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Friday, Aug 1
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
10:00 AM 34th Anniversary Celebration! - At Country Cloth
05:00 PM "Zucca After Hours is open 5-8 p.m
05:30 PM First Friday in the Park – Plan B
Saturday, Aug 2
All Day Independence Hall 35th Annual Flea Market
All Day Independence Hall 35th Annual Flea Market
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
10:00 AM 34th Anniversary Celebration! - At Country Cloth
12:30 PM Guided Hike, Big Trees State Park - 209-795-3840
06:00 PM The GABA Summer Concer Series At The HUB
Sunday, Aug 3
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
All Day Independence Hall 35th Annual Flea Market
All Day Independence Hall 35th Annual Flea Market
09:30 AM Murphys Community Church
09:30 AM Murphys Community Church
10:00 AM 34th Anniversary Celebration! - At Country Cloth
12:00 PM Backyard Blues & Barbeque at The Historic Hotel Leger - Every Sunday
Monday, Aug 4
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
07:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous
Tuesday, Aug 5
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
10:00 AM MTMC Mended Hearts Support Group
02:00 PM Camp Sew Fun 2014 At Country Cloth
05:00 PM Angels Camp Weight Watchers
Wednesday, Aug 6
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
All Day Camp Sew Fun 2014 At Country Cloth
05:30 PM Spaghetti Western Dinner and Movie, Mokelumne Hill - 209-286-1401
06:00 PM Calaveras Arts Council's Music In The Parks
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous
07:30 PM Alcoholics Anonymous
Thursday, Aug 7
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival
Until 04:30 PM Camp Sew Fun 2014 At Country Cloth
06:00 PM Debtors Anonymous
07:30 PM Alcoholics Anonymous

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GAO Not Kind To CMS's Price Tag Now Tops $840 Million

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 11:23 PM
Washington, DC... The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) undertook the development of and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices, despite facing a number of challenges that increased both the level of risk and the need for effective oversight. CMS officials explained that the task of developing a first-of-its-kind federal marketplace was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders to develop the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) and federal data services hub (data hub) systems when key technical requirements were unknown, including the number and composition of states to be supported and, importantly, the number of potential enrollees. CMS used cost-reimbursement contracts, which created additional risk because CMS is required to pay the contractor's allowable costs regardless of whether the system is completed. CMS program staff also adopted an incremental information technology development approach that was new to CMS. Further, CMS did not develop a required acquisition strategy to identify risks and document mitigation strategies and did not use available information, such as quality assurance plans, to monitor performance and inform oversight....

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The Blues & Bones Festival Rolled Into Frogtown Last Saturday

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 10:59 PM
Angels Camp, CA..(Frogtown, USA)...The Blues and Bones Festival returned for a great day of music and food on July 26. If you liked your food cooked slow & low, and your Blues Hot then Frogtown was the place for you. The Calaveras County Foothills were echoing from the sounds of live music on two stages, Featuring some of the areas Hottest Blues Bands...

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You are Invited to Calamity at the Redwood Saloon

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/31/2014 09:55 PM
The year is 1880 and the Calaveras Big Trees Grove is bustling with raucous, good fun. Join us for an evening of food, fun, music and gaming. Everyone is invited to dress in 1880's attire! Calamity at the Redwood Saloon promises to be another memorable evening at Calaveras big Trees State Park! Saturday, August 30th, 2014, as a way of thanking our many local sponsors for their support of our event, we are once again playing the Sponsor Points Game. We hope to encourage you to shop locally and to visit our many sponsors and thank them yourself. To thank you for your efforts, for each sponsor you visit, you will receive a point. At the dinner, you will receive a raffle ticket for each sponsor you visited for great prizes donated by our local sponsors. You will also be rewarded with a small token of our appreciation for visiting our sponsors at the dinner....
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Driver Of Silver Porsche In Pursuit Caught

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 09:47 PM
Sonora, CA...On 07/31/2014 at approximately 0843 hours, Sonora CHP, Officer M. McDaniel, ID 19287, was in full uniform and driving a marked black and white CHP patrol vehicle. Officer McDaniel was stopped on the north shoulder of State Route 108 west of Twain Harte Drive monitoring traffic and observed a silver Porsche traveling westbound on State Route 108 approaching his location. The officer noticed the Porsche had a paper dealer plate displayed to the rear which matched the description of a vehicle that fled a Tuolumne County S.O. on 07/30/2014. The officer positioned the patrol vehicle to the rear of the Porsche which had its convertible top down. The officer observed the driver to be a white male approximately 40 years of age with curly light brown hair with a dark haired passenger in the right front seat. As the Porsche turned north onto Soulsbyville Road, the officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights. The Porsche then turned into a Chevron gas station located on Soulsbyville Road and then rapidly accelerated through the parking lot. The Porsche nearly collided with several people standing outside of their vehicles before exiting the parking lot and traveled southbound on Soulsbyville Road at a high rate of speed...

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Problems Welcomed at August 12th Sierra Macintosh Users Group Meeting

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/31/2014 09:39 PM
Arnold, Ca...Anyone who is having nagging problems with his or her Apple product, or just wants to know how to take advantage of all its features, is encourage to attend the next meeting of the Sierra Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) to be held Tuesday, August 12 beginning at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Rd., just off Highway 4. Brian Thomas, Director of Instructional Technology for the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, will be leading the program. “Everyone has things about their iMac, iPad, or iPhone that are troublesome and hard to rectify,” says SMUG president Dick Cross, “How to get these remarkable instruments to do what you want can be frustrating. At our SMUG meetings we all learn from each other’s questions and solutions. So we encourage you to bring your concerns to the August meeting and Brian will help us all find answers.” As an added feature, Thomas will take the members on a visit to Yosemite, the latest Apple operating system that will be released this fall...
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Are You Ready For The Independence Hall Annual Flea Market

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 05:27 PM

Speaker Boehner Urges House to Defend the Constitution

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 04:46 PM
Washington, DC...House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today made the following floor remarks in support of H. Res. 676, a resolution which authorizes the House to enter into litigation in opposition to President Obama’s attempts to make his own laws, actions that challenge the constitutional separation of powers: “Let me thank my colleague for yielding, and I also want thank the whole House for its work to address the people’s concerns about jobs and our economy. All told, we have sent the Senate now more than 40 jobs bills, almost all of them in a bipartisan way. From the first day of this Congress, I’ve said our focus would be on jobs, and it has been.

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This Week at the Angels Camp CHS Thrift Store Adoption Center – HAL, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, ECHO, & SHADOW!

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 02:11 PM
Arnold, CA...Stop by Calaveras Humane Society's Thrift Store Adoption Center in Arnold, located in Meadowmont Center next to Big Trees Market (Phone 209-795-GIVE) and check out the kittens! Don't forget we will also have kitties at our Angels Camp location in Angels Town Center (240 S. Main St./Hwy 49). There will be lots of kittens available at both locations this week. The Adoption Centers are open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Don't miss out. Kitten season has peaked and we have many kittens who are in need of safe, loving homes!

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2014 Central Valley Police Explorer Challenge

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 02:00 PM
Sonora, CA.... 19 July 2014, the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post participated in the 2014 Central Valley Police Explorer Challenge, hosted by the Manteca Police Department and held at Ripon High School. The challenge consisted of 35 Explorer teams from all over California and as far away as Honolulu Hawaii. The Challenge is a skills competition to pit teams of Explorers against each other, to see how much they have learned and retained from their training....

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President Obama's Comments At Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 01:40 PM
Washington, DC...THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody, hello! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. The executive order I’ll sign in a few minutes is one that’s good for workers, it's good for responsible employers, and it's good for the middle class. That explains the folks who are standing up on stage with me, including Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who’s done a great job on this. (Applause.) Yesterday, we learned that the springtime was a strong time for economic growth. Companies are investing. Consumers are spending. Our energy, our technology, our auto industries are all booming, with workers making and selling goods all around the world. Our businesses have created nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008. 401(k)s have recovered their value. Home prices are rising. Millions more families have the peace of mind that comes with having affordable, quality health care...

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Calaveras Cancer Community Softball Tournament and Benefit

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 01:30 PM
Angels Camp, CA....It's that time of year again to get dirty, have fun and raise money for a couple of our local families battling cancer. This year's recipients are Dawn Beck and Felice Cizmich. Together, we can help fight this ongoing battle and help our locals through these difficult times. This year's tournament will be played on September 13th. The cost for each team is $300 plus 2 donation items for the raffle. Thanks to the BH FFA Boosters, we will be doing a tri-tip dinner the same day to help raise additional funds for these two amazing women. Dinners will be served in to-go boxes so that you can either stay and watch the games, or take home to your families. Dinner prices will be $20 per ticket. We will have information on when are where you can purchase your tickets soon...

