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Folsom suffers from ‘fiscal fatigue,’ mayor says

Mayor Andy Morin

In his third State of the City speech Folsom Mayor Andy Morin found the city facing a completely different future than he did when he gave similar speeches in 2006 and 2007. In January of those years the outlook was brighter, though fiscal storm clouds were gathering. This year is more problematic, following a couple […]

Comments Off / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom recommits to affordable housing, just not ‘inclusionary’

After eight years of using inclusionary zoning to provide affordable housing in Folsom, the Folsom City Council decided it wasn’t working the way they thought it would. At the city council meeting on Jan. 11, the members unanimously voted to go in another direction. Rather than talk about “affordable” housing, City Council members focused on […]

Comments Off / January 21, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

For many, a ShelterBox is home

ShelterBoxes provide tents and other supplies necessary for survival following a disaster. Photo courtesy of ShelterBox

When a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving millions more homeless, the international disaster relief organization ShelterBox  delivered aid to alleviate the misery of families in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. A ShelterBox Response Team was dispatched on Jan. 13 and 930 ShelterBoxes were […]

Comments Off / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Officials reviewing options for Nimbus Hatchery fish passage


In 1955 the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built the Nimbus Fish Hatchery at Gold River to mitigate the loss of spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout caused by construction of the Nimbus Dam. The hatchery is located on the south bank of the American River one-quarter mile downstream from Nimbus Dam. The river […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Cameron Park visionaries support walkable downtown, green energy

THEY LOVE FOUNTAINS — Steve and Nadine Petty both reach to put their dots on the fountain option. Along with a majority of other dot-stickers, they voted for fountains and sculptures in future Cameron Park parks and public areas. Photo by Roberta Long

If a community is defined by what it is not, you will hear Cameron Park residents say, “We’re not Placerville and we’re not El Dorado Hills.” The community has had a strong sense of identity since Larry and Ruth Cameron purchased the 5,000-acre ranch in the 1950s. The sign on Cameron park Drive says it best, […]

Comments Off / November 10, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bicyclists zoom over the ‘Big Green Bridge’

BIG GREEN BRIDGE MAKES SHOPPING EASY – Kris Easter, from the Broadstone neighborhood, rides her red Trek with two large baskets to commute to Gold Ridge Elementary School where she works in the office, for recreation and for shopping. Easter was one of the early riders who enjoyed the new bridge on opening day. Photo by Roberta Long

The bicycle and pedestrian bridge that crosses over E. Bidwell Street between Blue Ravine Road and Creekside Drive in Folsom opened Saturday, Nov. 6, in a public ceremony attended by more than 100 bicyclists and walkers. It is the final link in a 16-mile trail that traverses the city from the El Dorado County line […]

Comments Off / November 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

High school district gets water for Latrobe site

“It takes a long time to build a high school,” said William Wright, speaking as attorney for the El Dorado Union High School District, to the Local Agency Formation Commission Oct. 27. “The state process is very lengthy. The district is being pro-active, trying to get ahead of development.” El Dorado Union High School District […]

Comments Off / November 05, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »