Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Win a Bungalow Stay and Help the Food Bank

National Weather Service predicts rain for Halloween in Copper






Copperopolis Elementary Halloween Carnival - spooky fun

On October 27, 2012 Copperopolis Elementary held their annual Halloween Carnival with games, haunted house, food, and LOTS of fun!

For more pictures CLICK HERE!

Latest Pepperdine Polls

Of 18 million registered voters ...2.5 million have cast their votes

CBRT/PEPPERDINE POLL [M4 Strategies, n=2,115, Online English/Spanish, 10/21-28/2012, +/-3.0%]
Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Yes: 49.2%
No: 42.9%
Undecided: 7.9%
Proposition 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Yes: 37.8%
No: 36.8%%
Undecided: 25.4%
Proposition 32: Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.Yes: 44.7%
No: 44.8%
Undecided: 10.5%
Proposition 33: Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 48.8
No: 37.4%
Undecided: 13.8%
Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal. Initiative Statute. Yes: 41.3%
No: 47.9%
Undecided: 10.8%

Letter to the Editor re:Melones trout need your help from Glory Hole Sports

The Department of Fish and Game is ready to deliver rainbow and brown trout to the fish-raising pens at New Melones Lake.  Kokanee Power (who donated the pens) is getting the pens ready, but there has been some damage to them.  They need some able-bodied volunteers in the next few days to assist them with repairing the pens and placing them in the water at the marina.  If you can help at all, please call Ken at (209) 601-4462 and offer your help- even for a few hours.

The pens need to be repaired and ready for the trout by next week, so this is sort of a "fish emergency"  Help if you can, please. 

Your efforts will keep Melones kicking out those trophy trout for the future!

Thank you,

Melanie Lewis
Glory Hole Sports

Halloween history from

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

SRT's Cinderella - simply enchanting

How does one recreate a well known children's classic to excite and enthrall the masses while holding true to the storyline? Apparently you hire director Scott Viets! Because Sierra repertory theater has done just that, under the creative direction of Scott Viets the timeless classic of Cinderella has come alive in a modern way without losing a single drop of the classic storyline. Add in the whimsical and fun set designs by Jay Heiserman adapted by Jeff Cooper and the modern music by Mark Seiver and you have a play that grabs every age group, every musical genre and everyone's heart.

While everyone knows the fairytale, you will be pleasantly surprised with the directors interpretation of the parts and how they are to be played. For instance, the fairy godmother? We all know and love her as the sweet, doddering, old lady, right? Well this fairy godmother is sassy, fun-loving, and full of spunk. She will have you laughing before you know it. And the step sisters? Well they are a brilliant combination off Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum with a little more 'dumb' thrown in for good measure. Add in some mice that become horses, a glass slipper, some magic, some music and a pumpkin...well, and you know the rest.

Cinderella played by Samantha Bruce was cast perfectly. Samantha clearly enjoyed the singing, dancing, joking, and simply having a 'ball' with her part. Fairy Godmother played by Illeana Kirven is perfection in a white sparkling gown. Her smile radiant, her love for theater clear in each movement and each line..all the way down to her rickety old wand that seems to work when it wants to and her ever present sense of mischievous humor.

If you have children or you are a child at heart, this play will bring a smile to your face and laughter to your heart.

By, Charity Maness

Trick or Treat Street TONIGHT in Town Square

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Re-elect Tom Tryon

Tom Tryon 
District 4 Supervisor 

Stability ~ Fairness ~ Integrity

Tom Tryon has been an anchor of stability, fairness and integrity throughout his career as a Calaveras County Supervisor. He has earned our respect and deserves another term on the Board of Supervisors.

We need Tom to complete the unfinished business of the General Plan, the Copperopolis Community Plan, and the Highway 4 Wagon Trail project.

Tom strives to create an economic environment to attract private capital to create economically viable communities.

 Tom Tryon 
for District 4 Supervisor
paid for by Tom Tryon

Community Events

If your non-profit is hosting a community event or if you are holding a fund raiser for a non-profit please feel free to submit your event to the Copper Gazette at

If you are a business and would like to post an event flyer for a nominal charge please contact the Copper Gazette at

There is NO CHARGE for announcements of births, weddings, engagements or obituaries. 

