Heard over the back fence: St. Pat’s Day dinner and dance planned

GREEK INSIGHT:
 Mike Raffety, editor of the Mountain Democrat, provided the following quote from the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book: “Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.” — Democritus • • • IRISH DAY DINNER AND DANCE: The Knights of […]

New state director of BLM tours county

Making a special trip to El Dorado County on March 8 was Jim Kenna, the new director of the Bureau of Land Management in California. He did it as part of a tour he is making throughout the state to become better acquainted with all the lands managed by the BLM. Kenna started his new […]

InAlliance adds senior service

InAlliance, a local nonprofit organization which to provides independent living and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities is now extending their services to seniors. The new program is called InAlliance Elder Care and will offer in home support services to seniors such as personal care, companionship, and homemaking assistance. InAlliance provides in home care […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cal unemployment drops; Sacto rate rises

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.3 percent in January 2012, up from a revised 10.9 percent in December 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.3 percent for California and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate […]

Wrong-way driver sentencing delayed

The sentencing of the wrong-way driver who pleaded no contest to her role in 2010 death of an Orangevale motorist has been delayed a week. El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner said that in reviewing Penal Code related to the charges of Theresa Lee Ghersanich, he discovered a mistake concerning an enhancement. At […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

3-19-12 “Let’s Talk” group meets at EDH Sr. Center

CONVERSATION AND CAMARADERIE: The “Let’s Talk” group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is an opportunity to engage in informal conversation on an assortment of senior-related subjects. The next session will be on April 5, and the topic is […]

Over-60 computer open time starts

March 1 began open time at the Placerville Senior Comuper Center, 937 Spring Street. At Open Time anyone over the age of 60 who wants to use the computer is welcome. Look up information, check social networks, write portry, send email, and read news online. The Placerville Senior Computer Center offers low or no cost […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Searching for democracy coming to library, with books and authors

Looking to debate the American form of democracy and how it has changed? Then the library is the place for you. The recent recipient of a $7,400 grant that is part of a statewide project called “Searching for Democracy”, the El Dorado County Library will be hosting books and speakers on that subject come this fall. […]

Ex-DSA prexy charged in embezzling scheme

Retired El Dorado County deputy sheriff Donald Philip Atkinson, 50, of El Dorado Hills was arrested in Nevada Thursday morning on 44 counts embezzlement, fraud, forgery, perjury, grand theft and theft from an “elder or dependent adult.” Bail was set by Judge Daniel B. Proud at $1 milion, according to the arrest warrant. The charges […]

High School district looking at new developer fees

El Dorado Union High School District is looking at possibly raising developer fees but they might actually receive less money. The maximum amount for developer fees that school districts can levy on new development is set by the State Allocation Board, based on the Class B cost of construction index. Every two years an inflationary […]

Conservancy hosts workshop on building and sustaining school gardens

As part of a new outreach effort to bring hands-on environmental education into the classroom, the American River Conservancy and the Innovations in Environmental Education Fund are hosting a series of teacher workshops throughout 2012. With the growing popularity of school gardens, the first workshop focuses on building and sustaining a school garden project. The […]

Board of Sups nix affordable housing project

On a split vote, the Board of Supervisors turned down an affordable housing development in Shingle Springs. The project was proposed by Mercy Housing California. The project would have built 40 affordable units at the corner of Sunset Lane and Becken Lane using a combination of private loans and CalHFA HELP, HOME, AND CDBG construction […]

Mandatory recycling for businesses gets head start

Assembly Bill 341, Solid Waste Diversion, aims to cut the amount of solid waste going to landfills by 75 percent by 2020. That goal got a head start with a  kick-off event March 2 March 2 at the White Rock Village Apartments in El Dorado Hills. The bill, authored by California Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro with […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

AG announces arrests of three attorneys in Sacramento-area loan modification scam

SACRAMENTO —- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced March 8 the arrests of the owners and managing attorney of a law firm that took thousands of dollars in up-front loan modification fees for services that were never performed for homeowners, many of whom ended up losing their homes. Gregory Flahive of El Dorado Hills, 39, […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Winkler’s arraignment continued to April

Todd Winkler, the man accused of killing his wife in their Cameron Airpark home, had a brief appearance in court Wednesday. Winkler, who appeared with his attorney, David Weiner, was in court only long enough to see his arraignment continued to April 16 and for El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister to grant […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

One incident witness, 2 deputies testify against Cairns

The jury trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of Dante’s On the River, continued Thursday with witnesses being brought forth by the people. The first witness of the day was Joseph Goodrich, a contractor, who had been snowboarding with friends at Heavenly Ski Resort on Nov. 28, 2010. While on their way back home, one of […]

Fountain-Tallman the biggest little museum in the West

In case you haven’t stopped by already, the Placerville Historical Museum — also known as the Fountain-Tallman Museum — is a great place to visit for a quick overview of the Gold Rush era and of early life in El Dorado County. A small but endearing museum, it is located in the Fountain and Tallman Building, […]

CHP Explorers Post starts March 10

On March 10 and 11, the young Explorers of the CHP will begin their training. The 13 Explorers, a group chartered by Learning for Life, part of the Boy Scouts of America that accepts both genders, will go through a weekend of 12-hour training days that they must complete to advance in their Explorer training, […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Time changes Sunday; change alarm batteries

With the upcoming time change, Chief Bruce Lacher of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District wants to remind residents to change batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. With the changing of clocks for the beginning of Daylight Savings on March 11 also comes the changes of batteries. “Working smoke alarms and […]

Alarcon pleads not guilty to 14 charges; gets public defender

Christopher Alarcon, a Placerville Website owner, was arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon. District Attorney Vern Pierson filed charges earlier in the day, which El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister read off. The 14 counts, some of which had been consolidated from prior charges, included counts of forgery of vehicle registration, receiving stolen […]

EDH Tea Party to host candidates

The El Dorado Hills Tea Party Patriots will host a candidate forum 7 p.m. March 21 at the Holiday Inn Town Center. All of the candidates running for Superior Court Judge, District 1 Supervisor and District 2 Supervisor will be present. Each candidate will deliver a 10-minute speech and then take questions. This event is […]

Heard over the back fence: EDH job forum restarting

PILLOW TALK:
 John Chapman sent me the following pillow statement: “A Best Friend is like a four leaf clover: Hard to find, Lucky to have.” • • • JOB FORUMS SCHEDULED: 
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce will start their Job Forum series again, beginning Monday, March 12, 8 to 10 a.m., at the Calif. Welcome […]

Saving student who lost leg was a group effort

Tom Braithwaite was driving his son to school on March 1 when his wife Karen pointed to a car on the side of the road that appeared to have someone underneath it. Tom ran from his car and found Carly Bray, 17, bleeding from where one of her legs used to be. He realized he was going […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Sheriff’s Dept. looking for twins’ next of kin

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office needs assistance finding and notifying the next of kin for Patricia and Joan Miller. The 73-year-old twins were discovered deceased in their South Lake Tahoe residence on Feb. 26, according to a press release. There is no definitive cause of death but foul play has been ruled out. The […]

EDHS helps the community and athletes

El Dorado High School athletes have been successfully “going green” to raise needed funds for athlete costs over the past two years. Saturday March 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EDHS Athletic Boosters will host a combination free e-waste and document shredding event at the El Dorado High School lower parking lot, 561 Canal St., Placerville. The […]

Placerville seeks alternate for Historical Advisory Committee

One alternate member to the Historical Advisory Committee is sought to fill an unexpired term of office, set to expire on March 1, 2015. The alternate member must be a resident of the geographical city limits, or own real property in the city limits, or own a business in the city and reside in the […]

City Planning Commission seeks new member

The Placerville City Council invites interested individuals to apply for appointment to the Planning Commission to fill one unexpired  term of office, set to expire on March 1, 2015. The Planning Commission works within the guidelines established by the city’s General Plan for the physical development of the city. The Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. […]

Caring for a family member? You may be eligible for a tax deduction

Caregiving might be a little less taxing this year if you are one of the many people eligible for tax exemptions for care. You may be eligible to declare your parent or other elderly relative as a dependent for a tax deduction, or to deduct their medical expenses from your taxes. As you prepare your […]

Overpayment dispute close to resolution

A money dispute between the El Dorado County and local Fire Agencies is on its way to resolution. At issue are overcharges to the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) by  the El Dorado County Fire Protection District and the Diamond Springs Fire Protection District. According to Daniel Nielson, Director of  HSSA, the […]

Sierra Nevada Phillips, a pioneer entrepreneur

March is Women’s History month and in the annals of El Dorado County history, there is one woman’s name that stands out — perhaps because there were two places named for her and her family. Sierra Nevada “Vade” Phillips was born in Nevada City in 1854. Her parents, Joseph Wells Davis Phillips and Mehitable Clark […]

