Hwy. 50 at Echo Summit expected to reopen Saturday

Caltrans has announced that Highway 50 at Echo Summit is tentatively set to open to motorists Saturday evening, several days ahead of schedule. One-way, alternating lane controlled traffic will be in effect throughout the weekend, and will continue until the following Friday at noon. The road will be open without restrictions during Memorial Day weekend. With […]

Fleet Reserve commemorating departed shipmates

COMMANDING STATEMENT: Mr. John Chapman of Folsom is responsible for this T-shirt statement: “Please raise your hand to speak to me.” … MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: On Monday, May 30, at 8 a.m., the Fleet Reserve Association will conduct a Memorial Day river ceremony at the American River in Coloma. A casting of a wreath upon […]

DUI arrests

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: SHANNON ANGI, 44, Pollock Pines, booked April 25 by sheriff’s deputies, bail listed at $100,000. BRANDON ESPINOZA, 31, Folsom, booked April 25 by CHP, bail listed at $2,500. BRANDON KNUTSON, 27, El Dorado Hills, booked April 26 […]

Colver trial: Defendant confesses to ‘God’

The morning after Joanne Witt was stabbed to death, Steven “Boston” Colver showed off the bloody murder weapon and confessed to the killing, said the defendant’s frequent drug partner and former boyfriend. Matthew Widman, 19, nicknamed “God” by friends, testified Thursday in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse that Colver, 21, admitted to killing the mother of […]

5-23-11 Join Skate Park Committee

The Cameron Park Skate Park Committee is looking for community members who are interested in joining the committee. The application can be downloaded from the Website: www.cameronpark.org. Return it to the Cameron Park CSD-Skate Park, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682, Attn: General Manager. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

Teen accident victim not expected to live

Scott Santana, a Union Mine High School scholar and athlete, was gravely injured in a head-on collision at about 3 p.m.Tuesday on Greenstone Road near El Dorado. The 17-year-old suffered extreme trauma as a result of the accident and remained on life support and in critical condition as of Thursday. Late Thursday morning, the Mountain […]

Supes, public blast SACOG as ‘big brother’

The air in the El Dorado County Supervisors Chambers Tuesday was virtually blue with all the dirty words flying in both directions — from the audience and from members of the board. “Big, intrusive government, globalism, socialism, greed and claim-jumping, United Nations Agenda 21, Sustainable Development,” were all used to describe what began as a […]

Director Green resigns

CAMERON PARK — In a surprise move, Richard Green resigned from the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors at the board’s meeting on Wednesday, May 18. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, and before the board adopted the evening’s agenda Green said he would like to say something. He then stood up and read […]

Visit the artists at their studios

NOT MULTI-LINGUAL? My pal John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement that could result in someone punching you in the nose: “I’m sorry. I don’t speak moron.” … VISIT THE ARTISTS: The Spring Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 41 artists, […]

Knight offers cemetery solution

District 1 county Supervisor John Knight is offering a plan that may allow the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery’s resident souls to rest in peace, in the wake of newly born publicity over an offensive, racial slur. In a May 13 letter to his colleagues on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Knight outlines a […]

Judgment Day is Saturday, radio mogul warns

This may be one of the last things you read if Mr. Harold Camping of Family Radio is correct. According to his interpretations of Biblical passages, Judgment Day is May 21, 2011. Family Radio has put up billboards to warn us (including one in Placerville), sent out caravans of people to alert specific cities in […]

Local emergency staff recognized

Emergency medical technicians, firefighters and base hospital medical staff in El Dorado County are being recognized this week as part of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15 – 21. “EMS Week is a great time to say thank you to the men and women in El Dorado County who save lives every day,” said […]

5-20-11 Upper Room needs dishwashers

The Upper Room has a critical need for volunteers willing to serve as dishwashers on Tuesdays. Volunteers should be hard-working, reliable, and able to serve regularly once (or more) each month. Dishwashing shifts start around 3:30 pm and end around 6:15 pm. Call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212. Other Tuesday volunteer roles, such as food serving […]

Colver murder trial: Crime scene discussed

The gruesome aftermath of Joanne Witt’s murder was on display in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse Wednesday morning as jurors came face-to-face with images of the El Dorado Hills woman’s violent death. Witt, 47, was stabbed to death in her bed in June 2009. Witt’s teenage daughter, Tylar, has already pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder […]

