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Burke’s Corner: August 22, 2014

By Burke Bruttig Burke’s Corner is a once-a-week photo corner of answers to questions of  seriousness, controversy or lightness in El Dorado County. Look for me in the community each week to ask you the question of the week and get your answer! For future question suggestions, comments or contact, Burke can be reached at […]

‘When I’m 64…’: Pebble Beach Concours shows it’s got muscle

Anyone would agree that Ferrari is a muscle car and this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show winner was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by former Microsoft president Jon Shirley of Medina, Wash. Shirley has owned the car since 1995 and it has gone through two restorations, an initial two-year […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire Benefit Aug. 22

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . DELAY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I will take care of my procrastination problem . . . Just You Wait and See!” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Sacto board OKs Mather’s 20-year plan

SACRAMENTO — Despite hundreds of formal complaints that Mather Airport’s nighttime air cargo operations are noisy enough as is, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Aug. 12 to beef them up when they approved a 20-year-development plan and revised Environmental Impact Report. The master plan includes lengthening runways and upgrading the airport’s navigation aid, […]

District 4 and 5: Biggest spenders weren’t the winners

A final tally of what Board of Supervisors candidates for Districts 4 and 5 raised and spent during the primary is in. In the District 4 contest, the two top vote getters were Mike Ranalli and Howard Penn with Ranalli edging out Penn by a slender 56 votes. They will face off against each other in November. In order of […]

Plane crash victim ID’d

An update from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office revealed the name of the San Jose man who died in a plane crash in Mosquito on Aug. 16. Perry Nieland, 52, died in the accident that also injured his brother, Richard, 55, both of San Jose. It is unknown who was piloting the biplane. It […]

Marilyn Ferguson — a city jewel

Marilyn Ferguson is a not-so-hidden jewel in the city of Placerville. You just have to know where to look — at the Fountain Tallman Museum, 524 Main St. Ferguson has been the manager of the museum for the past seven years, but her contributions in preserving the history of Placerville go back much further.

The 83-year-old is quick-witted and slightly irreverent, with a wry sense of humor, and she knows more about Placerville than just about anyone. Her years of historical research and involvement in historical organizations have made Ferguson the go-to person when anyone has a question about Placerville history, but when she and her late husband moved to Placerville from San Diego in 1967 to raise their children in a less crowded environment, she was a housewife, not a historian. “What got me were the backs of the buildings you could see from the highway, before they were cleaned up like they are now,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson met a mother while volunteering at her children’s …

Maury Erickson of Atwood Insurance dies

Maurice Alan Erickson (Maury), the well-known owner of Atwood Insurance Agency in Placerville, died Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz., of natural causes. Born in Opportunity, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1919, Erickson was just five days short of his 95th birthday when he died. A natural salesman who was successful in a variety of different careers, […]

Missing man found drowned

The body of a missing man was found in the South Fork of the American River Monday afternoon. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and Coroner personnel recovered the body of Raymond Nacon, 32, of Folsom, after Nacon had gone missing around 9 p.m. Aug. 16. About 6:30 a.m. the next day, a resident along the […]

Tea Party meeting on Common Core

This Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host an intense discussion on Common Core, the spawn of Race to the Top, the government’s answer to making education into a one-size-fits-all. The discussion will be led by Bob Summers. The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn […]

Georgianne Knight joins county ed board

During its regularly scheduled Aug. 14 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Education provisionally appointed Georgianne Knight to the vacant board position, representing District 1. Her appointment expires in November. She is the only candidate running for the seat on the November ballot. Knight has worked for the California Department of Education for 18 […]

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

The Hangtown Gold Bug Park Development Committee, in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept., is offering special tours of the seldom seen Priest Mine over all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Priest Mine traces its origins to the peak of the Gold Rush, about 1850, and is seldom open to […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire benefit Friday

ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST: Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statement: “Ask your doctor if medical advice from a TV commercial is right for you.” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]

Job fair Aug. 22

Job seekers in El Dorado County and across the Sacramento region are invited to attend the fifth annual Tri-County Job Fair to be held on Friday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roseville Sports Complex & Martha Riley Library located at 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville. The free job fair will […]

Body found by Hwy 50

The body of a woman was found Sunday in the Placerville vicinity. The body was found in an open field at the intersection of Highway 50 and Missouri Flat Road, a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated. A passerby saw the body and reported it to deputies at about 4:30 p.m. Upon […]

Head Start: Teachers protest pay cuts

At about 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, about 20 people were lined up on Green Valley Road outside of the El Dorado County Office of Education.

