Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Angels Camp PD Press Release re:vehicle burglary

On November 26th, 2011, at approximately 8:30 PM, an officer from the Angels Camp Police Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle burglary, where the victim reported that his vehicle was broken into while it was parked in the downtown area. The victim, visiting from Southern California, parked and locked his vehicle and then went out to dinner with a friend. Upon returning to his vehicle he noticed that the vehicle door was ajar and property was missing. Items taken included an iPad 2, a back pack, clothing, and other items. 

The Angel Tree is up

Update 12-3-11 the December 5th deadline is for the submission of names to be included on the Tree, and the deadline for returning gifts is actually December 12th.

Umpqua Bank has proudly decorated their Christmas tree with little angels to be 'adopted.'

Organized and sponsored by the Lake Tulloch Tootsies- a Red Hat group, the Angel Tree is set up for children in our community in need. Through the food pantry and other resources the children of our community receive their food, medical and dental care, but when Christmas time comes each year the Red Hatters wanted to make sure it was merry and that they know they are loved.Each angel on the tree signifies a child, their age and sex (names wihtheld). Choose an angel to shop for. Once you have completed your shopping, bring your wrapped gifts to Dell Jackson Insurance along with the paper angel signifying your 'adopted' child.

All gifts are anonymous and need to be turned in by December 5, 2011.
For more information call Olivia at 785-0537.

Gun Show Angels Camp Frogtown

GUN SHOW - Angels Camp, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Sat. December 3, 9am-5pm, Sun., December 4, 9am-3pm. Old West items, Fort Knox safes, bring a gun to trade, hundreds of firearms, buyers & sellers on hand, free appraisal of firearms, knives, scopes, binoculars, ammo & other gun related items. (530) 622-94866

Matthew Gregory McCullough, born August 2, 1996, earned his wings November 27, 2011.

     Matthew left us peacefully on Nov. 27, at the age of forever 15. He was surrounded by his loving family, and best friend Adrian Tennant. He fought a brave and brutal fight against medulloblastoma, a very aggressive brain cancer. Matthew taught so many people in our community and around the world about patience, strength, and acceptance.

    Through all he had to endure and suffer, he was always smiling, never complained, and never asked “Why me?”. He always wanted us to know he was ok, and always answered to everything “I’m good.”

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Beautique hosting Dr. Susan Lin

Announcing a day of beauty with:
Dr. Susan Lin
From MD Laser & Cosmetics
 Sunday, December 11th
Soften facial lines, wrinkles & restore volume for a more youthful look. 
Dr. Lin will be offering Dysport, Restylane & Pearlane by appointment at Beautique.  Dr. Lin holds patents for MD Lash Factor Conditioner, MDLF Eyelash Eyebrow Conditioner, MD Hair Restoration Follicle Energizer, MD Ultimate Eye Cream & other beauty products now available at Beautique.
Call 209-785-9600

First Friday music event Friday 12-2-11

Town Square Old Fashion Christmas

Town Square hosted another fabulous Old Fashion Christmas 11-26-11 with Santa, sleigh rides (country style), music, pony rides, food and fun.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ebbetts Pass Fire District Press release re: Engineer/Paramedic Todd Walker

'The Nooner' by Scott Lay

Around the Capitol - California poltical news, opinion, laws and legislation.

THE NOONER 11-29-11

Recall signatures fall short

According to Becky Andahl from the Calaveras County Elections office the amount of signatures collected on the petitions for the recall of Supervisor Darren Spellman equalled 1336. The signatures will not be verified or checked for duplicates due to the fact that the number required for a recall was not met.
There is no comment at this time from Michael McDaniel regarding the outcome of the recall effort.

Flags at Half Mast at CFPD and all FD's in County

All Fire Department and Fire District flags have been ordered at half mast throughout Calaveras County in honor of fallen Ebbets Pass Medic Todd Walker.
Details to follow as soon as they are received.

New Melones Fishing report - from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,961,624 acre-feet of water. The lake level has been steady for the last three weeks, and is currently at 1048 ft. above sea level and 40 ft. from full. Water temperature is really dropping now, and is currently 56 degrees. The lake seems to have turned over, by the great trout fishing we have seen this week.

Trout: Great action! The Department of Fish and Game is planting Melones every week now, plus we are seeing some beautiful 2-to-3-pound holdovers. Trout are feeding heavily on schools of small shad. Bite is best in the morning.
Tasmanian Devils have been hot for both trollers and bank anglers. We are having a hard time keeping them in stock!  We are out right now, but will have more on Wednesday or Thursday, in time for the weekend.

Ralph Stockard of Angels Camp passed November 25, 2011

Ralph Stockard died Friday, November 25, 2011 after suffering a heart attack.    He was 91 
Ralph Stockard was born July 3, 1920 in Ovilla, Texas.    He grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until his family moved to Kerrville, Texas when he was in his late teens.    There, he met and married Veronica Klein.   Their two sons were born in Texas.  In 1942  Ralph and Veronica moved their family to Southern California during WWII to work in the defense industry.   Ralph served in the Philippines with the U.S. Army.    He retired from Data Products Corp in Southern California as a Senior Design Engineer.  In 1989, Ralph and Veronica moved from Southern California and built a  home in Stelte Park in Angels Camp to be close to their sons.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Veronica;  two sons;  Michael Stockard of Valley Springs and Don Stockard of Jackson;   three grandchildren;  Stacy McGee of Anaheim Hills, CA:  Wendy Figueroa of Moorpark, CA:  Todd Stockard of Broomfield, CO;   six great-grandchildren:  Mark Figueroa,  James and Kate McGee, and Michael,Ava, and Jack Stockard..
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society
207 East Alpine Ave.
Stockton, CA 95204

Hazardous Weather - National Weather Service


Welcome new advertiser C-Town Garage

Located at 90 Rock Creek Road #8 lay a shop that can make your dream of a custom hot rod or bike a reality.

Owner Tyler Whitear fell in love with classics, cars and motorcycles, during his impressionable youth in Calaveras County and by 2000 he had built a 1969 Chevy Nova. He had caught the bug.

By 2003 Tyler was building custom bikes as a hobbie and was discovered by a custom bike shop in San Diego. There he honed his skills and took his hobby to the next level... professional custom design and fabrication.

With the joy of a growing family, Tyler knew he wanted to move back to the foothills. He grasped the opportunity to also get back to his roots, custom hotrods.

Copper Kids Club 11-30-11

Copper Kids CLub 4-5:30 Blackcreek Park
Key Bible Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Life Application:I can follow God’s plans for my life.

Monday, November 28, 2011

County Elections Office still awaiting signatures

As of 1605 hours the Calaveras County Elections Office was still awaiting the recall signatures for the recall of Supervisor Darren Spellman.
According to sources the amount of signatures collected to date varies between 1200 and 1600, with a total of 1702 valid signatures needed.
The elections office stated that whether the amount of required signatures was reached or not, the paperwork with all the signatures collected must be submitted.
The Elections Office will have a count of signatures by noon 11-29-11.

Sonora PD Press release re:Fake Bomb

Date and Time of Release: 28 November 2011
Date and Time of Incident: 28 November 2011, at approx. 9:05 am
Subject: Fake Bomb
28 Nov. 2011, at approx. 9:05 am, the Sonora Police Department was advised of a possible bomb that was located just outside the north door (Yaney Ave. entrance) of the Tuolumne County Courthouse.
The item was in a canvas bag. It consisted of three red cylinder type items that were taped together. There was a wire running from the cylinders to a black box, which was also attached to the cylinders.
The Courthouse was evacuated for approx. 2 hours and traffic was diverted around the courthouse. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad was contacted. They responded and examined the device and determined that it was inert, but looked very realistic. The Bomb Squad collected the item for further forensic evidence processing.
The investigation into this matter is continuing. It has been determined the item was left at the Courthouse sometime between 7am and 9 am. Courthouse surveillance tapes are going to be reviewed as part of the investigation. Anyone with information regarding who may have left the item at the Courthouse is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141.

'The Nooner' by Scott Lay

California political news, opinion, laws and legislation.


CAL FIRE TIP:  Always check to make sure it is a burn day prior to burning a debris pile.
In Copperopolis the number is 785-SMOG (7664)

Town Square Tree Lighting 11-25-11

Hot cocoa, carols, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Forsty, live music, friends and the feeling of Christmas in the air all made for a wonderful evening at the annual Town Square Christmas Tree Lighting event.

Live music by local youth was provided throughout the evening. Mentored by John Campanella and Josh Pfieiffer the youth of Copperopolis had been rehearsing for this event and looked forward to their performance with great anticipation. The results were astounding. Amanda French sang a lovely Silent Night, Hannah Pfeiffer was brilliant, her voice clear and beautiful as she sang Last Christmas and Grown Up Christmas List , Michael Impink wowed again, and Jordan Strauch got creative with the all time Christmas favorite Jingle Bells and boldly ventured into some Lennon.


Last Day for Spellman Recall

The deadline for the collections of signatures for the recall of District 5 Supervisor Darren Spellman is today, 11-28-11 at 5:00 pm.

According to statments made in the press over the past few weeks by Michael McDaniel, former District 5 Supervisor hopeful and one of the leaders in the forefront of the recall, the numbers needed have not been met. 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.

There has been no reply from Michael McDaniel as to the progress of the petition.

Lake Tulloch Resort Craft Faire

The Lake Tulloch resort will be hosting a 'Ye Olde Food and Craft Faire' Saturday December 3, 2011 from 11-5. Parking is free and fun is plentiful.
Come join us for a day of Holiday cheer and some great shopping for that special someone in your life!
Booths are still available for rent.
For more information call 785-8200

Bret Harte Cross Country California State Meet Fresno

Bret Harte XC
California State Meet
Woodward Park, Fresno

Girls Varsity - 5 km (3.1 miles)
194 runners, top time - 17:46
32     Kaylee Sedler                 19:22
63     Hannah Cantrell             20:02
86     Katharine Aiton             20:26
104   Rachel Spellenberg        20:48
137   Hayley Rizzi                  21:33
148   Madison Ward               21:48
170   Jessie Evans                   22:45

Bret Harte 11th,  320 points

Final Results of the season.  Bret Harte girls competed as well as expected.  Kaylee was a bit off.  Got boxed in early and had to fight her way out of the pack.  By then the girls she was focused on were a ways ahead.  Hannah C and KD A both ran well.  Hayley R picked it up to make top 5.  Madi W beat out the Exeter 6th place girl to give us the tie-breaker victory over them.  Jessie was still under the weather.

General Plan Study Session Video

November 22, 2011 Study Session on General Plan Update video provided by Calaveras Public Access tv and Community Action Project.


Hazardous Weather - National Weather Service


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sierra Repertory presents the Winter Wonderettes


The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal sequel finds the girls returning to their hometown for Betty Jean’s company Christmas party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes to save the celebration. The result is, of course, marvelous! A high energy treat guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. “Time spent with these talented songbirds is as comfortable as coming home for the holidays to cocoa and a Johnny Mathis Christmas album.” -- Variety

Written by Roger Bean, Music by Various

For show times and tickets prices visit

Honor the Fallen 11-17-11 to 11-21-11

Army Pvt. Jackie L. Diener II

Died November 21, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Boyne City, Mich., assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Nov. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by enemy small-arms fire.

Marine Cpl. Zachary C. Reiff

Died November 21, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Preston, Iowa, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Nov. 21� in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered Nov. 18 while conducting combat operations.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua D. Corral

Died November 18, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Danville, Calif.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Nov. 18 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Army Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner

Died November 18, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Moline, Ill.; assigned to 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.; died Nov. 18 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Judges Opinion on Trinitas

Nemee v Calaveras County
To read full legal opinion click HERE

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Josh Pfeiffer at Black Oak tonight 11-26-11

On Saturday November 26, 2011 Josh Pfeiffer will be performing at the Balck Oak Casino from 9:00 to 11:30 pm.
In the spirit of fun (Josh's middle name) Josh has requested that guests come as if they are attending a 'glam party.' 
"So dress like you are attending a Hollywood Event, and we will give a prize to the best dressed person!"
 Special guests include John Campanella, Serenity Egger McQuirter, Stephanie Jackson, Heidi Morton, and Tara Pfeiffer!
Click HERE for a small taste of the American Crooner - Josh Pfeiffer.
In honor of Ernie Buccio, Josh's friend and band member, a tribute dedication will be made this evening at the concert.
A music scholarship fund has also been set up in Ermie's name.
For those wishing to donate to this fund:
Ernie Buccio Music Scholarship Fund
Foundation Office Modesto Junior College
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350

Town Square Old Fashioned Holiday TODAY! 11-26-11

Book signing at Once Upon a Time TODAY!!!

Once Upon a Time will be hosting a booksigning event with author Charity Maness, featuring her latest non-fiction release, "It's Lonely Here in Hell" Love Letters from Nam. A true story based on letters written home to Michelle Piper from PFC James Dennis Piper.

  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.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Donna's 'Day after Thanksgiving' Shepherds Pie

A creative way of using all your Thanksgiving leftovers all in one delicious meal!
Thanksgiving meal shepherds pie uses the last spoonfuls of everything from your Thanksgiving feast.
Spread ingredients in an unbaked pie shell, drizzle gravy over the top and sprinkle over the top some grated cheese of your choice.
Bake at 350 until pie crust is browned and cheese is melted. Serve with salad.

Thank you Donna for your contribution:)

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Lungren Disappointed in Failure of Deficit Reduction Committee

Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River, CA) reacted to news that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “Super Committee”) failed to reach an agreement to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years:
“With the failure of the Super Committee, Congress once again has neglected to face head on a long-foreseen and fast-approaching crisis.  The resulting sequestration – or across-the-board cuts – resulting in blind, indiscriminate spending reductions is a shoddy way to ensure the long-term vitality of our nation.  Particularly troublesome are the cuts to our defense which, as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated, would be ‘devastating,’ ‘seriously damage readiness,’ and require ‘a new security strategy that accepted substantial risk of not meeting our defense needs.’

Welcome Chief Jeff Millar

On Thursday 11-17-11 Battalion Chief Jeff Millar signed off over the airways, after 30 years with CAL FIRE, thanking all for a good run. The next evening 11-18-11 Jeff Millar took the Oath of Office as the new Chief of Copperopolis Fire Protection District.

The ceremony was well attended leaving standing room only. The troops, both volunteer and paid alike, showed out in full force in support for their new leader.

Father Jim Stout of the Church of the Ascension and CFPD Chaplain delivered the opening prayer asking for guidance and protection for not only Chief Millar but for all firefighters. Later in the ceremony Father Jim delivered a prayer for the healing and care of injured CALFIRE firefighter Captain Sue Arrouzet.

Welcome Chief Millar.

Governor announces appointments

Henry Abarbanel, 68, of Del Mar, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has been a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and a research physicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1983. Abarbanel served on the Del Mar City Council from 1992 to 1996 and 2000 to 2008. He was chair of the San Diego Metro Wastewater Commission from 2005 to 2008. Abarbanel received his doctorate in physics at Princeton University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Abarbanel is a Democrat.

Bring in the Holidays at Copperopolis Town Square

Thursday, November 24, 2011


The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a celebration of the harvest that brought together the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation and the Native Americans who helped them adapt to their new environment. Over the years Thanksgiving became an American tradition and one of the first holidays we celebrated as a free and independent nation. In 1789, George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving observance in the newly formed United States of America, writing that “it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

Thanksgiving has continued to be one of our most cherished observances, a day to join with family and friends and feast on traditional delicacies from roasted turkey to pumpkin pie, foods that commemorate the joining of the Old World and the New that brought about that First Thanksgiving long ago.

It is most fitting that we set aside a special day for gratitude. As Americans, we have every reason to give thanks for the wonderful bounty of our land, the strength of our fellow citizens and our system of government that protects our basic freedoms.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim November 24, 2011, as Thanksgiving Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 18th day of November 2011.

Governor of California

Sonora PD Press release

Burglary Arrest

November 23rd, 2011

Date and Time of Release: 23 November 2011
Date and Time of Incident: 23 November 2011, at approx. 3:52 am
Subject: Burglary Arrest
23 November 2011, at approx. 3:52 am, Officers noticed a male subject hiding behind a soda machine in front of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on S. Washington Street. Officers contacted the subject who was acting extremely suspicious. When the Officers asked to search the subject, he took off running.
As the subject ran from the Officers, he tossed an 18 inch screwdriver and a hypodermic needle. When Officers caught up with the subject he was attempting to toss a large sum of one dollar bills. At this point the subject was taken into custody without further incident. The subject was identified as Eric Allen Wright, 30 of Stockton.
An examination of the soda machine where Wright was standing revealed it had been broken into and all the money removed. Two other soda machines in the area had also been broken into. Wright had in his possession $153 one dollar bills, along with a used methamphetamine pipe, which he was wearing around his neck.
Wright was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for;
Felony burglary
Misdemeanor obstructing an Officer
Misdemeanor possession of burglary tools
Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Misdemeanor loitering on private property
Misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving history from

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weekend weather - national weather service

Thanksgiving Day: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind at 5 mph becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

The Nooner by, Scott Lay

California political news, opinion, laws and legislation.


Injured Fire Captain Listed in Stable Condition

 Fire Captain Sue Arrouzet, who was injured just after 10:30PM, November 12, 2011, in a partial structural collapse, is listed in stable condition with a serious back injury.  Captain Arrouzet has been moved to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where she will start her rehabilitation process. Cards and well wishes may be sent to Sue Arrouzet, CAL FIRE TCU, 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.  Sue and her family are sincerely thankful for the generous well wishes and offers of monetary donations. If people wish to make monetary donations Sue has requested such donations be made to the Ken Onstad Benevolent Fund (KOBF), 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.  Please indicate Sue’s name on your donation. The Ken Onstad Benevolent Fund was established in 1998 to assist employees of the Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.  Its primary purpose is to provide immediate assistance to employees and their families in the event of injury, illness, or any other tragic event that may occur. 

Bark n Bubbles pet pix with Santa!

New Holiday Gift Shoppe in Town Square

Located just a few steps from Cruiser's Ice Cream Parlor and Copperopolis Olive Oil Company in Town Square is a new Holiday gift store hihglighting multiple local vendors and crafters.
Inside you will find a choclatier, Scentys products, hand knit hats and scarves, lush tu-tu's for the little princess in your life, handcrafted bows and hair pretties by Paisleys and Polka Dots, and so much more.
Open every weekend Sat 10-6 and Sun 11-5 thru to January 1, 2012. Weekday hours vary, yet will be open during all Town Square events.

Copper Youth, Jake Ham, Volunteers in Africa

24 year old Jake Ham recently returned from Kenya, Africa after a 6 week visit volunteering his medical expertise.
While Jake scoffs at the term medical expertise, he did indeed head to the small town of Kangundu (East of Nairobi) with his newly acquired kinesiology degree in hand. Not sure if he wanted to attend grad school, yet wanting to put his skills to use, Jake found an short term alternative. Working through a Canadian volunteer group Jake had to come up with his own money for passage and lodging, while the Canadian group found him a host family and a hospital with which to volunteer.
To many of the tribe Jake was the first white man they had seen, to others, those educated and traveled, Jake was nothing new but still referred to as a mzungu – white. Jake was welcomed almost immediately and quickly picked up some Swahili words to communicate loosely. All around him people would chant in Swahili. He began to be comforted by the sound.

