Rancho Calaveras, CA Change
       
 
 

Columnists

0 0
Mike Sweeney
6 days ago
The Masonic Caves ­— an Amador gem. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Mike Sweeney

Some Amador gems are more obscure than others. From downtown Pine Grove, take the Pine Grove/Volcano Road 2.7 miles towards the town of Volcano and you will arrive at a blue sign announcing “Masonic Caves” with an arrow pointing to the right. As you drive past a couple of houses, you wonder if you are on the right road, and then quickly arrive at a red cabin with signs confirming you are at the caves. Park your car under the shade of a huge old alder tree, and get ready to enjoy this underappreciated Amador attraction.

I arrived...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Jack Mitchell
6 days ago
With your help we can place Amador County’s entire printed history online. Just imagine strolling back to 1855 in a searchable website.
We are in danger of losing our history. Newspapers have been published since 1855 under different mastheads. And for years, folks looking to dig into history have ventured to the Amador County Public Library to seek information on microfilm. The problem – microfilm has a life cycle. In fact, one of the machines used to search past publications is one that no longer has parts made for it or can be serviced. Thankfully, a second machine was graciously donated to assist the public. But even with that amazing gift, the microfilm... [Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Ferguson Point. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Sorry I’ve been gone for a couple weeks, but the aftermath of the move has kept me so busy I’ve not had time to go fishing, but I remedied that on Thursday, July 9.

Yuki and I decided to drive up Highway 88 and either fish Caples or Upper Blue. The reason those two, they planted both on the 5th so the prospects were good for at least a fish or two. After we stopped for coffee at Cooks Station, I asked Yuki which lake. He said, “You pick,” and of course if I had a choice it would be Upper Blue.

When we got to the lake at just...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago
Antacids could be contributing to the malfunction of your body. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Have you ever had heartburn or indigestion and popped a Tums — an antacid? In most cases, the antacid may have relieved your symptoms right away — making this digestive issue a temporary fix. But, what if I told you that every time you popped that big chewable tablet into your mouth that it could be contributing to the ‘malfunction’ of your own body’s natural production of gastric juices (acids), which are so vital to the breakdown of protein and fatty foods — would you consider or even stop taking them? I’ll explain.

When we...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago
Many fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are readily available at nearby health food stores, markets, and our local farmer’s markets. Amador County has four different locations; go to amadorfarmersmarket.com for more information or call (209) 418-7591. Amador Ledger Dispatch stock photo

The health benefits of fiber are many and are right up there at the top of the list with drinking at least two quarts of purified water daily.

David Reuben, a physician and writer of a nationwide bestseller of the 70s called “The Save Your Life Diet,” wrote about six deadly conditions that are even more prevalent today. Dr. Reuben skeptically studied many scientific articles on the topic of roughage (fiber) in the diet, after watching his father die of colon cancer and didn’t know how to help him. His contribution to humanity...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
Simon, a writer Sweeney met while visiting Tiger Creek, sitting at the picnic table. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Mike Sweeney.

The young woman cutting my hair at Great Clips didn’t hesitate when I asked about her favorite outdoor recreation spot in Amador County: “Tiger Creek; it’s beautiful there.” She went on to say “Don’t go on the weekends in the summer though, its super crowded.” I had of course heard about the public recreation access near PG&E’s TC powerhouse, but had not made the drive there in any of the 26 years I’ve lived in Amador County. Finally, this past Monday I headed there in search of another Amador outdoor gem.

Tiger Creek Road turns...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
4 weeks ago
There are many elements to living an active, healthy lifestyle; one of those elements is clean, purified water. Have you ever noticed what happens when you water a plant that looks droopy and wilted? It perks up, comes back to life and looks great. Well, that is what water does for us also. The human body cannot live more than three-to-five days without water. The human adult body is composed of about 60 percent water. Our muscles and kidneys are made up of 79 percent water. Our lungs are composed of 83 percent water. Our brain and... [Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mike Sweeney
07/02/2015 11:42 AM
Justin Mendoza exiting the water and heading for the bike. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mike Sweeney

Inspiration. This is a very important word, especially as we grow older. It’s easy to fall into the simple rhythm of daily existence and forget to try extraordinary things. We gravitate to comfort. We seek food, shelter, TV and Facebook, and we pretend that’s all we need. It’s not. Not by a long shot. But, in order to get off the couch and get our blood flowing, we need to be inspired. Well, it turns out watching somebody power through the pain of a triathlon does the job quite well.

I headed down to Rancho Seco Park last Sunday...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
07/02/2015 11:39 AM
Plenty of fun this Fourth of July with the Red, White and Blue Fruit Flag. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

During the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), the Thirteen Colonies declared their legal separation on July 2, 1776 and their independence from Great Britain in the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

John Adams was our first Vice President (1789-1797) under George Washington and our second President (1797-1801), and strangely enough he actually died on the 4th of July in the year of 1826. On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, declaring his thoughts and enthusiasm about...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley, CNC
06/28/2015 11:34 AM

I have written about 1) Are GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) on your plate, 2) label GMOs because it is your right to know, and today 3) I’ll be writing about who is producing biotechnology foods and possible reasons why they are dragging their feet in getting GMOs labeled.

Let’s go abroad: major food manufacturers in Europe executed the removal of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients from their European brands due to individual people like you and me deciding they were tired of being used as lab rats. It all...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley, CNC
06/28/2015 11:28 AM

Americans have been consuming GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods for about fifteen plus years without knowing it. If not only for this reason, we need to get GMO’s labeled because it is our right to know what is in our food. Are they, could they, be harmful to us? You decide – let’s look at some of the scientific facts.

A Canadian study done in 2011 tested the blood of 30 pregnant women and 39 non-pregnant women looking for any exposure to the Bt toxin (used as a pesticide and inserted into the DNA of corn) and...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Via Press Release
06/25/2015 2:23 PM
Games start July 9 and are held Thursday’s at 6 p.m. at Argonaut High. Register before July 2. $200 per team. There is a league meeting Thursday, July 2 at Argonaut High School gym at 7 p.m. at Open Gym. Open Gym Dodgeball takes place Thursday, July 2 at Argonaut High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Teams are 6 versus 6. Teams can be all male, all female or mixed. High School players welcome. Call ACRA to sign up at (209) 223-6349, or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org. [Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mark Kautz
06/25/2015 1:45 PM
The hatchery at the Nimbus Dam was closed down last summer because of lack of cold water. Don’t get your hopes up for continued planting all summer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I’d like to say that I got out up to Silver Lake this week, but alas the dizzy thing I get every so often set in. It’s not safe for me to drive when this occurs. So instead of telling a tale about all the fish I did or didn’t catch, I’d like to share some information an article I came across in a publication called “Fishing the California Alps” spurred.

First, there was a picture of a “flower” I’ve seen upcountry for years and have never known what to call it. I’ve always referred to it as a snow flower because you always see it...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
06/25/2015 1:29 PM
Who is producing biotechnology foods and why they are dragging their feet in getting GMOs labelled. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

have written about 1) Are GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods on your plate, 2) label GMOs because it is your right to know, and today 3) I’ll be writing about who is producing biotechnology foods and possible reasons why they are dragging their feet in getting GMOs labeled.

Let’s go abroad: major food manufacturers in Europe executed the removal of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients from their European brands due to individual people like you and me deciding they were tired of being used as lab rats. It all changed...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 1
Mark Kautz
06/18/2015 12:14 PM
Hard to resist Silver or Caples when they have stocked it for great fishing. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

I headed out on Thursday with the intent of fishing either Silver, as I mentioned last week, or Caples. I took a gander at the DFW stocking list for the week of 5-31 and it showed Silver and Caples being stocked. I thought maybe there would be a fish or two left by the time I got up there. Then I noticed that the DFW planned to plant Upper and Lower Blue Lakes the week of 6-7 which was this week. How can I resist fishing my favorite lake when it’s being stocked.

I passed Silver Lake and Caples Lake and want to note that both...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
06/18/2015 12:12 PM

Americans have been consuming GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods for about fifteen plus years without knowing it. If not only for this reason, we need to get GMO’s labeled because it is our right to know what is in our food. Are they, could they, be harmful to us? You decide — let’s look at some of the scientific facts.

A Canadian study done in 2011 tested the blood of 30 pregnant women and 39 non-pregnant women looking for any exposure to the Bt toxin (used as a pesticide and inserted into the DNA of corn) and glyphosate...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mike Sweeney
06/11/2015 12:56 PM
Brenna Scholtes teaches kids how to make bird feeders out of egg cartons and peanut butter. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mike Sweeney
An extraordinary project is unfolding at 1334 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson. ACRA’s Community Garden has taken off and while nobody can say just how big it will eventually become, I learned this past Monday morning it is already shaping our community in a positive way. (ACRA stands for Amador County Recreation Agency). The project is headed up by Eric Costa who has been in the Foothills since the 70’s and here in Amador County since 1993. He worked as a gold mining exploration geologist before becoming the wine maker at Sierra... [Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley, CNC
06/09/2015 8:24 PM
Look for this label!
How would you know if you are eating genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods? You probably wouldn’t know, unless they were labeled. We have been eating genetically modified foods since around the mid-90’s in meals containing cornmeal, oil, and sugars. About seventy five percent of all processed foods contain ingredients from engineered soybeans, corn, and canola. This is why I strongly support labeling all GM foods. We do have the right to know what is in our food and what we are feeding our children. If GM... [Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Mark Kautz
06/04/2015 11:05 AM

Since the move, I’ve been in a kind of limbo as far as fishing has gone. Having my foot munched at IKEA didn’t help any either.

Last report I saw from Lake Camanche was the water temperature at the South Shore ramp was 73 degrees. For trout that is a signal to head deep and for a shore fisherman it means heading upcountry. Now if you’re a Bass fisherman, Lake Amador, Lake Camanche, and all points downcountry is where you want to be.

The DFW hasn’t planted the Highway 88 Corridor with the exception of Bear River Reservoir way...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...
0 0
Donna Kelley
06/04/2015 10:59 AM
Rosemary. Photo courtesy to the ALD.

Miss Rosemary, who lives in Amador County asked, “Are there any inedible rosemary varieties that would make you sick if you mistakenly eat it?”

Dear Miss Rosemary:

Thank you for your question. There are several varieties, so I decided to call a few plant nurseries to find out the answer. A local nursery in Amador County told me that as far as they knew all rosemary is edible. Another larger plant nursery called Peaceful Valley Nursery in Grass Valley backed up their statement by saying you can eat all of them. Some may have a...

[Read more]
Copyright © 2015 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Write a comment...