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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addresses the Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite.
The first item on the discussion calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addressing the City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The first item on the Discussion Calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
A head-on accident between a pickup and a box truck sent two San Joaquin County residents to a Reno, Nevada hospital with major injuries and closed down a section of Highway 88 in both directions for nearly four hours.

The California Highway Patrol said the Sept. 19 accident happened at around 5:35 p.m. when Douglas Edwards, 47, a Jackson resident, was driving a 2015 Hino box truck westbound on Highway 88 east of Dufrene Road. Edwards drifted off of the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and crossed over the double yellow...

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Lucy Hackett
6 days ago
Watch for slow moving traffic behind the Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train on Hwy 49 between Plymouth and the Amador City turn-off Friday morning, 8 am to 10 pm. The Wagon Train will travel on Old Hwy 49 through Amador City and then on back roads to Sutter Creek for lunch on Main Street.

Here's some B-roll of the wagon train from this morning, courtesy of Larry Angier.. http://youtu.be/g70HN4xh5_U

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Bill Lavallie
1 week ago
A single car accident Tuesday is being blamed on a driver who told police she reached for an electronic device and lost control of her vehicle.

The accident, reported around 12:30 p.m. to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, indicated a car had rolled over on Michigan Bar Road in the Ione area.

Emergency personnel located the vehicle over turned near the model airplane field.

The driver allegedly told the CHP that she had reached for her iPad while she was driving and lost control.

Her name has not yet been released.

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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago
A head on accident Friday afternoon sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries and closed down Highway 88 for 90 minutes.

A large box truck headed west on Highway 88 lost control, skidded across the highway and rolled over head on into an oncoming pickup.

Two people were life flighted out to area trauma centers and one was taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador Hospital.

The roadway was completely closed down in both directions for about an hour and a half.

CHP is still investigating the accident and the...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
A motorhome caught fire on Highway 88 in Upcountry Amador County Sept 7, snarling traffic for at least half an hour. According to Amador Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ted Jagoda, the 1987 Beaver motorhome was traveling eastbound on Highway 88 at around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the driver noticed it was heating up. He pulled over at Mace Drive, opened the hood and the fire erupted. The driver escaped injury and firefighters from Amador Fire Protection District and CALFIRE were able to contain the fire to the motorhome,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
An Amador County driver, suspected of being intoxicated, allegedly sparked a brush fire that destroyed two homes and burned 90 acres along Highway 20 in Lake County Sept. 3. According to the CHP, Shellie Boulais, 52, of Jackson, was booked into the Lake County jail Wednesday, Sept. 3, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Boulais lost control of her vehicle on Highway 20 and crashed into an embankment east of Blue Lakes igniting the dry grass on the roadside. Officials say she fled the scene, but was spotted in some bushes... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
A new law will take affect Tuesday that will require drivers to maintain at least three feet between a vehicle and a bicycle on the road.

According to the new law, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist. If three feet is not available, a driver must then slow to a safe speed and pass when no danger is present.

“Motorists are reminded to pay close attention as the school year approaches and exercise caution when they see bicyclists on the road,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner...

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Matthew Hedger
08/14/2014 10:15 AM
The driver of a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 88 near Nobb Hill Court in Pioneer lost control of his motorcycle and went over an embankment late in the morning, Friday, August 8, starting off a series of mishaps dealt with by first responder emergency personnel on Amador roadways this week.

An eyewitness said that the 2001 Yamaha Road Star appeared to fishtail before veering off of the road and tumbling forward. The California Highway Patrol indicated the driver, Mark Wayne Wittemore, 57 of Merced, had serious injuries to his...

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Bill Lavallie
08/15/2014 11:51 PM
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Around 5:15 p.m. a driver traveling on Forest Home Road lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro and spun off the road. That then caused a fire to start under the car which quickly spread into tall grass near the car.

Fire crews responded quickly to the scene and put out the fire. A bulldozer was also called to the scene to assist in mop-up.

The driver did not seek medical attention.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Via Press Release
08/11/2014 9:35 AM
The California Department of Transportation has issued three traffic advisories for work to be performed on area roadways this week.

