9-16-11 AARP mature driving classes

REFRESH YOUR DRIVING SKILLS: AARP mature driving classes are being offered for drivers who are 50 years old or older on the following dates: Placerville Senior Center – Saturday, Oct. 1 & 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days. Pollock Pines Community Church – Mon/Wed, Oct. 3 & 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. […]

Mountain Counties association gears up for action

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, or Mountain Counties, as it is commonly called, has come full circle since it was formed in the 1950s. At that time, California initiated its State Water Plan that led to the creation of the dams, reservoirs and other water infrastructure operated by the state Department of Water Resources. It […]

‘Healing All Together’ program helps youths

“A child’s language is play; they have no words for grief,” said Sue Watson, bereavement coordinator for Snowline Hospice. Snowline is known for the end-of-life services it provides for people throughout El Dorado County, but it also offers “Healing All Together,” a program to help adults and children deal with the loss of a loved […]

CHP plans DUI checkpoint

Placerville-area California Highway Patrol officers have scheduled an El Dorado County sobriety checkpoint for Saturday, Sept. 24. Starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 24, officers will control traffic at the checkpoint to evaluate drivers’ sobriety, check driver’s licenses, and hand out literature warning against drinking and driving. Additional CHP officers will be assigned to roving patrols […]

2 victims of house fire ID’ed

Two of the occupants of the Pleasant Valley manufactured home that caught fire early Thursday morning were identified Friday by officials with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District. The fire at 4740 Viewpoint Drive was first reported at 12:18 a.m. Thursday morning and appears to be responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, […]

Local meth dealer gets prison

Three years after he was arrested for his role in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking ring, a Cameron Park man was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for money laundering and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Miguel Vasquez, 39, of Cameron Park, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 14 1/2 years in prison […]

2 suspected of cocaine sales in Tahoe

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two men late last month after finding about $17,000 worth of cocaine in a residence on the 800 block of Rubicon Trail. On Aug. 30 Florentino Vargas Barragan, 43, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled […]

Main Street — ebb & flow or just ebb?

There are at least 12 vacant store fronts on Main Street in Placerville. With the impending closure of Placerville Clothing, established in 1993, there will be 13. Redevelopment, a tool to possibly help with shoring up and revitalizing local business, is in suspension, pending the outcome of a lawsuit between the California Redevelopment Agency and […]

Roundabout put on hold

Judge Nelson Brooks of the Superior Court in Cameron Park ruled earlier this month on a lawsuit brought by the Friends of Historic Hangtown against the city of Placerville with regard to a proposed Roundabout in Placerville. The judge’s ruling declared the current Environmental Impact Report for the project to be inadequate for the project […]

Heard over the back fence: Redford and Hoffman again on the silver screen

 Mr. John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt “food for thought” statement: “Do I smell Popcorn? Or was that you?” • • • WATERGATE MOVIE:
 The Filmfare movie for Sept. 2 is “All the President’s Men” starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. This movie won four academy awards. The movie will be shown on the […]

Chaplain’s vacation turned into ‘war zone’

It starts quietly, almost beyond notice — like the gentle staccato of raindrops falling on a carport roof in August. Jacob Cohen hears it. The noise builds. It churns. And it rattles. And it rumbles and growls and groans. And the pitter-patter is now a crescendo that has gripped the world in its violent throes. […]

Army officer felt Pentagon impact

At 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, air traffic controllers cleared American Airlines Flight 77 for take-off to Los Angeles. At 8:50 a.m. the pilot reported cruising at 34,000 feet over the Ohio-Kentucky border to an Indianapolis County air traffic controller. After that, the controller lost contact with the plane. No one outside the plane […]

Tahoe woman killed in IHOP shooting

By Dylan Silver Family friend Suzy Krzaczek remembers Florence “Florrie” Donovan-Gunderson as “incredibly generous” and “incredibly full of life.” “That woman had the energy of a 25-year-old,” Krzaczek said. “She was always going at 100 mph.” Donovan-Gunderson, a part-time South Lake Tahoe resident, was killed after a man opened fired in a Carson City International […]

Guilty of obstructing mail

A Shingle Springs man was convicted earlier last week of three counts of obstruction of mail. Cesar Caballero, 41, was found guilty Tuesday in a Sacramento federal court of attempting to have mail addressed to Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians diverted to his own residence. According to courtroom testimony, […]

Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 17

AUBURN – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s (SNC) third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup received a boost from the State Capitol as seven members of the state Legislature signed on as honorary co-chairs for the volunteer event, which will be held at more than 90 locations throughout the Sierra Nevada Sept. 17. Legislative support comes from […]

