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1 week ago
Eldorado National Forest officials have scheduled three public meetings to discuss a process for determining maintenance of the forest’s road system. A meeting regarding the draft travel analysis report will be held in Amador County on August 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Amador County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Chamber, 810 Court Street, Jackson. “It is very important that the public understands that I will not be closing roads or adding roads with this process,” commented Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree in a... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

The Ione City Council voted on a number of items at their meeting this week. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the city’s rules reguarding dog licensing and control.

The ordinance sets rules for licensing, vaccinations and barking dogs. The council approved a one year extension of the contract for Coast Engineering, who provide city engineering services for Ione. Council-member Ron Smylie proposed a six-month extension, but the motion died from a lack of a second. The one year extension then passed...

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1 week ago
Congressman Tom McClintock. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

There will be a town hall meeting in Ione on Wednesday, August 26, at 6 p.m. to discuss important issues facing our nation. Issues to be discussed include: the recent agreement with Iran, drought and the economy.

The meeting will be held at Ione City Hall, at 1 East Main Street. Congressman Tom McClintock writes, “I would appreciate the opportunity to hear from you at this event and encourage you to write, email or call with your thoughts, questions and concerns.” If you are unable to attend, you may submit any questions to the...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
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The Sutter Creek City Council worked on various matters of city-related business at their meeting Monday night.

The council approved a measure to record delinquent sewer bills onto the county tax rolls. All bills that were overdue at the start of the year will now be collected with this year’s property taxes. Upwards of forty customers, who owe the city a total of a little more than $18,000, will be affected. This marks the second year the city has placed overdue bills on the tax rolls, after passing a new ordinance that allows the...

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1 week ago
The Amador County Peace Officer’s Association is seeking nominations for Peace Officer and Citizen of the Year for 2015. Any nominations should include a brief statement to support the nomination. Please submit nominations to the ACPOA, care of the Awards Committee, at P.O. Box 1632 Sutter Creek, CA 95685-1632. Submissions must be received on or before October 7. The Awards Committee will be selecting this year’s winner at our October 8 meeting. The Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall in Martell, Saturday, November... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

The City of Sutter Creek recently received a request for a rate increase from its franchise waste hauler, Aces Waste Services. I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain how the rate adjustment process works, and give some perspective on the current rate adjustment request.

Aces waste collection & disposal rates — called refuse rates — were first established in 2009 through a competitive bidding process. Since then, refuse rates were supposed to be adjusted periodically according to a formula that sets rates at the cost...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

The Jackson City Council dealt with a number of items on its agenda at its meeting Monday night.

The council gave final approval for a smoking ban at all city parks. The smoking band was the result of lobbying from the Amador Youth Coalition, which drafted the ordinance, collected cigarette waste at play areas at city parks, and presented the collected waste. The council voted 5-0 to approve the ban, which includes e-cigarettes and vapor devices. The ordinance takes effect in thirty days.

The council approved awarding a...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
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The Amador County Planning Commission approved a pair of applications at its meeting Tuesday night.

The commission approved an expansion of an existing communications tower in Kirkwood. The tower, originally constructed by Volcano Television will be raised from forty to sixty feet high and add cell phone antennas and a microwave dish. The applicant, Verizon Wireless, expects the upgrade to both improve the cell coverage in the Kirkwood area and enable features such as internet data connections for phones in the region.

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
The Jackson City Council will consider a new mural project for the city. Vice Mayor Keith Sweet has initiated a new mural project, this one on the long concrete wall at Tressler’s Service Station at the intersection of Highway 88 and 49. Working with the Amador Arts Council, officials have sent out a request for proposals from local artists and put a price tag of $25,000 on a mural that would cover the 128 feet long by 17 feet high wall. The money would come mostly from private donations, but there is a request to cover the rest with... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
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The proposed store would be at the corner of Highway 88 and Meadow Vista Drive

The Amador County Board of Supervisors heard an update on the County review of the closely-watched proposed Dollar General Store in Pioneer at their meeting on Tuesday.

County Planning Director Susan Grijalva gave the report, saying that the Dollar General proponents had applied for a building permit, an encroachment permit to connect a new driveway to the county road and had submitted a traffic study, all in mid-July.

