3-way stop due at intersection

RESCUE — The El Dorado County Department of Transportation will be placing temporary stop signs at the corner of North Shingle Road and Green Valley Road in Rescue during this week. The temporary stop signs will create an all-way stop configuration at the intersection, which is anticipated to remain in place until traffic signals are […]

7-4-11 “Joy of Painting” class offered at PV Sr. Center

PAINTING DELIGHT: A class titled the “Joy of Painting” is being offered on July 16, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Participants will experience the Bob Ross wet-on-wet method of painting and will complete their own master piece in just one session. The cost for this class […]

Cameron Park Newcomers plan garage sale

Cameron Park Newcomers will have a garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25  at 3226 Perlett Drive across from Rasmussen Park. The event will benefit the Reach Out Program, which was established to give help immediately and short-term to anyone who can show need in our area.

7-1-11 Free supplies at Marshall Community Health Library

FREE SUPPLIES: Disposable bed pads, small pillows for comfort seating, crocheted lap blankets, washable bibs, and caps to keep your head warm are available at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 Main St., Suite 103. For more information, call 530-622-2778.

7-1-11 Free Health Insurance Counseling Program

FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING: The Health Insurance Counseling Program (HICAP) provides free counseling services in Placerville and El Dorado Hills. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 530-621-6369. HICAP will answer your Medicare questions.

Fashion industry veteran opens shop

EL DORADO HILLS — Fashion industry veteran Rose Suman, owner of Rose’s Tailoring, is the latest addition to Town Center’s merchant line-up. Suman, a 30-year veteran in tailoring, has vast experience working for many high-fashion labels. Suman’s background working for designer labels like Feiss has made her one of the most renowned tailors in the area. […]

County to bail out Pioneer fire district

El Dorado County will be treading somewhat unusual ground when it becomes a temporary financial backer for the Pioneer Fire Protection District. Due to plummeting revenues and soaring expenses, the fire board asked that District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting support its request for financial relief as early as this month. Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution […]

County district shuffle nearing end

Tuesday Aug. 2 is the scheduled date on which the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will conclude the redistricting process to redraw the county’s supervisorial districts. However, Monday June 27, the board will conduct a public hearing which may represent one of the final opportunities for residents to express their concerns or offer suggestions […]

Nerwinski to open Dist. 3 campaign office

As the new El Dorado County supervisorial district map adoption draws nears, Cathy Nerwinski, candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 3, announced the opening of her campaign headquarters June 24. The office is at 680 Placerville Drive, Placerville. The public is invited to the campaign office opening party, which will include local wines, […]

New superintendent for Gold Oak Union School District

The Gold Oak Union School District announced that Wendy LaDue has been selected as their new superintendent-principal. LaDue replaces Dick Williams, who has served as both superintendent of Gold Oak and Pioneer union school districts for the past six years. The Gold Oak school board has been engaged in the search for this position since Mr. Williams […]

Garden Valley man arrested on suspicion of elder abuse

A Garden Valley man who deputies say swindled his elderly grandfather out of $100,000 was arrested Sunday morning after being recognized for his alleged role in a road rage incident days earlier. At 11:15 a.m. Sunday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible verbal dispute at a residence on Chrysler Circle in Garden […]

Sheriff’s Department resumes internal investigations

Several days after the contents of the 2010-2011 El Dorado County Grand Jury report were made public, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged Tuesday it is again investigating its own. “Some of the issues addressed in the Grand Jury report are currently back under internal investigation, now that related criminal investigations by the District […]

UNR researcher named to prestigious National Geographic Fellows Program

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada, Reno, researcher Zeb Hogan, who travels the globe to find, study and protect monster freshwater fish, has been named a National Geographic Fellow – one of only 15 men and women worldwide. “It’s a great honor,” Hogan said. “At its most basic, the fellow position makes it easier for […]

United Way exceeds TP goal

SACRAMENTO – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with 77,227 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way’s third annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive June 16. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated one roll for every two collected, resulting in 115,840 rolls of toilet paper to help local nonprofits spend […]

7-1-11 Senior Shuttle available to seniors

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO THE STORE? The Senior Shuttle, a volunteer-driven van, is available to drive seniors to the grocery store. The van services Placerville, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, and Georgetown for a suggested donation of $2. For more information, call 530-621-6369.

CMA Foundation launches Tdap awareness campaign

The California Medical Association Foundation has launched a campaign that promotes awareness about California’s new whooping cough vaccine requirement for seventh through 12th graders. California is facing a whooping cough epidemic. In 2010, more than 8,000 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of whooping cough were reported to the California Department of Public Health — the […]

State redistricting carves El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors weighed in on the congressional, state Assembly, state Senate and Board of Equalization redistricting maps even before the first round of draft maps were released for public review on June 10. With some intimation of what the California Citizens Redistricting Commission was getting ready to propose, Supervisor Ron […]

Heard over the back fence: Airport pancake breakfast Saturday

ADVICE FROM THE FOREST: Mr. John Chapman of Folsom handed me the following “Advice from a Woodland” T-shirt statement: “Find your path. Start from the ground up. Stretch your limbs. Branch out. Root for others. Make room for new growth. Recycle, recycle, recycle!” • • • AIRPLANES AND PANCAKES: The Experimental Aircraft Association is sponsoring a pancake […]

Scientists review draft Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council has been charged with using the best available science in formulating its Delta Plan. The plan is due on Dec. 31, and Chairman Phil Isenberg has repeatedly stated his determination to meet the deadline. The seven-member council combines expertise in policymaking, agriculture, pharmaceutical business, water management, environmental law, legislation, and Delta […]

Sheriff Dept. gender bias explored

Nearly half of the female El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department employees interviewed by grand jurors claimed to have experienced discrimination during their employment, the recently released grand jury report indicates. Of the 14 women who met with grand jurors, six said they had experienced a gender bias during their career with the department. Three of […]

Water Agency moving to new digs

The El Dorado County Water Agency is “rightsizing” its office space. The agency is currently located at 3932 Ponderosa Road, Suite 200, less than a quarter-mile north of Highway 50. At the meeting of the board of directors on June 15, the board approved an office lease agreement at 4110 Business Drive, Suite B, Shingle […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to break out the harmonica

MOON SUGGESTIONS: My pal John Chapman of Folsom provided the following “Advice from the Moon” T-shirt statement: “Live life to the fullest. Be someone to look up to. Don’t be phased by difficulties. Take time to reflect. Enjoy a little space. Honor the cycles of nature. Light up the night.” • • • GRANDCHILDREN ENERGY: The following […]

Sheriff’s Dept. education credit pay investigated

More than $166,000 of taxpayer funds have been used to pay the education bonuses of five sworn officers with fake diplomas, the recently released El Dorado County Grand Jury report states. Two deputies, two sergeants and one lieutenant with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department were found to have been receiving Educational Incentive Pay (EIP) […]

Rotary Youth Exchange Program needs families

Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of a student for three months. The requirements include treating the student as part of the family, providing the student with his or her own bed, and facilitating attendance at Union Mine High School. […]

Both Garridos taken away

SACRAMENTO —  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) now have custody of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who were sentenced on June 2 in El Dorado County for the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. On June 15 Nancy Garrido was received at Central California Women’s […]

GDPUD sets special budget meeting June 24

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors will have a special meeting 9 a.m. Friday, June 24 in the district boardroom to discuss adoption of the 2011-2012 budget. The board members decided they will not take action on June 24, but make their final decision at the regularly scheduled board meeting July 12. […]

KVIE to air expert viewpoints on the future of the Delta

SACRAMENTO — On Debating the Delta, debuting on KVIE Public Television (ch. 6) on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the station’s local series ViewFinder, experts will discuss the many challenges facing this critical resource, and offer informative, educational and important viewpoints on the future of the delta. The Sacramento-San […]

Construction leads month-over area job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 11.7 percent in May, down from a revised 12 percent in April, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Witt, Colver sentencing to be same day

Tylar Witt, the 16-year-old who last year pleaded guilty to the 2009 first-degree murder of her mother, Joanne, will be sentenced Aug. 12. The girl’s sentencing will come more than two years after she and Steven “Boston” Colver, 21, killed Joanne while she slept in her El Dorado Hills home on June 12, 2009. Last […]

Kings’ roadshow comes to EDH

A VIP reception for the Sacramento Kings brought El Dorado County business and political leaders to El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 8 to hear what it’s going to take to keep the team in Sacramento. Many left with their checkbooks a little lighter in what local business leader Kevin Nagle, who helped organize […]

Fire destroys EDH house

The homeowner who lost everything after fire ripped through an Aberdeen Lane house mid-Sunday morning has been identified as Chris Bryan, who lived at the residence with his wife and two boys. At about 10:12 a.m. firefighters responded to a call at 2790 Aberdeen Lane and found the two-story home fully involved and a patch of […]

Cal Fire staffs up

SACRAMENTO – Following the recent warmer temperatures and drying conditions, Cal Fire increased its staffing in Northern California for fire season. Starting  June 13 Cal Fire began transitioning into fire season in most parts of Northern California, including the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, […]

Nancy Garrido transferred out of county

The woman who helped her husband kidnap and imprison Jaycee Lee Dugard for 18 years was transferred out of El Dorado County early Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed. Nancy Garrido, 55, was taken from the Placerville Jail by the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers. […]

McClintock warns about debt, Medicare

Congressman Tom McClintock, representing District 4 voters in the House of Representatives, spoke to an approximate group of 100 people at Georgetown’s IOOF Hall last Thursday, June 9. His primary message to the American people was to keep up the good work of challenging the U.S. government. “History is screaming a warning at us,” he […]

Long distance birthday present arrives

One of Katie Cumings’ 21st birthday presents came from  Afghanistan,7,000 miles away. Her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. Jack Cumings, 24, got two weeks leave in the middle of his 12-month deployment in the Kost province of Afghanistan to come home and help her celebrate. The Army allows a two-week leave during a 12-month deployment so […]

Longtime subscriber Gardner knows everyone

Clinton Gardner is 93. He’s lived in the same house high above Main Street for 71 years and he remembers when there was a Placerville Times newspaper as well as the Mountain Democrat. The Placerville Times was absorbed by the Democrat in 1958. Gardner doesn’t remember when he first began reading the Mountain Democrat, but before […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn wildland home safety

ADVICE FROM MOTHER EARTH: Thanks to John Chapman, we have the following “Advice from the Earth” T-shirt statement: “Be well rounded – Keep a positive atmosphere – Have a magnetic personality – Celebrate diversity – Think globally – Be good to your mother – There’s no place like home! … ASK YOUR LOCAL FIREMAN/FIRE WOMAN: […]

6-27-11 Info. on Home Energy Assistance Program

HELP FOR PAYING ENERGY BILLS: The Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help income-eligible families to pay their energy bills. If you are eligible, HEAP can help you pay for electricity, wood, propane, or heating oil. Benefits are paid once a year. The program focuses on households with older adults, individuals with disabilities, and […]

6-27-11 Sr. Times Newsletter can be ordered

UP TO DATE INFO FOR FIVE BUCKS: The Senior Times Newsletter provides information, monthly, about senior health and wellness, nutrition updates, and articles on Medicare and Social Security. Call 530-621-6255 for a free copy. Yearly subscriptions are available for a $5 donation. If you purchase a yearly subscription in July, you receive one free year!

6-24-11 Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

GO INTERNATIONAL WITH AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes for three months. Requirements include treating the student as part of the family, providing the student with his or her own bed, and facilitating attendance at Union Mine High School. Students provide their own […]

EID study calls for rate shift

A Cost of Services study by the El Dorado Irrigiation District calls for changing residential rates from 70 percent consumption based to 50 percent consumption based. The study, rolled out last June 13, also indicates lower sewer bills. As the EID Board of Directors delved into the nitty gritty of the Cost of Service analysis […]

6-24-11 Class about home safety at EDH Sr. Center

HOME SWEET HOME SAFETY: A new class titled “Be Safe in Your Home” will be presented on Tuesday, July 12, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You learn the facts about home safety and gather new ideas to keep you safe in your home. The […]

6-24-11 Class on prescriptions and medications

ARE YOU CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR MEDICINE? A new class titled “Pack Your Bag Program” will be presented on Thursday, July 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. A local CVS pharmacist will discuss best practices in prescription management. Bring your medications with you, […]

Placerville man tazed, arrested after night of drinking

A wild evening of drinking proved to be too much for one Placerville man to handle, as he was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of vandalizing a Lotus bar. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of vandalism in progress at 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Coloma Club in Lotus. Austin Hillendahl, […]

Missing Macaw: Good golly, Goober’s gone!

C OLOMA — Goober, an 18-month old blue-and-gold Macaw, got loose in the Coloma/Lotus area on Saturday, June 4. His owners, the Joe Carvalho family, want their pet back. They have offered a $500 reward for his safe return and more than anything, they “hope he’s safe.” Carvalho took out a quarter-page ad in the […]