Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Concert Series in Town Square - Opening Night September 3, 2011

The opening concert for Copperopolis Town Square's incredible concert line-up will feature none other than our local crooner Josh Pfeiffer.
Joining Josh will be Tower Of Power trumpet player Mic Gillette!
Sound provided by Mark Fusselman of "Sounds Good To Me"!
Admission is free!
Contact Linda Stefanick 866.276.4235 to reserve a VIP table.

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

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

• AB 139 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – State claims.
• AB 434 by Assemblymember Dan Logue (R-Chico) – County penalties: forensic laboratories.
• AB 1300 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys) – Medical marijuana.
• SB 24 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) – Personal information: privacy.
• SB 207 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) – State claims.
• SB 514 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) – Dextromethorphan: sale to minors prohibited.
• SB 636 by Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) – Personal information: Internet disclosure prohibition.
• SB 796 by Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) – State hospitals: prohibited items: misdemeanor penalty.

Low Cost Rabies Clinic 9-24-11

Calaveras County Animal Services will be holding a low cost rabies clinic on Saturday,
September 24. Clinic will be held at the Animal Services Office at 891 Mountain Ranch Road,
San Andreas. The clinic starts at 1:30 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. All dogs must be on leashes and
all cats must be in carriers. Those needing to license their dogs can take do this at the clinic.
Micro-chipping is also being offered at the clinic.

ReHorse Rescue - Press release re: Sparky

Sparky has been at ReHorse Rescue Ranch for 8 weeks now. He is doing amazing. As of today, he has gained 152 lbs. He still has quite a ways to go but he is on the right track.
Thank you all who have donated for Sparky and for the 44 horses at the rescue. It's only because of your support that Sparky had a chance. Please continue to support the our rescue efforts. It's amazing what some groceries and love can do. These miracles are only possible with your help. Donations can be made at and P.O. Box 494 Jamestown, CA 95327. Thank you for helping us save these horses in crisis.
Sparky in June 2011

Sparky in August 2011

Yosemite Motor Fire Update

According to the US Forest Service the Motor Fire is now 80% contained with a containment date that has been moved back to Sunday September 4, 2011 at approximately 12:00 AM.
Personnel sits at  907 and acres burned 5231.

Bark n Bubbles Grand Opening - bubbles of fun

Saturday August 27, 2011 was the Grand Opening for the new self service dog wash Bark n Bubbles, located in Lake Tulloch Plaza by IGA.

Doggies of all sorts brought their owners to visit the new shop to get a good wash or just to shop for new toys.

One family's four-legged friend was treated to a family scrub down with mother and son pulling double duty with the bubbles and the scrubbing. The mom said it was so much nicer than putting her dog in the tub at home. Not hard on the back at all and fun for her young son.

'Daisy' the Diva

Puppy baths= family fun time

Bark n Bubbles Hours of operation are Wed – Sun 10-6
For more information call 209-785-9274

New Look for Calaveras County Sheriff Dept vehicles

In an effort to transition the Sheriff’s Office into a new era, Sheriff Gary Kuntz has begun to change the appearance of the patrol vehicles. The old style green graphics has made way to a new design that features discreet black and gold coloring while including the necessary key features in sheriff vehicle recognition. The new design not only matches the colors of the Sheriff’s Office, but was formulated through team effort and input from the patrol deputies to match the look and feel of the newly refocused Sheriff’s Office. "Community First" was a promise that Sheriff Kuntz made to the citizens of Calaveras County and each vehicle bearing the new graphic design will have this slogan on the rear of the vehicle as a reminder that the communities and the people of Calaveras County have the highest priority. In order to be fiscally responsible, the Sheriff’s Office will only be putting the new graphics on new vehicles as they are replaced. Gateway Press Inc., located in Murphys, worked with the Sheriff’s Office in formulating the new graphic and was able to respond with the expertise and ability to meet the requirements for the new sheriff vehicle signage, as well as completing installations at a cost savings from previous installs. This full service print and graphic shop specializes in digital printing, vehicle graphics, and more. "I believe in using local vendors whenever possible," Sheriff Kuntz said, "Gateway did a great job."

Spellman Still Working on County Noise Ordinance

Together with Supervisor Wilensky, Copperopolis resident Jack Cox, County Counsel Janice Elliot, Supervisor Darren Spellman has been working on a noise ordinance plan for Calaveras County.

"One size fits all does not work" said Spellman, pointing out that what may work in West Point may not work on Lake Tulloch, the county will need "site specific policies."

Spellman said that as soon as the County Planning Director gets a handle on the general plan and the plan is pushed through with what is required by the state to become compliant, then a generic noise ordinance can be put in place with site specific community plans including their own noise ordinances.

