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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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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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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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1 week ago
Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that is carried by squirrels and other rodents. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced the department is investigating a case of human plague in California, and conducting an environmental evaluation in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas.

The department began investigating this incident after a child from Los Angeles County became ill and was hospitalized after visiting the Stanislaus National Forest and camping at Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite National Park...

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David Sayen
1 week ago
David Sayen. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Diabetes is a serious disease. It can lead to kidney problems, glaucoma and other eye disorders, foot ulcers, amputation of feet or legs, stroke, diabetic coma, and even death.

If your doctor thinks you’re at risk for diabetes, Medicare covers screening tests for it. And, if you develop the disease, Medicare covers a wide variety of medications, home testing equipment, supplies, and self-management training to help you cope with it.

Screening tests are used to detect diabetes early. Some of the conditions that may qualify...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
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Don’t miss the Riebes’ Grand Opening and tool event Thursday, August 27. The Napa Tool Truck will be on site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Hot dogs and soft drinks in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. A free Riebes hat will be given to the first 25 customers, and a free Riebes beach ball will be offered to kids. Customers who spend $40 or more will receive six quarts of Valvoline Oil for free, while supplies last. Peak Motor Oil will be $1.59, Prestone Antifreeze will be $12.99 and up to $15 off car batteries. Riebes is located at 460... [Read more]
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1 week ago
A meeting will be held on August 29, at 10 a.m., at the Oaks Community House at 5607 Jackson Valley Road, in Ione. This is an opportunity for the community in the area of the plant to meet with representatives from the Air District and Buena Vista Biomass to review the current status of the plant and ask questions. Opening remarks will be made by District 2 Supervisor Richard Forster with presentations by the Amador Air District and Buena Vista Biomass Power. There will be an open question and answer period. Those who would like to... [Read more]
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1 week ago
Eldorado National Forest officials have scheduled three public meetings to discuss a process for determining maintenance of the forest’s road system. A meeting regarding the draft travel analysis report will be held in Amador County on August 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Amador County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Chamber, 810 Court Street, Jackson. “It is very important that the public understands that I will not be closing roads or adding roads with this process,” commented Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree in a... [Read more]
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1 week ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
If you have been looking for a new set of chairs, tables, or barstools for your home, you may not need to look anywhere outside of your own county. Check out the creations of Jim Burgess from Burgess Woods. He takes wine barrels and turns them into incredible furniture, and he does this by using only the materials from the original barrels. The barrels are usually from local wineries in Amador County, and you can really get the rustic feel by having one of these amazing pieces. Burgess is currently working on a chair that he is... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Amador elders enjoy lunch at the Senior Center’s Rose Garden Cafe. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

The Amador County Senior Center is an amazing place. You wouldn’t guess it from the unassuming sign that you see on New York Ranch Road, just as you pass Kit Carson Nursing Center, nor from the fact that a web search for it brings you not to their website but, oddly, to that of the Amador Bonsai Society. After passing that modest sign and heading up a shady driveway, you behold what can only be called a mansion on a hill, surrounded by roses.

The motto of the Senior Center, which is “Aging doesn’t have to be a puzzle,” is...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

The Ione City Council voted on a number of items at their meeting this week. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the city’s rules reguarding dog licensing and control.

The ordinance sets rules for licensing, vaccinations and barking dogs. The council approved a one year extension of the contract for Coast Engineering, who provide city engineering services for Ione. Council-member Ron Smylie proposed a six-month extension, but the motion died from a lack of a second. The one year extension then passed...

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1 week ago
Congressman Tom McClintock. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

There will be a town hall meeting in Ione on Wednesday, August 26, at 6 p.m. to discuss important issues facing our nation. Issues to be discussed include: the recent agreement with Iran, drought and the economy.

The meeting will be held at Ione City Hall, at 1 East Main Street. Congressman Tom McClintock writes, “I would appreciate the opportunity to hear from you at this event and encourage you to write, email or call with your thoughts, questions and concerns.” If you are unable to attend, you may submit any questions to the...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Sutter Creek City Council worked on various matters of city-related business at their meeting Monday night.

The council approved a measure to record delinquent sewer bills onto the county tax rolls. All bills that were overdue at the start of the year will now be collected with this year’s property taxes. Upwards of forty customers, who owe the city a total of a little more than $18,000, will be affected. This marks the second year the city has placed overdue bills on the tax rolls, after passing a new ordinance that allows the...

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1 week ago

Local high schools produced mixed results with graduation rates and other high school stats. The California Department of Education recently released their 2014 stats for high schools across the state.

The state-wide average graduation rate, which measures the percentage of students who finished all four years of high school, was 81 percent. Compared to that, Amador High netted an 86 percent rate, Calaveras a 95 percent, Argonaut a 96 percent and Bret Harte came in at 99 percent.

Calaveras and Bret Harte’s numbers were up...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Don Wilke (right) presented Operation Care’s Executive Director Tammie Crabtree with the keys to a Subaru Legacy during the Grand Opening of his Gold Country Auto Clinic August 15. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Don Wilke’s Gold Country Auto Clinic (formerly Subaru Plus) recently presented Operation Care with a rebuilt Subaru Legacy. Several businesses contributed to the refurbishment of the car including Howard’s Body Shop, Jackson Tire, Riebes Auto Parts and Diamond Detail. Don Wilke has offered to provide maintenance of the car for the first 12 months.

Gold Country Auto Clinic presented the car to Operation Care Executive Director Tammie Crabtree at the open house on August 15 to celebrate their move to 705 S. Highway 49 (the old...

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1 week ago
Mark Fire from Angels Camp on August 13. Photo by Greg Eastman
The Mark Fire in Calaveras County is nearly contained, while a Stockton man sits in jail on charges that he started it. At last report, the fire, which is burning on Marks Ranch Road near Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, was 95 percent contained at 114 acres. Calaveras County Sheriff’s officials say 29-year-old Daniel Salazar was arrested south of the fire late Thursday, August 13. Deputies who arrested him were responding to a report that someone had rammed through a gate in the area with a vehicle. Salazar allegedly drove the car... [Read more]
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1 week 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 12

Ione

De Cong Truong, 31, San Jose; 10:54 p.m. on South Church and West Martin Lane; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

August 13

Volcano

Tiffani Dawn Weichere, 45, Volcano; 11:27 p.m. on the 21830 block of Allan Road; Assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm with gross bodily injury; Threaten a crime with intent to terrify; Spousal...

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1 week 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 7

6:30 a.m. Unlawful Entry to Dwelling on Fiddletown Road in Fiddletown. A male subject made entry into the caller’s house. He walked through the back door when it was unlocked.

8:26 a.m. Unlawful Entry to Dwelling on Goose Hill Ranch Road in Jackson Valley. There’s someone living...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
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It’s painful to think about the fate of wild animals who suffer the loss and devastation of their forest homes at this terrible time of drought and fire in California. While not much can be done for the deer, bears, squirrels, mountain lions and other critters whose lives are upended — or just ended — by the many wildfires ravaging our wooded foothills, at least there is a group of caring people who are ready to go out on a limb to care for our domesticated animals during times of disaster.

The Amador County Animal Response Team...

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1 week ago
The Amador County Peace Officer’s Association is seeking nominations for Peace Officer and Citizen of the Year for 2015. Any nominations should include a brief statement to support the nomination. Please submit nominations to the ACPOA, care of the Awards Committee, at P.O. Box 1632 Sutter Creek, CA 95685-1632. Submissions must be received on or before October 7. The Awards Committee will be selecting this year’s winner at our October 8 meeting. The Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall in Martell, Saturday, November... [Read more]
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