EID launches complex redistricting

Redistricting the El Dorado Irrigation District is more comprehensive in its approach than county government’s. It needs to be, because it is inherently more complex. The district’s map of its five political divisions is described by District Counsel Tom Cumptson as a Swiss cheese map because of all the chunks of land within each division […]

Camino coop asks PUC help

The Camino Fiber Network Cooperative (CFNC), a consumer-owned telecommunications cooperative corporation formed to construct fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications infrastructure in Central El Dorado County, has urged the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to prioritize funding for community-based projects in drafting rules governing the distribution of grants and loans to speed deployment of advanced […]

Heard over the back fence: Win a giant wooden giraffe

WOOD WORK: The Society of Wood Heads Only in conjunction with the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento Area are having their seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. The event will be held at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Tuesday, April […]

EDH Craft Fair

BIRD HOUSES, SOAP AND JAM: The annual Spring Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 3186 Four Seasons Dr., El Dorado Hills (The Four Seasons Community, off White Rock Rd.). The crafts include
Spyglass Easter eggs and baskets, fused glass art, jewelry, soaps, plants, wine cork pictures and much more. Admission is free. For […]

Trout Unlimited

TROUT LOVERS UNITE! Consideration is being given to organize a local “Trout Unlimited” chapter in El Dorado County. The first meeting has been scheduled for April 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the U.S. Forest Service conference room, 100 Forni Rd., Placerville. Anyone who enjoys fishing is invited. If enough people are interested in […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DON’T BE A BYSTANDER: April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. The 2011 national theme is “It’s Time to Get Involved – Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention.” I am reminded of the following words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence […]

Tahoe police help curb cell phone use, texting

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — How often are drivers seen texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and there’s no law enforcement on hand to stop and cite them? As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in El Dorado County will be holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and […]

DOT reorg moves a step closer

El Dorado County’s Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly put her seal of approval on a proposed plan to reorganize the county’s Department of Transportation. However, she also urged the Board of Supervisors to delay a final decision for one week, based on the advice of county counsel. Recommending the plan to the board March 29, […]

Redevelopment workshops over; public hearing coming up

Why should the city of Placerville adopt a redevelopment plan? That question was the focus of the last of three redevelopment workshops for the public provided by the city on March 24. Redevelopment allows local government to recoup a portion of property taxes and use the funds to revitalize identified areas of need in a […]

4-13-11 EDH Art and Wine Affaire

ART, WINE AND ENTERTAINMENT: The 8th annual “El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire” is being presented by the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, the El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at The Town Center, El Dorado Hills. This huge event takes place on May 7 and May 8 […]

4-13-11 Dentists help in Nicaragua

FREE DENTAL WORK FOR ORPHANS: In May, Dr. William Couch, DMD, and Dr. Torrey Hammond, DDS, local dentists in Cameron Park, will be traveling to Nicaragua with Jason Counch (dental student UCSF), Jared Roberts (dental school applicant), seven pre-dental students and Hal Young, president and founder of the World Wide Child Relief Foundation, a resident […]

4-11-11 Shakespeare Club’s annual rummage sale

HUGE RUMMAGE SALE: Our Placerville Shakespeare Club is presenting their annual huge rummage sale at the club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. The sale takes place on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, on Saturday, May 7, plants will be for sale […]

Japan relief efforts pay off for local women

Two young ladies from Cool raised $14,000 for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief last week at Sierra College. Chelsea Dunlap-Miller and Sarah Peters attend sociology class with Rio Nishihara, whose family is involved in the recent natural disaster in the island country. “Our sociology class was informed (March 14) of the disaster, and one of our fellow […]

4-8-11 Honors at Univ. of Toledo (Jillian Spink)

EXTREMELY SMART STUDENT: Jillian Spink of El Dorado Hills has been placed on the President’s List at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. To be placed on the President’s List, a student must be a full-time student and have a 4.0 grade-point average for the fall semester. Congratulations, Jillian! You are creating a very bright […]

County fire rescues crash victim

El Dorado County Fire Protection District personnel responded to a solo vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon that left an elderly woman stuck down an embankment. Larry Marinas, county fire battalion chief, said Margaret Hall, 80, was involved in a solo vehicle accident shortly after noon Tuesday while traveling along Cedar Ravine Road near Darlington Avenue. Hall’s […]

Cameron skate park reopens

The gates of Cameron Park’s skate park were reopened Wednesday morning, more than two weeks after they were locked shut over concerns of vandalism and other community disturbances. The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors, in a unanimous vote, reversed its March 16 decision after hearing local reaction during its Tuesday night meeting’s […]

