Thursday, August 29, 2013


As summer began  to slip away, we went to Raging Waters in Sacramento in hopes of holding on. The slides and laughs were many and the food was fair at best. I enjoyed the park more than Sunsplash in Roseville not because of the slides as most water parks have the same slides. It was due to the lack of crowds.

I hope you enjoy the videos which were shot with an underwater Sony camera. Be sure to check out the videos where I recorded going down the slide.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


On Tuesday afternoon I sat down with a Nevada County 7th grade boy who was required to interview a community leader in order to earn a Merritt badge for Boy Scouts.

While the interview was not tailored to my particular elected position, it did get me thinking as the questions were focused around, "what are my rights as Americana citizen?" I'm probably like many of you and have not thought about this specific question since high school. If you have not reviewed the Bill of Rights in a while please take 4 minutes out of your day and watch the video below.

I do not intend to list what I feel, nor how I feel about this early American document. The purpose of this post is to answer the question that I was asked on Tuesday.


Recently I was notified by Jim Plimpton that the Northern California Officials Association will be holding its basketball training sign-ups on September 15 for the upcoming 2013-14 basketball season. Followed by the association's first meeting of new officials on October 15th and the first General meeting will be October 21st.

By taking and passing their basketball training course you will be eligible to referee both boys and girls high school basketball games.

Click here if you have interest, their is additional information on the associations website.

"The calendar will be updated soon and you can see the dates for classes, meetings, etc." Plimpton who is a recruiter for the NCOA said in an email. "I'll be sending out an update again in the near future."

Monday, August 26, 2013


I would like to thank  the readers for continuing to read the words I write. Yes it takes a lot of time to formulate stories but it is time well spent as I enjoy sharing with all of you. I'm very humbled to reach this milestone and without you reading what I write, I would be a whole lot less motivated to put pen to the paper. 

Thank you for the continued motivation,

Scott Hopper

Saturday, August 24, 2013


On Friday night at Auburn's Recreation Park, many food trucks rolled in as did many patrons. The lines for food and beverages at the event (which benefited Auburn's Bike Park) were very long as the Fiesta drew more guests than organizers had anticipated. The two big hits of the night were Bacon Mania and Uncle Junior.

Bacon Mania offered, you guessed it bacon! Click here for their menu.

Uncle Junior on the other hand served up a soulful sound which was vary familiar but at the same time quite unique. I heard attendees compare their retro-grove to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Primus and Lenny Kravitz. They delivered original tunes as well as cover songs which kept the audience interested and bobbing to the beat as well as dancing for at least two hours. The audience ranged from the very young to the mature and this must see band entertained the entire range.

Uncle Junior, Funk/Rock band which features Roderick Bell on vocals, Steven Ertola on guitar, Reid Kurks on Drums, Andy Brooding on bass and Chad Deacon on Saxophones. Roderick, Steven, Andy and Chad are all graduates of Bear River High School in Grass Valley, Ca

If you happened to miss Friday's show then mark your calendars for September 14th when the Band will be back on stage at the Auburn Rec. Center as will Mojo Green.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


The Bear River Junior Bruins' Junior Midget team fell 26-12 to Elk Grove on the road on Saturday which was both teams first contest of the 2013 season.

"We were dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage." Coach Cory Cregar said. "I think we did the best we could being out sized."

The Junior Midgets Bruins played short handed as starting QB Josiah Cregar only kicked for the team as he only received limited duty as well as starting offensive and defensive lineman Tanner Huntley.

Tailback Clayton Anderson ran really hard and  Dylan Scott caught a lot of passes stated the teams head coach.

Newcomer Trey Moronic led the defense with an interception as well as caught many passes from starting quarterback Calder Kunde as well as recovered an on-side kick. He also led the team in Tackles with 15 solos while playing safety.

Elk Grove was a bigger and stronger team and while the score looks closer than it really was as the Bruins scored their only points in the final minutes of the contest.

"I'm glad we played a tough team early. Coach Cregar said. "Now we know how hard we have to work."

Kunde did a great job spreading the ball around the field as he completed passes to 7 different receivers.

Kunde did a great job at quarterback as did running back Jaden Gravatt who caught a pass for a 70 yard touchdown as did Logan Jenkins who caught a 20 yard TD.

Bear River hosts Lincoln Next week at Bear River High School for their home opener.


The Bear River Midgets dropped Elk Grover 24-2 in their season opener at Elk Grover on Saturday with Clay Corripo starting at quarterback.

Junior PeeWee

The Bear River Junior Pee Wee team which is a group of boys of 9 and 10 year old players fell to Elk Grove 20-12.