A house near Highways 193 and 49 was a total loss in a fire Monday morning.
The fire was reported at 10:27 a.m. and the first responding engine noted heavy fire in a boarded-up house, said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The house was vacant, with no occupants or victims.
Cordero noted that due to the fire’s vertical movement, it became unsafe for firefighters to be in the structure and they were pulled out, going on the defensive.
Highway 49 was closed due to a needed fire hydrant being across the street from the house.
The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is inviting members of the public to provide input on the County’s Mental Health Services Act Programs Plan for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. Community members can provide input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by […]
Kovar’s Family Martial Arts will be hosting a free children’s workshop on Saturday, March 22, to educate kids about bullying. Bullying is a serious issue when someone tries to deliberately hurt other people with words or actions. Bullying is 97 percent psychological and only 3 percent physical. People who bully try to take other people’s […]
The CHP is set to offer two Smart Start classes for teen drivers and their parents/guardians in March 12 and May 8. Call the Placerville CHP office at 530-622-1110. Start Smart is a two-hour, no-cost class designed to teach new drivers safe driving habits, how to avoid collisions, the dynamics of collisions, the consequences of making […]
El Dorado County residents looking for work, or just interested in an opportunity to meet with local employers informally, are invited to attend the free Tri-County Job Fair on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street in Folsom. Approximately 50 employers are expected at this […]
With 5 p.m. Friday being the deadline for contestants to formally declare their candidacy, the number of incumbents facing challengers this year is increasing. The latest is Bill Schultz, El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk. He is no longer alone in the race; El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral has decided to also run for the position. […]
The El Dorado Irrigation District will get extra credit for using recycled water in meeting the state’s requirement to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020. Legislation passed in 2009 set that 20 percent by 2020 rule. EID is meeting that goal in part by using as its baseline the daily per capita water use […]
El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]
How to grow and where to grow are issues that continue to confound local government officials. On Feb. 24, El Dorado County Supervisors opted to delay a decision that would have given direction to the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division on how and where future growth should be considered from now through 2035. […]
Hoping to get out the message that storm or no storm, we are still in the middle of a drought, for the past month staff from the El Dorado Irrigation District have been hitting the speaking circuit to talk about the drought and the need for water conservation. On Friday, the tag team of Brian […]
A man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend pleaded no contest Friday morning. Judge Daniel B. Proud told Austin Schwartzler that it was his understanding Schwartzler would be pleading to Count 1 of the complaint, attempted murder, and that the enhancements attached to the charge would be dismissed. Prosecutor Lisette […]
With every little bit counting, the results of the Feb. 27 snow survey were better than last month’s, but still way below normal.
According to a press release from the Department of Water Resources, “On Tuesday, before the current storm system reached the area, water content in the statewide snowpack was 22 percent of normal for the date and only 19 percent of the average reading in early April when snow begins to melt into streams and reservoirs. These readings were just above the 1991 record lows of 18 percent for the date and 15 percent of the April 1 average.
