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Matthew Hedger
06/06/2014 1:26 PM

Gedney gets permanent in Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek City Council has voted to make Amy Gedney their permanent City Manager. Gedney was appointed interim manager Jan. 10 and has more than fifteen years of experience in local government, including strategic planning, public relations, fiscal planning and complex data analysis. Gedney previously served as the Administrator of Infrastructure Financing Division for the City of Modesto and as the City Manager of the City of Gustine, California.

Amador graduate serving in Marines in Afghanistan

A military public affairs photographer accompanied Marines who patrolled a village in Helmand Province, Afghanistan where a cache of weapons had recently been found. The only account of the action was provided in the photographer’s caption, which read, in part: “The company’s mission was to disrupt Taliban forces in Larr Village and establish a presence in the area. Five days prior to the helicopter-borne mission, the company confiscated two rocket-propelled grenades in the vicinity of the village.”

The Marines arrived in the village aboard a Super Sea Stallion helicopter, pulled security and interviewed locals.

Among the Marines was Sgt. Dean Bennet, who’s described as coming from “Brandon, Oregon.” Presumably, that’s Bandon. He’s shown escorting an Afghan child during the mission.

Bennet has Amador County ties. He is the son of one of Sheriff Martin Ryan’s Correctional Officers at the Amador County Jail and a 2009 Amador High School graduate.

Sutter Amador gets $7.3 million facelift

Officials from the City of Jackson and the Amador County Board of Supervisors, as well as donors and leaders and medical staff from Sutter Amador Hospital, ceremoniously cut a ribbon recently in front of the Emergency Department marking the completion of the expanded 9,115-square foot, $7.3 million Emergency Department.

The newly expanded Emergency Department is designed with patients in mind and now has 14 private treatment rooms to accommodate a growing number of patients – all equipped with the latest computer-based monitoring system. In addition, the comfort of patients and their family members has been addressed with a new covered entrance and expanded lobby.

“After three years of hard work and commitment, our vision to expand much-needed emergency services to our community is now completed,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “I am grateful to the staff, physicians, community members, donors and many others who helped turn our vision into reality. This was truly a team effort.”

More than $1.15 million of the total cost of the Emergency Department expansion came from the generosity of local donors, including the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary, Valley Emergency Physicians and Armenio and Mary Lou D’Agostini. All gifts, regardless of their size, were essential to the success of this expansion.

“I’m very excited about the completion of our emergency department expansion because I know what it means for our patients and for those of us caring for patients,” said Paul Beatty, M.D., Medical Director of the Emergency Department.

Sutter Amador Hospital became affiliated with Sutter Health in 1991. In Amador County alone, Sutter Health provided nearly $5 million in charity care in 2013.

“Sutter Amador Hospital has been a long-term partner to our entire county for years,” said Jackson Mayor Pat Crew. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with them so our residents may continue to access health care locally.”

Saturday marks 70th Anniversary of D-Day

From around the globe, they are arriving, headed for the Normandy beaches where, 70 years ago, war exacted the ultimate price from their comrades.

Now a dwindling band of brothers, D-Day veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in their late 80s and 90s, will join 17 heads of state for an official commemoration of the biggest seaborne invasion in military history.

Up to 350 veterans from the US are expected to join 600 British veterans at various commemoration ceremonies, some of which will be be attended by world leaders including President Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth.

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