Camp out for Cancer was cancelled in the wake of the Butte Fire. Find out how alternative ways to support Amador Stars on TSPN TV.

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Friday, 18 September 2015 17:09

A Special Thank You from the Volcano Union Inn

We want to thank all those who have put their lives in danger this past week to battle the 64,000+ acre fire that is ravaging 

Amador and Calaveras Counties. 
It has been an emotional week for so many families.
Many of our own staff and their families have had to be evacuated, along with countless others. 
This has been a trying week for so many, and yet we seem to stand strong. We band together. We uplift each other. We will make it through this. Together.

We give thanks to all the firefighters, law enforcement, PG&E, all the volunteers, and for everyone's safety. 

Our power is back on here in Volcano as of last night, and we are open. If you need a place to get away, we are here. And there are rooms available for those who have been displaced by this disaster.
Call us if you need a place to stay.

Mark & Tracey Berkner, Ed Tracey and 
the staff at The Union

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Friday, 18 September 2015 17:01

The Big Crush 2015

Declare your “Big Crush” on Amador County Wine Region!


“Big Crush” (v): feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love for wines.


We are two weeks away from the 23rd annual celebration of all things ‘Crush’! The 2015  Big Crush Harvest Festival brings together over 40 family owned wineries, winemakers and winery members for a weekend of harvest celebration – Amador Style!  Enjoy an amazing selection of Amador wines, the harvest in action, food and wine pairings, special “crush” activities and an eclectic mix of music and entertainment. You will fall in love with our handcrafted wines while experiencing The Big Crush


Join us on Saturday, October 3rd& Sunday, October 4th, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and discover why, in Amador County, wine is a passion and not just a crush!


Tickets for The Big Crush are good for a commemorative glass for wine tasting, food,and all activities at all 42 participating wineries - $40 pp in advance for Saturday andSundaySunday only tickets are $30 pp in advance. Tickets are $5 more the day of the event. Each ticket includes a wristband passport and commemorative wine glass. Tickets will be sold online at beginning August 1, 2015. A ticket for your designated driver is only $10. Please drive responsibly, and enjoy all that ourBig Crush weekend has to offer.


For more information on Amador Vintners “The Big Crush” call 1-888-655-8614, e-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: #1155cc;">'+addy_text52733+'<\/a>'; //-->  or visit the Amador Vintners website at


Purchase on-line discounted tickets through September 29th2015 at:

or by calling 1-888-655-8614(Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass.)


$40 Saturday (Includes Sunday admission)

$30 Sunday Only

$10 Designated Driver


*After September 29th, tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event for an additional $5 each.


For further information visit

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Thursday, 17 September 2015 02:30

The Days of 49 is Happening Sept. 20th

Sunday Sept. 20 is this year's Days of 49 Celebration on Main Street, Jackson -- even better (and bigger) than last year.
All events free to the public!
Enjoy the Wagon Train parade at 10:30 a.m. andAmador County living history festivities immediately following until 5 pm -- all on Main Street, Jackson.
We have a fantastic line-up of entertainment, activities and living history exhibits planned. Live music includes:
Slade Rivers Band
Maria Behm & Her Dawn Riders
Black Irish Band
Old Soles
Don't miss free Carriage Rides, Gunfights, Old West Melodrama, Medicine Show, kids games and crafts...
Due to impacts of the Butte Fire, the three-day Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train through Amador County has been cancelled. Join us at Days of 49 in Jackson to celebrate the pioneer spirit that lives today in California's Gold Country! 
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Thursday, 17 September 2015 02:25

Cal Fire Expands Butte Fire Information Line



Effective immediately, CAL FIRE Incident Management Team I has expanded the Butte Fire Information Line to include the Butte Fire Recovery Information Line.  The Fire Information and Fire Recovery Lines will serve as a central information center for residents and those affected by the Butte Fire. 

For any questions regarding the Butte Fire or recovery efforts, please call:

(209) 822-3159


Additional information regarding the Butte Fire can be found on

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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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Monday, 14 September 2015 03:38

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora is your local fire and water restoration company based out of Jackson. Because of the amount of structures affected by the fire and smoke, we have requested that a Disaster Recovery Team assist our franchise.

We are anticipating hundreds of claims. Some for simple deodorization and others for extensive fire and smoke restoration. Our office staff will be taking all phone calls and prioritizing them based on severity.

A special note for all homeowners. PLEASE do not open your refrigerator and freezer and seal them shut with duct tape. Call SERVPRO for directions on what to do with your contaminated appliances.

You can reach our office at (209)223-4423.

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