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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Unemployment rates are down again locally. According to the Employment Development Department, the June unemployment rate for Amador County was 6.1 percent. That number is down from 6.3 percent in May and significantly down from the 8.1 percent we saw in June of last year. In Calaveras County, the story is about the same with 6.2 percent in June, compared to 6.3 percent in May and down from 7.7 percent in June of last year. The state unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in June. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
5 days ago

On Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Superior Court of Amador County in Jackson, the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance withdrew its objection to the Return to Writ for the Newman Ridge Project. This action effectively closes the first 2012 lawsuit against Amador County and the Developer — Bill Bunce of El Dorado Hills, William Telishchak of Belvedere and multi-billion dollar hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, founded by billionaire and self proclaimed Environmentalist Tom Steyer, who are the landowners.

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John Tuttle
5 days ago

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, recently honored Arthur Bertolero as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 5th Assembly District. Bertolero served in the United States Army and is a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 108 in Amador County.

“Art served with distinction in the United States Army and has been an advocate for veterans in our communities for decades,” Assemblyman Bigelow said. “It was an honor to name Art as the 5th District’s Veteran of the Year. He is an amazing example of service and commitment to...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board), Division of Drinking Water, is issuing the Volcano Community Services District public water system a compliance order of violation of section 115555 of the California Health and Safety Code. Section 116555 requires each public water system to have a reliable supply of water to serve its customers. Because of drought conditions, the Water Board’s Division of Water Rights determined that water was not available for the Volcano Community Services District public water system’s... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
AWA Board meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Hemmed in by the State’s historic drought, state mandates and legal cases, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors have voted in a major change to their water rates, including a significant increase in water use charges.

In a crowded and lengthy special meeting called Tuesday night, the AWA Board approved a water rate surcharge to make up for lost revenue. Water conservation efforts have substantially reduced the amount of water AWA is selling, and thus decreased their revenues. The surcharge is a four-tiered system,...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

ARREST LOG

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 14

Jackson

Shelly Blue Barron, 47, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

Kimberley Ann Barron, 48, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession...

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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.

July 9

7:17 a.m. Citizen Assist on Inspiration Drive in Pioneer. The caller wants to know the laws that deal with his right protect himself against the unneighborly pit bull who lives next door, and if he would be in his rights to shoot the animal.

11:32 a.m. Welfare Check at an upcountry...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Erin Alan Quick. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The suspect in an Amador County bank robbery has been apprehended. On Friday July 17, at about 3 p.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank, in the Amador Ridge shopping center. The caller reported that the bank had just been robbed and that the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a white male, late twenties to early thirties, wearing a baseball cap and blue shirt. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and were one scene within two minutes....

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John Tuttle
5 days ago

On Sunday July 19, 2015 at approximately 11 p.m., a resident in the 3000 block of Jackson Valley Road called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office via 911 to report multiple shots fired in the area. The reporting party called back several minutes later stating a male subject was at his door asking for help and stating he had been shot.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence and contacted a 33-year-old male that had been shot multiple times. The victim said he was walking to a nearby residence when an unknown...

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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Sunday afternoon, July 19, the Amador County Sheriffs office issued a “Be On The Look Out” (BOLO) for a red station wagon that was in the Bear River area. It was stated that someone in the vehicle may have made threats to other individuals.

Around 2 p.m., a Jackson Police Officer spotted the BOLO vehicle pulling into the Jackson Shell Station. He then instituted a felony stop and requested backup. Sutter Creek Police Department and the Amador County Sheriffs Office responded immediately. Two adults were removed from the vehicle,...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
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Thursday, July 30, from 12 to 1 p.m., PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston will be interviewed by host JoAnn Fuller on the radio program, “Because People Matter,” on KUBU FM 96.5. The program will be on the threat of nuclear weapons, the recent United Nations five year review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Iran nuclear deal.

Sunday, August 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. is the annual August Peace Event, commemorating the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will be held in the Social Hall of St. John’s Lutheran...

