Monday, December 31, 2012

Sutter Creek Woman's Club - Wed Jan 2

Wed. Jan. 2 the Sutter Creek Woman's Club will hold their first meeting of the year.  President Deedie Calmes extends a warm welcome to the membership to come hear Jessie Guevara speak about Depression & Suicide among the elderly.  The luncheon will be held at the Sutter Creek Community Center with 11:30 registration time and luncheon being served at 12:00.  Hear hostess is Sue Henner.

Carla Gianandrea
Publicity Chairman

Climatologist to speak in Jackson - Thurs Jan 24

Please join the Amador Fire Safe Council on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. for a
conversation with renowned atmospheric scientist Dr. Benjamin Santer, of the Program
for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison with the Lawrence Livermore National

Ben’s early research contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of
the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His recent work has
attempted to identify human factors in a number of different climate variables.

Ben holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England; spent 5 years at
the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany; authored numerous publications on
climate; received a MacArthur Fellowship, Distinguished Scientist Fellowship and many other

LOCATION: Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, California
95642 (Supervisors Chambers, first floor). For more information, 209-295-6200 or



The Resource Connection is recruiting for a Playgroup Coordinator for our program
in Amador County. This position is responsible for implementing a monthly work
plan, activities, education, along with physically setting the program up and taking it
down daily. Min 2 yrs. exp. working with children/adults, AA Degree with 24 ECE units
preferred. CA Health & Safety and CPR/First Aid Certificates preferred. P/T, 20 hrs. per
week, M-Th to start immediately. Ability to pass criminal record check required. Salary

Submit employment application, resume and cover letter by FAX to (209) 754-4014 or
EMAIL to or mail PO Box 919 San Andreas, CA 95249 by the end of
business day 01/09/2013.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Results of the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) projects: 2012 Report Provides Good News from U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Third Year of Program Reveals benefits to People, Watersheds, and Wildlife
DECEMBER 21, 2012 (Amador and Calaveras Counties, Calif.) — A national report released Wednesday highlighted 2012 results from the ACCG Cornerstone projects in the Stanislaus and Eldorado National Forests. The projects are part of a larger national program, called Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration, which works to restore forests for people, water, and wildlife. 
The ACCG Cornerstone Project is one of 23 national projects that split $40 million in 2012. According to the fiscal year-end report for the project, the two forests spent more than $658,000 in CFLRA funds this year, matched by more than $433,000 of other Forest Service funds. There was more than $67,700 in ACCG in-kind partner contributions and more than $1 million in leverage funds from ACCG members. Additional funds included a $196,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Company as well as $283,000 worth of in-service work under stewardship contracts.
Among the ACCG Cornerstone project accomplishments in 2012 were:

•             Treated 678 acres of hazardous fuels, 558 acres of which were within the wildland-urban interface (with homes nearby)
•             Improved vegetation on more than 1,347 acres
•             Managed noxious weeds and invasive plants on 163 acres
•             Protected or improved more than 740 acres of water or soil resources
•             Restored or enhanced 4.2 miles of stream habitat
•             Improved rangeland vegetation on more than 212 acres
•             Supported 31.1 direct and 47.2 total part-time and full-time jobs
•             Provided direct labor income of more than $1.2 million and total labor income of more than $1.9 million
•             Hired and trained a timber marking crew that can work on projects in the future
“The ACCG Cornerstone Project partners have a lot to be proud of,” said Calaveras District Ranger Teresa McClung.  “It’s one of those rare win-win-win efforts, with a broad coalition of partners pulling together to accomplish real benefits for people, forests, water, and wildlife.  We’re looking forward to getting even more done in the coming years.”
“Through the ACCG Cornerstone Project we are helping to support business in our community by putting people to work providing marketable wood for manufacturing and bioenergy,” said Robert Smith, manager of Smith Grinding Company. Smith Grinding Company is the first woman-owned small business to partner with ACCG and works with the local Amador-Calaveras Biomass Utilization contracting group. In addition to mastication work on fire breaks Smith, through association with Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) and the Mother Lode Job Training organization, conducted hand clearing of brush and the removal of small diameter trees in forest restoration work. 
The ACCG Cornerstone Project was originally chosen for investment by a federally charted 15-member advisory panel to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic fire and threat of wildland fire to lives and property; restore forests, watersheds, meadows and streams to a healthy condition; create more-resilient forest conditions; restore cultural sites; protect municipal water supply; create sustainable local jobs and improved social conditions; and reduce wildfire suppression costs.   Project activities include thinning, controlled burns, cultural site restoration, stream and meadow restoration and other restoration work.  Selected projects will look to receive funding until 2019, provided funding is included in the President’s Budget and appropriated in Congress each year.
“For too long, conservation groups, loggers and community organizations worked independently on local forest issues, and at times, conflict got in the way of good work on the ground. Now we’re seeing what working together can do for our local economy and communities as well as the forest, wildlife and water.” said Katherine K. Evatt, President of Foothill Conservancy. 
The ACCG is a diverse, collaborative community organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies in Amador and Calaveras counties. Members include state, federal and local agencies; local businesses; conservation groups; job-training and social service agencies; and others with an interest in forests, economic and community development in the area.

