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2 weeks ago
The ATI Auto Parts/Riebes store is now open. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
ATI announced that they will be joining forces with another locally owned auto parts retailer Riebes Napa Auto Parts effective July 1, 2015. ATI has been servicing the Sutter Creek market for several years and is happy to be partnering with Riebes Auto Parts. This partnership will give the Sutter Creek and Jackson market the best of both worlds with increased inventory and availability, and providing excellent customer service while keeping the local welcoming small town feel that ATI has provided. The owner of ATI Jim Swift said... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Everybody is aware that you get your car towed if you block a fire hydrant. What fewer people know is that first responders in critical emergency situations are often confronted with obstacles to gas lines, as well. First responders and safety crews depend on ready access to pipelines in order to keep them operating safely. Jeff Smith, spokesperson for PG&E's Community Pipeline Safety Initiative says, "Nine-hundred and ninety times out of hundred, the fire department is not going to need access to a hydrant to put out a fire, but in... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago
DUI on Sunday, July 12. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

The Jackson Police Department responded to a DUI on Sunday, on Water Street and Court Street, in Jackson. The driver of a sedan lost control of his vehicle on a slight curve. The vehicle then slid sideways and rolled into the creek, resting upside-down in the dry creek. No serious injuries were reported. The Jackson Police Department later confirmed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Late in the afternoon on the following day, July 13, police, fire crews and EMT’s were called out to an accident in Sutter Creek...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago
Vehicle accident on Buena Vista Road, in Ione. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

California Highway Patrol, fire crews and ambulance were all dispatched to an accident at Buena Vista Road and Highway 88 in Ione on Sunday around 7:20 p.m. The driver of a Buick Sedan traveling on Buena Vista Road approached the intersection at Highway 88 and stopped the vehicle. However, the driver thought it was a four-way stop and immediately proceeded into the intersection.

A Honda sedan was Simultaneously approaching the intersection and was unable to stop to avoid a collision. The collision left the Buick severely damaged in...

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Via Press Release
07/02/2015 10:16 AM

Conservation groups say a bill introduced last week by a California Congressman to combat the drought would have devastating consequences for wildlife.

House Resolution 2898, known as the “Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015,” would allow more water to be pumped from the delta and sent to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

But Rachel Zwillinger, water policy adviser with the group Defenders of Wildlife, says the bill would allow the state to override the Endangered Species Act and other environmental protections....

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Via Press Release
06/25/2015 1:03 PM

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 10 2015 District System Management Plan (DSMP) is available on the district’s web page at www.dot.ca.gov/dist10.

A fact sheet providing information on the system planning process is also available on the site. The plan and fact sheet are under the ‘Highlights’ section on the web page. The report spotlights the planning efforts, sustainability, the transportation system, District 10’s local partners, as well as projects in the counties of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras,...

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Matthew Hedger
06/25/2015 11:46 AM

The California Highway Patrol has released new information on several accidents on both Amador and Calaveras roadways within the past two weeks, including an incident in which the driver of a truck pulling a 72-foot-long trailer got wedged on the wall of the old Fargo Club in downtown Jackson.

In that incident, the CHP and Jackson Police responded to the intersection of Broadway and Water Street at around 10:30 p.m. Monday where the truck driver had managed to become wedged. The driver of the truck, whose name was not released,...

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Matthew Hedger
06/18/2015 9:24 AM
Quinn K. Moniz, 18, was driving a 1990 Honda southbound when he drifted too far to the right and ran off the road onto the gravel shoulder. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Amador and Calaveras county roadway mishaps and accidents abounded in the past eight days.

On Thursday, June 11, a Sutter Creek man escaped injury following a solo vehicle crash on Highway 49 north of Drytown just before 8 p.m. The California Highway Patrol said Quinn K. Moniz, 18, was driving a 1990 Honda southbound when he drifted too far to the right and ran off the road onto the gravel shoulder. Moniz overcorrected, crossed both lanes of traffic, struck the embankment on the opposite side of the road, then overcorrected back to...

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Matthew Hedger
06/11/2015 10:55 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A series of mishaps on area roadways this week kept first responders busy transporting injured drivers and passengers and clearing vehicle wreckage.

On Monday, an accident on Highway 88 near the intersection with Highway 49 caused a traffic

delay for about 30 minutes.

An SUV and a van collided at the intersection causing serious damage to the SUV and a lot of fluids to be spilled onto the roadway. The vehicle was disabled in the middle of the highway and had to be towed away. The accident remains under investigation....

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Matthew Hedger
06/11/2015 10:47 AM
25-year-old Lodi resident Andrew Taormina. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Lodi man is facing multiple felony charges following an alleged carjacking attempt that led to a high speed pursuit through southwestern Calaveras County before coming to an end in a violent accident in the town of Wallace, near the San Joaquin county line on Tuesday.

The Angels Camp Police Department reported officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Main Street for a man laying on the ground after a van reportedly tried to run him over. Arriving officers determined the van had been carjacked and the man on the ground...

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John Tuttle
06/11/2015 10:34 AM
Caltrans encourages comments from its local partners and the public as an important component of the State transportation planning process, to influence long-range policies and strategies, and to help define interregional travel needs. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As part of its push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission has allocated nearly $223 million to 108 transportation statewide — and Amador County will get $3.4 million of it.

Caltrans plans to spend the money to repave and rehabilitate 15 miles of Highway 49, from Highway 88 to Ridge Road.

The money is part of a larger plan to extend roadway service life, improve ride quality, alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking....

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Matthew Hedger
05/28/2015 9:55 AM
One of several vehicle accidents this week. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

First responders on both sides of the river kept fairly busy rescuing errant drivers and removing others from the road who may have partied a little too much over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Sunday, the driver of a Honda sedan may have been distracted when he drove off of the road, through a barbed wire fence and down an embankment. The California Highway Patrol said Guillermo F. Cervantes, 22, of Stockton, was headed from a residence on Blue Sky Drive, north of Highway 88 in a 2006 Honda Civic at around 3:40 p.m. when the...

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Matthew Hedger
05/28/2015 10:19 AM
A pickup truck has crashed through the front of the Interfaith Food Bank’s thrift store on Sutter Hill this morning, Thursday, May 28, causing lots of damage but no injuries. On the scene photojournalist Bill Lavallie said the driver of the truck, whose name has not yet been released, mistakenly hit the gas pedal and sent the large truck through the wall and a large plate glass window. Neither the driver nor anyone in the store was injured. Sutter Creek Police are investigating the incident. [Read more]
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John Tuttle
05/21/2015 10:50 AM
San Andreas CHP is hosting a free “Age Well, Drive Smart” program on Monday, June 1. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Talking with an older family member about their driving is often difficult. Most of us put off that talk until the person’s driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the “Age Well, Drive Smart” program to assist families with this issue. This program was designed to provide older drivers with the KEYS to driving safe and driving longer.

California’s older driver population is numbering about 2.9 million today. It is estimated, there will be over four million residents age...

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Matthew Hedger
05/14/2015 2:20 PM
A pair of bronze statues appear to be casualties of the accident on Sierra Place. Amador Ledger Dispatch Photo By Bill Lavallie

Jackson Police and Fire personnel responding to a report of an injury accident within the Rollingwoods Estates community just before 10 a.m. this morning arrived to find a red Mazda sedan on its roof.

Medical personnel assisted and treated the female driver for minor injuries at the scene on Sierra Place. Her name has not been released. No other injuries were reported.

Jackson Police are investigating the incident.

Amador Ledger Dispatch Photos By Bill Lavallie

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Matthew Hedger
05/07/2015 9:42 AM
Rollover accident on Ridge Road, Wednesday, May 6. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A West Point woman remained under observation at Sutter Amador Hospital Wednesday afternoon, May 6, after crashing her car on Ridge Road. Gina Kenitzer, 54, of West Point, was headed west on Ridge Road when the accident occurred.

According to witnesses, she swerved, then slid into a ditch where she struck a pipe causing the car to flip into the air and then slide about 100 feet on its roof.

Kenitzer was taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Driver error and alcohol...

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Matthew Hedger
05/06/2015 4:40 PM

A West Point woman remains under observation at Sutter Amador Hospital this afternoon, Wednesday, May 6, after crashing her car on Ridge Road this morning. Gina Kenitzer, 54, of West Point, was headed west on Ridge Road when the accident occurred. According to witnesses, she swerved, then slid into a ditch where she struck a pipe causing the car to flip into the air and then slide about 100 feet on its roof.

Kenitzer was taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident....

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Craig Baracco
04/30/2015 10:08 AM
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Legislation that will give a section of State Route 16 to local governments in Sacramento County passed an important legislative hurdle on Monday. The proposed bill could ultimately lengthen travel time from Amador County to Sacramento by up to 20 minutes.

Assembly Bill 652, which would transfer control of Highway 16 between Grant Line Road and Power Inn Road from the state to the city of Rancho Cordova and Sacramento County, was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. This transfer is also part of a larger plan to...

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Matthew Hedger
04/30/2015 8:36 AM
A “fishy” vehicle accident on April 25 left this truck in a tangle. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A plastic bag containing store-bought pet fish is being blamed for a solo car accident on Ridge Road east of Old Ridge Road.

The California Highway Patrol said Joshua P. Burastero, 34, was driving a 1984 Nissan King Cab truck eastbound at around noon April 25 when the plastic bag containing recently purchased fish from Petco rolled off the truck’s seat and onto the floorboard. Burastero reached over to retrieve the fish and inadvertently turned the steering wheel to the right, causing him to drive off of the south edge of the...

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Bill Lavallie
04/23/2015 10:19 AM
Above: Sunday’s vehicle accident on Highway 49 and Valley View Way. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection of Highway 49 and Valley View Way was struck in the rear by another vehicle traveling on the Sutter Creek bypass on Sunday.

The sedan had serious damage and was towed from the scene. The pickup received minor damage to the rear bumper, however a pregnant passenger in the pickup complained of back pain shortly after the crash. Sutter Creek Police were still investigating the accident as of press time this week.

In a different vehicle accident, a young driver escaped injury,...

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