Monday, November 30, 2015

Could Wisdom be 65 years old?

Wisdom, an albatross, was first banded in 1956. Bet you
didn't know they lived that long. We didn't either. Amazingly,
they found her at her nest as usual this year.  She is
the old living banded bird in the world.

Fatal Collision in Stockton

   November 30, 2015 at 12 Noon:  A speeding car that reportedly left the roadway, went through a fence at Arch Road and Austin Road in Stockton, then hit a pole.

   Emergency personnel arrived on scene, but were unable to save the driver. They are still investigating. This is near Hwy 99.

Calaveras County Fair Junior Fairboard members

   If you are interested in being a Junior Fairboard member in Calaveras County, now is the time to apply for a position.

   Go to or ask for an application at your high school. The deadline to apply in March 1, 2015.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dear Editor: What about the Horse??

   Dear Editor:

   On Friday, I attended a small parade in the frozen conditions of White Pines, which was supposed to be an enlightening

Right wing uses mentally unstable for violence? Right wing cop killed by right wing terrorist?

   Since yet another terrorist attack by an unstable person, this time in Colorado, all the talk again has been about GUNS, RELIGION  and the

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Collision in Pinecrest

   November 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM:  A Subaru and a Jeep have reportedly collided at Hwy 108 at the Pincrest Lake turnoff.

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

University of Alberta responds about polar bear collar

   We were pleasantly surprised to get a response from the University of Alberta administration after sending them an email about our concern for Andy the polar bear.

Witness: Speeding car rolls over in Escalon

   November 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM:  A witness reported to CHP that a speeding car on Henry Road at River Road in Escalon, slid through a stop sign, hit a pole a rolled over.

   An ambulance and tow truck are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Snow bunnies heading up to the mountains

   Snow bunnies, skiers, boarders, etc. are all headed up to the ski resorts this weekend.

   Even Bear Valley was scheduled to open today.  Snow is good news for everyone, especially in this drought.

Chicago officials worried about 'public safety' NOW?

   Both the Mayor of Chicago and the Attorney General expressed that they pressed charges against the police officer who shot a teen 16 times a year ago because they were forced by a judge to release the video of the shooting.

   They both expressed concern over 'public safety' due to protests.  Funny they NEVER expressed concern over 'public safety' due to a violent cop being on the streets. In fact, they continued to give him full pay for over a year after he killed the teen.

Visiting the Reindeer....

Talking to the littlest fawn 

Shooting in Colorado Springs

Suspect Robert Dear mug shot
UPDATE:  One police officer and 2 civilians are now confirmed to have been killed.  The suspect is now in custody.

Mokelumne Hill "All That Glitters" Art Show

Winter Stroll by Howard Rees
   On December 13, 2015 from 2 PM to 5 PM the Petroglyphe Gallery will hold an Open House at 8317 Main Street in Mokelumne Hill.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Golf Cart vs. metal pole in Valley Springs

    November 27, 2015 at 4 PM:  A golf cart has reportedly hit a metal pole at Hwy 26 and Vista Del Lago in Valley Springs.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene. Not sure why a golf cart was on the roadway. CHP is investigating. This was first reported by a witness as in Double Springs mistakenly.

Traffic collision at Big Meadow on Hwy 4

   November 27, 2015 at 12:55 PM:  At traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 4 at Big Meadow Campground in Ebbetts Pass.

   Apparently an off-duty fireman was involved. An ambulance and tow truck are en route, along with CHP. Be cautious in that area.

Vandalism reported in Arnold

   On November 26, 2015 around 9 PM the Calaveras Sheriff arrested a man on Grenoble Drive in Arnold for alleged Intoxication and for Vandalism.

   The Sheriff's Office had received two calls on Grenoble for alleged intoxication by a family member and for vandalism of a nearby residence.

Illegal shooting in Calaveras Supervisor District 3

   On November 26, 2015 illegal shooting was reported by residents on Medinah in Arnold around 7:45 PM; by a resident on Evergreen Drive and Manzanita Drive in Arnold around 7:50 PM; by a resident on Castlewood Lane, and another resident on St. Moritz and Aspen Way in Arnold around 7:55 PM; a resident on Williams Street in Murphys around 8:20 PM; residents on Rocky Hill Road, on Bret Harte Drive and on Surrey Court in Murphys around 8:25 PM.

   No report was taken on these incidents by the Calaveras Sheriff's Office.

Traffic hazard at Milton and Hunt Roads

   There is some type of traffic hazard at Milton Road and Hunt Road in the Milton area.

   CHP is en route. It isn't clear if it's an animal or other type of hazard, so be cautious if driving in that direction.

Can you be a Catholic and a Republican?? The Pope says...

   In the recent past, it was difficult to tell apart a Republican from a Catholic, due to the Pope's stand on what appears to be anti women's rights.

   Now, though, the Pope says "it would be catastrophic to end talks around the world on climate change and fossil fuels."  Republicans deny it...are they leaving the church or the party????

Poor Andy...a strangling Polar Bear!

Andy's tracking collar is too tight and he's strangling, with
an infection from the University of Alberta's wildlife team's poor
job of attaching it to him. He will slowly die suffering if
someone doesn't help him. Go to Change.Org and search
Andy if you care. Oh, what we horrid humans do to earth's

Resource Conservation District means MORE TAXES!! No! No! No!

