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Matthew Hedger
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A pickup truck has crashed through the front of the Interfaith Food Bank’s thrift store on Sutter Hill this morning, Thursday, May 28, causing lots of damage but no injuries. On the scene photojournalist Bill Lavallie said the driver of the truck, whose name has not yet been released, mistakenly hit the gas pedal and sent the large truck through the wall and a large plate glass window. Neither the driver nor anyone in the store was injured. Sutter Creek Police are investigating the incident. [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

The Plymouth City Council and Planning Commission held a special joint workshop Monday night, as the city considers re-designating land for denser residential development.

Members of both the City Council and Planning Commission will work on a proposal to increase allowed residential development on a vacant ten acre parcel of land located on the northern edge of the city, west of Highway 49. The new zoning would allow attached units and multifamily housing, rather than the single-family homes currently allowed. The city is making...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
Sutter Creek City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Parks and Recreation were the main topics of discussion at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting.

The council voted to select the name for the new city park located on the south end of Main Street. The city has been taking suggestions from the public on naming the new park, and a special committee narrowed the almost forty possible names down to six finalists. A series of ballots by the council narrowed down the six finalist with the council selecting the name for the park by secret ballot. The name of the new park will...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
San Andreas CHP is hosting a free “Age Well, Drive Smart” program on Monday, June 1. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Talking with an older family member about their driving is often difficult. Most of us put off that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the “Age Well, Drive Smart” program to assist families with this issue. This program was designed to provide older drivers with the KEYS to driving safe and driving longer.

California’s older driver population is numbering about 2.9 million today. It is estimated, there will be over four million residents age...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

May 4

7:30 a.m. Civil Standby, Keep the Peace in Plymouth on Bush Street. Caller has a court order to retrieve his belongings from his erstwhile domicile, though his old spouse and her new boyfriend won’t let the ex-husband in.

7:58 a.m. Suspicious Vehicle off Ridge Road in Pine Grove. It’s great...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

Fiscal matters dominated the agenda at Tuesday’s night Ione City Council meeting.

The council reviewed a draft of the upcoming 2015-2016 fiscal year’s budget, as the city continues to seek addition cuts to bring its fiscal house in order. Among the announced cuts were the elimination of the city’s vehicle maintenance department and the elimination of a police office position assigned to the County-wide anti-drug task force. The council will begin final review of the city budget at its next meeting, on June 2. The new budget goes...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
The scene of the original incident on February 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch file photo by Bill Lavallie

Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe says ACSO deputies were “legally justified in the use of deadly force” when they shot a Solano County man following a high speed chase in February.

The man, 22-year-old Dylan Jopes, a trained military sniper, survived the incident, which was precipitated following an Upcountry incident during which Jopes, distraught over a pending divorce, allegedly brandished a shotgun at his estranged wife and family members before fleeing the scene.

The incident began February 7 when the Amador...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
ACPD says its officers will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the upcoming months in an ongoing commitment to lower deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Six driving under the influence arrests were made over the weekend by Angels Camp Police during a “DUI Saturation Patrol” held at the same time as the annual Calaveras County Fair.

Four of the arrests took place Saturday night. In a news release, ACPD said 46-year-old Angels Camp resident Rodney Oconnor was pulled over around 8:15 p.m. on Bush Street near Utica Lane for failure to stop a a stop sign. Oconnor was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol, arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson held a DUI sentencing before students, faculty and community members at Amador High School on May 14.

These were actual court proceedings, and an Amador County citizen who was recently arrested for DUI and chose to participate in these assemblies in order to demonstrate to the students the consequences of drinking and driving was sentenced.

Following the sentencing, the Nexus Youth & Family Services Friday Night Live program and members of the Amador County Youth Council facilitated an...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Many students and parents came to recognize the hard work and dedication of these excellent Amador High School students. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Thursday, May 14, was Scholarship Night at Amador High School. The best and brightest “buffaloes” of the senior class thundered into the school gym to celebrate their hard work and talent. From the Mountain Men to the U.S. Marine Corps, local business leaders, civic organizations, religious groups and other prominent community members were on hand to recognize the achievements of this year’s Amador High School graduates. In all, 89 donors gave $116,250 of scholarships to 60 of the 143 graduating seniors. Additionally, Samuel Khattar,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints it received during 2014 on suspected Internet fraud and other Internet-based crimes.

The report mentions two new trends that took shape during 2014: criminals increasingly taking advantage of personal data found on social media to start relationships with victims and scam them out of their money; and the emerging popularity of virtual currency, which has attracted perpetrator...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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The Amador County Environmental Health Department is currently accepting applications for the Safe Drinking Water Financial Assistance Program. Amador County has limited funds available to assist homeowners with work necessary to protect public health from contaminated drinking water sources.

Eligible owners include those with nitrate contaminated wells within a defined area of the Ione Valley and owners countywide with failing septic systems.

Please review the Program Policy at co.amador.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=10617...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
This photo was taken at the November 2014 Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Free Memorial Day Admission to State Parks for Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Personnel

California State Parks will honor men and women who served or are serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day by offering free admission at participating state parks on Monday, May 24.

“Offering free admission to our beautiful parks is one of the many ways our state honors Veterans and service men and women on Memorial Day,” said Debbie Endsley, California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary. “Giving them the opportunity to...

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
The Clown Motel, "Cheap, dog-friendly and clean enough for us." Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
Leslie and I set out on a trip back in June of 1979. In those days we traveled light. Her Honda Civic couldn’t carry much and my Datsun pickup was broken. I had my 450 Honda bike which I commuted on but had little cargo capacity. Leslie was a new flight attendant for Hughes Air West, or Worst, depending on how your trip went. The yellow planes were the Flying Bananas. I was an eighth grade teacher who was burned out and looking for a change. We could survive on her salary as I figured out a direction. The rent for our tiny house on... [Read more]
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Kelsi Himmel
1 week ago
The natural beauty of Ecuador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When we take a good hard look at our brief romance with oil we may see that this relationship is not what it promised to be. In the early days of our infatuation we envisioned all things pleasant and wonderful, as we so often do at the start of an exciting, new relationship. We could see the amazing advances to our lives that were provided by crude; advances such as motor vehicles, seemingly endless amounts of disposable plastics and the material things that have come with having more money.

This romance only began a little more...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Giorgi Khokhobashvili is a trained violinist and music instructor. Check him out on YouTube, or visit his Facebook page to see where he’ll be performing next. Photo by Julie Dinsdale

IONE: The 2nd Annual Wilson Burns Memorial Golf Tournament is today, Friday, May 22. The Volcano Amador Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons is pleased to present this tournament again at Castle Oaks Golf Course. Cost is $95 per player and includes lunch and range balls. All of the proceeds benefit local schools. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m. For more information, call (209) 482-3352.

JACKSON: There’s An App For That!

The City of Jackson has worked with App-Order.com to create an iPhone/Android app for citizens with these mobile...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
As County Superintendent of Schools I have a statutory duty and responsibility to reasonably investigate any and all matters which may put the County Office of Education at risk or interfere with the conduct of its business on behalf of our community. In addition under my AB 1200 responsibilities, I have a duty and responsibility to investigate and oversee various school district activities. As you know, the most recent Grand Jury report has raised serious issues regarding the activities and operations of the County Office of... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
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Authorities are still searching for a man who robbed the Starbucks Coffee store in Martell Friday night, May 8.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner said a white, male adult, approximately 30 years old, 5’ 9” tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, wearing a tan plaid shirt, cargo pants and a black and orange beanie cap entered the store around 9:05 p.m. and displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband. The unknown assailant took a cash register tray before fleeing south on foot.

Deputies swarmed the...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
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The Jackson City Council passed an emergency restriction on water use and adopted a new program of parking times for the city at their meeting Monday night.

The council passed a package of measures intended to help conserve water due to the state-wide drought. Jackson residents will be limited to outdoor irrigation twice a week, with watering only allowed between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. Water can no longer be used to clean driveways or sidewalks and water will be offered in restaurants only by request. These measures will go into...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Argonaut students await their hard-earned awards. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut High School held its scholarship night on Thursday, May 7, in a well-attended evening where Argonaut’s best and brightest seniors came out to shine before their parents, family and guests. More than 50 local businesses, organizations and clubs presented scholarly Mustangs with awards and scholarships.

Angelica Galos received the AC Womens Network, Signal Service Scholarship, and Amador County Women’s’ Network Scholarships. Autumn Cramer was also awarded an AC Womens Network scholarship, as well as awards from Amador...

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