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6 days ago

“Summer of Creativity Grants are now available for young, would-be changemakers, as part of an effort by the Disney/ABC Television Group which seeks to support 125 youth-led service projects with $500 grants.

As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America is calling on kids to make this a “Summer of Creativity.” YSA will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young people who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants...

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Craig Baracco
6 days ago
Elizabeth Chapin Pinotti Photo courtesy to the ALD
The Amador County School Board has appointed an Interim Superintendent and set a new salary for the Superintendent of the County Office of Education. Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti has been appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Amador County School District. Chapin-Pinotti has worked as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for eight years and has been with the school district for twelve years. The board voted that she receive an additional stipend of $2,000 per month, in addition to her current salary. The... [Read more]
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6 days ago

Timothy Albrecht, Andrew Alcoriza, Savannah Allgeyer, Jasmine Alorro, Kaylie Baker, Connor Crosby, Estefani Franco-Aguayo, Elektra Hudson, Logan Manner, Aiden Moody, Anthony Pimentel, Callie Tanner, Chloe Traxler, Thomas Mike

Fifth Grade

Shylin Allen, Ashley Bethel, Madison Atwood, Magdalena Bilberry, Ryan Billingsley, Madalynn Carges, Natalie Bordwell, Tonya Chronis, Sammy Clinton, Emma Cranfill, Colby Eckhart, Macie Fraser, Alexis Harmon, Mya Manner, Sam Moore, Dylan Randolph, Kylie Shaw, Gwen Church, Megan Stacy, Cosette...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago

An interactive map showing places where low income families can take their hungry children for free meals this summer has been posted online by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The map can be found on the California Department of Education’s updated 2015 Summer Meal Service Sites interactive Web map at cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/summersites15.asp. The information is also accessible by calling (800) 952-5609, option 3.

“Only one in five low-income children who eat subsidized meals during the school year are taking...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock now faces a recall signature drive. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador School Board, Brenda Wilson, organizer of the recall effort, spoke about her efforts during the public comment period. Wilson intended to serve Glock with the recall notice, but he was absent from the meeting due to a death in his family. Supporters of the recall now need to gather signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters in the county, about 4,300, to force a recall election. Glock’s tenure as... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
The Sutter Creek City Council considers the various possible uses for the historic grammar school. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

This week, the Sutter Creek City Council approved an update to the housing element of its general plan and discussed future possible uses of the historic grammar school.

The city’s housing element, which both catalogs existing housing stock and sets policy for development of new housing going forward, was approved on a unanimous vote. Council-member Robin Peters praised the update effort for its low cost relative to previous efforts to update the housing element. Cities and counties are required to update their housing element on...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Argonaut Principal Dave Vicari. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Faced with critical decisions on leadership positions in the school district, the Amador County Unified School Board of Trustees took no action at their last meeting.

Current Argonaut High school principal Dave Vicari’s is departing at the end of the school year to take a position as director of personnel at the district office. Filling the principal position has attracted community interest. With the Argonaut principal position on its agenda, the board met for an extended period of time in closed session, where decisions on...

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Eric Winslow
4 weeks ago
Congressman Tom McClintock (center) sits with Karen Dickerson (right) and Amador Supervisor John Plasse. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
In a lively exchange via Interactive Television (ITV), U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock of California’s 4th District paid a visit to the Amador County Transportation Commission, near the Transit Center at Sutter Hill, last Thursday. McClintock was hoping to learn more about the enormous potential of the interactive technology to make higher education locally available. Amador Supervisor, 1st District, and executive director of the ACTC, John Plasse, along with a group of his fellow ACCF Board Members, welcomed the congressman to the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Fourth Grade:

Tiana Bailey-Reed, Bryson Barbero, Brenden Beatty, Lucas Burns, Jack Caler, Nathan Cambra, London Earnest, Gianna Filmore, Hannah Forsyth, Lucas Camboa, Chloe Giannini, Kyleigh Gibbons, Chase Gilmore, Luke Hermonson, Morgan Holmes, Amber-Lynn Ibarra, Jack Koll, Ronan Lai, Emma Lee, Angelina March-Hinton, Kaylee Mauck, Hailey McNabb, Jessica McPartland, Maddie Nicholson, Gabby Pace, Elysa Randall, Mason Reagan, Juan Sanchez-Valencia, Noah Smalley, Maverick Smith, Natalie Snider, Carson Soja, Cela Somary, Jakob...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
Current Superintendent Dick Glock. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Superintendent Dick Glock speaks out on his dismissal as District Superintendent.

On May 13, the Amador County Unified School District Board voted to non-renew the contract of District Superintendent Dick Glock. Glock has held the position as District Superintendent for eight years. His official last day as Superintendent of ACUSD will be June 27. However, he will remain in his elected position as Superintendent of Amador County Office of Education. As a formality since unification in the early 80’s, the current appointed School...

