Western scenes adorn Gallery 10

Ruth Andre is the featured artist for February at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.Andre became inspired by the Western lifestyle growing up in a beautiful valley in Southern California. She studied art and design at California State University, Long Beach, and printmaking at Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design in Los Angeles. She became an independent […]

Barrett trial continues – Tuesday, Jan. 31

Members of the families of Robert Haney, Terry Looney Jr. and Wesley Smith softly sobbed as images of their loved ones’ lifeless bodies were displayed on a large screen at the Jeremiah Barrett murder trial Monday at the Calaveras County Superior Court.People’s exhibit 37, introduced by Deputy District Attorney Brad Jones, was a DVD of the crime scene taken by […]

In memory of Nacha

I teach a wine class at Columbia College in the Culinary Arts Program, and one the most popular class sessions is a visit to a winery in Calaveras County. Since 2006, we have spent fall afternoons at Twisted Oak Winery touring the winemaking facility, checking out the crush and walking through the wine cave.For the first nine years, my class […]

Amador County supervisors deny Jackson Band’s request

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Amador County Board of Supervisors voted to deny a request by the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians for a letter of support for its effort to increase the acreage of the Jackson Rancheria. The tribe, represented by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort CEO Rich Hoffman, told the board that it is submitting an application to the […]

Barrett trial begins

The triple-murder trial of Jeremiah Barrett began Monday morning in Calaveras County Superior Court. Barrett is charged with three counts of murder in the second degree, for shooting Robert Daniel Haney, Terry Glen Looney Jr. and Wesley David Smith on Oct. 20, 2015. Judge Tim Healy began the proceedings by reading excerpts from the California Criminal Jury instructions reminding the jury that opening […]

Highway 26 reopens & Old Gulch Road traffic delays

State Route 26 is now open after repairs were made to the roadway after last week’s slide. Drive carefully!Road delays on Old Gulch Road in San Andreas. Road work is being done on Old Gulch Road to repair a washout to the road through January 31, 2017 to February 13, 2017. Expect 20-minute delays. Please plan your activities accordingly. If you have […]

Amador in Action: Docents dive into Doyle’s mysteries and more

London was the crucible of the empire of an endless sun. The city transfixed the imaginations, urges and anxieties of British writers for nearly three centuries, yet perhaps no wordsmith used its disturbing vitality to greater effect than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who shaped its dark Victorian contradictions into an intrepid doorway for untangling the human condition.A mission has been […]

Growin’ in the Gold Country: Here come the bare-root trees

Bare-root trees are a mystery to many people. The trees look like they were ripped out of the ground. They have no leaves and no soil remains on the roots. How do you know if it’s alive? How can it survive like that? Is it really dormant?The whole process of bare-root trees starts in late spring. By May, nurseries have […]

Solid Gold Fishing: Great fishing without getting wet

Amid the steady number of storms hitting the Mother Lode lately, a good day of fishing will have to remain on hold for a while. The lakes are going through a transition right now with constant mixing because of currents flowing into them from rivers and streams and the way the wind moves the water. Heavy flows of silt and […]

The Examined Life: Stay the course for now

For more than 15 years I’ve had a soft spot for babies born on Sept. 11. At least during the course of my lifetime, anyone celebrating a birthday on Sept. 11 will always have a shadow of sadness hovering over the day.The same goes for Nov. 22 for some of us and Dec. 7 for others. Those of us who […]