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New medical director joins Snowline Hospice

Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, 46, became Snowline Hospice’s new medical director as of last month. She comes to the community organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of  those who are nearing the end of life’s journey from  the Los Palos Medical Association in Salinas where she was in private practice since 1996. Ellinwood was also […]

Winter shelter seeks 7th night for homeless

El Dorado County winters are wet and cold, sometimes as low as 25 degrees and with precipitation averaging 39 inches in Placerville. It’s not a good time of year to be living outdoors. The winter of 2010-2011 was the first year that the county’s homeless population had somewhere warm, dry and safe to sleep for […]

It’s a teen scene at the EDH library

At first glance, the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, is a grown-up’s library. A gorgeous fall display by Pottery World of El Dorado Hills greets patrons as they enter the main room and a magnificent painting of Horsetail Falls by Connie Randmma hangs above a fireplace against the […]

Annexation not set in stone

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to exclude Andler Way from the city’s plan to annex small bits of the county within Placerville city limits and to sponsor a public workshop to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of annexation. A preliminary application to El Dorado County’s LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) to annex approximately […]

A few more lessons needed for downtown events

EDITOR: The Wiener Dog Races at Placerville’s first Oktoberfest were a lot of fun to watch. The server races were interesting and the beer and brats were delicious —if you had a chance to have them. Jeff Winzeler of the WineSmith said that the Placerville Downtown Association had learned from the Brewfest and would be […]

Machado stays for full City Council meeting

It was business as almost usual as Placerville City Councilman David Machado sat behind the dais for Tuesday’s City Council meeting — and stayed there this time. The last council meeting he made only a brief appearance and then disappeared. After charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime were filed against Machado by […]

Library lights the way to learning

Natural light from windows and skylights pours into the El Dorado County Library in Cameron Park at 2500 Country Club Drive. Colorful banners by artist Margaret Welty draw the eye upward while artwork on the walls provides another pop of color and texture. This library is a vibrant place, full of the business of living. […]

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Little Sister benefits greatly from Big Sister’s help

Six years ago, Sarah Ploghoft was an introverted sixth-grader who had a hard time making friends despite being a Junior Cougar cheerleader. Her father wasn’t a big part of her life and her single mother, Kim Johnson, worried about having a positive role model other than herself for her daughter — someone who would be […]

Memoir shares a fascinating and determined life

Book: “A Persistent Woman — A Memoir” Author: Rita Kathryn Gordon Publisher: dog ear, July 2011, 131 pages Rita Kathryn Gordon is a persistent woman. Born as the Great Depression was coming to an end, she became a female Corpsman in the Navy during the Korean War, the mother of four girls who were teenagers […]

El Dorado County Main Library — the hub of action

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the library system in El Dorado County. This article focuses on the El Dorado County Main Library in Placerville. In upcoming articles, we will present a profile of the individual branches — their unique characteristics and the patrons they serve. The El Dorado County Main […]

Parole process a heart-breaker for victims’ families

Sept. 26 was going to be a day of joy for Garden Valley residents Mike and Lynn Tracy. Their granddaughter Leslie was expecting her first child and their first great-grandchild on that day. Then they received the letter from the Department of Corrections informing them that the murderer of their only daughter, Toni Marie Johnson […]

Something to think about: Magic and Wonder

The weekend before the still unfolding Reno Airshow tragedy, there was a different type of airshow, one of magic and wonder. As we stumbled forward in the darkness, following the hooded figures in front of us, I wondered why none of the four of us had thought to bring a flashlight. It was, after all, […]

State wants Gold Trail school district to cough up $300,000

Gold Trail Union School District Superintendent Joe Murchison informed the Board of Trustees recently on the status of a class size reduction appeal that has the state of California seeking $300,000 — and Gold Trail officials don’t think the district needs to give it up. “Under the Class Size Reduction Act, the state pays an […]

County API scores: Mostly good

It’s mostly good news with regard to El Dorado County schools’ 2011 Academic Performance Index  scores. While 10 schools did not meet their academic growth target, the majority did, despite some of them showing a drop in scores from the previous year. API scores are calculated using the spring STAR testing. Schools are compared to schools […]

Machado returns to council meeting — then slips away

Sept. 13th’s Placerville City Council meeting began with all five council members present — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Acuna, Councilwoman Patty Borelli, Councilman Carl Hagen, Councilwoman Wendy Mattson — and deposed mayor David Machado, but the full complement was missing long before the end of the meeting. Machado slipped quietly into a seat at the […]

