Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blues and bones - BBQ and Blues...what a great combo

On Saturday July 27, 2013 the Bones and Blues Festival was held at Frogtown. Those who turned out in the heat were treated to some mouthwatering bbq and an extremely eclectic selection of bands and music as well as a young up and coming blues guitarist.

The BBQ masters competed for the coveted championship of Blues and Bones title as well as cash prizes. The competition was heavy and the selection varied from prok to chicken and brisket to hot links with a little bit of everything thrown in between.







Spot vegetation fire Salmon Rd



July 30, 2013
13-CATCU 006906                                     CAL FIRE    
CDF Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit Fire Report
Fax #: 754-1959 or call 754-3831



Location (Town, street address, intersection, etc.)

2800 BLOCK SALMON RD, COPPEROPOLIS, CALAVERAS COUNTY

Time of call

0112 HRS

Type of fire (structure, vegetation, vehicle, etc.)

VEGETATION

Units, personnel responding (departments & equipment, i.e. breathing units, air tankers, etc.)

CDF UNITS RESPONDING:

ALTAVILLE: BATTALION CHIEF 4412
COPPEROPOLIS: ENGINE 4462
GREEN SPRINGS: 4468
STANDARD: PREVENTION 4421
BASELINE: HAND CREW 4

LOCAL UNITS RESPONDING:

COPPEROPOLIS FIRE: ENGINE 232, 238

Injuries

NONE

Cause of fire (arson, children playing w/matches, electrical short, etc.)

UNDETERMINED

Damage estimate (breakdown structure/contents)

¼ ACRE GRASS VEGETATION BURNED.

Time to extinguish

INCIDENT CLOSED AT 0416 HRS


CSTARS presents Fiddler on the Roof


Corvette Raffle for St Particks Catholic Church


Payless IGA weekly ad for 7-31-13 thru 8-06-13

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Smokey haze still expected thoughout the day

  • 7-31-13
  • Today Widespread haze. Patchy smoke before 11am. Sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
  • Tonight Widespread haze before 11pm. Clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light northwest after midnight.

Ironstone Vineyards’ Stephen Kautz is Back at the Helm as President Of Calaveras Visitors Bureau

ANGELS CAMP, CA (July 30, 2013)—The Calaveras Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced its 2013-14 board of directors, which includes a complete switch-up among the executive board and the addition of several new leaders from around the county.

The new elected members of the board include Heather Ginn of Cave and Mine Adventures, Sid Marsh of the Ebbetts Pass  Visitors Center and Bears Lair Inn, as well as Jan Hovey of Hovey Winery and Target Marketing who was also appointed to the executive board as vice president.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Night Board of Supervisors meeting

July 30- Board of Supervisors meeting 6:00 pm

Click here for agenda

Aspen Fire still producing smokey haze, now at 14,147 acres 20% contained

  • 7-30-13
  • This Afternoon Widespread haze. Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 88. West wind around 10 mph.
  • Tonight Widespread haze before 11pm. Patchy smoke before 11pm. Clear, with a low around 56. North wind 7 to 13 mph.

 

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,672
Size14,147 acres
Percent Contained20%
Fuels InvolvedTimber with mixed chaparral
Fire BehaviorFire continued to be active throughout the north and east sides of the fire. Temperature is increasing and humidity decreasing.
Significant EventsThe closure of Stump Springs road remains in effect. The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the Kaiser Wilderness. A precautionary evacuation of campgrounds west of the San Joaquin River on Forest Road 4S81 are in place.

Copper Concerts in the Park


Calaveras Arts Council presents music in the park in Angels Camp 7-31-13

July 31
Angels Camp,
Camps Restaurant at
Greenhorn Creek Resort
6:30 - 8 pm
CANTAMOS
Jazz, Folk and Latin
with Super Soprano, Michela MacFarlane Singing in Many Languages

Selma Sattin shares her artistic talent through a free art class at Town Hall Arts

Selma Sattin - a featured artisit of Town Hall Arts - shared her love of nature and her passion for art with children and adults last week at a free watercolor class held at Town Hall Arts.

Selma began her artistic journey after thirty years in the nursing profession. Studying with Murphy's artist Carolyn Macpherson, Selma quickly developed her own style and feel. Today her journey continued with the instruction of sketching, mixing colors and learning the technique 'water color wash' all while using ladybugs, spiders, dragonflies and more as models.




Texas Longhorn Grass Fed Beef available right here in Copper


TEXAS LONGHORN GRASS FED BEEF

                               
For the health-conscious consumer, there is no reason to avoid tender, juicy steaks. Texas Longhorn beef has less calories, less fat and less cholesterol than chicken. For each 3.5 oz. serving (about the size of a deck of cards), Texas Longhorn beef has 114 calories, 3.7 gms. of fat (mostly unsaturated fat) and 48.0 mgs. of cholesterol, compared to 173 calories, 30.0 gms. of fat and 85.7 mgs. of cholesterol for chicken. Also, recent studies have shown that yield/grade, reflecting the leanness of meat, was a full grade better then that of Hereford or Angus cattle because of the greater levels of polyunsaturated fat in Texas Longhorn muscle tissue. Comparisons of the nutritional values of Texas Longhorn cattle have shown that the meat is low in fat, cholesterol and calories and high in protein and nutrients. Texas Longhorn meat will fit into the Federal Government's Dietary Recommendations for a low fat diet. Not to mention, that Texas Longhorn beef tastes great!! It is just naturally flavorful and tastes great by itself or to enhance your favorite recipe. We care about the cattle that we raise and never use artificial growth hormones or stimulants, steroids or antibiotics.

Come on out to our ranch and pick out your Longhorn steer. We can help you arrange for the harvest and recommend a beef processor to cut and wrap your beef, just the way you like it.

For more information visit  J-Bar-H Longhorn Ranch

Hunger Strikes continue in nine State prisons

SACRAMENTO – As of today, 561 inmates in nine state prisons are on a mass hunger strike disturbance, down from 12,421 inmates on July 11, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). An inmate is considered to be on a hunger strike after he has missed nine consecutive meals.

A total of 385 inmates have been on a mass hunger strike continuously since July 8.

CDCR is also releasing additional information on the death of California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) inmate Billy Michael Sell, 32, following inaccurate and misleading statements from hunger strike advocates about the circumstances of his death.

Amendment to require a warrant for NSA to seize phone records fails

AMASH AMENDMENT TO HR 2397 – Requiring a Warrant for NSA Seizure of Phone Records: YES.   This amendment ends NSA’s warrantless seizure of Americans’ phone records.  The Fourth Amendment requires that before the government may seize a person’s private records, it must first show there is probable cause to believe that person has committed a crime and specify what the government is looking for. Yet this critical tenet of our Bill of Rights has been pushed aside in the name of national security. Yes, it would be easier to catch terrorists without the Fourth Amendment -- still easier if we could station a soldier in every home without the Third Amendment.  But we draw some very clear Constitutional lines beyond which the government is forbidden to tread, lest we start down a very slippery slope – as Franklin warned, trading essential liberty for temporary safety until we end up losing both and deserving neither.  The requirement of a search warrant BEFORE seizing a person’s records is one of those lines.  This amendment restores it.

** The amedment failed by a vote of 205 to 217

McClintock : Defending Freedom with Purse Strings

Defending Freedom with Purse Strings
July 23, 2013
 
Mr. Speaker,
 
This has been a summer of alarming revelations that suggest our government is drifting far from the principles of individual liberty and constitutionally limited government that defined the American Founding and that produced the most free and prosperous Republic in the history of mankind.
 
These developments include:
 
The use of the IRS and other government agencies to single out ordinary Americans because of their political beliefs with the apparent intention to discourage and intimidate them out of participating in the public policy debate;
 
The use of the Department of Justice to target reporters who are asking embarrassing questions of the administration – in one case with the threat of prosecution under the Espionage act;

Monday, July 29, 2013

Haze in Copper from Sierra National Forest Fire

he Aspen Fire was discovered on Monday, July 22 burning on the Sierra National Forest- High Sierra Ranger District. The fire is burning below Stump Springs Road north of Aspen Springs.
Additional resources continue to arrive, assisting in fire suppression. Sierra National Forest initial suppression efforts, crews were able to keep the fire from burning into the Kaiser Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6:00 P.M. July 24, 2013. The team is working with the Sierra National Forest to manage suppression efforts.
Smoke from the Aspen Fire is impacting air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are suggested to remain indoors and keep windows closed, to minimize exposure to smoke.
The fire is in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain. There is no imminent threat to the communities of Big Creek or Huntington Lake at this time.
For most recent fire information click on the recent articles on the right.
Road and Trail Closures
Roads:
Stump Springs Road is closed to all traffic due to fire suppression activity.
Minarets Road (4S81) from Fish Creek to Jackass Rock Organization Campground, Grizzly at Beasore Road to Minarets Road are closed to the public. Residents within the road closure are allowed into the area with valid identification.
Trails:
Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order number 15-13-09, the Kaiser Wilderness is closed.
Evacuations

22 fires over the weekend in Northern California due to lightening strikes

According to CALFIRE press release 7-27-13 - Firefighters are battling 22 new fires due to over 1800 lightning strikes in Northern Calif. the last 24 hours.The largest fire is 7 acres.

Summerfest in Copper Town Square 8-11-13


Beautiful weather this week Copper

  • 7-29-13
  • Today Sunny, with a high near 90. Light south southwest wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tonight Clear, with a low around 55. West wind 7 to 11 mph becoming north after midnight.
  • Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 56. North northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.
  • Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west in the morning.
  • Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 87.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Beach Party at Snaps

Beach Party at Snaps this weekend!!!
Wear your favorite beach attire and come ready for a great DJ dance party with games, beer and wine. 7 to 11 pm August 3rd.

Report on recent CCTA activities

Annual BBQ
The BBQ event went well and we actually made a little money. But, more important, we provided a huge amount of information for the public.
For an excellent article by the Enterprise on the event click here.

Taxpayer TV Program
Our first two programs were taped on 7-24-13. They were 1/2 hour interviews with Jon Coupal of HJTA and Senator George Runner, Board of Equalization. We will report when they are scheduled for showing.

Fire Tax
The tax bills are going out soon. It is recommend that you protest the tax again, if you want a refund, providing the HJTA lawsuit is successful. Go to the HJTA website for instructions.

SB 1 Sustainable Communities Investment Authority
CCTA recommends opposing this legislation due to it's drive to increase taxes and oppress our liberty. 
More info and action HERE

Donate to CCTA while Grocery Shopping!
CCTA has been approved as a non-profit community organisation for the Save Mart Shares Program and Mar Val's Escript Program.   

Just call or email us and we will get a card or application to you. Once you get your card, just swipe it at check out and a 3 to 5% store donation goes to CCTA! 

So Cool! This could provide funding for postage for our Action Alert post cards and more.
 
Best regards. - Al 

Board of Supervisors special meeting 7-30-13



July 30, 2013

SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

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

CALAVERAS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY
CALAVERAS COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS
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.

5:00 PM:

1.      CLOSED SESSION;   Public Employee Appointment or Employment (Health Services Agency Director), Pursuant to Government Code 54957; Human Resources.

6:00 PM:   Call to Order
                  Pledge of Allegiance
      Announcements

        RECOGNITION AND PRESENTATIONS

2.      Calaveras Visitor’s Bureau Presentation

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Copper Gazette is for sale



The Copper Gazette has been proudly bringing you the news since December 2010, covering Copperopolis and the surrounding areas with news, events, personal stories and more.

We are hoping that someone in the community would like to carry on this tradition.

If you are interested in possibly purchasing the Gazette, please contact Charity Maness at coppergazette@gmail.com.

Honor the Fallen 7-16-13 to 7-22-13



Army Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman

Died July 16, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


25, of Waynesfield, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 16, in Mushaka, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a rocket-propelled grenade.

 

Army Spc. Anthony R. Maddox

Died July 22, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


22, of Port Arthur, Texas; assigned to 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 22 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries that occurred in a noncombat incident in Andar, Afghanistan.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cruisers to have a 'Welcome Home Frank' celebration 7-28-13

Welcome Home Frank! We will be having a Welcome Home Frank celebration on Sunday, July 28th. Since Frank missed National Hot Dog Day while he was "away", we will be offering a FREE ICE CREAM CONE with every Hot Dog purchased on Sunday, July 28th until 3:00. Come by and have a hot dog to celebrate Frank's homecoming — at Cruisers Ice Cream Parlor.
 
 

Angels Camp PD press release re: Vehicle Pursuit / ACPD Case # 13-0862

On July 25, 2013 at approximately 1:20 AM, an officer from the Angels Camp Police Department observed a blue 2003 BMW sedan traveling at speeds greater than 70 mph on South Main Street. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Demarest Street and South Main Street.
The driver of the BMW failed to yield to the Officer’s emergency lights and siren. The male driver made a sudden left turn into a nearby parking lot, accelerated, and proceeded east bound on Demarest. He then ran a red light at South Main Street and Murphys Grade Road, and continued north bound on South Main Street at a high rate of speed. He ran another red light at South Main Street and Hwy 4, and continued west bound on Hwy 4 to Pool Station Road at speeds reaching over 100 mph.
The Officer observed the driver exit his vehicle on Pool Station Road, climb over a fence, and run into a nearby field. An Angels Camp Police Department K9 was deployed, and the driver was apprehended.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 29 year old Scotts Valley resident, Kyle Rogers. Rogers was treated for minor injuries, then booked into the Calaveras County Jail for Evading a Peace Officer, Reckless Driving, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, Driving Under the Influence, and Driving on a Suspended License.

Library craft day celebrates bugs!

At the weekly Copperopolis Library story and craft hour the children were read 'Snappy Little Bugs.' The little book covered the lives of most bugs and had the children primed and ready to create their bug themed gift cards at craft time. With the help of aids Lily Jackson, Kathleen and Terri approximately 14 children made their own perfect greeting cards with bugs and animals of their choice.



Little 3 year old Jersey seemed especially pleased with her bug card creation.

If you would like you r child to participate in the weekly craft class held on Wednesdays from 11-12 please contact the library at 785-0920.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Murphys Creek Theater presents The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)

Three guys, one dead playwright, and thirty-seven plays, all in under two hours. The whole family will enjoy watching three talented actors, armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear and props, cram the Bard’s entire canon of plays (and sonnets) into 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity! This endearingly irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the greatest plays of all time will have you rolling with laughter and jumping out of your seats.

For show times and ticket info visit  http://murphyscreektheatre.org

Sheriff Dept Press release re:Wanted West Point Man Arrested for Stealing a Logging Vehicle

(West Point, CA) On July 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm Calaveras Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3800 block of Lily Gap Road in West Point for a suspicious circumstance. According to reporting parties an adult male stole a logging truck and had been detained by residents in the area. During the investigation the deputies learned that Arrestee Roger Gibbings (42) of West Point allegedly stole a large logging vehicle that belonged to Sierra Pacific Industries. He then proceeded to crash through two metal gates causing $2000.00 in damage to the gates.

Rods to Rails Classic Car Show Jamestown

This weekend, July 27, 2013 Jamestown will hold the 2nd Annual Rods to Rails Car Show. Come enjoy the festive day as Hot Rods take over the streets of Jamestown and classic cars are on display.

