The Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Board Member David Jordan at its meeting in Greenwood on Monday, May 20, 2013. The board is now accepting applications from individuals interested in appointment to the unexpired term which ends Nov. 30, 2014. The Resource Conservation District advises and assists individual [...]
At 96, Robert “Shep” Shepard still stands tall, although he uses a cane for balance. In 1944, at the age of 27, Shepard was living as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft, a camp outside Barth, Germany about 200 miles away from Sweden, where he and about 8,000 other military prisoners were surrounded by [...]
With a 3-2 vote on May 14, the Placerville City Council approved a plan to explore all options, including a roundabout, for improvements to Clay Street and the intersection of Cedar Ravine and Main Street with an eye to preparing documentation for an Environmental Impact Report. The plan will include a series of public workshops [...]
On a bright Saturday morning during the sesquicentennial year of the nation’s Civil War, Samuel E. Kyburz, a veteran of that war, received a proper military memorial service in the Clarksville Cemetery located on the rocky hill immediately east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, where records show he was laid to rest in 1917 without military ceremony or protocol.
The Clarksville Region Historical Society remedied that situation on May 11, 2013, 96 years late, with help from …
The search for a sense of “community” sent El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors down into the weeds of planning and development issues at the BOS meeting May 14. Audience members likewise struggled to understand the difference between Community Identification and Community Design — both of which are deeply embedded in the county’s general plan [...]
National Association of Realtors WASHINGTON, D.C. — The shape of homeownership and housing markets has changed dramatically over time and will continue to change in the face of new housing opportunities and challenges. That’s according to panelists at the “Challenges and Opportunities in Housing and Homeownership” session during the Realtors 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings & [...]
The Amador El Dorado Forest Forum recognized three of its members posthumously at the Spring Honors Dinner held at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville on April 17. Robert E. “Bob” Flynn, 1919-2011, U.S. Forest Service 1936-1975 Bob Flynn, born in Georgetown, went to work for the Forest Service before he got out of [...]
Connecting new generations to the land, the third annual Wakamatsu Farm Festival reached out to new audiences on May 18 by celebrating all the diverse groups that have populated the historic site.
Acquired by the American River Conservancy in 2010, the 272 acre Gold Hill Ranch is notable for the many groups who have called it home. In the past, the focus was on its use as the first permanent Japanese settlement in North America. However, according to Michael Dotson, Director of Development and Communications for the American River Conservancy, this year’s festival was designed to be different.
“Our vision is to educate people on the diverse cultures in the area to bring in a wider audience and connect them to the land,” he said.
In line with that goal, spread out over the ranch were four venues reflecting the four main groups that lived on and drew their sustenance from the land. Trooping from staging area to staging area on Saturday were an estimated 700 people who traveled by foot, in buggies and covered wagons, or in golf carts across the grass and oak-studded landscape to sample the culture of each group.
The venue pertaining to the earliest residents went to the Miwok and Nisenan Indians …
What: Spring Fling Fundraiser, Spring Tea Luncheon Who: Dogwood Garden Club of Pollock Pines Where: Historic Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville When: Thursday, May 23 starting at noon Tickets: $25 per person. Information: Call Mary Bourne at 530-644-4832 or Merle Neil at 530-644-0672 The arrival of spring signals a new look for Mother Nature and is a time [...]
By Sandi Bush Grizzly Flat Fire Safe Council It’s 96 degrees on Tuesday, Sept. 3, around 2:30 p.m. and there is a steady northwest wind blowing at 28 mph, with some gusts up to 40 mph. The end of the Labor Day Weekend finds many residents in Grizzly Flat at home adding one more day [...]
In step with Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson’s proclamation of Sacramento as the Farm to Fork Capital of the World, the American River College Foundation and Amador Vintners bring the best of food and wine together to celebrate the ground-breaking of the college’s new school of culinary arts. The evening of Saturday, May 18 from 5 [...]
What: Seventh annual Hangtown Car Show Who: Placerville Lions Club Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: No admission fee. Car show participants $30 Information: Mike Ocenosak at 530-622-1731, fax 530-622-7241 or e-mail at email@example.com Placerville’s Main Street will be closed to traffic but not to pre-1973 classic vehicles [...]
WHAT DO DOCTORS KNOW? My friend John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Doctors Say I Have a MULTIPLE PERSONALITY, But WE Don’t Agree with Them.” NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE: The Friends of Cameron Park Airport (FOCA) are having their Airpark Neighbors Yard Sale at various homes in the airport residential area on Saturday, June 1, [...]
National Association of Realtors WASHINGTON, D. C — The business activity and income of Realtors are up for the second year in a row following nine years of decline, according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors Member Profile. The study’s results are representative of the nation’s Realtors; Realtor sare members of NAR and account for about half of [...]
Editor’s note — This is part 1 of a two-part series looking further into the financial situation and the retirement of Chief Bruce Lacher of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District. Last month’s articles on the personnel and financial woes of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) drew kudos as well as complaints [...]
Looking for a unique way to treat mom extra special this Mother’s Day? Plan a trip to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown for a relaxing steam-powered train ride behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and she’ll receive a complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bar, while supplies last. To add to [...]
Local attorney David Weiner took advantage of the Open Forum portion of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning to share his legal opinion regarding allegations of wrongdoing by District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting. Representing the supervisor, Weiner summarized a large packet of documents at the public podium and concluded that according [...]
Award-winning local cartographers were out in force at the county government center Tuesday morning. Participants in the map contest sponsored by the association of Surveyors, Architects, Geologists and Engineers (SAGE), competed in all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. All the winning maps were displayed in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers, [...]
There’s a definite slump to Deena Court in the Deer Crossing subdivision of Placerville. The center of the street where the water mains are has sunk 8 inches. Of the five houses on the cul-de-sac, four of them have had to replace water regulators due to water pressure in excess of 100 pounds per square inch. One home also sustained damage due to flooding of water lines into the house. There are lumps and ruts in the asphalt, alligator cracks everywhere, loose gravel and failed pavement.
Placerville has many substandard streets, but Deena Court is in a subdivision that is only 23 years old. Deena Court resident Richard Evans has lived on the street since 2002 and he has been trying for a year to get the city to repair it.
June 11, 1926 — April 26, 2013 Mary Katherine Potter, 86, passed away peacefully into heaven on April 26, 2013, at Gold Country Health Center among her family members. She was born on June 11, 1926, and raised in Pecos, Texas. Her parents were Max Otto and Rosalia Kelly Otto. During high school Mary, who [...]