In Amador County, one-way traffic controls will be in effect beginning today, Aug. 11, on Highway 88 from Plasse Road to West Martin Meadow for utility work. Work hours are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the work is expected to continue through Friday, Aug. 15. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.

One-way traffic controls will also be in effect today through Friday on Highway 26 from Paloma Road...

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Bill Lavallie
08/08/2014 3:30 PM
The driver of a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 88 near Nobb Hill Court in Pioneer lost control of his vehicle and went over an embankment late this morning, Friday, August 8.

An eyewitness said that the motorcycle appeared to fishtail and then veer off of the road and then tumbled forward off the road. The California Highway Patrol indicated that the driver had serious injuries to his face and was taken to Sutter Amador Hospital.

We are waiting for more information from the CHP as they continue their investigation.

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Matthew Hedger
07/18/2014 12:18 PM
A Nevada man and an Elk Grove woman somehow managed to escape with only minor injuries after a near head-on collision Tuesday that backed up traffic for miles in both directions on Highway 88 near Sunnybrook.

The California Highway Patrol said Willard Wehe, 68, of Wellington, Nevada, was westbound on Highway 88 east of Upper Jackson Valley Road just before 9:30 a.m. when the accident

occurred. As Wehe drove his 2007 Ford truck, for unknown reasons, he drifted off the north side of the road and onto the gravel shoulder before...

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Bill Lavallie
07/14/2014 3:13 PM
Two cars collided head-on when the driver of a Ford pick-up lost control of his vehicle headed west on Highway 88, crossed over the median, and into an oncoming car headed east on Highway 88 near Ione this morning.

The vehicles sustained heavy damage when they both skidded off the road and into the ditch along the east-bound lane.

Fortunately, neither driver suffered any life-threatening injuries because of the crash.

The roadway was down to a single lane of traffic for about two hours while emergency personnel assessed...

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Matthew Hedger
07/10/2014 12:03 PM
From motorcycle crashes to sobriety checkpoints to injury accidents, first responders in the area had a busy week beginning even before the July 4 holiday.

On Thursday, July 3, just before 3 p.m., a Folsom man escaped without injury after he crashed his car on Old Sacramento Road, north of Highway 16, in a solo vehicle accident.

The California Highway Patrol said Dylan Dingman, 18, told officers he drove his 1995 Chevrolet into a right-hand curve at 70 miles per hour when, due to the speed at which he was traveling, he lost control...

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Bill Lavallie
07/07/2014 1:26 PM
A DUI checkpoint was set up in Jackson Saturday night around 6 p.m.

CHP Jackson and CHP San Andreas teamed up to run the checkpoint.

Jackson Police were present and in the area also.

We are awaiting official statistics and will post them here when they become available.

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Bill Lavallie
07/07/2014 10:42 AM
Friday morning around 8:30 a.m. the driver of a vehicle traveling west on

Climax Road lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve. The vehicle

then slid off the road and into a barbed wire fence. It then went

into a deep ditch along the road and came to rest buried into the

embankment.

Though there was serious damage to the vehicle the driver appeared to

be unhurt according to a CAL FIRE on scene.

CHP was not on scene at the time of this report and we are waiting for

an update on this story.

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Jerry Budrick
06/27/2014 3:19 PM
State Route 26 from PALOMA ROAD in calaveras county

TO STATE ROUTE 88 in Amador County

alaveras and Amador County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on State Route 26 (SR-26) from Paloma Road in Calaveras County to SR-88 in Amador County for paving.

Work will begin on Monday, June 30, 2014, through Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Motorists should expect 20 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken...

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Matthew Hedger
06/22/2014 9:50 AM
Cal Trans has announced it will be performing work at one location in Amador County and two in Calaveras County beginning Monday.

One-way traffic controls on Highway 88 from Plasse Road to West Martin Meadow in Amador County for utility work will begin on Monday, and the project is expected to last through Friday, June 27, with traffic controls in place 24 hours a day. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.

One-way traffic controls will also be in place on Highway 26 from Paloma Road in Calaveras County to SR-88 in Amador County...

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