Proposed EID spending sidebar

From 2012 Mid-Cycle Operating Budget Cost projections are in millions • $23.4 debt service • $41.6 operations spending, consisting of: • $12.8 administration • $2.4 IT • $2.5 engineering • $23.9 field operations • $17.4* in capital projects • $2.5 water • $6.1 sewer, including $3.1 in lift station maintenance • $9.4 hydro & FERC, including $3.6 for Flume 41 • $3.2 Misc., […]

EID critics, GM debate capital spending and labor costs

El Dorado Irrigation District critics Greg Prada and Jon Jakowatz contend that salaries and benefits are a large reason El Dorado Irrigation District overhead remains high, despite downsizing in 2008 and 2010 that reduced overall headcount from a 2007 peak of 305 to 220 today. EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie references district salary surveys that […]

4-6-12 “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar suggestion

SOFT IS BETTER: Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”calendar, I found the following suggestion: “By all means, honor your own rhythm and your own voice. However, if you give this strategy a fair chance, if you make an honest attempt to soften your voice, however slightly, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the calming effect […]

Grace Foundation nurses tiny puppy to health

Two-week-old Beyonce, who is not much bigger than a business card, has escaped the jaws of death four times. Saturday the puppy, her young mother and four siblings will have the opportunity to share their story on Good Morning America. Thanks to The Grace Foundation, an El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue group, and local publicity […]

Foresthill Public Utility District fights for its life

If Measure C does not pass in Placer County on June 5, the Foresthill Public Utility District will close its doors on June 30.  Measure C repeals Measure B, which passed June 21, 2011. Measure B rolled back the increase in district’s water rates that became effective on Sept. 1, 2010. This urgent warning came from […]

EID by the numbers: Spending

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors will hear public comment on four more years of proposed rate increases on March 26, immediately following a 6 p.m. rate hearing at the Cameron Park Community Center. The four-year rate package, in combination with three years of increases approved in 2010, would more than double water […]

EID cuts expenses almost $1M

Employees of the El Dorado Irrigation District have agreed to shoulder more of the health care costs, saving the district $430,000 in 2013, according to Human Resources Director Victoria Hoffman. Additionally, five vacant positions are going unfilled this year for a savings of about $500,000 through the rest of this calendar year, according to Communications […]

Two vacancies in ECEPC open

The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill two vacancies serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors and the Superintendent of Schools. One vacancy is for a provider representative, which is defined as someone who currently provides care and education services for children. […]

FTB launches free self-service application for entity status letters

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced taxpayers can save time and money using its new online self-service application for obtaining entity status letters. An entity status letter discloses whether or not a business entity is in good standing with FTB and provides certification to use for:• Legal status in court proceedings. • An outstanding […]

Families from both sides speak out at Ghersanich sentencing

Before El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner sentenced Theresa Lee Ghersanich, who was found guilty of driving under the influence and the vehicular manslaughter of Bruce Michael Bone, he allowed both Ghersanich’s family and Bone’s family to speak to the court. As a result of the speeches and other factors, Wagoner sentenced […]

Heard over the back fence: Free prom dresses available

HOW TO GET ALONG: 
The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following advice: “Whether you live alone, with one other person, or with many, the most effective way to create a more peaceful home environment is for you to become an example of peace.” • • • FREE PROM DRESSES:
 Soroptimist International of Placerville is […]

Red Hawk income up

After a less than optimal 2010, Red Hawk Casino bounced back in the fourth quarter of 2011. Impairment charges hampered the casino in late 2010, when it was estimated that a substantial amount of the money due by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians would not be paid within the contract’s terms, said Lakes […]

Fire Chief Bill Dekker responds to credit card allegation

After another online article by CBS13 news regarding Garden Valley Fire Portection District was printed on the Internet last week, Chief Bill Dekker was contacted for comment. As of this printing, he said he has not been contacted by the District Attorney’s Office, which CBS13 stated has “opened a criminal investigation” to look into suspected […]

Garden Valley chief discusses contract, funding

On Feb. 23, El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn sent an e-mail to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors claiming that the Garden Valley Fire Protection District breached its contract with the county. The end result would be Harn and his office not paying out over $131,000 in funding to the fire district. The […]

STARs in EDH

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees has taken over the El Dorado Hills sheriff’s substation to assist the public with crime reporting, offer crime prevention tips and answer questions. “Deputies would use (the office) from time to time but it was never a point of contact for the community,” Sheriff’s John D’Agostini said […]

Ghersanich sentenced to 10 years plus fines

Theresa Lee Ghersanich, the woman who plead no contest to charges of vehicular manslaughter as a result of driving while intoxicated, killing Bruce Michael Bone, DUI causing injury and DUI with a BAC of over .08, as well as two special allegations, was sentenced to 10 years in jail plus fines on March 16. The […]

Barrera gets prison time

“This is not pleasant for me to do,” said Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud, “But based on your conduct and the consequences of your conduct, I’m required to do this.” With that statement, Judge Proud sentenced Mark Steven Barrera to prison for 4 years and 8 months as a result of his pleading guilty to […]

PG&E to pay $30M over fires

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to settle over lawsuits stemming from wildfires in two California national forests. PG&E, along with two tree-trimming subcontractors, agreed to pay just under $30 million in damages to the United States. The 2004 fires were started, the prosecution said, by San […]

Snow a mixed bag for farmers

The big winter storm that rolled in last week was good for some local growers, but not for others.

Ron Mansfield, owner of Goldbud Farms, said the storm negatively affected his stone fruit trees. They are at various stages of blooming right now and the storm will probably result in a smaller crop with lower fruit yields because of the cold as well as the effect it had on pollination.

Normally this is the time of year bees are pollinating the fruit, he said. Luckily before the storm …

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Shriner sponsors Bray

When Kevin Brown, owner of Breaker Glass, heard that Carly Bray had lost her leg, he knew immediately he had to help. Brown, a Shriner, e-mailed El Dorado High School Principal Matt Barnes. Brown’s son attended the school, as did Bray. When Barnes informed the Bray family that Brown would be submitting an application for […]

Common frog identified as carrier of amphibian deadly disease

SAN FRANCISCO —Known for its distinctive “ribbit” call, the noisy Pacific chorus frog is a potent carrier of a deadly amphibian disease, according to new research published March 12 in the journal PLoS ONE. Just how this common North American frog survives chytridiomycosis may hold clues to protect more vulnerable species from the disease.

Chytrid has wiped out more than 200 frog species across the world and poses the greatest threat to vertebrate biodiversity of any known disease.

In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, San Francisco State University biologist …

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House burns to ground on Mosquito Road

A structure was burned to the ground on Sunday on Mosquito Road.

El Dorado County Fire Department responded to a call at 2:01 p.m. at a residence located at 2740 Mosquito Road, which later burned to the ground March 18.

Battalion Chief Tim Cordero called it a “total loss,” saying they faced “heavy fire conditions” upon arrival. The fire caused PG&E power lines to become severed, and while they were live, it made it hard to access one side of the house, Cordero said.

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D’Agostini featured speaker for Divide Chamber March 30

County Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the featured speaker for the Divide Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 30 at the Community Conference Room located in the Holiday Market beginning at noon. Every month, the Divide Chamber features a county policy or decision maker for its “On the Spot” program. In an informal setting, Divide […]

Atkinson bail hearing delayed

Donald Phillip Atkinson, the man accused of embezzling money from the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, appeared for a hearing that lasted less than five minutes on March 19. Atkinson was to have a bail hearing, but it was instead continued to June 18 at 8 a.m.

Skier dies in Tahoe

A man died Sunday at Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort after falling into a deep hole created by an underflow of water. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received information that a subject was trapped in the snow in the Castle Creek area, a press release stated. Deputies and volunteers searched an expert ski run […]

Constituents meet with District IV Supervisor Ron Briggs

District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs met with constituents at the Hindquarter House in Pilot Hill last Monday to address concerns residents might have. Questions ranged from fire department topics to medical marijuana and zoning issues. Many people wanted to understand what had happened with the fire department consolidation. Supervisor Briggs said “that after many months […]

Nearly half of renters can’t afford two-bedroom apartment

The El Dorado County housing market remains unaffordable to nearly half of renters in the area, according to Out of Reach 2012, a nationwide comparison of housing wages (how much a household must earn to afford to rent a modest home). The data was compiled by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and released locally […]

Bigelow supports fire tax repeal

Assembly candidate Frank Bigelow announced full support of Assembly Bill 1506, to repeal the newly-imposed fire tax. “As a fourth generation cattle rancher and volunteer firefighter, I have seen constant attacks by the Legislature on rural Californians, and the fire tax is no different,” Bigelow said. “The state’s new fire tax doubles the payment required […]

Workshop set to improve broadband service

The Sierra Economic Development Corp. was awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. The new partnership, the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, is one of 14 regional consortia in the state funded by the California Advanced […]

Cal.net Announces major funding and new service expansion

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cal.net Inc., an Internet Service Provider based is now offering high-quality fixed-wireless Internet service in El Dorado County, and hass received major private funding enabling accelerated distribution of the service throughout the area. After the conclusion of a highly-successful pilot program under way since September in the Lotus/Coloma area, Cal.net is now launching […]

