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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Jackson City Council deadlocked on a measure to pay out attorney’s fees in a settlement related to the city’s attempt to raise sewer rates at their meeting Monday night.

The council considered a settlement made with Mark Johnson, who sued the City of Jackson to block their proposed increase in sewer rates earlier this year. The city council withdrew the ordinance increasing sewer rates after a petition gathering enough signatures to subject the rate increase to a voter referendum was submitted to the city. The city settled...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
Wildlife in the beautiful Amazonian Rain Forest of Ecuador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Part 1. The Beauty and Biodiversity of The Amazon

When you think of the rainforest, you think of beautiful plants and a variety of animals. When I first stepped into the jungle, a crow greeted my group, welcoming us into its home. Being in the rainforest is like being in a whole new world. You smell the mist in the air and feel the humidity. You smell the damp ground below your feet and hear the insects flying about. There is always something interesting to see whether it be a plant, or animal. There was even a night that my...

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Lucy Hackett
3 days ago
Under the newly declared Stage Two Water Warning, water customers may water lawns only 2 days per week during warm/dry season, and not at all during the cool/wet season. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Water Agency Directors declared a “Stage Two Water Warning,” effective immediately, at their board meeting last week, triggering new conservation requirements for water customers and initiation of a drought surcharge proposal to both reward water conservation and help make up for lost revenue due to lower water sales.

Directors adopted a four-stage water conservation policy that begins at Stage 1 – Water Alert for up to 20 percent conservation and ramps up to Stage 4 – Water Emergency, for a 50 percent reduction in water...

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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Plymouth City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The issue of a Casino in Plymouth unexpectedly reappeared at the Plymouth City Council meeting this week. Included on the agenda was action on a nearly two-year-old letter from the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, requesting a representative from the city to participate in the Tribal Casino planning process. The right of the Ione Band to construct a casino in Plymouth is currently being challenged in court by both Amador County and the private group, “No Casino in Plymouth.”

The meeting room was filled with Casino opponents, who...

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Craig Baracco
3 days ago
Sutter Creek City Council is in the process of requiring residents in the city to rid their yards of unsightly weeds. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Sutter Creek City Council moved ahead with a new program to require residents to remove weeds from their yards at their meeting on Monday, April 6.

The council is working on a new city ordinance which will allow the city’s Fire Chief to cite properties that have trash or excess vegetation that represent a potential fire hazard. Property owners will be required to removed such hazards to clear the violation. The draft ordinance calls for properties in the city to be kept clear within 100 feet of buildings, and 12 feet from...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Students at the Amador Learning Center. Photo by Wyman Dickerson
How many people know that there is a college in Amador County? Not enough, according to Wyman Dickerson, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant for the Amador Community College Foundation. “Digital and virtual learning is the wave of the future. Amador folks need to know this,“ said Dickerson, whose wife, Karen Dickerson, serves at the Secretary for the ACCF Board of Directors. The eleven-member board founded the ACCF in 2009 to actively pursue possibilities for opening up the opportunity of receiving a college education to local... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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Four days before a trial was set to begin, Robert M. Schaefer, 68, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty April 2 to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said this week.

According to court documents, from 2001 to 2010, Schaefer uploaded thousands of images of children being sexually exploited, including children under 10, to various file‑sharing websites. He would surf the Internet looking for people seeking particular types of photos, which he would then share from his extensive collection. His computers were...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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The special “7-11” committee appointed by the Amador Unified School District Board has recommended that the district consolidate into one county-wide high school and one junior high. The 7-11 committee, made up of representatives from various school sites and community members, has been meeting regularly for the past nine months to study the issue of school site realignment, and gave its final report to the school board at their meeting Wednesday night. The committee recommended the district form a single campus for all students in... [Read more]
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1 week ago
County Supervisor Richard Forster addresses the Ione City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Ione City Council moved to renew the city’s garbage service with ACES Waste Services at their meeting this week.

With the city’s contract with ACES to provide garbage pick-up in Ione up for renewal, the Ione City Council approved a first reading of an amended ordinance that governs how the city handles the solid waste franchise. The law will be changed to make clear that rate increases for garbage service cannot be blocked by the Proposition 218 protest process. While it remains legally unclear if 218 protests can apply to fees...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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With tax season in full swing, Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee advises taxpayers who face financial hardship to contact FTB to discuss their many options.

“We realize that unexpected events can sometimes make it hard to pay your taxes on time,” State Controller and FTB Chair Yee said. “If you are having financial issues and can’t pay your taxes in full, FTB can help.”

File the Tax Return:

First and foremost, taxpayers should reduce the potential for penalties by filing state tax returns on time and paying what they can....

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2 weeks ago
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On March 27, 2015, the Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) Chairman John Plasse announced that John Gedney, Chief, Office of Rural Planning, for Caltrans District 10, has accepted the position of ACTC Executive Director. Mr. Gedney will take over the ACTC staff leadership role, formerly carried out by Charles Field since 1994, on April 13, 2015. Mr. Gedney has worked for Caltrans District 10 in various capacities since 2000. Prior to that he has worked for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, Stanislaus County... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Plymouth City Council dedicated a City Park bench in memory of Dr Stephen W Honeycut at their last meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Plymouth City Council worked on a number of new laws and regulations for the city at its meeting Thursday night.

The council adopted an energy efficiency plan for the city, created in cooperation with PG&E and the Sierra Business Council. The plan outlines a variety of voluntary programs that can reduce energy consumption and the production of greenhouse gases. The plan carries no mandates or new regulations; all of its programs are voluntary.

The council also voted to approved a new set of water regulations encouraging...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Mike Newby. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Two Valley Springs men are under arrest and charged with attempted murder following an attack on Sunday that left another man bloody and hospitalized in its wake.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the 300 block of Paloma Road at around 6:05 p.m. to a report of a man being attacked by two men armed with baseball bats.

Deputies arrived to find a 59-year-old man, whose name was not released, covered in blood from an apparent head injury. Medical personnel tended to the man’s injuries at the scene...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Castle Oaks Golf Course. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The owners of the Castle Oaks Golf Course have found themselves in the middle of a water distribution disagreement between the Amador Regional Sanitation Authority and the City of Ione that has been quietly percolating for more than three decades — and the golf course now faces an uncertain future for its ongoing water needs.

Dominic Atlan, a golf professional in charge of managing the golf course, made it clear from the beginning of a sit down interview with the Amador Ledger Dispatch this week that he was speaking on behalf of his...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
From left: Sheriff Martin Ryan; Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director of the Amador Community Foundation; Pat Crew, President of the Board of Directors and Karl Knobelach, retired Undersherriff and ACF Vice President were present for the presentation.

The Amador Community Foundation is partnering with the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to fund a new project for Amador County; Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is dedicated to “bringing loved ones home.”

Project Lifesaver International was established in 1999 to assist law enforcement in locating “wanderers” with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, such as Down syndrome and autism. Project Lifesaver provides a product which allows a locator bracelet to be attached to Alzheimer patients and other individuals who may be...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Raw milk may cause serious illness according to the CDPH. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith warned consumers this week that the consumption of unpasteurized (raw) dairy products may cause serious illness. Six Northern California residents have recently been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a bacterial infection that can come from consuming contaminated raw milk.

A recent investigation conducted by CDPH identified multiple bottles of Claravale Farm raw milk that tested positive for Campylobacter. Under the direction of the California...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks 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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Via Press Release
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Courtesy to the Amador Ledger DIspatch
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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