Dog lost for 20 months reunited with EDH family

On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir.

Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills without their beloved pet … but the family had no intention of giving up the search.

Open house highlights Town Center apartments

On June 11, a community open house was held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station to highlight a proposed 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center. Representatives from the developer, Stockton-based A.G. Spanos Companies, and county employees were on hand to answer questions during the public comment phase of the project, which concludes June […]

Hay fire hurts 5

Though a fire was quickly contained at Lee’s Feed and Western Store in Shingle Springs on Sunday, damage was done and injuries were caused. The fire was reported at 11:17 a.m., El Dorado County Fire Capt. Paul McVay said, but the spread was contained by 11:29 a.m. Crews were on-scene, mopping up, for about eight hours. […]

Solo crash fatal

A man died in a solo vehicle collision with a tree Monday evening in Mount Aukum. Logan T. Durrett, 29, of River Pines, was driving his 1978 Dodge pickup truck westbound on Mount Aukum Road west of Somerset Drive around 7:35 p.m., a CHP report stated. He attempted to negotiate a bend in the roadway […]

Heard over the back fence: Dog circus coming to library

I’M BROKE! John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an out-of-money experience.” BUSY BEE DOG SHOW: The “Busy Bee Dog Show” will present a one-ring dog circus with amazing tricks on Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The kids will love it. For more information, call 530-621-5540. USED […]

Rise in whooping cough cases

Health officials in El Dorado County and across the state of California are seeing an increase in cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough), including severe illness in babies with pertussis, and emphasize it is important for both children and adults to be up to date on their immunizations. Since the beginning of 2014, […]

USFS sets seasonal fire prohibitions

PLACERVILLE — Fire restrictions took effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, stated a prepared statement from U.S. Forest Service Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. “Drought conditions have resulted […]

Training site for 1968 Olympics honored

The Eldorado National Forest, in cooperation with El Dorado County and the state of California, will place a California State Historical Marker at the site of the 1968 Olympic training facility at Echo Summit on the Eldorado National Forest, according to a statement from Kristi Schroeder, acting public affairs officer with the National Forest. On […]

Grand Jury goes after elected officials

A new Grand Jury report is calling for amending the county charter to make four elected official positions be appointed rather than elected, and addresses department heads circumventing the county Chief Administrative Office in favor of speaking directly to the Board of Supervisors. The report states that, “Elected officials can refuse to cooperate with both […]

Nutting’s seat: Three enter race

Eager to get started, three people have already formed committees with the El Dorado County Elections Department indicating they plan to run for Ray Nutting’s old supervisor seat in District II. On June 17, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors announced that a special election would be held Sept. 9 to fill the position. […]

Fire severely damages home

A fire left half of a Diamond Springs home standing Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported to be at 621 De Cair Court at 2:50 p.m., Diamond Springs Fire Battalion Chief Ken Earle said.

“It was a residential fire, the cause is still under investigation,” he said. There were no injuries.

The house was “severely damaged,” Earle said, with about half the house standing and the other half blackened …

PTSD: Resources available for vets

This final segment of a three-part series is in recognition of June as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. PTSD affects an estimated 7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD victims in the military. Read part 1 here, and part 2 here. Ursula […]

Georgetown Hardware adds outdoor store

Kristin and Tug Keller of Georgetown announced the opening of another 1,500 square feet of Georgetown Hardware. Georgetown Hardware Outdoor Sports is just that — all outdoors. The facility, which housed Georgetown Clothing Co. and Curves is the new location, just a few quick steps from the main store in the Buffalo Hill Center. The […]

Employment up locally, regionally

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.7 percent in May 2014, down from a revised 7.1 percent in April 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for California and 6.1 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Heard over the back fence: 4th of July fun listed

PROCRASTINATORS’ OATH: John Chapman sent me the following T-shirt statement: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.” JULY 4TH BLAST! The “Fourth of July Family Blast” will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be games and […]

PTSD: Family Support Group helps vets

This second segment of a three-part series is in recognition of June as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. PTSD affects an estimated 7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD victims in the military. Read part 1 here. Julie Leconte is a facilitator […]

A pioneering heart: Woman gets wireless pacemaker

El Dorado County is home to many trail blazers, with the latest being 80-year-old Rita Gordon Carrow of Placerville.

A charmingly persistent woman, Carrow has had a string of successes as a real estate agent, stockbroker, private pilot, registered principal, registered investment advisor, scuba diving trainer, whitewater rafting guide and author.

Her latest accomplishment is as a medical pioneer as she is one of only a small handful of people in California to be fitted with a wireless pacemaker.

Still in the testing stage because it has not yet been approved by the Federal Drug Administration, Carrow decided to take a chance with the new device when she developed atrial fibrillation, or afib, after having surgery for cataracts and glaucoma in early 2013.

Two more initiatives dropped off: Third still collecting signatures

Volunteers hoping to pass three different growth control initiatives have dropped off signature sheets for two of the initiatives with the El Dorado County Elections Department. Now comes the nail-biting time as they wait to see if the initiatives have enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot. Last Wednesday, July 11, the group calling […]

Sex offender ordinance repealed

A city ordinance prohibiting sex offenders from frequenting parks, playgrounds, daycare centers, schools, libraries and other places where children are normally present was repealed at the June 11 Placerville City Council meeting. The ordinance was adopted in 2012 to supplement state law with more specific and stringent limitations on the proximity registered sex offenders may […]

Nutting’s seat: Special election set Sept. 9

On Tuesday, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a date for a special election to fill former Supervisor Ray Nutting’s District 2 seat. This followed their receiving a court order notifying them that the seat was vacant as of June 6. The election is scheduled for Sept. 9 to comply with the County […]

Burke’s Corner: June 20, 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 […]

Observatory to host solar viewing

The sun will be celebrated this Sunday, June 22, and members of the community are invited to explore it like never before at the Community Observatory in Placerville. Attendees will have the chance to safely see its churning atmosphere and planet-sized sun spots through various telescopes designed for this very purpose. Solar experts will also […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a hunter safety class

FUNNY BOAT NAMES: Review “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar, and you will find the following “Funny and Real Boat Names:” ” Cirrhosis of the River – Incredible Hull – Campbell’s Sloop – What’s Up, Dock? – One Moor Time – Naut Fast Enuff – More Than We Can Afford – Ship Happens.” HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: A “Hunter […]

June Garden Tips

JUNE GARDEN TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following garden tips: ” – Rebuild watering basins around trees and shrubs for deep watering. – Protect ripening fruit with bird netting or scare tactics such as reflective tape, plastic owls, old CDs, plastic snakes, old neck ties, or wind chimes. Put up just as […]

Heard over the back fence: Brewfest time again

HONEY BEE ADVICE: John Chapman delivered the following “Advice from a Honey Bee” T-shirt statement: “Create a buzz -Mind your own beeswax – Always find your way home – Stick close to your honey – Bee yourself!” BELLTOWER BREWFEST: The Belltower Brewfest is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at the Bell Tower on Main Street, Placerville, from […]

City Council: Wendy Thomas seeks reelection

Wendy Thomas, former mayor and current councilwoman, will be running again for the Placerville City Council in the November election. “I am immensely grateful for the privilege of representing this city the past four years, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a second term,” she said. Thomas’ focus will continue to be […]

Divide teen drowns

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has reported that a young Garden Valley boy drowned last Friday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, just before 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, its dispatch center received a call advising that a young man disappeared while swimming in the Middle Fork of the American River in the area of […]

Camera Club meeting on portraits

Local photographer Karen Schmautz will be speaking at the El Dorado Camera Club monthly meeting on June 19 at 7 p.m. Ms. Schmautz’s topic will be portraits and lighting. Members and non-members are welcome. Club meetings are held at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Cameron Park Community Center; 2502 Country […]

EDH Tea Party Patriots host water discussion

Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host a discussion about water issues on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express at Town Center. El Dorado Irrigation District board members Greg Prada and Alan Day will be guest speakers at this open meeting. Come get an update on our water […]

Councilwoman arrested

On Monday, June 16, City Manager Cleve Morris released a statement concerning the arrest of Councilwoman Carol Patton for driving under the influence. “On Sunday, June 15,  council member Carol Patton was arrested for driving under the influence. In today’s world when a public official makes a mistake like this it tends to reflect on […]

Reversal of fortune: Brown edged out in Dist. 5

It’s not over till it’s over and the final election results, which should be certified sometime this week, have resulted in a few surprises. Initially in the race for District 4 Supervisor, Howard Penn was beating Mike Ranalli by 29 votes. However, the latest results have Ranalli winning by 53 votes. The two will face off […]

PTSD: Trauma causes distress

William Blaylock of El Dorado Hillls didn’t know he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when he returned from Vietnam in 1969. He didn’t know it for 37 years even though he had flashbacks of combat in Vietnam when he saw fireworks and felt the humid air wafting in from the jungle while on vacation in Puerta Vallarta. He slept only five-six hours a night, getting up to check the perimeter of his house every night and he had many, many jobs. He had recurring dreams and nightmare and it was hard for him to trust anyone. His marriage to a woman he married before going to Vietnam failed a few years after his return.

