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Jerry Budrick
2 days ago
Louis and Chris Boitano live in the old Boitano family home in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick
This is the sixth and final interview of this year’s candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The first five, with Pat Crew, Gwen Clayton, Amber Hoiska, Frank Axe and Richard Forster, were conducted by the Ledger Dispatch’s prolific interviewer, Brent Parsons. Ancient differences of opinion led to Louis Boitano’s request to be interviewed by me, rather than Brent. I’ll readily admit that I’m no Brent Parsons when it comes to interviews, and certainly no Barbara Walters, asking all the painful questions about... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 days ago
Sign-ups are open for the 2016 Miss Amador Scholarship Competition. The event will be held in July at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, but applications should be submitted now. The competition is for young women, ages 16 to 23, who wish to compete for scholarships and the opportunity to represent Amador County at the Amador County Fair and throughout the following year. The young women will compete in various areas, including community service, interviews and on-stage presentations. Scholarship awards will be: $2,000 to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 days ago
The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train continues its journey through Amador County today. It will leave Plymouth and pass through Amador City mid-morning and Sutter Creek mid-afternoon ending at the Italian Picnic Grounds tonight for a barbecue dinner, music, dancing and campfire. Check out touramador.com to see the rest of the weekend’s schedule. And, don’t miss the parade on Sunday morning at 11 on Jackson Main Street! [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 days ago

Student Art Show

Come see the best artwork by local high school students at a special awards reception on Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Amador County School District office, 217 Rex Avenue, in Jackson. The show will run until May 27. The Amador County Artists Association sponsors this annual Student Art Show to encourage students to pursue their fine arts talent. This year, the judge will be Sharon Galligan, and cash prizes and ribbons will be presented at the reception. Prizes include Best of School and Best of Show....

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2 days ago
The concert will benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The sounds of Broadway are again ready to echo through the foothills, as the annual Broadway and Beyond, “The Stars Come Out” Benefit concert is set to take place the end of April in Pine Grove. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

Produced again this year by Stevens Price, there will be no shortage of talent, laughter and fun. Seven of the best singers in the county will be joining him for an entertaining concert of not only Broadway, but there will be an emphasis on popular and well known Movie Theme...

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Caitlyn Schaap
2 days ago
Abigail Thomas Chloe Traxler, Dallis Donnell, Rhys Duncan and Sarah Garbarini along with the whole safety patrol group. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Abigail Thomas, a fifth-grader at Ione Elementary, was presented Wednesday with the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year award for the Sierra Foothills Region. Four other patrollers, Chloe Traxler, Dallis Donnell, Rhys Duncan and Sarah Garbarini, were also nominated for the award and received certificates of congratulations.

The five students are part of a large group of safety patrollers at Ione Elementary, coordinated by teacher Mike Huss. The students submitted essays on the topic of how safety patrol helped them become a...

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Via Press Release
2 days ago
1936 Diamond T House Car owned by Vince Martinico of Auburn. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Don’t miss the 30th annual American Truck Historical Society Antique Truck Show and Barbecue this Saturday, April 30, at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Come help the members of the Central California Chapter of ATHS celebrate 30 wonderful years in the Mother Lode. They will be showing trucks from all over California and beyond. In previous years, there have been over 150 trucks present, and this year will also feature live operation of the steam-powered sawmill at the fairgrounds. The Amador Sawmill is one of the last... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
An animal’s controlling instinct is survival. A creature might do something “suicidal,” but killing itself is a byproduct, not the action’s intent. The human has the capability to choose death, but rarely does. Suicide in war, where death and killing is pervasive, can be a weapon. The desperate and unsettling Kamikaze campaign during my father’s war has devolved into the human bombs of our war. Martyrdom has returned and this time without discrimination. To the Jihadist, the enemy is not just a military but anyone believing differentl... [Read more]
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Eric Marks
1 week ago
Ashley Putz, center, is flanked by her loyal employees, Kim Hazelet, left, and Gabie Williams. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Marks

Last Sunday saw the last dish served at Buffalo Chips Emporium, the venerable Amador City restaurant owned by Ashley Putz. The restaurant, which has been operating since the 1970s, is moving to new digs, at 76 Main Street, in Sutter Creek, into a building that has been variously known as The Beer Garden, the Sutter Creek Palace and, most recently, Driven Cellars wine tasting room.

Ashley is aiming for an early May opening and she’s been very busy handling the design and construction at her future home and the crowds clamoring for...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher received awards. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
Families and friends of Amador High School’s top scholars gathered at the high school’s gym on Tuesday night for the school’s Academic Awards presentation. Students at all four grade levels who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or above were honored for their high achievment. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Attending the Spaghetti Western is a great way to help raise funds for ACRF. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Growing Legacy of Support for Cancer Research at UC Davis from the Amador Community

In 1973, Amador County residents John and Helen Landgraf created the Christine Landgraf Memorial Research Grant in memory of their daughter, who was stricken at an early age by cancer. Originally, the grant was built on gifts and bequests from individuals. In 2007, the Amador Cancer Research Foundation was established to raise additional monies to support the grant through event fundraising, corporate sponsorships, individual donations and,...

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Joe Svec
4 days ago
Jackson Rotary Tailings
For the April 26th, 2016 edition of the Jackson Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago
ALD photo by Bill Lavallie

The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train and Days of 49 celebration is just a week away. This free, living-history event will roll through Amador County on April 28, 29 and 30, and May 1.

The idea for the wagon train in Amador County came from KCMM Wagon Train chairman, John Queirolo. His interest in history sparked his enthusiasm to develop the first wagon train event in 2014 for Amador County’s 160th anniversary. He used his past experience as the chairman of the 1981 Highway 50 Wagon Train and as the principal organizer of the...

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1 week ago
The Sutter Creek Woman’s Club held its annual April meeting at the Sutter Creek Community Center this month. A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the yearly Philanthropy Awards. The organizations that received checks were Common Ground ($750), Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation ($750), Amador County Animal Adoption ($500), Hospice ($500), Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation ($750) and the Willow Springs School ($250). For over 100 years, the Sutter Creek Woman’s Club has contributed to the betterment of its... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Captain Justin Schmollinger was awarded the Medal of Valor. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Seven CAL FIRE firefighters recently received the prestigious State of California Governor’s Medal of Valor award for acts of heroism extending above and beyond the normal call of duty. The recipients were part of 15 state employees who were honored for their extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another. Among the seven was Captain Justin Schmollinger, of Valley Springs.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “But these individuals had...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Ivana always dreamed of representing the great sport of rodeo. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Last month, the 2016 Miss La Grange Rodeo Queen competition took place in Oakdale and La Grange, CA. Three girls competed for the title by displaying exceptional horsemanship skills, taking a written test on knowledge of rodeo, participating in personal interviews with judges, modeling and delivering introductions and speeches, answering impromptu questions and selling tickets for the rodeo.

On April 3, the La Grange Rodeo crowned our very own Amador County resident, Ivana Kursar with the title of 2016 Miss La Grange Rodeo Queen. In...

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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago
Eight of the top ten students in the 2016 senior class at Argonaut High School. From left: Kellie Hannah, Emma Roots, Kyle Welch, Adelaide Cahill, Cheyanne Sheridan, Wyatt Johnson and Dahkota Brown. Not pictured: Taylor Reeder and Joshua Riebe. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Argonaut High School held its Staff Appreciation and Top Ten Award Ceremony and Dinner on Tuesday, honoring some of its highest-achieving students and the faculty members that contribute to their success.

The night began with the recognition of the senior class valedictorian, Adelaide Cahill, and salutatorian, Kyle Welch. Also recognized were the four students who will serve as speakers during the graduation ceremony. In addition to Cahill and Welsh, ASB president Dahkota Brown and senior class president Dustin Armstrong will speak...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
Alison Pillsbury (left) with the staff of Acorn Hills Animal Center, Kaylee Stockton, Katy Taylor, Laurie Fishback, Kenna Edmonson and Andrea Hoover. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
There are many animal lovers out in the world, but some completely dedicate their lives to having and taking care of animals. Dr. Alison Pillsbury, of Acorn Hills Animal Center/Amador Veterinary Emergency Clinic, is one of those people who goes above and beyond to help animals in need. She has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine since 1988 and works hard to take care of the animals in Amador County. “I have always loved animals and wanted to have a hands-on job where I get to take care of them. I always wanted to be a veterinarian... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week ago

Amador County Artists Association

Are you ready for the fair? At the May 11 meeting of the ACAA, artist Sharon Galligan will provide suggestions on how to improve your work in time for the July Amador County Fair. Bring 2 or 3 paintings and let Sharon help turn your work into a prize winner. ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, in Jackson. The public is invited and new members are encouraged. For more information, visit amadorcountyartists.org.

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Tickets are on sale now for Mother Lode Harvest’s first Farm-to-Fork dinner on Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Abbondanza Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Summer Solstice celebration includes a Mediterranean-inspired dinner prepared from locally grown foods, music, solstice festivities and a silent auction.

Dinner will feature lamb or vegetarian options. Appetizers, salad and the main course will abound with spring and early summer vegetables from local farms, followed by seasonal fruit shortcakes for dessert. Local wines...

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