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1 week ago

The head of the Small Business Administration and the chairperson of the National Credit Union Administration Board have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to invest in America’s entrepreneurial potential by expanding the accessibility of small dollar SBA loans from credit unions. By partnering together, the two groups will be able to increase awareness about SBA’s loan programs for credit unions and the NCUA.

“A unique aspect of the SBA and NCUA partnership is that SBA small dollar loans do not count against credit unions’...

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1 week ago

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will consider lowering the excise tax rate for gasoline by $0.075 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 during its February 24, 2015 meeting in Culver City.

Since 2010, the “fuel tax swap” law has required the Board to adjust this tax rate by March 1 of each year. If adopted, between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the excise tax rate on gasoline will be $0.285 per gallon. The current excise tax rate of $0.36 is in effect until June 30, 2015.

The excise tax on gasoline pays for public road...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

By Ed Cabrera

In the wake of a growing movement to rein in sugary drink consumption and unprecedented evidence tying these beverages to California’s skyrocketing diabetes and obesity rates, Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week introduced landmark legislation requiring safety warning labels on sugary drinks.

“Given the rock solid scientific evidence showing the dangers of sugary beverages, the state of California has a responsibility to inform consumers about products proven to be harmful to the public’s health,”...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
1 week ago

Missing Woman Found Safe

An Amador County woman reported missing Thursday, Feb. 12 was found safe later in the evening. According to reports, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 9:30 p.m. reporting Hedy Thompson as a missing person.

Thompson was last seen at her residence in the Willow Creek area around 7:30 p.m. Thompson reportedly left her home driving her Toyota pick up.

Thompson, 75, suffers from various medical conditions and had left her residence without her medications. Her family was concerned she...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
The State of California’s Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT) will hold a series of public meetings beginning today and continuing in March to provide the public with information on the Team’s proposed work, and to invite public comment. Established last year following recommendations made in the 2014 update to the Assembly Bill 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan, the FCAT is composed of a broad range of state and federal agencies with responsibilities for forests and related natural resources. Local governments also are represented on... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The Amador Water Agency is moving quickly to construct a major water conservation project – a raw water pipeline – paid for by the California Dept. of Water Resources to the tune of $5,126,560.

The Small Diameter Raw Water Pipeline Project will replace 18 miles of the open, unlined Amador Canal from New York Ranch Reservoir to Lake Tabeaud with a 6- to l2-inch diameter pipeline, reducing water loss, improving water supply reliability and protecting water quality for raw water users. The water agency has less than two years to meet...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
The Jackson City Council worked through a number of items at their meeting Monday night. The council approved the environmental review for replacement of the Pitt Street bridge. Construction on the project, which will replace the historic bridge that connects Pitt Street to Highway 88, is not expected to begin for several more years. The council also received a report on the city’s mid-year budget. The news was generally positive, with property tax revenue up for the first time in five years, but sales taxes collected in December... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

The Affordable Care Act is bringing several changes to the tax filing season this year, including a new form some taxpayers will receive. If a taxpayer or anyone in their household is enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, they’ll get Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.

Taxpayers will receive Form 1095-A from the Marketplace where they purchased their coverage, not the IRS. This form should arrive in the mail from their Marketplace by early February. They should wait to receive...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Amador High School student Daniel Savoie, right, was honored with an "A" Block letter, presented by Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At this week’s Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting, Amador High School student Daniel Savoie was honored with an “A” Block Letter for community service, with a total of 226 hours of community service. Savoie commented that he enjoyed working with Amador STARS.

Principal Butch Wagner and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti addressed the board concerning the restructuring of Independence High School, North Star Independent Study and County...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
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A survey on homelessness was recently conducted simultaneously in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.

The Point In Time Homeless count, which took place on Wednesday, January 28, resembled a “snapshot of the day” to determine a more accurate number of the homeless population in our community and understand their specific issues and needs. For this Tri-County homeless count, volunteers were asked to conduct surveys at various locations where homeless people may be found including food banks, churches, community...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
The debate on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries and whether or not to ban completely the cultivation of the weed was a burning topic at the regular Ione City Council meeting Tuesday. The council examined two proposals to either ban or allow some pot sales within city limits. While voters in California approved legalization, recent court cases have established the rights of cities to regulate or even ban outright, businesses that sell the drug. Amador County, Plymouth and Sutter Creek have all passed bans on medical pot sales.... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Congressman Tom McClintock will host an open house at the new district office in Roseville. Mr. McClintock and staff will be on hand to greet constituents. Event information:

District Office Open House, February 9, 2015 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 2200A Douglas Blvd, Suite 240, Roseville.

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Matthew Hedger
01/29/2015 7:57 AM

A supervisorial discussion Tuesday about Assembly Bill 142, which seeks to modify the rules regarding state “Wild and Scenic” status for a portion of the Mokelumne River by mandating a study before any status changes could be implemented, helped to underscore notable political differences between four longstanding supervisors and the newest member of the board, Lynn Morgan.

Morgan, in just her third meeting, made a motion to table the discussion about AB 142 until a later date.

“I’d like to propose a motion that we delay taking an...

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Guest Commentator
01/29/2015 7:40 AM

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with...

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John Tuttle
01/22/2015 6:21 AM

Congressman Tom McClintock has been appointed Chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee for the 114th Congress. McClintock has served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee since 2009, most recently chairing the Subcommittee on Water and Power.

“The sound and rational management of our public lands to promote healthy forests and healthy local economies will be a top priority of the subcommittee, along with restoring access and enjoyment of these national treasures to their rightful owners...

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Via Press Release
01/22/2015 10:14 AM

The Eldorado National Forest plans to fill approximately 35 seasonal wildland firefighter positions for a temporary appointment that will run approximately May through November 2015. The online application for these jobs will only be open for one week from Tuesday, January 27, 2015 through Monday, February 2, 2015. Fire staff from the forest are available to answer questions about the application process which involves submitting an online application and a resume through the national USAjobs website.

The various positions opening...

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Tessa Marguerite
01/16/2015 10:24 AM
New employees Storey-ellen Mack and Dalacie Blankenship. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At the Jackson City Council meeting on January 12, 2015 the council began with the introduction and swearing-in of two new employees: Accounting Assistant III Storey-ellen Mack and Accounting Manager Dalacie Blankenship.

The late Captain Tremaine was honored with a moment of silence by all present. On the day of his funeral, his casket was transported to Daneri Mortuary in the Jackson Fire Department’s Studebaker.

The first and main concern on the discussion calendar, was the Parking Meter Study Report. Mayor Pat Crew...

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John Tuttle
01/16/2015 11:01 AM

Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks: lawyers, accountants, scientists and engineers, to name a few. Today, however, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise.

Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to...

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Via Press Release
01/12/2015 10:42 AM

A Public Open House to discuss the King Fire Restoration Project will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at the Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A presentation on the Proposed Action will be followed by questions and answers with the planning team, and an opportunity to talk to specialists about specific aspects of the project including fuel reduction, tree salvage, reforestation, wildlife, watershed protection, and research.

The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an...

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Via Press Release
01/09/2015 10:23 AM

Upcounry Community Council will host its first meeting of 2015 and invites Upcountry residents to attent. The meeting will be held on Monday, Jan 12, at 6 p.m., at Veteran’s Hall, located on Buckhorn Ridge Road, next to Pioneer Park, in Pioneer. The special speaker will be Nina Machado, Executive Director for First 5 Amador, who will present a new Amador County Community Assessment Report.

The last assessment was completed in 2006. Data collected for the assessment covers all ages with topics ranging from the number of births,...

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