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6 days ago
Jackson Rancharia Casino CEO Rich Hoffman addresses the Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Jackson City Council signed on to support a new Gaming Compact for the Jackson Rancheria Casino and took the final step to eliminate charging for parking in the city at their meeting on Monday, March 23.

The council voted unanimously to offer support for a new gaming compact for the Jackson Casino following a presentation from Casino CEO Rich Hoffman. The new agreement, which will replace the casino’s 1999 agreement with the State of California that governs how the casino operates. The largest change to the new agreement is...

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6 days ago
Amador County Community Development Director Aaron Brusatori addresses the ACTC Board. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
In a lengthy closed session meeting Wednesday morning, the Amador County Transportation Commission Board of Directors selected a final candidate to lead the organization. Current Executive Director Charles Field, who has headed up the agency for 22 years is retiring at the end of the month. The ACTC Board of Directors spent two hours in a closed session in what appeared to be a very contentious discussion on who should head up the agency, which coordinates transportation construction, funding and planning throughout Amador County. As... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
The construction site of the new Dollar General, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Construction of a Dollar General store at the intersection of Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove has resumed after an Amador County judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of project opponents.

In court documents obtained by the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Amador County Judge Steve Hermanson signed a “judgment of dismissal and order awarding costs,” proffered by Carissa M. Beecham, an attorney with the Sacramento-based Stoel Rives law firm working on behalf of the county on March 20.

Opponents of the project, the Pine...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
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The California State Board of Equalization will consider positions on legislation introduced this year, including Assembly Bill 717, which would exempt diapers for babies and toddlers from sales tax. During its meeting this week, board members will also decide whether to grant a petition calling for tax to be assessed on sales of mobile phones based upon the heavily discounted price the consumer may pay for the phone, rather than the device’s true retail value, when the consumer must also agree to a long-term contract with a service... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
6 days ago
The Mokelumne Hill River. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Legislation that would require a comprehensive study be performed before any “Wild and Scenic” designation could be conferred to the Mokelumne River advanced through the California Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee Tuesday by a vote of 8 for and 1 against.

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), who authored AB 142, along with Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), thanked the committee members for their support.

“As we continue to experience this devastating drought, I’m thankful to the Natural Resources Committee...

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6 days ago
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CALL LOGS: The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

March 14

12:33 a.m. Suspicious Person at Petrovich Park on Broadway and Water streets in jackson. Male subject possibly involved in an earlier fight seen walking down Main Street drinking a beer. Felony arrest.

1:29 a.m. Auto Burglary at Jackson Rancheria Casino on New York Ranch Road...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
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The Newman Ridge/Edwin Center North quarry and asphaltic concrete plant project planned on the outskirts of Ione has once again been given the green light by Amador supervisors following a sometimes contentious yet largely cordial public hearing in Jackson Tuesday.

Following an admission from Supervisor Lynn Morgan that she had signed a petition against the project before she won office, and another from Supervisor Richard Forster that he had met with project proponents, including moneyman William “Bill” Bunce, Supervisor Brian...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
From left: Rotary members Jim Rooney, Chief Tracy Busby, Sharon Long and Richard Forster. The Rotary Club of Ione made a presentation of $5,000 to the City Council of Ione to assist in obtaining a needed vehicle for the police department. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

An Amador County jury has convicted a Pioneer woman of misdemeanor theft by embezzlement, the Amador County District Attorney’s Office said.

Roxanne Gonzales will serve a ninety day jail sentence.

In November of 2013, Gonzales was entrusted by the victim to collect rent money in the amount of $750 while the victim had been out of the country. Upon return to Amador County, the victim was informed that Gonzales gambled away the collected rent money. The victim was ultimately paid back over a period of time.

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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A federal judge has ordered a Sacramento man to pay nearly $110 million to the victims of his decade long “Ponzi” scheme. Deepal Wannakuwatte, 64, of Sacramento, will pay $108,199,425 in restitution to hundreds of his victims of his long-running fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced this week. This ruling concludes the federal criminal prosecution; civil proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court are ongoing.

On November 13, 2014, United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Wannakuwat...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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ARREST LOG: The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

March 11

Trenton Daniel May, 22, Sutter Creek; 9:05 a.m. in the Amador County Sheriff’s Office lobby; Failure to appear.

Lynn Wayne Raymond II, 50, Stockton; 9:14 p.m. in the 2000 block of Camanche Road; misdemeanor warrant.

