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A federal grand jury has returned a five-count indictment against Lagranger Jones, 36, and Lamonte DeShannon Rush, 45, both of Sacramento, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced this week.

Both men allegedly operated in the Sacramento and Amador County area.

According to court documents, between October 2014 and February 2015, Jones and Rush sold methamphetamines during controlled purchases conducted by DEA Special Agents. Court documents also allege that...

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Backyard chickens, a mainstay of the family farm, are steadily moving into new neighborhoods and joining communities nationwide, according to recent findings by Tractor Supply Company. The rural lifestyle retail store recently commissioned a survey of 1,000 Americans in support of “Chick Days,” a nationwide springtime event that features live baby chicks and ducklings sold in most Tractor Supply stores.

Even if they don’t own them personally, Americans are pretty savvy when it comes to backyard poultry. Half of all adults — and...

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All Smiles Thanks To Local Dentist

Last month I ended up with a painful, infected tooth while staying at my sister’s house in Pioneer. A friend recommended a local dentist, Dr. Schiappa.

He is a fantastic dentist. First, he got me in quickly and resolved the pain with antibiotics. The tooth was badly cracked and was not savable. Since then, he and his assistants have done excellent work and he’s been very conscientious, honest and fair. His staff is great and seems like family.

The downside, I live two hours away near Tahoe. But I...

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I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that’s what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and “booty.” Real women struggle to lose weight after childbirth. They have droopy bits and wrinkles, so I am told.

I am 42 years old. I am 5’10 and weigh 110 pounds. I do not have an eating disorder, I am just naturally tall and thin, I eat generally healthy foods, and I am a lifelong runner who paid for most of my college by competing in...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago

During a discussion at the 2015 Cal Tax Annual Members meeting, Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner called for a meaningful public discourse on tax reform ideas that makes life easier for taxpayers. Runner suggested replacing California’s income tax with a sales tax on services.

“If you want real tax reform, we ought to look at eliminating the state’s personal and corporate income tax,” said Runner. “One less tax agency would make California a far more attractive place for jobs, retirees and investment.”

Runner noted...

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Terry Sanders
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In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. Eligibility criteria for the current 40-mile calculation would change to driving distance when approved. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. The Veterans Choice Program was authorized by the... [Read more]
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The Mokelumne River. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I am writing in response to a recently published letter to the editor to set the record straight about some Mokelumne River issues, history and Foothill Conservancy.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and Foothill Conservancy did agree that amendments were needed to Assemblyman Bigelow’s Wild and Scenic Study Bill, AB 142. The assemblyman apparently did, too, because he accepted extensive Assembly Natural Resources Committee amendments to his bill, including those that provide interim protection for the Mokelumne before...

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Twenty-five years after launching the first anti-smoking advertisements in the state, the California Department of Public Health has premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called “Wake Up,” as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Wake Up series began airing Monday, March 23.

“California has been a world leader in tobacco use prevention and cessation since 1990, with one of the lowest youth and adult smoking rates in the nation,” said Dr....

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Jackson Rancharia Casino CEO Rich Hoffman addresses the Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Jackson City Council signed on to support a new Gaming Compact for the Jackson Rancheria Casino and took the final step to eliminate charging for parking in the city at their meeting on Monday, March 23.

The council voted unanimously to offer support for a new gaming compact for the Jackson Casino following a presentation from Casino CEO Rich Hoffman. The new agreement, which will replace the casino’s 1999 agreement with the State of California that governs how the casino operates. The largest change to the new agreement is...

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Amador County Community Development Director Aaron Brusatori addresses the ACTC Board. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
In a lengthy closed session meeting Wednesday morning, the Amador County Transportation Commission Board of Directors selected a final candidate to lead the organization. Current Executive Director Charles Field, who has headed up the agency for 22 years is retiring at the end of the month. The ACTC Board of Directors spent two hours in a closed session in what appeared to be a very contentious discussion on who should head up the agency, which coordinates transportation construction, funding and planning throughout Amador County. As... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
The construction site of the new Dollar General, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Construction of a Dollar General store at the intersection of Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove has resumed after an Amador County judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of project opponents.

In court documents obtained by the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Amador County Judge Steve Hermanson signed a “judgment of dismissal and order awarding costs,” proffered by Carissa M. Beecham, an attorney with the Sacramento-based Stoel Rives law firm working on behalf of the county on March 20.

Opponents of the project, the Pine...

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Fifth Grade: Madelynn Ballard, Evan Beck, Elexis Buetow, Kirrah Carmack, Gabe Carson, George Consolo, Joseph Cooper, Dominick Davis, Hunter Dorris, Abby Drake, Aubrey Edwards, Amanda Flagg, Rachel Flagg, Jesse Flores, Gabbie Gascon, Josh Gibson, Alex Hale, Jaydin Harwood, Jillian Hawley, Sadie Himmelmann, Cameron Kniffen, Julianna Lilly, Michael Martinez, Bailee Mattingly, Madison Maysee, Caleb McElfish, Josie Metcalfe, Elizabeth Miguel, Chloe Morris, Katherine Morris, Angel Ou, Karla Owings, Vela Porto, Ian Rose, Ashley Santacruz,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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The California State Board of Equalization will consider positions on legislation introduced this year, including Assembly Bill 717, which would exempt diapers for babies and toddlers from sales tax. During its meeting this week, board members will also decide whether to grant a petition calling for tax to be assessed on sales of mobile phones based upon the heavily discounted price the consumer may pay for the phone, rather than the device’s true retail value, when the consumer must also agree to a long-term contract with a service... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
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The Mokelumne Hill River. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Legislation that would require a comprehensive study be performed before any “Wild and Scenic” designation could be conferred to the Mokelumne River advanced through the California Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee Tuesday by a vote of 8 for and 1 against.

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), who authored AB 142, along with Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), thanked the committee members for their support.

“As we continue to experience this devastating drought, I’m thankful to the Natural Resources Committee...

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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015 with 278 to follow.

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

In 1797, Nathaniel Briggs was awarded a patent for the washing machine.

In 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth.

In 1939, Madrid surrendered to the nationalist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1968, the counterculture musical Hair opened on...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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CALL LOGS: 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 14

12:33 a.m. Suspicious Person at Petrovich Park on Broadway and Water streets in jackson. Male subject possibly involved in an earlier fight seen walking down Main Street drinking a beer. Felony arrest.

1:29 a.m. Auto Burglary at Jackson Rancheria Casino on New York Ranch Road...

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Matthew Hedger
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The Newman Ridge/Edwin Center North quarry and asphaltic concrete plant project planned on the outskirts of Ione has once again been given the green light by Amador supervisors following a sometimes contentious yet largely cordial public hearing in Jackson Tuesday.

Following an admission from Supervisor Lynn Morgan that she had signed a petition against the project before she won office, and another from Supervisor Richard Forster that he had met with project proponents, including moneyman William “Bill” Bunce, Supervisor Brian...

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Matthew Hedger
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19-year-old Taylor Michael Baird. Photo courtesy to the ALD

A San Andreas man remains behind bars today, accused of attempted murder in a stabbing in Rail Road Flat on Monday.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department said it responded to the Lakeside Mobile Home Park just after 9 p.m. to a report of a stabbing. Investigators said the victim, identified as a 19-year-old man, sustained multiple stab wounds on his chest, back, and side. He was conscious and alert when deputies arrived on scene and was flown via air ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

Deputies interviewed...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Michael “Mic” Dahl. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
A hiker missing since March 21 was found alive and suffering from hypothermia and a head injury Monday afternoon in Yosemite National Park. Michael “Mic” Dahl, 20 had been missing for about 48 hours since becoming separated from a group of friends Saturday morning. Dahl was found by other park visitors who recognized him from a missing poster about a quarter mile east of where he had last been seen in a large boulder field east of Lower Yosemite Fall, park authorities said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
For years, the Preston Castle Foundation has pursued the quest for the deed. That is, the deed of official ownership of the castle and surrounding twelve acres, including the stately Colonial building. At last, the Preston Castle can celebrate and say, “the deed is done!” Their celebration was officiated on March 21 on the steps of the castle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

PLYMOUTH: New and exciting things are happening in Plymouth. A new wine tasting room, called Prospect Cellars, opened on Main Street in Plymouth, on Friday, March 20 (See the Lifestyles section for the whole story); Amador County’s first brewery is set to open during the month of April; and late this year, Taste will be expanding their impeccable services by opening a 16-room, boutique hotel called “Rest.”

AMADOR CITY: Save the date of Saturday, May 30 for the Centennial Anniversary of Amador City. Amador City was incorporated on...

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