COLOMA — A vegetation fire broke out near Highway 49 north of Marshall Grade, prompting the road’s closure Thursday afternoon. The Adventure Fire scorched 100 acres in the community north of Placerville. It was declared 100 percent contained on Friday, July 17, after firefighters worked through the night, according to the Cal Fire incident page. Crews used […]
COLOMA — Post Office employees arrived at work on July 1 to discover that personal mailboxes had been burglarized. The told El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies that the five mailboxes had been pried open and were empty. It’s not clear what, if anything was taken. The break in is believed to have occurred around 3:45 p.m. on June […]
The piano strikes a dramatic chord as the villain swoops in, stopping at center stage as boos and hisses emanate from the crowd seated inside the darkened theater. Silhouettes of the audience barely move, rapt as the folks are with the action before them, under the muted yellow lighting. No, it’s not the mid-1800s with […]
Photographs by Tony Mindling will be featured during May at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown. A reception will be held on Sunday, May 17 from 1-4 p.m. All are invited to attend and enjoy the show he has assembled titled “From Cool to Coloma.” A resident of Cool for more than 25 […]
Hear ye, hear ye, the Olde Coloma Theatre is proud to announce the opening of its 2015 season. This year is sure to be one of the best seasons in recent years with many experienced local writers contributing their talents to the melodrama stage according to theater personnel. “We are also excited to reveal a […]
The Coloma Post Office, still standing after 165 years, is a historical gem in El Dorado County. From its rich history to its still-functioning capabilities, the community office is a symbol of what makes the county so great. “When tourists come to Coloma, they think the post office is just a display,” former Coloma Post […]
The tiny post office in Coloma may be 165 years old and counting, but old age and rumors that it’s haunted haven’t dampened its spirits.
Indeed, while over 100 post offices are said to have existed in El Dorado County at one time or another, it’s the Coloma Post Office that is still here while most of the rest have closed or been combined with others.
It’s also a meet up spot for the community as there’s no other mail delivery in the area. Instead residents stop by regularly to collect mail from their boxes while catching up on the local gossip.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, driving over the speed limit may be a good way to avoid getting a ticket. That’s part of the logic that governs how speed limits on state highways get increased by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation. In short, if a Caltrans traffic analysis concludes that at least 85 […]
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 […]
The eighth annual American River Music Festival, Sept. 12, 13 and 14, will present more than 30 music performances by nationally renowned musicians in nine locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma. Performers include: Greg Brown, The Bills, Whitewater Ramble, Tommy Malone (of the Subdudes), Laura Love and Big Bad Gina, The Bastard Sons […]
CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Ponders” (some things to think about): “I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.” FATHER’S DAY FUN: A Father’s Day barbecue supper featuring pulled pork, potato salad, calico coleslaw, a chocolate eclair dessert, lemonade, ice tea or […]
The eight supervisorial candidates in El Dorado County District 4 will appear together Wednesday, April 30 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma. Meet and greet the candidates at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presentations start promptly at 7:30 p.m., after which candidates will field questions from the public. Appearing will be Scott McNeil, […]
Restaurant: Sierra Nevada House Address: 835 Lotus Road in Coloma Phone: 530-626-8096 Hours: Thursday through Monday at 4 p.m. and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday I am ashamed to admit this but in the five years I have lived and worked in El Dorado County I had never set foot in the gastronomic landmark that […]
Sutter’s Mill Parlor No. 336 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West was instituted on Jan. 24, Gold Discovery Day, at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, the site where James Marshall made his momentous discovery in 1848. State Grand President Sharon Logan and her team of grand officers conducted the Institution of the […]
Wouldn’t it be cool to get into a time machine and go back to see how gold was discovered in Coloma? Well, on Friday, Jan. 24, you will get the chance to do just that. Gold Discovery Day marks the anniversary of when, in 1848, James Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in the Coloma […]
NOT SO MODEST T-SHIRT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “When God created me he as just showing off.” BREAKFAST IN COLOMA: A “49er Flapjack Breakfast” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, Coloma (in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park). Breakfast includes […]
What: eighth annual Lobster on the River Who: Rotary Club of Placerville Where: Coloma Resort, 6921 Mt. Murphy Road, Coloma When: Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Where: Coloma Resort, 6921 Mt. Murphy Road, Coloma Costs: $65 per person includes dinner choice of lobster or filet mignon. Information: placervillerotary.org or 530-622-1731 The Rotary […]
A fire destroyed a structure and burned a small amount of wild land in Coloma early Friday afternoon. Local fire departments responded to 546 River Road around noon. The building was “fully involved when we got here,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Dave Wood. By 12:30 p.m., the majority of the building was reduced to […]
A public presentation on the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite by SETI Institute meteor expert, Dr. Peter Jenniskens, will be held on June 1 in Coloma. On Dec. 21, 2012 a consortium of researchers published in the journal Science the first results from the analysis of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite and the circumstances of the asteroid impact […]
Drivers on Bayne Road between Coloma and Kelsey will have a smoother, safer ride with the recent completion of a chip seal paving project, said a prepared statement from the county’s Chief Administrative Office. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation project included road widening, drainage culvert improvements, brush trimming and 2.54 miles of new […]