Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CAL FIRE: 2 Ways Out Can Save Your Life

Camino – “Knowing 2 ways out of every room in your home may save your life during a house fire. It’s not just knowing two ways out of your home, typically that is easy, but do you have two ways out of every room in your home and can you safely use each exit?” asks Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE. Chief Keenan adds, “If not, then you need to create a plan, share this plan with everyone living in your home, and most importantly, practice your plan with your family during daylight hours and in the middle of the night since 50% of fatal home fires occur between 10 pm and 6 am.”

Here’s how to begin:

Sketch a floor plan of your home and indicate with arrows two ways out of every room.

Have a flashlight or headlamp next to each bed in case you need to exit your home in the dark.

Walk through the plan with everyone you live with including visitors.

Make sure you have one “meeting place” for everyone to go to after they have exited the home. Never go back inside a burning home for anything, leave that to the firefighters.

Call 9-1-1 once you are OUTSIDE the burning building, calling from inside the home wastes valuable time that you need to escape.

Purchase escape ladders if you have a two or three story home and know how to use them safely.

Post your plan in a prominent place such as your refrigerator door.

Practice your plan during the day and again at night. Do this a minimum of twice a year.

If you have small children, disabled or elderly individuals, make sure you have a plan for their escape. Add ramps and other equipment if necessary. Several years ago an 83 year old woman died of her injuries because she could not safely escape from a house fire. She used a walker and had no ramps to the deck off her bedroom, so she was forced to walk through her home which was on fire. Firefighters found her deceased outside her home.

Keep in mind, small children often hide when they get scared, so practice the exit drill more often so that they are comfortable with the idea. Don’t forget to Crawl Low Under Smoke while exiting your home, sleep with doors closed, have a smoke detector in each bedroom, in main hallways and on each floor.

For more information please visit CAL FIRE’s website at or call 530-644-2345 to receive free fire and life safety information.

Chris Anthony
Battalion Chief
Fire Prevention/Law Enforcement
Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit
(530) 708-2720

October at the Amador Flower Farm!

October events at the Flower Farm, plus our 16th Annual Fall Festival, Sat & Sun Oct 6 & 7

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two competitors from Ko Sutemi West in Pine Grove win silver and bronze medals in 16th Irish Cup

Rhonda and William Lashbrook from the Ko Sutemi West in Pine Grove joined the AKJU Team America International Competition team for the 16th Irish Cup, held Dublin Ireland on Saturday, June 23rd 2012.  The 16th “Irish Cup” was held in Dublin’s National Basketball Arena, This is a multi-style event catering to Karate and JuJitsu, but it is open to all styles of martial arts. The competitors had the opportunity to compete in Grappling, Individual and team Katas, Individual and team Sparring, Weapons and Self Defense.

This year the team consisted of 23 competitors. The team had another outstanding day bringing home 27 Gold, 19 Silver and 18 Bronze medals; as well as 2 Grand Championships.

Rhonda competed in Kata and won a Silver medal. William competed in Kata and also won a Silver Medal. William also competed in Team Sparing and won a Bronze medal.

The A.K.J.U. TEAM AMERICA and A.K.J.U. ALL AMERICAN is a non-discriminating Certified Federation recorded with the United States of America, State of Ohio, Office of the Secretary of State, which is open to all styles, age and belt rank, giving them the opportunity to travel and compete internationally and still remain in their own Dojo system of Federation.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival - Sat Sept 29

14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival - Saturday September 29 from 5pm – 9:30pm 

Brought to you by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association
Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casino

Everyone is ready to get down with Blues Rock and Classic Blues at the 14th Annual Sutter Creek Blues & Brews Festival, coming September 29th. Two fabulous blues bands will be on hand to get your feet moving and grooving from 5pm until 9:30pm that Saturday night.

