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El Dorado County to perform road work on Bass Lake Road overlay

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will be performing road work on Bass Lake Road between Old Sienna Ridge Road and Parkdale Lane in El Dorado Hills, beginning on Oct. 8 and continuing through Nov. 13. The construction work will require lane closures with one-way reversing traffic control for which motorists should expect delays. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Mining Research Day

 The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society presents its Rock and Gem Show on Oct. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. There will be free rocks and activities for kids. Admission price is $4. Kids 12 […]

South County parks, trails meeting topic

SOMERSET — Residents are invited to share their views and opinions regarding El Dorado County supervisorial District 2 parks and trails issues by attending a meeting tomorrow, Oct. 8, at the Pioneer Park Community Center, 6740 Fairplay Road. On hand will be District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Charlie Callahan, along […]

Governor Brown signs legislation benefiting connector

On Monday, it was announced that Governor Brown had signed legislation that will likely cut planning and construction costs for the Capital SouthEast Connector expressway project and help deliver the project more quickly. According to a press release, AB 1171, authored by Assemblyman Eric Linder of Corona and supported by the Connector Joint Power Authority, would […]

Buchanan arraignment delayed to Nov. 2

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia, accused of allegedly killing his family appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Buchanan’s appearance in front of Judge Nelson Brooks was short-lived, as his public defender Phil Ditman requested his arraignment be postponed to Nov. 2. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, representing the people, did […]

Heard over the back fence: The Goose is Loose

 Placerville Elks Lodge #1712 extends a warm welcome to the following new members: Matthew Orlousky, Patricia Stoll, Thomas Van Der Wende, Robert Wenning, David Buel, Gary Gritzmacher, Danielle Humphrey, Robert Iannalli, Regina Stephens, Karen Weiss, and Albert Williams. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 
The Food Bank of El Dorado County is […]

25 years dedicated to students

On Sept. 25 Lake Forest Elementary held a school-wide parade and rally to mark 25 years to the day the school opened. Students marched with “Happy Birthday” class banners across the outdoor stage and black top as era music dating back to 1990 played. “We wanted it to be a kid-based event and for students […]

Town Hall meeting focuses on Measure E

Most residents have seen the Measure E signs around El Dorado Hills, but many still do not understand what a yes or no vote actually means. During a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday night at Fire Station 85, residents from the grassroots Parks, Not Parker group broke down constituents’ top questions about the 98 acres […]


Donna Grimshaw, 58, of Plymouth, booked by Placerville CHP on Oct.2, bail listed $20,000. Zachary Copeland, 32, of Rancho Cordova, booked by Placerville CHP on Oct. 3, bail listed $5,000. Jeanine Leal, 50, of Placerville, booked by EDSO on Oct. 3, bail listed $5,000. Luis Nunez Moreno, 31, of El Dorado, booked by Placerville CHP, […]

Heard over the back fence: Spoil Your Newborn

A lunch for seniors, ages 60 or older, is served from noon-12:30 p.m. at Senior Nutrition sites for a suggested donation of $3. The following menu is for Oct. 9: Polish sausage, red cabbage with apples, potatoes and carrots, golden cornbread, orange pineapple fruited gelatin and milk. For location of the lunch […]

Teen charged with murdering family

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia was arrested on Oct. 1 and charged with murder for allegedly killing his family — his father Adam Buchanan, 38, Adam’s fiancée Molly McAfee, 37, and their son Gavin Buchanan, 8.

On Sept. 13, a 10-acre wild-land fire burned surrounding property and the Buchanan family cabin in El Dorado County. Sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire responded to the scene, discovering the possible remains of two human bodies located in the burnt residence at 4646 Highway 193 in Greenwood. An arson task force appointed by the DA and El Dorado Sheriff’s officials began an arson/homicide investigation.

Capital SouthEast Connector piece to be on BOS agenda

With work continuing on the Capital SouthEast Connector, later this month the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will decide what happens next on a remaining 1 mile section of the project being built in this county. That mile is on White Rock Road, going from the county line to Windfield Way. Part of a 35-mile long limited-access […]

Fire restrictions lifted

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced that fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest were lifted on Monday, Oct. 5. This means that forest visitors in possession of a valid California campfire permit may, once again, have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds. The permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or […]

Workshops set to explain Medicare open enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This enrollment period is one of the few times Medicare beneficiaries can change, enroll into or disenroll from, a Medicare Advantage Plan (such as an HMO) or a Part D drug plan. Changes to plans are effective Jan. 1, 2016. “Studies show that Medicare beneficiaries who […]

Crime Log

Sept. 25 7:51 a.m. A 47-year-old man reported petty theft from a vehicle on Forni Road in Placerville. 8:34 a.m. A male subject called three different child care facilities and left threatening voice mails on their answering machines. Each message was a threat to kill and rape the teachers and children. 2:33 p.m. A 59-year-old […]

NRA grant awarded to Explorer Post 457

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 457 has been awarded a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation Grant Program — Teach Freedom. The NRA foundation stated that “since our establishment in 1990, we’ve exceeded more than $267 million in funding through more than 35,000 grants in support of the shooting sports. These […]

Cops and Rodders vroom into Placerville for big show

The 245 Squad Club is presenting “the highlight of the season” — Placerville CHP Cops and Rodders. The event featuring hot rods, classics, rat rods, trucks and off-road vehicles is being held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be music and food vendors, kids […]

Criminal organization arrests made, drugs recovered

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The El Dorado County Sheriff’s office began an investigation into the Highlands Health and Wellness marijuana dispensary in Shingle Spring five months ago. The criminal investigation was centered around tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy and commercial distribution of marijuana for profit. The dispensary was believed to be a multi-million dollar criminal organization. On […]

Juvenile arrested in Greenwood Fire

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia was arrested Oct. 1 on charges of the alleged murder in connection with the missing Buchanan family. On Sept 13, Cal Fire requested the assistance of Sheriff’s officials after they located possible remains of two human bodies located at a residence that burned to the ground in Greenwood, later confirmed […]

South County’s Omo Ranch: A haven of old-fashioned childhoods

Walking barefoot down a summer-dusty road, hurrying from shady spot to shady spot, barely able to wait until that last run to the river as you jumped in and washed your cares away — as if there had been anything to worry about in Omo Ranch. Chances are the problems of the world did find their way […]

Golf tourney honors fallen firefighter

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. for fallen U.S. Forest Service firefighter Michael “Mikey” Hallenbeck at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. According to U.S. Forest Service firefighter Casey Hoffman, the golf tournament “Barefoot for Birdies,” will help benefit the Hallenbeck family and the Wildland Firefighter […]

Sac State undergrad app period opens

Future Hornets hoping to attend California State University, Sacramento as undergraduates in fall 2016 can start filing applications now. The filing period is open to high school seniors, college transfer students and many other groups. Applications are made online through the California State University system at csumentor.edu and more information is available from Sacramento State’s […]

Downed power pole causes road closure

At around 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, a PG&E power pole fell across the roadway on Salmon Falls Road, North of Dorado Ridge trail just south of the bridge, causing a road closure and backed up traffic. “Salmon Falls is closed until power lines and power poles are cleared,” stated a CHP Incident Report. […]

Public input sought on mental health

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency invites the public to provide input for the county’s Mental Health Services Act plan for fiscal year 2016-17 and Innovation Project. Comments may be given by e-mail, online survey or at one of several community meetings to be held by Mental […]

El Dorado High School earns grant

The library at El Dorado High School will soon be $5,000 richer in resources as the result of a grant it received on Sept. 29. There to personally deliver the check to school librarian Amy Linden was State Senator Ted Gaines, whose district includes El Dorado County. Linden wrote the successful grant application for the high school. […]

Man behind bars

El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Michael McDermot, 23, of Orangevale on Sept. 29 in connection with the threatening phone calls that temporarily closed several child care centers on Monday. McDermot was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on alleged charges of criminal threats and annoying electronic communication. McDermot is currently in custody in lieu […]

City officials chat with public about really big problems

In the week-and-a-half after a flier was circulated welcoming the public to a Town Hall chat in Placerville Tuesday evening, 26 needed water projects with a price tag of $9.6 million became 28 projects at a cost of $10 million — that’s how serious the city’s problems have become, according to City Engineer Rebecca Neves. […]

Boeing B-17 arrives in style

In preparation for the California Capital Airshow that runs from Oct. 2-4, this weekend, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) flew in its Boeing B-17G, landing at Mather Airport on Monday. Named Sentimental Journey, it is perhaps the most authentic and pristine B-17 flying in the world, especially with its gleaming, mirror-finished, polished aluminum fuselage. Now in […]

CHP: Slow it down

With the rain brings the changing of the season and much-needed water to reduce fire danger, water our plants and fill our lakes, but it also makes driving a bit more challenging. In the past 24 hours, Placerville CHP has responded to numerous traffic collisions occurring throughout the county. “Please remember to give yourself extra […]

More than 700 explore the sky on Astronomy Day

At its biggest evening event ever, the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory in Placerville saw an unprecedented number of participants during its Family Space Night celebrating Fall Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Sept. 19. Attendees viewed the stars through various telescopes, followed the moon and planets traveling across the […]

‘Mr. Make it Happen’ turns 80

El Dorado County is full of people who have left their mark — having founded a business, built a monument or created a legacy that will live on long after they are gone. Fred Simon is one such man. A resident of Shingle Springs who turned 80 in September, he remains as much a force to be reckoned with now as when […]

Board of Supervisors gets biological policies update

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” mostly. However in El Dorado County, oaks mighty and otherwise may be grown from little acorns scattered on the ground or raised in one-gallon containers, five-gallon or 15-gallon containers. Current policy demands the 15-gallon bucket process. As specified in the county’s Oak Resources Management Plan, formerly known as the […]

Heard over the back fence: Halloween Carnival

 Placerville Preschoolers rummage sale will be Oct. 3 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall parking lot. Donations are being accepted. Contact the school at (530) 626-2570 for information. The Mother Lode Lions Hall is located at the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads, Diamond Springs. HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL:

Heard over the back fence: Lobster Palooza Time

 The Fit 4 Life class is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class is a fun, effective, well-rounded workout designed specifically for the active 50-plus adult. Enjoy cardio, strength and flexibility training in a safe, positive, upbeat environment that […]

Fall prescribed burning to begin in Eldorado Forest

The Forest Service will begin its fall prescribed burn program in the Eldorado National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Approximately 4,660 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring. According to Fire Management Officer Jay Kurth, prescribed fires are an important way to maintain forest […]

OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge High School graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video […]

Shooting suspect gets new court date

The man accused of shooting a Mosquito resident during an argument this summer appeared in court Monday, waiving time for a speedy trial. David Stetler, 35, appeared with his attorney David Weiner in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom for a pre-preliminary hearing. A preliminary conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 […]

Violent threats close child care centers

CAMERON PARK —Malicious threats from a male caller prompted child care centers to close their doors Monday and sent parents scrambling to protect and find alternative care for their children. According to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials, a man called different preschools and threatened to “kill and rape the teachers and children.” Over the course of […]

Use it or lose it, senior taxi service beginning in EDH

El Dorado Hills residents 60 and older or adults with disabilities have a new door-to-door transportation option beginning Oct. 19. El Dorado Transit, in partnership with Gold Rush Taxi, will offer qualified residents discounted taxi vouchers for travel anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District seven days a week from 7 a.m. to […]

Accused murderer pleads not guilty

The man accused of murdering his wife on their Latrobe property this spring has pleaded not guilty. Roy Roth, who’s currently in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail, appeared with public defender Susan Gellman in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian on Monday. “There is […]

Tahoe boat inspections move to launch ramps

LAKE TAHOE — Starting Oct. 1 boat inspections will move to select launch ramps and winter hours will begin. Tahoe Resource Conservation District inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. All boats without an intact Tahoe inspection seal are required […]

Sac State gets state’s only EPA Environmental Finance Center

By Dixie Reid SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently selected Sacramento State to house a new regional Environmental Finance Center, which will offer financial expertise to rural, disadvantaged and tribal communities that struggle with how to pay the increasing costs of protecting public health and the environment. The EPA will fund the University’s work […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a Hike

 A Wakamatsu historical tour is scheduled for Oct. 3 and Oct. 25. During this tour, docents give a tour 10 a.m.-noon of this farmland with wildlife habitat, diverse cultural history and productive farming soils. The 272-acre site has lake, ponds, original 1854 farmhouse, Okei San’s gravesite and turn-of-the-century barn and dairy. Wakamatsu Tea and […]

Updated fire fee approved by Cameron Park board

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors moved forward on two fee schedule updates at its Sept. 16 meeting. Approved on a 5-0 vote was an updated fire impact fee program following a presentation and public hearing. The program is expected to fund the expansion of fire protection and emergency response facilities, apparatus and equipment as the […]

Supporting local law enforcement

“Stand with us and support law enforcement!” was the theme of the evening on the Main Street Courthouse steps Sept. 24. Participants held up blue balloons and signs that read “honk for law enforcement” and “police rock.” Their enthusiasm radiated and drivers who passed by, including a police officer, honked and waved. “I asked Commander Kim Nida what […]

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