CSD dog park off (leash) and running

Construction on a new El Dorado Hills dog park could begin in days, said El Dorado Hills Community District General Manager Brent Dennis at Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting. El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the first of two planned dog parks on the western slope in Cameron Park in 2013, but the second, which was supposed […]

White assigned new date

A man accused of murder appeared in court Monday for a brief hearing to assign a new court date. Jeffrey White, accused of killing Rick Kriewitz, appeared with his attorney, Susan Gellman. Gellman told the court that she had trouble obtaining medical information on Kriewitz due to privacy laws and contacting next-of-kin. She requested new […]

Free Military Mental Health First Aid classes

The Military Family Support Group is offering free Military Mental Health First Aid classes for veterans, service members, family members & related personnel at the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, March 23, Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 (no class on Wednesday, March 25). While […]

OHV grant application

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation is developing an application for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014/2015 grant cycle. We are developing a preliminary application to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for a restoration grant for restoring “pioneered” routes; restoration and protection of Lava Caps and associated sensitive […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s time to play cribbage

STOP BY FOR CAKE:
 “A Helping Hand Homecare” is celebrating seven years in business. They are inviting you to stop by for some cake on March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 6092 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. JEWELRY CLASS: 
A “Fused Glass Jewelry” class will be available on Tuesday, March 31, from […]

Lend-A-Heart lands locally

Dogs and cats and rabbits, oh my! When the founders of Lend-A-Heart Animal Assisted Therapy started the organization in 1987, they knew it was a good idea to have therapy animals visit people who needed their affection and silent encouragement, but they probably didn’t expect they would visit 60 facilities in the Sacramento region and need […]

‘Heaven’ used as meet-up spot

As El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Cuddeback rolled to a stop near the intersection of Powers Drive and Beatty Drive, he spotted six parked cars. Assuming two per car, about a dozen people were probably there. It was early — a bit after 5 p.m. — and more teenagers would surely appear later. A sort of lovers’ […]

Blue Ribbon Committee application extended

The deadline for submitting an application to join the Blue Ribbon Committee to create a strategic plan for the potential development and reuse of the historic Placerville Courthouse and historic City Hall has been extended to Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Under the direction of the city of Placerville and El Dorado County, a Blue Ribbon […]

EDH man causes fatal SLT collision

An El Dorado Hills man allegedly caused a DUI collision on March 13 in South Lake Tahoe, claiming the life of a 28-year-old man. Ginger D. Baker, 43, of South Lake Tahoe, drove a Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on Highway 50 west of Chiapa Drive at about 10:30 p.m. with the victim — whose name has […]

Shootout leads to house fire

A man shot at deputies responding to a domestic argument call in Cameron Park early Monday morning, spurring a shootout that ended with a house fire, but caused no injuries.

Deputies responded to the call on the 3100 block of Oakwood Road at about 2:30 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. As they were speaking to a female outside the residence, a man inside — later identified by an EDSO press release as Michael Hoffer, 44 — opened fire with a rifle. One deputy was able to return fire. The shootout lasted between …

New court date for alleged King Fire arsonist

The man accused of causing the King Fire appeared briefly in court Monday to receive new court dates. Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared with his attorney, Bob Banning, for a blink-and-miss-it hearing following a short meeting in the judge’s chambers. Banning noted that there was a significant amount of investigation left to do and requested a new […]

Military vets ride to honor Holderman

A procession of Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Gerald Holderman Sr. to a memorial for the fallen veteran on Monday. “We received a request to ride from the family as a sign of respect and honor,” said Robert Rogers, a ride captain of the Sacramento Capital Region PGR. Turnout was good, he said, […]

CDFW seeks artists to enter Duck Stamp Art Contest

Artists are invited to submit their original artwork to the 2015-2016 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will accept submissions from May 1 through June 3. The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of March 4, 2015. Entrants need not […]

Public workshop today for Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Program

AUBURN — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy will be holding a public workshop to discuss grant application guidelines for forest health projects that will be funded by the Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 grant program. Draft grant guidelines can be found on the SNC Website. The SNC is proposing […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

  GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT: 
The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Bridge project to proceed

The El Dorado Irrigation District held a special board meeting on Friday to discuss two closed session items. Reported out of closed sessions was approval of a settlement with U.S. Specialty Insurance Company regarding the Camp 2 Bridge Replacement Project. U.S. Specialty insures Excavating Engineers Inc., the company originally hired to complete the project. The new company […]

