Boy hit by ricochet

A 7-year-old boy was injured while at a target range with a youth rifle on Aug. 30 in Georgetown. The family, from the Bay Area, was visiting its Georgetown property, where members had constructed a shooting range, a Sheriff’s Office press release stated. Two people were using the range at the time, with more family […]

Wine grape harvest begins

A large metal machine was quietly pressing grapes on the afternoon of Aug. 28. The grapes were some of the first harvest collected by Lava Cap Vineyards.

Behind the tasting room, Charlie Jones, vineyard manager, watched as winemaker Joe Norman, in a white lab coat, worked the machine. It was 6 tons of sauvignon blanc grapes, Jones said, and a small one. Only one press load, where a normal day of harvest will see two, between 10 and 12 tons of grapes processed per day. It was the first week harvest began in earnest, and would likely pick up the next week and stay consistent. Sept. 1 is a “typical start date,” Jones said, so they are just about on schedule.

Harvest came slightly early …

New admistration at MLUSD begins school year

Mother Lode Union School District is pleased to welcome a new school year and announce some administrative changes. The district is home to Indian Creek Elementary School and Herbert Green Middle School in Placerville and strives to nurture a partnership with students, staff, parents and the community, while meeting the educational needs of each child. […]

County moves to privatize mental health facility operations

El Dorado County Supervisors, Aug. 26, voted unanimously to authorize staff to negotiate a contract with Telecare Corporation thereby intending to privatize most of the operations of the county’s Psychiatric Health Facility. Usually referred to as the PHF, El Dorado is one of only 16 counties statewide that has its own acute psychiatric hospital and […]

City Council: Candidate forced to change statement

Kirk Callan Smith, one of the six candidates for the Placerville City Council, received a certified letter from the City Clerk that his ballot statement, turned in on Aug. 8, was unacceptable as written. Smith’s petition to the court stated that the City Clerk had sent him a certified letter informing him that his ballot […]

Initiative put off: Motion passes for 2016 election

El Dorado County supervisors completed their review of the “Reinstate Measure Y’s Original Intent — No More Paper Roads” initiative at the Aug. 26 Board of Supervisors meeting, and in accordance with the California Elections Code, they assigned the measure to the June 2016 statewide election. The motion passed unanimously by the four sitting supervisors […]

‘Cody just vanished’: Parents of missing man still hopeful

On June 6, Vernon “Cody” Matthews disappeared from his parents’ vacation home in Pollock Pines. But his parents have not given up hope — and if anyone would be able to survive two months in the wilderness, it would be Cody.

Cody’s father, Vern, spent about a dozen years in Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue and was a team leader trainee when he stepped down. He spent 20 years in fire service in Southern California, and was a captain when he left due to injury. He had extensive Red Cross and emergency medical training, often doing wilderness rescues. Before age and injury caught …

Board of good sports

El Dorado County supervisors  Brian Veerkamp and Ron Mikulaco took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the government center Thursday afternoon. Veerkamp noted that the challenge began when Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito challenged Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas, who passed it on to the supervisors. County Youth Commissioners led by Lisa Boyle administered the […]

Placerville crime stats reported, mobile app released

In a good news, bad news story, Placerville Police Chief Heller reported that while crimes against people are down from last year, property crimes are up. Reviewed at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Placerville City Council, Heller noted that when comparing the first half of 2014 (January through June) to the same period in 2013, crime […]

City bike and trail projects move ahead

Taking action on a number of bike and trail projects at its Aug. 26 meeting, the Placerville City Council approved items including spending $350,000 for the design phase of the Broadway Bike Lanes Project. The project will end in the widening of Broadway from Schnell School Road to Point View Drive and construct Class II bike […]

Six indicted on meth, heroin trafficking

Six Sacramento-area men were indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 28 for charges related to trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in Yolo, Sacramento and El Dorado counties. According to a press release from Unite States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, a 17-count indictment was returned by a grand jury against Kenneth Tam, 53, Gerald Osborne, […]

Cameron Park burglar caught on camera

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing a Cameron Park business in the early morning hours of Aug. 26. The front door of the business was pried open and the cash drawer from the register was taken, a press release stated. There was […]

Italy on Wheels due Sept. 13

FOLSOM — Located just off Forrest and Fong Street near the intersection of Forrest and Folsom Boulevard at 1125 Joe Murer Court, the Murer House Museum holds four events every year as fundraisers. In about two weeks on Sept. 13 the third annual Italy on Wheels event which features Italian cars from Ferraris to Fiats, Ducatis […]

Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life Sept. 7

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I have to stop saying, ‘How Stupid Can You Be?’ SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT AS A CHALLENGE!” RELAY FOR LIFE TIME: The Relay fr Life festival for cancer survivors will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Supreme Court denies Nutting

