Friday, September 30, 2011

Lake Tulloch Resort - Monday night football buffets

The Lake Tulloch Resort is proud to announce their Monday night football buffets beginning October 3, 2011.
Their first buffet of the season has been dubbed...

Steve's all -meat buffet
Which includes:

Prime Rib, Tri-tip, Chicken, Ribs, salad, potato, rolls, two drinks and a dessert ... all for only $20.00.

With a deal this good, it is first come first serve, with service beginning at 5pm and ending at 7pm.

For more information call 209-785-8200 or
visit their website for full resort information at

Assemblymember Olsen's Natural Resources Summit Update

SONORA – Highlighting the importance of healthy forest management, increased water supply and reduced fire risk to local residents and the region’s economy, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, today hosted resource experts and concerned local residents at the 2011 Natural Resources Summit, held at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

“Our 2011 Natural Resources Summit provided a great opportunity for local residents to hear firsthand from some of the state’s top resources experts and policymakers,” said Olsen. “It is my hope that attendees will come away with a better understanding of the many challenges we face in our efforts to meet California’s statewide water needs. It is important that we work together as elected officials, policy experts and community members to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for our state while preserving historic water rights.”

Copper Fire grant = New Structure Gear

On March 23, 2011 an 'Assistance to Firefighter's Grant' written by former Captain Jason Robitaille was selected for award To the Copperopolis Fire Protection District. The 95/5 grant was awarded with a Federal responsibility of 95 % ($77,487) and a District Responsibility of 5% ($4,078). The total of $81,565 is to be spent on Equipment, Training, Training Materials and an Extractor (a machine that removes hazardous materials, soot, and ash from structure gear without affecting its fire retardant capabilities).

On September 28, 2011 the District received their new gear for 28 firefighters:
Structure jacket and pants

Calaveras County Job listings

Crime Scene Specialist/Property Room Manager Incumbent will respond to crime scenes and provide specialized support by performing a full range of forensic investigative duties including collection of all forms of evidence, fingerprinting, photography, videography, crime scene reconstruction, gunshot trajectories, and bloodstain pattern interpretation.  Will perform duties on and around deceased persons and dismembered or manipulated remains.
Dynamic Budget Analyst needed to fill this newly created position.  Will be responsible for eight (8) separate and complex budget units, in excess of 10 million dollars.  Responsibilities include (but are not limited to)  budget preparation and control, management of general and fuduciary accounting; grant management; billing and collection of revenue, fiscal control of contracts, accounts payable and receivable and will supervise a small staff.
Education and Experience:  Two years (60 units) college coursework in accounting, business administration, finance or related.  Bachelors degree preferred.  Five (5) years of progressively responsible budget experience with at least one (1) of those required years in a government agency.
Salary:  $23.18 - $28.20 per hour
Final Filing Date:  Friday, October 14, 2011

Budget Analyst
Education and Experience:  Equivalent to graduation from High School and possession of an Associates degree with major course work in criminal justice, criminology, business or public administration, law enforcement or closely related field.  One (1) year of work experience in a law enforcement agency in a crime scene analysis capacity.  Direct involvement in crime scene investigations may be substituted for the college education on a year for year basis up to two years.
Salary:  $18.60 - $22.62 /hr.
Final Filing Date:  Friday, October 14, 2011

For more information on available jobs click HERE

County Resolution to Sell Tax-defaulted property via internet auction



Rum Glazed Pork Tenderloin - from Dave's Online Living Cookbook

This is a great summer recipe when you want something a little different.  This glaze is reminiscent of teriyaki, but leans toward a bit more Thai style in flavor.  The cinnamon and star anise give it a delicious scent and exotic flavor. It would also go well with chicken or a fish like swordfish or dorado.   When we do this recipe at the Wine Wizards, it always gets compliments.  We serve it with a Thai style, fried rice and often a pineapple relish.  Look for some side dish recipes next week.

