UNR video game project to offer exercise for blind children

RENO, Nev. — A research project at the University of Nevada, Reno, has received a $410,220 grant to explore how video exercise games can be played without using visual feedback so the visually impaired, especially adolescents, can improve their health through increased activity. The funding comes from the human-centered computing program of the National Science […]

EID eyes 50-50 plan

During its Oct. 11 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors again considered various components of the District’s recently completed Cost of Services Study model. The board selected a preferred cost recovery allocation methodology and the method for integrating Domestic Irrigation customers into other rate classes, and considered the El Dorado County Office […]

Turf rate action delayed

A proposal from the El Dorado County Office of Education was received by the El Droado Irrigatiohn District board, asking to redirect property tax allocation funds to support schools and community service districts to mitigate the rate increases proposed in the COS Study. The proposal was widely discussed Oct. 11, with several members of the […]

Domestic Irrigation customer class to be phased out in 2013

In order to comply with Proposition 218 requirements, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 4-1 Oct. 11 to eliminate the Domestic Irrigation customer class effective January of 2013. This action has been taken because the customer classification does not meet Proposition 218 criteria since it is not based upon the district’s Cost of Services […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID Cost of Service Study forums set

El Dorado Irrigation District will hold two public outreach meetings to discuss the outcome of its recent Cost of Services Study and to seek public comment in the process. The first meeting will be held 6:30p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Cameron Park Community Services District, 2502 County Club Drive. The second meeting will be 6:30  p.m. Wednesday, […]

Control burn set in Sly Park area

The Amador- El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be conducting vegetation management prescribed burns in the Sly Park Lake Recreation Area Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 17-19. The burns will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  These particular prescribed burns will remove brush, conifer litter and bear clover in the understory of […]

Trees for troops is a community gift

CAMINO — For the past 32 years Indian Rock Tree Farm has been sending Christmas trees to El Dorado County service men and women deployed overseas. They’ve been supplying the trees for the program for even longer — since Carl Borelli, the late El Dorado County supervisor and Placerville mayor, started the program during the […]

Council sets dates for chats

Do you ever wish someone would just listen to your ideas about how to make Placerville a better place to live? Hear you when you protest about things that seem to take too long or have a million hoops to jump through? Got some good ideas to streamline red tape and get some little things […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 17 Replies

Telephone Safety Check

Are you worried about an older relative or friend in questionable health who lives alone? The “You Are Not Alone” program offers a free telephone service that checks, on a daily basis, with people to make sure they are safe and okay. To learn moe about the YANA program call 530-621-6255.

Needle New Comers

The red carpet is rolled out for the following new members of the Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild: Sandra Connerley and Dorothy Van Asten!

Scholarship for Women

If you are a woman age 30 or older residing in El Dorado County and enrolling for three or more units at El Dorado (College) Center, there may be a scholarshop available for you. The application deadline for the spring term scholarshop is Dec 31st and is being given by the Chapter PI of PEO, […]

Helping the Non Profits

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is presenting a non-profit showcase mixer and the public is invited. Local non-profit representatives will discuss the various ways to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. This mixer is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Blue Shield lobby, 4203 Town Center […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Act to bring down puppy mills

Puppy mills have been around for more than half a century. In the post-World War II boom, more disposable income and leisure time met with farmers actively searching for alternative “crops” — a collision that led to the phenomenon of the retail dog. Pet stores sprouted and multiplied as money-minded individuals realized the irresistible appeal […]

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Oct. 29. This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs. Three sites will be operating where these drugs can be disposed of, free, […]

Economy Depressing You?

A community Prepardness Fair will take place on Saturday, Nov 5th, from 1am to 2pm at the LDS Church, 3275 Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville. Has the economy got you down? Are you having tough times making ends meet? This free informational fair will offer classes, workshops and several informational booths related to job employment assistance, […]

Improve Your Driving Skills

Drivers 50 years old or older are invited to attend the AARP Mature Driving Class scheduled for Saturday, Nov 5th and Saturday, Nov 12th, 9am to 1pm both days at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring Street, Placerville. Participants must attend both days of the class to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee […]

