Calaveras code needs to promote fire-safe homes

California’s prolonged drought has produced dry fuel and, in consequence, the Butte Fire. Trees and shrubs are drier than normal and the aftereffect of drier fuel is more massive fires.But how different is the drought-stricken tree from the kiln-dried lumber stuck in a home? We buck trees, season the wood and jam it into the fireplace to burn. But stick […]

New Arrivals

Evaley Elizabeth May was born at 4 a.m. Sept. 8, 2015, at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her parents are Evan and Celina May of Valley Springs. Her siblings are Chloe May, 13, Gavin May, 11, and Gunnar May, 21 months. Her maternal grandparents are Harry and Bridget Proctor […]

Friends of RRF School thanks supporters

Friends of Rail Road Flat School would like to thank many organizations, individuals and groups for the enormous amount of support and aid that the community of Rail Road Flat has received in the wake of the Butte Fire. While a large amount of Rail Road Flat was saved, the outskirts were hit hard. The small communities up in the […]

Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California’s Yosemite Valley

Stop false rumors about fire retardant drops

I am writing this letter as a citizen and resident of Calaveras County of 25 years. I have been hearing rumors regarding the Butte Fire that EBMUD somehow negatively influenced fire tactics in the river canyon by not allowing retardant drops. At first I wrote this off as the kind of unfounded nonsense that would just fade away in a […]

State of Jefferson crusade comes to Calaveras County

GOP to host meeting Oct. 14 in San AndreasThe Calaveras County Republican Party is bringing a leading advocate for creating the State of Jefferson to speak in San Andreas on Oct. 14. Organizers are inviting residents of Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne counties to attend to learn more about why some residents of rural California counties believe they would be better […]

Bullfrogs, Redskins look to rise in MLL

MLL season underway
High SChool Boys Soccer Preview

The ball is already rolling on the Mother Lode League boys soccer season and the Bret Harte and Calaveras high school teams are working hard to improve their marks from a season ago.The Redskins finished last in the MLL standings in 2014, winning only a single league game, but they’ve already matched that mark this season.Coach Colleen Kelly attributes the […]

Michelson students raise funds and awareness

Happy faces flushed with excitement flooded the track at Michelson Elementary School Friday morning as children of all ages participated in a schoolwide jog-a-thon fundraiser for victims of the Butte Fire.Organized by the fifth-graders in the leadership class on campus, the event was a way for students to work together to help people who lost their homes in the devasting […]

The Polar Express

Cleopatra survives

Melanie Lambley found Cleopatra on a friend’s property outside San Andreas after two weeks alone in the Butte Fire burn zone. The cat managed to survive the blaze but the family home was lost. Cleo’s whiskers were scorched and her feet tender, but she’s OK. “I was crying and she came running,” Lambley said. “Who rescued who? She climbed in […]