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The best livestock arrives at the State Fair

The 2015 California State Fair is pleased to showcase the best livestock of the state. After the first round of shows, Open Beef, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Boer Goats and Pygmy Goats will make their way to Cal Expo through July 18. The competitions include the Junior and Open Pygmy Goat Show, the Standard of Excellence […]

Best reggae comes to Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the place to be this summer for the best reggae, hiking and swimming, gaming and dining and all-around Irie vibes. On Saturday, June 27 join the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the third annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival. Reggae favorites include Iration, Matisyahu, Don Carlos, the Expendables, The Green, Fortunate Youth, […]

California State Fair honors best olive oils

The California State Fair held its inaugural Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in May at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Clubhouse with distinguished judges and experts analyzing and evaluating the best olive oils from the Golden State. The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for Extra Virgin Olive Oil […]

Taste best brews at State Fair brewfest

Tickets to the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair are on sale now. This is the only brewfest in the region that focuses on award-winning beer from the State Fair’s Commercial Craft Brew Competition. Beer fans won’t want to miss this special event on Saturday, July 18 at the Miller Lite Racetrack […]

Best places to watch women’s Amgen Tour

Lake Tahoe’s natural geography of steep climbs and long descents against postcard views will offer plenty of sites to catch race action as the top women cyclists compete in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM, May 8-9. With the start and finish line at Heavenly’s […]

Alpha K9 offers veterans man’s best friend

“The world would be a better place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” — M.K. Clinton, author of “The Returns” We’ve all heard of it: PTSD. Isn’t that what allegedly caused former Marine Eddy Ray Routh, who had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to shoot Chris Kyle […]

Laut state’s best in pole vault

GRASS VALLEY — The Oak Ridge varsity boys, varsity girls, and Frosh/Soph boys were victorious over host Nevada Union last week. Valuable points were earned by athletes in running and field events. Several obtained personal records in their events. Competing in the shot put and discus, Jack Root  placed first in both events. His 51-0 […]

Grace Patriot Wines 2013 Grenache named Best of Show

The oldest wine competition focusing on winemakers of Northern California, Sonoma-Marin Fair’s North of the Gate Wine Competition, has announced its Sweepstakes and medal winners. The annual wine competition is held in conjunction with the Sonoma-Marin Fair, June 24-28, when fair visitors will be able to taste the award-winning wines. Judging was held March 19 […]

2014 Lake Tahoe water clarity best in a decade

Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2014 showed the biggest improvements in more than a decade, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half century. The improvements are in part due to continuous work from the Lake Tahoe community to lower pollutants to the lake. […]

Best in Basin nominations accepted through March 31

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is accepting project nominations for its 2014 Best in the Basin awards program through Tuesday, March 31. The Best in the Basin awards program is in its 25th year. It was created to recognize projects that demonstrate exceptional planning and design and compatibility with the environment and TRPA guidelines. The program […]

Man’s best friend, or victim?

EDITOR: From the dawn of humanity, companions have been found in the beasts that walk this earth with us. However, many will argue that animals are for more than just being our companions. They are for being our luxury items, and research tools; our guinea pigs, if you will. To some, they are a way […]

Union Mine girls best El Dorado

Union Mine’s 1-2 top of the order Calista Almer and Madelynn Heape combined for six hits and five RBIs as the visiting Diamondbacks won their second straight Sierra Valley Conference game with Wednesday’s 12-3 victory over host El Dorado. Almer’s solo home run off Cougar starter Joshlyn Wright (six strikeouts) came on the game’s fourth pitch. […]

My turn: Shouldn’t California have the best roads by now?

If high taxes guaranteed results, then California should have some of the best roads in the nation. For years we’ve had one of the highest gas taxes, yet our freeways consistently receive failing grades. It makes no sense unless you admit that high taxes don’t guarantee good roads. That’s one of many reasons I had […]

Ponderosa girls third best

MAMMOTH — The slalom ski race at Mammoth Mountain closed the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships on Thursday. Three from the area cracked the top 10 on the slopes while four made the podium for the All State ski team. Team-wise, the Ponderosa girls had the highest placing as they finished […]

Bruin Jaclyn Fields sixth best in state

VISALIA —  Determined, focused and unwilling to give in, Ponderosa High senior Jaclyn Fields met her goal by winning a medal at last weekend’s CIF Girls State Wrestling Championships at the Visalia Convention Center. Fighting back in the consolation bracket, the Bruin senior took sixth place in the 160-pound weight division. As a junior, she went […]

Nothing but the best for Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye is more than comfortable in his new kitchen; it’s as though he’s been there for years though the new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater opened Feb. 2. Chalaye checks the oven, flips seasoned beef in a pan, then turns to sip on a pilsner and casually chats as […]

Placerville among 50 Best Small Downtowns in America

A January 2015 Best Choices Review of the 50 Best Small Downtowns in America ranked Placerville as No. 28. Extolled in Placerville’s virtues are the monthly stagecoach rides, the 160-year-old Belltower and the Placerville Hardware Store, as well as Placerville’s Gold Rush history and being the late artist Thomas Kinkade’s home town.

Small, exterior home improvements offer the best value

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled […]

Buckeye’s Best Show showcases students

The fourth annual Buckeye’s Best Talent and Art Show is being presented by the Buckeye Union School District on Friday, Jan. 16. This wonderful event is an evening when talented students can showcase their talent. Ranging from singing to comedy acts, these students bring it each and every year. It’s a fun night for all. […]

Bruin Jr. Midgets best of D-I, II levels

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa Jr. Bruins Midget football team capped a stellar season by winning a second consecutive Bay Valley Conference crown and the Sacramento Youth Football Super Bowl. In the SYA Super Bowl, the Jr. Bruins knocked off the Inderkum Jr. Tigers in an exciting 32-30 double-overtime win at Sheldon High. Previously, Ponderosa had won the Division I […]

Your home — your best investment

In 2009 I founded and the tag line was: “The door to your home … your best investment.” For most American families their home is their best investment. For some, it may not be the biggest but it definitely is the best for a number of good reasons. In this issue I will touch […]

Best Patio Dining: Smith Flat House

Smith Flat House has the ultimate patio. It will seat 350. Covered and lighted dining extend the patio season. It is available for private events. On sunny summer evenings and fall days when it is not rented out, it also seats regular diners, featuring locally grown food prepared by expert chefs. Facing the keystone brick-lined […]

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

Best Wine Tasting: Nello Olivo

Located in the original wine cellar of the historical Bee-Bennett House, now named the Sequoia, Nello Olivo’s tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Now bottled and ready for sale is Olivo’s Portonello. Once a month dinner is served, with seating for […]

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

Best Garden Store: Front Yard Nursery

This is the time of year to plant spring blooming bulbs and fertilize with bulb food. Also, Front Yard Nursery recommends aerating your lawn. If you let it go to save water, now that it is cool and the rainy season is due you can reseed and fertilize your lawns before it gets too cold. […]

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

Best Nursery: Front Yard Nursery

Now is the time to order bare root plants. Make your reservations at Front Yard Nursery for fruit and nut trees, table grapes and olive trees. Special orders can be made for chestnut trees. Try fruiting mulberry trees. There is nothing like a mulberry pie, if you can beat the birds to the purple berries. […]

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

Best Hardware Store: Placerville Hardware

Continuing an unbroken line of 56 years of ownership by the Fausel family, Albert Fausel is the latest proprietor of the 150-year-old Placerville Hardware Store. It just makes you want to start singing, “You can get anything you want at Albert’s hardware store.” Excuse the spoofing of Arlo Guthrie’s lyrics, but it’s true, you can get […]

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

Best Spa: Time Out Spa

Treat yourself to a spa on the weekend or get a group of five together for a Wednesday in Camino at Time Out Spa. Call 530-644-0314. Located at 2452 Apple Vista Lane in Camino, Time Out Spa features massage, facials and waxing, hand and feet massage and Vichy shower massage treatment. Overnight accommodations are available […]

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

Best Hair Salon: The Look Salon

If you like being pampered, then The Look Salon is the place for you. A full-service salon located at 415 Placerville Drive, Suite I, in Placerville, employees are eager to cater to all of your beauty needs whether you want an update or a complete make over. From expert cuts, coloring and texturing of your hair to waxings and […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Paint Store: The Paint Spot

With two locations, The Paint Spot is proud to be an independent Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh paint retailer that has served El Dorado County for over 50 years. Delivering the kind of specialized attention to detail and help that you won’t find in larger chain stores, its employees are trained specialists whose experience and helpful advice […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best bank: El Dorado Savings

Pretty good for a local bank that started in 1957, El Dorado Savings now has 34 branches plus its headquarters near the freeway on El Dorado Road. As of June 30, it had $1.86 billion in assets, $1.66 billion in deposits and made $5.9 million in profits. With 4,444 loans on the books, only 16 […]

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

Best Shoe Store: Evergreen Footwear

UGGs! Yes, you can find UGGs in Placerville. The place is Evergreen Footwear at 1224 Suite B on Broadway. Open seven days a week, Evergreen also carries New Balance, Wolverine, Birkenstock, Dansko, Klogs, Taos, Rieker, Spring Step, Merrill, Soft Walk, Acorn, Naot, Born, Earth, Keen, Aetrex, Spira and SAS. Evergreen is shoe central for Placerville. And […]

