Jessica Pratt

Website gives lost pets a chance to find home

For many people in El Dorado County, pets are valued members of the family — they are the loving balls of fluff there to greet you after a long day at work, or put a smile on your face when you’re feeling down or blue. If these companions suddenly disappear or don’t come home one […]

Take the liberty of using a top-notch dentist

Let’s face it – undergoing dental procedures isn’t the most pleasant experience out there. But with the right care, an honest and kind dentist, and top-notch technology, oral surgery doesn’t have to be that bad. At Golden Foothills Oral & Facial Surgery Center in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Donald Liberty knows exactly what it takes […]

Couple brings Massage Envy Spa to EDH to promote wellness to community

There may be over 800 Massage Envy Spas all across the United States, but business owners Danny and Laurie Vaqueiro have made their El Dorado Hills location unique and all their own. With an aim of contributing to El Dorado County’s wellness and fostering a compassionate environment, it’s clear to all who step through their […]

NorCal Natural Integrative Healthcare focuses on personalized treatment

Dr. Diem T. Nguyen, D.C., is the president and clinical director of NorCal Natural Integrative Healthcare, a practice that specializes in treating diabetes and thyroid disorders in the most natural way possible. Several patients choose to receive care from Dr. Nguyen because of the unique approach she uses to treat everyone who comes to the […]

El Dorado Hills Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides kind-hearted service

At El Dorado Hills Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Jared W. Ruminson and his qualified staff work by one simple rule: treat all patients exactly as if they are providing care for a close family member or friend. Regardless of whether they are filling a cavity or placing in porcelain veneers, nothing deters them from […]

Tax hikes duel on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters will have to take their pick from two different tax initiatives for education that are slated to appear on this November’s ballot. The two initiatives — Proposition 30 (the governor’s tax initiative) and Proposition 38 (Molly Munger’s tax initiative) — will affect taxpayers, public schools and universities, and local government programs in a variety […]

El Dorado Community Health Center

CLINICAL DIRECTOR and Nurse Practitioner Diane Bass, left, and OUtreach Director Diana Labelle-Kantola discuss the services available to people at El Dorado Community Health Center in Placerville. EDCHC has been around since 2003 and is a nonprofit corporation that has earned the title of a Federally Qualified Health Center. Doctors and nurses treat chronic and acute […]

Robinson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies

ROBINSON’S MEDICAL employees left to right, Cindy Marinello, Deana Louden, seated, Debra Canale, Andrea Campbell, and Franzska Goller. Located at 1261 Broadway in Placerville, Robinson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies sells and rents oxygen supplies, many different styles of walkers, lift chairs, bathroom safety products, canes, crutches and more. The most recent addition to their product list is […]

Marshall Medical Center brings in new technology

Marshall Medical Center in Placerville has several new technological advancements that are on the rise. With the addition of a new cardiac monitoring system, the Da Vinci Robot, an electronic patient tracking system and more, Placerville residents can receive advanced care without traveling very far. Out of these new technologies, the Da Vinci Robot is […]

New wing opens, showcases Trauma Center, Birth Center and more

Marshall Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its new South Wing addition by hosting a Community Open House and Teddy Bear Clinic on Sept. 15 at 1100 Marshall Way in Placerville. Although the entirety of the South Wing is not yet completed, the finished additions so far include a Verified Level III Trauma Center, […]

A walk of faith

With an army-print cap on his head and a white cross around his neck, Daryl Legault gazes down and turns to the book-marked pages of his favorite Bible verses. “There are two scriptures that I live by,” he says. “John 8:12 and James 1:12.” He begins with the chapter of James and starts reciting, “Blessed […]

Placerville native opens photo gallery

What started off as a nickname given by a high school photography teacher is now the name of a new addition to Placerville’s business world: Heracain Productions Gallery. Located at 312 Main Street, Heracain Productions Gallery is owned and operated by Placerville native Sarah Cain. She specializes in wedding, engagement, maternity and special events photography […]

Tech Trek explores all things science

Inspiration, excitement and confidence. This past summer, five local attendees at the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek camp gained all of those qualities and more — and even got to eat some liquid nitrogen ice cream while they were at the camp, too. Tech Trek is a week-long summer camp created for girls […]

County gets Sacto smog blowback

Nine areas in California met the 1997 national health-based  air quality standard for smog (or ground-level ozone) this year, announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 31. The areas that fulfilled the requirements within their regulatory deadlines include Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne and portions of Sutter, Kern and Nevada counties. The EPA determined […]

Rescue inventor makes Fox Box for butts

Instead of enjoying the clear, blue water or shells along the sand, Barry Fox usually notices one main feature when visiting the beach: cigarette butts. Although this may be an odd thing in which to take note, cigarette butt litter is more prevalent on beaches than some may think. This type of waste is the […]

Marshall Medical Center opening new wing

Marshall Medical Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new South Wing addition by hosting a Community Open House and Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1100 Marshall Way in Placerville.

