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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 – […]

Big award goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Nearly 40 years ago leaders in El Dorado County who recognized the need for a program that would reach out to troubled and needy youth created the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Just recently the BBBS learned it is the recipient of a national award recognizing the quality of the programs offered here, […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

City budget flat but not down for count

Come July, all city offices should be open until 5 p.m. on Fridays. And for the first time in many years, Placerville’s general fund might be able to kick in $1,500 in garden supplies to help keep the historical town looking spiffy. It might not sound like much, but since the recession has punched municipalities […]

Music legends to rock the fair

What: El Dorado County Fair Who: Legends of El Dorado Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Community Stage, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, June 21, p.m. at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Concert included in fair admission Information: 530-621-5860   “I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will.” — Elton John […]


The name of one of the students who sewed an “angel gown” for a class project at Union Mine High School was misspelled in a photo caption on page B2 in the June 3 edition. The young lady shown holding the garment she made for stillborn babies is Treve Summers.

Young pianists hit the right note

Nimble young fingers in El Dorado Hills and Folsom are filling the west county area with accomplished piano music, coming to the attention of appreciative audiences and professionals alike, including the Sierra Symphony. Caileen Yu and Terry Chen, both of El Dorado Hills and Jessie Joy Benson of Folsom were winners earlier this year in […]

Ceremony to retire tattered flags

Old Glory, long may she wave — but not too darned long. Hundreds of American flags that have been placed into blue plywood drop boxes at the Veterans Memorial Building in Placerville waiting to be retired after becoming tattered and worn will finally be bidden farewell. A flag burning ceremony is set for Saturday, June […]

Students sew gowns to mend hearts

It’s the only gown they’ll ever wear, these tiny children who never drew a breath — or only a few — before passing. Placing a softly silken birth gown on their stillborn child is among the final farewell gestures by grieving parents before beginning the long journey to healing. The students in teacher Heather Sabol’s […]

Thunder in the Park is predicted

The forecast for June 6 calls for thunder and that’s just fine with classic car show fans. Thunder in the Park rolls into Cameron Park for the second time with all the gorgeous classic cars and motorcycles roaring to go. The show will be held rain or shine Saturday, June 6 at the beautiful Cameron […]

Comfort grows in Healing Garden

Sitting near the hospital bed as your loved one slips away, hours have ticked by, watching and waiting. You need a break, to get out of the room for a while … but not too far … A quick step outside and there it is. A garden filled with color and life, teak benches and […]

Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

What: 2015 Spring Art Studio Tour Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association Where: Studios and galleries in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and Folsom When: Saturday and Sunday. May 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: or 408-429-4832 Two local artists, one of whom expresses the beauty of life through her wonderful photos, the […]

Barn Hunt: Dogs dig this hay day

No rats were harmed in the running of this competition. They may have been a little terrier-ized, but the four rats that were placed inside a hard plastic cylinder and hidden in the hay so dogs could sniff them out are just fine, according to their owner and “Barn Hunt” organizer Ann McQuillen. McQuillen has […]

Scout Jacob Lacy helps spirits soar at Eskaton Lodge

To get his eagle wings, Jacob Lacy of Cameron Park decided to help make older folks’ spirits soar by adding color to a local assisted living facility, building raised planter boxes that are accessible to all. “Originally I had not planned on making raised planter beds, but when I talked to the director at the […]

Contestants invited to run for Miss Pollock Pines

Young ladies who grow up strong and lovely as the trees they call home might want to think about running for Miss Pollock Pines, a title being dusted off and held up proudly by the community. Two local women, Kim Sophia and Joyce Harris, got together recently to discuss the upcoming Fourth of July Parade […]

Maria Adams runs with a purpose

Maria Adams is going to pull her shirt over her head, tie her shoes good and tight and take off on an arduous run next fall in memory of her dad, a Marine who died just over a year ago at the age of 52. “The Marine Corps Marathon for me isn’t just a race, […]

Parrots rule the roost at chef’s home

For the past 28 years a bright red-and-blue macaw named Chef Louie has been biting John Sanders on the arm, and it hurts. “I know he loves me,” said Sanders, showing the latest angry mark on his inner forearm. “I tell myself that every time he bites me.” The owner of Old Town Grill in […]

Tunnels, twists and jumps as kids, dogs tackle 4-H agility

On a fresh afternoon right after it rained, inside a covered arena just outside Pleasant Valley there’s a bunch of energetic kids, equally enthused dogs and grinning parents. This must be the place — this is where they’re having what has to be one of the most lively and enjoyable 4-H activities there is. Dog […]

Innovations make Dr. Rahimi’s dentistry top notch

Don’t be afraid of the dentist. If Dr. Ike Rahimi’s self-described “baby face” and easy manner don’t put you at your ease, then perhaps all the other innovations the dentist and his staff have done for their patients might work. “We’ve ramped up our customer care, with more individualized attention,” said Dr. Rahimi. “For example, […]

Pageant participants win more than titles

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

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