Category Archives: Amador County

Another cruel financial truth for rural counties

  In California, water flows toward money. Money also flows toward money, with the understanding that most of the money and power is concentrated in certain urban regions, especially Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Here’s one way that plays out: When the state government takes actions that can reduce revenues to local governments, state […]

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More on whether to try to save the Sierra forests

For several years now, national forest managers, private timber land owners, environmentalists, scientists and others have been discussing the woes facing the forests here in the Sierra Nevada. The issues are complex, but for the sake of brevity, it largely comes down to whether we let catastrophic fires destroy the forests. Nobody wants this. Not […]

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Translating resource-speak

My heart sinks when I get a news release and it’s initially tough to figure out what the heck it’s about. Here’s the headline to a release I got today:  Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management  Yikes. Long words. All either abstract concepts or very general. “Natural resource” can refer to everything from the […]

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Video on forest restoration on the Upper Mokelumne River

Steve Dunsky, a video producer for the U.S. Forest Service, just emailed me a link to a video in which Calaveras County Supervisor Steve Wilensky talks about what forest restoration means in West Point and other communities in the Upper Mokelumne River watershed. It is episode 4 on this page:  

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Amador Central

Speeders, rail buffs and others interested in the Amador Central Railroad that operated for a century between Ione and Martell will want to know that a book on the railroad is coming out in October, authored by archeologist and former Amador County Archivist Deborah Cook. For a sneak look at illustrations inside the book, go to

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