Teen reportedly near death after Tuesday collision

A 17-year-old Union Mine High School student reportedly suffered extreme trauma Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision at about 3 p.m. on Greenstone Road just north of Quail Valley Road near the town of El Dorado, but was not pronounced dead as of Wednesday afternoon despite earlier reports from the California Highway Patrol. A witness […]

Tom’s Burger and Frosty reprises popular Foster’s Freeze

“This is the best hamburger I ever ate,” said the woman to Melodie Ku as the customer walked by to bus her own tray. “We get a lot of that,” said Melodie, who is the designated spokesperson for Tom’s Burger and Frosty on Placerville Drive, where the Foster’s Freeze served the public for five decades. […]

5-20-11 Caretaker man needs truck

RELIABLE TRUCK NEEDED: A young man who is a caretaker for two people, including his elderly mother, is desperate to locate a reliable truck he can drive in snow country. His truck was hit by another truck and totaled. He is looking for an “angel” out there who will sell him a reliable truck for […]

Murder trial begins

Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside of […]

Popular educator retiring after 42 years

POLLOCK PINES — Thunder, lightning and hail almost took out “Principal of Science” Ralph Haslam. The Pinewood School principal is planning to retire at the end of this school year, but he wasn’t planning to be retired by a lightning bolt while perched 86 feet above the school courtyard in the basket of a metal […]

Water district in kerfuffle over bike path

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District’s Board of Directors Chair Norm Krizl worked to corral the discussion of the Northside School Bike Path away from the pros and cons of bicycling and concentrate on the impact of the proposed trail on the water district during the district’s recent meeting. The bike path would cover the […]

Memorial dance for Harry and Jeanie Caldwell at Lions Hall

SOMEWHAT MODEST T-SHIRT: John Chapman of Folsom brought me the following T-shirt statement: “I fall short of absolute perfection, but not by much.” … HARRY AND JEANIE REMEMBERED: The annual Memorial Dance for Harry and Jeanie Caldwell is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, Missouri […]

EID redistricting public outreach meetings set

El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) is in the process of drawing new EID Board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. The EID Redistricting Advisory Committee is comprised of five public members and EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston, who serves as project manager. The committee began meeting in March to guide the redistricting process. District staff […]

California’s gas price plateau may be short-lived

Gas prices across California may seem relatively stable, but a month to month comparison from AAA shows a 9 cent jump at the pump in the state’s average price. Among all 50 states, California is now tied with Connecticut and Illinois for the third highest state average price for regular, unleaded gasoline. According to AAA, […]

Community Clean-up Days set

  Organizers in Camino and Pollock Pines will host their respective Community Clean-up Days on Saturday, May 21. The fourth annual events will offer free disposal of recently bagged and sealed garbage. As well, Snowline Hospice will be at both locations to accept tax-deductible donations of gently used items, as well as e-waste and other […]

Gov. Brown unveils revised budget

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has unveiled a revised state budget that reduces by nearly $3 billion the amount of taxes needed to balance the budget, spurs job creation through new tax incentives and pays off most of the $34.7 billion debt built up over the last decade, according to the Governor’s Office. […]

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ visits area

The legend goes like this: A Seattle Times reporter sees an early B-17 close for the first time in July 1935, machine guns emanating from its nose, tail, top, bottom and several points in between — 13 in all — and gasps, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” Boeing officials, recognizing a great brand name when […]

Divide Fishing Derby set for June

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Ranger District is busy preparing for the 22nd annual Fishing Derby to be held at Lake Walton. All children 12 and younger are invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Gather your fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait and join the fun Saturday, June 4, to participate in the festivities. Lake […]

Man suspected of pizza, soda theft

A Georgetown man was arrested Monday after he and an underage accomplice allegedly broke into a Georgetown school to steal a frozen pizza, authorities said. Bryar Sutton, 20, was booked shortly after 9:45 p.m. Monday after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of two suspicious subjects on Georgetown’s Main Street. Deputies arrived […]

Woman suspected of child endangerment

A Cameron Park woman was arrested last week on suspicion of child cruelty after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies allegedly found a syringe in her toddler’s diaper bag. At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deputies responded to report of a toddler wandering the streets of the 3800 block of Los Santos Drive in Cameron Park. Sheriff’s Lt. […]

Oak Ridge English teacher remembered

EL DORADO HILLS — Early in 2010 former Oak Ridge teacher-of-the year Tina O’Meara, who was entering the fifth year of her battle with pancreatic cancer, declined a request for an interview. She lost the battle in October, and became one of just 4 percent of pancreatic cancer victims who survive even that long. She […]

Lakeview students enjoy school’s 1st garden

EL DORADO HILLS — Can I go water the carrots? It’s a question teachers at Lakeview Elementary School will hear more often now that students, parents, teachers and community partners have built the school’s first garden. “We’ve been nurturing these kids as our garden … and now we’ve given them a garden,” said Principal Judy […]

5-27-11 EDH Sr. Center looking for speakers

WE WANT YOU! The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is seeking speakers and other people who have a special talent or skill. If you would like to join this team of special people, call 916-358-3575 to request a program proposal form. After joining the speaker team, I have met a lot of very nice, special […]

Classes set for businesses

Summer classes will be starting June 1 for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville, and one in Fair Play. Not only are classes affordable, according to the sponsoring Sierra Economic Development Corp., but two classes are offered to the public for free: Social Media 101 and Is Your Business Protected Against Identity […]

5-3011 Senior legal seminars at PV Sr. Center

ESTATE PLANNING IS IMPORTANT: Free senior legal seminars are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center dining hall, 937 Spring St., Placerville. The seminar scheduled for 5-17 is titled “Power of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives.” This class will be an overview of wills, trusts, and probate. Protect your loved […]

5-30-11 Babysitters class in Placerville

BABYSITTERS SCHOOL: A class titled “Super Sitters” is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Placerville. The class fee is $50 per child. This class is designed for youngsters, ages 11 to 15 years old. Topics include: Child development, first aid and safety techniques, problem solving, marketing baby sitting services, […]

5-30-11 Concert in the Pines in Pollock Pines

MUSIC IN THE PINES: The “Concerts in the Pines” program on Saturday, June 18, will feature the “Singin’ 4 Supper Band” with Orvin Lambert, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the grassy area between Los Hermanos and Napa Reibes Auto Parts, Pollock Pines. Bring your picnic dinner, a lawn chair, a blanket and a mellow […]

Pick up spring produce at Farmer’s Market

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ME? John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Who says nothing is impossible? I’ve been doing nothing for years.” Some of my alleged friends at the Mountain Democrat agree that this statement applies to me. … FOOD IN THE FOOTHILLS: The Farmer’s Market is open in Placerville! Stop by […]

5-23-11 EDH Genealogical Society meeting

TRACE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society mentor session (an informal gathering of genealogy enthusiasts) will be on Tuesday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit EDHGS@yahoo.com.

Divide eyes water conservation

GEORGETOWN – Why would a small mountain water district have to comply with a state-mandated 2010 Urban Water Management Plan? The answer is: Because it has more than 3,000 connections. That’s the minimum number for inclusion in the plan anywhere in California. Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has approximately 3,564 treated water connections. Seventy-nine percent […]

Sailor’s sub now a museum in Arkansas

“Bless those who serve beneath the deep Through lonely hours their vigil keep …” — From the Submarine verses, written by the Rev. Gale Williamson as part of the Naval Hymn If a sailor has a Dolphin pin among his insignia from the U.S. Navy, it has a special significance. Akin to an airman’s “Wings,” the enlisted […]

Redevelopment good to go — maybe

The last hurdle for adoption of the Redevelopment Plan for the Placerville Redevelopment Project was cleared on Tuesday when the Placerville City Council  approved an ordinance for adoption — but the process may grind to a halt if members of an organization in opposition to redevelopment are successful. Town Hall wasn’t as filled as on […]

Tahoe businesses worry about Hwy 50 detour

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The effects of the upcoming Highway 50 detour on the expected visitor boom during the Amgen Tour of California are unknown, but some businesses worry that it will blight the brightest spot in what typically is a slow month for South Tahoe tourism. “The closure is horribly timed,” […]

DA opposes meeting

It is not yet known whether the sealed grand jury transcripts used to indict Phillip and Nancy Garrido ever will be released. But if the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has its way, arguments over the highly sought documents won’t even occur until after the couple is sentenced next month. The Garridos, who pleaded […]

Tahoe roads problematic for pro bikers

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As world-class cyclists eye stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California, they’re seeing a variety of challenges. Everything from gravel to potholes, wandering children, dogs and the altitude could hamper a chance at a win, but the one-and-a-half loops around Lake Tahoe will hardly be the most […]

Criminal annals, part 117: Shooting, lynching and horse theivery

The Sept. 16, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has a number of articles regarding accidents, fights, etc., from all over the Mother Lode. The first one is about a miner in the Pilot Hill area who gets lost and apparently falls off a cliff. This is followed by some information from Calaveras County […]