American Sewing Guild meetings

Visitors are always welcome at the local chapter of the American Sewing Guild, El Dorado Hills. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

Buddy List available

Would you like to have a buddy to participate in recreational trips, lessons, etc.? If you need a bridge or chess partner, golf or tennis buddy, a movie-goer, a sports team member or someone to help you sail a boat, call 916-358-3575 and be placed on the buddy list.

Pancho Villa and Iwo Jima weave into history

Pancho Villa, the infamous Mexican general and bandit, died two decades before the advent of World War II, but he played a part in how local historian George W. Peabody  came into possession of a poster of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. The poster, a 24 by 36 inch reproduction of the Pulitzer Prize winning […]

From catching buses to chasing cats — career change for guide dog

In a little over a month, Vern will retire. He’ll be able to sleep in any day he wants, tear up his stuffed animals, hang out with his friends or chase the three cats with whom he lives. For the past 2 1/2 years, the 9-year-old yellow Lab has worked as Randy Cummings’ guide dog […]

New public park coming to Placerville

At the first Placerville City Council meeting of 2011, an old issue  moved forward into the light. The site improvement plan for George S. Duffy Park on Pleasant Street in Placerville was approved 5-0 by the council. Completion of the park has been a condition of approval for the Cottonwood Subdivision on Clay Street since […]

O’Camb named interim El Dorado Hills fire chief

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills Fire District Deputy Chief Jim O’Camb will become interim chief when outgoing Chief Brian Veerkamp steps down Jan. 19. The decision was announced before a packed house at a special board meeting earlier this month, and allays concerns of firefighters and administrators — many of whom were present […]

Free supplies

Free supplies! The following free supplies are available at the Marshall Community Health Library: Disposable bed pads, small pillows for comfort seating, crocheted lap blankets, washable bibs, and Kathy Kaps to keep head warm. For location or other information, please call 530-626-2778.

Center for Violence-free Relationships support groups

The Center for Violence-free Relationships offers the following free support and education groups: • AMAC – Adults Molested As Children Support Group. • CAP – Women’s Changing Abusive Patterns. • Peace First – Men’s and Women’s Workshops on Improving Relationships. • MAAP – Men’s Alternative to Abusive Patterns (English and Spanish). • For more information […]

Senior programs

If you are a senior and need information about senior programs in El Dorado County, you can call 530-621-6369 or toll free 1-800-510-2020. The Senior Helpline provides information regarding resources available to meet your long-term care needs, social and health services, legal services, housing options, meal services, in-home care services, transportation, utilities assistance, and volunteer […]

Judge: Women’s complaint against Sheriff’s Department must be refiled

The female plaintiffs suing the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department on charges of discrimination must refile their complaint, a federal judge ruled Monday. Federal Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. informed Douglas Watts, the attorney representing the four females suing the department, that the complaints lack the “necessary information to place defendants on proper notice and […]

Attorney general warns of identity theft as predator pleads guilty to hacking e-mail accounts

SACRAMENTO – A Citrus Heights computer hacker pleaded guilty to seven felony charges for breaking into hundreds of women’s e-mail accounts, the sort of identity theft crime that Californians should take steps to protect themselves against, according to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “This case highlights the fact that anyone with an e-mail account is […]

Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute available to local educators

Educators from Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties have a unique opportunity to connect with local agriculture by attending the Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute June 20-23. The three-day workshop will bring together teachers with farmers, ranchers and other agricultural and natural resource specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the agricultural productions systems and how they sustain the health […]

Counterfeit bills passed in El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — Five dollar bills doctored to look like $100 bills have been found circulating in El Dorado Hills, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Since last weekend, at least two counterfeit bills have been discovered by businesses in Town Center and authorities are asking for public assistance in tracking down […]

Head-on collision blocks roadway

A head-on collision early Friday morning was responsible for briefly closing a portion of Carson Road, according to the Placerville area California Highway Patrol office. Shortly before 9 a.m., a Toyota Yaris and Ford F150 struck head-on on Carson Road, near Whispering Wind Drive in Placerville. One of the drivers reportedly suffered minor injuries, but […]

Marketing to government free workshop set

Are you the owner of a small business who would like to expand your sales/services to the government? The Federal Technology Center  will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Marketing to Government” on Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, Office of Emergency Services, 330 Fair Lane, […]

Heard over the back fence: Look for fun at your library

John Chapman of Folsom gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Reverse Paranoiac: I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” The Mother and Daughter Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. All fourth through eighth graders […]

Thursday rollover leads to arrest

A solo vehicle rollover Thursday afternoon led to one arrest, according to the Placerville area California Highway Patrol. Shortly before 2 p.m., a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned on Missouri Flat Road, south of Forni Road, near the Wal-Mart shopping center. Officers responded minutes later. The overturned Jeep blocked the lefthand turn lane. The Jeep’s […]

Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. This group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 am at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen lane, El Dorado Hills. The following topics will be discussed. February 3rd How I met my Spouse March 3rd Your 15 minutes […]

DA addresses change of venue in Garrido case

Even though the public defender for suspected kidnapper Phillip Garrido has yet to formally seek a change of venue for her client’s upcoming mental competency trial, the district attorney is adamant the proceedings should take place in El Dorado County, according to his office’s latest filing. District Attorney Vern Pierson revealed during last week’s Garrido […]

Placerville Planning Commission seeks members

The Placerville City Council invites individuals who are interested in sharing their positive energy and creative talents to apply for appointment to the Planning Commission to fill three  four-year terms of office, set to expire on  March 1. The function of the Planning Commission is to work within the guidelines established by the city’s General […]

EDH firemen deliver New Year’s Eve calf

Most of the Angus beef El Dorado Hills firefighters encounter is on a plate. But on New Year’s Eve Battalion Chief John Niehues’ crew encountered some on the hoof, delivering a healthy bull-calf in a pasture off Bass Lake Road. The crew was headed to Station 86 for a training drill when an EID employee […]

MLK Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Jan. 17. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed […]

On the spot: Shaylynne Slack

Age: 49 Residence: Cameron Park Hometown: Bridgeport Occupation: Sales associate, Jenni Lynn Boutique, Shingle Springs Hobby: Boating Favorite movie: “Empire of the Sun” Favorite books: “The Seventh Soul” and “The River God” Favorite vacation spot: Maui Something no one knows about you: “I was a contestant in the California Miss Teen Pageant when I was […]

Drug deal shooting suspect IDed

The man accused of shooting a Placerville resident during a drug deal gone bad has been identified by the Folsom Police Department. Anthony Hernandez, 18, of Elk Grove, is believed to have shot a 21-year-old Placerville man in the abdomen in November 2010. The shooting victim, whose name has not yet been released, suffered non-life […]

Flume 41 becomes two-year project

Flume 41, because of its remoteness, has turned into a two-year reconstruction project. The first phase will be road construction to the flume, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors decided Jan. 10 after hearing a recommendation from Daryl Noel, the district engineer who oversees hydro operations. Currently only accessible by foot, the 692-foot-long […]

Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy gearing up again

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Heard over the back fence: Life in a small town

Mary Ann Putnam sent the following e-mail quote from the Yaya Sisters: “The nice part about living in a small town: When you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else always does.” Have you thought about joining the Friends of the Library group? One-year membership is $10 for an individual or $25 for a business. […]

Get ready to crack crab at Rotary benefit

Strap on your bib and get ready for some good eating at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Crab Feed on Feb. 19. The mouth-watering event at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh garden salad, pasta and red plum tomato sauce topped with basil […]

Beth Gaines announces candidacy

The wife of newly sworn-in Sen. Ted Gaines announced Wednesday she will run to fill the Assembly seat once held by her husband. Beth Gaines, in a written release, declared her candidacy for the 4th Assembly District seat and put to rest questions over whether she seeks to follow in her husband’s political footsteps. “Since […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Resolution No. 1 — no more denial

The word “acceptance” gets a bad rap. Acceptance is not resignation. It’s not defeatist or complacent. Acceptance is powerful and progressive — a symbol that marks that point in time when a person seizes control of their life. Acceptance is the antidote to denial. Denial fuels paralysis. It destroys relationships, drains bank accounts, limits potential, […]

Supes reinstate undersheriff position

Sheriff John D’Agostini got what he asked for the first time he asked. El Dorado County supervisors on Tuesday acceded to the new sheriff’s request to reinstate the position of undersheriff. After receiving the authorization, D’Agostini, almost immediately, announced his choice for undersheriff. Rich Williams, a captain with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department — and […]

State wants to return $15 million in undelivered tax refunds

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board  announced it is holding more than $15 million in returned state income tax refunds. This year nearly 49,000 refunds, ranging from $1 to $218,000, were returned to the state by the U.S. Postal Service. Typically, refunds are returned because the taxpayer changed residences after filing a tax return. The FTB […]

SED Corp provides training for small business

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is ramping up a diverse selection of affordable classes with expert instructors in February for small businesses and entrepreneurs. SED Corp, which is in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses through training workshops and small business loans, is providing the classes in Auburn, Grass Valley and […]

Sheriff to speak in EDH next month

Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the featured speaker at El Dorado Hills Community Connections 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Four Seasons Ballroom, 3186 Four Seasons Drive in El Droado Hills. Participants in “connections” include the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce,  Four Seasons Civic League, and El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Call the […]

Tahoe attorney to run for Assembly, pledges 20% pay cut

Retired Coast Guard officer and South Lake Tahoe attorney Matt Williams has filed the necessary papers with the Secretary of State to run for the 4th Assembly District seat recently vacated by newly elected Sen. Ted Gaines. Williams, a Republican and two-time Olympic torch bearer, has pledged to cut his Assemblyman salary by 20 percent […]

Sheriff picks in-law as undersheriff

After months of speculation over who El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini would select as his undersheriff, the county’s top cop announced his selection Tuesday afternoon. And with his pick for the department’s second-in-command, D’Agositni is keeping it all in the family. Yolo County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Williams will join the newly sworn-in sheriff as […]

Animal Services investigating dog trainer

El Dorado County Animal Services is investigating a Placerville dog trainer after allegations of abuse arose last week. Animal Services Chief Henry Brzezinski said Regina Collins, of El Dorado Hills, filed a formal complaint Jan. 3 against Ridley K9 Academy, alleging her 3-month-old standard poodle Chance was abused over a span of several days. Because the […]

Delta group aims its EIR at watershed

An environmental impact report for the Delta Plan is now taking in the entire watershed and the area that uses Delta water. The only areas not included are the coast from Marin County north, the Klamath River Basin, the eastern Sierra, Monterey County, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, eastern San Diego County, eastern Riverside County […]

Man suspected of sex crime

A Placerville man was arrested last week after authorities said he sexually assaulted a Shingle Springs girl. Brett Michael Davis, 20, was targeted by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Jan. 4 after the 14-year-old victim was reported missing. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz described the victim and Davis as “acquaintances” and said the two were found […]

Mental analysis continued for wrong-way driver

The court appointed doctor tasked with evaluating manslaughter suspect Thersea Lee Ghersanich requested an extra three weeks to finish his report, the court announced Monday. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister said Dr. Charles Schaffer was waiting on medical records and needed more time to finish his mental evaluation of Ghersanich, 55. […]

No sledding in Meyers Landfill

The Meyers Landfill, a  popular area for snowmobiling and other winter activities near Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe, will be closed through Dec. 31, 2011. The closed area surrounding the Meyers Landfill is defined by Forest Road 1204 (Garbage Dump Road) to the west, a substation fence to the north and west, Powerline Road to […]

Heard over the back fence: Code red

A Shingle Springs Community Blood Drive will take place Jan. 12 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court (off Durock Road) in Shingle Springs. There is no upper age limit for giving blood. You must bring a photo ID with you. Walk-ins are welcome and child care is available. […]

Developers get 90 days on Weber Dam issue

Built in 1922-23 without steel reinforcement, the triple-arch Weber Dam continues to engender controversy. Monday the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors gave El Dorado Hills developers 90 days to come up with a new deal about discounted water meters unused from when they paid to reinforce Weber Dam a decade ago. The 90-foot […]

DFG sponsors first pig hunts on private lands

An unusual partnership between the California Department of Fish and Game and private landowners has created new pig hunting opportunities in Yolo County. Through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement program, the first state-sponsored pig hunt on private lands was held in December. The program drew tremendous interest, with more than 1,000 applications received for 64 hunting spots […]

Business workshop set locally

Are you the owner of a small business who would like to expand your sales/services to the government? The Federal Technology Center will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Marketing to Government” on Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, Office of Emergency Services, 330 Fair Lane, […]