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Sunday, Apr 30
All Day Polaris Demo Day In Bear Valley April 30th
03:00 PM Motherlode Friends Of Music Chamber Music Concert
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Monday, May 1
10:45 AM Sierra Grief Support Groups
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Tuesday, May 2
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Wednesday, May 3
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Thursday, May 4
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Friday, May 5
10:00 AM ZIP and SIP - Zip Line and Wine Tasting Package
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Saturday, May 6
09:00 AM National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 6th
09:00 AM Wildfire Community Prepredness Day
10:00 AM Gem & Craft Show at Kennedy Mine
All Day ZIP and SIP - Zip Line and Wine Tasting Package
10:00 AM Independence Hall Needs Your Stuff! Accepting Donations Every Saturday!!
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Sunday, May 7
Until 04:00 PM Gem & Craft Show at Kennedy Mine
Until 04:00 PM ZIP and SIP - Zip Line and Wine Tasting Package
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Monday, May 8
10:45 AM Sierra Grief Support Groups
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
06:00 PM GABA Mixer at the Bistro Espresso May 8th @ 6pm
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Tuesday, May 9
10:00 AM Marisolio Tasting Bar
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
06:30 PM CHP San Andreas To Host Teen Driving Class On May 9th
06:30 PM CHP San Andreas To Host Teen Driving Class On May 9th
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Wednesday, May 10
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Thursday, May 11
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Friday, May 12
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet
Saturday, May 13
08:00 AM 19th Annual Kid's Fishing Clinic
10:00 AM Living History Day
10:00 AM Are You Ready To "Stop, Drop & Mud?" Get Ready For May 13th!
10:00 AM Independence Hall Needs Your Stuff! Accepting Donations Every Saturday!!
05:00 PM Violin Virtuoso Kim Angelis To Give Concert in Calaveras County May 13
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
06:00 PM "Moms & Song, " Acoustic Country Music Event At Greenhorn Creek
All Day Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet

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Traffic Update....Motorcycle Fatality On Hwy 49 Near Red Hill

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 05:07 PM
Angels Camp, CA...CHP is reporting a motorcycle down on Hwy 49 near Red Hill Road. It has since been reported that this incident has turned tragic and become a fatality. Please use caution in the area...

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Nurses Embody Humankindness Every Day At Mark Twain Medical Center

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 03:48 PM
San Andreas, CA...Mark Twain Medical Center (MTMC), founded in 1951, is located at 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA. It became a member of Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, in 1996. The facility is a not-for-profit, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving all of Calaveras County, California. Over 300 employees provide the necessary services.

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Traffic & Fire Update....Fire Reported On Marshes Flat Road.

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 03:35 PM
La Grange, CA...CHP is reporting a fire near Azucena Ct / Marshes Flat Rd. Please use caution in the area...

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Mind Matters Celebrated 10 Years Of Serving At Mixer

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 03:25 PM
Murphys, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the tenth anniversary of Mind Matters at its monthly mixer held at the clinic on April 20. Mind Matters, a non-profit clinic located in Murphys, is dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), and learning disabilities, in achieving their maximum potential. It also strives to promote public understanding by serving as a community resource.

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Don't Miss Out On Zipping and Sipping!! Ticket Sales End Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 03:09 PM
Murphys, CA...Don't miss out on this amazing offer! Zipping and Sipping is next weekend, May 5th through May 7th! Experience some of the best views and wines that Calaveras County has to offer with the Zipping and Sipping package on the first weekend of May for only $50! Soar above the countryside on Moaning Cavern Adventure Park’s 1500-FT Twin Zip Lines, then relax and sip wine at 5 amazing local wineries – Ayrael Vieux Winery, Chatom/School Street Winery, Coppermine Winery, Four Winds Cellars and Twisted Oak Winery.

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Traffic Update....Possible Injury Collision On Camp Nine Road

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 01:43 PM
Vallecito, CA...CHP is reporting a possible injury collision on Camp Nine Road. Please use caution in the area...

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Polaris Demo Day In Bear Valley April 30th

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 11:13 AM
Bear Valley, CA...Polaris Demo Day In Bear Valley April 30th

Don't Miss The Giant BOGO Sale Going On Now At Arnold Ace Home Center

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 08:50 AM
Arnold, CA...Arnold Ace Home Center is committed to being "the helpful place" by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products. We have a large selection of hardware, home goods, lumber, paint, and garden supplies. Arnold Ace Home Center has been serving the community for 30 years and the Hauer family has owned the business for the last 12 years.

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Don't Miss The Big Flooring Sale Going On Now At Pinnell's In Sonora & Angels Camp

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2017 02:17 PM
Angels Camp & Sonora, CA....Thank You For Voting Pinnell's Carpet One The Best In The Mother Lode Since 2005! When you visit Pinnell's, our team makes sure your project gets completed with the same care we would do to our own home! For 4 generations Pinnell's has been in the flooring industry and has been serving the tri-county area for over 40 years! We train and certify all of our in house installation team! Quality is what we do! Thank you for voting us Best of the Mother Lode since 2005!”

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Experience The Difference At Sonora Ford!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/10/2017 09:33 AM
Sonora, CA...We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers' needs. Feel free to browse our inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

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Residential or Income Property in Arnold • $395,000 From Bob Doten, Barry Ward Realty

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/25/2017 01:04 PM
Arnold, CA...A unique opportunity for a close-in home. Now a full-time residence with vacation rental and retail store revenue, this 3-story triplex abounds with income possibilities. The owners live in a fabulously-designed 1 BR unit with a loft and contemporary appointments. There is also a retail store and a complete dual master suite unit that serves as a vacation rental, racking up over 225 rental nights a year. The top floor is an unfinished artist studio or apartment ready for your personal touch. 830 Highway 4 in Arnold between Giant Burger & Sarafina’s • MLS #1700194

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Subaru Of Sonora Has New Owners & A New Home

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/10/2017 12:34 PM
Sonora, CA...Subaru of Sonora, located at 13254 Mono Way in Sonora, CA, is your premier retailer of new and used Subaru vehicles. Our dedicated sales staff and top-trained technicians are here to make your auto shopping experience fun, easy and financially advantageous. Please utilize our various online resources and allow our excellent network of people to put you in your ideal Subaru vehicle or the Pre-Owned car, truck or SUV of your dreams today!

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Fuel Your Spring Fun With $14.99 Propane Exchange Tanks From Calaveras Lumber

Posted by: thepinetree on 02/15/2017 02:13 PM
Angels Camp, CA...Are you fueled up are ready to go? Do you have an extra tank for the garage heater? Time to get ready for all those spring activities! Calaveras Lumber in Angels Camp now has one of the lowest prices anywhere on propane exchange tanks. Simple, fast, safe & efficient. Stop by their home improvement store in Angels Camp and they will have you fueled up and ready to go in minutes. Of course while you are there you might be tempted to pick up a few more things as well.

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A Stunning Estate, 744 Total Acres, 64 Vineyard Acres, Three Homes, State Water Rights & More! $3,600,000

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/31/2017 02:40 PM
Esmeralda Valley, CA...This is the lifestyle! Turnkey Operation. The property at Chatom Vineyards consists of 11 parcels totaling 744.22 acres. 64 planted acres with 13 grape varietals. 60 plus acres of plantable land, 356 acres farmstead currently used for cattle grazing. Many options for expanding agricultural interests. There are 2 ponds & a natural spring. Seller has State Water Rights. Main home is 4300 sq. ft. with 4 beds, 2 baths, wonderful living spaces, cooks kitchen, large master suite, swimming pool. 2 additional homes, 2 barns, shop & garage/office. Private, peaceful paradise.

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Suspect Arrested In Copperopolis for Burglary, Robbery and Vehicle Theft In Angels Camp

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 06:40 PM
Angels Camp, CA...On 04/24/17 an Angels Camp PD officer took a vehicle theft report, where the suspect entered the victim's home and threatened the victim with violence if he did not allow him to use his vehicle. The victim said that a mutual friend brought the suspect to his home, and that he only knew him as "Joey." On 04/26/17 another Angels Camp PD officer was doing follow-up investigation on this case and met with the victim. During the interview the victim advised of a previous incident that occurred on 04/15/17, where the same suspect took the victim's car after threatening him with violence. After taking the car on 04/15/17, the victim stated that the vehicle was returned on 04/22/17. Fearing violence, the victim did not initially report the first time his vehicle was taken.

