Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

News & Announcements
HEIN & COMPANY’S ANNUAL [EPIC] 4TH OF JULY SALE - July 1-4 at Hein & Company Books & Vintage Goods on Main Street in Jackson. 50% off ALL used books! 20% off ALL new books, LPs DVDs and more! Slashed pricing on estate items, including art, furniture, antiques and yard iron. Visit our Victorian Square Shops on the 2nd floor at Baker Street West, 9-6PM.
MOKE HILL JULY 4 PARADE & CELEBRATION - Get your patriotic fill in Mokelumne Hill at the annual 4th of July Celebration. Festivities begin with a Pancake Breakfast at the Town Hall from 7:30 a.m.  to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy eggs, ham, pancakes, orange juice and coffee for $5.00.  It’s a great buy and helps support the Veteran’s Memorial District in its efforts to maintain and improve our town hall and parks. The world famous parade starts at 11:00.  Come and join your friends and neighbors on Main Street and enjoy the food, music, and vendors.
VIA GOIN’ POSTAL: In observance of Independence Day and to spend time with family, we will be closed Saturday the 2nd thru Monday the 4th.
Have a torn, tattered or faded US flag? Bring it to us and we'll retire it properly AND give you a new 3'×5' flag. We are open today from 9 to 6. God Bless America.
STREET CLOSURE AT ARGONAUT DRIVE/SUTTER STREET JULY 11-30. City of Jackson CA : A section of the road at Argonaut Drive and Sutter Street (see map) will be closed from July 11-30, 2016 while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs geotechnical investigation work on the Eastwood Multiple Arch Dam. EPA contractors will bore holes and dig trenches to collect soil and bedrock samples in front of the dam. The purpose of this project is to gather more information about the stability of the dam and to assess the strength of the soil and rock at the dam. To ensure the safety of the area, EPA will closely watch for any potential effects on the dam during the work. This road closure project is separate from the Caltrans closure at Sutter Street and Highway 49, though EPA and Caltrans are coordinating efforts. To find out more about EPA's work in Jackson, or contact Sarah Cafasso, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator at (415) 972-3076 /
Calaveras County Public Works Department Issues a Request for Proposal for Services Hazard Tree Removal Contractor
The County of Calaveras Public Works Department is issuing a Request for Proposals to solicit the services of a contractor to provide hazardous tree removal services for the removal of trees damaged by the Butte Fire. Trees that are to be removed have been documented and marked by Tetra Tech Inc.
The Request for Proposal is available at Submittals are due at the Calaveras County Administrator’s Office by July 11, 2016 at 4p.m. They should be addressed to, Attent: Mary Rose Rutikanga. Contractors must have the necessary expertise to meet the rules and requirements for Federal Grants. Contractors must provide accountability of all work items to satisfy FEMA’s auditing requirements.
Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to Robert J Pachinger, Deputy Director, at
Obituary notices can be found at:
July Newsletters
Community Calendar
JULY 4-10
- INDEPENDENCE DAY - City & County Offices closed
Amador Farmers Market, Pine Grove - Wed July 6
- Ione City Council - Thurs July 7
Amador Farmers Market, Sutter Creek - Sat July 9
- Los Angeles Rock Americana comes to Downtown Sutter Creek - Sat July 9
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Calico - Sat July 9
Amador Farmers Market, Sutter Creek - Sun July 10
JULY 11-17
- Jackson City Council - Mon July 11
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon July 11
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues July 12
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues July 12
- CPUC Public Participation Hearing regarding PG&E’s application for rate increase to be held July 13
- ACAA presents demo by pastel artist Lesley Harrison on July 13
- Amador Water Agency Board - Thurs July 14
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs July 14
JULY 18-24
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon July 18
- Jackson Planning Commission - Mon July 18
- Ione City Council - Thurs July 21
JULY 25-31
- Jackson City Council - Mon July 25
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues July 26
- Amador Water Agency Board - Thurs July 28
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs July 28
- Sutter Creek Provisions Presents: Gethen Jenkins & The Freightshakers - Fri July 29
- 4th of July: Red Cross Steps for Enjoying a Safe Holiday Weekend
- Vitalize Your Chakras...and Life!
- Amador CollegeConnect: Fall iTV Courses - Enroll now for Fall Semester!
- AmadorArts Announces Free Summer TGIF Concerts
CANNONBALL RUN CAR SHOW & PARADE: Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7 am to 3 pm. Classic cars, parade, arts and crafts vendors, food, raffle prizes, Poker Walk through Volcano. For more information, call 296-4458.
MOROCCAN STREET FOOD AT FEIST! Saturday, July 2 from 6 pm- 8pm, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek
  • Kefta Kebabs (Spiced Ground Sirloin) with Harissa and Turmeric-Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Saffron
  • Ginger Chicken and Date Kabobs with Honey Glaze Roasted Vegetable Couscous
  • Griddled Berber Bread
  • M'hancha Cinnamon Spiced, Almond Paste Pastry with Orange Blossom...
$25. Reservations Recommended 209-267-8020 or
ROARING CAMP: SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR JULY 2: Just wanted to let everyone know that we have a schedule change for Saturday July 2nd,  All Hat & No Cattle will be our band for the evening.  We still have a few openings for that evening, it is one of our customers appreciation evening and we are offering a $20.00 discount so you can come enjoy the evening and have a GREAT NY Steak dinner.  Look forward to seeing all of you then!
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SUTTER CREEK - Freedom isn’t free.  To honor all those who sacrificed so that we are free, we need to pay our part of the bill.  Be engaged in the political process, research campaign promises to get to the truth, evaluate and vote your conscience.  Apathy and ignorance threaten our freedom more than terrorists. Would your choices match Christ’s commandment to love all others as ourselves?  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Regular Sunday services are at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM followed by a coffee hour after the 10:30 service. Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call 267-0255, or visit
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: LITTLE WONDERS FOR KIDS! Come and bring the kids for our Summer vacation special class. Learn how to make a worm farm and see how these little miracle workers make fabulous compost. We will also learn how to make a butterfly garden and what plants encourage beneficial insects to visit our gardens. Finally, we will plant a seed tray and learn how to successfully transplant seedlings. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies.
This free class is offered by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County. This free class on will be held Saturday, July 16 from 9-12 at the Amador County GSA building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.  Call 209-223-6838 to sign-up.  If you have to leave a message be clear stating your name and phone #.
If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or e-mail,
AUGUST 2016+
Thank you to all of you who came out to support the R3C Wild Horse Program. All 7 beautiful Mustangs were adopted to new homes to be loved and cared for. We hope you can make it out to our first adoption at the R3C Ranch in September!
-8:30 AM – 10:00 AM MEET AND GREET
-10:30 AM – 11:00 AM GRAND ENTRANCE
Deputy Rebecca Eubanks #1151
Post Release Re-Entry Programs
Field Investigator, Home Detention Unit
Work Release Division
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
SAVE THE DATE! “GOLDEN THREADS” QUILT SHOW - Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild Presents “Golden Threads” Quilt Show on October 1-2, 2016, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featured Quilter: Sandra Mollon. Quilts, Wearable Art, Vendors, Country Store, Silent Auction, and Guild Challenge. At the Historic Downtown Sutter Creek Auditorium and Community Center. Admission $6.00 For more information, call Anelie at 296-7059 or visit:

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Opinions & Issues
FYI: On Recycling in Amador County (Via Lynn Morgan):
>Pine Grove Market should be re-opening soon, maybe as soon as June 1st.
>Pokerville Market was denied a request for exemption by CalRecycle and will receive their final notice in mid-June.  By late June they will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Pioneer Payless Market will receive their final notice in mid-August and by late August will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Ione Plaza Market has been determined by CalRecycle to not meet the threshold which would require them to have a recycle center.
>Raley's Market has been considered by CalRecycle to be served by the Academy Dr. center and is not required to have a recycle center.
Also, the county may initiate a lawn mower and a wood stove by-back program with the intent of helping to reduce our carbon footprint.  I will keep you posted.  The pine needle bin program is up and running. Best - Lynn
FROM THE CITY OF IONE: The City of Ione needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who vandalize our parks and recreational facilities. Please call City Hall at 209-274-2412 or Sheriff Dispatch (after hours) at 209-223-6513 to report vandalism to your park facilities. Why is it important to stop vandalism? If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks. Vandalism is a problem at all parks throughout Ione costing the city thousands of dollars per year. Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. For example, the cost of removing writing from the Skat Park can easily reach $1000 for sandblasting costs. Replacing a destroyed bench involves high labor repair and materials costs.
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 209-274-2412.
Thank you for helping!
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7 PM.
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM.
IONE PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
Amador County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation Report
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the County’s update of its General Plan and the proposed Final General Plan are now available.  The documents may be viewed by interested parties and agencies during normal business hours at:
  • Amador County Planning Department, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA;
  • Main Branch (Jackson) of the Amador County Library located at 530 Sutter Street, Jackson, CA;
  • Ione Branch of the Amador County Library located at 25 Main Street, Ione, CA;
  • Pine Grove Branch of the Amador County Library located at 19889 Pine Grove, CA;
  • Pioneer Branch of the Amador County Library located at 25070 Buckhorn Ridge Rd., Pioneer, CA; and
  • Plymouth Branch of the Amador County Library located at 9375 Main Street, Plymouth, CA.
Both documents are also available on the County website at  CDs may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department.  The FEIR was prepared for the General Plan Update in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and was routed to State and local agencies and to those who submitted comments on the Draft EIR as required by the CEQA Guidelines.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 65352 the proposed Final General Plan and FEIR have also been referred to various state, local, and federal entities…[read more]
AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7PM at their office at 557 Hwy 49 Suite 3, Jackson. Call 209-257-1397.
AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at their headquarters located at 12275 Martell Road (across from Panda House Restaurant). Our meetings are open to the public, and attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit:

(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: See announcement above. Date changed this month to the 4th Thursday.)
OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.
MOM TO MOM PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP- Second Saturday of every month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we: support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping and communication skills, and relaxation techniques. A project of the Amador-Calaveras Perinatal Wellness Coalition, and facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. First group will be held on Saturday, May 14. For questions, more information, and to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.

Classes, Workshops, Seminars
California Connections Academy at Ripon Opens Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year
Cool fun and aerobics at New York Fitness!

THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM will take place June 13 - July 22. This year's theme is "Read for the Win". The library has several planned events along with fun activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt!
Magician and Ventriloquist Tony Borders "Run with the Animals" will kickoff the Summer Reading Program Thursday June 16th, 11:00 a.m. at the main library in Jackson.
Thursday June 30th, 11:00 a.m. Storyteller BZ Smith and Peg Reza return to the library to perform their lively stories and songs.
For more information about the program please contact the library: 209-223-6400
NEW YORK FITNESS’ WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASSES - Classes are free to members. Non-members, only $10 per class. Join the gym, and get the classes for free! Monday nights from 5-6PM in the Yoga Studio at NY Fitness, 615 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. This is an active class; please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn how to hit, strike, knee and kick. Learn how to defend yourself against grabs. Chokes, bear hugs and ground attacks.
Call 209.223.3236 Like us on Facebook!
TEAM FITNESS offers CIRCUIT & LIFT class on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:15 am to 8am. You can pay by the class, buy a pass of 10 classes, or pay $39 for the month and take three classes a week. We also offer Gentle Hatha Yoga, Zumba Gold, and Stretch classes.
Our Hours in Pine Grove:
Monday, Wed & Fri . . . 8am - Noon
Tuesday & Thurs . . . 8am - 11am
Saturday 9 - 10am During Zumba
(Only changes are the Saturday hours)
Call to find out more about our programs and classes and how you can improve your balance, flexibility, strength and more here at Team Fitness - A Comfortable Place to Get in Shape. Please call. 209 304 5139.
LOCAL LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - Bilinguals of all kinds and second language learners have many advantages, intelligence boosting, better job opportunities, higher salaries in public and other types of employment, more job security and best of all the study of another language is fun and provides protection against dementia, the scourge of aging America! If you are ready to begin language studies now, or resume them in or around Amador county, I can help you find a way to get started whether through tutoring, classes, videos or tapes, on the internet, using music or television, geared to your style of learning and in the time that you have available. The secret of getting ahead is getting started and this is something people tend to put off for years, to their detriment. Expand your mind, and your horizons. Take the first step and call Profe Nora at 223-3322 for free advice.
ARE YOU A LOCAL ARTIST? Join the Amador County Artists Association, to share, network, and support local artists. The ACAA meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Amador Senior Center. Our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! For more information, visit:
GENTLE HATHA YOGA CLASSES meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 12:45 pm at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Classes are kept small for lots of special attention to help you make those healthy changes you've been wanting to make. Excellent classes for beginners and seniors! $8 or a pass of 10 sessions for $65. Contact: Cherie Maitland

Events Calendars & Activities
AmadorCounty Arts Council -
Amador County Artists Association -
Amador County Recreation Agency -
Amador Council of Tourism -
Amador Vintner's Association -
Main Street Theater Works -
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -
Preston Castle Foundation Events for 2016
THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM will take place June 13 - July 22. This year's theme is "Read for the Win". The library has several planned events along with fun activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt!
Magician and Ventriloquist Tony Borders "Run with the Animals" will kickoff the Summer Reading Program Thursday June 16th, 11:00 a.m. at the main library in Jackson.
Thursday June 30th, 11:00 a.m. Storyteller BZ Smith and Peg Reza return to the library to perform their lively stories and songs.
For more information about the program please contact the library: 209-223-6400
A CUP OF YARN: Hey everyone, if you are into knitting, come join the ladies every 1st Monday of the month at Sina’s Backroads Cafe in Sutter Creek, from 10:30 to noonish! The group name is A Cup of Yarn on Facebook. Come join the fun! Good people Good food!
PRIME RIB FRIDAYS AT CLARK’S CORNER! Any plans this Friday? Every Friday from 5-9 pm is Clark's Prime Rib night and it’s more than just a dinner, it's a great way to bring your family and friends together. This week week we are mixing it up just a little with fresh salmon filleted, Our New York steak is now hand cut and we are offering filet mignon, pork chops, hanger steaks, and dry aged ribeye on a rotating basis. Friday is now our all-you-can-eat fixins, order any entree and if you want a second of any side or bread or salad it's on the house.
Reservations are not necessary but they are appreciated just call 209-274-2242. Enjoy your evening at Clark's with local draft beer and Northern California wines. Live music by: Dennis Yancey and Hank DeVore.
CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek serves appetizers (small plates) every 2nd and 4th Saturday every month! Beer and wine specials from 5 to 8pm. Please join us for some good food...thanks, hope to see you!
Terri Jo Cavana
Cavana's Deli
SCOFIELDS COWBOY CAMPFIRE 2016 SCHEDULE in Fiddletown can be found at:
More announcements...
BUTTE FIRE RECOVERY - Information, resources, releases
Sponsors sought for AmadorArts' TGIF Summer Concert Series
VIA Calaveras County Butte Fire Recovery: Calaveras County Building Department Hours

"The Calaveras County Building Department hours are 8am to 4pm closing temporarily between 12 noon and 1pm due to staffing issues. Phones are answered until 5pm."
TAKE THE SURVEY! Dear Amador County Employers: The Amador Community College Foundation is conducting a survey of Amador County employers regarding your workforce training needs. Please take a few minutes today to help ACCF better understand what training and employment services for adults (age 18 plus) are needed in Amador County.
Amador College Connect (formerly Amador Learning Center) can help meet those needs.
The link to our online survey is:
Your response will be confidential. We would appreciate your reply by September 1st.
Thanks so much for helping us!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER: It seems there are always "stray" dogs at the shelter. Many dogs are found wandering by community members, others are picked up by AC.
Please, please, if your dog has gone missing call the shelter or better yet go to the shelter. Take them a flyer or a copy of a photo and description. Check back daily. Currently there are several "stray" dogs there. Big dogs and small dogs! If your dog (or cat) missing he might be waiting for you, alone and scared. (209)223-6378 12340 Airport Rd. Jackson
SUTTER STREET SIGNAL & REALIGNMENT - George Reed Inc. is on schedule to begin the Sutter Street Realignment and Signal Project. continuing through the end of July.  A full closure of Sutter Street at Highway 49/88 and Vogan Toll Road will be in place through the duration of this project.  Amador County Office of Education traffic will be accommodated entering the parking lot to the district offices from the west via Vogan Toll and Argonaut Drive. Delays are likely. All other traffic should avoid the area by following the detours in place. Please call City Hall if you have any questions at (209)223-1646.
INVITATION TO JOIN THE LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast.
We meet every first Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact
Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is
GREEN WASTE DUMPSTER AT LOCKWOOD FIRE STATION: To assist the upcountry residents with keeping a defensible space around their homes, Amador Fire Safe Council working together with Farmers Insurance obtained a grant to provide a green waste dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151.
This is the second year this program has been available to those in the Lockwood Fire District area. Anyone can use the dumpster as long as it is only vegetation - pine needles, leaves and branches less than 2 inches in diameter. Due to the discovery of electronic waste in the dumpster, video cameras are now monitoring the dumpster and fire station area.
The dumpster is located at 23141 Shake Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles above Daffodil Hill. If you use the dumpster, please clean up after use and insure all vegetation is inside the dumpster. No plastic bags are allowed in the dumpster. We encourage everyone to use this free service to help keep your home safe.
