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Matthew Hedger
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The search is on for a missing Pioneer man who disappeared after capsizing a canoe overnight at Salt Springs Reservoir.

Here is the official release from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office just moments ago:

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee. It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when...

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Matthew Hedger
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A Pine Grove man and a Sacramento man are behind bars this afternoon facing attempted murder charges, following what Amador County Sheriff's Office investigators are calling a drug-fueled attack on a Sacramento man who survived their attack.

Here is the official press release from the ACSO:

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab...

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Matthew Hedger
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On left, Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania. Photo Courtesy Amador Ledger Dispatch History Department

Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015 with 249 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1607, the first British colonists to establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, German-made planes destroyed the Basque town of Guernica, Spain.

In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged, forming the country of Tanzania.

In 1986, a fire and explosion at the Soviet...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Thanksgiving day is a time to play and feast, but did you know that the National Day of Prayer is a time to pray and fast? Americans mark the third Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving, but few remember that festive holiday’s fervent complement, which President Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 as a “National day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.” The National Day of Prayer is an annual event observed by people of goodwill, led by their community and religious leaders, to “humbly come before God, seeking His guidance... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Student and staff appreciation dinner at Argonaut High School. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At Argonaut High School, there is a group of parents and staff who lead the Argonaut Academic Booster Club. This group has regular meetings and fundraisers to help them recognize Argonaut students who achieve academic success each semester. The recognized successes include Honor Roll, Academic Excellence, Academic A and “Top Ten” Academic Award Recognition. In addition, the Boosters monetarily support programs offered at Argonaut that benefit all students.

On Monday, April 13, the Argonaut Academic Booster Club hosted a “Top...

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4 days ago
The beautiful wildlife of the Amazonian Rainforest. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Have you heard about the thousands of people in Ecuador who have, and are still developing, and dying from cancer, and other chronic illnesses? These are the same people living in or around oil towns. The same people whose water has been polluted with over 18.5 billion liters of formation water that is highly toxic. It’s an issue in a little country that nobody really acknowledges. The rest of the world doesn’t acknowledge that beautiful, diverse forests are being cut down, towns are being built, water is being contaminated and... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago
Restaurants can now only serve water to customers upon request. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The State Water Resources Control Board is seeking to implement a Drought Emergency Water Conservation regulation that calls for water suppliers statewide to reduce potable water usage by twenty five percent through February 2016 as California’s current drought continues.

The SWRCB issued its draft regulatory framework April 7 on the heels of a Drought Executive Order issued by Governor Jerry Brown April 1. The draft regulation, now going through an informal public comment period, is expected to be adopted at the next meeting of...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Ironestone’s irrigation holding tanks. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Kautz Family has been farming since 1923. With this experience comes an extensive awareness of the environment and challenges faced in agriculture and by our community. The Kautz Family and Ironstone Vineyards have been leaders in sustainable agriculture and water management for many years.

From the beginning, the Kautz Family recognized the importance of the surrounding environment when we built and designed the landscape around our beautiful winery. During the development of the winery, many drought-tolerant plants were put...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Lightning Boy to give benefit concert in West Point on May 9. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Take a trip out to West Point on May 9 for an afternoon of rock and roll with young prodigy Lightning Boy and his Thundering Blues Band! The proceeds will benefit the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families of West Point. The BMCYF has been serving members of the community for more than 20 years. The group made an appeal to the community for support, and Lightning Boy and his band offered to do a benefit concert to help. Lightning Boy will be performing on the BMCYF outdoor stage, at 364 Main Street, in West Point, on... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Tom Blackman (center) with Alan Mcnany and Al Lennox from the American Legion Post 108. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Tom Blackman, a local Real Estate Broker, and Al Lennox and Alan Mcnany from the American Legion Post 108, are just a few of those involved in a great organization that is reaching out to those in need. Blackman works through an organization called “Firefighters Crossing Boarders,” in an effort to help small towns in Mexico receive emergency services. The first step is to visit outlying towns where services are very limited. They partner up with local officials to identify who is willing to participate in our program.

First,...

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4 days ago
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In a special meeting Tuesday, the Amador County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to formally oppose proposed legislation that would put control of part of State Highway16 — also known as the Jackson Highway — into the hands of the County of Sacramento. AB 652 would transfer ownership of an 8 mile section of Highway 16 from Grant Line Road to roughly the Sacramento city limits from the State of California to the County of Sacramento. The board agreed to send a letter to the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee stating... [Read more]
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4 days ago
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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.

April 8

9:39 a.m. Log Information at Jackson Valley Quarry. Blasting today between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

10:06 a.m. Violation of Court Order occurred at Lake Amador. Male texter violating temporary restraining order by texting, possibly stalking and trying to find out the caller’s address....

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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
Above: Sunday’s vehicle accident on Highway 49 and Valley View Way. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection of Highway 49 and Valley View Way was struck in the rear by another vehicle traveling on the Sutter Creek bypass on Sunday.

The sedan had serious damage and was towed from the scene. The pickup received minor damage to the rear bumper, however a pregnant passenger in the pickup complained of back pain shortly after the crash. Sutter Creek Police were still investigating the accident as of press time this week.

In a different vehicle accident, a young driver escaped injury,...

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Craig Baracco
4 days ago
Chief Han retiring after a little over one year with the Sutter Creek Police Department. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sutter Creek will soon be looking for a new police chief. It was confirmed at Monday night’s Sutter Creek City Council meeting that Phillip Han, who has been in the position for a little more than a year, is retiring. During the chief’s monthly report, Mayor Jim Swift mentioned that Han’s last day would be May 7 and thanked him for his service and the changes he made within the city police force. Han started his job in Sutter Creek in February 2014. Prior to that, Han served more than twenty years in law enforcement in Southern... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago
The Amador County Fair Foundation’s new diesel lawn mower. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador County Fair Foundation Board Members got together recently to present the keys to a brand new diesel-powered lawn mower to Amador County Fair maintenance man Robert Moody. The ACFF was founded in 2008 to provide an extra funding source for infrastructure projects on the Amador County Fairground. To date, ACFF funded projects include upgrades to the view stand in the Benny Brown Arena; a major face lift to the General Mercantile building, structural repairs to Frontier Town and more. When you attend the next event on the... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
4 days ago
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The Ione City Council agreed to hire a new city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. The council approved an employment contract with Jon Hanken to serve as full-time city manager. Hanken is a former city manager of Scappoose, Oregon. His starting salary with Ione will be set at $105,000 per year. Several council membesr expressed hope that Hanken’s stay with the city will be lengthy. Dave Andres is currently serving as interim manager for the city, a position he took on after former city manager and former Calaveras County Water... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Sheriff Martin Ryan. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan has been installed as the new President of the California State Sheriff’s Association. At their 121st annual conference held this past week in Pleasanton, CA, Ryan was sworn in for a one year term that runs through April of 2016. Since 1894 the CSSA has been supporting the role of the California Sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in each of the state’s 58 counties.

As President of CSSA, Ryan will act as the chief executive officer of the corporation and preside at all meetings of the...

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Eric Winslow
4 days ago
udy Johnson feeds one of the many hungry kittys in the cat colony. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
The city of Jackson may once have been notorious for its bordellos, but Pine Grove has its own little cat houses to be proud of. Among thick blackberry bushes, tall pines and shady oaks, in an undisclosed location off Highway 88 and Ridge Road, a colony of cute cats thrives. It all started with Muffin, a stray black longhair adopted by the gentleman who had run the recycling center at Pine Grove Market. “After Larry died, Muffin was alone. Then more and more kept coming,” said Judy Johnson, who drives to Pine Grove every day from... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

Today is Wednesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2015 with 253 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1500, Brazil was discovered by Pedro Alvarez Cabral.

In 1889, about 20,000 homesteaders massed along the border of the Oklahoma Territory, awaiting the signal to start the Oklahoma land rush.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his professional baseball debut as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1915, during World War I, German forces...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
The Battle of San Jacinto

Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2015 with 254 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1509, Henry VIII became king of England after his father, Henry VII, died.

In 1836, with the battle cry Remember the Alamo! Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated the army of Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Texas, opening the path to Texas independence.

In 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, German World War I...

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