Injuries were reportedly minor in this collision.

August 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM:  A motorcycle

Motorcyle hits center divide wall on Hwy 99

   UPDATE:  Major injuries resulted from this crash. Rider was airlifted to a hospital.

SF Diocese cardinal arrested for DUI

     Cardinal William Joseph Levada, of Menlo Park, was arrested in Hawaii after being seen swerving in the roadway by police.

   Through the arch-diocese, the 79-year-old  released a statement that he regrets his error in judgment and will cooperate with police.

Traffic collision in Manteca

   August 26, 2015 at 9 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 120 at Jack Tone Road in Manteca.

   The 2nd trailer of a big rig has overturned. Be extra cautious until a big rig tow can reach the area to clear. No injuries were indicated.

Joy Behar returning to "The View"

   After a time away, Joy Behar is returning to "The View"  She says she will be glad to put her two cents in on the hot topics.

   She especially is interested in Presidential candidates Clinton and Trump.

Car overturns in Valley Springs

   August 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM:  A car has reportedly overturned at Covey Lane and Quail Oaks Drive in Valley Springs, near the gun range.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene. Use extra caution in that area.

Multi-vehicle crash in Tracy

   August 26, 2015 at 8:15 AM:  A multi-vehicle crash has been reported on Corral Hollow Road at Linne Road in Tracy.

   CHP is now checking for any injuries. Another CHP is en route to assist.  This occurred near the airport, just off I-580.

Have you got good KARMA?

   In case you haven't noticed, Walt Gray is now the News 10 anchor for the hour and a half morning news show beginning at 4:30 AM weekdays.

   This morning they did a special report on the Honesty

Traffic collision in Clements

   UPDATE:  CHP has cleared the roadway.

August 26, 2015 at 6:25 AM:  A traffic collision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Body found in Ceres canal

   On August 25, 2015 around 10 AM a bicyclist noticed a lifeless body floating in the canal in Ceres, near Hatch Avenue.

    The Stanislaus County Coroners Office took custody of the body and will conduct an autopsy. It was a male in his late 50's. No other details are available at this time.

Solo vehicle crash in Tracy area

   August 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM:  A solos vehicle ran off Wing Levee Road in the Tracy area and into a field.

   An air ambulance was required as the driver has major injuries. Avoid the area if possible.

Traffic collision in Sonora

   August 25, 2015 at 4 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Stockton Road at North Forest Road in Sonora.

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

Fire at Martell Safeway

 UPDATE at 5:15 PM:  Fire crews have ended their incident. Apparently the problem was located and the fire danger is over.

Fatal Collision in Merced

   August 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM:  A brown pickup and a gray van collided at Beachwood Drive and Santa Fe Road in Merced.  This is just off Hwy 99.

   One person was fatally injured in this collision. Tow trucks are clearing the roadway.

Big Rig Diesel collides with 2 cars

   UPDATE:  Fortunately, only minor injuries were indicated as a result of this collision.

 August 25, 2015 at 3:10 PM:  A big rig diesel

Beautiful....but not in California

The Yellow-headed Blackbird in Wyoming

Motorcycle crash in Tracy--Major injuries

   UPDATE: As of 3:20 PM the fire is extinguished.

  August 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  A motorcycle has crashed

Fire off Hwy 88 above Pioneer

     UPDATE: This fire is being dispatched to Hwy 88 and Salt Springs Road on SPI property.

Suicides linked to Ashley Madison website hack??

   Toronto Police are now investigating two suicides they believe may be linked to them being exposed by the hackers of the Ashley Madison website hackers.

   Also, there are lawsuits being filed against the cheaters website for not protecting itself  and it's clients from hackers.

Black Women's Book Club kicked off Napa Wine Train

   Posted on the Wine Train's website was that the 11 women traveling on the Napa Valley Wine Train had actually assaulted people.  But that was apparently not true. Very interesting!!

   They had been asked not to talk, but were shocked when police escorted them off the train at a mid-stop.  Now, why would a swanky white persons wine train throw off 11 obviously educated black women????

UH OH!! DOW dives again!

   After attempting a rally early this morning the DOW has closed down another 200 points.

   Warnings of more volatility to come have been issued by financial market leaders.

School bus collision in Modesto

   August 25, 2015 at 1 PM:  A school bus has reportedly collided with another vehicle at Brighton Avenue and Wylie Drive, behind Downey High School in Modesto.

