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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 […]

Firefighters and evacuees transform Pollock Pines

Monday was a day of ashes and smoke as the King Fire continued to grow, with the plume of white smoke turning to a dirty brown as the fire found fresh fuel and threatened even more homes.

With its population increased almost overnight, Pollock Pines became home to almost 1,500 firemen from all over the state as they arrived to fight a fire that burned around 200 acres on Saturday but moved on to engulf more than 11,500 acres by Tuesday morning.

One resident said he counted 55 fire trucks in the parking lot of Safeway on Monday morning. Added to that were more fire engines parked elsewhere along with water trucks, a line of bulldozers on flatbed trucks and scores of people watching …

Frentzen to be sworn in Monday

With the results of the special election certified on Friday, Sept. 12, it was announced that the winner, Shiva Frentzen, will be sworn in on Monday, Sept. 15, as the newest member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, representing District 2. El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk and Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz will present the certified results […]

Frentzen wins Dist. 2 supervisor race

In a rout of the other five candidates running for the job, Shiva Frentzen handily won in Tuesday’s election for the District 2 spot on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Although the results won’t be official until certified by the county Elections Department, Frentzen had the lead with almost 31 percent of the […]

Developmental disabilities don’t slow volunteer’s community efforts

Proving that disabilities limit us only as much as we let them is Shingle Springs resident James McCamy, 72. Born with developmental disabilities that gave him memory problems, which kept him from learning how to read or write, McCamy hasn’t allowed that to limit him. Nor has a life spent partly in a state hospital and foster care. […]

City to fund police reserves

Hoping to attract a new cadre of reserve police officers, the Placerville City Council approved funding a Police Reserve Program at its Aug. 12 meeting. The program will augment current basic police services and assist the department in dealing with staff shortages. It is also expected to help in the recruitment of full-time sworn officers when openings become […]

McClintock: Bad policies cause problems

Returning to a common theme that America’s problems are largely the result of bad public policy, Congressman Tom McClintock discussed everything from water to war when he visited the offices of the Mountain Democrat on Aug. 25. Beginning with water, McClintock said Congress is currently working on a water bill, although he declined to give any details as it’s still […]

EID board puts off bond resolution for capital projects

A resolution indicating the district’s intention to issue new tax-exempt obligations to finance additional capital improvements was taken off the table after objections were raised by Directors Greg Prada and Alan Day at last Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District. Prada said he wanted more public notice and input before the issue was voted on while Day […]

September 03, 2014 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

GDPUD shortens irrigation season

Irrigation season will be shortened by a week as a result of a special board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held on Aug. 28. The board’s decision means irrigation season will end Sept. 23. Normally the season ends Oct. 1. Interim General Manager George Sanders said the decision was made in order to save water since it’s unknown what kind […]

Placerville crime stats reported, mobile app released

In a good news, bad news story, Placerville Police Chief Heller reported that while crimes against people are down from last year, property crimes are up. Reviewed at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Placerville City Council, Heller noted that when comparing the first half of 2014 (January through June) to the same period in 2013, crime […]

City bike and trail projects move ahead

Taking action on a number of bike and trail projects at its Aug. 26 meeting, the Placerville City Council approved items including spending $350,000 for the design phase of the Broadway Bike Lanes Project. The project will end in the widening of Broadway from Schnell School Road to Point View Drive and construct Class II bike […]

Sand Fire Benefit one big success

Pulling off probably one of the most quickly organized and most successful community fund-raising events ever held, the Sand Fire Benefit has exceeded everyone’s expectations having raised in excess of $78,000 for victims of last month’s devastating fire. “It’s at $78,000 now and we think it will end up at $80,000,” said Bill Roby, who is […]

Mayors to meet for virtual handshake

Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will join the mayors of three other pioneer-related cities for a virtual handshake tonight, Aug. 29, using a laptop computer. Held to honor the Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival, the event kicks off a celebration of the major trails used by pioneers moving west in the 1840s and 1850s. With Independence, Mo. the starting place for many […]

GDPUD adopts new budget

A budget for the current fiscal year was adopted by board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its Aug. 12 meeting. The new budget comes in at $3.735 million for the 2014-15 year, a reduction of 8 percent over 2013-14 with both revenue and expenses down. The biggest drop in operating revenue is projected to be […]

Greenstone residents ask Prada to resign

Angry residents showed up at Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District to demand that Director Greg Prada resign or be censured after Prada accused them of gaming EID’s small farm rate. Prada, who has made an issue of what he calls hobby farmers receiving the small farm water rate, wrote an editorial […]

Tea Party claims Common Core dumbs down education

A review of new national educational standards, called Common Core, was the topic at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills. Facilitated by Tea Party board member Bob Summers, the audience watched a video titled “Building the Machine” that was produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. Afterwards, Summers […]

Water Agency gets preview of water rights project

The El Dorado Water & Power Authority and the County Water Agency heard an update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project at their May 14 meeting while also reviewing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Leslie Moulton, ESA project director, presented a summary of work done to date on the water rights project, saying they are […]

Sand Fire benefit tonight

In a show of can-do volunteerism, after just three short weeks of planning and organizing, everything is a go for the big Sand Fire Benefit tonight. Sponsored by local business people, service clubs, government agencies and community volunteers to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sand Fire, the benefit has something for everyone including […]

Bicycle plans given OK: Mo Flat pedestrian bridge OK’d

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved funding several projects that will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the county. The commission approved spending $90,000 for a grant application that was previously submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). It will be combined with $47,000 in county funds as part of […]

District 4 and 5: Biggest spenders weren’t the winners

A final tally of what Board of Supervisors candidates for Districts 4 and 5 raised and spent during the primary is in. In the District 4 contest, the two top vote getters were Mike Ranalli and Howard Penn with Ranalli edging out Penn by a slender 56 votes. They will face off against each other in November. In order of […]

Maury Erickson of Atwood Insurance dies

Maurice Alan Erickson (Maury), the well-known owner of Atwood Insurance Agency in Placerville, died Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz., of natural causes. Born in Opportunity, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1919, Erickson was just five days short of his 95th birthday when he died. A natural salesman who was successful in a variety of different careers, […]

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

The Hangtown Gold Bug Park Development Committee, in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept., is offering special tours of the seldom seen Priest Mine over all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Priest Mine traces its origins to the peak of the Gold Rush, about 1850, and is seldom open to […]

Amaral cites a different skill set: District 2 candidate

Saying his campaign may yet surprise people is Chris Amaral, another candidate for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. Asked why he’s running so soon after losing in the primary to Bill Schultz for the job of Recorder-Clerk, Amaral said he’s a big proponent of public service and has a unique skill set […]

City Council nixes rehab facility

Agreeing with residents that Coloma Street already has its share of treatment facilities, a conditional use permit for a 10-bed residential treatment facility at 2986 Coloma Street was denied at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Placerville City Council. Owned by Tim and Ellen Page, the home is currently being used as a sober living […]

Sand Fire benefit Friday

The Sand Fire Benefit pasta dinner and entertainment will take place 5-10 p.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10, $25 per family. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist […]

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