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“We have utilized Always Best Care for about 10 months . We wanted the best care possible for my dad. We met Lisa when she was sent to my parents home, and we knew instantly she was a perfect fit. She is outstanding and always takes excellent care of my dad. It is truly a blessing to have her. Thank you Lisa and Always Beat Care for being there when we needed it the most”

Rose F.

“I have worked for Always Best Care since 2022. It is an amazing company with high quality services for seniors.”

Rouzbeh M.

“What a great and mind easing experience. Carrie was very informative and was able to answer all my questions and give us direction on our Dad. I highly recommend Always Best and of course Carrie! Thank you!”

Chad R.

“Always Best care has provided me with a kind, musical and caring person. She does an exceptional job! I am very thankful for her being a part of my daily care. Thank you Irene Dinkins and thank you Always Best Care”

Walter J.

“My caregiver Andrea Salido I believe is one of the best worker they have! Great services.”

William B.

“Fantastic staff and care provider, Tiffany Gardner goes above and beyond, works really hard and a great cook too!!thank you abc and Tiffany!!!”

Angel K.

“A great company and dependable. All the workers are very pleasant and works well. Shelly is my regular person and is a great person to be around. She's very efficient and easy going which is good. I might mention I'm not the easiest person to get along with. Tell her to keep up the good work.”

Dennis C.

“I am a very happy client with Always best care for many years. Don't know what I would do without my caregiver, Kara, she has been with me for about 3years now and she is so wonderful in every way! Joann pope”

Kara H.

“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for 4 years for my Mom's in home care. The staff are caring and helpful, and take great care in providing for her needs. Minda Geir has been instrumental in keeping the scheduling department working, despite the changes that are needed when doctors appointments and other changes are needed. It is not an easy job and we appreciate the efforts she takes to communicate with us. Minda has been a gem! I also want to recommend working with Kathee Grgich. She is in a different department at Always Best Care. She is helping us find a future assisted living facility for my Mom as she may want to move this year. Kathee has spent many hours looking for different places and even going with us on tours of these places. Her recommendations have been invaluable, saving us time and giving us incites we would never have known otherwise. This service is provided free of charge, and I cannot express how important Kathee's help has been. Always Best Care provides other valuable senior services, and I would highly recommend considering their services.”

Nina A.

“I work here currently. I LOVE Katie the scheduler. She is always on top of her job and gets things handled.”

Amber K.

“This post is from my brother Charles…I look forward to Alex Isley‘s weekly visits! We are relaxed around each other; he is very willing to help me with many things to make my life easier. He encourages me to go outside for fresh air and activities but reminds me to sit down and rest when I need to. It is a pleasure to have him in my home. Thank you Alex!”

Janet H.

“I highly recommend always best care , I work with them for many years and I’m very pleased with their service , if you or your loved one needs help do not hesitate to reach out to Allways best care”

Miha J.

“Rinah has been very carrying and supportive.”

Lyle S.

“My wife love the way she cleaned but one that sold her on using her was her name Isabel.”

Gary C.

“Tori Burke has been great. She's doing a awesome job helping my mother with all her needs. Tori has a very special personality that makes my mom feel very comfortable. Thank you for sending Tori to us.”

Mary L.

“Nina Thao was my Fathers caregiver and she always went above and beyond. We were so blessed to have such a hard working, empathetic, and dependable person who helped my Father live as comfortably as possible past 100 years old! I would Highly recommend Nina Thao from Always Best Care to help your family when in need. Sincerely, Cynthia Coopee”

Cynthia C.

“I am writing to praise the caregiving and support that Shristi provides to my brother, Sgt Michael Iwanaga for the last year. Shristi is always friendly, has a great attitude, is extremely helpful and always willing to go the “extra mile”. My brother could not be happier with the care and companionship that Shristi has provided to him. He was initially reluctant to have a care giver but since having Shristi’s care and support he does not know how he would be able to do without her. He would be extremely bereft should Shristi no longer be able to provide him with the care. I would also like to commend your administrative staff for their responsiveness, support and positive attitude. We could not be happier with the care that your organization has been able to provide to my brother. In fact, I have referred your organization to my cousin, Lucille Irby for assistance due to the excellent care and responsiveness of your organization. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. With appreciation, Tami Pereira”

Tami P.

“We have been with Always Best Care for 2 years. My dad is 91 and has enjoyed all of the caregivers. Victoria is his favorite. They get along beautifully. They work with the veterans and are somewhat flexible with scheduling. I would recommend Always Best Care for your caregiving needs.”

Mary L.

“Sandra Benton is terrific, kind, professional and takes such good care of us!”

Semmy M.

“Kirsten Hellar has been my care-giver for over 2 years She has always helped me in the shower and drying me off and helping me to get dressed. I feel very comfortable with her taking care of me on mon wed & Friday.”

Kirsten H.

“Jaquay has been a wonderful helper.”

Danelle G.

“I think that Jhanai B. Is great, she is a very pleasant person to be with, she does everything I ask and makes me smile and also helps me up and down, such an amazing company.”

Eilene G.

“Jennifer! Hope you are doing great! John and I are so thankful for all the help from the wonderful team at Always Best Care! We are fortunate to know such talented and compassionate people! Please share our appreciation with everyone!”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Gold Run, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Gold Run, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Gold Run, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Gold Run,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Deluge snarls traffic with heavy snow, washes away cars

Record rain turned rivers into rapids while snow trapped trucks in the California high country. In Los Angeles, officials feared the worst after a car was swept away and smashed into the bottom of a bridge....

Record rain turned rivers into rapids while snow trapped trucks in the California high country. In Los Angeles, officials feared the worst after a car was swept away and smashed into the bottom of a bridge.

Feet of snow, inches of rain and persistent threats of mudslides have made much of Southern California a weather warzone this week and turned travel into a treacherous pursuit.

In downtown Los Angeles, a daily record of 2.16 inches of rain was recorded on Tuesday, more than doubling the previous daily record originally set in 1888. The deluge marked the city's wettest day in nearly four years, dating back to Jan. 22, 2017.

Downpours were even more extensive in other portions of the state, as more than 4.5 inches were recorded in both Oakland and San Francisco.

Power outages from the storminess left thousands of Los Angeles residents in the dark on Tuesday, affecting as many as 6,000 customers, ABC7 reported.

The rain wreaked havoc on vehicles surrounding the Los Angeles River, as three cars were washed away by the rapidly rising water levels. Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department struggled to reach the vehicles due to the strong river currents on Tuesday morning.

The first incident occurred as a result of a rollover crash. According to KTLA, no vehicle was found at the scene of the accident when firefighters arrived, as witnesses say the car had been washed away into the river.

A couple of hours later, the white sedan was seen in the water pinned against a support column underneath a bridge. While it was unclear if the vehicle was occupied at that time, no rescue efforts were made due to the dangerous water conditions.

“There’s no way that an individual can survive that,” LAFD spokesperson Erik Scott said. “It would be what we call a recovery effort at this point.”

While first responders were analyzing the wreckage of the first vehicle, a second car floated down the river and became "stacked" atop the first car, LAFD said.

Soon after, a third vehicle also washed past the same bridge and was carried farther down the river.

In the Los Angeles County neighborhood of Sylmar, a man required rescuing after falling into the river and finding himself trapped in an underground channel. Officials from the LAFD said they were alerted by a phone call from the man, who knew he was underground but didn't know precisely where.

“We knew he was underground, but we weren’t sure exactly where. He just knew he was somewhere underground," LAFD Capt. Travis Warford told KTLA. "We went to the manhole cover, and we could actually hear him yelling."

Rescuers managed to save the man by removing the manhole cover and guiding the resident out.

But even despite all that, some of the state's most perilous roads were actually far away from the city. In the high country, avalanche warnings were in effect for areas of the eastern Sierra Nevada range, including near Lake Tahoe.

There, the popular Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort was forced to close on Monday due to unsafe snow conditions, according to The Guardian, which reported 17 inches of snow with heavy winds.

“It’s just so bad and so thick,” California Highway Patrol Officer Carlos Perez told the news outlet. “We’re telling people that if they don’t need to be around this area, they probably shouldn’t travel.”

After a dismal start to the snowpack season, with just 19% of the normal snowpack as of Dec. 10, Mother Nature made up for lost time this week. But for as good as that news is for skiers, it has been terrible for drivers.

At Donner Pass, semi-truck drivers were forced to pull over and wait out the near-zero visibility conditions from snow squalls. Even when drivers could manage to maneuver their vehicles, other weather-induced headaches ensued.

