Calaveras County Search & Rescue Training To Be Prepared & Hope You Are As Well
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 04:13 PM
San Andreas, CA...On April 22nd, the Calaveras County Volunteer Search and Rescue Team conducted their annual swift water rescue training. The training consisted of locating lost persons along the river, accessing them and transporting them safely to shore. This was a refresher course designed to sharpen skills prior to what is expected as a high volume attendance season. The Calaveras Search and Rescue Team would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant while visiting the rivers and tributaries.
Stanislaus National Forest Suffers Extensive Storm Damage, Some Roads Closed Until 2018
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 03:43 PM
Sonora, CA...Roads on Stanislaus National Forest suffered extensive damage from winter storms and many will remain closed until at least 2018, including four popular roads. Forest officials warn all the damage has yet to be assessed. Cottonwood Road (1N04) on Groveland and Mi-Wok districts, Beardsley Day Use Road (4N29) and Hell’s Half Acre (5N95) on Summit District and Spicer Road (7N01) on Calaveras District sustained extensive damage. “The record winter storms caused landslides and road failures on many Forest roads,” said Scott Tangenberg, Stanislaus National Forest’s Acting Forest Supervisor. “Much of the Forest is still covered in deep snow and our staff hasn’t been able to inspect roads covered with as much as 14 feet of snow.”
The 2017 Taste Of Calaveras Showcased the Finest Wine, Culinary Treats & Art! Photos & Video!
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 03:20 PM
Murphys, CA...The 11th Annual Taste of Calaveras drew its' largest crowd ever on April 22nd At Ironstone and it Showcased the Finest Wine, Culinary Treats & Art. More than 40 of Calaveras County’s most acclaimed winemakers, restaurateurs and plein air artists converged at Ironstone Vineyards. The event featured wine tasting, gourmet samplings, live music by the Bob Eisenmann Jazz Trio, food and wine demonstrations, local artists painting along with artisans on site and a silent auction featuring Calaveras experiences and Calaveras products. Below are a few photos from the event that most attendees said was the best Taste Of Calaveras Yet.
Steven E. Sapp, 69 From Ripon Passed Away In Hwy 12 Collision
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 01:15 PM
Valley Springs, CA...The sad notifications to his family have been made and it can now be released that it was Steven E. Sapp, 69 From Ripon that passed away in an early morning collision on Hwy 12 yesterday. He was driving his Ford Explorer westbound on State Route 12, east of Evans Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway, traveling off the right shoulder and striking an oak tree. The collision was reported at 5:47am on April 26.
Murphys, CA...Black Sheep Winery arrived in Murphys with the 1984 harvest. From that first harvest we produced our 1984 Amador Zinfandel. The wine was styled in a big, bold way like nobody else could do. That's what makes us Black Sheep; we're different from the rest of the flock. We feature small batches of limited release wines handcrafted from high quality grapes grown in Calaveras and Amador Counties. We produce about 2,500 cases of wine per year, specializing in Zinfandels and Rhone varietals.
Don't Miss Film Friday with "Bottle Shock" At Milliaire April 28th.
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 09:35 AM
Murphys, CA...Don't miss our first Film Friday! Enjoy "Bottle Shock" projected on our Creekside Patio along with a delicious glass of Milliaire and theater snacks in hand! Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at dusk. FREE ADMISSION.
"It's In The Hole!!" Fred Simpson Shoots A Hole In One At Greenhorn Creek
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 08:11 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Fred Simpson is a new Hole-in-One Recipient… at the Wonderful Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort… On April 23rd on the 115 yard Hole 3 during the Men vs Women Tournament. Congratulations Fred!!
Tickets For 21st Annual Renner Winery Bonfire On Sale Now!!
Posted by: thepinetree on 03/28/2017 05:08 PM
Murphys, CA...The 21st Annual Renner Winery Bonfire in the Vineyard is our best event. This year, it will happen on Saturday, April 29th starting at 6:00 pm. We will have a great dinner, music and dancing to the great local band, Jill & The Giants. This promises to be a wonderful experience enjoying the beautiful vineyard in the height of spring! Call the Tasting Room for tickets, (209)728-2314, or on our website. Shuttle service will be available from our Tasting Room in downtown Murphys.
A Very Sad Update....Charles Duston Who Had Been Missing In The Sonora Pass High Country Has Been Found Deceased
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 11:43 PM
Pinecrest, CA...**Update Wed. April 26 at 10:45 PM** Several search and rescue teams have been scouring the area near Eagle Meadow Road in Pinecrest for the last three days, after receiving a report of an overdue snowmobiler. It is with heavy hearts that we report Charles Duston was found deceased early this evening by a search team. Charles was found approximately 4 miles from his snowmobile in a snowy, rugged area. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Angels Food & Sierra Hills Markets Weekly Specials Through May 2nd
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 11:27 PM
Angels Camp & Murphys, CA...For the best Deli Sandwiches in Calaveras County, come on in and treat yourself to the tastiest and freshest 'made with love' deli sandwiches around. Angels Food Deli, Text your order to 209.753.7331 Or You may call your order in to 209.736.4243 ext 14. Sierra Hills Market Deli, Text your order to 209.753.7115 Or You may call your order in to 209.728.3402 ext 305. Sierra Hills, Angels Food & Sierra Hills Natural Food Markets have been part of the Calaveras community since 1935. High Quality, Great Customer Service and Great Hometown Prices. "We are dedicated to providing the best to our customers. " - Mike Croshaw Wishing you Good Times & Good Cheer. Sierra Hills Market 209-728-3402 Angels Food Market 209-736-4243 Shop Local * Buy Local * Go Local
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Sacramento, CA...Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are heralding the California Senate Health Committee's passage of SB 562, the Healthy California Act today, Wednesday, April 26, with a majority of the committee members’ support. SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. Full details of the bill may be viewed here http://bit.ly/2ng5hUg Prior to the hearing, over a thousand bill supporters, including members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, held a spirited rally at the Sacramento Convention Center followed by a colorful march to the State Capitol for the Senate Health Committee hearing.
The photos above are from the rally proponents held at the Sonora Opera Hall a few days ago.
Teams Still Searching High Country For Charles Duston
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 05:43 PM
Pinecrest, CA...Missing person Charles Duston was to snowmobile to his vacation cabin located in the Haypress/Eagle Meadows area on Sunday 4/16/17. The cabin is approx. 6 to 7 seven miles from Hwy 108 where his truck was later located. His wife reported Charles overdue to our office on Monday, 4/24/17 at approx. 1530 hours. TCSO Search and Rescue immediately responded to the area and located the cabin but Charles was not there at that time. A snowmobile believed to belong to Charles was later located approx. 2 miles away from the cabin with snowshoe tracks going away from the snowmobile. The search is on-going with teams on the ground and air support. The current search area is approx. 3 square miles in very challenging terrain.
Nickel Registry Holding A Rally This Week For Autos From The "Gilded Age"
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 03:01 PM
Murphys, CA...Well it's about time we had a few more period correct vehicles gracing the streets of our small towns. They may not be "Buggy Bill" period correct but certainly closer than the Tesla parking lot it seems to be at times. About 40 beautiful horseless carriages are making day trips from their homebase at Murphys Inn & Suites. We spoke with owners from as far away as Maryland & Washington state attending the rally. As this era gets farther into the rear view of history our debt of gratitude to these owners and collectors grows as they are truly living history exhibits from our past.
New Melones Lake Marina Says "Book Now For All Your Summer Adventures"
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 01:36 PM
Angels Camp, CA...New Melones Lake Lovers! Now is the time to book your reservations for a fun filled summer. It is incredibly important to book your boating reservations early to ensure there will be a rental waiting for you. We have Party Cruisers, Super Cruisers, Patio Boats, Fishing Boat, Wave Runners, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Hydro Bikes and Toy Packages for rent. Call us at (209) 785-3300 to book now or lick below
Independence Hall Needs Your Stuff! Accepting Donations Every Saturday!!
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 01:22 PM
White Pines, CA...The Flea Market is our only fundraiser for the year. The proceeds provide for maintenance of the building and grounds. It is always held on the first full weekend in August. Donations to the Flea Market are accepted all year.
Murphys, CA...The VA Health Van Clinics will be in Murphys at the Murphys Senior Center on April 27th. They will be at the Faith Lutheran Church at 65 Mitchler Street in Murphys from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary.
Home Surveillance System Leads To Real Time Arrest Of Antioch Man
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 11:53 AM
Sonora, CA...An Antioch man is arrested after a Sonora homeowner watched the man on live surveillance prowl around his residence. This morning, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from a homeowner on Ridgewood Drive. The caller said he was out of town and he received a motion detection alert from his residence. He was able to tune into live surveillance broadcasted from his home and watched as a man walked around his house checking for unlocked windows and doors. The homeowner provided Dispatchers with up to date information which included an associated truck description and when the man had opened and entered the attached garage.
"Vandals" Continued Their Decades Long Tradition Getting The Frogs Ready
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 11:40 AM
Frogtown, USA..(AKA Angels Camp)...Vandals struck again last night in Angels Camp with a kickoff for the fair by painting the Frog on Main Street. The painting was completed sometime around 11 o'clock. The vandal group consisted of people who begin painting the Frog 39 years ago, along with some young ladies, who are continuing the tradition through today. Check out the great job they did in the street at the intersection of Highway 49 and old Highway 4. Secret video of the event was posted as well...
69 Year Old Ripon Man Passes Away In Hwy 12 Collision With Oak Tree
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 11:16 AM
Valley Springs, CA...Before 6am this morning a 69 year old man from Ripon was driving his 1994 Ford Explorer westbound on State Route 12, east of Evans Road at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons He allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway, traveling off the right shoulder. Consequently, the front end of the Ford collided with an oak tree. The man passed away from his injuries.
Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 10:47 AM
Yosemite, CA...Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the public scoping comment period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment will be open from Wednesday, April 26, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017.
Big Oak Flat Road & Hwy 120 Entrance Into Yosemite National Park Re-Opening May 1st
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 10:35 AM
Yosemite, CA...Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am Monday, May 1, 2017. Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am on Monday, May 1, 2017. Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 West will once again be able to drive via Big Oak Flat road to Yosemite Valley. Road work will still be underway when the road reopens. Visitors planning to drive over Big Oak Flat road should be prepared for one-lane traffic closures with waits up to 15 minutes. The road will be closed from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am for several days as work crews finalize the repairs to the Big Oak Flat road.
Ebbetts Pass Fire District's ISO Rating May Reduce Your Insurance Rates
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 09:58 AM
Arnold, CA...The local Ebbetts Pass Fire District has become one of the models for rural districts. The consistently rank higher than many urban districts even for things such as cardiac care. Another way they many be able to help those in their district is on their home insurance rates. The following quote from EPFD Chief Mike Johnson explains it better than we could.. "Home insurance companies can use various tools to determine a rate for calculating coverage fee premium, some companies use a scale based on the ISO Public Protection Class rating. The ISO Public Protection Class rating evaluates the performance of the local fire agencies on many levels and water provisions such as hydrant placement and flows. Evaluations of ISO Public Protection Class ratings usually occur every 10 years or so and are scored on a scale of 10 – 1, 1 being the best. We recently had our evaluation and have been reclassified from Class 4 to Class 2 in our district for all structures are within 1000 feet of a hydrant and 5 miles from a fire station, a criteria most of our district falls under. We believe that all our residents that have insurance companies using the ISO Public Protection Class rating will benefit from sharing this information with their insurance company and may result in a reduced rate."
Columbia College Graduates 34 Fire Academy Students
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2017 09:00 AM
Columbia, CA...The Columbia College Fire Academy will hold its graduation ceremony and presentation of Certification of Completion to 34 successful students of the Fire Technology Program. The event, which is open to the general public, will be held Thursday, April 27th, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion at Columbia College. Certificates will be awarded based on the student’s successful completion of the academic and manipulative training as mandated for a California Firefighter 1 Certification. The students must still complete six months of full-time or one year of part-time field experience before applying to the state for Firefighter I Certification. “Some of the graduates will apply or continue with reserve, intern and volunteer positions at local or state-wide fire departments since entering the academy” said Chief Shane Warner, Columbia College Fire Technology Program Coordinator and professor. “Many of the students will continue on to pursue associate degrees in fire technology at Columbia College.” “Some of the students are already applying for seasonal employment with CAL Fire, Forest Service, and local fire agencies said Instructor Andy Van Hoogmoed.
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Water District Board is back in action today with a full agenda. Discussion of State Assembly Bills that would impose new burdens on water districts, rate stabilization, real property and also a special session for labor negotiations with SEIU. The agendas are below...
Got Pine Needles? Wish You Didn't? Call Today For a Free Estimate 209-795-5686
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/20/2017 07:28 AM
Arnold, CA...Get Your Yard Cleanup Done For 2017! Got Pine Needles? Let Us Help! Pine Needles, Leaves, Pruning, Weed Whipping, Hauling, Call today for a free estimate, 209-795-5686, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arnold, CA...Dogwood Seasonal Cuisine In Cedar Center is Now Hiring!! The new dinner house in Arnold has had a great first year and is currently hiring for a line cook. Email resumes to Dogwood.Rest@gmail.com
The Search Is On For Missing Charles Duston In Sonora Pass High Country
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 11:33 PM
Pinecrest, CA...The search is still on for Charles Duston, 67 years old, 6'1", 170 pounds. Charles has a cabin in the Haypress/Eagle Meadow area. He goes to his cabin often for a week at a time. There is no phone at the cabin but he usually ventures out to "telescope peak" for cell service to check in with his wife but she has not heard from him. He tows his snowmobile, parks his vehicle off of Hwy 108 and rides to the cabin when the road is closed due to snow. He was due to return home yesterday(Monday) but never arrived. His vehicle was located on Hwy 108 at the entrance to Eagle Meadow.
Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation Volunteers Hosted Their Spring Fling Bazaar
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 04:35 PM
San Andreas, CA...On Tuesday, April 11 the hard working Volunteers held their annual Spring Fling Bazaar at Mark Twain Medical Center. They had great handmade items including Easter baskets, Easter wreaths, floral arrangements and a variety of crafts and baked goods. The Spring Fling was a fundraiser to support their Scholarship Program for students embarking on a career in healthcare.
Calaveras Business Resource Center Is Ready To Help The Business Community Grow & Thrive
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 04:13 PM
San Andreas, CA…The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce, California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and Central Sierra Economic Development District (CSEDD) celebrated the Grand Opening of the Calaveras Business Resource Center on April 13. The CBRC is a project that was developed by the 2015 Leadership Calaveras Program and as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County, received funding through an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to provide resources and support to the Calaveras County business community.
Caltrans Used 20lbs Of Explosives To Blast Debris On State Route 26
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 02:20 PM
West Point, CA...In this News Flash, Caltrans takes us on location as emergency maintenance contractors perform a controlled explosion to remove potentially hazardous rocks and debris while repairing State Route 26 (SR-26) near the Amador/Calaveras County line. On February 10, 2017, a roadside slip-out occurred on SR-26, followed by a rockslide on February 11, 2017, less than three miles apart. SR-26 was immediately closed in both directions as crews began to assess the damage and begin repair efforts. While addressing these two slides, workers discovered a small sinkhole located between the two slide sites, leading to the replacement of a culvert pipe approximately 40 feet below the surface.
