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Jack Mitchell
2 days ago
Matt Conrardy won the 5k race with a time of 17:43, and Craig Conrardy took second place with a time of 27:17 in the 50-59 age group. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Jackson Junior High Science and Amador High Cross Country conducted their 5k run/walk fundraiser as part of the Jackson Lions Club Dandelion Days this past Saturday.

With great support from the commnuity last year, Jackson Junior High Science was able to replace old equipment and supplies, and helped Amador Cross Country to purchase new warm ups.

This year’s event was a great success due in large part to some amazing local sponsors. Thank you to the Gold Level Sponsors: Toma & Associates, Inc; Davenport Properties Real Estate,...

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Jack Mitchell
2 days ago
Matthew Spinetta talks with coach and Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation Program Director after the Head 2 Head Ski Race at Kirkwood. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by David Gebauer
It didn’t take long for Jim Reilly’s prediction to come to fruition. Reilly, Program Director for the Kirkwood Ski Education Program and Professional Ski Coach had said that he saw a lot of talent in Matthew Spinetta and his racing. “Matthew is always on time, always willing to learn and help out,” said Reilly in an interview a month ago. “It’s my job to help him get where he wants to go with his racing. That’s what we do for all these kids. I see a lot of potential in Matthew.”Reilly’s coaching, and the coaching staff at Kirkwood... [Read more]
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Kathleen Lynch
2 days ago
Adeline Nordahl prepares to call of a target while her teammates watch. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kathleen Lynch
Forty-five A&A Shooters started their trap season on Saturday with a 100 target competition held at Livermore/Pleasanton Rod and Gun Club. Over 300 youth shooters representing 10 trap teams from Northern California competed for individual awards in five different categories. High School teams from Granite Bay, Clayton Valley, Yuba City, Sutter, Berean Christian along with gun club teams from Coon Creek, Los Banos, Livermore, Tulare and the local True Sportsman Club A&A Shooters rounded out the competitors. All teams are registered... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 days ago

From my vantage point I was sure it had gone in the hole. In fact, I have to admit I held my breath for a second to see if I would here the flag and the hollow sounding thunk as the ball dropped in the cup.

If you have ever played Castle Oaks, most are familiar with the shot to get to the green on hole number two. Or in my case, the shot to get to the sand or the water.

This past Tuesday, Amador faced Argonaut in the Big Game golf match at Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. So, I made the trip down for some pics and hopefully some...

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Kathleen Lynch
1 week ago
Cassandra Smith, a senior at Amador High School received the Wayne Weinert CAP award for Coachability, Best Attitude and Perserverance presented by Head Coach Richard Lynch. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kathleen Lynch

The True Sportsman’s Club A&A Shooters recently kicked off their season in the warm confines of the American Legion Hall with a gathering of young athletes and their parents. All listened intently as Head Coach Richard Lynch spoke about the season’s goals and expectations. A humorous, but serious, skit on safe gun handling and appropriate shooting attire was created and performed by A&A Shooters Dylan Smith, Carter Kaup and Alex Case, drama students at Amador High School.

Cassandra Smith, a senior at Amador High, was voted by her...

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1 week ago
Sacramento Sports Commission Launches Corporate Run 3.1. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sacramento Sports Commission Launches Corporate Run 3.1

The Sacramento Corporate Run 3.1 is being touted as Sacramento’s largest office party hosted to promote wellness and bring together Sacramento’s corporate and business community. The Corporate Run will be a 5K run/walk held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, beginning on Capitol Mall and 4th Street with the much anticipated Corporate Village and After-Party held on Capitol Mall.

The 3.1 mile (5K) course takes you on a brief scenic tour of Downtown Sacramento. Runners will catch...

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Mark Kautz
1 week ago
Three rainbow caught on Power Bait. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

One would ask, “Why isn’t this guy fishing Lake Pardee?” “Why isn’t this guy fishing Lake Amador?”

I’m sure there are fish in both places, but I listen to the chatter out there and there isn’t much about either place.

I’m sure Lake Pardee stocked before the opening, but nothing is being said about catching. Granted the DFW planted the week of February 22 and their website says the week of March 8, but all I’m hearing is fish swimming around and nobody catching.

Lake Amador has stocked a lot since the first of the year. They...

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1 week ago
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With help from EBMUD, Chinook salmon persevered against perilous river conditions during the 2014 fall run.

Despite extreme drought conditions, 12,118 Chinook salmon returned to the Mokelumne River last fall to spawn, becoming the river’s fifth-largest run in 74 years, East Bay Municipal Utility District announced this week.

This is the fourth consecutive year the number of Chinook salmon returning to the Mokelumne River exceeded 12,000 fish, nearly triple the river’s long-term annual average. Of the returning salmon, about...

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1 week ago
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Come join in the fun of catching, cleaning and eating a fish at the Grand Opening of Lake Camanche Children’s Fishing Area on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Shore, Tule Day Use.

The first 50 kids get a free fishing pole and tackle box with tackle. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided for free.

Fishing is free for children ages 1 through 12 years of age. Parents, siblings or other adults may assist.

Experienced fishermen will be available to teach angling...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Mark Kautz in the Float Tube Cumberland (like the Starship Enterprise). Its ongoing mission is to keep the Captain (that would be me) afloat. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Oh man, another Friday the Thirteenth. I guess I can’t complain since the last Friday the Thirteenth brought me a nine pound Rainbow Trout out at Lake Camanche.

Last week I mentioned losing my two good pink/black Wooly Buggers and needing to get my fly tying gear out of storage. One trip to storage got one box marked fly tying and brought it home. I found out that about half of it was missing, so the following day I went back to get it. Here’s the bad part. I hit one of those yellow, filled with concrete, poles that keep you...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Lee Lockhart standing by one of the tone poles at Howard Golf Disc Park. The twelve hole beginner course is free and open to the public. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Standing at the first hole of the twelve hole disc golf course, it’s hard to imagine the work and effort that has gone into, and continues to go into, Howard Park Disc Golf. Nestled on either side and behind the Howard Park Skate Park, the beautiful disc course was built in an unmanaged and, well, let’s just say it, a run-down, unusable area of the park. Few would have the vision, or the time, to turn the area into anything other than a dumping ground. But when Amador County native Lee Lockhart viewed the area, he saw something no... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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Jackson Junior High Science and Amador High Cross Country will be conducting their premier 5K run/walk fundraiser on Saturday, March 21, 2015 as a part of the Jackson Lions Club Dandelion Days. This event will raise money for the Jackson Jr. High Science Program & the Amador High Cross Country Team.

Check-in starts at 7 a.m. at the Scout Hut in Detert Park and the race will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine. The tax-deductible pre-registration fee is $25 for all participants over 18 and $20 for participants under 18. All pre-registe...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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Mother Lode Youth Soccer registration opens this March!

Children ages 4-14 are invited to be a part of the MLYSL Fall Recreational Soccer Season. Cost is $90 per player (with a $10 discount for siblings). A current picture (any size) is required for each player. A birth certificate for new players is required. The registration dates are as follows:

March 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Paisano’s Pizza (Jackson);

March 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pizza Factory (Ione);

March 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Volcano Telephone Company (Pine Grove);...

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2 weeks ago
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May 14

The 10th annual Preston Castle Golf Classic returns Thursday, May 14, at the Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. Your day starts at 11 a.m., with registration, lunch and putting contest, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Besides golf and cart, your registration includes a gift bag, lunch, putting contest and lots of prize opportunities.

Your day of golf doesn’t end there. It also includes a full dinner with the chance to win premium silent auction items and outstanding raffle prizes. Don’t miss this sell-out golf tournament....

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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
The Giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park are breathtaking. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Disaptch
The top Amador County outdoor destination this month is Daffodil Hill. 2015 marks the 75th season for this “spring” flower extravaganza at 18310 Rams Horn Grade above Volcano. People from all over the globe visit the seasonal explosion of color at the DH ranch and nobody leaves disappointed. The ranch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until the Daffodils in bloom drop to 25 percent or so, at which point it will close until next year. This Amador tradition is made possible by the Ryan family, and you can call (209) 296-7048 to... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Mario Castillo of Galt reeled in this record size monster trout on March 3 weighing in at 15.33 lbs. while fishing the pond using a power worm off a jig. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

Lake Camanche Fishing Report

Lake Camanche’s current elevation is 185.14 as of March 3. Water temperature at the launch ramp is approximately 53 degrees and the lake is 30 percent full.

The inflow from Lake Pardee is currently 238 c.s.f. The flow to Camanche varies from 11 cfs to 800 cfs. as EBMUD generates electricity from Pardee’s flow. At this time they turn on two of the three generating units periodically during the week. Each unit can deliver 400 cfs, thus the 11-800 cfs range.

You can check out the daily water supply by...

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Mark Kautz
3 weeks ago
A shore fisherman or fisherbird as the case may be. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

The plan (and one must always have at least one plan) for Tuesday the 24th was to meet Yuki’s Daughter Marisa (you know, I’ve mentioned her before) out at the Trout Pond at Lake Camanche South Shore for a day of kayak/float tube fishing. Yuki still being down with the tooth problem had to pass.

Unfortunately time constraints for her won out and I ended up fishing alone. When I say alone, I mean that I was the only float tube, pontoon boat or boat of any kind out on the pond.

On the way through check-in, the girl said they...

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Jack Mitchell
02/26/2015 11:21 AM
Rich Hoffman, CEO Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Josh Blanchard, Wesley Low, Jr. and John Swift of Gold Country Lanes. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Gold Country Lanes hosted the Pro Bowling Association Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship on Feb. 20 - 22, with a final match that saw touring PBA’s Josh Blanchard, age 27, from Mesa, AZ, taking on amateur, 17-year-old Wesley Low, Jr., from Palmdale, CA.

Blanchard was PBA’s Rookie of the Year for 2011-12. In 2013, Blanchard finished third in WSOB V Scorpion Championship losing to eventual winner Tom Smallwood in a semifinal match 232-232 and after a five frame sudden death roll-off, the longest in PBA Tour history....

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Via Press Release
02/27/2015 10:25 AM
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Amgen Bicycle Tour Sets 700 Mile Route For Tenth Anniversary

The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time.

“The stage one route chosen for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will showcase a much different, yet still as impressive, side of the...

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Jack Mitchell
02/27/2015 10:23 AM
Brynna Reilly, Jim Reilly and Makenna White. The coach and two of his ski students. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Jim Reilly, Program Director for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, flashes a smile and does the boot walk all skiers have come to know and love as he makes his way to the table where I am sitting in the ‘Legendary’ 7800 Bar and Grill at Kirkwood. Originally, I’d set up the interview to discuss how it was going with Matthew Spinetta, an Amador High School Senior, who joined the Kirkwood Ski Team this year. It became obvious very quickly that there was a whole lot more to Reilly and the Kirkwood Ski Team that needed to be covered.... [Read more]
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