Rebecca Murphy

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 […]

Stuffed wolverine wrenched from Georgetown Hotel wall

California Department of Fish and Game wardens removed a stuffed red tail hawk and wolverine from the Georgetown Hotel bar on Tuesday in what some claimed was nothing less than “too much government regulation.”

Wardens Lt. Christy Wurster and Bob Pera came to the hotel prior to the 11 a.m. opening on Tuesday so as not to interfere with customer service either at the bar or the attached Mexican restaurant.

Warden Pera said the official complaint was made anonymously and originally entailed the report of two stuffed vultures.

“I received an e-mail from my chief and investigated the complaint Friday (May 4),” said Pera …

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May Day demonstration for Cal’s Market

On Tuesday, May 1, major cities and businesses across the nation were disrupted and experienced violent occupiers in support of what they celebrate as International Workers Day, known as Labor Day in many countries around the world. Greenwood occupiers at Cal’s Market, however, stood their ground peacefully in support of local businessman Vincent Cal.

Carrying signs with slogans that read “Permit It,” “Occupy Everything,” “Support Cal’s” and “Less Regulations More Ice Cream,” occupiers greeted each other with hugs, handshakes and familiarity. The local businessman goes to trial July 10 in El Dorado County Superior Court for operating his business without a license much to the disapproval of the 40-50 people present. Cars passing by honked their horns in support of the “unrest,” which was far from disobedient (as no public or private property was damaged), but still carried an air of rebellion.

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Georgetown Nature Fest moves toward first decade

This year the Friends of the Nature Area celebrate nine years of the arts in nature, nearly one decade of Nature Fest. The event will provide two-days of festivities this year on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. The history of FONA is short compared to the history of the nature area on the […]

Local teen enters regional pageant

Francheska Erika Cal of Greenwood has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Miss Junior Teen Sacramento Pageant. “I chose to participate for something different and to make new friends,” said Francheska, 14 and an eighth-grade student at Northside School. “I just moved here (from Destin, Fla.) in January. This is a great honor for […]

Fire Chief Bill Dekker responds to credit card allegation

After another online article by CBS13 news regarding Garden Valley Fire Portection District was printed on the Internet last week, Chief Bill Dekker was contacted for comment. As of this printing, he said he has not been contacted by the District Attorney’s Office, which CBS13 stated has “opened a criminal investigation” to look into suspected […]

Chief Dekker responds to CBS13 Website article

In what he calls “slandering his name,” Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker commented last Friday on an article that appeared on the CBS13 Website. The lead states, “El Dorado County’s auditor (Joe Harn) says a fire chief’s 10-year, $1 million contract is an outrage.” But perhaps the question should be, “Why did Mr. Harn […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Popular G’town Mexican eatery to reopen soon

Local eatery to reopen soon “I just want to go back to work,” said Clara Parra, owner of Parra’s Mexican Restaurant. A fire at the eatery closed the doors, temporarily, on Jan. 5 after a passerby saw flames through a window coming from the kitchen’s stove. “The clean-up is going OK,” she said. “We’re getting […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Report: G’town-Garden Valley fire merger prospects dim

On Jan. 18, at the Georgetown Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting, a “final draft report” from the joint consolidation committee of Georgetown and Garden Valley Fire was presented. The report began by providing some background information on why the report was being made in the first place. “In the early part of 2010, the […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Prof. Ken Deibert — What a guy! What an award!

A new adjunct or part-time faculty award at American River College has been named for Georgetown Gazette and Mountain Democrat columnist and retired Associate Professor Ken Deibert of Garden Valley. The award’s full name is the Ken Deibert Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. ARC President David Viar said, “Because of his tireless efforts, the […]

Smiths a majority on Garden Valley fire board

Wendell Smith of Garden Valley is the newly appointed member to the Garden Valley Fire Protection District board. He was sworn in at the December meeting, and fills the spot left vacant by 2010 elected former Director Rick Nelson. Nelson, who served as chairman of the board for two years, left to pursue his own […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Backyard Highline Festival continues locally

Over the past few months local residents may have noticed a group of people off Black Oak Mine Road in Garden Valley literally climbing through the trees. The Balance Community Backyard Highline Festival is the brainstorm and work of Jerry Miszewski, 25, of Davis. “I started Balance Community in August of 2009,” he said. “That […]

Greenwood man dies after two-car accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. […]

Kitchen fire closes Mexican eatery in Georgetown

An early morning fire last Thursday at Parra’s Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown has closed the local eatery until further notice. A passerby called 911 after seeing flames through a window of the building on the corner of Highway 193 and Church Street. According to Georgetown Fire Capt. Theresa Snoke, the fire was not severe and […]

Divide Supply aims to be fair and competitive

In 1999 Janice and Jerry Hoyt bought themselves a business. They have owned and operated Divide Supply in Greenwood ever since and have expanded the once-lumber yard into a full-service hardware and nursery outlet. “Neither one of us had any experience in retail,” said Janice, who had sold real estate on the Georgetown Divide for […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Georgetown’s Chinese restaurant in 2nd decade

Christina and John Ho have operated the Royal Dragon restaurant in Georgetown since 1995. The family business was opened by their brother-in-law, Roger La, in 1993 to rave reviews from the public. With only one other ethnic food eatery (Parra’s Mexican Restaurant) in the town prior, the change of pace for the community was welcome. […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

New chief fiscal officer for BOMUSD hits the ground running

Peter Rosenberry, 30, hit the ground running when he accepted the Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s position of chief fiscal officer. He grew up in Pollock Pines and is a 1999 graduate of El Dorado High School. He then attended Concordia University in Irvine and graduated in 2003 with a communications major. “I got […]

Divide schools face $800k deficit

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District board is facing a deficit, it learned at its Dec. 8 meeting. The shortfall was highlighted in a PowerPoint presentation by newly hired Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry. For the 2010-11 fiscal year, actual expenses exceeded the district’s actual revenues by nearly $800,000 and, if left unchecked, that […]

Advisory group hears about Cool bike trail

At its meeting on Nov. 3, the Cool-Pilot Hill Advisory Committee heard an update on the bike path planned from Auburn Lake Trails to Northside School. Jennifer Maxwell from the El Dorado County Department of Transportation told the small group of attendees that the design of the trail was 95 percent completed. The process of […]

Cal’s Market owner scheduled for court today

Vincent Cal of Greenwood is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, for the start of his self-requested jury trial for operating Cal’s Market without a business license. Cal opened the market after being told that the property on which he wanted to operate was zoned residential and he would […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 12 Replies

Fire destroys empty mobile home in Garden Valley

At 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, Garden Valley Fire responded to a structure fire at 5155 Glenn Court in Garden Valley. When firefighters arrived, they found an uninhabited mobile home fully involved. The area, surrounded by homes and fields, was considered a “high wildland exposure potential.” With 15 personnel from Garden Valley Fire, six […]

Nearly starved horse rescued

GREENWOOD — Jim and Kathy Hart of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary recently obtained a new addition to their fauna in Greenwood. “Clipper,” a retired racehorse, arrived at HartSong on Friday, Aug. 12. He was found by accident at a ranch in Kelsey nearly starved to death when the Thomas family of Georgetown went to purchase […]

Old camping facility near Georgetown getting a new and improved look

Driving along Wentworth Springs Road above Camp Virner, things have changed just a bit. Five years ago, Camp Chiquita Campgrounds was sold to Zia Shariat and he has been doing some renovating. With a variety of on-site managers like Don Bagwell, Larry Saunders and Cindy Hayden, Shariat is the man behind many improvements in Georgetown […]

KFOK tests ‘higher ground’ signal

GEORGETOWN — A couple of weeks ago, the technical team of KFOK community radio in Georgetown conducted a test from Hotchkiss Hill to see how far the signal would carry once the station places a transmitter on higher ground. The two graphics above are of KFOK-LPFM’s present contour and potential contour after the move. The […]

