Clarification

It was incorrectly reported April 13 that Elizabeth Caffrey was released on $2,500 bail. Though she was arrested on suspicion of DUI March 19 with bail set at $2,500, she was released March 22 without posting bail. The release came at the request of the district attorney under Penal Code Section 849b (1), which can […]

California ocean and inland salmon seasons set

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted ocean salmon fishing regulations that allow for a season this year. Inland salmon season regulations were also adopted for the Central Valley, and Klamath and Trinity rivers. This represents a restoration of the traditional salmon fishery throughout California, the first since major closures were enacted in 2008 […]

Lake levels 4-28-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 28, 2011 Elevation (feet) 443.42 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 739,600 76% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 10,277 Outflow 8,286 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 27, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.27 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,200 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 75 Outflow […]

Sheriff’s Department teams with DEA

To help residents dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to offer the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for April 30. The Sheriff’s Department will operate two disposal sites where the drugs can be turned in, free of charge, with no questions asked. According […]

Lake levels 4-22-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 22, 2011 Elevation (feet) 440.49 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 711,100 73% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 12,700 Outflow 9,043 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 20, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.29 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,213 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 82 Outflow […]

‘The Accidental Fundraiser’ coming to the Sequoia

You believed in the organization’s cause, you volunteered to help, but now they want you to fundraise. Yikes! Since you’re going to help out, why not make it fun? Learn about how to develop your best role, how to communicate your organization’s impact in the community, and how to make the asking part a little […]

Stumpy Meadows still overflowing

GEORGETOWN — Stumpy Meadows is still overflowing, General Manager Hank White reported to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board April 12. It began overflowing at 3:46 a.m. Dec. 19, 2010. This is the fourth time since its construction in 1962 that the 20,000-acre reservoir spilled in December. The other December spill years were 1982, […]

El Dorado Hills man, mother enter guilty pleas in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and his mother pleaded guilty Monday to money laundering and concealing a felony, according a U.S. Department of Justice news release. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Tuesday that Anthony Portillo, 41, pleaded guilty a day earlier to money laundering while Portillo’s mother, Betty Gracia, 61, pleaded guilty to […]

Lake levels 4-14-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 14, 2011 Elevation (feet) 438.99 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 696,700 71% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 8,938 Outflow 9,894 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 7, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.29 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,213 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 85 Outflow […]

March divorces

Carla Lynn Valencia and Christopher R. Valencia, March 29, 2011 Jackie L. Fleury and Daniel L. Fleury, March 29, 2011 Stacy M. Chronister and Robert E. Chronister, March 29, 2011 Brandon Riggen and Andrea Riggen, March 29, 2011 Julio Esparza and Yvonne R. Esparza, March 29, 2011 Jane Howe Hadden and Thomas Vickery Hadden, March […]

DUI log

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: JULIE COLWELL, 45, Diamond Springs, booked March 18 by CHP, held on $2,500 bail. ELIZABETH CAFFREY, 69, no residence listed, booked March 19 by CHP, released on $2,500 bail. JOHN FITZPATRICK, 46, Placerville, booked March 19 by […]

Man released from county jail, arrested on suspicion of murder

A Nevada man released from an El Dorado County jail was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing four people. Joseph Naso, 77, of Reno, was booked into the Marin County Jail on four counts of murder which, according to several news outlets, allegedly took place between the late 1970s and mid-1990s. One of the victims […]

Lake levels 4-8-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 8, 2011 Elevation (feet) 438.86 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 695,500 71% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 12,687 Outflow 10,043 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. April 7, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.42 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,279 101% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 141 Outflow […]

On the spot: Helen Carey

Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Sacramento Occupation: Owner of The Forester restaurant, Camino Hobby: Reading Favorite movie: “The Way We Were” with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand Favorite book: “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett Favorite vacation spot: Ferndale Something no one knows about you: “I was an Air Force brat. I have been all around […]

March rainfall stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by Mark and Robin Miller of the Fleming Jones Homsetead at 8 a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain 1-Mar     0.00 2-Mar     0.00 3-Mar     0.00 4-Mar     0.00 5-Mar     0.00 6-Mar     0.00 7-Mar     0.00 8-Mar    0.00 9-Mar […]

February rain stats

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by Mark and Robin Miller, Fleming Jones House at 8 a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain Feb. 1    0.00 Feb. 2    0.00 Feb. 3    0.00 Feb. 4    0.00 Feb. 5    0.00 Feb. 6    0.00 Feb. 7    0.00 Feb. 8   […]

Lake levels 3-31-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 31, 2011 Elevation (feet) 431.78 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 629,700 64% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 11,659 Outflow 12,763 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 31, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.36 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,258 101% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 115 Outflow […]

Correction

On March 16 through March 21 a three-part Mountain Democrat series explored the fiscal status and compensation of West Slope, El Dorado Coiunty, fire districts. For clarification: The Mosquito Fire Protection District did file salary information with the State Controller’s Office for 2009. The parcel fee for the district is $204, not $229, as stated. […]

County pot grower denied parole

An El Dorado County man who was convicted of the attempted murder of his brother-in-law and nephew more than 10 years ago was denied parole Tuesday, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Silvestre Gonzalez, convicted of attempted murder in the first degree for his role in the shooting of his brother-in-law […]

Lake levels 3-24-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 24, 2011 Elevation (feet) 432.68 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 637,800 65% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 13,602 Outflow 20,746 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 23, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.36 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,258 101% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 113 Outflow […]

On the spot: Alec Johnson

Age: 18 Residence: Cameron Park Occupation: Student Hobby: Skateboarding Favorite movie: “The Big Lebowski” Favorite book: “Cannery Row” Favorite vacation spot: Italy Tell us something no one knows about you: “I write poetry.” Your best quality: “I am a free spirit.”

Tax relief available for winter storm victims

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board recently announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the winter storms in California. The Dec. 17, 2010, through Jan. 4 storms were declared a federal disaster in 10 counties on Jan. 26. Affected taxpayers are able to claim disaster losses in the current or the prior tax year. […]

Lake levels 3-20-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 20, 2011 Elevation (feet) 438.04 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 687,700 70% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 17,065 Outflow 25,139 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 16, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.96 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,258 101% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 640 Outflow […]

DUI log: 3/21

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: BRUC ENIELSEN, 57, Mt. Aukum, booked Feb. 24 by Placerville police, held on $2,500 bail. ZACHARIAH WRIGHT, 25, Cameron Park, booked Feb. 24 by CHP, held on $2,500 bail. GONNIE FORTNER, 40, El Dorado Hills, booked Feb. […]

CHP to hold DUI checkpoint Friday

A DUI checkpoint will be held Friday night by the Placerville area California Highway Patrol. The sobriety checkpoint will be held starting at 8 p.m. and will be staffed by a team of CHP officers. Traffic at the checkpoint will be controlled so that officers can evaluate drivers’ sobriety and check licenses. Roving patrols will […]

Desolation Wilderness permits now available online

Desolation Wilderness visitors now may make their overnight permit reservations online. The popular 64,000 acre wilderness area is located in both the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “I am happy to announce that Desolation Wilderness visitors are now able to reserve an overnight visitor permit  by going online to recreation.gov.,” […]

Lake levels 3-11-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 11, 2011 Elevation (feet) 434.66 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 656,000 67% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 8,931 Outflow 6,109 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 10, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.36 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,258 101% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 94 Outflow […]

DUI log: 3/11

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: MACK CASIO, 37, Placerville, booked Jan. 14 by CHP, held on $2,500 bail. NILA BITTINGER, 46, El Dorado, booked Jan. 15 by CHP, held  on $5,000 bail. MICHAEL JOHNSTON, 44, Sacramento, booked Jan. 15 by CHP, held on $2,500 […]

Lake levels 3-9-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 8, 2011 Elevation (feet) 432.56 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 636,700 65% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 13,802 Outflow 6,022 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. March 3, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.30 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,222 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 149 Outflow […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: A chance to do better