After more than five years of managing the Cool Medical Clinic for Dr. Cristal Speller, Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg have severed those ties. The Eisenbergs are now managing a new cannabis practice, Cool Consultations Inc., on Highway 49, which just opened on Feb. 17 in Cool. Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya, who also has a practice […]
BE ON TIME FOR DINNER: John Chapman provided this T-shirt quotation: “A tardy cannibal gets the cold shoulder.” NEW LOCATION FOR FUNDRAISER: Because of structural work being done on the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Friends of El Dorado County Seniors will move their 1 p.m.-5 p.m. March 16 spaghetti feed fundraiser to the […]
COMMUNITY INFORMATION: “Covered California” people are available at local libraries to explain covered Califorina programs, including MediCal. The deadline for this open period is March 31. Appointments or drop-ins can visit the following locations now: Location 1 – El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, every Tuesday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Location 2 – Placerville […]
CMA FUNDRAISER: The Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) is having a fundraiser for their “Run for the Son” motorcycle run to support National and Worldwide Ministries. The fundraiser will be held at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, located at 2650 Cameron Park Dr. (at Green Valley Road) in Cameron Park. When you purchase your food, mention the CMA fundraiser, […]
Now that the El Dorado Irrigation District is in a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning, and customers are expected to conserve 30 percent, what exactly does that mean? It means that EID is asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water consumption to help achieve a 30 percent reduction in water use from the past three-year […]
Placerville City Council approved a resolution of interest Feb. 25 to establish a downtown Placerville Historical District and expand the current Placerville Historical District to include four properties on Cedar Ravine Street. The unanimous vote directed city staff to initiate changes to the city’s Zoning Map, creating a Downtown Historic District that would stretch from […]
With their board short one member, at their Feb. 25 meeting the directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District voted to fill the opening with an appointee. That decision followed the resignation of the president of the board, Sean Tucker, one week earlier. Tucker said he was resigning so he could devote more time and […]
The El Dorado Community Foundation administers over 200 individual funds. One of the very first funds, established in 1991, is Endow El Dorado. This particular endowment allows the foundation to open granting up to any/all nonprofit organizations in the entire county for any program or service for which they may need assistance. Since the inception […]
The U.S. Attorney’s Office distributed $263,500 to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office from seized narcotics proceeds. The two agencies participated in an investigation of an interstate marijuana-trafficking ring that led to federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced in a press release. The final payment was delivered in January, […]
Spending the public’s money is the job of government, and the work must be done in an open, structured and prescribed way. The county’s official “spenders” went to budget school last week when Chief Financial Officer Laura Schwartz presented “Budget Basics” to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Developing the county’s annual budget is […]
The cracks and potholes on Main Street between Pacific Street and Bedford may become a thing of the past. The Placerville City Council voted a unanimous approval of plans to begin a street overlay of Main Street at the Feb. 25 meeting, and, best of all, there is money to pay for it.
The city has a Pavement Management System with an inventory of city streets and prioritized repairs, but Main Street with its high visibility and usage was the first choice.
“The need is definitely there,”said City Manager Cleve Morris. “There are plenty of streets in Placerville that could use this, but Main Street has high traffic.”
Bringing a developer’s perspective to the table is Latrobe resident Douglas Wiele, 61, who was recently reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wiele was first appointed to the commission in September of last year but that term expired in December. Wiele has been the founding partner and president of […]
If you’re a Placerville resident who irrigated your yard between December 2013 and February 2014, your wastewater charges beginning in September might be higher than usual. Unseasonably warm weather and dry conditions led some residents to irrigate their yards, indirectly causing higher than usual wastewater charges, which are always calculated using winter water consumption. Typically, […]
POLLOCK PINES — Viking Construction of Rancho Cordova has been awarded the contract to construct a new bridge on U.S. Highway 50 at the Sly Park Road undercrossing in Pollock Pines, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced Wednesday. Viking submitted the lowest bid at $5.2 million. The total cost of the project is estimated […]
Military veterans have earned the benefits they are offered by the nation, and Bill Schultz, El Dorado county recorder and director of veterans affairs, wants to make sure they know they have community support.
Schultz developed a Veteran Identification Card that he is rolling out on March 9 at the Sunday breakfast scheduled at the Veterans Memorial Building in Placerville. The card, when presented to participating businesses in El Dorado County, offers veterans discounts on goods and services. Currently, there are businesses nationwide that offer discounts to veterans, but the veteran must present a copy of his/her DD 214 to receive it. A small, laminated card is a better fit in a wallet and more durable than a piece of paper.
The process is simple and quick. There is a very brief application that the veteran completes …
Registration opens March 3 for enrollment in the Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School. The Charter School provides an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum through a natural resources focus. Enrollment packets are available in the school office at 3060 Snows Road, Camino or online at caminocharter.org. Registration is limited, so enroll now to guarantee placement. […]
As the new head of Golden Hills School, Karen O’Donnell can be seen most days mingling with the school’s junior kindergarten to 8th graders, nearly 200 students in all. She already knows each child by name and on this day casually pops into classrooms to ask who’d like to be part of a photo-op. All […]
Oak Ridge students spent last week spreading the message that people in our own community do, indeed, need help getting food on a daily basis. At halftime during Friday night’s football game against the Rocklin Thunder, the students’ three-day efforts in partnership with Rolling Hills Christian Church paid off when they presented a check for […]
A Feb. 25 conference call with representatives from the Benjamin Moore Paint Co. brought a change in the previously reported painting schedule for Main Street. Earlier, the company had set the schedule for painting some of the downtown buildings — part of a nationwide campaign to revitalize Main Streets — for April, with a celebratory […]
This Sunday, March 2, at 10 a.m., the Placerville Police Department will be following up on last week’s outreach operation that left a significant amount of trash along hillsides due to a temporary overwhelming of resources. If you are interested in volunteering some time and don’t mind getting dirty, meet at the Placerville Police Department […]
Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park is 70 percent full, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Feb. 24. The lake reached that level primarily because of water transfers from the El Dorado Canal via the Hazel Creek Tunnel. Abercrombie said the current prediction is the 41,000-acre-foot reservoir will be at 20,000 acre-feet by […]
SACRAMENTO — Local residents can help El Dorado County kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s third annual STAR Readers Book Drive March 2-21. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. STAR Readers nonprofit partners Boys […]
George Runner issued the following statement Feb. 25 after joining a 5-0 vote to lower the gasoline excise tax 3.5 cents per gallon as of July 1, 2014: “Our vote today is good news for California taxpayers. This much-needed tax relief will arrive as Californians are on the road for summer vacations. “Lower gas taxes […]
WHO NEEDS ALGEBRA? John Chapman provided the following T-shirt quote: “Well, another day has passed and I didn’t use algebra once.” GREAT CHILI AND GREAT CONVERSATION: The El Dorado Community Hall has scheduled a “Chili-Cook-Off” for Saturday, March 15. Cocktail hour is 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Chili entries must be turned in at 4 […]
INTENTIONS ARE IMPORTANT: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.” SUPPORT OUR SHERIFF’S UNITS: We just received information that there will be a cioppino feed fundraiser tomorrow, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone […]
SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) on Feb. 20 introduced legislation that would save ratepayers money on their insurance premiums by mandating that the Department of Insurance automatically accept any rate-decrease application from an insurer. “Let’s cut the bureaucracy and get some money back into people’s pockets,” said Gaines. “If an insurer wants to lower […]
After 162 years, it might be time for a little repair. The Fountain Tallman Soda Works building at 524 Main Street, houses a tiny two-floor museum now, after a past filled with a variety of owners and uses, but the stone, brick and mortar that comprises the building is original and it could use some help.
From Feb. 28 to March 19, the Fountain Tallman Museum will be closed while Leland Peterson, restoration engineer and mason, and his crew repair, replace and restore masonry and brick around the windows and door of the first floor of the building.
Built in 1852 with 2-foot-thick brick and masonry walls and iron shutters, the soda works was the only building to have survived all of the early fires that devastated Placerville.
A bench in the little park behind the Ivy House parking lot was removed at the request of Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller, said Placerville Community Services Director, Steve Youel. “There had been complaints about loitering from local merchants, ” said Youel, “and the bench was removed at Chief Heller’s request to discourage people from […]
While supporting a healthy mix of urban and rural charm, El Dorado Hills residents who participated in the community survey don’t necessarily back more rooftops. This and many other survey results were discussed last Wednesday night inside the packed El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion. The El Dorado Hills Community Economic Development Advisory Committee […]
Based on the outcome of his trial, an El Dorado County supervisor could face removal from office. Depending on what charges Ray Nutting is convicted of, if any, he could face a Government Code 3060 action — a civil Grand Jury convening to decide if Nutting should be removed from office. Certain convictions, such as […]
Adding his name to the list of those running for Treasurer-Tax Collector this year is El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs, whose term on the Board of Supervisors expires at the end of this year. Briggs will face off against C.L. Raffety, CPA. In the District 5 Supervisor’s race, Michelle Sweeney of South Lake Tahoe initially […]
Beginning Thursday, April 10, the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering their first 6-week training session for 2014 in both obedience and conformation at the El Dorado Fairgrounds in Placerville. For those preparing a dog for the breed ring, the conformation class focuses on the finer points of handling your dog in AKC shows. […]
“Give us back our water,” the El Dorado Irrigation District will ask of the state water board. On a 4-0 vote, with Director George Osborne absent, the EID board Monday approved a two-pronged plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to quit sending 1 million gallons of high-quality recycled water down the creek every day. The […]