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We're the Calaveras Enterprise, a locally owned newspaper with roots in central California's Mother Lode region that extend back to 1851. The print edition is published on Tuesday and Friday mornings. As Calaveras County’s official newspaper of record in the county, the Enterprise publishes Calaveras County's legal ads and public notices in addition to all community news and sports.

“I told him I knew that he had killed my brother and mother,” DeRoche said. “He grinned like a Cheshire Cat and told me,...
01/15/2020
First day of Karlsen trial hears daughter, first responders testify

“I told him I knew that he had killed my brother and mother,” DeRoche said. “He grinned like a Cheshire Cat and told me, 'It has been 20 years, and they haven’t got me yet. They’re not going to.'”

“After 30 years. … That’s about all I can say.”

Healy told those in the courtroom that he would be sentencing Donald Jackson, 27, on Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. He apologized ...
01/15/2020
Sentencing delayed a second day for man convicted of DUI death of local woman

Healy told those in the courtroom that he would be sentencing Donald Jackson, 27, on Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. He apologized for the delay, but said he needed time to review additional information in a case that began with Dec. 23, 2018 collision on Pettinger Road in Wallace.

After an hour of emotional impact statements from friends and family of Chelsea Lund, Calaveras County Superior Court Judge Timothy Healy delayed the sentencing of a Wallace man.

Visiting Judge Robert F. Moody refused to issue a sentence on the grounds that it was not clear if Jackson had knowingly...
01/14/2020
Legal mishap delays justice for family stricken by DUI

Visiting Judge Robert F. Moody refused to issue a sentence on the grounds that it was not clear if Jackson had knowingly waived his right (via an Arbuckle Waiver) to be sentenced by Calaveras County Superior Court Judge Timothy Healy, who accepted the defendant’s guilty plea in November.

A family devastated by a drunk driving accident will have to wait one more day for justice.

Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) “currently has no water conservation mandates in place, other than the ongoing ru...
01/13/2020
CCWD dispells myth about household water usage after efficiency bill passes

Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) “currently has no water conservation mandates in place, other than the ongoing rule that water should not be unreasonably wasted,” said Joel Metzger, CCWD external affairs manager. “Customers can use water normally without fear of fines or fees being imposed by CCWD or the state.”

The 55-gallon-per-day standard for indoor use is one part of a larger, state-mandated water-use target that is being implemented over the next few years to be fully enforced by 2025, Metzger said.

Confusion over two California water efficiency laws that took effect on Jan. 1 has arisen since a Los Angeles-based news station, KTLA, disseminated factual errors in a Dec. 31 report.

Dale “Old School” Clifton, Kraig Clifton and Jay Clifton are three generations involved with Calaveras basketball
01/11/2020
Calaveras Enterprise: Sports

Dale “Old School” Clifton, Kraig Clifton and Jay Clifton are three generations involved with Calaveras basketball

The Clifton family is keeping Calaveras basketball a family tradition

Yet, Calaveras County Public Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita says residents shouldn’t lose sleep over the University of ...
01/10/2020
Experts say Mother Lode residents not at higher risk of thyroid cancer, despite report

Yet, Calaveras County Public Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita says residents shouldn’t lose sleep over the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), study, which found that an abnormally high percentage of those diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the combined region of Alpine, Amador and Calaveras counties was found to have an advanced stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

A five-year-old study on cases of advanced thyroid cancer in California has reared its head on social media, causing some concerned Mother Lode residents to conjecture potential health demons in

Following two-and-a-half days of questioning, the prosecution, led by Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook, a...
01/10/2020
Jury selected in Karlsen trial

Following two-and-a-half days of questioning, the prosecution, led by Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook, and a defense team comprised of Public Defenders Richard Esquivel and Leigh Fleming, approved seven women and five men to sit through the trial, which is expected to span three weeks.

Twelve Calaveras County residents have been selected to hear the trial of New York native Karl Karlsen, who pleaded guilty to filicide in 2013 and who now faces additional homicide

American Legion Ambulance declined to submit a bid for a five-year contract that would start in July of 2020 due to adde...
01/09/2020
County’s ambulance contract with American Legion in limbo

American Legion Ambulance declined to submit a bid for a five-year contract that would start in July of 2020 due to added costs in the Mountain Valley Emergency Medical Services Authority’s request for proposal (RFP), according to President Alan McNany.

