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7 days ago
Dahkota Brown and Ryan Grady at last year’s holiday benefit. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Drama and Band present the 2nd Annual Combined Holiday Benefit featuring, “A Christmas Carol,” live on Hometown Radio.

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 live performance of, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday night, Dec. 19, from the multi-purpose room of Argonaut High.

Performed by the Advanced Drama class, the program is a...

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7 days ago
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Dec. 14 marks the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting, a tragic event that led educators and leaders across the nation to evaluate what can be done to make schools safer. Brian Whitmore, Vice President of Design at BCA Architects, was asking this question long before the shooting took place and he continues to address it as he works on a variety of K-12 classroom modernizations for various school districts in California.

Below is an excerpted sample of five must-do safety tips for communities and schools to consider when they...

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7 days ago

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has named two outstanding high school students to represent California in the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation — and one of them is Amador County’s own Dahkota Brown.

Benjamin Omar Beltran of Nevada City (Nevada County), a senior at Nevada Union High School in the Nevada Joint Union High School District, and Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown of Jackson (Amador County), a junior at Argonaut High School in the Amador County...

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7 days ago
Fourth Grade: Tiana Bailey-Reed, Bryson Barbero, Lucas Burns, Nathan Cambra, Kyleigh Casagrande, Ryan Clark, Ashlynn Dabler, Gianna Filmore, Katie Francesconi, Lucas Gamboa, Chase Gilmore, Luke Hermanson, Morgan Holmes, Amber-Lynn Ibarra, Ronan Lai, Emma Lee, Angelina March-Hinton, Kaylee Mauck, Hailey McNabb, Jessica McPartland, Andrew Myers, Maddie Nicholson, Gabrielle Pace, Annalisia Perkins, Morgen Priddy, Noah Smalley, Maverick Smith, Natalie Snider, Carson Soja, Celia Somary, Jakob Souza, Kaila Taylor, Madison Warner, Adyson... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
A total of ten state-of-the-art school busses have been purchased by the ACUSD. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Tessa Marguerite.

Ten new school buses have recently been added to the fleet of yellow buses for the Amador County Unified School District. “It took me a year to get these buses in,” commented Director of Transportation Douglas Green. “I’m very happy. It’s a great thing for the entire district.” Green also mentioned that some of the buses previously being used in the district were running at 40,000 miles.

The new buses were purchased through a 1.79 million dollar, ten-year lease, at the low interest rate of 2.9 percent. According to Green, they...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

The Mother Lode League has released its annual list of All-League players for 2014.

Amador High School’s Dustin Littlefield was named Defensive Player of the Year for 2014. Calaveras High’s Connor Hamilton was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Sonora High’s Zerek Saldivar was named Lineman of the Year and Serge Kiriluk took Most Valuable Player honors, barely edging out Amador’s Bill Baker and Sonora’s Bryan Craig, who were also nominated this year..

Offensively, Sonora’s center Matt Konklin made the first team, as did...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago

Sonora Wildcats Drop To Modesto Central Catholic 42-35

The Sonora Wildcats gave it their all, but in the end came up a touchdown short of winning the section championship last Friday against a very tough Central Catholic squad from Modesto. Central Catholic edged Sonora 42-35 in a high scoring affair to win the Division IV section title. Sonora struck first to take an early 7-0 lead, but the Raiders scored the next two TD’s to go up 14-7. The Wildcats tied it up at 14-14 at the end of the first but trailed at the half 28-21....

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Friday, Dec. 5

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Varsity Girls Basketball vs. TBA

12p.m. to 2 p.m. — JV Girls Basketball vs. TBA

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Freshman Boys Basketball vs. TBA

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Varsity Boys Basketball @ Argonaut (Jackson, CA)

Saturday, Dec. 6

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — JV Girls Basketball @ Linden (CA)

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Freshman Boys Basketball vs. TBA

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Elliot Christian (Lodi, CA)

Tuesday, Dec. 9

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Golden Sierra (Garden Valley,...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Dec. 4 through 6 — Argonaut Varsity to QB Club Tourney, Argonaut. 3:30/6:30/5:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 through Dec. 13 — Argonaut Varsity to Oakmont Rotary Club, Oakmont. Time TBA.

Dec. 11 through Dec. 13 — Argonaut JV to Consumes Oaks Invite, Consumes Oaks. Time TBA.

Dec. 23 — Argonaut JV/Varsity vs. Foresthill, Argonaut. 1:00/4:00 p.m.

Dec. 27, 29, 30 — Argonaut Varsity to Ripon Christian Tourney, Ripon Christian. Time TBA.

2014-2015 Frosh/JV/Varsity

Men’s Basketball Schedule

Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 — Argonaut Varsity to QB Club...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz issued a strong warning this week in the aftermath of an Amber Alert that authorities now say was issued as a result of a hoax perpetuated by the 14-year-old high school boy who was the subject of the alert.

“I am angry and will seek restitution for any and all monies lost from Sergio Vazquez,” said Kuntz, “and whoever else I find out was involved.

