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Brent Parsons
5 days ago
Marie and Ron Scofield. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
There were a few cowboys on the rural coast when I lived there. Western wasn’t the look then and those that had it were probably for real. My teen sister wanted a horse and my parents saved a horse’s life by giving her old Star which she later upgraded to a spunkier Red. My sister was a rebel and I think my parents thought the horse would bring her back. But no, Red joined my sister. He bucked me and others off and kicked down my father’s new backyard gate when it moved as we walked through. Worst of all, I was charged with feeding... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
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California’s adolescent birth rate has continued to decline to a record-low. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

California’s adolescent birth rate has continued to decline to a record-low of 23.2 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19. The announcement came this week from California Department of Public Health director and state health officer Dr. Karen Smith. The 2013 rate reflects an 11 percent decline from the 2012 rate of 26.2 and a 50 percent decline from the 2000 rate of 46.7.

“California’s continued success in reducing adolescent births is an excellent example of public health at work,” Smith said. “By providing adolescents the knowledge,...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
The Old Ryan House, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When we hear about something that is too good to be true, it usually is. But for one lucky winner, an impossible dream could become reality.

A fully-renovated, historic home in Jackson, “the Old Ryan House,” is the prize for the creative someone who’s original dessert recipe is chosen as the winner of this unique contest. There is a $100 entry fee, and entries will be accepted until August 7. The estimated market value of the home is approximately $389,000.

Erin Allard’s grandparents retired in Pine Grove and enjoyed the...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell are the winners of the Wedding of the Century Contest. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Browsing through Instagram may seem like a waste of time to some. But for this winning couple, it paid off in the form of a contest called Wedding of the Century. “We won a $75,000 wedding with 100 guests,” said Kimmie Campbell. “Everything from my dress to the wedding photographer is included.”

Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell met in 7th grade at a banquet for the Nuggets football team and cheer team. They started dating Senior year of high school. On their seventh anniversary (last October) Krupsky proposed to Campbell at...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

Conservation groups say a bill introduced last week by a California Congressman to combat the drought would have devastating consequences for wildlife.

House Resolution 2898, known as the “Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015,” would allow more water to be pumped from the delta and sent to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

But Rachel Zwillinger, water policy adviser with the group Defenders of Wildlife, says the bill would allow the state to override the Endangered Species Act and other environmental protections....

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

Law enforcement authorities in Calaveras County have released more details in a shooting incident in the Circle XX subdivision near San Andreas on Sunday that left one man dead.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt said Wednesday that Ronald Richard Farmer II, 26, a resident of Tuolumne City, in Tuolumne County, was shot after allegedly trying to force his way into a home on the 6000 block of Chaparojos Street, near Pool Station Road, near Angels Camp, at around 11:50 a.m and threatening...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Cameron Cisco. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Calaveras authorities have arrested a former Murphys resident on charges of child pornography.

News of the arrest was delivered this week by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department who said Cameron Cisco was arrested at his residence near Jamestown, in Tuolumne County June 22.

The CCSD said detectives contacted Cisco June 19 in an ongoing investigation regarding possession of child pornography. Investigation, evidence and statements revealed that Cisco was allegedly involved in downloading images of child pornography....

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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.

June 9

1:06 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. A man is screaming at a woman. He is outside. She is inside.

3:12 a.m. Trespassing at Meadow Pines Estates Mobile Home Park in Pioneer. The caller complains that someone was tapping on the window and laughing.

7:28...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Monday its conducting an internal investigation after a deputy’s loaded pistol was found by a 10-year-old boy and accidentally fired at an airsoft gaming facility in Amador County. No one was injured. Sunday’s incident occurred at the West Coast Airsoft Park located along Highway 16, near Plymouth.

According to reports, the boy saw the weapon on the ground, picked it up and was in the process of handing it to a park employee, when the gun fired into the ground. Sgt. Lisa Bowman,...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
A packed house at Dollar General Meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

A skeptical and at times hostile crowd gathered Tuesday evening at a community meeting at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall to learn details of a proposed second Dollar General Store in Amador County. The proposed Dollar General store would be located in Pioneer at the corner of Meadow Vista Drive and State Highway 88, just north of the Payless Market. The store would be 3,200 square feet in size and have driveway access from Meadow Vista Drive and not Highway 88.

