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CAO contract details questioned

El Dorado County Interim Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs’ contract is getting a closer look after county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn questioned whether its language follows California Public Employees Retirement System requirements. “Based on my limited review of PERS law and limited review of the CAO’s contract, it appears that the county has been violating PERS law,” Harn […]

New partnership to use fire to fight catastrophic fire

SACRAMENTO — Federal and state agency officials recently gathered with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a memorandum of understanding that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California. Wildland fuels are continuing to build up and wildfires are […]

El Niño delivers but state says keep conserving

El Niño continues to deliver more snow and rain but that won’t change the statewide conservation mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. At Tuesday’s State Water Resources Control Board meeting, board members voted to extend the mandate through October of this year, although the amount of water to be conserved will be somewhat more flexible. George Kostyrko, […]

Have a game plan for Super Bowl 50

The Placerville Police Department plans saturation patrols for Super Bowl Sunday. The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and […]

Free state tax assistance online

SACRAMENTO — Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee reminds taxpayers that FTB offers a variety of free services online, from electronic filing to requesting a payment plan. “Tax season can be a stressful time,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Yee.” FTB offers an array of online services to make the process of filing a […]

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

Dubbed the “Joerger Incident,” the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, along with Cameron Park/Cal Fire, Folsom and Rescue fire departments, career and volunteer firefighters and explorers, EDH Fire Board directors, the Mountain Democrat and District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen successfully burned a building to the ground (on purpose) at the hands-on training event Jan. 28-30. EDH Fire Chief […]

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

FOLSOM — Anyone interested in sailing is invited to attend a meeting of the Folsom Lake Yacht Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Round Table Pizza, 2793 E. Bidwell Street) in Folsom. “FLYC is a club filled with sailing enthusiasts,” said FLYC Commodore Suna Kneisley. “We hold races for boats ranging from single-handed […]

Take the county biz survey

The El Dorado County Economic Development Division is partnering with regional economic development organizations to implement the 2016 county Business Survey to enhance the economic climate for both employees and employers in the county. The survey, which is a collaboration of county chambers of commerce, downtown organizations, professional associations and cities, will help to analyze the competitiveness of […]

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

South Lake Tahoe police released composite sketches of two suspects in a Saturday night shooting that left an Amador County man dead. The sketches show two men suspected in a shooting at the Beverly Lodge that killed 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. Police believe Wright traveled to South Lake Tahoe with his girlfriend to sell 100 […]

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following a comprehensive assessment by four independent agencies, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit approved the reopening of Heavenly Mountain Resort’s North Bowl chairlift last month after a chair malfunction caused the closure. The chair was closed Jan. 3, when an equipment failure caused an unoccupied chair to […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

CONGRATULATIONS: Sky Divinagracia, freshman, elementary education and Jess Hanson, sophomore, interdisciplinary studies are on the Dean’s List at George Fox University of Newberg, Ore. for fall 2015. Both honor students are from El Dorado Hills. BATTER UP: The Placerville senior softball league is looking for a few good folks to play in the senior softball league on […]

Health alert: Public reminded to guard against mosquitoes

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently advised that although there is no evidence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in California, people should always take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including removing standing water and wearing insect repellant when necessary. Californians should also be advised of international […]

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

Authorities have arrested two men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in equipment at Oak Ridge High School on Jan. 17. Three suspects remain at large. On Jan. 29 El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced the arrests of 51-year-old Mike Zivkovich of Sacramento and 35-year-old Matthew Fleeman of El Dorado Hills. Searches of their homes led […]

Conservation mandate met for seventh straight month

SACRAMENTO — Californians have reduced water use by 25.5 percent since June, continuing to meet Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate despite a decline in the statewide water-savings rate during the last three months of 2015. In December the statewide conservation rate was 18.3 percent, down from 20.4 percent in November, compared to the same months in 2013. A drop in […]

EDH residents rally for rec center, trails, fields

EL DORADO HILLS — The process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan continues with community input gathered via online comments through Feb. 15. Last Thursday CSD staff and directors hosted approximately 50 residents at a public workshop to narrow down top priorities from information gathered from residents since […]

Westmont project continued; new commissioner seated

It was a short meeting on Jan. 28 for the El Dorado County Planning Commission as the main agenda item was continued. Previously scheduled was a hearing on the proposed Westmont Living Facility in El Dorado Hills. A decision was made to continue consideration of the project off calendar because a different California Environmental Quality Act document needs to be prepared. Staff […]

Legal services available for seniors

Are you a senior in need of legal advice, counsel or advocacy? El Dorado County offers general civil legal services to county residents 60 years of age or older through the Senior Legal Services office. Individuals can meet with an attorney to get legal advice, solve problems, mediate disputes, prepare legal documents and be represented […]

One dead after Tahoe shooting

A 40-year-old Amador County resident was killed Saturday, Jan. 30, after being shot in the chest during a suspected drug deal gone wrong at a South Lake Tahoe hotel. Police were called to the Beverly Lodge, located at 3480 Lake Tahoe Blvd., around 7:42 p.m. Saturday and found Dennis Michael Wright Jr. on the ground […]

Heard over the back fence: Nice work

GOOD DEED: Lyle Raty is a steady customer at the Greenwood Senior Nutrition Lunch. He has lived on the Georgetown Divide for more than 85 years. While dining he observed one of the doors was sticking so he fixed it. Now the door operates nicely which is a benefit to all who enter or exit the dining room. […]

Tribes fight over name, land

The tribal chief of the Indigenous Miwoks of El Dorado County has legally challenged the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians using its trademark name. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena heard the case and granted Cesar Caballero ownership of the trademark in November 2015. According to media outlets, “The district court previously […]

Water warning near El Dorado Trail

Stormwater pH tests conducted by El Dorado County Community Development Agency officials in the area of El Dorado Trail near the end of Stage Court in Placerville have indicated high alkaline levels of up to 12.8. Due to these results a warning sign and temporary caution tape have been posted at the site. The county has […]

Boy dies in Thursday wreck

A 3-year-old boy died after a two car-collision in Somerset Thursday afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials reported At approximately 4:06 p.m on Jan. 28, Jacob Jimenez, 43, of Somerset, was driving a 1994 gold Lexus southbound on Mt. Aukum Road, north of Outingdale Road, when for unknown reasons the vehicle swerved into the northbound traffic […]

Sheriff makes pitch for new facility

El Dorado County residents learned more about the sheriff’s facility needs at community meetings last week as El Dorado County Sheriff’ John D’Agostini took his pitch for a new, multi-million-dollar building on the road.

Last Tuesday night’s event at the American Legion Hall in Placerville was attended by interested residents, politicians, including District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Assemblymen Frank Bigelow and law enforcement officers.

Ponderosa coach arrested

Ponderosa water polo Coach Shane O’Rourke, 22, of El Dorado Hills was arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with high school students, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced last week. The criminal investigation was launched after the school resource officer received information on Jan. 26 that O’Rourke was possibly having an improper relationship with a student […]

CHP looking for senior volunteers

The California Highway Patrol’s Placerville Area Office, is looking for motivated citizens who want to give something back to their community as senior volunteers. Senior volunteers are CHP employees who assist in both administrative and field capacities. The objectives of the CHP Senior Volunteer Program are: To assist the CHP in providing enhanced public service to the community; to […]

NAMI Peer-to-Peer class offered

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ El Dorado County affiliate will host a Peer-to-Peer Education class to the West Slope community. The 10-session class is designed to help anyone experiencing mental health challenges achieve and maintain recovery. The session is available free of charge to participants and taught by trained teachers who are in recovery. […]

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Dan Ferrier

NEVER FORGET: It has been three years since Daniel Allen “Dan” Ferrier was killed breaking up a bar fight in Old Town Sacramento on New Year’s Eve. Greatly missed by his many friends, family and clients, Dan inspired many people with learning challenges when he made a major lifestyle change at age 16. After serving two […]

Alleged sex ring busted

The South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with the El Dorado County sheriff’s officials, recently arrested several individuals in connection with alleged prostitution and sex trafficking in the South Lake Tahoe Basin. SLEDNET investigators looking into grievances involving prostitution reportedly discovered individuals using advertisements for escort services such as “Backpage.com” to conduct human trafficking, […]

Federal funds aiding wildfire preparedness at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The latest round of funding through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act includes more than $3 million for projects to help reduce wildfire risk in Lake Tahoe communities. The funding award for Lake Tahoe is part of nearly $40 million going to projects around Nevada […]

FBI Teen Academy seeks applicants

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic, what it really takes to work for the FBI and what investigations are like? If you are a high school junior who attends school within the 34 California counties served by the FBI’s Sacramento field office, apply for Spring […]

Psych eval for murder suspect

During a preliminary hearing for murder suspect Dennis Renk Tuesday, the defendant’s attorney asked El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks for a psychological evaluation of her client. According to Renk’s family, he has had “a lot of health problems,” including two strokes. The psychological evaluation requested by counsel Terri Monterosso may include clinical interviews and psychological tests to […]

