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Amanda Williams

Milling complaint whittled away

The El Dorado County Planning Commission decided against a hearing regarding a special use permit after the reason for the hearing became moot. A contentious matter that pitted a homeowner against several business owners, Placerville resident Bert Keeler wrote multiple letters, including one to the Mountain Democrat, claiming that Sundance RV, Boat & Mini-Storage was […]

Affordable Care Act continues to produce confusion and anger

Problems implementing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continue, adding to the anger and confusion over the new law. Breakdowns and security breaches have characterized the federal health exchange Website from the outset. Despite some improvements, problems persist. According to a recent report from ABC News, one-third of the 149,000 people who have been able to […]

GDPUD: ALT water plant being redesigned

Progress in redesigning and financing the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) Water Treatment Plant was reported at the Tuesday board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD). Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann said Psomas Engineering has started work on a redesign of the plant that is expected to save the district $1.05 million. The work […]

Nutting trial set for Feb. 4

After a short conference with the attorneys in the case involving Supervisor Ray Nutting, visiting Judge Timothy Buckley set the start date for his trial as Feb. 4.

The trial is expected to last three weeks with a jury drawn from a pool of approximately 300 people.

A pretrial conference was also set for Jan. 10.

Toys still needed for campaign

The Placerville Christmas Parade may be over, but the Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing with lots more toys needed. According to Sue Henderson, who with her husband Hollis coordinates the El Dorado County Toys for Tots campaign, 1,500 toys have been collected so far, but they need 15,000. “Give me toys, lots […]

WWII vet recalls Pearl Harbor attack

Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.

It was a day of treachery that ended with 2,403 Americans killed, 1,178 wounded, 21 ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet either damaged or sunk, and the Casus belli that launched the United States into World War II.

Many survivors of that day have since died, but Bill Howell, 89, of Diamond Springs, is still with us.

The last, he says, of the Pearl Harbor survivors in El Dorado County.

Howell said he had a bird’s-eye view of the attack as he was aboard the USS Phoenix, a light cruiser moored at Pearl Harbor. Only 17 at the time and trained as a helmsman, he was also …

EDC residents older, but healthier

El Dorado County may be home to the largest population of those over the age of 55, but is also one of the healthiest counties in the state, coming in sixth out of 58 counties. That’s according to a recent community health assessment conducted by Marshall Medical Center in collaboration with Valley Vision Inc., a […]

Director believes in power of one

Excited to be a position where she can make a difference in people’s lives, Brenda Frachiseur was recently announced as the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County (BBBS). In the job since October and still getting her feet wet, Frachiseur, 58, comes with 30 years of experience working for […]

Homeless shelters overloaded, says church volunteer

With winter coming on, the number of homeless using local churches for overnight shelter has increased, leading one of the volunteers associated with the program to put out a call for help. Janis Carney, who is a member of Green Valley Community Church and also one of those involved in coordinating the shelter program, said […]

CPCSD hires new law firm

The board of directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District approved the hiring of a new law firm at its Nov. 12 meeting. McMurchie Law Firm was selected to provide general counsel to the board. The Folsom-based law firm will be paid $200 an hour for the services of David McMurchie with similar or […]

EDC Fire to reorganize admin office

An administrative reorganization of the district office was approved by the board of El Dorado County Fire Protection District at its Nov. 21 meeting. Recommended by Chief Mike Hardy, the chief prefaced his remarks by noting that in the face of spiraling costs and declining revenue, the district had taken a number of measures to […]

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is the parade

It’s looking a lot like a Christmas parade as plans are finalized for the big event. Slated for Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. along Broadway and Main Street, the parade will have something for everyone, including Santa Claus. The weather won’t be a problem as it’s predicted to be sunny, if a little brisk. […]

Seeking crayons for refugees

The conflict in Syria may not be in the news as much today, but the faces of refugees who have fled for their lives remain fresh in the mind of Somerset resident Terri Crisp, 57.

A longtime employee and volunteer with different animal welfare organizations, Crisp has been making trips to Iraq since 2005 on behalf of a program called Operation Baghdad Pups sponsored by the SPCA International (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

A program that attracted criticism last year after it was discovered that most of the money donated to the program went to a fundraising agency, Operation Baghdad Pups reunites cats and dogs …

Bed and breakfast approved on Windlestraw

A request to open a bed and breakfast on Windlestraw Road in the Oak Hill area of Placerville was approved at the Nov. 14 meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission. Owned by Sandra Nomer and Mariam Noujaim, the proposed bed and breakfast inn will be called the Infinite Life Retreat and Spa. The facility […]

Rescue fire holding its own

Two months ago, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary cash bailout for five of the eight rural fire protection districts.

But with the fiscal fix came an admonishment that the districts needed to come up with a long-term solution to their budget problems.

One of those agencies approved for funding was the Rescue Fire Protection District.

A small district, RFPD serves around 3,000 residents on a budget of $1.4 million.

Low water reveals history

Like some long-deserted city, the shoreline of the American River near Salmon Falls is littered here and there with the scattered remains of an old diversion dam and ditches.

And though neglected, the dam hasn’t been forgotten. For visiting it recently were docents from the Folsom Powerhouse along with Jenifer Padgett, an associate state archaeologist with the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

Picking their way through the rocks and cockleburs, they walked up the South Fork of the American River to what was left of the old Natoma Water and Mining Co. Diversion Dam.

Local water experts worry about state at chamber water forum

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce meeting was packed last Wednesday when it held a forum on water. The topic that drew the crowd was the integral part that water plays in the economic viability of El Dorado County, the Sacramento region and the state. There to address that topic from a local, county […]

GDPUD board discusses code of conduct policy, staring

Last Tuesday’s board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District promised to be a humdrum affair until Director Kathy Otermat circulated drafts of two new policies for review and comment. Brought up previously at workshops and other board meetings, the more contentious policy outlined how directors should conduct and communicate among themselves. A second policy […]

Downturn Abbey — Who dun it?

Who killed Lady Van der Sluty and Why?  It was Mrs. Kettle, the cook, who did it by adding clam juice to Van der Sluty’s drink. Why? Mrs. Kettle was good friends with Mildred, a servant at Downturn Abbey. Mildred had an affair with John the footman and became pregnant. Later, Lady Van der Sluty […]

Guests solve the murder at Downturn Abbey

It was a night of sleuthing, wine tasting and fine eating at the Cary House Hotel as guests gathered on a Saturday night to solve a murder at Downturn Abbey. A takeoff on the highly acclaimed series Downton Abbey, 40 to 50 people signed up for the murder mystery arranged jointly by the Cary House […]

Obamacare rollout leaves millions without insurance, facing higher costs

Despite efforts to put a good spin on things, to date the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has been one disaster after another. Currently, the federal government is running insurance exchanges in 36 states for those shopping for health insurance. Plagued with technology glitches and breakdowns, fewer than 27,000 people have actually […]

Boys & Girls Club to build new facility

With the goal of building a permanent facility, board members, supporters and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope gathered last Friday night to formally launch a building campaign.

Already 40 percent of the way toward their goal, to date $1 million of the needed $2.5 million has been raised.

Currently located in the Armory where it’s been for the past 14 years, Judy Morris, immediate past president of the club, said they have outgrown the site …

Election results finalized

The final results from last Tuesday’s election were certified on Friday, according to Bill Schultz, El Dorado County Registrar of Voters. The three board members elected to the Grizzly Flats Community Services District were Art Davidson, Doug Updike and Don Sullivan. The two board members elected to the Hillwood Community Services District were Michael Seligsohn and John Rozowski. […]

Hampshire draws 7-year sentence for manslaughter

After an emotional sentencing hearing on Thursday, Judge Douglas C. Phimister sentenced defendant Wesley Ronald Hampshire, 18, of Placerville, to seven years in state prison for the killing of Matthew Martin Steele, 20, of Auburn. Hampshire previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was facing a sentence of four to seven years in prison. In the audience were […]

Residents elect various new board members

A number of board positions were filled in the election on Tuesday. Residents of Grizzly Flats elected Art Davidson, Doug Updike and Don Sullivan to a term on the Grizzly Flats Community Services District Board of Directors. In the Hillwood Community Services District, John Rozowski and Michael Seligsohn were elected to board positions. In the […]

Prada and Coco win EID seats

In a campaign in which the candidates often seemed to be running more against the district than against each other, two new members have been elected to the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors.

In Division 2, retired CEO Greg Prada won out over retired …

Planners approve market/deli for Latrobe

A new market and deli in the Latrobe area received a stamp of approval from the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its meeting on Oct. 24. To be called the Crossroads Market and Deli, a 2,432-square-foot building and an outdoor picnic area is planned for the west side of Latrobe Road, just north of the intersection […]

Healthy Hornets seek smokeless campus

Aiming for a campus free of smoke, a group of students has launched a campaign to outlaw all smoking and tobacco products at Sacramento State University. Calling themselves Hornets for a Healthy Hive, the campaign is being carried out as a project for a public relations class the students are taking. The hornet name was […]

Ag touted as part of new economy’s Farm-to-Fork movement

Marketing the Sacramento region as a future food exporting dynamo was one item on the agenda last Friday when members of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce ended a two-day study mission with lunch at the Smith Flat House. As they munched on artisan pizzas and salad made from locally grown ingredients while sipping […]

GDPUD: Water plant redesign OK’d

At a special meeting held Tuesday night, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District approved redesigning the plans for the retrofit of the Auburn Trails Water Treatment Plant. Doing so will save the district an estimated $1.05 million. The plant was estimated to cost $10.8 million based on the original plans. The plant […]

