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Morrison, Blackmon join CPCSD incumbents

The Cameron Park Community Services District board will see some old faces along with some new ones as a result of Tuesday’s election. Re-elected for four-year terms were incumbents Scott McNeil with 20 percent of the vote and Greg Stanton with 19.5 percent. Joining them will be newcomer Holly Morrison, who received 18 percent. “I am […]

Knight elected trustee for Los Rios

Former member of the Board of Supervisors John Knight came out ahead in Tuesday’s election and will serve as the Trustee, Area 3, on the board of the Los Rios Community College District. Knight won with 29.9 percent of the total vote, followed by Brad Trimble with 25.1 percent; Marc Allaman with 23.7 percent and Leroy […]

Proposed equestrian center continued by planners

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission continued off-calendar a proposal for an equestrian center in Rescue. To be located on the south side of Green Valley Road at the intersection with Deer Valley Road, the proposal includes two parcels totaling 146.42 acres. The applicant, Dennis Graham, is seeking to rezone one of […]

State plan eyes water use fee

Californians should expect higher water prices and conservation as a way of life according to an updated California Water Plan released on Oct. 30 by the Department of Water Resources. In a joint media announcement, John Laird, secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, noted the state is facing extreme drought, […]

Huge turnout for Deputy Oliver’s memorial service

ROSEVILLE — At least 5,000 law enforcement personnel, friends, family members and elected officials attended the memorial service for slain Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Danny P. Oliver on Monday, Nov. 3.

Oliver, 47, a resident of El Dorado County, was shot and killed Oct. 24 during a murder spree that began in Sacramento and ended in Placer County. Placer County Detective Michael Davis Jr. was also killed during the incident and three other people were wounded.

Best Hair Salon: The Look Salon

If you like being pampered, then The Look Salon is the place for you. A full-service salon located at 415 Placerville Drive, Suite I, in Placerville, employees are eager to cater to all of your beauty needs whether you want an update or a complete make over. From expert cuts, coloring and texturing of your hair to waxings and […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Paint Store: The Paint Spot

With two locations, The Paint Spot is proud to be an independent Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh paint retailer that has served El Dorado County for over 50 years. Delivering the kind of specialized attention to detail and help that you won’t find in larger chain stores, its employees are trained specialists whose experience and helpful advice […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Body Shop: Hangtown Body Shop

Making your car look good as new again is job one at Hangtown Body Shop. Located at 485 Pierroz Road in Placerville, the business offers full collision repairs, bumper repairs, paint-less dent repairs, scratch removal, paint chip repair and 24-hour towing. Guaranteeing all insurance repairs for life, the company eases the hassle of getting a car repaired after a collision. But they […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Pest Control: Koby Pest Control

Voted the Best Pest Control Company for eight years running is Koby Pest Control. Located at 737 Placerville Drive, in Placerville, you can’t miss its office with the huge, and usually seasonally decorated, ant out front. Skilled in removing all kinds of pests, other than unwanted relatives, Koby specializes in rodent and mammal removal, insect and spider removal, pre-emergent and […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Jewelry Store: Randolph Jewelers

Winning as the Best Jewelry Store is Randolph Jewelers, the oldest jewelry store west of the Mississippi. Untarnished by age, the store has survived the Civil War, the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and even burned to the ground three times — the last in 1891 when it moved to its present location. Located […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Golf Course: Apple Mountain Golf Resort

Offering a championship golf course in one of the most scenic areas of the state is the Apple Mountain Golf Resort. Located in the heart of the Apple Hill and gold rush regions of the historic Sierra Nevada foothills, Apple Mountain Golf Resort provides year-round golfing in nature’s wonderland. Services include a challenging 18-hole golf course; a 300-plus-yard practice range; […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Mexican Food: Durango’s

Voted best Mexican restaurant is Durango’s. Located at 263 Placerville Drive in Placerville, the restaurant features the finest in Mexican cuisine, with friendly, courteous staff and a great atmosphere. Its menu includes something for everyone who loves great Mexican food from carne asada to Durango-style steak or chicken fajitas. For dessert, don’t forget to try the flan or fried […]

October 31, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Fruit/Veggie Farm: Boa Vista Orchards

Winner of the Best Fruit and Veggie Farm is Boa Vista Orchards. Located at 2952 Carson Road in Placerville, Boa Vista is a treat for the eye as well as the palate, featuring fresh fruits and veggies; homemade pies and pastries; juice, jams and jellies; award-winning apple and red wines; various honeys; gourmet olives; specialty salad […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Apple Pie: Boa Vista Orchards

Nothin’ says lovin’ like an apple pie from the oven of Boa Vista Orchards. Located at 2952 Carson Road in Placerville, Boa Vista bakes fresh pies daily, including delicious apple pies made from fruit harvested right out of their orchards. Offering up just about every variety of apple on the market — Braeburn, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Funeral Home: Chapel of the Pines

