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Heard over the back fence: Holy Humor Time

 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended or know of someone who did, […]

Heard over the back fence: Ponderosa Class Reunion

Logan Bruttig is a very successful student and will continue to be busy for a long time. We received the following information regarding Logan: “Logan Bruttig of El Dorado, CA, and alumni of Union Mine high school, has accepted Pacific Northwest University Medical School’s invitation in WA. to pursue her medical […]

Heard over the back fence: New Phone Scam

Outdoor movies are shown on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 7:45 p.m. The August 8th movie is “Gulliver’s Travels.” This feature-length cartoon will be offered plus “Betty in Blunderland” and “Superman.” Bring your own lawn chair, blanket, etc. Donations are welcome. Popcorn is 75 cents. “WOMAN […]

Heard over the back fence: Pooch Plunge Time

 On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Cameron Park Country Fest will take place at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park. Guests can enjoy live music, show off grilling skills in a barbecue competition, take part in old-fashioned games or one of the ‘just for […]

New video targets StemExpress

A small movement is building in El Dorado County to shut down StemExpress after a series of videos were released alleging that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal body parts and tissues to the Placerville biomedical company. Mark E. Smith from Garden Valley demanded that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors “revoke the firm’s business license” during […]

Search effort expands for missing rider

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue teams and volunteers continue looking for 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh, who was last seen on July 17 riding his motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system near Georgetown. To assist in their efforts, the California National Guard launched a remote piloted aircraft — the MQ-9 Reaper, from March […]

West Nile virus kills Nevada County resident

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County. “This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Smith. “West Nile […]

Order blocks secret StemExpress video

 Los Angeles District Court Judge Joanne O’Donnel signed a temporary restraining order July 28 that prevents the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress from releasing an undercover video of a dinner meeting between StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, other company officials and people pretending to be prospective customers from a biological materials procurement firm. The meeting […]

TRPA approves Tahoe Valley Area Plan

LAKE TAHOE — The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently unanimously approved the Tahoe Valley Area Plan the city of South Lake Tahoe created to guide community revitalization and environmental restoration in a district centered around the “Y” intersection of Highways 89 and 50. Area plans are comprehensive land use and zoning documents. They […]

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune For more than a decade, a golden shovel waited for its time to shine. Over the years its intended use shifted. The sparkle from the original tool faded. Last week, some 37 years after Cheryl and Tom Millham began efforts to preserve wildlife at Lake Tahoe, the reconditioned shovel rested […]

Living Water projects purify the soul

It’s a long way between the multi-million dollar homes of El Dorado Hills and the rural villages of South America.

Helping bridge that gap are volunteers whose mission is to make a difference, one well and one water pump at a time. Operating under a faith-based organization called Living Water International in Houston, Texas, they travel to developing countries all over the world and put in wells and pumps.

The need is acute, with one-eighth of the world’s population not having access to safe water, according to Living Water. Millions suffer illness or die from water related diseases. Many people who have no running water must spend a quarter of their time collecting water for everyday use.

Shooting suspect behind bars

Placerville resident David Stetler was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after the suspect allegedly shot a 46-year-old man in Mosquito on July 27. Stetler, 35, reportedly called dispatch to report the shooting on the 2900 block of La Paz Road just before 8 p.m., according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. He […]

Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

 University officials have notified us that Tatiana M. Dimugno of Placerville has been named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Tatiana is a sophomore. Congratulations, Tatiana! Keep […]

Top state official meets with anti-secession group

Keep it California, the organization formed to combat a move to secede from California by proponents of the so-called State of Jefferson, met with the California State Senate’s President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon earlier this month. Local KIC activists were invited to meet privately with de Leon to share concerns and offer recommendations that […]

Bear trouble ‘bruin’ in Pollock neighborhood?

POLLOCK PINES — Neighbors who live around Hazel Street and Granite Trail in Gold Ridge Forest have been scratching their heads lately, wondering who or what has decided to make their garbage cans go bump in the night. Paul Martini decided to find out what was causing his infrared alarm to beep at ungodly hours and […]

Water agency/EDWPA budgets adopted

The El Dorado County Water Agency and the El Dorado Water and Power Authority recently adopted budgets for the next fiscal year. Final approval will be granted at the agencies’ August meetings when public hearings are held. The adopted water agency budget comes in at a little more than $5 million. Operating expenses, including salaries, benefits, supplies and professional services make up $1.19 million; water […]

Possible ‘peeping’ victims sought

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives are looking for female victims who were allegedly secretly recorded by “peeping Tom” suspect Andrew Lee. Officials arrested the 49-year-old El Dorado Hills resident on July 14. “After the arrest, a search warrant was executed on Lee’s home and his business,” states a Sheriff’s Department press release. “El Dorado County […]

Mother/daughter group builds lasting bonds

“Do you remember your first job?” “Were you married?” “Do you have any grandkids?” Those were just some of the questions heard while girls and their mothers in the newly formed El Dorado Hills chapter of the National Charity League visited with seniors at the El Dorado Hills Senior Day Care Center last week. The […]

Barrett Trail reconstruction complete, path now open

The Barrett Four-Wheel Drive Trail, a rugged six-mile, off-highway route from Wright’s Lake to Barrett Lake, just west of Desolation Wilderness, was recently re-opened today following the completion of reconstruction on three segments of the trail to protect sensitive meadows. The Barrett 4WD Trail has been used by recreationists since the 1960s and offers one of the […]

EID approves water sale

In a unanimous vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 5-0 at its July 27 meeting to sell 3,100 acre-feet of water to the Westlands Water District. The sale is not final until approved by a number of water agencies, according to Gayle Holman, public affairs representative for Westlands Water District. Once approved, it’s […]

Rider still missing

The search for Bay Area teacher Edward Cavanaugh continues in El Dorado County’s Rock Creek area. The 46-year-old man, who has a medical condition, was last seen on July 17 while riding his blue Yamaha YZ 250 in the Rock Creek trail system, according to an El Dorado County sheriff’s press release. He was last seen wearing Fox […]

Fire torches home but not family’s spirit

The first celebration in the Forrest family’s new home ended with horrific results when a fire destroyed everything in the early morning hours of July 5.

A mother, father and their children literally escaped with the clothes on their backs, yet everyone feels lucky to be alive and grateful for the El Dorado Hills community’s support.

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

Officials at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., have informed us that Emily Dess recently received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Emily is the daughter of David and Sandra Dess of El Dorado Hills. Congratulations, Emily! Your future looks very bright! HUGE RUMMAGE SALE:
 The St. Patrick Ladies Society’s annual huge […]

Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Senator says drones continue to menace firefighting efforts around the state  SACRAMENTO — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency […]

Two new high school principals on the job

The upcoming school year will bring new leadership to two El Dorado Union High School District schools. Chas Prior and Paul Neville, both previous assistant principals at El Dorado High School, have moved up in ranks to assume their respective positions as principals at El Dorado High School and Union Mine High School. Prior has […]

Marshall Medical Center celebrated for baby care

Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Marshall Medical Center had received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and […]

Heartbroken couple wants antiques returned

DIAMOND SPRINGS — On July 16 Keith and Beverly Dockter lost a lifetime of memories after burglars targeted their Zandonella Road home. Possibly using a crowbar to break in through the front door, the thieves made their way through the home and loaded up irreplaceable antiques. Among the items stolen — two German antique candles holders given to the Dockters by foreign exchange students […]

Kyburz Fire whips through the woods

WHITEHALL — The Kyburz Fire threatened residents, campers and drivers as flames tore through the wooded landscape on both sides of Highway 50.

The wildfire broke out at about 2 p.m. Thursday with fire crews on the ground and in the air, including the recently featured Super Scooper based out of Lake Tahoe, quickly taking action.

Seventy-five residences/vacation homes were evacuated along with 15 camp sites from the Sand Flat Campground, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. The Pollock Pines Community Center served as an evacuation center for those displaced. By Friday all mandatory evacuations had been lifted but some voluntary evacuations were still in place. The Sand Flat campground remained closed as of Sunday.

County to buy more land for rare plants

Pronouncing the names of El Dorado County’s rare plant species almost requires a degree in Latin and botany. Found in the county’s Pine Hill Preserve, several of the species are considered rare because they are only found in a very specific and ancient kind of environment known as gabbro soil. Eight of them, in fact, […]

Jury duty scam makes the rounds

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials warn that scammers posing as local law enforcement have attempted to collect cash on false pretenses from several El Dorado County residents. It appears the con artists are not local to the area and use internet based phones, allowing them to select local area codes, according to an El Dorado Sheriff’s […]

It’s wildfire season — watch for smoke

With the official arrival of summer, El Dorado County health officials remind residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District air pollution control officer, said wildfires in the county and region can produce smoke that causes health […]

County updating General Plan’s biological policies

Public hearings will be set El Dorado County’s 2006 Oak Woodlands Management Plan, newly re-christened as the Oak Resources Management Plan, is once again getting a makeover. Developed by the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency, the biological policy update project’s new resolution of intention was presented by Principal Planner Shawna Purvines at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

 The El Dorado County Mineral Gem Society welcomes the following new members: Sharon Prichard, Jane Deming, David Oates, Karen Lindwall, James Knapp, Fred and Kathy Heymann, Wayne and Shirley Kuykendall, and Nick and Katie Gladding. Welcome and enjoy this fun and friendly club. NEW LION LEADERS: 
Mother Lode Lions Club has elected […]

Google puts El Dorado Transit “on the map”

El Dorado Transit is now part of Google Transit. El Dorado Transit riders can use Google Maps to plan their transit trips in the same way they get driving directions. Users just put in a starting point and destination to get step by step transit directions. Google Maps includes information about Sacramento Regional Transit as well […]

Bombardier a flying firefighter

Although it would be quite a treat to see the U.S. Forest Service’s giant CL 415 “Super Scooper” flying through the skies over Placerville, the sight would be a mixed blessing — it would mean there’s a wildfire nearby.

But it would also mean that the chances of containing the blaze quickly would be greatly increased, as the CL 415 Bombardier is a champion warrior assigned to the front lines of battle.

The USFS Tuesday proudly showed off its latest weapon in its firefighting arsenal, a huge CL 415 Aeroflite 260 Bombardier that will be stationed at the Lake Tahoe Airport for the next seven months as fire season hits critical mass. The aircraft, affectionately known as the Super Scooper, is the only such plane currently flying in the United States — and Tahoe forestry officials are thrilled to have it here for the season.

Holy Trinity to host its first ordination

“I feel called to be a witness to Christ’s love in the African world,” Deacon Paul Reilly says of his decision to be ordained a Catholic priest this Saturday at Holy Trinity parish in El Dorado Hills. The ordination will mark the first time in Holy Trinity’s 23-year history the sacrament of Holy Orders has […]

H4H volunteers collecting school supplies

Hands4Hope recently launched its second annual School Supply Drive, which will benefit children in need in El Dorado County. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, Hands4Hope youth volunteers will set up a donation table in front of the Office Max, 3041 Forni Road in Placerville. Patrons will be able to purchase prepackaged supply […]

New vacation home rentals rules OK’d

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — By a 4-0 vote, the City Council approved new regulations governing vacation home rentals during another marathon session July 21. The most recent vacation ordinance drew a lot of debate over the past year as the city attempted to address what it called a balancing act […]

StemExpress responds to backlash

Between last week’s and this week’s “video revelations” about the sale of aborted fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood, Placerville’s StemExpress founder and CEO Cate Dyer forwarded her company’s prepared statement on the issue to the Mountain Democrat. Dyer prefaced the statement by noting that, “StemExpress has never worked with Deborah Nucatola or the Planned […]

Do you recognize these suspects?

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office asks the public for help identifying two male suspects who allegedly attempted a commercial burglary of the Sutter Center Market on Highway 49in Coloma during the morning hours of June 10. If you have any information regarding the attempted burglary, contact Det. John Robertson at (530) 642-4722.

Kyburz fire: UPDATE

Firefighters continuing to battle a wildfire on both sides of Highway 50 in the Whitehall area that started Thursday afternoon. Highway 50 has currently reopened to one lane, and is being metered at Sly Park road in Pollock Pines and Meyers. Voluntary evacuations are in place in for Sand Flat campground East of Strawberry. Evacuees […]

Bringing criminals to justice

Investigators who have the daunting task of trying to find closure to seemingly unsolvable, horrible crimes — cold case homicides — dig deep to find any shred of evidence to serve justice.

Justice — that’s just what the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office seeks as its investigators try to solve more than 60 cold case homicides.

“The loss of a family member to a violent crime is likely the most traumatic thing a human can go through in their lifetime, making it worse when the perpetrator is not held accountable for their actions,” said District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Hungry beetles kill Cal Fire trees

CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit Offices of Cal Fire recently removed two trees killed by the western pine bark beetle on its property and warn that more of El Dorado County’s drought-suffering trees could fall victim. A bark beetle is a small (about one-fourth of an inch) beetle that bores into the protective outer layer of a tree […]

Property owners getting a say on GDPUD plan

Amid a flurry of questions about how votes will be counted, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors at its July 14 meeting approved a Proposition 218 process to fund the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant retrofit. Prop. 218, approved by California voters in 1996, requires voter approval prior to imposition or increase […]

GDPUD gets merger request

Worried about being left high and dry, Quintette Service Corporation board members made a consolidation pitch to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors at its July 14 meeting. A small community located 12 miles east of Georgetown, Quintette is a mix of part-time and full-time residents served by a mutual water company that was founded in […]

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