Salon owners blend business and charity

EL DORADO HILLS — When Dave Condell and fiancée Tien Nguyen purchased the El Dorado Hills Salon a little less than two months ago they knew they wanted to reinvent the business. They wanted it to be so much more than a place to get highlights and pedicures. Condell, 46, and Nguyen, 36, wanted to build […]

Heard over the back fence: Concert Thursday in EDH

A DIFFERENT GOLDEN RULE?
 My pal John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement, which may be a tad cynical: “Do unto others the same crap they’ve done to you.” • • • FREE CONCERT:
 Concerts are still being held at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Steve Young Amphitheater, at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The Aug. […]

EID board unanimous on new map

With four alternative redistricting maps to study since its last meeting Aug. 8, it didn’t take long for the El Dorado Irrigation District to decide on one map Monday. The unanimous choice Aug. 22 also won universal praise from the three audience members most interested in redistricting. Despite the 5-0 vote for Alternative 6, Board […]

Test results show local students above state average

El Dorado County students again performed significantly higher than the state average on the 2011 California Standards Tests in all academic areas, according to results released Monday. The CST, a part of the California State Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, measures student knowledge based on the California Academic Content Standards, which experts say are […]

Chairman of the Board — down and dirty

Ray Nutting is the 2011 chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He spends 80 to 90 percent of his work week on county business. Mountain Democrat photographer Pat Dollins remarked on the way back from a visit to Nutting’s South County ranch, “That guy needs about a 72 hour day — and […]

Rubicon Trail gets another dusting off

El Dorado County presides over about 70 miles of dirt roads, some of them within the jurisdiction of the Eldorado National Forest. Portions of the Rubicon Trail are included in that total and have been since about 50 years before the National Forest existed. County Supervisor Jack Sweeney told his fellow supervisors Tuesday that the […]

Family in murder case frustrated at latest delay

It has been more than three years since former Bay Area cop Morris Greenberg, 40, allegedly shot 26-year-old Anthony Dumont before turning the gun on himself at a Somerset residence. But on Friday, friends and relatives of the slain Grizzly Flat man learned that the start of the suspected shooter’s trial would be delayed once […]

Search for new Cameron Park GM continues

CAMERON PARK — Selecting a new general manager for the Cameron Park Community Services District is still in progress. Rusty Dupray, currently the interim general manager for the CPCSD, said candidates were interviewed the weekend of Aug. 13-14. After the district’s Board of Directors met at the Cameron Park Community Center Wednesday night, Dupray said three […]

Heard over the back fence: Final Forester ‘Tips for Kids’ night due

BOW TO THE QUEEN:
 John Chapman of Folsom provided the following plaque statement: “When the Queen is Happy there is Peace in the Kingdom.” • • • TIPS FOR THE KIDS:
 The Camino Community Action Committee will have its last “Server Night” 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Road. This benefit “Servers […]

City issues statement about mayor’s arrest

A press release received on Aug. 19 about the arrest of Placerville Mayor David Machado from City Manager Cleve Morris states: “In light of the arrest and charges brought against Mayor Dave Machado on Thursday, August 18, 2011, the City of Placerville issues the following statement: “We are deeply saddened and concerned with the charges […]

Officials react to mayor’s arrest: Vice mayor calls for Machado to step down

Read the original story about the arrest here It’s becoming a virtual blitzkreig as bombshells keep dropping about Placerville Mayor David Machado. Machado was arrested Thursday, Aug. 18, on suspicion of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to property he owned on Broadway. “This is a sad day for Placerville,” said Placerville […]

8-29-11 Caregivers support group meets at EDH Sr. Center

CAREGIVERS NEED SUPPORT, TOO: A free caregivers support group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Drop-ins are welcome. Share your caregiver experience with other caregivers, and also learn from them. Refreshments will be served. Free respite care […]

8-29-11 Fiber Spinning group meets at P.V. Sr. Center

SPINNERS GET TOGETHER: The Fiber Spinning group meets on the first Monday of every month at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn the skills required to create a nice piece of fabric or yarn. All levels of spinners are welcome. For more information, call 530-621-6369.

8-26-11 Caregiver support group to meet in Georgetown

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: On Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., a free caregiver support group will meet at the Georgetown Fire Station #61, 6283 Main St., Georgetown. This session is an opportunity for you to share your caregiver experiences and to learn from other caregivers. Refreshments will be served. Free respite care […]

8-26-11 “Gaining Better Control” class presented by Marshall Medical Center

DIABETES ADVICE: A class titled “Gaining Better Control” is being presented by the Marshall Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Class topics will include the following subjects: Making sense of blood glucose numbers, medication options, and tips on eating out. The class […]

8-26-11 Fly Tying group meets at P.V. Sr. Center

TEACHING PATIENCE: Learning how to tie flies for fly fishing would have to teach you patience. The Fly Tying group meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Also, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, they meet from 5 to […]

8-26-11 Senior Nutrition Program offers home-style meals

HOW ABOUT A $3 MEAL? The Senior Nutrition Program offers nutritionally balanced, home-style meals at 7 community dining centers in our county, as well as home-delivered meals for home-bound seniors. A suggested donation of $3 is requested for the lunch. For more information, call 530-621-6160.

Mayor arrested

Read the full criminal complaint here Hear what other city officials have to say about the arrest One week after publicly apologizing for wrongdoings he “may have” committed, Placerville Mayor Dave Machado was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy. Machado, who in recent weeks became the subject of increasing public scrutiny, […]

Smokers’ Helpline offers free nicotine patches

El Dorado County smokers may, for a limited time, receive free nicotine patches through the California Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Eligible smokers who call the helpline and enroll in the free telephone-based program for quitting will receive a free two-week starter kit of patches, while supplies last. “This is certainly a great opportunity for someone who […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Take a bite out of dog theft

McGruff the Crime Dog has been helping kids “take a bite out of crime” for more than 30 years. Now, with the economy in the tank and dog theft on the rise, it’s time to give back. According to recent media reports, dognappings are up by at least 32 percent compared with the same time […]

Murder-suicide victims had gunshot wounds

The bodies of the grown man and young child found last week on a Grizzly Flat property have been positively identified as 49-year-old Mourad “Moni” Samaan and his 2-year-old daughter Madeline Samaan-Fay, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department announced. The Fair Oaks man and his child were found dead inside his green Toyota 4Runner in […]

Retired fireman takes on the LaCara Challenge

Six months ago, Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara was gunned down in his office. Since that time, the entire family of staff, students and parents of the Placerville Union School District have been healing through positive action — building gardens memorializing the beloved principal and naming the school driveway, “Sam LaCara Way.” In another demonstration […]

Sheriff’s deputies say Shingle Springs man threatens motorist with gun

A Shingle Springs man was arrested last week after allegedly brandishing his firearm and threatening to shoot another motorist. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for service at Mosquito Road and Rock Creek Road, some dozen miles north of Placerville, on the morning of Aug. 12. The victim informed authorities that he […]

Biz license apps online

According to the El Dorado County Tax Collector, C.L. Raffety, new business owners can now apply for a business license on-line from the comfort of their own home or office. The new service is accessible at edcgov.us/taxcollector. Here applicants can click the link “Get a Business License” and the user friendly system walks applicants through […]

Emotion highlights rails-to-trails issue

A three-hour session about the county’s portion of the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor featured exuberance, pathos, rancor, finger-pointing and a small dose of kumbaya Tuesday. And it wasn’t just the audience. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors got down and dirty too as the issue of converting rails to trails continued at a slow boil. […]

Cameron indoor pot garden seized

CAMERON PARK — The relative tranquility of a quiet Cameron Park suburb was disturbed early Thursday by the long arm of the law, but locals were more than happy to forgive the ruckus. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, led by five of its detectives, raided a home on Pasada Court, putting to rest an […]

Interior Secretary announces nearly $27 million for wetlands grants for migratory birds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on June 15  that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved spending more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 1,600 acres of waterfowl habitat on three units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The commission also approved $23.5 million […]

South Tahoe Public Utility District modernizing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe Public Utility District is in the process of modernizing its wastewater treatment system. It is building an $8 million replacement for its headworks plant that was built in 1959. The headworks is where the sewage first arrives and hard trash that winds up in sewer systems is sorted […]

8-24-11 Informational meeting re. “Shades of Ireland” trip

ENJOY SOME IRISH LUCK: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Collette Visitations, is sponsoring a “Shades of Ireland” trip, scheduled for March 11 through March 20. An informational meeting regarding this trip is scheduled for Monday, August 29, in the Calif. Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105 (in the Town […]

8-24-11 “Mendidng Hearts” meeting at Marshall Community Health Library

HEART PATIENTS ASSISTANCE: “Mending Hearts” is a volunteer organization that provides support, information and education to those living with heart disease, congestive heart failure and to those recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery. The next meeting for “Mending Hearts” is Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 […]

EID sets up training program for treatment operators

Here’s the problem: There is a real shortage of real jobs now. The ones that are full-time, pay a decent salary and some benefits. Employers, on the other hand, often have trouble finding prospective employees with the right skills. El Dorado Irrigation District was one of those employers. It operates five water treatment plants and […]

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8-24-11 Diabetic class – “Carbohydrates, Food and You” at Midtown Mall

DIABETES DIET DATA: A class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. This class is sponsored by the Marshall Medical Center. Class topics include making carbs work for you, meal planning and managing your weight. The class fee is […]

8-22-11 Republican Women Federated’s lunch meeting

REPUBLICAN WOMEN UNITE: El Dorado West Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11:15 a.m. at Denny’s restaurant, Coach Lane, Cameron Park. There will be a surprise speaker. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-676-8380.

Heard over the back fence: Watch for flying pancakes at Placerville Airport

VOLLY FOLLY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Prepare to be annoyed.” My tennis game has been described as “annoying.”  • • • FREE FLIGHTS AND A $5 BREAKFAST: 
A $5 pancake breakfast is scheduled for Aug. 20 and Oct. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be […]

Rails to trails remains a hot issue

Having kicked the can down the track three times since March 28, El Dorado County supervisors on Tuesday, reissued their support for the Shingle Plan also known as the Shingle Compromise. After several hours of testimony and debate, Supervisors Ray Nutting, John Knight, Ron Briggs and Jack Sweeney voted to press the effort to continue […]

Resigning Trustee Rodger Musso honored

GEORGETOWN — Cake and a break Aug. 11 followed the Black Oak Mine Unified School District board’s recognition of Rodger Musso for his nearly 28 years of dedicated service. All the current board members, starting with Jeff Shurtz, thanked Musso for his years of “level-headed” service and his dedication to the community. Board member Steve […]

Uniforms ordered for Golden Sierra Marching Band

GARDEN VALLEY — For the first time in the school’s 31-year history, Golden Sierra High School Marching Band students will stride with pride in handsome new uniforms thanks to the recent fundraising drive of the Divide Schools Music Program. “We are so proud of these young musicians, and equally proud that the community has stepped […]

Ex-EID employee pleads to embezzlement

The former high-ranking El Dorado Irrigation District official accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars by way of company credit cards reached a deal with prosecutors last week, pleading no contest to one of 22 counts. Mark William Korkowski, the one-time co-head of hydro operations for EID, pleaded no contest to one count of […]

Woman arraigned in death of EDHS teen

More than four months after El Dorado High School student Timothy Mulholland was killed in a high-speed car accident, the vehicle’s driver was formally charged and arraigned this week. Previous Story: Teen killed in Newtown wreck  Mulholland, 17, was killed on March 27 when the vehicle in which he was a passenger crashed into oak trees […]

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Aggressive, non-native smallmouth bass just discovered in Tahoe

RENO, Nev. — A new invasive species has been identified at Lake Tahoe, and it’s likely to be the most aggressive fish to ply the waters of the mile-high lake. “In our work to remove warm-water fish from Lake Tahoe, we’ve discovered smallmouth bass, a much more ferocious predator than other species known to have […]

Obesity education grants available to local youth

CONCORD — Children and youth across Northern California once again have the opportunity to become “Health Heroes” by learning about childhood obesity, designing programs to address it and implementing the programs in their communities. Kicking off the fourth year, Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare are calling all “Health Heroes” to apply for 2012 UnitedHealth Heroes […]

2 governors recommit to Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE – In an historic joint appearance at the 2011 Tahoe Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a renewed commitment to updating the Regional Plan for Lake Tahoe and enhancing the role of the two states in cooperating with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “Lake Tahoe is a […]