El Dorado County’s Incredible Wood Fueled Model T Ford

What can you do with a 1913 Model T, an old propane tank, CO2 container, and a piece of an old metal bed frame? Local historian and naturalist, Guy Nixon, explains how his father, Bill Nixon, and brother-in-law, Mike Kearney, created a wood burning engine for their Model T. The burning at high temperatures gasifies the wood, so the vehicle runs on hydrogen. The exhaust is H2O! Enjoy the ride!

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GetOffYourGass.com: The Ultimate Guide to Hiking on The Georgetown Divide

“Hikes from the North Fork to the South Fork of the American River”

With a brief respite from winter’s El Niño storms and temperatures nearing 70° across the Georgetown Divide, there couldn’t be a better time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! While snow at higher elevations limits trail use to snowshoes or cross-country skis at this time of year, lower elevation trails are open and are often lightly used during the cooler months.

For local hikers, GetOffYourGass.com is the ultimate guide to hiking on the Georgetown Divide. GetOffYourGass was created in 2007 by Philip Liberman to provide a source on the web for hikes in the American River watersheds above Folsom Lake. “Get Off Your Gass” was the name Tom Petersen used when he lead hikes in the region during that time period.

The site contains more than 300 pages of hiking trails and detailed, hand-drawn maps. This is a collection of hikes from the books: Auburn Outback, Georgetown Hiking Trails, Lost Trails of the Sierra Nevada, Placerville Paths and Take a Hike! by local authors Tom Petersen, Robert J. Griffis and Evan W. Jones.

visit: GetOffYourGass

Tree Pruning Clinic on Saturday, February 27

Get a Jump On Spring! It’s Time to Prune Your Trees!

WHEN: February 27, 2016 at 10:00am

LOCATION: 6639 School Street, Georgetown

HOSTED BY: Divide Supply

TAUGHT BY: Nancy Ottow and Janice Hoyt

Rain cancels and class will be held at the same time and place on Saturday, March 10th. Bring your pruning tools.

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KFOK Valentine’s Concert and Dance – Fundraising Event on February 13th, 2016

♥ KFOK Valentine’s Concert and Dance ♥
Hope to See You There!

State of Jefferson Needs Your Help

Become One of The ’51sters’


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Will this go to Court?

More than likely the litigation process will begin within a month. Two of the best attorney’s in the U.S. are gearing up to proceed with the legal steps. It should also be noted, that attorney’s across the nation, are watching with great interest, what Jeffersonians are doing here in California.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: The State of Jefferson Committee is now accepting donations that go directly for efforts here in El Dorado County. Now we want to hold events all over El Dorado County to spread the word and make money for our Legal Fund. We would like to hold town hall meetings, dinners and other fun outdoor events when the weather is right. We need your donations to make this happen. Any amount is welcome, please send checks to Mike Thomas, payable to State of Jefferson EDC, 1390 Broadway, #271, Placerville, CA 95667.
If you want to donate directly to the Legal Fund, this can be done on the SOJ Main Website: SOJ51.net. Click on the donate button, all money’s contributed to this web site, are used strictly for the Legal Fund. Any dollar amount is appreciated: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or any other amount. You can set up recurring monthly payments for $5, $10, $20 etc. Please Note: These contributions are not tax deductible and your identity will not be disclosed.

Are You In It To Win It?

To win, we need your continued help. Join the “three” for Jefferson campaign: We need you and 9,999 others to make 3 phone calls a day to State legislators. THIS WILL TAKE YOU LESS THAN 5 MINUTES EACH DAY. Many of us are making 10+ calls a day and are enlisting family members and friends, to join this most important effort. We are also making special calls to Ted Gaines and Frank Bigelow daily.

Make your calls and you will have a chance to win an AR-15 Sport Rifle. It doesn’t stop here, because a different gun will be given away every month. Our goal is 30,000 phone calls each and every day.

How do you participate? Go to the SOJ 51.net web site and click on the 51sters button, at the top of the page. Once the next page opens, follow the instructions. On the left side of the page you enter your name and email. THIS IS IMPORTANT. You can opt out of the contest if you want, but we still want you to submit your information. If you wish to download all 120 legislators you can do that under the submit button. You will see a list of 3 names & phone numbers on the right side of the page. Every time you click on the 51sters tab it will randomly give you 3 more names to call. You can call as many as you would like to call, but please at least do the 3.

Calls can me be made during the day, or you can leave a message in the evening or on weekends. If you do get a staff person or voice mail, state your name and county and feel free to add your own thoughts, but please be positive and polite. At this time, there is no bill number and are currently looking for a legislator to introduce our legislation.

Suggested Script: “Hello, my name is____________________, from El Dorado County and I want _____________________, to support the State of Jefferson legislation when it comes up for a vote in committee and on the floor. Thank you.”

What’s next in El Dorado County?