The California Supreme Court denied a petition of a former county supervisor regarding his removal from office. On Aug. 27, the Supreme Court of California denied the petition for review and application for the stay of former Supervisor Ray Nutting on his removal from office. Nutting was removed when his position was vacated by Buckley […]

Acupuncture clinic aims to serve community

With a sliding pay scale, Rosie McNeilly hopes to bring the world of acupuncture to a larger segment of the El Dorado County community. The main room of El Dorado Community Acupuncture is soothing. Soft music, a few dim lights, neutral blue walls with painted bird and tree silhouettes, comfy chairs and beds make up […]

EDH veterans memorial gets land: Fundraising ready to begin

Veterans and their supporters have waited years for the opportunity to build a Veterans Memorial Park in El Dorado Hills. On Aug. 14 the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the long-awaited maintenance and ground lease agreement of CSD-owned land for the project. The location is a 1.2-acre site south […]

Sand Fire Benefit one big success

Pulling off probably one of the most quickly organized and most successful community fund-raising events ever held, the Sand Fire Benefit has exceeded everyone’s expectations having raised in excess of $78,000 for victims of last month’s devastating fire. “It’s at $78,000 now and we think it will end up at $80,000,” said Bill Roby, who is […]

Scholarship available for local forestry students

JACKSON – The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications from now to Nov. 15 for the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university. The scholarship will be granted to a student who has graduated from […]

SLT Mental Health Clinic moving

The El Dorado County Mental Health Clinic currently located at 1360 Johnson Boulevard is moving to 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. The anticipated move date is Sept. 5, with clinic doors expected to be open for clients at the new location on Sept. 8. County Alcohol and Drug Program services will also […]

Labor Day closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Sept. 1 due to Labor Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Protection will […]

Mayors to meet for virtual handshake

Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will join the mayors of three other pioneer-related cities for a virtual handshake tonight, Aug. 29, using a laptop computer. Held to honor the Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival, the event kicks off a celebration of the major trails used by pioneers moving west in the 1840s and 1850s. With Independence, Mo. the starting place for many […]

Camp 2 Bridge deconstructed

Since Aug. 1 contractor Excavating Engineers Inc. out of San Diego County has been working on the Camp 2 Bridge reconstruction project for the El Dorado Irrigation District.

The first order of business was deconstructing the rickety Erector Set-like bridge and its wooden bridge deck. The remains are stacked in the marshaling yard a short walk before the bridge abutment. Other pieces are on the east abutment where they will serve as a protection for the stacked rock abutment in case a rock falls on it.

To lift out the old superstructure and its timber …

Dog tak with Uncle Matty: Cat saves boy from ‘otherwise friendly dog’

You’ve probably seen the video — “My cat saved my son” — but if you haven’t, watch it here: youtube.com/watch?v=C-Opm9b2WDk. And brace yourselves, dog people, because you’re about to fall in love with a cat. Earlier this summer, Tara the Tabby became a hero and Internet sensation when she thwarted a dog attack by body-slamming, […]

Heard over the back fence: Chamber of Commerce tee time

FUN AND GAMES WARNING: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “It’s all fun and games until the police show up.” TAIL GATE SALE — A “Special Ladies Event” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Bring your gently used jewelry […]

GDPUD adopts new budget

A budget for the current fiscal year was adopted by board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its Aug. 12 meeting. The new budget comes in at $3.735 million for the 2014-15 year, a reduction of 8 percent over 2013-14 with both revenue and expenses down. The biggest drop in operating revenue is projected to be […]

Nutting petitions state Supreme Court

A former county supervisor has petitioned the Supreme Court of California after the Third District Appellate Court upheld a trial court judge’s decision to vacate the position. Attorney David Weiner filed the petition on behalf of Ray Nutting in an attempt to overturn Judge Timothy Buckley’s decision to vacate the District 2 position. A special […]

Car show Thursday: Classics cruise to Main Street

A car just like Gary and Shirley Day’s beautiful Plymouth broke the land-speed record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956, reaching 149 mph. The Mt. Aukum couple’s gorgeous Fury won’t be hitting any record-setting speeds Thursday, Aug. 28, when it cruises into Placerville for the popular Hangtown Evening Car Show, but even at 5 mph it’s a sight that takes the breath away.

