Monday, April 29, 2013

Paddling Film Festival Brings Outdoor Films to Jackson on Saturday, June 8

Paddling Film Festival Brings Outdoor Films to Jackson on Saturday, June 8
 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour offers something for all who love water sports and nature
On Saturday, June 8, the Foothill Conservancy will host the regional premiere of the international Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour in Jackson. The event will be held in the Main Events Room at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
“These award-winning films offer something for everyone,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Cecily Smith. “Whether you enjoy kayaking whitewater rivers, paddling mountain lakes, fishing, or getting out in nature for inspiration and relaxation, you’ll find a film to enjoy.”
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an annual contest that awards winning films in 10 categories. It inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of special wild places. The winners and other films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families. Teva is the primary sponsor of the 8th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour.
The June 8 festival in Jackson will feature several of the best films. The local showing is the first in the region.
“We hope to attract paddlers from throughout the area to Jackson, “Smith said, “especially since there are scheduled whitewater boating releases on the Mokelumne that weekend on the Class IV Tiger Creek Dam Run above Highway 26. We hope that visiting paddlers will enjoy the river during the day, have dinner at a local restaurant, then come over to the Senior Center to join local residents for a fun film evening.”
The evening will include a raffle and silent auction. Items include a one-day OARS raft trip for four on the South Fork of the American River, a half-day IRIE trip for two on the Truckee River, kayak roll classes from Current Adventures and gift certificates from Camp Lotus and Sierra Nevada Adventure Company. Additional sponsors include Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mountain Mike’s Pizza and author Steve Evans.
Tickets to the film festival are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They’re available online at The ticket purchase entitles the purchaser to a free one-year digital edition subscription to one of these four magazines: Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots or Kayak Angler. Special offer details will be available at the event.
The event is a benefit for the Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River conservation efforts.

For more information on the Jackson showing of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour, see or contact Randy at the Foothill Conservancy, 209-205-4900 or

Foothill Conservancy
P.O. Box 1255
Pine Grove, Ca 95665

International Workers’ Day Celebration held in Ione on Saturday May 4

Free Event to be Held in Howard Park, Ione, on May 4th

Members of Support Amador Workers, a labor oriented community action group, will be hosting the International Workers’ Day Celebration in Howard Park, Ione, on May 4th.
The purpose of the event is to bring people together to celebrate the rich history of labor with music and fun.

Musical acts to include Clan Dyken, DyeMusica and Willie Norton. Food by WRP Catering and BBQ service.

The celebration will be at Howard Park on Saturday, May 4th from 12 – 5pm. Event will be free and open to the public.

Support Amador Workers was originally formed to facilitate community support the workers of UFCW8 and Local 2927 during their strikes in late 2012. SAW is a group committed to assisting our fellow workers in need.

For more information, please visit Support Amador Workers on Facebook or email

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Via Citizen Report: Update on Newman Ridge Quarry

April 9th, 2013
Dear Friends, Supporters and Neighbors - both near and far
Our legal fight to stop to the Newman Ridge hard rock strip mine and Edwin Center North Asphalt Plant is proceeding well, but we wanted to update you and ask you to do these three steps:
1.      Please visit  - where there are facts, maps and video testimonials to understand how a huge hedge fund -- in this case Tom Steyer's Farallon Capital Management  - used the force of their unlimited resources to rush an unwanted, unneeded, super-polluting set of projects though the local process in a small agricultural county.
2.      Understand that the only recourse left to Amador citizens is this legal fight. We have "stepped up" because so many in the County cannot, and decided that our job is to defend this little corner of America. What we want is the best outcome for all; to stop the project, to have the land permanently conserved as agricultural grazing, with open space hiking and equestrian trails - which will then add value, clean jobs and quality of living as well as tourist revenues to the local County tills. Please visit
our What You Can Do page on for actions you can take now.
3.      Amador County local government ignored our petition. We are now targeting at least 1000 more signatures for our meetings in the California State Capitol. Please ask 5 people you know to read and sign the petition as well as taking the actions in #2 above, which will help stop Newman Ridge and Edwin Center North. Please forward this letter, or ask that they also ask 5 people do the same  - which will help us reach our target number of signatures quickly -
Ione Valley LAWDA
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Bill to Support California Arts Council to Be Introduced Tuesday


CORRECTION: Our previous email mistakenly stated that the passage of AB 580 would have an enormous impact on the Bay Area performing arts community and communities throughout the state. In fact, by increasing funds for the California Arts Council, the bill would have an enormous impact throughout the entire state, not just the Bay Area.

Although Tuesday's hearing will not be the last hearing on the bill, it is important that the assembly hears how strongly we support the bill in this initial stage.


Californians for the Arts is thrilled to report that Assembly Bill 580, the new legislative bill that would increase appropriations for the California Arts Council (CAC) from $1M to $75M, will be formally introduced to the state assembly this Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m.
This bill's passage would have an enormous impact on the  performing arts community throughout the state. The funds from AB 580 would bring California's per-capita arts spending up to 12th in the nation, or roughly $2.00 per person. The CAC is currently doing strategic planning to determine which of its programs would be revived if the bill passes.
In the meantime, it is vital that you join Californians for the Arts, California Arts Advocates and the California Theatre Network in making known your support of this bill and the tremendous impact its passage will have on the quality of life in the state of California.
Please feel free to use the template below to craft a letter to the author of the bill, Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian. You can also find a copy of the template here. It is crucial that your letter be 1) on your organization's letterhead, 2) signed, and 3) either faxed or emailed as an attached PDF (not in the body of the email). Then, circulate this letter to your own networks.
Thank you in advance for your efforts.



The Honorable Adrin Nazarian
Member of the California State Assembly
State Capitol Building
Sacramento,CA 95814

FAX: (916) 319-2146

Re: Assembly Bill 580
Position: SUPPORT

Dear Assembly Member Nazarian:


On behalf of [YOUR ORGANIZATION], thank you for introducing AB 580, we strongly support its passage. Since 2003, Californians ranked last among all the states in per capita investment in the arts-allocating just three cents per person from the General Fund. AB 580 will leverage the arts as a proven and powerful catalyst for spurring local economies and for preparing California's workforce to prosper in the global creative economy. The arts are a major player in our state's economy, generating billions in total economic activity and fundamentally impacting California's core creative industries.

California's cultural enterprises provide:

More than 500,000 jobs for Californians or 7.6% of total employment

California's non-profit arts specifically contribute:

More than $9 billion to the state's economy

Additionally, the arts:

Are a key partner to the creative industries
Encourage creativity
Help prepare students and workers to compete in the 21st Century global economy
Attract creative workers and industries of all kinds
Stimulate the economy
Engage residents
Provide a sense of community, celebrating diversity and building bridges of understanding
Draw tourists and visitors

The arts are vital to the quality of life that we are so very proud of in California. Your legislation will provide a stable revenue source for the California Arts Council's granting programs to non-profit arts organizations, leveraging the arts as a significant contributor to California's economic recovery through tourism, job creation, social services, and educational outreach. AB 580 proposes a sound investment for California. Thank you for your commitment to a better California.



cc: Ms. Dana Mitchell, Consultant, Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee, (916) 319-3450
*Please remember to make sure your letter is 1) on your organization's letterhead, 2) signed, and 3) either faxed or emailed as an attached PDF (not in the body of the email).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Possible sale of Payless Market in Pioneer (Buckhorn)

Hello Upcountry Citizens,

By now, most of you have heard rumors about the possible sale of Payless Market in Buckhorn.  Most of us, including my husband and I, are upset about this possibility.

I have spoken to Supervisor Novelli about this issue and we have decided to schedule a future UCC meeting, likely on May 13, to specifically address this topic.  We will invite the market owner to make sure we are not reacting to only rumors.

As you are aware, most of our time at this upcoming meeting on April 8th will be devoted to Mr. Mark Bonini, County Chief Probation Officer.  I will only allow minimal discussion of the Payless Market issue at this meeting, so thank you for honoring this request to be patient.

I hope to see you next Monday at the UCC meeting.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

My Best,

Lynn Morgan
Chair UCC