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Craig Baracco
5 days ago

The Jackson City Council voted to ban smoking in all city parks and finalized the city budget at Monday night’s meeting.

The smoking ban was the result of lobbying from the Amador Youth Coalition, which drafted the ordinance. Coalition members Daniel Savoie and Joseph Van Dyke present the council with a jar containing some of the over 400 pieces of tobacco litter Youth Coalition members collected from the playground area of Dietert Park. The meeting space was filled with supporters of the smoking ban who applauded each speaker in...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The California State Assembly took historic action June 4, passing AB 266, medical cannabis legislation, on a bipartisan vote of 60-8, with at least 17 Republican members in support. The measure provides long overdue statewide regulation of medical cannabis that protects local control and public safety, and advances patient protection with maximum potency and health and safety standards.

Jointly authored by Assembly Members Rob Bonta, Ken Cooley and Reginald Jones-Sawyer, AB 266 was supported by the League of California Cities, the...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Caltrans has released their latest installment of “The Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report,” a plain-language performance report that delivers an accounting of how Caltrans is doing in its work to protect and improve California’s transportation system. The summer issue features a revamped report card of new performance measures that reflect a dramatic shift in Caltrans’ priorities and an increased focus on sustainable transportation.

“Caltrans is dedicated to becoming a more accessible, transparent and accountable organization...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Since the emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, the California Department of Public Health has been working with local health departments statewide to protect California from the potential spread of MERS. The importance of these efforts is highlighted by the recent outbreak of MERS in several South Korean hospitals.

“The risk for MERS in California remains very low and is related to recent travel to affected regions overseas. The emergence of MERS in South Korea should remind patients to tell health care...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Michael Pinon, 22 years old. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Calaveras authorities say four people have been arrested as the result of a confrontation between residents and trespassers in the 19000 block of Highway 26, in Glencoe, near West Point.

A press release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy was dispatched to the area around 3:40 p.m. June 13 to a complaint about a “trespassing issue.”

As the deputy contacted the property owner, she reported hearing people yelling from the canyon below.

The property owner, whose name was not released, told the deputy that...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
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The Plymouth City Council discussed a wide range of issues and topics at their meeting Thursday, June 11. An amendment to the city’s emergency water use restrictions was passed, adding more detailed rules restricting watering of yards as well a detailing penalties for violations. A presentation was also made on the possibility of extending water service to the Rancho Del Oro mobile home park, which lies just outside the city and has its own private well. Councilmembers indicated general support for the project, but called on the... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Police say Mark Dantche is still missing. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

By John Tuttle

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Mark Dantche. Investigators have determined Dantche’s cell phone was last used in the area of Sheep Ranch Road in Murphys, rather than the area of Beardsley Reservoir, as previously reported. Dantche was last known to be in contact with friends and relatives during the evening hours of May 30. Dantche is a 45-year-old white male with brown eyes and grey hair. He is about 5 foot 9 inches tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Sutter Creek City Manager Amy Gedney goes over the city’s budget before the Sutter Creek City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
The city’s budget dominated the discussion at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting. The council reviewed and examined the draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Overall the city is projected to take in and spend a little over $3.6 million, with $1.5 million coming from the city’s general fund and $1.7 million from the sewer fund. In general, the city’s budget picture is stable, projected to be in balance with small increases to both revenue and expenses. The police force remains the general fund’s biggest single... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Ione City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Money matters were the order of the night Tuesday, as the Ione City Council put the final touches on plans for the new fiscal year set to begin July 1.

In the first city council meeting for new Ione City Manager Jon Hanken, the council voted final approval on the city’s 2015-16 budget, detailing over $6.4 million the city will be taking in and spending for the next year.

The council also approved a package of policies suggested from the city’s auditors. Among the policies approved was accounting for developer fees that have...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Fiddletown fire. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A Stockton man has been pulled from the Mokelumne River and is being listed as a possible drowning victim, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner said the ACSO received a 911 emergency call at around 11:17 p.m. June 5 alerting first responders that a male subject had possibly drowned in the river approximately one half mile west of the Tiger Creek Dam.

Deputies and paramedics responded to the scene where they were directed to the man, who was fully submerged and entangled in a strainer.

