Long distance birthday present arrives

One of Katie Cumings’ 21st birthday presents came from  Afghanistan,7,000 miles away. Her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. Jack Cumings, 24, got two weeks leave in the middle of his 12-month deployment in the Kost province of Afghanistan to come home and help her celebrate. The Army allows a two-week leave during a 12-month deployment so […]

Longtime subscriber Gardner knows everyone

Clinton Gardner is 93. He’s lived in the same house high above Main Street for 71 years and he remembers when there was a Placerville Times newspaper as well as the Mountain Democrat. The Placerville Times was absorbed by the Democrat in 1958. Gardner doesn’t remember when he first began reading the Mountain Democrat, but before […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn wildland home safety

ADVICE FROM MOTHER EARTH: Thanks to John Chapman, we have the following “Advice from the Earth” T-shirt statement: “Be well rounded – Keep a positive atmosphere – Have a magnetic personality – Celebrate diversity – Think globally – Be good to your mother – There’s no place like home! … ASK YOUR LOCAL FIREMAN/FIRE WOMAN: […]

6-27-11 Info. on Home Energy Assistance Program

HELP FOR PAYING ENERGY BILLS: The Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help income-eligible families to pay their energy bills. If you are eligible, HEAP can help you pay for electricity, wood, propane, or heating oil. Benefits are paid once a year. The program focuses on households with older adults, individuals with disabilities, and […]

6-27-11 Sr. Times Newsletter can be ordered

UP TO DATE INFO FOR FIVE BUCKS: The Senior Times Newsletter provides information, monthly, about senior health and wellness, nutrition updates, and articles on Medicare and Social Security. Call 530-621-6255 for a free copy. Yearly subscriptions are available for a $5 donation. If you purchase a yearly subscription in July, you receive one free year!

6-24-11 Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

GO INTERNATIONAL WITH AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes for three months. Requirements include treating the student as part of the family, providing the student with his or her own bed, and facilitating attendance at Union Mine High School. Students provide their own […]

EID study calls for rate shift

A Cost of Services study by the El Dorado Irrigiation District calls for changing residential rates from 70 percent consumption based to 50 percent consumption based. The study, rolled out last June 13, also indicates lower sewer bills. As the EID Board of Directors delved into the nitty gritty of the Cost of Service analysis […]

6-24-11 Class about home safety at EDH Sr. Center

HOME SWEET HOME SAFETY: A new class titled “Be Safe in Your Home” will be presented on Tuesday, July 12, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You learn the facts about home safety and gather new ideas to keep you safe in your home. The […]

6-24-11 Class on prescriptions and medications

ARE YOU CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR MEDICINE? A new class titled “Pack Your Bag Program” will be presented on Thursday, July 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. A local CVS pharmacist will discuss best practices in prescription management. Bring your medications with you, […]

Placerville man tazed, arrested after night of drinking

A wild evening of drinking proved to be too much for one Placerville man to handle, as he was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of vandalizing a Lotus bar. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of vandalism in progress at 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Coloma Club in Lotus. Austin Hillendahl, […]

Missing Macaw: Good golly, Goober’s gone!

C OLOMA — Goober, an 18-month old blue-and-gold Macaw, got loose in the Coloma/Lotus area on Saturday, June 4. His owners, the Joe Carvalho family, want their pet back. They have offered a $500 reward for his safe return and more than anything, they “hope he’s safe.” Carvalho took out a quarter-page ad in the […]

Supes refuse to participate in regional study

A 3-2 vote Tuesday kept El Dorado County out of the process of formally supporting study projects proposed by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. SACOG is a consortium of 22 cities and six counties within the greater Sacramento region and locally includes El Dorado County and the city of Placerville. Back on May 17, […]

Offensive headstones will be replaced

Thirty-six racially offensive gravestones have been removed and will be replaced by new stones at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery in El Dorado Hills. El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly signed an agreement with the California Prison Industry Authority June 8, under which inmates will provide both skilled and unskilled labor for the project. […]

Cell tower extension OK; landscaping gets the boot

An hour after eliminating a proposed cell tower near Sierra School, the Placerville City Council upheld the Planning Commission’s approval of AT&T’s 5-foot extension to an existing 60 foot lattice telecommunication tower and the addition of nine more antennae. “And now for something really different,” joked Placerville City Planner Andrew Painter as he introduced an […]

Colver guilty of 1st-degree murder

On the two year anniversary of the discovery of Joanne Witt’s body in her El Dorado Hills home, Steven “Boston” Colver was convicted of the 47-year-old woman’s first-degree murder. News of the verdict came less than 24 hours after jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon. Colver, 21, along with attorney Dain Weiner, arrived in the Placerville […]

