King Fire & Emergency Preparedness Meetings

On Monday September 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. there will be two community meetings regarding the King Fire, one will be located at Golden Sierra High School, 5105 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley. The second location will be at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino. 

On Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. there is a FREE Emergency Preparedness Community Meeting at Northside Elementary School at 860 Cave Valley Road in Cool. Brought to you by the El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency, Animal Services & Public Health Preparedness & Response Staff and the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. Co-Sponsored by CLCC, DOCC, GDPUD, the local granges and the Black Oak Mine Unified School District.

Also, KFOK LPFM is airing the meetings that took place in Georgetown on Sept. 18th and Garden Valley on Sept. 19th. Please go to to access this information.

Be safe, breathe easy and stay informed!

King Fire Update & Resources

By now the whole country has heard about the King Fire roaring through El Dorado County and into Placer County. An arson fire that was started in Pollock Pines has wreaked havoc through many towns and communities, causing evacuations and devastation to more than 80,000 acres of primarily Forest Service land. There have been very few injuries and actual damaged structures, but it has been scary & devastating nonetheless. The communities affected have come together to support one another by helping with evacuations, and creating safe places for the evacuees and their animals to find comfort.

There are over 5,200 Personnel working on the fire which is currently 10% contained. Last night’s storm and humidity has helped to moderate the erratic burning behavior, but there is still lots of work to be done. These firefighters and emergency responders have offered so much hope during this significant drought and high fire season. The communities and local businesses have made signs, t-shirts and more showing their appreciation for these heroes, which brings another glimmer of hope to this tragedy.

Although the air quality has improved today and the fire is miles away from the Coloma-Lotus Valley, please check the links below to learn about the fire, road closures, etc., before planning your next trip.  Here are some resources to learn more about the fire specifics, maps, air quality, etc. Some of these links may include information about how you can help support displaced families, animals or other volunteer opportunities. Also, there are many more detailed articles available online if you should want to learn more about the fire over the last week. Breathe easy, be safe and hug a firefighter! 


8th Annual American River Music Festival

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner marking the end of Summer, but fear not, the Summertime fun continues in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. The 8th Annual American River Music Festival is just a few weekends away on September 13th-14th! It is truly my favorite weekend of the year. Festival organizer Matt Semonsen has created a weekend filled with culture, art, music, moving water and magical moments. Located at Henningsen-Lotus Park along the South Fork American River, you deserve to experience this festival!

Kim Rogers, KVMR Radio’s host of “Good Stuff” says about this year’s festival….. “It’s a killer line-up”.  Come out an discover this fantastic location (Henningsen-Lotus Park) to see live music (this Killer line-up).  There’s a great river swimming hole, freshly prepared food, craft beer, green grass, free parking, awesome kid’s activities, “live” artworks, an artisan walk and so much more!

To check out the line-up and details or purchase tickets visit:


New Fees at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

The following fees apply at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP). Please note the walk-in fee was changed back to per person instead of per group this week.

Park day use fee (often called “parking fee”) per vehicle up to 8 people                $8.00

Senior day use per vehicle and applies if anyone in the car is 62+                               $7.00

Disabled day use fee (must show State Parks discount card)                                        $4.00

Walk-in fee for the gold discovery museum or use of the park for the day per person           $2.00

Bus or van 9-24 people                                                                                                                  $50.00

Bus or van 25-63 people                                                                                                                $100.00

Bus over 64 people                                                                                                                         $150.00

Gold panning lesson per person                                                                                                $7.00

Guided walking tour per adult                                                                                                    $3.00

Guided walking tour per child                                                                                                     $2.00

There are a variety of annual pass options.  Please see the State Park website for a listing of pass costs and which parks they include/exclude. County and federal park passes are not accepted in state parks. Thank you for visiting the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP.

Reel Paddling Film Festival Aug. 23-24

Rapid Media’s 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families. It just so happens this year it is making a stop on the Coloma-Lotus Valley!

Co-sponsored by Sierra Nevada House and The River Store, the event will have two show times and will be hosted by the Sierra Nevada House. Showtimes are:

Saturday Aug 23: 6pm-10pm 

Sunday Aug 24: 2pm-6pm 

Tickets in advance $12 or $15 at the Door

Please check out this website to learn more about the event: or email the organizer at:

HUGE THANKS to Dan Crandall and the The River Store staff and Keith Merson and the Sierra Nevada House staff for getting this great event to our neck of the woods!

Live Music Every Weekend in the Coloma-Lotus Valley!

Whether you are camping, attending a wedding or special event, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, wine tasting or paragliding, you can rest assured that the nightlife in our little valley will provide the entertainment that you would expect from a much larger city. That’s right the foothills are alive with the sound of music!

Check out any of the local restaurants in the Coloma-Lotus Valley and see for yourself. Nearly all the restaurants are withing walking distance from each other, so you can get a taste of many different varieties of live music in one evening. Participating restaurants include: Sierra Nevada House, Gringo’s Mexican Cafe, Marco’s Cafe and the Coloma Club. Often the River Shack Deli, Hindquarter House, Sierra Rizing Bakery and the Argonaut Cafe will have music and special events as well! Every other weekend most of the local wineries also have Friday night live music events. Please check the business directory on for specific business details and inquiries! Have a fa la la la lovely weekend and be sure to get your tickets for the American River Music Festival soon! It is scheduled for Sept. 12-14. For ticket and schedule information please visit:

FREE Rescue Clinic & BBQ/Potluck for locals-The River Store!

 For those who are kinda new to the river or need a refresher, Gigi from The River Store will be doing a FREE on-water basic safety and rescue skills clinic Saturday afternoon before the BBQ. Send your junior paddlers or refresh your own skills and then come and chow down afterwards at the River Store. Details below:
Meet @ the River Store @ 11:30 on Saturday July 26th.

The class will head to the South Fork American River to work the following skills from 12-4:30

Kayak based rescues for novices including: boat/person/gear tow’s, bull dogging your boat, hand of god,
Throwbagging skills and Swimming skills.

Location: Henningsen Lotus Park (parking is not included) Meet at the shop to see about car pool options.

Boats are not included for this clinic, if you need a boat please contact The River Store and get set up in our demo program to use a boat (we will give you a extra day on your program if you use it for this clinic)

If you have your own throwbag please bring it to use.  The River Store has many to use for the clinic but it is always good to use your own gear. Also please bring a rescue jacket if you have one for tows. The River Store will provide some to share if folks would like to try it.

SKILLS needed: basic paddling skills needed you will be crossing currents, catching eddies, & and attaining up river. Rolls are recommended but not required, you must be able to bow rescue.

BBQ starts at 5:30. Feel free to bring a side dish to share and we will be grilling up hamburgers. Come on by! Please contact Dan Crandall or Gigi McBee for more information at (530)333-1195 or visit their website at: or

Thanks to Dan Crandall of the The River Store and Current Adventures for providing this information.

The 2nd Annual Rattlesnake Bar Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

The 2nd Annual Rattlesnake Bar Classic Car & Motorcycle Show is this Sunday June 15th from 9-3 at the Hindquarter House located at 4400 Hwy 49 in Pilot Hill, CA. What better way to spend Father’s Day?!?

It is free for spectators and there will be plenty of fun for the whole family with raffles, trophies, food and live music! Call (530)885-8058 to learn more or to see if their is still space to register your classic car or motorcycle. Last year’s inaugural event was quite a spectacle of beautiful classic cars and great music, so be sure to put this year’s event on your radar!

Father’s Day BBQ at the Gold Trail Grange

Coloma is a great place to hang out for Father’s Day weekend! You can spend the day rafting and wine tasting, and then head on down to the Gold Trail Grange #452, in the heart of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and enjoy a Father’s Day BBQ with friends and neighbors!

The Father’s Day BBQ is on Sunday June 15th from 5:30-7:30 at the Gold Trail Grange. Adults cost just $8 and kids are $6. Dinner includes: Pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, coleslaw, chocolate eclair dessert, iced tea, lemonade or coffee.

Come enjoy and support a great event, that benefits a wonderful, historic facility and community. Oh, and Happy Father’s Day!

LoCol Farmer’s Market Open June 8th!!!

The (LoCol) Coloma-Lotus Valley Farmer’ s Market is opening tomorrow June 8th, 2014 from 10-2 at the Gold Trail Grange #452 and will run through Sept. 28th, 2014. This is conveniently located in the heart of gold country at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.  Find your local produce, crafts, food, gifts and artisan goods. There is free parking behind the grange for market shoppers! We hope to see you there. Please reply to this post if you are interested in becoming a vendor or have any questions. Cheers & thanks!!!