Monday, February 28, 2011

PROCLAMATION By Governor Brown 2-28-11

Through studying and understanding the rich history and accomplishments of African Americans we can shape the future of our state and preserve what we value from the past.

African Americans have impacted our culture and history in innumerable ways. With contributions in Music, the Arts, Literature and Science, the story of African Americans is one of creativity, struggle, fortitude, and accomplishment.

This month, we celebrate our diverse heritage and culture. We pay tribute to those who fought for equality. We remember the noble struggle.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim February 2011 as “African American History Month.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 28th day of February 2011.

EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California



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Assemblymember Olsen's 2011 Legislative Package (Press Release 2-28-11)

My 2011 Legislative Package
Next to resolving our budget deficit, working to create jobs and reform government should be the top priority of the Legislature this year. I have introduced bills that I believe will help businesses thrive and grow our jobs market, and measures that would bring important reform to the way government operates. I also worked with local governments in my district to identify legislation that would give them more control or flexibility in this difficult economy.
Here are a few bills from my 2011 legislative package that I would like to highlgiht:
~Two-Year Budget Planning: Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 would provide better long-term budget planning and would prohibit the Legislature from adopting a budget plan that leaves a deficit in the succeeding year without a specified plan for eliminating the deficit.
~Manufacturer Sales Tax Exemption: AB 1057 would provide a sales tax exemption, beginning in 2014, for businesses who purchase manufacturing equipment or new equipment purchased for the purpose of air mitigation.
~Streamlining Process for Roadway Improvements: Assembly Bill 890 streamlines the process for cities and counties to improve road safety by creating a statutory exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for minor roadway improvements.
~ Flexible Work Week: Assembly Bill 830 would allow employers and employees the flexibility of choosing to work 4, 10-hour days or the traditional 8-hour work days. Choosing a flexible work schedule of 4, 10-hour days could give employees 50 additional non-working days per year.
~J-59 Transfer: Assembly Bill 464 would transfer J-59 from a county maintained roadway to a state maintained roadway. Transferring the maintenance to Caltrans while the road is in excellent condition will insure that there is not a financial burden to the state.

Copper Fire Holding Public Meetings to Cover Policies

Beginning this Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10:00 am at Station #1 on Main Street, Copperopolis Fire Protection District will hold a three hour meeting to begin covering the "draft manual."
Meetings will be held each Saturday for three hours to allow for full coverage of the draft manual.

Town Square Dog Days, Promoting Awareness and Connecting with the Public

According to Debby Beaufort, Dog Team Leader at the Calaveras Humane Society, the Dog Days “venue has been a fantastic event in connecting with the public and promoting responsible pet ownership.”
While the event is attended by mainly those that already own dogs, adoption rates are not at their peak, yet the awareness that is raised at these events for the Calaveras Humane Society is immeasurable. Debbie goes on to say, when “Linda Stefanick of Castle and Cooke contacted us in 2010 and invited us to participate...the idea was to make the public aware of Calaveras Humane Society, what we do and also we have dogs for adoption.” In 2010 the Copperopolis Town Square held three events: February, June, and October to help raise funds and awareness.
The funds raised at the February Dog Day Afternoon were utilized for the Medical Assistance Fund. “This is a fund that assists low income public in paying for medical problems with their animals.”
The Calaveras Humane Society is looking forward to the Halloween event held in October in Town Square.



For more information on the Calaveras Humane Society visit http://www.calaverashumane.org/
For more information on upcoming events at Town Square visit http://www.copperopolistownsquare.com/

CHP Press Release Fatality Hwy 49 This AM

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Board of Supervisors Meeting Broadcast on Calaveras Community TV

Board meetings are rebroadcast on COMCAST, Calaveras Community Channel 9 Monday through Friday at 8:00 p.m

Agenda for the March 1, 2011 BOS meeting...
AGENDA

Children’s Spring Music Recital 2011 Was Extraordinary

Children from the age of 5 to 15 performed Sunday at the Church of the Ascension for a packed crowd of parents, friends, and family.
Over the past year and under the patient tutelage of Pat Hopper these budding musicians honed their skills at piano, vocals, and violin all practicing for the final show that occurred on Sunday.
The musicians, listed in alphabetical order were:  
James Avecilla, McKenzie Blair, Jackson Dodds, Brighton Hamari, Summer Hamari, Grayson Hamari, Nathanial Johnson, Grace Johnson, Johnny Jordan, Max Meyer, Katelyn Osborn, Jeremiah Paulson, Micah Paulson, Pearl Rollings, Hailey Sneddon, and Madison Sneddon.
Every child gave an amazing performance from beginner to advanced. There was not an unsmiling face in the crowd and the pride in the air was palpable. As the concert came to a close, a beautiful performance of Eidleweiss was played as a duet with sisters Summer and Brighton at the keys.  Freshman Johnny Jordan, taught by Brooke Moes, delighted with the minuet on the violin. And the finale…15 year old Nathanial Johnson, with the confidence of one twice his age, sat before the piano and  played the ‘Flight of the Chippewa’ written and composed by himself.
James Avecilla

Brighton Hamari

Johnny Jordan

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Copper Friends of the Library Adopts a Piece of Hwy 4

