Thursday, May 31, 2012

Garage Sale - raising money for pets medical needs

Letter to the Editor - from the Hamblin Family

May 23, 2012
The following events are true and accurate. The proceedings are public record in Calaveras County.
A member of our family was arrested at his home in March of 2009. Charges were numerous and bail set high. There was little chance for adequate defense as bail was not an option and Attorney / Client conversations are recorded in the Calaveras County Jail. Throughout a year long ordeal, the District Attorney’s Office scared and shocked our family with their blatant misuse of their positions and countless acts of unethical behavior. We wanted to let other families who have been victims of the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office know of the behavior we witnessed and encourage them to come forward as well. As evidenced in court documents, these are highlights of the abusive actions taken by their office.

An ANti-Jobs Budget letter from BOE Rep George Runner

As your elected member of the California State Board of Equalization, I am fighting to ensure your voice is heard in Sacramento. As always, I welcome your ideas about how we can work together to solve the pressing problems facing our state.

An Anti-Jobs Budget
As Governor Jerry Brown was forced to admit when he released his revised budget, California's budget deficit has grown substantially since January--from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion. There are several reasons for this larger deficit: (1) the Governor's prior budget projections have proven overly optimistic, (2) spending has grown this year and (3) the Governor's budget anticipates growing spending even more in the next fiscal year.

Yes, contrary to what you may have heard, state spending and revenues are actually growing--and they're growing without tax increases.

According to California Budget Fact Check, general fund revenues are expected to grow $4.9 billion in the fiscal tax year without a tax increase. And total state spending, which includes special funds and federal dollars, is higher than ever and will near $225 billion by next year.

The problem isn't that we don't have enough money. The problem is that is that the Governor and others want to increase spending even faster than the money is coming in.

Adoption Day at Bark n Bubbles

Copperopolis Community Plann meeting agenda 6-4-12

Breaking up is hard to do - a country girls viewpoint - By Tori

Breaking up is hard to do...

Ok, I’d like to speak to the ladies for a little bit. Men, skip down to the next paragraph. Did you skip? No, don’t keep reading here, just go to the next paragraph. It’s the next section of writing. Down there. Go. Please. Shoo. Are the men gone? Ok, good. Ladies, you’ve all been there. Or at least a good amount of you have been there. You know how it is. You see the hunky guy, he’s handsome, and though he’s seriously lacking in some areas, he’s still so gorgeous you want to date him. Your friends are jealous of you, and when you walk down the street, other women turn and say, “Wow, what a hunk!” You can admit it, sometimes you date a guy just because he’s well, pretty.

Hi guys. Thanks for skipping down to this bit. I wanted to talk to you privately, and while the ladies are busy with that section up there, I have a few minutes with you. Now is the time to come clean. You have been on a date with a woman before, not because you were interested in her personality, but maybe for her cooking, her prettier friend, or even her family’s hunting cabin. For whatever reason, you were not interested in this lady in the slightest, but she showed up and you let her hang around, because hey, no harm done, right? You let her tell everyone you’re together, she does what you tell her just to be near you, and you sometimes forget her name.

Now, everyone can read this. I was in a similar relationship. With a fat white horse. But you see, he was pretty.  Tall, muscular, and handsome. Friends would come and stand in awe of his beauty. A huge white horse, just like in the fairy tales, with a long mane and tail, with gentle eyes and a soft spot for candy canes. Visitors to the barn would gasp and say, “Wow, what a handsome guy!” I’d show photos of him to people, and they would genuinely be interested in him, asking all about my horse. Children would ask in an innocent way, “Can I have him?” I basked in the adoration and glory of my horse’s beauty.


HWY 26 fire 50% contained

A 37 acre brush fire at Highway 26 cross of Paloma Road is now 50% contained.
Five engines, four hand crews, and two water tenders continue to work the incident.

Odie's Old Corner Homecoming BBQ

Celebrate Homecoming with a down-home BBQ and horseshoe tournament at Odie's Old Corner.
Following the parade just stop on by and enjoy an afternoon of friends, food and horse shoes!

Snaps wine tasting featuring Frogs Tooth

On June 8, 2012 from 5-8 pm Snaps Coffee House and Wine Bar will be hosting their Friday night Flights featuring Frogs Tooth Vineyards.

Frogs Tooth Vineyards are located right here in Copperopolis nestled in the rolling foothills of Salt Spring valley. With the purchase of acreage in 1999 to the crushing of their first grapes for their vintage 2005 wine to the opening of their first wine tasting room in Murphys in 2007, Frogs Tooth has made leaps and bounds in the wine-making community. Proud recipients of multiple 'double gold' medals along with a plethora of silver and bronze Frogs Tooth has proven that their little winery has what it takes.

