Sunday, August 31, 2014

Honor the Fallen 8-21-14 to 8-23-14

THe Copper Gazette is once again extremely happy to announce that the US Central Command has not identified any lives lost from August 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014.

Please keep the families and friends of the 6,803 fallen heroes in your hearts and in your prayers.

6,803: Number of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command

Saturday, August 30, 2014

American Red Cross Seeking Local Disaster Volunteers in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties

CALAVERAS, CA – Thursday, August 28, 2014 — With a steady increase in local disasters and the continuing California drought fueling severe wildfire risks, the American Red Cross Capital Region is seeking dedicated volunteers to respond to the increasing needs in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.

Friday, August 29, 2014

DA Office press release re: Criminal Complaint filed charging Karl Karlsen with murder

Hoedown for Habitat Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Round up your family and friends and head to the 10th annual Hoedown for Habitat, Saturday, September 13.  The venue is Murphys Park where cowgirls, cowboys and all will find fine food, music for dancing, and a live and silent auction.  The event will take place from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Served from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, enjoy a barbeque dinner of beef and chicken with delicious side dishes.  During dinner guests will be entertained by the stompin’ music of the Fiddle Gang, a group of six to 14 years olds led by their instructor, Carolyn Sylva of Jamestown.  To top off dinner, guests can help themselves to an array of scrumptious desserts made by Habitat Board members and volunteers.  

The no host bar featuring local wines and beer will be open throughout the evening.  While sipping a beverage guests can check out the many auction items that have been donated by local businesses and individuals.  Auctioneer Mark Fischer is scheduled to start the live auction at 6:30.  The silent auction will close at 8:00.

CHP gearing up for Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the country readies for Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to employ lifesaving measures on the roadway.
The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and
well-being of our country. 

Calaveras Planning Commission 8-28-14 meeting video

To view the Calaveras Planning commission 8-28-14 meeting video CLICK HERE

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

Dive Bar Poets LIVE in Town Square TONIGHT!! 8-29-14

Copper Grille Labor Day weekend menu

Labor Day Weekend the Copper Grille will be Open for Sunday Dinner Service

Grilled New York Strip Steak
Garlic Herb Butter, Chive-Buttermilk Potatoes, Detroit “Zip” Sauce, Sautéed Asparagus      21  

Blackened Swordfish
Yukon and Sweet Potato Hash, Scallions, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pepper, Creole Beurre Blanc      18.5

Seared Salmon
Ruby Grapefruit Emulsion, Herb Risotto, Fresh Citrus, Field Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Sautéed Asparagus     17.5

Pork Tenderloin Roulade
Macerated Cherries, Local Dried Fruits, Fingerling Potatoes, Brandy Cream, Red Chard   16.5

Seared Scallops
White Truffle Cauliflower Puree, Applewood Bacon, Wild Mushrooms, Red Chard, Chive Oil   22      

Pasta of the Moment
Roasted Ratatouille Vegetables, Whole Wheat Penne, Pomodoro, Field Arugula, Chevre Granite     14

Also find attached the entire Copper Grille Market Menu for August 29th – 31st

*Menu item availability based upon demand     

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers

Stop Settling for Less and Upgrade Your Life!

Welcome to our ‘Thought of the Week and Upgrade Your Life’ Series.  This series will give you valuable ‘New Thought’ information and advice that will help you learn how to Reclaim, Keep Your Power and make your Life much Easier.

Personal Development Series #106

What Strong People Don’t Do! 

When getting through some seriously tough times, we often struggle with hanging in and staying strong.  Since emotional healing is something all of us struggle with at times, I thought I’d write each week about some things emotionally strong people don’t do to give you new insights and perhaps creating a better life.  Enjoy!

They don’t make the same exact mistakes over and over again.

You can’t make the same mistake twice.  Because the second time you make it, it’s no longer a mistake, it’s a choice.  Emotionally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes.  As a result, they don’t keep repeating the same mistakes over and over.  Instead, they grow and move on to better decisions and new lessons.

Our Labor Day weekend weather- beautiful

  • 8-29-14
  • Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light north northwest wind becoming west northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 92.
  • Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 61.
  • Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 93.
  • Monday Night Clear, with a low around 62.

Recipes by Nate

Cheesy Zucchini and Red Onion Flatbread

Makes 4 to 6 servings
active time
15 minutes

total time
40 minutes


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 10-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Alouette), divided
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 7- to 8-inch-long zucchini (yellow or green), cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds, divided
  • Olive oil


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Board of Supervisors 8-26-14 meeting video part 1

To view the Board of Supervisors 8-26-14 video part 1 CLICK HERE

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

Obama rules out US Military Action in the Ukraine

US President Barack Obama says it’s plain for the world to see that Russian forces are fighting in Ukraine, but ruled out American military action in the war-town country.
“Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Mr Obama said on Thursday, according to CNN, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on this assessment during a recent conversation.
“The violence is encouraged by Russia, the separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia,” Mr Obama said.
“Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
However, Mr Obama said America’s commitment to defend NATO states did not extend to non-alliance member Ukraine.


