Dawn Hodson

Emergency crews prepare for the worst

Screaming patients, contaminated victims and chaos took over Marshall Medical Center last Thursday as emergency crews participated in a drill simulating a mass-casualty incident.

Coordinated with multiple agencies, more than 100 personnel from the medical center, Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Sheriff, El Dorado Office of Emergency Services, the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Public Health, El Dorado County EMS and Union Mine High School participated in the four-hour event.

Tip a hat to Harry Dunlop, ‘the water guy’

Harry Dunlop died at his home in Diamond Springs on Nov. 5 at the age of 95.

Dunlop was a giant in the water world, a giant when it came to community service and a giant when it came to moral stature.

No newcomer to El Dorado County, Dunlop’s family history went back to the 1880s when his grandfather bought 160 acres on the site where Walmart stands today. Growing pears when the fruit was in its heyday, his father John Dunlop was the county’s assistant agriculture commissioner. the senior Dunlop also assisted in the acquisition of Sly Park. Harry’s mother Antonia was a member of the Forni family, another long-time ranching family.

El Dorado Hills housing development growing by 50 lots

Parker Development received the go ahead to add residential lots to its Serrano development at the Nov. 12 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. Located near the intersection of Village Green Drive and Russi Ranch Drive in El Dorado Hills, the 122-acre site will be divided into 50 residential lots plus four open space lots. Making up Phase II […]

GDPUD preps for King Fire impacts

With sludge, trees and other debris from the King Fire still a concern, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors voted to use some of its reserves to mitigate any impact on Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the district’s water supply at its Nov. 10 meeting. Operations Manager Darrell Creeks said 3,500 to 4,000 […]

Vet helps keep PT boats afloat, during and after war

“Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones

At 93 and still full of spunk, Rolf Bruckner sipped his whiskey seven and recalled a life that has included serving in both World War II and Korea, helping Navy servicemen earn college degrees and participating in the restoration of a PT boat to mint condition — an accomplishment he still relishes to this day.

One of those selected to be honored at local Veterans Day events this past Wednesday, Bruckner was born in Hamburg, Germany. Still a toddler, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1924 where they settled in New Jersey.

EID rate increase in customers’ hands

On a split vote the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved proposed rate increases over the next five years subject to the outcome of a Proposition 218 process. At the same time the board approved a two-year operating budget, a proposed revised rate structure for small farm and agricultural properties with a residence […]

The future is in the driveway

Straight out of the space program and soon to be parked in your driveway is the latest in passenger vehicles — an electric car that runs on hydrogen. Manufactured by Toyota and called the Mirai, which in Japanese means future, the sleek-looking vehicle combines oxygen with hydrogen in a fuel cell to produce electricity. That then powers an electric motor, […]

Apple juice tests positive for E. coli

El Dorado County Environmental Health confirmed Wednesday that High Hill Ranch’s apple juice tested positive for E. coli. The results from the testing of two other samples of juice have not yet been released. Seven people from the Sacramento area became ill after visiting the ranch earlier this fall. Jerry Visman, who with his wife owns High Hill […]

New senior lunch site in Cameron Park

Cameron Park has its own county-run senior lunch program as of Nov. 2. The lunches are available to seniors 60 and older on Monday through Friday from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. A suggested donation for the meals is $3. The lunches are available to all seniors but […]

Safeway earns excellence in employment award

It was Safeway’s day to shine on Oct. 23 as the Cameron Park store received an award for Excellence in Employment from the nonprofit group, InAlliance. “Safeway was given the award because of its commitment to diversity in the workplace and for expanding job opportunities for those with development disabilities,” said Jeralynn Strong. Strong, who presented the […]

EID board reviews budget, mulls rate changes

A mid-cycle budget update for 2015-16 was provided at the Oct. 26 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors and included a discussion of raising rates next year. Overall, the district expects to take in more revenue than expected in 2015 but less in 2016. Finance Director Mark Price noted that because of the drought, […]

Water board fines four California water guzzlers

Four water agencies were hit with fines by the State Water Resources Control Board after consistently not meeting their water conservation goals. Announced last Friday by the SWB, the city of Beverly Hills, city of Indio, city of Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District were all hit with $61,000 in fines for failing to meet […]

Best Winery: Boeger Winery and Wine Tasting

Winemaker Greg Boeger has been pioneering unique varietals and artisan blends since the ‘70s. With son Justin, also a winemaker, Boeger Winery produces award-winning wines from the 30 different varieties of grapes grown on its vineyards. The 2013 Boeger Estate Zinfandel won gold in the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; its 2012 Pinot Grande was awarded gold and best Pinot […]

Best Steak and Fine Dining: Henry’s Steakhouse

Located inside Red Hawk Casino, Henry’s Steakhouse serves USDA Prime and Wagyu steaks, select seafood and fresh fish, succulent Colorado lamb, free-range poultry and game. To go with these superb meals are wines from El Dorado, Napa and Sonoma counties, as well as wines from around the world. House specialties include surf and turf, prime rib of beef accompanied by Yorkshire […]

Best Coffee: Bean Barn

Once again voted the best place to get a great cup of coffee is the Bean Barn. A convenient drive-through that is staffed by cheerful and friendly people, order your choice of a piping hot latte, mocha, black and white, hot chocolate, chai tea, brewed coffee, cappuccino, cafe au lait or tea. They also have a variety of iced […]

Best Bed and Breakfast: Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast

For the best in luxury accommodations, nothing tops Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast. From elegant and individually designed guest rooms to the scrumptious breakfasts, an overnight stay is always a memorable one. Located on a five-acre estate with stunning views of the American River and the surrounding countryside, this bed and breakfast is conveniently located close to a wide array of […]

Best mortgage company: Vision Mortgage

Vision Mortgage is staffed by mortgage professionals with years of experience that can find the right adjustable or fixed rate loan that suits your particular financial goals. With access to hundreds of real estate loan programs at their fingertips, their loan consultants can hep you get the best terms available on the biggest investment you’ll probably ever make. Check out their […]

Best Firearms and Accessories: Defense Shot in Shingle Springs provides training in everything you need to learn to become proficient and comfortable using a gun. Defense shot offers two-day courses on everything needed to safely and effectively carry a concealed firearm in California. Those new to buying a gun will find the Beginner Handguns class particularly useful as it provides an in-depth introduction to handgun essentials that prepares people to safely and […]

Best Bakery: Sweetie Pie’s

Voted by readers as the best bakery is Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant and Bakery. A popular downtown eatery, customers frequent it for breakfast, lunch or just for dessert. The baked goods are delicious and extensive, including cinnamon rolls, all kinds of breads, scones, 19 kinds of pie including olallieberry crumb, sour cream apple olallieberry, sour cream apple, rhubarb-raspberry and chocolate cream. Also […]

Best Travel Agency: Hangtown Travel

Hangtown Travel has been in business since 1971, specializing in individual, customized services with an emphasis on high-end travel. Its staff have travel experience from all over the world and can help plan the most complicated of trips, off er advice and help you avoid common travel problems. That leaves you with the job of just enjoying yourself. They can […]

Best Breakfast: Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant and Bakery

Locals and travelers alike frequent Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant and Bakery for breakfast favorites like french toast and Belgian waffles; olallieberry, health nut or buttermilk pancakes; or a breakfast burrito. Those in the mood for a scramble will find a variety of delectable combinations served with country potatoes. Eggs prepared diff erent ways are on the menu along with oatmeal, cheese blintzes […]

Best Entertainment For Kids: El Dorado County Fair

Chosen as the best place when it comes to entertaining the kids is the El Dorado County Fair. With carnival rides, midway games, and corn dogs and cotton candy for eating, the county fair is a place you can find fun for everyone in the family. Events during this year’s fair had something for kids of all ages including […]

Best Asian Restaurant: Hong Kong Inn

Selected once again for serving up the best Asian cuisine is Hong Kong Inn. Providing quick service and delicious Chinese food at very reasonable prices, try them and they will soon become your favorite as well. Hong Kong Inn’s menu includes an array of appetizers from pot stickers to crispy noodles. Try their hot and sour soup for something spicy […]

Best Doughnuts: Sweet Score Cafe

Named best doughnut place is Sweet Score Cafe in Placerville. Offering up doughnuts, frozen yogurt, barbecue and more, it was formerly known as Sweet Score & Yogurt. Now owned by Nicole and Joshua Musil, look for new additions such as a soup and salad bar with bread bowl options, barbecue pork, chicken, and beef and a Kid’s Menu, plus the interior […]

Best Employment Agency: Blue Ribbon Personnel Services

Blue Ribbon Personnel Services can provide temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire employees as well as skill testing services to employers. For employees, Blue Ribbon’s temp-to-hire program gives them the chance to try out a job and potential employer to see if there is a good fit. The direct hire/executive placement program is free to the employee and places him/her directly with […]

Best Credit Union: Schools Financial Credit Union

A member-owned financial cooperative with more than $1.5 billion in assets and more than 120,000 members, Schools Financial Credit Union was founded over 80 years ago and ranks as one of the largest credit unions in California and the nation. Schools serves employees of public and private schools, school board members, students and members of alumni associations. They also offer online banking, a variety of IRAs, checking […]

Best Apple Pie: High Hill Ranch

Beating out the competition for best apple pie is High Hill Ranch. Filled to the brim with Golden Delicious apples and topped with a tender, flaky crust, this favorite is sold baked or unbaked. Other delicious pies they sell include sour cream apple, sour cream apple berry, Dutch apple, caramel apple, sugarless apple, berry, apple berry, pumpkin, pecan, apple cake, apple walnut cake, sugar-free apple cake, apple muffins, […]

Best Barbecue: Hog Wild Bar-B-Que & Catering

Offering a little taste of Texas is Hog Wild Bar-B-Que & Catering. Owned by Aaron and Jamie Evans, readers voted the restaurant as the best place for barbecue. Count on them for some finger licking food as well as good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. All of their meats are slow-smoked daily on a wood smoker. Their bread is also made fresh […]

Best Christmas Tree Farm: Indian Rock Ranch

A place to make lasting memories, the family owned Indian Rock Ranch has been in operation for more than 40 years. Once there, people can take their time fi nding the perfect Christmas tree among the 13 acres worth of silver tip, white fir, incense cedar, douglas fir, pine and specialty fir trees. Indian Rock Ranch also organizes Trees for […]

Best Floor Covering Store: Dick’s Carpet One Floor & Home

The Reader’s Choice when it comes to floor covering is Dick’s Carpet One Floor & Home. A store with a long history of excellent customer service, quality products and professionally certified installation, county residents enjoy the personal service that comes from this locally owned and operated business. Visit the showroom to see El Dorado County’s largest combined selection of carpet, hardwood, […]

Best Dinner: Brick’s Eats and Drinks

Selected as the best place in town for dinner is Brick’s Eats and Drinks, a long-time favorite of those wanting an upscale meal in downtown Placerville. Its warm and inviting pub-like interior is the perfect setting for a relaxing dinner with friends. Start with tasty appetizers like swordfi sh tacos, stuff ed portabella mushrooms or balsamic brussel sprouts. For dinner […]

Best Consignment Store: Violets Are Blue

Violets are Blue but you won’t be when you see the great prices at this women’s consignment store. Selling contemporary and vintage clothing since 1991, the boutique is a place to find high quality but inexpensive clothing and accessories. With a large assortment of items in-house and new ones being added all the time, check out its selection of jeans, […]

Best Electrician: T&M Electric

Owner operated, with more than 20 years of experience in the electrical industry, T&M Electric works on residences as well as commercial buildings. Handling all electrical needs, they can install custom light fixtures, fans, ceiling fans and exhaust fans as well as repair and install outlets and switches. In addition they can install communication and coax cabling, fuses, indoor and outdoor […]

Best Contractor: Straight Line Construction

Straight Line Construction has been in business since 1999, offering commercial and residential services for new roofing, roof repairs, construction and additions, windows, skylights, solar, insulation, gutters and leaf guards, painting, decks and siding. One customer said: “I wish to thank your company for the excellent assistance given to my mother in replacing her roof and gutters, damaged when a large […]

