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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2014 09:11 AM
Tokyo, Japan...PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) On behalf of the government and the people of Japan, I would like to sincerely welcome President Obama as our state guest. At the outset, I would like to once again express my heartfelt gratitude for the assistance from the United States in the aftermath of the great East Japan earthquake. More than 20,000 servicemembers of the U.S. forces participated in Operation Tomodachi. And as a matter of fact, Japanese people were greatly encouraged and helped by the assistance extended from the government and the people of the United States. And I am truly grateful for that....
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Mountain Melody Women's Chorus Concert Series May 3rd

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/24/2014 09:05 AM
Angels Camp, CA ... the Mountain Melody Women's Chorus Concert kicks off their spring series Saturday May 3rd at 4 pm at the Union Congregational Church, 1141 S Main Street, Angels Camp, CA. The concert is entitled "Too Much Fun!" and free to attend, but donations to the group are gladly accepted. On Sunday May 4th at 4pm at Jack Knight Hall in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, tickets are $25.00. Included in the ticket price is admission to the park, as well as a guided nature hike at 2pm. This event is a benefit for Calaveras Big Trees Association and Mountain Melody.
Tickets are available online at www.toomuchfun.eventsbot.com
or call for information (209) 795-1196.
Light refreshments will be served at both performances.
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Trrffic Update....Overturned Vehicle Near Copperopolis

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2014 08:55 AM
Copperopolis, CA...Crews are working an overturned vehicle accident on Rock Creek Ct & Rock Creek Road. Please use caution in the area....

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NCAA America Sky Championship To Be Contested At Greenhorn Creek Golf Club

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2014 08:46 AM
Angels Camp, CA......NCAA Division 1 golf will contest its first-ever tournament at Greenhorn Creek GC with the America Sky Championship, April 25-27, 2014. Seven college teams from around the country belonging to the Great West Conference will compete in the three-day event. Leading the charge is host Sacramento State, which won this event in 2012. They will be swinging against teams from Binghamton (NY); North Dakota; Northern Colorado; Southern Utah; Weber State (UT); and Hartford (CT), led by last year’s America Sky Rookie of the Year, Evan Russell....

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Caltrans Statewide Litter Pickup Day

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2014 08:27 AM
Angels Camp, CA....Caltrans is holding its annual statewide Litter Removal and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014. This activity is to enhance public awareness of the volume and cost associated with removing litter, trash and debris by removing litter along the highways and roadways. The best anti-litter campaign is to ensure trash never makes it onto our highways in the first place....

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Join The Calaveras County Association Of Realtors A County Wide Candidates Night

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/18/2014 04:34 PM

PORAC Endorses Pat Garrahan for Sheriff

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 09:28 PM
Valley Springs, CA – The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) has officially endorsed Pat Garrahan for Calaveras County Sheriff. PORAC, incorporated in 1953, represents more than 64,000 public safety personnel, making it the largest public safety organization in California and the largest statewide public safety association in the nation...
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National Hotel – Jackson, CA

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 08:40 PM
Jackson, CA... When planning a trip up-country be sure to include a stay at the newly rebuilt National Hotel in Jackson. Staff in period dress are available to make sure your stay is more than pleasant. (Website enclosed)...

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Save the Date! Gold Country Roasters and Outer Aisle Foods FREE Public Event!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 08:21 PM
Murphys, CA... Wednesday, May 21st, 6:30 pm – 9pm at Outer Aisle Foods, 164 Highway 4, Murphys, CA, Gold Country Roasters and Outer Aisle Foods are co-sponsoring a FREE public educational event featuring two eminent experts in the field of sustainable coffee growing, who will discuss the shade grown coffee movement and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s (SMBC) Bird Friendly® coffee certification program. The Bird Friendly® designation is the highest ecological sustainability certification that coffee can be awarded. Coffees that are certified Bird Friendly® are organically grown in strict accordance with rigorous standards developed and overseen by the SMBC. GCR’s new Bird Friendly-certified Peruvian coffee will be available to sample, along with light snacks provided by Outer Aisle Foods.

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Meet Sheriff Gary Kuntz At The Hub Tonight

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 01:24 PM
Arnold, CA...Meet Sheriff Gary Kuntz At The Hub Tonight. The Event’s Date is April 23, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Hub, Cedar Center, Arnold. The Sheriff will speak on his accomplishments and his future plans for law enforcement in Calaveras County....


