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3 days ago
From left, licensed vocational nurse Evangeline Baliton, CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard, Registered Dental Assistant Angela Dunham and Registered Dental Assistant Jennifer “Jeni” Vicini. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Registered Dental Assistants Jennifer “Jeni” Vicini and Angela Dunham, and Licensed Vocational Nurse Evangeline Baliton all work at Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione. The three were awarded Gold Corrections Stars for actions they took during an incident, described below.

During the course of performing their regular job duties, these three medical professionals selflessly and bravely came to the aid of a doctor, likely saving her from serious injury or death. An inmate who was having his blood pressure taken in the clinic walked...

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4 days ago
Mentors/Tutors Maureen Angle, Jacque Fletcher, Howard Webb, Angelica Ervin and Jennifer Putnam are honored for volunteering.
The Amador Community College Foundation presented career technical certifications to students and honored dedicated mentor and tutor volunteers September 16, 2014 at the Health and Human Services offices of ACCF.

Amador Community College Foundation is proud to announce the successes of Sheryl Barghoorn and Shannon Harmon on receiving their Human Services Certificates. Sheryl will finish with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology December 2014 and her Masters in Social Services endeavor begins January 2015. Shannon will continue her...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
The 7th grade Jackson Jaguars girls basketball team dominated during a series of games played at a preseason tournament at Calaveras High School in San Andreas Sept. 20. All games lasted just 20 minutes, with a 5 minute rest period in-between. In the first game of the day, the Mark Twain Badgers beat the Ione Lady Colts with a final score of 9 to 6. In the second game, the Jackson Jaguars took on the Toyon Warriors in the closest game of the day, which saw Jackson take the victory 9-8. In the third game, Toyon, smarting from their... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Amador County supervisors have extended the time frame of an interim ordinance first approved in August to limit the indoor growing of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county. The action came during a public hearing at the regular meeting of the board this week.

According to the language contained in the interim ordinance, the county does not currently have any explicit rules or regulations governing medical marijuana cultivation, except when it is grown outdoors.

“The potential has arisen for an extremely large and...

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Matthew Hedger
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014 with 91 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

In 1903, the first World Series opened in Boston. It was a best-of-nine competition, won by the Boston Pilgrims of the American League over the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League.

In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model-T automobile.

In 1992, Dallas billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addresses the Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite.
The first item on the discussion calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
Tony Tamantini at America’s Mattress, 12030 Industry Boulevard, Jackson, delivers a smile along with a miracle for a local disabled woman. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
In October of 2013, an article was printed in the Amador Ledger Dispatch titled, “What We Really Need is a Small Miracle.” An excerpt from this article reads, “…Good newspapers reflect the communities they serve, but great newspapers actively involve themselves in the communities they serve to make them stronger.”

That article introduced a project called “Miracle Corner,” which has been running, mostly behind-the-scenes, for the past year. “It is a program that utilizes the Amador Ledger Dispatch, its business partners,...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Assistant Superintendent Tim Zearley presented a report on revenues and expenditures for ACUSD and ACOE in the past year. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting Wednesday night, Amador High School student Lauren Struffenegger was awarded an “A” Block Letter for her outstanding community service. Struffenegger has also served as a guide for visually impaired skiers at Kirkwood and other ski resorts.

A public comment was made thanking the school board for hiring a band teacher. The attendee commented, “I know it was a very difficult thing; the search was long and arduous… My daughter is in band and,...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a partial listing of preliminary and pre-preliminary hearings and trial readiness conferences scheduled to take place in Amador Superior Court on Monday, September 29, 2014. Case numbers provided may be used to review files available online at amadorcourt.org. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

14-CR-22130 Robert Stone Shillinglaw

14-CR-22471 Dale Lawrence Shaefer

14-CR-22560-01 Jeremiah Nathaniel James

13-CR-20527 Don Juan Cornelius

14-CR-22388 Michael Anthony Crivello...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a partial listing of misdemeanor arraignments scheduled to take place in Amador Superior Court on Monday, September 29, 2014. Case numbers provided may be researched for more detail at amadorcourt.org. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For a full list of all court-related events, visit amadorcourt.org.

00-CR-00156 Wayne Robert Leston

05-CR-07952 and 05-CR-08339 Alfonso Rodriguez

05-CR-029312 Christopher Garry Ross

11-CR-19075 Peter Michael Scott

12-CR-19949, Carlos...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a list of marriage license applications filed with the Amador County Clerk/Recorder’s Office for the dates indicated.

