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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

Enjoy A Day At Chaw’se

Hear ye, hear ye, all you Amador citizens. Do you need to shrink a pound, fill your lungs with fresh air or expand your thinking of Amador History? Why not spend a day at Chaw’se!

Amador County has a State Park. The Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park – frequently referred to as Chaw’se. The park is located between Pine Grove and Volcano. Besides the awesome Grinding Rock with 1185 Mortar Cups and 363 Petroglyphs (the largest such rock in North America), the park has a Regional Indian Museum; visitors...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Newman Ridge: Not Good

Mr. Swett, your May 22, 2015 reply to my letter was very interesting. Reading the Newman Ridge Project EIR your company submitted to Amador County, it contains the following information:

On the site four test wells were drilled and three failed. The “good well” produced less than 100 gpm. estimated. Your own geologist stated that the vaunted Ione Aquifer lying under the project site is not a reliable source of water. It just isn’t there.

Your company owns the 11,000 acres surrounding the project site. The...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Whoa, Nellie! Or should I say, “Whoa, Newman Ridge Project?”

There is an admitted flaw in the slaw. In response to Thomas M. Swett, Esq. Letter to the Editor of May 22, 2015: It is time for Amador County Government to put the brakes on the wagon, I mean the Newman Ridge Project, as there is an admitted water flaw with the project.

Creating “living-wage jobs” that take money from other Amador County residents is just wrong. The redistribution of wealth, in this case water wealth, has once again raised its head in Amador...

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Via Press Release
05/28/2015 10:18 AM

Sober Grad Committee Seeks Help

Here it is getting toward the end of May and the Amador County Sober Grad Committee has been hard at work putting together yet another party for the high school students of Amador County. I’ve had folks ask me, “Sober Grad? What is Sober Grad?” I tell them that it is an almost all night party on the last day of school for all high school students of Amador County. There are games, bowling, casino games, carnival rides, prizes and all the free food and soft drinks that any teenager could possibly choke...

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05/21/2015 10:23 AM

As a long-time member and supporter of the Foothill Conservancy, I would like to say that this organization is definitely grass roots and local. I am 82 and have lived in this county for 31 years, enjoying the beauty and peaceful surroundings. Our lovely Mokelumne River deserves to be protected under the Wild and Scenic designation. The Conservancy has worked hard to keep our area naturally healthy and strong. I am proud to be counted among their number.

Virginia W. Berton

Jackson

What Do They Say About Spelling Assume?

I found...

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05/14/2015 10:38 AM

So by now it should be abundantly apparent to all Californians: the State of California does not have a disaster relief plan for drought.

Then comes mid-November, 2015: the beginning of the great California flood of 2015-2016. The agri-bountiful central valley of California becomes Lake Golden State. The state’s plan for flood disaster relief: life jackets for the young, old and the ones falling behind; the rest of the population: mandatory swimming lessons.

Where is a founding father when you need one? The founding fathers...

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05/07/2015 10:04 AM
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Dear Editor,

The aquifers throughout the state are in extreme drought. Amador Water Agency says water in the Mehrten aquifer is in a serious overdraft. There is no rain to recharge the aquifer. Newman Ridge Project will take 182 acre-feet of water per year for 50 years.

The Mehrten aquifer cannot sustain this level of drawdown. We are going to run out of water. Our wells will be dry. What will we do then?

Stop the Newman Ridge Project.

Respectfully, Virginia Silva

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04/23/2015 10:56 AM

I was really surprised that recreation releases from our rivers were not included in your recent mandated water cut back orders of 25 percent along with the curtailment notices for Jr. Water Rights and some possible Senior Water Right users.

Perhaps you are unaware of how much water is released for the pleasure of whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Mokelumne River FERC License 137 for PG&E. requires a minimum of 700cfs units of recreation water for boating flows to be released 9 times a year. All this recreational water is let...

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04/23/2015 10:54 AM
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Federal programs rarely come in under budget. Consider Medicare, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1967, lawmakers projected annual spending in the program would reach $12 billion in 1990. The actual tab that year? A cool $110 billion.

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says that Obamacare will buck the trend.

The CBO has lowered its projections for the cost of the president’s healthcare law by $142 billion over the coming decade, from $1.35 trillion to $1.2 trillion.

Obamacare may cost the feds...

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04/23/2015 10:51 AM
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John Tuttle’s article regarding the fire fee in last Friday’s edition coincided with an article in Sacramento Bee the same day about almond growers planting more water thirsty trees during a drought. The Bee article stated that 40 to 80 percent of potable water is used by agriculture. To understand the connection between these two articles, one must understand the fundamental mission of CAL FIRE. Public Resources Code 4126 states CAL FIRE’s mission is to protect forests and trees capable of producing forest products, “...if such... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
04/23/2015 10:35 AM

Signature Gatherers Annoy Another Ionian

Trying to stop the Newman Ridge mining project by delivering misinformation just isn’t right. Opponents to the project are hoping that folks all over Amador County will side with one family against a business venture in Ione by signing their name to a petition that will force a special election, at great expense to local taxpayers.

There have been many public hearings over the past few years and the community has been fully engaged with the developer of Newman Ridge. I wouldn’t stand up for...

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04/16/2015 11:59 AM

One Amador County High School?

Fine article by Craig Barraco, but before the school board makes a final decision regarding consolidation of Argonaut and Amador High Schools, shouldn’t the relocation committee, the school board and the superintendent show proof that this is the right move?

Reasons given are: Cailfornia increasing school standards ,declining enrollment and larger schools make for “better schools.” These were also some of the same reasons given back in 1983 when unification was passed after stating in print the...

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04/16/2015 12:00 PM
As a long-time resident of Ione, I have been quite interested in the proposed Newman Ridge Project. I have attended two Amador County Board of Supervisor’s meetings and one City of Ione City Council meeting in which the project, after extensive scrutiny, was soundly approved by the respective county/city representatives of the people. In each instance, those opposed railed on about a myriad of possible consequences utilizing every negative superlative they could. The opposition was so overboard with their presentation of negativity... [Read more]
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04/09/2015 10:48 AM

Bad Law?

Executive order B-29-15 by Governor Jerry Brown concerning the water shortage seems extensive and onerous.

Some questions: (1) Why has water retention planning in California ignored the 100 year drought cycle for the last 40 years and stopped building reservoirs? (2) Is this executive order more about reacting to the drought or changing the form of California government? (3) Why is there no Sunset Clause? (4) Does the last Whereas mean what it says: “ I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations...

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03/26/2015 10:31 AM
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All Smiles Thanks To Local Dentist

Last month I ended up with a painful, infected tooth while staying at my sister’s house in Pioneer. A friend recommended a local dentist, Dr. Schiappa.

He is a fantastic dentist. First, he got me in quickly and resolved the pain with antibiotics. The tooth was badly cracked and was not savable. Since then, he and his assistants have done excellent work and he’s been very conscientious, honest and fair. His staff is great and seems like family.

The downside, I live two hours away near Tahoe. But I...

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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:37 AM

Do We Really Need A Bullet Train?

George Runner’s letter provided much food for thought concerning our dollars.

Been wondering why California needs the high speed train? In my humble opinion, seems we should spend the tax dollars on maintaining what we have, our roads and highways are in serious need of repair, the drought situation needs immediate research. What happens when our farmers can no longer grow the food we eat? When forest critters are unable to find water & food? Humans also need water to survive.

Do we really need a...

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Guest Commentator
02/12/2015 9:39 AM

Seniors Service Club Seeks Input

I’m Mike Krisman, CEO (Chief Elder and Organizer) of the newly formed Amador Seniors’ Service Club. It is planned to service many needs for all seniors, needy or not. Seniors helping seniors is our motto. The club’s startup takes time, so, it has been difficult to advertise and explain its purpose for: information exchange, health watch and exercise, recreation, entertainment and helping hands service. Many seniors are unaware of entitlements and programs that are available to them.

60 percent of...

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02/05/2015 8:25 AM

Nora, Nora, Nora!

Nora Coryell, your “Note To All The Haters,” published in the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Jan 30, unwittingly states through Bible content you brought up, why Ms. “X” Secretary of State cannot be Commander-in-Chief. God’s founding fathers state, “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” A Christian does not lay in wait to watch the assassination of another of God’s great creations. Let us not forget how the Founding Fathers dealt with the original perceived terrorist thought of the time: “…the merciless Indian Savages,...

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01/29/2015 7:10 AM

A Note To All The Haters

A note to the Haters: Ten years of your life have already been wasted fuming and fussing about the black man in the White House, and you’re never going to get them back. Now you face another similar waste if you indulge in the right wing insanity of Hillary hatred.

While you pass around insensitive, untruthful emails, post crazy talk on facebook and generally make a nuisance of yourselves, most of your family, neighbors, coworkers and friends have already had it up to here, and I doubt they can take another...

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01/16/2015 10:23 AM

Congress: No Accountability

It is not about what political party a member Congress belongs to, it is about accountability for government to do what is right. The Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Act has failed. House Bill HR-543 was stalled in the VA committee even though there were 258 co-sponsors in support of the Bill — enough for a House vote. More Vietnam vets will die, many cannot pay medical expenses some are forced to take second mortgages on their homes or sell their homes. Does Congress care? Most do not. However, we vets do...

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