Residential burn permits required May 1

Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE wants to remind everyone that “last year 23 percent of our wildland fires in Amador and El Dorado counties were from residential landscape debris piles that escaped the control of the person in charge causing wildland fires. To reduce your risk of causing a wildland […]

CHP to educate young drivers

Placerville California Highway Patrol is reaching out to the community through programs in an attempt to educate drivers — especially teenagers — about dangers on the road. On April 26 at 6 p.m., the three-hour Start Smart program, targeted at both students and parents, will be held at the CHP office in Placerville, Officer Dan […]

Crystal Basin Cellars the ‘BadaBing, BadaBoom’ bistro

There are lots of adjectives that can be used to describe Crystal Basin Bistro, the new eatery that just opened in Camino. But the best word is yummy. Yummy food. Yummy wines. Yummy hang out. An offshoot of the winery, Crystal Basin Cellars on Carson Road, the new Bistro offers small plates of delicious food […]

Dog park drawing flak

Dog owners are lining up on opposite sides of the fence in a dispute over whether or not to build a dog park on a half-acre section of Hacienda Park in Cameron Park. On one side of the issue are members of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG) who have raised approximately $40,000 to […]

Safe at home

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Steven Ulrich and his family as they welcomed  their son, Cpl. Steven J. Ulrich, 24, home from Sangin, Afghanistan where he has been deployed since September. Cpl. Ulrich, a sniper scout with the U.S. Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Division returned to his family home in El […]

County auditor ‘disappointed’ with city decision

On April 17, El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn sent a letter to City Manger Cleve Morris, City Attorney John Driscoll, Placerville Director of Finance Dave Warren and Lou Green, El Dorado County Counsel stating that since the Placerville Redevelopment Plan does not exist, according to the State Board of Equalization, it will never receive […]

Campgrounds, RV parks save by going green

Campgrounds and RV parks in the Sierra Nevada foothills are finding it pays to be green. The latest case in point is Auburn Gold Country RV Resort in Auburn. The 66-site park, which also has three rental cabins and a small tent section, just completed installation of $500,000 solar power system. “It’s a 105 kilowatt […]

BOMUSD trustees continue to offer special meetings for the public

The Black Oak Mine School District Board of Trustees voted at its regular meeting April 12 to offer another special meeting so the parents and the public could have any concerns heard. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 26 at Northside School. Primarily routine district business was conducted at the regular […]

Folsom celebrates opening of Folsom Public Plaza

Just in time for the outdoor season on April 14, the city of Folsom celebrated the opening of the new urban park entertainment venue in Folsom’s historical district. Construction crews had worked through several days of heavy rains to complete the project. The public plaza and amphitheater are seen as an outdoor living room, where […]

Folsom approves Capital Southeast Connector alignment

The Folsom City Council was the first of the five jurisdictions in the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority to pass a resolution approving the general alignment adopted by the JPA board of directors on March 7. The Folsom City Council voted unanimous support at its regular meeting on April 10. JPA Connector Executive Director […]

Ag Commission leans toward Small Farm adjustment

Led by rancher Chuck Bacchi, the El Dorado County Agricultural Commission informally indicated support for adjusting requirements for Small Farm water rate users. The issue discussed April 11 was whether to include in the Small Farm rate irrigated pasture for livestock raisers. A number of longtime Domestic Irrigation customers had asked for consideration of their […]

4-27-12 Mother Teresa Maternity Home golf tournament

* * * * MIKE: This is a big fundraiser for the Home – Would like to run 4-27 and some time in May, too. Tx. Bob GOLFING FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The fourteenth annual Mother Teresa Maternity Home golf tournament is scheduled for June 4 at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at […]

4-27-12 Sensational Singers sing 1930s and 1940s hit parade

30s AND 40s HIT PARADE: Gloria Starelli Bruno informs us that the Sensational Singing Seniors will be presenting their concert, “Terrific Tunes/Wonderful Words, a 1930s and 1940s Hit Parade” on Tuesday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Admission is free , with refreshments […]

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer to be a Gold Bug

 Editor Mike Raffety provided the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book, which offered the following observation: “Men are not worried by things, but by their ideas about things. When we meet with difficulties, become anxious or troubled, let us not blame others, but rather ourselves, that is: our ideas about things.” — Epictetus […]

Day two of trial looks at technical details

“Murder cases are never pretty,” deputy district attorney Joe Alexander told El Dorado County Judge James R. Wagoner at the start of the second day of the John Luebbers murder trial Thursday. Alexander was arguing for the use in the case of an autopsy photograph of Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara’s heart, with a […]

