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EID’s water rates go up next month

Despite objections from a large crowd of ratepayers, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rate increases that go into effect Feb. 1. Voted on at the Jan. 11 meeting was a 5 percent increase in potable and recycled water rates this year; a 5 percent increase in potable, wastewater and recycled water in 2017; a 4 percent increase […]

No Comment / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Development approved: Dixon Ranch gets the go-ahead

The Dixon Ranch subdivision is proposed on the south side of Green Valley Road near the intersection with Malcolm Dixon Road.
Courtesy photo

After a four-hour hearing the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the Dixon Ranch residential development at its Jan. 14 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, the development proposes 604 new single-family homes on 280 acres on the south side of Green Valley Road near Malcolm Dixon Road. A 5-acre lot is carved out to accommodate an existing residence in the area. […]

No Comment / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Manansala selected as new superintendent

New El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, seated, smiles after being selected to fill the position. He receives applause from BOE administrative assistant Susan Carney, left, and Deputy Superintendent Robbie Montalbano. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The El Dorado County Board of Education played 20 questions Monday and answered the biggest question — who will be the new superintendent of schools? — with Ed Manansala, Ed.D, the county’s current deputy superintendent for Educational Services. One of four candidates interviewed for the job of superintendent, after a day of interviewing Manansala ended up ranked No. 1 by all trustees. […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Snowpack promising in first survey

SURVEY SAYS — John King with the California Department of Water Resources, left, and Surveys Chief Frank Gehrke weigh the snowpack during Wednesday's snow survey at Phillips Station. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

The new water year was off to a good start as measurements at Phillips Station on Wednesday showed an average snow depth of 54.7 inches. Of more importance, though, was its water content, which at 16.3 inches was 136 percent of the long-term average. Last year at this time the snow depth was less than half that amount and the […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rasmussen’s gift keeps giving

Way Back Bakery owner Alisa Smith, left, poses in her shop with pastry chef Tiffany Coburn. Smith was able to learn the bakery business and open her own shop thanks to a scholarship from the Rasmussen Endowment. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Darol Rasmussen died five years ago but the gift he left behind continues to change El Dorado County residents’ lives. The retired dentist, rancher, humanitarian and Rotarian from Cameron Park was a generous donor of time and money his entire life. For years Rasmussen, along with others, provided funding for the Rotary Club of Cameron Parks’ many college scholarship programs and […]

Comments Off / December 30, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

EID board approves new spending

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors authorized several projects at its Dec. 14 meeting — the final for the year. Among the big-ticket items were a long list of FERC related projects including those for water temperature monitoring, water quality and noxious weed monitoring coming in at $461,000. The directors also approved $65,000 to design and integrate software applications and […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID pay hikes spark debate

Proposed pay increases for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s top two administrators inspired raucous debate at the Dec. 14 board meeting, after which directors approved the salary boosts on a split vote. Up for approval was a 5 percent merit increase and a 5 percent market/equity increase for General Manager Jim Abercrombie, which puts his new annual salary at $196,931. In addition, Abercrombie will receive approximately $24,736 […]

Comments Off / December 17, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »