Thursday, January 31, 2019

Evacuation Teams of Amador: Tri-Tip Dinner Fundraiser - Sat Mar 16

Evacuation Teams of Amador
Tri-Tip Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, Mar 16
American Legion Hall
Sutter Creek
No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm
Dinner starts at 6 pm  
To get tickets, please call Dianne 209-304-8028 or Valerie 209-256-3544

Laughton Ranch Catering is serving their famous melt-in-your-mouth Tri-Tip, Pesto Pasta, Broccoli Salad, Green Salad, and bread.

We will have lively auctions and fantastic raffle prizes.

In 2018, Laughton Ranch and many of the original Butte Fire rescue team members met and discussed the pressing needs Amador County has for rescuing and evacuating animals. Evacuation Teams of Amador (E.T.A.) was formed after that meeting.

With starting any new organization, there are initial startup costs (Training, safety equipment, uniforms, etc). While we are actively pursuing fundraising opportunities to help offset those costs, we need your help to accomplish it.

We would like to believe that we will not have another large fire in our county but history has shown that it is not “if” there will be a fire, but “when.”

With support from community members like you, our County will be safer. Thank you!

Deaver Vineyards: Spring lamb is now available

Deaver 2019 Spring Lamb:

Deaver lamb is free range and is full of mouthwatering flavors, you will be reluctant to share such a delicacy with your friends and family. We have whole ($355) or half ($199) Lambs avaliable. 

Please purchase your lamb by going to  
If you do not want to order online please email or call 209-245-4099 to make other arrangements.

To ensure your lamb is available for your Easter dinner, please order by March 16th
We will also have a few lambs available after Easter.

Please email or call us at (209) 245-4099 before you come to pick up your lamb (we have limited storage space).

Visit our website for a complete calendar of events.

AAUW Home Tour: "Country Living Around Fiddletown" - Sat Apr 13

47th Annual AAUW Home Tour
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Amador County

“Country Living Around Fiddletown” is the theme of the 47th Annual AAUW Home Tour in Amador County.  It will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11 AM to 4 PM in the small Gold Rush town of Fiddletown.  Fiddletown began as a mining camp during the height of the Gold Rush then evolved into a trading center for mining camps and farms in nearby Shenandoah Valley.  Many historic buildings remain in the center of Fiddletown, including evidence of a Chinese population in the late 1800’s and early 20th century.

On April 13, the public will have an opportunity to view how Fiddletown has been preserved along with more modern styles of living including many energy efficient features.  The driving Tour includes five homes each with their own unique qualities:  a custom log home, an environmentally friendly prefabricated home, a contemporary farmhouse, a rustic home set on an organic farm and a modern ranch home.  The Chew Kee Store that was inhabited by Chinese residents for over 100 years will also be available for touring with knowledgeable docents available to share historical information about the Store.

The traditional Home Tour Tea with homemade cookies will be offered in the Fiddletown Community Center.  Our member’s Art Show will be on display as you enter the facility where you may purchase various forms of artwork.  Continuing with a new event that debuted last year, raffle baskets prepared by AAUW interest groups and others will be available.

Proceeds from the Tour benefit the Amador Branch scholarship program for local girls and women.  Junior high school girls have opportunities to attend Tech Trek, a summer math-science camp and scholarships are provided at the community college and upper division levels.

Tickets are available March 8 at local outlets and online.  Advance tickets are $25 and $28 the day of the Tour.  For more information go to:, or email:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Main Street Theatre Works Announces Its 2019 Season

Celebrating 25 Years of Professional-Quality Theatre in Amador County

Jackson, CA  (January 27, 2019) – This year, Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) celebrates 25 years of producing theatre in Amador County. And this is our 16th year at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. We’re kicking off our 2019 Summer Season with the Ken Ludwig comedy, Leading Ladies, directed by Allen Pontes.

Actors, Jack (Scott Adams) and Leo (Rick Grant-Coons), find themselves so down on their luck that they're performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" at the Moose Lodge in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that a millionairess in York, PA is about to die and is seeking her sister’s children, Max & Steve, to leave a bulk of her fortune, the boys resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. However, they soon find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! But desperate times call for desperate measures. Also featured in the cast are Bethany Hidden, Kaitlin Richards, Earl Victorine, Maggie Upton, Scott Taylor, and Jason Kaye. Leading Ladies runs June 22nd - July 21st. 

