A mudslide on Rock Creek Road in Mosquito — three miles away from Highway 193 at Chili Bar — was responsible for closing the roadway at about 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the El Dorado County Department of Transportation. Tom Celio, deputy director of DOT Maintenance and Operations, said, “We’re bringing an excavator out […]
I was living in eastern Washington state in 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted after a massive landslide triggered by a magnitude 5.1 quake. Vast amounts of molten rock were violently released to the surface of the Earth, erupting as rocks and as fine-grained volcanic ash that floated on the breeze. Us “down-winders” were enveloped […]
“I’d rather be dead than singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45.” — A young Mick Jagger, who now at age 70 is in the midst of touring again with the Rolling Stones “We just landed our biggest contract ever, in Las Vegas.” — Ricky John Jackman, frontman for Ricky and the Redstreaks who recently turned 63 […]
The Crawford Perkes Band is performing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. Sacramento area’s premier classic rock band will play hits from the ’70s and ’80s including songs by the Eagles, Journey, Doobie Brothers, Lynard Skynard and Pat Benatar. The band features three […]
Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers come to the Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Johnson is one of the elite slide guitar players performing today. Drawing comparisons to slide guitarists Robert Johnson and Roy Rogers, Johnson masterfully elevates the art of slide guitar across many […]
The Crocker Art Museum presents new classes for children, teens and adults starting in October in the museum’s fall session of studio art classes. All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media. Highlights for children include […]
Legendary Hammond B-3 wizard of Grateful Dead fame and Melvin Seals will perform at the River Ranch Lodge on the outdoor patio on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seals has done it again. He is introducing his new band along with a new CD release entitled, “Melvin Seals’ Melting […]
Visit the Pleasant Valley area wineries for a great weekend of food and wine pairings, new releases, wine club specials and barrel tastings at the Rocks and Rhônes Festival on May 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local farms and artists will be highlighted at each winery showcasing the flavors, talent and diversity […]
My favorite epoch in Earth history is the Ice Age, the time in which saber tooth tigers and giant mastodons roamed the world. The Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago when – quite abruptly – the bitter temperatures of the time gave way to our present, balmy epoch. Natural history museums often have the skeletal […]
The people will have their say Saturday, July 2, as 14 music acts compete in the Amador County Fair Foundation’s “Amador Fair Aid,” sponsored by KVGC AM 1340, the Amador Ledger Dispatch, TSPN TV and the Jackson Rancheria Resort and Casino. Following the Trucks, Tractors and Trikes Parade in downtown Plymouth at 11 a.m., 14 […]
Virtuoso slide guitar player and Grammy-winning producer Roy Rogers, along with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings, will headline a dance concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley on New Year’s Eve, FRiday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. Bob Woods Trio will be opening up the show. Tickets are $25 and are available […]
“Spend conservatively, invest wisely and be flexible.” Thus, county Budget Officer Laura Schwartz introduced her annual “Budget Basics” presentation at Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. The three-part mantra was her way of explaining how the board should plan for the future. Calling the budget “one of the most important tools this board […]
Sacramento, Davis, Folsom. El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Auburn, Nevada City, Baxter, Lake Tahoe, Truckee — great places to ride a road or mountain bike — but there’s a difference between the first three and the others. Sacramento, Davis and Folsom offer lengthy, pleasant routes that are flat for the most part. There are […]
By Jim Davies Special to the Democrat Bandit, the dog, belongs to my friend Linda Hopkins. He fairly dotes on his mistress and looks to her for guidance in every instance before he embarks on his doggie rounds or attempts any doggie adventure. He is extremely loyal and trusts Linda to be fair but firm […]
Local motorists traveling to South Lake Tahoe next month will have to go the long way around. The state Department of Transportation will close Highway 50 for approximately two weeks while construction crews work to replace the old stone barriers that have kept eastbound vehicles on the road for seven decades. Weather permitting, the project […]
Accepting the recommendation of its Long-Range Planning Division, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on April 8 adopted a new set of projections for how and where future growth will occur. The board approved “Scenario 3,” which combines the “historical growth rate with growth distribution that is consistent with the county’s General Plan.” Such […]
Golf Sierra Valley Conference tournament — 18 holes at Del Paso, par 71. Team scores: Vista del Lago 397, Cosumnes Oaks 452, Union Mine 488, Liberty Ranch 492, El Dorado 517, Galt 527. Union Mine: Alex Abel-Smith, 90; Johnny Cray, 96; Tyler Peterson, 98; Max Wiegel, 101; Paul Derochea, 103; Brian Lehner, 106. El Dorado: Derek Delfino 87, Gabe Fierro 98, Gary Shoffner […]
Up until last Saturday, the many mountain bike trails in Lake Tahoe were mostly open and rideable, according to the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association. Recent storms have boiled up, and it seems now all the snow dances have paid off. The Tahoe ski resorts are all reporting around 2 feet or so of new snow. […]
Youth wrestling El Dorado Hills Club El Dorado County Wrestling Championships, Ponderosa HS First place: Mikey Mello, Jackson Redhair, Jared Horstman, Riley Lewallen Second place: Jack Santina Third place: Connor King, Jake Lewallen Fourth place: Max McCarver Meat Grinder Tournament, Roseville Second place: Christian Pebley Fourth place: Payton Gunter NOR-CAL 12 & Under Wrestling Championships, […]
SACRAMENTO — Caltrans highlighted a few transportation infrastructure projects completed in 2013 to help improve mobility, safety and sustainability throughout California’s transportation system. “From opening new tunnels and bridges to repairing structures damaged by catastrophic fire, Caltrans helped strengthen and preserve California’s great transportation infrastructure,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “With this […]
Like some long-deserted city, the shoreline of the American River near Salmon Falls is littered here and there with the scattered remains of an old diversion dam and ditches.