Anniversary: Schussing through 50 years together

Theodore “Ted” and Cherie (Klesczyk) Dashnaw met at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Minnesota more than 50 years ago. Ted was completing training as a physical therapist and Cherie was visiting her older sister Kay who was a student at the clinic. The couple became engaged six months later and married on Sept. 16, […]

Anniversary: 60 years of marriage an education in life

On Sept. 8, Lt.Col. James William Duke and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Olsen) Duke celebrated 60 years of wedded happiness. The two met as students in the spring of 1950 at the Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Center at Louisiana State University.  On Sept. 7, 1951 James graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris […]

Redevelopment heads to ’12 ballot

At Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting council members voted unanimously to call for an election to settle the question of redevelopment in Placerville. As the result of the receipt of a referendum petition calling for the repeal of the newly approved Placerville Redevelopment Project, the City Council had three options to consider. City Manager Cleve […]

Trail closing for weeks

Walkers, beware! Slipping past the barriers and closure signs on the El Dorado Trail may be very hazardous to your health. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation has closed the trail from Schnell School Road to Centennial Court for approximately seven weeks, to Oct. 28, to repair a collapsing culvert. “They have to move […]

3-week closure set

A temporary three week closure of part of Smith Flat Road was approved by the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting in order to accelerate the completion of the Point View extension project before the height of Apple Hill season. The Point View Drive extension project provides a new connector road directly from Highway 50 […]

Lightning strikes Pleasant Valley tree

Lightning seared four vertical paths down a 120 foot pine tree in Pleasant Valley during Sunday’s thunderstorm and blasted a narrow path into the ground at its base. The Jeffrey pine stands at the top of Jack and Marie Rookard’s driveway, about 12 feet from their garage, and, even though Jack was out in the […]

As bears prepare for winter, be alert

This year’s odd weather may be playing a part in the increase in bear sightings in El Dorado County. California Fish and Game wildlife specialist Shelly Blair has already received about 80 calls of bear sightings this summer, a significant increase from usual, and said other foothill wildlife specialists in neighboring areas have noted the […]

Oktoberfest to feature costumes, contests, music, food and beer

What: Placerville Oktoberfest Who: Placerville Downtown association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Sept.17,  3-8 p.m. Cost: Free. Souvenir glasses with first beer ticket, $7 before the event at Wine Smith, Placerville Clothing or Tony Matthews. Information: 530-672-3436 or placervilledowntown.org It’s no mistake that the first Placerville Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept. 17, and not in October. […]

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‘Healing All Together’ program helps youths

“A child’s language is play; they have no words for grief,” said Sue Watson, bereavement coordinator for Snowline Hospice. Snowline is known for the end-of-life services it provides for people throughout El Dorado County, but it also offers “Healing All Together,” a program to help adults and children deal with the loss of a loved […]

Main Street — ebb & flow or just ebb?

There are at least 12 vacant store fronts on Main Street in Placerville. With the impending closure of Placerville Clothing, established in 1993, there will be 13. Redevelopment, a tool to possibly help with shoring up and revitalizing local business, is in suspension, pending the outcome of a lawsuit between the California Redevelopment Agency and […]

Roundabout put on hold

Judge Nelson Brooks of the Superior Court in Cameron Park ruled earlier this month on a lawsuit brought by the Friends of Historic Hangtown against the city of Placerville with regard to a proposed Roundabout in Placerville. The judge’s ruling declared the current Environmental Impact Report for the project to be inadequate for the project […]

Rockin’ the world, local woman’s creations getting noticed

POLLOCK PINES — Maryellen Garcia is an inventor, an artist and a believer in changing the world. When she looks at rocks she sees bunny heads, chickens, dogs and angels. She calls herself the “Rock Whisperer” and says that rocks are the puzzle pieces of the world. She, with the help of her husband, Tom, […]

Something to think about: ‘And then what happened?’