Our second summer show, Alone Together by Lawrence Roman, and directed by Susan McCandless, is a hilarious comedy for those parents who understand what it means to have "boomerang kids."  After 30 years of child rearing, George (Allen Pontes) & Helene Butler (Julie Anchor) are practically drooling with anticipation as their youngest, and last of three sons, drives off to start college. But dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly dashed when eldest son Michael (Jason Kaye), followed by middle sibling Elliott (Eric Fawcett), take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth. Now mom and dad have to figure out how to push the birdies back out of the nest. Also in the cast are Conner Ohlrich and Rian Lombardo. Alone Together runs August 11th – September 9th.

Main Street Theatre Works is a professional, non-AEA theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 25th season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing artists together to produce plays that stimulate both artists and audiences.

The stage is set for the 16th year at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, CA. Located on the Kennedy Gold Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across a bridge, onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl. There the stage is set for picnicking and quality theatre under the stars. You are truly sitting on a gold mine.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. Only service animals allowed. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 N. Main Street in Jackson.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Leading Ladies
June 21st - July 20th

Alone Together
August 9th – September 7th

Ticket Prices
Adults - $20.00
Seniors: $17.50
Youth 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00

Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, or on-line at

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Jefferson Messenger - Vol 3 Issue 2

Volume 3 . Issue 2                     January 26, 2019
"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin
State Legislature is Off and Running with
Your Money
Hold on to your wallets! The California State Legislature is back in session, perhaps looking to pass even more bills than the 1,016 Governor Brown signed into law last year. New taxes are always at the top of the list for the Progressive/Democrats in the Super Majority State Assembly and Senate, but lately, bills with the word “Ban” are becoming a regular part of the dialogue of these legislators.
We have seen plastic bags all but banned. For many business owners, it was the last straw when “Straws” were banned. This week, Hannah Beth Jackson (D) Santa Barbara, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, banned the use of pronouns (he & she) in hearings, an action occurring more in the private sector.
But, wait there's more! Assembly Phil Ting (D) San Francisco, introduced AB 161, to “Ban” the use of paper receipts from restaurants and other businesses, with the warning that paper receipts are toxic as they may contain the chemical BPA plus claims the receipts generate 686 million pounds of waste.
The proposed legislation requires businesses to offer e-receipts as the default option or pay a fine of $25 per day. The bill would mandate that all businesses adopt such new hardware and software systems that produce e-receipts. Once again, mandates and these bans come with fines and additional costs to businesses along with another layer of bureaucracy.
And, guess what? According to the Wall Street Journal, it happens that the biggest beneficiary for this new legislation would likely be Square, Inc., whose headquarters is in San Francisco and run by CEO Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame. Mr. Ting's bill notes that “Data from Square, a company that provides mobile payment services, shows that their sellers send over 10 million digital receipts each month.”
Do you find it hypocritical that an Assemblyman from San Francisco, a Governor, and former Mayor of San Francisco, to include another former Mayor of San Francisco, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, are constantly on their environmental soap box but fail to address the toxic situation on the streets of their hometown, whose streets are lined with fecal matter, syringes, and homeless. Are these conditions not toxic and harmful to the environment and to those who do business and live in the infamous once called “Golden City”?
I will tell you what I want “Banned”, is state elected and bureaucrats calling government projects and programs “state funded or federally funded”. These, not to mention your salaries and benefits are “Taxpayer Funded”. And it should be no surprise that the State Legislature and the new Progressive Governor are coming for more of your dollars, to include taxing your tap water. Don't forget water rationing kicks in (55 gallons per person) and is coming soon to your neighborhood.