Create A Holiday Wreath 10-31 must

How about making your own holiday wreath for ten bucks? A class titled “wreath making”.Au Naturale is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 3rd, from 9am to 11am at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Local resident Syd Whittle will show you how to create a festive holiday wreath from […]

Create A Holiday Wreath

How about making your own holiday wreath for ten bucks? A class titled “wreath making”.Au Naturale is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 3rd, from 9am to 11am at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Local resident Syd Whittle will show you how to create a festive holiday wreath from […]

Photographing Humans

A new class titled “Photographing Friends and Humans” will be presented on Thursday, Nov 3rd from 5:30pm to 8pm at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Way in El Dorado Hills. The class fee is $29 and the instructor is Bob Gouine. A point and shoot comera is fine for this but basic […]

Understanding Diabetes

A class titled “Diabetes Essentials” is being preented on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main Street in Placerville. Class topics include understanding diabetes, controlling blood glucose and using your meter. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare with a MD referral. To register, call […]

Digital Camera Insight

Seniors are invited to a “Digital Camera” class beginning Tuesday, Nov 1st, from 1:30pm to 4pm and running for three consecutive Tuesdays at the Placerville Senior Center Computer Lab. This course is designed to help the inexperienced user make the connection between their camera and their computer. Topics include transferring pictures from camera to computer, […]

Local Geology Class

A new class titled “Rocks and Stones 101″ is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 1st at 1pm. The instructor will be Eric Phillips, retired geologist. Class participants will look at CA maps and discover how past geological events have shaped our state and local area. To save your spot in this class call 916-358-3575. The class […]

Holiday Closures

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center will be closed on the following holidays: November 11-Veterans’ Day, November 24th-25-Thanksgiving, December 23 & 26 – Christmas, January 2-New Year’s Day.

Blues, Beatles and Barbershop

The restructured Gold Rush Chorus is presenting their first concert, “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop”, on Saturday, Oct 29th, at Lake Hills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7. A variety of quartets will perform including the Oak Ridge High School Baritone Chorus and […]

Wild tag for Upper Truckee in hibernation

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Supervisor Norma Santiago sought a board resolution to support designating the Upper Truckee River in the Meiss Meadows area a Wild and Scenic River. But in the end she moved to table the issue at the Oct. 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting in the South […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

El Dorado student attends Rocky Mountain College

BILLINGS, Mt. — Sabastian Johnson, son of Siri and Jeffrey Johnson of El Dorado, will attend Rocky Mountain College this fall. Sabastian plans to major in Aeronautical Science. He graduated from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Sabastian was accepted to Rocky Mountain College based on his educational performance, which includes his high school grade point average, […]

What’s in the air: com mix of science, politics and good sense

Bill Cosby made “Why is there air?” a household term in 1965. His comic answer was generally, “So that sports balls could be inflated.” The Air Quality Management District of El Dorado County probably doesn’t get asked that question very often, but it does get a lot of calls from residents complaining about a neighbor’s […]

Stumpy Meadows already rising

GEORGETOWN — During the monthly meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, General Manger Hank White provided directors with some good news on water levels and hydroelectric profits. “It was an interesting water year,” White said Oct. 11. “The (Stumpy Meadows) reservoir has already started to recover. We are at about 2.5 to 3 […]

Gold Caddy tour to honor Poor Red’s

It’s well-known among the barbecue and classic-cocktail crowds that the bar at Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q (since 1948) in El Dorado goes through more Galliano Italian liqueur than anyplace else in the world. That’s because the joint’s signature drink since 1952 has been the Golden Cadillac, a frothy blend of Galliano, half-and-half, white cream de cacao […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Caltrans studies SLT speed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — Caltrans is undertaking a review of the speed limits between Meyers and Stateline as part of a regular review process, said Caltrans spokeswoman Deanna Shoopman. Speed limits would be increased by 5 mph or be kept the same following the conclusion of the study, Shoopman said. The speed limit in within South […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

EID offices close Oct. 21 for employee furlough

EID offices will be closed on Friday, Oct. 21, for the fourth of five planned closures that, in total, amount to 40 hours of furlough for each employee. District headquarters in Placerville will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 18. Field staff furlough time will be scheduled so that operations continue uninterrupted and so that staff can still […]

Law enforcement chases down fugitive

El Dorado County law enforcement was on the move Thursday afternoon after a man wanted for out-of-state property crimes led officers on a foot chase. Shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies spotted two juveniles at Mosquito Road and Locust Street in Placerville. Deputies suspected that the juveniles might have been connected to a string […]

EID candidates square off in Pollock Pines

POLLOCK PINES — Water issues. That is what dominated a forum featuring candidates for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Division 1 board seat as they met at the Pollock Pines Community Center Oct. 6. The forum, sponsored by the El Dorado County League of Women Voters, is a way for area residents to get to […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Scouts plan pork fundraiser

GO HOG WILD: Boy Scout Troop 117 has scheduled a “Boy Scout Pork-Out” for Friday, Oct 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Placerville Elks Lodge 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. Dinner will include pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drink. The ticket price is $10. For tickets or more information, […]

State agencies honored for wildlife protection

The California Departments of Transportation (Caltrans) and Fish and Game have been awarded a prestigious honor by the Federal Highway Administration for their work to protect wildlife and habitat in California. The environmental project was recognized for connecting formerly isolated wildlife habitats. Additionally, Caltrans was recognized for combining multiple counties’ mitigation for seasonal pools into a single site. “Caltrans values […]

Placerville police nab burglary suspect

A suspected burglar was apprehended Thursday afternoon after leading officers on a foot chase through Placerville. The suspect, whose identity was not immediately available, was eventually caught near the Waffle Shop on Broadway by Placerville police officers. The suspect was tracked down Carson Road, near Schnell School Road, before being arrested on Broadway. To help search for […]

Member sought for Early Care and Education Planning Council

The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill one vacancy serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors and the superintendent of schools. The vacancy is for a provider representative, which is defined as someone who currently provides care and education services for children. […]

Pollock woman still missing

Nearly three weeks after she was last seen, El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives continue to search for a missing Pollock Pines woman. Sara Jane Fawcett, also known as Sara Ward, was last seen on the early morning of Sept. 23. The night before, she reportedly called in sick to work at the Placerville Wal-Mart. Because […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

New GDPUD employee association OK’d

A vote to allow a small group of employees of the Georgetown Divide Utility District to form an employee organization was given the thumbs up from directors Oct. 11 following a lengthy discussion to answer whether or not two organizations should be created. “Last time, if you recall, we received a formal notification by this […]

Oller eyes Assembly

It’s been a while, but Rico Oller is hoping to return to the State Capitol next year. On Wednesday, Oller, 53, announced his candidacy for California’s 5th Assembly District. The Republican, who most recently served as a 1st District state senator from 2000 to 2004, told the Mountain Democrat that he thought long and hard […]

Spiders on the move

They’re big and hairy and mostly pretty harmless, those tarantulas that are being reported on the El Dorado Trail and in other parts of the county. Whether they are actually tarantulas or trapdoor spiders is unclear at present. Ethan Koenigs, a biologist with Sierra Ecosystem Associates explained that there are several species of tarantula in […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Candy Shack open; Bill Murray not starring

TOMORROW IS EASIER:
 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m a Master at Productive Procrastination?” • • • SWEET SALE: Mother Lode Lions Club is selling See’s Candy at their Candy Shack in the parking lot of the Mother Lode Lions Club, at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs. Candy […]

Pups could become ‘miracles’

CAMERON PARK — There are six tiny miracles in the making at a home on Sudbury Drive, and Rick Spicer and Irina Green are happily shaping their destinies. The six puppies, all wiggles and squirms right now, could be worth upward of $40,000 should their training result in them becoming service dogs for afflicted children […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

TMDL is an $11 million acronym

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — TMDL, which stands for Total Maximum Daily Load, is one expensive acronym. It refers to limiting the amount of sediment going into Lake Tahoe. Enforced by the Lahontan Water Quality Control Board, it is estimated to cost El Dorado County $11 million, according to Supervisor Jack Sweeney. “I’m thinking we’re wishing […]

Cal’s Market owner scheduled for court today

Vincent Cal of Greenwood is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, for the start of his self-requested jury trial for operating Cal’s Market without a business license. Cal opened the market after being told that the property on which he wanted to operate was zoned residential and he would […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 12 Replies