HOW TO MAKE LIFE SIMPLE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Life is simple, eat, sleep, fish.” VETERANS FUNDRAISER: On Dec. 15 the Veterans breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building on Placerville Drive, next to the Fairgrounds. Also, the Sew4Vets will be there from 8 to […]
At the Nov. 26 Placerville City Council meeting, council voted approval of Marshall Medical Center’s request for a General Plan Amendment and a zone change in order to add a new employee parking lot to the facility. The request had come before City Council in August, but council members didn’t feel they had enough data […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As the 2013 construction season came to a close in the Lake Tahoe Basin, contractors for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) put the finishing touches on two highway improvement projects and going into winter suspension on several others. Project highlights include: • In South Lake Tahoe, two miles of U.S. Highway […]
The Placerville Police Department announced that the city of Placerville ranked first place nationwide for National Night Out 2013 festivities. The Placerville Police Department was notified Dec. 5 of achieving first place in the State of California and first place in the entire United States (under 15,000 population) for the coordinated effort between the department […]
El Dorado County Supervisors posed their own version of the proverbial “chicken and egg” conundrum during Tuesday’s board meeting. In forecasting for growth, should housing projections come before traffic impact projections? And the answer is yes, no, we’re not sure. Housing projections must be at least partially based on existing or planned infrastructure, while infrastructure […]
Long Range Planning Division Assistant Director Dave Defanti described forecasting as a combination of science and art. Science discovers and presents the facts. Art helps interpret and apply them effectively. The county uses projections to forecast overall growth on a 20-year model. That, in turn, generates projections for Capital Improvement Projects such as roads, bridges […]
Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune Testimony in the death penalty trial of convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn on Thursday focused on his mental disorders, brain damage from heavy drug use and the risk of him hurting others if sentenced to life in prison without parole. An El Dorado County jury is expected to decide Nissensohn’s […]
After a short conference with the attorneys in the case involving Supervisor Ray Nutting, visiting Judge Timothy Buckley set the start date for his trial as Feb. 4.
The trial is expected to last three weeks with a jury drawn from a pool of approximately 300 people.
A pretrial conference was also set for Jan. 10.
ADVICE FROM A MOOSE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt advice statement: “Think big. Spend time in the woods. Eat plenty of greens. Hold your head up high. Stay on track. Keep your nose clean. It’s OK to be a little wild.” ICE RINK IN PLACERVILLE: The Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink opens on Saturday, […]
SANTA VISIT IN PLACERVILLE: Santa will be at the CandyStripe Emporium at 398 Main St., Placerville, on Dec.14 from 1 to 4 p.m. If desired (but not required) photos with Santa will be available for purchase from HeraCain Photography. TOYS FOR TOTS UPDATE: The very last chance to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the […]
Trees are an essential part of California’s climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week […]
The Placerville Christmas Parade may be over, but the Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing with lots more toys needed. According to Sue Henderson, who with her husband Hollis coordinates the El Dorado County Toys for Tots campaign, 1,500 toys have been collected so far, but they need 15,000. “Give me toys, lots […]
The owners of Poor Red’s will have to wait another month for any decisions on their case and the selling of the iconic bar. Former employees were in the audience as Mike and Brenda Adams and their attorneys, Adam Weiner and Mark Ralphs, appeared for a very short hearing Wednesday morning. The attorneys, along with […]
Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune An El Dorado County jury soon will decide if convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn faces execution or life in prison for his crimes. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November of murdering three California teens, Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe in 1989 and Tammy Jarschke and Tanya Jones, both of […]
Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.
It was a day of treachery that ended with 2,403 Americans killed, 1,178 wounded, 21 ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet either damaged or sunk, and the Casus belli that launched the United States into World War II.
Many survivors of that day have since died, but Bill Howell, 89, of Diamond Springs, is still with us.
The last, he says, of the Pearl Harbor survivors in El Dorado County.
Howell said he had a bird’s-eye view of the attack as he was aboard the USS Phoenix, a light cruiser moored at Pearl Harbor. Only 17 at the time and trained as a helmsman, he was also …
SACRAMENTO — The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) announced their joint support for the enactment of legislation to better manage California’s national forests. “The growing bipartisan recognition that Congress must address proper management of our nation’s forests illustrates the need to enact healthy forest legislation in […]
A man who pleaded guilty to embezzling from a non-profit organization will be sentenced in January — or he will be forced to plead guilty to an enhancement. Deputy District Attorney James Clinchard noted that Kent Maloney had to come up with $200,000 restitution and was required to have a plan to do so — […]
The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.1 percent in October 2013, up from a revised 7.9 percent in September 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.3 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]
In 1990 Dr. John Bertsch was a young dentist looking for a place to settle and open his new practice. The Lodi-born, Roseville-raised Bertsch was struck by El Dorado Hills’ combination of small town atmosphere with a growing population and he settled when there were only two dentists in town at the time. He married […]
According to Treasurer–Tax Collector C. L. Raffety, the first installment of secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight Dec. 10. The mailing address for property tax payments is P.O. Box 678002, Placerville, 95667-8002. Besides writing a check, online payment for secured property taxes is a […]
SPECIAL ACT OF KINDNESS: Nici of Cameron Park informed us that some homes, including hers, were greeted with a note in their mailbox, which said, “Thank you for being you,” and there was a flower in the mailbox. Nici would like to thank the person who took the time to brighten everyone’s day. Nici had […]
El Dorado County may be home to the largest population of those over the age of 55, but is also one of the healthiest counties in the state, coming in sixth out of 58 counties. That’s according to a recent community health assessment conducted by Marshall Medical Center in collaboration with Valley Vision Inc., a […]
The Hangman dummy on Main Street in Placerville was stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 28, only to be found later that morning sitting in the Liar’s Bench bar. Placerville Police Department received a call at 1:33 a.m. on Nov. 28 regarding trespassing and attempted theft at 305 Main Street, where the dummy […]
Excited to be a position where she can make a difference in people’s lives, Brenda Frachiseur was recently announced as the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County (BBBS). In the job since October and still getting her feet wet, Frachiseur, 58, comes with 30 years of experience working for […]
After seven years of planning, fundraising and watching their beloved community of canine friends grow from pups to middle age, “grey in their muzzle” companions, the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild can finally celebrate an off leash dog park in Cameron Park, the first on the western slope of El Dorado County.
Ground broke Nov. 11 and a fence was installed later that week on the half-acre site in Hacienda Park, located at the northeast corner of Cameron Park Drive and Hacienda Drive.
“Thank you to Golden State Fence that gave us such a fabulous deal with superior products and an amazingly efficient work crew,” said …
CAMINO — Members of the El Dorado County Fire District will be coming together on their days off this weekend to give away Christmas trees to those who are in need and who may not be able to afford a Christmas tree this holiday season. The giveaway will take place at Station 21 in Camino, […]
Golden Hills students and staff recently recognized an alum who never forgot his years at the El Dorado Hills school. Jonathan Heideman of Boy Scout Troop 193 recently built an outdoor classroom there for his Eagle Scout project. The Jesuit high school sophomore attended Golden Hills School from kindergarten through eighth grade and described the three […]
REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR: The 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day will be honored with a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:55 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. There are very few survivors left, and this possibly could be the last opportunity to recognize the honor and respect these individuals deserve. […]
The National Weather Service predicts a cold weather system with freezing overnight temperatures moving into the area this week (Tuesday through Saturday). Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division, is asking residents to take steps now to prepare. Those especially at risk during extreme cold […]
“Did you know that a dried out Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames in a matter of 3-5 seconds and in another 30-40 seconds everything in your room can be ablaze?” asked Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. “A well-hydrated tree, on the other hand, is very difficult […]
On Nov. 4, the home at 711 Rickety Road in Somerset burned to the ground around 5 a.m. The results of the fire investigation listed the cause as “undetermined” but the residents believe it was a case of arson. James Collinson, the homeowner, and his live-in girlfriend, Lela Hayes, said they lost his house — […]
Main Street in Placerville was fairly busy at about 10:30 a.m. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but very few were holding bags signifying they had purchased something. “It’s picking up,” said Albert Fausel of Placerville Hardware. “The early part of the day was quiet. But it’s picking up, spirits are up and people […]
The day after Thanksgiving means two things: Black Friday, with shoppers descending en masse on stores; and the choosing, cutting and taking home of a Christmas tree.
Greg Fluckey literally sells trees out of his backyard on Poverty Hill Drive, next to Gold Bug Park. “We don’t draw like Apple Hill,” he said of his Poverty Hill Tree Farm, “but this is typically one of the busiest weekends.” He was looking forward to between 20 and 30 customers that day.
No one had yet arrived to claim a tree that day, but the day was still quite young — Darcie Abbott, Greg’s girlfriend, was still putting out wreaths …
With winter coming on, the number of homeless using local churches for overnight shelter has increased, leading one of the volunteers associated with the program to put out a call for help. Janis Carney, who is a member of Green Valley Community Church and also one of those involved in coordinating the shelter program, said […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County, Douglas County and the city of South Lake Tahoe are hosting two community workshops on Dec. 11-12 to discuss the role that outdoor recreation plays in enhancing tourism and community livability for the South Shore. This is a great opportunity for residents to share their insights about parks, […]
With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, Cal Fire is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Holidays are a time of food, fun and festivities; but they are also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking. Most home […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a two-year $250,000 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant. The award from the U.S. Department of Justice will be used to assist the sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Team. The CIT is a group of deputies assigned to the Patrol Division that are specially trained in the areas […]
On Friday, Nov. 22, the first class of Placerville CHP senior volunteers graduated from a four-day program. The program, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said, focuses on teaching policies and procedures of the CHP to the seniors. “What their duties are,” he said, in relation to administration, community service, helping the public information officer — Cuthbertson […]
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 512 will be sponsoring a Private Pilot Ground School beginning in January 2014. The class will run approximately 16 weeks. There will be a registration and information meeting on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., at the EAA hangar at Placerville Airport. More information is at hangtowneaa512.org (see ground school), […]
A fire burned a shed and part of the garage of a house on Lamar Court in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon. Water ran down the entrance to the cul de sac in large rivulets, the smell of smoke lingering in the air as two families — the tenants and the owners — stood in front […]
California leads the nation in the total number of solar-powered homes. This year Lancaster became the first U.S. city to require new homes to average at least 1 kilowatt of solar power each. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Covenants, Code & Restrictions Committee has seen an upswing in solar requests too and the […]
For the third year, the EDUHSD Board of Trustees approved a Peer Group Provision for Intradistrict Transfers at the Nov. 12 meeting. According to information provided to EDUHSD by SchoolWorks, an educational consulting firm, there are four areas with the district where some current seventh grade students are scheduled to attend a different high school than […]
A September report by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that the Central Subregion, of which El Dorado County is part of, has more than half of the acres in the subregion being of “high and above” threat. The report, “Fire Threat,” by lead author Mark Stanley with data analysis by Steve Beckwitt, shows that of […]
The County of El Dorado and the Judges of the Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado, announced that Brian Richart has accepted appointment as El Dorado County’s new chief probation officer, according to a statement from the Chief Administrative Office and the Superior Court. A unique position under California law, the chief probation […]
“You don’t know how many people you touch,” El Dorado Hills Deputy Chief Jim O’Camb said recently as he sat back in his office chair and reflected on his nearly 35-year fire service career.
He recalled a man stopping him in the grocery store once to thank O’Camb for saving the man’s daughter. He smiled as he remembered the little boy who managed to get himself trapped in a closet. O’Camb and a fellow firefighter dismantled the door, got the shaken youngster out and then put the door back together.
The friendships — O’Camb said he will always be grateful for the people he has met throughout the years. And even though retirement looms (a month away) he won’t forget what …