Tribe’s gun range shifts to ‘members only’

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians will build a gun range, as planned, but its size and scope will be focused on members only. According to a press release from the tribe Friday, the tribe decided to develop a small gun range that will be open only to tribal members and their guests. During […]

Heard over the back fence: Wildflower walk

SPANISH STORYTIME: Children, ages 2 to 5 and their adults, are invited for evening stories, songs and crafts, in Spanish and English, every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Kids can wear their jammies. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME: The Children’s Storytime class is designed […]

Lake Tahoe Plan wins national excellence award

LAKE TAHOE, STATELINE, NEV. — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Lake Tahoe Sustainability Action Plan is being recognized this month with a National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning from the American Planning Association. The Sustainability Action Plan is one of 12 plans nationwide that will be recognized with planning excellence awards during the American […]

Georgetown wildfire contained

A wildfire burned about 5 acres in Georgetown April 15. U.S. Forest Service’s Kristi Schroeder said a smoke check near Wentworth Springs Road was reported to the USFS at 5:41 p.m. by Cal Fire, with a wildfire — dubbed the Quintette Fire — found as the cause of the smoke. Cal Fire informed the USFS […]

Pondo queen on to state competition

Ponderosa senior Tristan Ann Hunter, 18, is a finalist for California’s 35th annual Homecoming Queen title and will compete on April 19 in Anaheim. If selected, Ponderosa’s reigning homecoming queen will represent California at the national competition this summer. Approximately a dozen finalists were selected to compete out of all current high school homecoming queens […]

Harris found guilty of first-degree murder

After 40 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Colleen Harris guilty of the first-degree murder of Robert “Bob” Harris on April 15.

The five-man, seven-woman jury found Harris, 73, guilty of the 2013 murder of her then-72-year-old husband, with four firearms-related enhancements found true.

As the court clerk read the verdict at about 3:50 p.m., Harris, a 2008 El Dorado County Rose candidate, lowered her head into her hands, shielding her face from photographers while crying softly.

Defense attorney David Weiner requested the jury be polled to ensure the decision was unanimous. Each juror in turn confirmed the guilty verdict.

Closing arguments attempt to sway jury

Prosecutor Joe Alexander told the jury in the beginning of the Colleen Harris murder trial that the defendant loved her husband, Bob. “She was obsessed with him; obsessed with the idea that she was going to lose him,” he said during his closing statement Tuesday afternoon, April 14. The only conclusion, based on evidence, was […]

Geyser erupts on Main Street when service line separated

A geyser erupted on Main Street in Placerville on Tuesday, April 14 in front of the Herrick/Hangman’s Tree building at 301 and 305 Main Street. A recently installed service line separated from its connection to the main line at just after 3 p.m., and sent water shooting up over the top of the historic building, which […]

Grand Jury asks CSD to amend parcel tax

A $10 annual tax on each of the 15,500 parcels in El Dorado Hills adds up to a lot of money. Since 1983, when the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors placed the voter initiative Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Enforcement (Measure B) on the general district election ballot and it passed, Measure B […]

Conference scholarship for young writers

Five young writers (ages 16-25) will be able to attend the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference Aug. 6-8 on full scholarship. The “5-Under 25” scholarships are merit-based; no entry fee is required. Applicants, please submit an application form, writing sample and brief cover letter between now and May 15. The three-day conference takes place at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Glow in the dark walk

DONUT … THE PERFECT GIFT: Today is my birthday. Although I am a devout health fiend, I will accept a glazed old fashion donut as a birthday present — today only. FOSTER CHILDREN FUNDRAISER: On April 18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. a rummage sale to benefit El Dorado County Foster Children will be held at […]

Oldest living pilot confirmed

On April 14, Peter Weber, Jr. received an e-mail from Guinness World Records confirming that he now holds the record as the Oldest Living Active (Current) Pilot. The World Record Website at shows Weber as the record holder. The record was set on March 30 at the Placerville Airport. The Cameron Park resident was […]

Both sides rest in Harris trial

After a few witnesses Tuesday morning, both the prosecution and the defense rested their rebuttal arguments in the Colleen Harris murder trial.

Prosecutor Joe Alexander began the day by calling Brian Black, ex-husband of Harris’ daughter Tawnie, to the stand. During Tawnie Black’s testimony, she said Brian was the driving force behind a restraining order against Harris. Brian refuted that on the stand, saying instead he had taken a step back and let his ex-wife and her mother work things out. He believed he hadn’t read any of the …

West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 19-25

The week of April 19-25 is West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week. West Nile Virus is primarily a disease of birds that can be transmitted to people and animals by mosquitoes. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease that can result in debilitating cases of meningitis and encephalitis and death to humans, horses, […]

Campground’s special weekend to raise funds for children with cancer

The Placerville KOA Campground will be offering camping on Saturday, May 9 for just $10 as part of Kampgrounds of America’s annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. Campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 8 will receive a night of camping on May 9 […]

An old story, but a new marker

Amelia was only 18 years old when she decided that life was not worth living without the man she loved. Her story could have happened at any time in history, including current times, but it was in 1896 that she took her life in the Central House Hotel in Placerville.