“EDCOE not honoring contract,” read one sign. “We won’t just quit, we’re teachers and role models,” read another. Teachers, classroom assistants and speech therapists had gathered from multiple districts to protest a new contract forced on Head Start teachers.

“We’re not really protesting,” preschool teacher Luann Carlson said. They were, instead, giving out information.

The new contract was “affecting teachers and families” in …

Amaral cites a different skill set: District 2 candidate

Saying his campaign may yet surprise people is Chris Amaral, another candidate for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. Asked why he’s running so soon after losing in the primary to Bill Schultz for the job of Recorder-Clerk, Amaral said he’s a big proponent of public service and has a unique skill set […]

City Council nixes rehab facility

Agreeing with residents that Coloma Street already has its share of treatment facilities, a conditional use permit for a 10-bed residential treatment facility at 2986 Coloma Street was denied at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Placerville City Council. Owned by Tim and Ellen Page, the home is currently being used as a sober living […]

1 dies in plane crash

A biplane crashed on a residential street less than half mile east of the Swansboro Airport Saturday, according to Mosquito Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Chris Johns. One of two on the airplane died, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and a second was transported by Calstar to Sutter Hospital in Roseville, Johns said. The Sheriff’s […]

Homicide: Nov. trial for Harris

A Friday morning hearing for a woman accused of murdering her husband confirmed a November trial. Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander confirmed with Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that the Colleen Harris trial will begin on Nov. 4. In the interim, Alexander said, he and defense attorney David Weiner would develop a schedule for pre-trial motions. […]

Fundamental volleyball classes

FUNDAMENTAL VOLLEYBALL: Fundamental volleyball classes are available for grades 4 to 8 for beginners and intermediate players. Lessons are offered on Fridays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 3 at the Cameron Park Community Center gym, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $95 for Cameron Park residents or $100 for non-residents. The instructor is Melanie […]

Professional and business services led month and year-over job growth

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.4 percent in July 2014, up from a revised 6.9 percent in June 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Tax collector offers due date e-mail reminders

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector, announced Aug. 11 that taxpayers can sign up for property tax reminders. These free e-mail notifications can help act as a friendly reminder of tax due dates. To subscribe to the tax due dates reminders, visit edcgov.us/TaxCollector and click on the E-mail Subscription links at […]

Camino plant getting improved remote control

The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.

Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.

Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…

New county counsel starts in September

Following a late afternoon closed session July 15, El Dorado County Supervisors announced their appointment of Robyn Truitt Drivon to the position of County Counsel. Drivon is currently the County Counsel of Yolo County in Woodland since 2006 and is very experienced, said outgoing County Counsel Ed Knapp after he made the official report of […]

Local races attract candidates

With Aug. 13 being the deadline for candidates to file to run for various local elected positions, below is a list of those throwing their hats in the ring in selected races. Running for one spot on the Los Rios Community College District, Trustee Area 3, are Marc Allaman, John Knight, Brad Trimble and Leroy […]

Property owners asked to report waterfowl mortality

Drought conditions have increased the possibility of disease outbreaks in waterfowl, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes avian botulism in waterfowl, is common in wetlands throughout California. Toxins from this bacterium affect the central nervous system of waterfowl, ultimately resulting in death. Outbreaks of avian botulism […]

Supervisors say no to charter changes

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, at the Aug. 12 meeting, opted to close the issue of reducing the number of elected county officials. Responding to a recommendation by the Grand Jury to put the matter to the voters of the county, the board voted unanimously not to implement the recommendation. Supervisors could have designed […]

School bus hit head-on, five suffer minor injuries

A collision involving a school bus bound for Union Mine High School resulted in minor injuries and an arrest on Thursday.

The CHP responded to Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. on a report of a collision involving a school bus, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Two passenger vehicles were involved.

The bus had been traveling westbound towards town, Cuthbertson said, when Steven Gruber, 24, who was heading eastbound, drove into the oncoming lane. The bus driver, Jennifer Shields …

Cat herding: A tale of feral misadventure

This story was sent to us by one of our readers about the misadventures of Hadley and Walt Kopp and their feral friends. This first-hand account is provided with only minimal editing and was written by Hadley. “As many of you know Walt and I have been trapping feral cats, taking them to an Outreach […]

Camp leader arrested for sexual texts to boy

A Sonora, Calif., resident was arrested Monday on suspicion of sending sexual messages to a 14-year-old Lake Tahoe boy, who the man had met at a summer camp. Brandon Moe, 22, had allegedly sent the teenager sexual text and Facebook messages after the boy had returned home from a camp in Tuolumne County, authorities said. […]

Bigelow responds to Water Bond vote

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee Vice Chair Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, today issued the following statement responding to Wednesday’s vote by the Legislature to put an alternative water bond on the November 2014 ballot: “From day one, my Republican colleagues and I made it clear that water storage funding was the most important […]

Delta Council rotates members

Four years after the Delta Stewardship Council was formed as an independent state agency, four new members have joined the council. Of the seven members on the Delta Stewardship Council, four are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, one member is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, one appointed by the […]

Veerkamp plans town hall confab

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp will host a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the library at Union Mine High School. All residents and business owners in the Diamond Springs-El Dorado community region are encouraged to attend. “There will be a number of topics up for discussion that will […]

Rotary accepting mini-grant applications

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants that will be used for any project or program that is designed to benefit local children or the residents of the Pollock Pines-Camino communities. Applications should deal with projects up to $1,000. Those applicants selected will be requested to make a presentation describing the results […]

Community partners work to end mental health stigma

“One out of four families will experience mental health challenges. My family is one,” narrates actress Glenn Close at the start of the documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” which was shown to residents at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion earlier this year in an effort to […]

Data collection for Tahoe Travel Mode Survey begins Aug. 15

STATELINE, NEV — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will conduct travel surveys with visitors and residents at several recreational and commercial locations throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Interviews will be carried out by a professional survey research company and are scheduled to take place through Sunday, August 24, 2014. Results […]

What? Me, worry? End guilt

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion,” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at Federated Church on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will help participants work through guilt by compassionately embracing it and transforming it. There will be […]

Heard over the back fence: Diamond Springs car show planned

TIMING IS IMPORTANT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Everybody makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when no one is looking.” FIREFIGHTERS FUNDRAISER: The Diamond Springs-El Dorado Firefighters Association invites you to attend their Classic Car Show at the Fire Department, 501 Main St., Diamond Springs, on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to […]

Heard over the back fence: Railroad history to be offered

T-SHIRT RECOMMENDATION: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?” RAILROAD HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture titled “History of Railroads in El Dorado County” will be presented on Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Social Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. […]

Drought affects some well owners; storage is key

As a Stage 2 drought alert continues to plague the state of California and water users are urged to continue conservation measures, people with private wells on their property are finding their wells going dry. “A lot of people have what we call ‘marginal’ wells,” said Tony Segarra of Gary Tanko Well Drilling, “wells that […]

Italy on Wheels ready to roll

A taste of Italy is getting close. The festival celebrating Italian cars, motorcycles, bicycles and food is scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Murer House Museum at 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the admission is free. If you like Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, […]

Jennifer Nutting aims to promote tourism, agriculture

Jennifer Nutting makes three promises if she’s elected District 2 Supervisor and everything else, including working to end county government waste, will be top goals. “My first promise is honesty; I will always tell you the truth,” she said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat July 29. “No. 2, I’ll always be accessible. My […]

Funds for service dog safe

An organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs for children with autism and other disorders, Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, has filed bankruptcy and closed. Alexa Fila, who contracted with Pawsitive to provide a Seizure Alert/Response Service Dog for her daughter, Hailey, wants her donors and supporters to know that the $12,500 she paid Pawsitive […]

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