Lover’s Leap fall injures man

STRAWBERRY — A 20-year-old man was rescued and flown to the hospital for medical care Friday after falling 50 to 60 feet off the east side of Lover’s Leap, a popular climbing spot in Eldorado National Forest. The man’s hiking partner reported the incident to authorities at about 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire Protection District, […]

Water rights detailed for EDWPA board

Members of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority listened to a short history on state water rights at their meeting on April 9. Related to current efforts by EDWPA to pursue an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water rights from the State Water Quality Control Board, the presentation, called ”Water Rights 101,” was made by attorney […]

Supes pick 1% growth forecast

Accepting the recommendation of its Long-Range Planning Division, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on April 8 adopted a new set of projections for how and where future growth will occur. The board approved “Scenario 3,” which combines the “historical growth rate with growth distribution that is consistent with the county’s General Plan.” Such […]

Sanford trial keys off chain of evidence

More Department of Justice witnesses made up the bulk of day 11 of the Andrew Sanford murder trial on April 9. The day began with a demonstration, out of the presence of the jury, by defense attorney Erik Schlueter. He wrapped a styrofoam head in duct tape, as 16-year-old victim Richard Swanson might have been […]

Georgetown calls stage 2 drought

After a long meeting Tuesday night that included extensive audience input, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District voted unanimously to declare a Stage 2 drought emergency. That decision was based on the water level in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir being 15,617 acre-feet when measured on April 7. Normally the 20,000 acre-foot reservoir would be […]

70th anniversary: Jeep ready for D-Day

June 6 of this year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing and the Battle of Normandy. It’s an event that will bring hundreds of thousands of people to France for commemorations and festivities including parades, parachute drops, the setting up of military camps, and concerts.

And joining them on the beach will be an old World War II Jeep that was recently restored by Diamond Springs resident Jimmy Strauss and a team of local craftsmen who’ve remade the vehicle in time for the upcoming event.

Taking nine months to complete at a cost of over $70,000 …

Heard over the back fence: Lions Hall senior lunch moves to fairgrounds

DON’T WASTE MY TIME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press “ONE” For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?” NEW LUNCH LOCATION: Because of repairs being done at the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Senior Nutrition lunch program has been […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf offers open house

Cedars Springs Waldorf School in Placerville will also host a kindergarten open house 10 a.m.-noon May 5. For a full picture into the day in the life of a CSWS student, the campus will be hosting an open classroom tours 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, with a look into each classroom, a campus tour followed […]

Candidates busy raising money

Election hopefuls are in the process of adding to their war chests using cash and in-kind contributions, fund raising and loans to finance their campaigns. As of March, this is what candidates have raised and spent according to filings with the California Secretary of State or the El Dorado County Elections Department. Elected department heads […]

Tick prevention reminder issued

As warmer weather approaches and individuals venture outdoors, El Dorado County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and tick bites. “Ticks can carry and transmit diseases to people and pets,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While not all ticks carry disease, […]

Cal Fire and National Guard train for fire season

SACRAMENTO — As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, Cal Fire and the California National Guard held their annual fire aviation training. The joint helicopter training was scheduled for several days from April 4-6 at the Cal Fire Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee in Amador County. “Fire activity is already well […]

Man barricaded in apartment arrested

A Shingle Springs neighborhood was partly evacuated as a man barricaded himself inside a residence Wednesday afternoon before ultimately being taken into custody. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment at 4050 Sunset Lane at about 11:20 a.m. for a report of felony domestic violence, Sgt. Dan Thomas told the Mountain Democrat. The […]

Community Action Council seeks new member

The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County, with special attention given to housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. The El Dorado County Community Action Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council within the Low-Income Sector […]

Sheriff gets OK for new offices

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini got the go-ahead Tuesday to pursue three possible sites for a future new sheriff’s headquarters. D’Agostini began his presentation April 8 by thanking the Board of Supervisors for recognizing and prioritizing his department’s need for a new headquarters facility. Acknowledging the county’s many other “competing needs,” D’Agostini cited “leadership […]

Cancer center: Supes deadlock on funding

Back-to-back votes by four out of five El Dorado County supervisors failed to pass a motion Tuesday, April 8 to provide supplemental funding for Marshall Medical’s cancer treatment center in Cameron Park. As originally proposed by Supervisor Ron Briggs, the county would have “considered” a contribution of about $800,000 toward the hospital’s approximately $6 million […]

Schwartzler gets life, maybe parole

The family of a man who pleaded to attempted murder filled one side of a courtroom during the man’s judgment and sentencing hearing April 4. Judge Daniel B. Proud announced that the court had received 13 character letters supporting Austin Schwartzler, who pleaded no contest to willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder on Feb. 28. […]

Duct tape pieced together

The 10th day of the Andrew Sanford trial concerning the murder of Richard Swanson in South Lake Tahoe in 1980 opened with a jewelry theft and closed Tuesday with trying to match pieces of duct tape together. The final witness of the day was Ricci Cooksey. Cooksey, a senior criminologist with the state Department of […]

Smith Flat Road closed for bridge work in Placerville

PLACERVILLE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists of a long-term detour for access to Smith Flat Road in Placerville due to bridge work on U.S. Highway 50 at the undercrossing. Beginning April 10 at 7 a.m., Smith Flat Road will be closed to through traffic at the Highway 50 Overcrossing for […]

Mather airport expansion moves forward

Now is the time to comment on Sacramento County’s Mather Airport 20-year-development plan — a proposal to turn the former Air Force base-turn-private airport into a premier cargo hub facility for the entire Pacific Rim region. The plan’s revised Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for public review. The Mather Review Subcommittee, acting under the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]