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Achievement Awards: Skyler Guzman, Marina Dunlop, Ella Keller, McKenna Skiba, Austin Ewing, Clay Campbell, Lukas Hunter, Dakota Sanne, Avery Uselton, Brandon Miller, Josiah Sarmiento, Clinton Fage, Hayden Lawton, Jaylynn Hicks, Olivia Lewis, Daniel Grebe, Cydney Charnoski, Chloe McCoy, Declan Morgan, Cella Root, Kate Hicks, Taylor Karr, Isabella Messier, Tyler Jones, John Frachon, Brennan Furnari, Sage Smith, Hailey Hock, Thomas Forbes, Jesse Treat, Austin Lebel, Ezra Fosgate, Brianna Smith, Sierra Doyle, Alexis Haag, Emma Mayer,... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
12/17/2015 11:58 AM

The Amador County Unified School District has new leadership, after Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador County School Board.

Following a lengthy closed session at the end of their regular meeting, Board President Walley Upper reported that the Board had voted 5-0 to accept the request of Interim School District Superintendent Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti to be assigned as classroom teacher. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Tim Zearley is appointed to act as Interim Superintendent. Chapin-Pinotti has served as Interim...

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John Tuttle
12/17/2015 11:28 AM
Edward Alan Felenchak of Pioneer cultivated, processed and packaged the marijuana found at the school.

On the afternoon of December 8, a Jackson Police Officer responded to the report of a large quantity of marijuana found at Jackson Junior High School.

The officer responded and located approximately one pound of marijuana packaged in a clear plastic bag concealed at the upper field. The officer began an investigation and was able to identify a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for bringing the marijuana to school. The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) was contacted and a search warrant was...

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Craig Baracco
12/17/2015 11:26 AM

The Amador County Unified School District has new leadership, after Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador County School Board.

Following a lengthy closed session at the end of their regular meeting, Board President Walley Upper reported that the Board had voted 5-0 to accept the request of Interim School District Superintendent Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti to be assigned as classroom teacher. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Tim Zearley is appointed to act as Interim Superintendent. Chapin-Pinotti has served as Interim...

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12/03/2015 12:51 PM
Argonaut High School’s cast of “A Christmas Carol.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Hearkening back to the “good old days,” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the Drama and Band Departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a recorded-live performance of “A Christmas Carol” on KVGC 1340 AM, to be performed in front of a live audience on Friday night, December 18, in the Multi-Purpose Room of Argonaut High. The program is a one-hour dramatization of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, including a specially crafted music score and live sound... [Read more]
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12/03/2015 12:49 PM

The following students at Sutter Creek Elementary received a Life Skills Award during their October assembly. The recipients of the award and category are as follows:

Sarah Autote, Responsibility; Brenden Beatty, Respect; Lucas Gamboa, Respect; Luke Gardner, Respect; Kelsey Patterson, Responsibility; Jasper Peterson, Respect; Jacklyn Acosta, Respect; Meghan Chernay, Responsibility; Mellanie Chernay, Respect; Mackenna Jenks, Responsibility; Cadence Lentz, Respect; Ian McMahan, Responsibility; Jeremy Chavez, Respect; Ethan Day,...

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Jack Mitchell
12/03/2015 12:15 PM
The silly scientists of Ms. Idamae Isotalo’s third grade class at Sutter Creek Primary. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Vinegar batteries from nails, clips, tinfoil and coins; floating buttons; bobbing bugs; answering which toothpaste kills bacteria the best; floating eggs; picking up ice cubes with string; which candy bars float; even hoverboards… This third grade science fair had it all.

The Sutter Creek Primary third graders were all on hand and in teaching mode at the annual science fair. Kindergarten, first and second graders visited booth after booth at the science fair held in the Sutter Creek Primary lunchroom. Fun and imaginative projects...

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Tessa Marguerite
11/19/2015 11:28 AM
Masked event attendees at the gala. Photo by Patrick Keene

The Amador Community College Foundation’s La Bella Notte Masquerade Ball was held November 7, in the Grand Oak Ballroom of the Jackson Rancheria Casino. The gala raised a total of $15,000. “We are giving $2,500 to scholarships for homeless CHS seniors to attend college of their choice as ACCF’s contribution to the Butte Fire Relief effort,” commented ACCF Secretary Karen Dickerson. “I am very proud of the efforts of ACCF and their dedication to community service.”

Local talent included Jake Guidi, Nichole Mulford and Kellsey Long...

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Craig Baracco
10/29/2015 12:08 PM
Children at Pioneer Elementary School recite the Pledge of Allegiance. ALD photo by Craig Baracco

The Amador County School Board held its regular meeting at a special location Wednesday night: Pioneer Elementary School. Pioneer Elementary, which has been designated a magnate school for visual and performing arts, welcomed the board members with a musical performance from the students. The school board has directed some of their meetings be held at school sites, to allow board members a chance to see students and facilities.

