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Best Auto Glass: Absolute Auto Glass

Voted best auto glass company for their workmanship, competitive prices and fast service is Absolute Auto Glass. The company can repair a chip or a crack in your windshield in 30 minutes at your location. If the entire windshield needs to be replaced because of pitting or extensive cracking, the staff can do it in about an hour, again at […]

Enjoy a meal at the new Cameron Park senior lunch site

Cameron Park will have its own county-run senior lunch program beginning Nov. 2. Available to seniors 60 and older, lunch is served Mondays and Fridays from noon to 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 those living in the Cameron Park, […]

Water main break repaired

It may have taken two days, but the water line break on Pleasant Valley Road between Oak Hill Road and Bodega Way was finally fixed with water service restored Wednesday morning. First discovered on Monday, Oct. 26, initially El Dorado Irrigation District officials thought the break was limited to one pipe and repairs were expected to be completed […]

Best Tax Preparer: Accurate Tax Service

Would you rather have a root canal than do your taxes? Then it’s time to get some help from Accurate Tax Service, a professional tax preparation company serving El Dorado County and beyond. The knowledgeable and empathetic staff can prepare and file your tax return, saving you both money and aggravation. Available to answer most questions with a phone call, […]

Grizzly Flats getting cell tower

A new Verizon cell tower was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Oct. 22 meeting. To be located on the west side of Eagle Hill Road in the Grizzly Flats area, the cell tower will be in the form of a 120-foot-tall monopine tower with eight antennas, equipment shelter and related […]

Water line breaks

A water line break early Monday morning caused a water outage that lasted Monday and Tuesday on portions of Pleasant Valley Road between Oak Hill Road and Bodega Way in the Diamond Springs/Placerville area. One million gallons of water were lost. The water line break resulted in low water pressure and a loss of water service for an estimated 500 […]

Howard Jarvis president talks taxes on the Divide

Members of the Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated got some good news and bad news on Oct. 20 as they listened to Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The good news, according to Coupal, is that, for now, HJTA has stopped attacks by the California Legislature on Proposition 13 and stopped major tax increases. The […]

EDWPA water pursuit continues

El Dorado Water and Power Authority Board of Directors OK’d a memorandum of understanding with the city of Folsom, allowing the two agencies to discuss possible interim uses for water if EDWPA’s application for an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water rights with the State Water Resources Control Board is successful. The Oct. 14 action is similar to a MOU […]

Dirt flies at The Crossings

Gold-painted shovels filled the air with dirt as a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday to signal that Phase 1 of The Crossings at El Dorado will soon get under way. Located on Missouri Flat Road next to the new Social Security building, developer Leonard Grado of Palos Verdes Properties welcomed dignitaries, business leaders, government officials […]

The spruced caboose

It was clean-up day for Placerville Rotary Club members as they put the finishing touches on the old Southern Pacific caboose that sits near the freeway in Placerville. Located at the Constitution Railroad Plaza Park on the corner of Spring Street and Highway 50, the caboose now sports a new paint job courtesy of Chris Baxter and […]


In the Sept. 28 edition of the newspaper, the article titled “Updated fire fee approved by Cameron Park board” states that General Manager Mary Cahill’s contract was extended for another year on a 5-0 vote. That vote was 3-2 with Directors Scott McNeil, Greg Stanton and Amy Blackmon voting yes and Holly Morrison and Margaret Mohr […]

Successful Prop. 218 doesn’t stop GDPUD customer complaints

Even though the vote to protest the Proposition 218 process failed by a wide margin, it hasn’t stopped some on the Divide from fighting the outcome. At the Oct. 13 Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors meeting several residents made a point of raising the issue again, with one person lodging an ADA complaint about where the Prop. 218 hearing […]

EID directors OK $124 million capital improvement plan

It took five motions and five different votes to pass it, but the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors finally approved a new five-year capital improvement plan at its Oct. 13 meeting.

With everyone wanting to get in on the act, the meeting featured testy exchanges between board members and the public, as well as admonishment ranging from the need for fiscal responsibility to accusations of petty foolishness.

Ultimately it ended with a 3-2 vote for a the 2016-20 CIP. That plan includes $119 million for all the expenditures staff recommended plus $5 million to be used toward power mitigation projects, with those projects yet to be defined.

