Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring saunter

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City budget shows recovery from grim recession

The mid-year city budget report was a snoozer — no great highs, no low lows — but slow, steady recovery has its own merit. City Financial Director Dave Warren made his “Warren Report” to the Placerville City Council March 11 and summed up the extensive report with, “We anticipate year-end operating expenditures to be within […]

GDPUD releases Drought Action Plan

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD) Board of Directors acknowledged and recognized that Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an executive order declaring a Drought State of Emergency due to the unprecedented current drought conditions in California, with 2013 proving to be the driest year on record. The executive order […]

Presidents’ Day closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Feb. 17 due to President’s Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Feb. 17. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed on Monday, […]

Top 10 stories of 2013: 7. Poor Red’s owners arrested; iconic bar closed

The court case concerning alleged tax issues of the owners of Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q continues on Jan. 27, 2014. A Franchise Tax Board warrant raid on April 17, 2013, coincided with the arrests of owners Mike and Brenda Adams on 30 counts of tax evasion and insurance fraud. Brenda Adams was released on bail, but hearings […]

Join a fed group

El Dorado County is accepting applications for its new Federal Coordination Advisory Committee. Various provisions of federal law mandate that federal agencies “coordinate” certain activities with local agencies before making decisions which may impact local government. It is important that county government track and analyze federal decisions in order to timely invoke the right of […]

Emblem Club

Nathan Roy THE EMBLEM CLUB, in conjunction with the Elks, held a lunch Christmas Dec. 14 for Head Start children and their families as well as club members’ grandchildren and great-gandchildren. All received a present. Here, receiving a gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus is Nathan Roy. Photo by Regina Stephens

State owes county past-due payments for fish and wildlife habitats

SACRAMENTO, CA — The recent projections by the Legislative Analyst Office showing a $5.6 billion reserve at the end of 2014-15 was welcome news to the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), according to a prepared statement from Justin Caporusso of the rural counties organization. RCRC has urged the state to include past due Department […]

Trust protects 1,257 acres, creates access in Castle Crags Wilderness

A unique alliance between a land trust, three timber companies, the climbing community and the Forest Service has resulted in permanent protection of the beloved Castle Crags area in Northern California, a rock climbing destination and an important water source for the residents of California. Two square miles of land adjacent to the Castle Crags […]

Cal Fire highlights the importance of trees in California

Trees are an essential part of California’s climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week […]