EDH home burglarized

A burglary occurred in the late afternoon or early evening of Feb. 20 in El Dorado Hills. The burglary took place between 4 and 8 p.m. on Daunting Drive. An unknown suspect or suspects entered the residence of a 54-year-old female and stole jewelry, according to Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Recycled water to get rebate, then increases

The roughly 4,000 recycled water customers in El Dorado Hills will see their rate calculation transform from a simple $0.00873 per cubic foot to a multifactorial equation. Like water rates, recycled rates will increase by 11 percent in 2013 and 2014, then 5 percent in 2015. A new $20 base rate is offset by a […]

Sewer rates take a dip before rising

In EID parlance sewage is “wastewater.” Wastewater rates for a typical customer who generates 1,800 cubic feet of it in a two-month billing period rose from $129 in 2011 to $136 in January 2012. EID’s 20,600 wastewater customers lament that their sewer rates far surpass water rates, a fact that has frustrated Cameron Park and […]

Ag rates going up; rec rates double

The proposed rate structure continues long-standing agriculture rates, based on the theoretical cost of delivering partially treated “ditch water” to farms and ranches, a practice that extended into the early 1990s. The roughly 400 agriculture operations in the district now receive their irrigation water in pipes, like the rest of us, and consume an estimated […]

Water rates restructured to 50/50 plan

The Proposition 218 Notice leads off with two dense pages followed by detailed rate charts for each class of customer. The lead paragraph summarizes impact of the rate increases for residential customers on a monthly basis, pinning the average single-family 2012 residential increase at just $6.08 per month for water-only customers, $2.38 per month for […]

EID by the numbers: Proposed rate hike goes on trial

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series that examines El Dorado Irrigation District rates, spending and debt. Two public hearings on EID’s proposed four-year rate restructuring will be held 6 p.m. March 26 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. El Dorado Irrigation District’s proposed new rate structure goes […]

Duo criticize rates; current GM points to 1999 inaction

In a Feb. 6 interview EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie cautiously predicted that the proposed rate increases are spread out enough to avoid the vitriol of 2010, when sheriff’s deputies rushed the stage with hands on holsters to maintain order at one meeting. But ratepayer watchdogs Greg Prada and Jon Jakowatz are nonetheless barking, and […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Top official visits Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest played host to a VIP Wednesday when Arthur “Butch” Blazer visited from Washington, D.C. Blazer is the deputy under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment — Forestry with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was his first trip to the Eldorado. Without his D.C. business suit, Blazer looked just like the […]

Man caught after attempted vehicle break-ins

A man was caught after allegedly attempting to burglarize a vehicle on Feb. 14 in Cameron Park. At approximately 5 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3200 block of La Canada Drive to a report of a white male adult attempting to break into vehicles in a parking lot of an apartment complex, said Sgt. […]

Jackson School seeks innovative garden expansion

Jackson Elementary School students need the community’s help to get a closer look at Mother Nature’s work. The school recently teamed up with Recyclebank, the company that rewards customers who fill up their El Dorado Disposal recycling bins, to raise funds for a school garden expansion. Recyclebank customers (current and new) simply have to donate their rewards […]

EID’s recent rate hike history recapped

The 2010 rate hike package began in late 2009 as a five-year increase that compounded to 80 percent higher than then-current rates. It sparked a ratepayer revolt that played out in a series of raucous public workshops. Hundreds of angry ratepayers crammed into undersized venues to protest the increase and hear former board members rail […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: EDHS grad wins Federal Reserve award

 Jim and Carlyn provided the following Bob Hope quote: “On Turning 80: That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.” • • • LEADERSHIP AWARD:
 Andrea (Rohrke) Abrams, El Dorado High School co-valedictorian, Class of 1996, has received the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Legacy Award for Leadership […]

Assemblywoman Gaines seeks to curb disability lawsuit abuse

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, Feb. 22 announced that she has introduced two measures that will curtail frivolous Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits and pinpoint conflicting state and federal ADA regulations. One measure, Assembly Bill 1878, would give California’s most vulnerable small businesses an opportunity to correct an ADA violation before a lawsuit can […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Drug trafficking arrests made

Two men have been arrested as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. Jonathan Lemaire, 23, was stopped by Placerville CHP on a routine traffic stop on Feb. 1, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. The officer conducting the stop noticed evidence of drug trafficking in the vehicle. Search warrants were issued for three residences in […]

