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Greta McElroy
5 days ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Q. I keep seeing people in front of stores asking shoppers to sign petitions. What are they, how do they affect me, and what do you do with them?

A. Basically, there are two ways that laws are made in this state. One is through the State Legislature. The other is through the...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Amador Water Agency lifts water conservation restrictions in Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At its May 26, 2016 meeting, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously (4-0-1, Director Paul Molinelli absent) to declare an end to the Agency’s Stage 2 Drought Water Warning conservation restrictions in effect since April 9, 2015. In addition, the Water Shortage Surcharge approved in July, 2015 will be lifted, with no drought surcharge appearing on any water bill beginning July 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to remove these state-mandated restrictions,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “Customers are...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
CAL FIRE increases firefighting staffing for Memorial Day Weekend. Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires

CAL FIRE is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, CAL FIRE is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California will see warm weather this weekend and winds through Saturday with gusts of 20-30 mph. There is even a risk of...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Plymouth City Council met on Thursday, May 12, but the major topic scheduled for discussion at the meeting was postponed. A package of changes to the Design Guidelines, Conditions of Approval and Development agreement for the previously approved Zinfandel and Shenandoah Ridge developments had to be held to the next meeting, due to public notice not being mailed out.

Despite the postponement, the council did take some further steps to implement the housing developments, directing the city to support the formation of a Community...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Bella Grace Winery. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amplified music was once again at the top of the agenda at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting.

The council approved a second and final reading for revisions to the ordinance that governs outdoor amplified music. The city will now allow businesses to have such music from May through the end of September, weekends and holidays, and will allow music to be played until 9 p.m.

The council also approved a first reading of a further revision that will allow amplified sound at special events, beyond the limits set in the...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Two weeks ago, the Amador Ledger Dispatch sat down with Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) to discuss a number of pressing issues affecting our local area. After two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, McClintock is now being challenged by several contenders from left who disagree with many of the incumbent's positions on issues ranging from the environment and health care reform. The following discussion is part 2 of an interview, conducted on May 5, 2016 at the Ledger Dispatch offices, in which we asked the Congressman... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
2 weeks ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Q: It is 18 days until the election. What is the Election Office doing now?

A: Right now, we’re answering calls from voters who are asking about their registrations; if they still have time to get a Vote by Mail ballot (yes, until May 27); and what is the date of the election (June...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

Amador County ratepayers are getting a break as the Amador County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cut rates for trash collection.

The decrease will vary by area. In Franchise Area 3, which covers Upcountry Amador County, rates will go down .48 percent. In Franchise Area 1, the Northwest third of the county, which includes the area around Sutter Creek and Plymouth, rates will be reduced by 2.34 percent. In Franchise Area 2, the region surrounding Jackson and Ione, the decrease will be 2.04 percent. Rates in each of the five...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
The California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, and the State Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlaksen, issued a memorandum designating April 18 to 29 as Voter Education Weeks. Amador High School teamed up with the Amador County Registrar’s Office to conduct a presidential primary for the senior class, as they are the upcoming eligible voters. The Registrar’s office provided information, sample ballots and even voting booths for the students so that they could, as the memorandum states, “become active and engaged participants in... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Who will fill the supervisors’ seats in January? Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Ledger Dispatch recently sent a list of 11 questions to the six candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The candidates were asked to keep their responses down to a total of 700 words, and all six made a concerted effort to do so. Ultimately, a bit of leeway was allowed. The questions are listed below, followed by the candidates’ answers, by district, then alphabetically. Not all candidates answered all of the following questions.

1) What have been your major accomplishments as a supervisor, and/or what...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Congressman Tom McClintock. Photo courtesy to Tom McClintock for Congress.

This November, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) will be running for his third term as U.S. Representative for California's 4th district in the U.S. Congress. With his re-election campaign well under way, the congressman agreed to meet with us in Jackson, California, at the headquarters of the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

Since 2009, McClintock has faced little opposition from the left, mostly because the mountain counties of this district tend toward the red side of the political spectrum. Even after re-districting in 2011,...

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Greta McElroy
3 weeks ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Remember last week, when I wrote that I had announcements rather than questions? Well, this week, we have clarifications and an apology.

First and foremost, the apology: In the Sample Ballot for Supervisorial District 4, Candidate Frank Axe’s name was unfortunately reversed. It...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

The Amador Business Council will hold a candidates’ forum at Sutter Creek Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. The two moderators will be Jim Guidi, of KVGC Hometown Radio, Voice of the Gold Country, and Al Bozzo, of the Amador Business Council

There will be up to five questions from the moderators covering the following topics: Economic development; Small business development in Amador County; Public safety; Police and fire protection services; Tourism and agri-tourism;

There will be up to four questions from the audience...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago

Infrastructure was the main focus of last Tuesday night’s Ione City Council meeting, as the city government signed off on a new water line project and contemplated a new sewer improvement project.

The council approved a contract between the City of Ione and the Amador Water Agency to build a new water line to supply Howard Park. The construction will be conducted by the AWA and funded up to $150,000 by the city. The existing water line, which is leaking heavily but provides important fire protection service, will be replaced....

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Sutter Creek city council. Photo by Craig Baracco

Sutter Creek City Council grapples with sound ordinance — again

At its Monday night meeting, the Sutter Creek City Council worked on revisions to the ordinance that regulates outdoor amplified sound and heard a report on efforts to promote the city.

The issue of how to deal with outdoor music, which the council has repeatedly taken up, was once again discussed, as the council proposed revisions to current law. The council is split between those who wish to promote tourism and commercial events and those with concerns over...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

District 4 supervisor candidate Frank Axe, of Pine Grove, is running a grassroots campaign supported by community volunteers and donors. He recently announced support for his candidacy from local business owners, former county officials, community leaders and public employees.

“I am honored and humbled to be supported by so many fine people,” Frank said. “The diversity of my support reflects how I plan to work as a county supervisor. I want to bring people from all walks of life together to address the challenges we face in Amador...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago

The primary campaign season is well underway in Amador County, and the fund-raising numbers reflect that. Recently released campaign finance reports reveal how much money the candidates for three Amador County Supervisor seats have raised for their campaigns and where the money has come from.

In District Four, which includes Sutter Creek and much of Pine Grove, incumbent Supervisor Louis Boitano has raised $20,064 for his campaign. Boitano’s largest donors include Woodbridge Productions, in Ione, which gave $4,000, Sierra Pacific...

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Greta McElroy
4 weeks ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

This week is all about announcements, rather than questions.

Sample Ballots are now in the mail, so you should start receiving them in the next day or two. Please wait to call us until after May 12 to give the Post Office a chance to deliver them. Also, please remember that the...

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Craig Baracco
04/28/2016 1:22 PM

On Tuesday, the Amador County Board of Supervisors approved a pay increase for other elected officials in Amador County.

The action by the supervisors covers all county-wide elected officials, including the Sheriff, District Attorney, Assessor, Tax Collector and Clerk-Recorder. The pay bump includes a 2-percent increase retroactive to October 1 of last year, a 1-percent increase in July, a 2-percent increase in October and another 1-percent increase in July of 2017.

For example, the yearly income of the Amador County Sheriff...

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Craig Baracco
04/28/2016 1:48 PM

The Jackson City Council worked on a variety of items at their meeting Monday night.

The council heard a report on an audit of the city’s finances for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The audit was generally positive, expressing the highest level of confidence in the city’s bookkeeping and profuse praise for the city staff. However, the audit did warn of future liabilities facing the city, particularly the financial burden of the retirements of city employees.

In preparation for summer, the Council adopted new pool entrance fees and...

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