Offering a high level of personal service to families in need of mortuary services, Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home has served local residents since 1964. Located at 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, the funeral home offers unlimited options for burial and cremation services, including graveside services, chapel services and services in many other locations. Believing that […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Brewery: Placerville Brewing Company

Voted best brewery is Placerville Brewing Company & Restaurant, a family run restaurant and brewpub located at 155 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Well known for its prize-winning microbrews made on site such as Strong Blonde and Copper Ale, don’t forget to accompany that beer with a delicious appetizer like coconut shrimp before chowing down on one of […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Local Attraction: Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine

Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine stands out as one of the most unique and exciting attractions Placerville has to offer. Located at 2635 Gold Bug Lane, this park has it all: tours of a real gold mine, a mining museum, an enormous stamp mill that was used to process the gold, a working blacksmith shop, gold panning and a gift shop. On the audio-wand […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Feed Store: Lee’s Feed

Providing the best quality food and accessories for all your pets is Lee’s Feed, located at 4110 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs. In business for more than 27 years, the store’s knowledgeable staff can provide you with the most updated products in the marketplace.  With a wide array of merchandise to choose from, Lee’s offers a […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Plumbing: Conforti Plumbing

Voted the best plumbing business for 12 years in a row is Conforti Plumbing. Locally owned and operated for 36 years, the company can be found at 6080 Pleasant Valley Road, #C, in El Dorado. Offering comprehensive plumbing services, Conforti can do faucet replacements, fix leaks, install recirculation pumps, do bathroom and kitchen remodels, do new construction […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Los Rios trustee candidates face off before taxpayers group

Two of the four candidates running as an Area 3 trustee for the Los Rios Community College District spoke before the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County on Monday morning. There to discuss why they were running and to answer questions were John Knight and Leroy Tripette. Knight, a former member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and […]

Murder suspects arraigned

Tuesday saw the arraignment of two suspects who went on a killing spree that ended in the deaths of two deputies, one being El Dorado County resident Danny Oliver, and the attempted murder of three more people. Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamonte, 34, identified in court documents as Marcelo Marquez, was arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on 14 charges including […]

Meyer’s landfill still mired in litigation

After years of cleanup work at the Meyer’s Landfill in South Lake Tahoe, it looks like the end is near. However, litigation over who will pick up the tab for the work continues as the cost of the project has escalated. Owned and developed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the site was a municipal landfill operated by private parties […]

Mailer war in District 4

As if the King Fire didn’t destroy enough trees, whole forests are in jeopardy of being felled to provide material for mailers in the District 4 Board of Supervisors race, with the two candidates trading charges. First there was Howard Penn’s mailer claiming that his opponent, Mike Ranalli, had plans to allow 33,000 more homes in the […]

Opportunity Acres: Ranch is a special choice

At long last, youths with autism have a place they can call their own: Opportunity Acres.

Located in Shingle Springs, the ranch is a mix of uses that at first glance don’t seem to fit together. For example, what does boarding horses and dressage have to do with rescued horses, goats and a petting zoo? And what does caring for horses have to do with a life/vocational skills program and non-public high school for those with autism?

Yet, all the pieces do fit together, with one activity …


In the article titled “Spending on local ballot initiatives reaches nearly $606,000,” Region Builders was described as supporting Measure K. However, it is not supporting Measure K in Placerville but rather a different Measure K in Sacramento that has to do with a school bond. Because the group supporting the Sacramento bond measure was formed in […]

Spending on local ballot initiatives reaches nearly $606,000

Campaign spending has slowed down for candidates running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors but not those advocating for or against certain initiatives, with contributions continuing to flow in, especially on behalf of the “No on M-N-O” campaign. In the race for supervisor, District 4, Howard Penn has raised $78,676 year to date with […]

Good news, bad news at Water Agency meeting

The El Dorado County Water Agency (EDCWA) Board of Directors got some good news and bad news at its meeting on Oct. 8. The good news is the county is expected to receive $3.87 million in drought-response funding from the state. The money will be used towards projects at four different public agencies. The city of Placerville will […]

Update on drought given by Water Agency GM

The drought in California continues to exact a toll, according to a report by El Dorado County Water Agency (EDCWA) General Manager Dave Eggerton. In a report to EDCWA’s board on Oct. 8, he noted that currently 82 percent of the entire state is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions. In addition, more than 58 percent […]

Confab aims at conserving water

Innovative water technologies that help conserve and protect California’s water resources was the main topic at a conference held Oct. 15 in Folsom. Sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and underwritten by Parjana Inc., a long list of speakers covered diverse topics, including groundwater management, climate change, small-scale hydropower opportunities and conjunctive water use. Volatile rainfall […]

Purple petition qualifies for 2016 ballot

The El Dorado County Elections Department announced the “purple petition” was certified as of Tuesday, Oct. 21 as having enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Called “Retain El Dorado County’s Current Zoning,” the initiative directs the Board of Supervisors to look at land-use changes based on compatibility rather than favoritism, which, according to the initiative’s proponents, provides […]

Cal Fire union endorses three for CPCSD board

In a press release dated Oct. 17, Cal Fire Local 2881 announced its support for Holly Morrison, Gerald Lillpop and Barbara Rogers for positions with the Cameron Park Community Service District. Lillpop is running to fill a two-year term. Rogers and Morrison are each running to fill four-year terms. “These folks truly understand the needs […]

New general manager hired by GDPUD

At its Oct. 14 meeting, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District announced it had selected Wendell Wall as its new general manager. According to information provided by GDPUD, Wall comes with 15 years of water management experience in a senior supervisory role including as acting general manager. Previously he worked as a water distribution superintendent […]

Former GDPUD GM gets $67k in settlement

A settlement between the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility Commission and former General Manager Hank White cost the district $67,000, according to court documents. White, who went out on family leave in early 2013 under duress from three members of the board of directors, formally left the job in June of 2013 to […]

8 vie for Cameron Park CSD

Four positions on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District will be filled by voters in November. Three of the spots are for four-year terms and one is to fill a two-year spot. Running to fill the two-year term are Amy Blackmon and Gerald Lillpop. Lillpop said the reason he wants to serve on the […]

King Fire salvage operations continue

Salvage and restoration efforts in the aftermath of the King Fire are already underway with responsibility divided among the U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and Sierra Pacific Industries. According to Mark Egbert, district manager of El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District (GDRCD), of the 97,717 acres burned, 13,893 were the property of private landowners, 20,000 were […]

EDUHSD: Veerkamp attacks White over group membership

It was an uncomfortable meeting for everyone Tuesday night as the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees met to discuss charges that Trustee Todd White had a potential conflict of interest because of his membership in another group. Brought up as an agenda item by Trustee Lori Veerkamp, the board debated whether or not White’s […]

Truck collides with multiple vehicles

Traffic was delayed on westbound U.S. Highway 50 west of Mosquito Road on Monday afternoon due to a non-injury traffic collision involving 11 vehicles. Occurring at 2:56 p.m., James Kimmel, 64, of Pollock Pines, lost control of his gray Chevy pickup truck. Unable to stop, he split the traffic, driving between the number one and two lanes […]

Drug bust made during King Fire

A large amount of marijuana was recovered during the King Fire as it was on its way out of town. According to the California Highway Patrol, on Sept. 16, around 9:04 p.m., a rental truck was stopped by California Highway Patrol Valley Division K-9 Officer Rodgers and Special Enforcement Unit Officer Schneider at a checkpoint on […]

BAER Team prepares triage report

With the King Fire near 100 percent contained at the time and initial efforts made to repair some of the damage, the second phase of rehabilitating the fire area began on Oct. 1 with the arrival of what’s called a BAER team.

BAER, which stands for Burned Area Emergency Response, is a team of U.S. Forest Service specialists whose job is to identify any imminent post-wildfire threats to people and property as well as natural and cultural resources.

Composed of knowledge experts from different fields, the first people to arrive were soil scientists, geologists, hydrologists, engineers and a geographic system specialist brought in to help with mapping.

Todd Ellsworth, a Watershed Program Manager and Forest BAER coordinator, said other specialists would join them later including botanists, biologists and archaeologists.

Describing the role of the BAER team, Ellsworth said the fire crews had engaged in the first …

Planners approve rezoning in El Dorado Hills

A rezoning proposal for property within the Wilson Estates was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Oct. 9 meeting. Located on the north side of Green Valley Road, approximately 3,000 feet east of the intersection with Silva Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, the commission voted to rezone the property from One-Acre […]

Nuns tell of plans at merchant meeting

Is it begging or alms seeking? That question arose after Theravada Buddhist nuns were introduced at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Placerville Downtown Association and their practice of alms seeking was described to its members. The nuns, who recently moved to Placerville after acquiring property they turned into a monastery, don’t do fundraising, can’t accept money and don’t grow their […]

Incident Command Post for King Fire moved

With containment of the King Fire remaining at 98 percent, on Wednesday the Incident Command Post at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds was closed and moved to the Base Camp at Sunset Campground on Ice House road. Compared to the last three weeks, the fairgrounds look deserted on Thursday with the site is no longer filled […]

Penn wants to be a big-picture guy as Dist. 4 supervisor

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year resident of El Dorado County and a self-described “big-picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House […]

Ranalli brings business background to Dist. 4 supervisor spot

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in District 4 is Mike Ranalli, a 30-year resident of the county. Currently retired but a “gentleman farmer” with a vineyard in Lotus, Ranalli’s background includes 40 years of business experience including 22 years with Intel Corporation. His volunteer work includes being a board member of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado […]

Community activist Curtzwiler running for District 5 supervisor

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 5, is Kenny Curtzwiler. A man whose motto is “think globally and act locally,” he has lived and worked in South Lake Tahoe for 37 years. Owner of a tree service and roofing company and something of a jack of all trades, Curtzwiler said he […]

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