Contractor arrested on suspicion of using long-expired license

A Cameron Park man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple charges, including allegedly contracting without a license. Robert Edward Omohundro Jr., 59, was taken into custody on an $11,000 warrant by Rancho Cordova police officers, according to a press release from the Contractors State License Board. Omohundro was taken from the CSLB headquarters to Sacramento […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Kyle Seabourn recovering at Walter Reed

By Allison Nerby Bear Facts staff writer We can all recollect the breathtaking story of Kyle Seabourn. It is terrifying to know someone so close to us got seriously injured in the Afghanistan war, but it is relieving to hear the miraculous story of his recovery. He is family to some while many others know […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

State mandate affects every restaurant employee

Michael Bergland Bear Facts staff writer Picture yourself as a high school student or graduate, as you look through the help wanted ads in the paper you notice you only qualify for a restaurant job. Sadly, as of Jan. 1, you no longer qualify. It is now a law that all California food handlers, also […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Burglar gets Rx in Mt. Aukum

A burglary of a residence in Mount Aukum resulted in a nearly $1,000 loss on Feb. 11. Unknown suspects entered the residence of a 28-year-old male on Perry Creek Road, taking $500 in prescription medication, personal items, and an undisclosed amount of cash, Sgt. Phil Chonavec of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said. A […]

Armed robbery in EDH

Three victims were robbed at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Feb. 18 near Embarcadero Drive in El Dorado Hills. The suspects approached the three male victims, ages 20, 21 and 21, in a vehicle at around 1:30 a.m., brandishing a handgun while taking personal items, wallets and cell phones before fleeing the area. […]

Sweeney responds to claim that he ‘dissed’ miners

Big Cut Mine co-owner Rick Churches took a verbal jab at District 3 Supervisor Jack Sweeney during Monday’s Taxpayers Association meeting. Speaking to the group about his and partner Joe Hardesty’s ongoing battle with the county over mining rights, Churches said Sweeney had refused to talk to him on at least two occasions at public functions. […]

Library displays Indian basket collection

Harry Mercado would be the first to admit that he has a doll collection. A Native American doll collection that is. But his real pride and joy is his collection of Native American baskets from tribes all over the country and, in particular, from California. An avid collector, his ultimate goal is to own at […]

Mine owners tell taxpayers group they won’t back down

Rick Churches and Joe Hardesty were preaching to the choir when they spoke at Monday’s meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County. Owners of the Big Cut Mine near Placerville, the pair  has been the subject of controversy for the past several weeks having run afoul of county regulatory agencies and more recently […]

Latrobe, EDH OK fire deal

Latrobe and El Dorado Hills fire boards have agreed in principle to make El Dorado Hills firefighters the front line for an estimated 60 Latrobe emergency responses each year. The agreement formalizes, for $25,000 annually, a role that El Dorado Hills currently provides its fiscally strapped southerly neighbor under the county mutual aid agreement. Ambulance […]

Roundabout loses a round in court

Judge Nelson Brooks sent the Friends of Historical Hangtown a Valentine when he issued a writ of mandate to stop the Clay Street/Cedar Ravine Realignment and Clay Street at Hangtown Creek Replacement Project. Approvals for the city of Placerville project, often referred to as the “Roundabout Project” because of a proposed roundabout at the four-legged […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Native son returns home as associate pastor in Camino

Recollections of the annual Mud-Bowl football game at Triple T stable, riding his bike to Camino Elementary School and leading music at church bring a warm smile to Elijah Vogel as he recalls growing up in Camino. Vogel, who recently became associate minister of Nex-Gen Connections at Camino Community Church, is excited about being home. […]

Yolo pig hunts planned

The Department of Fish and Game will hold eight limited wild pig hunts at Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County from March 13-May 2. Offered through DFG’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, a total of 48 hunters will be selected through a random drawing for an access permit to the private Bobcat Ranch […]

Knight Foundry is Clarksville topic

The Clarksville Region Historical Society will hear  from members of the Knight Foundry Corp. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22,at the El Dorado Hills Library, 745 Silva Valley Parkway. The presentation will be on the Knights Foundry’s historical 1872 water powered ironworks located in Sutter Creek. This historical site has been preserved by this group and presents […]

Tohoku grim reminder of potential for Pacific Northwest megaquake

RENO, Nev. – The March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake is a grim reminder of the potential for another strong-motion mega-earthquake along the Pacific Northwest Coast, geophysicist John Anderson of the University of Nevada, Reno, told members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in a lecture at their annual conference in Vancouver, B.C., […]

Heard over the back fence: Help restore the Bayley House

 Check out the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar and you will discover the following patience description: “Patience is one of those special qualities where success feeds on itself. Once you reach little milestones — five minutes of patience — you’ll begin to see that you do, indeed, have the capacity […]

Rim Trail training set

Tahoe Rim Trail Association has scheduled its seventh annual Trail Construction and Crew Leader Workshop at Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park May 18-20. Participants may choose from the following courses: Trail Design and Layout Friday, Fundamentals of Trail Construction Saturday and Sunday, Crew Leadership Saturday and Sunday, and Advanced Trail Theory Saturday and Sunday. […]

Healthy choices focus for Team Indo

There’s a new athletic team at Independence High School — in fact it’s the only athletic team at the continuation high school. Team Indo has 60 team members, a student advisor, Julian Sandoval, a faculty advisor, Alison Gennai, a $1,000 grant and a lot of enthusiasm. The $1,000 came from a United Health Heroes grant from […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

2-27-12 Community Center indoor concert

COMMUNITY CENTER CONCERT: An indoor concert is being presented on Saturday, March 3, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. The “Sister Wing” group will perform. They will offer the vintage jazz sounds of the female groups of the 1930s and 1940s. The “Chopped Liver […]

Union funds misappropriated

A Yuba City couple have pleaded guilty to misappropriation of labor union funds. According to a press release, U.S. Attorney Benjamin R. Wagoner announced that Robert L. Carr, 57, and his wife Theresa Ann Carr, 54, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating union funds, […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

2-27-12 Line dance lessons at EDH Sr. Center

LEARN TO LINE DANCE: Line dance lessons are available on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The class fee is $2 per class. The instructor is Pat Nathan. No partner or previous line dancing experience is required Drop-ins are always welcome.

El Dorado Community Foundation announces new officers, board members

The El Dorado Community Foundation announced new officers of its board of directors as follows: president, John Black; vice president, Paul Zappettini; secretary, Charlie Stephens and Chris Reeg, treasurer. Maureen Carter is the past president. Black has served on the board since January 2007. A native of San Francisco, he graduated from the University of […]

2-27-12 Stroke education and support group meets

STROKE EDUCATION GROUP: A stroke education and support group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Community Health Library (in the Mid- Town Mall), at 681 Main St., Placerville. Drop-ins are encouraged and always welcome.

County provides marketing info to businesses

El Dorado County Economic Development is providing free customized consumer analytic reports to local businesses. Virtually every consumer in America leaves a “data trail” wherever they go – when using a credit card, subscribing to a magazine, completing a survey, registering to vote, or changing the channel on cable television. By analyzing the data, it’s possible to understand […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Garden show, plant sale planned in Jackson

The 29th annual Garden Show and Marketplace will be held on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Sponsored by the Sierra Madre Garden Club, the theme this year is “The Working Garden.” It will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on […]

Local bakers challenged to battle of the cupcakes

This year’s Cake War at the 10th annual Sacramento Chef Challenge is “Battle Cupcakes,” and they are looking for three amateur contestants to duke it out against three cupcake pros. “We are inviting amateur baker’s from the greater Sacramento area to join the battle by creating a three- to five-minute video that shows us “why you and […]

CPCSD acts on parks, pool, legal beagles

It was another night of teeth gnashing at the board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District last Wednesday as barbs were traded in between staff reports and commendations. Supervisor Ray Nutting received a commendation for his help with the weed abatement program and Rotary was thanked for providing new park signs. General Manager […]

Fire chiefs seek share of Prop. 172 funds

In an effort to close a funding gap, county fire chiefs asked the Cameron Park Community Services District board for support in seeking a share of Proposition 172 funding from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. In their presentation, Rescue Fire Department Chief Tom Keating and  CalFire/Cameron Park Battalion Chief Michael Webb justified the request […]

TIM fees reduced

El Dorado County builders, developers and do-it-yourselfers may have caught a  break last Tuesday when the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reduce Traffic Impact Mitigation fees. Interim Department of Transportation Director Kim Kerr delivered a slide presentation titled “2012 TIM Fee Update” which described actions taken by DOT and the Chief Administrative Office […]

What’s for lunch?

On Jan. 25, the First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced new federal nutrition standards for lunches in public and private schools. The new standards go into effect on July 1 and have a three-year phase-in period. Under the new standards, school meals will have caloric maximums and minimums based on a […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

$30k jackpot at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino, home to some of the luckiest and loosest slots, awarded a loyal Red Hawk Rewards Club member a $30,705 jackpot Thursday, Feb. 16. Esperanza from Sacramento, Calif. enjoys coming to Red Hawk Casino almost every day to play the quarter slots. She had a winning feeling when she visited the casino and […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies