Monday, September 29, 2014

Quarry Issues in Ione

They are at it again; the San Francisco developers who want to turn Ione and Western Amador County into a dirty, industrial wasteland. We sued them and won in in court in February. Amador Superior Court stopped the Newman Ridge quarry and Edwin Center North Asphalt plant projects by ruling in our favor that the project was environmentally damaging, and that the Public was denied the knowledge it needed to stop it.

Now they are recirculating "corrected" chapters, and want permission to send up to1400 asphalt and gravel trucks per day through the tiny town of Ione and beyond, at all hours of the day. This is insanity. Can you picture this in Ione? If we don’t speak up, we will lose our town, our county, our businesses, tourism and our lifestyle. No one will want to come to Ione and this is the main entrance to our County from Sacramento! But you can stop it.  All you need to do is send a short letter to the Supervisors, and tell them you don’t want this huge, polluting, permanently damaging project in our back yard, clogging our streets, ruining our health, polluting our air, stealing our water and destroying our businesses, killing all manner of wildlife and rare plants and blue oaks and everything we treasure here the Ione Valley.

All of the information you need to know is on the Ione Valley Land, Air and Water Defense Alliance website: – videos, facts, legal documents, details, and pictures. Your voice is powerful, but not if you don’t use it.

We elected our Supervisors, so now let’s give them some straight talk about how we feel about this. Please write to them. Here are their email addresses,  so you can send it to all of them and the Planning Commission:,,,,,
Best regards,

Sondra West-Moore
for Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance (LAWDA)
office: 818 508-4744
cell: 818 681-4182

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meet the Candidates - Sat Oct 4

Bob Laurent - School Board and Lynn Morgan - Board of Supervisors
Saturday, Oct. 4, 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy mimosas, coffee, tea and snacks!!
This is an opportunity to talk with two people who have committed themselves to representing the people who live upcountry.
Lots of time for Q and A!!
Please come and meet these candidates for important positions in our county!

Brian and Caryl’s home
23281 Fortress Ct.
Please RSVP

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) to hold conference on Indian Gaming - Sat Sept 27

No Casino In Plymouth (NICP) is pleased to announce that Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) will hold a one day informational conference on Indian gaming and fee to trust. CERA is a nationally recognized citizens group that has effectively opposed questionable fee to trust applications and unwanted Indian casinos for more than two decades all across the United States.  

The conference will be held on September 27th (9am – 5pm) in the Plymouth City Hall.

Registration begins at 8am with refreshments for early arrivals.

Speakers will include attorneys Lana Marcussen (Arizona), NCIP attorney Ken Williams, and Jim Marino (California).

They are joined by CERA Chairwoman Judy Bachmann (New York), “Going to Pieces” author Elaine Willman (Wisconsin), and CERA Board members Clare Fitz (Wisconsin), and Butch Cranford (Plymouth).
The morning session will focus on Fee to Trust  (25 C.F.R. 151) and will explore the limited authority the federal government has to take land into trust. The afternoon session will focus on the National Indian Gaming Commission’s (NIGC) questionable administration of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA)  There will be opportunity to meet with all the speakers and Author Elaine Willman will be available to sign copies of “Going to Pieces"

Lunch and snacks are provided and the cost is a nominal $10 collected at the door. Plymouth City Hall has limited space.  To reserve a seat for you and a neighbor you can call Butch Cranford at 209 245 4588 or send an email to Butch at .   If you have questions contact Butch using the email and phone # .

We hope that you are able to attend and become better informed about proposed casino in Plymouth.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests will be the topic at the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum on Sept 17

PIONEER – Photographs, narratives, and research confirm that the structure of Sierra Nevada forests and woodlands has changed dramatically since the mid-1800s. Fire suppression has allowed a massive increase in vegetation, resulting in fuel buildup and the heightened risk of severe wildfire, the loss wildlife habitat, impaired scenic quality, a declining water yield, and a reduction of livestock forage and timber for forest products.

On Wednesday, September 17, renowned author George Gruell will discuss the conception of and lasting relevance of his book, “Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849”, published in 2001. With a degree in Wildlife Management, his career focus has been habitat management, vegetative succession, fire ecology, and fire history.

The meeting will be at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 25100 Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. Social Hour begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7:15 p.m. To reserve a space for dinner contact Diane Dealey Neill at or (530) 417-1960 by Monday, September 15th at 5 p.m.. A pizza dinner with salad, dessert, and beverages will be served for $10 per person. Raffle tickets to support the Forest Forum may be purchased at the door.

The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum is a group of forestry professionals, forest educators, and others interested in forestry practices and issues in the two-county area. The Forum meets once a month in fall, winter, and spring months at various locations in the two-county area. The Forum awards scholarships to local college students majoring in forestry and sponsors the California Forestry Challenge. For more information, visit