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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
FDR dedicates the Jefferson Memorial

Today is Monday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2015 with 262 to follow.

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

On this date in history: In 1742, George Frideric Handel's Messiah made its world premiere.

In 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor, honored for his work in Lilies of the Field....

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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
Jim Guidi. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador is fortunate to have retained a representative in traditional media’s “big three:” newspaper, radio and television.

I’m not sure how many voices Amador has on the internet, certainly many more than those three which are online too. The Amador Ledger Dispatch has tried to embrace the internet which has led to a complicated relationship with an upstart competitor that is blamed for killing print worldwide. The Dispatch has navigated the perilous path with a goal of integration and mutual benefit. The paper removed the pay...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2015 with 266 to follow.

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

In 1413, Henry V was crowned king of England.

In 1816, the first all-black U.S. religious denomination, the AME church, was organized in Philadelphia.

In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, bringing the Civil War to a close.

In 1866, the U.S....

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2015 with 269 to follow.

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

In 1814, Napoleon was exiled to Elba.

In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded in a log cabin in Fayette, N.Y.

In 1851, Portland, Ore., was founded.

In 1868, Mormon Church leader Brigham Young married his 27th, and last, wife.

In 1896, the first modern Olympics formally opened at Athens, Greece. The Olympics...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015 with 274 to follow.

This is known as April Fools' Day.

(St. Stupid's Day)

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

In 1826, Samuel Morey was granted a patent on the internal combustion engine.

In 1918, toward the end of World War I, the British founded the Royal Air Force. (Two months later it began bombing industrial targets in Germany from bases in France.)

In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sent to...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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 weeks 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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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks 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
03/23/2015 1:30 PM

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
03/22/2015 3:05 PM

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
03/19/2015 9:21 AM
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
03/19/2015 9:19 AM

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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03/19/2015 9:17 AM
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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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Via Press Release
03/19/2015 9:14 AM
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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
03/19/2015 9:13 AM
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
03/21/2015 8:09 AM
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
03/19/2015 8:31 AM

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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