Sunday, October 19, 2014

Honor the Fallen

The Copper Gazette is beyond pleased to inform you that according to US Central COmmand no military life has been lost in combat since October 1, 2014. 
 Please keep the families and loved ones of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, in your hearts, prayers and minds. 

Number of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Carnival at Copper School 10-30-14

October 30 Halloween Carnival 5-7 pm in the gym- all proceeds benefit 6th grade science camp!

Weekend weather - possible rain Monday

  • 10-17-14
  • Today Partly sunny, with a high near 74. West southwest wind around 7 mph.
  • Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind around 8 mph.
  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 6 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 3 to 8 mph.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 76. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming west in the morning.
  • Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
  • Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 74.
  • Monday Night A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Board of Supervisors 10-14-14 meeting video

To view the Board of Supervisors 10-14-14 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.

National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition Endorses McClintock

(Roseville, CA)  Today Congressman Tom McClintock received the endorsement of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition for re-election to California’s 4th Congressional District.

“I am truly honored to have earned the endorsement from one of the nation’s leading veterans coalition. In my tenure in Congress, the care of those who have served and sacrificed for our country has been one of my top priorities,” said Congressman Tom McClintock.

In their letter endorsing Congressman McClintock, the Coalition stated: “Your leadership and patriotism are especially needed in the House of Representatives at this particular time in our history when our beloved country is at risk, not only from foreign terrorists, but from domestic advocates of extreme social and economic ‘reform’ and the weaklings who fail to confront them.”

“I personally wish to thank you for your efforts to ensure that the American people learn the truth about Benghazi and for your vote against giving aid to the ‘free Syrian rebels’,” said John J. Molloy, Chairman of National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition,

The National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition consists of 70 veterans organizations and veterans advocacy groups, which represent over 250,000 veterans and their families.

Congressman Tom McClintock has represented California’s 4th Congressional District since 2009 and serves on the Natural Resources and Budget Committees.

Copper Grille menu for 10-17-14 thru 10-18-14

Grilled New York Strip
Garlic Butter Mushrooms, Peppercorn Steak Sauce, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Asparagus      24 

Butter Crumb Alaskan Halibut
Pearl Couscous, Lemon Crème, Dill, Tomato-Caper Confit, Lemon Vinaigrette   24.5

Seared Scallops
Cauliflower Puree, Wild Mushroom Ragout, Applewood Bacon, Sautéed Chard and Mustard Greens       22

Pecan Crusted Chicken
Cranberry-Citrus Barley Salad, Pommery Mustard Sauce, Sautéed Zucchini and Yellow Squash   16.5

Grilled Hawaiian Mahi              
Roasted Pineapple, Ginger Hoisin Glaze, Edamame Fried Rice, Napa and Leeks, Crispy Rice Noodles   18.5      

Pasta of the Moment

Butternut Ravioli, Roasted Squash, Pumpkin Coulis, Toasted Walnuts, Sage Cream, Shaved Parmesan      14.5

Calaveras County Wide Pool Tournaments

Copper GIrls Basketball vs West Point

West Point 25
Copperopolis 16

For more pics CLICK HERE

CFPD Firefighters - always training

Throughout the past two days, 10-15-14 and 10-16-14, the firefighters of Copperopolis Fire Protection District spent a few hours combining skill building and physical fitness together by practicing job related tasks and emergency incident activities.

Some skills included pulling hose, nozzle connections, raising ladders and pulling 145 pound dummies.  These skill building tasks allow firefighters to develop and enhance their skills as well as determine their current level of conditioning in what, at times, can be a very demanding vocation.

Girly Garage Sale

Judge Hugh Swift for Superior Court Judge Dept 2

Come see whats new at Flourish in Town Square

Fun fall fashions, Brighton jewelry, toys for kids and so much more.

Flourish Apparel and Gifts

Happy Birthday Sherri

Happy Birthday Sherri!
Wishing you a wonderful and joy filled birthday!
The Posse

Somber Celebration for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

Approximately 30 people attended the first public National Pregnancy and Infant Loss event held in Utica Park on October 15th. It was the first event of its kind to be held in Calaveras County.

The celebration of such a day began in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant loss awareness month. By 2002 all 50 states recognized October 15th as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.

In Utica Park, families gathered to celebrate the lives and loss of their young angels. They wrote messages on colored balloons and as a group released them into the night sky to fly with the angels.

Sara Hohman was the organizer of this year's event. "I had lost 7 babies. I needed to find a way to mourn without being mopey all the time...just one day to let it all go."

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers

Stop Settling for Less and Upgrade Your Life!

Welcome to the next ‘New thought of the Week and Upgrade Your Life’ Series.  This 12 week series will give you valuable ‘New Thought’ Information and Advice that will help you learn how to enjoy the Holidays that are fast approaching.  We hope our advice will open you up to a new way of celebrating them.