    We have learned some very important things about Mr. Cliff Edsel (oops, Edson's) planned Resource Conservation District in Calaveras County.

Great Horned Owl

This photo of a Great Horned Owl is by Brad Wilson.
You can adopt one at the National Audubon Society's website!

Drive Carefully over the holidays

    CHP is cautioning all drivers, whether heading for the office or shopping, to drive carefully, and don't get distracted.

    No one wants to get into a collision during the holiday season, so slow down, pay attention to your surroundings, and stay off the cell phone.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Calaveras Grown wants money to help with fire repair

   All the talk about how wonderful it was that Calaveras Grown wanted to help the private landowners save what is left of the soil on their land has now ended. Was CCWD surprised to hear their presentation?

   A representative for the group came to the Calaveras County Water District Board meeting to present their plans.  Problem was that this was not out of the goodness of their hearts after all.  They want to be paid, and WELL PAID, to provide this service.

"All My Children" star dies

   David Canary, most famous for playing twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler in the daytime soap opera "All My Children", has died.

   Canary won Emmy's for his portrayal of the soft-hearted and the mean spirited Chandler brothers for many years. He was 77.

Happy Thanksgiving from Aububon California

Parade for Calaveras Supervisor Oliveira--Go-Go!!! Adult themes??

All five of us wives will be there,
just for you, Sweetie, Honey
Pie, Sugar lips!
   We have been hearing rumors that the recently elected District 3 Supervisor Oliveira is not happy with his bad reputation thus far with both business owners and residents.

Cows out in La Grange

   November 26, 2015 at 10 AM;  A couple of cows are out on the roadway at Red Hills Road and Hwy 59 in the La Grange area.

   CHP is locating the owner. Be cautious if in that area.

2nd collsiion in Jamestown--Roadways icy!!

   November 26, 2015 at 8:55 AM:  A traffic collision on Hwy 120 at New Priest Grade has been reported, where a vehicle slid into an embankment.

   No injuries were indicated in this collision. A tow truck has been dispatched. Be extra cautious on the roadway due to very icy conditions.

Traffic collision in Jamestown

   November 26, 2015 at 8:50 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 120 and Jacksonville Road in Jamestown.

   One vehicle is blocking the roadway, which is icy. Emergency personnel are en route to the scene.

CCWD goes to Washington, DC! Wasting money!! Corruption??

   At the last CCWD meeting, as often happens lately, Director Strange and Director Ratterman tried to criticize another Director Mills, for claiming 50 cents travel time to attend a meeting in Murphys.

Quote of the Day: "I'm NOT a Turkey! I'm NOT a Turkey!"

I'm the Mayor!! Don't you recognize me??

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BLM Advisory Council seeks nominations

   Four positions are apparently open in the Central California District RAC in the following categories, per the BLM.

   One is for either an environmental,

Don't tell the TROLL about the pig, please!

   November 25, 2015 at 9 AM:  A pig has just been reported on Santa Fe Avenue in Merced.

   Don't tell the TROLL or his fat ol' theivin' gal friend, please. CHP is en route to the scene.

Man killed in Hwy 49 crash

   Around 1:30 AM the morning of November 24, 2014 Forrest Garrison ran off Hwy 49 near El Dorado, and hit several objects, causing the Mercedes he was driving to roll over.

   Mr. Garrison was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed in the crash. 

Traffic collision in Jamestown

    UPDATE:  The vehicle apparently skidded off the roadway. The driver is refusing medical treatment for a wrist injury.

Low cable in Rancho Calaveras

  UPDATE:  CHP has determined this to be an AT&T cable. They will be notified of the problem.

Quote of the Day: by Troy Newman, California's drought's real cause

   UPDATE:  Are you laughing yet??

Chains required in Arnold

   November 25, 2015 at 6 AM:  Caltrans has issued chain requirements on vehicles without 4 wheel drive on Hwy 4 in Arnold.

  The storm is mostly passed, but some snow will be seen in the mountains, so be cautious if headed that way.

Red Cross Shelter in Mountain Ranch

   Around 5 PM last night, November 24, 2015 it was decided to open an overnight shelter at the Mountain Ranch Community Center. There wasn't much notice given to the public.

   It opened at 6 PM and was run by the Red Cross.  We aren't sure how long it will stay open, or if it will be open on Thanksgiving Day for those still living in tents in the Butte Fire area.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Taxes on property destroyed by Butte Fire???

   How there can be any taxes assessed at all on property destroyed by the Butte Fire is beyond us, but Calaveras Assessor Leslie Davis has sent out a notice to those owners who MAY qualify to have their taxes deferred while the property is reassessed.

   There are tons of rules

Elizabeth Hasselbeck to FOX "I QUIT!!"

   As of December the short tenure of Elizabeth Hasselbeck on FOX News' Morning Show will end, leaving the Doocey and the Kilmeade espousing their anti-women, anti-immigrant views alone.

   Hasselbeck says she is leaving "to spend time with my children" huh??? she had been caricatured on SNL last weekend, complaining "All Fridays Matter!""

