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Donna Kelley, CNC
5 days ago

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...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
5 days ago

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...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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]
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Mark Kautz
1 week ago
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...

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Donna Kelley
1 week ago
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...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
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...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago

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...

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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
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]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
3 weeks ago
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]
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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...

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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...

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Mike Sweeney
05/28/2015 11:16 AM
Isabella Bowden and Antoinette Lopez, Cultural Arts Coordinator for Foothill Indian Alliance. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mike Sweeney

On Saturday, May 23, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians hosted the 2nd annual Spring Celebration at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rocks State Park in Pine Grove. The Rancheria Team has been systematically restoring parks throughout Amador County, and they have been working on projects at Chaw’se for the past two years. Next week, they will renew their work on rebuilding the sacred Roundhouse at Chaw’se which continues to serve as a spiritual hub for native culture in our area.

The event on the 23rd was a nice way to enjoy...

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Donna Kelley
05/28/2015 11:11 AM
Rosemary has many therapeutic effects including enhancing memory and headache relief. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As William Shakespeare said, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray you, love, remember.” Our ancient past knew the qualities of the herb, rosemary. It has only been since recent times that modern science has confirmed that rosemary has many therapeutic effects and one of them benefiting the brain — enhancing memory and headache relief.

Rosemary’s botanical name is Rosmarinus Officinalis. It is a member of the mint family even though it does not resemble the mint leaves. It is an evergreen shrub that bears beautiful...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
05/19/2015 4:50 PM
Ramòn seed/nut.

Herbal Coffee

Amador Holistic Center’s 5th annual ‘Healing Arts Fair’ was held in Amador City this past Saturday. It was a fun and relaxing day for many local and distance visitors enjoying their favorite healing modality while listening to the soothing music by Greg Cain. I thank those that stopped by my booth and said, “hello.” It was truly nice meeting and talking with each and everyone of you.

At my booth, I handed out free samples of Teeccino ‘Herbal Coffee’ Dandelion Dark Roast....

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Mark Kautz
05/21/2015 10:24 AM

eople used to play a game called six degrees of separation. I don’t know, maybe they still do. According to Wikipedia, six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Being a fly fisherman, in part anyway, I’ve read many books about fly fishing and was even inspired to write my own book, after reading Seth...

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Donna Kelley
05/21/2015 10:21 AM
The ramòn seed/nut. Photo courtesy to the ALD

mador Holistic Center’s 5th annual ‘Healing Arts Fair’ was held in Amador City this past Saturday. It was a fun and relaxing day for many local and distance visitors enjoying their favorite healing modality while listening to the soothing music by Greg Cain. I thank those that stopped by my booth and said, “hello.” It was truly nice meeting and talking with each and everyone of you.

At my booth, I handed out free samples of Teeccino ‘Herbal Coffee’ Dandelion Dark Roast. This is an exquisite coffee replacement if you are trying to...

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Mark Kautz
05/14/2015 11:13 AM

I’m baaaack. I thought this move was going to be the death of me, but I survived. I’m now settled here in beautiful downtown Jackson and ready to get the show on the road.

General Trout Season is now if full swing and hitting the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes for a little fly fishing seemed to be the right thing for my first outing.

My friend Yuki has wanted to get more into fly fishing even though we’ve dabbled a bit out at the Trout Pond and North Shore of Lake Camanche, fishing with dry flies on a creek can be a lot more...

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Donna Kelley
05/14/2015 11:04 AM

Eating real, organic whole food on a daily basis will help to lessen the burden on the liver. Meaning that the liver has to work harder to breakdown and rid the body of any food additives — so your liver will love you for eating organic whole food that has not been sprayed with poisons or adulterated with preservatives and artificial additives — mainly toxins.

The following recipe receives my stamp of approval and I absolutely love the avocado and fresh fruit salsa on the salmon. I only recommend wild Alaskan (Pacific) salmon and...

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Mark Kautz
05/14/2015 11:09 AM

I’m baaaack. I thought this move was going to be the death of me, but I survived. I’m now settled here in beautiful downtown Jackson and ready to get the show on the road.

General Trout Season is now if full swing and hitting the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes for a little fly fishing seemed to be the right thing for my first outing.

My friend Yuki has wanted to get more into fly fishing even though we’ve dabbled a bit out at the Trout Pond and North Shore of Lake Camanche, fishing with dry flies on a creek can be a lot more...

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Donna Kelley
05/07/2015 11:12 AM
Photo courtesy to ALD

Welcome back to Part II of Spring Clean Your Body. Last week, I wrote a little about how our natural detoxification process functions in the body to get rid of those nasty toxins that we consume in our diet. Two other very critical avenues of taking toxins into our body are 1) absorption – through our skin and 2) inhalation – chemicals that we breathe in our home, work and school environment.

Let’s first talk about absorption. Whatever you put on your skin does go directly into your bloodstream – this is a proven fact. One...

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