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New GM in G’town

After going through four interim general managers and interviewing multiple candidates, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has hired Wendell Wall as its new general manager. Wall started on Nov. 17, taking over for George Sanders. Sanders has been serving as interim general manager since May. With 22 years in the water business, Wall, 56, […]

Turkey in the straw becomes dinner on the holiday table

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s natural to think of turkey.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys will be cooked and eaten this Thanksgiving. That’s one-sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year, with turkey also popular at Christmas and Easter.

A type of pheasant, turkeys are the only poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.

Available in many varieties, heritage domestic turkeys are the result of cross-breeding between domesticated European varieties and the wild turkeys of North America…

2nd murder suspect sent to Yolo

The second suspect charged in connection with the slayings of two Northern California sheriffs’ deputies has been moved to the Yolo County Jail in Woodland. Janelle Marquez Monroy was moved from the Sacramento County Jail to Yolo on Nov. 11. Previously her husband, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), was moved to the El Dorado County jail […]

State water board lifts curtailment order, relieving Outingdale

On Nov. 12, the State Water Resources Control Board lifted the water right curtailments for post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds with a priority date of Dec. 31, 1953, or earlier. The order will be a relief for residents of Outingdale, who will no longer be under a Stage 4 Water Emergency. […]

Rock of ages: Diamonds in meteorite

A continuing source of “scientific gold,” the Sutter’s Mill meteorite that fell in El Dorado County is back in the news again.

This time it’s because researchers have found diamonds and other “treasures” in recovered parts of the meteorite that fell in the …

Interim GM named at Water Agency

Resource Engineer Tracey Eden-Bishop was named interim general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency at its meeting last Wednesday. Eden-Bishop will take over from Dave Eggerton effective Dec. 1. Eggerton, the current general manager, is leaving at the end of November to take the job of general manager with the Calaveras County Water District. In other actions, the […]

Water&Power JPA on the bubble

Is the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors getting cold feet about going after additional water rights? That was the question hanging in the air as an update on the status of an application for additional water rights turned into an extended discussion of whether or not the county should continue to be a part of the effort. Currently the county, the El […]

Fire station sports rooftop garden

People driving past fire station No. 25 in Placerville might have thought they were seeing things as four towers of fresh greens seemed to be sprouting from the rooftop.

But no, it wasn’t their imaginations.

The latest idea in growing food in unlikely spaces, the project is the brainchild of the Casemade Garden Foundation in cooperation with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

Called “Sprout it from the Rooftops,” the project aims to “green” rooftops by turning …

GDPUD: Officials ripped on way out

Tuesday’s meeting was the last for three board members of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District who were voted out in last week’s election. Leaving the board will be President Bonnie McLane, Vice President Kathy Otermat and Director Ray Griffiths. The incoming board members, Lon Uso, Carl Hoelscher and Jesse Hanschild, will be sworn in […]

Water Agency GM leaving

Dave Eggerton, the personable general manager of both the El Dorado County Water Agency and the El Dorado Water & Power Authority (EDWPA), has announced he will be leaving the agency to take the job of general manager at the Calaveras County Water District. With Nov. 30 being his last day, Eggerton discussed what has been accomplished […]

Deputy’s murder suspect moved to county

The man accused of shooting and killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and a Placer County sheriff’s detective was moved from Sacramento County to El Dorado County on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The decision to move Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes (aka Marcelo Marquez) to the Placerville jail was made by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who said he decided […]

Pedestrian hit in Placerville

An 18-year-old was hit by a car and two other pedestrians were narrowly missed when the car veered onto the right shoulder of the road near China Garden Road in Placerville. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning when a 1996 Jeep Cherokee […]

Most Sand Ridge Fire donations distributed

The El Dorado Community Foundation reported it has distributed $60,253 so far to families who lost their homes in the Sand Ridge Fire. To date, nine families have been recipients of the fundraiser held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Aug. 22. “They were extremely grateful to the community and to the foundation for […]

GDPUD: All incumbents tossed

Divide residents decided to make a clean break Tuesday night as they voted out all three incumbents on the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Directors Bonnie McLane, Ray Griffiths and Kathy Otermat all lost their bids for reelection. McLane and Otermat have been the subject of considerable criticism, especially over the last 18 months, as […]

Ranalli, Novasel win county supervisor races

Although the election results are not yet final with 8,000 to 10,000 votes still to be counted, it looks like the two new members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be Sue Novasel and Mike Ranalli.

Leading by 550 votes in the 4th District supervisorial race is Mike Ranalli with 52.7 percent of the vote. Ranalli’s opponent, Howard Penn, garnered 47 percent.

On the day after the election, Ranalli and his wife were out early picking up campaign signs. “I’m relieved it’s over and grateful for the opportunity to serve the county,” he said.

Asked why he believes he placed first, Ranalli narrowed it down to two main things. “Howard …”

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 […]

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