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 lgriffiths-gish@eduhsd.k12.ca.us 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 […]

4-13-11 Bipolar disorder support groups

UNDERSTANDING BIPOLAR DISORDERS: Bipolar Insights provides the following support groups to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, their families and friends, too: Monday at 7 p.m. at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Rm. 303, Placerville. Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Marshall Medical Health Library, 681 Main St, Suite 103, Placerville. For more […]

Heard over the back fence: Wednesday fundraiser for Pondo Sober Grad Night

SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at Cafe Santoro, 2531 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park. Stop by for early morning java or for lunch or an afternoon snack. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad […]

Apple Blossom Festival

FESTIVAL IN THE HILLS: Get ready for the Apple Hill “Apple Blossom Festival,” which takes place on April 30 and May 1. Numerous grower ranches will be open for several special activities. The Trail Run will be happening on Saturday, April 30, and the Bike Ride will be on Sunday, May 1. For registration and […]

4-11-11 PV Ducks Unlinmited’s banquet

Placerville Ducks Unlimited is presenting the 33rd annual banquet fundraiser on Thursday, May 12, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 each or $600 for a corporate table. This event will sell out. Tickets can be purchased […]

Register now to vote in May 3 state Assembly race

The Special General Election for State Assembly, 4th District will be held on Tuesday, May 3. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote in this election is April 18. Sample ballots and Vote by Mail ballots have been mailed to voters this week. Office […]

Man arrested after SWAT standoff

A Placerville man was arrested by El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT team members Wednesday evening after negotiations in a nearly five-hour standoff disintegrated. Johnnie Rafael Perkins, 55, was booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm, battery on a spouse, obstruction of a peace officer and felony possession of a firearm after deputies responded to a call […]

DOT reorganization, cutbacks OK’d without ‘deviations’

The El Dorado County Department of transportation’s proposed reorganization was approved on a 4-1 vote Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. An earlier 3-2 vote denied a recommendation of DOT Director Jim Ware and county Chief Administrative Officer Terry Daly to allow a deviation from the standard seniority preferences for employee retention. […]

Watch out for scam artists posing as arborists

Communities and homeowners throughout California have experienced serious damage to trees due to harsh winter weather and very heavy snowfall. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be “tree specialists” to show up at residents’ front doors offering their services to remove or repair damaged trees.  Contractors seem to come out of the woodwork after a […]

First excursion train in 50 years on Feather River route to Klamath Falls

PORTOLA — The Western Pacific built the Northern California Extension (NCE) between Keddie and Bieber, California, 112 miles to the north, which was completed in 1931. The line north of Bieber was built by the Great Northern Railroad on to Klamath Falls, Oregon as part of their Inside Gateway Route. There has never been regular public […]

Heritage Association to present speaker

The Heritage Association of El Dorado County and the city of Placerville will co-host guest speaker Jennifer Gates, AICP field services director for the California Preservation Foundation, on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m., at Town Hall located at 549 Main St., Placerville. Gates will speak about the economic benefits of historical preservation to communities […]

Attorney: Phillip Garrido to plead guilty Thursday

Phillip Garrido, the convicted rapist accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and fathering two children with her, will plead guilty at his Thursday court appearance, his wife’s attorney said. Steve Tapson, the attorney defending Phillip’s wife Nancy, told the Mountain Democrat that Phillip Garrido would plead guilty in order to keep Dugard from […]

Criminal annals, Part 113: ‘No more whiskey’ prompts shooting

The Sept. 11, 1852, edition of the Sacramento Daily Union has an article regarding the killing of a Chilean, followed by numerous articles regarding local news around the area. “FROM THE INTERIOR “Through Wells, Fargo & Co.’s  Express, we have received the Stockton Journal [1850-1854] of Friday. We clip from that paper the subjoined items: […]

Oak Meadow Elementary goes international

By Julie Samrick EL DORADO HILLS — It was sunny and warm inside Oak Meadow Elementary’s gymnasium the afternoon of March 25 despite the dismal weather outside as 300 people packed the gym for the first Heritage Festival. Event organizer and Oak Meadow parent Cigdem Askin envisioned holding such an event since her fifth-grader first […]

Cairns pleads not guilty

Before a courtroom packed with friends and supporters, Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of the restaurant east of Riverton, Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty Friday to several criminal charges, including two counts of felony assault. The 50-year-old Cairns, who has been in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail since last month, appeared in […]

Friends of NRA Dinner April 16

Tickets are still available for the 16th annual Frinds of NRA dinner and auction on April 16 at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Featured is a raffle for a Polaris 4×4 camo Sportsman ATV. Tickets are $100 each; maximum sold will be 200. Another drawing will give away two youth long guns for […]

Heard over the back fence: Free prom dresses

CREATIVE CHAOS: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Anyone can be logical . . . I prefer chaos.” • • • FREE PROM DRESSES: Soroptimist International of Placerville is hosting a “Prom Boutique” on Saturday, April 16, at Inter-County Title Company, 596 Main St., Placerville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is […]

Cameron Park Community Clean-up Day set

CAMERON PARK — Clear skies and warm air mark spring’s arrival in Cameron Park; so, too, will the perennial act of sprucing up the house and yard. Supporting residents’ clean-up efforts this spring, the Cameron Park Community Services District, El Dorado Disposal Service, El Dorado County Fire Safe Council and other organizations will co-host Cameron […]

Property tax deadline is April 11

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer-tax collector, reminds the public that paying property taxes online has now become quick and easy with no stamps to buy, no check to write and no worry over payments getting lost in the mail. In addition, there is no need to battle the snow, ice or rain to […]

Vehicles, gas new targets of county thieves

POLLOCK PINES — Teresa Piper should have lost only a few gallons of gas. Instead, the longtime Pollock Pines resident was left with the charred remains of her vehicle. Late Tuesday evening, Piper was relaxing in her home on Topaz Drive when she noticed what appeared to be flames coming from the street in front […]

Motorcyclist dies on Wentworth Springs Road

GEORGETOWN — An El Dorado County man was killed late Friday night after losing control of his motorcycle in a solo vehicle accident. Scott David Harper, 48, of Georgetown, was riding a 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster at approximately 10 p.m. Friday on Wentworth Springs Road, west of Fox Run Road, when he drove off of the […]