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Memorial planned for local Indian chief

Hoping to bring greater recognition to the achievements of a local Indian chief who was born almost 200 years ago, plans are being made to honor his memory at next year’s annual Nature Fest in Georgetown. Named Coppa Hembo, the Indian chief never quite fit the stereotype of more well-known Indian chiefs whose reputations were […]

General manager’s authority questioned at GDPUD meeting

At the Nov. 13 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board, General Counsel William Wright asked the board to consider a resolution confirming the general manager’s contracting authority, noting that some members of the public have questioned that authority. In particular, Wright pointed to criticism of General Manager Hank White approving a contract […]

Three offer turkey dinners

Thanksgiving is an open invitation to feast in the company of good people. And throughout El Dorado County, different charitable groups are hosting free or donation-only dinners where everyone is welcomed. One of the biggest and best known places to share a meal is at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner which is held at Gurnell Hall […]

More staff losses at GDPUD

Facing an ever-shrinking staff, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District moved forward on a number of employee related actions at its Nov. 13 meeting. The latest person to submit his resignation was General Counsel William Wright. In a letter dated Nov. 12, Wright announced that after 22 years with the district, he […]

CPCSD takes up marketing

Better marketing of the facilities of the Cameron Park Community Services District was on the board’s mind at its Wednesday night meeting. After a lengthy discussion, the board voted to give General Manager Mary Cahill the authority to negotiate facility rates in order to boost rentals of the community center and parks. A staff report […]

Briggs cites progress in death penalty vote

Even though the proposition to repeal the death penalty was turned down by California voters, local proponent Supervisor Ron Briggs said he is elated by the outcome. An active supporter of the proposition, Briggs said, “the vote on Tuesday took away any question of’ if the death penalty would be eliminated, but when. “A year […]

Money influencing outcomes of propositions

Propositional legislation is big business in California as evidenced by how much money pours into campaigns to either pass or stop a ballot measures at each election. Initially devised as a way for the public to bypass an unresponsive legislature, putting propositions on the ballot is now used to grant special privileges to certain groups, […]

Propositional funding

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, more than $392 million dollars was poured into campaigns for and against different propositions on the November ballot. Their site lists contributions of $10,000 or more for the period of Jan. 1, 2011 to Nov. 4, 2012. However, since some groups often donate towards more than one proposition, while the […]

Help for Hurricane Sandy victims

Looking to help out those still shivering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Kelley Rogers, owner of the Hangtown Skate Shop, has been gathering coats and sweatshirts to send to New Jersey. Rogers said he heard about the need for warm clothing through a message sent out by a skate shop in New Jersey. “Jersey […]

Raley’s, union complete negotiations after nine-day strike

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and the United Food and Commercial Workers reached an agreement Tuesday morning, ending a nine-day strike that included the Placerville grocery store.

“This is very exciting because this contract provides us with the cost savings we need to fund our vision and the initiatives to make us more competitive in the 21st Century,“ stated President of Raley’s of Family Fine Stores Mike Teel in a press release. “I greatly appreciate the incredible effort put forth by our employees and company during this time as well as thank the many customers who continued to support us. As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again.”

Employees of Raley’s continued to picket outside the Placerville store Monday as negotiations took place in San Francisco between company management and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 union.

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Group takes aim at permit process and fees

A meeting of a group dedicated to reinvigorating the economy of the Divide by stimulating more construction work is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Coloma and the public is invited. Ron Wolsfeld is the leader of the group along with Ellsworth Rose, Pastor Jay McCarl of the Calvary Chapel on the Georgetown Divide, President of the […]

Boylan elected but won’t serve

Despite withdrawing from Tuesday’s election to the board of the Mother Lode Unified School District (MLUSD), Dr. Richard Boylan was picked by voters anyway, receiving 25.81 percent of the vote. Boylan ended up second in the vote tally despite his announcement on Oct. 22 that he was leaving the race for personal reasons. Both full […]

Krizl, Capraun win GDPUD

After a campaign that was often marked by rancor and accusations, one new board member was elected to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District and an incumbent was returned to office. Incumbent Norm Krizl won out against challenger Pat Snelling 57.6 to 42 percent with Krizl crediting his reelection to name recognition, experience, and a desire […]

Local voters stay conservative

El Dorado County voters went red on Tuesday as they voted more conservatively than other voters in the state and the nation. Nationally, Democrat President Barack Obama took 50.4 and Republican Mitt Romney 48.1 percent of the popular vote. In California, Obama took 59.1 and Romney 38.6 percent. However, locally Romney was the winner with […]

Tucker and Neibauer elected to CPCSD

The Cameron Park Community Services District will welcome a returning board member as well as a new one as a result of Tuesday’s election. Vicky Neibauer was the top vote getter in Tuesday’s election receiving 43.4 percent of the vote. Neibauer is a senior budget analyst for Sacramento County and will be serving on the board […]

Still counting ballots

In an update provided late Wednesday afternoon by Bill Schultz, Recorder-Clerk-Registrar of Voters, the Elections Department still has about 13,400 mail-in ballots and provisional ballots to verify and count. He said once they have more results, they will be posted on their Website. Schultz said while the additional ballots may seem like a lot to […]

City permit fees double in 10 years

In September, the Mountain Democrat featured an article describing how permit fees to build a single family home in the county had risen over a 10-year period. By way of comparison, permit fees to build in the City of Placerville have also increased substantially over the past 10 years with water and traffic mitigation fees […]

Sly Park tourism generates $2.4 million

The Sly Park Recreation Area is more than just a pretty place. It’s also a money-maker for the community, bringing in an estimated $2.4 million in tourist dollars to help support local businesses.

That number comes from Cheri Jaggers, the Parks and Recreation superintendent for the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID). She based it on a study done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in which standard multipliers were developed to project the economic impact on local communities of recreation areas.

While Sly Park was not part of the study, Jaggers used the same multipliers and came up with a conservative estimate of $2.4 million dollars spent locally by tourists using the Sly Park Recreation Area. That total does not include fees paid…

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Local utility man heads to N.Y. state: PG&E sends 150

A Diamond Springs man is heading to New York today to help deal with the damage from the monster storm that is swamping the East Coast. James Steele, who works for PG&E as a troubleman, left from Sacramento today. His son, Chris Steele, called to say his father will help to repair damage caused by […]

Tahoe clam control begins

On Tuesday, scientists from UC Davis and the University of Nevada along with officials from different state agencies and planning agencies, gathered to view the largest Asian clam control project in the history of Lake Tahoe. The goal of the project is to rid the lake of the clams before they spread. The clams live on […]

Class favorite: Cosmetology teacher retires

After 26 years, a beloved cosmetology instructor at Shenandoah High School is hanging up her smock, putting away her curling iron, and retiring. Mary Ann Turpin-Elder, who has been teaching in El Dorado County since 1986, will celebrate her last day of full-time teaching on Halloween. However she isn’t going away entirely because she will continue […]

Glass Store/Commercial: Placerville Glass

This locally owned store can order you new windows or repair those that are fogged or broken. It offers simple single pane windows to dual pane replacements and installs shower and tub enclosures as well as fancy frameless heavy glass doors. It also repairs broken storefront plate-glass and provides board up service in emergencies. It […]

Best Flower Shop: Placerville Flowers on Main

Fresh flowers are a great way to add a special touch to any event. Surprise your special someone or just add a splash of color to any room with a beautiful arrangement. Placerville Flowers on Main is here to help people customize the perfect style for any occasion. “Placerville Flowers on Main really came to our […]

Best Salon: The Look Salon

The Look invites you to come by their classic contemporary salon. Their staff is certified in precision cutting, expert coloring and professional styling. They also offer a full array of spa services, to relax and pamper you. At The Look, the staff always take the time to get to know their clients and fully understand what […]

Best Fruit/Veggie Farm: Boa Vista Orchards

Boa Vista Orchards sells farm-fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. This includes Bing and Rainier cherries; apricots; blueberries, peaches and nectarines; Asian pears; Bartlett, Bosc and El Dorado pears; pluots and plums; blackberries; and persimmons. Vegetables include sweet white corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, red and yellow potatoes, green beans, yams, […]

Best Sushi: Amerikan Ichi Sushi

Amerikan Ichi represents the influence of American culture on a classic Japanese cuisine. They have taken sushi to a whole new level, by offering all you can eat sushi, made fresh to order. Placerville resident Kathleen Ahrens picked Amerikan Ichi Sushi as her favorite, saying, ” The menu choices are so broad and can appeal to […]

Glass Store/Residential: Placerville Glass

Placerville Glass is one of the oldest locally owned glass shops in El Dorado County with over 30 years of providing a multitude of products and services to the community. The company offers free estimates in most cases. If you have blueprints, the company does its own take-off’s. It employs its own journeymen glaziers that […]

Best Mexican Food: Cascada Restaurante & Cantina

Cascada serves an eclectic mix of Mexican favorites and California cuisine with a Latin flare in an upscale setting without the upscale price. Also available is an extensive wine list featuring fine wines from many local wineries and also a full bar. “Great food, great ambience….I have been there 10 plus times and love it.” said one resident. “The service […]

Local Attraction: The Gold Bug Mine

The Gold Bug Mine is a real gold mine from the Gold Rush Days which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Visitors can tour the mine on their own or as part of a guided tour; can visit a second mine, called the Priest mine, with a guide; observe a blacksmith at […]

