Post-fire treatments essential after Butte Fire

Weeding and replanting take priority

Hands-off management of the forest is no longer a viable option to prevent disasters such as the Butte Fire, forester Jan Bray told attendees of a San Andreas workshop last week sponsored by the University of California.“The era of well-intended, but misguided forest neglect must come to an end,” Bray said.Put together by the university’s Division of Agriculture and Natural […]

Phone service outage frustrates Butte Fire survivors

Stop sending letters stating you have tried to contact us. Stop sending letters stating we longer are being considered for help since we don’t respond to your calls. Stop sending us letters with phone numbers to call. We can’t respond to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state of California representatives, other relief agencies and insurance companies because phone lines are […]

MJB Ranch shooting suspects still at large

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department is still seeking information on three suspects who shot a man at his property Friday on MJB Ranch Road near Angels Camp.The victim, who has not been identified, was shot through the torso by one of three adult suspects he encountered on his property at 6:25 a.m. Friday. The suspects then fled the scene on […]

Butte cleanup exceeded expectations

After the Butte Fire, my husband and I attended a community meeting about the clean-up and debris removal process. We heard county and state officials describe their training procedures and make many promises about how individually and carefully they would work with homeowners.Forgive me, but I was skeptical. How could they clean up 500-plus homesites in a few months’ time […]

Youth golfer places high in Nevada tournament

Calaveras County resident Zoey Oatts fared well in the U.S. Kids Golf Fall Tour in Reno, Nev., and was recognized as one of the top five golfers in her age group.Oatts participated in the girls’ 10-and-under division during the Reno Fall Tour, which consisted of eight events at eight different golf courses from Aug. 16 to Oct. 25.Competing in six […]

Take a Lode Off: The future of sprawl before us

If you believe that the land of Calaveras County is good for nothing but residential development, then you will be pleased with how the planning commission is rewriting the draft general plan. That’s because, in the name of property rights, members are doing their best to see that sprawling residential development is allowed wherever a landowner deems it profitable. Commissioner […]

Former Bear Valley CEO passes away

Dennis Rasmussen was 77Former Bear Valley Ski Resort President and CEO Dennis Frederick Rasmussen, 77, passed away on Oct. 28, 2015, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.Rasmussen was born on March 28, 1938, in Burbank. He attended Bret Harte High School, graduated in 1956 and then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960.Rasmussen graduated from San Jose State […]

Sheriff Kuntz was one of a kind

Sheriff Gary Kuntz’s passing is a huge loss for our community. But rather than immediately focus on how this may impact us, I want to say a little bit about the impact that he had on Calaveras (medicinal marijuana) patients and cultivators.There is no tender way to say this, but the previous administration was outright hostile to state law. Rather […]

New Arrivals

Mariah Lillianna Garrett was born at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2015, at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her parents are Ashleigh and Aaron Garret of Jackson. Her sibling is Booklynn and she is 2. Her maternal grandparents are Timothy and Carmen Dage of Jackson. Her paternal grandparents are Fred […]

Raymond Charles Behrbaum

Born 1939 – October 2015On behalf of my father I would like to thank everyone from the Murphys Firefighters Association, Foothill Community Church, His Promise Keeper’s prayer group, the staff at Oak Terrace Memory Center, Sonora Regional Medical Center, Kentfield Rehabilitation, Marin General and all that touched his life in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.It is with deep sadness and celebration […]