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1 week ago
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Argonaut Advanced Drama made a good showing at the Lenaea Theatre Festival last weekend, an event attended by nearly 1,300 drama students from over 60 California high schools. Argonaut’s one-act, a long-form improv guest-directed by Scott Coleman (pictured), received a standing ovation from a capacity audience of 300 people. Students Tanner Heard and David Maysee both earned Bronze medals for their duo scene in competition. [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Clockwise from left: Amy, Aidan, Trevor and Fynnton Doyle. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador County local Trevor Doyle is the creator of Epic Crash, a new car-building, driving and crashing game app. Epic Crash, appropriately named by Doyle’s 8-year-old son, Aidan, allows gamers to build cars, stage “epic” wrecks and then upload them to social media to share with friends. Players unknowingly learn about physics as they work with unlimited designs to build real, working vehicles, and then crash them into a hillside with impressive explosions. “It’s really fun,” commented Doyle. “The whole thing is about thinking... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Amador High School student Daniel Savoie, right, was honored with an "A" Block letter, presented by Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At this week’s Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting, Amador High School student Daniel Savoie was honored with an “A” Block Letter for community service, with a total of 226 hours of community service. Savoie commented that he enjoyed working with Amador STARS.

Principal Butch Wagner and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti addressed the board concerning the restructuring of Independence High School, North Star Independent Study and County...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Students re-enact the iconic photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Amador High School Senior Patrick Burns is the writer, director and narrator in the One-Act play, “Harry The Horse.” The play follows the life of Brigadier General Harry Liversedge, whose military regiment is believed to be associated with the historic and iconic photo of the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima, in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. Although the private life of the general is largely unknown, all involved in the play have attempted to respectfully create a production to honor the life of General Liversedge, and also tell a... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
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For 29 years, the California State Summer School for the Arts has sought the most talented high school aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California. The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts programs on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 11 – August 7, 2015.

Over its history, CSSSA has provided its exemplary four-week summer arts program to more than 14,000 talented high school...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Calaveras FFA students work as a team at elementary schools in the district to support garden and agriculture programs. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Gardens to Grow In, in partnership with Calaveras High School’s Future Farmers of America program, recently received a financial boost of $22,960 to assist in the development of an Ag Mentorship Program. They were selected as one of five programs in the state to receive a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalAgPlate Program.

The Calaveras FFA Ag Mentorship Project will develop a school garden and farm to school program that is based on linking FFA members to local farmers and to the elementary and middle...

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3 weeks ago
In the California Board of Forestry’s chambers, January 28, 2015: (From left) Diane Dealey Neill, Forestry Challenge Founder & Coordinator, Lauren Struffenegger, Mikayla Haefele, Max Pruett, Kelsy Sozzi, Shelby Haefele, Dr. Keith Gilless, Board of Forestry Chairman. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I accompanied the Amador High School “Forestry Challenge” team to the California Board of Forestry on January 28. Having recently won first place out of 69 teams statewide, the team was invited to address the Board of Forestry in Sacramento. They also addressed the Amador Board of Supervisors this past November.

The California Forestry Challenge is a competitive event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry issues. The four-day event is held at five locations throughout California.

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3 weeks ago

Before the historic locomotives start rolling along for a new season of train rides this spring, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is offering a behind-the-scenes “Roundhouse Day” on Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park visitors will have the opportunity to watch important wintertime maintenance, cleaning and preparatory work being done inside and outside the Roundhouse and Historic Shops.

As part of this special event that showcases the inner workings of what keeps the historic...

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3 weeks ago

Owners of all Apple products are encouraged to bring their questions — and even their computers — to the next meeting of the Sierra Macintosh Users Group on Tuesday, February 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room of the Murphys Library, 480 Park Lane, adjacent to Murphys Park, in Calaveras County.

“All of us, from time to time, run into problems that keep us from making full use of our iMacs, iPads and iPhones,” says SMUG president Dick Cross, who will be fronting the program. “During the meeting we will attempt to solve...

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Jack Mitchell
01/30/2015 11:28 AM

On January 28, the Amador Junior Mustangs announced on their FaceBook page that the youth programs — the Argonaut Junior Mustangs and the Amador Junior Buffaloes will, in fact, unite under one organization. The statement is as follows:

“We are excited to announce and verify that the ‘rumors’ are in fact true. That AJM and AJB will be united as one Amador County Youth Football and Cheer organization in 2015.

After many hours and much discussion with those who are currently involved, and currently have children in the program, we...

