Crossfire girls shine on the beach

Incoming CHS juniors earn nationals bidSeveral young players from the Calaveras Crossfire volleyball club have racked up a string of beach volleyball victories this summer.Calaveras Crossfire 12-and-under duo Jenna Brotherton and Macey Beuscher won their division championship in the Northern California Volleyball Association Dog Days of Summer Sand Volleyball Tournament in Santa Cruz on June 24. Brotherton and Beuscher went […]

Add health screenings to back-to-school checklist

As summer vacation winds down, thoughts turn from jaunts to the beach to readying for a new school year. To-do lists include many of the typical tasks that precede going back to the classroom, including shopping for new clothes, purchasing school supplies and finishing summer reading assignments.Another essential requirement parents must find time for is completing their children’s health screenings […]

CCWD enlists new lobbyist services

Seeks voice in upcoming drought legislationThe Calaveras County Water District has a new general in the metaphorical battleground that is D.C. politics.The CCWD Board of Directors voted to approve a contract for consulting services with O’Connell and Dempsey during a meeting Wednesday, in the hopes that in doing so the district may secure water storage rights in the New Melones […]

Sheriff’s Log

Monday, July 612:32 a.m., Hathaway Pines – Disturbance; verbal dispute over custody of a dog. Altamont Drive.10:13 a.m., Mountain Ranch – Suspicious person; man walking with a stick and a limp on the roadside.1:18 p.m., Copperopolis – Suspicious or parked vehicle; vehicle driving slowly through area.3:03 p.m., Mountain Ranch – Mountain Ranch; battery, altercation with an ex tenant. Jesus Maria […]

Mother Lode Geology: An old world becomes new

Editor’s note: This is the first story of an ongoing series about the geology of the Mother Lode.Geology forms the land, which shapes the history – and perhaps the future – of a place. It certainly did that in the Mother Lode, the central Sierra Nevada counties where generations have enjoyed the riches that the land provides.Once, the area was […]

Calaveras general plan needs a water element

The evening of June 30 at the joint meeting of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, I erred in thinking that there would be a separate discussion of the four items presented for action. That wasn’t the only mistake made that night. The board erred as well. It decided to place in a “parking lot” any action […]

Local health care workers take part in statewide protest

About two dozen members of a medical caregivers union held an informational picket Thursday outside Mark Twain Medical Center on Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas.Local members of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West organized the picket line to bring attention to six-month old negotiations with the hospital.David Lei, 47, a registered nurse at Mark Twain and one […]

Dennis Churchill memorial service

Angels Camp residentA memorial service for Dennis Clarence Churchill of Angels Camp will be held at 10 a.m. July 18 in the Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 1141 Main St., Angels Camp. A reception will follow. Mr. Churchill died in April. He was 78.

Forest service discusses plans for OSV trails

The U.S. Forest Service will host an open house Tuesday to explain a plan to provide a system of trails and roads for over-snow vehicles in the Stanislaus National Forest.The open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Calaveras Ranger District Office, 5519 Highway 4, Hathaway Pines.The objective of the proposal is to provide a system of roads, […]

County real estate market on the rise

Both the number of homes sold and the average price of homes sold in Calaveras County increased again in the second quarter of the year, according to a report by the Calaveras County Association of Realtors.Buyers purchased 275 homes in the county in April, May and June, according to the association’s report, which includes only properties listed through its multiple […]