Mercy Way Rescue protests homeless ordinances

They lined both sides of Main Street near Town Hall. Some held signs with “Jesus was homeless” on them; others flourished photographs of trash-filled campsites near Smith Flat and Broadway. For two hours before the April 8 Placerville City Council meeting, Mercy Way Rescue Church organized a peaceful demonstration to ask for a 90-day moratorium against one of two new city ordinances that affect the homeless.

Also demonstrating were neighbors who support the ordinance and applaud city police for enforcing it.

The ordinance in question went into effect on Feb. 13 and authorizes police and the city to enforce regulations against illegal camping in the city.

“With Hangtown Haven closed, the nomadic shelters closed …”

Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinics May 3-4

The Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is sponsoring its first of two Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinics for this year on May 3-4. The registration deadline for this session is April 24. The clinic will take place in the Placerville area. Rattlesnakes are common in El Dorado County, and reports of sightings and bites have already started. […]

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

Despite recent rainfall, Cal Fire continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, Cal Fire began hiring additional seasonal firefighters in Central California, the Bay Area region and the […]

Sheriff taking back unwanted prescription drugs

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give residents of El Dorado County another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring […]

BOS declares April Parkinson’s Awareness Month

At the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 1, the board proclaimed April 2014 as World Wide Parkinson’s Awareness Month for all to recognize the need for more research and community support in dealing with the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease. Marianne Oliphant and Larry Alver accepted the proclamation on behalf of […]

California returning millions to business owners

This spring thousands of business owners throughout California are receiving a welcome surprise in their mailbox. Rather than a notice of a new tax, fee or audit, they’re getting a check from the State Board of Equalization. No, we’re not talking about annual income tax refunds from the Franchise Tax Board. These checks are marked […]

Fruit flies invading locales through olive trees

There has been a recent surge of planting olive trees by homeowners to obtain a small farm water rate from El Dorado Irrigation District. Local nurseries are selling olive trees, most notably the Arbequina varietal. “Greenstone Growers,” a local company, helps residents plant olive trees and secure a lower water rate (in order to achieve […]

Heard over the back fence: Wildflower hike planned near North Fork of the Cosumnes

SLEEPING LATE THERAPY: I received the following T-shirt statement from my friend John Chapman: “When people tell me ‘You’re Gonna Regret That in the Morning’ I sleep in until noon because I’m a problem solver.” WILDFLOWER HIKE: The American River Conservancy has scheduled a “North Fork Cosumnes River Wildflower Hike” for Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. […]

Heard over the back fence: Egg hunt alerts

WATCH YOUR STEP! John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “I’M NOT CLUMSY! The Floor Just Hates Me, the Table & Chairs are Bullies, and the Walls Get in My Way.” EGG HUNT AND MORE: An Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt are scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Center […]

Cal Fire inspections begin statewide

Cal Fire inspectors have begun conducting defensible space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. “Creating and maintaining defensible space is critical for the protection of homes,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the […]

County agencies team up to combat fraud

Committing welfare fraud and avoiding prosecution in El Dorado County is difficult thanks to the diligence of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and District Attorney’s Office who are working together to identify, investigate and prosecute cases. Last year alone, their administrative oversight and teamwork resulted in the referral of over […]

Grand Jury applications available

Beginning now, the citizens of El Dorado County once again have the opportunity to become a part of the 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury of El Dorado County. The Grand Jury is an excellent vehicle for committed men and women to keep government close to and responsible to all of our county’s citizens. Applicants must be […]

Fields get a water-wise makeover

Heads turned last week as the north and south fields at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Community Park turned completely brown, but they’ll be greener and more vibrant than ever after they undergo irrigation infrastructure and turf renovations. “Irrigation technologies have come a long way and it’s increasingly important for the EDHCSD to […]

Tax schemes? EDH pair indicted

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury returned a 28-count indictment against Barbara Antonucci, 49, and Sherry Taggart, 54, both residents of El Dorado Hills, charging them with conspiracy to file false claims, filing false claims and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, beginning in March 2008 and continuing […]

Dist. 4 candidates in Coloma April 30

The eight supervisorial candidates in El Dorado County District 4 will appear together Wednesday, April 30 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma. Meet and greet the candidates at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presentations start promptly at 7:30 p.m., after which candidates will field questions from the public. Appearing will be Scott McNeil, […]

