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 […]

Redistricting ‘road show’ opens in Pollock Pines

POLLOCK PINES — Residents here attended the premiere of the county’s “redistricting road show” Thursday night at the Community Center. Dubbed the road show by the El Dorad County Board of Supervisors, it was the first public hearing to review possible options for redrawing the county’s five supervisorial districts. District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting hosted […]

Hwy 50 closing May 11 for 2 weeks

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 will be closed for two weeks beginning May 11, just days before thousands of people are expected to be visiting the area for the Amgen Tour of California. “This project is a great example of how Caltrans is putting the Recovery Act to good use, providing jobs and at […]

More appropriate headstones asked

When Folsom Lake was under construction in 1954, the United States government dug up nine old, pioneer-era cemeteries and relocated the remains to Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery at the far western end of El Dorado County. Headstones were fashioned for those remains, of which 36 bear the legend: “Unknown, Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by […]

California ocean and inland salmon seasons set

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted ocean salmon fishing regulations that allow for a season this year. Inland salmon season regulations were also adopted for the Central Valley, and Klamath and Trinity rivers. This represents a restoration of the traditional salmon fishery throughout California, the first since major closures were enacted in 2008 […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard, nearly two years after the couple’s arrest drew international interest and thrust El Dorado County into the spotlight. Thursday’s hearing was the result of last-minute negotiations between the couple, their attorneys and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Phillip […]

Redistricting maps: ‘No one will be happy’

El Dorado County Surveyor Rich Briner had to remind the Board of Supervisors not to “shoot the messenger” Tuesday. Briner presented a set of maps that could be used in the county’s redistricting process that begins this week. Every decade following the national census, counties and other public jurisdictions are required to redraw their political […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Infamous accused kidnappers of Jaycee Lee Dugard, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, pleaded guilty Thursday, with Phillip facing 431 years to life in prison while his wife likely will be sentenced to 36 years to life. Both stand convicted of kidnapping and forcible rape. The Superior Court proceedings in Placerville’s Dept. 7 courtroom took up much […]

Prescription drug take-back set

Local law enforcement will team with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Saturday for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Sheriff’s Main Office — 300 Fair Lane Placerville Sheriff’s El Dorado Hills Substation — 4354 Town Center Drive […]

Sen. Gaines supports TRPA break-up

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, released the following statement April 27 regarding the Nevada Legislature’s Senate Bill 271, a bill that would remove Nevada from the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Compact: “Protecting our environment and the health of Lake Tahoe is of critical importance. However, this bi-state effort has failed in its […]

Sen. Gaines backs Tahoe Olympics

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced April 27 that he is joining forces with the California Winter Games Committee, an exploratory coalition of business, civic and local leaders focused on bringing back the Winter Olympic Games to the Lake Tahoe region. “The impact of the Winter Olympic Games on my Senate district would […]

DFG to release 3 million salmon smolts at mouth of American River

Three million young Chinook salmon, or “smolts,” will be released near the mouth of the American River on May 5 and 6. They were raised at Nimbus Hatchery on the lower American River by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). This release site was chosen because studies have shown that young salmon released near the mouth of their […]

EID to upgrade Camino plant

Important but less dramatic Capital Improvement Plan projects are on the drawing board for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s engineering staff. After successfully converting the El Dorado Hills Water Treatment Plant from chlorine gas to liquid sodium hypochlorite, EID will be doing the same conversion at its Water Treatment Plant No. 1 in Camino. The […]

Vote May 3 for state Assembly

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. Office hours for the Elections Department at 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for holidays. This office location is also […]

Burn permits now required

The Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is reminding everyone that dooryard burn permits are now required, as of May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allow for the burning of […]

Driver in fatal crash IDed

The name of the driver involved in the fatal car accident that killed a Placerville man last week has been released by the California Highway Patrol. CHP officer Dan Stark said Sean Perry, 43, of Chico, was behind the wheel of a BMW 530i early Saturday morning when he lost control on a Pleasant Valley […]