Wednesday, 04 November 2015 17:13

Traffic Advisory HWY 88





Alpine County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on State Route 88 from the Amador/Alpine County line to Red Lake Road for striping.


Crews are scheduled to work beginning Monday, November 2, 2015, through Friday, November 6, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Motorists should expect 15 minute delays and seek alternate routes.


This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/ or materials and construction related issues.


For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 18:49

Amador County Sheriff Halloween Safety Tips



·         Choose bright or light colored costumes that properly fit your child and add reflective tape or stickers to the front and back of costumes to make the child more visible in the dark.


·         Give kids flashlights or glow sticks to enhance their visibility and allow them to see.


·         Try to avoid masks, wigs and beards that can limit your child’s ability to see.


·         Make sure kids shoes and clothing fit to avoid trips and falls. 


·         Ensure props are short and flexible.


·         Cross the street using marked cross walks, and traffic lights.  Looking left, right and left again.


·         Walk on sidewalks and paths if available.  If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.


·         Teach children not to dart out in to the street, or cross the road between parked cars.


·         Look for drivers that are turning around or backing up.

·         Accompany young children (under age 12) while out trick or treating.

·         If your child is going out without supervision be sure to have a set route, location and curfew.  Confirm they are in a large group and staying in familiar areas.


·         Children’s clothing should be labeled with their name, address and phone number in case they get lost.


·         Ensure kids know how to dial 911 and they know their name, address  and phone number.


·         Never go into a stranger’s home or car.


·         Only go to houses with porch lights on.


·         Stay away from candles and open flames. 


·         Once you get home be sure to check all treats to make sure they are sealed. 


·         Throw out any candy that is not sealed, is in a torn package, and has any holes in the packaging


·         Be cautious of any handmade items not made by someone you know and throw them away. 



Drivers be aware on Halloween


·         Slow down and stay alert.


·         Children are excited and my dart into the road.


·         Take extra time to look for children on the roadways, curbs and intersections.


·         Drive slowly, plan ahead and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.


·         Turn headlights on earlier in the day to be more visible and to spot pedestrians at a greater distance.


·         Don’t pass stopped drivers.  Always use your turn signals to allow other drivers and pedestrians know that you are turning to avoid any accidents.

Amador County Fire Departments, with support from the Jackson Lions Club are hosting a Halloween Pancake Breakfast to support Calaveras County residents impacted by the Butte incident.

The Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday 10/31 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek.

All are welcome.

Kudos to Sutter Creek Fire Department Fire Chief Dominic Moreno for spearheading this effort.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 17:10

Amador STARS Seeks to Raise $10,000

The Amador STARS are asking everyone to help us raise $10,000! We have an anonymous donor who said the following:

"In the interest of helping the Amador STARS recover from the loss of the cancellation of the Camp Out for Cancer due to the Butte Fire, I would like to match any donations up to $5,000 for all donations received at the Super Heroes Return for the Day of Giving. I will match any donations made by cash, check or credit cards made online between now and Nov. 4th.  I appreciate what these volunteers are doing for the cancer patients in our community. Amador STARS is a volunteer driven organization with all funds remaining local to help our community. I hope that I can give my gift and match the donations!"

Ginger Rolf, Volunteer Director Amador STARS

November is Native American Heritage month. Though there are several events scheduled around the state, I am pleased to inform you that Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (Amador County's only state park) will have Fred Velasquez present on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 1:00-3:00. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Marilyn Alarcon

(209) 295-7134

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:44

Veterans Drivers License and ID now Available

If you are a veteran, then you can proudly display veteran on your driver license or identification card. 

1. Find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need assistance obtaining your military records, then contact your County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).

2. Take your DD214 government identification to your CVSO to obtain your Veteran Status Verification Form. 

3. Go on-line or call DMV for an appointment. Then bring your Veteran Status Verification Form to DMV. Complete your application, pay any application fees plus a $5.00 fee for your Veteran designation. You must complete all applicable application and testing requirements.

For faster CVSO service, schedule an appointment by visiting or call 1-800-952-5626.

To schedule an appointment at a DMV, visit or call 1-800-777-0133.

Supervisor, Richard Forster previews this week's Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting.  (2 of 2)

Supervisor, Richard Forster previews this week's Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting.  (1 of 2)


Certified Weed-free Rice straw is now available, free of charge for your immediate use on erosion control in Mokelumne Hill at the Equestrian Center on Lafayette St. and in Mountain Ranch at Central Fire Station #1 on Jesus Maria Rd. Please take what you can use now and leave the rest for our neighbors.

Our Donors thank you for making it happen.

Money you donate is used within 1 week to purchase the certified weed-free rice straw so landowners in the "burn" can put it down to minimize the erosion. Time is of the essence! Saturday (Oct. 17) we just got a taste of what rain can do. CalaverasGROWN is also utilizing volunteer crews to recover water wells. 

They are also organizing volunteer work parties. I hope they will post messages to this list for people wanting to volunteer work. Also, how to contact them other than Facebook - many people are not on Facebook but can email or text.
Thank you!
Michael Kriletich


Health officials are warning consumers of possible E. coli contamination in High Hill Ranch (El Dorado County) unpasteurized apple juice.

People can get sick when they consume food or drink that is contaminated by the E. coli bacteria. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and sometimes a low-grade fever. The symptoms usually occur within three to four days after exposure but can occur between one and 12 days after exposure.

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