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John Tuttle
3 days ago
Student and staff appreciation dinner at Argonaut High School. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At Argonaut High School, there is a group of parents and staff who lead the Argonaut Academic Booster Club. This group has regular meetings and fundraisers to help them recognize Argonaut students who achieve academic success each semester. The recognized successes include Honor Roll, Academic Excellence, Academic A and “Top Ten” Academic Award Recognition. In addition, the Boosters monetarily support programs offered at Argonaut that benefit all students.

On Monday, April 13, the Argonaut Academic Booster Club hosted a “Top...

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3 days ago
The beautiful wildlife of the Amazonian Rainforest. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Have you heard about the thousands of people in Ecuador who have, and are still developing, and dying from cancer, and other chronic illnesses? These are the same people living in or around oil towns. The same people whose water has been polluted with over 18.5 billion liters of formation water that is highly toxic. It’s an issue in a little country that nobody really acknowledges. The rest of the world doesn’t acknowledge that beautiful, diverse forests are being cut down, towns are being built, water is being contaminated and... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Lightning Boy to give benefit concert in West Point on May 9. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Take a trip out to West Point on May 9 for an afternoon of rock and roll with young prodigy Lightning Boy and his Thundering Blues Band! The proceeds will benefit the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families of West Point. The BMCYF has been serving members of the community for more than 20 years. The group made an appeal to the community for support, and Lightning Boy and his band offered to do a benefit concert to help. Lightning Boy will be performing on the BMCYF outdoor stage, at 364 Main Street, in West Point, on... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
3 days ago
udy Johnson feeds one of the many hungry kittys in the cat colony. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
The city of Jackson may once have been notorious for its bordellos, but Pine Grove has its own little cat houses to be proud of. Among thick blackberry bushes, tall pines and shady oaks, in an undisclosed location off Highway 88 and Ridge Road, a colony of cute cats thrives. It all started with Muffin, a stray black longhair adopted by the gentleman who had run the recycling center at Pine Grove Market. “After Larry died, Muffin was alone. Then more and more kept coming,” said Judy Johnson, who drives to Pine Grove every day from... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The next scheduled meeting of the Commission is May 20th. The meeting starts at 3:30PM and is held in Conference Room “A” in the County Administration Building in Jackson. The commission is required to make inquiry into the administration of justice and to promote practices and programs which will reduce or eliminate the causes of delinquency. The meetings are open to the public who are invited to attend. For more information about the work of the Commission, please call John at 295-2272.

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Volcano Theatre Company’s “The Miracle Worker.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

PLYMOUTH: Amador Brewing Company’s official grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Amador Brewing Company is located at 9659 Main Street, in Plymouth. Visit the Amador Brewing Company Facebook page for details.

AMADOR CITY: Save the date of Saturday, May 30 for the Centennial Anniversary of Amador City. Amador City was incorporated on June 2, 1915. Because June 2 falls on a Tuesday, the city will be celebrating our city’s 100th birthday the weekend before. If Amador City has a personal meaning for...

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Joe Svec
2 weeks ago
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Springtime Punch. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As winter finally fades and spring begins to bloom, it’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer temps and longer days. Elevate your festive seasonal brunches with springtime sips featuring St-Germain French artisanal elderflower liqueur!

Whether it’s an Easter brunch, spring fling, or a stylish garden party, St-Germain lends any daytime occasion a touch of class and sophistication. With hints of floral and fruit notes, St-Germain liqueur-based sips provide an elegant alternative to the usual daytime tipples. The...

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2 weeks ago
WWII Hawker Sea Fury. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Just over a month until May 30, when the Rotary of Ione Show & Shine Car and Vintage Aircraft Show opens its gates. The event organizers are expecting over 500 car entries. Last year, there were more than 600 cars, and an estimated attendance of 3,000. This year, attendees will enjoy vehicles in over 43 car classes. That same day, the airshow will feature a WWII Hawker Sea Fury, made by Hawker Company, in England. The Sea Fury is a heavy fighter and known for its imposing size and mass. Sanders Aeronautics, located at the Eagle’s... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Sutter Creek Baptist Church

The Sutter Creek Baptist Church held a church-wide breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, prior to the worship service. The men’s breakfast group will meet again on Saturday, April 18. Call Ron Watson for details, at (209) 304-4414. We welcome you to join us for Bible study, Sunday mornings, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday evenings, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday evenings, at 6:30 p.m., following a time of prayer.

