Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death

Your reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden? Asked by Mother Lode News staff writer Mike Roberts at Starbucks in El Dorado Hills PT-Bill Vandegrift Bill Vandegrift El Dorado Hills “I’m thrilled. What a great day for this country. I’m especially thankful for the 911 victims and their families.”         PT-Ed […]

Supervisor enjoys radio persona as well

El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago has been a “media star” longer than she’s been a county supervisor. Representing the Lake Tahoe Basin and a small portion of the Western Slope, Santiago typically may be found at the Government Center in Placerville on Mondays and Tuesdays every week. She spends the rest of […]

PPD uniform gets change

While the look probably won’t take Milan or New York by storm, a potential uniform change is already scoring big points with some of Placerville’s finest. Several officers with the Placerville Police Department have traded in their traditional gun belts for tactical vests. The uniform change, while currently on a trial run, is expected to […]

Cameron GM claims wrongful termination

CAMERON PARK — Former Cameron Park General Manager Fred Smith has joined a handful of residents in the community in claiming his March 24 termination was in violation of the Brown Act. In a formal demand letter to the Board of Directors that voted 3-2 in favor of not renewing his contract, Smith writes that […]

Cairns trial is delayed

The former owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant will wait several more weeks before standing trial on felony assault charges. Kevin Cairns, the restaurateur accused of attacking carsick motorists in his parking lot, had been set to go to trial May 3 on criminal charges, including felony assault and vandalism. Friday morning […]

Murder trial on track for June

The murder trial of Steven Howard Mittelman, the El Dorado Hills man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife last year, appears ready to start in June. Mittelman, who is in custody on suspicion of first-degree murder, appeared Friday in an El Dorado County courtroom with his attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Robert Banning, for a […]

Man suspected of kidnap, rape

An El Dorado County man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. Joseph Linson, 28, of Cameron Park, was booked by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies for allegedly kidnapping and raping an adult female earlier this month. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said Linson is accused of kidnapping the victim and then taking her […]

California’s economic outlook is gradually improving, but the gap between Sacramento and Silicon Valley is widening.

STOCKTON — The short-run outlook for the California economy is slightly better, but there is no change to the sluggish long-term recovery that will keep California’s unemployment rate at or above 10 percent through the end of 2013 according to the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific released April 19. While technology oriented […]

Snake-bit: Rattlesnake season now open

GREENWOOD — Lane Schoch of Garden Valley received quite a shock April 6 while helping homeowners on Lou Allen Lane in Greenwood with spring cleaning. A 3 1/2- to 4-foot rattlesnake was hibernating inside and bit him on the left finger. “I reached down and picked up a stack of rain gutters,” said Schoch, proprietor […]

Divide superintendent resigns, takes Sonoma job

GARDEN VALLEY — Black Oak Mine Unified School District Superintendent Tammy Gabel submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees requesting she be released from her contract; the board accepted at its April 14 meeting. Gabel is accepting a superintendent position with Windsor Unified School District in Sonoma County north of Santa Rosa. […]

Greenwood PM retires

Sheila Powell, postmaster at the Greenwood Post Office for the past three years, retired April 15 after more than 24 years in federal service. “I will miss the people but not coming to work,” said Powell, who plans to travel with her husband, David. “We are moving to a new phase in our lives.” The […]

Goat milk cheese farm frothing to go

GARDEN VALLEY — Jollity Farm on Greenwood Road in Garden Valley recently passed all its inspections and received all approvals and licenses to make and sell goat milk cheese. Charley and Kyleen Cornell have been working tirelessly toward this goal and recently celebrated a day for jubilation at the farm. While there are 38 artisan […]

Folsom names new police chief

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller April 28 announced the appointment of Cynthia Renaud as police chief. Renaud is currently a commander with the Long Beach Police Department. She assumes her new duties May 2, with an annual salary of $178,992. “Commander Renaud competed successfully in a very rigorous recruitment process for the police chief position,” […]

EID redistricting effort making rapid progress

General Counsel Tom Cumpston provided an update April 25 on the progress of drawing new El Dorado Irrigation District board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. He described the rapid progress that district staff is making on the laborious task of adapting the census data to EID’s boundary lines. Cumpston reported that the newly […]

