The Camino Community Action Committee (CCAC) announces its second CCAC Mini-Grants for Camino. Thanks to the generosity of the community and the success of the annual Barn Dance, the committee is now in a position to assist local non-profits, through a program of mini-grants for projects based in Camino. Applicants must be nonprofits or not-for-profit […]
EDITOR: Thank you to everyone who took part in making our sixth annual Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program better than ever. Thank you to Helen and Bill Carey of The Forester restaurant who kicked off the giving by donating 100 percent of the tips earned from our server night in September back to our program. As the Christmas season got closer, they also hosted […]
Dottie McKenzie, owner of Camino Flower Shop, started in the flower business when she was 16 years old. “I’ve always loved to rearrange furniture and create looks in a rather ‘wonky’ way,” she explained. “In high school I made dried flower arrangements and displayed them with flea market finds from Apple Hill. My neighbor gave […]
A Pollock Pines man died after his vehicle hit a tree early Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Dec. 11 at approximately 5:15 a.m., Logan Terpening, 28, was driving his white Honda Civic westbound on Highway 50 near 8 Mile Road when, for unknown reasons, he lost control and his vehicle veered off the right shoulder […]
It’s feeling a lot like Christmas at the Apple Hill ranches. The Christmas Tree Growers are open and have a wonderful selection of trees. Hours and dates of the individual farms, varieties of trees and other Christmas foliage available and special treats such as appearances by Santa are listed at applehill.com and on the individual ranch […]
Camino Community Church installed Pastor Elijah Vogel as the new Lead Pastor. Vogel is a gifted leader and teacher who has a deep love of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit is evident in his life. He has been married to Alysha for two years. His formal education includes a master of divinity […]
The baton that has been handed off in a worthy effort in Camino looks just like a Christmas tree, but 15-year-old Jessica Combrink is ready and willing to grab hold with both hands. Jessica is proudly leading the Camino Cares project this holiday season, helping to make sure children in the community who might […]
El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Camino man on suspicion of murder Friday. Sheriff’s officials report that Dennis Renk, 38, and an unidentified adult man were involved in a physical altercation outside a home in the 2800 block of Elmer Street in Camino shortly after 1 a.m. When authorities arrived they found the man unconscious in the […]
Need a new chain saw to cut firewood this winter? Maybe the lawn mower could be fixed up before the winter months and ready to go next spring? Camino Outdoor Power is here for those lawn and outdoor needs. They are very proud to be a retailer of the Stihl product line. As an independent dealer, Camino Outdoor Power can […]
The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants. Mini-grants are funded by Evening in the Orchard held on Thursday, Sept. 10. Any project or program that is designed to benefit local children and/or the residents of the local Pollock Pines and Camino communities will be considered for funding. Applications should deal with projects […]
The Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino, invites families and community members to its open house on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet teachers, parents and students of Camino Charter and learn about the school’s offerings and unique educational experience. “I […]
Camino School will be accepting kindergarten registration beginning March 1, for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration packets can be picked up at the Camino School office located at 3060 Snows Road in Camino between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, […]
When did you first start to give back? Was it when you were in your 20s or 30s? When your family was grown and you had the time and resources to get involved? How about when you were 16, like Nick Van Gilder of Camino or 14-year-old Jessica Combrink? The Camino Cares Giving Program has […]
On Monday, Oct. 27, Bart Emry of Camino let his dog Daisy, outside to do her business. It was two o’clock in the morning and Emry assumed Daisy’s nudge had meant the 11-year-old collie/lab mix needed to go.
But instead of heading out into the yard, Daisy froze on the porch. “I kept telling her to go, go, but she was staring at something,” said Emry, 55. He started to open the back door wider, but Daisy suddenly jumped backwards and Emry caught sight of why: 25 feet directly in front of them, a huge black bear was foraging in a bag of trash he dragged from a pile by the side of the house. The bear saw Daisy and charged.
Emry reacted by heaving the dog into the laundry room behind him. “I was bent over picking her up and I tried to kick the door shut, but the bear was on top of us and swiped my foot with his claw. I stood up and he stopped long enough for me to slam the door in his snout, which was only about six inches from my face.”
If your wedding, corporate event or party is in need of flowers — or you just want a fancy bouquet — Dottie MacKenzie’s Camino Flower Shop can design the perfect floral arrangement. Contemporary or traditional arrangements made of a variety of California-grown flowers including hydrangeas, tulips, gerbera daisies, dahlias, orchids, calla lilies, stock and larkspur […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the subject of a manhunt on Oct. 17. As seen in the accompanying sketch, the man was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 200-250 pounds, with a shaved head and […]
A manhunt in Camino began Friday morning after a deputy was shot at by a suspect.
Just after 8 a.m., a struggle occurred between a deputy and the suspect while on Cable Road, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. The suspect was able to retrieve a gun and fired a single shot at the deputy.
The deputy reported over the scanner that he had not been harmed; the shot hit his radio.
A manhunt began for the subject in Camino, though schools were only put on soft …
Despite the massive King Fire and the smoke covering the county, the wineries and farms of Camino and Apple Hill are doing relatively well. “It’s hard to say,” Bill Gunn of Jodar Winery said of the affects of the fire on business. “It’s cyclical anyway. The smoke over the weekend” affected those down the hill […]
With the King Fire continuing to rage, interest was high at Tuesday night’s fire briefing with an estimated crowd of 400 to 700 people in attendance. Held at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church, fire and law enforcement personnel gave out the latest information on the fire as well as fielded questions. Laurence Crabtree, a supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service, noted […]
Shortly after graduating from El Dorado High School, Blake Phipps, a car junkie by nature, tried to buy a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster pickup truck and he wasn’t a day late, but a hundred dollars short. Always having a soft spot for the hot rod, 40 years later someone said that the Ford he […]
On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]
The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.
Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.
Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…
A man was killed in a fatal accident Thursday afternoon near Camino. Lawrence Alvin Randall, 78, was driving his 1997 Toyota 4Runner westbound in the No. 2 lane of Highway 50 east of Carson Road at about 4:10 p.m., a CHP press release stated. He was traveling at approximately 55 mph when, for unknown reasons, […]
The Placerville Union School District announced the selection of Eric Bonniksen as the district’s new full-time superintendent and Rachelle Ball as the new principal of Sierra School. The school district provides services to students ages kindergarten through eighth grade in the city of Placerville. Bonniksen most recently was superintendent-principal of Camino Union School District. He […]
A solo-vehicle collision shortly after noon on Highway 50 west of Braeburn Lane in Camino on June 29 led to the deaths of the driver and a passenger, leaving another passenger with major injuries. Michael Warner, 41, of Santa Cruz, was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra westbound when he traveled across the center divide of […]
Maria Rosas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective April 30. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, a free public school with an emphasis on science and math, is now open for fall registration. The school provides an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum using natural resource-based education as an integrating context for learning across the curriculum. It offers several options for students in fourth through eighth […]
Michael Douglas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective March 5. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
CAMINO — For the first time in 15 years, Camino Elementary School fielded a wrestling team The young grapplers recently ended their season in which they learned the fundamentals of the sport that will prepare them by the time they reach high school. Members of the squad are: Joseph Carlisle, Jonathan Carlisle, Jeffrey Somera, Jenni […]
EDITOR: We’d like to thank the following people for making this year’s Camino Cares Christmas Giving program such a success: Camino Hotel, Camino Post Office, Camino School, Apple Blossom Coffee House, Sean Pritchard of Solid Rock Faith Center, Camino Community Action Committee, and last but not least, our amazing community. This year we were able […]
When the Hotel Camino opened as a boardinghouse in 1888, residents probably thought they had it pretty good — dry shelter, a bed and regular meals. Bachelors, they worked hard as loggers in the surrounding forest. And when the mill began operating in town in the early 1900s, millworkers residing at the hotel had only […]
Renée Day, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective Dec. 31. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
In 1983, Harry Hopkins decided that he wanted to build himself a house. He approached his wife, Karen, the next year, proposing they build a cabin on the plot next to their house on Mace Road in Camino, acquired nearly a decade before. By 1993, using almost entirely wood from his own land, he had a new home next door to where they had raised their children.
Just a year before his retirement in 1984, Harry asked Karen if she wanted to live in a log cabin. “‘No way,’ I said. All I could imagine was a dirt floor,” she said. But Harry was …