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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

The California State Assembly has approved AB 142 by a vote of 67-2.

The action came during a regular session of the full Assembly yesterday, June 1.

Assembly Members Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) and Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) cast the two “No” votes. Last Thursday, May 28, the Assembly Appropriations committee approved the bill before sending it on to the Assembly floor.

The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, would require a study of portions of the Mokelumne River above Pardee Reservoir before a “Wild...

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

Angels Camp Police are asking for public assistance to locate a car stolen from the city yesterday, Monday, June 1.

The car is described as a silver, 4-door, 1996 Subaru Legacy, California license plate 5RWR006. It was stolen from the 1300 block of Mark Twain Road.

The vehicle has oxidized paint, an Apple sticker and an AMA sticker on the back window.

Anyone with information related to the stolen vehicle is asked to contact the Angels Camp Police Department at (209) 736-2567 or acpd@angelscamp.gov

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Bill Lavallie
Yesterday

An early morning fire at 817 Court Street is now a suspected arson according to the Jackson Police Department.

The first person on scene was a Jackson Police officer who found the doorway to Suite 14 in building 817 on fire. He quickly doused the fire with a fire extinguisher and the Jackson Fire Department then finished extinguishing the blaze.

JPD indicated that they could smell some type of accelerant when they arrived. Cal Fire and Jackson Fire Department personnel said a fire investigator has been called to the scene.

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Daniel Robert Pedersen was found dead on Sunday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The body of Pioneer man missing since April 26 has been found in the waters of Salt Springs Reservoir.

Daniel Robert Pedersen, 38, was reported missing after a canoe he was in capsized.

Searchers combed the area for nearly a month, but to no avail.

On Sunday, a hiker, whose name was not released, discovered the body approximately three-and-and-a-half miles from the dam at around 5:15 p.m., and notified the United States Forest Service. The USFS in turn contacted the Amador County Sheriffs’ Office who responded and hiked to the...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
13-year-old Cole Hermanson working on his Eagle Scout Project. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In March of 2014, Mr. Dennis Price, a liaison for student programs at The Kennedy Mine, approached a young Boy Scout with Troop 63 in Sutter Creek about developing a Western Bluebird trail at the Kennedy Mine. Taking the proposal under consideration as a possible Eagle project, 13-year-old Cole Hermanson approached scout leaders for the project approval and then did a formal presentation for The Kennedy Mine Board. Following the required permissions and approvals, Hermanson independently solicited several local businesses for project... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
6 days ago

The Jackson City Council grappled with a possible water rate increase at their meeting Tuesday night.

Citing the loss of revenue due to decreased use of water caused by drought-related conservation efforts, the Amador Water Agency is preparing to increase the wholesale cost of water to the city by 34 percent in August. The City of Jackson, which provides retail water service to its residents, can either pass on the costs to city residents, or make up the cost, around $200,000 for the year, with its reserves. The city’s domestic...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the current drought are the myths circulating regarding water use and the means for addressing the water crisis in the state. Some are perpetuations of myths developed during past water crises. Others build upon misinformation that has a more recent origin. Below are four myths that you may see in media accounts of the drought.

1) Agriculture uses 80 percent of water in the state.

According to the 2013 California Water Plan, in an average water year, agriculture uses 41 percent of the...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Daniel Savoie. Photo by Brittaney Alysse

Elizabeth King and Daniel Savoie were each awarded $1,000 Artists Scholarships during Amador High School’s Awards Night. The scholarships came from AmadorArts, whose scholarship committee was impressed by Elizabeth’s skills in the visual arts and Daniel’s enthusiasm for sustainable architecture.

Elizabeth King has been taking Art courses all four year of high school, including two years of ceramics. When she entered work in the Amador County Fair, she won Best of Show and Best of Division’ plus multiple first place ribbons....

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Students in the ROP Medical Training Program. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County Unified School District is fortunate to have a Regional Occupational Training Program Teacher, Linda Critchfield. Critchfield has been the teacher for both Amador and Argonaut high schools, and this year she is retiring.

Students in this program are trained on numerous medical fields such as dental, surgery, nursing, ambulance service, etc. This year’s graduates from the program include: Juliette Behrman, Melanie Carter, Sarahi Cerna, Allie Delicio-Parker, Kathleen Denison, Matthew Ferreira, Natalie Herrera-Trejo,...

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6 days ago
Elizabeth King and Erin Smalley are this year’s recipients of the Amador County Artists Association’s art scholarships. Pictured is King’s work, which recently won Best of Show at the ACAA’s Student Art Show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador County Artists Association is pleased to announce the award of college scholarships to two very talented and motivated young women from Amador High School. Elizabeth King and Erin Smalley each received $1,200 that they can redeem at the completion of their first art class in college.

Elizabeth King is the daughter of James and Lori King. She has resided in Amador County since the age of one. King will enroll at Southern Oregon University at Ashland, Oregon, this fall with the goal of becoming an art teacher. Her...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Front from left: Melissa Bean, Natalie Herrera-Trejo, Rylee Quick and Sierra Whaling. Back: Michelle Tillery, Rebecca Boulden and Davina Edmonson. Not in attendance: Rachel Jenkins, Skylor Phillips and Jazmin Diaz. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Branch of American Association of University Women again completed a successful Home Tour this spring. Proceeds from the annual Home Tour go to provide scholarships to girls and women in our local community. This year, AAUW was able to fund ten scholarships for 2015. On Saturday, May 16, the scholarship recipients and their family members gathered together with AAUW members to participate in the awards ceremony. Three Tech Scholarships were awarded to Junior High students Sierra Whaling, Jazmin Diaz and Rylee Quick.

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Steven Drew Allee, 32. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Authorities say the man arrested by police in San Joaquin County for the murder of a Subway employee during a robbery in Stockton Tuesday is the same man who robbed the Starbucks coffee restaurant in Martell May 8.

In a news release Thursday morning, Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said investigators were alerted to the man, Steven Drew Allee, 32, a Lodi resident, after receiving a tip from a citizen.

“On May 14, 2015, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau received information from a confidential...

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6 days ago
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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.

May 13

7:47 a.m. Disturbing the Peace of Pioneer on Buckhorn Ridge Road. A woman being vague because a man can only “half hear” her.

8:48 a.m. Possession of a Controlled Substance on Buckhorn Ridge in Pioneer. A man would like advice on what to do about a woman who has meth in her closet at the...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
One of several vehicle accidents this week. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

First responders on both sides of the river kept fairly busy rescuing errant drivers and removing others from the road who may have partied a little too much over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Sunday, the driver of a Honda sedan may have been distracted when he drove off of the road, through a barbed wire fence and down an embankment. The California Highway Patrol said Guillermo F. Cervantes, 22, of Stockton, was headed from a residence on Blue Sky Drive, north of Highway 88 in a 2006 Honda Civic at around 3:40 p.m. when the...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
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A Jackson man is now behind bars in the Amador County Jail, charged with grand theft against an dependent adult and two burglary charges stemming from recent incidents at the Best Western Motel.

Gerald Walker, 48, was arrested Wednesday after officers from the Jackson Police Department served a search warrant at his residence in the 130 block of Broadway.

Jackson Police Investigator Doug Gray said the department was following up on allegations that Walker had been stealing electricity from a neighbor, a 36-year-old...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Armed and dangerous robbery suspect Darious Gilbert. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is requesting assistance from the public to aid in the location of Darious Gilbert, an individual believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies in Northern California this year. Gilbert is believed to have robbed the U.S. Bank in San Francisco March 30, beginning a spree that included a San Francisco Citibank on April 2, a San Francisco Bank of America, April 7, the same U.S. Bank branch as before on April 17, and another Citibank April 20.

Gilbert is also suspected in the May 9 robbery...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

Today is Friday, May 29, the 149th day of 2015 with 216 to follow.

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

In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne.

In 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

In 1985, British soccer fans attacked Italian fans preceding the...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
A pickup truck has crashed through the front of the Interfaith Food Bank’s thrift store on Sutter Hill this morning, Thursday, May 28, causing lots of damage but no injuries. On the scene photojournalist Bill Lavallie said the driver of the truck, whose name has not yet been released, mistakenly hit the gas pedal and sent the large truck through the wall and a large plate glass window. Neither the driver nor anyone in the store was injured. Sutter Creek Police are investigating the incident. [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Plymouth City Council and Planning Commission held a special joint workshop Monday night, as the city considers re-designating land for denser residential development.

Members of both the City Council and Planning Commission will work on a proposal to increase allowed residential development on a vacant ten acre parcel of land located on the northern edge of the city, west of Highway 49. The new zoning would allow attached units and multifamily housing, rather than the single-family homes currently allowed. The city is making...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Sutter Creek City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Parks and Recreation were the main topics of discussion at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting.

The council voted to select the name for the new city park located on the south end of Main Street. The city has been taking suggestions from the public on naming the new park, and a special committee narrowed the almost forty possible names down to six finalists. A series of ballots by the council narrowed down the six finalist with the council selecting the name for the park by secret ballot. The name of the new park will...

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