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Seasonal Allergies: Trying to Nip Them in the Bud. ~ From Meadowmont & Groveland Pharmacies

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 05:02 PM
Arnold & Groveland, CA...Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue…. These are just a few of the signs of seasonal allergies—also known as hay fever.1 And get ready: It looks like we may have a real doozy of an allergy season this year.2 Milder winter temperatures in places can cause plants to pollinate early. And a rainier spring leads to quick plant growth, as well as an increase in mold. 1  Allergic reactions mostly occur when your body responds to a “false alarm.” And, as you well know, there isn’t a cure for seasonal allergies. But there’s no reason to let this time of year take all the spring out of your step! Arm yourself with information.

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Autopsy Reports That Charles Duston Who Had Been Missing In The Sonora Pass High Country Passed Away From Hypothermia & Exposure.

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 04:18 PM
Pinecrest, CA...The autopsy report has deemed the cause of death for missing snowmobiler Charles Duston as hypothermia and exposure. Foul play was ruled out. Please continue to keep his family and friends in your thoughts during this tragic time.

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Live Trump Event From Pennsylvania

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 04:05 PM

Advertise Locally & Reach Globally

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 12:50 PM
Arnold, CA...Our job each and everyday is to help push our local economies forward, draw more customers to your businesses & hopefully keep you informed and up to date. People interested in our area from all over California visit Numerous studies have been done on local spending and the consensus seems to be that for every $100 spent locally $45 - $50 is generated in secondary local spending. When you spend locally your are helping your friends, neighbors & local entrepreneurs grow and thrive. accepts ads from and for our local business or large local employers. And yes your spending on advertising locally helps us grow as well, besides do the Zuckerbergs of the world really need your money? Just email us at or give us a call at 209.768.3929 and schedule a consultation.

Services For Charles Hewitt Jr. Will Be Held On May 6th

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 11:23 AM
San Andreas, CA...Charles Hewitt of San Andreas passed away on April 20, 2017 at Avalon convalescent Hospital. Charles is survived by his wife Laura Ann of 58 years. His daughter Andrea and son in law Rodney Freitas of Jackson and two grandson Christopher and William Freitas. His daughter Cheri and son in law Gordy Boyd of Brimfield, IL and two granddaughters Amber Dwyer and Heather Warren and four great granddaughters. Niece Lynette and nephew in law Ron Mooneyham . Two great nieces Heather and Brandi Mooneyham and a great great niece Mackenzye Genore and a great great nephew Jase Bruno all of Salinas CA. Daughters Cathy and Stephanie . Charles is proceeded in death by parents Charles and Josephine Hewiit. Sisters Carol Barrett and Sally Hewitt and Charles A Hewitt the 2nd.He also loved his four cats Whiskers, Yellow, Blue. and Patches. Services for Charles will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm at San Andreas Memorial Chapel.


The "First 100 Days" By Congressman Tom McClintock

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/29/2017 09:05 AM
Washington, DC...Mr. Speaker: The last four elections have defined one of the most dramatic political realignments in our country’s history. In those elections, we’ve seen a net shift of 64 U.S. House seats, 12 U.S. Senate seats, 10 governors, 919 state legislative seats and the presidency shift from Democrats to Republicans. This happened in large part on three overarching mandates: revive the economy; secure our borders and repair our healthcare system. If President Trump can accomplish these three objectives, his administration and this congress will be remembered as one of the most successful and beneficial in our nation’s history.

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The Inaugural Murphys Mutt March On April 29th Joins List Of Great Community Club Events

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 08:04 PM
Murphys, CA...The first annual Murphys Mutt March will join the list of Community Club organized events when a bevy of canine companions and their doting owners gather on Saturday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m. “The Murphys area is home to so many wonderful four-footed-friends that we thought it would be a good idea to have an event where they could get together, have a good time socializing, and strut their stuff,” says Carol Roscelli, the newly elected president of the Murphys Community Club. “If you think your animal would be offended by being called a mutt, you can tell them it is simply a dog walk with a catchy title.”

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Governor Brown Signs Massive Fuel Tax Increase & Road Improvement Bill

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 05:39 PM
Sacramento, CA...Moving to fill potholes, smooth thousands of miles of pavement, repair bridges and strengthen public transportation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a package of legislation to improve transportation and create jobs in communities across California.  "Safe and smooth roads make California a better place to live and strengthen our economy," said Governor Brown. "This legislation will put thousands of people to work."

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Burn Permits Required In The TCU May 1st

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 05:31 PM
San Andreas, CA...Monday, May 1, 2017, at 8:00 AM the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. Burn hours will not be restricted; however, a transition to night time burning may occur as conditions change...

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83 Year Old And Peace Officers Assaulted In Valley Springs. Multiple Charges For 38 Year Old, Bail Set At $1,225,000

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 03:39 PM
Valley Springs, CA...On 04/27/17 at about 2345 hours, The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 400 block of La Contenta Drive in Valley Springs for a 9-1-1 call. An 83-year-old victim reported that 38-year-old Jeffrey Alan Greg had strangled and assaulted her. The female victim told deputies that she locked herself in her bedroom, but the suspect kicked the door in. She was able to escape the house and call 911.

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Traffic Update....Vehicle vs Tree Near Hwy 49 & Hwy 12.

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 01:48 PM
San Andreas, CA...CHP is reporting a vehicle into a tree near Hwys 49 & 12. The tree has been removed from the roadway. Please use caution in the area...

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Cannabis Ban Ordinance Draft Environmental Impact Report Has Been Released

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 12:42 PM
San Andreas, CA...The Draft Environmental Impact Report is now available for public review and comment.  The formal 45-day public review period begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Written comments may be sent to the Planning Department at 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA  95249 or by email to

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Bear Valley Announces Plans for New High-Speed Six-Pack Chairlift

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 10:41 AM
Bear Valley, CA...Skyline Bear Valley Resorts has entered into an agreement with Leitner-Poma to construct and install a new high-speed six-pack chairlift to be completed this year in time for the start of the 17/18 ski season in late November. The new lift will transport six passengers at a time from the mid-mountain ski lodge to the top of the mountain, at 8500’ elevation, nearly three times faster than the current lift. This exciting lift replacement project is pending process approval by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service (Stanislaus Forest), and will replace the Bear chairlift increasing guest uphill capacity of the mountain’s main artery.

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Breaking News....Congress Averts Government Shutdown

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 09:46 AM
Washington, DC....After their two week Easter recess congress summoned all their strength to pass a temporary funding bill....for a week. Congresspersons, please try not to strain anything. On second thought with your healthcare plan it's ok to do at least some heavy lifting. Just bend at the knees and not at the waist.

Angels Trading Post Has Everything To Keep You Rolling!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 08:44 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Stop and say hi and top off your tanks today! Angels Trading Post has everything you need to keep you Hopping when you visit our area. Great Prices on Gas, Drinks, Sodas, Java City Coffees and more. They also accept E.B.T. cards.and have great prices on tobacco products. They are open everyday from 5am to Midnight!! Stop by and see the Singh's today at the corner of Hwy 49 & Hwy 4.

National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product: Less Than One Percent First Quarter 2017

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 08:36 AM
Washington, DC...Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 (table 1), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2016, real GDP increased 2.1 percent. The Bureau emphasized that the first-quarter advance estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency (see “Source Data for the Advance Estimate” on page 2). The "second" estimate for the first quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on May 26, 2017.

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Go Green & Save With Calaveras Telephone

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 08:19 AM
Copperopolis, CA...In 1895 James A. Tower was only 16 years old when, using barbed wire fencing, he strung the first telephone line for what was to become The Calaveras Telephone Company. As demands for the telephone service increased, the young Mr. Tower found it necessary to establish a central office in the small community of Felix near the town of Copperopolis. Then in 1899, Mr. Tower, now 20 years old, negotiated an agreement with Sunset Telephone Company that would connect his subscribers by telephone with the rest of the world.

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Statewide CTA Day of Action Monday, May 1, to Protect CA Public Schools From Potential Trump Administration Actions

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2017 12:01 AM
Burlingame, CA...Rising up together to protect public education and send the message that all students deserve safe schools, thousands of California educators, parents, administrators and students will join in a rapidly growing series of social justice events statewide Monday, May 1, as part of the CTA Day of Action. “This is a day of local resistance to threats to dismantle or privatize public education coming from the Trump administration, and for standing up for the right of all students to feel safe and respected at school, regardless of their immigration status,” said Eric Heins, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. “It’s time to take a stand together for the future of our communities and to demand social justice for all students. Our schools must continue to be community centers, and not become profit centers.”

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Big & Bold Black Sheep Winery April Specials

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 10:32 AM
Murphys, CA...Black Sheep Winery arrived in Murphys with the 1984 harvest. From that first harvest we produced our 1984 Amador Zinfandel. The wine was styled in a big, bold way like nobody else could do. That's what makes us Black Sheep; we're different from the rest of the flock. We feature small batches of limited release wines handcrafted from high quality grapes grown in Calaveras and Amador Counties. We produce about 2,500 cases of wine per year, specializing in Zinfandels and Rhone varietals.

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Don't Miss Film Friday with "Bottle Shock" At Milliaire April 28th.

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 09:35 AM
Murphys, CA...Don't miss our first Film Friday! Enjoy "Bottle Shock" projected on our Creekside Patio along with a delicious glass of Milliaire and theater snacks in hand! Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at dusk. FREE ADMISSION.

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Polaris Demo Day In Bear Valley April 30th

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 11:49 PM
Bear Valley, CA...Polaris Demo Day In Bear Valley April 30th

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It's Time for Bright Colors and Bold Prints From The Clothes Mine!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 11:43 PM
Angels Camp & Sutter Creek, CA...Are you ready to be cheered up with new spring styles? Stop by and see what we've received at The Clothes Mine! We also have great fitting shorts and capris, up to a size 16. We're located in the Angels Towne Center next to the Angels Camp Medical Clinic and are open Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-6pm. Stop by, or give us a call at 209.890.7532. We look forward to seeing you!

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Caltrans District 10 Weekly Road Report Through May 6th

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 11:34 PM
Angels Camp, CA...The latest schedule of road repairs and maintenance that will affect your travels in our area and as you travel. Locally crews will be working on many of our roadways. Below is Caltrans plans for repairs and maintenance on local roads. It shows the route, county and location of the possible repairs. Weather and other factors can alter their schedule.

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Calaveras County Public Access TV Studio PATV Schedule Through May 4th & Lisa Boulton

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 11:23 PM
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras Community TV is located in San Andreas, CA. We are a non-profit organization which helps facilitate the local studio and air original community programming to your home. The goals for PEG Access Television are to promote free speech, foster diverse points of view, encourage communications, create opportunities, encourage artistic expression, expand educational access, and promote participatory democracy in order to strengthen the spirit of the communities and enrich the lives of our residents and visitors.


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Wounded Warrior Project Applauds VA Accountability Executive Order

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 10:58 PM
Washington, DC...Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) joined other veterans service organizations to support an executive order that will strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). President Donald Trump signed the order to allow VA to hold employees accountable. "The overwhelming majority of VA employees serve our veterans honorably, and we applaud their service and commitment to our veterans and their families. There are, however, instances where employees have been negligent in their duties," said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "While VA needs authority to hold employees at every level accountable, we are also encouraged by the VA secretary's commitment to developing values-based leaders who go the extra mile in service to veterans and their families. Wounded Warrior Project is committed to working with VA and other veterans service organizations to ensure these changes occur."

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45% of Americans Chose Smartphones, Cars or Vacations Over Financial Security (Vacation Destinations Thank You!)

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 10:27 PM
Windsor, CT...A new consumer survey by Voya Financial's Annuities and Individual Life businesses revealed that many Americans might be willing to risk their financial security to keep some of their most-valued items. In fact, nearly half (45%) of Americans surveyed were willing to give up their financial security if it meant keeping either their smartphones, cars or vacations.

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President Trump at Signing of Executive Order on the Antiquities Act

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 09:42 PM
Washington, DC...THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mike. He’s been a great Vice President, a great help. And everybody loves Mike Pence. I just want to thank you for your service. Been incredible. (Applause.) It’s a real pleasure to be at the Department of Interior, where you help preserve the splendor and the beauty of America’s natural resources. And I can tell you the group that's in here right now, they really do the job. Right, Lisa? They’re doing a good job. We're going to take care of Alaska, too. Don't worry about it. (Laughter.) And they protect the ability of the people to access and utilize the land which truly belongs to them and belongs to all of us.