No eminent domain, City Council says

The Placerville City Council effectively tied their own hands and those of future City Councils with regard to the use of eminent domain at Tuesday’s meeting. With a 5-0 vote, the council adopted a resolution prohibiting the Redevelopment Agency board from the use of eminent domain in the entire Placerville Redevelopment Project area. At the […]

Officials break out the golden shovels for new school

EL DORADO HILLS — In one of her last official duties as Buckeye Union School District’s superintendent, Terry Wenig started a new project — the construction of the district’s sixth elementary school. Wenig welcomed her school board members, El Dorado County officials, development company representatives and other guests to the new school’s groundbreaking ceremony in […]

Gaines votes against budget plan

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Wednesday issued the following statement regarding the Democrats’ majority-vote budget package. “This irresponsible budget is full of gimmicks and tricks that don’t actually address the structural reform California desperately needs. It pushes us deeper into debt by relying too heavily on future tax increases and does nothing to prevent […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a hike on the Georgetown Divide

LIQUID ADVICE: Thanks to John Chapman, I give you the following “Advice from a Lake” T-shirt statement: “Be clear – Make positive ripples – Look beneath the surface – Stay calm – Shore up friendships – Take time to reflect – Be full of life! … GEORGETOWN AREA HIKE: On Saturday, June 25, from 8 […]

Deputy public defender Brooks pens book

By day, David Brooks is an El Dorado County deputy public defender who has spent more than 20 years fighting for the Constitutional rights of his clients. But the affable attorney also moonlights as a soccer player (goalkeeper, in case you’re wondering), concert cellist, trivia guru, avid biker and now, a published author. Of course, […]

Colver trial: Defense delivers closing; case given to jury

During his spirited, lengthy closing argument Tuesday afternoon, defense attorney Dain Weiner told El Dorado County jurors that his client, Steven “Boston” Colver, is guilty of many crimes — including statutory rape, destroying evidence, drug use and lying to deputies. “He had his vices,” said Weiner. “He wasn’t an angel.” But the 21-year-old defendant, on trial […]

Cell tower out, parents jubilant

Parents and neighbors of Sierra School scored a victory at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting when a unanimous vote by City Council members put the kibosh on building a 78-foot high cell tower  near the school. A group of more than 90 applicants appealed the May 3 Placerville Planning Commission decision to allow AT&T to […]

6-22-11 Dept. of Human Services needs vounteers

ASSISTING LOCAL FAMILIES: The El Dorado County Department of Human Services needs volunteers to assist in supervising visitations between parents and children who are currently receiving reunification services through the Dept. of Human Services. Volunteers will receive free training, free background checks, and they can choose their own hours and days. For more information, call […]

6-20-11 Diabetes and Nutrition Education program at Marshall Hospital

DIABETES PRESENTATION: The Diabetes and Nutrition Education program is presenting the annual Review/Advisory Event on June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marshall Hospital dining room patio. Refreshments will be served, and there will be raffle prizes. You can view table displays of the program’s accomplishments, growth, and resources and tools of […]

6-17-11 “Women’s Empowerment” group meeting in PV

EMPOWERING WOMEN: A new group titled “Women’s Empowerment” is available to women seeking new strength and resilience in their lives. The group is an opportunity to vent frustrations, share new ideas and create new friendships. The group will meet on June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, 1864 Broadway, Placerville (next to […]

Colver trial: Prosecution gives closing argument

As gruesome crime scene photos of Joanne Witt’s lifeless body were displayed for jurors, El Dorado County deputy district attorney Lisette Suder called the slain 47-year-old single mother the most important witness in the murder case against Steven “Boston” Colver. “Joanne is the silent witness to the truth because it’s through her death that (she) […]

By cycle and sail — 299 days across the globe

When Jeff Boggess, 32, decided to return home to Pleasant Valley from working five years as a landscape artist in Germany, he had a choice: Get on a plane and be home in 12 hours or take more time and check out the world along the way. “People move fast and they miss the things […]

Surviving wildfire: Cal Fire offers life-saving tips

Editor’s note — The Amador-El Dorado Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection presents a three part series of articles on its “Ready-Set-Go!” fire and life safety campaign. This week begins with Part 1: “Ready.” Unit Chief Kelly Keenan says that “living in the Sierra Nevada foothills is a dream come true […]

Deputies nab suspected burglars

A man and woman from Folsom were arrested last week after deputies caught them allegedly burglarizing an El Dorado Hills residence. At 12:48 p.m. on June 8, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle from an El Dorado Hills resident, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. Deputies responded to […]

See film of narrow gauge railroads

The railroads of El Dorado County were the “life’s blood” of the county’s early history. The Clarksville Region Historical Society will show a film of the Narrow Gauge Logging Railroads of El Dorado County at its meeting on Wednesday, June 22.  The film will be followed by a description of the Shay locomotive used by the […]

Youth may take advantage of great outdoors

The final school bell has rung … and moms and dads everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to keep the kids active and entertained for the next several months. But parents, take heart – the Youth in the Outdoors (YO!) program, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game , may have just […]

Rattlesnakes are coming out … beware

California Poison Control System (calpoison.org) reminds Californians that rattlesnakes are waking up from hibernation, and even baby snakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems, and in rare cases, can be fatal. Most bites occur between the months of April and October. […]

Preparing now is best defense against wildfire

CAMINO – Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit  of Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) is reminding the public that the risk for wildfires is upon us as fire season began Monday, June 13. Keenan said, “We have had an unusually wet and extended spring, however temperatures are quickly […]

Heard over the back fence: Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

RELATIVELY SPEAKING, AGING IS OK: Mary Ellen Ware provided the following T-shirt statement: “Age is relative – when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.” … GO INTERNATIONAL WITH AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of […]

End in sight: Hwy 50 work wraps up this year

EL DORADO HILLS — Just one more summer — that’s all construction crews working on the Highway 50 carpool lanes project in El Dorado Hills need to get the job done. “Their patience is sincerely appreciated,” said John Kahling, deputy director of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation’s Construction division, of the residents who’ve […]

Don’t kidnap wildlife babies

Many members of the public find an orphaned or injured wild baby, and wildlife rescue organizations such as Sierra Wildlife Rescue could not carry out its work without their assistance. Sometimes, however, a rescuer may mistakenly assume that a baby has been abandoned when the mother is actually nearby. She may be foraging for food, […]

Local mom creates dish washing device

EL DORADO HILLS — Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE  by Gina J. The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the […]

Mother Teresa Maternity Home needs basic supplies

PHILOSOPHICAL FISH: My friend John Chapman of Folsom gave me the following “Advice from a Bass” T-shirt statement: “”Find a new angle – Know when to keep your mouth shut – Don’t take the bait – Prize clean water – Be lively and swift – Don’t give up without a fight – Be a good […]

Prosecution attacks Colver’s testimony

In the second day of his testimony, Steven “Boston” Colver admitted to prosecutors that he repeatedly lied to friends, family and authorities not only to protect himself, but also the forbidden relationship he had with then 14-year-old Tylar Marie Witt. Deputy district attorney Lisette Suder, in her cross-examination of the 21-year-old murder suspect, drove home […]

6-22-11 Friends of El Dorado County Seniors meet at PV Sr. Center

SENIOR ADVOCATES: The “Friends of El Dorado County Seniors” is a non-profit organization that supports wellness, life enrichment, dignity and independence of El Dorado seniors and their caregivers through advocacy and financial assistance. If you want more information about this group or if you are interested in joining this organization, their next meeting will be […]

6-20-11 New officers for the Association of Calif. Car Clubs

LOCAL LEADERS PREVAIL: The Association of Calif. Car Clubs has announced their new slate of officers for 2011/2012. The following local residents are part of the new team: Rex Roden, El Dorado – president and editor of newsletter; Mary Ramsay, Forest Hill – membership chair; Butch Gardner, Shingle Springs – conference chair. Congratulations to all […]

6-20-11 “Tain Your Brain” workshop at EDH Sr. Center

BRAIN THERAPY: A workshop titled “Train Your Brain” is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The workshop facilitator will be Judy Bakke. Workshop topics will include the latest research in neuroscience, 4 components to strengthen your cognitive […]

6-20-11 Fun at the EDH SR. Center

FRIDAY FUN TIME: On the first Friday of every month, creative fun is offered during the Senior Nutrition lunch time. The following activities are offered: Friday, July 1 – Patriotic Ice Cream Social. Friday, August 5 – Trivia & Treats. For more information, call 916-358-3575. All these activities take place at the El Dorado Hills […]

6-17-11 Bipolar support groups in Placerville

BIPOLAR COMFORT: The Bipolar Insights group informs us that the following bipolar support groups are available: Every Monday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., #304, Placerville. Every Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Marshall Medical Health Library, 681 Main St., #103, Placerville.

6-20-11 Henna tattoos for teens workshop at EDH Library

TEMPORARY TATTOOS: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, has a teen summer reading club. On Tuesday, July 5, Henna tattoos will be available at the workshop at 1 p.m. at the library. Teenagers must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian to participate. The Henna ink […]