With only 500 tickets available and the tickets are going fast. This favorite event will feature two Blues andBrews Gardens showcasing the rockin’ blues of the Brad Wilson Band and the classic blues of The Bad Catz. Come down and relax for a while under the stars, as the music takes you away.

At both venues, blues lovers can chill out with micro brews and classic brews: such as Stella Artois, Shock Top, Kona Long Board, Sierra Nevada and Bud Light AND we will be pouring wine in both of the gardens. If you prefer the wine, just buy the $15 ticket and purchase wine by the glass inside the Festival Gardens. There will be non-alcoholic beverages provided as well. And when that hunger pang strikes…….there will be some delicious food there to satisfy your needs. Hay bales will be provided for seating, but you can bring your own chair as well.

Only 500 tickets will be available for this fun event, so don’t wait!!! Visit for more information. Tickets are $25 which includes: Two Bands, Classic Commemorative 14 oz Beer Mug, 5 great brews, and free water and sodas. $15.00 tickets are if you want wine or just to be a designated driver and enjoy the world class music… but you still get to enjoy both venues with two professional Blues Bands, free sodas and water. Tickets available online at or at J&D’s Steak House 36 Main Street in Sutter Creek (Open Mon-Sat), Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71A Main Street, or you can call 209-267-1344 to reserve your tickets today by credit card and pick them up the day of the event.

Hot Blues, Cool Brews on tap September 29th in Sutter Creek!
Don’t miss this one… will be the best yet!

Brought to you by:
The Sutter Creek Business and Professional Association
Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casin

Master Gardeners: "Fall in the Garden" - Sat Oct 13

FREE Class:  Fall in the Garden, October 13th

Join Amador County Master Gardeners on Saturday, October 13 from 9am until noon for a class about Fall in the Garden.

Fall in a wonderful time in the yard and allows a more relaxed pace than the hectic summer season that just ended.  Gotta get those veggies in before the bad heat and after the last cold weather slides through.  Weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, and preserving means lots of intense work in a short period.  But during fall you can operate at a more leisurely pace, and there are some really fun things to do.  Drive around your community and discover where the color is and what’s causing it.  You’ll also need to check the local nursery for colorful fall plants.  Peruse the colorful fall foliage section in your Sunset Western Garden Book located in the front “Plant Finder” or “Guide to Plant Selection.”  If you don’t have these sections, maybe it’s time to buy the latest edition.

The actual fall work schedule does include cleaning up the vegetable garden and preparing it for spring or planting some winter plants.  Digging and dividing spring bulbs and hardy perennials also needs to be done.  But it’s so much fun to give away the extra plants to family and friends.  Or, call the local garden club or Master Gardeners to see if they can use them for their plant sales.  You can also get started on cleaning and storing your yard equipment and tools, too.

We’ll discuss all of these topics and more at this free class being held at the GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amador Flyfishers - Tues Sept 18

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) proudly welcomes expert fly-tyer and fisherman Jay Murakoshi on Tuesday September 18, 2012 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  Jay will provide a fly-tying demonstration beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by a 7:00pm presentation on Flyfishing for Large Mouth Bass.  With over 35 years commercial fly-tying experience, Jay Murakoshi is a popular speaker at fly-fishing shows, with his patterns and techniques regularly featured in numerous fly-tying and fishing magazines.  He also operates Baja Fly Fishing Adventures/Flies Unlimited specializing in fly-fishing classes and trips to Baja, Honduras, and Australia.  AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, share local fishing reports, and to support fishery conservation issues.  Visitors welcome - come join us! (

Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

Improving the Regional Food System - Niche Meat Marketing Workshop and Dinner- Mon Sept 17

I hope you are all enjoying these final days of summer as the light fades and the melons, apples and pears ripen.  I am writing to inform you about the Niche Meat Marketing Workshop coming up on the afternoon
of Monday, September 17th.  This is a free workshop open to all.  So if you are a livestock producer, quality meat consumer, chef, restaurant owner or farmer's market goer, this workshop will provide you with
useful insight and information.  What kind of information, the kind we need to make our local and regional food systems more vibrant and robust.
Not only is this workshop free, but it will be followed by a excellent free dinner.  All you need to do is RSVP by this Friday, September 14th. Thanks for your interest in making the Central Sierra Foothills a
healthy and fun place to live!

