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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:36

Amador Roadways Busy For CHP This Weekend

CHP's Busy weekendCHP’s busy weekend began Saturday morning at approximately 11:40am when an accident occurred on Ridge Rd at New York Ranch Road intersection. According to Officer LeMaster’s report, Deborah Ginnelly, 45 and of Pine Grove was westbound on Ridge Road and was stopped within the intersection to make a left turn onto New York Ranch Road. She had been stopped for a few seconds when 23 year old Richard Honey of Jackson approached at 45 miles per hour and observed that Ginnelly was stopped, however, he assumed that by the time he reached the intersection Ginnelly would have turned.
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:44

Proposition 85

Prop 85If Proposition 85 on the November ballot sounds familiar- it is. One year after the relatively narrow defeat of an initiative seeking to limit abortions by young girls, a nearly identical measure on this year's ballot is expected to produce another close vote. Proposition 85 is a proposed constitutional amendment requiring doctors to inform parents or guardians before performing abortions on girls younger than 18, unless minors obtain permission from juvenile court judges. It is the new incarnation of Proposition 73, which voters defeated in November by 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent. A Field Poll released in early August suggested that Proposition85 might be in for another tight race: 45 percent of likely voters said they opposed it, while 44 percent voiced their support. "It looks like we're starting where we left off last year," said Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll director.
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:42

Be On the Lookout

More informationYesterday a Be On the Lookout was issued for an Amador County Alzheimer’s patient and Jackson resident Edward Abb. Apparently Abb is believed to be driving a 1992 silver Ford Taurus with a personalized plate with the letters OABB and possibly in route to the Jackson Rancheria Casino. Abb has been described as having brown hair and blue eyes and wearing a blue short sleeved shirt and tan pants. Edward Abb was last seen at 20 Rollingwood Drive between 10-11am Monday morning. If you have any information please contact the Amador County Sheriff’s office at 223-6500.
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:38

State and National News

North KoreaAmbassador John Bolton has reportedly told U.N. allies the U.S. would view a North Korean attack on South Korea or Japan the same as it would a direct assault on the United States. The communist country said it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon underground. Bolton has also asked for sanctions to curb North Korea's import and export of materials that could be used to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction. U.N. ambassadors said Security Council members have condemned the test-firing and will demand that North Korea return to six-party talks on its weapons program immediately.
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:35

Accidents Clog Access To County Yesterday

3 Car Accident closes access to Amador CountyThe three car accident that occurred yesterday morning On Hwy 16 near Rancho Murrieta appears to have been caused by an alleged drunk driver. A Jeep Cherokee, A small school bus and big rig were involved in the wreck, which was reported at about 6:30 a.m. on the Jackson Highway near Murieta Drive in eastern Sacramento County. The road remained closed as of noon Monday as CHP officials conducted their investigation. Wreckage was littered along about 300 yards of the road.
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:34

Robbery Suspect Back In State Prison

ResendezFBI agents conducted a search in Oakdale last week, looking for any evidence linking Joe Luis Resendez Jr., 38, to six bank robberies over the last year, including three in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Resendez was arrested Sept. 28 after Calaveras County Sheriff's deputies chased him into the Jackson area following a robbery at the Umpqua Bank in Valley Springs. According to the Union Democrat FBI spokeswoman Karen Ernst would not say what agents were looking for or whether any new evidence was found when Resendez's house was searched Wednesday.
East Bay Municipal Utility DistrictThe East Bay Municipal Utilities District, or East Bay MUD, has announced they are placing new restrictions on their Pardee grazing leases as an interim measure to address new federal water quality reporting requirements related to cryptosporidium, a disease-causing organism that many animals can carry. EBMUD announced the new rules regarding "crypto" concerns while the water utility company collects more data on the impacts grazing has on the water quality in and around the Pardee Reservoir. Cryptosporidium is a parasite commonly found in lakes and rivers, especially when the water is contaminated with sewage and animal wastes.
Mystery SignThe Pine Grove Council finally revealed the plans that have been covered by the mystery sign last night. The Council announced is will undertake the task of raising funds to support the mystery project now revealed to be a proposed Upcountry Fire Station and Community Safety Services Center. The project, unveiled in front of Supervisor Louis Boitano and Supervisor Elect Ted Novelli, Pine Grove Council members and representatives from Amador Fire Protection District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, will be constructed on the land located on the corner of Mt. Zion Road and Hwy. 88 that is owned by the Amador Fire Protection District.
Monday, 09 October 2006 00:30

North Korea underground Nuclear Testing

North KoreaNorth Korea said on Monday it had safely and successfully carried out an underground nuclear test in a gesture of defiance as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in South Korea. "The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology 100 percent," North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said. "It marks a historic event as it greatly encouraged and pleased the KPA (Korean People's Army) and people that have wished to have powerful self-reliant defense capability." The report said there was no leak or danger from the test.
Monday, 09 October 2006 00:29

E.coli bacteria in Lettuce (recall)

Lettuce RecallA Salinas Valley lettuce processor is now recalling its lettuce products over concerns that they may have been contaminated with E.coli bacteria. The Nunes Company in Salinas states the green leaf lettuce does not appear to have caused any illnesses but the company has decided to make a voluntary callback of lettuce sold under the Foxy brand name as a precaution. Foxy is one of the nation's largest suppliers of lettuce, celery, broccoli, vegetable platters and stir-fry mixes. The recall is for lettuce purchased in grocery stores October 3 - 6 in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Nunes officials did not indicate what sparked the recall. The decision comes on the heels of a nationwide recall of fresh bagged spinach following an E.coli outbreak in September. The bacteria are blamed for sickening nearly 200 people and causing three deaths. The Food and Drug Administration gave consumers the okay to start eating fresh spinach a week ago Friday, with the exception of spinach grown and packaged in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties. State and federal health inspectors have yet to pinpoint the source of the contamination. The FBI served search warrants on California processors but the results of what they found, if anything, have not been made public.