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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.

Jacob Christopher is the Calaveras Male Athlete of the Year
06/22/2019
Calaveras Enterprise: Sports

Jacob Christopher is the Calaveras Male Athlete of the Year

Calaveras junior Jacob Christopher helped win a Mother Lode League title in cross country and track and a track section championship

As the defendant was being led out of the courtroom, a large, middle-aged man who had been sitting in the audience throu...
06/21/2019
Tensions rise at arraignment for man suspected of murdering half-sister

As the defendant was being led out of the courtroom, a large, middle-aged man who had been sitting in the audience throughout the proceedings, cradling his head in his hands, sprang to his feet and shouted, “You’re an [expletive]! I hope you rot in Hell!” pointing at Fagundes.

An arraignment for a Washington state man accused of murdering his half-sister and burning a vehicle with her body inside grew heated when a man yelled insults at the defendant

About 80 Volcano Communications Co. subscribers in downtown West Point will soon have access to gigabit internet speeds,...
06/21/2019
Calaveras County gaining ground on rural internet; road protection

About 80 Volcano Communications Co. subscribers in downtown West Point will soon have access to gigabit internet speeds, symmetrical upload and download speeds, digital cable, video streaming and reliable voice services at no cost.

In an unlikely rural broadband success story, a fiber optic underground cabling project for the community of West Point broke ground June 4. That means about 80 Volcano Communications Co.

Rangers from the East Bay Municipal Utilities District who were continuing the search for the 43-year-old Automobile Mag...
06/21/2019
Body believed to be that of missing journalist found in Mokelumne River

Rangers from the East Bay Municipal Utilities District who were continuing the search for the 43-year-old Automobile Magazine writer discovered the body of a white male near the inlet of Lake Pardee Thursday afternoon, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office news release.

A body believed by authorities to be that of missing Sacramento County automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson has been recovered from the Mokelumne River.

Forest Service officials at the top of the chain have said that the latest proposed amendments would reduce costly, time...
06/20/2019
USDA proposes major overhaul of forest management practices

Forest Service officials at the top of the chain have said that the latest proposed amendments would reduce costly, time-consuming and “redundant” environmental analyses, but conservation groups claim that the revisions weaken environmental protections substantially and limit public input on forest management projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service is proposing a radical overhaul on its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations to expedite various forest management activities. The move is

In public comment, Scott Behiel, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Calaveras, said he appreciated council “s...
06/19/2019
Angels Camp cuts fees for affordable housing projects in half

In public comment, Scott Behiel, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Calaveras, said he appreciated council “sharpening their pencils” on affordable housing by cutting fees, but requested that the city waive sewer and traffic for 29 General Plan-mandated units for extremely low income residents (making $15,000 or less annually).

In a meeting Tuesday night, the Angels Camp City Council cut fees for affordable housing by nearly 50%, with notably large reductions in costs of water and sewer capacity and

Adopt Bandit, a Staffordshire bull-terrier mix, estimated to be about 8-10 months of age. This love bug would enjoy noth...
06/19/2019

Adopt Bandit, a Staffordshire bull-terrier mix, estimated to be about 8-10 months of age. This love bug would enjoy nothing more than spending time with his special person and sharing your lap. Tag a friend and share!

“It was just something tugging at my heart,” said the Copperopolis native and mother of two, who hatched the idea ro...
06/19/2019
Yoga and wellness studio seeks to detoxify Copperopolis

“It was just something tugging at my heart,” said the Copperopolis native and mother of two, who hatched the idea roughly five years ago when she began to tire of her long commute to the gym. “It’s just something that’s been missing from Copper. There’s not a lot of health and wellness awareness.”

“Everyone thought it was a joke that I was playing on Copper,” said yogi and business owner Amanda Menezes, remembering the April 1 opening of the first yoga studio in

The $3 million amount will not have any direct impact on CCWD water rates in the near term.
06/19/2019
CCWD receives $3M settlement from PG&E

The $3 million amount will not have any direct impact on CCWD water rates in the near term.

The Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) has accepted a $3 million settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric for its claims as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire, CCWD officials

The plane, with the pilot inside, was recovered from approximately 110 feet below the surface Tuesday evening using a ba...
06/19/2019
Plane, pilot recovered from Copperopolis lake after Father’s Day crash

The plane, with the pilot inside, was recovered from approximately 110 feet below the surface Tuesday evening using a barge and airbags secured by divers, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Enterprise.

Crews have recovered the body of a pilot whose plane reportedly crashed into Lake Tulloch after colliding with PG&E power lines on June 16.

A large-scale endeavor to find missing automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson has been reduced until further informa...
06/18/2019
Efforts to find missing man scaled back

A large-scale endeavor to find missing automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson has been reduced until further information or leads are acquired.

A large-scale endeavor to find missing automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson has been reduced until further information or leads are acquired.

Calaveras County judge Timothy Healy is one of several superior court judges who have found SB 1437 unconstitutional bas...
06/18/2019
Calaveras County judge declares new state murder law unconstitutional

Calaveras County judge Timothy Healy is one of several superior court judges who have found SB 1437 unconstitutional based on arguments including its failure to secure a two-thirds majority vote in both bodies of the California State Legislature.

A Calaveras County Superior Court judge found a new state law that effectively eliminates the “felony murder rule” unconstitutional during a hearing on June 17.

Update: The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported that the plane was located at around noon on Monday.
06/18/2019
Recovery efforts continue for submerged plane, pilot in Lake Tulloch

Update: The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported that the plane was located at around noon on Monday.

Multiple agencies are working to recover a downed single-engine plane and pilot that reportedly crashed into Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis late Sunday morning.

North Railroad Flat Road from Noble Road to Wells Fargo Station Road will be closed on the following dates:-June 24 thro...
06/17/2019
Fiber optic hardening project to close North Railroad Flat Road in late June, early July

North Railroad Flat Road from Noble Road to Wells Fargo Station Road will be closed on the following dates:

-June 24 through June 28, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-July 1, 2 and 3, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-July 8 through July 12, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A section of road between Wilseyville and Rail Road Flat will be closed in the upcoming weeks for a system-hardening project conducted by Volcano Communications Company.

Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Enterprise that he could not confirm if the ...
06/17/2019
Recovery efforts continue for submerged plane, pilot in Lake Tulloch

Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Enterprise that he could not confirm if the wreckage had been located as of Monday morning.

Multiple agencies are working to recover a downed single-engine plane and pilot that reportedly crashed into Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis late Sunday morning.

Mini Avila is the Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year.
06/14/2019
Calaveras Enterprise: Sports

Mini Avila is the Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year.

The Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year is four-sport athlete Mini Avila. Avila was the Most Outstanding water polo player and Most Outstanding Defensive Soccer Player of the MLL and qualified for sections in track and swimming

Encompassing approximately 14 acres of annual grass and oak woodland within the San Andreas Recreation and Park District...
06/14/2019
14-acre prescribed burn in San Andreas Recreation and Park District ballfields

Encompassing approximately 14 acres of annual grass and oak woodland within the San Andreas Recreation and Park District Ballfields, the burn is anticipated to begin between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is expected to last six to eight hours. The public may see smoke or fire during these times near Highway 49, and Mountain Ranch Road near the Calaveras County Government Center.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) will be assisting the San Andreas Fire Protection District with a hazardous fuel reduction burn near the intersection of Mountain

“It is essential that residents remain prepared,” said Chief Josh White, Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief. “While the...
06/14/2019
Cal Fire suspends outdoor burning permits June 17

“It is essential that residents remain prepared,” said Chief Josh White, Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief. “While the suspension of residential debris burning is in effect, I encourage property owners to use alternative disposal methods.”

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has suspended burn permits for outdoor residential burning in Calaveras County, effective June 17 at 8 a.m. It bans outdoor

With eyes on high fire-risk areas on a 24/7 basis, the cameras can help catch ignitions early on before a fire gets out ...
06/13/2019
Safety cameras installed to help prevent spread of fires

With eyes on high fire-risk areas on a 24/7 basis, the cameras can help catch ignitions early on before a fire gets out of control.

The first of many wildfire safety cameras to be installed in Calaveras County was secured on a Volcano Telephone Co. communications tower in West Point a few weeks ago.

Given four weeks to prepare the third budget in the past 10 months put forward by three different CAOs, Alt said he took...
06/13/2019
County starts first round of budget hearings

Given four weeks to prepare the third budget in the past 10 months put forward by three different CAOs, Alt said he took a “conservative approach.”

