Monday, September 15, 2014

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

9-15-14 Fishing Report

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
531,625 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped less than two feet this week and is currently at 864 ft. above sea level and 214 ft. from full.  The water is stained in most of the lake. There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days. The average water temperature is 76-82 degrees.  Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open, and there are no plans to close it. There will be some transition periods between launches where launching will be limited to one or two lanes.

Trout: Slow.  There are very few anglers on the lake and very little boating traffic in general.  Late summer/early fall is a great time to troll deep water and catch some hefty trout. Trolling anglers try using shad patterned spoons trolled in 60-90' of water.  Excel, Needlefish and Speedy Shiners are good choices.  Another trick that will trigger strikes is a tandem spoon rig.  This is when you troll two spoons at a time separated by an 18-24" leader.  The two baits will resemble a couple bait fish that have strayed from the school making them an easy target. 

Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to David Hylton of Murphy's.  He caught a 2-pound rainbow while fishing at night.  

Copper Closet to return to its previous location

Returns to

Where: We will be at the empty lot between Dr. French's dentist office and Primo's Pizza

When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month. Starting September 18th from 11:30 until 3:30

What: Clothes, shoes and household items


Donations accepted.

Umpqua Bank hosts a day to promote small local home based businesses

On September 3, 2014 Umpqua Bank of Copperopolis held a Ladies Day with vendors specializing in accessories, beauty and more designed for women. The difference with this event...the businesses were all home based small local businesses.

The home based businesses represented were:
Do Terra Essential Oils - Amy Range, L'Bri - Barbara Storey, Origami Owl - Erica Denney, Scentsy - Tammy Herrin, Discovery Toys - Arlene Gianelli, Chic Sisters Creations, Party Lite Candles - Betty Oneta, Cake Pops and Bead-utiful Designs - Cheryl Fechner.

Hot temps for a couple days cooling down later in the week

  • 9-15-14
  • This Afternoon Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. West wind around 6 mph.
  • Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
  • Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 92. North wind around 6 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south in the evening.
  • Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
  • Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.
  • Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.
  • Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Sonora PD press release re: felon in possession of a firearm

15 September 2014, at approx. 2:09 am, an officer was flagged down by a citizen who reported observing two suspicious subjects on the back porch of a vacant house on Norlin Street.
The officer responded to the vacant house and contacted two male subjects as they exited the back porch of the house. One subject was identified as Dustin Silberman, a 33 year old parolee out of Jamestown, and the other was a 32 year old transient, both subjects were detained. Silberman is on parole for robbery.

A search of the porch area where the two subjects had been observed revealed a loaded .45 semi auto pistol, along with 1.2 grams of heroin. A records check indicated the firearm had been stolen in Jamestown last month.

During the investigation into this matter, it was determined Silberman was the person in possession of both the firearm and heroin. Silberman was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony ex-felon in possession of a firearm; felony possession of stolen property; felony possession of a controlled substance; felony violation of parole.

Interview with Bertha Underhill - CCWD Candidate District 3

Why are you running for the CCWD Board?
 For the last 5 years, CCWD, under the direction of the General Managers and Board, has been in a downward spiral with its financial and policy decisions - $3 million Headquarters Building, UNCONSCIONABLE 2013 Rate Increase, for starters.

What are your qualifications?
 I have served 2 – 4 year terms in 2001 to 2009.  Left, of my own volition, and watched CCWD self-destruct.

What, if anything, will you do to protect our water rights?
 The 1st logical act, for protection of water rights, would be to rehire the Water Resources Specialist, whose job was eliminated by a past General Manager at a very critical time in CCWD’s operation. 

Tim Healy for Superior Court Judge Dept 2

Journey Revisited Blew Copper Away

Once again the town of Copperopolis was treated to the incredible sounds of Journey when Journey Revisited rocked Town Square on Saturday September 13, 2014.

To say the music was incredible does not do this band justice. What a treat for Copper.

Opening for JR was the up and coming young band - The High Voltage Band - out of Ripon. This group of under 18's prepped the crowd with an eclectic repertoire from Green Day to U2 and some of their own originals.

For more photos CLICK HERE

Copper Library re-opens with regular hours TODAY!!!! 9-15-14

Starting Monday September 15th a regular schedule of hours will resume at the Copperopolis Library.  Our new Branch Library Assistant Shannon Braziel will be at the library Monday and Thursday 11 to 5, and Wednesdays  1 to 7.  When our dedicated volunteers Sandy and Claudia are available, we’ll have bonus hours on Tuesdays 12 to 3 and Wednesdays 10 to 1. 

Shannon is looking forward to providing quality library service to the Copper community.  Stop by and meet her, pick up a good read or a DVD, buy a cheap book from the book sale cart, use the wireless or one of the library’s computers.  She would welcome your feedback so that we can continue to improve our hours and services.   For more information call the Copperopolis Library at 785-0920 or email Shannon at

Courtney Fire update Sunday, September 14, 2014, 9:00p.m.