For eight hours from Monday night to Tuesday morning, a downed live power line forced the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to shut down access to a 70-mile stretch of the highway between Colfax and the Nevada state line. While it was closed, feet upon feet upon feet of snow piled on the roadways.

According to SFGate, 6 feet of snow has fallen on Mount Rose, while Sugar Bowl and Palisades Tahoe have both reported more than 4 feet of snow from this storm.

Atop Donner Pass resides the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, which also recorded multiple feet of snow. Researchers there said 3 feet fell in a 24-hour span on Tuesday morning, bringing the total to more than 5 feet of snow since Saturday.

"On the summit today, it's pretty close to being that champagne powder," Andrew Schwartz, lead researcher at the snow lab, told SFGate. "I was on my snowshoes, and I have very big snowshoes to keep afloat, and they were sinking 2, 2.5 feet into the snow."

Elsewhere, places like the Lake Tahoe area, which battled impacts from wildfires over the summer, was transformed into a winter wonderland after snow blanketed the landscape.

That heavy snow has continually proven disastrous for drivers in mountainous regions. The California Highway Patrol of Gold Run, located in the mountains of Placer County, urged travelers to slow down with a photo of what happens when speed limits are ignored.

"Slow down when you are driving in the snow or this could happen to you! Thankfully the driver is okay. Remember the speed limit is 30 on snowy roads," CHP Gold Run said on Twitter.

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How to Spend 24 Food-Filled Hours in Amador City Like a Local

For most people, Northern California calls to mind windswept beaches and towering Redwoods or perhaps the sunny slopes of the Sierra Nevadas. But between the green expanses of the Central Valley and the steep moutainsides that surround Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters lie the rolling hills of the Sierra Foothills, a lesser-visited region but one steeped in history.California’s Gold Country is home to an ...

For most people, Northern California calls to mind windswept beaches and towering Redwoods or perhaps the sunny slopes of the Sierra Nevadas. But between the green expanses of the Central Valley and the steep moutainsides that surround Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters lie the rolling hills of the Sierra Foothills, a lesser-visited region but one steeped in history.

California’s Gold Country is home to an iconic family-run roadside fruit stand and pie shop and a handful of destination wineries. In Sacramento, you can drink your way around some of the region’s top breweries and in Sonora, you can get a taste of state history. With a charming main street and a number of exciting food and beverage businesses, Amador City makes a great weekend getaway for anyone interested in exploring the area. Here’s a suggested itinerary for making the most of a 24-hour Gold Country getaway.

9 a.m. Coffee at Small Town Food and Wine

14179 Main Street, Amador City

On Saturdays and Sundays, this family-owned restaurant opens early to fuel and caffeinate visitors and locals alike. It’s the work of husband-and-wife owners Matthew Carter and Ginger Budrick-Carter, whose father Jerry Budrick was on the opening staff at Chez Panisse, where he later became a partner. There’s a full selection of coffee and espresso drinks, plus a rotating selection of pastries, which you can take to-go or grab a seat on the tables out front and take in the view of Amador City’s quaint main street.

10 a.m. Brunch at Imperial Hotel and Restaurant

14202 Old Highway 49, Amador City

Next, head up to the top of Main Street for brunch at the newly renovated Imperial Hotel. The six-room historic hotel, originally built in 1879, now houses a restaurant and bar — the latter of which makes a nice option for a nightcap if you’re planning to stay the night. Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes options such as savory scallion-cheddar-bacon pancakes topped with a fried egg and toasted brioche with cheese and seasonal jam. If you’re still looking for caffeine — or to start boozing — explore the list of cocktails and espresso drinks.

12 p.m. Explore Amador City shops

Amador City calls itself “California’s Smallest Hometown,” and it’s one of the state’s geographically smallest incorporated cities at just 0.3 square miles in all. Which is to say, it shouldn’t take too long to walk the wooden sidewalks of Main Street and explore the mix of antique stores and boutiques. Made in Amador is a delight, selling everything from floral arrangements to candles, much of it locally made. The store also stocks prints from 3 Fish Studios, Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin’s art gallery that closed its Outer Sunset location in 2020 when the duo relocated to the Sierra Foothills.

2:30 p.m. Wine tasting at Turley Wine Cellars

10851 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth

It’s about a 15-minute drive from Amador City to Turley Wine Cellar’s Amador County tasting room, which has a casual indoor bar and a spacious covered outdoor patio. Winemaker Tegan Passalacqua is known for harnessing the power of some of the country's oldest vines into award-winning California zinfandels. Tastings cost $25 and reservations are required.

4 p.m. Visit Amador Flower Farm

22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth

Just a couple of minutes up the road lies Amador Flower Farm, where the public can explore 14 acres of gardens including growing grounds, a potted plant area, and various landscaped demonstration gardens. More than 1,200 varieties of daylilies burst forth during the spring, and gardeners will love the gift shop, which stocks seeds and garden tools, plus windchimes and seasonal decor. Check the farm website for any special events but no matter the weekend, guests are welcome to spread out for a picnic or just wander the grounds.

6 p.m. Wine tasting at End of Nowhere

??14204 Main Street, Amador City

Winemaker Chris Walsh worked in a New York City wine bar that specialized in organic, biodynamic, sustainable wines, which eventually inspired him to move back home to Amador and open one of the county’s only natural wineries. End of Nowhere’s super-chill tasting room offers a remarkably affordable $5 five-wine tasting, which might include a carbonically mascerated zinfandel or a skin-fermented blend of pinot gris and pinot grigio. If you’re in luck, they’ll be grilling burgers – a local favorite – on the back patio, where you can kick back and listen to the creek running by.

7 p.m. Beer and dinner at Breakeven Beermakers

14141 Old Route 49, Amador City

Wrap up your day on Breakeven Beermakers’s creekside beer garden. As the sun sets, order a fresh pint, likely brewed on-site in the brewery’s vintage copper Vendome boil kettle and lauter tun. Beer maker Aaron Wittman favors producing mid- to low-ABV, drier, and sessionable beers, and the ambitious Gold Country brewery focuses on local ingredients whenever possible – think, hops grown on the brewery’s own Banded Family Ranch and malt sourced from Alameda’s Admiral Maltings. The taproom’s full kitchen offers a range of snacks, sandwiches, and fuller entrees including a rotating pasta and a meatloaf dinner. The meatloaf sandwich is a fan favorite, built around a thick slice of meatloaf draped in melted cheese.

After rest stops close, travelers relieve selves at Gold Run homes, businesses

GOLD RUN, Calif. (KCRA) —Caltrans was forced to indefinitely close recently updated and just reopened rest stops in the Gold Run area after people flushed objects not intended for the wastewater treatment system.Some of those products include diapers, feminine products, leftover food and syringes.However, that's not the only problem.Residents and business owners in the Gold Run area said the closure of the eastbound and westbound rest stops has exacerbated another issue: Sierra travelers who...

GOLD RUN, Calif. (KCRA) —

Caltrans was forced to indefinitely close recently updated and just reopened rest stops in the Gold Run area after people flushed objects not intended for the wastewater treatment system.

Some of those products include diapers, feminine products, leftover food and syringes.

However, that's not the only problem.

Residents and business owners in the Gold Run area said the closure of the eastbound and westbound rest stops has exacerbated another issue: Sierra travelers who believe they can relieve themselves wherever they please.

"Travelers come up to this street to use our yard, not only as a dumping ground but to urinate and defecate in our yard," said Crista Huffman, who lives near Main Street and Magra Road.

Huffman and her husband, who moved to the area 14 years ago, installed a wire fence to keep people from trying to get on their property. One time a family tried to toboggan on their land.

"I had one woman come up here; she had her two kids -- my dogs were barking. I came out to ask her what she was doing," Huffman said." Obviously, I saw what she was doing, and I told her, I said, 'I don't do that in your yard.' She looked at me like a deer in headlights and put her kids in the car and drove off."


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Huffman said she's had to clean up trash and diapers left behind by people who lack respect for Sierra environment. It's been a steady problem over the years, she said.

That problem, according to Sandee Bell, owner of Mountain Springs Hitch-n-Post, has been made worse by the closures of the rest stops.

"People defecating, leaving trash, not cleaning up after themselves. This is kind of our backyard, so we want to keep it clean. The rule is pack it in, pack it out and take extra," she said.

Bell said she once watched as a father brought his son to the side of her bar to use the bathroom.

"We don't go to your home and dump our trash and defecate in your yard. So, don't do it here," she said.

The California Highway Patrol in Gold Run is aware of the issues, too. Officer Tim Brown said it must be addressed.

"It's disgusting, and it is a public safety hazard," Brown said. "They care less and less about the trash, and they're more willing to just throw things onto the freeway thinking someone else will pick it up. It does seem like it's gotten worse over the years."

Brown said his fellow officers often find feces on the highway, as well as bottles full of urine.

"People pull over on the side of the road and they step in it. People drive through it. The freeway smells," he said.

Catching people in the act is hard. He said most offenders wait until dark or when no one is around to dump their trash or use the bathroom.

Caltrans first closed the Gold Run area rest stops last May to get the water delivery and wastewater treatment systems up to current state code.

Once that work was completed, the rest stops reopened Dec. 19.

A little more than a month later, Caltrans was forced to shut down the rest areas again because of the public's misuse of the toilets. It led to a pump failure.

The project cost $6.2 million and was funded through the State Highway Operations and Protection Program.

California pledges to build channel for threatened fish to bypass Gold Rush-era dam

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California officials on Tuesday said they will spend about $60 million to build a channel along the Yuba River so that salmon and other threatened fish species can get around a Gold Rush-era dam that for more than a century has cut off their migration along the chilly waters of Sierra Nevada streams.What You Need To Know The project is the latest example of state and federal officials trying to reverse the environmental harms caused by the century-old infrastructure along Cal...

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California officials on Tuesday said they will spend about $60 million to build a channel along the Yuba River so that salmon and other threatened fish species can get around a Gold Rush-era dam that for more than a century has cut off their migration along the chilly waters of Sierra Nevada streams.

What You Need To Know

The project is the latest example of state and federal officials trying to reverse the environmental harms caused by the century-old infrastructure along California's major rivers and streams. Those dams and canals allowed the state to grow into the economic powerhouse it is today. But they have devastated natural ecosystems that have pushed salmon — a species once so abundant it sustained Native American populations — to the edge of extinction.

Last year, federal regulators approved the largest river restoration project in U.S. history that will remove four dams along the Klamath River near the Oregon-California border. State and federal officials have plans to remove other dams that impede fish migration, including the Matilija Dam in Ventura County and the Rindge Dam in Los Angeles County.

Tuesday's announcement will affect the Daguerre Point Dam near the Northern California city of Marysville. The federal government first built the dam in 1906 as a way to stop the seemingly endless flow of debris left over from hydraulic mining during the height of the Gold Rush of the mid 1800s.

The dam is mostly underwater, allowing the water to spill over the top of it while holding back a mountain of sediment. But it also blocks three species of fish from migrating up the river to spawn — spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout and green sturgeon.

The National Marine Fisheries Service declared in 2012 that the dam posed a threat to the survival of those fish species. Coming up with a solution has been difficult as the dam has been mired in controversy for nearly 50 years about who is responsible for its maintenance and management.

“Within a few decades, Gold Rush mining created impacts that have lasted over 150 years. We’re finally taking action to reverse those impacts,” Willie Whittlesey, general manager of the Yuba Water Agency, said Tuesday during a news conference attended by Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state, local and federal officials.

The three fish species are born in the cold, freshwater rivers filled with snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada. Once they hatch and grow big enough, they migrate through the river delta to the Pacific Ocean. They then return to the rivers, swimming upstream to where they were born to lay more eggs.

Dams stop the fish from reaching their spawning grounds. It's a big reason why populations have plummeted, along with droughts and diversions that reduce the flow of water in rivers while increasing the temperature of the water. Commercial salmon fishing was closed along much of the West Coast earlier this year because of low fish populations.

Aaron Zettler-Mann, interim executive director and science director for the South Yuba River Citizens League, said he is excited about the idea of large amounts of fish finally being able to bypass the dam. But he said it's still not the best solution for the species.

He said fish naturally swim upstream and aren't looking for side channels to bypass dams. Plus, he said the river has lots of gravel in it that will eventually clog the channel, making it difficult for fish to use it without regular maintenance.

Instead, he said the best option would be to remove the dam entirely, something he says at least two studies from the federal government have pointed to within the past 20 years.

“I think that if those people stood there together and said, ‘Hey, we want to pull this dam out,’ they probably could have gotten the political will to make it happen,” he said.

Whittlesey said the dam still has its uses, including making it easier to divert water from the Yuba River for nearby farms.

Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the channel will mimic the natural flow of the river before it was dammed. Once opened, he said it will give fish another 12 miles of habitat.

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Officials plan to install new screens to keep the fish from getting into the other canals that send water to irrigate agriculture. And they are planning to study taking spring-run Chinook salmon above New Bullards Bar Dam further north along the Yuba River.

“Not all dams should be removed. Most of our infrastructure is essential, and it still serves a useful purpose,” Bonham said. “So you get creative.”

Scott Artis, executive director of the Golden State Salmon Association, said non-governmental organizations working along the Yuba River were not included in the planning of this channel.

“Thus, it’s hard to comment, as we simply have not seen the terms of the deal,” he said. “In principle, we support both passage around Daguerre Point Dam and reintroduction to the upper Yuba. But the details matter.”

The project will cost $60 million, with $30 million coming from the state and the rest coming from the Yuba Water Agency. Gov. Gavin Newsom said keeping the funding in the budget is a priority for him despite the state facing a nearly $32 billion budget deficit this year.

“Despite a modest deficit, we’re holding the line on these projects,” Newsom said Tuesday. “These are tangible. You can see the fruits of your tax dollars.”

13 places every Californian should visit in Gold Country

1. Highway 49. No road in California combines history and scenery the way this one does. Pretty stretches abound — Coloma south to Placerville is especially good, as is the portion from Angels Camp to Sonora....

1. Highway 49. No road in California combines history and scenery the way this one does. Pretty stretches abound — Coloma south to Placerville is especially good, as is the portion from Angels Camp to Sonora.

2. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. The park’s dramatically eroded landscape is a remnant of the world’s largest hydraulic mine, where water cannons were used to wash away whole mountainsides in the search for gold. Open daily; 26 miles northeast of Nevada City via Highway 49, Tyler Foote and North Broomfield roads. (530) 265-2740; http://malakoffdigginsstatepark.org.

3. Nevada City. One of the most attractive and interesting of Gold Country towns, with good shopping along Main and Commercial streets. www.nevadacitychamber.com

4. Empire Mine State Historic Park. The site of what was once one of the largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California, the park contains mining buildings, the mine owner’s home, gardens and 8 miles of trails. Open daily; 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley; (530) 273-8522; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=499

5. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Where it all began: museum, miners’ cabins, a full-size replica of Sutter’s Mill, and a great spot to try your hand at gold panning. Open daily; 310 Back St., Coloma; (530) 622-3470; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484

6. Placerville Hardware. Oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi, second oldest business in California and an amazing, organized jumble of cool stuff. Open daily; 441 Main St., Placerville; (530) 622-1151.

7. Amador Flower Farm. In the Shenandoah Valley, an attraction that isn’t a winery: a 14-acre nursery, with an especially spectacular collection of day lilies. 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-6660; www.amadorflowerfarm.com

8. Sutter Creek. Another unusually appealing Gold Country town. Stand-out attractions include live music at the Sutter Creek Theater (www.suttercreektheater.com) and a brace of winery tasting rooms. www.suttercreek.org

9. Daffodil Hill. The pioneer McLaughlin family began planting bulbs here in the 1880s; now the hill nurtures 300,000 bulbs that normally flower mid-March through mid-April. 18310 Rams Horn Grade Road, near Volcano; (209) 296-7048 (call ahead).

10. Murphys. Another Gold Country town that has gone from drowsy to chic, with downtown tasting rooms and a number of good places to eat. www.visitmurphys.com

11. Columbia State Historic Park. One of the best-preserved Gold Rush towns is both a historic park and a thriving small town. Admire the 19th century architecture, grab a cone at the Fallon Ice Cream Parlor. Open daily; 11255 Jackson St. Columbia; (209) 588-9128; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=552

12. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Climb aboard a late 19th century steam train for a ride through the foothills. Park open for tours daily; trains operate weekends April-October. 10501 Reservoir Rd., Jamestown; (209) 984-3953; www.railtown1897.org

13. California Mining and Mineral Museum. Gems, a replica gold mine tunnel and the Fricot Nugget. Open Thursday-Sunday; Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Highway 49, Mariposa; (209) 742-7625; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588


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