Friday, July 29, 2016

Friends Helping Friends Survive: Lee & Gary Foley Benefit - Sat Aug 13

UPDATE; Reminder tickets are limited. Can't make the dinner? Call for raffle tickets you need not be present to win. Also phone bids are accepted for Auction Items: 209-274-4026
Need more detail - PM me.
Raffle items to mention a few - Gift baskets from Jelly Belly, Starbucks, Beauticontrol, Copper Wine; certificates from Swingles, Spoiled Rotten, Xpectations, Jeff Holman Auto, El Toreo's, Gordon Hill, Camanche Hunt Club, Lake Amador Launch pass, plus more. Auction items: Barrel Furniture by Campbell, 49er Collectible Jacket, Tommy's Garage Large Tool Caddie loaded; Ace Hardware Mechanics Set, Antique Doll, & various art work. Please support this family High School grads from 1964/65

- Kohler Family

Amador Autism Group thanks their sponsors of Destruction Derby Car

The following is a list of individuals and businesses
who sponsored the 2016 Amador Autism Destruction Derby Car.
Money donated is used to provide services for children and families
affected by autism in Amador County.

Sina's Backroads Cafe
Bonnie and Arlen Cranfill
Marie and Ross Elliott
Karyn Gregorius-The Arc of Amador and Calaveras
Goin Postal
Mark and Cathy Giannini
Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center
More Than Just Hair
Refresh at Sutter Creek A Wellness Spa
Strings Italian Cafe
Tarot and Beyond
Chris Floyd EDEX Information Systems
"People First" from the Arc of Amador
David and Kathy Payne
Handy Bob's
State Farm Team Jackson Ca
Renee and Michael Heidecker
Karen Dickerson - Amador College Connect
Sweet Pea Septic
Catherine Sullivan
Sierra Engine and Machine
Don Quackenbush
Katlene Kuehn Katie Kakes
Ron Byrd-Mission Electronics System
Sue Bailey
Stuart London-Handyman
Tina Vargas
Lionel Perry
David Laver
Matt Toma- Toma and Associates Surveying-Engineering
Glass Doctor of Gold Country
Canine Clipper
Swingle Meat Company
Tracy Towner-Upcountry Pool Center
Mel & Faye's Diner
Kat Spears Divine Properties
Jasper Engines
John and Loretta Tillman
Jeff Votaw Farmers Insurance
Angeline Farms
R/C Country Hobbies
Pioneer Montessori School
Matthew Buchanan
The Community Compass Inc.

And, special thanks to the Derby Car Design Team;
Gibson's Garage, Merzlak Signs and Gascon Racing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Andrew Flores Selected to National Council Focus on Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation

Amador County (July 25, 2016)- Andrew Flores, an avid Raider fanatic, sports writer, and Prevention Outreach Specialist at Operation Care, has been appointed to the National Teen Summit Planning Council. The Council held its first meeting on July 13th and 14th in Washington DC, to begin preparations for the National Teen Summit meeting in March of 2017, focusing on ending sexual violence in one generation.

The National Teen Summit is a project of the new Raliance Initiative, made possible through a multiyear, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL) - the first ever major corporate funding of sexual violence prevention initiatives. Read more

"Operation Care is very proud of Andrew for being selected for this important project," said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care, a local agency that provides help to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. "We have seen Andrews dedication to ending sexual violence here in California, and know he will be a great asset to the National Teen Summit."

Andrew Flores at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.. The MLK quote reads, "We must come to see the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. Alabama, 1965."
When asked about the appointment to the Council, Andrew said, "As a sports fanatic I realize just how powerful sports are within our society and am personally excited to see how we can use the broad platform that sports provides to promote societal change."

Andrew said he was never a great athlete, but always loved writing, so he combined those two passions as an amateur journalist for the Raider Nation Times. One of Andrew's close friends is a survivor of sexual violence, and watching everything his friend went through devastated him. "Seeing all this was the catalyst for me, and it drove me to dedicate myself to working in this field," he said. "I say 'NO MORE' to sexual violence, because I never want to see anyone go through what my friend went through".

