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Juicing will heal your body. About 15 years ago, my husband was very ill. As his caregiver, I did not have time to take care of myself or my nutritional needs. This happens to many caregivers. This started a downward spiral for me, and my health began to deteriorate. After he passed away I realized that I had to do something to improve my situation. I had been going to one doctor after another and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Every doctor gave me an assortment of different medications, which were not doing anything... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
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The Plymouth Elementary Pep Club's dream of a new play area and field became a reality this week. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Plymouth Elementary School students had their first opportunity to play on their brand-new, grassy field Monday morning. After dedicating the field to the Plymouth Elementary Pep Club, who made the new play-area possible, students got to enjoy a field day, playing outdoor games on the new grass.

The field, which was once just a dirt lot used for extra parking, is just one of several campus improvement projects the Pep Club has spearheaded. Over the course of the last several years, through fundraising efforts, the Pep Club has...

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Jack Mitchell
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Jim Cross with his first place prize catch from the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge held on Saturday, April 30 at Lake Camanche. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Lake Camanche:

Two Tournaments and a Kid's fishing Event made for a very busy angler's weekend here at Lake Camanche last week. Those that reported favorite baits this week listed powerbait, rainbow powerbait and spoons. Just outside the buoy line at the dam, south shore day use and the pond were all listed for best spots to fish.

The North Shore Main Courtesy Ramp is now open. South Shore Courtesy Ramp is still at low water ramp #1 until the new ADA walkway is completed down to the ADA dock.

1,800 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout...

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Jack Mitchell
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The CDFW has released its May 2016 Calendar of events. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Weekends - Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
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Tips for residents and campers on bears. Photo courtesy to the ALD

With an estimated 35,000 bears, California has a healthy and growing black bear population. In spring hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans.

"A bear's nose is seven times better than a hound dog's, and it will lead a bear to anything that is edible or smelly," said Marc Kenyon, the California...

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Jack Mitchell
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Elk hunts canceled at Fort Hunter Liggett for 2016-2017 season. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that there will be no elk hunts on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) in southern Monterey County for the 2016-2017 season.

An active military training facility, Fort Hunter Liggett has sponsored tule elk hunts since 1996. However, the facility's primary mission is to support military training, and due to increased operational requirements, a portion of the grounds must be closed to the public. The grounds to be closed include a majority of the areas where...

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Jack Mitchell
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The CDFW has announced more areas open for recreational Dungeness Crab fishing. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Except for one area within Humboldt County, the California coast is open for recreational Dungeness crab fishing. The commercial crab fishery will follow in the same areas, opening May 12.

The recreational Dungeness crab fishery is open north of 41° 17.6' N latitude at the southern boundary line of Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area (near Redwood Creek), Humboldt County to the California/Oregon border, however the recreational fishery remains closed between 40° 46.15' N latitude (a line extending due west from the west...

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Mike Sweeney
1 week ago
The Howard Park Vernal Pool Trail is an experience you do not want to miss. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On previous visits to Rancho Seco Park, we had somehow failed to take the trail through Howard Ranch that leads to the vernal pools with the spectacular wildflowers that people come from all over the world to photograph. This month we finally remedied this, and now we can’t wait to get back there. The vistas, wildflowers, bird watching, and solitude were simply amazing. The trail starts out at the north end of Rancho Seco Lake and winds through a riparian marsh habitat filled with scrub oaks, wild roses, and willows. As the trail... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Cheyanne Sheridan, Wyatt Johnson, Leopold Durieux, Cary Hale-Mournier, Sophia Heidecker, Aubrey Hobbs and Ragan Russell. Photo courtesy to the ALD from Cheyanne Sheridan

Playoffs went well for the Argonaut Tennis team. In Thursday's singles matches, the Mustangs were able to capture first place in boys singles. Leo Durieux will be representing the Mother Lode League at Sectionals this coming Thursday, May 5 as the leagues Boys #1 Singles Player. In Woman's Singles Play, Cheyanne Sheridan landed in second place so she will also be going to sectionals on Thursday, May 5.

At Saturday's Mother Lode League tournament the Boys Doubles team of Jonah Campbell and James Smith took first place and the Mixed...

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
Argonaut makes a play at the plate in an attempt to stop the Amador run in the Big Game. Argonaut defeated Amador, 12-5. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Argonaut Mustangs picked up two more wins in the Mother Lode League last week as they defeated Summerville 5-2 and Bret Harte 17-0.

In the Summerville versus Argonaut game it was a pitchers duel that saw the Mustangs come out on top in the end.

Brandon McMahon anchored the Argonaut pitching staff against the Bears, as he went five innings giving up seven hits but only surrendering two runs.

Sean Purdy entered the game in the later innings to pitch the sixth and seventh to finish the win off for the Mustangs.

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago

With just five games to go in the Mother Lode League Varsity softball season, the playoff picture has become clear. Linden and Calaveras are in for sure.

Calaveras sits in first place in the MLL with an 11-1 league record with Linden in second at 10-2. The league championship is still up for grabs between these two teams but the playoffs are a lock for both.

