Thursday, February 28, 2013

George Runner Votes ‘No’ on Gas Tax Hike

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today issued the following statement regarding his vote against raising the state’s fuel tax rate by 3.5 cents per gallon, effective July 1, 2013:

“I cannot support a more than half a billion dollar tax increase on struggling Californians who are already experiencing significant pain at the pump.”

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

Board of Supervisors 2-26-13 meeting video

To watch the Board of Supervisors 2-26-13 meeting video CLICK HERE

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

Sonora PD Press release re:Arrest In Stolen Motorized Shopping Cart

27 February 2013, at approx. 12:59 am, an Officer observed a subject driving a Safeway motorized shopping cart westbound on the 800 block of Mono Way. The Officer recognized the operator from prior contacts as being John Mathews, 77 of Columbia.
The Officer contacted Mathews about the Safeway motorized shopping cart. Mathews told the Officer that Safeway had given him the cart, which is valued at $1,000, because he has troubles walking. Mathews was unable to provide a name of the employee who had given him the cart.
The Officer contacted a Safeway representative, who stated they had not given Mathews the cart, nor did they know that the cart had been removed from the store. Mathews was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony possession of stolen property. The motorized shopping cart was returned to Safeway.

Sierra Repertory presents 'The Buddy Holly Story' opening March 2, 2013

The man. The legend. The music. BUDDY tells the story of how the gifted Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist with a show that features Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, plus more than twenty of Holly's greatest hits including “Peggy Sue,” “That'll be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On” and “Maybe Baby.” BUDDY has had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe. Now the world's most successful rock n' roll musical is ready to explode on the SRT stage in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza. 
WHEN: March 2 – April 21 (Gala Opening March 2; General Public Opening March 3)

WHERE: East Sonora Theatre -- 13891 Mono Way Sonora, CA 95370

PRICES: $26 to $32 General admission; Child, group, senior and student discounts available

BOX OFFICE: (209) 532-3120

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Volunteers needed for our Youth!

I would like assistance in asking community members to volunteer to help with the planning to organize a Kids Camp this summer for Copperopolis Youth.  Copperopolis Parks and Recreation will sponsor this event with the support of Copper Cove Home Owners Association.  The Association has allowed us to host this event over the past 7 years at Black Creek Park.

My name is Tim Reed and I have been actively involved as Camp Director, while volunteering with  Copperopolis Parks and Recreation for 9 years.  Due to my work obligations, I need to pass the torch to a new Director.

Murder Mystery Dinner at the Sports Pub

Saddle Creek Resort Announces Special ‘March Madness’ Golf Packages

(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – announces its new ‘March Madness’ golf packages.

Through March 31, enjoy 18 holes of golf on the acclaimed Carter Morrish-designed course for only $75 per person. The rate is available seven days a week and includes golf cart and range balls.

Felici Piano Trio at Bret Harte Theatre

The Next Sensational Performance for Ovations
is the Award Winning
Playing a Program of Fabulous Female Composers Entitled
Sunday, March 3 . . . 3 pm
Bret Harte Theatre in Angels Camp
This amazing ensemble features Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, German violinist Rebecca Hang, and American cellist, Brian Schuldt. The trio has its origins in Milan, Italy, but is now living and working in Mammouth Lakes, through the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies Grant. You'll enjoy this refined concert of classical chamber music and we will all be honoring the amazing and daring women whose works have inspired this recital.

Tickets are available online at
or by calling 209-754-1774.

The Grandparent Project

The Grandparent Project
Please Join Us!
Resources and Support for Grandparents
and Other Non-Parent Relatives Raising Children
For upcoming classes and  information click the link below


San Andreas, CA – The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions, (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the CHP’s goal is to reduce the death rate among teenagers as the result of these collisions.

In order to address this alarming trend, the CHP developed a program called Start Smart.  Start Smart is aimed at helping newly licensed and future licensed teenage drivers understand the critical responsibilities of driving and to understand that accidents do happen, but collisions are 100 percent preventable.

Youngs Payless IGA weekly ad

Payless IGA weekly ad 2-27-13 to 3-5-13

Copperopolis Elementary Kindergarten Registration

Parents of children who will be 5 years old
on or before October 1, 2013, can call to schedule an appointment for Kindergarten Registration.

Copperopolis Elementary is holding registration on Monday, April 29, 2013.  Registration forms are available in the school office. To schedule your appointment, please call 209-785-2236.

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

David and Lorraine Crawford - retirement = full time community volunteers

Lorraine and David Crawford bought their piece of property in Copperopolis with dreams of vineyards, orchards and vegetable gardens. 7 1/2 years later, vineyards complete, wine racked for multiple seasons and vegetables canned, the Crawfords have less and less time for what they thought was their dream as their original dream has morphed into almost a full time job of helping people.

In 2007, the Crawford's were able to retire from their high stress jobs at Lawrence Livermore Lab - David a computer scientist and Lorraine a weapons program secretary, both working daily with DOE, DOD, Homeland Security, NSA and more Government agencies with more acronyms - to settle down in Copperopolis and make beautiful wine together. Within a year Copper became "home" and they had begun to attend Copper Canyon Baptist Church where they met Don Hopper who told them about the efforts of the local food pantry to meet the needs of Copperopolis residents in need. One meeting with the food pantry folks and the Crawford's knew their calling to the foothills had taken a circuitous route through wine making and canning to helping those in need.

Becoming active in the food pantry fulfilled a part in the Crawford's lives that their previously busy lives had yet to allow them to fulfill. Within a year of volunteering with the food pantry David was asked if he would chair the food pantry committee when Richard DeBussman stepped down, his response was, "Yes, if Lorraine is vice-chair." So became the dynamic duo.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Board of Supervisors votes 'no' on Sawmill Lake

According to Supervisor Spellman the Board of Supervisors at the 2-26-12 Board meeting voted 5-0
All in favor of a "Denial, without prejudice" on the Sawmill Lake project in Copperopolis.

This will allow Castle & Cooke the ability to rework the plan and "bring it back."

"Without prejudice means the county is not demanding any certain issues, but that we would like to be able to approve it if the proper mitigation measures are included."

Planning Dept Powerpoint on Sawmill Lake Project 2-26-13

To view the Calaveras County Planning Department Sawmill Lake Powerpoint delivered at the Board of Supervisor's meeting 2-26-13 please email the Copper Gazette with a request and we will email you the power point during office hours. ( )

We apologize for this circuitous  route but a power point cannot be posted on this site.

Olsen’s legislative package seeks governance reform, protects students

press release
SACRAMENTO ––Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s (R-Modesto) 2013 legislative bill package includes measures focused on protecting California’s students financially and physically, while seeking out governance reform measures and honoring veterans.

Olsen has introduced the following bills:

  • ACA 2 (School Deferrals) – Joint-authored with Assemblymember Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) the Act would prohibit the legislature from deferring payments to California’s schools.  It forces the Legislature and Governor to account for state funding shortfalls in an open way so that voters can accurately judge what is actually spent on education without the mask of budget manipulation.

Memorial for John Ramirez

John Ramirez Memorial
March 2nd, 2013
At the Historic Armory
2 pm

Old Corner Laundromat

Swim Club at Bret Harte

Zimbabwe Dancers - telling timeless stories through dance

It is been said that a picture paints a thousand words, well if that is so, then dance paints a novel.
That was so this last weekend when the Chinyakare Ensemble Zimbabwe Dancers performed at the Bret Harte Theater presented by the Calaveras Arts Council on February 24, 2013.

Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the creator of the Tawanda muChinyakare Ensemble, gently told the audience the meaning behind each dance performed. Tawanda muChinyakare means "deep traditional in the arts of our ancestors." Julia had danced all these dances as a child and had grown up knowing innately what each dance was for, but didn't realize the depth of the menaings until she came to America and tried to explain the dances. It was then that she realized she wanted to share her culture and her dance with as many people as possible, to touch lives with her dance.

Dances  in her culture were performed when a child was born, when an elder passed, to bless the seeds and the earth before planting and to put the earth to rest in the winter. To be thankful for water and for each gift each day brings, that we are all interconnected, we are all family.

'Bingo' theme party fund raiser

First grade and kindergarten parents are hosting a “Bingo” Theme Party fundraiser on Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00PM at Black Creek Park.  It will be fun for the whole family!  Please show your support and join the party!  Tickets for a $10.00 donation will be appreciated but are not required.  Tickets are available through your favorite kindergarten or first grade family or at the event.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bass Tournament at Salt Spring Valley Reservoir

What some of our Copper kids have to say about their kindness heroes

Kindess hero essays
My KINDNESS HERO is my sister, Bianca.
Whenever I feel sad or hurt my sister, Bianca, is always
there for me. She tells me that I am smart and and a
loving girl even when others don’t always see that.
Bianca is there for my Mommy, too. When my
Mommy cries, my sister Bianca tells her to be strong and
they she will try to help. Sometimes, she takes her out
in the car for a ride.
We like to go shopping together. I go with her
to church. She teaches me to pray and be thankful to
God for what we have. She is the best example to me.
She is very special to me. Bianca is my
KINDNESS HERO because she makes a big difference in
my life.
By Anita Ruiz
Age 8
Mrs. Young’s 3rd grade 

My Kindness hero Will Willams. Will Williams is my
mom’s boyfriend. What makes him my kindness hero is
that he served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps
fighting for our Country. He did 3 deployments. Two to
Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Will is special to me
because he loves me and protects me. He helps me
with my homework and he takes good care of
my mom,brother and me. He makes me smile and laugh and he
gives me hugs and kisses. I am so very proud and lucky
to have him in my life.
By Shelbie Galas
Grade 2
Mrs. Aardal’s class
My grandma Carie instructs mentally disabled with forms
of communication using sign language or picture cards.
She teaches people skills like cooking, laundry,
gardening and social communication. Part of her job,
she helps them with their paid jobs by picking up litter,
recycling and landscaping.
They also volunteer at the humane society, meals on
wheels and the food bank to give back to the
My Grandma Carie loves her job because she gets to
help others and make them a part of the community
By Landie Winans
Grade 2
Mrs.Aardal’s class

Position open on Citizen's Oversight Committee

Citizen’s Oversight Committee
We need your help! Due to a resignation, the MTUESD
Citizen’s Oversight Committee is in need of a
parent/guardian representative from Copperopolis
School. The Committee meets quarterly to provide
oversight of the Proposition 39 “K for Kids Bond that was
passed by the taxpayers in the district in 2004.
verify that bond funds are spent according to
the approved project list
review annual financial and performance bond
review annual deferred maintenance projects
Membership on the Citizen’s Oversight Committee is a
great way to learn more about the financial structure of
our District and keep up to date on enrollment and
building plans. 
Meetings are held at the District Office
beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: May 4,
2013, Aug. 5, 2013, Nov. 4, 2013 and Feb. 12, 2014.
Please contact Principal Karen Vail (785

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding 1,605,921 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped one foot this week, and is currently at 1014 ft. above sea level and 73 ft. from full.  Water temperature warmed a little and is 50-54 degrees.  The lake is clear, to slightly stained with some debris floating on the surface. The lake has turned over.
Joey Ray caught a nice 2-pound, 6-ounce rainbow while bank fishing with a crawler/mallow combo.

County Fair Looking for Local Talent

The Calaveras County Fair is looking for local talent to perform on our lawn stage. It is the perfect place to showcase your talents. Performers receive Fair tickets in lieu of payment. Visit 2013 forms page and fill out the performance application or call the fairgrounds at 209-736-2561.

Dr Suess and Poetry at the Copper Library

Full Moon Tonight 3-25-13

Local Crooner Josh Pfeiffer to Perform at Gallo Center for the Arts


Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:00PM
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

Benefit Concert featuring pop/jazz artist Josh Pfeiffer. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity, and American Red Cross.

Pfeiffer has worked with renowned producer, Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Jason Mraz), and an A list of musicians including Gigi Gonaway (Mariah Carey), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Marvin McFadden (Huey Lewis), and Paul Hass (Prince, Lifehouse) many of whom are featured in his live shows. Pfeiffer has won "Individual Outstanding Musicianship Awards" at Jazz Festivals all over the state of California, and was recently named a 2012 "Platinum Entertainer" by "Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine".

Board of Supervisors 2-26-13 preliminary meeting agenda

February 26, 2013



891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, California

8:00 AM:  Call to Order

1.           CLOSED SESSION:  conference with legal counsel; anticipated litigation-significant exposure to litigation (one case), pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(d)(2);  County Counsel- Board action:

2.           CLOSED SESSION: conference with legal counsel - anticipated litigation – initiation of litigation, (two cases) pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9 (d)(4); County Counsel - Board action.

9:00 AM:   Pledge of Allegiance

Sawmill Lake Public Hearing notice

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the Sawmill Lake Project in Copperopolis on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the afternoon (or soon thereafter).  The hearing will be held at:

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers
Government Center
891 Mt. Ranch Road
San Andreas, California 95249

Full Text of Title 20.20 Short Term Vacation Rental Lake Tulloch

Full text of Ammendment to Tilte 20.20 Lake Tulloch Short Term Rental to be visited at the 3-12-13 Board of Supervisors meeting

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Honor the Fallen

Once again the Copper Gazette is beyond happy to state that according to US Central Command there have been no military casualties since January 20, 2013.

The People Behind The Sacrifice

At a Glance

Listed below are the most current statistics according to our database. *These statistics may not reflect exact figures.

Deaths by Branch

Deaths by Age

Deaths by Conflict

  • Air Force: 143
  • Army: 4802
  • Coast Guard: 1
  • Marine Corps: 1461
  • Navy: 224
  • 18-22: 2421
  • 23-28: 2319
  • 28-35: 1375
  • 35-45: 775
  • 45+: 144
  • Operation Enduring Freedom: 2161
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4403
  • Operation New Dawn: 67

Total: 6631

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Calaveras Chamber of Commerce unveils 'Welcome Home' marketing program

The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee is launching the "Welcome Home!"  marketing program to attract new business, new families, and new jobs to Calaveras County.

Welcome Home to Calaveras County, where you can have a beautiful lifestyle, and raise your family in a county with excellent schools, no traffic, very little crime, and a friendly small town rural atmosphere. Let us help you move to Calaveras County. We offer family, individual and business relocation assistance.

The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce will help you find the appropriate location for your business, from high-tech, industrial, retail or professional office space, we know where the properties are available and suitable for your business. We believe in placing the appropriate business in the appropriate location.

Town Square Spring Fest

Poll Results

What is your stand on the Lake Tulloch Short Term Rental ordinance currently being considered for adoption by the Board of Supervisors?

19 Yes

15 No

7 Need more information 

Weekend Weather

  • 2-23-13
  • Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
  • Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light north after midnight.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind.
  • Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph after midnight.

Karaoke at the Old Corner 2-23-13

Assemblymember Olsen Proposes Panic Alarm for Schools

Olsen proposes panic alarms for schools
Bill looks to enhance student safety and emergency response on campus

SACRAMENTO –– Today, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) introduced Assembly Bill 1076 to equip every regularly used classroom and other widely used school campus spaces with panic buttons that instantly alert law enforcement in the event of a campus emergency.

 “There is no question that we all have a heightened sense of school safety inadequacies right now,” said Olsen, “and it’s important that we move to implement measures that will address the ability of schools and administrators to respond quickly in the event of an emergency. Installing panic alarms will alert others on campus and shorten the response time for emergency personnel, especially on large campuses.”

Sawmill Lake Agenda Submittal

Agenda submittal CLICK HERE

Updated 2-24-13

VFW Ladies Auxiliary holding a bakeless bake sale

If you would like to help support our local VFW Post 12118 Ladies Auxiliary please send a check or money order made out to VFW 1218 Ladies Auxiliary and mail to:
Shirley Burk - Treasurer
13564 Colina Way
LaGrange, CA   95329

Recipes by Nate - Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce 
  • 1/3 cup red wine 
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin 
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/3 cup sour cream 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard powder 
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives (optional)

Recipes by Nate - Mashed Jalapeno-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Jalapeno-Cilantro Sweet Potatoes
  •   2 sweet potatoes
  •   1 whole jalapeno pepper
  •   1/4 cup softened butter
  •   1/4 cup orange juice
  •   1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
         2 ablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces

Friday, February 22, 2013

Operation Cookie Drop

Here is a wonderful way for you to send our troops a taste of home. When you buy your Girl Scout cookies, you can also have some sent to our Troops. Just ask about it where you buy your cookies and they will send them for you. What a wonderful way to help the Girl Scouts and also our Troops.

Copperopolis Red Cross Disaster Training volunteers needed

Stand-up Comedy at the Sports Pub TONIGHT!! 2-22-13

Prime Rib at the Old Corner

Sonora PD press release re: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

20 February 2013, at approx. 1:48 pm, a subject called the Sonora Police Department from the 100 block of Linoberg and reported that someone had just drove off from his residence, pulling his trailer, which had been locked up at his residence.
An Officer in the area observed the stolen trailer being towed by a 2006 Chevy Tahoe. The Officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who he recognized from prior contacts as Danny McLaughlin, 35 of Sonora. A warrants check on McLaughlin showed he had three active “No Bail” warrants for his arrest, all of which were drug related.

Spring is on her way

Despite the recent snow and bitter frost...Spring is showing her beautiful colors.

'The Buddy Holly Story' at Sierra Rep opening March 2, 2013

The man. The legend. The music. BUDDY tells the story of how the gifted Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist with a show that features Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, plus more than twenty of Holly's greatest hits including “Peggy Sue,” “That'll be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On” and “Maybe Baby.” BUDDY has had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe. Now the world's most successful rock n' roll musical is ready to explode on the SRT stage in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza. 

WHEN: March 2 – April 21 (Gala Opening March 2; General Public Opening March 3)

WHERE: East Sonora Theatre -- 13891 Mono Way Sonora, CA 95370

PRICES: $26 to $32 General admission; Child, group, senior and student discounts available

BOX OFFICE: (209) 532-3120