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Placerville among 50 Best Small Downtowns in America

A January 2015 Best Choices Review of the 50 Best Small Downtowns in America ranked Placerville as No. 28. Extolled in Placerville’s virtues are the monthly stagecoach rides, the 160-year-old Belltower and the Placerville Hardware Store, as well as Placerville’s Gold Rush history and being the late artist Thomas Kinkade’s home town.

Teen drives down embankment

A teenager lost control of his car in El Dorado Hills in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, driving down an embankment. The 16-year-old male, of El Dorado Hills, was driving a 2006 silver Land Rover Range Rover eastbound on Appian Way west of Sangiovese Drive at about 4:30 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. […]

Couple rescued in Pilot Hill

A couple hiking in Pilot Hill became lost Sunday, spending the night in the wilderness before being escorted out by Search and Rescue volunteers. The couple, a man in his 40s, from Roseville, and a woman in her 50s, from Folsom, were day hiking the American River area near Salmon Falls Bridge when they became […]

Tough two-span bridge still usable after severe shaking in quake engineering test

RENO, Nev. – Engineers have demonstrated that, even after a strong earthquake or hurricane, bridges built with innovative materials and designs are not only still standing, but usable in the aftermath of a disaster. In a large-scale experiment that ended Feb. 6 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s world-renowned Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, a bridge withstood […]

Heard over the back fence: Railroad history speaker in EDH

I KNOW THIS PERSON: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Cleverly Disguised as a Responsible Person.” RAILROAD HISTORY SPEAKER: On Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., Jim Harville, president of the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Association, will speak on the past and present history of the oldest railroad built west of the Mississippi River. The […]

Caltrans restoring Bridal Veil Falls culvert

Caltrans has begun its project to restore the culvert at Bridal Veil Falls. The culvert was damaged during the King Fire, said Caltrans spokesperson Steve Nelson. The culvert itself goes under the highway, and is big enough to allow workers to go inside and fix it. Depending on the weather, Nelson said, the project should […]

Lines drawn at MLUSD

The lines were clearly drawn at the Feb. 11 Mother Lode Union School District Board meeting: parents and teachers stepped forward to tell board members to step down if they weren’t willing to do their job in the best interest for the children of the district; they presented a declaration of no confidence in MLUSD […]

Board OK’s CIP, TIM Fee update schedules

El Dorado County is now into the fourth year of a Major Five-Year Update on its transportation network. Next January, the Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt final recommendations for that “update” of its Capital Improvement Program and its Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee scale. Supervisors approved both the scope of work and the schedule […]

Interim GM to leave water agency

The El Dorado County Water Agency will be losing another staff member as it was announced by the board at its Feb. 11 meeting that Interim General Manager Tracey Eden-Bishop would be resigning at the end of the month to take a job with the El Dorado Irrigation District. Eden-Bishop has been serving as interim general manager […]

A different viewpoint: Peshon named new undersheriff

Randy Peshon, during his career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, has been consistently thrown into jobs that he had no idea how to do. Yet, every time he moved to another department, the one he left was better than when he came in. On Feb. 17, Peshon, 59, currently a captain, will be promoted again, to the role of undersheriff.

As a division commander running both El Dorado County jails, in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, he also ran court security and transportation of inmates. “It’s like running two small cities,” he said. “We have to provide services in a safe and secure manner,” but to inmates — who can be hostile …

Safety improvements OK’d ahead of interchange

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved county staff’s recommendation to add an additional four-way stop intersection on Serrano Parkway before the Silva Valley interchange opens in 2016. John Kahling, deputy director of engineering for the Community Development Agency, Transportation Division, presented the county’s analysis and traffic findings to the board last week following a […]

EDH seniors can soon get a lift with taxi service

An on-demand, subsidized taxi service will help El Dorado Hills seniors on the go. Beginning late spring or early summer, El Dorado Hills residents who are at least 60 years old or disabled may call a taxi in the contracted network and be taken door-to-door anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Passengers must register one […]

Counties unite to urge Congress to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools

SACRAMENTO — The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) announced Feb. 12 that 23 of California’s rural counties have adopted resolutions urging Congress to immediately reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (SRS). SRS funding mitigates the impact to county governments and schools from the reduction of timber harvesting production on […]

Wygant indicted by federal grand jury

A federal grand jury indicted a South Lake Tahoe fire captain on Feb. 12 for alleged sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of minors. Mark McLeod Wygant, 44, a resident of Chico, was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of minors, a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated. […]

McClintock introduces bill to honor fallen Marine Sky Mote

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, introduced on Feb. 13  H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012. The legislation will designate a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp every year, as “Sky Point.” Every […]

Antarctic climate change effects on ice shelf monitored 24/7 with fiber optics

RENO, Nev. – For the first time ever, scientists have recorded temperatures continuously at the bottom of an Antarctic ice shelf where warmer sea water threatens to erode the massive ice which, if it collapses and glacial melting occurs, could cause a 3-meter rise in ocean levels around the world. “This is the first time […]

Heard over the back fence: DFW expert to talk about cutthroat trout

STRANGE FUTURE WISH: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “I hope one day to have a psychiatric disorder named after me.” John Chapman said he thought of me when he saw this statement. FISHERMEN UNITE: The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting at the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 Placerville […]

Regional Transportation Plan update highlighted in local workshop

It was show-and-tell time at the fairgrounds the evening of Feb. 6 as the El Dorado County Transportation Commission rolled out a draft of its updated Regional Transportation Plan. A job it must undertake every five years, the workshop attracted board members as well as staff from the agency and its partner agencies including SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments), […]

High school boundaries changed

On Tuesday evening the El Dorado Union High School district Board of Trustees voted to change high school boundaries for students living in El Dorado Hills. It made a 4-1 decision to vote for what had been called option B2 at a special public workshop when various scenarios were discussed last month. This would provide […]

Operation School Bell a hit in Placerville

It looked like Christmas in February as children went shopping for new school clothes on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Kmart. Lined up outside the store as early as 8 a.m., an estimated 125 children and their parents swarmed through the store loading up shopping carts with everything from shoes and socks to the latest in t-shirts and dresses. Part of […]

Skull found in Georgetown

A partial human skull was found in Georgetown on Feb. 10. A local resident was gold panning in the Bear Creek Picnic area, near Traverse Creek Road, at around 10:30 a.m. the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced. The resident was digging through dirt when the suspected partial skull was found. The resident called EDSO. […]

Teen suffers ‘major’ injuries

A teenager sustained major injuries after his car struck a tree on Highway 50 in Placerville Tuesday afternoon. A 17-year-old male drove a white 2011 Kia Soul westbound on Highway 50 between Schnell School Road and Mosquito Road at about 2:15 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, the car drifted onto the north shoulder of […]

Former homeless pair to wed

Being homeless is not the end of the story; for Becky Nylander and Ken Green it was just the beginning. The two met at a low point in their lives but things were already starting to change when they came to live in Hangtown Haven, a legal encampment for the homeless operated in Placerville as a pilot program. Now, both are employed and living in their own home, members of a church and part of a support system for those who are currently homeless.

“We have been best friends for four years,” said Nylander, 42. “I had strong feelings for …”

Former Grace Foundation horses up for adoption

El Dorado County Animal Services currently has 48 horses for adoption. These horses are from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. According to Alexis Shaw, operations manager of Animal Services, the horses are of various ages and breed. “These are beautiful animals,” said Shaw. “Many are very friendly and enjoy being around […]

Teen driver class offered by CHP

The CHP will be holding Start Smart classes for teens and their parents on Feb. 26. In the wake of a Feb. 10 collision that caused a 17-year-old male driver major injuries, the CHP is holding a Start Smart course. Topics covered include the hazards of driving, distractions, DUIs and more, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The […]

Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally grown service members — one in Calaveras and the […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a book discussion group

DEFINING OLD AGE: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we offer the following “Age Appropriate Humor” quote: “Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.” BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: An “Adult Book Discussion Group” meets every third Wednesday of each month at the Placerville Library at 345 Fair Lane […]

EID reports water reliability

Customers of the El Dorado Irrigation District can expect water supplies to meet demand 95 percent of the time. The remaining 5 percent is when drought occurs, such as last year, during which customers will be asked to conserve. In a report issued by the district last month, EID reported its firm yield at 63,500 […]

Guide dog requires constant attention

A black lab puppy gazed at its trainer. A command had been given, but not followed. The dog’s trainer grabbed its front paws and pulled the dog down, giving it a treat and praise. Soon, it must follow the command the first time given, without hesitation. Cadillac, a 4-month old puppy, must follow commands the […]

EDHS grad awarded by UCD for international service

Rene Gonzalez-Mejia, 53, is no stranger to accolades, for good reasons. From swimming awards to being recognized by the king of Spain for his work bridging the cultural gap between Nicaragua and Spain, Gonzalez-Mejia has consistently gone above and beyond. Now, his alma mater, UC Davis, is awarding him the Emil M. Mrak International Award for 2015 in recognition of his career and service outside the U.S.

On Feb. 6, Gonzalez-Mejia was due to receive the award at the UC Davis 42nd annual Alumni Awards at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. According to the UC Davis …

Sheriff briefs Tea Party on crime

Sheriff John D’Agostini covered everything from crime to finances at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Tea Party in the Hills. Noting the increase in crime in the county, D’Agostini attributed it to passage of Proposition 47 last November. That law reduced the classification of most nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes from a […]

Rolling log burns EDH bedroom

A Barcelona Court master bedroom suffered major damage after a burning log rolled out of the fireplace and the room caught fire. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the residential structure fire at approximately 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal. “The owner of the home was evacuated after he was found […]

EID switches to even-year elections

After three hours of testimony and three alternative motions, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 3-2 Monday to switch to an even-year election cycle. To accomplish that, three directors whose terms would have ended this year instead will have their terms end in 2016. Two whose terms would have ended in 2017 […]

Traffic stop nets arrests: Reveals drugs, stolen laptop and guns

A pullover for a simple driving infraction turned into multiple arrests involving drugs, guns and stolen property on Feb. 4. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Tucker stopped a white Nissan Maxima at about 4:20 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road, a press release stated. Tucker identified the occupants on-scene, three male adults and one female […]

EID to bypass 2 sewer lift stations

Th El Dorado Irrigation District will save about $2 million by eliminating two sewer lift stations in El Dorado Hills. Replacing sewer lift stations has generally cost $1 million each. After doing an engineering study, EID staff concluded it could bypass the Lakeridge Oaks Lift Station at the corner of Lakeridge Oaks Drive and Green […]

Rollover due to wet conditions

A rollover in Cameron Park resulted in minor injuries on Feb. 8. Daniele Phillips, 23, of Cameron Park, was driving a 2001 green Subaru Outback eastbound on Highway 50 near Cambridge Road at about 12:25 p.m. when she lost control of the car, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. She was allegedly driving at an unsafe […]

Water Agency presents ‘State of the county’s water’

El Dorado County has enough water for now. That’s the good news presented by Tracey Eden-Bishop to the Board of Supervisors during its Feb. 3 meeting. Interim general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency, Eden-Bishop conducted the annual update of the county’s water supply, projected needs and some strategies to ensure water availability […]

Call for action at MLUSD

The results of a Jan. 13 forum and a Jan. 21 study session at Mother Lode Union School District show a trend in the district, which has been fraught with distrust and concern in the past few months. At both meetings, parents and teachers spoke of concerns about the leadership of the district, staff morale, inaccurately […]

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 […]

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