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

Best Assisted Living: Eskaton Village

Sitting on a 63-acre campus above historic Placerville, Eskaton Village, located at 3380 Blairs Lane, is an ideal place to live peacefully amongst the beautiful countryside, and readers seem to agree. The lodge offers assisted living, memory care and respite care. Surrounding the lodge are new rental cottages featuring the Living Design Gold Seal of […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best New Car Dealer: Thompsons

When asked where one should buy a new car in El Dorado County, the answer most commonly heard is, “Just go to Thompsons.” With a solid reputation amongst local residents for providing quality service and a quality selection of vehicles to choose from, Thompsons Toyota, located at 140 Forni Road  in Placerville and Thompsons Buick […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Credit Union: Schools Financial Credit Union

Serving its members for over 80 years now, with more than 115,000 members, Schools Financial Credit Union serves employees of public and private schools, school board members, students and members of alumni associations. Online banking is a feature for the credit union, and Schools offers a variety of IRAs, in addition to checking and savings. […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Heating/AC: Gilmore Heating-Air-Solar

Whether they are homeowners or business owners, for more than 30 years customers have depended on the certified technicians at Gilmore Heating & Air to service and install heating, air conditioning and even solar systems. The reputation goes beyond the quality work, though. For Gilmore, it’s just as much about service as it is about […]

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

Best Denitst: Dr. Jeff Little, DDS

Most patients cringe at the thought of going to the dentist. But one Placerville dentist has patients excited to stop by. Dr. Jeff Little, DDS, makes comfort a priority for his patients, and it’s never more apparent than with the complimentary paraffin hand dip given to patients. “Dentistry with a pampering touch,” Dr. Little’s office […]

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

Best Steak: Henry’s Steakhouse

Henry’s Steakhouse was a dual-winner in this year’s Readers’ Choice awards. But what’s a steakhouse without a good steak? Not a winner like Henry’s, of course. Red Hawk Casino’s flagship restaurant is “dining at its finest,” offering USDA Prime and Wagyu Steaks from Allen Brothers, dry aged and butchered in house. Open Wednesday through Sunday […]

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

Best Fine Dining: Henry’s Steakhouse

Red Hawk Casino’s flagship restaurant Henry’s Steakhouse is “dining at its finest,” with some of the best steaks in the county, but also with a menu featuring exclusively selected seafood and fresh fish, succulent Colorado lamb, free-range poultry and game, and hand-picked wines from El Dorado, Napa and Sonoma counties, as well as wines from […]

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

Best Casino: Red Hawk Casino

Claiming to have “the loosest slots in town,” Red Hawk Casino offers much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Some go just for food. Red Hawk offers a wealth of amazing options to eat, with Henry’s Steakhouse, the Pearl Asian Restaurant, the Koto Grill and the Waterfall Buffet offering a wide selection of entree […]

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

Best Delicatessen: Archer’s Butcher Block

Winner last year of Best Meat Market/Butcher Shop, Archer’s Butcher Block in 2014 took Readers Choice honors for Best Delicatessen. It’s no surprise, as the market has become the top standard for meat in El Dorado County. Top-quality cuts of beef, pork and chicken make the place a meat-lover’s paradise. Archer’s also offers a selection […]

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

Best Used Car Dealer: Wells Auto Sales

From days of research to the painstaking task of shopping all around the county for the perfect fit, buying a used car can be a headache. However, Wells Auto Sales, located at 179 Placerville Drive in Placerville wants to fix that for you. With a knowledgeable staff able to guide you in the right direction, […]

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

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 Glass Replacement (Commercial): Placerville Glass

With success comes tenure, and with tenure comes reliability and trust. That’s why Placerville Glass continues to draw in customers in El Dorado County after more than 30 years of service in the area. Opened in 1977 and still owned and operated by the original owners, with a combined experience of over 60 years in […]

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

Best Siding: Alpine Exteriors

Alpine Exteriors opened in 2001 with window installations the focus. As demand and the businesses reputation grew, customers began asking about decking and siding. Owner Dale Myrick expanded the business to accommodate their needs and his success has been apparent, as county residents continue to turn to him for their siding needs. Alpine Exteriors uses […]

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

Best Storage Facility: Gold Key Storage

“We are very grateful that the community has supported us for the length of time that it has,” said Pam of Gold Key Storage in Placerville of being selected as the Best Storage Facility in Readers’ Choice. For those who use the company’s storage, it’s no wonder. Offering “personal service with professional courtesy,” the 24-hour, […]

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