Working Structure Fire In Tamarack Area...Update: Fire Damaged Tamarack Pines Inn
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 03:49 PM
Tamarack, CA...(Update as of 5:55pm...we would like to thank TCU Command for letting us know that it was the Tamarack Pines Inn and updating us on the fire. The fire in the structure has been knocked down and fire is now confined to the propane tanks behind the structure.) A very sad post as we just confirmed with Cal-Fire TCU command that firefighters are working an active structure fire at the Tamarack Lodge. It is unknown the extent of the involvement but when firefighters arrived there was smoke showing and they are attacking the fire... Update as of 4:28pm..We have been working to establish size and extent of the fire. The address also resolves to the The Tamarack Pines Inn which is a smaller bed and breakfast nearby. While still a sad event if this structure is damaged it would be much easier to rebuild or repair. Update as of 4:59pm....eastbound lane is blocked by fire equipment...
Tariffs Are Good For Votes But Bad For Economy & Jobs! ~ Letter To The Editor By Al Segalla
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 03:08 PM
Copperopolis, CA...It seems protective tariffs are great for getting votes but horrible for the economy and jobs, according to the famous economist Milton Friedman. Why is that? Most of western civilization holds the concept human beings have natural rights. This is also the bases of Common Law. In our country, we have a Constitution that identifies these rights as Life, Liberty and Property. All trade and private contracts rest on the rights of Liberty and Property. In all willing transactions, both parties gain, resulting in prosperity and jobs.
Fuel Your Winter Fun With $14.99 Propane Exchange Tanks From Calaveras Lumber
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 02:47 PM
Angels Camp, CA...Are you fueled up are ready to go? Do you have an extra tank for the garage heater? Time to get ready for all those winter activities! Calaveras Lumber in Angels Camp now has one of the lowest prices anywhere on propane exchange tanks. Simple, fast, safe & efficient. Stop by their home improvement store in Angels Camp and they will have you fueled up and ready to go in minutes. Of course while you are there you might be tempted to pick up a few more things as well.
Hathaway Pines, CA...On Friday, January 13, 2017, Carla Sue Laucci lost her battle with cancer at Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas, just weeks after her 71st birthday. It was a shock and surprise to her devastated family and she is survived by her husband John Laucci, her daughter Rosa Laucci, her sister Darlene Gery and four nieces.
Sierra Meadows Partnership Adopts “All-Hands, All-Lands” Approach To Restore & Protect State’s Sierra Nevada Meadows
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/23/2017 01:41 PM
San Francisco, CA...Today the Sierra Meadows Partnership, spearheaded by non-profit conservation organization California Trout and comprising a broad coalition of government agencies, scientists, non-profit conservation organizations and other stakeholders, announced the release of the Sierra Meadows Strategy. The strategy outlines an action plan to restore and protect 30,000 acres of mountain meadowlands in the greater Sierra Nevada of California within 15 years.
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SR-26 To Be Closed For At Least A Week....Detour Is Hwy 49!
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 11:58 AM
Mokelumne Hill, CA...SR-26 will be closed west of Mokelumne Hill between Paloma Rd and Campo Seco Turnpike due to roadway damage. The closure is expected to last a week. Earlier details....SR-26 is closed between Paloma Rd and Campo Seco Turnpike, west of Mokelumne Hill. This is due to damage to the roadway from the recent storms. Use SR-49 as a detour. There is no estimated time of repair and motorists should expect a lengthy closure.
For Some Areas It Has Been The Wettest January To Date On Record
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 11:37 AM
Arnold, CA...Some areas have recorded their wettest January in history according to the NWS Sacramento. The updated forecast for the West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada is as follows. Today Widespread snow showers. Highs 18 to 33 higher elevations...31 to 38 lower elevations. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Prevailing south winds up to 10 mph. Tonight Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Colder. Lows 9 to 24 higher elevations...24 to 30 lower elevations. Prevailing southeast winds up to 10 mph.
Hey Good People!! 115 Inches Of "Pure Mountain Fun" From This Storm Alone!! ~ Mattly Trent
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 09:51 AM
Bear Valley, CA...Hey Good People! 30" of new snow overnight and well..........it's epic! 115" for the storm total, 183" in 2 weeks, 279" for the season and 153" for our current base. We are closed today to recover from the copious amounts of snow yet our Mtn Ops teams are here and working hard for you so we can reopen for Tuesday January 24th 2017. Today's high is expected to be around 23F with SSW winds from 5-9 mph. We could pick up another 2-4" today before the system makes it's way East and gives way to High pressure arriving tomorrow and clear skies for the next 4-5 days. We're still assessing the Lwr mtn for Avalanche hazards which remain at 4 High currently but patience is the key here. Until then copious amounts of quality riding is to be had on the frontside/backside and village sides of our Mtn. Stay safe, ride with a friend and be aware of deep tree wells as they are abundant inbounds and in the soft boundaries. Come on up and check out our local "Pure Mtn Fun" ethos and stay tuned..........
Calaveras Unified Cancels School For West Point & Rail Road Flat Elementary Schools
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 09:34 AM
West Point & Rail Road Flat, CA...From CUSD Superintendent Mark Campbell. "Due to road conditions, weather forecasts, current conditions and transportation and attendance realities...school is canceled today at WPE and RRF. Our plans, as of now, are to open tomorrow as normal...if the situation changes, communications will follow..."
Community Volunteer Tree Planning Session, January 28th
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/23/2017 09:21 AM
Sonora, CA...Stanislaus National Forest and the Tuolumne River Trust are hosting a community volunteer tree planning information session at 6 p.m., Jan. 28 at the Forest Service headquarters, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora.
Angels Camp, CA...Bret Harte Senior Savannah Wittman took first place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voices of Democracy speech contest. Her speech (audio recording attached) addressed the theme: My Responsibility to America. Her first place speech earned her $2000 and a trip to Washington D.C. the last week of February to represent the VFW Department of California as one of 52 high schools students who will compete for the $30,000 national award.
SR-26 is Now Closed Between Paloma Rd and Mokelumne Hill, Use SR-49
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 08:51 AM
Mokelumne Hill, CA...An updated release from the San Andreas CHP office. "SR-26 is closed between Paloma Rd and Campo Seco Turnpike, west of Mokelumne Hill. This is due to damage to the roadway from the recent storms. Use SR-49 as a detour. There is no estimated time of repair and motorists should expect a lengthy closure."
Arnold, CA...The slipping and sliding on local roadways continues this morning. The part of the roadway is giving out near Hwy 26 and Campo Seco and the Tuolumne County Roads Department closed Old Priest Grade Road last night.
Arnold CA...As another storm system rolls through it is made travel increasingly difficult in the neighborhoods above of snow level. It has however brought beautiful reminders of the area in which we live. Stay warm and drive safe
Arnold, CA...Avery Middle School, Hazel Fisher & Albert Michelson are all closed today as well as Twain Harte Elementary and Curtis Creek. Many other schools are on snow delays or at least some of the bus routes are on snow delays. For those that are on a snow day...skiing is out as Bear Valley is taking today to dig out.
Arnold, CA...Chain controls are just about everywhere this morning! Even on Hwy 26 Starting at West Point. Caltrans is doing a great job and the county road departments are starting to feel the strain and some of the roads in the neighborhoods are difficult at best.
Moyles's Portrait Studio Is Ready To Turn Moments Into Memories!
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/20/2017 01:53 PM
Sonora, CA...The only family owned and run professional portrait studio in Sonora specializing in same day prints. We specialize in capturing those precious family moments and creating lasting memories. We strive to have your prints to you same day! Contact us today, at (209) 536-4129 to make an appointment and drop-ins are always welcome!
Millions of Taxpayers Face Refund Delays in 2017
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/17/2017 10:54 AM
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Atlanta & New England To Meet In Super Bowl 2017
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 08:33 PM
Atlanta and Foxborough....The games didn't quite life up to their billings and today's matchups were a bit more one sided than last weekend's classic battles. Green Bay's & Pittsburgh's defenses didn't have an answer for the Tom Brady & Matt Ryan led offenses. Atlanta is a very good balanced team and as good as their offense was their defense was spectacular. Likewise the Patriots defense kept the Steelers from getting into a good offensive grove.
Too Much Snow? Really? Bear Valley To Use Monday Catch Up On Over 6.5 Feet Of New Snow!
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 07:14 PM
Bear Valley, CA...Ironic, but, yes, that is the situation. After over 6.5 feet of snow in the last 4 days and the expectation for another 18 inches overnight we plan to close operations on MONDAY JAN 23rd to recover our infrastructure. The massive amount of snow combined with high winds and road closures forced many California resorts to shut down on Sunday. We are thankful to our operation teams for making a heroic effort to get open today and provide a full weekend of skiing/riding on the fresh powder that so many of our guests love. However the storm cycle continues and strengthens overnight and into tomorrow morning.
Repair Crews Continue Their Battle Against Power Outages
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 04:48 PM
Arnold, CA...Upper Elevations in Amador, Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties are still suffering under wave after wave of outages. Some residents have been restored only to go dark again as another outage takes down a different part of the grid. Crews are doing a great job under adverse conditions and overall the numbers are down again. The list is below...
Hey Good People!! 71 Inches From This Storm System & More To Fall!! ~ Mattly Trent
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 01:53 PM
Bear Valley, CA...Hey Good People! 6" of new snow fell overnight as of 5am and winds are starting to pick up. We could see another 11-17" fall during the day today and winds are expected to increase this morning to around 24-34mph with some gusts to 50mph. The bulk of heavier winds will take place mostly in the am hours as the low pressure pushes onshore and warming convection from the days sunrise etc. By noon the winds should start to decrease somewhat as the system pushes farther East. Another 10-14" is expected to fall tonight and 2-4" is slated for Monday as the system presses East and comes to a close by late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. We're still assessing the Lwr mtn for Avalanche hazards which remain at a 4 High currently but patience is the key here. With the storm intensifying today it will remain closed. Until then copious amounts of quality riding is to be had on the frontside/backside and village sides of our Mtn. Stay safe, ride with a friend and be aware of deep tree wells as they are abundant inbounds and in the soft boundaries. Come on up and check out our local "Pure Mtn Fun" ethos and stay tuned..........
Traffic Update....(Update Hwy 4 Reopened Traffic Flowing) Collision & Visibility Problems In The High Country Close Hwy 4 At Meko
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 12:08 PM
Bear Valley, CA...CHP is reporting an up to 8 vehicle collision that has led CHP to close Hwy 4 at Meko Drive temporarily. Caltrans is reporting complete white out conditions with one of their plows stuck as well. Let's be careful out there...
(Update...Suspect In Custody) Be On The Lookout For Dylan Ray Mills. Wanted For Assault & Pursuit Charges
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 09:45 AM
Angels Camp, CA...(Update...Calaveras County deputies located and arrested Dylan Ray Mills, near the Red Hill Road transfer station in Vallecito.) Dylan Ray Mills, a 22 year old white male, is wanted for charges related to an assault and pursuit that occurred earlier today in Amador County. Details are still unclear, but apparently Mills was present during an assault involving a knife and fled when Amador County law enforcement officers arrived. A pursuit was initiated in Amador County and was terminated for unknown reasons as it approached Calaveras County. Calaveras County deputies spotted the vehicle associated with Mills and continued the pursuit. The vehicle was pursued into Angels Camp, and at approximately 2 AM on today's date an Angels Camp officer utilized spike strips to disable the vehicle Mills was in as it traveled through Angels Camp. The vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of S. Main Street and Stanislaus Avenue, and Mills fled on foot. Another subject in the vehicle was taken into custody by Calaveras County deputies.
Sunday Morning Power Outage Update....Much Progress Made But Many Still Or Newly In Dark
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 09:36 AM
Arnold, CA...The numbers are falling but it was another cold and dark night for many in our area. Many of these outages are new or variations from yesterday. Winds overnight brought down more trees and limbs into power lines and service drops to houses. Interestingly the total number of repair instances seems about the same or higher but the total number in the dark is dropping so they are making good progress. Another observation yesterday when we were out and about is that it didn't seem to be beetle kill trees but green living trees that were carrying a full foliage load to carry snow and hence weight. Our hats off the the crews that are working in abysmal and dangerous conditions. To make it a bit easier to read the list is below the graphic.
Traffic Update....Murphys Drive Crossing Out Over Moran Creek
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 08:53 AM
Arnold, CA...We would like to thank Don Shinn for the picture and also to remind those in the Arnold area that the Murphys Drive crossing is out over Moran Creek. There are a few different options over the creek back up towards Sequoia Woods but looks like repairs on this crossing will be awhile...
Traffic Update....Tree & Live Power Lines Down With Vehicle Stuck Over Lines
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/22/2017 08:36 AM
Long Barn, CA...CHP is reporting pretty nerve wracking situation for occupants of a vehicle in Long Barn. A tree came down last night and brought power lines with across a road and now a vehicle is stuck on the tree and there are lines under the vehicle that are energized. Let's hope for a safe outcome. There are several more incidents of downed trees and lines but not energized and they are enclosed as well. Let's be careful out there...
Arnold, CA...The numbers of customers without power continues to rise instead of fall as crews work hard to stay ahead of the wave of trees dropping into the power lines. PG&E's earlier estimates on getting power restored have come and gone. The sobering numbers are as follows...Arnold, 42 Outages affecting 4718 Customers. Avery, 1 Outages affecting 75 Customers. Dorrington, 4 Outages affecting 306 Customers. Forest Meadows, 4 Outages affecting 821 Customers. Groveland, 1 Outages affecting 44 Customers Long Barn, 1 Outages affecting 153 Customers. Mi-Wuk Village, 15 Outages affecting 998 Customers. Phoenix Lake, 2 Outages affecting 33 Customers. Pine Mountain Lake, 1 Outages affecting 39 Customers. Pioneer, 7 Outages affecting 2596 Customers. Pine Mountain Lake, 1 Outages affecting 39 Customers. Pioneer, 7 Outages affecting 2596 Customers. San Andreas, 1 Outages affecting 1 Customers. Sierra Village, 5 Outages affecting 641 Customers. Sonora, 5 Outages affecting 326 Customers Strawberry-Tuolumne, 2 Outages affecting 87 Customers. Tuolumne, 2 Outages affecting 395 Customers. Twain Harte, 25 Outages affecting 1012 Customers. Valley Springs, 1 Outages affecting 1 Customers. Volcano, 5 Outages affecting 74 Customers. West Point, 4 Outages affecting 50 Customers.
Mother Nature Continues Her Quest To Make Up For The Dry Years
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 01:57 PM
Arnold, CA...Along the West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. Today Widespread snow showers in the morning, then numerous rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 22 to 36 higher elevations...35 to 41 lower elevations. Snow accumulation of 2 to 8 inches. Snow level 4000 feet. Prevailing south winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph...except southwest 20 to 30 mph over ridges. Tonight A chance of rain and snow in the evening, then snow and heavy rain after midnight. Windy. Lows 19 to 33 higher elevations...31 to 37 lower elevations. Snow accumulation of 2 to 7 inches. Snow level 3500 feet. Prevailing southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph shifting to the south 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph after midnight.
Traffic Update....The Long List Of Traffic Trouble Spots At This Time
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 10:49 AM
Arnold, CA...The Tri-County area is a bit of a mess with downed trees and utility crews working to get everything back into working order. The skiing is stellar and the ski resorts would love your business but take it slow as you don't want to end up on the the list below...
Power Outage Update...The List is Long & Bulk Of Hwy 4 Outage Should Be Repaired By Noon
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 10:23 AM
Arnold, CA...PG&E has informed us that the bulk of the Hwy 4 customers back online by noon. The long list of outages at this time. Arnold 33 outages for 4600 not moving current. Avery 1 outage affecting 75 customers. Cedar Ridge has 2 outages with 333 down. Dorrington is down to 4 outages with 306 with refrigerators closed. Forest Meadows has 2 outages with 819 gated safely without power. Greeley Hill has 33 in the dark. Groveland 44. Long Barn has 153 on candle power. Mi - Wuk Village has 579 Villagers getting ready to eat all their ice cream. Mokelumne Hill has 60 customers staring at dark TV screens. Phoenix Lake has 33 with kids that want their gamesystems. Pine Mountain Lake has 39 that would rather be flying. Pioneer has 1250 wanting to charge their cell phones. Sonora has 473 customers tapping remotes that wont respond. Strawberry has 230 customers bundling up and going sledding. Tuolumne has 395 heading to Black Oak. Twain Harte has 19 outages and 1177 bundled up by the fire. Volcano has 116 parents ready to erupt because kids keep asking when power will be back on. West Point has 65 customers without and 35 of those will somehow blame it on Growers.
Hey Good People!!! It's Is Dumping "Pure Mountain Fun" In Bear Valley!!! ~ Mattly Trent
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 07:03 AM
Bear Valley, CA...Hey Good People! We picked up another 12" of new snow overnight for a whopping storm total so far of 58"!!!!!! The high today should come in around the mid to upper 20's with winds out of the SSW from 11-26 with possible gust up to 40mph. The riding is off the hook right now and the upper mtn is in awesome shape as most everything is filled in. We're still assessing the Lwr mtn for Avalanche hazards which remain at a 4 High currently but patience is the key here. With the storm intensifying over the next 2 days it will remain closed. Until then copious amounts of quality riding is to be had on the frontside/backside and village sides of our Mtn. Stay safe, ride with a buddy and be aware of deep tree wells as they are abundant inbounds and in the soft boundaries. Come on up and check out our local "Pure Mtn Fun" ethos and stay tuned..........
Traffic Update...Lines Down & Snowplow vs Vehicle Start The Morning
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 06:46 AM
Sonora, CA...Tuolumne County seems to be the trouble spot this morning with a couple of incidents were lines are down and also a snowplow has reportedly backed into a vehicle. Let's be careful out there...
Power Outages Bring A Dark Start To Many Arnold & Hwy 4 Residents
Posted by: thepinetree on 01/21/2017 06:25 AM
Arnold, CA...As we start start Saturday there are 12 outages affecting 1292 customers, (Including Us). Up the road in Dorrington there are 5 outages affecting 782 customers. In Groveland there are 158 without power. Long Barn 2 outages and 158 customers dark. 20 in Mi-Wuk Village. Pioneer 13 are down. One customer down in Sonora & Twain Harte with 105 offline. West Point rounds out our local list with 35 on candle power.
Over $127 Million Allocated To Improve & Maintain California’s Multimodal Transportation System
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/20/2017 04:55 PM
Stockton, CA...The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has adopted 49 projects, valued at more than $127 million, to support needed upkeep on California’s aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking.
Bret Harte FFA Shines At The Sectional FFA Competition
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/20/2017 04:20 PM
Angels Camp, CA...On Wednesday, January 18 eleven Bret Harte FFA members traveled to Linden High School to compete in the Delta Cal Sectional FFA speaking contest. These competitors participated in four different contests against eighteen other FFA Chapters.
Calaveras County Public Notice For County Board, Committee Or Commission Membership Applications
Posted by: News_Desk on 01/20/2017 04:12 PM
San Andreas, CA...NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, due to unscheduled vacancies and expiration of terms, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors encourages interested and qualified persons to apply for membership to the following County boards, committees or commissions:
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Bear Valley's Mark Phillips narrates a wonderful video that was created for the Ebbetts Pass Historical Association. The Video runs about 50 minutes and gives a fascinating & entertaining view of the history of the Bear Valley Area.