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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
You actually get tired just walking into the gym and taking in the surroundings. But not everyone is tired — not the 250 youth wrestlers set to compete. And not the parents — certainly not. If I were a betting man, I’d guess that wrestling coaches Gary Landergen, Brian Whaling and Emilio Estrada might be. I caught them setting up on Friday night, coaching and running the Argonaut Invitational on Saturday morning, and back for the kids on Sunday for youth wrestling. But if they were tired — you’d never know it judging from the smiles,... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
4 days ago

Family and friends gathered together on December 20, 2014 to watch as Chelsea signed her letter of intent to play softball at McPherson College in Kansas.

It all began when Chelsea started playing recreational softball here in Amador County. From there she started travel softball with the Sirens and continued on to play 3 years with the Runnin’ Rebels before the USA Elite Gold team recruited her for her pitching.

Chelsea is going into her third year at the Varsity level for pitching for Argonaut High School. Last season, she was...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago

Sonora, ROP, Amador, Weston Ranch, Red Bluff and Argonaut all met on Saturday, January 17, to battle it out on the mats. And battle they did. At the end of the day, some came out better than others, some missed close opportunities and sure, some have some work to do, but one thing is certain, they gave it everything they had.

The same can be said for the Amador County Jackson Lions Club, which did a fantastic job of keeping things moving along and taking care of anything that came up. With that said, here are the individual results:...

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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago

A bicyclist traveling down Stoney Creek Road Thursday, January 15 at around 9 a.m. was struck at the intersection of Argonaut Lane by a motorist who allegedly told first responders she did not see the rider.

The bicycle of the adult rider was heavily damaged and the rider was sent to Sutter Amador Hospital where they determined he had a broken leg.

The Jackson Police Department is still investigating the accident. The names of those involved have not been released.

On Tuesday, January 20 there was a second accident reported on...

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
On November 1, 2014, the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District, which serves the Kirkwood, California community and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, commissioned and energized a 10 megawatt, 28-mile electrical transmission line connecting the area to the Western electric grid at Pacific Gas & Electric’s Salt Springs substation. This substantially completes a 9-year capital project that cost approximately $38 million, and was made possible only through several key partnerships. The combination underground and overhead project, including... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

On Wednesday, January 28, volunteers will conduct a survey of homeless families and individuals in Amador County. They will follow guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 24-hour “point in time” look at homelessness. All the volunteers have been trained for this process.

Volunteers will be visible in their assigned locations during the day and into the evening. If they walk the creeks and enter homeless encampments, they will work in teams of two. They will approach homeless persons respectfully...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago

Scholarship Essay Contest

The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility are seeking entries for an essay contest in which a total of $15,000 will be awarded to local area students.

The 2015 PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties — Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. A total of $15,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to 12 students. The prompt for this year’s contest, chosen by a...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago

Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy Application Available Online Now

Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office, a perfect opportunity to discover the answers awaits: The Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

The Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy...

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Terry Sanders
4 days ago

With Amador County being a high concentration of retired age residents, it is no surprise that I get a lot of questions concerning VA Long-Term Care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. More than 90 percent of VA’s medical centers provide home- and community-based outpatient long-term care programs. This patient-focused approach supports the wishes of most patients to live at home in their own communities for as long as...

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William Peterson
4 days ago

The financial world has changed dramatically over the last several years and many more dramatic changes are expected. All of these changes have caused questions, concerns and uncertainties for many. With the complexities of retirement planning these days, many people have turned to professional help. So, when we are looking for some help or a change, how do we find the right financial advisor for out specific situation?

Choosing a financial advisor may be one of the most important financial decisions that we will ever make. The...

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
Blue oak woodland, Monterey County, California. April 1, 1938. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S. has found that compared to the beginning of the last century, California’s forests are more dense, with fewer large trees, more small growth and are a much bigger risk for fires. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how they compared forest surveys over the past century and the changes they noted and what it might mean for the future of forest management in the state.

California is notorious for...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago

The Eldorado National Forest plans to fill approximately 35 seasonal wildland firefighter positions for a temporary appointment that will run approximately May through November 2015. The online application for these jobs will only be open for one week from Tuesday, January 27, 2015 through Monday, February 2, 2015. Fire staff from the forest are available to answer questions about the application process which involves submitting an online application and a resume through the national USAjobs website.

The various positions opening...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
One of the participants in HorseBack UK 2012 learning the Western style of training horses. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In 2012, one of Amador County’s own horse training specialists, Robert Gonzales, was invited “across the pond” to the United Kingdom to work with the staff and participants of HorseBack UK. This year, Gonzales has been invited again to participate in this charitable organization focusing on rehabilitating wounded soldiers. With the support from Help for Heroes, HorseBack UK provides a safe and secure environment to aid those who are serving, or who have served, in the UK armed forces. Gonzales will be traveling to Scotland February... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Jody Drollinger then, at 266 pounds — and Jody Drollinger now. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At 266 pounds, Jody Drollinger said her life was depressing, dreary and joyless.

So in January 2014, the 43-year-old set out on a weight loss journey by exercising and cutting out fast food and soda from her diet — and has since shed an impressive 126 pounds!

“This journey has been one of the best accomplishments I have ever achieved — and it’s just getting started!” the Pine Grove, Calif. native said.

What was your life like before the weight loss?

My life was a complete mess. It was depressing, dreary and joyless — not to...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Actor Terra Forgette Roberto for Blue Mountain Theater's "Wrong For Each Other." Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
HIGHLIGHT -- WEST POINT: Blue Mountain Theater’s production, “Wrong for Each Other,” by Norm Foster, allows audiences a glimpse of the roller coaster ride of a relationship between Norah and Rudy. This comedy exposes the funny side of life, despite the dramatics, and will keep you laughing until the end of the show. This year marks the 21st season of Blue Mountain Theater. Opening night gala will be on Friday, Feb. 13, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain is at 7 p.m. There will also be a special Valentine’... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
4 days ago

MLL Varsity Girls Basketball — Week 3

As we approach the mid season mark in the Mother Lode League for varsity girls, it appears as if the Sonora girls will be heading to the playoffs. Sonora sits at 6-0, alone at the top of the MLL as the second half of league play gets underway. It would take a total collapse for Sonora to miss the playoffs. The Lady Mustangs are in great shape as they are in sole possession of second place at 4-1. Calaveras (the surprise of the MLL this year) is in the third spot at 3-2 with Bret Harte on their...

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Troy Claveran
4 days ago

On Friday, January 16 the Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team played host to the Lady Bears of Summerville.

The Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team Played host to the Summerville Bears on Friday night and they were determined not to lose another game to Tuolumne County in the same week. The Argonaut Varsity Girls are a good basketball team to begin with, but add a little dash of determination and look out visitors — you are in our house. Domination in basketball is most effective with tight defensive pressure. The Lady...

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Troy Claveran
4 days ago
The Amador Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Calaveras High School in San Andreas on Tuesday, January 20. The Calaveras boys, who were projected to win the Mother Lode League basketball competition, had their hands full with the Amador Buffalos. The Buffalos held the Tribe to just 7 points playing good defense while scoring 9 of their own. Going into the second quarter, they had hopes of making this a close contest, but the Buffs unraveled just a bit on offense by scoring only 5 points for the period. They played a good second... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
4 days ago

Amador Versus Summerville

The Amador Girls Varsity Basketball Team Traveled to Tuolumne City on Wednesday January 14 to play the Lady Bears of Summerville

The Lady Amador Buffs lost a closely played game by a score of 43 to 40.

Amador Versus Calaveras

The Amador Buffalos Girls Varsity Basketball Team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Calaveras by a score of 44 to 35.

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Guest Commentator
4 days ago

Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 10,526 gas outlets in California. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices yesterday were 111.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 28.2 cents per gallon...

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