People step in as the Butte Fire rages

We come together
From the Sierra Lodestar

Stories of residents in the Mother Lode stepping up to help neighbors affected by the Butte Fire. (From the Sierra Lodestar)This isn’t the story we had planned to give you this week.In the six years that Sierra Lodestar has been published, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce readers to wonderful artists, to acquaint people with our regional history and to […]

Jenny’s Kitchen: It’s about time for something hearty

I could feel it coming. My body sent signals it was on its way. I began to crave hot tea in the evenings and I traded my lightweight robe for the heavier, soft and cozy one. I had a few tomatoes left on the vines, but I also started to see pumpkins on porches and windowsills. Yes, my most favorite […]

Tuolumne Talk: Jamestown readies Walk of Fame dedication

The enthusiasm is evident in Jim O’Neil’s eyes when he talks about the Walk of Fame project.“This is where art, history and culture all come together in one spot,” he says.The Walk of Fame is a corridor dotted with bronze medallions that celebrate the rich film history of Jamestown. It begins in downtown Jamestown at Rocca Park and heads up […]

Amador in Action: There’s nothing lightweight about Lightfoot

I’ve always viewed the tunes of Gordon Lightfoot as a force that – along with “Star Wars” collectibles, two Jim Croce albums, “The Godfather” and the songs of the Kinks – genuinely counterbalanced the pervading blandness of the 1970s. And I’m not just saying that because the man-permed, open-collared, big-mustachioed 1976 version of Lightfoot happened to look like the timber […]

The Examined Life: Truly open up and expand your world

Although we both started out to be actors, Patty Duke managed to make it to Broadway by the time she was 15, starring in “The Miracle Worker.” I made it to Broadway many years later, but only after forking out $65 for an orchestra seat to “Les Miserables.” I recently discovered that Duke was born just one day before me, […]

Calaveras Sluice Box: Start the hometown healing

If there was ever a time to forge ahead with tradition, this weekend is it. After enduring evacuation orders and fright, and some of our neighbors losing their homes to the Butte Fire, a pair of Calaveras County events continue years of tradition Saturday. It’s official, West Point Lumberjack Day and the Calaveras Grape Stomp are a go.In Murphys, the […]

Meetings, disaster relief, part of new post-Butte Fire routine

Some return home to live in travel trailers

A post-Butte Fire routine of sorts is taking hold this week as many of those who lost homes settle in new abodes or find trailers they can use to return to their properties.Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives are now out in the field inspecting properties with damaged and destroyed homes, a key step to allow property owners to receive federal […]

Lawsuit filed against PG&E for Butte Fire

A San Diego law firm filed a lawsuit Monday against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and its tree maintenance contractor on behalf of two Mokelumne Hill residents who lost their homes in the Butte Fire.The lawsuit was filed in Calaveras County Superior Court by the Singleton Law Firm on behalf of Brian Moeller and Jolene Stewart. Even though the cause […]