Friday, August 22, 2014

Community Garden work party...

We welcomed back Richard last week, and made some very good progress getting caught up on various chores.   Most importantly - the tomatoes and bell peppers were sprayed with calcium to prevent blossom-end rot, as our soil in the garden is notoriously calcium poor.

Chaitan's oriental 'yard-long' beans have produced a nice crop, which were picked to encourage more.  Two eggplants are ready for picking, as are some bush beans.   Tomatoes are being harvests as friends and neighbors stop by to check out the garden.

Stop by to say hello, chat or help with our experiment to 'burn' out the morning glory by using semi-clear plastic.

Some folks will be there at 8 am.  Come whenever you are comfortable - See you Saturday morning!


Board of Supervisors 8-26-14 meeting agenda

To view the 8-26-14 Board of Supervisors meeting agenda CLICK HERE

Sheriff Dept press release re: Sonora High School Students arrested for an alleged sexual assault

Sonora High School Students Arrested
On 8-21-14 at 1130 hours, The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department arrested two Sonora High School students for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the 600 block of Skyline Drive in Tamarack. The students were attending a juvenile party in Calaveras County on June 21, 2014. The juveniles were consuming alcohol at the party when the assault took place. The suspects were 16 and 17 years old at the time of the incident. They were placed under arrest, transported, and booked into the Calaveras County Probation Department.

2014/15 School year starts amid laughter and smiles

Lots of excited and happy kids crowded the playground of Copperopolis Elementary on the morning of August 20, 2014 for the first day of the 2014/15 year.
The smiles a testament to the comfort and community the children feel at Copper school.

 For a few more pictures CLICK HERE

Sheriff Dept Advisory: Student Approached - Update

Student Approached By Unknown Males-Update
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has identified and contacted the responsible subjects that approached female students at the Valley Springs Elementary School. The subjects were identified as high school students that were waiting for their school bus. They admitted to talking to the female students as they left the cafeteria, but denied asking them to come with them. The ages of the boys were 16, 18, and 19 years old. One of the subjects that were seen holding a beer was actually holding an IBC root beer bottle. The high school boys admitted to joking with the female students about being new 6th graders. The boys were counseled for their involvement. The report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review of charges.

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers

Stop Settling for Less and Upgrade Your Life!

Welcome to our ‘Thought of the Week and Upgrade Your Life’ Series.  This series will give you valuable ‘New Thought’ information and advice that will help you learn how to Reclaim, Keep Your Power and make your Life much Easier.

Personal Development Series #105

What Strong People Don’t Do! 

When getting through some seriously tough times, we often struggle with hanging in and staying strong.  Since emotional healing is something all of us struggle with at times, I thought I’d write each week about some things emotionally strong people don’t do to give you new insights and perhaps creating a better life.  Enjoy!

They don’t let fleeting temptations distract them from dreams:

Don’t let the temptations of today distract you from what you deserve.  So, to stay emotionally strong--do what you have to do now so you can do what you want to do later.

Recipes by Nate

Cobb Salad with Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette

Makes 4 servings


Balsamic shallot vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots

Copper Grille weekend menu 8-22 and 8-23

Dinner Service 5 – 8 pm 209-785-7400

Friday & Saturday August 22 – 23rd

Grilled New York Strip Steak
Stuffed with Triple Crème Brie and Onion Jam, Chive Mashed Potatoes, Portobello-Veal Demi Glace      21  

Grilled Salmon
Curried Lentils and Chickpeas, Toasted Almonds, Indian Eggplant, Cucumber-Mint Raita    17.5

Chilean Sea Bass
Candied Garlic and Ginger Hoisin, Crispy Scallion Rice Cake, Grilled Squash, Baby Bok Choy    19.5

Pork Tenderloin Roulade
Macerated Cherries, Local Dried Fruits, Fingerling Potatoes, Brandy Cream, Sautéed Red Chard   16.5

Seared Scallops
Sweet Corn Maque Choux, Applewood Bacon, Sweet Peppers, Baby Tomatoes, Field Arugula, Smoked Pepper   22      

Pasta of the Moment

Grilled Chicken Breast, Fettuccini, Wild Mushroom Alfredo Sauce, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan     16

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Angels Camp PD press release re:Felony Child Abuse Arrests

On 08/12/2014 the Angels Camp Police Department received a report of suspicious bruising on a 6 week old baby. Upon further investigation it was ascertained that the baby had suffered injuries to his head, limbs, and internal organs.

Angels Camp Police Department officers determined that the injuries were caused by 18 year old Angels Camp resident Chance Fidler and 27 year old Angels Camp resident Kandice Hadley.

Both Fidler and Hadley were arrested and booked in to the Calaveras County Jail on felony child abuse charges. 

Angels Camp PD press release re: Pursuit of stolen vehicle

On 08/20/2014, at approximately 1:45 am, an officer from the Angels Camp Police Department was on patrol near the intersection of Copello Drive and North Main Street. The officer observed the driver of a red 1994 Honda Accord commit two traffic violations; failing to dim the high beam headlights for an oncoming vehicle, and crossing over solid double yellow lines.
The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop of the Honda, and the driver pulled the vehicle to the shoulder and stopped near the entrance to Grubstake Storage. As the officer walked towards the vehicle, which occupied by a male driver and a female passenger, the male driver fled and began driving northbound on Hwy 49. The officer returned to his vehicle, activated his emergency lights and sirens, and began to pursue the Honda in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

Runner-Sponsored Bill to Help Disabled Veterans Heads to Governor

SACRAMENTO – A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California’s disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

“I applaud the Legislature for passing this legislation to help the men and women who have bravely served our country,” said Runner. “Bureaucratic delays should never rob veterans of the tax benefits that are rightfully theirs.”

Paradox playing LIVE at the Old Corner 8-23-14

Sonora Regional Medical Center Welcomes New Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist

August 19, 2014 (Sonora, CA) — Sonora Regional Medical Center welcomes Christopher Jones, MD, an Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) specialist who has joined Donovan Teel, MD; Christopher Mills, MD; and Matthew Maynard, DO at Sierra OB/GYN.

Dr. Jones attended Modesto Junior College before earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to earn a Medical Degree and complete his residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Jones earned several honors and awards throughout his education including the Outstanding Resident Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the James R. Green Memorial Award for excellence in caring for the underserved.

Gold and Outdoor festival at Motherlode fairgrounds

Welcome new advertiser- Foothill Sanitary Septic and Foothill Portable Toilets

Foothill Sanitary Septic and Foothill Portable Toilets has been serving California in the Calaveras, Tuolomne, Amador, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties for many years.  

With locations in Copperopolis, Valley Springs and Arnold we are equipped to fulfill all of your septic or portable toilet needs in a timely manner to your complete satisfaction. We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service, so you’ll always choose us for your septic pumping, maintenance and repair needs.

Kevin Gause is the owner of Foothill Sanitary Septic and Operation Manager for Foothill Portable Toilets which is owned by Leslie Gause. Kevin has over 20 years experience in solid and liquid waste transporting and 17 years experience in handling all aspects of septic, grease and portable toilet services.

Kevin's commitment is to provide all services with the utmost integrity and honesty. By providing quality workmanship and performing the job the way it should  be done, customer satisfaction is achieved.  Our first-time customers continually become our long term customers time and time again, choosing us for all their septic and portable toilet needs. This commitment is prevalent throughout the company.

Friday night concerts in Town Square!!!

Come join the fun in Copperopolis Town Square as they present LIVE concerts on August 22 and 29th at 6:30 PM.
Bring your chairs, your friends, and your love of great music!

August 22 featuring Plan 'B'
50's / 60's / 70's Rock 'n' Roll band.

August 29 featuring Dive Bar Poets

Angels Camp Farmers Market

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Prime Rib at the Old Corner

Sheriff Dept Advisory: Valley Springs Student Approached by Unknown Males

Release Date: 08/20/14 Release Time: Immediate
Time: 1300 hours Release Number: 01
Student Approached By Unknown Males.
On 8-20-2014 at 0900 hours, The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Valley Springs Elementary School to investigate a report of a 10 year old female student being approached by three unknown white male adults. At about 0715 hours, the female arrived for school at Valley Springs Elementary. She was waiting in front of the multi-purpose room when she was approached by three unknown persons. One male subject asked the female student to go with them while the two subjects made arm gestures for the student to follow them. The female subject ran away from the three male subjects. There were no further attempts towards the female student.

Copperopolis Food Pantry Distribution 8-21-14

 The Copperopolis Community Food Pantry distribution day is Thursday,  August 21, 2014 from 2-4pm at their new location, Lake Tulloch Bible Church. Food is available for families and individuals who live in Copperopolis.

For more info visit

Payless IGA weekly ad for 8-20-14 thru 8-26-14

To view the Payless IGA weekly ad for 8-20-14 thru 8-26-14 CLICK HERE

Chairs for Charity returns for 5th year

Chairs for Charity returns to Calaveras County on Saturday, January 31, 2015!