In June of 2010 the Copperopolis Library Branch Friends of the Library laid claim to a stretch of Highway 4 for clean up adoption. Copper FOTL President Marilyn Richardson says, “I think it’s a positive way to make a difference in our community.”
The stretch that the Copper FOTL is responsible for is from Vista Point to just past Main Street, where the local Lions Club picks up from there. “We clean when we choose, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find people who want to help.” Marilyn points out that Vista Point tends to be a large job, but that at their last clean up date on February 12, 2011 that turned into a two day clean up, “it was encouraging to note that it was much cleaner than when we cleaned last.”
Adopt-a-Highway is sponsored by CalTrans. The program allows an individual or group with community pride to adopt a small section of a highway for the purpose of “picking up litter, removing graffiti, and sometimes vegetation control,” recycling is encouraged.
Marilyn states that safety is a major concern of CalTrans. No one under the age of 16 may volunteer and Cal Trans requires a 5 day notice prior to a work ‘party’ event. A safety orientation video is required to be viewed by all participants and safety equipment provided must be utilized by all workers.
Anyone interested in volunteering with FOTL for Adopt-a-Highway clean up can contact Marilyn at 785-2757.

Update on Rescued Horses from Raquelle at ReHorse Rescue

The 10 horses from Copper are making progress. They are all doing well. So far, we have had 3 hoof abscesses and are surprised and grateful for only 3. Everyone has been wormed and we are going to worm them again today. It is difficult with the cold weather to get their weight up. They are each being fed 4 flakes of hay and 8-10 lbs of grain and supplements daily.
 
All of the horses now have names - The stallion's registered name is "Apollo's Firefox" but volunteers are lovingly calling him "Heff". The mares new names are - GiGi, Lace, Ribbon, PJ, Cheyenne, Blossom, Baby Girl, Sweet Pea and Dora "the explorer". They are all beginning to trust people but it's going to be a long process for these horses. Baby Girl, Sweet Pea and Dora seem to have never been haltered. We have our work cut out for us. The grooming process is going slowly. The petrified mud and feces attached to these horses is like concrete. We have had to cut tails and have had to use scissors, hammers and pliers to break apart these huge rock like formations. Removal can be painful.
 
We have received donations and many prayers and cards from Calaveras and Tuolumne County residents and businesses. Thank you to all that have supported our rescue efforts.
 
Your continued support is appreciated not only for the new 10 horses from Copper but the existing 35 horses here at ReHorse. It is only because of the amazing support we receive from our community that we are able to help these wonderful animals. Thank you for helping us save horses in need!!!
 
We received several calls from Calaveras residents offering to bring hay but only one has made arrangements and brought hay out. Thank you Bruce and Dena!
 
Donations can be made at http://www.rehorserescue.org/ or P.O. Box 494 Jamestown, Ca 95327 or call 209-337-5886
 
Here are some updated pictures of the mares here at The ReHorse Rescue Ranch -
Cheyenne with halter scars from years of halter wear

Dora posing for the camera

Gigi during the 10 minutes of snow Saturday
 

Do You Have a Green Thumb?

The Saddle Creek Garden Club is looking for you!
Saturday March 5, begining at 8:45 am the Garden Club is needing adults that would like to help with a clean up day at the Copperopolis Elementary school site.
Clean up begins promptly at 8:45. There will be weeding, trash pick up, and basic sprucing up of the school grounds.
For more information contact Jessica at jessica.welch1@yahoo.com.

Salt Springs Valley Reservoir is OPEN!

Opening day for Salt Springs Valley Reservoir occured on February 6th and the fish have been biting ever since...


Fishing Information:  
No Minnows. 
All bass are catch and release.  
Prepare for live-well check upon departure.  
All other species may be taken according to D.F.G.laws.  
All boats must be off the water before dark.  
Fishing boats must be courteous and aware  
of jet skiers and stay off jet ski course

For more information visit http://saltspringsvalleyreservoir.weebly.com/index.html

Photo of Ralph Murphy courtesy Salt Springs Valley Reservoir

Griefbusters of Amador & Calaveras County Looking for Volunteers

Griefbusters of
Amador & Calaveras
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been awarded grant money from the Calaveras Community Foundation to extend the reach of the Griefbusters program into your child’s school. We are seeking compassionate adults/parents/grandparents willing to become trained volunteers and help provide a much needed service to children who have suffered the loss of a loved one in and around your child’s school. The need in Calaveras is significant with over 24 referrals last year alone!

What are Griefbusters?
Griefbusters are volunteers who meet with children on an as-needed basis one time a week to support the child through their grief process in a healthy and productive fashion. Volunteers are trained and supervised by Hospice of Amador & Calaveras.

When and where is the training?
The upcoming Griefbuster training will be held on April 6th and 7th, from 8:00am-4:00pm, at the Senior Center in San Andreas. For more information please call Tammy at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras at 223-5500 or visit the Hospice website at www.hospiceofamador.org.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Letter to the Editor submitted by the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association

Right now is a decisive moment in Wisconsin and a watershed moment for our nation, and we urge you to join the fight at http://www.standwithwalker.com/.
On our side Governor Scott Walker, a newly-elected GOP-controlled legislature and tens of thousands of tea party and AFP activists are working to balance the state budget by finally cutting spending and reining in sweetheart pensions and benefits enjoyed by government employees unions.
On the other side are a privileged class of liberal politicians and government unions demanding higher taxes and even more spending for themselves and their ideology - all while private sector unemployment still runs high.
Here's what Governor Walker's Budget Repair Bill that they're so angry about actually does:
Ask government workers to pay half the cost of their pensions - still less than private employees pay for their pensions
Ask government workers to pay 12% of their own health insurance premiums - the national average for the private sector is over 20%
End collective bargaining for government unions for pensions and benefits.  Allow bargaining only for raises that are less than inflation.
End forced union dues, collected by the state.  Union dues would become voluntary.
Union members get to vote yearly on whether to keep their union.
To stop these sensible reforms, the unions and their Democratic allies are pulling out all the stops.  President Obama has even weighed in attacking Governor Walker.
Democratic state senators are so desperate they have actually fled the state to stall a vote -- and are hiding out at a resort in Illinois.  Can you imagine elected legislators being so beholden to special interest unions that they would flee the state?  Have they no shame?
Much is at stake because every other governor and every other legislature is watching what happens in Wisconsin. We have to win.  Please stand with Scott Walker by signing our petition at http://www.standwithwalker.com/.
Sincerely,

Tim Phillips
President, Americans for Prosperity

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Outlook

Today: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight: Areas of frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 26. North northwest wind between 5 and 7 mph

Hunter Safety Course

In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before purchasing a hunting license.

The California Department of Fish and Game conducts training throughout the state. Each year approximately 30,000 students complete the state’s ten-hour minimum hunter education course. Statistics show hunter education training is a success.

Hunting accidents of all types have declined substantially since the start of the program. The California Hunter Safety Program began on January 1, 1954 with the passage of the Davis-Abshire Hunter Safety Training Law. The initial law required all junior hunters to take a Hunter Safety Class prior to obtaining their first hunting license.

Beginning February 27 Hunter Safety Class will be offered at by teachers Al Courtright retired law enforement officer, and Mark Oswald, firefighter and Hunter Safety Instructor since 1985.

The class will be held at Ebbett's Pass Fire Department and is $10.00 per student. It runs over a course of three weekends, Feb 27, Mar 6, and Mar 13, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Students must be 10 years or 5th grade.

To register please call Mark at 770-3039.
(Just in time for turkey season.)

Motherlode Gun Club Offering Concealed Weapons Courses

CA CCW
This one-of-a-kind course goes beyond the laws & rules of concealed carry & actually provides methods of defending yourself against life-threatening situations. Open to anyone, this condensed course includes CA laws, dry-fire, live-fire, & realistic training scenarios exclusive to carrying a concealed handgun. Conducted indoors monthly at the Mother Lode Gun Club in Jamestown. Formally recognized by Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, & Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Offices & Angels Camp P.D. for new or renewing CCW licensing. Other counties have accepted our fantastic course of training - check with your licensing authority. This is no boring lecture! Cost: $70 /60
Please click on the below link for dates, times, and registration information.

Weapons Training School

Copper Kids Idol Orientation March 1, 2011

Governor’s Proposed Realignment of Fire and Emergency Response Activities additional information

In an attempt to cut the deficit Governor Brown is proposing a realignment of CalFire SRA perimeters. SRA, State Responsibility Area, currently incorporates 1/3 of the states acreage. “Under statute, the state is responsible for wildland fire protection in state responsibility areas. The state has no statutory obligation to provide structural fire protection or emergency medical response.”
The State Responsibility Area (SRA) within Calaveras County is 623, 621 acres. That is equal to 94.20% of the county. The town of San Andreas and the City of Angels Camp fall within the category of Local Responsibility Areas (LRA).
New information from CAL FIRE Fire Captain Bruce Lodge, states that of the 119,953.45 acres that lie within the Copperopolis Fire Protection District, 112,725.36 are designated SRA, equaling 93.97% of CFPD acreage designated SRA. The remaining acreage for CFPD is Federal Responsibility Area (FRA) belonging to Bureau of Land Management (3,522.425 acres) and the Bureau of Reclamation (3,705.672 acres).
“By contractual agreement with the Federal agencies 100% of lands within the Copperopolis FPD are under the direct protection of CALFIRE, for the purpose of wildland fire protection.”
Currently Copper Fire runs a crew of two firefighters and one paramedic/firefighter per shift. The volunteer staff consists of 18 wildland qualified volunteers with response uncertain, “We never know who is available at any given time” points out Chief Cantrell due to the fact that many of the volunteers do not work within the District and response times vary greatly.
According to Battalion Chief Mario Hernandez, the CAL FIRE station in Copper “is typically staffed May 15 through November 1.” Although that time frame can be adjusted for current fire conditions.
If a realignment of fire and emergency area responsibilities is put in to place that affects the Copperopolis Fire Protection District, the District could possibly be left without a manned CAL FIRE station on Main Street for the 2011 ‘fire season’. If this occurs, the nearest responding stations would be either “Altaville to the East, Green Springs to the South, or Valley Springs to the North.”
Currently CAL FIRE Headquarters in Sacramento is working with the Governor’s Office regarding the LAO’s (Legislative Analysit’s Office) report  on the Governor’s Proposed Realignment of Fire and Emergency Response Activities that was issued on February 2, 2011.

Have you Read Your Copper View?

In today's mail I was delighted to see that the Copper View has made a comeback!
The Copper View is a newsletter provided to the residents of Copper by CABA (Copperopolis Area Business Association). It is packed with interviews, news, local stories, and tips.
If you did not receive a copy, you can view a PDF link by visiting the Copper View page on the right side of this news site.
Thank you CABA...and as always...happy reading:)
Charity Maness

Copper View PDF

Friday, February 25, 2011

Assemblymember Olsen Seeks Nominations for 2011 Woman of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, today invited constituents to nominate extraordinary women in their communities for consideration as the 2011 Woman of the Year for the 25th Assembly District. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 9th.

“Honoring a woman in our community as Woman of the Year is our chance to give thanks for all of the good work women do on a daily basis,” said Olsen.  “Every day, countless women are making a difference in the lives of others and I encourage everyone in our region to nominate these remarkable women who are doing so much to make our communities a better place.”

As part of Woman’s History Month, Olsen would like to honor an exceptional woman from the 25th Assembly District as Woman of the Year. Olsen is asking constituents to submit names of women who are making a difference in their communities.  Constituents can submit their nominations for Woman of the Year by visiting Assembly Member Olsen’s website at www.assembly.ca.gov/olsen.  Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, March 9.  Olsen and her staff will review the nominations and announce their selection shortly thereafter.

Show Your Frog Pride

GOT FROGS?
You too can show your frog pride with a humorous t-shirt stating 'GOT FROGS?' for sale at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds website.
CLICK HERE TO BUY A T-SHIRT

Sheriff Department Office of Emergency Services Press Release

Re: Storm
PRESS RELEASE

S. California Business Leaders Endorse Governor Brown’s Efforts to Let Voters Decide How to Address Budget Crisis

“I thank both the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and VICA for their support and am hopeful others who have a stake in getting our state back on track will follow suit,” said Governor Brown. “Given the fiscal challenges we face, it is very appropriate for the voters of California to weigh in with their vote; is it all cuts, or is it part cuts and part tax extensions?”

READ MORE

Letter from Calaveras County Taxpayers Association ~ By, David Tunno


What’s CalPERS Really Going to Cost Us?
Prompted by the growing awareness of the financial impact of public employee retirement plans, the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association has sought data from the County with which to calculate the growing debt created by those plans and the keeper of those retirement funds, CalPERS. 
Thus far, according to CCTA President Al Segalla, the County’s disclosures have come up far short, including a response CCTA received to a request for information on the CalPERS criteria for determining County retirement contributions. “You are asking for information not documents. The county is in no position to determine the accuracy of information on CalPERS website as it is not maintained by the County, and the County has no legal duty to answer questions under a PRA request.”
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Criminal Complaint Filed Against Owners of Neglected Horses

Today the District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against Nigh and Melva Lawhon, owners of the neglected horses recently rescued by Rehorse Rescue and concerned citizens. The DA is mailing out a Notice to Appear for March 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

NOAA Weather Announcement

This Afternoon: Rain showers before 4pm, then rain and snow showers. Snow level 1800 feet. High near 40. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: Snow showers. Low around 30. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Calaveras County Public Health Department News Release

Chickenpox Alert Issued by
Calaveras Public Health Department

The Calaveras County Public Health Department has issued an alert that chickenpox is occurring in the County. Seven cases of chickenpox have been reported in 2011. One infant was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. Cases have occurred in four elementary and secondary school students.

“The Public Health Department is recommending that all parents check the immunization records of their children and teenagers,” advised Dr. Dean Kelaita, County Health Officer. Children over age 12 months should have at least one dose of varicella vaccine, the vaccine that prevents chickenpox. Two doses of vaccine are recommended for children, adolescents and adults.
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Chickenpox is a highly infectious rash illness caused by a virus. Chickenpox causes a generalized itchy rash that develops into blister-like lesions.  The rash is concentrated on the face, scalp and trunk. Most infected persons also have a fever. Chickenpox is spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing from an infected person or direct contact with blisters. The illness can be severe in newborns, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems, resulting in serious or life threatening complications. Parents who think their child may have chickenpox should keep them home from child care or school until all the blisters have turned to small scabs (this can take a couple of weeks) and contact their doctor or clinic.

Prior to the use of varicella vaccine, about 10,600 people in the U.S. were hospitalized for chickenpox each year. “Assuring your children are vaccinated protects them and limits the potential for the spread of disease in schools and communities,” Kelaita said. Adults and teenagers who get chickenpox usually are more seriously ill than young children. “Because it is not possible to predict who will have a serious or even deadly case of chickenpox, vaccination is the best protection,” Dr. Kelaita added.

Vaccine against chickenpox and other diseases is available from the Public Health Department. The community immunization clinic schedule is available at www.calaveras.publichealth.com or by calling 754-6460. No one is turned away from vaccine clinics for inability to pay.
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16 Year Old Tony Nunes Earns Top Honors at the American Power Boat Association Awards

16 year old Mountain Oaks high school Junior Tony Nunes, son of Debi and Mark Nunes of Salt Springs Valley Reservoir, earned not only a table of awards, but the respect and admiration of his fellow competitors this last week at the APBA Awards held in Isleton, California. The APBA awards banquet was hosted by the American Power Boat Association Region 11, East Bay Boat Club, and Northern California Outboard Association(APBA) Awards in Isleton, California. 
Tony races in two different classes for the APBA: a B modified that runs at speeds of 55 mph and a C modified Runabout that runs at speeds of 75 mph. Currently he is the youngest driver racing a C modified and is ranked #2 in the nation.
Racing for All marine/Nicolos Racing the awards he received are as follows:
APBA National Rookie of the Year (Awarded in January in Detroit Michigan)
APBA Region 11(West Coast) Rookie of the Year
APBA National C Modified Rank #2
APBA Region 11 C Modified Highpoint
East Bay Boat Club C Modified Highpoint
East Bay Boat club Overall Highpoint Driver of the Year
2010 North American Champion

