Saturday, December 31, 2011

California Outlaws TONIGHT at the SPorts Pub 12-31-11

Micki and Larry's Sports Pub is featuring live music by the California Outlaws tonight from 9-1!
Black eyed peas served at midnight for good luck!
Come enjoy the fun...bring in the New Year with great music and friends.

Omisoka December 31

Ōmisoka (大晦日?), New Year's Eve, is the second-most important day in Japanese tradition because it is the final day of the old year and the eve of New Year's Day, which is the most important day of the year.
People tend to be very busy on Ōmisoka because they have much to do to prepare for the new year, and New Year's Day in particular. Many even do a thorough house cleaning, called ōsōji (大掃除). The exercise is much like the annual spring cleaning that people in most colder climates do and even involves changing the paper on shōji doors and setting tatami mats out to air in the sun. Similarly, on the final day of school before winter break, elementary school children do their own ōsōji to get their schools ready for the new year, and most businesses spend the year's final work day cleaning. The purpose of all this is to get ready to welcome in the new year with everything—including people's minds and bodies—in a fresh, clean state, making everything ready for the new beginning that New Year's Day is held to signify.

Source Wikipedia

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lake Tulloch Resort New Year's Eve party with DJ Dangerous

DJ Dangerous will be playing from 5-9 warm-up music and background for dinner. Steve is serving a 5 course dinner. The MoonShine Bandits and DJ Chop Stix are preforming from 9:30-to Midnight.
Sunday Brunch Buffet $10 New Years Day

Calaveras Taxpayers Host Public Luncheon in Murphys keynote speaker Assemblymember Kristin Olsen

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association (CCTA) is sponsoring another interesting quarterly luncheon, according to Al Segalla, CCTA President.

The delicious Buffet Luncheon will be held at the Murphys Historic Hotel on Friday January 27, 2012, 12:00 - 2:00 PM. 

Almost one year ago Kristin Olsen took office as the 25th District's new Assembly Member. She was on a recent Sonora station KVML’s "Newsmaker of the Day" and continues to be proud to represent the local area as she has a passion for the businesses, communities and people of the Motherlode.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Claveras County Sheriff Press release re:New Years Eve Safety

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that the
Calaveras County Sheriff s Office will be out to protect the residents and visitors of Calaveras County.
We will celebrate New Year's Eve this week and there are a number of things to consider when it
comes to celebrating safely. Here are a few things to think about for our New Year's celebrations:
• Plan ahead, designate a driver, and don't drive if you don't have to.
• Be alert, keep an eye out for each other, and don't leave your drinks unattended.
• Monitor your alcohol intake. Drinking too much often leads to regrets, but can also have lethal

CHP will be out in force New Years weekend

SAN ANDREAS – The last holiday of the year will find the California Highway Patrol (CHP) working hard to provide safety and service to motorists.  CHP officers will be vigorously enforcing speed, cell phone and safety belt laws.

In addition, officers will be especially watchful for impaired drivers during this period.  “Throughout the holiday travel season officers will also emphasize DUI enforcement to help remove these most dangerous drivers from California’s roadways“, said Lieutenant Ehlers.

Lake Tulloch Lions Crab Feed

Calaveras American Little League sign-ups

Angels Camp, CA 95222
2012 Registration time is here!
Registration will be held  1/7/12
from 10 AM to 12 PM
at the Copperopolis Elementary Gym
& Mark Twain Multipurpose Room
Please bring Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency, Medical & Insurance Information
Registration forms are available for download at and can be brought to one of these registration dates or mailed to:
P.O. Box 464
Registrations received by December 31, 2011 receive a $10 discount off of registration dues.
2012 Fees: T-Ball (ages 4-6) $50
Machine Pitch (ages 7-8) $50
Minors/Majors (ages 9-12) $65
Juniors/Seniors (ages 13-15) $65
Contact Steve Loweree – 785-6117 or Rich Bakke – 481-8691 for more information.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,971,373 acre-feet of water. The lake level has been steady and slowly rising for the last few weeks. It is currently at 1050 ft. above sea level and 38 ft. from full. Water temperature is really dropping now, and is currently 53-55 degrees. The lake seems to have turned over, by the great trout fishing we have seen this week.

BOS General Plan Study session date change

BOS (Board of Supervisors) General Plan Study Session Date Changed

The date of the next General Plan Study Session has been changed to February 14, 2012

Celebrate Elvis' Birthday at the Jackson Rancheria

Elvis' Birthday Party
January 8
6:00 PM
Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Will Call Opens: 4:30 PM
Ticket Prices: $20

Tickets available to Club Members:12/9/2011
Tickets available to Public:12/9/2011

Angels Camp PD Press release re:felony vandalism

On the evening of Saturday, 12-10-11, a vandalism spree occurred in Angels Camp, where a total of twelve victims had windows on either their cars or homes broken by a projectile that was believed to have been fired at the windows with a sling shot. In the original press release there were nine victims reported, but over the course of several days after the initial report, three additional victims came forward. The total loss in these cases is estimated to be approximately $6,100.00.

CHP Christmas weekend statistics

SAN ANDREAS - The number of fatal accidents and DUI arrests over the holiday weekend were higher this year compared to last year.  Statewide, the CHP arrested 889 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence compared to 658 for the same period last year.  8 people died in automobile accidents in the state this year, a dramatic increase from 4 people for last year.

In Calaveras County, CHP officers arrested 1 person suspected of driving under the influence between Friday and Monday.  Last year the CHP arrested 1 person.  Our officers handled 6 accident compared to a total of 1 accident last year.  Fortunately we remained the same this year compared to last year with 0 fatalities for the county.

CAL FIRE Seasonal hiring

CAL FIRE 2012 seasonal firefighter hiring deadline is January 31, 2012.
Click the following link for more information.
Examination information

Recycle your 'green' Christmas Tree for free

Calaveras County Solid Waste is offering free recycling of your green (real) Christmas tree. Remove all decorations, tinsel and the stand and take to the Copperopolis Recycling and Disposal site at 3851 O'Byrnes Ferry Road Friday through Monday 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Please be prepared to show proof of residency for use of this facility. And remember to tarp all loads.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Budget update from Assemblymember Kristin Olsen

Governor Brown's Trigger Cuts
This week, the Governor announced that state revenues are $2.2 billion short of estimates, and he will enact close to $1 billion in "trigger cuts" that were passed by Democrats in last summer's budget.
The trigger cuts represent $981 million in budget reductions, including $100 million each in cuts to the University of California and California State University systems, $110 million to In-Home Supportive Services, and many more.
For more information on the trigger cuts visit Capitol Alert.

New Years Eve Party at the Sports Pub

The Sports Pub will be featuring live music by the California Outlaws for New Years eve, 9-1. Bring in the New Year with friends, family, and good music at the Sports Pub!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Update on Structure Fire behind Town Square

The structure fire that engaged a home behind Town Square was called in at approximatetly 2:30 am on December 26, 2011 and extinguished by approximately 3:38 am.
According to Paramedic Engineer Joe Butler of the Copperopolis Fire Protection District the home was not occupied at the time of the fire and the the homeowners have yet to be reached.
The structure is still standing yet received heavy smoke and fire damage to the interior of the structure.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Kwanzaa December 26-January 1

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967.

Possible Structure fire reported off of O'Byrnes

Update: 2:34 am,
Structure fire located behind Town Square 50% involved.
Multiple engines on scene.

A possible structure fire was reported at approximately 2:30 am off of O'Byrnes in a direction toward the Shell station. Emergency personnel in route.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

History of Christmas

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, literally "Christ's mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
The precise day of Jesus' birth, which historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. In the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted also in the East. Theories advanced to explain that choice include that it falls exactly nine months after the Christian celebration of the conception of Jesus, or that it was selected to coincide with either the date of the Roman winter solstice or of some ancient pagan winter festival.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas services in Copperopolis

Church of the Ascension 785-0225 90 Rock Creek Rd
Christmas Eve at 6 PM will join our brothers and sisters at Copper Canyon Baptist Church for a combined service and children's program, COME AND JOIN US.At 10:45 PM we will sing Christmas Carols and at 11 PM will be the First Mass of Christmas.Christmas Day our service will be at the normal time of 10 AM.Come and Celebrate this birthday of Our Lord Jesus.

Copper Canyon Baptisit Church 785-9295
Christmas Eve Service
6 pm at Copperopolis Elementary Gym
Christmas Day Service
10 am at Copperopolis Elementary Gym

Lake Tulloch Bible Church
Christmas Morning 9 am.

Friday, December 23, 2011

CHP initiates Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Designated drivers, buckled-up vehicle occupants, and undistracted
motorists adhering to the speed limit along the state’s roadways are just a few of the items that
appear on the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) wish list this holiday season.
“As you prepare for the holiday traffic and winter weather, remember to plan ahead and leave
yourself some extra time to make the trip,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Rest assure
that the CHP will be out there to assist you whenever there is a need.”
Throughout their holiday travels motorists may encounter a number of CHP officers who begin
their annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) on Friday, Dec. 23 at
6:01 p.m. The CHP will continue the holiday enforcement effort through Monday, Dec. 26 at
11:59 p.m.

The Nooner by Scott Lay

Around the Capitol - The Nooner. California political news, opinion, laws and legislation.
THE NOONER 12-23-11

Copperopolis Community Center awards young historians

For the past ten years the Copperopolis Community Center’s Historical Group has hosted a historical walking tour of Copperopolis for the second and fourth grade classes of Copperopolis Elementary. Guided by Linda Beck, the walking tour is a lively, fun and informative adventure. The children learn of the founders and the settlers of Copperopolis, the historic buildings, the imports and exports, the outlaws and the infamous.
After the walking tour the Historic Society holds a “Local Lore Art & Writing Contest.” Each child in the school participates in this event. Winners receive cash prizes, Cruiser’s Ice Cream bucks, and ribbons. Along with their prizes, the winning entries are then displayed in windows in Town Square for the whole town and visitors alike to view.   
During an assembly held at Copper School on Thursday December 15, 2011, the 1st through 3rd place winners were acknowledged by contest organizers Bette Saylor, Sandy Rollings and Bonnie Schaeffer, and given their ribbons and awards for their art and essays.

The winners were:
Kindergarten: 1st Brooke Kelly, 2nd Sabrina Silos, 3rd Langley Martinez
First grade: 1st Dustin Miller, 2nd Maycee Berryman, 3rd Ashlin Arias
Second Grade: 1st Haylee Shirley, 2nd Charlie Boyd, 3rd Quade Walker
Third Grade: 1st Camren Nilsen, 2nd Alexis Benders, 3rd Constance Gibson
Fourth Grade: 1st Johnny Henry, 2nd,Pearl Rollings, 3rd McKenzie Blair
Fifth Grade: 1st Andrea Diep, 2nd Maverick Cano, 3rd Emma Queirolo
Sixth Grade: 1st Cesly Serrano, 2nd Shileen Andico, 3rd Ashley Hibdon
The coordinators of the event, Bette Saylor, Sandy Rollings and Bonnie Shaefer.
For more information on the Copperopolis Community Center or how you can become involved visit:

Weekend weather - National Weather Service

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Christmas Day: Sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gov Brown announces appointments

Michael Bishop, 61, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Medical Board of California. Bishop has been director of anesthesia for same-day surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest since 2008. He has been an attending anesthesiologist and clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego since 2006 and has served as quality officer for the Department of Anesthesiology since 2008. Bishop worked as a private practice anesthesiologist from 1992 to 2006. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Bishop is registered decline-to-state.

The Nooner by Scott Lay

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THE NOONER 12-22-11

Update on injured CAL FIRE firefighter

Fire Captain Arrouzet Continues Recovery Fire Captain Sue Arrouzet, who was injured just after 10:30PM, November 12, 2011, in a partial structural collapse, is still at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where she continues with her rehabilitation process. Sue and her family have been sincerely touched with all the out pouring of well wishes not only locally, but from around the world as well.   