For a list of all Frog Tooths wine awards click here

Bake Sale for Youth Summer Camp

Just a shot of a couple of our wonderful youth from Copper Canyon Baptist Church who held a bake sale to raise funds for a summer camp the youth wish to attend.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Board of Supervisors 5-22-12 meeting video

May 22, 2012 Board of Supervisors video from Community Action Project provided by Calaveras Public Access TV.



Sonora PD Press release re:vehicle accident

29 May 2012, at approx. 8:20 pm, the Sonora Police Department responded to a reported vehicle vs. motorcycle accident at the intersection of South Washington Street and Church Street.

Note from the Editor

During this campaign the Copper Gazette has come under fire for not reporting the 'news' on candidates for local and county level seats. This said, it is the full intention of the Copper Gazette to post factual information, when attainable.

It is also, however, the Copper Gazette's stand to write articles and cover stories that promote the lifestyle we live here, the wonderful people that make up our community and the events that make us as strong as we are. Some issues are less pleasant than others, but all-in-all Copper is a wonderful place to live with a vibrant and active community service oriented base of organizations and people.

I want to personally thank all of you that read the Gazette for your on going support.


Charity Maness

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VA Rural Health Mobile Medical Outreach Clinic coming to Copper 6-28-12

Attention All Military Veterans!

The VA Rural Health Mobile Medical Outreach Clinic Team, in Collaboration with Copperopolis VFW Post 12118, will be at the:

Copperopolis Fire Protection District Station
370 Main Street
Copperopolis, CA  95228

Thursday, June 28th
11:00am – 3:00pm

No appointment necessary!  Veterans Service Officers, Enrollment Specialists & Medical teams on site

Enterprise Asks Questions of District 4 Supervisor Candidates

Tom Tryon responses:

Debbie Ponte responses:

Russ Thomas responses:

Letter from SHeriff Kuntz re:Amnesty Program

As Sheriff, I am pleased to announce that my Office has been successful in obtaining an amnesty program to help aid the residents of Calaveras County whose dog licenses may have lapsed due to the tough economic times. Therefore, Calaveras County will have its first dog license amnesty program beginning Saturday, June 23, 2012, and will run for 35 days from June 23, 2012, to July 28, 2012.

If you are delinquent on your dog license renewal, during the amnesty period you will be able to bring your dog license up to date without paying any back licensing fees or late fees.

Saddle Creek Garden Club 2nd Annual Garden Tour

VFW Post 12118 Memorial Day Flag Ceremony

On May 28, 2012 the newly formed VFW Post 12118 held their first community flag raising ceremony at the Copperopolis Cemetery. Weeks before much work had gone into repairing the aging flagpole for the event.

The ceremony included a moving speech from Commander Al Gilbert, a wreath laid by veteran Richard Dost, a bouquet of flowers laid by veterans Don Schand and Danny Thomas. Each a symbol of remembrance, honor and respect for those who had served in our military and are now gone...but not forgotten.

The names of each veteran laid to rest in Copperopolis Cemetery was read, as was the war or era in which they served. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony the cemetery had been carefully mapped out by members of the VFW with the names and sites of each veteran buried within its walls. Following the ceremony youth representatives from Copper Hills 4-H assisted veterans with the placement of American flags on each veterans grave.

For more pictures CLICK HERE

Debbie Ponte for District 4 Supervisor

Beautique now offers sunless tanning!

Copper students to compete in County-wide Math Bowl

 21 fifth and sixth grade students from Copperopolis Elementary will be competing against 10 other elementary schools in Calaveras County at the annual county-wide Math bowl on May 31, 2012.

The students that will represent  Copperopolis Elementary School are:

5th grade
Maverick Cano
Raymond Garcia
Tristen Newlon
Mossy Pahrman
Emma Queirolo
Brianna Tyre
Seth Filkins
Jenny Payne
Ellie Tafjen
Kody McLaughlin

6th grade
Chloe Caywood
Shileen Andico
Ashley Hibdon
Alexia Stafford
Skylar Pilati
Chase Collins
Catelyn Baker
Lauren Emerick
Elizabeth VandenBosch
Joseph Miramontes
alternate:  Makayla Avalos

The event consists of 3 categories – The BLITZ (a 40-minute individual competition with 50 questions); the HUDDLE (a pairs competition where students work alone for 25 minutes and then together for 15 minutes); and the BOMB (a five-member team event).


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Copperopolis Olive Oil Company - olive oil recipes galore!

From a Mediterranean Caprese Salad with basil olive oil to balsamic chicken thighs with some butter and garlic olive oil shrimp thrown in for good measure, the recipes are all there on the Copperopolis Olive Oil facebook page. Like ''ll love it!

Community Garden Meeting

The monthly community garden meeting will be held Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM at the Copperopolis Branch Library.

Sheriff Dept Press Release re:Man Arrested in Copperopolis for Possession of Heroin

(Copperopolis, CA) On 05/26/12 at approx. 10:15 PM, Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit were patrolling the area of Copperopolis. While patrolling they received a tip from a citizen who reported illegal use of narcotics inside a vehicle in the 200 block of Thompson Lane in Copperopolis. Upon arrival at the location the deputies found a vehicle with two occupants, Christopher Staedler (21) of Monterey, and a 17 year old female. Upon further investigation the deputies learned that the suspects had been smoking marijuana. Additionally, the deputies found a bindle of suspected heroin in Mr. Staedler’s pants pocket along with evidence that the two suspects may have been smoking the suspected heroin. Mr. Staedler tried to conceal the heroin from the deputies prior to them finding it. The heroin was tested and confirmed. Upon being interviewed, Mr. Staedler stated that he had purchased the narcotic outside of Calaveras County.

Sheriff Dept Press release re:Man and Woman Arrested for Vehicle Theft

(San Andreas, CA) On 05/19/12 at approx. 1:30 AM Calaveras Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit located an occupied suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a vacant residence located in the 500 block of Lewis Avenue in San Andreas. Inside the vehicle the deputies identified Nicholas Frazier (29) and Carrie Smith (38), both of Herald, CA.

Absentee Ballot Report 5-29-12

ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners

The order :
Total Voters 
Absentee Voters
Share of Voters who are Absentee
Absentees Already Voted
% Already Voted

1ST CALAVERAS 5,284 3,336 63% 884 26%

2ND CALAVERAS 5,385 3,448 64% 876 25%

3RD CALAVERAS 6,139 3,777 62% 1,174 31%

4TH CALAVERAS 5,979 3,711 62% 1,077 29%

5TH CALAVERAS 5,030 2,787 55% 697 25%

New Melones FIshing Report 5-28-12 from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,852,824 acre-feet of water. The lake level has dropped another 3 feet this week and is currently at 1038 ft. above sea level and 50 ft. from full. Water temperature is in the upper 60s and low 70s, getting warmer every day. Lake is slightly stained, with mud lines forming around the shore on windy days.

Trout: The bite slowed down a bit for the bank anglers, and continues to get better for the trolling anglers. The best bite time has been in the early morning and in the late afternoon. Mid-day the fish will be in deeper/cooler water or near shade. Bank anglers should target deeper water near the main lake. Try using lures first thing in the morning and switching to bait as the water warms up. Try using chrome, chrome/blue, and gold colored Kastmasters. Also, try using nightcrawlers fished with a Berkley Power Egg. This is a great way to float you bait off of the bottom. Trolling anglers have been doing better since the trout have moved off of the bank. Trolling spoons and spinners seem to be producing quality fish. Try using a Needlefish, or a Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoon, trolled behind flashers. Or a Macks Wedding Ring tipped with a crawler. Night Fishing has been picking up. Drop Power Bait or minnows under a submersible light near the spillway/dam, or under the Highway 49 Stevenot Bridge.
Winner of the Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to Michi Marshall of Jackson. She caught a beautiful 4-pound 8-ounce brown trout while trolling a wedding ring near the dam.

Support our Troops

This yellow ribbon is for Cody Calcagno.

Cody is the grandson of Sue and Al Putney. He will be returning soon from Afghanistan and will be stationed at Fort Drum, NY.

Thank you for your service Cody Calcagno.

Sheriff Kuntz to hold Town Hall meeting in Copper

On June 7, 2012 from 6-8 pm, Sheriff Gary Kuntz will be holding a 'question and answer' town hall meeting in Copperopolis at the Historic Copperopolis Armory.

Poole Station Fire 5-28-12

At 14:57 on 5-28-12, a possible vegetation fire was called in on Poole Station Fire up MJB Ranch Road. CalFire firefighters and hand-crews, along with helicopters  and Sierra Conservation Center fire crews had the fire completely contained one hour later at 15:57. Total acres burned 1.3.