Mark your calendars!

The Calaveras Arts Council and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County are again partnering to host this fun affair.  The venue, as before, is The San Andreas Town Hall. It’s not too early to begin thinking about that unique chair, stool, bench or “a place to sit” and transforming it into a “Work of Art” that will garner the most money for the charity of your choice.

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update


SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills.

Sonora PD press release re: theft by caretaker

18 Aug. 2014, a CNA who works for a live-in-care facility located on East Jackson Street, contacted the Sonora Police Department regarding a possible theft. The CNA told the responding officer they felt another CNA who worked at the care facility was stealing from the elderly residents.
While the officer was speaking with the reporting party, the suspect arrived at the care facility. She was identified as Sarah Jimenez, 37 of Valley Springs. Jimenez related she just returned from selling some gold she had found, to a local jewelry store. It was later determined the gold she had sold was stolen from one of the residents of the care facility.


San Andreas, CA – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 the San Andreas CHP office responded to the report of several stolen vehicles in the 13000 block of Camanche Parkway South.  Taken in the theft was a Cargo trailer, a 2002 Bayliner boat and its trailer.  The Cargo trailer was found abandoned in Stockton on August 1, 2014.  The Bayliner boat and trailer are still outstanding.

On August 12, 2014, the San Andreas CHP office received a phone call from an unidentified female.  The female related that her husband was interested in purchasing a boat from a male.  She wanted to check and see if the boat was stolen.  The female provided a vessel CF number that matched the CF number of the stolen boat taken on July 30th.  The call disconnected prior to our officer being able to obtain any more details other than that the boat was possibly located between Valley Springs and San Andreas.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Copper Gazette wants your input for CCWD District candidate questions

As customary with the Copper Gazette, when we conduct candidate interviews we like to use questions posed by the constituents.

This said, would you please submit any questions you would like asked of those candidates seeking election to the CCWD board representing District 4 to
Your questions will be anonymous. Not all questions may be used as those that have a repetitive nature will most likely receive priority.

Thank you in advance for your participation in gleaning information from those who aspire to represent you.

Public Works Surplus Sale

CalFire Defensible Space inspections - does your home have defensible space?

Since April, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of CAL FIRE has conducted thousands of defensible space inspections in the unincorporated areas of both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

Defensible space clearance around structures has been required since the 1960’s. California's Public Resourcs Code 4291 requires 100 feet of clearance around all structures, or to the property line, whichever is closest. This clearance must be maintained every year when flammable conditions exist - whether or not you receive an inspection notice.

Many people believe that if they don't get an inspection notice, their property is in compliance with PRC 4291. But with 60,000-80,000 properties in the two counties, we cannot inspect every property every year.  Therefore, it's every property owner's responsibility to make sure that their property is in compliance EVERY year, whether or not they get an inspection notice. 

Possible school closures in Calaveras Unified School District to be discussed at CUSD Board meeting tonight 8-19-14

As tough economic times hit the foothills and questions surround the possibility of mismanaged funds within the Calaveras Unified School District, potential school closures are being discussed.

The following is a plea from a concerned citizen, J. DeMasters:

Calling all Calaveras County Residents!
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th, Toyon Middle School, 5:30 pm
There WILL be a vote made on whether or not to close three of our up country elementary schools - Mokelumne Hill, West Point and Rail Road Flat. This is not an acceptable solution. The cancellation of all CUSD Athletics and Music/Art programs is up vote as well. Again, not acceptable. We have the right to demand acceptable and agreed upon solutions to our current economic challenges, mainly the mismanagement of funds. The Board of Supervisors are elected by us, they should vote according to OUR wants and OUR demands for our children.
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th, Toyon Middle School, 5:30 pm
Community must come together in order to stop this! Parents, Alumni, Business Owners, Residents, Employee's, ... Pleae SHOW UP at the Board Meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 19th, at Toyon Middle School, 5:30pm. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Do whatever it takes to get to this meeting.
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th, Toyon Middle School, 5:30 pm

Poll results

Poll question last week:

What is your stand on timber salvaging of the RIM fire area?

22 votes

21 in favor

0 opposed

1 need more information

0 don't know/care 

School bus meeting and passing

School starts soon, which means school buses will be on the road...please follow the meeting and passing laws...keep our children safe.

V C Section 22454 Schoolbus Meeting and Passing

Schoolbus: Meeting and Passing

22454.  (a) The driver of any vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any schoolbus equipped with signs as required in this code, that is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any schoolchildren and displays a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 25257, if equipped with a stop signal arm, visible from front or rear, shall bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before passing the schoolbus and shall not proceed past the schoolbus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, if equipped with a stop signal arm, cease operation.
(b) (1) The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway or multiple-lane highway need not stop upon meeting or passing a schoolbus that is upon the other roadway.
(2) For the purposes of this subdivision, a multiple-lane highway is any highway that has two or more lanes of travel in each direction.
(c) (1) If a vehicle was observed overtaking a schoolbus in violation of subdivision (a), and the driver of the schoolbus witnessed the violation, the driver may, within 24 hours, report the violation and furnish the vehicle license plate number and description and the time and place of the violation to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction of the offense. That law enforcement agency shall issue a letter of warning prepared in accordance with paragraph (2) with respect to the alleged violation to the registered owner of the vehicle. The issuance of a warning letter under this paragraph shall not be entered on the driving record of the person to whom it is issued, but does not preclude the imposition of any other applicable penalty.
(2) The Attorney General shall prepare and furnish to every law enforcement agency in the state a form letter for purposes of paragraph (1), and the law enforcement agency may issue those letters in the exact form prepared by the Attorney General. The Attorney General may charge a fee to any law enforcement agency that requests a copy of the form letter to recover the costs of preparing and providing that copy.
(d) This section also applies to a roadway upon private property.
Amended Ch. 1296, Stats. 1990. Effective January 1, 1991.
Amended Ch. 624, Stats. 1992. Effective September 14, 1992.
Amended Ch. 589, Stats. 1993. Effective January 1, 1994.
Amended Sec. 3, Ch. 647, Stats. 1999. Effective October 10, 1999. 

Bear spotted swimming in New Melones- story courtesy Glory Hole Sports

On Tuesday August 12, 2014 Glory Hole Sports employee Sherryl Van Sanden and Dave Roberts were on the water trying their luck for some early morning bass fishing.  On the way from one spot to another they noticed a foreign object moving across the water.  

Not knowing what it was they boated near to find out...... it was a bear.  They were above the 49-bridge and the bear was swimming from the Calaveras to the Tuolumne side of the lake. The bear was moving and the boat was moving so the pictures are a little blurry.  Plus, I bet all three of them were a little excited.

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

7-19-14 Fishing Report

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
580,434 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped four feet this week and is currently at 874 ft. above sea level and 207 ft. from full.  The lake is 84' lower than it was at this time last year.  The main body is well over 200-260' deep, under the 49-Bridge is aprox.160-180' deep and under Parrot's Ferry Bridge there is 70-90' of water.  The water is stained in most of the lake. There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days and days with a lot of boating traffic. 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.

8-year old Justin Bain and his dad Ryan caught a nice rainbow while trolling for kokanee.

Junction fire update from CalFire

Junction Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: August 19, 2014 6:15 am  
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2014 1:50 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit 
County: Madera County  
Location: off Road 425A, near the Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 junction in Oakhurst  
Acres Burned - Containment: 1,200 acres  
Structures Threatened: 500  
Structures Destroyed:8  
Evacuations: For the latest evacuations go to: Evacuations are in effect for the following areas: Mandatory
  • Road 620 between Highway 41 and Lone Oak Lane
  • Jean Road East, Jean Road West, Scott Road and Taylor Mountain
  • All residence and business between Highway 41 North from Road 426 to Road 620 Advisory
  • Sky Ranch Road, and the community of Cedar Valley Evacuation Shelters:
  • Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick, Coarsegold CA
  • Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold CA Road Closures:
  • Highway 41 from Road 426 to Road 620
  • Road 222 from Highway 41 to Road 274 School Closures:
  • All Schools along Road 427(School Road) Oakhurst  
  • Injuries: 2  
    Cause: Under Investigation 
    Cooperating Agencies: Madera County Sheriff, Mariposa County Sheriff, Madera County Fire, United States Forest Service, CAL OES, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CHP, Red Cross, PG&E, Cal Trans, and Madera County OES  
    Total Fire Personnel: 469  
    Total Fire Engines: 51  
    Total Fire crews: 14  
    Long/Lat: -119.6581/37.3433  
    Conditions: Extreme fire conditions related to the current drought situation have hampered containment. Winds and spot fire conditions of ¼ to ½ mile ahead of the main fire created many challenges. Firefighters are hopeful that lower temperatures, a rise in humidity and less wind will provide them with the ability to establish containment lines, utilizing hand crews and dozers. Firefighter from throughout the central valley and the state are being deployed to defend homes in the area. The Red Cross is assisting with all evacuation shelters.
    With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use caution, “one less spark - one less wildfire”. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to
    Phone Numbers  (559) 658-2560 (Fire Information Line) 

