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‘Water for Gold’ film screening with live music concert

“Water for Gold,” a locally produced film about the San Juan Ridge community and the Yuba watershed is finished. The producers are celebrating with a screening and a live music concert from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“Water for Gold” tells the story of a community determined to protect its water, its resources, and its economy, according to a press release by Respond Productions and Debra and Tom Weistar, 29-year residents of the San Juan Ridge. In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, lies the San Juan Ridge. Tucked away amongst towering pines, flanked by two forks of the renowned Yuba River, is a thriving community. There is also a remnant gold mine — a vestige of the mining era. A mine that, in the 1990s, caused water to gush uncontrollably out of the aquifer, scouring creeks and dewatering wells; a mine that wreaked havoc on the community; a mine that is proposed to reopen. This is the story of what a community can do when they decide that enough is enough, and that they will not trade their water for gold.

Live music with singer-songwriter Bryan Cahall starts the evening off. Cahall’s deft songwriting tells the stories of the working class and the oppressed, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Utah Phillips.

Sol Henson, president of the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, Jenn Tamo of SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) and Izzy Martin of The Sierra Fund will answer questions, and give an update on the current mine proposal process and the collaborative efforts of community groups.

For more information, go to http://www.sjrtaxpayers.org or call 265-5490.

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