Coloma-Lotus Chamber seeks sign designs

The Coloma Lotus Chamber of Commerce is looking for skilled artists or craftsmen to submit their design ideas for several proposed gateway signs welcoming visitors to the Coloma-Lotus Valley. Entries should include a design sketch and cost estimate, including labor. Sign must be durable, maintenance free, non-illuminated (not requiring power). The sign must be clearly […]

View stolen stuff Wednesday

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deparemtn will conduct a public viewing of recovered stolen property on April 18. The viewing will be between 9 a.m. and noon at Gold Key Storage facility, located at 4040 Stage Court in Diamond Springs. Originally, about $50,000 of items had been recovered. The recovered property includes “Thomas Kinkade paintings, numerous generators, […]

Western Slope Health Center

Ten months ago an El Dorado County care facility got a new lease on life. Now Western Slope Health Center Administrator Doug Hawkins wants everyone to see Placerville’s new and improved skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center. “We have highly qualified professionals that work with residents in a family environment,” said Hawkins, who is also […]

Esmeralda Creek flume to be rehabbed

Among a long list of historical water rights the El Dorado Irrigation District obtained when it acquired Project 184 are 10 cubic feet per second of water from Esmeralda Creek. Project 184 is the series of four alpine reservoirs in three counties, 22 miles of tunnels, flumes and canals, Forebay Reservoir, a penstock and 21-megawatt […]

Barb self-employed

District 3 supervisor candidate Richard Barb says his decades of experience in business have qualified him to run for the office of county supervisor. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he lived on an extended “family compound” that included parents, grandparents and a family owned grain milling plant. He learned about supply, demand, […]

Gaines’ ADA bill wins committee vote

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, April 10 announced that a portion of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation reform package has unanimously cleared the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee with bi-partisan support. Assembly Bill 1879, requires the State Architect to compile a list of all federal and state disability access regulations […]

Heard over the back fence: Big sing-out planned

CHORUS BRILLIANCE: The Placerville Gold Rush Chorus is presenting the “When She Loved Me” concert on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. The requested donation for tickets is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Gold Rush […]

Courtroom clerk Carol Sanders retires

“Irreplaceable” is how attorney James Clark described El Dorado County Superior Court clerk Carol Sanders at her retirement party on April 6. Judge James R. Wagoner’s courtroom was transformed with a table full of food and beverages for the party. The room was near capacity, packed with Sanders’ friends, family and colleagues from the past […]

Caballero: Mackey’s statement

I, Kristen Mackey, was originally contacted by the actual Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Miwok Tribe) in February of 2006, because I am a licensed Real Estate Agent and they wanted me to provide information concerning the Shingle Springs Reservation.  I investigated the property, obtained title reports, reviewed Bureau of Indian Affairs Realty documents, […]

Documents indicate fuzzy history of rancheria

In the ongoing battle over an Indian tribal trademark, Kristen Mackey provided a position statement from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors from when Red Hawk Casino was being proposed by a group Cesar Caballero claims usurped his tribe’s name. In the 2003 document titled “Position Statement Shingle Springs Casino,” the El Dorado County […]

Caballero released from custody

Cesar Caballero was released from federal prison on the night of April 3, following the relinquishing of his business license and other documents. The documents allowed Caballero to do business as the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the name he and his group say has been usurped by the tribe that owns and operates Red […]

Chicken advocate seeks Ridgeview CC&R changes

Roger Taylor wants chickens allowed in El Dorado Hills back yards, and not just on the grill.

He proposes softening rules that currently prohibit the fryer-friendly fowl, citing successful backyard chicken ordinances in exurban communities throughout the state, including the upscale enclaves of Orinda, Walnut Creek and Danville.

Taylor, 67, is a retired dentist, a successful real estate investor and co-founder of American River Bank. Locally, he’s best known as board president of the El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition …

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Briggs switches on death penalty

“I’ve been looking for a way for the last three to four years to repeal the death penalty. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Briggs Initiative just doesn’t work.” So begins Supervisor Ron Briggs as he explains why he is now supporting the overturning of Proposition 7. A law sponsored by his father, former state […]

Hardesty pleads not guilty

Joseph Leonard Hardesty appeared in court for his arraignment for less than 10 minutes on April 10. Hardesty, who faces 14 counts, including four felonies, relating to allegedly illegally mining without a special-use permit at his Bit Cut Mine, appeared in court with with attorney William Brewer. He plead not guilty to all charges. Hardesty’s […]

A visit from a gentle giant

There’s nothing like a visit from a big friendly St. Bernard to cheer people up. Especially when you’re confined to a hospital bed and the dog visiting you is Dante. A 170-pound, 3 1/2-year-old certified therapy dog, Dante sauntered down the hallway of the transitional care center of Marshall Hospital with his owner, Vearl LaBerge. The […]