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Amador County Superintendent of Education, Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador School Board has voted to set the salary of County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock, even as efforts continue to recall him from office.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Amador School Board of Directors voted to pay Glock $36,000 per year for his services as County Superintendent of Education. The reasoning for this amount, as explained by Board President Wally Upper is that the County Office of Education budget is 25 percent of the School District Budget and that Glock should receive 25 percent of what he made...

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3 weeks ago
Amador Water Agency’s Brian Bates works on extending a water main through Ione’s Howard Park for a new fire hydrant at Evelyn Bishop Hall. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Ione’s Evelyn Bishop Hall in Howard Park now has additional fire protection, thanks to a new fire hydrant installed last month.

The project is part of an on-going effort by the Amador Water Agency to upgrade fire protection throughout the county.

Working with the Ione Fire Dept. and area fire protection districts, AWA employees have performed preventative maintenance, repairs, and have installed two new hydrants in Ione in recent months.

AWA construction crews tapped into a 16-inch water main at the entrance of Howard Park...

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3 weeks ago

Tony Herrin, 36, resident of Reno, Nevada, was sentenced July 29 by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to two years and nine months in prison and restitution of $411,333 for theft of government property, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Herrin worked as a civilian employee at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong. As part of his job responsibilities, Herrin received, catalogued, and inventoried military equipment returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Herrin worked in the...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Ione City Council meeting Tuesday, August 4. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Ione City Council worked on a number of issues at its meeting on Tuesday night, including a train donation, council protocol and a special property tax.

The council debated whether to accept the donation of a train engine to be housed at the city’s train depot site. The engine, a Plymouth Diesel Locomotive, is losing its home at the city of Folsom Yard. Members of the council and public discussed whether taking the train would cost the city any money, if there was room available to the engine, and how useful as a display...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

The Plymouth City Council quickly moved through its agenda at a special meeting called last Thursday Night, July 30.

The council has approved in concept a deal where the city will sell it allocation of Consumnes River water to the Omochumen-Hartnell Water District, which serves an area between Rancho Murieta and Elk Grove in rural Southwest Sacramento County. The city would use the money generated to repair and maintain the Arroyo Ditch, while the water district would use the water for groundwater recharge and pre-wetting of the...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
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Management of the city’s police force was the central topic of discussion at the Sutter Creek City Council meeting Monday night.

The council discussed both how the city would go about selecting a new police chief and potential policy changes that could be made both before and after the new chief was hired. One policy that won the support of the council member was the concept of a “working chief” that would help to cover patrol shifts. In order to maintain 24-hour coverage with limited staff, Sutter Creek police run up almost...

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3 weeks ago

John Derek Gitmed, 53, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Gitmed, along with his ex-wife, Holly Gitmed, 39, of Riverbank, his daughter Felicia Gitmed, 24, of Los Angeles, and his nephew Anthony Pollino, 37, of Los Angeles, conspired to obtain counterfeit copies of the erectile-dysfunction drugs Viagra®, Cialis® and Levitra®, along with their packaging, and sell them to consumers throughout California...

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John Tuttle
07/30/2015 10:57 AM
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The State of California’s Employment Training Panel today approved a contract through its veterans’ program for $199,050 to train and place in jobs 75 unemployed veterans. The program provides veterans with the skills needed to enter the workforce and improves opportunities for advancement in high wage, secure jobs. Since its inception in 2008 as a pilot program, more than 650 veterans have received workforce training through the program.

Veterans who have served on active full-time duty in the Armed Forces and were honorably...

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Craig Baracco
07/30/2015 10:56 AM
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The Jackson City Council has approved a new program to allow high school students to train as firefighters with the city’s fire department. At their meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve a Regional Occupation Program, which will place students alongside Jackson fire personnel in order to provide job experience and skills for students interested in careers in firefighting, emergency medicine or public safety. The program will last for the school year and focus on granting entry-level skill certification for participants.... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
07/30/2015 10:50 AM

Petition requesting Governor Brown’s veto of AB 652

By John Gedney

A final tally at the Amador County Fair revealed a total of 336 signatures. That number has been far surpassed by the online petition that began on Monday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, in just a day and a half, we have received over 1,000 signatures and the number continues to grow. Along with the signatures, people have also left hundreds of comments - all strongly united against AB 652.

If you’ve already sent in a veto request letter from your agency —...

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