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Matthew Hedger
14 hours ago

Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015 with 278 to follow.

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

In 1797, Nathaniel Briggs was awarded a patent for the washing machine.

In 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth.

In 1939, Madrid surrendered to the nationalist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1968, the counterculture musical Hair opened on...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
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I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that’s what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and “booty.” Real women struggle to lose weight after childbirth. They have droopy bits and wrinkles, so I am told.

I am 42 years old. I am 5’10 and weigh 110 pounds. I do not have an eating disorder, I am just naturally tall and thin, I eat generally healthy foods, and I am a lifelong runner who paid for most of my college by competing in...

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John Tuttle
3 days ago

During a discussion at the 2015 Cal Tax Annual Members meeting, Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner called for a meaningful public discourse on tax reform ideas that makes life easier for taxpayers. Runner suggested replacing California’s income tax with a sales tax on services.

“If you want real tax reform, we ought to look at eliminating the state’s personal and corporate income tax,” said Runner. “One less tax agency would make California a far more attractive place for jobs, retirees and investment.”

Runner noted...

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Terry Sanders
3 days ago
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In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. Eligibility criteria for the current 40-mile calculation would change to driving distance when approved. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. The Veterans Choice Program was authorized by the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 days ago
The Mokelumne River. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I am writing in response to a recently published letter to the editor to set the record straight about some Mokelumne River issues, history and Foothill Conservancy.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and Foothill Conservancy did agree that amendments were needed to Assemblyman Bigelow’s Wild and Scenic Study Bill, AB 142. The assemblyman apparently did, too, because he accepted extensive Assembly Natural Resources Committee amendments to his bill, including those that provide interim protection for the Mokelumne before...

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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2015 with 281 to follow.

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

In 1807, the English Parliament abolished the slave trade.

In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City killed 146 people, mostly female immigrant workers. (The tragedy led to the eventual enactment of many state and national workplace safety laws.)

In 1947, a mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., killed 111 men,...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

Today is Monday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2015 with 283 to follow.

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

In 1775, in a speech supporting the arming of the Virginia militia, Patrick Henry declared, Give me liberty or give me death.

In 1965, Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young were launched in Gemini 3, the first U.S. two-man crew in space.

In 1966, Pope Paul VI met Britain's archbishop of Canterbury at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican,...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

Today is Sunday,March 22, the 81st day of 2015 with 284 to follow.

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

In 1791, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation forbidding slave trading with foreign nations.

In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River began producing electrical power for the Pacific Northwest.

In 1945, representatives from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen met in Cairo to establish the Arab...

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
Brent Parsons. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

We are on another mini camping trip. Leslie, Bella and I agreed to babysit Zoey, our daughter’s two year old Airedale. Kayley is off to Jamaica for a week and Zoey, like Bella, does not do well in a kennel. We don’t do well either. One of my quirks that drives my family nuts is the mental gymnastics I will go through in order to combine as many obligations or recreations in a single trip (like clauses crammed in this sentence).

If Leslie needs to go to the grocery store, I will quickly run the packageable options: other errands,...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

PG&E Celebrates Farmers, Growers and Ranchers on National Ag Day

We owe farmers, growers and ranchers our gratitude every day we buy, serve and eat healthy food, and especially on National Ag Day (March 18). It was a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance of agriculture, much of it produced right here in our own backyard.

Here in Amador County, we appreciate the value of agriculture to our daily lives, and to our regional, state and national economies. And, we understand the impacts of the drought on this critical industry....

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1 week ago
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How, and why, to get out of your comfort zone and take those barrier-busting leaps of faith.

All of us have fears—especially when it comes to taking risks in our professional and personal lives. In fact, it’s been said that FEAR stands for “Forget Everything And Run,” which is a logical reaction given that, by definition, risk is “the possibility of suffering harm or loss,” and involves “uncertain danger.” But, amid the vast upside possibilities, I prefer to negate the negative connotations associated with risk and repudiate the...

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1 week ago
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Will 2015 be the year when you take the leap into self-employment? Even if you’re going to start out small with an office in a spare bedroom, there are some important tax issues you should keep in mind before you take the plunge.

The California Society of CPAs (calcpa.org) offers answers to some common questions.

What’s the Self-Employment Tax?

When you strike out on your own, tax considerations can get a little more complicated-and potentially more expensive. For example, the self-employment tax will loom large in your plans....

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David Sayen
1 week ago
David Sayen. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Medicare helps to pay for a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays to hospice care.

But it doesn’t cover everything. And it doesn’t cover all your out-of-pocket costs.

Many services covered by Medicare require co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You can purchase supplemental insurance to cover these “gaps” in Medicare. Such insurance is called Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap. Some Medigap policies also cover certain benefits that Medicare doesn’t, like emergency care in a foreign...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Prisoner no. 1533-AZ Gregorio Nunez (forefront), pictured with his eyes closed, was one of the last 27 inmates to leave Alcatraz on March 21, 1963.

Today is Saturday, March 21, the 80th day of 2015 with 285 to follow.

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

In 1413, Henry V was crowned king of England.

In 1617, Pocahontas died in England at about age 22. Three years earlier, she converted to Christianity, took the name Rebecca and married Englishman John Rolfe.

In 1790, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia became the first U.S. secretary of state.

In 1857, 100,000 people were killed in an earthquake...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

Today is Thursday, March 19, the 78th day of 2015 with 287 to follow.

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

In 1916, eight Curtiss Jenny planes of the First Aero Squadron took off from Columbus, N.M., to aid troops that had invaded Mexico in pursuit of the bandit Pancho Villa. It was the first U.S. air combat mission in history,

In 1918, the U.S. Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which authorized the Interstate Commerce Commission to establish...

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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
I don’t remember when I first heard of or met Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. I thought maybe I could narrow down the first contact when we talked last week, but the possibilities broadened instead. They have been involved with so many community groups, causes and activities that I wondered if I brought enough paper for notes. Perhaps I should have talked to them separately and written two stories. As I left after a stimulating two hours, I wasn’t sure how their story would pen out. Sometimes I wonder if I have enough material to... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Disney’s animated character, Flower, was the cute skunk in “Bambi.” Are these little critters giving your neighborhood trouble? Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Have you recently been awakened in the middle of the night by the smell of a skunk? Have you gone outside to feed your cats and been met by this little creature with a white stripe down his back and a bushy tail? You guessed it, it is skunk season.

This time of year is mating season for our skunk population. Skunks are nocturnal and mostly active at night. They are gentle creatures with poor eyesight and are very poor climbers, so any wiring to exclude them from your home or yard does not need to be more than 3 feet high....

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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
Susan Grijalva. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
I never know where an interview will go. I use to jot down an outline to remind me of issues or facts I should cover as a responsible journalist. I drifted off course early and had trouble getting back. After 50 of these I’ve realized two things: a preconceived structure might ruin what could have been a pleasant conversation; and I’m not a responsible journalist. I let the subject go where he, she or I feel like going. Without fail, the route meanders on to fertile ground. I write because I enjoy it and the Ledger has given me an... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch Publisher Jack Mitchell. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Thank you. Publishing a hometown newspaper is not an easy job, to say the least.

It is a constant challenge to try and document, share and cover everything you possibly can as completely as you can — and the job is never done. You can bet, as the press runs, you have missed something, shorted someone, upset someone and let down someone. So, you look to the next publication and hope you can make sure the stories, the coverage and the effort you put forth shines, and that those people and groups that were shorted, or even angered,...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
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Last night, I heard on the radio that an $8 million statue was commissioned by the City of Sacramento with money they borrowed to build the new arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team that was using the city’s (Arco) Sleep Train Arena.

The $8 million statue is scheduled to be placed in front of the arena site this week.

The City of Sacramento secured billions in a construction loan for that area and the money they draw on that loan will need to be paid off. This ridiculous “construction” expense creates a false economy of...

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