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7 days ago

Please join us by helping Amador County to be a special place to live. Sutter Creek Woman’s Club was established in 1909, by a small group of ladies, as an “Improvement Club.” The purpose of this new club was “to improve the cemetery, the school, our streets, and to beautify Sutter Creek in general.”

Throughout the years, our purpose has expanded to include philanthropic, civic, educational and social endeavors within Amador County. So, all ladies are invited to join to be a part of this growing organization, to help make us stand...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2016 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne’s watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Fun for all ages, join the Jackson Claim Jumpers and learn to Square Dance. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Learn to Square Dance in twelve weeks with the Jackson Claim Jumpers. Starts Thursday, September 8, 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Fun for families, singles or couples, no special dress required. Music from country to pop.

Nationally-recognized caller Kip Garvey is known for his fun, dynamic teaching style.

Three months of great exercise and fun for only $60 – half price for 21and under, family rate available. Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA.

For more information visit www.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Shelby Schopf is a 14-year-old girl from Ione, who has written, illustrated and self-published her own book. Mahealani Marquez, of Sutter Creek, also helped with some of the illustrations. Shelby has always had a love for writing, whether she is putting together a short story or a blog post for her blog, she is always writing something. Art has always been a big part of Mahealani’s life. She sees it as a way to take her mind off things and relax. The children’s book is titled “Lacey and Charm and the Montana Legend.”

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rebecca collins
2 weeks ago

We cried much of the day that we picked up an amazing work of art. Last September, our dear friends lost their ranch home in the Butte Fire. We were so grieved and saddened for them and so desperately wanted to do something. When our friend Megan Davies messaged Rebekah after reading about the loss on Facebook and offered to do a rendering of the home, which she would create from the ashes, we enthusiastically said yes.

We put a plan into action to sneak up to the burned-down ranch and procure a few buckets of ashes, without them...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
The crew at Rally for Allie worked all day. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“This is why I love Amador County,” and “This is why I live in Amador County.” These were sentiments shared by everyone who attended the Rally for Allie at St. Katharine Drexel Parish on the evening of August 6. More than 600 people filled the spacious Parish Center and spilled into the parking lot, all in the name of raising funds and the hearts and hopes of 12-year-old Jackson resident Allie Olivarria and her family.

On April 27 of this year, Olivarria’s life completely flipped the day she was diagnosed with leukemia. Leukemia...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
Student volunteers at the Amador Superior Court last week were, from left, Sarah Oneto, Molly Gramlich, Morgyn Berner and Alexis Lewis. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Last week was very eventful for the staff at Amador Superior Court. In addition to its demanding court calendars, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 20 kids, ages 6 to 15, spent the day with court staff, to learn about the court and its mission to serve the public. Each year, the court holds a “Take your Kids to Work” day. This year, the kids took part in a mock trial, demonstrations, scavenger hunts and more.

The next day, court staff held an appreciation potluck for its student volunteers. The student volunteers provide much-needed...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
ACDCC Chair Caryl Callsen stands beside California State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and Jack Ohman’s depiction of Governor Jerry Brown. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch

The Amador County Democratic Central Committee held its 11th annual dinner last Thursday, in the Grand Oak Ballroom, at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. The 92 attendees enjoyed excellent cuisine and service, provided by the Rancheria’s skilled staff, and listened to inspirational speakers, both local and State-level.

First to the podium was ACDCC Chair Caryl Callsen, who introduced what became a recurrent theme for the evening by speaking about her mother and aunt, who held responsible jobs, but were told that they could never...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Amador County Women’s Network will be meeting August 24 at Karmere Winery in Plymouth at 11:30 a.m. Please join us for a fun time of Networking or just developing friendships with local women. We are an open networking group, all women are welcome. Please RSVP to debbielavielle@comcast.net. The cost for lunch is $20. This month is a boxed lunch, so RSVP is required. For more information go to our website at: acwnonline.org.

The Mother Lode Quilters Guild

The Mother Lode Quilters Guild will meet on Monday, August 22 at...

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Joe Svec
2 weeks ago
Jackson Rotary Tailings, August 9th 2016
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Jerry Budrick
3 weeks ago

The Wood Angels are members of one of Amador County’s most generous and dedicated organizations. Last year, the Wood Angels delivered more than 150 cords of wood, absolutely free, to seniors, vets, the physically disabled and others who are having a hard time making ends meet.

A few weeks ago, the Angels’ only truck, a well-worn 1988 Ford F-350 pickup with a gate lift, lost its clutch and the shoestring-budget organization simply did not have the money to have it fixed. They were able to get the truck to J&H Auto in Pioneer,...

