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Eric Winslow
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Students at the Amador Learning Center. Photo by Wyman Dickerson

Part 3. Choose From Dozens of Degrees

Getting a college degree no longer takes a trip out of the county, thanks to a high technology and a lot of hard work on the part of the Amador County College Foundation. The ACCF was founded in 2009 to “advocate, facilitate, and support sustainable higher education in Amador County,” according the ACCF Board of Directors’ mission statement. In 2013, the Learning Center was finally opened to fulfill and further that mission. Local residents, who would otherwise have to commute for over an...

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5 days ago
Wildlife in the beautiful Amazonian Rain Forest of Ecuador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Part 1. The Beauty and Biodiversity of The Amazon

When you think of the rainforest, you think of beautiful plants and a variety of animals. When I first stepped into the jungle, a crow greeted my group, welcoming us into its home. Being in the rainforest is like being in a whole new world. You smell the mist in the air and feel the humidity. You smell the damp ground below your feet and hear the insects flying about. There is always something interesting to see whether it be a plant, or animal. There was even a night that my...

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John Tuttle
5 days ago
Mountain Oaks’ Academic Decathlon Team was made up of students from the school’s Ione and San Andreas sites. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Nine Mountain Oaks students represented Calaveras County in the 35th Annual California Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento the weekend of March 20-22. The students competed against 65 teams from all over the state, representing large and small high schools in three divisions. A full day of testing on Friday was followed by another full day of speeches, interviews and the “Super Quiz” on Saturday. An awards presentation ended the event on Sunday morning. Students competed in literature, math, science, social science, art,... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Students at the Amador Learning Center. Photo by Wyman Dickerson
How many people know that there is a college in Amador County? Not enough, according to Wyman Dickerson, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant for the Amador Community College Foundation. “Digital and virtual learning is the wave of the future. Amador folks need to know this,“ said Dickerson, whose wife, Karen Dickerson, serves at the Secretary for the ACCF Board of Directors. The eleven-member board founded the ACCF in 2009 to actively pursue possibilities for opening up the opportunity of receiving a college education to local... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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The special “7-11” committee appointed by the Amador Unified School District Board has recommended that the district consolidate into one county-wide high school and one junior high. The 7-11 committee, made up of representatives from various school sites and community members, has been meeting regularly for the past nine months to study the issue of school site realignment, and gave its final report to the school board at their meeting Wednesday night. The committee recommended the district form a single campus for all students in... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

Jackson Junior High Honor Society:

Sixth Grade: Emilynn Angie-Buss, Inigo Baxter, Maxwell Belden, Cherisse Carney, Janae Churchill, Grace Eriksen, Michael Hooper, Parker Hoyt, Kate Johnson, Luke Johnson, Reagan Jorgensen, Andre King, Valyssia Kische, Mackenzie Kraft, Keilawnee Landergen, Elizabeth Larson, Zachariah Larson, William McCarty, Ava McGuirk, Anna Rose, Miranda Ross, Frank Selli, Cameron Swingle, Emilie Thompson, Erynn Thompson, Kasey White, Lauryn White-Bierman, Jace Jarrett, Trinidy Ashton, Sebastian Cerqueira, Juan...

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Kelsi Himmel
2 weeks ago
Near Ecuador’s capital, Quito. From left: Teacher Kelsi Himmel, and students Haleigh Madsen, Jillian Welch, Cary Hale-Mounier, Kyle Welch and Maddie Hale-Mounier. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Spring break began with an adventure of a lifetime for five Argonaut High School students as they journeyed into the Amazonian jungle of Ecuador. These students chose to be part of a delegation that represented their own Amador community and the United States. Through this experience, they learned about the continuing struggles of the people and land of this tremendously beautiful and diverse region. The trip was made possible by their chaperone and environmental educator, Kelsi Himmel, who guided them through their 10-day trip of... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
First and Second Place Winners Nicolas Keys and Anna Rose. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County Public Schools held the 12th Annual Elementary Spelling Bear on March 24, 2015 at the City of Jackson Civic Center.

Twenty-three fourth, fifth and sixth grade School Site Champions from Ione Elementary, Ione Junior High School, Jackson Junior High School, Jackson Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Plymouth Elementary and Sutter Creek Elementary participated in the event.

The first place winner was sixth-grader Nicolas Keys, from Pine Grove STEM Elementary School. Keys won the event by...

