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6 days ago
In 1990, having just recently moved into Amador County, my family went to an event called The Great Sutter Creek Duck Races. It turned out to be a fantastic, family-oriented weekend of food, fun, games, prizes, duck races, duckling races, foot races, search-and-rescue demonstrations and much more. One of my sons even won a bicycle. This was a great introduction to what a small county and small community could really be. From then on, our extended family went every year to the event. One year, I even won a prize in the final race. I... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

According to 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists, global climate change is here. Major corporations agree and are working to minimize the negative effects of climate change on the economy. Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank are two prominent international financial institutions that are transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Wells Fargo and Bank of America have recognized that the world economy needs to become more carbon-neutral and have invested billions in companies working towards this goal.

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2 weeks ago

On behalf of the entire Dalton family, we are saddened by the recent loss of our dear friend of many years, Mr. Jack Thomas. Jack will always be one of the greatest and most memorable men that Amador County ever produced. He was a good friend of my late father, Earl Dalton Sr., who always spoke highly of both Jack and Larry Thomas and admired them for their impressive logging trucks. My father drove a logging truck for most of his life as well and throughout the years our families became very closely bonded.

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

Have you recently enrolled in Medicare, or will you in the near future?

If so, let me be the first to say, welcome! What should your first step be as a new Medicare beneficiary? I recommend taking advantage of the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive-care benefit.

During the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your doctor. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health. Your doctor will also offer education and counseling...

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2 weeks ago
Editor’s note: more than 1,000 bicyclists from the Sacramento Wheelmen participated in last weekend’s Sierra Century bike ride through Amador and El Dorado counties. One of the routes offered to the riders passed through parts of Amador County protected by the volunteer members of the Lockwood Fire Protection District. Titled, “The Metric Century,” the route included 65 miles of cycling, with 4,500 feet of climbing, following rolling oak woodland from the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, to Ione, then on to Sutter Creek,... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Robert Derlet backpacking in Kings Canyon. Derlet is a Democratic challenger for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Tom McClintock (R-CA). Photo courtesy to Bob Derlet
Our majestic mountains face a multitude of challenges: drought, diminishing snow packs, bark beetle invasion of conifers, devastating fire, and massive tree loss in our forests. The catastrophic Butte Fire is a sad reminder of the powerful changes that can be brought on by Mother Nature. Earlier this month I spent a morning with a professional forester working on private land which sits in the lower conifer belt at 4,000 ft. elevation, just south of Amador County. At this site, 90 percent of the Ponderosa Pines had died. The property... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Photo by Eric Winslow

In a recent letter to the editor, Dennis Price expressed concerns over Sutter Creek resident Josh Coy’s upcoming cross-country service bike trip with Bike & Build, specifically questioning the fundraising requirement of such an endeavor.

As a nonprofit organization, Bike & Build relies on the fundraising efforts of its participants to support the affordable housing cause through competitive grants, in-kind donations, and volunteer efforts during summer programming. From local Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together chapters...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Amador Hospital staff called ‘Jewel of the Mother Lode’

When I think of the “Jewel of the Mother Lode,” I’m not referring to a Mother Lode city but rather our own Sutter Amador Hospital.

Recently, my wife was near death when we arrived at the Sutter Amador Emergency Room. Within seconds, not minutes, she was diagnosed with sepsis and they immediately began an aggressive treatment protocol. From that moment in emergency, followed by a week in critical care, and two days in the general ward, I can honestly say every single...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago

Several scams have popped up plaguing unsuspecting internet users and costing them hundreds of dollars in unnecessary fees on their credit cards and in cash transactions.

One of the most recent scams is a message that pops up in the user’s browser, stating that their system is infected with a virus and they should call the number on the screen immediately. It says do not attempt to close your browser and do not turn off your computer.

If the unsuspecting user contacts that number, they are told that they are monitoring their...

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4 weeks ago

ural counties often face unique challenges. For example, they might find it more difficult to educate and train a qualified workforce. That has been true in Amador County, which has been struggling with two different, but related, issues. Amador does not have a community college campus and it is no coincidence that the Amador County Behavioral Health Department could not find enough people with the right certification to work as mental health technicians.

Most people earn their certificates at a community college and, with no...

