Monday, June 30, 2014

Triple digits by noon - 105 predicted

  • 6-30-14 
  • Today Sunny and hot, with a high near 105. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
  • Tuesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 57. North wind 5 to 11 mph.
  • Wednesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 57.
  • Thursday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
  • Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 55.
  • Independence Day Sunny, with a high near 95.
  • Friday Night Clear, with a low around 55.

SRT fundraiser featuring Dwight Mahabir

James D Piper VFW Post 12118 Ladies Auxiliary press release re: Recognition of Umpqua Bank

On June 27, 2014, representatives from the Copperopolis James D Piper VFW Post 12118 Ladies Auxiliary recognized Umpqua Bank – Copperopolis store - for their ongoing support of the VFW Auxiliary's 'Support the Troops' care packages campaign.

With the help of Umpqua Bank and continued community support, the Copperopolis VFW Ladies Auxiliary has been able to ship 19 packages to troops overseas just this year. Many of those boxes were shipped to local Calaveras residents serving our country overseas.

Last year, again with help from Umpqua Bank and the community, the VFW Auxiliary was able to send over 25 boxes to our troops.

If you would like to donate to the ‘Support the Troops’ campaign you may mail checks to VFW Post 12118, PO Box 584, Copperopolis, CA  95228. Please put support our troops in the memo line.
If you would like shipments sent to someone near and dear to your heart serving overseas, please email the full address of the service member to the Ladies Auxiliary at with Ladies VFW in the subject line.

 Pictured from left to right:
Members of the VFW Post 12118 Ladies Aux:
Charity Maness, Sue Putney, Eva Murphy, Melinda Hoff, Diana Fischer.
Umpqua Bank:
Molly McDonald, Iris Larson, Kelley Putnam, Judy Carter.

Come On Copper, let your Patriotism Fly! by Darrla Westberg

With July 4th fast approaching, The ladies of the VFW Auxiliary Post 12118, have been watching you and have noticed that we live in a very Patriotic community.

Patriotism is all about expressing, sharing, and enjoying love and pride for the United States of America.

There are lots of ways to show patriotism. 

Flying a flag, remembering those that have fought in the military, honoring our veterans—there’s plenty we can do. Sometimes the occasion calls for nothing less than to really let your patriotism shine, and for those occasions, Red, White and Blue is absolutely necessary!

Send us pictures of American Flag displays outside your home or in your neighborhood. Share photos of you, your family, friends, & pets showing off your patriotism. The Copper Gazette will be posting some of those great pictures on the Gazette so starting sending them to the Be sure to include your name and address as well as names of any friends pictured. 

Come on Copper, Let Your Patriotism Fly!

Copper Food Pantry moves to new location

On the morning of 6-25-14 volunteers came out in force to help the Copperopolis Food Pantry move to a new home at the Lake Tulloch Bible Church.

For more pictures visit

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Honor the Fallen 6-10-14 thru 6-20-14

Marine Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff

Died June 20, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart

Died June 20, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

34, of Stafford, Va., died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant

Died June 20, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

19, of Peterborough, N.H., died June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Help us find our lost dog

She is all white with curly coat weighing about 10-12 pounds.
Lost on 6/26/14in the area of Choctaw and Chief Roads.
 She has brown eyes and was wearing a pink collar.
Please Call Roy or Karen At 209 890-5990

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Letter to the Editor re: Thank you Firefighters

We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to all of the CalFire firefighters, fire agencies, volunteer firefighters and everyone else involved from the surrounding communities for their amazing effort, dedication, and their display of professionalism in fighting and controlling the terrible fire that broke out behind our home on pool Station Road last Sunday.
Without the valiant effort put forth by all these individuals the outcome would not have been near as good as it turned out to be.
We would also like to apologize for our neighbors actions in not allowing fire personnel access through their property to the fire.  We are truly baffled by this type behavior!
Too often these dedicated firefighters and volunteers do not receive the positive recognition they so well deserve.  That day these men and women went above and beyond our expectations.
Again, we cannot convey adequately our thanks to all the responding firefighters for their efforts.  You are a very dedicated and devoted group and we are grateful to live in a community served by so many caring individuals.
Our best wishes to all of you for your continued health and safety.
Pete & Diana Rodrigues
Angels Camp

From the Editor:
We thank Pete and Diana Rodrigues for their recognition for those who work daily to keep us safe.
The following photos  were from the 6-15-14 Pool Station Rd fire.

4th of July Lake Tulloch Boat Parade

The annual 4th of July Lake Tulloch Lighted Boat parade will be the usual 'come on and join in' event to begin at South shore approximately 9 pm on July 4th.

Decorate your boat with patriotic lights, streamers, etc. But remember, fireworks that are not Fire Marshal approved as Safe and Sane are illegal on Lake Tulloch. Be safe.