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Eric Marks
01/29/2015 9:05 AM
Sgt. Weart. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Marks.

Now that the last tree has been taken down, the multi-hued lights are off and packed away for next season and children play with their new toys, there is a segment of Amador County that was reached by the generosity of many, including Ione’s Mule Creek State Prison, that resulted in a massive outpouring of toys for the needy.

Mule Creek, alone, rose more than $9,000 dollars worth of toys, which was about two times more than was reached Christmas 2013, according to prison officials. Toys ranged from toddler books and dolls to...

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01/29/2015 9:04 AM
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School Choice Week happened this week in California and across America. Throughout the week,, there were 1,014 school choice events across the Golden State.

The events are part of National School Choice Week, which featured 11,082 events across America — the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history.

School Choice Week events in California included open houses, information sessions, policy roundtable discussions and more, planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups and individuals. The goal of...

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Mike Meserole
01/22/2015 11:01 AM

MLL Varsity Girls Basketball — Week 3

As we approach the mid season mark in the Mother Lode League for varsity girls, it appears as if the Sonora girls will be heading to the playoffs. Sonora sits at 6-0, alone at the top of the MLL as the second half of league play gets underway. It would take a total collapse for Sonora to miss the playoffs. The Lady Mustangs are in great shape as they are in sole possession of second place at 4-1. Calaveras (the surprise of the MLL this year) is in the third spot at 3-2 with Bret Harte on their...

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Jack Mitchell
01/22/2015 10:47 AM
You actually get tired just walking into the gym and taking in the surroundings. But not everyone is tired — not the 250 youth wrestlers set to compete. And not the parents — certainly not. If I were a betting man, I’d guess that wrestling coaches Gary Landergen, Brian Whaling and Emilio Estrada might be. I caught them setting up on Friday night, coaching and running the Argonaut Invitational on Saturday morning, and back for the kids on Sunday for youth wrestling. But if they were tired — you’d never know it judging from the smiles,... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
01/22/2015 10:38 AM

On Friday, January 16 the Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team played host to the Lady Bears of Summerville.

The Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team Played host to the Summerville Bears on Friday night and they were determined not to lose another game to Tuolumne County in the same week. The Argonaut Varsity Girls are a good basketball team to begin with, but add a little dash of determination and look out visitors — you are in our house. Domination in basketball is most effective with tight defensive pressure. The Lady...

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01/22/2015 10:09 AM

Family and friends gathered together on December 20, 2014 to watch as Chelsea signed her letter of intent to play softball at McPherson College in Kansas.

It all began when Chelsea started playing recreational softball here in Amador County. From there she started travel softball with the Sirens and continued on to play 3 years with the Runnin’ Rebels before the USA Elite Gold team recruited her for her pitching.

Chelsea is going into her third year at the Varsity level for pitching for Argonaut High School. Last season, she was...

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Troy Claveran
01/22/2015 10:06 AM
The Amador Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Calaveras High School in San Andreas on Tuesday, January 20. The Calaveras boys, who were projected to win the Mother Lode League basketball competition, had their hands full with the Amador Buffalos. The Buffalos held the Tribe to just 7 points playing good defense while scoring 9 of their own. Going into the second quarter, they had hopes of making this a close contest, but the Buffs unraveled just a bit on offense by scoring only 5 points for the period. They played a good second... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
01/22/2015 10:04 AM

Amador Versus Summerville

The Amador Girls Varsity Basketball Team Traveled to Tuolumne City on Wednesday January 14 to play the Lady Bears of Summerville

The Lady Amador Buffs lost a closely played game by a score of 43 to 40.

Amador Versus Calaveras

The Amador Buffalos Girls Varsity Basketball Team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Calaveras by a score of 44 to 35.

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Jack Mitchell
01/22/2015 9:55 AM

Sonora, ROP, Amador, Weston Ranch, Red Bluff and Argonaut all met on Saturday, January 17, to battle it out on the mats. And battle they did. At the end of the day, some came out better than others, some missed close opportunities and sure, some have some work to do, but one thing is certain, they gave it everything they had.

The same can be said for the Amador County Jackson Lions Club, which did a fantastic job of keeping things moving along and taking care of anything that came up. With that said, here are the individual results:...

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Via Press Release
01/22/2015 7:08 AM

Scholarship Essay Contest

The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility are seeking entries for an essay contest in which a total of $15,000 will be awarded to local area students.

The 2015 PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay 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 awarded to 12 students. The prompt for this year’s contest, chosen by a...

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