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Westwind bounced checks

Westwind Development, the builder of the Gold Strike  Heights subdivision in San Andreas, holds a record, of sorts. The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on giving up efforts to collect on more than 40 bad checks written to county government over the last six years. Most of those checks are less […]

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Marriage and work

I recently reported a story (that hasn’t yet run) about cottage food businesses. Several of the businesses are owned and operated by married couples. And they told me something that I also remember reading years ago in an anthropological study of a town in Mexico. Specifically, what the couples said was that they liked working […]

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Twitter update

My apologies to those who got connected to my former personal Twitter account. I’ve now deactivated that one. The one that is connected to my work for The Record is the @DanaReports

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The smoke that has made a thick haze the last few days in San Andreas and elsewhere in Northern California is coming from distant wildfires, according to Brian Moss, the air pollution control officer for the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District. Moss said in an email some of the smoke may even be coming […]

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Ric Ryan and Operation Mend update

Those of you who live along Highway 4 in Calaveras County are already familiar with Ric Ryan, the walking man of Murphys. He is both building his own health by long walks along Highway 4 AND donating to help other veterans everytime someone waves at him during those walks. The money goes to Operation Mend, which does […]

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Checking on your state legislator

To see the bills introduced this year by your elected representative, go to, click on “bill information,” and do a search using your legislator’s name. Once you find a particular bill that you want to track, you can also subscribe for automatic email notifications every time the bill is modified or acted on.

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Oller concedes

Assembly Candidate Rico Oller this morning emailed a statement about his loss to fellow Republican Frank Bigelow of Mariposa County. In it, Oller noted that a variety of political action committees tied to various Sacramento lobbyists outspent him by five-to-one in the general election. Oller said he believes those groups favored Bigelow because they believe Bigelow […]

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‘Quetzal Mama’ guides Latino students to success

Here’s a clip in which Roxanne Ocampo discusses her book, Flight of the Quetzal Mama:  

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Bonus clip

An extra clip of some travelers I encountered in my hike in the Mokelumne Wilderness:

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Oller and the PACs

Recently, I wrote about how the Mother Lode Taxpayers Association’s political action committee was spending money to help 5th Assembly District candidate Frank Bigelow and hurt rival Rico Oller. Now, Oller has a PAC independently spending money on his behalf: the California Tribal Business Alliance PAC, which is funded mostly by casino-owning American Indian tribes. […]

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