Construction gear stolen

An unknown suspect broke into a shed on Feb. 27. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec and the sheriff’s daily log, a  61-year-old female resident of Mother Lode Drive reported that an unknown suspect had broken into her shed and stolen construction equipment. Fingerprints were collected and forwarded to the Department of […]

Two pedestrians struck on Mother Lode Drive

Two men were run over on Mother Lode Drive at 11:30 p.m. Friday. Preliminary reports show that Steven Ryan, 18, and Christopher Lloyd, 18, both of Placerville, were lying down in the road, wearing dark clothes, and it appears they may have been intoxicated, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. They were struck by Brandy Harper […]

American Quarter Midget Assoc. sponsors free event for youth

The American Quarter Midget Association of Prairie City will host its annual Open House event 10a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The open house event includes free training rides, free food for kids who complete a training ride; plus, get your picture taken in a real Quarter Midget race car. The association will supply all of […]

No money to fix most of city’s roads

Placerville City Council received some dire news on Tuesday from the Public Works department: currently there is no designated funding source for the repair of 53 percent of the city’s roadways. The city of Placerville maintains a little more than 48 miles of centerline roadway. The funding source for maintenance and reconstruction is currently limited […]

Gambling Awareness Week starts March 4

The “one-armed bandit” slot machine lives up to its name with some people, and the El Dorado County Health and Human Service Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Programs aims to reach out to those struggling with a gambling addiction. March 4 starts national Problem Gambling Awareness Week, and the ADP wishes to remind El Dorado County […]

ADA info available

he El Dorado County Office of Economic Development advises businesses to become educated about resources to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law that requires accessibility for people with disabilities in private businesses that provide goods and services to the public. ADA […]

Cumpston: CalSPA loses suit against regional water board

By Tom Cumpston EID counsel You’ll recall that California Sportfishing Protection Alliance sued the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to invalidate its last permit for the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. A bit more than a year ago, the trial court issued a split decision, rejecting some of CSPA’s claims, but remanding three […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

ADA attorney forces out small business Pollock

It’s not the first time a small business has closed due to pending litigation. In small communities all over California businesses, mostly in older buildings built before the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disability Act, are closing because they aren’t able to completely comply with it. Pony Espresso at 6401 Pony Express Trail in […]

Storage theft on video

A rented storage shed in El Dorado Hills was broken into on Feb. 27. A report by two victims, a 38-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, reported that their storage unit on Hillsdale Circle in El Dorado Hills was broken into, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec. The suspect was caught on video […]

SLT pair found dead

Two subjects were found deceased on April Drive in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 27. The deceased are believed to be the known residents, but identification was not possible due to advanced decomposition, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. No other information was available.

$25k bail in shoplifting case

A man was allegedly caught shoplifting at the Broadway SaveMart in Placerville Tuesday morning. Austen Adams, 19, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and an enhancement at 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 28, Placerville Police Capt. Mike Scott said. Adams had entered the store “without a means to purchase anything, he had no money,” Scott said. […]

Burglar gets ciggies

An unknown male suspect broke into a gas station in Camino on Feb. 25. At approximately 4:50 a.m., a male suspect forced entry into a gas station on Camino Heights Drive. Numerous cartons of cigarettes were stolen. There are currently no leads on the suspect.

Vacant apt. ‘trashed’

A vacant apartment was broken into in Diamond Springs on Feb. 25. An unknown number of suspects broke into a vacant apartment on Pearl Place through a window. The apartment was damaged, a couch was moved, and trash was left in the apartment, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. There are no suspects […]

Car clout near trail

A woman returned from a three-hour absence in Lotus to find her car burglarized on Feb. 25. The 39-year-old woman had parked her car in a remote parking lot along Highway 49 in Lotus at a trail head. Upon returning three hours later, she found her car broken into and her purse stolen, said El […]

Local gun club to participate in ‘First Shot’ gun satey program

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a private organization of gun manufacturers and ranges, aims to teach people gun safety and let them fire their first pistol on March 3. The First Shot program is meant for people who have “never, ever held a firearm,” Bob Conover, the local organizer for program said. “It’s for people […]

New Iron Willow Gallery off to good start

Iron Willow Gallery, owned by Barbara and Tom Tankersley, prides itself on beautiful art, prices for everyone, and holding artist demonstrations each week. “We keep the prices so that’s there’s something for everyone, from $25 to $7,500,” Barbara, who manages the business side of the gallery, said. The gallery, the third the couple has opened […]

