A pending infrastructure crisis in the state was described in detail at a recent meeting of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. Presented by Will Kempton, executive director of an industry based advocacy group called Transportation California, Kempton’s credentials include being the previous director of Caltrans. Kempton said the State Transportation Commission did a study […]
Saying that mountain lion sightings are not unusual for the area, wildlife biologist Shelly Blair said they are nothing to panic about. Blair, who works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said two sightings of mountain lions have been reported to her office, not including the one reported last week on Darlington Avenue. […]
It was Home Arts Day on April 12 as hundreds of 4-H members gathered to showcase their projects in areas such as woodworking, sewing, photography, rocketry, robotics and arts and crafts. It was also a special day for two teens who were honored for their service and accomplishments as members of 4-H. Held at Light […]
A special board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District on April 15 was largely informational as President Bonnie McLane and directors Maria Capraun and Norm Krizl tackled three agenda items including the hiring of a new general manager, next year’s budget and finding a replacement CPA and auditor. Directors Ray Griffiths and Kathy […]
A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently. Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop […]
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 […]
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a candidate has provided the necessary signatures and paid their filing fees, their name is on the ballot unless it is withdrawn by a certain date.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 […]
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 […]
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: ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/ With spring here to stay, it’s time to put in a garden and there’s no better […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 …
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 […]
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, […]
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 …
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 …
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.