The situation unfolded Monday after Vazquez’ mother called police to say her son had texted or called her at around 12:30 p.m. from inside a white van...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Sutter Creek Police Chief Han, Officer Wes Glaister and Officer Robert Harmon present a check to Sutter Creek Elementary Principal Sean Snider for this year’s Science Camp. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

On Thursday, November 13, the Sutter Creek Police Officers Association presented a check for $450 to Sutter Creek Elementary School for their science camp this month. The money donated to Sutter Creek Elementary’s Science Camp was dispensed from the proceeds of last month’s Cops & Kids Charity Golf Tournament.

Sean Snider, principal of Sutter Creek Elementary School, made it clear that every child is permitted attendance to science camp regardless of their financial situation. However, he recalled the misunderstanding that...

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11/15/2014 9:35 AM
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The Amador Learning Center has expanded its Interactive Television and Videoconferencing classes (ITV) for the upcoming spring semester. In this type of shared class, students meet in a classroom equipped with camera, microphones and television monitors. Using two-way audio and video communications, ITV links the originating, or sending, classroom at regional colleges, where the teacher and some students are present, with the students in the receiving classroom. Students in Amador County who desire higher learning will save time,... [Read more]
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10/24/2014 10:28 AM
The restoration of the historical Fiddletown schoolhouse is complete. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country.

Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original, one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road.

Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and...

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10/18/2014 11:34 AM
Eight orphaned Russian children whose mothers were killed in a 1900 massacre were brought to the United States in 1908, through Ellis Island,for a chance at a new life in the United States. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sierra Amador Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced this year’s essay contest, which is divided into two levels by grade of the student, and each level is open to any student at the correct level regardless of where they attend school, their race, religion, sex or national origins.

The grade levels and correspoding essay information follows.

For grade levels 5 to 8, the essay title is, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis...

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10/18/2014 10:34 AM
Natalie Snider and Kyleigh Casagrande are among those performing in the annual Broaday Dinner. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador High School Culinary, Floral Design and Performing Arts students are presenting their eleventh annual Broadway Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, located at 11361 Prospect Drive, in Martell.

Seating is limited to 112 guests. Reservations are being accepted now for $25 per person, and a table for eight may be reserved for $175. Reservations may be made through the Amador High Performing Arts Department, at 267-0108.

The extravaganza, sponsored by Spinetta Family Vineyards...

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10/18/2014 10:22 AM
Emily Metzger, left, and Monica Drazba lend their experience to the local Farm To School Effort. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement by keeping it local.

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally-grown service members — one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado.

Now in its fourth year, FoodCorps, a national service organization, recruits and trains a team...

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10/18/2014 10:12 AM
The Studio’s Kids On Stage prepare high-energy musical numbers for the Night In Paris community college fundraising event. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Come to the Cabaret, old friends. Spend an evening in the City of Love, dine on elegant Parisian cuisine and dance the night away with Darin Sexton & Highway 49. Wear your finest themed or semi-formal attire and be swept away by the glitz and glamor.

The Amador Community College Foundation cordially invites you to attend its second annual “A Night in Paris,” a gala which raises half of the annual operating expenses for the Amador Learning Center. Be transported to an evening by the Seine on Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Guests...

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Tessa Marguerite
10/17/2014 9:53 AM
Argonaut students, family and friends gather and release balloons as a message to loved ones who are battling, or have battled against cancer. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At the Argonaut High School football game on Friday night, Oct. 10, Argonaut High School students honored those who have fought and are fighting cancer in a unique and memorable way. During halftime, students, family members and friends all gathered in the center of the football field with clusters of pink, green, purple, white and other colored balloons, each color representing a different type of cancer. These balloons were then released to heaven as a message and memorial to those that have passed, and a way to honor those who are... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
10/10/2014 10:12 AM
William Jessup University students Rose Kania, left, and Marla Triggs, sit in front of their professor, Dr. Shafer-Elliot, near the excavation site in Israel. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“It’s one thing to read something in a book, on a page, to hear it… it’s entirely another thing to go there and dig in the dirt.” Local girl Rose Kania recently had a fascinating opportunity to experience ancient Israel in a way that most can only imagine.

Kania grew up in Amador County, just outside of Ione, and graduated from Visions in Education Charter School in 2012. She is now in her third year at William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif., with a major in English, concentration in Literature, and a minor in Bible and...

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Tessa Marguerite
10/10/2014 10:06 AM
Argonaut student Dahkota Brown addressed the ACUSD board Wednesday night regarding Calaveras’ mascot. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Tessa Marguerite.

“Kill the Redskins; Scalp the Redskins; Send them on the Trail of Tears!” According to Argonaut student Dahkota Brown, these phrases have all been heard at sporting events from teams opposing the Calaveras High School Redskins. But it’s all in good fun, team spirit, right? Does that make it acceptable?

Argonaut High School junior Dahkota “Kicking Bear” Brown, Founder of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS), addressed the Amador County Unified School District board on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with an appeal to,...

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