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Heard over the back fence: Gamers contest at EDH Library

OBEY THE VET’S ORDERS: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life in Signs” quote: “In a veterinarian’s waiting room: ‘Be Back in 5 Minutes. Sit! Stay!’” A BRAWL AT THE LIBRARY: A gaming tournament titled “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” will take place at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 29, from […]

Foresthill PUD partners with NID on LiDAR mapping project

FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced Nov. 4 a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses LiDAR technology. Accurate mapping of the FPUD’s Sugar Pine reservoir is required […]

Marshall donates $10k to EDHCSD

Marshall Medical Center has made a $10,000 commitment to El Dorado Hills Community Services District for the purchase of an Inflatable Obstacle Course for the CSD Community Pool. Officials will be presenting a check to the district Nov. 13 at the Board of Directors monthly meeting. The CSD estimates the cost of the inflatable to […]

Pedestrian hit in Placerville

An 18-year-old was hit by a car and two other pedestrians were narrowly missed when the car veered onto the right shoulder of the road near China Garden Road in Placerville. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning when a 1996 Jeep Cherokee […]

Lake Forest school to honor veterans

EL DORADO HILLS — Lake Forest Elementary School invites area veterans to be honored at their “Celebration of Freedom” assembly on Monday, Nov. 10 from 9:15 to 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at 2240 Sailsbury Drive, in El Dorado Hills. Veterans from local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and friends and relatives of […]

Veterans Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Tuesday, Nov.11, due to Veterans Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the police, county sheriff and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls, dial […]

Most Sand Ridge Fire donations distributed

The El Dorado Community Foundation reported it has distributed $60,253 so far to families who lost their homes in the Sand Ridge Fire. To date, nine families have been recipients of the fundraiser held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Aug. 22. “They were extremely grateful to the community and to the foundation for […]

Roadwork planned on Latrobe Road

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement lane closures along Latrobe Road near Ryan Ranch Road that will result in one-lane traffic controlled by flaggers. The lane closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays between Nov. 6 […]

City sales tax slips by

Almost eclipsed by Measure K, Measure I, the initiative that adds a one half cent general sales tax with 75 percent of the revenue going to city road improvements and 25 percent directed to the improvements of roads or to other public facilities, may have passed by a whisker, garnering 50.94 percent of the vote. […]

Measure K: City roundabouts banned

Measure K, an initiative banning roundabouts, traffic circles and similar traffic features in the city limits of Placerville without approval by popular vote was passed by city voters with 58.20 percent of the vote. The measure, authored by Friends of Historic Hangtown, was the result of a petition completed in June and was sparked by […]

GDPUD: All incumbents tossed

Divide residents decided to make a clean break Tuesday night as they voted out all three incumbents on the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Directors Bonnie McLane, Ray Griffiths and Kathy Otermat all lost their bids for reelection. McLane and Otermat have been the subject of considerable criticism, especially over the last 18 months, as […]

Growth-control initiatives shot down by voters

El Dorado County ballot Measures M, N and O took the local equivalent of President Obama’s famous “shellackin’” Tuesday. Obama made it a household term right after 2010 midterm elections poked a big, sharp stick in the eyes of Democrats. Early results from the county Elections Department showed “No” votes ahead of “Yes” votes on […]

Ranalli, Novasel win county supervisor races

Although the election results are not yet final with 8,000 to 10,000 votes still to be counted, it looks like the two new members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be Sue Novasel and Mike Ranalli.

Leading by 550 votes in the 4th District supervisorial race is Mike Ranalli with 52.7 percent of the vote. Ranalli’s opponent, Howard Penn, garnered 47 percent.

On the day after the election, Ranalli and his wife were out early picking up campaign signs. “I’m relieved it’s over and grateful for the opportunity to serve the county,” he said.

