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Caitlyn Schaap
5 days ago
Residents in the Upcountry area of Amador County are increasingly concerned about dead and dying trees. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
The Upcountry Community Council held its monthly meeting on Monday, July 11, with a large turnout of locals interested in discussing Upcountry issues, such as tree mortality, fire safety and the construction of the new Dollar General store. The meeting began with a presentation by Earl Curtis on fire safety and defensible space. He shared an informative video providing tips for why and how to clear defensible space and how to make a home as fire safe as possible, and he answered numerous questions from citizens interested in making... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 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.

June 28

7:53 a.m. Hit and Run with Property Damage on West Marlette Street in Ione. A subject in his mid-20s drove through a fence, then walked away from the scene in purple pants. He has dark hair and a baseball cap, and is now headed on foot toward the trailer park.

10:20 a.m. Civil Problem...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago
George Williams and his 1967 Camaro won the People’s Choice award.

The Amador County Council 1849, Knights of Columbus, held its second annual Knight Rider Car Show on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in the parking lot of St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center, in Martell.

With the help of more than 45 business sponsorships from Amador County and beyond, this year’s event was a huge success, as just over 80 cars were displayed.

The Car Show Committee, headed by David Payne, added one new feature: the People’s Choice Award. Members of the general public attending the show were able to vote for the car of...

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Guest Commentator
5 days ago

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident of the Melody Oaks Trailer Park, east of Jackson, on Hwy 88. The caller reported that an altercation had occurred and ended with one subject being stabbed and the other subject fleeing the area on foot.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and immediately located William David Dupont-Barnett III, walking westbound from the scene. Dupont-Barnett III admitted to being in an altercation with his mother’s...

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Eric Marks
5 days ago

Next Monday, July 25, 2016, history will be made, as Amador City Mayor Timothy Knox will be the first local delegate to attend a convention for any of the major political parties.

Knox, 58, has been chosen as a district-level delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and will be one of 221 delegates from the state to attend and participate in the electoral process.

He is representing Congressional District 4, which encompasses the counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa and Tuolumne, as well as parts...

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Lucy Hackett
5 days ago
Amador Water Agency directors voted last Thursday to terminate the current small-diameter pipeline project designed to pipe the open ditch Amador Canal from Lake Tabeaud to New York Ranch Reservoir, which provides about 100 customers with untreated Mokelumne River water. The project was officially known as Phase 2 of the Amador Transmission Pipeline project. Phase 1, installation of 8.8 miles of 30-inch pipeline from Lake Tabeaud to Tanner Reservoir, was completed nine years ago, at a cost of approximately $25 million. A significant... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
5 days ago

For many people, the county fair brings to mind fond childhood memories of thrilling rides, crazy loops around the fun house and the smell of goat manure in the morning. There really is nothing quite like it — except for the smell coming from the food stalls. Stalls? Yes, because that’s where throngs of hungry animals – the two-legged variety – go to graze on stick food. The Stick Diet is the only one I’ve ever stuck to.

I like to open my four-day diet plan with a deep-fried artichoke heart on a stick. It is a strange concept, as...

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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago
A bluish, seemingly indefatigable miner appeared Tuesday, and he appeared to be helping Miners’ Bend Park worker Frank Cunha with moving some rocks. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Brown

A group of photos arrived in the email box at the Ledger Dispatch Tuesday, showing what appeared to be a bare-chested miner joining the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation’s efforts to complete work on Miners’ Bend Park. Subsequent inquiries have revealed that the miner is actually made of bronze, and has been lazing around in local real estate broker Tom Blackman’s back yard for the past five years, along with two companions who have not found their way over to the park yet.

According to knowledgeable SCCBF member Sharyn...

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Greta McElroy
5 days ago

Editor’s note: For the past few months, this spot has been devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org. This week,Greta has penned a message to the citizens of Amador.

The national political conventions are, and will be, taking center stage, quite literally, on every type and kind of media in this country. In the midst of all of the hoopla and speeches I think that it is easy to lose track of...

