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Coalition recognizes shining stars

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition gathered the brightest young stars Jan. 23 at the ninth annual Youth Star Awards. Thirty young people received awards for their community service. “These (youth) are our future,” said Glen Swedelson, coalition board member. “They will be the leaders, the innovators. It’s important to recognize what they’ve accomplished […]

Break a leg … a crab leg, that is

What: Annual Crab & Tri Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Jan. 30, doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost: $55 per person Information: When is a dinner with friends, where laughter freely flows and hot butter steadily drips, […]

Attorney Mary Muse is a master of mediation

Sometimes happily ever after just doesn’t work out. When it’s time to untie the knot, start with attorney Mary Muse, whose mediation skills have kept uncoupling couples out of court and civilized. “For me, it’s really about listening so I can figure out what steps to take,” Muse said. Taking that first step toward divorce […]

Close calls spark public safety alert

EL DORADO HILLS — Firefighters responded to two cold-weather related incidents last week, prompting a public safety message from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. At 7:07 p.m. on Dec. 29 crews responded to a chimney fire call on Monte Verde Drive. “Firefighters arrived to find the house charged with smoke due to the chimney flue […]

3. Murder in El Dorado Hills

A popular El Dorado Hills restaurant became the scene of a shocking crime when an Oakland man murdered an El Dorado Hills woman there on Jan. 7. Anderson Swift was later sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Khrista Ibarolle and other crimes related to a spree that began with a […]

Garden Valley fire chief arrested

Garden Valley Fire Chief William Dekker was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday afternoon. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies made contact with Dekker, 60, on Hoboken Creek Road in Greenwood at 1:49 p.m., according to sheriff’s reports. His arrest comes four years after the Garden Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors paid $3,400 for […]

Shoppers have a ball

Before the sun came up Saturday the El Dorado Hills Target was filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter as shoppers filled their carts. This wasn’t a doorbuster Christmas sale. It was this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Snowball shopping event benefitting 150 local children, who, thanks to generous donors […]

Bill of Rights

Dec. 15, 2015 was Bill of Rights Day in the United States. The House originally approved 17 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Of these 17, the Senate approved 12. Those 12 were sent to the states for approval in August 1789. Of those 12, 10 were quickly approved (ratified) and Virginia’s legislature became the last to ratify […]

El Dorado Hills grants make a difference

If listening to Big Sister Sarah Costa and her Little, Aryn Reams, talk about their relationship doesn’t warm your heart, call the cardiologist immediately. These two seemingly inseparable, lifelong friends spoke at last week’s El Dorado Hills Grants Gala, that celebrated grants given by the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund. “I have grown so much […]

Grants make a difference

If listening to Big Sister Sarah Costa and her Little, Aryn Reams, talk about their relationship doesn’t warm your heart, call the cardiologist immediately. These two seemingly inseparable, lifelong friends spoke at last week’s El Dorado Hills Grants Gala, which celebrated grants given by the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund. “I have grown so much […]

Holiday homes dazzle

A writer could fill this entire newspaper describing Karen and Barnaby Beck’s spectacular El Dorado Hills home. The 5,000-square-foot home with high ceilings is filled to the brim with unique Americana and folk art, a piece from the U.S.S. Constitution, antiques, Persian rugs, a Tibetan prayer chest, 16 grandfather clocks and so much more. They […]

Trustees meet about Meyers

The El Dorado County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting today to discuss issues surrounding El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ recent arrest. The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. in the Office of Education’s conference room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Public comments will be heard prior to the board convening in […]

Out-of-date studies put millions at risk

The lack of a legal opinion could delay and/or stop a $169,859 payment to the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Sept. 1 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer from the district’s development impact fee account to partially reimburse it for the purchase of a new fire engine. A follow-up item on the Nov. 17 […]

Man killed in Camino

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 […]

Ready for some Blues and Brews?

The sixth annual Blues and Brews for Vets returns to El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14 — another great evening to honor veterans while enjoying fantastic live music and great beer. “I think that I had more fun than anyone,” headliner Alvon Johnson said of last year’s event. “What a great group of people.” […]

Mattock joins District 1 race

El Dorado Hills native and current El Dorado Hills Community Services District board director Noelle Mattock has launched her campaign for District 1 supervisor. “I grew up in El Dorado Hills and I have seen the changes — good and bad,” states Mattock in a news release. “I am running for county supervisor because I’m tired […]

Apple juice recalled

Editor’s note: The juice voluntary recalled is only High Hill Ranch apple juice. Barsotti’s juice is not involved in the recall or linked to any illness, and is being offered at High Hill Ranch as a substitute while ranch owners confirm the safety of their own product.

High Hill Ranch in Camino has voluntarily recalled its apple juice after receiving information that several ranch visitors became ill due to E. coli bacteria.

Divorces: August

Tanya Tatyana Randle and Matthew Mark Randle, Aug. 27, 2015 Wendy S. Ackerly and Kerry K. King, Aug. 27, 2015 Richard Rayser and Kellie Rayser, Aug. 27, 2015 Tanis S. Williams-Rice and Samuel B. Rice, Aug. 27, 2015 Scott E. Borello and Trena M. Borello, Aug. 27, 2015 Michael Keever and Cathy Keever, Aug. 27, […]

Suspect nabbed at McD’s

Placerville police officers arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly committed a smash-and-grab burglary at the Main Street 76 gas station early Monday morning.

Officers responded to a 4:45 a.m. call after a station employee discovered the business’ glass door broken and a display case ransacked. Stolen items included cartons of cigarettes, knives and other merchandise, according to PPD officials.