Asked why he believes he placed first, Ranalli narrowed it down to two main things. “Howard …”

Morrison, Blackmon join CPCSD incumbents

The Cameron Park Community Services District board will see some old faces along with some new ones as a result of Tuesday’s election. Re-elected for four-year terms were incumbents Scott McNeil with 20 percent of the vote and Greg Stanton with 19.5 percent. Joining them will be newcomer Holly Morrison, who received 18 percent. “I am […]

Knight elected trustee for Los Rios

Former member of the Board of Supervisors John Knight came out ahead in Tuesday’s election and will serve as the Trustee, Area 3, on the board of the Los Rios Community College District. Knight won with 29.9 percent of the total vote, followed by Brad Trimble with 25.1 percent; Marc Allaman with 23.7 percent and Leroy […]

Placerville City Council: Clerici, incumbents win

Shortly after 8 p.m., on Election Night, supporters and Placerville City Council candidates gathered around laptops to check the incoming results. With 33 percent of the vote counted, incumbents Patty Borelli and Wendy Thomas and candidate John Clerici, waiting at the Pizza Factory, held an early lead, one which they kept throughout the rest of the evening. […]

County CAO resigns

El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly resigned the position she has held for just short of four years, effective Nov. 4. Board Chair Norma Santiago read a brief statement accepting the resignation at the beginning of the Board of Supervisors afternoon session praising Daly as a “loyal champion of El Dorado County employees.” […]

EDUHSD taps local talent

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Stephen Wehr to replace Christopher Hoffman as superintendent for the El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD).  Wehr will begin his duties as superintendent on Nov. 15. Hoffman, pleased with the appointment, commented, “I am confident that the Board of Trustees selected an excellent leader […]

County CAO is out

El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly resigned the position she has held for just short of four years, effective Nov. 4. Board Chair Norma Santiago read a brief statement accepting the resignation at the beginning of the Board of Supervisors afternoon session praising Daly as a “loyal champion of El Dorado County employees.” Supervisors […]

Proposed equestrian center continued by planners

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission continued off-calendar a proposal for an equestrian center in Rescue. To be located on the south side of Green Valley Road at the intersection with Deer Valley Road, the proposal includes two parcels totaling 146.42 acres. The applicant, Dennis Graham, is seeking to rezone one of […]

Marshall is Ebola ready

No one wants to imagine the Ebola virus making its way to El Dorado County and, granted, the chances are slim that it will. Still, Marshall Medical Center is taking the threat very seriously and staff has been working diligently on preparedness and special protocols to protect the community, patients and staff in the event the […]

State plan eyes water use fee

Californians should expect higher water prices and conservation as a way of life according to an updated California Water Plan released on Oct. 30 by the Department of Water Resources. In a joint media announcement, John Laird, secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, noted the state is facing extreme drought, […]

Huge turnout for Deputy Oliver’s memorial service

ROSEVILLE — At least 5,000 law enforcement personnel, friends, family members and elected officials attended the memorial service for slain Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Danny P. Oliver on Monday, Nov. 3.

Oliver, 47, a resident of El Dorado County, was shot and killed Oct. 24 during a murder spree that began in Sacramento and ended in Placer County. Placer County Detective Michael Davis Jr. was also killed during the incident and three other people were wounded.

Sex offender sweep conducted on Halloween

Probation Officers with the El Dorado County Probation Department conducted a Sex Offender Enhanced Supervision sweep during the evening hours of Oct. 31. Officers made contact with registered sex offenders currently on probation and PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) living in the county. The purpose of this sweep was to monitor known sex offenders and […]

Heard over the back fence: Airpark holiday boutique planned

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPER: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.” HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: Lynn Riordan informs us that the “Sew 4 Vets” group will have a booth set up at the annual “Airpark Holiday Boutique” at 3239 Baron Ct. in the Cameron […]

Anti-M-N-O ad with commissioner raises hackles

El Dorado County District 3 Planning Commissioner Tom Heflin’s position may be shaky following public concern regarding campaign ads featuring him urging opposition to local initiatives M, N and O. E-mails circulated showing a still photo from a television ad with Heflin standing in an apple orchard (he owns Rainbow Orchards in Camino.) The caption […]

City Council weighs funding Placerville’s pavement problems

An update to the city of Placerville’s Pavement Management System was presented to the City Council at the Oct. 28 meeting and the results were sobering. “There is some good news and some bad news,” began Margot Yapp, pavement engineer and vice-president of Nichols Consulting Engineers, the firm employed to prepare the update. The good […]

EDH reflects on loss of deputy

One day after Jenny Oliver’s sixth grade friends met with grief counselors at Marina Village Middle School, they banded together to paint the rocks for Jenny’s dad, Danny Oliver, the deputy who’d been with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department for 15 years when he was shot and killed Oct. 24 approaching a suspicious vehicle.

While the news made …

City provides roundabout clarification

At the City Council meeting on Oct. 28, the council considered an item regarding the Clay/Cedar Ravine/Main Street Intersection. No action was taken by the council due to a tie vote on the item. This may have created some confusion regarding roundabouts at that intersection. As a clarification, the City Council adopted a resolution in […]

Heard over the back fence: Bowling for kids

BE ADAPTABLE: A review of the “Bits and Pieces” magazine reveals the following quote: “Flexible people never get bent out of shape.” BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. This bowling event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, at Knotty Pine Lanes in Pollock […]

Poor Red’s sold to brothers

The sale of El Dorado’s iconic restaurant closed during the week of Oct. 20-24 said Team Commercial Realtor Ann McQuillen. The restaurant — along with four other buildings including a barn, a beauty salon, a parking structure and a liquor store — sold for $777,500.

“It took a whole year to sell it, with all the liens that were on it,” said McQuillen, “and the kitchen was so far out of compliance with the health codes that whoever bought it had to be prepared to put a lot of money into it to bring the …”

El Dorado County annual tax sale Nov. 7

According to the El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office, the Auction of Tax Defaulted Properties is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane, in Placerville. The list of properties up for sale includes approximately 60 properties located in El Dorado County and […]

Community Clean-up Day Nov. 1

The city of Placerville and El Dorado Disposal will co-sponsor the free, Fall Community Clean-Up event on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Placerville Station — Mosquito Road Park and Ride. This twice-yearly event is held in late spring and early fall each year to allow Placerville residents to rid […]

City Council: Smith and Nixon endorsed

Friends of Historic Hangtown carefully reviewed the record and qualifications of the five candidates for three seats on the Placerville City Council and enthusiastically support Kirk Smith and Jennifer Nixon. Both Smith and Nixon, who have experience, talents and a deep commitment, will work effectively for the protection of our town’s historical assets and, at […]

Los Rios trustee candidates face off before taxpayers group

Two of the four candidates running as an Area 3 trustee for the Los Rios Community College District spoke before the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County on Monday morning. There to discuss why they were running and to answer questions were John Knight and Leroy Tripette. Knight, a former member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and […]

Murder suspects arraigned

Tuesday saw the arraignment of two suspects who went on a killing spree that ended in the deaths of two deputies, one being El Dorado County resident Danny Oliver, and the attempted murder of three more people. Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamonte, 34, identified in court documents as Marcelo Marquez, was arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on 14 charges including […]

Censuring Prada asked

Two veteran members of the El Dorado Irrigation District board asked Oct. 27 for a censure item to be placed on a future agenda. The censure target is Director Greg Prada. Leading off the censure movement was Director Bill George, who opened with a prepared statement. At the heart of the censure movement is a […]

Five forests undertaking vehicle use analysis

The Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service will soon begin environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule. Five national forests in California are undertaking Subpart C analysis to improve their management of over-snow vehicle use and to designate a system […]

Heard over the back fence: Go the extra mile

HURRY SLOWLY: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the best way to attend to any problem is to hurry slowly.” — Age 68 GO THE EXTRA MILE: In connection with “Extra Mile America,” Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen has declared Nov. l as “Extra Mile Day.” . […]

FBI: Prevention, reporting key to addressing cyber crime

SACRAMENTO — National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds us all of the importance of protecting not only our individual identities, finances, and privacy but also our country’s national security, critical infrastructure, and economy. Cyber security is a responsibility shared by all — the public sector, the private sector, and the general public. Any business and anyone […]

Ghostly leftovers from Gold Rush

Every town and city has its history but some areas just seem to harbor a little more than others. As you stroll along Main Street in Placerville, you are struck by the quaint shops that inhabit the many buildings along the way. In some cases, as you peer through windows, you are taken back in […]

Transportation input sought at public workshop

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will host a transportation planning open house on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) public workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. El Dorado County is recognized for its high quality of life, unique […]

Meyer’s landfill still mired in litigation

After years of cleanup work at the Meyer’s Landfill in South Lake Tahoe, it looks like the end is near. However, litigation over who will pick up the tab for the work continues as the cost of the project has escalated. Owned and developed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the site was a municipal landfill operated by private parties […]

Mailer war in District 4

As if the King Fire didn’t destroy enough trees, whole forests are in jeopardy of being felled to provide material for mailers in the District 4 Board of Supervisors race, with the two candidates trading charges. First there was Howard Penn’s mailer claiming that his opponent, Mike Ranalli, had plans to allow 33,000 more homes in the […]

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