Building a LEGO-cy

4-H clubs host popular toy extravaganza

All the pieces came together for a community LEGO event put on by the Murphys and Mountain Ranch branches of 4-H, on Feb. 3.The Ranch House meeting room at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds was packed full of multiple tables covered in LEGOs, as children eagerly built imaginative creations and parents happily supervised. The event saw such a high turnout there […]

Should tourism, like charity, begin at home?

Last summer, my grown son and I took a two-week RV road trip to Mount Rushmore. The area is a sightseeing paradise, and I loved every foot of the 3,000-mile round-trip from San Andreas to the Black Hills. According to Statista, an online research outfit, tourism added $1.5 trillion to our gross national product in 2015 and is projected to […]

Felony log: February 4 to 11

Monday, Feb. 4Donovan Douglas Agasi, 45, of San Andreas, was arrested at 4:41 a.m. at 650 Pope St., San Andreas, and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.Tuesday, Feb. 5Riki Angela Eltringham, 40, of Copperopolis, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. at 1834 Live Oak Drive, Douglas Flat, and booked on suspicion of failure […]

Local hospital may benefit from Dignity merger

Mark Twain Medical Center may see some changes in the coming months, due to the recent merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).Under the umbrella of CommonSpirit Health, the two health systems have formed a nonprofit, Catholic organization based in Chicago that encompasses 700 care sites and 139 hospitals across 21 states, according to a press release issued […]

US finally serious about lowering drug prices?

David Mitchell is a man with a mission. He is determined to stitch together a movement that will finally smash the power of the pharmaceutical industry and bring pocketbook relief to millions of Americans who need expensive drugs.Mitchell, a 68-year-old former Washington, D.C., communications executive, was diagnosed eight years ago with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Until recently, the disease […]

Calaveras Girls’ Basketball at West Campus (2/14/19)

Calaveras lost to West Campus 61-50 Feb. 14 in Sacramento. Photos by Guy Dossi

Stelling to take on role as Bret Harte athletic director

Stepping Up
Bret Harte Athletics

Trying new things has never seemed to be an issue for Cathy Stelling. The Bret Harte High School teacher of 20 years has done everything from teach advance placement classes and coach softball, to oversee senior projects and be involved with leadership.So when the position of athletic director became available, as current Athletic Director Jerry Rucker is set to retire […]

Rail Road Flat and West Point Elementary to close for snow day

Due to expected snowfall on Feb. 15, a snow day has been announced for Rail Road Flat Elementary and West Point Elementary in the Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD). Mark Campbell, Superintendent for CUSD, confirmed the closures on Thursday afternoon.For up-to-date road closures and weather information, please check the following websites (provided by Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services), or […]

Sheriff’s log: February 5 to 11

Tuesday, Feb. 5Cruelty to animals1:15 a.m., Mokelumne Hill – Cruelty to animals; dog barking and whining. Caller concerned due to cold weather. No report taken. South Main Street.Disturbance4:49 a.m., Paloma – Disturbance; verbal altercation. Arrest made. Gwin Street.Theft2:42 p.m., Wallace – Theft; motor taken. No report taken. Limestone Drive.Wednesday, Feb. 6Suspicious person1:11 a.m., Murphys – Suspicious person; male subject at […]

Family letters unveil true love story

When you think of true love, who comes to mind? Your parents? Your grandparents? You and your partner? When I think of true love, I think of my great-grandparents.My great-grandfather Andy Fischer wrote this to my great-grandmother Genevieve Hession on Aug. 16, 1924:“ … I am going to take a trip down by the sea to look for that sweet […]