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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
A six-figure income normally compensates the efforts of society's best doctors, lawyers and software engineers. But if the Superintendent of the Amador County Office of Education, Dick Glock, gets his way, the annual sum of $150,000 plus benefits will be awarded to a former Amador County Office of Education employee to occupy the newly-created position of "Deputy Superintendent," a job title which not only has never been necessary in this County, but which lacks any job description or list of duties in a contract signed on May 24,... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
5 days ago

The Amador County School Board is seeking interested candidates who would like to serve on the Board of Trustees as the District 1 representative. District 1 Board representative Joel Mottishaw resigned effective July 8 from the Board of Trustees to have more time with his family. In accordance with the legal guidelines, the Board is proceeding with the process of making a provisional appointment to the District 1 seat.

The Board encourages interested citizens and registered voters in District 1 to consider applying to become a...

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Joe Svec
4 days ago
Photo by Ryan Halvorson & Cassidy Swisher
A small fire broke out in Ione Near 5 Mile Road when a hay bailer scraped a rock. The resulting fire is being promptly delt with, but causing smoke in the Ione area. As of 12:33 p.m. Friday, crews look to have a handle on it. [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
A sign outside the Health and Human Services building on Conductor Boulevard offers a warning to those who would inquire about its many problems. Photo by Eric Winslow
Although more than a month has passed since the tardy release of the Amador County Grand Jury's special investigation into controversial issues surrounding the Health and Human Services building on Conductor Boulevard in Sutter Creek, the document continues to generate questions and concerns from the public about the dozens of discrepancies and anomalies discovered in the 19 Findings which the Grand Jury's investigation produced. While the County Board of Supervisors did issue an initial response to the report at their meeting on... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
CDPH reports increased West Nile Virus activity statewide. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting increased West Nile virus activity across the state and is investigating numerous suspect cases in humans. While the first human case has not been confirmed by CDPH, a resident of Los Angeles County has symptoms consistent with West Nile virus disease. Initial tests on that patient indicate a probable West Nile virus diagnosis, which requires further testing for confirmation.

“Californians should take every possible precaution to avoid mosquito bites,” said CDPH...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago

The public can now own a piece of Jackson history, as the Jackson City Council has voted to sell off some 200 surplus parking meters.

At their meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve the sale of the meters, which have been in storage since the council decided to end metered parking in the city and voted to remove the meters from various locations around downtown Jackson. The removal of meters last year finally ended a long-running city debate on whether to charge for parking. At various times over the years, the parking...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

At a special meeting June 30, the Ione City Council approved a new city budget one day before the new fiscal year began.

The approved budget document outlines total budget revenues of $6.5 million and expenditures of $5.4 million. The city’s General Fund will take in just under $2 million, down $150,000 from last year, with the budget currently showing a General Fund deficit in the range of just over $100,000. The Ione Police Department is the largest expense in the General Fund, receiving $830,000. Parks and Recreation will...

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Jerry Budrick
7 days ago

Amador County School Board of Trustees Seeks Board Candidates

The Amador County School Board is seeking interested candidates who would like to serve on the Board of Trustees as the District 1 representative. District 1 Board representative Joel Mottishaw resigned effective July 8 from the Board of Trustees to have more time with his family. In accordance with the legal guidelines, the Board is proceeding with the process of making a provisional appointment to the District 1 seat.

The Board encourages interested citizens and...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

June 23

8:42 a.m. Welfare Check in Pine Grove. A thin, black-eyed woman and a young child looking very unkempt and scared were confronted by three white males who told her that this is a private road and that she should stay away.

10:00 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Spring Valley Road in...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

June 30

Jackson

Johnathan Gonzalez Galvan, 26, Jackson; 7:57 a.m. on the 210 block of Main Street; Violation of probation.

July 1

Ione

Kevin Michael Wilson, 33, Pine Grove; 8:51 a.m. on the 215 block of South Church Street; Violation of probation; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

July 2

Pioneer

Joshua Walter...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

Well-known local muralist Rand Huggett has begun work on his latest contribution to the City of Jackson, a new mural that he is painting on the wall at the Kwik Serve/Tressler’s Auto Repair, at the intersection of Highways 49 and 88, across from City Hall.

The City of Jackson has agreed to match donations to this approximately $25,000 project, and contributions have been arriving. As seen in the photo below, Irene Perbal, Jackson Rotary Club President, on the right, and President-elect Mike Flagg, on the left, presented a...

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