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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The Amador County Office of Education and Amador County Unified School District avow, “We strive to ensure that every student in Amador County receives a quality education.” However, some of those employed for the ACUSD, specifically teachers, feel that they, who are directly involved in the students’ education, are not being respected or treated fairly. A teacher at Argonaut High School observed, “Our goals are to provide the best opportunities for our students.” However, with the low pay and disrespect that many teachers consider... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago
Amador County Supervisors have approved an interim urgency ordinance to limit large indoor marijuana grows in Amador County.

The action took place this morning, Aug. 26, at their regular scheduled meeting.

Rumors of a “collective” possibly planning to start a large grow operation somewhere in the county apparently sparked the action.

“We’re trying to stop the large grows,” said Supervisor Richard Forster.

The interim ordinance paves the way for a larger discussion and public hearing to amend and possibly add new language...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
In accordance with a Municipal Code, the City’s General Municipal Election shall be held on the same day as, and consolidated with, the Statewide General Election. The nomination period for the current election cycle ended on August 8, 2014, and only current Council members Patrick Crew and Connie Gonsalves filed papers for the City Council election.

“After a brief discussion Council member Lewis nominated Connie Gonsalves for the City Council, and it was seconded by Council member Sweet. The vote was 4-0 to appoint Connie...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Board member Rose Oneto and board clerk Mary Walser address Grand Jury allegations at Wednesday's public meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees held a public meeting on Wednesday morning of this week to form a response to the allegations and complaints of violations of proper conduct in the Grand Jury’s Final Report. The board must respond to Amador County Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson no later than September 22.

Many of the findings of the Grand Jury alege violations of the Brown Act, the most recent occurring in May 2014. No legal counsel was present at the meeting. A former Grand Jury member commented,...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Board president Wally Upper at the ACUSD board meeting on August 20, 2014. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At its July 23 meeting, the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Dick Glock direction to contact past board members and former school administrators, in order to form an ad hoc committee. The purpose of the committee would be to prepare a report for the Amador County Civil Grand Jury in response to certain allegations made against the board.

At this week’s board meeting, on Wednesday, August 13, Glock began by stating that since the previous meeting on July 23, he had contacted six potential...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
At the Jackson City Council meeting Monday night, Georgette Aronow and Dave Price presented an analysis and study summary of the Sewer Rate Committee’s recommendations for rate increases for the City of Jackson. “The key issue is the Upgrade Project,” began Aronow, owner of G. Aronow Consulting Economics & Public Finance. “The project will improve the wastewater discharge quality to Jackson creek and Lake Amador. The other key issue is that the rates over the next five years will increase.”

Aronow continued to say that after looking...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Approximately $46,000 in funding traditionally divided between the Amador Fire Safe Council and the Amador County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team will go exclusively to the sheriff this year after the AFSC failed to identify a project or how it would use the money if it were awarded to them by the Amador County Board of Supervisors.

Addressing the board on Tuesday, AFSC Board President Steve Bonner said he was speaking “almost impromptu” as he explained how his organization was closing out several projects previously funded but was...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Amador supervisors have reluctantly decided to “give back” $22.7 million in state grant funding awarded over seven years ago under the auspices of Assembly Bill 900 to build a new jail in the county.

The action came during the regular meeting of the board on Tuesday.

Following presentations by General Services Administration Director Jon Hopkins, and Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan, the board reviewed their reasoning for giving up the funding, which came with conditions, including a looming September deadline to identify a...

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John Tuttle
4 weeks ago
Amador County Employees Get Favorable Ruling From State

SEIU Still Says They'll Fight

A California Public Employment Relations Board ruling has cleared the way for Amador County employees to vote on who will represent them in labor negotiations. For nearly two years, county employees have been seeking the right to leave the Service Employees International Union and form their own bargaining unit, a move opposed by the SEIU. The opportunity is now within reach for county employees following the PERB partial dismissal of an...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/31/2014 12:11 PM
Pat Miller will retire from the school board at the end of this year's term
Last year, the 2013-14 Amador County Civil Grand Jury received several complaints of alleged violations of Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees’ procedures and conduct. The Grand Jury investigated the allegations, and recently submitted its findings in a final report to the ACUSD. The school board now has until September 22 to respond to those findings.

Superintendent Dick Glock suggested forming an ad hoc committee of former board members, current board members and/or school administrators to respond in a formal...