The project is still in its initial stages, not yet having formally...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
Red is known by many in Amador County. Photo courtesy to the ALD
After seeing an ad in the Amador Ledger Dispatch to help a local man in the community known as “Red,” Chesney Grant decided to contribute in a major way. Grant is the owner of Blue Moon Cafe, in Pine Grove. When her brother-in-law passed away two years ago, he left an electric scooter in the care of Grant. When she saw the ad in the paper, she was struck with the idea to donate the scooter to Red. The ad read, in part, “Red is a member of Amador County and he has Cerebral Palsy. He was hit by a car a few months back and his electric... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
Families can enjoy the breathtaking views together at the park. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Visitors should plan on arriving at the park entrances by 9 a.m. each day. Parking in Yosemite Valley is expected to be especially challenging and visitors should plan accordingly. Based on past holiday weekends, visitors arriving during peak hours have been delayed for up to two hours in east Yosemite Valley. The park has added... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
Check that fireworks are allowed in your area before using them. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With the Independence Day holiday rapidly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians and visitors to do their part to prevent fires caused by illegal fireworks or the misuse of “Safe and Sane” fireworks. On Sunday, June 28 “Safe and Sane” Fireworks went on sale in approximately 300 communities throughout California. Although fireworks are a symbolic display of patriotism during this time of celebration, they can be dangerous when handled incorrectly or used in the wrong environment.

“As we head into the fourth summer...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago
Local kids Adriaan, Lyra and Callen Cranford getting ready for their Independence Day party. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Get festive for the Fourth of July! You can purchase every (legal) kind of fireworks you want at the Jackson Lions Club stand by Grocery Outlet, in Jackson. On the third of July, join the community in attending the annual fireworks show put on at Jackson Junior High by the Jackson Lions Club. The Lions have been doing this for over 40 years and they offer activities for every member of the family. “The Jackson Rancheria generously donated to the Lions Club to make this year the best one yet with twice as many fireworks and the best... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2015 with 185 to follow.

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

In 1853, the U.S. Senate ratified the $10 million Gadsden Purchase from Mexico, adding more than 29,000 square miles to the territories of Arizona and New Mexico and completing the modern geographical boundaries of the contiguous 48 states.

In 1933, Fatty Arbuckle, silent film comedian and one of Hollywood's most beloved personalities until...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 10 2015 District System Management Plan (DSMP) is available on the district’s web page at www.dot.ca.gov/dist10.

A fact sheet providing information on the system planning process is also available on the site. The plan and fact sheet are under the ‘Highlights’ section on the web page. The report spotlights the planning efforts, sustainability, the transportation system, District 10’s local partners, as well as projects in the counties of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

“Summer of Creativity Grants are now available for young, would-be changemakers, as part of an effort by the Disney/ABC Television Group which seeks to support 125 youth-led service projects with $500 grants.

As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America is calling on kids to make this a “Summer of Creativity.” YSA will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young people who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti Photo courtesy to the ALD
The Amador County School Board has appointed an Interim Superintendent and set a new salary for the Superintendent of the County Office of Education. Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti has been appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Amador County School District. Chapin-Pinotti has worked as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for eight years and has been with the school district for twelve years. The board voted that she receive an additional stipend of $2,000 per month, in addition to her current salary. The... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Timothy Albrecht, Andrew Alcoriza, Savannah Allgeyer, Jasmine Alorro, Kaylie Baker, Connor Crosby, Estefani Franco-Aguayo, Elektra Hudson, Logan Manner, Aiden Moody, Anthony Pimentel, Callie Tanner, Chloe Traxler, Thomas Mike

Fifth Grade

Shylin Allen, Ashley Bethel, Madison Atwood, Magdalena Bilberry, Ryan Billingsley, Madalynn Carges, Natalie Bordwell, Tonya Chronis, Sammy Clinton, Emma Cranfill, Colby Eckhart, Macie Fraser, Alexis Harmon, Mya Manner, Sam Moore, Dylan Randolph, Kylie Shaw, Gwen Church, Megan Stacy, Cosette...

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William Peterson
2 weeks ago

“I am a father, and just like my father did for me, I try and help my children as much as I can, including financial advice. In fact, I try and pass down much of the advice my father gave to me, which is what he received from his father.

Both of these fine gentlemen were very conservative and did not believe in taking much risk on investing their money. One of their main pieces of advice was to save as much as possible and invest in FDIC insured bank CDs. However, as you know, bank CDs are not paying much anymore. I wish my father...

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