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Matthew Hedger
2 hours ago

An injunction issued last week that halted construction of a Dollar General store in Pine Grove will again be the subject of a court hearing at 2 p.m. today in an Amador County Courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson issued the injunction Nov. 14 after hearing arguments from a group calling itself the Pine Grove Business Alliance, who allege that the project violates the county’s general plan and that California Environmental Quality Act reports associated with it are faulty. Hermanson’s action temporarily halted construction...

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John Tuttle
1 hour ago
Lucia Magana-Verduzco

Alleged Plymouth Robbery Perpetrator Due In Court Today

The woman arrested in connection with the attempted murder and robbery at the Far Horizons 49er Trailer Village in Plymouth will be in court today. Lucia Magana-Verduzco is still in jail on $1 million dollars bail for attempted murder, attempted robbery and other charges. She was arrested in connection with an incident at the mobile home park where two men tried to rob two other men, resulting in one of the victims being shot in the head and the other being bludgeoned....

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Brent Parsons
Yesterday

I confess that since I retired from Sutter Creek’s city government in 2008, I’ve been unplugged. Even the thought of attending evening meetings, regardless of potential content, is unpleasant.

Many, including myself, predicted I would suffer withdrawals after the 16 years and find a way to stay involved. I didn’t, but I admire those that do. Someone has to, because decisions made in empty rooms can suffer from a lack of input. They might be easier, but potentially not as balanced or comprehensive as ones made with public debate....

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2014 with 41 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

In 1272, Edward I was proclaimed King of England.

In 1780, Britain declared war on Holland.

In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1945, 24 German leaders went on trial at Nuremberg before the International War Crimes Tribunal.

In 1947, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II of...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
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The Amador Learning Center has expanded its Interactive Television and Videoconferencing classes (ITV) for the upcoming spring semester. In this type of shared class, students meet in a classroom equipped with camera, microphones and television monitors. Using two-way audio and video communications, ITV links the originating, or sending, classroom at regional colleges, where the teacher and some students are present, with the students in the receiving classroom. Students in Amador County who desire higher learning will save time,... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

We learned this morning that the 14-year-old subject of an Amber Alert who was found safe in Stockton yesterday after allegedly being abducted from a gas station in San Andeas has been arrested and accused of making up the kidnapping story.

Here's the official working from a Calaveras Sheriff’s Office Press Release issued late yesterday evening.

"During the investigation which included an extensive deployment of resources , Sheriff Detectives obtained evidence that the abduction claim had been fabricated. One juvenile was taken...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago
The Capitol Building in 1800 - only the Senate side is completed.

Today is Monday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2014 with 44 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

In 1800, the U.S. Congress convened in at the Capitol in Washington for the first time.

In 1869, the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened, linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

In 1881, Samuel Gompers organized the forerunner of the American Federation of Labor.

In 1969, strategic arms limitation talks began between the United States and...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

This is Sergio Vazquez. He is the 14-year-old subject of an Amber Alert issued by the Calaveras CHP at 10 a.m. this morning. If you have seen this Calaveras High School boy, call 911. Two unknown men are described as having abducted Sergio in a white van this morning. There is no other description of the van or the men.

THIS IS AN AMADOR LEDGER DISPATCH BREAKING NEWS STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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Via Press Release
4 days ago

The next Amador County Transportation Commission meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20, at 9 a.m., at 117 Valley View Way, in Sutter Creek.

Below is the ACTC meeting agenda. The full agenda packet can be found on the Amador County Transportation Commission's website, www.actc-amador.org, at the agenda tab.

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Jordan and Taylor Larson traveled to France as part of Team USA for the World Equestrian Games. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch
Residents Michael and Vicki Mason of Volcano are the proud parents of Taylor and son-in-law Jordan Larson, who recently traveled to Normandy, France, for the World Equestrian Games. Jordan joined the US team of five athletes, after a series of qualifying shows here in the states, with his horse, MF Mobster, lovingly nicknamed Joey. It is the largest equestrian event in the world with 72 nations participating, and 147 horses in the reining competition alone. “The opening ceremonies for the WEG were as grand as any seen in the... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago
Sergio Vazquez

An Amber Alert issued for a 14-year-old Calaveras County high school student who was believed to have been kidnapped from San Andreas this morning has been cancelled as of 7:30 p.m after authorities told news outlets the boy had been found in Stockton this evening, Nov. 17, 2014.

Sergio Vazquez is safe, according to unconfirmed reports, and a press release is expected to be televised on our news partner KCRA Channel 3 shortly.

The CHP issued the alert at around 3 p.m today.

An investigation into the situation remains underway at...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Jeremy Hammond

Today is Saturday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2014 with 46 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Venus.

In 1791, Georgetown University, in what is now Washington, D.C., opened as the first Roman Catholic college in the United States.

In 1864, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman began his Civil War march from Atlanta to the sea.

In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 1943,...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

By Bill Lavallie and Matthew Hedger

A series of unrelated accidents involving alcohol, deer, sunlight kept fire and emergency personnel busy this week, while police and sheriff’s deputies also dealt with a hit and run near Rancho Murietta.

In one of the most serious incidents this week, an Ione man had to be air lifted to a Sacramento hospital after an encounter with a deer November 7, at around 5:40 a.m. The California Highway Patrol said Gary Roger Shope, Jr., 44, was driving a 1977 Jeep CJ on Buena Vista Road south of Highway 88...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Dick Cooper is the owner of Cooper Vineyards, in Amador Wine Country. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Dick Cooper is a man of many talents and a legend in Amador County. In addition to his musical artistry in the Dick Cooper Band (and high school impersonations of Elvis), impressive experience in viticulture and captivating story-telling abilities, he has also been named the Amador County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

With the encouragement of his father, Dick Cooper began growing Barbera grapes in 1980, in the Shenandoah Valley. What stemmed as five acres of Barbara vines 34 years ago, has flourished into...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Uphill Vineyards tasting room is now open in Amador City. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

AMADOR CITY: Now open! Visit Uphill Vineyards’ new tasting room, in Amador City. Uphill Vineyards produces European-style wines that are lower in alcohol than most wines and meant to be enjoyed over a meal. These delicious wines are made from grapes on a high-elevation, rock-hillside estate vineyard, in Fiddletown. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the photo, owners Ira and Beth Rosenthal of Uphill Vineyards celebrate the grand opening of their tasting room.

JACKSON: The Jackson City Council...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
The Annual Amador County Veterans Day Parade in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
On Tuesday, November 11, the sidewalks of Main Street were filled with enthusiastic onlookers for the Annual Veterans Parade, in downtown Jackson. Veterans from every branch of the United States military strode proudly down the street past droves of waving children and waving flags. Many patriotic Amador County groups and community clubs with members of all ages showed their appreciation and respect by participating in the parade alongside, or in memory of, the many brave men and women who have served our country. Following the... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Members of the Preston Castle Foundation Board on the steps of the castle. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In 2001, the former Preston Catle Foundation Board obtained a 55-year leasehold interest in the Preston Castle parcel and buildings. Preston Castle Foundation Director Carol Lipchik said, “It became apparent to the current foundation board that Fee Simple Title would be required to attract large grants and Capital Funds for the total rehabilitation vision of the Preston Castle Foundation Board.”

Three years ago, the Foundation Board began “the quest for the deed.” All necessary documents and information pertaining to business...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface. Photo by ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR. Reprinted by permission.

A “cosmic first” in the annals of space exploration and scientific achievement thrilled thousands of world-wide spectators as a group of engineers successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet traveling nearly 40,000 miles per hour this week.

Rosetta is a spacecraft that has been a ten-year mission to catch the comet “67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko” (C-G) and answer some of our questions about comets. Rosetta will now go down in history as the first spacecraft to soft-land a robot on a comet. Rosetta will also be the first spacecraft to...

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago

A two car accident at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane near the old book building has left at least one child injured, and two more are involved, according to on the scene photojournalist Bill Lavallie. Jackson Police along with fire and ambulance units are still present at the scene just after 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14. We’ll bring you more details as we get them into the newsroom.

UPDATE: 3:45 P.M. Both drivers and a child have now been taken to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The scene has now been cleared.

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago
Nellie Bly

Today is Friday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2014 with 47 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Venus.

In 1666, the first blood transfusion took place in London. Blood from one dog was transfused into another.

In 1832, the first horse-drawn streetcar made its appearance in New York City.

In 1889, newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set off to break the fictional record of voyaging around the world in 80 days set by Jules Verne's character Phileas...

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