Janis Strattan

Janis Strattan recently passed away. She was 91, living close to family in Hood River, Ore. In Hood River she continued the tradition of conversation, laughs, and good food at the family table.In her earlier years, Janis loved camping with her kids and mom and dad at Calaveras Big Trees. Later, she was happy to become a resident of Murphys. […]

Felony Booking Log: February 7 to February 12

Thursday, Feb. 10William Chester Shaw Jr., 70, of Douglas Flat, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. at the 1500 block of Main Street in Douglas Flat and booked on suspicion of obstructing or resisting an executive officer.Friday, Feb. 11Zion Nikolao Haro, 22, of Burson, was arrested at Highway 26 in Valley Springs and booked on suspicion of failure to appear on […]

A drawdown manifesto for the Ukraine conflict

Fear of war begets war as both sides arm-up to pre-empt an attack by the other, and so we find ourselves today fearing yet another self-imposed escalation. With thousands of troops stationed on Ukraine’s border, Russia is telling Ukraine, “If you continue to court NATO, we will take whatever action necessary to stop the expansion of NATO.”Meanwhile, NATO countries continue […]

Photo Gallery: Calaveras Girls’ Soccer vs. West Campus (2/16/22)

Calaveras girls’ soccer lost to West Campus 5-2 in the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs Feb. 16 at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas. Photos by Guy Dossi

With a trip to the section title game on the line, Calaveras comes up short

'I am so proud of these girls for how they came out to play today' – Calaveras head coach Matt Simpson
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CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Soccer Playoffs: West Campus 5, Calaveras 2

As hard as players from the Calaveras High School girls’ soccer team tried, they had a difficult time focusing on the postgame speech from head coach Matt Simpson. His words were being drowned out by the celebration going on near the Frank Meyer Field scoreboard.The Calaveras players watched as No. 3 West Campus celebrated its 5-2 victory, which sent the […]

Gary Leon Hinman

January 12,1941- January 19, 2022Gary Leon Hinman was born Jan. 12,1941, in Orange County, Calif., and passed away on Jan. 19, 2022.As a youth, his passion for hunting and fishing was nurtured by his Irish grandfather (a former gamekeeper and huntsman for the Earl of Bantry, County Cork) and he went on tomerit the rank of Eagle Scout in the […]

Reevaluating our roadside spraying


It’s mid-February, and the roadsides in Calaveras County are already displaying the sickly shades of red and yellow that indicates recent herbicide spraying. In my opinion, residents received inadequate notice that this would take place. The spraying also appears to have begun before the notification period even ended, as confirmed by county Public Works staff in an interview on Feb. […]

Sheriff’s Log: February 7 to February 12

Monday, Feb. 7Criminal contempt9:40 a.m., San Andreas – Criminal contempt; report taken. Angels Road.Vandalism12:30 p.m., Murphys – Vandalism; report taken. Sheep Ranch Road.Disturbance4:28 p.m., Valley Springs – Disturbance; no report taken. Sequoia Avenue.Tuesday, Feb. 8Suspicious circumstances2:10 a.m., Murphys – Suspicious circumstances; arrest made. North Algiers Street.Explosion9:29 a.m., Copperopolis – Explosion; report taken. Singletree Drive.Theft3:35 p.m., San Andreas – Theft; no […]

Ask Rusty: Do Medicare Part A and B backup my Medicare Advantage Plan?

Social Security Matters

Dear Rusty: I was told that I can use Medicare Parts A and B as secondary coverage to my Medicare Advantage plan. Is that true? Signed: PuzzledDear Puzzled: Many do not understand how the various parts of Medicare work, and especially how or if “original Medicare” (Medicare Part A and Part B) interacts with a Medicare Advantage plan. If you […]