Heard over the back fence: Can you help a kitty?

SAVE A CAT’S LIFE: A resident at Eskaton Village passed away recently. Staff are trying to find a home for her cat as soon as possible. For more information, call 530-621-2958 or 530-621-4455. All local animal shelters are full. Please consider adopting Binkie … today, if possible. LET’S TALK TURKEY: We just received information that […]

Crews battle two So. County fires

GRIZZLY FLAT — In a span of three days, crews led by Pioneer Fire Protection District responded to two wildland fires in the heavily forested rural community of Grizzly Flat. On Thursday, firefighters responded to a blaze near the intersection of Parkside Drive and Winding Way at around 12:30 p.m. Pioneer Fire Chief Bob Gill said […]

Man found in Lake Tahoe is missing diver

The body of a scuba diver recovered from Lake Tahoe last month has been identified as a man who was first reported missing nearly two decades ago, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday. The body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found by a deep diver wedged inside of a rock crevice in Lake […]

Fire prevention: Doing the right thing the wrong way?

Recently there have been a number of wildfires locally caused by people using gas powered equipment to create defensible space at the wrong time of day. Using equipment such as tractors, lawn mowers or weed whackers at the wrong time of day can end disastrously. “It is best to operate gas powered equipment before 10 […]

USFS conducting fish surveys in Upper Truckee River

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit crews, with help from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CalTrout, and California Tahoe Conservancy, will be using electro-shocking equipment to temporarily stun fish to record data that will help evaluate the success of efforts to restore the Upper Truckee River. Crews will work […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: A trend that needs to end

In Shakespeare’s day, something was rotten in the state of Denmark. Nowadays, something’s rotten in the United States. That something in two words: disposable animals. One of the saddest aspects of our citizenry is this sticky notion that animals are disposable. One of the ways that plays out is in the ongoing practice of dumping […]

Logging truck crashes near Kyburz

KYBURZ — The driver of a logging truck was killed early Monday morning when his vehicle ended up on the north embankment of the American River. Dead is Steve John Evans of Pollock Pines. The accident occurred shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday between Kyburz and Whitehall. Authorities said Evans, 50, had been traveling on westbound […]

Felon busted for alleged drug, gun possession

GEORGETOWN — A convicted felon was arrested last week when El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies found him in possession of narcotics as well as several guns, a department spokesman said. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers told the Mountain Democrat deputies were assisting state parole agents in Georgetown Monday afternoon, Aug. 1, with attempting to locate a […]

Mayor’s property ownership scrutinized by residents

Some of Placerville Mayor David Machado’s properties in Placerville came under scrutiny at the July 26 Placerville City Council meeting, as Vice-Mayor Mark Acuna directed city staff to prepare a report outlining and responding to the claims made by Smith Flat resident Barry Batchelor at the July 12 Placerville City Council meeting. Resident Evelyn Veerkamp […]

Veteran flyer recognized as Master Pilot

Louie Kraushar of Cameron Park became one of those “magnificent men in their flying machines” at the unlikely age of 8. It would be another two decades, however, before he actually piloted an airship on his own. In the meantime, he went to war,  got married, started a family and began the first of a […]

Married by proxy — local woman, soldier exchange vows

It was 9:15 a.m. in Placerville on July 25 when Shingle Springs resident Sarah Brown, 24, and fiance, Army Specialist Randal Blake of Cameron Park, 22, exchanged wedding vows before El Dorado County Recorder William Schultz. For Sarah, it was 9:15 in the morning, but for Blake, deployed thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, it […]

County expanses impress Japanese students

Those excited-looking Japanese teenagers you might have spotted running around El Dorado County last week were part of the 2011 sister city youth exchange hosted by members of the El Dorado County chapter of People to People International. Members swap students and good will with families from other countries. The 2011 youth exchange brought 16 […]

Cameron Park fires prove to be close call

CAMERON PARK — All things considered, Thursday night could have been much worse for four residents here. A handful of small fires broke out at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday along Cameron Park Drive, one of which was responsible for the destruction of four backyard fences belonging to homes along Montebello Way. California Department of Forestry […]

New redistricting maps go to supes Monday

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will review three new redistricting maps in a public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, in the board chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The maps address the concerns of specific supervisors, and bear their names. The Briggs Rubicon Alternative, Knight/Cameron Park Alternative and Knight/Nutting Alternative can be […]

After Garrido: DA, senator call for changes

With Phillip Garrido fated to spend the rest of his life behind bars, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson went on the offensive last week, calling for sweeping changes in the parole process to ensure dangerous predators stay behind bars. Pierson, along with Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, held a community discussion Wednesday morning at […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s outdoor movie time again

THANK YOU, TROOPS: 
John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “A SOLDIER’S LIFE IS ABOUT DEFENDING YOURS.” • • • OUTDOOR MOVIE FUNDRAISER:
 “Filmfare” continues to show movies outdoors in front of the County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Admission price is $5. Snack bar available. Bring your own lawn chair and blanket. Proceeds benefit […]

8-15-11 Veterans’ breakfast at Veterans Memorial Bldg.

