Parks, trails up for comment

A review of the draft El Dorado County Parks and Trails Master Plan was the focus of Thursday’s joint meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Commission. Foothill Associates consultant Kate Kirsh presented an overview of the draft Master Plan, including the findings of public input from community […]

Judge rules in favor of USFS on Angora projects

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service plans to begin restoration in the Angora fire area as soon as this week after a judge upheld the agency’s environmental analysis of projects in the more than 3,000 acre area. On Wednesday, Eastern District Court Judge Garland Burrell granted the Forest Service’s motion for summary judgment in […]

ED Hills CSD manager on leave

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors. Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January. Neither Skeel nor CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources confirmed […]

Documents: Inside look at Garrido

For years, Phillip Garrido was able to manipulate the criminal justice system in order to keep Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters hidden in his Antioch compound. But a previously sealed psychological evaluation as well as a letter penned by Garrido himself, both released last week by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, shows just how […]

GDPUD budget squeaks through

GEORGETOWN — With a nearly 5 percent drop in non-operating revenue, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors July 12 approved the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Operating revenue — water and wastewater sales — is projected to increase more than 8 percent. Total income is forecast to be […]

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Heard over the back fence: Space cadet or rocket scientist, Touey is terrific

ARM ADVICE: My pal John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.” • • • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Brett Touey of Placerville graduated from El Dorado High School and is now a senior at California State University, Sacramento. Recently Brett was selected from 55 candidates to […]

New plan for Viet plaques

In an oral report to the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, City Community Services Director Steve Youel laid out conceptual plans to bring together some long-awaited city beautification projects. “Following up on the success of building the Sam LaCara Memorial Garden at the corner of Schnell School Road and Broadway, we want to get […]

House Central Valley water bill worries EID

California has a long history of “water politics” and even all-out water wars. The 2011 version pits south state agri-business demands against mountain counties where the water actually comes from. New congressional legislation to bring more assurance to water deliveries to Central Valley farmers is getting worried attention from the El Dorado Irrigation District and […]

Child killer’s parole grant reinstated

Last week, a Sacramento Court of Appeal reinstated the 2009 parole grant for a Placerville woman who murdered her sons and attempted to kill herself more than 20 years ago. On July 8 the three-justice appellate pannel determined that Darlene Brazil, 46, should be granted her release from prison, overturning the 2009 decision from former […]

Summer fruit keeps Camino busy

Summer fruit, berries, wine and a peaceful reprieve from the valley heat — all good reasons to visit Apple Hill this summer. There’s a whole lot more than apples in those hills. While many families make the traditional trek in October to pick pumpkins, buy crunchy, sweet apples and yummy pies, eat apple cider doughnuts […]

Criminal annals, part 125: Wayward husband returns

Jumping to the Sept. 23, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a number of interesting stories, including one that solves a disappearance that was reported just a few days before. “THE LOST FOUND.— Mr. Patrick Venable, whose wife was in the city last Monday in search of him, we are happy to […]

Classes aimed at small businesses

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner? Did you know that 89 percent of annual incomes over $50,000 are earned by owners of small businesses? But, four out of five small businesses don’t last five years. What is the difference between success and failure? Knowledge. That is why the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) […]

Placerville woman rescued from Cosumnes River

A Placerville woman who fell into the Cosumnes River was rescued Tuesday afternoon. Morgan Schiffner, 21, of Placerville, was drinking alcohol with friends by the river, near the Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge, when she went into the water and stayed submerged for approximately one minute, said El Dorado County Fire Protection District Capt. Mike […]

Study shows GDPUD pays employees less

Whether it is base salary, total cash or total compensation Georgetown water district employees are paid less on the average than those in other districts. A compensation study commissioned by the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors shows its employees are paid 5.54 percent less in base salary than the average of 11 […]

Driver killed in Tuesday crash

KYBURZ — A stretch of Highway 50 was closed for several hours Tuesday night after a two vehicle accident left one driver dead. Authorities responded to Highway 50, east of Kyburz, shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a westbound tractor-trailer lost its brakes and collided with a pickup truck, said California Highway Patrol officer Dan […]

Police to enforce vacation rental law

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe City Council amended the local Vacation Home Rental Ordinance July 12 to turn over operational management of the program to the chief of police. The administration and collection of the Transient Occupancy Tax portion of the program, however, will remain with the city finance director. While the […]

Heard over the back fence: Cindarella to appear at library

LIQUID ADVICE: Thanks to John Chapman, I give you the following “Advice from a Lake” T-shirt statement: “Be clear – Make positive ripples – Look beneath the surface – Stay calm – Shore up friendships – Take time to reflect – Be full of life! • • • CINDERELLA IS IN TOWN: Special guest appearances by Cinderella, […]

DA rejects CHP’s DUI case against columnist

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson has rejected the DUI case sent over by the California Highway Patrol on Elizabeth Caffrey, an occasional columnist for the Mountain Democrat. After a toxicology screening came back from the state crime lab last month, Pierson noted on a routing sheet to the CHP that his office would […]

U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors to enjoy recreation safely

The national forests in California offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities and beauty.  With the wonders of adventure, however, come certain hazards. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to […]

SLT moves to dimiss league suit

The city of South Lake Tahoe filed a motion to dismiss July 12 with the U.S. district court in response to the lawsuit recently filed by the League to Save Lake Tahoe for the following reasons: • The adoption of a general plan is a guiding policy document for the future and by itself does […]

Garrido documents released by DA

On the day Jaycee Lee Dugard’s self-penned memoir was released, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office made public several documents relating to the South Lake Tahoe girl’s 1991 kidnapping. A trio of video recordings was released Tuesday. One of them, likely filmed between 2000 and 2007, shows a parole officer searching the Garrido residence […]

7-22-11 Placerville Fellowship and New Comers Club’s new officers

NEW ENERGY FOR NEW YEARS: The Placerville Fellowship and New Comers Club has announced the following new officers for 2011-2012: President – Edna Knutsen; Vice President – Cindy Van Order; Recording Secretary – Judi McDaniel; Corresponding Secretary – Susan Ferguson; Treasurer – Sandra Long. Congratulations to all of you! We wish great success and lots […]

Service reductions, equipment failures close Peninsula campground at Folsom Lake

COOL — State Park officials at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area have announced the closing of the Peninsula Campground and day use area effective Monday, July 18. This closure must be implemented due to a lack of staffing to safely operate all facilities within the State Recreation Area and the continuing state hiring freeze, according to park officials. […]

City’s last fire chief dies

Al Herzig, Placerville’s last fire chief and an instrumental figure in the formation of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District, died last week at the age of 81. Herzig, born in Lotus on June 6, 1930, died of complications from congestive heart failure at home on July 6. Family members say Herzig, known affectionately […]

Dugard interview tops TV ratings

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s long-awaited Sunday night interview proved to be a hit with viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Dugard’s interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s two-hour “Primetime” special drew 14.8 viewers, the Nielsen Company reported Monday, making “Primetime” the network’s most-watched Sunday non-sporting program since the Academy Awards in February. The interview, which aired […]

Boys & Girls Club back in El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — Bank of America has once again partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County to offer a summer program at White Rock Village in El Dorado Hills through Aug. 5. The club, located at 2200 Valley View Parkway, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, […]

Legacy Chiller Systems brings high tech to Diamond Springs

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Martin King has the type of business that can be located almost anywhere. Legacy Chiller Systems are manufactured in Pennsylvania and shipped worldwide. The controls are in El Dorado County. King and his family moved to El Dorado County in 1999. They settled on 10 acres off Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville. […]

Criminal annals, part 124: Justice meted out

Continuing with the Sept. 21, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under Sacramento “Recorders Court. – Before Justice McGrew,” a bit of justice being handed out. “Petit Larceny – McAdams was brought up on a charge of petit larceny. The evidence not being sufficient for conviction, a restitution of the property was […]

Landing goes awry at Placerville Airport

A single-engine plane piloted by an as-yet-to-be identified man in his 20s crashed late in the afternoon Monday, July 11, on the east end of the Placerville Airport runway, coming to rest on the side of a hill. When firefighters from the El Dorado County Fire Protection District responded about 4 p.m. they found the […]

Heard over the back fence: Is there a German in your family tree?

MODERN STONING: John Chapman forwarded the following thoughtful T-shirt statement: “Dodgeball – America’s twist on stoning.” • • • WHO IS YOUR DADDY? On Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Shirley Riemer from the […]

DA, senator seek to prevent next Dugard-type case

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on Monday, July 11, launched a joint effort to strengthen California’s public safety protection in light of the circumstances surrounding Jaycee Lee Dugard’s kidnapping and captivity. Gaines and Pierson are planning an Aug. 3 public meeting at the State Capitol along with […]

Public reminded Meyers landfill remains closed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will continue to enforce the expanded closure of the Meyers Landfill site and surrounding area for public safety as construction resumes on the site remedy set forth in the November 2007 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Record of Decision. The expanded closure, implemented last November, […]

SLT city blasts League to Save Lake Tahoe over lawsuit

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe officials accused the League to Save Lake Tahoe June 21 of putting out false information regarding a federal lawsuit the environmental group filed against the city the week before. The League filed suit against the city in federal court in Sacramento on June 24. The […]

Lake Tahoe level expected to continue rising

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Big winter snowfall makes for small summer beaches at Lake Tahoe. And the beaches may not be making a comeback anytime soon. Lake level rise has already exceeded predictions, said Chad Blanchard, chief deputy water master with the U.S. District Water Master’s Office. It could be another two weeks before the […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: You don’t have to be a crocodile hunter

Last week The Denver Post reported a story about a local man who stabbed his dog multiple times. Matthew Weatherspoon, 19, told authorities he “panicked” when his 5-month-old bulldog puppy, Diamond, bit him. Acting out of what he called “self-defense,” he grabbed a knife and stabbed the puppy repeatedly, slashing her face and puncturing her […]

City budget more of same

The Placerville City Council adopted the 2011-2012 Placerville City Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program at its recent meeting. With no surplus from 2010-2011 to carry over, the new fiscal budget promises more of the same fare as the city has been operating under for the past three years. Minimal capital outlay requests, no funding […]

Sheriff’s Office to sponsor emergency training

Training for the Community Emergency Response Team will resume in September, courtesy of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The CERT program, which began in 2007, has trained more than 150 county residents to be capable of assisting themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster, a Sheriff’s Department press release […]

Dugard’s interview to air Sunday

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s highly anticipated televised interview is set to air Sunday night on ABC. Dugard, 31, gave what is being touted as her first public interview since she was found alive in 2009 to ABC’s Diane Sawyer. The interview will air at 9 p.m. Sunday. The televised event comes two days before the release […]

EID furlough closures begin July 15

In an effort to help the district reduce costs, all El Dorado Irrigation District employees have agreed to take 40 hours of furlough between July 2 and Dec. 31. District headquarters in Placerville will be closed on the following Fridays: July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18. Field staff furlough time will be scheduled […]

Heard over the back fence: Big shindig planned for Shingle Springs

STILL GOING STRONG: John Chapman forwarded the following statement that may apply to a lot of us: “Slightly Used, but in good condition.” • • • 60 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE CELEBRATION: A Shingle Springs Jubilee is scheduled for July 23 at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., Shingle Springs. A “Stroll Through the […]

7-15-11 AARP Senior Driver Safety Classes at PV Sr. Center

SENIOR DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: AARP Senior Driver Safety Classes are being offered on Saturdays, August 6 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days. To receive a certificate of completion, you must attend both classes. This course for drivers, 50 years or older, is designed to help you refresh your driving skills. The […]

7-15-11 Senior Nutrition program is relocating

NEW SENIOR CENTER LOCATION: It’s true. The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition program will be moving from the Fore Bay location to their new site at Pollock Pines/Camino Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. The move is scheduled for August 1. To welcome everyone, a week of celebration, from August 1 through August 5, is […]

Cairns trial delayed again

Kevin Cairns, the former owner of restaurant Dante’s on the River, was set to begin his felony assault trial Tuesday morning, July 12. As it turns out, Cairns will wait yet again for his day in court. During a brief hearing Friday morning, deputy district attorney Dale Gomes informed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge […]

RV, horse trailer, grass burn along Salmon Falls Road

EL DORADO HILLS — Firefighters spent more than five hours dousing a blaze off Salmon Falls Road Thursday after a motor home pulling a horse trailer apparently drove too close to the dry brush and sparked a fire. “The trailer was fully involved when (firefighters) arrived,” said Teri Mizuhara with Cal Fire, the agency that […]