Adele breaks records

   Adele's new album "25" has been out for less than a week now.

   It has sold 2.433 million copies so far, breaking even NSYNC's record.

Car vs. tree in Waterloo area

   November 24, 2015 at 11:25 AM:  A Nissan reportedly hit a tree at Confer Road and Baker Road in the Waterloo area outside Stockton.

    Three CHP are currently at the scene. An ambulance and tow truck have been dispatched. Be careful if in that area. 

Overturned vehicle in Tracy

   November 24, 2015 at 11:20 AM:  A vehicle has reportedly overturned on Hwy 4 and Tracy Boulevard in the Tracy area.

   The vehicle is not blocking the roadway, but an ambulance is responding to the scene, so use extra caution if in the area.

Man throwing woman from car in Copperopolis

   November 24, 2015 at 11:15 AM:  CHP is responding to the scene of a vehicle in Copperopolis on Hwy 4 near Obyrnes Ferry Road, where a man is reportedly trying to throw a woman out of a vehicle.

   Use extra caution if in the area. Calaveras Sheriff's deputies have also been alerted.

Old folks working for Calaveras Deputy Kyle Johnson??

   Recently we were told that there is an old couple frequenting businesses, but never buying anything in the Ebbetts Pass area; acting very suspiciously.

Burglary in Rancho Calaveras

  On November 23, 2015 at burglary was reported at a residence on Stagecoach Drive in Rancho Calaveras.

  Access appeared to be through a window. The resident is in the process of moving. The Calaveras Sheriff took a report of the incident.

Vehicle overturned in Tracy

   November 24, 2015 at 8 AM:  A vehicle has overturned into a ditch on Hwy 4 at the Old River in the Tracy area.

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


Caltrans closes Hwy 89

   November 24, 2015 at 6:20 AM:  Caltrans has closed Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) ahead of the storm that is expected to bring snow to the Sierras later today.

   If you have to go into the higher elevations, carry chains.

Baby foxes in Pocatelho, Idaho


Monday, November 23, 2015

SPI demands new Clear-Cut near Big Trees State Park

Please help me!!
   To quote the THPTracker, and THP Blog: Public Comment Deadline December 10, 2015.

   "SPI to clear-cut amongst trees up to 52" dbh near Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Ebbetts Pass officially closed for winter

   Caltrans has announced that as of today November 23, 2015 Hwy 4 is officially closed for the winter for the safety of motorists.

   It will not be reopened until conditions warrant, usually around Memorial Day Weekend.

BMW vs. motorcycle

   November 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM:  A BMW and a motorcycle collided at Valpico Road and Corral Hollow Road in Tracy.

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

Traffic collision in Escalon

   November 23, 2015 at 3 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Carrolton Road and Lone Tree Road in Escalon.

    At least one person was transported to a hospital. Two tow trucks were dispatched to the scene.

Caltrans work on Hwy 120 tonight

   Caltrans wants to remind everyone that pavement work will be done on Hwy 120 tonight at 8 PM, from the Stanislaus/San Joaquin County line to the Stanislaus River.

   Be prepared that one-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 PM throught 6 AM on November 24, 2015. 15 minute delays are expected.

Gorgeous kittens ready for adoption

Calaveras Animal Services has a new assortment of
kittens ready for adoption. Healthy and
playful, they're waiting for you to adopt them.

Grass Fire in Copperopolis

   UPDATE:  The fire was quickly extinguished.

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period over Holidays

   CHY is announcing that they are enforcing Maximum Enforcement Periods over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving weekend.

  They will be watching for DUI's and other violations which cause collisions. Traffic death increased 36% in 2014 over the 2013 total.  Drive carefully and if you drive, don't drink.

Bike riders causing disturbance in Valley Springs

  On November 22, 2015 a driver of a white truck called the Calaveras Sheriff to report bicyclers riding on the yellow lines, and that they were making her feel threatened after a verbal confrontation.

  Cyclists often get into verbal confrontations with drivers, either because they feel they should have the whole roadway or because a driver yells at them. It is a dangerous situation mostly for the bicyclists.

"Neighbors from Hell" throw garbage over property line

   On November 22, 2015 a resident on Meredith Lane in Railroad Flat reported to the Calaveras Sheriff that a neighbor is apparently throwing their garbage over onto their property.

   Do you or have disturbed "neighbors from hell" like these?  And you thought you were the only ones? Sounds so familiar!

Load of bread on Hwy 99

   November 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM:  A load of bread has reportedly been dropped on Hwy 99 northbound at the Morada exit in the slow lane.

   CHP is en route to the area.

Only 3 Northern White Rhinos left in the world

   One of the few NorthernWhite Rhinos left in the world had to be euthanized at the San Diego Zoo at age 41.

   A female, this lowers the number still existing at 3.

Pfizer buying Allergen for $160 billion

  We just heard this morning that Pfizer, the maker of Viagra and Allergan, maker of Botox, will combine and will easily be the largest drugmaker in the world.

   Pfizer is paying $160 billion for Allergan, buy what is called the inversion of buying an overseas company, will lower their taxes.

