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Italy on Wheels due Sept. 13

FOLSOM — Located just off Forrest and Fong Street near the intersection of Forrest and Folsom Boulevard at 1125 Joe Murer Court, the Murer House Museum holds four events every year as fundraisers. In about two weeks on Sept. 13 the third annual Italy on Wheels event which features Italian cars from Ferraris to Fiats, Ducatis […]

Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life Sept. 7

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I have to stop saying, ‘How Stupid Can You Be?’ SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT AS A CHALLENGE!” RELAY FOR LIFE TIME: The Relay fr Life festival for cancer survivors will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Supreme Court denies Nutting

The California Supreme Court denied a petition of a former county supervisor regarding his removal from office. On Aug. 27, the Supreme Court of California denied the petition for review and application for the stay of former Supervisor Ray Nutting on his removal from office. Nutting was removed when his position was vacated by Buckley […]

Acupuncture clinic aims to serve community

With a sliding pay scale, Rosie McNeilly hopes to bring the world of acupuncture to a larger segment of the El Dorado County community. The main room of El Dorado Community Acupuncture is soothing. Soft music, a few dim lights, neutral blue walls with painted bird and tree silhouettes, comfy chairs and beds make up […]

EDH veterans memorial gets land: Fundraising ready to begin

Veterans and their supporters have waited years for the opportunity to build a Veterans Memorial Park in El Dorado Hills. On Aug. 14 the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the long-awaited maintenance and ground lease agreement of CSD-owned land for the project. The location is a 1.2-acre site south […]

Sand Fire Benefit one big success

Pulling off probably one of the most quickly organized and most successful community fund-raising events ever held, the Sand Fire Benefit has exceeded everyone’s expectations having raised in excess of $78,000 for victims of last month’s devastating fire. “It’s at $78,000 now and we think it will end up at $80,000,” said Bill Roby, who is […]

Scholarship available for local forestry students

JACKSON – The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications from now to Nov. 15 for the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university. The scholarship will be granted to a student who has graduated from […]

SLT Mental Health Clinic moving

The El Dorado County Mental Health Clinic currently located at 1360 Johnson Boulevard is moving to 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. The anticipated move date is Sept. 5, with clinic doors expected to be open for clients at the new location on Sept. 8. County Alcohol and Drug Program services will also […]

Labor Day closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Sept. 1 due to Labor Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Protection will […]

Mayors to meet for virtual handshake

Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will join the mayors of three other pioneer-related cities for a virtual handshake tonight, Aug. 29, using a laptop computer. Held to honor the Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival, the event kicks off a celebration of the major trails used by pioneers moving west in the 1840s and 1850s. With Independence, Mo. the starting place for many […]

Camp 2 Bridge deconstructed

Since Aug. 1 contractor Excavating Engineers Inc. out of San Diego County has been working on the Camp 2 Bridge reconstruction project for the El Dorado Irrigation District.

The first order of business was deconstructing the rickety Erector Set-like bridge and its wooden bridge deck. The remains are stacked in the marshaling yard a short walk before the bridge abutment. Other pieces are on the east abutment where they will serve as a protection for the stacked rock abutment in case a rock falls on it.

To lift out the old superstructure and its timber …

Dog tak with Uncle Matty: Cat saves boy from ‘otherwise friendly dog’

You’ve probably seen the video — “My cat saved my son” — but if you haven’t, watch it here: youtube.com/watch?v=C-Opm9b2WDk. And brace yourselves, dog people, because you’re about to fall in love with a cat. Earlier this summer, Tara the Tabby became a hero and Internet sensation when she thwarted a dog attack by body-slamming, […]

Heard over the back fence: Chamber of Commerce tee time

FUN AND GAMES WARNING: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “It’s all fun and games until the police show up.” TAIL GATE SALE — A “Special Ladies Event” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Bring your gently used jewelry […]

GDPUD adopts new budget

A budget for the current fiscal year was adopted by board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its Aug. 12 meeting. The new budget comes in at $3.735 million for the 2014-15 year, a reduction of 8 percent over 2013-14 with both revenue and expenses down. The biggest drop in operating revenue is projected to be […]

Nutting petitions state Supreme Court

A former county supervisor has petitioned the Supreme Court of California after the Third District Appellate Court upheld a trial court judge’s decision to vacate the position. Attorney David Weiner filed the petition on behalf of Ray Nutting in an attempt to overturn Judge Timothy Buckley’s decision to vacate the District 2 position. A special […]

Car show Thursday: Classics cruise to Main Street

A car just like Gary and Shirley Day’s beautiful Plymouth broke the land-speed record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956, reaching 149 mph. The Mt. Aukum couple’s gorgeous Fury won’t be hitting any record-setting speeds Thursday, Aug. 28, when it cruises into Placerville for the popular Hangtown Evening Car Show, but even at 5 mph it’s a sight that takes the breath away.