Heard over the back fence: EDHS Class of ’85 to hold fete

SOUTHERN DRAWL: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Y’all speak Southern.” • • • EDHS CLASS OF “85″ REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1985 has scheduled a “belated” 25th class reunion for Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Lions Park, Placerville. Classmates are encouraged to bring their children. […]

Runaway truck closes Sears store for a day

When Julian Malka, 87, held down the accelerator instead of the brake about 11 a.m. Friday his older model Chevrolet pickup truck and camper shell jumped the curb and didn’t stop until it came to rest inside the Placerville Drive Sears appliance store. Arriving in the store with him was his wife, Esther, 80, sitting […]

Solo hybrid driving in carpool lanes to end

SACRAMENTO — California’s carpool lanes will soon be “off limits” to solo drivers of hybrid vehicles displaying “yellow” clean air stickers. They expire July 1. To make sure everyone is aware of this change, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will mail out 85,000 letters (attached) to registered vehicle owners with these stickers beginning May […]

Redistricting ‘road show’ opens in Pollock Pines

POLLOCK PINES — Residents here attended the premiere of the county’s “redistricting road show” Thursday night at the Community Center. Dubbed the road show by the El Dorad County Board of Supervisors, it was the first public hearing to review possible options for redrawing the county’s five supervisorial districts. District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting hosted […]

Hwy 50 closing May 11 for 2 weeks

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 will be closed for two weeks beginning May 11, just days before thousands of people are expected to be visiting the area for the Amgen Tour of California. “This project is a great example of how Caltrans is putting the Recovery Act to good use, providing jobs and at […]

More appropriate headstones asked

When Folsom Lake was under construction in 1954, the United States government dug up nine old, pioneer-era cemeteries and relocated the remains to Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery at the far western end of El Dorado County. Headstones were fashioned for those remains, of which 36 bear the legend: “Unknown, Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by […]

California ocean and inland salmon seasons set

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted ocean salmon fishing regulations that allow for a season this year. Inland salmon season regulations were also adopted for the Central Valley, and Klamath and Trinity rivers. This represents a restoration of the traditional salmon fishery throughout California, the first since major closures were enacted in 2008 […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard, nearly two years after the couple’s arrest drew international interest and thrust El Dorado County into the spotlight. Thursday’s hearing was the result of last-minute negotiations between the couple, their attorneys and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Phillip […]

Redistricting maps: ‘No one will be happy’

El Dorado County Surveyor Rich Briner had to remind the Board of Supervisors not to “shoot the messenger” Tuesday. Briner presented a set of maps that could be used in the county’s redistricting process that begins this week. Every decade following the national census, counties and other public jurisdictions are required to redraw their political […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Infamous accused kidnappers of Jaycee Lee Dugard, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, pleaded guilty Thursday, with Phillip facing 431 years to life in prison while his wife likely will be sentenced to 36 years to life. Both stand convicted of kidnapping and forcible rape. The Superior Court proceedings in Placerville’s Dept. 7 courtroom took up much […]

Prescription drug take-back set

Local law enforcement will team with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Saturday for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Sheriff’s Main Office — 300 Fair Lane Placerville Sheriff’s El Dorado Hills Substation — 4354 Town Center Drive […]

Sen. Gaines supports TRPA break-up

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, released the following statement April 27 regarding the Nevada Legislature’s Senate Bill 271, a bill that would remove Nevada from the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Compact: “Protecting our environment and the health of Lake Tahoe is of critical importance. However, this bi-state effort has failed in its […]

Sen. Gaines backs Tahoe Olympics

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced April 27 that he is joining forces with the California Winter Games Committee, an exploratory coalition of business, civic and local leaders focused on bringing back the Winter Olympic Games to the Lake Tahoe region. “The impact of the Winter Olympic Games on my Senate district would […]

DFG to release 3 million salmon smolts at mouth of American River

Three million young Chinook salmon, or “smolts,” will be released near the mouth of the American River on May 5 and 6. They were raised at Nimbus Hatchery on the lower American River by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). This release site was chosen because studies have shown that young salmon released near the mouth of their […]

EID to upgrade Camino plant

Important but less dramatic Capital Improvement Plan projects are on the drawing board for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s engineering staff. After successfully converting the El Dorado Hills Water Treatment Plant from chlorine gas to liquid sodium hypochlorite, EID will be doing the same conversion at its Water Treatment Plant No. 1 in Camino. The […]

