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John Heissenbuttel
4 days ago
I received one of my best birthday presents ever when I found out on August 15 that SB 1199 (the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic designation bill) died in the state legislature. SB 1199 was a “gut and amend” bill (a process pretty unique to California where legislators can extract the original text of a bill that has been subject to public hearings and insert something unrelated) to keep it moving. The legislation would have restricted Amador and Calaveras counties in maintaining our ability to define our own destiny related to water use.... [Read more]
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Tom Thompson
4 days ago
Thank you to everyone that made the trek to Plasse’s Resort August 16 for the 161st Annual BBQ and Live Auction. It was a beautiful day and the crowd was in a bidding frenzy. Auction proceeds benefiting the Interfaith Food Bank reached $4,247, doubling last year’s total. Auction participants came from near and far to support our cause. There was a plethora of auction items, all valuable (to someone) and unique in their own way.

You have heard me say, the Food Bank is in the middle of a drought. You’ve heard me say June through...

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Del Rapini
2 weeks ago
My name is Del Rapini and I am the owner and developer of the shopping center site on Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove. First, I want to thank the dozens of residents who took the time to contact me about their interest in the development and wished me well in this endeavor. They have assured me that they look forward to doing business in the Pine Grove area.

I also am aware of those long-time residents who know that this site was always intended to be the new home for One Stop Market. I made my first attempt to develop...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
June 21st was a great day. Why? Because, 125 Operation Care supporters came to our first Summer Solstice Celebration, at Sutter Ridge Winery, in Sutter Creek. These folks enjoyed wonderful appetizers, delicious entrees and wine while listening to The Box Music Family. They enjoyed bidding on fantastic silent auction items and buying raffle tickets for more wonderful prizes. Thanks to all who came to support our new Fresh Start program. With your support, we netted over $4,700 to help women and their children transition from our Safe... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
If everyone just put a little effort into conserving, we all could make a big difference. Over the past year, I have reduced my water bill by 50 to 75 percent (this is what the Water Agency didn’t want to hear).

First, starting with the toilet. The old saying goes, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” We all know that we all tinkle several times a day. Why flush every time? I add a little bleach and a little Pine-Sol to the bowl and flush once a day, and swish it with the toilet brush. I’m saving 25...

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John C. Nichols
2 weeks ago
Nora Coryell’s article, “Where’s Joaquin Murrieta?” Did that get my interest? And when she mentioned the town of Quincy, that really did get my interest up.

On my mother’s side of the family, the family name is Carrillo. The first member of the Carrillo family came to California in 1769.

My great-grandmother’s great-grandmother’s name was Dona Maria Ignacia Candelaria Lopez’y Arballo de Carrillo. She had a son named Jose Ramon Carrillo. He was the first, or one of the first, Joaquin Murrietas.

In my family’s history is a...

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Nora Coryell
3 weeks ago
That was an interesting piece on “Our Area Town-by-Town” which includes towns in Calaveras County. I am wondering if Calaveras County, or at least our side of it, is now going to be covered in the paper? I remember when Calaveras had its own edition and editor and I thought it was a shame when the Ledger stopped covering that county completely.

Some good articles in the future might be pieces on the many disappeared ghost towns and their remnants, especially Quincy, Contreras, Doschville, Butte City and Camp Opera. And, of...

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Jennifer Wylie
3 weeks ago
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 the 7-11 Committee met to continue the discussion of the current state of Amador County schools and the District’s plans for consolidation. Superintendent Dick Glock shared with the committee and members of the public present, his official recommendation and report, given to the ACUSD/ACOE Governing Board on July 23, 2014. “After listening for 18 months, I think it is time for me to make some recommendations: Leave Ione as is for now; there is too much uncertainty about the timing of population growth. The... [Read more]
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Bob Martinez
4 weeks ago
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the staff at Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione for their hosting of the Junior Golf Week 2014 golf clinic. My grandson attended the clinic organized and instructed by Castle Oaks Director of Golf Dominic Atlan, LPGA Club pro Teresa Ishiguro and co-instructor Will Byrd.

Myself and many parents and grandparents witnessed the great patience, golf knowledge and pleasant demeanor the staff displayed during this clinic. They provided a safe, fun learning environment for local youth...

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Lynnea Honn
4 weeks ago
This year’s Amador County Fair Rodeo clothed the apparent breaking of a steer’s leg in the flag-waving platitudes of patriotism and religion. Jesus would be appalled at what we do in His name. I have loved the sport of rodeo, the venue of the cowboy, in competition with his/her peers, showing the apex of skills based on historical and current needs in the cattle industry — the industry that feeds us. However, let’s be honest. Rodeo is the epitome of the prey/predator relationship. In that relationship, we need to honor the animals... [Read more]
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Ron Watson
4 weeks ago
You liberal folks need to have a staff meeting to line out your priorities. Randy, the reason that our infrastructure is falling apart can be explained with two words — “entitlement spending.” Entitlement spending continues to increase, not so for infrastructure spending.

The reason you need to meet with Nora is the fact that she is advocating another huge increase in entitlement spending. It’s for folks who don’t like their country and want an all-expenses-paid vacation here in the good ol’ USA, paid for by us folks, of course. No...

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Vivian Speas
4 weeks ago
Thanks to Mr. Holman, owner of the Jeff Holman Auto Center, and Mrs. Manning, owner of The Feed Barn, along with Mr. Robert Stephens and all those that work with the A-PAL program. It is a God-sent program. Four-legged animals have the right to a good life. So, thank you again. [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
After reading the article about The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, I thought readers should hear another side of the story. Before I retired in August, 2012, I worked at The Arc for over eight years. I enjoyed coming to work every day. It was a pleasure to be part of a wonderful, caring organization whose mission was to give direction, care and purpose to the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Under the direction of Executive Director Mike Sweeney, the staff and administration were working towards the same goal and it...

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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
Pioneer

After reading Ray Perry’s letter to the editor about several groups taking their golf tournaments out of this county, I thought back and realized how many times a week I hear the word “local.” It’s almost in all advertising in this county. It is on the radio, the local TV station, certainly the newspaper in many different advertising and fundraiser articles and just in general. This is a tight-knit community and a very giving one. Why would a group that asks for donations on a regular basis take business out of the...

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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
The Sand Fire broke out on July 25 and is blamed on a vehicle igniting dry vegetation. David Roberts, owner of the Rancho Cicada retreat, saw the car across the river with flames coming out of the exhaust pipe as the driver continued to drive, setting more and more vegetation on fire. Forty-five new people had just arrived at the retreat and were unpacking their cars. David had to rush and gather everyone to drive out as fast as possible. They all got out. When they were all out, David realized his partner at the retreat was not... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
07/31/2014 11:43 AM
I have great admiration for the men and women who swear to uphold the Constitution by serving in the military either by being drafted or volunteering to serve. The training and regimentation of life in the military leave an indelible mark on the later life of a person that sems to mke one love their country and fellow citizens more as that person grows older.

In my opinion, Ted Novelli fits the bill as a veteran and deserves to be reelected as Supervisor of District 3 in November. He has served with distinction as both veteran...

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Ron Watson
07/31/2014 11:41 AM
Congratulations on the new format. I can only imagine how proud you folks are. I like the “big paper” fold and the paper quality is 1st class. I truly value having a local paper and wish that everyone understood the importance of having a quality paper in our community.

Please pass along to your staff what a great product they produce.

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Mark Bennett
07/31/2014 11:39 AM
The July 25 Ledger Dispatch ran a Guest Commentary titled, “Declaration against the Dollar General Project in Pine Grove.” The writers charged Dollar General with paying only the minimum wage. What are the wages of the present store clerks and restaurant workers in Pine Grove? Have they done a survey? They also charge Dollar General with selling cheap imported goods. How is this different than any other store in Pine Grove or elsewhere in the United States?

They also state, “Dollar General is obligated to its shareholders, not to...

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W. David Wardall
07/31/2014 11:36 AM
This open letter is for the person who flew an unmanned aerial vehicle through the Sand Fire. I retired from CAL FIRE in 2008, after 31 years as one of the aviation managers, aerospace engineering and aircraft maintenance. I also flew tankers. A medium-sized, four-pound bird can destroy a turbine engine. The bird parts ingested by the engine will block air paths and over-temp the engine. It costs $150,000 to $500,000 to remove and overhaul a turbine engine. This would hold true if the engine hit and ingested the UAV, too.

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John Tuttle
07/31/2014 11:32 AM
A big “Thank you” to all firefighters form all over and all emergency personnel for your part in the Sand Fire.

To all citizens of Amador And El Dorado counties — sorry for your loss of home, loss of animals, cars, etc.

My thinking is that CAL FIRE, the Sheriff’s Departments, Highway Patrol and any other response team and the citizens of Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras need to have a large, townhall type of meeting. This hand doesn’t know what that hand is doing — lots of false info or lack of.

We need better info or as much...

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