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Caitlyn Schaap
4 days ago
Larry Petite received the honors of Paramedic of the Year and Emergency Medical Services Person of the Year. Here, he stands with a woman he helped rescue. Photo courtesy of Robert Cozad

The Amador County EMS Awards ceremony and dinner was held on Saturday, May 21, at the American Legion Post 108, honoring some of Amador County’s local heroes. The dinner was prepared by Jackson Fire, as it is each year, and the theme of the event was “Called to Care.” The evening was emceed by Pat Murphy and was well attended, with dozens of people celebrating the award-winners and enjoying a great meal.

The 2016 EMS award-winners are Pam Benson, Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year; Jack Chapman, Search and Rescue Member of...

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Carey Erichson
4 days ago

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20...

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
Photo courtesy to Nexus Youth and Family Services
Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson sentenced 3 people for driving under the influence of alcohol before more than 300 students, faculty and community members during an assembly at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016. These actual court proceedings took place in the Argonaut High School gymnasium as part of an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. During the assembly students witnessed the legal implication of drinking and driving, and learned about the consequences of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
There will be a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Amador Memorial Cemetery. The service will proceed rain or shine. The program will be lead by the American Legion, Post 108 of Sutter Hill. A luncheon will follow, provided by the American Legion, Post 108 Auxilliary. Amador Memorial Cemetery is located at 25999 Hwy 88 in Pioneer. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Matthew Jonathan David Roulet
On May 23, 2016 at approximately 9:45 p.m., Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were preparing to serve multiple arrest warrants on Matthew Jonathan David Roulet, a 23-year-old residing on Clinton Road, in the unincorporated area of Jackson. Roulet was wanted on confirmed warrants for violations of California Health and Safety Code (H&S): possession of marijuana for sales; transportation of marijuana; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and the California Vehicle Code (VC) driving on a suspended... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
There is a free vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151, 23141 Shake Ridge Rd, to help residents clear a defensible space. The dumpster is not being filled up and if it is not being used, it may be removed. So, make sure to spread the word to anybody who may need to dispose of vegetation waste and, before you burn, consider utilizing the free vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire. Also important to note, burn permits are required, as of May 1. If you decide to burn, please call the Burn Day information line, at (209)... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago

Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, is the traditional start of summer and a time when more travelers and especially families will be on the go. When California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers take to the roads over the Memorial Day weekend, they will be working to save lives through seat belt education and enforcement.

To help keep motorists safe, the CHP will be conducting its annual Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) throughout the state. The MEP begins at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, May 27,...

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4 days ago
The AMGEN Tour of California cyclists pass through Sutter Hill on their way to the Stage 5 finish line. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The AMGEN Tour of California 2016 is a globally-known and highly competitive bicycle race that challenges professional cyclists’ physical fitness and mental determination in a whole new way. The AMGEN Tour is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that travels throughout California in separate stages; stage 5 traveled all the way through Amador County on May 19. The cyclists followed Highway 88; traveling from the vineyards of Lodi, passing through Ione and Sutter Creek and climbing the Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges to South Lake... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
4 days ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Q. I keep seeing people in front of stores asking shoppers to sign petitions. What are they, how do they affect me, and what do you do with them?

A. Basically, there are two ways that laws are made in this state. One is through the State Legislature. The other is through the...

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Jack Mitchell
3 days ago
Amador Water Agency lifts water conservation restrictions in Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At its May 26, 2016 meeting, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously (4-0-1, Director Paul Molinelli absent) to declare an end to the Agency’s Stage 2 Drought Water Warning conservation restrictions in effect since April 9, 2015. In addition, the Water Shortage Surcharge approved in July, 2015 will be lifted, with no drought surcharge appearing on any water bill beginning July 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to remove these state-mandated restrictions,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “Customers are...

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Jack Mitchell
3 days ago
CAL FIRE increases firefighting staffing for Memorial Day Weekend. Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires

CAL FIRE is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, CAL FIRE is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California will see warm weather this weekend and winds through Saturday with gusts of 20-30 mph. There is even a risk of...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago

California State Parks invites our Veterans, active and reserve military personnel, to spend this year’s Memorial Day at one of 142 participating state parks offering free admission.

Originating in 1868, Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember U.S. Military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country. Providing a free day to service members and Veterans is a small way of honoring all of the men and woman for their service and sacrifice.

For a full list of all participating parks, visit parks.ca.gov/pages/737/...

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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
Both vehicles sustained considerable damage. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
An early morning collision Wednesday between a VW sedan and a Dodge SUV sent the driver of the VW to a local trauma center via helicopter. The VW, heading north on Pine Grove Volcano Road began a left hand turn into a driveway in front of a Dodge SUV heading south. The impact of the crash was severe and both vehicles sustained considerable damage. The driver of the Dodge did not need transport to the hospital. [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
Both vehicles sustained considerable damage. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
An early morning collision between a VW sedan and a Dodge SUV sent the driver of the VW to a local trauma center via helicopter. The VW, heading north on Pine Grove Volcano Road began a left hand turn into a driveway in front of a Dodge SUV heading south. The impact of the crash was severe and both vehicles sustained considerable damage. The driver of the Dodge did not need transport to the hospital. [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

The Plymouth City Council met on Thursday, May 12, but the major topic scheduled for discussion at the meeting was postponed. A package of changes to the Design Guidelines, Conditions of Approval and Development agreement for the previously approved Zinfandel and Shenandoah Ridge developments had to be held to the next meeting, due to public notice not being mailed out.

Despite the postponement, the council did take some further steps to implement the housing developments, directing the city to support the formation of a Community...

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
The Knight Foundry, a Sutter Creek treasure
Frank, like other cabinetmakers, is also a contractor. He served ten years as a director and one as president of the Salinas Valley Builders’ Exchange. In 1996, he was honored as the valley’s “Construction Person of Year.” He served a similar stint on the Northern California Builders’ Exchange State Compensation Council. He was the president of a grass roots organization, the Rancho Buena Vista Coalition, which fought against and halted two controversial cogeneration plants. Two of the plant developers were convicted of fraud and... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks 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.

April 27

3:20 a.m. Be on the Lookout near Highway 88 and Ridge Road. A possibly intoxicated dark-haired driver in a pink shirt is all over the roadway, running red lights and driving erratically. Unable to obtain further information due to phone disconnection. 11:00 a.m. Citizen Assist in...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

Addressing the potential collapse of the Argonaut mine-tailing dam topped the agenda at last week’s meeting of the Jackson City council.

The 100-year-old concrete dam holds back thousands of tons of potentially toxic Gold Rush-era mine tailings. Studies have shown that if the dam fails, those tailings could flow into central Jackson, right down Main Street, as far as the National Hotel.

Jackson Mayor Keith Sweet said in discussing the issue, “The concrete (dam) is crumbling. Will it crumble on Friday? Probably not. But...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Jackson’s Grocery Outlet has announced “Fresh Fridays!” Anyone with a local teacher who deserves to be surprised with fresh fruit for his or her classroom this Friday should nominate him or her today with the Jackson Grocery Outlet’s new, “Feed a Classroom Contest.” Every Wednesday, on Facebook, and all month long, in the store, Jackson’s Grocery Outlet will be accepting submissions. On Friday morning, they’ll count up the votes and the teacher with the most votes wins fresh fruit for his or her class. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week ago

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.

May 3

Pioneer

Tanya Nicole Shattuck, 31, Pioneer; 8:42 a.m. on the 15325 Pearl Court; Battery on a non-cohabitant spouse/etc.

Donald Eugene Fair, 59, Pioneer; 2:30 p.m. on the 16630 block of McKenzie Road; Violation of probation.

May 4

Sutter Creek

Sean Michael Dunnam, 24, West Point; 8:54 p.m. on Ridge Road at the gas...

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