For the past few months, Maggie, our 2-and-a-half-year-old Shar Pei-Boxer mix, has been getting really aggressive toward my boyfriend, his mom, his 2-year-old nephew and me. Lately, she’s been growling at our nephew when he tries to hug her and at our smaller puppy when he’s merely playing with a toy. Last night she jumped […]

Baby birds need public’s help

Despite our recent temperatures and storms, spring is on the way, and Sierra Wildlife Rescue volunteers are gearing up to open the Baby Bird Nursery around May 1. Caring for orphaned or injured nestlings or fledglings is a wonderful way to help and to learn a great deal about the fascinating lives of foothill songbirds. […]

Lake levels 2-24-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011 Elevation (feet) 424.95 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 569,500 58% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 4,557 Outflow 2,512 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.11 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,097 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 33 Outflow […]

Grants available to help elderly, disabled

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has announced that applications are being accepted for $25 million in federal transit grant funds aimed at providing transportation services to persons with special needs. The Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Elderly and Disabled Specialized Transit Program was established to meet the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities in areas where public transportation services […]

On the spot: Carolyn Love

Age: 73 Residence: Palo Alto, also owns property in Camino Hometown: Gilroy Occupation: Retired teacher/bookkeeper Hobbies: Sailing, hiking and family Favorite movie: “Cheaper by the Dozen” Favorite book: Anything by Louis L’Amour Favorite vacation spot: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Camino Best quality: “I provide very good food for my family.”

Cameron Park opens the door to cuts in fire

CAMERON PARK — Faced with lower property tax intake this year and a grim prediction for next, Cameron Park has formally paved the way toward reducing the number of firefighters standing post in the community. In its monthly meeting last week, the board voted unanimously in favor of giving Cal Fire the required 120 days […]

On the spot: Joe Shriber

Age: 66 Residence: Folsom Hometown: Las Vegas, retired Air Force and Lockheed Hobby: Volunteer as a docent at the Aerospace Museum of California, McClellan Park Favorite movie: “Gone With the Wind” Favorite book: “Eyes on the Horizon” by my friend, Dick Myers Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Tell us something no one knows about you: “I […]

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Lake levels 2-17-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 17, 2011 Elevation (feet) 417.71 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 509,400 52% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 6,147 Outflow 2,486 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb. 17, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.23 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,175 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 66 Outflow […]

Lake levels 2-15-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 15, 2011 Elevation (feet) 416.46 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 499,500 51% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 3,336 Outflow 2,470 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,471.11 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 41,097 100% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 29 Outflow […]

On the spot: Sandi Bross

Age: 43 Residence: Shingle Springs Hometown: Lake Forest Occupation: Wine representative for Gold Hill Vineyard Hobby: Ceramics Favorite movie: “50 First Dates” Favorite book: “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “I acted in two feature films, “Son-in-Law” with Pauli Shore and “Hocus Pocus” […]

Local NRA group honored at banquet

The El Dorado Friends of NRA, the local nonprofit  was recently recognized as the “most improved” chapter in Northern California. The honor came recently  at a banquet in North Highlands for the more than 50 Northern California Friends of NRA committees. “It was a great honor,” said Chuck Holland, 44, owner of Gold Country Bail […]

Have you seen Milo? Missing pup sought

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sohl family is heartbroken. Just three-and-a-half weeks after they brought home Milo, their Australian shepherd, the puppy has disappeared. The 4-month-old pup got away from Wendy Sohl last Thursday, Feb. 3, after a motorcycle spooked him in front of Juice It Up in El Dorado Hills Town Center. He ran […]

Increase occurs in count of California small businesses sold in January

DUBLIN — The 1,248 small and mid-sized businesses sold in California last month represents the best January total since 2008. The BizBen.com Index, which tallies and reports on small business sales in California, also showed last month’s count of closed deals nearly matched the 1,253 total for December 2010, when many entrepreneurs made sure to […]