GDRD reconsidering site for rec facility

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District has reopened consideration of developing a recreational gym with a small water feature at the Regional Park site in Greenwood, and is entertaining applications for one board position. The scope of the proposed swimming pool/recreation facility has been reduced considerably and moved from the proposed Golden Sierra High School location. […]

Dates set for ‘illegal’ market operation trial

Vincent Cal, operator of Cal’s Market in Greenwood, was back in court Monday with Judge James Wagoner. Although Cal’s attorney, Rachel Miller, asked for a continuance, the proprietor “would not stand for it,” said Jamisa Fletcher, store partner with Cal. “He wanted a trial date set,” said Fletcher, adding that a pre-trial and settlement date […]

Dusty Dividers display 4H poise and winning ways

In a fantastic show this year at the Junior Livestock Auction, members of the Dusty Dividers 4H Club walked away with Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the sheep division and Grand Champion meat pen in the poultry division. What really made this year’s win outstanding is that both champion sheep were bred and […]

Greenwood market owner faces court date

Vincent Cal of Cal’s Market in Greenwood is in a bit of a conundrum. He opened his business on Main Street in Greenwood without a license; however, he applied for his business license more than a year ago. “They told me that there was commercial property all around me, but my property was rezoned residential,” […]

McClintock warns about debt, Medicare

Congressman Tom McClintock, representing District 4 voters in the House of Representatives, spoke to an approximate group of 100 people at Georgetown’s IOOF Hall last Thursday, June 9. His primary message to the American people was to keep up the good work of challenging the U.S. government. “History is screaming a warning at us,” he […]

Snake-bit: Rattlesnake season now open

GREENWOOD — Lane Schoch of Garden Valley received quite a shock April 6 while helping homeowners on Lou Allen Lane in Greenwood with spring cleaning. A 3 1/2- to 4-foot rattlesnake was hibernating inside and bit him on the left finger. “I reached down and picked up a stack of rain gutters,” said Schoch, proprietor […]

Divide superintendent resigns, takes Sonoma job

GARDEN VALLEY — Black Oak Mine Unified School District Superintendent Tammy Gabel submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees requesting she be released from her contract; the board accepted at its April 14 meeting. Gabel is accepting a superintendent position with Windsor Unified School District in Sonoma County north of Santa Rosa. […]

Greenwood PM retires

Sheila Powell, postmaster at the Greenwood Post Office for the past three years, retired April 15 after more than 24 years in federal service. “I will miss the people but not coming to work,” said Powell, who plans to travel with her husband, David. “We are moving to a new phase in our lives.” The […]

Gallery member creates poster of U.S. Bill of Rights

Local artist Kristi Kolln and her grammarian mother, Martha, who visits often from the East Coast, created a project together — they diagrammed the sentence structure of The Bill of Rights and made posters for sale in the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery. Martha is the author of “Understanding English Grammar” and has served […]

Japan relief efforts pay off for local women

Two young ladies from Cool raised $14,000 for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief last week at Sierra College. Chelsea Dunlap-Miller and Sarah Peters attend sociology class with Rio Nishihara, whose family is involved in the recent natural disaster in the island country. “Our sociology class was informed (March 14) of the disaster, and one of our fellow […]

Sandy Rovane keeps horses warm, in style

The Georgetown Divide is a great place to live, especially for those who enjoy horses. The trails are numerous and groups are highly active. Creating work around those horses is not only creative but also smart. In comes “the blanket lady,” Sandy Rovane of Hanson Hollow. “Everything is an emergency (when it comes to horse […]

Missing man’s car found on Volcanoville Road

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help in finding Robert Gates, 65, who has been missing from his Wilton home since Dec. 3, 2010. According to Sgt. Chris Joachim, Gates left his home on Dec. 3, telling his wife he was going for a drive to Georgetown. According to Joachim, Gates and his […]

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