Ione Community United Methodist Church

Our Sunday worship services begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and pastries...

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2 weeks ago
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Friends of the Amador County Library is hosting its Spring Used Book Sale where you will find good-quality books covering a wide range of subjects–from romantic and literary fiction, mysteries and biographies, to children’s. The sale begins Friday, April 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. (open to FACL members only. Non-members may join at the sale). The sale is open to the public on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (everything is half-price on Sunday), at the American Legion Hall Post 108, 12134... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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A journalist who spent more than five years as a reporter for the Amador Ledger Dispatch is about to publish his second nonfiction book on crime issues in America. Scott Thomas Anderson said that readers who pick up his latest offering will journey through a number of eye-opening stories, including tales from Amador, Calaveras, Placer and Sacramento counties.

The book is titled, “The Cutting Four-piece: crime & tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.”

Anderson was an intern at Sacramento News & Review in 2007 when he was hired...

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2 weeks ago
Photo courtesy of Master Food Preservers of Orange County

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through public classes, community events and newsletters.

Priority is given to applicants who are residents of Amador and Calaveras counties. Applicants must be available to attend nine...

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2 weeks ago
Dale Laitinen teaching at Petroglyphe. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Quarry Hill Studio at Petroglyphe Gallery holds the resonance of a diversely creative world offered by seasoned artists sharing their process with blossoming students. Spring has sprung, and April showers bring two transforming workshops to the beautiful studio.

Exploring Underglaze Surfaces In Ceramics, with James Aarons.

First up on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a unique and rare workshop with Mr. Aarons where students will be encouraged to break the rules. Underglaze (think paint for ceramic objects) has come a...

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2 weeks ago
Chickens are easy to care for and provide eggs, fertilizer and fun. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Backyard chickens, a mainstay of the family farm, are steadily moving into new neighborhoods and joining communities nationwide, according to recent findings by Tractor Supply Company. The rural lifestyle retail store commissioned a survey of 1,000 Americans in support of “Chick Days,” a nationwide springtime event that features live baby chicks and ducklings in most Tractor Supply stores.

Even if they don’t own them personally, Americans are in the know when it comes to backyard poultry. Half of all adults — and 66 percent of...

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2 weeks ago
Dale Laitinen teaching at Petroglyphe. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Quarry Hill Studio at Petroglyphe Gallery holds the resonance of a diversely creative world offered by seasoned artists sharing their process with blossoming students. Spring has sprung, and April showers bring two transforming workshops to the beautiful studio.

Exploring Underglaze Surfaces In Ceramics, with James Aarons.

First up on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a unique and rare workshop with Mr. Aarons where students will be encouraged to break the rules. Underglaze (think paint for ceramic objects) has come a...

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2 weeks ago
Photo by Kam Merzlak

Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special Car Show discounts at Jackson restaurants. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson.

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise Car Show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
The Kit Carson Mountain Men from left, standing: “Badger” Bill Pierce, “Iron Jack” Jack Lowe, “Quick Draw” Peter Garibaldi, “Slim” Mike Gonsman, John Queirolo, “Hawk Eye” Lynn Thompson, Jim Faddis. From left, sitting: “Rotten John” John Powers and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

John Queirolo, President of the Kit Carson Mountain Men, recently found a large book filled with historical photos and newspaper clippings dating back to the 1930s in a compilation that he calls, “The Lost Ledger.”

Queirolo recalled that he had seen the book before, many years ago, but it seemed to disappear with the passing of Harold Cummins, who originally compiled the ledger. Cummins joined the Mountain Men in the late 1940s and archived everything that was collected. When he passed away 12 years ago, the book, along with years...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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It’s not often that the story behind a great product begins with nomadic warriors on the plains of Africa, but for Cooper & Kid’s founder, Nichole Smaglick, that is exactly where the story began. After spending many years living with and studying warrior cultures, Smaglick’s idea for Cooper and Kid and the Cooper Kit emerged. The Cooper Kit offers an awesome quarterly box-of-fun for dads and kids to work on together, elevating Dad to superman status.

Cooper & Kid is the first subscription service that puts the power of play in dad’s...

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2 weeks ago
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April 10

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Kicking off its 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage tonight, Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. Their single, “Heartbreaker,” according to Benatar, “was the catalyst for it all.” Other hits include, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Promises in the Dark” and “We Belong.” Will Call opens at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Tickets...

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