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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Last year’s Paris themed gala to raise support for the Amador County College Foundation. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

After an initial closed session lasting about an hour, the Board of Directors of the Amador County College Foundation held their regular monthly open session on July 16. The directors welcomed the public and made introductions, then got down to the important task of discussing bank balances, bookkeeping and budgets, among other business.

A contract with Amador County Behavioral Health Services has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for $22,000 in Mental Health Services Act Funds for the ACCF’s Career Pathway in Public...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
The council directed staff to move forward with the Proposition 218 process for an increase in trash pick-up rates for the city's franchise ACES waste services. The proposed increase is 23 percent, or about $4.09, for a typical customer who currently pays $17.27 per month. A recent study conducted by an outside consultant to the city concluded that a rate increase of 71 percent would be justified, but ACES asked for the smaller increase. The rate study, presented and discussed at the last council meeting, cost $12,500 to prepare and... [Read more]
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5 days ago
The Amador Transmission Pipeline carries raw water from Lake Tabeaud to a storage reservoir at the AWA water treatment plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Hill, where a turbine will use the pipeline water pressure to generate renewable electricity for the Water Agency. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Contractors are starting construction on a hydroelectric generator on one of Amador Water Agency pipelines that will offset power bills at the Amador Water Agency headquarters and generate additional revenue.

A small turbine will be attached to a large Water Agency pipeline carrying raw water from Lake Tabeaud to the Tanner Water Treatment plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Hill.

The turbine will use the pipeline water flow and excess pressure at the water treatment plant to generate up to 580,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
A white flowering dogwood tree. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid between October 15 and December 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with...

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William Peterson
5 days ago
William Peterson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Personal retirement planning is about doing everything you can to protect, maximize and grow your nest egg. However, you cannot simply do whatever you want as there are rules, regulations and guidelines that must be followed.

So, the process is to utilize the best tools and strategies that are best for you and currently available and legal. Unfortunately though, as often happens when strategies become too effective, the government may look into closing some of these tools and strategies. So, you may want to take advantage while...

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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago
Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch/Kit Carson Mountain Men

We are in danger of losing our history. Newspapers have been published since 1855 under different mastheads. And for years, folks looking to dig into history have ventured to the Amador County Public Library to seek information on microfilm.

The problem – microfilm has a life cycle.

In fact, one of the machines used to search past publications is one that no longer has parts made for it or can be serviced. Thankfully, a second machine was graciously donated to assist the public. But even with that amazing gift, the microfilm...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Mikayla Haefele is crowned Miss Amador 2015. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Say hello to Miss Amador 2015, Mikayla Haefele! Mikayla is 16 years old and will be a senior at Amador High School in the fall. After graduation, she plans to attend either Bryn Mawr College or Scripps College with ambitious dreams for her future. Mikayla answered the questioned given to her by emcee Jim Guidi with ease, confidence and noticeable knowledge on the subject of agriculture in California. She is the daughter of John and Theresa Haefele, of Pioneer.

First runner up went to Kristina Woolsey. Kristina is 17 years old and...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Congressman Tom McClintock with Miss Amador County Rodeo Queen Morgan Lyman with her mom, Julie, and siblings Luke and Rachel. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

The Amador County Fair Foundation held their 7th annual Fair Kick-Off BBQ on Saturday, July 18. With just under 450 in attendance the Foundation raised several thousand dollars to be used on various projects at the Amador County Fairgrounds.

Some of the Foundation’s projects to-date include; rebuilding of the viewing stands in the Benny Brown Arena, major repairs to Frontier Town, General Mercantile building, remodeling the bathrooms behind the Biagi Stage, repairs to the Fair’s tractor, purchasing tables, chairs and a PA for...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
William David Ehle, 32, of Pioneer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On July 21, at approximately 2 a.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an older woman in the 14000 block of Williams Road in Pioneer. The 67-year-old female reported that she had been asleep on the couch in her residence when she awoke to see a man standing nearby watching her.

The subject then fled out the back of the residence.

When Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, they spoke with the woman and conducted a search of the scene. Deputies on scene were familiar with a person who lived in...

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