Designate a driver for St. Patrick’s celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular night out to socialize with friends, family and coworkers. However, with so many local establishments promoting alcohol sales or special promotional events, far too many drunk drivers head out onto streets, making it dangerous for all. As a counter measure to all the “green beer” on sale St. Patty’s […]

Fire Safe Council faces funding crisis

The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council is facing a conflagration of its own — in the form of a funding crisis. Established under the auspices of the state Fire Safe Council and generally funded by grants from the federal Bureau of Land Management and Department of Agriculture through the U.S. Forest Service, the local […]

City redevelopment questioned again

A small but vocal group of El Dorado County residents posed questions for the Placerville Redevelopment Agency at Tuesday’s City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting, but not all of them stuck around to listen to the answers. The Redevelopment Agency was tasked with approving and adopting a report to the City Council on the Proposed Redevelopment Plan for […]

Report to supervisors: Tahoe economy ‘a mess’

Lake Tahoe and its surroundings should be considered a distinct, unique and separate “economic environment.”  That represents the conclusions of a 15-month study resulting in the Lake Tahoe Prosperity Plan that further recommends establishing a Tahoe Prosperity Center. The Lake Tahoe Basin is a mess. That was the message recently delivered to El Dorado County […]

National alert issued for runaway

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued an alert Friday afternoon for a runaway El Dorado County girl. Donna Joann Fishback-Nelson, 17, of Somerset, was last seen Feb. 13. She is described as being 5 feet 1 inch, 87 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Currently, the lower half of her hair […]

Keep the Wagon Train rolling: Send money

Circle the wagons, we’re being attacked by the Budget Demons. The pioneers survived early snows, they struggled over the Rockies and thirsted in the desert — but they could be stopped by California’s financial crisis. This year’s Highway 50 Association Wagon Train, the only rolling Bi-State Historical Event, has 16 wagons, including military hitches coming […]

Potential site OK’d for new courthouse

The state Public Works Board on Friday approved selection of a potential site for the proposed new courthouse in Placerville for the Superior Court of El Dorado County. The site, among a number of sites currently under consideration, is approximately 6 acres owned by El Dorado County adjacent to the county jail on Forni Road. […]

Sam LaCara memorial garden planned

The dirt at the end of the Highway 50 Schnell School Road off-ramp will be dirt no more. Soon plants and flowers will brighten the west corner of Schnell School Road and Broadway, bringing  beauty and color to an otherwise drab area and honoring the memory of a beloved local educator. A project that has […]

Business park stalls over boundary

Harrington Business Park, a 77- acre proposed development in Diamond Springs, stalled at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this month. The county Planning Commission had approved the project early last month, and development services recommended that the board approve the project with certain conditions. However, during public testimony, Sharon Mellor told […]

Heard over the back fence: First give blood, then eat tacos next night

THE UN-SINATRA SHIRT: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Chairman of the Bored.” • • • TASTY TACOS GALORE: Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 invites the public to attend their Taco Nights on every first and third Thursday, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. • • • […]

Books for the homebound

BOOKS ON WHEELS: The Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills and the El Dorado Hills Library are now providing library books to homebound El Dorado Hills residents. Volunteers deliver and pick up library materials. For more information, call Cecilia Finch at 916-933-2111.  

Charges filed against Dante’s owner

The owner of the Riverton area fine-dining restaurant Dante’s on the River was formally charged last week for his roles in two separate altercations with car-sick travelers in the parking lot of his eatery. Kevin Cairns, 50, faces two felony assault counts, one count of felony vandalism, one misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon and […]

Beware of tsunami relief effort scams

In the wake of the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in over 100 years, many Americans want to help those impacted by the earthquake and the tsunami that followed. Better Business Bureau warns donors to exercise caution when making donations to relief agencies and charities. As with every natural disaster, there are unscrupulous people […]

4-19-11: Class on Poor Digestion at EDH Sr. Center

POOR DIGESTION – WHAT CAUSES IT? A class titled “Poor Digestion – The Secret Problem” is being presented on Tuesday, April 19, at 12:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Among many other things, participants will learn three simple tips to improve digestion, increase energy and allow […]

4-19-11: Free senior legal seminars

GRANDPARENT RIGHTS: Free senior legal seminars are available on Tuesdays, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center Dining Hall, 937 Spring St., Placerville. The seminar for Tuesday, April 19, is titled “Granparent Rights.” Participants in the class will learn about their options involving legal relationships with their grandchildren.

