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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
High school seniors were presented with Community Service Block Letters at the School Board meeting in recognition of there dedication to serving the community. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In a sign of improving economic times, the Amador School Board has voted to lift a transportation fee for students at their meeting Wednesday night.

First implemented in the 2008-2009 fiscal year as the recession caused a massive downturn in revenue for the School District, the bus passes sold by the District would guarantee each paying student a seat on a bus route, with a standard pass costing $150 for one student for a school year. The District raised $29,000 from the fee last year and the District will make up the money from...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago

The Amador Board of Supervisor worked on a variety of issues at their meeting on Tuesday.

The Board approved a Hazard Tree Removal plan, which outlines steps for public efforts to remove dead and dying trees in the County. Drought combined with bark beetle infestations have killed an increasing number of trees in the County, leading the Supervisors to recently declare a state of emergency over the situation.

The Supervisors also worked on the County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board approved several small...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago

After several years of professional studies, political maneuvers and negotiations, the Jackson city council has adopted a rate increase for sewer service.

The rate increase, which will be 11 percent in the first year when it goes into effect in July, has taken a winding path to approval. The local citizens’ group Ratepayer Protection Alliance had previously attempted to block the increase through legal and procedural means, but eventually negotiated with the city to stop their opposition in exchange for changes in the rate...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago
When I was a young girl growing up in Warwick, I’m not really sure I really ever truly understood what Memorial Day meant. In my young mind, it marked a day where my mother would have us officially in white shoes for church. There would be neighborhood picnic barbecues, softball games and parades with the American Legion marching down main street. For me a veteran was my grandpa who fought in WWII and all those older men who wore military-style hats with a bunch of pins in them. As I grew older, I appreciated it as a three-day... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
5 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The 136th annual Italian Picnic and Parade is next weekend, June 3, 4 and 5. The Italian Picnic is hosted by the Italian Benevolent Society, which was established in 1881 and is the oldest continuing independent Italian club in the United States. In 1881, the Italian community founded the society as a charitable institution to provide financial support to Italian miners and their families, especially those injured or killed as a result of their mining work. Today, it has over 120 members, most residing in Amador County, and all with... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

May 10

Jackson

Wiliam Eugene Burch Jr., 55, Stockton; 3:00 p.m. on the 10770 block of Highway 49; Possession of a controlled substance; Possession of unlawful paraphernalia; Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Ione

Grayson Lee Wicklund, 40, Ione; 11:47 p.m. on Craig Street and Nuner Street; Misdemeanor warrant arrest;...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

May 3

1:56 a.m. Disturbing the Peace in River Pines. Someone is throwing stuff out of a shed and slamming around in a truck.

8:18 a.m. Citizen Assist at a hardware store Upcountry near Highway 88. Roofing nails and piping have been thrown all over the parking lot. The caller believes the...

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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Raymond Joseph Dondero, born June 18, 1916, in Amador City, CA, and his wife Maxine Viola Ramos, born March 6, 1924 in San Jose, CA. Photo courtesy to Stacey Higgins
All gave some, some gave all. Nowhere than in Amador County is this reminder of the sacrifices for our freedom, made by so many veterans and volunteers in World War II, more true or more poignant. One such hero was Raymond Dondero, an Amador City native who was killed while serving in the Pacific in 1944. Because of the fortunate discovery of some of Dondero's original letters at the Amador County archives, Ray's granddaughter, Stacey Higgins of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, was able to compile a touching memorial scrapbook to her... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
5 days ago
Larry Petite received the honors of Paramedic of the Year and Emergency Medical Services Person of the Year. Here, he stands with a woman he helped rescue. Photo courtesy of Robert Cozad

The Amador County EMS Awards ceremony and dinner was held on Saturday, May 21, at the American Legion Post 108, honoring some of Amador County’s local heroes. The dinner was prepared by Jackson Fire, as it is each year, and the theme of the event was “Called to Care.” The evening was emceed by Pat Murphy and was well attended, with dozens of people celebrating the award-winners and enjoying a great meal.

The 2016 EMS award-winners are Pam Benson, Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year; Jack Chapman, Search and Rescue Member of...

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Carey Erichson
5 days ago

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20...

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5 days ago
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Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson sentenced 3 people for driving under the influence of alcohol before more than 300 students, faculty and community members during an assembly at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016. These actual court proceedings took place in the Argonaut High School gymnasium as part of an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. During the assembly students witnessed the legal implication of drinking and driving, and learned about the consequences of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
There will be a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Amador Memorial Cemetery. The service will proceed rain or shine. The program will be lead by the American Legion, Post 108 of Sutter Hill. A luncheon will follow, provided by the American Legion, Post 108 Auxilliary. Amador Memorial Cemetery is located at 25999 Hwy 88 in Pioneer. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago
Matthew Jonathan David Roulet
On May 23, 2016 at approximately 9:45 p.m., Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were preparing to serve multiple arrest warrants on Matthew Jonathan David Roulet, a 23-year-old residing on Clinton Road, in the unincorporated area of Jackson. Roulet was wanted on confirmed warrants for violations of California Health and Safety Code (H&S): possession of marijuana for sales; transportation of marijuana; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and the California Vehicle Code (VC) driving on a suspended... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
There is a free vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151, 23141 Shake Ridge Rd, to help residents clear a defensible space. The dumpster is not being filled up and if it is not being used, it may be removed. So, make sure to spread the word to anybody who may need to dispose of vegetation waste and, before you burn, consider utilizing the free vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire. Also important to note, burn permits are required, as of May 1. If you decide to burn, please call the Burn Day information line, at (209)... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago

Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, is the traditional start of summer and a time when more travelers and especially families will be on the go. When California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers take to the roads over the Memorial Day weekend, they will be working to save lives through seat belt education and enforcement.

To help keep motorists safe, the CHP will be conducting its annual Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) throughout the state. The MEP begins at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, May 27,...

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5 days ago
The AMGEN Tour of California cyclists pass through Sutter Hill on their way to the Stage 5 finish line. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The AMGEN Tour of California 2016 is a globally-known and highly competitive bicycle race that challenges professional cyclists’ physical fitness and mental determination in a whole new way. The AMGEN Tour is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that travels throughout California in separate stages; stage 5 traveled all the way through Amador County on May 19. The cyclists followed Highway 88; traveling from the vineyards of Lodi, passing through Ione and Sutter Creek and climbing the Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges to South Lake... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
5 days ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Q. I keep seeing people in front of stores asking shoppers to sign petitions. What are they, how do they affect me, and what do you do with them?

A. Basically, there are two ways that laws are made in this state. One is through the State Legislature. The other is through the...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Amador Water Agency lifts water conservation restrictions in Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At its May 26, 2016 meeting, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously (4-0-1, Director Paul Molinelli absent) to declare an end to the Agency’s Stage 2 Drought Water Warning conservation restrictions in effect since April 9, 2015. In addition, the Water Shortage Surcharge approved in July, 2015 will be lifted, with no drought surcharge appearing on any water bill beginning July 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to remove these state-mandated restrictions,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “Customers are...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
CAL FIRE increases firefighting staffing for Memorial Day Weekend. Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Public asked to take steps to prevent new fires

CAL FIRE is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, CAL FIRE is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California will see warm weather this weekend and winds through Saturday with gusts of 20-30 mph. There is even a risk of...

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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago

California State Parks invites our Veterans, active and reserve military personnel, to spend this year’s Memorial Day at one of 142 participating state parks offering free admission.

Originating in 1868, Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember U.S. Military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country. Providing a free day to service members and Veterans is a small way of honoring all of the men and woman for their service and sacrifice.

For a full list of all participating parks, visit parks.ca.gov/pages/737/...

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