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Barton selects Fairley as VP of Nursing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sue Fairley, RN, has been selected as Barton Health’s new vice president of Nursing and Ancillary Services. Sue replaces Mary Bittner, RN, who left the organization in April to pursue a teaching career in health care. Fairley has worked at Barton Health for 17 years and began as a staff nurse. Since […]

Connections – One Stop offers services for disabled job seekers

El Dorado County residents who are disabled and looking for work are invited to take advantage of free services and special funding offered through Connections – One Stop. “The El Dorado County Connections – One Stop program can help disabled individuals search for a good job, develop a quality resume, enhance job interview skills and […]

HJTA not backing Prada

El Dorado Irrigation District Director Greg Prada has been accused of using the Howard Jarvis Tax Association’s name to back his arguments against the rate structure of EID; HJTA, however, is not backing Prada. In a letter to Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Tax Association, Tom Heflin and Doug Leisz — who have […]

ALT plans under further review

Work continues on plans for the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant (ALT) according to updates provide to the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. At its meeting on July 8, Interim General Manager George Sanders informed the board that the plans for the plant had been reviewed by the El Dorado County Fire […]

Air Force sgt. helps sexual assault victims

For former Placerville resident Carly Smith, living at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska normally means putting together bombs and missiles in various configurations. But for the past five years, the Air Force staff sergeant has taken on a second job — volunteering to help military-associated victims of sexual assault become survivors. Every year, Smith […]

Water saver shares tips on conservation

Don’t hate her because her lawn is beautiful.

When most homeowners have accepted dry, brown lawns due to enforced watering restrictions, El Dorado Hills resident Marie Levy’s grass is vibrant and her water bill is 60 percent less than it used to be.

“We’re always having a drought here in California so I’m always thinking of ways to conserve water,” Levy said of her habit that began years ago. “It’s really easy, actually. It’s just figuring out the plumbing.”

By creating her home’s water-saving infrastructure with support from her father, husband and adult son, Levy says she “can water her lawn every day as long as there’s laundry water in the tank.”

That laundry water is stored in two 1,000-gallon tanks in her side-yard, the key component …

Harris case: Weiner to remain counsel

A court order denied the prosecution’s motion to recuse attorney David Weiner in the Colleen Harris murder case. In an order dated July 3, Judge Daniel B. Proud denied Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander’s motion to recuse Weiner as Harris’ attorney. Alexander claimed in a previous hearing that Weiner is “as close to an accessory after […]

American Constitution Class

On Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., former educator Douglas Roscoe will teach a class about the Constitution of the United States of America. The class will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, in Shingle Springs. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Books will be provided. Cost […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy starts July 22

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office offers the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in the community. The Sheriff’s Office has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. The goal of the COPPS program […]

Epic Sierra trips teach teens respect for the environment

Epic Sierra Adventures is looking for participants for its summer trip, taking place July 20-Aug. 2. A program of the American River Conservancy, Epic Sierra Adventures (Epic Sierra) was established to provide an affordable adventure travel and service learning program for young adults. Geared towards high school youth, ages 14-18, Epic Sierra integrates environmental education […]

Heard over the back fence: Movie star to be at library

DIRT THERAPY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: “Filmfare” program offers outdoor projector movies on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 8:45 p.m. The Aug. 9 movie will be “Breaking Away,” starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Robyn Douglass. Four […]

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Heard over the back fence: Magic Dan and Poodlums to appear

CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Layman’s 10 Commandments” quote: “All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it; they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry; they can’t last long either.” MAGIC DAN SHOW: On Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., the Magic Dan Magical Show will be presented at the […]

Heard over the back fence: EDHS 55th reunion planned

ANOTHER TEN COMMANDMENTS: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we have the following “Layman’s 10 Commandments” quote: “So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.” EDHS CLASS REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1959 […]

Firefighters save Somerset church

A fire burned 23 acres in Somerset Wednesday afternoon.

The fire began near the Pioneer Bible Church around 2:30 p.m., said Robert Little of Cal Fire. It ultimately burned 23 acres before being contained at 4:21 p.m.

The fire was believed to begin at a farmhouse near the church. A PG&E worker confirmed there were power lines to the farmhouse and that power had been swiftly turned off. Though the fire came within feet of other power lines, they were …

School board workshop July 14

Elections to fill open vacancies on school boards throughout the county will be held on Election Day in November, and there is still time to register for the Prospective School Board Member Workshop on Monday, July 14, at the El Dorado County Office of Education. The El Dorado County School Boards Association and EDCOE host […]

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Warm winter caused cherry crop to nearly disappear

If you were salivating for rich, sweet cherries of El Dorado County, you might have to wait until next year. “We lost our whole crop,” said Connie Smith of Hooverville Orchards. “We just didn’t get the chill they needed.” Fausel Ranch closed out their cherry sales in mid-June, much earlier than usual. “We had a […]

SWAT responds to barricaded EDH man

A man threatening suicide shut down El Dorado Hills Boulevard in El Dorado Hills after SWAT responded to his threats of shooting anyone who approached his apartment. Deputies were following up on a child molestation investigation involving Eric Hatfield Jr., 37, who was accused of molesting an underage female acquaintance, a press release from the […]

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Local offers ‘America’ tickets

Herb Stone has a gift for high school graduates — a movie ticket. It’s for the movie “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” now playing at the Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 theater in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Any El Dorado County high school graduate can bring a diploma and student ID to the box […]

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State water board to restrict lawn watering; add fines

Potential cuts in water use to residential customers will be considered by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) when it meets July 15 to consider new emergency conservation regulations. With nearly 80 percent of the state in extreme drought, the new regulations, if adopted, would require individuals to cut back on residential irrigation. According to the […]

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Burke’s Corner: July 11, 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 […]

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1/2% sales tax goes to ballot

The Placerville City Council unanimously sent a general tax increase of 1/2 percent to the Nov. 4 ballot at the July 8 meeting. The measure was accompanied by a resolution declaring the intent that 75 percent of the revenue generated by the tax increase will be directed toward road improvements and 25 percent toward roads […]

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Roundabout voted out

A proposal by City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas to either eliminate a roundabout as an option for the intersection of Cedar Ravine, Main and Clay streets or to put it to a vote of the public on the November ballot was the subject of much discussion at the July 8 Placerville City Council meeting. The City […]

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Local named chief deputy director

El Dorado resident, Tracy Rhine, 42, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Consumer Affairs by Gov. Jerry Brown. Rhine has served as deputy director of legislative and policy review since 2012. Rhine worked in multiple positions at the California Board of Behavioral Sciences from 2008 to 2012, including assistant executive officer […]

Cycle crash fatal: Holiday keeps officers busy

A man died July 6 after his motorcycle hit a brick light post in Placerville. John R. Boyd of Placerville was riding his 2007 Triumph northbound on Countryside Drive, approaching Outrider Drive, at an unknown speed at 6 a.m., a CHP press release noted. He failed to make the curve and left the west side […]

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Confab July 10 on rail route

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a community meeting for the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor (SPTC) Alternatives Analysis at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 10, at the Cameron Park Community Center Auditorium, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The SPTC is comprised of the former 53-mile Southern Pacific Placerville Branch Railroad right of […]

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Gene Chappie recommended for honor by BOS

Eugene “Gene” Chappie was given special recognition by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on June 24 with the recommendation that a section of State Highway 193 be named in his honor. Put forward by Supervisor Ron Briggs, Briggs described Chappie as dedicating his life to serving his county, his country and the American people. […]

Alton M. Perrin was Press-Enterprise editor

Placerville resident Alton M. Perrin died on Thursday, June 26, after a brief illness. He was 94. Perrin and his wife Patty moved to Placerville in 2007 to be near their daughter Nancy Menzie and her husband Norm. Perrin had a distinguished career in journalism at the Los Angeles Times and the Riverside Press-Enterprise before […]

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Crash hurts deputy

An El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was injured in a collision in El Dorado Hills on July 5. The deputy, in a 2009 Crown Victoria, was turning left from southbound Latrobe Road onto eastbound Highway 50 at about 11:15 p.m. when a silver 2007 Nissan Altima traveling northbound on Latrobe entered the intersection and collided […]

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Fatal crash starts fire

An unknown male was killed after his car hit a boulder and became airborne on July 4. At 12:55 p.m., the unknown male driver was driving his 1989 Toyota two-door coupe in the No. 1 eastbound lane of Highway 50 east of Bass Lake Road, a CHP report stated. The driver, for an unknown reason, […]

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Duo will race to Mongolia

It’s a long, long way from Pleasant Valley to the steppes of Mongolia, especially if you go by car — a small, low-powered car with four adults inside. While former Pleasant Valley residents Sarah and Clint Wirtanen won’t be driving from Pleasant Valley to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, they will be driving 10,000-12,000 miles from London to Mongolia through all manner of terrain and political environments. The length of the rally, according to Bruce Wirtanen, Clint and Sarah’s father, “is like driving from here to LA and back 25 times.”