   36 children were on board, but no injuries were indicated.  CHP is en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Cal Fire after whoever calls them "Pine Needle Nazi's" OP-ED

      Very interesting conversation with Cal Fire about their current land inspection policies and property rights, etc.  They now are trying to take away our FREEDOM of SPEECH!

    When I mentioned that in Ebbetts Pass, those people who inspect are called the "Pine needle and tree Nazi's," the Cal Fire person acted all offended.

   I wanted to laugh, because I  realized that these are office workers

Injured fawn on Hwy 88

   August 24, 2015 at 12:15 PM:  An injured fawn has been reported on Hwy 88 at Mace Meadows.

   CHP is en route to dispatch the poor thing. Put deer whistles on the front of your vehicle. They only cost $10.  And slow down.

National Park Service 99 years old today

A photo of Yellowstone Falls on
National Parks Day,
99 years old!

Special Meeting: Blue Mountain Minerals expansion in Columbia

  On August 31, 2015 at 6 PM the Tuolumne County Planning Commission is holding a Special Meeting to discuss and possible vote on the expansion of the Blue Mountain Minerals mining application and CEQA report.

Gunfire reported in West Point

   On August 24, 2015 a resident on John Eaph Trail and Smitty Lane in West Point reported hearing gunfire.

   No report was taken by the Sheriff.

Under the bridge and intoxicated? The county TROLL?

   On August 24, 2015  the Calaveras Sheriff was called to report a man was under the bridge on St. Andrews Road in Valley Springs, intoxicated.

   Sounds like the county TROLL we so often report on. An arrest was made by a deputy, but it turned out not to be the TROLL we know.

Cruelty to Animals in Valley Springs--Sheriff does NOTHING??

   On August 24, 2015 a resident reported to the Calaveras Sheriff that a man was dragging, hitting and yelling at a dog on Snag Court.

   The Calaveras Sheriff took no report of the incident.  Why do people in Calaveras get away with animal abuse, poisoning, trapping and torturing?  As the Sheriff!  His best friends??

Felony Vandalism arrest in Angels Camp

     On August 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM the Calaveras Sheriff's Office arrested James Alan Moser, III (37) of Angels Camp, at Ranch Road and Murphys Grade Road.

    Moser was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on alleged Felony Vandalism, destroying others property and for Exhibiting a Deadly Weapon, not a firearm, a misdemeanor.

Man run over by Jelly Belly owners' tank

   At a family reunion, being held on private land owned by the same people who own and operate the Jelly Belly Candy Co., people were riding on the 1940's tanks he collects and keeps on his property in Fairfield.

   A 55-year-old man from Suisan City fell off and right under the track of the tank and was killed when it ran over him.

CalSTRS says they're not selling

   The California State Teachers Retirement System has $191.3 billion in assets under management, the 2nd largest in the country.

    When asked if they are nervous or selling, their chief investment officer said they are in it for the long haul and are not selling off.

Car overturned in Tracy

   August 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM:  A car reportedly went airborne and flipped over on Hwy 33 and Koster in the Tracy area.

    CHP is en route to the scene, along with an ambulance. Witnesses said it flipped over more than once.

Market attempting a comeback

   After a week of volatile drops, the stock market is attempting to rally a comeback. It is currently about 350 points up on the DOW.

    Heard Mad Money's Jim Cramer giving the CEO of BHP Billiton a hard time this morning, when he was trying to bolster his company's recent losses. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mayor of Angels Camp! "Spend, spend, spend!!" $ 12 million budget???

   Hard to believe, but the City of Angels Camp has a budget of over $12 million for the coming fiscal years.  WHY????

   Mayor Wes Kulm, the most disrespectful

Traffic Collision in Ripon

   August 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 99 and Jack Tone Road in Ripon between a green van and a white Toyota.

   An ambulance is responding to the scene. Also one of the families is already on scene and taking charge of their vehicle. A tow truck is en route for the other vehicle.

Animalscapes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Watercolor by Barbara Conley
   The Calaveras Arts Council, in coordination with Amador and Tuolumne Counties, is welcoming artists of all disciplines to enter for a spot in Animalscapes

Collision in Coulterville

   UPDATE:  CHP reports the vehicle has left the scene. Cancel tow truck and ambulance.

Tow truck in Ceres collision

   August 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM:  A black tow truck has reportedly collided with a gray Cadillac at Herndon Road and Joyce Avenue in Ceres.

   No injuries have been reported. Be careful if in the area.

