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Saturday, Jun 23
All Day Exotic Bird Show
09:00 AM Free Rabies Vaccinations in West Point on June 23rd
09:30 AM North Grove Photography Walks at Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM The Big Senior Expo & Health Fair is June 23rd
10:00 AM Calaveras Master Gardeners Open Garden & Plant Sale This Saturday
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Strawberry Festival
11:00 AM CBTA Annual Meeting and Picnic June 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
04:00 PM Summer Solstice Fundraiser Dinner
05:00 PM The Hwy 4 Blues Band is coming to the Cameo Plaza
05:00 PM The Beer Garden at Camp Connell General Store Welcomes the Rusty Rockers!
05:00 PM The Hwy 4 Blues Band is Coming to the Cameo Plaza!
07:00 PM Brian Jirka and The Cabby Band at Bistro Espresso June 23
07:00 PM Ted Z and the Wranglers at Brice Station's Hilltop Concert Series
08:00 PM Twisted Folk Concerts Continue with Della Mae plus Jeremy Kittel & Co! at Twisted Oak Winery June 23
Sunday, Jun 24
All Day Exotic Bird Show
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Wednesday, Jun 27
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:00 PM The Second Murphys Complete Streets Workshop is June 27
05:30 PM Locals' Night with Milliaire
Thursday, Jun 28
11:00 AM The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Tumbling Clinic At Big Trees Fitness
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Friday, Jun 29
All Day Make Plans, Mark Your Calendars for the Hawaiian Shirt Sale at CHS Thrift
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
Until 01:00 PM Tumbling Clinic At Big Trees Fitness
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Angels Camp Farmers Market
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Salad Soiree
Saturday, Jun 30
All Day Make Plans, Mark Your Calendars for the Hawaiian Shirt Sale at CHS Thrift
All Day Exotic Bird Show
07:30 AM Arnold Lions Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser
09:30 AM North Grove Photography Walks at Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM Bradley Grove and More History of Calaveras Big Trees- Seminar June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
07:00 PM Bear Valley Summer Music Series! June 30th - Labor Day
Sunday, Jul 1
All Day Exotic Bird Show
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Monday, Jul 2
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:30 AM Hip Hop Summer Dance Camp & Perform in 4th of July Parade
Tuesday, Jul 3
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
All Day Hip Hop Summer Dance Camp & Perform in 4th of July Parade
07:00 PM Counting Crows "25 Years & Counting" Tour Coming to Ironstone Amphitheater July 3rd
Wednesday, Jul 4
All Day Fourth of July BBQ at Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill
All Day Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration!
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Hip Hop Summer Dance Camp & Perform in 4th of July Parade
Thursday, Jul 5
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Hip Hop Summer Dance Camp & Perform in 4th of July Parade
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Friday, Jul 6
All Day The 17th Annual Art in the Park, Art Show & Sale
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Until 01:00 PM Hip Hop Summer Dance Camp & Perform in 4th of July Parade
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Angels Camp Farmers Market
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy

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Thank You Firefighters For Great Work on Angels Camp Fire!! ~ Bob Diehl

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/18/2017 02:50 PM
Angels Camp, CA...On Sunday, August 12 a grass fire broke out in a vacant lot near our home in old town Angels Camp, above Utica Park. As fire newbies, we were pretty scared. The flames were over six feet high and the crackling could be heard inside our house even though all the windows were closed. Our local firefighters were there on the spot, and prevented any damage to the homes nearby. Thank you all for your quick work and professionalism—we’re lucky to have you! ~Bob

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Equality, Justice and the First Amendment ~ Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director

Posted by: News_Desk on 08/17/2017 08:25 AM
Washington, DC...For all people of good will — regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color — the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing. Several clear themes emerged for me this weekend. And while they are pretty obvious, I thought I would share them with the broader ACLU community, in an effort to give voice to what many of us are feeling and to spark a further discussion that will allow us to move together with greater hope and resolve through what are likely to be troubling days ahead.

