Monday, March 31, 2014

Gov issues proclamation - March 30, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, March 30, 2014, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in the State of California.

The text of the proclamation is below:


PROCLAMATION
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA


Over two million Americans served in the Vietnam War and related conflicts in Southeast Asia between 1959 and 1975. More than 58,000 did not return. Of those who survived, over 300,000 suffered physical injuries in combat, and an even greater number developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric ailments as a result of their service.

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp Walkaways Captured

3-28-14 Pine Grove - Two minimum-security wards who had walked away from Pine Grove Youth Correctional Center in Amador County have been captured. Wards Rayevon Owens, 19,  and Keishon Coilton, 18,  left Pine Grove on the evening of March 26. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) was immediately notified and began the search.

Owens and Coilton are from the Stockton area and were separately captured there. On March 27, OCS agents captured Owens at the home of his girlfriend. Owens was taken to N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. OCS captured Coilton today at a home in Stockton and he was also taken to Chaderjian.



Winter weather warning update snow possible to 2500 feet tonight

3-31-14...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS
EVENING TO 11 AM PDT TUESDAY ABOVE 2500 FEET...

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES. UP TO A FOOT POSSIBLE OVER
  THE PEAKS OF SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY.

* ELEVATION: ABOVE 2500 FEET.

* TIMING: TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: GRASS VALLEY.

* WINDS: SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS: SLIPPERY ROADS AND POSSIBLE TRAVEL DELAYS.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SACRAMENTO/HAZARDS.

CAL FIRE Increases Staffing As Fire Threat Expands Additional Seasonal Firefighters Hired From Sacramento Foothills to LA Basin

Sacramento– Despite recent rainfall, CAL FIRE continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, CAL FIRE will begin hiring additional seasonal firefighters in Central California, the Bay Area region and the Sacramento foothills. 
 
“Even with rain in March, our fire activity has remained 200 percent more over average statewide,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “The rain ha
s been great, but it has not been enough to make up for our dry winter and California’s drought. 
 

2nd annual Wood and Yard waste Amnesty Days



“2nd Annual Wood & Yard Waste Amnesty Days”

The Calaveras County Departments of Public Works, Integrated Waste Management and the Air Pollution Control District are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Wood & Yard Waste Amnesty Days.   

This event will be held for one weekend only.
Friday through Monday, April 11th- 14th, 2014 at the following locations.

·         Rock Creek Solid Waste Facility, Milton                   8:00 am – 4:30 pm
·         Red Hill Yard Waste Area, Vallecito                         9:00 am – 5:30 pm
·         Wilseyville Yard Waste Area, Wilseyville                 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

This event is open to Calaveras & Alpine County residents with proper identification* and each household will be allowed to dispose of 4 cubic yards. Any loads exceeding this amount will be charged at the normal rate of $4.00/cubic yard for the additional cubic yards.

*Proof of residency will be required, either with a current driver’s license showing a Calaveras or Alpine County address or a copy of your current tax bill, which shows a property related solid waste fee.

Please note the Amnesty fee waiver is not applicable to businesses.




Phone (209) 754-6403

CCWD 3-26-14 meeting video

To view the CCWD 3-26-14 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.

Gov proclamation - Cesar Chavez Day 3-31-14

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring Monday, March 31, 2014, as “César Chávez Day” in the State of California.

The text of the proclamation is below:


PROCLAMATION
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA


Eighty-seven years ago, César Chávez was born near his family farm in Yuma, Arizona. While he was still young, his family lost their farm in the Great Depression and became migrants following agricultural work around the Southwest. During his formative years, Chávez was exposed to the dismal working conditions that migrant workers were forced to endure.

Copper Pride Day - Earth Day


Calaveras Council of Government 4-2-14 meeting agenda

Calaveras Council of Government 4-2-14 meeting agenda CLICK HERE


Letter to the Editor re: Copperopolis Pharmacy by Marge Powers



I moved to Copperopolis two years ago, and as I was driving about trying to find my way around, I noticed there was not a pharmacy here, and I must say, I was very disappointed.  Every time I had to needed a prescription filled, I had to drive way out of my way to either Angels Camp or Sonora.  Which I found very inconvenient.  

A few months ago, I saw a ‘Pharmacy’ sign on Cosmic Court, off O’Byrnes Ferry Road.  Of course, I was delighted.  The next day, I stopped in the Pharmacy and met Cindy and Kevin Tom.  I found them very committed to customer service as they actually took the time to chat and help me figure out some complicated process with my Insurance Cards, which saved me $25.  You can imagine how thrilled I am not to have to drive all over the country to find a pharmacy, and have these wonderful people bend over backwards to help me.

So, for you folks who haven’t yet tried our new Pharmacy yet, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!  

I am a happy camper.   Thanks for letting me share.   Marge Powers   


Rain and possible thunderstorms this week

  • 3-31-14
  • Monday A chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Monday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then showers likely. Low around 38. South southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Tuesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
  • Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
  • Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
  • Thursday Night A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Friday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
  • Friday Night A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Winter weather advisory possible snow to 2000 feet

122 PM PDT SUN MAR 30 2014

...COLDER PACIFIC STORM IMPACTS INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MONDAY THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY...

.A COLDER PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING SNOW TO INTERIOR NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA MONDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. THIS STORM WILL BRING
SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER AIR INTO THE AREA. SNOW LEVELS EXPECTED TO
BE AROUND 3000 TO 4000 FEET MONDAY BUT LOWER TO 2000 TO 3000 FEET
MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED
LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY. MORE LOWER ELEVATION SNOW IS LIKELY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON INTO WEDNESDAY.

CAZ064-066-067-311145-
/O.NEW.KSTO.WW.Y.0009.140401T0300Z-140401T1800Z/
CLEAR LAKE/SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY-
NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS/SACRAMENTO VALLEY-MOTHERLODE-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...GRASS VALLEY
122 PM PDT SUN MAR 30 2014

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM MONDAY TO 11 AM
PDT TUESDAY ABOVE 2500 FEET...
 
 
 
 

Honor the Fallen 3-5-14 thru 3-10-14

The Copper Gazette is, once again, happy to report that US Central Command has not reported any military loss of life between 3-5-14 and 3-10-14.

Please keep the families of the 6774 casualties of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sonora PD press release re: Counterfeit $20 bills

26 March 2014, the Sonora Police Department was contacted by the management of Wal-Mart regarding several counterfeit 20 dollar bills being passed at their Sonora store.

The first incident occurred on 24 March 14, at approx. 6:46 pm. A male subject, with a large build and between 30-40 years old, paid for his purchase of $240 in counterfeit 20 dollar bills.

On 25 March 2014, there were two incidents. The first occurred at approx. 10:25 pm. A male subject with dark hair and facial hair paid for his purchase of $300 in counterfeit 20 dollar bills. The second occurred at approx. 10:40 pm. A female subject in her mid 30’s, with a heavy build, long dark hair, wearing glasses, paid for her purchase of $480 in counterfeit 20 dollar bills. This person wore a hooded sweatshirt and concealed her face near security cameras.



On this day in History - US Withdraws from Vietnam

March 29, 1973
Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America's direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War was at an end. In Saigon, some 7,000 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees remained behind to aid South Vietnam in conducting what looked to be a fierce and ongoing war with communist North Vietnam.

In 1961, after two decades of indirect military aid, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent the first large force of U.S. military personnel to Vietnam to bolster the ineffectual autocratic regime of South Vietnam against the communist North. Three years later, with the South Vietnamese government crumbling, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered limited bombing raids on North Vietnam, and Congress authorized the use of U.S. troops. By 1965, North Vietnamese offensives left President Johnson with two choices: escalate U.S. involvement or withdraw. Johnson ordered the former, and troop levels soon jumped to more than 300,000 as U.S. air forces commenced the largest bombing campaign in history.



Old Corner Pool Tournament


Friday, March 28, 2014

Murder Mystery Dinner at the Sports Pub

In 1889, the gold has all but dried up in a little Southwestern New Mexico town and it is quickly becoming lawless. Mayor Henry Goldtop is trying to clean up the town but he is murdered before the clean-up can be done. Who could have killed Mayor Goldtop?

Come join the fun in this high stakes Murder Mystery Dinner and support our youth.
Portion of the proceeds to benefit the Copperopolis Elementary 6th grade science camp.

Recipes by Nate - Baked Pickle Chips

Baked Pickle Chips
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 32 low-sodium kosher dill pickle chips 


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Electronic Waste recycling 3-29-14


Lost Cat -Choctaw and Cheyenne area



DJ Anthony at the Sports Pub 3-28-14 and 3-29-14


Mark Twain Medical Center offering new support groups

Mark Twain Medical Center has a monthly Mended Hearts Group which meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10am.
Mended Hearts inspires hope and improves quality of life for heart patients and their families with ongoing support from other heart patients.
At our monthly meetings we will have health professionals discuss a variety of topics which will be helpful to heart patients.
For more information please call: Ann Walton, Cardiopulmonary Registered Nurse @ 209-754-2643

Karaoke at the Old Corner 3-29-14


Rainbow over Copper - reader photo

Photo by Georgette Wynn of Bark n Bubbles

Hazardous Weather outlook from Nat'l Weather Service

3-27-14 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY

SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS OVER THE
SIERRA. CONTINUED SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION AND CHAIN CONTROLS ARE
LIKELY THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS.

* WINTER STORM WARNING.......SEE WWUS46 KSTO - WSWSTO FOR DETAILS *

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN... FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

MORE WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL PASS THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FRIDAY
NIGHT AND SATURDAY AND ON MONDAY. THIS WILL BRING RAIN AND HIGHER
ELEVATION SNOW. THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY MAINLY IN
THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY. SOME OF THESE COULD BECOME SEVERE.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS TO THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT
WEATHER.GOV/SACRAMENTO
 
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prime Rib at the Old Corner 3-28-14


Kindergarten Registration



KINDERGARTEN Registration





Copperopolis Elementary is holding registration on Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Parents of children who will be 5 years old

on or before September 1, 2014 can pick up a registration packet beginning January 27th.



In order to schedule an evaluation time please return your completed packet (including immunization records and health forms).



For questions please call 209-785-2236.


KCRA reports - Senator Leland Yee arrested on bribery and corruption charges

State Sen. Leland Yee has been arrested by FBI agents on bribery and corruption charges, NBC Bay Area is reporting.
The FBI has confirmed with KCRA 3 that it conducted multiple raids Wednesday morning in the Bay Area and Sacramento.
A KCRA crew has confirmed that California Highway Patrol officers and the Sergeant of Arms are outside Yee's office at the state Capitol.


View from Table Top


Courtesy photos

IGA Weekly ad for 3-26-14 thru 4-1-14

To view the Payless IGA weekly ad for 3-26-14 thru 4-1-14 CLICK HERE


Rain forecast through the weekend

  • 3-16-14 Today Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 57. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tonight Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
  • Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind.
  • Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind around 6 mph becoming south in the morning.
  • Friday Night A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
  • Saturday Rain. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
  • Saturday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
  • Sunday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
  • Sunday Night A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sheriff Dept press release re: Advisory: Wanted Subject - Calaveras County



Shawn Jonathan Melcher
Age 37
5'8" 200 Brown Hair/Hazel Eyes
Last known address on Hogan Dam Road, Valley Springs.
Tattoos: Left Breast 'Melcher' / Neck Tattoos

Felony arrest warrant for various charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, child endangerment, and evading a peace officer with $500,000 bail.

Known to frequent the Valley Springs area. This subject is considered a fugitive and aiding, abetting, or assisting; including helping him hide, keeping him in your home, or providing financial assistance is a crime.

(209) 754-6500 Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.
(209) 754-6030 Annonymous Tips For full details, view this message on the web.

Sonora PD press release re: TRACE program

The Sonora Police Department is pleased and honored to join forces with Tuolumne County Friday Night Live in the State wide Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) program. The Sonora Police Department will be implementing the new TRACE investigative protocols soon. This rewarding program will assist the police department in the investigation of alcohol related events, which involve juveniles and/or minors, in an effort to determine whom they obtained alcohol from.
The Sonora Police Department has already contacted the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and obtained; the proper protocols, the types of incidents they will investigate and/or respond to, and the qualifying parameters of cases in which they will investigate.
The Sonora Police Department is looking forward to this rewarding new program, as well as working with Tuolumne County Friday Night Live, the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, and other allied Tuolumne County Law Enforcement agencies as this program moves forward in Tuolumne County.

CHP press release update - bus vs tanker



UPDATE – SCHOOL BUS vs TANKER TRUCK


SAN ANDREAS – The investigating Officer has reviewed the surveillance video from the school bus and determined that the school bus driver was completely within her lane when the driver of the tanker truck struck the school bus.  It is unknown at this time why the driver of the tanker truck was over the double yellow lines.  We have asked the truck company for a copy of their truck video but have yet to receive the video as requested.

The driver of the truck, Timothy Lupkes was found to be in violation of 21460(a)VC – Driving to the left of solid double yellow lines.