Slip Sliding Away


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Twain Harte News on March 19, 2011

It’s just before dawn, and once again Twain Harte is covered in all this lovely white stuff. It fell fast and furious through most of the night. It’s always hard to tell exactly how much snow has fallen because the longer it falls and the harder it falls, the faster the snow compresses.

We had at least a foot of new snow at 4,000 feet but realistically it could be as much as two feet. There just isn’t an easy way for me to tell. It’s currently a brisk 31 degrees. All I could hear on my last couple of trips outside to check on things, was spinning tires, which tells me the road must be pretty slippery.

It was so slippery out last night that our Outback almost ended up in the ditch. The back tire of the car gently slid over the skating rink like surface, to stop just short of the 4-foot trench below. Fortunately, the vehicle came to a halt before going over completely. Shawn was so shook up by the incident that he simply left the vehicle in the driveway. Digging it out in a few hours is not going to be fun.

The power flickered over a dozen times throughout the night but I’m happy to report the electricity has held up to the wind and snow so far. Just moments ago, I went out to snap a few pictures and the wind had really picked up. The snow was blowing so hard, it was almost a total white-out.

Others weren’t so lucky.

Mymotherlode reports:

In Tuolumne County there are 27 PG&E customers without power. They are primarily in the Phoenix Lake and Cedar Ridge area. In Calaveras County, it is much worse, as around 6,000 are without electricity, spread throughout Murphys, Angels Camp and Copperopolis. There is no estimated restoration time to report.

We even had a friend call last night to check to see if we were okay. Apparently, there was a 45-car pile-up on the highway reported by the local news. Our friend thought we might be in it. It was sweet of him to check on us. We rarely go farther than the post office when the weather turns nasty. Unless it’s urgent, it’s so much safer to just hang out around the house and wait for the weather to pass.

It always does! Until next time, stay warm!

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Local Schools Push Vaccine


Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on October 13, 2009

Local schools are gearing up to provide the H1N1 Vaccine to children. An Tuolumne County health official has the audacity to compare this highly controversial vaccine to food in a statement, which was published today by MyMotherLode News.

County Health Officer Comments On H1N1 Vaccine Risk

October 13, 2009

Sonora, CA — While some Mother Lode residents may be concerned about the risk of the new H1N1 vaccine, Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp assures the public this is a pure vaccine.

As Dr. Stolp points out, “You take a risk every time you back the car out of the driveway to go grocery shopping. The need for food is obviously greater than the risk involved. The same is true for the H1N1 vaccine.

This is a pure vaccine produced under the same standards and procedures as the seasonal flu vaccine. Those who do not have other health issues should not be concerned with the effect of the new H1N1 vaccine.”

Tuolumne County has already received 600 doses of the vaccine, 500 of which have been distributed to local health care providers. 100 doses have been retained by the Health Department to distribute to those who do not have a health care provider. By the end of the month an additional 8,000 doses will be on hand.

Dr. Stolp adds, “At that time we’ll be able to initiate our school vaccination program. Students will only be vaccinated upon the approval of their parents or legal guardians.”

Parents should be aware that these vaccines are experimental and have not been properly tested. Are you willing to allow your children to be treated as Guinea pigs?

Make Your Own Flu Vaccine!

As a parent, I understand the concern we all have for the health and well-being of our children, but folks, this is simply frightening. Before you subject your child to the H1N1 vaccine or FluMist the nasal spray equivalent, please do your homework. Do not put your children at risk from unproven vaccines that could lead to unknown medical issues in the future. The introduction and administration of this vaccine violates long-standing Federal law that has been in place since 1964!

Just last week Bill Sardi wrote an article, which was published on, it’s a good place to start reading up on the Swine Flu Vaccine: Eighteen Reasons Why You Should NOT Vaccinate Your Children Against The Flu This Season.

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