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Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time

THE SMILE THAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following “29 Lines to Make You Smile” quote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Many volunteers are needed for the very successful “Toys for Tots” program. Wouldn’t it feel great to help make sure that needy kids have […]

Georgetown Divide Health Care Auxiliary meeting Nov. 25

As one of the oldest non-profit organizations on the western slope, Georgetown Divide Health Care Auxiliary meets and works to benefit the community we live in. During the year we have monthly meetings to plan for several annual events where craft items and baked goods are made to sell at our Christmas Bazaar. The monies […]

Irrigation now only weekly

On Nov. 16, El Dorado Irrigation District’s mandatory watering restrictions move into the winter season, limiting irrigation to once weekly. Now until April 15, 2015, district customers are limited to watering just one day per week, with customers whose addresses end in an even number watering on Sundays and odd number addresses on Saturdays. On […]

EDUHSD offers limited open 9th grade enrollment at UMHS

The El Dorado Union High School District announce limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2015-16 school year will be offered to incoming 9th grade students who reside within the El Dorado Union High School District attendance boundaries. The enrollment projection for the school’s permanent capacity will allow for 35 transfers. Applicants may […]

$45k ready to be distributed to King Fire victims

In a great showing of unified community spirit, a total of almost $45,000 was raised from donors throughout the community whose generosity was supplemented by a county-ide “Fill the Boot” campaign and Raindance, a music festival fundraiser held in Camino to aid victims of September’s King Fire. “El Dorado County stood tall and came together […]

Second murder suspect sent to Yolo

The second suspect charged in connection with the slayings of two Northern California sheriffs’ deputies has been moved to the Yolo County Jail in Woodland. Janelle Marquez Monroy was moved from the Sacramento County Jail to Yolo on Nov. 11. Previously her husband, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), was moved to the El Dorado County jail […]

Bear survives collision with car

A Placerville woman hit a bear while driving near Pilot Hill on Nov. 17. Alisha Cleve, 38, of Placerville, was driving a 2014 white Chevy Malibu northbound on Highway 49 south of Pedro Hill Road within the speed limit at about 2:15 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said, when a bear entered the roadway from the […]

State water board lifts curtailment order, relieving Outingdale

On Nov. 12, the State Water Resources Control Board lifted the water right curtailments for post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds with a priority date of Dec. 31, 1953, or earlier. The order will be a relief for residents of Outingdale, who will no longer be under a Stage 4 Water Emergency. […]

High school enrollment dropping

There was no discussion and only a few questions after the presentation of a 10-year SchoolWorks study on enrollment projections for El Dorado Unified High School District at the Nov. 18 meeting. The Board of Trustees has heard it before as the district has been in a slow, but steady decline since 2006. The enrollment decline […]

Supes to ponder final slow-growth initiative today

The so-called “Purple Petition” is item No. 1 on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ special meeting agenda today at 1 p.m. Due to delays in certifying the petition, it was not cleared for the Nov. 4 ballot but has since been authorized as eligible for either of two possible actions. The board can […]

Horsetail Falls hikers rescued

A couple stranded near Horsetail Falls was rescued on Nov. 16. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 3:30 p.m. that the couple had lost their trail, Deputy Greg Almos with Search and Rescue said. The couple, in their 50s, had lost the trail in steep terrain near the lower falls, he said. […]

High-speed motorcycle chase ends with suspect bit by K9

A K9 and deputy arrested a burglary suspect after a motorcycle and on-foot chase. A deputy was following up on a residential burglary call on Nov. 14 at about 11:47 a.m. in the Auburn Lake Trails area when suspect Derek Miller, 35, of Cool, was seen leaving the area on a sport-style motorcycle, El Dorado […]

Hiker plucked from river rock

A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning.

Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near Forebay Road on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep to climb back up, he spent the night in a cave.

Wednesday morning, he began following power lines to try and find a trail. Upon reaching the river, he saw a SMUD power plant on the other bank. Douglas attempted to swim the river but became too tired and cold, ending up on a large rock against a steep rock face.

An El Dorado Irrigation District worker who declined to be named said that a work crew …

PHS locked down for 10 minutes

Ponderosa High School was put into lockdown for about 10 minutes on Nov. 19 after a man was seen in the area with what was believed to be a rifle. At about 9:45 a.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of the school’s […]

Hangtown Creek to be cleaned up

For the next month, people will be working in Hangtown Creek, cleaning out the understory, restoring the tree canopy and clearing out debris. Director of Community Services Steve Youel notified Placerville City Council of the project at the Nov. 11 meeting. “We’re working with the Department of Fish and Game, Cal Fire and Caltrans to […]

PPD arrests alleged child molester

A man was arrested Nov. 17 for alleged child molestation. Placerville Police Department arrested Jeffrey Hitt, 54, for alleged lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, a PPD press release stated. The victim was allegedly molested by Hitt, the father of one of her friends, while staying at their residence. The investigation into Hitt began […]

Sen. Gaines condemns University of California tuition hike vote

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today denounced the University of California Board of Regents’ committee decision to raise tuition by as much as 25-percent over the next five years. This committee approval will send the tuition increase proposal to the full Board of Regents for a vote tomorrow: “If the full board approves this […]

$9,000 to Food Bank for No Vets Go Hungry Program

CAMERON PARK — The Veterans Affairs Commission awarded the Food Bank of El Dorado County $9,000 through its El Dorado Veterans Fund at El Dorado Community Foundation to support its No Vet Goes Hungry Program. The Food Bank’s No Vet Goes Hungry Program is a homebound delivery of nutritious emergency supplemental groceries to ensure no […]

Ponderosa High locked down for 10 minutes

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call regarding a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of Ponderosa High School’s Football Field. The subject was allegedly carrying a rifle. The on-duty school resource officer put Ponderosa High School on a “shelter in place” lockdown while deputies located the subject. Sheriff’s deputies contacted the […]

Rock of ages: Diamonds in meteorite

A continuing source of “scientific gold,” the Sutter’s Mill meteorite that fell in El Dorado County is back in the news again.

This time it’s because researchers have found diamonds and other “treasures” in recovered parts of the meteorite that fell in the …

Interim GM named at Water Agency

Resource Engineer Tracey Eden-Bishop was named interim general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency at its meeting last Wednesday. Eden-Bishop will take over from Dave Eggerton effective Dec. 1. Eggerton, the current general manager, is leaving at the end of November to take the job of general manager with the Calaveras County Water District. In other actions, the […]

Water&Power JPA on the bubble

Is the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors getting cold feet about going after additional water rights? That was the question hanging in the air as an update on the status of an application for additional water rights turned into an extended discussion of whether or not the county should continue to be a part of the effort. Currently the county, the El […]

Marina School: State award for Rescue counselor

Her office is constantly filled with students coming and going, but that’s the way Myrna Harp likes it. “This is the comfort room, the safe place, and they know that,” said Harp. “There’s never a dull moment around here.”

Providing that comfort and safety in the perilous world of puberty is why Harp was selected by the California Association of School Counselors to receive the Donald G. Hays Award as Outstanding School Counselor of the Year for 2014. This is not a local or regional award — Harp was selected from out of all of the school counselors in California to represent the state.

Harp, 58, has been the counselor at Marina Village Middle School for 11 years. In that time she has been chosen as “Educator of the Year” for Rescue Union School District, the first time a counselor had been given that award and was the recipient of El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Champion for Children Award and was selected as a top 10 finalist for the American School …

Sites, vans, drivers needed for homeless

Being homeless when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 80s is one thing; being homeless when it’s snowing or raining and the temperatures are in the 30s is a whole other thing. For the past six years, faith-based organizations around El Dorado County have collaborated to provide nomadic shelters from November […]

James White aims to ‘make a difference’ with State Farm

For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]

Heard over the back fence: The full quotes and nothing but the quotes

 To give myself and our readers a break, this column will not deal with dates, fundraisers or dog parades. I hope you enjoy the change of pace. OVER THE HILL QUOTES:
 The “Over the Hill and on a Roll” book by Bob Phillips provides the following quotes:
 “Show me a […]

Heard over the back fence: Coat giveaway Saturday

THE CATS RULE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans.” FREE COATS AVAILABLE:
 Foster Awareness Network will have their Coat Drive Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Building, 4095 Cameron Park Dr. […]

King Fire ‘treatments’ under way

The Eldorado National Forest received $3,117,177 for emergency land stabilization activities on federal lands burned by the King Fire. The funds will be used to reduce risks of increased flooding and mud/debris flows. “The first step in helping the burned land recover was to assess the emergency work that needs to be completed before the […]

Sheriff jabs Prop. 47, petitions for new HQ

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini updated El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce members on efforts to relocate the EDSO headquarters and gave his thoughts on Proposition 47 at a luncheon Nov. 12. Sheriff John D’Agostini began his presentation with a short history of himself and joining the Sheriff’s Office. He became a full deputy […]

State lifts Clean-up and Abatement Order for Rubicon Trail

El Dorado County followed all the rules and then some over the past five years to clean up and abate a host of dirty issues on the Rubicon Trail. And it paid off Oct. 10 when the state rescinded the Clean-up and Abatement Order after a presentation by county Parks Manager Vickie Sanders at the […]

Fire station sports rooftop garden

People driving past fire station No. 25 in Placerville might have thought they were seeing things as four towers of fresh greens seemed to be sprouting from the rooftop.

But no, it wasn’t their imaginations.

The latest idea in growing food in unlikely spaces, the project is the brainchild of the Casemade Garden Foundation in cooperation with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

Called “Sprout it from the Rooftops,” the project aims to “green” rooftops by turning …

Input sought on MLUSD Facility Master Plan

Since the beginning of March, the Mother Lode Union School District (MLUSD) has been working hard to create a Facility Master Plan (FMP) that will develop and communicate an efficient process to change the district’s school facilities to better accommodate and support the educational needs of students. MLUSD is inviting parents, teachers, families, businesses, neighboring […]

Man sentenced for Workers’ Comp fraud

A South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced on Nov. 4 for making a false statement to obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits. Mark E. Lueng, 60, was sentenced to one year in prison and a $160,000 restitution fine, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Court documents show that Lueng worked for the U.S. Postal Service until 1987, […]

Conservancy gains Cosumnes land

The American River Conservancy completed the purchase of a second phase acquisition of 1,080 acres of land fronting the Cosumnes River from Angelo Tsakopoulos for $4.995 million. This recently purchased land, combined with an earlier acquisition in August 2013, protects 2.5 miles of river canyon immediately west of Highway 49 and will provide a combined […]

Capital Southeast Connector called vital

SACRAMENTO — A realistic look at the connection between housing and jobs in southeast Sacramento County and El Dorado County was presented by Region Builders Inc. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on Oct. 17. The focus was the Capital Southeast Connector project.

Region Builders Inc. was founded in 2012 as a …

Former SLT council candidate avoids rape conviction in plea deal

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate accepted a plea to three charges that involved burglary and assault after initially being charged with several sexual assault counts. Doug Henry Cichowicz entered a plea of guilty to three counts during a hearing last week at the El Dorado […]

Farm Table brings fresh ideas to historic Main Street

At 311 Main Street in Placerville, you could find more than a new restaurant. You might find a new food avenue to explore with the gourmet meats, bulk herbs and spices and cookbooks you need to build your own feast. Farm Table is in a historic building with a beautiful embossed tin ceiling and two-story views of […]

DA investigator tops in state

A local district attorney investigator received the Joseph McClure Award for California District Attorney Investigator of the Year. Paul Moschini won the award on Oct. 3, according to DA Public Information Officer Dave Stevenson, and presented at a training conference by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. His career began in the Bay Area as […]

GDPUD: Officials ripped on way out

Tuesday’s meeting was the last for three board members of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District who were voted out in last week’s election. Leaving the board will be President Bonnie McLane, Vice President Kathy Otermat and Director Ray Griffiths. The incoming board members, Lon Uso, Carl Hoelscher and Jesse Hanschild, will be sworn in […]

Heard over the back fence: Wakamatsu tours offered

BEING A FATHER ROCKS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Being a father is the only thing that lives up to the hype. When I’m with my daughter — when we’re doing homework together or hanging out watching a movie or kicking a soccer ball around or doing any of the things […]

Informational sessions for unemployed individuals seeking job training and assistance

The El Dorado County Connections — One Stop Workforce Development and Business Resource Centers is hosting a series of informational sessions for unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County. The sessions will highlight free services available through Connections and information on training programs and/or on-the-job training through the Workforce Investment Act […]

EDH woman named to Optometry board

An El Dorado Hills woman has been appointed to the California Board of Optometry. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Oct. 13 that Rachel Michelin had been appointed to the position. “I’m a public member, it’s a volunteer position,” Michelin said. The board is made up of licensed optometrists and public volunteers. The board “looks at policy […]

Water Agency GM leaving

Dave Eggerton, the personable general manager of both the El Dorado County Water Agency and the El Dorado Water & Power Authority (EDWPA), has announced he will be leaving the agency to take the job of general manager at the Calaveras County Water District. With Nov. 30 being his last day, Eggerton discussed what has been accomplished […]

String of burglaries in Placerville

When Jeannia Thomas’ daughter and another employee of The Look Salon in Placerville arrived at work the morning of Oct. 4, they discovered the lock to the door had been jammed open, possibly with a screwdriver. Inside, Thomas said, her salon was “ransacked.” Files were strewn about, broken items littered the floor andtowels were flung […]

Driver ejected after hitting center divider, tree

A man was ejected out of his car Tuesday morning sustaining minor-to-moderate injuries. The man, described only as a white male adult, was driving his blue Suburu WRX westbound on Highway 50 west of Cedar Grove at about 10 a.m. when he hit the center divider and lost control of the vehicle, CHP Officer Dan […]

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