DFG publishes ‘Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide’

As the weather gets warmer California anglers may be asking themselves, “Where can I go fishing in the back country?” A new guide published by the California Department of Fish and Game answers those and many other questions. The “Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide” is designed to provide anglers with a quick, informative and accurate account of the distribution […]

Fish and Game seeks volunteers

The California Department of Fish and Game is recruiting applicants for its volunteer program in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Delta counties. The Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG. DFG is holding a NRVP training academy […]

Trio accused of $18M fraud against Thunder Valley tribe

An affidavit filed on March 20 by the IRS claims three men committed fraud against the United Auburn Indian Community, totaling $18 million. Gregory Baker, Bart Volen and Darrell Hinz are alleged to have committed crimes including money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, the affidavit, written by Special Agent Daniel M. Norton, states. […]

Director of Cal Fire discusses goals, politics

The Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter of the Society of American Foresters hosted Chief Ken Pimlott, state director of Cal Fire, at the group’s diner meeting March 29. The meeting, which was attended by active and retired members of Cal Fire, a member of the California Board of Equalization, retired members of the Forest Service and more, focused […]

Microhouses for the homeless a solution in search of property

“Awesome” looks a little like an enclosed go-cart, but the microhouse behind Rene Evans’ house is the seed for an idea. The idea is to provide interim housing for homeless single people — getting them off the street and giving them a safe place from which to launch a different life. “This is an idea […]

Multi-state drug trafficking bust leads to 14 arrests

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that 14 arrests had been made across three states in connection with a multi-state drug trafficking ring. The operation also seized 1,300 pounds of processed marijuana, eight firearms, $415,855 in cash, $35,000 in gold bars and silver coins and three generators worth $20,000, a press release stated. “At […]

New health director kicks off Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is April 2-8. As the recently hired manager of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Health Division, Deborah Palmer is pleased to use Public Health Week to formally introduce herself to the community, to share her interest in partnering with the community and to highlight the great […]

Town hall meeting with Sen. Gaines

State Sen. Ted Gaines will be hosting a town hall meeting 6-8 p.m. April 12 in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. Gaines will discuss goals and priorities for 2012, share concerns about state issues and inform attendees about how his Senate office can provide resources and services. For […]

Fatal on B’way

A crash on Broadway in Placerville on March 18 left the sole occupant of the vehicle dead at the scene just east of the Waffle House. The accident, which happened at about 1 a.m., happened with the vehicle, which had been traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and left the road on […]

‘The Hangover’ story for real

On March 25, a male juvenile was taken to the hospital after an alleged assault. The 17-year-old male from Cameron Park came in contact with sheriff’s deputies, who noticed he had injuries to his head and face, Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. He was reported to have one side of his face swollen, dried blood on […]

County Chamber PAC endorses Knight, Nutting

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee announced its endorsement for District One Supervisor, John Knight, and District Two Supervisor, Ray Nutting. The PAC voted not to endorse a candidate for District Three at this time. The criteria for endorsing a candidate begins with who is most closely aligned with the Chamber […]

Friends of NRA Dinner April 21st

The 17th annual Friends of NRA dinner will be held April 21, 2012 in the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fair Grounds. Due to the generous support of those who attended, the 2011 dinner was proven to be the most successful local FONRA event in Northern California with a sellout crowd. Seating for this year’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Find those long lost relatives

Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, the following suggestion was found: “If you make a gentle effort to speak a little more softly, you might discover some surprising, almost instant, changes in the feelings around your home. You, for example, will feel calmer and less stressed. As you quiet down […]

County honors Vietnam vets with “Welcome Home” day

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors has joined the federal government and many states in proclaiming March 30 to be “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” Introduced by chairman John Knight at Tuesday’s board meeting, the proclamation notes that March 30, “marks the anniversary of the day (in 1973) that combat and combat support units withdrew […]

Community Action Council seeks new member

The El Dorado County Community Action Council currently has one vacancy. The vacancy is to fill one Low-Income Sector membership. The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals and families residing in El Dorado County. The purpose of the El Dorado County Community Action […]

Chief jailed over tribal name dispute

On March 6, Cesar Caballero, 42, turned himself over to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies to comply with a judge’s orders. “I’m not here to fight,” Caballero said. “I’m here to honor the arrest warrant.” Caballero was wanted on a contempt of court charge after not submitting evidence that his tribe is the true Shingle […]