Ukraine Asserts Russian Invasion and Reinstitutes Draft

MOSCOW — Asserting that Russian soldiers and armaments had crossed into Ukraine to support the separatists, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine canceled a trip to Turkey on Thursday, and his national security council ordered mandatory conscription for the armed forces.
“Columns of heavy artillery, huge loads of arms and regular Russian servicemen came to the territory of Ukraine from Russia through the uncontrolled border area,” Mr. Poroshenko said at the beginning of an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian Nation Security and Defense Council in Kiev.


Drifters Grill - Labor Day Weekend hours

Labor Day



Drifters Marina & Grill

Labor Day Weekend hours:  
Thursday - 11:30am to 9:00pm
Friday - 11:30am to 10:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am to 9:00pm
Monday - 11:00am to 8:00pm

After Labor Day weekend

Drifters hours change to:

Thursday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday - 11:30am to 10:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am to 9:00pm
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - Closed

Thank you for your support of

Drifters Marina & Grill.

We value your friendship and your

contribution to the Drifters family.

Neighborhood Yard Sale

 Let Annie know about your 9-13-14 yard sale and she will put it on her map of sales for September 13th as well as take care of advertising for you. All she asks is a donation to the Copperopolis Food Pantry.

Last Weekend for Murphys Creek Theater "I Hate Hamlet"

Don't let winter sneak up on you - clean your chimneys now

Senior of the Year to be announced - make your reservation to be there

Make your reservation, now, to honor the 2014 Senior of the Year at noon on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Commission on Aging Luncheon to be held at the San Andreas Town Hall located at 24 Church Hill Rd., San Andreas.  Cost of the event is $15 and reservations can still be made by calling 209-498-2246.

This event is a tribute to an outstanding Senior in Calaveras County who volunteers the most precious commodity, of time, for the betterment of Calaveras County.  This recognition began in 1976 and, every year, District Supervisors recognize not only the winner but all those worthy volunteers nominated for the distinction.  It is an easily known fact that Seniors contribute more than 50% of the hours needed to drive most successful organizations.

Public Works Surplus Sale

Thank you good samaritan

While there are some drawbacks to living in the country, the positive outweighs the negative by bushels.

For instance; the other day I ran to IGA to pick up a few items for the evening meal. After shopping, chatting and putting my cart away I headed home. On the way home I waved at the requisite 10 or so cars (as we all tend to know or at least recognize one another in our little town). I pulled into my driveway and received a phone call from Bruce....we all know Bruce...he was standing at check stand 2 in IGA where someone had just turned in my wallet that I had apparently left in my shopping cart. 

Though I do not know who turned my wallet in, I want to thank you so much!

All I can say is, gotta love our town and the people who make up our community!
We rock!

Charity Maness

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Copper Gazette is on Facebook

Copper Gazette has just reached 600 likes on Facebook!
Would you like to 'like' them too?
Just visit and 'like' us to get your news on the fly!

Again thank you all for your support!

Cub Scout Ice Cream Social - making friends and new cubs

The Copperopolis Cub Scout Pack 347 held a meet and greet ice cream social at Copper school on August 26, 2014 for children in scouting and children interested in scouting.

This young Cub Scout troop is very active and offers many fun opportunities for the youth in our town.

If you would like more information about Scouting please contact Heather Oliver at 785-6301

(Heather will also be able to guide you to those in the know regarding Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts)

Calaveras Taxpayers Host Annual BBQ

Calaveras Taxpayers Host Annual BBQ

Thursday, September 11, 2014
 5 to 8:00 PM

Food will be catered by the Historic Murphys Hotel, featuring delicious
BBQ Tri-Tip and Chicken

Keynote Speaker is Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Jon will discuss how taxpayers can defend themselves from new threats to their liberty and property.

Prime Rib at the Old Corner

Winning Ways September Sale!

Guess What?  It’s almost September, time to gear up for next season.
So, we’re giving people a ‘savings boost’ to let the good times start rolling!


Sign up for Coaching Services in September and save $50 up-front!  J

Ready for a change in your life and seeking transformation?
What are you putting up with right now and what is your life’s intention?
What do you make more important than getting what you want, may I mention?

School is in session, watch for school buses

Keep our children safe, please follow school bus road laws.

