Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foothill Conservancy: Meet, Greet, Eat, and honor Katherine and Pete! Sat May 19

It’s time for the Foothill Conservancy’s annual fundraising dinner. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Karmère Vineyards & Winery, 11970 Shenandoah Road, in Plymouth. 
The event will feature delicious meat and vegetarian offerings from Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar, no-host craft beer and fine Karmère wines, live music from Amador’s own Wicked Sisters band, and a fabulous raffle, live and silent auctions with special prizes including mountain resort and cabin lodging, meals, wine, and more. Tickets are $65.
This year’s dinner will honor long-time Foothill Conservancy President Katherine Evatt and Vice-President Pete Bell for their contributions to local and regional conservation. The Volcano-area residents are among the Conservancy’s founding members. Evatt is the past president of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the 2015 recipient of Friends of the River’s Capitol River Award. Bell serves as a director of the Pacific Watershed and Forest Land Stewardship Council and is a past recipient of Friends of the River’s Peter H. Behr Award.
 “This should be a wonderful event,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director, Amanda Nelson. “We have really great items in the raffle and silent and live auctions, and honoring Katherine and Pete makes it all the more special.”
Tickets to the event are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, contact Carolyn Schooley at 209-223-3508 or Carolyn@foothillconservancy.org.  end

Lynn Morgan campaign signs stolen and vandalized

PIONEER, CA- Large signs supporting the re-election of Amador County District 3 Supervisor Lynn Morgan have recently been stolen or vandalized near Buckhorn. A few weeks ago, Lynn and her husband, Pat Minyard, discovered that a 4’x 4’ sign had been stolen from one of Morgan’s supporter’s private property along Highway 88.

Then on Friday afternoon, April 13, Minyard noticed that one of Lynn’s 8’x 4’ signs and another 4’ x 4’ sign had been defaced by someone who had taped signs reading “We Miss Ted” on them. The signs apparently refer to former supervisor Theodore “Ted” Novelli, whom Morgan defeated in 2014. He is not a candidate for election this year.

“I’m sure Ted and Jennifer aren’t happy to see this,” Morgan said. “They’re very respectful of private property rights. It’s truly unfortunate and disappointing that this sort of malicious, illegal activity has occurred in a local political campaign. It’s sad to see the kind of disrespect now commonplace on the national political scene show up here in Amador County."

“I have no reason to believe that Jeff Brown is behind any of this, or supports it,” Morgan added. “But I’d like to see him condemn the theft and vandalism. I would certainly do that if his signs were damaged or stolen.”

“We’ll be reporting these acts of vandalism to the Sheriff,” said Minyard. “I know how hard Lynn works for District 3, and she’s a proponent for civil debate as fundamental to our democracy. We replaced the stolen sign and hope to clean up the ones we found Friday, but really, isn’t our county better than this?”

For more about Morgan and her campaign, or to request a sign, see www.re-electlynn.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

Meet & Greet Cookie Stevens for Lockwood Fire Board - Sun May 6

Meet & Greet Cookie Stevens for Lockwood Fire Board Director
Sunday, May 6 from 3-5pm
19490 Mella Drive, Volcano
For more information and directions, call (209) 296-6868

Monday, April 9, 2018

Jefferson Messenger - Edition 7 . Volume 2

The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 7 . April 7, 2018 . Volume 2
Starting April 8th on the Jefferson KAHI Radio Show, it’s time for you to sound off.  This Sunday, we’ll be providing a rundown of how we got here, but then you take over the airwaves.

What will Jefferson look like?

We’ve been battling for four and a half years, but for what?  We all have our vision of Liberty, now it’s time to put that down on paper.

How do you want to live Jefferson?

What is your definition of Freedom?

Under what rule set does your new government operate?  What are the lines they are never to cross?

You all have marched on Sacramento, sent in your donations, called your state representatives, written letters to the same and to their federal counterparts as well.  You’ve done interviews, been spurned by the media, called various colorful names, supported and defended your rights under both constitutions and been attached to extreme groups you have nothing to do with.  So what do you want?

Is it to be left alone, chart your own path, be free to prosper with the resources at your command?  It is time to define your (not mine) utopian dream of a state under which you can be proud.  It’s been decades since the United States added a star to old glory.  Now is the time, our time, but we better have a clear vision of what we want.  1.9 million opinions must coalesce into a single consciousness under which we can all live.