Placerville resident joins United Way board

SACRAMENTO — Annette Bachmeier of Placerville has been elected to the board of directors for United Way California Capital Region. She is director of global outsourcing business operations in sales and marketing at Intel. “We already have witnessed Annette’s exceptional leadership in Intel’s Community Giving Campaign, which has raised well over $1 million for our […]

BOMUSD votes to put 22 teachers on notice

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting March 8 was the time at which a decision had to be voted on for a reduction in the local teaching force. The chart provided in the board packet showed that there would be reductions of 19.9 full-time equivalent teachers. Board President Steve DePue, […]

Court lets Red Hawk appeal without bond

A March 7 ruling by El Dorado Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks approved the motion by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians for not having to pay a bond to appeal an earlier court decision in a higher court. According to a press release from the tribe, owners of Red Hawk Casino, attorneys from […]

McClintock challenges audience to ‘rediscover founding principles’

“I’m here to talk about what we can do to save our country,” said Congressman Tom McClintock at a political forum held in El Dorado Hills on March 16. Speaking to a group of supporters who, at times, challenged him, McClintock said that the country was in its current state because when the Republicans were […]

Sign applicant makes offer to local groups

Is prospective sign owner, attorney John David Pereira, trying to boost his chances of having his billboard signs approved by offering free advertising to local organizations? On Feb. 9, the El Dorado County Planning Commission turned down two signs Pereira wanted to erect along Highway 50 in Shingle Springs. A proposed sign for  Cameron Park […]

Abusive lawsuit meeting well-attended

Approximately 140 residents, business and property owners from El Dorado County crowded into the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Thursday evening. Jeanne Harper, director of the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines (CEDAPP), organized the meeting as a result of a series of lawsuits filed by attorney Scott Johnson against business and property owners in […]

El Dorado woman new deputy director in Department of Consumer Affairs

“I’m brand spanking new” laughs Tracy Rhine, 39, the newly appointed deputy director of Legislative and Policy Review for the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Appointed by Gov. Brown to the position on March 2, the El Dorado resident may be new to the position but she is not new to government. Rhine previously served as […]

Closing arguments paint Cairns as either liar or just rude

The closing arguments of deputy district attorney Dale Gomes and defense attorney Steve Tapson for Kevin Cairns backed up to the jury’s deliberation and lunch break in the trial that saw Cairns charged with five counts, including assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace. One side sees him as a liar and manipulator, […]

Compassionate communication puppet show offered

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships is offering a puppet show “Hampton Gets New Glasses” for families of children of all ages 6 p.m. March 26  at the center’s office, 344 Placerville Dr., Suite 11, Placerville.. The story focuses on Hampton, a piglet who has a conflict with a friend who broke his new sunglasses. Different […]

Schedule set for ineffective counsel motion

Morris Anthony Greenberg, the man found guilty of the murder of Anthony Dumont, appeared in court for less than 10 minutes on Friday to determine a schedule regarding his ineffective counsel motion. Greenberg, who appeared with attorney James Clark, who was representing an absent Dain Weiner, filed a motion to show that his previous attorney, […]

4-2-12 Front Yard Nursery gardening tips

APRIL GARDEN RECOMMENDATIONS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following April gardening tips: – April 15th is the estimated last frost date for the Placerville area; El Dorado Hills estimated date is April l; and Pollock Pines is May 1. – Sow annual flowers and warm season vegetables outdoors after the last frost. – […]

Land-use policy changes under way

Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr, backed by a team of county managers and planners, has been explaining a wide-reaching package of land-use policy updates, first unveiled last month in El Dorado Hills. The “policy program update” package features a long-awaited overhaul to the county zoning ordinance, aligning zoning with land-uses specified in the General […]

Customers come first at the Front Yard Nursery

Front Yard Nursery is celebrating 20 years in business and to mark the occasion will have a big sale on March 24 and 26. Customers will get 15 percent off all purchases and be treated to popcorn, lemonade and raffle prizes. With the arrival of spring, the sale comes at the perfect time to get […]

Cairns not guilty of felonies, guilty of lesser charges

At 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, the verdict came back on the Kevin Cairns trial.

Ten minutes later, the verdict was read to a courtroom with only a few friends of the Cairns’ in attendance.

Kevin Michael Cairns was found not guilty on the first and third counts, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, but was found guilty of a lesser, misdemeanor charges of assault.

On the second count, vandalism in excess of $400, Cairns was found not guilty, but was found guilty of vandalism less than $400.

He was found guilty on the fifth count, exhibiting a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor charge.

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Heard over the back fence: Reading can be for the dogs

A LIFE LESSON:
 Editor Mike Raffety provided the following life lesson from the book titled “Springs of Greek Wisdom:” “One must not tie a ship to a single anchor, nor life to a single hope.” —Epictetus • • • READING TO THE DOGS: 
The “Paws for Reading” program allows youngsters to practice their reading skills with four-legged […]