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John Tuttle
4 days ago

Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy Application Available Online Now

Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office, a perfect opportunity to discover the answers awaits: The Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

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Terry Sanders
4 days ago

With Amador County being a high concentration of retired age residents, it is no surprise that I get a lot of questions concerning VA Long-Term Care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. More than 90 percent of VA’s medical centers provide home- and community-based outpatient long-term care programs. This patient-focused approach supports the wishes of most patients to live at home in their own communities for as long as...

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William Peterson
4 days ago

The financial world has changed dramatically over the last several years and many more dramatic changes are expected. All of these changes have caused questions, concerns and uncertainties for many. With the complexities of retirement planning these days, many people have turned to professional help. So, when we are looking for some help or a change, how do we find the right financial advisor for out specific situation?

Choosing a financial advisor may be one of the most important financial decisions that we will ever make. The...

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
Blue oak woodland, Monterey County, California. April 1, 1938. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S. has found that compared to the beginning of the last century, California’s forests are more dense, with fewer large trees, more small growth and are a much bigger risk for fires. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how they compared forest surveys over the past century and the changes they noted and what it might mean for the future of forest management in the state.

California is notorious for...

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Brent Parsons
4 days ago
We caught up with Maxine and John Kirkpatrick at the 140 acre Kirkpatrick Ranch. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
County officials, once elected, usually hold the office for years. Occasionally there is a challenger, or the office holder screws up, but normally, unless the official decides to step away, he doesn’t have to. Qualified “would-be contenders” wait, hoping they outlive the person they want to replace. Incumbents rarely lose. Whether secure longevity is good for the system depends who you ask. Term limits exist, but not here. And there is something to be said for continuity unless things could be better. John Kirkpatrick was the... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago

Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files have been encrypted and you have to pay to get the key needed decrypt them.

These scenarios are examples of ransomware scams, which involve a type of malware that infects computers and restricts users’ access to their files or threatens the permanent...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago

A common over-the-counter drug that tackles pain and fever may also hold keys to a longer, healthier life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science-Genetics.

“We first used baker’s yeast, which is an established aging model, and noticed that the yeast treated with ibuprofen lived longer,” said Dr. Michael Polymenis, an AgriLife Research biochemist in College Station. “Then we...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Baseball been bery bery good to me.

Today is Monday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2015 with 353 to follow.

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

In 1921, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of Major League Baseball.

In 1932, Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, D-Ark., became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

In 1943, the U.S. wartime Office of Price Administration said standard frankfurters would be replaced during World War II by Victory Sausages consisting...

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Cody Martinsen
2 weeks ago
2014 was a very busy year for the Jackson Fire Department. We responded to 1,287 calls to service – these included fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents and public assistance calls. Keeping with our average for the past decade, we continue to run around 70 percent medical related calls, anywhere from cardiac issues or diabetic emergencies to trauma calls. 2014 was not any different, which resulted in 71 percent of the total call volume being medical related. Public assistance calls refer... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
I attended the memorial service for Phil and Alex Faillers, the father and son killed in the crash of the family’s Cessna on Christmas Eve. Phil was more than an acquaintance but maybe not quite a friend. Regrettably, that list is too short. He installed a stereo in my ’91 Bronco. He patted me on the back as we passed in front of The Hotel Sutter several weeks ago. My kids knew Alex from school. Josie and I owned businesses on Main a few doors apart for twenty years. She’s still there. Josie was a source of support during my time on... [Read more]
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Terry Sanders
2 weeks ago

I have received a special notice regarding the tax repayment that is available for qualified itinerant veteran vendors. It can also be found on the Board of Equalization’s website under the News and Events, Special Notices Tab boe.ca.gov/news/news_and_events.htm#Special_Notices

I’m trying to ensure that as many veterans as possible are notified.

If you are a qualified itinerant veteran vendor, you may receive a repayment of sales tax, interest, and penalties you paid to the Board of Equalization from April 1, 2002 to March 31,...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

Ethics of Shooting Birds on the Water or the Ground?

Question: Is it lawful to shoot a bird that is on the water, or if I’m field hunting, to shoot a bird that is standing on the ground? I do not consider it sporting, but I was party to a group of hunters that took part in the above actions. Just curious what the official word is on this. (Nick V.)

Answer: It’s not illegal, but it’s certainly not sporting as it violates the Fair Chase Principle. “Fair chase” is the ethical, sportsman-like, lawful pursuit and taking of any free-rangi...

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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
I have worked with people with disabilities most of my adult life. I have learned the meaning of words like “courage” and “perseverance” by watching them get up each day and do the best they can to achieve their dreams in the face of major obstacles. They have taught me about the importance of setting goals to make sure you are heading in the direction of your dreams. Early on these folks have Individual Education Plans with goals and objectives to help them focus on what is important to their growth. As adults, many have IPP’s or... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
12/26/2014 10:00 AM
I would attempt to summarize the column from Dec. 12 and bring the reader up to speed, but Ron is too fast. I ended as he ended the 1980’s with new homes sold out, however, with lot sales at the Old Mine Estates subdivision tanking. In 1990, Tom Blackman moved on to develop the Jackson View subdivision with Frank Briski. Tom eventually sold out his portion of Old Mine to Ron, when he opened Coldwell Banker. Ron continued building but also got into something else, which has gotten big — senior care. The path there wasn’t straight.... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
12/19/2014 10:55 AM
Youth firefighters at a conservation camp took time to help nearly a dozen small Sierra Nevada foothill communities prepare for the holiday season. Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp inmates have helped craft the small towns’ decorations for decades. For many, they are also crafting pieces of their own rehabilitation. Jackson City Manager Mike Daly said the inmate firefighters are very involved in the community, ranging from marching in the town’s Veterans Day parade to creating 200 holiday decorations adorning the historic Main... [Read more]
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David Sayen
12/19/2014 10:47 AM

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015...

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Lisa Lucke
12/19/2014 10:41 AM

As memories of Christmasses past drift through my brain, I can’t help but compare the pain levels associated with each passing year. No doubt, the holidays are definitely getting less painful as the kids get older. For those of you who are horrified that I would use the words “painful” and “holidays” in the same sentence, you win the prize for Biggest Yuletide Liar.

Before writing this, I re-read my blog posts from past Christmas seasons. Ouch. As much as I’d love to see those munchkins running through the house in their footed...

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William Peterson
12/19/2014 9:50 AM

Can you believe it is December already? This, of course, means there are only a few weeks left in the year. Obviously it is one of the busiest times of the year with the holidays, family gatherings, Christmas parties, shopping and travel. People everywhere are scrambling trying to get things done. You probably do not need anything else added to your plate right now, but unfortunately the clock is also ticking on a few financial planning moves that you have to and/or may need to make before it is too late.

If you miss these...

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William Peterson
12/12/2014 9:49 AM

Tis the season of giving. Many gifts are given, received and forgotten about soon after with no real meaning or lifetime value. But there are plenty of gift options that can be meaningful and beneficial to both parties. This week, I want to provide you with some ways of giving that not only can be meaningful and really make a difference in someone’s life, but that can continue to be of value and provide benefits for a long period of time.

Gift of Savings Bonds – They earn interest, thereby giving the recipients a gift that...

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Brent Parsons
11/20/2014 10:03 AM

I confess that since I retired from Sutter Creek’s city government in 2008, I’ve been unplugged. Even the thought of attending evening meetings, regardless of potential content, is unpleasant.

Many, including myself, predicted I would suffer withdrawals after the 16 years and find a way to stay involved. I didn’t, but I admire those that do. Someone has to, because decisions made in empty rooms can suffer from a lack of input. They might be easier, but potentially not as balanced or comprehensive as ones made with public debate....

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