Sheriff delivers 120-day ‘report card’

EL DORADO HILLS — Business leaders at Wednesday’s El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Connects luncheon were given an inside look into El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini’s first 120 days in office, straight from the man himself. Prior to delivering his “What’s Going On In El Dorado County?” speech, D’Agostini, the afternoon’s featured […]

Supes OK ‘depot-like’ structure for RR park

Long-time local rancher Ed Hagen lives near the proposed Railroad Park in El Dorado. In fact his ranch and property are found on both sides of the railroad tracks that used to connect Camino and Placerville to Sacramento. Back on March 8,  it came to the attention of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors […]

Dupray shares optimistic agenda

CAMERON PARK — A familiar face is in a new position at the Cameron Park Community Services District. Last month the CSD Board of Directors unanimously named Rusty Dupray the district’s interim general manager. Former GM Fred Smith was let go in late March after the board, on a 3-2 vote, decided not to extend his […]

DUI log

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol: JUSTIN ATKINS, 22, Placerville, booked April 2 by CHP, bail listed at $5,000. SCOTT BARRY, 45, Shingle Springs, booked April 2 by CHP, bail listed at $2,500. SAMUEL KRAUS, 19, Placerville, booked April 2 by CHP, bail […]

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High schooler hurt in suspected DUI

An intoxicated Ponderosa High School student was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle, which rolled over, authorities said. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said 18-year-old Brandon Pitetti, of Shingle Springs, was traveling westbound on Meder Road in Shingle Springs at 1:55 p.m. Monday when his Toyota […]

Military Family Support Group meets monthly

CYNIC’S WORD: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Do unto others the same crap they’ve done to you.” • • • SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES: The Military Family Support Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. The leader of […]

Some dirt roads still closed

The extensive storms over the past weeks have left many dirt roads on the Eldorado National Forest too wet to handle vehicle traffic without causing resource damage. Dirt roads in the Eldorado National Forest will remain closed until weather and soil conditions improve, announced Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo. The current closure is extended to May 13. “I want to open […]

Heard over the back fence: Visit the military family support group

CYNIC’S WORD: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Do unto others the same crap they’ve done to you.” • • • SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES: The Military Family Support Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. The leader of […]

5-9-11 Zen calendar quote

ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL: The Zen calendar presented the following observation: “I never saw an ugly thing in my life.” – John Constable.

5-9-11 Richard Lederer’s calendar quote

STUDENT LOGIC: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contained the following “School Daze:” “The largest mammals are to be found in the sea because there is nowhere else to put them.”

Highway 50 closed at summit; Mormon Emigrant Trail still snowed in

Construction has begun to repair damaged rock walls along Highway 50 at Echo Summit and traffic will no longer be allowed through as of Wednesday. Caltrans held a press conference at the Belltower in Placerville Tuesday morning to answer questions from the media and get the public up to speed. The eastbound lane was torn […]

Beth Gaines wins special election

Republican Beth Gaines was voted into the state Assembly Tuesday, filling the seat vacated by her husband earlier this year and handily beating opponent Dennis Campanale in the process. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Gaines, 51, emerged victorious in Tuesday’s 4th Assembly District special election with 55 percent of the vote while Democrat Campanale finished […]

Train to Comstock to start up May 28

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s 2011 season begins May 28 with round-trip and one-way excursions along the historical 14-mile Comstock route between Carson City and Virginia City. www.visitcarsoncity.com. Tickets are currently on sale with rides departing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nevada Day, Oct. 30, providing a journey through time on […]

Calif. oil and gas accounts for 7% of state’s economy

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2011 – The U.S. oil and natural gas industry supports 900,000 jobs in California and 7 percent of the state’s economy, according to a new study commissioned by API and conducted by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). API president and CEO Jack Gerard said the president and Congress should keep the study’s findings in […]

Sen. Gaines’ TRPA bill passes committee

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced May 4 that his legislation to create additional transparency and accountability within the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency cleared a major hurdle, passing out of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 593 would require each California member of TRPA to comply with […]

Reported plane crash a false alarm

Reports of a plane crash in a remote area north of Pollock Pines turned out to be a false alarm, authorities said. Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, scanner traffic indicated a plane crashed in the Poho Ridge area, northwest of Pollock Pines and across from the American River and Forebay Road. According to the reporting […]

Cal Fire encourages homeowner preparedness

CAMINO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) have designated the first week in May as Wildfire Awareness Week to remind Californians to be vigilant as the state approaches fire season and to highlight the importance of the homeowner’s role in preparing their property ahead of […]

Smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing explained

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in homes, condominiums and apartment complexes remains a problem for many people, especially children and individuals with asthma or other chronic medical conditions. The El Dorado County Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides information and resources for community members and property owners/managers of multi-unit housing complexes on ways to effectively manage secondhand […]

Cameron Park to maintain current fire staffing

Cameron Park will maintain the status quo when it comes to firefighter staffing, resulting from a recent board decision that gives the district the option to increase coverage if revenue intake exceeds expectations later in the year. Currently the community’s contract with Cal Fire is to staff 19 firefighters, two batallion chiefs and one office […]

Jury selection for Colver trial begins

Jury selection for the trial of suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver began Tuesday morning in Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse. Jury selection is expected to last two days, a court official told the Mountain Democrat. Colver, 21, is accused of helping his former girlfriend plan and execute the murder of her mother in 2009. Colver’s former […]

County sets more redistricting hearings

El Dorado County has scheduled additional community redistricting meetings in various locations throughout the month of May. In addition to the Pollock Pines meeting already held and the El Dorado Hills meeting scheduled for May 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Services District Pavilion, newly scheduled meetings include: May 12, 6-8 p.m., Cameron Park Community […]

Forest Forum honors Warren Carleton

What happens when a group of retired and active foresters gets together to honor one of their own? They tell stories, of course. The recent Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum dinner meeting at The Twisted Fork in Sutter Creek, Amador County, went beyond the restaurant’s closing time as Warren Carleton was celebrated for his years as […]

Man makes kidnapping report, arrested on robbery charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police here arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of a trio of crimes Sunday after he allegedly reported his children were kidnapped by OxyContin-hungry bandits. About 5:10 p.m. Sunday, South Lake Tahoe resident Adam Roland called police and said he had been forced to rob the CVS Pharmacy on Emerald Bay Road, […]

Heard over the back fence: Disposal sponsors spring cleanups

FAMILY SECRET: Thanks to John Chapman of Folsom, we note the following T-shirt statement: “Insanity is relative (especially in this family).” • • • SPRING CLEANING OPPORTUNITY: El Dorado Disposal is sponsoring the following “Spring Cleanup” events:
El Dorado Hills, Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pollock Pines, Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; […]

City Council OKs redevelopment

Five resolutions regarding redevelopment  and the first reading of an ordinance to approve and adopt the Redevelopment Plan were approved 4-0 at last week’s Placerville City Council meeting. The proposed Redevelopment Project Area covers 1,077 acres from Placerville Drive to the Smith Flat and Motor City area, including the three business districts in the city […]

Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee to meet at Stateline

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, May 12, at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, Nev. The LTFAC will address issues related to federal activities at Lake Tahoe. Items on the agenda include a review and discussion of public comments […]

Students Against Violence Everywhere, Allstate Foundation foster teen safe driving

Students Against Violence Everywhere has received a $100,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to assist SAVE chapters in California to increase youth safety and promote teen safe driving. The grant will support SAVE programming in schools and community agencies, specifically teen safe driving awareness campaigns will be conducted throughout the year. The new SAVE Chapter at Shenandoah High […]

Deep snow in Sierra

Manual and electronic readings today show that California’s near-record snowpack is slowly melting with warming spring weather. But snowpack water content is still 144 percent of the April 1 full season average. Monday’s readings will help hydrologists forecast spring and summer snowmelt runoff into rivers and reservoirs. The melting snow supplies approximately one-third of the water […]

Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death

Your reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden? Asked by Mother Lode News staff writer Mike Roberts at Starbucks in El Dorado Hills PT-Bill Vandegrift Bill Vandegrift El Dorado Hills “I’m thrilled. What a great day for this country. I’m especially thankful for the 911 victims and their families.”         PT-Ed […]

Supervisor enjoys radio persona as well

El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago has been a “media star” longer than she’s been a county supervisor. Representing the Lake Tahoe Basin and a small portion of the Western Slope, Santiago typically may be found at the Government Center in Placerville on Mondays and Tuesdays every week. She spends the rest of […]

PPD uniform gets change

While the look probably won’t take Milan or New York by storm, a potential uniform change is already scoring big points with some of Placerville’s finest. Several officers with the Placerville Police Department have traded in their traditional gun belts for tactical vests. The uniform change, while currently on a trial run, is expected to […]

Cameron GM claims wrongful termination

CAMERON PARK — Former Cameron Park General Manager Fred Smith has joined a handful of residents in the community in claiming his March 24 termination was in violation of the Brown Act. In a formal demand letter to the Board of Directors that voted 3-2 in favor of not renewing his contract, Smith writes that […]

Cairns trial is delayed

The former owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant will wait several more weeks before standing trial on felony assault charges. Kevin Cairns, the restaurateur accused of attacking carsick motorists in his parking lot, had been set to go to trial May 3 on criminal charges, including felony assault and vandalism. Friday morning […]

Murder trial on track for June

The murder trial of Steven Howard Mittelman, the El Dorado Hills man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife last year, appears ready to start in June. Mittelman, who is in custody on suspicion of first-degree murder, appeared Friday in an El Dorado County courtroom with his attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Robert Banning, for a […]

Man suspected of kidnap, rape

An El Dorado County man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. Joseph Linson, 28, of Cameron Park, was booked by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies for allegedly kidnapping and raping an adult female earlier this month. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said Linson is accused of kidnapping the victim and then taking her […]

California’s economic outlook is gradually improving, but the gap between Sacramento and Silicon Valley is widening.

STOCKTON — The short-run outlook for the California economy is slightly better, but there is no change to the sluggish long-term recovery that will keep California’s unemployment rate at or above 10 percent through the end of 2013 according to the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific released April 19. While technology oriented […]

Snake-bit: Rattlesnake season now open

GREENWOOD — Lane Schoch of Garden Valley received quite a shock April 6 while helping homeowners on Lou Allen Lane in Greenwood with spring cleaning. A 3 1/2- to 4-foot rattlesnake was hibernating inside and bit him on the left finger. “I reached down and picked up a stack of rain gutters,” said Schoch, proprietor […]

Divide superintendent resigns, takes Sonoma job

GARDEN VALLEY — Black Oak Mine Unified School District Superintendent Tammy Gabel submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees requesting she be released from her contract; the board accepted at its April 14 meeting. Gabel is accepting a superintendent position with Windsor Unified School District in Sonoma County north of Santa Rosa. […]

Greenwood PM retires

Sheila Powell, postmaster at the Greenwood Post Office for the past three years, retired April 15 after more than 24 years in federal service. “I will miss the people but not coming to work,” said Powell, who plans to travel with her husband, David. “We are moving to a new phase in our lives.” The […]

Goat milk cheese farm frothing to go

GARDEN VALLEY — Jollity Farm on Greenwood Road in Garden Valley recently passed all its inspections and received all approvals and licenses to make and sell goat milk cheese. Charley and Kyleen Cornell have been working tirelessly toward this goal and recently celebrated a day for jubilation at the farm. While there are 38 artisan […]

Folsom names new police chief

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller April 28 announced the appointment of Cynthia Renaud as police chief. Renaud is currently a commander with the Long Beach Police Department. She assumes her new duties May 2, with an annual salary of $178,992. “Commander Renaud competed successfully in a very rigorous recruitment process for the police chief position,” […]

EID redistricting effort making rapid progress

General Counsel Tom Cumpston provided an update April 25 on the progress of drawing new El Dorado Irrigation District board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. He described the rapid progress that district staff is making on the laborious task of adapting the census data to EID’s boundary lines. Cumpston reported that the newly […]

Heard over the back fence: EDHS Class of ’85 to hold fete

SOUTHERN DRAWL: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Y’all speak Southern.” • • • EDHS CLASS OF “85″ REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1985 has scheduled a “belated” 25th class reunion for Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Lions Park, Placerville. Classmates are encouraged to bring their children. […]

Runaway truck closes Sears store for a day

When Julian Malka, 87, held down the accelerator instead of the brake about 11 a.m. Friday his older model Chevrolet pickup truck and camper shell jumped the curb and didn’t stop until it came to rest inside the Placerville Drive Sears appliance store. Arriving in the store with him was his wife, Esther, 80, sitting […]

Solo hybrid driving in carpool lanes to end

SACRAMENTO — California’s carpool lanes will soon be “off limits” to solo drivers of hybrid vehicles displaying “yellow” clean air stickers. They expire July 1. To make sure everyone is aware of this change, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will mail out 85,000 letters (attached) to registered vehicle owners with these stickers beginning May […]