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1 week ago
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
As County Superintendent of Schools I have a statutory duty and responsibility to reasonably investigate any and all matters which may put the County Office of Education at risk or interfere with the conduct of its business on behalf of our community. In addition under my AB 1200 responsibilities, I have a duty and responsibility to investigate and oversee various school district activities. As you know, the most recent Grand Jury report has raised serious issues regarding the activities and operations of the County Office of... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Argonaut students await their hard-earned awards. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut High School held its scholarship night on Thursday, May 7, in a well-attended evening where Argonaut’s best and brightest seniors came out to shine before their parents, family and guests. More than 50 local businesses, organizations and clubs presented scholarly Mustangs with awards and scholarships.

Angelica Galos received the AC Womens Network, Signal Service Scholarship, and Amador County Women’s’ Network Scholarships. Autumn Cramer was also awarded an AC Womens Network scholarship, as well as awards from Amador...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador County School Board has voted to not renew the employment contract of Amador County School District Superintendent Dick Glock at their meeting Wednesday night.

The vote was held in closed session before the start of the general meeting, so details of the discussion are not publicly known. The reported vote was 3-2 for non-renewal of Mr. Glock’s contract. Board members Wally Upper, Bob Laurent and Rose Oneto voted in favor, and Mary Walser and Joel Mottishaw opposed. Walser, who is currently in England on vacation,...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Wyman and Karen Dickerson with their grandchildren, Saben and Talin Agustin. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Tessa Marguerite

On Tuesday, May 12, Pioneer Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school, formerly Pioneer Elementary, invited parents and grandparents to a rededication of the school’s library and grand opening of a new computer lab.

The computer lab and library upgrade were made possibly largely due to a couple who believes that early education is equally as important as extended education. “Karen and Wyman Dickerson donated funds to update our library many years ago to honor Wyman’s mother, Essie Dickerson,” commented Principal Laurie Carson....

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1 week ago
Conor Broderick competed in the 2015 Academic Decathlon and won several medals against an international field. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Conor Broderick, a sophomore at Mountain Oaks School’s Amador site, earned an invitation to compete at the 2015 National Academic Decathlon Competition in Garden Grove on April 16 through 18.The United States Academic Decathlon Program was started in 1981 and is a scholastic competition with 10 events centered on a theme which this year was “New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation.” This amazing event comprised of the best high school teams from 33 states, 11 teams from China, two teams from London and six teams made up... [Read more]
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1 week ago
The people of Ecuador protesting against oil drilling in the Yasuni Rainforest. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Yasunidos first emerged in 2007 in Quito, Ecuador as an ecological and social organization. This group is an extremely diverse group with a high percentage of young people. In the Yasunidos, there is no “boss” and no one is more important than the others. In the beginning, their work mostly consisted of visiting schools, universities, towns and other organizations where they presented to the people the breath-taking Yasuni Rainforest. The Yasunidos also educated the people as to why and how they should save this one of a kind... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Gretchen Kingsbury, Frank Leshchinsky and Lynn Morgan ask and answer questions in real time at the ITV Open House. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

On Thursday, May 7, the Amador Community College Foundation hosted an open house for its new program of part-time college classes offered via Interactive Television at the Teleconference Meeting Facility, which is located in the Amador County Transit Center on Sutter Hill. Interactive Television, or ITV, has brought college education that much closer to Amador residents, since this technology makes it possible for the sender of information to listen, talk to, and engage with the receiver in real time.

ACCF Board member Janice Davis...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

The Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees has voted 3-2 to not renew long time Superintindent Dick Glock's employment contract at the end of the school year. The action came during a meeting of the ACUSD board Wednesday night. Amador Ledger Dispatch contributor Craig Baracco attended the meeting and his full story will appear online later today and in the Friday, May 15, 2015 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

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2 weeks ago
Oil contamination in the Amazonian jungle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In 1964 Texaco (now Chevron) struck oil in the Ecuadorean Amazon Rainforest. At that time there were five major indigenous groups living in the rainforest; Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Huaorani. The indigenous lived off the land, hunted the wild animals, fished from the Napo River, had no contact with white people, raised their children in the way their parents raised them and their parents before them. No one told them Texaco was coming to take oil. No one told them that the oil companies were going to poison the water, the... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
From left: Hannah Strickler, Emma Roots, Bailey Mitchell, Jocelyn Weart, Kennedy Curran and Whitney Eckhart. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Miss Ione Scholarship Pageant Committee presented another thrilling competition this year on May 2. Six contestants ran for the title of 2015 Miss Ione: Hannah Strickler, Emma Roots, Bailey Mitchell, Jocelyn Weart, Kennedy Curran and Whitney Eckhart. Kennedy Curran was crowned second runner up and Emma Roots was crowned first runner up. Bailey Mitchell was named Miss Congeniality and crowned Miss Ione by previous Miss Ione 2014, Carolina Cortez. Mitchell is 17 years old, and attends Argonaut High School. She plans to attend MUD... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Gas flares in the Amazonian jungle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Chevron Corporation, formerly known as Texaco, started drilling oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 1964. During their years of operation they profited more in a year from these drilling wells than the entire Ecuadorian Gross Domestic Product. Chevron was making all of this money without much thought of the land or the people who live in the surrounding areas. The company has left behind a trail of unlined waste pits and thousands of very sick individuals that they are choosing to ignore by refusing to clean up the toxic waste.... [Read more]
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Karen Dickerson
3 weeks ago

An Open House and ITV demonstration will be held on Thursday, May 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the ACTC Center located at 117 Valley View Way in Sutter Creek.

We will demonstrate this interactive television technology by sitting in on a class being broadcast from Shasta College. You will learn how students located in Amador County can participate in classes offered from regional colleges located miles away in real-time and completely interactive. After the class, the instructor will talk with you and answer any questions you may...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
A view of the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education board from the audience. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Amador County Unified School District Board debated the future of the county’s school sites as the board wrestled with the recommendations from the district’s special committee on school site realignment.

The committee’s final report, presented at the last board meeting, recommended that the district form unified Junior and Senior High schools. Board members were very divided on how to proceed with the recommendations. Board members Joel Mottishaw and Bob Laurent wished to explore the report’s “ideal scenario” which calls...

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John Tuttle
04/23/2015 10:59 AM
Student and staff appreciation dinner at Argonaut High School. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

At Argonaut High School, there is a group of parents and staff who lead the Argonaut Academic Booster Club. This group has regular meetings and fundraisers to help them recognize Argonaut students who achieve academic success each semester. The recognized successes include Honor Roll, Academic Excellence, Academic A and “Top Ten” Academic Award Recognition. In addition, the Boosters monetarily support programs offered at Argonaut that benefit all students.

On Monday, April 13, the Argonaut Academic Booster Club hosted a “Top...

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04/23/2015 10:57 AM
The beautiful wildlife of the Amazonian Rainforest. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Have you heard about the thousands of people in Ecuador who have, and are still developing, and dying from cancer, and other chronic illnesses? These are the same people living in or around oil towns. The same people whose water has been polluted with over 18.5 billion liters of formation water that is highly toxic. It’s an issue in a little country that nobody really acknowledges. The rest of the world doesn’t acknowledge that beautiful, diverse forests are being cut down, towns are being built, water is being contaminated and... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
04/16/2015 11:44 AM
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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04/16/2015 11:41 AM
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
04/16/2015 8:27 AM
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
04/09/2015 10:38 AM
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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04/09/2015 11:12 AM
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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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