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William Peterson
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William Peterson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget was unveiled to the American public at the beginning of this month. This year’s version of the budget, as usual, included a number of provisions targeting retirement accounts. If these are approved by Congress and become law, your retirement plans could be affected greatly.

Create a 28 percent Maximum Tax Benefit for Contributions to Retirement Accounts: This proposes to change the law to cap the amount of the tax deduction you get on pre-tax retirement contributions to 28 percent....

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
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It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.

You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.

But as you click the seatbelt into place, rather than sitting in awe of how lucky you are, a list of concerns begin worming their way into your consciousness: “I...

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6 days ago
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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -- Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is a foundation of life. When freedom is compromised, suffering and misery follow. This indisputable fact has been demonstrated endlessly throughout history. Freedom compromised is freedom lost. In politics, compromise is touted as a requirement for progress. However, there is no legitimate justification to ever compromise freedom. Compromising freedom empowers the enemies of...

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6 days ago
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Tax Default Property In Amador On Auction Block

Tax defaulted property will go up on the auction block in Amador County next month. Amador County Treasurer-Tax collector Michael E Ryan says they will hold a public auction sale of tax defaulted property on Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, in Jackson. The parcels will be sold to the highest bidder in an oral auction that starts at an established minimum bid. These auctions are held to sell off property that is 5 years in...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
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A-Pal Humane Society wants to thank everyone who responded to help these poor cats. Pictured here are “West,” the first orange male to find his home, and “Pretty Mama.” Jeff Holman has successfully placed eight others into barn homes, but we have about 15 more to trap, spay/neuter, rabies vaccinate, evaluate and place. if you would like to donate to help with veterinary expenses, please mail a check to P.O. Box 190, Jackson, California, 95642. If you can provide a barn/warehouse home, please call Jeff at (209) 304-0928. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago
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Join Tanis Vineyards Winery any weekend in March or April for their Propagation Celebration. What are they propagating? Spring vine shoots from their land to yours, along with gratitude, kindness, acceptance and joy!

Stop by their tasting room for wine tasting any Friday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during March or April, and be a part of the experience of taking a little piece of Tanis Vineyards home with you to plant. This year’s vine shoots are a mystery bunch. What might you find when these gifts come to...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
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The deadline for high school seniors to enter the 2015 Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsiblity Scholarship Essay Contest is now just two weeks away! Please remind any interested students you know to be sure to submit their essays and entry forms before midnight on Wednesday, March 11. The contest is open to high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba). A total of $15,000 in scholarship money will be... [Read more]
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W. David Wardall
6 days ago
Boy Scout Troop 581 earn their automotive maintenance merit badges thanks to local technicians and Tommy’s Garage. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I am the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge Counselor in the Ione Area. With help of the staff automotive maintenance technicians at Tommy’s Garage in Ione, we put on a large Sacramento Region Golden Empire Council once-a-year Super Saturday merit badge session.

We trained 27 scouts in all phases of auto maintenance safety, service and understanding of the car operating systems. This is a huge effort to transport all the tools, jacks, fluids, filters, waste oil containers and vast quantity of fuel and electrical system components...

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John Tuttle
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The Columbia College Financial Aid Office invites the community to a free financial aid workshop tomorrow, Saturday, February 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Starbucks located in the Junction shopping Center. No appointment is necessary. Financial Aid professionals will be available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online. Undocumented students are welcome and will receive assistance completing the Dream Act Application.... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
6 days ago
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Members of the California State Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to lower the excise tax rate for gasoline by $0.06 for Fiscal Year 2015-16 during their meeting in Culver City.

“This gas tax cut, although less than originally proposed, is still good news for overtaxed Californians, who currently pay both higher gas prices and higher taxes than residents of other states,” said BOE Vice Chair George Runner. “But even after this tax cut takes effect July 1, Californians will continue to pay more gas taxes and fees than residents...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Crews responding to California wildfires can utilize mobile data and risk management. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Crews responding to California wildfires can now access aerial photos, digital images, statistics on ground moisture and wind and other data using mobile devices to help them plan their attacks.

“Fires shift character as they grow and recede, and the data helps firefighters and their supporting logistics teams respond as effectively as possible,” said Tim Garza, director of IT at the California Natural Resources Agency, which makes the data available via a private cloud. “Fires aren’t static, so they have to make decisions on...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, currently one of the FBI’s most wanted—and most prolific—cyber criminals, for his alleged involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise. Bogachev is believed to have ties to the Sacramento region. The reward is being offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program, established by... [Read more]
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6 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.

February 11

7:09 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Quartz Street and Highway 49 in Plymouth. Caller says he has a contractor putting up fence on his property and has been advised that the crew is being verbally harassed by a tenant next door.

10:48 a.m. Welfare Check at Pine Grove Mobile Home Park...

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6 days ago
CAL FIRE Division Chief Mike Webb and Chief Rob Withrow. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Two new Division Chiefs — both locals to our area — have been assigned to the Amador-El Dorado CAL FIRE Unit. Chief Rob Withrow has 23 years of increasing responsibilities in fire service. His last assignment was in Sacramento where he over saw the State’s Hired Equipment Program and assisted with supervision of the State’s command Center. Prior to this, positions included Firefighter-1, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain in both Schedule “A” and “B and as a staff Battalion Chief here in Amador- El Dorado. Chief Withrow has also... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Brenda Gillarde of the Sierra Business Council gave a presentation to the council concerning the City of Jackson Energy Action Plan. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Jackson City Council reviewed Ordinance No. 680 and Referendum Petition, concerning the adoption of new sewer rates, and determined to rescind the ordinance. The decision came at this week’s meeting as members of the Ratepayer Protection Alliance had gathered enough signatures to force a special election on the ordinance. The RPA argued that the increase would come close to doubling what residential customers pay for service over the next five years.

Also at this week’s council meeting, the Sierra Business Council gave a...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Reanna Silveira (left). Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A San Andreas woman died this week following a solo car accident on Highway 49 south of Gold Strike Road in Calaveras County. The California Highway Patrol said 30-year-old Reanna Silveira was driving a 2001 Honda Accord northbound at around 3:25 a.m. Sunday when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of the Honda, left the roadway and collided with an embankment. The impact caused the Honda to overturn back onto the roadway. Despite the use of a seatbelt, Silveira sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

On Monday, a 66-year-old...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Pacific Gas and Electric Company reduced water flows in the canal at Tiger Creek Power House on February 2. Tanden Olsen was pulled from the canal but died on February 18 from injuries sustained during the accident. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
An accident near the site of the Amador Water Agency’s Gravity Supply Line Project near Tiger Creek has claimed the life of a 34-year-old Sonora man who played a role in the investigation of the man charged with causing the Rim Fire in 2013. The accident happened Monday, February 2 on a gravel road leading to the AWA’s GSL project and the victim, identified as 34-year-old Tanden Olsen by the Amador Ledger Dispatch, was flown to Sutter Roseville Hospital, where he died February 18. The victim worked for Sierra Mountain Construction,... [Read more]
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Myrna-Kay Robison
1 week ago

The Amador Branch of The American Association of University Women is offering $10,000 in college scholarships to local women in 2015. The purpose of the AAUW Scholarship Program is to support Amador County women who are currently working towards a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree, or plan to attend a California Community College.

Four $1,000 Community College Scholarships will be awarded to Amador County residents on the basis of personal and career goals, grade point average, and a personal interview. High school seniors and women...

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Jack Mitchell
6 days ago
Thomi’s is hosting a benefit for the HUB Youth and Community Center on Friday, March 6. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Disaptch
Stan Lukowicz and Frank Manzano are hosting a sit-down dinner at Thomi’s Banquet Hall on Friday, March 6 to benefit The Hub Youth and Community Center in Jackson, which is operated by the Amador County Recreation Agency. This fundraiser supports year-round youth programs such as the After School Program, Summer Day Camp, A Children’s Christmas, Children’s Theater Workshop, Hub Arts and Saturdays at the Hub. Other funding needs include computers, computer software and workstations, the development of a teen center and the construction... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Tiffany Kraft, of Re/Max Gold of Amador County, was named a 2015 Five Star Home Professional. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Real Estate Agent Tiffany Kraft, of Re/Max Gold of Amador County, was recently recognized in Sacramento Magazine with the Five Star Home Professional award. Qualifications for receiving this prominent award include individuals who: received a qualifying client satisfaction rating; satisfied the applicable state licensing requirements; have been actively employed as a licensed professional for a minimum of three years; have a favorable regulatory and complaint history review; and those who have satisfied the minimum client volume or... [Read more]
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