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El Dorado County man in Nepal quake

Bud and Jeannie Earnshaw have been glued to CNN since April 25, the day of the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. Their son, Chris Earnshaw, 42, was hiking his way up to the Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet when the quake happened.

After a couple of anxious days with no word about Chris or the friend he was climbing Mount Everest with, Bud was contacted by representatives of Bio Bio Expeditions Travel Medicine Trek, with the news that his son was OK and so was his friend, Chris Pereira. The two, although not doctors themselves, were part of a medical expedition studying treatment for …

Something to think about: May Day

All things change — take a look at May Day. Today, May 1st is … May 1st. The first day in the fifth month of the year, unless you use the Chinese or Jewish calendar. The last full month of spring. A hundred and fifty years ago, May Day was a big celebration in the U.S. […]

Wally’s Pizza Bar has a lot to offer Cameron Park

Wally’s Pizza Bar is not a pizza/arcade/beer joint — it’s a sports bar with 70-inch HD TVs, 20 beers on tap, wine and handmade specialty cocktails; a restaurant with gourmet pizza, pasta, four different salads and a kids’ menu, and an outdoor, covered and heated patio that is toasty and comfortable even on the coldest nights. […]

Local schools benefit from Amerigas program

Schools are perennially in need of money for equipment, new programs and repair. Funds aren’t always easy to find, especially for small things that could expand an existing program or enable an income-challenged family to send its child on a sponsored field trip. Amerigas, a propane company with nation-wide offices, has a School Days program in which […]

Makeup and mayhem on the road

Makeup artist Sarah Wolfe grew up in Placerville and cut her theater chops on local productions. Her father Peter Wolfe is one of the founders of Imagination Theater and her mother, Linda Furman, acted on local stages like Olde Coloma Theater and Theater El Dorado. “I grew up doing community theater with my parents,” said […]

Public input needed

The Echo Summit Bridge Project is coming and you might want to have some say in how it happens if you plan on using Highway 50 to go to South Lake Tahoe. The project to replace or rehabilitate the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, started in 2012 and is scheduled […]

Sharing stories with music

In 2005, Sarah Vienna Berchtold, from Placerville, walked into the Children’s Hospital in Brasov, Romania. The abandoned children she saw had been lying in cribs unattended for many hours with seven layers of urine-soaked rags covering them. There were no diapers; there wasn’t enough staff to attend to the hundreds of children under the age […]

Cruise into ‘Anything Goes’ at Union Mine

What: “Anything Goes” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: April 24 to May 2 Cost: $12 for general admission and $10 for students Information: [email protected]   Ocean liners, cabaret singers, public enemies, stowaways and the nobility are all part of “Anything Goes” —the light-hearted […]

New ride for Placerville Police Department

Faster than a speeding bullet; more silent than a snail creeping through your garden — it’s the 2013 Zero DS ZF11.4 electric motorcycle acquired by the Placerville Police Department.

Placerville Police Sgt. Dan Maciel showed off the new bike to Placerville City Council on March 10.

“It’s more nimble than the Harley; easier to turn on our narrow streets,” said Maciel. “It’s very powerful at freeway speeds and half the weight of the Harley. “The PD also has a conventional Harley-Davidson police motorcycle.”

Expanding your horizons: Take flight with local pilot programs

In the passenger seat of a Cessna Turbo Skylane RG, piloted by a skilled pilot like Dick Wampach, the world unfolds beneath me, revealing its secrets and expanding my perspective of the area I know so well from the ground. Just about any kid — and many adults — is going to want to put down the video game and pick up a log book after seeing hidden ponds sparkling under the canopy of pines, the breadth of the foothills and rapid-filled rivers twisting beneath them. That’s the idea behind the Placerville Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle Flight Plan Program.

