Friday, April 22, 2016

“Let ‘em Run”: Lacy J Dalton Benefit Concert Brings Awareness to the Plight of America’s Wild Horses

by Sarah Spinetta/Carol Harper

Wild horses won’t keep Lacy J Dalton away from Amador County, as the internationally-acclaimed country recording star returns to the Sutter Creek Theater this Saturday evening, April 23. In fact, wild horses will keep her in the spotlight, because this time, Ms. Dalton is on a very distinct and ardent mission...for their very lives.

“It happens around this time of year, every year...and it is the most heartbreaking thing,” Lacy said in regard to the roundup and slaughter of captured wild horses. “There are folks in the Northwest, including Indian tribes, who are rounding up and raising horses for slaughter, for meat. For the tribes, they’re sovereign; it’s a completely legal thing to do.”

For others, it can be seen as a very dark, "gray area" genocide. Lacy goes on to describe the harrowing process: “What happens is that they send for the mares while they are heavily pregnant...because that’s when they’re worth the most money. On the way - the stress of the shipping and being handled and rounded up -  a lot of babies are dropped prematurely, from the stress. There could be as many as 30-50 of them [foals] this year...The good news is that that there are a lot of people who want adopt these babies.”

Lacy’s non-profit, volunteer-run organization, Let ‘Em Run Foundation, is dedicated to rescuing and providing refuge for wild horses in Northern Nevada’s Virginia Range. The organization relies on donations, charitable contributions and fundraising activities in order to support the services the foundation provides.

“We can’t do anything of ourselves, that we know, about the situation,” Lacy continued, which is one of the reasons why she formed Let ‘Em Run. “I, of course, am absolutely opposed to horse slaughter, period. You can euthanize a horse painlessly, but to prepare a horse to be eaten in other countries, the methods of slaughter...are absolutely cruel.”

Lacy mentions a YouTube video, “The Remaining Wild Horses & Renegades” (see below), with commentaries by celebrities such as Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Daryl Hannah, Viggo Mortensen (Hidalgo), Michael Blank (author, Dances With Wolves), to further spread awareness that the plight of America’s wild horses is not an issue for disregard. “The BLM...I think they try, but they are horribly mismanaged,” Lacy said. “Not for the lack of trying, but they are just not approaching it in any kind of holistic or smart way. They have money to fund these sanctuaries. They could rid themselves of the ‘problem’, have the income stream, and have the horses protected.”

“This is why I believe...just like the elk in Jackson Hole, WY, or the buffalo in South Dakota...these horses need their own place," Lacy concludes. "Places like the Lakota Reservation...people could come in and see the Lakota way of life, their horsemanship, their art, their culture. This could be an answer. I believe people all over the world would come to experience these places. It’s a non-invasive interaction. Numbers can be managed compassionately, in a way that can preserve these horses forever, for our children, and our children’s children.”

Saturday’s concert is a benefit for this very cause. Lacy will be joined by Reno’s Dale Poune of the Comstock Cowboys on guitar, mandolin and vocals.

“The same spirit that animates us is what animates the animals, plants and everything else in this world,” Lacy said. “I have a song that conveys this very message.”

The benefit concert begins at 8PM.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Volunteer Firefighter for a Day

By Johanna Del Monte

On Saturday, April 14, 2016, I, Johanna Del Monte, volunteered at the Lockwood Fire District in Volcano, CA. My reasoning behind volunteering is that I needed to finish my community service hours in order to graduate high school. That being said, let me tell you about my time as a volunteer first responder.

To start off my eight hour stint here, I had helped stage a trauma scene, watched a dummy baby be born, and was give n a tour of the fully stocked and ready to go fire trucks. For several hours it was quite calm until we had a call come in saying that a cyclist was struck and was down. Everyone, including myself had gotten suited up and ready to go with two minutes, I’d say. At first, we could not find the accident scene, so the call was canceled out, but the right after we had gotten back to the fire house, the accident was located and we were off to help. Thankfully nobody had gotten seriously hurt.

Once everyone was back, we had lunch and the first responders were talking about the nicknames they were given.

From firsthand experience, I can tell you that these people deserve much more credit. They keep up on their training, help each other with setting up scenes and scenarios to get training signed off, get out of the fire house in record time, and most of all are extremely brave. They’re prepared to react to each and every kind of accident, whether it is minor or major. A fire to a bike accident, they are prepared for it all.

Everyone who works or volunteers at Lockwood Fire Protection District are extremely nice and know how to make people feel welcomed. I would recommend volunteering or finishing up community service hours here in a heartbeat. Thank you all for helping me out.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Meet Frank Axe in Pine Grove on Sunday, April 24

On Sunday, April 24, District 4 Supervisor Candidate Frank Axe will attend a free meet-and-greet event at the home of Floy Salyer-Goulart, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and meet Frank, ask questions, enjoy delicious brunch fare and mimosas, and discuss their ideas and concerns related to District 4 and Amador County.

“I’m learning a lot from local voters as I walk the district,” Frank said in announcing the event. “I look forward to having time to talk with local residents in the beautiful atmosphere of Floy’s home. She has graciously invited the public, so we can relax with one another and share our hopes and dreams for the future of Amador County and District 4. I am grateful for Floy’s years of service to Amador County’s students and seniors. I truly appreciate her generosity in making it possible for us to meet and get to know each other better.”

Directions The Salyer-Goulart residence is at 12770 Burnt Cedar Lane, Pine Grove. From Pine Grove, take Highway 88 east to Tabeaud Road, then continue to Burnt Cedar Lane, which will be on the left. Turn left and proceed to the driveway for 12770 Burnt Cedar, which will be on your right. Frank Axe is running a volunteer-based, grassroots campaign.

Those not able to join Frank in Pine Grove on Sunday, April 24 can read more about him, send their ideas and concerns, endorse Frank, or join the campaign team at To reach Frank directly, call 209-348-9969.

For more information, contact: Doug Hardy at 209-256-5686 or

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement for Frank Axe

Citizens of Amador County: Frank has been my best friend since freshman biology many, many, years ago. He is a very decent, honest and dependable man. He can be counted upon when the chips are down, and will be humble when things are good. Frank will commit himself wholeheartedly to working for you if he's elected to serve you. My guess is he'll be the best Supervisor Amador County has ever had - if he does things like he always has. He will. So, now he will be even busier, and scheduling the fishing trips we take will be even more of a challenge. My loss is your gain.

- Respectfully,
Michael D. Everett
Arlington, TX

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to our volunteers during Red Cross Volunteer Week

To The Editor:

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region is honoring its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 10-17.

Last year, our volunteers helped 739 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained 43,250 people in lifesaving skills and assisted 1,132 military members, veterans and their families. Volunteers also went door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for home fires to install more than 2,500 smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. 

We invite the public to join us and become a Red Cross volunteer. Go to the Gold Country Region Volunteer Information web page to learn more about the many ways people can help and how to submit a volunteer application.

We want to extend our sincerest thanks to the 2,700 local Red Cross volunteers who help us fulfill our mission here in the Gold Country Region which serves more than 4.4 million people across 24 counties. The support of our volunteers allows us to help people when they need it most.


Gary Strong
President and CEO
American Red Cross
Gold Country Region