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Eric Marks
1 week ago
Ashley Putz, center, is flanked by her loyal employees, Kim Hazelet, left, and Gabie Williams. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Marks

Last Sunday saw the last dish served at Buffalo Chips Emporium, the venerable Amador City restaurant owned by Ashley Putz. The restaurant, which has been operating since the 1970s, is moving to new digs, at 76 Main Street, in Sutter Creek, into a building that has been variously known as The Beer Garden, the Sutter Creek Palace and, most recently, Driven Cellars wine tasting room.

Ashley is aiming for an early May opening and she’s been very busy handling the design and construction at her future home and the crowds clamoring for...

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1 week ago
Alison Pillsbury (left) with the staff of Acorn Hills Animal Center, Kaylee Stockton, Katy Taylor, Laurie Fishback, Kenna Edmonson and Andrea Hoover. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
There are many animal lovers out in the world, but some completely dedicate their lives to having and taking care of animals. Dr. Alison Pillsbury, of Acorn Hills Animal Center/Amador Veterinary Emergency Clinic, is one of those people who goes above and beyond to help animals in need. She has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine since 1988 and works hard to take care of the animals in Amador County. “I have always loved animals and wanted to have a hands-on job where I get to take care of them. I always wanted to be a veterinarian... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Sierra Madre Garden Club

Robin Peters will present a program on orchids when the club meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Robin was tasked with keeping orchids alive that had been given to his wife. Over time his interest carried him to importation, cultivation and propagation of tropical orchids from Africa, Madagascar, and surrounding regions. Robin’s talk will center around keeping alive “grocery store” and big box orchids by implementing key changes to...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
Shannon Allen and Jessica Smith are two of the great teachers at Amador Yoga. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Amador Yoga held the grand opening of its new studio at 218 Water Street in Jackson on Friday, April 1. To celebrate opening day, they offered free yoga classes all day, along with raffles and tasty treats. The building, which is over 100 years old, has been completely remodeled on the inside, transformed into a modern and calming atmosphere with soft purple walls and a bath of natural light from big windows. It makes for a perfect environment to focus and relax during a yoga class.

Classes at Amador Yoga are based on Vinyasa Flow...

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Jack Mitchell
03/24/2016 12:48 PM
If you have ever rented a limousine, you already know the headaches and trials of living in Amador County. Out-of-town services would charge for the time to get to Amador County (plus the trip back), adding hours of rental fees when you haven’t even used the limousine yet. Sometimes a different limousine would show up, or an older limousine with questionable drivers and no personal touch. These were just a few of the problems Josh and Lacey Arevalo were hearing, and having — and exactly why they decided it was time to open a local... [Read more]
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Kirk Neiberger
03/17/2016 12:00 PM
Owner Jim Gullett stands in the midst of his ‘sustainable’ Sangiovese vines. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kirk Neiberger

In December, 2015, Vino Noceto Winery, in the Shenandoah Valley, became the first winery in Amador County to be certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, which certification extends to both its vineyard and winery. The CSWA, which issued this certification, is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that was created in 2003, by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Wine Grape Growers.

There are currently 4,400 bonded wineries in California. According to the CSWA’s 2015 Sustainability...

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03/17/2016 11:51 AM
Owner of El Torero Adolfo Gomez. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
El Torero, a Mexican restaurant well-known for its delicious food, has a rich history that was all built because of one man’s hard work and dreams. The man behind it all is Adolfo Gomez, long-time resident of Amador County. He has been here for 54 years, working hard all the while to make a life for himself and to take care of his family and friends. Gomez is all about family, and has five children and eight grandchildren. “In Mexico, I grew up with many good friends and family, and they taught me how important it is to take care of... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
03/10/2016 11:59 AM
Tim Lucke of Lucke Brothers Painting. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

What began as a part-time summer job in college is now a full-time career for former Amador County resident Tim Lucke, who first learned the trade during his summer and holiday vacations, and the occasional weekend, when home from Cal Poly. Six years ago he decided to make it a full-time career and became a licensed painting contractor when he formed Lucke Brothers Painting.

Lucke concentrates mainly in residential exterior and interior painting, but he has also completed commercial interior and exterior jobs, as well as new...

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03/03/2016 11:18 AM
Back row from left:  Karly Hernandez, Fran Allen, Janice Cavaliere, Lisa Paragary-Engelken, Steve Miller. Front row from left:  Krista Crookham, Kristina Agustin, Tiffany Kraft, Laura Hunter. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced that Re/Max Gold Classic Country Properties in Sutter Creek, is the newest member of its luxury real estate network and will now operate as Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Tiffany Kraft and Kristina Agustin, will service the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has 114 branded offices throughout the state of California.

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02/25/2016 1:35 PM

Dr. Kristine Burke, M.D., would like to welcome and introduce you to her passion: improving the lives of others. With the combination of her friendly staff and her warm personality and determination, Dr. Burke will be sure to focus on your body’s needs to keep you well. With offices located less than 30 miles from Amador County, at True Health Center for Functional Medicine, in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Burke offers unique services that are difficult to match.

An Amador County resident who, four years ago, had faced a seemingly...

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02/25/2016 12:56 PM
The first rule to long-term successful stock market investing is risk management. The second, third and fourth rules are also risk management. Simply defined: take only enough risk to satisfy your investment goals. One way of avoiding excessive risk is to stay away from individual stocks and use no load mutual funds and ETF funds for your investments. With individual stocks, you always have the potential for a company bankruptcy and while you can hit a home run with an individual stock the chance of a strike out is much greater.... [Read more]
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02/25/2016 12:30 PM
John Miller and Tasso Maras are cooking up something great at the 7800. ALD Photo by Sarah Spinetta
David Tohm, owner of Kirkwood’s 7800 Bar and Grill, has been hard at work, incorporating new offers and events. The Bar is hosting many more events such as a variety of live bands and tap takeovers, and also adding new items to their menu. They will be keeping the popular dishes and adding a wide variety of new dishes to their menu, cooked by executive chef Tasso Maras. A sneak peak of what the 7800 will be adding to the menu is blackened salmon, poutine, chicken fried chicken (the same as chicken fried steak, but made with chicken... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
02/25/2016 12:18 PM
Bite Me Bakery’s cake pops are a popular dessert option for weddings. Photo by Lulu Watson, Wonderstruck photography by Lulu

Amanda Fryman wasn’t always a baker. She didn’t foster her passion for creating sweet treats as a little girl with an Easy-Bake oven. Instead, she discovered her passion as an adult, baking a cake for her son’s second birthday, and you could say the rest is history.

“After I made my son’s second birthday cake, I got addicted,” Amanda said. “I started doing it for other people and everyone said it was really good, ‘you should try selling it.’ I kept doing it more and more and now I’m booked pretty much every week, which is great.” ...

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John Tuttle
02/11/2016 1:48 PM
5th District Assemblyman Frank Bigelow addresses his constituents. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-Madera, earned a near perfect score for his voting record in support of small business and pro-job legislation in 2015. The National Federation of Independent Business, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and others gave Bigelow some of the highest rankings on their annual scorecards for the 2015 Legislative Session.

“The 5th Assembly District is built on the backbone of small businesses,” said Bigelow. “I am honored to stand up for the small business community and my voting record in 2015 shows my...

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Guest Commentator
02/18/2016 12:16 PM

When most people think Kirkwood, they think of skiing and snowboarding on the snowy mountains, but what many don’t realize is that Kirkwood even more to offer its guests including shopping and ski and snowboard maintenance.

Skis, snowboards, boots and accessories are available for rent online and at the resort. You can choose from a full line of ski and snowboard packages, available for people of all ages from children to adults at all levels of ability. There is even a solution for the skiers and snowboarders who own their own...

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Caitlyn Schaap
02/18/2016 12:05 PM
Anthony and Harmony Hanks with their daughter Nevaeh, age 9, and son Nehemiah, age 5. Both children are currently learning martial arts at Kaizen and Nevaeh is well on her way to a black belt. Photo courtesy of Kaizen.

This year, Kaizen Martial Arts Academy celebrates its tenth year of business.

The business is owned by Anthony and Harmony Hanks, a husband and wife team who also work as martial arts instructors.

Anthony discovered his interest in martial arts at the age of six, while growing up in Southern California. He earned his black belt at the age of ten, and it was at that time that he decided martial arts was a career path he intended to pursue.

“It was right at that age when people ask, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and I...

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Guest Commentator
02/18/2016 9:23 AM

Accepting stock market volatility is a necessary evil when striving for higher returns. Avoiding volatility is easy, just buy a one-percent CD or a long-term individual bond paying in the three percent per year range. Equity investing brings volatility into play. However, gut-wrenching, excessive volatility often leads to mistakes by individual investors and professional money managers alike. Recent market swings of three percent or more per day can be emotionally very trying.

Understanding the hows and whys of excessive volatility...

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02/11/2016 1:30 PM

With its world-class terrain, great atmosphere, stunning views and delicious food, Kirkwood Mountain is the ultimate ski resort destination. However, many people are unaware of much of what Kirkwood has to offer.

What seems odd to Amador County residents who take the short drive up to Kirkwood, is how many people at Kirkwood Ski Resort have admitted to not knowing what county they are in. In fact, many say they have never heard of Amador County. When, in return, they ask where Amador County is, my response to them is always the...

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Jack Mitchell
02/04/2016 11:20 AM
Mark McKenna demonstrates the steam sanitation process. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Usually, conversations with local wine makers and winery owners start with me asking, “What’s new,” or “What’s up?” And as most of us who call Amador County our home know, one of the special features of living here is that you actually meet, work with, play and party with not only friends who work in the wine industry, but also the owners of the vineyards and the winemakers. They are accessible to everyone, making a trip through our region and tasting award-winning wines all the more special. Such was the case when I ventured into... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
01/28/2016 12:37 PM
JB’s Formal Wear gives valuable advice to all future grooms — much more wedding advice can be found in the Wedding Guide in this week's paper — look for it!
Over the years, we at JB’s Formal Wear, on Main St., in Jackson, have been through just about every scenario regarding tuxedo rental and related wedding preparations, such as groomsmen’s and bridesmaids’ gifts/engraving. Many questions come up at this joyful and almost always stress-inducing occasion. Here are some of the most common questions we encounter on a daily basis. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be glad to help you out. Remember, this is your wedding or event,... [Read more]
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