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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 […]

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 […]

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