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Gwen Clayton
10 hours ago
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The Jackson Lions Club will present its first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo September 13 and 14, at the Amador County Fairgrounds.

“We had to dream big,” said rodeo spokesperson Todd Riebe. “The Lions’ motto is ‘We Serve.’ Every year, we raise more than $100,000 and give it all back to the community, yet it is not enough. The needs of our community have grown greater than our club’s capacity to meet them.”

The Lions knew they had to develop something with the potential of being a major fundraising project in...

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Jerry Budrick
11 hours ago
The Argonaut Junior Mustang Cheer team recently held its annual Cheer Camp at Argonaut High School. Head Coach Krystal Hamon posted this photo on Facebook, praising the Argonaut High School cheerleaders and assistant coach for “making her job easy.” Hamon went on to wish all of the cheerleaders and coaches a great 2014 season. Photo courtesy of Krystal Hamon. [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
11 hours ago
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Ten-month-old Wyatt Timm was victorious in the first heat of the 2014 Amador County Fair Diaper Derby. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
5 days ago
The Amador County Fair runs from July 24 through 27, at the County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth. Highlights include Grange and 4-H competitions, creative and fine arts competitions, exceptional animals, horse and ranch events, livestock events, an antique tractor parade and gas engine display and great live music, including The Spazmatics, It’s All Good and Hero’s Last Mission. That’s not including the carnival rides, local wines, fun foods and shows, including the Mistress of Mesmerism and Jumbo Shrimp Circus. Visit amadorcountyfair.com... [Read more]
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Walter Guerra
1 week ago
For 43 seasons, the San Francisco 49ers had one address — 602 Jamestown Avenue, San Francisco, California. But with “the Stick’s” run coming to an end, a decision was made to play one final game at the stadium that was home to five Super Bowl trophies and a place we all once loved.

The last game was called, “Legends at Candlestick,” and it featured retired professionals in a game of flag football. An estimated 30,000 fans came out to see one last play and one last touchdown in this revered, and often reviled, stadium. Joe...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Here's what happens when Argonaut Cheerleaders hit the pool. Thanks to Diane "Pinger" Wratten for the photos. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
On June 27, Mule Creek State Prison teamed up with the Ione Police Department and participated in The Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California.

More than 60 people participated in the run, walk or bike, which began and ended on prison grounds with a short stop in between at Clark’s Corner, in the city of Ione. Clark’s corner provided refreshments for the event and a generous monetary donation.

To continue in the fundraising activities for the event, the Mule Creek State Prison chapter...

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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
One of the many gifts we enjoy living in Amador County is our proximity to one of the outdoor wonders of the world — Lake Tahoe. People travel for days to visit this outdoor icon, but we can get to this largest alpine lake in North America in an hour-and-a-half. Consider these Tahoe facts: 1,645 feet deep (deepest lake in the US after Crater Lake); 22 miles long and 12 miles wide; 72 miles of shoreline; fed by 63 tributaries with only one outlet, the Truckee River. The Lake Tahoe Basin was created millions of years ago by seismic... [Read more]
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Tom Baldwin
2 weeks ago
Last Thursday morning, the Amador West Juniors All-Stars liked their chances of advancing to their third straight Section 6 tournament. They were in the District 15 finals, and their challenger, the Linden All-Stars, would need to beat them twice to move on.

Coach Tom Gold wanted to finish them quickly on Thursday, but Linden took a 2-0 lead and never gave it up, winning 4-1 and forcing a 9 a.m. game on the Fourth of July. Even hits by Sam Madrid and Eli Hammam, and a well-timed hit-by-pitch by Will Fraser late in the 6th inning...

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Tom Thompson
2 weeks ago
Thank you to all of the golfers and sponsors who participated and helped make the Interfaith Food Bank’s inaugural golf tournament, “Swing to End Hunger,” a success. We could not do it without you.

I’m sure you’ve heard California is in the middle of a drought, and I’m sorry to say so is the Interfaith Food Bank. Traditionally, June through October is the time of year when our funds start to evaporate and the flow of monetary donations is reduced to a slow trickle. During the holidays, the flow of funds is strong and consistent....

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
I don’t normally go fishing on weekends, but I made an exception on Saturday, June 28. My wife went to Sacramento to get her hair cut and do some shopping, so I figured, “What the heck?”

I got to Bear River Reservoir at about 9:45 a.m. and found a small spot on the near side of the second dam. I was by myself for just about 15 minutes and then the masses started to arrive. It reminded me why I don’t fish on weekends. It started with five and by the time they were all there about 20 had shown up. Kids being kids, they started...