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Lucy Hackett
3 weeks ago
ACES Waste Services is being forced to deal with an increase in incidents of bears rummaging through garbage cans. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Having bear problems? Are bears getting into your garbage? Bears and other varmints have been increasing their raids on residential garbage containers in Amador County upcountry, said ACES Waste President Paul Molinelli, Sr.

Molinelli said there has been an increase in reports from customers and ACES truck drivers that bears are scattering garbage.

“There appears to be no easy answer, and little that ACES can do on our own,” says Molinelli. Since incidents are happening more frequently, ACES will be discussing the problem with...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
SIR Branch 15 will hold its August luncheon meeting on August 19 at Our Lady of the Pines Church Hall, in Pioneer. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow at noon. The August event will be our annual SIR’ Lady’s Day Picnic, a chance for our Lady’s to share in the fun. SIR is open to any retired man who is interested in activities such as golf, fishing, tours and travel and RVing. All SIR activities are organized by the membership. Those interested in socializing with old and new friends are also encouraged to join. For... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
From left, Sutter Creek Mayor Tim Murphy, ACCBF member Frank Cunha, miner donor Tom Blackman and ACCBF voluneer Sharyn Brown join the three bronze miners for a photo along their creek diggin’s. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick
The mystery behind the arrival of three green-hued metallic miners at Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Park has been solved. Commissioned by Pac Bell in 1976, the bronze, life-like miners at work were created by sculptor Louis DeMartino, as part of the artwork intended to grace Pac Bell Center, in San Francisco. The three served their purpose well for some 34 years, admired as they were by countless thousands of people who poured through the busy area. However, time marches on, and, around 2009, Pac Bell executives decided it was time... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
Edward Rodriquez was a recent first-time donor, along with his new bride, Haleigh Madsen. Haleigh donated for the first time, along with her father, Paul Madsen.Photo courtesy of Delbert Mendoza

Since its founding in 1948, Sacramento-based BloodSource has been collecting blood donations and providing lifesaving blood products to communities throughout Northern and Central California. It is the source of nearly every drop of blood used in more than 40 hospitals in the region, including Amador County’s own Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, and Mark Twain Hospital, in San Andreas.

BloodSource donors from Merced to the Oregon border, from Solano County east to Lake Tahoe, are a lifesaving source close to home and across...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

The annual Farm Tour and Dinner will be August 22 at Helwig Winery. Tickets are on sale now at any of the four local Amador Farmers Markets or online at farmsofamador.com. For more info, visit amadorfarmersmarket.com.

Salsa Contest

There will be a salsa contest at the Amador Farmers Market in Sutter Creek from 9 to noon on August 6, and in Pine Grove from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 17. The contests will be judged at have 1st and 2nd place prizes.

Amador Corvette Club

Amador Corvette Club will meet on August 2 at...

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4 weeks ago

Allie Olivarria, a 12-year-old resident of Jackson, had her life completely flipped on April 27th of this year: the day she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, which starts in the bone marrow and creates an excess of abnormal white blood cells, called leukemia cells. They don’t do the work of normal white blood cells; leukemia cells grow much faster than the normal cells, and they don’t stop growing when they should. This causes many disturbances to the body, such as the buildup of the deformed...

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4 weeks ago
Jacey Bell and her goat, Snickers. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

People of all ages are simply bursting with excitement…it is time for the 78th year of the well-loved Amador County Fair! The kids have been setting up and preparing all types of animals to be shown, judged and auctioned off in hopes of making money to support even more animals next year.

Reigning Rodeo Queen of Amador County and Auburn, Trinity Karschner, cannot wait to ride her beautiful horse around while proudly carrying flags on Saturday night at the rodeo. Fellow riders Gavin Clarke and Sheila Bolton of Star K Equestrian...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
The Amador Countywide Dairy Goat group represented Amador County in the dairy goat show during the dairy turn from July 16 through 20 at the California State Fair, and they were very successful. While the numbers were small, the wins were big. The participating members were Danielle Dentone, Macie Dentone, Nicole Dentone and Anthony Baldenegro, assisted by Vincent Baldenegro. The 4-H-ers entered their Alpine dairy goats in both the junior division and open division, and they had a total of 13 goats (Anthony had five, Danielle had... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
07/21/2016 8:10 PM
Amador County Fair Board President, Frank Halvorson inducts Doug Joses into the Amador County Fair Hall of Fame. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Long time rancher, horseman and family man Doug Joses was inducted into the Amador County Fair Hall of Fame at the annual Sponsors Dinner July 14, 2016. For more than 60 years, Doug has served his community and the Amador County Fair. He was presented the award by the Amador County Fair Board of Directors, Thursday, July 14 at the annual Sponsors Dinner.

Doug has been a fixture at the Amador County Fair since 1956 when then Fair Manager Goula Wait, called him up and asked him bring some cattle, sheep and goats to exhibit at the...

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