Incident Name: Courtney Fire Location:
Courtney LN / RD 426 Start Date & Report Time: September 14, 2014 –1:36P.M.
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment:
Fire Engines:30
Fire Crews: 11
Helicopters: 0
Airtankers: 0
Total Personnel: 400
Injuries: 0
Structures Destroyed
Cause:Under Investigation
Current Situation: Firefighters are continuing to build and reinforce containment lines. There continues to be a threat to the Bass Lake Heights community. Access to the fire is difficult due to steep terrain and several structures in the interface.
Firefighters are experiencing extreme fire behavior conditions due to drought and low fuel moisture.
Evacuations: 400 Structures with approximately 1,000 residents living in the
Northern part of Oakhurst and a section Bass Lake near Road 222 are evacuated.
Residents should remain cautious of fire personnel and equipment working in the area.
Road Closures: Road 426 between Courtney LN to Road 223 Road 222 between Road 432 (Rec Point) and Road 426 Road 426 between 222 and 223
Evacuation Centers:North Fork Town Hall Oakhurst Community Center
Cooperating Agencies:CAL FIRE,  USFS, CAL OES, Madera County Fire Department, Madera County Sheriff’s Department, PG&E, Red Cross, Sierra Telephone, CHP and Local Government Resources within the Central Valley.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Strike teams forming for Coulterville Fire

Strike teams from Calaveras County and Tuolumne County are forming up for a vegetation fire in  Coulterville.
According to Tri county fire, ems and police FB, Highway 49 just south of Coulterville for a fire near Mary Harrison Mine Road is closed.
Location of fire HWY 132 and 49.
Will post details as soon as we have them.

Accident at 120 and 49

Emergency crews are on scene at an accident at 120 and 49.
Use caution if in the area.

Thank you Deb Elson for photos.

Honor the Fallen 8-23-14 to 9-4-14

Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault

Died September 4, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Northborough, Mass.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; died Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by small-arms fire.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mark Twain St Jospehs 16th annual Fall Health Fair

SAN ANDREAS, CA – September 12, 2014- Mark Twain Medical Center (MTMC) will be holding its 16th Annual Fall Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 7am to noon on the Hospital Campus in San Andreas.

“Hosting our community health fairs allows us to express our gratitude to those that entrust us with their health care needs,” said Craig Marks, Hospital President. “Our health fairs benefit individuals that are underserved or working towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our providers and staff are here to share preventative care and health maintenance tips. Providing affordable health care services is one way we serve our community. This is a joint effort with many other entities working together, especially the Health Care District that helps fund this initiative, to ensure that Calaveras County residents can thrive in a healthy community.”

Interview with Russ Thomas - CCWD Candidate for District 4

Why are you running for the CCWD Board?
Throughout my life, I have felt a desire to be personally involved in shaping my community. Over many years, I've enjoyed holding positions of responsibility as an appointed member of an Arts Commission, a County  Planning Commission, a Community Plan Committee, and a Fish & Game Commission.
In 2006, I was elected to be the Fifth District Supervisor of Calaveras County,  representing Copperopolis and the Rancho Calaveras Subdivision, near Valley Springs.  I spent 4 years, working very hard to serve the citizens of the District and Calaveras County, however, in November of 2010, the voters of the district chose another person to fill the position.  (We all know how that turned out.)
Naturally, I was disappointed that I didn't have the opportunity to continue serving Calaveras County, but another exciting opportunity immediately became available.  Since January of 2011, I've been managing construction projects in Mogadishu, Somalia, working with companies that serve the needs of the United Nations Mission in Somalia --important work that is providing stability in a nation that has been fighting a civil war for over 22 years.
In June, when I returned home from my last 13 months in Africa, I learned that Dennis Dooley was not going to seek re-election to his seat on the Board of CCWD.  Others have encouraged me to run for this extremely important seat, and I also view it as an excellent opportunity for me to renew my efforts to improve my community.  That's why I'm running!
What are your qualifications?
First, in the area of education: I earned a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus.
In the area of job related experience: For over 20 years, I was a masonry contractor and a leader in the masonry industry of California --holding the office of President of the state-wide Masonry Contractor's Association. I've also had many years of experience as a Management Trustee on Union Pension Trusts and Health and Welfare Trusts.  In my capacity of being a union employer, I have negotiated many collective bargaining agreements.
In the area of Public Service:  I've listed most of my previous activities in the previous answer, but here, I would like to stress the importance of my 4 years on the Board of Supervisors.                                                                                                                 

During each of those years, I worked closely with the board of CCWD, building strong relationships, and working to formulate a Water Element for the General Plan of Calaveras County.  While I believe that my prior experience (and training) as an elected official makes me a very qualified candidate, my opponent has publicly expressed the opinion that voters should avoid electing any candidate who has previously held public office.  Since this particular candidate has made two previous attempts, seeking a public office, I wonder how he would feel if he had been elected?
Finally, voters should consider this: The fact that I've spent the last several years, working in war-torn Somalia, should be a clear indication that I'm not afraid of a challenge.