Pictures from 2012 boat parade


Men of Worth - concert in the park gentle and fun celtic tunes

Opting to play the whole length of the concert without a break, Scotsman Donnie McDonald and Irsihman James Keigher of 'Men of Worth'  performed, informed and told tales through their performance at CAMPS restaurant for the June 25th Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Parks series.

For more photos CLICK HERE

Community Garden work party this am

I just learned that Darryl (Jr) will be available to help lead a crew tomorrow morning for a bit.

The tomatoes which were planted first, first row on the left, are being attacked by Morning Glory.  I was able in my brief time there Wednesday to clear two plants, but we need to go down the row and be methodical.
Thank you for your consideration!

Richard, Carla and George

Friday, June 27, 2014

CalFire press release re: Cause of recent fires

Cause Determined on Recent Fires

San Andreas Law Enforcement officials with the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) have released causes on three fires that occurred over the last week. The Reed Fire in San Andreas, which burned 109 acres and destroyed two structures, was caused by a grinding operation.  The Oak Fire on Pool Station Road near Copperopolis, which burned 88 acres and destroyed one structure, was caused by a grinding operation.  The Rawhide fire on Rawhide Road near Jamestown, which burned one acre, was also caused by a grinding operation.  These metal-on-metal activities produced a large amount of sparks that landed in dry vegetation and started these three fires.

State law requires that any operation of any equipment that can produce a spark in vegetation covered areas requires the following:   (California Public Resources Code 4427)

- A minimum 10 foot clearance of all flammable vegetation around the operation area.
- Maintain a shovel and a backpack pump water-type fire extinguisher in the working areas.

Statewide, California has experienced record-breaking low rainfall, low humidity, and low fuel moisture levels, along with higher than normal temperatures and increased fire activity.  This year, CAL FIRE opened fire season months earlier than normal.  These recent fires indicate native vegetation is much more susceptible to ignition and are burning hotter and faster than normal.

Copper Food Pantry new location

Predictions for temps Mon and Tues to reach over 100

  • 6-27-14
  • Today Sunny, with a high near 87. West northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
  • Tonight Clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
  • Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 53. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming south in the evening.
  • Sunday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
  • Monday Sunny and hot, with a high near 102.
  • Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
  • Tuesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 102.
  • Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 60.

The Sound of Music returns to Fallon House

The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns July 11 through August 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre’s historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.
The delightful musical – based on the true story of the von Trapp family in Austria – has been captivating audiences for more than half a century, drawing huge crowds when it first hit Broadway and appearing again six years later as a much-beloved film.
After 55 years, the show’s appeal is still universal, Sierra Rep’s Artistic Director Scott Viets said.
“There’s something special about The Sound of Music,” said Scott Viets, Sierra Rep’s artistic director, who directs the show. “Seven children singing and dancing, a love story, nuns, villains, an exotic setting – Austria in the 1930s – and that incredible musical score.”

Bring your Safe and Sane fireworks to Copper Fire for a community 4th of July

The annual safe and sane fireworks event held at Copper Fire will begin at dusk on July 4, 2014 with handouts of popsicles and sparklers in a designated area by firefighters to children beginning at 8:15.

The Volunteer fire department will be purchasing some fireworks for this event, however, they welcome your donations of safe and sane fireworks to add to their display for the whole community to enjoy.

The lighting of the fireworks will be done by Copper Fire Explorers Levi Rollings and Marshall Maness in a designated area to be accessed by fire fighters only.

Please bring your safe and sane fireworks to this event and share with the whole community.

Bring your chair, blanket and your excitment for the celebration of our independence!

Local girl, Amy Chraft, enlists in US Army

18 year Bret Harte grad and Copper resident Amy Chraft is looking forward to Jun 29, 2014 when she takes her oath to serve our country in the United States Army.

Her decision to join was based on many factors; an education, travel and curiosity, as well as seeing her good friend Joshua Hines who enlisted last year, doing so well and loving the Army life. "I took my ASVAB the day he left, trying to understand why he would leave. I talked with the recruiter and learned more. I knew I wanted to become a doctor (pediatrician) someday and this would offer me the opportunity to eventually become a doctor." Amy has chosen the MOS 68W, health care specialist.