"When he does something he does it with his whole heart." Said proud mom Debi.
Debi, Tony’s mother, teacher, and most avid supporter, also received an award at the APBA ceremonies, “The BJ Sutfin Award for Outstanding Women of the Year”. This award acknowledges all the efforts of the women behind the scenes, the scoring, registration, organization, etc.
Not to sit back and rest on his laurels, Tony has had a new C Modified Boat built and is preparing to test it to get ready for the 2011 season. For boat race info at Salt Springs Valley Reservor visit their website at http://saltspringsvalleyreservoir.weebly.com/

Photo by Traci Cottle

Pictures courtesy Nunes family.

Quote from John F. Kennedy

"Our priviledges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities."

This quote was found in a parenting teens book titled 'Can I Have the Keys to the Car?' authored by Pastor Sean Paulsen in 1999 from the chapter on responsibility and choices.

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 3-1-11 Meeting

AGENDA

AMA Ponytail Softball Sign ups

AMA Ponytail
Softball Signups
It’s not too late to sign-up! Registrations are still being accepted for 3rd – 5th graders. Signup forms available at http://www.amayouthsports.com/. For more information, please call Shawna at 736-0630.

The Copper Curmudgeon...On Dogs as People

In America pet owners spend approximately $41 billion dollars that’s billion with a “B” not trillion like our President thinks is reasonable . . . on their pets . . . not to say that’s a bad thing because my family is right there in this spending spree but you have to ask your self why . . .

There are many cute sayings that get plastered on the internet like, “Gee I wish I was as good as my dog thinks I am.”  And I cannot count the poems and stories about dogs trying to get into heaven.
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Copper, Bret Harte, and Mark Twain Schools Closed today due to Weather Conditions

Notification went out at 5:55 am that both Mark Twain and Copper School campuses will be closed today.
Bret Harte, John Vierra, and Vallecito are also closed.

Record and Near Record Cold Temperatures Expected this Weekend

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
255 AM PST FRI FEB 25 2011

...RECORD AND NEAR RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES WILL BE POSSIBLE THIS
WEEKEND...

.BEHIND THE CURRENT COLD WEATHER SYSTEM TEMPERATURES FOR MOST
LOCATIONS WILL DROP BELOW FREEZING DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
FOR BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS. A HARD FREEZE WILL BE
POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH END OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY AND FOOTHILLS
BOTH MORNINGS WHILE A HARD FREEZE WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR A NUMBER OF
LOCATIONS OVER THE SOUTHERN SACRAMENTO AND NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN
VALLEYS AND DELTA ON SUNDAY.

...HARD FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING...

A HARD FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING BELOW 2000 FEET.

* TEMPERATURES: MID 20S TO LOWER 30S SATURDAY MORNING AND MID
  20S TO UPPER 20S ON SUNDAY MORNING FOR THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND
  DELTA. MANY FOOTHILL LOCATIONS BELOW 2000 FEET WILL HAVE
  TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 20S BOTH MORNINGS.

* TIMING: BETWEEN 3 AM AND 9 AM EACH MORNING THIS WEEKEND.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: REDDING...CHICO...MARYSVILLE...STOCKTON
  MODESTO...PARADISE...AUBURN...LAKEPORT.

* IMPACTS: DAMAGE POSSIBLE TO APRICOTS...ALMONDS...PLUMS AND
  PEACHES IN THEIR BUDDING AND FLOWERING STAGE. ICY ROADS IN
  SNOWY LOCATIONS. EXPOSED PIPES COULD FREEZE AND BURST.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Board of Supervisors Meeting Summary for 2-22-11

MEETING SUMMARY

Modified Winter Storm Warning

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST SATURDAY ABOVE 2000 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST SATURDAY BELOW 2000 FEET...

* WINDS: SOUTHERLY 10 TO 20 MPH.

Sheriff Department Press Release

Country Haven Assisted Living evacuated...
PRESS RELEASE

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir coming to Angels Camp March 5, 2011

The award winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multiracial, interfaith group that regularly performs throughout the bay area. It's vocalists, led by Terrance Kelly, perform traditional and contemporary black gospel music and spirituals. The choir stands for diversity, tolerance and unity and spreads the message throughout the music. The entire audience will be moved to their feet as the rousing vocal harmonies soar and raise the energy into joyous song.
The 16-member ensemble choir & it's band will raise the roof! 3 pm at the Bret Harte High School Theatre. Healing, Inspirational & fun!
Call for more information or visit calaverasarts.org. 209-754-1774
Courtesy photo CCAC

New Melones Fishing Report Week of 2-21-11

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,1,661,732 acre-feet of water.  The water level rose another two feet this week and is now 1019 ft. above sea level and 69 ft. from full capacity.  Water temperature is about 52-54 degrees at the surface- warmer in the south side of the lake.  Water is really clearing up- gin clear in the main lake with about 15-foot visibility.  There is some staining in the creek arms.  With the rising water, there is about 20 feet of grass line underwater- this will be very beneficial for the spring spawn.  Watch for floating debris and unmarked island tops.