Governor Brown signs legislation benefiting connector

On Monday, it was announced that Governor Brown had signed legislation that will likely cut planning and construction costs for the Capital SouthEast Connector expressway project and help deliver the project more quickly. According to a press release, AB 1171, authored by Assemblyman Eric Linder of Corona and supported by the Connector Joint Power Authority, would […]

Capital SouthEast Connector piece to be on BOS agenda

With work continuing on the Capital SouthEast Connector, later this month the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will decide what happens next on a remaining 1 mile section of the project being built in this county. That mile is on White Rock Road, going from the county line to Windfield Way. Part of a 35-mile long limited-access […]

El Dorado High School earns grant

The library at El Dorado High School will soon be $5,000 richer in resources as the result of a grant it received on Sept. 29. There to personally deliver the check to school librarian Amy Linden was State Senator Ted Gaines, whose district includes El Dorado County. Linden wrote the successful grant application for the high school. […]

‘Mr. Make it Happen’ turns 80

El Dorado County is full of people who have left their mark — having founded a business, built a monument or created a legacy that will live on long after they are gone. Fred Simon is one such man. A resident of Shingle Springs who turned 80 in September, he remains as much a force to be reckoned with now as when […]

See how new garden grows

What: Sherwood Demonstration Garden grand opening Who: UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County Where: Behind Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5512 After years of planning and thousands of volunteer hours pulling weeds, digging and planting, the grand opening of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden is set […]

Updated fire fee approved by Cameron Park board

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors moved forward on two fee schedule updates at its Sept. 16 meeting. Approved on a 5-0 vote was an updated fire impact fee program following a presentation and public hearing. The program is expected to fund the expansion of fire protection and emergency response facilities, apparatus and equipment as the […]

Nonfiction authors gather for tips

It was an eclectic group of authors and would-be authors who showed up on Sept. 15 for the first meeting of the El Dorado County Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Sponsored by Barbara Thompson and John Roe, two Cameron Park based therapists, the meeting attracted people as varied and interesting as the books they want to write. Many […]

Gigantic gourds coming to Placerville

The monster pumpkins are coming! The monster pumpkins are coming! Set to roll into El Dorado County this weekend, here’s a chance to see pumpkins weighing a thousand pounds or more at the third annual Giant Pumpkin Festival of El Dorado County. A treat for kids and adults alike, the festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 […]

El Dorado Water & Power Authority delays water rights decision

A potential Memorandum of Understanding between the El Dorado Water & Power Authority and the city of Folsom was put on hold until next month after another contentious discussion took place at the Sept. 9 EDWPA board meeting over the merits of pursuing additional water rights. The MOU is similar to one adopted with the Rio Linda-Elverta Community Water District […]

EID considers changes to Deer Creek discharges

A proposal to change the amount of effluent discharged from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was reviewed at the Sept. 14 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District. According to staff, in the past EID has been required to discharge a minimum of 1 million gallons per day (mgd) of treated wastewater from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment […]

BOE goes nowhere on Meyers’ DUI

A special board meeting by the El Dorado County Board of Education regarding Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers came to naught after the board learned it had no authority to act, even if it wanted to. The Sept. 15 meeting was requested by Trustee Heidi Weiland last month following Meyers’ DUI arrest and conviction. Meyers was arrested on […]

Golden team preps for championship

The room was abuzz with excitement as those planning the 2016 World Gold Panning Championship in Placerville gathered in the offices of the El Dorado Community Foundation last week. With some of them just freshly back from the 2015 World Gold Panning Championship, the audience included members of the newly formed Gold Panning Championship board, volunteers, parade organizers, […]

GDPUD directors, ratepayers await Prop. 218 outcome

With the hearing on the Prop. 218 to fund the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant scheduled for Sept. 14, the Sept. 8 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors was less contentious than usual as the community waits for the outcome. The hearing will determine whether or not the retrofit of the […]

Pay up to get high: Regulate and tax marijuana, Runner says

Normally George Runner, a conservative member of the California State Board of Equalization, likes new taxes like a bad case of poison oak. But at a recent Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting, he came out in favor of taxing and regulating medical marijuana just like any other product. A member of a BOE marijuana task […]

GDPUD ratepayers look at funding option

PILOT HILL — Looking for a cheaper way to pay for retrofitting the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant, residents on the Divide gathered at the Pilot Hill Grange on Sept. 2 to learn about a funding alternative. Speaking to a group of about 40 people, Ray Kringel, who serves on the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Finance Committee, discussed the details […]

Ready or not: Harvest time is here

If you thought spring came a little earlier than usual this year, you aren’t alone.

El Dorado County’s crops have come in early, and now many growers are ahead of the normal harvest schedule.

Boa Vista manager Brad Visman said they started harvesting certain crops seven to 10 days ahead of schedule.

“We just finished harvesting Gala apples and will harvest Golden Delicious next week,” he said when the Mountain Democrat stopped by in late August. “Jonagold will be harvested today or tomorrow.”

