Friday, May 31, 2013

Electronis Waste Recycling Event

The CHS Earth Club would like to invite you to get rid of your old, broken electronics to be recycled! This event will take place on Saturday June 1 from 9am - 1pm in the lower parking lot of Calaveras High school. E-Waste contains a variety of toxins which leech into the environment when thrown into landfills and not properly disposed of. Please bring the items to CHS to be recycled. This event offers you an easy way to recycle any electronic device that is not useful or is no longer working. Such items include televisions, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, radios, record players, tape players, CD players, DVD players, telephones (landlines and cell), answering machines, copiers. Pretty much anything electronic! Items NOT able to be recycled are batteries, smoke detectors, x-ray equipment, fluorescent lights and ballasts. All you need to do is bring your e-waste items to Calaveras High School on June 1 and drop them off, no cost to you. Onsite Electronics Recycling will be gathering the e-waste and hauling it off. Please take advantage of this local, convenient event in San Andreas to help ensure electronics are recycled and not tossed into our landfills. The members of the Calaveras High Earth Club would like to thank the community members for continuing efforts to recycle not only electronics but also glass, plastic, aluminum and plastic bags.

Sportsmen's Swap Meet at Black Creek Park 6-1-13

Murphys Angels Lions Club Car Show 6-29-13

Prime Rib TONIGHT at the Old Corner Saloon 5-31-13

Ladies Auxliary Community Potluck a tasty treat

On May 27, 2013 after the Flag Raising Ceremony performed by the VFW Post 12118 held at the Copperopolis Cemetery the Ladies Auxiliary invited the community to a potluck at Blackcreek Park.

The event was not only to create a community atmosphere on Memorial Day but to introduce the community to the Ladies Auxiliary and let them know of their presence.

Approximately 50 to 70 people were served a veritable smorgasbord of chicken, ham, deviled eggs, tossed salad, macaroni salad, brussel sprouts, garlic bread, cake, cookies, fresh fruit, spaghetti, pasta, and much more. Not a single person left hungry.

Chairman of the event and treasurer Shirley Burke expressed great thanks to all the volunteers who helped and the community that came out to support them.

Beef Stew by Nate Bruce

  •    3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  •    2 teaspoons salt, divided
  •    1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  •    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  •    1/4 cup butter
  •    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  •    1 onion, chopped
  •   1 (8 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  •   3 cups water

The weekend will be heating up

  • 5-31-13
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.
  • Friday Night Clear, with a low around 59. North wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Saturday Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the morning.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 94.
  • Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 63.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Estate Sale

Estate Sale June 1,2,& 3
8Am to 6PM 544 Innocent Way 
Poker Flat.

Old Corner truck takes a pre-parade test drive

Before Odie places his prize 'bar-room girls' on the back of his Old Corner flat bed circa 1930 truck for the Copperopolis Homecoming Parade he and his friends took it out for a spin to get rid of any bugs. First note made was that it seats two...not three.

Watch for his Old Corner Saloon entry and wave at 'his girls'.

Below is a shot of the 2012 Old Corner 'bar-room girls' and their 'madam'.

CFPD 5-31-13 board meeting agenda

Copperopolis, CA  95228
209 785-2393 – FAX 209 785-2423

May 31, 2013
@ 9:00 A.M.

Director Maness,  Director Marks, Director Andress, Director Gouzenne, Director Andersen

Please Note:  The Board of Directors offers the public to speak to specific agenda items during the time the agenda item is discussed by the Board. The Board also allows the opportunity for the public to speak on non-agenda items during “public comments” prior to the conclusion of the meeting. Comments are limited to five minutes per individual and five minutes for speakers representing an organization.  The Board may not make any decision related to non-agendized items until the next Board meeting.


Pledge Of Allegiance
I.                  Call To Order – Roll Call
II.               Old Business  
A.    Closed Session:  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6:  Evaluation of Unrepresented Employee – Fire Chief
    III.      Adjournment

Next Regular Board Meeting
June 13, 2013
@ 6:30 P.M.