Sean Krielitich

The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD), in collaboration with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is hosting a Niche Meat Marketing Workshop on September 17, 2012, from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.  The workshop will feature Sierra Nevada foothills farmers Dan
Macon (Flying Mule Farm), Dan Port (Winterport Farms), and Sean Kriletich (Paloma Pollinators), and is designed for those interested in becoming local meat producers, or perhaps just learning more about the
behind-the-scenes work of a local farmer.  A free grass-fed beef dinner will be provided to all workshop recipients who RSVP by September 14,
2012 (dinner available for $10.00 per person without RSVP). Workshop attendees are also welcome to stay after dinner and attend the Central Sierra Livestock Processing Committee meeting, where members will discuss the possibility of starting a regional meat processing facility in the area.
The workshop is being held at the Amador County Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Boulevard, in Sutter Creek, CA.  To RSVP, please send an email to or call 209-223-6543.
1.              2:15 – 2: 25 p.m.       Welcome and introductions - Dan Port, Director, Amador RCD
2.              2:25 – 3:25 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing Goats, Sheep, and Mutton - Dan Macon, Flying Mule Ranch
3.              3:25 – 3:35 p.m.        Break
4.              3:35 – 4:05 p.m.        Co-operative Local Marketing - Sean Kriletich, Paloma Pollinators
5.              4:05 – 4:15 p.m.        Break
6.              4:15 – 5:15 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing
       Dan Port, Winterport Farm
7.              5:15 – 5:30 p.m.        Questions and Comments From The Audience

Monday, September 10, 2012

Big Weekend for Winners at Jackson Rancheria

Jackson, CA –  The winners were at Jackson Rancheria this weekend as three lucky but shy players took home over $160,000.The winning streak started on Friday, September 7, when a Mountain View man hit the jackpot on a nickel Golden Theater Deluxe Fusion slot machine for $100,000.The winning continued throughout the weekend, culminating with two more big jackpots on Sunday.

A woman from Sloughhouse won $32,939 on a dollar Bonus Bells Progressive slot machine and another from Sacramento won $30,737 on a Pot o’ Gold Progressive machine. Jackson Rancheria’s average slot winnings on 1,500 machines total over $2.5 million daily and over $900 million annually, making them the loosest in the area.The Casino is nearing the end of extensive renovations and making plans for an enormous Grand Opening Celebration with over $2,000,000 in prizes.

Check for details as they become available.Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466),

Located in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

Via Citizen report: "Scare Ware" scam


Last month one of my clients received a call from someone (with an "Indian accent") who said "you are sending virus out of my computer, and they could help since they were a Microsoft Certified company". (They implied they were a Microsoft Company.) Let us log into your computer and we'll help you. (Also, have your credit card ready!)

This is the company:

$250 later, the computer was saved! Hallelujah! But then they called a few days later to extract another $50. This is when I was called. I told her to cancel the credit card transactions with this company and I removed all of their "scare-ware" from her computer.

Another client related a similar story to me last week, and they contacted me before doing anything. I said "don't do anything, it's a scam!"

Last Friday I'm at work and who calls...the same guy from India! This is where I confirmed the company and website behind this "scare-bully" tactic.

Bottom line, if you receive a call from someone who says you're infected, get their phone number to call them back, write it down, hangup, and throw the paper away!

Call or email me if you have any questions.