County picks animal shelter project manager

On a project beset by fits and starts, the El Dorado County Animal Shelter now has someone at the helm who is expected to stay there till the cows come home, as it were. Brent Collins was hired by the Board of Supervisors recently to be the project manager who will oversee, lead and complete […]

Donations sought after loss of K-9 unit

In the wake of the loss of Asko, one of the El Dorado Sheriff’s K-9 units, the El Dorado County Canine Association is seeking donations for their next crime-fighting dogs. The dogs not only provide safety for deputies and citizens, a press release said, but they are also involved in numerous felony arrests. Canines trained […]

Diamond Springs Ace Hardware quitting business

Ace Hardware in Diamond Springs, formerly known as Coast to Coast Hardware, has decided to quit business after 28 years. The business is currently selling off its entire inventory. Owners Ken and Cathy Stark said they’ve appreciated the business over the years and will miss the local clientele.

Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday

The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its Spring Native Plant Sale on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The sale will be located in the breezeway between Buildings A and B at the Center, located across […]

CA ranks 23rd in the nation for Pre-K access

It’s not the best mix for quality, according to a new report: More children are making their way into state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms, but a lot less money to support early education. Dr. Steve Barnett directs the non-partisan National Institute for Early Education Research, and his group says national per-child spending dropped by $145 last year, […]

Large animal evacuation confab Saturday

Sclar, Large Animal Emergency Evacuation of El Dorado County, invites the public to attend their general meeting 10 a.m. April 21 at the Hangtown Grange Hall,  2020 Smith Flat Rd., Placerville. Operating under the authority of Animal Services, Sclar is called upon to evacuate and relocate large animals in the event of a disaster. The […]

Parkinson’s Awareness Walk on Saturday

On Saturday, April 21, Joanie Evans and friends will  be walking to raise money for stem cell research. Evans,57, was diagnosed two years ago with Parkinson’s disease and stem cell implants have been shown to be effective in treating the disease. Walkers joining Evans on the 5K walk from the Golden Center Health Care Plaza […]

Union Mine High School holds Bee Week

It started with a poster of a cartoon bee made by Sara Slate, a senior at Union Mine High School and a member of Safe Schools Ambassadors. “I just made the posters to try to emphasize the positive, ” said Slate, “and put the little bee on them, laminated them and put them up.” Safe […]

Police, deputies nab bad shoppers

Don’t ripoff the Grocery Outlet. Two males loaded up a full cart and rolled it out of the store about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. An employee who followed the suspected felons outside was assaulted, which turned the bad shoppers into strong-arm robbery suspects. They made a getaway in a gray Ford Ranger pickup. With Ford Rangers […]

Failed protest moves GDPUD plant retrofit ahead

At a special meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District on Wednesday, the board accepted the results of the Proposition 218 hearing held on April 11. The hearing failed to generate the requisite number of protest letters which means the district can now move ahead with its planned retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails […]

Secretary, police testify in Luebbers trial

Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part story about the first day of the Luebbers trial. Part I can be found here. Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara had a routine he went through each day. He arrived at his office around 7:30 a.m. An hour later, he stood out in front of […]

Heard over the back fence: Food Bank food drive Sunday

 Editor Mike Raffety provided the book, “Springs of Greek Wisdom,” which offered the following advice: “One must not tie a ship to a single anchor, nor life to a single hope.” — Epictetus • • • FOOD BANK BLITZ:
 On Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., approximately 200 youngsters and adult […]

Luebbers trial begins with admission of killing but not guilt

David Cramer, John Harold Luebbers’ attorney, began his opening statement of the trial by admitting that his client shot and killed Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara on Feb. 2, 2011.

“There’s no disputing that fact at all,” Cramer said, noting he was not surprised at the charges brought against his client. “It could be murder, but looks can be deceiving. This case is about one thing — was there malice and forethought?”

Cramer claimed that the killing of LaCara was an act of passion over a “sudden quarrel.”

