PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Michael Raffety

Best Suchi: American Ichi

Sushi has become such a favorite American meal choice that it is only natural there would be a blend of East and West. That blend happens to perfection at American Ichi at 1234 Suite A on Broadway in Placerville. Diners can choose a la carte or all-you-can-eat options for lunch and dinner. The sushi bar […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Decor: The Tree House

“Whimsical to elegant” is how the Tree House describes its collection of home décor items. The store at 327 Main Street — open seven days a week — in Placerville is a veritable cornucopia of fascinating items beckoning you to browse and take home something for your home or garden. Garden décor includes hummingbird feeders, […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Appliance Repair: Edwards A1 Appliance

Has your washing machine gone out of balance? Call Edwards A1 Appliance. This Placerville appliance store, in business since 1947, has a repair operation that is fully licensed for most brands. And it will offer a 90-day service warranty. Besides washers, it can repair dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, microwave ovens, refrigerators and gas or electric […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Women’s Shop: Off Broadway

Forty years of keeping current with fashion. What a success story Off Broadway is. Located at 1245 Broadway at the corner of Carson Road in Placerville, Bob and Rosie Gier and their three employees offer contemporary women’s fashions in 1,900 square feet. Open seven days a week, Off Broadway’s fashions appeal to those from age […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Thrift Store: Snowline Hospice

Established in 1981, the nonprofit Snowline Hospice is a “community-based organization dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life’s journey. Our goal is to enhance the living, comfort the dying and support the grieving with compassion and dignity.” To support that, Snowline operates six […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Christmas Tree Farm: Carson Ridge Evergreens

For more than 55 years Carson Ridge Evergreens has been selling Christmas trees on its 9-acre family owned tree farm. Located at 3041 Carson Road in the heart of Apple Hill, you can’t miss it. Many families come back year after year for Douglas fir, white fir and silver tips. You choose the tree that […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Kennel: Uppity Pup

For the fifth year in a row, Uppity Pup has been voted Best Kennel by Mountain Democrat readers. Located at 4604 Enterprise Court in Park West Industrial Park just off of Missouri Flat Road, the kennel is an all-indoor facility with different-sized enclosures to accommodate a variety of pets. It also has a large play […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Barbecue: Back Forty Texas BBQ

Back Forty Texas BBQ remains an all-time favorite barbecue. Located at 3977 Durock Road in Shingle Springs, it continues to feature freshly prepared ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Ask them about catering your event. Using a special recipe from Austin, Texas, the Shingle Springs restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday. Back Forty Texas BBQ has […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Printer: Imperial Printing

Imperial Printing is starting its 41st year in business. Located at 259 Placerville Drive, it is one of the few printing businesses left in town with a printing press. Owned by Tom and Linda Pempero, it now employs daughter Stephanie as a graphic artist. Imperial prints envelopes and general business printing as well as signs […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Recreation Facility: Sly Park

Holy water sports! El Dorado Irrigation District’s Sly Park Recreation area has won Best Recreation Facility for the seventh time in a row. The lake in the pines attracts 400,000 people a year for boating, swimming, picnicking and for its trail system. The hiking and biking trail system is 8.5 miles long, with a separate trail […]

September 27, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Asian Restaurant: Hong Kong Inn

The Hong Kong Inn at 2851 Ray Lawyer Drive across the parking lot from the Mountain Democrat has remained popular since its opening. Its outstanding Chinese food has kept it in business for 20 years. Owner Tommy Chi and the seven employees, mostly all family, keep the food fresh and the prices affordable. The restaurant […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Employment Agency: Blue Ribbon Personnel Services

To fill a need temporarily the place to call for qualified personnel since 1981 is Blue Ribbon Personnel Services in Placerville (530-622-7110). Company President Nancy Dixon and Finance Manager Teresa Hodgson also have offices in El Dorado Hills, Truckee, Jackson, Auburn, Lodi and Minden, Nev. For those offices the agency sends out 200-250 payroll checks […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Consignment Store: Violets Are Blue

Violets Are Blue has been a Main Street, Placerville, retail fixture for 23 years. The store’s success as a consignment shop led Denise Allison to buy the 800-square-foot shop in 1999 and she has continued its success, selling women’s consignment clothes and accessories. Violets Are Blue also sells new clothing lines and accessories. Allison said […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Doctor: Dr. Gerardo Galang

Dr. Gerardou Galang came from Hawaii to Marshall Medical eight years ago. In that time the internal medicine specialist has built a busy practice from patients who “absolutely adore him,” said Lyndee Wright of the doctor’s office, who added that is why he “is so overbooked.” Dr. Galang is medical director for his office and […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Smog: G&S Smog and Repair

Not only can you get your car smogged by G&S Smog in 15 minutes with no appointment but you can have it done on a Saturday morning. How convenient is that? G&S Smog has two dynos, so it can smog more than one customer at a time. It is a high-volume smog certification business. It […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Furniture Store: Affordable Furniture and Blinds

Affordable Furniture and Blinds is home decor central. Located at 55 Fair Lane in Placerville, it carries a variety of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, including Serta mattresses. Affordable Furniture and Blinds carries great brands at affordable prices, Lane,Flexsteel, Broyhill, Best Home furnishings, Serta and Ashley to name a few. The styles range from […]

September 27, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Window Treatment: Affordable Furniture and Blinds

Affordable Furniture and Blinds continues to be a reader favorite for window coverings. Customers appreciate that Affordable Furniture and Blinds stocks the best quality window coverings, like Hunter Douglas. Honeycomb cellular shades are one way to knock down the daytime glare and your cooling bills, or Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters. Or try Kathy Ireland Home Roman […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Auto Repair: Lightfoot Automotive

A lifelong resident of Placerville, Mike Lightfoot worked for a Ford dealership in Sacramento for 10 years repairing Fords. Instead of commuting, he decided to open his own repair shop 13 years ago. Located at 4056 Stage Court, Suite B-1 off of China Garden Road, Lightfoot works on foreign and domestic autos, but doesn’t do […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Candy Store: Candy Strike Emporium

Chocolates, truffles, taffy and more. The Candy Strike Emporium takes pride in its fudge, such as the “world famous ‘Hangtown Justice Fudge,’ ’cause being in Hangtown, it’s the only place we can all agree on justice.” Candy Strike also has hard candies and licorice. Gummies of all varieties, including sugarless are found. A Placerville institution […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Weather stats October 214

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

Censuring Prada asked

Two veteran members of the El Dorado Irrigation District board asked Oct. 27 for a censure item to be placed on a future agenda. The censure target is Director Greg Prada. Leading off the censure movement was Director Bill George, who opened with a prepared statement. At the heart of the censure movement is a […]

Lake levels 10-30-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014 Elevation (feet) 388.34 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 306,900 31% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 333 Outflow 1,044 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.43 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,367 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.55 Outflow […]

Building permits 10/20-24/2014

Permits issued: 10/20 to 10/24/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $775,708 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $11,947 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $35,856 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $961,516 1 BUILDG – NEW – RETWAL $12,000 4 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $152,527 1 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 10-28-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

EID: Water saving gets personal

As the summer irrigation season comes to an end, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Oct. 14 that district customers had reduced potable water conservation 27 percent for the week, 20 percent since Feb. 5 and 17 percent since Jan. 1. The lower figure for January was a consequence of two things: […]

Lake levels 10-23-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014 Elevation (feet) 390.36 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 318,800 33% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 220 Outflow 1,035 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.97 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.59 Outflow […]

Weather stats 10-21-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

Building permits 10/13-17/2014

Permits issued 10/13 to 10/17/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $15,189 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $354,657 2 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $40,900 1 BUILDG – REMODL – WAREHS $7,500 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $75,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $17,880 1 ELCTRC […]

September unempoyment rate dips

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in September 2014, down from a revised 6.9 percent in August 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for California and 5.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Belltower: Oakland Aviation Museum

Recently I had occasion to visit the Oakland Aviation Museum, located at 8252 Earhart Road in Oakland. It’s not on the level of the March Air Force Base Museum in Riverside or the Pima Air and Space Museum in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Ariz. But it has one airplane none of the […]

EID backs state water bond

With the prospect of some Proposition 1 money coming their way, the directors of the El Dorado Irrigation District unanimously voted Oct. 14 to endorse the state water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. EID’s lobbyist, Rob Reeb, highlighted some beneficial aspects of the state water bond for the EID board. Reeb not only worked on […]

Lake levels 10-16-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014 Elevation (feet) 391.92 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 328,100 34% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 841 Outflow 1,033 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,450.64 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,005 71% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.07 Outflow […]

Tunnel repair to take 5 months

March 1, 2015, is the target date for completion of the Esmeralda Tunnel rehab. The 1,000-foot-long tunnel built in 1930 had a partial cave-in 150 feet in from the upstream entrance. The collapsed section of the timber-lined portion of the tunnel set off an alarm for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s hydro crew and automatically […]

Weather stats 10-14-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

Building permits 10/6-10/2014

Permits issued: 10/06 to 10/10/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – 1-FMLY $738 2 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $60,933 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $964,896 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $3,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – DECK $65,398 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $7,500 2 ELCTRC […]

Lake levels 10-13-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 13, 2014 Elevation (feet) 392.3 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 330,400 34% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 426 Outflow 1,035 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,451.44 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

EID among regional projects backed by state

The Department of Water Resources is proposing to allocate $9.7 million in state grants to the Regional Water Authority (RWA) for 17 projects designed to expand the ability to recharge, store, extract and move groundwater around the community to help reduce the region’s reliance on Folsom Reservoir, it was announced Oct. 2. Among those projects […]

Building permits 9/29-10/3/2014

Permits issued 9/29- to 10/03/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $110,630 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $5,305 3 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $56,670 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $98,000 4 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $116,698 1 ELCTRC – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,200 14 ELCTRC […]

Belltower: Lessons from SEAL training

I only volunteered for two things before getting married. No. 1, I enlisted in the Navy. The draft was on then and I didn’t want to be an Army draftee. No. 2, I volunteered for Antarctic duty. The back of the Antarctic Service Medal says, “Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion.” Everybody called it “Courage, Sacrifice and […]

El Dorado County August unemployment drops to 6.6%; 1,400-job cutback

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.0 percent in August 2014, down from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.4 percent for California and 6.3 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Lake levels 10-2-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014 Elevation (feet) 394.24 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 342,400 35% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 562 Outflow 1,371 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,152.30 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,893 73% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

September 2014 weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

Heard over the back fence: Octoberfest in EDH

STRANGE PRIORITIES? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me!” quote: “How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?”  OKTOBERFEST TIME! Families are invited to join “good ol’ German” entertainment, dinner and contests. Tickets are $10 for adults and […]

Lake levels 9-25-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014 Elevation (feet) 395.82 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 352,300 36% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 706 Outflow 1,372 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,452.96 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

EID finds Esmeralda Tunnel cave-in

Notified by a high water alarm on the canal Sunday night, El Dorado Irrigation District hydro personnel discovered Monday there was a collapse in the Esmeralda Tunnel. The 1,000-foot-long tunnel was built in 1930 and is held up by treated timbers for the first 450 feet, then natural rock for about 400 feet, with the […]

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