BOS gives back EDH fire fees

Contentious discussion notwithstanding, during its March 10 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously to give back nearly $95,500 to the El Dorado Hills County Water District/Fire Department. The amount represents development impact fire fees collected relative to the district’s Capital Improvement Plan. The issue had been put off since the board’s […]

Chamber members celebrate 100 years

The centennial year of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce found business leaders gathered Friday to begin celebrating 100 years of success with its 2015 Business Awards Luncheon at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. The gorgeous sunlit golf course outside the clubhouse windows seemed custom-ordered for the festivities inside, where a handful […]

GDPUD losing money on its meters

The water district is losing money on its aging meters, according to a study presented to the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its March 10 meeting. Conducted by MC Engineering, the purpose of the study was to determine the overall efficiency of the district’s system. Paid for through a grant from PG&E and the […]

Drought and ALT plant discussed

Although there are still hoops to jump through, progress is being made to retrofit the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant, according to a staff report made at the March 10 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. George Sanders, who previously acted as interim general manager for the district, reported that although they have yet to receive final […]

Coloma Post Office still delivering mail after 165 years

The tiny post office in Coloma may be 165 years old and counting, but old age and rumors that it’s haunted haven’t dampened its spirits.

Indeed, while over 100 post offices are said to have existed in El Dorado County at one time or another, it’s the Coloma Post Office that is still here while most of the rest have closed or been combined with others.

It’s also a meet up spot for the community as there’s no other mail delivery in the area. Instead residents stop by regularly to collect mail from their boxes while catching up on the local gossip.

Coloma is more than just a …

Placerville mid-year budget review shows similar results

The news about the Placerville city budget is about the same as it has been for the past two years: Placerville is holding its own; city staff is providing the same level of service with less money; the economy is making slow progress and year-end operating expenditures are anticipated to be within the budget for […]

TRPA accepting Lake Spirit Award nominations

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is accepting nominations for Lake Spirit Awards to honor real people making real progress protecting Lake Tahoe. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate exemplary members of the community who are going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the beauty and clarity of the Lake. Because […]

Input on Airport Master Plan Update sought

An Airport Master Plan Update presentation on development alternatives will be an opportunity for the public to provide remarks regarding the future of the airport on March 16. The Lake Tahoe Airport Master Plan has progressed to another key step and community input is needed. The public is invited to a meeting, Monday, March 16, […]

Runner sponsors legislation to refund illegal taxes

SACRAMENTO — Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner announced Feb. 27 he is sponsoring legislation to extend common sense protections to taxpayers. Assembly Bill 867, authored by Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine), would require the state to provide a full refund to all individuals who paid a tax later declared unconstitutional or illegal. AB 867 […]

Heard over the back fence: Banjo players and lunch

A NICE EGOTIST: 
Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following “Philosophy of Ambiguity” quote: “One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.” WEST POINT APPOINTEE: 
John Klingberg informs us that Brendon Sauer, Ponderosa High School Class of 2013, has received and accepted an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Congratulations, Brendon! […]

EDCWA interim GM selected

The El Dorado County Water Agency (EDCWA) tentatively selected an interim general manager. However, a contract must still be hammered out. That decision was reached at the agency’s board meeting on Wednesday. Ken Payne, who is a partner in the Municipal Consulting Group, was selected to fill the spot until a permanent general manager is hired. […]

Hinds pleads not guilty

A man accused of shooting his father-in-law pleaded not guilty in a Tuesday arraignment. Joseph Hinds, 33, was appointed a public defender and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a firearm, and denied a special allegation of causing great bodily injury — which makes the felony a serious […]

Embezzlement: EDH man indicted

A federal grand jury indicted an El Dorado Hills man Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 from his former employer. Jeffrey Lamson, 51, was charged with three counts of wire fraud, a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. From at least 2009 to 2011, Lamson embezzled more than $400,000 from the […]

Interest lags on future of courthouse

What to do with the historic county courthouse on Main Street in Placerville has been a hot and cold topic among locals for years. The Superior Court, a division of the state’s judicial system, has used the building since it was built in 1913. Now, however, due to the facility’s many antiquated features and amenities, […]

SubSea Systems creates underwater oxygen lounge

It was a perfect storm: four and a half hours of sleep after a Bob Seger concert, with a full eight-hour workday ahead followed by a three-hour City Council meeting with a mid-year budget review at the end of it. Coffee was ingested to stimulate my brain and prop my eyelids open, but it wasn’t going to get me past the budget review. Would putting on a SeaTREK helmet and sucking up copious amounts of concentrated oxygen, shooting a bubble gun and mugging for the camera while being 9 feet underwater keep me awake and coherent through the budget report? It was worth a try.

SubSea Systems in Diamond Springs is known internationally for its amazing inventions that enable people to interact with water in ways they could only dream of. Specialized helmets allow those who would not otherwise be able to …

New water supply from Folsom doesn’t stop conservation efforts

On Jan. 12, the EID board approved a five-year Warren Act Contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that will allow the District to divert up to 8,500 acre-feet per year of Project 184 water — not previously available to the district — from Folsom Reservoir for consumptive use, according to a press release from […]

Folsom Lake College athletic complex a slam dunk

Folsom Lake College President Rachel Rosenthal has an answer for anyone who questions why the college should invest in athletic facilities. “The classroom is not the only place where students learn,” she said. Rosenthal made that point loud and clear at the dedication of the college gymnasium at the main campus in Folsom on Feb. […]

Planning Commission candidates sought

The Placerville City Council has extended the deadline for individuals who are interested in sharing their positive energy and creative talents to apply for appointment to serve on the Planning Commission. The deadline for completing an application form is Tuesday, March 31. Application forms are available on the city’s Website at cityofplacerville.org or may be […]

DSA donates $100K to Boys & Girls Club

The members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of El Dorado County donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club for a new facility. “The DSA is proud to be a part of this huge community campaign to bring a much-needed expanded facility to the children in El Dorado County,” stated Todd Crawford, DSA president. “We […]

Valley View Elementary in EDH closer to opening

For two years Valley View Elementary has been ready to accommodate students, but hasn’t had the bodies to fill its classrooms. Finally, the school in the Blackstone community is closer to opening. “We are accepting registrations next year for Valley View,” said Buckeye Union superintendent David Roth by phone. “However the numbers remain fairly low […]

Additional locations for Home Energy Assistance Program

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or […]

Heard over the back fence: Live darefully

CLIMB ABOARD: 
On March 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the El Dorado Western Railroad will offer train rides at El Dorado Station, located next to the El Dorado Community Hall in the town of El Dorado. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up and a $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 are […]

Holderman motorcade planned

The Military Family Support Group has planned a procession, including a motorcycle Patriot Guard, prior to the March 16 memorial service for Gerald Holderman Sr. The motorcade, beginning at 10 a.m., will travel from Missouri Flat Road, from the Lion’s Hall to Highway 50, along Placerville Drive, Pierroz Road and Cold Springs Road to Cold […]

Cal Fire AEU announces two new division chiefs

Two new division chiefs have been named for the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. Rob Withrow and Mike Webb, both local to El Dorado County and longtime members of Cal Fire, were both promoted to division chief. “I’ve spent most of my career in El Dorado County,” Withrow, now division chief of administration, told […]

EID reviews Drought Action Plan changes

The El Dorado Irrigation District received an update on the drought and considered changes to its Drought Action Plan at its board meeting on Monday. Providing an overview of EID’s water supply, Brian Mueller, director of Engineering, said that as of the end of February, Jenkinson Lake was at 75 percent of capacity and Caples Lake was […]

STEM-based program leads the way

The first of the first: 25 Union Mine High School students are taking the first of four courses in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a four-year career technical engineering pathway at UMHS. Project Lead the Way is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based national program designed to equip students with skills in engineering, open-ended problem solving, application of engineering design processes and the use of industry-leading technology and software that the world’s top companies use.

PLTW Engineering students explore mechatronics, forces, structures, aerodynamics, digital electronics and circuit design, manufacturing and the environment to prepare them for post-secondary education …

Aerial mulching to resume in King Fire area

The U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be starting up helicopter operations again next week to drop straw mulch for erosion control on Eldorado National Forest lands that burned in the King Fire. Approximately 320 acres along Eleven Pines Road were treated in November before heavy rain storms caused the work […]

Pedestrian hit in Pollock Pines

A Rocklin man was hit by a car in Pollock Pines Monday afternoon. At about 3:50 p.m., Paul Fowler, 56, of Pollock Pines, was driving a gray 2012 Honda Civic on Old Carson Road, about .7 miles south of Forest Drive, when he hit Benjamin Crittenden, 28, sustained major injuries, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. […]

Lane closures set for Highway 50

Beginning Monday night, March 9, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency (CDA) implemented full one-directional closures of Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. Eastbound closures that began on Monday night, March 9: • Eastbound lanes from Latrobe Road to Bass Lake Road […]