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2 retiring EID directors hear encomiums

The first hour of the Nov. 12 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation was a praise session for the two retiring directors, George Wheeldon and John Fraser, both of whom served 12 years and each served as board president two times. Duirng the time he was board president, George Wheeldon oversaw completion of the repair […]

Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council

EDITOR: The Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council began as a concept acted upon by the Pleasant Valley Grange #675 to unite with the California Fire Safe Council and other Californians to speak with one voice about fire safety. In June, the council organized to become the very first Fire Safe Council established by a […]

County chamber endorses Coco, Englefield

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee announced its endorsement for El Dorado Irrigation District candidates Dr. Dale Coco, Division 4, and Rich Englefield, Division 2. The criteria for endorsing a candidate starts with who is most closely aligned with the Chamber of Commerce mission statement. The county chamber is a leading […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a tour of downtown Saturday

Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following quotation: “I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.” — Zsa Zsa Gabor. STROLLING MEMORY LANE:
 Every third Saturday of the month, through October, the El Dorado County Historical Society will conduct guided tours of historical […]

New historical markers planned for Carson Trail

New historical markers on the Carson River Emigrant Trail will be dedicated July 9 at Caples Lake. On April 22, 2005, $8,000 was appropriated by the board of California-Nevada (CA-NV) Chapter of the Oregon California Trails Association (OCTA) to install six interpretive markers at important locations in the Carson Pass and Hope Valley areas, along […]

Proposals needed for historical properties

The American River Conservancy (ARC), a non-profit conservation organization, seeks one or more partners to develop portions of a historical farm into a destination, agricultural tourism enterprise. Selected partner(s) would lease farm acreage and/or buildings, make capital improvements, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources. The selected partner(s) […]

Leadership program going strong in 7th year

Some of the best and brightest are joining a popular program in its seventh year in El Dorado County. Many experts in their respective fields are being given an opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn something new, whether it be all the products and services El Dorado County offers, or introductions to the people […]

Mountain counties protecting source water

In view of recent and potential changes in water laws and regulations, water leaders in the Sierra Nevada mountain counties are concerned that the historic rights to the use of their waters are in jeopardy. At the quarterly joint meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) […]

Sierra Nevada watersheds to benefit from $2.2M in grants

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s (SNC) Governing Board recently approved $2.2 million in “Healthy Forest” grants for 24 projects designed to reduce the risk of forest fires and protect California’s watersheds in 14 Sierra counties. With the award, the SNC has now awarded $45 million for similar projects in the Sierra in the past four years, […]

Belltower: EID more transparent

As many of you know, the Mountain Democrat will be moving to new digs on Placerville Drive, possibly near the end of this year. Or maybe early next year. In preparation for the move I’m slowly cleaning my desk. And there is nothing messier than an editor’s desk. Everybody likes to send me stuff to […]

Operation seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows

U.S. Attorneys from multiple states have announced Operation Mountain Sweep, an eight-week project targeting large-scale marijuana grows on public lands. The operation will involve multiple agencies and multiple states. The operation, which began in July and will run through August, will take place on public lands in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, […]

Research expert talks about water-forest link

At their March 20 meeting, all five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Dr. Roger Bales, Ph.D., who is the Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. Bales organized the Mountain Hydrology Research Group, which is using new research instrumentation at several Sierra Nevada sites, […]

Camino residents bring concerns to El Dorado Water and Power Authority

In 1957 the Federal Power Commission, now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), granted the Sacramento Municipal Utility District a 50-year license to operate a hydroelectric system called the Upper American River Project (UARP). It is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, mostly on federal lands in the Eldorado National […]

Old camping facility near Georgetown getting a new and improved look

Driving along Wentworth Springs Road above Camp Virner, things have changed just a bit. Five years ago, Camp Chiquita Campgrounds was sold to Zia Shariat and he has been doing some renovating. With a variety of on-site managers like Don Bagwell, Larry Saunders and Cindy Hayden, Shariat is the man behind many improvements in Georgetown […]

EID to replace Camp 2 bridge

When the El Dorado Irrigation District acquired Project 184 in 1999 from PG&E, it gained ownership of a water delivery system from four alpine lakes high in the Sierra that drop water nearly 4,000 feet into the American River. At Kyburz a dam captures some of the water that then flows along steep slopes for […]

Students learn about environmental impacts on local ecosystem

For the past 11 years, El Dorado County high school students have participated in field research at the Watershed Education Summit, an outdoor educational collaboration of students and teachers and professionals from county, state and federal agencies. This year’s project was located in the Crystal Basin of the American River Watershed, within the Eldorado National […]

New Caples boat ramp gets applause

With Caples Lake so full that waves splashed over the edge of the spillway and the temperature a comfortable 75 degrees, three agencies gathered to pat themselves on the back for a job well done on the new boat ramp. Most remarked on what a wonderful day it was to spend a morning by an […]

Back Fence 1101

Let’s do our patriotic duty Don’t forget to vote tomorrow! John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following uplifting T-shirt statement: “Just call me butter ’cause I’m on a roll.” Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following misplaced definition: “Tycoon: Something butterflies come out of.” My “Insight From the Dalai Lama” calendar stated the […]

Leadership El Dorado at Sly Park focus on water connections

Class 4 of the Leadership El Dorado program gathered at El Dorado Irrigation DistrictÕs Sly Park Event Center on the edge of Jenkinson Lake July 7 for a lively discussion about leadership, water and natural resources in El Dorado County. The group also participated in a surprise ÒemergencyÓ that gave them a chance to put […]

Group forms to manage So. Fork American River

The South Fork American River Watershed Group represents a collaboration of a broad group of local stakeholders, including local, state and federal agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-profit/non-governmental organizations; and private residents. The SFARWG participants come together to identify key issues within the South Fork of the American River watershed and to promote collaboration between stakeholders. […]

Discover Your Watershed tours set for this summer

Area residents have a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful world of water and learn about how water resources connect the environment, economy and people Ñ from the high Sierra to the western end of El Dorado County. ÒJune tours will center on the lower reaches of our watershed and topics involving water quality,Ó said […]

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