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Eric Winslow
2 days ago
A sign outside the Health and Human Services building on Conductor Boulevard offers a warning to those who would inquire about its many problems. Photo by Eric Winslow
Although more than a month has passed since the tardy release of the Amador County Grand Jury's special investigation into controversial issues surrounding the Health and Human Services building on Conductor Boulevard in Sutter Creek, the document continues to generate questions and concerns from the public about the dozens of discrepancies and anomalies discovered in the 19 Findings which the Grand Jury's investigation produced. While the County Board of Supervisors did issue an initial response to the report at their meeting on... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
1 week ago

The public can now own a piece of Jackson history, as the Jackson City Council has voted to sell off some 200 surplus parking meters.

At their meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve the sale of the meters, which have been in storage since the council decided to end metered parking in the city and voted to remove the meters from various locations around downtown Jackson. The removal of meters last year finally ended a long-running city debate on whether to charge for parking. At various times over the years, the parking...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

At a special meeting June 30, the Ione City Council approved a new city budget one day before the new fiscal year began.

The approved budget document outlines total budget revenues of $6.5 million and expenditures of $5.4 million. The city’s General Fund will take in just under $2 million, down $150,000 from last year, with the budget currently showing a General Fund deficit in the range of just over $100,000. The Ione Police Department is the largest expense in the General Fund, receiving $830,000. Parks and Recreation will...

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Greta McElroy
1 week 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.

Parties interested in filing papers of candidacy for elected offices must obtain and file Declaration of Candidacy packets between July 18 and August 12 with the Registrar of Voters. If the office is a paid position, a non-refundable filing fee is due at the time of filing.

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Shawn Bertero is sworn in as a new Sutter Creek Police Cadet by his mother, City Clerk Karen Darrow. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

On Monday night, the Sutter Creek City Council approved the city budget for the year and put the final administrative touches on the Sutter Hill Road realignment project.

Across all funds, the City of Sutter Creek will spend $3.3 million and run a total surplus of just under $200,000. The council approved a budget that takes in and spends a little over $1.7 million from the city’s General fund, an increase of 4.5 percent from the year before. Of that amount, $960,000 will be spent on the Sutter Creek Police Department, $141,000 on...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
US Congressman Tom McClintock, whose 4th Congressional District includes all of Amador and other Foothill counties, came to Sutter Creek and Jackson last Thursday to meet with constituents and discuss politics. McClintock held an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Mel & Faye’s in Jackson, and addressed a town hall meeting at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Creek. At both meetings, McClintock took questions from the public and discussed various Federal policy issues. McClintock, who serves on the Natural Resources Committee... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
The Barona Tribal Council. Photo courtesy to the Barona Band of Mission Indians

Though Governor Jerry Brown announced his approval of Class III Gaming Compacts with several Native American tribes on June 29, Amador County officials have decided to continue a legal battle they mounted over a decade ago against the attempt by the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me Wuk Indians to build an entertainment center on its 67.5-acre parcel of land on Coal Mine Road, in Jackson Valley, near Ione. The proposed casino would include gaming tables, slot machines and four dining facilities.

In spite of having spent nearly $2...

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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.

Open positions on the ballot for November 8, 2016

Jackson

Councilmember Wayne Garibaldi Incumbent

Councilmember Keith Sweet Incumbent

Councilmember Marilyn Lewis Incumbent

City Clerk Gisele Wurzburger

Sutter Creek

Councilmember Tim Murphy...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
The long fight over the Amador Canal small diameter pipeline moved before the Amador County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The controversial project of the Amador Water Agency, which would replace the Gold Rush-era ditch that runs between Lake Tabeaud and Sutter Hill and that provides water for the cities of Amador County with a ten-inch pipeline. The project is in political jeopardy, with the AWA Board of Directors voting 3-2 to abandon the project earlier this month, and then deadlocking on votes for further action on the... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

The Amador County School Board has begun to formulate its official response to the just-released Grand Jury Report, but board member Bob Laurent is already highly critical of the Grand Jury and its investigation.

Speaking during board member reports at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Laurent recited a long list of issues he had with the Grand Jury report process, saying that it didn’t appear that the Grand Jury members seemed at all familiar with how the school board conducted its business. Laurent called many of the...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

The City of Jackson’s City Council moved through a number of issues at Monday’s meeting.

