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< Thursday, October 6, 2022 >


All Day Soles 4 Souls for Shoe Drive 2022 is On! Donate Today!
Angels Camp & Murphys, CA...It's that time again for you and your friends to look in your closets for "idle shoes" and donate them to our SHOE DRIVE! Drop-off bins are at shops & schools from Arnold to Copper. All shoes accepted - those that can't be reused will be recycled. MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN FEEL IN YOUR SOLE!

All Day Caltrans To Begin Culvert Project on State Route 49 Near Angels Camp
Angels Camp, CA...The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will install drainage pipe systems (culverts) on State Route 49 from approximately a half-mile south of Red Hill Road to Gun Club Road near Angels Camp in Calaveras County. Culverts drain water to help prevent erosion and maintain the structural integrity of roadways. Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 3 and continue until November 2022. One-way traffic control with flaggers will be employed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday.


Motorists should expect 5- to 10-minute delays and are advised to use alternate routes, whenever possible.
Culverts will be installed at two locations south of Red Hill Road, one location north of Whittle Ranch Road, and one location south of Gun Club Road.

The estimated $275,00 project will be performed by Quimu Contracting Inc. of Dixon, CA.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment, and/or materials and construction related issues.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

For the latest road conditions, visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

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All Day Columbia College Presents Art Exhibition Extended Through November 18th
Columbia, CA...“Pain and Beyond” – a collection of oil and mixed media paintings, completed between 2011 – 2018 by Columbia College Art Professor, Li Ching Accurso, is now on display through October 18th, in the Columbia College Manzanita Building Rotunda (11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora). The upper level of the Manzanita Building is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. During the period Li Ching worked on these pieces, she was experimenting with materials combined with oil, such as glitter, confetti, and fabric.


The ceramics that are on display were produced between 1996 – 2009, when Li Ching was continually discovering new expressive possibilities with clay.

Li Ching began painting small watercolors in February, 2022, as a convenient medium to travel with, and a discipline for painting from observation.

“In all my work, I want to express strong emotions of joy, color, hope, and enthusiasm,” Li Ching says.
A Taiwanese-American woman artist, Li Ching Accurso has served as a full-time member of the art faculty at Columbia College since 1995. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Berkeley in Painting and was a Fulbright scholar.
“This is a beautiful and impressive collection of work, said Columbia College President Lena Tran. We invite the wider community to come and enjoy this exhibition.”

For information on the artwork, contact Li Ching Accurso at 209-588-1530 or accursol@yosemite.edu. Paintings not included in this exhibition are available for viewing and purchase. Instagram: lichingaccurso, Facebook, or lichingaccurso.weebly.com.

WHO: Columbia College
WHAT: Paint and Beyond – Art Exhibition
An art display showcasing work by Li Ching Accurso
WHERE: Manzanita Building (upper level Rotunda) at Columbia College
WHEN: September 19 – November 18, 2022 M-F, 8am – 5pm
06:00 PM Yes on A! Campaign Hosts Town Hall Oct. 6 in Murphys! Increased Fire Protection for Everyone!
Murphys, CA...The Calaveras Local Fire Protection Committee for Measure A will host a Town Hall at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Native Sons of the Golden West Hall, 389 Main St., Murphys. The Town Hall offers a chance for voters to learn the details of Measure A, the Calaveras Local Fire Protection Tax Initiative. Calaveras County voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to approve Measure A, which is a 1 percent sales tax to fund fire protection.




“We hope voters will come ready to ask questions,” said Dana M. Nichols, chairman of the citizen committee behind the measure. “We understand that this community strongly supports public safety, including firefighters. At the same time, not everyone may be familiar with the limited funding and staffing challenges facing our local fire agencies.”

Nichols said that representatives of the Murphys Fire Protection District will be invited to the meeting so that they can also offer information on how the district operates.

Murphys, like most fire districts in the county, depends on volunteer firefighters. Firefighters receive small stipends when they serve shifts at the station. Recently, many volunteers have been leaving fire districts countywide to take paid jobs.

When Murphys or any other district has a large emergency – a fully involved structure fire or a wildland fire that can’t be knocked down upon first attack – then it counts on neighboring districts to send in additional engines and firefighters.

Nichols, who is also on the board of San Andreas Fire Protection District, noted that Cal Fire also helps – when its engines are here. “Cal Fire at times sends its crews to big fires elsewhere in California. When that happens, Cal Fire counts on the local fire districts to cover for it.” Also, Cal Fire specializes in wildland fires. It is the local fire districts that have the specialized equipment and training for handling car crashes and health emergencies.

“Mutual aid is why we all need to confront this together,” Nichols said. “In order to keep my community from burning down, I need to know that my neighbors also have firefighters on duty who can help when needed.”

Nichols said that the citizens committee spent months in discussions with the local fire districts to come up with a plan that would win wide support. The measure requires that most of the funding be spent to keep firefighters on duty and requires fire agencies to report on how they use the money.

“This is a special tax – it can only be spent for operating our fire protection agencies,” Nichols said. “Voters may not realize that some of the other taxes they approved in recent years – such as the Transient Occupancy Tax – are general taxes. Even if those taxes were sold as benefiting public safety, elected leaders can always decide to use them for something else because they are general taxes. In contrast, elected leaders have no discretion to use Measure A for anything but its stated purpose – to keep firefighters on duty and adequately equipped and housed.”

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