Rockin’ the world, local woman’s creations getting noticed

POLLOCK PINES — Maryellen Garcia is an inventor, an artist and a believer in changing the world. When she looks at rocks she sees bunny heads, chickens, dogs and angels. She calls herself the “Rock Whisperer” and says that rocks are the puzzle pieces of the world. She, with the help of her husband, Tom, […]

Fiddletown readies for jamboree and street fair Sept. 17

September is here and the annual Fiddletown Fiddlers’ Jam and Fiddle Contest will soon be upon us. Held every third Saturday of September, the Fiddletown Community Center is sponsoring this year’s music festival and street fair on Saturday, Sept. 17. Look for the family fun activities at the base of the Giant Fiddle to last […]

County moves on broadband grant project

El Dorado County supervisors voted unanimously last week to endorse a grant request by the Gold Country Broadband Consortium to the California Public Utilities Commission. Part of the board’s consent calendar, the approval authorized Chairman Ray Nutting to forward a letter of support on behalf of the Sierra Economic Development Corporation. SEDCorp is the parent […]

Early morning fire kills child

A 4-year-old child was killed shortly after midnight, early Thursday morning, in a Pleasant Valley structure fire, officials confirmed. The young boy, whose name has not yet been released, was apparently trapped inside of a manufactured home residence at 4740 Viewpoint Drive when flames broke out at 12:18 a.m. Thursday. Responders arrived shortly after being […]

Quickbooks workshops set in Sac

The Sacramento Small Business Developement Center, 1410 Ethan Way, announced he follwing schedule for Quickbooks workshops. – Beginning QuickBooks Part 1— Setup: 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 15. This workshop teaches you how to create and customize your chart of accounts, enter and pay bills, use the check register, apply payments and make deposits and reconcile bank […]

Estate of slain Placerville woman sues Yale

The estate of the Placerville woman who was killed by a Yale University co-worker in 2009 has targeted the school in a new lawsuit that alleges the institution knowingly fostered an unsafe work environment that ultimately led to the violent death of student Annie Le. On Sept. 13, 2009, Le was found dead behind a […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Tazi

On Aug. 11 a 32-year-old pregnant Pacifica woman was killed by her own dog. Greg Napora arrived home at around noon that Thursday to find one of his dogs hovering over his wife’s lifeless body. When emergency services arrived, she was unresponsive and not breathing. Reports from the pathologist and two odontologists (bite experts) concluded […]

9-14-11 Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers garden tips

GARDEN ADVICE FOR SEPTEMBER: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following garden tips for September: -” Lawn repair: rough up bare spots with a rake, scratch in grass seed, cover with mulch and keep moist. – Prune berry bushes to the ground when they finish fruiting. Train up new canes. – Plant snapdragons, pansies, […]

Heard over the back fence: Newcomers plan fashion show

 John Chapman provided the following plaque statement: “Life is full of choices — remove your shoes or scrub the floor.” • • • HATS OFF TO NEWCOMERS!
 Once again the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club is presenting their fashion show to create scholarships for local high school graduates, to help pay higher education […]

EDH Fire Department fires back at Grand Jury

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department Board of Directors questioned the basis for the El Dorado County Grand Jury’s investigation of their agency, but actually agreed with many of the findings, asserting in a just-released response that the organizational changes called for were already under way when the grand jury released its highly critical report […]

Auditor shows county’s $100K+ retirees

El Dorado County has a 16-member group of individuals with one thing in common. They retired from county employment or county service with pensions of more than $100,000 a year. Three were elected officials, former sheriff Jeff Neves, former assessor Tim Holcomb and former surveyor Dan Russell. Neves’s retirement package tops the chart at $189,816. […]

Shingle Springs engineer responded to 9/11

Neil Moore, 79, sits on a stool in his home office, his face somber and reflective as he looks back on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “We got a call from our daughter to turn on the TV… that was it. We turn on the TV. They talk about the first plane going in, […]

New redistricted map gets first reading

As required by law, the ordinance adopting new supervisorial district boundaries was given a “first reading” at a recent El Dorado County Board of Supervisors session. Also called the “introduction,” El Dorado County Surveyor Rich Briner recommended that the board approve the first reading of “an Ordinance Amending the Existing Supervisorial District Boundaries to those […]

ED Hills Chamber job forum kicks off

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Job Forum kicks off its fall quarter meetings on Sept. 12 with networking and a variety of speakers and recruiters throughout the quarter who will be providing advice and information for local job seekers. The Job Forum is a free community event with the […]

Labor Day weekend proved relatively safe

For motorists driving through El Dorado County, the Labor Day weekend was a relatively safe one, according to officers with the Placerville area California Highway Patrol. From Friday through Sunday, CHP officers responded to 12 crashes throughout the county, said officer Dan Stark. According to Stark, the majority of the crashes were non-injury and caused […]

Fire destroys empty mobile home in Garden Valley

At 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, Garden Valley Fire responded to a structure fire at 5155 Glenn Court in Garden Valley. When firefighters arrived, they found an uninhabited mobile home fully involved. The area, surrounded by homes and fields, was considered a “high wildland exposure potential.” With 15 personnel from Garden Valley Fire, six […]

EDH board to work with Skeel

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors announced Friday afternoon it has suspended the termination of General Manager John Skeel. The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, less than six months after hiring him, and moving his family from Colorado. The case against Skeel seemed to unravel in the last […]

California Capital Airshow to pay homage to 9/11

The Capital Airshow plans a heartfelt 9/11 tribute honoring all of the heroes and innocent victims that gave their lives, responded without question and sacrificed everything on that day and beyond On Sunday, Sept. 11, Airshow attendees will be witness to a heartfelt and moving tribute, honoring all of the heroes and innocent victims that […]

9-12-11 Line dancing at EDH Sr. Center

LINE UP FOR DANCING: On Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m., a line dance is offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. No partner or experience is required. A $2 optional donation can be offered. The instructor, Pat Nathan (AKA Smooth as Silk) will help new dancers and […]

9-12-11 Young Eagles group sponsoring flying rally

YOUNGSTERS CAN FLY: Do you know a youngster between 8 to 17 years old who may be interested in joining a group of young people who are interested in airplanes and flying them? The Young Eagles group is sponsoring a pre-registration evening on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Placerville Airport. All students who […]

9-7-11 Heard over the back fence: Sober Grad fundraiser at Fernando’s

 If you have lunch or dinner at Fernando’s Costa de Sol on Wednesday, Sept. 14, a portion of your purchase will go directly to help support the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Fernando’s is located at 2650 Cameron Park Dr. (corner of Green Valley Road and Cameron Park Drive). For […]

Man walks across country to raise funds

Alan Slater walks. One foot in front of the other. Rain or shine, day or night. Mile after mile. From coast to coast. The 25-year-old, with only a backpack stuffed full of the basic essentials, plans to walk thousands of miles not for himself, but to honor the memory of his late grandfather, who died […]

McClintock to Tea Party: Keep an eye on 2012

EL DORADO HILLS — Congressman Tom McClintock rallied the troops last Wednesday night at the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills meeting, telling the crowd of nearly 100 they have the power to restore the Republican Party and “turn Barack Obama out of office in the biggest landslide in American history.” “It’s the perfect […]

Walk toward a cure for breast cancer

Join the fight against breast cancer and the movement to create a world with more birthdays by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5 kilometer walk on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Registration begins at 7 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. […]

Cameron Park seeks skater

CAMERON PARK – Are you a Cameron Park area resident who is also a skater and would like to be a representative on the town’s Skate Park Committee? Do you feel you could be one of the voices for the committee? Rusty Dupray, interim general manager for the Cameron Park Community Services District, said the […]

Volunteer training Sept. 6

Volunteer training at the Center for Violence-Free Relationships begins Sept. 6. Call Martha at 530-295-4205 or e-mail [email protected] for more information, or go to The Center’s Website thecenternow.org and click on the volunteer tab for more information on this opportunity. We invite you to join us to learn more and join in an experiential exercise […]

County to reorganize health and human services

In what may portend future widespread restructuring, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors is considering combining two of its largest service programs. Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly has recommended that the Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health be joined administratively under one director. Daniel Nielson, currently Human Services director, will likely […]

Healthy by choice — not by chance

Once a year, Placerville CHIP offers those interested in achieving optimal health the opportunity to experience a health-promoting lifestyle for 30 days. Registration has begun for the current session running Sept. 12–Oct. 6. Local program director, Michal Lawrence, describes CHIP as “a highly successful lifestyle modification program that can improve health and renew zest for […]

Criminal annals, part 127: Mail call, and close call

Continuing with the Sept. 25, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under “From the Interior” some information from Nevada County, by way of the “Nevada Journal.” “RENCONTRE.— Our town has been not a little excited for a day or two past, by a rencontre between a very well known and respected Methodist […]