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Matthew Hedger
1 hour ago

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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John Tuttle
1 hour ago
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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Via Press Release
4 days ago

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
1 week ago
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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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago

Amador Superior Court Steve Hermanson has today issued an injunction that will temporarily halt construction at a site in Pine Grove where Georgia-based Dollar General Corporation began construction of a new store earlier this month.

The complaint, filed Nov. 6 by a Stockton-based lawyer against Amador County on behalf of a group calling itself the Pine Grove Business Alliance, challenges the adequacy of California Environmental Quality Act impact reports previously approved by the Amador County Board of Supervisors.

The injunction...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Jose Ramirez, a retired New York police officer and ultra-fit triathlete, is an unlikely victim. But last December in Cancun, Mexico, after completing an Ironman competition, he was tricked into believing his life was in danger. Like an increasing number of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border, Ramirez was the target of an extortion scheme known as virtual kidnapping.

Unlike traditional abductions, virtual kidnappers do not intend to physically detain their victims. Instead, through various deceptions and threats of violence,...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Lynn Morgan

Upcountry candidate Lynn Morgan has been successful in her bid to become the latest Supervisor of District 3 in Amador County, besting long-time county fixture Ted Novelli by a vote of 945 to 868.

In the race for Ione City Council, where three seats were on the ballot, incumbent Ron Smylie was the top vote getter with 519. Dan Epperson will also retain his seat on the board, with 499 voters reaffirming their support, and candidate Dominic Atlan was the third choice of Ione voters, garnering 475 votes. Incumbent Lloyd Oneto will step...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Mike Daly, Jackson City Manager, struck two pedestrians in an intersection on Main Street, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

On October 8, a claim was submitted to the mayor and members of Jackson City Council on behalf of Allan and Shirley Cuzen, pertaining to an incident in which City Manager Mike Daly struck two pedestrians who were walking in a marked crosswalk. Although Daly was not in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the accident, the claim has been directed against the City of Jackson.

According to Daly and the Jackson Police Department report, Daly was driving his personal vehicle northbound on Main Street, in Jackson,...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Callaway Unseated In Calaveras Race

Results are in for a number of local elections in Calaveras County. In county supervisor district 3, Michael Oliveira finished ahead of incumbent Merita Callaway by 74 votes, 1,591 to 1,517. In the district 5 county supervisor race, Steven Kearney defeated Martha "Marti" Crane by 1,314 votes to 997. In the race for Angles Camp City Council, Scott Behiel and Amanda Folendorf won the two available seats with 613 and 549 votes, respectively, while Scott Kelly placed third with 490 votes. In the...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Incumbents Ron Smylie and Dan Epperson will retain their seats on the Ione City Council. Candidate Dominic Atlan will also take a seat on the dais in January. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Bob Laurent received 597 votes, besting Gwendolyn K. Christeson's 580 votes, and Susan (Sue) Green's 468. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Sutter Creek City Council member Jim Swift will retain his seat in town government after garnering 400 votes. Andrea Sexton will take a seat on the dais after receiving 342 votes and beating incumbent Linda Rianda, who received 332. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
As of 9:49 p.m., with 100 percent of the precincts counted, Lynn Morgan has won the day to become the newest Amador County Supervisor, with 945 votes over incumbent Ted Novelli's 868. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

As of 8:02 p.m., Nov. 4, Amador County District 3 candidate Lynn Morgan leads the voting with 551 ballots cast in her favor over incumbent Ted Novelli's 423. The Amador County Elections Office reports 31 of 61 precincts have been counted, accounting for 50.82 percent of the vote.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

As of 8:02 p.m., the Amador County Elections Office is reporting incumbent Dan Epperson, candidate Dominic Atlan and incombent Ron Smylie are the top vote getters in early returns, with 292, 288 and 266 votes, respectively.

Stay tuned for updates as they are made available.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
As of 8:02 p.m. on Election Day, incumbent Jim Swift leads the vote count for one of the two seats up for grabs on the Sutter Creek council with 221, with 50 percent of the vote counted. Incumbent Linda Rianda has 193 votes in early returns, and challenger Andrea Sexton has 182 votes. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
In the race for Amador County Unified School District Area 3 Trustee, only five votes separated the top two candidates in the earliest returns posted at 8:02 p.m.by the Amador County Elections Office. Gwendolyn K. Christeson leads the way, with 315 votes, while Bob Laurent currently has 310. Susan (Sue) Green is a distant third with 264 votes. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
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As we head to the polls tomorrow and with many races being too close to call, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters. This report comes on the heels of a previous report, 2014’s Most and Least Politically Engaged States.

We did so in order to point out the growing disparities between voters’ influence across state lines as well as to spark a conversation on whether it’s time to change the current voting system.

States with...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions of dollars to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Steve Rothert, California director at American Rivers.org, says it's been decades since the state made significant investments in water systems - both natural and man-made. Whether it's rivers and wetlands or a dam, he says the state’s water systems are all in need of... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

In an era when millions of dollars are being spent at the last minute in an attempt to sway voters on the state and national political stages, surprisingly few — and in some cases even zero — dollars are being reported as spent on local races for school board trustee and city council races.

In Amador County, the biggest spenders seem to be Lynn Morgan and Ted Novelli, who are both vying for the District 3 seat on the Amador County Board of Supervisors, a chair currently occupied by Novelli.

For the period between October 1 and 18,...

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