Heard over the back fence: What a great place to live

DON’T THINK ABOUT MOVING: A study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rate El Dorado County as one of the 10 healthiest counties in Calif. . . Here’s to your health! • • • VIETNAM IN THE SUMMER: The “Vets with a Mission” program is offering a trip to […]

Cameron Park bank robbed, suspect sought

CAMERON PARK — A man suspected of robbing a Cameron Park bank Monday afternoon remains on the run, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly before 12:50 p.m., the Umpqua Bank at 4080 Plaza Goldorado Circle was held up by a white adult male, believed to be in his mid-50s or early-60s. According […]

Giving to the Marshall Foundation up 116 percent

The Sierra foothills stretches from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe, covering thousands of miles and dozens of towns and cities. But this swathe of Northern California retains many of the cherished values of a single small town, which may help explain an eye-popping statistic: Donations to the Marshall Foundation for Community Health for 2009-10 increased […]

Volunteers needed to help orphaned baby birds

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Baby Bird Nursery will be opening May 1, and numerous volunteers are always needed. SWR takes in 500 to 600 baby birds every year that are fed about every half hour seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers do two- to four-hour shifts daily, weekly or even monthly, […]

Watchdogs howl for open meetings

El Dorado Irrigation District officials have agreed to let the public sit in on previously closed meetings of a Redistricting Advisory Committee tasked with recommending boundary alignments to the five El Dorado Irrigation District divisions. The shift toward greater transparency in the redistricting process came as a result of a contentious Community Council meeting in El […]

Bucks Bar wildflower walk set

In celebration of California Native Plant Week, the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is conducting a wildflower walk at Buck’s Bar on Friday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. On a short, leisurely walk, participants will explore the wildflowers and shrubs of this unique, granite-rich area 25 minutes south of […]

Law cracks down on distracted driving

In an attempt to curb the growing epidemic of distracted driving, local law enforcement agencies will be conducting a series of “zero tolerance” enforcement days during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. “When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, any distraction can be serious, even life-threatening,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Texting, especially, […]

4-25-11 Zen calendar quote

TAKE IT REAL EASY: My Zen calendar offered the following sage advice: “There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle – to do nothing at all.” – Sydney Smith

Accused killer says not guilty

One week after learning she had been indicted by a grand jury, manslaughter suspect Theresa Ghersanich pleaded not guilty Friday during her arraignment in an El Dorado County courthouse. Ghersanich, 55, is accused of killing Orangevale man Bruce Bone in April 2010 after she allegedly hit Bone’s vehicle with her own while driving drunk and […]

Ag service creates kerfuffle at GDPUD

GEORGETOWN — When General Manager Hank White reported that there had been 28 requests for ag service changes it segued into a kerfuffle between Directors Bonnie Neeley and Kathy Otemat at last week’s meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors. White told the board that of the 28 service request changes […]

Stumpy Meadows still overflowing

GEORGETOWN — Stumpy Meadows is still overflowing, General Manager Hank White reported to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board April 12. It began overflowing at 3:46 a.m. Dec. 19, 2010. This is the fourth time since its construction in 1962 that the 20,000-acre reservoir spilled in December. The other December spill years were 1982, […]

New Cal Fire unit chief named

CAMINO – The new unit chief for the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit (AEU) of Cal Fire was “pinned” Monday, April 18. at the Camino Headquarters Administrative office. Northern Unit Chief Bill Holmes performed the badge pinning ceremony on Unit Chief Kelly Keenan. “Chief Keenan’s varied experiences give him the tools to lead AEU and serve the […]

Catalytic converter thefts continue to rise

A continued increase in catalytic converter thefts in the Cameron Park area has prompted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to ask residents to keep a closer eye on their vehicles. Since the end of March, 15 reports of catalytic converter thefts have been filed with the Sheriff’s Department, according to Lt. Bryan Golmitz. The […]

