Avery Middle School dedicates library to late English teacher

Amelia McKeen made a lasting impact

“A teacher affects eternity,” wrote the historian Henry Adams. “He can never tell where his influence stops.”Family, friends, colleagues and former students came together Friday afternoon to fondly remember Avery Middle School teacher Amelia McKeen, celebrate the impact she had in their lives and dedicate the school’s library in her name.An English teacher at Avery since 1998, McKeen died last […]

Bret Harte soph duo bound for state meet

Dishion, Landis place in top three at sections

A pair of Bret Harte High School sophomores qualified for the CIF State Cross Country Championships, which will be held Saturday, Nov.28, at Woodward Park in Fresno.Kaela Dishion and Connor Landis earned their spots in the state meet by placing in the top three of their respective races at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Championships in Folsom.Landis finished the 3.1-mile Willow Hills […]

Bret Harte senior sets school scoring records

Mike Ziehlke passes Chris Clements

Senior Michael Ziehlke took his final snaps as a Bret Harte High School quarterback Nov. 6 in Angels Camp in a 27-14 loss to Argonaut. But his final rushing touchdown scored in that game put him in the Bullfrogs’ football record books, as he is now the top all-time touchdown scorer in Bret Harte varsity football history.“It’s great when you […]

Tattoos gain popularity in Lode and nation

Tattoos and body art are on the rise in America and the foothills.According to a recent Harris Poll, 21 percent of U.S. adults have tattoos. That’s more than one in five. This number is up from 16 percent in 2008.Tattoos are not a recent fad.Sixty-one tattoos were found on the famous Iceman Otzi discovered in 1991 near the Italian-Austrian border, […]

County Counsel arrested in Lodi in June

Police say she failed to show ID

Calaveras County Counsel Megan Stedtfeld in June was arrested in Lodi on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer.Stedtefeld is the top legal adviser to Calaveras County government officials.Lodi Police Sgt. Mike Manetti said that records show Stedtfeld was the driver of a motor vehicle that was among those stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on June 6.Manetti said that an officer […]

Deputies called twice to scene of triple homicide

Unclear whether victims were dead when deputies first arrived

Calaveras County Sheriff deputies were called twice the morning of Oct. 20 to the property near Rail Road Flat where three men were killed while allegedly stealing from a marijuana garden.According to new court documents, the first time deputies arrived at the scene around 8 a.m., landlord Bonnie Aho, who had initially called sheriff deputies to report a theft of […]

Sonora Pass closed for season, no decision yet on Ebbetts Pass

Sparkling powder offers hope for a better winter

Almost a foot of sparkling fresh powder fell on the high Sierra east of Calaveras County over the weekend, offering hope for both skiers and farmers that this winter will be better than the last.Sunday’s storm prompted the California Department of Transportation to close Sonora Pass on Highway 108 for the winter. A Caltrans spokesman said that officials have not […]

CHS girls ousted in volleyball quarters

After sweeping No. 10 seed Union Mine at home in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Nov. 10, the Calaveras High School girls volleyball team’s season came to an end Thursday in a 3-0 loss at No. 2 seed Hilmar in the quarterfinals. Calaveras (15-6), seeded seventh, lost to the Yellowjackets 25-20, 25-21, 25-19.Sophomore Tanner Pemberton […]