For more information, contact Jackie Vaughn, Communications, Lockwood Fire Protection District, 209-296-5122.
VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Here's the information and application for the free low flow toilets & shower heads. Please read the requirements on "Eligibility" to be sure that you're a customer of one of the listed water agencies. Also, put your home address on the map by clicking on the "here" in the sentence "You can view a map of these areas here." Or you can call to verify that you're eligible. If you are, fill out and submit the information on the "Application" page.
FYI: The Office of Administrative Law approved the re-adoption of the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Drought Mortality Amendments. This emergency regulatory action readopts the 1038(k), Forest Practice Rule relating to the harvesting of dead and dying trees related to drought and bark beetle induced mortality.
The Department of Insurance completed the Home/Residential Insurance and Wildfire FAQs” document to provide information for homeowners experiencing cancellations or non-renewals, Fair Plan information and other pertinent homeowner insurance information.  The FAQ document has been posted to the Tree Mortality website.  See links.
TAKE THE SURVEY! The Foothill Conservancy, plus our partner organizations, would like to know about your outdoor pursuits and your interest in nature and the environment. Your participation will help drive our priorities, programs and future outreach, which will benefit you, plus current and future members of our organizations.
Our survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and as a Thank You, you’ll be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates from REI. The answers you give to our questions will be kept in confidence and will only be used to help us with this research project.
INTERFAITH FOOD BANK: Twice Monthly FREE Produce Distribution
Once again, the Interfaith Food Bank will be hosting the FREE Produce Distribution at St. Katherine Drexel Parish at 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson (Catholic Center).
Qualified IFB clients will be allowed to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month through October 26, 2016.
GALLERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek.
Every Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is staffed by volunteers from 11-4. You do not need to be an artist, just enjoy art and chatting with people
Call or email DeDe at 267-9850 or email:
Property Owners Affected by the Butte Fire May Receive an Exemption from the Annual Fire Prevention Fee - Property owners within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) have received a bill for “The Annual Fire Prevention Fee”. This fee applies to anyone who had a “habitable structure” on their property as of July 1. Property owners who lost their homes in the Butte Fire may qualify for an exemption from that fee. In order to qualify you must fill out and file a form. For a quick link to the form go to For further information feel free to call the Calaveras County Assessor’s Office at (209)754-6356.
NOTE FROM LYNN MORGAN (D3 SUPERVISOR): “...I received a notice from our General Services Director, Jon Hopkins, about how best to report unusual wildlife behavior.
There is apparently an increase in rabid skunks in our county. Though I hope you are aware that wildlife should mostly be left alone, not fed, IF you notice any wild animal acting strangely, especially during daylight hours when most stay hidden, please call Animal Control, 223-6378. Thanks and have a good week." -L
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rabies links and resources on CA Public Health:
THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at
ENVIROCYCLE is offering a $5,000 rebate to fire victims to repair their home septic systems with systems that recycle sewage water so that it can be used again for landscape irrigation. 530-888-6480
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AMADORARTS NEEDS HELP AT THE GALLERY. We have a great group of volunteers helping to operate the AmadorArts Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays.  But we could use a little extra help! The volunteers need help carrying our sandwich board sign to the corner of Main Street at 11am and back at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It will only take a moment, and would mean a lot. Please let us know if you would like to lend a hand! Thanks!
AmadorArts (Amador County Arts Council). 11A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek. Call 267-9038
DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
MINER’S BEND COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATHWAY - PERSONALIZED BRICKS AVAILABLE -The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation invites you to participate in Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Historic Gold Mining Park by buying a personalized  engraved brick in the Commemorative Pathway. You and your family will not only provide financial support to the Foundation and help finish this park, but you will cement your place in Amador County’s gold mining history forever.
 The SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is this summer, 2016. The Park will feature over a dozen displays telling the story of Amador's roll in the California Gold Rush. Work is being done on interpretive signage that will give visitors a brief history of the gold rush in Sutter Creek and Amador County, with historic photos and descriptions of each artifact on display.
Purchasing a brick is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones, promote your business or organization, honor a special occasion, or find that special gift. Personalized Bricks start at only $100. Remember, your brick purchase is tax deductible. Buying a personalized brick helps the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation preserve our cultural heritage in Amador County. To order, visit . For more information please call Frank Cunha at 209-304-9192.
BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker. For more information, visit:
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) has several benefits to being a member, one of those being Art in Public Places, where the artist can get regular exposure to build a reputation and occasionally make a sale with no commission fees.  This program also gives the location the opportunity to be known for original art on their walls and to promote awareness of original art. The exhibits rotate every 2 months.
Our current locations include Rosebud’s Cafe (downtown Jackson); the Superior Court of CA, County of Amador; American River Bank; Amador Senior Center; Sierra Eye Care; Amador Residential Care; Jackson Paint Spot; and Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione.  Currently, the program has a good balance of artists to locations. New artists and locations are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact Colleen Williams, Committee Chairperson, or (209) 295-2877.
INTERFAITH FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to increase its volunteer roster. If you are looking to fill some time, build your resume, get some exercise, and give back to the community, the Food Bank has a variety of opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to work both on-call and weekly shifts. Please email or call Assistant Program Coordinator Claire Gunselman or 209-267-9006. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
FREE GREEN WASTE RECYCLING IN SUTTER CREEK: A dumpster has been placed at the Sutter Creek Fire District Station One, 350 Hanford Street, for yard waste recycling. This service is available to ALL Amador County citizens. Only small yard pruning are large limbs, stumps, garbage, appliances or construction debris.
PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
P: (209) 296-2785
F: (209) 296-2782
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655
F: (209) 274-4665
Camanche Lake Community Center
4419 Camanche Pkwy N.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720
F: (209) 763-2740
AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call Eileen at 223-0442 for information about how you can help!
DO YOU HAVE STACKS OF NEWSPAPERS laying around your house, waiting to be recycled? Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson behind Mel's. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. There should be pallets next to the dumpster, where everyone can leave their stacks. Anyone can drop off their newspapers 7 days a week, day or night. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone, Scouts, you and the environment! For more information, contact Jenny Fritz at



JOB OPPORTUNITY: Interim Healthcare of Jackson, CA is looking for experienced and caring caregivers to care for seniors and the disabled in the homes. Must be able to work on weekends, holidays, and evening shifts. Please visit our office at 11992 Highway 88, Suite 2046, Jackson, CA, to pick up an application form. We are right next to the AAA office and across from Dollar Tree Store. Please call us at 209-223-9119 if you have any questions.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES at leading RV Resort in the Gold Country. Benefits, bonuses, 401k, paid vacations. Are you people oriented? Are your a self starter?
We have seasonal and year round jobs in our cafe and gift shop and guest relations department. If you can work weekends and/or evenings, please complete an application at 49er village RV Resort; 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth, between 9am and 5pm.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM ASSISTANT/FAMILY ADVOCATE - Nexus Youth & Family Services is a human services organization operating in Amador County. The mission of Nexus is to serve members of the community through innovative programs, collaborative partnerships, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services. Examples of Nexus programs include Youth Programs, Family Resource Centers, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, and Therapeutic Counseling Services for children and their parents.
The Nexus Family Resource Centers (FRCs) offer community-based access to services including needed health, recreational, educational and social service programs. FRC staff provide outreach, prevention education, case management, and linkage for community members to needed services.
To apply for the position of Family Resource Center Program Assistant/Family Advocate, please send a letter of interest and resume to  In the body of the cover letter, please discuss skills and related experience in the areas of case management, outreach, community program implementation, computer programs and data collection.
This position is open until filled.
Nexus is an Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

JOB OPPORTUNITY: FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM ASSISTANT/FAMILY ADVOCATE - Nexus Youth & Family Services is a human services organization operating in Amador County. The mission of Nexus is to serve members of the community through innovative programs, collaborative partnerships, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services. Examples of Nexus programs include Youth Programs, Family Resource Centers, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, and Therapeutic Counseling Services for children and their parents.
The Nexus Family Resource Centers (FRCs) offer community-based access to services including needed health, recreational, educational and social service programs. FRC staff provide outreach, prevention education, case management, and linkage for community members to needed services.
To apply for the position of Family Resource Center Program Assistant/Family Advocate, please send a letter of interest and resume to  In the body of the cover letter, please discuss skills and related experience in the areas of case management, outreach, community program implementation, computer programs and data collection.
Nexus is an Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Public Health Nurse II
The Amador County Public Health Department is currently seeking a Public Health Nurse II. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and completion of an approved public health nursing program or graduation from an accredited nursing program with a minimum of 5 years of experience providing nursing services in public health programs, clinics or hospital settings serving high risk populations.
Type:Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate:$30.84-37.49/hr
For more information about this position, please select the link