Placer and El Dorado Counties recently launched their Jefferson radio show and will use this platform over the next several weeks to have Jefferson sound off.  You’ve been fighting for a while now.  You’ve been fighting long and hard against something.  Now is the time to define what you are fighting for.
Each Sunday at 10am on KAHI 950 AM we want you to call in and begin that conversation and let others know your hearts and minds.  You all get to build this thing from scratch.  Study our US Constitution and be prepared to launch the greatest state in the nation.  It’s time to put aside our anger for an hour each week and dream that dream of our vision under the framework we want to live and thrive.  Contact the show at 1-800-950-5244 or 1-530-885-3565.

What will be covered?  Structure of government, unalienable rights, education, taxation, justice, elections, and anything else you want to discuss.
Our time is now and it’s time to put pen to paper.  Let’s share the vision.


California is well known for its outrageous and inexplicable legislative acts that range into the ridiculous, illegal, and unconstitutional. This is the California that:
  • Is pushing a bullet train that is under speed, over cost, ignores the wishes of the voters and tax payers, and benefits the financial interests of the family of our federal senator
  • Levies a fire tax, and calls it a fee
  • Refuses to spend allocated bond money on repairs and maintenance on the Oroville dam while using state dollars and resources to search for oil on the governor's personal property
  • Passes unconstitutional gun and ammunition control laws restricting the rights of its citizens
  • Imposes agency regulations that drive job-providing businesses out of the state
  • Continues to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees to finance legislators' pet programs
  • Makes unconstitutional and illegal agreements with foreign powers
  • Supports an unconstitutional and illegal secession from the United States
  • Has legislators currently serving prison sentences for illegal schemes, who have resigned from office for lewd behavior, and who openly brag that their illegal immigrant relatives are living and working in the state using stolen Social Security numbers
  • Tolerates sanctuary cities where murders are going unpunished

This is the same California that now demands that our county honor its unconstitutional and illegal sanctuary state law, which, in actuality, is null and void based on Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

I have had enough, many citizens of the Jefferson Counties have had enough, and the Boards of Supervisors should have had enough by now. As employees and representatives of the people, the time has come for the supervisors to stand up, honor their oaths of office, and announce to Sacramento that they will not comply. They should not be complicit in the illegal and unconstitutional acts emanating from Sacramento. They should not put the counties at risk of incurring federal penalties and sanctions.

The time has come for the supervisors to tell Sacramento that ignoring the rights and wishes of the people comes at a serious cost, and the time has come to look at an alternative to the mono-party system of rule that our state legislative bodies are inflicting on us. Tell Sacramento that the time has come for a state that represents the people. Tell Sacramento that the time has come.

Supervisors, stand up against sanctuary law

Janet Chandler, Burney.
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the SOJ51.org website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste: http://soj51.org/events-meetings/.
April 14th
2nd Amendment Rally
A Second Amendment Rally has been scheduled at all 50 State Capitols.

Coordinated by: the National Coalition of Patriotic Americans
When: Saturday, April 14th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: State Capitol
1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

We will have several Great speakers including: David Garcia, Calvin Clark and Hopefully Mark Baird
SOJ merchandise will be available.

April 20th
Spaghetti Feed

Hosted by: Trinity County State of Jefferson
When: Friday, April 20th, 2018 from 4-7 PM
Where: Trinity County Fairgrounds
Cost: $8.00; Children under age 7: $4.00
There will be a dessert auction, silent auction/raffle, and a gun raffle. Proceeds to benefit the SOJ Legal Fund. Contact Ann Bales at Star51for SOJ@gmail.com.
April 28th
Hosted By: Tehama Shooters Association and Tehama County Jefferson Committee
When: Saturday, April 28th 7:00 am
Where: 26950 Manton Road, Red Bluff
Three Events to select:
* Centerfire Handgun * Rifle * Trap
  • $25 for one event
  • $45 for two events
  • $65 for three events
Please call 530-529-1346 or email johnwardphoto@sbcglobal.net. Registration deadline April 21st.
  • No Steel Core, Armor Piercing, Or Tracer Rounds
  • Shooters Supply Their Own Ammo
  • Iron Sights Only - No Optics Or Red Dot Sights
  • Men’s And Women’s Divisions
  • Free Coffee & Donuts
  • BBQ Lunch Included
All Jeffersonians and Liberty Loving Americans are welcome!
Conference Call
April 8, 2018
Join us to find out about the latest happenings in Jefferson.
Conference Call Phone number:
Access Code: 307268#

For Questions during the call, simply log into our Chat Room.
Don't miss out!  Mark your calendar for upcoming calls!
  • Apr. 22nd
  • May 13th and May 27th
  • June 10th and June 24th
Want to learn more? Click here to view the many videos that explain what brought us here.
Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.

Curry County, OR

2nd Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444

El Dorado County

2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville

Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions, buy merchandise, and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Josephine County, OR

1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
Grants Pass

3rd Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County

1st  Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Community Hall aka Shasta Grange, 5831 Shasta Way

Nevada County

2nd and 4th Mondays - 6:00 PM
Robinsons Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County

3rd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
8062 North Lake Circle
Lakeview Hills Club House
Granite Bay
At the cross street of Auburn Folsom Road, there is a sign that says Lakeview Hills, turn into the neighborhood then turn left at the T for the "Clubhouse" and you will see an opened chain-link fence (the 8062 #'s are small, not very obvious) 

Shasta County

Mondays at 5:30 PM
3276 Bechelli Lane

Sutter and Yuba Counties

2nd Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Caltrans Building Sierra Room
703 B Street

4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City

Tehama County

1st  & 3rd Friday each month - 7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County

2nd Thursday each month 6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3

3rd Wednesday each month - 6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County

2nd Tuesday each month - 6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Foothills Rising - April 2018

The 1st quarter of 2018 has been quite a ride . . . 

Beginning with the Women's March, this year has already been filled with triumphs and tragedies.  The constancy of action items can cause the strongest of us to become exhausted, which makes community so much more important.  

Working with and within your community not only serves the community, but the soul.

Upcoming events

Come to the Jackson Civic Center and meet your local candidates on April 15th!
Aprill 22nd - Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors!
June 24th a much anticipated and needed symposium to address homelessness.  Foothills Rising will host a panel of local experts at the Jackson Civic Center.
Postcard Protest News
By Dixie Camardo
The monthly Postcard Protests give local Americans a direct way to contact government officials about policies of the current federal and state administrations that are contrary to the principles of democracy, equality, voting, and decency. Local neighbors and friends and newcomers stand together monthly on a Wednesday or Thursday or both to write pre-paid postcards to advocate, for example, controls on assault weapons, the continued investigation of the Russian interference, secure, convenient, voting, and fair elections, health care reform and fair tax reform for all Americans, not just the rich, the House Climate Solutions Caucus, the original mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Medi-Cal program.

We also send postcards that are Acts of Gratitude to recognize government officials like Governor Jerry Brown for upholding the Paris Climate Accord and preserving values that make the U.S. a global leader.

After the Parkland shooting, we coordinated our efforts with Susan Ross, a regular writer at the protests and the President of the Board of the Amador County Unified School District, to send a postcard of thanks to each teacher in the Amador County Schools. The community acknowledgement of our teachers’ dedication and perseverance in the face of real dangers at our schools was deeply appreciated. A supportive school community makes a powerful impact.

Before the protests, Dixie and Melene research and prioritize current issues to be focused on during the sessions. We distill each issue into a writing prompt for a prepaid postcard. These key words offer a springboard for writers to personally write to a Senator, a House Representative, a Committee Chair, Agency Director, or the President.  We also distribute the required addresses and the postcards. The postcard writing effort is an educational outreach to maintain an informed
electorate. Writing a personal message to our lawmakers puts a face on the policies.

The next time we vote, we will be better informed citizens.

We can do this—You, me, all of us—Your voice, your postcard matters.

wo protests in April to choose from:

April 18th at the Imperial Hotel                
April 19th at Feist Wines
Amador City                                            Sutter Creek 
Wednesday, April 18th                           
Thursday, April 19th
3:00 to 5:00 pm                                       2:00 to 4:00 pm

With many, we are One.
This past year, we have seen hate-filled policies, actions, and rhetoric, but we have also seen a community come together to fight for progress in a way I have never seen before.

Our community in #CA04 has fought for our DREAMers, fought for healthcare, fought for our environment, fought for our schools, fought to keep our communities safe and are neighbors protected from any person, system, or policy that seeks to cause harm.

We have only just gotten started. So today, one year after our movement was born, I recommit myself to being an agent of change. I look forward to fighting like hell to replace Tom McClintock this year.
By Julie Sweeney CA04

On February 14th, 17 high school students were massacred in Parkland, FL.  Foothills Rising through the Community Solidarity Committee and specifically Deborah Pulskamp prepared and submitted and OpEd to regional newspapers.
Deborah Pulskamp was subsequently invited  to the Calaveras Town Hall Meeting to address "School Safety and Violence Prevention in our Community." 

On March 14th, one month after 14 high school students and 3 staff members were murdered and 16 others injured by a AR-15 style semi-automatic weapon Amador High School students joined thousand schools nationwide for a national student walkout for 17 minutes to honor the 17 dead.

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, Scott Beigel, 35,  Martin Duque, 14,
Nicholas Dworet, 17, Aaron Feis, 37,  Jaime Guttenberg, 14
Chris Hixon, 49, Luke Hoyer, 15, Cara Loughran, 14
Gina Montalto, 14, Joaquin Oliver, 17, Alaina Petty, 14
Meadow Pollack, 18, Helena Ramsay, 17,
Alex Schachter, 14, Carmen Schentrup, 16,Peter Wang, 15

photos courtesy of Justin Allen

The Amador High Democrats, lead by Josh Lewis, also held a vigil for the slain students and staff on March 17th.

Foothills Rising is grateful for this new generation of activists.

From our Environmental Justice Committee

Book review by Emily Beals

There’s a New York Times bestseller book published in 2017, that may interest you. It’s called DRAWDOWN, The Most
Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken. “DRAWDOWN is a message grounded in science; it also is a testament to the growing stream of humanity who understands the enormity of the challenge we face, and is willing to devote their lives to a future of kindness, security, and regeneration.” (1)
“The stakes for our planet have never been higher. The world is warming, sea levels are rising, and the impacts of climate change are occurring faster and stronger than originally predicted. It is a global crisis with no place for partisan rhetoric, requiring solutions at every scale and across every sector.” (2) “We can’t focus only on achieving zero net carbon emissions; we must also rapidly re-sequester carbon. DRAWDOWN - by identifying and researching dynamic, innovative solutions- creates the playbook for this urgent goal.” (3)
Here are the top 12 of 80 solutions, based on overall ranking. Are we up for taking on this challenge, I mean seriously taking it on?
1) REFRIGERATION “Refrigerants continue to cause planetary trouble....” (4) Huge volumes of CFCs and HCFCs remain in circulation damaging not only the ozone layer but warming the atmosphere far greater than CO2.
2) WIND TURBINES “Wind energy is at the crest of initiatives to address global warming in the coming three decades, second only to refrigeration in total impact.” (5)
3) REDUCED FOOD WASTE “The food we waste contributes 4.4 gigatons of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere each year - roughly 8% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. (6)
4) PLANT-RICH DIET “The Western diet comes with a steep climate price tag.... Raising livestock accounts conservatively for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gasses emitted each year. Some studies say 50%. The case for a plant-rich diet is robust.” (7)
5) TROPICAL FORESTS Tropical forests, once covering 12% of the earth’s landmass, now cover 5%. “Tropical forest loss alone is responsible for 16-19% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity. “

6) EDUCATING GIRLS “Girls education... has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health.” (9) “Educating girls and women is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth.” (10)
7) FAMILY PLANNING “For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity.” (11) “There are 74 million unplanned pregnancies each year in lower income countries. In the United States 45% of pregnancies are unintended.” (12)
8) SOLAR FARMS “Any scenario for reversing global warming includes a massive ramp-up of solar power by mid-century. (13) “When their entire life cycle is taken into account, solar farms curtail 94% of the carbon emissions that coal plants emit ...” (14)
9) SILVOPASTURE “...Silvopasture is the integration of trees and pasture or forage into a single system for raising livestock, from cattle and sheep to deer and ducks.” (15) “Research to date suggests silvopasture far outpaces any grassland technique....because silvopastoral systems sequester carbon in both the biomass aboveground and the soil below. Pastures that are ...crisscrossed with
trees sequester five to ten times as much carbon as those of the same size that are treeless.” (16)
10) ROOFTOP SOLAR “Our analysis assumes rooftop solar PV can grow... to 7% of electricity generated globally by 2050. That growth can avoid 24.6 gigatons of emissions. .... We assume an implementation of $627. per kilowatt by 2050. Over three decades, the technology could save $3.4 trillion in home energy costs. (17)
11) REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE “Regenerative agricultural practices restore degraded land. They include no tillage, diverse cover crops, on-farm fertility..., no or minimal pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and multiple crop rotations, all of which can be augmented by managed grazing. The purpose of regenerative agriculture is to continually improve and regenerate the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content, which in turn improves plant health, nutrition and productivity.... No other mechanism known to humankind is as effective in addressing global warming as capturing carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis.” (18)
12) TEMPERATE FORESTS A quarter of the world’s forests lie in the temperate zone..., mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Over the course of history, 99% of temperate forests have been altered in some way....” (19) Today forests are on the rise and are a critical net-carbon sink, however rising temperatures, forest fires, insect damage and drought are jeopardizing their health.
Environmental Justice subcommittee offers our second article submitted by Patricia Noll: ENJOY! Menominee Forest Keepers