Although Calaveras County’s contract with American Legion Ambulance (ALA) expires in June of 2020, and no other ambulance providers put in bids for the north and south response zones by

Cantamos is an act that refuses to be put into genre boxes, preferring to perform a wide assortment of songs from big ba...
01/08/2020
Cantamos brings world music to Ovations series

Cantamos is an act that refuses to be put into genre boxes, preferring to perform a wide assortment of songs from big band, rock, rhythm and blues, folk, pop and even classical music.

The first concert of the Ovations 2020 Performing Arts Series presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council features a home-grown band that’s familiar to many Calaveras residents. Cantamos has performed

In the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, Angels Camp Mayor Amanda Folendorf will square off against incumbent Su...
01/08/2020
District 4 candidate Folendorf holds Vallecito fundraiser

In the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, Angels Camp Mayor Amanda Folendorf will square off against incumbent Supervisor Dennis Mills for the seat representing District 4, which includes the communities of Angels Camp, Altaville, Salt Spring Valley and Copperopolis.

While many Americans are focused on the upcoming presidential election in November, some county residents are gearing up for an election closer to home.

“A rotor hit the ground, and it was nothing but trouble after that,” Dell’Orto said.
01/08/2020
Pilot walks away after helicopter crash in Moke Hill

“A rotor hit the ground, and it was nothing but trouble after that,” Dell’Orto said.

At approximately 12 p.m. on Jan. 4, an off-duty fire chief witnessed a helicopter crash at his private air landing strip in Mokelumne Hill.

Tomorrow morning, jury selection will begin for the trial of Karl Karlsen, 59, who stands accused of murdering 30-year-o...
01/07/2020
Karlsen trial moves forward

Tomorrow morning, jury selection will begin for the trial of Karl Karlsen, 59, who stands accused of murdering 30-year-old Christina Karlsen, the mother of his three children, in a 1991 house fire.

Almost exactly 29 years ago to date, young mother Christina Karlsen died on New Year’s Day, trapped in the bathroom while her home burned around her. For many years, the

Beyond recognizing 2019 music happenings in the tri-county area (Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties), event promote...
01/06/2020
‘CAMMIES’ award show to celebrate local musicians at Met

Beyond recognizing 2019 music happenings in the tri-county area (Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties), event promoter Richard Varrasso hopes the CAMMIES will improve networking opportunities for tri-county artists to get shows locally and as far as Sacramento and the Bay Area.

The first annual CAMMIES Calaveras Arts and Music Awards show will be honoring local artists, musicians, bands, performing arts groups and producers at the Metropolitan, 59 Main Street in San

Friends of Calaveras Animal Services - FOCAS
01/06/2020

Friends of Calaveras Animal Services - FOCAS

Please help us find these last boys safe homes by January 31st!

Calaveras County Animal Services, located in San Andreas, California, seized thirty-seven horses and mules from a hoarding/neglect situation in Valley Springs, California in early September 2019. The majority of the horses were kept in a barren fifty acre parcel and are thought to be untouched for several years at least. Very little is known about the history of the horses, and for all intents and purposes they are considered feral. The herd is largely thought to be mustang, appaloosa, and quarter horse crosses. It took several months for a judge to officially sign them over to the county, but now they belong to the county and are ready for placement. Of the thirty-seven horses seized, fourteen were intact adult stallions. As of 1/1/20, we have six stallions left needing placement. Their pictures and descriptions are listed below (more pictures available upon request!). All stallions will be gelded before adoption or transfer.

We are looking for rescues, sanctuaries, reputable trainers, and experienced individuals willing to take these worthwhile project horses on. Please forward this email to anyone you think may be able to help. Thank you!

For adoption or transfer inquiries, please contact: Melissa Hamre at [email protected], or call the office at (209) 754-6509

College softball is in Keelie Koepp’s future
01/04/2020
Calaveras Enterprise: Sports

College softball is in Keelie Koepp’s future

Calaveras senior Keelie Koepp will continue her softball life after high school

Gallegos was taken into custody with bail set at $95,000. He faces felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon again...
01/02/2020
Man arrested in San Andreas following hours-long rooftop standoff

Gallegos was taken into custody with bail set at $95,000. He faces felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon against peace officers and fire personnel, and a misdemeanor charge for obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

A 26-year-old San Joaquin County man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly throwing ceramic roof tiles at deputies from the rooftop of a San Andreas residence, pretending to have a

Every pullout was packed with cars, as families clad in warm snow gear sledded, threw snowballs and posed for pictures.
01/02/2020
Vacationers flock to mountains for weekend in snow

Every pullout was packed with cars, as families clad in warm snow gear sledded, threw snowballs and posed for pictures.

