Jenny’s Kitchen: Dad left many memorable moments

Happy 95th birthday, Dad. If only you were still with us to celebrate the joyous occasion.What kind of man was my father? I put that into words the evening I wrote his eulogy in the form of a poem to read at his service. He must have been guiding me, because once I got started the verses just flowed. He […]

Solid Gold Fishing: How did we do in 2016?

The year 2016 has been a special one for anglers who fish in the Mother Lode. Let’s take a moment and look back as summer winds down and most of the gear is stowed for the winter.The rainbow trout numbers were down for the most part, but the crappie stacked stringers in a big way; they were so big, in […]

Amador in Action: If the community gets moving, so will kids

At a recent fundraiser for a struggling family, Dominic Vicari watched the groundswell of support and thought out loud, “This is why people who aren’t from here will never understand Amador County.”Vicari was raised with the Gold Country’s most important ethos – knowing and believing that the real meaning of community is lending a hand when your neighbor needs it […]

Tuolumne Talk: Great reads are perfect for fall

Summer is frequently billed as the time to read, but for me, the most intentional reading takes place in the fall. I often choose one of the classics or a big fat biography to enjoy as the days get shorter and I no longer spend early evenings working in the yard. This year, I’m reading “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, […]

Calaveras Sluice Box: Pick a party or get to them both

It’s the first Saturday of October and that means two things in Calaveras County: it’s time for West Point Lumberjack Day and the Calaveras Grape Stomp.I’m a big fan of both events and while some may ponder the point in staging such big events on the same day, the organizers of these events realized long ago that they attract slightly […]

Etched ink in the Mother Lode

Tattoos are today's fine art

It used to be that tattoos were scandalous. Only bikers, outlaws and sailors sported skulls, hearts, daggers and red, red roses. I never thought about getting a tattoo because, in my mind, it just wasn’t done.But these days, it seems like everyone is getting inked. The Food and Drug Administration reckons that one in five Americans has at least one […]

Bret Harte girls take second at mid-year golf tournament

STOCKTON- The Bret Harte bullfrogs (6-1 Valley Foothill League North) girls golf team placed second with a score of 396 at the Valley Foothill League North Mid-Year Tournament held at the Micke Grove Golf Links in Stockton on Monday.A familiar sight at the top of the leader boards, Hannah Ellsworth led the Bullfrogs with a score of 86. Ellsworth finished […]

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Calaveras County Resource Conservation District has new board

Supervisors appoint seven members

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors today appointed seven members to the board of the county’s new Resource Conservation District.Wasting no time, the new RCD board will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. today.The seven members of the RCD board are Robert Dean, Thomas Sullivan, N. Keith Hafley, Gordon Long, Nick Valente, Franziska Schabram and Michael Robie.Calaveras County voters […]