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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Sex offender ordinance repealed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 […]

Full moon and fun at the fair

Two small girls are jumping up and down in the Typhoon line. “Typhoon!” they scream excitedly. This is the first year they are tall enough to ride the whirling, honking Typhoon. Hair flying, mouths open in shrieks of terror/joy, they fly around the platform in their silver car, trying to be brave enough to put […]

Wildfire Safety Expo in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The threat of wildfire is extremely high this fire season due to record drought conditions in the west. Local agencies are coming together and hosting a Wildfire Safety Expo on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 3 p.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot located at the “Y” where Highways 50 […]

Input requested on Mental Health Services Act Plan Update

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division invites the public to review and provide comment on the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Mental Health Services Act Plan Update. The draft Plan Update provides information on current and new MHSA programs and budgets for three fiscal years (FY 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). MHSA components […]

Wooden appointed to CUSD Board of Trustees

At the regular meeting of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees held on June 10, a provisional appointment was made to fill the current board member vacancy. Gene Wooden has been appointed to the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees. Wooden is well-qualified and will be an excellent addition to the Board of […]

Burke’s Corner: June 6, 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 […]

Free fair shuttles

PLACERVILLE — El Dorado Transit will provide free shuttle service for the 2014 El Dorado County Fair, Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. Shuttle buses will operate from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shuttles will be […]

Closures for Cameron Park Drive bike lanes

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement lane closures on Cameron Park Drive from just south of U.S. Highway 50 to Hacienda Road that will result in one-lane of traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. The lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. during some […]

Tribal Court and Superior Court ready to team up

PLACERVILLE — The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians met recently to establish goals for a first-of-its-kind, joint-jurisdictional project that will create a collaborative court for juvenile and family cases. At its initial meeting on May 19-20, the groups agreed on a shared vision of improving outcomes […]

Commemorative B-29 arrives at Mather

At 1:25 pm on June 5, the world’s only remaining flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrived at Mather Airport. June 5 was more special than most days for the B-29 as it marked the 70th anniversary of the first combat mission for the remarkable aircraft. The B29’s other claim to fame is that it dropped the […]

Nissensohn sentenced to death

By Tom Lotshaw Tlotshaw@tahoedailytribune.com Joseph Michael Nissensohn was sentenced to death Thursday in South Lake Tahoe for the first-degree murders of three runaway teenage girls in the 1980s. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November for the 1989 murder of Kathy Graves, 15, of South Lake Tahoe, and the 1981 murders of Tammy Jarschke, 13, and […]

Jeepers Jamboree founder dies

The founder of the Jeepers Jamboree died early Monday morning.

A family member confirmed that Mark A. Smith, 88, known for creating the Jeepers Jamboree in 1953, died about 4:30 a.m. June 9.

“The four-wheel drive world lost a great champion,” Mike Arnold said. “Mark was instrumental” in getting the Arnold family involved in off-roading, he said. “If not for him, I never would have gotten involved.”

A joint project between the Rotary Club and Georgetown …

Free small business workshops

Are you an existing small business owner wanting to take your business to the next performance level or perhaps a budding entrepreneur hoping to start-up a new business? Would you benefit from a full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) of hands-on instruction from proven successful business service professionals capable of helping you with your […]

Man missing from Ice House

A man went missing Saturday near Ice House. The family of Vernon “Cody” Matthews, 23, informed El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch the evening of June 7 that they had not had any contact with Mathews since the previous day, a press release stated. Matthews had been dropped off at a family cabin in Ice House […]

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