V C Section 22454 Schoolbus Meeting and Passing

Schoolbus: Meeting and Passing

22454.  (a) The driver of any vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any schoolbus equipped with signs as required in this code, that is stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any schoolchildren and displays a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 25257, if equipped with a stop signal arm, visible from front or rear, shall bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before passing the schoolbus and shall not proceed past the schoolbus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, if equipped with a stop signal arm, cease operation.
(b) (1) The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway or multiple-lane highway need not stop upon meeting or passing a schoolbus that is upon the other roadway.
(2) For the purposes of this subdivision, a multiple-lane highway is any highway that has two or more lanes of travel in each direction.
(c) (1) If a vehicle was observed overtaking a schoolbus in violation of subdivision (a), and the driver of the schoolbus witnessed the violation, the driver may, within 24 hours, report the violation and furnish the vehicle license plate number and description and the time and place of the violation to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction of the offense. That law enforcement agency shall issue a letter of warning prepared in accordance with paragraph (2) with respect to the alleged violation to the registered owner of the vehicle. The issuance of a warning letter under this paragraph shall not be entered on the driving record of the person to whom it is issued, but does not preclude the imposition of any other applicable penalty.
(2) The Attorney General shall prepare and furnish to every law enforcement agency in the state a form letter for purposes of paragraph (1), and the law enforcement agency may issue those letters in the exact form prepared by the Attorney General. The Attorney General may charge a fee to any law enforcement agency that requests a copy of the form letter to recover the costs of preparing and providing that copy.
(d) This section also applies to a roadway upon private property.
Amended Ch. 1296, Stats. 1990. Effective January 1, 1991.
Amended Ch. 624, Stats. 1992. Effective September 14, 1992.
Amended Ch. 589, Stats. 1993. Effective January 1, 1994.
Amended Sec. 3, Ch. 647, Stats. 1999. Effective October 10, 1999. 

Flourish now carrying Lollia!

We’re so excited that we now carry the LOLLIA line promoted by Oprah! There are lotions, bath salts, bubble bath, perfume, linen spray, candles and shower gel. They all have nice soothing soft fragrances (we carry Calm, Relax, At Last, & Wish). Drop by & sample them!

401 Town Square
Copperopolis, California
(209) 785-8788

Today 11:00am - 5:00pm

Payless IGA weekly ad 8-27-14 thru 9-2-14

To view the Payless IGA weekly ad for 8-27-14 thru 9-2-14 CLICK HERE

Friday night concert in Town Square featuring the Dive Bar Poets

Healthier Living Workshops for Managing Chronic Health Conditions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amazon warehouse in Tracy to hire 200 employees

— Amazon plans to hire more than 200 additional permanent full-time employees at its 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy.
The online retailer says it needs more workers to keep up with growing customer demand. Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said the Tracy facility employs “hundreds of associates,” but she declined to be more specific.
Last year, Amazon opened a giant fulfillment center in Patterson. It recently leased space in Redlands for its fifth California center, expanding its warehouse space in the state to nearly 5 million square feet.

Read more here:

read more at the Modesto Bee


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.

The primary objective of Start Smart is to provide teens and their parent/guardians with an interactive safe driving awareness class which will illustrate how poor choices behind the wheel of a car can affect the lives of numerous people. 

Meet Mark Twain Medical Center's new Physicians

Polls results

What is your stand on the recent deployment of the Texas National Guard to the Mexico Border?

 33 votes cast


24 in favor

4 opposed

2 need more information

0 don't know/care



Ladies Day at Umpqua Bank

Sierra Repertory Theatre announces their fantastic 2015 line up

Sierra Rep 2015 Season to include Mary Poppins, Macbeth and more
Sierra Repertory Theatre announces its 2015 season, beginning with the musical Mary Poppins and concluding with a brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other highlights include new Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone starring SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets as the Man in the Chair, an exciting spring rock ‘n’ roll revue to be announced, everyone’s favorite The Music Man, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the country tribute Always, Patsy Cline, and a new comedy called Unnecessary Farce. Season Tickets go on sale September 2, with group and general admission tickets on sale October 1. Visit or call 209-532-3120 for tickets and information.
The 2015 season opens with Mary Poppins, playing March 1 through May 3 at the East Sonora Theatre. And, yes, Mary will fly. The 2015 Season Gala performance will be held on February 28, with the pre-show reception at the Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel Banquet Room. For more information and reservations, contact Development Director Beverly Handelman at 209-532-0502 ext 111 or at

Calaveras community band Labor Day Concert Murphys Park

            The Calaveras Community Band, that traces its history to California’s gold rush days, will present a special Labor Day concert under the leadership of Director Mic Harper in the Murphys Community Park on Monday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m.
            There will be music for everyone’s taste ranging from swing and jazz to show tunes and marches.  The band has added two new Latin tunes to its repertoire.
There is no admission charge.  Families and other members of the community are invited to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy this holiday concert.  There will not be any food or beverages for sale in the park.

Cub Scout Ice Cream Social

SRT presents 'All My Sons' by Arthur Miller

August 29 - September 21 at East Sonora Theatre

Sierra Rep stages its first Arthur Miller play All My Sons
It was written during World War II, but Arthur Miller’s play All My Sons continues to resonate with audiences today. Running August 29 through September 21 at Sierra Repertory Theatre’s East Sonora stage, the drama’s themes – corruption, materialism, getting ahead at the expense of others – are still relevant, said Scott Viets, artistic director at Sierra Repertory Theatre.
Viets, along with Dennis and Sara Jones, the theater’s producing and managing directors, chose the play in part because it drives people to think about right and wrong. It’s based on a true story, which Miller’s then mother-in-law pointed out in an Ohio newspaper. The news story described how in 1941-43 the Wright Aeronautical Corporation had conspired with U.S. Army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines intended for the military.
Miller’s play, though, focuses on Joe Keller, the fictional head of the company, who is accused of releasing the defective parts. That decision sets off a series of events that highlight the play’s complex characters.

CHP press release re: Recruitment seminar

California Highway Patrol
San Andreas Area

Come and join us
August 27, 2014, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
California Highway Patrol
749 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA  95249

We will be covering topics on
how to become an Officer with the CHP
and an overview about the Department.

Any questions please email
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Reader photo - truck in Lake Tulloch

Photo courtesy Cory Louis.

According to some witnesses the truck was launching kayaks at the Kiva ramp and the brake was not set. The witnesses stated the submerging of the vehicle caused gasoline and oil to be dispersed into the lake.

The Copper Gazette will follow up on this. We hope to have answers for you soon.

Update: 8-26-14
According to the Sheriff Dept the vehicle had been retrieved from the water and was gone with the driver when officers arrived on scene.

New Melones Fishing Report from Glory Hole Sports

8-25-14 Fishing Report

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
566,408 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped three feet this week and is currently at 871 ft. above sea level and 207 ft. from full.  The lake is 85' lower than it was at this time last year.  The main body is well over 200-260' deep, under the 49-Bridge is aprox.160-180' deep and under Parrot's Ferry Bridge there is 70-90' of water.  The water is stained in most of the lake. There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days and days with a lot of boating traffic. The average water temperature is 76-82 degrees.  Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open, and there are no plans to close it. There will be some transition periods between launches where launching will be limited to one or two lanes.

Trout: Fair.  There have been a few reports of trout being caught in the main lake by the Dam, spillway, and near the 49 bridge.  The trout are hanging around the old river channel in deeper/cooler water.  The shad are starting to school up near the mouths of major creek channels.  The intersection where a major creek channels meets the old river channel is great area to target the trout.  Night fishing anglers are still catching a few limits of chunky 2-pound plus rainbows while fishing under a submersible light.  Try using night crawlers and Power Bait to target these quality fish.  Trolling anglers try using shad patterned baits that have a large profile.  Shad Raps, Rattle Traps, Speed Traps, and Apexs are a few good choices.  Trolling in dingy/stained water it is a good time to use a large string of flashers.  Ford Fenders, Cow Bells, Lake Trolls, and Ball Trolls will create a lot of commotion and draw fish from a distance.  

Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to Larry Leatham of Sonora.  He caught a nice 1-pound, 13-ounce rainbow trout while trolling Rapalas and spoons on the main lake.  

Letter to the Editor - Calaveras Schools slated for closure -

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 was a day that will long be remembered in Calaveras County.

Calaveras Unified School District  Superintendent Mark Campbell's recommendation that he be given authority to close down a number of schools in the more rural areas of our county to meet the demands of a balanced budget that he, his Financial Analyst and administrative team botched, was given the green light from the Calaveras Unified Board of Trustees by a vote of 4/1 with Trustee Greg Gustafson as the only vote not in favor.

Also on a 4/1 vote, Gustafson dissenting, the Calaveras Unified Board of Trustees again reaffirmed the two controversial $16,000 raises for the Superintendent's Administrative staffers.

Those supporting Campbell couched any discussion or calls for accountability from the public as "uncivil" and "finger pointing" in an attempt to squelch the very emotional crowd.

After Saturday's 4 hour fiasco of a school board meeting this is about all that comes to my mind.



Community Schools

Structure fire Arrowhead

A propane tank fire possibly threatening vegetation was toned out at approximately  3:30 pm on 8-25-14 in the 2700 block of Arrowhead.

Upon arrival a former CalFire firefighter, a neighbor and a resident had contained the fire to the back deck of the home and the structure. Witnesses stated that the deck was partially engulfed by the time the resident's smoke alarm went off in the home.

The street has been blocked please use alternate route.

The fire is still under investigation.

 For more pictures CLICK HERE