Murphys - Angels 7th Annual Charity Classic Car Show

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers - 'Dealing with Change'

Dealing With Change

Dear Marge:

Lately I have been having difficulty dealing with changes in my life.  As soon as I think I know how things are going to work out, my ideas are so wrong and the situation changes abruptly.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a leg to stand on, so to speak.  How can you tell what’s right and not right when you’re trying to make solid decisions when things are constantly changing?  I need some answers and frankly I don’t know where to start or how to make any sense of all this confusion.  What do you think?
  Sue Reese

Dear Sue:

Yeah, I know what you mean.  I found out myself that had to learn the hard truth that change is inevitable. I eventually learned how to deal with the changes in my life and discover how my decisions impacted my mood and how it affected my life.  I eventually realized that it is possible to see change as an opportunity for growth, instead of desperately trying to outguess the future and figure out this crazy world. I learned from some of the following tips; how to empower myself, not worry so much, and stop and pick ways that worked for me where I felt I had some semblance of control.   Here are some tips to consider which can help you get through some of the changes and smooth out the bumps in your life. 
Good luck,  Marge

Recipes by Nate- Easy Egg Custard

Easy Egg Custard


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs (preferably free-range)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Freshly grated or ground nutmeg

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mandatory Stage III Water Conservation

US Fire stats

Though California and many other states are preparing for the 'worst fire season' in decades, the numbers from the National Interagency Fire Center show that across the US this year to date, the number of fires is only slightly higher than last year and relatively lower than the previous years.  Whereas the acreage to date is less than the last 10 years.

2014 (1/1/14 - 6/26/14) Fires: 25,096 Acres: 865,030
2013 (1/1/13 - 6/26/13) Fires: 21,077 Acres: 955,255
2012 (1/1/12 - 6/26/12) Fires: 25,814 Acres: 1,342,169
2011 (1/1/11 - 6/26/11) Fires: 35,199 Acres: 4,593,772
2010 (1/1/10 - 6/26/10) Fires: 27,698 Acres: 1,372,443
2009 (1/1/09 - 6/26/09) Fires: 46,678 Acres: 1,874,233
2008 (1/1/08 - 6/26/08) Fires: 34,548 Acres: 1,641,644
2007 (1/1/07 - 6/26/07) Fires: 44,662 Acres: 1,813,791
2006 (1/1/06 - 6/26/06) Fires: 54,801 Acres: 3,267,604
2005 (1/1/05 - 6/26/05) Fires: 28,687 Acres: 1,154,958
2004 (1/1/05 - 6/26/05) Fires: 36,542 Acres: 993,834  

Calaveras County Veteran honored as Veteran of the Year 14th Senate District

Calaveras County, CA — The founder of a local non-profit group has been named the 2014 Veteran of the Year for the 14th Senate District.

Staff Sgt. Gail Belmont, a Calaveras County resident, founded the group “Quilts of Honor” in 2010. The group honors active military members, and Veterans, suffering from combat related injuries, with handmade patriotic quilts

 Courtesy photo.

CCWD press release re: Water main under repair near Hathaway Pines update: line repaired

12:20 6-26-14 update:
Calaveras County Water District field crews repaired a leak in a water line in Hathaway Pines that caused water to be turned off in the area of Sunrise Point from about 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21. About 70 customers were affected.
Water transmission lines will be spot-flushed and customers may experience brown water and air in their water lines. Even if the water is slightly brown, it is completely safe to drink. The district recommends customers turn on an outside line in order to flush their personal plumbing systems if needed. Wait until the water runs clear, and the system should function normally

Calaveras County Water District crews are repairing a main water line near Hathaway Pines that serves the Sunrise Point area. More than 70 customers will not have water until the line is repaired, which is expected to be complete at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26.
For updates on the repair, visit or go to

Public Urged to Use Extreme Caution Due to Drought Conditions - Cal Fire press release

Many Californians and visitors will be celebrating our nation’s independence this July 4 th holiday with fireworks but CAL FIRE urges extreme caution during California's drought emergency.
It can take hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire.
Effective July 1, 2014, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott ordered a ban on open burning throughout the 31 million acres of state responsibility area protected by CAL FIRE due to the elevated threat of wildfire caused by the drought emergency.

Angels Camp PD press release re: Kidnapping, Battery on a Peace Officer

On 06/25/14, at approximately 12:25 PM, an officer from the Angels Camp Police Department was dispatched to the 1400 block of S. Main Street on a report of a male with two small children walking in traffic. Several reporting parties advised that the male was acting irrationally, ranting about demons and hitting passing vehicles as they drove by. One passing motorist reported that the suspect broke the side-view mirror completely off of the door of their vehicle. Two deputies from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office also responded, and arriving officers found the male subject standing in the roadway with the two children. The subject was later identified as Soloman Fleming, a 24-year-old Tacoma, WA resident. 

Land wanted - buyers seeking acreage in Angels Camp or Copper Area

                                         LAND WANTED

If you are thinking of selling your parcel, please consider this. While many parcels remain unsold for extended periods of time, we have several buyers seeking acreage for vacation or retirement in the Angels Camp and Copperopolis Area.
They have $20,000 to $40,000 cash for a down payment. However, there is no institutional financing for bare land.  Seller financing is needed.
We recommend offering fifteen year amortized financing at 5% APR with 20% cash down payment. On a $100,000 sale, the monthly payment would be $632.63.  The seller also may receive tax benefits and cash proceeds at close of escrow.
For more information, please call Al: (209) 785-1491
Or, email:
Al Segalla, Realtor -