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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Jackson City Council members before the July 23 meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
On Monday evening, the Jackson City Council erased all confusion about its opposition to the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

Prior to dealing with the cannabis issue, the council unanimously approved the consent calendar, which included the adoption of a Resolution for Notice of Completion for the Magnesium Hydroxide Project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The results of this project will be to increase water quality in Jackson Creek and Lake Amador by reducing the effluent discharge’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
At the Jr. Livestock Auction during the Amador County Fair, there will be an opportunity to support both the local community and the Interfaith Food Bank by purchasing an animal and donating it to the Food Bank. The frozen meat can then be used throughout the year, thus decreasing the issue of an over-abundance during the holidays and insufficient food supplies in summer months.

The auction will take place on the last day of the fair, which is Sunday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. After bidding on and purchasing an animal at...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following are selected entries from the Amador County Sheriff's Dispatch call logs for the dates and times indicated.

July 15

8:08 a.m. Vandalism at Buena Vista/Coal Mine Road in Jackson Valley. The Amador Road Department is reporting a tractor/loader was vandalized and all the wiring is stripped off of it. The last time anyone used the equipment was approximately two weeks ago,

11:06 a.m. Burglary on Highway 88 in Pine Grove. Caller arrived at 9 p.m. last night, found outbuildings broken into and chainsaw, battery for...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

July 5

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Curt Joseph Ayala, 57, Turlock; 10:45 a.m. at Mule Creek State Prison; Conspiracy to commit a crime; Bringing a controlled substance into jail;

Possession of a controlled substance in prison; Selling a controlled substance in prison custody; Possession of a controlled substance; Possession of a controlled narcotic substance; Failure to appear.

July 6.

Pioneer

Rowan Christian Knapp, 20,

Sacramento; 4:20 a.m. on the 19500 block of Woodridge...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Louis James Chiero Photo courtesy Amador County Sheriff's Office
Two more Upcountry residents have been arrested in connection with the July 7 stabbing death of Jacob Stover at a residence in Pioneer.

Louis James Chiero, 36, and Jessica Renee Chiero, 26, were taken into custody during a court appearance for unrelated charges July 14, after the Amador County District Attorney’s office determined both may have been involved. They are charged with being accessories to the murder after the fact and are described as residents in the house where the stabbing took place. Bail was set at $75,000 each and...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
A Nevada man and an Elk Grove woman somehow managed to escape with only minor injuries after a near head-on collision Tuesday that backed up traffic for miles in both directions on Highway 88 near Sunnybrook.

The California Highway Patrol said Willard Wehe, 68, of Wellington, Nevada, was westbound on Highway 88 east of Upper Jackson Valley Road just before 9:30 a.m. when the accident

occurred. As Wehe drove his 2007 Ford truck, for unknown reasons, he drifted off the north side of the road and onto the gravel shoulder before...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to check on the weather around Amador County, or view the parades and activities going on in your hometown no matter where you are in the world? Wouldn’t it be helpful to utilize live cameras to watch for fire, or check out the traffic on local roadways?

You can. The Amador Ledger Dispatch partnered with Calicams over a year ago to begin posting live camera feeds in various locations in Amador County, and they are poised to take the next step.

“Aside from the entertainment value,” said Amador...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago
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The Amador Learning Center staff is available to help new and returning college students register and enroll for online and iTV (interactive Television) Summer/Fall classes 2014 at Coastline Community College, Alan Hancock College, Foothill College and Folsom Lake College.

The Amador Learning Center facilitates access to more than 100 online degree and certificate programs, including options for the new associate degrees for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses.

ALC provides mentoring,...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Members of The Arc of Amador and Calaveras cast votes at a meeting June 18. Photo courtesy Mark Borchin
UPDATE: SHAWNA MOLINA HAS RESIGNED, SAY MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED A MEETING FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

The earlier story is below.

Allegations of an adversarial management style, a high number of staff turnovers and fiscal concerns top the list of a group calling itself the Committee to Save The Arc, or COSTA, — but executive director Shawna Molina says the accusations reflect “twisted truth” by “select members of the management team who since have resigned their positions with the agency.”

Documents obtained by the Amador Ledger Dispatch,...

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Jerry Budrick
6 days ago
The fire hydrant in front of the First Southern Baptist Church, in Sutter Creek, was accidentally knocked off its mount Friday morning. It took 30 minutes to stop the flow. Lawrence Paul snapped this photo of the geyser, and lamented the loss of so much water during California's ongoing drought. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
6 days ago
Stolen Tillamook cheese buses found in Copperopolis

Three Tillamook cheese company buses have been found in Copperopolis, and three men have been arrested and charged with their theft.The Volkswagen mini-buses, with a combined value estimated at $300,000, were recovered at a self-storage facility early Sunday morning after being reported stolen out of a hotel parking lot in Manteca on Saturday. Authorities said two men, Brian Michael Lancaster and Ryan Anthony Monaco, both with Sacramento addresses, were arrested Tuesday during a...

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Lucy Hackett
7 days ago
Following three critically dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board is requiring local water agencies to take emergency action to conserve water in landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

State regulators met in Sacramento Tuesday and approved the proposed rules for all Californians late in the day. The rules prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways is also banned, along with washing vehicles...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
On Wednesday, Assembly Bill 1722, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association, to crack down on cattle theft, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

“California ranchers make a living raising and selling livestock. When their animals are stolen, it poses a serious threat to their livelihood,” said Bigelow, a Madera County cattleman himself. “By prohibiting individuals convicted of livestock theft from holding a registered brand, we can help prevent these crimes from...

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Jerry Budrick
7 days ago
The Amador County Fair Horseshoe Contest will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the South Entrance, at 11 a.m.
The Amador County Fair, advertised as running for four days, from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, actually begins much earlier, given the fact that most truly active participants will start to work on next year’s Fair on the morning after this year’s Fair ends.

In reality, the 2014 Amador County Fair actually begins tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, at 6 p.m., with the 5th annual Fair Kick-Off BBQ, featuring barrel-roasted chicken and hot dogs. There will be live music by Sweet Revenge, a no-host wine bar, beer, coolers, soda...

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago
Here's what happens when Argonaut Cheerleaders hit the pool. Thanks to Diane "Pinger" Wratten for the photos. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Mike Doherty stands next to the street sign in Sutter Creek that bears his company's name. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In a recent interview with Electronic Products Magazine, local inventor Mike Doherty, president and CEO of EMCO High Voltage Corporation in Sutter Creek, discusses the creative process of developing an award-winning electronic device. In the article, Doherty explains the importance of removing himself from “the noise and clutter of modern life.” He says, “To create, you have to learn to identify a weak signal among all the noise and focus your efforts on that signal.” After conceiving an idea, Doherty works with EMCO’s engineering... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has announced that the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $41,406.00 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime.

“This is important to the county in order to increase protection for youth and to provide better enforcement of problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime,” Kuntz said.

The grant was awarded to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP). The grants strengthen...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Calaveras deputies responding to a report of a person stealing water have uncovered a moderately large marijuana grow in the Copperopolis area.

A report from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol, made the discovery July 10.

Both agencies were conducting a joint operation to eradicate the illegal marijuana grow when they spotted a man fleeing from the grow site. Edgar Lopez, whose age and place of residence was not released. Lopez was quickly located hiding...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Jason Buzi Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
When the man with the Twitter handle "HiddenCash" moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, California, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.

Now Jason Buzi, the Bay Area real estate investor behind the cash giveaways, says he will pay for the damage.

KNBC-TV reported Tuesday Buzi has agreed to send the city of Whittier $5,000 to cover the cost of repairs.

City Manager Jeff Collier says cash hunters trampled on plants, uprooted a newly planted tree, tore apart sprinkler heads and broke fences....

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