Being homeless when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 80s is one thing; being homeless when it’s snowing or raining and the temperatures are in the 30s is a whole other thing. For the past six years, faith-based organizations around El Dorado County have collaborated to provide nomadic shelters from November […]
For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]
QUOTES ONLY FOR ENTIRE COLUMN: To give myself and our readers a break, this column will not deal with dates, fundraisers or dog parades. I hope you enjoy the change of pace. OVER THE HILL QUOTES: The “Over the Hill and on a Roll” book by Bob Phillips provides the following quotes: “Show me a […]
THE CATS RULE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans.” FREE COATS AVAILABLE: Foster Awareness Network will have their Coat Drive Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Building, 4095 Cameron Park Dr. […]
The Eldorado National Forest received $3,117,177 for emergency land stabilization activities on federal lands burned by the King Fire. The funds will be used to reduce risks of increased flooding and mud/debris flows. “The first step in helping the burned land recover was to assess the emergency work that needs to be completed before the […]
El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini updated El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce members on efforts to relocate the EDSO headquarters and gave his thoughts on Proposition 47 at a luncheon Nov. 12. Sheriff John D’Agostini began his presentation with a short history of himself and joining the Sheriff’s Office. He became a full deputy […]
El Dorado County followed all the rules and then some over the past five years to clean up and abate a host of dirty issues on the Rubicon Trail. And it paid off Oct. 10 when the state rescinded the Clean-up and Abatement Order after a presentation by county Parks Manager Vickie Sanders at the […]
People driving past fire station No. 25 in Placerville might have thought they were seeing things as four towers of fresh greens seemed to be sprouting from the rooftop.
But no, it wasn’t their imaginations.
The latest idea in growing food in unlikely spaces, the project is the brainchild of the Casemade Garden Foundation in cooperation with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.
Called “Sprout it from the Rooftops,” the project aims to “green” rooftops by turning …
Since the beginning of March, the Mother Lode Union School District (MLUSD) has been working hard to create a Facility Master Plan (FMP) that will develop and communicate an efficient process to change the district’s school facilities to better accommodate and support the educational needs of students. MLUSD is inviting parents, teachers, families, businesses, neighboring […]
A South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced on Nov. 4 for making a false statement to obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits. Mark E. Lueng, 60, was sentenced to one year in prison and a $160,000 restitution fine, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Court documents show that Lueng worked for the U.S. Postal Service until 1987, […]
The American River Conservancy completed the purchase of a second phase acquisition of 1,080 acres of land fronting the Cosumnes River from Angelo Tsakopoulos for $4.995 million. This recently purchased land, combined with an earlier acquisition in August 2013, protects 2.5 miles of river canyon immediately west of Highway 49 and will provide a combined […]
SACRAMENTO — A realistic look at the connection between housing and jobs in southeast Sacramento County and El Dorado County was presented by Region Builders Inc. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on Oct. 17. The focus was the Capital Southeast Connector project.
Region Builders Inc. was founded in 2012 as a …
By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate accepted a plea to three charges that involved burglary and assault after initially being charged with several sexual assault counts. Doug Henry Cichowicz entered a plea of guilty to three counts during a hearing last week at the El Dorado […]
At 311 Main Street in Placerville, you could find more than a new restaurant. You might find a new food avenue to explore with the gourmet meats, bulk herbs and spices and cookbooks you need to build your own feast. Farm Table is in a historic building with a beautiful embossed tin ceiling and two-story views of […]
A local district attorney investigator received the Joseph McClure Award for California District Attorney Investigator of the Year. Paul Moschini won the award on Oct. 3, according to DA Public Information Officer Dave Stevenson, and presented at a training conference by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. His career began in the Bay Area as […]
Tuesday’s meeting was the last for three board members of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District who were voted out in last week’s election. Leaving the board will be President Bonnie McLane, Vice President Kathy Otermat and Director Ray Griffiths. The incoming board members, Lon Uso, Carl Hoelscher and Jesse Hanschild, will be sworn in […]
BEING A FATHER ROCKS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Being a father is the only thing that lives up to the hype. When I’m with my daughter — when we’re doing homework together or hanging out watching a movie or kicking a soccer ball around or doing any of the things […]
The El Dorado County Connections — One Stop Workforce Development and Business Resource Centers is hosting a series of informational sessions for unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County. The sessions will highlight free services available through Connections and information on training programs and/or on-the-job training through the Workforce Investment Act […]
An El Dorado Hills woman has been appointed to the California Board of Optometry. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Oct. 13 that Rachel Michelin had been appointed to the position. “I’m a public member, it’s a volunteer position,” Michelin said. The board is made up of licensed optometrists and public volunteers. The board “looks at policy […]
Dave Eggerton, the personable general manager of both the El Dorado County Water Agency and the El Dorado Water & Power Authority (EDWPA), has announced he will be leaving the agency to take the job of general manager at the Calaveras County Water District. With Nov. 30 being his last day, Eggerton discussed what has been accomplished […]
When Jeannia Thomas’ daughter and another employee of The Look Salon in Placerville arrived at work the morning of Oct. 4, they discovered the lock to the door had been jammed open, possibly with a screwdriver. Inside, Thomas said, her salon was “ransacked.” Files were strewn about, broken items littered the floor andtowels were flung […]
A man was ejected out of his car Tuesday morning sustaining minor-to-moderate injuries. The man, described only as a white male adult, was driving his blue Suburu WRX westbound on Highway 50 west of Cedar Grove at about 10 a.m. when he hit the center divider and lost control of the vehicle, CHP Officer Dan […]
On a 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted Monday to censure Director Greg Prada for threatening a speaker at the Oct. 14 meeting when he said, “Best make sure your liability insurance is paid up.” Nov. 10 Prada issued a statement in defense against censure, writing, “I made a statement not […]
After a three-year legal battle over sick horses and mounting debt due to their care, Grace Foundation has bolted the gates to its 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe. As recent as July things seemed to be looking up according to Grace Foundation Executive Director and founder Beth DeCaprio. After a plea […]
George, the Hangman’s dummy, newly restored and with all of his fingers, is swaying in the breeze; the exterior is painted and the scaffolding is gone — progress is being made on the renovation of the Herrick and Hangman’s buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street.
From snail-pace slow to all-in-a-rush, the renovation happens in fits and starts, but renovating 2-century-old buildings with a common roof and wall is an unknown, said Sue Taylor, who owns the buildings with her husband, Tim. “It’s not a typical remodel job. We’re doing a lot of research with this and it’s not something that can be plotted out and all the contractors scheduled.”
The Taylors have owned the …
If there ever was a Mr. El Dorado Hills, it was Norm Rowett. The steadfast community volunteer died Oct. 17 from cancer. He was 78. Since he moved to El Dorado Hills in 1977, Rowett was committed to his town’s betterment and he spearheaded what would become pivotal undertakings in its history. One of the […]
El Dorado County Connections — One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum and hiring event on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Connections — One Stop located at 3047 Briw Road in Placerville. The event will be conducted by Harmony Home Care. The organization is looking to hire home health aids, certified nursing […]
AUBURN — Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer and Amador-El Dorado Units have lifted the suspension of residential burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) effective Nov. 3. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns. Residents must follow burning requirements and maintain control of their […]
BURNT TOAST LOGIC? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?” POETRY READ-AROUND: “Poetic License” is a poetry read-around scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Placerville Senior […]
SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding a recent scam involving fake newspaper subscription mailings. Individuals throughout California have recently received deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions. The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a […]
The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency invites the public to provide input for the county’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan for the Fiscal Year 2015/16. Community members can give input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by Mental Health staff […]
The El Dorado County Commission on Aging is actively recruiting to fill one vacancy. The commission plays a very important advisory role to both the Area Agency on Aging and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on matters concerning senior residents. The commission focuses its efforts on issues such as: • Development of community […]
SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today slammed the proposed University of California tuition increase plan, which could raise student fees 5-percent a year for the next five years. “The UC system must serve the academic elite, not just the financial elite,” said Gaines. “Students have been pummeled with tuition increases for years, and the […]
A 4.5-acre lot in the middle of El Dorado Hills Town Center is ground zero for some kind of development, and El Dorado County Supervisors decided what kind at their Tuesday Nov. 4 meeting. By a 4 to 1 vote, the board gave conceptual approval for a 250-unit apartment complex proposed by Stockton-based developer Economou/Spanos […]
A Malibu woman faces a 32-count indictment, unsealed Nov. 6, for an alleged fraud scheme of construction of a movie studio — with one of the locations in El Dorado Hills. Carissa Carpenter, 51, was arrested Nov. 5 in Venice on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to a government agent, […]
The man accused of shooting and killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and a Placer County sheriff’s detective was moved from Sacramento County to El Dorado County on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The decision to move Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes (aka Marcelo Marquez) to the Placerville jail was made by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who said he decided […]
On Monday, Oct. 27, Bart Emry of Camino let his dog Daisy, outside to do her business. It was two o’clock in the morning and Emry assumed Daisy’s nudge had meant the 11-year-old collie/lab mix needed to go.
But instead of heading out into the yard, Daisy froze on the porch. “I kept telling her to go, go, but she was staring at something,” said Emry, 55. He started to open the back door wider, but Daisy suddenly jumped backwards and Emry caught sight of why: 25 feet directly in front of them, a huge black bear was foraging in a bag of trash he dragged from a pile by the side of the house. The bear saw Daisy and charged.
Emry reacted by heaving the dog into the laundry room behind him. “I was bent over picking her up and I tried to kick the door shut, but the bear was on top of us and swiped my foot with his claw. I stood up and he stopped long enough for me to slam the door in his snout, which was only about six inches from my face.”
The wound on Emry’s left …
El Dorado Disposal brought a formidable team of people to “talk trash” at the county Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 21. Seeking to renew its agreement with the county for another five to 15 years, the Waste Connections company got approval to continue its franchise to “collect, transport, recycle and dispose of solid waste” from […]
After nearly two years of attending meetings on the auspices of providing “public input” into the demise or reconstruction of the Mt. Murphy Bridge in Coloma, Garden Valley resident Mark E. Smith became a stakeholder representative for the Divide and skeptical of the process and its potential result. At a public meeting Smith held at […]
OBEY THE VET’S ORDERS: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life in Signs” quote: “In a veterinarian’s waiting room: ‘Be Back in 5 Minutes. Sit! Stay!’” A BRAWL AT THE LIBRARY: A gaming tournament titled “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” will take place at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 29, from […]
FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced Nov. 4 a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses LiDAR technology. Accurate mapping of the FPUD’s Sugar Pine reservoir is required […]
Marshall Medical Center has made a $10,000 commitment to El Dorado Hills Community Services District for the purchase of an Inflatable Obstacle Course for the CSD Community Pool. Officials will be presenting a check to the district Nov. 13 at the Board of Directors monthly meeting. The CSD estimates the cost of the inflatable to […]
In a perfect world, our dogs would be welcome everywhere we go and regardless of how we get there. As it stands, while your dog is greeted with a smile and a water bowl at almost any patio cafe in the country and in Nordstroms nationwide — as long as she takes the elevator and […]
An 18-year-old was hit by a car and two other pedestrians were narrowly missed when the car veered onto the right shoulder of the road near China Garden Road in Placerville. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning when a 1996 Jeep Cherokee […]
EL DORADO HILLS — Lake Forest Elementary School invites area veterans to be honored at their “Celebration of Freedom” assembly on Monday, Nov. 10 from 9:15 to 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at 2240 Sailsbury Drive, in El Dorado Hills. Veterans from local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and friends and relatives of […]