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Supes neuter two proposed animal shelter sites

A 10-acre parcel near the El Dorado Y is no longer being considered for the future site of the western slope animal shelter. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to scrap long-standing plans to build a new facility on the property generally known as the Shinn Ranch or Shinn property. Estimated at […]

Psychotherapy horse training coming to Placerville April 18-20

Crazed horses with teeth bared, charging at everyone in their path; a misunderstood equine lounging on a sofa pouring out tales of a troubled childhood or relationship problems with an owner; both are the kinds of mental images the average person has when they first hear of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. “We spend quite a bit […]

Applications for Grand Jury positions being accepted

The annual opportunity for citizens to take part in the 2012-2013 El Dorado County Grand Jury by submitting their names for possible nomination has arrived. The Grand Jury is an excellent vehicle for committed men and women to keep government accountable to all of the county’s citizens. Applicants must be Untied States citizens, at least […]

Silver Fork School gets face-lift

Students, parents and teachers of the tiny Silver Fork School are looking forward to summer — but not just because school will be out. Silver Fork, built in the 1950s, will be getting a long-needed face-lift. There are about 18 students from kindergarten to eighth grade at the school tucked underneath Sugarloaf in Kyburz. The […]

Grand Jury recruitment is under way

Applications for the county’s 2012-2013 Grand Jury are available now. The annual opportunity for citizens to take part in the El Dorado County Grand Jury  has arrived, reads an announcement from the El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office. County officials are currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Grand Jury session. The Grand Jury is an […]

Hands4Hope to hold fashion show to help foster girls

Ponderosa High School Hands4Hope Club Committee of six set out to make a difference in the lives of 40 foster girls in Sacramento Area. A “See Your Name In Lights” lunch and fashion show will be held 11:30 a.m. April 28 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Folsom and will feature clothing from Runway […]

Spillway near 14-Mile Tunnel to be abandoned

The spillway nearest the entrance to 14-Mile Tunnel will be abandoned and the next one east of that will be replaced and automated. The 14-Mile Tunnel is nearly the last leg before a short section of canal empties into Forebay Reservoir in Pollock Pines. The mitigated negative declaration — 3/4-inch thick —won unanimous backing from […]

GDPUD counts protests; vote fails

GARDEN VALLEY — Protest votes allowed under Proposition 218 came close to overturning the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s proposed $7 surcharge on water bills to pay for upgrading the Auburn Lake Water Treatment Plant. In the end the protest fell 651 votes short. Golden Sierra High School was the location for the final meeting […]

Pereira begs for death penalty at sentencing

The somber atmosphere of Jonathan David Pereira’s sentencing hearing took a turn to the absurd when the defendant pleaded with the court to grant him the death penalty.

Pereira, who was found guilty on six counts relating to child molestation and possession of child pornography by a jury in March, was first determined by Judge Daniel B. Proud to not be eligible for probation. After declaring this, Judge Proud opened the floor to the counsel.

Dain Weiner, Pereira’s attorney, noted that Pereira was being judged over a single incident that took place over a few minutes in Pereira’s home. He believed that the sentence of three terms of 15 years-to-life should be served concurrently.

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Author to speak downtown Saturday

Award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will be at the Placerville News Co. on Main Street on April 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to talk about the relationship between meth addiction and crime in rural areas. Anderson will discuss the 18 months he spent as an embedded reporter with law enforcement agencies, including the El […]

Marshall honors lab teams during National Lab Professionals Week

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22-28, Marshall Medical Center specially recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as a crucial member of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care and outcomes. From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test […]

C. diff — Marshall Hospital responds

Marshall Hospital said while it couldn’t comment on Cierra Baumunk’s case due to patient privacy laws, it could describe the protocols doctors follow regarding the issues she raised. Antibiotics prior to surgery “There are many reasons why doctors prescribe antibiotics prior to surgery. The primary reason is to prevent an infection in the wound after surgery. […]

Winkler hearing continued to May

Todd Winkler had a short court appearance Monday morning. Winkler, who is accused of killing his wife, Rachel, in their Cameron Airpark home on Feb. 27, was escorted into the courtroom to sit among other inmates for about five minutes, just long enough for his hearing to be continued. After briefly conferring at the bench […]

Fecal microbiota transplant: Getting back the good bugs

The human body contains millions, if not billions, of different types of bacteria. Among other things, they help break down and digest food. The good bacteria also help ward off and kill the bad bacteria. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is one of the bad ones that is often found in the intestines of many […]

Folsom player wins $1,033,328 at Red Hawk Casino

A lucky Red Hawk Rewards Club member won $1,033,328 while playing Rocket Gaming Systems’ $1 Imperial Gold slot machine at Red Hawk Casino in the early morning of April 14. Rosalie Loyola, of Folsom, came to Red Hawk Casino on Friday night for the Fortune’s Treasures Giveaway Lexus Drawing. Loyola is a regular at Red […]

Unique procedure saves Placerville woman from debilitating infection

“I’m a very lucky lady,” said Cierra Baumunk. “What I had has killed a lot of people and I almost died of it myself.” Surrounded by a house full of children, pets, and her husband, Baumunk tells how she unraveled the mystery of a disease that almost killed her and of the unconventional therapy she […]