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6 days ago

You’ve seen or heard them — television, billboard and radio ads offering to file lawsuits for medical patients who have been diagnosed, treated and/or prescribed medication by a doctor.

The ads allege that the doctor may have treated your ailment improperly or prescribed unnecessary or even harmful medication. Not only do these ads unfairly demonize doctors, they prey upon unsuspecting patients.

These ads are not about protecting patients and other medical consumers. They are recruitment tools for unscrupulous personal injury...

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6 days ago
Gene Mancebo of the Amador Water Agency. ALD file photo by Eric Winslow

The Water Agency has undertaken several conservation projects over the past decade to conserve precious water, which in turn helps maintain water rights for the future of Amador County.

The Agency’s latest project would put water currently flowing in the mostly earthen Amador Canal into a pipeline. Less than half of the water put into the beginning of the canal makes it down the entire 18-mile canal to the New York Ranch Reservoir. Leakage and evaporation claim an estimated 1,800 acre-feet — about half-a-billion gallons of water...

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6 days ago
As we drive about the county, specifically in the area from Pine Grove and to the east, we see those dense bushes with the bright yellow flowers alongside the roads. You see them in Pine Grove east of the elementary school, in Volcano on Ram’s Horn Grade, on Shake Ridge Road and in Pioneer and Buckhorn. They are also frequent on the Community Leach Field property owned by the Amador Water Agency and land administered by the BLM. The flowers and the green foliage of the plant present a beautiful contrast of colors, but don’t be... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

To present and future residents, business and landowners of Amador County:

Why does the Amador Water Agency board of directors wish to put the Amador Canal in a small-diameter pipe? Is this project really in the interest of present and future Amador county residents, businesses and landowners? These are the questions that I have repeatedly asked the AWA directors and to which I have received no answer.

The Amador Canal has a 142-year history, during which it has constantly supplied the economy and eco-system of southern Amador...

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2 weeks ago

To: Susan Grijalva, Amador County Planning Director

From: Edith Hannigan, Board Consultant, State Responsibility Area

The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection would like to issue comment on the scope and contents of the Amador County General Plan Update Draft Environmental Impact Report, specifically the Draft EIR Hazards and Hazardous Materials analysis.

In particular, the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is concerned about plans to provide for adequate ingress and egress to developed land in high or...

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2 weeks ago

In a recent Pine Grove candidate forum, Amador County Supervisor Louis Boitano referred to the Foothill Conservancy in a way that could be misinterpreted in the context of the pending primary election. We’d like to make clear that our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization does not and cannot support candidates for public office. Our individual members and officers, however, are of course free to exercise their rights as citizens and engage in the political process.

In 1992, when we were organized under a different section of...

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3 weeks ago

On April 19, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law two significant pieces of legislation aimed at improving enforcement of California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The Governor signed SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray), two complementary bills that together represent significant reform to SMARA.

This long-sought mining reform legislation will protect communities against the dangers of mining, while also ensuring current mining operations will continue to provide the raw material for building a better California. The...

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3 weeks ago

The U.S. Drought Monitor states that much of California is currently in extreme and exceptional drought conditions.

What’s contributing to severe drought conditions in our area? “Human activity, burning oil, gas and coal, has made droughts longer and stronger and hotter and drier in many places, including Northern California. If we continue on our current path on unrestricted carbon pollution, we will be sharply increasing the chances of mega-droughts in our area.” Stanford University Study (in the Bulletin of the American...

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4 weeks 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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04/21/2016 1:10 PM

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.

These financial...

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04/21/2016 1:33 PM

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.

I remember as a young...

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Jack Mitchell
04/21/2016 1:16 PM

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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04/21/2016 1:07 PM
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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04/21/2016 11:02 AM
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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04/14/2016 2:15 PM
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
04/14/2016 2:12 PM

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
04/14/2016 2:14 PM

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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04/07/2016 1:12 PM

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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04/07/2016 1:11 PM
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.

The failure of...

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