Copper Kids Club, Fun, Games, and Faith

At this Wednesday’s Copper Kids Club after viewing a short video the question that was put before the children was , “Who should you put first?”
 Pastor Sean, shining in his element of engaging youth through youth ministry, explained that thought process more clearly on a child’s level. Incorporating daily events like use of video games, playing with friends, and listening to your parents, all the while, gently reinforcing the days lesson, ‘put God first.’ When he put forth the question to the children how they would put God first when sitting down to play a video game, some answered “to pray before you play” another “to pray to win.” While no one was corrected, Sean suggested, “how about if you ask God if you should be playing that game?” One child immediately said, “Yeah, cuz some of that language is YUCKY!” Point made.
The children soon after broke for crafts, snacks, and games.




For more information on Copper Kids Club visit coppercanyonchurch.org.

NOAA Urgent Weather Message

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
253 AM PST THU FEB 24 2011

..ANOTHER COLD WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA TODAY AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING..

.ANOTHER COLD WINTER STORM FROM WESTERN CANADA WILL BRING VERY
LOW SNOW LEVELS TO THE REGION AND PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE
FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION
WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH END OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY WITH
FLURRIES POSSIBLE AT TIMES ELSEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.

TRAVEL OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL BECOME VERY DANGEROUS DUE TO
HEAVY SNOW...STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES. TRAVEL DELAYS
AND ROAD CLOSURES ARE POSSIBLE. MOUNTAIN AND FOOTHILL RESIDENTS
SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF POWER OUTAGES.

SNOW OCCURRING AT LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL ALSO CAUSE TRAVEL
DIFFICULTIES.

Calaveras County Friends of the Library Presents...

      PEACE, LOVE and TRIVIA       

It is often said that if you remember the 1960’s, you weren’t there. However, for those who have remained sharp on their 60’s knowledge, the upcoming event known as “Peace, Love and Trivia” was tailored for you.

The 14th Annual Dinner and Trivia Bee is being sponsored by The Friends of the Calaveras County Library, and funds raised will be used for the continued operation of library branches and Calaveras Adult Tutoring.

This year’s flower powered event is Saturday, March 26th, at the San Andreas Town Hall. The evening begins with a Social Hour at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and the trivia contest, in which three-member teams will compete by answering “groovy” questions related to the era.  The quiz will cover many popular 60’s topics like music, events, politics, autos, Viet Nam, fashions and pop culture.   
Those wanting to attend can form three person teams and be contestants, or come and enjoy the fun with the audience.

Donations will help to keep the libraries open and adult tutoring available.  Tickets are on sale now at all library branches, or phone 754-6510 for more information.
                                               

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MTUESD Special Board Meeting 3-1-11 Agenda



 MARK TWAIN UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Called by the Presiding Officer Pursuant to Government Code section 54956
981 Tuolumne Avenue, Angels Camp, CA
March 1, 2011
Open Session: 3:30 P.M.
Closed Session: 3:45 P.M.
Open Session: Upon completion of hearing
MEETING TO BE HELD AT MARK TWAIN DISTRICT MEETING ROOM
A. Opening of Meeting by Board President Opening Time: ________
1.       Roll Call
Diane Bateman 􀀀 Timothy Randall 􀀀
Jennifer Eltringham 􀀀 Maggie Rollings 􀀀
Gary McGeorge 􀀀

1.       Pledge of Allegiance

. 3:35 Public Comment: This time is reserved for any person to address the Board on closed session
items.
The Board will recess to Closed Session to discuss and/or take action with respect to every item of business to be discussed in closed session pursuant to the Brown Act, during this period, the Board cannot consider issues or take action on any item not listed on the agenda.
1. Student Expulsion Hearing Held Pursuant to Education Code Section 48918(c).
3. Reconvene to Open Session
1. Report of Action Taken in Closed Session
B. Review and Action Item
1. Board’s Adoption of Findings and Conclusions following closed session expulsion hearing pursuant to Education Code section 48918(j).
C. Adjournment Adjournment Time: ___________ Requests for any disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in the public meeting may be made by contacting the District Office at (209)736-1855 at least two days prior to the scheduled meeting. Agendas and other writings may also be requested in alternative formats, as outlined in Section 12132 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Chloe & Zoey's Pet Boutique Coming to Town Square

Opening in March will be a new pet boutique in Town Square...Chloe & Zoeys. The small pet boutique will carry an extensive line of nutritional dog and cat foods, designed with your special animal friends health in mind. As well as toys, books, treats, bedding, and more. Watch for their Grand Opening anouncement!