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Via Press Release
05/28/2015 10:15 AM
13-year-old Cole Hermanson working on his Eagle Scout Project. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In March of 2014, Mr. Dennis Price, a liaison for student programs at The Kennedy Mine, approached a young Boy Scout with Troop 63 in Sutter Creek about developing a Western Bluebird trail at the Kennedy Mine. Taking the proposal under consideration as a possible Eagle project, 13-year-old Cole Hermanson approached scout leaders for the project approval and then did a formal presentation for The Kennedy Mine Board. Following the required permissions and approvals, Hermanson independently solicited several local businesses for project... [Read more]
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05/28/2015 10:08 AM
Daniel Savoie. Photo by Brittaney Alysse

Elizabeth King and Daniel Savoie were each awarded $1,000 Artists Scholarships during Amador High School’s Awards Night. The scholarships came from AmadorArts, whose scholarship committee was impressed by Elizabeth’s skills in the visual arts and Daniel’s enthusiasm for sustainable architecture.

Elizabeth King has been taking Art courses all four year of high school, including two years of ceramics. When she entered work in the Amador County Fair, she won Best of Show and Best of Division’ plus multiple first place ribbons....

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Via Press Release
05/28/2015 10:07 AM
Students in the ROP Medical Training Program. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County Unified School District is fortunate to have a Regional Occupational Training Program Teacher, Linda Critchfield. Critchfield has been the teacher for both Amador and Argonaut high schools, and this year she is retiring.

Students in this program are trained on numerous medical fields such as dental, surgery, nursing, ambulance service, etc. This year’s graduates from the program include: Juliette Behrman, Melanie Carter, Sarahi Cerna, Allie Delicio-Parker, Kathleen Denison, Matthew Ferreira, Natalie Herrera-Trejo,...

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05/28/2015 10:06 AM
Elizabeth King and Erin Smalley are this year’s recipients of the Amador County Artists Association’s art scholarships. Pictured is King’s work, which recently won Best of Show at the ACAA’s Student Art Show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador County Artists Association is pleased to announce the award of college scholarships to two very talented and motivated young women from Amador High School. Elizabeth King and Erin Smalley each received $1,200 that they can redeem at the completion of their first art class in college.

Elizabeth King is the daughter of James and Lori King. She has resided in Amador County since the age of one. King will enroll at Southern Oregon University at Ashland, Oregon, this fall with the goal of becoming an art teacher. Her...

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05/28/2015 10:05 AM
Front from left: Melissa Bean, Natalie Herrera-Trejo, Rylee Quick and Sierra Whaling. Back: Michelle Tillery, Rebecca Boulden and Davina Edmonson. Not in attendance: Rachel Jenkins, Skylor Phillips and Jazmin Diaz. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Branch of American Association of University Women again completed a successful Home Tour this spring. Proceeds from the annual Home Tour go to provide scholarships to girls and women in our local community. This year, AAUW was able to fund ten scholarships for 2015. On Saturday, May 16, the scholarship recipients and their family members gathered together with AAUW members to participate in the awards ceremony. Three Tech Scholarships were awarded to Junior High students Sierra Whaling, Jazmin Diaz and Rylee Quick.

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05/21/2015 10:33 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson held a DUI sentencing before students, faculty and community members at Amador High School on May 14.

These were actual court proceedings, and an Amador County citizen who was recently arrested for DUI and chose to participate in these assemblies in order to demonstrate to the students the consequences of drinking and driving was sentenced.

Following the sentencing, the Nexus Youth & Family Services Friday Night Live program and members of the Amador County Youth Council facilitated an...

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05/21/2015 10:31 AM
Many students and parents came to recognize the hard work and dedication of these excellent Amador High School students. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Thursday, May 14, was Scholarship Night at Amador High School. The best and brightest “buffaloes” of the senior class thundered into the school gym to celebrate their hard work and talent. From the Mountain Men to the U.S. Marine Corps, local business leaders, civic organizations, religious groups and other prominent community members were on hand to recognize the achievements of this year’s Amador High School graduates. In all, 89 donors gave $116,250 of scholarships to 60 of the 143 graduating seniors. Additionally, Samuel Khattar,... [Read more]
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Kelsi Himmel
05/21/2015 9:58 AM
The natural beauty of Ecuador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When we take a good hard look at our brief romance with oil we may see that this relationship is not what it promised to be. In the early days of our infatuation we envisioned all things pleasant and wonderful, as we so often do at the start of an exciting, new relationship. We could see the amazing advances to our lives that were provided by crude; advances such as motor vehicles, seemingly endless amounts of disposable plastics and the material things that have come with having more money.

This romance only began a little more...

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Via Press Release
05/14/2015 11:01 AM
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
05/14/2015 10:55 AM
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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