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Neighbors battle over beaver

Beaver lovers Dick Parsons and Jerry Baldo, left and center, jokingly square off with fellow Four Seasons resident Ross Johnson, right, who feels that the so-called Grassy Creek beaver is destroying young Oaks and Sycamore trees growing behind his home in the popular El Dorado Hills active adult community. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

A homeowners association decision to remove and destroy the beaver that’s set up shop in the Four Seasons Active Adult Community in El Dorado Hills has residents collecting signatures to save the creature while an intransigent HOA general manager insists the beaver’s fate is sealed. The beaver lives in Grassy Creek, a headwaters tributary of […]

1 Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID by the numbers: EID proposes 4 years of rate increases

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series that examines El Dorado Irrigation District rates, spending and debt. Two public hearings on EID’s proposed rate restructuring will be held at 6 p.m. on March 26 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. El Dorado Irrigation District’s proposed new rate structure […]

1 Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Watchdogs knock EID’s proposed rates, GM defends increases

They'’ve been called “gadflies” and even “EDH Yahoos,” but Greg Prada, left, a retired health care chief executive officer and Jon Jakowatz, a retired systems analyst, consider themselves “concerned ratepayers,” and students of EID’s financial practices, which they have criticized extensively in a series of e-mail blasts and on their website, fixeid.org.

In a Feb. 6 interview El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie cautiously predicted that the proposed 2012 rate increases are spread out enough to avoid the vitriol of the 2010 rate increase package, when sheriff’s deputies rushed the stage with hands on holsters to maintain order at one meeting. But ratepayer watchdogs Greg […]

No Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow students share their artistic creations

Oak Meadow students Cade Silva, Ava Hewitt, Alexandria Dominguez and Grant Silva, left to right, check out the critters made by fellow students at the elementary school's annual Art Walk last week. Photo by Michelle Silva

For the third year in a row an impressive number of students and family members attended Oak Meadow Elementary School’s annual Art Walk. On the evening of Feb. 23 attendees viewed artistic masterpieces created by Oak Meadow students. They enjoyed projects created with a wide variety of materials and mediums inspired by artists like Claude […]

No Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk – Most interesting job?

Your most interesting job? Asked at the Rotary Crab Feed Martha Roberts Placerville “My sisters and I opened a café, ‘The Hopkins Twins Café’ in Paris TN, after the war. We had war jobs in Chicago and were used to a few things by then. We were young and wanted to have fun and it […]

No Comment / February 26, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Land use meetings set

PLACERVILLE — With several high-level planning projects on the horizon, El Dorado County has created a new webpage and scheduled a series of community meetings to gather public feedback. “Land use planning is a complex recipe of local policies and preferences smashed together with state law and demographic trends,” said Kim Kerr, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. “The Board of Supervisors […]

No Comment / February 24, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

LAFCO seeks new Public Member Alternate

The El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission will be considering the appointment of an Alternate Public Member to LAFCO who will serve a new four-year term, which will run from May 2012 through May 2016. The Public Member Alternate represents the interests of the citizens and residents of El Dorado County. The alternate fully participates in the […]

No Comment / February 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »