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El Dorado Board authorizes funds for El Dorado Forebay Dam project

El Dorado Board authorizes funds for El Dorado Forebay Dam project

The El Dorado Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors has authorized funding in the amount of $640,117 to continue the design study and begin environmental review for the El Dorado Forebay Dam Remediation and Enlargement Project. The El Dorado Forebay, located in Pollock Pines, is an off-stream reservoir that both regulates drinking water supplies to District customers and the water that flows into the El Dorado Powerhouse.

The El Dorado Forebay Dam is 89 years old and does not meet modern dam safety engineering standards. The proposed remediation project will increase public safety by providing further protection of downstream residents, life, and property.   

The design and environmental analysis process is expected to be completed in 2012 with construction beginning as early as 2013 or more likely 2014.

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The demon trappers daughter book review

The demon trappers daughter book review

Riley Blackthorne is the daughter of Paul who is the Demon Trapper. They live in Atlanta and there are some serious issues with the town being run down. There are two points of views of Riley and Becks. Denver Becks is the apprentice of Paul. Riley has lost her mom to some illness and it has been just her and her dad for some time. Riley wants to like her dad , and very stubborn. Read more...

El Dorado County fund raiser breakfast to honor our troops

El Dorado County fund raiser breakfast to honor our troops

Come to an “ALL AMERICAN” breakfast honoring our troops.  Enjoy a complete meal of eggs, sausage, hot cakes and lots more!

Date: Saturday, Jan. 29 from 7:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.

Barbono release at Toogood Winery

Barbono release at Toogood Winery

If you love to try new wines like me, then you won't want to miss this.Toogood Estate Winery is releasing their new Barbono this month.

Toogood's Barbono marries the white pepper spiciness and blackberry-jam fruit of Charbono with the violet, black cherry and minerally aromas of Barbera. Aged in oak to add complexity and depth. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm told that on the palate you will enjoy the bold flavors of blueberry and plum fruit.

Their Barbono is a fusion of 56 percent Barbera and 44 percent Charbono. 

This red wine pairs well with spaghetti, lasagna and most hearty pasta dishes. Especially delightful with lamb shanks, teriyaki chicken or flank steak.

Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon (MLK Day) Jan 14, 15, 16 & 17
Fri-Sat-Sun Jan 21, 22, 23
Fri-Sat-Sun Jan 28, 29, 30

Call (530) 620-1910 to RSVP to one of the tastings. 

Toogood Estate Winery is located at 7280 Fair Play Rd.

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Recipe: Guacamole Omelette

Recipe: Guacamole Omelette

Earlier this week I was working on a new crepe recipe, which got me thinking about some of my go-to recipes in the breakfast-for-dinner department.  Though there are a couple sandwich & crepe recipes, I realized that most fall into the omelette category.  Suddenly, I was overcome with an intense desire to have a giant omelette, and instantly regretted the fact that I'd just used my only omelette filling-worthy ingredients in the crepes.

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D.A. objects to Garrido competency hearing delay

PLACERVILLE, CA (AP) -- Prosecutors have objected to a defense request to postpone the competency hearing for the Antioch man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and fathering her two children. READ: D.A.'s motion

In legal papers posted Monday, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson says Phillip Garrido's public defender has had enough time to prepare for the Feb. 28 hearing where a jury will decide if Garrido is mentally fit to stand trial.

Pierson called the effort to delay the proceedings "astounding" and "unconscionable."

Deputy Public Defense Susan Gellman asked last week to push back the proceedings so she can inspect evidence and consult a jury expert on whether she should try to have the hearing moved elsewhere in California because the case has attracted so much publicity.

El Dorado Hills social media workshop Jan. 28

Jan. 28 social media workshop is one of the highlight events hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.  Read more...

El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer on Jan. 25

El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly mixer Tuesday, Jan. 25.  Read more...

Two big wine events coming to El Dorado County

Two big wine events coming to El Dorado County

Wine lovers will want to check out two upcoming events in El Dorado County.  The first happens next weekend when 26 county wine cellars will open for tasting. 

The 'Bring Out The Barrel' event happens on January 29 and 30.  You can buy discounted tickets unitl January 23.  But don't wait too long.

State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent