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Pat Lakey

Bombardier a flying firefighter

Although it would be quite a treat to see the U.S. Forest Service’s giant CL 415 “Super Scooper” flying through the skies over Placerville, the sight would be a mixed blessing — it would mean there’s a wildfire nearby.

But it would also mean that the chances of containing the blaze quickly would be greatly increased, as the CL 415 Bombardier is a champion warrior assigned to the front lines of battle.

The USFS Tuesday proudly showed off its latest weapon in its firefighting arsenal, a huge CL 415 Aeroflite 260 Bombardier that will be stationed at the Lake Tahoe Airport for the next seven months as fire season hits critical mass. The aircraft, affectionately known as the Super Scooper, is the only such plane currently flying in the United States — and Tahoe forestry officials are thrilled to have it here for the season.

Lake levels

  Stumpy Meadows, as of July 22 Water elevation 4,224 feet 9 inches Storage level 9,688 acre-feet Percent full 48% Inflow 3.08 cfs Outflow 33 cfs Loon Lake, as of July 21 Water elevation 6,302 feet Storage level 35,500 acre-feet Percent full 51% Inflow 13 cfs Outflow 28 cfs Ice House, as of July 21 […]

25 years of Scher magic

What: “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” — the dance company’s 25th annual Showcase Spectacular Who: On Stage Productions Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Information: 530-644-0373 If Melissa Steed Huskinson’s baby girl Ella kicked a lot when her mom was expecting, Melissa has only herself to […]

CASA: A chance to make a difference

Imagine being only 12 years old when your mom and dad are ripped from your world, taken away because they were using illegal drugs and hitting each other when they got mad. Yes, the fighting was bad, and yes, their drug use was disgusting and dangerous. But now they are gone. The 12-year-old girl is […]

New class of CASAs sworn in

El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocates recently swore in its latest group of volunteers, 21 people who wish to help make a difference in the life of a young person in troubled circumstances. New CASA volunteers in Placerville are Bill Hartfield, Valerie Bradley, Jim Lauth, Bernadette Marver, Kevin Rhodes, Michelle Rhodes, Donald Sacco, Zi […]

City Council backs school district bond

More than half the students in the Placerville Union School District qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. Fully one-third of them go home to a household where no computer access exists. Those sobering statistics delivered Tuesday evening to the Placerville City Council helped to convince the four members present to vote unanimously to endorse bond Measure […]

Red wigglers worm their way into kids’ closets

Mom, try not to scream if you find a box full of writhing, slithering worms in your child’s closet — the kids were told to do that by El Dorado County Master Gardeners. The gardening experts and worm aficionados didn’t actually order the young students to place their newfound friends into their bedroom closet — […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of July 15 Water elevation 4,226 feet 5 inches Storage level 10,076 acre-feet Percent full 50% Inflow 3 cfs Outflow 25 cfs Loon Lake, as of July 14 Water elevation 6,382.3 Storage level 35,790 acre-feet Percent full 52% Inflow 4 cfs Outflow 17 cfs Ice House, as of July 14 Water elevation […]

Little Lila loves bustin’ mutton

It took a bit of dancing around before Michael Webb finally admitted the truth: His daughter doesn’t practice mutton bustin’ on the two family goats, despite what he had earlier hinted to the Mountain Democrat. “She practices on me,” Dad said sheepishly, before breaking into a grin at having fooled the press. Well, Michael, this […]

Goat good as gold for mutton bustin’

Midas is an easy touch.  All it takes is a couple of Wheat Thins to get the gold-colored goat to cooperate as young Drew Foltz climbs on its back to practice for the real thing: riding a sheep during the MuttonBustin’ competition at Cowboys and Cornbread coming up Sunday, July 19 at the El Dorado […]

Cowboys and Cornbread honors Old West with day of fun

When you live in a place called Old Hangtown and there’s a daylong event promising fun for all cowboys and cowgirls, there’s really no excuse for staying home. Point your boots toward the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 19 and head for Cowboys and Cornbread, a celebration of all things West. That means […]

Classic cars cruizin’ in El Dorado Hills

It’s no mystery why John Clemens loves to manage the coordinating of all the classic cars and other gorgeous vehicles that come to Cruzin’ the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills — it gives him a chance to show off his bright red beauty, a 1959 Corvette. Clemens will be rolling the ‘Vette into the public […]

Pretty in the Pines: New Royalty ready for duty

Long before Lauryn Roy and Lindsey Allan were born, Pollock Pines had closed the door on a local beauty pageant that for decades had drawn young ladies to put their best foot forward. Now, not only are Lauryn and Lindsey putting forth their best, they are using their pretty feet to dance up a storm […]

Building permits issued July 6-10

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – OFFICE $96,550.6 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $432,261.58 1 BUILDG – NEW – CANOPY $288 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $33,422.34 1 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $420,352.06 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $9,147 1 BUILDG – REMODL – CHURCH $5,500 1 BUILDG – […]

Linda Lockwood, how does your garden grow?

