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Supervisors say no to charter changes

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, at the Aug. 12 meeting, opted to close the issue of reducing the number of elected county officials. Responding to a recommendation by the Grand Jury to put the matter to the voters of the county, the board voted unanimously not to implement the recommendation. Supervisors could have designed […]

School bus hit head-on, five suffer minor injuries

A collision involving a school bus bound for Union Mine High School resulted in minor injuries and an arrest on Thursday.

The CHP responded to Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. on a report of a collision involving a school bus, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Two passenger vehicles were involved.

The bus had been traveling westbound towards town, Cuthbertson said, when Steven Gruber, 24, who was heading eastbound, drove into the oncoming lane. The bus driver, Jennifer Shields …

Cat herding: A tale of feral misadventure

This story was sent to us by one of our readers about the misadventures of Hadley and Walt Kopp and their feral friends. This first-hand account is provided with only minimal editing and was written by Hadley. “As many of you know Walt and I have been trapping feral cats, taking them to an Outreach […]

Camp leader arrested for sexual texts to boy

A Sonora, Calif., resident was arrested Monday on suspicion of sending sexual messages to a 14-year-old Lake Tahoe boy, who the man had met at a summer camp. Brandon Moe, 22, had allegedly sent the teenager sexual text and Facebook messages after the boy had returned home from a camp in Tuolumne County, authorities said. […]

Bigelow responds to Water Bond vote

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee Vice Chair Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, today issued the following statement responding to Wednesday’s vote by the Legislature to put an alternative water bond on the November 2014 ballot: “From day one, my Republican colleagues and I made it clear that water storage funding was the most important […]

Delta Council rotates members

Four years after the Delta Stewardship Council was formed as an independent state agency, four new members have joined the council. Of the seven members on the Delta Stewardship Council, four are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, one member is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, one appointed by the […]

Veerkamp plans town hall confab

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp will host a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the library at Union Mine High School. All residents and business owners in the Diamond Springs-El Dorado community region are encouraged to attend. “There will be a number of topics up for discussion that will […]

Rotary accepting mini-grant applications

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants that will be used for any project or program that is designed to benefit local children or the residents of the Pollock Pines-Camino communities. Applications should deal with projects up to $1,000. Those applicants selected will be requested to make a presentation describing the results […]

Community partners work to end mental health stigma

“One out of four families will experience mental health challenges. My family is one,” narrates actress Glenn Close at the start of the documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” which was shown to residents at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion earlier this year in an effort to […]

Data collection for Tahoe Travel Mode Survey begins Aug. 15

STATELINE, NEV — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will conduct travel surveys with visitors and residents at several recreational and commercial locations throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Interviews will be carried out by a professional survey research company and are scheduled to take place through Sunday, August 24, 2014. Results […]

What? Me, worry? End guilt

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion,” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at Federated Church on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will help participants work through guilt by compassionately embracing it and transforming it. There will be […]

Heard over the back fence: Diamond Springs car show planned

TIMING IS IMPORTANT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Everybody makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when no one is looking.” FIREFIGHTERS FUNDRAISER: The Diamond Springs-El Dorado Firefighters Association invites you to attend their Classic Car Show at the Fire Department, 501 Main St., Diamond Springs, on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to […]

Heard over the back fence: Railroad history to be offered

T-SHIRT RECOMMENDATION: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?” RAILROAD HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture titled “History of Railroads in El Dorado County” will be presented on Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Social Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. […]

Drought affects some well owners; storage is key

As a Stage 2 drought alert continues to plague the state of California and water users are urged to continue conservation measures, people with private wells on their property are finding their wells going dry. “A lot of people have what we call ‘marginal’ wells,” said Tony Segarra of Gary Tanko Well Drilling, “wells that […]

Italy on Wheels ready to roll

A taste of Italy is getting close. The festival celebrating Italian cars, motorcycles, bicycles and food is scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Murer House Museum at 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the admission is free. If you like Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, […]

Jennifer Nutting aims to promote tourism, agriculture

Jennifer Nutting makes three promises if she’s elected District 2 Supervisor and everything else, including working to end county government waste, will be top goals. “My first promise is honesty; I will always tell you the truth,” she said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat July 29. “No. 2, I’ll always be accessible. My […]

Funds for service dog safe

An organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs for children with autism and other disorders, Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, has filed bankruptcy and closed. Alexa Fila, who contracted with Pawsitive to provide a Seizure Alert/Response Service Dog for her daughter, Hailey, wants her donors and supporters to know that the $12,500 she paid Pawsitive […]

Sand Fire benefit adds attractions

The Sand Fire Benefit is adding new attractions as more individuals and organizations are stepping up to help with the event. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist at the event who is donating talents. […]

Western Placerville Interchanges Project changes

Five changes to the design plan of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project were approved by Placerville City Council on June 24. The Western Placerville Interchanges Project is a phased project designed to improve traffic flow along the Placerville Drive/Forni Road/Ray Lawyer Drive/Highway 50 area. Phase 1a has already been completed and included the construction of […]

Big pot bust at lake

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings. Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Ave., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture […]

Silver Bridge over Caples Creek repaired

Packers and mules from the “Pack Stock Center of Excellence” out of Inyo National Forest collaborated with Eldorado National Forest staff and other volunteers, including local equestrian groups, to haul in over 700 board feet of lumber to replace rails and planks on the Silver Bridge at Caples Creek. The repairs done on July 29-30 […]

Sly Park bridge: Demolition due for other half

POLLOCK PINES — The California Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Sly Park Road will be closed to through traffic at the U.S. Highway 50 undercrossing due to bridge demolition work this week.

During demolition work this week, Sly Park Road is scheduled to be closed to through traffic overnight …

Candidates Forum Aug. 14

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance is inviting all interested parties to a Candidates Forum for the position of El Dorado County Supervisor of District 2. This is a pivotal time in the politics of El Dorado County. By the end of 2014 we will have three new supervisors representing constituents of three different districts within […]

CHP offers three dates for Smart Start classes

The CHP will be holding Start Smart classes on Aug. 26, Sept. 15 and Oct. 3. “Driving smart to stay safe” is the theme of the program, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Teens and parents will learn about “the hazards of driving, distractions, DUIs” and more. The program, which lasts about three hours, takes place at […]

Mountain lion seen in Diamond Springs

A mountain lion was spotted on Aug. 7 around 5:30 a.m. having killed a deer near the home of Carolyn Wells in the area between Lon Court and Duffy Road in Diamond Springs. Wells said she took some earlier photos of the doe and noticed the deer had been injured behind the right shoulder along with […]

Sign Ordinance near home stretch

Two years on, the county’s updated sign ordinance appears to be heading into the home stretch. County supervisors heard the latest state of the sign ordinance during their July 22 meeting in a presentation by the Community Development Agency’s Long-Range Planning Division. The official agenda language noted that the recommendation by staff was for supervisors […]

Planning Commission member Pratt is ‘in it to win it’

Dave Pratt said its his experience, ability to ask the right questions and willingness to dive into the minutia that qualify him for a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. A resident of the county for 25 years and owner of a winery in Fairplay for the past 14 years, Pratt […]

School travel expenses misleading

A recent news article questioning school conference travel expenses prompted investigation into El Dorado County school district expenses. The most recent data published on Ed-Data indicates that nine out of the 15 school districts in El Dorado County were above the state-wide average in 2012-2013 in conference and travel expenditures, some by as much as […]

Dist. 2 campaign spending reports in

Campaign spending reports are in for those running to serve on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2 for the period Jan. 1 through July 26. So far, the six candidates running for supervisor have raised and/or loaned themselves a little over $71,000 towards their campaigns. Chris Amaral reported $4,090 raised to date and […]

Percy on the case: EDC Fire gets arson investigation dog

A black dog with a white spot on its chest was led into a room by its handler. Within seconds, the dog found the hidden glass jar, containing a cotton ball.

“Good check,” called out El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. Percy, a female lab/pointer mix, barked while digging under the chair the jar was hidden under, grabbing the jar and bringing it out for McKay to see. “Good …”

Man arrested soliciting underage sex

A Placerville man was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 4 after allegedly having contact with sexual intent with a minor. Shawn Michael Roediger, 26, was arrested after he allegedly placed an ad online on July 29 seeking a sexual relationship with a “young girl” who would be his “sex pet,” a […]

Water saving enabled new field

One of the sports fields at Herbert C. Green Middle School is green — the result of a partnership and some strategic water conservation. The uneven, gopher hole-ridden upper field was due for refurbishing, but then the state issued  a Stage 2 water alert and El Dorado Irrigation District sent out water reduction notices. “Our upper […]

Main Street still matters

No, you haven’t heard the last of Main Street Matters — because all of Main Street matters. A committee, led by Matt Boyer of Matthew C. Boyer & Associates, is trying to keep the momentum of the Benjamin Moore “Paint What Matters” campaign going in Placerville, by spreading the word about “Main Street Placerville Matters […]

Ethics violation charges hurled at Supervisor Ron Briggs

Members of the audience excoriated District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs during the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting with charges of ethics violations and possibly even corruption. Generally in support of trying to get supervisors to reconsider their July 29 decision not to approve the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” for the November ballot, speakers demanded […]

George Turnboo wants to preserve rural lifestyle

Promising to preserve El Dorado County’s rural atmosphere and history is District 2 Supervisor candidate George Turnboo. On his third try at being elected to the board, Turnboo said, “I have a passion, care about the community and care about its lifestyle. Being an old-time resident, I know a lot of stuff that has happened here in […]

Deadline for other races today

With Friday, Aug. 8 the deadline for most of those running for positions on school, fire and special district boards, a preliminary report from the El Dorado County Elections Department shows there are still plenty of openings. Below is a partial list of those running for office this November. Running for one spot on the Los Rios Community College […]

Back-to-school childhood immunizations offered

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is now offering back-to-school immunizations for eligible children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as vaccinations that are recommended to keep children healthy. Parents who do not have a health care provider […]

Initiative appeal denied

Proponents, supporters and concerned citizens, Aug. 5, failed to persuade the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to “reconsider” the “Reinstate Measure Y” initiative for the Nov. 4 election ballot. Supervisors held out against a tide of demands and pleas to overturn their July 29 decision to refer the initiative for study rather than to […]

Benefit fundraiser: Sand Fire tix Monday

Tickets for the Sand Fire Benefit will go on sale Monday at different locations throughout this county as well as Amador County. Costing $10 per person or $25 per family, proceeds from the benefit will go to the victims of the Sand Fire. The ticket includes dinner and entertainment as well as a chance to win a […]

Mather Airport cargo hub approval hearing Aug. 12

On Aug. 12 the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will host a public meeting to vote on the Mather Airport Master Plan and Environmental Impact Review. Approval would turn the small airport into an air cargo hub, which would increase nighttime arrivals by at least 20 more flights per day. The expansion plans include lengthening […]

George Peabody retains sunny outlook after house fire

You wouldn’t think that having colon cancer and watching your house burn would be fun, but 95-year-old George Peabody, erstwhile El Dorado County historian, has a different idea of fun.

“Everything, no matter how bad, has a component of fun,”insisted Peabody from his temporary home in Placerville. “People say, ‘Oh, come on, George, getting shot up at Iwo Jima couldn’t have been fun,’ but I say it wasn’t comfortable, but there was some fun in the whole process. If it ain’t fun, then make it fun.”

On July 31, around 3 p.m., the garage of Peabody’s home off Hank’s Exchange caught fire, possibly from an electrical panel. Sequoya Nylander, Peabody’s caregiver, had just finished giving him lunch and as she looked out the windows of the hexagonal house …

Disaster preparedness presentation on Aug. 19

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center. County Animal Services and Public Health Preparedness and Response staff will conduct a presentation to help community members prepare themselves, their […]

Burke’s Corner: August 8, 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 […]

Heard over the back fence: High school reunion time

CHEERFUL IS BETTER: John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Try always to be the cheerful guest. Remember, curiosity and generosity are two antidotes to aging.” EFFECTIVE AUG. 1: Residents of the Outingdale service area are once again subject to a Stage 4 Water Emergency.  Due to state restrictions, outdoor water use is […]

Heard over the back fence: 20-Mile Taste Aug. 16

HUSBAND EXAGGERATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “A Few Good Smiles” quote: “A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.” 20-MILE TASTE FUNDRAISER: We received the following announcement regarding this fundraiser: “Please join us at the second annual “20-Mile Taste” fundraising event to be held on […]

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