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 […]
A workshop held by the board of Georgetown Divide Public Utility District on Jan 17 ended with a decision that finally resolved a conflict with Caltrans over a highway construction project slated for later this year. After listening to a presentation on the project by Kelly Shively, assistant operations manager for the district, the board […]
Meet Shawn Allen and Andi Wagner, energetic Realtors with a passion for real estate and El Dorado County. These two Placerville Realty World Platinum stars know how to work in today’s market. Allan ‘loves real estate’ Shawn Allan said she loves living in El Dorado County and showing properties to those interested in also calling it […]
Hoping to bring more business to the community center, the Board of Directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District approved new rental fees for the facility at its Jan. 16 meeting. Effective immediately, fees for renting the Assembly Hall will be reduced by 20 percent. Previously the cost to rent the entire Assembly hall […]
Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck gathered Sunday, Jan. 13, for a reunion to remember what happened a year ago when the passenger ship they were on struck a reef and capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people.
Reluctant to talk to the media until now, the group of El Dorado County residents — Joanna and Adam Lynch, Phyllis Eggan, and Brenda Miller — recalled what happened that day and afterwards. Their story is a tale of survival, kindness, friendship and faith.
Between the new budget agreement signed into law on Jan. 2 by President Obama and all the new taxes associated with Obamacare, Americans are facing a whole rash of additional taxes this year despite promises to the contrary. According to the budget agreement, income tax rates will remain the same for most people. However 77 […]
Caltrans continues work on a 40 to 50 foot section of Highway 193 just north of Rockcreek Road. Initially expected to be finished by mid-November of last year, Caltrans is installing a retaining wall, widening and resurfacing the road, and placing a barrier on the slope side of the road. Currently stoplights are managing traffic […]
With the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary fresh in everyone’s mind, there have been calls from politicians across the country to impose stricter gun control or even to abolish the Second Amendment.
President Barack Obama has said he favors stronger background checks, a meaningful ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines, although he’s unsure such legislation would pass in the House of Representatives.
Vice President Joe Biden has offered that Obama could …
The El Dorado County Planning Commission took action at its Jan. 10 meeting that moved ahead the Malcolm Dixon Road Estates Subdivision by approving a revision to the approved tentative map that included a phased plan for financing improvements. The property, which is owned by Chris Labarbera, consists of 40.6 acres, divided into eight lots, […]
As GDPUD has moved forward with plans to retrofit the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) water treatment plant, questions and charges have arisen regarding why earlier plans to build a new water treatment plant at Greenwood Lake (GL) were later abandoned.
That decision, according to the different agencies involved, traces its history back to 2004. At the time the district’s two water treatment plants at Walton Lake and …
Brian McMahon, 62 of El Dorado Hills, was recently appointed undersecretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (CLWDA) by Gov. Jerry Brown. CLWDA is a cabinet level agency that coordinates the workforce programs of six different state departments including the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the Employment Development Department, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Workforce […]
Members of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board elected Bonnie McLane as President, Ray Griffiths as Vice President and Maria Capraun as Treasurer in a Jan. 8 meeting. The board also discussed how the district should respond to a third request from Caltrans regarding a highway improvement project in Kelsey that impacts a water […]
Attendance was sparse at the first of a series of workshops to be held by the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District with only five to seven members of the public in the audience. The subject of the Jan. 3 meeting was board policies and procedures. Since board President Ray Griffiths was absent […]
Regina Collins, 61, was recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Area Board III of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Collins is currently employed by the California Dental Association as the director of component relations. Her position is that of liaison between the state organization and 32 dental societies in California. Previously she […]
Amateur meteor chasers, NASA scientists and the media descended on the Coloma/Lotus area after a rare meteor, initially estimated to weigh 70 metric tons, shattered over El Dorado County early in the morning on April 22, 2012. As the news spread of the meteor and its value, it sparked a gold rush of a different […]
Attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis as a computer science major would keep most people busy.
But not Nick Montez, 25, of Somerset who seems to always be up to a new challenge.
Home from the U.S. Naval Academy for Christmas, Montez said that soon after entering Annapolis in 2009, he started taking pictures as a hobby at Navy sporting events and would drop them off at the office of the Navy newspaper for their use.
They liked his work so much that when he volunteered to take pictures on a regular basis they jumped at the offer and gave him a press pass. Since then he’s cultivated a following and also takes pictures of his classmates to send home or post on their Facebook pages.
Over the past four years, Montez said he’s covered any number of Army-Navy games, boxing matches, lacrosse games, soccer matches, pep rallies …