Friday, November 30, 2012

Soroptomists seeking applications for Women's Opportunity Awards



Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC) is seeking applications for its Women’s Opportunity Awards.  The Women’s Opportunity Awards program was established in 1972 to assist women with the primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills-training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family.  Each year, $1.5 million in club, region and international funds are awarded to more than 1,500 women in Soroptimist’s 19 member countries and territories.  The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their educational efforts, including tuition, books, child care, and transportation.  The chosen recipient of SI of Calaveras County will also be considered for additional awards at the regional and international levels. The application deadline is December 15, 2012. 
To obtain an application, please send an email request to starfish0406@sbcglobal.net.  To learn more about Soroptimist and the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards online, please visit www.soroptimist.org.

Griff's BBQ now has T's just in time for gift giving

Stop by and get your Griff's BBQ t shirts...hot off the presses:) 785-4745



Lake Tulloch Quilters Announce Winner of Opportunity Quilt

The Lake Tulloch Quilters Guild is proud to announce the winner of their 2012 opportunity quilt - Char Dunn of Escalon.  
 
 
Each year the Lake Tulloch Quilters create a one-of-a-kind quilt to raffle to raise funds, funds that they in turn reinvest into the community through donations, scholarships and grants.
 
In the past the Lake Tulloch Quilters Guild has donated either funds or quilts to: 
The Angel Tree
Women's Crisis Center
Copperopolis Food Pantry
Science Camp
Copperopolis Elementary School
Copperopolis Branch Library
Lions Club
Copperopolis VFW formation
Christmas Basket
Copperopolis Volunteer Firefighters
Copper Parks & Rec

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012/2013 County Office of Education Student Events


IGA and YOU helping our local food pantry


Lionel train display in Town Square

According to  Rich Kotowski, better known as the Calaveras Train Guy, Town Square will have on display through the holiday season an operating collection of Lionel electric toy trains.
Come hear the train whistle and see this small piece of Americana run.

Mon - Thurs 5-7 pm

Parole Denied for Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapper Fred Woods

San Luis Obispo – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole today for convicted kidnapper Fred Woods, 61, during his 13th subsequent parole consideration hearing at the California Men’s Colony (CMC). Woods was one of three crime partners involved in the Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping case in July 1976.

Storm Totals for 11-28-12 - National Weather Service

11-29-12 
...STORM TOTALS THROUGHOUT INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 2012...

Sonora PD press release re: Burglary arrest

20 November 2012, Officers responded to Payless Shoes in the Cross Roads Shopping Center regarding a theft of shoes. An employee related a male subject distracted employees while a female subject stole a pair of shoes.
From the employees description of the male subject and the tattoos on his face, one of the officers felt the suspect was possibly Joseph Eastman, 30, who is a transient parolee. The officers suspicions was confirmed when the employee picked Eastman out of a photo lineup. During the officer’s investigation, he identified the female as Sharmayne St. Lawrence, 23 of Columbia.

CCPAC 12-3-12 meeting agenda


CFPD Public Notice Board vacancy



PUBLIC NOTICE



The Copperopolis Fire Protection District has an opening on its Board of Directors which meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M.  Persons interested in appointment to the position should submit a letter of interest and may either mail it to CFPD, P. O. Box 131, Copperopolis, CA 95228 or deliver it to Station 1, 370 Main Street, Copperopolis.  Letters must be received no later than December 1, 2012 at 1:00 P.M.  The Board will consider filling the vacant Board position at its regular meeting on December 13, 2012.

Calling all aspiring young authors

Aspiring youth writers...a writing class is now officially forming to cover writing perspectives and the writing process. The course is a five week course held each Thursday evening from 6-7:30 at the Copperopolis Library beginning January 10, 2013. The course cost is $100 per student. The course will cover such authors as Poe, Emerson, Hemingway and Kipling. We will also work on your own creations and the writing process. There will be homework and in-class work. Class size limited to 10 students ages 8th grade through 12th grade. If you would like to reserve a spot please email me at charitymaness@live.com.

