Government shutting down for MLK Jr. Day

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan.16, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Monday, January 16. The offices of the police and fire departments will be […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Attic fire threatens EDH home

An attic fire briefly threatened the home at 3305 Tea Rose Drive in the Hills of El Dorado subdivision early Monday morning. Firefighters from Station 86 on Bass Lake Road got the call at 1:46 a.m. and quickly responded, according to Battalion Chief John Niehues. They identified the source of the fire shortly after they […]

Greenwood man dies after two-car accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. […]

Carnage Off-Road shop adds auto repair

The owners who brought the off-road fabrication shop Carnage Off-Road to Placerville last February have recently expanded their business horizons by adding a new company under their names: Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair. Jacent and Carrie Pillow, the husband-and-wife duo who launched the shop last year, have created an additional business in the same location that […]

Kitchen fire closes Mexican eatery in Georgetown

An early morning fire last Thursday at Parra’s Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown has closed the local eatery until further notice. A passerby called 911 after seeing flames through a window of the building on the corner of Highway 193 and Church Street. According to Georgetown Fire Capt. Theresa Snoke, the fire was not severe and […]

Placerville murder suspect appears in court

The Placerville man accused of fatally shooting his step-father last month appeared in court during a brief pretrial hearing Monday. Richard Kenneth Petroski, 48, is charged with the Dec. 4 murder of 69-year-old John Gale Malia. He also faces two special allegations in connection with the murder allegation: use of a firearm and intentional discharge […]

Cal Fire suspends burning in Amador and El Dorado counties

CAMINO —“Due to the lack of measurable precipitation and drying north and east winds, we have suspended all burning in the two counties on state responsibility lands until further notice,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. “Since this one of the driest winters on record, we have decided […]

Georgetown Fire Chief Jack Anderson loved a good joke

By Michaela Johnson Georgetown’s first full-time Fire Chief Jack Anderson, 80, died Dec. 24, 2011, in Placerville. John Elvin Anderson was born March 14, 1931, in San Francisco. When he was a young boy he lived with his grandmother, Minnie Hughes-Anderson, in Georgetown, where he gained his fondness for everything outdoors. He loved to fish, […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

1-13-12 El Dorado Transit closed Jan. 16

EL DORADO TRANSIT CLOSED ON 1-16: In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Monday, Jan.16, El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service. Also, El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed.

1-11-12 Grand opening of Coffee Depot

GRAND OPENING OF PLACERVILLE COFFEE DEPOT: On Friday, Jan. 13, the Placerville Coffee Depot, 70 Main St., Placerville, will celebrate their “Grand Opening.” Free hot chocolate or hot mocha will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. Also, Imagination Theater will provide live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heard over the back fence: Tour the MRF

MONEY MACHINE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “My kids think I’m an ATM!”  • • • FREE TOUR:
 A free workshop and tours of the Material Recovery Facility, El Dorado Disposal, is available for children of all ages, including classes, clubs and Scout troops. To schedule a tour, call 530-295-2805. • • • […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Jury: Greenberg guilty of Dumont murder

Friends and family waited more than three years for Anthony Dumont’s killer to finally stand trial. Jurors, though, needed less than one week to convict his shooter of first-degree murder. Morris Greenberg, 40, was found guilty late Monday of Dumont’s first-degree murder. Dumont, 26, was shot and killed on July 20, 2008, while sitting in […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

DFG seeks participants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Fish and Game  is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG. DFG’s Sacramento-area NRVP training academy will be held in February. Training sessions will be held […]

Mental first-aid starts Jan. 10

The first Mental Health First-Aid class of the year will begin on Jan. 10. This course will help you respond to people who are dealing with stressful and difficult mental crises. It’s time now to sign up and get this on your calendar.  If you need more information, you may view the following ABC commentary […]

Renewable energy certificate offered

RENO, Nev. — An online graduate certificate in renewable energy that provides an opportunity to study the policies and practices in the diverse fields of renewable energy is being offered at the University of Nevada, Reno, beginning in the spring 2012 semester. The online, 12-credit certificate is designed for professionals, including business staff and managers, […]

Delta council seeks public comment at EIR hearings

SACRAMENTO — The Delta Stewardship Council, the state agency charged with developing a long-term, legally enforceable management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is seeking public comment on its draft program Environmental Impact Report that reviews the fifth staff draft Delta Plan. The Delta Plan’s fundamental purpose is to meet the state-mandated coequal goals of “providing a more reliable […]

Book awards for Slim Randles

Newspaper columnist Slim Randles, who writes the weekly Home Country column, took home two New Mexico Book Awards in 2011. His advice book for young people, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right,” took first place in the self-help category, and “Sweetgrass Mornings” won in the biography/memoirs category. Randles lives and works in Albuquerque. Home Country reaches 1.8 million hometown newspaper readers […]

Lincoln man wanted by the FBI

The FBI is seeking the public’s help in locating Gerardo Constantino Ramirez, 37, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the murder of Antonio Morales. Ramirez shot Morales during an altercation on the evening of Oct. 10, 2011 at a residence in Lincoln. After a local arrest warrant was issued, a federal arrest warrant […]

Tibetan monks returning

For the 11th year in a row the Tibetan monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery will return to the Cozmic Cafe, Jan. 11-14. This year the cafe will host Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen. Geshe is a title equivalent to a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies. Gyaltsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At the age of […]

Snow-making keeps Sierra at Tahoe open

Snowfall may be scarce at Tahoe right now but that doesn’t keep skiers from schussing, snow boarding, and tubing anyway. Sierra at Tahoe currently has four well-groomed runs open with snow being made at night when the temperature drops. Ski lessons are available for adults and children. Besides downhill skiing and snow boarding, the resort […]

1-13-12 “Family to Family” educational program

“FAMILY TO FAMILY” PROGRAM: A “Family to Family” educational program is being presented for family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by mental illnesses. This is a series of 11 weekly classes designed to help caregivers understand and support individuals with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. These free classes […]

1-13-12 Free movie pass at blood drive

ONE FREE MOVIE PASS: Blood donations will be accepted on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., at Regal Cinema, 337 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Blood mobiles will be in the parking lot. All donors will receive one free movie pass. To give blood, you must be in generally good health, free from cold […]

1-13-12 Mother Teresa Maternity Home fundraiser

MOTHER TERESA MATERNITY HOME FUNDRAISER: The Mother Teresa Maternity Home’s 9th annual Gala Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m., St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Guernell Hall, Sacramento and Fiske Sts., Placerville. For more information on how to purchase tickets or be a sponsor, please visit or call 530-295-8006.

1-13-12 In-Home Supportive Services helps seniors

HELPING THE ELDERLY: The Advisory Committee for In-Home Supportive Services serves as an Advisory Board to the Board of Supervisors. The mission of this IHSS advisory committee is to “support the development of quality services for the elderly and disabled to maintain independent living and to provide relevant community education.” For more information, call 530-642-4833. […]

1-13-12 Senior News gives financial advice

PROTECT YOUR MONEY AND CREDIT: The Senior News newsletter offers the following advice to protect your money and credit: – “Unless you initiated the phone call, never give out confidential information (account number, Social Security number, or mother’s maiden name) to anyone who calls. – Review your statement each month for unauthorized purchases. – Do […]

UM coach arrested on suspicion of sex with minor

A Union Mine High School teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of statutory rape. Varsity baseball coach David Robert Freeman, 38, was booked into the Placerville jail Thursday on one felony count of unlawful sex with a minor and one felony count of sex acts with a minor. He was released that same day on […]

Pollock man killed in Friday fire

A Pollock Pines resident was killed Friday in an early morning mobile home fire. El Dorado County Fire District units responded to a residential structure fire at 24 Hub St. in Pollock Pines’ Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park shortly after 12:15 a.m. Friday. Fire crews found a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and an […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

June trial for Machado

Placerville’s former mayor briefly appeared in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday to request a jury trial. Dave Machado, 53, was charged in August with felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy in connection with properties he owns that fall within the city’s redevelopment zone. At the time of his arrest, Machado was the city’s mayor. […]

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

Heard over the back fence: Dinner and dance in Shingle Springs

John Chapman gave mew the following T-shirt statement: “My favorite child is furry and has four legs.”  • • • COMMUNITY CENTER FUNDRAISER:
 On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Shingle Springs Community Center is sponsoring a spaghetti feed and dance fundraiser at the Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., Shingle Springs. Dinner will be served […]

Motorist killed on Mount Aukum Road

A Roseville motorist was killed Wednesday night in a head-on collision. Brian Hale, 38, of Roseville, was driving his Geo Prism southbound on Mount Aukum Road, south of Paradise Ranch Road, at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. According to Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark, preliminary reports suggest Hale was driving without his headlights and crossed […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greenberg jurors hear closing arguments

Was Anthony Dumont was shot and killed by a man desperately trying to regain control of his personal life? Or was the Grizzly Flat resident’s death the unfortunate result of his interference in a messy divorce? Jurors in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg heard very different versions of the same story Wednesday, as attorneys […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Jonas Minton joins taxpayers group for water chat

Members of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County are keenly interested in the decisions being made to improve conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Those decisions may have consequences that affect the mountain counties where the waters that flow through the Delta originate. Jonas Minton, in his current role as president of the […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: a year of sleaze and insane federal spending

By Dave Barry McClatchy Newspapers It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the […]

1-11-12 Lunches at Senior Nutrition Centers

HOW ABOUT A $3 LUNCH? The meal today at the Senior Nutrition Centers is: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Tossed Green Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Half Banana, Garlic Bread and Milk. A $3 donation is suggested for seniors, 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

1-11-12 January classes at E.D.H. Sr. Center

JANUARY CLASSES AVAILABLE: The following classes are available in January at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center: Ukulele Lessons, Truffle Making Workshop (in time for Valentine’s Day!), Indian Cooking, Free Lunch and Learn Program: Spinal Arthritis, Disaster Preparedness, Hospice 101. For exact times and location of classes, call 916-358-3575.

Interim GM for EDHCSD

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors named Richard J. Ramirez as interim general manager in a 4-1 vote, during a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, with Director Bill Vandegrift opposing. Board President Guy Gertsch said Ramirez will evaluate and manage all district operations while the board launches a national search […]

Trial highlights Dumont’s character

Witnesses Tuesday testified that the Grizzly Flat man who was killed in 2008 by a retired Burlingame cop was a helpful, friendly soul who tried to avoid confrontation at all costs. Anthony Dumont, 26, was shot and killed by 40-year-old Morris Greenberg on July 20, 2008. Dumont had been helping his girlfriend — Greenberg’s estranged […]

Winter shelter for the homeless in operation

The winter shelter for the homeless has just successfully finished it’s second month. It is a nomadic shelter in that it rotates each night to a different location. There are four local churches participating this year: Green Valley Community Church, Foothills United Methodist Church, Cold Spring Community Church and Solid Rock Faith Center. Also, two other […]

State tax filing season officially opens

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced Jan. 4 it is now accepting 2011 state tax returns. Also, FTB provides the following updates on law changes and filing services. Final filing date is Tuesday, April 17. FTB will consider tax returns and payments mailed or submitted on April 17, as timely. Individual tax rate decreases — […]

1-6-12 Free computer lessons at E.D.H. Sr. Center

**** MIKE: I am not sure if this item was submitted after I typed it. Just in case, I am typing it again. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS: Are you ready to learn the basics of using a computer, including internet and e-mail? Volunteer instructors will work with you one on one, for three free lessons at […]

Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert

SACRAMENTO — Tuesday the Department of Water Resources conducted the year’s first snow survey, which has Cal Fire officials concerned about increased fire danger. The lack of precipitation across the state has led to one of the driest winters on record. According to DWR the statewide water content is at 19 percent of normal. Despite the […]

Heard over the back fence: Start the year out by de-junkifying your house

 John Chapman sent me the “sign” statement: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay here forever.” — Winnie the Pooh • • • GETTING RID OF ELECTRONICS: 
It’s possible to recycle your own electronics at the Electronic Waste Drop-Off site, located in the […]

1-6-12 Poetry class meets at Main Library

FREE PIZZA: The “Poetry Off-the-Shelves” poetry group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, they are throwing a poetry pizza party from 6 to 7 p.m. in the library. You can enjoy the pizza and afterwards […]

Snow survey finds slim pickings

VADE — This winter’s first snow survey came up mostly empty on an unusually balmy day near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. Conducted at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey, sank a metal survey pole into the ground. The result: only one-seventh of an inch of water. According to […]

United Health Foundation ranks California No. 24

The 2011 America’s Heath Rankings, released by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, finds that troubling nationwide increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, premature deaths, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health […]