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3 weeks ago
Fourth Grade: Timothy Albrecht, Andrew Alcoriza, Savannah Allgeyer, Jasmine Alorro, Kaylie Baker, Connor Crosby, Estefani Franco-Aguayo, Elektra Hudson, Logan Manner, Aiden Moody Alcantar, Anthony Pimentel, Callie Tanner, Chloe Traxler, Lanna Bayer, Nina Bethel, Haley Bolin, Micah Davie, Dallis Donnell, Rhys Duncan, Sarah Garbarini, Manuel Gutierrez, Zachary Hahn, Kaleb Rifenburg, Aaron Smith, Michael Thomas, Gavyn Wise, Lucas Costa, Avery Forberg, Eric Freeman, Mattie Harry, Stephen Hopkins, Scott Kristoffersen, Macie Reynolds,... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
ACUSD students took a field trip to iTV center to watch a class being broadcast from Shasta College. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador Community College Foundation has forged a new partnership with Shasta College to bring additional Interactive Television (ITV) College Courses to Amador County. Interactive television uses videoconferencing technology for shared classes. In this type of shared class, students meet in a classroom equipped with cameras, microphones, and television monitors. Using two-way audio/video communications, ITV links the originating (sending) classroom at regional colleges, where the teacher and some students are present, with the... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Fifth Grade: Madelynn Ballard, Evan Beck, Elexis Buetow, Kirrah Carmack, Gabe Carson, George Consolo, Joseph Cooper, Dominick Davis, Hunter Dorris, Abby Drake, Aubrey Edwards, Amanda Flagg, Rachel Flagg, Jesse Flores, Gabbie Gascon, Josh Gibson, Alex Hale, Jaydin Harwood, Jillian Hawley, Sadie Himmelmann, Cameron Kniffen, Julianna Lilly, Michael Martinez, Bailee Mattingly, Madison Maysee, Caleb McElfish, Josie Metcalfe, Elizabeth Miguel, Chloe Morris, Katherine Morris, Angel Ou, Karla Owings, Vela Porto, Ian Rose, Ashley Santacruz,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
03/19/2015 9:31 AM
AAUW met with G.H.O.S.T., a new club at Argonaut High, to support and encourage the younger women. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
During the month of February, many groups and organizations take time to recognize women in education, both in history and today. In our own area, Clark’s Corner, in Ione, hosted the first ever round table discussion for Girls Helping Other Sisters Thrive (G.H.O.S.T.), a newly formed club at Argonaut High School aimed to support and encourage young women in their personal and academic endeavors. Members from the Amador Branch of AAUW, American Association of University Women, made this evening possible by being the inspiring and... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
03/19/2015 8:56 AM

All four of Amador County’s secondary schools, Ione Junior High, Jackson Junior High, Amador High School and Argonaut High School, were recently recognized with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. The focus of the Gold Ribbon Award is to recognize California schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners.

These schools were selected primarily because of how they dealt with common core....

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John Tuttle
03/19/2015 8:50 AM
Ricky Rodriguez. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A child molester will be committed to a state mental hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) after an Amador County judge found that the offender is a continued threat to children and the community. The Amador County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to have Ricky Rodriguez, 49, committed as an SVP based on his prior convictions of sexual assaults against two boys, ages 7 and 13.

On March 10, 2015 a court trial was held before Judge J.S. Hermanson, who announced the verdict after hearing testimony from two...

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John Tuttle
03/12/2015 7:06 AM
ACRA Executive Director Carolyn Fregulia. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The first ever Hub Banquet Fundraiser, dubbed “Help Our Youth Thrive at the Hub,” was a wonderful success. Over 125 Amador County residents attended the festivities at Thomi’s Banquet Room on Friday evening, March 6. This fundraiser was specifically held for youth programs at the Hub. Photos of youth program participants and Hub activities were displayed on the walls. Attendees competed for delightful raffle prizes, bid on delicious desserts and joined in the live auction which included hotel stays at the National in Jackson and... [Read more]
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03/05/2015 1:21 PM
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The Sierra Nevada Film Festival going strong as it enters it’s second decade in the Sierra Nevada. The festival is hosted by Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. The mission of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch is to protect, promote and restore healthy forests and watersheds while maintaining quality of life in the Sierra Nevads. While not opposed to all logging, EPFW does oppose logging that devastates the forests and replaces them with tree plantations. The group works to promote responsible, sustainable timber harvest practices through public... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
03/05/2015 9:20 AM
Immunizations have recently become a political issue. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With the December measles outbreak in Southern California, the topic of immunizations has come up not only in conversation, but also on a larger political and educational level. According to an LA Times article, university officials recently announced that in 2017, all UC students will be required to “be vaccinated against measles, meningitis, whooping cough and several other diseases or they will not be allowed to register for classes…”

In recent years, vaccinations have become more of a political issue. Pew Research Center...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/05/2015 9:13 AM
One of Argonaut’s teams preparing to compete in the regional competition on Saturday, February 28. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Each year, thousands of middle- and high-school students across the U.S. contest their math and science knowledge — and their reflexes — against one another in regional competitions of the Department of Energy’s 25th National Science Bowl.

The regional competition took place on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Folsom High School in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format. Among the national competitors, teams from Argonaut and Calaveras high schools represented their respective schools.

The team from Argonaut High School included students...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/05/2015 8:55 AM
Declining student enrollment and lack of funding may cause several Amador County teachers to lose their jobs in August. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
At the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting on Feb. 25, the board approved an item that may result in the reduction or elimination of particular kinds of certificated services in Amador’s school district. The agenda item stated, “Based upon the reduction or discontinuance of the particular kinds of services set forth in Resolution 2014/15-07, it will be necessary to decrease the number of certificated employees in the District by the equivalent of 9.00 full-time positions for the ensuing... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
02/27/2015 10:53 AM
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The deadline for high school seniors to enter the 2015 Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsiblity Scholarship Essay Contest is now just two weeks away! Please remind any interested students you know to be sure to submit their essays and entry forms before midnight on Wednesday, March 11. The contest is open to high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba). A total of $15,000 in scholarship money will be... [Read more]
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