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David Sayen
5 days ago
Medicare will help pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

Services are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both Part A and Part B, you can get many Medicare?covered services whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare health plan.

Part A is hospital Insurance and it helps pay for: Inpatient care in hospitals; Inpatient care in a skilled...

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Mark Belden
5 days ago
As many of you know, one of my concerns is the inefficacy in the way our public services are delivered to taxpayers. Let’s call them customers. There should be a California law that allows private companies to compete for delivery of public services to its customers. Whether it’s maintenance services, education, correctional institutions, revenue collection, emergency services or anything else the taxpayer funds and expects prompt and accurate service for, a private sector company should be allowed to provide that service. This is... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago
Samuel Trowbridge lives in Ione and is a sophomore at University Prep Charter School, in Placerville. Last winter, he was one of many students to enter the 2014 Americanism-Patriotism National Essay Contest, which is sponsored by members of the USA Fleet Reserve Association (comprised of veterans from the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard).

His essay, titled, “The Bill of Rights and Me,” was judged by the Fleet Reserve Association’s essay review committee as the first-place essay for 9th-grade student submissions for the...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Mokelumne River also serves as the political dividing line between Amador and Calaveras County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Nevada rivers — the source of much of California’s water supply — must be thoughtfully and locally managed, Amador Water Agency leaders said today, after a bill to designate 37 miles of the Mokelumne River as Wild & Scenic, which AWA opposed, died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week.

The current historic drought brought into focus that State Senate Bill 1199 as written would have jeopardized the ability of Mokelumne River water managers to meet the water needs of local residents now and in the future,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Mokelumne River also serves as the political boundary between Amador County and Calaveras County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On Thursday, August 14, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to act on Senate Bill 1199, which would have protected about 37 miles of the North Fork and main stem Mokelumne River with state Wild and Scenic River designation. Due to a legislative deadline, the committee’s inaction effectively kills the bill’s chances for being enacted this year by stopping it from progressing to a vote of the full Assembly. The bill was authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) and co-sponsored by Friends of the River and the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Back to school is upon us, and if you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to schedule your child’s annual school and sports physicals.

Routine physicals allow pediatricians to assess your child’s growth and development, which includes checking height and weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a complete physical exam. Pediatricians will also assess for other physical, emotional or social health concerns and perform any indicated or recommended laboratory testing.

“All of these assessments are very important and...

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Emma Flixton
3 weeks ago
On Monday, August 11, all of the children in Amador County (from toddlers in kindergarten to teenagers in 12th grade) returned to school. The back-to-school period is an exceptionally busy time for teachers, children and parents alike. During the weeks leading up to the return to school, life will have been a bustle of purchasing new school clothes and stationary, reading forgotten text books and packing sports kits. However, many parents forget about the importance of what happens in those few weeks after the return to school;... [Read more]
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David Sayen
4 weeks ago
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance, here are some steps you can take to make the most of your new coverage.

Put your health first; staying healthy is important for you and your family; maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, at work and in the community; get your recommended health screenings and manage chronic conditions.

Keep all of your health information in one place.

Understand your...

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Ted Novelli
4 weeks ago
The Sand Fire has given us an all-too-vivid reminder that the Gold Country is in danger from catastrophic wildfire. In fact, Upcountry Amador County has been designated by CAL FIRE as a “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

Most who have lived here for any good stretch of time have seen how fires have damaged rural communities throughout California. Any wildfire in our area could not only destroy private property, including homes, forest and farms, but it could severely damage our tourism and natural resource-based economy at a...

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Wendell Peart
07/31/2014 11:24 AM
paper, “Will California’s Drought Extend to 2015,” posted on June 16, on California Water Blog, by Jay Lund, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, and UC Davis Professor Emeritus Jeffery Mount, suggests that next year may be even worse than 2014. On the blog, they state, “In all, there is a 71 percent chance that next year will be below normal or drier and only a 29 percent chance of experiencing an above-normal or wet year.”

Their grim analysis concluded...

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Mark Belden
07/31/2014 11:19 AM
Being a candidate for any elective office can be overwhelming, confusing and many times not worth the effort. From your locally elective offices to our state and federal offices, the process can be daunting and unthinkable to the faint of heart. Candidates, especially at the state and federal level, require nerves of steel, the patience of a saint, the omniscience of Oz and skin as thick as an elephant.

County election officials, like most county employees, come in a wide range of good to bad. In my case, the 5th Assembly District...

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Via Press Release
07/26/2014 9:51 PM
Our Board of Supervisors will be talking about Wild N Scenic for the Moke River next Tuesday July 29, at 6:00pm. It's a night meeting so that should help get folks there. I would love to hear any comments on SB1199. I know it's a confusing subject so please if you weigh in on this do your research first. We will be taking action! If you want to learn about it and how it affects you, please come to the meeting.

The reason I felt we needed to bring this to the public again is the first time we did not give the public a chance to weigh...

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Brian Oneto
07/24/2014 12:53 PM
I have read both the letter in the Ledger Dispatch that Penny Stone wrote in response to Supervisor Novelli’s letter concerning the HHS Building, as well as the second letter that was submitted to the Ledger Dispatch by Lori Jagoda, and I offer the following thoughts:

Ms. Stone indicates in her letter she believes the HHS building is “directly linked to the loss of half of our staff and reduction in PH services.” Public Health pays approximately $250,000 in rent per year. If this rental amount went to zero, there would still not...

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Jim Snoke & Georgann Wilmot
07/24/2014 12:37 PM
As homeowners, residents, and community-minded citizens of Pine Grove, Amador County and its surrounding areas, we do not want to see a Dollar General built in our neighborhood for the following reasons: we already have good, well-supported, community-based stores, including a grocery, banks, pharmacy, restaurants, hardware, convenience and other retail stores, each of which gives back to our community with their mutual support and community action; Dollar General has stated that they will not contribute to the support of our... [Read more]
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John Kingsbury
07/17/2014 12:13 PM
John Kingsbury
Mountain watersheds can survive without the Delta, but the Delta cannot survive without the watersheds. The waters that form creeks and streams in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains and join to create the great rivers that flow into the Central Valley provide water to more than two-thirds of the residents of the State and more than two million acres of productive farmland. Freshwater releases from upstream of the Delta help control salinity levels in the Delta for the benefit of fish and farming.

A mountain watershed is...

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Dave Kranz
07/17/2014 12:29 PM
As the height of California’s harvest season approaches, the full impact of water shortages on farms and ranches will become increasingly apparent—and a study released today by the University of California, Davis, estimated those impacts could include loss of 17,100 jobs and $2.2 billion in economic damage.

California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said the report underscores the need for the state to take swift, decisive action to address its long-term water problems.

“One of the saddest things about the losses...

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Wendell Peart
07/10/2014 2:58 PM
In drought discussions, it becomes apparent that “population growth” is a huge factor impacting the limited water supply caused by drought. Like it or not, this affects all of us and should be considered in the public discussion. However, almost no one is willing to offer solutions. Why is this?

Dan Walters, dean of the Capitol Press Corps and columnist for the Sacramento Bee, probably more than most reporters, reported accurately that one of the main problems for California’s water supply, exacerbated by drought, lies in the...

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Frank Bigelow
07/10/2014 2:19 PM
Summer has arrived, and that marks the official kickoff of fair season. Many of you and millions of others around our state will visit your local fairgrounds this year to participate in one of California’s longest-standing traditions. But in recent years, state funding for fairs has been all but eliminated, threatening their very existence.

In 2011, at the peak of California’s historic budget crisis, the Legislature completely eliminated the $32 million in funding to the California Division of Fairs and Expositions, which oversees...

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Patti Leary
07/03/2014 11:06 AM
We have lived in Amador County for over 30 years — raised our kids here, had a business here, made lots of friends here and totally enjoyed the togetherness of this small county.

In the last couple of months, we have had a double tragedy in our family — the loss of our son, Sean Leary, on March 13, and the loss of our daughter, Angela Schlegel, on May 4. Losing one child is devastating enough, but losing two is incomprehensible. Your mind goes numb and your body goes into wobble mode. To say nothing of the hurt, pain, agony and...

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Via Press Release
06/26/2014 7:55 PM
Summer has finally arrived, and that marks the official kickoff of fair season! Many of you and millions of others around our state will visit your local fairgrounds this year to participate in one of California’s longest-standing traditions. But in recent years, state funding for fairs has been all but eliminated, threatening their very existence.

In 2011, at the peak of California’s historic budget crisis, the Legislature completely eliminated the $32 million in funding to the California Division of Fairs and Expositions, which...

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