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Guest Commentator
7 days ago

Benefit Rally and Barbecue

Thank you, Mother Lode Cruisers for choosing the Rusty Fund as your benefactor this year. Because of caring and charitable people like you, the Rusty Fund can help supplement the Amador County Animal Shelter’s budget for veterinary care and special needs of our homeless animals. We sincerely thank you for your support and generosity.

Barbara Walther

Pioneer

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7 days ago
I am saddened by the ridiculous and punitive rules and regulations imposed on the residents of Amador County by our Board of Supervisors and County Administrators. In the latest revelation, I had a nice historic mining property, undeveloped, that a young couple from Sacramento wanted to buy, to clean up, to camp on weekends, and eventually build a home. They were very excited about it until they discovered the County has a restriction limiting anyone from camping on vacant land for more than “16 days a year.” That means if you camped... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago

For weeks, probably months, I have read so many doom and gloom articles regarding Dollar General and the store now open in Pine Grove. Traffic snarls with cars and huge trucks coming and going. I haven’t seen that yet. When will that happen? I read that, “ Pine Grove has everything we need.” Really? Upon my first visit to the new store, I noticed right off several items that I recently had to drive to Martell for.

I did try local stores first. “We don’t carry those,” I was told. Just today I read something like, “that monstrosit...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

We wish to thank Dr. Schiappa for refusing to sell his lot right across the street to Family Dollar or to Dollar General. Dr. Schiappa has the integrity and concern for those who live in Buckhorn and wants to adhere to their wishes to try to upgrade our area with any new developments. Therefore he is willing to wait for a development proposal for his property which would enhance our community.

Too bad Mr. Bramell does not care who he sells to and didn’t let the residents know about selling to Dollar General, so if given the chance,...

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3 weeks ago

This is regarding the new asphalt plant at the rock quarry in Valley Springs. After studying the facts, we believe the Planning Director did the right thing in approving the Asphalt Hot Plant application.

The fumes issue is handled by a cleaning process approved by the regulatory agencies. In fact, there are 11 government agencies with rules to be complied with and the owner claims to have done so for 25 years without incident.

Asphalt is not a hazard or a pollutant. It is used extensively on all our roads. It sheds water and there...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

I recently attended a Public Meeting in the veterans hall at Pioneer Park on Buckhorn Ridge Road. The meeting was hosted by District Three Supervisor Lynn Morgan and billed as the communities opportunity to share its concerns and suggestions regarding the sale of a Buckhorn property and possible construction of a Dollar General store. A guest at the meeting was to be the buyer of the property, Joshua Simon.

The meeting hall was packed with all chairs taken, people sitting on the floor and standing in every available square foot as...

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3 weeks ago

The government should make it mandatory for all children to be vaccinated against polio since a lot of people have so many unfounded fears against vaccinations causing possible Autism, ADHD, etc. The government and CDC have to make it clear to people that vaccinations are not a cause of these other problems. By not having your child vaccinating their children, they are not only putting their own children at risk but other children they come in contact with.

Mrs. Marian Farris

Grass Valley

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Water For “Pet Rocks,” Mr. Young?

In response to Philip Young’s letter of June 12, 2015 “Newman Ridge Good.” It’s nice to read that you, too, have an “admitted flaw.” The flaw you experienced? A “senior moment” and could not remember the last two words of your own letter. Maybe complete research would help you and the Newman Ridge Project. Ice age, ancient waters from the uneven warming and cooling of the earth’s surface and bodies of water creating the “big aquifer in the sky.” Obviously, the ice from the ice age came from the big...

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06/18/2015 9:52 AM

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
06/11/2015 10:33 AM

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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06/04/2015 10:23 AM

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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Via Press Release
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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Via Press Release
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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Via Press Release
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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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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Via Press Release
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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