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Press Release

County surveying residents this month

El Dorado County is developing its three-year strategic plan. As part of this process, the county is conducting a citizen engagement survey, local town hall meetings and focus groups. The county’s engagement process gives citizens an opportunity to provide the county with their thoughts about why they live in El Dorado County and what would improve their […]

Lyon offices collecting coats during October

For the fifth consecutive year, Lyon Real Estate will turn its Placerville and Cameron Park offices into a collection point for new and reusable coats in reasonably good condition during the month of October. Last October local residents donated a total of 291 coats through the 2014 Lyon Coat Drive, part of several charitable efforts […]

Tahoe boat inspections move to launch ramps

LAKE TAHOE — Starting Oct. 1 boat inspections will move to select launch ramps and winter hours will begin. Tahoe Resource Conservation District inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. All boats without an intact Tahoe inspection seal are required […]

Placerville launches water, energy efficiency program

The Placerville City Council recently launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over five to 20 years while obtaining immediate savings on utility bills. Placerville resident may now submit applications […]

Tips to help trees thrive

Save Our Water – California’s official statewide conservation education program – has partnered with California ReLeaf to raise awareness of the importance of proper tree care during this historic drought. California ReLeaf is a statewide urban forest nonprofit providing support and services to over 90 community nonprofits that plant and care for trees. With potentially […]

Youth Commission applicants sought

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Office of Education are accepting applications for the 2015-16 El Dorado County Youth Commission. Applications are available on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisor’s website: Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 2. Submit your application to the El Dorado County Office […]

Organ win cash, DeCaires the title

When the checkered flag waved at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, two celebrations broke out simultaneously on the front stretch of the speedway. Napa driver Kurt Organ, climbed from his sprint car in jubilant fashion where he was greeted by Placerville race supporter Ron Thompson and awarded the cash bonus for the 12th Annual Tribute to Al […]

Speedway: Al Hinds Tribute closes race season

Race car show, barbecue, high winnings for 121h annual event  Race fans gear up for one of the biggest nights of open-wheel racing in the foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage to a legacy in local racing — tomorrow’s 12th annual Tribute to Al Hinds as an exciting season officially comes to an end. In […]

Coldwell Banker goes all in for United Way’s Day of Caring

SACRAMENTO — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage affiliated sales associates, managers and staff joined more than 1,000 volunteers across the region to work on needed service projects as part of United Way’s 2015 Day of Caring. United Way’s Day of Caring, held every year during the anniversary of 9/11 is a national effort to encourage everyone to work on a service project. As is now […]

County budget hearings begin; tough decisions ahead

El Dorado County County’s budget hearings start today at 9 a.m. and the Board of Supervisors will have a little more breathing room than expected because of favorable results from the year-end closing of the books, according to county Auditor Joe Harn.   “The County General Fund ended the year with a $45,000,000 cash balance. It was essentially […]

Hatchery suffers fish die-off

GOLD RIVER — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to keep hundreds of thousands of trout alive at the American River Hatchery after warm water temperatures killed approximately 155,000 trout Tuesday. A chiller that cools water at the hatchery about 18 miles east of Sacramento unexpectedly failed Tuesday, and warm temperatures killed […]

California Tahoe Conservancy, USFS host land swap meetings

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service plan two open houses to present a land exchange concept that would help both agencies manage their holdings in the Lake Tahoe Basin more efficiently. The proposal would transfer Forest Service urban lots to the California Tahoe Conservancy, while conveying some larger CTC […]

Speedway: Trio take wins in 2nd tribute to Donnie Tilford

The stands were packed at Placerville Speedway Saturday night as the penultimate race of the season paid tribute to legendary local driver Donnie Tilford. While heavy winnings were the theme, no cash value could be put on the win on this very special night for Folsom’s Jon Tilford. The veteran driver and former champion, won the $500 Pure Stock feature event […]

Do you part to protect groundwater

The National Ground Water Association encourages every person to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater, beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day, Sept. 8. In the United States, 39.4 percent of the population regularly depends on groundwater and 38.5 million Americans rely on privately owned and operated household water wells […]

Study shows Senate Bill 32 will drive up cost of housing, pricing California families out of the market

Proposed legislation aimed at dramatically cutting greenhouse gas emissions will drive up the price of homes, price hundreds of thousands of households out of the housing market, dramatically increase the number of Californians living in poverty and result in an annual loss of billions of dollars in California’s gross state product, according to a report […]

