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2 days 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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago

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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago
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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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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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W. David Wardall
02/27/2015 10:48 AM
Boy Scout Troop 581 earn their automotive maintenance merit badges thanks to local technicians and Tommy’s Garage. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I am the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge Counselor in the Ione Area. With help of the staff automotive maintenance technicians at Tommy’s Garage in Ione, we put on a large Sacramento Region Golden Empire Council once-a-year Super Saturday merit badge session.

We trained 27 scouts in all phases of auto maintenance safety, service and understanding of the car operating systems. This is a huge effort to transport all the tools, jacks, fluids, filters, waste oil containers and vast quantity of fuel and electrical system components...

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John Tuttle
02/27/2015 10:47 AM
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The Columbia College Financial Aid Office invites the community to a free financial aid workshop tomorrow, Saturday, February 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Starbucks located in the Junction shopping Center. No appointment is necessary. Financial Aid professionals will be available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online. Undocumented students are welcome and will receive assistance completing the Dream Act Application.... [Read more]
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Myrna-Kay Robison
02/25/2015 8:28 AM

The Amador Branch of The American Association of University Women is offering $10,000 in college scholarships to local women in 2015. The purpose of the AAUW Scholarship Program is to support Amador County women who are currently working towards a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree, or plan to attend a California Community College.

Four $1,000 Community College Scholarships will be awarded to Amador County residents on the basis of personal and career goals, grade point average, and a personal interview. High school seniors and women...

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02/19/2015 12:55 PM
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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
02/19/2015 7:20 AM
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
02/12/2015 6:57 AM
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
02/12/2015 6:51 AM
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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02/05/2015 10:15 AM
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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
02/05/2015 9:10 AM
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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02/05/2015 8:40 AM
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.

Amador High School’s...

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