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A local group of Tax-Aide volunteers is beginning to recruit people to assist with a free tax preparation program, a national program that is sponsored by AARP and the IRS.

The Tax-Aide program helps low- to moderate-income and senior taxpayers in a program that has been in place for more than 30 years. There are more than 35,000 volunteers nationwide, working at more than 3,000 sites. In 2015, more than three million taxpayers were assisted with their tax preparation, more than 700 of those in Amador County.

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
I labor to write this on my one-week anniversary of feeling, at best, lousy, and at worst, horrible. I’m in my protective camper at a campground on the Tuolumne River, an hour east of Sonora. Leslie and Parker are on a walk. We, not him, are hoping that he’ll be content to lollygag around camp when he returns. Doubtful, he’s wound up. Last night he rousted us up three times. He legitimized the calls by relieving himself. He sleeps through the night at home. As we deliberated whether and where to go two days ago, weather emerged a... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
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.

September 14

Ione

Thomas John Gold, 47, Ione; 7:16 a.m. on the 15 block of Church Street; Failure to appear.

Jackson

Jason Wesley Andahi, 32, Mokelumne Hill; 1:26 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

September 15

Pioneer

Joshua Marsden, 31, Watsonville; 11:59 p.m. on Highway 26 at Williams Road;...

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Via Press Release
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.

September 3

12:01 a.m. Civil Standby, Keep the Peace on Middle Bar Road in Jackson. A female caller with a bad cell connection needs to get some blankets quick.

10:09 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Boxcar Boulevard in Sutter Creek. There are several transients staying in a minivan on the...

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Lisa Lucke
1 week ago

And, he’s off. My firstborn child. Not quite off the face of my planet, but he’s not in my face either, dangit. My friends with young children, not babies, but not quite at the high school home stretch yet, have asked me what it feels like when your firstborn moves away to college.

Turns out, if felt like a couple of things. After all the months and then weeks and then days and then hours and then minutes of anticipation of saying goodbye to my son on the day he set foot in his new life, under another roof, as the sole director of...

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Carolyn Schooley
1 week ago

On Saturday, September 17, volunteers ages 6 to 80 removed 605 pounds of trash and 88 pounds of recyclables during Foothill Conservancy’s 26th annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. Thanks to the efforts of 35 volunteers, the Mokelumne River, next to Electra Road and at the Hwy 26 bridge crossing, is now more clean and safe for humans and wildlife.

The trash and recyclables collected this year included beer and soda cans, bottles, broken glass, paper, fast-food trash, tires, batteries, a small refrigerator, chairs and other furniture,...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

Amador County is a gracious community full of people who want to show gratitude and support for each other.

On Sept. 15, the Amador Fire Protection District hosted a Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon at the American Legion Hall as a way of giving back to the people of the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, three city police departments, California Highway Patrol, Amador County Probation Department and District Attorney personnel. With help from the Sutter Creek Fire Protection District, and donations from SaveMart, Swingles,...

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago
Local historian and winemaker Eric Costa addresses the standing-room-only crowd at last Friday’s Wine & Cheese Tasting at the Amador County Museum, in Jackson. Photo courtesy of Larry Angier

The north lawn of the Amador County Museum, in downtown Jackson, was filled to overflowing last Friday night, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered to hear local historian Eric Costa speak about the early days of winemaking in Amador County. Costa’s tales of thirsty miners and savvy entrepreneurs captivated the crowd. “In 1870, Amador County had 2,467 ares of grapes,” said Costa. “The county did not approach this acreage again until the year 2000.”

Costa told his listeners that much of agricultural glory of the Sierra Foothills,...

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Louis Amestoy
7 days ago

CalFire firefighters quickly knocked down a brush fire Friday afternoon in Plymouth near Highway 49 and Bell Road.

Initial reports was that the fire was 8 acres, but the fire may have been slightly larger, but crews were able to get it under control quickly with the help of hand crews, helicopters and airplanes to control the spread of the fire.

Arson investigators were also on scene of the fire, and were investigating the cause of the blaze.

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

ast week, in Finding Amador, I chronicled a few pre-cognitive brushes that I’d had with Amador County, then closed with a promise to explain how Phil Giurlani brought Amador to me. To do that, I’d like to fast-forward to 1974, but that would leave out some essential details, without which much of this tale could prove incomprehensible. Please bear with me.

During 1968, I didn’t spend all my time guzzling D’Agostini Burgundy and roaming from party to park protest. I spent a lot of time desperately trying to figure out how the U.S....

