Suit to delist beetle

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation April 8 filed a lawsuit asking that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) be ordered to start the process of dropping the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the U.S. Endangered Species Act list. Filed in federal court in Sacramento, the lawsuit aims to compel FWS to take […]

EID redistricting FAQ

Responses provided by Tom Cumpston, EID General Counsel Q.1. Why is EID required to redistrict and how frequently must it be done? A.1. Every ten years when new federal census data becomes available, EID has a mandatory legal duty to re-evaluate its division boundaries. Our obligation is to use the census data to ensure that population […]

Georgetown board OKs comp study plan

As part of the push by new board members to cut expenses at the Georgetown Divide Utility District, a progress report on a compensation study was given Tuesday by Shelly Anderson of Bryce Consulting. Anderson told the board April 12 the “data elements” she would examine were base salary, longevity pay, employee and employer share […]

Tahoe Rim Trail guide training set

TAHOE CITY — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service announce the third annual three-day, regional guide training May 13-15. The training will be held at Granlibakken Conference Center in Tahoe City, and the course registration fee includes food and dormitory style lodging. In order to meet the needs of the public and […]

4-25-11 Breast feeding class

BABY PAMPERING: A class titled “The Breast Feeding Experience” is being offered on Wednesday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Placerville. Class topics will include understanding lactation and learn basic latch-on. The class fee is $35. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to assist with class tuition. For exact location information and to […]

4-25-11 Rotary Club new member

WELCOME ABOARD, TIFFANY! The Rotary Club of Cameron Park is very pleased to announce that Tiffany McAchran is now a member of their club. She has already worked on a variety of projects and committees while awaiting membership. Tiffany, keep an eye on Mike Collom and Bob Edwards to make sure they keep their lives […]

4-22-11 Front Yard Nursery newsletter

PUT ON THOSE WORK GLOVES: “-Plant warm season vegetable seeds or starts. -Prune spring blooming shrubs immediately after bloom. -Check roses for aphids and hose off plants if you find any. Feed roses with systemic fertilizer if needed. -Start a new lawn from seed or sod. Stop by for a free planting guide. -Thin fruit […]

Murder trial to start next month

Barring any major changes, the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver is expected to begin in less than one month. The 20-year-old Colver, who appeared briefly in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom Friday morning, is accused of helping his teenage girlfriend plot and carry out the 2009 murder of her mother. But after several […]

Big Brother, Little Brother — for life

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills family man Steve Rotz hails from Michigan, but found himself in Baltimore right out of college in the mid-1980s, working hard all week, far from family and friends. “I was there alone and looking for more out of life,” he recalled. “I remembered those old commercials with a […]

Animal shelter still on hold

El Dorado County supervisors on Monday sent staff back to their desks to hammer out some timelines for moving forward on the county’s proposed new animal shelter. After three hours of testimony during Monday’s special hearing, the board directed new project manager Kris Payne to provide concrete answers to specific issues regarding progress on the […]

Annual Camellia Cup sailboat race results released

Charles Witcher’s 13-foot Banshee class dinghy, “Ghost,” was an apparition that could not be touched as he sailed to four first-place finishes to win the 45th annual Camellia Cup Regatta on Folsom Lake April 9. In the 40 years that Banshees have competed in the Camellia Cup, Witcher’s win was the first regatta championship by […]

4-15-11 Widowed Persons’ meeting

WIDOWED PERSONS UNITE: On Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m., the Widowed Persons of Calif. group will meet for lunch at the Cold Springs Country Club. Lunch cost is $12. To reserve your spot, call 530-642-2511 or 530-295-8374.

Camino Charter School ready for 2011-2012

CAMINO — Inside or outside? Making discoveries or listening to information? Hands on or hands free? If you’ve got a get-down-in-the-dirt, curious, need-to-touch-stuff kind of kid who is fascinated by the physical world, you might consider registering him or her for the Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School for the 2011-2012 school year. The […]

Tahoe ecosystem comments sought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee is accepting public comment on capital projects and science themes that have been recommended for funding to help restore the Lake Tahoe Basin ecosystem, using Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Round 12 funds. A total of 25 project proposals were received, addressing federal vision […]

