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Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

The final days of Saigon

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

Mark Shields: Voters prefer governors over senators for White House

In the past 94 years, American voters have elected a total of two United States senators — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama — president. By contrast, before Obama, four of the past five men elected to the White House — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — were […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Moral bigotry

We are a society riven by opposing points of view, different mindsets based upon different world views. And this propensity is exacerbated by the different balance of values held by liberals and conservatives. The issues are legion from choice to the size of government. In a recent article I wrote about the lost art of […]

Public input needed

The Echo Summit Bridge Project is coming and you might want to have some say in how it happens if you plan on using Highway 50 to go to South Lake Tahoe. The project to replace or rehabilitate the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, started in 2012 and is scheduled […]

Family wants murderer kept in jail

Three years ago, Mike and Lynn Tracy of Garden Valley were successful in keeping William Ray Hall Jr. in jail at his first parole hearing. On June 9, they aim to do it again. In March 1996, Hall killed his girlfriend — Lynn’s daughter — Toni Parcell. He strangled her, threw her in the back of […]

King Fire area to open to public again

The U.S. Forest Service announced that the national forest lands in the King Fire area will be open to the public again beginning Saturday, April 25, in conjunction with the general opening of fishing season. However, the public is cautioned that parts of the fire area are still hazardous and will continue to be for years. […]

Walk a Mile goes along way to reduce sexual violence

This year marks the Center for Violence-free Relationships’ 13th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff recently reported that the incidents of rape in El Dorado County increased by […]

Like a good neighbor

The proposed outdoor shooting range on tribal land just off of Shingle Springs Drive has caused quite a stir in the community. The Feb. 24 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting addressing the topic saw more than 200 people in attendance, and we’ve received a number of letters to the editor on the topic. […]

Governor orders mandatory water rationing

At a special press conference held April 1 at Echo Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions.

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” he said. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

The governor’s executive order calls for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption in comparison to what was used in 2013. The savings amount to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

Mark Shields: Laughter, still pretty good medicine

“There are three things which are real,” said John F. Kennedy, “God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.” As a national candidate, the then-senator did just that. Sensitive to the charge that his multi-millionaire father was trying to buy the […]

Gov. Brown, legislative leaders announce $1 billion emergency drought package

SACRAMENTO — Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The […]

Mark Shields: Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

The late Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, who finished second in the campaign for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, warned his fellow citizens with the wisest of advice: “Beware of the presidential candidate who has no friends his own age and confidants who can tell him to go to hell.” That same year, an emotionally […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

  GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT: 
The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Supervisors adopt new vision for how to govern county

El Dorado County Supervisors agreed to disagree, a bit, over the exact wording, grammar and punctuation of their new “vision statement.” In their March 3, regular meeting, supervisors kicked around variations of the vision they created during several leadership and governance training sessions in January and February. Chairman Brian Veerkamp introduced the agenda item as […]

Gold fringe on the U.S. flag

EDITOR: Pick me off the floor. Tell me it’s my imagination. Tell me that I’m not seeing a gold-fringed flag in front of a Tea Party meeting. Tell me it’s not true that all stood proudly to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag; when desecrated “Old Glory” must have been silently weeping […]

The weekly Daley: Freedom of speech and press; good things

We’ve taken a little heat lately here at California’s Oldest Newspaper — “Since 1851.” We’ve been publishing letters to the editor and columns by regular contributors that have offended readers along a fairly broad spectrum of politics and concerns. Several complained about Gene Altshuler’s offerings on the Opinion page. In general, they think Gene is […]

Wanted: Gold Bug Park volunteers; big rewards promised

A “wanted” poster was recently tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park & Mine. It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for. They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at the historic park. “We had a tremendous visitor season […]

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

These legal ladies want you

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain – all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

Tears and hugs highlight last meeting for Santiago and Briggs

The sometimes stodgy and tedious, day-in, day-out management of the people’s business was interrupted for at least a full hour last Tuesday when county supervisors, employees and just folks from the Western Slope and Tahoe sang paeans to Ron Briggs and Norma Santiago. Both the District 4 and District 5 supervisors have completed two terms […]

Republicans in charge

EDITOR: Sometimes with Mr. Longhofer it’s difficult to know whether he is uninformed or whether he’s counting on the reader being uninformed. He says that since the GOP is taking over the Senate in a couple of months and having the House with majorities not seen since WW II that they will have to be […]

Mt. Murphy Bridge ‘demise’ a foregone conclusion?