Gov Brown sends assistance to East Coast responding to hurricane Sandy

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today directed the California Emergency Management Agency and California National Guard to send specialized assistance to the east coast to help in responding to Hurricane Sandy.

On Monday, the California National Guard sent military transport aircraft carrying two helicopters and two highly trained Pararescue teams with their equipment to Charlotte, North Carolina. Aircraft are also being deployed including a Boeing C17, two C130 aircraft and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters.

A total of 83 personnel will soon be positioned close to the affected areas for quick deployment. These teams are trained in medical aid, search and rescue and other emergency response activities.

Tuolumne County's Most Wanted

Lecompte, Joseph Jerry    DOB  10/09/90   5'11" 190 lbs. Brown/Blue
Lecompte has a Felony Warrant for Carrying a Concealed Weapon 

New Melones Fishing report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,479,725 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped a foot this week, and is currently at 1001 ft. above sea level and 87ft. from full.  Water temperature has cooled a bit and is in the 60's.  The lake is clear, to slightly stained. The lake will "turn over" when surface water cools to the same temperature as the deeper water- around 53-54 degrees. This usually happens around Thanksgiving, and then the trout bite really turns on for bank-anglers and trollers alike. Good news, the middle ramp on Glory Hole Point is open, which makes for an easy walk.

Trout: Fair! Trolling anglers had very little luck this week fishing the main lake. The trout seem to be in transition from deep to shallow water. We have had reports of fish being caught from 5-65 feet of water. With the water temperature dropping we should start seeing more fish being caught toward the surface. Try using shad patterned trolling spoons such as, Needlefish, Excels, Slimfins, and Speedy Shiners. The fish are feeding heavily on 3-5" shad. Large plug baits like Countdown Rapalas, Rattle traps, and Speed traps might coax a few fish into biting. At this time of the year we will start to see more days of rain and cloud cover. These can be great day for fishing. Try using bright colored baits, like fire tiger, and hot steel Rapalas. Also, gold and copper blades seem to work better than silver during low light conditions. Bank fishing has been slow, but should start to pick up as the water temperature cools down.  We have had a few reports of fish being caught from the shore. Also, try fishing small feeder creeks and inlets whenever we get some rainfall. Cooler running water attracts fish, and also washes nutrients and insects into the lake. River and stream season ends on November 15th.

Kokanee: Slow. The schools are heading to the back of creek arms, and upriver for their annual spawn and die. Most of the kokanee being caught are dark with hooked mouths. Some clean silver fish are showing up in the dam/spillway area, but are fairly small. They are taking standard kokanee setups, sling blades and hoochies in pink, orange, and green. Be sure to add plenty of Pro Cure Scent to your dodger and your bait. Garlic, anise, carp spit, and kokanee special have all been producing.  Don't forget to bring corn soaked in these same scents.

Bass: Good. The shad are staging in 15-30 feet of water on main lake points and at the mouths of major creek arms. There are small little clusters of shad, and there are huge schools. A lot of the fish are targeting shad as their primary food source. Try using shad patterned deep diving crank-baits and deep rip-baits to get to the depth they are feeding at. A good trick to get a little more depth out of your baits is to add some suspend dots or suspend strips. These adhesive pieces of lead are easy to apply to any bait and you can make a suspending bait slowly sink, or make a floating bait suspend. When you locate fish that are too deep to target with plugs, try using a ½-ounce spoon or a drop-shot rig. Remember to practice catch and release!  If you do keep a bass, please keep the spotted bass and release the big female (largemouth) black bass.  Glory Hole Sports can teach you the difference, so you can practice good conservation of the species.
1  4- year old Matthew Lee landed a pretty little spotted bass. He caught this fish on a chartreuse Speed Trap.