P.S. This class is for ALL levels of aspiring authors as writing is a constant learning process.


The New 5th Assembly District Map

The new California 5th Assembly District includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Madera and Mono counties. In November Frank Bigelow was elected Assemblymember to District 5 with 52.5% of the vote.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BOS turns down a resolution to fund program through vehicle infraction fees

The Board of Supervisors did not pass a resolution that would add a fee of $5.00 to all vehicle infractions with the funds raised going to the Sheriff Dept program promoting cell phone carrying drivers to report other drivers on the road driving erratically.  Macedo stated "it would apply to anything other than a fix-it ticket."

The program has been up and running for the past few years and has been privately funded by a concerned citizen, Mr Sheldon Bissel. Captain Macedo thanked Mr Bissel for his perseverance in making this program a reality and helping to find potential creative ways to fund it for the future.

Board of Supervisors 11-27-12 meeting video

Board of Supervisors 11-27-1 meeting video CLICK HERE

Video of  the Calaveras Board of Supervisor’s meetings graciously supplied by Calaveras Public Access TV and accessed through Community Action Project.

CalFire press release re: Altaville station

Altaville Station Open House

San Andreas – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit announces the opening of the new Altaville station.  CAL FIRE will host an open house, at the Altaville Station, 125 N Main Street, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 9AM to Noon.  The staff moved back into the new facility in October.  “Our staff has been busy moving back into the facility and putting on the finishing touches.  The public is encouraged to stop by, meet the staff, and take a tour of the new facility.  We are excited to have the Altaville station back open and serving the community,” says Unit Chief Brian Kirk.

Sonora PD Press release re: Winter Vehicle Preparedness

With several winter storms upon us, it’s time to inspect your vehicle and make sure it’s ready for the harsh winter driving ahead. Winter in the Mother Lode brings special seasonal challenges to the roadways. Storms can make navigating roads extremely hazards and sometimes deadly.
Winter driving in the Mother Lode can mean wet, icy, snowy, and other hazardous roadway conditions. Some of the things you should check on your vehicle are;

Low Water Level Photos on Tulloch

As the lake level continues to drop in Lake Tulloch residents find their boats on land. Lake Tulloch is at an estimated 492 this past weekend and will be approximately at 482 by December 1, 2012. The water level will continue to drop to approximately 473 by the first of the year.





Photos by Grant West.


Pet Pictures with Santa



  SAT-DEC 15TH 12-2pm
“FREE PICTURE”
WITH SANTA & YOUR
FURRY FAMILY MEMBER
BARK N BUBBLES
(NEXT TO IGA)
785-WASH

The Nutcracker presented by Studio 4 Dance Theater



For times and ticket information visit http://studio4dancetheater.com/

Sheriff Dept Press release re: Update 11-23-12 fatal plane crash

November 23rd Plane Crash Results in One Fatality

(San Andreas, CA) on 11/23/12 at approx. 3:45 PM, Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies and local and state fire departments responded to a report of a single plan crash in a field located on the east side of Highway 49, approx. ¾ mile south of the Calaveras County Airport. The pilot, identified as Russell Hackler (68) of Danville, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to witness statements, Mr. Hackler was testing a self-built single-engine amphibious plane on the day of the crash. On the day’s third test flight of the plane the plane went into a spiral. Around the time the plane went into the spiral the right wing was seen tearing away from the fuselage. Mr. Hackler’s son, Russell Hackler, Jr. (38) of Livermore, who was watching the test flight from the airport, saw the plane fall from the sky, but did not see it crash. Mr. Hackler was reported to have been an experienced pilot.

The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. It is expected that it will take several weeks before a cause of the crash is determined.

How to mail letters to Santa in Copper

If your child has written a special letter to Santa he/she can bring it by Once Upon a Time in Town Square and place it in Santa's special mailbox.
Please remember to include name and address.

Or for USPS North Pole postmark click read more.

Calaveras Tactical - Tactical Rifle class 'top notch'

Calaveras Tactical held another Tactical Rifle class 11-24-12 in Copperopolis with a full class. 

Owner Steve Nelson stated, "Again, awesome Tactical Rifle class today!! 10 shooters got busy with their AR's. Lots of cool drills and uncomfortable, unconventional shooting positions. A little mud and great weather made this a super class not to mention the top notch instructor, Chris Maness. Chris will be back in April for another class."

For upcoming classes and times visit  http://calaverastactical.com/





Pictures by Jennifer Moreland.

UPS Hiring Seasonal help

UPS Angels Camp is hiring individuals to work as temporary, seasonal Driver Helpers. This is a physical, fast-paced, outdoor position that involves continual lifting, lowering and carrying packages that typically weigh 25 - 35 lbs. and may weigh up to 70 lbs. It requires excellent customer contact skills and a lot of walking. 
For more information visit  http://jobs-ups.com/california/driver-helper/jobid1900016-driver-helper-jobs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

State Controller unveils new Government Compensation website - press release

 State Controller John Chiang launched a completely redesigned website showing wage and benefit data for public employees across California. The renamed site – publicpay.ca.gov – offers maps, search functions and custom report-building tools.  It also includes the latest compensation data available, and allows users to download raw data for their own research.

"Real accountability begins with empowering the public with easy access to the budgeting and payroll decisions of our civic leaders," said Chiang. "Through innovation, California can strike a blow against abusive compensation practices that thrive on poor transparency.
"This site is completely data-driven, and allows users to dive right into the numbers they want. But it does remain a work in progress, and my office will continue to improve and expand this public pay project," said Chiang, who launched the original site in 2010 site after ordering cities and counties to report payroll data to the State. 

To view the most recent data from the State Controller's office on Calaveras county employee pay wages click here

Sand bags available at Copper Fire

Sand bags will be available at Copper Fire Station #1 on the morning of 11-28-12.
If you are in a small stream flood zone you may wish to pick up some bags.
For more information call station #1 after 9 am at 785-2393.

Click 'read more' to read the flood watch warning from the National Weather Service.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Tree of Life


Celebrate the life of someone you love. For each $10.00 donation, Hospice will place a light on the Tree and list the name of the person you wish to remember on a Memorial Board at the site. Join us for the Tree Lightings on Saturday, December 1, at 5:00 pm at the Hospice Calaveras Thrift Store at 570 No. Main St. in Angels Camp or, Sunday, December 2, at 5:00 pm at the Hospice Thrift Store at 10776 Argonaut Lane, Jackson.
Come early to visit with Santa, then enjoy some music, the candle lighting celebration, and refreshments.
For information or a form contact either Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Thrift Stores, the Hospice Office or call 209-223-5500. VISA and MasterCards accepted. You can also visit our website at hospiceofamador.org or see us on facebook.

Bette Airola has passed away



Angels Camp resident, Frances Elizabeth (Bette) Airola, passed away November 21 at Foothill Village in Angels Camp.  She was 86.
      Mrs. Airola was born in Woodland, Calif. To Samuel and Frances Fellows on February 12, 1926.
     She grew up in Amador County and attended Sutter Creek High School when she met Bill Airola.  They were married on July 11, 1943.  She graduated from Bret Harte High School in 1944.
     They had three children whom they raised on the family ranch in Carson Hill. She worked for Virgil Airola Law Office and later at Calaveras Casuals in San Andreas.   She owned her own store, Country Elements, located in Murphys, then in Angels Camp. 
     She belonged to PTA, Calaveras –Tuolumne Cowbelles where she rode with the riding group and the Foothill Swinger Square Dance Club.  Later in life she was active with the Parkinson’s Support Group in Tuolumne County and served as their contact person.
     After her husband passed away in2004, she remained on the ranch until January 2007 when she moved to Foothill Village and enjoyed their many activities.


Snaps hosting a MoTown Dance Party 12-1-12

*** DANCE PARTY ***
FEATURING MOTOWN
AT SNAPS WINE BAR
Copperopolis Town Square
This Saturday night
December 1st
6:30pm until ?pm
Come drink some wine, beer and have a great time dancing to Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Diana Ross and many more Motown artists.
Tell all your friends!
Over 21 only.

Letter from Copper Hills 4-H Youth

At last Friday night's Town Square tree lighting ceremony, the Copper Hills 4-H Club presented a plaque to "Mrs. Claus" to thank Castle and Cooke, Linda Stefanik, the Copperopolis Town Square Management, and the community for their support of local 4-H youth. The club was in charge of the parking concession for the Copper Concert Series in October and, along with Bret Harte High School FFA who loaned the performance stage for the series, allowed them to earn $2800. With these monies, the club will be able to help its members with the many expenses related to showing their animals and other projects at the Calaveras County Fair in May, along with enabling them to give back to their community. Thank you for supporting local youth!

By, 
Megan Borzone 
with speech writing assistance from Kendall Morlan

 Courtesy photo.

Santa is coming to Once Upon a Time


Full Moon 11-28-12

The moon will be at its fullest at 6:46 am 11-28-12.

Source fullmoon.info

Cruiser's has Peppermint Candy Ice Cream

That's right, just in time for the holiday season Cruisers has peppermint candy ice cream! Ready to serve in your favorite concoction or alone on a cone.
 In Town Square Open:

CHP Thanskgiving weekend traffic stats

In Calaveras County CHP reported four arrests for suspected DUI. With a total of two collisions.

In Tuolumne County CHP reported six arrests for suspected DUI. A total of nine accidents, two of which were DUI related.

Flood watch in effect for Thursday 11-29-12 - National Weather Service

11-27-12 
...FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
  AREAS...BURNEY BASIN/EASTERN SHASTA COUNTY...CARQUINEZ STRAIT
  AND DELTA...CENTRAL SACRAMENTO VALLEY...CLEAR LAKE/SOUTHERN LAKE
  COUNTY...MOTHERLODE...MOUNTAINS SOUTHWESTERN SHASTA COUNTY TO
  NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY...NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS/SACRAMENTO
  VALLEY...NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY... NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN
  VALLEY...SHASTA LAKE AREA/NORTHERN SHASTA COUNTY...SOUTHERN
  SACRAMENTO VALLEY...WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA AND
  WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK.

National Weather Service issues a wind advisory

11-27-12 
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST
WEDNESDAY...

* WINDS: SOUTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* TIMING: WINDS WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE REGION WEDNESDAY
  MORNING AND ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK IN THE AFTERNOON AS A COLD
  FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION. WINDS WILL DECREASE BEHIND THE
  FRONTAL PASSAGE LATE IN THE DAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CHICO...REDDING...PARADISE...GRASS VALLEY...
   LAKEPORT.

* IMPACTS: DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS. BROKEN TREE LIMBS AND
  BRANCHES. LOCAL POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OF 40 MPH OR HIGHER ARE
EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...
ESPECIALLY FOR SMALL CARS AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA
CAUTION.

Copper Hills 4-H Recognizes Linda Stefanick and Town Square

At the annual tree lighting ceremony in Town Square on November 23, 2012 members of the Copper Hills 4-H group presented Linda Stefanick with a plaque thanking her for her continued support of the group and their fund raising efforts.

Throughout the September concert season, Town square allowed the 4-H group to charge for parking which helped raise funds for the group to continue functioning in our community.

Plaque presented by Megan Borzone.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Melones Fishing report by Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,491,830 acre-feet of water. The lake level is rising slowly, and is currently at 1002 ft. above sea level and 86 ft. from full.  Water temperature has cooled a bit and is 57-60 degrees.  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: Department of Fish and Game is now planting rainbow trout weekly at New Melones. Trolling has been slow. Most of the fish that are being caught while trolling- are near the surface. Try top lining 100-150 feet behind the boat with a Jointed Rapala, or a Jointed Shad Rap. Shad patterned trolling spoons will also catch some quality fish. Try using a tandem spoon rig. The two spoons swinging back and forth represent a small ball of fleeing shad. Be sure to and some shad scent to your baits. It looks like we will be getting some rain this week. On cloudy/rainy days, try using lures that have bold colors. Such as, fire tiger, orange, and chartreuse. Also, if you are fishing with flashers or sling blades try using gold or copper. These colors stand out best in low light conditions and will draw more strikes. 
pierce  Keith Pierce and Joe Rigsby of Murphys bank-fished the backs of coves and caught these nice rainbows on Power Bait and crawlers.

Leland Yee announces intention to run for Secretary of State in 2014

Senator Leland Yee, (D-SanFrancisco) announced his bid for the 2014 election for secretary of state. Yee penned the Senate Bill SB 397 'Online voter registration' which was signed in early October by Governor Brown. Yee also presented SB 1002 requiring that state and local agencies make their records available for public inspection by various methods, including the internet, which was vetoed by the Governor 9-28-12. Also penned in 2012 by Yee was SB 9, a youthful offender bill that would 'authorize a prisoner who was under 18 years of age at the time of committing an offense for which the prisoner was sentenced to life without parole to submit a petition for recall and re-sentencing to the sentencing court, and to the prosecuting agency, as specified.' This bill was signed by the Governor 9-30-12.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen will not be seeking re-election due to term limits.

For a full list of bills penned in 2012 by Yee, either vetoed or signed visit http://sd08.senate.ca.gov/legislation#j

By,
Charity Maness

Almost 1 million ballots in CA left to count

20 days after the election and there still remains 958, 311 votes in the state of California not yet counted. According to Secretary of State Debra Bowen Calaveras County completed their count on November 21, 2012, yet many counties have yet to complete their counts.

With approximately 12 million ballots cast in this last election the amount left to tally equals approximately 10 percent of the total ballots cast in California. This has led some to term election day as election week or election month. Some counties did complete their tallies yet did not report to the state in a timely manner, while this may have no effect on races with large margins the slow processing may have a negative effect on those closer races.

To view all counties and the total votes left to tally CLICK HERE

By,
Charity Maness

National Weather Service issues a flood watch for the upcoming week

11-26-12 
...PROLONGED WET WEATHER AHEAD...

.A MAJOR SHIFT IN THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL BRING WET AND WINDY
WEATHER TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BEGINNING MIDWEEK AND LASTING
THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HEAVY PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED WITH HIGH
RAINFALL RATES FIRST ON WEDNESDAY THEN AGAIN ON FRIDAY. DEBRIS
FLOWS ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY NEAR AREAS BURNED IN RECENT
FOREST FIRES. URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS LIKELY...WITH
WEIR OVERFLOW AND RUNOFF THROUGH BYPASSES POSSIBLE. MAIN STEM
RIVERS WILL RISE...THOUGH MAJOR FLOODING OF LARGER RIVERS IS NOT
AS LIKELY DUE TO LOW LEVELS AT RESERVOIRS.
 

Karaoke at Griffs 11-30-12

Thats right! Karaoke is back at Griff's on November 30, 2012.
There will be happy hour specials and "a good time for all." The fun begins at 7:30 pm.


BOE George Runner representative press release re: Cyber Monday sales tax

George Runner today responded to confusion surrounding Cyber Monday sales and California’s new online sales tax law (AB 155) by clarifying that not all retailers must collect tax.

“Some reports have suggested that all online sellers must now collect California sales tax,” said Runner. “That’s a gross overstatement that creates needless confusion for both taxpayers and consumers.”