AAA: More Than 38 Million Americans Expected to Travel This Memorial Day Weekend
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/26/2016 04:31 PM
Orlando, FL...AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30. “Americans are eagerly awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “The great American road trip is officially back thanks to low gas prices, and millions of people from coast to coast are ready to kick off summer with a Memorial Day getaway.”
10,800 Marijuana Plant Seedlings Eradicated on Private Property
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/26/2016 03:57 PM
Copperopolis, CA...On 05-26-2016 members of the Calaveras Narcotics Enforcement Unit eradicated 10,800 marijuana plant seedlings from a rural private property on Rock Creek Road in Copperopolis. Sheriff’s Investigators received a tip that a clandestine water line was found running into a pond on the property. The unknown suspects had attempted to conceal this water line by burying it and covering the line with dirt, rocks, and grass. Suspecting possible illegal marijuana cultivation, investigators checked the property this morning at the request of the owner. The investigators located a campsite hidden in the brush, along with groceries that had been recently brought into the campsite. The water line led from the pond to a series of seed beds containing marijuana seedlings.
Inmate Death at Mule Creek State Prison is Suspected Homicide
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/26/2016 03:26 PM
Ione, CA...Officials at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) are investigating the death of inmate Gregory Miley as a suspected homicide. The incident occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m. Monday, May 23, after Miley was attacked by another inmate during the evening yard program. He was escorted to the prison medical facility where he was evaluated and medically cleared to return to his housing unit. However, Miley returned to the prison medical facility and at approximately 9:07 p.m. became unconscious.
Jamestown, CA....CHP is reporting a multi-vehicle collision including a big rig on Hwy 108 in Jamestown. There are possibly injuries in this incident at well. Please use caution and expect delays in the area...
Ebbetts Pass Has Reopened & Should Stay Open With Warming Heading Into Weekend
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/26/2016 11:11 AM
Bear Valley, CA...Caltrans has reopened Hwy 4 over Ebbetts Pass. With warming temps heading into the weekend it should remain open. Tioga and Sonora Passes are still closed but odds are they will get them opened for this weekend if possible...
CUSD Threads The AB30 Needle & Calaveras High Logo To Remain The Same
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/26/2016 10:47 AM
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras High School was faced with AB30 this year which mandated the removal of our Redskin Mascot, which has been in place since the mid 1940’s. The dignity and pride that we have maintained in the use of our logo will not change. Our Mascot Selection Committee was comprised of Calaveras High School alumni, Calaveras High School staff, community members and most importantly Calaveras High school students representing each grade level. The committee chaired by Mike Koepp, CHS Athletic Director, asked for input from all sources that wished to submit their thoughts to suggest a new mascot for our school. All that data was gathered through an on-line survey as well as hand-submitted forms to our office.
New York, NY...Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. Trump will go on to accept the nomination at the party’s national convention in Cleveland. (May 26 AP)
Below Zero: The World Experiments with Negative Interest Rates ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2016 07:58 AM
Murphys, CA...As an Independent Financial Advisor with Quest Capital Strategies, Inc., Brian enjoys helping people with their investment needs. Anticipating the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Brian gained certification through Covered California Healthcare Exchange and manages this segment of business through HealthMarkets, Inc.
Arnold, CA...CHS Arnold Is Having A Kayak Raffle!!!
CCWD Board Lifts Water Conservation Restrictions
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2016 11:57 PM
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors voted to remove all water conservation restrictions at today’s Board meeting (Read the resolution here), meaning all CCWD customers are now at a 0% conservation level. This decision came after the State Water Resources Control Board made significant changes to statewide water conservation emergency regulations on May 18, which now allow water agencies to set conservation targets based on local water supplies. CCWD calculated its supplies based on the State Board’s guidelines and determined the District does not currently have a supply shortage and, even if the next three years are dry, will not experience a supply shortage.
