New mural graces wall at Arnold Library

The following press release was issued by the Friends of the Arnold Library:Arnold’s first large-scale outdoor work of art—created predominantly by its children—is now gracing the side of the town’s library.The Friends of the Arnold Library, along with a $2,000 grant from the Calaveras County Community Foundation, funded and spearheaded the creation of the ceramic tile mural that depicts the […]

Solar panels ‘care for creation’ at San Andreas Episcopal Church

A row of newly installed solar panels at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in San Andreas recently received a blessing, part of a larger movement by the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin to equip 95% of its churches with solar power by the end of 2022.The Right Rev. David Rice delivered the blessing on Aug. 22, embodying the church’s mission to […]

Mary Jean Athearn Bissell

May 25, 1925 – August 13, 2021Born in Stockton, Calif. to parents Prince Allen Athearn and Mary Lovelia Watts Athearn, Mary Jean grew up between Stockton and Lodi. They spent most summers in Pacific Valley where her parents built a summer cabin. She met the love of her life, Donald M. Bissell, at Stockton High School as a result of […]

Calaveras deputies eradicate 7 illegal cannabis cultivation sites

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office’s Marijuana Enforcement Unit served seven search warrants for illegal marijuana cultivation between Aug. 5 and Aug. 19, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.Deputies served the first search warrant on Aug. 5 in the 1000 block of Paradise Peak in Valley Springs, where they found that a residence had been converted for indoor […]

Barbara Padou

July 22, 2021Barbara Padou died on July 22, 2021 at her home at Foothill Village in Angels Camp. She was 92 years old.The youngest of six children, Barbara was born at the home of her parents, Phillip and Henrietta Oulton, in a small town outside Boston. After high school, Barbara worked in a doctors’s office as a receptionist. Bored in […]

Who is ultimately responsible for our wildfire disasters, and what can we do? 

Paul P. is a retired Silicon Valley firefighter who lives in Arnold. The cost of today’s wildfires is often measured in lives lost, buildings destroyed and acres burned. Just in the 2020 California wildfire season alone (through October 2020) more than 30 people were killed, about 8,500 structures were destroyed, and a record-breaking 4 million acres of land were completely devastated. […]