Angels Camp City Council cancels meeting

   We just received a notice from Angels Camp City Clerk Mary Kelly that "due to the shortened workweek because of the Thanksgiving holidays and there being no immediate action items for Counciln the City council meeting scheduled for December 1, 2015 has been cancelled."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Be ready for cold weather this week

   The National Weather Service tells us to be ready for a cold front beginning early Tuesday morning, with rain and snow in the mix.

   Snow could fall as low as 2000', so carry chains if headed for Ebbetts Pass.

Raiders lose to Lions

   The Raiders lost today to the Lions 18-13. Looks like the Niners are going to lose to the Seahawks, too.

Collision in Twain Harte

   November 22, 2015 at 10:55 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at South Fork Road and Confidence South Fork Road in Twain Harte.

   No injuries have been indicated but be careful if in the area.

Injury collision in Martell

   November 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 49 and Hwy 88 in Martell.

   An ambulance is en route due to injuries. Be extra cautious if in the area.

Traffic collision in Copperopolis

   November 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported just off Hwy 4 between Littlejohn and Reeds Turnpike in Copperopolis.

   Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.
 Minor injuries have been indicated.

Illegal Shooting in Calaveras County

   On November 21, 2015 illegal shooting was reported at around 12:05 AM on Lakewood Drive and Lakemont Drive in Arnold, around 7:15 AM on Blair Drive in Valley Springs, around 4:30 PM on Railroad Flat Road in Railroad Flat, around 5:55 PM on Lake View Court and Lakemont Drive in Arnold, around 6:10 PM on Lakemont Drive in Arnold and at Clark and Persall in Mokelumne Hill and on Valley View Drive in Arnold.

   The Calaveras Sheriff took no report on these incidents.

Burglary in Campo Seco

   On November 21, 2015 a burglary was reported by a resident on Old Fogie Way in Campo Seco.

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office took a report.

Traffic collision on Hwy 49

  UPDATE:  This was apparently some type of taxi that spun out.

Quote of the day for Sunday....about religion!

   On CNN's interview with Republican Governor Chris Christie, Jake Tapper asked the Governor what he thought of adding another government agency for "Judeo-Christian Values", as suggested by another candidate.

49ers in Seattle today

   The 49ers (3-6) are in Seattle today, November 22, 2015, to play the Seahawks (4-5) at 1 PM.

   It will be televised on FOX. Who will quarterback?


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Four injured in Hwy 108 crash

   November 21, 2015 at 3:40 PM:  A traffic collision on Hwy 108 and Kennedy Meadows has injured at least 4 and taken out a stop sign.

   Kennedy Meadows is blocked with emergency personnel. Avoid the area until CHP can clear the roadway.

Traffic collision in Lodi

   November 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 12 and Alpine Road in Lodi.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't blocking the roadway, per a witness.

Vehicle rollover in Mokelumne Hill

   UPDATE:  Reportedly a doctor is at the scene. One person is trapped inside the vehicle.

Grand Theft in Mountain Ranch

   On November 20, 2015 a resident on Lucky Jim Mine Road in Mountain Ranch reported a Grand Theft from the property.

   The Calaveras Sheriff took no report on the incident.

Suspicious person not Spellman

   On November 21, 2015 a man riding a bicycle on Hwy 12 at Evans in Valley Springs was reported as suspicious.

   Wearing a green army jacket, a hat and with a beard and carrying a knife. It was reportedly NOT Darren Spellman trying to get his Supervisor job back.

Power lines down in Mi-Wuk Village

   UPDATE:  A tree did fall into the power lines; a small fire has started. Power is knocked out to some residents.

First degree burglary in Valley Springs

   On November 20, 2015 at around 2:35 AM Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Jessica James Brauer (23) of Mountain Ranch on O'Reilly Street in Valley Springs.

   A possible burglary had been reported

Theft from Avery Dump

  November 21, 2015 at 10 AM:  Apparently another theft has taken place at the Avery Dump on Segale Road during the night.

   A deputy was called out to take a report on missing equipment. The case #3116, we believe.   They cut through the fence, and this is a repeated occurrence.

Submerged car in Whiskey Slough

   UPDATE at 10:45 AM:  A diver has not been located to retrieve the vehicle yet.

Calaveras Supervisors meet on Butte Fire

   On November 24, 2015 the Calaveras Supervisors will meet to discuss the Butte Fire recovery. Departments are scheduled to report to the taxpayers.

   Also, in Closed Session, they are negotiating big pay raises for themselves and employees and approving payments to landowners around the Stagecoach Road Bridge project.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Plane landing without landing gear

   UPDATE at 4:30 PM:  The plane has landed safely.

Traffic collision in Valley Springs

   November 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 26 and Paloma Road in Valley Springs.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't known if there are injuries.

Cattle on Dogtown Road

   November 20, 2015 at 4:15 PM:  Cattle have been reported on Dogtown Road in Angels Camp.

   Authorities are attempting to locate the owner. Be extra cautious in the area.


Missing Chickens in San Andreas

   On November 19, 2015 a resident on High Country Road in San Andreas reported some of their chickens are missing.

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office took no report on the incident.

Collision on Hwy 49

   November 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM:  A solo vehicle collision has been reported on Hwy 49 in Carson Hill.

   Apparently the vehicle is smoking and the driver is trapped inside.  CHP and an ambulance are en route.

