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 […]

Kreps named Exalted Ruler

On March 31, David Kreps was installed as the Exalted Ruler of the Placerville Elks Lodge. David has been a lodge member for six years. David is married to Marty and they will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in June. They have two adult children. David and Marty have been El Dorado County residents […]

Heard over the back fence: Top musicians at library

 Favorite bumper sticker for April: “My driving skills are scary.” • • • MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY: 
The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra is offering the following free music programs at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane:
 Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. – Elizabeth Coronata: Flute.
Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. – Susan Lamb Cook, assistant […]

Women’s Fund announces a new scholarship

The Women’s Fund El Dorado is proud to announce the first year of an annual scholarship, the Wickline Scholar Award. The creation of this award began in 2009 when Marian Wickline left a legacy gift to the El Dorado Community Foundation. When the foundation learned of Wickline’s pride of graduating from Mills College in 1934 and […]

DFG successfully returns yearling bears back to wild

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its 2012 yearling bear release program by returning six orphaned cubs to the wild where they were born. The cubs were found in various locations around the state in the summer months of 2011 and were rehabilitated at a licensed care facility in Lake Tahoe prior […]

City frees up 56 parking spaces

Placerville City Council approved changes to the city’s parking program at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that will open up about 56 spaces for public parking but retain the two-hour free parking limit. City Manager Cleve Morris presented the recommendations from the city’s Parking Committee , which has been reviewing the program since November. “Our goal […]

City to recoup $400k

Placerville City Council took two actions at the April 10 meeting that it hopes will allow the city to recover more than $400,000 spent to create a redevelopment plan. When Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies was approved by the state Legislature in 2011, the city of Placerville was in the midst of […]

New statewide septic tank policies on the table; county confident little changed

After 12 years, two lawsuits, and a lot of mucking about, new statewide policies governing on-site wastewater treatment systems, i.e. septic systems, are close to being finalized. The push for the new policies followed passage of Assembly Bill 885 that was signed into law in 2000. The policies will establish minimal statewide requirements for the […]

Autistics expert plans ranch therapy

Probably one of the most heartbreaking diagnoses that parents can ever receive, is learning that their child is autistic.

A condition that still remains something of a mystery, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 American children have autism, with males five times more likely than females to be afflicted.

Autism is characterized by impaired social interactions, communication difficulties, a lack of empathy, and repetitive behavior patterns that are sometimes self-destructive.

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Coloma-Lotus Chamber seeks sign designs

The Coloma Lotus Chamber of Commerce is looking for skilled artists or craftsmen to submit their design ideas for several proposed gateway signs welcoming visitors to the Coloma-Lotus Valley. Entries should include a design sketch and cost estimate, including labor. Sign must be durable, maintenance free, non-illuminated (not requiring power). The sign must be clearly […]

View stolen stuff Wednesday

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deparemtn will conduct a public viewing of recovered stolen property on April 18. The viewing will be between 9 a.m. and noon at Gold Key Storage facility, located at 4040 Stage Court in Diamond Springs. Originally, about $50,000 of items had been recovered. The recovered property includes “Thomas Kinkade paintings, numerous generators, […]

Western Slope Health Center

Ten months ago an El Dorado County care facility got a new lease on life. Now Western Slope Health Center Administrator Doug Hawkins wants everyone to see Placerville’s new and improved skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center. “We have highly qualified professionals that work with residents in a family environment,” said Hawkins, who is also […]

Esmeralda Creek flume to be rehabbed

Among a long list of historical water rights the El Dorado Irrigation District obtained when it acquired Project 184 are 10 cubic feet per second of water from Esmeralda Creek. Project 184 is the series of four alpine reservoirs in three counties, 22 miles of tunnels, flumes and canals, Forebay Reservoir, a penstock and 21-megawatt […]

Barb self-employed

District 3 supervisor candidate Richard Barb says his decades of experience in business have qualified him to run for the office of county supervisor. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he lived on an extended “family compound” that included parents, grandparents and a family owned grain milling plant. He learned about supply, demand, […]

