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 […]

EDC invited to join state of Jefferson

Fed up with what they say is a lack of representation and infringement on their liberties, several hundred people attended a townhall meeting Feb. 28 at which El Dorado County residents were asked to leave California and form a new state called Jefferson. Sponsored by the Tea Party in the Hills, the meeting’s primary speaker was Siskiyou County resident […]

Tobacco sales to minors doubled since 2012

Following two sting operations, health and law enforcement officials announced tobacco sales to minors doubled since 2012. Of the 142 stores surveyed, 32 sold to minors. “Nearly a quarter (22.5 percent) of the stores surveyed were willing to sell tobacco to kids,” stated Christy White, project director for the El Dorado County Health and Human Services […]

Supervisors adopt new vision for how to govern county

El Dorado County Supervisors agreed to disagree, a bit, over the exact wording, grammar and punctuation of their new “vision statement.” In their March 3, regular meeting, supervisors kicked around variations of the vision they created during several leadership and governance training sessions in January and February. Chairman Brian Veerkamp introduced the agenda item as […]

Heard over the back fence: Deal the cards

DECIPHER FOOD LABELS:
 A new class “Sugar and Substitutes . . . and How to Decipher Food Labels” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn all about sugar and sugar substitutes, how food additives are approved and how to decipher […]

Man shot in Cameron Park

A man was non-fatally shot in Cameron Park early Friday morning; the suspect was taken into custody in the morning and booked into the jail in the afternoon. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on the 2600 block of Country Club Drive at 2:36 a.m., Lt. Tom Murdoch said. On arrival, they […]

Burglar given stiff sentence

A man found guilty of a spree of burglaries was sentenced to 94 years and 4 months in prison.

Craig Ivan Adams, 35, received an additional 5 years per felony sentence — 11 of the 17 convictions — due to the appellate court decision in People v. Tittle, currently in the state Supreme Court. This was added to his approximately 55 years for the charges, prosecutor Anthony Garilli said.

A law enforcement official, who wished to remain unnamed, was a victim of Adams.

“I’m sworn to protect,” he said. “When I learned we were burglarized, I was devastated.” Both because his home had been burglarized and because he could not protect his family, who were not home at the time, he said. Now, every time they come home, they wonder whether they are victims again.

Heard over the back fence: Passing on our values

VALUE OF GIRLFRIENDS: 
Marshall Community Health Library is offering a presentation titled “Girlfriends, Good for Your Health” on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Marshall’s Upper Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, Cameron Park. To reserve your spot, call 530-626-2778. PASSING ON OUR VALUES: 
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is […]

Around About Transportation gives you a lift

There’s a new business in town and it’s giving people a lift along with some one-on-one TLC. Called Around About Transportation, the startup provides non-emergency medical transportation to those on the Western Slope of El Dorado County. Jointly owned by Pete Messimore along with husband and wife team Margaret Birge and Jeff Hill, Sr., the new business has only […]

Tri-County Job Fair March 13

Job seekers in El Dorado County and across the Sacramento region are invited to attend the Tri-County Job Fair on Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, located at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom. The free job fair will feature more than 65 local employers who will be […]

Tahoe Airport Master Plan Update report released for phase 1

The city of South Lake Tahoe announced the release of the Airport Master Plan Update — Final Phase 1 Report. The Airport Master Plan Phase I Report was prepared to provide a summary of the following: • Existing conditions of the airport and its surrounding environment • Aviation demand forecasts that provide detail on the […]

Taxpayer group updated on ‘big hairy beast’

Two years ago this month, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors awarded a $2.6 million contract to Tyler Technologies to replace the county’s current financial, payroll and human resources systems with a new system called FENIX. An additional $3 million was approved to hire staff to assist with implementation and conversion of the project. FENIX will […]

Holderman memorial service set

The service for a retired Marine who died three months after being shot in a home invasion will be held on March 16. According to a Cold Springs Church spokesperson, the service was tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. but will definitely be held on March 16. The service is open to the public. Gerald Holderman […]

Snow survey results ‘grim’

The results of Tuesday’s snow survey at Phillips Station were disappointing, with an average of 6.7 inches of snow on the ground and slightly less than one inch of water content.

At only 5 percent of the historical average for the site, the results were actually down from last month’s average of 12 percent.

“It’s pretty grim,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as he checked the numbers.

“And pretty reflective of measurements we’ve been taking up and down the Sierra over the past week or so as well as reflected in the telemetry measurements that come in each hour.

“We’re nudging up against the lowest snowpack on record,” he said, citing the snowpacks recorded in 1991 and 1977.

“Clearly there’s no good news in terms of any runoff,” he continued. “We were fortunate to have a fairly wet…”

Supervisors honors YANA volunteers

El Dorado County Supervisors proclaimed March 3 as a day to honor volunteers who work with the You Are Not Alone Telephone Reassurance Program. YANA, as it is familiarly known ,is a 365-days-a-year service connecting the volunteers by phone to several hundred local seniors and disabled folks who still live alone. The YANA volunteers, recruited […]

Fourth round of Fire Fee bills begins mailing

SACRAMENTO — Fire Prevention Fee bills for fiscal year 2014-15 began mailing this week to more than 700,000 rural Californians, many of whom are receiving a bill for the fourth time. “It’s extremely frustrating that a law this wrong continues to take money from the pockets of rural Californians year after year,” said George Runner […]

SLTPD seeks info on arrested suspects

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking citizens of the county for information on two suspect arrested for alleged burglary and identity theft. Chad Galvan and Marcus Gamez were arrested on Feb. 25 for alleged burglary and identity theft-related charges. SLTPD is seeking information from anyone who has been in contact with the two […]

Three arrested in Tahoe burglary

Three men were arrested in the early morning hours of March 4 as they allegedly attempted to burglarize a liquor store in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe Police officers responded to an alarm at Tahoe Keys Liquor at 2297 Lake Tahoe Boulevard just before 1 a.m., a press release stated. The first officer on […]

Odorless gas a killer

With colder temperatures and increased use of heating devices, Cal Fire is warning of the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. Now is the time to make sure all homes have a working […]

Proposed Dollar General in G’town gets local grief

Business owners, residents and community members of the Divide turned out in force on Monday evening, Feb. 23, at the Georgetown Community Center for a meeting with developer Joshua Simon of SimonCRE. The developer is proposing a Dollar General store on three lots at the corner of Main, Harkness and Orleans streets in downtown Georgetown. […]

Heard over the back fence: Celebrate our Country

MEMORY LOSS CLASS:
 A new class titled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” has the following description: “This program will cover topics such as: symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease and […]

Protect against identity theft during the tax season

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris alerted Californians to the threat of tax-related identity theft and issued tips on how consumers can protect themselves during the tax filing process. Tax-related identity theft commonly occurs when thieves send phishing emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

Main Street Rehabiliation Project to be done in three phases

The long-awaited Main Street Rehabilitation Project was separated into three phases of construction at the Feb. 24 Placerville City Council meeting and a construction contract was awarded for part of the first phase. Vinciguerra Construction will construct Phase 1-A of the project, which includes the replacement of about 1,700 feet of water line. The work began on […]

Homes sought for 30 horses

El Dorado County Animal Services is diligently looking for homes for the remaining 30 horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far,” said Alexis Shaw, operations manager of Animal Services. “We are now down to […]

Insurers not renewing in King Fire area

Thanks to the King Fire, Reverend Pattie Weber and her wife, Lisa Maslack, have to change their home insurance. While they have more than the recommended defensible space and were not affected by the fire, Liberty Mutual will not renew their wildfire insurance — a matter that is strictly business.

“A lot of people are experiencing this,” Weber said. After speaking with neighbors, many are suffering the same fate — their insurance companies, mostly big-name, national companies — will not renew wildfire insurance due to the King Fire and previous wildfires in the county. “We’re not special in this whole thing.”

Weber, a minister at the Cameron Park Spiritual Center for Positive Living, describes herself and her wife as “mindful stewards of the land…”

Dixon Ranch dissenters point to project’s flaws

El Dorado County staff hosted a public workshop to discuss the proposed Dixon Ranch residential project before the Planning Commission last Thursday. While no action was taken, it was an opportunity for the commissioners to learn about the project and hear from concerned residents prior to public hearing on the applications and final environmental impact […]

Cell tower in SLT shot down in three

A special use permit to erect a cell phone tower in South Lake Tahoe was denied by the El Dorado County Planning Commission. But it took three hours and three motions to get it done. It was controversial because the tower was to be located on leased single-family property in a high-end residential area; a request for […]

Sentencing for burglar pushed back

A man found guilty of a crime spree of burglaries had his sentencing hearing pushed back a week as he faces a possible addition of 55 years to his sentence. Craig Ivan Adams, 35, who has been in custody since November 2010, was due to be sentenced on Feb. 27. But, defense attorney James Clark […]

Truck causes chain reaction of collisions

A truck veered off the road Feb. 26 in Placerville, crashing into parked cars but causing no injuries. The Chevy pickup was traveling northbound on Placerville Drive when, near the Raley’s entrance, the truck crossed over the double yellow lines, Placerville Police Commander Kay Iida said. The truck jumped the curb, hit a fire hydrant […]

County Fire donates engine to Miwok tribe

The El Dorado County Fire Protection District donated a surplus fire engine to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on Feb. 26. After a traditional prayer, Chief Mike Hardy presented the 1985 GMC Beck engine, capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute, to Chairman of the Tribe Nicholas Fonseca. “It’s our honor to be […]

Foundation hosts an uplifting day for nonprofits

Feb. 20 was a day of training and inspiration as 70 representatives from nonprofit agencies in El Dorado County attended an all-day workshop hosted by the El Dorado Community Foundation. Held at the Cameron Park Community Center, experts in the fields of accounting, public relations, board development, social media and more conducted different breakout sessions in their area […]

Heard over the back fence: Mexican Train Dominoes

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS:
 The “Hunter Safety” class is for ages 10 and older. This class is scheduled for March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is an all-day class. Please bring a #2 pencil and lunch. Obtain class book from CSD and/or study online at wildlife.ca.gov. Complete the self-study quiz at the end […]

Victim dies months after invasion

A man shot during a home invasion robbery in December 2014 died Saturday. Gerald Holderman Sr., 92, died of complications from the gunshot wound on Feb. 28, according to Laura Clark, who was in contact with the Holderman family. “The family took him off all care,” said Clark, an administrator of the El Dorado County […]

Priority list established for General Plan, CIP projects

Proceeding with important, ongoing projects ranked at the top of a list of priorities recommended by the county’s Community Development Agency at the Feb. 24 board of supervisors meeting. One of four pieces in a larger agenda item, the priorities issue was separated from matters relating to the county general plan’s Community Region Lines. The […]

Suspects sought in Tahoe assault

A man was beaten outside the Bottle Shop on Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 25. Two Hispanic men, both of South Lake Tahoe, were outside the shop at about 7 p.m. when three suspects rushed them in an unprovoked attack, a press release from the city states. One of the victims, […]

King Fire restoration plan in the works

While still in the draft stage, a plan to restore the area burned by the King Fire is drawing both support and criticism, with the U.S. Forest Service stuck in the middle.

Last year’s conflagration burned almost 98,000 acres, 63,000 of it in the Eldorado National Forest.

According to a restoration plan being circulated for comment, only 14,100 of the 63,000 acres will receive some kind of treatment, including salvage logging and the replanting of trees.

Laurence Crabtree, who is supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest, said so far the public feedback is mixed with some advocating for more timber harvesting while …

‘Chim Chim Cher-ee': Five generations continue sweep biz

They don’t wear top hats and their faces aren’t covered in soot, but Fred and Bryan Carnett are chimney sweeps, the third and fourth generation of five generations of chimney sweeps. “Long ago, chimney sweeps would sweep the soot from the chimneys they cleaned into their top hats to carry it away for disposal, ” […]

Heard over the back fence: Rebecca rolls

RELAY FOR LIFE: 
An event planning group is now forming for the next Relay for Life event. They will meet on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 1242 Broadway, Placerville. Bring a friend! REBECCA ROLLS: 
Is it true that my granddaughter, Rebecca Billingsley, is undefeated in playing tennis for Folsom Lake […]

Community Regions: Lines won’t change soon

Proponents of last year’s ballot Measure O made a final, unsuccessful run at getting the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to redraw Community Region Boundaries at the board’s Feb. 24 meeting. Those boundaries, also referred to as Community Region Lines or CRLs, establish the limits of future development within their area. Created by the […]