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07/28/2016 12:02 PM
Evelyn Marie Hernandez was born April 30, 2016.

Evelyn Marie Hernandez was born April 30, 2016, at 6:50 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Karly and Tony Hernandez of Pine Grove. She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Grandparents are Phil and Mary Longacre, and Staci Hernandez. Great-grandparents are Jesse Longacre, Kent Badger and Mary Ellen Turk.

Wayne Oliver Carrell was born June 7, 2016, at 6:57 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Darrion and Sammy Carrell in Ione. He weighed 3 pounds 8 ounces and measured 16 inches in length. Grandparents are...

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Bill Lavallie
07/14/2016 1:11 PM
The Pacheco Fire, near Valley Springs, in Calaveras County, burned 341 acres. As of the latest reports, no structures had been damaged. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The Pacheco Fire, near Valley Springs, in Calaveras County, burned 341 acres. As of the latest reports, no structures had been damaged. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
06/30/2016 1:13 PM

One valuable lesson learned early in journalism is that there is always more than one side to every story. The story of the Amador Water Agency’s plan to put a small diameter pipeline into the 140-year-old, 23-mile-long Amador Canal has at least 111 sides to it.

Depending upon which numbers are used, there are approximately 92 to 102 property owners and/or raw water customers along the canal. Each has a unique situation. There are five directors, one from each district in the county. Each has a position to take, based on his own...

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06/30/2016 1:27 PM
A section of the road at Argonaut Drive and Sutter Street will be closed from July 11 to 30, 2016, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency performs geotechnical investigation work on the Eastwood Multiple Arch Dam. EPA contractors will bore holes and dig trenches to collect soil and bedrock samples in front of the dam. The purpose of this project is to gather more information about the stability of the dam and to assess the strength of the soil and rock at the dam. To ensure the safety of the area, EPA will closely watch for... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
06/23/2016 11:47 AM

While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado and Alpine Counties. This suspension takes effect June 27, 2016 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves.

“Conditions throughout our region have become such that it is no longer safe for the...

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John Tuttle
06/23/2016 11:38 AM

The California Department of Transportation and the City of Jackson continue to work on the project to realign the two intersections where State Route 49/88 meets Sutter Street, while also installing traffic signals at the new intersection.

Official hopes are that this safety project will be completed this summer. Crews are working primarily Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and drivers should expect five-minute delays. No work is scheduled to be performed on weekends or holidays.

When complete, the project is...

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Jack Mitchell
06/23/2016 11:30 AM
Helicopters and numerous emergency personnel converged on the Camanche Fire, on Coal Mine Road, near Lake Camanche. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

On Friday, June 17, at 2:45 p.m., reports of a grass fire in the area of North Camanche Parkway and Coal Mine Road were estimating the size of a new fire as being 1/4 acre, but a very short time later it had grown to 40 acres and was moving east.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office launched a Code Red, notifying residents in the area of the danger, then began evacuating the area of North Comanche Parkway between Coal Mine and Buena Vista roads, including the area of Hidden Mesa. They closed the roadways in the area and routed...

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Craig Baracco
06/09/2016 12:05 PM

After a devastating fire season last year and with a new fire season fast approaching, the Sutter Creek Fire Department held a training exercise and control burn along Highway 49, next to the Italian Picnic Grounds, on Wednesday night.

Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Craig Baracco

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05/12/2016 9:22 AM
Hunter Richard Webb

Lacey Renae Skilling was born April 10, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Angelina and Joshua Skilling of Columbia. She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Baby Lacey was welcomed by her sister, Lailah. Grandparents are Chris and Theresa Lampkin. Great-grandmother is Rachel Salazar.

Hunter Richard Webb was born April 12, 2016 at 6:42 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Cassie and Tommy Webb on Ione. He weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and measured 20.5 inches in length. Grandparents are Rich and...

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William Peterson
04/14/2016 2:36 PM
A defined benefit pension plan, where a company promises to pay a retiree a set amount each month during retirement, has been a staple in many people’s retirement plan for a long time. However, things have changed a lot lately for pension plans. Do you now, or have you ever participated in a defined benefit pension plan? Are you retired and receiving a monthly pension check? If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who can answer yes to either question, be on the lookout for a notification announcing important changes to... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/31/2016 12:01 PM
With spring now taking hold in California, CAL FIRE is staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought-parched California, but CAL FIRE firefighters are not letting their guard down, instead they are training for another potential busy fire season and working hard to prevent wildfires. Across the State, CAL FIRE has already hired a surge of over 400 additional seasonal firefighters, whose focus includes fire prevention,... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
03/31/2016 11:57 AM

Last Thursday, around 3:30 p.m., a dead man was found inside a vehicle near Rail Road Flat Elementary School. Calaveras Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to a trailer that was partially blocking Rail Road Flat Road near Rail Road Flat Elementary School. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the dead man inside the vehicle.

