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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
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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Jack Mitchell
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Amador County Fair Board President, Frank Halvorson presents Marsha Beshears with the Amador County Fair Directors Award. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Marsha Beshers received the Amador County Fair, Directors Award at the Annual Sponsors Dinner on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The award was presented to Marsha by the Amador County Fair Board of Directors as recognition for more than 30 years of service to the Amador County Fair

Fondly known to all the kids in Amador County as “crazy grandma”, Marsha was the Junior Department Coordinator for many years. It all began when Marsha helped a kid get their exhibit entered into the Fair. Since then it’s been a family project involving...

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Jack Mitchell
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Dorothy Magoffin with Frank Halvorson, Amador County Fair Board President. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Dorothy Magoffin received the Amador County Fair, Directors Award at the Annual Sponsors Dinner on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The award was presented to Dorothy by the Amador County Fair Board of Director as recognition for more than 25 years of service to the Amador County Fair as the Fine Arts and Photography Coordinator.

An accomplished photographer, Dorothy was hired by Amador County Fair Manager Ralph Clark in the early 1980’s and it was apparent from the beginning that Ralph had made a good decision. Her background as curator...

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Jack Mitchell
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Amador County Fair Board President with American River Bank. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

For years, scores of American River Bank employees have provided expert clerical help at the Junior Livestock Auction sale ring and the Bank has provided interest free funds to the kids who sell their project animals at the annual Amador County Fair Junior Livestock Auction held this year at 10:30am, July 31.

According to Amador County Fair Board President Frank Halvorson, what American River Bank provides is significant, valuable and rare in the fair industry. “Our kids receive a check within days of the auction, rewarding them...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Soroptimist International of Amador County is offering a scholarship to a woman who wants to continue her education or get needed training for a new career. It’s a program called “Live Your Dream.” Candidates should be women who are the primary wage earners for their families and want to continue their education. Our club will award a check to the recipient we choose. For more information, call Donna at (209) 223-1398, or email mirtym@sbcglobal.net. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2017. If you are interested in learning more about... [Read more]
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Joe Svec
7 days ago
For the July 19th, 2016 edition of the Jackson Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Well-known local muralist Rand Huggett has begun work on his latest contribution to the City of Jackson, a new mural that he is painting on the wall at the Kwik Serve/Tressler’s Auto Repair, at the intersection of Highways 49 and 88, across from City Hall.

The City of Jackson has agreed to match donations to this approximately $25,000 project, and contributions have been arriving. As seen in the photo below, Irene Perbal, Jackson Rotary Club President, on the right, and President-elect Mike Flagg, on the left, presented a...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Firefighters from the Pine Grove Fire Station showed up as a big surprise on the last day of Faith Alive Summer Day Camp at Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer, on July 8. Lt. Kyle Ervin, Capt. Jeremy Proctor and Chief Anthony Vega were there with the fire truck to ensure the kids got good and soaked on the camp’s “water day.”

The firefighters had as much fun as the children.

The idea was a brainstorm of Darrell Holland, retired firefighter and member of Faith Lutheran Church, who invited the firefighters several months ago. ...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

It was 54 years ago, 1962, and Scout Master of Troop 159 Chuck Mekeel, decided to take his group of young men from San Francisco on 50-mile hike along Highway 49. Reaching out, Mekeel made connections along the way for the boys to rest on their journey. The pack of boys from admittedly not the best part of San Francisco started their trek from Columbia to Coloma. By the time they reached Plymouth, they were a mess. In fact, 54 years later Harry Velleno, Steve Youngdale and Bob McConlogue still remember their arrival.

“It was...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
From left: Katherine Stiltz, Kristina Woolsey, Claudia Koll, Bailey Mitchell, Laura Fry, Angie Kay Lyman and Sydney Julien. Photo by Larry Angier

The Miss Amador Scholarship Pageant, one of the most popular contests at the Fair, introduces fairgoers to some of the most promising young women in Amador County.