The Days are happy to bring their baby to the annual car show, which each summer fills Main Street with breathtaking vehicles and appreciative …

Two fires in EDH

Two fires burned 7.5 acres in El Dorado Hills on the afternoon of Aug. 22. The fire began around 2 p.m. on the south side of Green Valley Road, west of Mormon Island Drive, said El Dorado County Fire Acting Battalion Chief Russ Hasemeier. It was contained to 5.4 acres of wild land. The fire […]

Ft. Jim area: Fire causes heavy damage

A fire heavily damaged a house in Placerville on Aug. 24. The fire was reported at 9:52 p.m., said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The first engine to arrive found a single-family residence on Alca Road, off of Fort Jim Road, well involved. “Initially the crews were in a defensive/exterior fire attack,” […]

Greenstone residents ask Prada to resign

Angry residents showed up at Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District to demand that Director Greg Prada resign or be censured after Prada accused them of gaming EID’s small farm rate. Prada, who has made an issue of what he calls hobby farmers receiving the small farm water rate, wrote an editorial […]

Off-duty CHP officer severely injured

An off-duty CHP officer sustained severe injuries in a solo collision Aug. 23. Richard Marshall, a recently promoted CHP lieutenant, was driving his black 2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide southbound on Highway 49 south of Forgotten Loop around 3 p.m., a CHP press release announced. His motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway […]

Heard over the back fence: Big quilt show in Cameron Park

DISAPPEARING MONEY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an OUT-OF-MONEY EXPERIENCE.” ANNUAL QUILT SHOW: The Gold Bug Quilters’ annual Quilt Show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services Gymnasium, 2502 Country Club Dr., on Sept. 5, 6, and 7. Show hours on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, are 10 a.m. to […]

Program aimed at preserving life

Calling their 15-year-old son “the greatest thing we ever did,” Melanie and Ron Stewart have a plan that could prevent other parents from the grief they’ve suffered since his untimely death. On June 13, the Garden Valley couple lost its beloved Ronnie due to the sudden and swift rise in the river level at the […]

Tahoe trained for mass casualties

South Lake Tahoe, along with multiple local agencies participated in a mass casualty incident training Monday. The MCI training included a scenario of a major plane crash at Lake Tahoe Airport with multiple causalities. The purpose of the plan was to formulate comprehensive action of rescue, medical and firefighting operations to combat the effects of […]

Transportation Commission allocates $706M for repairs

MARYSVILLE — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) Aug. 21 adopted 148 biking and walking projects, collectively valued at more than $430 million, in the state’s 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP), making it the nation’s largest. The CTC will allocate nearly $221 million to the projects at its future meetings. “We started the Active Transportation Program […]

Farm Bureau endorses Pratt for Dist. 2

After interviewing and carefully reviewing the qualifications of the candidates, the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Dave Pratt in the Board of Supervisors District 2 special election. “Dave Pratt is unquestionably the best candidate to represent farmers and he’s earned our support,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “He […]

Murderer up for parole for seventh time

A family is trying to keep a man in prison after he fatally shot his stepson and injured his wife and other stepson 29 years ago.

On Aug. 17, 1985, Robert Kaser entered the Placerville home of Priscilla Dixon. The married couple was estranged, and Kaser was there to pick up some belongings.

“He went to the bedroom. At the time, I didn’t know a gun was there,” Dixon said. She knew the .45 caliber handgun was in the house, likely in the bedroom, but it wasn’t something she thought about.

Her two sons, Ehren Dixon, 14, and Myles Dixon, 12, were in their bedroom, putting shoes on to help Kaser, “laughing, doing what kids do.” Priscilla was …

Folsom challenges Mather decision

Days after Sacramento County filed a Notice of Determination to move forward with the expansion of Mather Airport’s air cargo operations, the city of Folsom said, “Not so fast.” Citing several California Environmental Quality Act violations, including the project was approved and the NOD filed before all environmental findings were considered, Folsom assistant city attorney […]

Bigelow’s AB 2073 signed into law

SACRAMENTO – On Aug. 22, Assembly Bill 2073, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and will become law next year. Assembly Bill 2073 provides an exemption to the general prohibition against alcohol on school property. This bill allows facilities such as community centers, schools and office complexes owned by […]

Tea Party claims Common Core dumbs down education

A review of new national educational standards, called Common Core, was the topic at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills. Facilitated by Tea Party board member Bob Summers, the audience watched a video titled “Building the Machine” that was produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. Afterwards, Summers […]

BOS creates Facilities Financing Team Committee

Unsure whether to build, rent or otherwise obtain a new El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Administrative center, county supervisors July 29 opted to create a new board standing committee whose task is to find the best, quickest and most cost effective method to finance the project. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco described the current administration […]

Property Tax Roll shows a modest increase

The assessed value of all taxable property in El Dorado County increased by slightly more than 5 percent according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. The assessor completed and turned over the 2014/15 property tax roll on June 30. The $26.8 billion roll, which reflects the assessed value as of Jan. 1, is about […]

El Dorado County crops are up in market value

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22, and it was good news. According to a press release issued by the department, the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 […]