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8 hours ago
Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch by Laura Leigh
A war is being waged on our Western public lands. It is a battle for natural resources by the private, for-profit corporate users of our lands that have Washington in their pockets. They want our wild horses and burros out of their way. Yes, the Federal public lands belong to all of us, as do all the wild horses and burros that live on those lands. Following Washington’s marching orders, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service have been rounding up thousands of our national heritage species over the last... [Read more]
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Cathie Gernhardt
4 days ago

Happy Bird Day, Peeps. Vacations are great, and I thoroughly enjoyed traveling through the Colorado Rockies and the Southwest states, seeing some of our country’s natural beauty and different landscapes. It was wonderful, except for maybe the 118-degree weather as we crossed through parts of Arizona into Southern California. Like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

I was welcomed home to the return of the Dark-eyed Junco’s. I’m not sure where they migrated to for their breeding season because we live in what the birding...

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4 days ago

For three days, a group of 250+ teens and adults belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently walked and pulled handcarts along the historic Mormon Emigrant Trail. The trail starts just off of Highway 88, near Bear River, at an elevation of 7,300 feet. Steve Brown organized this trek with the help of his wife, Celeste, and their friends, in order to recreate the trials and tribulations of their ancestors.

In June of 1848, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known as Mormons, took...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
George Williams and his 1967 Camaro won the People’s Choice award.

The Amador County Council 1849, Knights of Columbus, held its second annual Knight Rider Car Show on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in the parking lot of St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center, in Martell.

With the help of more than 45 business sponsorships from Amador County and beyond, this year’s event was a huge success, as just over 80 cars were displayed.

The Car Show Committee, headed by David Payne, added one new feature: the People’s Choice Award. Members of the general public attending the show were able to vote for the car of...

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Eric Marks
4 days ago

Next Monday, July 25, 2016, history will be made, as Amador City Mayor Timothy Knox will be the first local delegate to attend a convention for any of the major political parties.

Knox, 58, has been chosen as a district-level delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and will be one of 221 delegates from the state to attend and participate in the electoral process.

He is representing Congressional District 4, which encompasses the counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa and Tuolumne, as well as parts...

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Eric Winslow
4 days ago

A hearty, seasonal, stew, served chilled, which perfectly complements any mid-life repast

(Serves Billions)

Ingredients:

1 human brain (severed from any connection with a human heart)

210 lbs. of desire, fear and ignorance

3 cups of the past

2 cups of the future

1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of chopped "if-onlys"

1 cup of sliced "when's" and "maybe's"

Pre-heat oven to a temperature of 98.5 degrees. Bake the brain, smothered in a morass of desire, fear, and ignorance, for about 50 years.

While the brain is baking, take...

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Caitlyn Schaap
4 days ago
The great staff makes your shopping experience excellent at Cost Less. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

On August 27, Cost Less Foods is partnering up with the Amador Ledger Dispatch and Hanford Courte Park to sponsor Taste of Amador, a food and drink event benefiting the Interfaith Food Bank. According to Don Way, President of the Cost Less Food Company, this is just a part of their business philosophy. Each location’s store director is encouraged to get involved in the community and support local causes.

“We’re big supporters of schools and local newspapers… We support local community organizations. It’s important and good for...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
"State Fair" continues to run at the Fallon House through August 7.
Sierra Repertory Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair” June 17 to August 7 at The Fallon House Theatre in Columbia. Against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Set to the magical strains of an Oscar-winning score, including “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” and the title song, “State Fair” is the kind of warm-hearted family... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Amador County Fair Board President, Frank Halvorson inducts Doug Joses into the Amador County Fair Hall of Fame. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Long time rancher, horseman and family man Doug Joses was inducted into the Amador County Fair Hall of Fame at the annual Sponsors Dinner July 14, 2016. For more than 60 years, Doug has served his community and the Amador County Fair. He was presented the award by the Amador County Fair Board of Directors, Thursday, July 14 at the annual Sponsors Dinner.

Doug has been a fixture at the Amador County Fair since 1956 when then Fair Manager Goula Wait, called him up and asked him bring some cattle, sheep and goats to exhibit at the...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Amador County Fair Board President, Frank Halvorson presents Marsha Beshears with the Amador County Fair Directors Award. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Marsha Beshers received the Amador County Fair, Directors Award at the Annual Sponsors Dinner on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The award was presented to Marsha by the Amador County Fair Board of Directors as recognition for more than 30 years of service to the Amador County Fair

Fondly known to all the kids in Amador County as “crazy grandma”, Marsha was the Junior Department Coordinator for many years. It all began when Marsha helped a kid get their exhibit entered into the Fair. Since then it’s been a family project involving...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Dorothy Magoffin with Frank Halvorson, Amador County Fair Board President. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

Dorothy Magoffin received the Amador County Fair, Directors Award at the Annual Sponsors Dinner on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The award was presented to Dorothy by the Amador County Fair Board of Director as recognition for more than 25 years of service to the Amador County Fair as the Fine Arts and Photography Coordinator.

An accomplished photographer, Dorothy was hired by Amador County Fair Manager Ralph Clark in the early 1980’s and it was apparent from the beginning that Ralph had made a good decision. Her background as curator...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Amador County Fair Board President with American River Bank. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

For years, scores of American River Bank employees have provided expert clerical help at the Junior Livestock Auction sale ring and the Bank has provided interest free funds to the kids who sell their project animals at the annual Amador County Fair Junior Livestock Auction held this year at 10:30am, July 31.

According to Amador County Fair Board President Frank Halvorson, what American River Bank provides is significant, valuable and rare in the fair industry. “Our kids receive a check within days of the auction, rewarding them...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
George Allen Durkee, now at the AmadorArts Gallery, finds his painting subjects in all kinds of foothill settings. Artwork courtesy to the ALD

The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be August 6, a free self-guided walk or drive-and-walk tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls. Part of Art Trek is the monthly “1st Saturdays” when many participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick-off their new shows.

Within Amador County and just across the Mokelumne River is a thriving creative art community, and this is the best time...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Soroptimist International of Amador County is offering a scholarship to a woman who wants to continue her education or get needed training for a new career. It’s a program called “Live Your Dream.” Candidates should be women who are the primary wage earners for their families and want to continue their education. Our club will award a check to the recipient we choose. For more information, call Donna at (209) 223-1398, or email mirtym@sbcglobal.net. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2017. If you are interested in learning more about... [Read more]
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Ginger Budrick
2 weeks ago

If you missed my last few articles, I’ll fill you in: this column is going what I like to refer to as “full-derby.” This means that every week until the Amador County Fair, I’ll be interviewing a 30-something Destruction Derby driver. I’m really excited to learn all the juicy gossip about my favorite event at the fair and I hope you are, too.

When I was looking for local derby drivers to interview, I found out that there was a pair of brothers who were both driving in the derby this year. I thought it would be cool to interview...

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Joe Svec
6 days ago
For the July 19th, 2016 edition of the Jackson Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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Cathie Gernhardt
2 weeks ago
Happy Bird Day, peeps. I pray you have been enjoying the lazy days of summer as much as I have. My cousin and I took off on a road trip to Colorado, stopping for a few days at a special little piece of paradise along the Provo River in Utah. Appropriately, over the 4th of July weekend, I spent many hours enjoying some birds with the American moniker, including American Robins, American Goldfinches, American Crows and my favorite little, amazing American Dippers. There were also swallows, sparrows, Yellow Warblers, hummingbirds, a... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Well-known local muralist Rand Huggett has begun work on his latest contribution to the City of Jackson, a new mural that he is painting on the wall at the Kwik Serve/Tressler’s Auto Repair, at the intersection of Highways 49 and 88, across from City Hall.

The City of Jackson has agreed to match donations to this approximately $25,000 project, and contributions have been arriving. As seen in the photo below, Irene Perbal, Jackson Rotary Club President, on the right, and President-elect Mike Flagg, on the left, presented a...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
The church formerly known as Sutter Creek United Methodist has merged with the United Methodist Church of Jackson to become Creekside United Methodist Church. Photo by Eric Winslow
The United Methodists of Amador County have intensified their unity to an even greater degree ever since two local congregations have combined to create the Creekside Methodist Church, located at the historic white chapel with the towering spire on Main Street in the town of Sutter Creek, right next to the Town Hall on the south bank of the stream named for the famous father of the Gold Rush. In fact, in 1848 John Sutter himself spent a good deal of time in this little gem of a city, affectionately known as "the Jewel of the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Firefighters from the Pine Grove Fire Station showed up as a big surprise on the last day of Faith Alive Summer Day Camp at Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer, on July 8. Lt. Kyle Ervin, Capt. Jeremy Proctor and Chief Anthony Vega were there with the fire truck to ensure the kids got good and soaked on the camp’s “water day.”

The firefighters had as much fun as the children.

The idea was a brainstorm of Darrell Holland, retired firefighter and member of Faith Lutheran Church, who invited the firefighters several months ago. ...

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