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Jack Mitchell
Yesterday

So, we’ve been a little crazy up here at the Amador Ledger Dispatch. The holiday season is definitely a test of strength and courage as a limited staff tries to cover and get to all the happenings without letting anyone down. And in Amador County, it’s impossible. Everyone has great stuff and great things going on. Out and about, a lot of the businesses I visit get to talking about stories they’d like to see, or things we need to cover — and yes, things we didn’t necessarily knock out of the park the first go round.

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Jack Mitchell
Yesterday

At the Ione City Council Meeting this week, some of the many volunteer groups that have made extraordinary contributions to the City of Ione this past year, were recognized and celebrated.

Resolutions were adopted recognizing the Train Depot volunteers, the Ed Hughes Memorial Arena volunteers, the Ione Fire Department volunteers, the Ione Office volunteers, the Ione Rose Garden volunteers, the Ione Monthly Newsletter volunteers and the Ione Police Department volunteers.

After a short recess and celebration the evening turned to...

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

A pair of suspected drunk drivers and a hit and run accident in Calaveras County that sent three people to Sutter Amador hospital top this week’s list of vehicle mishaps reported on area roadways.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the unknown driver of a 2006 Mitsubishi Duro is being sought following a hit and run accident on Highway 26 west of Rail Road Flat Road. The California Highway Patrol said as the Mitsubishi entered a curve in the wet roadway, due to its unsafe speed, it began sliding as the driver applied his brakes, and slid into the...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday

The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau announced this week that the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships will take place in Sacramento July 25 through 31, 2016.

This event will represent a $10.1 million direct economic impact to the Sacramento region, with nearly 8,000 athletes, plus families, officials and supporters visiting the capitol city. The championship event is expected to generate approximately 25,000 hotel room nights over the 5-day competition.

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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Jackson Police are seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected of a break in at two businesses in the Mother Lode Plaza in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

JPD Investigator Doug Gray said at approximately 3:30 a.m., burglaries occurred at H. Lorist Watch Makers and Modern Cuts by two suspects who kicked in their front doors. Approximately $3,000 in watches were stolen. Based upon surveillance videos , the two male suspects are described as white or Hispanic and in their late teens to mid-twenties. Both were wearing...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

December 8

Pine Grove

Cal Nolan Stockman, 39, Santa Ynez; 1:09 p.m. on the 12615 block of Tabeaud Road; Disorderly conduct: Alcohol.

December 9

Jackson

Daniel Glen Starkey, 43, Nevada City; 7:10 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Pioneer

Tara Fawn Alexander, 46, Reno; 10:15 a.m. on Highway 88 west of Hams Station;...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 22. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Winton Edward Burgess, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Johnny Lee Adams, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Gustavo Adolfo Maya Hernandez, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Francine Lois Serpa, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Richard Gary Hardy, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Myles Eugene Gould, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Kristen Faith Raquel...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday

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.

December 3

12:58 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Lakeview Drive in Jackson Valley. Ex-girlfriend pounding on windows and door.

2:55 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances at Hertzig Storage on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. Caller says two men are at storage units.

3:37 a.m. Annoying Phone Calls on Robin...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday
The Sutter Creek City Council approved a number of administrative items during its last meeting of 2014 Monday night. The council voted to approve new franchise agreement with ACES Waste services to provide waste pickup and disposal services for the city. If both parties agree to renewals, the current contract could last twenty years. Most of the discussion on the item focused on the procedures on how the collection rates are set. Yearly, the rate would be determined by a special price index, and every several years, a detailed rate... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
Yesterday

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions. A series of storm systems have passed through the Yosemite region over the last several weeks, resulting in snow accumulations of up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. The roads generally close each fall and remain so throughout the winter until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring.

Yosemite National Park is open year-round...

