TOUGH WAY TO LEARN: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’ve learned so much from my mistakes. I think I’ll make a few more.” FLOWER ARRANGEMENT CLASS: Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. On Saturday, March 15, there will be an Ikebana demonstration at the Placerville Library at 1 p.m. at 345 Fair […]
At its Feb. 24 meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to direct staff to use the lower of the last two years — either 2013 or 2014 — of winter water usage billing cycles to establish a customer’s 2014 sewer commodity rate. This is the second time the district has […]
The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.3 percent in January 2014, up from a revised 7.5 percent in December 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 10.0 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]
A rollover left a 17-year-old with minor injuries on March 4. The 17-year-old male was driving a red 2003 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on Brittany Lane, west of Morman Island Road in El Dorado Hills, around 7:10 a.m., a CHP press release states. The roadways were wet and the sky was cloudy. The teenager was driving […]
El Dorado County Supervisors saw a draft version of a document that they hope will give them a clear view of the county as employer and the county as workplace. The March 4 board meeting included presentations by Human Resources director Pamela Knorr and two consultants retained to find out what’s wrong, what’s right and […]
JUST ASK YOUR WIFE: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “A wise man once said, ‘I should ask my wife.’” PONDEROSA SPRING BANQUET: The Ponderosa High School “Spring Banquet” is scheduled for Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m., at the Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Rd. The cost is $50 per person, and seating is […]
Retired Marysville police chief and former L.A. County sheriff’s lieutenant Wallace Fullerton has seen riots, natural disasters, contentious politics and more paperwork than one dares imagine. Now settled in El Dorado Hills, the 56-year-old retiree’s ready to roll up his sleeves for another round of public service — this time as the newest El Dorado […]
Blaming Obamacare for the cancellation of more than a million policies, on Wednesday state Sen. Ted Gaines announced he had filed a lawsuit against Covered California and its director, Peter Lee. Covered California is the state-run health exchange established in the wake of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Gaines, who is […]
Recently, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District filled three new director positions. Jill Ritzman is the CSD’s new director of recreation. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and holds a degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico. Ritzman spent most of her career as […]
Children in foster care in California have typically lost their Medi-Cal health insurance coverage once they turned age 21. Under the Affordable Care Act, former foster youth can now continue to have health insurance until the age of 26. The change went into effective January 1, 2014. The Foster Care Program of the El Dorado […]
An El Dorado Hills man was indicted on three counts of attempted tax evasion on Feb. 27 by a federal grand jury. The sealed indictment of Kamyar Soltani, 45, was unsealed March 4, revealing three charges of attempted tax evasion, a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated. Soltani was arrested on March […]
A man who previously rode a bicycle from Canada to Mexico is now riding from California to Florida in a fundraiser for the Firefighters Burn Institute. John Beaver, a retired fire captain-paramedic from Shingle Springs, will begin his journey, dubbed the Hopes and Dreams Benefit Ride, in San Diego on March 9 by dipping the […]
Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas was named Woman of the Year for the 5th District by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow. Bigelow, who represents the 5th District, composed of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer and Tuolumne counties, made the announcement Feb. 25. Assemblyman Bigelow recognized Thomas for her work on the Placerville City […]
The 51st annual Peace Officers of the Year were awarded in a ceremony at the American Legion Hall in Placerville Wednesday evening.
The American Legion presented its Peace Officers of the Year award to a member each of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the Placerville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, and were nominated and voted on by their peers in their respective agencies.
