Serving the communities of Valley Springs, Burson and Wallace
Editor and Co-Owner
Nick Baptista and his wife Kathy have been Calaveras County residents since 2001. They have two children, Ken and Laura. Ken is a middle school teacher in Manteca and Laura is a 2009 graduate of Bret Harte High School and a senior at San Francisco State University.
Kathy is a teacher at Jackson Junior High School.
Laura, Kathy, Nick and Ken Baptista
Baptistaís entire career has been devoted to community journalism. His first newspaper job after graduating in 1977 from San Jose State University was as a reporter for the Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press. He has been assistant managing editor of The Union in Grass Valley, managing editor of the Roseville Press-Tribune, editor of the Gridley Herald, general manager of the Calaveras Enterprise and publisher of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza during his 32 years in the profession.
While publisher of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, the newspaper won the Nevada Press Associationís prestigious General Excellence Award for large weeklies in 1996 and 2000.Baptista is a member of the Rotary Club of West Calaveras and former two-term president of the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was an original cast member of the Calaveras Follies.
Nick Baptista, aka Joliet Jake of the Blues Brothers,
in the 2005 Calaveras Follies.