Sheriff Department OES Press Release

Re: Winter Storm
PRESS RELEASE

Interview with Pastor Sean Paulson

Growing up in a Lutheran home in Southern California, Sean knew religion inside and out, but it had not become an integral part of him or his life, “I knew Jesus, but I didn’t surrender my life to him.”
As a teen he veered away from the positive influences in his life and ventured into the “darker side” where he experienced things that he now views as "living in the moment." While as a teen living in the moment seemed like the right thing to do, in reality, it bordered on dangerous "self destruction."
Serving time in the US Army and receiving an honorable discharge left Sean again wandering through life. Enrolling in a Christian College was his first step in a positive direction for a long time. Though he said “it was easy to fake my way in” he was in for a rude awakening coming “straight from the party lifestyle.”
Part of the requirement of this college was to attend Chapel twice weekly. It was at one of these services that “God grabbed my heart and I gave my life to Jesus.” He can’t remember the sermon or the subject, just that in that glorious moment he knew he had found what he had been missing.
Soon thereafter he met his future wife Nicole in an English class. After graduating from college both Nicole and Sean became preschool teachers and were very active in the youth ministry in their local church. While their combined incomes were satifactory for a married couple without children, Nicole openly wondered what he was really going to do with his life. It was only a matter of time before her strength, their love, and their belief brought them to Copper
Working with youth had always been a passion for Sean and the church he and Nicole attended, the Calvary Chapel in Mission Viejo, saw promise in him as a youth Pastor. They sponsored him for a 2 year program that Sean referred to as “boot camp for pastors.” The program began with 55 students and graduated only 20. Of the three friends that went into the program with Sean, he is the only one still ministering today.
With diploma in hand Sean applied all over the country, jokingly saying he even looked at ‘pastorjobs.com’ yet could not find a job.
 As luck, or fate, would have it a friend that had visited the foothills on vacation told Sean that the Foothill Community Church in Angel’s Camp was looking for a youth Pastor. Sean’s first question was, “Angels what?” Being from SoCal, northern California might as well have been another planet. Yet, he jumped at the opportunity and interviewed with Foothill. Their main concern was if Sean and Nicole could adapt to a rural setting. Sean of course laughed at this and pointed out that on preschool salaries they had never visited the sprawling masses of malls in SoCal but did ask if there was a Walmart. The mold was set. Sean spent 4 ½ years as a youth pastor at Foothill Community Church.
In ’06 after an enlightening trip to Israel and the adoption of their two sons, Sean recommitted to Foothill only to find himself looking for work seven months later. Then, as if an answer to his prayers, in November of ’06 he was invited to preach to the newly formed Baptist church that met at Copper School and he’s “been preaching ever since.”
As the Pastor of Copper Canyon Baptist Church Sean continues his love of youth ministry yet has the additional welcomed challenge of preaching to the masses. He has embraced this experience as “an opportunity for people to be introduced to Jesus.” His warm strength when practicing what he preaches serves him well as he is counselor, friend, preacher, mentor, and rock to many in the community.
 His favorite thing to do? “Going to where people are and introducing them to my savior.”
A bit of noteworthy news, Sean also co-authored a book in 1999 titled ‘Can I Have the Keys to the Car?’ A book that helps parents talk with their teens about things that really matter. While written in 1999, the subjects are still applicable to today’s parent and teen relationship.
For more information about the Copper Canyon Baptist Church visit http://www.coppercanyonchurch.org/.


By, Charity Maness

NOAA Winter Storm Watch

...COLD WINTER STORM FOR THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE
THIS WEEK...

.ANOTHER COLD WINTER STORM ORIGINATING FROM WESTERN CANADA STILL
ON TRACK TO AFFECT THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE THIS
WEEK. THE WEATHER SYSTEM WILL LIKELY BRING VERY LOW SNOW LEVELS
TO THE REGION ALONG WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS.
SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE
NORTH END OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY WITH FLURRIES POSSIBLE AT TIMES
ELSEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY.
MOTHERLODE-
248 AM PST WED FEB 23 2011

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT ABOVE 1500 FEET...

A WINTER STORM WATCH ABOVE 1500 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

(Thursday night 80% chance of snow in the lower elevations, reaching to Copper.)

Press Release from Assemblymember Kristin Olsen District 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         
February 23, 2011                                                                                                       

