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Tessa Marguerite
10 hours ago
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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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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
A spate of new laws took effect Tuesday, July 1, that affect gun owners, people seeking state and local government jobs and abortion providers.

Receiving the most media attention this week is the raising of California’s minimum wage to $9 per hour, the first such increase since 2008. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum will again rise, to $10 per hour. There are some employees who are exempt from the minimum wage law: outside salespersons, apprentices working in trades governed by state indenture rules, and parents, spouses or...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
A recently-appointed U.S. Forest Supervisor is proceeding with plans to rename a landmark in the El Dorado National Forest after he decided its name — which has been on the map since the mid-1800s — was offensive to Native American people.

During the public comment period of the June 24 Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting, Amador District Ranger Rick Hopson informed the board that his boss, Laurence Crabtree, was making the “administrative decision” after conferring with the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

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Jenny Price
3 weeks ago
CEO of Amador County Fair Troy Bowers (Right), and Special Project Manager Richard Prima converse before the meeting, June 26. Photo by Tessa Marguerite

At last week’s Plymouth City Council meeting, a request was made on behalf of the Amador County Fairgrounds for an adjustment to the wastewater charge, reducing it from the present 24 EDU’s (equivalent dwelling units) to 10 EDU’s. Richard Prima, Plymouth resident and special project manager, addressed the council with information to support the request, including water system...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Highway Patrol to conduct DUI checkpoint Saturday

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Highway 49, somewhere within the city limits of Jackson, on Saturday, July 5. Amador-area CHP Acting Commander Sergeant Dan Lopez said the checkpoint will be staffed by both CHP and officers from the Jackson Police Department. “Each year, members of our community are needlessly maimed or killed on our roads,” he said. “Our goal is to insure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk...

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Via Press Release
06/26/2014 8:19 PM
During their regular meeting this week, the Amador County Board of Supervisors approved the recommended budget for 2014/15. According to reports, the budget reflects favorable allocations from the state along with County employee early retirements and a voluntary 36-hour work week. The resulting budget looks to be balanced for the coming year. In other business, the Supervisors held a long discussion regarding concerns on a loss of water flow on the Pinotti property in Sutter Creek. The Pinotti’s claim the loss was caused by... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
06/27/2014 11:57 AM
The City of Plymouth adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at it’s meeting Thursday night.The City of Plymouth will run a small deficit this year, spending $580,000 from its general fund, $27,000 more than projected revenues. The City Administrator is the City's biggest cost at $200,000. The City will spend $80,000 on Planning Services, $72,000 on Streets and $57,000 on Parks and Recreation. The City contracts with the County Sheriff for police service, which it pays for with a $100,000 annual State grant. The City's Sewer... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
06/26/2014 11:15 AM
The 2013-14 Grand Jury says Amador County officials must not have done the math when they agreed to the lease agreement for the Health and Human Services Building, in Sutter Creek.

In their report released this week, the G.J. said the $1.4 million annual cost of the lease to the county caused them to research the situation, where they “found flaws with literally every aspect of the lease negotiation process.”

From the report: “Over the course of the investigation, the Grand Jury discovered there are no written policies and...

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Matthew Hedger
06/26/2014 11:33 AM
The 2013-14 Amador County Grand Jury received nineteen complaints from citizens this year, and investigated eight of them.

Among the eight were allegations of inappropriate behavior by a single trustee and the entire ACUSD board, a synopsis of which can be found in a separate story on page…

Another complaint about the lease contract of the the county’s health and human services building was also examined in great detail, and a synopsis of which can be found on page…

The other six investigations dealt with 2 separate complaints...

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Matthew Hedger
06/26/2014 11:18 AM
Click the link below to see the full 187-page Amador County Grand Jury Final Report for 2013-14

https://www.amadorcourt.org/divisions/civil/grandjury/2013-2014_FinalReport.pdf

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Via Press Release
06/23/2014 10:42 AM
During a special meeting of the Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors last week, the board reaffirmed its opposition to Senate Bill 1199, which seeks to designate 37 miles of the Mokelumne River as "Wild and Scenic" and prevent any new dams from being built from Salt Springs Dam to Pardee Reservoir. The bill has already passed the State Senate (22-12) despite local representative Senator Tom Berryhill’s objections.

Joel Metzger, CCWD Customer Service and Community Relations Manager, says the district would only...

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Via Press Release
06/22/2014 10:14 AM
Some House Democrats joined Republicans May 29 in

objecting to a proposed EPA rule that would determine what

waters should be subject to wetland permits.

The Democrats and the Republicans said at a hearing of the House

Small Business Committee that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consider the impact of new

wetland definitions on small businesses.

The 14 Republican members of the committee asked EPA Administrator

Gina McCarthy to pull the regulations and perform an economic impact

analysis before proceeding...

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Jenny Price
06/20/2014 9:36 AM
During public comment at the Ione City Council meeting Tuesday night, Ione Fire Marshall Deborah Mackey addressed the council with a proposal that she believes could ultimately save Ione from facing any type of recongifuration by the Amador County Unified School District. Mackey has attended school board meetings for the past month and has spoken her peace at almost every one of those meetings. Her fight for the school district to remain status quo was evident in her presentation to the board on Tuesday.

Speaking about her...

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