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Dawn Hodson

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 […]

School board member Novasel in bid for Dist. 5 spot

Running for a spot on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 5, is Sue Novasel. A resident of Meyers, Novasel owns a wedding and event planning business and has lived in the Tahoe area for almost 35 years. Active in the community, she currently serves on the board of the Lake Tahoe Unified […]

New fire engine purchase approved for Cameron Park

The purchase of a new Smeal Type 1 fire engine was approved at the Sept. 18 board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. With a purchase price of $484,791, the new engine will be financed using a lease purchase agreement with delivery expected in four to six months. The purchase plan requires yearly payments of $74,416 over seven […]

King Fire damage assessed

With containment of the King Fire still expected by Wednesday, Oct. 8, attention has shifted to the U.S. Forest Service BAER Team and their report. BAER stands for Burned Area Emergency Response. The team was brought in to assess the post-fire threats to life, safety, property and critical natural and cultural resources on the National Forest. Based […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Mop up continues on King Fire

With the King Fire still at 98 percent containment as of Sunday morning, the date for full containment of the fire has been pushed to Wednesday, Oct. 8 according to the latest information provided by Initially the fire was expected to be contained by Saturday, but steep terrain in the Rubicon River Valley on […]

94% containment — King Fire camp ready to close

The signs were everywhere that the King Fire is almost over as the size of the incident camp at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues to shrink. With containment of the fire at 94 percent as of Thursday morning, the fire is expected to be contained by Saturday, with the fire crews breaking camp and moving […]

Runner talks taxes to taxpayer group

Taxes and more taxes was the subject of the Sept. 22 meeting of the Taxpayer Association of El Dorado County. Retired State Senator George Runner, who is now a member of the State Board of Equalization, was there to explain the board’s role and his own stance on different taxes. Runner noted that California is unique in having an elected […]

King Fire containment expected by Saturday

The King Fire is finally winding down, with containment at 92 percent as of Tuesday morning. Personnel brought in to fight the fire have also been reduced by more than half with the number currently at 3,153. At its peak last week, the number was over 8,000. According to the Website, the expected containment […]

Belting out a hit: SlideBelts business growing in EDH

On the fast track to success is a small, but quickly growing, business in El Dorado Hills. Called SlideBelts, the company designs, manufactures and sells high-end belt buckles and belts with a long-range goal of selling wearable technology. Founded by Michelle and Brig Taylor, Michelle said the idea dates back to 2004 when Brig was teaching in […]

Couple with missing son now have lost home

Tragedy seems to have come in threes for Vern and Cyndi Matthews.

In June they learned that someone had ransacked their vacation home off of Spring Valley Road in Pollock Pines. They learned of the break-in from their son, Vernon “Cody” Matthews, who arrived a few days ahead of his parents.

Cody, an adventurous 24-year-old, had gone up early as he intended to live off the land for the summer.

According to Vern Matthews …

43% contained: King Fire: Rain spells relief

With cooler weather and rain providing something of a break, fire agencies battling the King Fire may at last be gaining the upper hand. The fire, which has burned 95,347 acres as of Thursday morning, was 43 percent contained. Residents of Swansboro were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday afternoon but mandatory evacuations were […]

Weather brings red flag warning for King Fire

At 89,574 acres, the King Fire continues to grow but at a much slower pace as more and more resources are thrown at it, with containment at 35 percent as of Tuesday morning.

But with a return to dry conditions and wind, at a briefing Monday night, fire personnel issued a red flag warning from 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 until 8 p.m. Sept. 24, with temperatures expected in the range of 75-82 degrees on Tuesday and ridge top winds reaching 20 to 35 mph.

Held at the evacuation center located at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Camino …

Approval of Green Valley project rescinded

As a result of successful litigation against the county, at its Sept. 16 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors was required to rescind its prior approval of the Green Valley Convenience Center. The development, which would include a convenience store, gas station, fast food outlet and car wash, was unpopular with many El Dorado Hills […]

Extension of Prop. 90 property tax benefit put off

A decision regarding extending a program that gives a property tax break to seniors moving to the county was put off by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors until January of next year. Authorized under Proposition 90, adopted in 2010, the program provides anyone over the age of 55 with relief from Proposition 13 by allowing them to move […]

Georgetown smoky but grateful

The handmade signs were everywhere: “We love you firefighters.” “Thank you firefighters.” Found up and down Main Street in Georgetown, they went with the smoke that has hung over the town for the last few days due to the King Fire — a constant reminder of the danger next door. Outside of Georgetown on sections […]

King Fire structural damage confirmed

It’s been confirmed that some homes and other structures have been damaged due to the King Fire, according to a briefing provided to residents on Friday night in Camino and an update by on Sunday.

Located in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines, fire officials said they are still investigating the damage and would be notifying property owners before releasing any further information. An update on on Sunday afternoon stated, “preliminary reports from the Damage Assessment Team from the White Meadows area indicate that 10 residences and 22 other structures were damaged or destroyed.”

The King Fire, which started in Pollock Pines, was up to …

King Fire briefing in Camino attracts a large crowd

With the King Fire continuing to rage, interest was high at Tuesday night’s fire briefing with an estimated crowd of 400 to 700 people in attendance. Held at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church, fire and law enforcement personnel gave out the latest information on the fire as well as fielded questions. Laurence Crabtree, a supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service, noted […]

GDPUD considers forming ag committee

Agricultural water use was on the Aug. 9 agenda of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board as it explored the idea of forming a committee of raw water users. Suggested by Director Kathy Otermat in light of the drought, the district currently provides raw water to approximately 390 users who make up about 10 percent of all the district’s […]

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