6-10-11 Blood drive in El Dorado Hills

ICE CREAM REWARD: On Monday, June 20, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community blood drive will take place at the Community Services District Pavilion Building, 1021 Harvard Way (corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way), El Dorado Hills. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Donors will […]

6-10-11 Georgetown Republican Women Federated luncheon

IRENE MOREHOUSE SPEAKS OUT: The Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Hall in Georgetown. Lunch is $12. Please make your reservation by Wednesday, June 15, by calling Verlaine Bejarano at 530-333-9201 or e-mail BejaV1@gtdivide.net. The guest speaker will be Irene Morehouse, […]

6-10-11 Hot meals at Upper Room

HOT MEALS OFFERED AT UPPER ROOM: The Upper Room continues to offer a hot dinner meal to those in need. Volunteers are badly needed to work as servers, dish washers, and busing drivers. If you would like to help, please call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212 or e-mail thugwife@att.net for more information.

Vicki Barber honored for service to education

Somehow she squeezed a birthday into her calendar, but it’s not easy for El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber to add much more to the mix of meetings, conference calls, school site visits, community events and service organizations that make up her daily fare. With 70 schools, 15 school districts, two college districts […]

Celebrate TrailFest, National Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11 REI, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June 13 […]

Gaines opposes suction dredging ban

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, June 2 issued a statement on the Legislature’s attempt to effectively kill the suction dredging industry in California. “Legislative tricks are putting an entire industry at risk,” said Gaines. “This is unfair to the thousands of miners, their families and the businesses that depend on suction dredge mining […]

Folsom PD warns of business scammers

On Tuesday, May 30, the Togos restaurant on East Bidwell Street received a telephone call. It was their coporate office on the line wanting to know if they had a new employee or a malfunctioning register. Apparently a customer had been to the store a couple of days prior and purchased $17 in food, but […]

Snow delays Tevis Cup to October

LAKE TAHOE — The Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors unanimously decided to change the Tevis Cup Ride date from July 16 to Oct. 8. “We faced unusually heavy snows this year,” reported WSTF president Kathie Perry. “So in the interest of rider and horse safety, the Tevis ride date is now changed to […]

Hands4Hope youth to honor troops with care package drive at Town Center

The youth of Hands4Hope, wanting to honor the men and women serving our country overseas during this patriotic time of year, have partnered with El Dorado Hills Town Center and the Honor Our Troops Committee to hold a soldier care package drive at Town Center. The drive will run from June 13 through July 4 […]

Dugard’s words tell of horror

As Jaycee Lee Dugard lay trapped in the back of her kidnapper’s car, she heard the man who would hold her captive for 18 years laugh as he sped away from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop. “The man said, ‘I can’t believe we got away with this,’” Dugard recalled Phillip Garrido saying. On the […]

Annie Le’s killer sentenced

The man who killed Placerville woman Annie Le in 2009 was sentenced Friday morning in a New Haven, Conn., courtroom. Raymond John Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for killing Le, 24, a graduate of Union Mine High School in El Dorado County. In March Clark accepted a plea deal with prosecutors […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about the real dirt in Coloma

FOLLOW YOUR DOG’S ADVICE: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “My therapist has a wet nose.” Our managing editor, Pat Lakey, would agree with this statement. • • • THERE’S DIRT IN THEM TAHR HILLS: A class titled “Composting 101″ will be offered on Saturday, June 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Coloma. […]

Colver trial: Angels, demons and Witt’s multiple personalities

Confessed killer Tylar Marie Witt apparently wasn’t the only one who needed the adoration of her former boyfriend Steven “Boston” Colver, as the 16-year-old testified Wednesday that supernatural beings living inside of her would have died if she lost her lover. Colver, 21, is charged with the 2009 first-degree murder of Witt’s mother, Joanne. Last […]

Witt admits lying for plea deal

Steven “Boston” Colver’s defense attorney Dain Weiner grilled Tylar Witt during cross-examination Thursday morning. Facetiously referring to her testimony last Sept. 9 as the “time when she was supposed to tell the truth,” Weiner repeatedly asked her if she were telling the truth now. He was trying to ascertain that her testimony regarding her former […]

Garridos sentenced

Terry Probyn stood before a packed courtroom Thursday morning and tearfully addressed the couple that imprisoned her daughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, for 18 years. “It was you, Nancy Garrido, and it was you, Phillip Garrido, that broke my heart,” an emotional Probyn said. “I hate you both for the torment and the anguish that you […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Rescue 101

An enormous supply of wonderful dogs exists in the hundreds of shelters across the country. Beyond that, and often working in tandem, is a growing army of rescue organizations. They, along with shelters, do the work of angels. One of the most influential rescue groups in the nation is Best Friends Animal Society. Their purpose? […]

Pony Express Reride delayed

Across eight states, the horses and riders pound, bringing letters almost 2,000 miles from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento. But this year, they didn’t want to be the possible carriers of a devastating equine virus, so the National Pony Express Association has postponed the annual re-ride of the Pony Express Trail. The historic re-ride, scheduled […]

Finnon Lake reconstruction project begins Monday

Bulldozers and earthmoving equipment will be begin taking down the Finnon Dam at Finnon Lake Monday morning as the Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts in partnership with the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Association are hosting a groundbreaking event for the restoration and habitat improvement project. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the site, which is […]

Apply now for NRA Foundation grant

Every year, The NRA Foundation allocates funds to go back into the state in which it was raised, where Friends of NRA State Fund Committees decide on programs and projects to fund on the local and state levels. Applications for the 2011-2012 grant cycle will be accepted starting on July 1, 2011. All applications must […]

Study debunks virus connection to chronic fatigue and prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO — A study that includes authors at UC Davis has found that a retrovirus associated with prostate cancer tumors and chronic fatigue syndrome that evolved in laboratory mice less than two decades ago is unlikely to be widespread in humans and the cause of either disease. The study of the retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia […]

Heard over the back fence: Ride in the moonlight

LIGHT YOUR OWN FIRE: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following “Advice from a Campfire” T-shirt statement: “Bring people together, spark new ideas, kindle strong friendships, radiate warmth, no smoking, be a good storyteller, don’t burn out.” • • • MOONLIGHT HORSEBACK RIDE: The American River Conservancy informs us that a moonlight horseback ride is scheduled […]

Witt takes stand Wednesday

Tylar Marie Witt, the 16-year-old former lover of murder suspect Steven “Boston” Colver, was called by prosecutors Wednesday morning to testify against the man she was once willing to kill for. Witt, who last year pleaded guilty to her mother Joanne Witt’s 2009 murder, stoically recalled the first time she met Colver, now 21, at El […]

Weather’s effect on local crops is ‘not bad’ to ‘iffy’

What feels like unseasonable weather in the foothills is not unheard of and not even all that unusual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted it, and some farmers, such as Ron Briggs of Placerville, heeded the OFA forecast. Briggs, an El Dorado County supervisor, responded by e-mail to several questions regarding the weather’s impact on his […]

Video outlines forestry strategies

AUBURN, Placer Co. — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has produced a video about its efforts to help local communities find sustainable solutions for managing public lands in overgrown forests. The video highlights issues faced by Sierra communities such as the threat of fire, the need for watershed protection and the opportunity for job creation. It […]

Forest workshop for private landowners set

PIONEER, Amador Co. — Landowners who have pines and other conifers on their property are invited to attend a five day workshop in Amador County that will address forest management practices, harvesting, water quality, fuel management, fire safety, pests and diseases, road maintenance, regulations, technical and financial assistance and many other topics. The workshop is […]

6-3-11 Twilight Dance in Pollock Pines

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The next Twilight Dance will be on Sunday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, across from the Umpqua Bank. Tickets are $6, including appetizers. Singles are welcome! King Music Services will provide music from the Swing era. For more […]

Community College prof to retire

If you’re from around here, and you have a degree in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology or any related field, there’s a good chance you studied under and were inspired by Dr. Sarah Pender. By now, an integral part of the fabric and history of Folsom Lake College, and Cosumnes River and American River Colleges before […]

LSD Gummy Bears part of drug bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — LSD laden Gummy Bears were part of a South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team bust in mid-May that included psilocybin mushrooms and more than 90 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement officers arrested John Morrissey, 29, May 19 after receiving complaints about a marijuana growing operation at two […]

CHP to hold car seat event

The California Highway Patrol is set to hold a child car safety seat event on Saturday, June 4. Personnel from both the Placerville area and Valley division CHP offices will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Kmart at 3968 Missouri Flat Road to demonstrate how child safety seats should […]

Criminal annals, part 120: Man whipped for petting a squirrel

Continuing with the Sept. 17, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” there is a column devoted to the actions of the Recorder’s Court in Sacramento. The Recorder’s Court, which is equivalent to our former Justice courts, handled minor and major crimes, passing the latter on to the Superior Court if warranted. The County Recorder […]

Witt to testify Wednesday

Another day, another delay. The murder trial of 21-year-old Steven “Boston” Colver was postponed yet again Tuesday morning. This most recent decision to delay came on the heels of Thursday’s abbreviated hearing, during which the testimony of Colver’s former lover, 16-year-old Tylar Marie Witt, was continued before she ever took the witness stand because of […]

Douglas County favors TRPA termination

MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to support a Senate bill to withdraw Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  The board supported the bill in April, but met in a special meeting Friday to add its endorsement to an amendment. “There was an additional minor amendment to allow the federal government more […]

Couple arrested after robbery

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Rocklin couple is in custody after the pair allegedly robbed a South Lake Tahoe woman late Monday night. Kathryn Mundt and Michael Barnett were arrested a short time after the 10:30 p.m. robbery. Police said the 18-year-old victim was walking alone in a residential neighborhood when a man jumped out […]

Rising from the ashes: Local man recalls Eureka rescue

All firefighters have stories. Firefighters go in when most of us come out. Sometimes the stories have  happy endings and sometimes you just wish they did. The story that began for retired Diamond Springs Fire Chief, Jim Christian, on April 5, 1991, continued on April 17, 2011, and the end  is still unknown. It is […]

Splasherville Express Car Wash and Lube back in business

If keeping your car, truck or SUV clean is a problem for you, Splasherville Express is the quick and easy answer. Splasherville is open seven days a week at 1361 Broadway in Placerville. Express means fast. The car wash will take five minutes or less. With two lube bays, a lube job will be done […]

Man arrested on gun charge

The El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT team was called into action last week to arrest a man alleged to have more than 20 guns and a possible methamphetamine lab at his residence in Pleasant Valley. William Bisbee, 58, was arrested May 24 at his residence on Thorson Drive after sheriff’s detectives learned he was possibly […]

Heard over the back fence: Outdoor film fest at Main Library

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY: My buddy John Chapman of Folsom sent me the following T-shirt statement: “You know that Social Security they keep taking out of your paycheck? Well, it’s going to me.” • • • OUTDOOR MOVIES: The Filmfare Festival continues to show outdoor projector movies “on the grass” at the county Main Library, 345 […]

6-6-11 Clean up Daffodil Hill

BEAUTIFYING DAFFODIL HILL: On Tuesday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m., the Dogwood Garden Club will be doing their annual clean up at Daffodil Hill (the area at Sly Park Road and Pony Express junction in Pollock Pines). The club needs some help from local residents. Bring tools for trimming and popping weeds out from the […]

6-6-11 Veterans breakfast on Sundays

BISCUITS AND GRAVY NEWS: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy on the first, second and third Sunday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adults pay $5 and kids pay $2. All proceeds […]

Korean War hero earns, then loses, Silver Star

Editor’s note — Last week we met 75-year-old former U.S. Marine Dick Grinnell of El Dorado Hills, who used a fake birth certificate to enlist at age 16 in 1952, during the Korean War. We followed his progress right up to the rescue mission that would define his unusual career. Part 2 of his story […]

City garbage rates increase

The  garbage rate increase for Placerville residents isn’t a huge one — only about 44 cents for a 32 gallon container — but with garbage service mandatory for Placerville city residents, it’s still an arguably significant hit. “Our residents don’t have the luxury of shopping rates,” said Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Mattson. “In these economic […]

Cell phone tower OK sparks concern

At Wednesday’s meeting before a packed audience, the Placerville Union School District Board of Trustees approved the lease of district property to At&T to build a mono tree wireless cell phone tower. The apparently difficult decision came down to the proven benefits of instructional technology for students compared with conflicting results of studies showing possible […]

Heartless burglars take beloved pet

SHINGLE SPRINGS — She’s only 11 months old, but Olive, the little miniature Chihuahua-Yorkie mix, is a treasured member of Chris Whitaker’s household. Tuesday morning, Olive disappeared from her Shingle Springs home, abducted by unknown scoundrels who took her along with other valuables in a daylight burglary. The villain or villains entered the home through […]

6-3-11 USO basketball fundraiser at UMHS

FUNDRAISER FOR USO OF NORTHERN CALIF.: A basketball fundraiser pitting El Dorado County Law Enforcement against the Golden State Road Warriors is scheduled for Saturday, July 9. The Golden State Road Warriors is the official wheelchair basketball team of the Golden State Warriors. This event will be at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, […]

Heard over the back fence: Legionaires move to Greenstone Road

I KNOW THE ANSWER: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Opinion Donor. • • • OPEN HOUSE: On June 5, at noon, the new American Legion Hall will host an open house at 4561 Greenstone Rd. here will also be a barbecue and sodas. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call Bill […]