Straight Line Roofing and Construction creates raving fans

Straight Line Roofing & Construction is a full service roofing company that can handle every kind of roofing need including maintaining and repairing roofs, installing new ones, and putting in sun tunnels and skylights as well as residential solar systems. Their goal is to create customers who are raving fans. One of those is Maria Brugger […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Camino Flower Shop a vintage classic

Camino Flower Shop offers natural and beautiful flower arrangements for weddings, parties, funerals, banquets, and other events. Owned by Dottie Mckenzie, a florist for 26 years, the shop helps clients capture the moment in flowers. Romantic vintage props, which enhance your flower arrangements, are complimentary whenever a wedding or event is booked. Customers are attracted to […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Atwood Agency, a full service insurance provider

ISU Insurance Services-Atwood Agency, with offices in Placerville and Georgetown, serves all of El Dorado County. The locally owned, independent agency, has relationships with over 350 insurance companies with the goal of helping customers get the right coverage for the right price. The full service agency offers homeowners, renters, automobile, business and commercial, liability, Worker’s […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Grab a burger at Old Town Grill

Considered to be the best burger joint in town, Old Town Grill in Downtown Placerville offers a wide selection of juicy grilled burgers. Selections include bacon, mushroom, soul, or blue cheese. For vegetarians or those wanting to try something new, chow down on an earth burger. And to accompany that burger, don’t forget to order […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Craft Castle taps into your inner child

Craft Castle is a drop-in arts and crafts entertainment studio and retail supply store serving all of the El Dorado County. A place to have fun and tap into your inner child, the studio offers ceramic pottery painting, arts and crafts supplies, birthday parties, glass fusing projects, crafts projects, workshops covering all types of activities, handmade clay […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Skinner Vineyards a legacy business

Skinner Vineyards is a family owned business that’s been making quality wines since 1861. The firm sports two locations. The one at White Oak Flats is the family’s most historical vineyard with its 13 acres producing a bouquet of red and white wines, some made from legacy grapes. Its second location, called Stoney Creek Vineyard, […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

VITEK Mortgage Group

VITEK Mortgage Group’s goal is to simplify the loan process for El Dorado County residents. A direct FHA lender serving El Dorado County and surrounding areas, the company is able to both underwrite and fund an FHA loan in-house. They can help whether someone is looking to purchase their first home or to refinance an […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

SMUD seeds the clouds

With the winter season fast approaching, many are looking skyward in the hope that this year rewards the state with more rain and snowfall than last. According to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), last year ranked as the 25th driest year in terms of statewide runoff, based on a measured record of 112 years. One […]

Cameron Park CSD lands Web tool grant

A $5,000 grant to help promote Cameron Park was reported at the Oct. 16 board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors as part of a package of cultural and community development grants, the money will go towards creating a “Visit Cameron Park Web Tool” […]

County gives out community grants

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved cultural and community development grants for the following agencies at its Oct. 8 meeting. Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery received $3,700. Cameron Park Community Services District, Shingle Springs-Cameron Park, Chamber of Commerce and Cameron Park Visitors Centers received $5,000. Clarksville Region Historical Society received $5,000. Clean […]

Fire district continues belt tightening

The El Dorado County Fire Protection District continues to look at ways to stay on budget with most of last Thursday’s board meeting dominated by financial items. Earlier this month, it notified all El Dorado County FPD retirees that it was in the process of negotiating how much it contributes to the health care benefits of […]

Candidates view Proj. 184 differently

What to do or not do with Project 184 has been one of the hot button issues discussed by candidates running for a spot on the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors. Purchased from PG&E in 1999 for $1, Project 184 came with 15,080 acre feet of water rights; a 21-megawatt hydroelectric powerhouse; five reservoirs […]

EID: Election heats up

The election for a seat on the El Dorado Irrigation District must be getting nearer because the political rhetoric is ratcheting up. At the same time, one almost needs a scorecard to keep track of all the characters and groups coming and going in the election of two new board members to EID. Earlier this […]

Making a home for gnomes

With gnomes and fairies overseeing their work, staff from the local Home Depot showed up last month to help Pam Kaefer, 63, create a one-of-a-kind garden in her backyard over a three-day period.

A resident in a Shingle Springs mobile home park, Kaefer has worked for the last five months to turn her dirt and leaf-strewn backyard into an enchanted garden in the home she and her husband moved to in January.

However, the property was not without its challenges, including a backyard that is mostly all slope. Undaunted, Kaefer …

Web portal outsourced

A contract to bring more business to El Dorado County apparently will likely be outsourced. In July the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved spending $100,000 to develop a Web portal that would serve as a launching point or gateway to all the assets and resources available in the county. The goal was to […]

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