CPCSD special meeting rescheduled

A special meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District to interview candidates for an open board position has been moved to April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Originally the meeting had been scheduled for April 7. Eight people have applied for the opening. They are Mark Harris, Keith Kaplan, Gerald Lillpop, Steven Long, Margaret Mohr, […]

Small farmers attacked by EID duo

For the second time, El Dorado Irrigation Director Greg Prada attacked those on the Small Farm rate, but this time he was joined by Board President Alan Day. At the March 24 meeting, Prada claimed the Small Farm rate was a violation of Proposition 218. Proposition 218 says, “…the amount of the fee or charge […]

Hwy 50 near EDH to close for blasting operations April 13

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and White […]

Gold Bug volunteers: Characters need apply

Have a hankering to relive the history of the gold rush with thousands of visitors from all over the world?

Then become a volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and join such notables as Black Bart, John Studebaker and Duffy the crazy Irishman.

Part of a crew of 25 volunteers, they are more than just history buffs. Some must have show biz in their blood as they have adopted a character of their own from the past — real or imagined — that they play when conducting tours complete with clothing, props and …

Restorative Policing clean-up efforts continue

On Sunday, April 6, the clean-up of trash and waste left behind from illegal homeless camps continued in Placerville. A volunteer effort coordinated by the El Dorado County Watch and city of Placerville brought over 30 citizen volunteers, council members and support from local businesses and community based organizations. The event was the continuation of […]

Locally made movie to premiere

Local Cameron Park-Shingle Springs film producers Hal Young and Nathan Kaufman will premiere their feature film the Menoza Line 11:30 a.m. May 4 at the Sacramento International Film Festival. The film takes place in the world of minor league baseball and was shot in Marysville. The main character of the movie is a young Latino who […]

Judge Eddie Keller endorses Ashworth

Eddie T. Keller, a respected local judge who served on the bench for more than 20 years, has endorsed veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. “Since criminal cases account for over 80 percent of the work of our court, it is essential that we have a judge […]

Varying ramp closures for Sly Park Rd.

POLLOCK PINES – Caltrans is advising motorists of scheduled ramp and lane closures this week on U.S. Highway 50 in Pollock Pines due to construction. Beginning the night of April 7 on-ramp and off-ramp closures have been approved at Sly Park Road from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. the next day. All ramps won’t be […]

Heard over the back fence: Lunar eclipse show awaits night owls

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “The best things in life are: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties in your hand, the path is right just before you.” — Robert Louis Stevenson TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: You can observe the total Lunar Eclipse on April 14-15 from […]

Placerville church for the homeless organizes peaceful protest

In our continued response to the recent efforts by the City of Placerville to attempt to remove homeless citizens from city limits, Mercy Way Rescue Church is organizing a peaceful, passionate protest from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8. The protest will be immediately before the Placerville City Council meeting located at Town […]

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CPCSD board candidates special meeting tonight

With one vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District, a special meeting will be held on April 7, 5:30 p.m. to interview candidates vying for the spot. According to General Manager Mary Cahill, eight people have filled out applications for the position. They are Mark Harris, Keith Kaplan, Gerald Lillpop, Steven […]

‘Drive Clean’ aims to incentivize use of electrics and HOV lanes

Federal, state and local governments are putting up money as incentives for residents to buy and drive “zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.” El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors approved a package of grant-based clean air projects including a Drive Clean Incentive program during its April 1 meeting. Locally, the El Dorado County Air Quality Management […]

County backs range of grant projects promoting air quality

El Dorado County Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve six proposals recommended by the county’s Air Quality Management District. The April 1 action supports projects ranging from continuing the County Fair Shuttle to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure development in the city of Placerville and a “Stay and Play Shuttle” program sponsored by the El Dorado County Chamber […]

DNA evidence ‘could not exclude’ defendant

Days eight and nine of the Andrew Sanford murder trial focused on DNA evidence — of which Sanford could not be excluded as a contributor.

