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Donna Kelley
6 days ago
Berries, green and yellow vegetables, tomatoes, raw nuts and wild fish can all assist in battling macular degeneration. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Question (from Judy M., Santa Cruz): I am 70 years old and was diagnosed with macular degeneration. Would nutrition play a role?

Answer: First, I’d like to explain what this condition is before jumping into a nutritional protocol. Macular degeneration, often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the leading cause of blindness and affects 13 million people in the United States aged 55 and older. The macula is located near the center of the retina in the tissue walls at the back of the eyeball and is responsible...

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2 weeks ago
Only certain ocean fish species are allowed to be filleted at sea. Please check the 2015 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet (section 27.65[c] on pages 33-34) for an outline of which species may be filleted at sea while on a boat, and which may not. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Question: I need to get the straight answer regarding filleting game fish while on a boat. In the ocean/bay waters, do I need to keep stripers and leopard sharks intact until I get home or can I keep the fillets in one piece with a one inch or more square of skin left on each fillet? Also, are the rules different for inland waters regarding the filleting of fish? (Howard A.)

Answer: You can find an outline of which species may be filleted at sea while on a boat and which may not under section 27.65(b) and (c) on pages 33-34 in the...

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Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago
On those days where your time is limited, your next best option would be a whole food protein smoothie. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Question from Linda S. of Volcano: Recently, I started drinking smoothies with protein powder for my breakfast. I’m always on the go and thought this would be quick and easy. What should I look for in a good quality protein powder?

Answer: Protein powders are a very popular addition to breakfast smoothies for people on the go, for athletes that want to repair and build muscle, for detoxification programs, and even for the elderly and sick as a nourishing meal. Good quality protein at breakfast provides the body and brain with...

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Jack Mitchell
4 weeks ago
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]
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Donna Kelley
4 weeks ago
Bitters are best consumed before meals to aid digestion. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Our ancestors around the world thought highly of bitters as an overall health and longevity tonic. Bitters were one of their main staples because they knew the medicinal benefits of them. Let’s explore a little bit more about bitters and their benefits! But you may be asking, “What exactly are bitters?”

The Oxford Dictionary definition of bitters is, “liquor that is flavored with the sharp pungent taste of plant extracts and is used as an additive in cocktails or as a medicinal substance to promote appetite or digestion [italics...

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Mark Kautz
4 weeks ago

First I want to say that this article is the 200th article I’ve written for the Amador Ledger Dispatch. My first article was on November 12, 2010. I thought we might revisit it as a little nostalgia trip.

“I’ve been fishing since I was 7 or 8 years old. I’ve fished in all kinds of weather and occasionally the question comes up, ‘Do fish really not bite when rain is falling on the surface of the water?’ The answer to that question is, ‘They absolutely do bite when it’s raining.’ But this brings us to the next question, which is,...

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Mike Sweeney
07/30/2015 11:21 AM
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.

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Jack Mitchell
07/30/2015 11:13 AM
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]
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Mark Kautz
07/23/2015 12:20 PM
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...

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Donna Kelley
07/23/2015 12:09 PM
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.

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Donna Kelley
07/16/2015 11:19 AM
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...

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Mike Sweeney
07/16/2015 11:16 AM
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.

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Donna Kelley
07/09/2015 10:52 AM
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]
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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]
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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...

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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...

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