Traffic collision just off Hwy 49

   August 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM:  A car ran off Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road & Road 72A in Mariposa, just off Hwy 49.

     CHP is at the scene.  The car overturned but is now on its wheels and there are no injuries. A long tow chain will be required to pull the car back onto the roadway.

Injured deer on Hwy 4

   August 24, 2015 at 3:20 PM:  An injured deer has been reported at Hwy 4 and Beatrice Avenue, above Camp Connell.

   CHP is en route. Use extra caution if in that area. They most likely did not have $10 deer whistles on their front bumpers.

"Jumper" on Patterson overpass?

   August 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM:  A caller has reported that a  "jumper "appears to be on the overpass at Hwy 132 and Hwy 33. No vehicle is in the area.

   San Joaquin County Sheriff is en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed that way.

Motorcycle and Tuolumne Sheriff collide

    UPDATE at 1:20 PM:  A 2nd report was made of this incident at Pine and Tuolumne streets in Tuolumne.  This one says the deputy was not injured, but the motorcycle

DOW plunges after China crash

  August 24, 2015:  If you think the world is not fully connected financially, you can certainly see it today, as the DOW Jones average plunged nearly 600 points.  At the open, it was nearer 1000 down.

   Shanghai was sharply down and considered to have crashed as China suffers from economic slowdowns.  CNBC analysts were notably nervous.

Injured deer on Red Corral Road

   August 24, 2015 at 11 AM:  A caller reported that a white SUV struck and injured a deer and then continued on towards West Point at Red Corral Road and Hwy 88.

   CHP is responding to the call. Use extra caution if in that area.

Barn Fire in Tuttletown

     UPDATE at 11:40 AM:  Units are being released from what is being called the Fraguero Incident, so the fire must be contained now.

Calaveras County Fair changing Junior Livestock rules-Auction??

   The Calaveras County Fair is holding a meeting of the Junior Livestock committee to discuss and offer possible rule changes for the 2016 county fair.

Grinder causes fire in Knights Ferry

      On August 22, 2015 around 6:15 PM Cal Fire responded to a reported fire on Shell Road in Knights Ferry.

   Several Cal Fire air and ground units were dispatched to the fire, which burned 3 acres and destroyed a generator. A grinder was the reported cause of the fire.


Small dog with purple coller on Hwy 4

   August 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM:  A small black and white dog with a purple collar has been reported on Hwy 4, the crosstown freeway.

   Be extra cautious until someone can get out there to rescue the dog.

County crew hits gas main in Thornton

   UPDATE:  New Hope Road is now closed.

Calaveras religious extremist supervisors meet tomorrow

   On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 the Calaveras religious extremist Supervisors, who attempted to bring religion into our county government, will hold another prayer session, led

Caltrans working on Hwy 88-- Caution!

   Beginning tomorrow August 25, 2015 Caltrans will be working to remove dirt and debris from Hwy 88 around Buckhorn Ridge.

   They ask that drivers use extra caution through this area through Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM while this work is ongoing.

Traffic collision in Strawberry

   August 24, 2015 at 9 AM:  CHP is just now getting Hwy 108 cleared at Beardsley Reservoir Road in Strawberry, after a solo vehicle crash.

   No injuries were reported, but the vehicle was totaled. A tow truck is responding to the scene.

Amador County raises Trash pickup rates

   Amador County Board of Supervisors is likely to approve a rate increase both for residential and commercial trash pickup in the county at their Tuesday August 25, 2015 meeting.

Teen dies at Lake Tahoe

   A 15 year old boy was pulled from Lake Tahoe over the weekend by several people who then administered CPR.

   The boy, however, could not be revived. His name has not been released.

Horse stuck in fence in Mokelumne Hill

   UPDATE at 8:55 AM:  CHP is now at the scene.

          August 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM:  A horse

Vehicle collision in Hughson

   UPDATE:  An ambulance has been requested due to injuries in this collision.

Rough Fire nears 50,000 acres

USFS photo
   As of August 24, 2015 at 6:31 AM the Rough Fire has been updated by the USFS to nearly 50,000 acres and is only 17% contained. This fire is near Hume Lake in the Sierra National Forest.

   The missing hiker, a woman from Folsom, has still not been located. This fire was caused by lightning.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Garage Fire in Forest Meadows

   UPDATE at 7:41 PM:  The fire is now contained.  Other engines en route were cancelled.

Traffic collision in Jamestown

   August 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Chicken Ranch Road and Table Mountain Road in Jamestown.