GREAT FOOD . . . . GREAT COMPANY: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, on the first, second and third Sunday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m, at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adults pay $5 and kids […]

8-15-11 “Childbirth Education” class held in P.V.

THE STORK IS COMING: A class designed for pregnant women, titled “Childbirth Education” is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Placerville. This class will focus on the stages of labor, medical options, and pain management. The class fee is $120. First Five El Dorado offers a generous scholarship to […]

8-15-11 “The Breast Feeding Experience” class offered in P.V.

ADVICE FOR NEW MOMS: On Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., a class titled “The Breastfeeding Experience” will be offered in Placerville. Information to help mothers understand lactation will be provided. Also, they will learn basic latch-on and positioning techniques. The class fee is $35. First Five El Dorado offers scholarships to assist […]

Skatepark signs sought

CAMERON PARK — A move seven months ago that declared ordinance signs promoting Christa McAuliffe Park as a drug free zone, including alcohol and controlled substances, took another step toward reality Thursday morning. Members of the Budget and Administration Committee of the Board of Directors for the Cameron Park Community Services District moved to recognize […]

59th Jeepers Jamboree sees springlike setting

Fun, family and friends, food and beautiful surroundings — these are what has attracted jeepers to the Jeepers Jamboree for the past 59 years. Fun on the trail If you own a Jeep and love to drive it off-road, the Jeepers Jamboree is the ultimate experience. Imagine gathering with hundreds of other aficionados, driving the […]

EID redistricting options planned

The El Dorado irrigation District Board received a redistricting process update from General Counsel Tom Cumpston July 25. Cumpston reported that the district is nearing completion of the redistricting process. Public outreach meetings have been conducted in El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville, and Camino to obtain public comment and there is one additional Redistricting […]

Draft EID water report refined, completed

At its July 25 meeting, the EID Board of Directors received and filed an update of the Draft 2011 Water Resources and Service Reliability Report. First presented at the June 27 meeting, the board asked that the data be recalculated using a more conservative approach to reflect the unit demand reduction observed in recent years. […]

Don’t bake your pets in the car

Citing an increase in calls for service as well as rising temperatures, El Dorado County Animal Services has issued a reminder to county motorists to not leave their pets unattended in their vehicles. Henry Brzezinski, Animal Services’ chief, said it is imperative to not leave animals locked in a vehicle, especially if the outside temperature is 80 degrees […]

Little river at center of big debate

It’s mostly hard to get to, and even where it isn’t, you could miss it if you blink while driving along the roads in the Tahoe Basin. The Upper Truckee River, however is very special to some people. Relatively small groups of avid fishermen, hikers, horseback riders and even deer hunters know the Upper Truckee, […]

DA’s report slams Garrido’s supervision

Although Phillip Garrido will never again draw breath as a free man, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office is determined to shed light on the atrocities committed by the serial rapist and his wife. But in the office’s latest report, prosecutors this time focus on the ever-growing list of law enforcement’s failures to properly monitor […]

Drowning at Union Valley

The body of a man who was pulled from the Union Valley Reservoir Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 20-year-old Oakland man Stafone Deshun Jackson, authorities announced. Jackson had traveled to the Union Valley Reservoir to camp with several friends Tuesday morning, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers. Shortly after arriving, the group […]

Heard over the back fence: Texas Hold’em in the Pines

A FEARFUL WORKOUT:
 My friend John Chapman of Folsom sent me the following T-shirt statement: “Facing your fears builds strength — but running from them makes for a great cardio workout.”  • • • GALLOPING GOOD FUN!
 On Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at 5 p.m., the Pony Express Invitational Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Party begins at […]

Serrano wins $1.85 million of bond overage

A long-running dispute between Serrano Associates and El Dorado County over Mello-Roos surpluses ended earlier this month with the board crediting Serrano roughly $1.85 million, but avoiding a large cash payout. The parties agreed to an amendment to the governing indenture and a settlement of past claims that pays Serrano $233,546 in cash, $1.2 million […]

Crime down in 2010, sheriff’s annual report says

By and large, major crimes throughout El Dorado County were down in 2010 from the year before, according to a recently released sheriff’s report. The annual El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department report, which offers an in-depth look into the agency’s operation, highlights the number of reported crimes by category. Compared to 2009, the number of […]

National Night Out gets bigger each year

A bouncy house sat in front of the Cottonwood Park Apartments’ main office Tuesday evening. Kids ranging in age from about a year old to 12 rushed to the bouncy house, as its red, white, blue, gold and green colors formed in the shape of a castle were an attraction to play safe. Their parents, […]

EDH fatal crash suspect in police chase ID’ed

The man who died fleeing from Folsom police officers in a high-speed chase through El Dorado Hills last week has been identified. Stephen C. Stucker, 22, of Citrus Heights, was killed as he attempted to evade officers in the early morning hours of July 27 when he was ejected from his GMC pickup truck after […]

New Garrido docs released

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office released Tuesday afternoon the latest batch of documents relating to kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. This latest release features more than a dozen attachments relating to the case, highlighting, among other topics, Phillip Garrido’s criminal history, the state’s failure to properly monitor the convicted sex-offender, as well as […]

Grass fire burns 2 acres in Serrano

El Dorado Hills firefighters made quick work of a 2-acre wildland fire Sunday afternoon. The fire worried residents who saw the field directly behind their home consumed by flames, but never directly threatened any homes. Fire Marshal Jim O’Camb said that the fire appeared to start near a trail in the green belt southeast of Borders Drive […]

8-12-11 “3 Seconds to Better Health” class at EDH Sr. Center

BETTER HEALTH IN 3 SECONDS: A class titled “3 Seconds to Better Health” is presented on the 1st Friday of each month from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You will learn simple Tai Chi movements with coordinated, controlled breathing exercises. The class fee […]

Fire crews have busy Monday

Firefighters had their hands full Monday afternoon when three separate fires broke out near the El Dorado County Government Center in Placerville. Crews from the El Dorado County Fire Protection District, Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District and Cal Fire responded to Ray Lawyer Drive at around 4:30 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of three […]

EDH manager, board defend selves

“As naïve as it may sound, I’m still hopeful that I can get my job back,” said John Skeel. “I’ve done nothing wrong.” The gloves came off last week in what’s shaping up as a battle royal between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District board and their soon-to-be-former General Manager John Skeel, who was […]

Remote vehicle brings up Tahoe body

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — More details are surfacing about the recovery of a body from deep water near Rubicon Point on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore last week. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies used a remote operated vehicle to locate and raise the body July 27, according to a statement released  Aug. 1. The […]

Man accused of smoking pot with teen girls

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on Sunday after being accused of smoking marijuana with three teenage girls. Jim Zamosky, 57, is also accused of having an obscene photo of a toddler, and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, officers first […]

Schnell shooting suspect in court

The man accused of gunning down Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara briefly appeared in court Monday afternoon, just 24 hours shy of the six-month anniversary of the beloved administrator’s death. John Harold Luebbers was present Monday for a readiness and settlement conference in Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse. Luebbers, 44, is accused of fatally shooting LaCara, 50, […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a bridge club

LIMIT YOUR LOVE:
 Since John Chapman is on vacation, I present my following recommendation for a T-shirt statement: “Love Is Not Cheaper By The Dozen.” • • • OSSIE OPPORTUNISTS:
 Who started the rumor that Ossie Scariot is going to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers? Ossie, Stan Cody and I will fly down to L.A. if you […]

New opportunity for taxpayers who avoided tax bills

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board  officially launched its second voluntary compliance Initiative by contacting 47,000 taxpayers who may have underreported their tax liabilities through the use of tax avoidance transactions or who may have unreported offshore income. The voluntary program, directed by recent legislation (SB 86, chaptered March 24) is an opportunity for these taxpayers […]

GDRD reconsidering site for rec facility

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District has reopened consideration of developing a recreational gym with a small water feature at the Regional Park site in Greenwood, and is entertaining applications for one board position. The scope of the proposed swimming pool/recreation facility has been reduced considerably and moved from the proposed Golden Sierra High School location. […]

Mo Flat offramp switcheroo due

The westbound loop offramp from Highway 50 to Missouri Flat Road will close Aug. 4 — permanently. In its place will be a new offramp that will be a straight shot to Missouri Flat Road. Concurrently with that westbound onramp to Highway 50 used by vehicles northbound on Missouri Flat Road and currently turning left […]