Farm Bureau backs Norris for EID

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau Board of Directors interviewed and reviewed candidates’ qualifications for the El Dorado Irrigation District Division 5 Board of Directors open seat and decided to endorse current Director Harry Norris. “Harry Norris has shown strength and leadership on the present board and he will continue to plan well for the […]

Farm Bureau endorses Osborne for EID

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau Board of Directors interviewed and reviewed candidates’ qualifications for the El Dorado Irrigation District Division 1 Board of Directors open seat and opted to endorse current Director George Osborne. “George Osborne has exhibited leadership and foresight on the board to implement regulatory mandates and meet the customers’ needs while […]

Korean Navy to buy from Schilling Robotics

DAVIS — Schilling Robotics, experts in subsea systems, announced recently the order for two 150hp, 3,000-meter rated HD ROV systems from GMB USA Inc. for delivery to the Republic of Korea Navy. One system will be delivered for their amphibious submarine rescue vessel and the second for their auxiliary towing salvage vessel. This order adds to […]

Helping Out Low Income People

Currently, the El Dorado County Community Action Council has two vacancies and the Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interest and concerns of low income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County. The deadline for submitting applications for these vacancies is Oct 26th. For more imformation or to receive an application call […]

Rotary Club

New Energy…New Ideas…The Rotary Club of Cameron Park is very pleased to announce that Lesley Tucker and Greg Wood are new members. Welcome Aboard.

Rockhounds Festival

Tomorrow, from 10am to 5pm, the 28th Annual Rock and Gem Show takes place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. There will be lots of vendors, displays, minerals, gems, beads, jewelry and much more. Tickets are $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

4 Seasons Fall Craft

The Annual Four Fair is scheduled for Oct 15th from 9am to 3pm. Crafters will be selling art glass, paper dolls, beer can chain, Christmas decorations, knitted items, custom made jewelry and much more. You will also be able to purchase breakfast and lunch by Chef Kalan Soibelman. The craft fair will be in the […]

EPA finalizes California’s list of polluted waters

More of California’s waterways are impaired than previously known, according to a list of polluted waterways submitted by the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and finalized by the agency Tuesday, Oct. 11. Increased water monitoring data show the number of rivers, streams and lakes in California exhibiting overall toxicity have increased 170 percent […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Police find pot garden next to school

Placerville police officers last week found a sizable marijuana garden growing less than 100 feet away from El Dorado High School. Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott told the Mountain Democrat that the school’s resource officer initially raised the issue by expressing concern over a possible pot grow just south of the high school campus. On Thursday […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Tahoe snow unlikely to match 2010, experts say

By Dylan Silver With the first flakes come the whispers of how the upcoming winter will match up to big ones in the past. Will it be as cold? Will there be as many storms? Will it snow as much? Rolling off of last year’s early opening and record-breaking La Niña winter, ski resorts around […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Skeletal remains likely missing Tahoe woman

The search for a missing South Lake Tahoe woman appears to have reached its tragic end. In early July, Marie Colello Hanson, 54, decided on a whim to attend the annual National Rainbow Gathering near Stevenson, Wash. The gathering — a massive weeklong, counter-culture peace rally — drew more than 20,000 people from across the […]

Couple suspected of child endangerment

A Pilot Hill couple is in custody on suspicion of child endangerment after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies found two young children living in allegedly unsafe conditions. William and Kelly Blair, 32 and 24, respectively, were arrested Friday at their home on Salmon Falls Road by deputies who were serving an arrest warrant in the […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vortex of evil invades Town Center

EL DORADO HILLS — The long-forgotten Old West town of El Dorado predated El Dorado Hills by a century and a half and thrived until a humble miner accidentally unleashed a vortex of evil that turned the town’s inhabitants into zombie-like spooks that live on in a preternatural afterlife. Hard working Hands4Hope volunteers have recreated […]

Embezzler sentenced

Tanya Edelman, 42, of Cool was in court Monday for sentencing on four counts of embezzlement from the office of Dr. W. Garland Windle, DDS, in Georgetown. She pleaded no contest when Judge Douglas Phimister asked for her plea. After advising Edelman of the counts against her — one for each year from 2007-2010 — […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to join the parade

 My friend John Chapman gave me the following “Advice from a Bluebird” T-shirt statement: “Rise early – Spread a little happiness – Keep a song in your heart – Think spring – Be colorful – Feather your nest with friendships – The sky’s the limit.” • • • SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS […]

Stabbings lead to attempted murder arrest

A Pollock Pines man accused of stabbing three men at a Placerville bar was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder. At 1:40 a.m. Monday, Placerville police officers responded to the Liar’s Bench on Main Street after receiving reports of a stabbing at the Placerville bar. Upon arrival, officers found three stabbing victims […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 21 Replies

Winter Forecast 2011-12: Could Southern California get crushed again?

STRATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The reported Oct 10 that Southern California had an incredibly rough start to winter last year when a series of monster storm systems brought epic rain and flooding. December 2010 became one of the wettest Decembers on record for Los Angeles with nearly a year’s worth of rain falling in just […]

$3.8 million grant will pay for mouse-based health studies at UC Davis

SACRAMENTO — The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.8 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. A major focus for the new Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center will be cardiovascular disease, which affects more than 82 million […]

Learn wildlife medical procedures

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 […]

In case of disaster, is your family prepared?

Maybe it’s a wildfire, or maybe it’s some other type of disaster or incident that results in an area wide evacuation — either way you and your entire family should be prepared to evacuate in as little as five or 10 minutes, according to Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal […]

Governor Brown signs two gun-related bills

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the top legislative priorities of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign. The governor signed AB 144 by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada-Flintridge, to ban the open carry of handguns in California and he also signed AB 809 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, to close […]

County to make nice with the feds … kinda

El Dorado County is a member of two statewide advocacy organizations, the California State Association of Counties and the Regional Council of Rural Counties. Last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to support those entities in their quest for a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Supervisors […]

Big auction set for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

From vacation packages to artwork to local wines and more, high bidders and winning raffle ticket holders will be cheering Oct. 22  as they gather to enjoy the 9th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Big Autumn Auction. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. at Blue Shield […]

SMUD feels heat for planned amendment

CAMINO — For years, some residents of Camino and surrounding areas have dealt with what they call the unwelcome prospect of having the Iowa Hill Pumped Storage Plant built almost in their back yards by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. For years those same people have fought both El Dorado County and SMUD by way […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Camino residents still have concerns about proposed pump station

CAMINO — Local residents’ feelings toward the proposed Iowa Hill Pumped Storage Plant have not changed in three years since the last meeting between residents and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Last week SMUD officials and the Iowa Hill Advisory Committee held a reunion meeting of sorts with about 70 concerned attendees at the Apple […]

Suicidal jumper taken for help

Traffic on eastbound Highway 50 came to a standstill Thursday afternoon when officers responded to a man attempting to jump from the Missouri Flat Road overpass. The incident was the subject of a photo that published in Friday’s newspaper. The man, who was not identified, caused a complete shutdown of the eastbound lane shortly after […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Manslaughter suspect changes plea

Four days before his jury trial was set to begin, manslaughter suspect Mark Steven Barrera entered no contest pleas late Friday afternoon in an El Dorado County Superior Court. Barrera, 22, was charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter stemming from a 2009 Pilot Hill car accident. Prosecutors claim Barrera was engaged in a […]

Meyers dump nears completion

The Meyers dump off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe is being capped with a porous geotechnical material. Completion is expected by Oct. 15. The project, which included excavating the old dump, covering it and installing an 800-foot-long French drain, originally was estimated at $5.5 million, but during a recent tour of the site El Dorado […]

Heard over the back fence: Find your inner poet

 Many people in Pacific Grove were wearing the following T-shirt statement: “Life Is a Beach.” • • • POETRY AND FRIENDSHIP COMBINATION:
 The “Poetry Off the Shelves” group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. You can read your original […]

Hwy 50 reopened after potential jumper walks away

Eastbound traffic on Highway 50 at Missouri Flat Road was stopped Thursday afternoon when authorities responded to reports of a possible suicide jumper but by about 2:05 p.m. the man walked off the overpass on his own. Traffic was seen to be moving smoothly in both directions by 2:30 p.m. An El Dorado County sheriff’s […]

Placerville’s 1st community-owned grocery opening

The Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative plans a Grand Opening event for Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 535 Placerville Drive. After several years of challenging groundwork, the co-op, which will be located at the site of the former Noah’s Ark Natural Foods, is finally ready to open its doors. A ribbon cutting ceremony […]

Dolores Garcia was a local hero: June 15, 1933-Oct. 2, 2011

Whenever a worthy group  needed someone for its board of directors somewhere on the Western Slope, it was always a good bet that Dolores Garcia would be on it — often serving as treasurer or finance guru. If there are boards of directors for good works in the hereafter, Dolores has probably already taken a […]

Closures set for Columbus Day

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Oct. 10, due to Columbus Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County are open on Monday, Oct. 10. The El Dorado County Fire Protection District will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. […]

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

Community clipper: Pollock hair salon owner ‘pays it forward’

POLLOCK PINES — “Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” This quote from a poem by Sam Walter Foss is Patty Becker’s way of life. But it’s not a house by the side of the road. Instead, it’s a hair salon called Patty’s Place. […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

CHP teams with local schools to educate teens

Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark is going back to school. Over the past several months, Stark has reached out to local high schools in an attempt to better warn teens of the perils of drunk or otherwise unsafe driving. “We’re working together because of the tragedies we had at the end of […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged

Supes OK animal shelter road grading

El Dorado County Supervisors moved one step closer to giving the go-ahead for constructing a new animal shelter. The issue has been controversial for several years and has generated rancorous discussion at numerous board meetings and public hearings. Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the nod to Department of Transportation engineer Matt […]

New project planned on Mo. Flat Rd.

Combining three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northeast corner of Misouri Flat and Forni roads is the sole item on the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s Oct. 13 agenda. Developer Grado Equities plans 30,572 square feet of commercial buildings on the property. The square footage includes a two-story mixed-use professional office/retail building, […]

Embezzler gets 14 months in prison

A former El Dorado Hills woman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. On June 21 Shalena P. Leggett, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud after embezzling more than $450,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a Sacramento-based real estate firm. Leggett then attempted to hide the […]

Ski resorts aim for Nov. opening

By Dylan Silver Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe are basking in the recent snow fall, with some mountains reporting more than 8 inches. With the first white stuff, comes the much anticipated announcement of opening days. Though tentative, which could mean earlier or later, the following dates have been called. Kirkwood Mountain Resortm with 8 […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Watching cancer grow

Owning an aggressive dog and doing nothing about it is like watching a cancer grow. That cancer turns out to be especially insidious when you add small children to the equation. You know on some level it’s not going to end well. And usually, it’s the dog that gets burned. Couples who at first are […]

Oak Ridge’s ‘Cannon Man’ gets his own grill

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High School Foundation past president Anthony Scotch couldn’t figure out why Principal Steven Wehr had to drag him out to the high school’s concession stand on a rainy Tuesday evening. Wehr said there was a problem, but when Scotch arrived he only saw smiling faces as his friends — […]

McClintock bill would repeal WAPA loan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee Oct. 5 passed Congressman Tom McClintock’s legislation, HR 2915, the American Taxpayer and Western Area Power Administration Customer Protection Act of 2011. The legislation repeals the 2009 Stimulus Act’s new $3.25 billion Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) loan authority, including the taxpayer bailout provision for failed renewable […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Local woman receives state forestry award

Diane Dealey Neill is not a forester. Nevertheless, the Shingle Springs resident received the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s highest honor this year. The board invited her to come to Sacramento to be presented with the Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry last month. Dealey Neill was recognized […]

10-10-11 “Think You Can’t Exercise?” classes at EDH Sr. Center

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE: A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes You Can!!” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This class includes safe stretching and strengthening exercises, plus range of motion and simple movement exercises. Sitting and […]