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Fire Update....Vegetation Fire Near Don Pedro

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 01:00 PM
La Grange, CA...Air and ground units are working a grass fire off of J59 and Old Don Pedro Road. They should have it dispatched with post haste....

Traffic Update...Vehicle vs Motorhome in Groveland.

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/31/2014 09:47 AM
Groveland, CA....Crews are working a vehicle vs Motorhome on Hwy 120 and Main. Lets be careful out there....


Big Oak Flat Road Re-Opened in Yosemite National ParkYosemite El Portal Fire Evening Update. 3,900 Acres, 34% Contained, 864 Personnel

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 11:48 PM
Yosemite, CA....The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park has been reopened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The road was temporarily closed due to fire activity related to the El Portal Fire. All other roads within the park, including the Tioga Road, are open and clear, with the exception of the Foresta community access road, which remains closed at this time. Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Bridalveil Creek Campgrounds remain closed. All other park campgrounds remain open....

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Precision Coachwork Can Turn Your Upholstery Nightmares into Dreams Come True!

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 07:39 PM
Angels Camp, CA... Located at Hwy 49 and Gun Club Road in the New Melones Storage and Business Park Bruce and Heidi have been making dreams come true with their upholstery business for more than 7 years in Angels Camp. This couple offers repairs of upholstery, headliners, motorcycle seats, boat seats, convertible car tops, RV upholstery, household upholstery and custom cushions and minor seat repairs. This quality repair includes factory match-up of materials when available. Bruce has over 28 years in the business. Precision Coachwork is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Take a look inside to see our photo album of some of the upholstery work done and stop by and let them know you saw it in!
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Shop Local! Sierra Hills, Angels Food & Sierra Hills Natural Food Markets. Weekly Specials July 30 - August 5

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 04:54 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. Join Mike and the Sierra Hills crew Friday night at Murphys Park for First Friday Music in the Park, 5pm They'll be grilling up some flank steak and chicken. Plan B is the featured band.

A Full Take Out Menu Is Enclosed

Click Above For Their Weekly Savings. Do you know you can now text your deli orders to the stores? For Sierra Hills Market the number is 209-753-7115. For Angels Food Market the number is (209)-753-7331. Now that is easy!! Senior Days now Tuesdays and Wednesdays! 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.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Large Marijuana Discovery

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 04:25 PM
San Andreas, CA...On 7-26-14 at 1400hrs a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Cargo Van for expired registration. Upon contacting the driver, the Deputy noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver identified as Darryl Lasater (54 years) from Keyes, California, initially admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle for his own personal use. Lasater later admitted to transporting the marijuana from Calaveras County to unknown location and did not possess a doctor’s recommendation for the marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered twenty large Home Depot moving boxes filled with marijuana...

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Traffic Update...Two Pickups Involved In Accident Near Burson Post Office

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 04:21 PM
Burson, CA....Two pickups have gotten together near the Burson Post Office on Hwy 12. One has gone into a pole as well.

Major Injuries To Mokelumne Hill Man In Jesus Maria Road Accident

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 03:55 PM
Mountain Ranch, CA...On 07/29/2014, at approximately 1934 hours, a 21 year old Mokelumne Hill man was was driving his Mazda southbound on Jesus Maria Road, at a speed greater than 35 MPH. For unknown reasons, he allowed the Mazda to travel to the right, where it left the roadway and subsequently collided with a tree.

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Ebbetts Pass Fishing Report

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/30/2014 03:23 PM
Ebbetts Pass, Ca...Welcome to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods report on fishing and what's working at all our favorite spots along the Highway 4 corridor -- Come and fish our Highway 4 corridor. With the exception of Spicer Reservoir. all of our lakes, rivers and streams are at normal levels. Don.t miss the opportunity to fish our beautiful scenic highway and enjoy camping along your favorite stream or lake. We look forward to seeing you soon. As of now we have fires in our area and smoke free. We have been experiencing a complete crash of our fishing license computer system. It has hit all of California and will not be up and running at our store until they get the system up and running. No idea when this will happen. You can go on line with our Department Of Fish and Wildlife website. Follow the directions and this will let you purchase your license. You can also go to our website and go to fishing resources and click the tab Take Me Fishing. When the tab opens click on the Fishing tab and look for the Get A License tab in upper right hand corner then click on this tab and it will walk you through the steps to purchase a fishing license on line. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but it was not our fault. Fishing on the Highway 4 corridor has been good fishing. With our rivers experiencing lower than normal water levels, people should try their hand at fly fishing. Stop by our store on how to benefit from low water levels either from a fly rod or a spinning rod. It is not only fun but challenging to fool a trout with a fly....
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Fire Update...Vegetation Fire Quickly Contained On Morningstar