Vehicle hits trees in Waterloo area

   November 20, 2015 at 6:30 AM:  A car left Hwy 88 and hit some trees near Baker Road in the Waterloo area.

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

Traffic collision in Modesto

   UPDATE:  One person has been transported to Doctors Medical Center. CHP is now working to reopen the roadway.

Radical Extremist Christian Terrorists in US

   After the terrorist attack in Paris, there has been a lot of talk about blocking any immigrants from the middle east by Republican Presidential candidates, for fear of bringing in radical extremist Muslims. HUH???

   The US already has more than our share of Radical Extremists, and Terrorists. They are Radical Extremist Christian Terrorists, and some live right here in Calaveras County. We've seen their threats!!  These are the ones we should fear!!

Injured deer on Tuolumne Road

   November 20, 2015 at 6 AM:  An injured deer has been reported on Tuolumne Road at Morris Grade in Tuolumne.

   Use extra caution if in that area until CHP can arrive on scene.

Doug Flutie's parents die within an hour of each other

   Former NFL player and star Doug Flutie lost his father to a heart attack yesterday. He hadn't been well for some time.

   Then about an hour later, his mother had a sudden heart attack and passed away. Our condolences go out to the family for the tragic double loss.

Head-on collision in Lockeford area

   UPDATE:  Minor injuries were incurred in this collision.

Carly Simon says Warren Beatty one of her "You're so Vain" guys'

   The popular song "You're so Vain", sung by Carly Simon, became a little more revealing yesterday, When Simon admitted who the song was about.

   In an interview she admitted that the song was at least partially about her relationship with Warren Beatty.  No comment from Beatty yet.

Man on Obyrnes Ferry Road at prison

   At around 3:15 AM on November 20, 2015 a man was reported on Obyrnes Ferry Road in front of the prison, trying to flag down cars.

   CHP was dispatched to the scene, where a green car was apparently parked nearby. It isn't yet known what was going on, but the man was creating a traffic hazard in the middle of the roadway.

Angels Camp Police need your help

   Since the passing of the K-9 Officer Kain recently, the Angels Camp Police Department finds itself in need of a new trained police dog. Each trained dog costs around $10,000.

    If  you can help, please donate to the fund, which is an account at the US Bank in Angels Camp called the "Sierra Foothills/San Joaquin Valley Law Dogs Police K-9" account. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cluster housing gets no Safeway!

   After some complained about wanting no gas stations in the Curtis Park Development, a cluster housing subdivision in Sacramento, Safeway pulled out

Broken down school bus in Rancho Calaveras

   November 19, 2015 at 2:55 PM:  A school bus, apparently broken down is blocking Burson Road and Carol Lane in Rancho Calaveras.

   The bus appears to be abandoned, per CHP.  Be extra cautious if in that area.

Dead body found on American River Parkway trail

  Yet another dead body has been found on the American River Parkway trail near a Carmichael park.

   Authorities are attempting to identify the body and investigate the cause of death.

Car vs. bicycle in Ceres

   November 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM:  A car and a bicycle have collided on Keyes Road and Central Avenue in Ceres.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene. Avoid the area if possible.

Stockton girl wants no presents

   Alexandra Salazar celebrated her birthday the other day and told everyone she wanted no presents.

   Instead, she asked for donations to the Stockton Animal Shelter.  She receive $300 to turn over to the animal welfare group towards buying a new x-ray machine.

Subway's ex-pitchman Fogel gets prison

   Jared Fogel, who has admitted to traveling to NYC for sex with minors, among other pornographic charges, has been sentenced to prison.

   The ex-pitchman for Subway was today sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Audubon California says....

Are "Neighbors from Hell" mentally ill?? # 13

   While nearly everyone reads our "Neighbors from Hell" series, it has been widely discussed as to whether anyone who fits the description could be sane.

   Sadly and like it or not, there is no dispute that anyone who even follows in one of the posted categories is deeply mentally ill.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Calaveras Community Fund gives to organizations--not people!!

   Sadly, we have been made aware that due to Calaveras County's Mary Sawicki's recommendations, the Calaveras Community Fund will not be giving any money to the Butte Fire victims.

Overturned vehicle in Columbia

   November 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  An overturned vehicle has been reported on Sawmill Flat Road in Columbia.

   Use caution as the roadway is partially blocked and the vehicle is leaking fluid. This is near Columbia College. No injuries have been indicated.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Calaveras Supervisor Oliveira want to be Sheriff?? Big pay raise!!!

   Now we hear that although Supervisor Oliveira has been embarrasses over his failure to handle any of the problems of Ebbetts Pass, he feels as though he is qualified to be Sheriff.

Traffic Collision in San Andreas

  November 17, 2015 at 2:55 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Hwy 49 and Court Street in San Andreas.

   For some reason an Angels Camp Police unit is at the scene. CHP is en route. No injuries have been indicated, but use caution if in that area.

Dump Truck off road into ditch

  November 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM: A red dump truck has reportedly run off Mountain Ranch Road in Mountain Ranch and is now stuck in a ditch.

   CHP and a tow truck are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

Mona Walker makes $ 12,000+ per month as a glorified CLERK?

   UPDATE on November 18, 2015:  Joel Metzger has sent us a different wage scale, saying that Walker only makes $6000 a month.