Governor Brown announces appointments

Manuel Baca, 63, of Diamond Bar, has been appointed to the California Community College Board of Governors, where he has served since 2009. He has been a professor at Rio Hondo College since 1997. Baca served as vice president of student services for Rio Hondo College from 1991 to 1997 and director of the extended opportunity program and services, financial aid and veteran’s services from 1982 to 1991. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Baca is a Democrat.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Congratulations Seaman Richard Hibbard

(Updated 11-25-11 0830)
Earlier last month local Richard Hibbard graduated basic training in the United States Navy. He currently is awaiting assignment to training school for computerized weapons systems onboard Navy vessels.
Congratulations Richard!

Richard will finish advanced electrical training on January17, 2012. From there he will attend electrical training A school graduating as a Petty Officer. He then is scheduled to attend electrical training C school where upon graduation he will receive rank of 2nd class Petty Officer.
According to his parents, Marsha and Al Seider, Richard is enjoying the Navy. They are excited for his upcoming leave 12-16-11 through 1-2-12, having him home for the Christmas season "is a blessing. It will be a special Christmas for our family. Richard is a good roll model for our other son Zack."
Click HERE to read previous article on Richard Hibbard

Manson Family Murderer Charles Denton Watson denied parole for the 16th time

IONE – The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today to inmate Charles Denton Watson at a parole suitability hearing at Mule Creek State Prison. Inmate Watson, 65, has been serving a life sentence for his involvement in the 1969 Manson Family murders.

It was Watson’s 16th appearance before a BPH panel. Inmate Watson will be considered for another parole review in five years.

Sonora PD Press Release re:Nov 25 Christmas Parade

Friday, 25 Nov. 2011, will mark the City of Sonora’s 28th annual Christmas Parade. This event always falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is attended by thousands of on lookers. The Sonora Police Department is tasked with traffic control and security for the parade.
The Sonora Police Department and the City of Sonora would like to remind everyone that the correct location for dropping off participants for the parade is on Shaws Flat Road, in front of Sonora High School. The participants can then walk across the campus to the staging area. Disabled participants may be dropped off at the intersection of South Washington and School Street.

Sheriff Press Release re:arrest for possession of marijuana for sale

On 11/20/11 Calaveras Sheriffs Department Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on a van on Highway 26 at Saint Andrews Road in Valley Springs. Deputies made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Jeannie Eastridge (41), and the passenger of the vehicle, Paul Eastridge (42), both of Rail Road Flat. Also in the vehicle was another adult, Michael Langston (18), of Railroad Flat, and 5 children (ages 3, 7, 13, 15, and 16).
While speaking with the vehicle occupants sheriff’s deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. They also noticed that Mr. Eastridge was bleeding heavily from an injury to his head. Mr. Eastridge stated that he had just been the victim of a robbery in the Stockton area where he was struck over the head with a firearm; however, nothing was stolen from him during the robbery.

Glass Front gun cabinet for sale

Locking glass front gun cabinet holds up to 6 rifles. Locking drop door storage for ammo beneath gun display. 68" H x 22" W x 14" D. No delivery.
$100 OBO 785-8386

The Nooner for 11-22-11

California political news, opinion, laws and legislation.
Around the Capitol Nooner for 11-22-11


Clothes for Kids!

Clothes for Kids!
During the Copperopolis Community Food Pantry Distribution the Copper Canyon Baptist Church hands out free clothing to any members of the community in need.
This 'ministry' is in need of clothes for infants to teens! All clothing, especially coats are welcome.
 If you have any clothes to donate, please call Jan Riley (770-2592) Or Shirley Wunder 785-2734.

Craft faire 12-3-11 Lake Tulloch Resort

The Lake Tulloch resort wil be hosting a 'Ye Olde Food and Craft Faire' Saturday December 3, 2011 from 11-5. Parking is free and fun is plentiful.
Come join us for a day of Holiday cheer and some great shopping for that special someone in your life!
Booths are still available for rent.
For more information call 785-8200

Governor announces appointments

Katie Dawson, 65, of Oakland, has been appointed to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Dawson has been the principal of Dawson Dental Hygiene Practice since 2009. She was a dental hygienist for Dr. Damani Mitchell from 2001 to 2009, Dr. James Sweeney from 1995 to 2002, and Dr. Michael Hine from 1991 to 2002. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Dawson is a Democrat.

