Nimbus hatchery fish ladder open

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova was opened earlier this month, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Sacramento River. Department of Fish and Game  hatchery workers will take more than a half million eggs during the first week alone in an effort to ensure the successful spawning of the returning fall Chinook […]

California Automobile Museum to feature Corvettes

During the month of November, a special exhibit at the California Automobile Museum will trace the evolution of “America’s Sports Car,” the Corvette, with examples from each of the car’s six generations on display now through Dec. 3. The public is invited to come to the museum and see an array including a 1969 Corvette […]

EID workshop draws dozen in Pollock

It hasn’t always been the case with public meetings, but El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie faced a mostly friendly audience at the Pollock Pines Community Center Wednesday night, Oct. 26. The turnout of a dozen people matched that at the Cameron Park meeting two days before, Oct. 24. Explaining Cost of Service […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Howlin’ Halloween

Who doesn’t get goosebumps at the thought of Halloween? The scariest, spookiest, kookiest night of the year is here. Will it be a fun night — or a fright night? The magic of Halloween lies in all the possibilities. Limited only by the depths of your own imagination, free to fulfill your darkest or most […]

Women partners of Asperger men — A free education and support group

On Tuesday Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m., and continuing on the second Tuesday of each month, a free education and support group will be held for women partners of men with Aspergers Syndrome. The meeting will be held at the UC Davis MIND Institute at 2825 50th S., Sacramento and is co-led by Sally B. Watkins […]

Residents, directors discuss RVs, house trailers

CAMERON PARK — Whether to park an RV and house trailer in front of a Cameron Park residential property in the air district was the question answered for residents from the Cameron Park Community Services Board of Directors — along with some drama during the discussion — in a recent meeting at the assembly hall […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 30 Replies

EDH rescue group helps in horrendous horse case

EL DORADO HILLS — She hates to do it, but Grace Foundation Director Beth DeCaprio is asking for help. Her El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue and rehab organization has accepted 56 starving and abused horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch of Susanville. At least 18 of the recovering horses are pregnant. “This case has […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

County dives deeper into Delta water wars

El Dorado County supervisors took another collaborative step to protect the county’s water rights at a recent meeting. Following a presentation by Dave Eggerton, general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency, the board passed a resolution to join a Regional Water Resources Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to lobby, advocate and […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

‘Spirits’ on the menu at local cafe

Apparently there’s a new ghost at an old haunt in downtown Placerville. Two years ago the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team investigated a building on Main Street that was reportedly haunted by the spirits of two men, an older woman and a young boy. Now the team found itself returning to the same building as […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Court facilities group recommends cost reductions in new courthouses

SAN FRANCISCO — The working group tasked by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to oversee the judicial branch’s facilities program is recommending ways to proceed with minimal delay on most projects in the court construction program as well as the elimination of two projects in Alpine and Sierra counties. El Dorado County was not specifically mentioned […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Details emerge in Pollock murder arrest

Outraged over being denied a stake of his father’s inheritance in 2008, Pollock Pines man Gary Goins swore he would have his revenge. “I will track you down and find you, I will learn your routines and then assassinate you,” Goins told his brother and sister-in-law, according to Oregon Circuit Court documents obtained by the Mountain Democrat. Goins, […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Mom appears in court

The Pleasant Valley woman whose son was killed in a manufactured home fire last month appeared in court Friday for a brief trial-setting conference. Jennifer Christine Ewing, 27, is facing one count of felony child endangerment likely to produce great bodily injury or death. Ewing’s 4-year-old son, whose identity has not yet been released by officials, was […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time again

 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I really should get a backup GARAGE just in case.” • • • TOYS FOR TOTS KICKS OFF:
 Beginning tomorrow, our local Toys for Tots campaign begins. Many local businesses and service groups will take part in collecting toys for the kids. To locate the nearest toy […]

Tahoe officials set up marijuana reporting system

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe has set up an online system to report suspected marijuana grows in residences, according to a recent announcement from the city. Residents can submit the information online and anonymously at, said city spokeswoman Nancy Kerry in a statement. They can also call 530-542-6043. The city will investigate all […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Questions and answers: What is a CIP?

Mary Lynn Carlton, EID’s director of communications and community relations sat down with EID Engineering Director Brian Mueller to talk about the CIP. What is a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and why is it necessary? “A  CIP is a five-year plan that is updated each year to identify and plan for necessary improvements that ensure […]

Somerset man indicted on federal marijuana charge

A Somerset man and four co-conspirators were indicted Wednesday by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a large scale drug trafficking ring. Eddy Arevalo, 29, of Somerset, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with West Sacramento men Thomas Holzmann, 24; Peter Holzmann, 23; and Joseph Andrade, 24; as well as Jonathan Sherman, […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

EDH man aims at EID Div. 5

Alan Day is “mad as (heck), and he’s not going take it anymore.” That’s what his campaign Website says. Day is running for El Dorado Irrigation District’s Division 5 director post. A 15-year resident of El Dorado Hills, Day says his EID bills were a shock back then, and now rates “have gone through the […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

SLT embezzler pleads guilty

A South Lake Tahoe woman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud last week, announced United States attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. Lori Zoval, 46, of South Lake Tahoe, pleaded guilty on Oct. 21 to one count of wire fraud for embezzling client money while employed as an independent contractor with a brokerage firm in […]

City parking program reviewed

Parking in downtown Placerville was the subject of a report presented by City Manager Cleve Morris at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The report analyzed the last three years of the program and was requested  by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Acuna. “I learned a lot about the parking situation in putting together this […]

Heard over the back fence: Flapjacks in El Dorado Sunday

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Prepare to be annoyed.” My tennis friends at Four Seasons describe my tennis game as “annoying.” • • • BREAKFAST IN EL DORADO:
A pancake breakfast, which includes pancakes, bacon, eggs, and coffee, will be available on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon at the […]

EID crew rebuilding 2 flumes

Four regular construction crew members and four temp workers are busy hammering away at 336 feet of wooden flumes the El Dorado Irrigation District is rebuilding from the ground up. They began Oct. 3 and by Oct. 26 had all the framing in place. The EID construction crew is rebuilding two flumes, identified as Flumes […]

Halloween safety tips offered by Sheriff’s Department

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community of some simple safety tips during the Halloween festivities. First, pre-plan for both your house and your kids. Children’s costumes should be bright, reflective and fire resistant. The addition of reflective tape to costumes and/or goodie bag is a simple protective measure. If […]

Progress reported getting EID water from USBR

An update on the Water Rights Permit 21112 Warren Act Contract was provided to the board by Dan Corcoran, EID environmental manager. Corcoran reported that the Warren Act of 1911 allows local water rights to be diverted at federal facilities, such as Folsom Dam, with the approval of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Under the […]

10-31-11 Visit the Marshall’s Community Health Library

ANSWERS TO HEALTH QUESTIONS: Marshall’s Community Health Library is located at 681 Main St., Suite 103, Placerville. There are over 5,000 resources available for loan, including tapes, pamphlets and books. If you are looking for answers to health issues, stop by and talk to the friendly staff and volunteers. The library is open Monday through […]

Suspected killer nabbed in Pollock

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pollock Pines man Tuesday for his alleged role in a pair of Oregon slayings. Gary Lyle Goins, 58, was found by deputies at a gas station on Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said deputies learned at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday that Goins, a […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Small turnout for EID workshop

CAMERON PARK — On a night that saw the Texas Rangers take a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie had a quiet evening at the Cameron Park Community Center. He came to explain the newly completed Cost of Services study and answer […]

Animal Outreach plans festival

There are few guarantees in life — death, taxes and a wealth of furry friends, if you sit down on the bench in the cat sanctuary at Animal Outreach. Some of the beautiful felines waiting for a new home will sit next to you politely, waiting to be noticed. At least one or two bold […]