El Dorado Hills man, mother enter guilty pleas in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and his mother pleaded guilty Monday to money laundering and concealing a felony, according a U.S. Department of Justice news release. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Tuesday that Anthony Portillo, 41, pleaded guilty a day earlier to money laundering while Portillo’s mother, Betty Gracia, 61, pleaded guilty to […]

Crosscountry hiker promotes gay rights amendments

Richard Noble was bullied as a kid in Danville. “Kids in school spit on me, pushed me, called me names, kicked my books.” Thirty years ago being gay meant harassment in high school, risking the disapproval of family and being cautious about who to trust. Things have changed, but maybe not enough. After the suicides […]

Kirkwood Meadows Power Line Reliability Project public meetings announced

The draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Kirkwood Meadows Power Line Reliability Project is available for public review and comment. The proposed power line is located in the Eldorado National Forest and is intended to provide electrical power to the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District. The U.S. Forest Service is hosting two open houses for people […]

Kayakers eye loose logs

Reports of hundreds of stray logs turned loose into the South Fork of the American River had local kayakers, property owners and river users buzzing Wednesday morning. In a widely circulated e-mail, Bert Wells, a resident in the Chili Bar area noted that he had counted as many as 60o big logs floating downstream from […]

Redevelopment Plan up to council

It’s still confusing when the Placerville City Council morphs into the Placerville Redevelopment Agency board — confusing for the council members sometimes, but almost always problematical for the audience, especially when it’s a large  audience like the one attending Tuesday’s City Council meeting. As the Redevelopment Agency board, board members voted to adopt resolutions certifying […]

General Plan issues keep supes busy

Drawing from a virtual tureen of alphabet soup, El Dorado County Development Services Staff presented a Draft Option Report for Phase II of the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan at Tuesday’s county supervisors meeting. Required and authorized under the 2004 General Plan review and update, development of the first phase of the INRMP has been […]

GDPUD directors grind teeth over dental bills

Dental bills set two directors’ teeth on edge Tuesday at the monthly  meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. The bills in question were $1,776 for Director Kathy Otermat and $166 for Board President Norm Krizl. “As treasurer I won’t approve them,” said Director Bonnie Neeley, who termed it “outrageous” for the customers to […]

Heard over the back fence: Flea market in Pollock

WHAT A WAY TO GO: My pal John Chapman of Folsom supplied the following T-shirt statement: “Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy Crap…What a Ride!’” • • • FLEA MARKET ENJOYMENT: On April 16, Saturday, the Pollock […]

Suit to delist beetle

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation April 8 filed a lawsuit asking that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) be ordered to start the process of dropping the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the U.S. Endangered Species Act list. Filed in federal court in Sacramento, the lawsuit aims to compel FWS to take […]

EID redistricting FAQ

Responses provided by Tom Cumpston, EID General Counsel Q.1. Why is EID required to redistrict and how frequently must it be done? A.1. Every ten years when new federal census data becomes available, EID has a mandatory legal duty to re-evaluate its division boundaries. Our obligation is to use the census data to ensure that population […]

Georgetown board OKs comp study plan

As part of the push by new board members to cut expenses at the Georgetown Divide Utility District, a progress report on a compensation study was given Tuesday by Shelly Anderson of Bryce Consulting. Anderson told the board April 12 the “data elements” she would examine were base salary, longevity pay, employee and employer share […]

Tahoe Rim Trail guide training set

TAHOE CITY — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service announce the third annual three-day, regional guide training May 13-15. The training will be held at Granlibakken Conference Center in Tahoe City, and the course registration fee includes food and dormitory style lodging. In order to meet the needs of the public and […]

4-25-11 Breast feeding class

BABY PAMPERING: A class titled “The Breast Feeding Experience” is being offered on Wednesday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Placerville. Class topics will include understanding lactation and learn basic latch-on. The class fee is $35. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to assist with class tuition. For exact location information and to […]

4-25-11 Rotary Club new member

WELCOME ABOARD, TIFFANY! The Rotary Club of Cameron Park is very pleased to announce that Tiffany McAchran is now a member of their club. She has already worked on a variety of projects and committees while awaiting membership. Tiffany, keep an eye on Mike Collom and Bob Edwards to make sure they keep their lives […]

4-22-11 Front Yard Nursery newsletter

PUT ON THOSE WORK GLOVES: “-Plant warm season vegetable seeds or starts. -Prune spring blooming shrubs immediately after bloom. -Check roses for aphids and hose off plants if you find any. Feed roses with systemic fertilizer if needed. -Start a new lawn from seed or sod. Stop by for a free planting guide. -Thin fruit […]

Murder trial to start next month

Barring any major changes, the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver is expected to begin in less than one month. The 20-year-old Colver, who appeared briefly in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom Friday morning, is accused of helping his teenage girlfriend plot and carry out the 2009 murder of her mother. But after several […]

Big Brother, Little Brother — for life

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills family man Steve Rotz hails from Michigan, but found himself in Baltimore right out of college in the mid-1980s, working hard all week, far from family and friends. “I was there alone and looking for more out of life,” he recalled. “I remembered those old commercials with a […]

Animal shelter still on hold

El Dorado County supervisors on Monday sent staff back to their desks to hammer out some timelines for moving forward on the county’s proposed new animal shelter. After three hours of testimony during Monday’s special hearing, the board directed new project manager Kris Payne to provide concrete answers to specific issues regarding progress on the […]

Annual Camellia Cup sailboat race results released

Charles Witcher’s 13-foot Banshee class dinghy, “Ghost,” was an apparition that could not be touched as he sailed to four first-place finishes to win the 45th annual Camellia Cup Regatta on Folsom Lake April 9. In the 40 years that Banshees have competed in the Camellia Cup, Witcher’s win was the first regatta championship by […]

4-15-11 Widowed Persons’ meeting

WIDOWED PERSONS UNITE: On Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m., the Widowed Persons of Calif. group will meet for lunch at the Cold Springs Country Club. Lunch cost is $12. To reserve your spot, call 530-642-2511 or 530-295-8374.

Camino Charter School ready for 2011-2012

CAMINO — Inside or outside? Making discoveries or listening to information? Hands on or hands free? If you’ve got a get-down-in-the-dirt, curious, need-to-touch-stuff kind of kid who is fascinated by the physical world, you might consider registering him or her for the Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School for the 2011-2012 school year. The […]

Tahoe ecosystem comments sought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee is accepting public comment on capital projects and science themes that have been recommended for funding to help restore the Lake Tahoe Basin ecosystem, using Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Round 12 funds. A total of 25 project proposals were received, addressing federal vision […]

Man released from county jail, arrested on suspicion of murder

A Nevada man released from an El Dorado County jail was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing four people. Joseph Naso, 77, of Reno, was booked into the Marin County Jail on four counts of murder which, according to several news outlets, allegedly took place between the late 1970s and mid-1990s. One of the victims […]

B-17 to fly here April 17

MATHER FIELD — The B-17 Flying Fortress sitting on the tarmac was originally made more than 67 years ago. Though it didn’t fly in combat it did nearly break in half while parked at a New England air museum when a tornado deposited a flying boat on its back. Despite that severe damage once the […]

No shot, no school: Tdap vaccine required

A new California school immunization law takes effect on July 1, requiring all seventh- through 12th-grade students in public and private schools to receive a Tdap vaccination before starting school in the fall. Tdap is a vaccine specifically designed for older children and adults that protects against pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Students who […]

School shooting suspect in court

The man accused of shooting Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara dead on Feb. 2 appeared in an El Dorado County courthouse Monday morning for a brief pre-preliminary hearing. John Harold Luebbers, 44, appeared during an uneventful hearing that was ultimately continued to May 2. El Dorado County deputy district attorney Joe Alexander noted that […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s nature’s way to be wild

ARE YOU WILD ABOUT NATURE? Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s “Wild About Nature” festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. This free event will include kids activities, such as making Mother’s Day cards and bird houses, plus working […]