Generic noise ordinances usually include policies that require no loud noises after 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and after midnight Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Motor Fire Yosemite - US Forest Service Update

Now 60% contained.
Hwy 140 traffic restriction lifted
All lines should be completed today with mop-up and rehab operations beginning. All restrictions on the fire have been lifted. 


Copperopolis Food Distribution

When: First Thursday of each month
Where: Armory (back door) (Main Street)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2. Mobile Pantry
When: in 2011--October 19 and December 21
Where: Lake Tulloch Bible Church (Spangler Lane)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

3. Copperopolis Community Food Pantry
When: Third Thursday of each month
Where: Anglican Church of the Ascension
(metal building across Hwy 4 from Main Street)
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call
The Resource Connection 754-1257.

1. Food Commodities Distribution

Honor the Fallen

Army Sgt. Andrew R. Tobin

Army Sgt. Andrew R. Tobin

Died August 24, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Jacksonville, Ill.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Aug. 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Army Pfc. Jesse W. Dietrich

Army Pfc. Jesse W. Dietrich

Died August 25, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Venus, Texas; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Aug. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Army Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins

Army Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins

Died August 25, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Owensboro, Ky.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Aug. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Spc. Michael C. Roberts

Army Spc. Michael C. Roberts

Died August 27, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Watauga, Texas; assigned to 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Aug. 27 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

US Forest Service News Release Yosemite Fire

Fire Update #11
Motor Fire
Location: Hwy 140 near Cedar Lodge
Acres Burned:
Structures Threatened:
Structures Destroyed:
Fire Started:
August 25,2011 12:30PM
Cause: Vehicle Fire
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 1,201
The Motor Fire started August 25, 2011 at approximately 12:30pm on Hwy 140, along the Merced River and near Cedar Lodge. This fire is located in very steep, rugged terrain making access difficult. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on August 26, 2011.

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

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

• ABX1 13 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) – Energy: renewable resources: endangered species.

(1)The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) requires the Fish and Game Commission to establish a list of endangered species and a list of threatened species, and requires the Department of Fish and Game to recommend, and the commission to adopt, criteria for determining if a species is endangered or threatened. CESA authorizes the department to authorize the take of threatened species, endangered species, or candidate species by permit if certain requirements are met. CESA authorizes the department, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) and, to the extent practicable, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the United States Bureau of Land Management, to design and implement actions to protect, restore, or enhance the habitat of plants and wildlife that can be used to fully mitigate the impacts of the take of endangered, threatened, or candidate species (mitigation actions) resulting from certain solar thermal and photovoltaic powerplants in the planning area of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

Governor Brown announces appointments to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Peggy Hellweg, 59, of Orinda, has been appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. Hellweg has been a research geophysicist at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory since 2001. She was a geophysical consultant for Geo Enterprises Orinda from 1995 to 2001 and a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey, Branch of Seismology, from 1990 to 1995. She received a Doctorate in geophysics from Stuttgart University in Germany. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Hellweg is a Democrat.

Coldwell Banker Raises Money for the Copperopolis Friends of the Library

Coldwell Banker Copperopolis has long been a supporter of the Copperopolis Friends of the Library (FOTL). The consistent support they show for the library has been unwavering throughout the years, selling hotdogs at homecoming, holding raffles and silent auctions.
August 20, 2011 Coldwell Banker held a raffle to raise funds for the Copperopolis FOTL at the well attended Town Square Summerfest. Raffle prizes ranged from gift certificates to wine baskets, candy to clothing, with the piece d’resistance a gas bar-b-que. Many waited with baited breath as they spun the ticket basket for the large bar-b-que donated by Town Square. After the name was called screams erupted and the lucky winner, Stacey, hugged and high fived all those congratulating her.

Coldwell Banker raised $1,500.00 this year for the Copperopolis Friends of the Library.
The Coldwell Banker Summerfest Raffle and Homecoming Auction gang consisted of Kathy Williams, Jamie Rhinehart, Sonja Winfield, Melinda Stanley,  along with friend and fellow supporters Caryn Garner and Wayne Winfield.
A special thanks was sent out from Coldwell Banker to Linda Stefanick of Town Square for her generous help in the last minute preparations for the raffle held at the Town Square Summerfest.

On this day in History - Thurgood Marshall becomes first African American Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice 1967

On this day August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
From a young age, Marshall seemed destined for a place in the American justice system. His parents instilled in him an appreciation for the Constitution, a feeling that was reinforced by his schoolteachers, who forced him to read the document as punishment for his misbehavior. After graduating from Lincoln University in 1930, Marshall sought admission to the University of Maryland School of Law, but was turned away because of the school's segregation policy, which effectively forbade blacks from studying with whites. Instead, Marshall attended Howard University Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1933. (Marshall later successfully sued Maryland School of Law for their unfair admissions policy.)