Zoning update moves on

After a two-day hearing marathon, Aug. 27 and Sept. 2, the El Dorado County Planning Commission gave its stamp of approval to an updated General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Commissioners also approved an accompanying environmental impact report and resolutions governing community design standards. Called the TGPA-ZOU (which stands for Targeted General Plan Amendment-Zoning Ordinance Update or the “project” for […]

Can you spare $2.77? Campaign helps finish new Boys and Girls Club

It was moving day — earth moving day, that is — for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope, as work on the new facility in Placerville gets under way.

To be built on Green Valley Road near Mallard Lane, signs of construction were everywhere from the huge ducts lining the top of the adjoining hill to the bulldozers below, scooping up dirt in one place and packing it elsewhere.

“They have been moving dirt around for three weeks,” said Sean McCartney, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. “Once we have power, we will put up a webcam so people can watch our progress.”

Education board to discuss Meyers’ DUI

Following the sentencing last month of El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers for driving under the influence, El Dorado County Office of Education Trustee Heidi Weiland asked that the issue be placed on the next board meeting agenda. Reading a prepared statement at the Board of Trustee’s Aug. 27 meeting, Weiland said she struggled with what the board should […]

Artisanal coffee-house opens downtown

The words ambiance and high-end come to mind when ordering at ToTEM Coffee Company, Placerville’s latest coffee-house addition. Located in the Foundation Plaza next to the historical Cary House Hotel, the boutique coffee-house is a place where guests can get a custom-brewed cup of joe, healthy organic food plates as unique as the coffee blends, roasted coffee beans […]

Nonfiction writers unite and unblock

Got a book in you that needs writing but you just can’t get crackin’ without some pushing and prodding? Well filling that bill is a new group that is starting up in September called the El Dorado County Chapter of Nonfiction Authors Association. Sponsored by Barbara Thompson and John Roe, two Cameron Park based therapists, chapter meetings promise to […]

Cumpston reviews water issues with taxpayer group

El Dorado Irrigation District General Counsel Tom Cumpston covered everything from the drought to the “blob” at a recent Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting. Cumpston noted that this year the state has seen it all — conservation mandates, curtailment of water rights, litigation and enforcement actions. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown mandated cutting water use by 25 […]

EID’s flume work continues

With repairing and replacing its flumes a top priority, at its Aug. 24 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation Board of Directors approved spending $406,568 for additional assessment work on Flume 44. Actual construction will take place later. Located above Highway 50 between Bridal Veil Falls and Ice House Road, the approved work on Flume 44 will include performing geotechnical […]

GDPUD Prop 218 hearing set

A hearing on the intention of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District to assess a charge to pay for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant was announced at the board’s Aug. 11 meeting. The district has mailed notices to all its ratepayers informing them of the Prop 218 hearing which will be held at 6 […]

Fire district cuts retiree health benefits

Since the 2008 economic collapse the El Dorado County Fire Protection District has struggled to get back on a sound financial footing. Last month district officials took another step toward recovery but it means a hit for retirees. “It’s no secret that we were in financial trouble three years ago and had a $1.6 million deficit,” said Fire Chief […]

SMUD’s Iowa Hill project still in assessment phase

Like a slow-moving glacier, work continues on the Iowa Hill hydroelectric project but at a deliberate pace that will ultimately be reckoned in decades. Called a pumped-storage system, the project, when built, will add to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s electrical generation and storage capacity. Located a few miles northwest of Camino, the project got its start in 2001 […]

‘Terrorizing’ cell tower put on hold

Trying to reconcile what some argued are incompatible land uses occupied most of the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s meeting on Aug. 13 with one of the most contentious issues the siting of a new Verizon cell tower in Mosquito. Deemed a “terrorist” structure by one property owner who claimed it would cause “immense distress among the members of […]

EID’s water supply updated; directors get legislative update

An updated water supply report was received by the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting. Prepared annually, staff said the district can count on 63,500 acre-feet of water supplies 95 percent of the time. Sources of the 63,500 acre-feet include 15,080 from Forebay; 21,000 from Jenkinson Lake; 7,550 from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation […]

Split decision to sell reservoir

After an earlier attempt to close the deal failed, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 3-2 at its Aug. 10 meeting to approve the sale of the Blakeley Reservoir, deciding that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. At previous meetings in June and July, staff recommended selling the 36-acre property for $51,000. Seemingly priced […]

Veterans groups come together

About 70 people packed Placerville Town Hall last Wednesday to learn more about veterans’ services. Congressman Tom McClintock hosted the event and encouraged everyone there who’s having issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs to call his office, saying his staff can help them “bird dog” their claims and help them fill out the paperwork to file an […]

Illegal immigrant crime by the numbers

The topic of crime committed by illegal immigrants with criminal pasts has become front page news of late with the murder of two California law enforcement officers and a woman in San Francisco. Yet the amount of crime committed by illegals is not new. A study released in 2011 by the Government Accounting Office reported on incarcerations, arrests and […]

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