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Lane closures due Hwy 50 in EDH

Beginning Tuesday night, Oct. 28, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency  will be implementing full one-directional closures of Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. Oct. 28-29: • Westbound lanes from Bass Lake Road to El Dorado Hills Boulevard will be closed from […]

Confab aims at conserving water

Innovative water technologies that help conserve and protect California’s water resources was the main topic at a conference held Oct. 15 in Folsom. Sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and underwritten by Parjana Inc., a long list of speakers covered diverse topics, including groundwater management, climate change, small-scale hydropower opportunities and conjunctive water use. Volatile rainfall […]

Closing arguments present new possible story in Winkler case

The jury was sent to deliberation in the Todd Winkler murder trial 10 minutes before the court closed down on Oct. 21, essentially to begin deliberation on Oct. 22. Prosecutor Lisette Suder began her closing arguments by calling Winkler a “mastermind, a manipulator, a murderer.” He walked into his wife Rachel’s room “with the intent […]

Water rights pursuit on the bubble

El Dorado County supervisors sent their Water Agency staff back to a drawing board of sorts at their Oct. 14 meeting. The county has been pursuing a project to increase its access to local water for several years. The project is managed by the El Dorado Water and Power Authority whose executive director, Dave Eggerton, […]

Kinkade’s hometown gallery closing

Neon pink and green signs fill the window of 262 Main Street in Placerville — “Store closing. Everything must go!” While a group of about 20 people waited outside on Thursday, Oct. 23, people inside, like Elsie Katich, the gallery’s curator for almost 18 years, are preparing for the liquidation of 2,000 Thomas Kinkade paintings […]

EID: Water saving gets personal

As the summer irrigation season comes to an end, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Oct. 14 that district customers had reduced potable water conservation 27 percent for the week, 20 percent since Feb. 5 and 17 percent since Jan. 1. The lower figure for January was a consequence of two things: […]

Camino shooting suspect sketched

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the subject of a manhunt on Oct. 17. As seen in the accompanying sketch, the man was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 200-250 pounds, with a shaved head and […]

EDH Fire Board: Incumbents say experience matters

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Directors Greg Durante, Wallace Fullerton and Barbara Winn face three challengers this November. All three incumbents are endorsed by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association. Greg Durante has served on the Fire Board for more than six years. His service on the board began as an appointee after Moni Gilmore […]

Winkler convicted of first-degree murder

A jury found Todd Winkler guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel, on Wednesday afternoon.

The verdict from the jury of seven men and five women was read at 2:20 p.m., almost exactly 22 hours after deliberation began. Jurors also found that he used a deadly weapon — scissors — adding a year on to his potential sentence.

Rachel had been having an affair with James White, intending to divorce Todd and marry White instead. Prosecutor Lisette Suder posited that Todd found the computer she had used to calculate child support and alimony, leading him to stab her while she slept. Believing she …

EDH Fire Board: Bryan Elkins is done sitting on the sidelines

Bryan Elkins knows how to work hard and get results. The 1988 Mr. California hits the home gym every day and on the job as a private investigator, he’s used to digging deep to get answers. Using that work ethic to serve the public only seemed right and so Elkins is running for one of three seats […]

EDH Fire Board: Matt Fillmore wants to ensure the department’s success

Involvement in Boy Scouts and church programs taught Matt Fillmore the value of community service, something he hopes to continue as a member of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board. “I’ve always been a service-oriented individual,” Fillmore said. “I think El Dorado Hills has an amazing fire department and my goal would be to keep it […]

EDH Fire Board: Doug Hus wants to do the right thing

El Dorado Hills Fire Board candidate Doug Hus is comfortable in everything from overalls to a suit and tie. But no matter what dress code the job requires, his goal is to do what’s best for the community and that’s why he said he’s running for one of three available seats. “It just feels like […]

Purple petition qualifies for 2016 ballot

The El Dorado County Elections Department announced the “purple petition” was certified as of Tuesday, Oct. 21 as having enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Called “Retain El Dorado County’s Current Zoning,” the initiative directs the Board of Supervisors to look at land-use changes based on compatibility rather than favoritism, which, according to the initiative’s proponents, provides […]

10-29-14: Senior Nutrition lunch

$3 LUNCH DEAL: The Senior Nutrition lunch for today, Oct. 29, is: Almond Chicken, Brown Rice, Oriental Vegetables, Fortune Cookie, Juice, Hawaiian Roll and Milk. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Free BBQ party

FREE BARBECUE PARTY: On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., a Halloween Costume Parade and free barbecue party is planned with the following schedule: 1 pm: Gathering at Diamond Terraces Apartments, 6035 Service Dr., Diamond Springs. 1:30p.m. — Costume Parade to Pearl Place for Art Wall dedication. 2 p.m. — barbecue lunch at Diamond […]

Sock Hop for Seniors

SOCK HOP FOR SENIORS: The annual Camerado Springs Senior Ball for senior citizens is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Camerado Springs School multipurpose room, 2480 Merry Chase Dr., Cameron Park. This is a dinner and dance. Please RSVP today at 530-677-1658.