“There are 42 different partners in the ACCG, including local businesses, community organizations and government agencies collaborating to achieve important landscape restoration work here. This was a good year, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Wait until next year, things will be even better,” said Calaveras County District 2 Supervisor Steve Wilensky.

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLR) was created by Congress in 2009 to foster collaborative, science-based restoration in National Forests around the country. 
As identified in the 2012 report, the 23 CFLR sites across the country cumulatively:
•             Created and maintained 1,550 jobs;
•             Produced 107 million board feet of timber;
•             Generated nearly $59 million of labor income;
•             Removed fuel for destructive mega-fires on 90,000 acres near communities;
•             Reduced mega-fire on an additional 64,000 acres;
•             Improved 66,000 acres of wildlife habitat;
•             Restored 28 miles of fish habitat;
•             Enhanced clean water supplies by remediating 163 miles of eroding roads.
The annual report was produced by the CFLR Coalition, which is made up of 145 member organizations that includes private businesses, communities, counties, tribes, water suppliers, associations, and non-governmental organizations.
Copies of the 2012 CFLR Annual Report can be requested from Jon Schwedler of the CFLR Coalition at Information on CFLR can be found at the U.S. Forest Service’s website:

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Cathy Koos Breazeal
Cathy Koos Breazeal
Executive Director
Amador Fire Safe Council

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Women's Club of Jackson - Fri Jan 4

Guest Speaker will be Lisa Crittenden, Sales Manager, KVGC 1340 AM, HomeTown Radio, the only daily source of live news and information for Amador and Calaveras Counties. For over 30 years Hometown Radio has been providing not only local news but community access, emergency broadcasts, senior services information, and Pet Finding, to name just a few. Join us as Lisa shares inside information about Broadcasting, News, and the Programs offered by Hometown Radio.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:00 enjoy a piping hot luncheon, with all the ‘fixings, for only $7.00. Join us in friendship and meet us at the Native Son's Building,Excelsior Parlor #31, on Court Street (up from Main Street downtown Jackson). For more details, or to RSVP, please telephone Barbara Fogg 223-4193 or Jane Gleason 223-4092.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Amador Community Foundation Challenge Grant to support our Amador Homeless Shelter

Amador Community Foundation has issued a Challenge Grant to support our Amador Homeless Shelter. The initial $5000 has been matched. Spinetta Family Vineyards has offered an additional $2500 for matching funds. Help us raise $15,000 for our homeless shelter. All donations are tax deductible. call 223-2148 or mail donations to Amador Community Foundation 148 Main St. Jackson, 95642 Donations accepted through December 31.

Thank you!
Kathleen Harmon
Executive Director

Amador Community Foundation

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed Dec 19

Amador Fire Safe Council
   Board of Directors Meeting
"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."
AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200
Meeting Agenda
December 19, 2012
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell
Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Approval of Minutes November 28, 2012 (Action)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices confirmation (Action) (see reverse side)
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
Lookout Tower
Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees  
Employee Handbook Review Committee
ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project update
Old Business (discussion and possible action)
Pine Grove CCWPP Steering Committee/Work Group Report
Tiger Creek RAC project status
High Country CWPP status
Sherwood project status
Firewood Bank disposition; truck status
New Business  (discussion and possible action)
 Forestry Challenge
   Public Comments
Next meeting, January 20, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Fundraiser: Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 25

Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium.
Doors Open at 5:30pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm
Raffle at 7pm

Authentic Amador-Italian Meaty Red Sauce or Delicious Basil Pesto
Salad, Garlic Bread, Desert, Coffee, and no Host Beverages (Wine, Beer, Soda, Bottled Water)
Tickets in advance: $15 each or $25 couple.
At the door $20
To purchase tickets call (209) 223-6349.
This fundraiser benefits the Amador County Recreation Agency and the Amador County Cemetery Board.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Amador Sheriff's Toy Drive - Deadline to donate is Fri Dec 21

Once again this year we are collecting toys for the toy drive.  They need to be in the office by 12/21/2012  and are in NEW condition.
The toys all stay in the community! This is such an easy way to make yourself feel good this holiday season and do some extra good too!
Please stop by our easy access location ;0).  WE are always here Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm.  And often later in the evening.
Right on the Highway in Jackson next to Mel & Faye’s Diner.  
Attached is the flyer for the program if you know anyone who needs to sign up for the toys please pass it along!     
Let us know if you have any questions otherwise have a Wonderfully Happy & Safe Holiday!   

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Dec 2012 Newsletter

Hello Friends of Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council,

The Holiday Season is upon us! Our December newsletter offers some important tips for keeping everyone safe during the holidays.
Let us know if you have any additional ideas or tips and we can share them on our Facebook page. Or, if you haven't already, head on over to Facebook and LIKE us! Here's the link:

Once again we will be taking part in First 5 Amador's 11th Annual Children's Holiday Festival. We have chosen Australia as our Christmas destination this year. Come find out how they celebrate Down Under!

Also, consider making a year-end donation to CAPC, all donations to the the council are tax deductible. These funds support the work of the council to provide free trainings, education, and outreach events that value children, strengthen families and engage communities. Let us know if you have any questions.

As always, we and the children of Amador County appreciate your support!
Thank you!

Tracy Carlton
Project Coordinator
First 5 Amador

We've Moved!
Our new address is:

975 Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642