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Press Release

Barrett Trail reconstruction complete, path now open

The Barrett Four-Wheel Drive Trail, a rugged six-mile, off-highway route from Wright’s Lake to Barrett Lake, just west of Desolation Wilderness, was recently re-opened today following the completion of reconstruction on three segments of the trail to protect sensitive meadows. The Barrett 4WD Trail has been used by recreationists since the 1960s and offers one of the […]

Gill completes elite east coast event

EL DORADO HILLS — Jim Gill lined up with other elite athletes from around the world last weekend for a great cause: the iconic Ironman Lake Placid — part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Team for Cures. The El Dorado Hills resident completed the Ironman with an official time of 12 hours, 6 minutes. […]

Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Senator says drones continue to menace firefighting efforts around the state  SACRAMENTO — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency […]

Youth backcountry camp for teens

Summit mountains, build leadership, challenge yourself STATELINE, Nev. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), and the City of South Lake Tahoe (CSLT) are partnering for a three-day program that introduces teens (ages 12-14) to a wildlife survivor’s state of mind. All eligible teens are invited to come unplug […]

Bill would knock drones out of fire zones

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado HIlls, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, recently announced bipartisan plans to introduce urgently needed and important new legislation that will protect forests, property and the lives of citizens and firefighters. Senate Bill 167 will make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire. “California is a […]

Granite Bay woman eyes Assembly

Granite Bay resident Suzanne Jones has filed with the California Secretary of State to be a candidate for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Beth Gaines. Jones, a sitting Placer County Board of Education Trustee and chairperson of the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council, said taking this step is a logical progression for […]

Fire Safe Council receives defensible space funding

California Fire Safe Council recently announced it will provide $3.3 million in federal grant funds for 25 wildfire risk reduction projects to be conducted  by at-risk communities in 22 California counties. El Dorado County Fire Safe Council’s 2015 EDCFSC Residential Defensible Space Program will receive $142,500 with a match amount of $165,842, according to the CFSC chart. Funding for the […]

SMUD, CDFW stock trout in El Dorado County reservoirs

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in conjunction with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The effort began in June and will proceed through August. At least 25,000 pounds of fish will be stocked into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. […]

Environmentally friendly Greenleaf feels spacious throughout

Shake-textured siding lends its eye-catching appeal to the front facade of this updated Craftsman-style cottage. The Greenleaf is a single-level home, however it has a skylit bonus room over the garage, which could be used as an artist’s studio, writer’s retreat, workout room, or whatever suits. Vaulted ceilings expand the sense of spaciousness in the […]

Boaters: Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained, dry

Nine boats carrying invasive species intercepted to date LAKE TAHOE — With sunny skies and warm temperatures, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid delays and decontamination fees. All stations close at 5:30 p.m.; plan travel accordingly. Boat inspectors are required to […]

The California Department of Housing and Community Development announces $34 Million in awards for housing-Related Parks Program

SACRAMENTO — Parks are happy places. Moms, dads and caregivers are taking advantage of rare opportunities to talk with other adults. Parks are also healthy places. Kids may not even realize it but all of that running, jumping, climbing and swinging equals actual exercise. On June 30 the California Department of Housing and Community Development announced […]

Homeless veterans expected to benefit from Prop. 41 grants

SACRAMENTO — Nearly 700 low-income and homeless veterans and their families will benefit from affordable housing opportunities announced today by three state agencies. Seventeen projects throughout California will receive funding through Proposition 41 and the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program. “With cities statewide pushing to meet the national goal of ending veterans’ homelessness, this funding could […]

Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up […]

Drought prompts fish evacuation at local hatcheries

With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving fish out of the American River and the Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row. Bureau of Reclamation models suggest water temperatures at the hatcheries could be at lethal levels […]

Suspected DUI rollover lands one in jail, one in the hospital

Shannon Laney South Lake Tahoe Police Department SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle rollover traffic collision on Pioneer Trail near Woodbine Road at 2 a.m. on July 3. When officers arrived on scene, they found a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer resting on its roof. Witnesses identified the driver […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

Rattlesnake warning: Watch where you step

California Poison Control System reminds residents that warm weather brings out rattlesnakes and they are more likely to be found on hiking trails and sunning in rural areas. Even baby rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems and, in rare cases, can […]

Kingsley has vaulted ceiling, guest cottage

The Kingsley is actually two houses in one. A covered walkway connects the main house to a small cottage at the back. This space is ideal for older children, not quite ready to fly the nest, or aged parents who enjoy their privacy but also appreciate sharing time with the family. Its kitchenette is adequate […]

Pending home sales maintain momentum in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years according to the National Association of Realtors. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, […]

Lead ammunition ban in place

Starting July 1, non-lead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters who plan to hunt bighorn sheep or at any CDFW wildlife area or ecological reserve where hunting is allowed on or after […]

California Building Industry Association submits testimony to Congress on drought

California Building Industry Association News release June 2 — California Building Industry Association’s President and CEO, Dave Cogdill, submitted testimony in Congress on the industry’s drought mitigation efforts. In his written testimony to the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on the status of drought conditions and mitigation efforts throughout the Western […]

Cozy Lyndon updates classic cottage

Drive through any older section of town and you’ll see cozy cottages that look a lot like the Lyndon. But houses built in the early 1900s had far fewer windows, and their interiors lacked the sense of openness contemporary families have come to appreciate. This plan combines a nostalgic exterior with a bright and open […]

Holshire has nostalgic Craftsman charm

Gridded window uppers, tapered columns, and ornamental gable supports give a nostalgic Craftsman look to this compact, two-story bungalow. The Holshire is only 41 feet wide, so it fits neatly on a fairly narrow lot. Its covered porch is open, inviting, and easily wide enough to accommodate a porch swing during the summer months. Inside, […]

