Colver trial: Attorneys debate DNA evidence

Attorneys in the Steven “Boston” Colver murder trial spent much of Wednesday and Thursday arguing over DNA evidence that could be used by jurors to link the defendant to the murder of El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt. Deanna Kacer, a senior criminologist with the state’s Department of Justice, testified Wednesday that male DNA was […]

Jaycee Dugard to be on ABC

Jaycee Lee Dugard, the South Lake Tahoe kidnap victim whose story made headlines around the world, will give her first public interview since being found alive to ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. The network announced Wednesday morning that Sawyer’s interview will air in July, sometime after the release of Dugard’s memoir, “A Stolen Life.” […]

Brown slashes cell phones

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced last week that the state has eliminated 29,398 cell phones, achieving a 44 percent reduction in the number of phones issued to state employees in state agencies and departments under the governor’s direct authority. Deeper cuts will be made in the next 30 days in order to […]

Amtrak California ridership and revenue rises dramatically

SACRAMENTO — California motorists left the highways in record numbers over the past 12 months to ride two of California’s highly successful intercity passenger rail corridors, Caltrans announced June 8. Led by the San Joaquin corridor, which serves the Central Valley, linking Los Angeles and Bakersfield with Sacramento and the Bay Area, California’s state-supported intercity […]

Supes increase Social Services funding

Sometimes you don’t get the choices you think you have. This sad fact was brought home to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors at its 2011-2012 budget workshop June 6. In plain language administrative analyst Terri Knowlton explained the dilemma. A dollar cut is a dollar saved in most government programs. However, when it […]

Officers key in on robbery suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Shore narcotics officers say they were able to foil an attempted robbery at El Dorado Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon after getting a hold of a critical part of the thief’s plan: his keys. South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team agents arrested Danville resident Kyle Facchain, 26, on suspicion of armed […]

Tahoe council favors two-supe option

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe City Council recently found two of the five redistricting options presented by El Dorado County would be the most beneficial to South Shore residents. Two of the proposals split the South Shore between two supervisor districts. The council recommended the county’s Alternative 3 as its first choice, […]

6-15-11 Aybrey Hutcheson at Student Leadership Conference

A LEADER IDENTIFIED: Aubrey Hutcheson of Cameron Park will represent Ponderosa High School at the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism and Mass Communication this summer at UC Berkeley. The National Student Leadership Conference’s mission is to identify and recognize outstanding young leaders from around the world and provide them with a unique environment that […]

Heard over the back fence: Short hike to commune with nature

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following “Advice from the Night Sky” T-shirt statement: “See the big picture – Be a star – Keep looking up – Don’t be afraid of the dark – Stay full of wonder – Expand your horizons – Turn off the lights!” • • • […]

6-15-11 Ponderosa H.S. Class of 1971 reunion

PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1971 REUNION: On Saturday, June 25, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., the Ponderosa High School Class of 1971 will have their 40th year reunion gathering at Sunny Oak Farm, 3100 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs. For more information, call Penny Hocking at 530-677-2636 or contact Ann Wolterbeek Hawkins at

6-15-11 Georgetown area hike

GEORGETOWN AREA HIKE: On Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tom Petersen, an American River Conservancy volunteer, will lead an eight-mile, moderate hike from Ellicott’s Bridge to Hale’s Camp and back. You also have the option to turn back mid-way and make this a four-mile hike. There is an opportunity to eat […]

6-15-11 “Let’s Talk” discussion group

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. Participants engage in informal conversation with their peers on an assortment of senior-related topics. The group will meet on July 7 at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. […]

6-15-11 “Discover Your Inner Artist” class

FIND THE ARTIST IN YOU: A class titled “Discover Your Inner Artist” is scheduled from July 5 to July 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Participants will create art using different techniques and combinations of drawing, painting, collage, etc. Please […]

6-15-11 Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts”

IS CASPER A FRIENDLY GHOST? A new class tilted “Who Ya’ Gonna Call . . . El Dorado County ‘haunts’” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts” will take you on a unique journey to […]

6-15-11 Claire Sheehan graduated from university

SUCCESSFUL STUDENT GRADUATES: University of Portland officials have informed us that Claire Sheehan of El Dorado Hills has graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Claire, hard work and discipline has its reward. We salute your success!

6-15-11 Pollock Pines Night Out needs Eagle Scouts

EAGLE SCOUTS NEEDED: The Pollock Pines National Night Out committee is seeking Eagle Scouts of all ages, including 1950’s men, to help out with the flag ceremony on Tuesday, August 2, at 4-30 p.m., at Pinewood Elementary School, 6181 Pine St., Pollock Pines. If you would like to participate, call Teresa Hague at 530-644-1174 or […]

Colver trial: Read letter day in court

The third week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial began Tuesday morning by witnesses reading a goodbye letter penned by Colver who, along with his former teenage lover, had planned on killing himself after the June 2009 slaying of Joanne Witt. Jeremy Buckman, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator, read aloud a letter […]

6-15-11 Movie of the month at EDH Sr. Center

HILARY SWANK MOVIE: The movie of the month is “Conviction”, and you can see it at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, on Monday, June 20, at 1 p.m. Hilary Swank stars in this movie, and she represents her brother who she is convinced has been unjustly convicted of […]

6-15-11 Arts and Crafts programs for children

ARTS AND CRAFTS FUN! The program titled “One World, Many Stories” is featuring arts and crafts fun on Thursdays at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. All ages of children are welcome. The June 16 program will feature “Masks with Beads.” June 23 is “Water Colors,” and June 30 will be “Clay Activity.” July […]

Gold Country Friends of NRA event is Friday

FOLSOM — On Friday, June 10, the Gold Country Friends of NRA will be hosting its Fifth Annual Dinner and Auction in Folsom at the Folsom Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and and the event will feature Congressman Tom McClintock as the special guest speaker along with El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini […]

American River Conservancy celebrates Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11t REI Inc., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June […]

Annual ag tour: Much more than crops grown

Agriculture in El Dorado County is more than the cultivation of soil, the raising of food crops and breeding and raising of livestock. It is family and the taking care of the land for future generations. The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s 47th annual Agricultural Tour stopped at four family operations in the county […]

Heard over the back fence: Wagon Train is party time

DEER TIPS: John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from a Deer” T-shirt statement: “Look both ways before you cross the road. Be a good listener. Know when to lay low. Tread lightly on the earth. Take time to browse. Leap over obstacles. Don’t pass the buck!” • • • NO SARSPARILLA FOR THIS BUNCH: Amber Lundeen is […]

Transcripts: Dugard felt ‘in the way’, videos recreated

Jaycee Lee Dugard, in addition to recalling the nightmarish 18 years spent with kidnappers  Phillip and Nancy Garrido, told grand jurors about the difficulties she faced in her home life as a young child. In the September 2010 grand jury testimony released last week, Dugard said she initially made no attempt to escape the Garrido’s Antioch compound […]

Snow delays Wagon Train

Four inches of snow on Echo Summit Monday morning delayed by a day the Wagon Train’s departure from the Amacker Ranch in Meyers. Chain controls were in effect Monday over the summit. The Wagon Train traversed Echo Summit Tuesday. The total snowfall recorded by Caltrans at Echo Summit this year adds up to 572 inches. […]

Local cockfighting case leads to conviction

An El Dorado County man who was arrested in connection with a cockfighting operation in Garden Valley in February was formally convicted last week, ordered to serve 45 days in county jail, and pay $700 in fines and fees and over $4,200 in restitution to El Dorado County. Once he serves his jail time, he […]

Ranch provides glimpse of past

If pigs could smile … You’d swear that’s exactly what they’re doing as the porcine herd wanders the happy trails at Storm Valley Ranch in Placerville. The ranch, owned and operated by Diane and Steven Wheeler, is a slice of what life must have been like a hundred years ago and longer, as contented farm […]

Happy tail: Olive comes home

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Olive, the Chihuahua-Yorki mix who was stolen from Chris Whitaker’s Shingle Springs house a little over a week ago, has come home. After the story ran in the Mountain Democrat, Whitaker wrote an e-mail Monday saying Olive had been returned — no questions asked. Because there is still an open investigation into […]

No damp spirits at Coloma Blues Live!

COLOMA — A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred “hard core” blues fans who attended the 2011 edition of Coloma Blues Live! on Saturday. Henningsen Lotus Park was full of umbrellas, canopies and vinyl clad characters like Muriel Flores of Sacramento, who celebrated an anniversary of sorts in Lotus Saturday. Seated […]

6-13-11 Diabetes class at Midtown Mall

DEALING WITH DIABETES: A class for diabetics titled “Your Plan for Success” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Class topics will include reducing risk of complications, making exercise work for you, staying motivated, and diabetes and emotions. The class fee is covered […]

6-13-11 Memorial garden for Sam LaCara

FLOWERS FOR SAM: I really like the idea of a memorial garden for Principal Sam LaCara. Members of the Broadway Village Association and volunteers from the Placerville Rotary Club did a great job creating the garden at the intersection of Broadway and Schnell School Rd. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

6-13-11 Diabetes and nutrition education at Marshall Medical

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH: The diabetes and nutrition education program, Marshall Medical Center, is presenting a class titled, “Carbohydrates, Food and You.” The class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 3581 Palmer, Bldg. 600, Cameron Park. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with […]

6-13-11 Flea Market in Pollock Pines

TREASURE HUNT IN POLLOCK PINES: The Pollock Pines Community Flea Market is scheduled for June 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the El Dorado Savings parking lot, Pollock Pines. To rent a space, call 530-903-8039.

6-13-11 Filmfare outdoor movies at PV library

OSCAR WINNER FILM: The Filmfare outdoor projector movies program continues, on the lawn, at the County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Admission price is $5, and the movies start at 8:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The July 2 movie is “Breaking Away,” starring Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Four high school […]

6-10-11 Explain “For better or worse”

FOR BETTER OR WORSE: Carlyn and Jim White are considering getting a marriage counselor to explain the words, “For better or worse” since they have been playing with numerous phones, while trying to change phones. Yes, you can now call them at the following numbers: Home phone 530-663-0017. Carlyn’s cell phone 530-919-1195. Jim’s cell phone […]

6-10-11 Blood drive in El Dorado Hills

ICE CREAM REWARD: On Monday, June 20, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community blood drive will take place at the Community Services District Pavilion Building, 1021 Harvard Way (corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way), El Dorado Hills. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Donors will […]

6-10-11 Georgetown Republican Women Federated luncheon

IRENE MOREHOUSE SPEAKS OUT: The Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Hall in Georgetown. Lunch is $12. Please make your reservation by Wednesday, June 15, by calling Verlaine Bejarano at 530-333-9201 or e-mail [email protected] The guest speaker will be Irene Morehouse, […]

6-10-11 Hot meals at Upper Room

HOT MEALS OFFERED AT UPPER ROOM: The Upper Room continues to offer a hot dinner meal to those in need. Volunteers are badly needed to work as servers, dish washers, and busing drivers. If you would like to help, please call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Vicki Barber honored for service to education

Somehow she squeezed a birthday into her calendar, but it’s not easy for El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber to add much more to the mix of meetings, conference calls, school site visits, community events and service organizations that make up her daily fare. With 70 schools, 15 school districts, two college districts […]

Celebrate TrailFest, National Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11 REI, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June 13 […]

Gaines opposes suction dredging ban

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, June 2 issued a statement on the Legislature’s attempt to effectively kill the suction dredging industry in California. “Legislative tricks are putting an entire industry at risk,” said Gaines. “This is unfair to the thousands of miners, their families and the businesses that depend on suction dredge mining […]

Folsom PD warns of business scammers

On Tuesday, May 30, the Togos restaurant on East Bidwell Street received a telephone call. It was their coporate office on the line wanting to know if they had a new employee or a malfunctioning register. Apparently a customer had been to the store a couple of days prior and purchased $17 in food, but […]

Snow delays Tevis Cup to October

LAKE TAHOE — The Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors unanimously decided to change the Tevis Cup Ride date from July 16 to Oct. 8. “We faced unusually heavy snows this year,” reported WSTF president Kathie Perry. “So in the interest of rider and horse safety, the Tevis ride date is now changed to […]