Best Apple Treats: Boa Vista Orchards

Boa Vista Orchards sells 18 different varieties of apples that are harvested throughout the year, so stop by anytime for some delicious and crunchy apples. Or enjoy a fresh apple turnover with a glass of apple wine. Their picnic area is just across the street with views of the Sierra Nevada. If you can’t visit […]

Farmers Market: Placerville Saturday Morning Market

Produce sold at Placerville Farmer’s Market is freshly picked and nutritionally fabulous. Unlike store produce which is picked many days in advance and hundreds of miles away, most produce at the market is picked within hours of market days. And the visitor can talk directly to the farmer and learn about new varieties of fruits […]

Printer: Minuteman Press

When it comes to business communications services, Minuteman Press can do it all. With a complete range of products and services at your disposal, they can help you get your message out to customers, employees and vendors alike. The business is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2861 Ray Lawyer Drive […]

Best Pools/Spa: The Pool Place

The Pool Place is a complete pool and patio shop. It sells BioGuard chemicals for pools and spas; offers computer water analysis; sells Doughboy above ground pools as well as all pool-related supplies and spa chemicals; and offers maintenance and repairs. Placerville resident Robbin Kronk had nothing but praise for The Pool Place. “The staff […]

Best Oil Change: Splasherville Express Car Wash and Lube

Splasherville makes vehicle maintenance quick, convenient — and even a little fun. You relax in the comfort of your own car while trained technicians complete the services requested. Only Castrol oil is used and the oil change takes as little as 15 minutes and includes a 15-point vehicle inspection, fill up of all fluids, and a free […]

Best Asian Food: Hong Kong Inn

Readers selected the Hong Kong Inn for the best Asian food. The restaurant features typical Chinese fare with favorites being General Tso’s chicken and sesame chicken. Lunch and dinner specials are available. Resident Chuck Holland recommends them saying, “For Chinese food, they are probably the best in town. They are the most reasonable and they […]

Best Music Store: Main Street Music

Main Street Music buys, sells, and trades all kinds of musical equipment, including guitars, mandolins, violins, drums, keyboards, and much more. They also offer lessons, do repairs, and have an open acoustic jam every Friday from 5-7 p.m. One of those voting for Main Street Music was Placerville resident Aimee Jarvis. “I’ve been going there […]

Doc on trail of mystery clock

Walking into The Timepiece repair shop is like visiting a scene in the movie, “The Time Machine.”

For once inside, you are surrounded with the sounds and sights of ticking clocks — all kinds of clocks — from German cuckoo clocks to American anniversary clocks.

And sitting undisturbed in their midst is owner William Lockyer, 68, who at the moment is concentrating on pieces of a disemboweled antique clock. A clock that its owner claims once belonged to horror film star Boris Karloff.

For Lockyer, his job is not just that of returning this particular clock to working condition but to determine, as near as possible, who its former owner was, because doing so could more than double its value.

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Mountain lion sighted on Cedar Ravine

Friday morning, a young mountain lion was spotted by residents living on Gemstone Road, which is off of Cedar Ravine near Quarry Road. Tom Weeks said he was sitting outside his home around 9 a.m. drinking coffee with his wife. At the time she was reading the newspaper about all the recent sightings of mountain […]

More information provided for managers’ PERS

Candidates running for the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District and a few readers have written in to complain that the information contained in the article comparing the compensation package of Hank White, general manager of GDPUD, with that of Jim Abercrombie, general manager of the El Dorado Irrigation District was unclear or incorrect. […]

GDPUD: Snelling seeks seat

Running for the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District is Pat Snelling, 65.

A resident of Garden Valley, but not a ratepayer in the district, Snelling is vying for the seat of incumbent Norm Krizl.

Snelling says her qualifications for the job include a degree in Agriculture from Sierra College plus one year’s experience working for the California Department of Water Resources. She also worked for 12 years as a communication technician and is now retired.

Saying that water is her passion, Snelling maintains that her main beefs with the district are how it spends its money and the extent to which the board provides …

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GM compensation compared between GDPUD and EID

Board members and candidates for the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District have made various claims regarding the salary and compensation package of General Manager Hank White as opposed to that of the general manager of the El Dorado Irrigation District, Jim Abercrombie. Below are the salary and compensation figures provided to us […]

Fire district faces $1.6 million deficit: Accounting snafu

Facing a serious financial shortfall, the El Dorado County Fire Protection District board of directors voted to accept a revised budget at its Oct. 18 meeting. Acting Fire Chief Mike Hardy reported that the district was $1.6 million in the red this year. In addition, the Joint Powers Authority ambulance service has a budget shortfall. […]

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