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Air quality rating up in the air

After years of study and documentation and plan preparation, El Dorado County has joined with its fellow air districts of the Sacramento Region in seeking to overturn a former failing grade as part of the “Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA).” In its simplest concept, the air used to be pretty bad and now it’s better […]

GDPUD: Budget and GM are top topics

A special board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District on April 15 was largely informational as President Bonnie McLane and directors Maria Capraun and Norm Krizl tackled three agenda items including the hiring of a new general manager, next year’s budget and finding a replacement CPA and auditor. Directors Ray Griffiths and Kathy […]

Mountain lion seen in Placerville

A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently. Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop […]

CTE a pathway to higher wages, higher-demand jobs

Career Technical Education — it’s the new buzz in education, along with Common Core, and there’s a pot of money out there to help.

“There is a lot of CTE stuff happening in our region,” said Christopher Moore, associate superintendent of Educational Services for El Dorado Union High School District. “We belong to a 25-district consortium, along with the El Dorado County Office of Education and Black Oak Mine School District, representing about 80,000 high school students in the Capital region.”

Working with the Capital …

New top 10 fugitive could be in area

On April 10, the FBI’s Baltimore Division announced the latest addition to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, William Bradford Bishop. Bishop is wanted in connection with the cold case homicide of his five family members in March 1976, all of whom he allegedly bludgeoned to death before burning and burying their bodies […]

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job growth

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 8.1 percent in March 2014, down from a revised 8.2 percent in February 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4 percent for California and 6.8 percent for the nation during the same period. […]

Heard over the back fence: Earth Day at the library

SOUND IS EXPENSIVE: John Chapman sent me the following sign:
”AUTO REPAIR PRICE LIST Ping-Ping-Ping $35 Plunk-Ping-Plunk $50 Klunk-Ping-Klunk $125 Thud-Klunk-Thud $200 Clank-Thud-Klank $325″ EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Placerville Earth Day celebration on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. There will be […]

CPCSD seat unfilled

A special board meeting held Monday night by the Cameron Park Community Services District resulted in no one being selected to fill the empty board seat left after Sean Tucker resigned in February. Eight candidates had applied for the opening but only seven showed for the interview. However, when it came down to it, no […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Benji, a 1-year-old German shepherd pup. Rarely do I meet a dog I don’t like, but shepherds hold a special place in my heart. We have two in the family right now. The German shepherd is smart, sensitive and strong, equal parts soldier and sidekick, as comfortable in […]

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

National taxpayer champion Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, has announced his endorsement of Michael Ranalli for El Dorado County District 4 Supervisor. On learning of the Uhler endorsement, Ranalli said, “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Lew Uhler. Lew has been a steadfast champion for the taxpayer as […]

DA receives letter from FPPC on campaign violations

The District Attorney of El Dorado County received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding violations of the Political Reform Act’s campaign disclosure provisions. “Specifically, the FPPC found that you violated the Act’s campaign disclosure provisions with regard to loans made to your committee and that you also violated the Act’s ‘one bank […]

DA candidate to remain on ballot

Contrary to the editorial on April 16, District Attorney candidate Judson Henry’s name will be on the June primary ballot. According to the El Dorado Elections Department, once a candidate has provided the necessary signatures and paid their filing fees, their name is on the ballot unless it is withdrawn by a certain date. That […]

Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

Just when everyone in the county had learned that LUPPU stands for Land Use Policy Programatic Update, they went and changed it to LRPU and then contracted that down to LRP. Long-Range Planning Division Assistant Director Dave Defanti brought that news to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ April 15 meeting. Because LUPPU was […]

Water Agency gives irrigation discharge program update

An update on the Long Term Irrigated Lands Program Waste Discharge Requirements was given at the April 9 Water Agency board meeting. Previously, the Water Agency board heard a presentation by the El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Corporation on the history and background of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and the Pilot Program that […]

Past due state taxes bring arrest

An El Dorado Hills Man was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of tax evasion. A Franchise Tax Board press release stated that Guy Archbold, 62, a CEO for a software company, was charged with alleged tax evasion for failing to file state income tax for 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He also allegedly failed to […]