Man released from county jail, arrested on suspicion of murder

A Nevada man released from an El Dorado County jail was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing four people. Joseph Naso, 77, of Reno, was booked into the Marin County Jail on four counts of murder which, according to several news outlets, allegedly took place between the late 1970s and mid-1990s. One of the victims […]

B-17 to fly here April 17

MATHER FIELD — The B-17 Flying Fortress sitting on the tarmac was originally made more than 67 years ago. Though it didn’t fly in combat it did nearly break in half while parked at a New England air museum when a tornado deposited a flying boat on its back. Despite that severe damage once the […]

No shot, no school: Tdap vaccine required

A new California school immunization law takes effect on July 1, requiring all seventh- through 12th-grade students in public and private schools to receive a Tdap vaccination before starting school in the fall. Tdap is a vaccine specifically designed for older children and adults that protects against pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Students who […]

School shooting suspect in court

The man accused of shooting Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara dead on Feb. 2 appeared in an El Dorado County courthouse Monday morning for a brief pre-preliminary hearing. John Harold Luebbers, 44, appeared during an uneventful hearing that was ultimately continued to May 2. El Dorado County deputy district attorney Joe Alexander noted that […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s nature’s way to be wild

ARE YOU WILD ABOUT NATURE? Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s “Wild About Nature” festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. This free event will include kids activities, such as making Mother’s Day cards and bird houses, plus working […]

CHP to escort Highway 50 Wagon Train after all

The California Highway Patrol has advised the Highway 50 Association Wagon Train of the CHP’s intent to waive the escort fees for the 2011 Wagon Train, scheduled to enter California on June 5, despite earlier fears that the escort would not occur due to the state’s budget-strapped condition. The news was just recently received by Wagon […]

Manslaughter suspect indicted by grand jury

The case of manslaughter suspect Theresa Lee Ghersanich took a new turn Friday when an El Dorado County judge announced she had been indicted by a grand jury. Ghersanich, 55, was present in Placerville’s Main Street El Dorado County Courthouse when Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner told the court that the county grand jury […]

Dupray named Cameron Park CSD interim general manager

CAMERON PARK — The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors held a special meeting on Friday, April 8, to deal with critical issues that couldn’t wait until the next regular meeting on April 20. One action item involved naming former El Dorado County supervisor Rusty Dupray as interim general manager of the CSD. […]

Board considers ‘course corrections’ to county General Plan

The USS El Dorado County General Plan is cruising in the right direction, but like any battleship, leaves a lot of turbulent water in its wake, and can’t spin on a dime. A skeleton crew in the Planning Services Department suggests staggering proposed course corrections, while other members of the fleet, desperate for smoother sailing, […]

Cameron Park wildflower walk set

As part of its celebration of California Native Plant Week, the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will be conducting a wildflower walk on the Cameron Park unit of the Pine Hill Preserve on Tuesday, April 19, between 2 and 4 p.m. This is an ideal walk for those interested in recognizing […]

El Dorado Transit routes a real bargain

The El Dorado County Transit Authority (El Dorado Transit) provides the following public transit services: Local Community bus routes serving the Western Slope, Monday through Friday and limited Saturday service. Cash fares are $1.50 one-way or 75 cents for seniors, students K-12 and persons with disabilities. Monthly passes range from $30 to $60 and persons […]

Come on and take a free (almost) ride

With gas prices hitting $4.13 for a gallon of unleaded regular Sunday in Placerville, the smart money is on taking the bus — El Dorado Transit offers myriad routes, packages and options for those tired of emptying their wallets at the pumps. On a recent morning, with gray clouds scudding across the sky as they […]

County picked for progressive educational program

A partnership consisting of educators from the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, the El Dorado County Office of Education and the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club in El Dorado County has won a competitive bid to launch a new effort to improve services for youth and young adults. The Forum for Youth […]

Dante’s owner posts bail

After three weeks in an El Dorado County jail cell, Kevin Cairns is a free man. Cairns, owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant east of Pollock Pines, posted bail Friday afternoon, hours after an El Dorado County judge lowered his bail amount, which was initially set at a quarter-million dollars when he was remanded […]

EID flume project wins award from engineers

El Dorado Irrigation’s Flume 51 project was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with an award for “Outstanding Small Water Project” in the state of California. “The Flume 51 project has been a real success for the district and its construction partners,” said EID senior engineer Tim Sullivan. “This is the third […]