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 03:15 PM
Sonora, CA....Great work by firefighters as the quickly contained a vegetation fire on Morningstar Drive

Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/30/2014 02:51 PM
Calaveras County, Ca...Calaveras County is pleased to announce that the Annual Residential Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events have been scheduled for September 6th & 7th, 2014. Events will be held in Arnold, West Point and San Andreas. Please visit our website for complete program details, limitations, and restrictions.
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What's Happening in Murphys This Week - July 29 through August 8

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/30/2014 02:34 PM
Murphys, Ca... Enjoy the summer in Murphys with wine, art, music, farmer's markets, and more...
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County Reaffirms Support For Wild & Scenic Mokelumne River

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 12:12 PM
San Andreas, CA....Playing to a standing room only crowd (At least at the start of the meeting) the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Voted 4-1 to reaffirm support for a Wild & Scenic Designation for the Mokelumne River. Many, many community members, elected officials, business groups, conservation groups and more weighed in on the topic. Supervisor Edson was the lone vote on the board in opposition. All of the items on the consent agenda passed and the agenda is enclosed again as a reference...

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Police Officer Recruitment Going On Now In Sonora

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 11:27 AM
Sonora, CA...The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The position is open to Police Academy graduates and Lateral Officers. Testing will be conducted periodically, based on the needs of the Department....

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Chatom Vineyards Presents An All Americana Dinner & Dance On August 9th

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/30/2014 11:11 AM
Douglas Flat, CA...Now is the time to make your reservations for Part II of our Summer Winemaker Dinner Series at Chatom Vineyards! If you haven't already reserved your seats, please do soon - tickets are going fast! Enjoy a four-course All Americana menu from Chef Dave Ingram, hand-picked Chatom wine pairings with each course and live music from The Thick Soup Band (homegrown talent from right here in Calaveras County)!
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Bret Harte Academic Boosters Present the 4th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Dance!

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/30/2014 10:36 AM
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Mountain Ranch Community Park will Rock Tonight! with Calaveras Arts Music in the Parks

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/27/2014 08:40 PM
Mountain Ranch, Ca...The Calaveras Arts Council is pleased to bring to the foothills and MIP the original music of The Lemon Hammer. The Mountain Ranch Community Park is the place to hear this Berkeley based four-some. Music starts at 6:30 pm, but get there early and stake your ground for these fine musicians. What do you get when you mix sweet and sour mash with four former Calvin Klein models? You get The Lemon Hammer. The Lemon Hammer spins stories that span beverage metaphor, “rind bitterness to a floral bloom”. It is sweet and ripe. Their rhythms, searing leads, and soul stirring delivery blend together a sound somewhere between folk, blues, soul, pop, with the swank of original songs...

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Murphys Newest Restaurant Is Rob's Place

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/27/2014 12:31 AM
Murphys, CA...At the south end of Main Street in Murphys you will find Rob's Place. It is the new business and dream of Chef and Owner Rob Christie. Rob Started in the food industry here locally many years ago at Lake Alpine Lodge and spent many years as the Executive Chef of the Bear Valley Lodge before spending the last couple of years as the Executive Chef at Ironstone before taking the plunge. So most of you reading this have already enjoyed Rob's creations. Rob's motto for the restaurant is “Making It Fresh” with generous portions, fresh ingredients and consistent quality....

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The Summer Season Is Here! Angels Trading Post Has Everything To Keep You Moving!!!

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/24/2014 04:38 PM
Angels Camp, CA...The Angels Trading Post has friendly smiles and even a Free Soda with every fill up! 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.

Bret Harte High School - Class of 1994, 20 Year Reunion

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/03/2014 09:59 PM
Angels Camp, Ca...Bret Harte High School-Class of 1994-20 year reunion is August 2, 2014. If you are interested in attending please email: Tickets are $55 per person.

Bret Harte Football Boosters Golf Tournament

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 06/14/2014 10:47 PM
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Gerard Insurance Services is There For ALL Your Insurance Needs

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/11/2014 02:31 PM

Evalyn "Jan" Janece Doggett - 1932 - 2014

Posted by: Lea_Marie_C_Paar on 07/29/2014 11:31 PM
Jan was born on May 23, 1932 in Goldthwaite, Texas and passed away at the age of 82 on July 15, 2014 in Modesto, California. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Homer Doggett. Jan Graduated from Pampa High School (1950) in Pampa, Texas and has kept up with her classmates and many remain close friends. While in High School she was active in the band and played the saxophone. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1954 and has returned there many times for reunions and to visit with her many friends. During her college years she was in an acapella quartet. She taught Physical Education for 2 years in Denver, CO, Lancaster, CA for 4 years and lastly for 31 years in Palo Alto, CA at Cubberley High School, Palo Alto High School and JLS Middle School. Jan kept up with many of her students over the years...
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Yosemite El Portal Fire Evening Update. 3,545 Acres, 34% Contained, 864 Personnel

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 10:05 PM
Yosemite, CA...Today’s effort on the El Portal fire resulted in an improved percentage of containment on the southern portion of the fire as well as some steady improvement upon the lower western and easter flanks of the fire. Fire officials do remain concerned over the fire’s growth on the north and northeast sections of the fire perimeter as efforts continue to address problem spots along these areas. Steep, rugged terrain continues to challenge the efforts of firefighters but progress is being made. The weather forecast calls for continued high temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees near El Portal. These patterns will continue as a high pressure over the region remains stationary. Thunderstorm activity, if any, is predicted to stay to the east of the fire. Fire activity is expected to continue through evening particularly in the north and northeast sections of the fire as a result of poor overnight relative humidity recovery...
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Sand Fire Evening Update....The Sand Fire Started By Vehicle Into Dry Grass. 4,240 Acres, 85% Contained, 19 Homes Destroyed, 1,315 Personnel

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 08:55 PM
Plymouth, CA...Fire crews strengthened the established containment lines and continue to mop-up further into the burned area. Acreage increased due to better mapping of the fire. Rugged terrain and hot, dry weather conditions in addition to mines are a challenge for firefighters. Damage assessment is ongoing. Resources are continuing to be released. Evacuations: All evacuation orders have been lifted, including Painted Pony Rd. Residents returning to the area may be required to show identification and proof of residency. CAL FIRE encourages residents returning to the area to drive safely and watch for fire equipment and firefighter activity within those affected areas. All road closures have been lifted.
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Traffic Update...Vehicle vs Tree On Jesus Maria

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 08:00 PM
Mountain Ranch, CA...Crews are working a vehicle vs tree accident on Kerstan Ln / Jesus Maria Rd. Please use caution in the area... Update as of 8:49pm...At least one injured party was flown from the area aboard an air ambulance the landed at the Central Fire Station on Jesus Maria.
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EL Portal Fire Causes Closure of Big Oak Flat Road - Yosemite Valley Remains Open to Public From Highway 120 Visitors Must Use Detour on Highway 49 North

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 04:03 PM
Mariposa, Calif., July 29, 2014 – The El Portal Fire on the western edge of Yosemite National Park has burned more than 3,000 acres of wilderness and is currently 19 percent contained, but the park, including Yosemite Valley, remains open. All entrances to the park are open. Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Glacier Point are accessible from Highways 140 or 41. The high country is accessible from Highway 120, but the Big Oak Flat Road that connects Highway 140 to Highway 120 to the Valley is temporarily closed. Visitors traveling on Highway 120 can use the Highway 49N detour to access the Valley and the southern areas of the park....
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Yosemite El Portal Fire Now At 3,060 Acres, 19% Contained, 640 Personnel

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 03:31 PM
Yosemite, CA....Last evening on the El Portal fire the night shift reported active fire until approximately 1:30 A.M. after which conditions settled down. Today’s areas of concern are concentrated on the northern portion of the fire as the fireline bumps into the burn perimeter of the 2009 Big Meadow Fire. Fire crews and aviation assets will continue to combat the fire which is seated in very steep, remote terrain. Vegetation in this area and throughout the state remains in critical, historic drought conditions. The Dark Hole fire, also being managed by CIIMT 5 remains at just over 500 acres as a smoldering, creeping fire in the understory. As threats from this fire are minimal fire resources have been largely concentrated on the El Portal...

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R. John Pratt Oct. 29, 1931 – July 28, 2014 Resident of the State of California

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/29/2014 03:15 PM
Murphys, CA...John Pratt of San Diego, California passed away on July 28, 2014, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. A true citizen of California, John was born in Hollywood and grew up in Oakland. He lived throughout the state during his lifetime. He attended Piedmont High School and was an all-around athlete, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. Following high school, John served his country with distinction in the Korean War and then married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Margot Marie Thomson. They had a magical life together, celebrating 56 blissful years of marriage, before her passing in 2008. They were thrilled to receive a Proclamation from the California State Assembly honoring them on their 50th wedding anniversary. John and Margot traveled the world together, culminating in their exciting last adventure, a journey to Machu Picchu, Peru, followed by a trip on the Amazon River. They raised a rambunctious family of four children, Bill (Sherry), Terry (Mark), Steve (Laura) and Tom (Kimberly). John left a wonderful legacy for his children and was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Rochelle, Casey, Shawna, Lindsey, Christopher, Mark, Nicholas, Thomson and Hutton; and 6 great grandchildren: Vincenzo, Giovanni, Shadrach, Moriah, Harper and Charlie...

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  4. RCRC Applauds Reauthorization of Workforce Investment Act
  5. All Aboard! Railtown 1897 Offers Excursion Train Rides & Live Music Over Labor Day Weekend
  6. Arnold SIR Branch 152 Lunch Meeting on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  7. Salty Life 4 Pay ~ Pancake Breakfast!
  8. Sand Fire Morning Update....The Sand Fire Started By Vehicle Into Dry Grass. 3,800 Acres, 80% Contained, 13 Homes Destroyed, 1,617 Personnel
  9. Congressman McClintock Speaks On The Border Crisis
  10. SAVE the DATE for Mark Twain Medical Center's Meet and Greet our New Physicians
  11. Bear Valley Coop News​...Update Meeting August 9th At Skyhigh Pizza
  12. Let Froggy's Clean & Lube Your Vehicle & Save Water!!
  13. Bank Robbed In Pioneer
  14. Fire Update...Grass Fire Off Of Vista Del Lago
  15. Bank of America In Arnold Is Hiring For Full Time Positions With Benefits
  16. Volunteer Orientation/Program - Volunteer Opportunities
  17. Don Miller - 1932 - 2014
  18. Sand Fire Update....The Sand Fire Started By Vehicle Into Dry Grass. 3,800 Acres, 65% Contained, 515 Homes Threatened, 10 Homes Destroyed, 1,937 Personnel, 196 Engines, 51 Crews, 30 Dozers & 52 Tenders
  19. Yosemite Fire Update July 27, 2014 El Portal Fire
  20. San Jose Man, John Stuart Beaton Loses Life In Hwy 120 Head On Collision
  21. Patio Party Sale at Milliaire Winery
  22. Shop Local! Sierra Hills, Angels Food & Sierra Hills Natural Food Markets. Weekly Specials Through July 29th
  23. Announcing the Winners of the 21st Annual Murphys Duck Races!
  24. Linda Sue "Susie" Stevens - 1948 - 2014
  25. Meet Dr. Siegler, An Expert In Orthopaedics, And Kindness
  26. Traffic Update...Overturned Vehicle On Hwy 49
  27. Sand Fire Update....The Sand Fire Started By Vehicle Into Dry Grass. 3,800 Acres, 35% Contained, 515 Homes Threatened, 10 Homes Destroyed, 1,464 Personnel
  28. Fire Update....Vegetation Fire Contained Near Sonora
  29. Yosemite El Portal Fire Fire Now At 2,100 Acres
  30. President Obama's Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes
  31. Fire Update...Illegal Burn Off Of Hwy 26!
  32. Sand Fire Update....The Sand Fire Started By Vehicle Into Dry Grass. 4,000 Acres, 20% Contained, 515 Homes Threatened, 10 Homes Destroyed, 1,464 Personnel
  33. Make Plans To Attend Singing In The Rain
  34. Fire Update...Sand Fire Swells To 3,000 Acres, 1,464 Personnel, 149 Fire Engines, 45, Hand Crews, 6 Air Tankers, 6 Helicopters
  35. Why Wait SUP & Kayak Sale At SNAC
  36. Red Cross Response to Sand Fire
  37. Fire Update....Sand Fire Evacuations Grow
  38. Wildfire Smoke Warning: Sand Incident Air Quality Advisory
  39. New Arrivals at The Clothes Mine in Angels Camp!
  40. Sand Fire Near Plymouth Now 20% Contained, 1,300 Acres, 5 Homes & 7 Outbuildings Destroyed

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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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