Charges dropped: DA protester out of prison

A man known for protesting the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and charged with soliciting the murder of a judge in Nevada was released from prison and his charges dismissed. South Lake Tahoe resident Ty Robben was released last week after Douglas County, Nev., District Attorney Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation of murder charge, […]

Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

April 15 saw the last of the testimony of the Andrew Sanford murder trial. The day began with an argument over including then-16-year-old victim Richard Swanson’s hat size in evidence, but Judge James R. Wagoner struck down the inclusion due to lack of foundation and relevance. The jury was let in and the judge read […]

Woman, dog back from Oso

He may not look heroic — in fact, with the tug toy hanging from his mouth and his tongue hanging out, this German shepherd looks downright goofy. When his owner, Noreen McClintok, gives him the “search” command, however, the goofy animal is gone, replaced by a focused, intent dog who does not give up.

On April 8, Cai and McClintok, 63, returned from helping search for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., as part of a California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) team.

“Washington FEMA put out a call for cadaver dogs, “said McClintok, who lives in El Dorado Hills, “and CARDA responded right away.” McClintok said the search in Oso had changed from rescue to recovery within a day or two of the slide. “I can’t imagine what those first responders were confronted with. In 50 feet of mud, how do you start to look?”

“Our CARDA team had seven dogs and we drove up to Washington as a caravan. Two members of the team came all the way from San Bernardino,” said McClintok. “We got there on Thursday, April 2, and …”

Heard over the back fence: Fountain-Tallman Museum reopens

PREVENTING DIETING: John Chapman sent me the following “Aunty Acid” statement: “I have a condition that prevents me from dieting. It’s called being freakin’ hungry.” MUSEUM REOPENED: The Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main St., Placerville, aka the “little museum on Main Street,” has reopened after significant restoration of its masonry. The museum is open Wednesday through […]

Old mill a goner

The old sawmill in Camino that saw service for over a hundred years is in the process of being dismantled with no new plans for the site at present. Owned by Sierra Pacific Industries and located on Carson Road in Camino, spokesperson Mark Palicki said the main sawmill building has been coming down over the […]

EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annexation of the Latrobe Fire Protection District continues to progress, with the process now in the hands of El Dorado County’s Local Agency Formation Commission. Earlier this year, the El Dorado Hills and Latrobe fire boards voted to proceed with annexation. If all goes as planned, El Dorado Hills would […]

Draft EIR prepared for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

The County of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The DEIR is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA guidelines. This DEIR is available for public and agency review […]

Tea Party meeting April 17

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will be holding a special meeting on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. The meeting will feature special guests: El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini; Aaron Palm, principal from Virtual Academy; and Joshua Woods, who will […]

Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

A collision between a car and a motorcycle in Greenwood resulted in the death of a man on April 11. Franklin Jensen, 39, of Greenwood, was turning left onto Ricci Road from Greenwood Road at about 7:05 p.m. in his 1982 Toyota pickup, said CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Meanwhile, Garry Renner, 29, of Garden Valley, […]

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations, and public agencies to host a forum on the topic of underage drinking. Youth will take a lead role as participants in a Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking on Thursday, May 1, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the El […]

Floating body not a body

A report of a floating body on Cascade Lake on April 9 was later believed to be a piece of wood. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a floating body at 2:51 p.m., a press release stated. The reporting party, born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, was hiking on […]

Greenwood School being restored

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District, Native Sons of the Golden West and Greenwood Civic Organization are teaming up to make urgently needed improvements to the Greenwood Schoolhouse on Greenwood Road, but they also are calling on the help of community members. The historical building is badly in need of repairs, and although the Native Sons of the Golden West, Georgetown Parlor No. 91 has taken the task to its Grand Parlor and the Historical Preservation Fund for help, grant money provided will only cover the first phase of a two-phase restoration project.

“The Native Sons are dedicated to the preservation of California’s history,” said …

EID restricts watering days

Following dueling motions and another tirade against Small Farm customers by Director Greg Prada, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 4-1 to follow Board President Alan Day’s recommended watering regime. It took three hours to reach that vote. Day’s watering regime, outlined in an April 3 e-mail to General Manager Jim Abercrombie, calls for […]

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

STRAWBERRY — A 20-year-old man was rescued and flown to the hospital for medical care Friday after falling 50 to 60 feet off the east side of Lover’s Leap, a popular climbing spot in Eldorado National Forest. The man’s hiking partner reported the incident to authorities at about 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire Protection District, […]

Water rights detailed for EDWPA board

Members of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority listened to a short history on state water rights at their meeting on April 9. Related to current efforts by EDWPA to pursue an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water rights from the State Water Quality Control Board, the presentation, called ”Water Rights 101,” was made by attorney […]

Supes pick 1% growth forecast

Accepting the recommendation of its Long-Range Planning Division, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on April 8 adopted a new set of projections for how and where future growth will occur. The board approved “Scenario 3,” which combines the “historical growth rate with growth distribution that is consistent with the county’s General Plan.” Such […]

Sanford trial keys off chain of evidence

More Department of Justice witnesses made up the bulk of day 11 of the Andrew Sanford murder trial on April 9. The day began with a demonstration, out of the presence of the jury, by defense attorney Erik Schlueter. He wrapped a styrofoam head in duct tape, as 16-year-old victim Richard Swanson might have been […]

Georgetown calls stage 2 drought

After a long meeting Tuesday night that included extensive audience input, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District voted unanimously to declare a Stage 2 drought emergency. That decision was based on the water level in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir being 15,617 acre-feet when measured on April 7. Normally the 20,000 acre-foot reservoir would be […]

70th anniversary: Jeep ready for D-Day

June 6 of this year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing and the Battle of Normandy. It’s an event that will bring hundreds of thousands of people to France for commemorations and festivities including parades, parachute drops, the setting up of military camps, and concerts.

And joining them on the beach will be an old World War II Jeep that was recently restored by Diamond Springs resident Jimmy Strauss and a team of local craftsmen who’ve remade the vehicle in time for the upcoming event.

Taking nine months to complete at a cost of over $70,000 …

Heard over the back fence: Lions Hall senior lunch moves to fairgrounds

DON’T WASTE MY TIME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press “ONE” For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?” NEW LUNCH LOCATION: Because of repairs being done at the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Senior Nutrition lunch program has been […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf offers open house

Cedars Springs Waldorf School in Placerville will also host a kindergarten open house 10 a.m.-noon May 5. For a full picture into the day in the life of a CSWS student, the campus will be hosting an open classroom tours 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, with a look into each classroom, a campus tour followed […]

Candidates busy raising money

Election hopefuls are in the process of adding to their war chests using cash and in-kind contributions, fund raising and loans to finance their campaigns. As of March, this is what candidates have raised and spent according to filings with the California Secretary of State or the El Dorado County Elections Department. Elected department heads […]

Tick prevention reminder issued

As warmer weather approaches and individuals venture outdoors, El Dorado County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and tick bites. “Ticks can carry and transmit diseases to people and pets,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While not all ticks carry disease, […]

Cal Fire and National Guard train for fire season

SACRAMENTO — As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, Cal Fire and the California National Guard held their annual fire aviation training. The joint helicopter training was scheduled for several days from April 4-6 at the Cal Fire Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee in Amador County. “Fire activity is already well […]

Man barricaded in apartment arrested

A Shingle Springs neighborhood was partly evacuated as a man barricaded himself inside a residence Wednesday afternoon before ultimately being taken into custody. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment at 4050 Sunset Lane at about 11:20 a.m. for a report of felony domestic violence, Sgt. Dan Thomas told the Mountain Democrat. The […]

Community Action Council seeks new member

The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County, with special attention given to housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. The El Dorado County Community Action Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council within the Low-Income Sector […]

Sheriff gets OK for new offices

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini got the go-ahead Tuesday to pursue three possible sites for a future new sheriff’s headquarters. D’Agostini began his presentation April 8 by thanking the Board of Supervisors for recognizing and prioritizing his department’s need for a new headquarters facility. Acknowledging the county’s many other “competing needs,” D’Agostini cited “leadership […]

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