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The 2014 Celtic Faire Brought The Medieval To Life

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 12:56 PM
Sonora CA... The first part of March the Celtic fair rolled into Mother Lode Fairgrounds. We had hoped to get this feature posted much earlier but hopefully better late than never. The Faire is now three days and is one of the largest Celtic Faires around. It featured Jousting, nonstop entertainment, over 600 costumed attendees, historic reenactments, Celtic food & drink, music archery, dragons juggling dancing and much much more...


Over 150 Photos Above and Over 12 Minutes of Video Below

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Calaveras County Grad Night Foundation Bunco Grad Night Fundraiser

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/23/2014 11:41 AM
Murphys, CA ... Come one and all! Roll those Dice! On Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 pm at Murphys Suites, 134 Hwy 4, Murphys, CA. Have a great time playing while helping to raise money for a SAFE Graduation Night Celebration for our High School Seniors! BUNCO is an easy-to-learn, fast-paced dice rolling game. $25.00 requested donation benefiting the Grad Night Foundation. Please also bring $5.00 for the “kitty,” and an appetizer or snack* to share. If you would like to bid on items auctioned when Bunco is over, please bring extra cash or check.


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Delays On Hwy 99 In Merced Next Week

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 11:27 AM
Merced County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has rescheduled the full closure for the State Route 99 (SR-99) East Merced Overhead Project for next week. The work was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, through Friday, April 25, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m....
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Reginald ‘'Reg” Francis Cyr 1931 - 2014

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 10:55 AM
Avery, CA...Reginald ‘'Reg” Francis Cyr, “The Viking”, age 82, was born December 31, 1931 in Old Town, Maine, passed away April 17, 2014 at his residence in Avery, California. He was veteran of the U.S. Navy who served during the Korean War, and retired corporate manager for Safeway Stores. He was a member of the Our Lady of the Sierra Men’s Club, L.S.M, A.R.S.E, and a die hard Republican....


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Robert “Bob” L. Nethery 1929 - 2014

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 10:47 AM
Murphys, CA...Robert L. Nethery, “Bob” to friends and family and “Bobbie” to his grandchildren, died in his home in Murphys on April 8, 2014 after a two year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 84. Bob was born the sixth of eight children to Harry & Bernice Nethery on September 20, 1929 in Shullsburg, WI.  He spent his teen years growing up in Rockford, IL graduating from the local high school in 1947. A member of the Illinois National Guard, in 1952 Bob was activated during the Korean War and spent time at Camp Cook in Lompoc, CA before being deployed to France.  His time in California inspired him to make his home in the Bay Area after his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1953...

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George E. Segale 1925 - 2014

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2014 10:32 AM
Valley Springs, CA...George Elmer Segale born and raised in Angels Camp, California, on January 15, 1925, died on April 13, 2014, peacefully in his Christian faith at his home in Valley Springs, California after battling asbestos-related mesothelioma lung cancer. George was an active member of St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford, California. He was 89 years old. Growing up, George attended Angels Camp Grammar School (Class of 1938) and graduated from Bret Harte High School in 1942. During WWII, George was a chipper and welder building steel boats in Stockton. He then attended and graduated from UOP in Stockton, CA, in 1948, on a baseball scholarship he received. He spent 34 years at Galt Elementary School beginning in 1949, both as a teacher and principal until he retired in 1983. During those same years George worked summers and some evenings at Delta Rubber Company in Stockton. In the early 60's George and his long time friend, the late John Giannoni, owned and operated George's Fluffy Donut Shop on Lodi Avenue in Lodi....

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Glory Hole Fishing Report

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/23/2014 10:02 AM
Angels Camp, CA ... Trout fishing in rivers and streams opens this next Saturday, April 26. Most of the local rivers and streams are at a very fishable water flow. Generally at beginning of trout season we have a lot of snow melt and run off making it harder to fish. Unfortunately this year we have had very little rain and snow but, the early season fishing should be better cause of it.

Fishing Report
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 984,966 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped five feet this week and is currently at 940 ft. above sea level and 145 ft. from full. The water is slightly stained with some areas forming mud lines. The average water temperature is 62-68 degrees and rising daily. The boat launch ramps on the Glory Hole side have been moved back out to the end of the point which makes for a very short walk.

Bass: Good. The bass are in transition to and from shallow water. At this time of the year they are dawn to the shallows for the spawn. The lake level is falling at an exaggerated rate making the fish a bit leery. In the mornings and evening the bass have been moving closer to the shoreline to feed. Throughout the day try fishing main lake points near deeper water. The water is warming a bit each week and there has been a pretty decent reaction bite. Try using spinner baits, crank baits, and jerk baits to catch the more aggressive fish. Then slow down and fish a jig, Carolina rig, or Senko to catch fish that aren't willing to chase.


Andrew Beard caught a nice 6-pound bass on a pumpkin Senko rigged Texas style near Glory Hole.

Trout: Slow. The trout has been tough and very few fish are being caught. The lake level is dropping and the water temperature is warming. This will push the trout from the shallows out to deeper/cooler water. Try to find areas with clearer water that are protected from the wind and have deep water access. Bank fishing has been tough with most of the trout moving away from the shoreline. If you do choose to fish for trout from the shore, try fishing near Glory Hole Point and near the 49-bridge because the main river channel and cooler water is close. For bait try nightcrawlers, or chartreuse or rainbow garlic scented Power Bait. Trolling anglers have been catching a few fish while trolling over deep water on the main lake. To target these fish try using downriggers or leadcore line, 30-60' deep over 150-200' of water. The fish are relating to the old river channel and deep water. They will be in cooler water areas during the hotter summer months. Brighter colored baits have been working best. Orange, chartreuse and firetiger will work for browns and rainbows. When fishing the main lake and deep water it is a good idea to have a couple lines out that are targeting brown trout. There have been many really nice browns caught and released in the last few weeks. Try rolling shad or trolling large jointed plugs or swim baits. A good area for browns is out in front of the dam/spillway area or between the bridges. It is also a good idea to add plenty of scent and remember to reapply throughout the day. We do encourage catch and release for the brown trout as The Department of Fish and Game will no longer be planting them. Carefully measure, weigh and photograph trophy fish and send us pictures and information.


Keith Misclone of Atwater caught four chunky kokanee while trolling near Rose Island.

Kokanee: Fair. The fish are starting to school up making them easier to find and catch. We have had reports of multiple limits being caught. Some of the kokanee seem to be a decent size for this time of the year, and they have months left to grow. Pink is always a great color for dodgers and baits, with orange and green producing fish as well. It is a good idea to troll various sizes, colors, baits and blade combinations. The fish will favor certain rigs, and it can be a process of elimination to find what appeals to them throughout the day. Be sure to tip your baits with dyed and scented corn or Gulp Maggots. Also apply scent to you blades and lures, and continue to reapply multiple times on each outing. Garlic, carp spit, kokanne special, and bloody tuna are all good flavors to use.


Bob James of Murphys caught a nice limit of kokanee trolling Glitter Bugs pink micro hoochies on the main lake.


Blake Osgood and his father and friend (not pictured) caught six kokanee near Coyote Creek using pink hoochies and copper blades.

Catfish: Fair. The big cats should be up and eager to feed in preparation for the spawn. The water temperature is getting warmer each day which will encourage the cats to move shallow. Try using frozen shad or a ball of crawlers to target these fish. Catfish are drawn to bait by scent so it is a good idea to add additional scent to your bait.
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week Contest goes to Doug Chew, and Luke and William Lum. They landed a massive 13-pound catfish while fishing with a white and chartreuse spinner bait.

Crappie: Fair. The crappie bite is getting better each week and we are hearing of more being caught each day. We expect a fairly good bite this spring due to the lower water levels and the amount of standing timber. Try fishing with mini jigs and grubs under a slip-float. Also, a great way to catch them is with live minnows. The crappie that are being caught are chunky 1-2 pound slabs.


Please practice catch and release during the spring months. The fish are full of eggs in preparation for the spawn. Take photos and carefully release the fish back into to the lake to maintain a healthy fish population for generations to come.
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Ebbetts Pass Veteran's Memorial Dedication May 26 in Murphys

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/23/2014 09:30 AM
Murphys, CA ... The Ebbetts Pass Veteran’s Memorial District (EPVMD) in partnership with John & Gail Kautz & Family of Ironstone Vineyard invite you to the "Dedication of New Expansion to Veteran’s Memorial & Unveiling of 7’ Bronze Statue" event on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will be at the EPVMD Creekside Memorial, Algiers Street, Murphys, CA The band strikes up at 10 am. with by the dedication ceremony followed with lunch and fellowship.

Lunch is free for all Veterans $10 Donation for Guests

A Memorable Day for Americans to Celebrate Freedom
Musical Entertainment, Flags, Guest Speakers, WWII Era Movies



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Are You Ready For The Relay For Life?

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/18/2014 10:14 PM

A Rocky Morning For Driver Near Rocky Road

Posted by: John_Hamilton on 04/22/2014 04:04 PM
San Andreas, CA....Crews from the San Andreas Fire Department and CHP Offices worked what was luckily a non-injury accident on Mountain Ranch Road near Rocky Road. An elderly gentleman and his dog took a ride off the roadway in his pickup and overturned in the creek. Other than being shaken up the major damage appeared to be with the probably totaled truck....



We Would Like To Thank Mark Twain Medical Center For Sponsoring Much Of The News Coverage on ThePineTree.net
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Traffic Update...Accident on Rail Road Flat Road

Posted by: John_Hamilton on 04/22/2014 03:30 PM
Rail Road Flat, CA...Crews are working an accident on Rail Road Flat Road & Swiss Flat Road. An ambulance was dispatched and please use caution in the area....



We Would Like To Thank Mark Twain Medical Center For Sponsoring Much Of The News Coverage on ThePineTree.net
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Area Officers Recognized For Their Efforts To Reduce Impaired Driving

Posted by: John_Hamilton on 04/22/2014 03:12 PM
Sonora, CA....Local Law Enforcement officers were recognized for their diligent efforts within Tuolumne County of Keeping the motoring public safe from impaired drivers. The following officers assigned to the California Highway Patrol, Sonora Area were recognized: Officer Josh Mahaney, Officer Steve Warzee, Officer Steve Machado and Officer Michael Huddleston. The Sonora Police Department, Officer Jonathan Ma, was also recognized for his efforts...

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Calaveras County Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden Open on Saturday, May 24

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 02:37 PM
San Andreas, CA ... The Calaveras County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden will be open on Saturday, May 24th from 10AM – 2PM. Plants will be offered for sale, including some favorite water-wise selections, from 10AM – 12PM. The Garden is located at the County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

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Murphys Native Daughters of the Golden West Honor Two

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 02:28 PM
Murphys, CA ... The Parlor No 46 Murphys Native Daughters of the Golden West have honored two outstanding women of Calaveras County. Virginia Tremaine and Delida Lagomarsino were presented with flowers and awards for the Ruby Parlor No 46 Murphys NDGW Calaveras Woman’s Award 2014 at the Annual Fashion Show and luncheon in April. Local ladies modeled CAbi fashions (Carol Anderson by Invitation) with Wendy Cookson narrating. A wonderful lunch was prepared and served by Mary Kingshill for sixty-five women. This event was a lovely start to the activities planned for 2014 for Ruby Parlor No 46 Murphys NDGW, who will be celebrating 125 years of continuous service to Calaveras County on December 14, 2014.

Left to right, Virginia Tremaine and Delida Lagomarsino.
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Calaveras County Arts Council 17th Annual High School Art Show

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 02:08 PM
San Andeas, CA ... The Calaveras County Arts Council announced “Silenced” by Mikayla Kunesh of Bret Harte High School as the winner of Best of Show in the 17th Annual High School Art Show. “Silenced” can be viewed at Gallery Calaveras, 22 Main Street, San Andreas, CA.


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Knights of Columbus Amador County Council 1849, Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 01:59 PM
Amador County, CA ... The Knights of Columbus Amador County Council 1849, held its annual Tootsie Roll Drive (officially known as the Intellectual Disabilities Fundraiser), at several locations in Amador County during October of 2013. This drive, coordinated through the Columbian Charities, is identified to direct funds to the organization responsible for educating local citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year the Amador Knights have designated, The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, as the recipient of these donations. This year, through the generosity of all Amador County citizens, The Arc received $2,505.96. “Thank you all for your generosity and continued support of this charity. We are helping people to reach their stars” Mark Koenig with the Knights of Columbus Amador County Council 1849.

L to R: Charlie Esola, Ed Reno, John Bowling, Shawnna Molina, Mark Koenig, Sheridan Smith

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Sonora Regional Medical Center Names MAKOplasty® Robot

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 01:20 PM
Sonora, CA ...The Center for Joint Replacement and its panel of orthopedic surgeons have selected the name MaRIO as the winning entry for the MAKOplasty® robot. Sonora Regional Medical Center employee Poline King submitted the winning name. The assembly of surgeons received over 170 suggestions over the course of five weeks. The name is based on the highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, RIO®, used to perform MAKOplasty® procedures. The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, the RIO® system provides tactile, auditory and visual feedback, limiting the bone preparation to just the diseased areas. This process helps preserve more of the patient’s knee while providing optimal positioning of the implant.


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Outdoor Writers Association of California Enjoy a Tuolumne County “Sampler”

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 01:01 PM
Sonora, CA ... From April 27 through April 29, 2014, the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau will host 50 OWAC members, associate members and guests to give them a sample of the great outdoor venues Tuolumne County has to offer. For three days, members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California, known as OWAC, converge in Sonora for their Annual Spring Awards Conference, where members recognize their peers for the finest outdoor writing, broadcasting and media videography and programming. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center where Gianelli Vineyards will showcase their wines and Indigeny Reserve will serve up their signature hard cider .


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Sonora Regional Medical Center to Offer Safe Sitter Classes in May

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 12:42 PM
Sonora, CA ... Sonora Regional Medical Center is a registered Safe Sitter teaching site and is offering Safe Sitter classes to teach students about emergency, safety and basic childcare skills. The class will take place on Sunday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at the Medical Center. The comprehensive babysitting program is for adolescents 11 years and older. This nationally recognized program was started by Dr. Patricia Keener, board-certified pediatrician. Students who complete the program will gain confidence and learn how to prevent injuries and problem behavior. Students will receive a completion card after passing a written test.
Cost is $55, which includes materials and snacks. Class size is limited to 12 students. For more information please call 536-3727 or email Amy.Rolston@ah.org
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4th Annual ‘Hot Copper Car Show’ Rolls into Copperopolis Saturday, May 3

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 12:30 PM
(Copperopolis, CA ... Copperopolis Town Square – the events, shopping and entertainment gathering place in Calaveras County – will host the 14th annual “Hot Copper Car Show” on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brought to you by the Lake Tulloch Lions Club and sponsored by Castle and Cooke, it will feature food and drink from area vendors, music, raffles and more. Hundreds of hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles will be on display throughout the day. Admission is free. Registration is now open for car owners and vendor spaces; please call Ron Massei at 209.785.4288 or Ken Osteen at 209.785.8932. Registration forms may also be downloaded at www.hotcoppercarshow.com. Car-owner and vendor registration costs $30 before April 25; day-of-show registration is $35. Dash plaques will be offered to the first 150 car registrants.


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Hospice Thrift Shop

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 11:57 AM
Angels Camp, CA ...The Calaveras Hospice Thrift Store is open seven days a week. It is located at 570 Main St. Angels Camp, CA.

Caltrans and CHP Traffic Information

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 09:52 AM
Sacramento, CA ...Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 09:58 am Caltrans reports State Route 4 is closed from .5 miles east of junction of SR 207 Mt. Reba turnoff to the junction of State Route 89/Ebbetts Pass due to snow.

Bishop, CA ... CHP office reports the following:

7:15 AM 8 [9] SR108 (SONORA PASS) - CLOSED DUE TO SNOW
7:14 AM 7 [8] SR89 (MONITOR PASS) CLOSED DUE TO SNOW
7:14 AM 6 [7] SR120W (TIOGA) WINTER CLOSURE AT THE GATE
7:13 AM 5 [6] SR203 (MAMMOTH MNT INN) - WINTER CLOSURE
7:12 AM 4 [5] SR168W IS OPEN
7:12 AM 3 [4] SR270 IS OPEN
6:32 AM 2 [2] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from INFO-Information to CLOSURE of a Road by CHP
6:31 AM 1 [1] SR89 (MONITOR PASS) - CLOSED DUE TO SNOW SR108 (SONORA PASS) - CLOSED DUE TO SNOW SR120W (TIOGA PASS) -

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors are Back in Action Today

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/22/2014 08:51 AM
San Andreas, CA....Calaveras County's Fab Five are back in action today with a full agenda. Some of the items: Adopt a Resolution proclaiming May 15 – 18, 2014 as the weekend celebration of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, Adopt a Resolution proclaiming April 2014 as National County Government Month in Calaveras County, Adopt a Resolution Approving an Application for Funding from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation Off Highway Vehicle Grant for the Period of August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015, Delegate authority to the Health and Human Services Agency Director to approve a MOU between Calaveras County Public Health Services and Mark Twain Medical Center to support effective communication and coordination of healthcare activities in Calaveras County during all phases of emergency response... The full agenda is enclosed....

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1st Impressions Dentistry Grand Opening, Friday, April 25th

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/22/2014 08:42 AM
Angels Camp: -- 1st Impressions Dentistry, a full-service general dentistry office, will hold its grand opening celebration on Friday, April 25, from 3 to 7 pm, at its new location in the Mark Twain Center, 386 North Main Street in Angels Camp. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 3 pm and will be led by a member of the Angels Camp City Council. “This new 3,000 square foot office will allow for expansion as the practice grows,” says owner Dr Shannon Russell. “We have room for another one or two partners and more technical staff, which would allow us to be open six days a week and into the evening. That’s my vision.”

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Taste of Calaveras April 27 From 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/15/2014 09:15 AM
Angels Camp, CA...“TASTE OF CALAVERAS” April 27, 2014 12:00 – 4:00 CAMPS Restaurant, Angels Camp The Angels Camp Business Association invites you to join in our eighth Annual “A Taste of Calaveras”. This event is a celebration of wine, food, art and culture of Calaveras County showcasing only Calaveras businesses and products. Featuring vintages from Calaveras wineries and foods from Calaveras restaurateurs. Calaveras artists will be attending with a special art show along with a premium live and silent auctions featuring Calaveras Experiences and Calaveras products. During the day, there will be local entertainers and demonstrations....

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Make Plans Now To Party With Michael Oliveira At Irish Vineyards

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2014 10:59 PM
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Mike Borean For Calaveras County Supervisor District Three

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2014 03:21 PM
Hathaway Pines, CA...My family moved to Arnold in the 60’s. I attended Hazel Fisher Elementary School before moving on to Bret Harte High School, class of 1975. I attended Delta College in Stockton before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resources. I was able to put myself through college by working as a Seasonal Firefighter for Cal Fire in Arnold, San Andreas, and Paso Robles....

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John Trifilo For Superior Court Judge Dept. Two

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/07/2014 03:13 PM
Calaveras County, CA...John Trifilo was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He attended San Jose State College in the 60's, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1970. John then spent time training in Fort Knox, Kentucky for the Army National Guard. After returning to California, John was accepted to the University of San Francisco Law School in 1971. He graduated three years later in the top 25% of his class. He passed his first bar exam and was admitted to the practice of law in 1974...


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Tim Healy For Judge 2014

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/27/2014 06:00 PM
Calaveras County, CA...My name is Tim Healy and I’m running for Superior Court Judge Department 2. I am the only candidate for Department 2 who as a Criminal Prosecutor has dedicated his professional career to public safety, victims’ rights and seeking justice for all. Married to my best friend Rachel, we are raising our children here in Calaveras. I have lived here for over 11 years, and my wife over 23. An avid sportsman, I am active in Cub Scouts, a coach for Calaveras Youth Football and Friends of Calaveras County Fair. My children have also been involved in Girl-Scouts, soft-ball, soccer, wrestling, baseball and CSTARS theatre. I have a very real and vested interest in the future success of Calaveras County....



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Dana Pfeil For Superior Court Judge Department One

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/25/2014 09:58 AM
Calaveras County, CA...My name is Dana Pfeil and I am running for Superior Court Judge Department One. Department One handles all criminal cases in Calaveras County. As a prosecutor with over a decade of experience advocating for justice on behalf of the People of the State of California, I have the practical and legal experience it takes to deliver justice as your next Superior Court Judge....


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Re-Elect Supervisor Merita Callaway

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/20/2014 09:38 AM
Calaveras County, CA...“Since moving to Calaveras County 27 years ago, I have felt a part of the community due to the people. I was welcomed by my co-workers at PG&E, the parents at my daughter’s after school program, and the business community. Whether it is taking kids to jump frogs at the County Fair, volunteering at the community Christmas dinner or when I served as President of the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce, I am committed to serving you, my family, friends, neighbors and residents of District 3.”....


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Judge Hugh K. Swift For Superior Court Judge

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/20/2014 08:54 AM
Calaveras County, CA...I am honored to serve the people of Calaveras County as a Superior Court judge. Every day I have the privilege and responsibility to make decisions that impact the lives of the parties, their families and this community....


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Grant Barrett For Superior Court Judge

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/18/2014 04:55 PM
Calaveras County, CA....Grant Barrett has served the legal needs of the Calaveras community for the past 18 years. He has over 12 years of experience on the bench in Calaveras County. Since 2006, Grant has served our community as the Calaveras Superior Court Commissioner where he regularly presides over family law and civil disputes. From 2011 through 2013, he also served as Court Commissioner for Amador County Superior Court, at their judges’ request, until a suitable replacement could be recruited and trained. In 2013, Grant was named Judicial Officer of the Year by the Child Support Directors Association of California.


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Winter Returns Bringing Welcome Precipitation

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 08:36 PM
Bear Valley, CA...Tonight Mostly cloudy. At lower elevations...a slight chance of rain showers in the evening...then a chance of rain showers after midnight. At higher elevations...a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the evening...then a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Colder. Lows 27 to 42 higher elevations... 37 to 49 lower elevations. Snow level 7500 feet. Prevailing south winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Over ridges... Prevailing southwest winds 30 to 45 mph increasing to 35 to 55 mph with gusts to around 75 mph after midnight. Tuesday At lower elevations...a chance of rain showers in the morning...then a chance of rain showers with possible snow showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. At higher elevations...rain and snow showers likely in the morning...then snow showers likely with possible showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Cooler. Highs 33 to 48 higher elevations...43 to 55 lower elevations. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches higher elevations. Snow level 5500 feet. Prevailing southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Over ridges... Prevailing southwest winds 35 to 50 mph with gusts to around 70 mph decreasing to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the afternoon....


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Woman's Handgun Clinic Being Offered Free of Charge By Angels Gun Club

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 07:57 PM
Angels Camp, CA...This class is for women only and is intended for any women who are interested in learning the basics of how to handle a handgun and firearm safety, in a fun, non-threatening environment with other women of like mind. You must be 18 years of age or older and not be prohibited by court order from handling, or possessing guns. This will be checked before class time. This class is primarily intended for the beginning shooter, who has never been instructed in the proper use/handling of a firearm. It will help you overcome your fear of firearms, concerns about self-protection, increase your knowledge of the shooting sport and provide instruction about the responsibilities of firearm users/owners. You will learn safe firearms handling, the basics of marksmanship, loading, unloading and firing of firearms. The class is taught by long-time, experienced Instructors. This is NOT a Carry Concealed Weapon class....

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FAA Announces First UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Test Site Operational

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 07:16 PM
Washington, DC...The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a -half months ahead of the deadline specified for the program by Congress. FAA today granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at itsNorthern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The COA is effective for two years. The team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5...

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Calaveras Sherrif's Logs For April 17-21, 2014

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 06:13 PM
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveas County Sheriff's Office Logs For April 17 -21, 2014. Some highlights: Copperopolis, Male came to knock at his door was talking weird things came into his house and got chips spread them all over his kitchen table then went to a neighbors house and got into his house was wondering around in his house. San Andreas, Occurred at Turner Park on Treat Ave. , San Andreas. There are approximately 12 people in a tent in the back of Turner park. San Andreas, Hunters parked on side of road BBQing drinking.


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Sonora Pass is Closed at Kennedy Meadows

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 04:44 PM
Pinecrest, CA...Due to the weather, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) closed State Route 108/ Sonora Pass at Kennedy Meadows today at 4:00 p.m. Caltrans will reopen the pass once weather permits and crews make the necessary repairs to the road...

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Art in Action At Michelson School May 1st and 2nd

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 04:20 PM
Murphys, CA...This event comes to Michelson school with the intent of exposing the students to a variety of visual art forms. With this in mind, many of the community’s artists have volunteered their time and expertise to demonstrate their medium to the students...

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Two Inmates Who Walked Away From Mule Creek State Prison Minimum Support Facility Apprehended.

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 03:57 PM
Ione, CA...Minimum-security inmates Patrick Raines and Johnny Maciel walked away from Mule Creek State Prison’s Minimum Support Facility in Amador County on April 16. Both Inmates were apprehended at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, April 19. They were apprehended near the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Highway 16 in Plymouth, Calif,. in the area where authorities believed the two had been hiding. A local rancher saw them sitting near the roadway and notified CDCR staff patrolling in the area...

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“Peter and the Wolf” Headlines Studio 4 Dance Theater’s Spring Showcase, May 2-3, 2014 in Angels Camp

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 03:29 PM
Angels Camp, CA...Local audiences can enjoy both a ballet classic and cutting-edge modern dance at Studio 4 Dance Theater’s Spring Showcase 2014, 7pm, Friday, May 2, and 3pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp. Appropriate for all ages, Studio 4 Dance Theater’s annual Spring Showcase is a mix of ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance...




The Wolf catches the Duck as Peter tries to warn her.
Alyssa Walker as Peter, Elizabeth Ernst as the Wolf, and Rebecca Elliott as the Duck
Photos by Stacy Arhontes

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Traffic Update...Cow In Roadway On Hwy 49 Near Carson Hill

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 11:29 AM
Angels Camp, CA...A Calveras County Sheriff's Deputy is out with a cow that is refusing to get out of the roadway on Hwy 49 near Carson Hill. She gave the deputy an obstinate stare and mooed something about she was going to eat as many poppies as she felt like and that whole state flower thing only applied to humans. Then she muttered that if he didn't like it she had some cud for him. Bovines these days....

