Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:47

Kamps Propane Fire Safety Reminders

- If your propane tank or gas system has been damaged in any way as a result of the fire, contact your propane company to arrange for an inspection and repair of the system.

- If your propane service was shut off as part of your evacuation procedures, you will need a pressure test and safety check in order to safely restore your gas service.

- If you return to your home and have any reason to suspect your service was interrupted, do not attempt to relight you pilots— call your propane company for a pressure test and safety check.

- If you are uncertain if your service was interrupted, contact your propane company for a pressure test and safety check.

- If you smell gas when you return to your home, do not turn on any lights or strike any matches. Leave the building and call your propane company immediately.


We’re bringing in extra help from our other offices to help our customers get their service restored as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience! 


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Sept. 15, 2015 - 

Sutter Health made a $300,000 donation today to support fire relief efforts across Northern California communities. The Donations will go to several organizations helping bring food, shelter and other resources to those affected by the massive Butte Fire, still burning in Amador and Calaveras counties and the Valley Fire, still raging in Lake County.

- $250,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund to help bring food, water, and emergency shelter to families in need.

- $25,000 to support local mental health services, including grievance counselors, peer support and others to individuals impacted by the fire in Amador and Calaveras counties.

- $20,000 to additional local angencies supporting fire relief in Lake County.


For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross Website.

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For TSPN’s coverage of the Butte-Amador Fire, please visit

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:18

ATTN: Veterans Affected by the Butte-Amador Fire

Victory Village has a grant to assist homeless veterans with re-housing in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine, El Dorado, and Mariposa Counties.  However, these veterans must be under 50% Average Median Income for the county in which they reside or wish to relocate to.  Please have all veterans contact us for assistance, even if they do not qualify for our grant.

A lot of the veterans who have been calling us for assistance due to the loss of their home in the fire do not qualify for this grant because they are above the 50% AMI threshold.  I am starting this fund for those veterans and theuir families so that Victory Village, along with our community, can assist in getting them back on their feet.  All donations are tax-deductible up to the allowable amount.

If you know any veterans who need assistance, please have them contact Victory Village at 209-223-2286.  Even if they don't qualify for the grant, we are going to assist them in any way we can with this fund as well as many resource referrals.  

Thank you for supporting veterans and their families!
Nichole Mulford
Executive Director
Victory Village, Inc.
ADDITIONALLY: for assistance with food, clothing/shelter, or accessing medical care, you may call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838).
You will be connected to a VA social worker at the nearest VA facility.

Tara Ricks

Public Affairs Officer

VA Northern California Health Care System

(O) 916-843-9247|(BB) 916-240-3370




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Amador Community Foundation has established a DISASTER RELIEF FUND for victims of the Butte Fire.

Online contributions can be made at 

Checks: Payable to ACF. write “Butte Fire” in the memo section and mail to ACF PO Box 1154 Jackson, CA  95642

(courtesy: Loraine Davis)

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We are very excited to announce that this Saturday, August 15th, around noon,  Don Wilke's Gold Country Auto Clinic (formerly Subaru Plus) will be presenting Operation Care with a rebuilt Subaru Legacy!
Gold Country Auto Clinic is hosting an open house to celebrate their move to 705 S. State Hwy 49 (the old tire store below Raley's) in Jackson. During this event, KVGC Hometown Radio will be broadcasting from the new Gold Country Auto Clinic location from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Don plans on presenting the car around noon, live on the radio!
Several businesses including Howard's Body Shop, Jackson Tire, Riebe Auto Parts and Diamond Detail contributed to the refurbishment of the car, and Don Wilke has offered to provide maintenance of the car for the first 12 months.
During the same event, Gold Country Auto Clinic is holding a food drive for the Food Bank, where attendees will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they bring.
So stop by on Saturday, bring a few cans of food for the Food Bank and join us in the CELEBRATION

Thank you - THANK YOU - to Everyone Involved!! 
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Hank Arnold and Kelly Wolin talk about upcoming events hosted by the Upcountry Rotary Club. Find out more on TSPN TV News with Mike Spence.

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Mike Spence talks to Hank Arnold and Kelly Wolin about the Upcountry Rotary Club on TSPN TV News.

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The Amador Upcountry Rotary Club visited the Grove to present the Rotary 2015 Scholarship to Youth Alexander Morrow.  Unfortunately, Mr. Morrow could not attend as his crew is assigned to the fires burning in Trinity County.  Mr. Kelly Wolin, President of the Amador Upcountry Rotary Club, spoke briefly about the scholarship.  He commended Mr. Morrow’s application letter and stated the importance of Education, and how it can help a person become a positive and respected member of their community.


Accepting the scholarship for Alex were Senior Dave Ehrhardt and Judy Levenson (College Coordinator). Mr. Bob Chrisman, Chairman of the Amador Upcountry Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, presented a framed award letter and a check to Judy Levenson.  She told the attendees that Alex had stated that he plans on using the money to purchase his first computer.


Following the presentation, Senior Ehrhardt and Judy Levenson were asked to speak about Alex’s time in Camp.  They talked about how hard Mr. Morrow had worked in High School, on his College application, and in his position as the Number one man on Wildland Fire Fighting Crew. Alex is dedicated, determined, and committed to succeeding in life. Alex is scheduled to be released this month and he will start his College Classes begin the next day.
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Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk

Indians and City of Sutter Creek begin restoration of Cribbs Field


The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and the City of Sutter Creek have joined hands in a shared effort to restore Cribbs Field and Miniie Provis Park in Sutter Creek. Jeff Campbell, Contractor with Campbell Construction will be leading the job that will be accomplished in four separate phases. Phase 1 includes temporarily relocating the bleachers and removing the existing dugouts, fencing and concrete slabs. Excavation will begin shortly after in an effort to construct a stabilizing wall along the top slope adjacent to the creek. Next they will begin installing a stacked block retaining wall and fence along the walkway on the east side of the park, increasing the area for a future batting cage.  New concrete steps will eventually lead from the upper area down to the creek and the existing drinking fountain will be carefully restored.


During this time, City Manager, Amy Gedney will be coordinating volunteer efforts focused on landscaping the west side of the ball field and the Jackson Rancheria Native Crew will be working to install new BBQ pits and repair the existing tables and benches in the picnic area.


City Council member, Robin Peters is also the owner of Cal State Engineering and is donating the land surveying and overall layout of the ball field.  Ken Williams of Youndahl Consulting Group, Inc. is assisting the project by donating the compaction testing and soil report. City Engineer, Gary Ghio’s firm is donating the design for the retaining wall, stairs and overall engineering needs and ACES Waste Services will be donating the debris boxes and hauling.


“The City is thrilled that the Tribe has taken on such a monumental and generous endeavor. This project is a fantastic example of public/private partnerships that are truly beneficial for the greater good.  We are looking forward to working with the Tribe for many years to come” said City Manager, Amy Gedney.


Future phases depend on cooperation with Mother Nature and progress made on phase 1.


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