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Amazed, Inspired and Grateful Doesn’t Begin to Say It. ~ By Ron Fillmore

Posted by: News_Desk on 08/15/2017 09:23 PM
Murphys, CA...On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Murphys Old Timers Museum, I would like to thank everyone who supported “The Concert of the Summer” held at Brice Station on July 16th. The event was a huge success with all proceeds going directly to our community museum. I especially want to thank our sponsors the Mast and Quyle families for sharing their beautiful venue and staff along with the many individuals and businesses who sold concert tickets including Sustenance Books and Next! Upscale Resale. Appreciation also goes to the Rugo family who donated their own ranch-raised beef, Clamper Floyd Berry who handled the grill and our incredible volunteers who planned and organized everything from the menu to the silent auction to clean up.

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On July 24th, 1969 Apollo 11 Safely Splashed Down. My Six Year Old Self Thanks All of Those in the Apollo Programs! ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/24/2017 12:29 PM
Houston, TX....The following is a little something we prepared for our morning show. "On July 24th, 1969, 48 years ago today, a collective sigh of relief, triumph cheers and more rang out through Mission Control and around the world as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins splashed safely down in the Pacific. With their safe return to earth after making man's first steps on the moon Armstong's famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." could safely enter American & World History.






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Letter to the BOS – Let the People Vote ~ Letter to the Editor By David Tunno

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/21/2017 03:08 PM
Valley Springs, CA...If the Board of Supervisors desires, ultimately, not to make the final decision on whether marijuana activities should be allowed in Calaveras County, or at what level, but instead to let the voters decide, then they should consider the following: Having made my living as a trial consultant for nearly 30 years, which includes the science of public opinion research via long-established polling methods, it is important for the results of the polling to be unambiguous. To achieve that result, the question must be unambiguous and it’s best if they require bi-polar responses, responses that are opposite one another, a “yes/no” response, for example. Better yet is if there are two questions, each requiring a bi-polar response and each being polar opposites of each other.

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Sickness Unto Death Part VIII: No One Dies From the Lack of Health Care? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/05/2017 09:33 AM
Murphys, CA...On May 7, 2017, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) spoke at a town hall meeting with his constituents. He exemplifies the chutzpah of many in Congress: "No one dies because they don't have access to health care". Then there is the case of Chris Collins (R-NY). Just after the House of Representatives voted to "repeal" Obamacare and potentially cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage, Collins was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Collins, who voted to "repeal", acknowledged he never read the bill upon which he voted. It brings to mind Aldous Huxley's dictum, "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." (1926).


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An Open Letter To Calaveras County Board of Supervisors ~ David Tunno

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/28/2017 09:56 PM
Valley Springs, CA...You are faced with a decision that you, and the County, has been fretting over for more than a year. A decision, at least for elected leaders, is quite simple. You took oaths to uphold federal law. Marijuana, and everything on the Calaveras County list having to do with marijuana, including money laundering, is against federal law.

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Sickness Unto Death Part VII: Health Care -- Right or Responsibility? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/26/2017 05:54 PM
Murphys, CA...The United States Declaration of Independence declares "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Without good health, where is the possibility for the pursuit of happiness? As the Declaration's primary author, Thomas Jefferson, would later write, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." (Jefferson 1809).


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Sickness Unto Death Part VI: Free Market Health Care that Isn't Free ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/18/2017 04:19 PM
Murphys, CA...If you draw a graph of the American health care system, it looks like a home-stitched quilt made by someone that cannot see. Nothing fits together -- not the colors, the design, or the function. There are a lot of reasons for this picture, but how we fund health care is the single biggest problem.

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Sickness Unto Death Part V: Why Rural America is So Sick ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/10/2017 10:01 AM
Murphys, CA...The health of rural Americans is worse than those who live in cities, in part because rural health care systems are collapsing. This is a problem that has been long in the making. America shifted from a predominantly rural population to one that was more urban in 1920. This pattern continues today. In 1990, 25% of Americans still lived in rural counties. Today that proportion is closer to 17%. A more important characteristic is the difference between urban and rural areas in terms of income, poverty rates, and unemployment. According to research from the US Department of Agriculture, urban residents make nearly 30% more per year than do rural residents and the difference between these regions is growing. (USDA 2015). The rate of urban employment is 112% above what it was in 2000, while rural employment is at 97%. (USDA 2017). Consequently young people in rural areas are migrating to cities for employment and other opportunities, leaving the social fabric of rural areas older, fragmented, and less resilient. At the same time, the proportion of rural residents that are older or are veterans has substantially increased -- populations that need more not less health care.

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