Archives for January 2014

A leap from the past: California red-legged frogs

So what species was most likely the celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County? Mark Twain’s story was first published in 1865 and Bullfrogs weren’t introduced until around 1890, so most experts agree that if the story were true, Dan’l Webster would have been a California red-legged frog.

Stein Elected President of CSAC

Supervisor Paul Stein was chosen last week as President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for 2004. Stein is only the second supervisor from Calaveras elected to the post in the 104 year history of the association.

Stein Reflects on His Eight Years in Office

Paul Stein resigns his seat as District 2 Supervisor in Calaveras County to take his new position in Sacramento at the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Fish and Game working for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Magicians of Nature

The importance of trees can’t be overestimated. If not for trees, the diversity of life and the beauty of nature would be nowhere as vibrant as we find it today. Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life’s essentials: food and oxygen.

Nature’s Acrobats

Hummingbirds are the smallest and most acrobatic birds in the animal kingdom. Many birds can fly faster (falcons), and some even hover (kingbirds), but hummers are the only birds that can fly backward.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Government at a Glance

The Sheriff’s Office has a long and noble history. It dates back more than 1,000 years and originated in England. The sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in America and has ultimate law enforcement authority within his or her jurisdiction.

Tiger Salamander: Leading Mankind

Aside from the red-legged frog made famous by Mark Twain’s classic fable about a jumping frog contest in Angels Camp, probably the second most famous amphibian in Calaveras County is the California tiger salamander.

Calaveras County Water District at a Glance

The purpose of CCWD is to provide water and wastewater services to the residents and businesses of Calaveras County. The District is a political subdivision of the State of California and is not under the jurisdiction of Calaveras County.

Sierra Pacific Industries Donates to Calaveras Community Foundation

Mark Luster, Community Relations Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries hands a $2500 check to Paul Stein, President of the Calaveras Community Foundation.