California pending home sales gain steam to post six straight months of annual gains

California Association of Realtors News release LOS ANGELES — With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their sixth straight annual gain, with the last four months being in the double-digits, according to the California Association of Realtors. In another report, California Realtors responding to C.A.R.’s May Market Pulse Survey saw more floor […]

Pat Seide scores record sale

EL DORADO HILLS — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently announced that Pat Seide of the Pat Seide Group, an award-winning Realtor with the company’s El Dorado Hills office, has recorded the highest price home sale in El Dorado Hills since 2008 and the highest ever in the exclusive Serrano gated community. Seide was the listing agent for 4381 […]

Summer road work prompts closures

Road construction season has begun and throughout the summer, the  Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will perform work on the county’s road ways. The following closures have been announced: Gold Hill Road Gold Hill Road, between Sullivan Lane and State Route 49, will be closed on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Lofty portico fronts striking Lucardo

The dramatic keystone arch that crowns the Lucardo’s soaring portico is a perfect prelude to the home’s breathtaking two-story entry. Elegance on this scale is totally appropriate to this striking estate-sized plan, offering more than 4,500 square feet of living space plus a roomy four-car garage and a large unfinished bonus room. Families that enjoy […]

EDH boy recognized by Johns Hopkins

Maria Blackburn Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth BALTIMORE — El Dorado Hills student Adam Choe was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Adam, a participant in the CTY […]

Grayling is designed for entertaining

Families that like to entertain will appreciate the airy spaciousness of the ranch-style Grayling. An expansive open great room with high vaulted ceilings fills the center of the home and a large portion of the rear as well. Windows line the back wall, bathing the area in light. The bayed nook is brighter still, and […]

Emergency building codes adopted to conserve water

SACRAMENTO — In view of the urgency to conserve California’s water resources, as deemed essential by Gov. Brown’s executive order, the Department of Housing and Community Development is establishing new building standards through an emergency adoption process. These regulations are set forth in the California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) Code and will ensure that newly constructed […]

Grants could help end homelessness

Sacramento – Families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness may soon regain stability, thanks to nearly $10 million in grant funds. The Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced awards totaling $9.9 million to assist California communities with a variety of homelessness prevention programs, rapid rehousing assistance, emergency shelter funding and other activities. El […]

Eldon makes room for a large family

Framed posts, brick veneer and painted shutters give a traditional look to the otherwise contemporary Eldon. This four-bedroom home is well-suited for a family with children. Gathering spaces are large, and the owners’ suite is isolated from secondary bedrooms. Entering, you step right into the vaulted great room. Centrally located, this is the hub of […]

Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Junior Tennis Clinic

The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Tennis Clinic June 15-19 at El Dorado High School. The popular coed clinic for those aged 12-18 (7-12 grades in the fall), will be the club’s 29th. Hangtown Clinic Director Martha Downing and staff will oversee the week-long tennis clinic designed for beginners/low intermediates/high intermediates/advanced […]

Compact Lincoln feels open, bright inside

A boldly columned covered porch and walkway wrap around the Lincoln, a distinctive compact home with a delightfully extensive and open central living area. Vaulted ceilings add volume, creating a sense of spaciousness throughout, while the plan’s nearly square footprint allows construction on a fairly small city lot. Entering, you step into an exceptionally bright […]

Moorseville duplex has European touch

Arched garage door openings, brick veneer, and multipaned windows lend a European look to the Mooresville, a contemporary duplex with a traditional flavor. Each two-bedroom unit offers nearly 1,100 square feet of living space in a mirror-image floor plan. Entering, you step into a vaulted living room that’s completely open to a flat-ceilinged dining room […]

Estate-sized Rossano has Spanish flavor

A finely detailed wrought iron gate opens into the garden courtyard that fronts the Rossano, an estate home with a Spanish flavor. Stone veneer, ceramic tile roofing, Tuscan columns, and wood shutters are but a few of its inviting exterior features. Stepping through the arched entry door brings you into a dramatic two-story foyer that […]

Remodeling continues its growth

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry released its first-quarter 2015 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions. NARI remodelers are finding a good environment for their services. The combination of homeowner desire for improvements in their homes and a more stable economy is turning into solid business […]

Athletic Physical Nights next week

El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa hold their Sports Physical Night, valid for the 2015-16 school year, next Tuesday at Marshal Primary Care Center, 1095 Marshall Way in Placerville. Cost is $10. Students with last names G-P are at 5:30 p.m.; Q-Z at 6 and A-F at 6:30. Arrivals after 6:30 cannot be accommodated. Make […]

Get help paying for heat, air conditioning

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

Area luxury home sales surge

Sacramento, Granite Bay and El Dorado Hills lead tri-county region SACRAMENTO — Luxury home sales in the greater Sacramento area surged 30 percent in the first three months of 2015 from the same period a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the region’s leading luxury real estate services company. The figures […]

EDCAR reports open house scare

REcently, an El Dorado County Association of Realtors member encountered a disturbing incident while holding an open house. A man approximately 50 years old pulled up in a blue vehicle — possibly a Toyota but was similar to a Jeep. It had a silver grill on the front and big tread tires. The man had light blond/gray […]

County’s Home Energy Assistance Program expands

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

Compact Molalla feels expansive inside

The Molalla is as compact as it is charming, and as economical to build as it is to heat and maintain. Its exterior has the look of a country cottage, while the interior has the openness of a contemporary home. Entering, you pass through a wide covered porch accented by three tapered columns. Just inside, […]

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