Angels Camp Police Department Returns To Normal Office Hours
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 01:53 PM
Angels Camp, CA...As of Thursday, 04/20/17, our police department lobby hours are back to normal, Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. The lobby is closed on weekends and City Holidays. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Minor Injuries In Collision On SR-16 When River Pines Man Turned In Front Of Plymouth Woman
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 10:59 AM
Drytown, CA...A 45 year old River Pines man was driving his 92 Honda westbound on SR-16. His vehicle was having mechanical problems. He decided to make a u-turn. He turned his vehicle onto the shoulder and then made an immediate u-turn, directly into the path of that was following his vehicle. He failed to observe the vehicle following him from the rear.
Meet Susan Wright an Occupational Therapist That Specializes in Hand Therapy Care and Humankindness at Mark Twain Medical Center
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 03:38 AM
San Andreas, CA...Susan Wright’s career as an Occupational Therapist spans some 31 years and she says it has never seemed like work. “It’s more like helping out a friend,” she notes. “OT helps people be independent by figuring out ways for them to handle the activities of daily living.” Susan joined the Mark Twain Medical Center team in January as full-time Occupational Therapist. Her office in the Outpatient Services Center at MTMC reflects her training as a hand therapy specialist – but she reaches far beyond her specialty to help people regain their independence.
Arnold, CA...The 2017 Dogwood Festival featuring Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players is Sunday May 14, 2017 2 pm. This is a rare opportunity to hear music from these renowned San Francisco musicians in the intimate rustic setting of Jack Knight Hall among the giant redwoods. Celebrate the amazing season of the Dogwood and join us in Jack Knight Hall in Calaveras Big Trees State Park for amazing music, hors d’oeuvres, Locke Vineyards winetasting, Raffle and Dogwood Quilt Raffle (quilt winner to be announced on Labor Day).
Market Watch From BluePrint Investments & Tax Planning
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2017 01:38 AM
Valley Springs, CA...The world’s oldest annual marathon was run on April 17 as amateur athletes from around the world descended on Boston, Massachusetts for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. While elite athletes grab the headlines, over 25,000 entrants finished the marathon. Training for and running a marathon takes fortitude and patience, and many casual marathon runners aim simply to reassure themselves that they possess those qualities. No less of a test, investing to meet long-term goals can certainly try one’s fortitude and patience, but like a marathon, is achievable with the help of a good plan.
Sonora, CA...The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department released the following on an incident. "On Saturday night just before 11 PM, a traffic stop was initiated on Crystal Falls Drive in Sonora on a 1983 Honda motorcycle for inoperable tail lights. While following the motorcycle, the deputy could see the driver was very unsteady, tipping slightly from left to right and steering all over the road.
Angels Camp, CA...On April, 19th 2017 at 10:44am John Aurthur Hubbell passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Coquille, OR on August 7th, 1938 he spent his childhood and early adult life growing up in South West Oregon. He came to Calaveras County in 1962, moving from Oregon on the promise of work. He found a job working for the Department of Forestry as a Dispatcher out of San Andreas, while employed there he was drafted into the Army in 1963. After basic training in Fort Ord, California he was stationed at the Army base in Carlise, PA. During this time he met and married his wife of fifty-two years, Jaynee Steigleman. In 1965 he moved back to Calaveras County with his wife Jaynee returning to his job at the Department of Forestry. From there he worked for American Forest Products for a short time, finally settling into a career working for PG&E as a Field Clerk. He worked in Rio Vista, Modesto, Davis, Stockton, Oakland, San Francisco, and Angels Camp retiring from PG&E after 28 years. After retirement he work briefly for Cal Farm Insurance in Angels Camp and Utica Power Authority of Angels Camp.
State Department Names Former "Fox & Friends" Heather Nauert As Spokesperson
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2017 12:11 PM
Washington, DC...The Department of State is pleased to welcome Heather Nauert as the new State Department Spokesperson. Nauert comes to the Department with more than 15 years of experience as an anchor and correspondent covering both foreign and domestic news and events, including the 9-11 terror attacks, the war in Iraq, and the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American people and the world.
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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.