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Craig Baracco
5 days ago

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
5 days ago

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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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago
Louis and Chris Boitano live in the old Boitano family home in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick
This is the sixth and final interview of this year’s candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The first five, with Pat Crew, Gwen Clayton, Amber Hoiska, Frank Axe and Richard Forster, were conducted by the Ledger Dispatch’s prolific interviewer, Brent Parsons. Ancient differences of opinion led to Louis Boitano’s request to be interviewed by me, rather than Brent. I’ll readily admit that I’m no Brent Parsons when it comes to interviews, and certainly no Barbara Walters, asking all the painful questions about... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Bob Derlet in the Kersarge Pass of the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Robert Derlet
The 4th congressional district includes parts of the Sierra Nevada like Alpine, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Tuolumne and, of course, Amador counties - as well as parts of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties. Traditionally, the voters of this mostly rural region have consisted of rock-ribbed Republicans and committed conservatives, and this has never been truer since redistricting re-drew some key voter lines back in 2011. Could anybody do a better job, you might ask, in representing such a demographic than someone like... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
Residential burn permits will be required beginning Sunday, May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allow for the burning of dry landscape vegetation (not household trash) that originates from the landowner’s property. Free permits can be picked up at most local, staffed fire stations. “This winter’s rainfall was not enough to end the drought,” said CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin. “Fire danger is still very high due to increased tree... [Read more]
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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. What are the Who, What and How of being a poll worker?

The Who is very easy. They are you, your neighbors and often the people you see at the post office, the grocery store and all around town. Technically, a poll worker must be at least 18, a resident of California, and a...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Plymouth City Council met last Thursday, April 14, to discuss, among other topics, the appointment of a new council member.

Council member Greg Baldwin resigned from the Plymouth City Council, effective April 1. Formerly on the Plymouth Planning Commission, Baldwin served on the city council for 12 years, including one year as mayor. The Council approved a resolution honoring him for his service. The council has elected to appoint a replacement to serve out the rest of Baldwin’s term, which will run until the November...

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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
Supervisor candidates at the forum were, from left, Frank Axe, Louis Boitano, Gwen Clayton and Pat Crew. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons

One supervisor, one shoo-in, and two vying to replace the participating incumbent answered questions Wednesday night in the Pine Grove Community Building. The well-attended forum, moderated by KVGC’s Jim Guidi, went 40 minutes into overtime. It could have kept going, as the at-least-100-person audience seemed engaged and would have stayed. But it had to end, because I had to put an 11th-hour story together. My editor was holding the presses.

The evening began with a format description — opening statements, a round of prepared...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Reporter Craig Baracco and three law enforcement personnel were the only people in the audience at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
At their meeting Monday night, the Sutter Creek City Council approved a contract for the Amador County Sheriff’s Department to provide part-time police chief services to the city. The role will be filled by Sheriff Captain Gary Redman, who will work as Sutter Creek Police Chief twenty hours a week, splitting his time with the Sheriff’s Department. The City of Sutter Creek will pay the Sheriff’s Department $82.50 an hour for Redman’s services. The contract is intended as an interim measure, and is scheduled to run for six months. City... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Frank Axe. ALD photo by Brent Parsons

On Sunday, April 24, District 4 Supervisor Candidate Frank Axe will attend a free meet-and-greet event at the home of Floy Salyer-Goulart, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and meet Frank, ask questions, enjoy delicious brunch fare and mimosas, and discuss their ideas and concerns related to District 4 and Amador County.

“I’m learning a lot from local voters as I walk the district,” Frank said in announcing the event. “I look forward to having time to talk with local residents in the beautiful atmosphere of...

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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.

These are the four top questions we’ve been getting at the Elections Office, along with our answers:

Q. How long do I have to either register or re-register to vote in June?

A. All registrations must be postmarked or in the Elections Office by 5 p.m. on May 23, 2016 which is 15...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Mark Belden. Photo courtesy to ALD

I am a candidate for the State Assembly because I understand the particular rural needs of our area of California. I will support legislation and policies that better suit the needs of my constituents with “common sense” legislation.

Our elected representatives must be the voice of the people, not political parties or special interest groups whose sole purpose is to expand their ideology. Making public policy is not easy. It should not be. It should take into consideration the desires of all constituents as best as possible. ...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) re-issued a health advisory reminding individuals to avoid eating recreationally harvested razor clams along Humboldt and Del Norte county beaches due to elevated domoic acid levels. This advisory was followed by a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to close the recreational razor clam fishery in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

The OEHHA recommendation has prompted an emergency...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
Amador County Superior Court Judge Renee Day. Photo courtesy to th Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Upcountry Community Council this week hosted guest speaker Renee C. Day, the newest judge appointed to the Amador County Superior Court. At the April 11 meeting, Day first explained a little bit of her own history. Before her appointment as an Amador County Superior Court judge, she worked in private practice in Placerville, where she focused on family law and often served as a child advocate and court-appointed attorney for children in Amador and El Dorado counties. In January 2014, she was appointed as child support commissioner... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

The Jackson City Council discussed a number of new policies for the city at their meeting Monday night.

The council discussed moving responsibility for both water and sewer bills to property owners. Under current city policy, renters in the city receive water bills, while all sewer bills go directly to property owners. With the city moving to variable sewer rates based on water usage, it makes sense administratively to link the two types of bills administratively. It is also believed that having owners, rather that renters,...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

On Tuesday, Assembly Bill 2012, by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), advanced out of the California State Assembly, by a 73-to-0 vote.

AB 2012 authorizes boards of supervisors in specific counties to authorize the county sheriff or county director of corrections to create a Jail Industry Authority. The Jail Industry Authority’s main objective would be to transform county jails into productive work places, by encouraging inmates to learn skills, gain work ethic, continue good behavior and reduce idleness, while providing...

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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
Candidate Axe. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Frank Axe continued his career with Johnson & Johnson in La Jolla, where he developed the company’s computer-aided drug design group. He led a research team that discovered pharmaceutical compounds, which advanced to human clinical trials. He is credited as co-inventor on 15 patent drug applications. In 2005, Kathy and Frank left Southern California to settle near Surrey Junction on lower upper Ridge Road in Amador County. I wondered why they chose this wonderful place. Frank said that he and Kathy skied at Kirkwood when they lived... [Read more]
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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.

Q. What is the expected voter turnout for the June 7 Primary Election?

A. Primaries are often low-turnout elections, but 2016 may be a record-breaker. We, in the election world, think that this year may be very large indeed — so large, in fact, that the Secretary of State, Alex...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

At their meeting Tuesday, the Amador County Board of Supervisors voted to increase their salaries, the first such increase in eight years.

Currently, Amador County Supervisors are paid 35 percent of what a California Superior Court Judge made in 2008. The board has forgone any cost-of-living increases for the last eight years, due to the budget crunch brought about by the economic downturn. The measure approved Tuesday sets the Supervisors’ salaries at 35 percent of the current pay of a Superior Court Judge, an increase of about...

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Marilyn Nutter
3 weeks ago
District 2 challenger Amber Hoiska joins District 4 challenger Frank Axe in a lighter moment at the forum. Photo courtesy of Doug Hardy

Last Thursday, at Thomi’s Banquet Room, in Jackson, Amador County’s Progressive Women’s Committee hosted a forum for candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. Of six candidates vying for the seats, three participated in the forum: Pat Crew, Amber Hoiska and Frank Axe.

First up was Jackson City Council Member Pat Crew is running unopposed in District 1, where incumbent Supervisor John Plasse announced that he would not seek reelection. Pat told the audience that he has lived in Jackson since he was two years...

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