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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
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Suspicious package in the parking garage beneath the Jackson Civic Center. Bank of America and the Civic Center have been evacuated for precautionary purposes. Calaveras Bomb Squad is on its way to the scene now. Broadway is shut down at Highway 88 to Water Street. This perimeter may expand when the bomb squad arrives.

11 a.m. The Calaveras Bomb Squad is now on scene. They are x-raying the device. Highway 88 may have intermittent closures.

UPDATE: The bomb squad detonated a charge near the package. Nothing explosive...

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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Suspicious package in the parking garage beneath the Jackson Civic Center. Bank of America and the Civic Center have been evacuated for precautionary purposes. Calaveras Bomb Squad is on its way to the scene now. Broadway is shut down at Highway 88 to Water Street. This perimeter may expand when the bomb squad arrives.

11 a.m. The Calaveras Bomb Squad is now on scene. They are x-raying the device. Highway 88 may have intermittent closures.

UPDATE: The bomb squad detonated a charge near the package. Nothing explosive...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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The Local Government Commission has partnered with California ReLeaf, Save Our Water and a coalition of urban forest and other concerned organizations to raise awareness about the importance of proper tree care during this historic drought.

“Cities are taking critical steps to reduce their water use, but these measures need to be implemented with consideration of important community resources. For example if we’re encouraging residents to let their lawns die, we also need to provide information about how to keep trees alive,” said...

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Brent Parsons
5 days ago
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When I started submitting these columns almost two years ago I had no plan. I knew Jerry Budrick, the editor, and I liked to write. I ran the interview idea past him and he wondered who might be on the prospective list. I came up with a dozen or so names, but really didn’t know if they would consent or worse yet, if they did, that I could put our conversation on paper in a manner that didn’t insult them or bore the reader.

The experiment, based on feedback from those written to and about, has mostly succeeded. The hobby continues...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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The State of California’s Employment Training Panel today approved a contract through its veterans’ program for $199,050 to train and place in jobs 75 unemployed veterans. The program provides veterans with the skills needed to enter the workforce and improves opportunities for advancement in high wage, secure jobs. Since its inception in 2008 as a pilot program, more than 650 veterans have received workforce training through the program.

Veterans who have served on active full-time duty in the Armed Forces and were honorably...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
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The Jackson City Council has approved a new program to allow high school students to train as firefighters with the city’s fire department. At their meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve a Regional Occupation Program, which will place students alongside Jackson fire personnel in order to provide job experience and skills for students interested in careers in firefighting, emergency medicine or public safety. The program will last for the school year and focus on granting entry-level skill certification for participants.... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
Lowell Fire, Nevada County; You Bet area, west of Alta 2,303 acres – 45 percent contained

Crews work quickly on Jackson Valley Fire

Crews made quick work of a fire in the Jackson Valley this week. The fire was located on Cook Road at Dave Brubeck Road. Fire Crews arrived and quickly put a line around the fire, containing it to a 100 by 100 foot area. No structures were threatened. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Victim life flighted after vehicle fire

A vehicle fire on Ridge Road near Running Gold left one victim with burns to the head and chest. A helicopter was requested for the burned...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

Petition requesting Governor Brown’s veto of AB 652

By John Gedney

A final tally at the Amador County Fair revealed a total of 336 signatures. That number has been far surpassed by the online petition that began on Monday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, in just a day and a half, we have received over 1,000 signatures and the number continues to grow. Along with the signatures, people have also left hundreds of comments - all strongly united against AB 652.

If you’ve already sent in a veto request letter from your agency —...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago
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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.

July 21

Pioneer

William David Ehle, 32, Pioneer; 4:03 a.m. on the 14630 block of William Road; Violation of probation.

Ione

Gerardo Enciso Chavez, 28, Ione; 10:51 p.m. on the 4350 block of Jackson Valley Road; Infliction of a corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant; False imprisonment with violence; Violation of probation.

Jackson

Regia Lin...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

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.

July 17

12:28 a.m. Out with Parked Vehicle on Highway 88 near De Hei Ranch Road. A driver advises law enforcement that she thinks she may have hit something.

10:14 a.m. Citizen Assist on Meadow Drive in Pioneer. The caller would like to be apprised of the the law regarding elderly people on...

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Donna Kelley
5 days ago
Aid digestion natural using organic apple cider vinegar instead of blocking the digestive process with antacids. Photo courtesy to the ALD

We learned from last weeks article that antacids, like Tums, plays a role in decreasing our stomach acid level, which may create digestive issues — that is one reason to avoid them. Have you ever read the ingredients label on Tums? After doing so, this may be another reason that you decide to avoid them. I will make other recommendations based on healthier options.

Here’s the ingredients list from their own website (tums.com) for Spearmint Tums: 1) Calcium stearate – a chemical “calcium salt (derived from an animal source – beware...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago

Charity Ford is accused of shooting and killing her husband

A Burson woman accused of killing her husband and injuring her granddaughter in 2013 will be in court again next month. Charity Ford is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing August 17th. Ford faces one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one of child endangerment. She is accused of shooting her husband, Randolph Ford, in October of 2013 at their home in Burson, allegedly because she believed he was cheating on her. Randolph died from his...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Saturday evening, July 25, police officers attempted to break up a party on New York Ranch Road. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“Groups of kids were just walking drunk down New York Ranch Road...”

Via Motherlode Fire and Police Info/Facebook:

Saturday evening, July 25, police officers attempted to break up a party on New York Ranch Road. It was reported that minors were on the grounds of the Jackson Rancheria. Nicole Edwards commented via Facebook, “Kids were literally running out of the woods in front of and on the side of the reservation. There were at least 30 law enforcement vehicles, between the Sheriff, Jackson and Sutter Creek PD, and the...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
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The Amador County Board of Supervisors voted down a proposal to stop chain stores and businesses in the Upcountry at their meeting on Tuesday.

While the ordinance, proposed by District 3 Supervisor Lynn Morgan, could affect a number of potential businesses, it was clear the supporters of the measure intended the pending Dollar General store to be located in Pioneer. The store has applied for a county building permit. Under current rules, this does not require a public hearing for approval. It would not have been able to proceed...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago
Seasoned pilot, Dave Sheppard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Amador County’s local airport, Westover Field, has been serving us for 86 years.

Dave Sheppard has been a pilot for 27 years and also been in the position of airport manager for almost 16 years. He is an experienced pilot, even achieving the honor of being named a private instrument pilot. This means that Sheppard is a seasoned pilot and knows when the conditions to fly are good or bad. He has worked extremely hard to maintain the airport. when asked about what being an airport manager, Sheppard smiled and said, “I manage the...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago
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So-called “mystery booms” that have puzzled residents in California’s Gold Country appear to be coming from a U.S. military installation over 100 miles away in the Nevada desert.

The Hawthorne Army Depot routinely destroys obsolete munitions on weekdays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m — the period of time when many of the nearly 2,300 members of the Facebook group “Mother Lode Mystery Booms” have reported hearing the blasts.

Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College outside Sonora, said the sound coming from...

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Robert Mees
5 days ago
Teens On The Scene Co-Host, Shasta Garcia serving at an at an orphanage in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico.
Between filming the Italian Picnic and Sober Grad Episodes of Teens on the Scene, and the Upcountry Community 4th of July Carnival Episode, Teens on th Scene Co-host, Shasta Garcia, found time for a service trip to an orphanage in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. Shasta was part of a team of 28 teens called Radical Reality. Follow her at www.facebook.com/TeensOnTheScene. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Unemployment rates are down again locally. According to the Employment Development Department, the June unemployment rate for Amador County was 6.1 percent. That number is down from 6.3 percent in May and significantly down from the 8.1 percent we saw in June of last year. In Calaveras County, the story is about the same with 6.2 percent in June, compared to 6.3 percent in May and down from 7.7 percent in June of last year. The state unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in June. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

On Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Superior Court of Amador County in Jackson, the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance withdrew its objection to the Return to Writ for the Newman Ridge Project. This action effectively closes the first 2012 lawsuit against Amador County and the Developer — Bill Bunce of El Dorado Hills, William Telishchak of Belvedere and multi-billion dollar hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, founded by billionaire and self proclaimed Environmentalist Tom Steyer, who are the landowners.

Sondra...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, recently honored Arthur Bertolero as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 5th Assembly District. Bertolero served in the United States Army and is a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 108 in Amador County.

“Art served with distinction in the United States Army and has been an advocate for veterans in our communities for decades,” Assemblyman Bigelow said. “It was an honor to name Art as the 5th District’s Veteran of the Year. He is an amazing example of service and commitment to...

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