Highway 4 was heavily trafficked on Dec. 28 and 29, as visitors headed up the hill to spend some time in the snow.

“This is a partnership between the county, the school districts and the state library. I love that,” County Librarian Na...
01/02/2020
County summer lunch program could roll out in 2020

“This is a partnership between the county, the school districts and the state library. I love that,” County Librarian Nancy Giddens said. “I love it when we all do a part of it, and it gets done. It just shows that cooperation and good relationships with each other bring a lot of fruit.”

Calaveras County Librarian Nancy Giddens has been on a mission to establish a summer lunch program for kids in the county, and that could come to fruition in 2020.

From cute kiddos to fangy felines to gnarly weather, thank you for making this year a memorable one.
12/31/2019
The best Enterprise photo moments of 2019

From cute kiddos to fangy felines to gnarly weather, thank you for making this year a memorable one.

The Enterprise compiled some of our favorite photos of 2019. From cute kiddos to fangy felines to gnarly weather, thank you for making this year a memorable one.

This past year was a busy one for the Enterprise, with 52 issues and countless articles covering the joys, struggles and...
12/31/2019
The most-read Enterprise stories of 2019

This past year was a busy one for the Enterprise, with 52 issues and countless articles covering the joys, struggles and breaking news of the local community.

Another year has come and gone, and a new decade is now upon us.

In Calaveras County, 2019 yielded 34 DUI investigations, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, with five o...
12/30/2019
Law enforcement on the lookout for drunk drivers over the holidays

In Calaveras County, 2019 yielded 34 DUI investigations, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, with five of those incidents occurring in the month of January.

All available California Highway Patrol (CHP) personnel statewide will be patrolling for impaired drivers and other safety violations this New Year’s Eve, with a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) in place

Holmes and her team developed a Community Needs Assessment and an Oral Health Improvement Plan based on their findings, ...
12/30/2019
Health Services agency recognized for improving oral health in Calaveras County

Holmes and her team developed a Community Needs Assessment and an Oral Health Improvement Plan based on their findings, which are available for viewing on the oral health section of the Calaveras County Public Health website, publichealth.calaverasgov.us.

The Public Health division of the Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was one of nine agencies and departments recognized in California this month for their efforts to

For many California vendors, the new legislation has meant a reduction in sales and increased hours spent helping custom...
12/30/2019
Stringent laws drive Mother Lode gun vendors out of state

For many California vendors, the new legislation has meant a reduction in sales and increased hours spent helping customers with paperwork.

Lengthy background checks and piles of paperwork are putting a strain on area gun vendors, pushing some to seek greener pastures beyond California.

The all-terrain vehicle, a Lenco BearCat G3, can be used in assailant incidents, hostage situations, armed or violent su...
12/26/2019
Sheriff’s new armored vehicle already used

The all-terrain vehicle, a Lenco BearCat G3, can be used in assailant incidents, hostage situations, armed or violent suspect apprehensions and search and rescue missions.

With a price tag of $328,450, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has added a new rescue vehicle to its fleet.

“We have a cabin in Mountain Ranch, but most of the time we’re in the North Pole,” Santa said, with a grin, standing nex...
12/25/2019
Project brings Santa’s sleigh to children of Arnold

“We have a cabin in Mountain Ranch, but most of the time we’re in the North Pole,” Santa said, with a grin, standing next to a fire engine at Ebbetts Pass Fire District Station 1 in Arnold.

While it may come as a surprise to some, Mr. and Mrs. Claus have a little place in Calaveras County.

Westberg was told he was training for Vietnam, “yet they sent us to Fort Lewis in Washington in two feet of snow. How th...
12/24/2019
An enduring love carried Vietnam veteran through war

Westberg was told he was training for Vietnam, “yet they sent us to Fort Lewis in Washington in two feet of snow. How this was jungle training I had no clue.”

Editor’s note: This is part two in a three-part profile of local Vietnam War veteran Richard Westberg.

For years, the district has struggled to cope with declining enrollment and increasing costs.
12/24/2019
Rail Road Flat community members hope to keep local school open

For years, the district has struggled to cope with declining enrollment and increasing costs.

While the Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees voted on Nov. 19 to close Rail Road Flat Elementary School (RRFE) following the 2020-2021 school year, local residents are

Some other tenets of her practices are always ending a training session on a positive note and teaching the horse that c...
12/24/2019
Valley Springs trainer has a 'firm but fair' way with horses

Some other tenets of her practices are always ending a training session on a positive note and teaching the horse that cooperating with humans can be stimulating and enjoyable.

The rain and mud don’t bother Miranda Deal as she calmly corners a mare in her pen, halters her and leads her to an open field to practice her “flexion.”

The 29-year-old male victim had planned to meet the juvenile suspect in the park, and the incident was not random, accor...
12/23/2019
Juvenile arrested for attempted murder in Mokelumne Hill

The 29-year-old male victim had planned to meet the juvenile suspect in the park, and the incident was not random, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A teenager was arrested and charged with attempted murder after deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim at the Mokelumne Hill Community Park early Sunday evening.

Since the 1970s, national turnout has remained stable, hovering around 50% to 60% in presidential elections over that pe...
12/23/2019
Will March primary bring more voters to polls?

Since the 1970s, national turnout has remained stable, hovering around 50% to 60% in presidential elections over that period, but that hasn’t been the case for many state and local elections. A 2016 Portland State University study found that voter turnout was at less than 15% for mayoral elections in 10 of America’s 30 largest cities, a trend that some scholars attribute to a declining readership in local news.
Smaller communities like those in Calaveras County tend to see higher turnouts than those of larger cities, and are often more tight-knit and engaged in local politics, according to Calaveras County Clerk-recorder Rebecca Turner. That said, there is still room for improvement.

The March primary ballot is locked in for Calaveras County supervisorial races.

On a tour of the ranch grounds, Kimberly Carlisle, sanctuary founder, stopped often to greet the numerous hooved compani...
12/23/2019
Local ranch provides sanctuary for homeless horses

On a tour of the ranch grounds, Kimberly Carlisle, sanctuary founder, stopped often to greet the numerous hooved companions she’s come to know since opening the sanctuary in 2005. Many came from racing or performance arenas, and some were born wild on federal public lands and were rounded up for auction, from where many buyers might have sold them to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada. Others spent years confined to stalls to be harvested for their urine for use in estrogen-replacement drugs for menopausal women.

After several rainy, cloudy days, a blue sky shone brightly over Flag Ranch, a horse sanctuary in southwestern Calaveras County, on Monday. A herd of nearly 50 horses grazed and

From now until around June of 2020, the Cal Fire TCU will shift gears to fire prevention and forest health efforts, and ...
12/22/2019
Wildfire season officially over; crews switch to prevention

From now until around June of 2020, the Cal Fire TCU will shift gears to fire prevention and forest health efforts, and local and federal land managers are following suit. To add to those efforts, nonprofits, utility districts and county departments are applying for fuels reduction grants from an increasingly competitive pool of state funding that tends to favor counties most recently ravaged by wildfires.

In light of recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit announced on Dec. 5 that it is

“A few of us have been discussing our concerns about the future of our fire district,” reads a summary on the first page...
12/22/2019
San Andreas Fire Protection District voters encouraged to fill out survey

“A few of us have been discussing our concerns about the future of our fire district,” reads a summary on the first page of the survey. “We’d be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey..."

A citizen committee poll for San Andreas Fire Protection District residents is now online, and the committee is encouraging voters to fill it out.

Behiel said that current housing programs are aimed at working people in the community who have a stable income, but who...
12/21/2019
Habitat for Humanity Calaveras seeks applicants for homes and home repairs

Behiel said that current housing programs are aimed at working people in the community who have a stable income, but who can’t quite afford a home.

Habitat for Humanity Calaveras has big plans in the county, and the nonprofit is currently seeking applicants for a workforce housing project in Copperopolis and home repairs countywide.

Brandt was charged with burglary, possession of an illegal weapon and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
12/21/2019
Woman arrested in Valley Spring burglary toting meth, a billy club

Brandt was charged with burglary, possession of an illegal weapon and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

A 55-year-old Valley Springs woman was arrested in the early evening of Dec. 13 after a report of a burglary in progress on the 800 block of Lime Creek Road

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