Geyser erupts on Main Street when service line separated

A geyser erupted on Main Street in Placerville on Tuesday, April 14 in front of the Herrick/Hangman’s Tree building at 301 and 305 Main Street. A recently installed service line separated from its connection to the main line at just after 3 p.m., and sent water shooting up over the top of the historic building, which […]

Something to think about: The sound of the gun

Aren’t there thousands of drugs that can kill you? Aren’t some of them painless and a sure thing? So why, if unable to obtain the approved lethal injection drugs for executions, would a state decide that death by firing squad would make an acceptable alternative? When Utah recently reinstated the use of death by firing […]

An old story, but a new marker

Amelia was only 18 years old when she decided that life was not worth living without the man she loved. Her story could have happened at any time in history, including current times, but it was in 1896 that she took her life in the Central House Hotel in Placerville.

“When I read her story, I cried, it was so sad,” said Bill Mackay. Amelia is the Cameron Park resident’s great aunt, the youngest daughter of his great grandfather, Henry Bernard …

Airborne at 95: Pilot tries to break world record

The paperwork is on its way to Guinness World Records, the record-making flight was documented and photographed on March 30, and now all Peter Weber, Jr. has to do is wait to see if he qualified.

The Cameron Park resident was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he made his attempt to qualify as the oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo in the world for the Guinness World Records. He’s been flying for 72 years and still flies several times a month out of the Placerville Airport in a rented plane.

“I was at the Placerville Airport one day and the manager said he thought I might be the oldest active pilot in California,” said Weber. That got him thinking that he might be the oldest active pilot anywhere. After doing research online at the …

A life of service

Former Placerville mayor and associate superintendent of schools for El Dorado County, Allen Tuttle, died in Utah on April 3 at the age of 85. He was the “Voice of the Cougars” at El Dorado High School sporting events for many years, a Bishop in the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a brigadier general in the U.S. […]

Police Department getting new roof

On March 24, Placerville City Council approved a contract with Gordon Mott Roofing for $51,300 for the replacement of the Placerville City Police Department roof at 730 Main Street, next to the fire station. The project will include removing the roof from the police department and the fire bay and replacing it with sloped composition shingle […]

Googling at Herbert Green

“Notebook” no longer means three-hole punched, white, ruled paper. Eighth grade students in the technology class at Herbert Green Middle School can build their own Websites, research history, “share” their work and write essays about advertising or diabetes. They are  powering through their classes using Chromebooks instead of pencils and a class laptop instead of an […]

Carrow’s Family Restaurant closes abruptly

Carrow’s Family Restaurant at 209 Main Street in Placerville was one of the casualties of a change in ownership of the Catalina Restaurant Group. Last month, the San Antonio-based Food Management Partners acquired Catalina Restaurant Group’s 149 restaurants and promptly closed 75 of them on April 1, the first official day of ownership. Catalina, which owned both […]

‘Images of Modern America: Folsom’ explores the city

Book: “Images of Modern America: Folsom” Author: Roberta Kludt Long Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Co., March 2015, soft-cover and e-book versions, 96 pages “Images of Modern America:  Folsom” is just what anyone interested in the city of Folsom would want: a bit of history, a wealth of what the town has to offer in the way of entertainment, […]

Teen organizes Laps for Leukemia

What: Laps for Leukemia Who: Sam Gerstle Where: Ponderosa High School track, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. When: Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Registration is $12 Information: 530-391-6454   After Sam Gerstle’s father became a bone marrow donor, she wondered how she could make her own contribution. Her family lived by the Kott family. Baby Trevor Kott […]

Something to think about: The year without a winter

The first day of spring in El Dorado County this year was … spring-like — warm and sunny with daffodils and flowering quince welcoming the day. In my memory, the first day of spring is hardly ever spring-like and when it is, it’s regarded as brief reprieve from the dark coldness of winter before the […]

Crafty creations for kiosks

Outdoors, brushes of white paint fly over the surface of rain catchment barrels imperiling the hair of fellow artists painting vines along the bottom of the barrels. Inside Catherine Moné’s house, four 9-year-old crafters pull out the gardening stakes, bird baths, bird feeders and wind chimes from a huge collection they’ve already made while, in the kitchen, other 9- to 13-year-olds are alternately stuffing a peanut butter/seed mixture into bird feeders and bagels into their mouths. This meeting of Funding for Farmlands is a little busier than usual, but it’s always a bustling scene.