The wing’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department will be open that day for little visitors to bring in their doll or teddy bear for a check-up, and for the general public to view the brand new technology and features. There will also be live music throughout the day, ongoing health and education tours, carnival games, free refreshments and more.

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5 years of ink: Moontiger Tattoos still going strong

It was about 20 years ago when a local merchant and artist decided that after 10 years of service in the Navy, it was time to pursue another passion: art. “I had been an artist my entire life,” said Dale Beasley, owner of Moontiger Tattoos in Placerville. “But I didn’t want to be dead before […]

Art, music and more in the orchard

What: Art in the Orchard Who: Rainbow Orchards, the Apple Hill Growers Association and the El Dorado Arts Council Where: Fudge Factory Farm, Jack Russell Farm Brewery, Kids Inc., Lava Cap Winery, Madroña Vineyards, Rainbow Orchards and Woffard Acres Vineyards When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Cost: No admission […]

Crocker House is home to creativity

EL DORADO — The white house with the periwinkle trim in El Dorado is known to most as the Crocker House Creative Art Center. But for students who come here on a regular basis, it is simply known as their home away from home. Located at 6205 Main St., the Crocker House is the place […]

Fair to promote health and safety

Learn how to obtain optimal health at Gold Trail Union School District’s Health, Safety and Well-Being Fair set for Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gold Trail School, 889 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. The fair will feature different organizations, groups and individuals contributing to the area’s health, safety and well-being. […]

Carnage Off-Road shop adds auto repair

The owners who brought the off-road fabrication shop Carnage Off-Road to Placerville last February have recently expanded their business horizons by adding a new company under their names: Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair. Jacent and Carrie Pillow, the husband-and-wife duo who launched the shop last year, have created an additional business in the same location that […]

Hard work pays off

From the quiet hills of Camino to the bustling activity of Los Angeles, Justin Nizer, 27, has experienced it all. With hours of hard work and dedication, Nizer has achieved a life that revolves around his biggest passions: music and film. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 2002, this former Camino resident attended […]

DUI Arrests: Jan. 3

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. IAN COFFMAN, 33, Meyers, booked Dec. 31 by sheriff’s deputies. ANDREW HUNT, 49, Placerville, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s deputies. SHAWN HERRMANN, 28, Meyers, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s deputies. MOISES ABARCA, 24, Meyers, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s […]

No deaths, only 10 DUIs over holidays

The Placerville CHP office reported an uneventful 2011 holiday season in terms of deaths and fatalities, according to Public Affairs and Community Outreach Officer Daniel Stark from the California Highway Patrol office in Placerville. “We were fortunate that we had no fatalities over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years,” said Stark when reflecting over the happenings […]

Students find new skills in New Arenas

“Pick out a horse that reminds you of you.” Pam Stoddard, director and founder of New Arenas, stands near the gate of Henningsen Pavillion at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville and instructs four people to follow these directions. The members of the group walk toward the three horses in the arena, trying to decide which horse […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

EDUHSD contracts call for 1.5% raises

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees at a recent meeting discussed several proposals from the Faculty Association, the CSEA (California School Employees Association), and the El Dorado Managers Association (EDMA) regarding compensation packages, contract issues, and working conditions. After discussing several topics involving student and educational services, the Board addressed a […]

USPS: No Democrat delay

With the closure of several post offices and plans to shut down over 200 mail-distribution centers across the country in the near future, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has seen much better times in terms of financial and economic stability. This loss has inevitably brought about a decrease in mail services and delivery methods. […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Students fill buckets with kindness

The children at Blue Oak Elementary School have kindness and empathy in the bag. Or rather, in the bucket. Students from junior kindergarten to fifth grade at Blue Oak School in Cameron Park know how to take care of their school, lend a helping hand, and offer a friendly word to their peers thanks to […]

Greenberg murder trial: Crime scene reconstruction expert testifies

The Anthony Dumont and Morris Greenberg case resumed with a testimony from Accident and crime scene reconstructionist Daniel Schumaker Thursday morning  followed by accounts from witness Kenneth Camera, Deputy Todd Crawford, and Barrie Greenberg’s friend Cassidy Thomason in the afternoon. From the trial happenings so far, prosecutors have determined that Morris Greenberg, 40, shot Anthony […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Registered mail theft reported