“When I read her story, I cried, it was so sad,” said Bill Mackay. Amelia is the Cameron Park resident’s great aunt, the youngest daughter of his great grandfather, Henry Bernard …

Coco talks water at chamber event

Dr. Dale Coco talked water at the April 8 meeting of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. A director on the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District, Coco said when he was elected, he told constituents he’d examine all aspects of EID and apply what he learned about project management when he worked at Kaiser. […]

EDWPA punts on Memorandum

An application for more water rights may have been stalled as a result of action taken at the April 8 meeting of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority . The agency is in the process of preparing an application to the State Water Board for the right to 40,000 acre-feet of water that is stored in Sacramento Metropolitan […]

35% conservation proposed for EID and GDPUD

Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement on April 1 ordering a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide, on April 7 the State Water Board released a proposed regulatory framework for achieving the targeted reduction. However, rather than requiring all water purveyors to reduce water use by the same amount, the State Water Board proposed separating all water purveyors into four different tiers. The tiers […]

Hoey Placerville CHP’s Officer of the Year

California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey was awarded CHP Officer of the Year for El Dorado County, in part due to his push into social media, to the point were children act as him while playing Cops and Robbers. Hoey’s involvement in social media — particularly Facebook — played a significant role in the award. […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero style

 You can enjoy “April ‘Pools’ Day” on Saturday, April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Pool, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Bring the entire family. For more information call 916-933-6624. CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY:
 The public is invited to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-noon, at the […]

Committees and panels and boards, oh my

Editor’s note: Some definitions were found for committees, commissions and such entities on, to help clarify the differences between each. County supervisors and clerk of the board staff were able to find similar data on sites providing legal information and definitions.   A commission has powers delegated from above to it and is given […]

County committees update

Living up to its desire to be a “policy board,” the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted April 7 to establish a formal process for appointing citizens to the county’s various committees and commissions. In effect, supervisors will no longer be directly involved in screening applicants, reading resumes, curricula vitae or lists of qualifications […]

Supervisors OK review of county committees

In its roll as the “supreme” local authority, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to evaluate all existing committees, commissions and JPAs.  The latter is the acronym for Joint Powers Authority, of which the county is a partner in six separate entities. Clerk of the Board Jim Mitrisin put on a […]

Airborne at 95: Pilot tries to break world record

The paperwork is on its way to Guinness World Records, the record-making flight was documented and photographed on March 30, and now all Peter Weber, Jr. has to do is wait to see if he qualified.

The Cameron Park resident was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he made his attempt to qualify as the oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo in the world for the Guinness World Records. He’s been flying for 72 years and still flies several times a month out of the Placerville Airport in a rented plane.

“I was at the Placerville Airport one day and the manager said he thought I might be the oldest active pilot in California,” said Weber. That got him thinking that he might be the oldest active pilot anywhere. After doing research online at the …

Speedway collision injures spectator

A collision at the Placerville Speedway on April 8 required an air ambulance while a spectator was transported to a hospital after being hit by debris. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched to a medical aid call at 9:29 a.m. to the Placerville Speedway, Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a spectator hit by debris […]

A life of service

Former Placerville mayor and associate superintendent of schools for El Dorado County, Allen Tuttle, died in Utah on April 3 at the age of 85. He was the “Voice of the Cougars” at El Dorado High School sporting events for many years, a Bishop in the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a brigadier general in the U.S. […]

Credit card bandits sought

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three subjects suspected of theft. A credit card stolen from a vehicle in El Dorado County was recently used in Roseville, a press release stated. Walmart surveillance photos show a white adult female allegedly using the stolen card, accompanied by a […]

Residential fire quickly contained

A residential fire in Placerville was quickly contained Wednesday morning. El Dorado County Fire responded to Bakers Mountain Road at 11:15 a.m., Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a residential fire call. On arrival, crews found a fire at the rear of the structure, mostly affecting the porch cover but extending inside the residence, Cordero […]

Police Department getting new roof

On March 24, Placerville City Council approved a contract with Gordon Mott Roofing for $51,300 for the replacement of the Placerville City Police Department roof at 730 Main Street, next to the fire station. The project will include removing the roof from the police department and the fire bay and replacing it with sloped composition shingle […]

