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Rich Farrington
4 days ago

A reader says “...it is time we let the AWA go into bankruptcy.” Bankruptcy would be costly to customers. It could stop existing grants or increase the cost of critical projects that will improve water safety, stop major leaks, improve fire protection and reduce AWA electric bills. One leak project alone will save over a half billion gallons of water a year.

Bankruptcy could result in the takeover of Amador Water Agency by a private company, which can legally make a profit, but isn’t eligible for government grants and low...

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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
Brent’s dog, Bella. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
I live a short walk from Sutter Creek’s cemeteries and have visited them many times over the years I have lived here. My two kids were naturally a little freaked by these neighbors. I dared them on several foggy nights to accompany me but I don’t think we ever actually made it past the wall. Despite the screams and frantic run home, like a scary ride, they enjoyed the thrill. My cemetery experience has evolved over the years as I get closer to qualifying as a permanent resident. Initially the attraction was the history of my new home... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
07/30/2015 10:58 AM
Rich Hoffman. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons

When I started submitting these columns almost two years ago I had no plan. I knew Jerry Budrick, the editor, and I liked to write. I ran the interview idea past him and he wondered who might be on the prospective list. I came up with a dozen or so names, but really didn’t know if they would consent or worse yet, if they did, that I could put our conversation on paper in a manner that didn’t insult them or bore the reader.

The experiment, based on feedback from those written to and about, has mostly succeeded. The hobby continues...

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Donna Kelley
07/30/2015 10:42 AM
Aid digestion natural using organic apple cider vinegar instead of blocking the digestive process with antacids. Photo courtesy to the ALD

We learned from last weeks article that antacids, like Tums, plays a role in decreasing our stomach acid level, which may create digestive issues — that is one reason to avoid them. Have you ever read the ingredients label on Tums? After doing so, this may be another reason that you decide to avoid them. I will make other recommendations based on healthier options.

Here’s the ingredients list from their own website (tums.com) for Spearmint Tums: 1) Calcium stearate – a chemical “calcium salt (derived from an animal source – beware...

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Matthew Hedger
06/29/2015 3:42 PM

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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William Peterson
06/25/2015 12:49 PM

“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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Brent Parsons
06/25/2015 12:45 PM
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
06/25/2015 12:42 PM

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
06/25/2015 12:38 PM

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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Matthew Hedger
06/24/2015 4:03 PM
Portrait of Bibi La Purée, 1901, by Pablo Picasso

Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2014 with 190 to follow.

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

In 1901, Pablo Picasso's artwork had its first exhibition in Paris.

In 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million people of the divided German city.

In 1975, an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 en route from New Orleans crashed at New York's Kennedy Internationa...

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Matthew Hedger
06/23/2015 6:16 PM

Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 174th day of 2015 with 191 to follow.

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

In 1845, the Congress of the Republic of Texas agreed to annexation by the United States.

In 1865, the last Confederate holdouts formally surrendered in the Oklahoma Territory.

In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris.

In 1947, the U.S. Congress enacted the Taft-Hartley labor act over the veto of President...

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Matthew Hedger
06/21/2015 1:17 PM

Today is Sunday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2015 with 193 to follow.

This is the first day of summer -- and Father's Day in many countries.

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

In 1788, the U.S. Constitution became effective when it was ratified by a ninth state, New Hampshire.

In 1945, Japanese defenders of Okinawa surrendered to U.S. troops.

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the eastern U.S. seaboard, killing 118 people over a seven-state...

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Brent Parsons
06/18/2015 10:05 AM
In hindsight, (a skill I’m perfecting as I have more to look back on) I was fortunate to have lost a run for the water agency back in 2008. I could have been boiled alive as the agency fought to stay afloat in a superheated boiler of agency discord, litigation and recession. In 2009 embattled General Manager Jim Abercrombie jumped ship for El Dorado where smooth sailing might have been enjoyed for a while before it got pretty whipped up there too. Our Amador Water Agency finally slipped from the news and perhaps out of the cross... [Read more]
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William Peterson
06/18/2015 9:57 AM

Sunday is Father’s Day. Hopefully you will be able to spend some quality time with (or remembering) your father, and thank him for the good advice and wisdom that you may have received from him over your lifetime. Advice from your father and all his experiences could be very valuable, especially with his experiences on money matters. With that being said, it may be time to consider some of that wisdom and advice for your own good.

I have had the great fortune of obtaining many fathers as clients. Over these years, I have asked some...

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Matthew Hedger
06/18/2015 3:39 PM

Today is Thursday, June 18, the 169th day of 2015 with 196 to follow.

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

In 1812, the United States declared war on Britain.

In 1815, England's Duke of Wellington and Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in Belgium.

In 1975, Saudi Arabian Prince Museid was publicly beheaded in Riyadh for the assassination of King Faisal.

In 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet...

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Matthew Hedger
06/16/2015 1:35 PM
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester

Today is Tuesday, June 16, the 167th day of 2015 with 198 to follow.

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

In 1883, the New York Giants had the first Ladies' Day baseball game.

In 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

In 1999, U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 2005, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, 23, of Bowling Green, Ky., became the first...

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Brent Parsons
06/11/2015 9:52 AM
Camping with desert wind storms on Navajo Reservation land. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons

Leslie and I have been camping together for our entire relationship. I introduced her to it shortly after we met. It was a date and overnight I could afford, but we still went Dutch. Early on she realized that discomfort was just a drop in temperature, wind gust or rain storm away. On one of our first excursions, she woke up with a black eye in the back of my Datsun 610 wagon at Tahoe because we had squeezed out of the weather and into a space where my elbows were dangerous.

In the decades since, we have upgraded equipment and...

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Matthew Hedger
05/29/2015 10:57 AM

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
05/12/2015 4:05 PM

Today is Tuesday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2015 with 233 to follow.

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

In 1922, the magazine Radio Broadcast commented, The rate of increase in the number who spend at least part of an evening listening to radio is almost incomprehensible.

In 1937, George VI was crowned king of England, succeeding his brother Edward, who abdicated to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson.

In 1949, Soviet authorities announced...

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Matthew Hedger
05/07/2015 9:30 AM

Today is Thursday, May 7, the 127th day of 2015 with 238 to follow.

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

In 1718, city of New Orleans was founded.

In 1789, the first U.S. presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was conducted in New York City.

In 1824, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.

In 1915, a German U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland,...

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