In 2016, we look forward to seeing the many of our new supporters. Please watch for future newsletters. This is a grass roots effort and we welcome your assistance in gathering more signatures and spreading the good word about Jefferson to friends and business people. The committee is looking to hold more town halls, in various area communities, as well as fundraising events.

It was very gratifying to have such a large contingency from El Dorado County, at the capitol, standing for hours under wet and chilling conditions. It is only with a great army of volunteers, will we achieve our long awaited Win!

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American River Folk Society Seeks Public Input on Developing a Community Educational Program

The American River Folk Society (ARFS) will hold meetings on the first three Tuesdays in March — March 5, 12 and 19 — to invite community input in developing a folk-culture educational program for local schools and the community. The meetings will be held at the Georgetown Community Center on Lower Main Street in Georgetown, starting at 6:30 pm. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

These meetings are the first step in fulfilling ARFS’s mission to support and promote education activities relevant to contemporary, traditional, and multicultural folk music, lore and dance. Over the three meetings, a two-year strategic plan will be developed and committees formed to carry out the plan.

Folks interested in helping develop this plan are encouraged to come to the first meeting, on March 5, where we will brainstorm to develop a vision of the program and the projects we want to accomplish in the near-term and long-term future. At the second meeting, on March 12, we will prioritize projects and rough out a timeline for their completion. The final meeting, on March 19, will focus on selecting the projects we will pursue over the next two years and on forming committees to see them through.

If you are an educator, a musician, a storyteller or a dancer, take advantage of this opportunity to have a direct impact on boosting performing arts in our schools and our community. If you are a film buff or a folk historian, or you are simply interested in folk culture, this is a chance for you to come forward with projects to benefit our kids and neighbors. The more input we have, the better the program will be. Everyone is welcome — don’t be shy!

Contact: Mark Nichol (650) 678-2527 or mark@kfok.org

Luck: The Only Lady Present – Part One

by Sheryl Rambeau

Gold, discovered in the tailrace of a mill under construction in Coloma, January 1848, set off a fever that eventually spread around the world as anxious gold seekers began to converge on the new western territory looking to make their fortunes.  By ship, by wagon, by horseback, on foot — would-be miners from all walks of life and from multiple countries converged on the California Mother Lode, looking to make a fortune.

The 1849 California Gold Rush could be looked at as an early version of the state lottery: file a claim in the right spot, make a fortune..  Many prospective miners arrived in the gold fields thinking they would spend six months or so, get filthy rich, and return to civilization as wealthy men.

Some actually did.  But while the odds of “finding the big one” were better than current odds of picking the right numbers, fate – or Lady Luck– often played a major role in the decision between instant riches and failure.

The find at Sutter’s Mill wasn’t actually the first time that someone had come across the precious metal in California:

In 1842, Spaniard Francisco Lopez was riding across one of the Spanish land grant ranchos forty miles north of Los Angeles when he stopped for lunch and dug up some wild onions to add to his meal.  Gold particles were clinging to the onion roots.  The word spread and a mini-Rush ensued.

Over the next two years approximately 1,000 gold seekers worked the general area, until the Mexican government saw a chance to capitalize on the industry and told the rancho owner he was required to collect fees from the miners and taxes from the sale of any necessities to these miners.

The patron was reluctant to risk collecting money from the would-be miners, so discouraged them as ‘trespassers’ instead.  Available gold had greatly diminished anyway, and by 1845 the placer mines were deserted.

A wagon train coming to California from the Midwest in early 1847 stopped at a tributary stream of the Yuba River to allow their animals to graze and the immigrants to rest.  Three women, Mrs. Adna Hecox, Mrs. Joseph Aram, and Mrs. Isaac Isbell were doing their laundry, when Mrs. Hecox noticed shiny specks clinging to her towels and sheets.  When she showed them to her minister husband, he guffawed and told her she was a fool and it was no such thing.  In a fit of temper, she tossed her flakes, determined to say nothing more.

Meantime, Mrs. Aram, working slightly downstream, reached into the water and picked out a small nugget.  Unwilling to face the ridicule her friend received, she tucked the nugget away until the wagon train arrived at Sutter’s Fort.  There the nugget was assayed and was indeed pure gold.

Some of the wagon train members recognized their missed opportunity and  attempted to return to the spot after the news of the find at Sutter’s Mill spread, but found many others there ahead of them.  None of the three ladies’ husbands were successful at searching for gold.

It should be noted that some of the early pictures of the placer mines sometimes show women carrying water for the operation of a rocker, or doing other light physical tasks in the recovery of gold, but no picture ever shows a woman panning, the final step in the separation of the valuable metal.  Presumably, she could not be trusted not to spill some of the valuable mineral over the edge of pan while getting rid of the last few grains of the unwanted sand.  Additionally, superstitious miners refused to allow any females to go into the lode mines, claiming it made for very bad luck.

Luck: The Only Lady Present – Part One is an excerpt from the article “Luck: The Only Lady Present” by Sheryl Rambeau.