Annie Pearl Abernathy, 35, West Point; 10:25 p.m. on Highway 88, west of Shake Ridge Road; Driving under the...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
From left: Fire Chief Mark Morton, and firefighters David Podesta, Alex Sharp and Scott Hemmingway. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At this week’s Jackson City Council meeting, Fire Chief Mark Morton honored three notable men who have pledged their time, skills and services to Amador County. David Podesta was recognized with a Dedicated Firefighter award called the Gardella Award, Alex Sharp was recognized as EMT of the Year and Scott Hemmingway was recognized as Firefighter of the Year. [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
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At this week’s Jackson City Council Meeting, the most prominent item on the discussion calendar was the consideration of support for Bill 142 — Wild and Scenic River’s Study of the Mokelumne River. This bill was brought to the attention of the Jackson City Council by the Amador Water Agency, which has been very involved in the bill. “The goal of this Wild and Scenic is to preserve the water use as it is right now,” reported City Manager Mike Daly.

The President of the AWA Board of Directors addressed the council and requested...

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4 weeks ago
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For 32 years Amador County has been awarded funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement and expand ongoing local efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the county’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis. The county will receive a total of $20,041 for 2015.

The Amador County Local FEMA Board will meet on Thursday, March 19, at 10 a.m., at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, located at 935 S. Highway 49, in Jackson. The purpose of the meeting will be to...

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4 weeks ago
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Last night, I heard on the radio that an $8 million statue was commissioned by the City of Sacramento with money they borrowed to build the new arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team that was using the city’s (Arco) Sleep Train Arena.

The $8 million statue is scheduled to be placed in front of the arena site this week.

The City of Sacramento secured billions in a construction loan for that area and the money they draw on that loan will need to be paid off. This ridiculous “construction” expense creates a false economy of...

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Marilyn Nutter
4 weeks ago
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I am writing in response to Bryan Golden’s well meaning, though rather confusing commentary on freedom. He seems to be confusing compromising with being compromised, two very different meanings to the term. The word compromise actually translates to promise together, certainly something we should earnestly strive towards. He goes on to state that in politics compromise is touted as a requirement for progress, making the leap from there to dictators and tyrants who have eroded the well being of people worldwide.

Of course it’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
Immunizations have recently become a political issue. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With the December measles outbreak in Southern California, the topic of immunizations has come up not only in conversation, but also on a larger political and educational level. According to an LA Times article, university officials recently announced that in 2017, all UC students will be required to “be vaccinated against measles, meningitis, whooping cough and several other diseases or they will not be allowed to register for classes…”

In recent years, vaccinations have become more of a political issue. Pew Research Center...

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Jack Mitchell
4 weeks ago
Local Nonprofits celebrate at American River Bank’s Client Appreciation and Community Giving Reception. Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, The Arc of Amador & Calaveras and Operation Care all received grants this year. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

American River Bank, a subsidiary of American River Bankshares [NASDAQ-GS: AMRB], announced that the American River Bank Foundation (the Foundation) awarded $110,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations in Northern California. Of the total, $70,000 was awarded among 10 organizations for a single-year funding commitment and $40,000 was awarded among two organizations as the final disbursement of a three-year funding commitment that was announced in 2013. Since 2004, the Foundation has donated $722,600 to 40 different organizations.

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John Tuttle
4 weeks ago
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Amador County Superior Court clerks and other members of SEIU Local 1021 voted to authorize a strike on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

“Enough is enough,” said Lori Whitaker, a member of the Union’s bargaining team. “The Court and Judicial Council have not shown they’re doing all they can to improve service levels to the community and wages for workers.”

The Court’s reports to the Judicial Council for 2013 and 2014 show savings of more than $500,000 in wage cuts, pension and health insurance cuts and job losses, while the Court’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
One of Argonaut’s teams preparing to compete in the regional competition on Saturday, February 28. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Each year, thousands of middle- and high-school students across the U.S. contest their math and science knowledge — and their reflexes — against one another in regional competitions of the Department of Energy’s 25th National Science Bowl.

The regional competition took place on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Folsom High School in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format. Among the national competitors, teams from Argonaut and Calaveras high schools represented their respective schools.

The team from Argonaut High School included students...

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4 weeks ago
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ARREST LOGS: The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

February 25

Jackson

Mandy Eva Louise Alec, 35, West Point; 2:46 p.m. on New York Ranch Road at Dalton Road; Felon/ Drug addict in possession of a firearm; Possession of ammunition when prohibited to possess a firearm; Possession of a controlled substance; Possession of paraphernalia to ingest/ Smoke a controlled substance.

Rodney...

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