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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2015 with 185 to follow.

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

In 1853, the U.S. Senate ratified the $10 million Gadsden Purchase from Mexico, adding more than 29,000 square miles to the territories of Arizona and New Mexico and completing the modern geographical boundaries of the contiguous 48 states.

In 1933, Fatty Arbuckle, silent film comedian and one of Hollywood's most beloved personalities until...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 10 2015 District System Management Plan (DSMP) is available on the district’s web page at www.dot.ca.gov/dist10.

A fact sheet providing information on the system planning process is also available on the site. The plan and fact sheet are under the ‘Highlights’ section on the web page. The report spotlights the planning efforts, sustainability, the transportation system, District 10’s local partners, as well as projects in the counties of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras,...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

“Summer of Creativity Grants are now available for young, would-be changemakers, as part of an effort by the Disney/ABC Television Group which seeks to support 125 youth-led service projects with $500 grants.

As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America is calling on kids to make this a “Summer of Creativity.” YSA will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young people who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants...

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Craig Baracco
7 days ago
Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti Photo courtesy to the ALD
The Amador County School Board has appointed an Interim Superintendent and set a new salary for the Superintendent of the County Office of Education. Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti has been appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Amador County School District. Chapin-Pinotti has worked as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for eight years and has been with the school district for twelve years. The board voted that she receive an additional stipend of $2,000 per month, in addition to her current salary. The... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago

Timothy Albrecht, Andrew Alcoriza, Savannah Allgeyer, Jasmine Alorro, Kaylie Baker, Connor Crosby, Estefani Franco-Aguayo, Elektra Hudson, Logan Manner, Aiden Moody, Anthony Pimentel, Callie Tanner, Chloe Traxler, Thomas Mike

Fifth Grade

Shylin Allen, Ashley Bethel, Madison Atwood, Magdalena Bilberry, Ryan Billingsley, Madalynn Carges, Natalie Bordwell, Tonya Chronis, Sammy Clinton, Emma Cranfill, Colby Eckhart, Macie Fraser, Alexis Harmon, Mya Manner, Sam Moore, Dylan Randolph, Kylie Shaw, Gwen Church, Megan Stacy, Cosette...

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William Peterson
7 days ago

“I am a father, and just like my father did for me, I try and help my children as much as I can, including financial advice. In fact, I try and pass down much of the advice my father gave to me, which is what he received from his father.

Both of these fine gentlemen were very conservative and did not believe in taking much risk on investing their money. One of their main pieces of advice was to save as much as possible and invest in FDIC insured bank CDs. However, as you know, bank CDs are not paying much anymore. I wish my father...

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Jack Mitchell
7 days ago
Hunger is a reality for over 50 million Americans, or one in seven people living in the United States. To create awareness of this issue and help their neighbors in need, the Jackson Grocery Outlet store is kicking off of the fourth annual Independence from Hunger food drive, a month-long, company-wide campaign. Together Jackson Grocery Outlet and their customers can help to feed people in Amador County facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. Over the past two years, over $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and food... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
7 days ago
It is the last morning of the 14 in the desert. The wind battered our tent through the night but calmed by daybreak. I’m writing in the warm shade of the red rock. Leslie is on her morning walk. The campground filled last night as it will on Saturdays. The site closest to us was reserved with a payment stub stuck to the number post in the early afternoon and the occupants drove off. Vehicles circled only to be disappointed when the paper slip was discovered. There are not any camping options within 75 miles of here besides the open... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

With the current drought devastating the water supply, is it fair to ask what measures have the authorities at the national, state, and local level been doing to alleviate the hardship that drought brings us.

This being the case, lets examine what the authorities in Amador County have been doing to minimize the hazards of drought. In a few words not much. A memorandum of 11-18-96 to the Public Works Director from the Land Use Agency Director demonstrates a frightening lack of knowledge of how to address California’s historic...

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

In the June 19th Ledger, a letter writer wonders why we are advised to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. This is simply a nonsensical argument. The thing is you never read in the paper about a child who by accident or on purpose killed other people when he picked up a loaded Muslim.

Ed Bass

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Mr. Patrick Marshall in his letter to the editor of June 19, 2015 opened the door to...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

A Napa man convicted of eight robberies and suspected in several more — including two in our area — has been sentenced to prison for his crimes. Joshua James Metoxen was sentenced to five years in prison (to be served consecutive to a two-year state sentence), and ordered to pay $17,251 in restitution said United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson this week.

Metoxen, 25, pleaded guilty April 2 to eight counts of bank robbery. According to the plea agreement,...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago
The FBI, in a close-working relationship with local law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area, is requesting assistance to identify the individuals responsible for vandalizing fiber optic cables in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley, and San Jose. Within the past year, cables were intentionally severed at the following locations: July 6, 2014, 9:44 p.m. near 7th St. and Grayson St. in Berkeley; July 6, 2014, 11:39 p.m. near Niles Canyon Blvd. and Mission Blvd. in Fremont; July 7, 2014, 12:24 a.m. near Jones Road and Iron Horse... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

California has 72 officially designated “Scenic Highways,” but only one has been named the “Ultimate Highway Trip,” by Sunset Magazine this June: Highway 1.

The curvy, two-lane Pacific Coast Highway hugs the western edge of where the ocean laps into California, sometimes just feet from the highway or below breathtaking cliffs. Since it was built, people have ventured along the coastal route to take in majestic sunsets, walk along trails, enjoy beaches and waterfalls, watch whales migrate, and more.

“Highway 1 has historical...

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

If California was a nation, it would rank 6th in the world in installed solar energy capacity. That’s pretty amazing – and one of the key takeaways from the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, (seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight) which was just released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Today, California has more solar assets than nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia and Belgium, becoming the first state in the U.S. to top 10,000 megawatts of installed solar...

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

Retired marine Adrian Sparks, owner of Bear ‘N Mind, has a passion for woodwork. It all started when he worked as a logger for seven years, eventually leading him to discover the art of chainsaw carving. After being taught how to carve three years ago, it is easy to see how professional Sparks’ works of art are. He puts his heart and soul into every carving he creates.

Sparks specializes in chainsaw-carved grizzly bears, animals, pets and even custom furniture. He has carved everything from frogs to eagles to a rhino the size of...

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

Jail overcrowding in California has been an ongoing problem for many years, but it has been greatly exacerbated by AB109, the prison realignment initiative, which has pushed increasing numbers of convicted state prisoners down to local jails. The influx of these individuals has overwhelmed community leaders, who often are at a loss as to how to handle inmates that county jails were never intended to accommodate.

County jails were originally designed to house persons awaiting trial (pretrial populations), as well as those serving...

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago

Federal firefighters, assisted by Cal Fire and local departments continue to battle the “Washington Fire” in the Humboldt-Toyabe National Forest in Alpine County, as the Amador Ledger Dispatch goes to press this week.

First reported June 19, the fire started after a reported lightning strike was whipped into a frenzy by erratic winds causing it to quickly grow from 350 acres to over 17,205 as of Thursday, with 10 percent containment.

Rugged terrain is hampering the effort. More than 500 fire personnel remain clustered around...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

BloodSource will hold the Mother Lode Community blood drive to meet Jackson and the community’s need for blood and blood products on Thursday, July 9 at the Jackson Civic Center, at 33 Broadway. All walk-ins are welcome. The blood drive, sponsored by Sutter Amador Hospital, is scheduled to take place between 12:30 and 5 p.m. Participants in the Mother Lode Community blood drive can earn “MyBloodSource” rewards. You can redeem your rewards online for items like a $5 Togo’s gift card or movie pass.

Blood donations are used to...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

Heatstroke (hyperthermia) is a leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures on the rise, the California Office of Traffic Safety is cautioning parents and caregivers of young children that leaving children in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can have fatal or irrevocable consequences.

The temperature inside a car can rise up to 50 degrees in an hour, so even moderate daytime temperatures can be dangerous. Children’s bodies are more quickly and severely affected by high temperatures....

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago
Adorable kittens, ducklings, rabbits, and more are available for adoption at The Feed Barn. Take one home today. The Feed Barn is located at 11261 Prospect Drive in Jackson, (209) 223-2809. They are proud supporters of A-PAL, Humane Society and Tricounty Wildlife Care. Store Hours are Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, or visit them at feedbarncountrystore.com. [Read more]
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