Contestants must have a wide range of talents and skills to earn the title of Miss Amador. They must also possess a depth of knowledge of how the Fair works, which they will demonstrate during an interview by the judges. This interview is conducted in front of a live audience on Thursday night as part of the pageant. That evening, those vying for the title perform a...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
From left, Amador winners are, Rod Burton, Amador County District 3 Supervisor Lynn Morgan, Amador Council of Tourism volunteer Emily Hook, ACT Executive Director Maureen Funk with the double ribbons, booth volunteers Nora Coryell and her grandson, Logan White, Bailey Burton, Chaw’se volunteers Marilyn Alacon and Donald Warzecka. Photo by Larry Angier
The Amador County booth honoring Chaw’se and the Miwok people received both a Gold Award and Best Commercial-built display at the California State Fair 2016 at Cal Expo, in Sacramento. Built by Richard Bay, the booth was sponsored by many Amador County individuals and businesses, all of whom are recognized in the display. The State Fair is on until July 24. [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

Amador Farmers Market is in full swing at three of its four locations. The local community is being given the opportunity to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of baked goods, olive oils and crafts. There are three more Farmers Market months to go, with great music and events to entertain you while you shop. Shop often, shop fresh.

The Farmers Market welcomes two new food vendors, Upcountry Farms and Choc-O-Latte, and welcomes back Mother Lode/Sutter Creek Cattle. The Farmers Market is always happy to...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Screenings will be Thursday, August 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. For 3, 4 and 5 year old children with developmental and/or social-emotional (challenging behavior) concerns. For questions, location and to register for an appointment, call First 5 Amador at (209) 257-1092.

Dad & Me

Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, etc. Join us for a morning of fun activities for children aged 0-5 years old. Let’s learn some yoga! This Dad & Me event will be held at Amador Yoga on July 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes while...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Wreckage and debris are all that’s left of this home in Jackson. Photo courtesy of Meredith Tongish

On July 2, Kim and Trace Rankin, of Jackson, had a devastating house fire. They lost everything. Their home was their happy place. They have been renovating inside and out for quite some time. They were just completing the new decks when the fire struck. They are safe. They were able to get the fur babies out. Max the cat is having surgery, and is expected to be OK.

They have insurance, but as we all know, there are up front costs, deductibles and things that may not be covered. Every penny will go to Kim and Trace directly for...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Main Street in Ione. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The state of California, thanks in part to places like Hollywood and Silicon Valley, has an enormous impact on global popular culture and maintains, for many, an allure of fame and fantasy that no other place can equal. It’s also home to some of the most iconic places and attractions in the country, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood and the redwood forests — not to mention over 900 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean. From wine country to sprawling cityscapes, world-famous beaches and varied terrain to meet the needs... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Josh Coy is taking part in a cross-country journey, the Bike and Build and Habitat for Humanity. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Riding on a bicycle for 4,010 miles across the country is no small feat. Josh Coy, Amador High School graduate, took this challenge and is making an impact on the world by taking part in a bike ride across the United States for a charity called Bike and Build and Habitat for Humanity. Coy was born and raised in Amador County and has always dreamed of helping change peoples’ lives. “I graduated from Amador High School in 2014 and during my high school years, I was involved in a few sports. I was captain of the varsity basketball and... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago

Situated next to the Sutter Creek Theatre, Choc-O-Latte is a tiny, homey coffee shop. Decorated in copper and warm colors, stepping into the little shop is almost like stepping into the wrapping of luxurious chocolate confection.

Not new to being a coffee shop, the location used to be home to Kaffeine’s, but when the owner moved out of the state last year, she put the shop up for sale.

“I own Bella’s Corner, across the street, and saw the for-sale sign come up,” Victoria Spainhower said. “My sister said, ‘Do you want to do a...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
The Barona Tribal Council. Photo courtesy to the Barona Band of Mission Indians

Though Governor Jerry Brown announced his approval of Class III Gaming Compacts with several Native American tribes on June 29, Amador County officials have decided to continue a legal battle they mounted over a decade ago against the attempt by the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me Wuk Indians to build an entertainment center on its 67.5-acre parcel of land on Coal Mine Road, in Jackson Valley, near Ione. The proposed casino would include gaming tables, slot machines and four dining facilities.

In spite of having spent nearly $2...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

After the great success of the first thirty-somethings meet & greet, Ginger is organizing another fun event. On Wednesday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Provisions, in Sutter Creek, come have a drink and chat with some like-minded locals. If you are a 30-something in the area, or you love/support a 30-something in the area, come hang out. All ages are welcome. For questions, email gingerbudrick@gmail.com.

Sons in Retirement

SIR Branch 15 will hold its July luncheon meeting on July 21 at Our Lady of the Pines Church Hall,...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” so stop by Safeway in Martell today, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or tomorrow, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help the Interfaith Food Bank stock its shelves with nutritious food for those in need. The Food Bank serves more than 2,400 families and 6,100 individuals in Amador County, and a staggering 17 percent of Amador County residents are faced with food insecurity on a daily basis. The food bank is primarily community funded and relies on donations from generous people like you in order to... [Read more]
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