Volume 3 . Issue 13                    July 13, 2019

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin
It's Summertime in Jefferson!


Jeffersonians are invited to support and participate in Walk4Liberty, a protest walk on Highway 49, traveling through 11 counties. The walk begins on August 13 and ends on August 25. A few walkers will be walking the entire 300 miles with letters and calls going out to Sheriffs and county elected officials, challenging them to walk for one mile in their shoes.

This protest walk is coordinated by farmers, ranchers, hikers, hunters, small-scale miners, campers, loggers, off-roaders and fishermen who are fed up. Or, simply put, they say California is ignoring federal laws concerning fundamental rights of access, the right to mine minerals on federal mining claims and the right to use public lands as they were intended. Additionally, they say they are fed up with local businesses being forced to close in a state with the highest taxes in America, the loss of dreams of sending their children to college and the slow and steady

decline of our rural communities because of regulatory nightmares.

The walk will travel through the counties of Plumas, Sierra, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera. They are reaching out to all rural citizens to line up on Highway 49, with signs and flags. On Tuesday, August 27, the protest will culminate at the State Capitol at 1 pm, where they ask all from the 23 Jefferson counties to show up with a loud, clear and peaceful voice to tell the politicians who represent us that they are tired of being ignored and seeing their rural communities destroyed by failed ideology.

You will find the map with updates at They plan on live broadcasts many times daily to update everyone on their route and schedule. You will also find videos and more information on their website and Facebook page.
Terry Gherardi

El Dorado County SOJ
Second Annual Business Showcase

Friday, August 16, is the date for the 2nd Annual, El Dorado County, State of Jefferson Business Showcase at the Forni Building located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 3 to 8 pm. At least 26 local businesses will be displaying their goods and services. This year, food includes a special Jefferson Hot Dog Bar as well as food and beverages from local restaurants. There will also be a wine, beer and Margarita bar.

There are games for both adults and children along with indoor and outdoor activities. You can also purchase desserts by the piece, half or whole, donated by local bakery owners and SOJ supporters. There will also be specialty, professional baked goods that will be auctioned off. There are prizes galore offered for not only silent and live auction bidders, but also for lucky winners who play the Balloon Pop and Heads

or Tails games. This is all possible thanks to the growing number of El Dorado County business owners who support Jefferson along with El Dorado County Jefferson supporters.

Some of the prizes for lucky bidders include a 4-day, 3 night vacation at one of the many locations of Worldmark, a $750 value; a round of golf for 4 at beautiful Apple Mountain Golf Resort; a Berkeley 4' self priming PTO pump, valued at $2,600, to name just a few. There will also be a special prize to bid on.

There is something for everyone and admission is free. This is a fundraiser to support the Formation of the State of Jefferson. For more information please call Sharon Durst, 530-647-1909, or Terry Gherardi, 530-677-4294.

Terry Gherardi

More happenings are located in the Upcoming Events section in
this Messenger.
East Park Reservoir
Wilbur Hot Springs
Meet the County: Colusa

As you drive south on I-5 in Northern Jefferson, you will come to Colusa County. In 2010, the population was 21.419 and the county seat is Colusa. Created in 1850, it was one of the original counties of California named after the 1844 Rancho Colus Mexican land grant to John Bidwell. In the state legislative act of 1850, it was spelled Colusi, and newspapers would print it as Coluse at times. By 1855, the name officially became Colusa.

The county was home to the Patwin band of the Wintun people. The area included parts along the Sacramento River and also lands extending towards Lake County. Colusa has a land area of 1,156 square miles with 5.6 square miles being water which includes Elk Creek, Salt Creek, Stony Creek and Bear Creek. The Sacramento River forms the boundary of the eastern side.

The City of Williams, named after William H. Williams, is right on I-5. In 1850, Williams knew that the railroad would be heading his way. With that in mind and the future growth of the area, he began selling parcels of land ten miles west of the county seat.

The city of Williams was first known as Central and founded in 1874. Later in 1876, it was renamed Williams to honor William H. Williams.

Agriculture is a large part of Williams producing rice, almonds, walnuts, vine and seed crops, alfalfa, grain, bees and cattle.

Recreation is a big draw to Williams. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and hunting lures visitors from around the country. Deer, elk, wild boar, pheasant, turkey, quail, duck, geese and dove provide almost year round hunting. With the Sacramento River just 10 miles east, a variety of fish are just waiting to be caught consisting of salmon, stiper, steelhead, sturgeon and not to forget the catfish.

The Williams Fire Department has a history of being a volunteer fire department since 1906. It has one staffed firefighter that is there 24/7, with 40+ trained volunteers and a duty officer.

So come to Colusa where history and present day meet on the corner of I-5 and State Route 20.

Penny Garland
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Tehama County
Town Hall & Yard Sale

Tehama County SOJ will host a town hall on Saturday, September 7, at the Red Bluff Veterans Memorial Hall, 735 Oak Street. Mark Baird has been invited to be the guest speaker, and Terry Rapoza and Win Carpenter (Shasta County) are also scheduled to attend. Right now the Committee is lining up some great prizes for special drawings. Look for more information in future Jefferson Messengers.

On October 4th, Tehama SOJ will be at the Monster Truck Parade on Main Street, in Red Bluff, waving their flags and handing out brochures along with fliers for their yard sale happening the next day, October 5. The yard sale will be from 8 am to 4 pm, at their committees regular meeting place of 20794 Westside Grange on Walnut Street, also in Red Bluff.

Terry Gherardi

Poker Run

Jefferson support continues to grow as we see more and more groups and organizations reaching out to us, inviting SOJ supporters to join in their events, rallies, etc. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) of Sacramento, invites SOJ motorcycle riders to participate in their Poker Run on Saturday, September 7. This is their annual “9-11 Remembrance Ride.”

Check-in and registration is from 9 to 11 am, at C&E Auburn Indian Motorcycle at 12015 Shale Road, Auburn. Following the run from 1 to 3pm, there will be a cookout at the Veterans Hall in Antelope, CA, offering food, beverages and drawings. To register or for more information visit

Terry Gherardi

Mariposa, Tuolumne & Trinity Counties

Both Mariposa County and Tuolumne County are assisting with the Walk4Liberty.

We now move to the far north of Jefferson where the Trinity County Committee has announced plans are underway for their next Spaghetti Feed on October 18, at the Fairgrounds. They are also looking to have an ice cream social in the near future.

Terry Gherardi

Click here for the archived broadcasts to keep up to date!
Conference Calls
The conference calls have been put on hold for now and placed on an as needed basis. Please check back here to see if any have been scheduled.

Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
Come early for dinner
Round Table Pizza
370 Elm Ave

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 6:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Willow Springs Club House
20522 Willow Springs Rd
A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff

Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi
Penny Garland
Sally Rapoza

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