Catfish:  Good.  The catfish seem to be moving shallow and feeding on cloudy/rainy days. The weather forecast for the next couple weeks shows we might be seeing some of these kinds of days. This would be a good time to get out your umbrellas and rain gear. Hit the water and soak some bait for a chance at a lunker cat.  Melones catfish tend to be fish-eaters rather than bottom foragers, so use live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel, or anchovies for best success.  Move/drag your bait slowly across the bottom to cover more water and target fish that are aggressively feeding. Generally cats will feed in shallow flats or areas with large chunk rock near deep water. 
1Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week contest goes to Matthew Repko of Sonora. He caught a massive 18-pound, 12-ounce lunker using anchovies, on a double-hook rig.  
1  Kao and Maicoua Vang caught two hefty cats weighing 8-pounds, 6-ounces and 7-pounds. They fished near Tuttletown with anchovies, in 20-30 foot of water.
1  Cliff Goddard of Sonora caught this chunky 11-pound cat using nightcrawlers. 

Crappie: Slow.  There are fish in 15-40 foot of water, in the backs of creek channels near submerged timber.  Live minnows or red worms fished under a slip-float, with a bobber stop is a good way to target these fish.  Also, try using red/white mini jigs, small grubs, and 4" soft plastic worms. Crappie too, will gorge themselves on shad. Try to locate the bait in shallow areas and the fish shouldn't be far.

Hurricane Sandy Updates

10-30-12 UPDATE: This morning begins much the same way last night ended: With a very wet New York City, an even wetter New Jersey, millions of people without power, and more reports of confirmed deaths that resulted from the storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy.
We'll begin with the saddest news first. At least 16 people died as a result of the storm: five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and at least one each in Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Three of those killed were children, according to reports, the youngest of which was only 8 years old.

Estimates for the number people who are without power this morning range from about 6 million to 7.4 million, many of which should prepare for the possibility that it could be days before their lights are turned back on.

Halloween Bash at the Sports Pub - a ghoulishly good time for all

On October 27, 2012 Micki and Larry's Sports Pub held their 15th annual Halloween party complete with live music by Copper Holding Company.

The music began at 9 and continued past 1, with an official door closing at 2 am. Costumes ranged from pirates to a sack of potatoes (which was pointed out was responsible for the lives of the pirates as without the potatoes they all would have gotten scurvy), there was an ingenious plug and receptacle pair (male and female) and a Freudian slip (which had to be explained a few times), there were ghouls, angels, Flo and Mayhem, girl scouts and more.  

If you missed this event....the Sports Pub Rockin' New Year party is just around the corner...get your dancing shoes out!

For more pictures visit Micki and Larrys Sports Pub Facebook page here

Taste of the Holidays in Town Square

The Rock Show - at Lagorios! 11-3-12

Monday, October 29, 2012

Full moon tonight 10-29-12

According to calendar the moon will be at its fullest at 11:50 pm tonight 10-29-12.

Photo from benweb3.1.

UMPQUA Bank expands Financial Literacy program to serve families, teachers and kids

Portland, Ore. – Oct. 29, 2012 – Umpqua Bank has developed a comprehensive financial literacy program available to parents, teachers and children throughout Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada. Called Learn to Earn, the program inherits its name from the bank’s existing on-campus banking program for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. The enhanced program offers parents, teachers and children a full suite of financial literacy resources, including: easy to implement financial literacy tips for children in preschool to fifth grade, savings products to help parents and children save together, a kid-friendly savings calculator, and recommended reading lists that encourage responsible money management through storytelling.

CCPAC Meeting November 5,2012

The next CCPAC (Copperopolis Community Plan ADvisory Committee) meeting will be held at 6 pm at the Copperopolis Fire Protection District meeting room on Main Street on November 5, 2012.
Agenda will post as soon as it is made available.

CHP Press release re: Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California motorcyclist deaths are on the rise. The increase in motorcycle involved collisions reverses a trend of significant decline in such collisions since 2008. In response, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) asks for the motoring public’s assistance in preventing future tragedies involving motorcycles from happening on our roadways.

“Everyone on the highway plays an important role in preventing collisions,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride safely and defensively, while drivers need to look out for motorcyclists who are sharing the road.”

Its never too soon to think of the Dog Lovers in your life

Need a gift for the dog lover in your life?
Be sure to check out all our amazing and fun gifts for four legged creatures and their owners at BARK N BUBBLES (next to IGA)
You can mix and match gifts and create your own gift basket.
Also, Gift Certificates are  available for Grooming or products
785-WASH (9274)

BI Inc to run Calaveras Adult Day Reporting Center - minus the electronic monitoring component

AB109, which has been in place since October 1, 2011, reduces the prison population in State prisons by sending the N3's (non- violent, non-serious, non- sex offenders) to the county whence they came to serve their time within the county jail or probation programs. Trailer bills SB89 and AB 188 followed to ensure funding for AB 109. According to BI Inc, when Calaveras County signs the contract with BI Inc, the contracted adult day reporting center will be open within in 60 days.There has been no confirmation on the date of the signing of the contract from either BI Inc or Chief or Probation.

Flags at Half Staff - for CALFIRE Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer of Jamestown

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the follwing statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer:

"It is with great sadness that Anne and I learned CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer has passed away. We extend our deepest condolences to Rob's family, friends and everyone at CAL FIRE during this difficult time."

Chief Van Wormer, 47, of Jamestown, was pronounced dead at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz Saturday night after losing consciousness while assigned to an investigation in Santa Cruz County. He was a 24-year veteran of CAL FIRE. Chief Van Wormer is survived by his parents Sharon and Ken, both of Alpine; wife, Jennifer Van Wormer; and sons Austin and Dalton. Rob is also survived by his brother Kirk, of Petaluma, who is a chief officer with CAL FIRE; and sister Debbie Van Wormer of Alpine.

In honor of Chief Van Wormer, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Olive Harvest Time in Copper

Aaron and Nadine immigrated to America from Israel in 1978. Each worked hard as educators and raised a family. Now in retirement they have begun a new chapter of their lives - olive farmers.
After taking many courses offered at US Davis regarding small farming and the need for sustainable agriculture, Aaron and Nadine were hooked. They knew they wanted to grow olives and produce olive oil.

The first order of business was to purchase land that had the qualities necessary for fruitful crops, good soil, adequate climate, access to water, etc. They landed in Copperopolis, where not only did they find the perfect land for their new venture, but a golf course where Aaron could enjoy his other favorite past time...a nice leisurely game of golf.

Four years after the first olive season, this reporter was invited to participate in an olive harvest. Not one to turn down a new experience I readily accepted. Decked out in my finest grubbies (hubby in tow) I ventured to the 6 acre, 1000 tree sanctuary known as  Olive Oil of Life on O'Byrnes Ferry Road.

I was greeted by none other than Aaron himself, his daughter-in-law, his daughter-in-laws father (visiting from Denmark), his wife Nadine, and other various friends and family. All gathered to help with the annual harvest. Chatter, harvesting and friendship ensued, each in heavy doses.

Prevent Child Abuse Council accepting applications for council member appointments

Parents and Community Members:
Make a Difference in the Lives of Children

The Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras (PCACC) is accepting applications for council member appointments.  

PCACC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Calaveras County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.

Why become a member of Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras?

§                  You are committed to preventing child abuse and neglect in Calaveras County.

§                  You would like to be involved as a decision-maker in the policy and practice of child abuse prevention strategies.

§                  You would like to support and engage in the community’s efforts to build families’ strengths before a risk of child abuse or neglect happens.  

§                  You are a parent or a representative of a county agency, local business, faith community, civic organization or community volunteer.

Members will be appointed by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and will serve two year terms as advisors to the county for child abuse prevention strategies and community education. 

Town Square Trick or Treat Street 10-31-12

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Honor the Fallen 10-14-12 to 10-23-12

Army Pfc. Shane G. Wilson

Died October 18, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Kuna, Idaho; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Oct. 18 in Khost, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. 

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael S. Duskin

Died October 23, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

42, of Orange Park, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Oct. 23 in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

