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Via Press Release
6 days ago

As part of the ongoing Butte Fire rehabilitation, almost 300 truckloads of wood shreds will be hauled to the site starting next week under a Bureau of Land Management contract.

The BLM awarded a contract for $2 million to Mountain West Helicopters, Alpine, Utah, for erosion control on the Butte Fire site.

Mountain West will drop about 35,000 cubic yards of wood shreds by helicopter on 1,400 acres, almost all of that in the Jesus Maria Creek area in Calaveras County.

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The Mother Lode Highland Games are expected to draw large crowds to the Amador County Fairgrounds in June. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Scotland is coming to Amador County with the inaugural Mother Lode Highland Games and Gathering. The Highland Games will take place at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, June 18 and 19, 2016. This two-day event is great for the whole family, from the young to the young at heart.

The Highland Games will have events such as caber tossing (throwing what looks like a wooden telephone pole one end over the other), putting the stone (similar to shot put, but with an irregular-shaped, 16-pound stone), weight for distance (a...

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6 days ago
George Adams, left, joins Dave Sheppard during the AWOS installation. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

New at Westover Field: all of the weather services are now available to everyone online through an Automated Weather Observing System. The weather system was just updated from the 16-year-old analog software and changed to a digital weather service. The airport manager, Dave Sheppard, is an FAA-licensed mechanic and was able to help with the project and repairs to save money and keep the cost lower.

“The money from the state and federal grants is from takes and aviation fuel sales form the airport,” Sheppard said.

The total cost to...

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Eric Winslow
6 days ago

A century and a decade have passed since these “Briefs from Everywhere” were published in the February 2, 1906, edition of the Amador Ledger. Has anything changed about these fascinating facts since they were first published? Well ... .

Mohamet’s tomb, while still intact, faces a greater threat of extinction every day as the so-called “Islamic State” (which would be more accurately dubbed the P.I.G.S. - the Pseudo Islamic Guerrilla State) attempts to destroy the traditional shrines of all the world’s great religions,...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago

Have you ever wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic, what it really takes to work for the FBI, and what investigations are like? If you are a high school junior, or if you know one, who attends school within the 34 California counties served by the FBI’s Sacramento field office, apply for Spring 2016 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

The Spring 2016 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy will occur Friday, March 18, 2016, at FBI Sacramento field office headquarters in North Sacramento. A limited number...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

Butte Fire survivors looking to rebuild their lost homes have some good news from Calaveras County. Two substantial fees are not being collected. They are the School Fee ($3.20 per square foot of living area) and the Road Impact Mitigation Fee, a flat fee of $4,429. In the example of a lost home with 2,500 square feet of living area, if you rebuild the same size home, that’s a savings of $12,429.

The School Fee collected by the Building Department is based on $3.20 per square foot of living space. Simply put, if you rebuild your...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
On January 14, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Sutter Creek Police Officers responded to a verbal dispute between an unidentified male and patrons at the Days Inn Hotel. Responding officers arrived just after the male had left the premises. Patrons identified 31-year-old Diamond Springs resident Danielle Vanboekel, who had just come out of the bathroom, as the male’s associate. Officers contacted and began to question Vanboekel in the lobby. Shortly thereafter, they discovered that she was in possession of methamphetamine, heroin and... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
6 days ago
ALD photo by Bill Lavallie

Around 4:55 p.m., last Friday afternoon, a vehicle turning onto China Graveyard Road, in Jackson, lost control on the wet payment and rolled into a ditch along the side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries, though the vehicle was moderately damaged. Speed and the wet pavement may have been contributing factors to this crash.

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Via Press Release
6 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.

January 25

Jackson

Hilairy Leann Brookshire, 46, Sutter Creek; 9:30 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Passing bad checks/ Money Order; Forgery less than $950.

Sutter Creek

Jamie Deann Schoppe, 40, Sacramento; 11:02 a.m. on Bowers and Ridge Road; Getting credit using others identification; Altering/ Forging notes/Etc.

Darnell Edwin...

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Craig Baracco
6 days ago
The Sutter Creek City Council. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Sutter Creek City Council worked on several different items at its meeting Monday night, including a mid-year review of the city’s budget.

Sutter Creek City Manager Amy Gedney was upbeat in her assessment of the city’s finances half-way through the fiscal year, with expenses in most categories and overall coming in below the city’s budget projections. Notable was the city’s sewer fund, which had expenses 25 percent less than expected while meeting revenue projections.

The council also discussed a report on the the state of the...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago

The California State Fair Farm School Tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry.

This program is available for grades K-6 with an emphasis on third and fourth grade curriculum. Each tour is an hour and a half to two hours long and focuses on the history of California agriculture, modern and traditional farming techniques, growing fresh produce from seeds to plants, and innovations in...

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6 days ago
STARS board member Dick Robinson displays the $1,000 check. Photo courtesy of YCC Deborah Brady
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp held a fundraiser to raise money for the local non-profit agency called Amador STARS. Amador STARS, which stands for Support, Transportation and Resource Services is a vital part of the support system for cancer patients in Amador County. Numerous volunteers donate countless hours to this organization, making it possible for them to provide assistance to many cancer patients throughout the county. Chemotherapy patients are able to get advice on where to buy wigs, and how to take care of them.... [Read more]
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Terry Grillo
6 days ago
CPA Mary Louise Nixon is offering a Butte Fire discount. Photo courtesy of Terry Grillo

A tax preparation professional in Pine Grove lives on Butte Mountain and is so moved by the selfless and kind actions of people and agencies during the Butte Fire that she wants to give a $25 discount on this year’s tax preparation to anyone who helped during the blaze.

Mary Louise Nixon is the owner of H&R Block in Pine Grove.

“There are a lot of people that I don’t know about who helped during the fire – not just fighting the fire but doing whatever needed to be done – and I want to thank everyone who helped in any way,” she...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago

On January 25, 2016, at approximately 3:36 a.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident at the 15000 block of Ridge Road, in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek. The caller stated that her neighbors had been the victim of a home invasion robbery.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Upon arrival, deputies contacted two male victims, a 66-year-old father and his 34-year-old son. Both subjects had suffered blunt force trauma to the face. Fire and American Legion Ambulance personnel...

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Via Press Release
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.

January 14

5:46 a.m. Annoying Phone Calls on Pine Drive in Pioneer. Someone keeps telephoning the caller’s father and won’t let him sleep. He says he wants his mattress.

6:52 a.m. Welfare Check on Golden Meadow Drive in Volcano. A generator has been running all night and no one appears to be...

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Craig Baracco
6 days ago

Responding to a changing state legal environment, the different jurisdictions of Amador County have split in their response to medical marijuana. California was the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, in 1996, with Proposition 215, and how the state and local jurisdictions deal with the drug has been evolving ever since.

The latest state law on the issues is the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, signed into law last year, which creates a statewide regulatory regime for the growing...

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Craig Baracco
6 days ago

On Tuesday night, the Ione City Council discussed a new set of regulations for camping at Howard Park. The new ordinance being considered would end camping at Howard Park outside of special events. Currently, camping by individuals is allowed at the park for a small fee. However, the city locks the park gates at night, which leaves campers locked in, creating a liability issue for the city. Camping during special events and group visits, such as Ione Homecoming, horse events and private group events will still be allowed.

The draft...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

Federal and State agency officials gathered recently with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California.

Wildland fuels are continuing to build up and wildfires are growing larger and more difficult to control, especially in light of California’s extended drought experience and changing climate. These factors have helped bring this unique...

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Brent Parsons
6 days ago

few years back, I wrote a letter to the Ledger Dispatch that was initiated by a counterfeit bill. A long-term customer who had made the paper before in the Arrest Log and had “turned it around” for his wife and child bought a few items, which, ironically, included a padlock. He apologized for having nothing smaller than a $100 bill for the $21 purchase — that was all his grandfather had. He frequently came in with or for his grandfather, who had a ranch nearby.

The bill looked pretty good and I would have not scrutinized it...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The State of California and antique aficionados throughout the Gold Country are excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series, “American Pickers,” all over California. Filming is scheduled for March 2016.

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic...

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