For more pictures CLICK HERE

David Singer for District Attorney

Fill-the-boot for the Food Pantry a record

At the Copper Fire semi-annual fill the boot, held May 26, 2012, the Copper Firefighters and the VFW veterans raised $3,028.00 for the local food pantry. "We would have a hard time keeping the doors open without their fundraising efforts on our behalf. We appreciate what they do for us so much!" Said a spokesperson from the Copperopolis Food Pantry.
Currently the food pantry serves between 45 -55 families per month, with greater numbers seen in the last 6 months due to the downward shift in the economy. The food pantry is set up in hopes of reaching and helping families in Copperopolis who are experiencing hardship, temporary or long-term, and need help having enough to eat.
 Engineer Nick Maness and Volunteer Doug Ungari

CFPD Chaplain Jim Stout and Volunteer Don Rollings

 CFPD Cadets Levi Rollings and Marshall Maness

VFW Post 12118 Veterans Richard, Robert, Ralph, Jay, and Al.

Don, David and Lorraine- Food Pantry representatives

Volunteers and Board members Ed Gouzzenne and Steve Marks, and CFPD Chaplain Father Jim Stout

Sierra Repertory Theater presents Alfred Hitchcocks '39 steps'

Hitchcock thriller gets a twist in The 39 Steps.
Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Broadway’s hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre’s East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Dept Fish and Game 2012 and 2013 Mammal Hunting Regulations now available online

The 2012-2013 California Mammal Hunting Regulations Booklet is now available for download from DFG’s website.
The document includes regulations for license requirements, methods of take, season dates, bag limits and hunting zones for both big game (deer, elk, bear, etc.) and small game (rabbit, squirrel, etc.) hunting.
Additional information about big game hunting, including tag drawing application instructions, can be found in DFG’s Big Game Hunting Digest, released earlier this year.
Update accident feather and copper cove 3:07 one vehicle one motorcycle air ambulance dispatched. Please use caution if traveling in the area.
Update Poole station fire 3:05 pm dozers and water tenders called out emergency personnel responding
Vehicle accident feather and copper cove emergency vehicles en route
Possible vegetation fie Poole station road

President's Memorial Day Speech - 'honoring our fallen heroes'

"This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.

This Memorial Day, Michelle and I will join Gold Star families, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. We'll pay tribute to patriots of every generation who gave the last full measure of devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Later that day, we'll join Vietnam veterans and their families at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial-the Wall. We'll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It's another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we'll be calling on you-the American people-to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.

Hovey wine tasting at Snaps - winederful!

On May 25, 2012 Snaps Coffee House and Wine Bar featured Hovey Winery at their Friday night flights. Chuck Hovey came to pour a nice selection of wines including a 2011 Viognier (brand new, just released), a 2010 Chardonnay, his wonderful 2009 Barbera, his 2009 Petite Sirah and the next generation of his award-winning Tempranillo vintage 2010.  Hovey's 2009 Barbera was recently awarded “best Red Wine” by the Vineyard and Winery Management 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition, held April 11 and 12 in Sonoma County, taking home a double gold from the event. 
If you missed this tasting treat, ask Sue or Randy -owners of Snaps- if they will host Hovey again. 

For more photos CLICK HERE

CCWD meeting agenda 5-29-12

May 29, 2012 12:30 PM regular meeting

May 31, 2012 9 am Board Workshop

Memorial Day Flag protocol

On Memorial Day the American Flag is to be raised to its fullest height for a moment, then lowered to half mast until noon and when it is again to be raised to its fullest height.

Source Flag Rules and Regulations

Memorial Day - the history

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

CalFire seasonal burn hours in effect

On May 28, 2012 new burn hours go into effect for Calaveras County. There will be no burning between the hours of 8 am and 7 pm. Burning between the hours of 7 pm and 8 am are allowable on burn days ONLY and with a permit.
CalFire on Main street is now open 8 am to 5 pm to obtain your burn permit.
The burn day hotline number is 785-SMOG. Remember to call before your burn.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Warmer Weather on the horizon

Memorial Day: Sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 47. Northwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 52. Northwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 55.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

A glimpse at Friday's storm

A shot of the 5-25-12 storm as it passed through Copper on its way up the hill to deliver snow.

Honor the Fallen 5-14-12 to 5-23-12

Army Spc. Samuel T. Watts

Died May 19, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Wheaton, Ill.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died May 19 in Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained April 25 in Zharay, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. 

Army 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander

Died May 20, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

30, of Lawton, Okla.; assigned to 168th Brigade Support Battalion, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla.; died May 20 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Army Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat. 

Army Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat

Died May 20, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

28, of, Prince George, Va.; assigned to 168th Brigade Support Battalion, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla.; died May 20 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Army 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander.

Army Spc. Arronn D. Fields

Died May 21, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

27, of Terre Haute, Ind.; assigned to 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis; died May 21 in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by rocket-propelled grenades.

Army 2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado

Died May 23, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of San Jose, Calif.; assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died May 23 in Zharay, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised explosive device.