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Donna Kelley, CNC
5 days ago
Donna Kelley, CNC

Do you wake up in the morning refreshed and eager to take on the day? Or, do you wake up in the morning feeling tired and drained, having to drag yourself out of bed to that cup of java? Would you rather just roll over and go back to sleep? If this is you, please keep reading. I will be sharing some eye-opening steps (no pun intended) that may help your body to get re-energized.

First, are you getting quality sleep? You need at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep every night, instead of five to six hours...

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Mark Kautz
4 days ago
Kautz holds a stringer filled with a limit under the 49 Bridge over New Melones Reservoir. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz
I don’t normally endorse any products, either here or on my blog, but I’ve found something I want to share with you. I, like nearly everyone who camps, does tailgate parties, or enjoys other outdoor activities, use those disposable propane canisters. I use them for camping and especially lighting my wood stove in the winter. I don’t do that Boy Scout stuff with paper and kindling. I put some kindling in and a couple big chunks, and hit it with the propane torch. For at least 20 years, I’ve that said that someone should make one... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
4 days ago
A tree of life provides visual autumn delight on Stringbean Alley, part of the way along an Amador City Loop. Photo by Mike Sweeney

Well, it’s that time of year. We are just finishing up the Halloween candy and now Thanksgiving feasts will soon be followed by Christmas excesses. Family gatherings are opportunities to catch up, but they can also be stressful. Your mother-in-law may ask you to pass the mashed potatoes, or she may cut to the chase and ask how the job search is going. So, how can we counter weight gain and stress over the holiday season?

The simplest and best thing to do is to take a brisk walk every day. Walking is something that helps us to...

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Tom Baldwin
4 days ago
The Amador Varsity Volleyball team and coaches had an very successful season — and an exciting, history-making postseason. Photo courtesy of Dave Tearpak

They say all good things must come to an end, and so it was for the 2014 Amador High School Varsity Volleyball season. Thursday, November 13, in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, the Escalon Cougars ended Amador’s impressive playoff run. And while this match ended their season in disappointment, the 2014 season for the Amador team was far from disappointing.

After beating Colfax in a dramatic five-game match in Sutter Creek Tuesday night, the fifth-seeded Amador Buffalos traveled to Escalon to face the...

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Cameron Duggan
4 days ago
Argonaut Cross Country runner Dylan Speer finisheed fourth in Folsom and qualified for the State meet on Nov. 29, in Fresno. Photo courtesy of Cameron Duggan

Argonaut endurance athletes made waves at the Sac-Joaquin Section cross country finals last Saturday at Folsom High School, medaling three runners and sending one to the coveted state championships, which will be held November 29 at Woodward Park, in Fresno.

It was a crisp, cold afternoon, perfect weather for running. Teams from across the section had traveled to test their mettle at what would be, for most of them, their last race of the season. Varsity runners competed at the 5K distance, while freshman athletes ran two miles....

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Walter Guerra
4 days ago

The Amador Buffalos (6-4) traveled south on Highway 49 last Friday, to play in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs against the Mariposa Grizzles (7-3).

Mariposa received the opening kick from Amador kicker Ben Griffin and returned it to the 35-yard line. Mariposa started with a bang, with quarterback Aaron Lerma completing a 40-yard pass to Kamare Bailey. However, due to a fumble recovered by the Buffalos, Mariposa did not score on the possession.

Amador’s offense suffered a three-and-out to start their...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Haley Stahl sports her new Argonauts shirt as her parents look on. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Saturday, November 15, Haley Stahl signed a letter of intent to play softball at Norte Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, Calif. Coincidentally, the name of her team at Notre Dame de Namur will be “The Argonauts.”

Haley was surrounded by her family and friends at the signing ceremony in Jackson.

Haley is a three-time Mother Lode League first team selection, as well as a three-time All-Academic All-League selection. During Haley’s three seasons at Argonaut, the varsity softball team has reached the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
The Amador High School Varsity Cross Country runners and coaches are, from left. Anastasia Karnaze, Lenox Peterson, Amanda Garcia,Christy McConnell, Coach Erica Pophal, Coach Jesse Shaw, Mary Khattar, Andrea Romero and Camille Strazzo. Photo courtesy of Erica Pophal

After a season of hard work, dedication and long runs, the Amador High School Varsity Women’s Cross Country Team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship by 21 points over Riverbank. This victory came shortly after winning the Mother Lode League title at Frog Town and dominating the Sac-Joaquin Sub-sections by 40 points. The section win qualifies the team for its third consecutive trip to the state finals, scheduled for November 29, in Fresno.

The girls kept their training in high gear to prepare for the section meet...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Jordan and Taylor Larson traveled to France as part of Team USA for the World Equestrian Games. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch
Residents Michael and Vicki Mason of Volcano are the proud parents of Taylor and son-in-law Jordan Larson, who recently traveled to Normandy, France, for the World Equestrian Games. Jordan joined the US team of five athletes, after a series of qualifying shows here in the states, with his horse, MF Mobster, lovingly nicknamed Joey. It is the largest equestrian event in the world with 72 nations participating, and 147 horses in the reining competition alone. “The opening ceremonies for the WEG were as grand as any seen in the... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
2 weeks ago
John and Ellie Grandy hold their sweet potato plant. Photo courtesy of Donna Kelley
John and Ellie Grandy, young at heart and long-time residents of Volcano, have been married for over 68 marvelous years. Their spirited and devoted relationship keeps growing and blooming, just as they have grown, cultivated and nourished this beautiful sweet potato plant with bright green foliage. What? A sweet potato plant? I remember putting toothpicks in an avocado seed and placing it in a glass of water as a science project when I was in elementary school, but never a sweet potato. I love to eat sweet potatoes and now the... [Read more]
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Adam Dalton
1 week ago

Dear Amador County,

Early this week, the Jackson Rancheria Park Restoration crew began the initial cleanup efforts at the Catholic Cemetery in Jackson. Work began on Monday and will continue through winter until completion. It is important to clarify that our restoration efforts will be focused on the surrounding areas only and will not include grave sites. Work will be done carefully, with utmost respect, so not to disrupt the graves of those laid to rest. As always, we will practice our Native American tradition of smudging each...