A few months after his high school graduation, Andrew developed a concept called M-power and wrote a bill by the same name, with the goal of mandating harsher punishments for all sex offenders in California. The proposal included state mandated curricula on consent for all high school freshmen, with the aim of preventing sexual assault and changing perspectives. And with all the eagerness of youth, Andrew went and presented this concept to Operation Care, landing him the position of Prevention Outreach Specialist. Andrew continues to promote M-power by contacting the governor and local legislators in an effort to make a change.

"Andrew has proven his dedication to ending sexual assault through his outreach to the youth in our community," commented Ashley Carnicello, Deputy Director of Operation Care. "The entire staff is behind him, while he extends this emphasis nationwide. We are all very excited for him!"
The National Teen Summit Planning Council and the Youth Summit itself are a project of Raliance (, a new collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. Raliance is comprised of three national sexual violence prevention organizations - the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault ( - PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence ( - with over 70 years of anti sexual violence activism.

Operation Care staff shows support for Andrew Flores (second row center) for his selection to the National Teen Summit Planning Council
Operation Care has been providing help for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for over 35 years. Advocates and volunteers are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, safe shelter, peer counseling, help with restraining orders, and transportation to court or other appointments. Prevention education and youth programs promote healthy relationships, as well as educating people about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on families and the community.

If you or someone needs help, call 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Receives Calaveras Commission on Aging Award

(Jackson) In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Calaveras County Commission on Aging chose to honor Hospice of Amador & Calaveras for their work with older adults.

On June 15, 2016 at the San Andreas Town Hall, Dan Riordan was presented with the “Excellence in Elder Care Award” by Calaveras County Board of Supervisor, Steve Kearney. A Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature was then presented to Dan Riordan by Dana Jorgensen, District Director with Assemblyman, Frank Bigelow’s office.  The Resolution congratulated the local hospice agency for receiving the award and for being there for the families of the Mother Lode in their great time of need.

            Each year the Calaveras Commission on Aging selects an agency that is deserving of the award, then presents the award at the June 15th event.

“When Hospice of Amador & Calaveras was nominated, it was a unanimous decision to present the award to the agency, based on the superb work this organization does for our older adult population in our communities,” states Kathi Toepel, Committee Chair for the event.

Since 1982, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras has been working to meet the needs of those nearing the end of their lives. Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death but exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care, patients with life-limiting illnesses may live their remaining days pain-free and with dignity, and their families may accept and find their own new beginnings.

            To learn more about how Hospice of Amador & Calaveras might help you or your loved one please call 209-223-5500.

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed July 20

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
July 20, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell

1. Call to order
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Introductions
4. Approval of Minutes, June 15, 2016 (Action)
5. Treasurer’s Report (Discussion and possible Action)
6. Executive Director Report
7. AFSC invoices confirmation (see reverse side)
8. Announcements
9. Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
  • Grants Committee
  • PG&E Grant
  • Fire Adapted Amador
  • Western States WUI Grant update
  • Website
10. Old Business (discussion and possible action)
  • Title III
  • Potential new board members
11. New Business (discussion and possible action)
  • High Country CWPP Draft Review
  • Fiddletown CWPP status update (C Koos Breazeal)
12. Action Item Review
13. Public Comments
14. Next meeting, August 17, 2016
15. Adjournment

Friday, July 15, 2016

Jackson Cinema Community Blood Drive - Fri July 22

Jackson Cinema
Community Blood Drive

Friday, July 22
1:30 - 5:30 pm

Bloodmobile in the
Jackson Cinema parking lot
(201 Shopping Drive)

Participants receive
one free movie pass!

Walk-ins Welcome!
For information contact:
BloodSource at 916-453-3039

*Whole blood donations must be 8 weeks apart

*Please eat and drink plenty of fluids     
*Please bring photo ID

Regal Jackson Cinema 4
201 Shopping Drive, Jackson, CA 95642 
Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 596, 115 Main Street, Jackson, CA 95642

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Foothill Conservancy Board of Directors discusses small-diameter pipeline project

At its quarterly board meeting July 5, the Foothill Conservancy board of directors discussed the current controversy over the Amador Water Agency proposal to place a small-diameter pipeline in the Amador Canal.