Jenna Weller continued her testimony from the previous day by describing Sanford as “curious, calm” while they had a conversation on whether God forgives murderers — possibly alluding to the 1980 murder of 16-year-old Richard Swanson at the South Y Shell gas station …

EDH Senior Day Care now open

It was standing room only at the El Dorado Hills’ Senior Day Care’s grand opening last Thursday afternoon, the event marking a win-win not only for El Dorado Hills’ seniors and caregivers, but for the whole county. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco opened the ribbon cutting ceremony by acknowledging key players, including El Dorado Hills […]

Hike Yosemite Valley with James McGrew

YExplore Nature Tours presents a five-hour introductory walk through Yosemite Valley, led by James McGrew. He will expertly guide you through the valley to discover its vast beauty while discussing the natural history of this remarkable place. Participants will have ample opportunities to absorb the area’s budding spring wildflowers while uncovering the incredible vistas that have […]

State officials detail drought grants

Key state officials appeared in Placerville on April 4 to give area water purveyors the keys to the drought grant kingdom. The event was sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and took place in the large downstairs meeting room of the El Dorado Irrigation District headquarters on Mosquito Road. After the morning meeting […]

League of Women Voters plans forums

The League of Women Voters of El Dorado County will be hosting the following candidate forums: April 16: Elected department heads – Board of Supervisors chamberrs 6-8:30 p.m. April 21: Supervisor, District 5 – Pollock Pines Camino Community Room 6-9 p.m. April 24: Superior Court judges, Offices 1 & 5, sponsored by the Camino Community […]

UMHS yearbook wins award

Union Mine High School’s 2012-2013 yearbook, the Rattler, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage for the third time. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, […]

Heard over the back fence: Carnival planned at EDH Library

SOLAR SYSTEM ADVICE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt solar-system-advice statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!” SPRING CARNIVAL TIME: A Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 1 to […]

EDWPA gets update on innovative water rights project

An update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project was given at the March 12 board meeting of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority (EDWPA). If successful, the project would add 40,000 acre-feet of new water rights for the county under 1927 area-of-origin law, with the water stored in the Upper American River Project of […]

Ballot statements highlight District 5 supervisorial candidates

Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the six candidates running to be a member of the Board of Supervisors in District Five. Kevin Brown, 50, says he is a 16-year business owner and civic leader. “I am running for supervisor to unite our region to achieve our desired goals of a thriving […]

P’ville teens busted in Tahoe

By Tom Lotshaw Three Placerville teens are in custody in South Lake Tahoe in connection with a series of vehicle thefts reported in the city Monday and Tuesday. Arrested on felony charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime are Brian Christopher Barnes, 18; Sean Patrick Murphy, 18; and […]

No foolin’: Drought still on

With the latest snow survey falling on April Fool’s Day, it was no joke that despite the recent storms, the state continues to face a water shortage.

“This is almost a mispicture,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as he stood knee-deep in soft snow.

“This snow course was basically bare two days ago,” he said. “All the snow we measured just now came mostly last night and illustrates the difference between a good water year and a bad water year.”

At Phillips Station, Gehrke and his staff measured a snow …

Tax Collector offers due date e-mail reminders

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County Treasurer and Tax Collector, announced that taxpayers can sign up for property tax reminders. These free e-mail notifications can help act as a friendly reminder of tax due dates. To subscribe to the tax due dates reminders, visit and click on the “E-mail Subscription” links at the bottom […]

Roommate asked ‘if God forgives murderers?’

Day seven of the Andrew Sanford trial concerning a 33-year-old murder began with evidence and ended with the defendant’s roommate telling the court Tuesday she thought the defendant might have killed someone in the past — possibly the victim. Richard Hartman, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department evidence technician and CSI at the scene of […]

Goose on the roof sitting pretty

It sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, but the Canada goose setting on her clutch of eggs atop Harold Warren’s shed roof is very serious about her job. Like Horton the Elephant, the goose has been faithfully on duty through the recent rain and wind, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms. “It’s the second year she’s done […]

Property tax deadline April 10

According to C. L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector, the second installment of secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight April 10, 2014. The mailing address for property tax payments is P.O. Box 678002, Placerville, CA 95667-8002. Besides writing a check, online payment for secured property taxes […]

Heard over the back fence: e-waste collection Saturday

ADVICE FROM A GARDEN: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Garden” T-shirt statement: “Cultivate lasting friendships * Sow seeds of kindness * Listen to sage advice * Don’t let the little things bug you * Be outstanding in your field * Take thyme for yourself * No Vining!” E-WASTE DISPOSAL: Gold Country Vaulters have partnered […]

Equine Animal Rescue

EQUINE ANIMAL RESCUE: The “All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.” is a non-profit organization with the following mission statement: “To rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, and slaughter-bound animals, primarily equines, to provide them with food, shelter, vet care and handling, ultimately placing them in loving, permanent adoptive homes.” Volunteers are needed to help with […]