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4 days ago
Ryan Wimmer was a grateful recipient of the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Scholarship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador – El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications from now until November 15 for the Edwin F., Lila, and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university. The scholarship will be granted to a student who has graduated from either an Amador or El Dorado County high school and is attending college full-time, with at least 12 units per quarter or semester. The course of study must result in the award of a Bachelor of Science or... [Read more]
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4 days ago
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting those interested in a career as a wildlife officer. CDFW will accept applications for wildlife officer cadet from now until October 17. The department is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a passion for conservation of California’s fish and wildlife resources.

For information on minimum qualifications and other requirements for wildlife officer cadets, please visit dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/career/index.aspx.

The CDFW Law Enforcement Division expects...

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4 days ago
Amador High School tennis player Kelsie Larson’s racket blurs from her smash. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
The fourth annual Cap Off The Summer Tennis Tournament took place at Amador High School on Saturday, August 22.

The tournament featured 28 players of varying age, experience and skill, divided into seven balanced teams of four. Seven rounds were played, with a combination of singles and doubles, allowing each team to face off against every other team.

When the final results were tabulated, The Golden Pretzels team — Jerry Beeman, Sabrina Delaney, David Hoover and Brandon Dal Porto — walked off the courts with the coveted...

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4 days ago
This photo was taken of Hetch Hetchy Valley before O'Shaughnessy Dam flooded it. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch
John Muir once called Hetch Hetchy Valley “a grand landscape garden — one of Nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” It was dammed and flooded 100 years ago — the only time in American history that such development has been allowed in any national park.

Next month, for the second time, the organization “Restore Hetch Hetchy” will be sponsoring “Muir’s Ride,” a four-day bicycle trek from the Bay Area to Yosemite. The ride will begin at 6:45 a.m., in Pleasanton, on Thursday, September 25, and end on Sunday, September...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Yuki snapped this photo from above Upper Blue Lake. His friend, Mark, is the tiny guy on the shore. Photo courtesy of Kautz's friend, Yuki
On Sunday, the 17th, I got an email from my friend Yuki, saying that if I could wait to go to Upper Blue Lakes until Tuesday, he wanted to go. Sure, I’d wait until then to go up. It’s always a pleasure to fish with him. We’ve been doing so since we met at the Camanche Trout Pond some four years ago.

We met at Cook’s Station at 8:30 a.m., and, after picking up coffee, we headed up the hill. We got to Upper Blue Lake and picked a different spot than I usually fish, because we wanted to use our rod holders and most of the shoreline...

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Donna Kelley
4 days ago
A question wassent my way by Margaret A. of Sutter Creek: I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis and heard that nutrition may help with stiffness and pain. If this is true, what foods do I need to be eating or not eating?

My answer is: This is definitely true. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints and connective tissue (cartilage). Cartilage is a slippery material that covers the ends of bones, acting like a cushion, and preventing the bones from rubbing together. As cartilage starts breaking down due to wear and tear, dehydration,...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Red Cross 9/11 Memorial Golf Classic Friday, September 5

The Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross will host the 9/11 Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, September 5, at Rancho Murieta Country Club. Registration is at 9 a.m., followed by golf at 11 a.m. Cost is $175 per player for golf on one of Rancho Murieta’s two private, 18-hold courses, cart, box lunch and cocktails, dinner and auction to follow at the clubhouse ($110 for Rancho Murieta Country Club members). All proceeds support local emergency response services. For...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Argonaut vs. Colfax in Jackson Friday night, August 29 — JV at 5:15 p.m. — Varsity to Follow at 7:30 p.m.

Amador Hosts Lodi in Sutter Creek — Same Time Schedule.

Coming off a tough season last year, the Argonaut Mustang Varsity Football Team faces the unenviable task of taking on the perennial D-IV powerhouse Colfax Falcons tonight. All bets are off on this game, as both teams are unknown commodities.

The Argonaut Varsity will be playing their first game under new head coach Gary Landergen, who took over this year from...

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4 days ago
A local version of the popular TV hit show “Biggest Loser” begins next week. The weight-loss competition, “THE EDGE Biggest Loser” is open to all individuals who are not current members of THE EDGE Strength and Training, on Jackson Gate Road, in Jackson. Individuals must apply to be chosen. If you have a friend or family member you think would be a great contestant, encourage them to submit an application. The competition is free for all “THE EDGE Biggest Loser” contestants.

The competition will begin on Wednesday, September 3...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
Isaac Sanchez raises his Big Break trophy high after winning Big Break NFL Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Renowned Amador County golfer and River Pines native Isaac Sanchez will be included in the field of 40 former Big Break contestants to compete in the inaugural Big Break Invitational Reynolds Plantation, a four-day invitational tournament airing live on Golf Channel, Tuesday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. ET. Unless Golf Channel decides to change the timing for West Coast viewers, this translates to noon until 3 p.m., Pacific Time. This is the first time ever that the Big Break franchise will feature a live tournament... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
Cort and Liz rented bicycles for the 335-mile trek. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney
Long-time Amador County educators Cort Strandberg and Liz Tone recently completed a 335-mile bike ride from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Washington DC. They were inspired to take this journey by their friends, Terry and Sandy Pederson, who completed the same ride last year. They initially followed the Great Allegheny Passage, formerly a rail line, 150 miles to Cumberland, Maryland. From there, they connected with the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, and followed it 185 miles into downtown Washington DC. This route is the longest... [Read more]
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Walter Guerra
2 weeks ago
Amador Jr. Buffs players, coaches and cheerleaders on the field at Amador High School. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Walter Guerra
Last Saturday, at Amador High School, the youth football jamboree took place. With four teams to compete in perfect weather, the day was destined to be successful. Cheerleaders, parents and players all came to perform, watch and play in the Amador High School-hosted jamboree. This marks the beginning of the 2014 Pop Warner football league season. This has been a huge part of Amador County for many years and it’s great to see that the tradition still continues. With many different ages allowed to play, the teams are split into age and... [Read more]
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Cameron Duggan
2 weeks ago
The Argonaut Mustangs' Cross Country team will participate in the following meets:

Sept. 3 — Home Pre-Season Meet, at Argonaut High School, 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 6 — Lagoon Valley Classic, at Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville, 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 13 — Sierra Invitational, at Legion-Tuolumne Regional Park, Modesto, 9 a.m.

Sept. 17 — Bret Harte High School, League Meet, at Frogtown, Angels Camp, 9 a.m.

Sept. 20 — FrogTown Invitational, at FrogTown, Angels Camp, 9 a.m.

Sept 24 — Amador High School, League Meet, at Amador High...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Fishing writer Kautz has a favorite spot next to the dam at Caples Lake. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz
n Wednesday, the 13th, I didn’t have any chores to do at the house, the Giants weren’t playing until early afternoon, and I had a new rod and reel I wanted to try, so I packed up a lunch and headed to Caples Lake. I pulled out of the house at 7:10 a.m., and, after a stop at Cook’s Station for coffee and night crawlers, I steeled myself for the road work stoppage just after Silver Lake.

To my surprise, there wasn’t any road work; there weren’t any paving machines; and there was nothing but clear sailing all the way. I got to the...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
Camels provide a bumpy ride. Amador Ledger Dispatch file photo
There aren’t a lot of camels in Amador County, but there are two world-class camel racers living here. Rich Martin, EMT, and Sergeant Ryan Gillaspie, of the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, are set to depart for Virginia City, where they will compete in the 55th annual International Camel & Ostrich Races, to be held Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7.

In 2012, Martin brought home the 1st-place trophy and the Governor’s Cup, and his fellow racer, Gillaspie, placed second last year.

Martin is sponsored by Rory’s Towing,...

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Kathleen Lynch
3 weeks ago
Coaches Richard and Kathleen Lynch help hold the check. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Lynch
At the Amador Friends of the NRA Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser, held at the Italian Picnic Grounds, in Sutter Creek, last Saturday evening, the local youth clay target team, A&A Shooters, was awarded $32,280 to purchase shotgun shells for the 2015 season. The team has applied for a grant every year since 2004 and has received a grand total of $190,000 to purchase ammunition, targets, shotguns and equipment for its highly successful youth shooting program. This generous gift helps fund half of the amount needed each year to run... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
Sandy Lockhart manages the Lake Amador General Store. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney
Over the years, I had, of course, heard about the great fishing at Lake Amador. However, until this week, I had never made the left turn off Jackson Valley Road, south of Ione, to see what else Lake Amador has to offer the outdoor enthusiast. As it turns out, it was a mistake not to investigate this local outdoor resource a long time ago, because there is something for everyone at this family-friendly destination.

Lake Amador was formed when the Jackson Valley Irrigation District built the Jackson Creek Dam in 1964. (JVID...

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Gwen Clayton
3 weeks ago
“The Start of a Tradition” is the theme for the Jackson Lions Club’s inaugural Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, to be held September 13 and 14, at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth.

“We had to dream big,” said Jackson Lions spokesperson Todd Riebe. “The needs of our community have grown greater than our club’s capacity to meet them. We chose a rodeo because, quite frankly, this is rodeo country. We went with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association because the legendary Cotton Rosser and the Flying U Rodeo...

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Jerry Budrick
3 weeks ago
Mother Lode Youth Soccer League begins tomorrow

Kids from 5 to 14 begin play tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, at 8 a.m. in this year’s Mother Lode Youth Soccer League. Games are played at Howard Park, in Ione, and continue into the afternoon, with the last of tomorrow’s games beginning at 2:40 p.m. For more information, as well as a complete schedule for the season, visit mlysl.com. League play goes until October 25, when the league will have its season-ending Jamboree.

Amador Tennis’ Junior Team Tennis registration open...

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Kathleen Lynch
3 weeks ago
From left, Sam Smith, Ashley Carroll and Aeriel Skinner with their winning medals Photo courtesy of Kathleen Lynch
Aeriel Skinner, of Jackson, a former champion markswoman for Amador County’s A&A Shooters, took third place in Junior Women International Trap at the 2014 Shotgun National Championships in Colorado Springs last week. Out of 10 rounds of 25, Skinner broke scores of 24, 24, 23, 22, 22, 24, 21, 23, 21 and 22, for a total score of 226. Finishing in first was Ashley Carroll, of California, with a 241, and in second was Sam Smith, of Tennessee, with 229.

Skinner, who started shooting the International version of trap last year, showed...

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