Since the CCWD press person Metzger directed the Sentinel to a vague salary schedule list with NO listing for the title he told us Mona Walker holds,

California Grey Squirrel

Is Jeffrey Meyer still working in San Andreas??

   We have heard that El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Meyer has now resigned from that position after being arrested again with an alleged .19 alcohol level. Details of the payout for his resignation have not been revealed.

  Now we wonder if he is still working with the children in Calaveras County at a school in San Andreas? 

Charlie Sheen says he's HIV positive--Blackmail!!

   After weeks of rumors, Charlie Sheen, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning, admitted that he is HIV positive.

  He stated that he found out about 4 years ago, and that he has been shaken down for money to keep quiet about the fact.  And he paid; a LOT! Over $10 million.

Traffic hazard on Jesus Maria Road in Moke Hill

   November 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM:  A traffic hazard of some type has been reported on Jesus Maria Road near Hawver Road in Mokelumne Hill.

   CHP is en route to the area, but it isn't clear what the hazard is, so use caution if headed that way.

How much corruption is there at CCWD? General Manager ofc??? Vacation in D.C.????

   Why does Calaveras County Water District always put out the image of corruption? Why is Mona Walker, a mere employee, told NOT to tell anyone anything

Infamous quotes of Calaveras Sheriff Kuntz to the Sierra Sentinel...#2

   Just after the 2008 election, the new Calaveras County Sheriff came in to thank us for supporting him, stored over 100 of his campaign signs in our barn and said:

    "I will be here once a week to visit and talk about issues. I drink  ***** diet soda."

Traffic collision in Linden

   UPDATE:  Per CHP a silver Nissan ran off the roadway and hit a tree.  The driver has chest pains. An ambulance is now en route.

Polar bears just want to have fun.....

It may not look like fun to us, but to a polar bear,

Tree cutting often causes major disturbances

   On November 17, 2015 the Calaveras Sheriff was called to a disturbance on Feather Drive in Copperopolis, where Kevin's Tree Service was allegedly dropping trees on a person's property without permission.

Traffic collision in Standard

   November 17, 2015 at 8 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported between a car and a pickup at Tuolumne Road and Standard Road in Standard.

   No injuries have been indicated. CHP is en route to the scene.

Calaveras Supervisors meet today--22 million dead trees?

   Calaveras County Supervisors will meet at 9 AM today in the chambers in San Andreas.

    Reports from department heads on the Butte Fire will be on the agenda. One item states there are 22 million dead trees.

Fog in the Valley

   November 17, 2015 at 6 AM:  CHP is cautioning those who are headed for the valley today.

      There is fog in most areas.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Harold Leroy Hallet of West Point

   Harold Leroy Hallet was born on July 16, 1952 in Houlton, Maine and died on November 3, 2015 in West Point,

Man trapped under pickup in Plymouth

   November 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM:  A man is reportedly trapped under a pickup at Hwy 49 and Bell Road in Plymouth.

   A tow truck and an ambulance are en route to the scene.

Dog vs car in Rancho Calaveras

   November 16, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  A car has hit a dog on Baldwin and Rippon in Rancho Calaveras.

   The dog is apparently still alive and in the roadway, so be extra cautious if you are headed in that direction.

Friends of the Fair meets

   Calaveras Friends of the Fair will meet on November 18, 2015 at 6 PM at Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp.

   On the agenda are the usual committee reports, an update of the Ranch House addition, and future events. The public is invited to attend.

Sonora Pass Closed

   We just received notification from Caltrans that due to the accumulation of snow on Hwy 108 that Sonora Pass is now closed at Kennedy Meadows.

   No indication of when it will reopen has been given.

Friends of the Fair release August 2015 minutes--Leslie Davis

   UPDATE:  We just received information from Leslie Davis that Junior Livestock and the "Friends" that there is no rift between the two groups;

Vehicle rollover on Hwy 4 at Forest Meadows

   November 16, 2015 at 11 AM:  A vehicle has reportedly rolled over on Hwy 4 at Northwood Drive near Forest Meadows.

   It isn't known if there are injuries at this time. Use caution if in that area.

Pickup runs off Hwy 4 in Arnold

   November 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM:  A blue pickup has reportedly run off Hwy 4 at Rancho Paradiso in Arnold.

   CHP is en route. It isn't yet known if there are injuries.


San Andreas man rolls cement truck on Hwy 49--CHP report

   CHP has just issued an official report of the cement truck that rolled over on Hwy 49 near the Melones Bridge.

Toyota pickup overturned in Jamestown

   November 16, 2015 at 8:25 AM:  A Toyota pickup has reportedly overturned at Hwy 49 and Main Street in Jamestown.

   An ambulance and CHP are en route to the scene. Avoid the area if you can until a tow truck can right the pickup and remove it from the roadway.

Eagles, eagles, eagles.................

Wow! That is amazing! Near the Nooksack
River in Deming, Washington

Collision on Hwy 4--Roadway icy!!

   November 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM:  A collision has been reported on Hwy 4 at Pine Drive in Arnold. Conditions on Hwy 4 are icy.

  CHP is en route. Use extra caution in the area. It isn't yet known if there are any injuries.

Traffic collision in Murphys

   November 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM:   A traffic collision has been reported at Main Street and Big Trees Road in Murphys.

  One vehicle left the roadway and went through a fence at that location. It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Use extra caution in that area.

Chains required on Hwy 4

   November 16, 2015 at 5 AM:  Caltrans is requiring chains on all vehicles without 4 wheel drive on Hwy 4 at Arnold this morning.

   While the storm has passed, road conditions in the mountains remain icy and expect travel to be slow since speeds are only 35 MPH in chain required areas.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

YouTube videos of Macedo and.....OP-ED San Andreas realtor

   If you want to see the video of Captain Macedo's hard to believe eulogy to Sheriff Kuntz, go to YouTube and search Sheriff Kuntz funeral. Captain Macedo's speech is all that is playing.

  Interestingly, just below that video are three others involving depositions of a San Andreas realtor,

Honda spins out in Twain Harte

   November 15, 2015 at 3:20 PM:  A Honda has reportedly spun out and run off Hwy 108 near Twain Harte Drive in Twain Harte.

   A man, woman and four children were in the vehicle. An ambulance is responding to the scene.

Major Injuries in Pioneer crash

   November 15, 2015 at 3:15 PM:  A car reportedly ran off Hwy 88 at Omo Ranch Road in Pioneer and hit a tree, causing major injuries to at least one of three occupants.

    CHP, an ambulance and other emergency responders are at the scene. Use extra caution in that area.

Flooding on Hwy 4

   November 15, 2015 at 11 AM:  Flooding has been reported at Hwy 4 and Hillcrest Avenue in Hathaway Pines.

   Use caution if in that area until road crews can reach the scene.

Felony Assault charges in West Point

   According to the Calaveras Sheriff's Office they arrested Jack Steven Blevins (19) of West Point on November 14, 2015 at his residence on Blue Mountain Road.

   Per the report, Blevins was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Assault with a Deadly Weapon/not a firearm, Cruelty to elder dependent with possible Great bodily harm or death, and Injuring Power Lines, all felonies, and for Willful Cruelty to a Child, a misdemeanor.

Snowing in Arnold

It started to snow at just about 10:10 AM in Arnold (4000').
One person said the Chapel in the Pines church bells
rang at the same time. It is snowing hard for the
first time this season. Great news for snow bunnies!

Raiders play Vikings today, Niners....

   The Oakland Raiders (4-4) face the Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at 1 PM today in Oakland. It will be shown on FOX.

   The 49ers have a BYE today.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Disturbance at Poker Flat Homeowners Association meeting

   On November 13, 2015 the Calaveras Sheriff's Office was called out due to a disturbance at the Poker Flat Homeowners Association meeting on Poker Flat Road in Copperopolis.

   We don't have details of this disturbance, but Poker Flat has had some ongoing issues with docks among other problems. The Calaveras Sheriff took no report.

Copperopolis man arrested for attempted murder

   On November 14, 2015 the Calaveras Sheriff's Office arrested John Mark Merritt (60) at his residence on Iroquois Circle in Copperopolis.

   Merritt was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Attempted Murder. An investigation continues.

Amador County LAFCo to meet about Jackson Rancheria

   At the November 19, 2015 Amador County Local Agency Formation Commission meeting in Jackson, the agenda has a public hearing regarding Jackson Rancheria.

   The meeting begins at 6 PM and the purpose is the reorganization of the Jackson Rancheria to move to be under the City of Jackson.

Black ice on Hwy 26 causes collision

   November 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM:  An overturned SUV on Hwy 26 at Barney Way in West Point has been reportedly caused by black ice on the roadway.

   Minor injuries have been indicated in this incident. The vehicle is partially blocking the roadway. Use caution if headed that way.

Semi and Honda Civic collide in Acampo

   November 14, 2015 at 8:40 AM:  A 48' semi truck with two flat bed trailers and a Honda Civic collided on Hwy 99 southbound at Collier Road in Acampo.

   The big rig driver has pulled off and has gone back to the Civic. CHP is en route. No injuries have been reported.  Be careful in that area.

Injured deer on Hwy 120

   November 14, 2015 at 8:35 AM:  An injured deer has been reported on Hwy 120 at Golden Arrow Drive in Groveland.

   Use extra caution until CHP can arrive and dispatch the poor thing.

Sawicki reports on Butte Fire weekly, but says NOTHING???

  Mary Sawicki, department head of Health and Human Resources, has been required to make public oral reports to the Calaveras Supervisors weekly on the Butte Fire.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Explosions in Paris

  UPDATE:  We just heard that the French President has closed its borders due to the explosions in Paris.

Traffic collision in Linden

     November 13, 2015 at 3 PM:   One car ran off the Hwy 26 after two cars collided in Linden near Wimer Road.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't yet known if there are injuries.

Adopt a Mustang at Rancho Murrietta

   The BLM is offering mustangs who have been trained by inmates at Rio Consumnes for adoption this Saturday, November 14, 2015.

   The adoption will be held at 7200 Lone Pine Drive in Rancho Murrietta beginning at 9 AM.

Recall Sheriff Kuntz? Benevolently??? TEA POTTY Supervisors!!