Monday, August 29, 2011

First Responders not invited to 9/11 ceremonies

This past Monday, the office of New York Mayor Mike Blumberg confirmed that NYC first responders are not invited to this year's September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero. Nor are religious leaders of any religion.

For more info visit the links under 'Political Hot Tickets of the week' on the left side of the Copper Gazette.

Free Walk-In Shriner Screening Clinic - Placerville

Free Walk-in Shrine Screening Clinic On September 17, 2011, from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Placerville Masonic Center, 2820 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, the local Shrine Club will be conducting a free walk-in screening clinic to identify children, through the age of 17, who can benefit from expert orthopaedic, spinal cord and burn care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children. No appointment necessary. Although the emphasis is on, spinal cord and burn care, the hospital also offers other services, including plastic surgery for non-burn related scarring, birthmarks, abnormal skin growths, congenital ear deformities, and cleft lip and palate repair.  All care and services are provided for children through the age of seventeen at Shriners Hospitals regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.  Questions regarding the Clinic: Call Michael Day, South Lake Tahoe Shrine Screening Clinic Chairman,  (530) 622-6440,

Town Square Walkers - exercise can be fun!

Town Square Walkers a walking group in Copperopolis, CA that is open to anyone who would like a bit of exercise and companionship on weekday mornings!

Meeting Monday -Friday at 8:20 am at the Town Square!

Recall is a Go – Interview with Michael McDaniel

In a telephone interview 8-29-11, Michael McDaniel, the driving force behind the  Supervisor Spellman recall effort, stated that the recall has been “approved and on the move.”
According to McDaniel, Calaveras County “has approved our petition and verbiage and have given us the green light to start collecting signatures.”
McDaniel and recall supporters have until November 28, 2011 to collect 1702 valid signatures of registered voter residents within the previous District 5. “Our goal is to collect 2000” said McDaniels, hoping to offset the possible invalid signature potential, saying that supporters of the recall don’t want anything “to hamper the recall” effort.
When asked when signature collection would begin, McDaniels stated, “Signatures will begin to be collected by the end of this week.” He also asked for those who wished to become involved to contact him at 981-7200.
In an earlier interview with Supervisor Spellman, Spellman felt that the recall effort was hampering his effectiveness as a Supervisor, stating, “There are so many things I am working on, it (the recall effort) takes away from my ability to be as effective as I could be.” He also asked that voters contact him with any questions and wishing to dispel rumors, he says, “talk to me.”
Spellman can be reached via email at

The 72 Hour Rule by, local author Margot E. Brown

The 72 Hour Rule is a Do-it-Yourself Couples Therapy Book by local author and Psychologist Dr. Margot Brown.
Do you feel stuck in your relationship? Are you playing a game with your partner? Does it feel like every time you argue it is just one big blame session? Has it been years since you’ve even loved each other in a real way? Did one of you have an affair? What role do secrets, sex and money play in your marriage?
The 72 hour rule focuses on helping all couples and adult individuals who are in a relationship now or previously. This easy-to-use book provides step-by-step exercises to help couples improve their relationship by communicating more effectively. Covering a wide range of topics, this book examines verbal abuse, sexual issues, addiction issues, domestic violence, mental illness, divorce, family dynamics, and affairs, to mention a few.

Board of Supervisor's August 23, 2011 meeting - Video

Video of Calaveras Board of Supervisor’s meetings graciously supplied by Calaveras Public Access TV. Thank you!

For BOS video click HERE

US Forest Service Outlook for Yosemite Fire

Incident Overview 8-29-11 8:00 am

Crews made good progress on the fire throughout the night. The fire was most active on the east side. There were a couple of hot spots on the west side of the fire, other areas showed little activity. There was no movement on the north side of the fire. Air support continues to help support the crews as needed.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseMotor Home Fire
Date of OriginThursday August 25th, 2011 approx. 12:30 PM
LocationMerced River Canyon
Incident CommanderDavid Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel818
Size4,755 acres
Percent Contained35%
Estimated Containment DateFriday September 09th, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved6, Pine and brush.
Fire BehaviorActive fire continues to move east into Moss Canyon. Low to moderate fire activity on the west flank of the fire; some roll out across the containment line produced an area of active fire on the norht west side of the fire. South of the Merced River showed little to moderate activity throughout the day.
Significant EventsMandatory evacuations: Rancheria, Cedar Lodge, Incline, El Portal Trailer Village and local Merced River Canyon Campgrounds. Mandatory Road Closures: Highway 140, from the Foresta Bridge west is closed, Incline Road, and Forest Rd 1S12. There is no estimation as to when the will re-open. Old El Portal is advised to prepare for evacuations, this is a pre-evacuation.