The Days are happy to bring their baby to the annual car show, which each summer fills Main Street with breathtaking vehicles and appreciative …

Two fires in EDH

Two fires burned 7.5 acres in El Dorado Hills on the afternoon of Aug. 22. The fire began around 2 p.m. on the south side of Green Valley Road, west of Mormon Island Drive, said El Dorado County Fire Acting Battalion Chief Russ Hasemeier. It was contained to 5.4 acres of wild land. The fire […]

Ft. Jim area: Fire causes heavy damage

A fire heavily damaged a house in Placerville on Aug. 24. The fire was reported at 9:52 p.m., said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The first engine to arrive found a single-family residence on Alca Road, off of Fort Jim Road, well involved. “Initially the crews were in a defensive/exterior fire attack,” […]

Greenstone residents ask Prada to resign

Angry residents showed up at Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District to demand that Director Greg Prada resign or be censured after Prada accused them of gaming EID’s small farm rate. Prada, who has made an issue of what he calls hobby farmers receiving the small farm water rate, wrote an editorial […]

Off-duty CHP officer severely injured

An off-duty CHP officer sustained severe injuries in a solo collision Aug. 23. Richard Marshall, a recently promoted CHP lieutenant, was driving his black 2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide southbound on Highway 49 south of Forgotten Loop around 3 p.m., a CHP press release announced. His motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway […]

Heard over the back fence: Big quilt show in Cameron Park

DISAPPEARING MONEY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an OUT-OF-MONEY EXPERIENCE.” ANNUAL QUILT SHOW: The Gold Bug Quilters’ annual Quilt Show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services Gymnasium, 2502 Country Club Dr., on Sept. 5, 6, and 7. Show hours on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, are 10 a.m. to […]

Program aimed at preserving life

Calling their 15-year-old son “the greatest thing we ever did,” Melanie and Ron Stewart have a plan that could prevent other parents from the grief they’ve suffered since his untimely death. On June 13, the Garden Valley couple lost its beloved Ronnie due to the sudden and swift rise in the river level at the […]

Tahoe trained for mass casualties

South Lake Tahoe, along with multiple local agencies participated in a mass casualty incident training Monday. The MCI training included a scenario of a major plane crash at Lake Tahoe Airport with multiple causalities. The purpose of the plan was to formulate comprehensive action of rescue, medical and firefighting operations to combat the effects of […]

Transportation Commission allocates $706M for repairs

MARYSVILLE — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) Aug. 21 adopted 148 biking and walking projects, collectively valued at more than $430 million, in the state’s 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP), making it the nation’s largest. The CTC will allocate nearly $221 million to the projects at its future meetings. “We started the Active Transportation Program […]

Farmn Bureau endorses Pratt for Dist. 2

After interviewing and carefully reviewing the qualifications of the candidates, the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Dave Pratt in the Board of Supervisors District 2 special election. “Dave Pratt is unquestionably the best candidate to represent farmers and he’s earned our support,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “He […]

Murderer up for parole for seventh time

A family is trying to keep a man in prison after he fatally shot his stepson and injured his wife and other stepson 29 years ago.

On Aug. 17, 1985, Robert Kaser entered the Placerville home of Priscilla Dixon. The married couple was estranged, and Kaser was there to pick up some belongings.

“He went to the bedroom. At the time, I didn’t know a gun was there,” Dixon said. She knew the .45 caliber handgun was in the house, likely in the bedroom, but it wasn’t something she thought about.

Her two sons, Ehren Dixon, 14, and Myles Dixon, 12, were in their bedroom, putting shoes on to help Kaser, “laughing, doing what kids do.” Priscilla was …

Folsom challenges Mather decision

Days after Sacramento County filed a Notice of Determination to move forward with the expansion of Mather Airport’s air cargo operations, the city of Folsom said, “Not so fast.” Citing several California Environmental Quality Act violations, including the project was approved and the NOD filed before all environmental findings were considered, Folsom assistant city attorney […]

Bigelow’s AB 2073 signed into law

SACRAMENTO – On Aug. 22, Assembly Bill 2073, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and will become law next year. Assembly Bill 2073 provides an exemption to the general prohibition against alcohol on school property. This bill allows facilities such as community centers, schools and office complexes owned by […]