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President Trump in Farmers Roundtable and Executive Order Signing Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 09:06 PM
Washington, DC...THE PRESIDENT: Busy day. They had a very busy day -- had a good day. We’re doing well, very well. Things are turning around. I know they’re turning around for you folks, so I just want to welcome you very much to the White House -- special place -- America’s farmers and ranchers. I especially want to congratulate Secretary -- now I can say, Secretary Sonny Perdue, who was just sworn in as the Secretary of Agriculture -- (applause) -- sworn in by Justice Thomas. And it was a beautiful ceremony, and we’re going to celebrate a little bit later, and that’s great. We’re very happy. And you had a good vote too.

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President Trump at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Days of Remembrance

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 08:46 PM
Washington, DC...Thank you very much. Thank you. Friends, members of Congress, ambassadors, veterans, and, most especially, to the survivors here with us today, it’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion. I am deeply moved to stand before those who survived history’s darkest hour. Your cherished presence transforms this place into a sacred gathering. Thank you, Tom Bernstein, Alan Holt, Sara Bloomfield, and everyone at the Holocaust Memorial Council and Museum for your vital work and tireless contributions.

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Calaveras County Search & Rescue Training To Be Prepared & Hope You Are As Well

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 04:13 PM
San Andreas, CA...On April 22nd, the Calaveras County Volunteer Search and Rescue Team conducted their annual swift water rescue training. The training consisted of locating lost persons along the river, accessing them and transporting them safely to shore. This was a refresher course designed to sharpen skills prior to what is expected as a high volume attendance season. The Calaveras Search and Rescue Team would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant while visiting the rivers and tributaries.

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Stanislaus National Forest Suffers Extensive Storm Damage, Some Roads Closed Until 2018

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 03:43 PM
Sonora, CA...Roads on Stanislaus National Forest suffered extensive damage from winter storms and many will remain closed until at least 2018, including four popular roads. Forest officials warn all the damage has yet to be assessed. Cottonwood Road (1N04) on Groveland and Mi-Wok districts, Beardsley Day Use Road (4N29) and Hell’s Half Acre (5N95) on Summit District and Spicer Road (7N01) on Calaveras District sustained extensive damage. “The record winter storms caused landslides and road failures on many Forest roads,” said Scott Tangenberg, Stanislaus National Forest’s Acting Forest Supervisor. “Much of the Forest is still covered in deep snow and our staff hasn’t been able to inspect roads covered with as much as 14 feet of snow.”

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The 2017 Taste Of Calaveras Showcased the Finest Wine, Culinary Treats & Art! Photos & Video!

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 03:20 PM
Murphys, CA...The 11th Annual Taste of Calaveras drew its' largest crowd ever on April 22nd At Ironstone and it Showcased the Finest Wine, Culinary Treats & Art. More than 40 of Calaveras County’s most acclaimed winemakers, restaurateurs and plein air artists converged at Ironstone Vineyards. The event featured wine tasting, gourmet samplings, live music by the Bob Eisenmann Jazz Trio, food and wine demonstrations, local artists painting along with artisans on site and a silent auction featuring Calaveras experiences and Calaveras products. Below are a few photos from the event that most attendees said was the best Taste Of Calaveras Yet.

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Steven E. Sapp, 69 From Ripon Passed Away In Hwy 12 Collision

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 01:15 PM
Valley Springs, CA...The sad notifications to his family have been made and it can now be released that it was Steven E. Sapp, 69 From Ripon that passed away in an early morning collision on Hwy 12 yesterday. He was driving his Ford Explorer westbound on State Route 12, east of Evans Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway, traveling off the right shoulder and striking an oak tree. The collision was reported at 5:47am on April 26.

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"It's In The Hole!!" Fred Simpson Shoots A Hole In One At Greenhorn Creek

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/27/2017 08:11 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Fred Simpson is a new Hole-in-One Recipient… at the Wonderful Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort… On April 23rd on the 115 yard Hole 3 during the Men vs Women Tournament. Congratulations Fred!!

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Tickets For 21st Annual Renner Winery Bonfire On Sale Now!!

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/28/2017 05:08 PM
Murphys, CA...The 21st Annual Renner Winery Bonfire in the Vineyard is our best event. This year, it will happen on Saturday, April 29th starting at 6:00 pm. We will have a great dinner, music and dancing to the great local band, Jill & The Giants. This promises to be a wonderful experience enjoying the beautiful vineyard in the height of spring! Call the Tasting Room for tickets, (209)728-2314, or on our website. Shuttle service will be available from our Tasting Room in downtown Murphys.

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