The term “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” has been used only since 1980, but the disorder has affected people for thousands of years, being noted in writings as far back as 490 B.C. It’s been termed “shell shock,” “battle fatigue” or “malaise du pays,” but PTSD is caused by trauma.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder …

Water bigwigs appear in Placerville

It was all about water as the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies, Region 3, held a water conference on June 6 in Placerville. In attendance were some heavy hitters in the state water world including Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources; Felicia Marcus, chair […]

Heard over the back fence: Health expo June 28

UNUSUAL DAY TRIP: If you don’t know what do do this weekend, you can drive to Livermore. “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following: “A lightbulb manufactured in 1901still burns in a Livermore firehouse.” Go to Livermore and observe the light. IMPROVE-YOUR-HEALTH EXPO: The “Healthy Universe Expo — Discover the Possibilities of the Natural World!” is […]

Fatal accident on Lotus Road

A collision between a car and two to three motorcycles resulted in a fatality over the weekend. On Saturday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m., Irene McPherson, 82, of El Dorado Hills was driving northbound on Lotus Road near Springvale Road when she collided with several motorcyclists. At the time she was driving her 2008 Ford Focus […]

Placerville nurse returns to cross-country air race

Continuing in the tradition of Amelia Earhart and 19 other women in an air race across the country in 1929, a Placerville woman is taking part in the Air Race Classic, starting June 16.

Cindy Ashmead, a nurse at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, will navigate a Beechcraft Bonanza K35, flown by Sandy St. John of Forni, Texas.

On Thursday, the pair flew out to Concord, Calif., where the race will start. At 8 a.m. on June 16, they, along with 51 other teams — each with two or three people — will take off, planes following each other every 15-30 seconds. It will be the only time the entire group …

‘Bring it on,’ says Nutting

Vowing to appeal his misdemeanor convictions and subsequent removal from office, ex-supervisor Ray Nutting gave an impassioned impromptu speech at the Tea Party meeting Tuesday night, garnering loud applause. Convicted of six misdemeanor charges for taking personal loans from two county employees and a building contractor to bail himself out of jail last year, Nutting […]

The state of Jefferson?

Fed up with what they say is a lack of representation, members of the Tea Party of the Hills heard a proposal Tuesday night that would result in most of northern California breaking off and forming a separate state to be called Jefferson. With exploratory committees already formed in a number of rural counties including Siskiyou, Placer, […]

EID approves Bass Lake sale

The sale of Bass Lake as surplus property was approved by the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District at its June 9 meeting. The 152-acre property was sold to the Rescue Union School District for $300,000. Rescue has long-term plans to build a school on the property. The sale was approved on a 4 […]

Schools test new, electronic student assessments

The schools in El Dorado County are finishing their trial runs of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing, which will gauge student progress toward meeting the Common Core State Standards and be fully implemented in spring 2015. Testing began in March and includes students piloting the electronic system, teachers and administrators evaluating exam procedures […]

EDSO patrol fleet vehicles on display at fair

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini is proud to present the Sheriff’s Office new state-of-the-art patrol vehicles at this year’s El Dorado County Fair. Sheriff D’Agostini invites the community and members of the press to stop by our booth this Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, from noon to 8:30 p.m. In the past […]

Smith was ‘larger than life’

Georgetown seems quieter with Mark Smith gone. In his 63 years of living on the Georgetown Divide, he was never still. Even when he was off on an adventure, or traveling, or at his cabin near Butte, Mont., his energy was felt. With the help of others, his dreams continued to become real. “His presence was larger than life,” said Glenda Gau, who worked for him as a Jeep adventure consultant.

An adventurer, an explorer, an outdoorsman, a visionary, a community benefactor, an historian, a promoter, a storyteller, a prankster, a generous friend, an animal lover, a forceful opponent–he was all those things and more.

In his 87 years, Smith was a Marine, a logger, a pilot, a real estate broker, a lumber business owner, a deputy sheriff, a building contractor, an airport manager and a developer of residential neighborhoods and a commercial center.

Smith was an active member of the Georgetown Rotary. To encourage tourism and boost the local economy in 1953, the Rotary members, with Smith …

COOL School parent information night June 16

The Rescue COOL School Virtual Academy will be hosting a parent information night on Monday, June 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. The COOL School is a tuition free, public, independent study educational alternative offered through the Rescue Union School District for students in grades three through eight. In this blended learning program, students complete […]

Outingdale: Possible state abrogation of water rights

It was standing-room only on Monday as a Stage 4 drought emergency was declared for Outingdale by the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District. The action was taken following a May 27 decision by the State Water Resources Control Board requiring the immediate curtailment of nearly every water diversion made upstream of the Delta under […]

BOS puts off vacancy decision

With 90 agenda items to get through, Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting went well into the evening hours with one of the most important decisions put off until next week. Faced with a vacancy as a result of Judge Timothy Buckley’s letter of June 6 that effectively removed Supervisor Ray Nutting from his […]