Sen. Gaines condemns University of California tuition hike vote

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today denounced the University of California Board of Regents’ committee decision to raise tuition by as much as 25-percent over the next five years. This committee approval will send the tuition increase proposal to the full Board of Regents for a vote tomorrow: “If the full board approves this […]

$9K for Food Bank vets program

CAMERON PARK — The Veterans Affairs Commission awarded the Food Bank of El Dorado County $9,000 through its El Dorado Veterans Fund at El Dorado Community Foundation to support its No Vet Goes Hungry Program. The Food Bank’s No Vet Goes Hungry Program is a homebound delivery of nutritious emergency supplemental groceries to ensure no […]

Brief lockdown at PHS

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call regarding a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of Ponderosa High School’s Football Field. The subject was allegedly carrying a rifle. The on-duty school resource officer put Ponderosa High School on a “shelter in place” lockdown while deputies located the subject Nov. 19. Sheriff’s deputies […]

Rock of ages: Diamonds in meteorite

A continuing source of “scientific gold,” the Sutter’s Mill meteorite that fell in El Dorado County is back in the news again.

This time it’s because researchers have found diamonds and other “treasures” in recovered parts of the meteorite that fell in the …

Interim GM named at Water Agency

Resource Engineer Tracey Eden-Bishop was named interim general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency at its meeting last Wednesday. Eden-Bishop will take over from Dave Eggerton effective Dec. 1. Eggerton, the current general manager, is leaving at the end of November to take the job of general manager with the Calaveras County Water District. In other actions, the […]

Water&Power JPA on the bubble

Is the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors getting cold feet about going after additional water rights? That was the question hanging in the air as an update on the status of an application for additional water rights turned into an extended discussion of whether or not the county should continue to be a part of the effort. Currently the county, the El […]

Marina School: State award for Rescue counselor

Her office is constantly filled with students coming and going, but that’s the way Myrna Harp likes it. “This is the comfort room, the safe place, and they know that,” said Harp. “There’s never a dull moment around here.”

Providing that comfort and safety in the perilous world of puberty is why Harp was selected by the California Association of School Counselors to receive the Donald G. Hays Award as Outstanding School Counselor of the Year for 2014. This is not a local or regional award — Harp was selected from out of all of the school counselors in California to represent the state.

Harp, 58, has been the counselor at Marina Village Middle School for 11 years. In that time she has been chosen as “Educator of the Year” for Rescue Union School District, the first time a counselor had been given that award and was the recipient of El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Champion for Children Award and was selected as a top 10 finalist for the American School …

Sites, vans, drivers needed for homeless

Being homeless when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 80s is one thing; being homeless when it’s snowing or raining and the temperatures are in the 30s is a whole other thing. For the past six years, faith-based organizations around El Dorado County have collaborated to provide nomadic shelters from November […]

James White aims to ‘make a difference’ with State Farm

For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]

Heard over the back fence: The full quotes and nothing but the quotes

QUOTES ONLY FOR ENTIRE COLUMN:
 To give myself and our readers a break, this column will not deal with dates, fundraisers or dog parades. I hope you enjoy the change of pace. OVER THE HILL QUOTES:
 The “Over the Hill and on a Roll” book by Bob Phillips provides the following quotes:
 “Show me a […]

Heard over the back fence: Coat giveaway Saturday

THE CATS RULE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans.” FREE COATS AVAILABLE:
 Foster Awareness Network will have their Coat Drive Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Building, 4095 Cameron Park Dr. […]

King Fire ‘treatments’ under way

The Eldorado National Forest received $3,117,177 for emergency land stabilization activities on federal lands burned by the King Fire. The funds will be used to reduce risks of increased flooding and mud/debris flows. “The first step in helping the burned land recover was to assess the emergency work that needs to be completed before the […]

Sheriff jabs Prop. 47, petitions for new HQ

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini updated El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce members on efforts to relocate the EDSO headquarters and gave his thoughts on Proposition 47 at a luncheon Nov. 12. Sheriff John D’Agostini began his presentation with a short history of himself and joining the Sheriff’s Office. He became a full deputy […]

State lifts Clean-up and Abatement Order for Rubicon Trail

El Dorado County followed all the rules and then some over the past five years to clean up and abate a host of dirty issues on the Rubicon Trail. And it paid off Oct. 10 when the state rescinded the Clean-up and Abatement Order after a presentation by county Parks Manager Vickie Sanders at the […]

Fire station sports rooftop garden

People driving past fire station No. 25 in Placerville might have thought they were seeing things as four towers of fresh greens seemed to be sprouting from the rooftop.

But no, it wasn’t their imaginations.

The latest idea in growing food in unlikely spaces, the project is the brainchild of the Casemade Garden Foundation in cooperation with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

Called “Sprout it from the Rooftops,” the project aims to “green” rooftops by turning …

Input sought on MLUSD Facility Master Plan

Since the beginning of March, the Mother Lode Union School District (MLUSD) has been working hard to create a Facility Master Plan (FMP) that will develop and communicate an efficient process to change the district’s school facilities to better accommodate and support the educational needs of students. MLUSD is inviting parents, teachers, families, businesses, neighboring […]

Man sentenced for Workers’ Comp fraud

A South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced on Nov. 4 for making a false statement to obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits. Mark E. Lueng, 60, was sentenced to one year in prison and a $160,000 restitution fine, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Court documents show that Lueng worked for the U.S. Postal Service until 1987, […]

Conservancy gains Cosumnes land

The American River Conservancy completed the purchase of a second phase acquisition of 1,080 acres of land fronting the Cosumnes River from Angelo Tsakopoulos for $4.995 million. This recently purchased land, combined with an earlier acquisition in August 2013, protects 2.5 miles of river canyon immediately west of Highway 49 and will provide a combined […]

Capital Southeast Connector called vital

SACRAMENTO — A realistic look at the connection between housing and jobs in southeast Sacramento County and El Dorado County was presented by Region Builders Inc. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on Oct. 17. The focus was the Capital Southeast Connector project.

Region Builders Inc. was founded in 2012 as a …

Former SLT council candidate avoids rape conviction in plea deal

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate accepted a plea to three charges that involved burglary and assault after initially being charged with several sexual assault counts. Doug Henry Cichowicz entered a plea of guilty to three counts during a hearing last week at the El Dorado […]

Farm Table brings fresh ideas to historic Main Street

At 311 Main Street in Placerville, you could find more than a new restaurant. You might find a new food avenue to explore with the gourmet meats, bulk herbs and spices and cookbooks you need to build your own feast. Farm Table is in a historic building with a beautiful embossed tin ceiling and two-story views of […]

DA investigator tops in state

A local district attorney investigator received the Joseph McClure Award for California District Attorney Investigator of the Year. Paul Moschini won the award on Oct. 3, according to DA Public Information Officer Dave Stevenson, and presented at a training conference by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. His career began in the Bay Area as […]

GDPUD: Officials ripped on way out

Tuesday’s meeting was the last for three board members of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District who were voted out in last week’s election. Leaving the board will be President Bonnie McLane, Vice President Kathy Otermat and Director Ray Griffiths. The incoming board members, Lon Uso, Carl Hoelscher and Jesse Hanschild, will be sworn in […]

Heard over the back fence: Wakamatsu tours offered

BEING A FATHER ROCKS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Being a father is the only thing that lives up to the hype. When I’m with my daughter — when we’re doing homework together or hanging out watching a movie or kicking a soccer ball around or doing any of the things […]

Informational sessions for unemployed individuals seeking job training and assistance

The El Dorado County Connections — One Stop Workforce Development and Business Resource Centers is hosting a series of informational sessions for unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County. The sessions will highlight free services available through Connections and information on training programs and/or on-the-job training through the Workforce Investment Act […]

EDH woman named to Optometry board

An El Dorado Hills woman has been appointed to the California Board of Optometry. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Oct. 13 that Rachel Michelin had been appointed to the position. “I’m a public member, it’s a volunteer position,” Michelin said. The board is made up of licensed optometrists and public volunteers. The board “looks at policy […]

Water Agency GM leaving

Dave Eggerton, the personable general manager of both the El Dorado County Water Agency and the El Dorado Water & Power Authority (EDWPA), has announced he will be leaving the agency to take the job of general manager at the Calaveras County Water District. With Nov. 30 being his last day, Eggerton discussed what has been accomplished […]

String of burglaries in Placerville

When Jeannia Thomas’ daughter and another employee of The Look Salon in Placerville arrived at work the morning of Oct. 4, they discovered the lock to the door had been jammed open, possibly with a screwdriver. Inside, Thomas said, her salon was “ransacked.” Files were strewn about, broken items littered the floor andtowels were flung […]

Driver ejected after hitting center divider, tree

A man was ejected out of his car Tuesday morning sustaining minor-to-moderate injuries. The man, described only as a white male adult, was driving his blue Suburu WRX westbound on Highway 50 west of Cedar Grove at about 10 a.m. when he hit the center divider and lost control of the vehicle, CHP Officer Dan […]

Prada censured

On a 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted Monday to censure Director Greg Prada for threatening a speaker at the Oct. 14 meeting when he said, “Best make sure your liability insurance is paid up.” Nov. 10 Prada issued a statement in defense against censure, writing, “I made a statement not […]

Grace Foundation closes its doors indefinitely

After a three-year legal battle over sick horses and mounting debt due to their care, Grace Foundation has bolted the gates to its 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe. As recent as July things seemed to be looking up according to Grace Foundation Executive Director and founder Beth DeCaprio. After a plea […]

Herrick Bldg. scaffolding gone

George, the Hangman’s dummy, newly restored and with all of his fingers, is swaying in the breeze; the exterior is painted and the scaffolding is gone — progress is being made on the renovation of the Herrick and Hangman’s buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street.

