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Donna Kelley, CNC
6 days ago
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Consuming real whole foods supports heart health – that is, foods that we all recognize as a fruit, a vegetable, or a nut. Eliminate highly processed sugary foods that are unsupportive and damaging to the heart muscle. The following recipe is shared with this in mind because from time to time, we all love to indulge in a treat or something sweet. I’m sure that you will absolutely love this recipe – it tastes chocolaty and sweet.

Here are a few healthy tidbits about the ingredients in this recipe:

1) Carob originates...

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Brent Parsons
3 days ago
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One of Amador County’s visual attributes is a lack of off- site advertising signage. This scarcity is especially welcome along our still pastoral stretches of highway which could be billboard trashed if not for some foresight and taste on the part of our regulators. There are a few excluded segments which are noticeable for their rarity which is surpassed only by “noticeable for their absence” as the best way to be recognized. There are a couple of sections on Highway 88 near Ione and up on the hill above 88’s junction with Highway... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
3 days ago
The spot where we launched from at New Melones. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Wednesday the 18th was another one of those days where my wife had to be to work early, so I took that advantage to get to New Melones before the crack of dawn at 6:56 a.m. Once again I wanted the spot at the end of the manual launch ramp.

After a stop at Starbucks in Angels Camp for coffee and two pieces of that darn addictive lemon pound cake, I made it to the lake.

I wouldn’t have had to rush since no one showed up but me, and why would anyone show up? It was dark, cold, foggy and wet. Only a bonehead like yours truly would...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Yuki needed a bigger net — and got one, landing this beautiful Rainbow trout.

The week of February 8 started out wet and windy. By Tuesday morning all was calm again. I headed out of the house at dark:30 and got to the launch ramp at New Melones under Highway 49 bridge at 7 a.m., a minute before official sunrise.

I wanted the spot at the bottom of the ramp and it’s a good thing I got there at 7 a.m., because between then and when Yuki arrived, there were at least six people who wanted that spot.

I’ll make this short and sweet because I want to get to Friday’s trip to Lake Camanche. I put out two lines...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
2 weeks ago
Donna Kelley, CNC

Keep a smile in your heart by feeding your heart muscle living nutrients, which helps it to beat strong and thrive. Non-living nutrients like white flour and sugar just clog it up and evidently, slows it down to a halt. Garlic, turmeric and vitamin C (in oranges) are packed full of active compounds that may help to keep your heart healthy and happy.

My favorite herb, garlic, has many culinary and medicinal uses. It’s delicious aroma and pungent flavor is loved by almost everyone, which is fantastic because garlic’s medicinal...

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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
Lee Stetson as John Muir: a hero to all of us that love the outdoors. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

John Muir (1838-1914) is a hero to all of us who love the outdoors and wild places. He fought many battles to save extraordinary outdoor resources. He won some (Yosemite National Park), and he lost some (Hetch Hetchy Dam). His many outdoor adventures continue to inspire today, as does his well documented passion for mountains, plants, animals and all of nature.

So, I was thrilled to see he was coming to our area earlier this month in the form of actor Lee Stetson. (The “Evening with John Muir” performance in Mokelumne Hill...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
3 weeks ago
Donna Kelley, CNC

“A Gift of Love to Your Heart”

February is the “love” month when we think of our loved ones and send chocolates, flowers or heart gifts giving them our love or asking for their love in return – saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day or Be My Valentine.” What if we turn that around and give ourselves a gift – give a gift of love to “our” heart. Let us be kind to ourself and our heart first because heart disease claims the lives of one in every seven in the United States and is the number one killer of both men and women according to...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
01/27/2015 9:03 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC
Detoxification may help rid the body of harmful environmental obesogens and dietary additives that we take into our bodies on a daily basis. There are pesticides and preservatives in our food, there is chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water, there are exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke in the air we breathe, there are harmful parabens and obesogens in our beauty products, even our cleaning products may contain toxic chemicals. Also, our bodies produce waste products that are toxic such as free radicals that are created... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
01/29/2015 8:11 AM
Yuki and Jim down toward the lake. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

My plan for this week (the week of the 18th) was to head out to Lake Camanche and fish the North Shore. I had so much trouble out at Lake Amador last week and it’s not their fault that I needed somewhere I could sit and fish.

Monday night I got an email from Yuki saying he and our friend Jim were going out to New Melones and fishing the launch ramp under the Highway 49 Bridge. I didn’t answer the email; I thought I’d just surprise them and show up. They were going to meet at 10:00.

I got to the lake at 9:30 after a stop in town,...

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Mark Kautz
01/22/2015 11:21 AM

I was out on the DFW stocking website and noticed that they plan to stock New Melones next week. It would be my guess that they will put half in at Glory Hole and the rest at the launch ramp below the Highway 49 Bridge. They never tell you what day, but it would be my guess that if you went out Wednesday or Friday you might have a good chance of fish. I’ll probably hit the launch ramp on Wednesday.

We’re doing the “Design to Sell” thing at our house, so my fishing time is limited, but I try to get out at least once a week so I have...

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Mark Kautz
01/16/2015 11:43 AM

This is a story about a have and a have-not. The week of January 4, I had two chances to go fishing.

The first time was on Tuesday. I pulled out of the house at the usual time around 7:45 a.m., when my wife leaves for work. I don’t know how it works for other writers, but I begin my stories as I’m driving down the road. Being a blogger, I asked, and others said they do the same thing.

Driving down Shake Ridge toward Sutter Creek, even though it’s been some time since we’ve seen any rain, the road is still damp. This particular...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
01/13/2015 2:45 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC

In the United States, obesity is still on the rise according to recent statistics, along with diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Poor diet and lack of physical exercise may not be the only factors affecting weight gain. New scientific discoveries are showing that a new factor called obesogens may be of a greater concern. Do you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise and still can’t lose that extra weight? It may be the obesogens that have accumulated in your body and are promoting more and larger fat cells – yikes!

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Mark Kautz
01/10/2015 8:58 AM

If it wasn’t for Lake Camanche and Lake Amador paying the Mt. Lassen Trout Farm to bring those beautiful spotted Rainbows to their lakes, there wouldn’t be any stocking around here at all. I’ve been watching the DFW planting list and if you live south of Fresno, you might get fish.

I know its winter and I know the Nimbus Hatchery was closed for a while this year, but my question is “What is Moccasin Creek Trout Hatchery doing?” Granted they stock South of Highway 4, but maybe they could squeak a load or two for Camanche and Amador....

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Donna Kelley, CNC
01/06/2015 4:24 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC

(Healthier Food Choices – Dos & Don’ts in the Kitchen)

Welcome back to part two of your “Get Healthy” resolution. As promised, I’ll share “Healthier Food Choices” because you may be eating a food that you think is ‘good’ for you when in fact, it may be sabotaging your efforts and your resolution to “Get Healthy.” The second half of the article lists some “Dos and Don’ts in the Kitchen.”

Get healthy by trading in your mayonnaise for organic mustard or mashed avocado on sandwiches or wraps. Mayo contains sugar and...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
12/29/2014 10:30 AM
Donna Kelley, CNC

A fabulous New Year is upon us – 2015! Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? A resolution is an expression of what we intend to accomplish or improve in our life during the coming year. Some people make resolutions to become more physically active, to reduce their sugar intake, to lose a few pounds or to just get healthier. If any of these are your New Year’s resolution, you are in luck. I am dedicating the next few articles to you, my readers, to assist you personally in fulfilling your “Get Healthy” New Year’s resolution.

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Mark Kautz
01/02/2015 10:06 AM
Juan at Lake Amador for a day of fishing. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Hopefully the next four or five months will bring us rain and snow so that fishing in 2015 will be much better than 2014.

A couple days before Christmas I met two friends out at Lake Amador for a day of fishing. You know them, Yuki and Juan. As luck would have it, we hit the lake on the same day they planted for that week.

If you get a chance to see this phenomenon, it’s something you won’t forget. Now you say, what’s different between Lake Amador and any other lake being planted? Most of...

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Mark Kautz
12/26/2014 9:34 AM

I’m back. I took a week off for Christmas, if you will. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and got all the fishing gear you wanted. Just an FYI, I write these the week before the week of the Friday they appear. Seems like I’m always behind, but that’s the way of the newspaper business.

We’ve had some big storms, got a lot of water, and a good amount of snow (although we need a lot more) in the mountains.

On Thursday, Dec. 18, I was going fishing no matter what. OK, we were between storms and you have to grab fishing time when you...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
12/21/2014 8:22 PM
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This is my last nutrition article for 2014. I want to take this opportunity to thank “YOU” my readers for the wonderful support and encouragement that I have received thus far. I hope that you have enjoyed and benefited from the information that I have shared.

During the holidays, we are enticed with many sweet desserts and chocolates that are hard to resist. Here are two delicious chocolate recipes, which are a healthier option. Please share with your family and friends over the holidays and throughout the coming New Year....

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Matthew Hedger
12/19/2014 8:06 AM
Question: A friend and I recently had a situation where we found pig tracks at one of the areas where we like to duck hunt. We both found it a little unnerving to be walking in knee to waist high grass armed with only bird shot if a pig were to charge. The area where we are hunting doesn’t explicitly prohibit handguns. We are wondering if California law allows us to carry a handgun, not as a method of take but rather for defense while hunting waterfowl. I noticed the answer to the question on sidearms while hunting upland game and... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
12/19/2014 8:04 AM

With the New Year come new resolutions to start healthy habits. One habit we should all try to change is our consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. Our overconsumption since 1970 has led to a major epidemic of obesity, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.

What is high-fructose corn syrup exactly? Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Glucose is a naturally occurring sugar found in carbohydrates. Sucrose (table sugar) is made from half fructose and half glucose. Even though fructose is found...

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