The council approved a first reading of a revised ordnance governing signs in the city, drafted in response to a recent Supreme Court case, Reed vs Town of Gilbert. The ruling in that case struck down regulations on a church’s sign and greatly increased free-speech protections for non-commercial signs. The new city ordinance reflects this new legal environment, and has much more limited rules for signs that have a non-commercial message, such...

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John Tuttle
06/23/2016 11:40 AM
The Final Environmental Impact Report for Amador County’s update of its General Plan and the proposed Final General Plan are now available. The documents may be viewed by interested parties and agencies during normal business hours at: Amador County Planning Department, 810 Court Street, Jackson; Main Branch (Jackson) of the Amador County Library, 530 Sutter Street, Jackson; Ione Branch of the Amador County Library, 25 Main Street, Ione; Pine Grove Branch of the Amador County Library, 19889 Hwy 88, Pine Grove; Pioneer Branch of the... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
06/23/2016 11:37 AM

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.

One last question (for this election, at least) and some observations.

Q. If I didn’t vote in the Primary Election, but was eligible, will I still be able to vote in November?

A. Yes, you are eligible to vote in the November General Election, on November 8, no matter if you...

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Eric Winslow
06/23/2016 10:56 AM
State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R) took 63.5 percent of the County's votes.
The following are the updated results of the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election in Amador County. The run date of these results from the County Election Office was June 17. Fifty-nine precincts were counted. Of the county's 20,924 registered voters, actual ballots that were cast amounted to 12,836. Just under half of these votes came from registered Republicans; just over two-fifths from Democrats. The rest derived from voters registered with other parties or from unaffiliated citizens. The percentage of the county's... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
06/16/2016 12:30 PM

The City of Jackson has adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Jackson City Council approved a spending plan for all city services from July 1, 2016 to June 30 of next year. The city’s general fund will spend a total $3,567,000 this year, down slightly from the $3.6 million spent last year. As always, the city’s police department takes the lion’s share, spending $1.5 million. Administration will cost the city $646,000 and maintenance of city streets another $367,000.

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Craig Baracco
06/16/2016 12:32 PM

The Amador County Planning Commission has voted to deny an application for a new winery tasting room in Fiddletown.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the planning commission heard an application for a new tasting room located on Ostrom Road, on the northern outskirts of Fiddletown. The Plein Air Vineyards proposal included an 1,800-square-foot winery, 800-square-foot tasting room, and eight-car parking lot. Many residents living near the project testified at the meeting to oppose the project, expressing specific concerns over traffic,...

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Craig Baracco
06/16/2016 12:57 PM

In a vote held at their meeting on Tuesday, the Amador County Board of Supervisors adopted a budget for the the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year.

All told, the budget outlines $80 million in total spending, with $38 million spent by the general fund and the rest split into various dedicated funds. Public protection, which includes the County Sheriff, Probation, jail and court system, will receive $34.4 million this coming year. $11.4 million will be spent on Public Assistance, $9.5 million on Public Ways and Facilities and $9.2...

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Craig Baracco
06/09/2016 11:43 AM
The Sutter Creek City Council worked on its annual budget, alongside other agenda items, at its meeting Monday night. Council members reviewed the details of the draft city budget for the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year. The city is projecting an increase of 4.5 percent in revenue over last year, and will be increasing spending to match, resulting in a budget that is projected to be in balance. The council discussed a number of budget details, such as the city’s pension obligations, operating costs for different city facilities, and... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
06/09/2016 10:28 AM
Pat Crew was elected to serve as Amador County Supervisor for District 1. Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie
In spite of the many anti-establishment challengers and outsider candidates to oppose incumbents in statewide and county elections this year, on Tuesday, June 8, most contests eventuated in victories for establishment and currently seated candidates at all levels of public service. Call them naive, but many voters held out hopes that positions in the upper spheres of the national and state levels, as well as slots in races closer to home, could be filed by their respective favorite, who would upset entrenched political thinking and... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
06/09/2016 11:49 AM

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.

This is the time of year that I remember what the true meaning of “the morning after” really is. Today is Wednesday, the day after the election, and we are all back here working away on all the many remaining tasks we will be doing during the 28 days it will take us to finalize the...

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