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7 days ago

Please join us by helping Amador County to be a special place to live. Sutter Creek Woman’s Club was established in 1909, by a small group of ladies, as an “Improvement Club.” The purpose of this new club was “to improve the cemetery, the school, our streets, and to beautify Sutter Creek in general.”

Throughout the years, our purpose has expanded to include philanthropic, civic, educational and social endeavors within Amador County. So, all ladies are invited to join to be a part of this growing organization, to help make us stand...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2016 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne’s watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 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.

August 2

Jackson

Jason Levi Hegseth, 39, Jackson; 10:23 a.m. on the 20 block of Marcucci Lane; Felony sex offender violation.

Jesse James Harris, 33, Concord; 2:05 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Pine Grove

Leigh Ryan Carlton, 28, Pine Grove; 3:45 p.m. on the 675 block of New York Ranch Road;...

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Brent Parsons
7 days ago
JVID’s Hank Willy. Photo by Brent Parsons
Dams or the lack of them have long been a controversial topic, especially in this time of prolonged drought. What would California’s prognosis be after four dry years without the water storage provided by the dams at Shasta, Oroville, Folsom and Hetch Hetchy? Even little dams, like Lake Amador’s, play critical roles in the regions they serve. Efforts to build additional dams have met fierce resistance in the decades I’ve been a water consumer. Environmentalists challenge the benefits and the associated costs accrued in the long... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
7 days ago

Sutter Creek will resume work on updating the city’s General Plan, a project that has been left incomplete for four years.

At their meeting Monday night, members of the Sutter Creek City Council approved a new scope of work to complete an update of the city’s general plan. The new general plan, which plays a role similar to that of a constitution at the state or national level, was completed in draft form in 2012, but the city of Sutter Creek placed a hold on the update process, citing lawsuits against the Gold Rush Ranch...

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Via Press Release
7 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.

August 2 11:04 a.m. Suspicious Person at a corporate drug store on Highway 49 in Sutter Creek. In the women's bathroom, someone has spent an extended period unwrapping items, possibly to steal. 5:29 p.m. Disturbing the Peace on Tabeau Road in Pine Grove. After throwing things around her residence,...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

This year’s “Big Red Barn,” sponsored by Rancho Arroyo Seco, will support all Amador County school music programs. Proceeds will benefit all schools from 5th grade through high school. This is the 10th annual event, and is planned for Saturday, September 24, at 6 p.m., at the “Big Red Barn,” in Ione. The goal is to raise $25,000 or more.

Rancho Arroyo Seco will once again match up to $7,500.

There are more than 300 students currently participating in the county music program. They are directed by two instructors, Heather...

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Guest Commentator
7 days ago
It was standing-room-only at the tree mortality forum last Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Anne Heissenbuttel
A workshop on “Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada” filled the Amador County Board of Supervisors’ chambers Wednesday, August 10, with 180 participants who came to learn about the bark beetles that are devastating the pine forests of Amador and neighboring counties. The Forest Stewardship Education program was sponsored by the Northern California Society of American Foresters, the Amador County Board of Supervisors, CAL FIRE and the CalAm Forestry Team, with funding provided by a grant from the USDA Forest Service State & Private... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago

The Ione City Council set the stage for the next round of development in the Castle Oaks development at their meeting Tuesday night.

The council approved a resolution allowing for a two-phase development of the “Village No. 4” section of Castle Oaks, located off Five Mile Drive, on the far western edge of both Castle Oaks and the City of Ione itself. The new agreement with the city will allow the development of 42 homes in the first phase and an additional 36 homes in the second phase by homebuilder Riverland Homes. The Village 4...

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Caitlyn Schaap
7 days ago

The November 8 General Election ballot has been finalized in Amador County. The filing deadline for elected offices was 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, but elections code dictated that, if an incumbent had not filed by that deadline, it was extended until Wednesday, Aug. 17. Now that the extended deadline has passed, a clear list of candidates has been set.

The battle for the District 4 Supervisor’s seat will be between incumbent Supervisor Louis Boitano and challenger Frank Axe.

In Amador City, three seats on the city council are up...