CFPD, in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requests individuals who require specific accommodations to access, attend or participate in the Board Meeting due to a disability, to please contact the Fire Chief at (209) 785-2393 at least one business day prior to the scheduled meeting to ensure that the District may assist you. Others with questions concerning this agenda please contact the Fire Chief at (209) 785-2393.

Steve Kovacs, Fire Chief 
Jeff Millar, Battalion Chief

Just another day in paradise...

Twisted Oak Concert Series presents David Lindley and Joe Craven

What: Twisted Folk Concert Series Presents: David Lindley, with special guest,
Joe Craven

Where: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Hwy 4, Vallecito
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 7:30pm. Gates open 6:30pm

Old Corner offering more lunch fare to please your palate

Memorial for Nynette Michael Barnes

Nynette Michael Barnes – 47
Nynette Michael Barnes passed away at the UC Davis Medical Center on May 23, 2013 surrounded in prayer by her loving family. At her side during her last rights, and in her final hours were her parents Larry and Sherry Barnes, Brother Mark with his wife & family, her best friend and love Mike Bledsoe and family, Uncle Barry, Aunt Gracie and cousins Cheryl and Erin. Grandma Virginia Jean Olmstead and Aunt Terrea Roberson also stopped in to pray and hold her hand. She is survived by many other aunts, uncles and cousins in the Barnes and Roberson families, and friends that live in distant cities across the country. She has touched the hearts of so many in her travels through life and will be missed by them all.

TC Outlaw Football at Bret Harte 6-01-13

Youngs IGA weekly ad for 5-29-13 thru 6-4-13

To view IGA weekly ad for 5-29-13 thru 6-4-14 CLICK HERE

Inmate Death at Mule Creek State Prison Under Investigation

IONE– Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide due to injuries received during an apparent in-cell disturbance on Tuesday, May 28.

Inmate Orlando Carbonell, 50, was pronounced dead this morning at MCSP after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell.

CHP press release re: 57,000 Distracted Driving Month Tickets in April; Cell Phone Usage Rate Down

(Sacramento, CA) – More than 57,000 drivers were ticketed for handheld cell phone talking or texting during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The citations written by CHP
officers as well as over 250 local law enforcement agencies across the state match the number handed to drivers in last year’s April campaign. The monthly number of cell phone tickets outside of this special high visibility enforcement averages 36,000 violations. Over 3,500 citations were
handed out for other types of distracted driving violations. 

Sonora PD press release re: identity theft arrest

28 May 2013, at approx. 7:07 pm, a vehicle on the 700 block of Mono Way attracted the attention of an Officer, as the license plate had been altered by using Whiteout to alter one of the letters on the license plate.
The Officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver and passenger who were identified as Thomas Maloy, 36 (Driver) and Kenny Henson, 25 (Passenger), both of Modesto.
A checked revealed that Maloy’s driver’s license was suspended. During a search of Henson, a checkbook was located with the name Brandon Lee on it. All the checks inside the checkbook had different account and routing numbers on them for several different accounts, along with the driver’s license numbers of the victims for each account.

SNAC Paddle Fest

Bullfrog Cheerleaders bake sweets to raise funds

On Saturday May 25, 2013 the Bullfrog cheerleaders of Copperopolis held a bake sale to help raise funds for their cheer-leading program.

To learn more about becoming an AMA Cheerleader or how you can help visit

Find the perfect gift at Copper Proper

Do you need to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? A wedding gift? A birthday present? Or just something to spoil yourself?
Drop by Fran's Copper Proper in downtown Town Square Copperopolis to find just what you have been searching for. Copper Proper has everything from home and garden decor to soft, sensuous creams, lotions and bath products to pamper yourself. Bedding, candles, children's gifts and more.

For more information about Copper Proper visit

Bark n Bubbles will pet sit while you shop


 Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.
Please let us pet sit your dog while you shop in the Lake Tulloch Plaza.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Copperopolis Honors Our Heros on Memorial Day

A small crowd gathered in Copperopolis Cemetery on Memorial Day 2013 to commemorate the day with a flag-raising and wreath laying ceremony. While many chose to join the group, some preferred the solitude of the cemetery to pay their respects to those they had lost – to honor their memory silently.

The James D Piper VFW Post 12118 hosts the yearly event for the community with participation from the VFW Post 12118 Ladies Auxiliary and the Copper Hills 4H. 

After a short welcome speech by Commander Al Gilbert the ceremony commenced with respectful silence as VFW Officers slowly raised the flag. Military personnel representing WWII, Korea, and Vietnam were present and accounted for in pressed shirts and crisp covers. The salute taught to them in their youth still fresh in their minds as they proudly saluted their American flag, the same flag they had fought for, the same flag some of their friends had died for. 

Art, Jazz & Wine on the Square

Hot Rods and Harleys Poker Run for 'Support the Troops' care packages

Road work to continue on Little John

According to the CalTrans Road Works schedule structural dig out of Little John Road will continue through the week 5-27-13 to 5-31-13.

Memorial Service for Nynette Barnes 6-2-13

A memorial service will be held on June 2, 2013 at the Calypso Bay Clubhouse for Nynette Barnes who passed away May 23, 2013.

Nynette leaves behind: her parents Larry and Sherry Barnes, grandmother Jeane Olmstead, Aunt Terrea Roberson and uncle Chick Roberson, brother Mark, sister-in-law Amber, their three children Baylee, Chloe and Kole, along with her boyfriend Mike Bledsoe and his family.

People are welcome to send flowers or live plants to 31 Selene Way. The flowers and plants will be placed in the clubhouse the day of the ceremony.

Obituary to follow soon.

May you rest in peace Nynette.

Salt Spring Valley Reservoir Powerboat Races

Copper Kids score in the Countywide Math Bowl

Jackson Dodds and Shane Humphrey took home third place in the fifth grade math huddle, a two person team solving 25 problems, with 25 minutes to work independently and 15 to compile their answers together to submit. The duo got 13 out of 25 correct. The winning team got 15 out of 25 correct.

Traysen Caywood and Eden Strauch both placed fourth in the fifth grade blitz, a forty minute timed event, each scoring 39 out of 50 questions correctly.

Congratulations Copper Math whizzes!!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Copperopolis Museum Open June 1, 2013

The Copperopolis Historical museum is only open to the public one day per year at their annual Homecoming Celebration... that means this Saturday folks!

Upon entering the museum one feels as if they have stepped back through time. The smell is of metal, dust and old leather is a heady scent. The first sight is of a glorious carriage circa late 1800's. Past the carriage is a part of history some people living here still remember today. It is the original post office boxes. The Post Office was located in what is now the gift store of the Union Mine Store. If you are lucky enough to meet up with local town historian elect Ed Gouzenne he may just show you his P.O. box. He can't remember the combination, but there is no need.

Just a few short steps away there is a miniature replica of the older Copper mines. In working order. Past the 'to scale' Copper mine lay equipment of all sorts. From obvious mining helmets, to tools rusted and dulled by use and time that makes one wonder how it was indeed used. The lunch pail used by the miners is creative in its use, the lid is actually the bowl.

Along with the tools was a modern convenience, the telephone.
If you make it to the 2013 Copperopolis Homecoming you won't want to miss the museum. There is more to learn and see than what is written here.

Reported Vehicle Accident O'Byrnes and Thompson

7:21 5-28-13
A vehicle accident has been reported at O'Byrnes and Thompson, vehicle vs power line.
Emergency crews responding.
Please use caution if in the area.

Art, Jazz and Wine on the square - Food art competition form

Tuolumne County Sheriff press release re: found body to be that of missing 91 year old man

            On 05-25-13, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office received a Silver Alert from CHP, which was generated by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. The alert was for a missing elderly adult with the beginning stage of dementia. There was no known destination; the information was to be on the look out for the missing person and if located, stop, and inform Stanislaus County.
            On 05-27-13, at about 0900 hrs, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from a citizen who reported finding a body while wood cutting in the forest. A Patrol Deputy and Sheriff’s Coroner responded to a location off of forest road 3N01 between Cotton Wood Rd and the Long Barn Area. 

