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6 days ago

Amador Water Agency Board sees reason, or does it?

On June 2, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted 3-2 to abandon the piping of the Amador Canal and to stop all work on the project. This vote was a victory for the voices of reason, who were apparently able to look past the fear-mongering, greed and distortion of facts espoused by those who would see the project through.

But only a week later, on June 9, the board failed to follow through on its vote to abandon the Canal Project, by voting 2-2 to not rescind and...

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6 days ago

The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento has received a Request for Dismissal of Appeal from the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance. In December of 2015, the Amador County Superior Court ruled that LAWDA’s petition to submit the Newman Ridge Project to a referendum was illegal. Although LAWDA appealed that decision, it voluntarily filed this request to dismiss its lawsuit. That dismissal concedes that Amador County’s decision to keep LAWDA’s unlawful referendum off the ballot was the correct one.

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6 days ago

The Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Alliance is a grass-roots group challenging the Newman Ridge Quarry, a 278-acre fifty-year mine, and Edwin Center North, a 114-acre hot-batch asphalt plant, both planned to be just one mile from the town of Ione. These changes would forever alter the local landscape and rural quality of life by altering zoning from agriculture to zoning that would open the door to unimpeded and super-polluting heavy industry.

The Sierra Fund (sierrafund.org) took interest in LAWDA’s fight as a case study to shed...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

‘News’ should not be filled with ‘Opinion’

Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Budrick,

I am writing to you due to a concern I have about how “news” was presented in last Friday’s Ledger Dispatch. My concern involves the mixing of news with unnecessary “opinion” in a news story.

The front page had a very important news story concerning the 2016 Primary Election results. Your reporter, Eric Winslow, made a credible effort in presenting the “who, “what” and “where” of the story. Unfortunately, his “why” left a lot to be desired. This...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
The recent massacre in Orlando, which a psychologically unstable, self-styled Islamist terrorist committed against peaceful, happy people in a gay nightclub, is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It seems that we have come full circle in the dysfunctional story that we, Americans, have been telling ourselves since that staunch Christian, Christopher Columbus first encountered the naked and peaceful Taino inhabitants of the New World, greeting them with fire and sword and the love of Jesus. The fact that the Orlando... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Gratitude and apologies are in order

On behalf of some very embarrassed citizens of Calaveras County, I would like to apologize to the caring individuals of the Area 12 Agency on Aging and the very generous, community-minded representatives of our local public television station, PATV, for the shameful comments and responses made by a few selfish, hateful and mean-spirited attendees at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 31.

I believe the majority of Calaveras County residents are appreciative and grateful for the...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
The 2016 presidential race, like all presidential races, has raised questions and controversies regarding the religious faiths of the candidates. Donald Trump’s beliefs have been questioned, as were Ted Cruz’s. And trying to pin down Bernie Sanders’ views on God is very difficult. But that said, recent developments just occurred with the United Methodist Church that should focus the spotlight on Hillary Clinton’s religious thinking. They constitute two crucial moves that stand in direct opposition to Clinton’s longtime militancy for... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

Adulthood brings certain financial responsibilities like the building of budgets, bank accounts and proper insurance. It’s surprising how few consider a proper estate plan part of that essential mix.

To read this whole guest commentary, see the June 10 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch

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4 weeks ago
This is a wake-up call to the community, regarding Kit Carson, the only nursing and convalescent hospital in our county. Several times a week I have been visiting a wonderful friend who has resided here for almost three years. We both feel extremely grateful to the excellent and sacrificial care provided by the nurses and aides. They go over and above in their care and tender love for each resident, some of whom are unable to voice their gratitude. However, this for profit institution has made administrative decisions that have put... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago

In the last few days, Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016. A few remaining unpledged delegates pushed him over that threshold.

You would think that would be cause for celebration. In many camps it may be, but then it also gives rise to panic. Donald Trump’s wife has been claiming “My husband’s not Hitler.” Many in the media claim Trump will become an authoritarian figure if elected president — that quite literally scares a few folks. That would explain where...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

Do this. Be here. Listen to me.

Any good parent wants to raise happy, well-adjusted children, but the way they go about often undermines that goal.

“As a rabbi, I’ve watched a lot of parents over the years,” says Rabbi Roger Herst, author of “A Simple Formula for Raising Happy Children” (www.rogerherst.com). “Many of them don’t seem to be achieving what they want for their children. They try hard, they mean well, yet they still miss the mark.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way, he says.

“For one thing, parents who think...

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George Runner
05/26/2016 1:11 PM

Blink and you’ll miss it. Special interests have struck a backroom deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour in just six years. The deal was rushed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature—with little public input—and signed into law by the governor in less than a week. It’s almost as if no one wanted to take the time to stop and listen; if they had, they might realize they’re making a huge mistake.

While a $15 per hour minimum wage may seem like a good deal for workers, it will cost many their jobs and raise the...

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Jack Mitchell
05/26/2016 1:07 PM
Supervisor Louis Boitano on right with nozzle — Fire Academy Ione, CA “I know the importance of EMS and Fire in District 4 and Amador County.” — Louis Boitano

So the taboos, that is what you dare not to write about, used to be religion and sexual orientation. But with all the wars raging revolving around religion, and a new focus on sexual orientation and who should or should not be allowed to use which bathroom and who should not ­— or maybe with Caitlyn Jenner formerly known as Bruce, those barriers have been broken down.

The new no-no to discuss is politics. The age old question, “Who you going to vote for?” is an almost guaranteed battle, as opinions, and often misinformation,...

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05/26/2016 1:03 PM

Is Boitano’s credit for the Pine Acres fuel break legit?

Supervisor Louis Boitano recently claimed credit for the Pine Acres fuel break. That fuel break was a project of the CalFire Vegetation Management Program and the Amador Fire Safe Council. It was not a county project and the county did not fund it.

CalFire Assistant Chief Chris Post wrote a report about the role the fuel break played in the Butte Fire. His list of those responsible for it doesn’t include Supervisor Boitano. Here’s what Chief Post wrote:

“The following...

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Guest Commentator
05/19/2016 3:15 PM

You’ve seen or heard them — television, billboard and radio ads offering to file lawsuits for medical patients who have been diagnosed, treated and/or prescribed medication by a doctor.

The ads allege that the doctor may have treated your ailment improperly or prescribed unnecessary or even harmful medication. Not only do these ads unfairly demonize doctors, they prey upon unsuspecting patients.

These ads are not about protecting patients and other medical consumers. They are recruitment tools for unscrupulous personal injury...

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05/19/2016 3:02 PM
Gene Mancebo of the Amador Water Agency. ALD file photo by Eric Winslow

The Water Agency has undertaken several conservation projects over the past decade to conserve precious water, which in turn helps maintain water rights for the future of Amador County.

The Agency’s latest project would put water currently flowing in the mostly earthen Amador Canal into a pipeline. Less than half of the water put into the beginning of the canal makes it down the entire 18-mile canal to the New York Ranch Reservoir. Leakage and evaporation claim an estimated 1,800 acre-feet — about half-a-billion gallons of water...

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Via Press Release
05/19/2016 3:11 PM

Recently, a Gwen Clayton supporter questioned (District 4 Supervisor) candidate Frank Axe’s residency and his qualifications to run for county supervisor in District 4.

Frank and his wife, Kathy, have been my neighbors in the Pine Grove area for more than 10 years. In contrast, it is my understanding that Gwen moved to Pine Grove in late 2014, after living in Sutter Creek and Fiddletown.

Frank has a 30-year record of accomplishments in industry and education. It is obvious from his background that he is a detailed planner. In...

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05/19/2016 2:34 PM
As we drive about the county, specifically in the area from Pine Grove and to the east, we see those dense bushes with the bright yellow flowers alongside the roads. You see them in Pine Grove east of the elementary school, in Volcano on Ram’s Horn Grade, on Shake Ridge Road and in Pioneer and Buckhorn. They are also frequent on the Community Leach Field property owned by the Amador Water Agency and land administered by the BLM. The flowers and the green foliage of the plant present a beautiful contrast of colors, but don’t be... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
05/12/2016 2:04 PM

To present and future residents, business and landowners of Amador County:

Why does the Amador Water Agency board of directors wish to put the Amador Canal in a small-diameter pipe? Is this project really in the interest of present and future Amador county residents, businesses and landowners? These are the questions that I have repeatedly asked the AWA directors and to which I have received no answer.

The Amador Canal has a 142-year history, during which it has constantly supplied the economy and eco-system of southern Amador...

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Guest Commentator
05/12/2016 2:03 PM

To: Susan Grijalva, Amador County Planning Director

From: Edith Hannigan, Board Consultant, State Responsibility Area

The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection would like to issue comment on the scope and contents of the Amador County General Plan Update Draft Environmental Impact Report, specifically the Draft EIR Hazards and Hazardous Materials analysis.

In particular, the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is concerned about plans to provide for adequate ingress and egress to developed land in high or...

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