Planned ActionsCrews continue to construct line on the east side of the fire. The use of a DC-10 airtanker supported this operation, crews will reinforce retardant lines.
Growth PotentialSignificant
Terrain DifficultyThe fire is terrain driven in very steep canyon slopes, and has burned to the top of the ridges above the Merced River on both sides of the canyon.
RemarksDC-10 was used to support direct line efforts on the west side of the fire, good progress was made with Type one hand crews during the operational period. Local Law enforcement recommend procationary measures. Stay away from Hwy 140 heading to Yosemite National Park.

Alan Jackson at Ironstone - A Walk Down Musical Memory Lane

Alan Jackson took the stage humbly at Ironstone Ampitheater Friday August 26, 2011 and took the crowd on an amazing trip down musical memory lane.

Amid the gentle rolling hills of the foothill wine country, nestled among some trees and small streams, there lay an outdoor venue that is both intimate and yet allows for the full concert experience. It is known as Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys California. Well known artisits from around the US have had the opportunity to play at Ironstone, each stating with awe at the wonder of the facilities, the grounds and the setting. Alan Jackson was no exception, feeling right at home "out in the country."

Fancy Pans – So much more than a Kitchen Store

If you are entertaining important clients or having the family over for a relaxed bar-b-que, you will find just what you need to make your party a success at Fancy Pans.
As with most kitchen stores, Fancy Pans carries the requisite pots, pans, knives and kitchen implements, but the collection of kitchen gadgetry and entertaining must-haves, goes way beyond anyones idea of ‘basic’ kitchen necessities.
There are jams, jellies and honey’s from Oregon, bar-b-que supplies that most any man in your life would love to own, linen and cotton towels, adorable collectors salt and pepper shakers,  decorative wine corks and serving trays, cheese slicers, cook books, cleaners and more. If you need something spur of the moment, they most likely have something to fill your needs, but be prepared to find more than you were shopping for and items that you can’t believe you ever lived without all at extremely affordable prices.

Umpqua Bank , Learn to Earn- teaching saving principles early

Umpqua Bank believes in investing its time and energy into the community through many community service orgaizations to benefit the community within which they operate their branches.

Copperopolis Branch pushes that thought process just a little further, jumping in with their boots on when seemingly any organization asks for support or help. Throughout the years they have helped with the food pantry, collecting school supplies for the school and to hand out to children in need, held open house Parks and Rec info / customer appreciation days, displayed quilts for veterans, schools, fire departments, and so much more.

As the new school year starts, Umpqua Bank employees will be volunteering their time before their work day begins to teach the children of Copperopolis Elementary the fundamentals and benefits of saving. This will be the third year Umpqua Bank has offered and run this program for the children at the elementary school.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Copperopolis County Profile

To read the County's profile of Copperopolis click HERE

Standing guard at the Tomb in the face of Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene barrels her way toward the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast, members of The Old Guard continue their vigilance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
While on duty the Tomb Sentinel crosses a 63-foot rubber surfaced walkway in exactly 21 steps. He then faces the Tomb for 21 seconds, turns again, and pauses an additional 21 seconds before retracing his steps.
Click HERE to read more
News source WTOP 103.5.

Veteran Stand Down in Sonora September 23-24, 2011, 8-5

STAND DOWN 09/23 – 09/24, 0800 to 1700 (8:00am to 5:00pm).  The attendees will not be required to stay the night.

                Target population is Military Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  We are being kind of loose on our definition of homeless. We want to encourage those at risk Veterans to attend.

We will be providing free medical and dental checkups.  The dental services will include extractions, cleaning, and fillings.  Medical checks will be for vitals screenings and referrals to higher level of medical care if needed.  We are working on getting a Vision Van there too.

We will provide Veteran attendees free meals, clothing, haircuts, hygiene kits, sleeping bags, track phones & minutes for track phone (for the first 20 Veterans who arrive), gas cards (for the first 20 Veterans),  & transportation to the event for the Veteran participants.

                What we would greatly appreciate from our community partners is:

Assistance with identifying those Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
Inform those Veterans of this event.
Instruct the identified Veterans to bring their DD 214 papers (discharge papers).  If necessary we can assist them with acquiring copies of their DD-214 papers prior to the Stand Down.  The more advance notice we have for this the better chances we have of getting the papers back in time.
Identify which Veterans are in need of transportation and provide the Outreach team with this information as far in advance as possible so we can make arrangements.

Thanks so much for your willingness to support our Veterans.  If you have any questions please contact me at 209-588-2604. 

