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Jerry Budrick
3 days ago
Yuki snapped this photo from above Upper Blue Lake. His friend, Mark, is the tiny guy on the shore. Photo courtesy of Kautz's friend, Yuki
On Sunday, the 17th, I got an email from my friend Yuki, saying that if I could wait to go to Upper Blue Lakes until Tuesday, he wanted to go. Sure, I’d wait until then to go up. It’s always a pleasure to fish with him. We’ve been doing so since we met at the Camanche Trout Pond some four years ago.

We met at Cook’s Station at 8:30 a.m., and, after picking up coffee, we headed up the hill. We got to Upper Blue Lake and picked a different spot than I usually fish, because we wanted to use our rod holders and most of the shoreline...

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Donna Kelley
3 days ago
A question wassent my way by Margaret A. of Sutter Creek: I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis and heard that nutrition may help with stiffness and pain. If this is true, what foods do I need to be eating or not eating?

My answer is: This is definitely true. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints and connective tissue (cartilage). Cartilage is a slippery material that covers the ends of bones, acting like a cushion, and preventing the bones from rubbing together. As cartilage starts breaking down due to wear and tear, dehydration,...

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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
Irma and Jose Fieto and some of their staff stand ready for action at Bella Rosa II, in Sutter Creek. Photo courtesy of Brent Parsons
Leslie and I dine out rarely in the evening, because Leslie likes to cook and I support my wife in that endeavor. Once we are home, we usually stay, and my entertainment budget has always been the last one funded. We do eat lunch out at least once a week and have eaten at Bella Rosa, in Jackson, a dozen times. Our waitress is usually an upbeat and energetic young woman with a captivating accent who sometimes has children upstairs.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a Bella Rosa sign had replaced the Hootenanny’s one in Martell, followed...

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Mike Sweeney
07/10/2014 3:08 PM
One of the many gifts we enjoy living in Amador County is our proximity to one of the outdoor wonders of the world — Lake Tahoe. People travel for days to visit this outdoor icon, but we can get to this largest alpine lake in North America in an hour-and-a-half. Consider these Tahoe facts: 1,645 feet deep (deepest lake in the US after Crater Lake); 22 miles long and 12 miles wide; 72 miles of shoreline; fed by 63 tributaries with only one outlet, the Truckee River. The Lake Tahoe Basin was created millions of years ago by seismic... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
06/20/2014 12:36 PM
Comedian Stephan Wright says, “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” Unfortunately, most long distance routes have lots of traffic and safety issues. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a magical long distance walking trail here in our area free of traffic and surrounded by nature’s beauty; one that could even take us to other countries; a trail that could transport us to Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, the Mojave Desert to the south and Mt. Rainier and all the “Ring of Fire” volcanoes to the north? Well, this magical... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
06/20/2014 12:51 PM
I learned the other day that the fish hatchery at Nimbus Dam is “evacuating” its trout, due to a lack of cold water from Lake Natoma. This hatchery stocks the Highway 88 corridor and several places off Highway 50. A commissioner from Alpine County Fish and Game stated that their local areas (Alpine County rivers, etc.) will continue to be planted throughout the season and that the hatchery closure will not affect that area.

The plan I heard was to spread out all the fish in the hatchery among the Highway 88 and 50 lakes and have...

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Mark Kautz
06/12/2014 3:42 PM
Amador Flyfishers welcomes guest speaker Thomas (TJ) Ferreira of Tenkara USA Flyrods on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m., in the Amador County Administration Center, at 810 Court Street, in Jackson.

Tenkara is one of the oldest (and now latest) flyfishing crazes: this traditional Japanese method of flyfishing is ideal for fly-fishing mountain streams, using a rod with an attached/fixed line (no reel) and a non-weighted fly.

Starting at 6 p.m., Ferreira will demonstrate how to tie Tenkara flies, followed by a general meeting at 7...

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Via Press Release
06/09/2014 10:24 PM
It is officially the beginning of June. The Pinterest pages, Facebook feeds, and family magazine features are loaded up with all the activities you should do with your kid’s summer. AS. IF. As if we need more activities. MORE I say! As if I am sitting here, ok, really laying here in my end of school year coma, thinking, “OMG! I CANNOT wait to tackle that homemade moon sand recipe we will dye ourselves with the skin of organic vegetables, then shape our homemade sand into a perfect replica of the Millenium Falcon! ” Or, “Why yes, I... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
06/06/2014 2:38 PM
We can count on tax deadlines in April and Memorial Day in May, and, in June, we know that The Arc of Amador and Calaveras will be hosting a welcoming picnic for the amazing Journey of Hope cyclists. The Arc has been putting on this wonderful event for 25 years now, and if the people The Arc serves have anything to say about it, they will be hosting these cyclists for the next 100 years.

You see, these bike riders are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Back in 1977, PKP founded a nonprofit organization, PUSH America, to help...