What may finally hit Californians in
their own backyard, is if Governor Newsom continues to keep Proposition 13 on the table, a statement he made during his campaign. Apparently it is of no concern to those who voted for him. However, Prop 13 is on the ballot in 2020 for commercial property and business owners, to raise property taxes on commercial properties, known as “split roll”.
Because voters supported the gas tax, voting NO on 6, it is thought that the Governor and the left in the State Legislature feel confident that the door is now open to bring forth more legislation, offering more taxes and burdening regulations, to include removing the residential property tax limit (Prop 13), that voters passed by a 2/3 majority forty years ago.
Frustration and even sadness is voiced by many who continue to see friends and family move out of our state because “they just can't take it anymore.” But not always because of high taxes and costs of doing business in California. It is the Socialist policies of a Governor Newsom, who calls himself a Progressive, or a Senator De Leon, also a progressive, the father of SB 54, Sanctuary State for illegal aliens.
But, some who have left the state are finding that these same Socialist policies have spread to the very states they escaped to. We of Jefferson are hearing from people in Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, New York, who are looking to follow us in our effort to expand representation in our state legislature. In the last couple of months, newspaper articles about expanding representation in Congress have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Washington Monthly Magazine, and The Ledger, a Florida newspaper.
I believe that those with a Progressive or Democrat-Socialist agenda, along with their proposed legislation for Nationalizing States Election (H R 1), is causing a majority of American citizens to finally wake up and recognize that the left's agenda is to undermine our Republic form of government. So, perhaps it is no coincidence that newspaper editors and others are recognizing that “America Needs A Bigger House.”
From day one, the message of Jefferson has been About Representation, and although our argument is with the California State Legislature, we too feel it is time to increase the representation in the House of Representatives. Change will only come through equal/fair representation. In this case, more representation means less government and a bigger voice for the people.
Citizens for Fair Representation continues to move forward with its court case with the filing of our appeal in the Court of the 9th Circuit expected sometime around the end of January. In the meantime, we remain vigilant with more joining our movement everyday, standing together for representation and our nation's Constitution.

Terry Gherardi
This photo courtesy of Marie Roberson
Meet the County: Stanislaus
by John Osgood III
“Stanislaus County is pleased to be chosen as the first county in the State of Jefferson for the new Meet The Counties feature in the Jefferson Messenger.” John Osgood III, Ceres, Jefferson U.S.A.
Recent events have again shed a spotlight on our southernmost Jefferson county, but these events in no way define us. We are very proud to be the home of the movie American Graffiti, Cruising, Gallo Family Winery and historical public utilities, such as the Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock Irrigation Districts. They all represent the Stanislaus County we know and love.
It is unfortunate that recently, Stanislaus County received nation-wide attention, sadly due to the murder of Newman Police Officer, Ronil Singh, causing the rejuvenation of the discussion surrounding SB 54, California's Sanctuary State law, while also intensifying federal issues surrounding border security.
We, the Stanislaus Concerned Citizens (SCC) and Stanislaus County State of Jefferson Committee (SCSOJ), have once again taken a proactive step to regularly attend County Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings in an attempt to force the adoption of a resolution, condemning SB 54, that essentially prohibits county officials from complying with federal immigration laws. We know we have an uphill fight when dealing with an insubordinate group of elected representatives. Fortunately, we are not alone and were joined by Ben Bergquam, of Frontline America, who was formerly a spokesperson for Fight Sanctuary State.
Ben, along with several members of SCC and SCSOJ, spoke openly against Sanctuary State Jurisdiction at the January 8, Stanislaus County BOS, and we will continue to voice our displeasure with Sanctuary polices that ultimately harm our citizens and our economy.
In December, we in Stanislaus County and State of Jefferson once again were dealt a devastating blow when the California State Water Resources Control Board approved the Delta Bay Plan Update.
Stanislaus County is proud to be the home to two of the states oldest irrigation districts, located in the heart of the fertile Central Valley, with the Stanislaus River to the north, Merced River to the south and San Joaquin River, and dissected by the Tuolumne River, leaving us at the heart of the water issues plaguing California.
Our irrigation districts were founded by the people of our county and continue to operate for the benefit of our area today, providing electricity and irrigation services through elected district boards and superior water rights on the Tuolumne River watershed. Turlock, Modesto, Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts, along with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission have filed a lawsuit against the California StateWater Resources Control Board to defend our area from becoming once again a dry seasonal farming region.
The Delta Bay Plan Update forces increases to uninterrupted river flows of 30%-50% greater than previously required and ignores the voluntary agreement between state and TID (Turlock Irrigation District) and MID (Modesto Irrigation District) and others of the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, to curb water usage on the Tuolumne River and contribute to habitat improvements. It is estimated to cost $1.6 billion dollars in losses with $167 million in farm gate revenue loss and $330 million in labor income losses, to include the potential elimination of up to 7,000 agricultural related jobs.
We remain vigilant in taking our power back at all levels and it starts with one voice, just as it started with one ditch in one irrigation district, turning into a slogan (Water, Wealth, Contentment Health) not only for our county seat, but one for all of Stanislaus County. Those who came before us knew that water was the way to win the west and you can rest assured we of Stanislaus County will continue to fight not only for our water but for our way of life and ultimately equal representation and the rule of law guaranteed under the Constitution.
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Gun Rally in Colusa County

