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TIM fees going down

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved an updated Traffic Impact Mitigation fee program that down the line will make building new homes and commercial facilities in the county more affordable. TIM fees are used exclusively to pay for roads projected to be impacted by new residential or commercial development as well as roadway related improvements […]

Comments Off / April 21, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID drought restrictions remain … for now

Proposed changes to the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Drought Action Plan were put off, with the board split between those who voted to end all drought-related restrictions for customers and those who voted to make them less onerous. EID did receive one good piece of news as the level of mandated conservation for its customers is now 24 […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Weed and rubbish ordinance approved

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors unanimously adopted an amended Weed and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance at its March 16 meeting. The board decided to amend its existing ordinance because it lacks sufficient enforcement power. Staff estimate one-third of the vacant lots in the district are untended and constitute a fire hazard as well as […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Commission delays development decisions

The El Dorado County Planning Commission’s March 24 meeting was one of delay. Continued after several hours of testimony were requests for time extensions on three tentative subdivision maps in the Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills area that are due to expire later this year. Called the Hawk View project, the Bell Ranch project and the […]

Comments Off / March 28, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Survey shows lower snow depth but more water content

DWR official Frank Gehrke, right, weighs the snowpack on a scale held by Brian Brown of the Legislative Analyst's Office during a snow survey at Phillips Station on Echo Summit on March 1. Matthew Dumlao with the Senate Natural Resources Committee and Rachel Ehlers with the Legislative Analyst's Office, at rear, also assist in collecting snowpack data. The statewide snowpack was found to be 83 percent of the March 1 average. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Sunny skies did not bode well for the snowpack as Department of Water Resources staff conducted a March 1 snow survey at Phillips Station. Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, and his survey team measured snow that averaged 58.3 inches deep, with a water content of 27.1 inches on the snow […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A special graduation for Brittany

Brittany Gaines smiles as she holds her graduation photo with mom's help. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Graduating from high school is a major transition for any young adult as they move out of their parents’ home and head off  to college, work and, ultimately, live on their own. It promises to be an even bigger transition for Brittany Gaines, 23, whose motto in life seems to be to never give up. Born with cerebral palsy, Gaines […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »