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Diamond XX Lost & Found

2014 July 18
by Jim

Please note – this post will stay at the top of the stack.

Lost or found keys, cats, dogs, horses, or something else? Add a comment to this post and hopefully items and owners can be reunited!

Old Style Campaigning Coming to the DiamondXX

2014 September 13
by Jim

Judge Hugh Swift, in an effort to reach the more remote areas of our county, will be campaigning via horseback in Diamond XX on Monday!

Charity Maness will be reporting more on this over at the Copper Gazette.

Singletree washout crossing (pedestrian) cleared

2014 August 4
by Jim

Our neighbor Leo Baschy reports: 

The Singletree washout crossing is easier to use again.  I trimmed vegetation this morning.  Done for recreational use and people of any age getting around on foot and bicycle.  If someone crosses with a horse, that would be interesting to know.  This isn’t yet a replacement metal foot bridge, but this is what could be done by one person in a morning.

Thanks Leo!

Congressman Tom McClintock Coming to Copperopolis this Thursday

2014 August 4
by Jim

Mark your calendars!

From Jeane Kennedy:

Our Congressman, Tom McClintock, will be holding a town meeting at the Armory. Please attend and show him how important our representation is.
Thursday, August 7th (that’s this Thursday folks!)
6 pm
I know from our community meetings that many of our residents have ideas they’d like to share.
So, see you there,
Jeane

Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Stagecoach Road Bride project

2014 July 18
by Jim

The Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Stagecoach Road Bride project is now ready for public dissemination. The county asks that we make the study available for comments to Diamond XX owners/residents.

You can access the document here.

Please post comments by clicking the “add a comment” link directly above this article. Your comment may not be publicly viewable right away – we have had some problems with spam so most comments need to be approved, which can take me a day or so if I am traveling. I will approve all comments as quickly as possible.

Thanks to Jeanne Kennedy for passing this along.

The Red Legged Frog Apparently Exists

2014 July 18
by Jim

Our neighbor Moya Garcia posted this comment, but I think it belongs on the front page!

FYI about the red legged frog blocking creek crossing. It really exists someplace. One more strike against a bridge.

California Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Sacramento, CA…California now has an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii),a state species of special concern. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked for many years to conserve and restore populations of this rare species….

Brownish frog with an orange back sits on a piece of wood in a wetland
A brownish-green frog with a reddish underside blends into mud and vegetation
A brown, black and coral-colored frog on multi-colored fallen leaves
Masses of purple eggs cling to vegetation in brown wetland water
By declaring the California red-legged frog the official state amphibian of California, the Legislature and Governor acknowledge the species’ important place in the ecology, culture and history of California. It also broadcasts and reinforces the state’s commitment to protecting its rare resources, which include amphibians.

Within California, it lives in various aquatic habitats from sea level to more than 5,000 feet in elevation, occupying a variety of aquatic habitats and their adjacent uplands in the coastal mountain ranges from southern Mendocino to northern Los Angeles counties and a few isolated areas in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has been lost from most of Southern California, but some populations still persist in northwestern Baja California, Mexico. The California red-legged frog is the largest native frog in the western United States. Amphibians, especially frogs, provide an important function in aquatic ecosystems by eating insects and being a food source for other animals. They are also excellent indicators of the environmental quality of an area.

This species is the highly renowned frog that Mark Twain wrote about in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1865. They were abundant until the 19th century Gold Rush, when the human population suddenly tripled, and the “forty-niners” nearly ate them into extinction at a rate of approximately 80,000 frogs per year. When the over-consumption of California’s native frogs created a shortage, food sellers introduced non-native bullfrogs to replace them in the frog leg (food) market. Now those bullfrogs have become widespread, and compete for the same food source thus threatening the native frog species’ existence.

The California red-legged frog is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, which prohibits them from being “taken” (harassed, harmed, pursued, hunted, shot, wounded, killed, trapped, captured or collected). It also prohibits adverse modification of their designated critical habitat without adequate mitigation.

The primary threat to California red-legged frog populations has been habitat loss. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the frog has seen a 70 percent reduction of its former geographic range, primarily due to conversion or degradation of habitat.

“We’ve learned a great deal about our impact on California species and their environment during the past century,” said CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Rhianna Lee. “These frogs are unique members of their native ecosystems and the food web, evolving together so that all the pieces support each other for long-term survival. Removing one or more of the pieces can have a negative effect on the health of the environment.

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2364 (V. Manuel Pérez, D-Indio) into law June 28. The proposal for a state amphibian was made by an after-school club at Sea View Elementary School in Salton City. Third grade students suggested the designation in a letter to Assemblyman Pérez.

Details about the California red-legged frog are on the web at http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=D02D

Thanks Moya!

Missing your bull?

2014 June 30
by Jim

Our neighbor Cindy has it and would like to reunite it with you.

I HAVE A BIG BULL IN MY YARD, HOPING SOMEONE WILL CLAIM IT SOON HE IS BLACK HAS A TAG IN HIS EAR AND NUMBERS BRAND 508 or 588 HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP SOON

Please email Cindy at cindys8083@yahoo.com if it is yours or you know the owner.

Diamond XX Document Library

2014 June 10
by Jim

Hi all – just a reminder that this site contains a library of documents relating to the Diamond XX and related issues. You can always find the document library on the right side navigation area, in the Pages section. The latest document we have added is the July 7, 2003 resolution establishing the road fee and describing how it is calculated and collected.

Meeting Minutes from the May 31st meeting

2014 June 4
by Jim

For any who could not make the meeting, here are the minutes.

5-31-14 Road Committee Meeting Minutes

Road Meeting at the FIRE STATION, May 31st, 10am

2014 May 10
by Jim

See you there!