    Emergency crews are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

Peterson Fire in Lake County

   As of August 23, 2015 at 8:45 AM the Peterson Fire, which was reported in Lake County on August 22, 2015 about 5:30 PM, is 200 acres with 17% containment.

   The cause of this fire is under investigation. It is located near the town of Kelseyville.

San Andreas man arrested in Angels Camp

   On August 22, 2015 the Angels Camp Police Department arrested Nathan Erle Winkler (40) of San Andreas on North Main Street for alleged Violation of Parole, a felony and for DUI of any Drug, Control Substance Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance, misdemeanors.

   Winkler was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Horse trailer over embankment

   August 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM:  A truck pulling a 30' horse trailer went over the embankment at Tabeau and Clinton in Pine Grove.

    No horses were in the trailer at the time. No injuries were indicated. CHP is at the scene and a tow truck has been dispatched.

Traffic collision on Hwy 99

      August 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on northbound Hwy 99 at Eight Mile Road in the Lodi area.

   It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Use caution if in that area.

49ers vs Cowboys at 5 PM

   Today, August 23, 2015 the San Franciso 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys at home in Santa Clara.

   The game starts at 5 PM. Go Niners!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jimmy Fallon chips tooth treating finger injury

   Hard to believe, but Jimmy Fallon used his teeth to try and open a tube of medicine for his injured finger and now he has a chipped tooth.

   He did #best summer ever to all his followers after telling everyone.

Traffic Collision on Hwy 108

    August 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 108 at Clark's Fork Road, near Dardanelle.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. The roadway is blocked at this time. Be careful if in the area.

Two Chihuahuas on Hwy 99

   August 22, 2015 at 3 PM:  Two Chihuahuas are reportedly running in the lanes at Hwy 99 and Jack Tone Road in Ceres.

   CHP is en route. Be extra cautious if in that area. Cars are swerving to miss the dogs.

Traffic collision in Denair

   August 22, 2015 at 1:45 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Montpelier Road and Keyes Road in Denair.

   An ambulance and other emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Watch carefully if you are in the area.

Trailer came loose in Copperopolis

   August 22, 2015 at 1:40 PM:  A trailer came loose from its vehicle and hit 2 Caltrans maintenance signs at Hwy 4 and Horseshoe in Copperopolis.

   CHP is en route to the location. We don't believe another vehicle was involved, but it isn't yet clear.

Motrcycle or ATV crash at Spicer Reservoir

   August 22, 2015 at 1:35 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported involving a motorcycle or ATV off Hwy 4 and Spicer Reservoir.

   CHP and an ambulance are en route to the scene. Be extra cautious if in the area.

Traffic collision in Acampo

   August 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM:  A vehicle reportedly crashed onto the frontage road off Hwy 99 at the Acampo Road offramp.

   An ambulance and CHP are en route to the scene.

First Friday entertainment in Murphys

   On Friday, September 4, 2015 Murphys Park will host a First Fridays event beginning at 6 PM.

   Cantamos will be the group performing.

Motorcycle collision in Riverbank

   August 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM:  A motorcycle has reportedly crashed on Oakdale Road and Claribel Road in the Riverbank area.

   Emergency personnel, including an ambulance, are responding to the scene. Avoid the area if possible.

Motorcycle hits black bear on Hwy 88

   August 22, 2015 at 12 Noon:  A motorcycle has collided with a black bear on Hwy 88 at Dufrene Road, not far from Peddlar Hill.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene for a leg injury of the motorcyclist. No details have been reported for the bear. A tow truck is required for the motorcycle.

Car vs. Bicyclist in Chinese Camp

   August 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM:  A car and a bicyclist have reportedly collided on Main Street and Hwy 120 in Chinese Camp.

   An ambulance and CHP are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed that way.

Vehicle vs tree in West Point

   August 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM:  A white vehicle has reportedly hit a tree at Winton Way near Hwy 26 in West Point.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene where the vehicle is blocking one lane. Be extra careful if you're in that area.

Traffic collision in Long Barn

   August 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 108 near Old Mono Road, an OHV road in the Long Barn area.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't yet known if there are injuries.  Use extra caution if headed that way.

Major injury collision in Madera

   August 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM:  A traffic collision was reported as a head-on collision between a truck and a van at Avenue 9 near Road 35 in Madera.

   Major injuries resulted from this collision and there is some question of who was the driver, as it is not the one expected to be driving.  They are clearing the roadway now and towing the vehicles away.  There is also a question about plates on one of the vehicles.

Traffic Collision at Kennedy Meadows

   August 22, 2015 at 11 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a traffic collision reported at Hwy 108 and Kennedy Meadows Drive, near the resort.

   An ambulance and tow truck are en route so be extra cautious if in that area.

William David McCutcheon of San Andreas

   William David McCutcheon passed away at Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas on August 20, 2015 of natural causes. He was 67.

   Born on September 27, 1947, he was a graduate of Calaveras High School,

Woman arrested with Firearm in Glencoe

   According to the Calaveras County Sheriff, on August 20, 2015, Samantha Jo Carlile (44) of Glencoe, was arrested at her residence on Ealay Road.

   Carlile is alleged by the Sheriff to be a Felon

Traffic Collision in Lockeford

   August 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM:  A car ran through a pasture and ended up on Jack Tone Road at Collier Road just outside Lockeford.

   CHP is en route to the scene. No other vehicles were involved. It isn't known if there are any injruies.

All National Parks are free on Tuesday

Yosemite Falls
   Tuesday, August 25, 2015 is National Parks Day and entrance fees are waived for all of them.

    Visit one close by.

Tree Down in Sutter Creek

   August 22, 2015 at 7 AM:  A tree has been reported down in the roadway on Sutter Creek Road and Pine Gulch Court in Sutter Creek.

   Use caution if in the area until a crew can get out there and remove it.

Merced Police involved in traffic collision

   UPDATE at 6:55 AM: This collision has now been cleared.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Traffic collision on Hwy 88

   August 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 88 at Nob Hill Court in Barton, above Pioneer in Amador County.

   CHP and an ambulance is en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Traffic Collision in Tracy

   August 21, 2015 at 3 PM:   A traffic collision has been reported at Corral Hollow Road and Larch Road in Tracy.

   A gold vehicle ran into a ditch. CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't yes known if there are injuries.

Traffic collision in Mokelumne HIll

   UPDATE:  Injuries were fortunately minor in this collision, per CHP.

Overturned car in center divide in Patterson

   August 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM:  A gray SUV is reportedly on its roof in the center divide on northbound I-5 at Howard Road in Patterson.

   Emergency personnel, including an ambulance are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

Fire on Lyons Bald Mountain Road

   August 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM:  A fire reported on Lyons Bald Mountain Road and Acorn Way was started by a lawn mower.

   It was extinguished by Cal Fire as an approximate 10 x 15' spot.

Fire on Hwy 4

   August 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM:  A fire reported on Hwy 4 at Milton Road is now under containment at less than 5 acres in Copperopolis.

   Additional units that had been assigned are being cancelled.

Traffic collision on Hwy 4

   August 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM:  A red car reportedly ran off Hwy 4 near Pool Station Road below Angels Camp and into a field.

    CHP is at the scene. A tow truck has been dispatched. No injuries have been indicated.

Cal Fire battles blaze in La Grange

   August 21, 2015 at 10 AM:  Firefighters are responding to a reported fire at Hwy 132 and Old La Grange Road in La Grange.

  Several engine companies have been dispatched to this fire. Be extra cautious if in that area.

Rough Fire in Sierra National Forest

   As of 9 AM on August 21, 2015 the Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest was 39,400 acres and only 3% contained.

    It is headed towards the Kings River and Hume Lake. This fire was lightning caused.

The Wolves are back in California

   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is announcing that their game cameras have captured photos of a wolf pack, some are cubs, in the Shasta area of Northern California.

    You are not allowed to hunt, harass, trap, or in any way harm a wolf in California. F&W says they seldom ever bother man.

CCWD meets August 26, 2015

   Calaveras County Water District will meet on August 26, 2015 at 9 AM in the board room on Toma Court in San Andreas.

   On the agenda is consideration for support of Bigelow's

Mad River Complex Fire meeting tonite

Photo courtesy of USFS
   The USFS command is holding a public meeting tonite in Mad River at the Lamb Creek Christian Center.

   The Mad River Complex Fire and the Route Fire have been placed under one command with total acreage burned as of 7:30 AM on August 21, 2015 at 31,190 and containment now at 65%.

Juvenile drives car off Hwy 140

   August 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM:  A juvenile apparently drove a vehicle off Hwy 140 at Plainsburg Road in Planada.

   The parents are en route to the scene. No injuries have been reported.