Criminal annals, Part 112: Colonel disappears, cholera strikes

The Sept. 7, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has several small articles relating to issues affecting Californians both here and elsewhere. “THE FATE OF COL. FREANER. — A correspondent of the Cal. Express [Marysville, 1851-1866] writing from Yreka, under date of August 30th, says: Nothing farther has been learned of the fate of […]

Gold Bug springs open

It’s no April Fools joke. That’s Pat Cook and not a bear coming out of hibernation. Pat Cook is chairman of the Gold Bug Park Development Committee Inc. And Gold Bug Park and Mine will be open for the season starting April 1. There are plenty of reasons to visit the park and get immersed […]

Guv says, ‘Drought’ over

By Adam Jensen It’s no surprise to anyone who spent hours shoveling snow from their driveway this winter, but California’s drought will not last into a fourth year. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially rescinded emergency drought declarations issued by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2008. The move followed the release of California Cooperative Snow […]

SEDCorp provides free get-out-of-debt class

If you’re one of the many business people who are worried about too many bills, too little income, missing payments and having bad credit, then this class is for you. No matter how difficult your situation may seem, you will learn about debt relief “secrets” most people deep-in-debt will never know. The Get Out of Debt […]

May 5, 1918-March 15, 2011: Remembering Auditor Em McAnnally

Amelia “Em” McAnnally Dane, born May 5, 1918, died in Gardnerville, Nev.  at the age of  92 on March 15. McAnnally was the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller from 1959 to 1981 and one of the first women elected as an official in the county. She is survived by her second husband Dorman Dane, daughter Mryna […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your Bon Voyage tix ASAP

T-SHIRT TEACHINGS: My favorite T-shirt statement this month is, “Living a brainless life doesn’t make sense.” • • • SUPER SHINDIG: The Placerville Rotary Club is presenting their 33rd annual Bon Voyage Ball on Saturday, April 2,, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. The dinner and dancing ticket is $60. The drawing ticket only is $100. […]

4-4-11 Wildlife Rescue upcoming classes

CLASS TIMES CHANGES: Since we last listed Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s upcoming classes, a couple of changes have occurred. The April 9 class, “Transporters Training,” is now scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon. The “Water Fowl and Game Birds” class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. On April 17, the “Introduction to Local Wildlife” […]

Redevelopment public hearing remains April 12

Recently the city of Placerville was notified of a minor error in the required notification process for the upcoming public hearing on redevelopment. The city is required to advertise four times in the newspaper and the advertisement is to include a map of the proposed Redevelopment Area. The first two advertisements did not include the […]

Rails to Folsom look like a goner

El Dorado County supervisors drove a big spike into the hearts of local railroad enthusiasts Monday. The board voted 4-1 to seriously consider removing the rails and railway infrastructure between Shingle Springs and the Sacramento County line, a distance of about 25 miles. The vote also reaffirmed a board decision earlier this year to establish […]

May 3 election ballots soon in mail

  El Dorado County registered voters in the 4th Assembly District should start checking their mailboxes for the May 3 Special General Election sample ballot pamphlet. Sample ballot pamphlets will begin to mail during the week of April 11. The sample ballot pamphlet will provide voters with important information about the 4th Assembly District race […]

UC Davis Medical Center ranks first in Sacramento, says U.S. News & World Report

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as the top hospital in Sacramento with nine high-performing medical specialties, according to the new “Best Hospitals metro area rankings” published Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. Of all 19 hospitals in the Sacramento metropolitan area, which includes Arden-Arcade and Roseville, U.S. News ranked the medical center and three […]

Sheriff seeks Rubicon money

El Dorado County Supervisors Ok’d a request from the Sheriff’s Department to apply for a grant to fund law enforcement activities on the Rubicon Trail. An item on the consent calendar for its March 15, meeting, the board authorized  the department to match 25 percent or just over $24,000 of a $96,235 grant fund. The […]

Man convicted of child molestation

A man convicted of child molestation by an El Dorado County jury now faces life in prison for his crimes. Kelly Mitchell, 49, was found guilty last week of 11 counts of lewd acts with three different children under the age of 14 by a jury of seven men and five women. Court documents state […]

Tahoe invasive species forum set

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Coordination Committee will host a public forum 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Forest Service Building, 35 College Drive. Brief presentations will focus on aquatic invasive species prevention and control projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including the Tahoe watercraft inspection program, invasive aquatic plant and Asian clam control […]

Heard over the back fence: Tuba and the Wolf come to library

LOVE, HEALTH AND FRIENDS – NICE COMBINATION: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following “Long Live Friendship” message: “May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends who care!” • • • MUSIC, A STORY AND A TUBA MYSTERY: On Wednesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 […]

Snowboarder found dead

ECHO SUMMIT — A 22-year-old San Jose man who was reported missing from Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Saturday was found dead Sunday morning. Search and rescue volunteers located Phillip Walker in a tree well about 11:50 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Walker was snowboarding with his brother and friends […]

Changes made in Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s April classes

Sierra Wildlife Rescue will hold its final spring classes in April, as follows: April 2, Foxes, Coyotes, and Bobcats, 10 a.m.–noon and Squirrels (repeat), 1– 3 p.m.; April 3, Introduction to the Baby Bird Nursery, 2-4 p.m.; April 9, Transporters’ Training, 11 a.m.-noon and Waterfowl and Game birds, 1-3 p.m.; April 17, Introduction to Local […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Choose your relatives wisely

To my great joy, I was recently charged with the task of selecting a puppy for a 23-year-old kindergarten teacher friend of mine. She told me exactly what she was looking for in terms of energy and personality, and she described for me her day-to-day lifestyle — both personal and professional — and the kinds […]

Big snow imperils Pollock roofs

POLLOCK PINES — The parking lot of Pollock Pines’ Pony Express Station Plaza was chock-full Monday morning, but there wasn’t a shopper to be found. Instead, workers stormed the shopping center to help the local businesses remove the estimated 2 feet of snow that had accumulated on the roofs of the stores. “It’s been about […]

Teen killed in Newtown wreck

A local high school teenager died Sunday afternoon of injuries sustained during a high-speed car accident. At approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, a Nissan sports car driven by Victoria Guinn, 18, of Placerville, crashed into three oak trees along Newtown Road outside of Placerville. The car then careened into a muddy hillside some 100 feet away […]

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Forest dirt roads to remain closed beyond April 1

Dirt roads in the Eldorado National Forest will remain closed until weather and soil conditions improve, announced Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo. The current closure is extended beyond April 1 to May 1. There is a possibility that the roads will open sooner or the closure might be extended again. Last year the dirt roads reopened […]

Roofs collapse from snowfall

POLLOCK PINES — Already heavy snow loads and persistent rain and snow storms have caused two separate partial roof collapses Saturday in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Fire Protection District Firefighters from Station 17, Pollock Pines, responded to assist property owners late Saturday when the roof of the Knotty Pine Lanes bowling alley collapsed into […]

Principal puts heart, ‘sole’ into fundraiser

EL DORADO HILLS — Jackson School Principal Michele Miller said she couldn’t bear the thought of seven dark libraries next school year. Nor could she imagine losing teachers, school nurses and vice principals. The outlook at a recent Rescue Union School District board meeting was glum. “At a minimum $1.4 million (has to be cut) […]

Tahoe area bears awaken from winter slumber

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE —The bears are awake and they’re hungry. Numerous bear incidents have been reported to Tahoe’s Bear League and the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center, including one that could’ve ended in tragedy. “They’re going to be hungry, and there’s not much to eat out there, so they’re going to be […]

4-11-11 Caregiver meeting at EDH Sr. Center

CAREGIVERS CAMARADERIE: Caregivers are encouraged to meet on April 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This is an opportunity to meet with other local caregivers and share ideas, experiences, and even some laughs, too. Refreshments will be served. Free respite care is […]

Skatepark forum is April 14

The March 30 Cameron Park skate park forum has been canceled and a new date, April 14, set, according to Recreation Supervisor Tina Helm. Due to the resignation of a member of the Skate Park Subcommittee the skate park issue will be placed on the agenda of the Park and Recreation Committee meeting 11 a.m. Thursday, […]

Heard over the back fence: Time for your dog to meet Signon the Dotted Lion

YOUTH STRANGENESS: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “Youth is stranger than fiction.” Did this statement come from the parents of a teenager? • • • BRING YOUR DOG AND SIGN ON THE DOTED LINE: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is presenting its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, May 14, at Schnell […]

CPCSD manager fired Thursday

CAMERON PARK — In a special closed session meeting Thursday the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors voted 3-2 against extending General Manager Fred Smith’s contract for another year and to release him from duties immediately. Smith was notified of the board’s decision on Friday, March 25, a little more than six weeks […]

EID redistricting advisory committee formed

The El Dorado Irrigation District has begun the process of completing its mandatory legal duty to adjust its division boundaries, using the 2010 census as a basis, to ensure that population is evenly distributed among the district’s five divisions. The EID Board of Directors authorized General Counsel Tom Cumpston to form an advisory committee made […]