EDSO investigating homicide on Sand Ridge Road

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced that the death of a man on Feb. 4 on Sand Ridge Road is being investigated as a homicide. EDSO Lt. Tom Murdoch told the Mountain Democrat that following an autopsy the morning of Feb. 5, the death of Pete C. Thomas, 52, has been classified a homicide […]

Bear causes school lockdown in Georgetown

A bear wandering onto a Georgetown school campus caused a lockdown Friday morning. All the students and staff of the American River Charter School were safe, according to a press release, but a lockdown order was issued when the bear appeared on campus at about 9:30 a.m. School officials immediately initiated the lockdown and informed […]

Sand bags available for Tahoe residents

The city of South Lake Tahoe would like to remind residents that sand bags are available at no cost year round. The sand lot is located at the city’s Streets and Snow Removal Yard located at 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd., which is next to Campground by the Lake. To pick-up your sand bags, proceed through […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about the gangs of El Dorado County

TALK TO HIS WIFE! John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Someone tell my wife I’m retired.” EL DORADO COUNTY GANGS: The Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 will host an informational presentation on the gangs in El Dorado County. Carol Edwards of the El Dorado County Sheriff Department will be the presenter. It will start at […]

Junior Trojans put their studies first

Young student athletes received accolades off the field at a special Jan. 23 event. More than 140 students in first through eighth grade were recognized for their academic achievements at the seventh annual Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan Scholastic All-Stars awards ceremony. Event chair and Jr. Trojans parent Theresa Miller told the coaches to cover their ears at the […]

State info order affects EID

The State Water Resources Control Board has demanded information on “persons claiming senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.” That broad brush order directly affects the El Dorado Irrigation District. The order follows complaints that senior water rights holders in the Delta were diverting water released from reservoirs by the state and the […]

President’s Day closures create 3-day weekend

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Feb.16, due to President’s 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 police, fire departments and Sheriff’s Department will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. […]

Heard over the back fence: Cronan Ranch hike planned

WHY TEACH ALGEBRA? John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Well, another day has passed and I didn’t use algebra once.” “TAKE A HIKE:” The American River Conservancy has scheduled a Cronan Ranch hike. This hike is a moderate one of 4 miles. Children 10 years old or older and adults are invited. Call for meeting location […]

CP dentist expands

Couch and Hammond Dentistry has been serving Cameron Park and surrounding areas since Dr. Couch opened in 1988. In January 2015 Couch and Hammond Dentistry expanded its care to Folsom with a second location located in the Palladio shopping center. The dental office also added Dr. Couch’s son, Dr. Jason Couch. All three doctors will […]

Become a volunteer whitewater rafting guide for ETC

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC), a nonprofit providing outdoor adventure programming for people with disabilities and underserved youth, is recruiting volunteers to support its whitewater rafting program on the South Fork of the American and Lower Yuba Rivers. Join a community of over 300 active volunteers who work together to provide transformation outdoor adventure for diverse […]

Tahoe captain resigns

A South Lake Tahoe fire captain accused of the sexual exploitation of children has officially resigned. Mark Wygant, taken into custody on Jan. 29, resigned his position on Feb. 4 following notification that the city’s investigation was completed the previous day, a press release announced. The city was required to investigate per AB 220, the […]

Placerville resident appointed as deputy at DWR

On Jan. 23, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office announced that Placerville resident Ed Wilson, 59, had been appointed deputy assistant director of public affairs at the California Department of Water Resources. Wilson has been working as the assistant director of communications at the California Department of Conservation since 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he served as interim assistant director […]

Governor reappoints Cameron Park man

A Cameron Park man has been reappointed to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services by Gov. Jerry Brown. Dave Teter was reappointed to the commission on Jan. 12, where he has served since 2010. The commission is “primarily responsible for the review and approval of statewide EMS regulations, standards and guidelines that are developed […]

Photos released of robbery suspect

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has released photos of the Cameron Park Check Into Cash robbery suspect. The suspect robbed the financial services business on Jan. 13. He entered the business, passing a grocery bag to the teller and demanding money while brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun. He then left the store with an […]

Supes give interim CAO 1-year deal

El Dorado County Counsel Robyn Drivon announced Tuesday afternoon that during a closed session before its afternoon agenda, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Pamela Knorr as its new Chief Administrative Officer. Supervisors approved Knorr “for the interim period of one year.” Originally hired as director of Human Resources in the fall of […]

RDEIR for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update available

The county of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Partial Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The RDEIR is prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the county’s CEQA guidelines. It consists of portions of the DEIR […]

Water main break: Mudslide locks in couple for 2 days

A sound in the early morning hours of Jan. 28 caused Rick Hudock to get up and open the window on the second story of his house on Smith Flat Road in Placerville.

“It sounded like a ton of water and gravel flying,” he recalled. “It was more sound than anything. Then it was over.”

“It was pitch black,” his wife, Nancy, added. They couldn’t see anything.

Rick, a retired graphic artist for the Stockton Record, opened the front door of the house. He saw two things: “Mud and trees.” A mudslide had occurred, blocking off the entire driveway…

Homicide investigated at Folsom prison

An inmate was found stabbed to death Tuesday at the California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom. Roberto Baldizon, 35, was discovered at 9:55 a.m. in his cell with multiple stab wounds, a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced. He was in the facility’s maximum-security housing. He was pronounced dead at […]

Heard over the back fence: Pickle ball lessons offered

SQUIRREL PRESSURE: Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is offered: “I have reason to believe the squirrels are mocking me.” PICKLE BALL INSTRUCTIONS: It seems like everyone is learning to play pickle ball. Pickle ball lessons, for ages 18 and up, will be offered on Tuesdays from Feb. 17 through Feb. 24 from 9 to […]

GOP lawmakers introduce legislation to encourage early college savings

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Members Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), Frank Bigelow (R- O’Neals) and Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced legislation recently that would encourage early college savings by making contributions to California’s college savings plan tax deductible. “This is California’s opportunity to help parents saving their own hard-earned dollars to keep more of that […]

Recreation site in King Fire burned area reopened

Stumpy Meadows boat ramp and picnic area, east of Georgetown in the Eldorado National Forest, was reopened to the public Feb. 2 in conjunction with a change in the forest closure order for areas affected by the King Fire. “We will continue to monitor the burned area to make sure no part of the forest […]

Barton Hospital achieves Trauma III Center designation

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Memorial Hospital has been designated a Level III Trauma Center by El Dorado County, made official in the Jan. 28 Board of Supervisors meeting. This makes Barton Hospital the only trauma center in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and Carson Valley region. This designation recognizes Barton Hospital as a critical access […]

County asks for continuation of federal funds

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution and letter to the U.S Congress requesting reinstatement of a valuable program that benefits the county and local schools. The Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act passed in 2000 has provided a relatively reliable source of funding over the years for maintenance of […]

Dog grabbed, dropped by mountain lion

A mountain lion remains at large after attacking and attempting to shanghai a dog in Placerville on Sunday. At about 3 a.m., said Janice Mackey of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the mountain lion attacked the 35-40 pound, “old, arthritic” dog. She called the move “bold” by the mountain lion. Mate, a 12-year-old Australian […]

Collision in Strawberry knocks vehicle on its side

A collision in Strawberry on Monday morning left one vehicle on its side but caused only minor injuries. James Dean, 49, of Australia, was driving a 2015 Ford Expedition westbound on the eastbound shoulder, against traffic at about 8:45 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Dean intended to go to the Strawberry Lodge market. He […]

Psych eval sought on EDH murder suspect

A preliminary hearing was set in a Monday hearing for a man accused of killing a woman during a carjacking. Anderson Swift appeared with appointed attorney Mark Ralphs to set a preliminary hearing date, which prosecutor Bill Clark noted would require a Spanish interpreter for witnesses. The preliminary hearing is anticipated to take one day, […]

Cat-killing bobcat nabbed in Georgetown

A bobcat that was terrorizing house cats in Georgetown has been caught and euthanized. The bobcat traveled “into a populated area and was killing cats in the neighborhood,” said Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Information Officer Janice Mackey. “A trapper was called and it was euthanized.” The attacks began about a week ago, she […]

Altercation outside follows murder hearing

An altercation outside the Main Street Courthouse in Placerville followed a Feb. 2 hearing for a man accused of murder. After the short hearing, in which Jeffrey White was assigned a new court date of March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1, a physical altercation allegedly took place. Denise Bye, friend and co-landlord to […]

Operation School Bell provides clothes to low-income kids

A line of children and their parents or guardians formed in front of a table in the lobby of the El Dorado Hills Target at about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. Each child had been picked by their school to receive between $70 and $100 to shop for clothes for school. Barbara Brown, spokesperson for […]

Jerry Bennett: Pharmacist, councilman remembered

Former Robinson’s Pharmacy owner, Jerry Bennett, died on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 79. Bennett began work at Robinson’s as a new pharmacist and he worked there for more than 40 years, purchasing it from Don Robinson and becoming a well-known and vital member of the community.

At the Jan. 27 Placerville City Council meeting, the current owner of Robinson’s Pharmacy, Dennis Thomas, spoke of his longtime mentor and friend.

“He started the pharmacy at Marshall Hospital and he helped Tom Raley start the pharmacy at Raley’s; he loaned money quietly to families in need … and he made many trips to the pharmacy after hours to help people,” said Thomas.

Bennett served on both the Placerville Planning Commission (1978-1984) and the City Council (1984-1994). Thomas described one of …

Barber Jon’s: Thieves return items, keep cash

“Awe” is the word owner Jon Rivera used to describe his feelings after items stolen from Barber Jon’s World Famous Barber Shop and his Museum of Curiosities and Oddities last month mysteriously reappeared Sunday morning. In the early morning hours of Jan. 21 thieves broke into the Green Valley Road barber shop and took more than $1,000 in cash, […]

Sheriff’s Office warns of cyber criminals

The El Dorado County Office is warning against possible cyber criminals targeting the county. Victims have reported receiving phone calls from so-called computer technicians, a press release stated. The technicians claim to be working for reputable companies such as Dell, and certified to work on Microsoft products. The caller claims that they have received a message […]

OHV application is USFS open house topic Feb. 11

The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014-2015 grant cycle. The forest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four ranger districts, printing and […]

Don’t forget to pay your property taxes

According to C. L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector, the second installment of the secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before April 10. The mailing address for property tax payments is PO Box 678002, Placerville 95667-8002. Online payment of the tax bill is a real convenience. Electronic check […]

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning Workshop Feb. 8-9

UC Cooperative Extension-Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich invites foothill farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, and employees or other non-family successors, to a two-part, interactive workshop to be held Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2-6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers. […]

Alzheimer’s seminar Feb. 12 in Cameron Park

Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park is co-sponsoring an upcoming Alzheimer’s Association’s Legal and Financial Planning seminar. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Marshall Community Health Education building, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501 in Cameron Park. Elder law attorney Dustin MacFarlane will lead this interactive program teaching […]

Barton seeks feedback on health needs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The next time your home phone rings, it may be about your health. Barton Health is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment survey by phone and needs input from South Lake Tahoe residents. The assessment is completed every three years and the community’s feedback provides valuable insight about local health […]

Transportation workshop to focus on goals

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a community workshop for the El Dorado County Regional Transportation Plan 2015-35 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Marshall Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The Regional Transportation Plan is developed to provide a clear vision of the county’s regional transportation goals, […]

BOS tackles mitigation of oak woodlands and future wildlife tunnels

In a special meeting Jan 26, El Dorado County Supervisors moved forward on the General Plan’s Biological Resources element by adopting a methodology for measuring development impacts on the county’s oak tree resources. As recommended by its consulting firm, Dudek & Associates, the board chose the “oak woodland” option over the “oak canopy” method for […]

Elvis has left the building … for the slopes

There were multiple sightings of Elvis at Sierra-at-Tahoe last Thursday. In the pub, on the slopes, hanging out on the plaza — they were everywhere — all 13 of them. Part of a “man trip” they have been taking for 19 years, the guys came dressed as Elvis for a day of snowboarding and fun at the popular […]

Man rescued after hiking mishap

A 70-year-old hiker was rescued after falling and hitting his head near the North Fork of the Cosumnes River on Jan. 29. At 4:01 p.m., Engine 38 and Squad 35 were dispatched to the river near Bucks Bar Road for a medical rescue, Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels said. The 70-year-old man had been hiking […]

Man dies two days after collision

A man seriously injured in a collision Tuesday died on Jan. 29. Joaquin Robello, 82, of Ione, died Thursday, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson told the Mountain Democrat Newspaper. Robello, according to information relayed over the scanner at the time of the collision, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for internal injuries. Robello was driving […]

Another drought year ahead? Survey says: Most likely

California may be looking at a fourth year of drought based on the latest snow survey conducted Jan. 29 at Phillips Station.

With sunny weather and not much snow on the ground to measure, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, stuck a pole into the ground and came up largely empty.

The survey found a snow depth of 7.1 inches and a water equivalent of 2.3 inches, which is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course.

These results are down from measurements done Dec. 30 when there was 21.5 inches of snow on the ground with a water content of 4 percent.

“In a normal year we’d have about five feet of snow depth at this location this time of year,” said Gehrke.

Statewide, the snow water equivalent as measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches, or 25 percent of the historical average. That’s down from …