The Calaveras County budget “overall is balanced,” Chief Administrative Officer Al Alt told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday on the opening day of budget hearings.

Allegations of Fiorino making homophobic Facebook posts consumed the better part of an hour of public comment, though he...
06/13/2019
Supervisors appoint controversial planning commissioner, 3-2

Allegations of Fiorino making homophobic Facebook posts consumed the better part of an hour of public comment, though he was eventually appointed on a 3-2 vote, led by District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli, District 4 Supervisor Dennis Mills and District 5 Supervisor Benjamin Stopper.

In what evolved into a heated debate over hate speech and the separation of church and state, community members packed board chambers Tuesday morning to weigh in on the appointment

Meet Bear, a Husky-German shepherd mix estimated to be about 1.5 years old. An affectionate dog with good leash manners,...
06/12/2019

Meet Bear, a Husky-German shepherd mix estimated to be about 1.5 years old. An affectionate dog with good leash manners, Bear would very much like to be your playmate and walking or hiking partner. Tag a friend and share!

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06/12/2019

Calaveras Enterprise's cover photo

The closure is expected to be in place for approximately two hours, according to the Calaveras County Department of Publ...
06/12/2019
Emergency road closure in Big Trees Village

The closure is expected to be in place for approximately two hours, according to the Calaveras County Department of Public Works.

A downed PG&E power line has caused a hard road closure in Big Trees Village on Kenshaw Way in Dorrington.

(Updated)“With all evidence pointing towards [David Gordon Johnson] having gone into the Mokelumne River for unknown r...
06/12/2019
Search continues for missing journalist

(Updated)

“With all evidence pointing towards [David Gordon Johnson] having gone into the Mokelumne River for unknown reasons and with no evidence of foul play, search efforts have continued in the subsequent days along the river’s edge, within the Mokelumne River and Pardee Reservoir below the Middle Bar Bridge,” a sheriff’s office news release stated on June 12.

As another day comes to a close, crews are continuing their search along the Mokelumne River for a Sacramento County journalist who went missing six days ago.

“We do not have an end date for the search. We are going to exhaust our search efforts,” Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with ...
06/12/2019
Search continues for missing journalist

“We do not have an end date for the search. We are going to exhaust our search efforts,” Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office told the Enterprise on June 11.

As another day comes to a close, crews are continuing their search along the Mokelumne River for a Sacramento County journalist who went missing six days ago.

“Sgt. Dorsey was chosen to receive this honor due to his high level of dedication and his unwavering commitment to the...
06/11/2019
Rotary Club recognizes Officer of the Year

“Sgt. Dorsey was chosen to receive this honor due to his high level of dedication and his unwavering commitment to the citizens of Calaveras County,” read a news release issued by the sheriff’s office. “He is a natural leader in the department who displays exceptional standards of professional conduct. He is skilled at making sound decisions when under pressure and takes decisive action when needed.”

The Angels-Murphys Rotary Club recognized Sgt. Chris Dorsey of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office as 2019 Officer of the Year during its annual award ceremony at Murphys Historic Hotel on

A 95-year-old San Andreas man was fatally injured in a head-on collision on Highway 49, south of Sandra Road on June 10....
06/11/2019
1 dead, 4 injured in head-on crash

A 95-year-old San Andreas man was fatally injured in a head-on collision on Highway 49, south of Sandra Road on June 10. Four individuals, including three children, suffered major injuries.

A 95-year-old San Andreas man was fatally injured in a head-on collision on Highway 49, south of Sandra Road on June 10. Four individuals, including three children, suffered major injuries.

In a phone interview Monday, TCU Chief Josh White emphasized that Hamilton’s death leaves a “huge hole” in the uni...
06/10/2019
Local Cal Fire captain killed in car accident in Merced County

In a phone interview Monday, TCU Chief Josh White emphasized that Hamilton’s death leaves a “huge hole” in the unit, emphasizing his service as an aviation specialist, father and friend.

Stacy Hamilton, a captain in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, was killed in an early morning car accident in Merced County on June

At its June 11 meeting, the board will set a new date for the hearing. CPUD will mail notice of the new hearing at least...
06/10/2019
CPUD postpones public hearing for rate increases

At its June 11 meeting, the board will set a new date for the hearing. CPUD will mail notice of the new hearing at least 45 days prior to the new hearing date.

The Calaveras Public Utility District (CPUD) has postponed its planned June 11, 2019, public hearing regarding proposed water rate increases, according to a June 7 CPUD press release.

With temperatures forecast to be in the low 90- to 100-degree range over the coming days, local employers and their outd...
06/10/2019
Higher temps increase risks for heat-related illnesses, death

With temperatures forecast to be in the low 90- to 100-degree range over the coming days, local employers and their outdoor workers can avoid heat illnesses by taking simple precautionary steps.

As the temperatures climb toward the century mark, employers need to take precautions in keeping their outdoor workers safe.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a missing Sacramento County man.
06/10/2019
Sheriff’s Office seeks aid in finding missing man

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a missing Sacramento County man.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a missing Sacramento County man.

Bisbikis reminded his classmates to carry on the core values of Calaveras High School: faith, love and loyalty.
06/07/2019
‘Last class of Redskins’ graduate from Calaveras High

Bisbikis reminded his classmates to carry on the core values of Calaveras High School: faith, love and loyalty.

The final class of Calaveras High School students to ever claim the Redskin mascot graduated on Frank Meyer Field June 6, supported by hundreds of friends and family members.

06/07/2019

Congratulations Class of 2019! #calaverascounty #grads

At the beginning of May, Mingo’s on Main opened for business. A week after that, Just Because Gifts began operating, a...
06/06/2019
Three gift-based businesses open in downtown Angels; women owners seeking to revitalize area

At the beginning of May, Mingo’s on Main opened for business. A week after that, Just Because Gifts began operating, and shortly after that, on Mother’s Day, Crafty Chicks & Co. had its soft opening. All three offer similar products, but each is unique with its products and services.

It’s an old saying that good things come in threes. That could very well be the case for downtown Angels Camp in the past month.

“San Andreas sort of has a nightlife again that people can be excited about,” Bolger said. “We don’t have to dri...
06/06/2019
Couple revitalizes historic bar in San Andreas

“San Andreas sort of has a nightlife again that people can be excited about,” Bolger said. “We don’t have to drive to Murphys to have a good time.”

Despite their only recent introduction to the world of bar management, young couple Mark Bolger and Jessica Berdechowski have already been immortalized on a plaque nailed to the aged brick

The utility suggests customers prepare for outages that could last longer than 48 hours, and aims to give between 48 and...
06/06/2019
PG&E customers concerned with power safety shutoffs

The utility suggests customers prepare for outages that could last longer than 48 hours, and aims to give between 48 and 24 hours notice before shutting power off.

Merlo encouraged customers to ensure their contact information on file with PG&E is up to date.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. representatives held an open house for customers to learn about the company’s 2019 wildfire mitigation plan Monday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

A draft of the five-year water and wastewater capital improvement plan will be presented to the board June 18, and a pub...
06/05/2019
Possible rate increase could impact Angels Camp residents

A draft of the five-year water and wastewater capital improvement plan will be presented to the board June 18, and a public hearing will be held on Aug. 18 for community members to weigh in on the proposed rate increase.

In a meeting Tuesday, the Angels Camp City Council authorized staff to move forward with a five-year water and wastewater capital improvement plan (CIP) that includes an annual 8% rate

Adopt Astrid, a Doberman Pinscher, estimated to be about 3 years of age. With her gentle nature and funny, affectionate ...
06/05/2019

Adopt Astrid, a Doberman Pinscher, estimated to be about 3 years of age. With her gentle nature and funny, affectionate ways, Astrid is the complete package. Tag a friend and share!

Locals can watch the corps of 150 teens and young adults practice anytime around their meal schedule, which is a 7 a.m. ...
06/05/2019
Sacramento Mandarins are at Bret Harte High School

Locals can watch the corps of 150 teens and young adults practice anytime around their meal schedule, which is a 7 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch and 5 p.m. dinner. There will also be a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, during which the Mandarins will be demonstrating their 11-minute show as a thank you to the town of Angels Camp for hosting them.

Marching band enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to watch the pros practice and even catch a free show at Bret Harte High School’s Dorroh Field this weekend.

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