Vote May 3 for state Assembly

The Special General Election for State Assembly, 4th District, will be held on Tuesday, May 3. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Office hours for the Elections Department at 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for holidays. This office location is also […]

Burn permits now required

The Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is reminding everyone that dooryard burn permits are now required, as of May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allow for the burning of […]

Driver in fatal crash IDed

The name of the driver involved in the fatal car accident that killed a Placerville man last week has been released by the California Highway Patrol. CHP officer Dan Stark said Sean Perry, 43, of Chico, was behind the wheel of a BMW 530i early Saturday morning when he lost control on a Pleasant Valley […]

Public invited to review, provide comment on Mental Health program updates

The El Dorado County Health Services Department, Mental Health Division, is inviting the public to review and provide comment on the county’s plan update for Workforce Educations and Training and Prevention and Early Intervention, funded through the Mental Health Services Act. The El Dorado County MHSA Plan Update is available for review at Mental Health’s Website, Members of […]

Delta dialog: EPA weighs in

At the invitation of the Delta Stewardship Council, two representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, came to the council’s recent meeting to inform the members about what EPA is doing that might impact the council’s efforts to develop a Delta Plan. The council is under the gun to deliver its Delta Plan by […]

Heard over the back fence: Care packages to the troops planned

A MAN OF CULTURE: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.” • • • SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS: On the second Wednesday of each month, the Pleasant Valley Grange Women’s Activity Group sends care packages to our Calif. troops. If you have a local relative stationed […]

Spring snowmelt prompts water safety warning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California State Parks warn outdoor recreationists to take precautions this spring. This year’s abundant snowfall and spring snowmelt will result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists — waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers and even […]

Burglary suspect sought

Local law enforcement is turning to the public for help in apprehending an El Dorado County man wanted on suspicion of burglary and vehicle theft. Jacob A. Goldie, 24, is wanted on a $250,000 felony warrant for his suspected involvement in a series of burglaries in Placerville and the surrounding areas. Goldie is described as […]

Downtown mugging suspects nabbed by police and dog

Two suspected robbers bit off more than they could chew Monday night, thanks in part to a Placerville Police Department K9 unit. Dairen Cruz, 21, of Stockton, and Thomas Jennings, 19, of Placerville, were booked by Placerville police officers on suspicion of robbery and criminal conspiracy. Officers responded to a reported argument at the 600 […]

Still hope for Hangman’s Tree building

The owners of the Herrick Building and the former Hangman’s Tree Bar, at 301 and 305 Main St. in Placerville,  have signed a contract with Miyamoto International, a global earthquake and structural engineering firm, to provide a plan to make the building safe for the public. The family-owned, Monterey based Saunders Co. owns the building. […]

Rubicon Trail video now playing

El Dorado County has ventured into the world of video production in an ongoing effort to protect the world famous off-road Rubicon Trail. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the new video titled “It’s In Your Hands” earlier this month. “It’s In Your Hands” educates the public on proper use and expected […]

Supes OK sheriff’s budget plan

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini’s proposed 2012 budget sailed through on a unanimous vote by the county Board of Supervisors Monday. During a special board meeting, the sheriff asked for and got approval for $50.68 million to carry his department through the next fiscal year. The figure represents a reduction of approximately $2.5 million […]

Heard over the back fence: A humdinger of a slide show planned

John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “BASIC MAN RULES”: *We don’t need any directions.” *We are not mind readers. *If it itches, it will be scratched.” • • • HOBNOBBING WITH HUMMINGBIRDS: On May 5, from 11 am. to noon, Shawn Hayes will be discussing hummingbirds; and she will present […]

Replacing rickety bridge could save EID millions

A rotting wooden bridge supported by rickety looking trestles loosely anchored to a steep granite slope could save the El Dorado Irrigation District millions in helicopter charges on future flume construction projects, said EID engineer Jake Eyman. The bridge provides vehicle access to Camp 2, a two-story ditch tender’s house that occupied full-time. It also […]

Grand jury indicts Luebbers

The man accused of shooting and killing Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara was formally indicted by a grand jury Monday morning. John Harold Luebbers, 44, was present in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom Monday with deputy public defender David Cramer when news of the indictment was announced. Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner presented […]