Tahoe school board votes to allow random searches

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After a demonstration by Duke, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s drug-sniffing canine, Lake Tahoe school board members voted recently to allow random drug searches at South Lake Tahoe’s high school and middle school. “Our focus is on prevention,” said high school Principal Ivone Larson. “We want to […]

Realtor Debra Miller prides herself on a ‘green’ office

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa   Real Estate Agent Debra Miller, 51, of Placerville, who owns Bella Real Estate, has literally converted her office into a green zone. The building, located at 1378 Broadway, looks like any other that you might see along the street and once inside you may not notice the recycled furniture or the […]

Heard over the back fence: Dust busters take a break

I KNOW THIS PERSON: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Whine Connoisseur.” • • • A CRYSTAL BALL MEETING: On Thursday, March 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will meet at the EDHCSD Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. By attending this meeting, you will find […]

ANOVA Nexus Architects excel in environmentally sound practices

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa For two years, ANOVA Nexus Architects of Placerville has made it a point to help not only the environment but save energy at the same time. Patty Karapinar, architect and offices sustainability coordinator, said the company has obtained a green certification. “Our building is LEEDS Goal certified,” she said. “It is a […]

Sheriff’s Posse accepting new members

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Posse is looking to add a few new members, the group announced. The Sheriff’s Posse, formed in 2000, is a 5013c non-profit that helps ease the financial hardships of families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The non-profit also assists families of law enforcement personnel killed […]

Part 3: Fire districts look for economies

Part one of this three-part series described fire district funding inequities in El Dorado County and the status of a proposed regional consolidation. Part two explored how districts across the county are struggling to get smaller, the history of the funding inequities and how salaries compare across districts. Part three looks at the west slope […]

Folsom nature park open

Willow Hill Reservoir Community Park is unlike any other park in Folsom. The 28-acre property used to be owned by Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Cross country runners from Folsom High School used the trail in the unimproved area around Willow Hill Reservoir, behind the school, to build endurance. The park is now owned by […]

Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee to meet in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTFAC) is scheduled to meet from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. LTFAC will address issues related to federal activities at Lake Tahoe. Items on the agenda […]

Tanker truck overturns in Pleasant Valley

Emergency crews were busy making sure 5,000 gallons of gasoline didn’t end up in a rain-swollen creek off Pleasant Valley Road not far from the intersection of Newtown Road after a truck carrying the fuel overturned Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Road was closed in both directions near Thorsen Drive and was not […]

Nutting looks to the past to prepare for a brighter future

The future of El Dorado County could very well depend on a renewal of past industry, according to Supervisor Ray Nutting. The District 2 supervisor and forest owner told the crowd at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards luncheon Friday that while “Our forests are managed better than most,” county and U.S. […]

Cameron Park CSD to host skatepark town hall

CAMERON PARK — The Cameron Park Community Services District will hold a series of town hall meetings for residents to voice opinions over the recently closed skateboard park at Christa McAullife Park. Last Wednesday the CSD board voted to temporarily close the skateboard park after the “Skate Park Ad Hoc Committee,” formed last August, voiced […]

Trial for EDH murder suspect delayed

The beginning of the trial of the El Dorado Hills man accused of shooting his ex-wife was delayed by one week, the El Dorado County Superior Court announced Friday. Steven Howard Mittelman, 55, is charged with the first-degree murder of 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman, his ex-wife. The victim’s body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies on […]

DOT reorg back to square 1

El Dorado County’s Department of Transportation was supposed to get reorganized. The results of that process were presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, but by noon they were back on the drawing board. DOT Director Jim Ware’s proposal requested two actions from supervisors that they were not prepared to approve, at least not […]

EID eyes rate restructuring — again

Two years after changing its water rate structure the El Dorado Irrigation District is poised to change again. New manager, new rate model. Under the guidance of then-General Manager Tom Gallier the EID board adopted  water rates that reduced the basic charge and weighted collections toward consumption by lowering the tiered break points. Now, after meeting […]

4-25-11 “Let’s Talk” program at Sr. Center

CHATTING WITH YOUR PEERS: The “Let’s Talk” program is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. Seniors engage in informal discussions regarding senior or other topics. The topic for May 5 is “What’s the Most Excitig or Embarrassing Thing You Have Done?” This group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Friday deadline for fashion show lunch reservations

RELATIONSHIPS REFEREE: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Having one child makes you a parent; having more than one makes you a referee.” • • • GREAT EVENT FOR A GREAT PROGRAM: The El Dorado Newcomers Club is presenting a fashion show luncheon to benefit the Center for Violence-free Relationships. This special event takes […]

3-25-11 Movie matinees at the library

PASS THE POPCORN: Movie matinees are available on Wednesdays, at 1:30 p.m., on April 13, 20, and 27, at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Call 530-621-5500 for movie schedule.