The group is part of 4-H Gold Hill Toppers, and in November of 2014, they were looking for a 4-H Learning Service project that would serve a community need, allow them to research …

Courthouse debate results in letter from city

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously at the March 24 meeting to send a letter to the California Judicial Council in support of relocating the courthouse within Placerville city limits and requesting assistance with mitigating the anticipated economic impact to the downtown area.

Recent concern expressed by downtown business owners prompted both the letter and a special community meeting on March 22 with City Council members and members of the community to talk about the courthouse, both the Main Street courthouse and …

Gold and boots found on Main

Shades of “Paint Your Wagon” revived Gold Rush dreams in some when gold flakes were unearthed during the water line replacement work being done on Main Street. “We’ve known all along that we might find some flakes of gold during construction,” said Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris, “but it’s nothing anyone is going to get rich […]

Threat locks down schools

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, about a man at the El Dorado Center of the Folsom Lake College campus who claimed to have a gun and threatened to blow up the college. “We take threats like this very seriously,” said Lt. Tom Murdoch […]

Discover More Than Gold

The Discover More Than Gold on Main campaign is ongoing during the Main Street Rehabiliation Project, March through August, with a break in May and June. Each week has a specific theme and different activities  to promote interest in downtown Main Street during the construction period are featured, such as “Goldrush History” and “Self Indulgences.” […]

Trail opening March 28

Whether you’ve been out on the trail all year long or have been waiting for warmer weather, Opening Day for Trails, March 28, is a great way to officially celebrate the season. During this nationwide celebration of trails, the city of Placerville is teaming up with Rails‐to‐Trails Conservancy to host a ribbon cutting ceremony and […]

Chief reports on crime

In his annual reporting of Placerville Crime Statistics, Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller had mostly good news to report. There was an overall 11 percent decrease in Part One type crimes in the city between 2013 and 2014. These include violent crimes against persons, which were down 30 percent overall, with no increase in homicide, […]

Something to think about: Choose both

It’s the first day of spring — the season of new growth, for the birth of something new to burst forth from old branches. Is it time for spring in your life? As I grow older I notice more and more often that people my age and older have stopped — stopped their mental and […]

Designer to the stars comes home to breathe

When jewelry designer Geoff Thomas graduated from El Dorado High School in 1991 to attend Cuesta College, he planned to become a financier, not an artist. He’d grown up with two artist parents and, in typical teenage rebellion, decided to follow the linear path of business. Fate in the guise of a black and white photography […]

Lend-A-Heart lands locally

Dogs and cats and rabbits, oh my! When the founders of Lend-A-Heart Animal Assisted Therapy started the organization in 1987, they knew it was a good idea to have therapy animals visit people who needed their affection and silent encouragement, but they probably didn’t expect they would visit 60 facilities in the Sacramento region and need […]

And the moral of the story is …

Start with the end and work backwards — El Dorado High School’s advanced drama class did just that when instructor Paul Tomei asked juniors and seniors to come up with a series of original instructive skits for two Children’s Theater performances at Buckeye Elementary School. Each group of five to seven students brainstormed some instructive morals […]

Placerville mid-year budget review shows similar results

The news about the Placerville city budget is about the same as it has been for the past two years: Placerville is holding its own; city staff is providing the same level of service with less money; the economy is making slow progress and year-end operating expenditures are anticipated to be within the budget for […]

Steffen Delfino Mahnke

El Dorado High School grad Steffen Delfino Mahnke thinks he might be genetically predisposed to love chemistry. “My aunt worked at Forest Genetics for many years and I did a lot of internships and special projects there when I was in high school,” Steffen said. “I met people there who were very knowledgeable in biology […]

