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6 days ago

California’s smallest incorporated city will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a tomato festival. Farmers’ Market tomatoes as well as award winning local wines and an array of tomato-centric foods will be available. Also offered is a tomato carnival complete with a dunk tank and tomato toss. The food, wine and activities will take place Saturday, September 5 from 12 p. m. to 4 p. m.

Harmony Hill Farm will have a stand in town with their tomatoes grown by Emily Beals. They are a small, organic farm on the South Fork of the...

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2 days ago
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is September 9

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is September 9

Join the national efforts to help educate everyone abut FASDs. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

-- Join the conversation online: Post on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag ‪#‎FASD or tweet @TheArcUS.

-- Talk to your friends: Have a conversation with your friends about FASDs and share knowledge or questions.

-- Write a letter to your local paper: Write a letter to the editor about FASDs Prevention Day to spread the conversation in your community.

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6 days ago
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The symptoms of stress can be extremely unpleasant, as participants in a study released earlier this year by the Statistic Brain Research Institute and the American Institute of Stress who reported experiencing physical symptoms of stress admitted to feeling fatigue, headache, upset stomach, and muscle tension, among other things.

Among those who reported feeling physical symptoms of stress, 77 percent admitted to feeling those symptoms regularly, citing job pressure and money as the primary causes of their stress.

How men and...

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Rich Farrington
6 days ago

A reader says “...it is time we let the AWA go into bankruptcy.” Bankruptcy would be costly to customers. It could stop existing grants or increase the cost of critical projects that will improve water safety, stop major leaks, improve fire protection and reduce AWA electric bills. One leak project alone will save over a half billion gallons of water a year.

Bankruptcy could result in the takeover of Amador Water Agency by a private company, which can legally make a profit, but isn’t eligible for government grants and low...

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William Peterson
6 days ago
More than 70 percent of retirees who live to 65 years of age will need some form of long term care in retirement. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

According to a recent Urban Institute study, as well as several other sources, the number one cause of financial ruin in your retirement years is a long term care illness.

Why? Well, because it is likely to happen and the cost of care is so expensive. So, one of the biggest decisions you will make in your retirement years is how to protect your nest egg against this risk and pay for this care.

What will your decision be?

New studies by the National Association of Health Underwriters and Medicare have suggested that more...

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6 days ago

Stockton resident John Steven Keplinger, 56, has been charged with five counts of mail fraud in connection with an auto parts scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from 2010 to 2014, Keplinger carried out a fraud scheme by purporting to sell used auto engines from Japan, but failing to provide customers what he promised. Over 300 paying customers across 44 states and the District of Columbia were defrauded. Keplinger used three companies and websites to carry out the fraud...

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Craig Baracco
6 days ago
Some see Amador County’s cell towers as an eye sore, while others would like more of them to receive better service. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Cell phone towers were the main topic of discussion at the Amador County Planning Commission Tuesday night as the Commission considered an appeal of a approval of cell tower in the Fiddletown area.

The Commission considered an appeal from the Allard family, who live nearby the proposed 50 foot communication tower for Verizon Wireless off of American Flat Road that had been previously approved by County staff. Under the rules set by the County’s communication ordinance, cell towers fifty feet or less only require staff approval,...

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6 days ago
Kristen Root. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Community College Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates the Amador Learning Center, announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are: Kristen Root and Ken Centanni.

Kristen Root holds a BA in International Relations and is currently finishing a Master of Public Policy Degree where she is specializing in State and Local Policy. She has experience in conducting community outreach surveys, as well as local government financing...

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Brent Parsons
6 days ago
I’ve learned and warned others that there are two subjects to avoid when engaging hardware customers: religion and politics. Both involve sticky webs and cover a lot of ground. What might start as a simple small talkie exchange of pleasantries could end an entangled mess. For example: “May I help you find something?” “Sure, I need to match this screw, but a bit longer.” “Looks to be metric.” “Shouldn’t be, it’s for a Smith and Wesson.” “Are you a fire arms collector?” “Yeah and you better be one too before Obama gets them all and... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago

Blue Shield of California Foundation recently announced a grant of $15,000 to Operation Care to strengthen their capacity to provide critical services and shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Jackson. These core operating funds offer the flexibility to respond to changes and challenges as they arise, so that vital community organizations like Operation Care can continue to reach many of the most vulnerable Californians.

“It is a privilege to partner with and support California’s network of domestic violence service...

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6 days ago
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The temporary drought surcharge is essential to keep AWA financially stable. The extended drought and California’s emergency conservation regulations are now causing an unplanned shortfall in funds – a loss of up to $1.2 million per year - to cover Amador Water Agency’s fixed costs needed to operate. This July, AWA customer purchased 42 percent less water than in July, 2013.

AWA is not alone. Other water agencies in Amador County and the state are experiencing the same financial crisis due to lost revenue from water conservation....

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
A Black Bear that did not survive a run-in with a motorcycle. John Slot is a freelance photographer from Valley Springs. His work has been featured in both The Valley Springs News and Calaveras Enterprise. Photo by John Slot
Local photographer John Slot came upon this accident on Highway 88 near Silver Lake on the afternoon of Saturday, August 22. “I talked with the riders involved,” said Slot. “The bear darted onto Highway 88 and brushed against a rider on his motorcycle.” Slot said the bear was then spun around in front of another rider that hit him directly. The rider was taken to the hospital, but was talking and moving slowly. The bear did not survive the sudden and unlikely incident. “A tragic accident all the way around,” Slot concluded. [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
6 days ago
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Water issues were discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Jackson City Council. The council continues to explore its options with regard to setting water rates in the city. While the Amador Water Agency has recently passed a general rate increase, including an increase in the wholesale water sold to the city of Jackson, a petition to block that rate increase has been submitted, which the AWA Board had on its agenda to discuss and decide in their meeting on Thursday. In addition, the Southern California legal case ruling that banned... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

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 19

Ione

Sabrina Raquel Hernandez, 47, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Michael Larry Gumm, 49, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Jackson

Matthew Chester...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 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 12

10:42 a.m. Be on the lookout at Highway 49 and Sutter Ione Road. A woman in her 40s with shoulder length hair went off the roadway three times. She is now headed westbound towards Ione.

11:14 a.m. Suspicious person and vehicle on Carbondale Road. A hispanic female came up the...

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6 days ago
Irene Perbal is the first woman to be named Jackson Rotary President. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Recently, the Jackson Rotary Club made history by having the first female president lead the club. The inspirational and determined woman, Irene Perbal, is thrilled to make history. The club gets a new president every year, and Irene was very grateful for the votes for her to be the club president. “Rotarians all strive to be a good example,” Irene said. “The members are very dedicated.” All of the money they the club makes goes directly to the community projects they are working on. Currently, they are focusing on fixing the Jackson... [Read more]
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6 days ago
Makenna Bennett with her boyfriend, Tilston Bradshaw. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

July 9, 2015: Just another day in the life of a recent high school graduate.

Makenna Bennett and her boyfriend, Tilston (Til) Bradshaw, had just gotten their college class schedules that day. The couple was driving back home from a vacation in Utah when tragedy struck.

Suddenly, their car tire separated and the car rolled over three full times. When the car stopped moving, Makenna knew instantly that she was paralyzed. She had broken her neck and back in three places each. Tilston had a severe concussion, but still managed to...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago

The calendar may still say summer, but California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are already planning for the holidays and preparing for the second season of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Jamestown this December.

Interested community members are encouraged to attend a special Open House Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m. in the Jamestown Community Hall on Main Street to find out more about volunteer opportunities that will help make the holiday season magical at...

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6 days ago
Constitutional Rights PAC Chairman Larry Ward today issued the following statement regarding Planned Parenthood harvesting the brain of a living baby: “The latest video released by the Center for Medical Progress further suggests that Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization, comfortable with ending life and breaking the law. Constitutional Rights PAC calls on the San Jose, California Police Department to immediately investigate Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda Clinic in response to the testimony of Holly O’Donnell who... [Read more]
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6 days ago
Fire map of California. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

More than 9,000 firefighters are battling 16 active wildfires across California. Crews continue to make good progress on control lines of these fires and have succeed at rapidly containing new fires.

Normal to above normal temperatures will continue across much of California through the remainder of the week. However, a cooling trend is expected this weekend for many areas, along with the possibility of rain over portions of the fires currently burning in the northern part of the state.

CAL FIRE recommends that all residents...

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