From snail-pace slow to all-in-a-rush, the renovation happens in fits and starts, but renovating 2-century-old buildings with a common roof and wall is an unknown, said Sue Taylor, who owns the buildings with her husband, Tim. “It’s not a typical remodel job. We’re doing a lot of research with this and it’s not something that can be plotted out and all the contractors scheduled.”

The Taylors have owned the …

Norm Rowett remembered

If there ever was a Mr. El Dorado Hills, it was Norm Rowett. The steadfast community volunteer died Oct. 17 from cancer. He was 78. Since he moved to El Dorado Hills in 1977, Rowett was committed to his town’s betterment and he spearheaded what would become pivotal undertakings in its history. One of the […]

Forum and hiring event Nov. 19

El Dorado County Connections — One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum and hiring event on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Connections — One Stop located at 3047 Briw Road in Placerville. The event will be conducted by Harmony Home Care. The organization is looking to hire home health aids, certified nursing […]

Cal Fire local burn bans lifted

AUBURN — Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer and Amador-El Dorado Units have lifted the suspension of residential burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) effective Nov. 3. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns. Residents must follow burning requirements and maintain control of their […]

Heard over the back fence: Poetry confab Nov. 15

BURNT TOAST LOGIC? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me” quote: “Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?” POETRY READ-AROUND: “Poetic License” is a poetry read-around scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Placerville Senior […]

Consumer alert: California newspaper subscription scam

SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding a recent scam involving fake newspaper subscription mailings. Individuals throughout California have recently received deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions. The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a […]

Public input sought on Mental Health Services Act Plan

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency invites the public to provide input for the county’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan for the Fiscal Year 2015/16. Community members can give input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by Mental Health staff […]

Commission on Aging seeks new member

The El Dorado County Commission on Aging is seeking to fill one vacancy. The commission plays an advisory role to both the Area Agency on Aging and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on matters concerning senior residents. The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 19. Contact Janice Haney, El Dorado County Area […]

Sen. Gaines blasts UC tuition increase plan

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today slammed the proposed University of California tuition increase plan, which could raise student fees 5-percent a year for the next five years. “The UC system must serve the academic elite, not just the financial elite,” said Gaines. “Students have been pummeled with tuition increases for years, and the […]

Supes OK Town Center project

A 4.5-acre lot in the middle of El Dorado Hills Town Center is ground zero for some kind of development, and El Dorado County Supervisors decided what kind at their Tuesday Nov. 4 meeting. By a 4 to 1 vote, the board gave conceptual approval for a 250-unit apartment complex proposed by Stockton-based developer Economou/Spanos […]

Malibu woman arrested on alleged movie studio scheme

A Malibu woman faces a 32-count indictment, unsealed Nov. 6, for an alleged fraud scheme of construction of a movie studio — with one of the locations in El Dorado Hills. Carissa Carpenter, 51, was arrested Nov. 5 in Venice on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to a government agent, […]

Deputy’s murder suspect moved to county

The man accused of shooting and killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and a Placer County sheriff’s detective was moved from Sacramento County to El Dorado County on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The decision to move Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes (aka Marcelo Marquez) to the Placerville jail was made by Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who said he decided […]

Bear attack in Camino

On Monday, Oct. 27, Bart Emry of Camino let his dog Daisy, outside to do her business. It was two o’clock in the morning and Emry assumed Daisy’s nudge had meant the 11-year-old collie/lab mix needed to go.

But instead of heading out into the yard, Daisy froze on the porch. “I kept telling her to go, go, but she was staring at something,” said Emry, 55. He started to open the back door wider, but Daisy suddenly jumped backwards and Emry caught sight of why: 25 feet directly in front of them, a huge black bear was foraging in a bag of trash he dragged from a pile by the side of the house. The bear saw Daisy and charged.

Emry reacted by heaving the dog into the laundry room behind him. “I was bent over picking her up and I tried to kick the door shut, but the bear was on top of us and swiped my foot with his claw. I stood up and he stopped long enough for me to slam the door in his snout, which was only about six inches from my face.”

The wound on Emry’s left …

County OKs new contract for waste hauling

El Dorado Disposal brought a formidable team of people to “talk trash” at the county Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 21. Seeking to renew its agreement with the county for another five to 15 years, the Waste Connections company got approval to continue its franchise to “collect, transport, recycle and dispose of solid waste” from […]