Angels Camp, CA...Another Frog Jump has come and gone. Starting with the parade on Thursday through the conclusion of the fair on Sunday, the Angels Camp Police Department worked hard to keep our City safe. The Angels Camp Police Department made 20 arrests from Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22:
Emergency Crews Make Quick Work Of Morning Vegetation Fire
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2016 02:32 PM
La Grange, CA...Just after 11:00 AM today, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 4800 block of Arbolada Rd in Don Pedro to assist Cal Fire with possible evacuations and road closures due to a grass fire. The fire is being investigated by fire officials but is believed to have been started by a home owner cutting dry grass with a lawn mower.
Shop Local! Sierra Hills, Angels Food & Sierra Hills Natural Food Markets. Weekly Specials Through May31st
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2016 02:06 PM
Murphys & Angels Camp, CA... 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 Find the Best Selection of Organic Produce at Sierra Hills Natural Food Store
Find the Best Selection of Organic Produce at Sierra Hills Natural Food Store
Click Above For Their Weekly Savings. Sierra Hills Market 209.728.3402, 117 Highway 4, Murphys. Lila and Sage Catering and Cakes 209.728.2604. Angels Food Market 209.736.4243. 396 North Main Street, Angels Camp. Save 10% When you buy 4 or more bottles of liquor or wine. Remember we already have the best prices on liquor and the biggest local wine selection.
First First Friday In The Park Will Be Second Friday In June! Chains Required To Kick Off Season
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2016 01:13 PM
Murphys, CA...To kick off this year’s season of First Fridays in the Park neighborhood concerts, the sponsoring Murphys Community Club is actually staging the June event on the second Friday of the month, June 10 to avoid a conflict with the graduation ceremony at Bret Harte High School. “It has become a tradition to move our June performance ahead seven days,” states MCC president Suzanne Friedman. “With many of our families involved with Bret Harte we don’t want to compete with the school’s important year-end celebration.” From June to September, First Friday in the Park will feature a performance by a local musical group playing in the iconic gazebo starting at 5:30 p.m. From 4 p.m., a special dinner will be available for purchase at $12.00 per person and a featured local wine will be on sale along with other beverages. Friends and neighbors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a small town America gathering in the cool confines of Murphys Community Park.
San Andreas, CA...Dennis Ronald “Unc” Wiebe -Licensed Surveyor 4662, 69 years old of San Andreas passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully May 21, 2016 at his home on San Antonio Creek. Dennis was born in Sonora, CA September 24th 1946. He graduated from Calaveras High school Class of 1964, and later attended San Joaquin Delta College. Dennis served for numerous local surveyors and engineers and later earned his California Land Surveyor License “LS 4662” -Wiebe Land Surveying. Dennis’ revered name on maps, boundaries, and engineering projects will live on, as will his love and respect for nature, friends, and family.
Arnold, CA...On Memorial Day weekend, Sat &Sun May 29, 30 The Friends of the Arnold Library will hold their annual Memorial day book sale. Customers have been known to come from as far away as the Bay area for this event. For more information contact Arnoldfotl@yahoo.com
Sonora, CA...With more than 40 million trees dead across California and even more dying, the face of recreation opportunities on national forest lands is changing. Four years of extreme drought and bark beetle infestation, combined with ongoing work to mitigate public safety hazards means some Stanislaus National Forest (STF) sites will not be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend and some may not open this summer.
Arnold, CA...So many choices, so many choices … we know! That’s why once a year SNAC gathers dozens of kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUP) in one place, to help make your boat buying decision a little easier … not to mention, have a whole lot of fun choosing the right boat!
Mountain Ranch, CA...On May 23, 2016 Calaveras County Sheriff’s Detectives served a search warrant at a property on the 9000 block of Wendell Road, Mountain Ranch, for an assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred on May 12, 2016. During the warrant service investigators found three adults living in a RV. Multiple code compliance violations were observed, along with a sizable marijuana cultivation site.
Another Successful Fair & Frog Jump Jubilee!! Livestock Auction Brings In Over $500,000
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/24/2016 11:29 AM
Frogtown, USA...A bit of a summary on this year's Fair & Frog Jump "Thanks to everyone who came out and made our Fair awesome! Here are some of the highlights: Our Frog Jump winner was Morgan Kitchell and her frog, Ribbit This, with a final jump of 20' 2 3/4". The Livestock Auction brought in over $500,000 supporting our local youth and programs. Despite the inclement weather our attendance was at 31,000 with our highest attended day being Sunday. See you at the 2017 Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee and don't forget to KEEP CALM AND FROG ON!"
Traffic Update....Non-Injury Collision On Hwy 4 & Motorhome Smoking On Old Priest Grade
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/24/2016 09:57 AM
Angels Camp, CA...CHP is reporting a Non-Injury Collision On Hwy 4 near Appoloosa and a Motorhome Smoking On Old Priest Grade. Why would someone take a motorhome up Old Priest Grade...not sure but one is now stuck half way up and smoking.
Caltrans District 10 Weekly Road Report Through May 28th
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/24/2016 09:05 AM
Angels Camp, CA...The latest schedule of road repairs and maintenance that will affect your travels in our area and as you travel. Locally crews will be working on many of our roadways. Below is Caltrans plans for repairs and maintenance on local roads. It shows the route, county and location of the possible repairs. Weather and other factors can alter their schedule.
Beautiful New Arrivals at The Clothes Mine's New Location!
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/24/2016 08:00 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Beautiful weather, beautiful clothes in our new location! If the gorgeous weather is putting you in the mood for new summer clothes, come see us in our new location next to the Angels Camp Medical Clinic at 220 S.Main Street. Dresses, skirts, a great selection of tops and great fitting pants. We're here to help you find the perfect outfit for your special occasion or just a few new things for fun! We're open from 10am-6pm, Monday through Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sundays, 890-7532. We look forward to seeing you!
Traffic Update....Overturned Vehicle In West Point Area
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/24/2016 07:55 AM
West Point, CA...CHP is reporting a collision in the clearing stages on Hwy 26 and Barney Way. Tow trucks are on scene to remove the overturned Dodge that was blocking a lane. Please use caution in the area...
Morgan Kitchell Takes The 2016 Frog Jump!! Ribbit This Jumps 20ft 2 & ¾ Inches
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/22/2016 05:36 PM
Frogtown, USA….The Morgan Kitchell of the famous Frog Jumping Kitchell family takes the 2016 Calaveras County International Frog Jump Championships. The Kitchell family has been on a roll the last few years. Mother Laura Kitchell started the roll then Riley Kitchell took top honors twice and now his wife Morgan Kitchell in 2016. Several of the frogs the Kitchell family jumped this year were even from ponds in the Butte Fire burn area. We added a series of shots of the winning jump. They show the commitment it takes to jockey a frog to greatness. If you click on each photo you can open a full sized image. Check out the faces of those at the judging table when they knew this jump was special.
Murphys Motorcycle Company Has Your "Frog On A Hog" Shirts
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/22/2016 01:04 PM
Murphys, CA..."Frog on a Hog" 2016 shirts are available for sale in the store and on our website....Get 'em while supplies last! www.murphysmotorcyclecompany.com
FDA Modernizes Nutrition Label For Packaged Foods
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/22/2016 11:05 AM
Silver Springs, MD...Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families. “I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”
Perfect Frog Jumping Weather To Start Our Weather Week
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/22/2016 09:28 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Perfect Frog Jumping weather to start the week in the Mother Lode. Today Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs 58 to 70. Light winds becoming southwest up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight Mostly cloudy. Lows 42 to 50. Prevailing southwest winds up to 10 mph. Monday Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 59 to 71. Prevailing southwest winds up to 10 mph. Monday Night Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 43 to 51. Prevailing southwest winds up to 10 mph. Tuesday Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the morning...then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 59 to 71. Prevailing southwest winds up to 10 mph.
Sunday Is Jumpin' With Things To Do! Will Rosie's Record Hold? (Stickied....New Stories Below)
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/22/2016 06:25 AM
Frogtown, CA...Sunday is jumpin' with things to do! 9AM - Junior Livestock Auction down in Tower Pavilion and Swine Ring, come on down and support our local youth! 10AM - Booths and buildings open up, Barrel of Monkeez opens, Barnyard Adventures opens 12PM - Both Carnivals open up, Best of Calaveras performs out on the Lawn Stage, Cole Porter is rockin' at the Ranch House 2PM - Kurt Gravenhorst performs a rendition of Mark Twain's celebrated tale on the Main Stage 3PM - The FINALS of the International Frog Jumping Competition start leapin' on the Main Stage. Come watch if the record is broken after 30 years! 5:30PM - Friends of the Fair $10,000 raffle followed by the Destruction Derby! 8PM - Boys of Summer (an Eagles tribute band) rockin' on the Lawn Stage Check out these other great acts all throughout the day: Doctor Solar Show, Cowgirl Tricks, Gypsy Time Travelers, Something Ridiculous, and of course check out our Frogs!!!
Market At The Square On May 22nd. Joe Rose & The Howlers, Lemonlove & More
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/21/2016 11:31 AM
Copperopolis, CA...Market At The Square is of the best Farmers Markets In the area runs every Sunday 10-3! This week live music by Joe Rose and The Howlers! Playing Blues, Swing, Rockabilly and Jazz! Come out and Dance!! New this week is Lemonlove. Enjoy a fresh squeezed all natural citrus beverage and receive a customer loyalty card. Buy 10, get 1 free! Wonderful vendors such as Gourmet Cheeses, Farm Fresh Eggs, Baked Goods, Breads, Cupcakes, Raw Honeys, Farm Fresh Fruits and Veggies, Old Skool Pie, Sidewinder's, Soaps, Candles, Jams and Jellies, Mustards, Breads, Nuts, Arts and Crafts, Home Decor, Essential oils and much more! See you at the Market!!
Visit Cal-Waste Recovery Systems At The Fair & Frog Jump
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/20/2016 07:30 AM
Frogtown, USA…The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is going on now. Come by the Cal-Waste Recovery Systems booth to participate in our great contests. 16 Lucky people will win FREE Residential Service for 12 MONTHS! For our grand prize, we’re giving away a Cool Camping Gear Set. We look forward to seeing you there!
Robert Lowell Mast December 6, 1990 – May 13, 2016 Memorial Service May22
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/18/2016 11:56 AM
Murphys, CA...Robert Lowell Mast, 25, passed on Friday, May 13, 2016 drowning in the Stanislaus River on a camping trip. Born and raised in Calaveras, Robbie loved exploring the outdoors. He was an outstanding student often chosen for leadership roles. He was fearless in all pursuits: a creative visual artist, instinctive performer, inspired designer, and fervent builder. As an avid world traveler he once spent twenty-two months abroad on his bicycle in New Zealand, Asia, and across Europe. His sense of adventure was never quenched.
Angels Trading Post Has Everything To Keep You Moving
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2016 11:24 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Stop and say hi and top off your tanks today! Angels Trading Post has everything you need to keep you Hopping when you visit our area. Great Prices on Gas, Drinks, Sodas, Java City Coffees and more. They also accept E.B.T. cards.and have great prices on tobacco products. They are open everyday from 5am to Midnight!! Stop by and see the Singh's today at the corner of Hwy 49 & Hwy 4.
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" ~ By Mark Twain 1835-1910
Posted by: thepinetree on 05/15/2007 09:53 PM
Jackass Hill, CA..."The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. In compliance with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after my friend's friend, Leonidas W. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result....
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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.