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday
Youth firefighters at a conservation camp took time to help nearly a dozen small Sierra Nevada foothill communities prepare for the holiday season. Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp inmates have helped craft the small towns’ decorations for decades. For many, they are also crafting pieces of their own rehabilitation. Jackson City Manager Mike Daly said the inmate firefighters are very involved in the community, ranging from marching in the town’s Veterans Day parade to creating 200 holiday decorations adorning the historic Main... [Read more]
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David Sayen
Yesterday

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday

Cal Trans reports they have officially closed Highway 4 over the pass due to the recent storms and snow accumulation. The pass will remain closed until Cal Trans can clear the snow next spring. They generally try to have it cleared and open by Memorial Day weekend.

The seasonal closure necessary is necessary for the safety of both motorists and Cal Trans crews. The weather conditions on the pass and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closure.

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Lisa Lucke
Yesterday

As memories of Christmasses past drift through my brain, I can’t help but compare the pain levels associated with each passing year. No doubt, the holidays are definitely getting less painful as the kids get older. For those of you who are horrified that I would use the words “painful” and “holidays” in the same sentence, you win the prize for Biggest Yuletide Liar.

Before writing this, I re-read my blog posts from past Christmas seasons. Ouch. As much as I’d love to see those munchkins running through the house in their footed...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday
Dahkota Brown and Ryan Grady at last year’s holiday benefit. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Drama and Band Present their 2nd Annual Combined Holiday Benefit featuring, “A Christmas Carol,” live on Hometown Radio.

Hearkening back to the “good old days” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the drama and band departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a live performance of, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday night, Dec. 19, from the Multi-Purpose Room of Argonaut High.

Performed by the Advanced Drama class, the program is a one-hour...

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William Peterson
Yesterday

Can you believe it is December already? This, of course, means there are only a few weeks left in the year. Obviously it is one of the busiest times of the year with the holidays, family gatherings, Christmas parties, shopping and travel. People everywhere are scrambling trying to get things done. You probably do not need anything else added to your plate right now, but unfortunately the clock is also ticking on a few financial planning moves that you have to and/or may need to make before it is too late.

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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
Martha Johnson lays a wreath on a veteran's grave. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

On the brisk morning of Saturday, Dec. 13, a small crowd huddled together at Sunset View Cemetery to honor veterans by remembering their service to our country and placing a wreath on their grave. This patriotic ceremony is called Wreaths Across America, and this was the first time that it was held in Amador County. Wreaths Across America is an inspirational, nationwide movement that began in Arlington National Cemetery, and continues today all across the nation.

Lynn Smart, Sierra Amador Chapter NSDAR, Co-Chair of the Wreaths...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday

Wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are turning to an age-old enforcement tool - the horse - to help protect California’s natural resources.

While there is no formal mounted patrol unit, some wildlife officers are using their own personal horses for routine patrol in the back country. Much like canine partners, horses can see, hear and go places faster and quieter than modern technology. Covering up to 20 miles a day, equine patrols can show up where you least expect them, even in the most...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday

Bipartisan bill protects habitat, sporting opportunity, multiple-use values in northwest Nevada.

Trout Unlimited members and volunteers in Nevada and across the West cheered Congress this week for passing a package of public lands bills that includes the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, saying the measure would permanently protect high-quality habitat for fish and game, help recover the threatened native Lahontan cutthroat trout and protect recreational access and sporting opportunities in one of Nevada’s most unique...

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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
Mokelumne Hill’s Christmas Open House. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
HIGHLIGHT -- MOKELUMNE HILL: This year’s Christmas Open House, in Mokelumne Hill, was filled with fun and holiday spirit. The horse-drawn hay rides strolled up and down the street past stores, restaurants and many happy bystanders. The Hotel Leger is located on Main Street, in Mokelumne Hill, and offers tourists and locals great packages for staying and dining at the hotel. Historic tours, recreation packages, adventure packages, ski-n-stay packages, etc. They often host special musical guests, and have a great restaurant, bar and... [Read more]
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