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Louis Amestoy
7 days ago
Vibrant fall colors are starting to take shape across Amador county.
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1 week ago
Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jim Macedo discusses a human trafficking case. Photo by Bill Lavallie for the Ledger Dispatch.

Two women are in jail this week after four men said they were held against their will and tortured for months at a marijuana grow in neighboring Calaveras County.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said Guadelupe Arellano and Medarda Urbieta are suspected of luring the men under the promise of working on a landscaping job, instead forcing them to work on a marijuana grow near the town of West Point.

With their lives under threat, the men, who are brothers from Mexico, were able to escape the grow site on July 27 and...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Vicki Campbell (center) with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and BLM California State Director, Jerry Perez. Photo courtesy to the ALD.

The name "Campbell" should say a lot more than just "soup" to Amador County residents - though Colin "Soup" Campbell, who was a long-time Amador High school varsity sports scorekeeper, does happen to be among the County's most beloved names. Also, Colin's wife, Pearl, was Sutter Creek's city clerk for many years. And, of course, Campbell Construction projects can be see all over the Gold Country.

On September 14, one of Colin and Pearl Campbell's three daughters, Vicki, who is currently the program manager for the Bureau of...

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

810 Court Street

Jackson, California 95642-2132

Phone (209) 223-6351

September 7, 2016

The Honorable J.S. Hermanson

Presiding Judge, Superior Court

County of Amador

500 Argonaut Lane

Jackson, California 95642

Re: Response by the Amador County Assessor

2015-2016 Grand Jury Special Investigation – Health and Human Services Building Lease

Dear Judge Hermanson:

As an initial matter, neither myself nor the Assessor’s Office had anything whatsoever to do with the negotiation, review,...

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Greta McElroy
1 week ago

There are two questions I’d like to attempt to answer this week. One is, “What is this cockamamie registration letter, I, or my dead dog, just got in the mail?” The other is, “When am I going to get a ballot in the mail?”

Voters throughout the State, including Amador County, have been receiving letters from the Voter Participation Center (VPC) stating that, according to public records, you do not appear to be registered to vote. They continue by saying that California law requires that all eligible citizens be registered if they...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Editor’s note: Last week’s article about well monitoring prompted numerous requests from well owners, inspiring USGS geologist Jennifer Shelton to pen the following letter. If it applies to your situation, feel free to respond to it:

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Shallow Aquifer Assessment Study in the Mokelumne, Cosumnes and American River Watersheds, implemented by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the State Water Resources Board Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program Priority Basin...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
On Saturday, September 7, a beautiful, 17-year-old, Bay Arabian Gelding named Marcuz was stolen from his pen in Amador County, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. He was last seen in Ione. The other pony-jumper was left in its pen. It is believed that Marcuz was walked away from his pen, as there were no tire marks indicating a truck or trailer, and hoof-prints showed signs of a struggle. The alleged thieves are suspected of targeting Marcuz specifically, as they had to travel through three gates and down a gravel road to find the horse at the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week ago

Amador County Treasurer-Tax Collector Michael E. Ryan has announced that the annual secured property tax bills for the 2016-2017 fiscal year have been mailed. Ryan indicates that there are over 23,100 secured tax bills with tax charges totaling in excess of $50.7 million.

If you own property in Amador County and do not receive your tax bill by October 14, 2016, please contact the Amador County Tax Collector’s Office at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-6364, to request a copy of your bill. Please note that State Law...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

They started out in 2002. Dave Holob walked up to Adam Gottstein at The Volcano Union Inn during an open mike jam, introduced himself and said “… we’re gonna play music together.” It was a fait-accompli. Their band, Over the Edge, was a done deal … no questions asked. Most OTE fans know this story.

The two of them worked up a song book of mostly original tunes, but covered such favorites as “Summertime,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” “Stormy Monday,” “Unchain My Heart,” and others. One of Dave’s compositions, “Hot Rod Special,” an ode to...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
The Amador County Board of Supervisors has voted to overturn the Amador County Planning Commission’s denial and allow the construction of a new winery tasting room on Ostrom Road, north of Fiddletown. Meeting in June, the Planning Commission had voted 5-0 to deny the use permit needed to allow construction of a proposed 800-square-foot tasting room to join the existing winery production facilities on the property. Plein Air Vineyards then appealed the decision to the Board of Supervisors, who, in their meeting this Tuesday, voted 4-1... [Read more]
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