Sunday, July 31, 2011

Copperopolis Town Square September Concerts Series Unveiled

Every Saturday Night in September is Free Concerts!
The line-up starts with Josh Pheffier on Sept 3rd.
Sept 10th is Joni Morris - a Tribute to Patsy Cline
Sept 17th rock with Boyz Nite Out coming from San Francisco
all accapello with the human drummer!
The Tom Rigney and Flambeau will be here on the 24th
with his electric fiddle.

Don't miss any of the shows, they are all excellent!
We will be reserving tables at every concert this year,
 but you can still bring your lawn chair as usual.

Remember the concerts are free but a $5 donation for parking
helps our local 4-H Club. It's a small amount to pay
for this wonderful entertainment.

Stage 3 Presents 'August: Osage County'

For show times or ticket information visit

Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Park presents Stardust Cowboys

August 3, 2011 the Stardust Cowboys, a blend of music from western swing to rockabilly, will be performing in San Andreas at Turner Park from 6:30 to 8 pm.
For more information visit

EPYSL Fund Raiser

Picnic in the Park Fundraiser
To Benefit EPYSL (Ebbetts Pass Youth Soccer League) Soccer League & Feeney Park Foundation

Saturday August 13, 2011 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Feeney Park – Murphy’s CA

Tri-Tip Dinners in a Basket –
Adults $10.00 - Children $5.00

Live Music by “The Tour Guides”!
Grand Prize drawing from Registration Promotion!
Prizes will also be awarded to children from each district within our league!
Raffle prizes!

Tickets are available from all EPYSL Board members – please check our website for contact information!
Or call – Karen Turner @ 209-785-1467

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Umpqua Bank invites you to a Community Picnic

Copperopolis Umpqua Bank Invites you to a Community Picnic!
Friday, August 12, 2011
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
at Umpqua Bank Copperopolis

Umpqua Bank, a strong community supporter, is hosting the Umpqua Bank Community Picnic to support Copper Parks and Recreation.
Enjoy a BBQ hotdog, soda and learn more about our Copper Parks and Rec; what they have to offer, how you can become involved and more!
Come join the fun!

Literary Festival - Ironstone Vineyards

Moonstruck with Manzanita ~ Literary Festival 
~ A free public celebration of the literary arts ~ at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA ~
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011
11 AM-4 PM
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA  in the Heritage Room

Check Off On DMV Application Gives Veterans Choice

Sacramento - A new program initiated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) will help connect veterans in California with the services and benefits they have earned through their prior or current service in the U.S. Military.
When a Californian applies for a new driver's license or renewal, or if they apply for an identification card, they will notice on the new application forms a check-off box that will permit the DMV to share the applicants contact information with CalVet. The veterans will then be sent information that gives a brief outline of services and benefits and includes a postage-paid reply card that the veteran fills out and returns to CalVet. Once the card is received the veteran will automatically begin receiving information about services like education benefits, employment assistance, disability and compensation payments, health care benefits and much more.

Twisted Oak "Cave Looting" August 13th

12pm to 5pm   Aug 13, 2011 Venue: Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito
hoist the skull and cross chicks!
Avast! Don yer piratical apparel and prepare for boarding** at the Winery in Vallecito on Saturday, August 13th from about 12PM to 5PM for all of the debauchery festivities!
This event is exclusive to members of The Twisted Few and Twisted Freaks and their guests.
Arrrr! And what be a “Cave Loot”? This is our annual “thank you” event for you, The Twisted Few. We dress up as pirates, we open the cave to you, and we sample Twisted grog from barrels using a “wine thief”. We serve some grub that is vaguely piratical, we say “ARRRRRRRR!!!” way more than you usually hear in polite company, and generally have a naughty time of it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Honoring our Local Fallen


Parked in the Payless Market on 7-29-11 this vehicle proudly honors our local fallen heroes.

Weekend Weather

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 64.

McDaniel kicks off Spellman recall effort

Rancho Calaveras resident Michael McDaniel, 64, on Wednesday announced his intention to start a recall campaign against Calaveras County Supervisor Darren Spellman.

“As it stands right now, in the feedback I’m getting from the community, there’s a large contingency of people out there that think we made a tragic mistake as a community in electing Darren Spellman,” McDaniel said.

READ MORE Calaveras Enterprise

Sonic Booms in Copper?

After contacting multiple agencies regarding the series of loud sonic-type booms that have shaken Copper from Little John to Circle XX, there has been no light shed upon these events.
If you have verifiable knowledge of what may be causing these earth shaking booms, please contact or comment on this post, remember to include your name in the content.

Congressman Dan Lungren to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Jackson

On August 20, 2011, from 10:30 to 12:00 pm Congressman Dan Lungren will be holding a town hall meeting in Jackson at the Jackson Civic Center located at 33 Broadway.

Town Hall meetings are informal public meetings where the community is invited to attend to hear from their elected officials. 

