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David Sayen
4 days ago
Medicare will help pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

Services are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both Part A and Part B, you can get many Medicare?covered services whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare health plan.

Part A is hospital Insurance and it helps pay for: Inpatient care in hospitals; Inpatient care in a skilled...

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Mark Belden
4 days ago
As many of you know, one of my concerns is the inefficacy in the way our public services are delivered to taxpayers. Let’s call them customers. There should be a California law that allows private companies to compete for delivery of public services to its customers. Whether it’s maintenance services, education, correctional institutions, revenue collection, emergency services or anything else the taxpayer funds and expects prompt and accurate service for, a private sector company should be allowed to provide that service. This is... [Read more]
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John Heissenbuttel
4 days ago
I received one of my best birthday presents ever when I found out on August 15 that SB 1199 (the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic designation bill) died in the state legislature. SB 1199 was a “gut and amend” bill (a process pretty unique to California where legislators can extract the original text of a bill that has been subject to public hearings and insert something unrelated) to keep it moving. The legislation would have restricted Amador and Calaveras counties in maintaining our ability to define our own destiny related to water use.... [Read more]
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Tom Thompson
4 days ago
Thank you to everyone that made the trek to Plasse’s Resort August 16 for the 161st Annual BBQ and Live Auction. It was a beautiful day and the crowd was in a bidding frenzy. Auction proceeds benefiting the Interfaith Food Bank reached $4,247, doubling last year’s total. Auction participants came from near and far to support our cause. There was a plethora of auction items, all valuable (to someone) and unique in their own way.

You have heard me say, the Food Bank is in the middle of a drought. You’ve heard me say June through...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Samuel Trowbridge lives in Ione and is a sophomore at University Prep Charter School, in Placerville. Last winter, he was one of many students to enter the 2014 Americanism-Patriotism National Essay Contest, which is sponsored by members of the USA Fleet Reserve Association (comprised of veterans from the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard).

His essay, titled, “The Bill of Rights and Me,” was judged by the Fleet Reserve Association’s essay review committee as the first-place essay for 9th-grade student submissions for the...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Mokelumne River also serves as the political dividing line between Amador and Calaveras County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Nevada rivers — the source of much of California’s water supply — must be thoughtfully and locally managed, Amador Water Agency leaders said today, after a bill to designate 37 miles of the Mokelumne River as Wild & Scenic, which AWA opposed, died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week.

The current historic drought brought into focus that State Senate Bill 1199 as written would have jeopardized the ability of Mokelumne River water managers to meet the water needs of local residents now and in the future,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Mokelumne River also serves as the political boundary between Amador County and Calaveras County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On Thursday, August 14, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to act on Senate Bill 1199, which would have protected about 37 miles of the North Fork and main stem Mokelumne River with state Wild and Scenic River designation. Due to a legislative deadline, the committee’s inaction effectively kills the bill’s chances for being enacted this year by stopping it from progressing to a vote of the full Assembly. The bill was authored by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) and co-sponsored by Friends of the River and the... [Read more]
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Del Rapini
2 weeks ago
My name is Del Rapini and I am the owner and developer of the shopping center site on Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove. First, I want to thank the dozens of residents who took the time to contact me about their interest in the development and wished me well in this endeavor. They have assured me that they look forward to doing business in the Pine Grove area.

I also am aware of those long-time residents who know that this site was always intended to be the new home for One Stop Market. I made my first attempt to develop...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
June 21st was a great day. Why? Because, 125 Operation Care supporters came to our first Summer Solstice Celebration, at Sutter Ridge Winery, in Sutter Creek. These folks enjoyed wonderful appetizers, delicious entrees and wine while listening to The Box Music Family. They enjoyed bidding on fantastic silent auction items and buying raffle tickets for more wonderful prizes. Thanks to all who came to support our new Fresh Start program. With your support, we netted over $4,700 to help women and their children transition from our Safe... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
If everyone just put a little effort into conserving, we all could make a big difference. Over the past year, I have reduced my water bill by 50 to 75 percent (this is what the Water Agency didn’t want to hear).

First, starting with the toilet. The old saying goes, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” We all know that we all tinkle several times a day. Why flush every time? I add a little bleach and a little Pine-Sol to the bowl and flush once a day, and swish it with the toilet brush. I’m saving 25...

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John C. Nichols
2 weeks ago
Nora Coryell’s article, “Where’s Joaquin Murrieta?” Did that get my interest? And when she mentioned the town of Quincy, that really did get my interest up.

On my mother’s side of the family, the family name is Carrillo. The first member of the Carrillo family came to California in 1769.

My great-grandmother’s great-grandmother’s name was Dona Maria Ignacia Candelaria Lopez’y Arballo de Carrillo. She had a son named Jose Ramon Carrillo. He was the first, or one of the first, Joaquin Murrietas.

In my family’s history is a...

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Nora Coryell
3 weeks ago
That was an interesting piece on “Our Area Town-by-Town” which includes towns in Calaveras County. I am wondering if Calaveras County, or at least our side of it, is now going to be covered in the paper? I remember when Calaveras had its own edition and editor and I thought it was a shame when the Ledger stopped covering that county completely.

Some good articles in the future might be pieces on the many disappeared ghost towns and their remnants, especially Quincy, Contreras, Doschville, Butte City and Camp Opera. And, of...

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Jennifer Wylie
3 weeks ago
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 the 7-11 Committee met to continue the discussion of the current state of Amador County schools and the District’s plans for consolidation. Superintendent Dick Glock shared with the committee and members of the public present, his official recommendation and report, given to the ACUSD/ACOE Governing Board on July 23, 2014. “After listening for 18 months, I think it is time for me to make some recommendations: Leave Ione as is for now; there is too much uncertainty about the timing of population growth. The... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Back to school is upon us, and if you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to schedule your child’s annual school and sports physicals.

Routine physicals allow pediatricians to assess your child’s growth and development, which includes checking height and weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a complete physical exam. Pediatricians will also assess for other physical, emotional or social health concerns and perform any indicated or recommended laboratory testing.

“All of these assessments are very important and...

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Emma Flixton
3 weeks ago
On Monday, August 11, all of the children in Amador County (from toddlers in kindergarten to teenagers in 12th grade) returned to school. The back-to-school period is an exceptionally busy time for teachers, children and parents alike. During the weeks leading up to the return to school, life will have been a bustle of purchasing new school clothes and stationary, reading forgotten text books and packing sports kits. However, many parents forget about the importance of what happens in those few weeks after the return to school;... [Read more]
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David Sayen
4 weeks ago
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance, here are some steps you can take to make the most of your new coverage.

Put your health first; staying healthy is important for you and your family; maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, at work and in the community; get your recommended health screenings and manage chronic conditions.

Keep all of your health information in one place.

Understand your...

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Ted Novelli
4 weeks ago
The Sand Fire has given us an all-too-vivid reminder that the Gold Country is in danger from catastrophic wildfire. In fact, Upcountry Amador County has been designated by CAL FIRE as a “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

Most who have lived here for any good stretch of time have seen how fires have damaged rural communities throughout California. Any wildfire in our area could not only destroy private property, including homes, forest and farms, but it could severely damage our tourism and natural resource-based economy at a...

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Bob Martinez
4 weeks ago
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the staff at Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione for their hosting of the Junior Golf Week 2014 golf clinic. My grandson attended the clinic organized and instructed by Castle Oaks Director of Golf Dominic Atlan, LPGA Club pro Teresa Ishiguro and co-instructor Will Byrd.

Myself and many parents and grandparents witnessed the great patience, golf knowledge and pleasant demeanor the staff displayed during this clinic. They provided a safe, fun learning environment for local youth...

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Lynnea Honn
4 weeks ago
This year’s Amador County Fair Rodeo clothed the apparent breaking of a steer’s leg in the flag-waving platitudes of patriotism and religion. Jesus would be appalled at what we do in His name. I have loved the sport of rodeo, the venue of the cowboy, in competition with his/her peers, showing the apex of skills based on historical and current needs in the cattle industry — the industry that feeds us. However, let’s be honest. Rodeo is the epitome of the prey/predator relationship. In that relationship, we need to honor the animals... [Read more]
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Ron Watson
4 weeks ago
You liberal folks need to have a staff meeting to line out your priorities. Randy, the reason that our infrastructure is falling apart can be explained with two words — “entitlement spending.” Entitlement spending continues to increase, not so for infrastructure spending.

The reason you need to meet with Nora is the fact that she is advocating another huge increase in entitlement spending. It’s for folks who don’t like their country and want an all-expenses-paid vacation here in the good ol’ USA, paid for by us folks, of course. No...

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