Tip-A-Cop today

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will again be raising money for the Special Olympics at Applebee’s on Wednesday, April 8 as part of the Tip-A-Cop program. The mission of Tip-A-Cop is to raise money for Special Olympics in support of Special Olympic Athletes. Law enforcement personnel trade-in their badges for aprons and partner with […]

Crowd previews King Fire restoration plan

Interest was high as more than 50 El Dorado County residents showed up March 25 to get a preview of what’s planned in the way of restoring parts of the Eldorado National Forest destroyed by last year’s King Fire. The fire burned almost 98,000 acres, 63,000 of it in the Eldorado National Forest. The remainder occurred on privately owned […]

Ag Water Quality moves to new office

The El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Management Corporation moved to its own office space. President Carolyn Mansfield stated, “Due to increasingly onerous state regulations and paperwork requirements, we saw the need to move our office from sharing space with the El Dorado County Farm Bureau, to a space where we can better meet all […]

Budget woes fuel split vote over truck purchase

County supervisors agreed that spending has to be controlled and local government must learn to live within its means, that is, not above its revenue. No argument on the concept, but votes divided on whether or not the Environmental Management Division of the Community Development Agency should buy a new truck. The board’s March 31 […]

Forests of Minnesota topic at Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

PLACERVILLE — The Arrowhead Region of Minnesota is quite rugged and dotted with thousands of lakes surrounded by mixed forest, and is home to Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the Superior Hiking Trail, which lie amidst the Superior National Forest. Also located in the Arrowhead is Minnesota’s only mountain range, […]

Community input sought regarding Belltower area

The city of Placerville is seeking input from residents, merchants, and other interested parties on several ideas and alternatives for modifying the Belltower area on Main Street, as part of the Main Street Rehabilitation project. Interested parties can access the online survey until 8 a.m., Monday, April 13 at surveymonkey.com/s/Main_Street_Bell_Tower. “Community input has been so […]

TIM Fee workshops this week

The county of El Dorado will be holding workshops to inform the public about the process for the Major Update to the West Slope Transportation Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program. The workshops will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on existing roadway deficiencies in El Dorado County. Workshops will […]

Winter driving conditions expected over I-80 and Highway 50 summits

Winter driving conditions will return to the Sierra mountains Sunday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 8. Snow levels are predicted to fall below 4,000 feet with snow accumulations of up to 6 inches on Donner and Echo Summits. Wet, icy and snowing conditions can prove dangerous for the unprepared driver. Motorists are encouraged to restrict […]

EID board approves plan to sell water at special meeting

A conditional agreement to transfer surplus water to central California’s Westlands Water District was unanimously approved at a special meeting on April 1 by the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors. According to the agreement, up to a maximum of 6,430 acre-feet may be transferred this year, although staff noted the actual amount is likely to be considerably less. […]

Harris’ daughter testifies

The first key witness for the defense of Colleen Harris was her daughter, Tawnie Black, who testified Wednesday, April 1, mostly describing how her first stepfather molested her — not addressing the focus of the trial, the homicide of Bob Harris. Black, a paralegal for a District Attorney’s Office in Nevada, met James Batten — […]

Defendant Harris takes the stand in murder trial

The Colleen Harris murder trial continued on Thursday, April 2 as she took the stand herself and recalled her prior marriages and the death of her husband Bob Harris.

Dressed demurely in a high-necked blouse and slacks, Harris spoke in a quiet voice that was often at odds with the turbulent marital life she has led.

Body found in Latrobe; husband charged with murder

A Latrobe man was charged with murder April 4 after the body of his wife was found on their property the day before. According to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Roy Roth, 51, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail at 3:30 a.m. after detectives found the body of […]

Heard over the back fence: Hugs are healthy

Gym Fees Reduced: Cameron Park Community Services District’s Community Gym can be used during off-peak times with up to 50 percent off the regular fee. Available times include weekdays and Sundays before 4 p.m. (when available). Please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231 to book the gym. BEWARE […]

Heard over the back fence: Let’s take a hike

 The Mother Lode Lions Club invites you to its long-awaited grand Rr-opening, Saturday, April 18, 1-9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and visit the newly remodeled building. The grand re-opening activities include: face painting, a raffle, a magician and dance music from 6-9 p.m. provided by the “Fabulous Liars.” Lunch can be purchased […]

Body of cold case victim found

The El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force obtained a new piece of evidence in the 2006 cold case murder of Tobias Kaiser — his body. The body was found March 27, the task force announced in an April 2 press release. Cold case homicide investigators discovered and identified Kaiser’s body, notifying his family. The […]

BOS tackles Strategic Plan at workshop

“Our history has been to develop a Strategic Plan and put it in a drawer.” — El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland County Supervisors voted unanimously on March 17 to approve a Strategic Plan for a term of three years with a mandatory review each year between now and then. Held at the county’s Child […]

Defense: Case about love, betrayal, survival

“The prosecution said in their opening statement that Colleen Harris killed Robert Harris because she loved him,” defense attorney David Weiner said in his opening statement Wednesday. “That’s not true. This case is about love, about betrayal, about survival,” he said, “in the most basic instinct we know.” Weiner said it is a person’s basic […]

Remaining horses adopted

El Dorado County Animal Services announced it has completed the adoption process for all of the horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank everyone in the community and all the volunteers who either adopted a horse or provided support to our agency through this process,” […]

Governor orders mandatory water rationing

At a special press conference held April 1 at Echo Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions.

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” he said. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

The governor’s executive order calls for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption in comparison to what was used in 2013. The savings amount to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

Gov. Brown directs first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions

SACRAMENTO — Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today we […]

Chamber board and Joint Chambers Commission support EID election cycle change

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors adopted a resolution on Feb. 9 proposing to change the district’s election cycle from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, so that the board elections would coincide with statewide general elections. The first election that this proposed change would affect, currently scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015, would instead […]

Heard over the back fence: Brining and pickling

 Mother Lode Lions is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville. Don’t be late, the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. sharp. JOIN THE HIKERS: On April 12, you can join Tim and Angela Jackson from 8 a.m.-noon […]

Judge Ashworth focused on family

Vicki Ashworth decided to be a lawyer at a young age, after a conversation with her grandfather, Frank Noble. While he often asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, it wasn’t until middle school that she had a solidified answer. “He was supportive of me in school, I was doing well. […]

New irrigation schedule for EID customers

A new summer irrigation schedule was adopted by the El Dorado Irrigation District board at its March 23 meeting. Approved as part of an update to its Drought Action Plan, the summer watering schedule was changed from three days a week to an odd/even alternating watering schedule for the period June 1 through Sept. 30. Residents with odd-numbered […]

Crafty creations for kiosks

Outdoors, brushes of white paint fly over the surface of rain catchment barrels imperiling the hair of fellow artists painting vines along the bottom of the barrels. Inside Catherine Moné’s house, four 9-year-old crafters pull out the gardening stakes, bird baths, bird feeders and wind chimes from a huge collection they’ve already made while, in the kitchen, other 9- to 13-year-olds are alternately stuffing a peanut butter/seed mixture into bird feeders and bagels into their mouths. This meeting of Funding for Farmlands is a little busier than usual, but it’s always a bustling scene.

The group is part of 4-H Gold Hill Toppers, and in November of 2014, they were looking for a 4-H Learning Service project that would serve a community need, allow them to research …

Dispensary files to get marijuana back

Kelly Chiusano was arrested following a Nov. 2014 raid on the marijuana dispensary he operated, the Pure Life Collective. But, five months later, with no charges filed, he wants to recover the marijuana taken during the raid and reopen the business. A filing on March 23 by attorney Zenia Gilg, on behalf of Chiusano, requests […]

Judge Sullivan aims to help community

Dylan Sullivan did not initially think of being a judge. She graduated from UC Davis in 1988 with a degree in physiology, landing a job with a medical devices company and eventually becoming the regional manager. “But I had a nagging feeling. I wanted to give back to the community,” she said, especially after the […]

Burglar given 46 years

Following his conviction in February of three counts of felony first-degree residential burglary and two counts of attempted burglary, Bradley Michael Zaun, 27, was sentenced to 46 years in jail on Monday, March 30. In sentencing Zaun, Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Melikian cited the lack of mitigating factors in the case, noting that the burglaries were planned […]

Attorney General issues statement honoring Cesar Chavez

SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement in honor of Cesar Chavez Day: “Today we remember Cesar Chavez, a civil rights icon who fought tirelessly to provide justice, equality and dignity to farmworkers, immigrants and all those in pursuit of the American dream. His ability to organize, inspire and persevere […]

Boys and Girls Club to break ground April 18

On April 18, Boys and Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope kicks off construction of its new building. The groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m., will take place at the facility’s new site at the corner of Green Valley Road and Mallard Lane in Placerville. The club’s home of 15 years, the National Guard […]

Foals rescued by local group

Rehabilitation Underway at All About Equine Animal Rescue Three abandoned foals were safely transported to All About Equine Animal Rescue on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25. Discovered by a Nevada rancher, the foals were found near their mothers, who had passed away; foul play is suspected. With no interest in these babies, the rancher […]

BOE supports bill to allow more time to pay fire fee

SACRAMENTO — Members of the California State Board of Equalization are supporting a bill requiring sellers of electronic cigarettes (eCigarettes) to register with the BOE provided that Senate Bill 24 is amended to provide funding for expanding the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing program to include these retailers. In addition, board members decided to support […]

Heard over the back fence: Don’t be fooled

 Today from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, (off Durock Road), Shingle Springs. Participants earn MyBloodSource rewards that can be redeemed online for great items like a T-shirt or movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome. The blood drive is sponsored by the Placerville Elks Lodge No. […]

Governor issues proclamation declaring Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

SACRAMENTO — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring Monday, March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in the State of California. The text of the proclamation is below: “Nearly three and a half million Americans served in the United States military during the Vietnam War and related conflicts in Southeast Asia […]

Three development projects awarded

Three development projects in El Dorado County have been named projects of the year. The American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section’s 2014 Small Project of the Year went to the Green Valley Road at Tennessee Creek Bridge Replacement project. It was subsequently nominated for and awarded the Region 9 Small Project of the Year […]

Governor signs $1 billion emergency drought package

SACRAMENTO – Moving swiftly to help communities cope with California’s devastating drought and the ongoing effects of climate change, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Friday signed emergency legislation — AB 91 and AB 92 — that fast-tracks more than $1 billion in funding for drought relief and critical water infrastructure projects. “This funding is just […]

Courthouse debate results in letter from city

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously at the March 24 meeting to send a letter to the California Judicial Council in support of relocating the courthouse within Placerville city limits and requesting assistance with mitigating the anticipated economic impact to the downtown area.

Recent concern expressed by downtown business owners prompted both the letter and a special community meeting on March 22 with City Council members and members of the community to talk about the courthouse, both the Main Street courthouse and …

All aboard: And breakfast is served

Ron Mikulaco noted a history-making event at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. He claimed the “unanimous vote on a Rails to Trails issue” was the first ever. Often contentious events, Rails to Trails has pitted the so-called “train guys” against the “trail people” in numerous board meetings over the past five years. In general, the […]

Supervisors take on Rails to Trails: Board members unite on second item

County supervisors denied a proposal by the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad to extend its excursion train trips to 30 for this year. In the second train-related item of its March 24 agenda, the board compromised by allowing two of the 30 requested excursions as special events. A charter trip for the local California Native […]

Heard over the back fence: Home and Garden Show

The Mother Lode Lions Club, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads, Diamond Springs, has scheduled its grand re-opening for Saturday, April 18 from 1-9 p.m. Activities include face painting, raffles, music from 6-9 p.m. provided by The Fabulous Liars band. For a minimal fee, barbecue lunch and dinner will […]

Programs aim to protect county’s (dirty) water supply

El Dorado County has a Storm Water Quality Ordinance. That isn’t news to builders and developers, road maintenance and snow removal crews. The average citizen, however, probably is not familiar with the science and technical requirements that ensure and protect the county’s supply of high-quality water. Under a myriad of local, state and federal laws, […]

Gold and boots found on Main

Shades of “Paint Your Wagon” revived Gold Rush dreams in some when gold flakes were unearthed during the water line replacement work being done on Main Street. “We’ve known all along that we might find some flakes of gold during construction,” said Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris, “but it’s nothing anyone is going to get rich […]

Water board issues new regulations in face of drought

With the state in the fourth year of a drought, the State Water Board voted to re-impose new prohibitions on water use and added new ones at its March 17 meeting. Prohibitions approved in 2014 that were reauthorized for this year include: not using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways; not allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water; […]

EDWPA continues debate on water rights application

Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and El Dorado Irrigation District got a refresher on a water rights application at their March 11 session. Presented at the board meeting of the El Dorado Water & Power Authority, of which the county and EID are a part, the presentation appeared to be for two […]