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is currently looking for more information regarding the theft of Registered Mail that occurred between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Up to $10,000 is being offered as a reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of responsible suspects. The Friday evening […]

Detective retraces Greenberg’s steps

The case involving Morris Greenberg and Anthony Dumont  included a testimony from detective Nolan Tracy during the trial’s morning continuation on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Morris Greenberg, 40, is accused of murdering Anthony Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after he discovered Dumont assisting his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed home in Somerset. […]

Planning panel studies Creekside Plaza 3rd time

The discussion to combine three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northwest corner of the intersection of Forni and Missouri Flat Roads continued during the County of El Dorado Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will be back on its agenda next month. When this plan was discussed during the Oct. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Waste Connections headquarters moving to Texas

Waste Connections, the company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services for El Dorado County and over 2 million customers across the country, announced on Monday the move of their company headquarters from Folsom to the Woodlands, Texas. The relocation was spurred due to the company’s distaste with the current business climate […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

D’backs deny La Jolla Country Day’s three-peat attempt; win program’s first state title trophy

Set I Union Mine 25, La Jolla Country Day 18 Flow: D’backs prove right from the start they can take La Jolla’s best shot; Madison Berridge’s service run and the play of Andrea Barnes lead Union Mine to a 9-2 start; Mikayla Tucker heats up. Key plays: Barnes’ tip for 8-2; Jacqueline Swarbrick’s back-to-back deflected kill and […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 3 Replies

Filmmakers Challenge inspires a winning effort

Participating in the Sacramento Film and Music Festival 10X10 Filmmakers Challenge seems to have paid off for local filmmakers Joshua B. Porter and Matthew Donaldson — these two young men and their film crew walked away with several prizes in August for their short film, “Yeller.” “Yeller” won the award for “Best Overall Film,” as […]

Local farms gear up for autumn abundance

As summer draws to a close and the cooler weather of autumn quickly approaches, the enjoyment of the great outdoors doesn’t have to end just yet. With the farms of Apple Hill and the surrounding Placerville area making their way into the harvest season, the essence of nature can be enjoyed for quite a bit […]

Michelle Hendrix — a young woman for all seasons

With a friendly smile and a heart full of energy, Michelle Hendrix is willing and ready to do anything. That is, after she finishes volunteering for three non-profit organizations, working two paid jobs, serving in the Kiwanis Aktion Club, competing in the Special Olympics, and working out at the gym, of course. Michelle Hendrix, 31, […]

Elena Dreisbach wants to make a difference in the world

Glitz. Glamour. Beauty. That’s solely what pageants are all about, right? Not for Elena Dreisbach. For this sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, the Miss Teen California 2012 Pageant is not just a place to showcase beauty and good looks — it is an opportunity to give back, show compassion and make a difference in […]

Shingle Springs engineer responded to 9/11

Neil Moore, 79, sits on a stool in his home office, his face somber and reflective as he looks back on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “We got a call from our daughter to turn on the TV… that was it. We turn on the TV. They talk about the first plane going in, […]

Big strides are happening at Gold Step Studios

The facade at 617 Main St. in Placerville may seem like just an average building from the outside. But step inside and find that everything from the hula hoop dancing to the core body balance exercise regimen makes this place just a little bit out of the ordinary. Gold Step Studios is the latest addition […]

Community benefits from Lobster on the River

The Rotary Club of Placerville and Soroptimist International of Placerville are planning their first collaborative dinner and fundraiser, Lobster on the River. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Coloma Resort, with appetizers and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of the evening will include music by the […]

Labor Day Bazaar brings it together

With live music, a pancake breakfast, prizes and numerous vendors selling anything from crafts to potato chips, some may find it hard to believe that this large event was once just a smaller community rummage sale. Although the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Firefighters’ Association Annual Labor Day Bazaar has seen several changes throughout its 39 years […]

The Hooter Ladies: It’s about support

Come every second Monday of the month, it’s Hooters Night for a select group of women in Placerville. However, this gathering is a little different than how some people may be imagining it. Instead of having the typical Hooters experience, these women are given an entirely different opportunity: the chance to connect with several courageous […]

Cancer Resource Center

A one-stop shop for treatment, information, support With such a huge prevalence of breast cancer in the United States, doctors have been spreading information about research, treatment methods and health tips to prevent this disease from affecting more women than it already has. One physician helping further the cause of breast cancer prevention and treatment […]

El Dorado County has many resources

For the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, old age is nothing to fear — it is simply an opportunity to enjoy life and take advantage of all the resources El Dorado County has to offer. However, how can all of these opportunities be taken if it can sometimes be difficult just to access or […]

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