Tea Party claims Common Core dumbs down education

A review of new national educational standards, called Common Core, was the topic at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills. Facilitated by Tea Party board member Bob Summers, the audience watched a video titled “Building the Machine” that was produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. Afterwards, Summers […]

BOS creates Facilities Financing Team Committee

Unsure whether to build, rent or otherwise obtain a new El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Administrative center, county supervisors July 29 opted to create a new board standing committee whose task is to find the best, quickest and most cost effective method to finance the project. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco described the current administration […]

Property Tax Roll shows a modest increase

The assessed value of all taxable property in El Dorado County increased by slightly more than 5 percent according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. The assessor completed and turned over the 2014/15 property tax roll on June 30. The $26.8 billion roll, which reflects the assessed value as of Jan. 1, is about […]

El Dorado County crops are up in market value

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22, and it was good news. According to a press release issued by the department, the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 […]

Two hurt in suspected DUI rollover

Two men sustained major injuries in a rollover collision Friday morning. Jason Shaughnessy, 21, of El Dorado Hills, was driving a 2000 Suburu Outback southbound on Salmon Falls Road north of Falcon Crest at approximately 8:26 a.m., when he lost control of the vehicle, a CHP press release stated. The vehicle traveled off the east […]

Employer job forum set for Sept. 3

El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Target will share information about the organization, what they look for in […]

Heard over he back fence: It’s time to buy tix for Lobster on the River

PREVENTING INSANITY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “In medieval times, it was believed that owning a cat could help cure insanity.” LOBSTER ON THE RIVER: Placerville Rotary invites all of us to join them for the “Lobster on the River” fundraiser to benefit local community projects. The fun will take place on Saturday, […]

NRA grants awarded, application process begins

The 2015 NRA Foundation grant process opened online on Aug. 1. Foundation grants provide essential program funding, ensuring the availability of quality training and educational opportunities nationwide. These grants benefit programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education, conservation, firearms and marksmanship training and safety and many more programs. Folsom Boy Scout Troop […]

Child Support Awareness Month

Child Support Awareness Month is recognized both nationally and locally each year as a means to focus on the importance of providing financial support for children. It is also the time to recognize the families and the child support professionals who are committed to making a difference in children’s lives both emotionally and financially. This […]

Fundraiser to benefit Animal Outreach

Enjoy a little taste of Paris and help the cats of El Dorado County during the upcoming French Bistro Fundraiser in Camino. The afternoon event, designed to benefit Animal Outreach and its spay/neuter efforts, will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Crystal Basin Cellars and Bistro in Camino. Crystal Basin […]

Water Agency gets preview of water rights project

The El Dorado Water & Power Authority and the County Water Agency heard an update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project at their May 14 meeting while also reviewing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Leslie Moulton, ESA project director, presented a summary of work done to date on the water rights project, saying they are […]

Sand Fire benefit tonight

In a show of can-do volunteerism, after just three short weeks of planning and organizing, everything is a go for the big Sand Fire Benefit tonight. Sponsored by local business people, service clubs, government agencies and community volunteers to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sand Fire, the benefit has something for everyone including […]

Bicycle plans given OK: Mo Flat pedestrian bridge OK’d

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved funding several projects that will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the county. The commission approved spending $90,000 for a grant application that was previously submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). It will be combined with $47,000 in county funds as part of […]

County Counsel retires next week

After 21 years in the department, including the past nearly two years as County Counsel, Ed Knapp is hanging up his “neologisms” and closing his “Brown Act for Dummies” book. Knapp spends hours every week sitting at the County Counsel’s table in the Board of Supervisors chambers answering or being ready to answer any legal questions a supervisor or staff member may put to him. And sometimes, completely unlawyer-like, he even says, “I don’t know.”

He does, however, know “Knapp’s law of public meetings — The hot air expands to fill the time allotted.”

Knapp laughs telling about moving from New Hampshire in 1971 in an old beater. “Wherever the car dies is where we’ll stay,” he recalled. The car made it all the way to San Francisco, so that became …

Eldorado National Forest chosen for new wildland fire project

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is one of only two forests recently selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to serve as a demonstration area that will implement the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy). The South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project encompasses approximately 250,000 acres. The goals […]

Patrol car hit in collision

A deputy was involved in a collision in Shingle Springs on Aug. 16 after another car failed to yield. The deputy was traveling Code 3 — full lights and sirens — northbound on South Shingle Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. As the deputy was crossing the intersection at about 20 mph on a red […]

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