Dad pinched on suspicion of unpaid child support

A father allegedly owing more than $190,ooo in back child support was nabbed last week flying into Los Angeles from the Philippines, El Dorado County officials said. Laura Roth, the director of Child Support Services in El Dorado County, said Gerald Boldt was arrested on a felony warrant Thursday night alleging failure to pay child […]

Dante’s on DA’s plate again

The owner of fine dining establishment, Dante’s on the River, was arrested Friday night by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies after yet another motorist allegedly used his eatery’s parking lot as a bathroom. Kevin Cairns, 50, was booked last week on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. That much is certain. But in the […]

Heard over the back fence: Get the word on Paris

THE EXAMPLE MAN: John Chapman of Folsom offers the following T-shirt statement: “I’m not completely useless. I could be used as a bad example.” • • • BRAG ABOUT THOSE GRANDKIDS: Stop by the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, for the Grands and Greats Gazette discussions. This group is led by […]

DFG returns rehabbed bear cub to Lassen National Forest

An orphaned black bear cub was safely returned to its remote Northern California forest home this week after five months at a Lake Tahoe wildlife care facility. Once near death, the male yearling cub has been deemed by experts to be fully rehabilitated, healthy and very likely able to survive on its own. The cub […]

Help available from FTB if difficulty meeting payment deadline

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board Feb. 14 advised taxpayers dealing with income tax liabilities to contact FTB for assistance if they are unable to pay by April 18. FTB representatives can assist those with financial hardships by establishing payment plans, granting temporary tax relief, and sometimes delaying collection. The FTB generally approves installment payment requests […]

Frentzen brings strong resumé

Local businesswoman Shiva Frentzen comes to the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors with a lengthy resumé of community service positions and high profile roles. She’s had her hands in Chambers of Commerce projects and the county Economic Development Advisory Committee, and filled board seats with Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and Snowline Hospice. […]

Interim Schnell School principal helps kids, staff cope

He’s out shaking hands and welcoming students, staff and parents to school every morning, greeting the buses and trying to start every child’s day off with a smile. Ralph Friend retired from a career as an educator and adminstrator in July 2010, but after the death of Sam LaCara, principal of Louisiana Schnell School on […]

Rapist gets 400 years

Nearly two years after his arrest, a Pollock Pines man was sentenced to 400 years behind bars for kidnapping and raping two women in a two year span. On Thursday convicted kidnapper and rapist Shane Wilson was sentenced to the maximum 400 year prison term by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard, according to […]

Supes study property tax ‘increments’

El Dorado County supervisors authorized creation of a new committee during a recent special workshop on property tax increments. Its purpose will be to study and advise the board on all manner of property tax increments. Mike Applegarth, analyst with the Chief Administrative Office, conducted the workshop. He e-mailed a brief synopsis of the issue […]

Kitchen fire costs Sienna a lunch

EL DORADO HILLS — A fire in the ventilation system of their wood-fired pizza oven cost Sienna Restaurant in El Dorado Hills its lunch Friday morning. Firefighters arrived at 10:30 a.m. to find smoke billowing out a vent behind the restaurant, according to El Dorado Hills Battalion Chief John Niehues. Truck 85’s ladder was quickly […]

Heard over the back fence: Tie me kangaroo down, sport

MARITAL ADVICE: My pal John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Never, ever, ever, ever test your wife’s memory.” • • • MEXICAN STANDOFF: Mexican Train Dominoes is played on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. The leader of this group is Ray […]

SACTO reports improving conditions at end of 2010

The six-county Sacramento Region’s economy ended 2010 in a notably better position than at the beginning of the year, according to a report from Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO). Preliminary data show that annual job growth shifted from -4.1 percent in January 2010 to -2.2 percent in December 2010. The latest measure indicates that private and […]

El Dorado Rod & Gun Club: 100 years of (safe) firearms fun

One hundred years ago El Dorado County’s gun enthusiasts gathered, perhaps around a campfire, and hatched a plan. No, they didn’t rob the stagecoach or shoot up the local saloon. These cowboys of the West wanted to create a safe environment to shoot and educate people about firearms. The El Dorado Rod & Gun Club […]

DFG offers turkey hunting clinic at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in March

The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a turkey hunting clinic March 5 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located near Gridley (Butte County). The clinic will be taught by DFG Biologist Joe Johnson, an experienced instructor. Topics include concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, equipment, game care […]

Applications sought for new county grand jury members

Applications are now available for possible nomination for the 2011-2012 El Dorado County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury acts as an investigative body to ensure that county, special district, and city governments are being effectively run. The Grand Jury is not a jury for a trial. The judges of the Superior Court select names from those […]

Elder Options newsletter **3-28-11

EXPANDING ELDER NEWS: Elder Options is participating in publishing a national newsletter specifically for older adults and their adult children. This free monthly newsletter will deal with pertinent issues of the day, along with community notes and events. To sign up for the newsletter, go to or e-mail

Rotarians donate to Boys and Gils Club **3-25-11

ROTARIAN GENEROSITY RIDES AGAIN: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Pollock Pines Boys and Girls Club to help them purchase items for the Rotary-sponsored game room. Thank you, Rotarians.

Soroptimists collecting items for Prom Boutique (no date)

Soroptimists International of Placerville is collecting items for their next Prom Boutique. The Prom Boutique is designed to help young high school women who migt not be able to attend their prom because they can’t afford a prom dress or accessories. Do you have new or gently used gowns that you could donate for this […]

Rotary Club Speech Contest **3-14-11

Cameron Park Rotary Club recently hosted their annual speech contest. The contest theme was “The Power of One in My Community.” Five winners from Ponderosa High School were selected. Cassandra Kiger and Mandy Price received honor mentions, Brock Dyer received 3rd place, Kerri Buchholz won 2nd place, and Maris Dyer won 1st place. Congratulations to […]

Historian George W. Peabody visited **4-4-11

Our very own, well-kown historian George W. Peabody was recently visited by his granddaughter, Debbie Peabody, and her friend Jeff Ferguson. They all had a great visit, and Jeff was truly impressed by the hospitality of our residents. George Peabody and his granddaughter Debbie are preparing a book for publication this year titled, “Letters from […]

Placerville native eyes Assembly

In the upcoming special election to fill the vacant 4th District Assembly seat, Placerville native Rob Matthews is hoping to score one for the common man. Matthews, a 35-year-old Republican, might not have the name recognition of a Beth Gaines or the political experience of a John Allard, but the former Marine believes his everyman […]

Engineer seeks Assembly seat

Citing her experience and expertise as a problem-solver and solution-seeker, Cheryl Bly-Chester wants to represent District 4 in the California State Assembly. An unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2003, Bly-Chester met with the Mountain Democrat’s editorial board recently. Shortly after the interview, she announced the opening of a cable television ad campaign to increase her […]

Roundabout OK’d

Despite the protests of 22 speakers and a few outbursts, the Placerville City Council approved the Clay Street-Cedar Ravine Realignment and Clay Street Bridge at Hangtown Creek Replacement Project at Tuesday’s meeting, allowing the project to move ahead into the design phase. The realignment will result in a roundabout at the Druid Monument. The project […]

Delta Stewardship Council hears from scientists

Lead scientist Clifford Dahm, PhD, gave the Delta Stewardship Council an explanation of why Northern California is experiencing rain and snow rather than dry weather, which would be more typical in the current La Niña phase, at the council meeting Dec. 16 and 17. His report and the reports of two other scientists were given […]

Kaser denied parole

Convicted killer Robert Patrick Kaser was denied parole Wednesday at a hearing at San Quentin State Prison. Kaser, 70, of Placerville, shot and killed Ehren Dixon, his 14-year-old stepson, at the house of his estranged wife, Priscilla, on Aug. 17, 1985. Kaser also shot and injured Priscilla and another stepson, 12-year-old Myles Dixon. Wednesday’s denial […]

On the spot: Sandi Bross

Age: 43 Residence: Shingle Springs Hometown: Lake Forest Occupation: Wine representative for Gold Hill Vineyard Hobby: Ceramics Favorite movie: “50 First Dates” Favorite book: “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “I acted in two feature films, “Son-in-Law” with Pauli Shore and “Hocus Pocus” […]

Scientists launch weather balloons here

A team  of Google, NASA, and San Jose State University engineers made an early morning trek from the Bay Area to a baseball field at Union Mine High School in El Dorado last Saturday morning to launch a couple of  helium-filled weather balloons into the upper reaches of the stratosphere. The balloons carry cameras, radio and […]

Heard over the back fence: Hurry and get your Chocolate Affair tickets

LIVING LARGE: T-shirt king John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old my alphabet soup is in large type.” • • • CHOCOLATE TICKETS: The “Chocolate Affair” charity event benefits women and children in El Dorado County and is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m., at the El Dorado […]

School counselor Myrna Harp never gives up

EL DORADO HILLS — When you meet Myrna Harp a well-circulated poster comes to mind. The poster depicts a stork attempting to eat a frog, but the frog has his little green hands around the stork’s throat, preventing the bird from swallowing. The caption underneath reads, “Never give up.” Harp, a Marina Village Middle School […]

Serrano standoff ends peaceably

EL DORADO HILLS — An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department crisis negotiator talked a distraught and bloodied man out of a Serrano home at 7:45 Wednesday morning, ending a standoff that placed more than 30 law enforcement officers in the upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. The confrontation began at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a woman living at a Hearst Court home placed […]

Sam LaCara remembered

Sam LaCara smiles for the camera. His wife, on his right, kisses his cheek. To his left, two of his daughters follow suit while the other flashes a grin of her own. It is a moment of perfection captured in time. Sam LaCara — husband, father, brother, son, friend; a beloved figure dubbed “The Mayor […]

Local NRA group honored at banquet

The El Dorado Friends of NRA, the local nonprofit  was recently recognized as the “most improved” chapter in Northern California. The honor came recently  at a banquet in North Highlands for the more than 50 Northern California Friends of NRA committees. “It was a great honor,” said Chuck Holland, 44, owner of Gold Country Bail […]

USCIS to give naturalization info in Folsom

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free information session 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, and to become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency. […]

Have you seen Milo? Missing pup sought

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sohl family is heartbroken. Just three-and-a-half weeks after they brought home Milo, their Australian shepherd, the puppy has disappeared. The 4-month-old pup got away from Wendy Sohl last Thursday, Feb. 3, after a motorcycle spooked him in front of Juice It Up in El Dorado Hills Town Center. He ran […]

RCRC says Huber is top legislator

The Regional Council of Rural Counties  announced that it has selected Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, as one of two recipients for the annual “Patti Mattingly Award” for 2010. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker that has demonstrated leadership on rural issues and an understanding of the unique challenges that rural […]

Missing man’s car found on Volcanoville Road

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help in finding Robert Gates, 65, who has been missing from his Wilton home since Dec. 3, 2010. According to Sgt. Chris Joachim, Gates left his home on Dec. 3, telling his wife he was going for a drive to Georgetown. According to Joachim, Gates and his […]

Schnell School gets a Friend named Ralph

Former Black Oak Mine Unified School District principal Ralph Friend of Garden Valley has taken on the interim duties of Louisiana Schnell School’s principal in the wake of the untimely death of Sam LaCara. “Sam was a friend of mine,” said Friend. “I heard the need and was called by (El Dorado County) Superintendent Vicki […]

Bears returned to wild

TRUCKEE, Nevada Co. — The state Department of Fish and Game has successfully returned two California black bear yearlings to the remote wilderness near Truckee. Both female cubs were orphaned last summer. One cub was illegally dumped last June on the front porch of Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League. Weighing only 12 […]

Community unites to support principal’s family, students

Less than 24 hours after Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara was shot and killed, Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Mattson sprang into action to help a community reeling from the death of a beloved administrator. “Last Thursday, when we were all just paralyzed with grief, we were talking and knew we had to do something,” […]

Grant program supports local environmental education

As California struggles through another budget crisis, the public hears about the impact it is having on schools. Teachers and administrators, like most other professions, are being asked to do their jobs with fewer resources and observers say it is increasingly difficult for teachers to provide experiential education as part of their on-going curriculum. Transportation […]

Tow truck driver killed

EL DORADO HILLS — A tow truck driver was struck and killed while helping a motorist on westbound Highway 50 west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard during the Monday evening commute. California Highway Patrol officer Jasper Begay was at the scene, and laid out the preliminary facts of the accident. At approximately 6:25 p.m. the […]

Increase occurs in count of California small businesses sold in January

DUBLIN — The 1,248 small and mid-sized businesses sold in California last month represents the best January total since 2008. The Index, which tallies and reports on small business sales in California, also showed last month’s count of closed deals nearly matched the 1,253 total for December 2010, when many entrepreneurs made sure to […]

Scholarship available for local forestry students

JACKSON, Amador Countuy – The Amador–El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications for the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university.  The award is variable but is no less than $700. The scholarship will be granted to […]