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6 days ago
On August 15, 2016, Kevin French scored the third hole-in-one of his golf career, using a pitching wedge from 110 yards on the 11th hole at Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. Witnesses to this event were Steve Curl, John Dixon and Mike Ellis. Castle Oaks PGA Professional and General Manager Dominic Atlan congratulated French on his accomplishment.On August 15, 2016, Kevin French scored the third hole-in-one of his golf career, using a pitching wedge from 110 yards on the 11th hole at Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. Witnesses to this... [Read more]
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6 days ago
Judge as a Linden Lion. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

After I graduated from Amador in 2003, I moved back to Linden while attending Delta College and University of the Pacific. After my playing career ended, I decided to assist my dad, who was coaching the JV baseball team at Linden High in 2005. We first coached Aaron as a freshman in 2007. I could tell right away that he was gifted athletically, and that he was going to be very big (he was around six feet tall as a freshman).

Aaron was always a hard worker, constantly striving to get better. This work ethic is what got him to...

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6 days ago

Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 550,505 acre-feet of water. The lake level dropped two feet this past week. It is currently at 868 ft. above sea level and 217 ft. from full. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake with a slight stain in some areas. The water temperature is warm, with the average being 78-82 degrees.

It looks like this will be the last week there is a two lane concrete ramp with a courtesy dock. There will be a courtesy dock on the dirt launch once the lake drops down to that...

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Donna Kelley
6 days ago

Welcome to Part 2 – purchasing or making your own natural mosquito repellent. I will share brand names and where to buy these healthier alternatives. Also, I’ll provide you with recipes to create your own non-intrusive mosquito/bug repellent, using essential oils and herbs. In my professional opinion, these are a much better option than using potentially-damaging DEET products, as mentioned in last week’s article.

Amazon.com sells several different natural insect repellents in case you would like to purchase one instead of making...

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6 days ago

The 2016 high school football season kicks off on Friday with Argonaut opening on the road, while Amador begins its season on Saturday night on the road. Here’s a look at the games.

Amador at Union Mine

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado.

2015 records: Amador 6-5, third in the Mother Lode; Union Mine, 7-4

The Buffaloes are led by senior running back Daylan Thetford, who is coming off a big junior year with 1,168 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Amador has won three of its...

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John Williamson
6 days ago
The Warriors win the championship by a single point. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Men’s Softball at Pioneer Park is all wrapped up after an 11-week season. This field of dirt, I mean dreams, brought 7 teams to the league once again. Each team played every team twice during the regular season. ACRA threw in a couple fun events during the season. They had a Home Run Derby that had 28 sign ups. Artie Tressler took 1st, place winning $150, his dad, Art Tressler, took 2nd winning $100, and Tim Wilson took 3rd and won $50. During the final week of the regular season there was an All-Star Game, which featured the top... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
6 days ago
The new Argonaut girl’s golf team enjoys beautiful sunny weather at Castle Oaks in its first-ever scrimmage. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Craig Baracco
Argonaut Girls Golf began its first-ever season with a scrimmage against Hilmar High School on the team’s home course of Castle Oaks, in Ione, on Tuesday. It was perfectly sunny weather, a high of 88 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, as some of the six-member team took their very first competitive swings. The Mustangs are led by team captain Nichole Sheppard. Sheppard has played golf for the Mustangs for the past three years on the boys’ team. The rest of the team was rounded out by 5 freshmen: Kaylee Weaver, Gracie Sandoval,... [Read more]
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6 days ago

The 2016 high school football season kicks off on Friday with Argonaut opening on the road, while Amador begins its season on Saturday night on the road. Here’s a look at the games.

Amador at Union Mine

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado.

2015 records: Amador 6-5, third in the Mother Lode; Union Mine, 7-4

The Buffaloes are led by senior running back Daylan Thetford, who is coming off a big junior year with 1,168 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Amador has won three of its...

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

The 2016 Mother Lode League girls soccer season is all wrapped up ­— but in about half a year hence, it will start all over again, as the Sac-Joaquin Section joins the rest of the state in playing girls and boys soccer together in the winter season. That will allow for true state championships in soccer. For everyone involved in our own Mother Lode League, it’s definitely going to be something of a crazy transition. But that’s still down the road.

At the recent end-of-the-year meeting that followed the conclusion of the MLL season...

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Sheryl Common
2 weeks ago

JACKS & JILLS- mixed league - Games: M - 209 Dennis Costanzo, 191 Ron Dalman, 171 Ron Flanary & Chet Hebern W - 191 Liz McCulloch, 189 Laurie Sundholm, 173 Ernie Bach Series: M - 579 Dennis Costanzo, 515 Ron Dalman, 469 Ron Flanary W - 523 Liz McCulloch, 488 Joy Crabtree, 451 Laurie Sundholm

SENIOR 49R’S - mixed league - Games: M - 226 Rick Kromm, 216 Emil Leese, 203 Rick Raper W - 181 Danna Saunders, 163 Althea Geleta, 163 Loretta Croffoot Series: M - 600 Rick Kromm, 577 Emil Leese, 530 Rick Raper W - 470 Loretta Croffoot, 461...

