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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago

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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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
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The Amador County Board of Supervisors voted down a proposal to stop chain stores and businesses in the Upcountry at their meeting on Tuesday.

While the ordinance, proposed by District 3 Supervisor Lynn Morgan, could affect a number of potential businesses, it was clear the supporters of the measure intended the pending Dollar General store to be located in Pioneer. The store has applied for a county building permit. Under current rules, this does not require a public hearing for approval. It would not have been able to proceed...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago
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So-called “mystery booms” that have puzzled residents in California’s Gold Country appear to be coming from a U.S. military installation over 100 miles away in the Nevada desert.

The Hawthorne Army Depot routinely destroys obsolete munitions on weekdays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m — the period of time when many of the nearly 2,300 members of the Facebook group “Mother Lode Mystery Booms” have reported hearing the blasts.

Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College outside Sonora, said the sound coming from...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Unemployment rates are down again locally. According to the Employment Development Department, the June unemployment rate for Amador County was 6.1 percent. That number is down from 6.3 percent in May and significantly down from the 8.1 percent we saw in June of last year. In Calaveras County, the story is about the same with 6.2 percent in June, compared to 6.3 percent in May and down from 7.7 percent in June of last year. The state unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in June. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

On Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Superior Court of Amador County in Jackson, the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance withdrew its objection to the Return to Writ for the Newman Ridge Project. This action effectively closes the first 2012 lawsuit against Amador County and the Developer — Bill Bunce of El Dorado Hills, William Telishchak of Belvedere and multi-billion dollar hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, founded by billionaire and self proclaimed Environmentalist Tom Steyer, who are the landowners.

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, recently honored Arthur Bertolero as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 5th Assembly District. Bertolero served in the United States Army and is a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 108 in Amador County.

“Art served with distinction in the United States Army and has been an advocate for veterans in our communities for decades,” Assemblyman Bigelow said. “It was an honor to name Art as the 5th District’s Veteran of the Year. He is an amazing example of service and commitment to...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board), Division of Drinking Water, is issuing the Volcano Community Services District public water system a compliance order of violation of section 115555 of the California Health and Safety Code. Section 116555 requires each public water system to have a reliable supply of water to serve its customers. Because of drought conditions, the Water Board’s Division of Water Rights determined that water was not available for the Volcano Community Services District public water system’s... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
AWA Board meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Hemmed in by the State’s historic drought, state mandates and legal cases, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors have voted in a major change to their water rates, including a significant increase in water use charges.

In a crowded and lengthy special meeting called Tuesday night, the AWA Board approved a water rate surcharge to make up for lost revenue. Water conservation efforts have substantially reduced the amount of water AWA is selling, and thus decreased their revenues. The surcharge is a four-tiered system,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

ARREST LOG

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

July 14

Jackson

Shelly Blue Barron, 47, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

Kimberley Ann Barron, 48, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

July 9

7:17 a.m. Citizen Assist on Inspiration Drive in Pioneer. The caller wants to know the laws that deal with his right protect himself against the unneighborly pit bull who lives next door, and if he would be in his rights to shoot the animal.

11:32 a.m. Welfare Check at an upcountry...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Last year’s Paris themed gala to raise support for the Amador County College Foundation. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

After an initial closed session lasting about an hour, the Board of Directors of the Amador County College Foundation held their regular monthly open session on July 16. The directors welcomed the public and made introductions, then got down to the important task of discussing bank balances, bookkeeping and budgets, among other business.

A contract with Amador County Behavioral Health Services has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for $22,000 in Mental Health Services Act Funds for the ACCF’s Career Pathway in Public...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
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The council directed staff to move forward with the Proposition 218 process for an increase in trash pick-up rates for the city's franchise ACES waste services. The proposed increase is 23 percent, or about $4.09, for a typical customer who currently pays $17.27 per month. A recent study conducted by an outside consultant to the city concluded that a rate increase of 71 percent would be justified, but ACES asked for the smaller increase. The rate study, presented and discussed at the last council meeting, cost $12,500 to prepare and... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
The Amador Transmission Pipeline carries raw water from Lake Tabeaud to a storage reservoir at the AWA water treatment plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Hill, where a turbine will use the pipeline water pressure to generate renewable electricity for the Water Agency. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Contractors are starting construction on a hydroelectric generator on one of Amador Water Agency pipelines that will offset power bills at the Amador Water Agency headquarters and generate additional revenue.

A small turbine will be attached to a large Water Agency pipeline carrying raw water from Lake Tabeaud to the Tanner Water Treatment plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Hill.

The turbine will use the pipeline water flow and excess pressure at the water treatment plant to generate up to 580,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
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After lengthy, and at time contentious, discussion and public testimony, the Amador County Board of Supervisors delayed action on the proposed jail expansion for a week. The board was slated to discuss and possibly act on a mitigated negative declaration, a document which basically says if certain measures are taken there will be no environmental impacts from the project. The jail expansion project is designed to add 8,000 – 10,000 square feet of jail space onto the existing facility, plus a larger parking lot. Sheriff’s department... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
A happy group of NERDS pose for a photo at the White House. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) sent five of our Amador County youth to DC last week to work with Government Officials and leaders at the historical first ever, White House Tribal Youth Gathering. NERDS Founder Dahkota Brown and his brother Dahlton Brown, who serves as his partner at the nonprofit, were able to obtain help with planning and travel arrangements thanks to The Center for Native American Youth and a generous donation from Adam Dalton of the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians to allow the the additional... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Derek Galli present facts about fire insurance to the Upcountry Community Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

In a much calmer gathering than the last time they met, the Upcountry Community Council assembled to inform Amadorians, mostly from District 3, about current events in their area, as well as to discuss a few pressing issues regarding fire insurance and the impending threat of another Dollar General formula store coming to Pioneer.

Insurance agent Derek Galli initiated the meeting by informing the audience, consisting of about about fifty people, about the various possibilities, difficulties and ramifications of acquiring fire...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
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The Amador County Planning Commission approved a pair of new construction projects at its meeting last night.

The commission voted approval for a use permit for a new Bed and Breakfast facility on the grounds of the Wilderotter Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley. The new building will be over six thousand square feet and have five bedrooms for rent and a manager’s quarters. The B&B will also host up to twelve weddings a year, each with up to 125 guests. The Bed and Breakfast will be in addition to the tasting room and wine-making...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Amador County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock has taken legal action against the County Board of Education, seeking to increase his salary, and has sent the legal bill for the law firm representing him in the matter to the County Office of Education.

Glock filed in Amador Superior Court on July 10 for a Writ of Mandate, seeking to increase his salary as Superintendent of Education. A writ of Mandate is a legal term for a court order instructing a government official or agency to take a certain action. Responding to a...

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