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: A $10,000 lesson

I’ve been working with a 1-year-old Weimaraner. His owners started looking for a trainer after he did more than $10,000 worth of damage to two living room sofas.  After. When I visited their home for the first time, I walked into the living room and couldn’t believe my eyes. It looked like a supersized shredder […]

Pollock pavement a puzzler

Just about everyone could use a million dollars. The Pollock Pines Union School District was awarded an Emergency Hardship Grant for that amount, which is good news. The bad news is the precariousness of the state budget and the continued cuts in base revenue for school districts. Will the money allocated for repaving almost a […]

Cal Fire reminds Californians: Change your clocks, change your batteries

Smoke alarms are such a common feature in homes across California that it is easy to take them for granted. Tragically nearly two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. To help reduce these losses, Cal Fire and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are reminding all Californians to change the batteries […]

Flooded Indian Creek classrooms remodeled

At 6:30 on the morning of Oct. 25, 2010, Nancy Cahill walked into an ankle deep mess. Her fourth grade classroom at Indian Creek School was filled with water, sodden ceiling tiles had caved in and water was rushing down the walls. A mini refrigerator and a microwave floated past her. Books, teaching materials and […]

Driver charged in teacher’s death

The man authorities believe drove the vehicle which killed an Indian Creek Elementary School teacher in late January was arrested on a felony manslaughter charge this week. Rancho Cordova resident James Beckwith, 52, was arrested by Folsom Police Department’s Major Accident Response Team officers Tuesday while at a family member’s home in Placer County. On […]

Dateline crossing x’ed off X-mas

One of the most memorable Christmases retired Navy Capt. James Kessler of Placerville ever experienced was the one he missed in 1943. On Dec. 24 of that year the USS Boise, the cruiser on which Kessler, now 91, was serving, crossed the International Dateline near Samoa. Kessler recalled learning about the International Dateline in elementary […]

DUI log: 3/11

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: MACK CASIO, 37, Placerville, booked Jan. 14 by CHP, held on $2,500 bail. NILA BITTINGER, 46, El Dorado, booked Jan. 15 by CHP, held  on $5,000 bail. MICHAEL JOHNSTON, 44, Sacramento, booked Jan. 15 by CHP, held on $2,500 […]

Train dogs to avoid rattlesnakes

The Hangtown Kennel Club has invited Tracy Presson of High On Kennels, Santa Ysabel, to once again lead their rattlesnake avoidance clinic for dogs, May 7-8 in Placerville. Since the rattlesnake has a very unique smell, a distinct look and a very distinguishable sound, training a dog to recognize it in each of these ways […]

Mark Schmidt named Mother Lode Lion of the Year

By Susana Carey Wey Democrat correspondent Carl Sandburg wrote a poem about the fog in the Windy City, saying that it “sits on little cat feet.” In another piece, he compared the wind in Chicago to the roar of a lion. But if Sandburg lived in the Placerville region in these times, he might say that […]

3-27-11: Blood Drive at Regal Cinema

HOW ABOUT A FREE MOVIE? A blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Regal Cinema, 337 Placerville Dr., Placerville. All donors will receive one movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments are necessary. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Bring your photo […]

4-3-11 Baby bird class for Sierra Wildlife Rescue

CLASS FOR BABY BIRDS: The Sierra Wildlife Rescue (SWR) group will open their Baby Bird Nursery around May 1. Many volunteers are needed to feed the rescued baby birds. A second class (the first class was already scheduled for 3-26) will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., to teach volunteers […]

4th Assembly District: No-cost Demo outshines 7 Republicans

With all votes counted in Tuesday’s special election for State Assembly District 4, lone Democrat Dennis Campanale soundly thumped seven Republicans with a 31.8 percent vote margin. Beth Gaines was the nearest competitor with 22.5 percent, narrowly edging Roseville City Councilman John Allard who polled 21.5 percent, according to the official results from the California […]

Veterans History Project to hold training

ROSEVILLE — Volunteers interested in learning how to collect and preserve the personal accounts of American wartime veterans are invited to a program overview and training session. The program is a collaboration of Congressman Tom McClintock’s office, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1487 and the Library of Congress. The event will be held 10 a.m. […]

Sierra Nevada Conservancy board OKs $10M in bond-funded watershed protection projects in the Sierra

Approximately $10 million will soon flow to watershed protection projects in the Sierra, including one in El Dorado County, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy announced this week. The funds represent the sum total amounts of the projects approved by the SNC’s governing board at its quarterly meeting in Placerville March 3. “These projects will provide jobs […]

Folsom’s biggest union agrees to pay more toward retirement

The Folsom City Council approved an agreement with the city’s largest employee union, Local 39, at a recent council meeting. The resolution authorizing adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Folsom and the International Union of Operating Engineers-Stationary Engineers, Local 39, AFL-CIO was passed unanimously as part of the consent calendar. The […]

EDH Tea Party to feature gun guru

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will feature Gun Owners of California executive director Sam Paredes at its March 16 meeting. Paredes will focus on building and executing effective political strategies — a topic based on former state Senator H.L. Richardson’s book Confrontational Politics. The group will also invite the 4th Assembly special […]

Picky pooches pine for Pampering Pickle

Miss Pickle, of course, is a beloved border terrier mix who calls Theresa Corley her pal, and it doesn’t hurt that Corley, 36, of Diamond Springs owns a Placerville store that caters to canines. Pampering Pickle at 312 Main St., No. 103 (behind Zia’s in the Fountain Courtyard), is chock full of doggy delights, including […]

Tahoe police to enforce x-walk rights

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17,  officers of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department are planning to conduct a specialized enforcement effort focusing on motorists who violate pedestrian’s right of way in crosswalks, as well as those motorists who ignore the flashing red lights displayed on our local school buses while picking up or delivering […]

3-12-11: ENFIA potluck dinner

POTLUCK & MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: The public is invited to a potluck dinner sponsored by the ENFIA, El Dorado National Forest Interpretive Assoc., on Saturday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m., at the U.S. Forest Service’s large conference room (in back), 100 Forni Rd., Placerville. Information regarding ENFIA activities and membership will be presented. For more information, […]

Rancho Seco Recreational Area to host fishing derby

RANCHO SECO — Pack your tackle box, load up the rod and reel and head out to the Rancho Seco Recreational Area for SMUD’s spring trout derby. Rancho Seco Lake will be newly stocked with 2,000 pounds of trout in anticipation of a big crowd. Anglers hooking the heaviest trout will be awarded with cash […]

Desolation Wilderness volunteers needed

The Eldorado National Forest is searching for a few dedicated volunteers who enjoy working and sharing their passion for the preservation of wildlands. Come to an informational meeting to learn more about wilderness volunteer opportunities, what is required to become a volunteer and how your help is crucial to meeting the Chief’s 10 year Wilderness […]

Heard over the back fence: Soiree at the MBZ dealership

FOXY MSNBC SHIRT: My friend John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “Unfair and imbalanced.” • • • PROM NIGHT BARGAINS: The annual Soroptimist Prom Boutique is scheduled for Saturday, Mach 19, at Inter County Title Co., 596 Main St., Placerville. Free new and gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories will be given to […]

2011 OHV grant applications available for public review

SACRAMENTO — The public is invited to comment on the 2011 applications the Bureau of Land Management has submitted to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). The public review and comment period will run from March 8 through April 4. The annual OHV grant applications are a key part of the […]

Care packages for troops need public’s help

Support 4 Soldiers, a ministry of the Assist Local Foundation located in Folsom, with the support of numerous local churches, area businesses and families are looking forward to once again showing appreciation of our soldiers serving overseas. It is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reminding servicemen and women that the public hasn’t forgotten […]

Criminal annals, part 110: Smallpox and rattlesnakes

The Sept. 2, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has a story regarding a strange discovery in Sacramento by some boys who were out playing. “CORONER’S INQUEST – The Coroner was called yesterday morning to hold an inquest on the body of a man found dead in the bushes on the levee, near Second […]

Weber Dam deal extended

The last day of February saw the El Dorado Irrigation District board OK a new agreement to replace the Weber Advanced Funding Agreement (Weber AFA). The extension had been sought by developers who had paid $4 million to upgrade Weber Dam in return for discounted water hookups. Under the original Weber AFA, which was approved […]

Couple suspected of $4,000 shoplifting spree

Keen-eyed Wal-Mart employees are being credited with assisting El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies with arresting an out-of-county couple suspected of stealing more than $4,000 worth of electronics from the Placerville store. Onolyn Troy Yurada, 41, of Roseville, and Sandra Dee Maclaren, 40, of Antelope, were booked Saturday night after Wal-Mart Asset Protection reported seeing the […]

EID begins reapportionment process

The El Dorado Irrigation District’s five representation divisions will likely see some boundary changes. The EID board approved a draft schedule of activities and assigned General Counsel Tom Cumpston as staff liaison and project manager for the process of reviewing and redrawing the divisions from which the district’s five Board members are elected. As part […]

EID employee injuries drop 35 percent

Statistics presented for 2009 and 2010 show significant progress has been made in the El Dorado Irrigation District’s safety program, the board learned Feb. 28. The district has not experienced a lost-time injury since Dec. 15, 2009 — a total of 440 days. Injuries requiring medical attention are down 35 percent from 2009. Workers compensation […]