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Dawn Hodson

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 […]

Tucker resigns from CPCSD board

In a surprise announcement at the Feb. 19 meeting, Sean Tucker, president of the Cameron Park Community Services District, said he was resigning from the board, effective immediately. A board member since June of 2011 when he was appointed to take the place of another director, last November Tucker ran for office and was elected […]

Bowa a ‘good stick’

Valentine’s Day means flowers and chocolates for most, but for Austin Bowa, it was a much sweeter treat as he earned his license as a commercial helicopter pilot while also celebrating his 18th birthday.

A very self-possessed and modest young man, Bowa has been single-mindedly pursuing his dream of piloting a helicopter since he was 7 years old.

Still in his early teens, he took his first training flight with John Crawford, who is an instructor with Sierra Air …

Ambrozewicz runs for governor

Auburn resident “Bo” Bogdan I. Ambrozewicz made it official on Feb. 10 when he announced he is running for governor of California. An independent, Ambrozewicz describes himself as a small business owner, architectural designer, builder, athlete, life coach and author; supporter of teachers, farmers, veterans and seniors; supporter of women’s and minority rights, equal pay […]

Four initiatives aim to halt development

It’s getting to the point that voters may need a scorecard to keep track of all the initiatives planned for the November ballot. As of Feb. 5, the El Dorado County Elections Department said four different ones had been filed with them. The earliest initiative, one called “Fix Highway 50 Traffic First/Keep Us Rural” was […]

CPCSD to expand services for seniors

The Board of Directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District voted to approve expanding the facilities and programs for seniors at its Feb. 13 meeting. The directors reached that decision after hearing the results of a survey of Cameron Park seniors carried out by Vicky Ludwig, commissioner on the El Dorado County Commission on […]

New senior care facility proposed for EDH

A plan to build a residential senior care facility in El Dorado Hills will be on the agenda of the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Feb. 27 meeting. To be located on the south side of Town Center Boulevard near the intersection of Latrobe Road, the proposed facility would be a 114,000-square-foot, three-story […]

Community plan gets chewed up

Planners working on the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan must have thought they walked into a buzzsaw at Thursday’s El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. As they sat in stunned silence, Dan Bolster, the senior transportation planner with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission and Adrian Engel of Echelon Transportation […]

Local named to flood board

Michael Villines, 46, of Placerville has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where he has served since 2010. Villines was the California State Assemblyman, 29th Assembly District, from 2004 to 2010 before being termed out. From 1999 to 2004 he was director of public relations and co-owner of […]

GDPUD contemplates drought response

The recent storm may have brought an estimated 12 inches of rain to the divide, but it did little to allay the concerns of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD) as its board contemplated a response to the ongoing drought. Tuesday night’s meeting drew a large crowd as the board listened to what steps […]

Johnson withdraws from Congressional race

In a surprise announcement, Granite Bay resident Kris Johnson announced that she was withdrawing from the race to represent District 4 in Congress after announcing her candidacy only a week earlier. Johnson, a Democrat, said she sustained an injury on Feb. 2 that, while not life threatening, would require a long rehabilitation period that precludes […]

El Dorado, Diamond plans percolating

With traffic flow being the driving force, a plan to enhance the communities of El Dorado and Diamond Springs is in the process of being drafted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission.

Called the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan, the document not only addresses options for improving traffic circulation in the area, but also population growth, jobs and cityscape issues such as sidewalks, landscaping, bike paths and crosswalks with an eye for how those communities may look 10 to 20 years from now.

Walker reappointed to fire board

Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Anne Walker, 53, of Rescue to a four-year term on the California State Board of Fire Services. Walker has been serving on the board since last October when she was appointed to fill a vacancy. The Fire Districts Association of California is a non-profit organization representing the interests of fire […]

Cameron Park gets new health center

All set up to treat everything from an ingrown toenail to diabetes is a spanking new healthcare facility in Cameron Park. Slated to officially open Feb. 25, this is the third health care clinic operated by the El Dorado County Community Health Center (EDCCHC). The others are at 4327 Golden Center Drive and 464 Missouri Flat […]

Candidate roster adds 1, loses 1

The candidate field for the upcoming election has increased by one and dropped by one since last week. Joining the fray for District 5 Supervisor is Kevin Brown, a businessman living in Pollock Pines. He will compete against Teresa Piper, a retail clerk from Pollock Pines, as well as four candidates from South Lake Tahoe […]

Drought clouds GDPUD’s budget talks

The drought and its potential impact on water revenues were among several issues taken up by the board of Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at a Monday night budget workshop. This followed last month’s announcement by Gov. Jerry Brown that the state is suffering a drought and residents should voluntarily cut their water consumption by […]

New employee contracts get fire district back on track

It’s been touch and go for the El Dorado County Fire Protection District over the past two years as a result of budget problems. But Fire Chief Mike Hardy says they are back on track as they have done what’s needed to ensure the district’s long-term health. With salaries and benefits making up almost 89 […]

Climate change agenda blossoms with AB 32

Editor’s note — This is the second of two parts on government regulation and climate change. The first part ran on Friday. In California, the man-made global warming/climate change agenda plays out via the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) that was passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. AB32 […]

Snow survey confirms drought

While a picturesque flurry of snow hit the Sierras this past week, it won’t have much impact on water supplies according to the most recent snow survey that was conducted last Thursday.

Part of a statewide assessment, the measurements at Phillips Station, near Echo Summit, revealed snow that was more air than water according to Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources.

After taking seven measurements, he came up with an average depth of 12.4 inches of snow with a water content of 1.4 percent, which is only 7 …

Margot Delfino is a real estate overachiever

The first thing one learns about Realtor Margot Delfino is she’s very proud of her family’s history in El Dorado County and wants to continue that legacy in her own way. An Apple Hill native raised on a farm, Delfino said her father was the county agricultural commissioner for 33 years and is the last surviving […]

Gail Lohmann and her Visiting Angels help people stay in their homes

Describing her business as a personal calling is Gail Lohmann, owner/director of the home-care agency Visiting Angels in Cameron Park. The company provides caregiving to seniors and adults so they can remain in their homes. Lohmann said her staff of 60 can offer a variety of services to homebound clients including bathing assistance, medication reminders, errand […]

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