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. […]

Storage suspect had drugs

At 4:08 p.m. on March 17, Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm sounding at the Cool Mini Storage on Northside Drive. A suspect was found to be acting suspicious and “shady,” said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, identified as Kristopher Zientara, 33, was found to have methamphetamine, marijuana and $2,700 in […]

EID rate shift, hikes OK’d 4-1

After two and three-quarters hours of being chewed out by 27 of 31 speakers Monday night the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to switch from billing 30 percent for the base rate and 70 percent for actual water use to a 50-50 formula. Following that change, Single-Family base rates for water […]

Registration open for swim clinic

Registration is now open for AquaSol Swim Team’s upcoming “Fun in the Summer” Swim Clinic that runs from May 7 through July 29. The cost is $200 if postmarked on or before April 20, $225 if postmarked on or before May 4, and $250 once the clinic has started. For young swimmers not quite ready […]

Farmers big and small highlighted in EID workshop

Farming came to be the dominant theme of the Monday morning rate workshop of the El Dorado Irrigation District. Of the audience of 13 who showed up in EID’s bigger auxiliary meeting room four complained about the planned elimination of the Domestic Irrigation rate class and four spoke about the importance of the Agricultural rate […]

Heard over the back fence: PJ story time at Cameron Park

Betsy R. Kerr of Placerville provided the following Robert Green Ingersoll quote: “The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.” • • • GET YOUR PJs ON:
”PJ Storytime” for the little ones takes place on the first Thursday of each month, at 6 […]

Professional and biz services led month-over job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.4 percent in February 2012, up from a revised 11.3 percent in January 2012, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

County, CPCSD settle tax deal

A legal settlement between the Cameron Park Community Service District and El Dorado County was announced at the March 21 meeting of the district. President Shiva Frentzen reported that in 2007 a writ had been lodged against the county after it was learned that the district was not receiving tax revenues in certain areas they […]

Supes bird-dogging another kennel site

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors got a good chewing out at its March 20 meeting on lack of progress in building a new animal shelter. Laura Schwartz, chief budget analyst, told the board that it only has $5.7 million left of the budgeted $7.3 million allocated for the West Slope Animal Shelter project. The […]

Two challenge appointee for Superior Court seat

The three county Superior Court Judge candidates “tea’ed off” last Wednesday night in El Dorado Hills. The candidate forum, which included District 1 and 2 supervisor candidates filled the Holiday Inn event room, capacity 160, for two-plus hours to hear a total of seven local candidates discuss the challenges of local government and pitch their […]

Supervisorial candidates vie for EDH Tea Party support

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills’ candidate forum last week included El Dorado County Supervisorial Districts 1 and 2. Both races have a standing supervisor running for reelection opposed by a single candidate. The similarities stop there, however. In El Dorado Hills-centric District 1, the incumbent, longtime local resident and activist John Knight is opposed […]

Elder abuse case from 2008 leads to arrest, warrant

On Feb. 23, 2008, Johnnie Esco, 77, was admitted to the El Dorado Convalescent Hospital in Placerville, having stayed at Marshall Hospital for a bout of pneumonia. On March 6, she was readmitted to Marshall and within 24 hours was dead. Her husband, Don, 81, has since helped launch an investigation involving falsified nursing reports […]

Search finds stolen stuff, pot

Over $50,000 of stolen property was recovered as a result of two search warrants being served last Wednesday. Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail served the warrants along Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, one to a residence in the 4500 block and the other to a storage container in the […]

JEI builds voice recording systems

What do Marshall Hospital, the New York City Fire Department, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, and a Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site in Alaska all have in common? They all use the same voice recording and audio equipment manufactured by a small firm located in Cameron Park called J.E.I. or JEI for short. The […]

Cal Fire director to speak in Placerville

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott will be the featured speaker at the March meeting of the Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, to be held 7 p.m. March 29 at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, at 3941 Broadway in Placerville. Director Pimlott, a 23- year Cal Fire veteran who was appointed to be director by […]

J.P. Morgan-Chase bank robbed in EDH

A bank in El Dorado Hills was robbed just after lunch on March 22. At around 1 p.m., the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank on Town Center Drive was robbed by an adult male, a press release from the Sheriff’s Department stated. The male, dressed in a black beanie with white vertical stripes, a white long-sleeve […]

Pet photographer donates time, some earnings

Lisa Van Dyke is many things. Mom. Photography enthusiast. IT geek. Animal lover.

Combine all those things and you get a person who, on her days off, takes professional pictures of other people’s pets. Then she donates most of what she earns back to El Dorado County animal rescue organizations. “Those are my peeps,” she said.

Van Dyke said she has been pursuing pet photography as an avocation ever since her husband, Tom, gave her a camera for Mother’s Day three years ago.

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El Dorado County Home & Garden Show going strong

The 32nd annual El Dorado County Home & Garden Show takes over the fairgrounds April 27-29. For more than 30 years, home show guests have learned about everything from energy-efficient windows to deck materials, to selecting the right paint color. Vendors have hosted workshops and seminars, and offered advice and discounts. The home show’s success […]

Rollover fatality a suspected DUI

A car rolled over early Thursday morning, leading to one fatality. The 2001 Lincoln Navigator, which had been traveling southbound on State Route 49 near Truck Street at an unknown-but-believed-to-be high speed, rolled into a dirt culvert, killing the 19-year-old male passenger, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. The driver, also a 19-year-old-male, was believed to […]

Hangtown Kennel Club classes start April 5

Hangtown Kennel Club Obedience, Rally and Conformation Classes will begin on April 5. All sessions run for six weeks and are held at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.  Non-puppy obedience classes are $75 for the six-week session.

‘No Hands’ Bridge turns 100

“No Hands” Bridge is the nickname of a bridge that straddles the American River and has footings in both El Dorado and Placer County. It’s turning 100 years old today and has become an icon for hikers, joggers and equestrians. Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, the bridge’s actual name, isn’t the utilitarian-looking bridge that most people use […]

Red Hawk files sealed

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Keith Brooks granted a motion for files to be sealed concerning the dispute between the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and Sharp Image Gaming. The files contained “restrictive information” according to the tentative ruling. The files pertain to financial information for the Miwok-owned Red Hawk Casino. The […]

Donations being accepted for house fire victim

A bank account has been set up to collect donations to rebuild Jim Wells’ house on Mosquito Road, which burned to the ground on March 18. The account is being set up by Steve Linson, a friend of Wells’ and whose father Wells is staying with. “He lost everything, the clothes on his back, everything,” […]

SRA fees discussed

State Responsibility Area fees, and how they will be applied, were discussed by Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire at the Cameron Park CSD meeting on March 21. Signed into law in 2011, the fee will be assessed on all habitable structures within areas where the state is responsible for fire prevention and suppression. […]

Proposed EID spending sidebar

From 2012 Mid-Cycle Operating Budget Cost projections are in millions • $23.4 debt service • $41.6 operations spending, consisting of: • $12.8 administration • $2.4 IT • $2.5 engineering • $23.9 field operations • $17.4* in capital projects • $2.5 water • $6.1 sewer, including $3.1 in lift station maintenance • $9.4 hydro & FERC, including $3.6 for Flume 41 • $3.2 Misc., […]

EID critics, GM debate capital spending and labor costs

El Dorado Irrigation District critics Greg Prada and Jon Jakowatz contend that salaries and benefits are a large reason El Dorado Irrigation District overhead remains high, despite downsizing in 2008 and 2010 that reduced overall headcount from a 2007 peak of 305 to 220 today. EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie references district salary surveys that […]

4-6-12 “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar suggestion

SOFT IS BETTER: Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”calendar, I found the following suggestion: “By all means, honor your own rhythm and your own voice. However, if you give this strategy a fair chance, if you make an honest attempt to soften your voice, however slightly, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the calming effect […]

Grace Foundation nurses tiny puppy to health

Two-week-old Beyonce, who is not much bigger than a business card, has escaped the jaws of death four times. Saturday the puppy, her young mother and four siblings will have the opportunity to share their story on Good Morning America. Thanks to The Grace Foundation, an El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue group, and local publicity […]

Foresthill Public Utility District fights for its life

If Measure C does not pass in Placer County on June 5, the Foresthill Public Utility District will close its doors on June 30.  Measure C repeals Measure B, which passed June 21, 2011. Measure B rolled back the increase in district’s water rates that became effective on Sept. 1, 2010. This urgent warning came from […]

EID by the numbers: Spending

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors will hear public comment on four more years of proposed rate increases on March 26, immediately following a 6 p.m. rate hearing at the Cameron Park Community Center. The four-year rate package, in combination with three years of increases approved in 2010, would more than double water […]

EID cuts expenses almost $1M

Employees of the El Dorado Irrigation District have agreed to shoulder more of the health care costs, saving the district $430,000 in 2013, according to Human Resources Director Victoria Hoffman. Additionally, five vacant positions are going unfilled this year for a savings of about $500,000 through the rest of this calendar year, according to Communications […]

Two vacancies in ECEPC open

The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill two vacancies serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors and the Superintendent of Schools. One vacancy is for a provider representative, which is defined as someone who currently provides care and education services for children. […]

FTB launches free self-service application for entity status letters

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced taxpayers can save time and money using its new online self-service application for obtaining entity status letters. An entity status letter discloses whether or not a business entity is in good standing with FTB and provides certification to use for:• Legal status in court proceedings. • An outstanding […]

Families from both sides speak out at Ghersanich sentencing

Before El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner sentenced Theresa Lee Ghersanich, who was found guilty of driving under the influence and the vehicular manslaughter of Bruce Michael Bone, he allowed both Ghersanich’s family and Bone’s family to speak to the court. As a result of the speeches and other factors, Wagoner sentenced […]

Heard over the back fence: Free prom dresses available

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following advice: “Whether you live alone, with one other person, or with many, the most effective way to create a more peaceful home environment is for you to become an example of peace.” • • • FREE PROM DRESSES:
 Soroptimist International of Placerville is […]

Red Hawk income up

After a less than optimal 2010, Red Hawk Casino bounced back in the fourth quarter of 2011. Impairment charges hampered the casino in late 2010, when it was estimated that a substantial amount of the money due by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians would not be paid within the contract’s terms, said Lakes […]

Fire Chief Bill Dekker responds to credit card allegation

After another online article by CBS13 news regarding Garden Valley Fire Portection District was printed on the Internet last week, Chief Bill Dekker was contacted for comment. As of this printing, he said he has not been contacted by the District Attorney’s Office, which CBS13 stated has “opened a criminal investigation” to look into suspected […]

Garden Valley chief discusses contract, funding

On Feb. 23, El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn sent an e-mail to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors claiming that the Garden Valley Fire Protection District breached its contract with the county. The end result would be Harn and his office not paying out over $131,000 in funding to the fire district. The […]


The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees has taken over the El Dorado Hills sheriff’s substation to assist the public with crime reporting, offer crime prevention tips and answer questions. “Deputies would use (the office) from time to time but it was never a point of contact for the community,” Sheriff’s John D’Agostini said […]

Ghersanich sentenced to 10 years plus fines

Theresa Lee Ghersanich, the woman who plead no contest to charges of vehicular manslaughter as a result of driving while intoxicated, killing Bruce Michael Bone, DUI causing injury and DUI with a BAC of over .08, as well as two special allegations, was sentenced to 10 years in jail plus fines on March 16. The […]