BALLOT MEASURE POLLING AVERAGES by, Scott Lay of Around the Capitol

10-27-12 The CBRT/Pepperdine poll isn't coming out until Tuesday, so I went ahead and ran new ballot measure polling averages. As a reminder, these averages look at the field of public polls, which are then weighted on recency and methodology.
Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Yes: 49.0% (-1.8%)
No: 41.2%
Undecided: 8.7%
Proposition 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Yes: 26.5% (-4.2%)
No: 42.3%%
Undecided: 31.1%
Proposition 32: Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.Yes: 41.7% (-2.7%)
No: 46.0%
Undecided: 11.0%
Proposition 33: Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 54.8% (-1.0%)
No: 33.6%
Undecided: 23.1%
Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal. Initiative Statute. Yes: 43.5% (-0.4%)
No: 44.3%
Undecided: 12.2%
Proposition 35: Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.Yes: 79.7% (-2.5%)
No: 12.3%
Undecided: 8.0%
Proposition 36: Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders. Initiative Statute. Yes: 67.0% (-4.5%)
No: 20.6%
Undecided: 12.5%
Proposition 37: Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling. Initiative Statute.Yes: 49.0% (-7.2%)%
No: 38.6%
Undecided: 12.2%
Proposition 38: Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.Yes: 41.2% (-0.9%)
No: 48.7%
Undecided: 9.9%
Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute. Yes: 54.2% (-0.5%)
No: 30.7%
Undecided: 15.1%
Proposition 40: Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum. Yes: 44.2% (+0.0%)
No: 25.8%
Undecided: 30.0%

Watch the Big Game at Snaps

JOIN THE PARTY ~ Today at 5pm!
Come watch the World Series Game 3 on our big screen TVs with everyone here. Restaurant and Bar will be open!

Copper Grille in Saddle Creek announces new winter hours

Our full breakfast menu will continue to be served 8-11am Friday and Saturday, 8-Noon Sunday

Lunch will be served 11- 4pm Monday- Saturday, Sunday noon – 4pm
We will close at 3:00 pm on slow days

Dinner will be served 5-8pm Friday and Saturday

Member’s complimentary coffee will be served by our staff from behind the Copper Grille bar 8-10 am daily – No self-serve

Old Corner Halloween Party TONIGHT!!! 10-27-12

Extra Patrols tonight

According to Sheriff Dept PIO Sgt Hewitt the Calaveras County Sheriff Dept will have an extra Deputy assigned to the Copperopolis area from 6 pm to 2 am tonight, October 27, 2012 "to cover any additional calls brought in by the Halloween Party."  The party referenced is the Dawn of the Dub to be held at Lake Tulloch Resort. In addition to the Dawn of the Dub, the Old Corner, The Sports Pub and the CCLTOA all will be having Halloween parties, many with live music, tonight.

Drive safe Copper!

Halloween Party TONIGHT!! 10-27-12

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cows loose on Little John

10-26-12 12:01 pm
Cows loose on Little John Road between Flint and Moccasin...please use caution if in the area.

Re-elect Tom Tryon

Tom Tryon 
District 4 Supervisor 

Stability ~ Fairness ~ Integrity

Tom Tryon has been an anchor of stability, fairness and integrity throughout his career as a Calaveras County Supervisor. He has earned our respect and deserves another term on the Board of Supervisors.

We need Tom to complete the unfinished business of the General Plan, the Copperopolis Community Plan, and the Highway 4 Wagon Trail project.

Tom strives to create an economic environment to attract private capital to create economically viable communities.

 Tom Tryon 
for District 4 Supervisor
paid for by Tom Tryon

Cal Fire Burn Suspension Proclamation

Weekend weather

  • 10-26-12
  • Today Sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
  • Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
  • Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sonora PD Press release re:Drug Arrest

24 October 2012, at approx. 9:13 am, an Officer observed Elvis Babcock, 35 of Sonora, walking in the downtown area. A records check on Babcock revealed he had a felony no bail warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Debbie Ponte for District 4 Supervisor

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trick or Treat Street participants wanted

Each Halloween Coperopolis Town Square hosts  Trick or Treat Street where kids throughout the community can come and enjoy an evening of fun and SAFE trick or treating in Town Square.

Town Square is looking for businesses or individuals that would like to participate in this event by setting up their own trick or treat table and passing out candy or treats to the kids. (You must provide your own candy and your own table.)

"It’s a fun night! Tables need to be set up by 4:30 because the little trick or treaters start to come out about 5pm.
We welcome you to where costumes, and decorate your table to make it more festive. We will have
live music in the gazebo and its a fun Halloween celebration.
If you would like to come and provide treats, please call me or reply to this email and I will sign
you up."

Linda Stefanick
V.P. & Sales & Marketing Manager
Castle & Cooke, Calaveras Inc.
Phone: 209-785-9700 at Copper Valley Realty
Phone: 209-785-5600 at Saddle Creek Sales
Fax: 209-785-9710