And though neglected, the dam hasn’t been forgotten. For visiting it recently were docents from the Folsom Powerhouse along with Jenifer Padgett, an associate state archaeologist with the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
Picking their way through the rocks and cockleburs, they walked up the South Fork of the American River to what was left of the old Natoma Water and Mining Co. Diversion Dam.
As the Delta Stewardship Council wraps up completion of the Delta Plan and transitions to putting it into action, the El Dorado County Water Agency invited council scientists to view the geography of El Dorado County waters that flow into the Delta. A tour was held on Aug. 29, starting at the County Water Agency […]
Whether I’m exploring a cave, camper, cottage or castle, I never tire of seeing other people’s living spaces. As a professional voyeur, I have been in some pretty cool homes, including the Lascaux Caves II a precise recreation of the prehistoric caves families lived in 18,000 years ago, and the Palace of Versailles, arguably the […]
For more than two decades, Amador wine country’s wineries have opened their cellar doors and tasting rooms to bring the harvest close to wine aficionados. Big Crush 2013 once again rolls out with 38 wineries presenting a breadth of hospitality on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each […]
Last month, board members and residents got an up close view of one of El Dorado Irrigation District’s most extensive capital improvement projects on a tour that included visits to Flume 41 and Reservoir A.
Coming in with a total price tag of $17.5 million, the project includes replacing the most severely degraded flume sections along the 23-mile El Dorado Canal; replacing or relining 3.4 miles of corroded pipeline between Reservoir A and Reservoir 1; installing piping in the Main Ditch; and completing a chlorine conversion project at Reservoir A Water Treatment Plant.
The four projects make up the bulk of the $19.8 million EID budgeted for capital improvement projects this year.
The tour included a winding bus trip up Rock Crusher Road. Improving the road and reinforcing the rock wall on the side of the road was part of an earlier capital improvement project that cost $1.5 million. The improvements were needed so the replacement flumes could be trucked in. In the past, at times EID has had to …
Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Rocklin 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 Golden Sierra def. Highlands 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 Golf El Dorado 307, Vista del Lago 245 Ponderosa 224, Pleasant Grove 267 — 9 holes at Cameron Park CC. PHS low score: Ally DeGunther, 50. Union Mine 211, Liberty Ranch 286 — 9 holes at Emerald Lakes, par 33. […]
ANATOMY LESSON NEEDED: Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following “Feel Smarter” quote: “I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.” — Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball player HOSPICE PHOTO CONTEST: Snowline Hospice is inviting their customers, of all ages, to participate in a “Fashion Photo Contest.” Winning entries […]
A standing-room-only crowd of about 200 packed the Board of Supervisors chambers in Placerville on Aug. 26 to hear about and to discuss growth in the county. Former District 4 Supervisor Bill Center and Camino resident Jim Moore, known as the “Measure Y guys,” delivered a presentation generally showing how growth, as currently planned, will clog local roads and choke transportation, especially in the western parts of the county.
Measure Y was enacted by a significant majority of the county’s voters in 1998 and re-authorized for another 10 years in the 2008 election. In its simplest terms, the law requires developers of residential properties to “fully fund road improvements that keep traffic levels below Level of Service F (F as in Failing).” Furthermore, if traffic problems resulting …
The seventh annual American River Music Festival presents a talented line-up for fans to enjoy during the three-day celebration of music and moving water. The festival is Sept. 13, 14 and 15 on the banks of the picturesque South Fork of the American River in the heart of Gold Country in the Coloma-Lotus Valley, El […]
It’s not the Orient Express, made famous by numerous movies over the years, but it will get you from Paris to Venice overnight. It will also get you from Rome to Paris overnight. We got on in Florence on our way to Paris. The overnight train leaves Florence at about 9 p.m. a couple of […]
ONGOING Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring the images of the Rolling Stones this week. Pop Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 530-622-1235. Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. […]
One of the best free shows of the year is coming up — the Perseid Meteor Shower. Actually some meteors from the remnants of the Swift-Tuttle comet are visible now but the big viewing nights are Sunday, Aug. 11 and Monday, Aug. 12. The meteors originate from the area of the constellation Perseus, which forms […]
What: Annual Family Blast Who: El Dorado County Fair and Placerville Speedway Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Thursday, July 4. Gates open at 4 p.m. Live music from 8 to 10 p.m. Fireworks show after the races at dusk Admission: $3 per person walking in and children 6 and under […]
Thursday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors special meeting workshop was more a tutorial on county policies and planning directions that included Economic Development, General Plan discussion and Land Use Policy Programmatic Update (LUPPU). More than 100 people nearly filled the board chambers and included residents with concerns specific to their neighborhoods, policy wonks, representatives […]
Entertainment is part of the Bell Tower Brewfest and this year a great line up of musicians are scheduled to perform on Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Placerville. Shari Puorto Blues Band is playing blues at the Bell Tower from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Lauren Murphy is by […]
Remember summer camp? Intense and fleeting, full of traditions, camp was the bright beacon in the depths of winter. Tahoe South offers its own rituals of the season: sun-drenched beaches, Grammy winning artists on outdoor stages, family events and outdoor recreation, the country’s biggest celebrity golf tournament, fireworks, and enough nightlife to put the wild […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With vacancy rates modestly falling and rents moderately rising in commercial real estate sectors, market fundamentals have improved, but financing remains a challenge for small business, according to the National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the market is showing an uneven recovery. “The […]
Dear eeaders: My father died last week. Though heart-breaking, this wasn’t unexpected. Dad was 90. In his memory, I’m re-running a column I wrote about him, which ran in 2005. It’s a tribute to great dads and to the American garage. My dad was a garage kind of guy. As a girl, I remember him […]
ONGOING put gold 405 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 5, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, watercolor painter and illustrator and winner of many awards and acclaim. Also featured is photographer, Craig Koski’s colorful and dynamic style produces emotion by digitally manipulating the photo and colors. The cooperative gallery of […]
Baseball Oak Ridge 1, Rocklin 3 — In Wednesday’s non-league road game, Tanner Ales had two of the Trojans’ three hits. John Rico had an RBI for Oak Ridge (6-4). The Thunder broke a 1-all tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs. Tommy Hummer and Brogan Cooper split time on the mound […]
Fairytale Town has unveiled a new play structure in the Sherwood Forest area of the children’s storybook park. With earth-tone colors and forest-themed elements, the structure was custom-designed to echo the entire Sherwood Forest play set. The structure features slides, crawl tubes, a talk tube, telescope and multiple climbing apparatuses, including steps shaped as tree […]
Girls lacrosse Oak Ridge 14, Campolindo 12 — OR goals: Morgan Bakarich, 4; Kayla Galet, 2; Bridget Hansen, 2; Sara Cody, 2; Stephanie Polivka, Jessica Hanson, Natalie Carrillo, Arielle Spring. Saves: Maddison Topping, 7. Draws: Galet, 2; Bakarich, 2; Cody, Morgan Janice. Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Roseville 1 Singles (OR first): Jimmy Giovannini def. Guerrero […]
Local geotechnical consultant Carlton Engineering now has 2013 work sewn up with the El Dorado Irrigation District, following unanimous approval of its engineering contract Monday by the EID board. Last year during the fall Carlton had a $77,000 contract for design services for the $1.5 million Rock Crusher Road construction project. The 6,230-foot long road […]
This time of year I always feel a little sick to my stomach, and not just because of those midnight romps at the dessert buffet with the bottomless glass of Prosecco. (Do they make a combo antacid headache tablet?) I suffer from that other brand of post-holiday consumption bloat. Even though I— like most consumers, […]