Officials break out the golden shovels for new school

EL DORADO HILLS — In one of her last official duties as Buckeye Union School District’s superintendent, Terry Wenig started a new project — the construction of the district’s sixth elementary school. Wenig welcomed her school board members, El Dorado County officials, development company representatives and other guests to the new school’s groundbreaking ceremony in […]

Gaines votes against budget plan

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Wednesday issued the following statement regarding the Democrats’ majority-vote budget package. “This irresponsible budget is full of gimmicks and tricks that don’t actually address the structural reform California desperately needs. It pushes us deeper into debt by relying too heavily on future tax increases and does nothing to prevent […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a hike on the Georgetown Divide

LIQUID ADVICE: Thanks to John Chapman, I give you the following “Advice from a Lake” T-shirt statement: “Be clear – Make positive ripples – Look beneath the surface – Stay calm – Shore up friendships – Take time to reflect – Be full of life! … GEORGETOWN AREA HIKE: On Saturday, June 25, from 8 […]

Deputy public defender Brooks pens book

By day, David Brooks is an El Dorado County deputy public defender who has spent more than 20 years fighting for the Constitutional rights of his clients. But the affable attorney also moonlights as a soccer player (goalkeeper, in case you’re wondering), concert cellist, trivia guru, avid biker and now, a published author. Of course, […]

Colver trial: Defense delivers closing; case given to jury

During his spirited, lengthy closing argument Tuesday afternoon, defense attorney Dain Weiner told El Dorado County jurors that his client, Steven “Boston” Colver, is guilty of many crimes — including statutory rape, destroying evidence, drug use and lying to deputies. “He had his vices,” said Weiner. “He wasn’t an angel.” But the 21-year-old defendant, on trial […]

Cell tower out, parents jubilant

Parents and neighbors of Sierra School scored a victory at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting when a unanimous vote by City Council members put the kibosh on building a 78-foot high cell tower  near the school. A group of more than 90 applicants appealed the May 3 Placerville Planning Commission decision to allow AT&T to […]

6-22-11 Dept. of Human Services needs vounteers

ASSISTING LOCAL FAMILIES: The El Dorado County Department of Human Services needs volunteers to assist in supervising visitations between parents and children who are currently receiving reunification services through the Dept. of Human Services. Volunteers will receive free training, free background checks, and they can choose their own hours and days. For more information, call […]

6-20-11 Diabetes and Nutrition Education program at Marshall Hospital

DIABETES PRESENTATION: The Diabetes and Nutrition Education program is presenting the annual Review/Advisory Event on June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marshall Hospital dining room patio. Refreshments will be served, and there will be raffle prizes. You can view table displays of the program’s accomplishments, growth, and resources and tools of […]

6-17-11 “Women’s Empowerment” group meeting in PV

EMPOWERING WOMEN: A new group titled “Women’s Empowerment” is available to women seeking new strength and resilience in their lives. The group is an opportunity to vent frustrations, share new ideas and create new friendships. The group will meet on June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, 1864 Broadway, Placerville (next to […]

Colver trial: Prosecution gives closing argument

As gruesome crime scene photos of Joanne Witt’s lifeless body were displayed for jurors, El Dorado County deputy district attorney Lisette Suder called the slain 47-year-old single mother the most important witness in the murder case against Steven “Boston” Colver. “Joanne is the silent witness to the truth because it’s through her death that (she) […]

By cycle and sail — 299 days across the globe

When Jeff Boggess, 32, decided to return home to Pleasant Valley from working five years as a landscape artist in Germany, he had a choice: Get on a plane and be home in 12 hours or take more time and check out the world along the way. “People move fast and they miss the things […]

Surviving wildfire: Cal Fire offers life-saving tips

Editor’s note — The Amador-El Dorado Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection presents a three part series of articles on its “Ready-Set-Go!” fire and life safety campaign. This week begins with Part 1: “Ready.” Unit Chief Kelly Keenan says that “living in the Sierra Nevada foothills is a dream come true […]

Deputies nab suspected burglars

A man and woman from Folsom were arrested last week after deputies caught them allegedly burglarizing an El Dorado Hills residence. At 12:48 p.m. on June 8, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle from an El Dorado Hills resident, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. Deputies responded to […]

See film of narrow gauge railroads

The railroads of El Dorado County were the “life’s blood” of the county’s early history. The Clarksville Region Historical Society will show a film of the Narrow Gauge Logging Railroads of El Dorado County at its meeting on Wednesday, June 22.  The film will be followed by a description of the Shay locomotive used by the […]

Youth may take advantage of great outdoors

The final school bell has rung … and moms and dads everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to keep the kids active and entertained for the next several months. But parents, take heart – the Youth in the Outdoors (YO!) program, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game , may have just […]

Rattlesnakes are coming out … beware

California Poison Control System ( reminds Californians that rattlesnakes are waking up from hibernation, and even baby snakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems, and in rare cases, can be fatal. Most bites occur between the months of April and October. […]

Preparing now is best defense against wildfire

CAMINO – Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit  of Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) is reminding the public that the risk for wildfires is upon us as fire season began Monday, June 13. Keenan said, “We have had an unusually wet and extended spring, however temperatures are quickly […]

Heard over the back fence: Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

RELATIVELY SPEAKING, AGING IS OK: Mary Ellen Ware provided the following T-shirt statement: “Age is relative – when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.” … GO INTERNATIONAL WITH AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of […]

End in sight: Hwy 50 work wraps up this year

EL DORADO HILLS — Just one more summer — that’s all construction crews working on the Highway 50 carpool lanes project in El Dorado Hills need to get the job done. “Their patience is sincerely appreciated,” said John Kahling, deputy director of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation’s Construction division, of the residents who’ve […]

Don’t kidnap wildlife babies

Many members of the public find an orphaned or injured wild baby, and wildlife rescue organizations such as Sierra Wildlife Rescue could not carry out its work without their assistance. Sometimes, however, a rescuer may mistakenly assume that a baby has been abandoned when the mother is actually nearby. She may be foraging for food, […]

Local mom creates dish washing device

EL DORADO HILLS — Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE  by Gina J. The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the […]

Mother Teresa Maternity Home needs basic supplies

PHILOSOPHICAL FISH: My friend John Chapman of Folsom gave me the following “Advice from a Bass” T-shirt statement: “”Find a new angle – Know when to keep your mouth shut – Don’t take the bait – Prize clean water – Be lively and swift – Don’t give up without a fight – Be a good […]

Prosecution attacks Colver’s testimony

In the second day of his testimony, Steven “Boston” Colver admitted to prosecutors that he repeatedly lied to friends, family and authorities not only to protect himself, but also the forbidden relationship he had with then 14-year-old Tylar Marie Witt. Deputy district attorney Lisette Suder, in her cross-examination of the 21-year-old murder suspect, drove home […]

6-22-11 Friends of El Dorado County Seniors meet at PV Sr. Center

SENIOR ADVOCATES: The “Friends of El Dorado County Seniors” is a non-profit organization that supports wellness, life enrichment, dignity and independence of El Dorado seniors and their caregivers through advocacy and financial assistance. If you want more information about this group or if you are interested in joining this organization, their next meeting will be […]

6-20-11 New officers for the Association of Calif. Car Clubs

LOCAL LEADERS PREVAIL: The Association of Calif. Car Clubs has announced their new slate of officers for 2011/2012. The following local residents are part of the new team: Rex Roden, El Dorado – president and editor of newsletter; Mary Ramsay, Forest Hill – membership chair; Butch Gardner, Shingle Springs – conference chair. Congratulations to all […]

6-20-11 “Tain Your Brain” workshop at EDH Sr. Center

BRAIN THERAPY: A workshop titled “Train Your Brain” is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The workshop facilitator will be Judy Bakke. Workshop topics will include the latest research in neuroscience, 4 components to strengthen your cognitive […]

6-20-11 Fun at the EDH SR. Center

FRIDAY FUN TIME: On the first Friday of every month, creative fun is offered during the Senior Nutrition lunch time. The following activities are offered: Friday, July 1 – Patriotic Ice Cream Social. Friday, August 5 – Trivia & Treats. For more information, call 916-358-3575. All these activities take place at the El Dorado Hills […]

6-17-11 Bipolar support groups in Placerville

BIPOLAR COMFORT: The Bipolar Insights group informs us that the following bipolar support groups are available: Every Monday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., #304, Placerville. Every Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Marshall Medical Health Library, 681 Main St., #103, Placerville.

6-20-11 Henna tattoos for teens workshop at EDH Library

TEMPORARY TATTOOS: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, has a teen summer reading club. On Tuesday, July 5, Henna tattoos will be available at the workshop at 1 p.m. at the library. Teenagers must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian to participate. The Henna ink […]

6-20-11 Communication Skills class at EDH Sr. Center

CREATE A HAPPY UNIVERSE FOR YOURSELF: I will be teaching a class titled “Communication Skills – Part 2″ on Tuesday, July 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. By improving your communication strategies in all relationships, you create inner peace and happiness for […]

6-20-11 Life Ring Service Center meetings

ARE YOU READY FOR A SOBER LIFE? I received a pamphlet from the Life Ring Service Center. It describes the Life Ring group as a “network for support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other ‘drugs’.” Life Ring has a group in our community. For more information about Life Ring, […]

Prepare for heat, officials urge

MATHER – Even though the official start of summer is a week away, state officials are urgingd Californians to prepare now for the prospect of prolonged periods of hot weather later this summer and fall. “Summer isn’t here yet, but it’s not too early for Californians to prepare for the possibility of several days of […]

6-17-11 New members for Sewing Guild

FRESH ENERGY: The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild rolls out the red carpet for new members Laura Fisher and Irma Homesley. Welcome aboard, ladies!

6-17-11 Teenager activities at EDH library

TEENAGER ACTIVITIES: The “Teen Tuesdays” program continues at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Art activities for grades 5 through 12 are available at 1 p.m. The following activities are scheduled: June 21 – Duct Tape Wallets; June 28 – Textiles (embroidery, knitting, weaving). For more information, call 916-358-3500.

6-17-11 Yvonne Griffin – Senior of the Year

SENIOR OF THE YEAR! Yvonne Griffin is the 2011 Senior of the Year! I have seen Yvonne in action for the past couple of years. She is an energetic dynamo when it comes to her commitment to helping seniors. Her commitment involves many hours of service, each and every week. She treats everyone with great […]

6-22-11 Harvey Edward West remembered

WEST FAMILY LEGACY: WEST FAMILY LEGACY: Whenever I think about the Harvey Edward West family, the words generous and commitment to community come to mind. We recently learned that Harvey Edward West, Jr., died on April 26. We also learned that, like the rest of the West family, Harvey was a community leader in Graeagle, […]

6-17-11 Fire safety discussed at EDH library

ASK YOUR LOCAL FIREMAN/FIRE WOMAN: On Thursday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to noon, El Dorado Hills Prevention Captain Brad Ballenger, will discuss wild land fire safety, home safety, general escape plans, when to call 911, smoke detectors, and rattle snakes. This presentation will be at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, […]

6-13-11 Farmers’ Market coupons for seniors

COUPONS FOR FARMERS’ MARKET: Farmers’ Market coupons are available for those over 60 years of age who meet income guidelines (one-person household with annual income less than $20,036 or a two-person household less than $26,955 annually). The coupons are good at all authorized Farmers’ Markets. Coupons will be distributed from 8 to 11 a.m. at […]

Colver murder case: Tylar ‘did it for us’

After three weeks of attorneys telling and re-telling the story of Steven “Boston” Colver and Tylar Marie Witt, Colver was finally called to the witness stand Thursday to testify in his own defense. Colver, 21, told jurors that Tylar, his then 14-year-old girlfriend, called him to the house she and her mother shared on the […]

Fairies coming to Main Street

Fairies will soon flit into historical downtown Placerville and land on the walls of  the community garden at Old City Hall, next to the W.S. Kirk/City Hall Parking lot. Community Pride has organized and will pay for the mural project, with artist Deb Power doing the artwork. Community Pride, an organization of volunteers who are […]

Local horseman featured at annual Expo extravaganza

CAL EXPO — The 13th annual Western States Horse Expo this weekend will find Garden Valley’s own Dean Lacey teaching clinics and entertaining crowds with his gorgeous Arabians and Friesians in tow. Actually, the towing will be done by the horses, from Lacey’s Arabian Ranch on Andy Wolf Road, as they demonstrate the fine art […]

Rising from the ashes: Rescuer, rescued reunite in El Dorado Hills

Part 2 of Rising from the Ashes– On April 5, 1991, 15-year-old Israel Jaure was trapped in his family’s burning second floor apartment in Eureka. Jim Christian, a 39-year-old Eureka firefighter, dove into the flames and smoke to rescue him and, with the help of another firefighter, pulled the burned boy out of the building […]

Colver trial: Attorneys debate DNA evidence

Attorneys in the Steven “Boston” Colver murder trial spent much of Wednesday and Thursday arguing over DNA evidence that could be used by jurors to link the defendant to the murder of El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt. Deanna Kacer, a senior criminologist with the state’s Department of Justice, testified Wednesday that male DNA was […]

Jaycee Dugard to be on ABC

Jaycee Lee Dugard, the South Lake Tahoe kidnap victim whose story made headlines around the world, will give her first public interview since being found alive to ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. The network announced Wednesday morning that Sawyer’s interview will air in July, sometime after the release of Dugard’s memoir, “A Stolen Life.” […]