After nearly two years of attending meetings on the auspices of providing “public input” into the demise or reconstruction of the Mt. Murphy Bridge in Coloma, Garden Valley resident Mark E. Smith became a stakeholder representative for the Divide and skeptical of the process and its potential result. At a public meeting Smith held at […]

Transportation input sought at public workshop

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will host a transportation planning open house on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) public workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. El Dorado County is recognized for its high quality of life, unique […]

Feeding the bears, or deer, may do more harm than good

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind the public to never feed wildlife, even animals that may be displaced due to wildfires. Last month the King Fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in the El Dorado National Forest, destroying wildlife habitat and forcing animals to flee to safety. However, most wildlife species […]

EDH Fire Board: Matt Fillmore wants to ensure the department’s success

Involvement in Boy Scouts and church programs taught Matt Fillmore the value of community service, something he hopes to continue as a member of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board. “I’ve always been a service-oriented individual,” Fillmore said. “I think El Dorado Hills has an amazing fire department and my goal would be to keep it […]

EDH Fire Board: Doug Hus wants to do the right thing

El Dorado Hills Fire Board candidate Doug Hus is comfortable in everything from overalls to a suit and tie. But no matter what dress code the job requires, his goal is to do what’s best for the community and that’s why he said he’s running for one of three available seats. “It just feels like […]

Penn wants to be a big-picture guy as Dist. 4 supervisor

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year resident of El Dorado County and a self-described “big-picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House […]

Governor signs law accelerating restoration on private lands to benefit waterways, wildlife

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2193, the first statewide effort to accelerate voluntary restoration on private lands through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Authored by Assemblyman Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park), the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act, establishes a simplified permitting process through the Department of Fish and Wildlife […]

Mammo Men wanted as Placerville turns pink for breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor those who have been diagnosed with cancer and remember those who have passed. This month’s second annual Mammo Man competition will raise funds for art and movement therapy for cancer patients. Whether you are a physician, businessmen, student or retired, your are invited to participate […]

Discover the true gold in Coloma

The beautiful river gorge along the South Fork of the American that opens into a small valley enclosure called Coloma once saw a population of 10,000 harried souls digging in the dirt, blasting rocks and moving mountains as they clamored for gold. Today Coloma has fewer than 500 people who call it home, but they […]

Exterior house color: public service or public nuisance

The problem with home design is there is only one kind of mistake. One everyone sees. That’s what makes home improvement decisions so nerve-wracking. Your taste — whether enviably good or so bad you need to hand out motion-sickness bags — is on display. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the color of your house. For […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information: SampletheSierra.com   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

The balancing act: Grand jury gobbledy-gook

Dysfunction is the key word within the title of the new Grand Jury report published on June 20 regarding the El Dorado County Charter. Most if not all Grand Juries are supposed to be fact-finders, and although I didn’t examine the entire report to see if other areas of the report had fact-finding or opinion, the […]

Normadene Carpenter — El Dorado Golden Rose

The 2014 El Dorado Golden Rose is Normadene Carpenter, an honor she was surprised and happy to receive since it means that she doesn’t have all the duties of the El Dorado Rose. “The Golden Rose doesn’t go to all the events during the year the way the El Dorado Rose does,” said Carpenter 87. […]

How bad do you want to retain a rural lifestyle?

EDITOR: There has been an enormous effort by the citizens of El Dorado County to combat the developer cronyism taking place right now in El Dorado County. Three groups came together and wrote initiatives that would require the Board of Supervisors to protect our current zoning, require compatibility when making land changes, restore the original […]

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Sheriff taking back unwanted prescription drugs

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give residents of El Dorado County another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring […]

Gold Bug volunteers: Characters need apply

Have a hankering to relive the history of the gold rush with thousands of visitors from all over the world?

Then become a volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and join such notables as Black Bart, John Studebaker and Duffy the crazy Irishman.

Part of a crew of 25 volunteers, they are more than just history buffs. Some must have show biz in their blood as they have adopted a character of their own from the past — real or imagined — that they play when conducting tours complete with clothing, props and …

Go native

For 20 years, one thing has been certain come April in El Dorado County and we don’t mean taxes. We’re referring to the annual Spring Native Plant Sale by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS). This year’s sale marks the 20th year since the chapter was founded in 1994 […]

Supes, public not always clear on meeting rules

What should be talked about? What should be approved or denied without discussion, and who should make the determination? Five related items were pulled from the “consent calendar” at the March 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after several members of the public complained the items were too important to be […]

EDH survey results: Need for public transit rising

The need for public transportation for El Dorado County’s western slope residents will continue to rise, particularly for El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park where housing forecasts are up and the senior population is growing, county transit officials concluded at a public meeting held at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last week. El Dorado County Transportation Commission and El Dorado […]

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