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Walter Guerra
2 weeks ago
The 14 players of the Amador County Little League West All–Stars team, made up of the best players of the three teams in their league, are set to play in the sectional tournament tomorrow, Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Turlock.

To get to this tournament, they won their third district title with this same group of kids and coaches. The team is undefeated in three years of district play together. The players are Corey Eckhart, Jeremy Allgeyer, Drew Andrews, Coleman Neely, Dokota Roots, Jordan Lee, Kenny Flynn, Wyatt Elmore,...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
For the 15th consecutive year, the Michael Neville Memorial Foundation is hosting its annual, amazing, free event — The Michael Neville 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament & Community Day. Come one, come all! This year’s tournament will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 12, which happens to be Mike’s birthday, at Bryson Park, in Sutter Creek.

Enjoy a family-friendly day with fun in the sun, basketball, food, music, local vendors and an array of raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event go to the MNMF and its efforts to support education...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Cassie Havill and students practice for the upcoming Horse Show at the Amador County Fair
Every summer, the Plymouth Fairgrounds in Amador County come alive as the Amador County Fair, with all its vibrant competitions and dazzling entertainment, kicks up dust on the last weekend in July.

The Horse Show is one competition that has been an essential part of the Amador County Fair for many years, and for those showing, it is an event that is anticipated all year long.

Cassie Havill, owner of Cassie Havill Horse Training, at Laughton Ranch, in Jackson, says that her students practice for the fair bi-weekly throughout the...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
The Amador County Little League West Majors All-Stars won the District 15 championship last Friday, downing Foothill, 7-4.

The Juniors fell to Linden on Friday, 4-1, and again on Saturday, 10-7.

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Tom Baldwin
3 weeks ago
Fresh off their dominant TOC performance, the Amador West Juniors All-Star team rolled into the District 15 All-Star Tournament on Tuesday with confidence and a head of steam. They didn’t let the fact that their opponent was a tough Bret Harte All-Star team comprised of the best players from three Angels Camp and Murphys squads, while Amador West's team was made up of only one team.

Starting pitcher Noah Skelly got out of a difficult first inning unscathed, and in the bottom of the first, Mason Gold started things off with a...

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Jenny Price
06/26/2014 2:02 PM
More than 40 kids participated in a four-part exercise program at Amador Athletic’s Kids Fit Summer Program on June 24. Supervised by trainers and gym staff, the kids worked on strength training, archery, tummy tightening and testing their skills in a follow-the-leader obstacle course.

Set up in rotations of 25 minutes, each group worked on specific movements, strength exercises and challenges to promote agility, balance, cardio health and teamwork. Group one, led by trainer Michael Currie, included a series of movements that led...

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Mark Galligan
06/26/2014 2:06 PM
The Native Sons of the Golden West, Excelsior Parlor #31, in Jackson, held their annual Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Tabeaud on Saturday, June 14. The free event was open to kids 15 years and under, with lunch provided to all.

Winners in the five age groups received new fishing poles. The winners this year are: 4-and-under — Wyatt Hobbick; 5 to 7 — Lucas Reese; 8 to 10 — Alex Girton; 11 to 12 — Haley Hobbick; 13 to 15 — Hunter Hobbick.

The Native Sons of the Golden West are dedicated to preserving and promoting California...

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Jenny Price
06/26/2014 1:53 PM
Clark’s Corner, in Ione, held its first-ever Softball Tournament and Family Jubilee last Saturday, at Howard Park. Games began at 8 a.m. with four co-ed teams taking the field to play for the title — Crossfit Rugged Edge, Clark’s Corner, Jackson Rancheria and an unnamed team from Ione.

When the dust cleared, it was Crossfit Rugged Edge that pulled in at first place, after a head-to-head battle with Clark’s Corner in the final game.

Event Coordinator Chester Webb was pleased with the turnout and is already making plans already...

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Mike Sweeney
06/26/2014 1:47 PM
Writing about the Pacific Crest Trail last week finally inspired me to get off the couch and on the trail. Backpacking Man insisted that we not do anything rash, so I simply headed up to Ebbetts Pass, on Highway 4, in Calaveras County, with a vague idea to head north on the PCT and then hitchhike back to the car when I got to Blue Lakes. This plan would at least prevent the dreaded out-and-back hike, where you cover the same ground on your return trip that you covered on your way in. It would also force me to depend on the kindness... [Read more]
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