Move over, Ollie! Me and
Edson are joining you
 in screwing the
citizens of Calaveras County
 out of a Sheriff!!
   Because three of the Calaveras Supervisors, Kearney, Oliveira and Edsel (oops, Edson) are playing politics with our county, and refusing to appoint a new Sheriff,

Union Public Utility District meets in Murphys

    On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 the Union Public Utility District (UPUD) will hold a regular meeting at 7 PM in their office 339 Main Street in Murphys.

   On the agenda is discussion of the Hwy 4 Corridor committee (an ad hoc

The future of growing marijuana???

Manteca Police released this photo of a marijuana growing
operation in a giant warehouse in Manteca. Ready to be
harvested, they say it is worth $8.4 million. And what is
the business of the future? Alcohol pushers and drug
manufacturers are worried that
they will be losing their hold on the drunks, to pot!!

Angels Camp City Council meets to discuss litigation

   On November 17, 2015 the Angels Camp City Council has a very short agenda, except for Closed Session litigation//lawsuits.

   On the Closed Session agenda is a liability claim against the City,

Infamous Quotes of Sheriff Gary Kuntz to Sierra Sentinel --# 1

   After Captain Macedo gave his personal review of Sheriff Gary Kuntz at the funeral, (which was not widely attended, with many empty chairs we are told) at Kautz, many have said they appreciated

Wendell Heier of Mountain Ranch

   On October 1, 2015 Wendell Heier of Mountain Ranch passed away. He was 57 years old.

   He was well known as a butcher at Big Trees Market it Arnold, then started his own butcher shop in Valley Springs. He currently was working at Senders Market in Mountain Ranch.

Disturbance reported on Canyon View in Hathaway Pines

   Not uncommon, a resident on Canyon View in Hathaway Pines reported a disturbance resulting from an altercation on November 12, 2015.

   We have heard of so many disturbances, caused by the "Oliveira WAR ZONE"

Traffic collision in Linden

   November 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Fairchild Road near Jack Tone Road in the Linden area.

   Apparently a pickup hit either a tree or a pole at that location. An ambulance is en route to the scene.

Don't sit on someone's rear bumper!

  According to CHP, on November 12, 2015 at around 2:25 PM, Jeffrey Buchanan (49) of Soulsbyville was sitting on the rear bumper of a 2001 BMW while

Tree down on vehicle in San Andreas

   UPDATE:  CHP has cleared the roadway.

Friday the 13th!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cement truck rollover on Hwy 49

   UPDATE:  Hwy 49 re-opened around 5 PM. What a mess!

Cal Fire increasing burn hours allowed

   Cal Fire has just issued a press release stating that the nighttime burn hours are now increased to all hours with a valid permit and on allowed burn days.

   You must have a permit to burn.

Postal Workers Union endorses for President

   Earlier today, the American Postal Workers Union, who believe that the Postal Service should continue just like it has been, with increasing rates and high pensions for its old workers, has endorsed

Major injury collision on Hwy 120

   November 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM:  A collision has been reported on Hwy 120 at Main Street in Manteca, with one vehicle going over the embankment.

  CHP is at the scene and an ambulance is en route due to major injuries to one victim. A tow truck is also dispatched to the site.

Asphalt Plant pubic hearing in Calaveras County

  On November 19, 2015 the Ford Construction Asphalt Plant will be on the Calaveras Planning Commission agenda for a Public Hearing at 9 AM.

   The meeting will be held in the Calaveras Board of Supervisors chambers in San Andreas.

Car into ravine in Groveland

   November 12, 2015 at 1:35 PM:  A single car ran off Pine Mountain Road near Rock Canyon Way and into a ravine in the Groveland area.

   No injuries have been reported. CHP is en route, as well as a tow truck.

Traffic collision in Sonora

   November 12, 2015 at 1:20 PM:  A red Dodge Ram and a silver Chevy reportedly collided at Tuolumne Road and Terrace Drive in Sonora.

   No injuries were indicated. CHP is en route to the scene.

Sunny Acres Nut Company sign hit

   November 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM:  A delivery driver hit the Sunny Acres Nut Company sign on Sunny Acres Drive in Turlock and fled the scene.

   No injuries were reported. CHP has it as a Hit and Run nut case.

Driver takes out signs in Ripon

   November 12, 2015 at 1 PM:  A driver of a white sedan fell asleep or had been drinking, it was reported on Ripon Road and Olive Avenue and took out some street signs in Ripon.

   CHP is en route to the seen. Use extra caution in that area.


Placerville murders inheritance related??

   A Placerville man is in jail alleged to have killed his mother and brother on Rocky Ridge Road after an argument over who would inherit their mother's estate.

   The wife of one of the brothers went to the home from Sacramento looking for her husband and found her husband's brother with a gun, ran and called the Sheriff.

Puppy on Hwy 99

   UPDATE:  The puppy has been removed from the freeway.

Pluto in psychedelic by NASA

Explosions reported in Wilseyville

  On November 11, 2015 a little after 11 PM, two residents in Wilseyville reported loud explosions that shook their houses on June Ave. and Paddock Lane.

   They requested contact by a deputy, but the Calaveras Sheriff's Office took no report.

Angels Camp Business Association Holiday plans