Best Equipment Rentals: Halk Equipment Rentals and Repairs

Celebrating 55 years in business, Halk Equipment Rentals and Repairs rents a large variety of equipment to small contractors and homeowners. Equipment for rent includes excavators, rototillers, augers, hand tools, jack hammers, air compressors, grading tractors, bobcats, pumps, generators, floor and carpet cleaners, floor polishers, horse and u-haul trailers. Halk also does small engine repairs. Address: 4064 Durock Road, Shingle Springs • Phone: (530)-677-2253

Best Used Car Dealer: Wells Auto Sales

If you’re looking for an enjoyable buying experience when shopping for your next car, Wells Auto Sales is the place. A family-owned and operated dealer in Placerville, on the lot you will find just about every make, model and price range you could wish for along with friendly, honest and knowledgeable staff. Testimonials from local customers highly recommend Wells, with one Grizzly Flat couple saying, “Ron […]

Best Delicatessen: Gularte’s Great Diamond Deli and Pizza

Hankering for a hot pastrami sandwich or a pizza smothered in garlic sauce with plenty of mozzarella? Then Gularte’s Deli and Pizza is your kind of restaurant. A family-run business that’s been around for 32 years, it’s an eatery that customers come back to again and again. The sandwich and pizza shop is about more than just great food. It’s […]

Best Tattoo Parlor: Royal Six Tattoo

Looking for exactly the right tattoo to adorn your body and tell the world who you are? Then Royal Six Tattoo is the place for you. The shop’s three talented tattoo artists and a piercer will work with you to create the one-of-a-kind look you want. They also offer a great selection of designs that they can custom fit to […]

Best Thrift Store: Snowline Thrift Store

Snowline Thrift Store’s off er a unique place for bargain hunters to shop, while also meeting the Snowline Hospice mission of supporting individualized end of life supportive care. Operating six thrift stores, five of which are in El Dorado County, Snowline Thrift Store’s accept gently used items as donations, then resells them at low prices, so everybody wins. Customers will find […]

Best Doctor: Dr. Gerardo Galang

Named by readers as best doctor is Dr. Gerardo Galang, a board certified internal medicine physician at Marshall Medical Center. Prior to joining Marshall, he lived in Moanalua, Hawaii, where he served as a hospitalist in the Internal Medicine Department at Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. Galang received his medical degree from the University of East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon […]

Best Realtor: Janine Waggener

A bundle of energy and enthusiasm, Janine Waggener has a solid track record of getting top dollar for area sellers. Her ideas for pre-sale home preparation get homes sold in less time. Waggener also has a list of trusted area service people to help with indoor and outdoor spruce-up projects. She employs a professional photographer, at her expense, to shoot […]

Best Women’s Shop: Off Broadway

Celebrating 41 years in Placerville is Off Broadway, the favorite women’s clothing store in the city. The renowned dress store was established in 1974 by longtime Placerville residents Rosie and Bob Gier. Together, with their staff , Off Broadway offers the latest and coolest fashions from Tribal Sportswear, Impulse, Erin London, Lost River, LuLu B, Parsley & Sage and many […]

Best Glass Replacement (Residential): J & J Glass

J & J Glass is locally owned and operated and has been serving satisfied customers since 1968. Taking great pride in its craftsmanship and products, J & J Glass specializes in window replacement, new windows, screens, skylights, glass doors in fireplace stoves, glass mirrors, custom glass projects, glass tables and glass shelves. Welcoming all jobs — big or small — the […]

Best Sushi: Amerikan Ichi

Got a yen for sushi? Then what better place to indulge your passion than at Amerikan Ichi. Pick your favorite of either raw or cooked nigiri sushi featuring delectables such as tuna, salmon, shrimp or other favorites. There’s also sashimi and a long list of raw, cooked and deluxe hand rolls to choose from. Try the Godzilla which is a […]

Best Orthodontist: Hoybjerg Family Orthodontics

You may have been born with crooked teeth, but you don’t have to live with them. There to get them back in line for that perfect smile is Dr. Christian Hoybjerg of Hoybjerg Family Orthodontics. Voted by readers as the best orthodontist, Hoybjerg’s friendly and family oriented staff are trained to deliver professional services while ensuring your comfort and safety. […]

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