Two Vacancies on Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Board

As of January 1, 2018 there are two vacancies on the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Board.

Both positions are for the balance of four year terms which end at noon on Friday, December 7, 2018.

If you are a full time resident of Tuolumne County and you vote within the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District’s boundaries, please consider coming to the support of your Fire District.

Current Directors are Joe Peters, Ron Doss and Blythe Klipple.


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Happy New Year to All


I wish all of my (our) readers a Very Happy and Safe New Year.  2018.  Wow.
Wasn’t it just 2000?


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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas this Year

I wish all of my friends and neighbors a Holly Jolly Christmas this year.


(Just hit the ‘x’ on that annoying, invasive ad and it will go away)


Yes, I will forever be a child at heart and a lover of all the schmaltzy old holiday tv shows!  How about you!?


Merry Christmas * Happy Holidays


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Quick Santa Update

Yes, Santa and his entourage came through the village last night.  They even stopped at the bottom of our driveway!

I love getting the opportunity to sit on Santa’s knee and whispering my Christmas wish into his ear.  I had Mrs. Claus’s permission.

Several years ago our fire fighters, between calls and station duties and training designed and built Santa’s local sleigh.  It attaches to the chief’s pickup truck.  I don’t know all of the technical hook-up details but it sure is a fun addition.  And I think it’s a fabulous asset to the community.

This vehicle is a Tom car, an off road vehicle.  It was acquired for close to free, renovated, painted at the prison in Copperopolis, equipped with proper communication gear and is able to assist with off road retrieval of victims in areas where standard vehicles can not go.  It cost the public (i.e. taxpayers) $00.00.  It was driven last night by one of our interns, accompanied by Chief Crabtree’s daughter, Victoria, who is on leave from the Navy for two weeks.  It was great to meet her!  Engine 771 is following the Tom car so it could be a part of Santa’s entourage yet be ready to go at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency call.

If you have photos of any of the decorated homes in the community I would love to post them here on the blog.  There are some real ‘smilers’ out there.  My iPhone photos just do not do them justice sadly.  Just send them to me at

Merry Christmas Eve


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Santa is Due in Mi Wuk Village this Evening (ooops, didn’t post on 23rd!)

I just got word from our Mi Wuk / Sugar Pine fire station that Santa will be dropping in for an early visit tonight, starting around 5:30 p.m.  Plans are that he’ll cover all the streets in the villages, including a residence on Hwy 108.

His entourage will include (as available), the Chief’s pickup truck/sleigh, a fire engine and the ‘tom car’ if all goes well.  Things can change at a moment’s notice if there’s a fire call!  Be watching for lights, excitement and perhaps a siren “whoop whoop” or two.

Santa's coming to town

I get to tell Santa my Christmas wish tooBe on the lookout tonight………

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Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Station 77 Flag Will Fly at Half Staff

In case you’re wondering, our Station 77 flag is flying at half staff for an undetermined number of days honoring Cory Iverson, Cal Fire firefighter/unit engineer from San Diego, who lost his life Thursday morning while fighting the Thomas Fire. He leaves a pregnant wife and two year old daughter behind.


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Upcoming Fire Chief Vacancy

Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine FPD is seeking a new Fire Chief to replace Chief Crabtree who is retiring in May of 2018.  The search for our new fire chief has been posted on the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District website.

Employment Application-CHIEF


Click on the PDF above to download and print it.  And go to the MWSPFire website to view all of the pertinent information about the job, the community and our part of the Sierra.


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Santa’s Sleigh Alert!

Santa will be riding through the streets of Mi Wuk Village and Sugar Pine on December 23rd.  Details will follow as I know them.

See you again next year in Mi Wuk Santa

If you have a child who would be interested in seeing Santa and climbing up into his sleigh, either send me an email ( or call the station’s non-emergency number (586-5256) and leave your name and street address with Bonnie, our station’s elfin secretary.

PS.  The Event Calendar (sidebar) has finally been updated for the remainder of 2017!


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Seasonal Road and Trail Closures on Stanislaus National Forest

SONORA, Calif. — Seasonal road and trail closures on the Stanislaus National Forest begin Dec. 15 and will remain in effect until April 14, 2018.

Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County

The STF Motor Vehicle Use Map indicates which roads and trails will be closed and may be picked up at any ranger district office, or by visiting the STF’s maps webpage at  Please note that roads identified in the MVUM as being open may be hazardous due to local weather conditions. For example, the wind event experienced by the STF last week caused many trees to fall, some of which may be blocking forest roads or trails. Drivers and hikers are urged to be prepared for hazards caused by fallen trees.

Be advised that forest roads are not maintained for winter or wet weather use. Use caution and drive defensively when traveling on open roads in the forest through the winter. Rocks, snow and ice may be encountered in the roadway. Wet, saturated roadbeds are easily damaged, which can require costly repairs to roads and adjacent resources.

Contact your local ranger district office for current information on roads and conditions before traveling on the STF.

Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office:  209-532-3671

Calaveras Ranger District:  209-795-1381

Groveland Ranger District 209-962-7825

Summit Ranger District at 209-965-3434


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MAHA Christmas Party – Great Turnout and Lots of Fun

Thanks to the Mi Wuk residents who came out for this afternoon’s Holiday Gathering, aka Christmas Party.

Good food and good fun!

We are so lucky to have a warm, cozy and friendly facility in our neighborhood that serves as both an independent library with lots of books and DVDs to check out and a community center to accommodate groups, meetings and parties.

I only took two photos (busy yapping) but I know I’ll be getting some from a few others who were there.  I’ll post them when I get them.

We tried something new this year by having a “Let’s Get Acquainted” questionnaire.  Each willing participant got a questionnaire — that was almost everyone — and then had to ask at least five people one of eleven questions.

  1. What were you doing five years ago?
  2. What don’t most people know about you?
  3. Do you still have logs on your property?
  4. Have you ever won anything?
  5. How many sibling do you have?  How many do you talk to?
  6. Have you ever been outside the U.S.?  Where?
  7. Who’s your most famous relative?
  8. Why’d you purchase a cabin up here?
  9. Where’d you meet your spouse or significant other?
  10. What’s you favorite sports team?
  11. What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Feel free to answer any of those questions in the comment section!  It’s a fun way to get to know each other.

Filled-in- (five or more answers) questionnaires were drawn from a basket and six (or was it seven) people won door prizes ranging from poinsettias, a wreath, a lovely piece of Christmas décor (lighted and decorated 8x8x4 clear block) and an overflowing gift box.

Drawing a winning questionnaire

Door prize winners Maggie and Laura

A large ‘trash’ can was filled with canned goods for Interfaith Community Services.

It was fun afternoon and I hope you’ll consider joining us next year if you’re in the neighborhood.

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