Cathy Nerwinski wants to help businesses

Cathy Nerwinski thinks there’s too much apathy out there. And it needs to be strongly countered by people who can and will “step up and stick their necks out.” That’s part of why she is running for the supervisor seat in El Dorado County’s District 3. Nerwinski, 64, talked with the Mountain Democrat recently. She […]

School district leases property for cows

The El Dorado Union High School District is going into ranching—indirectly. The district owns 215 acres on Latrobe Road which is not currently needed for school purposes. At the March 27 Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution to lease the property to Jeff Askew of Folsom to be used for animal grazing. […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique fair, breakfast, train rides in El Dorado

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following statement regarding promises: “Another advantage to making fewer promises is that the promises you do make will mean more to you and to the people you are promising. You’ll take extra care to attend to those promises that mean the most to […]

Manson denied parole

CORCORAN- The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole April 11 to inmate Charles Manson, 77, at a parole suitability hearing at California State Prison-Corcoran in Kings County. It was Manson’s 12th parole suitability hearing conducted by a BPH panel. He will be considered for another parole review in 15 years. Inmate Manson did not […]

Tahoe youth backcountry camps scheduled

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Sierra Nevada Journeys, and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science are partnering for their fifth annual Youth Backcountry Camp summer program. Teens ages 12-17 are invitged to attend one of the three- five- or six-day programs and partake in an inspiring wilderness experience. Year after year, […]

State tax help available for financial hardship

SACRAMENTO — Taxpayers who do not have the ability to pay their taxes because of a financial hardship should contact the Franchise Tax Board  for assistance. FTB has many options to help taxpayers handle their tax bills. FTB can assist those with financial hardships by establishing payment plans, and sometimes delaying collection activities. The number […]

Runner announces Sen. Dutton to author gas tax cap

By George Runner Board of Equalization Board of Equalization Member George Runner announced April 11 that Sen. Bob Dutton will introduce retired Sen. Runner’s proposal to cap the gas tax. “Sen. Dutton is stepping forward to fight for California consumers who are sick of high gas prices,” said Runner. “Lawmakers like to complain about high […]

Protest hearing scheduled for GDPUD

The upcoming Proposition 218 hearing was on everyone’s mind at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District meeting on Tuesday. The outcome of vote at the hearing will determine if the planned retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant goes forward as planned or needs retooling. Proposition 218 requires that before a service agency can […]

Play to Grow Workshop

Registration has started for the spring Play to Grow workshop at the Main Library in Placerville! Spend time with your child as you play together, create art and meet new friends. Information on local resources will be available to help in the rewarding and challenging task of parenting a toddler. The five week session is […]

Science class size reaches a boil

PHOTO IN VL_030712 folder Oak Ridge High School environmental science teacher Stan Iverson alleges that putting five students at a lab table designed for four constitutes an unacceptable risk in lab classes that use potentially dangerous materials. He points to the 2010-13 teachers’ union contract that bumped maximum science class sizes from 30 to 32 […]

Step into the past at the Folsom History Museum

If you are looking for an entertaining and educational way to spend an afternoon, then must stops are the Folsom History Museum and Folsom Pioneer Village. The museum chronicles the settlement of Folsom and the different events and people who shaped its history. Murals and displays highlight Folsom’s native peoples — the Maidu Nisenan Indians — […]

Local teacher explores medieval churches and monasteries in Ireland on SCATV2

Sierra Community Access Television will take its viewers to County Clare, Ireland on an archaeological adventure surveying the Medieval Churches and Monasteries of County Clare, Ireland. The video produced by University of California Research Expedition team member George Sabato takes you through the emerald green pastures of the countryside in search of the medieval sites […]

League of Women Voters to hold BOS candidate forums

The El Dorado County League of Women Voters will be moderating two candidate forums for the Board of Supervisors Districts 2 and 3 this month. On Sunday, April 22, the first forum will be held at the Pleasant Valley Grange No. 675, and will have candidates from Districts 2 and 3 attending. District 2 candidates […]

Low-interest county loans available for home repairs

El Dorado County has funds available as low-interest rate loans for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county. Funding is provided through the state Community Development Block Grant Program and the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Funds. These housing rehabilitation loans must be used to correct health and safety issues […]

Tahoe bomb squad called

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal team was called in to handle a homemade explosive device found near 983 Tallac Avenue Tuesday morning. South Lake Tahoe police officers responded to a call of a small bomb at about 6:45 a.m. After discovering several shotgun shells wrapped in tin foil […]

County completes first round of outreach meetings

A team of El Dorado County staff wrapped up the first round of community outreach meetings for the Land-Use Policy Programmatic Update project, according to a prepared statement from principal analyst Mike Applegarth in the county’s Chief Administrative Office. The project includes environmental review for targeted amendments to the General Plan and comprehensive zoning ordinance […]