Learn wildlife medical procedures at upcoming class

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s November Class, “Advanced Medical Procedures,” will be taught by popular veterinarian Dr. Ric Delgadillo of Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Diamond Springs. Dr. Ric is a long-term vet in our area, and has assisted SWR rehabbers in treating injured wild animals for many years. This class is helpful to those rehabbing wildlife, or […]

Gold Hill fire training burn set

The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be conducting a live fire training exercise at the Gold Hill Wakamatsu Ranch located on Cold Springs Road in the community of Gold Hill on Sunday, Oct. 30, from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This broadcast burn is part of a cooperative effort with the American […]

Trick or Treat safety tips offered by Cal Fire

“Whatever time of year it is, safety is our No. 1 concern,” said Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “Preventing an injury or illness before it happens may be difficult to measure as far as statistics go, but it is everyone’s primary mission, especially when it comes to children. Halloween is […]

Sen. Gaines score high

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Oct. 25 announced that he has scored 100 percent on the California Taxpayers Association’s (CalTax) 2011 Voting Record. Gaines was one of only 30 state legislators out of the 120 Assembly and Senate members to receive the top score. CalTax’s legislative report card is designed to hold lawmakers accountable […]

Office of Education adds to team

The El Dorado County Office of Education announced recently that Roberta Montalbano has been selected as their new associate superintendent of Administrative Services. Montalbano has been serving as the assistant superintendent and chief business official for the Buckeye Union School District since 2008. As such, she has overseen all administrative services of the district including […]

Forest Forum hosts environmental and industry collaborators

The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum’s recent meeting at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Camino featured a homemade spaghetti dinner and a trio of speakers on the topic of preparing Region 5 for Forest Plan Revisions. During the past few years, the U.S. Forest Service has been holding meetings on individual forests to get public […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Biting dog sought in Grizzly Flat

El Dorado County Animal Services has turned to the public for help with locating a dog thought to have sent a young boy to the hospital late last week. On Thursday, Oct. 20, an 8-year-old boy was attacked by a roaming dog while playing at a family member’s home in Grizzly Flat, according to an […]

Mother of child killed in fire arraigned

The mother of a young boy who was killed in a September Pleasant Valley manufactured home fire has been charged for her alleged role in the child’s death. Jennifer Christine Ewing, 27, was indicted by El Dorado County grand jurors and arrested Friday on one felony charge of child endangerment likely to produce great bodily injury or […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 59 Replies

EID hydro revenue strong this year; will help pay bond early

In a mid-year update of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s two-year budget, Finance Director Mark Price reported that hydropower income was so strong that he suggested putting $2 million in an escrow account to pay off a bond coming due in 2012. That recommendation won a unanimous endorsement from the Board of Directors Oct. 24. […]

Rotary Park getting major face-lift

A concrete mixer truck, operated remotely by Mike Bush, roared as six men prepared the concrete pad for a new set of bleachers for the Clyde F. Curtis Placerville Rotary Park on Clark Street in Placerville. Pouring “mud” was John “Topshelf” McCarthy, as John Sutterland raked it out into the mold. The “rod” guys, Ty […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fewer marten detections in California forest linked to decline in habitat

 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST—The reclusive American marten is getting even harder to find in the Sierra Nevada, according to a study by a team of researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University. A new study at the Sagehen Experimental Forest found that marten detections have dropped 60 percent since the 1980s — a […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a singing group

SLOW BOAT: Because Johnn Chapman likes to share, we have the following T-shirt message: “I’m always late. My ancestors arrived on the Juneflower!” • • • DO YOU ENJOY SINGING?
 The Gold Rush Community Men’s Chorus invites males from teenagers through senior citizens to join holiday rehearsals during the month of November. Rehearsals are every Tuesday night […]

3-year trial delay annoys prosecutor

It has been more than three years since Anthony Dumont was shot dead in Somerset and family members aren’t the only ones tired of waiting for his accused killer to stand trial. On Monday El Dorado County deputy district attorney Vicki Ashworth expressed her frustrations with the pace of Morris Greenberg’s murder trial during a […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job losses

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.5 percent in September 2011, down from a revised 11.9 percent in August 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]