Folsom challenges Mather decision

Days after Sacramento County filed a Notice of Determination to move forward with the expansion of Mather Airport’s air cargo operations, the city of Folsom said, “Not so fast.” Citing several California Environmental Quality Act violations, including the project was approved and the NOD filed before all environmental findings were considered, Folsom assistant city attorney […]

Bigelow’s AB 2073 signed into law

SACRAMENTO – On Aug. 22, Assembly Bill 2073, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and will become law next year. Assembly Bill 2073 provides an exemption to the general prohibition against alcohol on school property. This bill allows facilities such as community centers, schools and office complexes owned by […]

Tea Party claims Common Core dumbs down education

A review of new national educational standards, called Common Core, was the topic at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills. Facilitated by Tea Party board member Bob Summers, the audience watched a video titled “Building the Machine” that was produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. Afterwards, Summers […]

BOS creates Facilities Financing Team Committee

Unsure whether to build, rent or otherwise obtain a new El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Administrative center, county supervisors July 29 opted to create a new board standing committee whose task is to find the best, quickest and most cost effective method to finance the project. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco described the current administration […]

Property Tax Roll shows a modest increase

The assessed value of all taxable property in El Dorado County increased by slightly more than 5 percent according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. The assessor completed and turned over the 2014/15 property tax roll on June 30. The $26.8 billion roll, which reflects the assessed value as of Jan. 1, is about […]

El Dorado County crops are up in market value

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22, and it was good news. According to a press release issued by the department, the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 […]

Two hurt in suspected DUI rollover

Two men sustained major injuries in a rollover collision Friday morning. Jason Shaughnessy, 21, of El Dorado Hills, was driving a 2000 Suburu Outback southbound on Salmon Falls Road north of Falcon Crest at approximately 8:26 a.m., when he lost control of the vehicle, a CHP press release stated. The vehicle traveled off the east […]

Employer job forum set for Sept. 3

El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Target will share information about the organization, what they look for in […]

Heard over he back fence: It’s time to buy tix for Lobster on the River

PREVENTING INSANITY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “In medieval times, it was believed that owning a cat could help cure insanity.” LOBSTER ON THE RIVER: Placerville Rotary invites all of us to join them for the “Lobster on the River” fundraiser to benefit local community projects. The fun will take place on Saturday, […]

NRA grants awarded, application process begins

The 2015 NRA Foundation grant process opened online on Aug. 1. Foundation grants provide essential program funding, ensuring the availability of quality training and educational opportunities nationwide. These grants benefit programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, hunter education, conservation, firearms and marksmanship training and safety and many more programs. Folsom Boy Scout Troop […]

Child Support Awareness Month

Child Support Awareness Month is recognized both nationally and locally each year as a means to focus on the importance of providing financial support for children. It is also the time to recognize the families and the child support professionals who are committed to making a difference in children’s lives both emotionally and financially. This […]

Fundraiser to benefit Animal Outreach

Enjoy a little taste of Paris and help the cats of El Dorado County during the upcoming French Bistro Fundraiser in Camino. The afternoon event, designed to benefit Animal Outreach and its spay/neuter efforts, will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Crystal Basin Cellars and Bistro in Camino. Crystal Basin […]

Water Agency gets preview of water rights project

The El Dorado Water & Power Authority and the County Water Agency heard an update on the El Dorado Water Reliability Project at their May 14 meeting while also reviewing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Leslie Moulton, ESA project director, presented a summary of work done to date on the water rights project, saying they are […]

Sand Fire benefit tonight

In a show of can-do volunteerism, after just three short weeks of planning and organizing, everything is a go for the big Sand Fire Benefit tonight. Sponsored by local business people, service clubs, government agencies and community volunteers to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sand Fire, the benefit has something for everyone including […]

Bicycle plans given OK: Mo Flat pedestrian bridge OK’d

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved funding several projects that will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the county. The commission approved spending $90,000 for a grant application that was previously submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). It will be combined with $47,000 in county funds as part of […]

County Counsel retires next week

After 21 years in the department, including the past nearly two years as County Counsel, Ed Knapp is hanging up his “neologisms” and closing his “Brown Act for Dummies” book. Knapp spends hours every week sitting at the County Counsel’s table in the Board of Supervisors chambers answering or being ready to answer any legal questions a supervisor or staff member may put to him. And sometimes, completely unlawyer-like, he even says, “I don’t know.”

