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John Tuttle
7 days ago

Congressman Tom McClintock has been appointed Chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee for the 114th Congress. McClintock has served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee since 2009, most recently chairing the Subcommittee on Water and Power.

“The sound and rational management of our public lands to promote healthy forests and healthy local economies will be a top priority of the subcommittee, along with restoring access and enjoyment of these national treasures to their rightful owners...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

The Eldorado National Forest plans to fill approximately 35 seasonal wildland firefighter positions for a temporary appointment that will run approximately May through November 2015. The online application for these jobs will only be open for one week from Tuesday, January 27, 2015 through Monday, February 2, 2015. Fire staff from the forest are available to answer questions about the application process which involves submitting an online application and a resume through the national USAjobs website.

The various positions opening...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
New employees Storey-ellen Mack and Dalacie Blankenship. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At the Jackson City Council meeting on January 12, 2015 the council began with the introduction and swearing-in of two new employees: Accounting Assistant III Storey-ellen Mack and Accounting Manager Dalacie Blankenship.

The late Captain Tremaine was honored with a moment of silence by all present. On the day of his funeral, his casket was transported to Daneri Mortuary in the Jackson Fire Department’s Studebaker.

The first and main concern on the discussion calendar, was the Parking Meter Study Report. Mayor Pat Crew...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks: lawyers, accountants, scientists and engineers, to name a few. Today, however, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise.

Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

A Public Open House to discuss the King Fire Restoration Project will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at the Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A presentation on the Proposed Action will be followed by questions and answers with the planning team, and an opportunity to talk to specialists about specific aspects of the project including fuel reduction, tree salvage, reforestation, wildlife, watershed protection, and research.

The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Upcounry Community Council will host its first meeting of 2015 and invites Upcountry residents to attent. The meeting will be held on Monday, Jan 12, at 6 p.m., at Veteran’s Hall, located on Buckhorn Ridge Road, next to Pioneer Park, in Pioneer. The special speaker will be Nina Machado, Executive Director for First 5 Amador, who will present a new Amador County Community Assessment Report.

The last assessment was completed in 2006. Data collected for the assessment covers all ages with topics ranging from the number of births,...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Ione Officer Receives ‘Heart Of A Lion.' Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Ione PD Officer Carlo Sgroi received the “Heart of a Lion” award for his outstanding service. This award is given in honor of Officer John Stewart who served the Ione PD with pride during his long battle with cancer. Officer Sgroi exemplifies the spirit of this award through his dedication and commitment to the people in the community of Ione. This award was presented in December by City of Ione Police Chief Tracy Busby. [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Maggie Johnston’s project is already making an impact to help reduce marine pollution by promoting the use of paper straws. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Maggie Johnston is just 7-and-a-half years old and already making an impact on her local community to help reduce marine pollution. “Plastic straws pollute the ocean, whales and other animals,” observed Johnston. “So we’re helping them use paper straws here [at Rosebud’s Café].”

Maggie’s mom, Sarah Swift, commented, “Our family tries to be involved in the community. This is something for Maggie to invest her time and energy… she cares about it, and it has impact.”

For her project, Johnston asked Rosebud’s Café & Market’s...

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Terry Sanders
3 weeks ago

I have received a special notice regarding the tax repayment that is available for qualified itinerant veteran vendors. It can also be found on the Board of Equalization’s website under the News and Events, Special Notices Tab boe.ca.gov/news/news_and_events.htm#Special_Notices

I’m trying to ensure that as many veterans as possible are notified.

If you are a qualified itinerant veteran vendor, you may receive a repayment of sales tax, interest, and penalties you paid to the Board of Equalization from April 1, 2002 to March 31,...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
Local elected officials were sworn into office as the beginning of the new year also marked the beginning of newly elected terms for some county positions. Those sworn into office were: Jim Rooney, Amador County Tax Assessor; Tacy Oneto, Amador County Auditor; Michael Ryan, Amador County Treasurer/Tax Collector; Brian Oneto, Amador County Board of Supervisors - District 5; Dick Glock, Amador County Superintnedent of Schools; Todd Riebe, Amador County District Attorney; Sheriff Martin Ryan, Amador County Sheriff; and Lynn Morgan,... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
New ACUSD board members Bob Laurent and Joel Mottishaw. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador County Unified School District Board met on December 16, 2014, to elect officers and approve a tentative meeting schedule for July 2015 through June 2016.

Current board members are Wally Upper, Mary Walser, who, along with new members Bob Laurent, Joel Mottishaw and re-elected incumbent Rose Oneto will lead the district. Both Upper and Walser were nominated, and seconded, for board president. With three votes against two, Upper was named board president. Walser was appointed board clerk once again, and Oneto was tapped...

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Kelsi Himmel
12/26/2014 11:07 AM
Kelsi Himmel. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
A program of interest to Amador residents is being presented by American Association of University Women. The speaker will be Kelsi Himmel, Environmental Educator, discussing her recent experience viewing the impact of oil extraction and mining on ecosystems and communities in Ecuador’s rainforest. Himmel will be describing her direct observations of consequences in the region of the Yasuni, which borders the Napo River, as well as other regions affected in Ecuador. She will show a film and follow it with a presentation on what she... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
12/26/2014 10:10 AM

Sutter Creek and Ione have both been included in an independent study of California’s most financially stressed cities and counties — ranking third and fourth, respectively, out of a field of 492. The study, released in November by the California Policy Center, working with Civic Partner, a firm that collects and analyzes municipal finance data, ranked the cities and counties with respect to their risk of becoming bankrupt in the future.

Study Authors Marc Joffe, Julie Lark and Ed Ring said they used a composite of four financial...

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Via Press Release
12/19/2014 11:07 AM
The Sutter Creek City Council approved a number of administrative items during its last meeting of 2014 Monday night. The council voted to approve new franchise agreement with ACES Waste services to provide waste pickup and disposal services for the city. If both parties agree to renewals, the current contract could last twenty years. Most of the discussion on the item focused on the procedures on how the collection rates are set. Yearly, the rate would be determined by a special price index, and every several years, a detailed rate... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
12/19/2014 10:07 AM

At the Ione City Council Meeting this week, some of the many volunteer groups that have made extraordinary contributions to the City of Ione this past year, were recognized and celebrated.

Resolutions were adopted recognizing the Train Depot volunteers, the Ed Hughes Memorial Arena volunteers, the Ione Fire Department volunteers, the Ione Office volunteers, the Ione Rose Garden volunteers, the Ione Monthly Newsletter volunteers and the Ione Police Department volunteers.

After a short recess and celebration the evening turned to...

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John Tuttle
12/19/2014 8:26 AM

Wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are turning to an age-old enforcement tool - the horse - to help protect California’s natural resources.

While there is no formal mounted patrol unit, some wildlife officers are using their own personal horses for routine patrol in the back country. Much like canine partners, horses can see, hear and go places faster and quieter than modern technology. Covering up to 20 miles a day, equine patrols can show up where you least expect them, even in the most...

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Via Press Release
12/19/2014 7:04 AM

Bipartisan bill protects habitat, sporting opportunity, multiple-use values in northwest Nevada.

Trout Unlimited members and volunteers in Nevada and across the West cheered Congress this week for passing a package of public lands bills that includes the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, saying the measure would permanently protect high-quality habitat for fish and game, help recover the threatened native Lahontan cutthroat trout and protect recreational access and sporting opportunities in one of Nevada’s most unique...

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Tessa Marguerite
12/12/2014 9:39 AM
Lily Himmel proudly holds her letter from President Obama. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Six-year-old Lily Himmel recently wrote a letter to President Obama voicing her concerns about climate change. In her letter, Himmel wrote, “We need to stop the climate change. Polar bears can’t swim forever. Where Santa Claus lives will melt! The sea levels will rise and cause some species to go extinct. I want this climate change to stop right now and so does my mommy. She will be at the Climate March on September 21st in New York. From, Lily Himmel.” The concerned six-year-old also included a drawing of oil pollution and gas... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
12/12/2014 9:38 AM
Council member Connie Gonsalves and Mayor Patrick Crew are sworn in to new, four-year terms on Jackson’s City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At a very festive council meeting for the city of Jackson, on Dec. 8, council members Connie Gonsalves and Patrick Crew were sworn into new, four-year terms on the council. As a new council, the selection was made of mayor and vice mayor. Council member Keith Sweet was nominated and named as Vice Mayor and Patrick Crew was nominated and once again named as Mayor of the city of Jackson. The existing council members remain the same.

Following a brief period of congratulations and refreshments, the council resumed to order and...

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John Tuttle
12/05/2014 7:38 AM

Assembly Member Frank Bigelow took the oath of office Dec. 1, for his second term representing the Fifth Assembly District, in Sacramento.

“I’m honored to continue to serve our district and champion our rural way of life,” said Bigelow. “While the past two years have brought some incredible progress – such as the passage of a water bond and the creation of a rainy day fund – there’s many problems left to solve. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to get good things done for our region.”

A fourth-generation Californian...

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