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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago

An early season fire that broke out near Gold Beach Thursday burned at least 14 acres about a half-mile from the area burned during the Sand Fire last August.

First reported around 3 p.m., firefighters had the fire about 75 percent contained by 7 p.m. and said no structures were threatened.

Ground crews forded a trickling Consumnes River to fight the fire, as a helicopter dropped water on it from above. Cal Fire officials said crews remained on scene overnight to mop up and ensure the blaze did not rekindle.

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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Jackson City Council deadlocked on a measure to pay out attorney’s fees in a settlement related to the city’s attempt to raise sewer rates at their meeting Monday night.

The council considered a settlement made with Mark Johnson, who sued the City of Jackson to block their proposed increase in sewer rates earlier this year. The city council withdrew the ordinance increasing sewer rates after a petition gathering enough signatures to subject the rate increase to a voter referendum was submitted to the city. The city settled...

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Eric Winslow
3 days ago
Students at the Amador Learning Center. Photo by Wyman Dickerson

Part 3. Choose From Dozens of Degrees

Getting a college degree no longer takes a trip out of the county, thanks to a high technology and a lot of hard work on the part of the Amador County College Foundation. The ACCF was founded in 2009 to “advocate, facilitate, and support sustainable higher education in Amador County,” according the ACCF Board of Directors’ mission statement. In 2013, the Learning Center was finally opened to fulfill and further that mission. Local residents, who would otherwise have to commute for over an...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
Wildlife in the beautiful Amazonian Rain Forest of Ecuador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Part 1. The Beauty and Biodiversity of The Amazon

When you think of the rainforest, you think of beautiful plants and a variety of animals. When I first stepped into the jungle, a crow greeted my group, welcoming us into its home. Being in the rainforest is like being in a whole new world. You smell the mist in the air and feel the humidity. You smell the damp ground below your feet and hear the insects flying about. There is always something interesting to see whether it be a plant, or animal. There was even a night that my...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
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Call Log: 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 1

6:48 a.m. Disturbing the Peace inside a house on Colt Drive, Sutter Creek, where a thirty-something is breaking things. She’s supposed to report to jail.

8:23 a.m. Animal Call on Old Ridge Road along which a black cow is making an escape.

11:50 a.m. Found Property Report. The...

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Lucy Hackett
3 days ago
Under the newly declared Stage Two Water Warning, water customers may water lawns only 2 days per week during warm/dry season, and not at all during the cool/wet season. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Water Agency Directors declared a “Stage Two Water Warning,” effective immediately, at their board meeting last week, triggering new conservation requirements for water customers and initiation of a drought surcharge proposal to both reward water conservation and help make up for lost revenue due to lower water sales.

Directors adopted a four-stage water conservation policy that begins at Stage 1 – Water Alert for up to 20 percent conservation and ramps up to Stage 4 – Water Emergency, for a 50 percent reduction in water...

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John Tuttle
3 days ago
Photo from Jackson Fire Department’s control burn training on Saturday, April 11. Photo by Eleanor Caputo of Studio 18 Gallery Fine Art Photography Prints

In a party-line vote, a state Senate committee recently killed the latest effort to repeal the annual Fire Prevention Fee imposed on rural property owners in parts of California.

Meanwhile, legislation offered by an assemblyman would give property owners more time to pay the $152.33 fee. And a decision on a lawsuit challenging the fee could come before next year.

Fee notices went out to homeowners this month and will continue throughout the month. Property owners will have 30 days from the date printed on the notice to pay the fee...

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Eric Winslow
3 days ago
Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Though Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians commemorate it on different dates, the two ancient Christian churches celebrate the same great event: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Serbian Orthodox Christians in Jackson, who follow the Julian calendar, observed “Pascha” (which means “Passover”) on April 12 at St. Sava Church on North Main Street, while the Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7, which was the same... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Jackson Fire Department’s control burn training on Saturday, April 11. Photo by Eleanor Caputo of Studio 18 Gallery Fine Art Photography Prints

On Saturday, April 11, at 9:30 a.m., the Jackson Fire Department conducted a control burn at 214 Court Street in Jackson. Roads in the area were closed for the firefighting training activity. The training was set to run util

approximately 5 p.m. This training gives our local firefighters great training and experience in structural firefighting. The training was a huge success and our firefighters received invaluable training.

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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Plymouth City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The issue of a Casino in Plymouth unexpectedly reappeared at the Plymouth City Council meeting this week. Included on the agenda was action on a nearly two-year-old letter from the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, requesting a representative from the city to participate in the Tribal Casino planning process. The right of the Ione Band to construct a casino in Plymouth is currently being challenged in court by both Amador County and the private group, “No Casino in Plymouth.”

The meeting room was filled with Casino opponents, who...

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John Tuttle
3 days ago
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If you saw an unusually large contingent of emergency vehicles on area roadways this past Thursday, don’t be alarmed — they were only conducting an emergency preparedness drill.

Officers from the San Andreas California Highway Patrol office participated in a multi-agency disaster drill in the West Point area of Calaveras County. The joint Amador/Calaveras Fire Response, Care and Shelter exercise was designed to test and evaluate fire procedures and policies, operation coordination, mass care services, operational communications...

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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Sutter Creek City Council is in the process of requiring residents in the city to rid their yards of unsightly weeds. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Sutter Creek City Council moved ahead with a new program to require residents to remove weeds from their yards at their meeting on Monday, April 6.

The council is working on a new city ordinance which will allow the city’s Fire Chief to cite properties that have trash or excess vegetation that represent a potential fire hazard. Property owners will be required to removed such hazards to clear the violation. The draft ordinance calls for properties in the city to be kept clear within 100 feet of buildings, and 12 feet from...

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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

A trio of unrelated problems on area roadways kept first responders and rescue workers busy on Tuesday.

Highway 49 was partially blocked and closed for a time on the turns south of the Mokelumne River crossing after a big rig hauling wood shavings overturned around 9:30 a.m. The California Highway Patrol said one lane traffic controls were in effect as workers cleaned up the mess, and the road was closed and then reopened around 12:45 p.m., after the truck was put back on its wheels and towed away.

Then, just before 11 a.m., a...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
National Guard training with CAL FIRE. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As California enters its fourth year of drought, CAL FIRE and the California National Guard held their annual fire aviation training April 10 through 12 in preparation for the peak fire season ahead. The training took place at the CAL FIRE Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee in Amador County.

“As the drought continues to create extreme fire conditions, it is more important than ever to train with our partners in order to be prepared for our state’s inevitable wildfires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “During years of...

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John Tuttle
3 days ago
Mountain Oaks’ Academic Decathlon Team was made up of students from the school’s Ione and San Andreas sites. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Nine Mountain Oaks students represented Calaveras County in the 35th Annual California Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento the weekend of March 20-22. The students competed against 65 teams from all over the state, representing large and small high schools in three divisions. A full day of testing on Friday was followed by another full day of speeches, interviews and the “Super Quiz” on Saturday. An awards presentation ended the event on Sunday morning. Students competed in literature, math, science, social science, art,... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago
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The Jackson Police Department is once again seeking public assistance to identify and apprehend three men caught on camera shoplifting from the CVS drug store on Highway 49.

Investigator Doug Grey said three adult, white males entered the store March 27 at around 8:30 p.m. and grabbed a shopping cart and two baskets and preceded to fill them with liquor and food items.

Shortly after entering, one of the men, seen wearing a shirt with the words “Nor Cali” on it, set his basket down and left the store where investigators believe...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Volcano Theatre Company’s “The Miracle Worker.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

PLYMOUTH: Amador Brewing Company’s official grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Amador Brewing Company is located at 9659 Main Street, in Plymouth. Visit the Amador Brewing Company Facebook page for details.

AMADOR CITY: Save the date of Saturday, May 30 for the Centennial Anniversary of Amador City. Amador City was incorporated on June 2, 1915. Because June 2 falls on a Tuesday, the city will be celebrating our city’s 100th birthday the weekend before. If Amador City has a personal meaning for...

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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Firefighters are responding to a fire that has broken out near Gold Beach in Amador County at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Amador Ledger Dispatch photojournalist Bill Lavallie is on scene and is providing these pictures. We will post more as pertinent information becomes available.

THIS IS AN AMADOR LEDGER DISPATCH BREAKING NEWS STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
FDR dedicates the Jefferson Memorial

Today is Monday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2015 with 262 to follow.

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

On this date in history: In 1742, George Frideric Handel's Messiah made its world premiere.

In 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor, honored for his work in Lilies of the Field....

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

If you see an unusually large contingent of emergency vehicles on area roadways this Thursday, don’t be alarmed — they’re only conductiing an emergency preparedness drill.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, officers from the San Andreas California Highway Patrol office will be participating in a multi-agency disaster drill in the West Point area of Calaveras County. This joint Amador/Calaveras Fire Response, Care and Shelter exercise is designed to test and evaluate fire procedures and policies, operation coordination, mass care services,...

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