Measure H tax starts April 1

Effective April 1 sales tax in the city of Placerville increases a quarter percent —from 8.50 to 8.75 percent. The increase is the result of Measure H, passed by voters in November 2010, and designed to offset the cost of water and sewer rates in the city. Shoppers who travel down the hill to make […]

Point View Drive to be extended

Another portal to Apple Hill, the Point View Drive Extension Project is under way, with construction planned to begin in June. “We’ve gone out to bid for construction,” said Randy Pesses, retired Placerville Public Works director,  and we’ll be opening bids this week.” The project will construct a new road from Point View Drive, north […]

DA: Nancy Garrido lured, taped 5-year-old

Despite the claims of Nancy Garrido’s attorney, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said Thursday the wife of Phillip Garrido deserves no mercy for her role in the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard. And to make his point, the DA is taking aim at Nancy and her attorney, Steve Tapson, while alleging the […]

Arraignment continued for Phillip Garrido

The arraignment of Phillip Garrido was pushed back to April Thursday morning, continuing speculation of whether the convicted rapist and his wife will accept a plea deal in the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard. A clean-shaven Garrido and wife, Nancy, appeared in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse for a brief pre-preliminary hearing, more than […]

Catalytic converters coveted by criminals

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A recent string of catalytic converter thefts has South Lake Tahoe police asking the public for help. This week alone, at least five vehicles were targeted by thieves who stole catalytic converters, according to police Sgt. Brian Williams. A catalytic converter functions as part of a vehicle’s exhaust system. As poisonous […]

CHP to hold DUI checkpoint Friday

A DUI checkpoint will be held Friday night by the Placerville area California Highway Patrol. The sobriety checkpoint will be held starting at 8 p.m. and will be staffed by a team of CHP officers. Traffic at the checkpoint will be controlled so that officers can evaluate drivers’ sobriety and check licenses. Roving patrols will […]

Cameron skate park closed

After evaluating a string of incidents and complaints stemming from Cameron Park’s skateboard park at Christa McAullife Park, the community services district’s board Wednesday night voted to close the facility effective immediately. The closure recommendation had been presented to the board by the community’s “Skate Park Ad Hoc Committee,” which was created last August to […]

Clarence Dilts, gracious gadfly, dies

It somehow seems fitting that Clarence Dilts of Placerville, who spent years seeking to make local government responsive to the people, would die during national Sunshine Week, which promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information. Dilts, 87, died Tuesday with his family present at his bedside. Known for his tenacious refusal to […]

Part 2: Firefighter salaries don’t tell the whole story

Part one of this three-part series described fire district funding inequities in El Dorado County and the status of a proposed regional consolidation. Part two explores how districts across the county are struggling to get smaller, the history of the funding inequities and how salaries compare across districts. Part three will look at the west […]

Annie Le’s killer pleads guilty

The man accused of killing Placerville woman Annie Le pleaded guilty to felony murder Thursday morning, more than one year after Le’s body was discovered hidden behind a wall at a Yale University research center. Public defenders for Raymond John Clark III, 26, told news outlets earlier this week that the former animal research technician […]

Caltrans to close Hwy 50 for repairs

Local motorists traveling to South Lake Tahoe next month will have to go the long way around. The state Department of Transportation will close Highway 50 for approximately two weeks while construction crews work to replace the old stone barriers that have kept eastbound vehicles on the road for seven decades. Weather permitting, the project […]

USFS, county sing kumbaya … kind of

El Dorado County and the U.S. Forest Service are anxious to keep working together in harmony with respect to the Eldorado National Forest. The occasion for the kumbaya moment was a presentation of the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan at a recent meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Officially authorized by […]

County to fight off private ambulance company

It’s been three years now since Sacramento-based TLC Ambulance filed an application to post one of its ambulances at a Placerville retirement community. TLC owner Ken Whipple said his vision has been for the rig to provide non-emergency transport to and from the hospital for Placerville Pines residents, while also being on call around the […]

