Sand Fire benefit adds attractions

The Sand Fire Benefit is adding new attractions as more individuals and organizations are stepping up to help with the event. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist at the event who is donating talents. […]

Western Placerville Interchanges Project changes

Five changes to the design plan of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project were approved by Placerville City Council on June 24. The Western Placerville Interchanges Project is a phased project designed to improve traffic flow along the Placerville Drive/Forni Road/Ray Lawyer Drive/Highway 50 area. Phase 1a has already been completed and included the construction of […]

Big pot bust at lake

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings. Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Ave., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture […]

Silver Bridge over Caples Creek repaired

Packers and mules from the “Pack Stock Center of Excellence” out of Inyo National Forest collaborated with Eldorado National Forest staff and other volunteers, including local equestrian groups, to haul in over 700 board feet of lumber to replace rails and planks on the Silver Bridge at Caples Creek. The repairs done on July 29-30 […]

Sly Park bridge: Demolition due for other half

POLLOCK PINES — The California Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Sly Park Road will be closed to through traffic at the U.S. Highway 50 undercrossing due to bridge demolition work this week.

During demolition work this week, Sly Park Road is scheduled to be closed to through traffic overnight …

Candidates Forum Aug. 14

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance is inviting all interested parties to a Candidates Forum for the position of El Dorado County Supervisor of District 2. This is a pivotal time in the politics of El Dorado County. By the end of 2014 we will have three new supervisors representing constituents of three different districts within […]

CHP offers three dates for Smart Start classes

The CHP will be holding Start Smart classes on Aug. 26, Sept. 15 and Oct. 3. “Driving smart to stay safe” is the theme of the program, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Teens and parents will learn about “the hazards of driving, distractions, DUIs” and more. The program, which lasts about three hours, takes place at […]

Mountain lion seen in Diamond Springs

A mountain lion was spotted on Aug. 7 around 5:30 a.m. having killed a deer near the home of Carolyn Wells in the area between Lon Court and Duffy Road in Diamond Springs. Wells said she took some earlier photos of the doe and noticed the deer had been injured behind the right shoulder along with […]

Sign Ordinance near home stretch

Two years on, the county’s updated sign ordinance appears to be heading into the home stretch. County supervisors heard the latest state of the sign ordinance during their July 22 meeting in a presentation by the Community Development Agency’s Long-Range Planning Division. The official agenda language noted that the recommendation by staff was for supervisors […]

Planning Commission member Pratt is ‘in it to win it’

Dave Pratt said its his experience, ability to ask the right questions and willingness to dive into the minutia that qualify him for a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. A resident of the county for 25 years and owner of a winery in Fairplay for the past 14 years, Pratt […]

School travel expenses misleading

A recent news article questioning school conference travel expenses prompted investigation into El Dorado County school district expenses. The most recent data published on Ed-Data indicates that nine out of the 15 school districts in El Dorado County were above the state-wide average in 2012-2013 in conference and travel expenditures, some by as much as […]

Dist. 2 campaign spending reports in

Campaign spending reports are in for those running to serve on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2 for the period Jan. 1 through July 26. So far, the six candidates running for supervisor have raised and/or loaned themselves a little over $71,000 towards their campaigns. Chris Amaral reported $4,090 raised to date and […]

Percy on the case: EDC Fire gets arson investigation dog

A black dog with a white spot on its chest was led into a room by its handler. Within seconds, the dog found the hidden glass jar, containing a cotton ball.

“Good check,” called out El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. Percy, a female lab/pointer mix, barked while digging under the chair the jar was hidden under, grabbing the jar and bringing it out for McKay to see. “Good …”

Man arrested soliciting underage sex

A Placerville man was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 4 after allegedly having contact with sexual intent with a minor. Shawn Michael Roediger, 26, was arrested after he allegedly placed an ad online on July 29 seeking a sexual relationship with a “young girl” who would be his “sex pet,” a […]

Water saving enabled new field

One of the sports fields at Herbert C. Green Middle School is green — the result of a partnership and some strategic water conservation. The uneven, gopher hole-ridden upper field was due for refurbishing, but then the state issued  a Stage 2 water alert and El Dorado Irrigation District sent out water reduction notices. “Our upper […]

Main Street still matters

No, you haven’t heard the last of Main Street Matters — because all of Main Street matters. A committee, led by Matt Boyer of Matthew C. Boyer & Associates, is trying to keep the momentum of the Benjamin Moore “Paint What Matters” campaign going in Placerville, by spreading the word about “Main Street Placerville Matters […]

Ethics violation charges hurled at Supervisor Ron Briggs

Members of the audience excoriated District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs during the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting with charges of ethics violations and possibly even corruption. Generally in support of trying to get supervisors to reconsider their July 29 decision not to approve the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” for the November ballot, speakers demanded […]