What will you do to protect our water rights? 
A very serious problem that will be facing the next CCWD Board will be in trying to prove to the State's Regional Water Control Board that Calaveras County has realistic, present and future plans to "consume" many thousands of acre feet beyond the level of current consumption.  In my opinion, the only easy way of proving that Calaveras County is justified in preserving our existing water reservations (aka- rights) is by having a County General Plan that designates areas within the county where significant population growth is expected.  Therefore, I will immediately insist that the CCWD board must reach out (again) to the Board of Supervisors, and hopefully, we can convince them to adopt a more aggressive growth policy.  Clearly, we cannot protect water rights by merely saying they need to be protected.  We'll have to show how the water is going to be used, and this can only be done with a collaborative effort.

Journey Revisited in Copper Town Square TONIGHT!!! 9-13-14

First Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale addresses

1.       424 Feather Drive
2.       1060 Iroquois Circle
3.       145 Bridle Point Circle
4.       293 Bridle Point Circle
5.       132 Havasu
6.       2352 Cheyenne road
7.       1265 Papoose
8.       2339 Brave Street
9.       1945 Copper Cove Drive
10.         1878 Hoko Court
11.         1574 Sawmill Road (multiple families)
12.         2917 Little John Road
13.         3278 Little John Road
14.         4260 Flint Trail (multiple families)
15.         4431 Moccasin Court
16.         3759 Signal Hill Trail
17.         3771 Signal Hill Trail
18.         4882 Bay View Drive
19.         5066 Kiva Drive
20.         5018 Fong Drive
21.         4974 Fong Drive
22.         4695 Tewa Court
23.         3609 C Snowbird Court
24.         3200 Quail Hill Road

For map of garage sale locations visit Annie Osteen at Century 21 m&m and associates on the corner of O'Byrnes and Copper Cove Drive.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The votes are in - Congratulations Copperopolis Elementary Student Body Officers

2014 Student Body Officers  Copperopolis Elementary!!!

President:  Faith Robinson-Romero

Vice President:  Avery Strauch

Secretary:  Constance Gibson

Historian:  Adam Qualls

Treasurer:  Quade Walker

Sergeant at Arms:  Hunter Heath

 Courtesy photo

Reno Residents Plead Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Counterfeit Currency and Over 1,000 Access Devices

The Angels Camp Police Department received the attached press release from the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney in regard to the 05/14/2013 arrest of Reno residents William Theodore Lewis, 50, and Lori Marie Dahl, 50 in Angels Camp.

Gov signs executive order


WHEREAS on August 2, 2014, I proclaimed a state of emergency to exist in Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties as a result of wildfires; and

WHEREAS the wildfires burned thousands of acres of land, destroyed structures, including homes, damaged critical infrastructure, and forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and

WHEREAS residents and business owners are unable to access their homes and operate their businesses as a result of the damage caused by the wildfires; and

Sonora PD press release re:New California Law affecting motorists and bicyclists

Beginning 16 September 2014, a new California law affecting motorists and bicyclist will take effect. The new law states, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. If three feet is not available, the driver must then slow to a safe speed and pass when no danger is present. This new law is designed to reduce car vs. bicycle crashes by reminding drivers to give bicyclists a safe space while passing them.

Judge Hugh Swift for Superior Court Judge Dept Two

   The experience Judge Hugh Swift has acquired over his 29 year legal career uniquely qualifies him for the position he currently holds – Calaveras County Superior Court Judge.  As recently noted by retired Judge Douglas Mewhinney, “Judge Swift’s breadth of experience is indispensable in a two-judge court.”
   For the first 13 years of his career, Judge Swift practiced civil litigation in Southern California.  In 1999 he moved to Calaveras County and began his career with the California courts working as a research attorney for the Amador Superior Court.  Soon thereafter he was promoted  to the position of Court Executive Officer.  In 2006 Judge Swift was appointed to serve as a Superior Court Commissioner. As a commissioner, Judge Swift presided over Child Support and Small Claims cases on a weekly basis. The decisions he made in those cases had the same legal force and effect as the decisions he currently makes as a judge. In December 2013, Judge Swift was appointed to the Calaveras Superior Court after a lengthy and thorough vetting process by the California State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE).  A process only judges who are appointed by the Governor are required to go through; which is designed to determine an applicant’s qualifications, character and judicial demeanor
   Currently, Judge Swift hears criminal, civil, traffic, family law, probate, domestic violence and civil harassment cases.   Since taking the bench, Judge Swift has presided over felony and misdemeanor jury trials, in addition to civil, family law and probate court trials.
Judge Swift hears the Drug Court calendar and is working with the Court’s justice partners and veteran’s advocates to establish a Veterans Treatment Court.  More than 20 Superior Court Judges, including Judge John Martin and retired Judge Mewhinney of the Calaveras Superior Court endorse Judge Swift.  In addition, he enjoys the support of educators, health care professionals, small business owners and members of the community.
   Judge Hugh Swift has lived in Calaveras County for 15 years, where he is raising his children and is active in his community. Judge Swift was a partner in Newsome Harlow Wine and a member of the board of directors of Mind Matter Clinic in Murphys.  He enjoys spending time hiking, hunting, riding horses and watching his daughters dance and play soccer.
   Judge Swift has not sought the endorsement of any political party for this non partisan position.