County seeks input Oct. 23 on EIR for proposed sign ordinance amendment

El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning Division will be holding a public scoping meeting Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The meeting regards the scope and content of the environmental information and analyses to be included in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed changes to the county’s sign ordinance. County […]

National $36,000 award for Jewish teen leaders

Know a socially-minded teen with a passion for repairing the world? The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is seeking nominations of Jewish teens with exceptional community service/social change projects that embody the value of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Nominations for the awards present an opportunity for educators, civic leaders and teen mentors to acknowledge […]

Winkler trial: Prosecution, defense rest cases

The defense rested its case and the prosecution rested its rebuttal case on Oct. 16 in the Todd Winkler murder trial. Dr. Frank Lossy, a psychiatrist who had interviewed Winkler and diagnosed him with dissociative personality and conversion disorders, said that the night before Winkler killed his wife, Rachel, he had taken a phone call […]

Cal Fire union endorses three for CPCSD board

In a press release dated Oct. 17, Cal Fire Local 2881 announced its support for Holly Morrison, Gerald Lillpop and Barbara Rogers for positions with the Cameron Park Community Service District. Lillpop is running to fill a two-year term. Rogers and Morrison are each running to fill four-year terms. “These folks truly understand the needs […]

EDUHSD: 5 vie for 3 seats

This November, five candidates are running for three positions on the Board of Trustees for El Dorado Union High School District. Three of the candidates are incumbents and two are first-time candidates. The Mountain Democrat asked each one about why they were running, what qualities a new superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Chris Hoffman should […]

New general manager hired by GDPUD

At its Oct. 14 meeting, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District announced it had selected Wendell Wall as its new general manager. According to information provided by GDPUD, Wall comes with 15 years of water management experience in a senior supervisory role including as acting general manager. Previously he worked as a water distribution superintendent […]

Former GDPUD GM gets $67k in settlement

A settlement between the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility Commission and former General Manager Hank White cost the district $67,000, according to court documents. White, who went out on family leave in early 2013 under duress from three members of the board of directors, formally left the job in June of 2013 to […]

Child hit by car in EDH

A child was hit by a car on Oct. 17 in El Dorado Hills. Lauren O’Neal, 29, was driving a 2008 Mazda CX9 on Post Street north of Town Center Boulevard at 7:19 p.m. when she allegedly hit a 4-year-old, according to a CHP report. The child’s condition remains unknown.

New Animal Shelter now open

El Dorado County’s new Animal Services shelter facility opened Oct. 16.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see the new facility project completed,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of Animal Services. “We want to thank everyone who supported this effort, especially the County Board of Supervisors and the Chief Administrative Office. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our community members and animal welfare partners. The new facility will be a great place to proudly serve our residents and to care for animals in need in our county.”

The new facility, located at 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, will 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

8 vie for Cameron Park CSD

Four positions on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District will be filled by voters in November. Three of the spots are for four-year terms and one is to fill a two-year spot. Running to fill the two-year term are Amy Blackmon and Gerald Lillpop. Lillpop said the reason he wants to serve on the […]

Heard over the back fence: Spooky time at the EDH Library

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.” SPOOKY LIBRARY: On Thursday, Oct. 30, the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, will be haunted from 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Trick-or-treat … drink-or-drive

Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people means celebrating with alcohol. As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. Placerville Police Department is reminding […]

September unempoyment rate dips

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in September 2014, down from a revised 6.9 percent in August 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for California and 5.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Homewreckin’ dogs

It’s one thing to battle over who gets the dog once divorce is imminent. It’s another to argue about the dog until divorce is imminent. This is a real problem: poorly behaved dogs that destroy marriages and deflate budding romance. What to do about these homewreckin’ dogs? Heed the following letter from a reader: “My dog […]

Probation Officers endorse Ranalli

The El Dorado County Probation Officers Association announced it is endorsing Michael Ranalli for District 4 county supervisor, stated EDCPOA President Gary S. Romanko. “The EDCPOA believes Mr. Ranalli is highly qualified and would be a great asset as a county supervisor,” Romanko stated. “Mr. Ranalli has been an active and involved member in the […]

McClintock fired up over fire and water

Congressman Tom McClintock got down to real basics in a talk to the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Oct. 8 at Red Hawk Casino. Describing two of the four elements, fire and water, McClintock lambasted those who have delayed harvesting of timber killed by the Rim Fire last year and the King Fire most […]

King Fire salvage operations continue

Salvage and restoration efforts in the aftermath of the King Fire are already underway with responsibility divided among the U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and Sierra Pacific Industries. According to Mark Egbert, district manager of El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District (GDRCD), of the 97,717 acres burned, 13,893 were the property of private landowners, 20,000 were […]

Camino manhunt ongoing

A manhunt in Camino began Friday morning after a deputy was shot at by a suspect.

Just after 8 a.m., a struggle occurred between a deputy and the suspect while on Cable Road, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. The suspect was able to retrieve a gun and fired a single shot at the deputy.

The deputy reported over the scanner that he had not been harmed; the shot hit his radio.

A manhunt began for the subject in Camino, though schools were only put on soft …

Psychiatrist: Winkler has disorders

Day 11 of the Todd Winkler Trial, Oct. 15, began with Winkler questioned on re-direct by his attorney, David Weiner. “I should have had the strength to disable her” without it being a life or death situation, he said. He said he didn’t have the strength and “never had control of the situation.” He said […]

Motorcycle fatal on Omo Ranch Road

A man was killed Thursday after being ejected from his motorcycle. Randolph Roberts, 30, of Amador City, was riding his 2008 Kawasaki 250 sport bike westbound on Omo Ranch Road east of Fairplay Road at about 8:25 p.m., a California Highway Patrol press release stated. He was traveling at an unknown high rate of speed […]

Planning Commission halts Town Center apartments

On Sept. 11, the El Dorado County Planning Commission denied plans to build a 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center in the project’s current form, yet the commission’s recommendations for revisions were mixed. Stockton-based developer A.G. Spanos Companies requested to increase the maximum residential density allowed in the General Plan from 24 dwelling units […]

Northside School Class I bike path opened in Cool

Dignitaries from Caltrans, El Dorado County Transportation Division, Black Oak Mine Unified School District and the El Dorado County Board Of Supervisors were on hand Oct. 15 during a blustery ceremony opening the Northside School Bike Path from Auburn Lake Trails’ first gate to Northside School. Although most everyone in attendance was positive about the […]

Officials warn of jury duty warrant scam

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received several phone calls over the weekend from citizens stating they were called by subjects identifying themselves by the names of local law enforcement officers. The citizens were told that the callers have warrants for their arrest for failing to respond to a […]

Heard over the back fence: Arts Council moving to Fausel House

BRING TWO BLANKETS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin” quote: “This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.” ART COUNCIL MOVING: The following “moving” announcement is provided: “After five years at 459 Main St., the El Dorado Arts […]

Runner to hold telephone townhall for restaurant owners

SACRAMENTO — Board of Equalization Member George Runner will host a telephone townhall for restaurant owners on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. The event, co-hosted by the California Restaurant Association, will provide specific information on tax issues important to the dining and beverage industry. “Restaurants play a vital role in California’s economy, providing more […]

EDUHSD: Veerkamp attacks White over group membership

It was an uncomfortable meeting for everyone Tuesday night as the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees met to discuss charges that Trustee Todd White had a potential conflict of interest because of his membership in another group. Brought up as an agenda item by Trustee Lori Veerkamp, the board debated whether or not White’s […]

Notice of vacancy for the Early Care and Education Planning Council

The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill two vacancies serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors. Successful applicants would be those who are concerned about and/or experienced with child care and early education issues. One vacancy is a designee position, which is […]

Ted, Beth Gaines endorse Todd White

State Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and State Senator Ted Gaines have both endorsed Todd White for re-election to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. In her endorsement Assemblywoman Beth Gaines stated, “Todd has proven that is a hardworking, positive advocate for quality public education, and he has my full endorsement for re-election […]

Deputy Sheriff’s Association opposes Measures M, N and O

The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of El Dorado County is opposing measures M, N and O on the November ballot — joining a coalition of local business, labor, agriculture, education, water and transportation experts who also oppose these measures. “Measures M, N and O will increase traffic on rural roads, slowing emergency response times for fire, […]

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