Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bobby Rapp morotrcycle run hits Copper

On 4-12-14 the 6th annual Bobby Rapp motorcycle run had a pit stop in Copperopolis Town Square.

The annual motorcycle run, named after fallen soldier Bobby Rapp, raises funds for scholarships for Tuolumne county students.

To date the event has raised and gifted $51,000.00 in scholarship monies to Tuolumne County High School students.

For more pictures CLICK HERE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CHP Senior Driving Class


SAN ANDREAS – Talking with an older family member about their driving is often difficult.  Most of us put off that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart program to assist families with this issue. This program was designed to provide older drivers with the KEYS to driving safe and driving longer.

Helicopter circling Copper

According to Sheriff Dept PIO Sgt Hewitt the helicopter circling Copper is looking for a potentially suicidal person walking, possibly with a knife, possibly cutting themselves in the Copper Meadows, 8A vicinity along O'Byrnes Ferry Rd.

If you see this person call 911. Do not approach.

youth swim team

Youth Swim Team
Who: Kids ages 6 to 17 years old 
What: Recreation Youth Swimming
‐ must be able to swim freestyle 25 yards non ‐ stop across the pool unassisted.
When: June 9th ‐ July 26th 
11 ‐ 17 years:9:30 ‐ 10:30
7 ‐ 9 years: 10:30 ‐ 11:30
6‐7 years: 11:30 ‐ 12:00
Where: Bret Harte Aquatic Center, Angels Camp, Ca.
How: Visit
to download forms.
Or sign up at Bret Harte Aquatic Center May 3rd or May 31st from 10am ‐12pm
Cost:$65.00 for the 7 week season if postmarked by 5/31/14.
After 5/31 price is increased to $75.00 Contact Jessica Johnson for more information at 768 ‐ 9149

Prime Rib at the Old Corner

Murder Mystery dinner at the Sports Pub to benefit 6th Grade Science Camp

Cruisers to close doors and sell equipment

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that Steve and I will be closing our Cruisers Ice Cream Parlor effective 4/25/14. Please share this post.

We have had such an enjoyable time these past six years. We have met many amazing people. We want to thank ALL of our employees who have put up with us!! We could not have done it without you. We hope you have fond memories of your time with us.

Cruisers will be closing at the Town Square, but Cruisers Mobile will still be found around the County and beyond!! Cruiser Bucks don't expire and will be accepted wherever you find Cruiser Mobile.

Completed Cruisers FREE ice cream cards will be accepted until April 25th at the shop.

We will begin selling equipment 4/19/14. If you are interested in knowing what we have, there will be a list at Cruisers Ice Cream Parlor

Youngs Payless IGA weekly ad 4-16-14 thru 4-22-14

To view the Payless IGA weekly ad for 4-16-14 thru 4-22-14 CLICK HERE

Free MAKOplasty seminar at CAMPS

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Keep a Family Strong when Parenting a child with Special Needs

Another great Jack Forkner Eclipse/Blood Moon photo

CAL FIRE Continues to Increase Staffing in Northern California

Additional Seasonal Firefighters to be Hired from Shasta to Santa Cruz
After several March storms, temperatures have gone back up and California’s wildfireactivity level has returned to above average. Starting Monday, April 14, CAL FIRE will hire nearly 100
additional seasonal firefighters that will be stationed from Shasta County down to Santa Cruz County; a move several months earlier than normal.
“The rain in March was needed, but the drought continues to have a strong hold on California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “With temperatures back on the rise, so is the potential for large wildfires.”

Copper Pride Day - Earth Day - help clean up our community

Composite - 4-14-14 eclipse by Jack Forkner

Blood Moon 4-14-14

If you have shots of the blood moon or ANY local event or location, please feel free to email them to the Copper Gazette at

Calaveras County final 13/14 budget

Though it may seem odd to post the 13/14 budget when discussion will begin in earnest in June for the 14/15 budget, it is a good stepping stone for those of you who would like to see where your tax dollars were spent this past fiscal year. It will also help with understanding where potentials cuts are being proposed.

To view the budget in PDF CLICK HERE

Copper Food Pantry 4-17-14

The Copperopolis Community Food Pantry and the Copper Closet distribution day is this Thursday, April 17 at 60 Copper Cove Dr., Ste. A. from 1pm to 4pm. NO EARLYBIRDS please.

Sac Pit Motorcycle trials hit Copper this past weekend

Lewisport, the largest trial and enduro racing distributor and dealer in the US, located in Copperopolis - along with Sac P.I.T.'s , a trial bike club -promoted a 2 day trial bike competition this past weekend in Copperopolis.

Organized by Bryce Pophal and Neil Belvoir of Jackson as well as Kevin Davey and Mandy and Adrian Lewis, the event brought in over 100 trial bikes from all over Northern California to run the many creative and challenging courses.

This event was a gated event.

There were riders ranging from 9 years old to 70.

70 year old Richard Hardmire of Sacramento has been riding for 50 years. He began on trials when he was younger and moved quickly to racing fast tracks professionally, but found his way back to his beginnings of trial bikes as "fast tracks were too old for me." On Saturday Richard competed with his vintage 1963 Triumph.

For more information on trial competition or trial bikes contact Lewisport at

For more photos CLICK HERE

Monday, April 14, 2014

Complete Calaveras County Superior Court Judge candidate interviews

To read a candidates interview, please click on their name.

Hugh Swift

Grant Barrett

Dana Pheil

Ken Foley

John Trifilo

Tim Healy

Bret Harte Admin comes under fire

On Friday April 4, 2014 , approximately 30 Bret Harte students participated in a ‘walkout’ to bring attention to the grievances allegedly filed against Dalila Hernandez.

According to Senior, Ally (last name withheld), she and her younger sister Laura had followed school policy three weeks prior to the walk out, but had not seen any proof the school had addressed the issue.  The issue at hand was the active bullying of Laura. 

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

4-14-14 Fishing Report

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
1,022,239 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped two feet this week and is currently at 945 ft. above sea level and 140 ft. from full.  The water is slightly stained with some areas forming mud lines. There is also a little bit of debris on the surface.  The average water temperature is 58-64 degrees and rising daily.  The boat launch ramps on the Glory Hole side have been moved back out to the end of the point which makes for a very short walk.    

Trout: Slow. The trout has slowed down quite a bit and very few fish are being caught.  The lake level is dropping and the water temperature is warming.  This will push the trout from the shallows back out to deeper/cooler water.  Try to find areas with clearer water that are protected from the wind and have deep water access.  Also, if you are fishing an area with slightly stained to murky water, try using bright colored baits and lures.  Bank fishing has been tough with most of the trout moving away from the shoreline.  If you do choose to fish for trout from the shore, try fishing near Glory Hole Point and near the 49-bridge because the main river channel and cooler water is close.  For bait try nightcrawlers, or chartreuse or rainbow garlic scented Power Bait.  Trolling anglers have been catching a few fish while trolling over deep water on the main lake.  To target these fish try using downriggers or leadcore line, 30-60' deep over 150-200' of water.  The fish are relating to the old river channel and deep water.  They will be in cooler water areas during the hotter summer months.  Brighter colored baits have been working best.  Orange, chartreuse and firetiger will work for browns and rainbows.  When fishing the main lake and deep water it is a good idea to have a couple lines out that are targeting brown trout.  There have been many really nice browns caught and released in the last few weeks.  Try rolling shad or trolling large jointed plugs or swim baits.  A good area for browns is out in front of the dam/spillway area or between the bridges.  It is also a good idea to add plenty of scent and remember to reapply throughout the day.   

Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to 8-year old Carson Wiere of Vallecito.  He landed a beautiful 1-pound rainbow on a red and white crappie jig.  He also caught a big crappie as well.  

Calaveras Public Utility District 4-15-14 meeting agenda

To view the CPUD Public meeting and regular meeting agenda for 4-15-14 CLICK HERE

District 5 Supervisor candidate forum

4-11-14 PATV District 5 Supervisor candidate forum.

Sonora PD Press release re: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

11 April 2014, at approx. 2:20 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a call from an auto dealership in Redding, stating they had a vehicle stolen and the vehicles GPS tracking device was indicating it was parked in front of the courthouse in Sonora. The vehicle was described as a maroon 2001 Mitsubishi.

Officers responded and located the vehicle, which had different license plates on it. A female subject approached the vehicle and was identified as Teresa Castillo, 45. Castillo claimed her husband had purchased the vehicle for $200 earlier in the day in Redding for they could drive to Sonora so her husband could make a court appearance.


SAN ANDREAS – Talking with an older family member about their driving is often difficult.  Most of us put off that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart program to assist families with this issue. This program was designed to provide older drivers with the KEYS to driving safe and driving longer.

California’s older driver population is numbering about 2.9 million today. It is estimated, there will be over four million residents age 65 and older in California by the year 2020. Knowing that much of this community still relies on driving as their primary means of transportation, the CHP is continuing to promote the Age Well, Drive Smart program.

George Runner Announces Multicultural Business and Career Expo

George Runner Announces Multicultural Business and Career Expo

What:             In partnership with the Slavic Community Center of Sacramento, Board of Equalization Member George Runner is sponsoring the 5th Annual Multicultural Business and Career Expo. The event, also supported by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Russian American Media and the Slavic-American Chamber of Commerce, is designed to provide businesses with educational programs and employment opportunities.

Where:           Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Dr., Citrus Heights, California

When:            10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., April 16, 2014

Bark n Bubbles has Easter Basket Goodies for your doggie

Stop in at Bark n Bubbles for some special goodies to put in your furry four-legged friends easter basket.

And don't forget to have your doggie looking pretty for Easter.

Bark n Bubbles has a groomer on site.
Call for an appointment.
(Located next to Payless IGA)

District 3 Candidates Forum


            Former County Supervisor Paul Stein will moderate a forum featuring Mike Borean, Merita Callaway, and Mike Oliveira, the three candidates hoping to serve District 3 residents as their County Supervisor for the next four years. Organized by the Murphys Community Club and the Murphys Business Association, the Town Hall Meeting will be held in the Native Sons Hall on Wednesday, April 16 starting at 7 p.m.
            Stein is replacing Joel Metzger who recently resigned as editor of the Calaveras Enterprise and is no longer available.

Town Square Spring fest - a fun family time

For more photos CLICK HERE

Week weather - beautiful

  • 4-14-14
  • Monday Sunny, with a high near 81. East northeast wind around 6 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
  • Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
  • Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
  • Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
  • Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
  • Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Love your library week 4-13-19, 2014

On this day in History - President Lincoln shot - April 14, 1865

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.  The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Booth, a Maryland native born in 1838, who remained in the North during the war despite his Confederate sympathies, initially plotted to capture President Lincoln and take him to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, on March 20, 1865, the day of the planned kidnapping, the president failed to appear at the spot where Booth and his six fellow conspirators lay in wait. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to Union forces.

Congratulations March 2014 Students of the Month - Copper Elementary

Student of the Month (March)
Ms. Chambers                              Mrs. Aardal                                   Mrs. Bauer
Carmen Ward– Academic                 Gabrielle Henry– Academic              Haylee Shirley-Academic
Elijah Sanchez– Citizenship              Sarah Evans– Citizenship                 Douglas Jenson– Citizenship

Mrs. DeSimone                              Mrs. Pino                                      Mrs. Barker
Tara Hancock– Academic                 Samuel Carrero– Academic              Tanner Gerhart and Luis Vidales– Academic
                                                  Adam Elliott– Citizenship                 Matthew Morris– Citizenship

Mrs. Crawford                               Mrs. Young                                   Mrs. Hessels
Manuel Rivera-Bettencourt– Academic  Hailey Scholtka-Academic                Kelsie Stevenson– Academic
Wyatt O’Bird– Citizenship                Landie Winans– Citizenship              Johnny Henry– Citizenship

Mrs. Handgis                                 Mrs. Fairman                                 Mrs. Stevens
Tyler Reder– Academic                   Julie Smith– Academic                    Bryant Youngquist
Bailey Dana– Citizenship                  Bella Stafford– Citizenship


Sheriff Volunteers at St Patrick's Day Parade

In March 2014, during the Irish Day Parade in Murphys where thousands of visitors attended the traditional festival, the Calaveras Sheriff Volunteer Unit participated in this public event by providing patrol, crowd and traffic control.  Under the supervision of Volunteer Captain Betty Miner, Sgt. Vic Farina and Sgt. Bob Fienberg, the Volunteers assisted in various activities making this festival a safe and enjoyable event for the public. 

Board of Supervisors 4-8-14 meeting video

To view the BOS 4-8-14 meeting video CLICK HERE

Video of Calaveras Planning Commission, Calaveras County Water District, and Calaveras Board of Supervisor’s meetings graciously supplied by Calaveras Public Access TV and accessed through the community action project.

Editor's Note - six years of journalism

It has been 6 years of news for me; one with Copperopolis Today, two with, three with the Copper Gazette, and three months with the Calaveras Enterprise- and the journalism passion has not waned. If possible, it grows more intense with each passing month. The desire to seek out the truth, to find the good/the bad, and to highlight the amazing; I can never seem to whet my thirst for more.

I appreciate the opportunities extended to me by and the Calaveras Enterprise, the experience I gleaned from covering a variety of events, the skills I built upon which I learned at the side of Mike Council, have made me a journalist that I am proud of today. Though I still have my many faults, I enjoy every aspect of the field.

I sincerely hope you all enjoy the coverage of our wonderful little town.

Its at this time, I would like to point out that the cost of running this site has, for the most part, come out of my pocket for the past three years. The cost has been offset by advertisers, but has been performed more as a community service with little monetary compensation. I would greatly appreciate your financial support of the Copper Gazette to ensure its existence.

If you would like to donate, please visit the donate button on the top left of the page. 

And as always...happy reading!