Summerville sits in third at 7-4 with Argonaut in fourth at 7-5. The Bears and the Lady Mustangs will fight it out for third, but I believe these two teams will make the...

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Carey Erichson
1 week ago
The 2016 Castle Oaks Junior Golf registration is now open for youth interested in learning everything they need to know to become a golfer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When I was a kid there was no such thing as junior golfing programs. Now there is one at every golf course in the country. The number one organization of Junior Golf is the First Tee.

They not only instruct youngsters on golf and golf etiquette, but set standards to make our young children better citizens.

A lot of kids are just kids and don’t want to learn from a grownup. My theory on this is to take them to the driving range and let them rip the ball. Don’t worry about where it goes, just let them rip it. Sooner or later they...

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Donna Kelley
1 week ago
Relaxation is one stress management tool that we can practice to strengthen and improve our own stress-coping skills. Sometimes the demand of a job, traffic jams, juggling errands (literally, running here and there) and being a caregiver may be putting undue stress on the body several times a day, creating the possible hazardous changes within the body mentioned in last weeks’ article. By developing and growing your own coping skills, you may not be putting your body into that fight or flight mode so often, especially not every day.... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Aubrey Hobbs gets the low serve in mixed doubles. ALD photo by Aaron Johnson

What a difference a year makes. A year ago, the Argonaut tennis team was going into the last week of the tennis season looking for their first victory of the year.

This year, they went into the last match with a 10-1 record — in first place — and a chance to be crowned league champions.

It’s been a season with great coaching from head coach Steve Russell and assistant coaches Regan Russell and Andy Oloan.

Team captains Wyatt Johnson and Cheyanne Sheridan have lead the team on and off the tennis court.

Boys’ Varsity...

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Mark Herberger
1 week ago

The Thundering Herds continued their stampede through the Mother Lode League girls soccer season, as both the Amador High junior varsity and Varsity teams defeated visiting Summerville on Tuesday. With their win, the JV clinched their fifth straight Mother Lode League championship with two games to spare.

The Amador varsity also defeated the Bears, inching ever closer to also winning their fifth consecutive league crown. But there are still games to be played, and Argonaut or Linden can still overtake the Buffaloes if all the...

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1 week ago
Dylan Smith placed second in Varsity and Zack Mason placed first in Entry Level this past week. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The Amador Flyfishers (AFF) in conjunction with Amador County Recreation Agency conducted a beginning fly fishing class April 16 and 17. The co-instructors were Charlie Moore and Gary Swager and were assisted by club members Tillman Sherman, Joe Jimenez John Rogers and Bob Parkyn.

The class was attended by 22 persons of which 7 were women, which AFF was glad to have because the club promotes women and youth to take up fly fishing, as it can be a lifelong endeavor. The class was held at the ACRA HUB facility on Main Street in...

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Kathleen Lynch
1 week ago
Dylan Smith placed second in Varsity and Zack Mason placed first in Entry Level this past week. Photo courtesy to the ALD

A small but energetic group of A&A Shooters have been following up their Saturday trap practices with learning how to break targets on the skeet field. They joined other teams from the California Youth Shooting Sports Association at Stockton Trap and Skeet last weekend for the second CYSSA skeet competition.

A&A’s Varsity shooter, Dylan Smith broke 95 of his 100 targets to tie with Sutter High School’s, Dino Manuel. A high pressure sudden death shoot-off with a crowd of fans and shooters watching was good practice for both...

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Sheryl Common
1 week ago

CRACKERJACKS - women’s league - Games: 185 Sylvia Bird, 185 Linda Costanzo, 181 Sharon Jensen Series: 501 Liz McCulloch, 486 Sylvia Bird, 480 Joy Crabtree

GCL NONSMOKERS - mixed league - Games: M - 225 Bob Reed, 220 Dennis Costanzo, 213 Emil Leese W - 200 Carol Maloney, 188 Linda Costanzo, 180 Joy Crabtree Series: M - 612 Dennis Costanzo, 585 Bob Reed, 584 Emil Leese W - 522 Joy Crabtree, 515 Carol Maloney, 443 Linda Costanzo

PRIMETIMERS - mixed league - Games: M - 247 Dan Alexander, 246, 241 Bob Higgins, W - 213 Carolyn...

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1 week ago
Not In The Face was crowned dodgeball tournament champions. Photo courtesy to the ALD from ACRA

Last Saturday the Amador County Recreation Agency collaborated with two students from Sacramento State to host the annual Dodgeball Tournament. The event was a ton of fun and involved a lot of sweat, as one could imagine. The tournament began at two o’clock in the afternoon and ran until about six in the evening.

We had a number of teams come out to participate who were all from different age groups and backgrounds, and for that we are very grateful. As soon as everyone was registered, we laid down the rules and kicked off the...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

A Water Safety Instructor Class is scheduled for May 14 and 15 and May 21 and 22. Students will learn to perfect swimming strokes and teaching techniques for the various swim classes.

Classes will be held at the Jackson City Pool. Cost is $235.

Register at Jackson City Hall, 33 Broadway, by May 2. Call (209) 223-1646 for more information.

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