Sonora PD Press Release

On 27 July 2011, Conor Brown, 23 of Sonora, surrendered himself to the Tuolumne County Jail. Brown had been identified as one of the individuals involved in the brutal attack of a subject outside of Ride Aid on 9 May 2011. Brown was listed as the Departments Most Wanted on 27 June 2011.
The Sonora Police Department is still seeking information regarding the identity of the second subject involved in the assault. If you or someone you know has information about the second attacker, please call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

New Director of Planning - August 1, 2011

Rebecca Willis, director of community development for Oakley since 2005, has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the new Director of Planning.
Willis, during her tenure at Oakley, was a supporter of responsible growth managment  where the county had already approved a number of home developments.
Bringing 20 years of experience in the area of community planning from not only Oakley but previous experience with the City of Dixon, West Sacramento, Rancho Cucamonga and San Dimas, her duties will begin August 1, 2011.

Constitution Classes

Two Constitution Classes Sponsored by"We The People" -
Saturday, July 30, 2011, 1:00 PM,  Sheng Chi Kung Fu Studio, 139 Main Street Valley Springs, CA 95252
Come learn about our Constitution and how it applies to current events! Learn about the US Constitution, the Founding Fathers and The Declaration of Independence in a fun and interesting discussion format. July 30th Topic:  The Obama Administration vs. the Constitution. - Seana Hogan
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 1:00 PM, First Baptist Church, 1555 Depot Road, Angels Camp, CA 95222
Learn about the US Constitution, the Founding Fathers and The Declaration of Independence in a fun and interesting discussion format. Learn how you can help to preserve American Exceptionalism and the American Dream. Good Civics lessons for High School home-schoolers. Please join us as we discuss important facts necessary to regain our power as “We the People...” We will also discuss current local issues as they arise. 

Copper Gazette Poll Results

The recent poll posted to the Copper Gazette asked readers:

Do you feel the Sheriff should have the deciding voice in personnel to lay off during budget cut backs?

With a total of 31 votes cast the results were:

26 (83%) Yes
2 No
1 Not Sure
2 Need more information

Happy Birthday Pastor Sean

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday from all of your Copperopolis friends!

Governor Announces Appointments

Trevor Albertson, 31, of Folsom, has been appointed to serve as deputy secretary of veterans services at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Albertson is a captain with over nine years of commissioned service in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He has served as an intelligence officer since 2010, and was director of public affairs from 2009 to 2010, in the Air Force Reserves’ 713th Combat Operation Squadron. He also served on the staff of Headquarters US Strategic Command from 2007 to 2009 and held multiple positions in the 11th Mission Support Squadron from 2002 to 2004. He was an adjunct professor at Yuba College from 2010 to 2011, a teaching assistant at the University of California, Merced from 2006 to 2009 and an assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy from 2004 to 2006. Albertson was a University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellow and served on the staff of Congressman Dennis Cardoza from 2008 to 2010. This position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $119,616 annually. Albertson is a Democrat.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Burglary Investigation ends in Pursuit and Arrest

Release Date: 07/28/2011
Time: 1500 hrs
Release Time: 1500 hrs
Release Number: 01
Late Monday afternoon (07/25/11) Sheriffs deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress at
the 2700 block of Spruce Gulch Rd. in Railroad Flat. As the deputies arrived they were advised the
suspects had fled the scene in an ATV (stolen out of Jackson) possibly followed by the reporting party.
Deputies located the suspects' ATV abandoned nearby which was stolen along with numerous stolen
tractor batteries. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the two suspects, Neal
Goddard (age 55 of Railroad Flat) and John Westfall (age 38 of Mokelumne Hill).

Sheriff Dept Media Release

Release Date: 07-28-11
Time: 1400
Release Time: 1400
Release Number: 1
On June 27,2011 at approximately 8:30 P.M. members of the SherifPs Narcotics Enforcement
Unit as well as members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9
unit contacted Cheryl Pearson of Valley Springs in front of the Calaveras County Jail. Prior to
this contact, a search warrant had been obtained for Pearson and her vehicle, as information had
been developed that Pearson was delivering controlled substances into the jail where a family
member is currently in custody.

New Senate Bill Signed by Governor May Give Parents a 30 Day Window on Immunizations

SB 614 (Kehoe)
Childhood immunization.
Existing law, commencing July 1, 2011, until June 30, 2012, prohibits a defined governing authority, which includes the authority of a private institution, from unconditionally admitting or advancing any pupil to the 7th through 12th grade levels of any private or public elementary or secondary school unless the pupil has been fully immunized against pertussis, including all pertussis boosters appropriate for the pupil’s age.

This bill would, until June 30, 2012, authorize the county office of education, the governing board of a school district, or the governing body of a charter school to allow a pupil, advancing to or enrolled in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to conditionally attend school for up to 30 calendar days, as specified, if that pupil has not been fully immunized with all pertussis boosters appropriate for the pupils age if specified conditions are met.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

According to Kathy Northington, Calaveras County Superintendant, though each District has not been contacted regarding the enactment of SB 614 she does not "see any reason why a school district would not put this bill in place" pointing out that some schools in the county have already begun. She also stated that she will be in contact with each district and that at the county level they "the County offices will put the bill in place."

Helping Copper Kids, One Backpack at a Time

Solisha Andico had always wanted to do something for the community of Copperopolis. One morning she woke with the perfect idea, to organize and run a backpack drive for the kids of the whole community. “This backpack drive is for ALL the children of Copper” said Solisha, a Bret Harte Senior.The girls wrapped, decorated and distributed 10 boxes throughout Copperopolis in an effort to collect “hopefully” 100 backpacks for the children of the community. They are not only hoping for backpacks, but also school supplies; paper, pencils, pens, glue, tape, rulers, etc. They have called businesses looking for donations, talked with people as they set up the boxes and have told all their friends.
16 year-old Solisha Andico and her little sister 11 year-old Shileen are “always thinking about others” said proud mom Rolinda when asked about their latest community venture.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Animal Cruelty Laws Change with SB 917 - County to Absorb Cost

Major changes to the existing animal cruelty law occurred when Governor Brown signed SB 917 (Lieu) Animal Abuse law.
With the existing law if the owner/person inflicting the cruelty is found guilty, the crime is punishable as a misdemeanor or as a felony and a fine of not more than $20,000. The bill revises the punishment for this offense to include imprisonment in a ‘county jail for not more than 1 year’ or a state prison, or by a fine not more than $20,000 or both.
SB 917 also makes changes to the existing bill when it comes to the sale of animals, prohibiting the sale of animals on most public property, “it shall be a crime, punishable as specified, for any person to willfully sell or give away as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk, or to display or offer for sale, or display or offer to give away as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal if the act of selling or giving away the live animal is to occur on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies for certain costs mandated by the state...this bill provides that no reimbursement is required.

The Dream Act Bill - Reduced Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

The Dream Act, signed by Governor Brown on July 26, 2011, provides thousands of illegal immigrant college students access to private scholarship funds. Supporters of the Dream Act are not stopping there. The advocates are also pushing for access to California public grants.

Overall, the estimated number of illegal immigrants or out-of-state students that will qualify for reduced tuition and could benefit from this bill equals approximately 41,000; less than 1% of total college enrollment numbers.

State Takes out Loans - First State in Nation

On Tuesday July 26, 2011, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer took out $5.4 billion in short terms loans to cover the states bills in hopes of averting a fallout if Congress fails to raise the country's borrowing limit by the August 2, 2011 deadline.

If the deadline is missed, the federal governments' prioritizing of debt payments and obligations may leave health programs such as Medicare and other services with a lack of funding.

New Melones Fishing Report

Melones Report
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 2,302,916 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this week and is currently at 1078 ft. above sea level and 10 ft. from full. Water temperature is 80-83 degrees. Water is green-stained (lots of plankton- a good thing!) with strong mud lines near shore.   Watch for floating debris and unmarked island tops.

Trout: pretty slow, except for those who fish at night under a submersible light.   If you wish to troll for trout, fish 40-50 feet deep over deepest water in the main lake with shad-patterned lures such as Excel, Apex, Needlefish, or Rapala Countdowns, and use Bang or ProCure threadfin shad scent on your lures.   If you are in the mood for a beautiful boat ride, head upriver and still-fish under the logjam.   Fishing for trout at night under a submersible light is a lot of fun in the summer on Melones. We have a selection of night-fishing drop lights at Glory Hole Sports. The light attracts plankton, which attracts the baitfish, which attracts the rainbows. Drop a nightcrawler/Power Bait combo or a live minnow under the light. Allow an hour or two for the baitfish to come around the light- then the action starts! Bank anglers should head to local creeks like Angels Creek, although we have the occasional trout caught by bank anglers in Angels Cove.

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

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

• AB 107 by Committee on Budget – Public resources.
• AB 108 by Committee on Budget – Education.
• AB 120 by Committee on Budget – Public resources.

Copper Woman Running for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Stacey Nolan, CAL FIRE firefighter and CFPD volunteer, will be running in a marathon this November to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Stacey is running this marathon in memory of her Uncle Sonny and Copper Fire Chief Dennis Powers, both taken away by diseases with no cure.
This is Stacey's second marathon. Her first was the Nike Woman's Marathon '09 in San Francisco.
To aid in her efforts, a local family has donated a hand stitched king top quilt to raffle for the cause. The quilt was made in the late '60's by Edie Cody, a gift for her son. It is completely cross stitched, and then hand quilted. It is a one-of-a-kind.
The quilt is on display in the Copperopolis library where tickets are available for purchase; 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.

For more information on Stacey and her 'Team in Training' please visit
"Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Nearly 958,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support."

Drawing to be held November 1, 2011. Need not be present to win.

Emergency Medical Services Oversight Committee Vacancies

P U B L I C N O T I C E NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that, due to unscheduled vacancies and expiration of terms, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors encourages interested and qualified persons to apply for membership to the following County Committees: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE(EMSOC) DISTRICT 1 -- One vacancy for an unexpired term to 6/30/12
DISTRICT 1 -- One vacancy for an alternate for an unexpired term to 6/30/12
DISTRICT III -- One vacancy for an alternate for an unexpired term to 6/30/13
DISTRICT V -- One vacancy for an alternate for a term to 6/30/13

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Local Vietnam Veteran, Ric Ryan, makes headlines at UCLA Today

Governor Brown Nominates Goodwin Liu for California Supreme Court

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. nominated Goodwin Liu, Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley Law School, to the state Supreme Court today.

Liu, 40, previously was nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is based in San Francisco, but Liu withdrew his nomination two months ago after a Republican filibuster prevented senators from voting on his confirmation.

“Professor Liu is an extraordinary man and a distinguished legal scholar and teacher,” Brown said. “He is a nationally-recognized expert on constitutional law and has experience in private practice, government service and in the academic community. I know that he will be an outstanding addition to our state supreme court.”

Moke Fire Update

At 11:00 am 7-26-11 CAL FIRE reported that the Murray Fire near Murray Dale Lane in San Andreas is now 83 acres and 75% contained (Calaveras County).

Music in the Parks - Patrice Pike at Utica - Great Blends

Patrice Pike wowed the crowd at Utica Park Wednesday evening with her 'bohemian rock' sound. Celebrating 20 years this summer of "doing what I love" Patrice was thrilled to be able to play to the welcoming crowd in such a beautiful outdoor setting.
Patrice's music was a blend of smooth rock and heartfelt lyrics that were at times thought provoking at others light hearted.
Music in the Parks is brought to the community by the Calaveras Arts Council. For more information about upcoming performers, dates and times please visit

Spellman Forum Re-Cap from 7-21-11

Spellman held his last public forum in Copperopolis as District 5 representative Thursday July 21, 2011. The BOS is expected to adopt the new district realignment soon. Thirty days from the BOS adoption, the realignment is enacted and Copperopolis will be in District 4 with Supervisor Tryon as their representative. Redistricting occurred ten years ago, while Terry Bailey was District 5 Supervisor. At that time Copperopolis was tentatively placed within District 4 with Tryon as their Supervisor. The final redistricting did not affect Copper and it remained in District 5. While many rumors surround the reasoning behind the lines not being redrawn, none can be substantiated at this time

When asked if the community would be able to contact him if they felt they needed support or information, Spellman stated, "I am personally and absolutely committed ... I was elected to represent the people of Copperopolis and I will continue to be available for the community."

Governor Signs Bill to Lessen Requirements to Operate Firefighting Equipment

AB 82 : 1)Existing law regulates the operation of firefighting equipment, as defined, and permits certain persons employed as a firefighter or registered as a volunteer firefighter to operate firefighting equipment only if the person holds a class A, class B, or class C license, with certain exceptions, and a firefighter endorsement issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, after providing to the department proof of current employment or registration as a volunteer firefighter with a fire department and evidence of fire equipment operation training, passing the written firefighter examination developed by the department with the cooperation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and submitting a report of medical examination on a department-approved form.
Existing law authorizes the department to issue restricted class A licenses or noncommercial class B licenses under specified conditions.
This bill would instead authorize the operation of firefighting equipment by either a person with a firefighter endorsement who holds a class C license, a restricted class A license, or a noncommercial class B drivers license, or by a person holding a class A or B license, as appropriate for that equipment.
(2)This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The noise and fury coming out of Washington regarding raising the debt limit may have a silver lining.

The public is beginning to understand fundamental economics and will eventually elect representatives who also understand. Things may get worse before getting better, but they will likely get better with a well informed electorate. Now is the time for truth.

The truth is we have a massive spending problem and not a revenue problem. Raising the debt ceiling to allow more spending is not the solution, but part of the problem.

Another part of the problem is the FED and a manipulated currency. Good time to read “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve” by G. Edward Griffin.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Planning Commission Meeting video

July 21, 2011 Calaveras Planning Commission Meeting Video


Video Courtesy Community Action Project

Wildland Fire San Andreas

UPDATE: 5:10 pm 7-25-11  -
Murray Fire [Update] near Murray Dale Lane, San Andreas is now 75 acres and 20% contained (Calaveras County).
3:40 7-25-11 Firefighters are battling a 50 acre fire near Murray Dale Lane, San Andreas (Calaveras County).

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

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

• AB 23 by Assemblymember Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) – Local agency meetings: simultaneous meetings: compensation disclosure.
• AB 82 by Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries (R-Riverside) – Vehicles: firefighting equipment.
• AB 130 by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) – Student financial aid: eligibility: California Dream Act of 2011. Video of today's signing can be found here.
• AB 159 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Community care facilities: foster family agencies.
• AB 169 by Assemblymember Norma Torres (D-Pomona) – Education finance.

CCWD Special Board Meeting 7-27-11



Copper Volunteer Fire Association Reorganizes

With a new name and a new outlook the Copperopolis Volunteer Firefighter Association realized a need for more community involvement. Merging with the Copperopolis Fire Auxilary becoming the Copperopolis Volunteer Firefighter Association was the first step in the creation of a new kind of volunteer program.
There is so much more that goes on in volunteer arena than firefighting. There is fund raising, distribution of fire prevention materials, event organization, water supply to firefighters on scene, bingo calling, etc. All of these duties can be filled with community members that wish to become involved with supporting the Fire District but lack the desire or certificates to tackle to aspect of firefighting.

Letter from Al Segalla re: Wildfire Protection Tax

On Wednesday state Senator Ted Gaines filed paperwork that would ask voters to overturn the $150 Fire tax, which was passed by the state Legislature on a simple majority vote as part of the state budget package.

Senator Ted Gaines is seeking to repeal the bill recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown that places the annual wildfire protection tax for property owners in rural areas of California. When petitions are available, we will post them on our website. More information about the tax is HERE.

The Senator also will be the keynote speaker at the Calaveras County Taxpayers Associations Forth Annual BBQ, at Moaning Cavern Resort on Wednesday, August 3rd,  5 - 8 PM. The dinner will be catered by the Historic Murphys Hotel. If you come early you can enjoy fun zip line rides. Seats are still available and you can get more information and sign up HERE. Or call 209-785-1491

If you would like to be notified by email of important taxpayer issues, or wish to join our group, you can sign up at the above website.

Best regards. - Al

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Board of Supervisors Meeting 7-26-11



Lungren Letter - Congress Tells Fannie and Freddie to Support Clean Energy Programs

Bipartisan PACE Bill Will Create Jobs At The Local Level

(WASHINGTON)–Today a bipartisan group of members – Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA),  Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) - introduced the PACE Protection Act of 2011. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program – currently available in 27 states and the District of Columbia - allows property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for their homes and commercial buildings – without any government subsidies or taxes. More important, it will mean lower utility bills for property owners and job creation in the hard hit construction industry.

Moke Fire 100% contained

At 5:45 7-24-11 CAL FIRE announced that the Middle Fire near Mokelumne River at Middle Bar Bridge (Calaveras County) is now 100 acres and 100% contained.

Vietnam Veterans 391 Golf Tournament

The 10th Annual Vietnam Veterans Golf Tournament will be held this year August, 5, 2011 at Mountain Springs Golf Resort.

For more information visit.
or contact John Mars at 209-532-2052

Calaveras Taxpayers Host 4th Annual BBQ - Keynote Speaker Ted Gaines

Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Parks presents 'Bayou Boys'

July 27, 2011 the Bayou Boys, New Orleans knee slappin', two steppin', music, will be performing in Mokelumne Hill in SHutter park from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Ride in Murphys

This is a women only ride! I'm going to give this new ride idea a shot for a few weeks and see if we can get enough women to participate, so invite your girlfriends! If I get enough interest I will continue leading the ride.
When: Mondays at 12:00 pm - 1:30
Where: Meet at Black Bart Theatre lot in Murphys

We'll have some fun leisurely riding, so if you are new to the sport or just dusting off your pedals please come out!! I'll offer some riding tips,we'll chat and ride, and eat lunch afterwards.
PLEASE RSVP TO RIDE: Call Shelley at 530-864-7891 or email

Vegetation Fire Circle XX

UPDATE: at approximately 6:30 am the fire was 100% contained.
7-24-11 - At approximately 5:30 am a vegetation fire was reported in Circle XX. Emergency crews are responding.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Calaveras County Hit Hard with Recent Federal Changes and State Bills

The recent financial burdens to Calaveras County residents began with the redrawing of the FEMA flood zone maps, in which a large portion of Calaveras County residents who have “one inch of standing water for one day within 100 years” on their property find themselves now placed in a FEMA drafted flood zone map, which requires flood insurance from…FEMA.
Recently the Governor signed ABX1 29, the State Responsibility Fire prevention Fee, which would require the Board of Equalization to collect $150 per home for fire prevention fees to help offset the cost of operating the Department of Forestry and CAL FIRE. These fees are to be collected in SRA (State Responsibility Area) areas only.  The State Responsibility Area (SRA) within Calaveras County is 623, 621 acres. That is equal to 94.20% of the county. The town of San Andreas and the City of Angels Camp fall within the category of Local Responsibility Areas (LRA). 94.20% of Calaveras County property owners will be required to pay $150 per year as a fire prevention fee.

Moke Fire Still Burning

Update: 7:30 pm 7-23-11 , 75% contained
1:50 pm 7-23-11 - According to a CAL FIRE news post the Middle Fire near Mokelumne River at Middle Bar Bridge (Calaveras County) is now 100 acres and 40% contained.

Friday Night Flights at Snaps Featuring Local Winerys

Snaps Coffee House and Wine Bar announces their 'Friday Night Flight' line-up:

We have begun booking our "Friday Night Flights" wine events for the summer.  These popular summertime evenings feature local winery owners pouring some of their favorite vintages in flights of five tastings, as well as some tasty snacks and music.
Our first event we featured Hatcher Winery on Friday, July 15 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm to a great crowd.
Later in the summer Newsome-Harlow will visit Snap's.  That date is August 26th.  Also on the calendar is Twisted Oak Winery, set for September 26th. 

We will be adding others throughout the summer, so get ready for some beautiful summer evenings at Snap's!

For more information visit snaps at

Rumor has it...

It has been rumored that Griff's BBQ is now open!
The Copper Gazette has yet to verify, yet has it on good authority that the dinners are amazing!

For more information visit

Beautiful Write-up on Copper from an Art Historian and Nature Lover

After a wonderful week working at the SF Flower & Garden Show, I went for a little R&R in a less accustomed direction (like, AWAY from the ocean). I needed a simpler, wilder landscape to rest my mind in for a bit, and I found it in Copperopolis.

Thank you Cruiser's Ice Cream Parlor for bringing this to our attention!

Honor the Fallen

Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis, CA, died July 19 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. Christen was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Town Square Summerfest

Friday, July 22, 2011

Smoke Plume on the Horizon - Wildland Fire Moke Hill

UPDATE- 6:10 pm -  60 acres
At approximately 5:00 pm crews were called out to a vegetation fire outside of Paloma near the Middle Bar Bridge. Multiple crews called to scene.
At approximately 5:07 pm aircraft at scene reported 25 acres heading to high fuel areas.

View of plume from Little John Road in Copperopolis

Stage 3 presents 'August; Osage County'

Copper Kids Weave More Than Tales

Thursday, July 21, 2011, the children at the Copperopolis Extended Day Care experienced the art of weaving.

Teachers; Roxanne Shevlin, Tammy Settlemoir and aide Cathy Billiet, have been taking the children on a journey around the world this summer, exploring a different country each week through books, song, tales and crafts. More and more it has been found that weaving is an integral part of many of the societies studied. Bringing weaving to the classroom brought a hands-on experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Friendly Comment Reminder

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National Weather Service Weekend Weather

between 7 and 9 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 60. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming west between 4 and 7 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. North wind around 7 mph becoming west.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 60.

San Andreas Classic Car Festival July 23, 2011

Interviews for CFPD Fire Chief Continue This Morning

At the June 11, 2011 CFPD Board of Directors public meeting, the Board announced that the Copperopolis Fire Protection District Fire Chief position was offered to Steve DeChellis of Coeur d'Alene Idaho.  The job was offered with the caviat that there be successful completion of a background investigation.

According to the posted agenda for the Copperopolis Fire Protection District Board meeting, the closed session for July, 22, 2011 will include:
5.     Excuse the Public for Closed Session Subject.     Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.  Interviews of candidate (s) for the position of Fire Chief.

When contacted, CFPD Consultant Larry Crabtree was "not at liberty to discuss" the issue.

The following statement was issued by CFPD Board Chairman Maness, "The Board of Directors decided not to appoint Mr. De Chellis.  On Friday the Board will convene in closed session to interview three candidates who are very well qualified to assume the duties of Chief of the Copperopolis Fire Protection District."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spellman Forum at Snaps Today

7-21-11 Supervisor Darren Spellman will be at Snaps Coffee House in Town Square today for what may be his last forum as the Copperopolis representative to the Board of Sups.

Stop by and chat, ask questions, voice concerns, or listen. 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

Letter from Congressman Dan Lungren

In the back and forth of negotiations over raising the debt ceiling and enacting greater spending reductions, let’s not lose sight of what matters.  Americans want – and urgently need – jobs.
In January 2009, 7.6 percent of Americans were unemployed.  Although we were $9.2 trillion in federal debt, the White House insisted on spending $787 billion that it said would keep unemployment under 8 percent.  Two and a half years later, 9.2 percent of Americans are unemployed and our public debt stands at $14.3 trillion, an exponential increase in just the past three years.  Clearly, Washington cannot solve our economic problems by spending your money (and more of it) for you. 

Copperopolis Food Pantry Distribution TODAY

The Copperoplis Food Pantry will be making their monthly food distribution today July 21, 2011 from 2-4 pm at 90 Rock Creek Rd.
Food is available for families and individuals that live in Copperopolis.

Annie - at the Fallon House Theater

Annie, the beloved musical comedy about a gutsy little girl who never gives up, opened Friday July 8 at 7 PM at the Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Historic Park and runs through September 4.    

Pictured:  Annie (Devon Hayakawa) is not Miss Hannigan’s (Julie Ludlum) favorite orphan.

Photo credit: Rich Miller Photography
Now playing through September 4; Thursday and Friday evening performances begin at 7, Saturday evening shows begin at 8 and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2. “Talk backs” – discussions with the director and performers – are on Thursday evening, July 21 immediately following the performances. Call the box office at (209) 532-3120 or visit us online at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Governor Makes Appointments

John “Jack” Brooks, 87, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1944, he spent eight years as a naval officer and a ships officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. After concluding his service, Brooks worked as a homebuilder and real estate developer. Brooks currently serves on the advisory board with the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and was elected to their hall of distinguished graduates. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Brooks is a Democrat.

Honor the Fallen

Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez Hernandez, 22, of Logan, UT, died July 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Hernandez was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, of Kailua Kona, HI, died July 15 of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA. Camero was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

CAL FIRE in Action

A reader just submitted this photo of a CAL FIRE plane in action today over the Chief fire.

Thank you for your photo.

Copper Gazette ABX1 29 Poll is Closed

On our first poll on the Copper Gazette 23 votes were cast.

The poll question was:

How would you vote if the ABX1 29 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee were placed on a ballot?

The results:
8 - Yes
11 - No
1 - Not sure
3 - Need More information

Next poll to post Thursday 7-21-11

Town Square Unveils their September Concert Series Line Up

Every Saturday Night in September is Free Concerts!

The line-up starts with Josh Pheffier on Sept 3rd.
Sept 10th is Joni Morris - a Tribute to Patsy Cline
Sept 17th rock with Boyz Nite Out coming from San Francisco
all accapello with the human drummer!
The Tom Rigney and Flambeau will be here on the 24th
with his electric fiddle.

Don't miss any of the shows, they are all excellent!
We will be reserving tables at every concert this year,
 but you can still bring your lawn chair as usual.

Remember the concerts are free but a $5 donation for parking
helps our local 4-H Club. It's a small amount to pay
for this wonderful entertainment.

Vegetation Fire Chief

A vegetation fire was reported on Chief at approximately 1:20 7-20-11. Crews from CFPD and CAL FIRE responded.

July 20. 1969 Man First Walks on the Moon

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposal.

Lungren Votes to Remedy Nations Debt Problem

Washington, DC–Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River-CA), voted in favor of legislation that will address the nation’s colossal debt burden, out of control government spending and take action on the debt ceiling. H.R. 2560, The Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011, is a serious response to a serious problem. House Republicans have put forth a proposal to the President's request for a debt limit increase while achieving serious spending cuts, binding budget reforms, and putting in place a balanced budget amendment. Lungren released the following statement:

Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Park TONIGHT

The Calaveras Arts Council's summer Music in the Park series will be featuring bohemian rocker Patrice Pike at Utica Park tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Ric Ryan to Head to Operation Mend UCLA

Marine Ric Ryan (Vietnam ’67. ’68) has been walking since 2009 for his health. When he realized how fortunate he was to have his health, he turned his walking into something to benefit others.
He began to walk to raise money for Operation Mend, a joint Brown Army Medical Center and UCLA program designed to help wounded veterans returning home with disfiguring scars become “recognizable” again. The program involves many surgeons and support staff volunteering their time to help the wounded vets achieve some form a normalcy in their lives.
Ric Ryan pictured with Micki Phillips at the Copperopolis Veterans Spaghetti Feed Dinner.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reeds Turnpike Road Repairs 7-25 through 9-5

The Calaveras County Public Works Department will be closing Reeds Turnpike to through traffic Monday July 25th through Spetmeber 5th to repave and complete construction of road realignment.
Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, access will be limited to residents, residential deliveries, and emergency vehicles.

Activity at Copper Fire is on the Job Training

New intern Jonathan Villanueva summed it up recently when he came to intern for CFPD explaining that each day he learns something new or reviews something so that he "can be a better firefighter for this district." Stressing that repetitiveness is imperative to a firefighters training, allowing them to be prepared for every emergency, with training fresh in their minds.

The activity seen today at the CFPD Station #1 was actually training in progress. Joining the training were firefighters from CAL FIRE.

Governor makes Appointments

Barry Broad, 53, of Sacramento, has been designated as chair of the Employment Training Panel. Broad has served on the panel since 2002. He is currently managing partner of Broad & Gusman, LLP, a legal practice he established in 1994. Previously, Broad was the legislative director of the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council from 1985 to 1994 and a legal advisor for the Public Employment Relations Board from 1981 to 1984. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Broad is a Democrat.

Governor and First Lady Honor Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez Hernandez

Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez Hernandez, 22, of Logan, UT, died July 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Hernandez was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Lance Cpl. Hernandez’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.

First 5 says "Rethink your Drink"

First 5 Amador, First 5 Calaveras And WIC Team Up With An Otter That Wants You To Rethink Your Drink! In an effort to provide families important information, First 5, WIC and several local organizations have teamed up with a savvy critter that knows the importance of drinking water. 

“Potter the Otter – A Tale About Water” is being introduced to Amador and Calaveras Counties through the distribution of colorful, English/Spanish rhyming books and activities that encourage families to drink water instead of sugary drinks. Frightening statistics show that the average 4-5 year old eats almost 65 lbs. of added sugar a year – that’s more than 17 teaspoons of sugar a day. 

