Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Supervisor District Map on Agenda 6-5-11

June 28, 2011 was the last Board of Supervisor's meeting set for public comments regarding the redistricting of Supervisorial districts. It is now on the July 5, 2011 agenda item #4:
ORDINANCE adopting the adjustment of the boundaries of supervisorial districts as required by Election Code Section 21500; Technology Services.

According to Supervisor Spellman, if adopted, the new district lines will come into effect 30 days fom the date of adoption.
While this affects many throughout the county, the affect to Copperopolis is that we will be absorbed into District 4 with Tom Tryon as our Supervisor.

Amazon Response to ABX1 28

"As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule."

To read ABX1 28 (Blumenfield) click HERE

PTC Fireworks Booth NOW Open!!

Each year the Copperopolis Elementary School PTC (Parent Teacher Club) sets up a 4th of July Fireworks booth with proceeds benefiting our local Copper School kids.
The funds raised from the fireworks booth are used for teacher grants for classroom necessities, classroom supplies, field trips and extra busing fees...to name a few.
The fireworks booth located in the Lake Tulloch Shopping Center (IGA, Umpqua and True Value parking lot) will be open Thursday and Friday June 30 and July 1st from 12 noon to 8 pm. Open Sat, Sun and Mon July 2-4, from 9 am to 8 pm.
All safe and sane fireworks can be brought to the Copperopolis Fire Department between 8:30 and 9 pm on July 4th to be set off in a safe setting, with firefighters on hand. Please bring your own seating, blanket or folding chairs to watch the show.



Helpers Michael and Jordan

Twisted Oak at Drifters Today

Wine tasting at Drifters Marina featuring Twisted Oak Winery from 5-8 today! 6-30-11

4th of July Boat Parade on Lake Tulloch

Lake Tulloch will be having a 4th of July boat parade Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3rd, 2011.
Light up your boats, more is more as fas as lights go, bright is beautiful, meet up at dusk South Shore Marina.
There will be no judging of boats. No registration, just show up, get in line and have lots of fun. The parade route will travel the whole lake, so anyone can join in at anytime. The parade will take approximately 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.

For more information call
Judy 209-969-9983

It Takes a Village – Interview with 19 year-old Richard Hibbard, Navy Enlistee

At the young age of two, due to circumstances beyond his control, Richard Hibbard found himself being raised by his grandparents. This, being not uncommon in this day and age, caused Richard no stress or discomfort. Yet at the age of five Richard’s grandmother passed, leaving him in the care of his Grandfather. Wanting a country life for his Grandson, they moved to Copperopolis and Richard was enrolled in Copperopolis Elementary. Life was confusing for young Richard yet he tried his best to adapt.
 Tragedy struck again when Richard was in 7th grade and his Grandfather suddenly passed away. “I was bounced around with family” for some time, his life a blur, until he had the good fortune to land in the home of Marsha and Al Seider.  Though not relatives, they quickly embraced Richard and raised him as their own. After Richard’s more combative teen years he and Al “developed a father / son relationship.” It was in this house that the idea of joining the Navy became a distant dream of Richards. “Al was in the Navy and the stories of the Navy made we want to go.”

Governor Signs Budget Trailer Bills

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

• ABx1 19 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) which contains necessary statutory changes to achieve savings assumed in the 2011 Budget Act for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

• ABx1 26 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) which eliminates redevelopment agencies and directs the resolution of their activities.

• ABx1 27 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) which creates an alternative voluntary redevelopment program.

• ABx1 28 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) which clarifies the obligations under existing law for out-of-state retailers to collect and remit use tax on sales of tangible personal property to California residents.

• AB 102 by the Assembly Budget Committee which contains necessary statutory changes to achieve savings assumed in the 2011 Budget Act for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB).

• AB 106 by the Assembly Budget Committee which makes statutory changes necessary to implement human services-related portions of the 2011 Budget Act.

• AB 112 by the Assembly Budget Committee which contains necessary statutory and technical changes in the area of state government in order to enact modifications to the 2010 Budget Act.

• AB 119 by the Assembly Budget Committee which contains necessary statutory and technical changes to implement changes to the 2011 Budget Act.

These are some of the trailer bills passed by the Legislature earlier this month. The Governor has not yet acted on the bills passed yesterday, which include the main budget bill (SB 87) and other trailer bills (AB 114, AB 117, AB 118, AB 121, SB 73, SB 89 and SB 92).

Governor Vetoes Bill and Issues Statement on Budget

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced he has vetoed SB 104 by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) which amends the California Labor Code relating to employment. The Governor’s veto message can be found here.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued the following statement tonight on the state budget.

“Democrats in the California State Legislature made tough choices and delivered an honest, balanced and on-time budget that contains painful cuts and brings government closer to the people through an historic realignment.

Putting our state on a sound and sustainable fiscal footing still requires much work, but we have now taken a huge step forward.”

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Golden State Cellular News Release – Fraud Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jamestown, California. Golden State Cellular
Announces a “Fraud Alert” – A scam reported by cellular carriers across the country has surfaced in the Mother Lode. How it works: An individual randomly dials a cellular customer and announces themselves as a representative of the company and offers a prize or discount. They then ask for information to verify the account such as name, password, last four digits of social security number, etc. Armed with the proper information they then call the carrier and represent themselves as the customer and request changes to the account allowing them access. Golden State Cellular would like to make consumers aware of this situation and suggest using caution when receiving a call requesting this type of information. One of the easiest ways to confirm the identity of the caller is to ask for their name and number and tell them you will call them back. Make sure the number is a verifiable “published” number. For instance, GSC customers would be instructed to call 611 from their GSC phones or to contact our call center at 800-453-8255. Both could be confirmed by visiting our webpage.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Preliminary July 5, 2011 Board of Supervisors Agenda

CONSENT AGENDA

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ROUTINE AND NON-CONTROVERSIAL.  THEY WILL BE ACTED UPON BY THE BOARD AT ONE TIME WITHOUT DISCUSSION.  ANY BOARD MEMBER, STAFF MEMBER OR INTERESTED PARTY MAY REQUEST REMOVAL OF AN ITEM FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR LATER DISCUSSION.
1.            MINUTES of meetings held on June 28, 2011.
2.            CORRESPONDENCE:   June 20 - 24, 2011 (see attached) – Board action:
3.            RESOLUTION to declare certain computer equipment surplus and authorizing the disposal of same surplus equipment; Technology Services – Board action:
4.            ORDINANCE adopting the adjustment of the boundaries of supervisorial districts as required by Election Code Section 21500; Technology Services – Board action:
5.            MINUTE ORDER authorizing a Professional Services Agreement between Calaveras County and Cox Consulting for CDBG and Administrative Consultant Services and authorizing the Chair to sign the agreement for the period June 16, 2011 through June 30, 2014 ; CalWorks – Board action:

Statement by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen re: budget

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, today issued the following statement following yesterday’s passage of a second majority vote budget: “I have always been committed to working with both sides to craft a budget that reduces government spending and funds the core priorities of Californians, but this is a budget with too many “ifs”. I was not be able to support the Democrat’s new budget plan because it is balanced on revenue that may never materialize and lacks necessary reforms. “Californians deserve better. This budget is only a temporary solution and does nothing to fix California’s long-term fiscal health. To get California back on track, we need to right-size government, create jobs, make structural reforms and prioritize public safety and education.”

Statement from Board of Equalization Senator Runnner on 'Amazon tax'

Board of Equalization Member Senator George Runner today issued the following statement in reaction to Governor’s Jerry Brown’s signing of the so-called “Amazon tax” budget trailer bill (Assembly Bill 28X): “Even as Governor Jerry Brown lifted his pen to sign this legislation, thousands of affiliates across California were losing their jobs. “Major out-of-state retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com are terminating their California affiliate advertising programs in response to this legislation. I’ve been warning for months that this would happen, but apparently these warnings fell on deaf ears. “The so-called ‘Amazon tax’ is truly a lose-lose proposition for California. Not only won’t we see the promised revenues, we’ll actually lose income tax revenue as affiliates move to other states.”

Copper's Own Carson Ellington Receives 2010/2011 Male Athlete of the Year

Carson Ellington’s time as a student-athlete at Bret Harte High is a tale of two seasons.

In the fall, Ellington played tight end and linebacker for the Bret Harte football team.

In the spring, he teed off for the Bret Harte boys golf team.
“And how opposite could the two be?” Bret Harte football coach Scott Edwards said.
Picture of Carson at the Gavin Brummund Memorial Golf Tournament, which he organized, raising $1500.00 for the formation of a VFW in Copperopolis.

CFPD Volunteers Complete the Calaveras County Fire Academy

Copperopolis Fire Protection District volunteer firefighter Jonathan Villanueva and Andrew Ritchie completed the 2011 Calaveras County Firefighter Academy. The academy is a 19 week course that is designed to give the fire candidate or new recruit all the basic certifications and courses required to function as a California Firefighter.


Johnathan Villanueva

Upon successful completion of the Firefighter Academy Jonathan and Andrew received:
Firts Responder
Professional Rescuer CPR and AED
Confined Space Awareness
Haz-Mat First Responder Operational
Fire Controll III
S-103, S-131, S-190

Becoming a volunteer with CFPD happened at the perfect time in Jonathan's life. His parents had just bought a home in Copper and Jonathan was a volunteer with Columbia FD livng in the dorms. He was prompted to fill out an application and the rest is history. For one short period of time, due the lack of pay for his internship at CFPD Johnathan interned with Murphys. But the CFPD Board just recently approved funding for an intern program in Copper and so Jonathan is happy to be "back home."

"I really enjoy being here," he said, explaining that each day he learns something new or reviews something so that he "can be a better firefighter for this district."

When he first began volunteering, all training was organized and coordinated by training officer Engineer Nick Maness, but as time wears on he and the other intern candidates find that thier input on training is welcomed. "I like being a sponge, getting all the experience I can, which sometimes requires refreshing." Stressing that repetitiveness is imperative to a firefighters training, allowing them to be prepared for every emergency, with training fresh in their minds.

Training officer Engineer Nick Maness had some pretty impressive things to say about Jonathan:

"Jonathan Villanueva has been a huge asset to the Copperopolis Fire Protection District. Jonathan has been with us since May 2010 and started volunteering his time as a fulltime unpaid intern in December 2010 and continues to serve on a fulltime unpaid shift today. During his time as a Volunteer Intern he has spent approximately 2,000 hours at Station 1 on A shift performing all the duties and functions of a fulltime firefighter, additionally he has logged over 500 hours of training both classroom and hands on. Jonathan is a prime example of what we look forward to in the future of our Fire Service his retention and skills are only surpassed by his eagerness to better himself and love for the profession. We are lucky to have personnel as passionate and loyal as he has been in just one short year."

By, Charity Maness

Letter to the Editor from Calaveras Taxpayers Association President Al Segalla

Dear Editor,

 Perhaps the problem is in the approach.  If we assume all government services are of equal value as the recent budget and Steve’s proposal assumes, then a shuffle of departments may, or may not, have some value.
On the other hand, if we ask the question of “what do we want from government?” then a new, fresh approach and plan likely will emerge.  
Our constitution suggests the purpose of all government is the protection of the basic rights of people. This has been further identified as the right to Life, Liberty and Property.
A new positive approach could involve prioritizing all functions of county government. By doing so, we would develop an identification of core services, such as Law Enforcement, Courts, Jails, Fire Protection and Public Works.
The mandated unionization of public employees has had some negative consequences for the employee and the taxpayer. These include high retirement system liabilities and creating conflict of interest among public decision makers. This may be part of the reason many communities have discovered success by contracting out services such as Sandy Springs, Georgia. They contracted out practically everything with about a 50% savings to the taxpayer. They used a company named CH2M-Hill, an international firm that oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the city.
Why not check this out?
In summary, to serve the taxpayer, we should identify what we want from county government, prioritize functions and contract out as much as possible.

Albert J. Segalla, President

Rueters Budget Analysis - California budget wins approval but no applause

(Reuters) - California is taking a first step to shedding its reputation for fiscal sloppiness, adopting an on-time budget for the first time in years.
If a compromise is something that no one likes, California has achieved one: Governor Jerry Brown, both political parties and even investors have plenty to complain about in the spending plan.
But the bottom line is the Golden State's government has a budget with smaller holes than usual in place before its fiscal year starts on Friday. An important bonus is that the state economy is improving -- especially for the rich who pay its main source of revenue, personal income taxes.
Voters using the much-maligned initiative process can claim they set the circumstances for progress.
Proposition 25 passed last November, allowing the legislature to pass a no-tax-hike budget with a simple majority, which the Democrats have in both houses.

Copper Holdings Company Concert Update

Copper Holdings Company will be rockin' Copper on July 3, 2011 at Lake Tulloch Resort beginning at 8:30. That means one more hour than anticipated of rockin' good times!
FOr more information on our local '70's & '80's rock band visit their website at http://www.copperholdingscompany.com/


Copper Holdings Company performing at the 2011 Calaveras County Fair

Planning a Summer Driving Vacation? Let Mike Help to make it Safe

Mikes Auto, located at 522 Main Street in downtown Copperopolis, is your local auto shop prepared to meet most all of your automotive needs.

Mikes Auto is proud to be the longest standing auto repair shop in Copperopolis, serving the community for fourteen years! Mike offers his customers honest, efficient, and quality services and repairs.

Mikes Auto offers basic services to keep your auto in top running shape, such as oil changes, tire installation/rotation, radiator and air conditioning service. As well as more advanced services including but not limited to; brake installation, transmission repair, cltuch repair, exhaust and more.

So before you start a long summer drive, your car packed with kids, luggage and car games, swing by Mikes for a quick check-up.

For more information visit http://mikesauto.org/ or call 209-785-3388

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Cynthia Fritz, 39, of San Ramon, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Fritz has served as a deputy commissioner with the board since 2009. Previously, Fritz served as a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice from 2007 to 2009 and as a deputy attorney with the California Department of Transportation from 2000 to 2007. She served as an associate attorney in private practice from 1997 to 1999. Fritz was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $111,185. Fritz is a Republican.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Governor and First Lady Honor Staff Sgt. Russell J. Proctor

Staff Sgt. Russell J. Proctor, 25, of Oroville, CA, died June 26, in Diyala province, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Proctor was supporting Operation New Dawn.

On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Staff Sgt. Russell J. Proctor, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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

Booking Fees a Possible Source of Revenue for SO

According to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, if the temporary VLF (vehicle licensing fee) increase dedicated to local public safety set to expire on June 30, 2011 is not extended, the county will see a drop in revenue for public safety in the amount of 4.5 to 5 million dollars.

Yet a small loophole for some amount of revenue may still exist.

On July 1, 2007 AB 1805 was enacted that allows counties to charge booking fees. This bill allowing counties the authority to charge booking fees (Government code section 29550 et seq.) is constrained when the state appropriates funds toward ‘replacement’ booking fee revenue; ie: VLF funds. However, if the state makes no related appropriation- which would be the case if the local public safety VLF authority lapses and no alternative funding provisions are made- then the counties booking fee authority reverts to the earlier option of charging one- half of  actual administrative costs for booking and processing arrestee.

To enact this authority requires a public meeting with a written 45 day notice to inform local entities that would be charged a booking fee if that fee is to increase.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann Seeks Republican Nomination for President

Seeking the Republican 2012 Presidential nomination on June 27, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa, Michelle Bachmann announced, "I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally, my candidacy for president of the United States.
I want my candidacy for the presidency of the United States to stand for a moment when we the people stand once again for the independence from a government that has gotten too big and spends too much and has taken away too much of our liberties."

Copper Holdings Company wants to Rock your July 3rd!

Copper Holdings Company will be bringing their own brand of Rock, Rockin Blues and Originals to the shore of Lake Tulloch at the Lake Tulloch Resort on Sunday July 3rd. The music starts at 8:30PM so bring your friends and come on out and party, rock, and dance with us. This will be a blast.

Board of Equalization Member George Runner Says a Budget Without Jobs Won’t Work

Board of Equalization Member Senator George Runner today issued the following statement in response to news that Governor Jerry Brown and Democrat legislative leaders have reached a budget deal: “Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are hoping for a surge in new revenues in order to avoid triggering additional budget cuts. It’s time they did more than hope. “It’s hard to imagine these numbers working when California is racing to become the nation’s unemployment leader. “We need jobs to spur revenues, but burdensome taxes, fees and regulations continue to hold back California’s economic recovery. The Governor and Legislature need to wake up to the reality that their economic policies are destroying California’s competitiveness. “If the Governor and Legislature want to see growth in revenues, they need to get Californians back to work. We need to bring private sector jobs back to California instead of driving them away.” 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 www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

Helicopters Over Copper

Earlier today the Calaveras Sheriff Department confirmed that the heavy helicopter activity at the Copperopolis Fire Protection District Station #1 on Main Street was not Calaveras County Sheriff Department training.

The activity was assumed to be the efforts of CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting ) personnel conducting a joint narcotics effort.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced he has signed ABX1 15 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) which makes revisions to existing law to broaden the tax incentives available for solar projects.

For more information on the bill visit:
http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=abx1_15&sess=CUR&house=B&author=hill

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

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

Christina Chung, 41, of Alameda, has been appointed special counsel to the Labor Commissioner. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Donna Ryu of the United States District Court, Northern District of California from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she was a staff attorney in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center from 2007 to 2009. Chung worked at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California where was a senior staff attorney from 2006 to 2007, director of the Workers’ Rights Project from 2003 to 2006, and a staff attorney for the Workers’ Rights Project from 2000 to 2003 and the Immigrant Welfare Project from 1997 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,004. Chung is registered decline-to-state.

Youth Missionaries Spread the Word in Copper

Seven youth missionaries descended upon Copper last week in all their glory, amid giggles, laughter and more energy than a truckload of Red Bull. These youth, coming from as far away as Alabama and as close as Bakersfield, have come to Copper to spend time with the youth in our community spreading the 'word of Christ' and leading by example.

The youth missionaries are hosted by the Copper Canyon Baptist Church and are housed by Pastor Sean and his wife Nicole. When asked how she manages not only her four children but the 7 additional 'children' Nicole smiled a brilliant smile and said, "I'm an use to cooking for six, so I just double it." She said her children look forward to this each year with great anticipation, "its like having 7 more brothers and sisters." Paster Sean is hoping that these yearly visits will strike a cord in his children and when they grow up that they will volunteer in a youth missionary program. One son said this year, "Maybe when I grow up and they (the youth missionaries) are still alive I will serve their house." This made Sean proud.


Left to right top: Miriam, Amanda, Lindsay, Rebecca
bottom: Alex, Ashley
not pictured: Patrick

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Josh Pfeiffer

Wishing you a great birthday!
Love,
All your Copper Friends

Sheriff Kuntz Facing a Possible ‘Lions for Lambs’ Calaveras Style?

At the June 21, 2011 Board of Supervisors meeting Sheriff Gary Kuntz spoke publicly to the Board questioning the Boards’ list of proposed layoffs within the Sheriff Department. Sheriff Gary Kuntz has 27 years in the Law Enforcement field, and if combined with the three administrators directly beneath him they have a cumulative total exceeding 100 years law enforcement experience. So when he was given a list of layoff notices for his department from the Board of Supervisors that did not mirror the list he had submitted to them at their request he was mystified.
Kuntz said, “I’m a little confused I received a list of layoff notices for people in my department and they are not the ones I had chosen to be laid off and… I was wondering what to do next…again I have to say I am a constitutional officer and I get my budget and I have to chose …to run my department efficiently and again I have to say laying off deputies is not one of my choices. I have obligations to the public, my constituents, to best protect their safety and this list (of personnel to be laid off from the Board of Supervisors)…I just don’t understand whats going on.”
Previously Sheriff Kuntz was told to submit a list of personnel he could potentially lay off to operate at a 10% budget cut, he said, “I was told to do a 10% cut across the board…I did not agree with that, but give me a budget and I will do what I need to do, but the Board insisted on me putting this list together (which has not been heeded).”

Twisted Oak Hosting a Cardiac Hill Marathon

On Saturday July 2, 2011 from 7-10 am Twisted Oak will be holding 'cardiac hill' marathon.
Twisted Oak owner, Jeff Stai, guarantees that the hernia hill marathon has a different distance to satisfy all levels of ability. 5K, 10K, & 1/2 Marathon.
All distances will go through the infamous cardiac cave (the winery's barrell aging cave).
Courses are on a combination of hilly paved surface and packed gravel roads.
For more information visit
http://www.active.com/running/vallecito-ca/24th-annual-hernia-hill-at-twisted-oak-winery-2011

Photo courtesy Twisted Oak

Governor and First Lady Honor Lance Cpl. Jared C. Verbeek and Cpl. Gurpreet Singh

SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Lance Cpl. Jared C. Verbeek and Cpl Gurpreet Singh, who bravely gave their lives in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to their family and friends at this difficult time.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Lance Cpl. Verbeek's and Cpl. Gurpreet Singh's families will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.

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Lance Cpl. Jared C. Verbeek, 22, of Visalia, CA, died June 21 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Verbeek was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Gurpreet Singh, 21, of Antelope, CA, died June 22 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds received while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Singh was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Board of Equalization District 2 Senator George Runner Says Lower Sales Tax Rate Good for California

Board of Equalization Member Senator George Runner today reminded California consumers and retailers that California’s 1% sales tax surcharge is set to vanish July 1. “This is great news for overtaxed California consumers and retailers who bear the sixth highest overall tax burden in the nation,” said Runner. “In fact, all Californians have good reason to celebrate. A lower sales tax will help our state’s economy and help job creation.”

There's still time for a budget deal before July 1, but it's already too late to extend the higher sales tax without causing serious confusion. According to a June 6 Board of Equalization letter, the minimum amount of time necessary to notify retailers of a sales tax rate change is 15 days. In May 2011 the Board of Equalization notified approximately 680,000 California retailers and out-of-state businesses that make sales in California that the statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease from 8.25 percent to 7.25 percent on July 1, 2011.

On This Day in History- Truman Orders US Troops to Korea and Accelarated Aid to French Forces in S. Vietnam

June 27, 1950:
On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces to Korea, Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan) to guard against invasion by communist China and ordered an acceleration of military aid to French forces fighting communist guerrillas in Vietnam.

Deer Tag Summary Report

Department of Fish and Game Non-Draw Hunt Deer tag summary report.
REPORT

Dept of Fish and Game Trout Planting - Calaveras This Week

The Department of Fish and Game will be planting trout the week of June 26 2011 in Calaveras at Angels Creek and also White Pines Lake.
All plants are subject to change depending on road, water and weather conditions. If conditions permit, the listed waters will be restocked with catchable-size fish from DFG hatcheries. More specific dates are not given so that fishing activity will not be focused right after the time of the plant. Occasionally, operational problems may cause alteration of the schedule.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs - June 27, PTSD Awareness Day

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day and for the entire month of June, the VA's National Center for PTSD is working to increase PTSD awareness.

Together Increasing Awareness

The more we know about dealing with trauma and PTSD, the more we can help others. Many organizations provide assistance and conduct investigations to help us understand trauma and its aftermath. Together these groups are helping increase PTSD awareness this June.
Other resources on how we can collectively handle trauma:

Welcome new advertiser Richard French DDS

Richard French began his practice in 1983 in Sacramento. Yet being from a small town he longed to raise his children in the same environment he had been fortunate enough to be raised. So in 2007 he moved his family to Copperopolis and opened his dental practice in a place he now "calls home."

As a full service dental office, Richard treats all ages and offers a wide array of services including , but not limited to: Digital radiographs (this can reduce radiation up to 90%) , Cosmetic Dentistry (we pride ourselves in aesthetic dentistry the proper removal of and placing no mercury/silver based fillings and seeing how simple changes can create great looking smiles), Crowns and Bridges utilizing a multitude of materials for your benefit , Dental Implant restorations , Mouth guards for any number of reasons: sports, bleaching, sleep apnea, grinding , Oral Hygiene (teeth cleaning and alternatives for what is best for each patient) , Root Canal evaluations and limited treatment , Periodontal evaluation and limited treatments , Wisdom teeth evaluations and removal options , Orthodontic evaluations and some limited treatment , Oral Cancer screening
Intraoral Digital camera utilization: Laser utilization for specific gum treatments , and Teeth Whitening.

For more information on Richard French DDS please visit http://richardwfrenchdds.blogspot.com/
or call 209-785-7171



CCWD Special Board Meeting 6-29-11

AGENDA

BOARD PACKAGE

Vietnam Memorial Displayed at Correctional Facility

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Visits a Prison for First Time Ever


SOLEDAD – “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on public display at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) until Monday morning. The traveling memorial offers a chance to honor and remember those military veterans who died fighting for their country. The memorial, now available for the public to view, had been on display inside the institution for inmate viewing. It marked the first time the memorial has ever been inside a prison or in Monterey County.

Repair Work to Continue on O'Byrnes this week

Expect delays and one way traffic on O'Byrnes Ferry Bridge 6-27-11 through 7-1-11 while repairs continue.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Possible Thunderstorms Tuesday Evening and Rain Wednesday

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 89. North northwest wind between 5 and 14 mph.

Monday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 59. Northwest wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West northwest wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Los Banos Fire 100% Contained 576 acres

6:55, 6-26-11
CALFIRE release
Rest Fire [Final] off Paul Negra Road & I-5, 7 miles south of Los Banos (Merced County) is now 100% contained at 576 acres.

Horse, Wine and Art in the Gold Country

CHP Sobriety Checkpoint This Evening

SOBRIETY/DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINT

San Andreas, CA – On Sunday June 26, 2011, the California Highway Patrol San Andreas office will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint.  The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and deter DUI/unlicensed drivers.

The checkpoint will be staffed by officers of the California Highway Patrol that are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers.  CHP Drug Recognition Experts, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be on site to provide on the spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use.  The officers will also be equipped with hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentration of those suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles, regardless of type, will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be expected to be arrested and booked into the county jail.

NOTE:  The checkpoint will be operated in the Murphys area from .  The press may contact Officer Rebecca Myers at (209) 754-3541 after on June 25, 2011, for the exact location of the checkpoint.



Western Kids Camp - at Copper Valley Trail Company


Tuesday, July 5th thru Friday, July 8th
Day Schedule:  8:30AM thru 1:30PM
Cost:  $280 per camper

Monday, August 1st thru Friday, Aug 5th
Day Schedule:  8:30AM thru 1:30PM
Cost :  $325 per camper

We're only taking 6 to 8 kids per camp so that each child gets plenty of individual riding time!  Book your spot before it fills up!

WESTERN RANCH DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN
DAY CAMP INCLUDES:
  • A horse for each child to ride, care for and love the entire session
  • A counselor skilled in leadership and horsemanship to supervise and instruct the children
  • Special events such as: trail rides, lunch rides, games on horseback, junior rodeo events, fishing rides, obstacle courses, mule packing
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
  • Riding boots (not hiking boots) which are always to be worn around the horses, and long pants.
  • Daily sack lunch. Extra water and sunscreen
  • ATSM/SEI approved horseback riding helmet (the stables will provide one if necessary)
Our Western Ranch Day Camp is designed for children 7 - 14 years old.
Campers learn:
  • The horse-parts, colors, markings, breeds
  • Care of the horse-feeding, grooming, saddling, cleaning, and knot-tying
  • Western tack-its use, care and cleaning
  • Basic equitation
  • Trail riding-rules and safety
  • Feeds and feeding for particular needs
  • Introduction to Junior Rodeo events
  • Use ofobstacle courses and figure work
  • Introduction to Mule Packing






Local Woman Diana Wainwright's Grandfather 'Spry and Lovin' Life' at 101!

Diana Wainwright is proud of her Grandpa Glick and his zest for life. She is amazed at his energy at nearly 102, (his birthday is in July) claiming "he is still as active and wise as me" correcting herself with a laugh, that he is "more wise" than her.
Glick claims his secret to a long life is to "love everybody" and "stay busy."


"Grandpa Glick" photo courtesy Diana Wainwright

VFW Post Formation Meeting Today

Committee to form a VFW in Copperopolis meeting today at 2:00pm at the 8A Community Center on Feather Drive.

If you have any friends, neighbors, or relatives that may be interested in joining, please let them know about our group and the date and time of the meeting. Please make every effort to attend our meetings, each and every one of you are important and necessary to the success in our efforts to form a new VFW in the Copperopolis area.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bring out the Super Sleuth in your Child

The FBI has created a website designed for children and parents to learn more about the FBI through age appropriate games, tips, stories and interactives.
To start your FBI adventure with your child just visit http://www.fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids

Friday Fires Scorch 531 Acres

Three wildland fires occurred on Friday June 24, 2011; two in Stanislaus County and one in Calaveras County.
Cobblestone Rd and Stoneyridge Rd contained at 206 acres.
28 Mile and Eastman Rd contained at 300 acres.
Telegraph and Hwy 4 Copperopolis, contained at 25 acres.



Art & Jazz on the Square in Town Square Today!

June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Telegraph Fire Photos






MORE PHOTOS

Telegraph Fire 100% contained

Pictures to follow soon.

Fire Reported at Telegraph and Hwy 4

 3:15 Fire reported at Telegraph and Hwy 4. Emergency crews responding. Use caution if in the area.

New Melones Fishing Report week of June 20, 2011

Trout:    We have a new lake record brown trout!  Garrett Anderson of Sonora was bank fishing upriver with a brown-trout patterned Rapala CD-7, and landed a 13-pound, 3-ounce brown.  The fish was 30 ½” long and had an 18 ¼” girth.   With the kokanee action so hot, few anglers are targeting trout, but we are seeing the occasional rainbow thrown in with a limit of kokanee.  If you wish to target trout, fish 35-45 feet deep over deepest water in the main lake with shad-patterned lures such as Excel, Apex, Needlefish, or Rapala Countdowns, and use Bang or ProCure threadfin shad scent on your lures.  If you are in the mood for a boat ride, head upriver and still-fish under the logjam.  Bank anglers should head to local creeks like Angels Creek. 




Spellman Congressional Campaign BBQ Cancelled

Darren Spellman is sorry to announce that the grass roots congressional bbq that was set for Saturday June 25, 2011 at Lake hogan has been postponed. A new date has yet to be set.

Burn Suspension Reminder

As per CalFire news Release:
Suspension
of all outdoor burning will go into effect
Friday, July 1, 2011. 

Time to Get Your Boat Summer Ready

Most boat owners have had this problem once or twice during boat ownership:
A great weekend is planned filled with boating, friends and family, only problem... you have just uncovered your boat from winter storage and discovered its not quite the way you remember leaving it. Maybe the windshield is cracked, some upholstery is weathered, or worse the motor just won't start.

Well luckily, right here in Copper there is a top to bottom / inside and out boat repair...KatMar Marine.

KatMar Marine is conveniently located on Spangler lane just up the hill from IGA and next to Napa auto parts. They are a full service marine repair shop designed to make your small or large repair job as quick and easy as possible.

For more information about Kat Mar Marine visit their website at http://www.katmarmarine.net/index.html or call today 866-407-6132.

Redistricting Public Comment Time Running Out

June 28, 2011 will be the last day for public comment before the Board of Supervisors regarding the redrawing of district boundaries. According to DIstrict 5 SUpervisor Darren Spellman the Board of Supervisors will most probably have the redistricting on the agenda the first session in July and if adopted, the new district maps will be effective 30 days after adoption.
What that means to Copper…Copperopolis will be in District 4 with Tom Tryon as our new Supervisor possibly as soon as the first week in August.

The following link is the preliminary agenda for the June 28, 2011 BOS meeting.
AGENDA

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twisted Oak - Wine Tasting at Drifters Marina

Twisted Oak will be setting up a selection of wines to be savored and sampled on Thursday June 30, 2011 at Drifters Marina in Copperopolis from 5-8 pm.
Drifters Marina is located at 6603 Lake Tulloch Place (known as the entrance road to Connor Estates to the locals.)
For more information call Drifter's at 785-9410.

Prime Rib Friday at the Old Corner

Calaveras County Grand Jury Report 2010/2011

FULL GRAND JURY REPORT

Statement From the Governor's Office

 The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Republican Caucus:

“The Governor’s plan to fix California’s budget has been consistent since January 10: a balance of deep spending cuts and a vote on temporary tax extensions. Republicans blocked a June vote on a balanced budget, which created the need for a bridge to protect schools and public safety from devastating cuts.

For them to claim otherwise now is simply untrue.

Today they’ve again shown what they’re best at—grandstanding without solving problems. We could have had regulatory reform, a spending cap and pension reform—without a bridge—in March.

If they think the state budget can be balanced without tax extensions, then they should show that plan to the people.”

Gil Duran
Press Secretary

125CC Hydro Test Session at Salt Springs Valley Reservoir

Come along for the ride. Helmet cam Video of Mike Trijillo in his 125 hydro testing. Great testing for All
Marine/Nicoles Racing, Hydro Therapy Race Team, Tingley Racing, Sport C's.


Hydro Therapy Race Team had a great test session at Salt Springs Valley Reservoir in Copperopolis, CA. The boat was built by Derek Gessler and is powered by a 125CC Italian built VRP.
YOUTUBE VIDEO

Board of Supervisors Video meeting 6-21-11

VIDEO

Video courtesy Calaveras Action Project

Homeland Security Committee Passes Lungren Bill to Secure U.S. Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attack

The House Committee on Homeland Security passed, by a strong bipartisan 26-5 vote, H.R. 901, the "Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011." 
The legislation, as amended, provides for a seven-year extension to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) authority to regulate the security of high-risk chemical facilities.
H.R. 901 was introduced on March 4 by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, and is co-sponsored by Full Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) and 8 other Committee Members. 

Sheriff Dept. Press Release 6-23-11

PRESS RELEASE

Harmony Ranch – Turning a Passion into Therapy for At-risk and Special needs Children

Four years ago Tara had a dream, a dream so large many thought it un-reachable. Two years ago undaunted by nay-sayers, armed with years of special education, certification work from NARHA (now PATH), hours of volunteering and working with special needs children combined with horse therapy, and the support of her husband  and mother Teddie Jackson, Tara Glessman finally began Harmony Ranch; a ranch that works with horses creating a magical bond with children, building trust, self-confidence and physical dexterity.
“The transformation in some of the children I have worked with the minute they touch a horse, or sit on a horse is amazing…when they leave from a lesson, they stand a bit taller, smile a bit more, and communicate just a little better.” Tara explains that is not about just putting a child on a horses back that creates the magic, it’s the ground-up instruction philosophy that she utilizes. Each child is introduced to a horse through grooming, care, and sometimes study of anatomy/bones and muscles. Through this process the child becomes attached to ‘their’ horse. Then the simple act of gently placing their hand on the ‘their’ horse’s rib cage to feel the swell of each breath, timing their own breaths with that of the horse becomes a soothing and magical experience.

Update from Russ Thomas

Just a quick update from Russ Thomas.

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Wildfire is Coming- Is Your Home Ready? 3 Simple Steps from CAL FIRE

Preparing for a wildfire starts with 3 simple steps: Ready, Set, Go. These steps incorporate both making your home more resistant to wildfires and ensuring that your family is ready to evacuate early and safely when wildfire happens.

Follow these 3 Simple Steps:


Are You New to the Copper Gazette?

The Copper Gazette is packed with information and news about our area, but don't let that fluster you, browsing the Copper Gazette is actually simple and fun.

Main stories are all posted down the center of the main page. All the business icons located on either side of the main page are local businesses that offer a variety of services to our community, just click on their icon (picture) and it will take you to their site for more information on the services they provide.

Upper right corner you will find the link to the Sheriff Logs, burn day info and much more. Again just click on the link that you would like to visit.

Interested in searching for an article that was recently written? On the left side of the main page you will find a current list of this months articles, just click on the one you are interested in reading. Articles are archived monthly so in order to access older articles click on the month it was written and scroll through. There is also the option of entering key words in the search box at the top left of the main page, though this is a rather picky application and words need to be pretty exact.

Further down on the right side there is an event calendar. Events are posted not only for Copperopolis but for the surrounding area.

Do you know of a community event that is not listed or a potential story that has yet to be written? Please email it to coppergazette@gmail.com.

The Copper Gazette welcomes your pictures of local events, news of upcoming community events and submissions of news stories. (News stories will be edited and must be community oriented.)

Thank you for making the Copper Gazette your online stop for local news.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

VFW Post Formation Meeting Sunday

The next meeting of the Committee to form a VFW in Copperopolis will be June 26, 2011. The time is the same (2:00pm) at the 8A Community Center on Feather Drive.

If you have any friends, neighbors, or relatives that may be interested in joining, please let them know about our group and the date and time of the meeting. Please make every effort to attend our meetings, each and every one of you are important and necessary to the success in our efforts to form a new VFW in the Copperopolis area.

CHP San Andreas Commander Retires

CHP SAN ANDREAS COMMANDER RETIRES


San Andreas, CA – Friday, June 24th, will be the last day for the San Andreas CHP’s Commander.  After 29 plus years of state service Lieutenant Tim Port has decided to retire.

After graduating from the CHP Academy in March of 1982, Officer Port was assigned to the East Los Angeles Office.  Over the next fifteen years, Tim transferred to four different offices until in May 1997 he transferred into the San Andreas Office.  Tim worked in the San Andreas area until November 2001 when he accepted an assignment in Sacramento at the Valley Division Office.

In February 2003, Officer Port was promoted to Sergeant where he worked at Capitol Protection Section and then State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.  July 2006, Tim promoted to Lieutenant, working in the North Sacramento Area Office and then the Stockton Area Office.  January 2, 2009, Lieutenant Port accepted the position as Area Commander of the San Andreas Office.

“It was a great pleasure to have lived and worked in Calaveras County.  I will miss the people of this community that I have had the pleasure of meeting over the years, but the hardest thing about retiring will be no longer working with some of the finest men and women in the California Highway Patrol.  It was a privilege to work with every one of them”, stated Lieutenant Tim Port.

CHP Sobriety / Driver License Checkpoint 6-26-11

SOBRIETY/DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINT

San Andreas, CA – On Sunday June 26, 2011, the California Highway Patrol San Andreas office will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint.  The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and deter DUI/unlicensed drivers.

The checkpoint will be staffed by officers of the California Highway Patrol that are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers.  CHP Drug Recognition Experts, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be on site to provide on the spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use.  The officers will also be equipped with hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentration of those suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles, regardless of type, will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be expected to be arrested and booked into the county jail.

NOTE:  The checkpoint will be operated in the Murphys area from .  The press may contact Officer Rebecca Myers at (209) 754-3541 after on June 25, 2011, for the exact location of the checkpoint.



Re-cap Spellman Forum 6-16-11 - Budget and Redistricting

The Spellman forum at Snaps in Copperopolis Town Square Thursday June 16, 2011 centered around the unstable budget, not only of the county but of the state.
At first the county anticipated a 4.5 million dollar cut in their budget, but now predictions are much closer to the 5 million dollar mark says Spellman.  The original 4.5 million dollar shortfall was based on anticipation of the county either receiving VLF (Vehicle Licensing Fee) funds or other funding to make up for the loss of the VLF. But that did not happen, causing the potential shortfall of 5 million.

Snaps Irish Vineyards Wine Tasting Event - a Hot One! By~ Randy Breese

Snap's wine event featuring Irish Vineyards was a beautiful evening for wine tasting.  James and Lupe offered some of their unique and delicious vintages, Danny Burton (birthday boy) serenaded us with his guitar and there was plenty of munchies.  Cynthia Kumanchik was there signing her new book, Deception, as well.  The weather was gorgeous! 



For more pictures visit http://www.snapscoffeehouse.blogspot.com/

Board of Supervisors June 28 2011 Preliminary Budget

June 28, 2011

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

CALAVERAS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY
CALAVERAS COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS
891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, California

IF YOU WISH TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON AN AGENDA ITEM, PLEASE COME TO THE ROSTRUM AND GIVE YOUR NAME AND YOUR COMMENTS.  PLEASE LIMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE SPECIFIC SUBJECT UNDER DISCUSSION.  TIME LIMITS SHALL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR.
9:00  AM:  Call to Order
      Pledge of Allegiance
      Announcements
CONSENT AGENDA

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ROUTINE AND NON-CONTROVERSIAL.  THEY WILL BE ACTED UPON BY THE BOARD AT ONE TIME WITHOUT DISCUSSION.  ANY BOARD MEMBER, STAFF MEMBER OR INTERESTED PARTY MAY REQUEST REMOVAL OF AN ITEM FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR LATER DISCUSSION.
1.            MINUTES of meetings held on June 8, 9, 10 and 14, 2011.
2.            CORRESPONDENCE:   June 13 - 17, 2011 (see attached) – Board action:
3.            RESOLUTION to approve an agreement for participation in the Federal Apportionment Exchange and State March Program and authorize the Chair to execute the agreement for Regional Surface Transportation Program Funds for FY 2010/11 in the amount of $256,676; Public Works – Board action: