Transcripts: Dugard felt ‘in the way’, videos recreated

Jaycee Lee Dugard, in addition to recalling the nightmarish 18 years spent with kidnappers  Phillip and Nancy Garrido, told grand jurors about the difficulties she faced in her home life as a young child. In the September 2010 grand jury testimony released last week, Dugard said she initially made no attempt to escape the Garrido’s Antioch compound […]

Snow delays Wagon Train

Four inches of snow on Echo Summit Monday morning delayed by a day the Wagon Train’s departure from the Amacker Ranch in Meyers. Chain controls were in effect Monday over the summit. The Wagon Train traversed Echo Summit Tuesday. The total snowfall recorded by Caltrans at Echo Summit this year adds up to 572 inches. […]

Local cockfighting case leads to conviction

An El Dorado County man who was arrested in connection with a cockfighting operation in Garden Valley in February was formally convicted last week, ordered to serve 45 days in county jail, and pay $700 in fines and fees and over $4,200 in restitution to El Dorado County. Once he serves his jail time, he […]

Ranch provides glimpse of past

If pigs could smile … You’d swear that’s exactly what they’re doing as the porcine herd wanders the happy trails at Storm Valley Ranch in Placerville. The ranch, owned and operated by Diane and Steven Wheeler, is a slice of what life must have been like a hundred years ago and longer, as contented farm […]

Happy tail: Olive comes home

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Olive, the Chihuahua-Yorki mix who was stolen from Chris Whitaker’s Shingle Springs house a little over a week ago, has come home. After the story ran in the Mountain Democrat, Whitaker wrote an e-mail Monday saying Olive had been returned — no questions asked. Because there is still an open investigation into […]

No damp spirits at Coloma Blues Live!

COLOMA — A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred “hard core” blues fans who attended the 2011 edition of Coloma Blues Live! on Saturday. Henningsen Lotus Park was full of umbrellas, canopies and vinyl clad characters like Muriel Flores of Sacramento, who celebrated an anniversary of sorts in Lotus Saturday. Seated […]

6-13-11 Diabetes class at Midtown Mall

DEALING WITH DIABETES: A class for diabetics titled “Your Plan for Success” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Class topics will include reducing risk of complications, making exercise work for you, staying motivated, and diabetes and emotions. The class fee is covered […]

6-13-11 Memorial garden for Sam LaCara

FLOWERS FOR SAM: I really like the idea of a memorial garden for Principal Sam LaCara. Members of the Broadway Village Association and volunteers from the Placerville Rotary Club did a great job creating the garden at the intersection of Broadway and Schnell School Rd. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

6-13-11 Diabetes and nutrition education at Marshall Medical

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH: The diabetes and nutrition education program, Marshall Medical Center, is presenting a class titled, “Carbohydrates, Food and You.” The class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 3581 Palmer, Bldg. 600, Cameron Park. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with […]

6-13-11 Flea Market in Pollock Pines

TREASURE HUNT IN POLLOCK PINES: The Pollock Pines Community Flea Market is scheduled for June 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the El Dorado Savings parking lot, Pollock Pines. To rent a space, call 530-903-8039.

6-13-11 Filmfare outdoor movies at PV library

OSCAR WINNER FILM: The Filmfare outdoor projector movies program continues, on the lawn, at the County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Admission price is $5, and the movies start at 8:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The July 2 movie is “Breaking Away,” starring Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Four high school […]

6-10-11 Explain “For better or worse”

FOR BETTER OR WORSE: Carlyn and Jim White are considering getting a marriage counselor to explain the words, “For better or worse” since they have been playing with numerous phones, while trying to change phones. Yes, you can now call them at the following numbers: Home phone 530-663-0017. Carlyn’s cell phone 530-919-1195. Jim’s cell phone […]

6-10-11 Blood drive in El Dorado Hills

ICE CREAM REWARD: On Monday, June 20, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community blood drive will take place at the Community Services District Pavilion Building, 1021 Harvard Way (corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way), El Dorado Hills. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Donors will […]

6-10-11 Georgetown Republican Women Federated luncheon

IRENE MOREHOUSE SPEAKS OUT: The Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Hall in Georgetown. Lunch is $12. Please make your reservation by Wednesday, June 15, by calling Verlaine Bejarano at 530-333-9201 or e-mail The guest speaker will be Irene Morehouse, […]

6-10-11 Hot meals at Upper Room

HOT MEALS OFFERED AT UPPER ROOM: The Upper Room continues to offer a hot dinner meal to those in need. Volunteers are badly needed to work as servers, dish washers, and busing drivers. If you would like to help, please call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212 or e-mail for more information.

Vicki Barber honored for service to education

Somehow she squeezed a birthday into her calendar, but it’s not easy for El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber to add much more to the mix of meetings, conference calls, school site visits, community events and service organizations that make up her daily fare. With 70 schools, 15 school districts, two college districts […]

Celebrate TrailFest, National Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11 REI, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June 13 […]

Gaines opposes suction dredging ban

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, June 2 issued a statement on the Legislature’s attempt to effectively kill the suction dredging industry in California. “Legislative tricks are putting an entire industry at risk,” said Gaines. “This is unfair to the thousands of miners, their families and the businesses that depend on suction dredge mining […]

Folsom PD warns of business scammers

On Tuesday, May 30, the Togos restaurant on East Bidwell Street received a telephone call. It was their coporate office on the line wanting to know if they had a new employee or a malfunctioning register. Apparently a customer had been to the store a couple of days prior and purchased $17 in food, but […]

Snow delays Tevis Cup to October

LAKE TAHOE — The Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors unanimously decided to change the Tevis Cup Ride date from July 16 to Oct. 8. “We faced unusually heavy snows this year,” reported WSTF president Kathie Perry. “So in the interest of rider and horse safety, the Tevis ride date is now changed to […]

Hands4Hope youth to honor troops with care package drive at Town Center

The youth of Hands4Hope, wanting to honor the men and women serving our country overseas during this patriotic time of year, have partnered with El Dorado Hills Town Center and the Honor Our Troops Committee to hold a soldier care package drive at Town Center. The drive will run from June 13 through July 4 […]

Dugard’s words tell of horror

As Jaycee Lee Dugard lay trapped in the back of her kidnapper’s car, she heard the man who would hold her captive for 18 years laugh as he sped away from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop. “The man said, ‘I can’t believe we got away with this,’” Dugard recalled Phillip Garrido saying. On the […]

Annie Le’s killer sentenced

The man who killed Placerville woman Annie Le in 2009 was sentenced Friday morning in a New Haven, Conn., courtroom. Raymond John Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for killing Le, 24, a graduate of Union Mine High School in El Dorado County. In March Clark accepted a plea deal with prosecutors […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about the real dirt in Coloma

FOLLOW YOUR DOG’S ADVICE: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “My therapist has a wet nose.” Our managing editor, Pat Lakey, would agree with this statement. • • • THERE’S DIRT IN THEM TAHR HILLS: A class titled “Composting 101″ will be offered on Saturday, June 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Coloma. […]

Colver trial: Angels, demons and Witt’s multiple personalities

Confessed killer Tylar Marie Witt apparently wasn’t the only one who needed the adoration of her former boyfriend Steven “Boston” Colver, as the 16-year-old testified Wednesday that supernatural beings living inside of her would have died if she lost her lover. Colver, 21, is charged with the 2009 first-degree murder of Witt’s mother, Joanne. Last […]

Witt admits lying for plea deal

Steven “Boston” Colver’s defense attorney Dain Weiner grilled Tylar Witt during cross-examination Thursday morning. Facetiously referring to her testimony last Sept. 9 as the “time when she was supposed to tell the truth,” Weiner repeatedly asked her if she were telling the truth now. He was trying to ascertain that her testimony regarding her former […]

Garridos sentenced

Terry Probyn stood before a packed courtroom Thursday morning and tearfully addressed the couple that imprisoned her daughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, for 18 years. “It was you, Nancy Garrido, and it was you, Phillip Garrido, that broke my heart,” an emotional Probyn said. “I hate you both for the torment and the anguish that you […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Rescue 101

An enormous supply of wonderful dogs exists in the hundreds of shelters across the country. Beyond that, and often working in tandem, is a growing army of rescue organizations. They, along with shelters, do the work of angels. One of the most influential rescue groups in the nation is Best Friends Animal Society. Their purpose? […]

Pony Express Reride delayed

Across eight states, the horses and riders pound, bringing letters almost 2,000 miles from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento. But this year, they didn’t want to be the possible carriers of a devastating equine virus, so the National Pony Express Association has postponed the annual re-ride of the Pony Express Trail. The historic re-ride, scheduled […]