Copper Town Square- Concert Series - 'If its happening, it's happening here"

'Live On' hosting their Second Annual Suicide Prevention Walk

This is our 2nd Walk for Suicide Prevention. This walk is to raise money to continue helping and education people for suicide prevention and awareness. Please join us in this special cause at our Walk. We are also selling raffle tickets for some amazing prizes! 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00

The cost of the walk can be $25.00 dollars or at Least $25.00 in donations.
Saturday, September 10 · 8:00am - 11:00am Mark Twain Elementary School
For more info about Live On please read previous article by the Copper Gazette

Copper Kids' Club Begins September 14th

Copper Kids’ Club is a mid week outreach ministry for kids in the community. This is an opportunity for kids to experience Jesus through worship, drama, games, small groups, crafts, and service. The Copper Kids’ Club leaders are dedicated to engaging and serving the children of Copperopolis. All leaders have gone through an application process.

Copper Kids’ Club is designed for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. WE do have a Pre-K class that has limited space. The first ten registered Pre-Kers will be taken for the year. 

Kids club begins Spetmeber 14, 2011. For more information visit  or call Pastor Sean at 785-9295

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Community Picnic hosted by the Copperopolis Veterans

$5.00 hotdog, chili, potato salad and soda feast!
Three legged races, water balloon toss,
horse shoes, gunny sack hop,
antique fire engines, WWII jeeps, and free ice cream
from Umpqua Bank.

Hosted by the

Private Dog Training / Lessons for your canine friend

Friday, August 26, 2011

Big Fish Contest

Big Fish Contest Rules Sponsored by Copper Cove at Lake Tulloch Owners’ Association
KIVA Committee
Who can enter: Anyone who fishes Lake Tulloch.
Entry Fee: $10.00 may be paid anytime, prior to fish entry or at the time of the first fish entry.
Under 18 yrs Those under 18 years of age are free.
Time Frame: Jul 1, 2011 through Oct 31, 2011.
Contact: Reneé Irwin (209) 785-7126

Gentle comment reminder

Please include your name in the body of your comment or it will not be posted. A first initial last name or a first name last initial will suffice.

Build a Scarecrow - Raise Money for your Favorite Charity

Copperopolis Town Square will be hosting their annual Scarecrow Auction on October 15, 2011 and they need you or your organization to build a scarecrow!

This is how it works: your original or traditional designed scarecrow will be proudly displayed in Town Square as soon as you have created it and delivered it to Copper Valley Realty. Your scarecrow will be placed in one of the many businesses in Town Square for all to see until the date of the auction. Attached to each scarecrow will be a sealed can for donations to your case people want to help but can't attend the auction.

Honor the Fallen

Army 1st Lt. Timothy J. Steele

Died August 23, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Duxbury, Mass.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Aug. 23 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
Army 1st Lt. Timothy J. Steele

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
A friend sent this to me his morning . . . I never saw this report even though I watch Fox news.

This took place this past Fourth of July 2011.

All of the major news media groups were invited . . .

Not a word from CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC etc. They never said a word.

Whatever is said about President Bush . . .

The troops recognized him as the Commander in Chief then and now and this explains why;

Mike S.

Bark n Bubbles - Makes washing your dog fun!

Barks n Bubbles  is now open!
Barks n Bubbles is a one stop self service dog washing, grooming, and pampering place for your dog.
Do you have a large or elderly dog, where ease in access and egress for bath time tends to be very difficult for both you and your dog? Well Bark n Bubbles has solved your bath time worries with their easily accessible tubs specially designed for the larger or elderly dog. Don’t worry, if your pup is smaller, they have that covered too!

Wine Tasting at Snaps- TONIGHT! 8-26-11

Snaps Coffee House and Wine Bar will be featuring Newsome-Harlow this evening at 5:00 for their Friday Night Flights event.
Enjoy the wine, the appetizers, music, friends, and more.
For more information visit

Weekend weather - National Weather Service

Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East northeast wind at 7 mph becoming west southwest.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North northwest wind between 5 and 7 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. North northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 62.

Business Responses to Governor's Jobs First Plan

"The package proposed by the Governor will make California more competitive with other states and provide a foundation upon which we can rebuild California's job base,” said Joe Panetta, President and CEO, BIOCOM, “Governor Brown is to be commended for putting the strength of his office into these efforts.”

“As a company with several major manufacturing sites in this state, Boeing applauds the governor’s initiative to support manufacturing in California,” said Jeff Sweet, Director of California Government Relations for The Boeing Company. “He understands the need for consistency and certainty to spur investment and job growth, and is seeking solutions that will help accomplish that goal.”

Governor Brown Proposes California Jobs First Package to Spur Local Job Creation

Taking action to put Californians to work, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a three-part California Jobs First plan that offers over $1 billion a year in tax relief for businesses that create jobs in the state.

“Boosting job growth in California is a top priority, and this proposal is a critical step in making sure the state does everything it can to support local job creation,” said Brown. “Our state has added 116,000 jobs since January, but we must do more to build economic momentum. This legislation would expand a currently existing job credit to make it more effective while adding new tax incentives for growth in the manufacturing sector.”

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beginners Quilting Workshop

The Lake Tulloch Quilters will be hosting a beginners quilting workshop on Saturday September 3, 2011 from 9:30 to 1:30 pm at Blackcreek Park Homeowners Building.

This workshop is for the beginner, novice, or the person that has always dreamed of quilting. No experience necessary.

For more information please contact Pat Hopper at 785-3631

Press Release - Calaveras County Public Health - RE: Free Nicotine Patches

Date:               August 25, 2011  
Contact:         Colleen A. Tracy, MPH, Health Services Agency Director
                        Dean Kelaita, M.D., Health Officer

Phone:           209-754-6460
Fax:                209-754-1709

Quitting smoking just got a little easier.  For a limited time, the California Smokers’ Helpline is offering callers from Calaveras County free 2 week starter nicotine patch kits.  Calaveras County was selected as a result of the high smoking rates for adults. Thirty-four counties in California were identified to participate in this offer. “The state prevalence rate for adults is currently 11.9 %,” stated Dr. Dean Kelaita, Health Officer.  “Calaveras County’s rate is well above that at 18%,” added Kelaita.  While there has been progress in decreasing the number of adults who smoke, Calaveras County continues to lag behind the state.  The result is a continuing concern for the smoker’s health and for the health of the community at risk of second and third hand smoke exposures. 

Letter from Congressman Dan Lungren

This month, I have hosted three Town Halls in the district and visited with nearly 20 business and community groups to listen to their ideas about getting this country back on its feet and back to work, and update them on what’s going on in Congress.
I point this out because media personalities such as Greta Van Susteren at Fox have suggested that Congress should have cut short its “vacation,” and returned to Washington D.C. to solve some problems.
I beg to disagree on a couple of levels.

Poll results

The last poll, closing date 8-24-11, asked viewers - Do you support the Spellman recall effort?
A total of 31 votes were cast.
The results:
22 Yes
7   No
1   Not sure
1   Need more information

Bark n Bubbles Grand Opening

GRAND OPENING August 27, 2011 10-6 Bark n Bubbles
Bark n Bubbles Self Service Dog Wash and More!

Copperopolis WWII Vet to take Honor Flight to D.C. by, John Howsden

Shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Mel Ogg kissed his girlfriend good-by, walked into the nearest Marine Corps recruiting office and said he wanted to fight for his country. After some no-nonsense training at boot camp he was put on a cargo ship headed for the South Pacific. The young farm boy was about to become a combat veteran the hard way—fighting.

The above sentence makes going to war sound easy and exciting.  But World War II was among one of the most heinous human crimes in history. Before it was over, 16 million Americans went off to war and of those, over 400,000 didn’t come back.

         Photo, Mel Ogg taking home a first place at the 2011 Copperopolis Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sonora PD Press Release re:drug arrest

22 Aug. 2011, at approx. 9:03 pm, an officer stopped a vehicle on the 300 block of S. Washington St. for having a brake light out. The officer contacted the driver and passenger. The passenger was identified as Luke Seagraves, 22 of Sonora. Seagraves was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Seagraves also had a large fixed blade knife concealed inside the vehicle, near his feet. At this point Seagraves was detained.

Friday Night Flights at Snaps featuring Newsome- Harlow Winery

Snap's Coffee House and Wine Bar will be featuring winemaker Scott Klann and Newsome-Harlow wines this Friday evening, August 26, 2011, for their 'Friday Night Flights' event.  The evening begins at 5:00pm and winds down at 8:00pm.
A flight of five tastings will be $7.00 and a glass of your favorite will be $7.00. 
Complimentary snacks will be served and acousitc guitar music by Danny Burton will round out the evening.

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Copperopolis, Where a Hero calls Home

There may not have been a ticker tape parade down Main Street upon his return, but Tech Sgt Tavis DeLaney, returning from Afghanistan, was "blown away" by the incredible support and love he felt from the community saying, “this community has touched my heart.”

"I didn't know anyone here, I really kept to myself, never had time to make friends, so when I came home and found myself the recipient of a great coming home party at Griff's, a welcome home sign on my garage door and applause at my church followed by hugs, I knew I had found my home."

Not believing himself to be a hero, Tavis underplays his role in the four tours he has completed, three in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He currently holds a Bronze Star and has recently been nominated for a Silver Star. While some may wonder, misguidedly so, at his many tours, he holds true to four rules: patriotism, honor, courage and sacrifice.
Tavis's most recent nomination for the Silver Star stemmed from a 7 hour fire fight in the Hindu Kush mountains near the village of  DoAb  in Nuristan Province , Afghanistan, with a team of 40 US and 20 Afghan soldiers against an estimated 400 to 500 insurgents hiding in the cavernous mountain range “it was like a battleship in the mountain…the hill was crawling with insurgents.”

On this day in History - Mount Vesuvias Erupts 79 AD devastating Pompeii

After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Governor Brown Creates California Interagency Council on Veterans

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an Executive Order establishing the California Interagency Council on Veterans to improve how veterans’ services are coordinated across local, state and federal government.

“The California Interagency Council on Veterans gives everyone a seat at the table and ensures we’re working collaboratively to address the needs of the 30,000 servicemen and women who return to California each year,” Brown said. “We owe our veterans the best and when they come home, we must serve them the same way they so bravely served us.”

Governor Brown announces appointments

Jeanne Clinton, 60, of Berkeley, has been appointed special advisor to the California Public Utilities Commission. Clinton has been a manager of the Climate Strategies Branch of the Commission since 2009. She was an advisor on clean energy and policy planning to the Commission from 2006 to 2009 and a consultant to former California Energy Commissioner Jackalyne Pfannenstiel from 2005 to 2006. Clinton served as an international energy efficiency advisor for the Vietnam Ministry of Industry from 2004 to 2005 and deputy director for the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority from 2001 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,236. Clinton is a Democrat.

New Melones Fishing Report

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 2,180,884 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this week and is currently at 1068 ft. above sea level and 20 ft. from full. Water temperature is 80-83 degrees. Water is green-stained (lots of plankton) with strong mud lines near shore. Watch for floating debris and unmarked island tops.

Trout: The bite is starting to pick up. Fishing at night under a submersible light can be a great way to some nice holdover trout. We have a selection of submersible night-fishing drop lights at Glory Hole Sports. The light attracts plankton, which attracts the baitfish, which attracts the rainbows and brown trout. 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! Also use a vertical jigging spoon below the light to draw a reaction strike. If you wish to troll for trout, fish 50-60 feet deep over the deepest water in the main lake or creek channels 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. Bank anglers should head to local creeks like Angels Creek, although we have the occasional trout caught by bank anglers in Angels Cove. William Heinle of Arnold, George Lindsey of Murphys, and Ben Baier and John Glick of Sonora all brought in nice limits of trout this week.

Senators Gaines and Hernandez's Hospital Cost Transparency Bill On Its Way To Governor

Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) and Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) today announced that their bill – Senate Bill 751 – has cleared both the Assembly and Senate with bipartisan support and is now on its way to Governor Brown.

Senate Bill 751 is a straightforward measure that will give California consumers access to cost and quality information regarding hospitals in their communities. Consumers will be able to use this valuable information to determine which hospital will provide the best care for their ailment.

Heading to an Ironstone Concert? Stop by and Say 'hi' to Cruisers

Thats right, Cruisers Mobile Ice Cream parlor is conveniently located at the top of the hill at all Ironstone concerts.

So if you have a hankering for our local yummy ice cream while enjoying the amazing sounds provided by Ironstone, just pop up to the top of the hill, in the food vendor area, and say "hi."

See if you can locate Cruiser's Mobile Ice Cream parlor in this photo. (Hint: look for the big 'cruiser blue' trailer.)
Courtesy photo.

CDCR Inmate Captured in Salida 36 years after walking away from Fire Camp

Jamestown, CA– William Walter Asher III is back in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody after 36 years on the run. FBI agents and task force officers assigned to the Sacramento FBI Safe Streets Violent Crime Task Force arrested him without incident Friday morning at his residence in Salida, California. The arrest team was composed of a CDCR parole agent, FBI agents and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.

Copper Fire Implements Cutting Edge Paramedic Technology

In the world of paperless data input and export, real time communication and data storage, CFPD has the corner on the market.
Paramedic/Medic Training instructor Kelly Zook has been with Copperopolis Fire Protection District as a per diem Paramedic since February 2008 and licensed since 2005. Beginning August 2010 he has been in charge of the EMT aspects within CFPD. Frustrated with the budget constraints put upon smaller Districts but desiring a “quality program” to run within CFPD, he was told about a new program called iPCR, an electronic patient care reporting system for iPad from Forte Holdings Company.
In early January 2011, after contacting persons within Forte Holdings and telling them of the budget limits and needs of the District,  Zook was contacted by the CEO, Dion Nugent, and was told to “come on in..we will walk you through our program and we will work on the other details for you.” Zook said that over the following eight months “we worked together in order to come together and get our District Patient Care Reporting program I am very proud of.”
To offset the budget concerns, CFPD has been designated as a test site for this product. In being designated as such, CFPD is to give input and feedback suggesting changes or modifications. Zook is to attend quarterly meetings with the corporation focusing on improving the iPCR for our District and other Districts. Others in attendance at these meeting will be EMS Directors from other Fire Departments and EMS Agencies that are currently using the product.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sonora PD Press Release 8-22-11