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John Williamson
2 weeks ago
ACRA’s Youth Flag Football League has wrapped up their final week of action. There were three games on Sunday. After the games all the players, coaches, fans, and refs got to enjoy pizza, Gatorade, waters, and music all donated by the Sons of the American Legion. It was a lot of fun for everyone! The first game of the night was for 5th place. It was between Get Ripped Nutrition and Four Acres Landscaping. The game started off with a 6-6 tie. Then Four Acres went on a run. Shawn Bertero for Four Acres threw a touchdown to Serenity... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago

Ione Elementary School kicked off the school year with lots of fun last week, hosting their very own Olympic games. First grade students participated in the “shot put” event by throwing a softball. Second and third grade students participated in the long jump. Fourth and fifth grade students competed in the 400 meter relay, with both boys and girls teams competing. Each grade competed only against other students from the same grade, in spirit of fairness.

From Monday to Wednesday of last week, each grade practiced their event in...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago
Could these mosquito repellents be harming your health? Photo courtesy to the ALD
Bug sprays and mosquito repellents are commonly used by one-third of the U.S. population during this season of the year. Many of us take vacations in beautiful, scenic parts of the country that include marshes, rain forests, and wetlands; and heaven forbid, this is when and where mosquitoes breed and appear to lie in wait for us – oh, no! Even those evening barbecues in our own backyard or while camping near lakes or streams seem to draw flying insects to our warm, red-blooded bodies. (And I am one of the unlucky ones that they seem... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago

Witness iconic MTB riders smash down the mountain while competing in downhill, enduro, cross country and dual slalom races during this year’s Kamikaze & Bike Games September 15–18.

With free attendance, a vendor expo featuring the best brands in the business, special kids’ race for even the littlest tikes and Mammoth’s renowned party scene, you won’t want to miss the ultimate bike bash of the year.

Book the Kamikaze lodging package to save 20 percent on lodging – starting at $61 per person, per night, plus you’ll get a...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Fun for all ages, join the Jackson Claim Jumpers and learn to Square Dance. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Learn to Square Dance in twelve weeks with the Jackson Claim Jumpers. Starts Thursday, September 8, 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Fun for families, singles or couples, no special dress required. Music from country to pop.

Nationally-recognized caller Kip Garvey is known for his fun, dynamic teaching style.

Three months of great exercise and fun for only $60 – half price for 21and under, family rate available. Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA.

For more information visit www.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call...

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Sheryl Common
3 weeks ago

JACKS & JILLS- mixed league - Games: M - 204 Ron Dalman, 202 Don Clark, 172 Sean Casey W - 191 Liz McCulloch, 178 Joy Crabtree, 165 Laurie Sundholm Series: M - 570 Ron Dalman, 520 Don Clark, 450 Dennis Costanzo W - 506 Joy Crabtree, 506 Liz McCulloch, 433 Linda Costanzo

SENIOR 49R’S - mixed league - Games: M - 235 Emil Leese, 212 Rick Raper, 211 Rick Kromm W - 178 Tereza Taylor, 175 Kitty Kuhlken, 166 Pegi Hughes Series: M - 591 Rick Raper, 563 Rick Kromm, 548 Emil Leese W - 482 Tereza Taylor, 474 Pegi Hughes, 458 Kitty Kuhlken...

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Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago
One of the falls going up the Mist Trail at Yosemite. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Hiking in nature can be therapeutic, creating an exhilarating experience for the body, as well as, inspiring for the mind. Your journey into nature can be very calming and quiet to the ears and soul, while occasionally hearing the musical tunes of birds singing and chirping.

Your eyes may dance excitingly over the breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains and blue-colored lakes that shimmer with glitter from the brightly shining sun. You may notice a variety of rainbow-colored wildflowers scattered here and there along the...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
A championship worthy pose from Arthur Peacock. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

After a grueling four day trip to Pittsburg, PA, including a twelve hour flight to get back home your fellow Amadorian, Arthur Peacock, brought home his second National Title by winning the 80+ Masters Bodybuilding Championship.

He also entered the 70+ division taking third place against thirteen other contestants. As you may recall, Peacock won the National Title last year in the 70+ Division. At this level of competition, back to back wins are rare, the same thing can be applied on a slightly lesser scale by winning back to back...

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3 weeks ago

Question: I am 16 years old and have my hunter education certification. I was wondering if it is legal for me to hunt by myself with a firearm. I have not found anything saying one way or another whether I can legally do this. If it is legal, do I need to carry written consent from my parents with me? (Jonah A.)

Answer: If you have a valid junior license, you may hunt by yourself with a firearm. However, if you are using a HANDGUN, then you either need to be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult, or have the written...

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3 weeks ago
Left to right: John Rogers, Tillman Sherman, Joe Jimenez, Ron Calvert, Warren Wheat, Steven Parkyn, Johnny White, Noah Throssel, Logan Hawkins, Jake LaBarre, Evan Kania, Charlie Moore and Bob Parkyn (Not pictured: Khouri Kling, Westleigh Kling and Bayley Maleske) Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador Flyfishers Youth Program started it’s first class on Monday, August 8 (which also happened to be the first day of school). Ten students registered for the first program that runs from August through November.

The program consists of eight classroom classes and four outings to cover everything from knot tying, casting, fly tying, entomology, stream fishing and still water fishing.

AFF wants to thank the following for generous donation for equipment and purchase of equipment for this program: Jackson Rancheria Casino...

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