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Rebecca Murphy

Black Oak Mine trustees struggle with budget

In a standing-room only meeting of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees on March 12, teachers, staff and community members got a first-hand look at the state of the district’s budget in a second interim report by CFO Roslynne Manansala-Smith. Although less pessimistic than the first interim budget report, the second […]

Proposed Dollar General in G’town gets local grief

Business owners, residents and community members of the Divide turned out in force on Monday evening, Feb. 23, at the Georgetown Community Center for a meeting with developer Joshua Simon of SimonCRE. The developer is proposing a Dollar General store on three lots at the corner of Main, Harkness and Orleans streets in downtown Georgetown. […]

‘Dollar General’ store proposed for downtown Georgetown

A proposal to develop three lots on Main Street in Georgetown, between Harkness and Orleans streets, has been designed and sent to various agencies, individuals and constituents that may have a vested interest. The proposal is for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General retail building. The properties consist of 1.31 acres, and the project lies within a […]

American River Inn: Duo maintain Georgetown landmark

When Will and Maria Collin purchased the American River Inn in Georgetown, they made a major move from Beverly Hills to the Sierra Foothills. Both were involved in sales and other businesses at the time — Will in the textile industry and Maria in the acting industry. In 1983, the couple saw an ad for […]

Golden Sierra grad hopes to release film

Former Golden Sierra High School student and local resident Ben Toth, who shot his first film at the age of 10, is coming out with his latest production, “SooSoo Conquer Paradise,” a comedy thriller about a TV personality on the trail of her sister’s killer. “It’s a quirky name for a quirky character,” said Toth, […]

Mt. Murphy Bridge ‘demise’ a foregone conclusion?

After nearly two years of attending meetings on the auspices of providing “public input” into the demise or reconstruction of the Mt. Murphy Bridge in Coloma, Garden Valley resident Mark E. Smith became a stakeholder representative for the Divide and skeptical of the process and its potential result. At a public meeting Smith held at […]

Northside School Class I bike path opened in Cool

Dignitaries from Caltrans, El Dorado County Transportation Division, Black Oak Mine Unified School District and the El Dorado County Board Of Supervisors were on hand Oct. 15 during a blustery ceremony opening the Northside School Bike Path from Auburn Lake Trails’ first gate to Northside School. Although most everyone in attendance was positive about the […]

District 4 supervisor candidates speak to qualifications, issues

Both candidates for the District 4 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors seat — Michael Ranalli and Howard Penn — spoke at the meeting of the Rural Communities Coalition on Sept. 4. The meeting was held at the Garden Valley Fire Station 51 and was well attended by local residents. Prior to introducing the candidates, […]

Program aimed at preserving life

Calling their 15-year-old son “the greatest thing we ever did,” Melanie and Ron Stewart have a plan that could prevent other parents from the grief they’ve suffered since his untimely death. On June 13, the Garden Valley couple lost its beloved Ronnie due to the sudden and swift rise in the river level at the […]

Jeepers Expo highlights Jeepers Jamboree

After a 15-year absence, the Jeepers Expo returned to Main Street, Georgetown last week for a full day of fun and a great send-off for four-day Jamboree participants. “We decided to bring it back to Main Street and perk it up,” said Lacey Stiles, office manager of the Jeepers Jamboree Georgetown location and organizer of […]

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

A brush fire near Sierra Pines Mobile Manor in Kelsey burned approximately one quarter of an acre last Thursday, July 24. Residents fairly far away said they heard two large explosions. One person with second-degree burns was transported by Medic 61; it is not known whether the victim went to a hospital or burn center. […]

Georgetown Hardware adds outdoor store

Kristin and Tug Keller of Georgetown announced the opening of another 1,500 square feet of Georgetown Hardware. Georgetown Hardware Outdoor Sports is just that — all outdoors. The facility, which housed Georgetown Clothing Co. and Curves is the new location, just a few quick steps from the main store in the Buffalo Hill Center. The […]

Music in the Park to benefit Kris Bingham

Join the community in Garden Valley Park on Sunday, June 1, from 1-6 p.m., for a benefit for Kris Bingham. Bingham’s life changed forever on the evening of April 4 when he was involved in a tragic car accident after a tree had fallen across both lanes of Marshall Road. His car crashed through the […]

Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby June 7

The Georgetown Ranger Station, Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District, the Georgetown Rotary Club and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host the 25th annual Kids Fishing Derby on June 7. All children age 12 and under are invited to bring their fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes to enjoy a fun-filled day at […]

Big turnout at Cool forum for Dist. 4

Seven of eight candidates running for El Dorado County District IV Supervisor presented their insights and answers to questions asked by the audience May 8 at the Pilot Hill Grange in Cool. The forum was sponsored by the Divide Chamber of Commerce. Only one candidate, Scott McNeil of Cameron Park, was absent because of a […]

Greenwood School being restored

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District, Native Sons of the Golden West and Greenwood Civic Organization are teaming up to make urgently needed improvements to the Greenwood Schoolhouse on Greenwood Road, but they also are calling on the help of community members. The historical building is badly in need of repairs, and although the Native Sons of the Golden West, Georgetown Parlor No. 91 has taken the task to its Grand Parlor and the Historical Preservation Fund for help, grant money provided will only cover the first phase of a two-phase restoration project.

“The Native Sons are dedicated to the preservation of California’s history,” said …

No update on Divide Wellness Center closure

Lourdes Edralin, marketing director for Marshall Medical, when asked about the recent (temporary) closure of the Divide Wellness Center, said they have not received any new information or been contacted by the Department of Justice since the original search warrant. “The clinic has hired an interim nurse practitioner, who is still going through the credentialing […]

Biz gives medical cannabis recommendations

After more than five years of managing the Cool Medical Clinic for Dr. Cristal Speller, Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg have severed those ties. The Eisenbergs are now managing a new cannabis practice, Cool Consultations Inc., on Highway 49, which just opened on Feb. 17 in Cool. Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya, who also has a practice […]

Buffalo Hill Center anchored by Mar-Val

Success in business comes in many ways and for Mark and Irene Smith of Georgetown it came over a number of years. The Smiths, married on April 1, 1951, and moved to the Georgetown Divide shortly thereafter, beginning their lives together and their family of five. “My father was a copper mining engineer in a […]

House fire in Greenwood

A house fire in Greenwood on Wednesday, Dec. 4, resulted in more than 70 percent of the home consumed and some wild land fire behind it as well, according to Georgetown Fire Chief Greg Schwab. “The call came in at 7:01 a.m. without an exact address,” he said. “It first came over as a smoke […]

Domestic dispute leads to shooting

A domestic argument and shooting on Citabria in Georgetown on Wednesday evening around midnight was the beginning of two days that sheriff’s deputies were looking for suspect Douglas Martin. The victim of the shooting, Ruth Clark, was hospitalized and no word on her condition was received prior to press time. Martin was discovered Friday in […]

Finnon Lake revived; stocked with additional fish

In early October, members of the Mosquito Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Georgetown and El Dorado Resource Conservation districts put the finishing touch to a two-year-long project. Finnon Lake, south of Georgetown, was restocked with fish after seismic studies by the California State Division of Safety deemed that the embankment for the lake and dam […]

National tech program promotes skills

Entrepreneurship and confidence are two terms not usually associated with teenage girls but a new program that envisions gender parity in computing fields may be changing that perspective. With only 160 young women chosen nationwide to participate in the program, Golden Sierra High School senior Violet Dressler-Zimmerman, 17, is one of those young women. “It […]

Alfonso Elena plays with grapes

A long-awaited project for both the residents of the Divide and the owner of the land, Jose Wine Caves on Prospector Road, opened the first part of May. With a view overlooking the Coloma Valley it is ready to serve guests on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for special events. Proprietor Alfonso P. […]

Injury in Garden Valley July 4th Parade

The 44th annual Garden Valley Fourth of July Parade and Celebration turned slightly chaotic last Thursday when a horse participating in the parade became spooked and stepped on a young child and a woman’s foot. “Everybody seems to have come out of it OK” though, according to Fire Capt. Charles Frost of Garden Valley Fire […]

Golden Sierra presents ‘Divorce Southern Style’

What: “Divorce Southern Style” Who: Golden Sierra High School Drama Club Where: Golden Sierra High School multi-purpose room, 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14 to 16, at 7 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission and for students without an Associated Student Body card, and $5 for those with an ASB […]

