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Jerry Budrick
Yesterday
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
Yesterday
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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Via Press Release
Yesterday
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
1 week 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
1 week 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
1 week 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
1 week 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
1 week 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
1 week 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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Ginger Rolf
2 weeks ago
Kyle Metcalfe poses with some of his extended family: from left, Dave Scott, Zeb Watts, Amelio Petretti, Joe Curran, Pat Curran. Photo courtesy of Ginger Rolf
Eighty-seven friends of Kyle Metcalfe joined together at Mace Meadow Golf Club, in Pioneer, last Saturday, for a day of fun and fundraising on the golf course. Some twists to the game included the poker draw, with a prize going to the best poker hand. A new twist, added this year, was the hula hoop hole, where everyone had a chance to hit their drive into one of three hula hoops — nobody got that one.

Dinner followed on the patio at Mace Meadow, with Nick Gardella, of Mother Lode Deli and Catering, donating his talents for the...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Is this a fish story? Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz
On Wednesday, August 6, we headed for Hendy Woods State Park, up by Mendocino. I always try to get a little fishing into our monthly camping trips, and this one was no exception. Hendy Woods is one of the “Big Redwood Tree” parks, but the Navarro River runs through it. “A River Runs Through It” — ooh! bad joke. Trust me, it was nothing like the movie.

The DFW has closed the river inside the park, but you can fish it below the Greenwood-Philo Bridge, just outside the park. The river is also one of those artificial, barbless-fishi...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
A couple from Pine Grove just returned from the Hobie 20 North American Championship Races, in the Columbia River’s Cascade Locks, in Oregon. Tiffany and Mark Lewis, owners of Lewis Plumbing, headquartered in Pine Grove, brought back the first-place trophy, but it wasn’t their first time on the podium. They were actually defending the Hobie 20 title they had won in Sausalito in 2012. (They also won the Hobie 18 title, in Nevada, in 2012.)

“We took off sailing for the 2013 season,” said Tiffany, “to settle into our new home in Pine...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking trout anglers to be mindful about fishing in the state’s waters and the effects their catch can have on the populations. As the summer progresses, the effects of the current drought on California’s wildlife continue to mount. Aquatic wildlife are especially vulnerable as streamflows decrease and instream water temperatures increase, exposing cold water species such as trout to exceptionally hostile habitat conditions.

Because of the lower water levels and accompanying higher...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Peas, arguably one of nature’s yummiest side dishes, is a mighty little fruit. Whether served hot or crispy and fresh off the vine, peas are high in fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and lutein. The dry weight of a pea is about one-quarter protein and one-quarter sugar..

Now there is nutritional drink that is made from pea protein. Botan is advertised as world’s first 100-percent soluble vegetable protein beverage, is a gluten-free, non-GMO Project Verified and v...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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Amador Ledger Dispatch’s “Best Band” of Amador 2013 & 2014 “Over the Edge” will be playing at AT&T Park in San Francisco August 29th.

The Giants baseball club is hosting its second Wine Fest, booking Over the Edge to perform for the event that boasts offerings from 12 Lodi vintners and wineries, along with appetizers. The event will be held in Triples Alley, along the right field wall and, according to Gottstein, “they are expecting 12 to 15 hundred people,” which will be the largest audience for Over the Edge yet.

Music,...

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