Heard over the back fence: Catch the four-course dinner

A QUESTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Why no ‘Senior Citizen Discount’ on health care?” • • • CAREGIVER’S BREAK TIME: Jeanie Redmond’s monthly Alzheimer’s caregiver “Souper Group” luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Women and men caregivers are invited to share thoughts, frustrations, advice, […]

Missing Nancy’s dog

A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MISSING JACKIE: A lot of people, including myself, enjoyed watching Nancy Dunk walk her dog, Jackie, down Main Street in the early mornings. Jackie never met anyone he didn’t want to know better. Jackie recently passed away, and a very nice tradition is no longer available in the early Placerville […]

Candy shack open

HOW ABOUT A CHOCOLATE RABBIT? The Mother Lode Lions Sees Candy Shack is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Mother Lode Lions Clara Scheiber Hall parking lot, corner of Missouri Flat Rd. and Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. The Easter candy has arrived!  

Barley the golden retriever given a leg up on life

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After the beloved Barley, a 14-year-old golden retriever, fell down last autumn and couldn’t get back up, the Shipman family tearfully said their good-byes to the gentle soul and called the veterinarian to come out and put their pet’s life to an end. But Barley and doc Dean Bader had other ideas. […]

Logue measure to protect counties from convicted felons passes Assembly committee

SACRAMENTO — North state Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, announced the passage of AB 44 through the Assembly Public Safety Committee March 16. This measure, jointly authored by Logue and Assemblywoman Galgiani, D-Livingston, would add more protection for counties from the sudden release of convicted felons into their communities. “The citizens of California have a right […]

Nuclear reactor safety consultant Cheryl Bly-Chester defends nuclear power in California

Editor’s note —  Roseville resident Cheryl Bly-Chester is an MIT-certified nuclear reactor safety consultant. She also served as a consultant to President Reagan’s Chernobyl Response Delegation in 1986. Cheryl Bly-Chester issued the following statement regarding the implications of Japan’s nuclear power disaster on California’s future. “Putting the Japanese nuclear accident in context with radioactive releases […]

Parolee notification bill would alert residents earlier

SACRAMENTO – North State Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, announced the passage of Assembly Bill 44 through the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday. This measure, jointly authored by Logue and Assemblywoman Galgiani, D-Livingston, would add more protection for counties from the sudden release of convicted felons into their communities. “The citizens of California have a right […]

Desolation Wilderness permits now available online

Desolation Wilderness visitors now may make their overnight permit reservations online. The popular 64,000 acre wilderness area is located in both the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “I am happy to announce that Desolation Wilderness visitors are now able to reserve an overnight visitor permit  by going online to recreation.gov.,” […]

Woodcutting now permitted year-round in the Eldorado National Forest

Woodcutting season in the Eldorado National Forest will open early this year, beginning on March 16 rather than the usual April 1, announced Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo. The 2011 fuelwood permits will expire on Dec. 31. The opening date change came about partly due to the economic times and the many people requesting woodcutting permits. Woodcutting […]

Hearing for suspected child molester continued

The hearing for a Placerville man accused of child molestation was continued Monday afternoon in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse. Lynn Edward Olsen, 64, is charged with one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under of the age of 14 and one felony count of possession of child pornography. During Olsen’s […]

High bail puts restaurateur in county cooler

Embattled restaurateur Kevin Cairns, owner of Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges Tuesday afternoon, including felony assault and vandalism. Cairns, 50, appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court with defense attorney Steve Tapson and Cairsns’ wife, Nancy. Cairns entered the plea to charges filed earlier this month including two felony assault […]

Jury selection begins for two trials

Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse was packed to the rafters Monday morning as more than 200 prospective jurors turned out for jury selection. Armed with books, e-readers and iPods, El Dorado County residents were forced into the cramped hallways of the aging Courthouse, which was built in 1913 without a jury assembly room. Keri Shane, the court’s […]

Part 1: Fire districts cut to the bone

Editor’s note— Part 1 of this three-part series describes fire district funding inequities in El Dorado County and the status of a proposed regional consolidation. Part 2 will explore how districts across the county are struggling to get smaller, the history of funding inequities and how salaries compare across districts. Part 3 will look at […]

4-5-11 Genealogical Society’s mentor sessions

WHO WERE MY FORERUNNERS? On Tuesday, April 5, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society’s mentor session will be held at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, from 5 to 7 p.m. This meeting is an informal sharing of genealogy information. Visitors are always welcome. Bring your family history questions. […]