CSTARS presents Fiddler on the Roof


Weekend weather

  • 7-26-13
  • Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 93.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Walking man of Murphys on the mend

On July 11, 2013 Ric Ryan - aka the Walking Man of Murphys- received a new right knee at the VA hospital. Though this will hinder his walking ability for up to eight weeks he plans on hitting the road to walk for vets and Operation Mend as soon as the doctors will allow it.

"I can not drive for six weeks and they tell me I won't be able to walk my 6 to 10 miles every day for about two months. That will be hard for me but I guess that just has to be. I will start walking around the house to get it all back and I think I will be walking my walk sooner then they think, we'll see.I WILL NEVER QUIT WALKING FOR THE VETS." Ric Ryan USMC 64-68


The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) - Murphys Creek Theater

Three guys, one dead playwright, and thirty-seven plays, all in under two hours. The whole family will enjoy watching three talented actors, armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear and props, cram the Bard’s entire canon of plays (and sonnets) into 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity! This endearingly irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the greatest plays of all time will have you rolling with laughter and jumping out of your seats.

For show times and tickets visit  http://murphyscreektheatre.org/home/

Board of Supervisors 7-23-13 meeting video

To view the Board of Supervisors 7-23-13 meeting video CLICK HERE

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

Payless IGA weekly ad for 7-24-13 thru 7-30-13

To view Payless IGA weekly ad for 7-24-13 thru 7-30-13 CLICK HERE


Sonora PD job opening part-time dispatch

The Sonora Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Relief Part- Time Police Dispatch-Records Specialist. This is for both trainee and journey level positions.
The principal function of a Dispatch-Records Specialist is to receive and dispatch calls for emergency and non-emergency services and to perform the full range of clerical and customer service duties involved in the maintenance, processing, and distribution of Police records. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of an assigned supervisor. The nature of the work performed requires an employee in this class to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all others contacted in the course of work.

Bret Harte Cheer Fundraiser

Bret Harte Cheeleaders are holding a car wash fundraiser in the Bret Harte Theater parking lot on July 27, 2013 from 10 am to 2:30 to raise funds for cheer equipment.
Help support our Bret Harte cheerleaders and go away with a sparkling clean car.

Board of Supervisors special meeting agenda 7-30-13



July 30, 2013


SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA


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



CALAVERAS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY
CALAVERAS COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT


THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS
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.

5:00 PM:

1.      CLOSED SESSION;   Public Employee Appointment or Employment (Health Services Agency Director), Pursuant to Government Code 54957; Human Resources.

6:00 PM:   Call to Order
                  Pledge of Allegiance
      Announcements

        RECOGNITION AND PRESENTATIONS

2.      Calaveras Visitor’s Bureau Presentation

Truckin' for Hospice Motorcycle Poker Run hits the Old Corner

The annual 'Truckin' for Hospice'  motorcycle poker run ran through the foothils this past weekend and landed for a spell at the Old Corner with a final destination in Manteca.

Proceeds from the event benefit Community Hospice and San Joaquin Hospice.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cruisers' beloved Frank is home

Frank is home! Here he is in the back of the Sheriffs car being delivered to Cruisers. We don't know what trauma he has endured, but we know he is happy to be home. He was spotted !
 
 

Chuckwagon fire cause - tree to power line one stoarge building lost


Location:
 4500 BLOCK CHUCKWAGON, Copperopolis
County:
 Calaveras

                                                                 
Acres:
 31  Acres - Final
% Containment:
 100% at 2:25PM

Start Date & Time:
July 22, 2013 at 12:34PM
Expected Containment:


Injuries:
None
Structures Destroyed:
One storage building was a complete loss

Cause:
 Tree into power line

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT ASSIGNED
Fire Engines:

Fire Crews:

Bulldozers:

Water Tenders





                                                                                               
Airtankers:

Helicopters:

Total Personnel:

                                                                                          
                                 
Current Situation:

                 
Evacuations:
               
                                 
Evacuation Centers:  

                 
Cooperating Agencies:   

                 
Additional Information: