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Jerry Budrick
2 hours ago
The 2014 Big Game, between Amador and Argonaut, will be hosted by Amador High School on October 31. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Varsity game at 7:30 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults; $6 for students; and $4 for senior citizens and children 11 years of age and under. There will be a charge of $5 to park in the upper parking lot; all other parking is free of charge. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago
The San Francisco Giants have been here before. Twice recently, actually. Having won the World Series in 2010 and ’12, this team oozes postseason experience. No stage is too big for these guys, no spotlight too bright. In contrast, the American League champion Kansas City Royals have two players with World Series experience. James Shields made one start in the 2008 Series for Tampa Bay and tossed 5.2 scoreless innings. Second baseman Omar Infante had one plate appearance off the bench for Detroit in 2006, and was the Tigers’... [Read more]
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Adam Dalton
1 week ago

I would personally like to thank the land owners who donated the cedar trees to the restoration project at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park; a big thanks to the California Department of Forestry for their donation, as well. We couldn’t have come this far without your outstanding generosity and support.

My family has been hard at work this past year restoring Chaw’se. More than 100 cedar poles were needed to repair just the roof portion of the Roundhouse. All poles must first be stripped of their bark by hand, using wood...

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Mark Kautz
1 week ago
Fly fisherman Mark Kautz tried his luck in this and other pools along the Silver Fork of the American River, with no luck. “There should have been fish,” said Kautz. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz
On Tuesday, October 21, the Amador Flyfishers will welcome Bill Forward, a California native who has fished the Sierra for 55 years (35 years exclusively fly). He is an award-winning biology instructor. Bill merges his years of classroom and university teaching experience with his expertise for fly fishing, bringing together a unique combination of knowledge of the Sierra waters and natural sciences, and an enthusiasm for guiding and instruction. Bill will be instructing the Amador Flyfishers on leader construction. Bill is also the... [Read more]
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Gregorio Muralla
1 week ago

To open the second round of Mother Lode League soccer, Amador hosted both Bret Harte and Sonora. Although the scores were similar, the games couldn’t have been more different, which is a unique aspect of sports.

Amador was tied with Bret Harte at the half, 0-0, and then key mistakes opened the door for four goals, which ended up to be the final tally. Every team has some rough outings and this was one for the Buffalos. Try as they might, the play just didn’t flow and strong individual play for Bret Harte sparked a strong win. ...

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Tom Baldwin
1 week ago
Taylor Roberts is setting, while Patricia Briones and Dani Schoen prepare to attack. Photo courtesy of Julia Burns

Amador hosted Bret Harte on Thursday, October 9, and by the looks of the first game, the Bullfrogs didn’t stand much of a chance. Amador played incredibly well across the board. Led by Taylor Roberts, the right side defense was strong and all the Amador setters and right side hitters were covering well, picking up balls and putting them into play. The offense was dominant, too, with multiple service aces by Sidney Walters and plenty of kills from Taylor Rasmusson and Dani Schoen. Amador took the first game easily, 25-10.

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
Argonaut running back Joey Guidi, 33, fights for some yardage against Calaveras. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

The Argonaut Mustangs hosted the Calaveras Redskins last Friday night in a very tough Mother Lode League game. Argonaut came into the match fresh off a bye week, and the Mustangs looked strong early as they held Calaveras scoreless in the first quarter. However, the offense struggled a bit, so the Mustangs were also held scoreless.

The Redskins struck first on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Connor Hamilton. Calaveras led 6-0 after a missed extra point.

On their next possession, the Mustangs marched right down the field and...

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago
Erynn Thompson lays in a bucket. Photo by Kandi Thompson
The 6th-grade Jackson Jaguars came out strong at home on Tuesday to beat previously undefeated Jenny Lind, by a score of 24-14. The Jaguars had a 12-1 lead at halftime, and they were able to hold onto their lead until the end of the game. Contributing to the win were Kate Johnson and Allie Olivarria, with 6 points each; Lauryn Bierman, who put up 4 points; and Kasey White, Emilie Thompson, Erynn Thompson and Janae Churchill, who contributed 2 points each. After the victory, Jaguar Coach Kandi Thompson said, “I’m proud of our girls.... [Read more]
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Tammie Crabtree
1 week ago
Operation Care’s Shelter Specialist Barbara Gunter hands out purple ribbons, bracelets and informational brochures at a recent event. Throughout the month of October, Operation Care will be honoring victims and survivors of Domestic Violence while promoting awareness. Photo courtesy of Operation Care
In recent weeks, the subject of domestic violence has come to the forefront in the media because of the NFL players involved. Though Amador County does not have an NFL team, we do have domestic violence. Operation Care has provided services to 213 domestic violence victims (men and women) just this year. Instead of asking why she stays, let’s ask, “How do we stop this?” As a community, we must join together and be “game changers.” We must state collectively that domestic violence is not acceptable in our community. You cannot do this... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago
The Mace Meadow Women’s Golf Club is sponsoring its 17th annual “Rally for the Cure” golf outing on Saturday, October 18. The outing will feature a 9 a.m. shotgun start, in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This event is open to both men and women, and will be held at Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, in Pioneer. Cost is $65 per player, and it includes entry fee, lunch, cart and green fee (shareholders paying annually can deduct $30). This is an 18-hole fundraising golf event (play your own game), intended to be... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

The Mace Meadow Golf and Country Club Board of Directors and its Finance Committee have met and determined that fiscal issues require us to continue with the VCP program for 2014-15.

For those who participated in supporting the golf course this past year, a sincere thank you. Continued participation in the 2014-15 VCP continues to be of vital importance to keeping Mace Meadow Golf Course in operation. Anyone can get involved by signing up for the 2014-15 VCP.

We have accomplished many improvements this past year using the VCP...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The injury situation got worse this past Sunday, as the list of key fantasy football players who won’t play in Week 7 only got longer. Victor Cruz and Stevan Ridley are the latest to watch their seasons come to an early end, while A.J. Green and Jimmy Graham are among those expected to miss at least one more game. On top of that, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are both on bye this week. So what’s a beleaguered fantasy owner to do?

Athlon Sports is here to help you sort through some of the potential free agent options. The players...

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Donna Kelley
1 week ago
Donna Kelley, CNC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The statistics from the National Cancer Institute say that one out of every eight women has the devastating probability of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer can also afflict men, but to a much lower degree, which is one in every 1,000 men. Can breast cancer be prevented? What are the risk factors and protective factors for developing breast cancer?

Dr. J. Robert Hatherill (1998), in his book, “Eat to Beat Cancer,” states that most women are unaware...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago

I have always “loved” pasta, as far back as I can remember — creamy mac and cheese as a child, spaghetti and lasagna as an adult. For some of us, our attachment to this comfort food can be very addicting. I’ve noticed that once I start eating it, it is hard to stop — yikes! What’s not to love about pasta?

I want you to know that you can still indulge in your pasta (in a different form) and not feel guilty and not put on those dreaded pounds. What I am talking about is spaghetti squash. My new love is a wonderful-tasting,...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Cleveland Comeback

Browns score 26 unanswered points to win on the road at Titans

Johnny Football couldn’t help but laugh on the sideline when the Browns fell behind 28–3 on the road at Tennessee following a 75-yard touchdown strike from Charlie Whitehurst to Justin Hunter late in the second quarter.

“Down 28–3,” said first-year Cleveland coach Mike Pettine, “I think you could term how we were playing ‘laughable.’ But I don’t know the context of (Manziel’s reaction).”

Even in a baseball cap on the sideline, the cameras are...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
Moondog’s Moon Bash Demolition Derby will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 11, at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth. Doors open at 3 p.m. The first heat will be at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $20 — children under 12 will be admitted free. Parking will also be free. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Tickets are available online, at amadorcountyfair.com, at the Amador County Fair office or at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce, in Jackson. The Moon Bash Demolition Derby will be presented by the Amador... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago

The Argonaut Mustangs had a much-needed week off last week, so this week I decided to report on the highly anticipated Sonora vs. Calaveras game. This contest has been touted as the “big game” in the Mother Lode League this year … right? Perennial powerhouse Calaveras and MLL newcomer Sonora were supposed to fight it out for first place in the league, so whoever won this epic battle had the inside track of taking home this year’s league title. At least, that’s what the experts said (wink, wink).

Somewhere along the way, Calaveras...

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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
A picturesque old barn shares the spotlight with the showy display of fall color in Hope Valley. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney

The autumn equinox took place on September 22, marking the end of summer and the start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the season of cool nights, perfect days, Giants’ playoff baseball, and, of course, spectacular fall colors. It’s the perfect time for a road trip up Highway 88 to enjoy the intense spectrum of yellow, orange and red foliage high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

As you drive east towards Carson Pass, the colors begin near the Mormon Emigrant Trail turnoff about 43 miles from Jackson. Quite a...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Fishing writer Kautz fills his pickup truck with gear for winter fishing trips. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

First, let me say that I’m coming up on an anniversary. I began writing articles for the Amador Ledger Dispatch on October 29, 2010 and here we are four years later. Thank you for still reading what I write.

The article on September 26 was about a trip up to Upper Lake, north of Clearlake. What I didn’t mention was the trip I took when we got back.

This morning (the 2nd), I was planning to make a recovery of sorts up on Silver Fork. You remember the article I wrote about the trip to Silver Fork of the American River on...

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Kandi Thompson
2 weeks ago
The 6th-grade Jackson Jaguars smile after a win. Photo courtesy of Kandi Thompson

The Jackson Jaguars 6th-grade basketball team took a 10-0 lead over their cross-county rival, Sutter Creek, at the end of the first quarter in last Thursday’s game. Sutter Creek had brought their “A” game and the Jaguars rose to the challenge.

Kasey White led the team, scoring six points and grabbing multiple steals, while Janae Churchill, Kate Johnson, Allie Olivarria and Lauryn Bierman each contributed four points. Cherisse Carney added three points and Mackenzie Kraft, Emilie Thompson and Erynn Thompson put up two points...

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