Find yourself in the heart of Scotland

Something about taking the night ferry through the Scottish Hebrides after a day of whisky tasting by the sea had me thinking, and hearing an edgy alto in a familiar voice echo through my head. It was a voice that could channel wonder, punctuate tragedy and break down countless barriers. It was a voice that found its strength when charging […]

Stream in the New Year

This is the season when I manage to see a lot of movies. Long winter evenings and several family customs account for this. For instance, on Christmas Eve, after attending an evening church service, we almost always watch one of three movies: “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story” or “Elf.” The day after Christmas, the extended family heads to […]

Lost pets, death results of fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve

The New Year began on a panic ridden and somber note for some four-legged individuals in Calaveras County.As a result of an unusually loud and violent onslaught of fireworks in residential areas of the county, pets were immediately affected and some unfortunately died as a rippling side effect of the unusually loud and celebratory fireworks.On New Year’s Day, local pet […]

Three subjects detained for burglarizing, squatting in Valley Springs

Three subjects were caught burglarizing and squatting in a Valley Springs home on Dec. 28, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release.Deputies responded to a residence in the 10000 block of Shelton Road near Valley Springs for a report of a suspicious person.Deputies had responded to a burglary call at the residence a week prior to the incident.Upon […]

Rev. Barbara Fair

Long time Calaveras County resident, Rev. Barbara Fair passed away November 20, 2018. Barbara lived in the Murphys/Douglas Flat area for 30-plus years. She was the founder and minister for the Murphys Community Faith Center. She served as a Chaplin for the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office and Mark Twain Medical Center. She was actively involved in missions work in various […]

Hardening the homefront

Experts share home fireproofing techniques for rural residents

Devastating wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of California homes this past year. The Camp Fire alone obliterated over 18,000 structures, nearly 14,000 of which were residences, making it the most destructive fire in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).A federal climate report released last month warned that the frequency and intensity of […]

Fitness resolution

Calaveras residents getting in shape, eating healthier for new year

For those looking to get in shape in 2019, there are more options than ever before in Calaveras County. From Zumba to Buti Yoga, local gyms are offering innovative ways to tackle fitness – regardless of age, gender or experience level.According to Director of Economic Development Kathy Gallino, there has been a “definite trend” in recent years toward health and […]

Bullfrogs shooting for return to winning ways

Bret Harte hopes 2019 brings victories
A new beginning
Bret Harte Basketball

The Bret Harte High School girls’ basketball team has felt the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. And that’s all before the start of the Mother Lode League season. The Bullfrogs began the season winning six of their first seven games, which included capturing the championship at the Escalon Tournament.However, with a 6-1 record, Bret Harte couldn’t add […]

Robert M. Zetterberg

Robert M. Zetterberg, 81, of Murphys passed on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, after battling cancer for three years. Bob was born and raised in San Pedro, Calif., graduating from San Pedro High School in 1955. He attended the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, majoring in marine engineering, and graduated with his Third Engineer’s license in 1960. He joined the U.S. […]

Houghten and Oberle shine at Sierra Nevada Classic Tourney

Calaveras Wrestling

The Calaveras High School wrestling team flexed its muscles and finished 25th out of 87 teams from five different states while competing at the Sierra Nevada Classic Dec. 27-28 in Reno, Nev.Elliot Houghten continued his terrific senior season by going 6-1 and picking up victories over defending state champions from both Nevada and Oregon. Houghten’s lone loss was his first […]