He does, however, know “Knapp’s law of public meetings — The hot air expands to fill the time allotted.”

Knapp laughs telling about moving from New Hampshire in 1971 in an old beater. “Wherever the car dies is where we’ll stay,” he recalled. The car made it all the way to San Francisco, so that became …

Eldorado National Forest chosen for new wildland fire project

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is one of only two forests recently selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to serve as a demonstration area that will implement the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy). The South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project encompasses approximately 250,000 acres. The goals […]

Patrol car hit in collision

A deputy was involved in a collision in Shingle Springs on Aug. 16 after another car failed to yield. The deputy was traveling Code 3 — full lights and sirens — northbound on South Shingle Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. As the deputy was crossing the intersection at about 20 mph on a red […]

Murder-suicide? Elderly couple found dead

An elderly couple was found dead of gunshot wounds on Aug. 19 in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3300 block of Gold Nugget Court for a possible assault with a deadly weapon and possible suicide, a press release stated. Upon arrival, an elderly man and elderly woman were found deceased in […]

Burke’s Corner: August 29, 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 […]

‘When I’m 64…’: Pebble Beach Concours shows it’s got muscle

Anyone would agree that Ferrari is a muscle car and this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show winner was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by former Microsoft president Jon Shirley of Medina, Wash. Shirley has owned the car since 1995 and it has gone through two restorations, an initial two-year […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire Benefit Aug. 22

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . DELAY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I will take care of my procrastination problem . . . Just You Wait and See!” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Sacto board OKs Mather’s 20-year plan

SACRAMENTO — Despite hundreds of formal complaints that Mather Airport’s nighttime air cargo operations are noisy enough as is, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Aug. 12 to beef them up when they approved a 20-year-development plan and revised Environmental Impact Report. The master plan includes lengthening runways and upgrading the airport’s navigation aid, […]

District 4 and 5: Biggest spenders weren’t the winners

A final tally of what Board of Supervisors candidates for Districts 4 and 5 raised and spent during the primary is in. In the District 4 contest, the two top vote getters were Mike Ranalli and Howard Penn with Ranalli edging out Penn by a slender 56 votes. They will face off against each other in November. In order of […]

Plane crash victim ID’d

An update from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office revealed the name of the San Jose man who died in a plane crash in Mosquito on Aug. 16. Perry Nieland, 52, died in the accident that also injured his brother, Richard, 55, both of San Jose. It is unknown who was piloting the biplane. It […]

Marilyn Ferguson — a city jewel

Marilyn Ferguson is a not-so-hidden jewel in the city of Placerville. You just have to know where to look — at the Fountain Tallman Museum, 524 Main St. Ferguson has been the manager of the museum for the past seven years, but her contributions in preserving the history of Placerville go back much further.

The 83-year-old is quick-witted and slightly irreverent, with a wry sense of humor, and she knows more about Placerville than just about anyone. Her years of historical research and involvement in historical organizations have made Ferguson the go-to person when anyone has a question about Placerville history, but when she and her late husband moved to Placerville from San Diego in 1967 to raise their children in a less crowded environment, she was a housewife, not a historian. “What got me were the backs of the buildings you could see from the highway, before they were cleaned up like they are now,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson met a mother while volunteering at her children’s …

Maury Erickson of Atwood Insurance dies

Maurice Alan Erickson (Maury), the well-known owner of Atwood Insurance Agency in Placerville, died Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz., of natural causes. Born in Opportunity, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1919, Erickson was just five days short of his 95th birthday when he died. A natural salesman who was successful in a variety of different careers, […]

Missing man found drowned

The body of a missing man was found in the South Fork of the American River Monday afternoon. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and Coroner personnel recovered the body of Raymond Nacon, 32, of Folsom, after Nacon had gone missing around 9 p.m. Aug. 16. About 6:30 a.m. the next day, a resident along the […]

Tea Party meeting on Common Core

This Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host an intense discussion on Common Core, the spawn of Race to the Top, the government’s answer to making education into a one-size-fits-all. The discussion will be led by Bob Summers. The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn […]