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opens Friday, May 31 at Sierra Repertory Theater

Dance partners shine in razor-sharp comedy

When dance teacher Michael Minetti first meets his elderly student Lily Harrison in her Florida-coast high rise, it seems pretty clear these two will barely make it past ‘Hello,’ let alone their first full lesson. Besides their 30-year age difference, they clash at every turn. A former teacher and minister’s wife, she’s guarded, uptight and suspicious. A former Broadway dancer, he blurts out jokes and insults and swings from glib to desperate to nonchalant in 10 seconds flat. It’s fun to watch, but how will they make it through a six-week dance course? That’s the hilarious and touching journey that unfolds in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, a new comedy that opens at Sierra Rep’s East Sonora Theatre stage May 31.
Rich Miller Photography

'Dance of the Planets' photo by Jack Forkner

A fairly unique phenomena taking place until May 30.  The planets are visible near the western horizon just after sunset.  They change position slightly each day, hence the name.

Cool weather with higher temps toward the weekend

  • 5-28-13
  • Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.
  • Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. North northwest wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5 to 9 mph.
  • Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 83. West northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 91.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Copper Fire fills their boots for the Food Pantry

On May 25, 2013 the staff - volunteer and paid - of Copperopolis Fire Protection District along with representatives from the Copperopolis VFW Post 12118 and the Food Pantry held a 'Fill the Boot' event at the Lake Tulloch Plaza.

Twice yearly the CFPD holds this event on Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. According to past years this event is the largest fund raiser for the Copperopolis Food Pantry. With the number of families served through the food pantry rising monthly the funds raised by CFPD are needed and well used.

At the 2012 Labor Day event the 'fill the boot' raised approximately $2500.00, at the Memorial Day 2013 'fill the boot' the community pulled together and donated $3,137.26!!!!

Volunteer Firefighter Association President Don Rollings expressed his thankfulness to all personnel involved and the community at large.

Prime Rib at the Old Corner

Copperopolis Homecoming June 1, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
1,346,142 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped one foot this week, and is currently at 986 ft. above sea level and 101 ft. from full.  The average water temperature is 68-72 degrees.  The lake is stained with mud lines forming near the shore in the afternoon.

Fair.  There have been some nice trout being caught. Early morning and late in the evening the trout will move toward the surface to feed.  Trolling anglers try long lining a small F5 Rapala, or a small square-billed crank bait 150-200' behind the boat.  As the sun rises drop your baits down to deeper/cooler water. There have been some really impressive browns being caught. To target them try trolling 2-3 mph, with shad patterned spoons, or shad patterned jointed baits. Also, try rolling frozen shad in 30-50' over the main river channel. We do encourage catch and release of brown trout, as the Department of Fish and Game is no longer going to plant them in the lake.  Bank anglers have been catching a few trout using a Power Egg/crawler combo or fan casting a Kastmaster. Fly Fisherman, head to local rivers, streams, and creeks. Try using nymphs and buggers midday.  Switch a dry fly for some evening surface activity.   
Scout, Hunter, and Tanner Holguin had a fun day catching kokannee. They reported catching them on pink hoochies, trolling between Glory Hole Point and the spillway.

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Most Wanted

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department is asking for assistance in locating Coyle John Tracy. He is a 30 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6’01” and weighs approx. 200 pounds. He is wanted on Felony charges of Spousal Abuse.
Please note that Coyle John Tracy is being sought to face these charges in court. He has not been convicted of these offenses.

If you see Coyle John Tracy , DO NOT approach or contact him. Please call the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department immediately at (209) 533-5815.

