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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 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 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 […]

‘White Bear’ combines lore and fact

Book: “White Bear” Author: Tal Leverett Publisher: Black Rose Writing, 174 pages, published 2010 Animal lovers might be tempted to put this book down after the main character’s decision at the end of Book II in Tal Leverett’s” White Bear, ” but things aren’t always what they seem. The book, subtitled, “The life and death […]

Boys State is a life changing experience

Five boys from El Dorado County, chosen from the five traditional high schools and sponsored by American Legion Post No. 119,  participated in Boys State this summer and their lives were forever changed. The five Boys State participants were: Kyle Cerniglia, Joshua Jetter, Will Meigs, Oscar Rodriguez and Kevin Valentine. “I have a broader perspective […]

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Retired fireman takes on the LaCara Challenge

Six months ago, Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara was gunned down in his office. Since that time, the entire family of staff, students and parents of the Placerville Union School District have been healing through positive action — building gardens memorializing the beloved principal and naming the school driveway, “Sam LaCara Way.” In another demonstration […]

Oak Ridge High School grad earns Bronze Star

U.S. Air Force Captain Bryan Healea was awarded a bronze star for intelligence support of coalition special forces while deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan between October 2010 and May 2011. Capt. Healea was the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan at the time. The 2001 Oak Ridge […]

Redevelopment referendum brings tough decisions

The redevelopment ball is back in the Placerville City Council’s court after a group of Placerville residents brought a petition with 1,087 signatures to City Hall on Aug. 4. The petition calls for the repeal of city ordinance 1641 approving the Placerville Redevelopment Plan. Placerville City Clerk Susan Zito completed a raw count  to make […]

Something to think about: Boogity, boogity, boogity

It might be because I’m mostly a heathen, but I found Pastor Joe Nelms’ NASCAR invocation at the Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300 a delight. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, but who knew it could be fun? Nelms took some heat from a number of religious types and some NASCAR sports media […]

Sixty one years of love for the Boswells

Betty (Batemon) Boswell lost her wedding and engagement rings while playing baseball, but she never lost her husband Herman’s love. The couple is celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary on Aug.12 at their daughter Victoria’s Somerset home. They met when Betty was living with her uncle in Clovis. The uncle had a plumbing problem and called […]

Machado drops 2 ‘bombs,’ apologizes

Placerville Mayor Dave Machado took the opportunity to “drop bombshells,” as he described it, at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting, first with regard to accusations of conflict of interest and unpermitted structures on his personal property and then with regard to a proposed roundabout. At the July 26 City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Mark Acuna […]

Placerville city manager completes 6 months

Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris has been in his job for over six months and he’s planning to stay. What’s more, the City Council is planning to let him. Morris, 52, came to Placerville in mid-December of 2010 from being city manager of Patterson. He replaced retiring City Manager/City Attorney John Driscoll and worked in […]

There are surprises in store at the library

It’s not the place where the library police hang out and stern-faced women with hairnets shush you for laughing. If your last visit to a library was in high school, you’re in for some surprises because El Dorado County libraries aren’t just storage facilities for books. Surprise No. 1 The  doors may be locked, but […]

Mayor’s property ownership scrutinized by residents

Some of Placerville Mayor David Machado’s properties in Placerville came under scrutiny at the July 26 Placerville City Council meeting, as Vice-Mayor Mark Acuna directed city staff to prepare a report outlining and responding to the claims made by Smith Flat resident Barry Batchelor at the July 12 Placerville City Council meeting. Resident Evelyn Veerkamp […]

Married by proxy — local woman, soldier exchange vows

It was 9:15 a.m. in Placerville on July 25 when Shingle Springs resident Sarah Brown, 24, and fiance, Army Specialist Randal Blake of Cameron Park, 22, exchanged wedding vows before El Dorado County Recorder William Schultz. For Sarah, it was 9:15 in the morning, but for Blake, deployed thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, it […]

‘Plots and Pots’ grows more than flowers

Fifty years ago seven ladies from Pollock Pines started the “Plot and Pot Club.” Meeting in various kitchens, their focus was to support a permanent library in Pollock Pines. They held book and bake sales to purchase books for the newly built library and swapped plants for their gardens. After a few years of contributing […]

Something to think about: Shall we all come together again?

It’s finally summer – the season for hiking, swimming, picnics and high school reunions. I just received an invitation to Mira Loma’s Class of ’72 reunion — our 39th. I thought I had another year to get ready. Another year to lose 10 pounds, find a slinky dress, research face lifts. I still have all […]

2 steps back for city redevelopment

An observant resident halted the progress of redevelopment in Placerville during Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting. The only item on the meeting agenda was the second reading of an ordinance agreeing under protest to comply with the provisions of ABX1 27, the Voluntary Alternative Redevelopment Act, in order for the Placerville Redevelopment Agency to continue […]

Turn on the lights, the party is starting

Turn on the porch light and help celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as El Dorado County gears up for a night of fellowship and fun designed to pull neighborhoods together to fight back against crime. Pollock Pines From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinewood School is the center of National Night Out action […]

City moves to claim ‘island’ properties

The Placerville City Council recently voted to proceed with annexation of 115 “island” properties. Island properties are those that lie adjacent to city limits and within the city’s sphere of influence and yet are not part of the city. The stated intention of annexation is to do away with boundary anomalies to promote more boundary […]

Buckeye school district welcomes new superintendent

SHINGLE SPRINGS — “We need the entire community thinking about how to support the students and prepare them for the world of an ever-changing pace,” said Dr. David Roth, newly hired superintendent of Buckeye Union School District. “We should be constantly renewing that welcoming voice to the community, encouraging more of their input, particularly with […]

‘First Love Last’ is a memorable look at the past

Book: “First Love Last” Author: Helen Bonner Publisher: Lulu  Press,  February 2011, 172 pages Cost: $18.89 What if you could go back in time and heal old wounds — eliminate pain from the past from limiting your life in the present? Helen Bonner had that opportunity when her ex-husband showed up at their 57th El […]

Growing gardens, children and love: Carpenders have thrived

Tom and Vivian Carpender have been married 60 years. “It was a good choice, let me tell you,” said Vivian, 81. “We always have music on in the house and when we meet up, we dance together. We are so lucky to have found each other.” “We’re good companions,” said Tom, 82, “our personalities match […]

City hanging in with redevelopment

Gov. Jerry Brown on June 29 signed the California State Budget and two companion bills: ABX1 27, which suspended redevelopment agency activity and eliminated redevelopment agencies effective Oct. 1, and ABX1 26, exempting redevelopment agencies from suspension and dissolution if they “voluntarily” contribute additional tax increments to schools and special districts. At last week’s Placerville […]

Parks, trails up for comment

A review of the draft El Dorado County Parks and Trails Master Plan was the focus of Thursday’s joint meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Commission. Foothill Associates consultant Kate Kirsh presented an overview of the draft Master Plan, including the findings of public input from community […]

New plan for Viet plaques

In an oral report to the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, City Community Services Director Steve Youel laid out conceptual plans to bring together some long-awaited city beautification projects. “Following up on the success of building the Sam LaCara Memorial Garden at the corner of Schnell School Road and Broadway, we want to get […]

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