Dramatic Somerset horse rescue a team effort

SOMERSET — Thursday morning, Jazz is waiting impatiently for his breakfast. The 17-year-old Arabian gelding is limping a bit and he has a shiner, but he’s in much better shape than he was on Wednesday, thanks to the combined efforts of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, El Dorado County Animal Control, Pioneer Fire Protection District, Foothill Mobile Veterinary Service vets Dr. Cheryl Ellis and Dr. David Turoff and the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

Wednesday morning, as rain pelted the Somerset area …

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Recall targets GDPUD’s Otermat

Recall efforts have been initiated against Kathy Otermat, a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. A group of local residents calling themselves “Save GDPUD” notified Otermat on March 20 of their intentions. The stated grounds for the recall were that : “Ms. Otermat continues to be derelict in […]

Pepper spraying ex-sister-in-law’s door leads to jail

A woman was arrested Tuesday in Cameron Park after allegedly exposing another woman and her children, along with an officer, to a caustic chemical. The victim’s ex-husband’s sister, identified as Melissa Hasley, 29, admitted to spraying pepper spray on the victim’s door with an intent to harm, where the 33-year-old victim and her two children, […]

Juvenile delinquent attempts to flee

On March 14, a juvenile attempted to escape custody of probation offers. At 12:39 p.m., the 16-year-old female asked for a bathroom break while being transported between Calaveras County and El Dorado County, Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office said. She “took off running” after the bathroom break, but was later located, Chovanec said. […]

Erhardt found guilty of all charges

Fritz Alfred Erhardt, 61, was found guilty on three charges of child molestation on March 26. Erhardt, who had been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, then only 12 years old, was found guilty by a jury on all three charges, Erhardt’s attorney Erik Schlueter said. The felony charges against the avid volunteer for area historical […]

Affordable housing approved as a priority for the Placerville

Transitional housing, density bonuses, zoning ordinance revisions and high density development were the implementation measures for Placerville’s Housing Element that were approved as highest priority by Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting. City Council recently approved amendments to Placerville’s Housing Element that bring it into compliance with the state Housing Element Law. At the March […]

Placerville CHP Explorers graduate first level of academy

Thirteen young men and women graduated from the Placerville CHP Explorers Academy on March 11. The academy, which ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both March 10 and 11, put the Explorers to the test. Day one, Saturday, saw the Explorers learning about the California Vehicle Code and gave an introduction to criminal […]

Supes OK 1 of 3 billboards

Private property rights versus scenic vistas versus economic development versus government bureaucracy filled the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ plate Tuesday afternoon. John David Pereira of Cameron Park applied for special use permits last year to erect three billboard-style signs on three different parcels of land in Shingle Springs and Cameron Park. Officially called […]

Traffic stop leads to arrest

Two suspects were arrested after a traffic stop on March 19. At 12:18 p.m., Tommie Stover, 30, and Christy Thomas, 35, were pulled over for a traffic stop when Stover was found to be allegedly driving without a license while on parole, Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office said. Thomas, a convicted felon who […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Assuring a place in the 95 percent

The right professional dog training can solve 95 percent of dog problems — the majority of which might better be described as people problems. But there are some problems training can’t touch, and often that’s because people ignored the warning signs and put off getting help. Keep reading: Last week, Seven, our 10-year-old German Shepherd, […]

Where the heck is Camino?

Development of the Camino area began in the 1860s and involved two Scottish brothers whose names remain famous in the local timber industry, James and John Blair. They are credited with being the first to start a lumber company in the area which, for many years, bore their name. For a while they also maintained […]

Heard over the back fence: Here comes the sun

 Jim and Carlyn White sent me the following Bob Hope comment regarding him never winning a movie Oscar: “Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it’s called at my house, ‘Passover.’” • • • ALWAYS ON THE SUNNY SIDE:
A class titled “Here Comes the Sun – Solar Viewing” is scheduled for Tuesday, April […]

EID rate hikes clarified

Regarding the Wednesday story about the El Dorado Irrigation District rate hikes, some additional information has been provided by the district to clarify some points of fact. While the article discussed the rate increases that will take place in the years subsequent to the shift to the 50-50 plan from the current 30 percent base […]

UNR concrete canoe wins in Berkeley

RENO, Nev. — Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the University of Nevada, Reno, paddled their 160-pound concrete canoe to victory March 23 in the annual regional competition held this year in Berkeley. Using significant science and plenty of muscle, the Wolf Pack team beat out teams from eight Northern California universities to earn a […]

Georgetown fire board holds special meeting on MOU with firefighters

The Georgetown Fire Protection District Board of Directors held a special meeting March 20, the first meeting with newly appointed Director Larry Anderson who was appointed to take the seat of Bob Brown. The subject matter was strictly regarding the addendum to Memorandum of Understanding between the employees of the fire department and the board. […]

GDPUD holds second workshop on fee increase

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held a second workshop to help the public better understand the need for the proposed $7 per month rate increase, as well as further clarify the process necessary to protest the increase. According to GDPUD personnel, the increase is necessary to secure a loan from the USDA in order […]

Firefighters ‘fill the boot for burns’

April 14-15 off-duty firefighters from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District will be shaking their turnout boots and collecting donations to help “fill the boot for burns.” This event helps raise money to support burn prevention and recovery programs in Northern and Central California. Firefighters will be asking the community to help support burn […]

Fish and Game to offer black powder clinic

The Department of Fish and Game’s Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a black powder hunting clinic April 28 in Yolo County. The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association Range. Designed for all skill levels, the clinic will include both lecture and live-fire exercises. The lecture portion […]

Local Cal Fire unit has new Website

CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire is launching its own Website which contains pertinent information for everyone living within the boundaries of Amador County, El Dorado County, and portions of Alpine, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. “This is a really exciting time for us. We worked very hard over the last year […]

First round of land-use meetings complete

A team of El Dorado County staff wrapped up the first round of community outreach meetings for the Land-Use Policy Programmatic Update project. The project includes environmental review for targeted amendments to the General Plan and comprehensive zoning ordinance update, a General Plan Housing Element update and development of a new travel demand model. County […]

LAFCO alternate public member applications sought

The El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission will be considering the appointment of an alternate public member to LAFCO who will serve a new four-year term, which will run from May 2012 through May 2016. The public member alternate represents the interests of the citizens and residents of El Dorado County. The alternate fully participates […]

Assembly hopefuls talk to tax group

Three of the five candidates vying for an open seat on the 5th Assembly District made a pit stop in Placerville Monday morning, meeting with the Taxpayer Association of El Dorado County members and the general public for an hour inside of the Denny’s restaurant on Fair Lane. While not all of their views were popular, […]

Cal Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation dinner Friday

The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation is introducing a “Help Save California’s Outdoor Traditions” dinner Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Shakespeare Club 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Dinner includes a hosted bar, raffle and live auction. For more information or to reserve your table, Call Wanda Gaines at 916-532-3735 or Rick Bulloch 916-606-7039. […]

Vacancies in Sheriff’s Dept. lead to promotions

A wave of retirements has led to promotions since the beginning of the year within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The promotions started in January with Sheriff John D’Agostini raising Lts. Marc Adams and Randy Peshon to the rank of captain, a press release stated. With this, two vacant division commander positions were filled. […]

Stabbing suspect flees, arrested

At 10:21 p.m. on March 14, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an altercation. They found Victor Rodriguez, 23, stabbed in the chest after a fight, said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office. Rodriguez provided suspect information, and Mario Dowling, 22, was taken into custody on an assault with a deadly weapon charge […]

K-9 unit dies

On Sunday, March 18, the Sheriff’s Office lost a valued member of its team. Deputy Jeff Tucker’s K-9 unit, Asko, died from a “sudden onset medical issue,” Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. Asko served the Sheriff’s Office for five years, Chovanec said, and made “hundreds of apprehensions of bad guys.”

Mid-year budget review — growth by inches

“We’re slowly moving in the right direction,” Placerville Finance Director Dave Warren told the City Council during a mid-year city budget review at Tuesday’s meeting. While city revenues and funds transferred in from the gas tax are forecast to be less than the adopted budget, city expenditures are forecast to be less as well, leaving a […]

Man under influence resists arrest

A man was arrested following a report of a domestic battery on March 19. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded at to a report of domestic battery against a 25-year-old female at 10:16 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs, the department’s daily log stated. There, they found a suspect identified as Joshua Baukol, […]

7th annual car and motorcycle show June 9

Due to the tireless efforts of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization Board of Directors, comprised of volunteer veterans and the many volunteers who make this event such a success year after year, the 7th Annual Fallen Warriors Memorial Poker Run and Car Show will be held on June 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]