GDPUD OKs stream gauge monitoring deal

On Nov. 14, 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act. This comprehensive legislation requires a Delta Plan that has the two co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. One question that relates to a more reliable water supply is, “How […]

Ibarra named managing editor

Patrick Ibarra has been appointed managing editor of the Mountain Democrat, announced editor Michael Raffety Tuesday. Ibarra, 31, previously worked as news editor for the Mountain Democrat on a temporary basis in 2009. He had been a sports reporter for Folsom Life in 2003 after graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a BA […]

PLF files lawsuit to stop feds’ ‘foot-dragging’ on elderberry beetle de-listing

SACRAMENTO — Pacific Legal Foundation, after years of delay by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in delisting valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, filed a lawsuit March 12 to “stop the federal bureaucrats’ foot-dragging.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a coalition of California […]

SEDCorp receives regional Broadband grant

The Sierra Economic Development Corp. (SEDCorp) is proud to announce receipt of a new grant award intended to help Northern California counties move closer to the goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to rural areas. SEDCorp was awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in […]

Community-based organizations to meet again

The follow-up meeting for community-based organizations has been scheduled for March 29, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville, conference room B2. Last fall, several community based organizations met to discuss how they might be able to reduce duplication of efforts regarding donations to […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Mixed results on 2010 median income

SACRAMENTO —  The statewide median income for all 2010 personal tax returns was $33,933, a decrease of 0.4 percent over 2009’s median income amount. For joint returns, the statewide median income was $65,772, an increase of 1.1 percent over 2009, according to information provided by the Franchise Tax Board. “Median income” is the point where […]

Watershed expert to address Board of Supervisors

Dr. Richard Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced will present new research on the beneficial impacts to water resources from sound forest management March 20 at the El Drodo County Board of Supervisors meeting. In a recently published paper Bales makes the case that the Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement […]

McClintock speech explains water vote

(Feb. 29) Mr. Speaker: In 2009 and 2010, hundreds of billions of gallons of contracted water were diverted away from California farms and instead dumped into the Pacific Ocean in the name of the Delta Smelt. This tragic policy fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of some of the most fertile and productive farmland in America. […]

United Way to hold reading event

SACRAMENTO – Local residents can help kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s STAR Readers Book Drive March 5-23. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project that is helping children read at grade level by fourth grade, a key indicator of high school graduation rates. “Through third grade, […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Jackpot pays $161k at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino had another big win with a $161,154 Fortune King ® penny slot progressive jackpot. Liza from Sacramento came to Red Hawk Casino early on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to relax with friends on their day off from work.  Liza works two jobs and enjoys spending time at Red Hawk Casino because the team […]

Heard over the back fence: Free health expo Saturday

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following observation: “As we look back on our lives, it’s easy to see that all things come and go: winter, spring, summer, and fall; joy, sorrow, praise and blame; hardship, ease, rest, and exhaustion; accomplishments, mess-ups, and all the rest. Genuine freedom […]

Woman jailed

A woman was arrested on March 5 on a suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly hitting her significant other. Tara Wilson, 28, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. on Hazel Valley Road in Pollock Pines. She allegedly caused minor injury to her significant other’s face. No medical assistance was necessary. Wilson was booked into county jail […]

Sheriff’s Academy invites participants for March 27 start

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. This Academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Defense witnesses testify for Cairns

After a break for lunch, Kevin Cairns returned to his jury trial Thursday. Cairns’ attorney, Steve Tapson, stood before the jury and explained who he would be calling for witnesses. He told them about Cairns’ restaurant, Dante’s On the River, and how it had become more like “Dante’s Inferno” and suffered from “barbarians of the […]

Guv taps Pilot Hill woman

Lisa Silverman, 45, of Pilot Hill, was appointed executive officer for the Office of Public School Construction at the California Department of General Services. The appointment was made by Gov. Brown on March 2. Silverman has been the acting executive director for the agency for the past two years. Previously she worked as the senior management […]

Stancil Enterprises to pay max fine, forfeit all illegal earnings

Stancil Enterprises Inc., a Placerville corporation that sells airplanes, was sentenced Thursday to pay the maximum fine for accepting apparent drug proceeds, and to forfeit all illegal earnings. The business must forfeit $428,000 and pay $500,000 in fines for conspiring to aid and abet the structuring of financial transactions, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated […]

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

Undaunted: Girl arrives home after losing leg

Balloons and signs lined the roads from the highway to Carly Bray’s house, welcoming the El Dorado High School student home after being in the hospital for four days on Wednesday afternoon. Bray, who lost her right leg below the knee and four pints of blood after being hit by a car while waiting for […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

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

 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

 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 […]