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Eric Winslow
7 days ago
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who was arrested August 4 on allegations of child endangerment, among other charges.
The recent criminal charges, those against the Mayor of Stockton, and others against a local author, educator and well-known member of the community, together with the price required by law to release the alleged perpetrators before trial, raises questions about the way that bail amounts are set. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on August 4 on charges of felony eavesdropping, sale of alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child endangerment. Investigators uncovered evidence that Silva plied... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
7 days ago

Linden can boast and toast a hometown boy. Aaron Judge made history on baseball’s biggest stage, Yankee Stadium, last Saturday. He hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Tyler Austin, the previous batter, also just called up from the minors, had just blasted a home run in his first at bat in the majors. They’re the first pair to ever do that. Cooperstown wants the bats, to put them in the Hall of Fame, but the boys either can’t or aren’t ready to give them up just yet.

Aaron hit another home run the next day and a...

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Lisa Lucke
7 days ago
Very soon, I’ll be heading to Reno, to drop off my son at his new home on the 7th floor of a dormitory building, to live in a room that’s likely smaller than our family room, which he’ll share with two other young men for the next ten months. The longest we’ve ever been apart is three weeks. That might seem like an eternity to some moms and, in fact, it was a long time for me. It was too long. I felt physically anxious that last week. The first week I partied. The middle week, I got a few things done. But he was nine or ten years... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
6 days ago
Thursday afternoon, at approximately 11 a.m., a 2001 Chevrolet, driven by Nicholas Lupton of Pine Grove, was traveling west on Ridge Road, near Running Gold Road, when he failed to notice other vehicles stopped in front of him. His vehicle struck a 2011 Ford pickup truck, driven by Richard Anderson of Pioneer, which then propelled the pickup into a 2001 Toyota, driven by Cooper Kearns of Pine Grove. Lipton and Anderson were both injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital by the American Legion Ambulance Service to be... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
7 days ago

Fire restrictions have been in effect in the Eldorado National Forest since late July. Wood and charcoal fires are restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire-related activities are prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2016 California Campfire permit. The forest has also established a new fire information phone line for questions about fire activity during fire season: (530) 957-0488.

Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites, motor vehicle use and...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

July 26

Jackson

Dwight Arthur Goins, 68, Burson; 12:30 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Felony warrant arrest.

July 27

Sutter Creek

Geoffrey Daniel Verville, 27, Citrus Heights; 8:06 p.m. at the Shell Station; Traffic offense: special circumstance; Driving a vehicle without an interlock device with a suspended...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

July 26 4:54 p.m. Disturbing the Peace in Pine Grove. After letting her son stay at her residence for a short time until he kicked his pot habit and got a job, the caller now wants him removed. He is refusing to leave. 10:16 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances on West Marlette Street in Ione....

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
Buffalo book bins bleed blue at Amador High School. Photo by Eric Winslow

Amador County Schools started their first day back to school on Monday, August 8. Besides the excitement of seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, and embarking upon the journey of learning, some students at the County's two high schools have encountered their first major logistical obstacle. The high schools apparently do not have enough lockers to accommodate all the enrolled students.

One distraught mother, wishing to remain anonymous, called the offices of the Amador Ledger Dispatch with an emotional report about her...

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Lisa Lucke
2 weeks ago

really don’t know why my fingers typed “rainbows and butterflies.” What I actually intended to type was “bull----,” but somehow that other stuff flew off my fingertips. After I typed those words, I realized that things really have changed through the years when it comes to back-to-school chores. For one thing, I really don’t have many anymore. I have money. They have cars. It’s that simple.

See, my kids are old; in fact, they’re ancient by teenager standards. My son is closer to 19 than 18 and heading off to college in a few...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

From the California Department of Public Health

(Editor’s note: So far, Amador and Calaveras counties have been extremely fortunate. None of the alarming number of Zika virus cases have been found here. However, the danger continues to grow and encroach, prompting this warning sent by the California Department of Public Health to all Californians, Amador and Calaveras residents included.)

The CDPH has reported that two infants with Zika-related microcephaly have been born in California to women who had Zika virus infections...

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