 For recipe and technique click HERE

Stage 3 Presents - Tuesdays with Morrie

Stage 3 Theatre

Veteran Community Picnic - Old Fashion Fun

On Sunday September 25, 2011 the Copperopolis Veterans hosted a community picnic open to all members of the Copperopolis community. There were antique WWII jeeps on display, antique fire engines, live music, hotdogs, gunny sack races, and so much more.

The event was opened with a prayer by Father Jim from the Church of the Ascension and a reading of the POW prayer. Following the prayer the national anthem was sung beautifully by Rachel Brousseau, a Bret Harte Sophmore and Copperopolis resident.

The Copperopolis Veterans group is a group committed to starting a VFW Post in Copperopolis and committed to community involvement.

WWII Veteran Mel Ogg

Korean Veteran Bill Skellenger

The winner!

Just about the cutest firefighter ever.

Letter to the BOS from David Tunno re: FEMA flood map recommendations


From:  David Tunno
To:  The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors
Re:  FEMA flood map recommendations

The recommendations that follow have to do with the revised flood maps FEMA is currently producing for this county.  They are provided with the understanding that, while much of what FEMA has done and is doing is with the authority granted by Congress, ultimately, the county has the authority to accept or reject FEMA’s flood map.  Thus, that is a power the county can exercise to protect its citizens.
To address some of the inequities that have given rise to complaints and even law suits against FEMA, and to protect the rights of the property owners affected by the revised flood map, I recommend the board impose on FEMA the following requirements as a condition for the board to approve the new flood map:

1.      Notify FEMA that for all parcels it adds to the flood map (over those which pre-existed FEMA’s involvement), it must include proof, by competent engineering, that the addition is justified.

2.      With respect to the aforesaid parcels, where there is a structure on the parcel, FEMA must include proof, through competent engineering, that said structure is or is not also in the flood zone.

Compliance by FEMA to both requirements would accomplish the following:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Free Passes to Calaveras Home& Lifestyle Show


Home & Lifestyle Show Passes and Clinics
The Calaveras Home & Lifestyle Show announced that their Sponsor, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, is making Free Passes to the Show available to anyone. 
Available at the following locations
Advanced Solar Energy - Angels Camp; Gold Country Coffee – Murphys; Sonora Subaru – Sonora; Golden 1 Credit Union – Ione; Cost-U-Less – Sonora; All That Matters Framing & Gifts - Twain Harte.  Foothill Sierra Pest Control (BOTH LOCATIONS) – Sonora

Possible thunderstorms in store this weekend

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind at 6 mph becoming southwest.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Governor signs bills to strengthen public safety

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that he has signed the following bills to strengthen public safety in California:

• AB 44 by Assemblymember Dan Logue (R-Chico) – Inmates: release: notification.
• AB 220 by Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) – Interstate Compact for Juveniles.
• AB 813 by Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) – Sex offenders: punishment: parole.
• AB 898 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Crime victims: restitution: fine.
• SB 179 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Sex offenders: parole.
• SB 534 by Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) – Victims of sexual assault.
• SB 576 by Senator Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) – Sentencing.
• SB 622 by Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) – Sex offenders: registration.
• SB 756 by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) –Sex offender registration.
• SB 852 by Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) – Corrections: victim notification.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bill:

• SB 296 by Senator Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Criminal street gangs: injunction: petition for exemption. A veto message can be found here.

Once Upon a Time on the Square makes your Pumpkin Decorating Easy

Once Upon a Time on the Square has just received their shipment of new 'poke-ins' for pumpkins. The name speaks for itself, simply open the package and poke the decorations in, simple as that. No cutting, cleaning, scooping or mess.
Poke-ins are available in : cat, frog, scarecrow and turkey.
Ideas for the frog poke-in are not limited to fall...imagine showing up to a summer bbq with a frog poke-in on your watermelon, what fun!
Once Upon a Time also has a nice slecetion of hauntingly fun childrens books just for the season as well as some book on thankfulness as the Thansgiving season peeks it head around the corner of the calendar.

Wed - Sat:10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am-6:00 pm

401 Town Square Drive

Editing or Censorship? Letter to the Editor from Mike Shevlin

As the owner and editor of the Copper Gazette you have the right if not the duty to edit any submission for hateful or foul language to an extent that your website does not degrade, humiliate or embarrass your readers.

However, you also have a foothill readership that wants to sound off and not always lay their head on the proverbial chopping block which as you and I both know is the common practice in our foothill communities when these folks are ready to degrade, humiliate or embarrass the article or persons involved with an anonymous posting.

Your method of being the editor and posting as the Copper Gazette has been quick to include your disclaimers for any articles I have submitted. I understand your need to separate yourself for litigious reasons but it also is a form of editing. But your way of reporting and then asking to play nice and give your full name, social security number, driver’s license number and GPS location on comments becomes censorship. Just kidding but . . .

Bret Harte freshman volleyball vs Calaveras High

Bret Harte freshamn volleyball played against Calaveras High on September 27, 2011, losing after a valiant effort.
Game 1: BH 26 - Calaveras 24
Game 2: BH 18 - Calaveras 25
Game 3: BH 8 - Calaveras 15

For more pictures click HERE

Board of Supervisors meeting video 9-27-11

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

Friendly comment reminder

Please place your name, first name last initial or fist initial last name, in the body of your comment as anonymous comments will not be posted.

Longhorns in Copper?

Recently a herd of Texas Longhorn have moved to the area, embracing a foothill free-range lifestyle, and happily calling Copperopolis home.
J-Bar-H Ranch, located on 1200 acres of rolling hills in SE Copper butting up to the lake, is home to approximately 80 head of Texas Longhorn cattle. While longhorn are most notably utilized for show or ornamentation on Texas style Cadillac’s, up here, they are known for their lean, delicious, healthy meat. Texas Longhorn beef has less calories, less fat and less cholesterol than chicken. For a 3.5 oz serving, Texas Longhorn beef has 114 calories, 3.7 grams of fat (mostly saturated) and 48.0 mgs of cholesterol.
Owner, Jim Hix, never pictured himself as a cattle rancher when he was working in the real estate industry for the better part of his life. Then one day he says he made “the worst decision of my life.” He asked a friend that was traveling to Arizona to bring him home some longhorns because he thought they looked “pretty.” 2  ½ years later he knows each steer, each bull, each cow in his herd. He hand feeds them and walks about among them as if he belonged with them. He points to the ones that he will utilize for beef, and tries not to get too friendly and points to other that he says he will never be able to slaughter, they are his friends. Case in point, his favorite bull ‘Kill Kindly’ (affectionately called Killer) standing 67 ¼ inches at shoulder height and a horn span of almost 6 feet, Killer is anything but a cute puppy dog, but to Jim that’s exactly what he is. Jim stands at just over 6 foot, yet extends his arm fully above his head to hand feed special treats to Killer. He can point to each cow or steer in the herd that was sired by Killer and boasts about Killer's achievements like a proud papa.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Metaphorically speaking and the FEMA debacle… by, Darren Spellman

Most of life’s problems are eventually solved in time, though not always in the “time frame” we might want or even need. In the case of metaphors, consider that these sayings endure because they have proven to be true more times than not.
Consider this popular metaphor or proverbial statement…
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. 
Meetings, promises, presentations of factual material debunking flawed FEMA flood criteria (special thanks to David Tunno), followed by dodging, deferring and stonewalling eventually led to unpleasantries on the front page of  a regional newspaper and various local papers.
At first many gasped with concern for civility and protocol. Then after digesting the context and the seriousness of the ineptitude on the part of the Congressman, citizens became incensed that their local representative had to go to such a length, as a last resort, to get the response desired.
Finally, one week to the day after the disparaging remarks appeared on the front page of a regional newspaper, we find that FEMA has done a 180 degree turn about and is now willing to concede to the exact same requests made by our local representatives no more than 5 months ago at the Congressman’s office.

New Melones Fishing Report

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 2,074,637 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this week and is currently at 1059 ft. above sea level and 29 ft. from full. Levels will continue to drop, as room needs to be made to accommodate upcoming winter rains. Water temperature is cooling, and is currently about 75-77 degrees. Water is slightly stained, with mudlines forming in the afternoon. There is an abundance of shad and other baitfish. Watch for unmarked island tops.

Trout: The trout bite is on! Action at Melones has been better this week than we have seen in years. Trollers have been having great luck picking up easy limits of 1-3 pound, 16-17" rainbows. Trout are feeding heavily on shad- use your graph to locate shad balls- the rainbows will be there, too.

Local author announces early release of non-fiction book - "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam

I am proud to announce the release of my latest non-fiction work, "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam - by, Charity Maness.

April 9, 1967, in a letter from Jim Piper to his young bride Michelle, he wrote, "I thank God each night for my wife and my life and also enjoy each breath that I take and praise every morning I wake up too. It means another day gone, another day I'm alive and another day closer to being home with my wife forever."

PFC James Dennis Piper was in killed in action two days later on April 11, 1967 in the jungles of Vietnam.

Each handwritten letter from Jim to Michelle (Micki) has been carefully transcribed and historical documentation has been added. Cross referencing and correlating data from sources such as declassified CIA documents, Pentagon Papers and unrestricted use of Weider History Group archives has created a historically correct and profound journey through eight months of the Vietnam War. Chronologically juxtaposing Jim's personal and tender letters written to his young bride with public facts and documents of the war on each of those same dates allows the reader an intimate and compelling snapshot of that time in history.

Rick & Jordan Kovacs Memorial BBQkovac

Rick & Jordan Kovacs Memorial bbq
In light of the recent tragedy that took the lives of Copperopolis residents Rick Kovacs and his granddaughter, Jordan Kovacs, there will be a Memorial Fundraising BBQ
to raise funds for the family on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011.

John and Kim Lemke have generously donated the Bridlewood Equestrian Center facility
in Copperopolis for this wonderful family-friendly event.
The Bret Hart FFA Boosters will be lending their labor, expertise and equipment for the BBQ.
The time and more details for this event will be coming out shortly.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars, tell your friends and family, but most of all come join us for a fun-filled family day!

Check the “Pray For Jordan Kovacs” page on Facebook for regular updates.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Streamline Environmental Review and Fast-Track Job Creation

LOS ANGELES – Taking action to fast-track the creation of thousands of jobs, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to streamline environmental review for key construction projects. The two bills, signed during a ceremony at the proposed site of the Farmers Field stadium, are expected to drive hundreds of millions in economic investment while ensuring all projects meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) criteria.

“It’s time for big thinking and big projects that put Californians back to work,” said Governor Brown. “Projects like Farmers Field can create thousands of jobs during a tough economic time, so it is imperative for the state to cut the red tape that could delay projects like this for years. These bills strike the right balance between protecting our environment and kick-starting jobs and investment in California.”

Tom Rigney....moving, inspiring, energetic

At the last concert of the September concert series held in Town Square September 24, 2011, Tom Rigney and Flambeau lit up the night. With a light breeze blowing and the stage lit in a purple haze, the stage was set for what was to become a memorable evening for all.

Fiddling Irish tunes that tugged at the heartstrings, cajun music that made your feet want to dance and ballads that soothed the soul, was only the tip of the iceberg of Tom's talent. His passion and joy clearly shining through his work, with his music, he smoothly moved the crowd to dance the jig one minute and slow waltz the next. Even children joined in the dancing festivities.

For more photos click HERE

For more information about Tom Rigney and Flambeau click HERE

For upcoming Town Square events click HERE

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Department of Defense Press release - Airmen Missing In Action From WWII Identified

            The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of nine servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
            Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William J. Sarsfield of Philadelphia; 2nd Lt. Charles E. Trimingham of Salinas, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Robert L. Christopherson of Blue Earth, Minn.; and Tech. Sgt. Leonard A. Gionet of Shirley, Mass., will be buried as a group in a single casket on Sept. 21 in Arlington National Cemetery, along with remains representing previously identified crew members 2nd Lt. Herman H. Knott, 2nd Lt. Francis G. Peattie, Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, Staff Sgt. Robert E. Griebel, and Staff Sgt. Pace P. Payne, who were individually buried in 1985.  These nine airmen were ordered to carry out a bombing mission over Rabaul, Papau New Guinea (P.N.G.), in their B-17E Flying Fortress nicknamed Naughty but Nice, taking off from an airfield near Dobodura, P.N.G., on June 26, 1943. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and ultimately shot down by Japanese fighter aircraft.  A tenth man, the navigator and only survivor of the crash -- 2nd Lt. Jose L. Holguin -- was held as a prisoner of war until his release in September 1945.

Ted Gaines Town Hall Meetings for October 2011

AuburnWednesday, October 5
6-8 p.m.Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers
175 Fulweiler Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603

El Dorado HillsThursday, October 6
6-8 p.m.El Dorado Hills Community Services District
1021 Harvard Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Upcoming Town Square Events

**Scarecrow Auction is October 15th

Would you like to try your hand at building a scarecrow to raise funds for your favorite Charity? Well here is your chance. Simply design and build a scarecrow to your own liking, attach a donation can (sealed) and deliver it to Linda Stefanick at Town Square. Your scarecrow will be placed in one of the many businesses in Town Square for visitors to admire and donate if they wish,  until October 15, 2011. At which time the scarecrows will be gathered up for auction and the money raised will go to your favorite Charity or non-profit group.

CCWD Board meeting 9-28-11



Sonora PD Press Release - Assault with a deadly weapon

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

September 26th, 2011
Date and Time of Release: 26 September 2011
Date and Time of Incident: 26 September 2011, at approx. 11:43 am
Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
26 September 2011, at approx. 11:43 am, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to a residence located on the 200 block of Gerrymander Ave. regarding a possible stabbing.
When Officers arrived they made contact with two victims. One was a 28 year old transient female, who had received two superficial cuts to her abdomen. The other victim was a male, 61 year old Sonora resident, who had suffered a large laceration to the left side of his face, after being struck by a wood splitting maul.
Both subjects stated that Brian Armstrong, a 22 year old transient, had come to the residence on Gerrymander Ave. While at the residence, Armstrong became agitated for some unknown reason. During a state or rage, Armstrong grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed at the female victim. Other guests at the residence stopped Armstrong and started chasing him around the house and yard, at which point Armstrong picked up a wood splitting maul and struck the male victim in the face, causing a large laceration.

Glory Hole Sports Supporting our local military in the Middle East

Glory Hole Sports will be starting up their troops support again.
Local Marine Patrick Rowe is 24 years old- he will turn 25 on November 18.

An Angels Camp- Bret Harte High School graduate of 2005, He Joined the Marine Corps in April of 2008. He and Kate Beckmen were Married last April. She is from Arnold and also a Bret Harte Grad.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lungren delivers speech supporting Israel

On September 23, 2011, Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River-CA) gave a speech on the House floor in support of Israel. Below is a transcript of that speech:"Madam speaker, several years ago my wife and I - accompanied by a number of other members and their spouses - were privileged to be in the state of Israel at the time the Israeli government made a very difficult decision to turn over the Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

"It was a very controversial decision, the question was, would this gesture of goodwill be reciprocated by the other side? And unfortunately of course it was not.

Letter from Congressman Dan Lungren re: Medicare

The President’s speech last week was the first time the President or his party has acknowledged what we have all known for years: Medicare is going broke, fast. Medicare’s sustainability has grown so perilous that even the President has now said we must reform the program in order to strengthen and preserve it.
"But here’s the truth: Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement. And millions more will do so in the future. They pay for this benefit during their working years. They earn it. But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it." 
           - President Barack Obama, September 8, 2011

Board of Equalization Member Runner Says Amazon Compromise Both Good and Bad

George Runner today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s signature of AB 155: “I’m glad the Governor signed compromise legislation today to help get some California affiliates back to work and bring thousands of distribution jobs to California. That’s very good news. “Unfortunately, this legislation is by no means a cure-all. It does nothing to solve the long-term problems created by the Legislature’s botched efforts to compel out-of-state retailers to serve as California’s tax collectors. “Absent a federal solution, which is highly unlikely in such a short time frame given all of the competing interests, we’ll be right back in the same mess in a year. The State of California will again be killing California jobs, driving away investment and inviting costly litigation. “Let me be clear: this compromise legislation, while welcome, provides only a short-term delay to a bad law that will never produce the revenues, nor the level-playing field, its proponents imagine.” Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit

David Tunno response to Spellman comment re: Tunno's interest in District 5 seat if recall successful

Darren Spellman is wrong about my past.

I would not have brought up aspects of my past at this time, since no one yet knows if the recall signature phase will be successful, but since Darren has brought it up, I feel compelled to respond.  How he could justify telling the public about my past without knowing it, and how he could make judgments about my character based on that misinformation, I have no idea, but he couldn't be more wrong.

My wife and I did not move here from L.A.  I did live there many years ago for career reasons, but moved away as soon as I could.  I hated it there.  My wife and I moved to Ventura and we lived there for several years. 

I had my mom in an assisted living place nearby.  She was very depressed and wanted to live with family.  Her estate also couldn't continue to pay for that care.  I was the only one in my family who would take on the job of caring for her, but my wife and I lived on a boat and that wouldn't do for Mom.  So, for three years we looked for a place we could afford and liked, knowing the move might hurt my career.  We looked all over California, as well as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona, always in rural areas, but when we found Valley Springs, and in particular, Rancho Calaveras, that was it.  We knew this was the place.  For nine months we drove up here, on average twice a month, to look at homes and make offers.  We have come here by choice, and after much searching, not by being lucky to have been born here.

What makes teenagers tick?

Strengthening Calaveras Families
What Makes Teenagers Tick?
Carol Vance, LMFT
Tuesday, Sept. 27th • 5:30-7:30pm
Calaveras Office of Education
185 S. Main St., Angels Camp

Child care available
*Co-sponsored with the Calaveras
Community Advisory Committee

More interest in District 5 seat if recall succesful

The number of interested parties for the possible position vacated by a successful recall effort of District 5 Supervisor Spellman is growing. Currently those that have publicly made their announcements of interest are Michael McDaniel, Marti Crane and most recently David Tunno.
 Michael McDaniel, the driving force for the Spellman recall, is a community activist and Vietnam veteran. McDaniel claims that Spellman has not completed the job he was hired to do. His current goal is to “get the signatures” needed to recall Spellman, stating that, “As long as there are qualified people to run, which there seems to be, I will not run. None of this is even relevant if we do not reach our 1,702 signatures by Nov 28.” He further stated, “I want to make it very clear that I will not approve or disapprove of anyone. I'm not hand picking anyone.”
Marti Crane, a Volunteer center of Calaveras County Executive Director, feels she brings to the table a “keen sense of community and (an ability to) develop collaborative working relationships.” Receiving the coveted 2011 Calaveras County Female Senior of the Year award, reinforced the notion that though she has served, she has also been mentored and feels “it’s time to move forward and give back what so many have shared with me.” Mrs. Crane also has stated that, “We all work from the same budget – it’s one (county) budget. Just because we have districts, that does not mean that we have to have boundaries.”  
David Tunno, a prolific author of investigative articles ranging from FEMA issues to CALPERs, and an experienced researcher of human responses in the legal realm, has recently thrown his hat in the ring as “a choice for his (Spellman’s) replacement.” With little background history in his press release, Tunno states he will set up a website for more information and promises a “surprise announcement” included in his candidate statement on the ballot material.

Assemblymember Olsen to Host 2011 Natural Resources Summit Motherlode Fairgrounds

Assemblymember Olsen to Host 2011 Natural Resources Summit MODESTO – Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, will host the 2011 Natural Resources Summit in Sonora on September 29th and 30th.
The purpose of the two-day event is to examine ways to responsibly manage our state's precious natural resources and to discuss water issues in California.
WHO:             Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto                    
                       Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment (TuCARE)
 WHAT:          Hosts 2011 Natural Resources Summit and Forest Tour. The event begins with a forestry tour to educate participants on the connections between healthy forest management and improved air quality, decreased wildfire risk and even increased water supply. The day following the tour there will be a half-day summit with state and nationally-recognized experts on water policy.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Murphys Creek Theater presents - The Turn of the Screw Sep 30- Oct 29, 2011

Turn of the Screw poster
For tickets and show times visit:

Copper Parks & Rec Flea Market 10-8-11

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents A Dash of Rosemary!

A Dash of Rosemary, a winning tribute to Rosemary Clooney bursting with more than 30 of Clooney’s hits, opens Friday, September 30 at the Historic Fallon House Theatre and runs through October 23.       

Pictured: Brenna Wahl, Christine Rowan and Peyton Crim perform  more than 30 Rosemary Clooney favorites in this winning tribute of an American icon.

Photo credit: Rich Miller Photography
September 30-October 23. 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, October 13 immediately following the performance. Call the box office at (209) 532-3120 or visit us online at

Community picnic TODAY 9-25-11

$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.

Honor the Fallen Sep 14 - 18

Army Spc. Chazray C. Clark

Army Spc. Chazray C. Clark
Died September 18, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Ecorse, Mich.; assigned to 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Army Staff Sgt. Estevan Altamirano

Army Staff Sgt. Estevan  Altamirano
Died September 18, 2011 serving during Operation New Dawn

30, of Edcouch, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Sept. 18 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat incident.

Army Spc. Ryan J. Cook

Army Spc. Ryan J. Cook  

Died September 18, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Sept. 18 in Takhar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne

Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne
Died September 18, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

31, of Reno, Nev., assigned to 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Staff Sgt. Michael W. Hosey

Staff Sgt. Michael W. Hosey
Died September 17, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Birmingham, Ala.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Sept. 17 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Army Sgt. Garrick L. Eppinger Jr.

Army Sgt. Garrick L. Eppinger Jr.
Died September 17, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Appleton, Wis.; assigned to 395th Ordnance Company, 687th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade, 646th Regional Support Group, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Wausau, Wis.; died Sept. 17 in Parwan province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Mycal L. Prince

Army Sgt. Mycal L. Prince
Died September 15, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of Minco, Okla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Stillwater, Okla.; died Sept. 15 in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

Marine Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher

Marine Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher
Died September 15, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Asheville, N.C.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Sept. 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Army Sgt. Rodolfo Rodriguez Jr.

Army Sgt. Rodolfo  Rodriguez Jr.
Died September 14, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Pharr, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; died Sep. 14 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Vegetation fire

9-24-11 1432 hrs
CFPD crews responding to a possible vegetation fire at Harmonia Point Way in Calypso Bay.

Harvest Faire

Dancing with the Sierra Stars

Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation

Dancing with the Sierra Stars

A Gala Dinner and Dance Competition

Ironstone Vineyards

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Styled after TV’s “Dancing with the Stars”, this exciting event will provide guests with a wonderful evening of entertainment.
During the evening’s festivities, six couples will complete for the coveted Mirrored Ball Award. The winning couple will be determined by a panel of judges combined with votes from the audience.
Votes in the form of funds donated, will determine the Peoples Choice Award winner.
Funds raised will help fund a Family Medical Center and Women’s Resource Center in Angels Camp.
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Sierra Repertory Theater presents - Elvis '68 Sep 29- Oct 2, 2011

ELVIS '68Jack Foltyn and his band will shake things up with their new Elvis Presley show, featuring music from Elvis’ prime years as a touring artist.

Foltyn wowed SRT audiences in the Elvis tribute Idols of the King six years ago, and has returned regularly to the region to thrill fans with this energized interpretation of “The King.”

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Tom Rigney and Flambeau in Concert at Town Square TONIGHT!! 9-24-11

Copperopolis Town Square proudly presents Tom Rigney and Flambeau at their September 24th, 2011 concert in the park from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Tom Rigney boasts a long list of talents from electric violinist to Cajun fiddler, graphic artist, composer, and leader of the American roots band Flambeau.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and friends for an amazing evening under the stars listening to the musical talent of Tom Rigney.

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