At a special meeting on July 10, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District made the decision to hire a second interim general manager. Kelley Shively is currently acting as interim general manager, a position he has held since March when General Manager Hank White went on leave. White has since resigned his […]
Shiva Frentzen, president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, was ousted at a special board meeting on July 9 after a conflict arose over her membership on different elected groups. Frentzen said the action was taken following her signing a letter, along with Sam Bradley and Bill Center, that was sent to Cameron […]
Do the skis of Snowshoe Thompson’s at the El Dorado County Museum belong to the museum or are they just on loan?
That’s what Liz Fairchild, whose family once owned the skis, wants to know.
Last year, Fairchild, whose family lived in Placerville for several generations, contacted Mary Cory, director of the El Dorado County Historical Museum.
In a letter to Cory, Fairchild said, “I have documentation showing that the skis were originally acquired by Will and Frances Fairchild for display in the Fairchild Drug Store, Placerville, before being loaned to the museum for display. Do you have this same documentation and if not can you provide me with what documentation you do have regarding the loan of the skis to the museum.”
Cory’s responded by letter saying, “So far my research has shown that the skis were acquired by the County Museum as part of a larger collection of artifacts in a transfer of Interest from the Chamber of Commerce …
Placerville is one step closer to having a Ross Dress for Less store after the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the developer’s application on July 11. Up for consideration was a proposal by property owner, WRI Goldenstate LLC to tear down an existing 9,500-square-foot building in Prospectors Plaza and construct a new 25,000-square-foot building […]
It was just another day in the concrete jungle as skateboarders swooped in and out of sculpted canyons, did crooked grinds, fakies, and flipped 360 turns mid-air at the Placerville Skate Park.
Located just inside the fairgrounds, the park, which is also known as Joe’s Skate Park, presents challenges to any skateboarder from beginner to expert.
On the morning of June 27, 11-year-old Logan Rogers was there practicing his “air out of bowls” and “axle stall.” Nearby was veteran Isaac Gomez, 23, of Placerville, who was flying “over the box” with friends.
A popular venue with the skating crowd, the park was in danger of closing permanently a few years ago but got a second chance largely because …
Following the announcement that Placerville had been selected as one of 20 towns to receive a paint makeover by the Benjamin Moore & Co., Nick Harris, vice president of Marketing for the company, provided some additional details about the contest. Saying this was the first year for the project, Harris said that Placerville was pre-selected […]
Auditors for the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) issued an unqualified (“clean”) opinion for the district in their report to EID’s Board of Directors at their meeting on Monday, June 24. That report was provided by EID’s auditors, Richardson & Company. The audit found that the district’s total assets decreased $24.6 million, or 3 percent […]
Proving once again how much local residents cherish downtown Placerville, it was announced on Monday that the city is one of 20 winners in the paint makeover contest called “Main Street Matters,” sponsored by the Benjamin Moore Paint Company. The campaign to honor and revitalize Main Street included over 130 cities in the United States and […]
The board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held a special meeting on July 2 to discuss what to do next after the resignation of General Manager Hank White. The previous day, White, submitted his letter of resignation, giving the district 60 days notice as required by his contract. In his letter to the […]
A forest thinning project on Iowa Hill is being planned by SMUD (Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District) for later this year. Scott Flake, who is manager of power generation with SMUD, said the agency would file for a permit this week to undertake the project which is on 80 acres owned by the utility on Iowa […]
There may be no zombie apocalypse in our future, but no matter what comes our way, Placerville resident Doug Huffman, 54, is ready for it.
More than ready for it.
The owner of a business called Sierra School for Survival, the Placerville resident models what he preaches by living a self-sufficient lifestyle and teaching others how they can as well. Part of the prepper movement, he is one of those who believes there will be a societal collapse in the not too distant future.
Huffman was even featured in the National Geographic series on Doomsday Preppers. Huffman claims the episode he is in was the most popular because, “literally I was the only sane one on the show.”
America’s railroads have been called one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the country, which is probably why they continue to have such wide appeal.
Doing their bit to preserve that part of American history in El Dorado County (EDC) is a group of local volunteers who are restoring an old caboose that was parked at the county museum for 20 years.
Built in the 1920s, the caboose was originally used to haul lumber, freight and workers for the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad, which was a subsidiary of the Michigan-California Lumber Company. The railroad connected a lumber mill in Camino with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Placerville. Later it was acquired by a family who used it as a playhouse for their children. When the owners sold their home in Shingle Springs, the new owner, Sandra Koop, donated the caboose to the museum where it sat in a state of disrepair.
