Book-signing, sunshine enlighten Placerville audience

Leaving Elk Grove Saturday morning in dense fog to attend the “From Hate to Hope” program at the Federated Church in Placerville, Chris Slay drove into the sunshine. As she neared the foothills, blue sky and sunbeams emerged from the murky clouds. Over 150 people packed the Federated sanctuary to hear a modern story of […]

Travel agencies still offer exotic adventures

For a while, store-front travel agencies, the ones with the colorful posters of exotic places on their walls and stacks of enticing brochures, looked like they might be going the way of the passenger pigeon. A bleak economy and the growth of online travel businesses combined to squeeze out store-front agencies.Travelers became enthralled with the […]

Child molest suspect pleads not guilty

More than one year after he was arrested, Pollock Pines resident Jonathan David Pereira pleaded not guilty Friday morning to lewd acts with children under the age of 14. Pereira, 33, appeared in Placerville’s Main Street El Dorado County Courthouse with his attorney, Kresta Daly, to enter his plea. Pereira was initially booked into the […]

EDH Senior Center/Train Your Brain 3-21-11

Tune up your noggin! A class titled “Train our Brain” is being offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The class takes place on the last Friday of the month from 10am to 11am. The class fee if $5.00. Judy Bakke is the instructor. This class will teach […]

Fire districts looking at consolidation

Underfunded rural districts would annex into El Dorado Hills Fire, but retain identities The last remnants of El Dorado County’s rural fire districts aid-to-fire subsidies will expire by the end of the year, leaving Western Slope fire chiefs desperately seeking a fiscal life raft for the six rural districts whose revenues don’t meet the costs of fire […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab tickets at the candy shack

MARK OF A SENIOR: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “These days I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere and then wonder what I’m here after.” • • • CANDY CRAB: Stop by the Mother Lode Lions Candy Shack in the Lions Hall parking lot at […]

State to spend $123 million on mental health

The California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission approved $123.8 million in Prevention and Early Intervention statewide projects to promote mental health and prevent the negative consequences of mental illness at its most recent meeting. This approval of $123.8 million for PEI statewide projects is in addition to the over $737.6 million already approved […]

Eight file for Assembly

The deadline to file to run for Sen. Ted Gaines’ vacant 4th Assembly District seat passed Monday with eight candidates submitting the necessary paperwork to vie for the open spot. In the typically conservative district, which covers El Dorado, Sacramento, Alpine and Placer counties, the field looks to be Republican-heavy. GOP candidates in the running […]

Placerville sends a letter to the governor

January 25, 2011 Honorable Jerry Brown Governor State Capitol Sacramento, CA RE: Eliminating or curtailing redevelopment will weaken the economy and not provide budget relief for the State Dear Governor Brown: As local elected officials, we understand the difficulty of passing a budget in these times of limited resources and worldwide economic meltdown. Those of […]

City redevelopment pushes forward despite governor

Despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to eliminate all redevelopment agencies, Placerville will continue to move forward in its plans to adopt a redevelopment plan. “We’re moving forward with the anticipation that redevelopment agencies will still be there,” said City Manager Cleve Morris at the Tuesday evening meeting of the Placerville Redevelopment Agency. Part of […]

City protests governor’s redevelopment cut

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to phase out redevelopment agencies in the state and use the money to offset the state’s $25 billion deficit has met with opposition from Placerville City Council. At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council unanimously approved letters of protest to be sent to Gov. Brown and state Sen. Ted Gaines opposing the governor’s […]

Ag in the Classroom: First graders meet the Doughnut Queen and Farmer Tom

It might be the title of a children’s book — First Graders Meet the Doughnut Queen and Farmer Tom at Rainbow Orchards — but it’s a real-life story of a pilot program that is building relationships between students and the agricultural community in El Dorado County. While waiting for 50 first graders from Camino School […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Mooch

Mooch, a 10-year-old brindle mixed breed, has spent the past eight years living large on the Sierra View golf course in Roseville. She trees squirrels, rolls in the sand traps, chases geese, naps in the grass and avails herself of goodies from the clubhouse kitchen and the on-course snack shack, where she’s always welcome. In […]

Fish advisory issued for Donner Lake

SACRAMENTO – The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on Jan. 27 released a health advisory and safe eating guidelines for fish caught in Donner Lake. The OEHHA’s advisory and guidelines provide recommendations for those who regularly eat fish caught in Donner Lake and in the creeks that flow into and away from it. The documents […]

Driggers promotes economic diversity

If Sam Driggers were a poultry man, he would tell you not to put all your eggs in one basket. As the county’s economic development officer, he’ll tell you the same thing — diversify. Attached to the El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office since April 2004, Driggers refers to himself as a “traffic cop and […]

Criminal annals, part 115:

Continuing in the Sept. 14, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find an article regarding a bit of larceny in Sacramento, the use of inmates to do work and the status of Mr. Collins, who was shot the previous day. “COMMITTED ON A CHARGE OF GRAND LARCENY. – Henry Howard was examined before […]

Aquatic Center gearing up for 2011 season

Some creative thinking and belt tightening has made it possible to reopen the Placerville Aquatic Center for the 2011 season, according to the report given to Placerville City Council by Steve Youel on Jan. 25. With the city of Placerville facing a forecasted $217,873 deficit in the General Fund budget, the city made many cost […]

DUI log

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol: LARRY JACOBSEN, 40, Pollock Pnes, booked Dec. 29 by CHP, held on $5,000 bail. CHARLENE WILCOSKY, 25, no residence listed, booked Dec. 29 by Placerville police, held on $2,500 bail. ELIZABETH SCOTT, 45, El Dorado, booked Dec. 30 by […]

Heard over the back fence: Outstanding volunteers abound

SEDENTARY SWEATSHIRT: John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following sweatshirt statement: “My doctor told me to walk one mile a day, so I got another doctor.” • • • MEDICAL EXPENSES: Emma Gene Stedman is 16 months old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Emma’s family continues to have huge medical expenses for her. If you would like […]

Full Faith and Credit Act introduced in the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, Jan. 25 introduced HR 421 —  the Full Faith and Credit Act — directing the United States Treasury, in the event the debt ceiling is reached, to pay principal and interest due on debt held by the public before making any other payments. The legislation is being […]

Sac State enrolls more

Final figures are still being tallied, but it appears Sacramento State admitted more than 3,000 students for spring 2011. Total enrollment for spring is expected to be about 26,000 students, up from 25,500 in spring of 2010. That follows two semesters of reduced enrollment because of state budget impacts.  The increase was made possible by […]

USFS seeks comment on Tahoe area bike path

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit  invites the public to review and comment on plans for developing a bike path that would connect the casino core on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to Roundhill Pines, the first stage of a bike path that would eventually extend to the state […]

El Dorado Hills Rotary provides aid to Haiti

When a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving millions more homeless, the International Disaster relief organization ShelterBox delivered aid to alleviate the misery of families in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. El Dorado Hills Rotarians are involved in the ShelterBox program to this […]

Wear red Friday: Support women’s heart health

Heart disease is now the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. To help raise awareness of this important issue, several organizations in El Dorado County will be actively participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 4, and are encouraging members of the public and other agencies to do the […]

McClintock disappointed by speech

Congressman Tom McClintock issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress: “The President missed the message of the 2010 election. It is not government that creates prosperity. It is freedom. We cannot bring about prosperity by locking government spending at unsustainable levels, wasting billions of dollars on […]

Chest trauma likely killed woman, officials say

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies believe a South Lake Tahoe woman who was found unresponsive at Heavenly Mountain Resort earlier this month likely died from a skiing accident. Nancy Blachly, 57, was found by Heavenly Mountain Resort ski patrollers about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 on Bill’s Run in Mott Canyon, said Lt. […]

Man arrested after assault on officer

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting an El Dorado County Sheriff’s correctional officer at Raley’s Emerald Bay Road location Friday afternoon. South Lake Tahoe resident Patrick Solomon was previously an inmate at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe and allegedly shoved the […]

Triple manslaughter case delayed

The case of the Rocklin man accused of killing three passengers in a 2009 Pilot Hill solo vehicle accident continued at its sluggish pace Monday afternoon. Prosecutors allege Mark Steven Barrera, 21, was engaged in a type of street racing on Salmon Falls Road when he lost control of a friend’s vehicle and slammed into […]

DA rips delay in Garrido case

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office voiced its opposition to the motion to delay the mental competency trial of suspected kidnapper Phillip Garrido in a strongly worded document made available Monday. Last week Susan Gellman, Garrido’s public defender, filed a motion to continue the trial to determine her client’s competency, set for Feb. 28, […]

School district consolidation analyzed for savings

As state budget cuts dig deeper and deeper into school district funding, school district officials find themselves wondering if it might be wiser to consolidate ranks and conserve resources rather than to slip under the waves of financial burden alone. “We had been hearing casually that some members of the community were questioning why we […]

Jack Sweeney surveys political life

Jack Sweeney knows El Dorado County from the ground up. As a professional surveyor for over 50 years, he may have walked up, down and around the local landscape as much if not more than anyone. And he really likes what he does. Still somewhat active in Sweeney Land Surveying, as the full-time supervisor of […]

‘Goat sucker’ or bear?

Georgetown man Frank Gallo shot and killed what he described as a chupacabra or “goat sucker” in Spanish, but California Fish and Game officials are sure that the creature is a juvenile black bear. The story hit the airwaves on KXTV Channel 10 News Tuesday evening of last week and on the Internet the following […]

Doggie double-cross? Shelter takes euthanasia fee, but adopts dog out

On Dec. 28, Jan Gratteau said goodbye to Sophie, her beloved 9-year-old cocker spaniel, for the last time. Gratteau, 54, of Placerville, had noticed an increasing number of health issues with Sophie. Although the dog was crate trained, Sohpie began showing signs of incontinence in Gratteau’s house. Gratteau admits Sophie has had her share of issues […]

Man suspected of embezzling from veterans

El Dorado resident Robert Laudermilk was arrested Jan. 14 on suspicion of embezzling thousands of dollars from two different veterans’ organizations. Laudermilk, 73, was found by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies at his residence after the Disabled Veteran Organization in Cameron Park accused him of using the group’s bank account as his personal piggy bank. […]

Divide businesses suffer from juvenile delinquency

GEORGETOWN — Two juveniles have been arrested and were taken to Juvenile Hall last week after a rash of break-ins in the business center of Georgetown. The Corner Kitchen, Frog Pond Antiques and Gifts, Rucka-Chucky Pasty Hut and the Laundry House in the Growlersburg Village all reported either attempted entry or burglary with money and […]

New Rock Hounds **3-23-11

New Rock Hounds: The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society rolls out the welcome mat for new members John and Flora Giorgi. Get out your pick and shovel!

EDH’s Lake Forest Park almost ready

EL DORADO HILLS — The fences at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest park will come down soon, possibly by the end of this month. Then it’s games-on at Lake Forest Park where children will enjoy a playground with endless imaginative possibilities while sports and exercise enthusiasts take advantage of the park’s bocce […]

Heard over the back fence: Seven-course meal with crab

HERE’S THE PITCH: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: If I had something to throw at you I would!” • • • AND HE STILL RIDES A MOTORCYCLE: A little bird told me that Stan Paolini will be 80 years old on Feb. 7! Happy Birthday, Stan! You are old enough now to do […]

Calif: 3 more years of double digit unemployment

STOCKTON — The sluggish recovery will keep California’s unemployment rate above 10 percent for three more years, according to the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific. Federal tax cuts and stronger consumer spending have given a slight boost to the 2011 outlook, but the longrange view is largely unchanged from recent forecasts. Most […]

Sgt. Blair Neelands home from Afghanistan

Blair Neelands is a sergeant in the United States Army. She has been stationed in Afghanistan for the past 10 months but got two weeks of R&R just after Christmas and came home to spend it with family in El Dorado County. A 2008 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Neelands actually joined the Army […]

Roofing material OK spurs recall effort

EL DORADO HILLS — Waterford Village Homeowners Association board members face a recall vote following their approval of composition roof in the otherwise tile- and shake-shingled El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Ballots will be counted during a Waterford residents-only meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Ballots […]

Committee pulls General Plan cake from oven

The El Dorado County Economic Development Advisory Committee, EDAC, checked in with the Board of Supervisors recently to pull the 2004 General Plan out of the oven and stick a toothpick in it. The board heard EDAC’s assessment that other than a few hot spots to keep an eye on, the cake is baking pretty […]

Happy trails again

Residents along the El Dorado Trail at Missouri Flat Road are a bit more comfortable with the trail that goes past their homes. On Jan. 14 most of the privacy fencing promised by El Dorado County had been installed and “No Parking” and dog leash signs posted. An October 2010 article in the Mountain Democrat […]

Judicial posts set

Beginning Jan. 24, Superior Court Judge Warren C. Stracener, who was appointed to El Dorado County in December by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will oversee preliminary hearings in Department 7 and traffic matters in Department 8. Effective Jan. 31, Judge Stracener’s assignments will also include juvenile dependency matters in Department 5 as well as juvenile delinquency matters in […]

Icy El Dorado area road to be fixed

EL DORADO — A particularly treacherous stretch of roadway created by the wet December weather will soon be right as rain thanks to an emergency Caltrans project. For county motorists, the black ice that has plagued Highway 49, south of El Dorado in the China Hill area, has become an unwanted though familiar hazard. Rochelle […]