EID board urged to continue water rights fight

Residents urged the El Dorado Irrigation District board to “stay the course” in pursuing additional water rights for the county at its March 23 meeting. At issue is a project being undertaken by the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority to gain the right to an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water currently stored in SMUD’s reservoirs. Recently, certain members of […]

Heard over the back fence: Cake auction time

To celebrate “National Library Week,” April 12-18, the Cameron Park Library is sponsoring an “Open House” on Friday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. Drive out to 2500 Country Club Drive and check out the library’s new carpet. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, is sponsoring […]

Placerville Ducks Unlimited chapter recognized nationally

PLACERVILLE — The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Placerville chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. “These fundraising events are […]

Iowa Hill-Gerle Meadow Land Exchange open house April 15

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. This project is known as the Iowa Hill/Gerle Meadow Land Exchange, and public comments are invited on the proposed action. A public open house to discuss the proposed […]

Woman arrested for Nov. 2014 fatal collision

A woman was arrested April 8 in connection with a Nov. 24, 2014 fatal collision in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe Police responded at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2014 to Pioneer Trail and Edna Street to investigate a fatal traffic collision, a press release stated. After a four-month investigation, it was allegedly […]

SLT to hold Citizen’s Academy

The city of South Lake Tahoe is now accepting applications for the 2015 Citizen’s Academy. The course is open to all community members, a press release stated, and will include learning about city government operations and service; dialogues with city leaders, staff and civic-minded residents; seeing what taxes have paid for; learning more of current and […]

Defense rests in Harris trial

The defense rested its case on April 9 in the Colleen Harris murder trial, beginning the prosecution’s rebuttal. To begin the day, attorney Thomas Van Noord testified that the children of Bob Harris had filed a civil suit against Colleen alleging wrongful death, negligence in handling a firearm and intentional death. He is representing Colleen […]

Supervisors react to Economic Development efforts

Economic development is a priority goal for the county and is enshrined in the 2004 General Plan. As envisioned and memorialized in the original and in updates over the past 10 years, a ratio of “one job to one rooftop,” has been the target for development. Not only has that ratio not been reached, it […]

CEDAC provides plan to drive economic development

What’s wrong with El Dorado County? A “dysfunctional” Board of Supervisors, some suggest. An “anti-business” bias, some would also suggest. An over-regulated system that matches that of the state, which makes the county not business friendly, many say. If perception indeed equals reality, the above appears to be true. So says Gene Altshuler on behalf […]

Carrow’s Family Restaurant closes abruptly

Carrow’s Family Restaurant at 209 Main Street in Placerville was one of the casualties of a change in ownership of the Catalina Restaurant Group. Last month, the San Antonio-based Food Management Partners acquired Catalina Restaurant Group’s 149 restaurants and promptly closed 75 of them on April 1, the first official day of ownership. Catalina, which owned both […]

Second EDH man arrested for Folsom shooting

A second El Dorado Hills man was arrested for his involvement in a shooting that took place outside a Folsom bar on the early morning of Easter Sunday. Investigators from the Folsom Police Department arrested Greg Scott Ashman, 26, of El Dorado Hills, a press release from the department stated. Investigators continued their investigation into […]

Harris trial: ‘It was all my fault’

Colleen Harris contemplated suicide in the wake of her husband’s death. After calling her attorney, David Weiner, she stripped to her underwear and got in bed with Bob, who, earlier that day, received a fatal shotgun blast to his head.

She straightened the house up after returning from San Francisco, she testified Wednesday afternoon, then held Bob. She talked to him, making the bed, trying to clean the ceiling of viscera. She didn’t want her or Bob’s kids, or anyone else, to see the ceiling dirty. She moved his arm to his chest.

When prosecutor Joe Alexander asked if she changed clothes before law enforcement arrived, she replied, “I was going to end my life.” Then, she called …

Black Oak Mine trustees struggle with budget

In a standing-room only meeting of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees on March 12, teachers, staff and community members got a first-hand look at the state of the district’s budget in a second interim report by CFO Roslynne Manansala-Smith. Although less pessimistic than the first interim budget report, the second […]

Fire tax relief bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 8 that his Senate Bill 250, which would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $152.33 fee, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance with unanimous, bipartisan […]

Heard over the back fence: Mystery wine tour

UNIVERSE NOTIONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering the following presentation: “El Dorado Hills Senior Center has invited Amateur Astronomer and volunteer Docent at the Rotary Club of Cameron Park’s Community Observatory (located in Placerville), Mike Turney, to give his presentation titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection.” Today […]