    Junction fire in Madera County near Yosemite forces evacuations calls to 13,000 phone numbers

    Yet again, a wildfire is burning near California's Yosemite National Park, and residents are being told to leave.
    Evacuation orders were sent to about 13,000 phone numbers in central California as sheriff John Anderson declared a state of emergency in Madera County Monday night.
    Those phone calls went to homes and businesses, and it was unclear how many people were included in the evacuation orders, according to sheriff's spokesperson Erica Stuart.


    Murphys Creek Theater, 'I Hate Hamlet' an over-the-top must see performance - by Shari Schweigler

    If you enjoy live theatre, you have a chance to see a master craftsman on stage with Murphys Creek Theatre.   

    Don Bilotti, former artistic director at Stage 3 and teacher of theatre for Columbia College, heads a talented cast in a production of the comedy, “I Hate Hamlet."

    The show takes a humorous look at the conflict between people who avoid Shakespeare in favor of more contemporary entertainment and those who consider Shakespeare the pinnacle of the arts.  A young TV star, Andrew, goes to New York when his series is canceled, and his first (and only) job offer is to do “Hamlet” outdoors in Central Park.

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Calaveras Veteran Service Officer news letter

    To view the first issue of the Calaveras County Veteran Service Officer news letter CLICK HERE

    The news letter, pitched by Veteran Service representative Donna Shadden,  holds useful information for veterans and highlights the work of veterans in our communities.

    Hard copies of the news letter will be able to be picked up at local libraries, post offices, senior centers, eligibility stations, VFW's and American Legion posts within the next two weeks.

    CFPD 8-14-14 Board meeting re-cap

    At the CFPD 8-14-14 board meeting Director Jerry Andress said the current year was actually appearing to be over budget, which was in stark comparison to a projection earlier in the fiscal year by Chief Kovacs that the District would be functioning under budget. The monthly reports for both May and June were tabled pending further research.

    The acceptance of a matching grant from the VFA (volunteer fire assistance) in the amount of $6,675.00 was agreed upon after much discussion with regards to the equipment being purchased with the monies and the necessity of the equipment. Director Keith Anderson pointed out that it was a matching grant, therefore it was also a "bill for $6,675.00" and wanted verification that the district really needed the equipment to justify the added expense. Chief Kovacs was absent as he was still on a strike team in NorCal and was not able to comment, yet Captain Cantrell confirmed that to his knowledge some of the equipment listed was needed.

    Wild West Dinner and Melodrama at the Hurst Ranch

    Valerie Smusz as Natassia Kinky and Aaron Bennett as Two Gun Boris
    Alexis St Onge as  Darla and Richard Carr as Canyon Kid
    Susan Chapman as Honey Darling

    A Wild West Dinner, vaudeville and Two Act Melodrama Extravaganza, jam-packed with romance, action, suspense and hilarity!!
    WELCOME HOME, CANYON KID...NOW REACH FOR THE SKY! When a straight shooting singing cowboy known as The Canyon Kid returns to Dirt Clod, he finds his hometown in the grips of a tyrannical "hanging judge" named Basil Kadaver and his evil co-horts - the slinky gypsy seductress Nastassia Kinky and her half-witted brother, Two Gun Boris. To make matters worse for The Kid, he also discovers that his childhood sweetheart, Darla Darling, is engaged to a known desperado who is now the town sheriff. Will The Canyon Kid defeat the bad guys, win back the love of his life and restore justice to his home town?? 

    School starts August 20, 2014

    First day of school ----------AUGUST 2o, 2014, 8:00 am.

    Sierra Conservation Center Accredited with the American Correctional Association - press release

    Tuolumne County prison received a near perfect score following rigorous audit by national experts

    JAMESTOWN – The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections accredited Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) with the American Correctional Association (ACA) yesterday. SCC is one of 16 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons now accredited with the oldest and largest international correctional association in the world.

    “ACA accreditation is an important and highly respected indicator which demonstrates that our state prisons are being operated safely, professionally, humanely and in compliance with the U.S. Constitution,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “I commend all CDCR employees for their ongoing commitment to ensuring our facilities meet and exceed such strict standards.”