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My Turn: Working hard to protect Sly Park Recreation Area

As a result of California’s historic multi-year drought, the El Dorado Irrigation District has been managing an unprecedented tree die off due to bark beetle infestation. The trees’ natural defense mechanism is to repel the invader by pushing them out with pitch or sap. During a drought the tree cannot produce enough pitch and the beetle […]

June is the month to be “Set”

Tim Streblow Cal Fire Interim Unit Chief Amador-El Dorado As the weather begins to warm and we see our hills turn from green to brown, we must keep the threat of wildfire on our minds. June is the month to be “Set,” one component of the “Ready, Set, Go” wildfire preparedness plan.  After we have […]

My Turn: Letters of etiquette

As an English teacher at both the high school and community college level, over the years I have been asked to pen many letters of recommendation for students applying to institutions of higher learning. While most students who approach me manage to satisfy the demands of basic courtesy, some young applicants struggle with the etiquette […]

Hometown Hero: Austin Thomas

U.S. Air Force Airman Austin J. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward […]

My Turn: Let’s have an honest talk about suicide

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and you may have heard the phrase, “Each mind matters.” Why does each mind matter? Mental health is something we all have. Just as our bodies need attention, our minds also need nourishment and care. Suicide rates are increasing and there is a relationship between mental illness and suicide. […]

WFED gives back in a big way

A record $70,500 was awarded to five nonprofits on the county’s western slope at the annual Women’s Fund El Dorado Grants Gala held May 4 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds; an estimated 250 people attended. The program began with WFED Chair Robyn Parker’s introduction of District 1 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who presented a proclamation passed by […]

May 24, 2017 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

My Turn: Let’s talk budget

Counties throughout California are at various stages of preparing their fiscal year 2017-18 budgets. While each county has unique challenges based on economic and social demographics, many are similar. As subdivisions of the state, counties are required by law to perform certain state functions, many of which are underfunded. State legislators have given counties responsibility […]

May 24, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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