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Jack Mitchell
3 days ago

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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Via Press Release
3 days ago
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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John Tuttle
3 days ago

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
3 days ago

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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago

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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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The Franchise Tax Board has announced it is holding more than $20 million in returned state income tax refunds.

This year nearly 47,500 refunds, ranging from $1 to $50,000, were returned by the US Postal Service. Taxpayers who moved after they filed their returns and failed to update their addresses are the main reason refunds are returned.

Taxpayers can update an address through the MyFTB Account feature on FTB’s website. Once an address is updated, FTB reissues returned refunds automatically.

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago

Amador County workers are part of what seems to be a recent trend in California, and elsewhere, to replace their labor organization, Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, with smaller and more responsive local associations of employees.

A ruling Wednesday, Nov. 20, by the Public Employment Relations Board has moved roughly 218 county workers closer to new labor union representation. The PERB is a state agency regulating and enforcing labor relation between public agencies, including Amador County, and their public...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago
Ione will soon begin the search for a new city manager. Ione mayor Dan Epperson said this week current manager Ed Pattison will resign effective mid-January. Pattison was hired in August of 2012 after serving as Calaveras County Water District Water Resources Manager for nearly eight years. While Pattison’s future plans have not been made public, it’s rumored he will take a similar position to the one he held at CCWD with a city in the valley. The search for Pattison’s replacement was scheduled to begin this week, when the Ione... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, was expected to go into effect the week of December 1, 2014. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than January 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

“My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches,” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “However, based on the weather...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

A long-awaited cleanup project scheduled to get under way this week has been postponed until March when dryer weather combined with a school holiday should make for better working conditions. The site, adjacent to Argonaut High School near the county courthouse, has long been on a government cleanup list to remove heavy metals and toxic material that accumulated there during historic mining times.

On-scene Environmental Protection Agency coordinator Dan Shane said heavy rains forecast this week necessitated the postponement.

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The California State Association of Counties recently elected Amador County Supervisor Richard Forster to serve as First Vice President of the Association for the upcoming year. He was officially sworn in November 20, at CSAC’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Orange County.

“CSAC helps guide public policy regarding water, the environment, land use and many other important issues,” said Forster. “As First Vice President, I am looking forward to working with CSAC on behalf of all 58 California counties as we try to find ways to deal with...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Amador County Treasurer-Tax collector Micheal E. Ryan is reminding property owners in the county that they have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10 to make a timely payment. If you miss that date, a 10 percent penalty will be added to the bill. Payments can be sent by mail to the Amador County Tax Collector at 810 Court Street in Jackson, or by phone or internet at the number or website listed on your bill. For more information, or if you lost your bill, you can go to amadorgov.org/tax and select public tax information. [Read more]
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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago
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County General Plan Meeting Draws Few

The first of two public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Amador County’s 2030 General Plan did not draw much comment Tuesday morning, during a special joint meeting of the Amador County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission. Only two people submitted comments both orally and in writing regarding the large document, and expressed concerns over having too many mitigation measures and on the overall general approach. This was not the last chance for interested...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago

By Seth Lipsky

Because America is crackling with constitutional cases over religious freedom, let us begin Thanksgiving morning with a reflection on the object of all this gratitude: Whom do we thank?

Is it the Indians? The Pilgrims? Nature? Fortune?

It turns out that the record is long, clear and official. It goes back to George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation, issued on Oct. 3, 1789, in New York. He called for a day of public prayer and thanksgiving — to God.

Congress, Washington noted, had requested that he...

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John Tuttle
11/21/2014 10:54 AM
Lucia Magana-Verduzco

Alleged Plymouth Robbery Perpetrator Due In Court Today

The woman arrested in connection with the attempted murder and robbery at the Far Horizons 49er Trailer Village in Plymouth will be in court today. Lucia Magana-Verduzco is still in jail on $1 million dollars bail for attempted murder, attempted robbery and other charges. She was arrested in connection with an incident at the mobile home park where two men tried to rob two other men, resulting in one of the victims being shot in the head and the other being bludgeoned....

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Matthew Hedger
11/21/2014 10:48 AM

An injunction issued last week that halted construction of a Dollar General store in Pine Grove will again be the subject of a court hearing at 2 p.m. today in an Amador County Courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson issued the injunction Nov. 14 after hearing arguments from a group calling itself the Pine Grove Business Alliance, who allege that the project violates the county’s general plan and that California Environmental Quality Act reports associated with it are faulty. Hermanson’s action temporarily halted construction...

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Via Press Release
11/17/2014 12:55 PM

The next Amador County Transportation Commission meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20, at 9 a.m., at 117 Valley View Way, in Sutter Creek.

Below is the ACTC meeting agenda. The full agenda packet can be found on the Amador County Transportation Commission's website, www.actc-amador.org, at the agenda tab.

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Tessa Marguerite
11/14/2014 10:56 AM
Members of the Preston Castle Foundation Board on the steps of the castle. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In 2001, the former Preston Catle Foundation Board obtained a 55-year leasehold interest in the Preston Castle parcel and buildings. Preston Castle Foundation Director Carol Lipchik said, “It became apparent to the current foundation board that Fee Simple Title would be required to attract large grants and Capital Funds for the total rehabilitation vision of the Preston Castle Foundation Board.”

Three years ago, the Foundation Board began “the quest for the deed.” All necessary documents and information pertaining to business...

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