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Jack Mitchell
2 days ago
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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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
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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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Mario Castillo, on right, of Galt, and Beau Coutroul, of Valley Springs, pulled these beauties out of the pond February 24. Both were using power worms. Mario’s catch weighed in at 7.11 lbs and Beau’s was 10.23 lbs! These guys always get the big trout! Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Bass and trout are here if you know where to look.

Mt. Lassen Trout farm planted 1,200 pounds of trout to the South shore pond and South shore ramps on Monday, Feb. 23. Another 1,200 pounds are scheduled for next week.

Although there was a bass tournament at North shore on Saturday, February 21, no one stopped in to share any details. Large, seven-plus pound trout are the story this week as several were brought in to be weighed. Favorite spots reported were trolling out by the dam, the Day Use Area and Hat Island no more...

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Mark Kautz
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The spot where we launched from at New Melones. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Wednesday the 18th was another one of those days where my wife had to be to work early, so I took that advantage to get to New Melones before the crack of dawn at 6:56 a.m. Once again I wanted the spot at the end of the manual launch ramp.

After a stop at Starbucks in Angels Camp for coffee and two pieces of that darn addictive lemon pound cake, I made it to the lake.

I wouldn’t have had to rush since no one showed up but me, and why would anyone show up? It was dark, cold, foggy and wet. Only a bonehead like yours truly would...

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1 week ago
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Adult Co-ed Soccer League Forming

Adult Co-ed Soccer League 7 vs. 7 League will begin it’s 8 week run on Sundays starting March 7 at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Junior High School Field. The cost is $400 per team and high school players are welcome. A league meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the ACRA office. Call ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org for more information.

Volleyball Open Gym Offered

Volleyball Open Gym will be offered at Amador High School for all skill levels on...

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Dan The Stat Man
1 week ago

Most Outs Men: Jeremy Nicol - 60 Women: Carol Balowski - 28

Most Tons Men: Dave Purse - 33 Women: Carol Balowski - 7

Most Hat Tricks Men: Dan James and Daniel Brosz - 2 Women: Carol Balowski - 1

High Dart On 301 Men: Duane Thurston - 6T0 Women: Melanie Martin - 5T2

High Out Men: John Dalman - 1T4 Women: Pam Henderson - 32

Most 8T0’s: Gary Kay - 1

Best Record 301 Men: Jeremy Nicol - (16-2) Women: Carol Balowski - (12-6)

Best Record Cricket Men: Dan James - (17-1) Women: Deb Deveney - (9-8)

Low Dart 301 Men: Dan...

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Mike Sweeney
1 week ago
Lee Stetson as John Muir: a hero to all of us that love the outdoors. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

John Muir (1838-1914) is a hero to all of us who love the outdoors and wild places. He fought many battles to save extraordinary outdoor resources. He won some (Yosemite National Park), and he lost some (Hetch Hetchy Dam). His many outdoor adventures continue to inspire today, as does his well documented passion for mountains, plants, animals and all of nature.

So, I was thrilled to see he was coming to our area earlier this month in the form of actor Lee Stetson. (The “Evening with John Muir” performance in Mokelumne Hill...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

Ninth Annual 49er Bypass 5K and 10K Run April 4

On Saturday, April 4, challenge yourself with a 5k or 10k run beginning in downtown Main St., in Sutter Creek. The road will be closed down for this special event as you enjoy your run through the hills of Sutter Creek beginning at 9 a.m. Register by March 13 to receive a race t-shirt. Youth (17 and under) - $20, Adult (18 and over ) - $25. Online registration is available at active.com, and charges a $3.25 processing fee per participant. Call ACRA at (209) 223-6349 for more information...

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2 weeks ago
11-year-old Donovan Henry was fishing with his dad, Mike, at Lake Camanche, when he set his bait on the biggest bass of the new year. See the Lake Camanche Fishing Report on page C2. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The rains last weekend left the lake banks still a bit muddy in spots. Top lining was reported by trout anglers with they’re choice of baits jigs and power worms.

Main lake undisclosed locations were great for bass this week. Drop shot with green black flake zoom thick worms, 6” purple worms and senko red sparkle worms were all reported for bass.

11-year-old Donovan Henry was fishing with his dad, Mike when he set his bait on the biggest bass of the new year (see picture page C4). Henry was using a 6” purple worm and believe it or...

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2 weeks ago
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Gold Country Lane’s Spring Junior Bowling Session will begin Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m., and end May 29. Boys and girls ages 5-18 are eligible. The registration fee is $20 and weekly fees are $6 or $9 depending on age. Bumper bowling is available for children six years old and under. No equipment or experience is needed.

The costs include a t-shirt, awards, end of session party and association membership. Bowling skills will last a lifetime, and everyone starts and plays every game! Stop by to sign up or call (209) 223-3334.

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Two on the day this go round and a threat to put Mark Kautz mug on Facebook. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Terry from Lake Camanche

Remember, Lake Pardee opens today. It looks like it’s going to be a short season. Their website says they are closing in July, instead of November.

The water level in the lake is not at capacity, but close. Opening days in the past have been good and bad. You’ll just have to roll the dice and see what falls.

Now on to last week, remember we’re always a week behind. I hit Lake Camanche on Wednesday, Feb. 4, because rain was expected the rest of the week.

As I got to check-in, I asked the young man if they had planted....

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Mark Kautz
3 weeks ago

As I mentioned last Friday, the Hatchery Dust Challenge was on. I met Yuki at New Melones on Monday the 26th after a stop at Starbucks in Angels Camp for coffee and lemon pound cake. I actually got there a couple minutes before him and with the launch ramp taken, set up down the side like Yuki and Jim did the last time.

The only fair way, in my opinion, to test the Hatchery Dust was to fish one with plain rainbow Power Bait and the other with rainbow Power Bait and Dust side by side to see which one the fish would take.

Yuki, on...

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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
We recently returned from our pilgrimage to Southern California in search of dry, warm winter weather. The last couple years we made this trip out of habit I suppose, as it hasn’t rained or snowed much here in Amador in January in quite some time. These trips south always remind me of the time I spent hiking the Pacific Crest Trail north from Mexico through So Cal mountains and deserts. This was especially true this year, as we went to a theatre in Palm Springs to see the movie “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the... [Read more]
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Dan The Stat Man
01/30/2015 11:20 AM

First Place - Damaged Darts: 172 Points

Second Place - British Invasion: 152 Points

Third Place - Who Darted?: 135 Points

The Pointers: 120 Points

That Team: 100 Points

Dart Attack: 86 Points

Bulls Up: 74 Points

TOP DOG: 61 Points

Team Results from Week # 15:

Damaged Darts beat Dart Attack: 13-2

British Invasion beat TOP DOG: 11-4

That Team Beat Bulls Up: 12-3

Who Darted? beat The Pointers: 9-6

Individual Highlights from Week # 15:

Jeremy Nicol- T, T, 80 On, and 3 Outs

Daniel Brosz - T, 2T0, T, Hat Trick, and 3...

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Mark Kautz
01/22/2015 11:21 AM

I was out on the DFW stocking website and noticed that they plan to stock New Melones next week. It would be my guess that they will put half in at Glory Hole and the rest at the launch ramp below the Highway 49 Bridge. They never tell you what day, but it would be my guess that if you went out Wednesday or Friday you might have a good chance of fish. I’ll probably hit the launch ramp on Wednesday.

We’re doing the “Design to Sell” thing at our house, so my fishing time is limited, but I try to get out at least once a week so I have...

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Matthew Hedger
01/16/2015 11:47 AM

Meet Andy Guibord

Amador Flyfishers welcomes local fishing guide Andy Guibord on Tuesday, January 20, in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson. Andy will provide a fly-tying demonstration beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. general meeting and Andy’s presentation “American River Steelhead.” A familiar face at Kiene’s Fly Shop, Guibord regularly guides and teaches flyfishing for steelhead, stripers, shad and largemouth bass in the Sacramento Valley’s rivers and reservoirs, as well as the...

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John Tuttle
01/10/2015 9:03 AM
LPGA Women’s Professional Teresa Ishiguro teaching a golf student. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Junior Girls Golf winter session is open to girls 7 to 17 years. Registration is January 31 at Castle Oaks Golf Club from noon to 1 p.m. Sessions begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 7 through April 25. Registration forms are available at the pro shop at Castle Oaks on registration day, or visits the website at castleoaksjrgirlsgolf.org. Complete both the Participation and Waiver of Liability forms. Cost is $35 for the first child and $10 for each additional child in the same family. Checks are made payable to Castle Oaks Jr. Girls... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
01/02/2015 11:01 AM
Ernie Burgess and Josh Simpson of Kamps Propane display Little Kampers. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Little Kamper is a new product sold by Kamps Propane that is both environmentally and economically friendly, and contain enough propane to fuel lanterns and most portable grills and camp stoves for several meals. These refillable, green, 1 pound Little Kamper propane cylinder tanks are perfect for camping, tailgating or picnicking. Little Kampers are they refillable, eliminating trash and pollution at parks, campsites and tailgate parties. They are also a smart economic choice as a refilled, or exchanged, tank is less than $2.... [Read more]
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01/02/2015 10:16 AM
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Occurring annually for the past 20 years, Winter Trails Day is a chance for those new to snowsports to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free on Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area. In order to participate in the event, advance registration is required through REI Sacramento, at rei.com/sacramento. Space is limited to 350 people. Tahoe Donner staff expects the event to sell out quickly.

“We recognize that many folks have never tried cross country skiing and snowshoeing,” said...

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