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Guest Commentator
3 days ago
Not short on action, both games against Calaveras were very physical matches. Above: Alyssa Holmes dishes a strike off of a Calaveras defender. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Dianne Bennett

Oh, give me a home where the Buffaloes roam, Where the JV and varsity play, Where seldom is seen a discouraging loss, And the skies are filled with rainbows all day.

With apologies to Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas, that little ditty might have been something like what the Amador High girls soccer coaches were singing last Thursday. That’s because both the JV and varsity Buffaloes kicked aside everything Calaveras could throw at them and emerged victorious in what were certainly the biggest games of the year for...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
3 days ago
Coffee Mate Friend or Foe?

One of my clients asked me about using coffee creamer – actually the non-dairy powdered Coffee Mate.

Coffee creamers seem to be the latest craze for jazzing up your morning coffee. The grocery store used to allocate about 2 feet of shelf space for coffee creamers, but today, they occupy about six feet in length, by several shelves high – wow. You can find many different coffee creamers in either liquid or powdered form, sugar free or reduced fat, or a large variety of flavors such as French vanilla, hazelnut, Café mocha,...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Argonaut takes on Amador Friday at Aime Field in a special event held in conjunction with KVGC Radio and Little League East. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Today, April 17, Mother Lode League softball returns to Aime Field in Jackson as the Argonaut Mustangs will host the Amador Buffaloes in a special event being held in conjunction with KVGC Radio and Little League East. Aime Field was previously the home field for the Argonaut Softball program until 2001. The JV game will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the city park with the varsity game’s first pitch being throw at 7:15 p.m., concluding under the lights. In a previous match-up played at Amador High School on March 31, the Mustangs defeated... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley
1 week ago
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The sweet delicious taste of strawberries, whether it is a fresh juicy strawberry just picked from the garden or picked and dipped in organic dark chocolate, can make your taste buds say, “Wow!” That is exactly what Mother Nature had in mind — to entice us to indulge in strawberries to receive the many health benefits they provide.

Strawberries, along with cherries and raspberries, contain plant compounds called ellagic acid that may protect body cells against cancer and reduce the rate of cell mutation. Strawberries contain...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Fiddletown author Sandra Hanson gets rave reviews and endorsements on her book on weight loss. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Kathleen Toon Boone, local resident and business owner of Kaffeine’s Coffee Shop in Sutter Creek can confidently wear this summer’s fashions after losing more than 20 pounds.

“I am pretty excited I have reached my goal!” said Boone. “After struggling with my weight my entire life I have found something that is relatively easy and healthy as well. I owe it all to ‘Ketones Aren’t From Motown: A Weight Loss Success Story.’” This eBook by Fiddletown author, Sandra Hanson, was featured in a January issue of the Amador Ledger Dispatch...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

New And Improved Off The Beaten Path Set For April 25

Now in its fourth year, the Off the Beaten Path Walk/Run for Autism Awareness will have a new look and several new features when it is staged on Saturday, April 25 in Murphys Community Park.

The event, organized by the Mind Matters clinic, will now feature a 1K run, open to boys and girls aged seven and younger. There will be two other races, 5K and 10K, open to men and women of all ages. The scenic course will begin at the park and continue on Six Mile Road past...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Off the blocks at the Argonaut versus Amador swim meet last Friday. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Last Friday Argonaut and Amador squared off in the pool-with close team score results. Argonuat girls won 81-72 and Argonaut boys won 55-22. While Amador won more individual races, the depth of the Argonaut girls brought in the point difference.

Highlights:

Best times for Mckenna Seyboldt (Am) and Madi Hallum (Arg) in 100 breaststroke.

2nd time for swimming the 500 free- Chloe Resha (Arg) dropped almost two minutes.

Jacob Dunham getting a personal best time in 200 free.

Wednesday Meet versus Linden:

Varsity Girls:...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
Ben Nuckolls caught this pic of a mountain lion in the Tiger Creek area in early March. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Question: I live in Kern County and last December caught a mountain lion on our security camera. Then, last night about 6:45 p.m. I saw it walking on the road in front of my home with a cat in its mouth. This is a new experience for me and my research indicates that there is no reason for concern, except to notify neighbors with pets. Can you please give me some guidance on whether I should do anything with this information?

(Steve D.)

Answer: These security cameras that people and businesses are installing as well as trail...

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Dan The Stat Man
1 week ago

Damaged Darts beat Bulls Up 10-5

British Invasion beat The Pointers 11-4

Dart Attack beat TOP DOG 9-6

Who Darted? beat That Team 14-1

Individual Highlights from Week # 26:

Carol Balowski - 2T1

Chris Deveney - 2T0

Deb Deveney - 3 Outs

John Dalman - DBL Bull On, and 4 Outs

Kevin Roberts - T

Duane Thurston - 3 Outs

Gerry Purse - 0T5

Dave Purse - T, and 3 Outs

Dan James - 4 Outs

Sal Hurtado - 0T5

Melanie Martin - T On

Josh Cranwell - T, 2T1...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
The snowpack is melting early - well, where there is snowpack. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

West-wide snowpack is melting earlier than usual, according to data from the fourth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“Almost all of the West Coast continues to have record low snowpack,” NRCS Hydrologist David Garen said. “March was warm and dry in most of the West; as a result, snow is melting earlier than usual.”

Historically, April 1 is the peak snowpack. This year, the peak came earlier. There was little snow accumulation in March, and much of the...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The Amador High girls soccer teams enjoyed their second and final bye of the season Tuesday, which turned out to be a perfect day off to tune up for the REAL Big Games that were played Thursday at Amador. Both the junior varsity and varsity clashes Thursday could very well have decided if both Amador teams go on to win the Mother Lode League crown for the fourth time in a row, or if the Buffaloes were stymied in their quest to be cuatro campeones — or something.

(We agree, it feels weird to talk about games that were scheduled for...

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Jim Baldwin
1 week ago
Alyssa Rogers powers a backhand against Calaveras on Tuesday. Scores had not been submitted as of press time. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Amador’s run of 16 consecutive MLL victories came to climatic end last Wednesday as the Herd dropped a dramatic 4-5 decision to Sonora. But despite the loss the Buffalo players can hold their heads high, as they displayed incredible character and sportsmanship which we coaches are far more proud of then any winning streak.

It all came down to a 3rd set tiebreak in the final match as the Wildcats squeaked out a 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 in mixed doubles over Alyssa Rogers and Andrew Greeley.

Continuing their winning ways were Lauren Lee...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago

One might wonder if anyone is thinking about football this time of year. Well, you wouldn’t have to think too hard or search very far to get your answer. Amador Buffaloes Head Football Coach Bill Baker has been busy during the off-season, his players are training hard and football is definitely on all of their minds.

But before jumping into a new and exciting season of play, two players from the Amador Buffaloes have a special game in which they will play. A game rich in tradition, that honors not only their individual talent and...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Del Paso Country Club will be the home of the 2015 Senior Open Championship - tickets for the public now available. Photo Courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Advance single day tickets for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), are now on sale. The 36th U.S. Senior Open will be held on June 22-28 at Del Paso Country Club.

Practice rounds for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open are Monday, June 22-Wednesday, June 24. Championship rounds are Thursday, June 25-Sunday, June 28.

Due to a steady increase in demand for tickets, the USGA has released a limited number of single day tickets. This single day grounds ticket is good for any one day...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The Argonaut Mustang varsity baseball team lost a second consecutive one run game last Wednesday, this time to the visiting Summerville Bears in nine innings by a score of 5-4.

All started well for the Mustangs, as they held Summerville scoreless in the first inning. Summerville scored twice in the second inning but the Mustangs had an answer by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the second.

Both teams were shut out in the third inning, but in the fourth Summerville would score two more runs and led 4-2 heading...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Calaveras wasn’t clicking in any phase of the game on Thursday night, April 9 as they fell to Sonora 8-1. It was the same ole story for Calaveras: sloppy pitching and sloppy defense put Calaveras in trouble in all but two innings. Calaveras pitching walked 5 and hit 3 batters while yielding 8 hits. At the plate, Jason Stokkeland had a pair of hits including a double to lead the Calaveras offense.

In JV action, Calaveras squandered away an early lead to drop a 7-2 decision. Logan Arledge led Calaveras with a pair of hits....

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

CDFW Announces 2015 California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will sponsor a youth art contest to promote awareness of plant and animal invaders that threaten our state’s native species, as part of the 2015 California Invasive Species Action Week, June 6-14. Now in its second year, the CISAW aims to promote public participation in the fight against invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

CDFW partners with federal agencies, state departments,...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Kids Ducling Dash down Main Street in Sutter Creek will start at 8 a.m. just before the 5k begins. Children 10 and under only and it's totally free!

Join us on April 25 for the 2nd annual 5K Duck Dash! A fun family friendly run/walk that will start and end at Minne Provis Park right before the 28th annual Great Sutter Creek Duck Race and the course will take you on mini tour of beautiful and historic Sutter Creek. Proceeds benefit the Amador High Cross Country Team.

April 25, 2015

Race Starts at 8 a.m. at Minnie Provis Park Church Street, Sutter Creek, CA

If you have already registered online, you will receive a race t-shirt, guaranteed. Race shirts for late registrati...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Diverse and dedicated, the Amador and Argonaut Swim Teams are finding success. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

While we may not have the larger numbers in overall team size, we have the most outstanding swimmers compared to the other teams in our conference. Records reflect the lack of depth or numbers, and not the lack of quality.

Our two teams are quite different. Argonaut is a young team, having only one senior, Caleb Howe. The young team has great promise and their hard work and dedication is making waves.

Amador fields only six women and three men, four of which are seniors. Each are very strong and have placed first or second in...

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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
Runners start their race at the 9th Annual 49er Bypass Run. ALD photo by Mike Sweeney
When Tracey Towner left to take a job in the Lake Tahoe area in 2013, many of us wondered if that would be the end of the Amador County Recreation Agency. Tracey was the one woman driving force that got ACRA off the ground in 2003, and she kept it a vital and vibrant part of the Amador community for many years. It was hard to imagine how her passion and arm twisting skills could be replicated in a way that would allow ACRA to continue to be successful. Well, it turns out that under the leadership of current Administrator Carolyn... [Read more]
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