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San Diego's Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 11:22 AM
Boston, MA...Meb Keflezighi After Race "It was my dream to win Boston and to make it just like the Red Sox did and do the same thing for the people." Official Men's Results: 1. Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) 2:08:37, 2. Wilson Chebet (KEN) 2:08:48, 3. Frankline Chepwony (KEN) 2:08:50, 4. Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:37, 5. Markos Geneti (ETH) 2:09:50, 6. Joel Kimurer (KEN) 2:11:03, 7. Nick Arciniaga (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 2:11:47, 8. Jeffrey Eggleston (Boulder, Colo.) 2:11:57, 9. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 2:12:34, 10. Adil Annani (MAR) 2:12:43

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CCWD Fly In Acres Assessment District Construction To Begin

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 10:15 AM
San Andreas, CA...On April 24, 2013 the Board of Directors of the Calaveras County Water District adopted a resolution forming the Fly In Acres Assessment District. Plans and specifications were prepared and put out to bid. On October 14, 2013 the Board approved a construction agreement with Mozingo Construction. The project will take approximately 4 months to complete. The project involves replacing the existing aging water distribution infrastructure and installation of hydrants and meters. Survey work staking out the project began last week. Mozingo is planning on mobilizing this week starting April 20, 2014. The actual construction is scheduled to begin next week starting April 27, 2014...


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Sixteen Fellow Judges Endorse Hugh K. Swift's Election

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/21/2014 09:32 AM
San Andreas, CA...Sixteen superior court judges from throughout California have endorsed Judge Hugh K. Swift in his June 3 election campaign to retain his position in the Calaveras County Superior Court. Following an extensive evaluation by the State Bar Association’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, Swift was appointed last December to succeed the Hon. Douglas V. Mewhinney who was retiring. He now faces two challengers in the primary election....
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Past 40 Local News
  1. Columbia Woman's Eyebrow Completely Bitten Off, Stabbings and More in Alcohol Fueled Melee On Yankee Hill
  2. 46th Annual Calaveras County Spelling Championship
  3. Fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Gavin Brummund Memorial Tree Replacement Ceremony
  4. 49er Motors Service Center Grand Opening Sale
  5. Kent Snyder of Mokelumne Hill. 1940 - 2014 (Updated....Service Location at San Andreas Memorial Chapel)
  6. Sheriff Gary Kuntz "Why I’m Running For Re-Election
  7. In 2014, California State Parks turns 150 years old!
  8. Frog's Wild Ride Rolls Out Another Perfect Foothill Day
  9. PATV Schedule for the Week of April 18 - 24, 2013
  10. Caltrans Promotes Biking & Walking Projects
  11. Calaveras Unified School District Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, April 22
  12. Valley Springs Area Business Association Mixer Wednesday April 23rd
  13. Valley Springs Area Business Association Sponsors Supervisors, Judges & Sheriffs Candidates Forum May 12
  14. Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass Opening Day Videos From Sandi Pearce
  15. Valley Springs Pulic Utility District Meeting
  16. Calaveras High School Earth Club Ecycling Fundraiser May 31
  17. Physicians for Social Responsibility High School Scholarship Essay Contest Finalists
  18. Jay Joseph Genovese September 21, 1952 - April 13, 2014.
  19. Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholarship Golf Tournament
  20. Central Sierra Connect Broadband Consortium 2014 Regional Broadband Summit on Thursday, April 24th at the Black Oak Casino
  21. Stanislaus National Forest Receivs 5,000 for Rim Fire Infrastructure
  22. Sheriff Gary Kuntz Campaign Golf Tournament
  23. Shop Local! Sierra Hills, Angels Food & Sierra Hills Natural Food Markets. Weekly Specials April 16 - 23, 2014
  24. Watch a Movie This Week at the Best Theatre in the Mother Lode...Angels Six Theatres!
  25. Warm Smiles & A Free Coffee with Every Fill Up At Angels Trading Post!
  26. The Easter Bunny Is Alive, Well & Delivering Flowers
  27. President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings
  28. Stop By The CHS Thrift Stores For 50% Off All Framed Art!!
  29. Gasoline Consumption Up 1.6%, Diesel Up 6.8% in Fourth Quarter 2013
  30. "Got Dogwoods? We Do!!!
  31. Murphys to Markleeville – “The Schedule” – April 18 to April 26
  32. Hwy 108 Sonora Pass Open For Easter Weekend
  33. Ebbetts Pass Opens Early....In Time For Easter Weekend
  34. Traffic Update....Lanes Blocked By Accident on Tuolumne Road/Nugget Blvd
  35. A Quote From Our Favorite Brief Resident
  36. Coldwell Banker Action Realty Is Ready To Serve
  37. Wedding Gown Sample Sale at The Clothes Mine in Angels Camp
  38. Enjoy The Fun In Bear Valley As The 2013/14 Season Goes Out In Style
  39. Memorial Service Tomorrow For Susan Elizabeth Walker Johnson 1928 - 2014
  40. Calaveras PATV's 2014 District Three Candidates Debate

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Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee May 15-18, 2014


Mark Phillips the GM of The Bear Valley Lodge 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.


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