G3 Christmas recipes include pie and an eggnog log

The Country Kitchen for December 11, 2014 This recipe was submitted by R.Y. of Garden Valley, who says, “The Surprise in this Cranberry Surprise Pie is that you don’t have to fuss with rolling out pastry for this pie. The crust, so to speak, is spooned over the top and bakes until golden, like a […]

G2 Aircraft display

Historical aircraft will be on display 10 .am.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Georgetown Airport on Spanish Dry Diggins Road., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., historical aircraft display.” The Georgetown Airport is known as the “Best kept Secret is the Sierra.” At ana elevation of 2,263 feet, the 60-foot-wide runway is 2,980 feet long. It’s […]

G2 Covered Cal help offered

Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park will host certified Covered California enrollment counselors from El Dorado Community Health Center, beginning this month and continuing into February. All appointments are between 9-11 a.m. Dec., 18; Jan. 6, 13, and 22 and Feb. 5 and 10. Covered California is California’s version of the health insurance exchange enabled […]

G2 obit Bob Lyons

Robert ‘Bob’ Lyons Robert “Bob” Lyons died at home on Monday, Nov. 17 at the age of 74. He had been ill for many months and the past four months were a great struggle between his desire to live and the inability of his body to continue. Dying at home with the help of Snowline Hospice was […]

G2 obit Alicia Rambeau

Alicia Louise Rambeau  July 3, 1922-De. 1, 2014 Alicia Louise Rambeau, known affectionately as Alice or Al by family and friends, departed this life on December 1, 2014, after a short illness. She was 92. Alice was born and grew up in Southern California. She met and married William D. “Bill” Rambeau in 1941. The […]

G1 New mill part of park upgrade plan

The new replica of the sawmill where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 is ready for its close-up. So get up close and check it out, maybe even pretend you are the one who stuck a hand in the water of the tailrace at Capt. John Sutter’s lumber mill and pulled out a shiny pebble […]

Property tax bills due

According El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector C. L. Raffety, the first installment of secured property tax bills will be delinquent if not paid on or before Dec. 10. The public need not brave the weather to pay their taxes as an online payment system is available on the Tax Collector’s Website at edcgov.us/taxcollector. Electronic check […]

G13 Bay to Tahoe tourism study adopted

The final draft of the Bay to Tahoe Basin Recreation and Tourism Travel Impact Study was accepted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) at its Oct. 2 meeting. Commissioned in 2012 at a cost of $239,775 with funding provided by Caltrans, the purpose of the study was to analyze the impact of regional tourism travel on […]

Nugget Markets gives Cameron Park store a lift

CAMERON PARK — Food 4 Less shoppers have seen their local grocery store transform before their eyes over the last several months and earlier this week Nugget Markets unveiled the store’s new name — Fork Lift — and kicked off a week-long celebration.

“It’s really a hybrid of Food 4 Less and Nugget,” said assistant store director Jazzmen Sinns. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

In addition to offering products shoppers have added to their carts since Food 4 Less opened in July 2002, Fork Lift has more than 20,000 new items, Sinns said, pointing out the …

BOS: EDH apts. approved

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the final go ahead for a 250-unit apartment complex in El Dorado Hills at its Dec. 2 meeting. To be built by Stockton-based developer Economou/Spanos, the apartment complex will be constructed on a 4.5-acre lot in the middle of the Town Center. Opposed by some in the community because of the […]

G14 Bill Schultz: Registrar of Voters sums up election stats

The Nov. 4 Statewide General election has now successfully been completed for El Dorado County by the Election Department. Bill Schultz, the county Registrar of Voters, certified the results, in which 62,973 voters cast their ballots, and 66.80 percent of those did so by mail, a very good turnout for Vote by Mail ballots. At […]

Grizzly Flat man pleads guilty to child porn

A Grizzly Flat man pleaded guilty in a federal court on Dec. 4 to receiving and distributing child pornography. Court documents state that Nicholas Robert Bowen, 63, took a woman to a Davis park where he had her expose herself to boys between the ages of 10 and 12, a press release from U.S. Attorney […]

Heard over the back fence: Join Heroes Night for Big Brothers and Sisters

CURED HAM QUESTION: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we have the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “What disease did cured ham actually have.?” HEROES NIGHT: Kick off fundraisers for 2015 by honoring “Heroes” for all three Western Slope locations of the Boys and Girls clubs Jan. 10 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Social hour and […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Ultimate Crooner’ at Cold Springs lunch

A LOUD ARRIVAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith we offer the following “Life In Signs” quote: “Outside a muffler shop: ‘No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.’” NEWCOMER CROONER: Have lunch 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Cold Springs Country Club and be entertained by Bob Rawleigh aka the “Ultimate Crooner. The event is the Placerville Fellowship […]

G15 County eyes changes in marijuana growing ordinance

By Griffin Rogers A little more than a year after passing a county ordinance allowing outdoor medical marijuana grows under certain restrictions, El Dorado County Supervisors on Tuesday discussed whether or not to repeal the law and possibly issue a ban. The majority of supervisors seemingly opposed the immediate revocation of the ordinance since the board […]

Pot ordinance cast into doubt

In the wake of November’s raid and closing of the Pure Life Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Diamond Springs, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has decided to take a second look at Ordinance 5000 to reevaluate how to stop illegal marijuana grows. Passed in September of 2013, the ordinance allows grows of marijuana […]

G9 Northstar, Heavenly boast of new snowfall

TRUCKEE — Northstar California Resort received an additional six inches of new snow Wednesday and snow accumulation has reached 31 inches on upper-mountain slopes throughout the past six days. As a result, Northstar will opened 12 additional trails Thursday including East Ridge, Delight, Stump Alley, Ax Handle, Springboard, Dutchman, The Chute, Tonini’s, Crosscut, Flume, Powder […]

Forni rollover

A man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after his car went down an embankment in Placerville Tuesday afternoon. William Robert Walker, 70, of Placerville, was traveling eastbound on Forni Road east of Ray Lawyer Drive at an unknown speed at about 1 p.m., said CHP Officer Ian Hoey, when Walker crossed into oncoming traffic. […]

EID budget options hinge on varying rate hikes

Five budget options on the agenda for Monday’s El Dorado Irrigation District board meeting include five different options for rate hikes. The operating budget for the 2015 calendar year with the smallest rate hike would be no rate hike in 2015. Part of the budget set for adoption Dec. 8 includes a five-year Financial Plan. […]

Eyewitness to history — Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941

With the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor coming up this Sunday, the event still manages to evoke strong memories in those who lived through that event, even after 73 years.

One of those is Shingle Springs resident Bob Clarke, whose family lived in Hawaii at the time and who was an eyewitness to history.

Living in a home at the top of a hill overlooking Pearl Harbor, the Clarke family watched as the ships and nearby military bases were bombarded by the Japanese.

Clarke, who was 15 at the time, said he, his parents and two younger brothers were living in an area called Aiea, which was once an old plantation town.

Budget gap eyed

By Griffin Rogers The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Dec. 2 heard public concerns about the county’s looming financial crisis and reports of layoffs, which Auditor-Controller Joe Harn explained were possible in an October interview regarding the budget gap. After comments concluded, county supervisors and staff addressed some of those concerns. Interim CAO Pamela Knorr […]

Free ‘Aging & Caregiver’ educational series in January

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program is pleased to present a free “Aging & Caregiver” educational series in Placerville. The educational series will be held Jan. 6, 7 and 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center located at 937 Spring Street in Placerville. The […]

Cookies with Cal Fire, Santa

The Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit will be hosting a fundraising event for New Morning Youth and Family Services on Saturday, Dec. 6, one the whole family might enjoy showing up for. From 3 to 7 p.m. at the fire station at the “Y” on 5660 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, there will be hot […]

Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit transitions out of fire season

CAMINO — Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit to transition out of fire season, effective Monday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. in Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties. “With the recent and forecasted precipitation moving through northern California, it is […]

Reclamation releases Draft EA

FOLSOM — The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a five-year temporary Warren Act contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District to allow for the diversion of non-Central Valley Project water from Folsom Reservoir. Reclamation proposes to enter into this Warren Act contract with EID […]

Prescribed fire operations continue around Lake Tahoe

IINCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations in the Round Hill, Zephyr Heights, Incline Village, Slaughterhouse Canyon, Christmas Valley, Ward Canyon, McKinney Rubicon areas and on various urban lots near Heavenly. Operations will last through the next several […]

PPD wins for NNO

Once again the Placerville Police Department is proud to announce that it took first place in California for its festivities from National Night Out and took fourth in the United States for this summer’s National Night Out event (cities under 15,000 population). This is based on the block parties from Aug. 5, where the city of […]

Taxpayer group tackles water rights

In what was largely a reprise of the last meeting of the El Dorado County Water Agency, members of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County debated the pros and cons of pursuing additional water rights at their Dec. 1 meeting.

With Dave Eggerton, the outgoing general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency providing an overview, the audience peppered him and each other with questions about the project.

At present the Water Agency, in conjunction with El Dorado County and the El Dorado Irrigation District, make up a joint powers authority called the El Dorado Water & Power Authority or EDWPA.

Together the three agencies are splitting the cost of an application to the State Water Board for an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water rights. The expected cost of the application is between $8.1 million to $11.7 million, with the big-ticket items being an environmental impact report, consultants and legal help.

SLTPD receives grant for special traffic enforcement and crash prevention

South Lake Tahoe Police Department has been awarded a $47,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. South Lake Tahoe Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep […]

Assembly Member Frank Bigelow sworn-in for second Assembly term

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, Dec. 1 took the oath of office in Sacramento for his second term representing the 5th Assembly District. “I’m honored to continue to serve our district and champion our rural way of life,” said Bigelow. “While the past two years have brought some incredible progress — such as […]

New GM in G’town

After going through four interim general managers and interviewing multiple candidates, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has hired Wendell Wall as its new general manager. Wall started on Nov. 17, taking over for George Sanders. Sanders has been serving as interim general manager since May. With 22 years in the water business, Wall, 56, […]

G9 Outside with Charlie: Ski safely by getting in shape for the slopes

The Thanksgiving weekend brought much-needed rain and snow into El Dorado County. The storm door appears to be propped open, as additional storms forecasted rolled in Tuesday and today. With snow beginning to coat the higher reaches of the county, more opportunities for the downhill ski crowd are opening. In the Lake Tahoe area, there are […]

GTUSD refinances General Obligation bond

The Gold Trail Union School District recently completed a refinancing of the district’s only outstanding General Obligation bond, saving district taxpayers a total of $100,000, reducing tax rates beginning in the next tax year and bringing approximately $11.50 per $100,000 of taxable value back to homeowners over the remaining life of the bond. “We are […]

National Weather Service warns of possible flash floods

The National Weather Service issued a warning early Tuesday morning through Wednesday night for possible flash floods in areas affected by the King and Rim fires in El Dorado, Placer and Tuolumne counties. “Flash flood and debris flows will be a particular threat in and below the King and Rim fire burn areas,” the release […]

Emergency personnel train on slopes for rope rescues

Cal Fire Captain Kalan Richards tied knots around a man in a plastic, foldable stretcher, in preparation of pulling the man up a slope. A few minutes later, Richards attached a helicopter rescue harness to the same man, now standing, securing him and making sure one rescue line had become two independent lines. The other […]

Food Bank’s annual Holiday Outreach Dec. 19-20

Friday & Saturday, December 19th – 20th, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Food Bank of El Dorado County located at 4550 Business Drive in Cameron Park. The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be hosting its annual Holiday Outreach Program on Friday and Saturday, December 19-20 at our facility located at […]

Sen. Gaines moves to kill ‘hidden gas tax’

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, today introduced legislation that would immediately suspend the impending spike in gasoline prices scheduled for Jan. 1. “Families and businesses are all experiencing the benefits of lower gas prices in our state, and I don’t want to see them […]

Car plunges down 200 feet down: Rescuers find 3 older wrecks nearby

A woman and her son suffered minor injuries after their car traveled 200 feet down an embankment early Monday morning. Three unrelated vehicles were also found at the bottom of the embankment, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. Maria Trujillo, 55, of Stockton, and her 35-year-old son were traveling southbound on Highway 49 north of Sand […]

CHP nabs car theft suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman was arrested on charges related to car theft Tuesday after officers investigated a car theft call from hours earlier. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers arrested Sarah Elizabeth Downey, who was reportedly on felony probation out of Nevada County. The arrest came at about 3 a.m. when two South Lake […]

Speeder arrested

A man was arrested after a high-speed chase the night of Nov. 25. At about 11:20 p.m., a black 2013 Chevy Spark was seen traveling northbound on South Shingle Road north of Ponderosa Road at high speeds, a press release stated. A marked black-and-white CHP patrol vehicle attempted to make an enforcement stop. A chase […]

After Thanksgiving: Christmas tree farms busy

Geri Hyder, armed with a walking stick, radioed down to her son-in-law, Rich Rumbaugh, to tell him that more cars were coming in to Indian Rock Tree Farm. Helpers in red shirts and hats scurry around, providing a full service of cutting, hauling, netting and putting trees on top of cars.

The Hyder family is everywhere — Larry, the patriarch, greeting customers and chatting. Granddaughter Aubrie Wallin and her cousins wrapped trees in nets a few feet away.

Meanwhile, the Hitchcock family of Sacramento was there to get their Christmas tree.

Pacifica drowning victim likely from Shingle

A drowning victim in Pacifica has been potentially identified as a man from Shingle Springs. Pacifica City Police and North County Fire Authority personnel responded to the 500 block of Old County Road, commonly known as the “Surfer’s Lot” in the Rockaway Beach area at about 4:50 p.m. on Nov. 23 for a report of […]

Thanksgiving: Dinner and joy at St. Pat’s

It’s probably pretty close to the bone to say that Joe Reilly, a self-described “mountain man,” is accustomed to living life on the edge these days. But on Thanksgiving Day at St. Patrick Church in Placerville the Nebraska transplant was able to forget his worries for a while. The only thing close to the bone […]

Quake swarm recorded in Nevada

RENO, Nev. – Despite its location away from major population centers, a swarm of earthquakes in the far northwest corner of Nevada is attracting attention as it continues to rumble residents  with several magnitude 3.0 earthquakes, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 21 and a magnitude 4.3 on Nov. 17. “The activity has quieted down somewhat this […]