Georgianne Knight joins county ed board

During its regularly scheduled Aug. 14 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Education provisionally appointed Georgianne Knight to the vacant board position, representing District 1. Her appointment expires in November. She is the only candidate running for the seat on the November ballot. Knight has worked for the California Department of Education for 18 […]

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

The Hangtown Gold Bug Park Development Committee, in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept., is offering special tours of the seldom seen Priest Mine over all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Priest Mine traces its origins to the peak of the Gold Rush, about 1850, and is seldom open to […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire benefit Friday

ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST: Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statement: “Ask your doctor if medical advice from a TV commercial is right for you.” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]

Job fair Aug. 22

Job seekers in El Dorado County and across the Sacramento region are invited to attend the fifth annual Tri-County Job Fair to be held on Friday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roseville Sports Complex & Martha Riley Library located at 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville. The free job fair will […]

Body found by Hwy 50

The body of a woman was found Sunday in the Placerville vicinity. The body was found in an open field at the intersection of Highway 50 and Missouri Flat Road, a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated. A passerby saw the body and reported it to deputies at about 4:30 p.m. Upon […]

Head Start: Teachers protest pay cuts

At about 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, about 20 people were lined up on Green Valley Road outside of the El Dorado County Office of Education.

“EDCOE not honoring contract,” read one sign. “We won’t just quit, we’re teachers and role models,” read another. Teachers, classroom assistants and speech therapists had gathered from multiple districts to protest a new contract forced on Head Start teachers.

“We’re not really protesting,” preschool teacher Luann Carlson said. They were, instead, giving out information.

The new contract was “affecting teachers and families” in …

Amaral cites a different skill set: District 2 candidate

Saying his campaign may yet surprise people is Chris Amaral, another candidate for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. Asked why he’s running so soon after losing in the primary to Bill Schultz for the job of Recorder-Clerk, Amaral said he’s a big proponent of public service and has a unique skill set […]

City Council nixes rehab facility

Agreeing with residents that Coloma Street already has its share of treatment facilities, a conditional use permit for a 10-bed residential treatment facility at 2986 Coloma Street was denied at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Placerville City Council. Owned by Tim and Ellen Page, the home is currently being used as a sober living […]

1 dies in plane crash

A biplane crashed on a residential street less than half mile east of the Swansboro Airport Saturday, according to Mosquito Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Chris Johns. One of two on the airplane died, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and a second was transported by Calstar to Sutter Hospital in Roseville, Johns said. The Sheriff’s […]

Homicide: Nov. trial for Harris

A Friday morning hearing for a woman accused of murdering her husband confirmed a November trial. Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander confirmed with Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that the Colleen Harris trial will begin on Nov. 4. In the interim, Alexander said, he and defense attorney David Weiner would develop a schedule for pre-trial motions. […]

Fundamental volleyball classes

FUNDAMENTAL VOLLEYBALL: Fundamental volleyball classes are available for grades 4 to 8 for beginners and intermediate players. Lessons are offered on Fridays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 3 at the Cameron Park Community Center gym, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $95 for Cameron Park residents or $100 for non-residents. The instructor is Melanie […]

County unemployment up to 7.2 percent

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.4 percent in July 2014, up from a revised 6.9 percent in June 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Tax collector offers due date e-mail reminders

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector, announced Aug. 11 that taxpayers can sign up for property tax reminders. These free e-mail notifications can help act as a friendly reminder of tax due dates. To subscribe to the tax due dates reminders, visit and click on the E-mail Subscription links at […]

Camino plant getting improved remote control

The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.

Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.

Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…

New county counsel starts in September

Following a late afternoon closed session July 15, El Dorado County Supervisors announced their appointment of Robyn Truitt Drivon to the position of County Counsel. Drivon is currently the County Counsel of Yolo County in Woodland since 2006 and is very experienced, said outgoing County Counsel Ed Knapp after he made the official report of […]

Local races attract candidates

With Aug. 13 being the deadline for candidates to file to run for various local elected positions, below is a list of those throwing their hats in the ring in selected races. Running for one spot on the Los Rios Community College District, Trustee Area 3, are Marc Allaman, John Knight, Brad Trimble and Leroy […]