Gaines’ ADA bill wins committee vote

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, April 10 announced that a portion of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation reform package has unanimously cleared the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee with bi-partisan support. Assembly Bill 1879, requires the State Architect to compile a list of all federal and state disability access regulations […]

Heard over the back fence: Big sing-out planned

CHORUS BRILLIANCE: The Placerville Gold Rush Chorus is presenting the “When She Loved Me” concert on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. The requested donation for tickets is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Gold Rush […]

Courtroom clerk Carol Sanders retires

“Irreplaceable” is how attorney James Clark described El Dorado County Superior Court clerk Carol Sanders at her retirement party on April 6. Judge James R. Wagoner’s courtroom was transformed with a table full of food and beverages for the party. The room was near capacity, packed with Sanders’ friends, family and colleagues from the past […]

Caballero: Mackey’s statement

I, Kristen Mackey, was originally contacted by the actual Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Miwok Tribe) in February of 2006, because I am a licensed Real Estate Agent and they wanted me to provide information concerning the Shingle Springs Reservation.  I investigated the property, obtained title reports, reviewed Bureau of Indian Affairs Realty documents, […]

Documents indicate fuzzy history of rancheria

In the ongoing battle over an Indian tribal trademark, Kristen Mackey provided a position statement from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors from when Red Hawk Casino was being proposed by a group Cesar Caballero claims usurped his tribe’s name. In the 2003 document titled “Position Statement Shingle Springs Casino,” the El Dorado County […]

Caballero released from custody

Cesar Caballero was released from federal prison on the night of April 3, following the relinquishing of his business license and other documents. The documents allowed Caballero to do business as the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the name he and his group say has been usurped by the tribe that owns and operates Red […]

Chicken advocate seeks Ridgeview CC&R changes

Roger Taylor wants chickens allowed in El Dorado Hills back yards, and not just on the grill.

He proposes softening rules that currently prohibit the fryer-friendly fowl, citing successful backyard chicken ordinances in exurban communities throughout the state, including the upscale enclaves of Orinda, Walnut Creek and Danville.

Taylor, 67, is a retired dentist, a successful real estate investor and co-founder of American River Bank. Locally, he’s best known as board president of the El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition …

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Briggs switches on death penalty

“I’ve been looking for a way for the last three to four years to repeal the death penalty. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Briggs Initiative just doesn’t work.” So begins Supervisor Ron Briggs as he explains why he is now supporting the overturning of Proposition 7. A law sponsored by his father, former state […]

Hardesty pleads not guilty

Joseph Leonard Hardesty appeared in court for his arraignment for less than 10 minutes on April 10. Hardesty, who faces 14 counts, including four felonies, relating to allegedly illegally mining without a special-use permit at his Bit Cut Mine, appeared in court with with attorney William Brewer. He plead not guilty to all charges. Hardesty’s […]

A visit from a gentle giant

There’s nothing like a visit from a big friendly St. Bernard to cheer people up. Especially when you’re confined to a hospital bed and the dog visiting you is Dante. A 170-pound, 3 1/2-year-old certified therapy dog, Dante sauntered down the hallway of the transitional care center of Marshall Hospital with his owner, Vearl LaBerge. The […]

Cathy Nerwinski wants to help businesses

Cathy Nerwinski thinks there’s too much apathy out there. And it needs to be strongly countered by people who can and will “step up and stick their necks out.” That’s part of why she is running for the supervisor seat in El Dorado County’s District 3. Nerwinski, 64, talked with the Mountain Democrat recently. She […]

School district leases property for cows

The El Dorado Union High School District is going into ranching—indirectly. The district owns 215 acres on Latrobe Road which is not currently needed for school purposes. At the March 27 Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution to lease the property to Jeff Askew of Folsom to be used for animal grazing. […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique fair, breakfast, train rides in El Dorado

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following statement regarding promises: “Another advantage to making fewer promises is that the promises you do make will mean more to you and to the people you are promising. You’ll take extra care to attend to those promises that mean the most to […]

Manson denied parole

CORCORAN- The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) denied parole April 11 to inmate Charles Manson, 77, at a parole suitability hearing at California State Prison-Corcoran in Kings County. It was Manson’s 12th parole suitability hearing conducted by a BPH panel. He will be considered for another parole review in 15 years. Inmate Manson did not […]

Tahoe youth backcountry camps scheduled

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Sierra Nevada Journeys, and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science are partnering for their fifth annual Youth Backcountry Camp summer program. Teens ages 12-17 are invitged to attend one of the three- five- or six-day programs and partake in an inspiring wilderness experience. Year after year, […]

State tax help available for financial hardship

SACRAMENTO — Taxpayers who do not have the ability to pay their taxes because of a financial hardship should contact the Franchise Tax Board  for assistance. FTB has many options to help taxpayers handle their tax bills. FTB can assist those with financial hardships by establishing payment plans, and sometimes delaying collection activities. The number […]

Runner announces Sen. Dutton to author gas tax cap

By George Runner Board of Equalization Board of Equalization Member George Runner announced April 11 that Sen. Bob Dutton will introduce retired Sen. Runner’s proposal to cap the gas tax. “Sen. Dutton is stepping forward to fight for California consumers who are sick of high gas prices,” said Runner. “Lawmakers like to complain about high […]

Protest hearing scheduled for GDPUD

The upcoming Proposition 218 hearing was on everyone’s mind at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District meeting on Tuesday. The outcome of vote at the hearing will determine if the planned retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant goes forward as planned or needs retooling. Proposition 218 requires that before a service agency can […]

Play to Grow Workshop

Registration has started for the spring Play to Grow workshop at the Main Library in Placerville! Spend time with your child as you play together, create art and meet new friends. Information on local resources will be available to help in the rewarding and challenging task of parenting a toddler. The five week session is […]

Science class size reaches a boil

PHOTO IN VL_030712 folder Oak Ridge High School environmental science teacher Stan Iverson alleges that putting five students at a lab table designed for four constitutes an unacceptable risk in lab classes that use potentially dangerous materials. He points to the 2010-13 teachers’ union contract that bumped maximum science class sizes from 30 to 32 […]

Step into the past at the Folsom History Museum

If you are looking for an entertaining and educational way to spend an afternoon, then must stops are the Folsom History Museum and Folsom Pioneer Village. The museum chronicles the settlement of Folsom and the different events and people who shaped its history. Murals and displays highlight Folsom’s native peoples — the Maidu Nisenan Indians — […]

Local teacher explores medieval churches and monasteries in Ireland on SCATV2

Sierra Community Access Television will take its viewers to County Clare, Ireland on an archaeological adventure surveying the Medieval Churches and Monasteries of County Clare, Ireland. The video produced by University of California Research Expedition team member George Sabato takes you through the emerald green pastures of the countryside in search of the medieval sites […]

League of Women Voters to hold BOS candidate forums

The El Dorado County League of Women Voters will be moderating two candidate forums for the Board of Supervisors Districts 2 and 3 this month. On Sunday, April 22, the first forum will be held at the Pleasant Valley Grange No. 675, and will have candidates from Districts 2 and 3 attending. District 2 candidates […]

Low-interest county loans available for home repairs

El Dorado County has funds available as low-interest rate loans for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county. Funding is provided through the state Community Development Block Grant Program and the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Funds. These housing rehabilitation loans must be used to correct health and safety issues […]

Tahoe bomb squad called

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal team was called in to handle a homemade explosive device found near 983 Tallac Avenue Tuesday morning. South Lake Tahoe police officers responded to a call of a small bomb at about 6:45 a.m. After discovering several shotgun shells wrapped in tin foil […]

County completes first round of outreach meetings

A team of El Dorado County staff wrapped up the first round of community outreach meetings for the Land-Use Policy Programmatic Update project, according to a prepared statement from principal analyst Mike Applegarth in the county’s Chief Administrative Office. The project includes environmental review for targeted amendments to the General Plan and comprehensive zoning ordinance […]