Adam Dondro, 29, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant secretary of external affairs at the California Technology Agency. Dondro has served as acting deputy director of external affairs at the California Technology Agency since 2010. He was a budget committee consultant for the Assembly Committee on Budget at the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2010. He was a legislative aide for Assemblymember John Laird from 2005 to 2008. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $101,208. Dondro is a Democrat.

The Nooner by Scott Lay

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Snaps Wine Tasting - an Italian flair

Friday night, 11-18-11, Snaps Coffee House and Wine bar hosted La Folia Winery and their delicious, authentic Italian wines...from the foothills.

As with all wine tastings at Snaps, it was well atended.

The music, provided by guitarist extraordinaire Danny Burton, was superb. The appetizers, created by none other than Snaps owner Sue Bresee, were perfect pairings for the variety of wines poured. And the laughter and comaraderie was plentiful.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Copper Fire responds to large debris fire

The call initially came out this morning at approximately 10:00 am as a possible structure fire on O'Byrnes Ferry Road. Response was immediate.
No structure was involved.
It was a large debris burn.
The fire was attended and they informed the CFPD that they will be burning throughout the week.

New Melones Fishing report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,953,758 acre-feet of water. The lake level has been steady for the last two weeks, and is currently at 1048 ft. above sea level and 41 ft. from full. Water temperature is really dropping now, and is currently 58-61 degrees. The lake will "turn over" when surface water cools to the same temp as the deeper water- around 53-54 degrees. This usually happens around Thanksgiving, and then the trout bite really turns on for bank-anglers and trollers alike.

Trout:  We had another good week of fishing! The Department of Fish and Game is planting Melones every week now, plus we are seeing some beautiful 2-to-3-pound holdovers. Bank fishing is really picking up. Bite is best in the morning. Trollers have been doing well fishing over the main river channel from upriver under the bridges into the main lake (the spillway/dam area) from 20-50 feet deep with any small shad-imitation lure such as Needlefish, Excel, and Rapala Countdowns. Trout are feeding heavily on schools of small shad. The tandem spoon rig continues to produce some beautiful holdovers. Also the Tasmanian Devil works as a good bait to troll or cast.
Team Mc Fishing Guide Service went out on Tuesday and caught some nice fish. They trolled silver Shasta Tackle hum dingers behind U.V. sling blades. Others who caught fish while trolling include, Jim Monroe, Sharron Monroe, and Allan Monroe. Bank anglers have been bringing in some big holdover trout while fishing in the shallow waters in the backs of Angels and Glory Hole Cove, while throwing spoons such as Kastmasters and Krocodiles in chrome/blue and rainbow patterns. Power Bait and Power Eggs fished on a sliding sinker rig and a 24" leader seems to be the most popular bait setup. 

Public Health Department Press Release re: Flu and Pertussis Vaccines

Flu and Pertussis Vaccines Recommended

Fall is the start of flu season.  It is also a time when other respiratory illnesses are

present.  The Calaveras County Public Health Department has vaccine available to the

community that   prevents two respiratory diseases, seasonal flu and whooping cough


“It is easy to forget that seasonal flu can cause serious illness and possibly death for

some infants, youth and adults,” stated Dr. Dean Kelaita, County Health Officer.  This


·         Adults 50 years of age and over
·         Pregnant women
·         Children and youth 5-18 years on long term aspirin therapy
·         Everyone with chronic health conditions [including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease

Letter from COngressman Dan Lungren re: ADA lawsuits and Veteran's Day

Our crusades for job creation and government regulation mitigation got a strong vote of confidence during a very satisfying time back home for our Veteran’s Day District Work period last week.
After introducing my new bill, H.R. 3356, to thwart abusive ADA lawsuits, I had the privilege of being home Thursday to host a packed press conference and formally introduce the ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act to an enthusiastic group representing small business owners, chamber of commerce heads and local government representatives.

Parent Coaching series

Thank you to those of you that were contributors to the Kovacs Memorial BBQ Fundraiser

Copperopolis fall sunrise photos

Photos shot at Saddle Creek 11-19-11