The board voted to accept a donation of $240,000 from the Andreason Scholarship Fund for use in college...

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10/08/2015 11:56 AM

Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic, what it really takes to work for the FBI, and what investigations are like? If you are a high school junior who attends school within the 34 California counties served by the FBI’s Sacramento field office, apply to find your answers at the Fall 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

The Fall 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy will occur Friday, November 20, at FBI Sacramento field office headquarters in North Sacramento. A limited number of...

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09/24/2015 11:07 AM
Dylan Thompson, Sydney Thibodeaux and Parker Turnbeaugh. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Dylan Thompson, Sydney Thibodeaux and Parker Turnbeaugh of last year’s sixth grade class at Sutter Creek Elementary School all met the requirements to be listed on Honor Roll every quarter in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.

Because their names come at the end of the alphabet, they were listed on the second page of names submitted for the distinguished plaques given to students reaching this milestone. Somehow, the second page became unattached from the first page and these three were missed during the awards assembly.

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Craig Baracco
09/24/2015 11:02 AM

The Amador County School Board approved new employment contracts for non-teacher positions throughout the school district at their meeting Wednesday night, September 9.

The new contract, negotiated with California School Employees Association Chapter #239 applies to classified, or non-teaching positions in the District, such as bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers. The new contract applies a 4 percent increase in salary schedules for all positions, and increases the per-employee health benefit cap by $500. The contracts...

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Guest Commentator
09/10/2015 10:56 AM

Amador County has been recognized with a Challenge Award for its MHSA Human Services Certificate Scholarship Program. It’s one of 10 such awards given by the California State Association of Counties this year.

From protecting our most vulnerable citizens to programs that assist veterans and foster children, California counties are delivering critical services to Californians. CSAC is pleased to highlight county best-practices by announcing the recipients of our 2015 Challenge Awards. These awards are presented annually to...

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08/27/2015 12:14 PM
Kristen Root. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Community College Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates the Amador Learning Center, announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are: Kristen Root and Ken Centanni.

Kristen Root holds a BA in International Relations and is currently finishing a Master of Public Policy Degree where she is specializing in State and Local Policy. She has experience in conducting community outreach surveys, as well as local government financing...

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08/20/2015 11:13 AM

Local high schools produced mixed results with graduation rates and other high school stats. The California Department of Education recently released their 2014 stats for high schools across the state.

The state-wide average graduation rate, which measures the percentage of students who finished all four years of high school, was 81 percent. Compared to that, Amador High netted an 86 percent rate, Calaveras a 95 percent, Argonaut a 96 percent and Bret Harte came in at 99 percent.

Calaveras and Bret Harte’s numbers were up...

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08/13/2015 11:52 AM

On August 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a community meeting in Jackson to provide updates and answer questions about the ongoing environmental investigation and cleanup work.

The Argonaut Mine Site is a 90-acre historical gold mine and tailings disposal area. As a result of years of mining operations, the site’s soils contain high levels of arsenic, lead and mercury. EPA is working to minimize immediate threats of exposure to high levels of metal contaminants.

Many residents may have noticed the...

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Craig Baracco
08/13/2015 11:35 AM
Amador County Superintendent of Education, Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador School Board has voted to set the salary of County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock, even as efforts continue to recall him from office.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Amador School Board of Directors voted to pay Glock $36,000 per year for his services as County Superintendent of Education. The reasoning for this amount, as explained by Board President Wally Upper is that the County Office of Education budget is 25 percent of the School District Budget and that Glock should receive 25 percent of what he made...

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Eric Winslow
07/23/2015 10:54 AM
Last year’s Paris themed gala to raise support for the Amador County College Foundation. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

After an initial closed session lasting about an hour, the Board of Directors of the Amador County College Foundation held their regular monthly open session on July 16. The directors welcomed the public and made introductions, then got down to the important task of discussing bank balances, bookkeeping and budgets, among other business.

A contract with Amador County Behavioral Health Services has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for $22,000 in Mental Health Services Act Funds for the ACCF’s Career Pathway in Public...

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John Tuttle
07/16/2015 9:46 AM
A happy group of NERDS pose for a photo at the White House. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) sent five of our Amador County youth to DC last week to work with Government Officials and leaders at the historical first ever, White House Tribal Youth Gathering. NERDS Founder Dahkota Brown and his brother Dahlton Brown, who serves as his partner at the nonprofit, were able to obtain help with planning and travel arrangements thanks to The Center for Native American Youth and a generous donation from Adam Dalton of the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians to allow the the additional... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
07/16/2015 9:37 AM
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Amador County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock has taken legal action against the County Board of Education, seeking to increase his salary, and has sent the legal bill for the law firm representing him in the matter to the County Office of Education.

Glock filed in Amador Superior Court on July 10 for a Writ of Mandate, seeking to increase his salary as Superintendent of Education. A writ of Mandate is a legal term for a court order instructing a government official or agency to take a certain action. Responding to a...

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