It’s a why-not kind of thing for the California Dirt Shrew …

Heard over the back fence: Mosquito Bridge closing for two weeks

SOME THINGS CAN’T BE FIXED: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “You can’t fix stupid!” MOSQUITO BRIDGE CLOSURE: The Mosquito Bridge has scheduled its annual daytime closure dates for required maintenance activities. The bridge will be closed to traffic from today, June 11, to Thursday, July 24. The closure hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]

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7-17-14: Sr. Nutrition lunch

PASS THE GRAVY, PLEASE: The Senior Nutrition lunch for July 17 is meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, applesauce, juice, wheat bread, and milk. The suggested donation for seniors, 60 years or older, is $3. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m. For location information of the Senior Nutrition site nearest to your residence, […]

CDFW to hold public workshop on lead bullet ban

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, July 29 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento from 7-8:30 p.m. A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan; the PowerPoint […]

Winning for the community

Family, friends, clients, business associates and Comcast representatives who hosted the event showed up at the Pollock Pines Community Center on June 26 to celebrate with Pollock Pines hair stylist, Patty Becker. Good food, free beverages, karaoke and fun — a typical Becker party — celebrated Becker being selected from 1,500 nationwide applicants as one of  32 […]

Heard over the back fence: A column to enjoy

CAREFREE FENCE COLUMN: It’s officially summertime, so I offer our readers a carefree column for the summer. Play in the water and relax in your hammock. LIFE LESSONS FOR ALL AGES: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, provided by Clara Neilsen, offers the following life lessons: “I’ve learned that no man is a match […]

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BOS looks at new Community Plan Guide

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan famously rated those as the “nine most terrifying words in the English language,” back in 1986.  Of course it was a spoof of “big government” being more like the problem than the solution. El Dorado County wants to help identified communities whose residents want […]

Grand jury report: County slammed for not enforcing ordinance

According to the annual Grand Jury report, several county departments and individuals failed to protect the public from threats to the environment and to the health of local residents. The report cites the departments of Transportation and Community Development as well as the District Attorney’s Office at best for inattention and perhaps ineptitude or bowing […]

Overpass replacement under way

Stage 1 of the Pollock Pines-Highway 50 overpass replacement is well under way. Steve Nelson, public information officer for Caltrans District 3, wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat that “Girders on the eastbound section were set last Thursday night (June 27), and we anticipate all work on the EB portion of the bridge […]

Boy hurt after falling out of truck

A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center after he fell out of a truck on Grizzly Flat Road on June 29. A group of people had been helping the boy’s mother move, CHP Officer David Ridge said, when the boy fell out of the back of a 1983 Toyota pickup truck driven […]

New stuff for food stuff at EDHS

The El Dorado High School cafeteria will be getting a new lease on life this summer, both figuratively and literally.

Beginning on June 2, the EDHS cafeteria remodel will include modernizing the current food prep area, converting part of the lunchroom into a food serving area and adding 5,000 square feet for a new multipurpose room.

The long, narrow rectangle of the current cafeteria will sprout two new parts — the new multipurpose room that will extend east of the cafeteria and a large, covered outdoor …

Burn ban statewide

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott issued an order to suspend open burning across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. The suspended burning order is part of Cal Fire’s’s continued efforts to mitigate the increased threat of wildfire due to the state’s drought emergency. “The increase in […]

Lawyers, farmers criticize water board

SACRAMENTO — The hearing on Tuesday by the State Water Board on the proposed emergency regulation governing water diversions attracted a large and vocal audience of several hundred. Over 50 of them chose to address the topic, often on behalf of the organizations they represented with most opposed to the new regulation. Among those speaking […]

State water board: Stored water secured; water rights less so

SACRAMENTO — With the drought continuing to exact its toll, on Wednesday the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted unanimously to adopt an emergency regulation that will require junior water right holders throughout the state to stop taking water once they receive a curtailment order from the agency.

The decision came after a full day of hearing testimony on Tuesday followed by a half day of discussions on Wednesday.

SWRCB Chair Felicia Marcus repeatedly said the regulation was needed to ensure that those with senior water rights were protected. However, that statement seemed at odds with what SWRCB staff initially recommended, as they proposed that both junior and senior water rights users be …

Nutting files appeal of sentence

A former county supervisor has filed an appeal on misdemeanor charges he was found guilty of by a jury in May. Ray Nutting filed his appeal with the 3rd District Court of Appeals on June 30. Nutting was found guilty of multiple counts related to accepting loans from county employees or contractors, while he was […]

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