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News citizens take oath in Folsom

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services came to the Folsom Public Library for the naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. Patsy Johnson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services April 12 congratulated the 40 people who had completed the rigorous process to receive citizenship. She emphasized that leaving […]

Heard over the back fence: Gone fishing at Wakamatsu

HOW TO MEET JESUS: My pal John Chapman sent me a photo of the following church sign: “Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” FAMILY FISHING EVENT: On Saturday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., the American River Conservancy has scheduled a family fishing event in the Gold Hill. […]

5 years prison for child porn

SACRAMENTO — Kendal Mychael Lobb, 32, of Cameron Park, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, in July 2012, law enforcement investigators identified Lobb’s computer as a source of […]

A victim tells her story

Kristi Merrill, 25, was abducted from the Sacramento-Carmichael area in March of 2012 and held as a “sex slave” for four months. She was found and rescued by a Christian organization that specializes in finding and helping women and girls escape from similar circumstances. The Mountain Democrat covered the issue extensively at the time. There […]

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

A county multi-disciplinary task force is putting the lie to the notion that, “It can’t happen here.” Law enforcement, social services, mental health and public health staff have joined in a campaign to reduce and prevent human trafficking of local youth for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation. Although many of the 20 victims identified […]

Nutting trial: Testimony looks at Sierra resource organization

Testimony on the second morning of the Supervisor Ray Nutting trial, April 23, focused on the Sierra Coordinated Resource Management Council. Katie Maloney, the operations manager for SCRMC, appeared back on the stand after a late start due to motions made outside the jury. She noted that there was a 2007 contract between the SMRMC and Nutting, […]

Big marijuana find in EDH

On April 9, the arrest of two subjects and a search warrant for an El Dorado Hills home revealed about 858 pounds of marijuana and weapons, including stolen guns. At around 4 p.m., Citrus Heights Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and Post-Release Community Supervision team conducted a traffic stop in the 8300 block of Oak […]

Jury: Sanford guilty of murder

On April 23, Andrew Sanford was found guilty of murder in the first degree.

At 11:13 a.m., two days after beginning deliberation, the jury in the Andrew Sanford trial for the murder of Richard Swanson at the South Y Shell gas station in 1980 returned a verdict.

The clerk read the jury’s decision: Sanford was found guilty of first-degree murder with the special allegations that the crime was committed during a robbery and burglary both found true.

“Disappointed, but nothing surprises me,” defense attorney Erik Schlueter said of the verdict, adding that the decision will be appealed but by a …

Initiative seeks roundabout vote

On April 3 an intention to circulate a petition in Placerville to amend the city’s General Plan was filed by Friends of Historic Hangtown. The stated purpose of the petition is to create an ordinance to prohibit the construction of roundabouts, traffic circles and other similar traffic features anywhere in the city limits, unless such […]

Extra items

  RESTFUL SLEEP LESSON: John Bruno sent the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “For a restful sleep tonight, remember the three people you complimented today.” RIDE THE FUN TRAIN: You can play Mexican Train Dominoes on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you have never played, […]

Sheriff cracking down on Tahoe pot grows

By Tom Lotshaw The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is making it a priority to crack down on illegal marijuana grows in South Lake Tahoe, with deputies busting a dozen grows in the last four months. Deputies have seized thousands of marijuana plants, several dozen pounds of processed marijuana, tens of thousands of dollars in […]

Testimony gets heated in Nutting trial

The end of the first day of the Supervisor Ray Nutting trial on Tuesday saw a heated discussion between a witness and the defense attorney. After lunch, Jeff Calvert, the chief of forestry assistance for Cal Fire, based in Sacramento, was back on the stand. He first noted that, as far as he could recall, no […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in News | 1 Reply

Burn permits required May 1

CAMINO — “In 2013, 32 percent of all wildfires in the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire were caused by residential debris burning, which is up from 23 percent in 2012. This amounted to a total of 94 fires and 66 acres burned,” said Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal […]

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting says one thing to the public while doing another in private.

That was the opening statement of the Nutting trial, which began Tuesday, presented by Pete Williams of the state Attorney General’s Office and half of the prosecution.

Nutting, Williams alleges, takes state tax money to improve his own property while speaking out against taxes and the government. He has trouble “abiding by the same laws we all have to follow,” Williams said …

Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

The Placerville Downtown Association is moving forward to supplement the upcoming Main Street Matters painting project, by Benjamin Moore, scheduled for June. The Placerville Downtown Association (PDA) will host a critical community meeting (No. 3) for interested property and business owners, and community members at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Placerville Town […]

Assessor begins review of properties assessed under Prop. 8

El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland announced that his office is beginning review of properties assessed under Proposition 8. The assessor explained that a 1978 constitutional amendment (Proposition 8) requires the assessor to recognize a temporary loss in value. Each year, the assessor is to enroll the lower of the factored base year (Prop. 13) […]

No quick fix for California’s highways

A pending infrastructure crisis in the state was described in detail at a recent meeting of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. Presented by Will Kempton, executive director of an industry based advocacy group called Transportation California, Kempton’s credentials include being the previous director of Caltrans. Kempton said the State Transportation Commission did a study […]

More mountain lion sightings reported

Saying that mountain lion sightings are not unusual for the area, wildlife biologist Shelly Blair said they are nothing to panic about. Blair, who works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said two sightings of mountain lions have been reported to her office, not including the one reported last week on Darlington Avenue. […]

Sanford murder case to jury

Richard Swanson would have turned 50 on April 12. Instead, he was killed on Aug. 14, 1980, at the age of 16. “He was barely 16, a nice kid, a good kid … until Andrew Sanford stole that from him,” Trish Kelliher of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office said during her closing statement […]

Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

HOSPITAL BLOOPER: Sarah St. John sent the following “Hospital Chart Bloopers” quotation: “The patient refused autopsy.” “CREMAINS” LAW: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “California Penal Code bans the scattering of ‘Cremains’ from the Golden Gate Bridge.” WRITING YOUR INNER VOICE: Would you like to find your inner voice to be a successful writer? Writer […]

Nimbus Hatchery to host speaker series

The public is invited to attend a presentation on the effects of the ongoing drought on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River. The event will be held at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Rancho Cordova on May 3 at 11 a.m. It is the first of three planned speaker sessions at Nimbus […]

EDUHSD calls field depression minimal

The El Dorado Union High School District was recently provided a copy of the El Dorado County 2013–2014 Grand Jury Report alleging dangerous conditions on the Ponderosa High School football field. The district is evaluating the Grand Jury’s findings and conclusions. Construction of the new field was completed in August 2009. Over the nearly four […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in News | 4 Replies

Fifth annual Honors Dinner at the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Retired Forest Service District Ranger and longtime Diamond Springs resident Bob Smart will be honored at the April 23 meeting of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum. The meeting is at Colina De Oro restaurant, at 694 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Bob’s friends, family, and former co-workers are encouraged to attend. […]

Corps study proposes a 90-acre Delta ecosystem restoration project

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District Ap;ril 11 released a draft study report recommending restoration of 90 acres of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to its natural tidal marsh state. The proposed project would fill the sunken interior of areas near Antioch, using existing dredge material including stockpiles from dredging at […]

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

THE POWER OF CHOCOLATE: Sarah St. John sent the following “Aunty Acid” quote: “Did you know chocolate makes your clothes shrink?” LET’S GO FISHING: The American River Conservancy program is partnering up with the El Dorado chapter of Trout Unlimited to schedule a fishing night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month […]

El Dorado County Multidisciplinary Team combats child exploitation

Incidents of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) are becoming more prevalent in the County of El Dorado and more and more common throughout the country. From 2010–2012, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was aware of three CSEC cases. From 2013 to present, HHSA is aware […]

Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

According to C. L. Raffety, Treasurer–Tax Collector, knowing the proper party to call can save taxpayers time and energy when searching for answers to property tax questions. For example: Question: Can the Tax Collector change the amount of my taxes? Answer: No. The Tax Collector is forbidden by law from changing the value of the […]

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 […]

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