August 15

Groom: Michael Oreste Rocchi

Bride: Beth Elaine Todd

Groom: Robert Hatley McCrary, Jr.

Bride: Laura Lanier Halsey

Groom: Devon Michael Johnson

Bride: Adele Ann Laferrera

Groom: Christopher James Wilderotter

Bride: Rosa Maria Stevens

August 18

Christopher David Canady

Megan Anne Horrell

Groom: Adam Joseph Guadagnolo

Bride: Mayra Flores Ramos

August 19

Groom: Thomas...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Amador County Supervisors hope to unload some of their excess property — and put some much needed money into the General Fund in the process.

Announced just last week, properties in Jackson to be sold include APN 020-243-001, a .76 acre parcel consisting of a parking area behind the old courthouse that has two structures — 204 Court Street and 42 Summit Street in Jackson. The property is zoned “P”, public/institutional and is within the City of Jackson Historic Corridor.

The second parcel, APN 020-243-002, is a .08 acre size vacant...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a partial list of case management conferences scheduled to take place in Amador Superior Court on Monday, September 29, 2014. For a full list of all court-related happenings, visit amadorcourt.org.

Joe Cavana vs. KZ RV LP, a business entity of unknown form, product liability.

Cach, LLC vs. Robert Hypse, collections.

Andrew Garcia vs. William Knipp, civil rights.

Grant and Weber, a corporation vs. Robert L. Cotner, collections.

Brusatori Enterprises, Inc. vs. Francis M. Bickeldalman, breach of contract/warranty....

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is compiled 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.

September 22

8:01 a.m. Animal Call on Highway 88 at Aqueduct Road in Pine Grove. Injured deer needs to be dispatched.

10:48 a.m. Annoying Phone Calls at the Amador County Animal Shelter on Airport Road in Martell. Caller wants a deputy to listen to the threats made by a caller who wants his...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addressing the City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The first item on the Discussion Calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

The...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
A head-on accident between a pickup and a box truck sent two San Joaquin County residents to a Reno, Nevada hospital with major injuries and closed down a section of Highway 88 in both directions for nearly four hours.

The California Highway Patrol said the Sept. 19 accident happened at around 5:35 p.m. when Douglas Edwards, 47, a Jackson resident, was driving a 2015 Hino box truck westbound on Highway 88 east of Dufrene Road. Edwards drifted off of the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and crossed over the double yellow...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
Nathan David Leidloff, 36, Buckhorn; 9:26 a.m. at the Amador County Probation Department; Violation of probation.

September 18

Jackson

Richard Wayne McGowen, 55, Jackson; 6:09 p.m. on Water Street east of Main Street; DUI.

Sutter Creek

Eleanor Katherine Stevenson, 59, Ione; 9:24 p.m. on Highway 49 and Valley View; Driving under the influence of drugs; Under the influence of a controlled substance.

September 19

Jackson

Matthew Keith Wade, 25, Jackson; 10:15 a.m. at the Amador County Probation Department; Violation of probation....

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
The train descending into Sutter Creek Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Amador Ledger photo by Bill Lavallie.
As first reported yesterday afternoon online, a horse in the wagon train of the Days of 49 has suffered a fatal injury. Dianne Quierolo Bennett, a frequent contributor to the Amador Ledger Dispatch, said the horse died quickly, and did not suffer after collapsing in Sutter Creek.

"The horse was part of a four horse Percheron hitch," she wrote in a post on social media. "It had a heart attack or aneurism and went down. Vet was on the wagon and at the horse within 30 seconds. There was nothing he could do, the horse went quick. They...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2014 with 95 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

In 1540, the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, was chartered by the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1825, in England, George Stephenson operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train.

In 1930, golfer Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur Championship, capturing the era's Grand Slam. Earlier in the year, he won the British Amateur,...

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Patricia Lesky
6 days ago
"Editor's Note: Patricia Lesky is Amador County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, with offices at 12200 B Airport Road, in Martell."

Winter is just around the corner and when the nights turn chilly many people in Amador County will rely on a wood fire to heat their homes. While there are many wood dealers eager to sell at attractive prices, how do you know if you’re getting a good, fair deal? The only way to know for sure is to measure what is sold.

Firewood has its own special unit of measurement called a “cord.” Firewood...

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