The pipeline is Phase II of a two-part AWA project intended to conserve water and improve water quality. It would place water that currently flows in the open Amador Canal into a closed pipe that would serve adjacent landowners. While Amador and Calaveras counties were once home to many open canal systems, the Amador Canal is one of two remaining in operation in Amador today. The water that supplies the Amador Canal is diverted from the Mokelumne River.

To inform the public of Foothill Conservancy’s decision on the small-diameter pipeline, the organization released the following statement:

Foothill Conservancy supports and advocates for local agriculture, wildlife and habitat, scenic beauty, historic resources, watershed management, Mokelumne River protection, smart land use, and water use efficiency. There are compelling arguments to be made about all of these issues relative to the small-diameter pipeline project.

Pipeline advocates point to water conservation, energy conservation, maintenance costs savings, water quality improvement, and threats to water rights as reasons to complete the pipeline project. Pipeline opponents believe that dewatering the canal will harm wildlife and local farmers and landowners who rely on canal water, reduce stream flows and springs currently fed by seepage from the canal, and send more water down the Mokelumne for others to use.

The Conservancy believes in developing broad-based solutions to local community issues and encourages and actively participates in collaborative problem solving. We believe that collaborative processes in which everyone gets what they need (if not what they want) create lasting solutions with positive results.

With all this in mind, the Conservancy board reviewed a great deal of material related to the project, including written and oral communications sent by landowners who live adjacent to the canal and other members of the public, past reports, legal settlement agreements, studies and plans; discussed the project’s history and available watershed fund (which was established as a part of the legal settlement); and considered this complex issue from every perspective. The directors also considered pipeline opponents’ and contractors’ recent public statements expressing a desire to continue discussions to work out all of the issues related to the project.

After a civil, respectful discussion airing all views, the Conservancy board passed a motion on a 5-0-2 vote to:
1.     Encourage the Amador Water Agency to request an extension of its state grant for the small-diameter pipeline project, secured from a special “drought round” of Integrated Regional Water Management Program grants.
2.     Encourage the AWA to seek a grant or loan from the Amador County Water Resources Development Fund to hire a neutral mediator who can bring the parties together to find a positive resolution to this conflict.
3.     Request that the Amador Community Foundation develop granting criteria for its $100,000+ Upper Jackson Creek Watershed Fund that will disburse monies consistent with the legal settlement that established the fund and the priorities and goals in the watershed plan developed with AWA and state grant funds.

We encourage the parties to come together to seek a lasting, positive solutions to this community conflict.

For more information, contact Conservancy Executive Director Cecily Smith at 209-223-3508.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - July 2016

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Child Abuse Prevention Council
PO Box 815
Jackson, CA 95642
Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson
It's our job as adults to keep kids safe.
CAPC Newsletter                                                              July 2016

Summer Safety 
Keeping Our Children Safe 
Child abuse is more than physical abuse, other types of abuse - like emotional abuse and neglect - can have long-lasting, and even fatal effects. As we move into the summer months, one measure that demands emphasis is water safety.
A child can drown in the time it takes an adult to answer the phone, or throw a load of laundry in the washer. This tragedy can happen in drainage ditches, holding ponds, unattended "kiddie" pools or water-filled buckets. Kids can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
This presents each of us with a critical responsibility to focus on water safety and drowning prevention. Please keep your eyes on the kids, and avoid any distractions that could take focus away from children when they are swimming or playing near water.
Children need the help of everyone in the community. Individuals, businesses, schools, media, and faith-based and community organizations must take action to support the physical, social, emotional and educational development of all children. By working together, we can improve prevention and recovery efforts and change the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Getting involved with children in your community can be proactive, not reactive. Don't stand silent. Be the solution. It's our job as adults to keep kids safe.

This valuable info-graphic was created by Safe Kids Worldwide.
For more information on water safety for children visit their website at
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Second Saturday of each month, 2:30-4:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson. Call 257-1092 for free child care. 
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, July 18, 10:30am 
975 Broadway, Jackson
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All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
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CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
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