Overturned vehicle in O'Neals

   August 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a reported traffic accident of an overturned vehicle at Hwy 200 and Butterfield Stage Road in Oneals.

   This may be in the area of Assemblyman Frank Bigelow's Ranch. Cal Fire was also dispatched due to fear of a fire starting.  The passengers in the car are out of the vehicle. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Swainson's Hawk

at the Seedskatees National Wildlife Preserve

Traffic collsion in Ripon

   August 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 99 and Main Street in Ripon.

   CHP and other emergency personnel are responding to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

OPED: Warning If you live in Hathaway PInes

   UPDATE:  We are stopping comments on this OP-ED.  We are aware how everyone feels. You have a right to know.

   We feel it necessary to warn the residents in the Hathaway Pines

Missing Columbia woman's body found-Homicide?

   A woman from Columbia, who was reported missing on July 25, 2015 was today identified as the body found not far from her home.

   A homicide investigation is now in progress, as the death is considered suspicious.  She had left home to take a walk and was found about 20 minutes away.

Fire reported in Twain Harte

   August 20, 2015 at 1:25 PM:  A fire has been reported at Grace and Via Este in Twain Harte, being called the Grace IC.

   Cal Fire personnel, including air attack has been dispatched to the area.  Avoid the area if possible.

Fire near River Oaks Golf Course

   August 20, 2015 at 12 Noon:  A structure fire was reported on Mitchell Road and River Road near the River Oaks Golf Course, next to the Tuolumne River.

    The fire has spread and is headed for the golf course. Many engines have been dispatched to the location.  They are also looking for a person who may have been suspicious in the area.

David Dean Chitwood of Calaveras County

   David Dean Chitwood was entered into rest on August 12, 2015.  He was the husband, friend, and partner of Kathy Crippen and they shared over 20 years of memories.

Home Invasion of Elderly Couple--94-year-old dies

   Per a report from the Modesto Police Department, on Friday July 24, 2015 around 10:30 PM, officers responded to a 911 call in the 1400 block of Gary Lane,

Three vehicle collision in Patterson

   UPDATE at 11:35 AM:  A 2nd ambulance was just requested for this collision.

Calaveras Extremist Religious Supervisors condemn Marijana for medical use

   Sometimes, we find it difficult to believe what a backward and extremist religious tea party group of elected officials Calaveras County has.

   After attempting to bring their extremist religious beliefs into our government

Two big rigs collide in Jamestown

   August 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM: CHP is at the scene of a collision between two big rigs at Hwy 108 and J59 in Jamestown.

   One is leaking fuel. Tow trucks have been dispatched.  One person suffered minor injuries in the collision.

Traffic Collision below Farmington

   August 20, 2015 at 8:20 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Copperopolis Road and Milton Road near Jack Tone Road.  This is below Farmington.

    No injuries have been indicated in this crash. CHP is at the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

Traffic collision in Copperopolis

   August 20, 2015 at 8:10 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Copper Cove Drive and Quail Hill Road.

   A tow truck is en route. No injuries have been indicated. Careful if in that area.

Twisp Fire in Washington state: Three firefighters crash and die

    It is believed that three USFS firefighters were killed in the Twisp Fire in Washington state after their vehicle crash and flames overtook them.

   Central Washinton is battling several wildfires and evacuations are in place in the entire area.


Bert & Ernie go together UPDATE: Adopted together!

What an adorable pair of brothers!
 Bert and Ernie will delight you.
AO41314 and AO41312 are their numbers at the Calaveras
Animal Services in San Andreas.

Tesla Fire in Alameda County

   UPDATE August 20, 2015 at 6:30 AM: Corral Hollow Road is closed. CHP is assigned traffic control, along with some volunteers in the area.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More cops in trouble

       Three former and current CHP officers, an attorney and four others have been charged in connection with the disappearance and death of a Turlock man.  Conspiracy is a big part of the

"Please take me outta here!"

Beau is a white kitty who just got a few splotches of black; his ears, tail
and a spot on his back.  Gorgeous!
Call 754-6509 or email

Three car collision on Crows Landing Road

   August 19, 2015 at 3 PM: A three car collision has been reported on Crows Landing Road and Butte Avenue in Modesto.
    No injuries have been indicated, but use extra caution in the area.

Fire in Oakdale--power lines down

  UPDATE at 3 PM:  This fire has crossed the river. Additional resources have been dispatched.

We all new Cait Jenner would hook up with someone....