Heard over the back fence: Nifty 50, you’re the one

MEAT EATERS DELIGHT: John Chapman of Folsom left me the following T-shirt statement: “I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.” By the way, are you aware that Johnny Appleseed’s given name was John Chapman? • • • START LOSING WEIGHT! EDHS Class of 1961: The Reunion Committee for the 50th […]

Colorful characters highlight community’s story

“You’re looking at the best investment you can make, a piece of California.” That proclamation lifted off a 1960s era sales brochure for Cameron Park and sums up the promise of a series of visionary entrepreneurs who each contributed to creating “a special place to live” perched “1,200 feet above the smog and fog,” between […]

4-15-11 EDHS class reunion

EDHS CLASS REUNION: I received an e-mail note regarding class reunion of El Dorado High School Classes 1975 to 1980. No call-back phone number was included. The reunion party is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at the Holy Trinity Social Center, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive, El Dorado Hills. The starting time for the party […]

4-15-11 Rattlesnake avoidance class

AVOID RATTLESNAKES: A class titled “Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs” is scheduled for May 7 and May 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Placerville. The cost per dog is $70. To register for this class, call Cathy Keeler at 530-622-6909 from 6 to 10 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline for registration is […]

4-13-11 Ponderosa H.S. planning a memorial

HONORING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: Ponderosa High School has begun the process of designing and erecting a memorial to honor any Ponderosa High School graduate who was killed while serving in the Armed Forces. If you have information regarding a Ponderosa High School graduate who should be honored and remembered, contact Linda Griffiths at or […]

4-13-11 Commissioner Shepherd is retiring

GET OUT THE EASY CHAIR: Superior Court Commissioner William Neil Shepherd will be retiring July 8, this year. Since Oct. 2005 he has worked for the El Dorado County Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe and Placerville, handling Family Law, Juvenile Dependency and other court calenders. Commissioner Shepherd, we thank you for your service to […]

Big quakes a Delta worry

The Delta Stewardship Council members were all ears when three experts from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Center in Menlo Park reviewed the current level of understanding of earthquake forecasting for the Delta region at the Jan. 27-28 meeting. This was before the 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11 near the east coast of Honshu, […]

4-13-11 Mercedes Benz owners road trip

SMELL THE WILD FLOWERS: Rain or shine, Mercedes Benz SLK Roadster owners are invited to meet on Saturday, April 30, to display their cars at 10 a.m. in the parking lot off Arden Town Shopping Center, Starbuck’s parking lot, 610 Watt Ave., Sacramento. At 11 a.m., owners and friends are invited to participate in a […]

4-13-11 Cameron Park Library’s “Featured Friend”

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER AND LEADER: The “Featured Friend” volunteer for the Cameron Park Library is Kathe Hughes. Kathe has been a “Friend of the Library” member for over five years and was president of the group for the 2009/2010 term. The “Between Friends” newsletter noted the following: “Kathe and her husband Bill are front and center […]

On the spot: Helen Carey

Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Sacramento Occupation: Owner of The Forester restaurant, Camino Hobby: Reading Favorite movie: “The Way We Were” with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand Favorite book: “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett Favorite vacation spot: Ferndale Something no one knows about you: “I was an Air Force brat. I have been all around […]

4-13-11 Gold Oak Elementary School raises money

HOW TO SURPASS A GOAL: Recently, Mrs. Johnson’s fourth grade class at Gold Oak Elementary School challenged their school to raise money for the “Save the Children Foundation” operating in Japan due to the recent tsunami disaster. Mrs. Robert’s first grade class raised the most money. Mrs. Hayden’s second grade class had the most creative […]

Phillip Garrido pleads not guilty

In a surprising reversal of expected events, Phillip Garrido pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping, imprisonment and sexual assault of Jaycee Lee Dugard Thursday morning in an El Dorado County courthouse before a sea of reporters from across the country. Earlier this week, Stephen Tapson, the defense attorney for Nancy Garrido,told the Mountain Democrat that […]

Criminal annals, part 114: Shootings, suicide and slaughter

Continuing in the Sept. 13, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find an article regarding another shooting in Sacramento. “SHOOTING AFFRAY – A MAN DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED. – About 8 o’clock last evening, a disturbance took place in a saloon on J street, between two men named Joseph Stokes and Thos. Collins, occasioned by […]