Assemblymember Olsen Sends Letter to Constituents Regarding the Budget and Critical Reforms
Says Legislature, Governor Should Focus on Jobs and Reforms, Not Higher Taxes
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, sent an open letter to her constituents in the 25th Assembly District, discussing the budget and outlining her priorities.   
In her letter, Olsen says that raising taxes is the wrong direction when so many people are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. Olsen urges the Governor and the Legislature to focus on pension reform and an economic recovery plan to bring back private sector jobs and get people working again.
The full text of Assemblymember Olsen’s letter is below:
Dear Community Members,
Every day, I learn more about how enormous the challenge is to resolve a $26 Billion deficit.  It will take courage and determination.  Tough decisions will need to be made. 
 We can get back to the days when our state used to be the envy of the nation, when people dreamed of coming here to start new businesses and raise their families. We can get there if we to remember to get back to basics.
 We need to set priorities – fund the core services of government and work to create jobs in California. 
 When I was on the Modesto City Council, we went through the painful task of cutting millions of dollars from our budget. It wasn’t easy, but we knew it had to be done for the fiscal health and long-term stability of our community. We also put policies in place to help our local economy grow and have our city poised for opportunities when the market turns around.
 Sacramento is no different. 
 We need to take a comprehensive approach that addresses the root of our economic problems, rather than just the symptoms.  Unless we reform government in ways that will lead to new jobs and economic growth, we are simply putting a Band-Aid or temporary fix on our budget problem. 
 How can we in good conscience say taxes are the answer when over 12,000 homes are in foreclosure in Assembly District 25 and over 300,000 homes statewide? How can we ask people to pay more of their hard-earned money to government when so many can’t even afford to pay their mortgage – their most important asset?
 How can we in good conscience say taxes are the answer when we haven’t done anything to reform our out-of-control pension system? According to one study, California has a $500 billion unfunded pension liability. That is five times more than the state’s current general fund. Every dollar that the state spends on pensions is one less dollar for classrooms, roads and police. 
 How can we in good conscience say taxes are the answer when we haven’t put in place a plan to create jobs? We do need to grow revenues in California but we need to do so by putting people back to work. One way to spur job creation is by lifting the regulatory burden and litigious environment on employers.
 If we continue to tax and spend, we will only get more of the same. We need reforms.
 In its current form, the Governor’s budget doesn’t contain any reforms to pensions or to grow our economy and lower our unemployment rate.
 If Governor Brown wants to let people vote on whether to tax themselves, then he should also let them vote on important reforms like a spending cap, pension reform, and regulatory reforms that will create jobs. 
 I am committed to working with my Republican and Democrat colleagues to find and propose solutions so that our children and grandchildren can have the same opportunities we have had.
 They deserve great schools, safe neighborhoods, and the opportunity to get a good job.
 We need businesses to once again see California as a place they can grow and where the entrepreneurial spirit can thrive.  That is how we’re going to get more jobs in our communities so that we can take better care of our families.
 This is my vision for our state but I want to hear from you. I have already received emails and phone calls from constituents sharing their stories on how they can’t afford to pay higher taxes and other constituents who say they believe raising taxes is the only answer. Please contact me if you have input or ideas to share. 
 We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but if we all work together as Californians, I know we can get the job done. 
 Sincerely,
 Kristin Olsen
Assemblymember, District 25
 

"The Undertaker Wore Black" Melodrama, Valley Springs

Valley Springs Friends of the Library present their 2011 Melodrama. At the Vet's Hall (Daphne & Pine Streets) Doors open 1pm, play at 2pm. Open seating. $10. Come boo the villian and applaude the hero! Call for tickets or more information.
209-772-1000
26 February, 2011

Governor Brown Eliminates 'SWAG'

A statewide review revealed that from 2007 to 2010 state agencies and departments spent a total of $7.5 million on items including key chains, squeeze toys, pens, hats, trinkets, shirts, cups and other gift items known colloquially as “S.W.A.G,” or “Stuff We All Get.” These include promotional and marketing items across almost every agency in the state.

Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today directed all state agencies and departments to stop spending taxpayer dollars on free giveaway and gift items—such as key chains, coffee mugs and squeeze toys—as part of continuing efforts to cut costs and tackle the state’s budget gap.

“Not a cent of taxpayer money should be spent on flashlights, ashtrays or other unnecessary items, most of which likely end up in landfills,” said Governor Brown. “Every taxpayer dollar we save by cutting waste is a dollar that can be used to pay for critical public safety and social services.”

Today’s ban follows Brown’s request earlier this week for the Bureau of State Audits and the Little Hoover Commission to each provide a list of “Top 10 Actions” California can take to cut government waste and increase efficiency.

The Governor has also issued Executive Orders to freeze hiring across state government and cut state cell phones and the passenger vehicle fleet in half.

These actions are part of Brown’s efforts to save money this fiscal year and to cut $363 million in operational costs next fiscal year.

A breakdown of “S.W.A.G” expenditures from 2007 to 2010 is below.

S.W.A.G Expenditures 2007 -2010 Amount
Business, Transportation & Housing Agency $5,088,037.00
State and Consumer Services Agency $1,154,960.00
Health and Human Services Agency $778,678.00
Department of Food & Agriculture $175,530.00
Labor and Workforce Development Agency $129,012.00
California Volunteers $77,387.00
Environmental Protection Agency $48,317.00
Emergency Management Agency $41,810.00
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation $12,201.00
Department of Veterans Affairs $4,968.00
Total: $7,510,900.00

RC Rock Crawling Enthusiasts Gathered over the Weekend

On Sunday the 6th CVRC's radio control rock crawling competition occurred in Knights Ferry park. Approximately thirty people attended this day long event. Many different types of rock crawlers were there from scale crawlers (look like real vehicles), ready to crawl (come assembled and ready to run), to full custom rock rigs (home-built crawler with amazing capabilities). If you are interested in competing or would like to know more about RC rock crawling, you can contact the local hobby shop, Amos Hobbies and Raceway at (209)532-6316 or stop by at 659 Sanguinetti Road in Sonora.

Submitted by local rock crawling enthusiast.

Wednesday ...more Sunshine!

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. East northeast wind at 7 mph becoming southwest.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Copper Curmudgeon...on Babies...

The bond between mother and child is said to be one of the strongest of human emotions. Being a human baby born into the world we are completely helpless and dependent on the mother or caregiver.

Then there is the other parent . . . the dad . . . this position requires the father to be the head of the family and in primal times the hunter, provider.  As society has developed these two positions have changed . . . sometimes they are blended or merged to the point that the defined positions can reverse. Remember this point . . .
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Sheriff Dept Press Release

On February 20, 2011 around 1300 hours a Calaveras County Sheriff Deputy located a body that had been found on EBMUD property...
PRESS RELEASE