In a packed hall, the officers were presented their awards by former Sheriff Hal Barker, Legion Cmdr. Dusty Deryck …
SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Feb. 27 sent a letter to the Senate Health Committee urging a hearing on the Obamacare-aggravated problem of health care providers listing inaccurate doctor information in their provider network. In addition, Gaines is exploring legislation to protect consumers from the faulty information that is making it impossible for […]
OLD-TIMERS’ QUIZ: Carlyn White provided the following “Old-Timers’ Test:” “Question: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet.” MOVE IT FORWARD: Do not forget to set your clocks forward on March 9 at 2 a.m. BABYSITTERS CLASS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Super […]
ST. PATTY’S PARTY: The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Hangtown Chapter, is sponsoring a “Hangtown St. Patty’s Party and Bike Blessing” on Sunday, March 16, from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at P.J.’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Dr., Placerville. The event is free, courtesy of P.J.’s Roadhouse and Boozefighters Motorcycle Club. This event will feature live […]
Two men were fighting at a bar. One of them threw a shrimp cocktail and yelled, “And that’s just for starters!” That’s a joke — but it’s only a hairsbreadth away from describing the real-life events that played out at an Auburn dog park earlier this year. On Jan. 25, Officer James Dalton responded to […]
El Dorado Union High School District and Union Mine High School are launching a new career pathway in Engineering — the first of its kind in the district. Recent data has made it quite evident that the U.S. lags behind other countries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) advancements. Data has also indicated that […]
Come listen and learn about joint efforts by the California Public Utilities Commission, Sierra Economic Development Corp. and the County of El Dorado to help bring broadband service to densely populated rural communities. The next El Dorado County community meeting will be 6-7 p.m. March 17for Cherry Acres, at the Holiday Market Meeting Room, 5030 […]
On March 10, the Transportation Division of El Dorado’s Community Development Agency will begin rehabilitation of the deck and walkway of the Mount Aukum Road Bridge at the North Fork of the Cosumnes River. The rehabilitation process requires closure of one lane of the bridge. This closure will be in effect for approximately eight weeks […]
Lourdes Edralin, marketing director for Marshall Medical, when asked about the recent (temporary) closure of the Divide Wellness Center, said they have not received any new information or been contacted by the Department of Justice since the original search warrant. “The clinic has hired an interim nurse practitioner, who is still going through the credentialing […]
SHINGLE SPRINGS — People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County (PAWED) hosted over 165 enthusiastic Animal Shelter supporters on Feb. 23 to celebrate the start of construction at the new El Dorado County Animal Services Facility. Guests to the invitation-only event had a chance to preview plans for interior renovation and details of features […]
California has been suffering from a major drought. Calendar year 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and no change is predicted for 2014. In addition to disastrous effects on agriculture and difficulties for the general public, wildlife has experienced severe suffering due to drought conditions. The drought has […]
A group of 36 residents joined Placerville Police Department officers and city crews March 2 to clean up trash left behind by illegal camps. The cleanup continued Sunday on Upper Broadway in Placerville, behind the Dollar Tree and along the trail east of Schnell School Road, a press release stated. More than 500 bags of […]
By Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune A man arrested Feb. 19 for allegedly firing a handgun at a former co-worker in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody this weekend on $500,000 bail. Judge Suzanne Kingsbury increased Angelo Fitzgerald Anderson’s bail from $250,000 during a bail review hearing Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court. She also […]
A house near Highways 193 and 49 was a total loss in a fire Monday morning.
The fire was reported at 10:27 a.m. and the first responding engine noted heavy fire in a boarded-up house, said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The house was vacant, with no occupants or victims.
Cordero noted that due to the fire’s vertical movement, it became unsafe for firefighters to be in the structure and they were pulled out, going on the defensive.
Highway 49 was closed due to a needed fire hydrant being across the street from the house.
The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is inviting members of the public to provide input on the County’s Mental Health Services Act Programs Plan for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. Community members can provide input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by […]
Kovar’s Family Martial Arts will be hosting a free children’s workshop on Saturday, March 22, to educate kids about bullying. Bullying is a serious issue when someone tries to deliberately hurt other people with words or actions. Bullying is 97 percent psychological and only 3 percent physical. People who bully try to take other people’s […]
The CHP is set to offer two Smart Start classes for teen drivers and their parents/guardians in March 12 and May 8. Call the Placerville CHP office at 530-622-1110. Start Smart is a two-hour, no-cost class designed to teach new drivers safe driving habits, how to avoid collisions, the dynamics of collisions, the consequences of making […]
El Dorado County residents looking for work, or just interested in an opportunity to meet with local employers informally, are invited to attend the free Tri-County Job Fair on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street in Folsom. Approximately 50 employers are expected at this […]
With 5 p.m. Friday being the deadline for contestants to formally declare their candidacy, the number of incumbents facing challengers this year is increasing. The latest is Bill Schultz, El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk. He is no longer alone in the race; El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral has decided to also run for the position. […]
The El Dorado Irrigation District will get extra credit for using recycled water in meeting the state’s requirement to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020. Legislation passed in 2009 set that 20 percent by 2020 rule. EID is meeting that goal in part by using as its baseline the daily per capita water use […]
El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]
How to grow and where to grow are issues that continue to confound local government officials. On Feb. 24, El Dorado County Supervisors opted to delay a decision that would have given direction to the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division on how and where future growth should be considered from now through 2035. […]
Hoping to get out the message that storm or no storm, we are still in the middle of a drought, for the past month staff from the El Dorado Irrigation District have been hitting the speaking circuit to talk about the drought and the need for water conservation. On Friday, the tag team of Brian […]
A man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend pleaded no contest Friday morning. Judge Daniel B. Proud told Austin Schwartzler that it was his understanding Schwartzler would be pleading to Count 1 of the complaint, attempted murder, and that the enhancements attached to the charge would be dismissed. Prosecutor Lisette […]
With every little bit counting, the results of the Feb. 27 snow survey were better than last month’s, but still way below normal.
According to a press release from the Department of Water Resources, “On Tuesday, before the current storm system reached the area, water content in the statewide snowpack was 22 percent of normal for the date and only 19 percent of the average reading in early April when snow begins to melt into streams and reservoirs. These readings were just above the 1991 record lows of 18 percent for the date and 15 percent of the April 1 average.
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After more than five years of managing the Cool Medical Clinic for Dr. Cristal Speller, Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg have severed those ties. The Eisenbergs are now managing a new cannabis practice, Cool Consultations Inc., on Highway 49, which just opened on Feb. 17 in Cool. Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya, who also has a practice […]
BE ON TIME FOR DINNER: John Chapman provided this T-shirt quotation: “A tardy cannibal gets the cold shoulder.” NEW LOCATION FOR FUNDRAISER: Because of structural work being done on the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Friends of El Dorado County Seniors will move their 1 p.m.-5 p.m. March 16 spaghetti feed fundraiser to the […]
COMMUNITY INFORMATION: “Covered California” people are available at local libraries to explain covered Califorina programs, including MediCal. The deadline for this open period is March 31. Appointments or drop-ins can visit the following locations now: Location 1 – El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, every Tuesday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Location 2 – Placerville […]
CMA FUNDRAISER: The Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) is having a fundraiser for their “Run for the Son” motorcycle run to support National and Worldwide Ministries. The fundraiser will be held at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, located at 2650 Cameron Park Dr. (at Green Valley Road) in Cameron Park. When you purchase your food, mention the CMA fundraiser, […]
Now that the El Dorado Irrigation District is in a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning, and customers are expected to conserve 30 percent, what exactly does that mean? It means that EID is asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water consumption to help achieve a 30 percent reduction in water use from the past three-year […]
Placerville City Council approved a resolution of interest Feb. 25 to establish a downtown Placerville Historical District and expand the current Placerville Historical District to include four properties on Cedar Ravine Street. The unanimous vote directed city staff to initiate changes to the city’s Zoning Map, creating a Downtown Historic District that would stretch from […]
With their board short one member, at their Feb. 25 meeting the directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District voted to fill the opening with an appointee. That decision followed the resignation of the president of the board, Sean Tucker, one week earlier. Tucker said he was resigning so he could devote more time and […]