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Placerville Clayworks launches new Website

Placerville Clayworks is pleased to announce the launch of its new Website at The Website features hand-built and pottery-thrown clay projects created by students as well as information about classes. Emily Bullock established Placerville Clayworks in 1996 and has introduced ceramics to hundreds of students since then. “I enjoy creating an environment where you […]

Five candidates vie for three Placerville City Council seats

There are five candidates vying for three Placerville City Council seats in the November elections. Incumbent Patty Borelli has been a Council member since 2006. She was born and raised in Placerville and is a long-time business owner. Currently she is vice-mayor of Placerville and represents the city on the El Dorado Transportation Commission, the […]

Thank you Rotary Club of Placerville

EDITOR: The new school year has begun in El Dorado County, and many students started off with a brand new backpack and school supplies generously donated by the Rotary Club of Placerville — an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help […]

Belly dancers compete in Placerville

Namira Productions will be hosting the 6th annual Jewel of the Sierra, a two-day belly dance competition on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Placerville Shakespeare Club. The competition runs Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and continues on Sunday from noon-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy the […]

Placerville Police Dept. offers phone app

The Placerville Police Department announced its newly released mobile device app. This is a free app which can be downloaded from your app store. The app offers several modules to include: • Crime mapping • Anonymous crime reporting • Sex offender mapping • School resource officer • Commend police personnel • Volunteer information • Links […]

Placerville crime stats reported, mobile app released

In a good news, bad news story, Placerville Police Chief Heller reported that while crimes against people are down from last year, property crimes are up. Reviewed at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Placerville City Council, Heller noted that when comparing the first half of 2014 (January through June) to the same period in 2013, crime […]

Teen Court in Placerville invites new participants

The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. […]

Western Placerville Interchanges Project changes

Five changes to the design plan of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project were approved by Placerville City Council on June 24. The Western Placerville Interchanges Project is a phased project designed to improve traffic flow along the Placerville Drive/Forni Road/Ray Lawyer Drive/Highway 50 area. Phase 1a has already been completed and included the construction of […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Craft Fair Sunday

HOW TO LOSE CALORIES: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Life Hack” quote: “Eating celery is technically exercise. When you eat celery, you burn more calories digesting it than you consume.” HUGE CRAFT FAIR: The 17th annual Placerville Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main St., Placerville. CAMINO […]

Placerville student wins scholarship

Lindsey Thomas of Placerville is a recipient of the 2014 Shire Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school. Fifty-seven award recipients have been selected from 2,380 applicants across the United States. As […]

New Ross Dress for Less store opens in Placerville

The new Ross Dress for Less store opened in Placerville this past Saturday, July 19. According to its corporate office, the Placerville location is one of three new stores the company opened in Northern California last Saturday, bringing the total to 264 stores in the state. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion […]

People of Placerville

EDITOR: The Good: Today was movie day at the Regal Placerville Stadium 8 Theater for some of our residents in the Independent Apartments at Gold Country Retirement. I was helping some of the residents off the bus as the rest lined up to buy their tickets. To my utter surprise and delight a man and […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Hardware a ‘national treasure’

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “May you have - Enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, And enough hope to make you happy.” PLACERVILLE HARDWARE SHINES: The magazine “This Old House” recognized five USA hardware stores in their magazine. Our very own Placerville Hardware was recognized as […]

RE/MAX Gold in Placerville welcomes Oasis Meggers back to the team

RE/MAX Gold would like to welcome back Oasis Meggers, its newest agent to rejoin RE/MAX Gold. “I started at RE/MAX Gold as the front office receptionist in the Cameron Park office shortly before I was a licensed Realtor. I had already had a previous background in real estate, having worked as the assistant to Jim Aldrich […]

Film directed and produced by local to screen in Placerville

Placerville native, Todd Huffman will bring his latest film “Penton: The John Penton Story” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally including Placerville, […]

Bo and Paul Parker return to Placerville for concert

Bo and Paul Parker will be appearing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 28 starting at 8 p.m. Their last appearance in Placerville was in June 2000. This rare performance will feature elements of folk, jazz and blues featuring Paul’s muscular lead guitar with Bo’s solid rhythm guitar and […]

Why I am fortunate to live in Placerville

When I got out of pharmacy school, I took a job at Robinson’s Pharmacy in Placerville. I chose that particular job because it would give me the opportunity to serve people individually much more so than a job at a chain pharmacy. Little did I know how that simple decision would affect so many lives […]

Brewfest returns to downtown Placerville June 28

This year’s Belltower Brewfest is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The festival will close historical Main Street from Sacramento Clay streets. Over 45 craft breweries will be pouring samples inside merchant locations, on the street, and in the Mooney Parking Lot near Tortilla Flats. And as always, the Belltower will be dressed up as a […]

Water bigwigs appear in Placerville

It was all about water as the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies, Region 3, held a water conference on June 6 in Placerville. In attendance were some heavy hitters in the state water world including Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources; Felicia Marcus, chair […]

Placerville nurse returns to cross-country air race

Continuing in the tradition of Amelia Earhart and 19 other women in an air race across the country in 1929, a Placerville woman is taking part in the Air Race Classic, starting June 16.

Cindy Ashmead, a nurse at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, will navigate a Beechcraft Bonanza K35, flown by Sandy St. John of Forni, Texas.

On Thursday, the pair flew out to Concord, Calif., where the race will start. At 8 a.m. on June 16, they, along with 51 other teams — each with two or three people — will take off, planes following each other every 15-30 seconds. It will be the only time the entire group …

Placerville Lions have a good outlook

1924 was a very good year — the nation was at peace between World Wars, the economy was booming and the first service club in El Dorado County, the Placerville Lions Club, was chartered in Placerville.

“The first Lions Club was chartered by Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917, as a way for businessmen to connect and network,” said Michael Ocensak, past president of the Placerville Lions Club. “Helen Keller spoke at one of the meetings and called on the Lions to become ‘knights for the blind,’ so our mission …”

Pizza Bene! brings Naples to Placerville

What’s better than pizza and beer? Great pizza and beer. That’s what, among other offerings, you’ll get at Pizza Bene!, Ben Butler’s gourmet, Napoletano pizzeria at 423 Main Street in Placerville. The difference between good pizza and amazing pizza is in the quality and freshness of ingredients. Butler spent 25 years dreaming about opening a […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville celebrates 90 years of Lionism

TIME IS VALUABLE: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Thought Provoking:” “Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children.” — Anthony Douglas Williams  90 YEARS OF SERVICE: On June 7 at 6 p.m., the Placerville Lions Club will celebrate 90 years of serving those in need in our community. There will be an evening […]

Painting Placerville starts June 2

The Belltower at high noon on June 2 will be the kick-off point for the long-awaited Main Street Matters project. The project, sponsored and initiated by the Benjamin Moore Paint Co., will paint the first floor facades of 26 Main Street businesses on both the north and south sides of Main Street between the Belltower […]

Seismic retrofitting in downtown Placerville

Two Caltrans seismic retrofit projects are adding a little spice into getting around in Placerville. K-rail is blocking out a center lane on Highway 50 under the pedestrian overcrossing that connects Coloma Street to the downtown parking garage and detours are routing motorists around the closure of Smith Flat Road at the undercrossing. The retrofit at […]

Downtown Placerville seeks tagline

The Placerville Downtown Association is inviting the community and visitors to help define Main Street’s brand, character, style and personality with a tagline promotion. Cities all over the U.S. have created a unique tagline or motto to help identify their cities. Las Vegas has the tagline “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and Reno […]

Placerville City Council members endorse Hoffman for judge

All five members of the Placerville City Council are endorsing Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 5. The council’s members are Mayor Carl Hagen, Vice Mayor Patty Borelli, Councilmember Carol Patton, Councilmember Wendy Thomas and Councilmember Trisha Wilkins. “The caliber of our judges has a direct bearing on the quality of […]

A piece of Placerville’s history for sale

A “For Sale” sign posted next to a narrow driveway near the Highway 49/Highway 193 intersection might not attract much attention but those who make the turn will travel down Bennett Valley Lane and back in time. The Larned-Miller House, though to be constructed around 1875 and once owned by the Bennett family, has escaped […]

Murder-suicide cause of death of two Placerville women

The deaths of two Placerville women whose bodies were found during a house fire has been ruled a murder-suicide. Crystal Ward and Carolyn Hague were found with gunshot wounds to the head after an initial call of a structure fire brought emergency personnel to the Ass-Pen donkey ranch at 1680 Rose Lane on March 7. […]

Placerville man arrested in sexual predator case

A Placerville man was booked into county jail after a 15-year-old boy said to be the intended victim of the alleged sexual predator helped the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department set up his capture. Glenn O’Rourke, 26, was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was requested for O’Rourke through the District Attorney’s Office. On […]

Placerville celebrates Earth Day

Come one and all to the Placerville Earth Day Celebration on the green of the El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane, on Saturday April 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This family oriented event will have something for everyone. For the music lover there is an all-day concert featuring the Thankful Heads, a […]

Mountain lion seen in Placerville

A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently. Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop […]

King of the West roars into Placerville

After opening its season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are back at it this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway for the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout.” Tomorrow’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. One of the hottest […]

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

PLACERVILLE — Led by Eric Grathwol, a mortgage industry veteran, EZ Mortgages Inc. opens its first office in Placerville. “We wanted to build a local company, to service the foothill community’s real estate financing needs” said founding broker Eric Grathwol. “It’s interesting, although anyone can lend throughout California, as we do, the foothills offer a […]

Smith Flat Road closed for bridge work in Placerville

PLACERVILLE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists of a long-term detour for access to Smith Flat Road in Placerville due to bridge work on U.S. Highway 50 at the undercrossing. Beginning April 10 at 7 a.m., Smith Flat Road will be closed to through traffic at the Highway 50 Overcrossing for […]

Downtown Placerville seeks new tagline

The Placerville Downtown Association is inviting the community and visitors to help define Main Street’s brand, character, style and personality with a tagline promotion. Cities all over the U.S. have created a unique tagline or motto to help identify their municipality. Well-known examples include Las Vegas —  “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and […]

Open letter to city of Placerville

EDITOR: In the life of a community, like the life of an individual, there are defining moments, moments that illuminate true character. This is one such moment for Placerville. The question is whether the quirky, creative, entrepreneurial, openhearted personality of our city, which is part of our gold rush heritage, can extend to include our […]

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Fire burns CP house

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Firefighters and evacuees transform Pollock Pines

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Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

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King Fire nearing 19,000 acres burned, only 5% contained

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‘Fire in Sierra Nevada Forest’ topic at Forest Forum

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Volunteer driver ‘Meet and Greet’ at Senior Center

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Fairgrounds Park n’ Ride temporarily closed

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Be disaster aware, take action to prepare

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Disaster preparedness presentation Sept. 23

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Base camp a place of support and logistics

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Thoroughly modern

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My turn: Small businesses deserve more from healthcare reform

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Fast starts catalyst for Cougar wins

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Old Greenwood a classic Jack Nicklaus design

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Ponderosa picks up first conference victory

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Roundup: Sept. 16, 2014

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Sports Scene: Sept. 16, 2014

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Learn about Sierra Foothill perennials and shrubs

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Couple honors country, celebrates community

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At a glance: Enjoy life

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Senior Day Care celebrates anniversary

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TechTrek makes a difference

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Grow For It! Growing olives in the foothills

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FLC speaker series continues this fall

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Senior Room announces speakers

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Life as I know it: Senior year — gone fishing

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Crime log: Sept. 3-4

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Sleep apnea specialist Dr. Bughao a ‘gentle dentist’

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Family serves families at El Dorado Hills Dental

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It’s all about relationships for oral surgeon Dr. McIntire

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