Poor Red’s reopens this spring

The highly anticipated reopening of one of El Dorado County’s landmark watering holes is just a couple months away. Poor Red’s regulars and guests could be at the bar ordering famous Gold Cadillacs in early April. New owners Jeff Genovese, Mike Genovese and Mike Hountalas, along with contractor Steven Tyler, continue to work on the building […]

Esmeralda Tunnel repairs shaping up

Progress continues in repairing the Esmeralda Tunnel with an update on what’s been accomplished provided to the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Jan. 25 meeting. The tunnel sustained a severe collapse in September 2014 when a section collapsed near the upstream portal due to the timber walls giving way. The collapse resulted in the tunnel being blocked with rock […]

Forest Service offers online vehicle auction

The U.S. Forest Service is offering the public an opportunity to purchase used government vehicles from several national forests at the annual Used Vehicle and Equipment Auction scheduled online Feb. 1-8. A total of 23 items including pickup trucks, SUVs, crew carriers and miscellaneous ATV parts/tires will be sold to the highest bidder through an […]

Assembly hopefuls at Denny’s

The California Republican Assembly, El Dorado County, has invited Assembly District 6 candidates to participate in a candidates forum on Monday, Feb. 1, at Denny’s Restaurant on Fair Lane in Placerville. The 6th District Assembly seat is currently held by Beth Gaines, who terms out at the end of this year. There are several candidates […]

El Dorado Hills Fire contracts for outside review

It took a couple meetings to come to agreement, but the El Dorado Hills Fire Board of Directors approved a contract for a three-part comprehensive review of the district. The contested issue was the selection of a contractor to prepare the district’s community risk assessment, standards of cover and a facilities master plan. On Sept. 15, 2015, […]

Recall dates draw near

Efforts to recall seven elected El Dorado County officials began officially during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 27 last year. At that time, community activists under the title El Dorado County Total Recall served intent to circulate recall petition notices to District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli and District 5’s Sue Novasel. Notices were […]

Heard over the back fence: Sunday breakfast

DON’T GIVE UP: “Never give up no matter what is going on. Never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.” — His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. SUNDAY BREAKFAST: Placerville Elks Lodge  No. 1712, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs, will serve breakfast on Sunday, Jan. […]

Wallace appears in court

The man accused of killing his mother and brother on Nov. 11, 2015, appeared briefly in court Monday for a felony in custody arraignment. Milo Wallace, 49, faces two counts of murder for allegedly killing his mother Sandra Wallace, 71, and brother Matthew Wallace, 38, on the family’s Rocky Ridge Road property southeast of Placerville. Prosecutors told […]

Clubhouse taking shape

We may have had a lot of rain lately, but nothing has dampened the spirits of those building the new Boys and Girls Club in Placerville.

Located on Green Valley Road near Mallard Lane, the concrete foundation for the 15,000-square-foot building has been laid and the steel frame is up, showing just how big and impressive the building will be when finished.

Sean McCartney, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope, said 95 percent of the rough framing is complete and next week they will start the interior framing.

Dispensary case decision postponed

A preliminary ruling for the Pure Life Marijuana Dispensary case scheduled Monday was delayed until next month. The four defendants involved in the case — Kelly Chiusano, Summer Bradley, Christopher Brown and Whitney Marchand — along with counsel and several supporters, appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court. This is the second time Judge Kenneth Melikian has postponed a decision. In December […]

Source of groundwater contamination near South Tahoe’s ‘Y’ remains a mystery

Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An investigation into contaminated groundwater near South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” intersection has been unable to determine the source of a potentially harmful solvent discovered in the area in 2014. In a report released this week, URS Corporation Americas reported five of 42 water samples taken in a nine-block area […]

Man’s ID sought

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a theft suspect in El Dorado Hills. The suspect is described as a white male adult; he was seen getting into the passenger side of a white 2003-2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 four-door diesel with black fender guards and tires that are larger than stock. […]

EID lobbyist talks taxes

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors received a legislative update from Bob Reeb at its Jan. 25 meeting as he discussed numerous proposals being considered to raise taxes. A lobbyist for EID since 2005, Reeb talked in particular about legislation that could affect water agencies. Reeb noted the state is anticipating an extra $3.5 billion […]

Heard over the back fence: Summer Jobs

STUDENTS HONORED: Bailey Ashlyn Eastman, college of arts and sciences and Jennifer Lynn Orr, Louise Herrington School of Nursing have been named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Both are from El Dorado Hills. To be named to the dean’s list a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point […]

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