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Calaveras Sluice Box: Catch the inside excitement

I can already feel spring trying to blossom; even though we’ve had fun events to get to all winter long, it’s as if we’re chomping at the bit for more to do this year. This weekend feels like one of those cloning weekend because you’ll have to pick and choose where the fun takes you.Indoor activities are also still a […]

The Calaveras Cheese Lady: America is catching up on mozzarella

In years past, we grew up with firm little balls of mozzarella we could grate over casseroles and pizzas. This is a “low-moisture” (drained) mozzarella that’s firm, sliceable and melts well, too. Let’s look at some other forms of this versatile cheese.Lately, “high moisture” mozzarellas have emerged. They aren’t drained or dried, but are made and stored “fresh” in a […]

High School Baseball Roundup: CHS wins rain-shortened game

High School Baseball

The Calaveras High School baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth in a rain-shortened 14-5 win over Amador Monday in San Andreas.Calaveras trailed 2-0 after the top of the first, but responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Amador tied the game in the top of the second, but again, Calaveras took the […]

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Dennis Alton Mason

May 13, 1951 – Mar 9, 2017Dennis Alton Mason, age 65, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, Calif., where he was surrounded by his family as he drifted off to be with the Lord. Dennis was the son of Earl Mason and Helen Lewis, who preceded Dennis in death.Dennis leaves his loving […]

Bret Harte softball girls score walk-off win against Bears

High School Softball

Maddie Schwartz stood on third base as raindrops fell from the brim of her helmet to the dampened dirt. She knew she had only one objective – score.The Bret Harte sophomore had her eyes glued on the Summerville catcher, because if Schwartz was given an inch, she’d take it a mile. With the game tied 4-4 with two outs in […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Life in the meadow: Twain Harte

Time-tested, resident-approved
Mountain splendor

Until the early 1800s, MiWuk Indians inhabited the area around what is now known as Twain Harte. They built shelters called oochums near a colossal expanse of bald granite. MiWuk women wove fine baskets from the willow trees that grew in the creek running beside this massive rock and sat atop the formation patiently pounding acorns into meal. The grinding […]