Celebration to honor Coppa Hembo

At this year’s Nature Fest on April 27, a group of people have plans to place a large quartz stone monument in honor of Coppa Hembo, the last Hill Nisenan (Maidu) chief on the Georgetown Divide. Local historian Guy Nixon, Howard Hiemke, and This Old Rock, the company from where the stone is being donated, […]

Corner Kitchen: The reflection of a community

Georgetown’s history is reflected in its many buildings on Main Street, but success in business does not come from the physical habitation of the proprietor. Success comes from what is created within and the perspective of the community. Inside the Corner Kitchen, a building that has seen the likes of a banking house, telegraph, post […]

Local band to record at TRI Studios

Local band, MerryGold, once the duo of Trout and Parrot, may have hit the big time or at least will have a crack at a great opportunity. Entering a songwriting contest in September, the band made the final 10 and earned a chance to record an audio and video at TRI Studios in San Rafael. The […]

Fire victims ID’d

A house fire at 4531 Salmon Falls Road, off Highway 49, in Pilot Hill on Sunday evening took the lives of two local residents. The deceased were identified to the Gazette by Xanthyia (Stephens) Fain as her sister, Steve Etta, and brother-in-law, Steve Cook. The couple had moved to the family home from Alaska more […]

Miller discovers history in Texas

Steve Miller of Cool recently found a Feb. 26, 1888 issue of the Georgetown Gazette in an antique store while visiting in San Antonio, Texas. When he realized it was Georgetown, Calif. and not one of the many other communities with the name of Georgetown throughout the country, he purchased the document for $12.50. Inside […]

Georgetown celebrates Founders Day Sept. 23

The community of Georgetown, north of Placerville, celebrates its 163rd birthday this year at Founders Day on Sunday, Sept. 23. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Divide Rotary Club and is always a family, fun-filled day. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the VFW Hall on Main Street starting at 7 a.m. […]

60th Jamboree: Adventure worth experiencing

Despite a horrific accident July 28 that ultimately claimed the leg of a young woman and more than 75 percent of her skin to burns, the 60th anniversary of the Jeepers Jamboree was an adventure worth experiencing. The accident itself was responded to by sheriff’s deputies from main camp; rock rollers of the Jamboree; numerous […]

Georgetown office staff busy all year long

This year the Jeepers Jamboree celebrates its 60th anniversary of providing off-road, four-wheel drive family adventure. With this anniversary comes the same great trail experience as well as the stress of getting all the particulars in line. “It’s been insane,” said Lacey Stiles, office manager, bookkeeper, custodian and more at the local Georgetown office on […]

Nationally-known band to hit stage in Rubicon Springs

For this year’s 60th Jeepers Jamboree celebration, musical entertainment at Rubicon Springs’ main camp has been stepped up some with the national sounds of Whiskey Dawn. The group originally consisted of members who met 15 years ago in high school — Jeremy Hughes, Michael Cook and Troy Ferris. “We went to high school together in […]

Transplant survivor a Donate Life ambassador

This year, Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles celebrate a six-year partnership, which has resulted in more than 9 million Californians registering as organ and tissue donors through the state’s Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Georgetown resident and recipient Janet Bales is a miracle story she would like […]

BOMUSD talks teacher hires, honors students

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees honored its schools’ selections for students of the year and teacher retirees at a meeting recently. This year’s honorees for student of the year included valedictorian MaryAnn Haynie of Golden Sierra High; Sara Iversen of Independent Study; Tyler Hudson of Divide High; Erin Belloumini of […]

Three honored as valedictorians for Golden Sierra

This year’s Golden Sierra High School graduation shared by the school’s three valedictorians — Kyle Cerniglia, MaryAnn Haynie and Caitlin Hess. The students were chosen based each of their overall cumulative grade point average.  Students earn credit points generally up to 4.0 for classes regular required courses they take. Based on if the class is an advanced […]

BOMUSD deficit reduced but additional cuts projected

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a budget presentation from Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry at its May 10 meeting. The budget report came prior to Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revised budget. “I was anticipating a negative end balance for this year,” said Rosenberry, who was hired by the district […]

Fire captain awarded prestigious honor

SUBHEAD: Placerville resident named Training Officer of the Year Captain Greg Bueghly of Georgetown Fire was named the 10th annual California State Fire Training Officer of the Year this past February in San Diego at the Firehouse World convention. “It was a total surprise to me,” said Capt. Bueghly, who was born in Redding and […]

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