For the past two months the Sonora Police Department has been working in conjunction with the Tuolumne County Public Health Director concerning the sale of illegal bath salts and spices at a business located inside the City limits of Sonora. The bath salts in question are known as “K2”, “Spice” and “Bath Salts.” These products contain controlled substances and have been linked to several deaths in the U.S.
The investigation included the undercover purchase of the substances in question; the testing of the substances in question by the California Department of Justice Lab to confirm the products did in fact contain a controlled substance; contacting and notifying the business owner of the health and legal actions if he continued to sale the salts and spices.

Tulloch Drawdown for Fall 2011

August 19, 2011 mail Randi Field at (916) 9792066,
Below is the drawdown schedule for Tulloch Reservoir for Fall 2011 to comply with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements. Please be aware that local inflow to Tulloch Reservoir during a rain event or flood control may cause an operation outside of the schedule. If you have any comments or questions, please call or e
Elevation Range (ft)
Date Low High
25 May to 15 Sep 506.5 509.5
16 Sep to 21 Sep 505 508
22 Sep to 28 Sep 504 507
29 Sep to 5 Oct 503 506
6 Oct to 11 Oct 502 505
12 Oct to 18 Oct 501 504
19 Oct to 24 Oct 500 503
25 Oct to 29 Oct 499 502
30 Oct to 21 Mar 498 501.6
During the drawdown period, actual Tulloch Reservoir Elevations are expected to fall between the High and Low Elevation Range.

CDCR Launches Realignment Website

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced it has launched a website dedicated to providing information and updates to the public, local officials, and CDCR employees about the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 109 and AB 117.

CDCR’s Realignment website is designed to provide the public with easy access to information and news regarding the new law and implementation status statewide.  

Implementation of the 2011 Realignment will begin October 1, 2011. As of that date all individuals sentenced to non-serious, non-violent or non-sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison. No inmates currently in state prison will be transferred to county jails or released early.

CCWD Regular Board Meeting 8-24-11



Special Public Meeting to be Held in Sac Today 8-22-11 re: ABX 1 29

The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will complete a draft of emergency regulations in accordance with Assembly Bill AB X 1 29, State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fees, for the full board to consider at a special public meeting to be held in Sacramento on August22, 2011.

Board of Supervisors Preliminary Agenda 8-23-11

August 23, 2011



891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, California

8:00  AM:  Call to Order
      Pledge of Allegiance

Summerfest Fun in Town Square

Town Square once again hosted an amazing community, family oriented fun day for the residents of Copperopolis with their annual Summerfest celebration.
Live music by Plan B, water slides and games, along with crafters booths and more made for a perfect day for families.

For more Town Square Summerfest pictures click HERE

Update 8-23-11 7:15 am

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Copperopolis Town Square September Concert Series

Fancy Pans to Host Basic Knife Skills Class

Fancy Pans, Copperopolis' kitchen and gift store, is hosting a basic knife skills class September 1, 2011. Two class times will be offered, 6PM and 8PM.

Learn how to use cutlery correctly, to make cooking fast and fun. Learn how to julienne and dice. Individual attention to insure everyone can learn.

Class cost $20.00 per person per class, refundable the day of the class as store credit towards knife purchases.*

Limited space available. Sign up at Fancy Pans in Town Square, 530 Egan Street. 785-7300

Murphys Creek Theater presents 'Scapin' - Villainy, Treachery, Humiliation

Rehorse Rescue Golf Tournament

Copper Fire Special Board Meeting

SPECIAL  MEETING  AGENDA        AUGUST  22,  2011        CLOSED  SESSION     6:00  P 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 Subjects. 
            Public Employee Appointment pursuant to Government Code 54957,  Fire Chief.                           Public Employment Evaluation pursuant to Government Code 54957, Office Manager.                Conference with labor negotiator pursuant to Government Code 54957, Agency    Representative: Larry Crabtree; Unrepresented Employee:  Fire Chief.  
6.   Adjournment of Closed Session.
7.   Reconvene With Public to Report Any Actions Taken in Closed Session.     
8.   Adjournment of Meeting.

                                                                                    Posted August 20, 2011 by,
                                                                                                                                                                        Belva Bristol, Office Manager