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Tom Baldwin
1 week ago

After last week’s emotionally draining, last-second win over Argonaut, the Amador JV football team was hoping to avoid a letdown as they traveled to San Andreas to face the Calaveras Redskins, a team that Amador has had difficulty with historically. However, after a season filled with big victory after big victory, Amador was brimming with confidence as they kicked the ball away to start the game.

Calaveras shook the Amador confidence immediately, completing a 35-yard sideline pass on the first play from scrimmage. The Buffalos...

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Tom Baldwin
1 week ago
The Amador High School Varsity volleyball players wear their watchwords on their arms. Photo courtesy of Dave Tearpak

After finishing in second place in the Mother Lode League, the Amador Varsity volleyball team received the fifth seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, and drew the 12 seed, Colfax, in the first round. The last time Amador hosted a home playoff game, none of the current players were born and coach Emily Tirapelle was five years old. And who was there opponent? The Colfax Falcons, who won that last match-up, in 1984. Tirapelle and her girls were hoping to change that on Tuesday night.

After to talking to some of the Amador coaches...

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Mike Sweeney
1 week ago
The Sports section is understandably filled with the activities of people who are “temporarily able.” Young people playing football, soccer, volleyball, etc., impress us with their mobility and strength. As we age, Baby Boomers, like Brent Parsons and I, write about striving to maintain our ability to enjoy physical activities, such as basketball and backpacking. Eventually, time and medical conditions will rob all of us of our ability to engage in “sports.” Ultimately, we may have to leave not only team activities, but also... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
Argonaut running back Andrew Deason runs for a touchdown. Photo courtesy of Aaron Johnson

It was the final game of the high school football season last Friday night for the Argonaut Mustangs. Argonaut hosted the visiting Bret Harte Bullfrogs, who would also be playing their last game of the year. Both teams had tough seasons and both teams very badly wanted to end their season with a win. Unfortunately, only one team could win and, on this night, it was Argonaut who wanted it more.

It was big play after big play for the Mustangs, By halftime, the game was already out of reach for Bret Harte. Senior Joey Guidi made his...

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Cameron Duggan
1 week ago
Medal winners at last week's Sac-Joaquin Subsection competition were Dylan Speers, Lindsay Davis, Luis Trejo-Herrera and Adelaide Cahill. Photo courtesy of Cameron Duggan
The Argonaut High School Mustangs’ cross country team has had a breakout season this year, qualifying 11 runners to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V meet tomorrow, at Willow Hills Reservoir, in Folsom. The team has been growing in recent years, and has become more competitive each season. The varsity boys’ team, comprised of Jonathan Howe, his brother, Caleb Howe, Gage Wabs, Aaron Lake and Alyosha Mathany, ran at the Sac-Joaquin Subsections at Frogtown last weekend. The team is led by junior captain Dylan Speer, who was able to... [Read more]
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Walter Guerra
1 week ago
Amador punter Hayden Grandon was very busy in the victory over Calaveras. Photo by Jon Myatt

Last Friday night, the Amador Buffalos took on the Calaveras Redskins in both teams’ last regular season matchup. The winner would move on to the playoffs, so a lot was on the line. Amador High School’s stadium was permeated by a playoff atmosphere, as both the crowd and the players were excited for the game.

The Redskins started off the game on the 20-yard line, after a Ben Griffin kickoff sailed through the end zone. On their first offensive series, the Calaveras quarterback Dylan Byrd threw an interception to Amador’s...

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Mark Kautz
1 week ago
Mark Kautz’s fishing pole is barely visible against the snow-draped mountains above placid Upper Blue Lake. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

The Amador Flyfishers will explore California’s Steelhead opportunities with fishing guide Mark Papazian on Tuesday, November 18, in the Amador County Administration Center, at 810 Court Street, in Jackson.

Papazian will demonstrate Steelhead fly-tying, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. general meeting and his presentation on “Flyfishing the Lost Coast for Steelhead.” During the fall and winter months, Papazian eagerly chases Steelhead in California’s North Coast rivers, ranging from the Trinity River north to Humboldt...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

Mississippi State at Alabama

These neighboring schools have played 97 times since their first meeting in 1896. Never has so much been at stake. Mississippi State is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Alabama is 8–1 overall and 5–1 in the SEC. The winner will seize control of the SEC West race (though both teams still have significant challenges ahead) and be well-situated for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Alabama probably cannot afford a loss; the Tide simply don’t have enough quality wins (even with a potential...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The 190th meeting of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears — the NFL’s oldest rivalry, which dates back to 1921 — was one for the history books. The Cheeseheads had Lambeau Field rocking in prime time on Sunday night, during a 55–14 victory over their longtime rivals in the NFC North.

The Packers scored a Lambeau-record-tying 55 points en route to the second-largest margin of victory (41) over the Bears in the series’ 93-year history. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdowns — highlighted by a 73-yard scoring strike to Jordy...

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