CHP Officer Andy Ornelas Has Passed Away

CHP Officer Andy Ornelas Has Passed Away

Sacramento, CA…California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray today issued the following statement upon the death of CHP Officer Andy Ornelas, who passed away this morning from injuries sustained in an on-duty crash on November 23: “I am profoundly saddened upon receiving word this morning of the death of Officer Ornelas. For the last nine […]

Kathleen Wykle Krantz 1945 – 2020

Kathleen Wykle Krantz 1945 – 2020

San Andreas, CA…Kathleen Wykle Krantz, 75, of San Andreas passed away November 20, 2020 in Modesto, CA. Kathleen was born on February 20, 1945 in Manchester, Iowa to Dr. John and Vee Wykle. The family moved to CA when she was 3 months old. In 1948 they settled in San Andreas. In the 4th grade […]

White Pines Resident Shirley Jeanne Small 1943 – 2020

White Pines Resident Shirley Jeanne Small 1943 – 2020

White Pines, CA…Shirley (York) Small passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at her home in White Pines, CA surrounded by her family. She was 77 years old. Shirley was born January 1, 1943 in Modesto to Clarence and Mildred York. She lived in Hickman, CA on a cattle farm most of her young […]

Alex Trebek 1940 – 2020

Alex Trebek 1940 – 2020

Culver City, CA…(November 8, 2020) – JEOPARDY! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old. Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host JEOPARDY! for the next 18 months. Throughout that time, […]

Simi Valley Man Loses Life in Rail Road Flat Road Collision

Simi Valley Man Loses Life in Rail Road Flat Road Collision

West Point, CA…A 67 year old Simi Valley man was driving his Ford pickup southbound on Railroad Flat Rd. at an unknown rate of speed when he allowed it to drift off the west side of the roadway and up an embankment. His F250 overturned down the embankment and landing directly on its roof in […]

Sir Sean Connery 1930 – 2020

Sir Sean Connery 1930 – 2020

Nassau, Bahamas…Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen with Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have released the following […]

Regional Fire Restrictions & Local Forest Order Extended for Stanislaus National Forest

Regional Fire Restrictions & Local Forest Order Extended for Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora, CA…Regional Forester Randy Moore signed Regional Order 20-22, extending fire restrictions for all California national forests due to the extreme fire danger.  Fire restrictions remain in effect through Oct. 22 at all elevations on the Stanislaus National Forest, which prohibits campfires and smoking materials. Visitors may use a portable lantern or a stove using […]

Rand Edwin Claussen 1943 – 2020

Rand Edwin Claussen 1943 – 2020

Angels Camp, CA…Rand Edwin Claussen (“Randy”) was born December 8, 1943 to Forrest and Helen Claussen in Auburn, CA. He was the second of 4 children; Dale followed by Randy then Sue Ann and Carole. After high school, he began his career working for the California Division of Forestry (CDF) for the Nev/Yuba/Placer Ranger Unit […]

Michael R. Smith 1947 – 2020

Michael R. Smith 1947 – 2020

Valley Springs, CA…Michael was born in Glendale, CA on January 25, 1947 and passed away on September 29, 2020 at his home in Valley Springs. Beloved husband and father who is survived by his wife, Diane and son, Jason of Valley Springs also survived by his brother William of Hawaii and sister, Nanette of Lodi. […]

Raymond Charles Foppiano 1927 – 2020

Raymond Charles Foppiano 1927 – 2020

Angels Camp, CA…On Saturday September 26, 2020 devoted husband, father and grandfather Raymond Charles Foppiano passed away in San Andreas, CA after a long illness. Ray was born to Peter & Elva Foppiano on April 22, 1927 and was a lifelong resident of Angels Camp. In 1945, at 18 years old, he was drafted into […]

Jim Harmuth 1938 – 2020

Jim Harmuth 1938 – 2020

Avery, CA…Jim Harmuth was born on August 21, 1938 in Hutchinson, Kansas. As a kid he spent time He passed peacefully at his Avery CA. home on September 17, 2020 and was accompanied by his immediate family at the time of his passing. Jim served in the Marine Corps. for four years and was honorably […]

36-year-old Jonathan Michael Andrus from Pine Grove Man Lost His Life in Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Hwy 108 (Update)

36-year-old Jonathan Michael Andrus from Pine Grove Man Lost His Life in Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Hwy 108 (Update)

Pinecrest, CA…On September 19, 2020 at approximately 1:30 PM, a 36-year-old Jonathan Michael Andru from Pine Grove, CA was riding a 2017 Aprilia motorcycle westbound on State Route 108 east of Clarks Fork Road at approximately 65 miles per hour. For unknown reasons, the rider lost control of his motorcycle and traveled off the north […]

Nathan (Nate) Sandor Huston 1927 – 2020

Nathan (Nate) Sandor Huston 1927 – 2020

San Andreas, CA…Nathan (Nate) Sandor Huston, of San Andreas California, Passed away on Sept 12, 2020 in San Andreas, California. Nate was born April 29, 1927 in Los Angeles California, to John and Jennie Huston of Burson, California. He graduated from Calaveras High School in the Class of 1945, and immediately joined the Navy with […]

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933 – 2020

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933 – 2020

Washington, DC…Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served […]

Forest Service Officials Confirm Firefighter Fatality on El Dorado Fire

Forest Service Officials Confirm Firefighter Fatality on El Dorado Fire

San Bernardino, CA…USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire. The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters […]

George Henry Middleton (Curley) 1940 – 2020

George Henry Middleton (Curley) 1940 – 2020

Altaville, CA…On September 14, 2020 at his home in Altaville CA, surrounded by Family The Heavens opened at 6:00pm and Curley loaded his Peterbuilt Truck for the final trip to the pearly gates. Thank you Lord for blessing us with George Henry Middleton (Curley) born September 22, 1940. He was a loved Husband, Dad, brother, […]

Lori Duse Weathers 1964 – 2020

Lori Duse Weathers 1964 – 2020

Murphys, CA…Lori Duse Weathers, age 55, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at her family’s home in Salt Lake City, UT. Lori was born September 9, 1964 in Castro Valley, CA to Lawrence and Vivian (Tanghe) Byrnes. A 1982 graduate of Bret Harte HS, she began work with […]

Forest Service Officials Confirm One Fatality, One Injury on August Complex August Complex Wildfire

Forest Service Officials Confirm One Fatality, One Injury on August Complex August Complex Wildfire

Willows, CA…USDA Forest Service officials on the Mendocino National Forest are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a firefighter on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. The firefighters were working on the Tatham Fire within the August Complex on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 when the vehicle accident occurred. A […]

Patrick Rueda, 50 Passed Away in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 26

Patrick Rueda, 50 Passed Away in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 26

Mokelumne Hill, CA…On August 29, 2020, at approximately 1138 hours, the Stockton Communications Center received a call of a traffic collision involving a solo motorcycle on State Route 26, near Sport Hill Road in the Mokelumne Hill area. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) San Andreas Area Office responded to the scene and discovered […]

Senator Andreas Borgeas on the Passing of Senator Tom Berryhill

Senator Andreas Borgeas on the Passing of Senator Tom Berryhill

Sacramento, CA…Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) issued the following statement upon learning of the solemn news of Senator Tom Berryhill’s passing: “Our community has lost a giant. Tom Berryhill led a dedicated life of service to his community both in the California Legislature and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors,” said Senator Borgeas. “Tom was my […]

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