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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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
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.

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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago

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
2 weeks ago

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
2 weeks ago

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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
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.

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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Craig Baracco
06/02/2016 12:49 PM
Construction is underway in Plymouth. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco.

Building and development were the main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Plymouth City Council on Thursday, May 26.

With construction underway on the Zinfandel Ridge subdivision and the city seeing its first major new housing development, the Council heard a presentation on the stages of the development process where a project moves from plans and conditions on paper, to construction in the real world. The Council discussed many features of the process, both in general and specifically how it would apply to pending...

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Guest Commentator
06/02/2016 12:50 PM
Just in time for hot weather, a bi-partisan group of California lawmakers is introducing a bill to protect those that break through vehicle windows to save animals during times of high temperatures. AB797 would create protections for good Samaritans, as long as they use breaking a window as a last resort. First, they would have to check that the car cannot be opened, that the animal is suffering or in imminent danger, that law enforcement has been contacted and that they stay with the animal until law enforcement arrives. Locally,... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
06/02/2016 12:40 PM
The Senate has passed SB 1046, a law that would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, and will send it to the Assembly for consideration. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On May 30, the California Senate unanimously approved SB 1046 by Senator Jerry Hill, which would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in California.

Currently, ignition interlocks are required in only four California counties as part of a pilot program: Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare and Sacramento.

MADD applauds Senator Hill for authoring SB 1046 and the Senate for passing the bill and sending it to the Assembly for consideration.

“MADD is grateful to the Senate for moving this life-saving bill...

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Jack Mitchell
06/02/2016 1:00 PM
Operations Manager Damon Wyckoff and General Manager Gene Mancebo of the Amador Water Agency. Photo by Eric Winslow

At its May 26, 2016 meeting, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously (4-0-1, Director Paul Molinelli absent) to declare an end to the Agency’s Stage 2 Drought Water Warning conservation restrictions in effect since April 9, 2015. In addition, the Water Shortage Surcharge approved in July, 2015 will be lifted, with no drought surcharge appearing on any water bill beginning July 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to remove these state-mandated restrictions,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “Customers are...

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Greta McElroy
06/02/2016 12:37 PM

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.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7 IS ELECTION DAY **VOTE!**

Vote by mail voters, remember that you must sign the envelope and write your address on the return envelope in order to have your ballot opened and counted. We use the written residential address as proof that you are who you say you...

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Craig Baracco
06/02/2016 12:32 PM
Voters will chose between three candidates for District 4 Supervisor in Tuesday’s election. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Craig Baracco

The June Primary Election is just days away and the latest campaign finance statements show where candidates for local office stand in the money chase.

County Supervisor for District 4 Louis Boitano has raised $5,229 in the last month for his re-election and just over $25,000 for the year. His largest recent donors are Dennis Rodman of Sutter Creek and Plasse’s Meadow Group, who each gave $500. Developer Delber Rapini donated $300. Rapini was the developer of the Pine Grove shopping center where the new Dollar General store is...

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Craig Baracco
05/26/2016 12:36 PM
High school seniors were presented with Community Service Block Letters at the School Board meeting in recognition of there dedication to serving the community. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In a sign of improving economic times, the Amador School Board has voted to lift a transportation fee for students at their meeting Wednesday night.

First implemented in the 2008-2009 fiscal year as the recession caused a massive downturn in revenue for the School District, the bus passes sold by the District would guarantee each paying student a seat on a bus route, with a standard pass costing $150 for one student for a school year. The District raised $29,000 from the fee last year and the District will make up the money from...

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Craig Baracco
05/26/2016 12:15 PM

The Amador Board of Supervisor worked on a variety of issues at their meeting on Tuesday.

The Board approved a Hazard Tree Removal plan, which outlines steps for public efforts to remove dead and dying trees in the County. Drought combined with bark beetle infestations have killed an increasing number of trees in the County, leading the Supervisors to recently declare a state of emergency over the situation.

The Supervisors also worked on the County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board approved several small...

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Craig Baracco
05/26/2016 11:04 AM

After several years of professional studies, political maneuvers and negotiations, the Jackson city council has adopted a rate increase for sewer service.

The rate increase, which will be 11 percent in the first year when it goes into effect in July, has taken a winding path to approval. The local citizens’ group Ratepayer Protection Alliance had previously attempted to block the increase through legal and procedural means, but eventually negotiated with the city to stop their opposition in exchange for changes in the rate...

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Greta McElroy
05/26/2016 12:22 PM

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. I keep seeing people in front of stores asking shoppers to sign petitions. What are they, how do they affect me, and what do you do with them?

A. Basically, there are two ways that laws are made in this state. One is through the State Legislature. The other is through the...

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Jack Mitchell
05/27/2016 8:26 AM
Amador Water Agency lifts water conservation restrictions in Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At its May 26, 2016 meeting, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously (4-0-1, Director Paul Molinelli absent) to declare an end to the Agency’s Stage 2 Drought Water Warning conservation restrictions in effect since April 9, 2015. In addition, the Water Shortage Surcharge approved in July, 2015 will be lifted, with no drought surcharge appearing on any water bill beginning July 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to remove these state-mandated restrictions,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “Customers are...

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