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Illegal tree cutting is jeopardizing the future of the ENF Christmas Tree Permit program. Did you know that there are private lands located within the Eldorado National Forest boundary? These areas are indicated in white on the ENF Christmas Tree Permit Cutting Area maps. Our neighbors are r…

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SACRAMENTO — Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 infections, the California Department of Public Health has postponed the issuance of its updated youth sports guidance. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not expect the CDPH will issue any guidance allowing for schools to…

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The Amador Resource Conservation District, a Special District governed by Title IV of the California Code, has announced a vacancy on the Board of Directors of the district. This position will fill a current vacancy which has a term that begins in November of 2020. The ARCD board shall recom…

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The Climate Prediction Center 6 to 10 day forecast projects a continued tendency for dry weather with above normal temperatures and dry conditions through December 8th as the current storm track is expected to shift north. 

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The Buena Vista Community Fund and the Ledger Dispatch have partnered to give away $13,500.00 in cash prizes to your customers in our Amador Stimulus Golden Ticket Giveaway! Become a listed sponsor (participating business) – it’s as simple as signing your customers game cards that print each…

Amador County Treasurer-Tax Collector Michael E. Ryan is reminding property owners that they have until Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5 p.m., to make the first installment payment of their annual secured property taxes for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2020, fire units were dispatched a vegetation fire in the 19000 block of American Flat Road in Fiddletown. The "American Fire" is currently holding at 5 acres of grass and brush. Firefighters are working hose lays around the fire. Cal Fire, …

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Nearly two years ago, Darryl Musick moved to Ione from Los Angeles, where he worked for 30 years as an IT Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice. Musick spent an hour or two every day walking around downtown L.A.

Calaveras County Public Health COVID-19 Update: 28 New Cases and 1 New Death Since Friday, November 20th, Calaveras Moves into Tier 2 (red-substantial risk level) of the State’s 4-Tier System — November 24, 2020

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On November 20, 2020, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reported to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services a Hazardous Materials Spill Report for Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). Approximately 1,007,681 gallons of sewage, industrial waste and stormwater w…

The search for missing Amador County woman Savana Lee (Burger) Munoz continues with a $5,000 reward now being offered for information leading to her recovery. Savana, 27, was last seen on October 22 in Pine Grove and her cell phone was last traced to West Point. Anyone with information on he…

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EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — As the potential for wildland fire subsides with cooler, wetter weather, the Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office today is easing seasonal fire restrictions on approximately 230,000-acres of public lands in central California. Recreational target shoot…

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Locally gusty winds are possible late tomorrow through Tuesday morning in the mountains, foothills and Sacramento Valley. Gusts up to 20-25 mph are forecast, with higher gusts in wind prone canyons and ridge tops. 

Restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on businesses across the state and locally-owned cafés and restaurants in Amador and Calaveras counties are no exception. With many people cooking at home more frequently, and many more dealing with strained budgets; combin…

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San Andreas – Effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) will be lifted, which will affect State Responsibility Areas within Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. CAL FIR…

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Students in the Amador County Unified School District were back on campus this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools across the country nearly nine months ago.

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On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at about 9:26 p.m., an unknown male, see attached photos, removed and stole a catalytic converter from a blue Ford pickup truck in the parking lot of the Buena Vista Saloon in Ione. The suspect subsequently left the scene in an early model, white Dodge Ram with…

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By order of the Fire Chief of Jackson Fire Department, burn restrictions have not been lifted within the City of Jackson. Restrictions will remain in place until further notice and will only be lifted upon favorable weather conditions that will reduce the possibility of fire spread.

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A winter storm will bring periods of moderate to heavy rainfall to the Valley and foothills with mountain snow Tuesday, November 17th – Wednesday, November 18th. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued. Today is the last day to prepare - clean gutters/storm drains, winterize your vehicle and …

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Effective at 12 p.m. on November 16, 2020, the burn permit suspension in the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) service areas will be lifted. CAL FIRE AEU Unit Chief Scott Lindgren is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn…

CAL FIRE and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced in October the depopulation of eight of the state’s 43 conservation camps and the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp was not one of them.