4-25-11 Joan Barsotti fundraiser

JOAN BARSOTTI BBQ: On Sunday, May 1,the Joan Barsotti Fundraiser BBQ will be held at Kids, Inc., 3205 North Canyon Rd., Camino. A tri-tip dinner or veggie lasagna will be offered. Great live music will be offered by Mel Chapman and his band, Hill Country. Tickets are $35 each. The fun starts at 3:30 p.m. […]

Spring schedule set for USFS recreation areas

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin the annual process of opening recreational facilities around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campgrounds, day-use areas and forest roads traditionally open around mid-May, weather permitting. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Tallac Historic Site normally open around Memorial Day weekend. Before facilities can be opened, […]

County releases maps, sets hearings on redistricting

El Dorado County’s redistricting map alternatives are now available for public review and comment, said a prepared statement from Mike Applegarth, analyst with the El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office. The California Election Code requires boards of supervisors to approve supervisorial district boundaries following each federal decennial census so that districts are nearly equal in […]

City tax leaks over city limits

Sometimes it pays to gossip. Diamond Springs resident Lois Jordan and her neighbor Karen Ernst were having a chat and Ernst remarked that a recent purchase at Wal-Mart had an 8.75 sales tax applied to it. Jordan, a retired Placerville Planning Department employee, knew that something was wrong. “I thought, here we go again,” said […]

‘The Accidental Fundraiser’ coming to the Sequoia

You believed in the organization’s cause, you volunteered to help, but now they want you to fundraise. Yikes! Since you’re going to help out, why not make it fun? Learn about how to develop your best role, how to communicate your organization’s impact in the community, and how to make the asking part a little […]

Supes eye road fee reduction

County taxpayers and future developers could catch a break if the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors moves forward on a potential plan to reduce Traffic Impact Mitigation fees. On his department’s drawing board since late January, DOT chief Jim Ware presented an update on his TIM fee research at Tuesday’s board meeting. TIM fees […]

New standards set for old buildings

The April 19 Placerville Planning Commission meeting offered a workshop for commission members and the public to learn more about  the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation that were recently adopted as the city of Placerville’s formal historical resource reference document. Timothy J. Brandt of the California Office of Historic Preservation gave an overview to […]

Tahoe transportation district could disappear in TRPA divorce

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Transportation District could lose $400 million for transportation improvements at Lake Tahoe over the next five years if Nevada withdraws from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, its director has said. “I attended the recent hearing on the bill and understand the frustration with the state of California and the […]

Tahoe council backs TRPA split

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Nevada and California should come together and split apart, the South Lake Tahoe City Council decided recently. The council voted 4-1 to send a letter to the Nevada Legislature in support of a bill that would withdraw the state from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. During the same […]

Private school mulls handgun course

Reading, writing or ‘rithmetic it ain’t. But one local private school could soon offer its students a new, decidedly less traditional subject to add to their curriculum: handguns. The El Dorado Adventist School, a small, private Seventh-day Adventist Christian school in Placerville, has reached out to community firearm experts in the hopes of educating its students […]

2 promoted at EDUHSD

The El Dorado Union High School District has announced the appointments of  Ponderosa High School Principal Christopher Moore to the position of assistant superintendent of Educational Services and director of Career Technical Education Lisa Garrett to the position of principal of Ponderosa High School. Moore will fill the position held previously by current Superintendent Christopher Hoffman, who had […]

Heard over the back fence: Lost bookmark returned

IMPORTANT WARNING: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Warning – I do dumb things.” • • • HATS OFF FOR TED: Mountain Democrat columnist Chris Daley lost his insurance ID card (the card that’s supposed to be in your car’s glove compartment). Ted (last name unknown), of Diamond Springs, found the card in a […]

Chamber continues weekly job forums

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor a weekly job forum to help job seekers learn best practices for conducting an effective job search campaign and to provide a venue for networking and support. The group meets at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, El Dorado Hills […]

Recovery of new car sales forges ahead

SACRAMENTO — The California New Car Dealers Association announced that new retail vehicle registrations increased 28.6 percent in California during the first quarter of 2011, compared with the first quarter of 2010. Total new car registrations, including fleet sales, were up 19.7 percent in the first quarter. Pent up demand accumulated during the economic downturn […]

Maps available of county redistricting

El Dorado County’s redistricting map alternatives are now available for public review and comment. Working with the recently released 2010 Census data, the county Surveyor’s Office has produced five different options for future supervisorial district boundaries. Each version contains supervisorial districts with approximately 36,212 residents. The map alternatives will be formally presented to the Board […]

4-25-11 Academic success for Molly Hofsommer

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Molly Hofsommer of Cameron Park graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2005 and graduated from Santa Clara University in 2009. She is currently a first-year law student at American University Washington College of Law, International Law Program, Washington D. C. Molly has been selected as Fellow for the Tom Lantos […]

4-25-11 Genealogical Society meeting at EDH library

CHECK OUT YOUR RELATIVES: On Tuesday, May 3, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your family history questions, stories and research problems. Visitors are always welcome. This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. For […]

Residents get another look at Capital Southeast Connector

Quality of life discussions surrounded nearly every poster-board at the Capital Southeast Connector JPA workshop Tuesday evening, April 12, as residents, many from El Dorado Hills’ Four Seasons community off White Rock Road, studied a road project they say will ruin their peaceful neighborhood. “It just doesn’t make much sense to us,” said Sandra Parsons. […]

Sex offender busted again

A convicted sex offender was arrested early Saturday morning by El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor. Deputies responded to a reported sexual assault on Rock Creek Road in the Mosquito area at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. According to Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz, 28-year-old Craig Burgess was spending the night at […]

Burglary suspects being sought

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies are turning to the public for help with finding two men wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in Placerville and Pollock Pines. Robert E. Lee, 41, of Hayward, is wanted on a $200,000 felony warrant for residential burglary. Lee is described as 6 foot 3 inches tall, 220 […]

EDH Biz Walk uncovers manufacturing boom

The fourth annual El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Walk put chamber members and elected officials on the streets once more — clipboards in hand, geeky convention badges around our necks flipped the wrong way so that our names faced our chests — taking the pulse of the local business community. Despite our appearance, […]

Trail users like board’s rail decision

Friends of the El Dorado Trail are excited following the recent Trails workshop at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The board, “changed the direction on the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor for the first time in 15 years when they voted 4 to 1 for what is being called the ‘Shingle Compromise,’” trails group spokesman […]

4-25-11 T-shirt statement

LOGIC NOT WITHSTANDING: My friend John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “When you have lots of things to do, get your golf game out of the way first.”

4-25-11 Baby Bird Nursery at Wildlife Rescue

SAVE THOSE BABY BIRDS: The Wildlife Rescue’s Baby Bird Nursery is ready to open on May 1. Many volunteers are needed to fill a two-hour shift of feeding the baby birds. If you would like to help, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650.

4-25-11 Drug Take-Back Day at Sheriff”s substation

HELP KIDS AVOID DRUGS: On Saturday, April 30 (National Drug Take-Back Day), there will be a presentation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado County Sheriff”s substation in the El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4354 Town Center Blvd., #112. You will learn how to remove unused drugs out of your house and […]

4-25-11 Exercise classes for adults

GET MOVING – NOW: Exercise classes, designed for the older adult, are offered on a weekly basis in Pollock Pines, Placerville, Cameron Park, Diamond Springs, and El Dorado Hills. Drop-ins are welcome. Suggested donation for each class is $3. For more information and a class schedule, call 530-621-6151.

Placerville woman killed in crash

A Placerville woman was killed last week in a two-car collision that sent the other driver to Marshall Hospital. At around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Charlyn Meyers, 47, of Placerville, pulled her Ford Explorer into the eastbound shoulder of Pony Express Trail, just east of Crystal Springs Road in Pollock Pines, and attempted to make a […]

Catalytic converter thefts suspects nabbed

Two Sacramento men were arrested early Thursday morning after being allegedly caught with a stolen catalytic converter in Cameron Park, where such thefts have been rising in recent weeks. At 2:45 a.m. Thursday deputies conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near Bass Lake Road and Green Valley Road in Cameron Park. Deputies noticed the […]

4-25-11 Help grandparents raise children

HELP FOR GRANDPARENTS: There are programs available for grandparents and kinship relatives who are raising children, providing unpaid care for a relative 18 years old or younger. For more information, call 530-621-6151.

El Dorado Hills Fire retires four

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Fire Board spent last Wednesday morning behind closed doors grilling the “final four” fire chief candidates; April 26 is the target to announce the new chief. In the afternoon they opened the doors to finalize the latest district downsizing plans. As a result of their actions, the […]

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, […]