Q&A: Winter residential sewer rates relaxed

EID Communications and Community Relations Director Mary Lynn Carlton talks with Lori Grace, customer services manager, about the winter sewer rates. I understand that the Board of Directors recently voted to allow winter residential sewer rates to be relaxed due to the dry winter we are experiencing. Can you tell me more about this? This […]

Fellow committee members rip EID critic

Inflammatory statements by persistent critic Greg Prada inflamed two who served on the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Cost of Services study committee with Prada. Prada was indirectly quoted in the Feb. 24 Mountain Democrat as saying, “low agriculture rates are the result of an industry that hasn’t had to pay its share of water delivery […]

Heard over the back fence: EDH fundraiser for the homeless March 2

T-shirt philosopher John Chapman is back! John dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.” • • • HELPING HOMELESS TEENS:
Youth volunteers from our local, non-profit Hands4Hope program are holding a spaghetti feed dinner to benefit homeless and underprivileged youth and local outreach […]

Special turkey hunting opportunities offered

Turkey hunters awaiting the spring turkey season can visit the Department of Fish and Game Website to apply online for special hunts. The Website lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in the DFG North Central Region, which includes Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras […]

Gaines, Norby sponsor Assembly bill for vets’ tuition

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, announced Feb. 27 that they have jointly introduced a measure that will provide California veterans with the opportunity to use resident tuition rates. Assembly Bill 2250 will allow veterans who have received an honorable discharge from the military and their spouses the ability to […]

Airpark homicide victim ID’ed

The victim of Monday’s suspected homicide has been identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. According to a press release, Rachel Winkler, 37, was found in her home in at 3185 Aeronca Way in the Cameron Airpark while deputies were investigating a report of a deceased female. Rachel was manager of the Cameron Park […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

G’town water district unveils surcharge

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has been mandated by the California Department of Public Health to make improvements to the existing water delivery system at the Auburn Lake Trails Treatment Plant. The improvements require that the district get a loan to complete the work. In order to qualify for the loan from the USDA, the […]

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

3-5-12 ADA (American Disability Act) discussion

ADA COMPLIANCE ISSUES: Jeanne Harper informs us that government officials will be in Pollock Pines on Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m., at the Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, to discuss ADA (American Disability Act) issues and how they affect local businesses. This visit is an opportunity to discuss the ADA […]

Knife leads to arrest

An El Dorado Hills man was arrested Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening his wife with a knife. Jacob Oliphant, 26, was on suspicion of  making threats and making threats with a deadly weapon. The wife had felt her life was in danger when Oliphant drew a knife during an argument in their Valley View home, […]

County budget OK, but future is dim

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors received a budget update at the Feb. 28 meeting. Laura Schwartz, chief budget analyst, said that she is projecting that the county will generate $760,000 less in revenue than expected but expenditures are projected to be $10 million less than expected through the remainder of the fiscal year. […]

Cameron Park CSD’s McNeil steps down from Dist. 2 supe’s race

In a surprise announcement, Scott McNeil issued a statement on Monday stating that he had decided to withdraw from the race for District 2 Supervisor. McNeil is currently a member of the Cameron Park Community Services District board. McNeil said his decision was based on this not being the right time for him to run, […]

Prosecutor wants re-sentencing in street racer manslaughter case

Mark Steven Barrera was sentenced Feb. 17 to 300 hours of community service after pleading guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while street racing. The sentencing, which amounts to little more than probation, is legally improper and requires re-sentencing, deputy district attorney Joe Alexander said. The problem, Alexander said, is in […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

New owners to restore Hangman’s-Herrick buildings

Main Street in Placerville might soon have a new pair of bookends as the “Red and White” Herrick and Hangman’s Tree buildings at one end of Main  join the “Catsup and Mustard” buildings of Old City Hall at the other in restoration. Assistant Prof. Tim Taylor, professor of Computer Information Science at Sacramento City College, […]

City seeks econ advisory members

The City Council is seeking three Placerville residents who are interested in serving their community in an advisory capacity to the City Council on the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The committee will also be comprised of one representative from each of the three primary business districts and one […]

New guide dog pups in training

The El Dorado Second Sight-Paws for the Blind Club recently welcomed two new puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind ( Ali Bayard is raising Wes, a male yellow Labrador retriever born on Sept. 22, 2011. Ali picked up Wes on Nov. 18. Gina Phillipsen is raising Carnival, a female black Lab born on Nov. […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Nonviolent communication workshop set

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships is offering an introduction to Nonviolent Communication workshop on 6-7:30 March 21. The workshop will focus on teaching participants the basics of Nonviolent Communication founded by Marshall Rosenberg over 40 years ago. NVC has been used around the world to mediate conflicts, nurture relationships, and promote peace. NVC is also […]

Arrest made in Airpark homicide

A man was arrested and charged with homicide in connection with a suspicious death in the Cameron Airpark on Monday. Todd Alan Winkler, 45, of Cameron Park, was booked into county jail on charges of homicide at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 after an investigation by detectives, according to a press release. Sheriff’s deputies had […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Go figure

The recent Proposition 218 rate change notice that customers received in the mail includes extensive tables showing the proposed rate changes for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In an effort to help residential customers estimate how the proposed rates would affect their bimonthly water, wastewater, and recycled water bill (for dual-plumbed homes), EID has placed rate calculators on the […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Convicted deer poachers face heavy fines, penalties

Three Stockton men face prison and jail terms, heavy fines, a forfeited vehicle, and destroyed firearms for conspiring to kill and sell deer for profit. In June 2011, after a three-week investigation, wardens with the California Department of Fish and Game  arrested Thongseuth Khounchanh, 58; Ti Sila, 51; and Bounleuna Sysenglath, 59; all from Stockton, […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Sheriff’s deputies investigate possible homicide in Airpark

CAMERON PARK — Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a deceased person in Cameron Airpark Monday morning. Deputies responded to the 3100 block of Aeronca Way, where they came in contact with a male outside the residence,El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said. The male was detained for further questioning. Upon entering the […]

Heard over the back fence: Pioneer Lions plan dinner and dance

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following advice: “Leave a great impression (not just a good one). The way to do this is very simple: Make living your life with absolute integrity and kindness your first priority.” • • • PARTY TIME AT THE GRANGE:
 The Somerset Pioneer Lions Club […]

Where the heck is Cameron Park?

Until the late 1950s the area just west of Shingle Springs, now known as Cameron Park, remained relatively undeveloped, the land being primarily used for the raising of livestock. However, that did not mean that this area had not played a important part in the early history of El Dorado County. In fact, the opposite […]

Auburn rec area kept open

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, announced Feb. 12 that funding has been found within the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation budget to keep Auburn State Recreation Area open. “I am pleased to note that today’s announcement is the result not of federal earmarks, but rather of re-ordering federal priorities and re-instituting the ‘beneficiary pays’ principle — […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Demos back Calaveras man for Assembly

Marc Boyd, 58, of Arnold in Calaveras County won the endorsement of California’s Democratic Party leaders to run for the newly redrawn foothills Assembly District 5. Boyd visited the Mountain Democrat offices Thursday morning. He is a first-time candidate for elective office but has been active in local issues and campaigns. Boyd is the manager […]

Elusive animal dies after four-day struggle

A feeling of sadness has settled over the rehabilitators at Sierra Wildlife Rescue after the loss of an elusive animal. Marty Owen, a rehabilitator with the SWR since 1991 and the rescue’s team leader and director of the educational team, worked tirelessly for four days trying to save a ringtail cat. The ringtail, was found […]

The art of giving highlighted at event

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.  ~Jean Paul Richter Combining both art and wine, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County held a spirited afternoon fund-raiser at the the Painted Cork in Old Town Folsom  Feb. 25 Sponsored by Kimberly Godinho, the owner of the Painted Cork, the event […]

Youth arrested after pushing

A juvenile has been arrested following suspected battery on Feb. 22. The 17-year-old male suspect was arrested after allegedly getting into a “pushing contest” with his mom, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz. “There were some family dynamics going on,” he said. While the 35-year-old mother suffered no injuries, she complained of pain […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Luebbers trial shifts to April

John Harold Luebbers appeared in court behind closed doors Friday morning, with an end result of his trial being pushed back. Due to an out-of-service elevator, Luebbers, among other inmates, had his hearing held behind closed doors due to lack of space in a small courtroom. As a result of the hearing, Luebbers’ trial has […]