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Road Charging Is Potential Long-Term Transportation Funding Solution ~ Op-Ed By Jim Madaffer, Chair of the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee and California Transportation

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/28/2016 10:59 AM
Sacramento, CA...California drivers are bearing the burden of the state’s transportation funding crisis, with the average driver spending more than $500 a year to repair the wear and tear on their vehicle caused by bad roads. Gas tax revenues currently fund most of the state’s road maintenance and repairs, but gas tax revenues are declining as cars become more fuel efficient and as drivers adopt hybrids and electric vehicles. Caltrans estimates the funding gap to be about $5.7 billion per year for the state highway system alone.

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Letter To The Editor On Updated Rules Of Engagement To Defeat ISIS

Posted by: thepinetree on 11/23/2015 02:47 PM
Washington, DC....We had a reader send in suggested rules of engagement for defeating ISIS. "Dear General Dunford, Please use your military expertise and council of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff to plan and execute plans to eliminate the ISIS threat to the free world. You are directed to use whatever level of aggression and balance of forces you deem fit to achieve the objective while minimizing loss of life of our service personnel and civilians...
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Letter to the Editor/Thank You to Butte Fire Evac Center Volunteers ~ By Carrie Stroble

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/13/2015 05:39 PM
Angels Camp, CA...Please help me thank the selfless people in our community who stepped up during the first two days of the Butte Fire at the animal evacuation center established at the Calaveras Fairgrounds on September 10th. During these first two days, people came together to support the People and Animals affected by this fire. When my mother and I showed up at the fairgrounds to “volunteer” on Friday morning, we found Mr. Beck had bussed over students from Bret Harte High School. These kids hauled out goat panels in the livestock barns and were setting up pens to hold dogs and livestock. In the Small Animal Barn, they brought out the poultry and rabbit pens that were used to hold all types of small animals during the first two days. The students divided themselves into groups and with little direction got it done. Their actions made it possible for animals to be held in the safest and securest manner possible during these first couple of days. Cats, dogs, snakes, mice, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, llamas and hogs showed up in the barns, and a collective of non-affiliated volunteers took these animals in, got them housed and kept them cared for in three of the five barns at the Calaveras Fairgrounds. Horses were taken in and managed by a group of volunteers down at the rodeo arena.

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Letter To The Editor On Valley Springs Public Utilities District ~ By Valentino Passetti

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/09/2015 03:21 PM
Valley Springs, CA...My name is Valentino Passetti and my wife and I live here at 863 Paloma Road, Valley Springs, Ca. My wife and I have been attending the Valley Springs Public Utilities Department meetings lately because the VSPUD wants to relocate the sewage plant to a site two miles away from its current location, all uphill, to the now closed, clay plant off Paloma Road. A business man by the name of Tom Coe who now owns this location along with another 700 connecting acres, offered to the VSPUD a donated 5 acre parcel for the VSPUD 5 acres sewage pond that would be needed, and sell to the VSPUD a 99 years lease on 30 acres of his connecting 700 acres parcel to accommodate the new 30 acre spray fields, and the sewage storage pond. Because of the donated 5 acres and the 99 Lease offer from Tom Coe, the VSPUD wants to tear up 2 miles of Paloma Road to place two pipes side by side, four miles of pipe, repave Paloma Road and build all new facilities for the VSPUD new 50 acre sewage pond, and lease from Tom Coe on a 99 year lease, 30 acres for a newly installed sewage storage pond and what will become a contaminated 30 acre spray field.

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Today Is The Fourth Of July. What Does That Mean Aside From Celebrating Our National Independence? ~By Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/04/2015 11:56 PM
Copperopolis, CA...As a kid, I was excited about the fire crackers, rockets and sparklers. We didn't usually get to watch the big fireworks shows. I liked putting a cherry bomb under a tin can, shooting it 30 feet up in the air. Totally cool! Too bad my dad didn't think so. After much reading I discovered the 4th can mean so much more than independence and cherry bombs - even BBQs. It can be a celebration of human liberty!

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Position Statement New Asphalt Plant at New Hogan Quarry ~ Letter To Editor By CCRP

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/18/2015 02:26 PM
Valley Springs, CA...Ford Construction Company the operators of the New Hogan Rock Quarry for the past 20+ years has requested that the Calaveras Planning Department review the possibility of placing a Hot Asphalt Mixing Plant at their existing quarry location. Peter Maurer, Calaveras County’s Planing Director reviewed the request and determined that the existing M2 zoning at the quarry property allows for the installation of a asphalt plant without the need for a EIR or Conditional use Permit.

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Taxpayer Group Sides with Planning Director

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/17/2015 11:57 PM
San Andreas, CA...Al Segalla, President of the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association, said "The more we discover the facts, the more it becomes apparent that the Planning Director was correct in approving the Asphalt Hot Plant application....
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Cal Fire Electricity Service Inspections? ~ Letter To The Editor By Alex Stromeyer

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/29/2015 10:07 AM
Arnold, CA...I have noticed many property owners who have not cleared their electricity service lines from PG&E's service to their homes.Far too many neglected service drops are overgrown with trees rubbing the insulation off the service electricity lines that send power to homes.I know many hate "Big Government", "Big Brother", however when it comes to the public good for all, and wildfires are a public issue, we all are threatened by wild fires, it makes good sense that Cal Fire inspect all service drops to homes in Calaveras County...
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Stop Draining New Melones for Environmental Purposes ~ By Calaveras County Republican Party

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2015 07:38 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Severe drought conditions plague California and the governor has mandated that residents conserve water. Meanwhile, two entities, the Bureau of Reclamation (which is responsible for storing our water) and the California State Water Resources Control Board (which is responsible for monitoring our water resources) have chosen to ignore these challenging drought conditions and release billions of gallons of water from New Melones Reservoir for Environmental Purposes!

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Pine Needle Removal In Calaveras County ~ By David Carr

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/15/2015 09:20 AM
Arnold, CA...As most of you know by now that we have a problem disposing of the pine needles this year. From what I understand on or about March 25, 2015 the co-generation plant has stopped/reduced the amount of pine needles they will be accepting. So this affected all of us business owners that do lot clean up as well as landscapers and anybody who has dealings with yard debris. This also affects the local residents as well...
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