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Meris Schauer, an 8-year-old second grader from Pioneer Elementary, sat down and started her first day of distance learning from the safety of her home. One of her first assignments – a Scholastic News Science Focus on Engineering – was to make an invention, explain how it works and design a…

The Amador County Public Health Department announced earlier this week that it has confirmed a third case of COVID-19 in Amador County as the county moves through its third week of both a local and statewide “Stay-at-Home” order to help contain the spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The Ione Band of Miwok Indians on Monday announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), has acquired more than 220 acres of land into federal trust for the Tribe in Amador County. The land acquisition marks a major step in a decades-long legal battle betw…

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On Friday, April 3, 2020, Calaveras Public Health confirmed a new case of novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county is now four. Two of the four cases have since recovered. This additional positive case is an adult female from Valley Springs. T…

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Jim Guidi, owner of KVGC 96.5 FM & 1340 AM, and Jack Mitchell, Publisher of the Ledger Dispatch, speak with Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador Public Health Officer on Friday, April 3, 2020 to get answers to some rumors and to update Amador County on what they need to do, how they can help, and what to e…

Following the guidance of California Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Amy Slavensky officially announced on Thursday morning, April 2, that ACUSD does not plan to reopen school campuse…

The Amador County Tax Collector’s Office understands and shares the public’s anxiety and concern about the impact of the 2020 COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. However, this office cannot legally change the April 10 payment deadline for the second installment of the 2019-2020 secured property…

Meeting by telephone conference on Thursday night, March 26, the Plymouth City Council joined other local governments in formally declaring a local emergency over the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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SUPPORT LOCAL — A list of goods and services available to the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Goods and services are listed for both Amador & Calaveras Counties. The list is updated daily with new listings and categories. It can be found pinned to the top of our Facebook page and…

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Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms that contact investigations are underway related to two positive cases of COVID-19. These individuals are employed in Amador but do not reside within the county. During contact investigations all persons who were in clos…

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Small Businesses Now Have Until July 31, 2020 to File First Quarter ReturnsSacramento – In accordance with the Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom last night to expand tax relief for small business taxpayers, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced tod…

On Monday, March 16, 2020, Amador County Chief Probation Officer Mark Bonini swore in new Deputy Probation Officer Kevin Gommeringer. Officer Gommeringer comes to the Amador County Probation Department having previously worked for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division. Offi…

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cut its COVID-19 testing backlog by more than two-thirds, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday, but has still managed to test less than one half of 1% of the state's nearly 40 million residents.

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NEW YORK (AP) — To a casting director, he might have seemed the perfect impatient New Yorker — broad, bald and with a booming voice, tattoos on his neck and hands visible under his construction jacket. Justin Hunter stood in line outside the Park Slope Food Coop, one of several dozen shopper…

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A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus — vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the most powerful people in Washington haven't spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers won't return on April 13 as they had planned, extending indefinitely the Legislature's first unscheduled break in 158 years and leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom in charge of spending billions of dollars to combat the COVID-19 outbreak with little direc…

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying they don't know when they'll be able to re-open many of their businesses with the coronavirus spreading, Walt Disney Co. officials announced they will start furloughing some workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California.

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Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is ramping up testing for coronavirus even as a backlog of 59,000 pending tests is growing, delaying some people from getting results for up to 12 days and leaving an incomplete picture of how widespread the outbreak is in the state.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 1…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, as the president is aggressively defending his response to the public health crisis.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's governor on Thursday said small businesses can keep up to $50,000 in sales tax receipts for the next year as the COVID-19 outbreak has forced people to stay home and many shops to close.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As coronavirus cases soared, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear a face covering when they go outside to prevent the spread of the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six …