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Jerry Budrick
06/06/2014 2:41 PM
y wife and I headed out on Friday, May 16, for Pine Flat Lake, about 40 miles east of Fresno. The plan was to meet up with a fellow blogger from that area and fish the Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam. I also wanted to visit a couple of places where I had camped in the past. It was a déjà vu kind of thing.

We got to the campground about 4:30 p.m. and, by the time I had leveled the trailer and got the camping chairs out, I was drinking a 16 oz. bottle of water about every hour. It was supposed to be 95 there on Friday, but it sure...

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Matthew Hedger
06/05/2014 10:46 AM
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Matthew Hedger
05/26/2014 9:21 AM
INGREDIENTS:

1 large package Blue or purple jello

1 large package Red jello, any flavor

4 cups Water; boiling

2 cups Water; cold

8 ounces Cool Whip topping; thawed

4 cups Angel food cake, cubed

2 cups Strawberries; sliced

1/2 cups Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Dissolve berry blue jello in 2 cups of boiling water. In a

separate bowl, dissolve the cherry jello. Stir 1 cup of

cold water into each bowl. Pour into separate 9x13" pans.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours until firm. Cut into 1/2"

cubes. Place blue jello cubes in bottom...

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Jenny Price
05/26/2014 12:16 PM
In honor of Memorial Day, here's a Los Angeles Times photo dated March 22, 1941 of 41 men-including Jimmy Stewart-who were taking the oath to enlist in the Army. Stewart was the first major star to enter military service before Dec.. 7, 1941. During the war, he would receive two Distinguished Flying Cross medals for actions in combat and the Croix de Guerre. He also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Stewart rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Source: Classic...

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Jenny Price
05/25/2014 10:31 PM
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope came out on May 25, 1977. Thirty-seven years later, and it's still a legendary film. What will you be watching this Memorial Day weekend? [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
05/22/2014 1:06 PM
A few years back, I signed up for a one-week yoga boot camp at a well-known “yoga farm” in the Grass Valley area. The folks running the farm were strict adherents to a yoga sect that does not allow caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or strangely enough, garlic. I figured a week with these folks would help me drop a few pounds and make my aches and pains go away. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it the full week.

The first indication I was out of my element was at the orientation, where we were taught a few beginning poses, and the whole class...

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Lisa Lucke
05/22/2014 1:37 PM
Doing nothing is not only not exhausting, but, as luck would have it, calorie-burning. Check out this data from ScientificAmerican.com:

Although the average adult human brain weighs about 1.4 kilograms, only 2 percent of total body weight, it demands 20 percent of our resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the total amount of energy our bodies expend in one very lazy day of no activity. If we assume an average resting metabolic rate of 1,300 calories, then the brain consumes 260 of those calories just to keep things in order. That’s 10.8...

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Mike Sweeney
05/16/2014 11:46 AM
The 29-mile section of the Coast to Crest Trail in the Mokelumne Watershed offers outstanding day hike opportunities. A few months back, we took a look at a 4-mile loop that starts out east from Middle Bar Bridge. Today, we will explore a 3.6-mile loop that heads west from the bridge initially, and then returns via the Gwin Mine Road.

Take Highway 49 south out of Jackson and turn right on Middle Bar Road (1.1 miles past Taco Bell) to get to the trailhead. Middle Bar is bumpy, but scenic, as you follow it 2.6 miles to the...

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Mark Kautz
05/08/2014 2:49 PM
As promised, I headed up the hill early Tuesday morning. With great anticipation, I looked forward to fishing the West Fork of the Carson River. The DFW had stocked this three or four times in the month before opening day of the General Trout Season on April 26.

I got to the 88/89 bridge somewhere around 6 a.m. What I first noticed was that it was really, really cold. I had on my parka, gloves and chemical hand warmers, and I was still cold. My guess was 30 degrees or below.

The “fish-to-extinction” crowd uses Panther Martin...

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Mike Sweeney
04/30/2014 9:46 AM
It’s such a great time of year to be outside enjoying nature’s bounty. I was fortunate this week to do a kayak trip that beautifully showcased some of the wildlife with whom we share this planet. The paddle started at Herman and Helen’s Marina at the end of Eight Mile Road, down in the California Delta. It was a windblown Spring afternoon that quickly became one of the most amazing wildlife extravaganzas I have ever experienced.

I launched off the little dock and was immediately blown towards a pair of Mallard Ducks and their...

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Jerry Budrick
04/28/2014 1:25 PM
I was invited to meet with Hismael Guerrero — he goes by Izzy — on Wednesday, the 23rd. Who is Izzy? He’s the General Manager of Lake Camanche. Before the meeting, I wasn’t sure what he wanted to see me about, but it would give me a good chance to talk to the “man in charge,”

I drove out to Lake Camanche North Shore on the preceding Monday, just to see if my luck had changed. I used the same rigs as I did at Silver Lake and hung around for about three hours. I fished between the double buoys out in the Day Use Area and went home...

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