Agriculture commissioner Wright retires after 7 years at post

A Kindle copy of Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” has been sitting on County Agriculture Commissioner Kevin Wright’s table for months, and by the end of the week, he’ll finally get a chance to pick it up.Wright, who has filled the role since 2013 after serving seven years as the deputy agriculture commissioner for the county, has a […]

Ice Cube

Ice Cube at Black Oak Casino Resort

John Albert Brucklacher

May 17, 1957 – January 25, 2020John Albert Brucklacher went to live with our Lord on Jan. 25, 2020. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, community activist and avid sports fan. He leaves behind a legacy of good will, generosity, love for others and an overall infectious positive spirit.John was born on May 17, 1957, in Sioux Falls, […]

Felony Booking Log: February 24, 2020 to February 27, 2020

Monday, Feb. 24William Richard Denny, 54, of Mountain Ranch, was arrested at 10 a.m. at the Calaveras County Jail lobby in San Andreas and booked on suspicion of violating parole.John Edward Steele II, 29, of Vallecito, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. at 5117 Chile Camp Road, Campo Seco, and booked on suspicion of violating probation.Tuesday, Feb. 25Theresa Louise Munoz, 26, […]

Susan Karen Woodard (Hastie)

March 9, 1949 – July 14, 2019Susan Karen Woodard (Hastie) died in Stockton on July 14, 2019, at the age of 70. Susan is survived by her husband, Keith; her three children, Kevin, Ginny and Crissy; and seven grandchildren.She was born on March 9, 1949, in Redbluff, Calif., to Leonard and Virginia Hastie. She went to American River College to […]

‘United’ States face more division than unity if no compromise

Our democracy has been in danger many times before. At the very beginning, followers of John Adam’s Federalists and Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans regarded each other as traitors. One side accusing the other of loyalty to France and the other of restoring the British monarchy. Partisan conflict was so great that it looked like the experiment in self-governing would fail. Eventually, […]

Daniel Morris Irving

September 5, 1922 – February 22, 2020Daniel Morris Irving, of San Andreas, passed away of natural causes on Feb. 22, 2020, at the age of 97, while surrounded by family and health care friends. Dan was born in McMechen, W.Va., and raised by his mother Ila, and his maternal grandparents, Louetta and Tucker Morris. Being the oldest with five siblings, […]

Roy Dewayne Eaton

May 23, 1938 – January 20, 2020Roy Dewayne Eaton, 81, died on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Kaiser Hospital San Leandro after a long difficult recovery following an ATV accident on Sept. 12, 2019.He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jackie (Lipps) Eaton; his two daughters, Debbie (Dan) Shipp and Karen Eaton; as well as his two grandchildren […]

Will ‘fake news’ or liberal thinking win?

I have more than once referred to the story of “Chicken Little” which is a European folktale or children’s moral teaching. There are many versions, but the one that I am referencing concerns a little chick that is bonked on the head by an acorn. Since the chick mistakes the acorn for a chunk of the sky, it decides that […]

Spring season presents perfect sales environment … with right staging

Spring is the perfect time to sell your home in the foothills, as the hills are green, the trees are lovely, and the buyers are out shopping. Unfortunately, many sellers take too long to prepare to list their homes and miss this prime-time opportunity. Because of the influx of buyers, the popularity of staging, and, in some areas, the need […]