     It was just a matter of time before it was reported, true or not, that Cait Jenner was hooked up with someone.

   Some are reporting that it is Candis Cayne, who has been by Cait's side throughout the entire transition. She is an actress and creator of the LBGT social network, MOOVS. Apparently, both are denying the rumors.

Man blocking traffic on New York Ranch Road

   August 19, 2015 at 12:55 PM:  It has been reported that a man is in the roadway at New York Ranch Road and Ridge Road, near the Jackson Rancheria.

   CHP is en route to the location. Be extra careful if headed that way.

From Subway ads to Porn to jail?

   It was announced this morning that Jared Fogles wife has filed for divorce after her husband was arrested for alleged pornography charges.

   Subway had already released Fogle from their contract when child pornography suspicions were being investigated by police.

Collision in Copperopolis--CHP report

  According to the CHP report, on August 18, 2015 around 3:20 PM CHP units were dispatched to a report of a vehicle over the side of the road on Hwy 4 at Rock Creek Road.

   Dawn Beck (39) of Murphys

Overturned vehicle in Mountain Ranch--Felony DUI alleged

   UPDATE by CHP:  Per the CHP report, on August 17, 2015, at approximately 6:05 PM, Bridget Campbell (36) of Mountain Ranch was driving southbound on Lakeside Drive north of Eagleview Drive

Rocky Fire in Lake County human caused

   Cal Fire investigated the cause of the massive Rocky Fire in Lake County that burned nearly 70,000 acres and found the origin of the blaze.

    Apparently someone had a faulty water heater in an outbuilding, along with flammable liquids. The blaze destroyed 43 homes and 53 outbuildings.

Overturned big rig in Manteca

   August 19, 2015 at 10:50 AM:  A big rig has reportedly overturned on Daniels Street near Milo Candidi in Manteca, just off Hwy 120.

   Emergency vehicles are responding. Be extra cautious if in the area.

Mick Dodge Country

Known as Olympic National Forest in Washington state:
Otherwise known as Mick Dodges rainforest
if you watch the National Geographic channel.

Motorcycle collision in Jamestown

   August 19, 2015 at 9:10 AM: A motorcycle and car have reportedly collided on Hwy 108 in front of Wood's Creek CafĂ© in Jamestown.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene. Minor injuries have been indicated by CHP.


Cal Fire report of Fire off Hwy 108- Hills Fire

   According to a Cal Fire report, at 10:32 AM on August 18, 2015 they responded to a report of a grass fire at Hwy 108 and J59 in the Jamestown area of Tuolumne County.

   Several engine crews, bulldozers, a copter and air tanker were able to extinguish the fire at 51 acres.   The cause was determined to be welding.

Cuesta Fire in San Luis Obispo County

    As of 8 AM on August 19, 2015 the Cuesta Fire in San Luis Obispo County off Hwy 101 is 2500 acres and is only 15 % contained.

   Evacuations are in Santa Margarita and Miller Flat area. Six helicopters and 2 airtankers are currently assigned to this fie.

Dead deer on Mountain Ranch Road

   August 19, 2015 at 6:25 AM:  A dead deer is reportedly in the roadway on Mountain Ranch Road at Windmill Circle in San Andreas.

   Be careful if headed that way until CHP can clear the roadway.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Don't stop for ducks....

How do you train people to kill the
animals on the roadways. Some do
kill and maim naturally, but most are
kind and stop instinctively.
......says Minnesota State Patrol Officers. They are saying its against the law to stop, to swerve or in any way keep yourself from hitting ducks or other wildlife that gets on the roadways.

   Instead of a natural instinct to keep from killing a living thing, Minnesota says NO! Kill them!

Traffic Collision in Ione

   UPDATE:  A tow truck for a 23,000 lb water truck is required. Minor injuries were caused by this crash.

Teens killed by branch at Yosemite

   Two 14 year old boys from Orange County were killed when a branch fell on their tent while they were camping at Yosemite.

   The limb was from a large oak tree and according to the coroner, they were killed instantly. The reason the branch fell is still unclear at this time.

James (Jim) George Sloniker of Mountain Ranch

   Born September 27, 1938 in Sonora, James George Sloniker lived in Mountain Ranch for the past 25 years. 

    He passed away

Doug Ose in charge of City of Trees Festival

   The Gibson Ranch held a large "City of Trees Festival " last weekend, with live music and about 9000 people attended.