Sergeant Anthony Eberhardt said that there was nothing suspicious about the death and that there was no foul play involved.

Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio said the cause of death has not been...

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Via Press Release
03/31/2016 12:20 PM

Amador County Public Health is conducting an investigation of an unvaccinated visitor who tested positive for measles. This individual is not a resident of Amador County, but dined at a local restaurant while traveling through the area. There are currently no cases in Amador County. As part of this ongoing investigation, Amador County Public Health is asking anyone who was inside Strings Italian Café in Jackson on the evening of Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to call the Health Department, at (209) 223-6407.

Measles is a highly...

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03/17/2016 12:43 PM
California and other parts of the West have experienced significant drought conditions since 2010. During that time, tree mortality has exponentially exploded — attributed to the drought, poor land management and biological conditions ideal for the spread of bark beetles. The forests of the Sierra have been heavily impacted. Resources are spread thin as a result of the extraordinary amount of dying trees in such a short time period. The drought and overstocked conditions (too many trees and brush) increase the trees’ susceptibility... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/17/2016 12:36 PM
The green hills of Spring show that nature is participating in Calaveras County’s recovery from the Butte Wildfire. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Calaveras County residents who lost their uninsured or underinsured homes in the Butte Fire last September are encouraged to contact Calaveras Recovers to see how the all-volunteer group may be able to assist them in rebuilding their homes.

“We have trained Personal Advocates standing by, ready to assess people’s unmet immediate needs and long-term housing needs,” said Allen Sender, Board Chair of Calaveras Recovers. “Our main goal is to help get people back into homes whose insurance or government aid programs were not enough.”...

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Via Press Release
03/10/2016 12:30 PM

The National Weather Service forecast a series of strong storms moving through the area, continuing off and on through early next week. The main impacts from these storms were predicted to be heavy rain and snow (and some wind).

Possible impacts may include local power outages due to downed limbs and trees. Flooding is likely in poorly drained areas, including streets and highways during intense rainfall. Smaller, unregulated streams will see rapid rises and local flooding may occur. Rainfall totals should be higher than the last...

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03/03/2016 12:38 PM

The Amador County Tax Collector will hold a public auction sale of tax-defaulted property on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10 a.m., in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, located in the Amador County Administration Center, 810 Court Street, in Jackson.

Parcels become subject to sale by the Tax Collector at the end of five years from the date of tax default. The available parcels will be offered for sale on an oral bid basis for at least the established minimum bid. The parcels will be sold to the highest bidder.

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John Tuttle
03/03/2016 10:36 AM

Calaveras County Association of Realtor Charities was founded in January of 2006 to help first- time home buyers with closing costs. Then along came the Butte Fire on September 9, 2015. So many people were displaced that the CCAR’s Board of Directors voted to change their direction and help those with the most urgent housing needs. And help they did. They provided everything from trailers and cars to cash for immediate needs.

During the first quarter of 2015, $151,000 in cash donations were received to help fire survivors. Those...

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Renee Davis
03/03/2016 10:31 AM
Grand Prize winner Nadine Womack displays her Rolex watch. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
This past Valentine’s Day, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras announced the seven lucky winners of the 7th annual “Take a Chance on Love” Valentine’s Day Raffle, which were drawn & announced live on KVGC 1340 AM Radio. Dan Riordan, Executive Director said, “This year our great community again showed us the love by raising over $26k by purchasing 5,085 raffle tickets, with all proceeds benefitting Hospice of Amador & Calaveras. Thank you to our generous donors, contributors, raffle sponsors, volunteers, employees and everyone who purchased... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
03/03/2016 8:44 AM
The Buena Vista biomass plant on Coal Mine Road, defunct since last month. Photo by Eric Winslow
Ione, CA - The Buena Vista biomass plant in Ione officially shut down on February 5. Buena Vista President, Mike Muston said that the reason for the closure was that, "We were unable to get an off-take agreement or a power purchase agreement at this time." In 2009, the plant on Coal Mine Road had been converted from a former lignite coal to a biomass plant for the conversion of clean, urban wood taken from landfills, agricultural byproducts and especially forest sourced material coming from forest thinning projects. Since 2012, Buena... [Read more]
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