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4 weeks ago
I still remember quite vividly the first time I became conscious of the racism and hate embodied in the Confederate battle flag. I was a 16-year-old girl from Amador County who’d spent the first decade of my life in South Sacramento, an area TIME magazine once named the most ethnically diverse city in the country. Given this diversity of experience in my formative years, I had a fairly decent grasp of issues relating to race. This isn’t to say I wasn’t still a racially insensitive teenage idiot at times. I cringe at some of the... [Read more]
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03/31/2016 12:32 PM
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Sierra Business Council was saddened to hear of the closing of the Buena Vista biomass plant.

The closure of Buena Vista reminded me of a call I had years ago from a friend in a small Sierra community who said, “It just makes sense. We thin our forest, reduce the risk and cost of wildfire, produce energy, sink carbon in the landscape and local people get jobs!”

Ten years later, that intrepid soul knows more about biomass than almost anyone I know, but has yet to produce a single kilowatt of energy.

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Eric Winslow
03/31/2016 12:29 PM

The recent decision from the DC District Court that the land at Buena Vista (BV) is a reservation created by Amador County suggests the court was uninformed as to the facts about the history of the land at BV relative to the 1987 agreement between Amador County and the BV “plaintiff” in Tillie Hardwick 1983. The facts related to the land at BV are readily available but apparently the DC District Court was either not informed or did not consider the facts about BV in rendering its decision.

At issue before the District Court was a...

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03/24/2016 2:09 PM

Californians should be aware of a legislative attack on Proposition 13 known as “split roll.”

Prop 13, of course, is the landmark law that protects home and business owners from out-of-control property taxes. Prop 13 has worked well since voters approved it in 1978, but that hasn’t stopped some interest groups and politicians from trying to unravel it.

These folks believe government doesn’t collect enough money and think it’s a good idea to raise taxes on commercial property owners. Hence the name “split roll.” The idea is to...

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03/17/2016 12:50 PM
Many people have asked me to write about my cancer journey and my response has usually been that I wouldn’t even know where to start. Deep down, I wanted to tell my story for three reasons. First, I am a different person. What people say about cancer changing you is true. The little stuff really doesn’t stress me out anymore, and my faith is stronger than ever. I no longer make excuses for being “that type of person,” (the not-shy type). Second, and more important, if I can help just one person in any way, then I absolutely need to... [Read more]
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03/17/2016 12:43 PM
California and other parts of the West have experienced significant drought conditions since 2010. During that time, tree mortality has exponentially exploded — attributed to the drought, poor land management and biological conditions ideal for the spread of bark beetles. The forests of the Sierra have been heavily impacted. Resources are spread thin as a result of the extraordinary amount of dying trees in such a short time period. The drought and overstocked conditions (too many trees and brush) increase the trees’ susceptibility... [Read more]
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03/10/2016 1:43 PM
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the long-awaited GSL, Gravity Supply Line, took place at the Amador Water Agency headquarters Friday, March 4. This marked progress in water supply and distribution never before seen by AWA or its customers. Representatives from PG&E, State of California, Amador County Supervisor John Plasse, former District 3 Supervisor Ted Novelli, (who supported the GSL during his tenure), past District 3 Supervisor Richard Vinson, involved Amador citizens and AWA Board members and management were in... [Read more]
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03/03/2016 12:31 PM
U.S. Small Cap Indexes, either the “RUT” (Russell 2000) or “IWM” (small cap U.S. ETF index) are my favorite way to monitor the direction of our economy. Both of these indexes were in Bear Market classification, down over 20 since their high in late June of 2015. Actually, they were both off more than 25 percent before this two-week rally of almost nine percent. However, in the last two weeks, volume in both indexes was not nearly as high as it was during their slide. This type of rally can be more of an indication of bottom-feeding,... [Read more]
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03/03/2016 12:18 PM

Inaction can be costly. For example, not fixing that hole in the roof or the toaster’s frayed electrical cord can have negative consequences. In the same way, if we add up the true costs of not acting on our challenging global problem, we would see that investing in a solution makes a lot more sense.

The rapidly increasing environmental and societal costs of climate change are huge, and they’re not included in the price of fossil fuels. According to the American Meteorological Society, California’s increased fire risk can be...

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02/25/2016 1:20 PM

Eric Winslow published “Former teacher responds to American History book review” in the 2/19/16 Amador Ledger Dispatch in response to my evaluation of our local American History text the week earlier. Four of his eight paragraphs are polemics about topics not covered in my commentary that he somehow attempts to imply are related to my critique. He is particularity irked by my observation of constant snide language in the text which he feels “… shakes up the imagination and the critical awareness … .”

It bothers him that I object...

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