Calaveras County Taxpayers Association update on activities

We attended the Board of Supervisors meeting of 12/13/11 and spoke in support of making the new General Plan more freedom friendly and less hurtful to property rights and our economy. County Council advised us that we need to submit our comments to the Planning Department if we want our input recognized in the planning process. We did so with our response to an agenda overview and general comments prepared by Bob Mulvany, Director, which is posted on our website. We also attended the BOS workshops on the water and Economic Development Elements. We concurred with the Planning Directors recommendation to remove "The County Shall..." from many of the clauses of both elements. Also, to not include the Economic Element in the General Plan which was approved by the BOS.

Hovey Winery at Snaps a festive affair

Chuck Hovey, winemaker for Hovey Wines, showed off his award-winning vintages for the first time at Snap's on Friday, December 16, 2011 to a very appreciative crowd.  Danny Burton performed Christmas songs and more, beautifully on his acoustic guitar. 

Chuck was winemaker for Stevenot for many years and has created worldwide award-winning vintages after just two years of having his own label.  What a great way to celebrate the Christmas Season!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gov Brown announces appointments

Pamela Harris, 56, of Placerville, has been appointed director at the California Employment Development Department. Harris has served as acting director at the California Employment Development Department since 2009, where she worked in multiple positions since 1979. She was assistant secretary for research and evaluation and acting agency information officer at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2002 to 2004. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965. Harris is a Democrat.

California gambling tribes give $275,000 for Jerry Brown's tax proposal

California gambling tribes have given $275,000 toward Gov. Jerry Brown's new 2012 ballot initiative to raise taxes on sales and the wealthy, the first known major contribution to his effort.

The Nooner by Scott Lay

Around the Capitol - The Nooner. California political news, opinion, laws and legislation.
THE NOONER 12-21-11

CHP Press release re:Chips for Kids

Lieutenant Josh Ehlers #16875 and Sergeant Matt McKee #15051

San Andreas, CA – The annual CHP San Andreas CHiPs for Kids program was a huge success.  Over 400 toys, stuffed animals, and games were collected and delivered to the Santa’s Express Program on Monday, December 19th.

“This year several families took the time and initiative to generously give.  It’s a great reflection on how our local community supports one another during this difficult holiday season.” said CHP San Andreas Commander J. B. Ehlers.  “Even what one might consider a little assistance can make the world of difference to some of these families.”

America's Workers Deserve a One Year Tax Holiday – Not Two Months , update from Dan Lungren

Congressman Lungren (R-Gold River-CA)voted toextend payroll tax relief, and to extend and reform unemployment insurance, for a full year. The vote to reject the Senate amendment to H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, places American middle class families first. H.R. 3630 extends unemployment benefits, extends the Medicare physicians reimbursement fix for two years. Today’s vote was in response to the Senate’s action in voting to only do this for 2 months. Congressman Lungren released the following statement.
“The Senate decided to extend the payroll tax cut for two months and then go on vacation. My colleagues and I, decided to stay in Washington and fight for a full year extension – as originally voted out of the House on Dec 14.  A two-month extension does not provide security to hard working families who are struggling in this economy. The Senate needs to return to Washington and extend these programs for a full year. Governing in 2 month increments is no way to govern. It is time to get serious about doing all we can to put people back to work and stop playing games.”

Note to Constituents from Senator Ted Gaines


Dear Friends,
Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the First Senate District meeting with my constituents and listening to their ideas and concerns.
As we enter an exciting and challenging new year, I look forward to working with you all to make California a better place to live, work and raise our families.
As always, I will continue to keep you updated and informed on important developments and the latest news taking place at the Capitol.
It is truly an honor to serve as your representative in the State Senate.
Ted Gaines

Sonora PD Press Release re:Good Samaritan

On 19 Dec. 2011, a Good Samaritan contacted the Sonora Police Department and reported they had found $1,600 in cash while in a local park. The Good Samaritan said they were turning the money in, “because it was the right thing to do.”
The money contains some very identifiable marks and has been confirmed not to be counterfeit. Local law enforcement agencies have been contacted and no one has reported the loss or the theft of this amount of money, in the given domination amounts.
Anyone attempting to claim the money will be required to identify the money and the dominations it is in. If no one claims the money the Good Samaritan could claim it after 90 days.
Anyone with information regarding the money is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at (209) 532-8141.