There is still time to go!
Mark Baird slated to speak!
Saturday, January 26th from 2–4 PM
Granzellas Inn Conference Room located north across the parking lot from the restaurant.
451 6th St, Williams, CA 95987
Click here for map.

The time will be divided between the SOJ Court Case and the 2ndAmendment issue.

Contact Lew at 530-330-0523  or email for any additional information.

Come and get informed!
2A Rally in Sonora
Fighting for your Rights!
Keynote speaker is Mark Baird from the State of Jefferson.
Other speakers TBA.
Join us February 16th at 5:30PM
Elks Lodge at 100 Elk Dr in Sonora
Click here for map.
Entry is $10 at the door that includes 6 raffle tickets.
There will be a several drawings, door prizes, light hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
No host bar!
For more information contact Dave at 209-288-8323 or email
Donations are tax deductible.
Tehama County Hosts Business Expo
Tehama County will be hosting a fundraiser March 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 23181 Chard Ave in Gerber. This is open to all businesses within the 23 counties of Jefferson to showcase their products and services. The cost is $50 per 10'x10' space plus a donation for our silent auction. This will be held at an indoor horse arena with parking, water and electricity available. 
Click here for map.
Contact Patty at 530-833-0265 or email to reserve your booth space.

Conference Call

January 27, 2019
Join us to find out about the latest happenings in Jefferson.

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Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

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 and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR

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

Klamath County, OR
1st Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Shasta View Community Hall
5831 E Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County
2nd and 4th Mondays e

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Amador Brewing Company: Winter Happenings - New Beers & More!

Amador Brewing News
Don't Miss These Special Beer Offerings and Upcoming Events!!!

7.3% ALC. by VOL. | 46 IBU
You have in your hand the wonderful product of aging our Night Hike Porter for several months in once-used bourbon barrels from Jack Daniels. The terrific bourbon barrel character (especially on the nose!) is not overpowering, and the hop profile of Night Hike lends just the right amount of bitterness to balance the bourbon barrel sweetness. One of the most well-rounded and delightful BBA beers that we have tasted, it will age well for up to a year from purchase.
Citrus Lei IPA - 6.5% ABV, 47 IBU
Beautiful tropical components and a light body make this an IPA for every day. Dry-Hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, and El Dorado. The malt character is smooth and dry after an initial impression of sweet island wheatgrass. Aromas and flavors are a sorbet of navel orange, orange blossom, passion fruit and pineapple. Ahhhhhh, it's starting to feel like island time....

Location:  La Contenta Golf Club
1653 CA-26,
Valley Springs, CA 95252


Date:  January 26, 2019

Time:  4-7pm

Location:   Palladio @  Broadstone
370 Palladio Drive,
Folsom Ca
Tap Into A Cold One is kicking off the 2nd Annual Folsom Beer Week! Showcasing the best craft breweries with an evening of all-out, beer-loving fun. Your ticket provides UNLIMITED tasting privileges to all 40+ craft breweries at the event.
Buy Tickets
Save the Date:

Thursday March 28th

Amador Brewing Tap Takeover at
Time:   5 - 8 PM
Location: 7238 Murieta Drive
Rancho Murieta, California
Save the Date:

Saturday April 6th

Amador Brewing Tap Takeover at 
Standard Pour
Time:   5:30 pm
ation: 19040 Standard Rd
Standard, California
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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 755
Plymouth, CA 95669