Skeel files claim against EDHCSD

John Skeel has begun the process of suing his former employer, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. On Feb. 26 he filed a tort claim against the district, outlining his claims against several named parties in broad strokes, a procedural prerequisite to a lawsuit that seeks as yet unspecified damages. The claim alleges the […]

Bill Tobin speaks up for ShelterBox

Bill Tobin said he could talk all day about ShelterBox. All day, indeed. This writer had difficulty getting out his front door. The El Dorado Hills Rotarian has undeniable enthusiasm for the organization that provides critical shelter and supplies for natural and man-made disaster victims all over the world. As a ShelterBox volunteer ambassador, Tobin […]

Wildflower trains ready to roll in April near Rio Vista

RIO VISTA — Wildflower watchers can once again ride vintage trains at the Western Railway Museum. In April, the Museum will use its historical electric railway equipment on not one but two special trains: the Scenic Limited and the new Vintage Comet. Now in its 11th year, the Scenic Limited runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and […]

Barrera a no-show again

Mark Barrera, the man found guilty of three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after slamming into a tree while street racing, failed to show up in court Monday due to his attorney’s oversight. Jim Clark, Barrera’s attorney, informed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud that he had “advised the court (he) […]

Folsom expands the city limits

On Feb. 28 Folsom leaders rode the historical “Skagit” railroad car from Hampton Station, near the Hampton Inn, on railroad tracks alongside Placerville Road to just north of White Rock Road. There, a new sign was posted that reads, “Folsom City Limits, Population 72,203, Elevation 287.” As the sun broke through gray clouds, Mayor Kerri […]

Pampering Pickle celebrates new location

Pet owners — and their pets — are in for a treat as an animal-friendly store moves to a bigger location on Main Street in Placerville. Pampering Pickle, a store for dog owners by a dog owner, had its ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2. Owner Theresa Corley said that Jess Gibson, a professional photographer, […]

Tight economy doesn’t stop retired educators from donating time

Though it’s worth nearly $50 million, this help is free. The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)recently announced that its members had tallied more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service in the past year, valued at nearly $50 million. Even though the economy continues to be sluggish, retired teachers dig deep and give their time, […]

EDH sewer plant permit in doubt

The El Dorado Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant’s permit is in limbo after a tie vote failed to advance the permit renewal process. A request to approve a $56,000 consulting contract to aid the permit renewal process got a no vote from El Dorado Hills-based Director Alan Day Feb. 27. “I have a real problem voting […]

Daffodil Hill opening next week

Daffodil Hill will open its gates for its 72nd season on Friday, March 16, weather permitting. From that date forward, the hill will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (again weather permitting). For safety reasons, the hill is closed when it rains or snows and our paths are slippery. We […]

Property taxes due before April 10

According to C.L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector of El Dorado County, the second installment of the secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight April 10. The law allows payments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before April 10 to be accepted as timely. The […]

Mental Health First-Aid course helps to avert harm and stigma

With some 60 percent of the population suffering from anxiety disorder at some time in their lives, and suicide a leading cause of death, mental health concerns are no longer confined to the stereotypical “crazy” depicted in mass media. It is mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends, acquaintances and co-workers whose lives are affected. […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to play bridge

CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE:
 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following thought: “The sooner we accept the inevitable dilemma of not being able to win the approval of everyone we meet, the easier our lives become.” • • • BRIDGE PLAYERS LESSONS:
 You can sharpen your bridge game with practice, while you receive informal lessons. […]

Clothes for kids

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills has announced that its Operation School Bell program  provided new school clothing for 412 children this school year. This is only the second year the program has been in place. The non-profit received a $20,000 grant from Women’s Fund El Dorado and used $20,000 of its own funds and smaller […]

Search and Rescue trains with National Guard

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team held a joint training day with Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and the 1-168th Medevac Wing of the California National Guard on Feb. 12 in and around Emerald Bay State Park. The Mather Army Air Field Base-based 1-168th Medevac Wing brought two Blackhawk […]

Mother Lode school registration opens March 13

The Mother Lode Union School District announces that it will begin accepting Kindergarten registrations and Pre K registrations for the 2012-2013 school year as follows: Indian Creek School Office March 13-14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration packets can now be picked up at the Indian Creek office at 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville, but completed packets […]