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Lola Pesce

El Dorado High School grad Lola Pesce found out rocks aren’t as interesting as she thought. The 18-year-old is now a freshman at Humboldt State University, majoring in geology. “But I’m going to switch my major to psychology,” she said. “I want to get a multiple-subject teaching credential.” Now that the first half of the college year […]

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Michael Weston

El Dorado High School grad Michael Weston is now attending University of California, Santa Barbara. He hasn’t yet declared a major, but the 18-year-old said he’s leaning toward something involving science. “Physics and the related sciences were always the area I’ve been interested in,” Michael said. Ten years down the road, Michael said he is looking toward having […]

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Aaron Line

El Dorado High School graduate Aaron Line wants to save the world. The 18-year-old is now attending San Diego State University and majoring in environmental engineering. He’s also minoring in the Multidisciplinary Studies Honors Program so that the solutions he develops to save the world will be broad-based and unlimited in approach. “I want to […]

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Kevin Morrison

El Dorado High School grad Kevin Morrison has big plans for his future. The 18-year-old is studying mechanical engineering at University of California, Irvine. In 10 years he plans to be living in a sailboat somewhere on the West Coast and working on developing the next electric roadster for Tesla Motors. A course in environmental science sparked his […]

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Jenna Pendzinski

Golden Sierra High School grad Jenna Pendzinski loves working with kids. She’s now attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix where she is majoring in nursing. She plans to become a pediatric oncology nurse. “I have been drawn to this for a long time,”Jenna said. The 18-year-old is currently in the process of becoming a volunteer at the […]

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SubSea Systems creates underwater oxygen lounge

It was a perfect storm: four and a half hours of sleep after a Bob Seger concert, with a full eight-hour workday ahead followed by a three-hour City Council meeting with a mid-year budget review at the end of it. Coffee was ingested to stimulate my brain and prop my eyelids open, but it wasn’t going to get me past the budget review. Would putting on a SeaTREK helmet and sucking up copious amounts of concentrated oxygen, shooting a bubble gun and mugging for the camera while being 9 feet underwater keep me awake and coherent through the budget report? It was worth a try.

SubSea Systems in Diamond Springs is known internationally for its amazing inventions that enable people to interact with water in ways they could only dream of. Specialized helmets allow those who would not otherwise be able to …

STEM-based program leads the way

The first of the first: 25 Union Mine High School students are taking the first of four courses in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a four-year career technical engineering pathway at UMHS. Project Lead the Way is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based national program designed to equip students with skills in engineering, open-ended problem solving, application of engineering design processes and the use of industry-leading technology and software that the world’s top companies use.

PLTW Engineering students explore mechatronics, forces, structures, aerodynamics, digital electronics and circuit design, manufacturing and the environment to prepare them for post-secondary education …

Mini-grants make a big difference

California Retired Teachers Association, Division 73, awarded six El Dorado County teachers mini-grants of $400 each to purchase items to enhance student learning. The yearly mini-grant program was launched by CRTA  to lend a helping hand to second and third-year teachers, as teachers often buy learning tools out of their own pockets. Pam Cooke and Jennifer […]

Something to think about: Walking the lines

Sometimes it’s hard not to think of the world as a bad place filled with violent people, especially after listening to the news on TV. Fortunately for me, that perception only lasts a few seconds because there are plenty of examples around me to show that it’s a beautiful place filled with generous, helpful folk. […]

‘Haunted’ is a modern ghost story with twists

Book: “Haunted: the Arnaud Legacy” Author: Lynn Carthage Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., Feb.24, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions “Haunted” is the perfect title for this new novel, the first in the Arnaud trilogy by El Dorado Hills author Lynn Carthage. A decrepit mansion, a hidden cemetery, a teenager haunted by her own actions […]

Main Street Rehabiliation Project to be done in three phases

The long-awaited Main Street Rehabilitation Project was separated into three phases of construction at the Feb. 24 Placerville City Council meeting and a construction contract was awarded for part of the first phase. Vinciguerra Construction will construct Phase 1-A of the project, which includes the replacement of about 1,700 feet of water line. The work began on […]

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