Copper Kids Place Well at County Fair - by Megan Borzone


Duncan Welch had the honor of winning Advanced Alpaca Showmanship! Duncan also recieved 2nd place on the Public Relations course, 3rd place in the packing course, and 4th place in the obstacle course. Duncan's alpaca won Junior Champion.
Pearl Rollings got 1st in Novice showmanship, and moved up to Intermediate, where she got 2nd. 
Paula Myers recieved 3rd place in Advanced showmanship. She also got 1st in all of the courses with her alpaca- the Public Relations course, packing course, and obstacle course. On Paula's obstacle course, Paula had an almost PERFECT score, recieving a 99 out of 100. Paula recieved Intermediate Champion.
Levi Rollings recieved 2nd in Advanced showmanship, and did very well on the obstacle courses.
Peyton Whaley recieved 4th place in Advanced showmanship, 5th place on the Public Relations course, 2nd place in the obstacle course, and 2nd place in the packing course. Peyton recieved Intermediate Reserve Champion.
Dairy Goats
Cooper Morlan recieved 3rd in Novice showmanship and also got Junior Champion Dairy Goat!
Rocco Griffith and Niccolo Griffith did great. Both mini members recieved four ribbons.
Taylor Myers showed two goats at the fair. Her goats got Grand and Reserve Grand Champions, and Supreme Grand and Reserve Supreme Grand Champions.
Mandy Cox did wonderful at fair.With her horse Rambo, she got 5th place in Advanced showmanship. Mandy also recieved Junior High Point Reserve Champion.
Megan Borzone and her horse, Lexi had a wonderful fair as well. They got 1st place in Advanced showmanship, and won Senior High Point Champion. Megan competed in Large Animal Round Robin.
Paula Myers  got 3rd place in Intermediate showmanship with her lamb and recieved 4th place in the Rate of Gain contest.
Megan Borzone got 2nd place in Intermediate showmanship, so she moved up to Advanced showmanship, where she got 6th place. Her lamb got 1st place in her weight class, Reserve Champion 4-H Lamb, and went into the Grand Supreme Champion class, where she got 3rd place.
Peyton Whaley raised two lambs this year.One of her lambs was a donation lamb, which meant that all of the proceeds that the lamb raised went to the fair. The donation lamb got 4th place in its weight class, and Peyton's other lamb recieved 2nd place in its weight class. Her two lambs got 2nd and 3rd in the Weight of Gain contest. Peyton recieved 8th place in Advanced showmanship.
Taylor Myers got 5th place in the Rate of Gain contest.
Colby Westberg recieved 2nd place in his weight class.
Dakota Morlan got 1st place in Intermediate showmanship, and moved up to Advanced showmanship, where she got 2nd. She showed her pig in the feeder pig class and got 1st place.
Taylor Westberg, Colby Westberg, and Brady Westberg brought a total of 26 pigs to the fair. One of the pigs recieved Champion 4-H Pig, and another of their pigs won County Bred Champion.
Mallory Wainwright got 4th place in Novice showmanship.

Trish Welch received 1st in Novice Showmanship and 2nd in Obedience.

Taylor Meyers received a 5th in showmanship.
Congratulations to everyone who competed at fair!
By, Megan Borzone  

updated 5-27-13 4:15 pm

Board of Supervisors 5-28-13 preliminary meeting agenda

May 28, 2013


On the website, items with supporting documentation may be linked for viewing.


891 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas, California

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 209/754-6370 at least 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting.  Notification in advance will allow reasonable arrangements to be made to ensure accessibility to this meeting.  Government Code §54954.2(a).

The agenda packet and supporting documentation are available for public review in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, during regular business hours.

8:30 AM:   Call to Order


1.      CLOSED  SESSION:  conference with legal counsel; anticipated litigation - significant exposure to litigation - Claim No. 2013-03 -  Ellen L. McFall, pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2); County Counsel – Board action.

9:00 AM:   Pledge of Allegiance

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM:  PUBLIC COMMENT
Any item of interest to the public that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board and is not posted on the Consent or Regular agendas may be addressed during the Public Comment period.  California law prohibits the Board from taking action on any matter which is not posted on the agenda unless it is determined to be an emergency by the Board of Supervisors.  If Public Comment is not completed during the allotted time period, it will be continued at the conclusion of the Regular Agenda in order to provide an opportunity for the remainder of comments to be heard. 

Memorial Day flag raising ceremony TODAY 5-27-13 Coperopolis Cemetery

The James D Piper VFW Post 12118 of Copperopolis will be holding a community flag raising ceremony 5-27-13 at 10am at the Copperopolis Cemetery.
The event, open to the whole community, will be followed by the placing of American flags on the veterans graves at rest within the cemetery.

Following the ceremony the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a community potluck at Blackcreek Park. Open to the community.

Memorial Day - a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.