Bob Greene

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

POSTPONED: Rainwater Harvesting Workshop – Sept 22

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, 9/22/12 has been postponed.  A new date has not been set but I will let you know just as soon as it is. - Sean Kriletich

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop – September 22nd, 1 to 5 pm
Wouldn't you like to utilize the rain that falls on your house, field or shop to grow your garden, recharge groundwater or provide fire protection?  On Saturday, September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm, the Amador Resource Conservation District presents a workshop on rainwater harvesting and storage.  The workshop will be taught by Sean Kriletich, a foothill farmer and agricultural consultant, with first hand knowledge and experience with a variety of rainwater harvesting scenarios.  The cost per participant will be $20 and refreshments will be provided.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to make effective use of your precious water resources.

Who: All those interested in effective use of our rainwater resources.
What: A Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Workshop presented by the Amador Resource Conservation District and instructed by Sean Kriletich
When: Saturday, September 22nd from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Sutter Hill - Amador Co. Health and Human Services Conference Room -10877 Conductor Blvd.  Sutter Creek CA  95685
Why: Whether we are homeowners, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, winery owners, builders or vineyard owners we could all use extra water.  This workshop will cover all aspects of rainwater harvesting and storage from the drops falling on your roof or field, to storage and utilization.  You will leave this workshop with the principles of rainwater harvesting, storage, and utilization as well as the knowledge you need to install a system and information on the costs involved.
Cost: $20 per participant ($10 for each additional participant from the same farm our household) - space is limited so reserve your seat today!
To reserve your seat at the September 22nd Rainwater Harvesting Workshop please contact Sean Kriletich at or (209) 402-7801 and/or send your check or money order ($20 per participant - $10 for each additional participant from the same farm our household) to:

Sean Kriletich
18048 Butte View Ct.
Jackson, CA 95642

I look forward to seeing you at the workshop,

P.S. A field trip to an existing rainwater harvesting installation will be available during the week following the workshop.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jackson Rancheria First in State to Offer House Money Bet

JACKSON, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort  is the first casino in California to offer the House Money side bet in Blackjack.If a player makes the optional House Money wager from $1 to $25 and their first two cards are a A&K suited, 2-Card Straight Flush, a Pair, or a 2-Card Straight, the player is paid up to 9 to 1 (depending on the hand) and the original wager is also returned.

The Player is paid regardless if the Dealer has a Blackjack. If the Player has one of the above hands in their initial two cards, they have the option to add the entire amount paid (including the original side bet wager) or any portion of the winnings to their base Blackjack wager.

Or the player may choose to simply collect the payout. If the Dealer has Blackjack, this option does not apply and the Player is simply paid for his winning hand.

If the player chooses to ‘cap’ their base Blackjack wager by adding the winnings of the initial phase of his side bet, the entire wager will be considered to be his Blackjack wager. The player may also cap his wager if his winning hand was a Blackjack (Ace-King suited).

Jackson Rancheria also offers Blackjack players a Bet the Set “21” side bet.

If the player’s first two cards are a pair or suited pair, the player wins. The player’s hand is independent of the dealer’s hand and is unaffected by the dealer’s Blackjack. This side bet pays up to 25-1 depending on the number of decks in play.Jackson Rancheria always strives to offer the latest and most popular games and betting options.

Visit for details on all the games and activities at the Casino Resort.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit in the Sierra foothills town of Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is owned by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe. A sovereign government, the Rancheria is dedicated to developing projects that not only enhance the tribe’s ability to remain self-reliant, but also reflect a commitment to be a good neighbor.

Roaring Camp: Only FOUR more Saturday Night NY BBQ's left!

Only FOUR more Saturday Night NY Steak BBQ’s left for this season! Book now!
$50.00 person gets you a GREAT NY Steak BBQ Dinner, along with music from either Lovin' Country or the Ridgeriders.

We are also are offering a Special rate of $30.00 for the BBQ and Guided Gold Panning & Gold Mine Tours, that is a $20.00 discount for September 8th & 22nd.

Please call ASAP as space is limited! Don’t miss out the season ends on September 29th!

Roaring Camp