Finnon Lake reconstruction project begins Monday

Bulldozers and earthmoving equipment will be begin taking down the Finnon Dam at Finnon Lake Monday morning as the Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts in partnership with the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Association are hosting a groundbreaking event for the restoration and habitat improvement project. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the site, which is […]

Apply now for NRA Foundation grant

Every year, The NRA Foundation allocates funds to go back into the state in which it was raised, where Friends of NRA State Fund Committees decide on programs and projects to fund on the local and state levels. Applications for the 2011-2012 grant cycle will be accepted starting on July 1, 2011. All applications must […]

Study debunks virus connection to chronic fatigue and prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO — A study that includes authors at UC Davis has found that a retrovirus associated with prostate cancer tumors and chronic fatigue syndrome that evolved in laboratory mice less than two decades ago is unlikely to be widespread in humans and the cause of either disease. The study of the retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia […]

Heard over the back fence: Ride in the moonlight

LIGHT YOUR OWN FIRE: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following “Advice from a Campfire” T-shirt statement: “Bring people together, spark new ideas, kindle strong friendships, radiate warmth, no smoking, be a good storyteller, don’t burn out.” • • • MOONLIGHT HORSEBACK RIDE: The American River Conservancy informs us that a moonlight horseback ride is scheduled […]

Witt takes stand Wednesday

Tylar Marie Witt, the 16-year-old former lover of murder suspect Steven “Boston” Colver, was called by prosecutors Wednesday morning to testify against the man she was once willing to kill for. Witt, who last year pleaded guilty to her mother Joanne Witt’s 2009 murder, stoically recalled the first time she met Colver, now 21, at El […]

Weather’s effect on local crops is ‘not bad’ to ‘iffy’

What feels like unseasonable weather in the foothills is not unheard of and not even all that unusual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted it, and some farmers, such as Ron Briggs of Placerville, heeded the OFA forecast. Briggs, an El Dorado County supervisor, responded by e-mail to several questions regarding the weather’s impact on his […]

Video outlines forestry strategies

AUBURN, Placer Co. — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has produced a video about its efforts to help local communities find sustainable solutions for managing public lands in overgrown forests. The video highlights issues faced by Sierra communities such as the threat of fire, the need for watershed protection and the opportunity for job creation. It […]

Forest workshop for private landowners set

PIONEER, Amador Co. — Landowners who have pines and other conifers on their property are invited to attend a five day workshop in Amador County that will address forest management practices, harvesting, water quality, fuel management, fire safety, pests and diseases, road maintenance, regulations, technical and financial assistance and many other topics. The workshop is […]

6-3-11 Twilight Dance in Pollock Pines

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The next Twilight Dance will be on Sunday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, across from the Umpqua Bank. Tickets are $6, including appetizers. Singles are welcome! King Music Services will provide music from the Swing era. For more […]

Community College prof to retire

If you’re from around here, and you have a degree in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology or any related field, there’s a good chance you studied under and were inspired by Dr. Sarah Pender. By now, an integral part of the fabric and history of Folsom Lake College, and Cosumnes River and American River Colleges before […]

LSD Gummy Bears part of drug bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — LSD laden Gummy Bears were part of a South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team bust in mid-May that included psilocybin mushrooms and more than 90 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement officers arrested John Morrissey, 29, May 19 after receiving complaints about a marijuana growing operation at two […]

CHP to hold car seat event

The California Highway Patrol is set to hold a child car safety seat event on Saturday, June 4. Personnel from both the Placerville area and Valley division CHP offices will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Kmart at 3968 Missouri Flat Road to demonstrate how child safety seats should […]

Criminal annals, part 120: Man whipped for petting a squirrel

Continuing with the Sept. 17, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” there is a column devoted to the actions of the Recorder’s Court in Sacramento. The Recorder’s Court, which is equivalent to our former Justice courts, handled minor and major crimes, passing the latter on to the Superior Court if warranted. The County Recorder […]

Witt to testify Wednesday

Another day, another delay. The murder trial of 21-year-old Steven “Boston” Colver was postponed yet again Tuesday morning. This most recent decision to delay came on the heels of Thursday’s abbreviated hearing, during which the testimony of Colver’s former lover, 16-year-old Tylar Marie Witt, was continued before she ever took the witness stand because of […]

Douglas County favors TRPA termination

MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to support a Senate bill to withdraw Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  The board supported the bill in April, but met in a special meeting Friday to add its endorsement to an amendment. “There was an additional minor amendment to allow the federal government more […]