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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Dawn Hodson

CPCSD seat unfilled

A special board meeting held Monday night by the Cameron Park Community Services District resulted in no one being selected to fill the empty board seat left after Sean Tucker resigned in February. Eight candidates had applied for the opening but only seven showed for the interview. However, when it came down to it, no […]

DA candidate to remain on ballot

Contrary to the editorial on April 16, District Attorney candidate Judson Henry’s name will be on the June primary ballot. According to the El Dorado Elections Department, once a candidate has provided the necessary signatures and paid their filing fees, their name is on the ballot unless it is withdrawn by a certain date. That […]

Water Agency gives irrigation discharge program update

An update on the Long Term Irrigated Lands Program Waste Discharge Requirements was given at the April 9 Water Agency board meeting. Previously, the Water Agency board heard a presentation by the El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Corporation on the history and background of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and the Pilot Program that […]

Plantastic sale this Saturday

What: Plant Sale Who: University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County Where: Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: No admission fee Information: With spring here to stay, it’s time to put in a garden and there’s no better […]

Old mill a goner

The old sawmill in Camino that saw service for over a hundred years is in the process of being dismantled with no new plans for the site at present. Owned by Sierra Pacific Industries and located on Carson Road in Camino, spokesperson Mark Palicki said the main sawmill building has been coming down over the […]

Water rights detailed for EDWPA board

Members of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority listened to a short history on state water rights at their meeting on April 9. Related to current efforts by EDWPA to pursue an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water rights from the State Water Quality Control Board, the presentation, called ”Water Rights 101,” was made by attorney […]

Georgetown calls stage 2 drought

After a long meeting Tuesday night that included extensive audience input, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District voted unanimously to declare a Stage 2 drought emergency. That decision was based on the water level in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir being 15,617 acre-feet when measured on April 7. Normally the 20,000 acre-foot reservoir would be […]

70th anniversary: Jeep ready for D-Day

June 6 of this year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing and the Battle of Normandy. It’s an event that will bring hundreds of thousands of people to France for commemorations and festivities including parades, parachute drops, the setting up of military camps, and concerts.

And joining them on the beach will be an old World War II Jeep that was recently restored by Diamond Springs resident Jimmy Strauss and a team of local craftsmen who’ve remade the vehicle in time for the upcoming event.

Taking nine months to complete at a cost of over $70,000 …

Candidates busy raising money

Election hopefuls are in the process of adding to their war chests using cash and in-kind contributions, fund raising and loans to finance their campaigns. As of March, this is what candidates have raised and spent according to filings with the California Secretary of State or the El Dorado County Elections Department. Elected department heads […]

CPCSD special meeting rescheduled

A special meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District to interview candidates for an open board position has been moved to April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Originally the meeting had been scheduled for April 7. Eight people have applied for the opening. They are Mark Harris, Keith Kaplan, Gerald Lillpop, Steven Long, Margaret Mohr, […]

Gold Bug volunteers: Characters need apply

Have a hankering to relive the history of the gold rush with thousands of visitors from all over the world?

Then become a volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and join such notables as Black Bart, John Studebaker and Duffy the crazy Irishman.

Part of a crew of 25 volunteers, they are more than just history buffs. Some must have show biz in their blood as they have adopted a character of their own from the past — real or imagined — that they play when conducting tours complete with clothing, props and …

CPCSD board candidates special meeting tonight

With one vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District, a special meeting will be held on April 7, 5:30 p.m. to interview candidates vying for the spot. According to General Manager Mary Cahill, eight people have filled out applications for the position. They are Mark Harris, Keith Kaplan, Gerald Lillpop, Steven […]

EDWPA gets update on innovative water rights project

An update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project was given at the March 12 board meeting of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority (EDWPA). If successful, the project would add 40,000 acre-feet of new water rights for the county under 1927 area-of-origin law, with the water stored in the Upper American River Project of […]

Ballot statements highlight District 5 supervisorial candidates

Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the six candidates running to be a member of the Board of Supervisors in District Five. Kevin Brown, 50, says he is a 16-year business owner and civic leader. “I am running for supervisor to unite our region to achieve our desired goals of a thriving […]

No foolin’: Drought still on

With the latest snow survey falling on April Fool’s Day, it was no joke that despite the recent storms, the state continues to face a water shortage.

“This is almost a mispicture,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as he stood knee-deep in soft snow.