Wegner...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock now faces a recall signature drive. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador School Board, Brenda Wilson, organizer of the recall effort, spoke about her efforts during the public comment period. Wilson intended to serve Glock with the recall notice, but he was absent from the meeting due to a death in his family. Supporters of the recall now need to gather signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters in the county, about 4,300, to force a recall election. Glock’s tenure as... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Jackson Fire Chief Mark Morton discusses the details of the new employee contract for the city's professional firefighters. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
The Jackson City Council took on a variety of issues at their meeting Monday night. With the council considering an increase in water rates, the meeting featured an appearance by Amador Water Agency General Manager Gene Mancibo, who answered a series of questions about AWA’s wholesale water rate increase from both the council and public. Faced with uncertainty about the legal climate in the state over water rates, but not willing to take a loss on water service for the entire budget year, the council directed staff to prepare for a... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago

Darrin Wagner, 49, of Fresno, pleaded guilty this week to bank larceny in a scheme that defrauded Golden One Credit Union of tens of thousands of dollars.

According to court documents, in March 2014, Wagner and an accomplice operated a scheme to defraud the Golden 1 Credit Union. They deposited counterfeit money orders and counterfeit checks into the accomplice’s checking account using ATMs in various branches in Fresno. Wagner then withdrew cash and either made purchases or transferred the funds to the accomplice’s Golden 1...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
Shanntaye Ebony Hicks, 25, of Sacramento. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Shanntaye Ebony Hicks, 25, of Sacramento, has been sentenced this month to 24 years and four months in prison for two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

According to court documents, Hicks recruited at least four teenaged victims (between 13 and 17 years old) to engage in criminal sexual activity. Hicks posted advertisements soliciting customers to have sex with the teenaged victims, received telephone calls from customers and negotiated prices. She transported the teenaged...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
The Sutter Creek City Council considers the various possible uses for the historic grammar school. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

This week, the Sutter Creek City Council approved an update to the housing element of its general plan and discussed future possible uses of the historic grammar school.

The city’s housing element, which both catalogs existing housing stock and sets policy for development of new housing going forward, was approved on a unanimous vote. Council-member Robin Peters praised the update effort for its low cost relative to previous efforts to update the housing element. Cities and counties are required to update their housing element on...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Frank Cunha wields the golden shovel to turn the first shovel of dirt at Sutter Creek’s new park. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

On Wednesday, the City of Sutter Creek held its official naming and groundbreaking ceremony for a new city park, located on the south end of Main Street. The name of the park was revealed to be “Miner’s Bend,” which was selected from nearly forty suggestions offered by the public. The park, once completed, will house a large collection of Gold Rush era equipment and artifacts including a stamping machine and mining skip.

Using a golden shovel to turn a ceremonial first shovel of dirt were Sutter Creek Mayor Jim Swift and Frank...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Argonaut Principal Dave Vicari. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Faced with critical decisions on leadership positions in the school district, the Amador County Unified School Board of Trustees took no action at their last meeting.

Current Argonaut High school principal Dave Vicari’s is departing at the end of the school year to take a position as director of personnel at the district office. Filling the principal position has attracted community interest. With the Argonaut principal position on its agenda, the board met for an extended period of time in closed session, where decisions on...

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Eric Winslow
4 weeks ago
Congressman Tom McClintock (center) sits with Karen Dickerson (right) and Amador Supervisor John Plasse. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
In a lively exchange via Interactive Television (ITV), U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock of California’s 4th District paid a visit to the Amador County Transportation Commission, near the Transit Center at Sutter Hill, last Thursday. McClintock was hoping to learn more about the enormous potential of the interactive technology to make higher education locally available. Amador Supervisor, 1st District, and executive director of the ACTC, John Plasse, along with a group of his fellow ACCF Board Members, welcomed the congressman to the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The Newman Ridge project will go back before the Amador County Board of Supervisors. Amador County Elections officials have validated enough signatures on a petition for a referendum vote on the project. If it goes to an election, voters will be asked whether or not to uphold the Amador County Board of Supervisors actions that allow the Newman Ridge project to move forward. The next step is for the Amador County Board of Supervisors to take up the issue again. They can either vote to move forward with the referendum election or... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Ione City Council. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Fiscal matters dominated the agenda as the Ione City council spent two hours reviewing the city budget at their meeting Tuesday night.

The city’s new budget, due to go into effect at the end of the month, is projected to be balanced, with the Ione taking in and spending 6.4 millions dollars total, with 1.8 million in the city’s general fund, and the rest divided up among other special city funds such as roads and sewer. The city will have two fewer employees in the new year, eliminating a police and a public works position. Ione...

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