Traffic stop leads to arrest

Two suspects were arrested after a traffic stop on March 19. At 12:18 p.m., Tommie Stover, 30, and Christy Thomas, 35, were pulled over for a traffic stop when Stover was found to be allegedly driving without a license while on parole, Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office said. Thomas, a convicted felon who […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Assuring a place in the 95 percent

The right professional dog training can solve 95 percent of dog problems — the majority of which might better be described as people problems. But there are some problems training can’t touch, and often that’s because people ignored the warning signs and put off getting help. Keep reading: Last week, Seven, our 10-year-old German Shepherd, […]

Where the heck is Camino?

Development of the Camino area began in the 1860s and involved two Scottish brothers whose names remain famous in the local timber industry, James and John Blair. They are credited with being the first to start a lumber company in the area which, for many years, bore their name. For a while they also maintained […]

Heard over the back fence: Here comes the sun

 Jim and Carlyn White sent me the following Bob Hope comment regarding him never winning a movie Oscar: “Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it’s called at my house, ‘Passover.’” • • • ALWAYS ON THE SUNNY SIDE:
A class titled “Here Comes the Sun – Solar Viewing” is scheduled for Tuesday, April […]

EID rate hikes clarified

Regarding the Wednesday story about the El Dorado Irrigation District rate hikes, some additional information has been provided by the district to clarify some points of fact. While the article discussed the rate increases that will take place in the years subsequent to the shift to the 50-50 plan from the current 30 percent base […]

UNR concrete canoe wins in Berkeley

RENO, Nev. — Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the University of Nevada, Reno, paddled their 160-pound concrete canoe to victory March 23 in the annual regional competition held this year in Berkeley. Using significant science and plenty of muscle, the Wolf Pack team beat out teams from eight Northern California universities to earn a […]

Georgetown fire board holds special meeting on MOU with firefighters

The Georgetown Fire Protection District Board of Directors held a special meeting March 20, the first meeting with newly appointed Director Larry Anderson who was appointed to take the seat of Bob Brown. The subject matter was strictly regarding the addendum to Memorandum of Understanding between the employees of the fire department and the board. […]

GDPUD holds second workshop on fee increase

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held a second workshop to help the public better understand the need for the proposed $7 per month rate increase, as well as further clarify the process necessary to protest the increase. According to GDPUD personnel, the increase is necessary to secure a loan from the USDA in order […]

Firefighters ‘fill the boot for burns’

April 14-15 off-duty firefighters from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District will be shaking their turnout boots and collecting donations to help “fill the boot for burns.” This event helps raise money to support burn prevention and recovery programs in Northern and Central California. Firefighters will be asking the community to help support burn […]

Fish and Game to offer black powder clinic

The Department of Fish and Game’s Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a black powder hunting clinic April 28 in Yolo County. The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association Range. Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion […]

Local Cal Fire unit has new Website

CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire is launching its own Website which contains pertinent information for everyone living within the boundaries of Amador County, El Dorado County, and portions of Alpine, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. “This is a really exciting time for us. We worked very hard over the last year […]

First round of land-use meetings complete

A team of El Dorado County staff wrapped up the first round of community outreach meetings for the Land-Use Policy Programmatic Update project. The project includes environmental review for targeted amendments to the General Plan and comprehensive zoning ordinance update, a General Plan Housing Element update and development of a new travel demand model. County […]

LAFCO alternate public member applications sought

The El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission will be considering the appointment of an alternate public member to LAFCO who will serve a new four-year term, which will run from May 2012 through May 2016. The public member alternate represents the interests of the citizens and residents of El Dorado County. The alternate fully participates […]

Assembly hopefuls talk to tax group

Three of the five candidates vying for an open seat on the 5th Assembly District made a pit stop in Placerville Monday morning, meeting with the Taxpayer Association of El Dorado County members and the general public for an hour inside of the Denny’s restaurant on Fair Lane. While not all of their views were popular, […]

Cal Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation dinner Friday

The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation is introducing a “Help Save California’s Outdoor Traditions” dinner Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Shakespeare Club 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Dinner includes a hosted bar, raffle and live auction. For more information or to reserve your table, Call Wanda Gaines at 916-532-3735 or Rick Bulloch 916-606-7039. […]

Vacancies in Sheriff’s Dept. lead to promotions

A wave of retirements has led to promotions since the beginning of the year within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The promotions started in January with Sheriff John D’Agostini raising Lts. Marc Adams and Randy Peshon to the rank of captain, a press release stated. With this, two vacant division commander positions were filled. […]

Stabbing suspect flees, arrested

At 10:21 p.m. on March 14, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an altercation. They found Victor Rodriguez, 23, stabbed in the chest after a fight, said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office. Rodriguez provided suspect information, and Mario Dowling, 22, was taken into custody on an assault with a deadly weapon charge […]

K-9 unit dies

On Sunday, March 18, the Sheriff’s Office lost a valued member of its team. Deputy Jeff Tucker’s K-9 unit, Asko, died from a “sudden onset medical issue,” Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. Asko served the Sheriff’s Office for five years, Chovanec said, and made “hundreds of apprehensions of bad guys.”

Mid-year budget review — growth by inches

“We’re slowly moving in the right direction,” Placerville Finance Director Dave Warren told the City Council during a mid-year city budget review at Tuesday’s meeting. While city revenues and funds transferred in from the gas tax are forecast to be less than the adopted budget, city expenditures are forecast to be less as well, leaving a […]

Man under influence resists arrest

A man was arrested following a report of a domestic battery on March 19. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded at to a report of domestic battery against a 25-year-old female at 10:16 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs, the department’s daily log stated. There, they found a suspect identified as Joshua Baukol, […]

7th annual car and motorcycle show June 9

Due to the tireless efforts of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization Board of Directors, comprised of volunteer veterans and the many volunteers who make this event such a success year after year, the 7th Annual Fallen Warriors Memorial Poker Run and Car Show will be held on June 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

Storage suspect had drugs

At 4:08 p.m. on March 17, Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm sounding at the Cool Mini Storage on Northside Drive. A suspect was found to be acting suspicious and “shady,” said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, identified as Kristopher Zientara, 33, was found to have methamphetamine, marijuana and $2,700 in […]

EID rate shift, hikes OK’d 4-1

After two and three-quarters hours of being chewed out by 27 of 31 speakers Monday night the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to switch from billing 30 percent for the base rate and 70 percent for actual water use to a 50-50 formula. Following that change, Single-Family base rates for water […]

Registration open for swim clinic

Registration is now open for AquaSol Swim Team’s upcoming “Fun in the Summer” Swim Clinic that runs from May 7 through July 29. The cost is $200 if postmarked on or before April 20, $225 if postmarked on or before May 4, and $250 once the clinic has started. For young swimmers not quite ready […]

Farmers big and small highlighted in EID workshop

Farming came to be the dominant theme of the Monday morning rate workshop of the El Dorado Irrigation District. Of the audience of 13 who showed up in EID’s bigger auxiliary meeting room four complained about the planned elimination of the Domestic Irrigation rate class and four spoke about the importance of the Agricultural rate […]

Heard over the back fence: PJ story time at Cameron Park

Betsy R. Kerr of Placerville provided the following Robert Green Ingersoll quote: “The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.” • • • GET YOUR PJs ON:
”PJ Storytime” for the little ones takes place on the first Thursday of each month, at 6 […]

Professional and biz services led month-over job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.4 percent in February 2012, up from a revised 11.3 percent in January 2012, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

County, CPCSD settle tax deal

A legal settlement between the Cameron Park Community Service District and El Dorado County was announced at the March 21 meeting of the district. President Shiva Frentzen reported that in 2007 a writ had been lodged against the county after it was learned that the district was not receiving tax revenues in certain areas they […]

Supes bird-dogging another kennel site

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors got a good chewing out at its March 20 meeting on lack of progress in building a new animal shelter. Laura Schwartz, chief budget analyst, told the board that it only has $5.7 million left of the budgeted $7.3 million allocated for the West Slope Animal Shelter project. The […]

Two challenge appointee for Superior Court seat

The three county Superior Court Judge candidates “tea’ed off” last Wednesday night in El Dorado Hills. The candidate forum, which included District 1 and 2 supervisor candidates filled the Holiday Inn event room, capacity 160, for two-plus hours to hear a total of seven local candidates discuss the challenges of local government and pitch their […]

Supervisorial candidates vie for EDH Tea Party support

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills’ candidate forum last week included El Dorado County Supervisorial Districts 1 and 2. Both races have a standing supervisor running for reelection opposed by a single candidate. The similarities stop there, however. In El Dorado Hills-centric District 1, the incumbent, longtime local resident and activist John Knight is opposed […]

Elder abuse case from 2008 leads to arrest, warrant

On Feb. 23, 2008, Johnnie Esco, 77, was admitted to the El Dorado Convalescent Hospital in Placerville, having stayed at Marshall Hospital for a bout of pneumonia. On March 6, she was readmitted to Marshall and within 24 hours was dead. Her husband, Don, 81, has since helped launch an investigation involving falsified nursing reports […]

Search finds stolen stuff, pot

Over $50,000 of stolen property was recovered as a result of two search warrants being served last Wednesday. Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail served the warrants along Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, one to a residence in the 4500 block and the other to a storage container in the […]

JEI builds voice recording systems

What do Marshall Hospital, the New York City Fire Department, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, and a Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site in Alaska all have in common? They all use the same voice recording and audio equipment manufactured by a small firm located in Cameron Park called J.E.I. or JEI for short. The […]

Cal Fire director to speak in Placerville

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott will be the featured speaker at the March meeting of the Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, to be held 7 p.m. March 29 at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, at 3941 Broadway in Placerville. Director Pimlott, a 23- year Cal Fire veteran who was appointed to be director by […]

J.P. Morgan-Chase bank robbed in EDH

A bank in El Dorado Hills was robbed just after lunch on March 22. At around 1 p.m., the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank on Town Center Drive was robbed by an adult male, a press release from the Sheriff’s Department stated. The male, dressed in a black beanie with white vertical stripes, a white long-sleeve […]

Pet photographer donates time, some earnings

Lisa Van Dyke is many things. Mom. Photography enthusiast. IT geek. Animal lover.

Combine all those things and you get a person who, on her days off, takes professional pictures of other people’s pets. Then she donates most of what she earns back to El Dorado County animal rescue organizations. “Those are my peeps,” she said.

Van Dyke said she has been pursuing pet photography as an avocation ever since her husband, Tom, gave her a camera for Mother’s Day three years ago.

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El Dorado County Home & Garden Show going strong

The 32nd annual El Dorado County Home & Garden Show takes over the fairgrounds April 27-29. For more than 30 years, home show guests have learned about everything from energy-efficient windows to deck materials, to selecting the right paint color. Vendors have hosted workshops and seminars, and offered advice and discounts. The home show’s success […]

Rollover fatality a suspected DUI

A car rolled over early Thursday morning, leading to one fatality. The 2001 Lincoln Navigator, which had been traveling southbound on State Route 49 near Truck Street at an unknown-but-believed-to-be high speed, rolled into a dirt culvert, killing the 19-year-old male passenger, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. The driver, also a 19-year-old-male, was believed to […]

Hangtown Kennel Club classes start April 5

Hangtown Kennel Club Obedience, Rally and Conformation Classes will begin on April 5. All sessions run for six weeks and are held at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.  Non-puppy obedience classes are $75 for the six-week session.

‘No Hands’ Bridge turns 100

“No Hands” Bridge is the nickname of a bridge that straddles the American River and has footings in both El Dorado and Placer County. It’s turning 100 years old today and has become an icon for hikers, joggers and equestrians. Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, the bridge’s actual name, isn’t the utilitarian-looking bridge that most people use […]

Red Hawk files sealed

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Keith Brooks granted a motion for files to be sealed concerning the dispute between the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and Sharp Image Gaming. The files contained “restrictive information” according to the tentative ruling. The files pertain to financial information for the Miwok-owned Red Hawk Casino. The […]

Donations being accepted for house fire victim

A bank account has been set up to collect donations to rebuild Jim Wells’ house on Mosquito Road, which burned to the ground on March 18. The account is being set up by Steve Linson, a friend of Wells’ and whose father Wells is staying with. “He lost everything, the clothes on his back, everything,” […]

SRA fees discussed

State Responsibility Area fees, and how they will be applied, were discussed by Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire at the Cameron Park CSD meeting on March 21. Signed into law in 2011, the fee will be assessed on all habitable structures within areas where the state is responsible for fire prevention and suppression. […]