It’s been a decade since the World Trade Center Towers fell. Like Pearl Harbor or Kennedy’s assassination, it was a signpost event and just about everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, people who survived the disaster will tell […]

Treasure hunters like Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE  — A picture perfect Wednesday afternoon found Reno residents Ken Milkovich, 51, and Tom Farr, 49, chest deep in Lake Tahoe’s cool blue waters — not swimming or boating, but looking for treasure. Armed with metal detectors, metal scoops, stash bags and wet suits, the pair was trolling along the sandy bottom […]

57-year career makes Camino teacher memorable

The El Dorado High School Class of 1961 invited their former high school teachers and one grammar school teacher to their 50th reunion on Sept. 10 at Cielo Winery. The grammar school teacher, Gloria Ross, 83, accepted the invitation and plans to be at the EDHS Alumni picnic the next day at High Hill Ranch […]

Labor Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Sept. 5, due to Labor Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed . The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. For […]

60 years of marriage began with a 20-cent date in Coloma

Jim and DelMyrna (Ferriera) Murphy met 63 years ago at the Coloma Beach Resort. He was a 17 year-old “hillbilly” from Arkansas and she was the 15 year-old “Hot Dog Queen” of the resort. He claims he saw her sitting outside at the resort and sat down next to her and began talking. She claims […]

What has Measure Q done for you lately?

Those golden years of high school will be a little more golden this year for students in the El Dorado Union High School District. Improvements to the four high school campuses, El Dorado High School, Ponderosa, Oak Ridge and Union Mine, have been ongoing since the end of 2008 and are scheduled for completion in […]

Hide the garbage — bear on the loose

Caught on tape — one large bear sauntering down Santa Claus Lane. Santa Claus Lane is not in the North Pole. It’s right here in Placerville on Canal Street at the residence of Jim and Del Myrna Murphy, a house known throughout the county for its lavish Christmas display. The Murphys found the evidence of […]

Coleman Johns, Eagle Scout preserving the past

New Eagle Scout Coleman Johns, 18, is on his way to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. to major in business administration, but he’s leaving a gift to the past behind him in El Dorado County. For his Eagle Scout project, the Swansboro resident made 32  headstone markers for unmarked graves in the historical Pleasant […]

Eagle Scout Dakota Ward building for future

Finnon Lake Reservoir is being renovated. Once again, one day it will be a recreation center and one of the amenities it will offer is a gazebo from which to gaze at the lake and the wildlife. The  newly built gazebo was Placerville resident Dakota Ward’s Eagle Scout project, a sturdy structure with an education […]

Report details Machado’s code violations

A report, requested by Vice Mayor Mark Acuna at the July 26 Placerville City Council meeting about code violations on Councilman Dave Machado’s Mosquito Road property was made public by the city today. This report is not in response to the District Attorney’s charges against Machado, but a report in response to concerns brought forward […]

Something to think about: Myths your teacher taught you

A recently published study of 10,000 workers over 20 years in a variety of jobs, salaries and ages found that agreeable workers earn significantly less than disagreeable workers, particularly if they are men. Guys demonstrating warmth, kindness and cooperation with others are also less likely to be hired — good  to know if you’re out […]

Machado voted out as mayor

A late amendment to the Aug. 23 Placerville City Council agenda calling for the removal of Mayor Dave Machado and to request that Machado take a leave of absence from his position on the City Council brought the concerned, the curious and four camera crews to City Council Chambers on Tuesday. Machado, 53, was arrested […]

‘Wine for Words’ will be action packed

Action-packed thrillers based in science and history and spiked with murder, mystery and mayhem are  New York Times bestselling author James Rollins’ specialty. Rollins is the featured speaker at the sixth annual “Wine for Words,” a fundraising event at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. With childhood […]

New Morning director gets a break

David Ashby, executive director of New Morning Youth and Family Services, won’t be at the helm when the move to the new  facility takes place. He’ll be on a well-earned sabbatical courtesy of The California Wellness Foundation. Asbhy, 60, was one of eight executive directors in California whose organization received grants of $35,000 to cover the […]

Youth find asylum for over 4 decades

Shelter: to cover, protect, defend; provide refuge.  For 41 years, from host family homes to a tiny house to a beautiful, new 12 bed home, New Morning Youth and Family Services has been quietly sheltering the youth of El Dorado County, providing a safe place with a listening ear and an open heart to nurture the […]

Entrants are needed for Placerville Wiener Dog Races

What: Placerville Oktoberfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Sept. 17, 3-8 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436 or go to placerville-downtown.org Rita readies for the race, nose pointing straight ahead, paws paddling the air as she waits for the release. Then she’s off thundering down the corridor, ears flying, fur waving, intent on the finish […]

Officials react to mayor’s arrest: Vice mayor calls for Machado to step down

Read the original story about the arrest here It’s becoming a virtual blitzkreig as bombshells keep dropping about Placerville Mayor David Machado. Machado was arrested Thursday, Aug. 18, on suspicion of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to property he owned on Broadway. “This is a sad day for Placerville,” said Placerville […]

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