One of the cats that freely roam the gorgeous 5 acres that Linda and Paul Lockwood call home in Pleasant Valley is called Pinky because the feline has a pink nose. Another coal-colored cat goes by Blackie because it is … black. “I didn’t name the cats,” laughed Linda, “they were left by some neighbors […]

Things are looking Optimiztiq for music festival

What: Placerville Music Festival Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, July 12, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: $25 presale and $35 day of the event Information: or 530-417-3093   Elyse Langford and her sister Ruth were enjoying an afternoon at the Reggae on the River music festival in southern […]

Building permits issued June 29-July 3

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 3 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $59,934.03 11 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $3,868,374.05 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $41,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $35,657 1 ELCTRC – NEW – LNDSCP $850 8 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $187,000 5 MECHAN – NEW – 1-FMLY $39,984 3 PLUMBG – […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of July 1 Water elevation 4,229 feet 6 inches Storage level 10,785 acre-feet Percent full 54% Inflow 3.5 cfs Outflow 27.8 cfs Loon Lake, as of July 1 Water elevation 6,382 feet 8 inches Storage level 36,250 acre-feet Percent full 52% Inflow 6 cfs Outflow 120 Ice House Water elevation 5,437 feet […]

EDMT presents stirring tale of China

What: “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: July 10-19 Cost: Tickets range from $14.75 to $36 Information: or (916) 608-6888   A teenaged girl who saves China — why not? Once you see the talented casts from El Dorado Musical Theatre present “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” all things are possible, even […]

Local man can’t wait to duck into annual waterfowl art show

Gary Vogds of El Dorado Hills knows the perfect way to relax after a stress-filled day, picking up a chunk of hardwood and turning it into a thing of beauty — a duck decoy. The pleasant time spent sketching a pattern, carving with a band saw and delicate painting makes the troubles of the world […]

DUI log

JAMES BARSTOW, 22, Placerville, booked June 24 by sheriff’s deputies, bailed listed at $2,500. REBEKAH SCHWARTZ, 42, Roseville, booked June 26 by CHP, bail listed at $15,000. BRYAN TINCHER, 30, Placerville, booked June 26 by Placerville police, bail listed at $5,000. ZACHARIAH DURST, 26, Shingle Springs, booked June 27 by CHP, bail listed at $20,000. […]

Pollock Pines heating up — in a cool way

When Pollock Pines residents Joyce Harris, Carol Steinbrecher and Maureen Julian point to their homes on a map of the King Fire, it’s startling to see how near those voracious flames came last year to each one of them. This year, for the Fourth of July, the three ladies are spearheading an effort to thank […]

Entertaining time at Family Blast

What: The Fourth of July Family Blast Who: El Dorado County Fair Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, July 4, gates open at 4 p.m. Information: 530-621-5860. Alincia and the Bandavelas will be thrilling those who choose to celebrate America’s birthday this year by attending the Family Blast at […]

EDH murder: Offer discussed; new hearing set

The arraignment of a man suspected of shooting to death a 31-year-old woman in front of an El Dorado Hills night spot last January was postponed Monday as a tentative offer in the case may be forthcoming.

Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland faces trial for murder if agreement is not reached, but no offer has been finalized and presented to the court or defense. Bill Clark of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office sought the delay Monday, saying “an offer” likely is going to be made ultimately for review by defense attorney Mark Ralphs.

Swift stands accused of slaying Khrista Ibarolle of El Dorado Hills in an apparent carjacking that turned deadly.

Building permits issued June 22-26

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 2 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – ACCBLD $36,456 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $36,456 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $21,851.28 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – DECK $17,413.32 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $38,703.2 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $730,605.4 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – OFFICE $18,960 1 BUILDG – […]

City residents asked to fill out survey

Placerville residents will find in their July sewer and water bill a survey that city officials hope will be completed so the public may weigh in on how to spend future sales tax receipts. A draft survey was presented to the City Council during last week’s regular meeting, with the members in accord that it […]

4th of July closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Friday, July 3, due to Independence Day falling on Saturday this year. The 4th of July is a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed Friday. For emergency calls, […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

A sign of desperation? City’s sign changes debated

Problem: How to get the tens of thousands of Highway 50 travelers on their way to and from the Bay Area to Tahoe to turn off the freeway and visit Placerville.

Solution: Advertise upcoming downtown events on the Welcome to Placerville sign at Canal Street and Highway 50.

Problem with the solution: Changes to the sign would sully the grace and charm of the little town, rendering it nothing more than a billboard that makes the city appear “desperate.”

First West Nile virus case confirmed

El Dorado County health officials received confirmation this week that a bird found in the El Dorado Hills area has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first for 2015. The bird, a Western Scrub Jay, was found June 16. So far this year, West Nile virus activity has been reported in 26 California counties, […]

DUI log

DARYL PEARSON, 45, of Folsom, booked June 19 by the CHP, bail listed at $5,000. CODY SMITH, 24, of El Dorado, booked June 20 by CHP, bail listed at $5,000. JUSTIN SPRINGER, 26, of Cameron Park, booked June 20 by Placerville police, bailed listed at $10,000. ERIC HILL, 59, of Placerville, booked June 21 by […]

Building permits June 15-19

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $31,917.6 3 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $2,057,945.24 1 BUILDG – NEW – GARAGE $35,950.08 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $1,202,949.17 1 BUILDG – REACT – HARDSH $0 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $15,064 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – RETAIL $20,000 2 BUILDG – […]

Crime log

June 11 8:26 a.m. Deputies contacted four people who they thought were behaving suspiciously on Highway 50 at Silver Fork. An outdoor marijuana garden was subsequently discovered and the four were arrested. 9 a.m. Mail found on Marina Park Drive in El Dorado Hills was returned to its owner. 10:04 a.m. A mailbox cluster on Blue Oak Court was […]

Dementia 101 workshop

El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering “Dementia 101,” a workshop for family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pilot Hill Grange No. 1, 1701 Highway 193 in Cool. The workshop includes […]

It’s summer — it’s Spectacular

Rockin’ time at Summer Spectacular   What: 16th annual Summer Spectacular Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park When: Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate where cash only will be accepted Information: or call (530) 677-2231   It’s gonna be rockin’ […]

Couple seeks to serve others

When the folks at Snowline Hospice in Placerville asked Lee Hill to volunteer to go to the home of those dying and offer them comfort, he declined. “They told me I would be good at it, but I said no,” recalled Lee, 75. “They said to try it once and if I didn’t like it […]

Lazy B murder: Arraignment continued

The arraignment for a man suspected of murdering another man who lived on the same Bucks Bar ranch last September was continued Monday for two weeks. Jeff White stands accused of murdering Rick Kriewitz in a case that apparently revolves around alcohol and money. It is alleged that White owed money to several people who […]

Crime log

June 1  12:12 a.m. A 20-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted on Bryan Court, Placerville. No information regarding the possible assailant was given. 3 a.m. A 31-year-old man contacted on Marshall Way in Placerville said he was hit in the head with a baseball bat but he refused to give officers any details regarding the […]

New fair royalty named

Three happy young ladies were thrilled to take on the titles of Miss El Dorado County, Miss Teen El Dorado and Junior Miss El Dorado during the opening evening of this year’s El Dorado County Fair. The fairest include Lindsey Thomas, Miss El Dorado County; Kat Porter, Miss Teen El Dorado; and Morgan Young, Junior […]

Caregivers, give yourself a break before it’s too late

Sometimes you don’t even want to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed in the morning because you know your mom won’t be any better today. The Alzheimer’s has taken her down, turning the once vivacious lady into a virtual stranger … but a stranger who needs your help almost constantly. […]

DUI Log: May 26-June 11

STJEPAN BURIC, 56, of Sacramento, booked May 28 by sheriff’s deputies, bail listed at $105,000. MARCOS ENCARNACION, 27, of Cameron Park, booked May 28 by CHP, bail listed at $5,000. JOHN BEAR HOLLOWHORN, 37, Shingle Springs, booked May 28 by sheriff’s deputies, bail listed at $5,000. ANTHONY LEWIS, 48, of Cedar Grove, booked May 29 […]

It is fair time in El Dorado County

It’s so silent the day before the El Dorado County Fair gets going, the only sound being the constant hum of a generator that must be keeping the carnival rides powered and primed, ready to go with the flip of a switch. Wandering around the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon it’s hard to imagine that soon this […]

Joyce and Vern Odlin celebrate 65 years of marriage

They are of a generation when divorce was the last resort in a marriage, not something entered into lightly. Maybe that’s why Joyce and Vern Odlin celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 18. “Sixty-five years …” mulled Vern as the couple looked through a photo album with their wedding pictures and other priceless memorabilia. “I […]

Building Permits: June 8-12

Permits Issued: June 8 to June 12 SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 3 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $68,483.03 3 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $30,500 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $47,000 17 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $347,502 1 ELCTRC – REACT – LNDSCP $1,500 2 GRADNG – NEW – GRADNG $33,000 8 MECHAN – […]

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