Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

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News & Announcements
CAL FIRE: Union Fire:
Mark Bennett – Outside The Ivory Tower: Frogs, Toads and Best Available Science -
AmadorArts Update - Friday, August 16 -
AmadorArts Update - Friday, August 16 -
Sutter Creek Promotions Committee - Tues Aug 20 -
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety For Seniors –
Amador County Commission on Aging - Wed Aug 21   –
Sophia’s Well of Wisdom: Religious & Spiritual Briefs –
Cyberbullying Presentation - Wed Sept 4 -

ARTICLE from U.S. Chamber: Sue & Settle Report
An interesting report from the U.S. chamber of Commerce:
This report dovetails in with the abuses of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by litigious litigants who have and are continuing to abuse the EAJA…with taxpayers footing the ensuing bill.
This ongoing filing of multiple lawsuits under EAJA has disrupted the activity of the U.S. Forest Service to such an extent as to cause gridlock in the management of our National Forests,  part of the collateral damage coming from this gridlock is the continuing occurrence of huge catastrophic fires in our National Forests, not to mention the huge economic hit to rural areas
I believe the (EAJA) was legislated with good intentions, it has just been severely abused and needs major modifications, especially under the recovery of "costs".
 I would like to see Congress step up to the plate and address the issues brought out in this report and the ongoing issue with EAJA lawsuits.
Brian Oneto
Supervisor, District 5 
(NOTE FROM EDITOR: This is also posted in:
As the primary market for Amador County’s local farms, more and more people are shopping for local fruit and produce at our local market sites.
As the market enters its third month of providing fresh and local agricultural products, record numbers of shoppers have attended the markets in Pine Grove, Jackson, and Sutter Creek. 
The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills is once again sponsoring the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday, 4 pm to 7:00 pm, from Aug 1st, through Sep 29th, at McGee Park on Main Street in Plymouth. Featuring many of our local small family farms, the Plymouth Farmer’s Market has become popular gathering place for folks from Plymouth, Fiddletown, River Pines, Drytown, Ione and more.
Amador County Famers Market plays an important role in our communities and towns. It’s where we go to buy fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. All of our markets also have craft vendors and artists. I go to every Farmers Market I can, not just for the food but also to get to the essence of community.
It’s a place where I can see my neighbors, meet new friends, and get to know the market vendors. I hope to see you there soon.  It’s a place where people connect.  
For market times and locations visit our website:
MASSAGE THERAPIST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Camp Out for Cancer on Sat Sept 7th.  We will be massaging from 11am until about 7 or 8pm. 2-4 hour shifts available. Any perspective volunteers can contact Carolini DuCray at 223-3803 for more info and to sign up. ALL proceeds go to AmadorSTARS.
TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at 
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS can be viewed at:

August Newsletters:
AAUW Amador Newsletter: "Gold Filings"
AmadorArts - Spring/Summer 2013
Amador County Artists Association
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
Friends of the Amador County Library - Spring 2013
Gold Hills Homeopathy
Mother Lode Harvest Newsletter
Preston Castle Communicator
Sophia's Well of Wisdom
Trinity Tidings: Trinity Episcopal Church
The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to rebuild its volunteer roster, specifically on call volunteers. 
If you are a spur of the moment type person, willing to fill in at the last minute, at the drop of a hat, in a minutes' notice, quick like a bunny, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, quick as a wink and are Johnny on the spot weekdays and weekends, please email or call Volunteer Coordinator Di Stewart.   209-267-9006
It will require a couple days training to get familiar with the process. 
Although this is a plea for on call volunteers, if you or someone you know are interested in a regular schedule, please contact Di Stewart.
Positions available: 18 years and older
Receptionist   10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday
Intake         10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday (minor computer use)
Food pick up, rides with driver   7:45 - 10:45 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb)
Drivers      7:45 - 10:30 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb) Isuzu box van & Sprinter van a must, an International Diesel Bob Tail a plus. You will need to supply aDMV record print out. Fee reimbursed upon request.
Please consider supporting this need.
Thomas Thompson
Executive Director
Interfaith Council of Amador
12181 Airport Rd.
Jackson, CA  95642
FREE CLASS: Growing Great Vegetables, Part III
Amador Master Gardeners present part 3 of Growing Great Vegetables from 9am to 12 noon on August 17th.  Emily Beals, Master Gardener and organic farmer in Mt. Aukum will present information to help get that fall vegetable garden growing, in addition to discussing such topics as crop rotation and cover crops. 
This free class includes standard and worm composting techniques as well as mulching.
Open to the public, the class is held at the County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.  For more information call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edc.
UPDATE REGARDING THE IONE VALLEY LAND, AIR & WATER DEFENSE ALLIANCE LLC VERSUS AMADOR COUNTY AND DEVELOPERS NEWMAN MINERALS, William Bunce, Farallon Capital Management, John Telishak, Edwin Lands, LLC, Greenrock Ranch Lands, LLC, etc. This morning, Amador Superior Court rescheduled the lawsuit hearing to Tuesday, September 10th, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Please save the date and spread the word.
 All that support stopping the Newman Ridge quarry and Edwin Center North hot asphalt plant are welcome to attend Tuesday, September 10th. Your presence, for even part of the day, will be very appreciated. Let's keep Amador County air, land & water clean for all! More info
Sondra West-Moore for Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, LLC
office: 818 508-4744 
818 681-4182
WANT A FREE BOWLING PARTY for your office, church, or non-profit group of 10 or more? Call Russell at 223-3334 to schedule a date. Available days and times include M-F, 5:30 pm and all day Sunday. Offer includes 2 free games of bowling and shoe rental per person. Additional games for only $2.75 each. Participants not already Bowling Reward cardholders may sign up and receive $5 bowling reward credit good for a future visit. Offer ends no later than September 2, 2013 and is subject to lane availability.
DONATE GLASSES and change someone’s life. Walgreen's now has a Sutter Creek Lion's Club eyeglass recycling box in the Pharmacy area by the table with the brochures. They accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed!
If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart.  Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season.  We are all looking for the perfect tomato.  Saturday, August 31st is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test!  Amador Master Gardeners are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market.
Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:30 AM on Saturday, August 31st.  The judges will announce their favorites at 10:30 AM.  The largest tomato will receive a special award. Join us for the public tasting and you will have the fun of tasting all kinds of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits, and a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red.  We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before and that may become your new favorite.
Questions? email Bobby
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SIERRA GOLD QUILTERS GUILD presents the Sierra Gold Harvest 2013 Quilt Show featuring vendor booths, country store, raffle baskets, demonstrations, refreshments, quilts for sale & small quilt auctions. October 5-6, 2013 (Saturday 10 AM-5 PM & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM) at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Admission is $7 (husbands and children under 12 are free). For more information, visit or call 831-247-1907 or email 


This fun event has been taking place in Kirkwood each Labor Day weekend for 33 years and is planned for August 31, 2013.  Presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers and sponsored by Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department, the 10K trail adventure run follows single track and dirt road 3 miles up the mountain to an elevation of 8,200 feet.  The 5K road run includes 1/4 mile of single track with a log crossing. Unique ceramic medals are awarded to all finishers.  For kids, there is a 1/2 mile and a 1 mile fun run; kids make their own medals. Event day shirts will be available for sale as long as supplies last.  The Grand Prize drawing for a Kirkwood Downhill Pass for 2013-2014 and a Kirkwood Cross Country Ski Pass takes place just before noon; you must be present to win.  Gather your family and friends and register online now by visiting  Early registration prior to August 19 costs $30; after that the cost is $35 until August 28 and event-day registration is $40.  Race day registration takes place from 8:15 – 8:45 am on the deck of The Lodge.  The Kids race kicks off at 9 am with the 5K and 10K to follow.  Net proceeds from the event benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. 


Saturday August 31, Noon to 5 pm

Kirkwood Village Plaza

Taste chili from the region’s best chili makers and vote for your favorite.  The judging this year will feature cash prizes for winning home-made chili as well as a prize for those recipes prepared by professional chefs.   Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live music featuring Out of Bounds, Kids Zone with a bounce house, arts and crafts and face painting; pony rides and an area with toss games.  The cost for chili, wine and beer tasting kits is $30 for adults and this includes a commemorative glass.  Chili tasting only costs $10.  Kids Zone $10.  A portion of the net proceeds benefits the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.
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CLICK HERE for Amador Water Agency Board & Committee Meetings
CLICK HERE for the City of Jackson
CLICK HERE for the City of Sutter Creek
CLICK HERE for the City of Plymouth
CLICK HERE for the City of Ione
CLICK HERE for the Upcountry Community Council
Jackson City Council - Mon Aug 12 -
Sutter Creek Commons Committee - Tues Aug 13 -
Amador Recreation Agency - Wed Aug 14 -
ACUSD/ACOE - Wed Aug 14 - AmadorEd.comAmador Local Agency Formation Council (LAFCO) - Thurs Aug 15 -
Amador Water Agency: Special Board Meeting - Thurs Aug 15 -
Collaboration in Natural Resource Management - Aug 8 & Sept 10 -
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) - Tues Aug 27 -

NOTE! The upcoming August 12 Jackson City Council meeting will include an important discussion regarding the future disposal of the City’s treated wastewater effluent.  The City’s wastewater treatment plant currently discharges all of the effluent it produces into Jackson Creek, however, the City has been working for over a decade on planning activities to irrigate pastureland to reduce the amount of effluent that flows through the creek to Lake Amador.  This was a requirement in the City’s wastewater permit issued by the State Regional Water Quality Control Board at the urging of the State Department of Public Health.

   Recent projects in the Lake Amador area completed and funded for the Jackson Valley Irrigation District will now bring water from Lake Pardee to this area to serve potable water needs.  Recognizing the original intent of Lake Amador to be used for irrigation purposes, the DPH has informed the State Water Quality Control Board that the dilution requirement it previously requested (no more than 5% of the lake content should be treated effluent) was no longer necessary.

   These changes have allowed the City of Jackson to reconsider how it manages its wastewater effluent.  Early indications are that the cost will be less to improve the wastewater treatment process rather than construct an irrigation system and the pump system required to deliver the treated effluent to land for irrigation.

   The discussion on Monday night will include a review of the City’s options, potential impact on rates, and direction from the City Council will be provided to staff on how to proceed.  Information about the options will be on the City’s website on Friday afternoon in the City Council agenda packet.  The website also has a “virtual tour” of the current wastewater operation.  Any rate increases associated with the cost of the improvements required to meet water quality standards will be subject to the Proposition 218 process when more specific cost data is available.
NOTICE: The August 13, 2013 Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.
Holding a meeting in your community that you'd like Amador County to know about? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us what it is, date, time, location and a brief description of what the meeting is about. Email your briefs/agendas to:

Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Classes
   Ravioli Class - 
FREE Indoor Power Walking Classes offered in August -
Oaks of the Central Sierra: Care & Preservation Workshop in Placerville - Thurs August 15 -
Holding a class, workshop or seminar? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us about it, give the date, time, location and a brief description of what the class is about. Email your briefs to:

Activities & Events
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Amador County Artists Association 
FREE Family Movie Nights through August at Mt. Zion -
Unique Art by Unique People - ArCreations partners with Sutter Creek Gallery in September - 
MSTW Presents: "Sherlock's Last Case"- Aug 9 thru Sept 7 -
History of Carson Pass Guided Walks -
We Heart the Arts! Arts Events & Activities Update -
Sutter Creek Lions Club Famous Pig Feed - Sat Aug 24 -
Summer Sizzle – Sat Aug 31 -
Amador STARS Camp Out For Cancer - Sat Sept 7
Preston Castle Wine Tasting Tour – Sat Sept 14 /
11th Annual Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Sept 20-22 -
JUG BAND FESTIVAL TRIBUTE TO BANJO ANDY this Saturday, Aug 17 from noon to 9 pm. Sutter Creek Inn. $5 requested donation.
OUTSIDE KATZ - Sutter Creek Farmers Market 9 am to 12 pm
UNKL BEAN - Dancin' In The Streets - Every Saturday in Amador City 6pm to 9pm
ROUTE 88 performs at Bella Grace on Fri Aug 16 from 6-9PM, 73 Main St. Sutter Creek.

SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA will be appearing August 25th at 2pm at the
Amador Senior Center in Jackson -
THE BRUTE SQUAD plays at the Drytown Club on Sat Aug 31 from 5-8PM. $5 cover.
KENNY FRYE appears at Bg's Lounge on Sat Sept 7
HIGHWAY 49 AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Sat Sept 7 from 4-10PM at the Italian Picnic Grounds, 581 Hwy 49 - Sutter Creek 95685. Gates open at 3pm. Featuring:
Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, and The Golden Cadillacs.
Six bands will perform including nationally recognized acts Wayne "The Train" Hancock and The Bastard
Sons of Johnny Cash.  The purpose of the event is to raise much-needed money to fund music education in the Amador County Unified School District.  All proceeds go to the Community Foundation of Amador County, who will also provide up to $5,000 in matching funds.  Delicious barbecued Tri-Tip and Chicken will be available for purchase as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be face painting for the kids, and a car show to complement the afternoon of musical entertainment.
$20 advance tickets are tax-deductible and available for purchase now at 
Children 12 & under are FREE with a paid adult.
BAND A.I.D.E – Sat Aug 17. A very special event, the Band A.I.D.E. (Awesome Instrument Drive Extravaganza) Kick-Off Event: “Pep Band on the Ridge”.
Since the numbers in the Bands all across the district have grown recently, the District has run out of instruments to loan. So, the Band Program is holding an instrument donation drive sponsored by the Amador Community Foundation. The Kickoff event is a fun afternoon/evening of food and music at the Amador Ridge Shopping Plaza. From 3:00-9:00 PM Dickey’s, Roundtable, Oko Sushi, Yogurt Your Way and Jamba Juice will donate 10% of their sales to the Band A.I.D.E. project. At 6:30 PM, the combined high school bands will perform a short pep band concert at the Plaza. You can bring an instrument and or money to donate to the drive, or just eat at the restaurants and help out that way. Going out to eat at your favorite Amador Ridge restaurant, hearing the pep bands and helping put an instrument into the hands of a student – what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
   The conclusion of the Band A.I.D.E. Instrument Drive is being held in conjunction with the Highway 49 Americana Music Festival on September 7th sponsored by KVGC Radio. Details are on the attached flyer and you can find more information by searching for it online or on Facebook. If you like Blues & Rock n Roll, then this is gonna be a killer festival!
Make Great Music Together!
Christopher J. Tootle
ACUSD Music Education
Amador HS (209)257-7330

Wednesdays 3:00 – 6-PM
Pine Grove Community Park
Starting on August 1 through September
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McGee Park on Main Street Plymouth
Saturdays – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Eureka Street Parking Lot
Sundays 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Mel’s Restaurant Parking Lot on Hwy 49
SALE AT THE CREEKY CUPBOARD 32 Main Street, Sutter Creek, 209 267-9314
We need to make room for our holiday merchandise!
25% off all garden (excluding flags)
Don’t miss our 40% off shelves!!
Sale will continue until merchandise is gone.
HOURS – 7 days a week, 10:00 – 5:00
CLASSIFIED AD: JOB OPPORTUNITY – Wanted:: Fitness Instructors for shifts and teaching classes at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Times include Mon 3 - 7pm, Tues 3 - 7pm, Thursday 8am - 1pm, Thurs 3 - 7pm. Could be one or more of these shifts. Payment is as an Independent Contractor. Please visit to learn more about us. Call Cherie Maitland at 296-2348.

CLASSIFIED AD: 4H PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE JOB OPENING IN AMADOR COUNTY: The University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra is recruiting for a 40 percent time 4H Program Representative in Amador County.  This position will be a part of a team that provides leadership, guidance, and coordination for the Central Sierra 4-H Program. The program representative will recruit, orient and provide ongoing assistance and training for 4-H Volunteer Leaders, Parents and Youth. The program representative will work to promote 4-H and recruit youth members for existing clubs, and start new clubs. The program representative will be very familiar with and knowledgeable about 4-H policies and youth development issues, and will assist volunteer leaders to implement policies and enhance youth development experiences. The 4-H Program Representative will serve as the 4-H staff liaison with volunteer leadership groups including 4-H County and District councils.
To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please click on the link below:
For more information contact JoLynn Miller at or 209-533-5686.
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