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Craig Baracco
4 days ago

The Jackson City Council worked on a variety of items at their meeting Monday night.

The council heard a report on an audit of the city’s finances for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The audit was generally positive, expressing the highest level of confidence in the city’s bookkeeping and profuse praise for the city staff. However, the audit did warn of future liabilities facing the city, particularly the financial burden of the retirements of city employees.

In preparation for summer, the Council adopted new pool entrance fees and...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Louis and Chris Boitano live in the old Boitano family home in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick
This is the sixth and final interview of this year’s candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The first five, with Pat Crew, Gwen Clayton, Amber Hoiska, Frank Axe and Richard Forster, were conducted by the Ledger Dispatch’s prolific interviewer, Brent Parsons. Ancient differences of opinion led to Louis Boitano’s request to be interviewed by me, rather than Brent. I’ll readily admit that I’m no Brent Parsons when it comes to interviews, and certainly no Barbara Walters, asking all the painful questions about... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
State Assemblymen Bigelow and Dahle join Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board. Photo courtesy to ALD

$50,000 grant given to Butte Fire recovery work

A $50,000 grant from the California Endowment was given to Calaveras Recovers recently through the Amador Community Foundation, which is the fiscal sponsor of the local group dedicated to recovery from the Butte Fire.

“This money will be used to help build the many homes that are needed by the uninsured,” said Allen Sender, Chairman of the all-volunteer Calaveras Recovers board. “Even though we are getting some donations of skilled labor and materials, we still have many expenses...

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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
The last of what once was a cluster of Amador County government buildings provides a training opportunity for local firefighters. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The culmination of more than a year-and-a-half of preparation and training of fire personnel occurred last Sunday, when the Jackson Fire Department used the final building at 204 Court Street, in Jackson, to run fire-training drills. The building was the last of what once was a cluster of small frame structures behind the old Amador County Courthouse, which were home to various county agencies. All of the buildings now belong to the new owners of the property, Stan Lukowicz and Ron Regan, who have not revealed their plans for the... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
4 days ago
Bob Derlet in the Kersarge Pass of the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Robert Derlet
The 4th congressional district includes parts of the Sierra Nevada like Alpine, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Tuolumne and, of course, Amador counties - as well as parts of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties. Traditionally, the voters of this mostly rural region have consisted of rock-ribbed Republicans and committed conservatives, and this has never been truer since redistricting re-drew some key voter lines back in 2011. Could anybody do a better job, you might ask, in representing such a demographic than someone like... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Residential burn permits will be required beginning Sunday, May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allow for the burning of dry landscape vegetation (not household trash) that originates from the landowner’s property. Free permits can be picked up at most local, staffed fire stations. “This winter’s rainfall was not enough to end the drought,” said CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin. “Fire danger is still very high due to increased tree... [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. What are the Who, What and How of being a poll worker?

The Who is very easy. They are you, your neighbors and often the people you see at the post office, the grocery store and all around town. Technically, a poll worker must be at least 18, a resident of California, and a...

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
Some of the 40 logging trucks seen from the air. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Jack Reese Thomas, life-long resident of Jackson, passed away on Thursday, April 14, at the age of 80. On the beautiful Saturday morning of April 23, 40 logging trucks gathered and set out to honor Jack’s life as a legendary Amador County logger. The caravan began on Mission Street, then proceeded to Clinton Road and onto Highway 49, on its way to Jack’s final resting place in the Sunset View Cemetery, on Highway 88. From the air, you could see cars backed up for three to four miles due to the procession. Jack was loved and respected... [Read more]
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William Peterson
2 weeks ago

In February of this year, President Obama’s final budget proposal as President of the United States was unveiled to the American public. This year’s version of the budget, as usual, included a number of provisions targeting retirement accounts. If these are approved by Congress and become law, your retirement plans could be greatly affected.

It’s no secret that our national debt continues to climb to astonishing levels, and that our nation’s spending is out of control. Combine that with several underfunded entitlement programs,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

April 7

Jackson

Daniel Ray Calderon, 26, Modesto; 11:00 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Sutter Creek

Paul Vincent Richardson, 59, Shingle Springs; 8:16 p.m. on Highway 49 and Sutter Ione Road; DUI.

Pioneer

Nicholas Grant Rennert, 36, Pioneer; 6:49 p.m. on the 14900 block of Williams Road; Felon/...

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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago
The newly constructed facilities at Mule Creek State Prison are large enough to hold nearly 1,600 inmates. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dedicated two new housing units at Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione, which will house up to 1,584 inmates.

“The activation of these beds is key to remaining below the federal population cap, and avoiding a court-ordered early release of inmates,” said CDCR Seceretary Scott Kernan. “The medical, mental

and rehabilitative space in the new facilities helps give our inmates a constitutional level of care. I’m also encouraged by the growth in our...

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Via Press Release
2 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. March 28 4:10 p.m. Civil Problem in Pioneer. The caller's roommate told her she had to get out of the house. Her clothes are on the front porch. 7:51 p.m. Welfare Check on Highway 88 in Pine Grove. An elderly neighbor's house lights and TV are on. The caller has been knocking on the door for the... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
2 weeks ago

We’re all busy in our own way. My way is work, four teenagers who play sports and a husband who coaches, so on any given weeknight, I may be in a neighboring county, or beyond, when you factor in pre-season tournaments. This presents a problem when it comes to meal preparation.

Since I work from home, on most days, I can make adjustments (work at night or weekends or early morning) in order to be where I need to be, including the kitchen. I can even work from a deck overlooking a lake, or poolside with an umbrella drink next to me...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Captain Justin Schmollinger was awarded the Medal of Valor. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Seven CAL FIRE firefighters recently received the prestigious State of California Governor’s Medal of Valor award for acts of heroism extending above and beyond the normal call of duty. The recipients were part of 15 state employees who were honored for their extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another. Among the seven was Captain Justin Schmollinger, of Valley Springs.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “But these individuals had...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
Dion Jermaine Randolph Vaccoro.

Tuesday morning, in Harrison County, Texas, with the help of the United States Marshals Service, the Houston and Humble, Texas, Police Departments and the Harrison County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County DA’s Office located and arrested 22-year-old Domenic Seanlee Randolph.

Randolph is wanted for the January 30 shooting death of Amador County resident Dennis Wright, who was shot to death in the parking lot of the Beverly Lodge in South Lake Tahoe during a drug deal that turned into a robbery/murder.

Prior to...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Plymouth City Council met last Thursday, April 14, to discuss, among other topics, the appointment of a new council member.

Council member Greg Baldwin resigned from the Plymouth City Council, effective April 1. Formerly on the Plymouth Planning Commission, Baldwin served on the city council for 12 years, including one year as mayor. The Council approved a resolution honoring him for his service. The council has elected to appoint a replacement to serve out the rest of Baldwin’s term, which will run until the November...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will again participate in the nationwide Take-Back Initiative on April 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Americans participating in DEA’s ten previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events turned in more than five million pounds of drugs at more than 5,000 sites manned by thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement partners, including the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

In an effort to...

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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
Supervisor candidates at the forum were, from left, Frank Axe, Louis Boitano, Gwen Clayton and Pat Crew. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons

One supervisor, one shoo-in, and two vying to replace the participating incumbent answered questions Wednesday night in the Pine Grove Community Building. The well-attended forum, moderated by KVGC’s Jim Guidi, went 40 minutes into overtime. It could have kept going, as the at-least-100-person audience seemed engaged and would have stayed. But it had to end, because I had to put an 11th-hour story together. My editor was holding the presses.

The evening began with a format description — opening statements, a round of prepared...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Reporter Craig Baracco and three law enforcement personnel were the only people in the audience at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
At their meeting Monday night, the Sutter Creek City Council approved a contract for the Amador County Sheriff’s Department to provide part-time police chief services to the city. The role will be filled by Sheriff Captain Gary Redman, who will work as Sutter Creek Police Chief twenty hours a week, splitting his time with the Sheriff’s Department. The City of Sutter Creek will pay the Sheriff’s Department $82.50 an hour for Redman’s services. The contract is intended as an interim measure, and is scheduled to run for six months. City... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago
Two of the seven helicopters that trained in the Lake Pardee and Sutter Creek areas last Saturday and Sunday take a break in a field near Gold Country Lanes, on Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Last Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, CAL FIRE teamed up with the National Guard to train crews on military aircraft to operate equipment on fire suppression missions. The operations were in the area of Ione, at Lake Pardee, and at a heliport on private land in Sutter Creek. Residents in the affected areas were treated to quite an active display of CAL FIRE often requests help from the National Guard when fighting a particularly large and stubborn fire. Military crews are trained for these combined missions, but it is necessary... [Read more]
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