Ah yes, the Holidays, they’re supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, and as you know they can have a way of turning into a very stressful time.  The holiday season can often bring unwelcome guests, an overwhelming array of demands, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, socializing and entertaining to name just a few. Or perhaps you may be spending the Holidays alone and are feeling a little lonely or depressed.  But whatever the source of your angst, family dynamics, financing, lack of self-confidence, or painful memories, etc…you are certainly not alone and there ARE solutions.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Copper Library and Lions join for theatrical fund raiser

The Copperopolis Friends of the Library and the Copperopolis Lake Tulloch Lions Club presents a night at the theater on Thursday, October 23 at 7pm. The musical play is "Spelling Bee" performed by the Sierra Rep theater in east Sonora.  It is a musical about  six adolescent outsiders trying to fit in and win the championship of a lifetime.

The tickets are $20 and benefit the library and lions club.  Tickets are available at the  Copperopolis library, Umpqua bank, the Sports Pub, and Central Sierra Real Estate office.  

Seating is not reserved.  First come first served.

Join us for a great evening out!

Sheriff Dept Press release re: Update-Burson Shooting

Sheriff Detectives have conducted multiple interviews regarding the shooting that was reported to have occurred on Highway 12 near Burson Road on 10/15/2014. The victim in the case has provided a new statement indicating that the shooting actually occurred on a gravel road accessed off of South Burson Road. Detectives are investigating this new information.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at (209) 754-6500, or the anonymous tip line at (209) 754-6030. For full details, view this message on the web.

Steak and Shrimp Fest

BOS votes 5-0 in favor of Calaveras Country Club Specific Plan (Saddle Creek) extension

Agenda item 13 on the Board of Supervisors 10-14-14 agenda stated: The Planning Commission recommends that the Board of Supervisors find that the project is exempt from CEQA under Government Code Section 65457 and pass a motion authorizing the Chair to sign an Ordinance extending the expiration of the Calaveras Country Club Specific Plan (Saddle Creek) Development Agreement for a period of five years, to June 13, 2019.

The ordinance passed 5-0. 

Dave Haley, of Castle and Cooke addressed the Board explaining the request due to an "8 year serious economic downfall" yet pointing out that during that time Saddle Creek saw "50% of lots developed, which is beneficial to our County."

Local resident Jane Everett questioned whether this action included information or possible inclusion of the rumored 2nd access and egress planned on Copper Cove Drive and Little John Road and the question of whether a 'roundabout' to access Saddle Creek would be imminent.

Haley said he would address this issue with the homeowners association at their 10-16-14 Board meeting.

Supervisor Ponte asked if this issue would also be coming before the Board. Haley confirmed that it would.

The CCLTOA Board meeting to address the potential 2nd access and egress to Saddle Creek at Copper Cove and Little John, will be held at Black Creek Park at 6 pm on 10-16-14.

For full ordinance CLICK HERE 




Copperopolis Food Pantry distribution TODAY!!! 10-16-14

Lake Tulloch Lions selling tickets to the preview night of SRT's play 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Interview with Judge Hugh Swift - candidate for Superior Court Judge Dept 2

Judicial candidate questions:

Name and dept.
-          Hugh Swift
-          Dept. 2

Why are you running for Superior Court Judge?
As the incumbent judge in Department Two, I currently hear criminal, civil, traffic, family law, probate, domestic violence and unlawful detainer cases.  Based on my experience as a judicial officer I understand the impact decisions judges make have on the parties, their families and the community.  I consider it an honor and a privilege to be chosen to make these types of decisions. 

As an attorney in private practice for 13 years and working in the California trial court system in various capacities (Superior Court Judge, Commissioner, Research Attorney, Court Executive Officer) for an additional 15 years, I have an unique understanding of the Court and how it operates. 
The Calaveras Superior Court has seen a great deal of change over the last few years; Judge Mewhinney’s retirement, a vacant judgeship for almost two years, the move to the new courthouse and a new calendar system, and Judge Martin’s retirement at the end of this year.  We will continue to experience change over the next year with a new judge in Dept. 1, a new case management system, changes in organizational structure and adopting new programs such as Veteran’s Treatment Court. 

It is gratifying to be able to use my diverse experience to lead the Court forward and to provide the continuity in public service court employees, court users and the citizens of Calaveras County deserve.  I am the only candidate who can provide the stability and leadership the Court requires at this time.

What qualifies you for the position you seek?
As a Superior Court Judge and Commissioner I have presided over thousands of individual hearings.  I am the only candidate for this position who has experience as a judicial officer.  I hear criminal jury trials, as well as civil, family law and probate court trials.  I am the only candidate who has this experience. 

Every week I preside over trials and other hearings where the Rules of Evidence and courtroom procedure apply.  Our Court hears many more court trials than jury trials and I have heard the majority of those trials.  I also presided at three of the 8 criminal jury trials held this year. 

The Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission of the California State Bar Association determined I was qualified to serve as a Superior Court Judge.  As part of the judicial appointment process, the Commission contacted attorneys, judges, former employers and employees regarding my qualifications and suitability as a judge.  Among the criteria the Commission considers when rating candidates for appointment are impartiality, integrity, honesty, freedom from bias, commitment to equal justice, patience, intellectual capacity and judicial temperament.

While in private practice for 13 years, I defended clients in hundreds of cases involving personal injury, construction defects, products liability and real property disputes.  My litigation experience included arbitrations, mediations, jury and court trials, and appeals.  I am the only candidate for this position with any significant experience in civil law. 

As a research attorney for five years, I researched legal issues in every type of case that came before the court.

I have been endorsed by Judge John E. Martin and retired Judge Douglas Mewhinney (Ret.) of the Calaveras Superior Court.  I worked closely with both of these judges. They know me and are familiar with my skills, abilities and character. I am proud to list them, as well as many members of our community and more than 25 other judges throughout the state, as supporters.

What is your current occupation and the duties of that position?
I am a Superior Court Judge.  Every day I hear and decide cases that come before the Court.  Those cases include criminal, family law, civil, probate domestic violence and traffic matters.  In addition, I preside over Drug Court and am leading the efforts to plan and implement a Veterans Treatment Court.  I work in collaboration with Court staff and our justice partners to improve efficiency in court operations and public service.

Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Applebees

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Letter to the Editor - How Do Your Spell Nonpartisan? by Bob Reagan

            I wish the Calaveras Republican Party hadn’t injected partisan politics into the races for Superior Court Judge and other nonpartisan races.  I think it is really inappropriate, and I would feel the same if the Democrats had done likewise, which they haven’t.
            Party affiliations can be important in national and statewide races like President, Governor, and members of the legislator, but they have no place in our elections.  That’s why our local positions are labeled nonpartisan.
            Calaveras County office holders are seldom called upon to vote on the bombing of Syria, Immigration issues, or the treatment of Ebola.
            In no place is being nonpartisan more important than in the election of a Superior Court Judge. There is no such thing as Republican law or Democrat law; there is just equal justice for all.  You certainly would not want a judge who is swayed by a plaintiff’s or a defendant’s political allegiance.  Everyone deserves fair and equitable treatment.
            Tim Healy and Dana Pfeil actively sought and now flaunt their Republican endorsements.  They either do not believe judges should be nonpartisan or they don’t care.
            In a recent letter to the editor, Cathy Mason, Membership Chair of the Calaveras County Republican Party, wrote that to receive the party’s endorsement “the candidates have been interviewed and have proven that they meet our basic criteria.”  An interesting statement since they never interviewed Judge Hugh Swift, or Commissioner Grant Barrett.  Maybe that’s because these two distinguished members of the Superior Court system are nonpartisan.
Bob Reagan

ACBA needs volunteers for Goldrush Days

Looking for something to do this Saturday October 18?  Consider volunteering at Gold Rush Day!!! 

There are volunteer meetings scheduled for tomorrow - Thursday October 16 at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm at the Angels Camp Business Association offices at 1211 South Main Street. Park in the Rasberry parking lot and enter through the back door.  The meetings will be very short and you will have the opportunity to signup for available positions.  If you can't make it to the volunteer meetings, please email me and let me know what job you would like to help with. 

Sheriff Dept Press release re:Advisory: Victim shot while walking on Hwy 12 near Burson Rd sometime before 1245, suspect vehicle is a black Ford pickup.

On 10/15/14, at about 1245 hours, deputies were dispatched to a doctor’s office in the Valley Oaks Center for 21 year old male with a single gunshot wound. The victim was reportedly walking on the shoulder of highway 12 near Burson Road when he said he was shot. The victim telephoned his friends who transported him to the doctor’s office. The victim was treated and flown to a valley hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The victim believes the gun shot came from a black Ford pickup, no further information. The suspect’s vehicle direction of travel is unknown. The Sheriff’s Department does not have an update on the victim’s medical status. Up to this point some of the information the sheriff’s office has received is not consistent with what has been reported by victim and witnesses. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Department does not have a description of the suspect and is asking for anyone that has knowledge of the incident to contact the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department Anonymous Tip Line at (209) 754-6030. For full details, view this message on the web.

Discover the History of Olives in California’s Gold Country

Lecture, Book Signing & Olive Tasting
Guest Speakers: Authors Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin
Thursday, October 16
6:30 p.m. book signing and olive tasting, lecture 7 - 8 p.m.
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Olives in California’s Gold Country by Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of the olive in the Gold Country.

Thank you from Copper Hills 4-H CLub

Thank You from Copper Hills 4-H Club

The Copper Hills 4-H Club would like to thank Castle and Cooke, Isabelle Moncado and the Copperopolis Town Square management, and, most of all, our wonderful community for your support of our club at the Copper Concert Series in September.  Your $5.00 parking fees allowed us to earn $2500.00 for our club, and over $1600.00 for Bret Harte High School FFA. 

This is an extremely important fundraiser for us, in many ways.  Not only does it provide an educational experience for our members in dealing with the public, but it funds all of our annual expenses.    It allows us to cover the expense of our members’ fair admission fees, as well as purchase needed equipment.  In addition, your donations allow us to give back to this community.  Each year, we donate to worthy causes such as the Copperopolis Food Pantry, Copperopolis Library, Re-Horse Rescue, and care packages for the military.   We also adopt a family each year in Copperopolis and provide them with wrapped Christmas presents which we buy and wrap ourselves. 

This was our 4th year doing this and we look forward to another successful year next September!  Thank you again for your support!