Prairie-style Sahalie is relaxed, open and bright with natural light

Crisp lines and sparkling window grids give a fresh clean look to the Sahalie. This is an update of the prairie home, one of the few indigenous American styles. Originating in Chicago, the style was common in early 20th-century suburbs throughout the United States and is again growing in popularity. The wide covered porch that […]

Broadband workshop this Tuesday

As part of an effort to begin a countywide strategic planning initiative to formulate a long-term, sustainable broadband strategy, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is planning a workshop to examine the state of broadband service in the county and its impacts on businesses and residents. The workshop will take place at 5 p.m. on […]

Bright, vaulted great room In Strathmore

Breaking with tradition puts the Strathmore’s floor plan more in tune with the preferences of contemporary families. Its vaulted, informal, naturally bright great room is right at the front rather than in the more customary rear location. From the street, this home looks like a bungalow cottage with single-level, ranch-style profile. Craftsman details include the […]

El Dorado County leads tri-county home sales in July

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado County’s 26 percent jump in home sales last month led the tri-county area and boosted overall sales in the greater Sacramento area in July according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. A total of 2,817 homes changed hands in the tri-county Sacramento region last month, up 13 percent from the […]

Local law officers hold their own

LOOMIS — Officers from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Probation Office, were invited to participate last weekend in the Detective Michael Davis Jr., Memorial Flag Football Tournament, hosted by the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. This has been an annual event for the past five years. However, with the senseless killing this […]

Gregg’s Kid’s Night win extra special

Winning on Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night is always noteworthy for any driver at Placerville Speedway. Though Placerville’s Andy Gregg has won on this important night earlier in his career, his victory Saturday was even more memorable as a new father himself. “Winning on this night is always special, but tonight this is really special for me as […]

Prisoners riot; one killed

California Department of Corrections FOLSOM — California State Prison-Sacramento administrators are investigating the cause of a riot that occurred Wednesday afternoon during which inmate Hugo Pinell, 71, was killed and several others were injured. At 12:55 p.m., approximately 70 inmates started fighting on one of the institution’s maximum-security general population yards. Inmate-made weapons were used […]

Charming Cedar View compact, versatile

This vacation retreat is a small cedar-sided Craftsman home plan by guest designer Tim Thompson with a wrap-around porch. Four sets of double doors open into a two-story great room with a fireplace. Kitchen and nook are also open to this large space. Two bedrooms and a bathroom are at rear; roomy loft and second […]

Macedo grabs Forni Classic victory

After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time Saturday as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his way to the lucrative win — becoming the Civil War Series’ eighth different winner in 2015. […]

CDFW accepting grant proposals for water restoration programs

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now accepting proposals for restoration projects that further the objectives of the California Water Action Plan. For fiscal year 2015-16, a total of $31.4 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Prop. 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will […]

Speedway: Big prize set for Mark Forni Classic

Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway the who’s who of winged 360 sprint car racing in California will gather for their shot at the lucrative $10K that is up for grabs to the winner of the 10th annual Mark Forni Classic. A race that pays homage to the late Mark Forni, who was a staple […]

Whooping cough still a threat in California

Public Health urges prenatal immunization SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith warns parents about the continued dangers of pertussis (whooping cough). The disease has already caused one infant death and at least 126 infant hospitalizations in California this year. In El Dorado County 19 cases have […]

Granite Bay, Sacramento and El Dorado Hills lead tri-county region in luxury home sales

SACRAMENTO — Luxury home sales in the greater Sacramento area soared more than 47 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from the same period a year ago as the region’s high-end market enjoyed a hot spring selling season, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service […]

News Bites: Aug. 5

Veterans benefits forum Congressman Tom McClintock will join officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide information on the department’s benefits and its service delivery procedures at a special forum at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main St. Joining the Congressman at the forum will be Juilianna Boor, Director […]

Make that five wins for Jinkerson at speedway

For the second week in a row, Sean Becker captured the checkered flag at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, which netted him a $2,000 victory. Becker hopes his good fortune will carry into next weekend when the win will pay $10,000 for the Mark Forni Classic. The veteran driver was joined in victory lane by Randy McDaniel, who […]

West Nile virus kills Nevada County resident

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County. “This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Smith. “West Nile […]

Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

With August upon us, it’s not only the temperatures that are going to be hot this weekend as Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night with a big night of racing. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series returns to action in the battle for the season titles. It’s also a duel night […]

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 […]

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