CAL FIRE warns that fire danger still exists

Fire Danger Exists Despite Cooler Weather San Andreas – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, is reminding all residents, due to December’s prolonged dry spell, fire danger remains above average across the Central Sierras and the chance of large and damaging fires still exists.  Even though the area has experienced cooler temperatures and a little moisture, recent dry winds have brought back the danger of wildland fire.

Griff's Dance Party with music by John Campanella

A journey back to the rock and roll of the '80's and 90's but was just a short drive to Town Square on Saturday December 17, 2011 when Griff's BBQ hosted a dance party with live music by John Campanella.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Nooner by Scott Lay for 12-20-11

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THE NOONER 12-20-11

Santa Rides into Copper - Harley Style

On December 19, 2011 Santa rode into Copperopolis on a custom Harley Santa Sleigh.

Since Santa discovered the backroads to Copperopolis 20 + years ago he has been making a special pre-Christmas eve trip to Copper to hand out candy and gifts to any child he sees...proving that Santa loves kids all year round!

As the evening wore down and less children were out playing Santa stopped by Micki and Larry's Sports Pub to hand out Christmas cheer to all inside.

The Harley sleigh is decked out with lights, a Christmas tree, packages for boys and girls, side saddles full of candy and of course Rudolph on the handle bars to lead the way through the dark of night.

State Controller Chiang's Audit Findings Now Exceed $3 Billion

State Controller John Chiang today announced that since taking office in 2007, his audit findings through State and local investigations now total more than $3 billion, more than any other Controller in recorded State history.
"Unchecked spending is an invitation for misspending," said Chiang.  "My audits offer an inside-look at state and local checkbooks, and show us where fiscal practices need serious improvement. These findings can lead to real taxpayer savings, and every dollar rescued is one that we don’t have to take away from education, public safety, or other essential services."

Lungren, King Introduce Cybersecurity Bill to Protect U.S. Critical Infrastructure from Attack

U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and seven other Members joined Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, in introducing bipartisan legislation to better secure America’s critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid, financial services systems, and water facilities, from cyberattack.  

Gov Brown Proclaims STATE OF EMERGENCY LA County

WHEREAS on December 14, 2011, a tanker truck loaded with gasoline was involved in a vehicle accident near Montebello in Los Angeles County on State Route 60, resulting in intense fire, heat, and destruction of portions of State Route 60; and

WHEREAS this event has caused closure of State Route 60, traffic congestion, and impaired movement of goods and services; and

WHEREAS this event caused extensive damage, requiring the demolition and reconstruction of roadway and bridge structures; and

Sheriff Dept Press Releases re:contribution to Calaveras County Animal Services

On 12/15/11, the Calaveras Humane Society presented a check for $7,000.00 to help defer
the cost of adopting a pet from the Calaveras County Animal Services shelter. A year ago, a fund
called the "Gypsy Fund" was established to cover the cost of spay and neuter fees of adopted
animals. Over the past year, the Calaveras Humane Society donated monies to this fund to keep
the fund going when the original funds ran out. Due to a spay/neuter grant the Humane Society
has acquired called the Winter Creek Grant, the Humane Society was able to match the funds of
their donation with funds from the grant. Humane Society President Bob Seiler presented the
check on 12/15/11 to Sgt. Murray, Animal Services Supervisor, and Sheriff Kuntz. The Gypsy
Fund helps make public adoptions more affordable by covering the $40.00 spay/neuter fee for
cats and the $50.00 spay/neuter fee for dogs. This reduces the total cost of adoptions from $92.00
to $42.00 for dogs and from $60.00 to $20.00 for cats.

Opinion Article - CalPERS – Back to Basics? by Al Segalla

Are public employees human beings?
If they are, then, according to our Founding Fathers and the 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution, they have natural rights to life, liberty and property.
This fact seems to be ignored by the legislature, the Public Employees Retirement System, local elected and unelected public officials and the Unions.
Doesn’t the employee own their mind and body? 
When compensated for use of their mind and body, isn’t the money thus earned their property?
If the above is true, then it seems proper that the employee and retiree be allowed to control their money. That means they should decide how the money is invested and if they wish to be part of an employee based retirement system or even choose another use for their money.

Copperopolis Resident WWII USMC Melvin Ogg receives Purple Heart

On December 18, 2011 at a special ceremony in Copperopolis, 89 year old USMC Melvin Ogg received his Purple Heart for wounds received on the island of Bouganville in 1943. Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz, multiple veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, family and friends were in attendance.

Retired WWII USMC Colonel West, who served in the same theater as Ogg, was given the honor of pinning the Purple Heart on Ogg.

Ogg, with wounds barely healed, returned to the field and continued to serve in the USMC on Guam and the Soloman Islands until September 1945.

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,971,373 acre-feet of water. The lake level has been steady for the last few weeks, and is currently at 1049 ft. above sea level and 39 ft. from full. Water temperature is really dropping now, and is currently 54-56 degrees. The lake seems to have turned over, by the great trout fishing we have seen this week.

Letter to the Editor - from Al Segalla

Dear Editor,

I may be wrong, but the Calaveras County General Plan seems to be overly intrusive and hurtful to property rights, which kills prosperity and as a consequence, also charitable giving.

Sharing the suffering is not a formula for success.

On the positive side, if we would encourage changes in the General Plan to make it supportive of the basic human rights to Life, Liberty and Property, we would more likely have a better tomorrow. 

CHP Press Release re:increased patrols on SR-26

The mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California.  This is accomplished in several ways, one of which is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage resulting from traffic collisions through enforcement, education, and engineering.  These efforts have paid great dividends statewide.  In the first quarter of 2011, fatal collisions decreased by 30 percent, injury collisions decreased by 23 percent, property damage only (PDO) collisions decreased by 7 percent, and unbelted fatalities decreased by 34 percent, compared to the first quarter average of 2005 through 2010. 

The Nooner by Scott Lay

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THE NOONER 12-19-11

Angels Camp PD press release re:stolen vehicle request- for assistance

On December 15, 2011 Angels Camp Police Officer Chris Johnson located a stolen Range Rover SUV parked in the 400 block of N Main St.  During the course of his investigation he recalled making contact several days prior with a female adult named Lacey Barnes, 33 of Modesto during the late night hours walking in the same area where the stolen vehicle was located.  During the previous contact with Barnes Officer Johnson had recovered keys and DMV registration for the stolen Range Rover SUV.  At the time of contact with Barnes the vehicle had not yet been reported as stolen.  Barnes is a person of interest in the theft and possession of the stolen Range Rover SUV.  Barnes is on California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations Parole and is described as a Caucasian female adult, 5’8” approximately 125 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes.  The Angels Camp Police Department is asking that any person with information regarding the whereabouts of Barnes to notify Officer Johnson at (209) 736-2567 or by email  

Angels Camp PD press release re:arrest

On December 16, 2011 Angels Camp Police Officers arrested Faith Alexandra Healy, 23 of Mi Wuk.  On November 7, 2011 Healy was listed as Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office weeks Most Wanted suspect for outstanding felony warrants for battery, burglary, theft, failure to appear and possession of a controlled substance.  Healy was located hiding inside of a residence in the 600 block of Tuolumne Ave.  Healy was arrested after leading officers on a short foot chase into a neighboring trailer park.  Healy will now face additional charges for fleeing from police.  Ki Tama Purvis, 26 of Angels Camp was also subsequently arrested for obstructing police during the search for Healy.

Santa Claus at Umpqua Bank

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Umpqua Bank Copperopolis on Wednesday December 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Bring your child, or the child in you, to enjoy hot cider, cookies and a picture with Santa!

Sierra Repertory 2012 Season Line-up

Gypsy, Johnny Cash, Alfred Hitchcock and more.....

State Eliminates bus funding: implications and preparedness of Calaveras County

On December 13, 2011 Governor Brown slashed $400 million from the education budget including the complete elimination of school bus funding at $248 million.

Calaveras County covers 1020 square miles with an approximate population of 42,000. Of that number 6052 are students enrolled  in the Calaveras County School system. The effect the bus ellimination could have on a rural county like Calaveras could be staggering. Cuts to the budget in previous years have caused serious cutbacks to transportation and its routes, "I know we already have students who walk 1-2 miles to get to school due to transportation services for students who live in town being eliminated." Stated Superintendent Kathy Northington further stating, "It is a delicate balance for districts in the area of transportation, if they don’t offer transportation, then there could be a potential hit to their funding from student attendance if students don’t attend."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Live Concert to benefit Mind Matters

Honor the Fallen 12-4-11 to 12-14-11

Marine Maj. Samuel M. Griffith

Died December 14, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

36, of Virginia Beach, Va.; assigned to 4th Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Forces Reserve, West Palm Beach, Fla.; died Dec. 14 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Army Pvt. Jalfred D. Vaquerano

Died December 13, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Apopka, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died Dec. 13, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries caused by enemy small-arms fire while deployed in Logar province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Christopher L. Muniz

Died December 11, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of New Cuyama, Calif.; assigned to 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Dec. 11 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Ronald H. Wildrick Jr.

Army Spc. Ronald Wildrick

Died December 11, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

30, of Blairstown, N.J.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Dec. 11 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Sgt. Christopher L. Muniz.

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher P.J. Levy

Died December 10, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Ramseur, N.C.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Dec. 10 of wounds sustained Dec. 7 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Santa at Once Upon a Time TODAY!!! 12-18-11

Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa and Mrs Claus at Once Upon a Time

Happy Holidays from Plaza Skin Care

Snaps hosting Hovey Wines TONIGHT!!! 12-16-11

Snap's is delighted to introduce Chuck Hovey and Hovey Wines at Snap's Coffee House and Wine Bar on Friday, December 16.  Chuck will be pouring his award-winning wines from 5:00pm  to 8:00pm.  Flights of 5 tastings will be $8.00 and a glass of your favorite will be $8.00.  Danny Burton will be there providing live music  and there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres.  Chuck was the wine maker at Stevenot for 20 years and introduced his wines two years ago.  He has already won awards in world-wide competition for his Tempranillo.  I'm excited to try his wines.  It's a great way to kick off the Christmas Season.

Weekend Weather - National Weather Service

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Author book signing at Once Upon a Time

Copper Cougars Basketball Cougars win 16-15

Copper Cougars Boys Basketball began this week!  Their first game of the season was against Mark Twain Badgers.  The boys played at the Mark Twain Elementary school.  The Cougars managed to pull out a win in the final minutes with a shot by Chase Collins.  Copper won the game 16-15. 
Thursdays game was at the Copperopolis Elementary School against Jenny Lind Elementary.  Although Copper lead the way through most of the game, it was tied up with less then 2 minutes in the fourth quarter.  A great 2 point shot by Johnny Miramontes in the final minute of the game pushed Copper back into the lead.  Johnny also scored a free point shot with less the 30 seconds left to help push Copper in a 22-19 win!  Scoring in the game was Chase Collins 6 pts, Johnny Miramontes 5 pts, Bryson Kelly 4 pts, and Joseph Miramontes, Max Meyer, & Duncan Welch all with 2 pts each!  Terrific games boys! 
Upcoming games are Tuesday, January 3rd, at Copperpolis Elementart at 3:30 against Linden.  And Thursday, January 5th at Pioneer Elementary school at 3:30pm. 

Courtesy photos from Jessica Welch

Letter to the Editor from Al Segalla

Calaveras Arts Council presents - Sons of the San Joaquin

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 3 pm
Sons of the San JoaquinBack by popular demand, the Sons fill the theatre with lilting family harmonies and fine picking.
After the performance you'll head home
humming a familiar tune.


Santa loves doggies too!

On Saturday December 10, 2011 Santa stopped by Bark n Bubbles to spread some Christmas cheer to some lucky local canines and the owners of Bark n Bubbles Georgette and Jeff Wynn.
Remember, winter is not a time to forget your dogs coat health...Bark n Bubbles is a self service dog wash designed for your dogs health and your convenience. They also offer professional grooming services. Just call 785-9274 for hours or an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.