EDITOR: Quite unbelievable that they just don’t give up … the environmental movement that is. Just when things were beginning to settle out and a light at the end of the tunnel of legislation was discovered in the myriad of papers produced by “Do Gooders” protecting something that does not need protecting … WHAMMEEE … [...]
EDITOR: How do you fight the EPA when it uses blatant lies to take away what you have fought for all of your life? Court isn’t working; every time you win something they sue for something else and if they lose there they go to Congress and try and succeed in passing laws with unsubstantiated [...]
The culinary artists competing in the 11th annual Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition have different career paths envisioned and different inspirations but all shared a passion for cooking on Sunday, May 5. The cooking challenge took place in the Empire Ballroom at Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion in Placerville and featured five teams [...]
EDITOR: Nevada Water District expects $1 million in gold from the Meadow Vista (Combie reservoir) mercury removal project. This is the bonus that the Nevada Irrigation District will be getting from dredging for mercury. That is the biggest hypocrisy that I have ever seen. Kick the dredgers off the river so that they can recover [...]
EDITOR: Land owners, miners, farmers and recreational enthusiasts are fighting to recover rights that have been denied to individuals and organizations over the past several years. Our generation has been taught environmental issues and rightfully so, but a lot of the information that we are taught isn’t factual. For instance that dredging causes mercury contamination [...]
Defenders of mining rights and rural America got a pep talk on strategy last Friday night March 15 as they gathered at a meeting of the Western Mining Alliance. Over 150 people from as far away as Sacramento, Placer, Shasta, Redding and Fresno came to get a legislative update and to hear a presentation by [...]
EDITOR: Is science twisted to remove our freedom? The Environmental Protection Agency and its associates have been using tainted science to remove source income and food from the tables of our citizens. In 2009 they shut down dredging with a moratorium until 2013 to do an Environmental Impact Report on dredging but before completing it [...]
EDITOR: For all of you diehard environmentalists, the following scientific proof about the pros and cons of dredging for gold through extensive research can be found at these Websites. All of the information that is stated is backed by government and environmental studies. For your information, all of these studies were done with dredges in the [...]
EDITOR: Let’s go back in time to really see what big government has done for us. During the 60s prior to Vietnam you could take your family and travel to the mountains to camp, hunt, fish, gold pan or whatever your pursuit to happiness was. Today, you have to get permits to leave the road, [...]
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. Too many of them have languished, unkept. There was, for instance, the “Decade of Decluttering” I ushered in for New Year’s 2000 — that was a hoot. (If anything, my family and I moved in the opposite direction by adding on to the house in 2003 and creating [...]
SHANE H. ELDREDGE, 37, of El Dorado, by CHP on Dec. 20, bail listed as $5,000. RAYMOND D. MARTIN, 19, of Placerville, by PPD on Dec. 20, bail listed as $77,500. ERIC J. FERNANDES, 21, of Cameron Park, by CHP on Dec. 22, bail listed as $2,500. DAVID W. METS, 50, by CHP on Dec. [...]
A $43.834 million budget for 2013 was approved by the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Nov. 13 on a 4-1 vote, with Director Alan Day voting no. The operating budget is $1.8 million or 4 percent higher than the projected actual expenditures for the current calendar year. It is 2 percent higher than [...]
EDITOR: Why is it when the Eco groups decide that they want something done because they believe it is good for the populist, that all they have to do is get some of their crony scientists to make up false reports stating that it is harmful? Our government believes that it is fact, even though [...]
Dredging for gold may be banned in California, but it’s thriving in Alaska according to Shingle Springs resident, Mike Cookson.
Cookson, a retired timber faller, has dredged for gold as a hobby over the last 30 years in different parts of California.
Now he’s dredging off Nome, Alaska with the help of his son, brother and two other partners, and working on turning a hobby into a paying business.
At 67, he says he’s one of the older guys up there. He and his son did their first foray into Bering Sea dredging in June. Just back from that trip, he’s getting ready to return to Nome and work until the ocean starts freezing over, which he said would probably be in October.
An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, [...]
EDITOR: Everyone wants work? There used to be jobs what happened? I will tell you what happened environmentalists have wiped out a large percentage of the outdoor labor force. Between mining, lumber and farming they have cleaned our clocks. I used to on a bad season dredging for gold do at least enough to survive [...]
EDITOR: We need help on this one. It is another example of underhanded nefarious back room dealing and “we the people” are having our government hijacked. Dredgers have been attempting to follow the rules and work within the system, and low and behold, a trailer bill is hooked on to the budget (which needs to [...]
EDITOR: ”Two legislative budget subcommittees acted yesterday under pressure from the Sierra Fund to ensure that suction dredge gold mining in California’s rivers will not be allowed to resume until rules are in place that protect the waterways from environmental degradation.” The Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation adopted specific language that struck [...]
EDITOR: I was brought up in the 50s and 60s, back when you were allowed to think for yourself, fin for yourself, and pray if you wanted; you were taught the Ten Commandments and government had little to do with your way of living. It cost my dad $90.00 for my mom to give birth [...]