The average American consumes 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened beverages each year.  Drinking sugary beverages has been linked to weight gain, children and adults becoming obese, and developing severe health problems such as Type 2 diabetes.  Reducing the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages people drink is an important step in reversing the obesity epidemic.

Potter the Otter tips:·      
 Drink water when you are thirsty – it’s the best choice·        
Fill a pitcher with water and add fresh fruit slices for more flavor·      
Limit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day.  Even 100% fruit juice contains sugar and should be limited.·         Prevent tooth decay – don’t put soda or juice in a baby bottle or sippy cup.

WIC is providing information through educational presentations and the distribution of posters and pledges encouraging families to Rethink Their Drink.  If you are interested in additional information, please contact WIC at 223-7685, First 5 Amador at 257-1092 and First 5 Calaveras at 754-6917. 

CFPD Closed Session Board Meeting Agenda 7-22-11

MEETING  AGENDA                JULY  22,  2011        CLOSED  SESSION     10:00 A M                                                                                                                   
 1.   Call  to  Order
 2.   Roll Call of Directors
3.   Approval of Agenda /  Announcement of Subject for Closed Session:  This is the time for any Director to ask that an item be considered in a different order than listed below.  New items cannot be added to this Agenda for deliberation or action, but may be added to the Agenda of a future meeting.
4.   Public Comments:  This is the time and place for the general public to address the Board of Directors regarding items on this agenda.  Members of the public wishing to address the Board of Directors regarding items not on the agenda for this meeting may do so as long as the subject matter is within jurisdiction of the Board of Directors (Government Code section 54954.3 (a)).  Comments are limited to five minutes per individual and five minutes for speakers representing an organization.  This time limit may be extended at the discretion of the Chair.(Government Code section 54954.(b).
5.     Excuse the Public for Closed Session Subject.     Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.  Interviews of candidate (s) for the position of Fire Chief.
6.   Adjournment of Closed Session.
7.   Reconvene With Public to Report Any Actions Taken in Closed Session.     
8.   Adjournment of Meeting.          

                                                                                    Posted July 19, 2011 by,
                                                                                                                                                                        Belva Bristol, Office Manager                                                                                                 

Booths for Summerfest Available

The Copperopolis Town Square Summerfest, held August 20, 2011 from 10-3 has available booth areas for rent. The fee to rent a 12' x 12' square area to put up your booth is only $10.00 per space.

Summerfest brings in families, neighbors and visitors. All coming to enjoy the arts, fun and festivities of the day.

Summerfest will be featuring the music of  'Plan B' playing in the park for your listening and or dancing pleasure. This year Town Square has kicked it up a notch in the family fun department and has multiple water attractions for kids and adults alike, from water slides and bouncy houses to indoor water balloon games.

If you would like more information about booth rental or activities please contact Linda at 209-785-9700.

(You must supply your own table, chairs and cover if needed.)

Copperopolis Olive Oil Company Expands Balsamic Line

Copperopolis Olive Oil Company, located in Copperopolis Town Square, is not just OIL. This store is all things olive - Olive Oil Lotion, Shampoo,conditioner, olive oil scented soaps, Olive Wood products , olive trays, olive motiff metal art, pasta bowls and now olive oil lip balm ,anti wrinkle cream and olive oil body balm.
To add to their wonderful selection of oils and balamics, this week they will unveil four new Balsalmics -Cranberry-Vanilla- Blackberry and Honey.

All are exquisite. Stop by and give them a try.

Store hours

For more information call 209-785-2516 or visit

Mon - Fri:11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:10:00 am-7:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am-5:00 pm

County Health Press Release - Immunization Clinic Hour Changes


The Calaveras County Public Health Department announces a schedule change for the Public Health community immunization clinics.  Due to recent budget cuts, effective July 30, 2011, the West Point Clinic at the Veteran’s Hall and the Arnold Clinic at the Chapel in the Pines Church will no longer offer monthly immunization services.  
Clinics in Valley Springs and San Andreas will continue as follows:
Effective July 30, 2011

LOCATION                                       SCHEDULE                                     TIME
San Andreas                                    Weekly, Every Monday                   3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Public Health Department              Weekly, Every Thursday                 8:00 am – Noon
700 Mountain Ranch Road,
Suite C-2

Valley Springs
United Methodist Church               Monthly, 3rd Tuesday                       3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
135 Laurel

Immunizations are available for infants, children and youth.
            Ÿ    Immunizations are $16 each
            Ÿ    No one is denied due to inability to pay
            Ÿ    Medi-Cal is accepted
            Ÿ    Appointments are not needed 
            Ÿ    Tdap vaccine is not available for children and youth with private health                                   insurance

For information about vaccine recommendations and clinics, please call the Public Health Department at 754.6460 [toll free within Calaveras County] or visit the Public Health website at