Recall efforts against District 2 supervisor fail

A recall campaign against District 2 Supervisor Jack Garamendi died last week after proponents failed to submit the required number of signatures by deadline.“It was a very long process over seven months,” said Garamendi Friday, one day after recall proponents missed the deadline for submitting signatures. “Frankly, I am just looking forward to focusing on the issues of my district […]

Know your party before you vote

With the increased attention to the 2018 elections and the importance of each and every vote, the number of registered voters is on the increase. People are familiar with the two major parties, the Democrats and Republicans. There are more than a dozen lesser-known parties, including the Modern Whig Party, American Solidarity Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Peace and Freedom […]

The frogs are on the move

Calaveras County’s celebrated jumping frogs celebrate their 90th birthday this year. They will soon launch their annual goodwill tour that builds excitement for the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee, this year staged from May 17 to 20 at Frogtown just outside Angels Camp.This 90th birthday year means more excitement than ever, as the frogs and their entourage of […]

Jackson hospital stages diabetes info fair

Free screenings available

Sutter Amador Hospital officials plan a Diabetes Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at the hospital in Jackson.A release from the hospital says officials there understand the importance of educating and screening members of the community for diabetes. More than 100 million people in the United States are living with prediabetes or diabetes and 45 […]

It only took that first book

I’ve always been a booklover. Even back before I could read, I would pull books off their shelves and flip through them, telling myself, “Someday, I will read these.”I remember the first book I read all by myself; I was in the first grade, and it was about a laughing spider. The spider was eaten by a bird, who then […]

Earth Day should signal change

With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals.Yes, that. Last fall, Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to a plant-based diet. A 2010 United […]

Mud Run hits Mountain Ranch Community Park on Saturday

The Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District hosts its the second annual Stop, Drop and Mud 5-kilometer run starting from Mountain Ranch Community Park in Mountain Ranch on Saturday to raise money for equipment.The first wave of contestants start at 10 a.m. A 1-mile kids’ Mud Run that starts at 12 p.m.The course features 16 obstacles, said Linda Burns, […]

Watch what the president does

It is hard to say if anything I have ever written has had any effect on anyone. One way to judge any impact might be the number of people who have recognized me over the past 13 years, during which I have had the great privilege of sharing my thoughts in print (and, more recently, online). It always makes me […]

Raising taxes may not help

Rather than seeking to raise taxes on the people and visitors, perhaps now is the time to consider some fundamental improvements, such as:• Does the city of Angels Camp need its own police force at a cost of $1.6 million? The county sheriff is seeking deputies who want to be in the Gold County. Wow, what an opportunity!• Raising transient […]

Bullfrogs have yet to lose a MLL match and have sights set on a perfect season

Driving Toward Perfection
Bret Harte Golf

From the outside looking in, it would be easy to believe that the Bret Harte golf team has nothing to prove to anyone. The Bullfrogs entered the 2018 season as not only back-to-back defending Mother Lode League champions, but back-to-back CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champions.However, with their recent success, the Bullfrogs feel as if they have even more to […]