“This snow course was basically bare two days ago,” he said. “All the snow we measured just now came mostly last night and illustrates the difference between a good water year and a bad water year.”

At Phillips Station, Gehrke and his staff measured a snow …

Panel OKs EDH nursery

Despite some complaints from nearby residents about traffic, wetland setbacks and other issues, the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved a special use permit for the Green Valley Nursery and Landscape business at its March 27 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills at the corner of Green Valley Road and Shadowfax Lane, the property is […]

Commercial builders float own initiative

A new ballot initiative that would quash the anti-growth initiatives currently being circulated in the county is now making the rounds in search of signatures. Sponsored by Region Builders, a Sacramento-based group of commercial builders, architects and engineers, the initiative is called Control Growth to Fix Our Local Roads. According to Joshua Wood, who is the […]

Spilling and loving it

With other water districts trying to hold on to every drop of water they have, the Grizzly Flat Community Services District is in the enviable position of having a reservoir that is actually spilling.

According to General Manager Jodi Lauther, the small 31-acre-foot reservoir has been spilling since a new liner was put in back in 2012.

At present, it is somewhat under capacity at 27 acre-feet, which Lauther said is for safety in case there is a sudden influx of water or a freeze that could cause water to top the reservoir.

The extra water is actually fed into a pipe embedded in the side of the reservoir that empties into Eagle Ditch Creek. The same creek that feeds the reservoir.

GDPUD drought workshop attracts crowd

A special board meeting and workshop of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District may not have settled much, but it did attract a large and engaged audience of around 100 people with most of them being there to find out how the drought might affect their irrigation water. On the agenda at the March 25 […]

Ballot statements sketch portrait of 8 Dist. 4 supervisorial candidates

Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the eight candidates running to be a member of the board of supervisors in District 4. Scott McNeil describes himself as a veteran, small business owner and elected member of the local community services district. “More importantly, I’m a husband and father,” he said. McNeil says […]

Maintenance Mania hits county

Maintenance Mania hit Placerville in March as fair employees from throughout the state visited Placerville for a three-day safety and training event. Held at the El Dorado El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the annual event offers classroom and hands-on instruction for maintenance and service workers who help keep fairs running smoothly throughout the year. John Marino, […]

DA challenger makes debut

It was a so-so, no-show night as the El Dorado Hills Tea Party held a debate for candidates running for different county offices Wednesday evening. A seemingly unevenly matched debate was between incumbent Vern Pierson and challenger Judson Henry for the position of District Attorney. Henry struggled at times making his case as he began […]

GDPUD waits a month for drought hearing

With the water level in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir still an issue and makeup rainfall an iffy proposition at best, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District took steps that may eventually lead to cutbacks in water use. At the March 11 meeting, Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann reported that the reservoir is at […]

Judicial hopefuls weigh in with candidate statements

Superior Court Judges are being elected for five different offices, although only two offices have multiple contestants. Below are the candidate statements of those running for open spots. Running for Judge of the Superior Court, Office 1, are Vicki Ashworth, deputy district attorney; David Combellack, attorney-business owner; and Joe Weinberger, trial attorney. Vicki Ashworth, 44, […]

Water Agency discusses drought plans

The drought and what is being done to cope with it was the main agenda item at the March 12 meeting of the El Dorado County Water Agency. Dave Eggerton, general manager of the agency, noted that 2013 is the driest year on record since the 19th century with 2014 being more of the same. […]

Diamond, El Dorado plans adopted

The final draft of the Diamond and El Dorado Area Mobility and Sustainable Community Plan was adopted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission at its March 6 meeting. A report three years in the making, the plan is designed to address transportation circulation and other transportation improvements in the El Dorado-Diamond Springs area. Dan Bolster, […]

EDH nursery: Owner says issues fixed

Saying that all the issues regarding their nursery have been resolved, Julie DeVorss, who with her husband Don are co-owners of Green Valley Nursery in El Dorado Hills, said she is looking forward to their hearing before the El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting on their special use permit. Pointing out that Monday’s Mountain Democrat […]

Observatory an eye on the sky

Want the sun, the moon and the stars for free?

Not to worry. All are well within your reach at the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College in Placerville.

And if even if you’ve been there before, there’s always more of the universe to explore.

Completed in 2006 in celebration of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary, the popular observatory annually attracts 6,500 visitors and features one 17-inch telescope and one 14-inch telescope with a color video camera along with an assortment of other star-gazing equipment.