   It was apparently badly organized, running out of water, many complained, as parking lots were blocked with pedestrians, etc.  Doug Ose, who has run for Bigelow's office, was in charge as General Manager of the ranch.

Rosie O'Donnell's 17 year old daughter missing

  UPDATE:  Chelsea O'Donnell has been found and is now in Police custody.

Horse killed in stable fire

   One horse was killed in a fire in a stable in Acampo at Collier and Mackville Road early this morning, according to San Joaquin County authorities.

  Neighbors helped save 8 other horses at the Gateway Farms Stables. The Clements Fire Chief lives only 500 yards away and was the first on the scene. It isn't yet known what caused the explosion and fire.

Are you an Independent Voter??

We agree with the sign on this car! You do not have to be a
member of a political party in California any more.

Mokelumne River Clean-up day

   The Foothill Conservancy is holding a Clean-up Day for the Mokelumne River on Saturday September 19, 2015.

   There are two sites selected

Traffic collision in Columbia

   August 18, 2015 at 11:10 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Sawmill Flat and Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed in that direction.

Fire in Jamestown

  UPDATE at 11:25 AM:  Now the acreage is stated as 5 acres for the Hills Fire.  Trying to get a ring around it.

OP-ED -- The post Katrina massacre by New Orleans Police--the worst of the worstl

   Yesterday, I was reading a story in a national publication on the post Katrina massacre of unarmed blacks on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, nearly 10 years ago now.

Yosemite in cotton candy skies

Tiffany Nguyen took this photo this past spring.

Traffic collision in Jamestown

   August 18, 2015:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 108 and Main Street in Jamestown involving a Ford pickup and a gray four-door.

   No injuries have been indicated, but be extra cautious until CHP can clear the roadway.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Trained Wild Horses for Adoption

    On Saturday August 22, 2015 wild horses that have been halter trained and saddle started will be offered for public adoption.

   The adoption will be held at the Murieta Equestrian Center at 7200 Lone Pine Drive in Rancho Murieta.  It begins at 9 AM with 3 and 4 year old mares, great companion horses.

Car hits mailbox, fence, lands in flowerbed

   August 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM:  A car reportedly hit a mailbox, went through a fence and ended up in a flowerbed of someone else's home on Cherokee Road in Tuolumne.

   No injuries were reported. A tow truck was dispatched to the scene.

Car into canal off Hwy 26

   August 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 26 and Cardinal Street, east of Stockton.

   A can is in the canal. A tow truck and ambulance are en route to the scene.

Calaveras Planning Director Maurer responds:

   Over the weekend, we sent Calaveras Planning Director Peter Maurer an email with questions about recent events.

   First, we stated, "Since now you say you are communicating well, we want to thank you for sending notices, even tho we have to search for what is new."

Dog left tied to pole in Columbia

   August 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM:  A dog has been reportedly left tied to a pole in this 100 degree + heat at Yankee Hill Road and Mountain Boy Mine Road in Columbia.

   Tuolumne Animal Control has been notified.  No CHP unit has been assigned.

Quad rider loses finger

   August 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  A collision on Poplar Avenue in Modesto has cost a quad rider a finger.

   Due to the amputation, the rider was transported to a hospital with major injuries, per CHP.

FOCAS (Friends of Calaveras Animal Services) donates "CAT HOUSE"

Adopt a kitty. It will make you
both happy!
   The new FOCAS (Friends of Calaveras Animal Services) has donated two portable buildings to the Calaveras Animal Services Department in San Andreas.

   Through donations to the FOCAS organization, they will be set up on the 6 acre parcel

Burglary in Arnold

   On August 16, 2015 a buglary was reported on Splash Dam Way in Arnold, a recreation center pump house was broken into.

     The Sheriff of Calaveras County took no report.


Abandoned Fire in Arnold

  UPDATE:  There seems to be some disagreement about who is responsible for their fires between Alpine and Calaveras.

    An Alpine County worker just wanted someone to go check, but Calaveras did not seem interested.

Traffic collision on Hwy 99

   August 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on northbound Hwy 99 at Morada Lane in Stockton. 100 ' of fence and 8 poles were damaged.

    A solo vehicle apparently spun out, hit the center divide and then went into the ditch on the right hand side of the roadway. An ambulance is en route to the scene.

Fire in Garden Valley area

CHP photo
   UPDATE:  A structure has been destroyed in this fire. It isn't yet clear if it is a residence or barn or other outbuilding. Mount Murphys is closed down at Hwy 49.