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Matthew Hedger
07/31/2014 8:30 AM
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Jerry Budrick, Matthew Hedger and Senator Tom Berryhill
Water issues, including bonds and legislation proposed by a Bay Area senator affecting their shared jurisdiction dominated the discussion during an interview with Amador County’s elected representatives, Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, during an impromptu lunchtime interview July 18. The first part of the interview was published in the July 25 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch, and is available online. In this week’s second part of our two-part series, we delve into water bonds, and the history of the... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
07/24/2014 10:57 AM
Tom Berryhill and Frank Bigelow Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
First in a two-part series

Water issues, including bonds and legislation proposed by a Bay Area senator affecting their shared jurisdiction, dominated the discussion during an interview with Amador County’s elected representatives, Senator Tom Berryhill, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, during an impromptu lunchtime interview July 18.

Before they headed off to attend the dedication of the new Amador County Learning Center (see related story on page two) both men sat down in the conference room at the Amador Ledger Dispatch and had a...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/25/2014 9:59 AM
Participating in last Friday’s dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Education were, from left, State Senator Tom Berryhill, Amador Supervisor John Plasse, State Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, and Supervisors Ted Novelli and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Last Friday, the Amador Community College Foundation was visited by California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill. Bigelow represents District 5, encompassing the Gold Country and the central Sierra Nevada. Berryhill represents District 14, and this is his fourth year serving in the California Senate.

The occasion was a dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Learning and it brought out supporters of the ACCF, as well as some local political figures. John Plasse, District 1 Supervisor and ACCF Board...

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Via Press Release
07/24/2014 12:55 PM
On Monday, the Center for Native American Youth’s founder, former US Senator Byron Dorgan, and four Native youth Champions for Change attended an event hosted by President Obama to announce new commitments to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The event featured remarks from the President and dialogue with youth in the audience. CNAY, a policy program at the Aspen Institute created in 2011 by Dorgan, was allowed to select four youth leaders to attend. These youth — who make up our country’s most at-risk population — shared Native... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
07/18/2014 8:55 AM
Jackson City Council members before the July 23 meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
On Monday evening, the Jackson City Council erased all confusion about its opposition to the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

Prior to dealing with the cannabis issue, the council unanimously approved the consent calendar, which included the adoption of a Resolution for Notice of Completion for the Magnesium Hydroxide Project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The results of this project will be to increase water quality in Jackson Creek and Lake Amador by reducing the effluent discharge’s...

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John Tuttle
07/18/2014 12:13 PM
Stolen Tillamook cheese buses found in Copperopolis

Three Tillamook cheese company buses have been found in Copperopolis, and three men have been arrested and charged with their theft.The Volkswagen mini-buses, with a combined value estimated at $300,000, were recovered at a self-storage facility early Sunday morning after being reported stolen out of a hotel parking lot in Manteca on Saturday. Authorities said two men, Brian Michael Lancaster and Ryan Anthony Monaco, both with Sacramento addresses, were arrested Tuesday during a...

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Lucy Hackett
07/17/2014 11:59 AM
Following three critically dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board is requiring local water agencies to take emergency action to conserve water in landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

State regulators met in Sacramento Tuesday and approved the proposed rules for all Californians late in the day. The rules prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways is also banned, along with washing vehicles...

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Via Press Release
07/17/2014 11:52 AM
On Wednesday, Assembly Bill 1722, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association, to crack down on cattle theft, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

“California ranchers make a living raising and selling livestock. When their animals are stolen, it poses a serious threat to their livelihood,” said Bigelow, a Madera County cattleman himself. “By prohibiting individuals convicted of livestock theft from holding a registered brand, we can help prevent these crimes from...

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Via Press Release
07/17/2014 8:35 AM
Following three critically dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board is requiring local water agencies to take emergency action to conserve water in landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

State regulators met in Sacramento Tuesday and approved the proposed rules for all Californians late in the day. The rules prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways is also banned, along with washing vehicles...

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Matthew Hedger
07/13/2014 11:17 AM
Sometimes change can be good. It can be necessary.

But...is this the future you envisioned for your Amador County way of life?

Excavation and construction are already underway for the building of a Dollar General Store on the corner of Ridge Road and State Highway 88 in Pine Grove.

Dollar General has a long list of poor marks in their aggressive history. According to www.247WallSt.com they are rated the 4th worst employer in the United States.

Dollar General’s property development is handled by Cross Development. This...

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