Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Win a pair of Justin Cowboy boots at Turners Wild West in Angels Camp

Who's ready to win a new pair of JUSTIN cowboy boots? Get your name in for the FREE drawing at the office at Frogtown or at Turners Wild West in Downtown Angels Camp. We are thrilled that Turners is sponsoring this giveaway and continues to sponsor the Fair! Winner will be picked May 10th at High Noon.
For more information on Turners visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turners-Wild-West/124955870915879

Mark Twain School Public Hearing on Tier III Funds

Letter from Sheriff Kuntz

Sheriff Gary Kuntz: Thank You Calaveras County for Your Support

(San Andreas, CA) Sheriff Gary Kuntz and the staff at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Calaveras County community, its citizens, and to the many governmental agencies that have assisted us during the investigation into Leila Fowler’s death. The selfless support that we have received, including investigative related leads pertaining to the on-going investigation, food and beverages, land and building use and other logistical resources demonstrates the highest standards of family values and partnerships that we have all created and maintain throughout Calaveras County. Again, Sheriff Gary Kuntz and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office recognize the hardships and want to thank all those who have offered their support during this difficult time in our community.

Hot Copper Car Show 5-4-13

(Copperopolis, California – March 20, 2013)  The Hot Copper Car Show, one of the region’s  largest car shows will be held May 4th in Copper Town Square on Highway 4 in Copperopolis. More than 300 cars from classics to unique sports cars will be featured in the show from throughout northern California. Last year’s show attracted a record number of cars.
            The acres of cars will stretch all over the picturesque Copper Town Square area with its recreated old time village of shops and wonderful village green and gazebo.
            The car show is a great experience for auto enthusiasts to families. The sponsors, the Lake Tulloch Lions Club, will feature live music, raffles, and food and drinks beginning with breakfast at 8 am and continuing with lunch.  The show concludes at 4.00
            Registration is now open for car owners and vendor spaces. There will be dash plates for the first 150 registrants. To register or reserve a vendor space call Ron Massei at (209) 785-4288 or Ken Osteen (209)785-8932. Information is also available on line including a downloadable registration form at www.laketullochlions.org. Pre-Registration deadline is April 26th for $20.00 and day of show registration is $25.00 Vendor spaces are available at $35.00.

P.O. Box 552  Copperopolis, Ca 95288 - (209) 785-4288   www.laketullochlions.org

Copperopolis Elementary looking for a few good sports folks

Copperopolis Elementary is looking for an athletic director.
Duties include:
organizing sporting events
supervising coaches
obtaining referees
This position receives a stipend.
Also looking for a boys basketball coach
fall season sport for 5th and 6th grade tams.
This position receives a stipend.

Runner to Hold Fire Fee Tele-Townhall

SACRAMENTO – George Runner will hold a teleconference townhall on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. regarding the confusing and controversial Fire Prevention Fee.

“Many of my constituents have expressed concern about the fairness and cost of this new tax,” Runner said. “As their elected taxpayer advocate, it’s important for me to hear their concerns and keep them apprised of the latest developments.”

Twisted Oak Concert - Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

What: Twisted Folk Concert Series Presents: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Where: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Hwy 4, Vallecito
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 7:30pm. Gates open 6:30pm.

Ticket information:
Tickets: $25 advance ($22 club members), or $30 at the gate, if available.
Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
For more info, or to purchase tickets:  209-736-9080, twistedoak.com/concerts

Barrel of Monkeez memberships now available

VFW Officers Sworn In

On April 28, 2013, what would have been Jim Piper's 66th birthday, the James D Piper VFW Post 12118 of Copperopolis had the honor of swearing in their officers to serve for the coming year. The post is only one year old and has made their mark not only in the District but in the State with their commitment to community and veterans.

If you would like more information about the VFW Post 12118 or the Auxiliary please contact Commander Gilbert at coppervfw@gmail.com

Post 12118 Officers for 2013 - 2014
Commander: Al Gilbert
Sr. Vice Commander: Don Shand
Jr. Vice Commander: Al Putney
Quartermaster: Gary Taylor
Adjutant: Ralph Murphy
Chaplin: Richard Westberg
Judge Advocate: Richard Dost
Surgeon: Larry Phillips
3yr Trustee: Mel Ogg
2yr Trustee; Tony Alexander
1yr Trustte: Jay Hennell
Officer of the Day: Dan Thomas
Guard: Richard Meyer

Ladies Auxiliary
Diana Shand, President
Lynne Ernst, Senior Vice President
Ashley Gilbert, Junior Vice President
Shirley Burk, Treasurer
Lucy Speed, Secretary
Susan Putney, Chaplain
Eva Murphy, Conductrous
Elaine Thomas, Guard
Judy Horn-Taylor, 3-Year Trustee
Michelle Phillips, 2-Year Trustee
Sandra Gilbert, 1-Year Trustee

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sheriff Dept Update on Leila Fowler Case (video)

To view the April 29, 2013 8 pm Sheriff Dept Update on the Leila Fowler case from thepinetree.net CLICK HERE

Sheriff Dept Press release re: Briefing on homicide case in Valley Springs

New Melones Fishing report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
1,472,364 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped five feet this week, and is currently at 1000 ft. above sea level and 87 ft. from full.  Water temperature is warming daily with the average being 62-64 degrees and some parts of the lake 68-70 degrees in the afternoon. The lake is clear, to slightly stained with some debris floating on the surface.  

Trout: Fair.The trout are starting to show up in main lake pockets and over the river channel. The trout are targeting large balls of shad in deep and shallow water. The trout will feed heavily on these bait balls during the late spring and summer months. Watch for surface activity, once you locate feeding fish try casting a shad patterned lure toward them. Trolling anglers try using your electronics to find these large balls of shad. The trout will be near them waiting for a few to stray away from the school. Use shad patterned Needlefish, Excel spoons, and Rapalas, to target these fish. The brown trout bite has been good for a few weeks now. 
1Robert Metz, Josh Ainsworth, and Tom Turner caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce brown on an Apex, along with a handful of kokanee

Angels Camp PD logs 4-19-13 thru 4-25-13

To view Angels Camp PD logs from 4-19-13 thru 4-25-13 CLICK HERE

Valley Springs Homicide press release #5

Homicide Investigation Involving Child Victim in Valley Springs

The Sheriff’s Office has no new significant information to report.

The California Attorney General along with the California Department of Justice contacted the Sheriff’s Office and offered their support. They have prioritized the processing of the evidence taken in this case.

There is no further information at this time.

Unless there is a significant development in this case, there will be no press conference or additional media release until late this afternoon or evening.

Italian Hair Extensions at the Beautique / Penninsula Hair Extensions in Town Square

Peninsula Hair Extensions Copperopolis! Custom Color Strand-by-Strand Italian Hair! And it's affordable!

Copper Parks n Recs spring flea market 5-11-13

Hello friends and neighbors, 

It's time for the semi-annual Copper Parks & Rec Flea Market!

The event will be on Saturday, May 11 from 8am to 2pm at the Town Square. Details are included in the attached flyer. Also attached are the required registration form and liability waiver. Please complete both documents and return with your registration fee to Copper Parks & Rec at PO Box 481 or drop in the box at the Copper Valley Realty office in the Town Square.

Yellow Ribbons for our service men and women

Do you have a son, daughter, or relative curently serving in the armed forces?
The Copper Gazette will proudly place a yellow ribbon on our front page with their name and service affiliation.
We are proud of our military and their service.

Calaveras County looking for Firefighter volunteers

Calaveras County has a new CAO

Starting in May, Calaveras County will have a new county administrative officer. Lori Norton, current deputy county administrator for Sonoma County, was selected from more than 30 applicants who applied for the position after former CAO Jeanne Boyce stepped down in December of last year.
To read full Enterprise article by Kristine Williams CLICK HERE

Homicide update#4 Sheriff Dept press release

April 28, 2013
Time: 1900 Hrs
Release Number:#4
Homicide Investigation Involving Child Victim in Valley Springs
Update: 7:00 pm
The search for a suspect in this case has continued overnight and through the day today.
Overnight Sheriff’s Detectives and members of the California DOJ Bureau of Forensic
Services executed a Search Warrant at the home
where the homicide occurred. Evidence was collected at the scene including fingerprints and what investigators believe is DNA.
At this same time Detectives were conducting follow up interviews with witnesses and
family members. Members of the Calaveras County Search & Rescue Te
am assisted in an area search for evidence. Also at this same time, teams comprised of both uniform and plain clothes deputies, officers and agents were conducting wide spread searches and following up on in progress tips and leads.
There is no specific suspect at this time.
There have been in excess of 100 members of the law enforcement community working
on this case.
The Sheriff’s Office has been in touch with the local school district. We have notified
the district about this case and the circumstances surrounding the reports.
The Sheriff’s Office will have an increased and very visible presence at both school bus
stops and the local schools on Monday April 29th.
The victim in this case is Leila Fowler who was 8 years old. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow Monday April 29, 2013. The family in this case has asked that if anyone has any information to please come forward.

VFW Flea market brings in the dough and awareness

On Saturday April 27, 2013 VFW Post 12118 of Copperopolis held a flea market to help raise funds for their fledgling post. Much to the excitment of the group, they not only raised funds, they raised community awareness. Apparently many people in the community didn't know of their existence in the town prior to seeing thier sign proudly displayed over their wares.

Though the group has thrown community bbqs, a veteran day parade, spaghetti feeds, flag raising ceremonies and more, it seems that they are still a well kept secret in town and this flea market helped get their name out there.

If you are interested in more information about the VFW or the ladies auxiliary please contact Commander Al Gilbert at coppervfw@gmail.com

Hot trend in Copper - possible 95 by Friday

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Candlelight vigil for Leila Fowler

A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. at the Jenny Lind Elementary School (field) for Lelia Fowler 8 of Valley Springs. Please bring pink or purple ribbon and white candles. Please try to carpool, as parking is limited. The family will be setting up a Leila Fowler memorial. Account information will be released when notified. Donation cans will be available at the vigil. Please show your support for the family and the loss of their precious daughter. Family will be present. Please share this event. Thank you!!

Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo on the Death of Leila Fowler

To view the you tube video of Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo on the Death of Leila Fowler from thepinetree.net CLICK HERE

“The Sheriff’s Office will have an increased and very visible presence at both school bus stops and the local schools on Monday April 29th.” 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Vehicle fire reported at Stallion and hwy 4

4-28-13 11:28 am
A vehicle fire has been reported at 11:28 at Stallion Way and Hwy 4.
Emergency crews responding, please use caution if in the area.

Thank you Millar family for the photo.

Manhunt continues in Valley Springs homicide

Honor the Fallen 4-9-13 thru 4-21-13

Army Pfc. Barrett L. Austin

Died April 21, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

20, of Easley, S.C.; assigned to 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died April 21 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device April 17 in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Advisory: Homicide investigation and search underway in Valley Springs area.

The Calaveras County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating the homicide of a nine year old child at a residence on Rippon Road in Valley Springs. Multiple law enforcement agencies are currently searching the area for a suspect described as a White or Hispanic male, with longer gray hair, six foot tall, muscular build, last seen wearing a black long sleeved shirt and blue pants. This suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Residents in the area are being advised via Reverse 911 and Nixle mass notification systems to lock their doors and report suspicious activity. If you see someone in the area matching the suspect’s description, report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Office and call 9-1-1.

This is an active investigation with a search of the area and neighborhood canvassing underway. There is no further information at this time and more information will be provided at 8 pm tonight.

Sheriff Dept Press release re:Alert: Suspect wanted in Valley Springs/Rancho area, consider dangerous,

The Sheriff's Office is currently looking for a wanted suspect in the Valley Springs/Rancho Calaveras area. Suspect is described as a six foot tall, white or hispanic male, long gray hair, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, considered armed and dangerous.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents in the area to shelter in place, lock your doors, and report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office. More information will follow when it is available.

If you see someone matching the suspect's description, please call 9-1-1 and report it immediately.

Viper club cruisin' thru Copper today 4-27-13

Viper club will be cruising at Cruisers around 3 or 4 o'clock today. Come out and see some beautiful cars!

Calaveras Planning Commision 4-25-13 meeting Video

To view the Calaveras Planning Commision 4-25-13 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.

Tulloch Rentals back at BOS 4-23-13

To read full Union Democrat article CLICK HERE
Article accessed through Community Action Project.

CAL FIRE Stresses Preparedness Due to Lack of Rain Fire Activity up Over 45 Percent

– An early increase in fire activity has CAL FIRE looking at the lack of rainfall as anindicator of a potentially higher fire threat this summer. Since the beginning of the year, CAL FIRE has
responded to over 680 wildfires, which is more than 200 over the average for this time of year.
“Our firefighters have responded to an increased number of wildfires due to the very little rainfall we have received over the past few months,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “Last week in Southern California we increased our staffing and moved our airtankers to their bases, which was needed as we saw several large wildfires over the weekend.” 

Ponte Town Hall Photos by Dena McAfee

VFW Post 12118 Yard Sale today!!!! 4-27-13 8 am to 4 pm

Stop by the VFW Post 12118 Yard sale in the Sports Pub parking lot on April 27, 2013. Find some hidden treasures!!

More improper spending found at State level

As California Marks Anniversary of Parks Scandal, New Examples of Improper State Spending Emerge

April marks one year since the public was first made aware of the improper vacation buybacks for staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation.  As the California Budget Fact Check has previously found, this revelation ultimately led to the disclosure that the Department had hid $54 million in taxpayer dollars from the Department of Finance and the Legislature.
Facing increased scrutiny from the Legislature, the news media and citizens groups, one would expect that state government departments would act with greater accountability in the glare of the public eye.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Twisted Oak Summer Concert line-up

Twisted Oak winery, in Vallecito, California, announces its 2013 Twisted Folk Summer Concert Series.  

Looking for something that pairs perfectly with a 2009 Tempranillo, and is more fun than a barrel of rubber chickens? May we suggest a stunning vista overlooking Calaveras County vineyards, a hearty dinner, and a concert under the stars?  The venue at Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito offers a combination of idyllic setting, award-winning wines, and plenty of space to spread out your blanket to enjoy an evening of folk/bluegrass/Americana music, with the iconic Twisted Oak Tree serving as the stage backdrop.

Season passes are now available, as well as tickets for each individual show. Visit www.twistedoak.com/concerts for information and prices.

Kicking off the 2013 Twisted Folk Summer Concert Series is Grammy Award-winning bluegrass legend, Peter Rowan. Peter was eager to return to Twisted Oak this summer, and wanted to bring along his bluegrass band (Keith Little, banjo; Mike Witcher dobro; Paul Knight, bass). Their May 4th performance will come just a few days after the release of their brand new CD, "Old School" (Compass Records).

The complete schedule:

May 4 – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

June 8 – David Lindley, with special guest, Joe Craven

June 29 – Mumbo Gumbo

July 5 – Uncle Bonsai

July 13 – Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks

July 27 – Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys

Aug 2 – The Deadly Gentlemen

Aug 16 – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

All concerts begin at 7:30pm, gates open at 6:30pm. Hot food and Twisted Oak wines will be available for purchase. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or low-back chair for seating. All shows will be held rain or shine. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted.

For questions about featured musicians, contact:  Maria Camillo, mcbooking@gmail.com
For questions about Twisted Oak Winery, contact: Jeff Stai, jds@twistedoak.com