Staffed totally by volunteer docents, the observatory is …

Zoning initiative amended

If they qualify with enough signatures, county voters will have four different initiatives to vote on this fall that are aimed at controlling development. The last of the four, called the “Initiative to retain El Dorado County’s current zoning and rural assets,” was recently modified with an amendment filed on Feb. 25. The new initiative […]

Nursery proposed for EDH

A hearing to consider a request to permit a nursery and landscaping business in the north El Dorado Hills area is planned for the March 27 meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission. The business is located on a 9.6-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the intersection of Shadowfax Lane and Green Valley […]

Departmental county candidates file ballot statements

Offering us a preview of who they are and why they are running, almost all of the candidates for El Dorado County department head positions filed a statement of candidacy. Joe Harn, 56, CPA, who is running to be reelected Auditor-Controller, said his top priorities are to continue protecting people’s tax dollars while ensuring the […]

Planners OK more homes for Valley View Village

A proposal to create 61 residential lots and one open space lot in Valley View Village in El Dorado Hills was approved 5-0 by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Feb. 27 meeting. The original Valley View Specific Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1998 to include 2,840 homes. To […]

Primary candidates finalized

With Friday being the deadline to officially file, it was do-or-die time for those who had taken out papers but had not yet taken the final steps to run for office. But by 5 p.m. it was clear who was in and who was out in the final line up for the June primary. Running […]

Gaines sues Covered California

Blaming Obamacare for the cancellation of more than a million policies, on Wednesday state Sen. Ted Gaines announced he had filed a lawsuit against Covered California and its director, Peter Lee. Covered California is the state-run health exchange established in the wake of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Gaines, who is […]


In the article, “Drought update given by EID,” Brian Mueller, director of Engineering for EID, didn’t intend to imply that Placer County Water Agency had implemented a surcharge, as they have not done so at this time. He did say that San Juan Water Agency and the city of Roseville were both investigating implementing a surcharge, […]

Recorder gets opponent

With 5 p.m. Friday being the deadline for contestants to formally declare their candidacy, the number of incumbents facing challengers this year is increasing. The latest is Bill Schultz, El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk. He is no longer alone in the race; El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral has decided to also run for the position. […]

Drought update given by EID

Hoping to get out the message that storm or no storm, we are still in the middle of a drought, for the past month staff from the El Dorado Irrigation District have been hitting the speaking circuit to talk about the drought and the need for water conservation. On Friday, the tag team of Brian […]

Storms put small dent in drought

With every little bit counting, the results of the Feb. 27 snow survey were better than last month’s, but still way below normal.

According to a press release from the Department of Water Resources, “On Tuesday, before the current storm system reached the area, water content in the statewide snowpack was 22 percent of normal for the date and only 19 percent of the average reading in early April when snow begins to melt into streams and reservoirs. These readings were just above the 1991 record lows of 18 percent for the date and 15 percent of the April 1 average.

“Manual and electronic …”

Appointee to fill CPCSD vacancy

With their board short one member, at their Feb. 25 meeting the directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District voted to fill the opening with an appointee. That decision followed the resignation of the president of the board, Sean Tucker, one week earlier. Tucker said he was resigning so he could devote more time and […]

Disability access: Guv names Latrobe man

Bringing a developer’s perspective to the table is Latrobe resident Douglas Wiele, 61, who was recently reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wiele was first appointed to the commission in September of last year but that term expired in December. Wiele has been the founding partner and president of […]

Briggs to run for treasurer

Adding his name to the list of those running for Treasurer-Tax Collector this year is El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs, whose term on the Board of Supervisors expires at the end of this year. Briggs will face off against C.L. Raffety, CPA. In the District 5 Supervisor’s race, Michelle Sweeney of South Lake Tahoe initially […]

Constituents want answers at meeting

At Congressman Tom McClintock’s town hall meeting on Feb. 19, many constituents came with a list of questions for him with the top question being why President Obama hadn’t been impeached yet. One man described a long list of complaints against Obama including “lack of execution of the law, legalization of drugs, legalization of money […]

McClintock gets earful at town hall

Why hasn’t Obama been impeached? Is the federal government out of control? Those were just some of the questions fielded by Congressman Tom McClintock at a town hall meeting he held on Feb. 19 with about 150 angry and frustrated constituents. Asked prior to the meeting why some of them had come, Somerset resident Jack […]

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