After reviewing updates to the county’s Housing Element of the County General Plan at the March 14 meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission voted to forward a draft of the plan to the Board of Supervisors for further action. As part of a staff presentation, the commission reviewed what occurred after the last Housing […]
Contracts for legal services with three different firms were reviewed by the Budget and Administration Committee of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Up for discussion Wednesday night was a contract with the Biegler Law Firm of Sacramento that functions as the district’s general counsel. Biegler would be paid a flat fee of $300 to […]
According to a press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), activities to stop the spread of the intestinal superbug Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff, have not yielded large improvements to date. In a recent survey of APIC members, 70 percent of infection preventionists said they had adopted […]
Tuesday’s board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District was long and rancorous, although it could have been much longer except for the absence of General Manager Hank White. Out due to illness, board member Norm Krizl initially suggested postponing the meeting until White returned. Krizl went on to complain about the length of the […]
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, people were horrified by the devastation to life and property. One of those was Placerville resident Capt. Craig White, who happened to be temporarily laid up after injuring his leg. Watching the news coverage got him thinking about how to save lives not only in the event […]
The final workshop of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District last week drew as many members of the public as it did board members, with Kathy Otermat missing and only four people in the audience. On tap for the evening was a presentation by Garden Valley resident Dennis Goodenow on different policy management options open […]
Gun control, road closures, gangs, and other topics were covered when El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed the women of the El Dorado County Republican Women Federated at their Monday meeting. D’Agostini opened by noting that everyone was probably already aware of the letter he sent to Vice President Joe Biden in which he […]
Being the first child born in the new maternity wing of Marshall Medical Center comes with special privileges, one of which is having a mural painted just for you. Hand-painted on canvas by local artist Cathie Urquhart of Cathie Urquhart Murals and More, the mural was presented to parents Raman and Sakshi Chopra of El Dorado, […]
A spaghetti feed to help purchase a Quad Rugby Chair for quadriplegic Dwayne Nystrom is planned for March 16 and the community is invited. Organized by longtime family friend Diane Ungles, the event marks the second time she has hosted a fund-raising event for Nystrom. The first one was in 2010 when she organized a small […]
The California State Senate Rules Committee has announced the appointment of Georgetown physician Alexis Lieser, 36, to the California State Commission on Emergency Medical Services. Lieser is an emergency physician and director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Marshall’s Medical Center in Placerville where she has worked since 2010. Nominated for the position by the […]
With her pointe shoes in tow, Placerville ballerina Aubrey Kendler left last Thursday on a 19-hour plane trip to Moscow to study at the Bolshoi’s Ballet Academy.
The 16-year-old junior at Oak Ridge School will be there until June, training at one of the premier classical ballet companies in the world.
Kendler said the opportunity to train with the Bolshoi was the result of an intensive training program run by the Bolshoi’s Ballet Academy that she attended last summer in New York. At the end of the program, she was evaluated and was ecstatic when afterwards they extended her an invitation to participate in the year-round program in Moscow.
The talented Placerville youth said she has been taking ballet since she was 12 but didn’t get serious about it until a couple of years ago. That was around the same time she attended a different summer intensive run by the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Kirkland is a world renown American ballerina.
Unseasonably warm weather is keeping the snowpack below average for this time of year according to the most recent readings taken by the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR).
Conducted on Feb. 28 by Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for CDWR, only 29 inches of hard packed snow were measured at Phillips Station, which is located near Echo Summit.
However, Gehrke said things are not grim yet because the water content of the snow is actually higher than it was last year at this time. When measured on Thursday, it was 13.4 inches or 54 percent of average for this time of year. A year ago it was 3.9 inches.
The amount of snow measured on Thursday was also higher than this time last year when it was at only 17.7 inches.
“Clearly it’s not what we want to see,” Gehrke said, “but it’s better than it was last year.”
An ad agency from Los Angeles was in El Dorado County last week filming a new commercial for Dr. Pepper. Lisa Johnson, the executive producer of the commercial, said on Wednesday they shot at Sly Park. On Thursday they set up their equipment along the shore of the American River off Highway 50. With a […]
The Feb. 21 workshop for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District consisted of discussion with no specific actions taken. Only three board members were present for the workshop as Kathy Otermat and Norm Krizl were absent. Reviewed was a discussion of raw and treated water, connection fees, cost of service maintenance and infrastructure. Part of […]
A new spa-like retirement facility is now open in Shingle Springs that promises to be a home away from home for those wanting to retire in luxury. Located on 150 acres of rolling green hills dotted with oaks and a meandering stream, the Hulbert Ranch Assisted Living facility is the brainchild of ranch owners, Gary […]
The El Dorado County Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC) made a return visit to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 25, asking for ten percent of the hotel tax (Transient Occupancy Tax) collected by the county. With a cadre of supporters from all over the county, they asked the board for $200,000 of the approximate […]
Pirates of the Caribbean, Haiti’s Path from Underdevelopment to Catastrophe was the theme of a talk at Federated Church on Saturday, Feb. 16. Part of a series of presentations called the “Season for Nonviolence,” two sociology professors from Cameron Park discussed the work they have done in Haiti over the past 10 years before a […]
A decision to hire or not hire a permanent front desk person was sent to the Budget and Administration Committee for further study after a lengthy discussion by the Cameron Park Community Services District board on Wednesday night, Feb. 20. Currently the district is using temporary help to cover the front desk. General Manager Mary […]
The El Dorado County Fire District Board of Directors received further confirmation of the district’s dismal financial condition Thursday night when its auditor reported a $1.4 million dollar deficit for the prior fiscal year. Certified Public Accountant Craig Fechter, of Fechter and Company, said the district received $9.7 million in revenues and had $11.1 million in […]
This is part two of a two-part article featuring an interview of consulting economist John Williams who believes that many of the statistics issued by the government misrepresent the true state of the economy. Part one ran in the Feb. 22 issue. John Williams, a San Francisco based economic consultant, said the unemployment numbers put […]
The burned out remains of the Los Hermanos restaurant in Pollock Pines are in the process of being removed with plans being made for a retail outlet to take its place. Evan Bell, who owns the old restaurant building as well as the Pony Express Station Plaza where the building is located, said all the […]
Are you a woman wanting to learn more about how to buy and sell stocks? Then the Golden Hills Investment Club may be the ticket as they are in the market for new members. In operation in El Dorado County since 1989, the group is loosely affiliated with the National Association of Investment Clubs, known […]
A study to help improve the local as well as regional economy was approved by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) at its Feb. 7 meeting. Called the Bay-To-Tahoe Basin Recreation and Tourism Rural Roadway Impact Study, the work will be carried out by Wood Rodgers Inc. at a cost of $239,775, with funding provided by […]
This is part one of a two-part article featuring an interview with consulting economist John Williams, who believes that many of the statistics issued by the government misrepresent the true state of the economy. On Feb. 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest national unemployment figures, saying that unemployment in January was […]
Golf lessons, a tsunami and finding one’s path in life were melded into an inspirational talk given to members of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at their meeting on Feb. 13.
Provided by PGA teaching professional Will Robins, the golf pro described surviving a devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004 while on his honeymoon.
Robins said the life-threatening event altered his perspective on life and the career path he subsequently pursued. He has since developed a golf academy based on his insights, insights which have produced amazing results for his clients.
The tsunami occurred on Dec. 26, 2004 after a 9.1 to 9.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean. At the time, Robins and his new wife Amanda, were honeymooning on the island of Phuket, which is off the coast of Thailand. They were on the last day …
The agenda for the Feb. 14 workshop included five items, but it was all the board of directors of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District could do to get through just one of them — namely, the job description and salary schedule for the business and finance manager. That item was originally on the agenda for […]
It was standing room only as residents sat through the Feb. 12 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. A meeting that dragged on for well over six hours. Putting off the most important decision on the agenda, Board President Bonnie McLane, along with Directors Kathy Otermat and Maria Capraun, voted to delay […]
A policy governing employee use of district vehicles was the main topic of discussion at the Feb. 7 workshop of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s Board of Directors. The meeting began with Director Norm Krizl once again questioning why a workshop was being used to conduct business that belonged on the agenda of the […]
Placerville resident Rosalee Shorter, 36, has been appointed to the California Physician Assistant Board by Gov. Jerry Brown. A physician assistant for eight years, Shorter previously worked at George Washington University, Department of Surgery and now is employed at Mercy Medical Group, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has a Master of Public Health/Physician Assistant degree […]
“I can always find a solution to a problem and have never worked on a car I couldn’t fix,” said mechanic Jeff Peters. Owner of Paramount Motorworks, Peters, 35, has had his own vehicle service and repair shop in Cameron Park for a year and a half. But he said he’s had years of experience […]
At their fifth workshop, the board of directors of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District finalized a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a new general counsel for the district. The reworked RFP will be presented at the next regular board meeting for approval. With half of the workshop spent parsing the language of the […]
Homicide rates from other countries, whether by guns or by other means, don’t make the case for the United States being an unusually violent country. In fact, the U.S. is near the bottom of the list of countries in terms of homicides and homicides due to firearms. The United Nations, office of Drugs and Crimes, […]
At the same time controversy swirls around proposals for even stricter gun control measures, below the radar is the increasing militarization of police agencies in the country from the federal government down to local police departments. This has occurred despite the fact that the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally bars the military from law […]
Rare, complex, and super fast, the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite that landed in the Lotus-Coloma area last April 22 has been a scientific treasure trove, according to those who have studied it.
Called a Carbonaceous Chondrite Regolith Breccia (that is, a primitive meteorite rich in carbon compounds and glass spherules or agglutinates), the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite was of a very rare type, making up less than 3 percent of all known meteorites.
Recently the meteorite was the subject of a paper published in the Dec. 21, 2012, issue of …
A Thursday evening workshop held by the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District ended with a decision to consider appointing a finance committee to help sort out multiple financial issues and policies. Board member Norm Krizl started the meeting by saying the workshops seemed to be turning into regular meetings and some members […]
After a two-hour discussion, a revision to a Special Use Permit for Oakstone Winery was approved on a 3-1 vote by the El Dorado County Planning Commission. The Jan. 24 meeting drew a large crowd of supporters, as well as a few critics, regarding the application from John and Susan Smith, who own the winery. […]
It may have been a bit foggy in Henningsen Lotus Park last Saturday, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the 4-H SET youths who gathered to get a lesson in geology and, in particular, fossils.
Led by project leader Danielle Fisher, 45, of Greenwood, the youths went through a series of hands-on experiments including simulating how resin, dripping from trees, trapped and preserved insects a hundred million years ago. They also examined fossils on loan from the Eureka Gems & Mineral shop in Placerville, viewed a collection of dinosaur bones and dung, and went on a fossil fuel scavenger hunt.
Participating in all these activities were an energetic group of youngsters …
El Dorado Hills resident Sharon Hilliard, 48, was recently appointed as chief deputy at the California Employment Development Department by Governor Jerry Brown. Hilliard, who has worked for EDD her entire career, will earn $128,064 in the new position. The El Dorado Hills woman said she started with EDD at the age of 17 when […]
After many years of planning and fund-raising, the new wing of Marshall Medical Center officially opened at 5 a.m. on Jan. 15.
The impressive three-story building includes a state-of-the-art emergency department on the ground floor along with a large lobby and private consultation rooms. A very spacious and comfortable maternity center occupies the second floor. The third floor is not used at present.
Over 90 employees work in the new emergency department, including two physicians on call 24 hours a day, 50 RNs, nurse practitioners, and a crew of support staff.
The hospital staff are particularly proud that the new emergency room is certified as a Level III trauma center, one of only two in all of California.
The Grizzly Flat Community Services District (GFCSD) may be small, but it seems to get everything right from its choice of general manager, to its board, to the way it does business. Previously a private water company owned by the developer of Grizzly Flat, in 1987 it was formed as a public utility by the […]