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Heard over the back fence: Free Throw Contest

Members of Morning Star Odd Fellows Lodge, #20, of Placerville extend a challenge to other service clubs to help support the Upper Room program on Broadway in Placerville. Brian DeBerry informs us that the Upper Room feeds and helps the homeless and “means a lot to the people in this county […]

Search begins for new superintendent of schools

The El Dorado County Board of Education finalized a timetable for selecting a new superintendent of schools at its Nov. 23 special meeting. While board members began the meeting by acknowledging how much internal talent there is to draw from within the district, they decided they wanted to open the recruitment process as they go about replacing former […]

Senior Shuttle looking for volunteers

El Dorado County Senior Services is currently looking for volunteer drivers for its Senior Shuttle program. “Our volunteer drivers provide a valuable service to our local seniors,” said Johanna McGillivray, program assistant for Senior Services. “Without the Senior Shuttle, many seniors would not be able to get to places like the grocery store or other […]

CDFW completes wildlife plan update

After a multi-year effort involving conservation groups, agencies, tribes, private landowners and other stakeholders, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan update. The action plan is now under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and should receive final approval in February 2016. “The State Wildlife […]

Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver.

Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency in the world and issues less than 20 Junior Master licenses annually in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean combined.

Fatal crash on Hwy. 49

A Placerville man died after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a boulder early Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Nov. 24 at approximately 1:19 a.m. Forrest Garrison, 42, was driving a 1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 northbound on Highway 49, just south of El Dorado. As the vehicle entered into a part of the road that […]

CHP out in force this week

​SACRAMENTO — Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a maximum enforcement period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. In 2014, over the Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people died in collisions on California roadways […]

Joseph Hinds’ trial date set

An anticipated five- to six-day day long trial is set for assault suspect Joseph Hinds on May 3, 2016, in Department 1 in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner. Hinds’ counsel Todd Jones requested a readiness and settlement hearing be put off until closer to the trial as, he said, “discovery is still […]

Fats, oils and grease — Don’t FOG your drain

A special category of harmful waste includes kitchen fats, oils, and grease — collectively known as FOG. Found in most kitchens and restaurants, waste FOG (cooking oil, fat, lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening and margarine are all examples) is generated during food preparation and the cleaning of kitchenware and equipment. Sending fats, oils and grease […]

Meyers’ resignation agreement released

The resignation agreement for Jeremy Meyers, El Dorado County’s former superintendent of school, has been released. Meyers, who resigned Nov. 14 after two DUI arrests, will receive a gross lump sum payment of $114,822 — equivalent to Meyers’ continued receipt of his current salary through June 30, 2016. In addition, he will receive a gross lump sum of $10,930 — equivalent of […]

Proper food handling keeps Thanksgiving guests healthy

SACRAMENTO — With the holiday season upon us, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness. “Bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter can be present in foods, such as meat and poultry, and can cause […]

County gets water grant

The El Dorado Water Agency approved two agreements at its Nov. 18 meeting that will allow it to access $1.7 million in grant funding. The grant stems from a $6.2 million Proposition 84 grant to the Nevada Irrigation District from the California Department of Water Resources. Under the terms of the two agreements approved by the board, the El […]

Cal Fire now hiring

SACRAMENTO — Have you ever dreamed of working for one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world? Now is the time to apply. Cal Fire is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. “Working for Cal Fire can open the door to many exciting opportunities for someone […]

Robbery suspects caught

Two men were arrested and taken into custody in Sacramento County a day after they allegedly pulled off a home invasion in Greenwood. On Nov. 19 at approximately 11:27 a.m El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion robbery in the 4000 block of Edgewater Drive in Greenwood, where they discovered several victims in […]

Safety tips to keep the holiday shopping season jolly

SAN FRANCISCO — With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued consumer tips for safe shopping this holiday season. The holidays are a festive time of the year that unfortunately leave consumers vulnerable to monetary scams and online hackers. This season’s online holiday sales are predicted to reach a record […]

An increased risk of fire is a reality of Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, Cal Fire officials remind Californians about the dangers that lurk during the holiday season. When most people think about Thanksgiving, they envision turkey, pumpkin pie and time spent with their loved ones. Who thinks of fire at this time? “During the holidays we tend to have multiple items […]

Heard over the back fence: Winter Arts Festival

On Dec. 6 the Veterans and Sew 4 Vets are teaming up. Enjoy a hot breakfast for only $6, which includes eggs cooked to your liking, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. After breakfast shop for last-minute Christmas gifts. The event is at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville […]

Local Thanksgiving holiday closures announced

Most offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Thanksgiving week, resuming the regular school schedule Nov. 30; check with individual districts […]

Heard over the back fence: Cookies with Santa

 Homebound adults 60 years or older who are medically or physically disabled may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. Contact (530) 621-6160 for more information. CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING:
 The El Dorado County Transit Authority will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27. […]

Age 16 to 24 and need a job or training?

Help is available El Dorado County Connections – One Stop has free services to help people who need a job. “We have special programs and services for youth ages 16 to 24,” said Jenny Wilson, program supervisor with Connections – One Stop. “We are especially looking to assist youth ages 16 to 24 who are not […]

Superintendent job: Trustees meet to discuss vacancy

The El Dorado County Board of Education will meet today to discuss former Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ replacement. The board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation last week after his second DUI arrest earlier this month. The details of his separation from the El Dorado County Office of Education have not been released. “The board is meeting to establish […]

New engine for Pioneer

SOMERSET — With a new primary fire engine ordered and due next year, the Pioneer Fire Protection District added a much-needed piece of equipment to its fleet earlier this fall with the purchase of a Type III 2015 HME Ahrens Fox Wildland Engine. “This engine is a welcome addition to our fire district,” said Pioneer […]

CPCSD board raises fees on development, lowers fees for swimmers

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors approved new park impact fees at the Nov. 18 meeting. The fees charged to new development go toward developing park and recreational facilities and other improvements in Cameron Park. Currently the fees are $4,984 for a single-family detached home; $3,690 for a single-family attached home; $3,816 […]

CPCSD drama: McNeil called a ‘serial bully’

Conflict bracketed the Nov. 18 Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors meeting as President Scott McNeil came under fire for alleged bullying. The brouhaha began as the board discussed a weed abatement program for portions of Cameron Park Drive and Green Valley Road. Long-time board critic Gerald Lillpop chastised the board for stalling on paying for the program while […]

Emergency crews prepare for the worst

Screaming patients, contaminated victims and chaos took over Marshall Medical Center last Thursday as emergency crews participated in a drill simulating a mass-casualty incident.

Coordinated with multiple agencies, more than 100 personnel from the medical center, Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Sheriff, El Dorado Office of Emergency Services, the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Public Health, El Dorado County EMS and Union Mine High School participated in the four-hour event.

Tip a hat to Harry Dunlop, ‘the water guy’

Harry Dunlop died at his home in Diamond Springs on Nov. 5 at the age of 95.

Dunlop was a giant in the water world, a giant when it came to community service and a giant when it came to moral stature.

No newcomer to El Dorado County, Dunlop’s family history went back to the 1880s when his grandfather bought 160 acres on the site where Walmart stands today. Growing pears when the fruit was in its heyday, his father John Dunlop was the county’s assistant agriculture commissioner. the senior Dunlop also assisted in the acquisition of Sly Park. Harry’s mother Antonia was a member of the Forni family, another long-time ranching family.

El Dorado Hills housing development growing by 50 lots

Parker Development received the go ahead to add residential lots to its Serrano development at the Nov. 12 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. Located near the intersection of Village Green Drive and Russi Ranch Drive in El Dorado Hills, the 122-acre site will be divided into 50 residential lots plus four open space lots. Making up Phase II […]

Something stinks about this bug

A year ago the UC Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra, asked you, “Have You Seen This Bug?” It was an alert to let El Dorado County residents know that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), a new pest attacking many crops, might be coming. There are plenty of BMSB in Sacramento and other parts of the state. So far, […]

Auditor-controller ‘ordered’ to reimburse fire district

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn faced off against the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 17 meeting on Tuesday. The immediate issue was whether or not he has a “duty” to transfer $169,859 from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s Development Impact Fee account to partially reimburse the district for purchase of a […]

Murphy leaving the Gazette

Georgetown Gazette managing editor Rebecca Murphy has announced her decision to step down effective Dec. 31. Murphy has served as the Gazette’s editor since May 2008. “I have truly enjoyed my time as editor of this community newspaper,” said Murphy. “I have other things I want to do and now is the time to do […]

Bobcat trapping ban takes effect

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds bobcat trappers that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping will no longer be allowed in California. At a meeting in Fortuna on Aug. 5 the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to ban bobcat trapping statewide. On Nov. 13 the Office of Administrative […]

Limited enrollment open at Union Mine

The El Dorado Union High School District recently announced that limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2016-17 school year will be offered to incoming ninth-grade students who reside within the El Dorado Union High School District attendance boundaries. The enrollment projection for the school’s permanent capacity will allow for 35 transfers. Beginning Nov. 20, applicants may […]

Residents get behind-the-scenes at sheriff’s academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy wrapped up another session earlier this month with lots of good food and laughter. The 12-week academy was established in 1994 to familiarize community members with the many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Department plays in the county. The first class was a meet-and-greet and overview of the […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa Run event

 The 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition, is being presented by the Mountain Democrat on Sunday, Dec. 6 on Broadway and Main Street in Placerville at 1 p.m. Save the date. SANTA RUN EVENT: 
The Santa Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas in Coloma

Christmas in Coloma with the Historic Holiday Tour takes place on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., both days. Historic buildings will be open to the public. There will also be refreshments, caroling, music, wreath making and more. Come on out to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic […]

Frentzen, Veerkamp respond to recall effort; Mikulaco receives notice

District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp recently submitted formal responses to the group known as El Dorado County Total Recall. In accordance with California State Elections Code, both supervisors answered vague charges of “corruption and cronyism” and emphasized their achievements while in office. Within seven days after the filing of the […]

EDH Fire fights for promised revenue

El Dorado County owes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department more than $500,000 — funds guaranteed to the fire department after it annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the department expected to receive a little more than $256,000 each fiscal year as outlined in an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors resolution guaranteeing that […]

Superintendent of Schools Meyers resigns

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers stepped down from his position, it was announced at a special El Dorado County Board of Education meeting Monday morning. The board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation, which came less than two weeks after he crashed his truck into a utility box in Placerville and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the […]

Bank robbery suspect sought

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives need the public’s help to identify a man who robbed an El Dorado Savings Bank Friday evening

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. According to sheriff’s officials, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot. He was last seen running east on Pleasant Valley Road.

TRPA, backcountry skiers addressing access

LAKE TAHOE – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, El Dorado County, and members of Tahoe Backcountry Alliance recently announced they are partnering to create a coalition of stakeholders to maintain and enhance public access for winter backcountry skiing and snowboarding. “We’re optimistic about this opportunity to work together to get back some of the access that […]

Hail, icy roads blamed for multiple crashes

CHP urges drivers to use caution A 16 passenger white van rolled over, causing multiple injuries, early Monday morning. The van was traveling southbound on Sly Park Road near Onyx Trail when it veered out of control off the west shoulder into a dirt embankment and flipped onto its left side. One passenger suffered major injuries and was […]

Heard over the back fence: Lights on Main Street

On Friday, Nov. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. you can celebrate the holidays on Main Street, Placerville. The festivities will include music, entertainment, visits with Santa and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. across from the courthouse. For more information call (530) 672-3436. MARCIA ROSE BOOK SIGNING:
 Marcia Rose, author of the […]

Dangers of drugs discussed

School faculty, parents and students got an unsettling education during a special drug awareness and prevention meeting hosted by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office last Thursday. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were also on hand for prescription medication take-back. John Scherbenske with the Drug Enforcement Administration talked to the crowd about prescription, synthetic and designer drugs. […]

Supervisors update planning documents

After two-and-a-half days deep in the weeds, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 voted tentatively to adopt a range of recommendations that will lead to General Plan amendments and a change in the county’s Zoning Ordinance. The project titled the Targeted General Plan Amendments and  Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) required an extensive […]

Trustees meet about Meyers

The El Dorado County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting today to discuss issues surrounding El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ recent arrest. The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. in the Office of Education’s conference room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Public comments will be heard prior to the board convening in […]

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