Noah’s Wish, grange to offer animal preparedness tips

Noah’s Wish, a national organization dedicated to caring for animals affected by disasters and headquartered in El Dorado Hills, is announcing the rollout of its first training program designed to help pet owners understand what to do for their pets in that first critical 72 hours before outside help arrives. Named CAPS (Community Animal Preparedness […]

Kinkade autopsy done

The Santa Clara County coroner’s office said an autopsy was performed Monday on artist Thomas Kinkade, but the cause of death might not be determined for months. Results of toxicology and other tests could take 12 to 20 weeks, because of a backup at the county lab, according to a report in the San Jose […]

Kinkade gallery busy with orders

Business was brisk at the Thomas Kinkade Gallery in downtown Placerville following the news that Kinkade had died last Friday. Every employee was busy taking orders, waiting on customers, or ringing up sales. Nathan Ross, who is part owner of the gallery, said 80 percent of their sales are online and sales of Kinkaid’s work had […]

Nurses appear in court over 2008 elder abuse case

Donna Palmer and Rebecca Smith appeared in court Tuesday morning for arraignment and bail hearings.

Both are accused of elder abuse in the death of Johnnie Esco, who died as a result of fecal impaction in 2008 while under the care of the nurses at El Dorado Convalescent Hospital in Placerville.

The first part of the hearing focused on Smith, who had been arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty and was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail. She appeared in an orange jail jumpsuit with her new attorney, Guy Louie.

Smith, who flew in from Louisiana to surrender herself to authorities on Friday, had conditions added to her bail that she could not work in the field of elder care.

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Alarcon briefly in court

Christopher Alarcon had his first appearance in court on April 9 since his arraignment. Alarcon, who was a volunteer for Supervisor Ray Nutting’s campaign, appeared in court for only a minute, just long enough for Judge Douglas C. Phimister to assign a pre-preliminary hearing date of June 4 at 1 p.m. Alarcon faces 14 charges, […]

Heard over the back fence: Fabulous fashions Sunday

 A review of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar produces the following “promises” comment: “You probably try really hard to keep your promises. Obviously, the more promises you make, the more pressure you have to keep them. At some point, if you make enough promises, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll feel stressed […]

Freeway faller’s condition critical

More information has become available on the woman who fell from a sign on the Ponderosa Road overpass onto Highway 50. At 9:31 p.m. on April 3, sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding a young woman who was climbing a road sign attached to the east side of the overpass over the westbound lanes […]

Judge Phimister endorses Joseph Hoffman

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister announced April 9 he is endorsing local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman for Superior  Court judge. A criminal-court jurist since 2003, Phimister joins other Superior Court judges, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies, local attorneys and citizens countywide who support Hoffman. “Hands down, Joseph Hoffman […]

Court closes 42 OHV routes

By Frank Mosbacher U.S. Forest Service Forty-two off-highway-vehicle routes that cross meadows in the Eldorado National Forest may be closed to motor vehicle travel this recreation season while the Forest Service completes an environmental analysis, announced Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy. The potential travel prohibitions are the result of a February court order by […]

Heard over the back fence; Watch what you promise

WATCH WHAT YOU PROMISE: Glancing at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, I noticed the following thought: “Be aware of the potentially stressful effects of your promises. Think about some of the promises we make to others that may not even seem like promises, or that we make semi-unconsciously. Statements like, “I’ll call you later […]

Woman falls from Ponderosa Road overpass

A woman witnesses said jumped from the Ponderosa Road overpass onto Highway 50 was taken for medical assistance on April 3. Gus Muehlenhaupt, an eyewitness to the event, said that he saw the woman step over the railing of the overpass. “I turned my car around and went back to see if I could do […]

Rotaract Club hosts Sex Trafficking Awareness Event

The Folsom Lake College Rotaract Club will host a three-day Sex Trafficking Awareness Event on the Folsom campus (10 College Parkway in Folsom) April 9-11. Sex trafficking is one of the largest-growing criminal industries in the world and the goal of the event is make Folsom Lake College students and the community more aware of […]

Free state tax help available online

With only a few days left in the tax filing season, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) wanted to remind taxpayers about free online tax help online. “Taxpayers can save time and money with these free online services,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “Taxpayers can get their refunds direct-deposited in  seven to 10 […]

Woodworking fundraiser April 16

The Society of Wood Heads Only will host the 8th annual fundraiser for the School Woodworking Programs of El Dorado County on April 16. The Society of Wood Heads Only, in conjunction with the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento Area, will be having the annual fundraiser to benefit the School Woodworking Programs of […]