George Turnboo wants to preserve rural lifestyle

Promising to preserve El Dorado County’s rural atmosphere and history is District 2 Supervisor candidate George Turnboo. On his third try at being elected to the board, Turnboo said, “I have a passion, care about the community and care about its lifestyle. Being an old-time resident, I know a lot of stuff that has happened here in […]

Deadline for other races today

With Friday, Aug. 8 the deadline for most of those running for positions on school, fire and special district boards, a preliminary report from the El Dorado County Elections Department shows there are still plenty of openings. Below is a partial list of those running for office this November. Running for one spot on the Los Rios Community College […]

Back-to-school childhood immunizations offered

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is now offering back-to-school immunizations for eligible children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as vaccinations that are recommended to keep children healthy. Parents who do not have a health care provider […]

Initiative appeal denied

Proponents, supporters and concerned citizens, Aug. 5, failed to persuade the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to “reconsider” the “Reinstate Measure Y” initiative for the Nov. 4 election ballot. Supervisors held out against a tide of demands and pleas to overturn their July 29 decision to refer the initiative for study rather than to […]

Benefit fundraiser: Sand Fire tix Monday

Tickets for the Sand Fire Benefit will go on sale Monday at different locations throughout this county as well as Amador County. Costing $10 per person or $25 per family, proceeds from the benefit will go to the victims of the Sand Fire. The ticket includes dinner and entertainment as well as a chance to win a […]

Mather Airport cargo hub approval hearing Aug. 12

On Aug. 12 the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will host a public meeting to vote on the Mather Airport Master Plan and Environmental Impact Review. Approval would turn the small airport into an air cargo hub, which would increase nighttime arrivals by at least 20 more flights per day. The expansion plans include lengthening […]

George Peabody retains sunny outlook after house fire

You wouldn’t think that having colon cancer and watching your house burn would be fun, but 95-year-old George Peabody, erstwhile El Dorado County historian, has a different idea of fun.

“Everything, no matter how bad, has a component of fun,”insisted Peabody from his temporary home in Placerville. “People say, ‘Oh, come on, George, getting shot up at Iwo Jima couldn’t have been fun,’ but I say it wasn’t comfortable, but there was some fun in the whole process. If it ain’t fun, then make it fun.”

On July 31, around 3 p.m., the garage of Peabody’s home off Hank’s Exchange caught fire, possibly from an electrical panel. Sequoya Nylander, Peabody’s caregiver, had just finished giving him lunch and as she looked out the windows of the hexagonal house …

Disaster preparedness presentation on Aug. 19

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center. County Animal Services and Public Health Preparedness and Response staff will conduct a presentation to help community members prepare themselves, their […]

Burke’s Corner: August 8, 2014

By Burke Bruttig Burke’s Corner is a once-a-week photo corner of answers to questions of  seriousness, controversy or lightness in El Dorado County. Look for me in the community each week to ask you the question of the week and get your answer! For future question suggestions, comments or contact, Burke can be reached at […]

Heard over the back fence: High school reunion time

CHEERFUL IS BETTER: John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Try always to be the cheerful guest. Remember, curiosity and generosity are two antidotes to aging.” EFFECTIVE AUG. 1: Residents of the Outingdale service area are once again subject to a Stage 4 Water Emergency.  Due to state restrictions, outdoor water use is […]

Heard over the back fence: 20-Mile Taste Aug. 16

HUSBAND EXAGGERATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “A Few Good Smiles” quote: “A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.” 20-MILE TASTE FUNDRAISER: We received the following announcement regarding this fundraiser: “Please join us at the second annual “20-Mile Taste” fundraising event to be held on […]

Things get heated at Charter Review Committee hearing

One action to delete a section was taken by the Charter Review Committee amidst a heated debate and one committee member announcing that she was planning on introducing a bill to the state Legislature. The hearing began with Cherie Raffety, the county treasurer-tax collector, asking the committee to review the Grand Jury candidate process at a […]

Group coalesces to plan Sand Fire benefit Aug. 22

Wanting to reach out to the victims of the devastating Sand Fire, many of whom have been left with little more than the clothes on their backs, a group of local business people, service clubs, government agencies and good-hearted volunteers have come together to put on a fundraiser to help them out. To be held […]

Tahoe Queen gets stuck

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Authorities are investigating why a paddle-wheel boat ran aground in Lake Tahoe and prompted about 300 people aboard to evacuate. Coast Guard officials say no injuries were reported after the Monday afternoon incident involving the Tahoe Queen. Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart says passengers and crew members were taken to the […]

Boat crash kills couple

A husband and wife were killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe early Sunday morning after crashing into a dock piling near Meeks Bay, authorities said. Responding units from North Tahoe Fire and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office found San Ramon residents Vadim Raizanov, 45, and Tatiana Nikolskaya, 44, dead at the scene. […]

County school board seat vacant

The El Dorado County School Board decided in a special meeting July 31 to make a provisional appointment for the unexpired portion of the term, which expires in November. The board will conduct candidate interviews at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 14. The application deadline for this provisional appointment has been extended to […]

County launches Sand Fire Website

With operations on the Sand Fire moving into the recovery stage, the county of El Dorado has launched a new Website and hotline hours to assist with the rebuilding effort. The Website and hotline were originally established in the midst of the fire to relay pertinent emergency information and provide residents with available county services. […]

Schultz arraignment continued

A man accused of growing marijuana was in court very briefly Tuesday morning. Justen David Schultz appeared with attorney Erik Schlueter for the hearing, lasting just a few minutes. Because Schultz’s attorney, James Clark, was in a jury trial, Schlueter, appearing on behalf of Clark, continued the arraignment to Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. Schultz […]

Restored Jeep joined D-Day 70th anniversary

All cleaned up and looking like new, an old World War II Jeep made a return visit to the place where it saw hazardous duty 70 years ago.

Originally manufactured in the U.S., the 1941 Ford GP quarter-ton reconnaissance vehicle has made the trip to Europe at least twice. Once, according to its owner, as part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, and a second time in June of this year when it returned for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

In between no one really is sure where else it has been, but ultimately it ended up on the East Coast rusting away until it was bought by English …

Vendor letter coming to taxpayers

El Dorado County’s vendor (R.R. Donnelley and Sons) in an oversight omitted the return payment envelope for the 2014-15 unsecured property tax bills. The third-party vendor will be mailing the return payment envelope at no cost to the county. The return payment envelope will be sent from R.R. Donnelley and Sons with a letter of […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Craft Fair Sunday

HOW TO LOSE CALORIES: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Life Hack” quote: “Eating celery is technically exercise. When you eat celery, you burn more calories digesting it than you consume.” HUGE CRAFT FAIR: The 17th annual Placerville Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main St., Placerville. CAMINO […]

Heard over the back fence: Guitar contest at EDH Library

EFFECTIVE SLEEPING PILL: My friend Paul Chafer provided the following quote: “Working most of her life, Grandma finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he […]

Region Builders pulls support of own ballot measure

In a surprise announcement last Wednesday, Joshua Wood, executive director of Region Builders, notified the Mountain Democrat that it was withdrawing its support from the ballot measure it sponsored. In a written statement from Wood, he said, “Region Builders sponsored Control Growth to Fix Our Local Roads Committee has decided to close down and withdraw our support […]

Maturity, business know-how stressed by McNeal

What you see is what you get is pretty much the message Claire McNeal wants to send as a candidate for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. In an interview at the Mountain Democrat office on July 28, McNeal stressed her maturity and business experience and said she already has a team in […]

Helicopter crashes

A helicopter crash near the Rubicon Trail left at least two people injured Friday afternoon. The helicopter crashed at about 1 p.m., an El Dorado County Sheriff’s press release stated. Deputies “assigned to the trail patrol arrived on scene and verified a downed helicopter near the area of Buck Island Lake, which is approximately seven […]

Nutting’s verdict appeal denied

The 3rd District Appellate Court has denied a former supervisor’s writ of mandate to stay in office. Former Supervisor Ray Nutting’s writ to overturn the decision to vacate his office and hold a special election to fill it was summarily denied on July 31, according to the Court’s Website, published by Presiding Justice Vance W. […]

Watch out for unlicensed contractors, state warns

The Contractor’s State License Board is urging victims of the Sand Fire to ensure any contractors for debris removal or rebuilding — or even those acting as a consultant and hiring other contractors — have a valid license.

The Amador County and El Dorado County District Attorney offices have joined with the CSLB to crack down on fraud, Melanie Bedwell of the CSLB said, utilizing the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team — better known as SWIFT.

If the contractor is unlicensed, Bedwell said, they are likely unskilled and lack the knowledge needed to get the job done correctly. “It has to be done to code,” she said. There is also the worry about Worker’s Compensation, which does not exist for unlicensed contractors, and taking money and disappearing with no contract…

Jeepers Expo highlights Jeepers Jamboree

After a 15-year absence, the Jeepers Expo returned to Main Street, Georgetown last week for a full day of fun and a great send-off for four-day Jamboree participants. “We decided to bring it back to Main Street and perk it up,” said Lacey Stiles, office manager of the Jeepers Jamboree Georgetown location and organizer of […]