In the Oct. 7 issue of the Mountain Democrat Jeanine Leal, 50, of Placerville was erroneously listed in the DUI Log. Leal was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, not DUI.

EDH woman shot dead in Carmichael

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday.

Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School, graduated from Ponderosa High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is currently ineligible for bail.

“It is believed that Brown and the victim had no pre-existing relationship, but rather ended up together at the apartment as a result of mutual acquaintances who were also there,” sheriff’s officials reported. “Brown is believed to have been negligently handling a firearm in his possession, at which time he accidentally discharged it, mortally wounding the victim.”

News Bites: 9/16

Meet with Shiva Frentzen El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will host two town hall meetings in her district. The first meeting will be held at Cameron Park Fire Station 89, 3200 Country Club Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. The second meeting will be held at the Shingle […]

Smoked in: Butte Fire leaves El Dorado County in a haze

Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.

And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.

Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.

Fire displaces EDH family

EL DORADO HILLS — A Waterman Court home was severely damaged after an accidental fire on Sept. 3. “El Dorado Hills firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from multiple windows of a single story residential house,” Division Chief Mike Lilienthal said. “Firefighters initiated an interior attack to extinguish the fire.” No people were […]


The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol: Aaron Listberger, 23, of Folsom, booked July 23 by CHP, bail amount $15,000. Alicia Kortas, 28, of Cameron Park, booked July 24 by El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, no bail listed. Matthew Leatherby, 35, of Citrus Heights, booked July 24 […]

News briefs

School district updates its website The El Dorado Union High School District invites students, parents and community members to explore the new district-wide websites and social media pages. This initiative is in response to the Board of Trustees establishing communication to parents and all stakeholders as a top priority of the district. With the support […]


In the Monday, Aug. 31, article “New cancer center elevates care” the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce elite sponsors were inadvertently listed as the cancer center’s elite sponsors.

Divorces: July 2015

Melissa Lynn de la Pena and Michael Joseph de la Pena, July 28, 2015 Tracy L. Ross and Ryan W. Norman, July 28, 2015 Lisa Wicks and Gene Wicks, July 28, 2015 Julee Sucharda and Zdenek Sucharda, July 28, 2015 Julie A. Zulanas and Joseph J. Zulanas, July 28, 2015 Charlotte Sovereen and Scott Walton, […]

News bites, Aug. 26

Bridge replacement meetings A public meeting regarding the Green Valley Road at Indian Creek and Green Valley Road at Mound Springs Creek bridge replacement projects will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the El Dorado County Planning Commission hearing room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville. The county’s Transportation Division proposes […]

EDH sewer line break stinks up neighborhood

El Dorado Irrigation District crews had a mess on their hands Friday afternoon after a sewer line broke in the middle of Green Valley Road, sending stinking water down the road and into storm drains. Crews closed a westbound lane of Green Valley Road, which caused traffic back-ups, while they surveyed the situation and made their repairs. Several […]

Statewide fire summary

Cal Fire incidents Jerusalem Fire — Lake & Napa counties off Jerusalem Grade Road northeast of Middleton — has burned approximately 25,146 acres and is 82 percent contained. All evacuations have been lifted Humboldt lightning fires — More than 75 fires continue to burn in Humboldt County with approximately 4,883 acres burned. The fires are […]

News Bites: Aug. 12

Minimum wage measure collecting signatures Secretary of State Alex Padilla recently announced the proponents of a new minimum wage initiative may begin collecting petition signatures. Under existing law, California’s minimum wage will increase from $9 per hour to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. This measure increases the minimum wage to $11 per hour, effective Jan. […]

CPCSD parks supervisor dies

Cameron Park Community Services District Parks Superintendent Paul Ryan died Wednesday morning. The 59-year-old had worked for the CPCSD since 1992. Staff issued the following statement regarding Ryan’s death. “Staff will miss him tremendously. Work will not be the same without Paul as he was more than a supervisor, he was a mentor and a […]

Hasta la vista, DJ

• Vision Coalition leader retires When DJ Peterson is at a party, even his own party, you can bet he’s got a deck of cards in his pocket. Wearing a mischievous smile, he pulls them out and asks his wife Judi to select a card. She pulls out the 2 of diamonds. Holding it up high, the […]

Duo caught allegedly growing pot

GARDEN VALLEY — El Dorado County authorities arrested a father and son after reportedly finding about 170 plants and more than 14 pounds of dried marijuana at an Ingot Lane residence.

El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT and West El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members went to the property on Wednesday, July 29, to serve a search warrant. All subjects on the property were detained without incident or injury.

Kyburz fire: UPDATE

Firefighters continuing to battle a wildfire on both sides of Highway 50 in the Whitehall area that started Thursday afternoon. Highway 50 has currently reopened to one lane, and is being metered at Sly Park road in Pollock Pines and Meyers. Voluntary evacuations are in place in for Sand Flat campground East of Strawberry. Evacuees […]


The person in the front page mugshot under the headline “Bringing criminals to justice,” published July 22, should have been identified as David Donahue, not Wayne Donohue.

News bites: July 15, 2015

Find a job El Dorado County Connections – One Stop will host a free Hiring Event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. LaborMax Staffing is now hiring for both full-time and part-time labor and clerical positions. LaborMax Staffing representatives will be available at the hiring […]


Regarding the story “Looks like Gaines in District 1 race” published on Monday, July 13. Districts 1, 2 and 3 seats on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be decided in the 2016 election, not 2015. Also, El Dorado Hills resident Steve Ferry is a retired mortgage banker.

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]


The caboose referenced in the editorial “Weeds and a bad ‘welcome sign’ of the times” published on Friday, July 3, belongs to the city of Placerville.

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