Coming to its rescue last May was Placerville resident Ron Sexton, 73, who for many years owned High Country Woodcraft before retiring.
He wrote a proposal to restore the old caboose and presented it to the EDC Museum Commission and the El Dorado Museums Foundation.
A new process that would give an early thumbs up or thumbs down to development projects was given a preliminary green light by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Thursday. According to the staff report prepared for the board, the proposed process would, “provide a means to bring to an early conclusion those […]
A contract to hire retired engineer Webb Owen was approved by a 3-2 vote at the special meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board Tuesday. Owen came to the meeting to discuss a proposal he submitted to the board to review the design plans for the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) Water Treatment Plant although […]
On Monday, it was learned that the general manager of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, Hank White, had decided to leave the district and seek employment with the Foresthill Public Utility District. Explaining his decision, White said he was faced with whether to continue on an unsustainable course or go somewhere else. “The board […]
Chili cookoff champions Karen and Jim Watson are headed for a world championship cook-off after winning a regional contest. Held in Tustin, the Pollock Pines couple came in first out of 25 contestants and took home a purse of $1,000 for their efforts in the Chili Cook-Off. Because of their win, in October they will go […]
The El Dorado County Fire Protection District’s board named Michael Hardy as fire chief at its June 20 meeting. Hardy has been acting as interim chief since the resignation of Chief Bruce Lacher last year. The board members thanked Hardy for his work and for his ability to handle the pressure of the job. Hardy […]
The Board of Directors of the Foresthill Public Utility District announced they have hired GDPUD General Manager Hank White as their new general manager. The announcement was made at their June 12 board meeting. White, who starts his new position Aug. 19, will oversee a $1.9 million budget and supervise five full-time employees and one […]
A tentative budget for the next fiscal year was adopted by the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District (CPCSD) at its meeting Wednesday night. The budget was approved on a 4-0 vote with board member Shiva Frentzen absent. Revenues for the district are projected at $5.14 million and expenditures at $5.26 million for […]
A minor dustup over the skate park at Christa McAuliffe Park occurred Wednesday night between the board of directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District and several residents. The tempest began when resident Bill Carey complained the park is frequented by youths drinking alcohol, using drugs and skating without helmets. More recently, spray painted […]
Residents in El Dorado County looked up on Tuesday to see the sun encircled by a rainbow for a short period of time. Called a 22 degree halo or sun halo, National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson said it’s caused by millions of hexagonal ice crystals randomly oriented in the atmosphere. When light from the […]
Total sales at this year’s Junior Livestock Auction were almost 14 percent higher than last year, with 233 lots sold for a total of $269,386. Fifteen steers sold for an average price per pound of $3.47; 118 hogs sold for an average price per pound of $4.20; 48 lambs sold for an average price per pound […]
It was zoo day on May 31 at Sierra Ridge Elementary school as students in the GATE program set up their own mini zoo and showed off what they had learned. Laid out in a multi-purpose room, the building took on the look of a jungle as animals created out of different materials were placed […]
The Junior Livestock Auction was the place to be Saturday morning as 4-H, FFA and Grange members gathered at the Vicini Pavilion of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. There to bid and cheer them on were parents, buyers and the public.
Beef, swine, sheep, rabbits, goats and poultry were up for sale with auctioneers Doug Milton, Jimmy Clark and Seth Seever keeping things moving. Getting a break, this year’s weather was much cooler so less time was spent hosing down the animals and attendees.
A status report on the district’s finances, present and future, was made at Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s (GDPUD) board meeting on June 11 by a member of the board’s Public Finance Committee. Garden Valley resident Dennis Goodenow said he and other committee members had been appointed several months ago to identify the status of […]
Putting the plans for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) Water Treatment Plant out to bid seemingly hasn’t lessened any of the acrimony surrounding the project for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Interim General Manager Kelly Shively reported that the plans for the plant were 100 percent complete and the bid package […]
In a vision of things to come, sponsors, VIPs and fair staff gathered Wednesday night for a sneak preview of this year’s El Dorado County Fair.
With a theme of “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams,” the fairgrounds sparked with lights, sounds and sugary smells — all announcing the start of the four-day event that began Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Jody Gray, who is the CEO of the fair, said she expects 65,000 adults and children to attend, with lots of new entertainment and exhibits as well as the return of many old favorites as attractions.
A project to replace part of the Mother Lode Force Main Project was approved by the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors at its June 10 meeting. The firm of McGuire and Hester was awarded the contract to do the work at a cost of $1,068,682. The board approved another $130,000 to cover staff time […]
Board members of the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) considered proposed changes to connection fees at its June 10 meeting, but postponed approving them to a later date. The new fees were scheduled for a board vote on June 24. EID Director of Engineering Brian Mueller went through a detailed presentation on what the district recommends […]
Funding related to ultimately rehabilitating and enlarging the El Dorado Forebay Dam was approved by the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) board of directors at its meeting on May 28. As part of the preparatory work for the modifications, the board approved a contract with AECOM for preparation of an Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Assessment, and […]
With rocks to talk about, almost 140 people showed up Saturday night in Coloma to hear the latest about the Sutter’s Mill Meteor (SMM) that fell in the Coloma-Lotus area on April 22 of last year.
Sponsored by the Gold Trail Grange, the event featured Dr. Peter Jenniskens, who is a senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center. Jenniskens coordinated the search for fragments of the SMM and was the lead author on a research paper published in December …
June came in like a lion for Roy and Willie Hoisington after a suspected mini-twister or at least a heavy-duty dust devil hit their property. The Placerville residents say around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday morning their dog woke them with his restless behavior and whining. Not knowing the reason, the Hoisingtons went back to sleep. […]
A Wastewater Facilities Master Plan (WFMP) was approved by the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) board of directors at its May 28 meeting. The plan is designed to ensure that EID’s wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system complies with all applicable state and federal wastewater discharge requirements and regulations. The plan was prepared by HDR Engineering Inc. […]
Coming up on a century mark is a big deal and not just because you’ve beaten the odds and get some cake.
In this case, it’s about a woman and organization reaching that milestone within a few weeks of each other. Both having traveled separate paths over the past 100 years, yet later coming together in a way that is mutually life affirming.
In the case of the organization, on May 22 of this year the American Cancer Society (ACS) celebrated its 100-year anniversary.
Founded in 1913 by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City, ACS is now the largest voluntary health organization in the country.
According to ACS, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will now survive …
“A lot of people are allergic to cats and dogs but not horses. Bringing them here gets the residents out of bed because they know the horses are coming. Look at all the smiles.” Stacey Boyd, Shingle Springs resident who is the owner of Layla, the miniature horse that visits Gold Country Health Center. It’s […]
El Dorado County may be a long way from surf city, but that hasn’t prevented a legend in the surfing world from making his home here.
A member of the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame, Floyd Smith, 73, has been in the surfboard business for 50 years and has surfed all over the world. He’s also the Smith half of the world renown firm of Gordon & Smith.
Holding his fifth annual “Surf Day” May 18 at his home in Rescue, Smith not only celebrated the industry …
Tending to horses from the cloud bedecked mountains of Peru to the steamy lowlands of Honduras is Placerville vet Dr. David Turoff, 62, who recently received an award as Veterinary Practitioner of the Year from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). According to HSVMA, since 2001 Dr. Turoff has led or participated in more than […]
Inspired by Thomas Edison and other inventors, on May 22 third graders at Pinewood Elementary School showed off their own creations on what in their classroom is called Thomas Edison Day.
An annual event inspired by third grade teacher Lorrie Hargon, the students arranged themselves around the perimeter of their classroom and in trade show fashion, showed off what they had invented and how to use it. Other Pinewood students trooped through the classroom, one class at a time, to ogle and ask questions.
The board of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) heard more specifics about a proposal for Cal Fire to run the district at its meeting May 16. Providing the information was Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan, who provided the board with an update on the district’s Request for Proposal to Cal […]
Hoping to reach even more people, and especially seniors, the Food Bank of El Dorado County has launched a new mobile food truck program that delivers groceries to those most in need. Started two months ago, so far the mobile food truck has made stops in El Dorado Hills, South Lake Tahoe and Pollock Pines […]
A public presentation on the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite by SETI Institute meteor expert, Dr. Peter Jenniskens, will be held on June 1 in Coloma. On Dec. 21, 2012 a consortium of researchers published in the journal Science the first results from the analysis of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite and the circumstances of the asteroid impact […]
At its Thursday meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission took a first step in establishing a new West County animal shelter facility. Up for consideration by the commission was whether or not the location of the animal shelter within an industrial park was compatible with the county’s General Plan. Proposed plans for the shelter […]
Caltrans continues to work on a $43 million project on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe from Trout Creek Bridge to Ski Run Boulevard. Landscaping, striping and electrical work is scheduled for spring and summer 2013. Completion is expected in summer or early fall. Work is also starting on a $7.3 project from just west […]